Review: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Matte Lipstick

Some of you may already know that I adore a red lip. It is my go to bold lips and my lipstick collection has amassed quite a few red tones over the years. There is one thing I love more than a red lip and that is a matte red lip. Today I thought I would share with you all the creamiest, most moisturising red matte lipstick I have come across and I have to admit it is something pretty special.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Matte Lipstick

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Matte and moisturising were two parallel words in my book, especially as I tend to use MAC Ruby Woo, which is a very dry matte lipstick. Of course I have come across ‘matte’ moisturising lipsticks in the past but typically they are rather satin, and tend to slip and slide. I wanted something that didn’t enhance every crack and dry patch on my lip but also something that has staying power. Well it was a need that Elizabeth Arden decided to deliver on, and I was introduced to the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturising Lipstick in Bold Red. What makes this lipstick pretty special is just how moisturising it is. I feel like I have put a lip balm on and it is no surprise considering the products used within it. This is what Elizabeth Arden have to say :

  • Flexible Satin-Pigments: matte, pure pigments are encapsulated in an emollient protective film allow for a comfortable, non-drying suede-like finish.
  • 12 hour wear: a fade-resist complex keeps colour true for up to 12 hours.
  • Maxi-lip™: boosts lips with a 60% increase in moisturisation, for fuller, healthier, plumper lips.
  • Smoothing Butter Complex: a natural trio of Mango, Shea and Murumuru butters infuse lips with nourishing, conditioning and soothing oils, whilst Argan Oil and Vitamin E provide antioxidant protection.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Matte Lipstick

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Matte Lipstick

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Matte Lipstick

Now due to its beneficial moisturising attributes, this lipstick is not going to stay on your lip as long as an extremely dry textured matte lipstick, such us MAC’s Retro Matte finish Ruby Woo. However I feel like I have found a solution to combat that. The first thing I do is I line my lips with a matte red lip liner, and then apply the lipstick on top and this ensures staying power. In the swatches I only applied lip liner to the outline to help shape the lips (as I pretty much always do) but I find it works better if you fill your whole lip in with liner. And then voila, your long lasting AND moisturising matte lipstick solution is here. I find this to have about 6-8 hour wear with possibly one touch up depending on what you eat that day! But overall I am impressed and now want it in Raspberry which looks like a bright fuchsia pink.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Matte Lipstick

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Matte Lipstick

This lipstick comes in 5 Shades and they retail for £21 each. You can pick it up here. (And currently at Boots you can get a free gift when you buy 2 selected Elizabeth Arden, 1 to be foundation)

If you get a chance to visit an Elizabeth Arden counter do try it out and test the formula to see if it is something you would like. But please do not apply a used tester straight to your lip or hand, as working on a beauty counter has taught me you never know where that could have been! Instead ask for a cotton bud which counters usually have a scrape it lightly along the bullet of the lipstick. This will get you a more hygienic deposit of the product to swatch. Happy swatching!

I also created a red toned smokey makeup look with this red lip which I will hopefully share with all in the next few days. I hope that you will like it! Until next time loves, have a great day. Tanzina x

Nanshy Masterful Collection

Over the past few years there is a clear trend of expanding brush collections in most beauty enthusiast’s makeup stash. When I first started showing an interest in makeup, good quality brushes came with a hefty price tag, and the 15 year old me could not even phantom spending £30+ on a MAC makeup brush. The 24 year old me now still can’t get round to it willingly! However as the demand for makeup brushes grew, so did the range of affordable good quality makeup brushes. I don’t think I have one single makeup brush in my collection that costs over £30 and only a handful over £20. More and more brands have come out with good quality brushes with small price tags and today I want to talk about one of my favourite brush companies, Nanshy

