This is our holiday style for Aruba and we wanted to give you all a few of our favourite beach outfits. We certainly feel that sometimes it can be a struggle to find cover ups that ooze a sense of glam or swimsuits that don’t make you feel self-conscious on the beach. For us, fashion and feeling comfortable go hand in hand. You want to look good but feel good too. Fortunately, we have put together out favourite beach wear that in our humble opinion are the perfect items for any beach destination. We hope you enjoy!
Thank you for reading our beachwear style guide! We hope you enjoyed and feel free to share some of your best beach style tips. Until next time…
There is nothing quite like taking off your make-up after a long day. It just feels good!
But sometimes we all feel a little lazy when it comes to taking off our make-up each day *cough* …Michelle.
However, it is important to have a simple routine that doesn’t take hours. Plus we all know that leaving make-up on your skin overnight is BAD!
We both have sensitive skin so we steer clear from products that can be harsh on the face. Also, we do not like to use products that are drying and take away from the natural oils in your face. That’s why we keep it Simple.
We can not fault the Simple range. It is very kind to your skin leaving it feeling soft and refreshed. And thought it would be nice to share with you all our night time routine when removing your make-up. We hope our post gives you some bed time inspiration. Please feel free to like and share our post. We would love to hear your make-up removal tips!
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Our make-up removal routine is pretty much identical! The Simple facial wipes are very smooth on the face and is the quick way to get rid of make-up. Use one or two wipes, depending on how much make-up your wearing. Also, they get rid of waterproof mascara with ease.
Simple Facial Wash
We love the Simple Facial Wash Gel! We have used this facial wash since our teenage years and it has worked wonders. It is not like a harsh soap that leaves your face feeling tight and dry. Also, it doesn’t get too foamy. Just place a pea size amount to your fingertips and massage gently onto your face and neck after splashing a bit of warm water onto your skin. It is a great way to get rid of any residue off of your face that could not be taken off completely from the wipes. Trust us when we say, it leaves your skin irresistibly soft and supple. It also makes you feel refreshed so we would also recommend using this facial wash in the morning too.
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
We have only recently been using the Simple micellar water. Before using the cleansing water we used to use the Simple Facial Toner. The toner is a great alternative for the cleansing water if you wish to give this a try too. What is perfect about using the Simple cleansing water is not only does it gently remove make-up but also helps to unclog pores and remove impurities from the face. The Micellar water is full of multi-vitamins that allows the skin to breathe. It is not heavy or sticky and makes your skin feel so clean. Simply use a cotton pad or two, to gently remove any further residue left on the skin. There is no need to rinse it off. It can used as the perfect addition to a toner, morning and night!
Finishing off our make-up removal routine we use the Simple Cleansing lotion. Again you only need to add a pea sized amount to your face. You can add to your fingertips and massage into the face or use a cotton pad. So whether you have oily or dry skin, it is a great moisturiser for all skin types. It does not give your face an oily shine. It is light and is the perfect way to complete your make-up removal routine.
We have enjoyed the food at Ping Pong for a few years now, but haven’t been for some time and decided to spend an evening dining at the trendy Chinese Dim Sum restaurant. There are a few Ping Pong restaurants in London, we chose the Bow Bells House location which is a five minute walk from Cannon Street Station.
The dim lit restaurant has a great atmosphere with delicious foods, amazing wine and cocktails. We ordered small dishes to share and started with the vegetable puff, soy chicken skewers, prawn and scallop sticky rice and black prawn dumpling.
The food was so delicious and came with a variety of different sauces which complimented the dishes. The vegetable puff was full of different flavours and the glazed honey melted onto the puff pastry perfected the dish. The soy chicken was cooked just right, it tasted as though it had been on the bbq and was served with a zesty orange sauce. You have to try the prawn and scallop sticky rice which tastes so good!
The rice was wrapped in a leaf which you have to unwrap, the prawn and scallop tastes great together so we definitely recommend this dish. All we have to say is mmmmmmm!! The black prawn dumpling just melts in your mouth and gets your taste buds going!
If you’re going to an event or meeting your significant other maybe choose something else on the menu as this dish is full of garlic but tastes amazing.
It’s not a night out without wine and cocktails involved! The cocktails were so tasty, Shelley had the lychee and roses martini which contained bombay sapphire gin, rose petals, fresh lemon and lychee juice. Michelle had the straight up daiquiri made with bacardi carta blanca rum, sugar, shaken with fresh lime juice.
We booked our table in advance, which we tend to do before eating out at restaurants. So we would say book a reservation to avoid disappointment. As there are other Ping Pong restaurants in London, when in the area why not try Ping Pong Southbank, Covent Garden or Soho.
We both love makeup and experimenting with different tones of lipsticks, eye shadows and blushers. The only difference with the products we use is normally the tones, colours and shades.
