Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Dupe this - the wonder of W7 - Make Up & Glow Bronzing Base and Absolute Lashes.

I’ve only recently discovered W7. Few products have caught my attention and I turned to Amazon to get my hands on them. 
Firstly Make Up & Glow Bronzing base. Does it reminds you of something, maybe it’s Chanel counterpart? Packaging is similar although plastic top just not in line with bit more luxurious Chanel. other that the lid there’s really little difference between those products. It’s a cream bronzing base with a slight warm tone to it. You will not be able to cream contour but it is not made for it. It’s perfect for adding a little natural glow to you complexion. I was able to test the Chanel sister for few weeks (thank you Boots and ability to ask for a little product to test before you buy) and let me tell you, the difference in consistency, and a very slight one at that, does nothing when we compare the two in their price range. 
You can save yourself a whooping £30 and this will last you forever !! It’s a large product and a little goes a long way. I now opened this product to use to my mom too because I will never be able to finish it off. It gives a beautiful glow to the skin and this coming from a totally matte product. It lasts great under or over the foundation granted that you set it with powder. I sometimes leave it on it’s own and it will still last around 5 hours which is incredible for a product that costs £7.99 (watch out for offers as I got mine half price). Huge thumbs up from me and my mom to W7 - job well done


I love Benefit mascaras. If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life, you will know that I’m totally obsessed with They’re Real and hefty price tag does nothing to change my opinion of this product. It will give you false lash effect. It will last all day, no crumbling, no problems whatsoever. It will look as well as after application in 8-10 hours !! It’s amazing !! It will be a total b*** to take off :) It may not be waterproof in the proper sense of the word but man does it last !!!!
So when I've heard of a little dupe called Absolute Lashes from W7, I just had to give it a go. It costs so little you can buy 5 for a standard RPR of it’s Benefit mother :) I try to compare brushes to you and the difference is little to none. Formula… Ah. It is not the same. However does it work? I only wore it a couple times so it’s not a full on review. I hate mascara reviews anyway. What works for some, will not for others. It’s a fact so I won’t dwell too much on it. I think it’s a good mascara.


 It is not Benefit but it works. And if you just hate the idea of spending £20 on one mascara - go for this one. It will not hold the curl as Benefit or even last that well, in my opinion but it is a much cheaper option and it still works better that some more expensive drugstore alternatives. Is it a true dupe? In packaging maybe, but the effects are similar yet not dupe enough for me to truly call it such. I will still give it a thumbs up because for it’s price it is worth definitely more.


You can get W7 bronzing base here and Absolute Lashes mascara here

I wonder what do you think of this duo? Have you tried any of the above or their more expensive mother products? Let me know in the comments below.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

New brand alert - Freedom Makeup London #3 “Just look in to my EYES” (part 1)

I already talked about Freedom Makeup. They launched recently promising us professional quality makeup at the friction of the price. It seems a lot of people agree. Just search for hashtags like #MACformasses on Instagram. I am deep in to testing their products. Firstly I concentrated on lips and was quite impressed (read about it all here), recently I took face products under my radar (all about it here ladies). I found few gems which I am so grateful for. I love finding great products that are cheap and therefore available to everyone. Freedom Makeup is an UK based brand with worldwide delivery making it easy to purchase wherever you are (follow the link here). You can also find them on Beauty Crowd here.

