My First ‘Real’ Eid – Vlog

Hi loves! Eid Mubarak to all who celebrated it last week. This Eid was a special one for me, as it’s the first one where I sort of had my own house to entertain guests. It made me feel like a real grown up and gave me a chance for me to feed my friends and family. I was looking forward to it for a while actually and spent the days coming up to it making Eid snacks with my mum like somosas and daal puris, you’ll get to see all that in the video.

I thought I would vlog it, mainly because I wanted to capture the memories and secondly so I stop being such a ghost to you all. I feel like I’ve disappeared from this blog, and that is okay as it is a passion/hobby of mine rather than a full time job but I won’t lie, it is disheartening to see the stats dropping and views dwindling. So I guess this was also my way of saying hello again and trying to make sure I gradually start making my return on here. I’m rambling. Please watch the video and comment, share, like and all that lovely stuff.

You can watch the video [here]

I hope you enjoyed watching my Eid vlog, I’d love to know what you think and if you’d like to see more videos like this one. I enjoyed filming in this laid back style, so if you want more, I’ll make it happen. I miss being on here and typing away, so I can’t wait to be back soon. Speak soon, Tanzina x

More Sleek Matte Me Lipsticks

Hey loves, welcome back to this corner of the internet. I wanted to talk to you guys about Sleek Matte Me lipsticks, as I have added more to my collection. Some of you guys may already know I adore this product, as I talked about them quite a few times over here. You can read about my favourite two shades [here] or even see a swatch video of my collection [here]. Today I have three more colours to share with you, so read on to find out what I think of the latest shades.

Sleek Matte Me Lipsticks

I’m not going to talk too much about how much I love these products and all the pros and cons, you can read all about that in the blog posts I mentioned above. Instead I want to show you the shades and talk a little about how they looked on me. These launched early this year, and I’ll be honest I was a little nervous about testing these out as some of the shades are just SO out of my comfort zone. But of course, I had to tempt fate and try them out. I wanted to see if I could make them work, make them suit me, to see if they could remain in my collection.

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Lavender Crush
Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Lavender Crush
Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Lavender Crush

Sleek Matte Me in Crushed Lavender

This is a tube of pastel toned lilacy goodness. Okay I’ll admit, even I thought it was a little too bold for me. I actually first swatched this shade at work with pretty much only mascara on. It was fair to say I scared a few people. However with a bit of glam on, I think I might be able to rock it. What do you think? I would say to wear lip liner with this so your lips are even before application. I think there are lots of people that can rock this comfortably, I’m just sad I’m not once of those because I am a wimp and am scared to brave bold shades like this in public. I hope to one day be brave enough to just rock it. However I will definitely keep this in my collection, just for some fun and edgy looks I plan to try out. You can pick this shade up [here] for £4.99

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Apricot Blooms
Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Apricot Blooms

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Apricot Blooms

Sleek Matte Me in Apricot Blooms

Next we have another pastel, this is a pastel peach shade. This I would say, is a tad too light for my complexion which is a shame as it is such a pretty colour. I tried playing with different lip liners underneath but I just think it is a bit too bright and too light for me. To make it a little wearable for myself, I applied MAC Spice lipliner (review here) underneath and then patted on the liquid lipstick on top. It is a very richly pigmented shade however and could be a winner for the right skin tone. You can pick this shade up [here] for £4.99

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick French Fancy

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick French Fancy

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick French Fancy

Sleek Matte Me in French Fancy

This is my favourite of the three. I love pinks, so of course this ticked that box. It is a bit pastel in shade, but not as much as the others. It is also quite bright and pretty and a lot more wearable than the other two shades. It makes me feel all girly which is never a bad thing. It is very richly pigmented as well. I apply it with a nude pink lip liner underneath just so the edges are perfect and opaque. I actually wore this shade out recently so managed to take a picture of a full face of makeup so I thought I would add in those images for. Bear in mind picture has had a filter added and edited. If you want to know what other products I am wearing for this look it is all on my IG page (@makeupatoz). You can pick this shade up [here] for £4.99

Although one of the shades was a little too out of my comfort zone, I am glad they created that shade as it will definitely work on other skin tones. I am actually quite proud of the fact that I soft off pulled off Lavender Crush, I’ll try to create more looks with it. I hope you liked my review of these Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks. Let me know which of these shades you wouldn’t mind trying out. Oh, if you’d like any details of the products I used to create the above makeup looks, be sure to head over to Instagram, all the information is on there. Speak soon, Tanzina x

 

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Ugh, it has been forever since I last posted on here. I don’t really have an excuse so I am not going to faff on too much about that. Anyway, moving on very swiftly from that, I’ve recently been to quite a few weddings and I wanted to share with you my outfit and makeup from one of the events I attended. I wore a pink saree that is actually very simple but somehow really impactful. You’ll see what I mean in the following pictures. 

