Wednesday, 30 March 2016

HELLO SPRING - CLINIQUE COUNTER AT BOOTS HAUL & PURPLE HAZE MAKEUP FOR DAYTIME

Hello Spring :) With clocks officially on spring time and Easter behind us, welcome back after the short break :) Despite the rain outside I thought it would be nice to show you my new Clinique haul that I recently splurged on Clinique counter at my local Boots (hello to a lovely girl at Birmingham High Street branch). What's better to lift the mood than a new makeup, am I right?



If you follow me on Snapchat you already seen my new discoveries and if not, where have you been hiding? Search: i.dorottka for #beautysnaps, daily #MOTDs and more :) I'm super pleased with most of the products I bought so I'll give you a quick overview and my first impressions <3

Boots were running a special Gift with Purchase on their Clinique counters, where you could grab a makeup bag full of goodies with 2 purchases, one to be a skincare. Honestly the bag was just too gorgeous to walk away from, just look how pretty :) 

I decided on a new Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream that I've been seeing advertised everywhere. I haven't seen many blog reviews on it yet so watch this space - it is coming. Lovely girl at the counter highy recommended it and having swatched it on the back of my hands I fell in love with its lightweight formula. It's £22.00 per 15 ml so way cheaper than my fave from Origins and I thought it would be nice to have a different, lighter daytime formula. What's great about it as well, you can top it up during the day on top of makeup. Yes, you heard it right. It's round applicator works the cream beautifully under the eyes - no dragging and I've been loving it as a base for underneath my concealer. Also if you ask nicely (just kidding) it's available as part of a set, so for the same price you get a mini Clinique High Impact Mascara (previously reviewed here) and Clinique Quickliner Intense, which is full size black retractable pencil. Win win. 

For my "second" product I choose a teeny tiny Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (£13.00). I always tend to do a total mess with my bottom lash line so this tiny mascara wand works wonders on me. It's lovely black shade and very long lasting formula means no more smudging and lovely separation. It looks a bit like a brow mascara and I love it so far :)



Time to dig into the free gift. Let's start with the makeup bag. It's not the most practical as it's white but I love the makeup design and colours. It's very roomy so you can easily pack both makeup and skincare for the overnight stay. Isn't it the cutest? 

Inside there's plenty to choose from, starting with another mini Clinique High Impact Mascara :) This is a very daytime mascara so if you like your volumized lashes, you may want to skip on this one, but I like the effect. Another makeup bit is Love Clinique Eyeshadow Trio in lovely springtime purple shades. You get one matte - deeper purple, one shimmer and one highlight shade. Packaging is to die for and matching the makeup bag perfectly. When it comes to pigmentation - it's lacking. It took me a while to create a very basic look. Purple shade just disappear when blending, which is a shame. I have many great eyeshadows and these aren't coming close to even the cheapest in my collection. I like the colours though and I think if you're only into daytime looks, this will do nicely. It's a lot of work though to make it a little more intense. Its a pass from me. To finish up with makeup, there's a mini size of Clinique Pop Lipstick and Primer in 09 Sweet Pop which is a nice springtime pink. It's a very hydrating finish and if you'd like to know more I already reviewed this series here before :)

I was more excited about the skincare to be perfectly honest and being treated to 30ml sample of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + for dry and combination skin ticks all my boxes. It's a great size and I love this stuff. It's super hydrating and light enough to be used underneath makeup. Come to momma :) Also Clinique All About The Eyes Rich (7ml) is not only a great testing size but I wanted to try it for some time. Once my evening eye cream from Origins is done I will most definitely use this one :) I love richer formulas for evening and I heard so much about this one. I want :) To finish it all off we get to try a 30ml sample of Clinique Take The Day Off. It's the oily formula and I've been dying to try it. It's pricey but having a sample to test it first is just perfect.