As you probably know I love eyeshadows. Eyeshadows got me hooked to makeup. I used to be horrible at application. Countless Youtube tutorials later I am a little better at doing it :) As I am now more knowledgable about the whole process I also know better what to look out for when buying eyeshadows. I prefer mine to be of nearly cream like consistency as they go on like you wouldn’t believe and are best for blending. I love my eyeshadows to be well pigmented with a little to none fallout. 
When choosing which colours to order I looked through my collection and thought that I already own way too many neutrals, both matte and shimmer. More than I can probably ever use :) So I went for colours. 
From Left: Brights 228, Brights 226, Brights 227

I choose 1 matte finish Brights 226 which is a brilliant true Pink. Gorgeous shade and great pigmentation. Brights 228 which is a lovely satin Purple shade. It will work well to bring out green/grey eyes :) Lovely and intense colour, blends as a dream like all of them. Brights 227 is a beautiful sparkly Lilac. There’s no harsh glitter there. It shines through which is a beautiful combination. i love the formula and can’t wait to have a proper play with it. 
From Left: Gilded 216, Brights 224, Brights 221
Brights 224 is a gorgeous, fresh cut grass like Green. Again it’s a shimmer and very intense. It will work beautifully with dark eyes. Lastly from Brights comes 221 which once more is well pigmented colour. It’s such a pretty Blue. Think skies. Think summer. Amazing for colourful makeup looks. I also got one eyeshadow from the series Gilded, 216 is a foil like finish Rose Gold shade. It goes on well but it is easy to take just a little too much on a brush. Remember with these, a little goes a long way and colour build up is a dream with these eyeshadows.

Formula of all of them is lovely. They all feel really soft when swatched. In the swatches I only just touched them lightly. One swipe. So as you can see they are all intensely pigmented. They are a pleasure to work with. They don’t dissapear when blending. 

Packaging is very plastic but by doing so the brand offers you a great quality for £1 per shade instead of £15 plus. I would be tempted to depot them in to a z palette or something similar. I would much prefer them to come without packaging but in so form as to put them in to magnetic palettes straight away. If only I could suggest it to Freedom :) Especially for a pro artist, who just can’t afford the hassle of having hundreds of these around in his/hers makeup bag. 

The only little complaint I have is a lack of names for each shade. I like that they’re numbered but I would personally like to have a name associated with each shade :)

Altogether I love, love, love them. I only chose a limited amount in the beginning but I am looking forward to expanding my collection in the future. Matte shades are something I will be intrigued to test some more.

So what’s your opinion, yay or nay? I’ll give them a 4 out of 5* with a star missing for packaging as I would much prefer to see them in depot friendly option :)

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Color Tattoo one on one - review and swatches

I came across Color Tattoo less than a year ago and already late to the party. Having read and watch countless reviews I found myself wanting to check out what’s the fuss all about. 
I currently own 9 pots with 3 shades that I use pretty much every day. Because this is what they are made for - every day makeup you can do in 5 minutes :) Just swipe a little colour on your eyelid with your fingers, grab a blending brush and blend it out in the crease with a little matte shade of some sorts and you are ready to go. For more made up makeup you can layer them, or use them as a base to bring out the colours on top. The formula is waterproof so they make for a great base under any eyeshadow. Great on it’s own and play well with others :)
My Color Tattoo collection

My absolute favourites is On and On Bronze. If you follow me on Instagram you will know that i talk about it all the time. I mainly use it on its own as it gives a beautiful subtle yet defined look to my eyes bringing out the blue in them. 

If I want something extra I will also use Pink Gold (second favourite of mine) in the inner corners which opens up the eye and makes me look more refreshed. I will also use it on it’s own blending it slightly in the crease with some matte eyeshadow to give a little depth to my crease. 

Thirdly comes time to talk about the best of them all, Permanent Taupe. Why? Because it’s multipurpose. It will work as a great base for a greyish, taupe toned makeup. Not on it’s own in my opinion. It doesn’t compliment my colourings anyway. I also mix a little of it with my cream contour shade giving it a little bit more greyish tone which suit my skin. It works brilliant with anything I tried so far and waterproof formula means it help them last a lot longer overall. So if you were looking for that perfect contour colour and failing because everything on the market is way too warm for you, look no further. Just mix a little bit of my Holy Grail here and blend away :) I also use it for my brows and believe me when I say it is the best product so far I’ve tried. It’s colour is exactly the same as a natural colour of my brows so it looks so natural on me. It stays on all day and application is oh so easy. It’s also £4.99 and not £15 as Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I would like to try and compare them one day but not until I use up at least some of my collection of brow products.

