Favourite Purple Lip Products

With spring starting to settle into the UK, I thought I would brighten up my makeup looks to suit the season. Without daring bright shadows on a daily basis I thought the best way to jazz up your look is simply by adopting a bold lip.  I wanted to come out of my comfort zone and start wearing purple lip a little more often, and although I don’t do wear it every day, when I do it does make the statement I want it to. Today I want to share with you all my favourite purple lip products.

Purple Lip Products

The first lip combo is one I have previously spoken about on here and it is a mixture of a lip pigment and lip pencil. It is a mix of purple and fuchsia, and wow is it bright! However with purple tones becoming more popular this shade now looks more trendy than shocking. Here are the products I used:

nyx deep purple

occ purple lip tar

NYX Lip Pencil in Deep Plum: I’ve tried a few purple lip pencils and this one is definitely my favourite. The shade is a deep warm current shade, almost a deep wine colour. I have had other bolder pencils but I love the berry undertones in this colour as it definitely makes me feel more comfortable when attempting a purple lip. Sometimes I wear this lip pencil all over the lip as a matte berry purple lip as well as wearing under other products. You can pick this up for £3.50 here

OCC Lip Tar in Demure: I feel a little guilty about sharing this one with you all as it is no longer available to buy, I picked it up years ago when they still had their old packaging. However there are other similar shades such as Hoochie (which is a close dupe) and Strumpet (which is more pink toned and more wearable) so I thought I would share it in case you were interested. Lip Tars are basically highly pigmented lip glosses that coat your lips in colour. I have a few lip tars from OCC, I think my collection stands at 6, but this is definitely my favourite. It’s a gorgeous colour that can be worn sheered out (by dabbing it on the lips) or with full impact like I wore it in the below picture. You can pick it up here.

purple lip easy

In terms of purple lipsticks I have two that I really enjoy using. One is a little more wearable than the other, however I do really like them both quite equally.

mac heroine swatch

mac heroine swatch

illamasqua ESP swatch

illamasqua ESP swatch

MAC Heroine: I picked this up after hearing so many people rave about it,  it was a limited edition but due to it’s popularity MAC decided to add it to their permanent collection. This is a red toned purple, with a matte finish which really compliments many skintones. I love the creamy matte texture of this lipstick as it really glides over the lips without drawing attention to any dry cracked patches, something you would really want to avoid when wearing a bold lip. I think I need to wear this a little more often. You can pick it up here for £15.50

Illamasqua ESP: This is a true gem of a find, and  it was actually a lipstick I won in a competition Illamasqua were running over the 2013 Christmas period. This is described as a vivid violent with a matte finish and it definitely is that. This is probably the least wearable of my purple lipsticks however I think it is my favourite. I’ve only worn it a few times, and used it for makeup looks, but I think I need to adopt a ‘I don’t care’ attitude and rock it a little more. It is a very unique shade, I think one that has not yet been duped. With it’s rich  violet shade and pink undertones and a slight blue shimmer, it is quite a rare lipstick shade. You can pick it up here for £18.50. I wore it with bold makeup in the look below:

illamasqua ESP swatch

Those are my four favourite purple shades, I am sure I will come across more in the future but right now these four are more than enough to keep me going. I was going to do a favourite red lipstick post, but wow that would be such a long post! Also one of my favourite reds is actually by Limecrime, who I have lost a lot of respect for after seeing the way they have treated their customers after a recent security breach on their website – but hey that’s another story! If you are interested though just Google #LimecrimeLies. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I shall speak to you soon. Love, Tanzina x

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Smokey Liner Makeup Look

Today I thought I would share with you all a Smokey Liner makeup look I have been wearing quite a lot of as of late. It is a look that is pretty quick and easy and quite sultry at the same time. I also find it easier to create compared to a perfect winged liner look using gel/liquid eyeliner and thought you might be interested to know what I used to create it. Without much further ado, because I wish to keep this post short and sweet, let us get onto the look itself.

Smokey Liner Makeup Look

 For the eyeshadow I kept the look quite neutral although I did opt for bold brows. However I didn’t fill the brows in completely like I have been doing for the past year or so as I am finding it a little too much and prefer being able to see the brow hairs. I am sure in time I will find a happy medium but for now these will do. I applied eye shadow first and then smudged out pencil eyeliner on the lash line. I then blended the eyeliner with eyeshadow to blend it into the look more. Find below the products I used:

Eye Products:

Brow Products:



 For the face makeup I opted for a flawless base, with the highlight points highlighted quite strongly. I wanted the makeup to look fresh and dewy but not too shiny and I feel like I achieved that with this look. I also wanted a pink nude lip to keep the look from looking too glam.

