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

 Testing the Tarte Collection

Silky Legs Must Haves

Today I thought I’d talk about one of those really graceful topics – shaving our leg hairs. I know, it isn’t the most pleasant subject and I will spare you the close up images of myself during the process but it is something beauty related, and a necessity to most. I won’t judge if you don’t, each to their own I suppose but I personally hate getting past the stubbly stage. Urgh, it gives me goose bumpy feeling just thinking about it, it must be a pet peeve. Now when I’m in trousers and thick thick tights, I can get away from not really shaving my legs but since I love wearing maxi skirts, at the off chance my skirt blows up (please God, don’t let that ever happen) I always like to have silky soft legs ready for the occasion. Also I love the feel of freshly shaved legs and clean bed sheets. Surely that can’t be just me! 

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So I thought today I would share my trusty recipe to silky smooth legs. Firstly, I prep the legs. I have quite a few ingrown hairs which really really bug me. So to combat that I use a really strong scrub, and as the skin on your legs isn’t all delicate as the skin on your face, you really can work that scrub in. For my body scrub I use St. Ives Invigorating All Over Body Scrub. St.Ives was the first facial exfoliator I ever used, back in the days where it still had the old packaging. I still use the facial exfoliator every now and again, and everyone in my family uses it too. I find this body scrub to be more abrasive as expected in comparison to the facial one, and is just perfect at helping remove dead skin and prevent in grown hairs from appearing. On days when I’ve had more ingrown hairs crop up than normal, I just use the scrub on ever so slightly damn legs to get the full affect. The wetter your legs are, the less abrasive the scrub is. Once I’m given my legs a thorough scrub, I rinse them off.

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Next, the shaving part. Now I will be honest, and it is very naughty of me and I’m so glad my dad/brother don’t read my blog but.. yes I use their shaving gel. So most days you’ll find me using the men’s Dove/Gillette shaving gel on my legs and I am not ashamed to admit it! They always buy it and they steal my nice smelling shower gels so it is only fair! Now onto the razors, I used to use these Gillette Venus razors I believe but when I went on holiday back in April to Dubai I just found it easier to use disposables. Recently I have been using Wilkinson Sword Quattro disposables, I find them to be just as good as the more expensive non disposable razors and I get a really soft silky result. Some razors sometimes don’t seem to cut the hair at the root and this definitely do and they are very well priced at £5.79. I think I’ve most definitely become a disposable convert now and most likely a Quattro convert!

So that is how I get legs that are maxi dress/skirt appropriate and also legs that feel amazing in my pajamas. You can pick up both the products at Superdrug/Boots and I think it’s nice to share some more affordable goodies every now and then because we all use them, we just forget to mention them because they blend in with our every day necessities like toothpaste! You can pick up the St Ives Body Scrub here for £5.49 and the Quattro disposables here for £5.79. I hope you liked my quick post today, and until next time, speak to you soon icon smile Silky Legs Must Haves Tanzina x

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#MomentsThatMatter

Hi guys, I know I haven’t posted a blog post in so so long but whilst I was in Canada, because I had been so shattered prior to the break I decided I really need a ‘switch off’ period to recharge my batteries. However I am now back and ready to start getting back into blogging. Today I thought I would start off with a blog post which is almost stepping into the recent past, as it is of events that occurred just before I flew out to Canada. Don’t worry, we will soon step back into the present but until we do, I hope you enjoy this post. It is named: Moments That Matter

Moments that matter is quite an interesting title to post I think. I think it’s mostly because special moments are so personal to people, and they vary drastically person to person. Well the people over at Sure asked me to capture some of my ‘Moments That Matter’ and as this is a week where I’m having so much going on with my life I thought what better time. So without much further ado, let’s share some snaps.

As some of you know, I’ve known I’m heading over to Canada for a fortnight and as excited as I am, I do really get sad at the prospect of leaving my loved ones behind. I know it’s silly but.. It’s just the way I am. It’s a short period I know, I know, but the thought of having limited contact with someone you see and speak to every day? It is sad, at least for me! To make up for the upcoming lost time I thought I’d do something special with my best friend, so we went out for a really nice spa day and meal. Here’s a few snaps from moments that surely do matter to me.