Metallic Pomegranate is a beautiful, warm shade that is perfect for light eyes. It brings out the colour in them. It works great as a base for red toned eyeshadows and also on it’s own. I used it a lot during an autumn season as my every day shade :)

I must say, I rarely use an Immortal Charcoal. It’s a lovely grey shade, as highly pigmented as the rest of them. It just doesn’t suit my colourings as much. I may need to find it a loving home as I only ever watched it once or twice :)

I bought Timeless Black to try and use it instead of Gel Liner. it doesn’t work as well as eyeliner. But it works great as a base for these times when you need your base to be as dark as possible to bring out the pigmentation in your shadows. Think big and beautiful.

Eternal Gold is a pretty light gold shade that goes on beautifully and will look great on anyone. For someone with darker skin tones you could probably use it as a little highlight as well.

24K Gold is an extreme gold. It gives you that WOW effect and it’s definitely not an every day look. I like it for the times when I’d like to make a statement with my makeup.

Chocolate Suede is more matte than any of the rest. You can use it in the crease as I like to combine it with On and On Bronze. I feel like they both look beautifully together to if you’re going for that Bronze Goddess look that’s so IN right now.
From Left: Eternal Gold, 24K gold, Pink Gold
From Left: On and On Bronze, Permanent Taupe and Chocolate Suede
From Left: Metallic Pomegranate, Immortal Charcoal, Timeless Black
So that’s it for my little Color Tattoo collection. I hope you enjoyed my review and the swatches can help you make a decision as to which of the above to pick up on your next visit to Superdrug or Boots.


I love certain shades more than others as they suit me better. However I am so impressed with formula of these overall. They go on really smoothly and are super pigmented. They are also easy to blend and play well with others as a base for powder eyeshadow or even a mix with a cream bronzer. 

I’ll give them 5 out of 5* because they are cheap and one of the best cream shadows I worked with. Would you agree? Let me know in the comments below :)

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Dorota x


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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

New Brand alert - Freedom Makeup London #2 ‘’In your FACE :)’’

I started my huge makeup beauty haul few days ago with first impressions post about their lip products. Today I would like to introduce you to some more Freedom Makeup deliciousness. Let’s talk face then :)
 
From Left: Pro Glow Purr and Pro Glow Roar
Freedom Makeup Haul

I ordered few face products from Conceal & Correct palette through Pro Glow and blush and highlight.

Pro Conceal and Correct in Light
Freedom’s Pro Conceal & Correct in Light is a perfect dupe for MAC’s correctors palette. It offers 6 super blend-able cream shades to conceal and correct. It costs only £5 and let me tell you - it’s incredible !! It’s creamy at first but the consistency of these concealers is seriously high end. Their pigmentation is great and they seem to be winning my battle with dark circles :) I am very pleased with the colour range as well, as it is sometimes difficult to find great range of shades for a person as pale as I am. 



Top 3 shades have a definite pink undertones and bottom ones will be more fitting for warm/neauteral undertones. Or you can mix them as I do. I use a pink shade (top right) as a colour correct for under the eyes, then a little mix of top and bottom left shades to blend out with a tiny amount of bottom right to highlight. I am super pleased with this little gem and it’s worth every penny !! At this price you will not regret it, as quality will blow your mind !!


I must admit I mainly got Pro Glows because of it’s design. They are looking gorgeous. Packaging isn’t something I would have chosen for these though. Purr will work as a light bronzer for a very pale person or as a nice peachy toned blush. It has a little shimmer in it so I would not necessarily use it for more of a contour job. The formula is quite soft and blends easily. Roar is a little darker. The bronzer bit isn’t too warm so on it’s own you can use it to contour lightly. This is a semi matte shade. if swirled together colour warms up a bit and you can use it to bronze your face for summer. It has slight sheen to it so if you don’t like shimmery shades Pro Glows are probably not for you.

