Essie Winter Collection 2017 Review & Swatches

Good morning guys. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you’d know I love Essie nail polishes. I’ve been raving about the brand since I first discovered Essie Mint Candy Apple many years ago, and the love affair is still going strong. I will even go as far to say that they are my favourite nail polish brand. I keep an eye out for their latest collections and keep a lookout for any unique unusual shades they bring out. That being said, of course the Essie Winter Collection 2017 was going to blow my socks away, hell it even had a duo toned shade in it which I just can’t enough of.

The Essie Winter Collection 2017 is a collection of 6 gorgeous nail polishes, all consistent in their outstanding formula. I don’t think I’ve talked much about the Essie nail polish brush before, it’s quite thin compared to other brushes and makes application a dream. Now, let’s talk about the colours before I get on to my favourites from the collection.

Essie On Your Mistletoe

Essie On Your Mistletoe

This is a rich teal blue, dark enough to be winter appropriate, but colourful enough to distract you from the glum and grey weather. It is described as a ‘dense oxford blue’, but the green tones in it definitely makes it lean on the teal side. Applies like a dream, and shines glossy once dried.

Essie New Year, New Hue

This shade is described as a ‘rich magenta purple’, and I’d say that is quite an accurate description. A gorgeous rich plumy shade that again adds a pop of colour to our dull winter days. It looks a tad darker on the nails I find than it does in the bottle, but regardless it is gorgeous. Super shiny on application and I shade I am sure I will get lots of us out of.

Essie Ring in the Bling –

If you are looking for the perfect festive red, then look no further. This is it, a ‘dazzling ruby red, tinged with a light navy blue’. I love the duo tone finish of this colour, and the cool tones added by the blue. It makes your hand look elegant and stylish, yet suitably festive. That shot of gold is really something special.

Essie Be Cherry! –

This is a very ‘me’ shade, I love bright colours on my nail and a red pink is right up my street. I know I have lots of reds in my collection, and lots of pinks, but nothing really like this shade. Described as a ‘crimson red’ this screams a sunny holiday to me. I’m hoping to head to the Caribbean next year (still not 100% confirmed) and I can see myself rocking that over there. That being said, for those that don’t want to opt for the classic red for the Xmas festivities, this would be the perfect shade. Red enough to be classed festive with a bit of a pink kick to make it chic and young and all things beautiful.

Essie Social-Lights –

How do I even begin to describe this shade? Let’s start with Essie’s description ‘a slate grey glistening with amber warmth’. Even the description sounds magical. It has grey base, with beautiful colour shifting shimmer running through it. So unique and a definite show stopper. From the second these polishes landed in my greedy paws, I am been itching to try this beauty out. The camera does the shade absolutely no justice, it needs to be seen in person.

Essie Suit & Tied –

When I saw this shade, I did a mini squeal of excitement, because truth be told, it is quite similar to another Essie shade I have in my collection. It reminds me of Sorrento Yourself which is one of my most loved Essie polishes of ALL time, so to have something similar in my collection was a dream come true. This is a little bit different, a little less peachier. Described as a ‘clean-cut sand beige’ it is the perfect nude for my skin tone. I really just can’t get enough. Of course it goes without saying, the application is easy and beautiful.

I know I was saying I was going to tell you what my favourites are at the end, but my descriptions always screw me over because I find it too hard to hide my feelings. Essie Social-Lights just blew me away, I haven’t actually seen another shade like this, and really the camera does not capture it’s beauty. Go see it in store, and I bet you that you won’t find another shade like it in the entire store. Essie Suit & Tied has also turned out to be a firm favourite, and after seeing how beautiful it looks against my skin tone, I am not surprised. It applies so smoothly and looks so shiny, it really is something special. To my tanned girls out there, pick this up, you’ll thank me later. To the more fairer types, add this to your colour wheel, it will definitely be a unique shade in your nail wardrobe.

These retail for £7.99 and you can pick them up [here] now. Hurry though if you want them in your life, they are limited edition.

