Luxury to Bargain: A/W Berry Lips

Berry lips seems to be a reoccurring trend every Autumn and Winter, and this year is no difference. A deeper red lip for the cold season is as predictable as glitter nails for Christmas and I thought I would share some of my favourite picks with you all. I have bright offerings to a really dark bold lip, and also luxury offerings to an absolute bargain… read on to find out more.

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I thought I would start with a descending order, starting from the most expensive to the cheapest.

tom ford black orchid lipstick

tom ford black orchid lipstick

I introduce to you Tom Ford Black Orchid. This is the deepest of the berry reds in this post, a true deep red that translate a more brown toned berry in person. It does appear more darker in person but the tones of berry red in it are still visible. I like to dab this shade on to get a tint of colour but I think of late I have gotten braver and wear more bolder looks so I might be turning to this lipstick more often. It applies opaque. Usually these lipsticks retail at an eye watering £36.00 but I think this shade has become discontinued as I can no longer find it online!

sheseido rd304

shiseido rd304

Next we have Shiseido 304 also known as Sweet Pea, its  a gorgeous red with a white shimmer running through it. It is true to colour from tube to lips and is extremely comfortable to wear. This is a lipstick I have gotten a lot of wear out of  and it retails for £22.00. You can pick it up here.

benefit wild card

benefit wild card

This is Benefit’s Wild Card, a true berry red colour for the A/W season. It reminds me of berry reds you see around the Christmas season. It’s from the Full Finish range which means the colour applies really opaque and it has a moisturising sheen finish to it rather than a matte finish. Oh wow, I just checked online and this lipstick range is currently half price! What a bargain, usually this retails for £14.00 and is now here for £7.00. The silky finish range is also on sale, my favorite shade is Nice Knickers.

bourjois 77 rouge casual

bourjois lipstick

This much worn shade is Bourjois 77 Rouge Casual which is a smidgen brighter than the Benefit offering. Again a moisturising lipstick which is ideal for the colder seasons and the lipstick itself applies opaque and smoothly without tugging on the lips.  This definitely falls on the more affordable side of things, as you can easily pick it up from Superdrug or Boots however it still is a bit of a  pinch at £7.99. Bourjois have recently repackaged their lipsticks so I am not sure if this available but it is worth having a look anyway.

carmex berry

carmex berry

Finally we have Carmex Moisture Plus in Berry, the most affordable and actually my most worn of the selection today. This provides a sheer tint of colour to the lip leaving a very moisturised feeling to the lips. I’ve already gone through one of these this season already, it’s the easiest way of adding colour to the lip, adding moisture and care alongside it. It really is worth the £4.29 price tag it comes with and I can see myself purchasing this over and over again. You can pick this up at Superdrugs, Boots, pharmacies etc.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, I haven’t really been posting much recently I’m not really sure as to why but I will try and get back on the posting more regular bandwagon. I hope you have all been okay, I don’t think much has changed in my life so nothing new to report! Ooh I have dyed my hair after around 4 years, I have decided to go a lighter brown but it hasn’t turned out as light as I would like. I might just keep it as it is as I am already missing my dark hair, it really bought my features out more! Have a lovely day and do remember to follow me on Bloglovin.! Tanzina x

New Carmex Goodies – Handbag Must Haves

Hi you. Today I thought I’d share with you the beauty(ish) item I’ve recently been reaching most for, something that quite obviously has become a handbag and pocket must have. You can tell from the title that it’s some new Carmex goodies so I have pictures and thoughts to share with you all. 

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I introduce you to the latest additions to the Carmex family, these gorgeous smelling Carmex Ultra Moisturising Click Sticks. These come in three amazing smelling flavours, Vanilla for those who like a sweet smelling scent and fruity Lime and Pomegranate for those who like a more juicier kick to their lips. Now I dislike fruity perfumes, fruity bath products but more some reason I love fruity tastes on my lips. Probably because I can sort of get away with eating the products a little bit!

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I find that this range of Carmex products has hands down become my favourite, previous to loving the Ultra Moisturising Click Sticks my favourite were the tubes due to convenience but with this you seem to  be able to slather on lots of product and it feels like it moisturises my lips much more than the tube. Probably because I wasn’t applying enough, I’m not really much of a trigger/squeeze happy person and was probably being a little stingy with applying fro the tube. For every day lip balm this has become my absolute favourite discovery, it’s the perfect consistency. Dr Lipp Nipple Cream still remains my favourite luxury balm, but it’s not really day time material, as you may already know it’s a part of my night routine.

