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NEW-IN MAKEUP I'M LOVING RIGHT NOW - CRUELTY-FREE/VEGAN

Wednesday, August 23, 2017



Okay, I promise that these are the last few makeup additions to my collection for now, as my lipstick section is already pretty full and there's only so much for one face, but I just really like find new products and brands that give you 'face' and become instant faves.

As well as having a few products in 'currently testing' status, there are a few that zoomed straight into my daily routine, and they deserve a little time in the spotlight especially as some are new releases perfect for thinking about that autumn lip you're going to start rocking soon (I'm still torn if I want sunshine or hot chocolates)



I was watching Rhian's channel when looking for cruelty-free/vegan recommendations and she picked Too Faced Born This Way* as her Ride or Die foundation, which I'd completely forgot about even though Zoe had shown me her whole collection when staying over, and since getting matched in Porcelain it's been one of my go-to faves. It's great medium to full coverage, and makes my skin look how it should be - natural, spot-free, not too matte or dewy, just the perfect finish.

I currently mix it with Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation for a warmer complexion, but come autumn/winter it'll be the right 'where has the sun gone' shade and sit well on top of all that much needed hydrating skincare. I'd say it's best for all skin types as it's easy to mix with other formulas if you're too oily or dry, but it's definitely a fab product that puts heavy duty coverage with natural looking texture!



Another love from Too Faced that is too good to eat (although not recommended) is Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Light*, and this has been amazing for a more natural bronze/blending out that contour. It's that lovely 'just sunkissed' glow that blends your lightest untanned areas with your chiseled cheeks seamlessly, a natural shade that's not too orange, brown, or grey, and breathes life and colour into your skin.

Come the cooler months, this will most likely be my source of glow and probably a bit more of a contour shade, but such a natural finish and I can't shout out enough how good it is (and how tanned it makes me look when I don't look or feel it)



A new launch which has not only got me really excited but also serves that long-lasting colour are the Pür Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks*. Now I've been a bit hit-or-miss with liquid lips, some brands being okay and others yes, but these are an instant yes and so different to anything I've tried; the formula is really creamy, borderline mousse, and has incredible pigmentation that lasted well through a burger and smoothie without smudging or bleeding - the ultimate test!

Pink lipstick isn't my usual, but the two more pink shades have a nice undertone of magenta in the lighter shade and dusty mauve in the medium, which makes them a bit more wearable I find and a little more...adult? Can you have adult pink shades? But they look softer and I kid you not, you can apply one dab of this on the lips and smush it out, and it still has amazing pigmentation that lasts - talk about a lipstick that goes a long way.


Finally from Pür is their Eye Polish* which is great for speedy sparkly eyes - you can use it as a primer, shadow, or a gloss on top of your chosen colour, and when I really cba with effort I always rely on this for a bit of summin'summin. Satin is a gorgeous rose gold bronzey shade, and it works for all occasions - running out to town? Going out for dinner? Just need something to add a pop without being too much? I kid you not, it will solve every eye makeup conundrum.

I'll admit it's best used with a normal brush and not the plastic spoolie it comes with (or fingers, because it goes up you nail and makes me shiver), and blends so easily - just pat, sparkle, and go!



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THE BEST VEGAN BURGER - OUT OF TIME PEOPLE, SIMBIOSIS, IBIZA OLD TOWN

Monday, August 21, 2017




After a winding drive from Es Vedrà, we finally arrived in Ibiza Old Town with bellies shouting for food and bodies dying for shade and breeze.




Despite being really prepared for vegan food, I had to quickly Google the best option in Ibiza Town from the car (thank lord for no roaming charges!) and came across a restaurant which had come up a few times but I hadn't checked out properly called Out Of Time People - Simbiosis.

It's a fully vegetarian and vegan restaurant, all organic and fresh, and was a saving grace when it came to re-fueling a group of over-heated ladies.







We all opted for the daily special of pink and mint lemonade, chinking our glasses together as congrats for getting through the heat together, and quickly began scanning the menu for much needed deliciousness.

Despite having bread for breakfast, myself and Leigh opted for the vegan burger because when don't you get a vegan burger? We needed those carbs, and also I needed to compare burgers from across the island - maybe this should be a series, good excuse to go back and have more burgers.

Kelly and Jaye both opted for lighter salads which looked colourful and delicious, packed full of green goodness to get us through the afternoon, whilst Jess chose the Lentil Koftas which sounded spicy and too filling but looked and smelt like a dream - everyone had empty plates so you can definitely call this a successful meal.







