My Resolution Update – January

Good Morning guys, and Happy Mid February. It’s crazy how fast that came around, it feels like yesterday when I was seeing in the New Year. Since I openly shared my New Year’s resolutions, in the hope of being held accountable, I thought I would update you all with how I am getting along. This is going to be embarrassing, as honestly, January was one of the worst months I have had in a long while.

Let’s bring you up to speed, emotionally the month has been very up and down for me. There were some really nice highs, like my birthday and also my sister’s graduation, but there have been lows as well which have left me mentally drained. I don’t cope well with feeling low, my go to method of coping is crawling into bed and staying there for hours on end. As you can imagine that brings my productivity levels to a halt and I don’t get much done. And all that does is make me feel even lower and it’s a vicious cycle that is so hard to break. So now that February has peeped, I am starting to slowly rebuild myself up again, as I don’t want to let the year slip away without achieving my goals and targets. Talking about targets, let’s discuss my New Year’s resolutions and how I got on with them. You can read my original New Year’s Resolution post [here], I was feeling a lot more positive.

  1. Get Fit & Tone Up – Sigh, this hasn’t moved at all. I haven’t even visited the gym since I returned from Bangladesh. The first 2 weeks, I had a very irritated stomach which meant exercise was out the question. On a positive note, I did lose quite a bit of weight. I am hoping February is going to be the month I go to the gym, even if it is once or twice a week. I need to build my stamina back up.
  2. Fix Blog, Blog More and Upload More – Hmm, again another fail. I have upload just one blog post (check it out here) and no YouTube videos, I am working on content at the moment so hopefully I will change this. I have however worked on fixing my blog, and am in the middle of completing the fixes, so at least there has been progress in that front.
  3. Become a Positive Person – This definitely did not work during January, mentally my anxiety and stress levels really hindered that. I can’t wait to start feeling better and happier and becoming more positive, but I do also know myself and know that this isn’t something I can’t force. It needs to happen naturally so who knows, maybe my February update will be a little more positive. I am also planning on looking into reading positivity, self-growth books so if there are any great ones you’d recommend, please do let me know.
  4. Start Praying More – Okay, something I can say I am actually doing. As I’ve mentioned, mentally I haven’t been 100% and honestly I think praying has made me feel a lot better. I am still not as consistent as I would like to be, but I wasn’t expecting that straight away. I just know I am getting a lot more regular at praying, and if that is the only goal I tick off this year I won’t be too disappointed in myself. I know my parent’s would be the happiest parents in the world!
  5. Create a Home – This is a goal that I know needs to be parked till towards the end of 2018. However it doesn’t stop me from buying way too many home bits!
  6. Learn how to Wrap a Saree – No progress with this on either. I may go home today and just bring out a saree, blouse and petticoat from my wardrobe and leave it in plain sight so that I am more likely to practise.
  7. Wake Up Earlier – This is a new resolution which wasn’t a part of my original resolutions. I need to wake up earlier. I am most definitely not a morning person and I realise that is also something that works against me when it comes to being more productive. I sleep in quite late on weekends and also rush every weekday morning and I would like to change that. Hopefully it is something I am able to combat this year.

So those are my resolution updates, it’s definitely not where I thought I would be when I first wrote them out, but life always has its own plans for you no matter how well you plan out what you want to happen. I’m going to have to forgive myself and accept that health comes first. I’d be lying if I said I am okay to be in this position for our next update, so please keep your fingers crossed for me so that next month, I have more positivity to share. 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

My First Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette

As you have gathered from the title, today we are going to be talking about my first Makeup Geek Eyeshadow palette. Makeup Geek is a brand that has intrigued me for years, but for some reason I haven’t really taken the plunge to test them out. I think it’s because it is so much easier to buy a ready-made palette from other brands, and I knew if I was going to buy anything from Makeup Geek, it had to be a custom made palette. Today I am going to introduce to you my first palette and share my thoughts on acquiring products that I have wanted to try for years.

I’ve always heard good things about Makeup Geek shadows, they really made some waves a few years back by sending PR packages of their products, and I think that’s what really piqued my interest. I wanted to have my own Makeup Geek palette as I saw that they seemed to perform really well on various YouTube channel. A few years later, here we are. Makeup Geek is now really easy to get hold of in the UK. Back when I first spotted them, they were only available on their own website, and I really didn’t fancy paying shipping fees and taxes. Now, you can pick them up at Beauty Bay. I picked my shadows up in the Black Friday sale so I got a little discount too. I’m keeping an eye out for the next Beauty Bay sale so I can stock up on more shades. So let’s talk about the shades I picked up.

