Essie Spring Collection 2016 & A Special Competition

Today I have two special things I really wanted to share with you, both from one of my favourite nail brands, essie. Firstly, I have managed to get hold of the new essie Spring collection, which is right up my street. It has creamy, bright, unique shades which just scream spring to me and I was so excited to paint my nails with the collection. Secondly, essie are collaborating with the renowned photographer Rankin to celebrate beautifully painted nails and essie’s collection to create a ‘Colour Portrait Studio’. I’ll tell you all about it, but first I need to share the new Spring collection because it is just stunning.

Essie Spring Collection 2016

The collection compromises of six nail polishes, and the colours just work so well together, so they were a treat to take pictures of. As you can see I got a little snap happy!

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Here are the shades in the collection:

  • High Class Affair; an amorous blush nude shade
  • Lounge Lover; a pretty pink peach shade
  • Sunshine State Of Mind; a blazing coral tangelo (which is great with a tan)
  • Off Tropic; a lush grove green shade
  • Pool Side Service; a refreshing blue shade with undercurrents of green running through it
  • Shades on; a creamy violet shade

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

The shade that caught my attention straight away was High Class Affair, as I am all about the nudes at the moment. I’m liking the nude toned nails to create the ‘polished’ look and this shade is perfect for that, it also has an apricot/peach element to it which really makes it stand out against my tanned skin . It is so creamy and it applied like a dream, two coats and fully opaque.

I also automatically gravitated towards Lounge Lover, it is such a spring/summer shade and again it applied like a dream. I needed two coats for full opacity. I love a good pinky coral on my skin tone and I think this one might be my new favourite.

Orly Poolside Service

Orly Poolside Service

I swatched Pool Side Service straight away when I got hold of the collection, it is quite a unique shade and unlike any other colour I’ve worn. I can’t even describe this shade properly, it’s a blue with a greenish tinge to it. I know, not the most glamorous description, but the words are evading me today. The formula for this too is just amazing, I only used one coat and it came out so opaque and perfect. Why can’t every polish be like this!

Overall I think this essie spring collection 2016 is my most favourite collection of the year so far, the formula of every single polish is just perfect, and the shade selection is really well thought out as there seems to be a colour for whatever mood you are in. This collection is now out in stores and each bottle retails for £7.99. You can pick it up here – link.

Orly Rankin

Orly Rankin

Okay, now let me tell you about this amazing competition essie are hosting.

essie and the renowned photographer Rankin are partnering to celebrate beautifully painted nails, with their long-awaited ‘Colour Portrait Studio’. Opening for one day only on Tuesday 17th May at a secret Central London location, hundreds of colours will be brought to life on the day. Attendees at this event will be treated like VIPs from start to finish, having their nails polished by essie manicurists, and their hair and make-up professionally done ahead of their very own once-in-a-lifetime photo shoot with Rankin. essie is offering everyone the chance to secure a place and be polished and snapped like a star.  This opportunity will be open until the 28th April.  Attendees will leave with their very own colour portrait by Rankin, starring their own beautiful essie nails! To enter the competition, simply follow essie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and upload your best nail selfie using #essiexrankin and @essieuk.

I think I will definitely have to take part in this competition, can you imagine how amazing it would be to have your picture taken by Rankin! I would love to know if you too are tempted by this competition. Oh also, let me know what your favourite shade from the collection. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Kylie Lip Kit Kourt K Review

Ever since Kylie Jenner launched her much coveted Lip Kits, I have been itching to get hold of one, because if there is one thing that girl knows, it is how to pull off a good lip. I finally managed to get hold of one recently, so I decided to do a Kylie Lip Kit Kourt K review for you all today just in case you too were interested in finding out how these perform, if they’re good quality and worth splurging on.