I paid £35.00 in total for all the goodies above and I think that's an incredible deal. I also created this daytime look for you, using mainly Clinique makeup. I hope you'll like it :)

Products used:
Foundation: Clinique Super Moisture Foundation in 02 (got a free sample at the counter)
Blush: Estee Lauder Signature Blush in Peachy
Bronzer: theBalm Bahama Mama
Eyes: Clinique Eyeshadow Trio & High Impact Mascara as per above
Lips: Clinique Pop in Sweet Pop

Hope you enjoyed this massive springtime Clinique haul. Let me know what are you treating yourself to this spring? Maybe you can recommend something? Sound off in the comments below and I'll see you here next time :) 


Thank you for reading,
Love

Dorota x

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Friday, 25 March 2016

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE: 2 BLOGGERS - 2 LOOKS. MY CAT EYE EVENING GLAM IN COLLABORATION WITH NISHIV MUA

Welcome to Makeup Friday and today's really special, as Miss NishiV MUA is collaborating with me on this one :) If you haven't already, go now and stalk her on Bloglovin', Youtube (she's the brave one and makes Youtube vids), Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. I stalk NishiV all the time - she won't mind :) So, am I scared to collab with an actual MUA? Damn right I am hahaha  <3



Today is about having fun, and we had so much fun creating these two looks for you and talking across all social media, both excited at what's to come :) OK, would you like to have a look? 

Base, Contour & Cheeks

I started with primed skin and applied Misha B.B Cream in 13 to cover up any redness and for a flawless look. This is a high coverage BB cream and I love it. I wanted to go a little stronger on the eye so flawless base was a must :) I covered up my under eyes with my new favourite - Kobo Illuminator which gives a decent coverage but it's also super highlighting. I then 'baked' the under eyes with ELF Under Eye Setting Powder and left it there for good 30 mins and brushed the excess off, when I finished with eye makeup.

I used my Cream Contouring Wheel from KOBO to contour my cheeks and my forehead (cool tones colour) and the highlighting colour on the tip of my nose, chin and underneath the cheek contour. I blended it all out with the same brush I applied both BB Cream and Concelaer - my favourite Sigma F80. I then set it all in place using Lush Emotional Brilliance Setting Powder (It's incredible for dry skin as it gives a satin effect). I wanted some colour to my face so I added a fair amount of theBalm Balm Dessert Bronzer across my cheekbones and blending it out upwards on the temples and forehead.

I finished up my cheeks with a tad of Makeup Revolution Matte Blush in Fusion and Pro Illuminate Powder that I'm currently obsessed with - such a pretty highlight !!





Eyes, Brows & Lips

I wanted a stronger look as I was inspired by both NishiV's smokey eyes and some other artists. I wanted cat eye but defined, yet blended. I wanted to add some peach and this look came to mind. I stated with priming my lid with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I'm obsessed with this as a primer :) 

On to Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave. I used Soft to set my base with, all over the lid, the crease and under the brow bone. I then started with my transition shades and used a mixture of Buffer & Latte just above my crease, as I have hooded eyes. With the eyes prepped - I started lining my cat eye using Blacqua. It's a super pigmented black and I loved working with it. I wanted a cat eye that's really defined on the edges and blended softly inwards, creating a fake larger lid space. I won't lie, I had experience a bit of fall out but nevertheless it was great to work with. I kept adding the colour in, until I was satisfied with the results. I then started with Peachy. This is such a beautiful peach shade, perfect mix of peach and pink, unfortunately not very pigmented so I had to add and add the shade to the mid lid and blending in the cat eye inwards just above the crease. I blended the peach towards inner corner and finished it off with a mixture of Ice Cloud and New World in the inner corner. For the bottom lid I recreated the steps, adding Blacqua to outer corner and blending it out with Peachy. I added some Maybelline Gel Liner as I was planning to use falsies and finished the lashes with two coats of Max Factor Velvet Volume Mascara. For my falsies I used Superdrug own Volume no 21 false lashes. 





