A Bengali Bride: The Pre Engagement Vlog

Hi loves, you’d think the Bengali Bride series is one I’ve forgotten but you might be glad to know that I haven’t. First year if marriage is full of events and ups and downs, and I guess I haven’t been committed to my blog as much. It’s okay, I let myself off, because I don’t want to miss living in the moment. However now, over a year later I finally have a vlog up on my YouTube channel of the pre engagement/pre cinipaan activites and I wanted you to check it out.

I’m not going to go on about the Cinipaan and what we got up to, there’s lots of detailed blog posts on that which you can have a read of here:

A Bengali Bride: The Engagement Party

A Bengali Bride: The Engagement Party – Outfits

A Bengali Bride: The Engagement Party – Taals

Even though it was so hectic, and despite not being able to catch everything on camera amidst the chaos, it was still one of the most amazing moments of my life. Watching everything play out on a video, it makes me crave making taals and being in a wedding house all over again – I can’t wait till my cousi/sister/brother get married and our home is once again turned into a party venue. It was epic.

Make sure you check out the vlog, though my blog posts are detailed, it’s so different watching things happen right in front of you. I really hope you enjoy it as it is a slice of my life that I am sharing, so it feels a little precious to me.

You can watch the video [here]

I really hope you enjoy/enjoyed watching my Pre Engagement Vlog and I would love your feedback on it. I have a few more videos I need to work on, especially the actual vlog from my cinipaan day. Make sure you comment, like, subscribe and all those lovely things as it really does motivate me to be more active on these sites.

Speak soon, Tanzina x


Collective Haul – Fashion, Homeware & Makeup

Good morning guys and welcome back to my blog. Today’s post is all about a collective haul I recently filmed for my YouTube Channel. I haven’t filmed a collective haul, or a haul of any type in quite a while. I feel like I buy bits and bobs as and when they catch my eyes, so things don’t really stack up as much as they used to. My shopping habits have definitely changed, I used to be all about the big splurge but now I weigh things up a little bit more and buy a little bit more carefully. Think that is just a by-product of growing up!

Collective Haul

When it comes to shopping for clothes, I used to love the sale section. I used to spend so much money on so many ‘bargains’ only to get them home and never wear them. I’ve slowly been learning that it is worth spending a little bit extra for an item I adore and will get lots of use out of. I am also trying to downsize my wardrobe and have a capsule wardrobe of sort, so when I am buying items of clothing I am trying to be wise and pick up staple pieces. The tops I picked up in this haul feel like tops I will get a lot of wear out of.

J.D.Y Peplum Shirt
ASOS Body with Long Sleeve Mesh Insert & Ruffle
Boohoo Lace Sleeve Blouse

Collective Haul

 Homeware shopping is still fairly new to me, it wasn’t something I paid much attention to until recent years. I’ve been living with my parents for my entire life, and only moved out when I got married 9 months ago. It was as I was moving out where I got a little bit more interested in homeware, I wanted to make my new bedroom cosy and pretty. As I currently live with in laws, I don’t really have the need to decorate the whole house so homeware usually either relates to bedroom furnishings or items for my ‘one day’ house. We’ve bought a house and will aim to move into it next year, so every now and then when something catches my eye for my ‘one day’ house, I pick it up. It feels more affordable to buy things bit by bit rather than all at once. In this haul, I had ‘my one day’ house on my mind mostly.

The final part of my haul is of course, makeup .I’m not really sure if much has changed when it comes to my makeup shopping habits. When it comes to makeup and beauty I still have a sweet tooth that can never get satisfied. However I think I do think things through a little more than I used to, and don’t impulse buy as much as I used to. In this haul the products I picked up are ones I have had my eye on for a while, which makes me feel like I will get more of a use out of them. I really just don’t impulse buy half as much as I used to, although recently I breached that habit when the Fenty range dropped in the UK. More on that coming soon!

Primark Lip Liner – Red Velvet
Primark Lip Liner – Rosewood Mauve
Cover FX  Custom Enhancer Drops – Sunlight
Jouer Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadow Palette
NYX  Micro Brow Pencil – Espresso
Poundland False Lashes
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
MAC Lipstick Persistence
MAC Lipstick Spirit

You can watch the haul [here]

I hoped you liked watching my collective haul, if you did please do let me know so I know to film more in the future. I feel like I am starting to enjoy making videos again, so if you have anything in particular you’d like to see do let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to tick off. I would love to do a Q&A, but I do feel a bit nervous about it as I actually need questions for that and don’t know if I will get any! But do let me know your feedback on both this video and future ones. Speak soon, Tanzina x

My First ‘Real’ Eid – Vlog

Hi loves! Eid Mubarak to all who celebrated it last week. This Eid was a special one for me, as it’s the first one where I sort of had my own house to entertain guests. It made me feel like a real grown up and gave me a chance for me to feed my friends and family. I was looking forward to it for a while actually and spent the days coming up to it making Eid snacks with my mum like somosas and daal puris, you’ll get to see all that in the video.

I thought I would vlog it, mainly because I wanted to capture the memories and secondly so I stop being such a ghost to you all. I feel like I’ve disappeared from this blog, and that is okay as it is a passion/hobby of mine rather than a full time job but I won’t lie, it is disheartening to see the stats dropping and views dwindling. So I guess this was also my way of saying hello again and trying to make sure I gradually start making my return on here. I’m rambling. Please watch the video and comment, share, like and all that lovely stuff.

You can watch the video [here]

I hope you enjoyed watching my Eid vlog, I’d love to know what you think and if you’d like to see more videos like this one. I enjoyed filming in this laid back style, so if you want more, I’ll make it happen. I miss being on here and typing away, so I can’t wait to be back soon. 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

Soft Smoky Makeup Look

I recently had a local event to attend with my husband and family. It was a charity comedy night, but to me it was more an excuse to dress up a little bit. I ended up creating a soft smoky makeup look and I filmed it for you all to watch. I finally found an angle in my new bedroom that I was kinda happy with, so I perched the camera and started filming. It’s been quite hard getting used to the new set up and mostly managing my time wisely, sometimes (a lot of the times) I feel pulled in so many directions, that my YouTube and blog end up being the biggest casualties. It’s fair to say I was quite proud I actually managed to film something for you! 

So this look was sort of in between ‘I’m not making too much effort’, and ‘I am making a lot of effort’. I thought going with a thin line of liner, no contouring, no severe highlighting, I would look a little less try hard. Let me know if you think I managed to achieve that? Ooh I also tried out the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics eye shadow palette and it is fair to say I have fallen for it quite dramatically. It has the most beautiful packaging, and the shadows are so buttery and more importantly, all matte! It was so easy to create the soft smoky makeup look I was after.

Let’s talk products:

I thought this look was pretty easy to create and it didn’t take me too long. So onto the video, you can watch it below or [click here] to watch the video.

I would love to know what you think of it, I’m using a different set up so would love to know if you think the quality is clear, if my face is close enough or too close even to camera, did I explain it properly to you? Basically I would really appreciate any feedback you may have. I hope you liked my soft smoky makeup look, and remember if you DID like it, please like the video and subscribe. Now, what shall I film next?