My Wedding Lipstick – Kylie Merry Lip Kit Review

Hi loves, today I wanted to do a review of a the liquid lipstick that I actually wore on my wedding day. As you have probably twigged from the title, I wore a Kylie Lip Kit for my big day in the shade Merry. So today I have decided to do a quick Kylie Merry Lip Kit review for you all, in case it is a shade that sparks your interest like it did mine.

I actually had no intention of wearing this product for my big day, I already had MAC Russian Red picked out to wear instead. However my lovely friend Safiyah from Safiyah Tasneem was doing my wedding makeup and had bought me this as part of her wedding gift to me. Once I had unwrapped it, I realised it was a perfect match with my wedding dress, so really it was a no brainer to wear this long lasting liquid lipstick for my makeup look.

Let’s quickly talk packaging, this lip kit comes in a pretty Christmas ornament package box. The shade Merry, was actually a part of the Christmas collection that Kylie bought out which is still surprisingly still available in the original packaging. Inside, you find the liquid lipstick, along with the lip liner. The lipstick comes with a silver lid and a silver dripping design which is a nice touch.

Now on to the colour itself, the liquid lipstick is a deep rich matte red, which still holds some vividness to it despite being a deep shade. The lip liner is half a shade lighter I find, but they both work really well together. Merry is a couple of shades deeper than Kylie’s Mary Jo K shade which is a gorgeous bold red.

The way I wore is was to apply the lip liner all over the lip, and then go over it with a thin coat of the liquid lipstick. Would you believe me if I told you, I did not reapply once through the entire course of the day?! It is quite a bold statement and if I hadn’t experienced it myself I would think I was lying but I genuinely did not reapply once. I was a massive ball of nerves and had this weird feeling on my wedding day, I couldn’t eat or drink anything really and I am sure that played a huge part in the lasting power, but regardless, I just extremely grateful I didn’t get any of that unattractive liquid lipstick peeling effect you sometimes can get, or flaking effect – each as unflattering as the other. I had my lipstick on for almost 10 hours with only a very slight fade on my lips – just ridiculously impressive.

Overall my Kylie Merry Lip Kit review is most definitely a positive one, this duo really impressed me and did not let me down on my wedding day. If you were shopping for a wedding lip product, I would definitely recommend trying out a Kylie lip kit to see if it works for you as well as it did for me. I definitely took a gamble on the day by switching up my lip choice so last minute, but it was a gamble that definitely paid off.

You can pick the Kylie Merry Lip Kit here for $30.

Speak soon, Tanzina x

Easiest Valentine’s Present – Limited Edition I Heart Eight Hour Cream

Hi loves, Happy Valentine’s Day if you are celebrating, or just Happy Day if you are not. I am not a huge Valentine’s celebrator, I think love days should be every day and if not every then they should be consistently scattered throughout the year. However I do love all the Valentine’s gift sets and themed products that are released every year, especially of the beauty variety. I’ve left this post purposely to publish today as I wanted to give you ideas for a last minute amazing Valentine gift, even if it is for yourself. Let’s quickly talk about the Limited Edition I Heart Eight Hour Cream from Elizabeth Arden.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I have reviewed the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream before, [read that here], so you might already know I love this stuff, and so does my husband. Pretty much anyone I have introduced it has loved it, that’s why I decided to make it a part of my only Valentine’s gift idea post. I saw the press release with the limited edition red packaging and I knew I had to make it mine. It’s such an easy buy and lasts you absolutely ages, so I thought I had to share it with you as a super last minute gift idea.

Limited Edition I Heart Eight Hour Cream

I personally use this as a lip balm, and use this religiously every single day. You’ll it make an appearance in an upcoming skin care routine video. But here are 8 other ways to use it:

  1. Moisturize and protect skin
  2. Calm irritation
  3. Treat wind burn & blisters
  4. Smooth hair
  5. Shape brows
  6. Soothe dry hands
  7. Highlight cheeks
  8. Soften cuticles and nails

This gorgeous limited edition I Heart Eight Hour Cream (50ml) retails for £27.00 and you can pick it up at any Elizabeth Arden stockist or [here]. If you’ve left treating someone/yourself a little late for this Valentines, this will go down a treat.

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Swatches + Review

I’ve been using Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks for years now and have now collected a fair few shades. I’ve done a review on a couple of shades before, but I wanted to share some Sleek Matte Me Lipstick swatches with you today and also do a quick review. I’ve created a little video as well, so you can see how the shades look on me. It’s not easy to find good liquid lipsticks that are also affordable, but these are my favourite ones in the more affordable range. 

The shades I have are:

  • Birthday Suit – a classic wearable peachy toned nude
  • Bitter Sweet – a pretty coral pink
  • Shabby Chic – a muted dark pink
  • Velvet Slippers – a muted deep plum
  • Vino Tinto – an intense deep berry
  • Fired Up – a dark crimson
  • Old Hollywood – an oxblood red
  • Rioja Red – is a true bright red

My swatch video, click here if you can’t see it.


