With the holiday season well and truly at full swing, it is hard sometimes to find affordable gifts for family and friends. Well today I have a gift set from one of my favourite bath time companies – Radox. I thought I would do a quick post for you today in case you were stuck on ideas or wanted a little treat for yourself.
This is the Radox Spa Gift Set, a set of two bath and shower products and some dinky little candles to take the spa experience further. Radox say the set contains ‘a Radox Spa Soothe Bath Soak 500ml and Radox Spa Radiant Shower Cream 250ml with fig and neroli oil, both expertly blended with natural ingredients to deliver visible results to body and mind, along with two indulgent candles for maximum bathtime bliss. It will leave you feeling fresh, revitalised and glowing from head to toe.’
Now Radox is a bathroom staple in my house, and despite having fancy bubble baths and bubble bars, since I was 16 I have been buying bottles of Radox bubble baths for those quick but effective soaks. Currently on Argos this set is just £5.99, a great present for under £6. I think it would be a great gift to give, especially if you took it out of the box and wrapped it up in tissue paper. You can find it here.
I hope you enjoyed this super quick post, and it gave you ideas if your stuck or looking for secret santas. I’ve actually been trying this set out and having been really enjoying it. However I have started to notice that others in the family bathroom have started helping themselves to it too!
Hi loves, I hope you enjoyed my last post, a personal post about one of my favourite days. However we are now back to business here at Makeup A to Z and today I have a haul video for you. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the brand spanking new KIKO Store on Regent Street, London. With two floors of makeup and skin care heaven I really didn’t know where to start! But as always, my shopping skills never seem to fail me and I left with a bag full of goodies.
Here is a list of products I picked up:
- KIKO Full Coverage Concealer in 02
- KIKO Soft Touch Blush in 103
- KIKO Smart Lipstick in 913
- Limited Edition KIKO Gold Drops
- KIKO Smart Lip Pencil in 709 & 715 (currently 50p each!)
- KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 07, 10 and 16
Also don’t forget to enter my giveaway! It’s your last chance to enter as it ends midnight tonight! Don’t miss out.
I hope you all enjoy my video and until next time have a great day! Tanzina x
Today I thought I would share a life post with you and provide a little insight into my life as I always like reading more personal posts. I recently graduated with an Upper Second Class English Degree, something that I have to say I am very proud of. The graduation day was so much better than I could have imagined and the look of pride on my parents face was just priceless. I thought I would share a few pictures with you all today and sort of mark the occasion on my blog.
My graduation was held at my university, the University of Greenwich which is a beautiful location. It is swamped with history, located in a Royal Borough and was once home to Henry VI. Why, the Queen met her husband there for the first time! Can you tell I was a student ambassador, I gave too many tours to students and guests to remember. I still remember the first day I moved to Greenwich, I was in shock over how beautiful the university was and I remember saying wow, I feel like I am in a movie. Well, funny that, as I was indeed in a movie set as the university provided the back drop to The Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, Les Miserables and Thor to name a few while I was studying there. Yes I did manage to see Johnny Depp!
Why English? Everyone asks me that and it simply happens to be a) I enjoy it so much and b) the skills you pick up from the course are endless. I actually always thought I was going to be a lawyer, I was certain, it was only during the very last stages of university applications that it just clicked. English (mostly literature based) was what I wanted to study. Too many of my friends went into university and hated their course and didn’t enjoy the process however I am so glad I took English as I really did enjoy the three years I spent studying it.
I think a common questions from fellow students and graduates is, what did you do your dissertation on? Well I had the option to take novel writing instead of writing a dissertation and since creative writing was my favourite aspect of English, I grabbed that opportunity with both hands. I wrote a novel based on abuse, both emotional and physical, and although it was rather gritty and raw it really paid off breaking taboos and writing about something unconventional.
Okay for those who were completely bored about that, lets talk about something more MakeupAtoZ related. What did I wear?! Well as you can see from the pictures I wore a long white floaty dress with Asian stone detailing. My mum really wanted me to wear it and though I was so against the idea at first, I am really happy I went for it. I was worried it might be too much but I had so many compliments and I love how it turned out in the pictures. It really stands out against the black of the graduation gown and hat (which my Dad purchased for me as a memento- thanks Daddy!). I didn’t want to over accessorise so for jewellery I wore simple studs and a beautiful watch which has sentimental value meaning it had to be a part of my big day. This dress has quickly become my ‘princess’ dress, every girl needs one!