I really hope you liked my Essie Winter Collection 2017 review & swatches, the second I laid my eyes on the collection, I knew it would get me writing this blog post. Then I applied the polishes, and I knew this post was inevitable. I am in love, and it may be my favourite Essie collection so far. Every shade is amazing. Let me know which was your favourite. Speak soon, Tanzina

My Best Friend’s Bridal Shower

Hi Guys! Today’s post is about my latest YouTube videos. Some of you may know a while ago, my best friend got married. 29th of October to be exact. I couldn’t let my best friend get away without a decent goodbye, so I threw her an afternoon tea themed goodbye party. She really didn’t want to have a bridal shower, so really this was my way of throwing her a little something without going completely against her wishes. Luckily I knew her well enough, and she really enjoyed it.




I wanted the event to be something simple and easy, but also something that would look pretty as well. eBay was my best friend through the planning process. Honestly, you can get so many lovely decoration pieces for dirt cheap. Here are a few items I picked up:

  • Pale Pink Cupcake boxes [here]
  • Tutu Table Skirt [here]
  • Confetti Balloons [here]
  • Various Decoration pieces [here]

Of course the event was vlogged, but we were having too many conversations and too much fun to actually remember to pick the camera up and vlog. I ended up deciding half way through that I needed to bulk the vlog up a bit and add some more content, so the get together turned into a ‘How well do you know your Best Friend TAG’. I couldn’t have chosen a better day to film that in hindsight, we were really relaxed and in an environment where we could be very honest and not feel at unease that a camera was pointed at our face. I was initially planning on having the tag and the afternoon tea vlog all in one video, but when I saw that the tag was 24 minutes long in footage, I knew that would be quite difficult so I decided to split the video into two. The TAG video will be uploaded in the next few days, so make sure you subscribe to my channel to ensure you don’t miss it. It is not one to be missed, if you wanted to get to know me better, that’s the tag to watch.


You can watch my best friend’s bridal shower [here].

I also recently uploaded a Primark Haul video, I haven’t been the biggest fan of Primark over the past few years but recently that has definitely been changing. I’m starting to spend quite a few pennies in Primark nowadays, so I thought I would share what I picked up on my latest trip.

You can watch that video [here].

As some of you may know, I am getting a little better at posting on YouTube, so if you haven’t subscribed to my channel please do. I’m hoping you are able to get to know me a little better and also learn a few tips and tricks along the way. If you have any video suggestions, I would love to know. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Dorco Razor Review

Good Morning loves! Welcome back to my blog. I have missed this space so much, I feel lately all I have been posting on here are just updates about my latest YouTube video. I miss chatting, and rambling, and talking about the latest products I’ve tried or the most recent look that I’ve created. Today I’m going to trying to get back into the swing of things, starting with a Dorco razor review.

When I first came across the concept of a razor subscription box via Dorco, I kind of kicked myself for not thinking up the idea myself. Who doesn’t need razors and new blades on a regular basis? Well I guess some lucky genetically blessed people don’t, but unfortunately I am not one of those – I fall more on the yeti side. I find replacing blades a little tedious, a) they’re bloody expensive and b) it becomes one of those things that you tell yourself you need to do but then just keep putting it off. I’ll be honest, and as gross as it might be, I am guilty of using a blunt razor for far too long. So when a Dorco box arrived on my doorstep, I felt like I finally found a solution that would make me feel more like an adult rather than a teenager stuck in an adult’s body. A major case of 13 going on 26 over here! It was only yesterday that I bought some back up tooth brushes, a sure sign of adulthood.

Let me tell you a little about Dorco, I don’t want to waffle on too much, but I do want to share the general gist of this brand and product itself. They are a brand that were established is 1955. What they offer is a variety of subscription boxes, which contain a razor handle and a number of blades. You can choose whether to subscribe to the box on a monthly basis or just try a box as a one off. The pack that I had the opportunity to try was one of the value packs. Retailing at just £6.75  for a razor handle and 2 blades, that to me was a good deal.

