My First Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

Pretty much everyone who knows a thing about beauty, knows about the UK grown brand Charlotte Tilbury. There has been so much positive feedback about the brand, especially the lipstick range, and I just can’t find a valid excuse to give you to explain why I have never tried anything from the brand. My best friend bought me a HUGE advent calender thing ages ago, full of Charlotte Tilbury products, and it has taken me forever to start using products from it. Okay – I am a hoarder, I’ll admit it, I was saving it for a ‘special day’. Anyways, life story over, the purpose of today’s post is to talk to you about my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and that is what we are going to do now.

So in this magical advent calender thingy I was given, was the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Red Carpet Red lipstick. Red Carpet Red? It may as well have been called Tanzina (my name by the way) as I am ALL about a good red lip. Let’s quickly talk packaging, because the packaging has become quite iconic. Rose gold, ribbed, with a good weight to – everything a luxury lipstick should be. I can see why these are used as props for beautiful blogger photos. The bullet is usually instantly recognisable, with a straight edge across the nib. Nib, is that even the proper way of describing it? I was so intrigued to see if the unusual shape was actually a help or a hindrance when it came to application.

When I think Red Carpet Red, I think MAC Ruby Woo – vivid and bright and very Marilyn Monroe-esque. However this wasn’t that, instead it is a like a slightly dark red, still classic and still classy. I would say that undertones are more on the cool side, and very flattering on a range of skin tones. The finish is matte, but a really comfortable creamy matte, meaning that it doesn’t highlight dry lips and is a really easy application. The pigmentation is good, it’s not a fully opaque, but opaque enough if that makes sense. It just shows slight hints of your natural lip. It leaves a slight stain, meaning that as it wears off, it isn’t really unflattering. It lasted about 5 hours on me, which is adequate for my needs. This isn’t a liquid lipstick so I wasn’t expecting crazy lasting powers.

Back to the nib, and it’s flat edge. It isn’t a gimmick, it is actually really really useful. It lines my lips really well, I am a definite advocate for lining lips first and this sort of takes the need away as makes application so precise. I know that all good things must come to an end, and as I use this, I am bound to wear down the flat edge but it is really nice to have the first few applications made easier.

Overall, I am really impressed by my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, I will definitely be picking up more shades. I think I will be opting for shades from the Matte Revolution collection, as I’m all about the matte lipstick finish. I’ve got my eye on Love Liberty and Bond Girl, so hopefully they’ll be joining my collection this year. These lipsticks aren’t cheap, they retail for £24.00 so definitely not an every day purchase! But I think it is worth it for that small slice of luxury.

You can pick up your Charlotte Tilbury lipstick here.

My Current Hair Favourites

I feel like I haven’t written a current hair favourites post in ages, so I decided today was the day to rectify this. I’ve been switching up my hair care routine recently and I’ve been noticing some positive difference so I thought I would share some of the products I am loving. My hair is long, fine, frizzy, wavy and sometimes really frustrating to work with. It’s not very thick so can end up looking limp, and sometimes lacklustre and dull. It’s not the easiest hair to work with but it is the only hair I have so I have to make the most of what sometimes feels like a dim situation. Here are a few products that have made taming my mane a little easier.

Parlux Powelight 385

For years I have been using a Collexia hair dryer, however I finally switched it up and changed to the Parlux Powelight 385. Oh my god, had I known what I was missing, I would’ve switched earlier. I actually had the Parlux Powelight 385 sitting in a drawer for ages, and I only got it out once I was married. It is SO powerful, and dries my hair much much faster than the Collexia did. It is also really light weight, meaning I can maneuver it a lot better, and reduce some of my natural frizz. It makes washing my hair feel a little less inconvenient. It’s a little more expensive than a normal hairdryer, it retails for £89.99 [here], but I think it is worth every pretty penny. I’m starting to get used to straightening my hair simply using this, meaning I’m maintaining more body in my hair as I am skipping using my GHDs.

Tangle Teezer

I’ve heard people rave about the Tangle Teezer for years and I don’t know why I didn’t ever pick one up. I had a ‘dupe’ of a Tangle Teezer and I thought ah it is pretty much the exact same thing, no need for me to buy a real one. How wrong was I? It feels like the brush goes through my hair like a knife through soft butter. I don’t have really knotty hair, but do get the odd few knots and this takes them out so effortlessly. I also use this on wet hair, and it just combs through it without causing any damage or pulling any hair out. I also use the Blowdrying Brush as I was gifted a set containing both from my lovely friend Fee from Makeup Savvy. Again, it has made my blowdrying routine so much easier. Couldn’t recommend it enough. You can pick up the Tangle Teezer [here] for £10.60 or the set [here] for £24.95

Moroccan Oil

I would say most beauty lovers have heard of Morrocan Oil, but for the past few years I’ve been using Kerastase Beauty Elixir so didn’t see the need for this in my collection. Clearly I was stupid. This so much better in my opinion, you only need a tiny bit, and it doesn’t weigh down my already limp looking hair. It makes my hair feel softer and I’m sure it makes it look shinier too. I feel like it also makes my hair more manageable, less fly aways and frizz. It smells divine, so what is there not to love? I especially love that it comes with a pump, I think I would love it a little less if I had to pour it at every use but the packaging is perfect for me. I don’t use this as a treatment oil, but as part of my styling routine. So far, no complaints, I doubt I’ll pick up Kerastase again. It doesn’t come cheap, around £32.85 for the full size bottle (125ml) but as I use about half a pump around twice a week, I know this will last me forever. You can pick this up here.

