What are your foundation shade(s)?

The closest shade to my skintone in MAC is NC30-35.
My Face and Body shade is C4.
Other brands similar shades include:

  • Armani Luminous Silk: Shade 6
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix: 55 
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear: 2W2 Rattan / 3W1 Tawny
  • Graftobian HD Glamour Creme: Buttermilk (lighter areas) Desert Sand (actual colour)
  • Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup: Shade 4 (Beige)
  • L'Oreal True Match: W4 Golden Natural Infallible Total Cover: 24 Golden Beige
  • Make Up For Ever HD: N123
  • Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able: Golden Medium 44
  • Maybelline Fit Me: 220 Natural Beige
  • NARS Sheer Glow & All Day Luminous: Medium 3 Stromboli
  • NYX Total Control Drop Foundation: 08 True Beige / 11 Beige
  • Urban Decay: All Nighter: 6.0/7.0 Naked Skin - 6.0 Surreal Skin Cream to Powder - Supernova
  • YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat: BD50
These are ones I've personally tried/owned in person, however as I'm trying more foundations, I'm adding them to the "foundation files" label on my blog so be sure to check all my posts out in this label too.
You can also use this site to find out your shade in other brands if you're similar to me: www.findation.com

What is your skin type?

My skin type is normally dry-combination, but since giving birth to my son it's progressively become oiler around my t-zone and my nose is more noticeably congested with pores of late; it's the first area that foundation will separate around if not powdered or long lasting. So I'd consider myself a combination skin type now (updated 2017).

What camera do you use?

I started my blog using the Sony A33 but now use the Sony A55.

Which are your favourite products to use?

If you read through my blog/makeup looks, you'll find I always use the Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) and the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (JEP) in Milk. I find the combination of these two products work wonders for making eyeshadow stand out, so they're usually my favourite eye products as well as a great mascara.
Complexion-wise, anything HD is good, but my most favourite foundation is the Armani Luminous Silk as it's the closest match to my skintone and colour that I've found yet. 
I also initially was obsessed with MAC lipsticks, the scent is addictive and the quality is still good, but of late I've loved liquid lipsticks, hence the lip swatch series.
A good highlighter never goes amiss too!
I don't believe using all products from one brand is good, as most brands have their key best sellers and these tend to be the ones that work for the majority.

Which brushes would you recommend?

I recommend a mix of natural and synthetic brushes.
The Urban Decay brushes are synthetic and I've been using them for a long time, both in and out of my kit and no matter how many times I've washed/cleaned them, the hairs remain in tact; win!
If they are too pricey or you'd prefer a set of brushes, the closest ones to the Urban Decay ones are the Real Techniques ones.
My recommended natural bristle brushes are either by MAC or Zoeva.

What country are you from/what's your ethnicity?

I was born and raised in London but my grandparents are from India and I have roots in Yemen. And I wear a scarf/hijab because I am Muslim. 

How much do you charge for makeup/do you come out to my home?

At the moment I'm on a break since having my son but I plan to work soon; I will only be taking bridal makeup bookings when I am to start working again, and only select few party makeup bookings.
If you'd like to book me, to give an accurate quote, I need to know:
  • Date and time of event
  • Location/postcode
  • If hair/hijab styling is required 

Once I know this, I can give an accurate quote. Emails should be directed to: info@safiyahtasneem.com

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I only choose to review "free" products if I have an interest in the product or feel it ties in with my blog/blog readers. Please feel free to read my disclaimer below for more of an understanding!


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This is my personal blog, where all content is written by me, unless otherwise stated (guest posts etc). 
Please do not remove the watermark from my pictures or use them on social media sites as your profile picture. If you wish to use any content, please contact me.
All my opinions are my 100% honest opinion and my reviews are personal to my own skin tone/type; what I find works perfectly for me, may not be suitable for everyone and vice versa. 
By no means are my opinions/reviews more or less honest if products are sent for free; if I like something and it works for me I will say so, and if I doesn't I will still say so.

I only like to write about products I actually enjoy using or would recommend; I won't speak too negatively about a product unless I have a severe reaction or receive terrible customer service; I'll simply state it's not for me and suggest what type of skin/tone it would be better for.
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