metamorphosis review

Hiya! I realise that I haven’t posted in about three months, and so now as I procrastinate my final assignment required for completing my work associated with my time spent in Austria, I have decided it’s a good time as any to do a little bath bomb review (not a Kafka book review, sorry to disappoint). I will at some point make a bit of a year abroad summary or overview post, but who knows if that’ll happen any time soon!

I’ve been feeling kind of rough the past few days. A cough has been sitting with me for a while, and it just got gradually worse over the weekend. So on Monday, when Abbey and I went into town, I figured that I would treat myself to a bath bomb, and take a relaxing bath in the evening.

As ever, the Lush staff were super friendly and sweet, showing us how one of the new mini bath bombs called “Cheer Up Buttercup” looks and smells when used, and I’ll be honest, I was almost sold on that one if I hadn’t been intrigued by the “Metamorphosis” bath bomb, with its alien like sparkly grey and strangely textured outer. It also had little bits of colour peeking from the edges, which the person at the till confirmed would be the “surprise inside” when the grey layer had all dissolved off into the bath.

Of course only after having bought the bath bomb, I checked the reviews online and a lot of them were really negative, with people complaining that the bath turned muddy coloured or that it smelt overwhelmingly of pepper. I can see where people were coming from on the colour of it, but I’m not sure what they expected considering it is a pretty dark grey colour to begin with.

Anyhow, on with my impressions of it:

Aesthetic: 7/10 – It does turn the bath a bit of a murky colour, but it is cool to watch when it’s all dissolving and fizzing everywhere with all sorts of colours. It’s not your typical pink and flowery bath bomb, but does give a light sparkle to the bath water, which is cute

Smell: 8/10 – Black Pepper Oil / Cinnamon Leaf Oil / Myrrh Resinoid – I personally really liked the smell, and didn’t think it was too overpowering, but I do have a bit of a cold at the moment. I also found that it didn’t make me sneeze, which was a plus!

Feel: 7/10 – It felt very hydrating but not greasy or oily to my skin, especially as normally I have dry, sensitive skin. However, a few hours later my legs were really itchy, but that could have been from something else, it’s a bit hard to tell.

Overall I had a very positive experience with this bath bomb and I would probably buy it again, but not before testing out other bath bombs, melts and bubble bars to see which ones I prefer.

Also in the picture above is a perfume from Zara which I am loving at the moment, called “Femme” and it’s part of their weekend collection. All of their various perfumes are such good value for money, when you consider what you’d pay for some branded fragrances. Then behind that is a candle from Primark, which I think they have now discontinued, because it was on sale, and I couldn’t find any more of them, but it is a very cosy scent called Sandalwood Spice, and I just can’t get enough of it.

Hope you’re all doing well! See you soon in my next post!

Ziferburg – Цифербург

Ziferburg: noun a very German sounding name, a difficult place to find, very pleasant to work in, well worth the twenty minute hunt for exactly the right place.

In my last post I mentioned that in one of our guide books, a cafe named Ziferburg was supposed to be opposite Gvostiny Dvor, but on my explorations I discovered that the location had run into disuse. I also mentioned that online, they apparently had relocated, and on Tuesday, Kelly and I made it our mission to hunt down this place and try it out.

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First of all, I feel you should know that it was honestly one of the most challenging places to find yet. The address given on their website is indeed correct, but the actual cafe is in a building that isn’t well signed, and it is on the first floor (in English terms)/second floor (in Russian terms), and then when you get to that floor you have to distinguish between two different cafes and various other rooms!

We made it in the end. The person behind the till explained to use exactly how the place worked, and we got to choose our own clock as a way of identifying us, then all we had to do was ask for a latte, pick somewhere to sit and start working.

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The atmosphere in the room which we were in was kind of strange. There were a group of people conducting a sort of photo shoot, but very quietly. There were another group of four people playing a card game in one corner. And then there were people sat out on the mini balconies just chatting. Then there were others, who like us had brought work to do and were sat very studiously scribbling away at whatever assignment had fallen their way.

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In the two hours that we were there I had a latte, a couple of biscuits – which were pretty nice – and then in the last hour, the cafe staff broke out a watermelon, which we accompanied with some herbal tea – I went for green tea, whilst Kelly went for a hibiscus tea (каркаде).

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Ten out of ten would definitely go back there again of an afternoon. It’s a great way to break up the day after having classes all day, and to rewind, get the homework done, but also chat and relax a little, without the constant pressure that someone might want your seat having bought some beverage slightly more recently that you.

Ah yes, I forgot to mention, that this cafe works on the basis of you pay for the amount of time you stay there. So you can help yourself to tea, ask for coffee or cocoa, and then also help yourself to the items of food that were on the table.

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I have added a link to their instagram page if you click on the word, because their website is rather confusing. There are a couple of linked cafes of the same style across Europe, and on the main website they list out the various towns which they are based in, so it will be interesting to visit the equivalent cafes but in the different countries at some point!