2016 Resolutions Update

I thought I would do a resolution update, as at the beginning of the year I was so passionate about my New Year’s resolutions. I was motivated, looking forward to the new start and I made a mental and physical note of all the things I wanted to achieve this year. As with all things, life does get in the way, and things don’t always pan out how you wanted them to. I thought I would revisit my resolutions just to refresh them in my mind and keep track of my progress.

2016 Resolutions Update

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 1. Get Fit & Tone Up

Well, where shall I start with this one. The above picture/e-card pretty much sums it up for me. January was a flop, I didn’t go the gym once and I put on 2 pounds. Although I am not concerned at all about the 2 pounds, I was really bummed out at about my overall fitness, I haven’t been eating well or drinking enough water. Exercise has been a foreign word. However I am not being too harsh on myself, I have been so drained of energy and have been struggling with my health all month. I finally had a blood test last week, I suspect my iron levels have dropped quite a bit. I am hoping to sort out my health this month, so fingers crossed I will back on track with this resolution very soon.

2. Fix Blog & Blog More

This is a resolution I am so happy about. So in my New Year’s resolution post I mentioned I have been having issues with my blog for the longest time. It is so disheartening seeing your stats drop unexpectedly and it does sometimes take away the motivation to blog. However I ploughed ahead, and finally, after a bit of SEO help and perseverance, I feel like my blog is doing the best it has ever done! This January was the best month for me since I first started blogging, so it has definitely motivated me to keep at it. I am slowly now going to concentrate on updating parts of my blog and make it prettier. I am okay with the amount of blog posts I have been creating recently as well, but I think I will try to aim for more posts each month.

3. Start Doing More YouTube Videos

Yay, another one that is still on track! So for the month of January I posted new content on my YouTube channel each week, and so far I am happy with how this resolution is going. Ideally I would like to post two videos a week, but I am not going to attempt to run before I walk. Fingers cross, this continues. I’ve inserted my latest video below just in case you were interested to check it out :)

Click here to see video.

4. Become More Organised

Hmm, I don’t know how I feel about this one. Due to my lack of energy and just feeling unwell, I haven’t managed to get a lot of things done last month. I am not beating myself up about it, but it would have been nicer to feel revamped and ready to tick off every box in my diary. However that being said I am making more lists on my phone of things I need to get done, and I am finding that quite helpful. Oh, I also picked up the book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying which I have heard so many people rave about. I am hoping reading this will make me tidier and more organised, I can dream right?

 5. Start Thinking About Settling Down

This is a bit of a funny one, because you can’t just magically make it happen, these things happen when they want to. I feel like I am getting into the headspace of, okay life isn’t going to be just about me forever, I do want to share it with someone but I don’t think I expected to see this goal progress in the space of a month. I think this will develop over the course of the year, and I am hoping I will have more direction with my life by the end of the year. We shall see what happens!

So it terms of progress, I’d say 2.5 out of 5 which is better than nothing right?! I do feel a little let down by my health if I am honest, but I am remaining positive and hoping once I figure out what is wrong I will be okay. I am actually making monthly resolutions now, of little things I want to accomplish each month, because I really think doing this resolution post has helped give me some direction for this year. Here are a few of my February resolutions, bear in mind I am not expecting to master them all!:

  • Post 6 videos this month – potentially do-able
  • Blog 10 times this month – again do-able
  • Work on designing a new header – I need inspiration for this, so need to do some research
  • Lose 2 pounds – might struggle with this one due to how I have been feeling recently, I might swap it with just feel better health wise.
  •  Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and de-clutter my whole room – maybe not my whole room…
  • Practise wrapping a saree – how can I be a Bengali girl and not know this!

I hope you liked my little 2016 resolution update, I would love to know if you have any resolutions this year and how are you getting along with them? Please let me know if any of my resolutions ring true with you! Tanzina x

New YouTube Video: What I Got For My Birthday

Hi loves, another Monday, another video! Today I uploaded a video I was so unsure about uploading, a ‘What I got for my Birthday’ haul. I know these kind of videos can be a bit of a sensitive one, and I didn’t want to come across as showing off or spoilt, but I knew I loved seeing these types of videos and was hoping you would enjoy them too!

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I felt so overwhelmed and grateful this year especially for all the love that was shown to me. I had such a great birthday and I actually managed to vlog some of it, so I will definitely try and edit that and show you guys some clips.

Find the video: here

Let me know what you thought of the video and what kind of videos you’d like to see more of. I am thinking to film a makeup look next as I haven’t done a makeup video for a while. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Review

I though I would do a quick Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara review for you all today, as this is a mascara which has just launched in the UK on the 1st of February. I have been using this for around a month now and really trialling it out just to see what my thoughts on it are.

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Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Review

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Review

Elizabeth Arden is a brand I really like, mainly due to their 8 Hour line however this was the first time I was trying a mascara from the brand, so I didn’t really know what to expect. When this first arrived, I did really like the packaging as it was a bright red, meaning it wouldn’t get lost in my every day makeup stash, and I wouldn’t be digging around trying to find it in the morning. Honestly I think I should do a video or post on my every day makeup stash, it is a mess and in dire need of organising!

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Review

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Review

Immediately upon pulling out the wand, I thought okay, I could get along with this mascara as it was a plastic wand. After years of trialling mascaras, I tend to favour plastic wands although every now and then I am impressed by the fibre ones. The wand has a slight curve to it which really helped in lifting my lashes, I didn’t realise how much of a difference that would make, but it really made my lashes stand out.

I don’t really build my mascara up, when I do, my lashes glue together really unattractively and it just isn’t a pretty sight. However with this mascara it was so easy to build my lashes, and they looked so defined and obvious. I’ve inserted a couple of before and after pictures below just so you can see the impact this mascara made to my lashes.

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Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance

I didn’t even know my natural lashes could look that long! I am truly impressed with this mascara, it has been a very long time since I used a new mascara that made me stare at my lashes so much. I took these pictures yesterday, but I couldn’t contain myself, I had to share it with my friends and social media straight away because the before and afters were so impressive.

I find the formula to be very black, which is a necessity for a dark hair gal like me, and also to be the perfect consistency. Actually scratch that, the first 3 or 4 times I used it, it was slightly too wet but as I used it more, it became the perfect consistency. Like I mentioned, it builds up really nicely which not all formulas do, and it doesn’t clump my lashes together. It is definitely more of a lengthening mascara, however volume definitely does build up as you build the mascara up.

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Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Review
Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Review
I thought I would make you guys aware of a special deal Elizabeth Arden are currently doing for the release of this mascara. Usually it is priced at £22 however to celebrate it’s launch, they are selling it for £15 all month this February when you take in an old mascara from Elizabeth Arden in store OR you can actually pick it up online for £15!  You can pick it up here.

I am so in love with this mascara, I actually featured it in my monthly favourites (if you haven’t seen that already I’ll leave a link below #shamelessplug). I have been using it literally every single day I wear makeup for the past month or so, and it is definitely a mascara I would recommend for someone looking for length and looking to build up mascara without clumping. If you do want to try this mascara out, I would advise picking it up as soon as possible so you save a bit of money.

Click here to see my Monthly Favourites video.

I hope you guys liked my Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara review, it has been a bit of a picture heavy post but I just loved how the pictures turned out that it was really hard not to put 50 pictures in! Let me know if you would be interested in trying this mascara out, and if there are any mascaras that are your favourites! Tanzina x

New YouTube Video: January Favourites

Monthly favourites has been something I’ve been wanting to share since I first started blogging, but although I did share a few posts on the subject, it is not something I’ve stuck to. However, like I have repeated over and over again, this year is going to be different, and I am really happy to say that the first month has been going really well. I have so many favourite products, holy grail items, that some of you guys may have heard me talk about here over and over again. However my Monthly Favourites January 2016 consists of products I’ve used all the time in January.

Monthly Favourites January 2016
I think videos and posts like these will actually make me rotate my makeup stash a little more, although I suspect skin care and hair care won’t change up that much as I tend to stick to what works for me.

If you cant see the video, click [here]

January Favourites

January Favourites

I hope you like this video, do let me know if you spot some of your favourites. I am thinking of doing a chatty makeup look/get ready with me next, although I am wondering what kind of videos would you like to see more of? Tutorials or chatty videos such as ‘what’s in my bag’ or just a mix of both. Please do let me know! Tanzina x 

LA Girls Pro Concealer Review

When I first started getting into makeup I was obsessed with eye shadows, I had to have every colour I could think of. Then I grew up a little and decided I wanted lipsticks instead, and I have amassed so many over the years. Recently I have been collecting concealers, I don’t know why, but I find them so satisfying. I thought I would do a LA Girls Pro Concealer review today, as this is my latest concealer and I’ve really been testing it over the past month.

LA Girls Pro Concealer Review

LA Girls Pro Concealer Review

LA Girls Pro Concealer Review

LA Girls Pro Concealer is a concealer which has been so popular on social media with lots of YouTubers and Instagrammers raving about it. I think what makes it even more attractive is the really affordable prices of these, my friend picked this up for me from Beauty Base for just £5 each. With the highlighting and contouring trend still going strong, it is so surprise these where a hit as they really do help make the process easier. The brush and the squeeze tube packaging is very practical, both for application and also for travelling with. It doesn’t seem like you get that much product, with the product containing 8g, however I compared it to my much loved Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer, and that contains 10g but is priced at £20! So really, you are getting quite a bit of product for your money.

LA Girls Pro Concealer Review

LA Girls Pro Concealer Review

I picked up the shades Creamy Beige and Pure Beige, as I felt they would match my skin tone the best. As I was going for shades to highlight under my eyes and my face, I wasn’t look for something that was the same shade as me, instead I wanted to go a few shades lighter. I actually didn’t pick them up in store myself so I used Google images to find swatches and made my decision based on that. Luckily, I got the shades right! My favourite is Creamy Beige as it is slightly lighter and brighter on my skin tone.

LA Girls Pro Concealer Review

LA Girls Pro Concealer Review

So what is the consistency and coverage like? Well let’s start with the consistency. This is really creamy, blends easily and it dries down nicely too. There is no shine, it is matte and it doesn’t crease under my eye. So in the consistency/finish category, it is definitely a thumbs up from me. However, I find the coverage isn’t up to my standards, I like my dark circles to disappear completely, like they have been erased. And my other concealers such as the Anastasia one and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer especially, make the dark circles disappear. This does cover dark circles, and is fine for every day use, but as I have gotten used to really good coverage this doesn’t completely satisfy me.

That being said, I still do really like this concealer. It is just so practical, and easy to use. The consistency isn’t too thick so if I am in a rush I can blend it out easily and it is more than good enough for an every day/work day makeup routine. For more glam looks, I would opt to use my other concealers if I felt I needed coverage, and use this for highlighting. I can’t stress enough that I think this is perfect for cream highlighting, and I am definitely going to pick this up in a darker shade for contouring with.

Overall, I would definitely recommend these concealers. I feel like they are very affordable and you are getting such a good product for your money. I think I will try picking it up on my skin tone so I can use it on red areas and on other areas on my face which I wouldn’t want to highlight. I can’t imagine a highlighted spot/bump looking particularly attractive! You can pick these concealers up here or in store at Beauty Base. Tanzina x