Tanya Burr Lips + Nails Review with Swatches

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When I heard that Tanya Burr was launching her own make up collection, I unashamedly jumped on the bandwagon! Instead of waiting for them to be stocked at Superdrug, I went to feelunique.com and bought four glosses and two nail varnishes. There was a discount at the time so I paid a bit less than the RRP of £5.99 for the nail varnishes and £6.99 for the lip glosses. Feel Unique currently has many Tanya Burr products on sale so head over there if you are interested in making a purchase.

From the nail varnish line I have Penguin Chic and Mini Marshmallows. Penguin Chic is a lovely muted mauve that is similar to my holy grail nail colour by Barry M, Cappuccino. It has a mixture of brown, grey and purple tones which combine to create a truly sophisticated and chic shade. Mini Marshmallows is a baby pink that reminds me of candy floss. It is a cute shade without being overly girly or sickly.

Penguin Chic:

penguin chic

Mini Marshmallows:

Mini Marshmallows

 

I bought four of the lip glosses: First date, Let’s Travel the World, Exotic Island and Afternoon Tea. First date is a slightly shimmery pale baby pink. Let’s Travel the World is an orangey, coral red. Exotic Island is a bright magenta but can be applied more thinly as a hot pink shade. Afternoon Tea is a your-lips-but-better shade that perfectly toes the line between peach and pink. The last three shades do not contain any shimmer.

lip gloss swatches

First Date:

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Let’s Travel The World:

lets travel the world

Afternoon Tea

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Exotic Island, which is edging slightly ahead as my favourite:

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Several months have passed since I bought the products so I have had ample time to road-test them. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the nail varnish I have worn the most is Penguin Chic. Mini Marshmallows is a bit bland and thin in my opinion, so unless I am wearing an outfit that calls for a nude nail shade I tend to forget about it.  Of the lip glosses, my favourite two are Exotic Island and Afternoon Tea. I wear Afternoon Tea the most because it is a more nude shade, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like Exotic Island as it is not the sort of colour that I normally gravitate towards. I usually wear a small amount and it helps to perk up my everyday neutral makeup looks. Let’s Travel The World is also very wearable, but I tend to reserve red lip colours for special occasions. The only lip gloss that I regret buying is First Date, as it is far too pale for me. However, I think it would really flatter a more tanned or warm skin tone.

I have uploaded a detailed review of the shades to my Youtube channel which you can watch below:

Since I go into detail in the video, I’ll give a brief overview of my thoughts here.

Penguin Chic and Mini Marshmallows:
– I love the shade of Penguin Chic
– Mini Marshmallows is a good nudish shade for pale skin
– Long-lasting and relatively chip-free
– Thin, watery formula so requires minimum of 2 coats to be opaque, more like 3
– Mini Marshmallows is translucent so natural nail will still show through
– They both smell strange. The closest thing it reminds me of is mould. It’s a bit off-putting

Afternoon Tea, Exotic Island, Let’s Travel the World and First Date:
– Very hydrating and lip-plumping. The hydrating affect lasts even after the lip gloss has worn off
– Not at all sticky or uncomfortable on the lips
– Sweet, fruity smell and pleasant taste, a bit like strawberries
– The pigmentation is superb
– My hair still sticks to my lips but it’s almost worth it!

I really love the lip glosses, but was less impressed by the nail varnishes. This was unexpected as I normally love nail varnish and do not like lip gloss. I wouldn’t say the lip products have converted me to be a lover of glossy lips. I still love a matte to satin finish, but they are up there with my most loved and used lip products.

What do you think of Tanya Burr’s collection? Have you noticed a same issue with the nail varnish smelling like mould or did I get a dud batch?!

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Tutorial | Red lips and smokey eyes

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For my husbands’ birthday dinner I wanted to do a look I don’t usually go for – bold lips and smokey eyes. Why does the mere mention of those two things make me squirm a little bit inside?! Well, ever since I burst out into the world I have been incredibly pale, and I’m genetically cursed with my dad’s hooded eyes.

Red lips can look beautiful, but they can also completely over-power pale and fair skin. I think this is particularly the case for girls like myself with pale skin and a fair complexion – light coloured eyes, freckles and blonde to light brown hair. This is because, unlike dark-haired and/or dark-eyed girls, there is nothing dark enough on or around the face to balance out the depth of an opaque red. It has taken a lot of trial and error to find the ‘right’ bold red for my lips, but I believe I have found it in MAC’s Viva Glam I. It is a bold blue-toned red but with enough brown tonnes as to not drain all the colour from my face. And paired with No.7’s lip liner in Fire, which comes in a handy retractable pencil, it’s a match made in red lip heaven!

Have you ever followed a youtube tutorial for an amazing, dramatic eye look only to find once you have finished that all of the drama has all disappeared into the recesses of your eyelids? If the answer it yes, you may have hooded eyes. Having hooded eyes means that you have very little visible eyelid area when the eyes are open. At the same time, you will tend to have quite a large area of skin between your crease (the fold above your eyelid) and the eyebrow, so highlighting this area can make it look even larger. Hooded eyes can be cause by age, as the skin above the eyelid looses elasticity and starts to droop downwards, or, as in my case, it can be hereditary. The aim with this smokey eye look create the illusion of wider, sultry eyes that are drawn upwards.

A little tip is to apply your blush last so that you can judge how much you need to add to warm up your face and balance out the red lip. If you are not very pale, you may not need to apply any blush at all. It’s up to you 🙂

You can watch the tutorial for this makeup look on my Youtube channel:

I’d love to know what you think about this look in the comments below! Would you add, remove or change anything about it? Do you have a favourite bold red lip product?