Hi loves, I know I said I wouldn’t make another post, but since I have a little time on my hands today I thought I would just do a quick update while I lounge in bed with a hot hot tea.. And yes it has burnt my tongue
I’m flying over to Saudi Arabia tonight and I’m really nervous about how it’s going to be.. Currently there is a lot of construction going on in Makkah which is where we are heading so there might be a LOT of people. So far I have absolutely loved Dubai I really can’t wait to show images from my camera to you all. Last night went shopping at the Souks which is like a big market place – I did end up spending quite a bit. I can’t think of what my highlight is but for my mum it really was the water fountain show at Dubai Mall in front of Burj Al Khalifa. If you can YouTube that – do it!!
I’m also heading to the water park Wild Wadi which will be amazing but doubt I’ll take many pics because I won’t risk getting my phone/camera wet! Here’s me getting soaked at the beach (:
I’m not sure if I will be using wifi or social networks once I am in Saudi, I have two more weeks of my holiday left and I think I want to spend as much time away from my world as possible. I think we’ll be quad biking in Saudi and desert safaris so I will try take as many pictures as possible there. I also want to visit Masjids (mosques) as I LOVE the architecture I’ve been seeing in Dubai but I haven’t had the chance to capture it on camera. Hopefully I will in Saudi but I know they’re a bit funny about taking pictures inside. Fingers crossed. Love, Tanzina. I am now signing off
Hi loves, this is weird for me as I have never written a blog post via my WordPress app and today I am giving it a go! I am currently in gorgeous Dubai on a holiday with my family and I thought I would let you guys know that I will be quiet over the next two weeks and a bit. I’ve had this holiday on the cards for a while but it wasn’t until I was on the plane that I let myself accept it was actually happening!
I’ve been shopping lots and seeing lots of sights and I have taken so many pictures already – I will try and share some when I get back. If you would like to see sneak peeks of my holiday there are pictures being uploaded to my Instagram – find me under @makeupatoz. Here’s a little peek of what I picked up from Bath and Body works which I’ve been lusting over for so long
I’m not sure how this post is going to turn out but I hope it is half decent! I will be going on from Dubai to Saudi Arabia soon so you probably won’t hear from me after that but I do have lots of posts on my blog so please do have a read. Until next times love, have an amazing day and I wish you were here. Tanzina x
Hi loves, this week I’ve been so busy doing bits and bobs that I haven’t had much chance to blog or write about my favourite bits. I am actually heading off to sunny Dubai on Monday, and I haven’t even started packing yet ! (It is Wednesday as I type this, it’ll probably be the weekend by the time this post is up). However I can’t wait till when I come back from my THREE WEEK holiday to tell you about these two lovely products that Daniel Sandler has bought out.
These are the beautiful Daniel Sandler Watercolour in Acid and Trip, Flurocent-ly fabulous but not something the less adventurous of us should run from. Firstly Acid, it’s a hot pink, bright and beautiful and a little bottle of magic I have been getting a lot of use out of. This can be applied very lightly to create a beautiful natural pink finish to the cheeks or amped to create a bold finish to your complexion. I actually made a mini video on Instagram to demonstrate a natural finish and I had a lot of people commenting and tweeting me saying they did not expect that such a subtle finish could be achieved. I love using DS Watercolour Blushers, they create a much more flawless finish than normal powder blushers do and this one is no different. You can also apply it to the lips too, just literally paint on with a lip brush or dap it on with your finger tips. I’ve been using it on both my lips and cheeks. If you would like to know exactly how I created the look you can read here..
Next we have Trip, and this I am saving for my holiday, as I think coral cheeks are more summery – well for me at least. Once the sun starts peeking it’s head out of the cloud all my coral lipsticks and blushes make an appearance and this little bottle will make a very welcome addition to that collection. Again with this colour you have the option of amping it up or even creating a more subtle finish. I’ve seen Daniel demonstrate it on his model’s lip and cheeks and it looks absolutely stunning. I cannot wait to use it to brighten up my spring/summer days.
You can buy the blushers here for £15.50
That is it for today’s post, I did mean to try schedule as many posts as I can for when I am away but please do forgive me because I simply could not find the time! I will try and get a goodbye post up but if I don’t, bye for three weeks! Okay I better stop typing and start packing as soon as possible because at this rate I will be going Dubai with an empty suitcase. Eek I am so excited to go. Speak to you soon loves Tanzina x
I haven’t done a make-up look or face of the day for absolutely forever. Okay that might be a slight exaggeration but it does feel like a really long time since I showed my face here. Honestly, I’ve become so neutral when it comes to my make-up looks, usually mattes and that it is really nothing to write home about. What has happened to the girl I used to be, who used to wear bright shadows with pretty much everything? I am definitely going to have to find that part of me that I have unfortunately lost. Until then, here is a neutrally make-up look I wore for an evening out.
I recently was gifted the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (after several heavy hints) and I thought I’d go for a pinky look, something a little soft and not too dramatic but a little bit more bolder than the plain neutral looks I had been opting for. I decided to go for a smoked liner, with a dark crease and pink lid. For my eyes I used: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, Naked 3 palette (shades: Nooner, Blackheart, Strange, Buzz & Limit), Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil, Let’s Go Lashes Temptress 4 and BareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara. I applied the Jumbo Pencil all over the lids and blended it out and used it as a base for the rest of the shadow. I then started on the crease, and applied Nooner and Blackheart to deepen it. I also added the colours to the outer V to deepen that area and create a slight smokey look. Then I applied Milk over the lid again just so I have a brighter base to put the pinky shade Buzz all over. Next I added Strange to highlight the inner corner. To finish the eye shadow application, I added the crease colours under the bottom lash line and blended above the crease with Limit and Strange. And that’s eye shadows done! To create the smokey liner I pencilled on the Avon pencil liner onto the lash line and smudged it with a flat edged liner brush. I then used mascara popped on the false lashes, lined my waterline and was done with my eye make-up.
For brows I used my trusty Anastasia Beverley Hills products, I used Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown to fill in my brows and Dip Brow in Chocolate to define and lengthen the end/tail of my brow. I think currently those two products are my favourite brow products to use, I pretty much use them every day. Next with the brows done, I moved on to my face. I used Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in Sx8 for my under eye circles, and blended that out with a Real Technique Crease Brush. Next I applied Daniel Sandler Slim and Sculpt Contour Powder on the contours of my cheekbones to enhance them and moved onto blush. For blusher I used a new product (I need to speak more about this!), Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blusher in Acid. This is an amazing product, you can have it so bright or really subtle AND you can use it on your lips. I decided to go for a subtle finish, just a flush of pink. To finish my complexion I added Benefit Watts Up highlighter to the top of my cheekbones. I am loving this product and will have to purchase it in full size. Finally for my lips, I lined them with NYX Lip Pencil in Fuschia and using a combination of a lip brush and my fingers I painted on Daniel’s Acid blush on top.
Seriously, explaining in written form makes the look sound much more complicated than it is, but it is really easy. I need to find time to make more make-up look videos, but that is easier said than done when your working. I am just getting back into the swing of blogging, incorporating videos is a challenge. I’ll get there one day! I hope you liked this look, I ended up going for dinner with my friend who commented ‘I like you like this, simple’, I had to step in and say actually.. this isn’t quite simple. I have lashes on, and blush on and this on and that on.. the list goes on! Should’ve kept my mouth shut really and revelled in the compliment!! I am signing off, if you have any post ideas or anything in particular you would like to see.. Just let me know. Tanzina x
Hi loves, today I’m going to share with you a product I’m just about to start trialing. It’s an eye lash product, something that promises to help strengthen and lengthen my lashes. Now we see before after pictures all the time, but normally they are from companies – and really I don’t trust them. I know some of them are actually real and not edited however it’s not the same as seeing it from a blogger or someone you know. So today I will take you on my LiLash journey.
Recently my eye lashes are the worst they have ever been. I put it down to more mascara use, false lashes and not enough after care and also not being gentle when removing makeup. All in all my lashes are more sparse than they have ever been and I do miss them. There must’ve been a beauty angel somewhere listening to my woes because next thing you know.. LiLash contacted me asking me whether I would like to trial their lash serum. Wild guess what I said? A resounding ‘Of course’! They also urged me to take before & after pics, something I wasn’t expecting – they must really believe in their product making it even more promising in my eyes.