I picked up are:

  • Vanilla Bean
  • Peach Smoothie
  • Creme Brulee
  • I’m Peachless (Duo Chrome)
  • Petal Pusher
  • Bitten
  • Magic Act (Foiled)
  • Latte
  • Pretentious
  • Mocha
  • Cocoa Bear
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Corrupt

From Left to Right: Bitten, Petal Pusher, I’m Peachless, Creme Brulee, Peach Smoothie & Vanilla Bean

From Left to Right: Cosmopolitan, Cocoa Bear, Pretentious, Mocha, Magic Act

Makeup Geek Corrupt

I had a spare large Z palette that I picked up years ago at an IMATS event, so I didn’t have to purchase a separate palette to store my shadows in. What I wanted to achieve with this palette was a palette I could turn to for everything. All in one travel palette basically, which would do the job for me for any event. I picked up brow highlight colours (Peach Smoothie and Vanilla Bean), crease shades (Latte, Mocha and Creme Brulee), a deep black (Corrupt), and a strong gold (Magic Act) for Asian events. Basically I got a mix of shadows that I knew would mean I wouldn’t have to dip into another palette. I think I am lacking a really good inner corner highlight so that’s on my wish list. I took this palette with me to Bangladesh, and honestly, that was such a good idea. I barely touched any other palette and even now that I have returned back to the UK, this is still the only palette I use.

I thought I would share my thoughts on the quality of these shadows. My thoughts are that they are so consistent, each shadow performs well and the blendability of these shadows is amazing. They make doing my eyes so much easier, and there is no worry about lack of pigmentation. The colour payoff is great and honestly I am really impressed. I will definitely be picking up more shadows from the brand so that I can have a full palette of Makeup Geek eye shadows.

My favourite shadows are:

  • Peach Smoothie – this is the perfect under brow highlight and blending shade for my skin tone, this was raved about by many vloggers/bloggers and I can see why.
  • I’m Peachless – this is a duo chrome shade, and I just love it. Don’t know what it is about this shade, but it is just beautiful on my skin tone. I apply with my finger, all over my lid and add a little Mocha in the crease for definition and I am done.
  • Mocha – This shade is a beautiful brown, it’s one I turn to on a daily basis. I use it in my crease and it just blends beautifully. I could wear Peach Smoothie, I’m Peachless and Mocha every day and not get bored (I think).
  • Cocoa Bear – This is a warm and rich brown, a shade that I have been using to deepen my crease and outer V. I love it, it adds drama to an eye look without over powering the eyes.
  • Corrupt – A deep black is a necessity in every palette and this does the job well for me. I use black shadow as eyeliner so I needed something that would perform well and I am glad that this didn’t disappoint.

You can pick up Makeup Geek eyeshadows [here]
The Original Shadows retail for £4.95
The Duo Chrome Shadows retail for £4.95
The Foiled Shadows retail for £7.95

Okay, disclaimer alert. As I type this, I have ordered another 9 eyeshadows from Makeup Geek and it has just arrived today. There was a buy 2 get 1 free offer I just couldn’t say no to. To say I am excited to unbox would be an understatement. I think that says it all really, I loved the product so much that I had to purchase more. On the whole, I would recommend trying Makeup Geek Eyeshadows to everyone who likes makeup. You’ll love this. Now if you would like me to tell you what other shades I picked up, just let me know! Speak soon, Tanzina x

My New Year’s Resolutions 2018

New Year’s resolutions are a funny bunch, some people love them and others really don’t agree with the concept. I haven’t really focused much on New Year’s resolutions for 2017, and to be honest, looking back I am glad I didn’t. 2017 has been crazy for me, I got married at the end of 2016 so just settling into this new life has taken up the majority of my time. I have had quite a few ups and downs, cases of anxiety, and I have experienced lots of changes. What I want to do today, is reflect on the last couple of years and pen what wishes I have for this new year.

As this post goes live, I am currently in Bangladesh. We flew over on the 15th of December (the date of my one year wedding anniversary) and will be back in the next few days. I’ll be seeing in the New Year with a party on the 1st of January, to celebrate our one year and also to celebrate with family over in Bangladesh who were unable to attend our wedding. As you guys may already know, my family are the single most important thing to me, so to have them surrounding me will be the best start to year 2018. I actually last wrote my New Year’s resolution back in 2016 (which you can read here) so I thought I would touch on my resolutions from two years ago and see how much has changed. Here is an update on my 2016 resolutions.

