Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition 8 Hours Cream

With winter approaching much quicker than I ideally would have liked it to, it is that time of the year that I start taking precautions to ensure my already dry skin doesn’t suffer too much from the chappy, windy weather that is sure to accost me on any given day. As I am getting older, I am noticing my skin’s natural defences are getting weaker and I need good moisturisers and balms to help prevent those horrid dry patches I encounter on my face and body – gone are the days when my skin would just bounce back and recover by itself without much help. Today I thought I would grumble a little over the changes that are occurring and also introduce you to my winter saviour.

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When I say ‘introduce’, let’s be honest here and address that this product needs no introduction. Everyone and their aunt know about the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. It has a cult status in the world of beauty and rightly so, this product is holy grail to me and many other people simply due to it’s amazing healing and restorative powers. This is what I use to combat my stubborn dry patches and this is what I slather on when I feel like I can sense one surfacing. I have to admit, I need a slap on the wrist because April – September I do forget that I have this beauty in my stash and it’s only when my skin starts misbehaving that I panic and remember what got me through the previous year’s spell of cold weather. Naughty Tanzina.

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I use this pretty much everywhere. As I type, I have slathered it all over my lips so I am sure to wake up with lipstick ready lips in the morning, and I have also massaged it into my thigh because I have a really really nasty dry patch which just does not go away! I don’t know why I haven’t been using the 8 Hour Cream on this but hopefully now that I have introduced the two, the former should disappear. Urgh, my skin is so rubbish. I never used to need body moisturiser but these days my skin is so dry and irritating. Think I should get into the habit of after shower moisturising. See – I promised you some grumbling; I’m in a really ‘everything-is-annoying’ mood right now.

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Getting back to the point, the item I wanted to share with you today is Limited Edition Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant which has been loving enveloped in luxurious gold packaging for the coming festive month. The jar itself contains the much raved about product which I deem an absolute necessity, and the feel of the jar overall is rather luxurious. It is very gold and rather Christmassy, certain to be a perfect present for someone who like myself likes to be protected against the chappy winter weather. The jar contains 30ml of product which I think is just right, I think a little really does go a long way and for someone who hasn’t tried this before, this is the perfect trial size. The thing I love most about this product is actually the price, I expected this to easily climb into the £30-£35 price mark and I would have happily paid that but it is just £20. Hand on my heart; I think that is a steal.

You can pick this beauty up here with free delivery.

I hope you liked today’s post, I know it was a little grumbly but look at the weather (don’t tell me if you aren’t in the UK and are currently witnessing the sun)!! I just need to get my grumbly comments off my chest. If you are like me, make sure you try this beauty as it has been quite the lifesaver for me recently. Pop along to your nearest Elizabeth Arden counter and try it for yourself. I almost forget to mention they have a limited edition Lip Protectant too! Find that here.  Until next times loves, have a good day x

Anastasia Amrezy Palette

Hi guys, today I want to share with you an eyeshadow palette, which has without question become my most used and most loved palette as of late. But before I get too into this post, there is a little disclaimer I must make. Getting hold of this palette has become extremely difficult as it is limited edition however I thought I would still go ahead and make this post for you all as all these shadows will be launching individually. So the palette in question is none other than Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette.

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When I realised this palette was launching I was extremely eager to get my hands on it because I knew that it was going to extremely compliment to my tan olive skin tone. The palette was created via collaboration with Amra Olevic (Amrezy) who is an Instragram sensation and a makeup artist extraordinaire. She creates beautiful looks and has such a lovely golden skin tone so I was eagerly awaiting to swatch the shadows and see if they suited me as much as they suited her. And did they just! The hues of this palette are golden, rich with a luxurious silky finish – if I had to create my own palette I would definitely feature similar shades.