For my brows I used Freedom Brow Pomade in Taupe. This is my holy grail brow product. It's only a fiver and it does what great pomade should do - amazing!! Glad to see such a great product available in drugstore. With such a strong eye, I opted for nude lips and chose my recent favourite MUR Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffeur. You could get away with more peachy tone lips but I prefer mine in either statement or nude :)


Hope you enjoy my finished look. Don't forget to check out NishiV MUA post as well. Just click here now. She's also on Snapchat so if you like a glimpse into her every day life just search: Nishi.V

From myself I would love to wish you a Happy Easter, eat lots of chocolate, spend time with family and friends and enjoy the 4 day weekend (and Easter sales nut shhhhhh). 






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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

CLEANSING FOR DRY SKIN: SKINACTIVE OIL-INFUSED MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER VS MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER REVIEW

I like cleansing my skin. I have a whole routine in place that sometimes takes 15 minutes in the evening just so I can thoroughly cleanse my skin. It's such a therapeutic thing to do, as if whilst cleansing I also rid of stress of the whole day. My first step for over a year now is a Micellar Water. I have tried many with pink Garnier Micellar and Simple Micellar Water being ones I come back to all the time. When I recently stepped in to Boots and saw a new oil-infused formula I couldn't not take it home with me and test it. I have a dry and dehydrated skin and whatever I do, whatever products I use, cleansing often leaves my skin little irritated. 



Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (RPR £4.99) is a dupe for the corresponding Bioderma product. I have tested both and I couldn't justifice the more expensive Bioderma as in my opinion they're identical. It removes the face makeup very well, but it can struggle on waterproof mascara's or foundation, same with liquid lipstick. Therefore I always had two separate products to remove makeup from face and eye/lip. With my sensitive dry skin, I feel as it removes a lot of moisture as well, sometimes leaving my skin slightly irritated. I like to start my cleansing with coconut oil to break down the makeup I have and then cleanse it all off with two large pads soaked in the Garnier Micellar Water. This duo has always worked for me well :)

Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water (RPR £5.99) looks more like as duo-phased eye makeup removers I'm used to. Formula is oily but not heavy, more of a dry oil result after you cleanse. It leaves the skin with a barrier of moisture which is always a plus for those with dry skin. In order to test them against each other, I have removed my whole face/eye/lip makeup using two pads. My left side being standard micellar and right oil-infused. I feel that SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water removes the makeup exactly the same as the standard water when it came to face products. Difference lays in removing eye and lip make-up. The oil breaks down mascara just a tad quicker, same goes for liquid lipsticks. I still experience a tiny bit of irritation on some days, but it certainly is less than with standard micellar water. I feel like my skin is better prepare for actual cleaning as it feels plumped and clean after use, even with a tiny oil barrier left. 

To sum up I would highly recommend Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water for dry, dehydrated and mature skin. Due to the oil based formula you will experience less tagging on your eye area when removing make-up. There's also no real need for a separate eye makeup remover product. When it comes to face there's no reason to switch as standard micellar water will do the trick, but if you worry about your skin being stripped from moisture, oil-infused one is definitely a better choice for you.


Have you tried any of the Garnier Micellar Waters? What is your opinion on them? I quite like them and they have been a staple in my bathroom. I must say I really like oil based one just a slightly better than the original formula :)


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Monday, 21 March 2016

NEW IN: BRITISH BEAUTY BLOGGER FOR MAKEUP REVOLUTION, FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE REVIEW WITH SWATCHES

It seems Makeup Revolution Week has just finished but today I finally get to share with you my review of Fortune Favours The Brave palette by Jane from British Beauty Blogger. I swatched it on MUR event recently and I had to have it. It definitely doesn't disappoint :)





Package arrived pretty early considering the palette was much hyped about by all of us and I purchased it on the day of early release. It costs £10.00 and it's available on MUR website and it should be launching in Superdrug this week :)

Packaging gets a huge well done from me. Firstly, it's not shiny black and although it's also made of plastic, it feels more well done. It is not luxury packaging but for the price it comes very close. Definitely closer than any other MUR palette ever came. I love the logo and the matte gold plastic. It's super pretty. Definitely an eye candy for my vanity :) Inside you will find a very large mirror and small double ended brush. It's really tiny with one end being a synthetic flat brush and other a small blending brush. I really like the size of the blending brush but as usual, this one is quite stiff and too scratchy for my liking. Bristles are definitely not quality enough to be considered for using it everyday. I find that flat side doesn't pick up product very well either. Please don't be discouraged, I reject most of the brushes that come with palettes even the more luxury ones like Urban Decay or Anastasia Beverly Hills. I personally wouldn't include the brush at all.