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look
Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

One of my new year’s resolution was to learn how to wrap a saree. Unfortunately I still haven’t mastered that yet so I have my mum to thank for the wrapping of this saree. This saree was so made for a wedding, you know when you have a wedding to go to where you aren’t close family, but you still need to make an effort? This saree was made for that. The saree itself is really plain but the blouse is quite a statement piece so it wasn’t too simple for a wedding at all.

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

The saree itself was from Mongas, they used to have a shop in Luton which is where I picked it up however unfortunately they have now closed this shop down. They have a shop in Southall so that may be worth checking out. I have some bad news for you guys if you are loving this saree – I picked it quite a few months ago so I doubt they will still have it in stock. However Mongas is really worth checking out for party sarees and wedding guest sarees. I think I picked this saree for either £100 or £120.

My earrings are from Bees in Green Street, London. I actually wore them on my Mehndi day. My clutch is from Accessorize.

Now on to things you can pick up. Lets talk through the makeup products I used for the below makeup look.

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

When I bought this saree, I knew exactly what shadow palette I would use when I finally wear it. The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette was made for this, it has gorgeous pinky toned shadows that just compliment my complexion so well. I love the darker shades at the end of the palette as well as you can create a really nice plum toned smokey eye. I thought since it was a wedding I’d add in some glitter courtesy of a Tom Ford palette that I have but hardly ever use. For my lips, after a long while I decided to turn away from the liquid lipsticks and pick up one of my trusty MAC lipsticks.

Face Makeup

Eye Makeup

Lip Makeup

I hope you liked this post that I’ve created. I was unsure about posting it as the saree is actually no longer available but I thought you might like to see how I styled my outfit and also how I created my makeup look. I know August is peak wedding season for the Asian community and also with Eid around the corner I wanted you guys to get a little inspiration. Let me know what you think of this post and also if you’d like to see more blog posts like this. Speak soon (hopefully), Tanzina x

Day Four in Rome & Rome Vlog

I didn’t think my little getaway to Rome would turn into a little mini series here on the blog, but here we are, day four in Rome, and it seems to be just that. It was just so eventful, each day jammed with something different, and so many pictures to share, I couldn’t help myself I HAD to share it with you all. Today’s post is (hopefully) going to be a little shorter than the others, as it was our final day in Rome and in essence, a shopping day. 

Rome

We had caught Fontana Di Trevi during the night on our first night in Rome, but I was adamant we needed to see it in daylight too. It wasn’t a mistake, the fountain had a different feel to it during sunlight, but just as beautiful. The water was so blue, the atmosphere so loud, just magical. We lingered for a while and then made our way over to Spagna, home of the Spanish Steps and also the shopping district of Rome. Side by side, you see all the fashion houses that dreams are made of. Prada, Versace, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Armani – let’s say the list is never ending. Call me uneducated but I had no idea just how many of these brands were actually Italian – I knew some of them were but wow the Italian’s really do fashion well. And cars. And food. Talk about a talented bunch. We wondered shop to shop, picking up gifts for loved ones and looking for things for ourselves. I also had a huge shop in Zara (it’s cheaper here than in the UK).

We didn’t really do much other than shopping, but I just wanted to put this post out there so that you could see the Fontana Di Trevi in the daylight. Once our shopping was wrapped up, we headed back to the hotel and got in our taxi to the airport. Again we opted to get a private taxi simply to avoid the hassle of getting lost, getting on the right train and also because we were feeling quite lazy. I am sure it would’ve been fine catching the train but you know how it is, excuses excuses. At the airport there were a fair few duty free shops, I picked up a pair of sunglasses for myself from Ray-ban and also one for the husband as I hadn’t purchased him anything from Rome. We then quickly dined on our last Roman pizza and caught our plane back home.

As this blog post has been fairly short and you’ve been so patient with reading my blog posts, it is only fair that I share with you a vlog of all 4 days in Rome. I really hope you enjoy it, I’d love your feedback as I have never done a travel diary or travel vlog before so do let me know if this is something you’d like to see more of.

You can watch the vlog [here]

Our stay in Rome was beautiful, although a little exhausting as we packed in so much in 3 days. Would I go again? Yes for sure, but probably not right away. I’d love to travel a little more in other countries and then revisit Rome again one day and reminisce about our very first holiday there together.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the last few posts on our little trip and the vlog, do let me know if I should a post like this again next time we go away. Speak soon! Tanzina x

Our First Night in Rome
Day Two in Rome

Day Three in Rome

Day Three in Rome

Day Three in Rome really took our breath away. If you’ve kept up with the posts you’d know that I haven’t really travelled as much as I would like to. I wanted to see sights in this world that I have only seen through pictures, I wanted to create memories and I wanted tick off destinations that I have only dreamt of. Day three was particularly special to us as it was my birthday so it seemed fit that we had left the best for this day.


