My Holiday Skin Care

Hi loves, I am heading to Bangladesh this month, and I wanted to share some of my packing with you. I would share the makeup I am taking with me, but the list is far too long to try and fit into a blog post. I will be seen as a new bride when I go to Bangladesh to visit my family and my in laws family, meaning there will be lots of dinner parties and events to attend. I thought I would share my holiday skin care with you all, as skin care is so essential and even more so when you are in a foreign environment that your skin is unaccustomed to.

I’m going to whizz through this as I am taking quite a lot of skin care with me, I think I am taking quite a lot of everything with me! I am allowed to take 40KGs with me, but I am a little concerned as to whether I will go way over my limit. Okay back to skin care, let’s start off with the basics.

Face Oil – Triology Rose Hip Oil

Some of you guys may know that I am crazy about face oils, I’ve been using them for over a year now and I think my skin has transformed with that extra kick of moisture. I’ve been using Sunday Riley oils and although they are super effective, they are also super pricey, and I wanted to try affordable brands and see how they compare. I’ve been using a sample of Trilogy Rosehip oil and my skin has been loving it, and for once, my husband doesn’t complain about the scent of my oils every night! Trilogy kindly gifted me a full size to test out so I’m taking it along with me to get a good feel of it. It is their best seller and my experience has been really good so far, so I have high hopes for it. You can pick it up [here] for £19.50

Day Moisturiser – Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream

This is a completely new moisturiser to me, so I guess it is a bit of a gamble for me to take it along to Bangladesh. However I have heard great things about it, and my skin didn’t react when I tried it for the first time. It contains Rosapene™, manuka honey, lavender and is an award winning product. I am so excited to try it out will do a review once I return.
You can pick it up [here] for £25.50

Night Moisturiser – Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream

Another Triology product, I promise this isn’t a sponsored post. I was gifted a few products from Trilogy literally the day I was going to purchase the items myself, so I am going to take the products along with me to truly test them out. This promises brighter, revitalised skin and comes with great reviews, so again I am excited to try this and report back to you all.
You can pick it up [here] for £29.50

Eye Cream – Keihls Avocado Eye Cream

I picked this little beauty up in the Black Friday sales, and boy am I glad I did. It is ultra-rich, melts beautifully into my skin and really helps my thirsty under eyes. It’s not a cult favourite for no reason, it really is special. If you want a full review on this let me know and I will report back.
You can pick it up [here] for £22.50

Lip Balm – Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

This can’t be a surprise to my regular readers, I have been raving about 8 Hour cream for years now. This will of course accompany me on my trip abroad. I have written a full review on it before which you can read [here].
You can pick it up [here] for £13.95

Now on to makeup removal, I know I needed to take a few options with me, firstly to help remove the makeup from all the events I attend and also to help my skin get rid of any pollution remnants that may cling to it. Here are the products I am packing:

Cleansing Balm – Sunday Riley Blue Moon Cleansing Balm

Ah, finally a Sunday Riley product. This is one I am trying to use up. It is really rich and gets rid of makeup well, and it has exfoliating bits which gently buff the skin. I’ve been using it for a while now and have had good results, so I will be packing it into my suitcase.
You can pick it up [here] for £46.00

Micellar Water – Bioderma Micellar Water

You must know that this was going to come with me. I’ve been using this for about 7 years now, and it goes everywhere with me. I’ve talked about it a few times on here so I thought I’d link the posts below:

My Top 5 Skin Care Products

You can pick it up [here] for £10.80

L’Oreal Paris Micellar Bi-Phase Water

This is a new find for me, and a new love. I’ve been using Boots Botanics Waterproof Eye Makeup remover for years now, and since I tried this beauty, the Botanic bi-phase remover has been retired from my collection. This is gentle but so effective. I also tried the Garnier version, but this one is much better!
You can pick it up [here] for £5.99

I will be honest, I still have not gotten into the habit of wearing SPF every day. Maybe I should make that a new year’s resolution as I love to complain about how my face seems to be ageing. I don’t think I will be taking SPF for my body, as Bangladesh is a fairly modest clothing company, and I will be indoors too much to worry about getting burnt.