Before I share swatches of this palette, let us talk about the shadow quality. I’ve said this about the Tamanna palette and I’ll say for the same for these shades too, Anastasia has really raised the bar when it comes to the formulations and met the likes of Urban Decay shadows head on. Colour pay off is just amazing, you’ll see what I’m talking about when I show you the swatches. The blendability (yes I made that up) is just as good as Urban Decay shadows, the formula is silky so can be manipulated easily making looks like the smokey look much easier as you have less harsh lines. The one point that may just make it better than the UD shadows is the fall out factor – it is very minimal. My biggest vice (vice – get it? If not don’t worry) with UD shadows is the fall out and I love how with these shadows there is hardly any. AND the palettes are cheaper!

So swatch time. Let’s check out the vividness of these shadows, applied on the back of my hand without any primer! When it comes to eyeshadows I find the brand hierarchy doesn’t really apply as I have Tom Ford palettes and I always find that Urban Decay have better quality shadows and I find this palette is another testament to that theory.

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My favourite and most used shadows from this palette are Caramel, Morocco and Deep Plum. I’ve used three shades religiously and use them to create a slight warm smokey look. I love the warm tones of these shades, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a palette this warm and complimentary to my skintone. Anastasia collaborated with Maya Mia to create a more cooler toned palette which I am sure is just as amazing but I gave it a miss because even though I was certain to use the shadows in that palette I just wouldn’t utilise it enough. When I hit pan on these three shadows, without a second thought I will definitely be ordering the individual pans of shadow.

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The individual pans of eyeshadows will be launching any day soon over at Anastasia Beverly Hills, and will surely trickle its way over to our UK shores. Anastasia Beverly Hills has made a huge impact on the beauty market especially since their launch of DipBrow and I cannot wait to see what else they bring out with. When I have a little more time on my hands I will try create some looks for you all, I’ve used the palette on my daily looks and you can find pictures of that on my Instragram under @MakeupAtoZ. Until next time loves, have an amazing day. Tanzina x

 Anastasia Amrezy Palette

St Ives 7 Day Challenge – and a makeup free selfie!

Hi loves, today I wanted to share with you all a challenge I was set by St. Ives which resulted me in baring my makeup free natural face after a 7 day challenge for all of the websphere to see. I can warm myself up to doing a makeup free selfie for Instagram every now and again but that is with the aid of very good lighting and heavy filtering, so it is fair to say I was slightly nervous in taking part in this challenge. However nevertheless I decided to take part and bare it all. Read on to see how I got on. 

On the first day of the challenge I started exfoliating using the St.Ives Apricot Scrub. I have been using this for years and years and it has always been my favourite exfoliator as it actually does help my dry skin patches like no other. However I had finished my previous tube and didn’t get a chance to pick up another yet so this was a pleasant reintroduction to my life. As the 7-day challenge went on I used this pretty much every two days so ended up using it 3 times during the week.

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On St.Ives recommendation I started drinking more herbal tea and having healthier snacks. When it comes to herbal teas I think the most I can muster would be green tea but I am going to stick to dried apricots and walnuts every now and again, as they were extremely tasty. I was also introduced to a Tangerine EOS balm and I have to admit these little things are pretty addictive! However I am not complaining as I could do with being addicted to lip balms in the coming colder months.

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Relaxation was another important factor I had to consider during this challenge and also making sure I was rested. With the aid of sleep mists, de-stressing books and bubble baths I did make a conscious effort to distress and relax more than usual. I honestly can say that this made a difference to my skin in comparisons to the mornings where I wake up with not much sleep.

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 Within my bubble bath routines, I did manage to incorporate the St.Ives Apricot Body Scrub into my routine, a product that I have found to work wonders in getting me to have super silky legs. I’ve written a post about it here. Now when the challenge was complete, I had to do a makeup free selfie, and I decided to do one straight after I woke up and washed my face. So yes, they were taken in my pajamas!