30 shades are of various finishes. You'll find plenty mattes of semi matte to matte finish, satins, shimmers and baked. Oh the baked shades - some of them are super pretty :) Most shades are beautifully pigmented with one or two slacking in the pigmentation department. It's a very versatile palette, having both neutrals and colours in. I'm a little surprised it has launched for spring, as I will definitely consider using it more in autumn as colour shades have that autumn dirty look to them. Nevertheless you are getting 30 incredible shades ranging from cool through neutral to warm tones. There's plenty here for everyone :)

Let's have a look at individual shades. I apologise in advance - this may take a while, so if you haven't already, make yourself a cup of tea and relax :) Done? Ok then, let's dig in :) * all shades have an great pigmentation unless stated otherwise*


Glimmer - champagne shade with shimmer finish, great for highlighting
Buffer - warm tone matte beige, great as a base crease shade for transitioning 
Peachy - warm peach satin finish, lacks in pigmentation and needs to be applied few times to get the colour intensity, shade wise - just beautiful as an all over shade or mid lid transition from dark outer corner.
Hope - light brown satin finish, neutral tone, gorgeous all over the lid colour.


Fortune - vintage gold shimmer finish , neutral tone, another great all over the lid shade.
Skylight - dirty blue with gold shimmer running through, baked finish, lovely shade for adding a hint of colour
Transformer - dark blue with green undertone matte finish, great for outer corners or all over the lid.
Smoothie - dark navy/grey matte with blue micro -glitter running through, lacks pigmentation.


Ice Cloud - icy white shimmer finish, beautiful for highlighting 
Golden Coins - medium brown gold shimmer, baked finish - beautiful all over the lid shade
Cashmere - medium taupe satin finish - great all over the lid or for transition from dark outer corner.
Tip Top - muddy yellow toned taupe, matte finish, lacks in pigmentation a bit but still ok as a transition shade.


Yes Please - vintage gold with green undertone, super pigmented all over the lid.
Green Machine - muddy green with gold shimmer, great all over the lid shade
Smoothie - dark green matte finish, lacks a bit in pigmentation, will need several coats to really work
Caffeine Fix - chocolate brown matte finish with neutral to cool tones, greta for darkening up the crease and outer corners.


Latte - light brown, neutral to warm tones, matte finish - great transition shade  
Pink Diamond - light to medium pink shimmer, a little crumbly for my liking
Creme - light yellow beige shade, matte finish, great for setting primer.
Drama Queen - dark brown with purple undertones, cool toned matte finish - great outer corner shade


Lonely Planet - dark purple black matte with berry purple micro glitter running through. This one looks beautiful in the pan but it's harder to transfer to lid as opaque as its swatch.
Blacqua - true black matte finish - now that's a great black shade, pigmented and easily transferable, may experience a bit of fallout 
Soft - peachy light beige, matte finish, great for setting up your primer
New World- icy white with gold shimmer running through, baked finish - just gorgeous for inner corners.


Favour - peachy rose gold shimmer, beautiful all over the lid shade
Sunset Hour - medium brown gold shimmer, great all over the lid
Super Gold -  dark gold shimmer, great all over the lid


Winning - muted dark taupe purple, matte finish, lovely for darkening up the crease and outer corners
Brave - dark purple black with micro glitter
The Revolution - matte purple taupe with tons of berry purple micro glitter, the matte shade lacks in pigment just a bit.

I hope you survived the overview of individual shades and chosen your favourites already. For me I love the shimmers, all except of Pink Diamond really. From satins the clear winner for me is Peachy, despite the fact it seriously lacks in pigmentation - it is the perfect peach shade !! I love all baked shades but few caught my eye the most. Lonely Planet looks amazing and cosmic in the pan, and New World is my favourite shade, simply gorgeous. Mattes are lacking the wow factor, but light beiges are better pigmented than in other palettes so hats off to MUR and Jane. Blacqua is a great black matte that every palette truly needs. I also like Winning and Drama Queen. 


