Tanya Burr’s Peachy Glow Cheek Palette

I have been wanting to try this Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Cheek Palette for a long time – I was a very good girl because I saw this in Superdrug, DIDN’T buy it and then as I was still thinking about it the next time I went in I bought it as my reward for being good. Lol, I’m sure that’s how restraint works.

Out of Tanya’s make up and nails range the things I have loved the most have been the nail polishes – her formulas, colours and packaging have been on point and she has recently revamped them aswell and I’m a big fan of the new look range! I had never tried any of the palettes she has brought out and this was the one I had my eye on the most, so I thought I’d do a quick review on it!

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The thing I like the most about the palette first of all is how travel friendly it is – it’s light, it has a bronzer, highlight AND blush in one and it’s not too expensive so already it’s a worthwhile investment to add to your travel bag! This palette only costs £8 so it’s a bit of a bargain. 

I quite like the simple packaging, it’s cute without being saccharine. It has a magnetic close I think, but even if it doesn’t they have got it just right. It has a nice, large mirror in it and you get a decent sized pan for all three of the powders.

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When it comes to the actual formula of the powders, one thing I can definitely rave about is the pigmentation. You most definitely do not have to swirl your brush around in the blush to see it on your face. In fact, when I first tried this I literally touched my brush to the pan and then applied it to my face and there was enough product on it! (crazy)

So yep, you’ve got it, this palette may actually last you until you are 90 years old and resting your freshly manicured hands on your zimmerframe **what an image**

One thing I’m not massively keen on is that there is a lot of fall out with this powder. The shades are all beautiful – you have a bronzer called ‘Beach Bronze’, a blush called ‘Apricot Flush’ and a gorgeous highlight called ‘Champagne Shimmer’ *drools*. But when you do apply this with a brush, you have to tap off the excess product and there is ALOT. If you can get past this, you will be overwhelmed by the pigmentation and how blendable the powders are.

The highlight is lovely but it’s very finely milled like the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow (at a fraction of the price) and I’d say the CT one has a more ‘candlelit’ vibe about it.

Have you tried anything from Tanya’s make up range?

Thanks for reading lovely readers,

Roshni xxx

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Final Body Shop Advent Calendar Goodies…AND 2015 for Roshni Reviews!

**EXCLUSIVE – read until the end for a snapshot of 2015 for Roshni Reviews!**

As you know I had a Body Shop Advent Calendar at Christmas and I thought I would start the new year by running over the last few things I received after Christmas! This has been a lovely advent calendar to open, filled with great value products, perfect minis for going away and little surprises.

I’ve loved the unusual products the most – things like the Eye Gel, the little heart soaps and the Fuji Green Tea range which smells amaaazing!

Here I’ll now show you the last 6 days of the advent calendar taking us up to Christmas day! I can’t believe it’s 2016 now!

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This was the surprise!! You think there’s only boxes up to the 24th but that had a SURPRISE box in for the 25th!! SUCH EXCITEMENT

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Aaaaand a Christmassy red nail polishes rounds off the amazing set of goodies from this advent calendar!

In the last 6 days we had:

  • Honey Lip balm
  • Purple (think it’s blackberry) scented heart soap
  • Strawberry scented hand cream
  • Emery board
  • Italian Summer Fig Perfume (not entirely sure what I think of this yet…)
  • Bright red nail polish!

I’m sad there will be no more advent calendar doors to open but I am excited for what is going to happen this year!

AS PROMISED…THIS YEAR IN A SNAPSHOT:

I’m so excited to see what happens this year and I’m pleased to say I’m still enjoying blogging just as much as when I first got into it 🙂

I hope you all had an amazing new year and all the best for 2016 😀

Lots of love,

Roshni xxx

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Week 3 – The Body Shop Advent Calendar!

The thought of waking up and not having a little present each morning is a bit sad but I’ve really enjoyed opening my advent calendar! There have been some great skincare and bath things in the calendar and it all looks excellent quality. I’ve also started thinking about different ways I can use the box after…I’ll do a little post on this after!

So here I can show you the things I have got in the 12th – 19th days of Christmas!

