Fenty Beauty Mean Money Hustla Baby Swatches

I’ve been hoarding my Fenty Beauty products for a while now, and finally can start posting about it as I have created a swatch video for my new Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo. I really wanted to do a video on Fenty Beauty Mean Money Hustla Baby swatches, because when there is a huge hype around a product, sometimes pretty pictures just don’t give you the information you want on the product.

Fenty Beauty Mean Money Hustla Baby Swatches

First Impressions:

I really liked the packaging, like really liked it. I think it has a good weight for a highlighter, love the shape and the fact that it isn’t too bulky and how the mirror has Fenty written on it in teeny tiny writing. In terms of the highlighters themselves, I like the size and how there is two options. Of course Hustla Baby is the standout highlighter but I don’t think Mean Money should be ignored. I liked that there was a more subtle highlighter as they are hard to come by and I’m a little addicted to highlight and think Mean Money would be perfect for work days when you don’t want your highlight too much ‘on fleek’.

Shades:

Mean Money is described as a soft champagne sheen whereas Hustla Baby is described as a supercharged peachy champagne shimmer. If you’ve watched my video you’ll know which one is my favourite (if you haven’t, then watch it! It’s less than 3 minutes long). I really want to try using Mean Money as a setting powder under my eyes, I don’t know why that is appealing to me but it is. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Longevity: Powder products tend to last well on me, my skin is quite dry, so maybe that helps? I found both highlighters to last me day to night, I didn’t actually time the wear, but I would say it easily lasted over 8 hours on me.

Overall: I love it. I’m so impressed by the fact that this isn’t just a brand that had a celebrity name stuck on it to make money. It seems like the products are genuinely really good quality and a lot of the products are quite unique and just not the norm in mainstream beauty (especially the new Fenty range that is coming out). The highlighter is finely milled, feels silky, isn’t chalky and just the perfect size. I really like the mirror and just am impressed overall. I don’t like the fact that in the UK it is only stocked in Harvey Nichols. I wish it was stocked in somewhere like Debenhams or John Lewis, stores that are found more easily locally – but hey maybe that’s just a tactic to make it more exclusive. Either way, it’s available online so other than base products, I feel like by reading reviews I’ll be able to shop online easily.

Price: I don’t think the products have been overpriced, which again is refreshing. You are looking at MAC prices for the Fenty range, which is nice because they easily could’ve charged more and still had the same demand for the range I think. The highlighter retails for £26 and you can pick it up here.

You can watch the video [here]

I really hope you like watching my XX swatch video, and it is helpful for you when it comes to choosing which highlighter will suit you. Of people of my skin tone, hands down choose XX, it is the most flattering shade for tanned skin like mine. Do let me know if you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to help. Also let me know if you like videos like these that are quick and easy to watch. Speak soon! Tanzina x

Huda Beauty Brown Edition Liquid Matte Minis Review & Swatches

Hi loves, I’ve been working on a Huda Beauty Brown Edition Liquid Matte Minis swatches video, and I finally have it up to share. I thought it is only right that I write an accompanying review as you don’t really get that from a swatch video. I’ll keep it short and sweet and cover what you can expect from the Huda Brown Edition. I’ve never really tried Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks out before, so when I saw these mini kits I knew I had to pick one up so that I could form an opinion on them.

Huda Beauty Brown Edition Liquid Matte Minis

There are 4 kits available, but the Brown Edition definitely looked the best in my opinion. It seemed to contain the most wearable colours, warm tones which really flatter tanned skin tones. Having never used Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks before I was really interested in finding out what the formula was like and whether they were comfortable to wear. I found that the colours were very rich, one swipe was enough to fully coat my lip and they were really easy to work with. They dried slightly slower on me than other liquid lipsticks (Beauty Bakerie, Lime Crime) but nothing significant enough to put me off wearing them. They felt really comfortable on the lips, not drying at all, I would say actually probably one of most comfortable liquid lipstick formulas I’ve used. Unfortunately there is a slight complaint, they don’t last as well as other liquid lipsticks. If you are just out and about and not snacking/eating, you have no issues what so ever but after a meal you will definitely have to re-apply. For me this is fine, I would probably touch up on long lasting liquid lipstick after eating anyways, so a re-application isn’t too much of a bug bear. I find that the drier your lips feel, the longer MOST products last. So it makes sense that the most comfortable liquid lipstick doesn’t last as long.

