bareMinerals BareSkin Foundation Review

One of the most common beauty questions I get asked is what foundation do your wear/like? Quite a simple question , but one I have difficulty answering. You see the issue is, it is so hard for me to like any as foundations do not seem to match me well. I have decided I have an abnormal skin tone, it is just so yellow. I know it doesn’t look like it from first glances but every time I have had a makeup artist/counter try to match me that is what everyone says, and although foundations match slightly, they always dull my skin tone and make me look darker, greyer or sallow(er). There are a couple of foundations that have done the job for me, but I was resigned to the fact that I wouldn’t find the perfect match. So to answer the question; I rarely wear foundation and I like Estee Lauder Invisible Wear and Benefit Hello Flawless but nothing is just.. right. Until now.

bareminerals bareskin review

bareminerals bareskin review

I feel a little like Goldilocks, trying different products and always finding something that prevents it being just right. Too orange, too red, too heavy, too matte… the list is endless. My requirements are, something light as I am not used to wearing foundation so I like it  to be quite natural. And something ‘yellow enough’. I doubt I will ever find ‘the perfect match’ unless I borrow the foundation of a Simpson cast member, but I have come pretty damn close. This is the bareMinerals BARESKIN Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Honey. I actually matched this to myself in a dimly lit John Lewis beauty counter, and I was slightly worried it wouldn’t match when it arrived. There is only so much you can see under florescent lighting. When I finally got my hands on it, I was ridiculously excited to see if this foundation might just be the one for me, for I had seen Daniel Sandler talk about the product on Instagram saying he uses to add a yellow element to foundation shades. I do love a bit of Daniel Sandler advice.

Normally I am very patient with products, I wait until it is daylight to try them out but not  with this one. Once I got home around 8pm, I quickly started applying it. It matched my skin so well; I couldn’t really believe it was working so well. Usually I can get foundations to match me but it does take a lot of buffing into the skin, but this seemed to match without even blending it in. Is this how the rest of the beauty consumers feel… the feeling was so foreign to me! The next day I tried it out on daylight and it is fair to say I fell in love even further. If I made my own custom foundation, this would be it. Possibly a tad bit more yellow but very similar. It is so light and airy, and sits so comfortably on top of my skin that I sometimes forget I am wearing it. It blends silkily into my skin, and it really is my skin but better – as corny as that sounds. The product is described to be tone correcting and brightening and on that aspect it does deliver. See results below.

bareminerals bareskin honey

bareminerals bareskin honey

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

bareminerals bareskin honey

I have been using it with the bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush brush, and I’m sure that aids getting this result. The brush is so easy to use, you jus pop a couple of drops into the centre of the brush and buff away. The problem I have faced with light liquid foundations (such as Estee’s Invisible Wear) is that they just disappear into the bristle which means I need to dispense more foundation than I actually use. With this brush it just sits perfectly on top and you don’t waste product. The bristles are soft, and it doesn’t get dirty easily. Result!

Now if you are looking for a heavy duty full coverage foundation unfortunately this isn’t for you. But if you like me, are looking for something light and natural looking, and are especially struggling to find a colour match due to yellow tones in your skin, I highly recommend trying this out. I still think there is a huge gap in the market for all tones of warmer skin tones, they usually don’t cater for the many variations of skin tones and I am glad to see BareMinerals bridging the gap. People like me are itching to spend our money on a good match; we are just waiting for you to bring the product to us.

If you would like to try this foundation you can pick it up here for £26.00. The brush retails for £24.00 and you find it here. Alternatively pop along to your local John Lewis and get yourself matched, you might find your ‘just right’ foundation.

I hope you liked hearing me rave about this product, I did have to stop myself at points from just blabbering away. When I enjoy a product it is quite obvious, and with this one it really was! Let me know if you have any recommendations or would like to know more details of the makeup look I created in the above pictures. Love, Tanzina x

My Makeup Removal Holy Grail

Hi loves! I get asked about skin care quite often and today thought I would share with you all some of my holy grail items. I literally feel like I could not live the life I lead without them, as if I didn’t have them my eye makeup tendencies would have to be dramatically reduced.  I feel like it has been forever since I have blogged but I do have some sort of excuse, kind of! I have created two posts ready to go live but I can’t seem to find time within daylight hours to take pictures. One of them is a foundation post and I thought I better show that in daylight because you can’t really get a good representation in indoor lighting. But without much further ado let us get on to my holy grail items.

