Thursday, 26 April 2018

NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil

I feel like my spring / summer beauty is always entirely centred around hydration. Whether I'm prepping my skin for the warmer weather, or nourishing it again after a day spent in the sun, achieving smooth, even skin is always my priority and the same can definitely be said for my lip care.

I've said it once, and I'll say it one thousand times, I cannot bear having chapped lips. And after visiting my sister in Cardiff to go see Dua Lipa (who I'm now a massive fan of btw!), she treated me to a couple of beauty goodies she's been loving lately (my sister, not Dua Lipa lol). One of which is NYX's #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil.

NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil Review

Late to the party, I'd been searching for the right lip oil for a while and have been enticed by Clarin's Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil on a number of occasions, but begrudged paying £19 for essentially a fancy lip balm. So to find out this particular one from NYX is only £6, makes it an utterly amazing bargain in my eyes!

Perfect for creating a smooth, hydrated base before applying a matte lipstick, or even a 'barely there' lip on days when I need some shine but want a natural look, this product is simply divine. It's light, nourishing, shiny (but not in a shimmy glitter way), and easy and comfortable to wear. I'm obsessed.

As a side note, this is all coming from a gal who owns arguably too many matte liquid lipsticks, and has been anti-gloss since probably around the same time Kylie Jenner's lips broke the internet. So you can tell what an impression this product has made on me.

NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil Review

Once a virgin to the world of lip oils, I can now honestly say I can't wait to go out and find some tinted ones to expand my collection too. Ideal for creating low maintenance summer looks, this NYX lip oil really is everything - it's a must-have for your makeup bags ladies!

Can you recommend some affordable lip oils from other brands I can try? Leave me a comment below!

Until next time..

Georgina 
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Saturday, 7 April 2018

The Perfect Pink Lipstick: NARS Audacious Lipstick Shade in Natalie & Precious Lip Liner in Menton


NARS Audacious Lipstick Shade Natalie & NARS lip liner Menton - Review & Swatches

Do you ever find yourself being talked in to a beauty product by someone, that you really don't need but you just get so drawn in by their passion and enthusiasm, that suddenly you're making your way to the till point with said product in hand? Because that's exactly what happened to me when I went to the Glamour Beauty Festival in London last month, and came away with a NARS Audacious Lipstick in the shade Natalie, and Precision Lip Liner in the shade Menton.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Shade Natalie & NARS lip liner Menton - Review & Swatches

I totally don't blame the makeup artist who did my makeup for me that day - they didn't know I was a weak individual with a lipstick addiction! And if anything I'm glad that I made the purchase because I've inadvertently found my SS18 shades.

When they did my makeup, they described combining this lipstick and liner together as a soft ombre. The shades beautifully complement one another and create a really stunning tropical pink-coral look that just looks gorgeous with a bit of a summer glow (or tinted moisturiser if you have to fake it like me!)

NARS Audacious Lipstick Shade Natalie & NARS lip liner Menton - Review & Swatches


Both products glide onto your lips, and are really creamy and comfortable to wear. They're described on NARS' site as having a 'soft-matte long-lasting finish' and I can totally vouch for this. They're highly pigmented, and just as vibrant as they look in their packaging - they really don't lose any of their colour when applied. In terms of longevity, I found both my liner and lipstick to be in tact still by midday, though the lipstick did need to be reapplied just to keep that flawless finish. I did get a little bit of smudging the first couple of times I wore this, because I was a little over zealous with the product, but once you realise that a little goes a long way you'll fall in love with these.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Shade Natalie & NARS lip liner Menton - Review & Swatches


I literally do not have a bad word to say about either product, and considering this is my first time venturing into NARS' range of lip products, I haven't been disappointed at all. In fact, if you'll excuse me I just have to go and discover some more of their shades to add to my growing collection..

Have you found your Spring / Summer 2018 lipstick colour yet?

Until next time..

Georgina 
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Friday, 6 April 2018

My Mexican Getaway - Akumal Beach Bay and Wellness Resort

Nearly a year later, I'm finally writing a post on my holiday to Mexico. For various reasons, I've not written this sooner, but having a major case of wanderlust on my hands, I think that now is the best time to reflect on the incredible resort I was lucky enough to be able to call my home for ten days last May.

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

When booking Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort, I knew to expect luxury, zen and stunning surroundings. I'd spent weeks in the run up re-reading the many TripAdvisor reviews and finding out as much as I could about the area. Having cast my eyes over the idyllic beach pictures for months on end, I thought I was prepared for the scenic beachside views, but I can honestly say that even thinking back to my holiday now, I can not get over how beautiful the resort was.

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico


Greeted with smiles, cooling towels and a cocktail that escapes my memories now, from the moment I set foot into the resort I knew that this holiday would be one of those 'once in a lifetime' kind of events. Having only stayed in all-inclusive hotels in Europe up until this point, it was eye opening for me to experience what I can only describe as absolute luxury.

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

The room was simple, but incredibly clean and had the perk of being on the ground floor (you wouldn't normally consider this a perk but wait for it!) which led out straight onto the beach. I spent many mornings rising early to go and stand and watch the sun rise over the ocean, rocking away in one of the cosy beach hammocks.

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

The selection of food available was extensive. There were all the usual home suspects you'd be familiar with, but also an array of Mexican delights to try. The highlight for me was the never ending supply of fresh fruit and fish, and don't even get me started on how amazing the guacamole and fresh salsa was. It's not difficult to go away and indulge in all the wrong foods, but at Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort, there were so many fresh, healthy and tasty choices, it would've been a crime to choose chips over the authentic creations available.

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

What's more is that there are four different restaurants on site, that offer a finer dining experience. We ended up eating in the dining hall for breakfast and lunch, but using the restaurants every evening. The impeccable service, themed cuisine and wonderful atmosphere meant that these restaurants were an integral part of our stay. For more casual meals, there was a fresh sushi bar on the beach where you could choose your sushi and see it be made up in front of you - teamed with a pina colada I was in culinary heaven!

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico

From day to day there was lots of activities going on at the hotel, from yoga sessions to tequila tasting, if you found yourself tired of the beach (I'm a sun worshipper so definitely wasn't!) then there was plenty to explore. I actually tried numerous activities both in and outside of the resort. from swimming in a cenote (a type of underwater cave), to a freshwater lagoon, as well as paddleboarding in the ocean, swimming with sea turtles and even quad biking through the Mexican jungle. Anyone who knows me will know heights is my number one fear, and I even found myself zip wiring across a Mexican jungle, after climbing up a ridiculously high platform that wouldn't have passed health and safety laws in this country!

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort Riviera Maya Mexico


I would return to Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort in a heartbeat. The combination of breathtaking beach views, unparalleled service and just the feeling of being in a relaxing, safe and restful environment allowed me to experience Mexico in a way that I didn't even know was possible. It's not difficult to understand why so many people return to this resort year after year, affectionately referring to it as there home under the sun.

Until next time..

Georgina 
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