Face SPF – Bioderma Photoderm Aquafluide SPF50+

This is my favourite face SPF. At factor 50, you’re really not playing around. I have always had a problem with SPFs leaving a white cast on my face after application which I desperately hate. This product never gives me any issues.
You can pick it up [here] for £13.10

Finally, face masks. This was a dangerous category, it is so easy to get carried away and take every mask in my collection. I really had to strip it back, and opt for one moisturising mask and one clearing, unclogging mask. My skin needs moisture and sometimes and intense dose so I love moisture masks. However I know my skin may get congested in the humidity of Bangladesh, so I also needed something that would strip my skin of all dirt and impurities. I think I’ll do a post on my favourite masks next month, so keep an eye out for that.

Moisture Mask – Bioderma Hydrabio Mask

I’ve been using this mask for years. It is one I rediscovered recently, after forgetting about it and I am so glad I came across it again. I slather it over my face and once I remove it, I am left with soft hydrated skin. It is one I turn to before special days/events. Sometimes I even fall asleep with it on.
You can pick it up [here] for £15.00

Glow Mask – The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask

There has been a huge hype around this mask, and well deserved in my opinion. It leaves my skin feeling so clean, as if it has drawn out all the imourities and got rid of them. I love a clay based mask, and I love how this dries on my skin and makes it tingle. Upon removing it, my skin feels silky and just fresh.
You can pick it up [here] for £17.00

 And that is it for my holiday skincare, a little more generous than the average holiday skincare packing – but I am going away for three weeks to a country where none of these products will be available! I genuinely believe the amount of products are completely justified but I am sure there are many that will disagree. Minimal packing is really not my area of expertise. I hope you liked a peek into my holiday skincare, and of course if you have any questions or would like indepth reviews, just let me know. 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 Skincare Routine for Dry/Normal Skin

Hi loves, I have finally, after years of being requested to, created my skincare routine video for you to enjoy. My skin type is dry/normal, veering more on the dry side and recently I have been using a combination of products that have been really working for me. You may have read about some of it in this skincare post. So I hope you enjoy watching my skincare routine and finding out what products work for me.

I will say though, I do get a few comments on how my skin is clear and smooth in the past, and I wanted to make it clear that isn’t because I have an amazing array of products I am using, nor because I have found a magic solution. A lot of it tends to be due to different skin types, and typically dry skin types are a little clearer when it comes to spots and breakouts. However we also do get really rough textured skin due to the dry patches and age quicker compared to skin that contains more oil. The grass is always greener on the other side and all that.

Anyway, going back to the video you can see the video below or [click here] if you can’t see it.

Products Mentioned:

I hope you like the video, I would love to hear your suggestions for future videos as well. I am thinking of doing more swatch videos, so let me know if there is anything in particular you would like me to be swatching – however any video suggestion is welcome. Speak soon, Tanzina x

P.S I am starting to do Instagram Live videos recently, I just hosted my first one on Saturday and it was so nice to have people tune in and ask question and I LOVED how interactive it was. I am thinking of making it a thing for Saturday’s so please tune in if you are free. My Instagram is @makeupatoz, I will put up details of timings as we get closer to the weekend.

Easiest Valentine’s Present – Limited Edition I Heart Eight Hour Cream

Hi loves, Happy Valentine’s Day if you are celebrating, or just Happy Day if you are not. I am not a huge Valentine’s celebrator, I think love days should be every day and if not every then they should be consistently scattered throughout the year. However I do love all the Valentine’s gift sets and themed products that are released every year, especially of the beauty variety. I’ve left this post purposely to publish today as I wanted to give you ideas for a last minute amazing Valentine gift, even if it is for yourself. Let’s quickly talk about the Limited Edition I Heart Eight Hour Cream from Elizabeth Arden.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I have reviewed the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream before, [read that here], so you might already know I love this stuff, and so does my husband. Pretty much anyone I have introduced it has loved it, that’s why I decided to make it a part of my only Valentine’s gift idea post. I saw the press release with the limited edition red packaging and I knew I had to make it mine. It’s such an easy buy and lasts you absolutely ages, so I thought I had to share it with you as a super last minute gift idea.