Kylie Lip Kit Kourt K Review

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Rather than just do a written blog post, I decided to film the first impression of the Kylie Lip Kit in Kourt K, as then you could see how it applied on in real life rather than just in pictures. I’ll be honest I was really quite hesitant in splashing £30ish on a product I had never tried in person, but considering you do get both a lip liner and a liquid lipstick AND it turned out to be pretty good quality, I am happy with my purchase.
The shade itself is stunning, it is a really deep matte purple, and I don’t have anything like it in my collection. I’ll be honest I got caught up in the hype around the product, I wasn’t sure I even wanted to buy it, especially in this shade, but before I knew it I was caught up in the frenzy and was past checkout. However I am so glad I did pick this shade up, as I don’t have anything like this in my collection and I do genuinely love it. If I hadn’t picked it up, it would’ve been months if not years before I dared to wear something so bold.

Kylie Lip Kit Kourt K Review

Kylie Lip Kit Kourt K Review

I hope you liked my Kylie Lip Kit Kourt K review, do let me know if you would like to see more videos like this, I am thinking of picking up more shades so I would love to share them with you when I do. Let me know your thoughts and make sure you subscribe to see more videos. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Changing Up My Skincare with Yes To Carrots

I’ve often talked about how I suffer from dry skin and how I am always on the look out for new products to try to help combat it. I had a fairly set routine for the last couple of years consisting of a lot of Bioderma products, and although they do work, I felt my skin was getting used to it and I also wanted to try something new and effective. The brand  Yes To, has come to my attention a few times, but I’ve just never got round to trying it. Today I wanted to share with you a few products from the Yes To Carrots range as I’ve been using them for over a month now and feel ready to share my thoughts.

Yes To Carrots review

Yes To Carrots Review

Yes To Carrots Review

A quick overview of the brand, just in case you haven’t heard of it. Yes To is an all natural beauty line using the benefits of fruits and vegetables to power products for our skin. They’re free from harsh chemicals and there are different fruit/vegetable ranges to suit all different skin types. My skin type is normal/dry so Yes To Carrots was the range for me. This brand really appealed to me as I had heard so many good things about it, and if I am going to try something new, the fact that it is natural and full of goodness, makes me less scared of reactions. Let’s get onto what I’ve been trialling.

Yes To Carrots Review

Yes To Carrots Review

Yes to Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream

I’ve been in the market for a new day cream and night cream, so I was really excited to try this product. It is very moisturising, you need the tiniest pump for the whole face (I’ve learnt this the hard way) and you get a completely shine free finish. I think that is something I’ve struggled with and put up with, the shiny finish most ‘dry skin’ moisturisers leave me with, so it was really refreshing to try something that didn’t give that. I was worried at first this meant it wasn’t moisturising enough but as my dry patches didn’t appear and my face didn’t feel tight throughout the day, clearly I was wrong. I am still testing it out, will let you know if this becomes a holy grail for me. This retails for here £9.99.

Yes to Carrots Fragrance-Free Intense Hydration Night Cream

I love how rich and soothing this product is, I’ve been applying it every night and each morning when I was my face my skin feels really soft. Again, for such a rich cream, this does not feel oily or greasy, instead it is very silky and feels like it really seeps into the skin. As I write this, I did actually forget to apply it last night and this morning my skin really felt it, my face has a tight feeling to it which I do not like at all. It’s fragrance free, which is great for people with sensitive skin, but I’ll be honest I would like a teensy bit more fragrance in it to make it smell nicer for me. But it is such a small complaint really, I’m not too fussed and it wouldn’t stop me from using it and benefiting from it. To be honest, it is probably a good thing as I am adding on less thing to my face. This retails here for £9.99.

Yes To Carrots Review

Yes to Carrots Exfoliator

Yes to Carrots Fragrance-Free Exfoliating Cleanser

This is a product I can give you guys a full review on, as you tend to get a feel for cleansers and exfoliators quite quickly. I’ve been on the look out for a new exfoliator for a little while now, and this couldn’t have come along at a better time. I can really tell this is an exfoliator aimed at dry skin, as it doesn’t strip my skin of moisture, the cleanser part is quite creamy and nourishing however the exfoliator part has the grit I crave to get a really good exfoliation of the face. I feel like it spreads really easily over the face, and it washes off easily too. As I do suffer from dry patches, I need something that can get rid of the dead skin that dry patches leave, and this is so effective for removing that. I’ve been using this two to three times a week, and I can say that I have noticed a definite difference in my skin and it’s radiance. Of course the change in my skincare as a whole contributes to that as well, but I used this product way before I started on the other two and even by itself I could see a change in the appearance of my skin. This retails for £6.99 here.

