Tanya Burr Lip Glosses

When the Tanya Burr Lip Glosses launched, I have to hold my hands up and admit that I assumed that they’d be gimmicky but after trying my very first shade; Champagne Toast, I was really blown away by their quality and have since amassed a fair few of the shades. There are twenty shades in total, and each costs £6.99 although Fragrance Direct are now selling them for only £1.99 each which is insane considering how nice they are. The Tanya Burr Lip Glosses come in a range of shades and in either a creme or shimmer finish.

Tanya Burr Lip GlossesTanya Burr Lip Glosses

Each of the Tanya Burr Lip Glosses have a clear tube so you can easily tell the shades apart if you happen to own multiple shades. The glosses all have a typical doe-foot applicator, and they all smell incredible, with a Cherry Drops or blackcurrant Chewits scent which I absolutely love. The opacity of the glosses differs from shade to shade, but generally speaking the shimmer shades are sheerer than those with a creme finish, and all of the shades are comfortable on the lips and aren’t at all sticky. Lipgloss is such a marmite beauty product, but I prefer lipgloss to lipstick as I find gloss to have a lot less maintenance and you don’t have to prep your lips prior to application.

First Date: a pastel bubblegum pink with a creme finish.

Chic: a brown toned nude with a creme finish.

Picnic in the Park: a bright pink with a creme finish.

Just Peachy: a pale peach creme.

Daydream: a sheer pale nude with gold shimmer particles.

Lunch Date: a beigey pink toned nude with subtle shimmer particles.

I Found Nemo: a bright coral with a creme finish.

I think all of these shades are gorgeous, although when on the lips, I can’t tell Chic and Daydream apart so I don’t think you need to own both shades are so similar. It’s such a bold statement, but I really do think that the Tanya Burr Lip Glosses have my favourite drugstore lipgloss formula as they’re so comfortable on the lips, and they even leave my lips feeling soft as they contain Beeswax, Castor Seed Oil and Shea Nut Butter. I think it’s insane that Fragrance Direct are selling these glosses for £1.99 each, so if you’ve been wanting to try them out for yourself, I’d recommend ordering from there as a £5 saving per gloss is amazing.

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Natural Beauty Christmas Gift Guide.



Another year, another gift guide! My little selection this year is pretty darn good if I do say so myself, with a nice mix of skin, makeup and body – though no haircare I’ve just realised, but I guess that’s okay.

Makeup & Nails.

ILIA Mini Trio of Lip Conditioners – I picked this actual set up in America, but can’t seem to find it online without the rose gold purse so I had to link to that. However, I do suppose the purse with the dinky adorable lipsticks makes an even better gift! (Remember to take 15% off with the code ‘Annabel15’ at Alyaka). The set contains Blossom Lady (nude pink) Bang Bang (red) and Arabian Knights (My fave deep berry red).

RMS Beauty Vixen Nail Polish Set – One of my favourite launches of the year – RMS’s polishes – come in a pretty cute set for Christmas! And nothing says Christmas like red and silver nails tbh.

Jane Iredale Champagne On Ice Set – It’s true that miniature makeup is pretty much always better than full-size makeup, and this Jane Iredale lip gloss kit is another cutie! Perfect for anyone who’s a fan of a little shimmer. It comes with a glittering sheer gold, clear iridescent and shimmering fuschia red.

Skincare.

Hayo’u Jade Gua Sha Tool – For the beauty addict that’s got every product going – they probably don’t have one of these! This incredible tool takes facial massage to a whole new level. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and have been amazed with the results!

Deliciously Ella x Neals Yard Cleanser & Moisturiser – For any Ella fans, or healthy foodies that are difficult to buy for. This collaboration was spot on and doesn’t disappoint, designed for all skin types for an annoyingly healthy yoga-and-all-the-acai-bowls glow.

Pai Instant Radiance Collection – I love that Pai consistently release killer gift sets every year, and they also release fab mini sets for getting a good feel of something you may not have tried yet. This beyond adorable little duo of their best-selling rosehip oil and exfoliator is a perfect last minute gift for anyone you may have forgotten about, or as another affordable little stocking filler.

Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare – Something a little more luxurious with a gorgeous face oil. This is a new brand to me that I haven’t fully explored yet, but I’m definitely interested in learning more about Ayurveda in skincare as I keep seeing it pop up with new brands more and more! Samaya have a nifty test you can take to determine your dosha and find the right products for you, too! I got a pretty even balance between Kapha and Vata, with just a tiny bit of Pitta in the mix.

Bath, Body & Other!

Pinch Provisions Mini Emergency Kit – I picked this up in a Sephora when in America as a cute extra for my little Sister for Christmas. I hadn’t heard of Pinch Provisions before but this adorable tiny bag contains 17 items for any occasion; from plasters, safety pins and clear nail varnish, to bobby pins, earring backs and pain killers. I think they make a pretty cool stocking filler.

Botanicals Bath Salts – You can’t go wrong with bath salts, everyone likes a soak in the tub every now and again. The Botanicals bath salts use Pink Himalayan salts and organic essential oils for an other-worldly bath experience.

Hayo-u De-Stress Shower Minerals – Lastly we have this unique number from Hayo-u. These Shower Minerals appear at first glance to be a fancy body wash, but oh no, they’re designed to be used before the shower on dry skin as part a full body massage (preferably with a larger sized gua sha tool). Packed full of pink salt and magnesium to draw out tension and a blend of exotic essentials oils to lift the spirit and calm. This seems to be another unique gift for the beauty addict who’s tried it all!

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Grow Gorgeous Hair Mask

Grow Gorgeous

Deciem are quick to put their spin on the current trend for sleeping masks – their first overnight mask is for hair with Overnight To Gorgeous, with some absolutely beautiful detailing on the packaging. There are very few hair masks on the market that you apply to dry hair. I hate washing my hair – if there is one beauty chore that I’d happily ditch, it’s that. It’s not so much the washing, it’s more the drying, so if you add in a mask after shampooing, 99 times out of 100, the instructions are that you have leave it for twenty minutes or so before having to get back into the shower you’ve just left to rinse it off. I object to getting back in! That’s another shivery dry to do when I didn’t even want to do the first one. I know, I’m making a fuss.. but it is my beauty bug-bear. So the good thing about the Grow Gorgeous Hair Mask is that you apply it to dry hair. Whew! Then the very most you have to do is sleep before washing and rinsing in the morning. The mask formula is very light so you’re not lying with a… Read More

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