Face Products:

  • Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation : SB10
  • BareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation : Bare Honey to add more yellow to my base (the Illamasqua and BareMineral foundation combination is my current favourite)
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer : SX08  (for concealer)
  • Tarte 12 Hour Clay Blusher: Exposed
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: Sandstone (still out of stock! Might need to find a new favourite highlighter)
  • Anastasia Contour Kit

Lip Products:

Smokey Liner Makeup Look

Smokey Liner Makeup Look

 I promised you that this was going to be a short post but I hope you liked it. It is quite a simple look and I like wearing it most days stripped back a bit without the false lashes and foundation. I still love the highlighter every day though, although I feel a little bit gutted at the prospect of having to find a new favourite highlighter.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if you did please like and follow me on Bloglovin’, it really makes me happy seeing new faces on there. Until next time, take care. Tanzina x

My Top 5 Skincare Products

Hi loves, today I wanted to share with you my top 5 skincare products. I’ve been debating on writing this post because I really wanted to do it in video form so I could ramble on as much as I liked, but unfortunately timing was not on my side. However it was a topic I really wanted to share with you, so I decided to type it up instead. As expected with any favourite products, I have mentioned some of these products quite a few times before so some of them may not come as a shock to you. Below are my top favourites, (in no particular order).



1. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution: I’ve talked about this little beauty so many times on here, I’ve gone through so many bottles of these that I have actually lost count. I use the product on a cotton pad pretty much every time I remove my makeup. I don’t use this solely as a cleanser, however instead I use it as a makeup remover prior to a deep cleanse of my skin. I talked about it most recently here. The cheapest I have found it is here where it is 2 x 500ml for £22.09


2. Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel: I’ve really struggled to find an eye cream that I am really fond of, as I didn’t really know what exactly I was looking for. The thing with eye creams is that they don’t actually do anything dramatic unless you have dry patches under your eyes and I wanted it more as a preventive measure for the future. However this cream I found to be really cooling and makes my skin feel moisturised – even though I thought my skin was already moisturised under my eye. I love the applicator which is like a nozzle so there no double dipping which prevents bacteria growing and the cream getting contaminated. That comes as no surprise from a hygiene conscious brand like Bioderma. You can pick it up here for only £9.46 (currently 1/3 off RRP) .

3. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream: This is my go to face cream and it has been for quite a while. Even though it has collagen boosting qualities, I prefer it for it’s moisturising non greasy formula. The cream feels like a gel/cream hybrid which sinks into my skin very easily and doesn’t just sit on top of it. It is quite pricey so I am always picking up back ups when I find good deals online on websites such as QVC and Timetospa. I’ve talked about it here way back in April 2013 if you wanted to know more about it. You can pick it up here for £40 (20% 0ff RRP)



4. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm: This is my go to cleanser and makes my skin feel so refreshed, moisturised and clean. It really rids the skin of any makeup or impurities and I don’t feel properly clean until I use it! I use it all the time and have gone through about two of these so far since I started using it in March 2013 so a little really does go a long way. As you can see I am nearly at the bottom of my current jar but I always have a handy back up ready. What I love about Elemis is they often have great deals that also come with miniature products so right now I have about 3 mini versions of these for my travel kit. You can find more about this product in a post I wrote here. You can pick this up here for £31.60 (20% off AND free P&P). Timetospa also have a few couple of affordable trial sizes here if you wanted to try before you buy the full size.


5. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream: Last but definitely not least, the best lip product I have ever used. Okay technically it is not solely a lip product, it is more an all over product but I use it for my lips mostly. It really moisturises my lips well and I use it every single day. I love how a little goes a long long way and even my best friend is now hooked onto it. I had a 30ml size in my handbag which I let him try one day when he had chapped lips, and then I never got it back! I also use it for dry skin patches as nothing gets rid of them as quickly as this does. I’ve talked about it here if you wanted to know more about it. You can pick it up here for £20 with free P&P.

As someone who tries a lot of different products, it really has to be something special to make it into my favourites and these have met the mark. I also have to ‘add on’ products that are favourite such as masks and exfoliators so let me know if you’d like to know about those. My skin type is normal/dry if you were wondering. I hope you enjoyed today’s post, I shall speak to you soon. Tanzina x

Illamasqua Multi Facet Palette: Review, Swatches and Makeup Look

Hi loves, the Illamasqua Multi Facet Palette in Semblance recently landed in to my hands due to a lovely friend of mine who you all may know as Frootibeauty. From the moment I got it (Sunday) I have been itching to try it out, create a look and share my thoughts with you all. It looked like a really well put together palette so I wanted to test it to see if my first impressions were correct. I was hoping that first looks weren’t deceiving in this case!

Illamasqua Multi Facet Palette


The palette consists of  8 shades that Illamasqua deem ‘must have’  which help create a variety of eye and cheek looks. The palette contains a new Gleam called  Mirage, best sellers Cream Pigment in Hollow, Eyebrow Cake in Thunder, Powder Blusher in Hussy and four Powder Eyeshadows. I’ve been meaning to try out Hollow as I heard it is really popular but had a feeling it would be too light for me, and Hussy has been on my wish list for a very long time. Illamasqua eye shadows are always pigmented so I was happy to try these four as I haven’t previously tried them before.