There are unlimited choices here for you to create any look. Shimmers are as per usual gorgeous and transfer to lid incredibly, there are few good mattes to complete the look and baked shades may steal your heart as they've stolen mine. All you need is a little imagination and Fortune Favours The Brave may quickly become a staple on your vanity. Shadows are very lasting and they survived my oily lid and hooded eye for 6 hours without the base and 12 hours applied over MAC Painterly so you are getting quality here, no questions. The only little issue I have is the release date as this palette screams autumn/winter with the colour shades muted, mostly cool undertones.

What do you think? Do you adore this palette just as I do? Maybe purchased it already or it's on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below, what you think of Jane's first palette with Makeup Revolution? 


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Dorota x

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Friday, 18 March 2016

UNBOX WITH ME: BIRCHBOX FEBRUARY & MARCH BOXES STAND OFF

With February being a tad shorter month I couldn't spare the spot for unboxing post and decided I will just do a double unboxing post for both months. If you'd like to see the boxes and what's in them as soon as they hit my doorstep, follow me on Snapchat: i.dorottka, where I unbox everything first :) 



FEBRUARY BOX theme was Shine Bright Like A Diamond and I really liked the simple design of the box. I felt it suited a winter month perfectly. Inside we received 2 full size products and 4 samples. I was pleasantly surprised by makeup offerings as it included brush, little something from The Balm and more :) 

Spectrum Tapered Powder Brush RPR £7.99 
Firstly I love the design, it fun and colourful although it does remind me a little of a kids toy makeup. I don't mind as the bristles are very well cut and go so soft. I mainly use it to set concealer in the morning because of its size. I prefer my powder brushes to be a little bigger but you can certainly use it for any powder products. It picks up and distributes the product and it's synthetic so animal friendly :)

LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Champagne Problems RPR £8.00
I love eyeshadow sticks and this one is not an exception. Highly pigmented, more golden that champagne shade will look lovely on anyone, but it's certainly flattering to those with fair eyes. It can also be used as highlight for those with darker skin tones :) It stays put all day long and it's a gorgeous shade. It's also full size but you could have fooled me here as the crayon is actually pretty small.

theBalm Cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow sample (full size RPR £15.50)
I like sample sizes of both bronzers and blushers as I'm never able to finish up the full size item. I already own Frat Boy and it's a beautiful peachy pink shade, perfect for spring/summer season. I don't mind getting a sample though as I'm sure some of you would love to try it so it's ending up in future giveaway pile :)

Korres Milk Protein 3-in-1 Cleansing Emulsion 16ml sample (full size RPR £15.00)
I love Korres as a brand but I'm not that much into cleaning milks. It's still a good value sample and I'm sure I'll use it for overnight stays. It has a pleasant and subtle smell so it should be good for any skin types. 

Bio Nike Defence Xage Lifting Remodelling Balm 3.5ml sample (full size RPR £27.00)
This is where I have a problem with samples. 3.5 ml is not a sample size that you can test a product on, it's something you get for free at any counter or with shopping at online stores. Anything below 10ml is pointless in my opinion. It sounds like an excellent product for an ageing skin, but sample size makes it just unusable. It was a beauty bonus but still !!

Ayres Body Butter in Patagonia sample (full size RPR £19.50)
Another sample that's smaller to be considered a testing sample. It will last you for one all over body application plus it's quite heavily scented. Pass from me.



MARCH BOX theme was Word Up. I like word games and the box design is simple so it can be re-used for storage. Inside you'll find 3 full size products and 3 samples. I quite enjoy the full size products and there's an interesting mixture in both brands and items. 

Lanolips Hand Cream with Antibacterial RPR £9.99
As far as full size items go, hand cream is always a good one. I recently discovered Lanolips Lip Balm and I'm amazed at how amazing it is for my poor dry lips so I'm excited to give a hand cream a go. I know these have recently been rebranded with new packaging and I think it's really cute. Definitely a yes from me.

Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm RPR £11.00
This looks like any old school lip balm packaging wise, inside you will find a light pink transparent balm. This is paraben-free, cruelty-free vegan brand so it's always a welcome addition. It supposed to bring out your lip colour as well, something in likes of "my lips but better". Having used it for few days, I will say that it's quite heavily scented and tastes of fruit and something else I'm unable to recognise. It's not unpleasant but I don't particularly like it either. It is hydrating and non sticky and protects the lip for up to 3 hours which is impressive so not a bad little lip balm.

ModelCo More Brows in Light/Medium RPR £13.00
This is the most welcome addition to the box. I previously received this little brow mascara in medium /dark colour in one of the beauty boxes and I still love it. It is a little dark so I use it for evening looks mainly to set my brows with. Light/medium is perfect for me and I already used it. Formula is little wet at first but this becomes drier as months pass. I think it works perfectly at keeping brows at bay so I'm glad to finally have a shade appropriate for me.

Crea-m Anti-Aging Serum sample 10ml (full size RPR £33.90)
This is an another welcomed product. 10 ml sample is perfect to asses the product and I'm looking forward to using it as it's paraben-free as well. It has aloe quite high in list of ingredients and I love testing new serums so I'm very happy with it. 

Amika Nourishing Mask 20ml sample (full size RPR £19.99)
This is a one off hair treatment sample in a practical for travel sachet. For someone with shorter hair, it could be multi-use but for my waist long hair is just a tester. I will definitely pack it for any weekend away trip.

Doctor Duve Anti-aging & Firming Eye Cream sample sachet eat 1.5ml (full size RPR £115)
This is so annoying as this sample size, however ridiculously small just makes the overall value of the box higher as it's such an expensive product. For a standard eye cream that's 1/10 of the bottle so it's just not enough. If this was 3 ml-5ml then it would make a good sample. I'm actually super excited to try it as I've heard wonders of this cream but single sachet is a bit of a slap in the face.

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Which box won? I'm not sure as both came packed with few items that are nice addition to my beauty collection. I will choose y favourite products instead. I really like the Spectrum Brush, it's already a staple in my daily makeup and remind me a little of Sigma Tapered Highlight Brush although it's slightly bigger.  ModelCo Brow Mascara is another winner for me as I just love this product and I'm glad to have it in Light/Medium shade this time :) Rest of the items I could live without but LOC eyeshadows is a nice addition as well as Crea-M Serum. Altogether these weren't bad Birchbox boxes, but somehow lacking a bit. I am definitely over teeny tiny samples, I want to properly test the product not use it once. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments section below :)

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

MY MAKEUP GEEK EYESHADOW COLLECTION OVERVIEW WITH SWATCHES


My Makeup Geek collection must be a most requested post to date. It has become an instant hot when I first show you my haul and since it has grown significantly. After few weeks of daily testing I come to you with my opinion on the eyeshadows. 
I am a complete fanatic when it comes to matte shadows and they are most prominent in my collection. I have plenty of shimmers from companies like Makeup Revolution and they are of great quality so I saw no reason in investing in shimmers. Good mattes however are harder to come by so I wanted to invest in these mainly. I also couldn't stay away from foiled finishes, having seen them everywhere from blogs to Youtube. There's few more shadows on my NEED LIST, but for now I am super happy with my collection, so it's time to share it with you :)



MATTE EYESHADOWS formula is pretty impressive considering the price of shadows. These are half price from MAC for example and just a joy to work with. They are soft to touch, almost creamy, super pigmented and practically blend themselves. out of all shades I will show you today, I cannot complain at a single one. There's no fall out, they stay on for up to 16 hours on MAC Paint Pot Painterly base which is a base I use for all my eyeshadows. The colours don't shade throughout the day, they stay vibrant and don't crease. When blending mattes, there's always a risk of shadows disappearing, but not these ones. They blend beautifully and as vibrant as when you first apply them.  They cost £4.95 per pan, available on Beauty Bay.