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Despite my relaxing spa break it wasn’t long till I was back at work, at the office, dealing with stress and emails piling up. Now when that happens, I desperately need some me time. I had plans during the week with a friend, but I cancelled plans (pretending to be sick, naughty Tanzina) and just had a day in relaxing with candles, face mask and a book. That really is my idea of heaven. Also, did you know that stress related sweat smells worse than exercise induced sweat? Slightly off topic, but with all the upheavals at my work place recently Sure Maximum Protection has been an absolute saviour for me!

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For my last day in the UK I decided to go out again with my best friend for a meal. Meal = date night dress up! I went for the classic smokey look with bright red lips. We ended up going for an Indian which I have to admit is probably my favourite cuisine. I always opt for Prawn Puri if it is on the menu, sometimes I am a little cheeky and do ask if they can make it especially for me. It’s like a prawn mixture with onions and spice on top of a paratha (bread like thing).

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It wasn’t long until I was on my long haul flight to Canada, and it was time to get comfy. I had a rather comfortable pillow seated next to me in the form of my beloved father. I did hear him complaining to my Mum once we arrived that I didn’t let him sleep peacefully. I did feel a little guilty. Once I get on the flight I usually cleanse my face, put some moisturiser on and try to fall asleep ASAP. I hate lift off and found my way of combating it is trying to fall asleep! Here’s a snap of one of my carry on beauty bags. I travelled ridiculously heavy this time round.

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#MomentsThatMatter Kit

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I thought I’d end the post with a ‘Moments That Matter’ kit idea, a little kit that will be sure to help you create a few moments of your own. This is what I’d include in my kit:

  • Sure Maximum Protection – Clean Scent
  • Hair spray
  • Mini hair brush
  • Tic Tac
  • Bach Rescue Remedy
  • Mac lipstick – Russian Red
  • OPI polish – Big Apple Red
  • Travel candle
  • Roll A Sole
  • Starbucks gift card

That is it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my life and little things that matter to me. Let me know what you’d put in your #momentsthatmatter kit. I promise to be up to date with posts soon and take you back into the present with my next post. Until next times loves, have an amazing day.

‘Pink Related’ Makeup Look ft. UD Naked 3

Hi guys, I’ve decided to through myself back into blogging this week by doing a super quick post on a makeup look I recently created. I’m not sure what to name the look, something pink related.. maybe that is what I will call it, ‘Pink Related’. This is a look I created with the Naked 3 palette which I am just absolutely loving, more so than my other two Naked palettes. Shock, horror! If you read my blog regularly you’ll know I recently created a date night makeup look with the Naked 3 palette which you can have a look at here. So without much further ado, let’s get onto my ‘Pink Related’ makeup look. 

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This one isn’t as heavy as the date night look, I’d easily wear this one during the day. I think matte looks are a lot more wearable, they aren’t as glitz and glam as shimmery looks but I would admit that I’m not one to listen to the rules and basically go as heavy/light as I like despite whatever time of the day it is. For the eyes I decided to opt for mattes, a smudged eyeliner on the bottom lash line and no false lashes. Let’s get onto the products used.

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Eye Products Used: 

Brow Products Used: 

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For the face I stayed quite basic and stuck to my usual concealer, blush, contour and highlight routine. Writing that all out doesn’t sound as basic as it really is, but I promise it is so quick! I usually clean up around the eyes with concealer and then highlight, contour and add my blush. I used my beloved Daniel Sandler Spicey Watercolour Blusher which I dab on with my fingers and then blend. That blusher really is something special. For my lips, I went for a slightly ombre effect with the aid of NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk. I went in with a bright pink lip pencil and lipstick then faded the centre with Milk. I then topped the fade with a nude to make the look more wearable.

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That is it for the look, I told you this was going to be a pretty quick post to get me back into my bloggin mojo which I have to admit has been slacking recently. I have quite a bit going on at the moment, and a holiday to pack for too! I am jetting off on Monday to Canada, Toronto to visit my family for two weeks which I am extremely excited about. I haven’t started packing at all so I do need to get a move on with that. I’ll try to create a few travel related post, but no promises! Until next time lovelies, I hope you have an amazing time. Tanzina x

My IMATS Haul 2014

Hi loves, yes I’ve finally gotten round to it and as you can see from the pictures and the title, I’m finally going to share my IMATS haul and talk about my experience. I promise I haven’t been putting this off on purpose but I’ve had a million and one things going on at the moment. But without further ado let’s get on to it!