Now what is LiLash? I have actually heard of the brand as I actually came across when I was looking for ways to improve my lashes. LiLash is the world’s most popular purified eyelash serum, it is all about fortifying and conditioning the lash follicles. The internet has lots and lots of testimonials of LiLash users and I am really excited to let my review join the bunch. There are just so many people out there saying they loved the product that I can’t wait to start trialing it. The packaging itself is rather sleek and simple. It comes in a mascara like tube with an eyeliner like applicator (do you like my techinal terms there?) and you line your eye lash line with the applicator, the tiniest amount is needed for optimum results. I have to admit I was a bit stupid and applied to the tight line (under the lashes) and I did wake up with funny eyes but I have now read the instructions and stopped trying to be a smart ass and figure stuff out myself.
Now without much further ado, here are my naked lashes. They aren’t too bad and could be a lot worse but they are really bad compared to what they used to be.
I am planning on using it pretty much every night before I go to sleep, I have a nightly skin care routine and I am planning to incorporate it into that so that I can be consistent in applying it. I am aiming to come back to you all with feedback and pictures in two months time, ideally I would like to report back in a month but I will be abroad right about now! (IF all goes to plan). The serum isn’t cheap, it is £48.16 for 3 months supply (here) however for those wishing to invest in their lashes it is free postage and also 90 days money back guarantee. That really does show faith in the product. Also it will work out much cheaper than regular lash extensions and false lashes.
Overall I am super excited to see the results, I really do hope I have something worth showing off. I will definitely be writing updates but if you wanted to know how I’m getting along, you can always tweet me or email me. Until next time, have a good day (: Tanzina x
Hi loves! Hope your well. Today I have a post for you that I have been waiting ages to talk about.. I thought the day would never come! I’m talking about the arrival of tarte (they like to be spelt without a capital T) to our UK shores, an event I have eagerly waited on for oh so long. You know how I do like to get dramatic on launches/products that I feel passionate about and this launch is definitely one of those that gets me all jittery. I cannot wait to try the products.
Okay, okay before I get too ahead of myself.. for those of you who don’t know (where have you been hiding?!), the lovely people over at QVC have acquired exclusivity of Tarte here in the UK and very very soon we UK dwellers will be able to get our hands on the goodies without having to pay for a flight to the US or extortionate shipping fees. I have to admit I was very close to opting for one of those two options. As of the 28th of March 2014, Tarte/tarte will be available on QVC to buy on the channel or online. Now for those of you who have been living under a very very big rock, Tarte is a cult brand whose philosophy is all about natural, nasties-free makeup/skin care products that are good for you as well as amazing quality. When I say no nasties I mean ‘no nasties such as parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten found in any of the formulations.’ On top of that, the products are cruelty free meaning it’s all round feel good products.
I thought I would share with you my top three picks. Initially I believe 11 products will be introduced but that is bound to grow and grow. I’ve stalked US websites forever looking at Tarte products so I do have an idea of what I would like to try but choosing three isn’t as easy as it sounds. Let’s start with the first one.. now this is a little bit of an obvious choice, I really want to try an Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush. Tarte say, ‘This 12-hour blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free, flawless finish in universally flattering shades to suit a variety of skin tone.’ I’ve heard so much about this product, it’s consistency, colour pay off and lasting power that now I am just itching to get my hands on this.
In the recent years I’ve become more and more of a fan of lip products, so I’ve now got my eyes on the Amazonian Butter Lipsticks, a buttery lipstick trio that looks perfect for an easy spring/summer lip. These are described as ‘a trio of semi-gloss lipsticks provides a splash of moisture and skin nourishing ingredients in shades that complement and brighten, giving you the perfect pout‘. I also love the look of the packaging, Tarte have some gorgeous packaging and the trio come in colourful tubes.
For my third and final pick, my mind is battling between two products. Mascara or Treatment Oil.. that is such a hard decision. I’ve had my eyes on the Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara for a while, the packaging seems so cool and I’ve heard lots of good things however I’ve heard so much about the Tarte Maracuja Treatment Oil too and I think that might just make it into my three. Tarte say ‘This earth-prescribed treatment oil targets your individual skin concerns and delivers harmony and moisture for firmer, brighter, smoother looking skin.’ I definitely could do with a little bit more brightening and I’ve heard so many good things about this product that now I am just itching to try.
