Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Exotic Island – Review

This evening I’m bringing you a review that I have been so excited to write-up (and FYI this is my first ever lip gloss review!) I’ve only owned this lip gloss 2 weeks but it certainly feels like a lot longer! I’ve used it quite a lot and it’s already one of my favourite go to products.

I’m talking about one of Tanya Burr’s lip glosses, which launched back late February this year, as well as nail polishes by Tanya Burr too.

For a while the lip glosses and nail polishes were only available to purchase from Feel Unique, but at the start of April they were launched in Superdrug, which I was super excited about! I knew just days after their launch in Superdrug that I would be going shopping for my boyfriends birthday and I decided I would treat myself to one of her lip glosses, which one however, I wasn’t 100% sure on!

There are 12 shades to choose from, Smile, Dream, Sparkle, Champagne Toast, First Date, Just Peachy, Afternoon Tea, Chic, Picnic In The Park, Aurora, Exotic Island, Let’s Travel The World, Heart Skipped A Beat and Vampire Kiss.

In this review I’m going to be reviewing the shade I opted for, as well as the collection as a whole, as I have a few things I want to say about it.

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I opted for Exotic Island, a gorgeous dark pink, sort of like a raspberry shade and the shade itself reminds me of my MAC lipstick Daddy’s Little Girl, which came out with the Archie’s Girls Collection. You can check out the review for that here, but that shade was classed as “mid-tone pink violet” which is probably what the shade is for Exotic Island.

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The packaging for this lip gloss is simple but really lovely and delicate, something anyone would be pleased to pull out of their handbag. It’s a clear tube, which shows off the lip gloss shade perfectly and has a black lid, which has a cute little pink heart on the top, which just adds to the girlyness of the product as a whole. Also the writing on the gloss itself is written in Tanya Burr’s own handwriting, which I thought was a nice touch and made it feel that little bit more personal.

The packaging that Feel Unique buyers got for this was a cardboard packet with a picture of Tanya Burr on it, however if you purchase the lip glosses from Superdrug,  you just get the lip gloss of your choice in a wrapper, so you’ll know no one has opened it… Unless they’ve ripped it apart to try and swatch.

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The gloss itself is really pigmented as well as non sticky, which everyone looks for in a lip gloss nowhere days so when I applied this to my lips for the first time, I was nothing but disappointed! Pigmentation wise I’m not sure if this can be said for ALL of the shades from the collection, as a couple of weeks after purchasing Exotic Island I swatched another shade from the collection when I popped into Superdrug in Milton Keynes and it was more of a light pink than the red that it looks like in the tube. SO if you are able to swatch, make sure to.

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The applicator for this lip gloss is a flat and long doe foot applicator, which I’m always happy with using. However this applicator is better than the usual doe foot as it’s longer and wider, meaning if you have fuller lips that you’ll be able to apply it quicker and possibly more even, if you have thin lips… I don’t know if there would be an issue or not, but really I don’t see why not!

A little of this gloss goes a long way and I find myself quickly applying it before I head to work, as well as during my shifts as it’s just such a lovely gloss to wear! I don’t know if it contains any conditioning properties but it certainly feels like it does! I wear this as my lazy lip gloss a majority of the time, but that being said I have worn this for some evenings out with friends as it’s just lovely to wear and it lasts ages in my opinion.

As if it couldn’t get any better, this lip gloss also has a gorgeous scent to it! It smells like sweeties, boiled sweeties you would get from your grandparents as a child. Which sweets however, I haven’t got a clue! The nice smell just means it tastes nice too, so you can’t go wrong with this and as it isn’t an overpowering sweet smell, more of a subtle smell, ladies out there who hate scented lip products needn’t worry as this won’t make you gag!

Overall I’m really happy with this lip gloss and I would like to own another one, maybe two lip glosses from the collection! Two I have my eye on are Afternoon Tea and Vampire Kiss. Whether or not I’ll pick them up, who knows (but it’s more than likely!).

Here you are, a few pictures of me wearing the product to see how it shows up on my complexion (FYI I’m yellow toned).

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Okay now onto the things I wish to talk about with the collection as a whole. There are some good and some bad things I’ll be mentioning.

