Sight-seeing, cultural walking and wandering has my heart. I may be a stereotypical millennial cliché, just traipsing around the same old hipster area as everybody else but I love it. Which is why I’d *usually* always opt for a city break. However.. a big however. This year I went back to Portugal with my family and had ~the~ most relaxing week of the year (so far.)
After taking a few hours to actually locate our villa, we arrived and my fears of not seeing a spectacular building (I’m not an architect or anything but I really appreciate a good building) was no longer present as it was heavenly inside and out. From the modern décor, a balcony with a sea view to the tennis courts- it had ~everything~.
We stayed -just- outside of our usual destination Carvoeiro, but still ventured into the town each night.
I spent most of the days laying flat sunning on a lounger, flicking flying beetles that landed on us, having dips in the pool, watching Portuguese Netflix from my walk in shower and eating my body weight in fish for dinner. We also had a mini golf tournament on our putting green- which reminds me we never actually finished it. As well as, a walk on the cliffs/climbing rocks whilst wearing a mini skirt and espadrilles. It was the ultimate relaxation break (even though I feel like I now need another one) but at least the sun is starting to make an appearance in England.
I apologise for being MIA for so long, I feel like I’ve neglected the blog for the past two weeks. But I do have a good excuse..
I’ve been in Portugal *post to follow v soon*.
I planned to write this post on the plane on the way out, edit the photos and publish it as soon as I got Wi-Fi. But in true Grace style the only time I opened my laptop was to watch Netflix in bed, after hard days of sunbathing, eating & drinking- oh the struggles of being on holiday.
Every time I go away I over-pack but this year, something crazy happened and I under packed (!!!) – am I okay? When grabbing some essential holiday items from Primark I picked up a little make-up bag (I think it’s probably a pencil case) and I managed to fit *most* of my essential beauty products in it. These bits have fast become my favourites…
Chanel- Coco Mademoiselle
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’re probably thinking- not the bloody Mademoiselle again. I’ll admit I bang on about this perfume all the time. But every time I spray it, it gets me all heart eyed.
NYX Frame & Tame, Tinted Brow Pomade.
This is pretty much exactly the same as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, but under half the price! I’d say the only difference is that the consistency is a little lighter and you have to apply a tiny bit more if you want bolder brows. But if you’re like me who only lightly fills them it actually works better than the ABH.
Jo Malone- English Pear & Freesia
I couldn’t pick my favourite Jo Malone scent as they’re just all too good. But, this is the one that made it in my clutch most nights of the holiday. I think it’s because it’s such a light and fresh scent. If you had to represent Spring with a fragrance this would be it.
Barry M, Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint- Paparazzi.
I’m crazy fussy when it comes to red lipstick. I’ve tried SoOo many different brands and shades but have only ever liked Eva Longorias Red from L’Oreal (which I can never find anywhere!) But I finally found this one.. I would still pick up the L’Oreal over this, but it’s a great alternative if you want a red that’s super bold.
Bourjois 123 Perfect Liquid Foundation.
In the summer I tend to have a bit of a mare with foundations. The sun kindly brings out all of my 469165 freckles and heavier foundations just do not sit right on top of them. This is just right as it’s really light but with medium coverage- but still not enough to stop people asking if they can do dot to dot.