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

 

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipsticks

Good morning guys, hope your day is going well. Today I am going to jump right into it and talk to you about the Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof lipsticks. A package arrived on my doorstep containing three of these Lord & Berry beauties and it made me squeal in delight. I have actually heard quite a few good things about Lord & Berry, but just hadn’t picked anything up from the brand myself. I was excited to finally try something from them, and also try their liquid lipsticks as I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks. Matte and long lasting? Yes please! I wasn’t sure what to expect however as I hadn’t really heard much about these before.

I was excited to see that the colours I received were all colours I could see myself wearing and suiting. I received three lipsticks in the following shades: First Lady, Pop Pink and Brave Red. I’ll quickly talk you through the packaging before I go onto the product themselves. The lipsticks are housed in a lip gloss like tube with a really nice wand. The wand is slightly longer than your average doe foot applicator and is also slanted for easy application. There is 7ml worth of product in each tube. In terms of formula, the consistency is a little bit like thin paint, it seems like it will be drying but it is actually really comfortable due to the essential oils the product contains. It dries really matte, really fast which is amazing. It is annoying when you have to wait a long time for the product to dry down so I was so glad to see that wasn’t the case here. The coverage is what blew me away, such perfect and full coverage. One swipe and your lips are covered. Oh that and the staying power! I actually have just kissed my hand several times like a weirdo to see if the product is actually kiss proof and I can report that it is. On my first application I applied lots of lip balm under the lipstick, and had a little transfer so I would suggest you avoid doing that! Now lets talk colours.

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick First Lady

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick First Lady

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick First Lady

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick in First Lady

This colour is a gorgeous browny nude. It’s so perfect for my skin tone and I think it looks quite similar to a 90’s brown lip. It has subtle golden shimmers running through it but I didn’t really see them appear on my lips. That being said, this is still my favourite shade and one I find so easy to wear.

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick Pop Pink

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick Pop Pink

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick Pop Pink

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick in Pop Pink

This is pretty fuchsia hot pink, it is bright and vivid and couldn’t have come to be at a better time. It reminds me of a good summer, so I am looking forward to wearing it this season. It reminds me of some of old MAC lipstick shades like Girl About Town that I’ve neglected in favour of liquid lipsticks.

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick in Brave Red

This is a classic red shade, and a staple in all makeup collections. I feel like it has some blue tones to it and will remind you of classic hollywood sirens. As it is so easy to wear, and provides such good colour payoff in just one swipe, I’ll definitely be turning to it when I want a quick and easy red lip.

Overall, I am pretty impressed by these products. Enough so that I want to try more things from the brand, I’m hoping they too will impress me just as much. The liquid lipsticks retail for £15.00 and you pick it up here.

Hope you liked my Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof lipstick review. I’ve been wanting to share this with you guys for what feels like forever, but have had so much going on I haven’t been able to. So glad I finally am, because I am hoping you are like me and love to discover new brands and products. Let me know if you have any liquid lipsticks on your radar that I should be picking up! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Switching Up My Skin Care

Hi loves, I finally have gotten out my skin care rut, hurrah! I’ve been making do with the same skincare for years, and I think in the last 6 months I have started getting a little bit more experimental with my skincare. It all started a few months before my December wedding, I wanted radiant skin so I invested in some Sunday Riley skincare (which I have spoken about extensively here). Since I had such good results, I’ve decided to try a few more new products, so I thought I would share them with you all. This isn’t an in depth review kind of blog post, more like first impressions.

Switching Up My Skin Care

So the first couple of products I’m using for switching up my skin care are from Sunday Riley, a brand I’ve seen really good results from so it made sense to try more from the range.

Sunday Riley Skin Care

Sunday Riley CEO

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

The reason I wanted to try this despite loving Flora was a) Sunday Riley recommended this to me for my skin type and b) to see if the scent was more bearable in comparison to the Flora version. I am happy to report that it is, and also it is so nourishing on my skin. It really does help with the tight dry feeling and making my skin feel ‘fed’ again. I think I do prefer this to Flora, and seem to use less of it as it makes my skin feel nourished with even the smallest drop. You can pick this up [here] for £70.00.