Pros:

  • The collection is huge and with a shade that will suit anyone, with any skin tone.
  • These are affordable and now that they’re available to buy in Superdrug that’s just great!
  • The gloss itself is gorgeous in so many ways! The pigmentation, the doe foot applicator, how it isn’t sticky and finally how it smells lovely, but of course this is all mentioned above in more detail.

Cons:

  • Although the collection has a shade that will suit anyone with any skin tone, there are quite a few shades similar to others in the collection, but personally this doesn’t bother me. However I know some whom it has bothered.
  • When I went into Superdrug to first check these out, there weren’t any testers which was a pain as for all I knew I could have picked up Exotic Island expecting it to be a bright purple shade and be solely disappointed that it isn’t. However for me this isn’t the case, but if I hadn’t of tested one of the shades out that someone had opened previous to me, I would have been very annoyed to discover that the shade was NOTHING like it was in the tube when I arrived home with it… As personally I wouldn’t have wanted it. But this is just a personal preference and for all I know Superdrug could be getting testers out now!

So overall the pros weigh the cons but even if the cons outweighed the pros it wouldn’t be a bad thing as this collection is amazing!

Tanya Burr has created the perfect drug store lip gloss for the normal lady. All we want is a range of shades of lip gloss that will smell good, last ages, have good pigmentation and be affordable. This is Tanya Burr’s first collection and I really hope she teams up with Eye Candy again to create another as it would be amazing.

You can buy your Tanya Burr lip glosses at £6.99 each from:

Feel Unique

Superdrug (both in-store and online)

Cloud 10 Beauty

Pom Shop LTD

Have you checked out the lip glosses by Tanya Burr? If so, do you like them? Any you own or have on your wish list? Let me know in the comments down below!

I apologise that this post is up so late at night, I’ve been pretty busy all day and have only just had time to get this post finished off and published on my blog.

Until next time, take care all and I hope your weeks have started off well.

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April Favourites 2014

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I can’t believe it’s May already, we’re almost halfway through the year! My parents were right when they told me, “the older you get, the quicker the years fly by!”

It’s May and a lot is happening this month and I have a long weekend coming up in June, which I’m excited to tell you all about next week! But for now, I’m going to share my favourites from April, which range from beauty, fashion and general.

So without further ado, let’s get on with the post.

P.S. I have another item to mention aside from the ones pictured above, but a separate picture of this will be featured below.

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  • Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream.

This is a shower cream I have come to fall in love with VERY quickly after my Mom gave it to me. I know my Mom gives me a lot of beauty products, but it’s usually because she buys something and gets the same product she ordered free, which she will usually donate to myself. This is the same story with this shower cream and I am in love with it! It’s a lovely creamy shower gel that smells very fresh and floral, but it also smells milky and creamy too. Not only does it smell lovely but a little bit goes a long way and after using this my skin is left feeling soft and smooth! I worked a lot of early shifts at work in the last week of April, which meant I didn’t get time in the mornings to apply some moisturiser, however with this shower cream I don’t need to worry about that. Due to the milk proteins in this shower cream it means that it moisturises the skin beautifully whilst I wash with it, as well as after I rinse it off and dry my skin, as well as leaving me smelling beautiful! This is a real treat to use and I’m growing to love Elemis products since Christmas when my Mom gave me lots of lovely Elemis products.

  • The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector Hand Cream (mentioned here and here).

I know this was in my favourites last month, but I just love this hand cream so much that I just HAD to mention it again! I’ve pretty much stopped using my Hand Food hand cream by Soap & Glory, as my daily moisturiser due to just loving this one so much. The smell of Hand Food has started to make me feel sick when I use it, as well as not feeling as if it moisturises enough, so I’ve been using my Hemp hand cream pretty much everyday, even when I’m not at work. This hand cream is for very dry skin, thus it’s a very thick hand cream which is great for my hands when I’m suffering with eczema, as well as when I’m not. I love The Body Shop’s hand creams and I think in the future I’ll be purchasing another one, probably the Absinthe one in the near future! I’ve reviewed this hand cream before, the link is above next to the name of the hand cream itself.

  • Jean Paul Gaultier Classique X EDP (mentioned here).