TIGI S-FACTOR Stunning Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

I am not a huge spender when it comes to shampoos and conditioners, but I do have a soft spot for S Factor shampoos. I’ve dabbled in a few different ones from the brand, but understandably it is the volumising ones that appeal to me. These smell so amazing, I know that isn’t enough of a real to try a shampoo/conditioner, but who doesn’t love their hair smelling amazing. I’ve been trying this combo out for a couple of weeks, and even without using any additional products, when my hair dries it does feel less limp and seems to contain more body. I love the conditioner especially, it leaves my hair smelling delicious and my hair super soft. I’ve been a little naughty, I’ve been skipping hair masks because the conditioner is doing such a good job. On the topic of hair masks, please leave me your suggestion as I am on the hunt for new ones. The shampoo and conditioner are actually currently on sale if you are interested, you can pick the shampoo up [here] for £10.85 and the conditioner is [here] for £11.55. You can also actually pick up a free TIGI Bedhead Small Talk Mini if you bought these two together today on the Look Fantastic website.

I did have a little unofficial resolution at the beginning of the year that I will learn more about my hair, what works for it, what doesn’t and also how to style it better. I don’t think I’ve completed the resolution yet, but I am getting closer to the end goal which feels pretty good. Just need to learn a few more styles that work for me and start using more treatments in my hair. Let me know if you have any hair favourites I should check out. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Soft Smoky Makeup Look

I recently had a local event to attend with my husband and family. It was a charity comedy night, but to me it was more an excuse to dress up a little bit. I ended up creating a soft smoky makeup look and I filmed it for you all to watch. I finally found an angle in my new bedroom that I was kinda happy with, so I perched the camera and started filming. It’s been quite hard getting used to the new set up and mostly managing my time wisely, sometimes (a lot of the times) I feel pulled in so many directions, that my YouTube and blog end up being the biggest casualties. It’s fair to say I was quite proud I actually managed to film something for you! 

So this look was sort of in between ‘I’m not making too much effort’, and ‘I am making a lot of effort’. I thought going with a thin line of liner, no contouring, no severe highlighting, I would look a little less try hard. Let me know if you think I managed to achieve that? Ooh I also tried out the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics eye shadow palette and it is fair to say I have fallen for it quite dramatically. It has the most beautiful packaging, and the shadows are so buttery and more importantly, all matte! It was so easy to create the soft smoky makeup look I was after.

Let’s talk products:

I thought this look was pretty easy to create and it didn’t take me too long. So onto the video, you can watch it below or [click here] to watch the video.

I would love to know what you think of it, I’m using a different set up so would love to know if you think the quality is clear, if my face is close enough or too close even to camera, did I explain it properly to you? Basically I would really appreciate any feedback you may have. I hope you liked my soft smoky makeup look, and remember if you DID like it, please like the video and subscribe. Now, what shall I film next? 

Wednesday Wish List #6: Beauty Wish List

Hi loves, sorry about being a little missing in action, I am actually staying with my parents this week and am too busy enjoying home comforts! That combined with a new gym routine, finding time for picture editing and putting together posts has been a little difficult. But I am back today to share with you a bunch of beauty bits I can’t take my eye off. Here is my current beauty wish list, don’t be surprised if some of them make an appearance on a blog post soon. I also do not take any responsibility if your personal wish list grows after reading mine.

GlamGlow Face Masks

I’ve really been craving face masks for my collection recently, I realised recently that I don’t actually have many masks and really hampers my pamper routine plans. What is a pamper routine without a good face mask?! GlamGlow have become cult, they really exploded over beauty social channels a few years ago, and shockingly I am yet to try something from the range. As you may already know, I have dry lacklustre skin, so I have my eye on THIRSTYMUD (a hydrating treatment) and FLASHMUD (a brightening treatment). I also am intrigued by GRAVITYMUD – which is a silver firming peel off mud. Currently there is a limited edition blue version of it which looks like so much fun. However these really don’t come cheap, priced at £39.00 each and they aren’t the largest pots at 50g each. Still, I am ridiculously tempted.

Body Shop Face Masks

Like I mentioned, there is a hole in my collection where face masks usually slot in so I have been exploring the market. The Body Shop ones are also making waves through social channels are priced a lot better at £16 each. Bodyshop usually offers running however unfortunately, they don’t work on these products. I really like the sound of the Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask and the Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask. I’ll let you know if I pick these up, maybe I could do a pamper routine on my YouTube channel?

