Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Set

I have been wanting to try Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks since the day they launched. I patiently waited for them to arrive in the UK, and I was kept waiting as it seemed to be exclusive to the US website and not available on Cult Beauty. I HATE paying taxes and custom fees so I remained stubborn and refused to splurge. Fast forward quite a few years and I finally have some Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks! They do now have a UK website, but more than that, they now have the range on Cult Beauty. I picked up a mini set of the liquid lipsticks and today I can finally share my thoughts on them.

I picked up a set as it worked out so much more economical than buying one full size shade. The trio I picked up are simply called the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Set, it consists of 3 flattering shades, and retails for £26. Each liquid lipstick contains 2.3g of product so you are getting 6.9g for £26. One full size liquid lipstick (3.2g) is £20. I thought the set would be a great way of testing out the formula across a few liquid lipsticks just to see if they are all consistent and perform well. Plus I rarely use up a full liquid lipstick so it makes more sense to pick up minis over full size liquid lipsticks for me anyway.

The set contains three shades, Dazed, Bittersweet and Hudson. I believe Dazed was a pre-existing shade whereas the other two are newly introduced shades. Let’s quickly show you what the shades look like and how I would describe them.

Dazed – this is described as a ‘rich, slightly rusted red’ shade, and I would say it’s a fairly good description but would add that it has a brown undertone and dries darker than what you see in the tube. It’s a beautiful shade, and is so pigmented you really don’t need to bother with a lip liner at all.  It’s so easy to apply and lasts well.

Bittersweet – This is described as ‘deep cocoa meets mauve’. It’s a rich brown shade with a reddish mauve undertone and is the darkest of the trio. If you want a flattering brown, this is a great shade to pick up. Bear in mind that this shade is exclusive to the set so you can’t pick it up as a single. Again this applied like a dream and lasts really well.

Hudson – This is described as a ‘stunning dusky rose crossed with peach’. I would agree with the dusky rose, but I couldn’t pick up the peach on myself. Dusky rose describes it perfectly, and like the other two shades, there is a tinge of brown to it. Again pigmentation is insane, and no lip liner is required. This works as the perfect nude for my skin tone.

You can pick the set up [here] for £26.00
You can pick up individual shades [here] for £20.00

I am genuinely blown away by this formula, I am so surprised at just how easy it is to apply and how consistent each shade was. The formula is smooth, and thin enough to apply easily but not too thin that it feels watery. I think the formula had a reformulation and I am glad I held out to try this version. Each shade I tried was opaque with one swipe and the drying time wasn’t bad either. The edges take a little longer to dry but that isn’t really an issue. The lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips and lasts quite a long time on me. I wore it to work and after about 6 hours it started fading. You can be sure that I will be picking up more shades, or be waiting patiently for Cult Beauty to drop the next trio on their site.

Nowadays I have realised I am getting a little picky with what I blog, I only really like to talk about products that blow me away or something that I think may help out a few people and I think this is a bit of both. I am so glad I picked this up rather than a single £20 full size liquid lipstick, as it is has meant I got to try a few shades and get to see if they are all consistent. I will definitely be picking up more shades, even though £20 is quite pricey for one shade on my opinion. Keep an eye on the Anastasia UK website, I think they sometimes have deals on which makes it a little more affordable. I really hope you liked my Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick set review, do let me know if you’d like to see more swatches from the range or even a YouTube swatch video.

Speak soon, Tanzina x

Primark Lip Liner Review and Swatches

I tried my first Primark lip liner about 3 months ago. My expectations were very low, I mean how amazing could a £1 lip liner really be? But saying that I was impressed would be an understatement. I was blown away. The Primark lip liners have become one of my most favourite lip liners I’ve ever used. I felt like I had no choice but to write a Primark Lip Liner review for you guys, just in case you were missing out on this amazing steal.

Primark Lip Liner Review and Swatches

There isn’t too much you can say about lip liners, so I am not going to bore you with an essay. Let’s start off with packaging, the liner is cased inside a black pencil and what I really like is that the lid and the bottom of the pencil are the shade of the actual lip liner that is housed inside, which makes picking up the right liner much easier. Might sound like an insubstantial thing, but when you have 10 minutes to get ready for work or run late, you’ll be grateful for the seconds you have by not having to read the tiny print to figure out what shade you picked up! Another thing I noticed and really appreciated was just how easy these lip liners are to sharpen. They sharpen so smoothly, none of that jagged edge sharpening rubbish you get with some other liners.

Now on to the product itself, the lip liner is so rich and pigmented and so creamy. It’s an interesting consistency, it is creamy but still tough enough to stick to your lips rather than slip off. The staying power is great too, the same as any high end lip liner I have tried. I’m used to using lots of MAC lip liners, but I doubt I’ll buy another (except MAC Spice, can’t give that up). These lip liners are just as good, and can I re-iterate that that these lip liners are ONLY ONE POUND.

The colour selection is really generous too, honestly Primark have got this product so right. I picked up the following 8 shades:

  • Red Velvet – A beautiful true nude for my skin tone. It’s not too warm, with the right amount of pink in it to make it really flattering. Interestingly it is called Red Velvet, there is really nothing red about it so not sure where the name choice came from but that aside, it is perfect.

  • Rosewood Mauve – This is a pink mauve, again really flattering and beautiful. It’s an easy to wear shade, you know the ones where you can just apply it and not worry about it clashing, or looking out of place. That is this shade

  • Bordeaux – This is a deep plum shade, it has red undertones which makes it a little bit berry.

  • Toffee –  I love this shade, it is an orange toned brown and perfect along shades such as MAC Taupe, Huda Beauty Trendsetter and Beauty Bakerie Gingersnap which are some of my favourite lip products.

  • Vamp – I was expecting this to be a lot deeper than it actually is, but it is actually a really wearable deep red. Not as vampy as you would think it would be from the packaging which for me is a good thing.

  • Desert Sand – This is a light pinky peach nude, and a shade that is a little too light for my tan skin tone. However I wanted to swatch it for you guys as I know it will suit a lot of other skin tones.

  • Bombshell – This is my kind of summer shade. It’s a no excuses hot pink, a little fluorescent and really beautiful. It reminds me of a MAC shade that I just can’t remember the name of. It is so frustrating when that happens! Either way, I love it.

  • Scarlett – A beautiful, smooth and creamy red. I love this shade and wear it a lot, some of you may know I am a huge red lip wearer so I have tried and tested a lot of red formulas. This is lovely and will suit a range of skin tones.

Out of these, I would say my favourite are Red Velvet, Rosewood Mauve, Bombshell and Scarlett. Red Velvet has quickly become my every day lip liner. I usually pair it with Beauty Bakerie Syruptious and the two just look amazing together. A red lip is a necessity to me so of course Scarlett was going to be a favourite. I’ve been using MAC Ruby Woo liner as my red lip liner and these replaces that without a doubt. It’s creamier, tugs my lips less and looks just as good. I have mentioned it is only £1 right?

To make life a little easier for you, I have decided to create a swatch video so you can see how the lip liners look on me. Of course I am of tan complexion, but if you are not, you will still be able to get the general gist of the shades on offer and know which ones to keep your eyes out for. Also, I haven’t showcased the entire collection. There are still lots more shades to choose from!

You can watch my Primark lip liner swatch video [here]

I really hope you liked my Primark Lip Liner review and swatches, I’ve been meaning to post this forever so I am super glad I managed to before I head off to Bangladesh for 3 weeks! I’d love to know if there is anything else from the Primark beauty range you’d like me to review and swatch, because after all, who doesn’t love an amazing steal. Speak soon, Tanzina x

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

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

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