Wish List Wednesday #1 : Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighter

I have such a long wish list, it’s longer than my leg and arm combined. I thought I would share some of the things that have caught my attention recently, so that you can join me in the super long wish list gang. I’ll try to make Wish List Wednesday’s a reoccurring feature, hopefully it is one I manage to stick to!

Sleek Cleopatra's Kiss Highlighter

So I have spied a highlighting palette that I predict is going to always be sold out. When I saw it, I did a mini shriek as I know this is a palette I won’t feel super guilty about buying due to it’s price tag and it is going to be amazing. Let me introduce you to the Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss. When I think Cleopatra, I think drama and I think gold. This palette could not be better named as it is just that.

Sleek’s first highlighting palette, Solstice, proved to be so popular that it was always sold out at most Superdrug stores I visited. Although it was definitely on my wish list, what stopped me from hunting it down was the pink tones in it, I need something more warm and gold for my skin tone. Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss feels like it was made for me specifically, it is everything I want. It has gold tones, rose gold tones, powder AND cream highlight, and it is under £10. What more could a girl want. I’ll be picking up two of these, one for me and one for my makeup kit.

Sleek Cleopatra's Kiss Highlighter

This launches today, you can pick it up for £9.99 from Boots and Superdrug.    

Let me know if you have something special on your wish list, maybe I’ll make my list longer! I’m so excited for the launch of this Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss highlighting palette and can’t wait to do a review on it for you guys. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette Review

I’ve accumulated a LOT of new makeup recently, but there has been a particular addition I have really been loving. It doesn’t take a detective to work out from the title I am of course talking about the Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette. I’ll be honest, the packaging was what initially drew me in, I’m a sucker for rose gold everything but then I saw the shades. Game over, my debit card was ready and before I knew it, it was on its way home to me. Today I wanted to do a quick Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette review and overview just in case you are intrigued about this special palette.

Illamasqua Rose Gold palette

Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette review

So I did mention it came housed in a gorgeous rose gold packaging right? Of course clever clogs me forgot to photograph the palette with the lid closed! Believe me when I say it is pretty. It’s not heavy and luxurious but it does look really nice. It is shaped in the trademark Illamasqua curved edge shape, which always means Illamasqua to me. So the palette consists of 12 shades, ALL of them wearable and right up my street. It’s a combination of I believe 9 mattes and 3 shimmery shades, which for a matte lover like me, is great news.

The shades are:

First Row – Slink (Champagne), Stealth (Buttermilk), Servant (Eggshell), Vernau (Yellow Ochre), Bronx (Bronze Gold), Wolf (Chocolate Brown).

Second Row – Forgiveness (Chocolate Plum), Fist (Deep Plum), Rim (Black Coffee), Tango (Rich Copper Bronze), Terra (Earth Clay Red), Obsidian (Rich Black).

Let me show you how the shades perform.

illamasqua rose gold palette review
illamasqua rose gold palette review
illamasqua rose gold palette review
illamasqua rose gold palette review

As you can see for yourself, the majority and almost all of the shades are extremely pigmented, rich and really really buttery. I couldn’t even pick a favourite shade, but if I had to, I’d say it might be one of the shades in my second swatch picture above (the brown shades). I have been wearing this palette ALL the time, no seriously, almost every time I do my makeup. It is just so well put together, you don’t need a separate palette for your under brow highlight or inner corner shimmer. You don’t need another palette for our outer smoke or your transition shade, this palette covers pretty much all bases.

I recently went to a wedding, and I thought I’d create a cut crease makeup look with this palette. I added a tiny little bit of Urban Decay Half Baked (gold shade) to make the gold pop but other than that, all the shadows I used were from this palette.

Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette Review
Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette Review
Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette Review

The palette isn’t the cheapest, it’s quite pricey I think at £44, but I do think it is worth it as pretty much every shade is useful and good quality. I wish the packaging was a little more luxurious, and weighty for £44 BUT I’d rather settle for okay packaging and amazing eye shadows than amazing packaging and okay shadows. If you are a fan of these shades, I’d definitely pick this palette up.