White Lies - matte pigmented white shade, perfect to set your base with or for matte highlight to the inner corners.
Baby Face - matte pigmented cool tone beige, perfect all over the lid shade and to set your base with.
Sorbet - matte pigmneted pale pink shade, again great over the lid shade and as crease colour for natural makeup looks.
Peach Smoothie - matte pigmented warm beige with yellow undertones, perfect crease colour.
Creme Brûlée - matte pigmented warm toned medium beige with orange undertones, great crease shade.
Desert Sands - matte pigmented warm toned yellow brown (it's so hard to explain but it looks like poop haha), despite my description it's a great crease shade, perfect to start darkening up the colours.
Chickadee - matte pigmented muted dirty yellow, another great crease shade, perfect for warm smokey eye looks.
Morocco - matte pigmneted muted dirty orange shade, another great warm shade. perfect for all over the lid, in the crease or outer corners.
Poppy - matte pigmented peachy red shade. This one is beautiful for those of your with light eyes (blue, green and grey) as it brings out the colour like no other. I like to blend out my browns with it for added warmth to my eye look.
Barcelona Beach matte pigmented light brown taupe, cool toned shade. Great in the crease colour.
Frappe - matte pigmented warm toned medium brown. Great to darken up the crease, as an all over shade or for outer corners.
Cocoa Bear matte pigmented warm toned chocolate brown. Beautiful shade for darkening up the crease, all over or outer corners. This is an already a cult shade and for good reason - it's stunning.
Mocha - matte pigmented cool toned dark brown. Great shade, again you can use it however you like but I love it in my outer corners and on the bottom lid. 
Americano - matte pigmented dark brown with purple undertones. Amazing for brown smokey eyes instead of using a black in the outer corners. This is very defining shade.
Bitten - matte pigmented muted neutral to warm brown red . Simply stunning !! I'd use this shade everyday if I wasn't obsessed with creating new looks ;)

From left: Peach Smoothie, Sorbet, Baby Face, White Lies
From Left: Morocco, Chickadee, Desert Sands, Creme Brûlée
From Left: Mocha, Cocoa Bear, Frappe, Barcelona Beach
From Left: Bitten, Americano, Simply Marlena, Poppy
SATIN/SHIMMER EYESHADOWS are also quite a joy to work with. Super pigmented, they blend beautifully and create such a subtle sheen to the lid. They are everything I already said about mattes but with a different finish to them. 

Mango Tango - satin finish orange coral with gold shimmer running through. Beautiful in between shade. I like to apply it to the mid lid or on the lower lid. It creates a lovely contrast with mattes and in between blended effect.
Simply Marlena - satin finish pink purple. Named after Makeup Geek founder Marlena it's one of the most beautiful shades I've seen. I used it in a tutorial recently if you'd like to check it out. Stunning !! 

FOILED EYESHADOWS are a formula never seen before really. When these came out, beauty world went crazy for them. Super pigmented, almost wet effect shimmers are all stunners without the doubt. Creamy to touch formula, they apply super pigmented on the lid (use your finger for max pigmentation). I can't praise these enough. I have few more on my wish list but they have been out of stock on Beauty Bay.

Whimsical - is foiled finish pale lilac shade. Perfect for inner corners and to give your mid lid a bit of wow effect.
In The Spotlight - is a peachy rose cold/copper foiled finish. Beautiful for mid lid or even inner corners if you're going for slightly darker eye !! Gorgeous !! 
Magic Act - yellow gold foiled finish. Stunning gold shade to brighter inner corners or for mid lid. 