Let’s talk colours. Each kit contains 4 shades, and the Huda Beauty Brown Liquid Matte Minis set is no different. The kit contains Flirt, Trendsetter, Spice Girl and Vixen. I genuinely actually like every single shade in this kit which in itself is really surprising for me. Usually when I buy sets, such as the Kylie mini kits, there are shades that don’t suit me or are too light but Huda really has catered well for the tanned skin tones. I’ll quickly talk through each shade for you.

Huda Beauty Flirt Liquid Lipstick
Huda Beauty Flirt Liquid Lipstick

Huda Beauty Flirt Liquid Lipstick

Huda Beauty Flirt liquid lipstick feels like a perfect nude to me. It’s a cool toned nude on my skintone, and has definite brown tones running through it. I think it will suit quite a lot of skin tones and it is so easy to wear. One swipe is enough for full coverage and it doesn’t go patchy. Initially after applying, it is a little tacky so you have to wait a bit for it to dry but once it has dried, you are good to go. Full size is £18.00 and you can pick it up [here].

Huda Beauty Trendsetter Liquid Lipstick
Huda Beauty Trendsetter Liquid Lipstick

Huda Beauty Trendsetter Liquid Lipstick

Huda Beauty Trendsetter Liquid Lipstick might be my favourite, I’m still making my mind up between this and Spice Girl. This, screams my name. It reminds me very much of my all time favourite matte nude(ish) lipstick – Taupe [I’ve spoken about that here]. It has strong peach undertones and I feel like it really flatters me. I’m wearing this as I type, and I’ve had a couple of compliments on it at work today. The formula glides on, doesn’t take too long to dry, and is properly pigmented. I can see myself picking up this up in full size once my mini runs out.

Huda Beauty Spice Girl Liquid Lipstick
Huda Beauty Spice Girl Liquid Lipstick
Huda Beauty Spice Girl Liquid Lipstick

Huda Beauty Spice Girl Liquid Lipstick is a mauve shade on me, and again I can’t get enough. It reminds me a lot of Limecrime Saint [spoke about that here], a shade which I have pretty much used up. I love browny mauve shades so this was bound to be a winner. Pigmentation is great and like all the other shades, this one is so so comfortable. One thing I really do like about the Huda Beauty liquid lipstick is that if you layer it, it doesn’t get cakey and dry and horrible. So even if you are touching up, you don’t need to completely remove it before you apply again.

Huda Beauty Vixen Liquid Lipstick
Huda Beauty Vixen Liquid Lipstick

Huda Beauty Vixen Liquid Lipstick

Out of all the shades I think Huda Beauty Vixen is going to be the one I wear the least. Not because I don’t like it, but because the other shades are more every day shades and this is more of a bold colour. I am more of a bright red kinda gal, and this is more of a deep brown red. That being said, it won’t go unused, I think for the days I am being a bit more bold, this can be the shade I turn to. I think date night when I look at it, so it will be my go to for a more glamorous lip.

Overall, despite the fact that the lasting power isn’t as great as other liquid lipsticks, I am loving this kit. Every single shade is so pretty and I know it is a kit I will get a lot of wear out of. I don’t think I will be picking up any of the other Huda Beauty mini kits, simply because I can see that I won’t like one or two of the shades, I am just so glad that I picked well and loved every shade in this set AND all the consistencies were good. The set retails for £33.00 which works out to be £8.25 per mini (1.9ml). It isn’t cheap, but I don’t regret picking it up at all. You can pick it up [here].

You can watch the swatch video below or [click here]. Please don’t forget to like and subscribe!

Speak soon, Tanzina x

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.

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Swatches + Review

I’ve been using Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks for years now and have now collected a fair few shades. I’ve done a review on a couple of shades before, but I wanted to share some Sleek Matte Me Lipstick swatches with you today and also do a quick review. I’ve created a little video as well, so you can see how the shades look on me. It’s not easy to find good liquid lipsticks that are also affordable, but these are my favourite ones in the more affordable range. 