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This week we have had…

  • Shea Butter Shower Cream
  • Strawberry Lip Butter
  • Cream Coloured Heart Soap
  • Frosted Plum Shimmer Lotion (this smells SO good)
  • Vitamin E Night Cream
  • Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel
  • Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush
  • Fuji Green Tea Body Lotion

I think my favourite smell to come out of this advent calendar is the Fuji Green Tea products. I don’t even know what Fuji Green Tea is but it smells so nice – so refreshing, light and clean!

What advent calendars are you opening?! Any recommendations for next year?!

Thanks for reading everyone,

Roshni xxx

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5 Essential Products for Great Looking Eyeshadow

Make up tutorials are so popular now, with the rise of youtube and blogging there are so many professional looking and glamorous looks available for people to try.

I was thinking about the things that I use when I am doing a tutorial or even just make up on myself and I realised there are a few things that kind of make an essential kit for creating great eyeshadow looks!

I have narrowed this ‘essentials kit’ down to 5 things! (I know, well done me!).

**Look how well co-ordinated they all are**:

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GOING BACK TO BASICS:

USE A PRIMER 

Using a primer will give you an blank canvas and an even base to layer your eyeshadows over. I now do this step whenever I am doing an intense or matte eyeshadow look – especially because it helps to even out any veins or unwanted red tones on your eyelids. My favourite to use isn’t actually a ‘primer’ but a paint pot from MAC (aptly named, Painterly). It’s a great, cool toned taupe grey shade (this doesn’t sound that nice but it works really well as a primer!). I’ll put in a close up picture below 🙂

BUY A GOOD CREAM EYESHADOW

For those days where you want a bit of colour or something something on the lids, don’t spend half an hour faffing about with eyeshadow if you don’t want to. Invest in a good long lasting cream eyeshadow (now this doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot!) The one I love the most is the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’. Loads of bloggers have raved about this shade and the formula is one of the best that I’ve tried! This doesn’t crease, which is amazing, and it lasts for aaaaages on the lid.

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GET A DARK BROWN SHADOW STICK 

If you are in a hurry getting ready to go out or go to work but you need to give your make up a lift, get a simple dark brown eyeshadow stick. Using one of these you can smudge it along your upper (and lower if you are going for an evening even) lash line and using a fluffy brush to blend this out a bit. This helps to add a touch of definition and a bit of smokiness, it’s a great way to update your make up and add something different. I love the Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick :).

GET A GOOD PALETTE WITH MATTE SHADOWS

The Lorac Pro Palette pictured below is my go to palette when I want to create a good day time eyeshadow look, but it’s also got some great eyeshadows for evening. When you get a good palette with great quality matte eyeshadows it means you have a myriad (a lot) of eyeshadow looks waiting to be created. This palette has a brilliant pigmented black shade which can be pressed into the crease for an intense smokey eye, or you can use an angled liner brush to push it into the lower lash line.

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INVEST IN YOUR PERFECT TRANSITION COLOUR

Before starting on a layered eyeshadow look, or a smokey eye, I’d definitely recommend using a transition colour. This doesn’t have to be the exact same colour as the eyeshadows you are using but it is a great base layer for the colour going in your crease. I’ll let you in on a little secret…

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Bronzers are perfect transition colours! If they are good enough for contour, they are good enough to use in the crease for a transition colour. The one I love using is NARS Laguna bronzer, which is mostly matte but has a touch of shimmer. It’s a great warm brown, which helps other eyeshadows blend into it with a nice gradient. Either I’ll use Laguna OR I’ll reach for the Taupe shade in the Lorac Pro Palette!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my tips for getting the best eyeshadow look you can. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or click through to my Blog Lovin’ and follow me there :).

Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead!

Roshni xxx

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Bronze/Gold Smokey Eye Shadow Tutorial

Hi All!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday before the Bank Holiday Monday, otherwise known as ‘Stay in Bed because it’s probably gon’ rain’ day. This is my third Youtube video (so far they have all been tutorials) so please give it a watch and there is a link to my previous video at the end!