makeup remover



Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover: I believe this is a Boots owned brand that you can’t get anywhere else (sorry if you can’t get hold of it!). This is a duo phase eye makeup remover that I use on a daily basis  (when I wear eye makeup) to get rid of tough mascara residue and all kinds of eye makeup including glitter. To be honest if this was discontinued I could grudgingly make do with another brand, such as the Bodyshop Camomile Eye Makeup Remover, but this is definitely my favourite and I don’t like to be without it. It breaks down makeup really well, doesn’t hurt my eyes or sting them and is quick and easy. It is also extremely affordable at £3.99 when on full price but usually there are offers around the Botanicals range. I picked three up last week half price at £1.99 (at time of publishing this post, it is still half price!). Find it here.

makeup remover

makeup remover

Boots Cotton Wool Double Faced Pad: Now these I cannot live without. I love how the cotton pad is seamed together which means the layers don’t separate, and I love the two textured sides. They are perfect for using with my makeup removers and usually one large pad is enough for both my eyes. If I use the smaller ones, as I sometimes prefer to do, I use up two pads. Now I think Bodyshop have similar ones but I have never tried it because it was pricier than these beauties. I pick the large cotton pads up for £1.89 and the smaller ones are the same price. However 80% of the time it is buy one, get second half price. With Bodyshop ones priced at £2.50 I have no reason to look elsewhere. You can pick it up here.


Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Solution: Ah my beloved Bioderma, my favourite discovery. Coincidentally I found this and my favourite person in the whole wide world the same summer, a summer I remember fondly. I use this as a makeup remover pre-cleanse, it takes away any oily residue left over from the eye makeup remover, and easily breaks down concealer, blush, lipstick etc. I find it  very refreshing, and it pretty much removes all makeup. I still cleanse using my Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm just to deep clean my skin but my flannel usually comes up clean. I have lost count of how many bottles I have been through, and I usually always have a back up ready. That reminds me, need to pick up a back up! You can pick up Bioderma Créaline H2O Micelle Solution 2 x 500ml for £22.10, bargain!

I hope you liked a little peek into my makeup removal routine, it is one that took trial and error to perfect and now I am really happy with it. Talking about things I am happy with, I recently updated the look of my blog and this is my first official post on the new design. I hope you like it! It is pink and girly but I think I like it. I was going to opt for black and I might eventually but I like it having a little more colour. Let me know what you think! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Get To Know Me : Tanzina

Hi loves, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ve been quiet over here over the past couple of weeks but that was intentional. I work in the cash transit sector, and although I work on the office side of things, the Christmas period is the busiest period of the year. Between managing two teams, and meeting deadlines, it is fair to say I was burning the candle on both ends and was thoroughly exhausted. Normally when I don’t post for a while I berate myself and feel bad, however this time I refused to and just let myself rest my mind when I got home from work! However I have got a little surprise for you all, I have actually uploaded a video! I filmed a ‘Get To Know Me’ video way back in May and I have finally uploaded it. 

get to know me

I have always wanted to show my personality and share my life a bit with my readers and viewers but looking at this video I can see I am slightly more reserved than normal. I think that is quite a normal reaction when  you don’t film regularly but maybe sometime in the future it will be a bit more regular and I will come out of my shell. I hope you enjoy this video, please leave a comment of what you would like to see next. Also if you haven’t already, please do subscribe here.

Thank you for watching, speak to you soon, Tanzina x

My Urban Decay Haul


Hi loves, I have recently ben vey very good when it comes to splurging and shopping beauty products, I have actually been restrained for once and not been tempted by every shiny new thing that comes up. However a £30 Debenhams gift card was burning a hole in my pocket and I just had to spend it. The only think that irks me is that I spent it before the 15% Debenhams beauty discount! How annoying, however that feeling always fades when I look at my pretty purchases. This was an Urban Decay only kinda haul.

urban decay haul


urban decay haul


Let’s be honest, £30 doesn’t really get you too far in Urban Decay world, and as I didn’t want to spend too much on top of the gift card so I decided to only opt for two products that were on my must have list. Firstly I needed to pick up UD Primer Potion in Eden. I’ve been meaning to pick this up for a while, the product has a nude base which helps bright colour show up even better than they do on the original Primer Potion. I’ve been using this product quite a bit recently for the majority of my looks, the only time I reach for the original is when I am doing more ‘naked’ look where I don’t want a base that doesn’t blend invisibly, and also if I am creating a smokey look as then I use a black base (like gel eyeliner). I have to say it is pretty satisfying when you tick a product off your ‘must buy’ list, and you are pretty pleased with yourself for choosing it. I picked it up here for £16.00