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Okay let’s talk about my experience briefly. I decided to go on the Sunday simply because the Saturday had sold out. Unfortunately it fell on the first day of Ramadhan, a super hot day and a day where the Overground (that is right placed next to the venue) was closed. I thought I’d beat the crowd by going around the time the doors opened but.. nope! It was really packed and busy and it’s fair to say without drink or food I was a little bit cranky. BUT I was determined to make the most of my time there, so I breathed in deeply and carried on shopping. Hey, that should be a meme thing!

I had a few stalls and items I wanted to pick up however I was slightly disappointed as I didn’t get a chance to get everything. I wanted to get a few brushes from Crown Brush but it was SO busy that I gave up and walked off. I also wanted to pick up Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet but that sold out. I did intend to buy a lot more than I did but unfortunately nothing caught my attention enough. I shouldn’t fret because I’m better off not spending as much money as I usually do in these kind of events! Complaining aside, I did manage to pick up some pretty pieces.

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Let’s start with what I got first. I made my way to the NARS stall which was right near the front and picked up a highlighter I’d had my eye on forever. I picked up Highlighting Blush Duo in Hungry Heart – a super glittery highlighter, not subtle at all, and right up my street. NARS describe it as an ivory gold/pink sand with shimmer. I think I got it for around £18 when it retails for £30. Find it here

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Next I picked up a solid brush shampoo that the lovely Safiyah (Frootibeauty) had recommended. This is the Clean Brush Shampoo in Rose scent. I’ve already been using this so it’s not as pretty as it could be inside however this stuff is SO good at cleaning my brushes. They’re probably now the cleanest they’ve ever been. Thanks Clean!

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I’ve been meaning to try the makeup artist Zukreat’s makeup line, especially the best seller – Artist of Makeup Contour stick. I picked up the stick in Dark, because that way I can apply it liberally for a soft finish or apply it normally for a strong contour. The product is actually really good, and well deserved of the hype that surrounds it. I’ve been using it rather stingy-ly so that it’s still pretty to picture but now I’ve snapped it I can use it more often! It’s a lovely creamy consistency that blends out really well. I definitely want to pick up more shades and the highlight stick. You can find it here for £18

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Next I went over to one of my favourite eye lash brand – Eldora False Lashes. I think they had an offer of 3 pairs for £10 so I picked three gorgeous and very wearable lashes. I can’t wait to create looks with these, I’ve been waiting to snap them too before I use them but I couldn’t wait with H151, it’s too pretty! These lashes are so light, well structured so they apply well. I couldn’t recommend them enough. I also picked up ‘stack’ lashes, so two lashes stacked together to create a thicker fuller finish. I haven’t tried stacked lashes before so can’t wait to see how I get on.

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Did I tell you Crown Brushes really annoyed me because they were so busy? It’s not their fault but I wish I went Sat morning icon sad My IMATS Haul 2014 next time! However I did pick up a brush from a different brand I’ve been meaning to try. This pink beauty is a blending brush from the brand Bedellium. It is the Eye 785 Tapered Blending brush and was only £5! I can’t wait to try it and just see if the brand is as good as people make out.

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My final stop of the day – Sugar Pill! By this moment in time I was really drained and exhausted however seeing the lovely Amy, the founder of the brand, quite literally brightened the day up. Isn’t she a sight for sore eyes! I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to pick up from the brand and I’m sure if I wasn’t so drained I would’ve picked up much more but in the end I opted for two pigments in the form of Darling and Goldilux. The first one I knew I HAD to pick up was Goldilux which is a gorgeous true gold shade that has taken Instagram by storm. I also picked up Darling which is a gorgeous bright teal emerald shade which I couldn’t wait to experiment with. So experiment I did, and I created this smokey look below:

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That is all for my haul this year, I guess even though I did pick up a few pretty pieces I was slightly underwhelmed with what I came back with. I think that was more my fault for forgetting to book tickets in time, and ending up with the wrong day! Next time I’ll be more prepared. On the plus side, at least my bank balance wasn’t dented too much! Hope you liked my haul, speak soon. Tanzina x

 My IMATS Haul 2014

Essential: Sure Maximum Protection Anti Perspirant

Morning loves, I thought I’d start up an essentials series and today I thought I’d start with the most ladylike issue of all (not), sweaty pits! If you’re going to jump in, you might as well start at the deep end right?

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I’ve been really lucky for the majority of my life, it takes me ages to break a sweat.. Most of the time I went out without any deodorant or antiperspirant and it was not an issue at all. When I went to the sauna, it would take ages to work on me. But as I’ve gotten older it’s started to stop being so kind to me and on even slightly warm days I need to turn to the helping hand of Sure Women Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant (in scent: Confidence).