If you want to see how I got this look take a gander at the video, if you like it give it a thumbs up and hit the subscribe button if you want to see more like it! As before, if you have any comments or thoughts they are more than welcome…as long as they are nice :p

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Thanks for reading/watching! Hope you like it 🙂

Roshni xxx

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Real Techniques Bold Metals – Oval Shadow Brush

Hello!

Happy Saturday to one and all 🙂

Today I have a review for you of one of the brushes from the (not so) new Real Techniques Bold Metals range. I treated myself by using my Boots points to pay for this brush as it’s quite pricey, but trust me it’s well worth it. (I’m writing this as I listen to a Spotify Throwback playlist and Brandi just came on!)

I was in two minds whether to get the contour brush or this one, but to be honest my face is so round that buying a contour brush would be a waste of money! Finding my cheekbones is like finding a needle in a haystack.

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This is the Oval Shadow brush, which is a dense, VERY soft eyeshadow blending brush. I love that it has white bristles as you can clearly see when it’s dirty and needs cleaning. It will practically shame you each day you look at it and NOT clean it.

I am not convinced that the whole handle of the brush is metal. The brush itself is pretty light, so I think the section that holds the bristles is metal and the long handle is actually plastic of some sort. It really is beautiful though, with a shiny chrome handle and a bright white set of bristles.

The handle is designed to help you apply the right amount of product and the diamond shaped handle means that it won’t roll of your dressing table or chosen flat surface. Personally I think that is GENIUS and I have no idea why brands haven’t thought of that before Nic and Sam from Pixiwoo (and Real Techniques).

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The bristles them selves are quite soft, but because they are quite densely packed I wouldn’t recommend going too gung ho under the eye as this is a bit too rough to use on that delicate area of skin.

All in all it’s a great brush for packing on and then blending out eyeshadow, which is what I will be using it for mostly. I have always loved Real Techniques, the idea of a metals range is great for those looking for a beautiful brush with soft bristles that will last for a long time.

What do you think of the Bold Metals range?

Thanks for reading!

Roshni xxx

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I Think I’ve Found the One…

SO, if you guys saw my recent post on the Bare Minerals Bare (Bear) Skin foundation, you’ll know that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for my dry/combination skin. My review was in part a bit scathing but I reckon I was pretty honest, you can read that here.

The Bare Minerals foundation left my skin feeling so oily that I have gone the complete other way with the newest product I’ve tried. I have to say, I am really impressed with the small price tag but the brilliant performance of this foundation.

It’s the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation, which is only £6.99 so it’s a bargain! Although it is a drugstore foundation it is a great consistency and the finish of it is ideal because it really helps to even out your skin.

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The shade that I bought was number 20 ‘Sand’, which I think is the shade before the darkest one in the range. It is a little light for me (only slightly) but I think if I went for the darkest shade it would have been too much.

I love that this comes in a tube, it makes it travel friendly and really easy to get the right amount of product out. It has a little tube dispenser, working with the consistency of this foundation this packaging really works well. The foundation itself is definitely matte, which is what you want in the hot summer months. I have to say this is the first matte foundation that I’ve found that ISN’T drying. It’s really blendable, but it will stay put all day (it does say 24 hour matte yo).

I find that to make sure it doesn’t dry your skin out (my skin is pretty dry in summer) a stippling brush like the Real Techniques one above is best. This means the bristles can pick up the foundation and lightly work it into your skin. I find that denser brushes just soak up the product and are too harsh for working this foundation in.

Safe to say, you live and you learn when it comes to high end products and drug store steals. I think I’ll be a bit more cautious when it comes to products like foundations that can be MEGA expensive…I’m looking at you NARS Sheer Glow.

Finally, here is a picture of me wearing it out last night, with a touch of concealer and bronzer (before drinks, obvs)

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What’s your favourite foundation? Any of you lovely people tried L’Oreal Infallible?

Thanks for reading!

Roshni xxx

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March Beauty Wishlist!

Hello All 🙂

Today I’m going to round up the beauty products that are topping my wishlist for March, so far. There are a lot of items that I have my eye on, that if I’m honest with myself I just don’t need. This is why I add them to my wishlist so that I can stare at them and pine :).