From left: Pro Blush in Rare, Pro Glow in Purr, Pro Glow in Roar
I also got one Blush shade in Rare. This is such a pretty coral pink shade. It is ideal for spring and summer and it has a little (tiny amount) of gold shimmer running through it. Formula is quite soft yet still powdery. Pigmentation is good making it so easy too blend. Gorgeous shade for £1 !! Can’t really go wrong.

Pro Highlighter in Brighten
If you’re looking for a silvery-pink highlighter - then Pro Highlight in Brighten is for you !! I personally prefer more champagne colour shades so this will have to find a loving home with one of my friends. Pigmentation is good, it’s very soft when you swatch it but it also seems to be lasting quite a while. It’s not as creamy as Mary-Lou, it has a definite more of a powder feel that that.

That it for my first impressions of some of the newly launched products from Freedom Makeup. The brand is definitely very affordable and some products are better than others. Today’s winner is a Conceal and Correct palette. It’s really incredible. It does what it’s supposed to do and it’s a great alternative to spending £35 in MAC. I will also be wearing blush in Rare on few occasions. It’s a really cute summer shade and I love the formula. 

So what do you think? Have you tried Freedom Makeup yet? I have few more products to review for you so watch out for parts 3 and 4 in which we will talk eyeshadows :)

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Love,


Dorota x

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Zoeva Cocoa Blend - first impressions review

We all know and love Zoeva for their incredible brushes. Me and Zoeva…. It was love at the first sight :)

I’ve been watching new releases of Zoeva makeup intently and was tempted to try one of their eyeshadow palettes. I couldn’t say no anymore as I saw glimpses of this chocolate heaven coming out. I must have been one of the firsts, ordering it from Beauty Bay on the day of the launch :) As per usual delivery was within 2 working days and I received it neatly packaged. Great service Beauty Bay :)




The newest release costs just £15.50 or €17.50 for all you Euro zone folks. It contains ten shades ranging from mattes through satin and shimmer to duo chrome. They are all incredibly pigmented except maybe for Sweeter End which I found a little too powdery & crumbly. 
From the left: Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend
Bitter Start is a beautiful off white beige. It’s semi matte and perfect for highlight under the brow bone or to blend out other shades. Sweeter End is a shimmer. Very powdery formula and only one I am unsure off from this selection. Warm Notes is a great pomegranate shade. It will compliment blue/green and grey eyes. It’s just beautiful. Subtle Blend is another shimmer. Just look at it - it’s so pretty.
From The left: Pure Ganache, Substitute For Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion
Pure Ganache is a pure pressed pigment. Pigmentation is insane. Colour will wow you !! My favourite from shimmers alongside Warm Notes. Substitute For Love is a beautiful, warm transition shade. Great for your crease. Shade is orange brown and can easily be diluted with Bitter Start. Freshly Toasted is another warm brown matte. It will work great for deepening your crease and in outer corners. Infusion is a Due Chrome. It will work beautifully on a white or black eyeshadow bases which should bring the colours in it !! Just gorgeous and unfortunately the swatches don’t show how amazing this due chrome shade is.
From top Beans are white, Delicate Acidity

Beans are white. This is not a pure black colour. It’s a very dark ashy brown. Nicely pigmented and easy to blend.Lastly, Delicate Acidity is a beautiful shimmer lilac. It will work beautiful for more advanced makeups to highlight inner corners or go crazy and mix it with Pure Ganache. Amazing shade.

All of the above are incredibly pigmented and just a joy to work with. They were made for bending and makeup playtimes. Colour pay off is great and colours won’t disappear when you start blending it. 
I adore this selection. It will work great with most skin tones as there’s a shade to compliment every eye colour. Shimmers are incredible and mattes are outstanding and all this for £1.55 per shade in this palette. 