I’ve been trying out a few brands, roll -ons and spray antiperspirant but this is the one that I’ve been enjoying the most. I haven’t actually tried any deodorant that is like this, it’s like a cream product that is wound up and applied and disappears once rubbed in. This has been the most effective one I’ve used so far – it doesn’t feel wet when applied and I don’t need to flap my arms around for ages before I can put clothes on. I know that aerosol deodorants aren’t really best for the environment so I if I can avoid them, why not?

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Overall I would definitely recommend this little essential – it retails for £4.29 (here) so it is affordable and it is great for keeping your underarms moisture free. Whilst I’m working the last thing I’d want to is sweat patches and with our temperamental office air conditioning that really is a possibility! This product ensures that does not occur and I avoid embarrassing situations. A must have and an addition to my permanent repurchase list.

Hope you liked this quick post. Let me know what you are all loving and see as essentials. 

Lust Product: Too Faced Melted Ruby

Hi Loves, another post for you today (hey maybe I am getting my blogging mojo back!) albeit this is quite a short post. I thought I would share with you all a lippie product that I am loving and actually have been lusting over for a while. You know just one of those products that you see on Instagram over and over again and it is permanently etched in your wish list? Well it is one of those products. 

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This is the Too Faced Cosmetics Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in a beautiful rich red colour called Melted Ruby. It is described as a ‘blood red’ and comes in as a liquified lipstick which I would describe as a highly highly pigmented lip gloss formula. A melted lipstick is probably the best way to describe the product actually but it doesn’t slip and slide, it stays on for quite some time. I have been loving it so much since it has come into my possession, I carry it with me in my hand bag at all times and do get a few ‘ooh what is that?!’ every time I pull it out to apply/reapply. I would describe the shade as a bright blood red with obvious pink undertones and I do think it will suit a lot of different skin tones.

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Let’s talk packaging, it comes in a sleek tube, with a fuzzy applicator which I find quite convenient actually with its slanted tip. I love Too Faced packaging, it’s quirky but still classy and this is no different. Like I said, it does get a few glances when I pull it out of my handbag. You squeeze the tube and then get some product at the tip for easy application. Overall the packaging are a thumbs up for me. When applying it, I can easily apply a thin layer that spreads out and after it settles I find I get quite a matte finish which for me is always a plus as it stays on for ages. However because it is not a true matte like the Limecrime Velvetines, it is more forgiving with dry lips. Because of the texture, it does last as long as matte lipsticks do so I do get about 6 hours wear from the product which is more than enough to keep me happy.

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Overall I am absolutely loving this little beauty of  a product, and I already have my eye on Melted Nude and Melted Fuschia which I am lusting to snap up. You can find Too Faced lip products here, for £19.00.

That is it for today’s post. I love ticking off products from my lust list though I do have to admit I have a pretty long list so I don’t think there will come a day where the whole list is completed. I am thinking of looking back to previous wish lists and see exactly what I have ticked off.. that would be rather interesting to see. Anyways, enough of me rambling. See you in the next post!

Collective Haul: MAC, Illamasqua and Lashes

Hi loves, recently I have been itching to buy lots of beauty products – as like every makeup junkie, I always feel like I never have enough beauty bits. However hopefully this haul post will wake me up a little bit, especially considering I have been beauty shopping after buying these! I did have these products on my wishlist for quite a while and not all of them are for me..

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Let’s start with MAC. I do think MAC Lipsticks are my favourite, they are the most I have of any brand in my collection and I always have some shades written down on my wish list. I’ve been eyeing up the Retro Matte shades for a little while now and definitely had to pick up a couple. I decided to go for matte red with pink undertones, so I picked up Relentlessly Red. I have been wearing it already and love it, I love the matte texture and also how bright it is. I also picked up Flat Out Fabulous, a gorgeous hot pink with a tinge of purple to it. I love the formula, it’s creamy and glides on but has the perfect matte finish. I do hope MAC bring out more in the formula. Finally I picked up Heroine, which again is a matte but a much more creamier finish. It isn’t as matte as the Retro collection but it is still lovely nevertheless. It is not a shade I would wear as often as the other two I picked up however I want to be braver and rock less conventional colours and purple is a good place to start as any.

