Monday, 18 December 2017

Tanya Burr: Beauty and The Feast


Every year when christmas rolls around in the beauty industry, I get excited for the release of Tanya Burr's annual festive collection. It's always a great little mix of products either from the permanent line up, usually in brand new exclusive shades or a selection of new exclusive formulations and products.

For this years gifting range, the theme is Beauty and The Feast. Including lots of sweet treats. inspired by the traditional sweet chocolatey delight of Christmas, even down to that iconic chocolate coin.
Part of the collection is two makeup palettes, they're kind of more like makeup kits housed in little books. Unfortunately I don't have either to show, but they are made up of a selection eyeshadows, lip products, blushers and highlighters. One is the Jingle and Mingle Night Palette - HERE, with three cool toned shadow shades; Latte Love, Chocolate Drop and Frosted Violet. A pigment pot in Sugar Ice, nude lip gloss in French Fancy, bronzer in Toffee Crunch and finally a pencil liner in Santa's Boots.

The day palette is called A Season to Sparkle - HERE. This version again has a shadow trio in Vanilla Pod, Sparkly Bauble and Toasted Coconut. Cream Shadow in Champagne Party, Liquid Illuminator and a Lip Gloss in Sweet Sundae.

There is also A Little Pick Me Up Makeup Bag - HERE, with mini mirror and Sprinkle of Sugar, baby pink lipgloss. Plus a mini palette named Glow Du Coco - HERE, a bronzing duo; Toffee Crunch bronzer and Frosted highlighter, teamed with mini golden lipgloss, all resembling a chocolate bar. 
Beauty and the Feast Makeup Box - £50 (NOW £30)
The main attraction of the whole gifting collection is this amazing hat box stuffed full of brand new treats. It includes...
  • 2x Matte Lipsticks
  • 2x Cream Shadow Sticks
  • Too Tempting Eyeshadow Palette
  • Sweet Cheeks Face Palette
  • Liquid Illuminator 
Plus there's also a little voucher to redeem 1/3rd off on the permanent line of cosmetics in Superdrug, as I believe this set is a Superdrug exclusive. 
I think out of the whole range this is my personal favourite, just due to the sheer amount of exclusives tucked away inside. Both of the lipsticks are future releases for Tanya, so you can grab them here first before they officially launch in 2018! They're both gorgeous wintery shades, a festive deep wine; named Winter. Then also a warm nude called Belgian Truffle. I wouldn't say they're the most pigmented lipsticks ever, when compared to their liquid counterparts, but they are still comfortable to wear and not too drying either.

For the face, there is the Sweet Cheeks Palette. It's home to a bronzer, blusher and highlighter trio. The bronzer in Toffee Crunch adds warmth and a glow to the skin, however if you're as pale as me, it does come across a tad golden. The blusher; Coco Blush is a pretty perky coral shimmer and the highlighter is a cool pink in comparison. However if you do prefer a warmer tone to your highlight, there is the liquid Illuminator too, which can be mixed with moisturiser and foundation for a golden glow.
The Too Tempting Eyeshadow Palette lives up to it's name, all of he shades inside are just Too Tempting. It may only include six colours, but I think the shades included are a good mix to create a number of different looks. There is a matte cream; Creme De La Creme, a toasted neutral pink; Gold Star, which also has a shimmer running through it. Then there's the ever so handy warm matte brown; Hazelnut Coco. Cookies and Cream; a shimmering pink. A festive cranberry shimmer; Christmas Mocha. Then maybe my personal favourite of the palette, Chocolate Coin, a smoky burnt taupe, I want to say that it almost has a green tinge to it too. 

I do have to say though, that although the pigmentation of the shimmer shades is fantastic and they're wonderful and creamy. The matte duo, especially Creme De Le Creme, just doesn't pack that much of a pigmented punch.

Finally in this box there are two Cream Shadow Sticks. Which as far as i'm aware, Tanya has never actually done before. Both are really creamy and glide onto the skin no problem, then once set they stay in place. Sweet Sugar; a champagne, is lovely for an inner corner highlight to really brighten the eye. Then Melt My Heart; the warm bronze, would make a stunning grungy smoky eye base. 
There are lots of little great gifts, that would make fabulous stocking fillers from the range.

Every Year I love Tanya's polish sets. The Tanya Burr Cosmetics polishes are some of the best I've tried from the drugstore. They last well, don't chip quickly and require very few coats to get a very nice finish. This set includes two shades on a double sided polish, a dark berry and a rose gold glitter topper. As well as coming with a handy nail file too. There is a more subtle french manicure style version too, available HERE

Lucky Penny - £5 (NOW £2)
Possibly the cutest edition, is this peppermint flavoured creamy pink tinged lip balm. Housed in a tin to resemble a traditional giant chocolate coin. I have to admit as someone who cant currently eat chocolate, I would be over the moon with this as a dairy free chocolate coin replacement in my stocking. 

Sweet Lip Creams - £9 (NOW £7)
Also for the lips is a mini matte liquid lipstick duo. These handy miniatures are great to throw into your handbag or party clutch. Both shades are quite bold but equally as festive. There is Santa's Little Helper, a true pink toned red and a purple berry in the form of Blackberry Fudge. The formulation of these is great for the price, comfortable and I don't find them to go patchy as they eventually wear away.

Velvet Vanille Eau De Toilette - £18 (NOW £10)
Tanya's debut fragrance, Velvet Vanille. There's something that reminds me of the 1920's about the bottle, it's chunky and really heavy with its big metal lid. It feel's a lot more luxurious than it's actual price tag. The scent itself, although alludes to being really quite sweet, is sweet but not overpowering in the slightest. I personally cant stomach sweet fragrances, I have a headache in no time. However Velvet Vanilla, has a warmth to it. There's almost a note when it's first sprayed that reminds me of key lime pie strangely enough. It's like a little kick of citrus that fades away into a comforting warmth of vanilla thats far from sickly sweet. 

I love a beauty calendar, again as I cant have chocolate or sweets. Tanya's calendar is a great beauty treat without getting too expensive. As really some beauty advents are just extortionate in price. This one may only be twelve days, so I open it every other day or you could open it on the twelve days of Christmas. I haven't opened all the doors just yet, so I cant say what's behind them all. But so far there's been a varied selection of nail polish, pigment, a mirror, glitter liners and lip gloss.
(Swatches: Left to Right - Winter, Belgian Truffle, Pink Champagne, Coco Blush, Toffee Crunch, Chocolate Coin, Christmas Mocha, Cookies and Cream, Hazelnut Coco, Gold Star, Creme De La Creme, Sweet Sugar, Melt My Heart, Blackberry Fudge, Santa's Little Helper and Liquid Illuminator.)
I have to say, if you pick up one thing from this christmas range. Grab that advent calendar, £8 for twelve full size makeup products! Well eleven and a lovely little mirror, its a bargain! Also I'm hoping to get a blog post up every day this week, almost as like my mini version of blogmas this year haha. Hopefully I'm not too late with the festivities, December has just flown by! 

Eloise x

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