Anastasia Eye Shadow Look: Icy Blue

Hi loves, life has been a little hectic recently and I just haven’t found the time to put together a post. Normally I am quite harsh on myself when that happens, but this time I decided to relax and just write when I’m ready, I hope you don’t mind!

If you’ve read my blog for a while you know I have a lot of time for Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I’ve been using them for years, and some of the brands products have become my holy grail items. I absolutely love the shadows especially and have several shadow palettes in my collection. Today I thought I would create an Anastasia eye shadow look with a bit of colours as I have been pretty boring and neutral as of late. The look I came up with is an icy blue one that reminds me a little of the movie Frozen.

Anastasia Eye Shadow Look

I thought I would focus on the eye makeup rather than the whole look as it can get really lengthy writing all the steps I took to create the look. I actually mixed and matched the shadows between the Anastasia Shadow Couture and Tamanna palette, but as the shadows are sold individually you can pick the shadows up by themselves. Unfortunately you will have to pay for shipping from the Anastasia website, as the single pans aren’t yet available in the UK, but hopefully they will head over soon. I can hope!

Here is a list of the products I used:

Brows:

Eye Look:

Anastasia Eye Shadow Look

Anastasia Eye Shadow Look

 As always I started with brows and applied by brow products. Once my brows were done I cleaned up underneath with the Anastasia concealer and then applied UD Eden Primer Potion all over my lid. My go to base shadow is now Fresh, which I have actually hit pan on. I applied that all over the eye area as a base shade. I then went straight into the blue shadows, initially applying Venezia into my crease and then Azure on the outer V to darken it. I kept blending till there was a nice fade, and then I went back in with Fresh under the brows to highlight.

Next I decided to use an eyeliner pencil I had been neglecting for a while. I had purchased a few black Up eye liner pencils as they seemed really pigmented and creamy but as I had been opting for more neutral eye looks, my pencils were going unloved. I decided to use No.10, a beautiful bright blue on my waterline and lower lash line. Once I applied it onto my bottom lash line, I went over it with Venezia to set it. Finally, to finish off the look I applied mascara, liquid liner and false lashes. The lashes I opted for are a very dramatic pair from the Eylure Vegas Nay collection called Grand Glamour. I really wanted something dramatic, to draw attention to the eye look and I think these lashes delivered that.

Anastasia Eye Shadow Look

 I really enjoyed using colour again, and I do love how this look turned out. Yes, blue eyeshadow isn’t something I would wear every day but I think I might start trying to inject colour back into my life by wearing a colourful eye look at least once a week. The 18 year old me would be so disappointed at how boring the 24 year old me has turned out! I hope you liked this post, if you have any colour combinations you would like to see, just let me know. Tanzina x

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

Hi loves, whilst it is still available I thought I would give you an Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler review and also give you a quick peek. Anastasia palettes are usually limited edition and sell out so quickly, so I thought I would do a show and tell of my palette in case you were still debating whether to pick it up or not.

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

This packaging for this palette is Anastasia’s usual sturdy cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. I find the packaging to be perfect as it is not too bulky and does enough to protect the product inside. I have travelled with my palettes many times and have not yet had a cracked or chipped shadow, and it also has a handy mirror inside. As with all other palettes this comes with a dual ended shadow brushes.

The colours themselves are very warm toned, with some jewel tone shades thrown in. I am an absolute sucker for a warm toned palette, so I needed to pick this one up. It contains 12 shades, with a mixture of matte and satin, and a few with shimmer running through them. The size of the pans of shadows aren’t huge, which may be disappointing for some, however I’d rather have many slightly smaller pans rather than a few big ones. I still haven’t finished a pan of shadow from any of my other palettes either. Luckily Anastasia does also sell shadows individually so there is a chance that you can find your favourites as an individual on her website (here). Unfortunately individual shadows aren’t sold in the UK yet, however I do hope they come over soon.

Now let’s look at the swatches:

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Review

From left to right we have – Soft Peach: a neutral, flesh-toned being with a matte finish, Morocco: a warm, desert sand (matte), Heirloom: a shimmering aubergine hue with a satin finish, Bellini: a sophisticated gold-toned peach (satin), Pink Champagne: a cool, glimmering mauve with a metallic finish and Chic: a sophisticated grey-taupe (satin).

All the shadows bar one are very pigmented, especially Pink Champagne which has an almost foil finish to it. The one lacking in pigmentation is Soft Peach, which is a very light matte shadow, however it is effective for blending and also as a transition shade. I personally like it for under my brows and blending other shades out but those looking to use this on their lid as a strong colour will be disappointed. My favourites from this row are Morocco which is just stunning and Pink Champagne.

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Again from left to right we have – Spoiled: Gold-flecked peach with a metallic finish, Fudge: Rich, chocolate brown with an ultra-matte finish, Azure: Vibrant blue with a metallic finish, Intense Gaze: Bronzed pink with a satin finish, Metallic: Brassy gold with a metallic finish and Noir: Deep carbon black with an ultra-matte finish.