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I also picked up a Cream Colour Base from MAC in Pearl which has a frost finish. I’ve been meaning to pick this up for ages, to use as a cheek highlight. Highlighted dewy cheeks are so in recently, especially for Asian cultures who rock heavily highlighted cheeks at weddings and events. I’ve been really enjoying this, I dab it on with my fingers and blend it out with my fingers too because I find the consistency too ‘hard’ to use with a brush. But overall I would definitely recommend it.

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I also picked up a bunch of Ardell lashes, some for my kit but I’ll admit I was naughty and I bought them mostly for myself. I have too many lashes now! I already had loads in my personal makeup collection and now I am running out of storage space eek. I also picked up more lashes at IMATS, naughty Tanzina. The thing that makes it worse is that I hardly get time to wear false lashes so I don’t really know why I am stocking up! No more lashes for me.

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Now onto Illamasqua. I have heard so many good things about Illamasqua Skin Base foundations and I thought it is about time I pick some up for my collection. I picked up 4 shades, SB01, SB6.5, SB10 and SB18. I picked the lightest and darkest shades for two reasons a) to contour and b) to create custom mixed foundation shades for customers. Out of the four, SB10 is more my shade, it compliments the yellow in my skin tone. I picked up SB6.5 because the shade would be very popular in my makeup kit as most of my customers are Asian. I already have been using the foundations and I absolutely love them, the consistency is perfect and looks flawless in pictures.

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Finally, another lip product. This comes in the form of Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Forbidden. Illamasqua have recently released these matte liquid lipsticks and I knew I definitely had to pick one up. The shade I went for is a hot pink of a slight pastel nature, described by Illamasqua as a ‘sensual pink’. I apply it by dabbing it on to my lips with my fingers. It is a tad bit on the pricey side I think, at £18.50 however.

That is it for my collective haul, I will probably do one for IMATS as well but luckily I was quite restrained and didn’t go too crazy there. The good thing about this haul in particular is that I have been using everything I picked up, well everything but the lashes but I will try and fix that sometime this week. It’s just finding excuses to wear lashes, I might just stop looking for an excuses and just wear them to the cinema or something! Until next times loves, have a great day icon smile Collective Haul: MAC, Illamasqua and Lashes

 Collective Haul: MAC, Illamasqua and Lashes

Get To Know Me: 25 Questions Tag

Hi love, today I thought I would do a different kind of post – a tag. I haven’t done a tag on the blog before and I thought it would be a great way to show my personality a little bit and get to know me better. Without much further ado, let us get on to it.

 Get To Know Me: 25 Questions Tag

1. Do you have a middle name?
I actually have two, one of them is Urmi which means waves as in sea waves

2. What was your favorite subject in school?

I had a few I think, one being English Literature and another Art
 
3. What’s your favorite drink?
I think it is sparkling cloudy lemonade and.. lemon and mint juice. Absolutely love that at the moment
 
4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Tove Lo (Habits Remix) – Stay High

5. What would you name your children?
I haven’t fully decided but there is one boy’s name I like. But I can’t share because I’m one of those that is like ‘you’ll steal my name!’

6. Do you participate in any sports?

Is running late a sport? If so I really do partake in that one! On a more serious note – I’d love to say I swim, but I stopped going in the last few months 

7. What’s your favorite book? 

That is a horrible question as I have so many favourites, but what I am currently itching to re-read is Gone with the wind

8. What’s your favorite color?

For the past two years it has been a pastel mint green. But that’ll change!

9. What’s your favorite animal?
I’m not sure, maybe cats?

10. What’s your favorite perfume?
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, I talked about it lots here.

11. What’s your favorite holiday?
I think it was definitely my most recent, Dubai and Saudi with my family. I have lots of pictures here.

12. Have you graduated from High School?
Well I am guessing these were not written by anyone in the UK, but yes I completed high school

13. Have you been out of the country?
Yes, most recently Dubai and Saudi

14. Do you speak any other languages?
My mother tongue is Bengali so yes pf course. 
 
15. Do you have any siblings?
Yes, 2 brothers and 1 sister but I am the eldest 

16. What’s your favorite store?

I have no idea, hmm.. right now I am thinking IKEA and TK MAXX home department so maybe home decor related stores? I’m liking Zara for their shoes too!

17. What’s your favorite restaurant?
I’m not sure, ah these questions are so hard. I go to so many different places so often, can I just say what I am craving right now instead? Nachos from Zizzi’s. I do love fine dining as well, but as you can imagine I don’t do that often enough.
 