My next purchase I really did not need in the slightest, but I think I’ve accepted the fact that more often than not I end up purchasing things I think I ‘need’ but really it is a simple case of just greedy ‘wanting’. I introduce you to the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette, a palette I knew I was going to buy the minute I found out it was being released. Yes I ooh-ed and umm-ed about whether I need it, will I even use it, but at the end of the day if I was being honest with myself I was going to get it regardless. I went through the same process with the other two Vice palettes so this time I gave into it quicker than I did with the previous two. Do I even use the previous two palettes? Rarely. Did that deter me from purchasing this one? Don’t be silly. However that aside, I am really happy with it, and think this could be my favourite of the three. I haven’t actually done anything with this other than swatch it so I can’t be 100% sure but this one does seem like it would be more suited to me. It has matte nudes which is always a plus for me and I was happy to see the warm gold and berry tones in this palette also. As with all Vice palettes it comes with a massive mirror on the lid, and this one also came with a handy dust/makeup bag. Initially I thought the bag would fit my iPad but alas, it didn’t! Debenhams don’t seem to stock this anymore, however Urban Decay still do with free P&P. You can pick it up here for £42.00

I thought I would also share some swatches with you all, as I always like seeing how colours translate on people’s skin tones. I tried adding in the actually shade from the palette next to the swatch so you can get a better idea of how the colour shows up. I hope that helps!




I feel like I haven’t done a proper swatch post in a while (expect from the recent Anastasia Amrezy palette one) and it felt rather good creating one, feels like the old blogging days where it was all about swatches. It’s crazy how everything has evolved from when I first started blogging, hey it was one of my ‘goals’ to blog from an Apple Mac book and I am finally doing it. Over the next year I do want to evolve the blog further, make it prettier and more ‘grown up’ but we shall see. My plans don’t always follow their intended path. Thank you for taking time out to read my blog post, and if you get the chance remember to follow me on Bloglovin’ by clicking the button below! Love, Tanzina x

Black and Gold Makeup Look

Hi loves, I hope you are okay. It has been a while since I last shared a makeup look with you all so I thought I’d share this one with you for all your December party look inspiration. I love creating looks and taking pictures but it is a rare occasion where I can truly indulge in spending time to create a good look, and actually having time to take snaps to share with you all. I named this particular look the Red, Gold & Smoke look.



Let us start with the face makeup. I was going for a glowy makeup look with highlighted cheeks, and I use a wet beauty blender style of sponge to blend out the foundation and the contour lines I created on my face. Here are a list of products I used: (warning: I used a lot of Motives Cosmetics.)

  • Motives Foundation Quad in Medium for foundation/contour/highlight
  • Anastasia Concealer in 2.5 for under eye highlight
  • Motives Dual Blend Sponge with Motives 10 year Younger Setting Spray to blend the foundation
  • Motives Blush in Runway
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit: Havana for contouring and Banana under the eyes to set concealer (Currently Back In Stock!)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze for the highlight




 Now onto the eye makeup look. I wanted to use primarily gold and black for this look so a gold smokey look developed itself naturally. It is quite difficult to use black just by itself, so I muted it with browns with added a little bit more warmth to the look. Brows as always were by my favourite, Anastasia Soare.



  • Motives Eye Shadows: Onyx, Cappucino, Vino, Antique Gold, Sunkissed & Whipped Cream
  • 2True Liquid Liner
  • Motives Little Black Dress gel Eyeliner for the waterline and smokey bottom lash line
  • Eldora False Eye Lashes in H163
  • YSL Babydoll Mascara


 For my lips I went for my favourite red combination, it really is my favourite and most used lip look of all time. That reminds me, need to pick up more Limecrime goodies!


  • Limecrime Velvetine in Red Velvet
  • MAC Lipliner in Brick

That is it for the makeup look and today’s post, I do hope you liked it. Recently I have been creating a more burnt orange and brown makeup look so hopefully when I get more time I will try to share a look featuring those colours sometime soon. I can’t believe it is nearly December now! This whole year has flown past so quickly. Speak to you soon, Tanzina x