I'm in the Maldives!

There are only so many beach photos you can take and there is certainly a limit to how many you can shove in people's noses but I fear that I am going to exceed the acceptable quota over the next few days.

I am currently on an island in the Maldives (LUX) and it's one of the most incredible places I have ever been - picture postcard incredible. I am only here for a few days but I intend to make the most of it in my own way by following an itinerary similar to the one below:

9am - Breakfast. Go down to the buffet barefoot - because nobody seems to really wear shoes on this island (thank God I didn't bring heels).
10am - Get in the sea right outside the villa, spot baby sharks, get slightly unnerved by baby sharks and retreat to the lounger. Repeat the sea/lounger movement for a few hours.
1pm - Go for a walk or bike ride, grab an ice cream at the free ice cream station and take 49454954 pictures of the beach.
3pm - Nanna nap.
5pm - Sundowners and sunset watching. Comment on how "big the sky is here" and marvel at your stupidity.
7pm - Get ready for dinner. Due to the casualness of the island get ready means that you put on some concealer and mascara.
10pm - Have a shower in the bedroom's outdoor bathroom and convince self that creepy crawlies are really okay.

Bed. Repeat next day.

I mean.....just beautiful! I wish I could properly capture the sky at night. I have never seen stars like it in my life.

On a superficial note, my only complaint is that my hair has not understood the memo on salt water. It is meant to transform into gentle waves but my hair has interpreted that as frizz with an extra side of frizz. I didn't bring many products at all so along with the no makeup policy I seem to have adopted this week I'll throw in Monica from Friends Barbados hair as well.

With that point in mind, I wore a big arse hat for my walk and sundowner excursion today. This was an old purchase from Reiss but I always knew it would come in handy. The tunic/cover up is one of my favourite ever purchases from Zara - I really feel like I could go anywhere wearing this.

Hat: Reiss (old)
Tunic: Zara (old)
Shoes: Carvela (now sold out)
Sunglasses: Celine

I am trying to think of other posts that I can write while I am here - I don't want this to become some nauseating beach photo diary - so expect "something" else this week in between the holiday stuff.

Hope you are all well!

Bookmarked #1

I want all the things and I would quite like them all now. However, this is not always justifiable so I have ploughed my efforts into devising a wishlist instead.

I had a lot of fun doing this - possibly not as much fun as actually buying/trying the selected goodies but who can resist a bit of fantasy shopping every now and then?

Here are the products that I currently have bookmarked!

On my list: Beauty

1. Laura Mercier Creme Eye Liner in Envy - I had something of an emotional moment when I saw this on the Selfridges "New In" Beauty section. Could this be MAC's long discontinued Shade fluidline reincarnated and brought to life by a different brand? Although I sound like a nutcase let me tell you that Shade was one of those gel liners that I bought backups of. I know I am not the only one that thinks of it fondly...please, is there anyone out there that understands how excited I am for this? Shade was the perfect green liner - adding definition but also contrasting wonderfully with neutral shadows - and I am pretty sure Envy will do the job equally as well.

2. Malin & Goetz Dark Rum candle - right, okay. I am talking about a candle. Is that beauty? Maybe/maybe not but this has long been on my wishlist due to it's scent mix of rum and leather. It sounds warm, exotic and a great room filler. I really hope it lives up to the hype. There's nothing worse that buying a $50 candle only to realise that a lowly Bath and Body Works 3-wicker does a superior job for a third of the price...

3. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - I pick this up every single time I am in duty free. I spray it and immediately love the splash of aromatic citrus. I want to smell this good every single day. I want to have the giant bottle that the models carelessly throw about in the shower. I want it all but I never want to allocate the cash to get it so I blow it all on more pink lipsticks and blushers. That's money well spent, isn't it?

4. Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow - I think this foundation would be right up my street. It parades itself as the definition of youthful skin. Sold. I just need to hold out until I am at a counter because as I have found out over the years, a base product is almost impossible to buy online.

5. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks - I don't even care what colour I get, I just want these. I tried Simone's during our rosemantic minibreak together and the consistency....the consistency is unbelievable. It glides. That's all I can say. It glides onto the skin, evenly depositing pigment as it goes and the blending is foolproof. I need. I want. I will have.

6. NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow - now I did actually order a couple of these but Space NK didn't deliver to my UK address in time so I'll now be hopping over to Selfridges to pay the exorbitant shipping fee and ensure that they reach me over here. I know these are going to be great but I get my knickers in a twist when I try to decide what shades I actually want. I think it's because I want them all.

7. Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation - it's a foundation and it's from Tom Ford. This is meant to be a lovely formula, lightly matte with just enough coverage to even out a complexion. I have read a few reviews and it's interesting how differently this performs on varying skin types. Meant to be a no-no on oily skins, its a great staple for others. I want to try it and add my two cents.

8. Sarah Chapman Overnight Body Treatment - I am a sporadic body moisturiser. At times I will be slathering myself in the stuff and other times I get lazy. I like the idea of using this intensive body moisturiser every now and then to redress the balance. Plus, Sarah Chapman is a brand I have a lot of faith in.

9. Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Night Crimson - there is a lot of Charlotte Tilbury action in this post. I think this is a result of the fact that she is not yet available over here. You always want what you can't have etc. Night Crimson is one of those colours that manages to scare the bejeezus out of me whilst still proving enticing. I want to wear this in Winter months and frighten anyone that looks at me.

10. Oribe Surfcomber Mousse - although this has received mixed feedback I love the way Anna Lee looks when she just gently pushes this into her hair. It manages to achieve that effortless texture - granted this is probably a result of her skills as a hairdresser but I have faith in the Oribe. I will buy it, pump out a golf ball size amount and hopefully not achieve the crunchy mousse-laden locks of my youth.

So that's my wishlist - well, today's anyway. Watching videos and reading blogs means that the items on it change on a regular basis. What do you have your eye on beauty-wise? Enable me!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipstick/Rebellious Rose

There’s nothing like a good lipstick to kick off the week on a positive note. Meet Rebellious Rose from the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipstick.

I had heard mutterings about this new formulation from Lauder – namely that it was opaque in one swipe while still feeling lightweight and non-drying. It sounded good but I cannot pretend that I didn’t have some preconceptions before trying/buying this. I pictured basic packaging and perhaps a wee whiff of “old lady” in the formulation.  Admittedly the packaging is a light plastic but the magnetic closure lends a nice design touch and as far as the scent goes it’s a delicate light vanilla.

And the formulation? Every bit as good as the rumours led me to believe. It’s so well balanced, like a hybrid between a MAC Amplified and a MAC Cremesheen. The sheer level of pigmentation means that you need a mirror and a steady hand but once it’s on you won’t even detect it on your lips. The level of moisturisation is that effective. Of course, what that also means is that it just doesn’t stay there long. I average about 3 hours before I end up with a faint reminder around my lips.

Now the shade I plumped for was Rebellious Rose. 

There is something “magical” about this type of tone. It just makes me feel like a grown up and also goes some way to brighten and define my face. By Terry Terrybly lipstick in Flirty Rosy does it, Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rose Brown does and it and now this one does as well.

This range is not currently out in the UAE (I got mine at Heathrow duty free) but when it arrives I would be tempted to look at the rest of the shades….

Ha! This is such a lie. When this lands I WILL be buying Defiantly Coral because that looks incredible and was the other shade that I came this close to buying.

Skin: Clarins Extra Comfort foundation in Honey, YSL Souffle D’Eclat powder in 04, Clarins Summer Bronzing Compact
Blusher: Tarte “Natural Beauty” with a teeny bit of Benefit "Watts Up" on the top of the cheeks
Eyes: Charlotte Tilbury quad in “Vintage Vamp”, Laura Mercier Crème liner, Tom Ford brow sculptor in Taupe, MUFE Smoky Lash mascara (SO grateful to have this back in my makeup stock!)

Lips: Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose with a dab of Smashbox’s Be Legendary lip gloss in “Illume”.

Thanks for reading and I hope you had a fab Sunday. 

Have you tried these lipsticks from Estee Lauder

Thumbs down

Isn't it disappointing when you pay through the nose for a 5 star hotel and get a rubbish experience in return? Simone and I only stayed at the St Regis Saadiyat Island for one night but I can't say I would be in a hurry to go back and I would definitely not recommend it to any of you. This is especially odd as I have been to this hotel so many times before and always had a fantastic stay. Now though the seem to be consistently over-occupied and drowning in complacency as a result.

This is obviously a very #firstworldproblems thing but we both have full-time jobs, work hard, and occasionally like to splash out on something luxurious. I had such high hopes and am gutted that the service was so poor.

Still we got to drink mojitos, wear funky sunglasses, watch beautiful sunsets and eat some yummy food (outside of the hotel I might add) so it's not all bad. Swimming in the sea and sitting on the beach has made me even more excited for my holiday next week - I literally squeal whenever I think about it :)

Wardrobe wise I overpacked - as usual. I mean I bought options. Yes, I bought options for a one night stay! We are talking two bikinis, 2 cover-ups, a few tees....just ridiculousness.

In the end I just played with the same clothes, mixing up the accessories to keep it interesting. One of my favourite things was a pair of crazy sunglasses from ASOS. They are a blue floral print on a cat-eye frame. They feel a bit retro to me and if you can't wear wacky sunglasses on the beach, where can you? 

Cover up: Zara (old)
Sunglasses: ASOS - Link!
Bag: Celine

I also bought along what can only be described as a beach clutch. 

Is this a whole new genre of unnecessary accessory? Yes, yes I think it is. 

Anyway this is another ASOS bargain that I bought for my holiday and so far, it's proved to be a worthy £12 investment. And it has scalloped edges so you know, that's all I needed to see before I bought it. 

Finally, my slouchy breakfast/moping around outfit is featured below. I cannot tell you how much I love these Warehouse utility trousers. They feel like pyjamas and possibly look like them as well. You're also looking at an outfit that will most likely constitute next week's "plane outfit". 

Top: Mango (old)
Trousers: Warehouse - Link!
Bag: Celine
Shoes: Carvela - Link!

I hope you all had a great start to your weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with some kind of beauty post because I got some great goodies last week that I need to talk about! 
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