I don't know if this is just me, but I often find that the new releases I am not interested in, become the ones I fall hook, line and sinker for. The new Urban Decay Flushed cheek palette is no exception to this rule. Other products that fall into this category are the new Nars Multiple sticks and the MAC Kelly Osbourne range. Anyway, I digress...
I have owned this palette previously. Not in this particular colour range, but the original that first came out at the beginning of 2013. Fast forward a year and a half and the folks at Urban Decay have added three new shades to the lineup and I am convinced that the formulation of these have changed since the original. The powders are much softer, more buttery and blend easier. I did buy the original palette, but the shades were not great for my complexion. The bronzer was too orange, the highlight to shimmery, and the blush was too bright. Yet I did like the thought process behind it, it's everything you need in one handy compact.
The three new shades are in keeping with the Naked theme, but also replicate the names used for the Urban Decay revolution lipsticks; Native, Streak and Strip. I picked up the shade Streak, and it must have been fate, as there were only two left. It was always my intention to get Streak. Had it have been out of stock, I wouldn't have picked up one of the other two, simply because it's the best match for my skin tone.
The bronzer is much cooler than it's predecessor, however it does warm up once applied to the skin. The highlight is beautiful. Soft and shimmery, it's what I would consider to be a peachy colour, that works well with both the blush and bronzer. To top it all off, the coral blush is equally as stunning. It's matte, which is quite rare to find, and warms up my complexion without it looking too dark.
If you’re heading away somewhere nice this year, I think this palette would be the perfect addition to your makeup bag. Three products in one, dreamy shades and light enough to carry around with you. For £22 (check places like BeautyBay and LookFantastic first, they are usually cheaper), I think it's a great price!
I have to be honest, this post is completely overdue; I actually went to Tenerife this time last year. I'm finally sitting down to write this review and I must admit that looking back over the photos is making me want to go back! We had an amazing two weeks there in August, and having never been to Tenerife before, I can safely say I would go back in a heartbeat!
We stayed at the Gran Tinerfe, an adults only hotel that is part of a small chain. It's a sea front hotel, with stunning views. It's been recently refurbished, our room was gorgeous! Really modern and fresh. It was actually a bungalow room, which led out to one of the three swimming pools the hotel has to offer. The bed was super comfy too - always worth mentioning!
Our bungalow had a patio, which was perfect for sitting out in the afternoon. It was also the perfect place to get outfit posts, much to my boyfriends delight.
Most evenings we dined at the Los Menceyes Restaurant - the most contemporary self serve buffet I have ever seen! We didn't eat here every night, but as it was included in the price we paid, we did want to make the most of it. There was something for everybody, from seafood to pasta, beautiful desserts and delicious breakfasts too!
This image is hotels own - I didn't feel it was appropriate to snap away in a busy restaurant whilst people we enjoying their meal!
We started most evenings on the terrace, drinking cocktails and watching the entertainment the hotel provided. There was a real variety - everything from saxophone players to dj's. I would highly recommend treating yourself to a delicious cocktail whilst watching the sunset. Make mine a Pina Colada!
The pools were beautiful. The perfect temperature and there were always plenty of sunbeds to go around. They have a rule about laying out towels before a certain time, which I think is a brilliant idea. We did witness somebody lay there's out and not return for 4 hours! Needless to say, the lifeguards had removed their towels. Rules are rules...
Of course, the holiday didn't just revolve around the hotel. Tenerife has so much to offer, it doesn't matter whether you want a quiet evening in a bar or something a little....louder. We spent a few evenings down in Playa De Las Americas, which is around a 20 minute walk from the hotel. We preferred to walk to Playa via the sea front, rather than through the town centre, it was quieter and it's much more scenic.
Our favourite places to eat here were Gula- a beautiful Mediterranean, Garibaldi - my personal favourite, the seafood paella is incredible, and La Trattoria- offering every possible pizza combination you could dream of.
In terms of bars, we were spoilt for choice. Both the Monkey Beach Club and Monkey Bar & Grill were amazing, a cocktail lovers dream. The prices are pretty standard everywhere you go, we just found the atmosphere at both of these bars to be to our taste.
I've got to be honest, the shopping here leaves a lot to be desired. There is a Zara and a Mango, but that's as far as it goes. The Safari shopping centre has a couple of shops, but I didn't come back with anything in terms of clothing/beauty. They do put on a pretty water fountain display in the evenings, that always draw the crowds in.
We did enjoy a round of mini golf at the Parque Santiago hotel. There is also a supermarket here, should you wish to stock up on any essentials. There is also a lovely little sweet shop and ice cream parlour. Well...it would be rude not to!
We bought tickets for Siam Park from the hotel reps, and it's literally a (very steep) 10 minute walk from the hotel. The park itself is excellent, the rides are perfect for thrill seekers. They also have a lazy river, huge wave pool and a sea lion viewing area. We also paid for fast tack entry, which you could use on a certain amount of rides (I think it was 7, but don't quote me!). We opted to use the fast track on the 7 busiest rides. doubling up on a couple of our favourite rides. Well worth doing if it's busy!
I do hope you enjoyed this post, and if you are thinking of, or have already been to Tenerife, please let me know in the comments! I love to hear other peoples experiences.
I am a huge perfume hoarder. I am always on the look out for new releases, so I was very excited when the lovely guys over at Fragrance Direct asked me if I'd like to review the brand new fragrance from Hugo Boss: Ma Vie Pour Femme*.
"Hugo Boss Pour Femme Ma Vie was inspired by the independent spirit of a woman as she pauses to indulge in the simple moments in life; a walk home at dawn, the sun on her skin, the touch of a flower. It is in these moments, when truly treasuring life, that the BOSS MA VIE Pour Femme woman is her most captivating, exuding a glow of femininity and confidence. Fresh, indulgent and fulfilling, the unique
perfume and ingredient composition invites you to take the time to really treasure and savour each moment."
The bottle is typical of Hugo Boss; tall, classic and sleek. It is a beautiful floral scent that has top notes of cactus blossom (No, I didn't know that was a thing either), heart notes of pink fresia and jasmine petals, blended together with rose buds, and base notes of cedarwood. On paper, it's not a scent combination I would usually go for, I would think it too floraly. Yet one spritz of this and I was hooked. It's so light and fresh, yet has such amazing staying power. I can spray this in the morning and the scent is still lingering by the end of the day.
This beautiful perfume will be available from Fragrance Direct on July 24th. They always have amazing prices too, it's my go-to for the latest fragrance launches!