Travelling the Ring of Kerry

Last week I spent a fantastic few days back home in Ireland. Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time now will know that I love nothing better than a trip home. This time around we had some friends with us which made the holiday even better. I felt like a tourist in my own country as we visited some of the most beautiful spots Munster has to offer. Sometimes it is hard to appreciate what your homeland has to offer and it takes a spell away from the place to truly recognize its wonder. I highly recommend jumping on a train or bus and discovering what is underneath your very nose. Believe me, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. Continue reading

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Nights of Rain and Stars

I have been reading like crazy recently as I have so many amazing books to get through. That is thanks to the massive book haul I did a few weeks ago. Luckily all the books I read so far were an enjoyable read, so of course you want to hear my tuppence worth about what they were like. Continue reading

Spicy Pasta Sauce Recipe

Last night was nothing short of a miracle. I managed to cook something that was edible, that was not burned and was actually enjoyed by people other than me pretending it was good to save face. Best of all – I cooked it from scratch. The anticlimactic part of this story was that it was just pasta sauce which most people can do with their eyes closed, Yet, for me, this was a small victory in the cooking world. Continue reading

Review: NYC Big Bold Volume By The Lash Mascara

I can hear you sighing these very words right now: ‘Another mascara review’. Yes, yes it is. What I can I do when I have found so many great mascaras that I just have to share with you. Well, admittedly this was a gift from my sister, but you know what I mean. So, what is the mascara that warrants another such post? It is too long a wait to have you put your answers on a postcard so prepare to read now about the wonderful NYC Big Bold Volume By The Lash Mascara.


My last cosmetic review was on the Rimmel Volume Flash Scandaleyes Mascara, and I was very excited about having found it. It is safe to say that I am even more excited about the NYC Big Bold Volume By The Lash Mascara. Some may say that the mascaras are more or less the same, and when it comes down to it, I cannot deny that both products are pretty comparable. Both have a really good brush which nicely separates the lashes. They also both are a deep black colour and a formula which certainly gives a lot of volume. Luckily, they both do not leave any black dots on the eyelids on application, or any dusty residue underneath after a few hours of wear. What are the differences then you may ask? Continue reading

The Reading Tag

I love reading and couldn’t resist going this tag that I found over on Love In Modern Life. Fellow readers will enjoy this and should link me if they do the tag themselves. Non-readers might want to give this a skip.

Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

Not really. I am more than happy to read anywhere. I suppose if I do think about it though, I spend most of my time reading snuggled up in the corner of the sofa. Continue reading

Joy Vs. German: Round 3: Failure To Learn

I really do not know why I am writing this post because it is going to be the same old ramble again. You all seem to like reading these types of posts though. I bet you are laughing at me fluently in German……

Well, the last time I updated you on my journey to learn the German language was in April. Luckily I did not make any promises which I yet again failed to keep. Instead I just listed the shame of previous promises I had made. You will be happy to read, however, that I have made a teeny tiny bit of progress since then. It has just been a matter of one step forward, two steps back.

I learned that free German lessons were being offered weekly by my work place. Yay! I joined and it lasted a grand total of 4 weeks. The teacher quit and they have not found a replacement yet. Those 4 weeks did benefit me in that I feel like I improved my skills a bit. Other times the classes just frustrated me and made me think I will never have even a minor grasp of the language. Continue reading

Review: Hamburger Mary’s Berlin

I finally did it! I went to Hamburger Mary’s which has been on my list of places to visit for a long time now. It just took 3 shots at walking around the area to find it. Some people will never forgive me for the kilometres of walking I made then undertake to no avail, but let’s concentrate on the good aspects of my journey instead.

Hamburger Mary’s is another American diner style burger joint which has opened up in Berlin. Burgers seem to be hip right now so I can imagine some people deciding to give this a skip particularly because it is located in the calmer Schönenburg rather than Kreuzberg or Prenzlauer Berg. This would be a big mistake on your part because this place is fab!


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Trip to London: Buckingham Palace, Southend, Harrods and Jimmy Carr

Some of you may have been wondering where I was the past weeks, while other probably do not give a hoot. Nevertheless, if you choose to carry on reading this post, you will find out what I was up to.

This is the anticlimactic part for those of you who have made it to the second paragraph – I was on holidays. No surprise there in July. I was in London for just under a week, and spent a week at home in Berlin with my sister and her boyfriend. The activities carried out in the last two weeks were enough to keep me away from Joyful Antidotes, but were also enough to provide me with fresh meat to post here. So let’s get started with some snippets from my time in London! Continue reading

Review: Rimmel Volume Flash Scandaleyes Mascara

If there was one brand I was dying to throw my money on when I got to London, it was Rimmel. Berlin can satisfy my cosmetic needs in so many ways, but on the Rimmel front it really leaves me down. Sigh. I guess it gives me something to look forward to buying when I go on trips to London and back to Ireland though. Anyway, less of the moaning and on to the good stuff: the Volume Flash Scandaleyes Mascara.


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Review: Sure/Rexona Roll On Deodorant

Beauty blogs. We read them for reviews on makeup, shampoos, perfumes and all other delights that leave us looking and smelling better. But like every topic in life, we as humans don’t like to get down to the reality of an issue. Today my friends, I am going there. I am going to talk about the not so glamorous topic of deodorant.

Let’s face it, we all sweat. Some worse than others, and all of us that bit worse during the summer. Human nature cannot be argued with at times, but we do have ways to fight against it. Deodorant! Without getting into too much gruesome detail, I looked for quite some time to find a deodorant suitable for me. Nivea, Dove, Adidas – none of them left me feeling with that wonderful dry feeling they promised. That was until I found Sure!


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