  • Get Fit & Tone Up – This one made me laugh because it really is an on going thing, one I haven’t quite cracked yet. I think this must be on the majority of new years resolutions and it definitely is on mine again. Sorry 2016 Tanzina, you didn’t quite master this one.
  • Fix Blog & Blog More – I actually did manage to fix my blog, I also managed to blog more. And then all the wedding prep started, and I would say 2017 has been my worst year in a while. But tomorrow is always another day.
  • Start Doing More YouTube Videos – Sorry 2016 Tanzina, you flopped this one too. This review really isn’t going very well is it. However I would say at the end of 2017 my uploads are a little less spaced out, so we’re heading in the right direction.
  • Become More Organised – I think I actually DID make progress on this one. With a wedding to plan and then a new life to sort out, I managed to get a little more organised.
  • Start Thinking About Settling Down – Hurray! Something I can completely tick off the list. I had an inkling at the beginning of 2016 that it may be an important year for me, but I didn’t want to give too much away just in case things didn’t pan out the way I wanted them to. But my husband and I got engaged and married in 2016. It makes me really happy that I can cross this one off.

So what do I have planned for 2018? Well as you can guess, some of the above resolutions are going to be transferred straight over.

1. Get Fit and Tone Up

Okay before you laugh at me, I am doing something about this. Towards the end of 2017, I was really unhappy about my body. It wasn’t knocking my confidence, but I felt hideous. I just had too many bulges, and I still do. But I started at a new job in November, and they fortunately have a gym on site! I’ve started getting into the habit of going a lot more regularly than I ever have in my life. It hasn’t worked any wonders for me yet, but if I keep being consistent I will see a change. Going to Bangladesh for three weeks will no doubt undo my fitness progress, but it may actually do wonders in getting rid of the bulges. I struggle to eat properly once I get there, and end up losing lots of weight. I am secretly hoping that is what happens to me, and then I can do all the toning work when I get back. If I remain consistent in January I think I will treat myself to a new gym wardrobe for my birthday. Oh also, the aim for 2018 is to do 10 push ups without pausing. Right now I can’t even do one.

2. Fix Blog, Blog More, and Upload More.

Sounds familiar? Two years later and still the same resolution, please tell me I’m not alone on this! So my blog does need some fixing, somehow my data isn’t getting transferred to my Google Analytics and my ads auto populate meaning they’re everywhere over the blog which I really don’t like. Those two tasks are on my to-do list for January 2017. Next, content. I really let things slip in 2017 but 2018 is a new year and a new chance to turn things around. I’m going to consciously try and stick to this one. Hopefully it’ll be one I can cross off my 2019 resolutions.

3. Become a Positive Person

This is a resolution that I began working on towards the end of 2017. I had a few ups and downs throughout the year, and it taught be that my negative mind was making things ten times worse. Holding negativity, anger, bitterness… it was doing me more damage than anyone else. I’ve started to try and become more positive and I genuinely feel that mentality is making my life better. I also purchased The Happiness Planner back in July 2017, so I am going to aim to fill it in and use it as much as possible this year. I also picked up a similar planner, but for Muslim girls from Salaam Paperie, and again I’ll try to stick to filling that in.

4. Start Praying More

I’m not going to talk too much about this one, as I know religion is quite a personal subject. But I am a Muslim, and I really get a lot of peace and fulfilment through praying. Unfortunately I am not doing it as much as I would like to, so that is definitely something I hope I work on in 2018.

5. Create a Home

2018 MAY be quite an exciting year for me, if things go to plan, I should be moving into my first house. Currently I live with in-laws, and prior to that I lived with my family, and other than my stint in a studio flat during University, I’ve never had my own house. If things go well, in the later part of 2018, I should be moving into our new house. So a major focus of 2018 is following that through, and building a home for myself, making it cosy and beautiful. I have really high hopes for this house, so I hope I can mould into the home I’ve envisioned for years – that is if the move goes to plan!

6. Learn how to Wrap a Saree

This one is embarrassing. I am a married Bengali woman, and I think I am letting my heritage down by not knowing how to wrap a saree! As I mentioned, I am over in Bangladesh at the moment, so I am hoping I master this whilst I am there. If I don’t accomplish this is 2018 I will be extremely disappointed in myself. I have spent too much money on too many stunning sarees to not know how to wrap it! And I hate having to ask people to help me.

I think I have written my heart out about my New Year’s resolution, and I will be using this post as something to measure my progress against. I think in 3 months time I will do an update, as some of these can be measured in 3 months. The house move definitely will not be possible in 3 months time but I should be able to update a few of these. I would love to know if you have any New Year’s resolutions and what measures you are taking in achieving them. Speak soon! Tanzina x

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