Thursday, April 7, 2016

Travel Edit: My Guide To Hamilton Island

Picture this. 

Crystal clear waters. 

Endless white sand. 

Zac Efron riding topless on a surfboard...

Just kidding. 

But picture that too if you want. 

Hamilton Island was honestly a dream destination. 

Being the first tropical place I'd ever travelled to, I had extremely high hopes. And boy did the Island live up to them. 

Think Hawaii meets a private Island aka super tropical & beautiful but also super quiet & relaxing. 

From the in-pool bar, to the wild golf buggy trips to the secluded bar on top of one of the Island's highest road accessed peaks, this place was honestly a dream come true.


My partner & I stayed in the Palm Bungalows. It was initially a toss up between the Reef View Hotel with a view of the ocean or the Bungalows. Being quite private people, we chose the Bungalows. 

Each Bungalow is open planned with one room holding the bedroom, a kitchenette & a TV & sofa lounge. Then you have built in wardrobes & an ensuite with a shower & separate toilet. 

You also have your own private deck out the front with a hammock that can be retracted if you plan to come home late & don't feel like tripping over (yes I did learn the hard way). 

Your room also gets made up every day. You get fresh beach towels & bath towels & they make your bed & clean up any plates or cups in the kitchen. 

If you book the Bungalows ask for the closest one possible to the hotel. We had Bungalow number 4 which meant we were right next to the hotel putting us in close proximity to the beach & the main activity & shopping centre. 

Our Bungalow was also conveniently located on ground level so we had easy access to our charging points with the golf buggy we hired. 

If I had the choice again between the Reef View Hotel & the Palm Bungalows, I would definitely hands down pick the Palm Bungalows. 

If you're after privacy, peace & tranquility, then this is the way to go. 

Things To Do

With all Reef View Hotel, Beach Club & Palm Bungalow bookings, you get unlimited access to all water sports that are available for hire. 

This meant that on our trip we were able to use the 1 & 2 person kayaks, the snorkels, the paddle boards & the windsurfers as many times as we wished and for as long as we wished. 

There's also 4 different pools that you can pool hop between on the island, all within extremely close proximity of each other. 

You have: 
- The Main pool with an in-pool bar
- The Reef View Hotel pool 
- The Sails pool 
- The Catseye Beach pool 

Our package (The Escape to Whitsunday's) also came with a full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef & a half day trip to Whitehaven. If you travel to Hamilton Island & don't visit either of these places, you are definitely missing out. 

The Great Barrier Reef snorkel was incredible. Words cannot describe how amazing of an opportunity it was. The underwater life was breathtaking. This snorkel trip was honestly the highlight of our trip. 

The half day trip to Whitehaven Beach was probably a close 2nd on the highlights list. It nearly made it to number 1 however the Barrier Reef trumps any other activity any day of the week. Whitehaven was amazing though. You can't even prepare yourself for how breathtaking it is. 

We closely followed a family of 5 Stingrays in water so clear it's like you're looking through glass. The sand was whiter then I even imagined. Seriously an amazing place to visit. 

Besides the in-pool bar there's also another bar spot that you definitely have to visit. With the same name as an extremely popular TV Series, One Tree Hill caught our attention immediately on our first buggy drive. 

Set up like a little beach shack with a modern twist, One Tree Hill is positioned on one of the highest road accessible peaks on the Island. If you're in the mood for some delicious house made cocktails with a view of crystal clear water then One Tree Hill is pit stop you should definitely make. 

Food Time 

The restaurants. 

Oh where do I begin. 

Let me just say that the restaurants on Hamilton Island had the best service I have ever experienced. Ever. 

Coca Chu was hands down the best restaurant I've ever eaten at in my life. If you love Asian cuisine then you must book in here. Bookings need to be made in advance during peak time as it books up extremely fast. It's worth the wait though. The taste explosion you get from each dish is honestly incredible. 

If you're looking for convenience then the Reef View Terrace & Sails Club are the go to. Both are positioned in the main centre & overlook their own pools. So if you're down for a meal & then a cheeky midnight swim, head to either. The food is also extremely delicious & filling. 

Tako was the first restaurant we visited & is a Mexican Restaurant with a modern twist. The meal portions are quite small so if you're feeling hungry, I would suggest not visiting this restaurant. The food was delicious however trying to feed a grown 23 year old man requires a lot more than 2 small tortillas. I do recommend it for a yummy lunch or snack & drink. 

For a special occasion, Bommie is the place to go. We unfortunately didn't get to visit this fine dining restaurant due to the fact that it was booked out every night however we did have the opportunity to have causal drinks & nibbles on their upper deck which overlooks the ocean & gives you access to the endless starry night skies. 

Travel Tips

1. If you're travelling after March, I recommend packing an umbrella. We left just as their rainy season was kicking in however when it rains, it seriously rains. 

