I am back home at my apartment! I'm currently trying to import the photos I took on my phone onto my computer, but it's being weird and lagging a lot. Sigh. But that means starting tomorrow, you'll all get to see some photo-heavy posts with commentary and all that fun stuff! Tonight I'm still feeling pretty tired though.
I bought myself a present when I was in Ireland. Not like, I went to Primark and bought a headband sort of thing (which I did do), but a genuinely nice, pricey present. I've never done that on a trip before. I was in the Dublin airport looking through the duty-free perfumes, which is always hard because buying perfume without testing it on your skin first is risky, but you don't want to spray perfume on yourself before flying because that's not always nice for the person sitting next to you. I had my eyes on one of the Alien flankers, but I'm already planning on getting a different flanker at some point, and it was right at the top of my budget. So I wandered over to the Jo Malone store. I'd never been in one before, and the only other Jo Malone scent I'd owned was one I received blindly in a swap but didn't like. Now, Jo Malone scents are very hard to come by and very expensive, so I knew I couldn't buy a full-size, as they were way too expensive for me. And even the small 1oz bottle are pricey- normally it's about $60 for a 1oz/30ml bottle. That's a damn small bottle. However, they had 1oz bottles for 40 euros, which is just under $50. Plus no tax! So I smelled everything they had a bunch of times, sprayed them all on paper, and finally decided on one that reminded me most of my trip- Wood Sage & Sea Salt. It's a woody aquatic scent, and my skin always likes to bring out the woodsy notes, so on me it's a light, slightly masculine woody scent with a bit of salty air. I finally put some on tonight (I'm trying to use it very sparingly) and I'm falling more and more in love with it the more I smell it, so I'm really happy that I bought it. I love that I have a fragrance that will always remind me of Ireland. The funny thing is, even though the first time I visited Ireland, I only brought my Lolita Lempicka perfume with me. But when I got home, my Van Cleef and Arpels Feérie reminded me of Ireland for some reason. I brought the Van Cleef and Arpels and the Lolita Lempicka with my on this trip, so now it's like I have three scents that remind me of Ireland. Really, the Lolita reminds me of a lot of things because I wear it so often. The VC&A reminds me of my first trip to Ireland. It reminds me of the lush greenery and the countryside. And now my Jo Malone can remind me of all the time I got to spend by the sea on this trip, especially up in Northern Ireland as well and Dún Laoghaire.
The Wood Sage and Sea Salt smells like something else too, but I can't put my finger on it. I like it, though. So I'm happy.