“Coffee-based skincare that rubs you the right way.” – Frank Body
If that doesn’t catch your attention, try navigating Frank Body’s website or swipe through their pictures on Instagram!
In early May, I had written about my impression of my first Frank Body order (click here to read the unboxing). I was convinced by my friend S to give this Australian beauty brand a try because the cold weather in Montreal had left my skin unpleasantly dry. Normally, this type of topic doesn’t quite belong on my blog but since the complete product line is coffee-based, I made it an acceptable exception. It IS coffee after all.
I haven’t had the chance to visit any new coffee spots lately. However, there is one in particular that I walk by every morning on my way to work that caught my attention ever since the renovations began for its new installation. My Little Cup opened some time around January or early February of this year. It didn’t take long before professionals working in the area would line up every day for an espresso and some freshly baked goods. Why did it take me 4 months to finally give it a try?
I was early for work last week which is something very rare for me (ah, maybe that’s why it took 4 months). There were only two people standing at the counter so I thought: “Here’s my chance to finally try their coffee! I won’t have to wait too long.” I was right. It took less than 5 minutes for the barista to finish the two orders before making my cappuccino. During that time, at least four other people walked up to the counter for their morning coffee.
When you live in Montreal, one of the few things that you need to get used to is the weather. Though it’s winter (or feels like it) practically six month out of the year, sometimes you go through all four seasons within the same day: brisk rain in the morning, hot afternoon, chilly in the evening and snowy throughout the night. When that happens, your skin can suffer from the drastic change and that’s what has been happening the past couple of months.
While my friend S and I were sharing our latest beauty regiments that helped us with our dry skin, she mentioned Frank Body‘s body scrub. You must wonder why I’m mentioning this product in my blog. It doesn’t have anything to do with books or drinking coffee. Well, Frank Body is actually an Australian coffee-based skincare that targets cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. Aside from the fact that I love trying new beauty products, Frank Body is coffee-based. I cannot NOT try some of its products. Also, did I mention that everything is cruelty-free? :)
Imagine yourself sitting on a terrace somewhere in the South of France, Spain or even Italy, having a coffee on a peaceful summer afternoon. Even though it’s currently glacial in Montreal, that was the feeling I had when I stepped inside Café Castel. I had been anticipating this coffee experience ever since I saw pictures of the interior on this Top 10 list of coffee places to visit in Montreal before I die (or something like that). The decor made the ambiance absolutely perfect. I’ve been searching for a place just like this one.
Located by the McGill University downtown campus, I was surprised it wasn’t filled with students studying after class or meeting up with friends. Though it was busy, the café was spacious enough that it didn’t feel crowded or intolerably noisy. I easily found an empty table by a large window and made myself comfortable while waiting for a classmate to arrive.
I had been wanting to pass by Café Humble Lion for quite some time now but was never able to find the right moment out of my hectic schedule at work to go. I think at some point I told myself I was going to try their coffee before I head to the office in the morning but my love affair with my warm bed gets in the way of my early bird plans…every time. Luckily, I was early for one of my night classes last week and thought it was my chance. It might never happen again. I made sure I had the right address and made my way to coffee spot.