The shades I have are:

  • Birthday Suit – a classic wearable peachy toned nude
  • Bitter Sweet – a pretty coral pink
  • Shabby Chic – a muted dark pink
  • Velvet Slippers – a muted deep plum
  • Vino Tinto – an intense deep berry
  • Fired Up – a dark crimson
  • Old Hollywood – an oxblood red
  • Rioja Red – is a true bright red

My swatch video, click here if you can’t see it.

Review

Like I mentioned, I have been wearing these liquid lipsticks for years now, and have been slowly expanding my collection. My favourites still remain as Birthday Suit and Rioja Red which I reviewed here, but Bitter Sweet and Shabby Chic are close seconds. I would say some shades aren’t as pigmented as others such as Vino Tinto and Old Hollywood. However the others perform really well.

In terms of formula, I find these to be really comfortable, they aren’t drying on me and don’t flake or go patchy which is a pet hate of mine when it comes to liquid lipsticks. I would say the trick here is to apply in thin layers and build the colour up, the max layers I need for full colour coverage is only two layers. If you find it to be a little on the dry side, just apply a really thin layer of lip balm underneath and you will be fine. These last for hours on me, 6 hours plus on days that I am not eating much. They don’t peel off either when you do eat, rather they just fade a little which is okay as it isn’t as unflattering as peeling lips. The formula is quite liquid, but it dries really quickly and evenly which is ideal. I hate it when it doesn’t dry immediately and you have to sit and wait for it to.

The amazing thing about these liquid lipsticks are their price mark. These retail just under a fiver at £4.99. You can barely get a lipstick at that price nowadays let alone a liquid lipstick. The second great thing about this price is that they’ve kept it at the same price as it was in 2015 when I first got my hands on these, which is pretty remarkable since brands tend to increase yearly especially if the product proves to be popular, which this one has been. Go Sleek MakeUP! You can pick these up [here]if you feel like experimenting, I’d highly recommend Rioja Red as that is such a beautiful bold pin up red.

 Make sure you watch my video to see the swatches, and see how the colours translate on my skintone. I am hoping to get back into making YouTube videos so make sure you watch this space. If you haven’t subscribed to my channel, please do! Speak soon, Tanzina x

MAC Taupe Lipstick Review

I recently did a bit of MAC lipstick shopping and I finally found some time to share the haul with you all. I ended up picking up 3 lipsticks, and I thought rather than sticking them all in one post like I always do, I would instead do a quick overview of each. Today I have my MAC Taupe Lipstick review.

MAC Taupe lipstick Review

My favourite lipsticks to buy are MAC lipsticks, and my favourite finish has always been the matte finish. I find the traditional MAC mattes to be quite moisturising, whereas the Retro Matte to be a lot less moisturising/dry – though that doesn’t make me love them any less! MAC Taupe is a normal matte finish, so it is quite creamy and sits really well on the lips.

MAC Taupe Lipstick Review

MAC Taupe Lipstick Review

MAC Taupe is described as a ‘muted reddish-taupe brown’ and I would say that description is pretty accurate. It definitely has reddish undertones, which translate peachy on my warm skin tone. It is the perfect nude for me, and I think the most wearable lip colour I have come across. I can tell I will be using this up fairly quickly as I pretty much use it every day as it is so easy to apply. I think on fairer skin tones it would translate more brown, but on mine it leans towards the peachy/red side. It is also a pretty perfect match for the MAC Spice Lip Liner (which I spoke about here).

The finish as I said is matte, but it is much creamier than the Retro Mattes. It sits really well on my lips, even on the days that my lips are dry, it definitely doesn’t emphasise dry lips at all. I know some matte lipsticks have a reputation of making dry lips look worse but I would say this isn’t one of them. The wear is okay, between 4-6 hours depending on how much you eat and drink, but as I am currently fasting, it lasts about 8 hours without any touch ups!

MAC Taupe Lipstick Review

Overall I would say I love this lipstick, it is most definitely my favourite nude and I THINK one of my top three lipsticks of all time. Or maybe top 5… it really is hard to choose favourites! I would highly recommend women of colour try this lipstick out just to see if it becomes their go to nude, and I also think it would work well with women of fairer skin tones as well. Next time you go past a MAC counter have a quick swatch.

As with all MAC lipsticks, this retails for £15.50 and you can pick it up here.

I hope you liked my quick MAC Taupe lipstick review today, let me know if you like individual posts better or multi product posts. Speak to you soon, Tanzina x