I bought this perfume nearly a year ago after eying it up for a couple of months and finally took the plunge when I fancied treating myself. I’m not halfway through the bottle and throughout April it was pretty much the only perfume I used for work. It’s a lovely feminine and grown up smelling perfume, whilst being sexy all at the same time and whilst I’ve only been wearing it for work, it has really perked me up to wear it, especially during the mornings when I’ve needed a pick me up to keep me awake. As it’s an EDP it lasts longer than an EDT would and this lasts quite a long time, which is good for me during my working hours! I’ll spray it before I start my shift and maybe halfway through my shift if it’s quiet and I get a chance to, but even then I can still smell it slightly at the end of my shift even if I don’t get the chance to top it up! I love this perfume and I really want another one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s scents soon!

  • Aloe Vera Face & Body Cream.

I’ve owned this cream since November when my Mom brought it back for me from her holiday to one of the Canaries Island’s. She didn’t intend to give this to me, but when I explained I needed a face cream to use at my boyfriends, she gave me this to try out. As a face cream it did an okay job, but as a body cream it works a lot better! Aloe is good for cooling you down and as the weather has been warm on and off throughout April, I used this when it was really warm outside and it worked a treat at cooling me down! I usually use my Soap & Glory body lotions but when the weather is warmer these lotions tend to make me sweat a little bit more at work than I really wish to, but this cream really does keep me cooler than the Soap & Glory ones would. As well as that, this does make my skin lovely and soft, as well as smelling fresh and lovely! A little bit of this cream goes a long way too and when my Mom goes back to the Canaries Island she visited, I’ll be asking her to pick me up another pot of this, as I can see it going rather quickly during the summer when the days are warmer and I start catching the sun and tanning. Obviously this specific cream isn’t available in the UK, BUT Body Care sell something similar to this for just over £1.00, so go and check that out if you fancy trying out a cream like this.

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  • Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Exotic Island (mentioned here).

I popped this lip gloss down on my wish list in March and now I finally have it! At the start of April I picked up this lip gloss and since then I’ve used it nearly every day. This is by far the best drugstore lip gloss I’ve ever used, EVER! The way this applies, the pigmentation, the scent, the colour, everything about this lip gloss is great! I’m currently in the process of writing up a review for this, which will be live on my blog at some point this month (so watch this space!) and I can’t wait for you to all read it. This lip gloss is just beautiful and for £6.99 it’s well worth the money too. The gloss colour is very pigmented and it isn’t sticky which makes it perfect to apply when on the move, so this good for me with my job. As well as that it also feels very moisturising which means I don’t need to faff with popping on any lip balm if I’m in a hurry. The shade of this gloss is Exotic Island and the shade is a pinky purple shade and reminds me of a subtle version of Rebel, which I love as some days I won’t feel up to wearing Rebel so this is a great replacement for it. I won’t talk too much about the lip gloss here as I want to talk loads about it on my review, so keep your eyes peeled for that soon if you wish to know more about it.

  • Vaseline Paint The Town Red Lip Tint (review here).

I remember when this lip tint came out around Christmas time, I was so excited for it and used it all the time, but after a while I discontinued using it and it just sat either in my hand bag or on my bed side table, waiting for the day to be used again, which came at the start of April. I started using it again alongside one of my red lip glosses whilst at work, so that I didn’t have to worry about applying said lip gloss whilst being busy at work and due to this I’ve remembered why I love this lip tint so much. It’s easy to apply and leaves a lovely dark pink/light red tint on the lips, as well as leaving my lips feeling moisturised. I don’t like to dunk my finger into pots like this whilst I’m out and about so I literally use this like my EOS lip balm and apply the product straight to my lips. It tastes and smells yummy too, like winter berries! This is a favourite to use at work, as well as if I’m just popping to the shops and not bothered about applying lipstick/lip gloss but fancy a bit of colour. I don’t know if these are still for sale as they were limited edition for winter, but I imagine that shops are still selling them. Check out my review that I’ve linked to above!

  • Barry M Limited Edition Birthday Nail Paint for Superdrug (mentioned here).

When I first saw this nail paint reviewed by Brit Nails I KNEW I needed it in my life! It’s one of the most gorgeous glitter nail polishes I have ever laid eyes on and the fact that it takes two coats to achieve it without needing to apply it over a base colour is amazing. As soon as I bought this I applied it to my toes to see the colour pay off and boy was I impressed! After two good coats of this polish it looks beautiful and it does the same when applied to my finger nails too! It’s a beautiful hot pink colour with various chunks of glitter throughout it which range from pink, white and purple shades. I painted this polish on my toe nails when I first bought it at the start of April and at the end of April it’s still lasting well! I think this will be a gorgeous shade for summer and I’ve been wearing it loads during my weekends off of work, as well as any of the days I have off during the week too. This is a limited edition polish so if you wish to have it in your collection, get down to Superdrug ASAP as I don’t know if it’ll be on the shelves too long or not.