The agenda for the day was simple: The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican is the world’s smallest country which completely baffled us, we couldn’t understand how this could be a country but I guess it just is! Just in case you didn’t know, the Vatican is is a walled enclave within the city of Rome, where all the Popes and the current Pope lived/live. Inside the huge stoned walls, you can find the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica which we visited in that order. I feel like using the words ‘breath taking’ over and over again, because I can’t find the words to explain just how stunning everything was. We were just blown away by the history, the art, the details that were surrounding us. I took so many pictures, but as you can predict, it just doesn’t capture the beauty at all as the naked eye does. We literally were walking around in awe.

So we had an English speaking tour booked for the Vatican Museum, this we booked directly through the official website [this one], our tour guide was really knowledgeable and talked us through the Vatican Museum which is also the official home of the Pope. We went from room to room, soaking in all the information and history around us. We asked questions, posed for pictures and just truly lost ourselves in the moment. It is so special, and a sight I would suggest you go see if you ever get the chance to. A paragraph won’t do it justice, so I’m going to stop typing about it, but I suggest you go check out a few videos if the pictures interest you. By the way, you will be blown away by the amazing artists who contributed to the beauty of the Vatican.

Tip: We got really lucky as we went in January so we were able to move around leisurely without it being overcrowded. Try to go in the colder off peak months to truly enjoy your experience.

After the Vatican Museum, we went to the Sistine Chapel, which is connected to the Vatican Museum. Unfortunately no photos are allowed to be taken in the Sistine Chapel but a quick Google search will bring you up lots of pictures. Last time I picked up a paintbrush and did a bit of art work was way back in the days whilst doing my Art GCSE and I feel like my love for art has been reignited just by spending even 10 seconds in the Sistine Chapel. The beautiful artwork of Michealangelo which I have seen in so many textbooks and images, was right in front of me, and all the pictures I have seen could have never prepared me for how grand and how ‘breathtaking’ the real thing was – yes that word again because I can’t think of what else to substitute for the feeling I got. I just sat there, for the longest time, soaking it in and just staring. My husband was ready to move on, but I felt rooted like I couldn’t move, as there was just so much to see. So so much. I was imagining Michealangelo painting the ceiling and being pretty much blinded in the process with the lead in the paint falling into his eyes. I imagined the process of a pope being selected, in the very hall I was sitting in. It is so fascinating. I’d definitely go back again.

After the Sistine Chapel, we went to see the St. Peter’s Basilica which is a renaissance chapel inside the Vatican City. Again, the structure of the chapel was grand, if you are a fan of architecture you are going to be blown away by the very prominent renaissance architecture here. We walked around just marveling at the high ceiling, the pillars and just the million other details that made up the Basilica. I had a goal in mind, climb to the dome of the chapel and experience the view below. I was determined to tick this off my bucket list, even it almost killed me in the process. Not everyone knows this, but it is actually possible to climb to the dome of St. Peter’s, even I wouldn’t have known should I not have researched before hand. There are a lot of stairs to climb, we skipped about 400 of these by paying to use the elevator but we were left to take the remaining 550ish. These are very very narrow, very tiny winding stairs that look like a death trap. It is absolutely exhausting, so claustrophobic and quite scary climbing to the top. (I’ll try upload a vlog about it soon). Eventually after a few breaks, a lot of complaints, we made it to the top. The cold air greeting us was a welcome sensation, and the view of St. Peter’s square was just worth it. Again, pictures don’t capture the beauty, you have to see it to believe it.


After that rather exhausting excursion, we relaxed in St. Peter’s square and watched the sun go down on the square. Then, I had a craving for gelato so off we went to satisfy that craving. We wound down my birthday evening by just relaxing before dinner, which we had at a restaurant close to our hotel. We dined on spicy prawn spaghetti and virgin mojitos.

My 26th birthday turned out to be the most eventful birthday I think I ever had. I feel like it was a once in a lifetime kind of birthday, how often will I be able to spend my special day at the Vatican and all the other special places we visited. It was my first birthday as a married woman, so it was rather special sharing the day solely with my husband. Phones were off, social media silent, just the two of us. It was just beautiful, and I fell asleep that night as the happiest girl in all the lands.   

P.S You can read my other Rome posts here:

Our First Night in Rome
Day Two in Rome