You can pick it up here.

I hope you liked my Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette review, and found the swatches useful. This is actually my second blog post all month, which is so so naughty but gosh guys, the pressure I’ve been under! My wedding has been bought forward, and we’re nearing the 100 days left mark, and gosh guys it has been so hectic! So please do forgive me, and I promise to be back when I can. Speak soon (hopefully), Tanzina x

Essie Gel Couture Review

I’ve been wearing a particular Essie polish for what feels like the longest time, and I realised I am yet to do a review on it. It’s shade that I have gotten a lot of compliments on, and did I mention I was wearing it for absolutely ages? So recently, Essie launched their Gel Couture collection, it’s a 2 step nail polish system that has up to 14 days wear and hi shine finish. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to cure it with a UV lamp either! I thought it was only fitting that I did an Essie Gel Couture review for you all and show off the shade I’ve been wearing a lot.Essie Gel Couture Review

Essie Gel Couture Review

Essie Gel Couture Review

So the shade that I picked out was a beautiful neutral peach shade called Sew Me. I just fell into such a deep infatuation with it as I knew it would very easily become my ‘every day’ colour, which was exactly the kind of shade I was after if I was going to have the same colour on my nails for a long time! It’s a gorgeous pastel peachy colour that really looks well against my tan skin tone. The problem with nudes and tanned skin tones like mine, is that sometimes they can look too pale and a little unflattering however this has just the right tone of peach in it to combat that and make it look uber-flattering.

Essie Gel Couture Review Sew Me

Essie Gel Couture ReviewEssie Gel Couture Review Sew Me

Essie Gel Couture Review Sew Me

So the way it works is that you apply the colour coat and use the special formula top coat on top. Straight away I noticed the hi shine, but I will be honest with you guys, I was a little sceptical with the long lasting promise. I’ve used gel nail polishes that you cure with the UV lamp and I just didn’t understand how this could last any longer than the normal nail polishes. Clearly there is some magic in this formula that my brain couldn’t comprehend, as it truly did last two weeks for me! I probably could’ve made it last longer but I like change so decided to take it off. There was very minimal wear and tear around the edges, but overall it had really lasted well. Shall I tell you my favourite part? You don’t need to soak your nails in polish remover for years to get this off, it comes off as easily as normal polish!

Essie Gel Couture Review

Essie Gel Couture Review

I am so impressed with this formula, as you can tell this Essie Gel Couture review is turning into a glowing one, purely due to the fact that this newbie passed all my expectations. I need to pick up more colours, I’m thinking like a hot pink or something bright to brighten up my day. These retails for £9.99 each, although currently there is an offer at Boots for any two Essie products for £15!

You can pick up Sew Me here – link.
You can pick up Top Coat here- link.

I hope you liked my Essie Gel Couture review, there isn’t much to add other than the fact that i think this is a genius formula from Essie and I need more shades! I also like the price point, it isn’t ridiculously expensive and when on offer each bottle works out to be around £7.50 – which is what I’d pay for for a normal bottle of polish! Let me know if you’ve got your eye on any particular shades! Speak soon, Tanzina x

New Video: Eid 2016 Get Ready With Me

Hi loves, so this is a rather belated video as Eid was a little while ago, but I wanted to get this up for you regardless. I love Eid day, it’s a chance for me to eat loads and dress up to the nines. What is there not to love! This year I went for a gorgeous fluorescent pink dress which I paired with matching lips and shimmering eyes. I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Eid 2016

You can click here to watch the video.


eid 2016

Here is the full product list:

Skin Products

  • Bioderma Sensibio Light

Brow Products

  • Soap and Glory Brow Archery in Hot Chocolate
  • Anastasia Brow Duo Powder in Dark Brown
  • Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel Clear
  • House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel

Eye Products

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Anastasia Shadows: Fresh, Bengal, Morroco, Fudge & Noir
  • MAC Fix +
  • Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Ore
  • Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Liner
  • Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil
  • Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara
  • Ardell Demi Wispies

