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

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

My Best Friend’s Bridal Shower

Hi Guys! Today’s post is about my latest YouTube videos. Some of you may know a while ago, my best friend got married. 29th of October to be exact. I couldn’t let my best friend get away without a decent goodbye, so I threw her an afternoon tea themed goodbye party. She really didn’t want to have a bridal shower, so really this was my way of throwing her a little something without going completely against her wishes. Luckily I knew her well enough, and she really enjoyed it.

I wanted the event to be something simple and easy, but also something that would look pretty as well. eBay was my best friend through the planning process. Honestly, you can get so many lovely decoration pieces for dirt cheap. Here are a few items I picked up:

  • Pale Pink Cupcake boxes [here]
  • Tutu Table Skirt [here]
  • Confetti Balloons [here]
  • Various Decoration pieces [here]

Of course the event was vlogged, but we were having too many conversations and too much fun to actually remember to pick the camera up and vlog. I ended up deciding half way through that I needed to bulk the vlog up a bit and add some more content, so the get together turned into a ‘How well do you know your Best Friend TAG’. I couldn’t have chosen a better day to film that in hindsight, we were really relaxed and in an environment where we could be very honest and not feel at unease that a camera was pointed at our face. I was initially planning on having the tag and the afternoon tea vlog all in one video, but when I saw that the tag was 24 minutes long in footage, I knew that would be quite difficult so I decided to split the video into two. The TAG video will be uploaded in the next few days, so make sure you subscribe to my channel to ensure you don’t miss it. It is not one to be missed, if you wanted to get to know me better, that’s the tag to watch.

You can watch my best friend’s bridal shower [here].

I also recently uploaded a Primark Haul video, I haven’t been the biggest fan of Primark over the past few years but recently that has definitely been changing. I’m starting to spend quite a few pennies in Primark nowadays, so I thought I would share what I picked up on my latest trip.

You can watch that video [here].

As some of you may know, I am getting a little better at posting on YouTube, so if you haven’t subscribed to my channel please do. I’m hoping you are able to get to know me a little better and also learn a few tips and tricks along the way. If you have any video suggestions, I would love to know. Speak soon, Tanzina x