I was thinking the other day about high end versus drug store products, and it struck me that in the majority of cases we probably do pay over the odds for the packaging and look of a product rather than the actual performance of the product itself.

I am guilty of this too, in particular watching I Covet Thee she showed how the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes that were recently launched are amazing dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. The price difference here is around £25 – £30! Nonetheless, some of the products that are on this list will probably fall into this category, but I do believe there are still some that live up to their price in both appearance AND performance.

Here is a collage of the products I am drooling over this month:

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STILA MAGNIFICENT METALS FOIL EYESHADOW (£33.50, click for link) – 

I saw this Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Eyeshadow in a Youtube video by Kaushal Beauty and it looked so beautiful. It is essentially a foil that you pack onto the eyelid and it looks so shiny and striking. It’s pretty damn pricey but it doesn’t stop me looking at it numerous times! This is the kind of eyeshadow that you’d wear on a pretty glam night out, it’s definitely not a day time eyeshadow. The shade I’m lusting over is ‘Vintage Black Gold’ :).

NARS COPACABANA ILLUMINATOR/HIGHLIGHTER (£23.00, click for link) – 

This illuminator is an iridescent cool toned highlight, which would look amazing dabbed onto the cheekbones and brow bone. One thing I love about the tube is that it would last you ages, although its pricey I bet it would keep going for years!

BAD GAL LASH MASCARA (£17.50, click for link) – 

This Benefit mascara has probably seen a massive dip in sales for Benefit recently simply due to the incredible popularity of ‘They’re Real’ and the brand spanking new ‘Roller Lash’ mascara launch. For me, I’ve used cheaper mascaras like the Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ but the Bad Gal Lash is 100% my most favourite.

CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT PERFECTOR (£15.80, click for link) – 

One can never have too many lip products! I’ve heard Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup rave about these, pretty sure she had one of each colour! The rosey shade is the one I have my eye on, but again I don’t really feel like I can justify this kind of purchase. I really hate sticky lip glosses so from what I’ve heard about this they would be perfect.

BOBBI BROWN BRIGHTENING BRICK (£23.00, click for link) – 

I think blushes might be the beauty product that I own the most of. This brightening brick isn’t all about glitter and shine, but illuminating the face (the parts that you want to) in a subtle and natural way :). I like the peach toned and pink toned blushes the most out of this range, and I’m sure you could use a smaller brush to pick out the highlighter colours.

The grand total for my March Wishlist isssss:

£112.80!

Thanks for reading!

Roshni xxx

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Marvellous Metals

Hello Everyone <3!

The first thing I have to say is TGIF!!!

To ease you into the weekend I thought I’d do a post celebrating all things GOLD. Sifting through my collection of beauty goods and wares, I noticed a lot of my products centre around gold, copper or bronze as they tend to suit my skin tone the most.

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The first thing is my favourite  perfume EVER. It’s the Bronze Goddess scent that is brought out by Esteé Lauder every summer. It is part of a range that does a shimmer body oil and they also have bronzers and a cosmetics range to go with it. This scent is just beautiful, it is a coconutty, slightly sweet smelling perfume that lasts all day and can take you from day through to night. The packaging for this perfume is just, a DREAM. Seriously, it’s gold, shiny reflective mirror-y goodness all in one bottle.

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Now, when it comes to tools there are two of my most favourite and most useful brushes that just happen to feature gold as a theme. The first is the Zoeva 106 powder brush. This is one of the softest brushes I think I’ve ever used, it washes amazingly and it makes applying powder to easy and flawless. The link I included is to the set, you can get the powder brush on it’s own but I think it has to be the silver one :(. The second brush I have is the Contour Brush by Real Techniques which is perfect for concealing under the eyes. Ever since I saw Velvetghost (Gabby on Youtube) use it in this way, I haven’t looked back. Again it comes mainly in the set but I’m sure you could find it on it’s own somewhere for sale!

