Too Faced Melted Metallic Lipstick

Too Faced is a brand that always catches my attention, and there is always a product or two from their itinerary that I am lusting over. Recently I had a peek at their Summer 2015 collection which consisted of gorgeous Metallic Liquified lipsticks, bronzers, Selfie powders and a beautiful Sugar Pop Eye Shadow palette which I was just drooling over. Today I managed to get my hands on some of the Melted Metallic Liquified Lipsticks so I thought I would share my thoughts and swatches with you all.

Melted metallics

melted metallics

melted metallics

I really enjoy using the original Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, Melted Ruby is my favourite, so I was really intrigued to see how the Melted Metallic collection would translate and whether I would like them just as much. I’ve been playing with these for a couple of weeks now just to get a good feel of how they wear. I find that I prefer to wear them over a lip liner although in the swatches I wore them bare just so you get a better idea of how they look like. They are not as opaque as the original formula but I prefer that for the spring/summer season as they are really easy to slip on over the lips and head out. The issue with opaque products is that you have to be a lot more precise and careful with application. As it is a glossy formula and not a matte one, they last about 3-4 hours however that is fine with me because you can just top it up. The consistency is really smooth and easy to apply and not sticky at all. Some shades are more opaque than others but more on that coming up. These don’t boast longevity like the original formula does but that is understandable as these are a lot glossier whereas the original formula is more of a cream texture.

melted metallics

melted metallics

I’ve got my hands on four of the shades: Peony, Debutante, Tu-Tu and Macaron. Let me quickly talk you through the shades.

Melted Metallic Peony

Melted Metallic Peony

First up is Metallic Peony, which translates as a light pink of my skin tone. It has a frosty metallic finish to it but due to the fine gold shimmer in the product it doesn’t look too cool on me. I struggle to wear light pinks but I think with a warm lip liner I could pull this off comfortably. It’s quite opaque and like the others, very comfortable to wear.

Melted Metallic Debutante

Melted Metallic Debutante

Next we have Metallic Debutante. This is a warm coral pink shade with a lot of gold shimmer. The opacity isn’t as strong as the others and I find this wears better with a nude lip liner underneath so that it is applied evenly. However that being said I think this is one of my favourite shades as I really like the metallic gold finish it creates and how it looks on my skin tone.

Melted Metallic Tutu

Melted Metallic Tutu

Metallic Tu-Tu is a medium pink coral that definitely translates more pink on my skin tone compared to Debutante. It is less metallic and pearlier so perfect for those who are a bit shy of shimmer but want to ease themselves into wearing it. As with the others this has a glossy finish.

Melted Metallic Macaron

Melted Metallic Macaron

Last but not least, my favourite of the lot, Metallic Macaron. This is a gorgeous bold fuschia shade that really compliments my warm colouring. It has subtle gold shimmer and warm undertones and it does apply quite opaque. The finish is glossy and it lasts about 4 hours before needing to be topped up. I think it would wear better with a fuschia lip liner underneath but I am yet to try that.

 These will be launching April/May and will be retailing for £18.00. At that price it isn’t the cheapest lip product I have come across but as a little goes a long way and how unique the shade and product is, I do think it is worth it if you find a colour you love.

I hope you like today’s post and also the swatches. I thought it would be nice to see the colours on my lips rather than just a wrist swatch. Let me know your thoughts! Tanzina x

Wordless Wednesday: Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

Hi loves, I haven’t done a Wordless Wednesday post in a while and since today was Wednesday I thought why not. But I guess I am sort of defeating the purpose by typing right now and ‘Short-Paragraph-Wednesday’ doesn’t really have the same ring to it does it?

However I thought I would do a quick intro as I haven’t posted one of these posts in a while! I thought going forward I would share a few things that really catch my eyes or I am lusting over in these posts starting with this little beauty. This is the Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow palette launching very soon in the UK. How beautiful are the colours and the packaging?!

Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

The Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow palette will retail for £32.00

My Beauty Wishlist

I haven’t done a wish list post for a while, so thought I would pen one today so that I could document my current lust list. If you gave me enough time, I am sure I could type up a 20+ product strong wish list but I thought I would be mean and limit myself to only 5 products. My list is mostly makeup (surprise surprise) but a skin care item did manage to squeeze its way in.

