Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie for £19!

Morning loves, today I have a little bit of a different post for you, instead of beauty I am talking food/lifestyle. Last weekend I went for Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie with my best friend (hi Yasmin) and I thought I would share it with you. It was an amazing deal so  I took a few snaps for you all just so you can see what it entails.

Afternoon Tea at patisserie valerie

Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie

Afternoon tea is a really popular British custom, however it can get quite pricey ranging from £20+ per person. When I stumbled across an afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie deal, I knew I had to snap it up. It seemed a little bit too good to be true as there was so much for just £19, but I decided to go for it regardless as I really like Patesserie Valerie. The deal entails: ‘A selection of ten finger sandwiches, two quiches, four scones with jam and cream, two mini cakes slices, two mini cakes, two chocolate éclairs and a refillable pot of tea/coffee.’

However there definitely is a little bit of a catch, the quiche and cakes were a lot smaller than I expected. I have to admit I let my imagination run with me a little, I expected huge slices of quiche and a full sized chocolate eclair and I was a little surprised at the mini sizes. That being said, there is more than enough food for two people and we didn’t even manage to finish it all between the two of us. The sandwiches were nice and fresh, and we had enough nibbles to go along with our conversation.

Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie

Although it isn’t a posh high tea afternoon tea experience, this is nevertheless a really good deal. We did a bit of shopping on Oxford St/Caranaby St in London and popped in to Patisserie Valerie to quench our thirst. With cups of tea going for almost £5 around Central London, all this food for £9.50 each was a steal. It is a really nice experience as well, a chance to catch up over something both visually and actually appetising.

Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie

Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie

Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie

 Overall I think it was a really good experience, something nice and relaxing that doesn’t break the bank too much. If you are looking for a really fancy Afternoon Tea experience, this definitely isn’t the deal for you. However if you are looking for somewhere to relax and catch up after a shopping session or something similar, I would highly recommend giving this deal a go.

You can pick up for your deal for £19 here. It is valid pretty much nationwide bar a handful of locations.

I hope you liked today’s post, it is a little bit different to the usual beauty babble but I thought I would share it with you all as I can imagine it being of interest to quite a few people. If you do go along, let me know what you think of the experience. If you have any questions, feel free to pop them below. Tanzina x

MAC Yash Lipstick Review

As some of you may know I did a mini MAC haul a few weeks back and picked up three MAC lipsticks. I’ve already talked about MAC Taupe and MAC Mehr, so all I had left to talk about was MAC Yash. Since I had already done a review on the other two, it is only fair that I also do a MAC Yash Lipstick review and share my thoughts.

MAC Yash Lipstick Review

MAC Yash Lipstick Review

MAC Yash Lipstick Review

I gravitated towards MAC Yash as it seemed to look like a less pinkier version MAC Velvet Teddy, which appealed to me as I am in the search for a good nude for my skin tone. It is described as a ‘deep neutral’ which isn’t really much of a description to me if I am honest! I would describe this as a deep yellow toned nude, which is a flattering nude shade for warmer skin tones. This comes in a matte finish, which is creamy and easy to apply and not drying on the lips. If you are looking for a ‘your lips but better’ type of nude, a matte finish isn’t ideal as no one has naturally matte lips. However this is a very good nude shade for when you want something neutral on the lips, especially if have heavy/strong makeup on the rest of your face.

MAC Yash Lipstick Review

On my lips, it is a little too light for my personal preference, I know that a lot of people like that kind of look but some reason I just can’t pull it off. I have seen this shade on darker skin tones than mine, such as MAC NC44, and it looks really nice but maybe my skin tone is too yellow for light nudes. I end up feeling like I look like I have put concealer on my lips! However, I do still really like this lipstick as it is still wearable with a darker lip liner to create an ombre-ish lip or even in the centre of my lips to make them look fuller. I definitely will try wearing it on its own simply to try and overcome my fear of a light lip but if I can’t I know I will still get lots of wear out of this lipstick by mixing it with other lipsticks and lip liners.

MAC Yash Lipstick Review

When it comes to wear, like the other matte lipsticks it can last around 6 hours, less if you are eating. Since it is such a creamy matte, it is really easy to reapply should you need to and you can help prolong the wear by wearing a lip liner underneath. Overall this is a really nice nude lipstick, and I think I prefer it to Velvet Teddy. It’s not a blow my socks off kind of shade, but I think that is simply personal preference and it might be someone’s perfect nude. If you are of warm olive skin tone I would definitely swatch it if you go near a MAC counter as you might end up finding your holy grail item, as the potential is definitely there.