The burger was absolutely out of this world, perfect flavour and texture whilst being the perfect amount of filling. Leigh and I kept catching each others eye and gave one another 'The Look' which meant it was so delicious and made lots of 'MMMMM' noises' I'd easily have eaten two.

With full bellies, we left in search of ice-cream and cold drinks, and also to find some pretty spots for photos.





Ibiza Old Town has a lovely mix of architecture, colour, and bustle - from the pastel salmon buildings to the biggest Mango you'll ever see, and the yachts with helicopters on to the families hiding under the trees, sipping cold lemonades and refreshment.

Speaking of refreshment, a long day in the sun with minimal breeze was beginning to take its toll and we were all dreaming of being dunked in water to make walking bearable again, so a group decision was made to head back to the pool and spend some time exploring the local area before heading out for a fancy last evening meal - because all trips revolve around food right?

With a few detours down pretty streets sprawling with flowers, we finally reached the car and headed back to base - grab your swimming costume, because the next post will be making a splash!




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This trip was complimentary of Enterprise and Talented Talkers who arranged our trip and provided transport, inviting us out to explore the island and test their European car locations. All thoughts and opinions my own, as is a love of burgers.


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FEELING ON TOP OF THE WORLD - ES VEDRÀ, IBIZA

Saturday, August 19, 2017



Waking up on our first full day in Ibiza was a mix of beautiful sunrise views and desperately needing a shower to cool off - Heatwave Lucifer was in full force even at 8am and had no intentions of holding off the heat.

After having a round or three of breakfast, we stocked up on water, suncream, SD cards and outfit changes, and headed out for our first long-distance drive of the trip.

We really wanted to discover as much as possible and explore more tranquil areas that people not so much into partying might want to visit, and a place that came up a lot for us when planning was Es Vedrà.










The third most magnetic point on Earth and speculated as the sunken tip of Atlantis, Es Vedrà is one heck of a natural beauty, and there are so many ways to experience the magnitude.

For example, you can catch a boat further along the island to sail around it, immersed in blue from sky to shore whilst Es Vedrà looms above you. You could also hike down to Atlantis, a beach at the foot of the Ibiza coast that as equally spectacular views and appears to have remains of past civilisations embedded in the sand.

If you have time, I'd definitely recommend looking into a boat ride or hiking down which takes about 40-60 minutes, but time was something we had limited resources of (especially in the heat) so we stuck to a clifftop view.









The sat nav can be a little tricky to pin-point, but if you end up off-roading down a rocky grey track, then there's a 99% chance you're on your way to the little car park located as close to the hiking tracks as possible (pop Cala d'Hort into your sat nav and all should be well).

When you park, there's a few bushes - recommended for a sneaky wee because there's no sign of toilets for miles - and some men 'on watch' and whilst we were super looked after, there are reports of rental cars being broken into and things stolen, depending on where you park, so always take your valuables!!

If you're like us and want a 10 minute walk to the ledge for snaps and sights, you'll go straight through the fenced areas and continue along a rocky path, with equally beautiful tree views on one side and bursts of ocean on the other. You'll then be blocked by a large bush and whichever way you choose to go round, you'll soon see Es Vedrà peeking out.








We were all honestly breath-taken when we saw how huge Es Vedrà was, there's something quite magnificent about a natural wonder, where you can feel a buzz in the air and see pure panoramic tranquility.

As it was reaching 34º, we swiftly snapped away and took turns sitting right on the edge of the cliff - I'll never forget myself, Kelly, Leigh, and Jess freak out when Jaye beelined for the edge and dangled her legs off without a care in the world. I won't lie, I did have to crawl about a foot or two away from the edge to get a photo as the open space gave me so much vertigo, but as we kept wanting extra poses or angles, I did get a bit more comfortable shuffling forward, just don't make me look down...








With pictures taken, bystanders kindly helping us do a Boomerang, and magnetic energy pulled in, we gathered our belongings and headed back to our car for some much needed air-con and hydration - oh mama, that cold air hits you like a dream.

By that time we were getting hungry, so it was off to our next port of call - Ibiza Town....


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This trip was complimentary of Enterprise and Talented Talkers who arranged our trip and provided transport, inviting us out to explore the island and test their European car locations. All thoughts and opinions my own, as is a love of air-con.

Some products in this post may have been sent for review or gifted, and will be marked with a * or c/o. All opinions are mine are not influenced by brands or companies. Please see my full disclaimer for more.

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