Resolutions Update – April

Good Afternoon Guys, and happy May. I can’t believe how quickly the month of May has come round, how are we almost half way through 2018? Time is just flying, and if I am honest, I am not complaining. I want the year to hurry up, and for goals to be met. It’s time to do a resolution’s update, for the month of April.

Let’s talk about the month of April, it was a largely positive month. I did have a couple of bumps that made me feel a little low, but every month has been an improvement since the disaster of January. I’m happier, healthier and grateful for the blessings I have. I stayed a week or so at my parent’s house, the plan was to knuckle down and film lots of videos and create content for my YouTube channel but really I just relaxed, de-stressed and enjoy quality time with my loved ones. I find staying at my parent’s house every now and then works wonders for my mental health, being around my family really grounds me and leaves me feeling so positive and happy – even if I do miss my husband a bit too much. I am hoping to go over again at the end of May so I’m really looking forward to that stay. In terms of my work, my career is doing well and there has been some improvement with my progress in April, I’ve been doing this particular job for 6 months now, and I can see that things are finally clicking into place. And in terms of my social channels, although I haven’t really seen any significant growth, I feel like I am interacting with people more via Instagram live sessions and lots of private messages, so that makes me feel good too.

Now let’s talk resolution updates:

Get Fit & Tone Up –

This resolution is seeing some improvement, I have been going to the gym every week, even if it is just once a week some weeks. I am seeing a gradual change in my fitness levels, I can actually jog a little now, and there’s been slight changes to my body. I am losing a little of the belly bloat, but it still has a long way to go. I’m unsure what May is going to look like, I will no doubt lose weight as Ramadhan begins mid-May but I don’t want that to stop me going to the gym, so we will see if I can keep up the momentum in May. I definitely struggle to go to the gym and I really don’t know if I will ever become that persons that craves to go to the gym. I wish I do though!

Post More Content on YouTube and Instagram –

So I’ve changed this resolution around a little, as we discussed last month, I am stepping a little away from my blog until I hit 10K on my Instagram and YouTube, I want them to be my focus point for the next few months. April was an okay-ish month content wise, I wasn’t too fulfilled by the content I was putting out and I kind of used the excuse that I wanted May to be super productive so I was just gearing myself up for May. I uploaded my Hen Do (watch it here) on YouTube which was exciting as I filmed that almost two years ago! I am hoping to see some growth in May, how amazing would it be to actually hit 8K on both my YouTube and Instagram, but I kind of feel like I would set myself up for failure if I aimed for those numbers, so any growth would be great.

Become a Positive Person –

This is such a constant battle, one which I hope I am slowly defeating. It is really all about tweaking your thinking, and living in the moment. I am trying to find some self-help books to read which will also help me think more clearly and stop letting my emotions control me. I am even considering therapy eventually to help me reach my goal, but as my money belt needs to be tightened going forward, I may have to delay that for the time being. But guys, honestly since January, there has been so much progress and I feel hopeful for the future.

Start Praying More –

I am going to be honest with you, this is the one which has been upsetting me. I have been letting myself down, and have not been as consistent as I would like to be for this goal. I’m going to do something about it though, May is going to be significantly different. When I pray, I feel happier. I am so glad Ramadhan is coming really soon, as that will really help provide me with the guidance that I need.

Create a Home –

There hasn’t been too much progress with this, we are in the process of looking at builders and getting quotes. I can’t wait till the day that actual building work starts and I can see our new home start to take shape. In the meantime, I am looking at Pinterest boards and inspiration images. I have my eye on a book called Mad About The House by Kate Watson-Smyth so I will probably pick it up and maybe even create mood boards for our new space later on this year. I’m trying to shop less but that isn’t really working out too well. I keep buying things for the kitchen!

Learn How To Wrap a Saree –

This one isn’t really going too well. I’m a little concerned if I will ever master it! I’m just going to have to make some time for this, and spend a whole day just practising.

Wake Up Earlier –

I’m not really getting very far with this resolution. I have always been a night owl, and slept through many afternoons, and it is something which is so frustrating but old habits seem so hard to break! I see weekends as rest days, and then hate myself for wasting away my free time with sleep. I know part of the problem is the fact that I have married someone who is exactly like me, a night owl, and we end up watching a movie every night or getting into bed really late. I think I have to just be strong, and head to bed around 10PM every day rather than 1AM which is what I am doing nowadays. I’m working on this, but any tips would be highly welcome.