Nanshy Masterful Collection

Nanshy Masterful Collection

I’ve raved about Nanshy before (here & here), and today I wanted to show you a huge brush collection they launched a while ago. I’ve been really incorporating them into my makeup routine for the past 3 months and I think it is time now I spoke to you all about it. I’m aiming to do a makeup look video in the near future so hopefully then you can see the brushes in action so I will try to keep this post short and sweet. Nanshy launched their Masterful Collection last year which entailed of 12 brushes for both face and eye applications. The collection contains the following brushes:

Eye Brushes:
Angled Detailer Brush
Crease Brush
Blending Brush
Shader Brush
Pencil Brush
Liner Brush

Face & Lip Brushes:
Contouring Brush
Blush Brush
Powder Brush
Stippling Brush
Foundation Brush
Lip Brush (with cap)

Nanshy Masterful Collection

I’ve been using the Nanshy Eye Brush set for over 6 months and I have fully implemented into my daily makeup routine. I also have the Nanshy Face Brush set, but none of the face brushes are the same as the one in this set. My stand out favourite face brush from this collection is the Foundation Brush. It’s an angled traditional foundation brush however I use it for a complete difference purpose. The angled shape is perfect to blend out cream contour and I use it pretty much every day. I also adore Contour brush as I use it for both contour and blush powder application.

Nanshy Masterful Collection

The collection retails for £49.99 here, and although in bulk that is quite a large sum to spend, it works out to be £4.16 per brush which is very reasonable in my opinion. Especially for someone who wants a good collection to start off with, this collection will be more than enough to create most looks. I definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of this collection.

I hoped you liked this quick look at the Masterful Collection. I’m thinking of creating a makeup look video using this set so please give me ideas of what you would like to see. Until next times loves, have a great day! Tanzina x

Simple Eyes and Bold Lips Makeup Look

It’s been a little while since I last done a makeup look post so I thought I would quickly talk you through one I created recently. This was quite a ‘simple’ makeup look to create, in the sense I didn’t use 8 different shades of shadow and 4 different types of blusher! Sometimes makeup looks get a little complicated so it is always refreshing to tone it back down a bit. However for once, I actually used foundation so hopefully that adds a more polished finish to the look. 

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Let’s start with eye makeup first as that is always the most complicated, and lengthiest process. Well for me anyway! Here is a list of products I used:

The first thing I always start with is brows. I shape my brows using the DipBrow and fill in any gaps. Then I fill in the brow lightly using the brow power. Finally I set it all with the Brow Gel, that way all the brow hairs are n the direction I want them in and the brows look fuller. Next I clean up under the brow using concealer. I use Anastasia Concealer 2.5 which is a creamy ‘blendable’ concealer which is a quite a few shades lighter than my skin tone so perfect for highlighting. I apply with a brush and blend out with my finger tips. Next I set and highlight under the brow, here I used Anastasia shadow in Fresh. Then I apply primer potion over my eyelid and apply UD Nooner and Anastasia Bengal to the crease to define it slightly. I deepen it further by using a touch of UD Blackheart. For lid colour I opted for UD Nooner. Under the lash line I smudged in the Avon eyeliner pencil and smoked it slightly using UD Blackheart. I also highlighted the inner corner slightly using Illamasqua Furore. I added a thin line of liquid eyeliner, filled in my waterline with pencil liner and popped on some mascara and false lashes and ta da, eye makeup completed. It always sounds more complicated than it is.

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Now onto the face and lip makeup. This bit is definitely much quicker than the eye makeup and requires much less products! Find a list of all the products I used below:

Some people like to contour and highlight after applying foundation but if I am going for a slight contour/highlight look I like to opt for doing it before my foundation. The first thing is apply a light shade of concealer under my eyes, on my forehead and other areas I’d like to highlight on my face. Usually for concealer I use Anastasia in shade 3.0 but for this look I went for 2.5 as I was using foundation as well. Next I used my favourite cream contour product, the Artist of Makeup contour stick. This blends so well and is such easy application. You can get a really blended subtle look as well as a sharp contour if that is what you prefer. I blended the contour and highlight in by applying foundation on top and buffing it in well. In order to not disturb the contour and highlight I buff over those parts lightly. Next I applied my favourite highlighter, Bobbi Brown Sandstone. Finally I applied my favourite blush of 2014, Exposed, which is a very pretty nude pinkish colour on my skin tone. The last step to any makeup look I create is of course the lips. For this look I wanted to go for something bold as the eye makeup was not too elaborate so I decided to opt for a deep strong red. I lined my lips using MAC Burgundy and then filled in my lip with Tom Ford Black Orchid which is a which is a dark blackish  red. I then added a little more moisture and red back in by going over with Sheisedo RD304.

That is it for the look today, I really enjoyed creating it as it was super quick and I love the finish foundation gives. I don’t have to worry about making sure my concealer is completely blended into my skin as the foundation ensures it is. I also done a foundation review here recently if you’d like to read. Let me know if there are any looks in particular you’d like me to create any looks for you all. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Birthday Perfume: Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Review

Hi loves, happy Sunday! Recently my birthday just passed (I’m 24 now!) and I decided to grab a new perfume so I have a perfume that will always spark memories of my 24th birthday. Perfumes are very effective in triggering memories, and since I was going to create some beautiful memories I wanted a perfume that would always remind me of them. I thought I would type up a quick post on the perfume I chose, which was Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu

Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Review

Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Review

Untold Absolu is a deeper sensual take on Elizabeth Arden’s Untold perfume, and as it was a more stronger perfume it was one I automatically gravitated towards. My perfume taste definitely favors headier perfumes, and this one triggered images of a glamorous evening to me. It smells quite dark, and intoxicating and helps me conjure up images of a mysterious woman to me so it definitely is quite a sexy scent. I tried quite a few perfumes before deciding which one I wanted to wear for my birthday and this was one I repeatedly went back to smell.

Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Review

Looking at the basic notes of the perfume there was nothing in there which were my favourite notes so I couldn’t figure out why it appealed to me so much but when I looked further into the perfume it all made sense. The brief description of the perfume told me that it had floral absolutes, red plum and blackberry accepts with an amber base. Those were notes I was not previously familiar with, as they didn’t appear in my favourite perfumes so I wanted know exactly what other notes were in the perfume. This is what I discovered:

Top: Red Plum, Ginger Extract LMR, Black Raspberry, Italian Bergamot
Mid: Egyptian Jasmine Absolute LMR, Rose Water Essential LMR, French Narcissus Absolute LMR
Base: Brazilian Tonka Absolute, Cashmere Woods, Tahitian Vanilla Bourbon Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid

If you know my favourite perfumes, you’d know anything with Jasmine might as well have my name on it. I adore Jasmine especially combined with Rose. I also adore woody perfumes and I love the depth Cashmere Woods has added to this perfume. I haven’t come across another perfume that smells similar to this, and as it isn’t as mainstream as my favourite Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, so I am less likely to bump into someone wearing the same perfume as me. I love wearing this perfume in the evening as it is definitely more of an evening fragrance and I love how it lingers the next day if I sprayed it on my coat or scarf the night before.

Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Review

The size I have is a 30ml which I think is the perfect size to trial a perfume and also chuck in your bag and carry around. I love the shape of the perfume bottle, if a bottle is aesthetically pleasing it is always a plus! I usually carry perfumes in my Travalo decanter however I do feel much more glamorous taking out a pretty bottle when refreshing my perfume. I’m really glad I ended up choosing this perfume to be my birthday scent, although I suspect it will quickly become my 2015 scent. I look forward to spraying it in the future and bringing back special memories that I’ll create this year. If you’d like to find out what the fuss is all about, you can find this perfume at your local Elizabeth Arden counter. Or you could pick it up here for £40.

I hop you enjoyed this post, let me know what your favourites are. Speak to you soon, Tanzina x

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.

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bareminerals bareskin honey

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

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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