There are lots more goodies coming from Tarte, they’ve got a really good selection of products they’ve picked for initial sale. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the products, I’ve also got my eyes on the Eye Treatment, the 8 Shadow palette.. basically all of it. Are you as excited as I am? If so make sure you keep your eyes open on the 28th of March when Tarte finally is up for sale on QVC. I can’t wait to get my mitts on the goodies and review and create looks for you all. Tanzina x
Hi loves, today I have a little bit of different post for you all, something I haven’t written for quite a while. I used to be subscribed to beauty boxes in the past, both Glossybox and She Said Beauty box however due to my out of control beauty spending habits I had to make some sort of beauty cut backs and the boxes had to go. Some of my very first blog post (which were both poorly written and photographed) were about what is in my box but I’ve been quiet on the subscription box front for some time now. That changes today.
I introduce you to Glowwboxx – a beauty subscription service aimed at women of colour. I love how in recent times, that segment of the beauty market is being more and more catered for and it is nice to see that a subscription service has recognised that. Glowwbox say ‘whether your Black, Asian, Mixed or another beautiful brown hue, join the beauty box that will leave you feeling special, valued and acknowledge, every month.’ I think that message and the concept behind the service is actually needed in today’s evolving beauty market. Now onto the box itself, it is packaged really nicely; a grey box with pink writing, simple and effective. The products inside are housed in grey scribbly bits (clearly the correct terminology there!) and wrapped in hot pink tissue paper. The packaging definitely gets a thumbs up from me.
Now on to the products, Glowwbox promise 4 or 5 beauty samples each month worth over £25. When I opened it, I’ll be honest I did expect at least one big sized/full size product and the fact that there wasn’t one did disappoint me slightly. However then I saw a Popband, a soft stretchy no-dent hairband which I have had my eyes on for a while. The one I got was bright pink, and I am actually wearing it today and matching it to my pink lips! This was definitely a good find for me; I knew I would get a lot of use out of it.
Next was a makeup product, a little sample of a Mica Beauty Mineral Eye Shadow. As I am a makeup kinda gal, I’m always up for trying different brands and products and Mica Beauty wasn’t one I had tried before so this was a good way of discovering it for me. That is the whole point of a subscription boxes right, trying new brands and products. The colour I got is No.8 Tease, a super shimmery peach gold shade which I think would actually work really well as a highlighter on women on colour. Of course you can use it as an eyeshadow but I think it will look really nice on the top of the cheekbones and collar bones too in the summer when shimmer is slightly more acceptable. I’m looking froward to trialling this out.
Next there was a hair product, a sample of BeUnique Bamboo Monoi Milk Hair Cleanser. This is a brand I haven’t yet heard of however I am interested in trialling it out. My hair starts to get quite a bit of build up in recent days but I don’t to use strong clarifying shampoos that strip the hair. This promises to cleanse the hair shaft and scalp without stripping essential moisture from the hair. It does sound promising so I’m looking forward to giving it a whirl and see if it works for me. Plus it is the perfect size to travel with, always a plus!
The final two products are skin care products, now I’m quite happy with my current skin care routine so I wasn’t too interested in these two products to be honest however looking into it a bit more my interested is piqued. These are the Beauty Beauty Vita C Peptide Serum and Vital Recovery Concentrate samples. The first is a serum formulated to deliver a high dose of Vitamin C and essential nutrients to help reduce hyperpigmentation and giving radiance to the skin. I think my skin does sometimes look lacklustre so a bit of radiance won’t hurt but like I said my current skin care products can provide that too. The latter is a light moisturiser – I think I’ll pass this one as I have more than enough moisturisers to keep me going and I am too faithful to my Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream!
Overall I think it is slightly hit and miss, however all boxes are, as what might tick my boxes might not work for someone else. That is something that we should keep in mind when ordering subscription boxes. I personally would have liked a little bit more makeup products, a bit more colour that would compliment darker skin tones, however I think that is to come in future boxes. This box actually does hit makeup, skin care and hair products so it is quite well rounded and I would recommend trying this out for those interested in beauty sub boxes. I was most excited about trying the Pop Band and am now going to order a set as they have actually worked really well for me.