Face Products

  • Ben Nye MediaPRO HD Sheer Foundation Palette
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX08
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
  • Daniel Sandler Contour Face Powder
  • MAC Blush in Make You Mine (Not Desert Rose)
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Opal
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

Lips Products

  • NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Hot Pink
  • Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice
  • MAC Lipstick in Impassioned

As always, if you have any video suggestions, or any questions at all, please feel free to pop the questions down below or on the video as I get back to everyone. I think that is the luxury of having a small platform on YouTube, you can respond to everyone! Thanks for watching, don’t forget to subscribe! Tanzina x

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

As you all already know, liquid lipsticks are really having their moment right now. I’m not sure if they’ll ever stop having their moment, not that I am complaining as I Love (with a capital L) liquid lipsticks and want them around forever. Today I wanted to do a Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick review, as it is a makeup brand I’ve never tried before so I was intrigued to see how the lipsticks would perform. My lovely friend Fee from Makeup Savvy gifted them to me months ago and I’ve only just got around to using them. Clearly a sign that I have too much makeup!

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

So when I hear Ciate, I think nail polishes. And really good nail polishes at that. I wasn’t really sure how they would do when it came to makeup, would it be a flop or would I be surprisingly impressed. Let’s quickly talk packaging, they come housed in cute little cardboard packaging which gives away the colour of the product inside. I actually really liked the outside packaging, it’s quite quirky and cute. Inside you have the product itself, in clear tubes so you can see straight off what colour you are picking. I’m really kicking myself for not taking a picture of the applicator to show you, it’s a cushioned leaf shaped applicator that is really comfortable and easy to use. Overall, thumbs up from me re: packaging.

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

The first colour I picked up was of course the brightest of the bunch, Head Over Heels. I fell in love with the consistency and texture and the colour. I don’t have a hot pink liquid lipstick, and this clearly filled a hole in the makeup collection that I was unknowingly craving. I can see straight away why the product name contains velvet, the best way to explain how it feels on the lip is velvety. It glides on, doesn’t feel drying at all and you get really good coverage in one swipe. I know I haven’t told you about the other two yet, but this shade is most definitely my favourite. It’s just so pretty! It’s vivid, bright and oh so good against my skin tone. Ah it was love at first sight.

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

This year has definitely been the year I embrace bold vampy lips, so I was really excited to see this little beauty sitting in the stash I got from Fee. This shade is Voodoo and it’s deep and dark and screams Autumn and Winter at me. Again this colour was a dream to apply and just so comfortable on the lips. In person, this translate a little more browner, and just looks really beautiful on the lips. I know I will definitely be reaching for it once Summer is over, usually I hate the prospect of Summer ending but at least now I have something to look forward to!

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick Review

The third and final colour is a rather unconventional shade called Envy. It’s a blue green teal-ly shade, and it’s a shade I am surprisingly really happy to have in my collection. Sometimes being predictable gets a little boring, so I am really excited to use this shade to add a little oomph to my makeup looks. I couldn’t get a true colour picture when I swatched it on my lips, my camera made it look a little more blue so I swatched it on my arm as well so you could get a better idea of what it looks like. I am genuinely so excited to use this in a look, so don’t be surprised if you spot me wearing a blue lip colour in the near future.

Overall these liquid lipsticks were an absolute dream to apply. They are really moisturising but matte up really quickly after application, they don’t crack or wear uncomfortably on the lips and they don’t fade either. Either I’ve missed a trick or these don’t get as much recognition as they should, because they really are something special.

These come in a range of 9 shades and retail for £17.00. You can pick it up here with free P&P.

I hope you liked my Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick review, it was a very surprising one for me as I had no idea I was missing out all these years by not trying these before. Thanks so much Fee for introducing these to me, although I doubt my purse will be thanking you when I’m tempted to pick up the 6 I don’t already have! I’ll try to do a makeup look soon with the blue shade Envy on. Let me know if you’d like me to show off any of the other two colours. Speak soon, Tanzina x