Laura Geller Makeup Look

When I think of the brand Laura Geller, I think of baked products. You know, those pretty domed eyeshadows with different colours running through them in a marble effect? Although they were very pretty to look at, I lost fascination after a while and the products were pushed to the back of the drawers for me. That is until Cult Beauty started stocking them and I realised this brand has heaps more to offer. I’ve decided to create a soft wearable Laura Geller makeup look for you today with a quick run through of some of their products I have snatched up.

Laura Geller Makeup Look

Laura Geller Makeup Look

Laura Geller Makeup Look

Laura Geller Makeup Look

The look I went for was a soft romantic look with rosy pink tones through out. I have to admit I have fallen into the matte shadow rut, I can’t seem to create any looks without using mainly matte shades so I was really determined to break this habit with this look. I’ll quickly run you through the eye makeup products I used below but I just wanted to talk about two Laura Geller products that really made this look. Firstly the gorgeous The Wearables 5 Eye Shadow palette, this is a really densly pigmented palette that isn’t quite neutral but still very wearable during both the day and the evening. The colour pay off is amazing, with the burgundy shade being my favoruite as I love a warm cranberry shade. The palette is also very slim so you can easily slip it into your hand bag should you wish to. The second product that really helped create this look is the amazing Eye Calligraphy Trio. This is perfect for those wanting to master different eyeliner techniques, or even for pros to create funky designs. There are 3 eye liners in the set, a really thin nib called Fine Tip, a normal sized every day nib called the Classic Tip and a Slanted Tip which is perfect for helping you shape the perfect winged liner as the slant does the hard work for you. A went for a combination of the slanted for a slight wing and the thin to get into the inner corners effortlessly.

The eyeshadow palette retails for £28 and the eye liner set retails for £27 for three eyeliners.

Laura Geller Makeup Look

Laura Geller Makeup Look

 Eye Products Used:

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Gilded Honey UK

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Gilded Honey UK

For the face and lip makeup I went for pink hues with the blusher and lip, but my favourite part was most definitely the highlighter. I managed to get hold of the oh so coveted Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey (wow that is a long name!). I wanted this for so long and when it popped up on the Cult Beauty website I had to add it to my basket straight away. Good thing that I did as it was sold out minutes after I bought it. It was a close call, my heart was racing. This is a gorgeous golden highlighter with a yellow sheen meaning it really sets off warmer skin tones really well. When you swatch it, the finish looks almost metallic but once applied it is such a pretty glow. It definitely has a cult status in the beauty community and I think it may be the pièce de résistance in Laura Geller’s beauty stash – well, in my humble opinion! It is currently sold out on Cult Beauty but you can either join the waitlist here, or if you are of lighter skin tone try the Ballerina shade here. The product retails for £21.00.

Laura Geller Makeup Look

Laura Geller Makeup Look

Laura Geller Makeup Look

Face Products

MAC Whirl Lipstick UK

For my lips I went very simple and just used a lip pencil. I used the MAC Whirl lip pencil all over the lips making sure I lined the edges evenly. You can read my review on the pencil here.

I hope you liked my Laura Geller makeup look, normally I do a lengthy talk through of my makeup looks but today I wanted the focus to be on the new products I have from Laura Geller. My stand out favourite is most definitely the Gilded Honey highlighter, it is so gorgeous and really compliments my skintone. If you are of olive skin tone and up, I highly recommend giving it a try. I will catch up with you soon with some safari pictures in the next post! Tanzina x

My Get Fit Journey + Tips

My get fit journey is going so slowly, if it was a vehicle it would be a rickshaw going up a very steep hill powered by a leprechaun. It really is that bad. In the beginning of March this year I went to Portugal on holiday, and I think over a two week period I put on almost a stone in weight. I am still around 7-8 pounds away from my ideal weight, and that is not taking into consideration the toning up process. I thought I would today talk about a few things I have been doing and things I would like to do to help me reach my goal by the end of this year.

My Get Fit Journey

Working out clothes

 Would you believe me if I told you I never owned a sports bra up until a few weeks ago? Well you should, because it is true. I always assumed that a sports bra wasn’t necessary for me and it was more for women who are a little more gifted in the chest area compared to me. However it is so comfortable compared to a normal bra, and I like layering vests with sports bras and feeling like one of those fit girls from Instagram (the ones I would love to look like!) If you are like me and are satisfied visually, I would highly suggest treating yourself to one nice set of exercise clothes with the promise of more if you keep it up. Shopping is always a good incentive!