2. Book a golf buggy! For the days that aren't filled up with cruises or snorkelling trips, a golf buggy is seriously a necessity. Travelling around the Island can't really be done comfortably by foot unless you love some good old sweating & heart pumping. 

3. Keep your room key on you. If you're a Reef Hotel, Palm Bungalow or Beach Club resident, then everything & anything can be charged to your room. Very dangerous but also very convenient. The Island does have a no key no charge policy, so keep it on you. 

4. Don't be scared to book in some activities. I know holidays call for down time but I feel like not trying some of the Island's actives on offer would be a serious loss. We did the speed boat adventure & the Quad Bike tours & absolutely loved them. This was on top of our Great Barrier Reef tour & Whitehaven Tour. They also have Jet Ski Adventures, Sunset Kayaking & Sails & turtle diving adventures. 

And there you have it. 

All of my Hamilton Island knowledge packed into one post! 


Disclaimer: I do not own any business or personal names mentioned nor do I own any attached photos. All original content is © Monique Glasby Blog 2016 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: The Almighty Kylie Lip Kits

Okay so these bad boys have finally arrived. 

And boy did I nearly buy myself a bottle of Moet to celebrate (okay so maybe that "maybe" isn't really there, and I actually did. That's one secret you'll never know). 

Seriously though, the wait was a nail biter. 

BUT, they arrived. 

So ladies, get comfy & get ready. 

For those of you that aren't lucky enough to own one yet, you're going to get the low down on just how amazing these kits are. And for those that do own them, well you can hear what I think about them & then decide whether my opinion is correct & super "dope". 

Let's do this.

Swatch Time

Okay so before I begin, I'm going to do a swatch of each kit. I got all 4 of the nudes excluding True Brown (that's more of a burnt nude / dirty nude).

Here they all are swatched on my arm.

(To put it into perspective, I wear Too Faced Born This Way in Ivory mixed with a dash of Light Beige & I have a strong yellow undertone).

From Left to Right: Koko K, Candy K, Dolce K & Posie K

Price Check

So when I purchased my kits the Aussie Dollar was slightly higher than it is now, so what mine cost will vary slightly to what someone else's a week later may have cost or what it would cost to buy them today.

Each Kit = $35

Shipping = $18 (to Australia)

If you were to buy a kit right now, here's what they convert to:

Each Kit = $38

Shipping = $19.50 (to Australia)


The packaging is stunning! All ingredients and directions for use are listed on the back where you can also find Kylie cute Signature.

If you're a box hoarder like me, these will definitely find their way into your collection.

I find the bottles are filled with a tonne of product too. Some Lip-glosses & Liquid Lipsticks I own are under-filled which is quite annoying. The bottle design is also very modern & the applicator is an absolute dream. These show stoppers MUST be on display at all times.


Dun dun dun.

This is where I give you my two cents worth & tell you whether I loved them or hated them.

I'm either going to light up your heart or break it....

I honestly don't even know where to begin. I had such high hopes for these Lip Kits & my golly gumdrops did they smash them out of the ball park.

Regardless of whether the ultimate fashionista & beauty guru was behind them, these bad boys are insane.

I have super dry lips at the moment & even when my lips are soft & supple I find liquid lipsticks & matte textured lipsticks so drying. I honestly only ever choose creamy and glossy lipsticks & glosses because matte lipsticks dry me out. However, these lipsticks & lip liners are as smooth & soft as a baby's bottom.

The lipliner itself honestly feels like butter on your lips. It's creamy & it's pigmented. Some liners are so drying and un-pigmented that they usually snap off because I have to press so hard. The liquid lipsticks are the same. It's like putting Vaseline on your lips & even when they dry they feel juicy & plump.

Also, if you're a scent addict like me, then these are the ultimate scent jackpot. Think cupcakes meet vanilla lip smackers (especially if you're a 90s kid).

So utterly perfect.

The bonus for me is that they're cruelty free. I think this is huge step for all animals as Kylie really does have a huge influence on millions of people around the world. All lip kits besides Candy K are also Vegan - another added bonus.

My rating out of 10: 11/10 (+1 bonus for cruelty free).

These kits are like Zac Efron meets Nutella. Crazy I know. (Seriously can you imagine though if that actually happened? I can't think about it for too long or I may find myself on the next flight to the USA with a jar of Nutella & a map of his house).

In all honestly though, I can't fault them. They're worth every penny you pay & actually work out to be more affordable then most high end brands in the same category if you were to buy a lipstick or lipgloss & a lipliner.

My advice: grab one while you still can.

P.S. My current favourite: Dolce K. I love me some dark nude! I may even purchase True Brown. 

P.P.S. If you are dying to get your hands on a kit and are struggling going up against 150,000 + girls & guys, then I suggest you check out my previous post. It contains all the tips & tricks you need to successfully get your hands on quite a few of these tubes of gold.

P.P.P.S. Kourt K is on it's way! So I'll be updating this article once it arrives with some photos & new swatches.

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