Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Toss The Gloss - A Book Review

So I announced that I would be doing this blog’s first ever book review quite a while ago on Instagram and if you follow me on Instagram you might feel like I’m a terrible person for not posting this sooner. However, let me explain myself. I think the fact that this review has taken so long reflects how I feel about this book. That isn’t to say that I didn’t like this book because I did! It just means that this book isn’t one I would go crazy and let everyone know about instantly because it’s the best book I’ve read in a while. It’s a great book and for my readers that fall under the 50+ age demographic this book is a must-have. The best part of the book for me was the glimpse into the inner workings of the beauty industry that you get as Andrea Robinson tells you about her experience. Her experience in the beauty industry is so entertaining to read that I would buy this book just for that! She started the whole "Nakeds" revolution so without her our beloved naked pallets by Urban Decay probably wouldn't have existed. We would all be stuck wearing bright and unflattering makeup. She was also the former Vogue beauty editor who has also been president of Ralph Lauren Beauty, president of Tom Ford Beauty and chief marketing officer at Estee Lauder so you know you're taking a sneak peek into the beauty industry through the life of the ultimate insider. That's what excited me the most about this book and I wasn't disappointed.
Other than that aspect, the book has loads of tips for your makeup routine no matter how old you are. Being much younger that 50, I still learned so much more from this book and it’s my go to book when I feel like I’m making some mistake with my makeup. It teaches you how to correct application problems, how to choose between different shades, formulations, textures, brands, etc. However, if you’re under 45, you need to be careful and know when the tips apply to you and when they don’t because some parts of the book are pretty specific to the 50+ demographic. Overall, it’s a wonderful read but not something I would feel the need to rush out and get. If you’re 40+ though, that’s right 40+ not 50+ in my opinion, you should definitely rush to get your hands on this book. As the aging process starts, I’ve seen many beautiful ladies start hiding behind layers of products and this book helps you enhance your natural beauty and look younger without all those products. Here are a few pictures of my favorite illustrations from the book that I felt like just fit in with this post.
I just felt so proud of myself arranging beauty products around the contents. Hahaha. Products: Marks&Spencer Lip Butter in Coconut, Bourjois Paris Blush Pot in Brun Cuvre, Maybelline Cheeky Glow in Creamy Cinnamon, Sweet Princess Mascara, Nars Lip Gloss in Orgasm, Studio Gear CC Cream

So would you be getting this book? It looks pretty good just to decorate as well I think and that's mainly what it's doing right now - sitting and looking pretty on my desk along between the boring other chemistry and calculus books. Let me know what you think of the book in the comments below.  Don't forget to follow me on Twitter, Bloglovin' , Facebook, Instagram, GFC or Google+.

Tanaya <3

*A pre-release copy was sent to me for review. However, all the opinions are honest and not influenced

Friday, 28 March 2014

The Bags I've Been Dreaming Of Recently.

The Celine Trapeze: There’s a reason this bag is at the top of the list. It inspired me to do this post. I’m so obsessed with this bag right now that I’ve started having dreams about it. In the most recent one (I don’t remember it very well) the world was ending but I suddenly owned this bag and felt really calm. I know the dream makes no sense but the point is that I now really really need this bag! And I have a few color combinations in my mind that I need to have it in. So even if someone offers me one for free in another color I would not be happy. The one with the pictures here is at the top of my list of color combinations. I just love everything about it! The front closure clasp especially. I think this bag has a beautiful clasp.

The Bloomsbury Bag by Burberry: I fell it love with this bag the moment I saw it all over my instagram feed as Burberry posted pictures of it on their instagram at the same time that it was shown on the runway.  The darker one in the pictures here is my favorite! The purple version of it in the third picture is excellent as well. And then the other one is a close second. I can’t help but be specific when it comes to bags. But look at that detail! These Bloomsbury bags are all so unique and beautiful.

The Prada Saffiano Tote: This bag is an old classic but I never really lusted for it until I saw one in this color. It’s such a beautiful dusky pink. There’s also a brighter pink and a paler pink available but this one is right in the middle and it’s so perfect. I just don’t know how to express what I feel about this color with this bag. Just look at it.

The Dolce & Gabbana bag #1: I’ve wanted this bag for the longest time out of any of these. I even used it in my Fanny Crown outfit post (which won a contest so this bag must bring luck) and I just think it’s gorgeous. It has the whole baroque/classic greek and roman theme going on and the contrast of pretty plum flowers on a cold monotone background is wonderful.
The Dolce & Gabbana bag #2: It’s the perfect bag for spring-summer. I don’t think it’s possible to find a better bag for this season. The shades of green and yellow just make it look so bright and the gold chain and lock add elegance so that we all remember that it’s Dolce & Gabbana.

Celine Boston Luggage Tote: Aaand I’m being overly specific again. I need this combination of white/creme and black. I have seen a few grey and fuchsia suede ones that look wonderful so I wouldn’t mind those. Under no circumstances would I settle for the plain black one though. Isn’t plain black just over-used in bags nowadays? This bag has the perfect wings (unlike the Celine Phantom Luggage which I think has huge weird-looking wings) and is so wonderfully structured.