If you are interested to try Glowwbox you can pick it up here for £10.00 a month and £3.95 for P&P. The good thing is you can cancel whenever you like, so if it isn’t for you then that’s fine too. Let me know your thought, would you like to see more posts like this? Tanzina x
Morning! With Mother’s day fast approaching, I thought I would do a post dedicated to a gift idea from one of my favourite companies, Elemis. It is a short and sweet post today, but hopefully it will give you some ideas on what to get the special lady in your life. For Mother’s Day, I sometimes end up getting a few pampering products for my Mum and.. kitchen appliances. I know, I know, that sounds really bad but I promise it is actually genuinely what she wants! Mum loves cooking, and any gadgets and crockery always keep her happy.
I think it has become the norm to buy flowers on Mother’s day, the bumped up price for bouquets around 30th March is testament to that! However, for a scent more beneficial and longer lasting I would highly recommend getting a bath product instead. You might already know about Elemis Jasmine & Rose Milk Bath, before it’s release I raved about it (here) and ever since I have loved using it in long, steaming baths especially throughout the colder season. I absolutely love the scent of this Bath Milk, a cross between two of my favourite floral scents and it is really moisturising product too as it is rich in Argan oil, Vitamin E and Camellia Seed Oil. Elemis have now made this product an addition to their permanent line and you can pick it up here for £42.00. I think this coupled with a candle would make the perfect Mother’s Day duo.
The next product is a little set, aimed at making the skin look more plump and protect the skin against signs of ageing. This is the Elemis Pro Collagen Treats set, and it contains a product I use pretty much every single day. The first product is the Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, my favourite cleanser of all time. It is so good to the skin, so good at removing makeup and I also use it as a moisturising mask some days. I’ve talked about it so many times on here but if your looking for an in depth review then read it here. Also in the set is the Elemis Pro Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment, which helps smooth and firm skin around the eye and also targets fine lines and wrinkles. It is a liquid product so for those who dislike heavy greasy eye creams, this is the perfect answer. I haven’t actually trialled this product out yet, but I think I may make my Mum give me her opinions on it. It is also housed in a sturdy well made box (most free boxes aren’t!), which you can later use to store jewellery or knick knacks in. Knowing my Mum, she’ll use it for sewing bits and pieces. The balm by itself usually costs around £40 but you can pick up the whole set here for £49, saving almost £30. Bargain!
I did promise a short and sweet post today, not sure if I managed it as when I start talking about Elemis I tend to go on for ages and ages. I can’t decide what kitchen appliance to get this year, I might just get her a present when we go abroad as we MAY be jetting off a few days after Mother’s Day. I am absolutely dreading packing! Let me know if you have any gift ideas and also any blog posts you might like to see. Speak soon – Tanzina x
Hi, today I have a makeup palette to share with you all that I am rather excited about. It’s actually from a brand I have been meaning to try for such a long time and now finally I’ve had the chance to. The brand is of course Too Faced. This little palette has been getting a lot of use from me and I’ve decided it is about time I share it with you all.
This is the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette, a little palette full of neutral shades. I’ve actually had this and the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette come into my life around the same time and the fact I have been using this over the Urban Decay is very telling. I’ve been pretty much using this every makeup day for the past two weeks and I’ve had enough of a go on it to form an opinion. Let’s start with the packaging; I love how dinky it is and how quirky the packaging for the brand is. It is housed in a strong cardboard (I believe?) palette, which is very sturdy and easy to travel with if needed. It looks really pretty on the eye and comes equipped with makeup idea cards for those looking for inspiration. I would say the packaging is pretty much perfect other than the fact that it doesn’t come with a mirror for those who prefer to use palette mirrors. I personally don’t mind as I’ve become used to using a vanity mirror, but it is always convenient to have a mirror come with.
