Try The World Brazil Box Review

Okay, I am megas late writing this review… like, the Try the World Brazil Box came out during the Rio Olympics, and it is now… September. I kept thinking that I should wait until I’d gotten a chance to try more of the box’s goodies, but I’ve been slacking on that end, too! Truly, I have no valid excuses for how late my Try The World Brazil Box review is… oops?

Try the World Brazil Box

Here, I’ll make it up to everyone by peppering this review with badass Anitta music videos. If you’re not familiar, she’s a Brazilian pop star, and I’ve been totally hooked on her since first hearing Bang at the end of 2015.

So now that you’ve got a Brazilian bop playing to get you in the right mood, let’s get started! As always, if you’re reading this on the main page, please click the read more now to see my full Try The World Brazil Box unboxing ❤
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Try The World Review: Sweden Box

So Try the World is a subscription box that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time. If you’re not familiar, each month, they have chefs curate a selection of 7-8 food items from a specific country of origin – for example, the Sweden Box that I’ll be reviewing here. The items are frequently artisan or smaller companies, so they’re not shipping you a bunch of snacks from Tesco and calling it the “England Box” or anything, don’t worry!

Try the World Sweden Box

The reason that I held off for so long was twofold: one, I already had a snack box subscription – the fantastic, charity-oriented Love With Food – and two, at $39 per month, it seemed just a touch steep for what you get. If you have a ton of disposable income, sure, that’s a drop in the bucket and a thoughtfully-produced exotic food sub box like Try the World would be a no-brainer (for me, at least!) – but I’m not wealthy, and my expendable income is tempted by myriad things every month. So it’s a hard choice to commit to something like this, at least currently, you know? That’s $40 less of K-Beauty or Etsy bath & body stuff…

Last month, however, Try the World started offering a free box with new subscriptions (they still are, if you use a referral link like this shiny one right here): in this specific case, your sub would get you the Sweden Box delivered alongside a freebie Thailand Box. I poked around and read unboxings for both Sweden and Thailand, and both of them sounded really, really appealing, so I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger. Full disclosure: I totally helped justify it to myself by saying that I could blog about both boxes here, so please forgive the copious amounts of referral link in this post. Just being honest about how my mind works! ?

In particular, the Sweden Box really called to me, so it will be the first Try the World review that I publish. If you’re on the main page, please click the read more now!
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Tony Moly Latte Art Milk-Cacao Pore Pack Review

If you know me at all, you know that I love coffee. I usually drink one or two pots a day, and while I favor darker roasts, I’m not cool enough to drink it black – I like to dress up my lattes with flavored syrups, whipped cream, and sprinkles, both for the taste and also because it ends up looking really cute!

So it’s probably no surprise at all that, when I first discovered that Tony Moly’s Latte Art line was a thing, I immediately decided to try at least SOME of the products. After all, they’re not only based on delicious cafe beverages, some of them are even packaged to look like hot drinks!

Thus far I’ve had the pleasure of trying two products from Tony Moly’s Latte Art line: the Milk Tea primer (which I looove and will write a review about soon) and this Milk-Cacao Pore Pack. I really enjoy both products to the point that I’ve been recommending them to people online, but recently I was telling some people on Reddit about how cute and effective the mask is in particular. I honestly think that this mask is a perfect gift idea for anyone who likes cute cosmetics and coffee, so I figured that I should make a review of it to help anyone who was interested in snagging this item during their holiday shopping – whether it’s as a gift or just for yourself!

tony moly latte art milk-cacao pore pack

See, how cute is that?! It’s in the shape of a tiny mug of coffee and cream. The dark, “coffee” color is the deep-cleaning part, and the milky cream color is the moisturizing component. You’re meant to mix them together in whatever ration that you like – as you can see, I’ve mixed about a third of this container so far.