The Click Sticks contain Vitamin E and Aloe which help prevent premature ageing and the Aloe helps with soothing. They glide on really well, really silky and they’re really addictive because I keep reaching for it as I love the feel of these on my lips. They also contain SPF 15 which is a bonus as it means my lips remain protected.

So what’s my favourite?

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That’s so easy, I absolutely love the Lime Twist flavour, I’m a huge fan of Lime in food and it’s still true when it comes to lip products. I love the scent in this, and the tingly feeling you get when it’s applied. I love adding lime/lemon juice to food and I adore Virgin Mojitos so it was obvious that this flavour was going to be my top pick. As you can see, I’ve already got a back up for when I run out of the one I’m using right now.

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I haven’t quite given up my little tub of Carmex however. I still have it and still use it. See I’m a little bit weird in the sense I don’t just apply balms to my lips, I also apply it to cracked skin and cuticles depending on my mood. For some reason I’m not comfortable with applying  fruit flavours to those areas, although I’m sure it’s perfectly safe to. I apply the tub Carmex to the sides of my nose because the winter really makes those areas sore. However I tend to only do that when I’m home otherwise my weird-ness would be exposed to the world! With the tub I find I can apply a really thick layer of Carmex on my lips – again something I would only do indoors! For everything else, like outdoor trips and on the go moments the Click Sticks are absolutely perfect.

The Ultra Moisturising Click Sticks are priced at £3.25

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, let me know what flavour you would go for! Tanzina x

Lippy Lovin’: Winter Brights

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I was just about to type that the winter season usually has me reaching for bright colours for my lips to contend with the dreary weather however if truth be told, I always reach for a bright colour – winter or not! But one thing I definitely do look for in lip products in the winter particularly is super hydrating, moisturising lip products and I tend to avoid matte colours as they really do dry yours lips out. So today’s post is about two lip products that I’ve been enjoying, that aren’t matte but are bright.

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The first one is something I’ve cheekily been able to get hold of prior to it’s release in January. This is the Avon Perfect Kiss Lipstick in Make Out Red which is a gorgeous buttery bright pink with hints of red, it is so flattering and so moisturising. It’s a nourishing lipstick which is keeping my lips happy as they tend to get quite picky in the winter when it comes to liking lippie products.

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As you can see from the pictures above, the lipstick has quite a glossy moisturising finish and is really bright. I think the daylight also washed my skin colour out, it makes it look like I have a black and white effect going on in the picture but I promise I don’t! I was able to preview you the whole range of the Perfect Kiss lipsticks, there are 24 shades of lovely colours from brights to nudes however automatically it was Make Out Red that just popped out to me. From trying this lipstick, I would definitely recommend the range and for those wondering when it will be out, they will be released in January 2013 for £8.50.

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This next product is the Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in 08 Bitten Berry and it is a much less maintenance product compared to the Avon lippie. It’s one of those lip products that you don’t really need to be super careful with when applying and I usually touch up on this even when I am on the move, on the tube or walking. However it really adds a pop of colour, it’s like a red plum which is quite deep so quite fitting for the winter season. It is much more sheer than the lipstick above, however it is also more hydrating. It contains shea butter, probably why my lips love it so much!

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So as you can tell, it is more of a balm than a lipstick but like I said it really does at that pop of colour that brightens up a gloomy day. The Brilliance balms leave a stain after the product wears off and I can say that I really noticed this. This leaves my lips with a pinky stain which looks like a prettier version of my natural lips. The colour and intensity of the stain depends on the Ph levels of your lips, my lips must have quite a good level as the stain is quite flattering and long lasting. This comes in 7 shades and retails for £12.00, Bitten Berry was the one that appealed to me most but I’m already planning on Radiant Rose to join my collection.