So that is it for my April updates, with some resolutions I am making progress, and others I am falling a little behind in. I am really excited for May for a few different reasons: Ramadhan is coming so my spirituality should be in a better place, I am really hoping to post an Instagram video every other day so I am excited to see what that means for growth, and the weather should be getting warmer. I really hope you find these updates useful as I really love writing them. Make sure you check me out on Instagram (@makeupatoz) for daily doses of my life. I’ll speak to you soon!

Tanzina x

My Resolutions Update – March

Good Morning (or afternoon or evening whenever you are reading this), it’s been a couple of weeks since I last touched base with you. I couldn’t however miss out on posting my March updates, I really enjoy writing my New Year’s Resolution updates (read them here) so here we are again in a new month providing new updates.

Let’s do a quick summary of the month of March. March was a really good month for me mentally and emotionally. I really do feel like the old Tanzina again, and maybe a better and improved version actually. It’s interesting how hardships can affect you, sometimes negatively and then there are those rare moments where it impacts you positively. Throughout March I felt like I was in a better headspace in general, felt more productive and happier with myself. I kept myself busy, shopped a little too much and finally started taking some of my new year’s resolutions seriously. Okay talking of new year’s resolutions, I seem to have understood them wrong. For me, resolutions made at the start of the year mean goals that I would like accomplished by the 31st of December that year. Apparently you are supposed to make goals, and actively start making progress on them from the 1st of January! That is definitely not how I looked at them, I just saw mine as goals which I need to tick off in the next 365 days, even if it took until the very last day to accomplish! I guess it doesn’t really matter too much as long as you get there in the end.

Okay now let’s do some updates, I always feel a little nervous when I starting typing out this bit.

  • Get Fit & Tone Up –
    It took me until the end of March to start taking this one seriously. I even bought myself a pair of new trainers for the gym to incentivise myself to attend the gym. I gave myself the excuse that my trainers were too tight so that’s why I didn’t go the gym. The things you tell yourself! At the end of March I started going to the gym and I am slowly getting back into the rhythm of it. It is really hard if I am honest, especially when you don’t see results straight away. I got on the scales this week, and my weight has increased to 56.5KG! Now that might not sound super high to everyone, but I am really petite and only 5 foot 3, meaning every lump and bump shows up on me. My face has definitely gotten chubbier and if I am honest, I feel like avoiding the mirror. My normal weight is usually around the 50KG mark, so I need to lose that extra 7KG I have gained.

 

  • Fix Blog, Blog More and Upload More –
    So my blog is still fixed, but I think this goal needs amendment. March was a great month of productivity, but unfortunately it wasn’t for my blog. I am finding it hard to balance everything that I want to achieve, I really want my Instagram and YouTube to do well, and there is only one of me to go round. I made the conscious decision that I will not pressurise myself about my blog too much. It is quite tricky building up traffic on here and maintain Youtube and Instagram. I really want to hit 10K on my Instagram (7.7K) at the moment, so then I can have the swipe up feature and refer my followers to my blog. So until then, I might let my blog take a back seat a little bit. On the upside, I am consistently uploading two videos a week on YouTube and updating my IG regularly. I am thinking when I film makeup look posts, I might do a quick summary and product list on my blog so expect to see more makeup looks on here going forward. From next month, I am going to change the title of this goal to something a little more Youtube/IG focused.
  • Become a Positive Person –
    This one is slowly happening! I am starting to feel like the old me again, there are a few moments when I feel a little down and angry at certain things, but on the majority I have acquired a more positive and happy attitude. I think a lot of it is down to feeling grateful for all the amazing people I have in my life. I really am blessed in that regard and other regards too like my career. I’m also starting to see that those people who try to tear you down, usually have demons of their own, insecurities of their own, and that’s why they are the way they are. Rather than feeling angry, I feel sorry for those individuals and that really does feel like a weight off my chest.
  • Start Praying More –
    I’m going to keep it real, and admit I am feeling a little down about this one. I don’t feel like I am as good at this as I was a few weeks ago, so in April I really want to get back to where I was. I truly believe that this helped me through hurdles and tough times, and I don’t want to drop now that I am reaping the rewards. I am still praying, just not as much as I want to be. I’ll get back there, especially with Ramadhan coming up in May!
  • Create a Home –
    Haha I know I said I was parking this till the end of the year, but for some reason I can’t help but shop for it! Our house is so so far away from completion, right now work hasn’t even started on it but clearly I am finding it hard to contain my excitement. I keep buying things for the kitchen! Yesterday I bought some colanders. I usually buy things and then do a little haul on my Instagram stories, if you fancy a peek then check out my profile (makeupatoz) and find my hauls saved on the highlight titled ‘Hauls’. There is a lot of TK Maxx in there!
  • Learn How To Wrap a Saree –
    I have actually made a start on this one, I promise. At the end of March I was preparing for some wedding events, and I tried wrapping a saree in the run up. It went disastrously wrong of course, and ended up the wrong way round but I think I get the general gist of it. I will have to keep trying.
  • Wake Up Earlier –
    I really need help with this one, as I am awful at it. How do I still require about 10 hours of sleep on weekends. I haven’t really accomplished my goal on this one once! I’m going to go read some articles now on how to combat this. I think it’s the answer to all my goals really, if I sleep less, I will accomplish more. That being said, tonight I am going to aim for 7 hours sleep and wake up early for work tomorrow. I hate this rush rush Tanzina I have become.