Sunday Riley C.E.O (C+E antiOXIDANT Protect & Repair Moisturiser)

Where do I start with this beauty. Another recommendation, I had high hopes for this one as I had loved the Tidal Water Cream from the brand so much. This one blow Tidal out of the water (pardon the pun). It smells of oranges and smells beautiful. It is so rich and hydrating, I would go as far as to say it is the best face cream I have used so far. I cannot get enough. It just banishes my dry patches and makes my skin feel so good. Definite repurchase. You can pick this up [here] for £60.00.

Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm

This was a gift from my beautiful best friend Yasmin, and I have only just got around to using it as I was finishing up my Elemis Cleansing Balm. I am in two minds about this, firstly I love the scent. It is almost chocolate orange like, it is very bizarre but nice. I love the fact it has sugar crystals in it, which makes this exfoliating at the same time. I rarely exfoliate (slaps wrists) but this helps me out by doing some exfoliation. The thing that lets me down slightly is that it isn’t as oily as I would like it to be, instead it is quite dry which isn’t something I expected from a balm. I will keep using and report back. So far I really like it, but do I love it? I’m not sure. This can be picked up [here] for £46.00 – I think the price is not too bad.

I’ll be doing a more in depth review of the three Sunday Riley products so keep an eye out for that.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield

I’ve actually been using this for a while, and I guess with SPF you can’t really tell if it is working. Initially what I could report on was that it was a lovely fluid, it went on smoothly and seemed to moisturise my skin in the morning. It also doesn’t give the skin the funny white cast that SPF’s can give and is probably my favourite SPF to wear. That is until I went to Barbados for my honeymoon. I used this religiously on my face, and didn’t really use much SPF anywhere else. Till today, my body is peeling everywhere except my face. Nothing on my face got burnt or damaged. How bloody amazing is this stuff! I will warn you, it definitely is on the pricey side but once I run out, I might have to grudgingly part with my money to replenish this. It is that good! You can pick it up [here] for £55.00

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist

This was another god send for me whilst I was on holiday, it is the perfect face mist. It’s a very soft spray, so that firstly is a win in my books as I often avoid sprays as they are too hard and I am too scared they will ruin my makeup. The air conditioning would make my skin feel a lot dryer, so a couple of spritz of this made my skin much happier. I am now using this after using a face mask, or a cleanse, just because it feels so refreshing on the skin. The size isn’t too huge, I think I will carry it with me throughout the summer for days when I need something to make me feel refreshed. You can pick this up [here] for £21.00

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Overnight Hand Therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Overnight Hand Therapy

I am not a huge hand cream user and really I should be as I always get dry hands. However I find the task tedious and if I am honest I just forget! Having this overnight treatment means that I can add it into my night time skin care routine which equals super soft hands every morning. I was so suprised the first time I used it, my hands felt so soft and moisturised, I kept admiring them all day. This is perfect if you are someone like me who always forgets to moisturise their hands as it is so intense. P.S you should look after your hands as they are one of the most used parts of your body. You can pick it up [here] for £19.00.

Liz Earle Superskin Dry Oil

I wasn’t really sure what to make of this oil when I first got it, it smells quite strong as it has natural seed oil so I was a bit unsure about trying it. I used it here and there after I had a shower simply because it is so easy to use, you just spritz it on and rub it down. However after coming back from holiday, and being so sun burnt with dry parched skin, this has been a life saver. It truly makes a difference to my skin I find, especially in helping the damaged skin get better. I’m half way through the bottle already! You can pick this up [here] for £35.00.

I’m so glad that I am stopping being so boring, and trialing out new products. It is working to my benefit as I am falling in love with new products too. I’m excited to switch up my eye cream soon, and make try a new makeup remover, so I will keep you updated if that happens. Oh, I also need to try acids for my face! I hope you liked today’s post, do let me know if you have any recommendations. 

My First Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

Pretty much everyone who knows a thing about beauty, knows about the UK grown brand Charlotte Tilbury. There has been so much positive feedback about the brand, especially the lipstick range, and I just can’t find a valid excuse to give you to explain why I have never tried anything from the brand. My best friend bought me a HUGE advent calender thing ages ago, full of Charlotte Tilbury products, and it has taken me forever to start using products from it. Okay – I am a hoarder, I’ll admit it, I was saving it for a ‘special day’. Anyways, life story over, the purpose of today’s post is to talk to you about my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and that is what we are going to do now.