That's quite a lot of bags I think. What do you think about my list? Do you have any bags on your list that you would like me to check out? Share the bag-love in the comments below! And then go follow me/my blog on all these other internet-place-thingies: Twitter, Bloglovin', Facebook, Instagram, GFC, Polyvore and Google+. I hope you liked this post. I'm doing a post other than a review post after so long and it feels awesome! It was so much fun compiling this list and all the pictures in it so I hope you had fun reading it as well.

Tanaya <3

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Majestical Jewelry Review

I can't believe that it's taken me so long to do this review. This has been a very busy semester with lots of traveling. Anyway, I'm finally doing this review so yayyy! A while ago I received this elegant looking bad from Majestical Jewelry with a beautiful and delicate-looking pair of silver earrings.

I love how they come with a little sating pouch to store the earrings in since I'm always in need of such jewelry pouches. The earrings are really lightweight, have a wonderful sparkle to them and look quite glamorous I think. While I love how they look on their own and on me, they're not my style at all which was the only disappointing thing about them. I would rather go for some bright colored or pastel colored pair because that's more my style and they have loads of them on the site! So if you like that kind of colorful statement jewelry, they've got you covered as well. The website has pearl, precious stones and fashion jewelry so it's quite a huge range. I do love this pair and I keep reaching for them when I'm accessorizing but I never end up wearing them out because they're just not for me. Here are some pictures of how they look though.

What do you think of them? Do you like these earrings? Pretty aren't they? I found this pair on their website so that you could find them if you wanted this exact pair. Just click here to have a look. You should also have a look at the rest of their collection on their website. Tweet me a picture if you buy any jewelry from them because I would love to see! If you don't already, you should follow me on Twitter, Bloglovin' , Facebook, Instagram, Polyvore and GFC because that would make me very very happy.

Tanaya <3

*The earrings were provided to me for review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Friday, 21 March 2014

GlamST - The new virtual makeover site. is a virtual makeover website that launched fairly recently. I think it used to be an android app but is now a website so that it's accessible to everyone. I was really excited about that since I don't have an android phone but I had heard about GlamST before. The website claims to help you try on different makeup products and see if you really like how they look before you spend on them. Also, it can help you create looks and plan outfits for occasions or just because you're a beauty-obessesed person with time to kill (I am! haha). You can create an account on the site by simply logging in through Facebook. I hear they're going to start enabling logging in with Google+ soon but it still has a few kinks that need to be fixed. Once you've created an account you get to either upload your own picture or try makeup on a model. I think that picking a model face just defeats the purpose of the site so I uploaded my own picture. GlamST asked me to try out their website and create a makeup look and so this is the look I created. Please forgive the creepy picture but virtual makeover sites are never perfect and this is much better than the others that I've come across before. My face still ended up looking creepy but not as creepy as other random virtual makeover sites turned it into!

About the look: I decided to go for a clean and natural look since this was the first time I was trying the website out. It ended up looking more dramatic than I imagined but the website can't read my mind and I would much rather it didn't so it's okay. I decided to try out the Dior Kin Airflash Foundation that released long ago and was loved by all beauty bloggers and youtubers. I've never tried it and I can't really spend on a Dior Foundation so I tested it out on this website. The foundation looked pretty good and you get to choose the extent of coverage you want from it. This was a bit too much for me but the level right below this was too less and there was no middle so I went with it. I tried the NARS Creamy Concealer because I've heard that it's excellent and wanted to use it on my virtual face (hahaha). I remember I used the Diorshow mascara (which ended up looking very creepy! I hate the mascara application this site gives. It's like spider lashes). And some light purple eyeshadow with a brown eyeliner. I on't remember the exact products I used which brings me- pros & cons!

Pros : 
  • It's fun 
  • A great way to try new products
  • Plan out certain looks for big occasions.
  • The virtual application of makeup isn't that wonderful
  • It makes you look creepy
  • I love mascara but this virtual makeover is making me hate it. SCARY LASHES
  • I can't figure out how to go back to the look and find out the names of all the products that I used
  • Doesn't have a big library of products that you can search from and try currently. They may add more products eventually I think ( I hope) 
Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the site but it's quite useful and I feel like I might be expecting too much from technology. I guess it can't make everything realistic. I really love the lipsticks though! It helped me try on many different shades and decide which shade I like the best so I know I will use this site when I need to order lipsticks online without swatching. If you like the idea and would like to try out more looks yourself, check out  and tell me what you think. I would love to hear your opinions about this website because I'm not very sure about my own!
Don' forget to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Polyvore, Instagram, Bloglovin' & GFC if you like this post because I have great posts coming up soon!

Tanaya <3

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Giveaway! - The Fanny Crown Voucher.