I was really impressed by the Gleam in Mirage as it blended out very smoothly over my cheeks to create a glowy look and also it really matched my skin tone. I already have another Gleam in Aurora and found this one to match my skin tone better. However I am a little disappointed as I can’t find the full size version on Illamasqua otherwise I would have bought it today! I really hope it isn’t a palette exclusive and they bring out a full size version soon. Next the blusher in Hussy, I adore the pigmentation of Illamasqua blushes and this one is no different. It’s a gorgeous Candy Pink that will be getting a lot of wear from me.


As you can probably tell from the picture above, the contour shade was unfortunately too light for me. However, not to fret, I can see this being a great matte base for taupe eye shadow and neutral looks I might want to create. You don’t have to always use a product for its original purpose. The rest of the eye shadows had great power pay off and perfect for both neutral looks I would want to create and a killer smokey eye. I’m also looking forward to using that pink lilac shade with a smokey edge to it, I think it could be interesting. Below I used the palette to create a quick makeup look:



For the eyes I used the Frosty Champagne like shade as a base all over the lid and also in the inner corner. In my crease and outer V I used the eyebrow shade, Thunder, to create a slight smokey edge. I used the Cranberry/Rust shade all over the crease line to warm the look up slightly and blended away. The only additional shadow I used was MAC Brule which is a matte off white which helps me blend most makeup looks. I ran the Black Liner shade across the lash line for a smokey liner and then add liquid liner, false lashes etc. I also ran the liner shade, Thunder and the Cranberry/Rust colour under the bottom lash line.


On my cheeks I am wearing the Gleam in Mirage and blusher in Hussy. I think it may have shown up a little better in daylight as the flash seems to have washed out the colour a bit. You may notice that my skin tone is not even and my skin isn’t flawless however I actually wore this look out during the day (bar the contacts and false lashes) and I, as usual, only opted for only concealer under my eyes and went bare everywhere else. Here I am wearing Kevyn Aucoin in SX08. Daylight is much for forgiving than the lighting I have used here, I promise! But I thought I would show the look regardless of whether it is completely polished or not as it represents how I truly wore it. On my lips I am wearing MAC Fast Play lipstick with Chanel 51 Insociance lip gloss on top. It’s my first high end lip gloss and I am really excited about it.

Overall I really love this palette, it’s perfect for travelling with as it has cheek shades I would actually wear and shadows that will create a few looks for me. And also, it usually retails for £45.00 but you can find it here for £22.50.

I hope you liked today’s post, I thought it would be good to have a look to go with the swatches. A huge thank you to Safiyah (Frootibeauty) for the palette and the other goodies she gave me, my friends do know me well. Do let me know what posts you all would like to see next. Love, Tanzina x

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Smokey Red Makeup Look

Hi my loves, today I want to share with you a red smokey makeup look that I am rather excited about as I really like the way it turned out. Usually I am my own worst critic and am never 100% happy with way I create looks but I am rather happy with this one. My inspiration for this was a red Illamasqua blusher that I really don’t get enough use out of. The blusher is unfortunately discontinued but it is called Panic which is a deep cherry matte powder with high pigmentation. I thought I would use it as a base to warm up smokey brown eye look but my shadow brush took over and created the below result.

Red Makeup Look

Lets start with the eye makeup. Can I just say the below pictures are annoying me so much as there is a stray hair on the left hand side but we’re going to pretend that doesn’t exist and carry on. Back to the makeup, as I said initially I just wanted to create a warm brown smokey look and used the red to add in the warmth however I loved the effect the red shadow caused so kept adding more. This is what I used:

Eye Products:

I applied Anastasia Fresh (a matte cream) under the brow and then added Chocolate into the crease and outer V. I then added Illamasqua Panic into the crease and lid and really went to work with the blending brush. I added Anastasia Bengal (a warm medium brown with orange undertones) just above the crease as a transition shade between the crease colours and Fresh and just blended away. Then I went in the Avon eyeliner pencil and worked it into my lash line. I blended it out with a mix of Anastasia Chocolate and Noir (a true matte black). I added my favourite highlighter, Illamasqua Furore to the inner corner and added the crease colours to the bottom lash line. To finish up I added mascara and some lashes.

Brow Products:




 In terms of face makeup, I wanted it to be quite glowy but not the dewy wet look. I also decided to opt for foundation as I wanted to have a very clean base and just concealer wouldn’t do. I also wanted to contour, and for that I used my trusty Artist of Makeup Contour stick and Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation. Find below a list of products I used:

Face Products:



My lips were kept pretty simple using MAC Brick Lipliner to line the lips and Elizabeth Arden Matte Lipstick in Bold Red to fill in the lips. I just done a review/look at the lipstick so if you would like to read that you can find that post here.

I love the red tones pulled this look together and hope you guys liked it too. I will definitely be braving red eyeshadow a little more now, and not let red shades sit neglected in my makeup stash! I’ve also rediscovered my love for smokey liner looks so will be pairing that with different looks soon. Hope you enjoyed today’s post and I shall speak to you soon. Tanzina x