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Next I have three eyeshadows that are heavily pigmented and warm, gilded and beautiful. One of them is MAC’s ‘Woodwinked’ (bottom left), which is a heavily pigmented bronze-y gold. The texture is silky and on a primed eyelid it will last all day or night. Even if you don’t use a crease colour for definition, with this eyeshadow you can pack it on and blend the edges. It almost takes on it’s own shade in the crease area that makes it look like you’ve spent ages on your makeup. The swatch of this on my hand is the warm brown on the lower right hand side :).

Secondly, there is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo  in ‘On and On Bronze’. This cream eyeshadow is one of my favourite that I own. It’s so pigmented, it doesn’t need a primer or anything and it literally lasts 24 hours if you don’t rub your eyes too much! The swatch on my hand is the top one :).

The third and final eyeshadow is again a cream eyeshadow and this is a paint pot by MAC, in the shade ‘Rubenesque’. This is a more orange toned gold, which can look a bit off-putting in the pot but when applied it isn’t as orange as it looks. I think on darker skin this takes on more of a bright gold colour, I imagine on lighter skin this might pick up more of an orange tint. On my hand this is the lower left swatch :).

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What are your favourite gold beauty products?

Have you tried any of these?

Happy Weekend Everyone! Thanks for reading 🙂 xxx

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Sunday Review Time – Benefit’s Cutie Cravings

Hello Everyone!

What better to browse on a Sunday afternoon than a good old review (go make yourself a cup of tea in preparation). We had a glorious day of sunshine yesterday, today however I am looking out the window and it’s as drab as ever, doing that odd spitty drizzly rain thing that makes you wonder why we live in the UK. Today I will be reviewing the Benefit Cutie Cravings make up kit.

This set is an odd one for me, I love the packaging as it’s a tin that looks like a little shop, but even saying the words ‘Cutie Cravings’ makes me shudder inside and think ‘Why, Benefit, why!’ (When I hear cutesy words like that it makes me want to be sick).

Anyway, enough of that, I think it’s time for you to see it and hear a bit more about the contents:

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The lid to this flips up to show you the inside:

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OH OH, NO IT ISN’T!

This set includes a mini Porefessional primer, 4 Benefit Eyeshadows with sponge applicator, a Hoola bronzer with little brush, a sample size ‘They’re Real’ mascara and a lip gloss.

I really like the mix of products in here as it’s not too skincare focused, or too eyes focused. One thing I noticed straight away is the shade of the Hoola bronzer looks much lighter in here than in the full size version, but I have had my full size version for quite a while so that may be why.

I have tried the Porefessional primer before, I wasn’t blown away by it but it is a good primer to use around the T zone before applying make up to make it last longer and to minimise the look of pores (surprise surprise).

For me, the really impressive parts of this kit are the eyeshadows and the mascara. The eyeshadows are a great consistency, buttery and velvety, they apply like a dream. The only criticism I would have is that the fourth glittery shade has coarser glitter particles than other higher end eyeshadows. The shades are really subtle and pretty, and the third matte brown colour is great for applying in the crease. I do think a double sided brush rather than a sponge applicator would have been more useful.

Here’s a close up:

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Hi, Sponge Applicator that I will never use. Shades from left to right are: ‘It’s Complicated’, ‘Nude Swings’, ‘Quick, Look Busy’ and ‘Thanks a Latte’

The mascara ‘They’re Real’ had a massive hype when it first came out. I was quite late to the party with that one, but it really is an amazing mascara. It lengthens, holds a curl really well and is a true jet black colour (not ashy like some that you can get). I tend to put this on on days where I want it to last, and also when I know I won’t have to rush to take my make up off. This stuff sticks fast, so you will need a good make up remover to get it off!

The lip gloss in this set is really lovely, it looks like quite a non descript colour in the tube but once applied it is very opaque and balmy. It’s not too sticky, but it is one where you would have to reapply it often.

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Finally, onto the Hoola bronzer, which I have used before in a full size version and loved it. It’s the perfect matte warm shade bronzer, that has great staying power. The product itself lasts for ages too, so this sample sized amount will last me a very long time! The little brush again I doubt I will use, but if it is one of those sets you will be travelling with it is a great idea.

All in all, this is an ideal gift for a make up junkie, with the stand out performers being the eyeshadows and the mascara for me personally.

What are your favourite Benefit products?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Roshni xxx

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