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I loved this challenge because it did make me actively think abut how I am treating my skin, and also my general well-being, something which I easily forget about as I get on with my daily routines. I think in a couple of months I should set myself my own challenge, maybe something like a pamper week where I concentrate on getting my body to recharge. It’s easy to forget about these things when we get so caught up in the world. Thank you St.Ives for reminding the importance of taking care of your mind and body! Hope you guys liked this post, I’d highly recommend if you took part in the challenge. Let me know if you do! Tanzina x

 St Ives 7 Day Challenge   and a makeup free selfie!

Inside My Travel Makeup Bag

So I went abroad what feels like centuries ago but really was two months ago. Of course before I went I had all these high hopes of creating regular posts, I took pictures and prepped but when I got there I had so much fun that I kind of just switched off from everything and just focused on enjoying myself with my family. However what that now means is that I have pictures waiting ready to upload so I though, better now than never right? So without much further rambling, let’s have a little peek at what I took on the plane with me. 

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So when I boarded the plane I didn’t have a scratch of makeup on, I’ll save you from witnessing that in picture form! I just wanted to not worry about getting ready and taking of makeup and all that hassle that comes with wearing makeup on long haul journeys so I just took makeup along with me so when I landed I didn’t look like death warmed up. I also knew that my skin was bound to dry out whilst on the plane so I need some really good skincare to keep my skin happy. Let’s start with skin care. For moisturised I took along my trusty Bioderma Sensibio Lght Soothing Cream which comes in a very travel friendly 40ml tube. My skin gets irritated on the plane so this was perfect and it was light as well so I could keep reapplying without feeling like it was sitting really heavy on my skin. I also took along the Bioderma Sensibio Eye Gel which again is light but very hydrating. For my lips I grabbed my Elemis FreshSkin Quenching Lip Balm which did just that. Oh I also took along my very trusty Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water which I cannot live without. Overall, I think my skin care picks were just right and I didn’t feel like I forgot anything on that front!

For my makeup I wanted products which were a cross between compact and easy to use. Starting with base I went for my much loved Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer and Translucent Powder duo in Honey/Pale Yellow. To blend it I used the very versatile Nanshy Large Shader brush which worked very well. For eyes I chose my MAC eyeshadow palette, 2True Liquid Eyeliner and Bobbi Brown Intensifying Mascara. My brush choice was again another Nanshy (love this brand), this time Eye Crease Brush. For my brows, without a doubt, I picked up my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony which of course worked like a dream. For my blusher I opted for a deep pink shade in the form of Motives Cosmetics Runway blush and used a Japonesque Blush brush which was nice and little. And finally for my lips I went for a nude pink using NYX Peekaboo Pink lip pencil, MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick and AVON Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss in Nude Muse. It was very easy to create a fresh faced look with these products which was exactly what I was aiming for and again I gave myself a little mental pat on the back for choosing wisely!

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And these are all the brushes I used to create my makeup look.. just kidding! I’m not sure why I took a picture of these brushes but these are the ones I took along with me for when I was in Canada for two weeks. I know, quite a lot of brushes for just two weeks away but I promise I pretty much used every single one. I think it is mostly a mix of Real Techniques and Nanshy and a few more brands. I thought you might like a little peek at my brush pouch!

That is it for today’s post, I hope you liked nosying around my travel makeup bag and liked this post. What do you have on your travel makeup bag? Make sure you follow me on Instagram if you are on there as I have lots of peeks over there. Find me as @MakeupAtoZ. Until next time, have a great day! Tanzina x

 Inside My Travel Makeup Bag

Affordable Must Repurchase Products

Hi loves, today I thought I would type a quick blog post about two products that I always find myself repurchasing. As much as I would love to keep repurchasing my more premium products, it isn’t always viable however I love it when I find affordable products that don’t break the bank that I can keep buying over and over again. Read on to find out my mascara and eyeliner favourites. 

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The L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black, I first purchased this little beauty all those years ago when it first came out. I was attracted to its huge plastic wand and the super black colour pay off it had. Ever since, I have played around with many different mascaras, I think currently I have about 4 on the go, but this remains my favourite. No other mascara volumises and separates my  lashes as well as this and I can pick it u at my local Superdrug or Boots for £10.99. You can find it here.

