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

New Video: March Favourites

Hi loves, I’ve been quite quiet over the past week over here, simply because I have so much going on in my personal life. However I have quite a few posts lined up that I am really looking forward to sharing with you. Today I have a new video for you, I have finally turned on my camera after a week break and filmed my March Beauty Favourites. This month hasn’t been as experimental are others, I’ve been using some of my firm favourites over and over.

March Favourites

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I hope you liked this video, I think I have an unboxing video coming up next so keep your eyes peeled for that. Like I said I have quite a lot going on in my personal life at the moment, however I will try and vlog and let you guys know as much as I can. Make sure you follow me on Instagram to find out what I am up to.

If you haven’t yet subscribed to me, please do! And I would love more video suggestions. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Current Hair Favourites

I don’t often talk about my hair here, as I don’t really like my hair. I have quite long hair, I’d say around 18″ but I don’t love it as it can be dull and is really thin at the ends. My hair is quite limp, lacklustre and I’m not very good at hair so I don’t ever really do anything with it. However recently, I have been making a little more effort with it, so I thought I would share my current hair favourites with you all as they are slowly but surely changing my hair game. I’m starting to feel a little more optimistic, and have been admiring the shine my hair is now holding. Maybe practise will finally help me achieve hair I am proud of.

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GHD V Red

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Hair Tools

This is an easy one, I am still using the same hair tools I have been using for the past five years plus. I didn’t really blow dry my hair, unless I was in a rush, but recently I have been taking the time to actually blow dry my hair and wow, I have really noticed a difference. My hair is a lot more shinier and softer, and of course a lot less frizzy. I am still learning how to blow dry my hair properly, as I have really long hair it can be a bit of a pain, but I am sure if I keep doing it often I will find a way that works for me. The hairdryer I used is the Professional Hair Dryer from Collexia, it was pricey when I first bought it but it has lasted me years and is very effective. It was actually recommended to me at a salon, where they seem to know what they were talking about.

My straighteners are a necessity, I get lots of weird crimps and kinks in my hair and also nothing can provide the sleekness I get from straightening my hair. I have the GHD V in Red (which they no longer sell unfortunately) and I love it, again it has lasted me years and once they break/stop working, I will definitely pick up another pair of GHDs.

TIGI S-FACTOR HEALTH FACTOR SHAMPOO

TIGI S-FACTOR HEALTH FACTOR CONDITIONER

TIGI BED HEAD COLOUR GODDESS MIRACLE TREATMENT MASK

Shampoos, Conditioners and Masks

I’ve been trialling TIGI Health Factor Shampoo and Conditioner for a couple of months now, I am onto my second bottle of shampoo already and I have been loving it. I have noticed it increases shine in my hair even on days I don’t blow dry, and I’ll be honest I am slightly addicted to how it smells. My BF has even noticed the scent in my hair and commented on it. I’ve also been using the conditioner that goes along with it which makes my hair feel really soft and again, smells delicious.

For masks, I of course had to mention my much loved Macadamia Deep Repair Masque. This is just the best mask I’ve ever used, there is a noticeable silky difference in my hair each and every time I use it. I cannot recommend it enough. Since the TIGI Health Factor was such a hit with me I’ve recently started using their Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle mask. I dye my hair jet black every few months so my hair can get a little dry due to that so I thought this might be quite effective as it is aimed at colour treated hair. I have noticed it makes my hair feel moisturised, and it is nice to switch up my hair masks every now and then. I’m going to keep using this to see if I reap any long time benefits.

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Hair Oils/Serums

I struggle with a lot of fly away hairs and frizziness so I have been using hair oils and serums for years now. I find it does make a difference in reducing frizz and increasing shine. My favourite serum is the John Frieda Frizz Ease Thermal Serum, which has thermal heat protection. I don’t use a separate hair protection, I know I really should, so using this subconsciously makes me feel better as I know I’m putting some hair protection in. This is also quite thick so you only need a tiny bit, and quite good for minimising fly aways.