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beauty wish list

  1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal– I have been wanting this pressed powder highlighter for quite some time as it has earned a cult status amongst the US bloggers however it has taken its time trickling into the UK. I have put off buying it because I really wanted to swatch it and also the concept of buying from US website and waiting lengthy shipping times put me off. However it is now in Space NK so I believe I will be crossing this off my list soon. It seems to really compliment warmer skin tones and with my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Sandstone being discontinued I really need to find a new highlighter love. This retails at Space NK for £30.00 (it is currently out of stock, if it stays out of stock for long I will bite the bullet and pick it up from Sephora online!) 
  2. Red Liquid Lipstick/Lipstain – This is a tricky one because it isn’t one particular product but what I am essentially looking for is a very good dupe of Limecrime Velvetine in Red Velvet. In a nutshell, Limecrime as a brand hasn’t been treating its customers very well and I no longer want to support it. I really enjoyed their Velvetine but as I don’t want to promote it anymore I need to find an alternative. I have my eye on Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lips in American Doll which may just replace it. You can’t get this in the UK just yet but I am contemplating picking it up directly from the US website where it retails for $20.00. (Again currently out of stock, why is everything I want out of stock *angry face*)beauty wishlist
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Artist Palette’ – Talking about Anastasia Beverly Hills, I really want to pick up her latest palette release. The Artist palette is being released on Wednesday 15th April 2015 as a summer palette and as I have really enjoyed using the Amrezy and Tamanna palette I want to add this to my collection. I have been getting a lot of use out of the palettes I do have so I know that this would be worth investing in. I haven’t bought any single pan shadows from Anastasia yet, and I think this is a very good way of trialling out shades before purchasing the full size colours. I love the brightness of this palette and how it has neutral shades and I think I will be purchasing this around its release date. I just hope the website doesn’t crash like it tends to do when new products are released! It will retail for around $30.00 
  4. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – I spent the past Saturday at UMAe (United Makeup Artist Expo) where I met the lovely David Horne, the mastermind behind House of Glamdolls. He was such a lovely person to speak to, a very talented man who spent many years at MAC and Illamasqua. He was actually the brains behind the cult Skin Base foundation. He recommended the NARS concealer to me and as it has been on my radar for a few years, that conversation cemented the product into my wish list. As I have so many concealers already, this will probably be the last product from the list I pick up however I do think it’ll find its way into my makeup bag eventually. This retails for £22.00 
  5. Clarins Gentle Refining Exfoliating Cream Finally a skin care item after all that makeup! This is a product that I have had on my ‘must purchase’ list for quite a while now but with so much skin care stashed up, I really want to finish some bits before I buy more. I tried a trial version of this from a set my lovely friend Yasmin gave to me and I fell in love with it. It says it is a gentle exfoliator but it feels like it really gets to work on my skin, and exfoliates it thoroughly. If I clear out a few more skin care items, this product will be finding its way home to me.

Looking at this list of products, I am pretty confident that I will be picking up most of it sometime throughout the year (if it is ever in stock!). It will be quite interesting to come back and review just how much of this I actually managed to pick up. I have done another wish list in the past (here), I think one of these days I will go through it and see just how much I ticked off. I hope you enjoyed this post, I love reading wish list posts because I am nosey and want to see what people are lusting over so I hope you liked having a nosey over my current wants. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Bright Turquoise Makeup Look

As of late, I have become a neutral girl. I never saw it coming, but it was happened very slowly over the last few years. Previously I was all about the bright shades, you’d never me rocking something that didn’t come straight off the rainbow. Although I do prefer my neutral shades nowadays, I have been missing that injection of brightness so I decided to create a makeup look that was more on the colourful side. This is what I came up with.

Bright Turquoise Makeup Look

Bright Turquoise Makeup Look

The look came about after myself and Safiyah (Frootibeauty) decided to do a makeup collaboration for Instagram (find me under @Makeupatoz). We picked a colour theme and created a look incorporating the shade. The colour we picked was Turquoise/Teal which I was extremely excited about as it meant I was going to make use of one of my favourite pigments. I adore Sugarpill Chromalust Pigment in Darling, it’s such a beautiful iridescent aqua/teal shade and I love finding an excuse to whip it out. Although I played with the idea of create a dark smokey teal look I decided to be brave and embrace colour which resulted in the below look.

Bright Turquoise Makeup Look

Bright Turquoise Makeup Look

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For the eye makeup I went for a Turquoise lid with a blue, purple and pink blend above the crease. I also placed a heavy line of electric blue on the bottom lash line just to inject a bit more boldness into the look. For the eye shadows, I used a couple of Urban Decay Vice palettes to pick out the shades I liked. I own three Vice palettes and I rarely make use of them so I decided I had to incorporate them into this look. Here are the products I used:

Bright Turquoise Makeup Look

Bright Turquoise Makeup Look

Bright Turquoise Makeup Look

For the face makeup I wanted it to look flawless, glowing and quite seamless. Usually I have a sharp(ish) line under my blush/on my cheek bone but I am starting to tire of that as it looks quite too artificial at times. I’ve been blending in my contour and blush a little more to pull the look together smoothly. Here is what I used for face and lip:

Wow, it really surprises me when I realise just how much makeup products I sometimes end up using to create looks. The problem is choice, because I have amassed so much makeup now, I tend to use a little bit of everything but really you could use one shadow palette and a handful of products to create a similar result. Maybe I’ll try to create a full on look with about 12 products one of these days. I was going to say 10 products, but it sounds like too small a number!