I will recommend Cocoa Blend palette to anyone. Zoeva came out with another big hit and it’s surely not worth missing out on !! Go grab yours on their website here or in UK via Beauty Bay here (sold out at the moment).

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Dorota x

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

New brand alert - Freedom Makeup London #1 LIP PARTY

Freedom Makeup London comes from the creators of Makeup Revolution. This is a newly established brand of professional makeup at affordable prices. What I love about it, it’s the opportunities it creates for amateurs to get better and professionals to update their kits at prices that everyone can actually afford. I truly believe that by going to real makeup artist, I pay for the skill, artistry and not only the brands she manages to pull out of her bag. Freedom is set to break rules as Revolution did last year. There will be makeup courses launching soon with House of Glam Dolls Find Out Here 
If you’re interested to know more about them, you can find them on their social media like Facebook here  & Instagram here.

Enough said that when I heard about this highly anticipated launch I was beyond excited. I love Makeup Revolution and have been a fan since they’re launched last year. I have waited patiently and once the website gone live, I spent hours trying to put my order through (it’s official we broke the internet that evening people lol). It finally arrived so I couldn’t wait much longer to take some photos for you. As this is quite a large order there will be 3 parts to this story.

Let’s start with lip products :) Yes, I know, I’m addicted. I am pretty pleased with myself as I managed to only buy 9 lip products in total :) I ordered 2x lip melts, 2x lip butters and 5x lipsticks :)

Pro Melts first. Up is a beautiful opaque pinky nude. Perfect for everyday but watch out as all these colours are highly pigmented. Wanted is a beautiful lilac colour. It will work well on those special nights out or for photo shoots. Let’s not forget these aim at professionals and with some of these it’s exactly what you get. It may not be an every day shade for all, but I can’t wait to rock it in the office one day :)Pro Butters formula is creamier than melts in my opinion but they do apply as a dream. I got one in a beautiful fuchsia called Sugar Fix. This is my shade. It’s just beautiful.  Cats whiskers (which I may have ordered for the name alone) is a beautiful warm pink colour which is just a perfect everyday lip for me. It will stand out but it’s also a little muted if you know what I mean. I must say I like it the best out of them all and I can see myself using it most days now.
From Left: Up,Cats Whiskers,Fugar Fix, Wanted (no flash)


From Left: Up,Cats Whiskers,Fugar Fix, Wanted (no flash)

They all cost £3 each and are available from manufacturers website (here) or from Beauty Crowd (here)


I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t want to try some of the stunning 20 plus shades collection of new Pro Listicks. They are just a steal at £1 each and formula is very creamy and comfortable. Not as pigmented as the melts/butters but much easier for an every day, quick application. They last 2-3 hours each although that’s totally dependable on you. I adore the colours I’ve received.
Make Me Crazy is a beautiful coral red. It’s a summer, ever day red in my opinion and it will compliment most skin tones. Candy Sweet comes in a deep fuchsia. It’s a very pretty colour. My everyday pink but it will be strong and flashy for some. I love it and I can’t wait to compare this shade to a certain MAC lipstick :) Pink Lust is what the name tells you. It’s gorgeous every day pink. It will look lovely on pale completions as well as working as a nude pink for darker tones. It’s a little barbie like but muted. I really like it. Whispers is a coral pink nude if this description even makes sense to you. It’s not just pink or coral but it’s also light enough to be considered as nude. Lovely for every day an I can see myself loving it for months to come. Lastly Wildflower is a very light pink shade. It may not suit everyone but i think it would be a lovely summer shade once I get some colour on me.
From Left: Make Me Crazy, Wildflower, Whispers, Pink Lust, Candy Sweet (flash)

From Left: Make Me Crazy, Wildflower, Whispers, Pink Lust, Candy Sweet (no flash)
That’s it for today. What do you guys think? I am very impressed so far. I will be able to report more once I get some use out of them all. I really like the packaging of the melts/butters collection. I think formula is thick and creamy which may not sit well with everyone but it will photograph really great. They are also very pigmented which should work well for intensity as well as wear time. Lipsticks may not have a great wear time but they are extremely comfortable to wear, no drying. I find lip colours like that best for every day as you can always top them up. 