You can pick it up here for £15.50

Of the three lipsticks I picked up, I think Taupe (read my review) is definitely my favourite and I have used up half the tube already. I already know I will be repurchasing it, however I may have to start using my other lipsticks as they must be feeling neglected by now! I’ve really liked doing individual lipstick reviews as I don’t think I’ve done many of those before, so hopefully this is something I can continue. I hope you liked my MAC Yash Lipstick review, if you have any questions please feel free to ask as I am happy to answer. Tanzina x

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

Hi loves, whilst it is still available I thought I would give you an Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler review and also give you a quick peek. Anastasia palettes are usually limited edition and sell out so quickly, so I thought I would do a show and tell of my palette in case you were still debating whether to pick it up or not.

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

This packaging for this palette is Anastasia’s usual sturdy cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. I find the packaging to be perfect as it is not too bulky and does enough to protect the product inside. I have travelled with my palettes many times and have not yet had a cracked or chipped shadow, and it also has a handy mirror inside. As with all other palettes this comes with a dual ended shadow brushes.

The colours themselves are very warm toned, with some jewel tone shades thrown in. I am an absolute sucker for a warm toned palette, so I needed to pick this one up. It contains 12 shades, with a mixture of matte and satin, and a few with shimmer running through them. The size of the pans of shadows aren’t huge, which may be disappointing for some, however I’d rather have many slightly smaller pans rather than a few big ones. I still haven’t finished a pan of shadow from any of my other palettes either. Luckily Anastasia does also sell shadows individually so there is a chance that you can find your favourites as an individual on her website (here). Unfortunately individual shadows aren’t sold in the UK yet, however I do hope they come over soon.

Now let’s look at the swatches:

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

From left to right we have – Soft Peach: a neutral, flesh-toned being with a matte finish, Morocco: a warm, desert sand (matte), Heirloom: a shimmering aubergine hue with a satin finish, Bellini: a sophisticated gold-toned peach (satin), Pink Champagne: a cool, glimmering mauve with a metallic finish and Chic: a sophisticated grey-taupe (satin).

All the shadows bar one are very pigmented, especially Pink Champagne which has an almost foil finish to it. The one lacking in pigmentation is Soft Peach, which is a very light matte shadow, however it is effective for blending and also as a transition shade. I personally like it for under my brows and blending other shades out but those looking to use this on their lid as a strong colour will be disappointed. My favourites from this row are Morocco which is just stunning and Pink Champagne.

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Again from left to right we have – Spoiled: Gold-flecked peach with a metallic finish, Fudge: Rich, chocolate brown with an ultra-matte finish, Azure: Vibrant blue with a metallic finish, Intense Gaze: Bronzed pink with a satin finish, Metallic: Brassy gold with a metallic finish and Noir: Deep carbon black with an ultra-matte finish.

Again we have one shadow which disappoints slightly, which is Spoiled, as it isn’t as pigmented as I would like it to be and also has some large specks of glitter in it. However that one shadow aside, the rest I love especially Fudge and Noir which are extremely pigmented. I’ve used Noir before, it is the richest black I have ever used. I also really like Intense Gaze as warm pinks are hard to come by and this will work really well as a lid colour for a warm smokey eye.

Whilst stocks last – you can pick it up here for £23

Overall I love this palette, Anastasia does put together palettes really well and although one shadow wasn’t up to my expectation I have still managed to find use for it as a slight wash of colour on my lids. I adore the Ultra-Matte finish shadows so much, I really wish she would launch a matte palette soon. This palette is really up my street with its warm tones and pigmented shades, I’ve already been wearing it every day. I think it is my favourite palette so far, although the Amrezy palette comes pretty close! I am so glad I picked this one up. Let me know if you would like me to do some makeup looks, and if so, with which colours? I hope you liked my Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler review ,Tanzina x

Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche Review

Hi loves, I am an absolute lover of all things perfume related and am constantly getting new additions for my collection. If I am honest, my perfume collection has gotten a little out of hand… however every time a new perfume catches my eyes, I have to have it. Today I wanted to do an Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche review, as it is a perfume I have had for a couple of months so I know I have had it long enough to form an opinion on it.

Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche Review

Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche Review

The name, Untold Eau Fraiche, gives away the fact that this is a very fresh scented perfume. Fraiche can be translated as crisp, dewy, fresh, lush in English which I think describes the perfume perfectly. This is the second perfume I am trying from the Elizabeth Arden Untold line, the first being Untold Absolu which ended up being my birthday scent (I spoke about it here). This is much lighter, crispier variation which is also more fruity and zesty on the skin. I usually gravitate towards strong, heady scents which are more evening appropriate so I was really intrigued to see if I could like a perfume like this. I was very pleasantly surprised as I found to be fresh but not too citrusy, with white floral notes which really appealed to me. It isn’t overpowering at all, and very day appropriate with light woody notes adding a little bit of warmth to the scent.

Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche Review

Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche Review

I am definitely not a lover of ‘day’ perfumes, the bright floral and citrusy perfumes, but I do find a lot of my perfumes are a little too heavy for a day in the office. This perfume is the perfect in between, I think it also helps that this is an Eau de Toilette hence why it isn’t too overpowering for me to wear. It’s light but with some depth, fruity without heaps of orange notes thrown in and floral without making you smell like freshly cut grass. Here are the notes of the perfume:

Top: Sparkling White Tea, Mandarin, Lush Green Pear

Mid: Freesia, Lily of the Valley, Orange Flower

Base: Cashmere Woods, Musk, Vetiver

Looking at the notes of this perfume I think it must be the base notes of woods and musk which makes this so appealing to me, as it adds that layer of warmth to even out the perfumes ‘freshness’. Like I mentioned above, bright floral/fruity scents really aren’t my cup of tea and this perfume has just the right amount of depth to make it a winner for me. In terms of packaging, which I am a sucker for, this comes in the same beautiful unique bottle as the other Untold collection perfumes come in. The bottle has some weight to it which is always attractive as it makes it feel luxurious. The perfume itself is a unique pastel green colour that lends itself to its name, Fraiche.

Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche Review

One of my favourite thing about this perfume is that it isn’t really that easy to get hold of, unless you know where you are looking. It isn’t available on all Elizabeth Arden counters, and is only available at selected Bentalls and Beales stores and online at http://allbeauty.com/. I am a little precious about everyone wearing a perfume I love, I know that’s a little mean, but I do like having own little secret scent. You can’t have a signature scent if everyone you come across is wearing it too!

Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche 100ml RRP £63.00 (£43.95 here) Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche 50ml – £45.00 (£37.50 here)

I always try to use perfumes for a few weeks at least just so that I can report back on it properly, as perfume is such a personal product and the experience can vary depending on your mood – hence why it has taken me so long to write this post! I hope you liked my Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche review, and if you have any other perfumes you would like me to talk about just let me know. Love, Tanzina x

Buy: Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler

Hi loves, super quick post today which I didn’t even know I was going to create! Today the Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler is released in the UK, and I had to bring it to your attention before it sold out. These palettes fly off the shelf, I’ve just picked mine up and I didn’t want you to miss your opportunity to pick one up. 

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Obviously I haven’t tried the palette yet so I can’t do a review, but the palette contains some of their much loved shades from other collections. I can already spot Morocco, the most beautiful warm orange toned brown and Noir, the truest black eye shadow I have. For some reason, the price has also dropped for these palettes, this one is priced at £24/£23, which I think is a bit of steal for such a coveted palette.

This is what the brand have to say about the palette:
Anastasia’s palettes are out of this world and the Shadow Couture World Traveler collection is inspired by the brilliant shades associated with the diverse scenery and cultures found throughout the globe. Ideal for injecting some backstage drama to your everyday, we love the array of daring yet wearable shadows in velvety matte and eye-catching metallic finishes… not to mention the typically show-stopping packaging. Slim enough to slip in a clutch bag, this is ideal for make up updates on the move, helping you to make the transition from desk to dinner to dance-floor with little more than a quick smudge of eye-enhancing smoulder. 

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The palette includes:

Soft Peach’ – a neutral, flesh-toned being with a matte finish
Morocco’ – a warm, desert sand (matte)
Heirloom’ – a shimmering aubergine hue with a satin finish
Bellini’ – a sophisticated gold-toned peach (satin)
Pink Champagne’ – a cool, glimmering mauve with a metallic finish
Chic’ – a sophisticated grey-taupe (satin)
Spoiled’ – a gold-flecked peach (satin)
Fudge’ – a rich chocolate brown (matte)
Azure’ – a vibrant, Mediterranean blue (satin)
Intense Gaze’ – a warm, bronzed pink with a satin finish
Noir’ – a smouldering, inky black (matte)

I picked this up from Cult Beauty this morning but it sold out in record time. However you can pick it up here for £23.00

Also, Eid Mubarak to everyone who is celebrating today and tomorrow. Hope you have an amazing day. I have told myself this is my Eid present, just to ease the guilt a bit. Although I have to admit, at £24.00 I don’t really feel guilty! Speak soon, Tanzina x