For hair oils, I have been using Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil for a few years now. It too does increase the shine in my hair, and makes my hair feel really soft and less frizzy. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy, and it doesn’t weigh it down either. I’ve recently been trying out the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment and this too has been really good. I know I have been using the some of these products for years so I think I will be testing new products soon. I’m really interested in trying out the Moroccan Oil Treatment, so if I do pick this up I will let you know.

I hope you liked my current hair favourites, I am definitely not a hair expert, but my hair is something I want to make more of an effort with this year. I would love to hear recommendations or products you’ve tried that works for you. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Favourite Blogs and Vlogs

I’ve realised that I have never really spoken about blogs I read regularly and YouTube channels I always watch. I read blogs all the time and am constantly refreshing my YouTube subscription feeds, so I thought today I would talk about some of my favourites and tell you all why I love them so much. I think it is always nice to spread the love and let other people discover your favourites too. Some of these, if not all, you most probably have come across before as they are very well known, but if you haven’t I hope you come to love them as much as I do.

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Makeup Savvy

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I have been reading Makeup Savvy for years and years and years. It was actually one of the very first blogs I ever read, before I even knew the term ‘blog’ existed! Over time I have actually got to know the writer, Fee, but I promise I have loved her blog long before I knew her. All the posts are so well put together, and the photography inspires me every time I read a post. She has so many interesting posts, and has an opinion I actually trust. I have gone on to buy so many recommendations she has made, and loved them just like she promised. Not only that, Fee is a fountain of tips and tricks and is always willing to help where she can. If you were interested in blogging, she has so many posts on the topic – with both the plus and not so great points to it too. I actually have gotten a lot of pointers from her photography posts so if you are into photography I would suggest you check them out. Even though I am subscribed to Makeup Savvy on Bloglovin’, every time I am in the mood to read a blog I am so used to typing the address into my address bar and going onto it that way. I guess it has become a habit over time and I am always pleased to find a post I haven’t yet read.

The Londonerthelondoner

Talking about typing a blog address straight in, this is another one where I do that too. I love Rosie’s blog, it is what dreams are made of. No, literally, my dreams are of food and travelling and her blog is full to the brim of that kind of content. Her blog has so many beautiful photographs of exotic locations, and mouth watering food. I have become more of a foodie over the last few years and I have tried out many of Rosie’s recipes and they have all turned out delicious. She describes food so well and has added many restaurants to my must visit list. I also love her Anti-Diet philosophy and often go back to read it again. If you love fashion, beauty, food and the look of exotic locations then The Londoner is a must read.

Vivianna Does Makeupviviannadoesmakeup

I love Anna’s blog and her channel, but I especially love reading her blog posts. I love how she words things, her personailty really shines through from the way she writes, and that really is something I would love to emulate. She has a really good sense of humour and feels really relatable, and I love her taste in home decor especially. She recently bought apothecary drawers (see post here) for her beauty bits, and even though I have no space for it now, I really want to buy it as I know I need it in my future dream house. I just can’t risk it not being available later on! I saw her a few weeks back at the Eylure Fleur lashes event and I really wish I went over and told her how much I love her blog/channel because I think it is always nice to let someone know that you love their work right? Next time!

Jaclyn Hilljaclynhill

I feel like Jaclyn is actually one of my friends, she just has that kind of personality. I absolutely adore everything about this girl despite not knowing her at all, she is so fun and hilarious to watch with amazing makeup skills. Her makeup looks are to die for and she seems so loveable as well, such a killer combination. Whilst watching her videos I actually laugh out loud, which I dont do very often over beauty videos. She is of course the lady behind Becca Champagne Pop highlighter which I need oh so much. If you havent watched one of her videos yet, do it and you will probably be as hooked as I am. I found her through Instagram, so you might want to follow her there too.

Chloe Morellocloemorello

From the shore of the US to Australia. Chloe is an Australian beauty who is just so stunning in my opinion. Although that isnt the sole reason why I watch her, she has really good makeup tips and tricks, including one genius video about pantyliners (if you havent seen that yet, find it here). She too has a really nice personality which I think is a must on all social media platforms especially YouTube. I have been watching her for a few years now and I love the makeup looks she creates, she is very talented. I also love her Australian accent, I often try to imitate it but I fail pretty spectacularly.

