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

More Sleek Matte Me Lipsticks

Hey loves, welcome back to this corner of the internet. I wanted to talk to you guys about Sleek Matte Me lipsticks, as I have added more to my collection. Some of you guys may already know I adore this product, as I talked about them quite a few times over here. You can read about my favourite two shades [here] or even see a swatch video of my collection [here]. Today I have three more colours to share with you, so read on to find out what I think of the latest shades.

Sleek Matte Me Lipsticks

I’m not going to talk too much about how much I love these products and all the pros and cons, you can read all about that in the blog posts I mentioned above. Instead I want to show you the shades and talk a little about how they looked on me. These launched early this year, and I’ll be honest I was a little nervous about testing these out as some of the shades are just SO out of my comfort zone. But of course, I had to tempt fate and try them out. I wanted to see if I could make them work, make them suit me, to see if they could remain in my collection.

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Lavender Crush
Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Lavender Crush
Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Lavender Crush

Sleek Matte Me in Crushed Lavender

This is a tube of pastel toned lilacy goodness. Okay I’ll admit, even I thought it was a little too bold for me. I actually first swatched this shade at work with pretty much only mascara on. It was fair to say I scared a few people. However with a bit of glam on, I think I might be able to rock it. What do you think? I would say to wear lip liner with this so your lips are even before application. I think there are lots of people that can rock this comfortably, I’m just sad I’m not once of those because I am a wimp and am scared to brave bold shades like this in public. I hope to one day be brave enough to just rock it. However I will definitely keep this in my collection, just for some fun and edgy looks I plan to try out. You can pick this shade up [here] for £4.99

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Apricot Blooms
Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Apricot Blooms

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick Apricot Blooms

Sleek Matte Me in Apricot Blooms

Next we have another pastel, this is a pastel peach shade. This I would say, is a tad too light for my complexion which is a shame as it is such a pretty colour. I tried playing with different lip liners underneath but I just think it is a bit too bright and too light for me. To make it a little wearable for myself, I applied MAC Spice lipliner (review here) underneath and then patted on the liquid lipstick on top. It is a very richly pigmented shade however and could be a winner for the right skin tone. You can pick this shade up [here] for £4.99

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick French Fancy

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick French Fancy

Sleek Matte Me Lipstick French Fancy

Sleek Matte Me in French Fancy

This is my favourite of the three. I love pinks, so of course this ticked that box. It is a bit pastel in shade, but not as much as the others. It is also quite bright and pretty and a lot more wearable than the other two shades. It makes me feel all girly which is never a bad thing. It is very richly pigmented as well. I apply it with a nude pink lip liner underneath just so the edges are perfect and opaque. I actually wore this shade out recently so managed to take a picture of a full face of makeup so I thought I would add in those images for. Bear in mind picture has had a filter added and edited. If you want to know what other products I am wearing for this look it is all on my IG page (@makeupatoz). You can pick this shade up [here] for £4.99

Although one of the shades was a little too out of my comfort zone, I am glad they created that shade as it will definitely work on other skin tones. I am actually quite proud of the fact that I soft off pulled off Lavender Crush, I’ll try to create more looks with it. I hope you liked my review of these Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks. Let me know which of these shades you wouldn’t mind trying out. Oh, if you’d like any details of the products I used to create the above makeup looks, be sure to head over to Instagram, all the information is on there. Speak soon, Tanzina x


Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Ugh, it has been forever since I last posted on here. I don’t really have an excuse so I am not going to faff on too much about that. Anyway, moving on very swiftly from that, I’ve recently been to quite a few weddings and I wanted to share with you my outfit and makeup from one of the events I attended. I wore a pink saree that is actually very simple but somehow really impactful. You’ll see what I mean in the following pictures. 

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look
Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

One of my new year’s resolution was to learn how to wrap a saree. Unfortunately I still haven’t mastered that yet so I have my mum to thank for the wrapping of this saree. This saree was so made for a wedding, you know when you have a wedding to go to where you aren’t close family, but you still need to make an effort? This saree was made for that. The saree itself is really plain but the blouse is quite a statement piece so it wasn’t too simple for a wedding at all.

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

The saree itself was from Mongas, they used to have a shop in Luton which is where I picked it up however unfortunately they have now closed this shop down. They have a shop in Southall so that may be worth checking out. I have some bad news for you guys if you are loving this saree – I picked it quite a few months ago so I doubt they will still have it in stock. However Mongas is really worth checking out for party sarees and wedding guest sarees. I think I picked this saree for either £100 or £120.

My earrings are from Bees in Green Street, London. I actually wore them on my Mehndi day. My clutch is from Accessorize.

Now on to things you can pick up. Lets talk through the makeup products I used for the below makeup look.

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup Look

When I bought this saree, I knew exactly what shadow palette I would use when I finally wear it. The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette was made for this, it has gorgeous pinky toned shadows that just compliment my complexion so well. I love the darker shades at the end of the palette as well as you can create a really nice plum toned smokey eye. I thought since it was a wedding I’d add in some glitter courtesy of a Tom Ford palette that I have but hardly ever use. For my lips, after a long while I decided to turn away from the liquid lipsticks and pick up one of my trusty MAC lipsticks.

Face Makeup

Eye Makeup

Lip Makeup

I hope you liked this post that I’ve created. I was unsure about posting it as the saree is actually no longer available but I thought you might like to see how I styled my outfit and also how I created my makeup look. I know August is peak wedding season for the Asian community and also with Eid around the corner I wanted you guys to get a little inspiration. Let me know what you think of this post and also if you’d like to see more blog posts like this. Speak soon (hopefully), Tanzina x