Saturday, 24 January 2009

Paradise...


Good morning ladies! The weekend is here, yay!

While I was trying to get to sleep last night, I came up with an idea for a new post, which could potentially be a TAG if anyone is interested!

I was reminiscing about my 2008 summer holiday to Grenada (Caribbean Island), thinking about how truly wonderful it was, and about how much I would LOVE to go back.


It was only my second real holiday abroad, the first being 2 weeks in Portugal when I was turning 16. Growing up my family and I holidayed in the UK, being as my Mum was terrified of flying. I had been abroad to the likes of France, Germany and Belgium on school trips, but the weather was always naff and you were with a bunch of grimy school kids and teachers - not what I call a holiday! Don't get me wrong, I loved our UK holidays (I didn't know any different) and have such wonderful memories, and was very grateful that my parents saved up to afford for me to go on school trips, but when you are a teenager and all your friends are jetting off to other countries, you wonder why you can't too!

Anyway, this isn't a life history, this is about paradise: that little piece of heaven on earth, that just makes me think "if I could chose to die anywhere, it would be here"! You know, that feeling of utter bliss. For me, that was in Grenada. I will be eternally indebted to Colin's family, they paid for us to accompany them on their holiday. They said we deserved it, we had moved out the year before, scrimped and saved (we still are!) and really struggled, but we never gave up, never begged for money or to come back home, which they were proud of! So, as a treat, they paid for us to go to Grenada with them for a week! FYI we stayed at the Grenadian Rex Hotel.

That one week in Grenada started my love affair with the Caribbean - I have no qualms in saying this is where my heart lies, even after I week, I would do anything to move out there! Granted, I would do anything to move out there and live in an all-inclusive hotel with a private beach, but fundamentally it is the lifestyle, the country, the people, the weather and the food that I fell for.


On this holiday I conquered my long standing fear of water, by swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing...you name it, apart from scuba diving, I did it! Which for someone who gets panicked when my head goes under the water too much in the shower, is a BIG deal! I also slept better on that holiday than I ever have in my life, the air cleared my permanently clogged up nose, and just knocked me out every night! The food opened my taste buds (and expectations) to a whole new world. The sun (and OMG it was damn hot!) became my best friend...which when you think about how pale I am, and how the heat is normally my enemy, is quite a statement!


Yes I got sun-burnt a few times (on my bum from too much snorkeling, OUCH!), yes I got a tiny bit of sunstroke (I get that in the UK too, and always get ill on holiday, it's inevitable!)...but all in all, I just LOVE it. I want to go back, but part of me thinks I should try out some other Caribbean destinations first...but I almost want to stay faithful to my first 'country' love! I had the best time there! Love, as they say, at first sight!



So ladies, my question to you is, what is your definition of paradise...your little piece of heaven on earth?

x x x

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Review: Revlon ColourStay Foundation

Right ladies...time for a review I think!

I'm going to review a product that comes highly recommended here in the YT and Blogging make up community: Revlon ColourStay Foundation (for Combination/Oily skin, my shade is Buff)



I've been using this foundation for near on a month now, after not wearing anything except powder as a base for almost a year! After seeing many videos on YT raving about this, I decided it would be worth investing in. If you recall from one of my earlier posts I got a good deal when I got this, and got a ColourStay Eyeshadow quad free too...oh I do love a bargain! Back to the point, rambling here!

I mainly have only positives to say about this Foundation, in my eyes it ticks all the boxes: gives excellent coverage, helping to create a flawless look; mattifies my skin which has an annoying tendency to be shiny halfway through the day; has serious staying power; is a fab base for other make up products; and also smells nice too! I was worried wearing a foundation again would feel heavy and cause my skin to breakout, but I honestly haven't experienced either with this Revlon foundation, which gives it a huge thumbs up from me!

The only rant I have about this is the lack of a pump, meaning sometimes you have to waste a bit of product because you can't control how much your pour out. Also you have to be very rigorous about your make up removal at the end of the day, as I said the staying power really is good, even on oily skin, and you need to make sure you remove it all before bedtime!

I do think this product will last me quite a long time, you only need to use a small amount, and once you get used to controlling how much pours out you don't waste much! I tend to apply this with my fingers if I'm rushing, however if I have a bit more time I use my Body Shop foundation brush, which I'm also really pleased with. Both fingers and a brush blend this product in really well, so you shouldn't have any problems there!

If you have any questions please just ask! I would also like to know if anyone has invested in the ColourStay Pressed Powder too, and if so what are your thoughts please?

I hope you found this useful, and I think I covered everything! Comments below as ever if you fancy!

By the way, I know I mentioned I was going to be doing an up-to-date haul video, and I promise I will! I've been a bit busy this past week, what with the funeral yesterday and everything...but thank you for all being patient :)

x x x

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Revlon nail polish request


Kerry1487 asked me to post a pic of my new Revlon 'Cherry Crush' nail polish, so as requested here it is:



Please excuse the pretty naff painting of my nails, I'm growing my acrylics out before I get them removed (decided to do it next weekend instead of today in the vain hope they will be easier to remove!), but the colour came out pretty true. Photographed with the flash.

Any more requests let me know in the comments section! I'm going to try and do a 'What's In My Bag' post this afternoon, once I have done all of my housework...yawn! Stay tuned!

x x x