Favourites of the bunch? Definitely Pro Butters Cats Whiskers and Pro Lipsticks in Pink Lust and Whispers.

Let me know your favourites. And see you soon for part 2 of my Freedom Makeup extravaganza haul :)

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Dorota  
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Monday, 15 June 2015

Unbox with me - The festival EDIT - Glossybox June 2015


It has come on my doorstep bright and early. I always look forward to my monthly delivery as box is beautiful in itself and packaging is best to none. I get to keep the box and my kitty gets to play with the ribbon.Win win :)As per usual Glossybox is £10 per month plus P&P charges bringing it up to around £14. This months I received 5 beauty products to test.

Starting with the biggest product in the box it’s Kueshi’s Anticellulite Booster lotion. Valued at £14.55 it is a full size product. I’ve known Kueshi through Glossybox and the face tonic I received months ago I absolutely love. It is a really great, mostly natural brand. However I feel like this is a perfect example why Glossy feels like it’s been failing me lately. I don’t use anti cellulite body creams and even though it’s a great product I won’t have any use of it. Lately it happens quite often with my treats from the box. It doesn’t feel good anymore as I mainly end up giving them all away. Back to the lotion it combines a mixture of natural ingredients (Parabens free) and antioxidants. I have given it to my mom and she feels like it has a nice toning & tightening effect after use.
I love a good face mist. I was actually pretty happy to see Monu spa Rosewood Reviving Mist in my box this month. I was first introduced to Monu by Glossybox and I do tend to like their products (I have few oils and they have been good to me). It will be great for in need of refresh stressed skin as it has a great mix of essential oil like lemon, rosewood and geranium. Smell is pretty pleasant too, however little strong for some of you whom may not like strong smelling products. I’ve only used it to refresh my non make up face but I ma looking forward to try and set makeup with it. if it’s good it may end up in favourites, time will tell. It’s a sample product which is perfect to add to your bag. The full size will set you by £11.95.

Something I wasn't really expecting to find in my box was Halo’s Fragrance Free Facial Wipes. They come in travel size (10) and costs only £1.20. These will be great for travel, don’t get me wrong, but facial wipes in Glossybox? No, thank you. Quite disappointing to say the least.

Talking disappointments. I love finding great, cheap makeup brands. I am a sucker to find amazing products that work well for the friction of the price. I’ve discovered Essence in my local Wilko store some time ago and own many products from the brand. They are cheap and good quality. However this is not the first time they end up in my Glossybox. And as much as I like a nice new nail polish, finding one that costs £1.71 as a standard it’s not something I am looking to discover in my luxury beauty box.
Lastly there are Flash Tattoos. Not surprise there as they are very IN and coming festival season we will all be sporting them. Lovely add on but this is what it should be - an add on and not advertised as a full size product. I believe them to be a Glossybox own brand retailed at £6.50.
So what do I think of this months box? Honestly I am not impressed at all. Very disappointing purchases and I personally wouldn’t buy this box if I knew what’s coming.

I think with the amount of beauty boxes on the market right now, there are so many better ones that are so much better value for money. For an extra few pounds I got my latest Glamour Summer Edit from Latest in Beauty and I absolutely loved it. Glossybox just doesn’t compare anymore.
I think it’s time for me and Glossybox to go on a break. I’ve been with them for 3 years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It let me experience new brands and bunch of amazing products. However as I grow as an individual and a beauty tester I found them less surprising and less exciting each month. So unfortunately June will be my last box for now. If you’d like me to keep reviewing them in the future, let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to oblige. However from my own perspective I don’t need a Glossy in my life anymore. Or at least for now.

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Dorota
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