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November favourites 2015

I have been enjoying a select few things in November, and I thought I'd show you.


The first thing I have been loving is quite obvious if you read my blog.. That is the collection naturally matt foundation. In a previous post I raved about this, you can check it out here.

The second thing I have been loving is a lipstick from Clinque. I have the sample, but I have been wearing it and loving it so much I'm considering buying the full size. It is in the shade 'nude pop'. It is a gorgeous, glossy every day pink shade, which feels so moisturising and comfortable on the lips.


The third thing I have been loving is a MUA single eye-shadow in the shade 'chamoisee'. It is a beautiful true gold shade, which can be built up or worn subtly for a stunning wash of colour. It is also not too warm, it is quite neutral, which makes a change for gold eyeshadows. These eyeshadows are £1 each and are amazing.


The forth product I have been loving is an eye-shadow palette from Rimmel. It is their glam eyes in the shade brixton brown. They are the perfect autumn/winter colours, and they blend like a dream. I have used this palette so much - I have almost hit pan on the pale shimmery shade and I haven't had it for very long. I like to wear that all over the lid on an everyday basis, with one of the darker colours through the crease.


And finally, the fifth product I have been loving is the boots baby sensitive moisture cream. I have had very dry skin recently, especially on my nose, and no moisturisers were curing that. I was peeling - it was awful, so I decided to try something a little different, and oh my gosh, it worked! This cream is made for treating dry and eczema prone skin, as well as babies, and it has helped add so much moisture to my face, making it soft and smooth and a great base for makeup again. This looks like  new holy grail product in the winter months for me!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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Disappointing products #1

Today I will be telling you all about the products that kind of let me down, didn't live up to the hype or just disappointed me. While I'm writing this, I am listening to Christmas songs and I am very excited for December and of course Christmas, but I thought before I got too much into the festive spirit, I would do some regular posts before they get super Xmas themed - I hope you're excited, I sure am!


The first product I found very disappointing and overall bad, was the Avon colour trend oil control foundation. I do have dry/normal skin (at the moment it's very dry), so that it why I might have not worked at all for me. When I tried to use this it was in the summer when my skin was normal, but it still did nothing for me. It didn't blend well, it actually just separated on my skin. If you have very oily skin then this might work for you. Its now in my 'to give away' pile.

I would just like to say some of these products I will never use again and consequently will give away, however some of these products I still use, as they are okay, they just wasn't as good as I thought they would be.


Continuing on the foundation theme, another product I found disappointing was the Rimmel match perfection foundation. I had heard good things about this foundation and I had managed to get hold of a sample, but when I used it, it just didn't do much nor was it that special. It sat on my skin strangely and didn't look right.


Another foundation I really didn't get along with was the Miss Sporty mission correction foundation. I had high hopes for this foundation as I used to really like the Miss Sporty perfect stay foundation, and they had stopped selling the perfect stay in stores and replaced it with this foundation. It claims to be a concealer, highlighter and foundation, but again it just separated on my skin, looked orange and didn't blend.


This eye-shadow quad also disappointed me due to it's lack of pigmentation. The pink doesn't show up at all as you can see on the photo, and they are chalky and hard to work with. This is by the brand Barbara Daly which is sold in Tesco and it is called the eye-shadow bonbons in celebration.


A product I found that didn't live up to it's hype was the sleek blush in rose gold. I had heard many people speak about this blush and how its extremely pigmented, but I found I had to work with this in attempt to build up any colour. Its still OK - and I will continue to use it occasionally, but I just don't feel as if it was as good as everyone made it out to be.



My next product is a mascara by soap and glory, the thick and fast one. This mascara is again OK to an extent, but the brush is just so large and bristly, it's very hard to work with. It barley touches the lashes, and it claims be super voluminous, but I found this gave me merely natural lashes.


My last disappointing product for today is the Makeup Revolution highlighter in Golden Lights. This highlighter is once again, OK. It is very glittery, and heavy, almost cakey looking on the skin. But, it can be made to work, but it is not something I reach for. I like using cream highlighters, such as my Kiko Milano stick one, as they blend so nicely and look very natural and glowy on the skin.

I also just wanted to mention 2 other products. These products I have mentioned on my blog before, so that's why I din't include them in the main section of this post, but I just thought I would tell you them here just in case you thought 'tamzin found this and this disappointing but didn't mention them'. These products are the Avon bright start foundation and the sleek del mar vol.II palette. Click the hyper links to find out why I didn't like them.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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100 days later: A blog?! Revisited

Today my blog is 100 days old.


100 days later and I still love blogging, but a few things have changed, and I have learnt a few things too.

1. My blog's name. I started of as Tamzin Snelling, and stuck with that for the majority of my time. It was only ever temporary - Tamzin Snelling is my full name but I just didn't really like it. I wanted to start blogging and get a feel for it, before I decided on what my name would be. It's now Tamzin Lena. Lena is my middle name and it means a lot to me. Lena was the name of my nan, who has sadly passed away now and I miss her very much. I love the name Lena, having it, and incorporating it into my blog makes me very happy. I like to think my nan would love that too, being a part of me, not only with me having it as my middle name but having it as part of my blog too.