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  • Yankee Candle Sweet Strawberry Candle (mentioned here).

This was one of the two presents my boyfriend bought me for my birthday present this year and finally at the start of April I finally bought myself a large shade to use with this candle. I did start to burn it on my birthday but I noticed it wasn’t burning evenly and for over 3 months I left this candle unburned until I bought myself a shade to use with this to prevent it burning wrong. This is a large Yankee Candle and whilst I don’t use any of my Yankee jar Candles without a shade I knew I didn’t want to use this without especially as it was a present. As soon as I received my shade I haven’t stopped burning Sweet Strawberry! Every other afternoon/night after a long day of work I’ll pop this on until the early or late evening and my room smells so sweet and gorgeous. I love this candle so much and I know in the future I will be buying more large Yankee Candles.

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS (mentioned here).

Ever since buying my 2DS I have been in love with it and it’s probably one of the many reasons why I have been blogging less than I used to. My boyfriend also loves his 2DS, so I’m glad I’m not on my own with this love. The second game we both bought was Animal Crossing and from previously owning it on both the Game Cube and the Nintendo DS I HAD to get it on the 3DS too, especially for the fact that you’re the mayor of your own town. This is by far the most exciting Animal Crossing game out of them all (in my opinion anyway!) and due to this I haven’t been able to put it down. On Easter Sunday my boyfriend and I sat in my bed all day playing the game until we couldn’t really play it anymore. If you own a 3DS and you’re after a new game, then definitely pick up Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it’s an amazing game and well worth the money as there is never really an end to this game.

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  • Animal Rella Crew Neck Sweatshirt.

This was a random purchase when I went down to Milton Keynes at the start of April and I’m so glad I bought it! My boyfriend, our friend and I went down to Milton Keynes so that the boys could go snowboarding whilst I looked around the shops and after they were finished we would go around the shops together. I eyed up this sweatshirt whilst I was on my own and after the boys came and joined me I showed this to them to see what they thought of it. They both agreed it looked nice and after trying it on I fell in love with it and bought it straight away, wearing it later on that afternoon, as you can see from the above image. I ended up wearing this sweatshirt the whole weekend, no lie and since then I’ve been wearing this once during the week, as well as every weekend too. This sweatshirt isn’t just comfortable but it works and goes with EVERYTHING! I can wear it around the house, to pop to the shops in, if I’m going out anywhere nice with my boyfriend, etc. I’ve come to fall in love with sweatshirts over the years but thanks to this little baby, I love them more than every now. I just had to mention this sweatshirt, it’s gorgeous and I can see me buying another Animal one in the future.

So those were my favourites from April! There was a mix of all sorts in here, which I thought was a nice change.

What have been your favourite items from April? Please let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a great April.

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March Wish List

I’m still continuing strong with my spending ban, although I did buy myself a few things last weekend as a treat for a rough week, as well as getting myself a pay rise (of 10p! xD) go me!

So like every new month, I post about which things I want to get my dirty little hands on and with some new beauty related products coming out last month, I definitely have those on my wish list this month.

So without further ado, here is my March wish list, I assure you though that most of my wish list this month will be lip products!

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Although I don’t know her personally and she doesn’t know me personally, I am so proud of Tanya Burr for getting her own Nail Polish and Lip Gloss collection out there! She’s such a wonderful person and an amazing blogger and YouTube Beauty Guru and over the years has just done better and better. I hope she continues to go strength to strength! Now, on with the nail polish. The only shade I really have my eye on is Little Duck and since its release I’ve read about it on pretty much most of the blogs I follow on Bloglovin’ and I just want it so badly for spring and summer. I’d team it with some glitter nail polish too and it’d just be perfect with the dress I picked up on my recent shopping trip. I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

I’ve had my eye on these liquid lipsticks since Eating Lipstick posted about them over on her blog. She’s an American blogger so she mentioned them back towards the end of 2013 but since then I have hoped so much that they would come out in the UK, so last week I found out about them coming out over here and I can’t wait to get my hands on some! The one I have my eye on the most is Ruby Opera, which is a gorgeous true red shade. Of late I have grown in love with wearing red shades again and as much as I love wearing lipstick, sometimes my lips just need a break and as my gone to shade these days is red, my eyes were most attracted to the red shade in this collection. I would like to pick up a pink and purple shade, but I’ll have to wait until I swatch some shades to see which ones I pick up in the near future.