This might sound a little fussy, but it’s actually very easy because the little “stirring spoon” that you see sitting on top of the mug is actually your spatula slash mixing spoon!

spatula

As you see here, the lid has a little groove where your spatula can click into place, so it’s very easy to store. I’ve dropped and knocked over my mug and the spatula stayed in place, so it’s a relief for klutz-o-trons like myself! It’s for this reason and the sheer cuteness factor that I’m willing to give this product a pass about the jar packaging. Since the product rinses off so easily (more on that later), washing off the spatula when you’re done is a snap, and you don’t have to worry about storage… for jar packaging, this is about as good as it’s gonna get, I think.

For the full review, click the read more and come and get your love~

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Massive Rose Rose Shop & Tester Korea Asian Beauty Haul!

Last month, both Rose Rose Shop and Tester Korea had some decent sales – and TK in particular had the coveted SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick in stock for only $3 markup over retail – so I ended up splurging big time. The boxes arrived within two days of each other, so the end result was a gigantic Asian beauty haul! Between this and my upcoming Memeboxes, I’m pretty much set with buying new skincare stuff for awhile, I think. I also included a lot of sample packs in both orders so that I could try a bunch of new items without breaking the bank (or risking a bunch of dud products), so I’ll have a lot to review in the upcoming months even if I manage to stick to my skincare no-buy plans for the rest of the year!

megahaul

A few things are missing (like my OST Vitamin C serum, as I’d already opened it and forgot to pull it out of the fridge for pictures) or my Skinfood Trouble Clear Spot Patches as I’d already used up half the box by the time I decided to do this haul post. But you can still see that this was a big batch of beauty! I’m very excited as I managed to get some items that I’d really been ogling for months for really nice prices.

Let’s take a look at all the goodies after the cut!
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11 Super-Cute Coffee Mugs to Make Your Morning Java Look Totally Adorable!

When I woke up today, I knew immediately that it was going to be one of those mornings that required two (or three!) pots of coffee. As I was mixing in my creamer and adding a dollop of whipped cream, I had to stop to admire just how sweet my caffeine fix looked – the combination of my cute polka-dot-and-heart mug and the whipped cream is just so visually pleasing to me! I honestly believe that at least a part of the satisfaction borne from my morning coffee is due to how pretty I always make my drinks. Around holidays, I even go for thematically-appropriate sprinkles on the cream, like peppermint bits around Christmas or orange-and-white candy dots for Halloween. It’s a lot of fun and takes only a couple moments to give myself that little shot of fun in my mornings, but it just wouldn’t work without the adorable coffee mugs!

That leads me to this post – I decided to hit up some of my favorite sources for cute coffee mugs, pick out my favorites, and feature them here for you all to see. Maybe you’ll end up loving some of my curated cups here, or maybe you’ll think I have the WORST taste, we’ll see!

Feel free to comment with any other coffee cups that you think are too pretty to pass up, as this is obviously a case where I’m totally up for some window-shopping!

Paper & Clay Mugs

These handmade mugs are created by Paper & Clay Studio on Etsy, and something about their soft shape and dreamy pastel colors just makes me think of marshmallows! I think that these coffee mugs are the perfect mix of sweet and minimal – they definitely bring to mind some candy cuteness, but the clean design saves it from going overboard and veering into kitsch. I think they’re totally gorgeous!

Woodland Mugs

For people who are into a sort of cute/natural aesthetic, these Woodland Mugs from World Market are pretty adorable! Very spring-y, in my opinion. They’re stoneware with etchings on the outside made to look like tree trunks, and the insides have pops of bright color to make things interesting. And of course, the cherry on top is the cute little butterfly and bird figures perching on the handles. Cute, cute, cute!