Like I mentioned, I have been wearing these liquid lipsticks for years now, and have been slowly expanding my collection. My favourites still remain as Birthday Suit and Rioja Red which I reviewed here, but Bitter Sweet and Shabby Chic are close seconds. I would say some shades aren’t as pigmented as others such as Vino Tinto and Old Hollywood. However the others perform really well.

In terms of formula, I find these to be really comfortable, they aren’t drying on me and don’t flake or go patchy which is a pet hate of mine when it comes to liquid lipsticks. I would say the trick here is to apply in thin layers and build the colour up, the max layers I need for full colour coverage is only two layers. If you find it to be a little on the dry side, just apply a really thin layer of lip balm underneath and you will be fine. These last for hours on me, 6 hours plus on days that I am not eating much. They don’t peel off either when you do eat, rather they just fade a little which is okay as it isn’t as unflattering as peeling lips. The formula is quite liquid, but it dries really quickly and evenly which is ideal. I hate it when it doesn’t dry immediately and you have to sit and wait for it to.

The amazing thing about these liquid lipsticks are their price mark. These retail just under a fiver at £4.99. You can barely get a lipstick at that price nowadays let alone a liquid lipstick. The second great thing about this price is that they’ve kept it at the same price as it was in 2015 when I first got my hands on these, which is pretty remarkable since brands tend to increase yearly especially if the product proves to be popular, which this one has been. Go Sleek MakeUP! You can pick these up [here]if you feel like experimenting, I’d highly recommend Rioja Red as that is such a beautiful bold pin up red.

 Make sure you watch my video to see the swatches, and see how the colours translate on my skintone. I am hoping to get back into making YouTube videos so make sure you watch this space. If you haven’t subscribed to my channel, please do! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Sunday Riley Skincare Review

Hi loves, today I wanted to do a Sunday Riley skincare review, as I have been using a couple of Sunday Riley products for a few months now and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. The products are more on the pricey side, but as I was getting my skin ready for my wedding I thought it was worth investing in. You may remember my Wish List post (here) where I spoke about Sunday Riley skincare, I purchased the products quite soon after that.

Let’s quickly start with my skin type, my skin in dry/normal and can sometimes verge on the side of really dry. I get dry skin patches regularly especially in the colder months, which can play havoc when it comes to flawless makeup application so that was something I wanted to remedy before my wedding. I was really unsure which skin care product to pick up for myself from the range, I wanted two or three but was unsure which would be most beneficial for my skin type. Eventually I chose Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil and Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. I’ll do a quick review on both so you know what I made of them.

I knew I wanted to choose a Sunday Riley face oil, as I guess that is what they are renowned for, especially the Luna version. I was so close to choosing Luna over Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, but in the end opted for Flora due to its higher moisturising benefits. It promises clearer and healthier looking skin and is more aimed at anyone with especially dry or lacklustre complexion (irrespective of age). In terms of application, it comes with a dropper which I think is perfectly made and deposits just the right amount for my full face and neck. It sits on the skin well and feels like it really quenches my skin and sometimes I just wear this in the day and it really does keep my skin moisturised. If I have dry patches, two or three days of this eliminates my dryness which is amazing. I do have one negative about this, which is the scent. The scent isn’t the most appetising, slightly medicinally, I can’t quite describe it. For me this isn’t an issue, it is worth the benefits, but my husband cannot stand the scent at all and is always complaining about it. Simply for that reason alone, I won’t be repurchasing it even though I wish I could! If they change the scent I will definitely repurchase, but that might change the amazing formula. If you haven’t got a super scent sensitive partner and have similar skin complaints, please try this out, it is life changing. This retails for £70 and you can pick it up here.

The second product I tried was the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream as I wanted a really hydrating moisturiser to compliment the facial oil. The product promises to intensely hydrate so I wanted to give it a try to see if it delivered on that front. It also promised to brighten and clear the skin, which is something else I wanted as I wanted to look radiant for my big day. I found this cream to be really effective, again it truly moisturised my skin, it takes a little while to sink in but it eventually does. It feels luxurious on the skin, and feels like it almost coats it before sinking in. I usually use this in the evening as part of my night time skincare routine but sometimes when my skin is extra parched and tight in the morning, I apply a little on then too. Overall something I don’t regret picking up and something I would definitely repurchase. This has lasted me now over 3 months, so you don’t really need to use too much of it either. It retails for £60 and you can pick it up here.

I was extremely fortunate, after incorporating these into my skin care, my skin was absolutely perfect for my wedding. No dry patches, glowing skin and no blemishes in sight. I was really concerned I might get a spot or two as my skin was still getting used to the new products and all the stress of the wedding was going to break me out but I was so so lucky to have had no issues at all. Although I do credit that to a lot of prayers, a large part of it is also down to these two products. Thank you Sunday Riley for coming to the rescue!

Thank you for reading my Sunday Riley Skincare review, I hope it has been useful for some of you especially those who suffer with dry skin like me. I am thinking of purchasing the much talked about Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil next, I am hoping it smells less potent than Flora and provides a good punch of hydration to my skin. I will keep you updated if I do splurge.