Lets be honest in the mornings we don’t have the time we would like to beautify ourselves so we keep our daytime look very fresh and natural. When going out to events or restaurants, we like to add a touch of glam. So our beauty tip to brighten up our day look for an evening out, is to add some highlight to our cheekbones and a rouge lip.
Before adding foundation to our skin we always apply a good base to our faces. We recommend The Body Shop’s All-In-One Insta Blur. We both have oily prone skin and don’t want to add too much buildup on the face which causes clogged pores. The Body Shop Primer is great to use as it’s perfect for sensitive skin. Also, it’s light, fluffy and smooth in texture and not heavy on the face.
Foundation can be a tricky one. We love wearing it, but it can be challenging finding the right shade for your skin tone. We both swear by MAC Studio Fix fluid foundation. It’s perfect because for one, it does not look like your wearing anything on your face. Secondly, it’s not too thick on your skin and feels light. Thirdly, SPF 15 is added to the foundation which is great for all seasons especially when the sun is shining. The finish is smooth and gives your skin a radiant glow. We’ve been using Studio Fix for years!
Shelley wears SPF15 Studio Fix NW50 and Michelle wears SPF15 Studio Fix NC50. We definitely recommend that you go in store and test out the foundations before buying so you can find your perfect match. Another great thing about using MAC foundations is that they recycle the foundation containers. So if you save around six MAC empty foundation containers, take the containers into your nearest MAC store you then receive a free lipstick.
Michelle uses MAC concealer NC50 mainly for the under-eyes. Being born with those pesky dark circles under the eyes, this liquid concealer is the perfect item to cover up those panda eyes. Simply dab a little under the eyes and use your foundation brush to blend in to avoid streaky lines. It certainly makes a difference to waking up tired looking eyes.
During the daytime we like to keep our eye make up to a minimum. We love to wear Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Care Mascara Ultra Volume Noir Black. This is a must have mascara and really brings out your eyes. While so many other products claim to give your eyelashes length and volume Bourjois actually works! Apply a few layers to your lashes and you will definitely see your eyes POP.
When we want to look that extra glam we use Naked eye palette by Urban Decay. Which has a variety of different bronze colours and is perfect for our skin tones. To finish the look on the eyes why not add eyelash extensions to give the lashes even more volume.
We have oily skin and tend to get quite shiny during the day. To keep the shine at bay, Shelley uses Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder Basic Brown 4. Only pat throughout the day on your T-Zone which takes that frustrating shine away. This powder is a must have and has been a trusted product for years!
To highlight our cheeks and add that necessary glow we use the MAC Sun Power Mineralize A74. It works well with all skin tones and definitely adds that sun kissed effect to your face.
A nude lip for us is the way forward for a daytime look. We use Revlon’s Creme 671 Mink lipstick which is light an amazing with that natural colour. Natural lipstick is great for an evening look too especially when you want to go for more dramatic eyes. When we add a pop of colour to the lip we keep our eyes more natural.
For a rouge or more darker lip we love Maybelline 757 Naked Brown which looks and smells divine. Lipsticks by Sleek are amazing! The colours we swear by are True Colour Lipstick Sheen Cherry 790 and Mulberry 788. Also, you cannot forget your Vaseline which adds shine and also prevents your lips from getting chapped and dry. 🙂
We did not know what to expect from Madeira, Portugal, but all we can say is WOW!
Madeira is one of the most beautiful islands that we have visited, with stunning gardens, amazing landscapes and picturesque views.
The scenery is absolutely amazing and we wanted to share with you our own guide of where to go and what to see when you visit Madeira!
We stayed in a boutique style hotel, The Savoy Sensimar Gardens in the capital city of Funchal. This was about thirty minutes away from Funchal airport (also known as Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport). It was a lovely hotel and we had an amazing sea view as well as a mountain view from our room.
The hotel even boasts a heated Jacuzzi on the rooftop with sun loungers and beds as well as a pool on the ground floor.
When staying in a hotel like this it is tempting to stay and get pampered all day but this is an island you have to explore. So get your walking shoes on!
One of our favourite days in Madeira was our trip spent to the west of the island. We went to one of the highest sea cliffs in the world, Cabo Girao which is 580 metres above sea level. We were a bit nervous (considering we are both scared of heights). As you step onto a transparent glass platform which allows you to look straight down you see the most breath-taking views of the mountain and sea. It is almost as if you can physically touch the sky!
Further west, we arrived at Sao Vicente which is a beautiful village with quaint local shops and the prettiest houses on cobbled streets.
We headed on to Encumeada, which is in the mountains and you can see fascinating views of the north and south of the island. As we drove up through the mountains, what was so fascinating were the clouds sloping around the trees. The temperature dropped so you did feel a chill. However, once we reached the top of the mountain, the sun was shining and it was back to summer temperatures. It was a truly spectacular experience.
There are an array of places to go and see when you travel to this amazing island, it would be a challenge to mention everything in one post!
Definitely visit the underground caves, the volcanic pools and we would certainly recommend taking a cable car up to the gardens. Also try the toboggan runs, very nerve-racking but a lot of fun!
We would certainly suggest that you go an experience this beautiful island for yourselves.
We enjoy working out, it’s part our weekly routine lol. It can be difficult trying to squeeze in a workout whilst balancing a busy lifestyle, but we’ve realised after exercising you never say to yourself ‘I wish I didn’t work out today’. Exercising clears the mind, makes you feel more energised as well as feeling fit. Working out 2-3 times a week for us is ideal, as we don’t like to overdo our workouts.
It’s always good to mix up your workout routine. We like to work up a sweat and enjoy high intensity cardio workouts for e.g. Spin and Legs, Bums and Tums (LBT). There is nothing quite like taking part in a high energy exercise class and getting those endorphin’s flowing, its a feel good factor. We do love a good stretch though. You find after a strenuous work out your muscles can tighten up. Always stretch before and after working out. Yoga or Pilates is a great way to stretch. Pilates not only relaxes the body but also relaxes the mind. Below we have put together the health benefits from our favourite three workouts.
The benefits from spin are mind blowing. Spin is a great way to burn calories, they say you can burn at least 500 to 700 calories from a single spinning class. Not only is Spin a good exercise to help tone and lose weight its a great stress reliever. Having a great instructor who motivates you whilst playing the best tunes helps. Spin is a good way of keeping your heart healthy, your heart is the most important muscle in your body so keeping the heart in tip top condition is key.
You can’t go wrong with Legs, Bums & Tums which concentrates on giving you that full body aerobic and toning workout. This class has a variety of workouts such as squats, lunges, hamstring curls, planks, crunches, curl-ups and many more. LBT has been a go to exercise class since the early 90’s and is still going strong. You can burn around 250-400 calories in just one class and is great for toning and tightening. LBT increases your stamina and endurance, builds strength increases energy levels as well as increasing your flexibility and mobility.
If you want to improve your physical strength and flexibility. Then you will find Pilates is the workout for you. This form of exercise improves posture, balance, muscle tone and joint mobility. Pilates is great for the relief of stress and tension and focuses on strengthening your core. Pilates helps with the balance between your mind and body and gives you a sense of well-being. This exercise is beneficial if you suffer from lower back pain.
Tucked away along the busy streets of London lies the perfect spa getaway everyone needs in their lives to chill and have some time out. Thai Square Spa is about a five minute walk form Charing Cross station which is perfect!
When you enter the spa peace and tranquillity hits you straight away, your shoulder automatically lower and you feel at peace as you’re greeted by soft music and the most amazing scents. The staff are so friendly and make you feel welcome, when shown to the changing rooms we were provided with white comfy dressing gowns, Thai Square Spa’s own flip flops and throw away knickers which are supposed to be used before treatments (but don’t forget your bikinis). We were guided down spiral stairs and entered a different world… literally. The dim lit lighting, soft spotlights and candles were sprinkled around the spa area that was exquisitely decorated with a mix of Roman, Thai and Turkish interior. In a row stood the masseuses and masseurs who stepped forward calling our name and introducing themselves to us, they then guided us to our treatment room.
Thai Square Spa has five Thai massage treatment rooms including six ritual massage rooms and one VIP suite treatment room. We both chose the same treatment which was the Thai Herbal Healer this particular massage is known for its traditional Thai herbal therapy to soothe, tense, stiff muscles. They massaged us with a warm herbal poultice which contained a variety of therapeutic herbs and spices. The technique was followed by a full body ritual massage with Jasmine massage and body oil. The treatment was for an hour and we were so relaxed we could have stayed on that massage table for at least another hour!
After our treatment we were taken to the relaxation/chill out area and was offered water or tea. We chilled there for about ten minutes before entering the spa area. Everything about this spa is top notch and just kept getting better and better. The spa boasts an incredible Jacuzzi which is very warm and toasty. It’s quite a deep Jacuzzi with stairs leading into it and the bubbles are so powerful which soothes your aches and pains. You can choose between the Sauna and steam room but being Shelley and Michelle we obviously tried out both! We began in the Sauna then finished in the steam room which is surprisingly large. Luckily for us the spa was empty so we had the facilities to ourselves. Next to the Jacuzzi there is an ice fountain that’s there to cool you down, stimulate circulation and eliminate toxins.
When we were finished chillin’ and taking full advantage of the spa we showered and made our way to the chill out area again and was greeted by a friendly member of staff who offered us more tea which is the most tastiest herbal Chinese tea. We relaxed on the comfiest white chaise and just chatted and took in the scenery and peaceful environment.
If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation why not try Thai Square Spa (here) it’s in a great location and was voted World Luxury Spa UK Awards Winner 2017.
We can not recommend visiting The Waldorf Hotel enough. We absolutely loved it. We ate and drank while relaxing in one of the most magnificent hotels in London. It does not get much better than that!