This is my first giveaway! I would love to do a bigger giveaway for you guys but this blog is only about 8 months old now and I feel like I'm not at the stage to hold a big giveaway yet. However, I created an outfit post using a fanny crown dress as my inspiration and the outfit I had created ended up winning a €50 voucher! I was ecstatic that my outfit had actually won something so huge considering fanny crown had received entries from all over the world. I then had an idea (which I think is brilliant but that could just be me. Haha ). Instead of using the voucher myself, I wanted to give the voucher to one of my readers. Now this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and so all of you can enter! The rules to enter are very simple. Complete each of the steps and leave your Facebook/twitter/bloglovin'/google+/gfc usernames below in a comment so that I can check. It might be slightly inconvenient and I apologize if it is but it would ensure that the giveaway is fair.

Requirements for Entries:
1) Follow this blog on Bloglovin'
2) Follow this blog on gfc
3) Follow this blog on Twitter
4) Share a tweet about this giveaway and tag @Thesecretlife_T #giveaway and leave the link to the tweet in your comment.
5) Follow me on Instagram
6) Like my blog's page on Facebook
7) Tell me which dress you like the best from the fanny crown site. (Either leave a link to the dress or tweet me a picture)
8) Don't forget to leave your email address in the comment so that I can contact you when you win! :)

This giveaway is open till April 14th so that's about a month and I will pick a winner from among the comments below and send an email to the winner on April 14th.

I'm so excited for this giveaway and I hope you are too! Go ahead and enter and spread the word.

Tanaya <3 

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pretty Pink Tips - Nail Update!

A nail update after so long! This time it's not just glitter on a plain base coat. I decided to try an all pink french tip manicure. Focus on the word "try". I'm terrible at making those straight edges so I did the best I could.I wasn't conscious of this before because I thought my nails looked adorable and I was happy with them. Then, a few days ago, Maybelline regrammed this picture of my nails and someone left a mean comment criticizing it. This was the first time I came across a mean comment since I started blogging and instagramming so I was taken aback and started criticizing my own pictures and nails. That was until I realized that there are people  it so that actually like what I write, click, post, etc and they understand that I'm not a professional nail artist or anything. I just do it because I like to paint my nails and share it with you guys on my blog so I shouldn't let mean comments affect me. Basically, I just wanted to say thank you to all those of you that follow this blog and my instagram account and continue to read all the randomness that pours out of my brain onto the posts. Thank you for liking it and giving me the courage to post more on this blog and ignoring that one mean comment.
Finally, let's talk about the nails
I loved this look so much! I kept redoing it every time it chipped so that I could wear it for longer. It's supposed to be quite simple actually but it took me a while to do the tips because I kept messing up (nail art newbie).
The base coat is Maybelline's Colorama Cremoso in Nude. It looks quite different than in the bottle but it's a pretty pinkish nude. The tips are Cairuo Fragranced Nail Paint in Rose. It's a deep pink with a nice fragrance. I like some fragranced nail polishes and this one is nice at first but gets quite overwhelming after about 10 mins. I bear it for the color though. 

So do you like it? It took me a while to write this nail update but I instagram pictures of my nails as soon as I've done them so you can see them all on Instagram. Please find me and follow me on instagram at tanayadream. Also tell me what you think of this nail look, fragranced nail polishes and these colors in the comments below :)

Tanaya <3

Monday, 3 March 2014

Grace Cole England Fruitworks Lipbalm Review

This name is quite long isn't it? Every time I type the name of a long product I think I'm making a mistake. Anyway, about the lip balm. This lip balm was a lip-saver the moment it arrived. I was heading out for dinner on a cold night and just dropped by the mailroom to check if I had received anything. Indeed I had! Inside the little packet I found this beautiful little pot of lip balm. It was so cold outside that night that my lips needed moisture and this lip balm provided it! It smells divine (not exactly like peach and pear but very fruity nonetheless). I received the one in Peach & Pear but it's available in many other variations. I plan on trying them all because I just want to smell them all. The little pot is really pretty and I kept looking at it and feeling happy for the first few days. At first I thought that this lip balm is just fancy without any real skincare qualities but I was surprised by it. Let's sum it up now shall we?

Pretty packaging
Amazing fragrance
Quite moisturizing
Affordable at £2.00 / $3.33 / Rs. 200

I have to use my fingers to apply it. I would have loved and used this lip balm twice as much if it was in a tube.
It's moisturizing but not as much as my favorite Nivea pink guava(more of a healing product). This one is more of a moisturizer and not a healer. Am I  making any sense to you right now?

Where to get it:

So what do you think about this lip balm? I think I'm a lip balm hoarder because I now have too many. Do you guys want to see a lip balm collection post? Or a series of mini-reviews? Please let me know in the comments below. Also tell me what you think of the grace cole fruit works line in general. Have you ever tried any of them? I really want to try them out.

Tanaya <3

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*This product was provided for review by Grace Cole England. The opinions in this post are honest and not influenced in any way.

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