Tanya Burr Cosmetics – Eye Shadow Palettes Review & Swatches!

Hello beautiful people!
Today is a holiday here in Canada, but for those of you at work or starting school today, I hope your Monday hasn’t been too bad!

If you have been reading my blog since the beginning, or really if you know me at all, you know that my favourite YouTuber of all time is Tanya Burr. Maybe a year ago, she brought out a line of nail polishes and lip glosses – unfortunately the nail polishes wont ship from the UK to Canada but I managed to get my hands on her glosses through Feel Unique, and I absolutely love them, I think I have about 5 in my collection! Then, a few months after that she brought out her line of lashes (which are also fab) and then at the beginning of August she re-launched her whole beauty line with a gorgeous new look and a few new products.
The new look of her products is much more sophisticated and luxurious with pretty gold and clear packaging – but, the products I was most excited about in the re-launch were her new eye shadow palettes! The day they launched I went onto Feel Unique and ordered all 3 of them, they arrived in the mail early last week and I couldn’t wait to play with them!

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The packaging is super compact, so it’s easy to carry them around in your make up bag! Each one has a different pattern on it, and the shadows themselves actually have the pattern embossed in them, which I think is a really nice detail to add a little something extra to the palettes.

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I also really love that they have cute little heart shaped mirrors in them, which are actually still a great size to use to apply your make up!
All of the shadows are super pigmented, blendable and buttery. She brought out a great range so that there’s something for everyone, no matter your eye colour or skin tone. There’s also a great range of finishes, some are shimmery, some are matte and a couple are even glittery shades. She also did a great job naming her shadows, they’re all super cute!
Every one of these is wearable for every day or evening, and they’re super affordable at around $12 or so depending on exchange rates.

My favourite palette of the three is the Hollywood Eye Palette

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This palette is super warm and neutral which is right up my street, wearing these gold-bronze-brown shades is when I feel my absolutely prettiest, so I’ve been reaching for this one a lot! My favourite shade in this palette is Enchantment, because it’s a gorgeous glittery bronze that’s great for all over the lid in summer, but it’s also a good shade as we transition into fall.
(Swatches from left to right: Nude delight, gold coin, enchantment, bookworm)

Next up is the Galaxy Eye Palette
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This is a much cooler toned palette, with quite a grey-lilacy undertone to it. I love using this for a night out, the shades just compliment each other so much with a good mix of shimmer and matte. I find I feel very sexy and classy when I wear colours like this! Also, the shade snowflake has the most intense pigmentation, especially for a frosty white shadow.
My favourite shade from this palette is Moonlight, it’s the perfect light grey/silver that really makes blue eyes pop!
(Swatches from left to right: Snowflake, moonlight, stormy sky, starry night)

Last but absolutely not least is the Fairytale Eye Palette
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This palette is definitely a more low-key everyday palette with three mattes and one shimmer shade. it has a good mix of warm and cool tones, and would be a great one to have in your make up bag to go from day to night. I also love that this palette has a matte black, because it’s a great versatile shade to add definition to the lash line or smoke out the outter corner.
My favourite shade in this palette is Alohomora, not just because it’s a Harry Potter reference, but because it’s almost an exact dupe for MAC’s Satin Taupe, which is my all time favourite MAC eye shadow.
(Swatches from left to right: Cream tea, velvet cushion, alohomora, witches cat)

If you live in the UK, I would highly suggest heading to your local superdrug to pick up one (or all) of these, and for those of us who aren’t in the UK, Feel Unique is a great site to pick these, and a lot of other UK cosmetics up.

That’s it for now my loves,
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Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

January favourites!

Hello beautiful people! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week, and are looking forward to a fun weekend!
Since we’re only a couple of days away from the beginning of February, I figured a January favourites post was in order!

My first January favourite has got to be my new kitten, Woobie. She is the cutest, most energetic little baby, and I can’t imagine my house without her now!
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Next is actually a YouTube channel! I decided I want to make more of an effort to be physically active, but I’m so not a gym kind of person, so I haven’t always been motivated to exercise.
After finding Blogilates,that’s definitely changed!
Cassey Ho creates workouts that are fun and effective; they’re also not that long, which I personally prefer as I’m not the kind of person who can work out for hours on end! I’m definitely going at my own pace and taking it slow, but I look forward to working out alongside her videos! If you’re finding it hard to get motivated, I’d check out her channel.

During the winter months, I find my hair gets super dry and frizzy and my regular drugstore products just aren’t cutting it.
To remedy my issue, I went into Sephora and picked up the Living Proof PHD (perfect hair day) system, which has a shampoo, conditioner and a leave in treatment.
After the first use of these products my hair looked so much softer and healthier, there was way less frizz, and all in all my hair looked and felt 100 times better. I use the leave in treatment on my damp hair, and then I’ll either blow dry it or let it air dry, but I always end up with salon soft locks!
The shampoo and conditioner are quite pricey, at $30 a bottle, but as gross as it is, I only wash my hair 2 times a week, so the bottles last quite a while. I would say if you can’t afford those, at least go for the leave in treatment ($18) because I feel like alone it would still make your hair feel incredible!
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The Revlon colourburst laquer balm in tease is my next favourite. I’ve been wearing this every single day, it’s so gorgeous!
I recently used this in a drugstore make up look post, so I won’t go into too much of a ramble, but this pencil is hydrating while adding a lovely wash of colour to the lips. I’ll definitely continue using this throughout February and into the spring.
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I think I’m super late to the party on this product, but the Maybelline colour tattoo cream shadow in Bad to the Bronze (or on and on bronze depending where you live) is honestly incredible. It’s a gorgeous bronzey- taupe shade that creates a really beautiful effect on the lids. It’s got great pigmentation and it’s long lasting, just like all the other colour tattoos. I wear this by itself, or with shadow layered on top to add more intensity.
I’m sure a lot of you already have this in your collection, but if you don’t, I promise it’s worth the hype.
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Another product I wrote a whole blog post on is the LUSH cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty, so again, I won’t gas on about it. I use this mask once a week and have definitely noticed a huge improvement in my skin! I have way less break outs, and my skin looks smooth and glowing. If you haven’t tried this, please give it a shot! It smells great and really works!
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Yet again, a product I’ve already done a post on, but really love!
The Covergirl full lash bloom mascara separates lashes while adding a good amount of volume, and literally 0 flaking. I’ve worn this mascara for 12 hours straight without a single flake falling, and it’s not even a waterproof formula! The packaging is cute, and it’s a drugstore product so the price is right! If you’re looking for a new mascara, I would highly, highly recommend this one!
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Finally is another skin care discovery! The kiehl’s midnight recovery concentrate is a blend of essential oils to help hydrate, and add radiance to your skin. You can use it on its own, or underneath your night cream depending how much hydration you want/need. I noticed a difference after only a few days of using this stuff! My skin looked less red, my blemishes weren’t as sore; my skin just looked hydrated and lovely. Also this serum smells slightly like lavender, which is soothing when you’re trying to fall asleep.
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January was full of new favourites!
Let me know if you guys have tried these & what you think of them!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo