My friend recently turned thirty, and decided to spend the first May bank holiday weekend in north-west Sicily. Best. Idea. Ever.
Our base was a seaside town named Castellamare del Golfo, where we were welcomed by the apartment owner with a plate of pasticceria:
And I woke up to this view:
It was pretty damn balmy -- I'm grateful we didn't visit in the high season -- so most of what little makeup I did wear was pretty waterproof. I wish I had invested in some La Roche Posay sunscreen before I went, because that's the lightest, least offensive stuff I've ever used. Instead, I had to go with what was on offer at our local supermercato, which was your usual thick, white goop. Besides, most of the time I alternated between sweaty mess (let's go with "glowy") and salt-encrusted (or "beachy"). You've got to work with what you're given when you're on holiday.
I don't know what the rest of Sicily is like, but by most accounts, the eastern side is a lot more tourist-driven. The spots we visited -- Segesta, Erice, San Vito Lo Capo, Zingaro, Scopello -- felt really relaxed, and seemed to be holiday spots for other Italians.
We were there for three full days, and our routine went a little something like this:
- lazy breakfast
- decide on a main destination
- long lunch
- find a beach
- freshen up
- three course dinner.
Let's face it, though, you're probably here for the makeup. I packed three different reds -- all from the L'Oreal Color Riche Exclusive range -- for the weekend, because I'm ridiculous but also because it was Italy! La dolce vita, etc. (Also L'Oreal was three for two at Superdrug, so.)
I wore Eva's brick-toned red on our last night in Sicily, where I had the best pasta of my life at the Ristorante del Golfo. I thought it was fitting, what with the dusty landscape and architecture. Channeling a terracotta pot, or something.
I don't have pictures of me wearing the other two, because I've had a mad case of angular cheilitis and it's not really something I want to immortalise on the internet. I'll post them on my Instagram at some stage and maybe do another red lipstick round up post here in the future.
My favourite, Blake's Red, is what I would call the classic true red, maybe leaning ever so slightly cool. I wore this to dinner on our first night there, where I had some sardine pasta, a Sicilian institution. It's also proof that you should chuck the whole warm-skinned-people-should-wear-warm-reds thing out with the pasta water, because life's too short to play by the rules.
Julianne's Red is a cool-toned, blue based red, which I wore to dinner at San Vito Lo Capo, where we stumbled across a marching band festival.
All three felt really comfortable on the lips. They didn't last through dinner, but when you're eating dishes generally covered with olive oil or sauce, most lipsticks won't stand a chance.
More to come: Sicilian skincare, makeup, and perfume finds!