That is it for today’s post, I haven’t really been reaching for many other lip products in the last few weeks. I’ve been using MAC Ruby Woo but I think that the classic red lip look is something I’ll always reach for so that really isn’t anything worth commenting on. Actually I might just do a post on my most used red lips look and just get that off my chest! I’ve been using the Make Out Red in the centre of my red lips to change things up a bit, and I really do like that effect. Having a lighter colour at the centre of your lips makes them look fuller, which is always a good thing. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and I shall speak to you all soon! Tanzina x

Favourite Bits and Bobs

Morning all, happy September! New month, new start right? I’ve been missing in action for the past two months and I’ve decided to wipe the slate clean and begin again. I was going to do a monthly favourite product, but since I have been using quite a few products that I’ve really enjoyed, I thought you might like to see a few goodies I’ve loved rather than just one. I’ve had quite a few things on my mind and in my life that have kept me away from blogging, but now is the time to change that. Amongst other things I have had a close family wedding, which I thought you might like to see pictures from as there was quite a bit of make up involved so look out for that post as it should be up soon.

First product I have been absolutely loving is this really unique lip balm. This is the Dr. Lipp ‘original nipple balm for lips’, yes you read that right. When I heard of it, imagine an extremely confused face and you’ve just imagined my expression. Nipple balm? I was puzzled but also intrigued and thought I needed to give it ago simply because of the name and origin. It is paraben and odour free, non-sticky, multi -purpose and 100% natural. It sounds great but still I found it difficult to think something that was originally made for nipples could be effective for the lips. It was made originally for nursing mothers, so as you can imagine it is incredibly gentle and safe  for even infants. My experience with it has been amazing, no other lip balm I own can compare. When I have rough lips, I don’t even turn to my trusty Lush lip scrub, I simply put this beauty on before bed and wake up with soft lips in the morning. I use it more as a treatment than a apply-every-hour-lip balm, at £11.50 it is on the pricey side for a normal lip balm but super cost effective for a lip treatment. Plus I have a stash of Vaseline, Carmex, Bodyshop lip butters and Blistex to get through but without a doubt this is so much more effective than all of them combined. I know that this has quickly become a must repurchase item for me, and to be fair I really don’t mind. You can pick it up here

The summer heat this year has been on and off (basically like all the years here in the UK!), however this has been my busiest summer ever and I’ve been getting overheated and flustered much more than I thought I would. The Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water has become a saviour of mine, I’ve been through two already and am currently loving my third can just as much as the first. I tend to get blotchy uneven skin tone when I’m hot and though I consider myself lucky due to not being prone to break outs, my uneven blotchy skin sometimes gets to me. I’ve been using this, and of course the immediate affects have been simply to cool me down, refresh and hydrate my skin. However I’ve also noticed after a few weeks of using my skin doesn’t tend to be as blotchy, it’s more even toned even in stifling work conditions! The air condition at work was down for a while, so I’m impressed. I probably won’t use it as much in the winter though. No, scratch that, I will be returning back to London in a few weeks and remembering those stuffy underground tube carriages makes me realise that this little can may have to remain in my handbag for quite some time! You can pick it up here for £6.50

The Arora Pomegranate Passion Shower Nectar. This product is the best in its category that I have ever discovered. Quite a statement, but it literally is the best shower gel I have ever used. When it comes to in shower hydration, moisturising qualities etc I’ve never really bought in to any of that, all I recognise is shower gels that clean well and whether the scents linger. This shower gel leaves the whole bathroom smelling so good, lingers on my skin so I can smell it all day long, well at least a large majority of the day. At the price of £3.99 I am so impressed. Out of everything in this post, this is definitely my favourite. If someone uses it in my home, I can instantly tell because the scent lingers in the bathroom for a while, I honestly love it and tend to get cross as it’s MINE and not for sharing. It lathers well, cleans well and doesn’t leave my skin dry. What more can you ask from a shower gel? I hope they bring out more scents in the range, especially some Christmas scents! The only thing that lets me down is this scent/flavour is so hard to find in Superdrug. They have all the rest except pomegranate and after trying them all this remains my favourite. Online shopping shall have to do. You can get it here