From Left: Magic Act, In The Spotlight, Whimsical
From Left: Mango Tango, Mai Tai
DUO-CHROME EYESHADOWS are the ones that I skipped mostly on as only one shade truly caught my attention. Duo-Chromes are specific finishes that look different in every lighting as well as when applied on light or black base. They are truly unique in finish and the shade I choose, I absolutely adore

Mai Tai - is a peachy base with pink shimmer duo-chrome finish. Beautiful in between or all over the lid shade. It's truly a stunner :)

OVERVIEW:
I adore Makeup Geek shadows. Formulas are each unique and stunning in their own light. Matte are true mattes, there's no semi matte finish to any of them. Pigmentation is intense which is so important when creating makeup looks. They truly blend themselves so of course they're a joy to work with. There's a great variety of shades in all finishes as well. Foiled shadows are amazing. What else is there to say. Pigmentation and finish are just insane !! I also love satins and duo-chrome finishes as the shades I picked up scream me :) I cannot say one bad thing about the shades. I simply love them all. They are worth their price, to be perfectly honest they are worth much more, as I prefer them to MAC shadows that are double the MUG prices. Duo-chrome in my opinion is much better to work with than Zoeva ones and of better pigmentation. 
Have you tried MUG shadows? What do you think of them? Is there any shades I don't have and you think I should try? Let me know in the comments section below.



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Monday, 14 March 2016

NEW IN: ZOEVA ROSE GOLDEN BLUSH PALETTE REVIEW WITH SWATCHES

If there's ever any need for extra radiance to your complexion, it is on Monday morning. Being woken up rudely by an alarm clock is one of the worst feelings in the world, if you ask me. Today I'm bringing you my new favourite, a little palette by mighty Zoeva, proven to brighten up your mornings :)




Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette comes in a sleek, cardboard packaging. It's rose gold hue is so on point with the whole world going crazy for copper and rose gold. It's a lovely addition to already large collection of brushes with rose gold detailing. It's light, small and travel friendly. 

Palette includes a contour, blush and highlight shades. This triad works perfectly for both contouring and strobing trends. For a chiseled look work all shades onto your cheeks. Formula is infused with Vitamin E, which nourishes the skin as well as giving your complexion a visible radiance boost thanks to the shades. Very lightweight powders, however not as creamy to touch as we are used to with Zoeva eyeshadows. They are very easy to apply and blend and offer great pigmentation. It's quite unusual selection of shades with contour definitely aimed at paler skin tones and both blush and highlighter incredibly pigmented and working for both pale and darker complexions.




Heavy Crown is a muted chocolate shade, neutral tone and a matte finish. It's not as pigmented as the rest of shades which works great for pale skin tones. It gives a beautiful finish on the skin, slightly bronzing and contouring at the same time. You will not hurt yourself with this powder, it goes on the skin smoothly and doesn't leave any streaks, which are quite common with super pigmented contour shades. I wasn't too sure I'm going to like it at first but it looks beautiful on my skin, giving enough colour, but without being to overpowering. It has a great staying power. 

Glowing Still is the most unusual highlight shade I've ever come across and I've tested a lot of highlighters. It looks white in the pan, swatches white at first too, but once blended it's super pigmented yellow gold highlight. Light hand during application is a must as this is very well pigmented highlight. For me it works better for evening looks as it can be too 'in your face' during daytime on someone as pale as me. I love it nevertheless, it's gorgeous and stays put for 10 hours plus.

Palace Door is another shocker, as again it looks totally different in the pan than on the skin. It's hard to describe really. It's a medium pink peach with warm undertones and rose gold sheen. I'm normally against shimmery blushers but OMG this one works somehow. It creates a beautiful sheen to the cheeks without being to overpowering. It compliments both contour and highlight shade. I love it !! As with highlight, it's super pigmented so light hand is needed when applying. Again, very long lasting, it will stay on your cheeks for up to 10 hours - amazing !!

OVERVIEW:
I was very sceptical at first, due to feeling a bit cheated when it came to shades as they swatch and apply totally different to the wa the look in the palette. For some reason these shades just work. It makes me giggle a little as they're the opposite to what I usually enjoy. I like my contour to be super pigmented - yet Heavy Crown works beautifully on me. I love my matte blushes, yet Palace Door took me by complete surprise and I absolutely love it despite its sheen finish. I love my highlighter to stand out and don't get me wrong this one does but it's such an unusual shade I still can't comprehend why I love it so much. I really can't say anything bad about this palette. It's sleek and travel friendly, I love the rose gold packaging and the shades are incredible. They work, that is all :)

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette retails for £13.00 and it's available now on Beauty Bay


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