There isn’t a whole lot I can say about razors, because they aren’t makeup or skin care where there are lots more to say. I will say however that the razor provided a very good shave for me, and it was just as good as any brand I pick up at Boots or Superdrug. I was worried that the razor may be a little flimsy or poorly made but I am happy to report back that is definitely not the case and it is nice and solid. Overall, would I be purchasing the subscription box myself? The answer is yes, the price and convenience is too good to pass up.

The subscription you can opt into is for the following:

For £5.45 a month you can get 4 blades a month delivered directly to your front door and that includes free shipping too. The first month is currently £1 and will also include the razor handle. You can pick it up [here].

For me, the price is really good. 4 blades a month is a bit of overkill for me as I shave approximately once a week, so what I personally would do is stock up a few months’ worth of the boxes and then cancel my subscription once I had quite a few backups. When my stock begins to dwindle again, I would just re-subscribe and keep repeating the process.

That is it for my thoughts on Dorca. I hope you have liked my Dorco razor review, and don’t forget there a lot more options of razor blade combos on the Dorco website (here) so be sure to check that out. I feel quite good about the fact that I finally made an appearance here on the blog, so hopefully you will be hearing more from me. Speak soon, Tanzina x

A Bengali Bride: My Engagement Vlog

Hi loves! Another vlog for you and this one is my engagement vlog. I’ve promised this for you years ago (well at least a year ago) so I finally have delivered on that promise. A little late no doubt, but I hope you still enjoy it regardless. In this vlog you’ll get to see a teensy bit behind the scene of my engagement but for more details please do check out my Bengali Bride series.

My Engagement Vlog

You can watch my vlog [here].

Please do let me know if you enjoyed this video and would like to see more like it. I still have my Bridal Shower and Hen Do footage to edit and upload, so let me know if that is something you would like to see. Oh, don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already and give the video a like! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Wedding Guest Makeup Look + Hair Tutorial

On my social media I get quite a lot of requests for a Wedding Guest makeup look, so today I finally have one for you. Being Bengali, I attend a lot of weddings, and Asian wedding guests tend to wear a lot more makeup than the average western wedding attender. I usually do make effort for the weddings I attend and I try and show my look on Instagram hence why I get requests for tutorials of the looks I created. Today’s look is one that will go with most Asian outfits, especially as nowadays people tend to wear outfits with gold accents over silver accents.

If you aren’t from Southern Asia, and are thinking wow that is a lot of makeup for someone else’s wedding, and you’d be right to think that, but I guess we tend to go a little overboard with these things and it’s become a part of our culture. I think it is a trend that isn’t likely to go away any time soon. So now on to the makeup look, as it is a tutorial, I will let the video do the talking for me but you’ll find a list of the products I used below:

Products Used

Yes To Carrots Day Moisturiser
Soap And Glory Brow Archery Pencil in Dark Chocolate
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer in Nude
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette (Limited Edition)
Jouer Skinny Dip Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveller Palette (Limited Edition)
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil
Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Liner
L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara
EX1 Invisiwear Foundation in 10.0
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunkissed
Becca Blush in Amaretto
Fenty Highlighter in Hustla Baby
Primark Lip Liner in Red Velvet
Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Dolce K
Kiss Lashes in Peony

The eBay Brush Sets I use:

Set 1 – White Handle
Set 2 – Black + Rose Gold Handle
Set 3 – Pink Handle 
Set 4 – Rose Gold Handle

Click (here) to watch the video

I should apologise to you guys because I am so quiet on here. I don’t think I’ve been in the right mind frame and I’ll be honest, my motivation is sucking. If I want to carry on doing this for the rest of my life, I really need to pull my socks up. I am hoping to upload a few YouTube videos soon so keep an eye out for those, and remember to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the latest videos.

Thank you so much for watching my Wedding Guest Makeup Look video, as always I’d love any feedback you have. Would you like more videos like these? Don’t forget to subscribe, like, comment and all those lovely things. Speak soon! Tanzina x