Monday, 25 July 2016

TB Soft Luxe Collection review for darker skintones

Hey beauties!

It feels so good to be back! I'm so excited for this post, I bought a few of the Tanya Burr Soft Luxe products a few weeks ago to review but I've just not had the time until now. You don't often see people review YouTuber's products for darker skin. Sometimes it feels like high street products are only catered for people with white skin, and while a lot has changed as of late, there's still a lot of frustration in high street products, and with the recent rise of YouTubers who don't cater to such a huge market.

Well, today I'm hoping to give you some insight on how this new range fairs on darker skin.



So I picked up three items in Tanya Burr's new Soft Luxe Collection: The matte lip gloss in 'Martha Moo', the matte nail polish in 'New Chapter' and the eyeshadow palette in 'Birthday Suit'

First off: the packaging. It's so gorgeous, I love the mixture of gold, rose gold and pastels, it really makes the items look worth more than they actually are, and  give them a more adult feel compared to a lot of YouTuber's earlier beauty items. I especially love the designs on the eyeshadow quad I bought, but how do the products fair on darker skin?





TB Matte lipgloss in Martha Moo|

This was what I was most looking forward to and unfortunately, most disappointed with. Seeing as it was a darkest colour of the range (at least it certainly looked it online) I thought I could pull it off. Alas, no. The consistency is really good for a matte lipstick, but on my lips the colour was pale, ashy, and definitely didn't suit me - and I'm not even that dark which is a real shame as it probably won't suit most WOC's, lip colours are a cycle of frustration in YouTuber's beauty releases, seems like it's set to continue...



TB eyeshadow palette in Birthday Suit|


On a lighter note, I love the mixture of eyeshadows here. I especially love that there's a mixture of mattes in the form of 'toast' and 'soft truffle' and shimmers. I've been using those two as my everyday look for work, with soft truffle in the crease, it's the perfect natural dusty pink toned brown without being too pale. Definitely makes those dark brown eyes pop. The pigmentation is pretty great for a high street product too. 

I've not used 'marzipan' or 'cocoa sugar' as much, but Marzipan is definitely a perfect inner eye colour, and even to add to the middle of your eyelid to add a dimensional glow. Cocoa sugar has the perfect amount of shimmer for a more dramatic look. Overall, these shades definitely have good colour payoff, a mixture of these shadows will surely suit a range of skintones.

The other palette which I didn't buy, 'Enchanted Dream' is also really pretty. While the palest colour, 'Moonlit Walk', might not compliment every dark skintone, at least for an all over the lid colour, it could work really well as an inner eye highlight, and in any case, it's definitely compensated for with the rest of the colours. The darkest in the palette is a beautiful rich deep brown, and while I don't own it, if the consistency of the other colours are anything to go by, it'll work really well with darker skin.



TB matte nail polish in New Chapter|

First off, I love the name of this, I feel like it was made for me. Nail polishes are my weakness, so it was hard to resist buying more, but I stuck with this as it's not a colour I currently have in my collection. I'm wearing this as I'm typing, and I can't stop looking at my nails.

The colour payoff is incredible. I'm only wearing one layer of this but it's really opaque, I don't even think a second layer is necessary. It looks paler against my skin than Tanya's, but this pale grey/lilac colour is absolutely beautiful, it's still a gorgeous but slightly muted pastel against my skin, and for darker skintones it'll just pop even more. 

The other colours in the range are Soft Pyjamas (which is a dark pastel pinky grey) and Piggy Bank (a dusty pink pastel). The first is one I'd love to pick up soon, I think darker pastels are definitely more wearable and less 'in your face' which I appreciate. Piggy Bank I would probably steer clear off as I'm not really a cute-pink nail polish kind of gal, but it would suit a lot of people as it's slightly deeper in colour than most pastel polishes.

So there we have it! I hope this helps other WOC's, it's definitely frustrating not to find something which suits darker skintones. And while the matte lipglosses are a disappointment (#thestruggleisreal), there's definitely something for everyone in the rest of the range , you can buy these on Superdrug or FeelUnique.

Also: let me know if you'd like me to do more of these!

Keep it real,

Zahra D x
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Monday, 18 July 2016

10 Facts About Me

Well hello beautiful people! Cor it's been ages since I blogged! If you follow me on Twitter (link on the right or search @diaryofadeera) you'll probably know that I've been working these past two weeks and I've been having the most amazing time, but the work and these socials just has me absolutely knackered. I've got another week left until I finish my vacation scheme and I can't believe it's near the end, I've met so many amazing people and I know it'll be hard to leave!

So in the spirit of updating you about what's been going on in my life, I felt like it was about damn time I did a "10 facts about me" post - I love being open and honest with you all, and seriously it just makes it feel like I'm talking to friends when you know more about the gal behind the blog. So, without further ado, let's begin!



1. I was born and raised in London - this beautiful little metropolis is a perfect reminder about how people from all different walks of life and cultural backgrounds can come together and call the same place home. 

2. I absolutely love baking - the obsession began little over a year ago and I just love spending a Saturday afternoon whipping up something new in the kitchen - my latest bake was a rainbow cake for Eid!

3. I have four siblings - one older sister, two younger brothers and a younger sister. We're all pretty near in age and despite our little tiffs, have always been really close. I love having a large family!

4. I'm about to start my final year of university - how time flies!

5. I used to feel really insecure about my acne throughout secondary and college - nowadays I'll happily walk out without any makeup, sometimes a confident attitude is the only thing you need ;)

6. I'm fairly obsessed with koalas - they're cuddly and gorgeous (if you mention the chlamydia thing I will roll my eyes #justsayin )

7. I've always wanted to be a writer, from as young as I can remember. While a lot of my work has been put on the backburner, I know I'll always want this.

8. I have a close relationship with peanut butter. And coffee. And cupcakes (all the red velvet, please).

9. I'm fairly short (about 5"3)

10. I've always been a huge reader, ever since I was a kid - it's so easy to get lost in a good book

Tell me one fact about you in the comments!

Keep it real,

Zahra D x
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