So that is it for my New Year’s resolutions update. I am sure I wanted to add another one to the list, but it has completely left my mind! I am feeling quite proud of myself for the progress I am making with these, although going a couple of steps backwards with praying has dented my sense of accomplishment a little. April is going to be a busy month, I have a few wedding events and also it is the run up to Ramadhan for which I am hoping to have a few food bits prepared for in advance and in the freezer as that will help preparing meals a little easier. I’m also planning on combating my eating throughout the month and only have one heavy meal a day and cut out the amount of fast food I have been enjoying this year. I will catch up with you guys next month to see how the month of April went. Speak soon, Tanzina x

My Resolutions Update – February

Good morning, and welcome to my February updates. How are we even in the middle of March? Where is this year going? I wanted to touch base, and like last month (check that post here) I wanted to pen a resolutions update for February. I feel like this makes me feel a little teensy weensy bit more accountable for the resolutions, and potentially might make it more likely for me to actually complete my resolutions this year, unlike any other year before. Plus, sometimes I like having a nosey at what is happening in someone’s life, so maybe you’d like a nosey at mine!

January was a very draining month for me, and I am happy to report that February was not the same. My spirits are back up, and although I definitely did hit the occasional bump in the road, I am working to be more positive and happier. I’ve been keeping myself busy, and I think that has been helping me drown out some of the negativity that is present in my life. I spent some time with my family, I went out with my friends quite a bit, and all in all had a pretty good month. Let’s get onto the resolutions and see how I have been getting on. I’ll be honest, I’ve kind of been dreading this.

  1. Get Fit & Tone Up – Ugh. Okay so I am happy to report that I went to the gym… once. But hey that is a 100% improvement on last month! Who am I kidding, this hasn’t been great. In my defence I did start fasting at the end of the month, which makes going to the gym a little trickier but honestly I could have done so much better. Again for March, I am going to try turn it around, so who knows, maybe next month will be better. Although knowing me, that is being severely optimistic. I have taken out my trusty Fit Bit, so let’s see if that makes a difference. Leave me your username in the comments if you have one!
  2. Fix Blog, Blog More and Upload More – Hurray my blog is fixed! From a technical point, I am happy with how the blog is functioning. I wouldn’t say my blogging has dramatically become more consistent, but I have started writing more posts. I am aiming for a blog post once a week and a YouTube video once a week. I am happy to report that I have been consistent with you Youtube uploads (my channel) and may consider increasing my uploads to twice a week. Let’s see how it goes, I don’t want to run before I can walk.
  3. Become a Positive Person – This one is really hard guys. I find it so hard to switch my mind off from thinking about some of the rubbish situations I have been in, and how people have behaved and it is definitely a struggle letting it all go and concentrating on my happiness. In comparison to January, my mood has improved hugely and I guess this is a work in progress. I’ll get there I am sure, what doesn’t break me only makes me stronger.
  4. Start Praying More – This resolution makes me so happy, and probably contributes hugely to the above resolution. I have been praying consistently and honestly it has done wonders for my mental wellbeing. I have also started taking Arabic classes, and I can already see an improvement after 4 lessons.
  5. Create a Home – As discussed in last month’s resolution update, this one is parked for now. But exciting things are slowly starting to happen.
  6. Learn How To Wrap a Saree – Ugh, haven’t even visited this resolution once this year!
  7. Wake Up Earlier – Okay this is still something I just can’t seem to conquer. I still rush every morning. I still waste away my weekends when I could be doing something more constructive than just sleeping in. I am going to try this weekend to wake up earlier than usual and go from there. If you have any tips on becoming a morning person, they would be greatly appreciated!