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The 2True Liquid eyeliner has made so many appearances on my blog so of course it was going to be on my must repurchase list. I absolutely love this eyeliner, when I start to run a little low I always make sure I stock up lots! They are so affordable at 3 for £5 and as Superdrug do free delivery over £10 I always end up buying 6 liners to last me awhile. I always get comments made about my eyeliner saying how do I get it so dark and so matte, and this baby is the answer. Could not recommend this enough. Unfortunately my local Superdrug no longer stocks 2True but some bigger ones do. Superdrug, you better not stop selling these online! You can pick these up here.

I told you today’s post was going to be a quick one but I just wanted to share my thoughts with you while it was still fresh on my mind. Once I start using products and they are incorporated into my daily makeup, they quickly become ‘old news’ to me and I forget to blog them. If anyone has must repurchase products both luxury and affordable please make sure to share. Until next time dolls, have a great day. Tanzina x

 Affordable Must Repurchase Products

My Canada Beauty Haul

It has been quite a while since I returned back to the UK, so it is about time I share with you all the beauty bits I picked up from my trip in Canada over ­a month ago! I actually was very restrained and feel like I have been restrained with all beauty areas of my life recently however I did pick up a few little goodies to treat myself. I had a mental list of things I wanted, and we all know what happens with mental lists, we forget half of the items! Read on to find out what items I didn’t forget.

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I picked up a mixture of drugstore products and some MAC goodies too. There was a MAC Pro store near my Uncle’s house so I ended up in there a few times. But before I get into that let’s start on Bath and Body Works. Now I picked up some non beauty items from there such as candles, candle holders and car freshners but today I thought you’d be more interested in the more beauty related item of hand sanitiser. I picked up LOADS of these little beauties; I actually didn’t photograph them all! I found a Bath & Body Works outlet and I will admit I went a little crazy in there. Don’t worry, I didn’t get greedy, these all aren’t for me. Some are just mine (obviously) but I picked up lots to give away to my friends and family. They were pretty pleased – who wouldn’t be!

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I’ve been meaning to take better care of my nails so while browsing the drugstore aisles I stumbled across the huge Sally Hansen section. I ended up picking up cuticle care in the form of Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab  and Cuticle Remover. I have been using them and my cuticles do look much better and less dry than before but I will have to keep reminding myself to keep maintaining them. I’ve never had an EOS Balm, I’ve had lots of people rave about them so I thought I might as well pick one up and see how well I get along with it. I picked mine up in the Pomegranate Raspberry flavour and if I get along well with this one I will be picking up more.

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I also was gifted this little tangle teaser dupe called Tangle Tamer Max from my lovely Auntie in Canada because I couldn’t find my hair brush one day and I have been using it every day since. I tidied it all up and ut it back in its box for you all to see but it’s being used on a daily basis. I haven’t had a tangle teaser before so I can’t really compare to the original but I know it has been great at sorting through my curls and tangles.

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Now let us get on to MAC and the makeup purchases. I popped into MAC just to see what the Canadian version was like and all in all it was pretty much the same as the one in the UK albeit slightly cheaper. I knew I had one thing I needed to pick up and that was MAC Fix+. I have been using this handy little spray to dampen my small buffing brush and then blend my under eye concealer. There are lots of good uses for this setting spray such as using it with pigments and such so I’m looking forward to playing with this more.

Talking about pigments, how cute is this dinky little pigment that found it’s way back to UK with me. This is the MAC Blue Brown pigment. I absolutely love the brown green duo shades that you sometimes find in nail polishes and no eye shadow has ever been able to truly capture that effect for me. That is until now. This little beauty retailed for $12 + vat and I thought the size was perfect because I think I would actually be able to work through it rather than let it sit in my collection for years and years. I’ve already been incorporating it into makeup looks and loving it, so if I get time I will try to create a makeup look using it.

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Highlight is so 2014 and I just cannot get enough. I picked up this gorgeous shimmering blush that highlights my cheeks so well. This is the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Cheeky Bronze, and I have been pretty much using it for every makeup day since purchasing it. I can add it liberally for a soft finish, or pat it on for super highlighted cheeks. The next limited edition Mineralize Skin Finish will most definitely be coming home with me. I might also pick it up in Soft & Gentle which is a permanent shade.

Finally, did you really think I would leave without a lipstick? In my defence this was already on my to-buy list, this is All Fired Up from the MAC Retro Matte collection. If you’ve read my posts before you’d know I absolutely love a matte finish so when the Retro Matte collection came out I knew I had to pick up a few shades. I think I’m pretty happy with the four Retro shades I have in my collection.

That is all I picked up from Canada, and yes I am a little bitter about products I forgot to pick up! I did however indulge in lots of clothes shopping, and to be honest right now my makeup buying skills can do with a little neglecting. I’m concentraing more on creating a winter wardrobe, something I have always failed to do every year! So I’m all about knits and jumpers this season. I hope you enjoyed my haul post and until next time, have an amazing day. Tanzina x

QVC Beauty Pick: Mally Supersize Perfect Prep Poreless Primer

..And the award for the biggest pot of primer goes to: Mally! Today I’m talking to you all about QVC’s Beauty Pick of the Month which is actually one of the biggest, luxurious primer I have ever seen. I’ve started using face primers on a daily basis now, I didn’t think I’d see that day but it has finally arrived. Wearing concealer under the eyes for 10 hours a day, 8 of those in front of a computer, means that my concealer is prone to creasing and nothing is as unattractive as creased up concealer settled in the fine lines of your face. I alternate between a small sample of Makeup Forever HD Primer and Tarte CC Primer so when this landed on my doorstep, I was eager to find out what I made of it. Without much further ado, let’s get on to the Mally Supersize Perfect Prep Poreless Primer.

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Now let’s talk all things packaging. This is so luxurious, a huge glass like jar in a gorgeous pink/lilac shade that just shouts ‘I’m something special’. Coming in a 79.4g, it isn’t the most travel friendly pot however with the huge amount of product that is in the pot you can easily afford to depot a generous scoop to depot into a travel pot for your commuting needs. You unscrew the lid to find the primer inside, ready to apply straight from the pot to your face like a moisturiser. I personally do prefer this as you don’t have to worry about squeezing/pumping out too much product and trying to put it back into the tube! I am talking from experience. The one thing you do have to be careful about is making sure you screw the lid on back tight, but that is pretty normal and easy to do. You massage the product into your face prior to applying any base, which is just how I apply all other primers.

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The best word to describe the product itself isn’t really a word itself however I am going to use it regardless, it is ‘siliconey’. I absolutely love the consistency of it, it is described to be weightless and I agree with this wholeheartedly. It is a primer that is aimed at making pores look they have disappeared and large pores aren’t one of my skin issues however it works an absolute dream with the fine lines under my eyes. I love the velvety smooth feeling it gives to my skin, and I do believe it helps me blend out my contour and blusher more to make it look seamless. I have to admit it does give my concealer a bit more of a ‘slip’ when I apply it underneath and whilst this may be a bit annoying with my really soft creamy concealers like the Urban Decay concealer pencil, it works a dream with my more ‘stiff’ concealers such as the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (yes I know this isn’t really a concealer but you pretty much everyone and their uncle uses it as one!). The concealer also blends really well with this underneath so I can afford to go a shade lighter for the Kim K look and not worry about looking like I have white panda circles under my eyes.

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I would highly recommend this product, and can completely understand why it is QVC’s Pick of the Month. It has some great reviews over at QVC, so I am not the only one thinking it is rather special. Mally say you can apply this over your makeup to get a matte look, and I can see this working as the product is so light it won’t looked cake but I am yet to try that technique. If you’d like to know more about this product, you can find it here for £49.98 with free P&P and also read all the great reviews.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, it was one I was excited about ever since this huge pot arrived on my doorstep. I haven’t done a dedicated product review in a while so it was nice to get back into the swing of things. Until next time, hope you all have a great day x

 QVC Beauty Pick: Mally Supersize Perfect Prep Poreless Primer

Sneak Peek: Anastasia ‘Tamanna’ Palette in the UK!