See below how Safiyah incorporated the colour into her makeup look. I always love Safiyah’s work, she is so good at blending and really creates flawless looks. I love the sparkle and how she added her favourite colour, purple, into the look.

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teal purple look2

I hope you enjoyed this post, I really love creating makeup look posts but whilst working full time it is hard sometimes to find the time. I will try to take more time out to create looks but I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep! If there is a makeup look combination you’d like to see just let me know and I will try to create something for you. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Elizabeth Arden Makeup Review

Elizabeth Arden are a brand that have become a staple in my skin care set up and I was intrigued to see if that would be the same case for my makeup bag. I thought to try out a few products and share my thoughts with you all, so that is what I am aiming to do today. The products I’ve had a play with are the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Cream Eye Shadow Stylo and their Gel Eye Liner in Deep Sea Pearl (Black). I’ve been incorporating these products into my makeup look over the past couple of weeks and really getting a feel of them before I reported back.

elizabeth arden makeup review

elizabeth arden makeup review

elizabeth arden makeup review

elizabeth arden makeup review

Elizabeth Arden Gel Eye Liner in Deep Sea Pearl (Black): I was really excited to try this because it has been quite a while since I last used gel eyeliner, nowadays liquid and pencil seem to do the trick for me. However I have missed the pigmentation and longevity that gel liner provides so I was keen to see if this one would reignite my love for this type of liner. I’ve used a fair few gel eyeliners but this was definitely the creamiest one I have ever come across, which made it very easy to use. I used to enjoy the MAC Blacktrack gel liner but it was at times quite drying so used to tug on the eye lid making it difficult to create a bold seamless line however this one is much better at achieving that. It is true black in colour and easy to smoke out if you were aiming to use gel liner to create a smokey liner look. I am yet to apply it all over the lid to create a smokey look but the products consistency seems to suggest that would work really well so I am looking forward to trialling that out. After application, it really does set well and does not budge at all – exactly the qualities I am looking for from a good gel eyeliner. You can pick this up here for £17.00

elizabeth arden makeup review

elizabeth arden makeup review

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Cream Eye Shadow Stylo: I was most excited to try these as I really enjoy the ease of using shadow pens/sticks/pencils or in this case Stylo! I find them to be perfect for a lazy day and I was hoping these ones would end up in my favourites. I really enjoy the KIKO pencils and was keen to see how these would compare. For someone who tends to opt for neutral shades on the eyes these days I could tell straight away that Bronze Pearl was going to be my favorite and wow was I right! I’ve been wearing Bronze Pearl all over my lid with warm matte shades in the crease for about two weeks straight now. I even wore it on my first day at work which really is saying something as I always try to make a good first impression, so only the best products for Day One. It blends really well and I usually smudge it out using my fingertips making it even quicker to apply. I haven’t really been wearing Freshwater Pearl (pink shade) that much but I can see it being a great base for when I am using lighter shades on the eyes however the Blue Pearl shade works really well with darker shades to create a steely smokey makeup look. I might have to create some looks to show you all how I used them. Once these set, they really set… don’t let the creamy texture fool you, you don’t get creased eye shadow or any of that unattractive flaking, they last fine for 8 hours plus. Unfortunately these are limited edition so if you were interested I would try grab them as quick as you can, however I am hoping Elizabeth Arden come out with more shades in the future. I can see myself using these a lot over the next few months simply because they make my ‘get ready’ routine much quicker. I’d definitely put this on my highly recommended list (maybe I should create an actual list!). They retail for £19.00 here

elizabeth arden makeup review

elizabeth arden makeup review

Judging from the Elizabeth Arden products I have used recently and in the past, I can definitely say that they will be having a permanent presence in my makeup bag – although I can’t decide what my favourite product from their collection is. It’s a tie between the Eye Shadow Stylo in Bronze Pearl and their Beautiful Colour Moisturising Matte Lip Stick in Bold Red which I absolutely love (I spoke about it here). I might have to choose the lipstick due to its luxurious packaging which I am a sucker for. Let me know what your favourite Elizabeth Arden makeup products are so I can see if I like them too! Until next time, take care, Tanzina x