Speak soon, Tanzina x

A Bengali Bride: The Engagement Party

If you’ve been reading my Bengali Bride series, you would have seen me talk you through how it began, to the engagement preparations and now finally I have gotten to the Engagment party itself, also known as the cinipaan. Traditionally on this day, the menfolk of the bride’s and groom’s family meet and officially cement the engagement. They discuss wedding dates, dowry (mahr) and the practicalities of the wedding and also exchange taals and feast on food. As time has progressed, this formal occasion has evolved and become a bit of a party and a day to celebrate. I predict as time goes on, this will soon turn into a mini wedding, if it hasn’t already!One thing I have really wanted, was an intimate engagement party. It’s something my parents and family wanted as well, so it was nice that we were united when it came to deciding how big or small the cinipaan (engagement party) was going to be. I just wanted to be as intimate as possible, I come from a huge family and so does my other half so I knew if we started inviting lots of friends and relatives it would all spiral out of control and we would be throwing a party for 250+ guests. As I knew my wedding and mehndi was going to be extravagant, my family and I wanted something intimate and quite personal to us.

A chicken taal made by my Mum, for my husband and his friends to dig into.

The bride’s family host and foot the bill for the engagement party, and nowadays it is becoming more and more common for cinipaans to be hosted in halls and restaurants, which I think is also nice. I just knew that for me and my family, we wanted to keep it traditional and I also wanted my family heavily involved with the details which may not have happened should it have been hosted in a hall with outside caterers. So we agreed to host it at one of the family houses, which ended up being perfect. Luckily, my family are well rehearsed when it comes to throwing big parties, we own a marquee that easily seats around 80 people, and have a large banqueting style set up in the dining room, it just all came together perfectly. My family are in the food trade, and my dad is an amazing chef so he cooked up lots and lots of food which everyone still raves about.

Gorgeous chocolate tiered ‘cake’, made for me by my best friend as a surprise.

I set up a little dessert table for the guests to enjoy, this was a whole story by itself. As usual, I took all of the responsibility on myself and decided I was going to create everything. So the night before, at 1AM I start making the desserts. We were so busy making the taals, I didn’t get a chance to start earlier. Maybe the pressure got to me, but the cheesecake batch went horribly wrong and I ended up with a runny mess. No worries, I told myself, I’ll just go to the 24 hour Tesco at 3AM which is exactly what I did. Only as I turned up there did I realise it was Saturday night so Sunday morning, meaning the shops were all closed! So determined as I was, I woke up after 2.5 hours sleep on the day of the party, and at 6.30AM I was at the local shop picking up the ingredients and carrying on dessert making. I even completed piping the cupcakes after I had my saree, hair and makeup done. I got lucky again, and it all turned out okay in the end.

We didn’t do favours on tables at the cinipaan, but we did make up little boxes of pick and mix sweets for everyone as they came in. My Mum, sister and little cousins all helped me assemble the boxes and fill them and I think they slotted in perfectly with the purple theme of the day.

When it came to the cake cutting, we had two cakes, the one from my in-laws and one from my family. I loved how my in-laws matched my cake to my saree and I love how my cake had the tradition cinipaan details to it like the paan and betel nuts. We cut into both cakes, but ended up eating the fresh cream cake as I do love a good fresh cream slice. However it went so fast, that I didn’t even get a chance to keep a full slice to myself!

After everyone ate, we both posed together for pictures and cut the cake together. He also put my engagement ring on, however I didn’t exchange rings with him. Traditionally at Bengali engagement parties, the couple both exchange rings. The girl wears the engagement ring and then the groom wears his wedding band. After the engagement, the bride’s side sometimes take the wedding band back and then give it again on the wedding day. I just couldn’t get my head around that, or putting a separate band on my fiance. I only wanted to exchange wedding bands once, and that was on my wedding day, the guy is meant to put an engagement ring on the bride, not the other way round! I disagreed with the practice and decided not to do it regardless of any opinions.

I actually also fitted in a mini photoshoot with my then fiance before the actual party. Honestly, I was running around like a headless chicken that day, so I don’t know how I managed to fit that in. But I am so glad I did, and would highly recommend it to anyone who can fit in as you can capture private memories from the day which usually are really hard to get on the cinipaan day as the bride and groom are kept apart for most of the day (as they are not yet wed).

Me and my Daddy later on in the day

As you can probably tell, it was really eventful day but it was perfect. I really saw just how much my family did for me, from cooking to servicing to setting up the house. It was so lovely and heart warming. I was wondering recently that if I could do it again, would I do it at my family house? And the answer is definitely yes, because I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise fit in everything that I wanted for the day and I would’ve missed out on so many details that made the day special, such as relaxing with my girls upstairs as the party gets in full swing downstairs, or watching from the window upstairs as my husband walks into the house with all his family. It is a day I will cherish forever. I hope you have enjoyed this addition of A Bengali Bride, we will catch up again on the next one.

Tanzina x