Lime Crime Girls Girls Girls set

I love liquid lipsticks, that is a fact. Actually I have so many new ones I am yet to try out in my collection, I don’t even know why I have liquid lipsticks on my wish list but I guess I just do! I love Lime Crime Velvetines, they were at the forefront of liquid lipstick creation and I have been using them for years. I have got my eyes on the Girls, Girls, Girls set, 5 gorgeous shades for £61.34 – yes please! I like ordering from Lime Crime as sometimes they have free worldwide shipping AND taxes are paid for so hurray, no horrible custom charges! I’ve got my eye on this set, maybe it’ll be mine next time free worldwide delivery rolls round.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Phew, that is a mouthful! This is Stila’s latest offering and boy, do I want it! Mess free beautiful glittery eyes, sounds right up my street. Now these bad boys come in quite a few shades, I’ve got my eye on Smoky Storm (Light Pewter & Silver), Kitten Karma (Champagne, Silver & Copper), Smouldering Satin (Deep Tan & Silver) and Rose Gold Retro (Rose Gold & Silver). These aren’t cheap, they’re priced at £23.00 so all 4 would set me back £92! Bet it would be worth it though.

L’Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt Mascara

Shock, a drugstore/high street offering on my wishlist. Nowadays, it feels like I hardly ever am captivated by anything from the high street, but there is something about the L’Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt Mascara’s wand that has me interested. It’s so bizarre yet so loved by so many people. Think I will pick up when I next visit Boots. I still think it is pricey for high street at £9.99, but I guess nowadays that is the usual price now for mascaras.

Cover FX Highlighting Drops

So highlighting isn’t going away any time soon, and I for one am so happy about that. I’ve been wanting to try these magic drops from Cover FX for a while now, they seem to take highlight to the next level, but I haven’t gotten round to splurging quite yet. I’m not sure what shade I want yet, but I do know that they are £34 each. I think I want the shade Sunlight actually as it seems like it would suit me best.

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

If you caught my skin care routine, (if you haven’t, see it here or click play below [shameless plug]), then you’d know I am on the search for a new eye cream. I’m looking for something rich, and hydrating. I’ve got my eye on this Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, as it seems to tick all the boxes and comes with rave reviews. This starts at £20, and will hopefully be mine really soon. I am almost done with my current facial oil, moisturiser and eye cream, so it is time to start trialling new products.

 That is it for my wish list, fair to say there is quite a bit I have my eye on and quite a bit of money to spend! Nevertheless I am sure somehow I will ‘accidentally’ work my way through the list. I think face masks are first on my list so I may pick up one from Glamglow and one from Bodyshop to start with. Let me know what is on your beauty wish list and what you are craving. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017

I remember last year, when I got my hands on the first Essie Retro Revival Collection and consequently fell in love with the colours (you can read that here). The collection consisted of 6 shades which have been discontinued over the past 35 years, but due to demand, Essie decided to bring them back for a limited time. The concept went down really well, so well in fact that they have just launched the Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017, again for a limited time only. I was so excited to see what they bought back to life this time round, as last I found one of my favourite shades last time.  

The collection again contains 6 gorgeous colours, in the following shades:

bold beauty: deep red dahlia
prima bella: a hypnotic pink
chastity: a beautiful milky barbie pink
flawess: a cherry blossom pink
sweet tart: a my nail but better nude
pure chiffon: a peach toned nude

The shades I fell in love with are Bold Beauty and Chastity. They feel like polar opposites to each other, one a deep red which alludes to mystery and a sense of maturity and the other a vivid pink, hinting at an inner princess who is yet to grow up. I love them both, together and separately.

Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017
Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017


This is a beautiful blue toned milky pink, which is vivid and cotton candy like. It has definite bubblegum and barbie vibes which I am absolutely loving. The formula is amazing, it goes on smoothly without any streaks and 2 coats are enough for complete opacity. The formula also dries really quickly which is ideal. With tanned hands, pinks especially lighter pinks are a little hard to get away with but this looks amazing on tanned skin. I suspect this will suit a variety of skin tones. You can pick it up here for £7.99.

Bold Beauty

Bold Beauty is a deep red shade, from the bottle I thought it may apply a little brown but actually it is a true burgundy shade, which red coming through quite strongly. It reminds me a lot of my birth stone, garnet. It feels classy on the nails, and a definite go to when you want to go for the classic chic look. Again it suits my tanned complexion really well, and I am sure it will also suit fairer skin tones just as well. The formula again goes on smoothly, and is opaque after two coats. One thing I will say is that the colour appears darker in the bottle than on the nails. So you may need extra coats to achieve the bottle colour. You can pick it up here for £7.99.

Note: Boots are currently running a deal here you buy one nail polish and get one half price. Find the deal here.

The Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017 is only available for a limited time, two weeks to be exact! It stops being available to buy on March 14th, so if there are any shades that catch your attention, then be quick! I would highly highly recommend Chastity, I think it is such a beautiful Spring/Summer shade and I definitely will be getting lots of use out of it. I hope you liked this quick overview of the Essie Retro Revival collection, let me know if you’re a fan of any of the shades.