Samantha – Batalash Beautybatalashbeauty

Samantha from Batalash Beauty is a super talented makeup artist that I found through Instagram, where she is huge. She is someone I have been watching for about a year now, and again she has a pretty awesome personality along with amazing makeup skills. She is actually quite an inspiration as she is very young, I believe she is around 22, but she has chased her dreams and done really well for herself. She has a blunt, straight cut attitude to life, which I like because she doesnt beat around the bush when it comes to discussing topics. There is so much you can learn from watching her videos because she explains her makeup process really well. Although she is more of a recent find, she has become a firm favourite of mine and I think she may become one of yours too.

 I have so many other channels and blogs I love, but if I started listing them all I would be here all day. I think I should make this a regular feature and do it every couple of months or so, as I think it so nice to just spread the love. Let me know some of your favourite blogs and vlogs in the comments and I will make sure to check them out. Tanzina x

My Makeup Removal Holy Grail

Hi loves! I get asked about skin care quite often and today thought I would share with you all some of my holy grail items. I literally feel like I could not live the life I lead without them, as if I didn’t have them my eye makeup tendencies would have to be dramatically reduced.  I feel like it has been forever since I have blogged but I do have some sort of excuse, kind of! I have created two posts ready to go live but I can’t seem to find time within daylight hours to take pictures. One of them is a foundation post and I thought I better show that in daylight because you can’t really get a good representation in indoor lighting. But without much further ado let us get on to my holy grail items.

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Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover: I believe this is a Boots owned brand that you can’t get anywhere else (sorry if you can’t get hold of it!). This is a duo phase eye makeup remover that I use on a daily basis  (when I wear eye makeup) to get rid of tough mascara residue and all kinds of eye makeup including glitter. To be honest if this was discontinued I could grudgingly make do with another brand, such as the Bodyshop Camomile Eye Makeup Remover, but this is definitely my favourite and I don’t like to be without it. It breaks down makeup really well, doesn’t hurt my eyes or sting them and is quick and easy. It is also extremely affordable at £3.99 when on full price but usually there are offers around the Botanicals range. I picked three up last week half price at £1.99 (at time of publishing this post, it is still half price!). Find it here.

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Boots Cotton Wool Double Faced Pad: Now these I cannot live without. I love how the cotton pad is seamed together which means the layers don’t separate, and I love the two textured sides. They are perfect for using with my makeup removers and usually one large pad is enough for both my eyes. If I use the smaller ones, as I sometimes prefer to do, I use up two pads. Now I think Bodyshop have similar ones but I have never tried it because it was pricier than these beauties. I pick the large cotton pads up for £1.89 and the smaller ones are the same price. However 80% of the time it is buy one, get second half price. With Bodyshop ones priced at £2.50 I have no reason to look elsewhere. You can pick it up here.

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Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Solution: Ah my beloved Bioderma, my favourite discovery. Coincidentally I found this and my favourite person in the whole wide world the same summer, a summer I remember fondly. I use this as a makeup remover pre-cleanse, it takes away any oily residue left over from the eye makeup remover, and easily breaks down concealer, blush, lipstick etc. I find it  very refreshing, and it pretty much removes all makeup. I still cleanse using my Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm just to deep clean my skin but my flannel usually comes up clean. I have lost count of how many bottles I have been through, and I usually always have a back up ready. That reminds me, need to pick up a back up! You can pick up Bioderma Créaline H2O Micelle Solution 2 x 500ml for £22.10, bargain!

I hope you liked a little peek into my makeup removal routine, it is one that took trial and error to perfect and now I am really happy with it. Talking about things I am happy with, I recently updated the look of my blog and this is my first official post on the new design. I hope you like it! It is pink and girly but I think I like it. I was going to opt for black and I might eventually but I like it having a little more colour. Let me know what you think! Speak soon, Tanzina x