My Get Fit Journey
Fun Exercise Classes

I have done the whole Legs, Bums and Tums classes and I even attempted 15 minutes of a spin class before I thought I was dying. My stamina is really pathetic and one of those classes leaves me in so much pain that it completely puts me off going again. I clearly need to work on my stamina before I can get the best out of exercise classes as I think I am in the category before a beginner. So I have been going along to classes I know I will enjoy, such as trampolining. It is so much fun, although I am terrible at it. I get so scared of being up in the air, and my balance is all over the place but I enjoy it which makes me want to go back again and again. I would suggest finding something you enjoy and build up your stamina that way. I also enjoy going swimming but that is so much maintenance as I have to straighten my hair afterwards as my hair is a frizzy mess after it gets wet (now do you understand why it is taking me so long to get fit?)

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Work Out DVD

After reading reviews online, I bought the Charlotte Crosby 3 Min Belly Blitz workout DVD. Honestly this is so good, and if you are one of those people who doesn’t like leaving the house then this is the one for you. I don’t break a sweat easily, well I never used to, but this has my clothes soaked in no time. I feel really bad as I haven’t been sticking to it, but I will get back into it. Talking about sweating, since we are on such a lovely topic, the Sure Shower Fresh/Cotton Dry Motionsense Antiperspirant has been a bit of a lifesaver for me. It really does keep my underarms dry, I wish they would come out with a whole body one so I could keep dry all over. The technology behind it is that it bursts special capsules of antiperspirant when you move, so you get bursts of freshness as you exercise. My brother who plays football very regularly loves the Men’s version. He says he doesn’t need to reapply it like he did with his previous antiperspirant, so it feels like it lasts longer and a little goes a long way.

Yoga and Yoga Mat

Now this is something I would like to start doing. I would like to get into yoga and get a lot more flexible. There are lots of YouTube videos that can help you, however I have been eyeing up Yoga with Adriene as I find her voice so soothing. I wouldn’t say yoga mats are a necessity but I have been using one with the Belly Blitz DVD and it is much more comfortable than my carpet. I think it will be even more useful once I start doing yoga, and they are very cheap and affordable. If you wanted to focus more on the at home DVD I would say pick up a mat to go with it.

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Phone Apps

Another thing I would like to do: walk. It sounds so simple doesn’t it but ever since I started driving a couple of years ago, the amount I walk has become very pitiful. I downloaded the Map My Run app a while back and after a year of not attempting a single run I have deleted it to free up space on my phone. I have now downloaded the Map My Walk app and hopefully that will get used this time round. There are lots of useful free apps you can use, I have also downloaded the 30 Day Squat challenge to get me a little firmer in the bum area. Google best fitness apps for your phone and see what catches your attention.

my fitness journey

Beauty Necessity

When it comes to fitness, beauty comes second. It is not about the perfect contour nor the seamless blended shadow, instead it is about comfort. When it comes to swimming Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is everything. I apply it around my nose, and all over my lip and it genuinely helps in stopping those areas drying out. The product is like a moisturising barrier that doesn’t disappear after 5 minutes. I can imagine this being a life saver against harsh winds later on in the year when* I start doing my walks/runs (*when not IF)

Water

Finally last but not least, water. A few months ago I was drinking 2 litres of water a day but now I am unfortunately down to around 300ml a day which is really bad. Water is so important in maintaining your health and I am ashamed to admit that I sometimes forget that. I am definitely going to try and up my ante with drinking water, if you wanted a pretty bottle to drink out of I would suggest the BKR bottles which I spoke about here.

Woah, almost 1000 words later I am done! If you got to this bit well done, give yourself a pat on the back. I really hope this was useful/interesting to some of you and I really hope I manage to stick to getting better at getting fit. It is less of a weight loss thing for me and more of a lifestyle change, but it isn’t going to happen overnight. I will try to stick to it and do an update post in a couple of months. Let me know if you have any helpful tips and tricks, Tanzina x

Mamounia Lounge

A few weekends back, I decided to revisit Mamounia Lounge in Knightsbridge with a close friend of mine. We wanted a really nice relaxed evening with good food, and as I previously had enjoyed eating at the restaurant I thought it would be nice to take my friend there. I’ve been meaning to share restaurant/food experiences with you all as I personally love reading those kind of posts, so I thought it was about time I created some of mine.