I have been after a new case for my iPhone since Christmas and as of yet haven’t found it. As I mentioned in one of my Japanese series posts I love Pokemon and this phone case is just adorable. It’s an official product from the Pokemon Center and one I have been lusting after for a few weeks in February. It’s a clean case with a picture of Pikachu on the back, with a space above his head for the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone 5 to show through, so it looks like it’s on Pikachu’s head. Cute huh? This isn’t cheap. but it would be coming all the way from Tokyo!

I have wanted to try one of the EOS lip balms since they launched in the UK and as I love Blueberry, this one seems like the most ideal one for me to try, alongside Lemon Drop. I don’t exactly need a new lip balm but this one would be cute to keep in my bag for out on the go, as well as in my apron whilst I’m at work. Selfridges sell all the EOS lip balms, this one included so I’m contemplating picking it up when I run out of one of my many lip balms in my handbag.ED

I’ve heard NOTHING but good about Flamingo Candles and on so many occasions have nearly ordered one, if not just some of the scent melts so that I could give them a go before buying them  properly. But I have a sure feeling I will love these! I have my eye on a couple of the scents, if I were to buy the scent melts, including Bubblegum, White Tea & Mint, Cheesecake Crunch, Fresh Peppermint, Tropical Coconut Milk & Honey, Jamaican Café & Walnut, Lemon & Lime Mojito, and Pink Lemonade. These all just sound so delicious and when/if I order myself one of these candles next month I’ll probably order a couple of the scent melts too, if not just a load of the scent melts, they only cost £2.00 each and I guess it’ll mean I can get a taste for the scent of the candle itself before I plunge into buying the whole thing. But I have a feeling I’ll love Flamingo Candles and I intend to write a post about these in the future!

I won’t lie, I thought Rihanna’s Viva Glam collection was going to be a flop. Another matte red lipstick, just in a different packaging but oh how wrong I was, and the rest of the beauty blogging world too, who also thought the same as I did! This lipstick is infact a Frosty Blue-Red and when I saw the swatches for that and the lipglass it over on Temptalia’s post about it, I instantly fell in love! I thought I needed the lipstick in my life, but after swatching it when I went to MAC with my Mom recently, I found out I don’t like it all that much, but I really do love the lipglass! I’ve really been in  love with red shades recently and this one not only looks pretty for its shade, but the packaging looks lovely too. I know I’ll be picking this up soon, just in time for the summer!

When I went shopping last weekend, I did see and look at this dress and as tempted as I was to try it on, I didn’t as I wanted to not spend too much money as well as the thought I wasn’t 100% sure on it! But my boyfriend reassured me that it’s very me and I should try it on in future, which I think I will do. It’s a gorgeous white crop top underneath a grey tartan dress. It’s very punk/grunge but with a light and, sweet tone to it. It’d look lovely with my Chelsea boots, maybe even my Dr Martens! It’d be lovely to wear during the spring and summer months this year, which is why I am rather tempted to try it on and possibly buy.

Once again,  I am so proud of Tanya Burr for what she has accomplished with her lip gloss and nail polish collection and whilst I want to buy most of her lip gloss shades, I for now have my eye on one, Exotic Island. It’s a gorgeous purple shade, which reminds me of Rebel. I love this deep vampy purple shade, but sometimes I don’t want to wear Rebel and I’ll just want to opt for a gloss when I want to give my lips a rest from lipsticks, so I think this gloss would be a perfect alternative. It won’t break the bank at £6.99 either!

So, that was my wish list for March! I can see me buying all the beauty related products, as after last year, March will probably be a rough month for myself and a few little treats to try and make me feel better, might help, for a while.

As always, if you have any questions about any of the items mentioned here, please leave them down below in the comments. Also which items are you lusting after this month?

Until next time, take care all and have a good week!

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