Now the makeup. Although I didn’t get close up pictures I can pretty much describe what I wore for you. I wore foundation to make sure in pictures my skin was even and flawless. One my eyes I went for a slight smokey look, eye liner and lashes. I didn’t want to get too creative as I will have these pictures forever and my taste in makeup might change! I wanted to go for something timeless, something I can look back at in ten years time and not think it looks too dated. On my lips I went for my signature look, a bright strong red lip. I didn’t want to get too crazy with hair either so I just left it plain and straight as my hair is quite long. And that is it for my look!
I hope you enjoy this post on my graduation and the pictures! Sorry about the strong watermarking but these are extremely personal pictures for me so it needed to be done! Let me know what you think of this post with a comment below and until next time have a great day. Tanzina x
Today I have a quick heads up for you from one of my favourite beauty websites. I have two or three must use beauty websites when I’m doing my online beauty shopping and one those is Cult Beauty who stock some exclusive brands that you cannot get anywhere else. Exclusive brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills whose products I just die for. Well today I have a special goody bag promotion to share with you all.
From the 1st of December they are running a free gift offer for the ‘Cult Beauty Best of 2013 Goody Bag’ on all orders over £75. I spy an Anastasia Brow Gel which I use pretty much on a daily basis. There are lots of lovely goodies included in the gift bag, from the much coveted Eve Lom Cleanser to the much hyped GlamGlow mask which I still need to try!
To add this selection of treasures to your basket, any order of £75 or more, just enter the code BESTGOODY into the “Free Gift Code” box at checkout and these lovely products will be yours. Although £75 is quite a chunk to spend at once, with the holiday season upon us it will be very easily spent! Do let me know if you pick this up!
I hope you enjoyed today’s quick post and the heads up. Until next time have an amazing day. Tanzina x
As promised in the last post, today I am bringing you a quick eye makeup look which I created using the BareMinerals The Mix Master Palette (you can read my post on it here). It’s a smokey green number, I love incorporating colour into my makeup looks but not all of them are wearable on a daily basis. However I find the green in this look isn’t too bold and the look itself is very wearable.
Products I used:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- BareMinerals ‘The Mix Master Palette’ shadows: Max Volume, Panaroma, Perspective and Mixologist
- PIXI Pencil Liner in Black
- BareMinerals Lash Domination
- Eldora False Lashes in H124
Now onto how I created the look. I’ve fallen into a habit of doing my brows first so I used my trusty Brow Wiz to fill in and shape and highlighted my browbone using the Brow Duality. Next after priming my lids using UD Primer Potion I started on creating the crease and the smokey outer V using a mixture of the brown Perspective and the black charcoal Panaroma. I blended that out with Mixologist and applied the green Max Volume all over the lid. I also applied a bit of that highlighting shade Mixologist in the inner corners to help open the eyes up. After applying pencil liner to the water line and lashings of Lash Domination mascara, I applied false lashes. The lashes I used are the gorgeous Eldora lashes in H124 which come with an invisible band which meant I could forego the top liner. I think that is all that is to this look!
I hope you liked this good smokey look I cooked up, it’s smokey with a dash of colour which is just how I like it. Do let me know if you have any makeup look request. Oh also don’t forget to enter my giveaway! It’s ending soon so don’t miss your chance to win. Tanzina x
Hi loves, I’m back today with another gift idea post in preparation for this month’s celebrations. I cannot comprehend how we are at the end of 2013 and 2014 is a month away. How? The gift idea I am featuring today is a rather unique palette, unlike anything I’ve come across and will be great to have for those who like touching up on their makeup through out the night.
This baby is the BareMinerals The Mix Master Convertible Eyeshadow Palette, phew that is a long title! This is a very unique palette in the sense that is is literally two palettes in one. Firstly all the twelve shadows pop out, so you can arrange them in an order to suit you. You have twelve different types of shadows, a mix of base, crease and liner shades though of course you are free to use them as you like. There is a great mix of colours from neutrals to full out smokey shades, and yes there aren’t any vivid daring colours like a bright pop of yellow but really, how many people use those shades on a daily basis. This palette is for someone who would want a palette where they can use every single shade. Hey, don’t think I wouldn’t rock a bright eye everyday, for years I did! But what floats my boat doesn’t work for everyone.
The packaging is gorgeous, its sleek and very compact so travelling with it is easy. It’s black with a gem like print on it and sturdy too. Now remember I said it is literally two palettes in one? Now you know what I mean. The inner section of the palette slides out to make a smaller compact, with a trio of shades that you can pick and mix! How clever is that? This really is perfect for travelling and times when you know you’d want the option of a touch up. You also get a mirror inside and a brush which I am pleased to say is actually a very nice brush and not one of those useless ones you will never use. It has a flat liner brush on one side and a very nice fluffy tapered crease brush on the other.
Now lets get swatching.