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It was a really nice breezy summer evening, so I opted for an all-white outfit, bar the heels. The restaurant itself was full of ambience and character, teeming with people and a live DJ so the atmosphere was really lively and pleasant. I asked to sit at the back, which is a little section right by the kitchen which is much quieter than the front. If you wanted a little bit of quietness away from the crowd, I would recommend asking for a seat there if the section is open. The décor is gorgeous, with plush seats and huge cushions and rose petals scattered on the table.

mamounia lounge review

mamounia lounge review
mamounia lounge review
After I refreshed myself with a Strawberry Mojito mocktail (which I highly recommend) we set about ordering the starters. We opted for Jawaneh, which is chargrilled chicken wings marinated with paprika, oregano and lemon juice. It was nice, but mediocre so next time I think I will opt for something different as I think I was playing it a little safe. However the second starter of Merguze was mouth wateringly delicious. It is grilled traditional Moroccan lamb sausage filled with spices, red pepper and garlic and it was so tasty and delicious. It is served with bread and a cold aubergine mezze which itself was rather heavenly and we wiped the plate clean with the bread.

mamounia lounge review

mamounia lounge review

mamounia lounge review

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For mains I knew what I wanted, a really good tagine, in a traditional tagine dish. I love tagines as the meat tends to be really well cooked and tender, and the sauce very flavoursome but unfortunately it is quite hard to get hold of locally for me. I opted for the Chicken Tagine which is described as: Half Chicken marinated in a Lemon, Onion, Olive and Saffron Sauce Served with Saffron Potatoes, preserved Lemon and Olives. How good does that sound? It came steaming and bubbling and satisfied my craving perfectly. My friend went for the Meshoui, which is a shoulder of lamb which has been slowly roasted for 8 hours. As you can imagine the meat was so tender and soft and we both thoroughly enjoyed our mains. We also got a side Mamounia Special Rice which was a perfect compliment to both our meals. Feeling too stuffed from the food (neither of us have huge appetites), we decided to split a dessert although I’ll admit it was me that polished most of it off. I chose a Chocolate Fondant, a rich chocolate cake with a gooey melted chocolate centre, it was perfect with just the right amount of cake and melted chocolate ratio.

Overall we both loved our experience at this restaurant, and as we went on a Saturday evening there was a DJ at the restaurant and a belly dancer twirled around diners later in the evening which made us feel like we were transported to somewhere abroad for a little while. The service was great and attentive, the food delicious and we both definitely want to return. I know that there is a Mamounia Lounge branch in Mayfair but I might just stick to this one, why fix something that isn’t broke? I hope you liked my Mamounia Lounge review, let me know if you would like to see more. Now that I have got my Sony A5100 [blog post here], I won’t need to lug my huge DSLR to restaurants so hopefully it will now be easier to snap pics. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Event: Eylure Fleur Lashes #lashdeforce

It has been forever and a day since I done an event post, since moving out of London I tend to not go to many PR events any more. However when I heard that Fleur De Force had collaborated with Eylure, I knew I had to pop along to the launch and see the new lashes that were coming out. As you may know, I am already an Eylure fan, so I was really interested to see the new #lashdeforce offerings. I thought today I would give you a little peek of the event and Eylure Fleur lashes.

Fleur De Force Lashes

Eylure Fleur Lashes #lashdeforce

The event itself was pretty stunning, the décor very whimsical and very Fleur. I have been watching Fleur’s YouTube channel for years now and it was really lovely to meet her in person. She was very welcoming and look absolutely stunning, even prettier than in the videos. With YouTube being such a huge platform and YouTubers amassing such a huge following, it is really easy to let it get to your head but she was very humble and lovely.

Eylure Fleur Lashes #lashdeforce

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Fleur & Fabulous

I pottered around the room and took a few snaps of the lashes, there are 4 styles that are being released. The most dramatic style in the range is called Fleur & Fabulous. It is the perfect night out style for someone who doesn’t like too much drama but wants to add some emphasis to their eyes. You can pick this up [here] from Boots for £5.95

Simply Fleur

Simply Fleur

Simply Fleur

Next we have Simply Fleur, this is most natural style from the collection, it is very light and petite and the type of lashes you could get away with calling your own. I think I would pair these with the no eyeliner makeup looks, as the lash band so undetectable, it would blend in with my natural lashes seamlessly. You can pick this style up [here] for £5.95