When it comes to beauty, my nails have been taking a bashing over the past two months. I’ve had nail polish on constantly and currently I’m trying to give my nails a rest before I embark on an Orly nail treatment (more on that later!). But I have noticed a pattern emerging in terms of nail polish wear, I’ve been reaching to grab Filthy Gorgeous London nail polishes quite a bit, I love how easily they go on, how they don’t smudge and also they don’t seem to chip either. The consistency is really smooth and I think because of that, I know I can simply paint my nails if I’m in a rush for work and not worry about it getting messy, difficult and time consuming which is always a negative when painting nails. My favourite colour has to be this gorgeous coral toned pink called ‘Rosey Posey’, bright florescent pinks tend to sometimes clash with my skintone however this colour suits me perfectly. It’s a perfect summer bright colour and brightens out any outfit I am wearing, even all black outfits. You can take a look at them here

That is my current favourites, I’ve done lots and lots of beauty shopping recently for both myself and for material for this website (99% for myself, let’s be honest!) and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you all. I have missed blogging, but sometimes you have to take time out especially when you feel like you want to curl up in a ball and sleep for a very long time! I hope you have all been well though and thank you for reading. If you liked this post please like via bloglovin’ it would really make my day!

Tanzina x

Lippie Lovin’ : Carmex Goodies

With the sun playing hide and seek in the UK, it is extremely easy to be neglecting the compulsory SPF. I have to admit, SPF and heat protectant for hair are the two biggest beauty rules I always somehow manage to overlook despite knowing their importance. However one thing that I can be proud about saying is that I rarely skip applying SPF to my lips and I will show you over a few posts how I ensure my lips rarely go without SPF-ing!


If you haven’t guessed from the title and picture, the products I will be talking about are by Carmex. I was a late discoverer when it came to Carmex, I only discovered my love for it when I was around 17-18. I specifically remember using my friends Carmex tube in college, and then rushing out at lunchtime to purchase it at an ASDA which was close by. Since then, I haven’t had a day in my life where I haven’t owned a Carmex tube (I now am 21). I also have pots of Carmex although I tend to use that on dry patches around my nose rather than my lips!

This strawberry flavoured tube of moisturising goodness contains SPF 15 and actually this is my first time deviating from the original no flavour Carmex tube. I love the strawberry Carmex during the day time, because as its applied on my lips, my nose benefits from the scent. However I really don’t like it during night time, before bed simply because I like to sleep with a blank mouth before bed. I know it sounds odd, but I cannot eat anything before bed and then fall asleep. I need water to eliminate the taste and this strawberry Carmex reminds me too much of food! However I’ve been using my original carmex for years now before bed, so I stick to that before bed time. I now have a daytime tube and night time tube. Also, I hear they have a mint flavour, I can’t wait to try it and need to jot it down on my shopping list.

This is the Carmex Moisture Plus in Pink Sheer Tint. If you purchased a Revlon Lip Butter hoping it was a cross between a sheer lipstick and lip balm, you would’ve been left disappointed like I was. Don’t mistake me, I DO love them but they weren’t what I was expecting them to be. THIS however is exactly what I was expecting in a lip butter and it also contains SPF 15. I have used tinted lip balms before and felt that the colour pay off wasn’t great in the sense it seemed almost chalky when dried. However with this sheer tint, it does exactly what it says on the tube and leaves a really nice natural tint to my lips. I have been going through this so quickly, and that possibly is the only negative thing I have to say about it. It seems to be finishing really quickly, but maybe I am loving it too much!

This comes in 3 different tints currently: Clear, Pink Sheer Tint and Peach Sheer tint

Finally this is the Original Carmex tub . This unfortunately doesn’t have SPF and I’ve had a look at my local Boots to see of there is an SPF version. Unfortunately there isn’t, but that isn’t a reason for me to abandon it. I don’t use it on my lips much, like I said I use it on dry patches. I’ve also started using it around my cuticles and they seem much softer. However, I do prefer the SPF Carmex alternatives. Fingers crossed (if there isn’t one out already) Carmex will soon bring out an SPF version of this!

Talking about new releases, I have spied two new Mositure Plus balms on the US website, in a berry and plum. As I’ve loved using the pink and peach tint versions, I’m desperate for the new tints to be released in the UK sometime very very soon! Cross your fingers for me, and hopefully they will land on our shores in the next few weeks (days, if possible please.)

I know MakeupAtoZ has been neglected for quite a while, and I get super anxious if I’m not posting regularly. Please bear with me, I have posts for you but as I’m travelling across the country quite a bit, I’ve struggled to find time. I’m currently writing this on the train, and looking forward to returning to you all with regular posts! Have a lovely day beauties x