18. Do you like school? 

I think I actually do, if I have some time later on I might do my Masters degree. I really did enjoy being a student, but maybe it was just the lack of responsibility I was loving!

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?
I love Lisa Eldridge, Bubz Beauty, Pixiwoo’s.. I’ve recently discovered Miss Maven who is beautiful and amazing.


20. What’s your favorite movie? 

I don’t really know, I like so many. The Notebook?

21. What are some of your favorite TV shows?
The Vampire Diaries, Revenge, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, Downton Abbey, Glee, Nashville, Once Upon A Time, Teen Wolf and The Originals. Shall I carry on? I do love my programmes.. oh and of course Made in Chelsea and TOWIE


22. PC or Mac?
I currently use PC but I do want to move on Macs soon
 
23. What phone do you have?

IPhone 5S

24. How tall are you?
I am 5 foot 3 inches

25. Any pets? 

Nope, I’d love a kitten but don’t know if I am responsible enough

That is it for my get to know me tag, I do hope you liked it and got to know me a tiny bit better. I think my next post is going to have to be a haul as I have been naughty and I have been shopping. That is okay sometimes right? I also popped into IMATS London last week, though I did not pick up as much as I thought I would but I will try and do a catch up post on that too. Until next time loves, have a lovely day x

 Get To Know Me: 25 Questions Tag

Date Ready Makeup ft. Urban Decay Naked 3

Hi loves, since I’ve shown you an everyday-ish makeup look, I thought I would share one I created when I had a little more time on my hands. This is more evening out, date ready makeup look, and of course you can still wear even if you aren’t going on the date! The look I went for is a soft romantic look that I went for, smoked out to add a little bit of drama. Naked 3 is all about the pink tone shades so of course that also worked itself into the look. Let’s get onto the look itself.

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Eye Product Used 

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Okay so I always start with brows, as you guys should know if you’ve read any of my makeup looks. I outline and fill in the tail of the brow with the Dipbrow and then shade it in with the lighter brown shade of the brow powder. Next I primed my lids using UD Primer Potion and applied a mixture of Nooner and Blackheart into the crease and outer V. I start on the cease first because typically it is darker shade to the rest of the eye so I don’t want it to dirty the lid shade. I then blended it out with Limit to soften it, I wasn’t aiming for a dramatic smokey look. Next I highlight the brow bone with Strange and then concentrated on the lid. On the lid I placed Buzz all over and blended it slightly into the crease. I also applied Strange and Dust to highlight the inner corner. I then finished shadow application by applying the crease shades under the bottom lash line. Now the rest – I lined my lashes with MAC Fluidline and then applied the Avon pencil in my waterline. I mascara’ed my lashes and applied false lashes to finish the look. Ta-da eyes done.

Face & Lip Product Used

The first thing I do after using quite a bit of shadow is clean up. I use a cotton pad with the Micellar water to clean up just in case there is fall out and also tidy up around the corner of my eyes. I think apply concealer – for this I tend to always use the Kevyn Aucion Skin Enhancer. I start off by patting it in with a sponge and then buff it in use Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (love this!). Next the fake cheekbones aka contouring. For this I used Anastasia Contour kit in shades Fawn and Sand. This product is amazing, so finely milled and ridiculously easy to blend in. I wanted highlighted pinky cheeks so turned to Bobbi’s Nectar Shimmer Brick for the blush. To truly add the glow and highlight I topped my cheek bones with Illamasqua Furore. That product is just heaven! Finally onto the finishing touch – lips! I kept this so simple, just one lipstick and lip brush. I applied MAC Captive straight on to the lips and that was me done.

I hope you liked this look, I feel like I always have makeup on my mind because right now I’m planning what look to wear to work tomorrow. Normally I don’t make much effort but tomorrow I am interviewing people to be a part of my team, so I have to impress! I’m probably going to go for something natural, maybe false lashes if I’m feeling fancy. Sorry I’ve been so quiet on here guys recently work has been so draining. I’ve gotten promoted so changing roles is turning out to be quite exhausting! It’ll be okay in the end. I even joined the gym last week – how many times have I gone? Oh yes, just that once. Okay enough of me complaining, I hope you liked this look guys and until next time have a great day icon smile Date Ready Makeup ft. Urban Decay Naked 3 Tanzina x

 Date Ready Makeup ft. Urban Decay Naked 3

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