 Couture Fleur

A lash collection can’t be complete without individual lashes and I really want to get my hands on Fleurs take on them. She has come up with a set called Couture Fleur, which are knot-free individual lashes with tapered tips to help blend in with your natural lashes. What I find annoying about individual lashes is that they usually have one row of long, one row of medium and one row of short. I know that I won’t make use of all the long ones so it puts me off buying individuals. However this set has two rows of medium and the rest are a mix of long and short which is the perfect ratio for me. They also come with 2-3 day glue, which is understandably stronger than the normal Eylure glue and they also come with a special oil based lash remover so ensure your own lashes aren’t damaged. You can pick this up [here] for £6.95

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Fleur Loves

Fleur Loves

Fleur Loves

Finally, I have saved my favourite till last, the Fleur Loves set. This is such a pretty ¾ length set, which looks so natural when you put them on. They are so easy to apply and really blend in with your natural lashes. The style is slightly messy making them look more realistic, with a flare at the end to add some drama to the look. The ends of the lashes are tapered to look even more natural and they feel so light when worn that you sometimes forget you are wearing lashes. As they are ¾ lashes, they are much easier to apply and you don’t need to trim them to make them fit, meaning they are perfect for both lash pros and lash newbies. I know I will definitely be picking up more of these. You can pick this style up [here] for £5.25

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The lashes are now in Boots stores nationwide and online.

I absolutely love the Eylure Fleur lashes collection or #lashdeforce as they are otherwise known, it is right up my street as I really do like the natural with an edge of drama look. I am tempted to stock up on the Fleur Loves sets as I am worried everyone will fall in love with them like I have and I will never be able to get a set when I really need it. I will definitely be creating looks with these lashes, so I will share them with you all soon. I hope you liked the sneak peek of the event, which style is your favourite? Tanzina x

MAC Whirl Lip Pencil Review

As promised, today I have the MAC Whirl lip pencil review for you all. I mentioned in my haul post, this lip liner was a bit difficult to hunt down and it took several trips to the MAC counter to get my hands on it. The shade found its cult status after Kylie Jenner credited her dusty rose pout to it, and it has proved so popular that it has recently been released in lipstick form (which I need desperately). I don’t really follow the Kardashian/Jenner family saga but I have to admit, those girls really pull off some pretty stunning makeup looks.

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MAC Whirl Lip Pencil Review

The colour is described by MAC as a ‘dirty rose’ and I think that is a pretty accurate description. I would say it is a brown pink dusty rose shade, which is neither warm nor cool. It is very neutral meaning it would flatter a lot of skin tones, from light to medium deep; my skin tone is very warm and it suits me really well. As it is neutral, it would work really well under lots of different lipstick shades especially nudes. I was worried it may be a little too grey/ashy on my warmer skin tone but I had absolutely nothing to worry about as it is really flattering.

MAC lip pencils tend to be of really good quality, they sharpen easily and don’t break and this one is no different. The shade is very matte, but it is also creamy so you can apply it to your lips easily without it tugging the skin too much. However as it is a matte, if you are going to wear it by itself I would recommend exfoliating your lips beforehand and adding a very light layer of balm to your lips. If you add too much, the pencil will slip and slide too much and you won’t get great colour payoff, I find that the EOS balms are a good one to use before using matte products. In terms of wear, this stays on for ages, about 6 hours. All my MAC lip pencils last really well and they only fade after you have ate which is to be expected.

MAC Whirl Lip Pencil Review

MAC Whirl Lip Pencil Review

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I absolutely love this colour on me, it is a pinker version of Spice lip liner [I reviewed it here] on me and it suits my skin tone so well. It translates on to skin as a brown toned dusty pink, and it is very much an everyday shade for me. I know I will get so much use out of it, and I am already on the hunt for the MAC Whirl lipstick because I just need it in my life. How I wear this pencil varies, some days I like wearing it by itself, other days I apply darker shades around it to wear it as an ombre look, sometimes I slick on some lip-gloss to make it glossy… so you do have a lot of options on how to wear it. Of course you could just line your lip with this as a base shade and apply lipstick on top.

You can pick this pencil up here for £12.50

I’ve quite been enjoying doing these swatch and review posts of my MAC lip products, especially since they are predominately my most used lip brand. I am thinking of doing a post on my top 3 MAC lipsticks, so if you would like to see that let me know. I hope you liked my MAC Whirl lip pencil review, I recently created a makeup look wearing this so keep your eyes open for that. Speak soon, Tanzina x