Hi loves, today I thought I would share with you all an eyeshadow palette that I am extremely excited about, this is technically a ‘sneak peek’ post as I haven’t created swatch pictures yet but I was so excited I just needed to share it with you all. It is none other than the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Tamanna’ palette which is being raved about all over Instagram. The thing with Anastasia releases is that they usually release in the US first and slowly find its way into the UK market, however this palette is an exception as it is already here on Cult Beauty!

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Now there is a Waterproof Creme Colour in Azure released as well as a Metallic Luster Liner in Liquid Gold however I will do a separate post about those once I have actually played around with the products. Today I thought I would just quickly let you know about the release of the Tamanna palette, share a few pictures and share my thoughts. I’m going to make a very bold statement right now.. Anastasia’s eye shadows are just as good as Urban Decay shadows (possibly even better as they have minimal fall out). It is such a strong statement coming from myself as I love Urban Decay shadows and truly think they are the best in the market but I have been so impressed by the pigmentation, blendability and the staying power that I know it is up there in comparison. This palette contains 10 shadows with a mix of mattes and satin/shimmery shades. It is retailing on Cult Beauty for £24 and I honestly cannot recommend it enough. I have taken swatches and have been so impressed with the colour pay off. All her shadows blend so well and I can’t see this being any different. I think it is really well priced for what it actually is, considering it also comes with a brush which is really good quality.

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I will rave more about it when I create a more in depth post but if you wanted to have a look at the palette or pick it up, you can do so here.

Until next time, speak to you soon. Tanzina x

Red Iron Burgers Review

Today is a different sort of post from me, one I’m surprised it has taken so long for me to pen. Some of you may already know if you follow me on social media I do tend to eat out quite a lot. I’m always asking people for recommendations, reading TripAdvisor reviews, looking through blog posts to find the next best place to eat. This isn’t easy for me, as we have to factor in the fact that if I’m going to eat meat it has to be halal. I’m not too fussed if I go down the veggie/fish route but halal meat is always a bonus. So today I’ve decided I’m going to start doing food reviews, and add a little flavour to my post. The first restaurant I’ve chosen to review is a raved about halal burger joint – Red Iron Burgers.

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 I’m always looking for new places to eat so when at work a colleague recommended Red Iron Burgers, and I saw the menu, I knew it was a place I needed to visit. The travelling time from my area to Uxbridge where Red Iron Burgers is located is about a 45 minute – 1 hour drive which I was more than happy to take to experience this restaurant that everyone seemed to rave about. I was dining with my friend so after some ridiculous traffic we finally arrived and we couldn’t wait to get stuck into a juicy big burger. Even though there was steak on the menu, I decided we had to sample the burgers first – we could leave the rest of the menu for another visit. Now neither of us have what I would call huge appetite so we decided to share a starter. I love chicken wings, spicy wings in particular so I decided to order one portion of Buffalo Chicken Wings. It came beautifully coated in a hot tangy sauce that makes you dribble a little once it hits your taste buds. The chicken was so well cooked, not over done and so tender. I would definitely say the wings were up there with some of the best wings I’ve ever had, if you do visit the restaurant, you must try these!