So here we are, Feb updates completed and already in the middle of March. I’m finding it both daunting and motivating writing these update posts, I think it makes me answer to myself. I hope you guys are getting on well with your resolutions, I’d love to hear about them. If you don’t already, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@makeupatoz) as then you will get daily updates on my resolutions. Speak soon! Tanzina x

Five Beauty Favourites of February

Good morning loves, today I bring you my February favourites. I’ve been wanting to do monthly favourite videos for my YouTube channel, but I thought I would start it up here first. Rather than having an endless list of favourites, I thought I would do a post on my five beauty favourites of the month. That way I get to share with you the products I really have been loving a lot, and using over and over throughout the month.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil

1. Trilogy Rosehip Oil

Firstly, we have the Trilogy Rosehip Oil. I’ve been using this daily for around two months now and I am really impressed with it. My skin has been so dehydrated recently due to the cold and excess heating I use to warm my room up. This has been a saviour, it quenches my skin and makes it look and feel a lot healthier. It keeps my dry skin at bay, and has quickly become a product I reach for day and night. What I love more about it, is that is very affordable in comparison to other face oil products I have used in the past (Sunday Riley Flora – £70 a pop!). Also it doesn’t really have a scent to it, meaning it doesn’t aggravate my husband when I put it on at night in bed. I have just purchased Rosehip Oil from The Ordinary for a cheaper, so I will be doing a comparison post to see how it compares against this beauty.

You can pick this up [here] for £19.50

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dazed

Next, a liquid lipstick. If you caught my latest blog post [read it here], I talked about the Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks. My favourite surprisingly isn’t one of the nude shades, instead I have been wearing Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Dazed over and over again. It’s not too bright, but bright enough to make me feel like Spring is imminent. The consistency is perfect, and it feels good on my lips.

You can pick it up [here] in a set of 3 for £26.00

Top to Bottom: Peach Smootie, I'm Peachless (Duo Chrome), 
Cocoa Bear, Magic Act (Foiled), Havoc (Duo Chrome) and Pretentious 
3. Makeup Geek Eye Shadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows have really made a positive impact in my life. I rarely pick up any of my palettes and keep dipping into my custom Makeup Geek palette every day. The shadows are just so easy to work with, blend beautifully and have great colour pay off. Every time I wore eyeshadow this month, I dipped into this palette. Even if it is just for an under brow highlight shade, in the form of Peach Smoothie. I do have one complaint with one of the shadows, I don’t like the black shadow Corrupt. I will be replacing that with Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow in Noir, which is the best black I have ever used and is so rich and pigmented which unfortunately Corrupt isn’t.

You can pick some up [here] for £4.95

4. Fenty Match Stix

I didn’t think I would like the Fenty Match Stix  quite as much as I actually have. If I am honest, I bought the Fenty Match Stix Trio in Medium 200 and left it in its packaging for months and months. However now that I finally have cracked open my package, I cannot get enough of the shade Mocha. Head over to my Instagram [link] and have a look at how I use it. This is the perfect contour shade for me, and so easy to apply and blend. I really love using it and it has got me back into contouring, which is a bit of a necessity at the moment as my face is filling up!