My First Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

So in this magical advent calender thingy I was given, was the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Red Carpet Red lipstick. Red Carpet Red? It may as well have been called Tanzina (my name by the way) as I am ALL about a good red lip. Let’s quickly talk packaging, because the packaging has become quite iconic. Rose gold, ribbed, with a good weight to – everything a luxury lipstick should be. I can see why these are used as props for beautiful blogger photos. The bullet is usually instantly recognisable, with a straight edge across the nib. Nib, is that even the proper way of describing it? I was so intrigued to see if the unusual shape was actually a help or a hindrance when it came to application.

When I think Red Carpet Red, I think MAC Ruby Woo – vivid and bright and very Marilyn Monroe-esque. However this wasn’t that, instead it is a like a slightly dark red, still classic and still classy. I would say that undertones are more on the cool side, and very flattering on a range of skin tones. The finish is matte, but a really comfortable creamy matte, meaning that it doesn’t highlight dry lips and is a really easy application. The pigmentation is good, it’s not a fully opaque, but opaque enough if that makes sense. It just shows slight hints of your natural lip. It leaves a slight stain, meaning that as it wears off, it isn’t really unflattering. It lasted about 5 hours on me, which is adequate for my needs. This isn’t a liquid lipstick so I wasn’t expecting crazy lasting powers.

Back to the nib, and it’s flat edge. It isn’t a gimmick, it is actually really really useful. It lines my lips really well, I am a definite advocate for lining lips first and this sort of takes the need away as makes application so precise. I know that all good things must come to an end, and as I use this, I am bound to wear down the flat edge but it is really nice to have the first few applications made easier.

Overall, I am really impressed by my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, I will definitely be picking up more shades. I think I will be opting for shades from the Matte Revolution collection, as I’m all about the matte lipstick finish. I’ve got my eye on Love Liberty and Bond Girl, so hopefully they’ll be joining my collection this year. These lipsticks aren’t cheap, they retail for £24.00 so definitely not an every day purchase! But I think it is worth it for that small slice of luxury.

You can pick up your Charlotte Tilbury lipstick here.

Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017

I remember last year, when I got my hands on the first Essie Retro Revival Collection and consequently fell in love with the colours (you can read that here). The collection consisted of 6 shades which have been discontinued over the past 35 years, but due to demand, Essie decided to bring them back for a limited time. The concept went down really well, so well in fact that they have just launched the Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017, again for a limited time only. I was so excited to see what they bought back to life this time round, as last I found one of my favourite shades last time.  

 

The collection again contains 6 gorgeous colours, in the following shades:

bold beauty: deep red dahlia
prima bella: a hypnotic pink
chastity: a beautiful milky barbie pink
flawess: a cherry blossom pink
sweet tart: a my nail but better nude
pure chiffon: a peach toned nude

The shades I fell in love with are Bold Beauty and Chastity. They feel like polar opposites to each other, one a deep red which alludes to mystery and a sense of maturity and the other a vivid pink, hinting at an inner princess who is yet to grow up. I love them both, together and separately.

Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017
Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017


Chastity

This is a beautiful blue toned milky pink, which is vivid and cotton candy like. It has definite bubblegum and barbie vibes which I am absolutely loving. The formula is amazing, it goes on smoothly without any streaks and 2 coats are enough for complete opacity. The formula also dries really quickly which is ideal. With tanned hands, pinks especially lighter pinks are a little hard to get away with but this looks amazing on tanned skin. I suspect this will suit a variety of skin tones. You can pick it up here for £7.99.


Bold Beauty

Bold Beauty is a deep red shade, from the bottle I thought it may apply a little brown but actually it is a true burgundy shade, which red coming through quite strongly. It reminds me a lot of my birth stone, garnet. It feels classy on the nails, and a definite go to when you want to go for the classic chic look. Again it suits my tanned complexion really well, and I am sure it will also suit fairer skin tones just as well. The formula again goes on smoothly, and is opaque after two coats. One thing I will say is that the colour appears darker in the bottle than on the nails. So you may need extra coats to achieve the bottle colour. You can pick it up here for £7.99.

Note: Boots are currently running a deal here you buy one nail polish and get one half price. Find the deal here.

The Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017 is only available for a limited time, two weeks to be exact! It stops being available to buy on March 14th, so if there are any shades that catch your attention, then be quick! I would highly highly recommend Chastity, I think it is such a beautiful Spring/Summer shade and I definitely will be getting lots of use out of it. I hope you liked this quick overview of the Essie Retro Revival collection, let me know if you’re a fan of any of the shades.