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Now onto the star attraction – the burgers. I decided to opt for the signature Red Iron Burger which was said to be ‘oozing layers of mixed cheeses, house Red Iron Burger sauce, garlic mayo, caramelised red onions, jalapenos, fresh red onion, lettuce and tomato‘. My friend decided to play it safe and went for a traditional cheese burger with cheddar cheese and extra gherkins. I love how you have the option of choosing your cheeses, an option no other burger place I have visited has ever given me. All the burger meals come with chips, and it isn’t just any ordinary chips instead it is rustic french fries style chips which just tasted so good. Let’s talk about the burger, we both liked our burgers initially, the buns were just right and not too hard, the fillings and the sauces were perfect. However there was one issue, we had both requested medium cooked to play it safe.. we usually opt for well done however we didn’t want to risk it being too tough as we had never visited this place before so didn’t know what their version of well done was. BUT the medium cook was too much on the rare side for us, it was too pink throughout and too soft to the point the burger meat just seemed to be falling apart rather than sticking together. It did slightly ruin the experience for us are we were looking forward to the burgers the most! Honestly everything else was perfect, but that did let us down. I didn’t want to complain, I hate sending food back but I was tempted just to give it a few more minutes on the grill!

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We were however completely won over by the onion rings which were hands down the best onion rings we both had ever tried. The batter is so light, the rings had a perfect crunch and the onion inside was cooked to perfect. We started neglecting our chips and just concentrating on the onion rings. We were left fighting over the last ring which I obviously won! I know I was disappointed by the burgers, it didn’t live up to the hype that surrounded it but I may go back once more and ask for it to be cooked well done. I will let you know if I do, and write another review on here. As we both didn’t finish our main course completely, for once we had space left in our tummies for dessert. Red Iron only do two desserts, a Chocolate Brownie Sundae or a Toffee Fudge Brownie. I of course went for the chocolate option to share.

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This was delicious. The chocolate sauce was what done it for me, it was real good chocolate sauce and none of that syrupy chocolate sauce that you can pick up at the supermarket. The brownie crumble pieces were just right and there was a lot of ice cream to get through. Considering this was under £5 I thought that it was quite a generous sized portion. Oh talking about pricing I do think the menu is priced really well. Altogether I believe the meal came to around £30, maybe just over, which I think is pretty decent. You’d be looking at paying around £15 each for a filling meal which is reasonable.

Overall I had a mixed experience at Red Iron Burgers, everything was going perfectly till we bit into our burgers but that was something that can we easily rectify the next time we go there as then we can specify that we do need it to be cooked quite well done rather than rare. Everything else was really good, the staff were very nice and lovely and I would visit again. I would’ve gone back already if I lived closer just to test my theory that if I ask for well done it would be cooked perfectly. It is a shame that it wasn’t up to our expectations this time round but unfortunately these things do happen every now and again. Hopefully next time we will be able to finish our burgers fully! I hope you liked this blog posts guys, I know it is different to the norm but I thought I’d test the waters and see how it goes down. I apologise if I wasn’t descriptive enough but it is my first attempt at food blogging, so bear with me. Until next time, have a good day icon smile Red Iron Burgers Review

Red Iron Burgers is located at : 280 High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 ILQ.
You can read their menu here.

 Red Iron Burgers Review

Testing the Tarte Collection

As a beauty blogger/beauty fanatic you are introduced to lots of new brands over the course of the year and some are only glanced at and others seem to monopolise your makeup bag. Today I want to share a brand that does the latter, a brand I have been lusting over for so many years and am so glad to see on the UK shores. I am talking of course about none other than Tarte cosmetics. Tarte is a much loved brand worldwide but seemed to have evaded our UK grasps for far too long. Now since coming over to QVC they have made so many beauty fanatics like myself fall even further in love with the brand and this August they added even more products to the line up. Today I thought it is about time I share some of those beauties with you.

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Honestly not many products make me giddy (that’s a lie), but just look at that picture. Can you blame me for being excited? Let me briefly give you an overview of the products that have been released: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushers x2, Prismatic Eye Colour Enhancing shadow palette & double-ended brush, Clay Concealer & Finishing Powder & double-ended brush, 4 Piece LipSurgence Lip Creme Collection, Clay CC primer and double-ended camouflage tool and Lights, Camera, Lashes precision longwear Liquid Liner & 4-in-1 Mascara duo. Phew, that is a lot!