Now on to the eye shadows, it comes equipped with three matte shades (result!) and the rest of the seven are a mix between shimmer and satin shades. There are three large highlighting shades and the rest are really pigmented colour shadows. As this was my first introduction to Too Faced, I wasn’t sure what to expect when it comes to shadow pay off – I had heard great things but I had never swatched so I was really in the dark. I have been pleasantly surprised, the colour pay off is so good, minimal fall out and the shadows are silky so easy to use and blend. I love the colour selection too, there is a matte cream colour (Heaven) to blend and highlight with, a taupe matte brown (Velvet Revolver) to use for transition and blend with and a dark brown shade (Sexspresso) to deepen and smoke out with. The other two highlight shades, Silk Teddy a satin shade and Nude Beach a shimmer shade are perfect for highlighting the inner corner and also for a slight shimmer to highlight the brow bone.
In the last few years, I really have become a neutral shade lover, I usually stick to the shades mentioned above and that is me done for eye shadow but on days I have been wearing a tad bit more colour Push-Up has been my colour of choice every single time. It is the perfect pink for me, nothing too bright but the right shade to compliment my brown eyes. I also sometimes use Cocoa Puff to deepen the outer V. I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t really played around too much with the other shades- why fix something that isn’t broke?! However I think I will give them a go this week as they do look really pretty on the swatches.
Overall I am really really impressed with my first introduction with Too Faced Cosmetics, this palette is perfect for all natural shade lovers and a perfect addition to my many many neutral palettes. The palette also comes with a sample of Too Faced Shadow Insurance, an eyeshadow primer that has been raved over worldwide – I do need to get round to using it! If you’ve been contemplating trying Too Faced like me, I’d highly recommend trying it. I’ve already got my eyes on a few more bits and pieces from the brand! I’m tempted to create a Youtube look with this palette this weekend, let me know if you would like to see that. You can pick the palette up here for £29.00. Until next time loves, have a great day. Tanzina x
Hi all, hope you’ve been well. Recently I’ve started taking a little bit more care of my hands – don’t get me wrong I always and I mean always have hand care products with me on the go, but I think it’s a more I need everything with me ‘just in case’ rather than I need to keep my hands well treated. However, things have changed.
I think that it is the fact that I have started working now, so my hands are in constant use with typing and phone calls and writing and for some reason I have become a bit of a germaphobe so I always want my hand sanitised even though it is my keyboard I am using and my phone. This leads on to this little life saver, this is the Bath and Body Works PocketBac hand gel in Cheeky Berry. I was gifted this little beauty by Asmaa (she writes over at Chocoholic Hijabi) and I just absolutely love the scent of it. It’s a cherry and vanilla crossover scent, and smells divine. Every time I use it I always catch waves of it later on while I do things – and it kills germs! It really is going to keep my sanity in the work place.
This next product is actually my favourite, this is the best hand cream I have used to date. This is Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Hand Cream, an absolutely gorgeous smelling hand cream that has my hands feeling softer than any other cream has ever left it. As I type this, I have just massaged the cream on to my hands and the effect it leaves is so moisturising. I can’t fully describe how it feels, but it is a bit like my hands were really thirsty prior to use and after, they just feel so rehydrated. Believe me, I am not a hand cream kind of girl but this product has completely converted me. Every time I put this on hands at work, the people next to me always mention how good it smells. Sometimes it’s the combination of the sanitiser and this, the mixture just smells so delicious. Normally, it takes me months and months to go through a small tube, so I always offer people my cream when they walk past.. not anymore! This beauty is going to be just for my hands only. It contain notes of Madagascan ylang-ylang perfume oil (rich and calming) and yuan zhi extract to help rebalance, scents I have actually not really tried nor been interested in however now I am really tempted to try other products from the Molton Brown range. I believe this scent range also has a body wash and body lotion. I’m not a body cream girl, but the body wash will definitely be going on my wish list. Molton Brown has always been a ‘luxury’ brand in my option, and the packaging on the hand cream definitely matches that opinion. It’s weighty, sleek and rather pretty looking. You can pick it up here for just £10 – a definite repurchase.
I hope you enjoyed my little post of hand essentials, I think I need to add cuticle oil to the mini routine I have going on as my cuticles always let down my Nail of the Day pictures (hence why I never post them!). Let me know what products you like to use on your hands and any recommendations. Until next time, have an amazing day Tanzina x