The first six are Maven (blackened navy), Panorama (charcoal), Perspective (deep espresso), Embellish (glittery pewter), Day Dream (nude creme) and Stealth (apricot chiffon). As you can see all the shades are creamy, pigmented and smooth. I’ve already been creating makeup looks with this palette and the shadows are so easy to work with. Now on to the next six shades.
Here we have In Vogue (matte smoky purple), Custom Made (pink quartz pearl), Hot Commodity (metallic medium copper), Max Volume (smoky jade), Muse (pink frost) and Mixologist (champagne sheen). I think I love Day Dream the most, it is such a perfect pigmented nude shade, oh and also Embellish because I am a sucker for a unique shimmery shade. Okay lets just make it a trio, my third favourite is Hot Commodity, a gorgeous shade that glides on like butter – what is there not to love?
This palette is definitely a keeper in my opinion, it wouldn’t be appearing here if it wasn’t! It’s perfect for any beauty enthusiast really, from the advanced beauty lover to those who are newly introduced to this addictive world. Of course you could be greedy and just keep it for yourself ! This palette retails for £45.00 and has a value of £87.00 so you are saving quite a few pennies there. You can pick it up at any Bareminerals stockist or here on their site. Don’t forget to use code ‘XMAS1′ at checkout for free delivery.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post, if you did then make sure you keep a look out for my next post which may be tomorrow or a few days after. I have created a smokey green makeup look using this palette to share with you all so stay tuned to see what I used to achieve it. Until next time lovelies, have a great day
Hi loves! I have been slightly quiet over here on the blog however I will try amend that over the next few days. Today I thought I would do quite a quick little post on a YouTube video I uploaded but never got around to telling you about. It’s a products empties video, which is exactly what the title suggest – a video featuring products I have used up thus making them empty.
The products I used up are :
- Bioderma H20 Crealine Solution
- Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Conditioner
- Elemis Gentle Face Wash
- Avene Micellar Lotion
- Loreal EverSleek Smoothing and Nourish Shampoo
- Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream
- Macadamia Oil Hair Masque
- YBF Brow Pencil
Make sure you watch the video to find out exactly what I liked and what I would/would not repurchase. I’m thinking for my next video I will be doing a five product makeup look or a KIKO makeup haul. Do let me know what other videos you would like to see! Enjoy the video. Tanzina x
Today I thought I would do the first of my Christmas gift ideas post and this one features a very pretty palette. Some of you may already now I was lusting after the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette, and with the aid of a few well placed hints and strategic nudges it found its way to my graduation presents pile. Despite the heavy hint dropping I was still really surprised to be gifted this and very relieved that they didn’t mix it up with Vice 1 which I already have! Today I am opening it up, swatching and sharing my thoughts on it.
Now firstly the packaging, I loved everything about the last Vice palette except the rubbery NARS-esque finish to it and was really happy to see this one lacked that finish. Other than that it is exactly the same, it opens with the same swish motion, comes with the same duo ended brush and is equipped with the huge mirror. The outside packaging is a plastic purple marble style look with a glitzy UD symbol on it. I love how sleek it is, not bulky at all and not too heavy either. Packaging wise, it is 5 stars from me.
Now on to the eyeshadows themselves, in my opinion Urban Decay have one of the very best eyeshadow formula. They are so creamy, pigmented and really easy to blend. Individually buying the shadows can get pricey which why I almost always pick up the palettes as it works out to be better value for money. This palette retails for £42.00 which works out to be £2.1 per shadow – in my eyes a bargain! The palette contains 20 exclusive shades made up of mattes, shimmers and metallics. Lets get swatching!
The first row is mostly made up of neutral shades, and probably the row which will get the most wear from me. We have Dope (warm champagne satin), Toxic (metallic copper-pink shimmer w/tonal micro-glitter), Habit (light nude matte), Ambush (metallic brown satin) and Rewind (medium brown matte). The matte shades are so creamy, and I always whoop when I see a matte shade in an UD palette. I’m realy looking forward to working with Toxic as pinks like that work well with brown eyes.
Next row up contains more shimmery gem stones shades, some with glitter and some not. Radar (metallic brown shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Damaged (bright metallic emerald shimmer), Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer w/iridescent purple micro-glitter), Betrayal (bright purple satin w/blue shift) and Derailed (medium metallic taupey-brown). I love this row also, the emerald green shade is stunning and I can see myself using quite a bit on Asian makeup clients. One of my favourite shades is in this row, can you guess which?
The pigmentation on this row didn’t show up too well on camera, however they are just as rich as the others. We have Prank (deep navy matte w/turquoise floating pearl), Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer w/blue micro-glitter), Strike (antique gold shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Stash (deep olive green shimmer w/iridescent micro-sparkle), Poison (charcoal satin). Another one of my favourite shades is in this row but I wish I included Madness in to my favourites now. It’s such a beautiful blue.
Now the final row. This row has some absolute beauties and a bit of a miss too. We have Smokeout (dark taupey-black satin), Lovesick (black matte w/iridescent micro-glitter), Shellshock (bright metallic silver), Coax (medium metallic pink w/golden iridescent micro-sparkle), X-Rated (baby pink satin). I love some of the colours here a lot however was slightly dissapointed in Lovesick as its not as pigmented as the rest. I guess for a less strong smokey eye this would work well, hey every cloud has a silver lining!
I thought I would limit myself to four favourites, in my head I was thinking if I had to make a quad what colours would I choose? I chose the shades due to their uniqueness, these four shades were unlike anything I had come across before. First up the beautiful gemstone shade Betrayal, it’s multifaced with a duotone finish, I adore it. Next is Shellshock which is almost like liquid silver, it’s so opaque and creamy and just glides like butter. The same thing can be said for Coax, the finish for both of these are very similar and I cannot wait to create looks with it. And finally Prank – the camera does not do this shade justice. It’s a deep navy matte with turquoise shimmer running through it, so rich, so pigmented and just beautiful. Sigh.
The palette retails for £42.00 and it is limited edition so if you wanted to bag it or yourself or as a gift I would highly recommend picking it up as soon as possible. You can find it here at Debenhams online.
That is it for today’s post, it is a picture heavy one but with a palette this beautiful it deserves as many pictures taken of it as possible! I am an extremely happy bunny to receive this beauty, it definitely has a safe happy home with me and I will be bringing you looks I create with this as soon as I can. Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss those posts! Hit that button below & until next time have a great day. Tanzina x
I think I am really in the ‘creating series’ mood, I started with the MakeupAtoZ Mini Makeup series and now have decided to create the ‘Eye Edit’ which no doubt leads to the ‘Face Edit’ and ‘Lip Edit’! Now what is The Eye Edit, well it basically is a series which look at products aimed at the eye area and consists of reviews, new releases. first impression etc. And it will most likely consist of one or two products, nothing to overwhelming!
The first product to be featured in this series is a set of eye brushes which I have been testing out lately. This is the Nanshy 7 Piece Eye Brush set which I’ve been playing with recently, it is a set of 7 synthetic brushes that answers all you eye brush needs. The collection contains:
- A Precise Bent Eyeliner Brush
- Angled Detailer Brush
- Flat Definer Brush
- Blending Eyeshadow Brush
- Eye Crease Brush
- Tapered Crease Brush
- Large Shader Brush
The brushes are all hand crafted, cruelty free with antibacterial synthetic vegan bristles. In my personal collection I have a range of natural hair and synthetic bristle brushes but I have noticed I pick up the synthetic options more and more. Reason being is that they work so well with cream products, work well with wet shadows and are much easier to clean. The size of these brushes is perfect to work with, not too long, not too short.. it’s a little like Goldilocks, just right.
My stand out favourite from the collection is definitely the Precise Bent Eyeliner Brush, it is a dream to work with especially when using gel eyeliners. I’ve never used a bent brush before and this one makes the application so much easier. I also love how fluffy the brushes the are, especially the Blending Eyeshadow Brush and Crease Brush which are perfect for blending shadows in – you need brushes like this for eye makeup looks, they make the world of a difference. The Angled Detailer works really well on the brow and under the bottom lash line and the Tapered Crease works so well for a smokey eye look.
I wouldn’t just recommend any products to you guys, I try A LOT of products and not everything makes the grade. This set however I hand on heart recommend, the quality is so good and goes beyond the recommended price point. I’ve washed my brushes a few times and they do not shed either. The thing I like most about this set is that you will use every brush in the set, too many times I’ve ignored a few brushes for sets I have bought in the past. This set retails for £29.95 for 7 brushes on Amazon here. You can see what else Nanshy have to offer on their website.
That is it for the first ever The Eye Edit, I am Tanzina and I hope you all have a good day
I just had to say that, I wrote it with my best presenter voice. All jokes aside I hope you liked today’s post and do let me know what you would like to see next. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!
Hi loves, you might already know I am giving away two amazing Elemis gift sets which I mentioned in my previous post. However this is a quick update because I think the giveaway had a few teething issues! Now it is fully working and you can get entering.
The giveaway will be running for 3 weeks and will end on the 12th of December. You can enter to win both sets: Elemis Indulgent Face & Body Collection and the Men’s 4 piece Face & Body Essentials Collection.
You can enter in my post here and I really do hope you get lucky! Lots of love, Tanzina x