I did a post like this way back over Christmas and you guys seemed to like the mix of beauty and lifestyle so I thought I'd bring this format back for my recent trip to Spain, since I didn't do a full post on it (it was just so chilled-out that it didn't seem to warrant it!) This is the lowdown on what I got up to and the lipsticks that came along on the ride with me. I hope you enjoy it!
Thursday: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush | $7.99 | This is a little bit like a more summery version of my usual kind of lip colour. It's a very warm nude shade with orange undertones. I really like the formula of this because it's so comfortable to wear, though I don't find it quite as opaque on the first swipe or as long-wearing as a true matte.
I wore this to the airport, so it was one of those times when I put it on in the morning then never really bothered to touch up during the day! Our flight was in the afternoon, so I spent the morning packing before catching a taxi to the station to meet my friend, then we caught the train to the airport together. We were there in plenty of time so had a wander around Duty Free and got some lunch at a pretty leisurely pace. The flight to Malaga was a little delayed, however our other friends were flying from London slightly later so we were going to have to wait around a little anyway. In the end we arrived at the same time and got the taxi to Alumnecar. We didn't get to the apartment until after 10pm, however it was really lovely. My friend's boyfriend's parents who owned the place kindly left us out some Cava and nibbles, so we tucked into those (and I had a quick top-up of powder on my face and Clay Crush on my lips) before heading out for a late dinner and drinks.
Friday: MAC Matte Lipstick in Tropic Tonic | £15.50 | We spent the day by the pool and eating, so during the daytime I didn't really go for much on the lips (other than an SPF), however I whipped this out for the evening. It's a gorgeous coral tone that's bold but somehow just works for me.
In the evening we had a few bottles of wine on the balcony before heading out for dinner in the town around 9ish. I decided to pair Tropic Tonic with a red dress I picked up from Missguided's concession in Selfridges at the Trafford Centre (find it online here) and my Topshop floral bag and I was really pleased with how they went together. We found a really nice seafood restaurant on the sea front and shared paella, starters and salads (as well as copious quantities of wine!) Afterwards it was pretty late so we headed straight out to a bar for a dance. We ended up sat on the outdoor beach area of the bar until about 4am, chatting and getting ridiculously soppy!
Saturday: Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Everything Nice | £9.50 | It was another really easygoing day (I've come to appreciate them in my old age!) so I was passed out on the beach for most of it! However for the evening I went for quite a bronzed, neutral makeup look and decided to go with this really comfortable, non-drying liquid lipstick. It's a gorgeous warm-toned caramel-brown nude shade.
We made the group decision that it was 'maxi dress night' so I wore this with my River Island off-the-shoulder maxi dress. We were pretty late out to dinner (drinks on the balcony; you know the drill) but managed to find a tapas place. The service was questionable and I don't think they actually served us until gone midnight! However we were too 'happy on holiday' to care massively and it was another late night out. This one ended at a karaoke bar with us screaming Justin Bieber 'Sorry'. Yeah...
Sunday: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Honey | £19 | Our last day in Spain came around far too quickly! With it being a Sunday and us having a 3am start for the flight the next day (!!!!) we decided to have our main meal at lunch. So I decided to go for my standard 'don't know what to wear': the always-appropriate Fresh Honey. It's a gorgeously hydrating lip balm formula that contains SPF15 and adds a nice subtle hint of warm nude colour.
We went to a place called Los Geraneos (again in the centre of Almunecar), which we hadn't been able to get a table at the night before. The staff were so friendly and we had a nice seat outside. It was a set menu for €15 however there was so much choice and that included a drink and 3 courses! It was absolutely amazing and we virtually ate and drank all day! Afterwards, at around 5pm, we went for one last poolside chill before getting a light dinner on the seafront, sharing a few different seafood dishes. We got ice cream, wandered along the beach and then got a much-needed early(ish) night.
Monday: Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Red Berry* | £18 | It was a 3am start so it's safe to say I was barely conscious and communicating by grunting for most of the time, before passing out on the flight! However once we landed, my lips felt in serious need of some hydration, so I reached for my trusted Clarins lip oil. As well as being a lip care product, it gives a non-sticky glossy finish and a little hint of rosy colour.
Instead of going back to bed like a normal person when I got home around 10am, I had a major de-clutter and sort-out of my room (including my beauty storage) before unpacking and re-packing my things for our team away day.
Tuesday: Tom Ford Lip Colour Shine in Nubile | £38 | I know a 5am start doesn't naturally lend itself to Tom Ford lipstick but this was a bit of a naughty, but at least duty-free, purchase that I'd been dying to use. It's another great one for those of us who don't do lipgloss. It's a sheer colour but still fairly pigmented in a really nice warm pinky-brown nude colour. I really like the colour and the non-sticky finish and was pretty impressed at the wear-time given that I don't really expect sheeny, sheer lip colours to last very long.
We all drove down from Manchester to the Cotswolds for our team meeting/away day. The venue was really lovely, however the weather turned on us just in time for our outdoor activity. So I was stood in a muddy field in the countryside in the pouring rain, but at least I was wearing a Tom Ford lipstick!
Wednesday: MAC Matte Lipstick in Taupe | £15.50 | This is a lip shade I packed on a whim because it had been ages since I'd worn it, and I definitely remember why I've always loved it so much. It's a gorgeous creamy-but-matte formula in a warm-toned caramel brown nude. It's sort of like a Velvet Teddy equivalent but more suited to medium-warm skin tones.
We'd obviously all had a big dinner and drinks the night before at the hotel, so I wasn't feeling 100% however lipstick always makes me feel ready for the day. We pretty much had all the formal meeting stuff before driving back to Manchester (which took absolutely ages!)
So there you have it: my week in lipsticks! Which lipsticks have you been wearing lately?
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