I feel like my first foray into a more natural skincare routine has been a largely successful one, and I have been really pleasantly surprised by the Yes to Carrots range. I think subconsciously I thought that with it being a stripped back all natural brand, it would lack the quality of the products I’m used to but I couldn’t be more wrong. I am still trialling out the moisturisers but so far so good. I can’t believe how affordable the brand is either, again I assumed because it is natural and has organic ingredients I would have to pay a little more than I am used to but I am glad to have been corrected.

I hope you liked my review of the Yes To Carrots range, remember even if you don’t have dry skin like I do, there is a range to suit every skin type so have a read here to discover yours. I’m really excited this year to try new skin care products and juggle up my skin routine so expect a skin care routine video in the coming months. Speak soon, Tanzina x

The Next Nail Colour Collection

I’ve never really ventured into the Next beauty collection, and although I have heard good things about it and seen it in store, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never really looked into the collection further. Bad beauty blogger. However after attending a Next beauty press event, I was really intrigued to find out more about their beauty offerings. I’ve recently been wearing a shade from the Next Nail Colour Collection that I had to share with you all as I’ve fallen rather in love with it.

Next Nail Colour Collection

Next Nail Colour Collection

Next Nail Colour Collection

I’m not really one to opt for grey, brown, black shades on my nails as I though they would look dull when worn and not really attractive. However the pearlescent finish on Molten Platinum caught my attention and I was intrigued to find out what the formula was like as well as I’m always on the search for long lasting formulas.

Next Nail Colour Collection

Next Nail Colour Collection

Next Nail Colour Collection

Molten Platinum applied like a dream, I used 2 coats and I got a really opaque finish. I’ve been wearing this shade all week and I’ve actually had quite a few people comment on it. It’s like a gunmetal grey shade, with tiny shimmers running through it that adds another dimension the polish. It is quite an unique shade as well. What has impressed me most about this polish is the formula, it applied really smoothly and no lie, I’ve worn this over a week now with very very minimal wear and tear. I topped with my favourite top coat, Seche Vite, and the result was a really shiny glossy grey nails that I can’t stop admiring.

These nail polishes are really affordable at £4 each, and you can pick up 3 polishes for £8 which to me sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

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Next beauty have a lot more nail polish shades in their Next Nail Colour Collection, I was gifted a baby blue polish with silver glitter running through polish called Frozen (quite fittingly) which I think will make for a very pretty summer shade so I will definitely be dipping into that in the coming months. I’ve also been having a look at their makeup collection, and some pieces such as the Smoky Eye Shadow Quad in the picture above have really caught my attention, so I’m quite excited to try more products from the range. Initial swatches show the palette to be really pigmented, so I am waiting to try it out in a look before I can report back and let you know if it is really as good as it looks.

I hope you liked this quick overview of my first Next nail colour, I would love to know if you have ever tried anything from the Next beauty range and if you have any recommendations for me. Speak soon, Tanzina x

New Video: March Favourites

Hi loves, I’ve been quite quiet over the past week over here, simply because I have so much going on in my personal life. However I have quite a few posts lined up that I am really looking forward to sharing with you. Today I have a new video for you, I have finally turned on my camera after a week break and filmed my March Beauty Favourites. This month hasn’t been as experimental are others, I’ve been using some of my firm favourites over and over.

March Favourites

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I hope you liked this video, I think I have an unboxing video coming up next so keep your eyes peeled for that. Like I said I have quite a lot going on in my personal life at the moment, however I will try and vlog and let you guys know as much as I can. Make sure you follow me on Instagram to find out what I am up to.

If you haven’t yet subscribed to me, please do! And I would love more video suggestions. Speak soon, Tanzina x