See the rest of my picks by clicking the read more!
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Coffee-Mate Abuelita Mexican Chocolate Liquid Creamer Review

Like so many others, I have fond memories of making Abuelita hot cocoa as a child. I’ve always been big on hot drinks – blame my mother for getting me started with Cambric tea when I was still just a toddler. There’s something so enjoyable and comforting to me about a mug full of warm coffee, milk or chai tea, or hot cocoa – preferably in a super cute mug with whipped cream and some seasonally-colored sprinkles to complete the experience! And when it comes to hot chocolate, I’ve always liked the spiced varieties best. Chalk it up to growing up in southern California and getting used to the spices and chiles being in everything from brownies (my mom has been making jalapeno brownies for as long as I can remember) and other sweets to the more obvious savory sauces and meats. So it’s a no brainer that when it comes to hot chocolate, of course I’d favor the varieties with an extra kick, whether it’s from actual chilis or, as is the case with Abuelita, just some cinnamon for a tiny punch of heat.


Abuelita Hot Cocoa

So when I saw that Coffee-Mate had introduced an Abuelita flavored variety of their liquid coffee creamers, of course I snapped it up immediately! I tend to make my coffee very strong (I need the heavy dosage of caffeine for my neurons to start firing properly in the morning tbh), and while I definitely enjoy the roasty-toasted marshmallow notes in a lot of the very dark coffees that I buy, I like to add a tablespoon of some sort of creamer in to smooth things out and complement the whipped cream that I always use to top off my cuppa.

Dojima would probably not approve.

Dojima Coffee Comic by hiimdaisy

I’ve already used the entire bottle, so unfortunately I can’t give you any custom photos. I mean, I’m pretty sure that a pic of an empty creamer container in my recycling bin isn’t really that appealing, so forgive me for skipping that and just using the official image from the Coffee-Mate website. You still get the idea!

Coffee-Mate Abuelita Liquid Creamer

The consistency is the same as pretty much all Coffee-Mate liquid creamers – kind of a slightly creamier/thicker-than-usual milk. Considering that the base of their liquid creamers is, well, milk and cream, that’s not really surprising. However, unlike most of their varieties, the Abuelita liquid creamer is actually brown in color – the color of light chocolate milk. It gives your coffee a pleasing color when mixed together, in my opinion. If you only drink very light brews, it actually might darken your coffee!

One of the reasons that I tend to favor Coffee-Mate liquid creamers almost exclusively is that I find them to be missing the weird chemical aftertaste that I get from International, Bailey’s, and other liquid creamer brands. I usually use Coffee-Mate’s Natural Bliss line because that sort of simple creaminess tends to be my main purpose in using coffee creamer, and the NB series manages to deliver that without any synthetic ingredients, thus avoiding any weird flavor issues. However, I’ve been pleased enough with the special editions in their “normal” creamers – while they don’t taste as good overall in my opinion as the Natural Bliss varieties, they tend to dodge the crappy aftertaste. I’m happy to report that the Abuelita variety also manages to avoid the synthetic aftertaste pitfall. You actually feel like you’ve added chocolate milk to your coffee, not milk and melted plastic (International creamers, I’m looking at you) or nothing at all (Bailey’s creamer, to me, somehow managed to taste like absolutely nothing yet still give a funny aftertaste).

However, for me personally, all I could really pick out was the chocolate milk taste. I didn’t get ANY cinnamon or spice flavor, so in that aspect this creamer was a bit of a disappointment – I was hoping for the warmth and spice that I remembered from the actual Abuelita discs, but that just wasn’t present.

This creamer does, at least, work as a nice real-chocolate flavor to add to your coffee. I’ll probably purchase it again for this purpose as no stores near me actually stock the Natural Bliss Chocolate flavor, and this is a decent stand-in for days when I want a touch of cocoa in my latte.

Ideally, though, I’d love if Coffee-Mate reformulated this creamer and amped up the cinnamon so that I could really feel like this product was worthy of the Abuelita label. So, in a nutshell, this is my Coffee-Mate Abuelita Mexican Chocolate Liquid Creamer Review: it’s a nice, mild chocolate creamer, but don’t expect the warmth and spice of actual Abuelita hot cocoa.

*The Persona 4 comic used in this article is from the infamous hiimdaisy (now known as gigidigi) Persona comic. If you like it, I encourage you to go check out Cucumber Quest – it’s her new webcomic and it is gorgeous and adorable.