You can pick the trio I have [here] for £46.00
You can pick up Mocha by itself [here] for £21.00

Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream

5. Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream

Last but definitely not least, Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. So many people have raved about this and it took me a while to actually pick it up. It is such a generous little pot and a little really goes a long way. I use it daily and find that it really nourishes my under eyes, it’s a lovely texture and feels really nice to apply. It feels quite rich, which is exactly what my parched skin needs. I don’t know if has done anything in terms of reducing eye bags and fine lines, but to be honest I wasn’t expecting it to. I just needed it to make my under eyes feel better and anything more is a bonus. It is hands down, the best eye cream I have used.

You can pick it up [here] from £26.00

I hope you liked my give beauty favourites of February, I want to make this a regular thing so hopefully you’ll see a post or video like this on a monthly basis. I don’t think it is going to be easy thinking up items, as I am a bit of a creature of habit and like to keep using the same thing over and over, but at least you’ll get to see what products I truly adore. Let me know what your favourites are! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Set

I have been wanting to try Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks since the day they launched. I patiently waited for them to arrive in the UK, and I was kept waiting as it seemed to be exclusive to the US website and not available on Cult Beauty. I HATE paying taxes and custom fees so I remained stubborn and refused to splurge. Fast forward quite a few years and I finally have some Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks! They do now have a UK website, but more than that, they now have the range on Cult Beauty. I picked up a mini set of the liquid lipsticks and today I can finally share my thoughts on them.

I picked up a set as it worked out so much more economical than buying one full size shade. The trio I picked up are simply called the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Set, it consists of 3 flattering shades, and retails for £26. Each liquid lipstick contains 2.3g of product so you are getting 6.9g for £26. One full size liquid lipstick (3.2g) is £20. I thought the set would be a great way of testing out the formula across a few liquid lipsticks just to see if they are all consistent and perform well. Plus I rarely use up a full liquid lipstick so it makes more sense to pick up minis over full size liquid lipsticks for me anyway.

The set contains three shades, Dazed, Bittersweet and Hudson. I believe Dazed was a pre-existing shade whereas the other two are newly introduced shades. Let’s quickly show you what the shades look like and how I would describe them.

Dazed – this is described as a ‘rich, slightly rusted red’ shade, and I would say it’s a fairly good description but would add that it has a brown undertone and dries darker than what you see in the tube. It’s a beautiful shade, and is so pigmented you really don’t need to bother with a lip liner at all.  It’s so easy to apply and lasts well.

Bittersweet – This is described as ‘deep cocoa meets mauve’. It’s a rich brown shade with a reddish mauve undertone and is the darkest of the trio. If you want a flattering brown, this is a great shade to pick up. Bear in mind that this shade is exclusive to the set so you can’t pick it up as a single. Again this applied like a dream and lasts really well.


Hudson – This is described as a ‘stunning dusky rose crossed with peach’. I would agree with the dusky rose, but I couldn’t pick up the peach on myself. Dusky rose describes it perfectly, and like the other two shades, there is a tinge of brown to it. Again pigmentation is insane, and no lip liner is required. This works as the perfect nude for my skin tone.

You can pick the set up [here] for £26.00
You can pick up individual shades [here] for £20.00

I am genuinely blown away by this formula, I am so surprised at just how easy it is to apply and how consistent each shade was. The formula is smooth, and thin enough to apply easily but not too thin that it feels watery. I think the formula had a reformulation and I am glad I held out to try this version. Each shade I tried was opaque with one swipe and the drying time wasn’t bad either. The edges take a little longer to dry but that isn’t really an issue. The lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips and lasts quite a long time on me. I wore it to work and after about 6 hours it started fading. You can be sure that I will be picking up more shades, or be waiting patiently for Cult Beauty to drop the next trio on their site.

Nowadays I have realised I am getting a little picky with what I blog, I only really like to talk about products that blow me away or something that I think may help out a few people and I think this is a bit of both. I am so glad I picked this up rather than a single £20 full size liquid lipstick, as it is has meant I got to try a few shades and get to see if they are all consistent. I will definitely be picking up more shades, even though £20 is quite pricey for one shade on my opinion. Keep an eye on the Anastasia UK website, I think they sometimes have deals on which makes it a little more affordable. I really hope you liked my Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick set review, do let me know if you’d like to see more swatches from the range or even a YouTube swatch video.

Speak soon, Tanzina x