2. I'm trying to be more relaxed about blogging. At first, I was quite rigid on how and when I would upload, worried and stressed if I missed a day or whatever. Now, I tried to be more laid back about it, after all, is my main hobby, not a chore or a task I have to get worked up about if I don't complete. I do it when I feel necessary - I do try to make that regularly, but if I don't manage it, I don't try to be ahead of myself. I am busy, and this is what I love, but I can't let it take over other things that I have to do too.

3. I've realised how much I love writing. I think this one is pretty self explanatory, I've always known but more recently I've thought more about how I do truly wish to take this further and pursue such a career in it. I love writing, for articles, magazines, my blog, and it makes me super excited for the future to hopefully be a journalist one day.

4. I still have an obsession with makeup, and my blog has only developed that even further.

5. I love making new templates and changes to my blog. I'm sorry if that irritates you.

6. Oh, and the most frustrating thing about blogging is... LIGHTING!!! You gotta get that good lighting... or your'e f***ed.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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My thoughts: Newlook Lip Liners

I like these lip liners. At £1.99, you can't really go too wrong, they are great for lining your lips. They are not so great for applying all over the lip as they aren't that creamy, but for defining they are perfect. The colour selection is good, and overall they get a thumbs up from me!




The main reason I purchased these was because I wanted to find a good budget lip liner, which displayed the colour on the end so when they were stood in a pot you could easily see which colour was which. An odd requirement I know - but I was eager to display lip liners on my desk in a clear jar. I wanted them to look all 'matchy matchy' and nice while still being a great lip liner. I will continue to purchase these to further my collection.

I have a mid toned, almost barbie pink colour, a deep purply red and a nude. As soon as I swatched the nude, it reminded me of one of my all time favourite lipsticks - Mac's velvet teddy. The colour is very similar as you can see in the picture below (velvet teddy is the right), although the new look lip liner is slighty warmer toned. Because of this, it actually works really well with velvet teddy for a naturally defined lip line.


The only negative things about these lip liners are the fact they have no colour names and they are slightly drying, however for £1.99 they are great to collect... and wear of course!!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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I'm just a vintage soul

Another photo heavy blog post it is today but I do enjoy doing these photography type ones. Not only that, it's another collab with Izzy. Whoop whoop!! I hope you enjoy it. Go and check her similar post out, on her blog iizzyc.blogspot.co.uk! We went and had a mooch around some vintage shops in Sheffield.










Also, look how cute this bedding is in Primark?!


I'm talking about the paisley style one by the way, not Frozen ;) Though that is pretty cute too!

Whilst in Primark I bought a bag, but I am thinking of doing a what's in my handbag soon with it so I will show you then.

Sending my love to all in Paris, Lebanon and Japan this weekend after the awful tragedies.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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Girls About Town

Today I'm going to keep the text short and sweet because this post is all about the photos. Tonight, I went to Sheffield town with my friend (That girl who blogs/IizzyC) and we decided to take some what we would like to think as of arty, but the random people who were walking past probably just thought we were serious posers. Never the less, I thought I would share them here with you, in collaboration with Izzy. Go and check hers out, it will be up at the same time as this at iizzyc.blogspot.co.uk <3













Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

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My new favourite foundation + previous first impressions follow up

 I've made a breakthrough... and had a breakout.

I have found my new foundation, but in other news, the foundation I did my last first impressions on unfortunately broke me out. *sad face*. If you saw that post then you would have seen my first impressions were good - but as I continued to use it, my skin didn't react well and it did indeed break me out.



On a more positive note, this is my new favourite foundation. Foundation is something I struggle with so it's actually a pretty big deal that I have found one that finally works for my skin! It is the Collection naturally matt foundation and I love it! As the name would suggest it has a natural matt finish, more like a demi matt or a velvet finish. It just looks healthy, and fresh on the skin, without being too overloaded with glowiness. The problem I usually have with foundation is they either settle in to my pores, cling to my dry patches, break me out, dry out my skin even more or just don't sit right. This one does none of the above. It blends out smoothly, the colour is good, and I am in love with the finish. 



I have the shade ivory 2. This foundation is quite yellow toned - but I have neutral skin so I can get away with either pink or yellow toned foundations. 

Click on the link to Amazon on the side of my blog to purchase this foundation!

This foundation is really affordable and a great buy!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

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How I styled: my button front skirt

In a recent haul post, I included a button front (I have now discovered that is what it is called, not a button down or button up) skirt. In all honesty, at first I had no idea how to style it. I'm not the most stylish person, I like wearing what I think is nice, what I like no matter the trends, and what is uncomfortable. It doesn't matter to me whether it's 'last season', just as long as it looks good, as I do find it hard to find things that truly suit me.

Anyway, I purchased this skirt because I wanted a skirt that looked quite autumnal and would look cute with jumpers and boots. I wore the following to outfit out to a Starbucks blogging date with my friend and thought it worked well.



I wore the skirt with this quite thin grey turtle neck jumper from primark. I got this some time last year in quite a few sizes too big, because I do often go for the baggy look over fitted things. (All the time actually). I wore brown tights - unusual and something I wouldn't normally do but it looked less harsh than black, and actually went really well with the autumnal themed outfit. The skirt was from newlook if you didn't catch my last post. (Autumnal clothing haul)

Hope you enjoyed this post and if you would like more of these 'How I styled:' posts let me know! It was fun to make. It encourages me to try outfit combinations I wouldn't have before and I love it.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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