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Rather than doing an in-depth review on each and every product in one post, because lets face it I can keep going on and on about these beauties, I thought instead I would just share my thoughts on my favourites. I will be creating makeup looks and such in the coming few weeks so hopefully then you can get a better insight into the products. It’s well and easy seeing a swatch on a wrist but it isn’t the same as seeing it on someone’s face and seeing how they’ve used it, right? Let’s start with my favourite of the lot, the two Tarte 12 Hour Clay Amazonian Clay Blushers. Priced at £23.00 each they are more on the higher end of the beauty market, but still quite well priced in my opinion for what they are. This is my first time using these blushes and I now know what the fuss is about. QVC now have two more colours to their selection ‘Exposed’ and ‘Blissful’. Exposed is a beautiful dusky pink brown colour that I describe as a ‘nude’ blush that adds colour to my complexion but nothing that screams she’s wearing too much makeup. When I go for a heavy eye AND a heavy lip, this is the perfect blusher. The colours are so pigmented, but with no fall out at all. The brush just picks it up so easily, and the blush doesn’t fade through out the day either. It really is a stunning product and I completely understand its cult status. I also have been playing with Blissful which is a gorgeous subtle pink, and it has now become my every day blush. Hand on my heart, I wouldn’t recommend this if it wasn’t amazing, and it truly truly is. You can get these here at QVC. Go buy!

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The next product I have been trying is a face primer with a hint of colour, something I’ve never actually used before. To be honest I don’t really wear primer, that is until now. Since I don’t wear foundation, I don’t apply this all over my face, I stick to under my eyes and cheek area where I actually do apply product. This is the Tarte Clay CC Primer and it comes with a brush to apply it with. The great thing about Tarte coming to the UK is that a lot of their products already come with brushes which they don’t do abroad – maybe they are trying to make up for neglecting us for so long! This is how Tarte describe the product: ‘Buff your way to complexion perfection with this revolutionary correcting stick! Powered by skinvigorating™ and colour-correcting coloured clay, it easily blends into skin for an all-over airbrushed look that neutralizes discoloration as it evens and brightens all skin tones. Apply with tarte’s double-ended camouflage tool to achieve the perfect texture and finish’. I haven’t yet tried the brush but I have been applying the product straight from the stick and blending with my fingers. I genuinely do find my concealor creases less under the eyes and also my blush and contour stay and show up better. I’m able to get away using less product as it sticks to my face as now it finally has a base underneath it. The brush AND the product retails for £24.12 here.

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Talking about concealor, let’s talk about a concealor I have been loving. I was a bit sceptial about the Tarte Clay Concealer mainly because mine was shade Medium which is slightly too light for my tan skin. That is until I realised how well it brightens up my face. If you hate the Kim Kardashian bright under the eyes look and are my skin tone then maybe this is one you need to stay away from but if you are looking for this effect/or are of lighter skin colour this may be up there s one of the best under eye concealer you’ve used. However Tarte do have 5 shades available should you want to match it closer to your skin tone and I think I will be sampling shade Tan soon. Now back to the concealer it isn’t the creamiest concealer however this also means it does not budge and creases much less than other concealers such as the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. If you want the concealer to blend easier I would recommend applying it and then blending with a brush sprayed with setting spray. The setting powder I find is also really good, and does actually help set the product well. This little wonder duo comes with its own concealer brush which again I haven’t used so cannot comment on. It retails £26.50 here.

Wow I’ve written over 1000 words already, any surprise I took English at Uni! This is why I didn’t want to do a review of all the products; we’d be here for days. I only get like this when I am really passionate about a brand – so I guess my typing speaks for its self. I will be posting more about Tarte so keep a look out for that and I hope you liked today’s post. I am genuinely so impressed with this brand and can’t wait to see what else comes out. The great thing about QVC also is that they have real reviews from people so you can always read and see what others think who have bought the product already. You can see the full range of Tarte at QVC here. Until next time loves, have a good day x

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