Limited Edition I Heart Eight Hour Cream

I personally use this as a lip balm, and use this religiously every single day. You’ll it make an appearance in an upcoming skin care routine video. But here are 8 other ways to use it:

  1. Moisturize and protect skin
  2. Calm irritation
  3. Treat wind burn & blisters
  4. Smooth hair
  5. Shape brows
  6. Soothe dry hands
  7. Highlight cheeks
  8. Soften cuticles and nails

This gorgeous limited edition I Heart Eight Hour Cream (50ml) retails for £27.00 and you can pick it up at any Elizabeth Arden stockist or [here]. If you’ve left treating someone/yourself a little late for this Valentines, this will go down a treat.

Sunday Riley Skincare Review

Hi loves, today I wanted to do a Sunday Riley skincare review, as I have been using a couple of Sunday Riley products for a few months now and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. The products are more on the pricey side, but as I was getting my skin ready for my wedding I thought it was worth investing in. You may remember my Wish List post (here) where I spoke about Sunday Riley skincare, I purchased the products quite soon after that.

Let’s quickly start with my skin type, my skin in dry/normal and can sometimes verge on the side of really dry. I get dry skin patches regularly especially in the colder months, which can play havoc when it comes to flawless makeup application so that was something I wanted to remedy before my wedding. I was really unsure which skin care product to pick up for myself from the range, I wanted two or three but was unsure which would be most beneficial for my skin type. Eventually I chose Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil and Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. I’ll do a quick review on both so you know what I made of them.

I knew I wanted to choose a Sunday Riley face oil, as I guess that is what they are renowned for, especially the Luna version. I was so close to choosing Luna over Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, but in the end opted for Flora due to its higher moisturising benefits. It promises clearer and healthier looking skin and is more aimed at anyone with especially dry or lacklustre complexion (irrespective of age). In terms of application, it comes with a dropper which I think is perfectly made and deposits just the right amount for my full face and neck. It sits on the skin well and feels like it really quenches my skin and sometimes I just wear this in the day and it really does keep my skin moisturised. If I have dry patches, two or three days of this eliminates my dryness which is amazing. I do have one negative about this, which is the scent. The scent isn’t the most appetising, slightly medicinally, I can’t quite describe it. For me this isn’t an issue, it is worth the benefits, but my husband cannot stand the scent at all and is always complaining about it. Simply for that reason alone, I won’t be repurchasing it even though I wish I could! If they change the scent I will definitely repurchase, but that might change the amazing formula. If you haven’t got a super scent sensitive partner and have similar skin complaints, please try this out, it is life changing. This retails for £70 and you can pick it up here.

The second product I tried was the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream as I wanted a really hydrating moisturiser to compliment the facial oil. The product promises to intensely hydrate so I wanted to give it a try to see if it delivered on that front. It also promised to brighten and clear the skin, which is something else I wanted as I wanted to look radiant for my big day. I found this cream to be really effective, again it truly moisturised my skin, it takes a little while to sink in but it eventually does. It feels luxurious on the skin, and feels like it almost coats it before sinking in. I usually use this in the evening as part of my night time skincare routine but sometimes when my skin is extra parched and tight in the morning, I apply a little on then too. Overall something I don’t regret picking up and something I would definitely repurchase. This has lasted me now over 3 months, so you don’t really need to use too much of it either. It retails for £60 and you can pick it up here.

I was extremely fortunate, after incorporating these into my skin care, my skin was absolutely perfect for my wedding. No dry patches, glowing skin and no blemishes in sight. I was really concerned I might get a spot or two as my skin was still getting used to the new products and all the stress of the wedding was going to break me out but I was so so lucky to have had no issues at all. Although I do credit that to a lot of prayers, a large part of it is also down to these two products. Thank you Sunday Riley for coming to the rescue!

Thank you for reading my Sunday Riley Skincare review, I hope it has been useful for some of you especially those who suffer with dry skin like me. I am thinking of purchasing the much talked about Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil next, I am hoping it smells less potent than Flora and provides a good punch of hydration to my skin. I will keep you updated if I do splurge.

Speak soon, Tanzina x