Again we have one shadow which disappoints slightly, which is Spoiled, as it isn’t as pigmented as I would like it to be and also has some large specks of glitter in it. However that one shadow aside, the rest I love especially Fudge and Noir which are extremely pigmented. I’ve used Noir before, it is the richest black I have ever used. I also really like Intense Gaze as warm pinks are hard to come by and this will work really well as a lid colour for a warm smokey eye.

Whilst stocks last – you can pick it up here for £23

Overall I love this palette, Anastasia does put together palettes really well and although one shadow wasn’t up to my expectation I have still managed to find use for it as a slight wash of colour on my lids. I adore the Ultra-Matte finish shadows so much, I really wish she would launch a matte palette soon. This palette is really up my street with its warm tones and pigmented shades, I’ve already been wearing it every day. I think it is my favourite palette so far, although the Amrezy palette comes pretty close! I am so glad I picked this one up. Let me know if you would like me to do some makeup looks, and if so, with which colours? I hope you liked my Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler review ,Tanzina x

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette

Hi, today I have a makeup palette to share with you all that I am rather excited about. It’s actually from a brand I have been meaning to try for such a long time and now finally I’ve had the chance to. The brand is of course Too Faced. This little palette has been getting a lot of use from me and I’ve decided it is about time I share it with you all. 

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette uk

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette review

This is the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette, a little palette full of neutral shades. I’ve actually had this and the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette come into my life around the same time and the fact I have been using this over the Urban Decay is very telling. I’ve been pretty much using this every makeup day for the past two weeks and I’ve had enough of a go on it to form an opinion. Let’s start with the packaging; I love how dinky it is and how quirky the packaging for the brand is. It is housed in a strong cardboard (I believe?) palette, which is very sturdy and easy to travel with if needed. It looks really pretty on the eye and comes equipped with makeup idea cards for those looking for inspiration. I would say the packaging is pretty much perfect other than the fact that it doesn’t come with a mirror for those who prefer to use palette mirrors. I personally don’t mind as I’ve become used to using a vanity mirror, but it is always convenient to have a mirror come with.

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette swatches

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette

Now on to the eye shadows, it comes equipped with three matte shades (result!) and the rest of the seven are a mix between shimmer and satin shades. There are three large highlighting shades and the rest are really pigmented colour shadows. As this was my first introduction to Too Faced, I wasn’t sure what to expect when it comes to shadow pay off – I had heard great things but I had never swatched so I was really in the dark. I have been pleasantly surprised, the colour pay off is so good, minimal fall out and the shadows are silky so easy to use and blend. I love the colour selection too, there is a matte cream colour (Heaven) to blend and highlight with, a taupe matte brown (Velvet Revolver) to use for transition and blend with and a dark brown shade (Sexspresso) to deepen and smoke out with. The other two highlight shades, Silk Teddy a satin shade and Nude Beach a shimmer shade are perfect for highlighting the inner corner and also for a slight shimmer to highlight the brow bone.

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette uk

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette uk

In the last few years, I really have become a neutral shade lover, I usually stick to the shades mentioned above and that is me done for eye shadow but on days I have been wearing a tad bit more colour Push-Up has been my colour of choice every single time. It is the perfect pink for me, nothing too bright but the right shade to compliment my brown eyes. I also sometimes use Cocoa Puff to deepen the outer V. I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t really played around too much with the other shades- why fix something that isn’t broke?! However I think I will give them a go this week as they do look really pretty on the swatches.

Overall I am really really impressed with my first introduction with Too Faced Cosmetics, this palette is perfect for all natural shade lovers and a perfect addition to my many many neutral palettes. The palette also comes with a sample of Too Faced Shadow Insurance, an eyeshadow primer that has been raved over worldwide – I do need to get round to using it! If you’ve been contemplating trying Too Faced like me, I’d highly recommend trying it. I’ve already got my eyes on a few more bits and pieces from the brand! I’m tempted to create a Youtube look with this palette this weekend, let me know if you would like to see that. You can pick the palette up here for £29.00. Until next time loves, have a great day. Tanzina x

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NYX Wicked Dreams Palette

I have a quick little post for you today, featuring as you can tell from the title a NYX palette. I already order products from the UK NYX website however NYX has become even more available for us UK beauty lovers as it has entered NEXT stores nationwide. Today I have the Wicked Dreams Palette for you all with swatches and all!

NYX Wicked Dreams

nyx wicked dreams uk

nyx wicked dreams palette

This eyeshadow palette contains 24 shadows, with a mixture of satin, matte and shimmer finishes. It’s quite a dinky little palette, around the size of a Sleek eyeshadow palette however it holds lots more shades than I expected. The packaging itself is quite sturdy and would be great for travel especially as it has a great selection of neutral shadows to suit all your shadow needs. Now onto the colour payoff, I would say I would definitely pair these shadows with an eyeshadow base for optimal colour pay off and overall the shadows are of very good quality and the pigmentation is rich. However there are one or two misses, but nothing too significant that would put me off purchasing the palette. Without much further ado lets get on to the swatches.

nyx wicked dreams palette

nyx wicked dreams palette

nyx wicked dreams palette

The first two colours on the second row, the gorgeous glittering navy and the deep matte black really caught my attention. I can imagine them creating a beautiful shimmery smokey eye for a new years party. The last two on the last row also make me go ooh, a beautiful teal colour and a stunning bronze that would look beautiful paired together.

The palette I believe retails for £15 and is available in selected Next stores nationwide. You can also browse other NYX sets on the NEXT website here. I think the palette would be great for someone who wanted to try the range out and also someone who wanted a great selection of colours in an easy travel friendly palette. I should be doing a giveaway with this palette and other NYX goodies so keep an eye out for that in the New Year!

I hope you enjoyed today’s quick post, I’m trying to cram in gift ideas before Christmas so  hope this post was helpful. Until next time lovelies, have an amazing day! Tanzina x

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Gift Idea: Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette with Swatches

Today I thought I would do the first of my Christmas gift ideas post and this one features a very pretty palette. Some of you may already now I was lusting after the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette, and with the aid of a few well placed hints and strategic nudges it found its way to my graduation presents pile. Despite the heavy hint dropping I was still really surprised to be gifted this and very relieved that they didn’t mix it up with Vice 1 which I already have! Today I am opening it up, swatching and sharing my thoughts on it.

urban decay vice 2

urban decay vice 2

urban decay vice 2

Now firstly the packaging, I loved everything about the last Vice palette except the rubbery NARS-esque finish to it and was really happy to see this one lacked that finish. Other than that it is exactly the same, it opens with the same swish motion, comes with the same duo ended brush and is equipped with the huge mirror. The outside packaging is a plastic purple marble style look with a glitzy UD symbol on it. I love how sleek it is, not bulky at all and not too heavy either. Packaging wise, it is 5 stars from me.

urban decay vice 2

urban decay vice 2 eyeshadows

Now on to the eyeshadows themselves, in my opinion Urban Decay have one of the very best eyeshadow formula. They are so creamy, pigmented and really easy to blend. Individually buying the shadows can get pricey which why I almost always pick up the palettes as it works out to be better value for money. This palette retails for £42.00 which works out to be £2.1 per shadow – in my eyes a bargain! The palette contains 20 exclusive shades made up of mattes, shimmers and metallics. Lets get swatching!

urban decay vice 2 swatches

The first row is mostly made up of neutral shades, and probably the row which will get the most wear from me.  We have Dope (warm champagne satin), Toxic (metallic copper-pink shimmer w/tonal micro-glitter), Habit (light nude matte), Ambush (metallic brown satin) and Rewind (medium brown matte). The matte shades are so creamy, and I always whoop when I see a matte shade in an UD palette. I’m realy looking forward to working with Toxic as pinks like that work well with brown eyes.

urban decay vice 2 swatch

Next row up contains more shimmery gem stones shades, some with glitter and some not. Radar (metallic brown shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Damaged (bright metallic emerald shimmer), Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer w/iridescent purple micro-glitter), Betrayal (bright purple satin w/blue shift) and Derailed (medium metallic taupey-brown). I love this row also, the emerald green shade is stunning and I can see myself using quite a bit on Asian makeup clients. One of my favourite shades is in this row, can you guess which?

Urban decay vice 2 swatches

The pigmentation on this row didn’t show up too well on camera, however they are just as rich as the others. We have Prank (deep navy matte w/turquoise floating pearl), Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer w/blue micro-glitter), Strike (antique gold shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Stash (deep olive green shimmer w/iridescent micro-sparkle), Poison (charcoal satin). Another one of my favourite shades is in this row but I wish I included Madness in to my favourites now. It’s such a beautiful blue.

urban decay vice 2 palette swatches

Now the final row. This row has some absolute beauties and a bit of a miss too. We have Smokeout (dark taupey-black satin), Lovesick (black matte w/iridescent micro-glitter), Shellshock (bright metallic silver), Coax (medium metallic pink w/golden iridescent micro-sparkle), X-Rated (baby pink satin). I love some of the colours here a lot however was slightly dissapointed in Lovesick as its not as pigmented as the rest. I guess for a less strong smokey eye this would work well, hey every cloud has a silver lining!

urban decay vice 2 swatches

I thought I would limit myself to four favourites, in my head I was thinking if I had to make a quad what colours would I choose? I chose the shades due to their uniqueness, these four shades were unlike anything I had come across before. First up the beautiful gemstone shade Betrayal, it’s multifaced with a duotone finish, I adore it. Next is Shellshock which is almost like liquid silver, it’s so opaque and creamy and just glides like butter. The same thing can be said for Coax, the finish for both of these are very similar and I cannot wait to create looks with it. And finally Prank – the camera does not do this shade justice. It’s a deep navy matte with turquoise shimmer running through it, so rich, so pigmented and just beautiful. Sigh.

The palette retails for £42.00 and it is limited edition so if you wanted to bag it or yourself or as a gift I would highly recommend picking it up as soon as possible. You can find it here at Debenhams online.

That is it for today’s post, it is a picture heavy one but with a palette this beautiful it deserves as many pictures taken of it as possible! I am an extremely happy bunny to receive this beauty, it definitely has a safe happy home with me and I will be bringing you looks I create with this as soon as I can. Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss those posts! Hit that button below & until next time have a great day. Tanzina x

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