Monday, 30 May 2016

IDOROTTKA LOVES: MY BEAUTY PICKS OF MAY 2016


Happy Bank Holiday Monday my Lovelies. May has come and gone so quickly, I can't believe June is already upon us. I have tested and loved a lot of new bits this last month and today I'd like to share with you my absolute faves, so make yourself a cup of tea, as we will be here for a while :)

SKINCARE:

The first two absolute hits of May and a little beyond are my new Ecolab Foaming Facial Cleanser (RPR £4.00) & Ecolab Face Toner (RPR £3.50) from the Rejuvenating series. Both were purchased from The Natural Skincare shop, which is my favourite place to shop online for natural & organic products. Both are SLS, Parabens free and are mostly made of organic produce. Ecolab is a Russian cosmetic brand which specialise in natural skincare, body care and haircare. I have a full review of both coming up this Wednesday, so watch this space. They are now staples in my daily cleansing routine and are perfect for suer sensitive skin, whilst having anti-aging ingredients - win win. 

Eucerin Sun Fluid Matifying SPF 50 (RPR currently on offer in Boots for £12.00)is a guest in my favourites for the second time now, as I just cant praise it enough. I wear it over my skincare and under the primer and it keeps my super pale & sensitive skin protected from the rays. I spent several days working from the garden in a full sun and I never burnt, which is news to me. It's not the cheapest, but works well under the makeup so definitely a re-purchase if needs be. 

The last two products are hybrids as you can either class them as skincare or makeup. First being Nivea Men Post Shave Balm (RPR currently on offer for £2.63 in Superdrug). I love this stuff as a primer. It works great with pretty much every BB/CC Cream/Foundation I work with and it's also amazing on top of SPF. It prolongs the wear of the foundation and stops it from shining its own light few hours after application. It also helps with filling in lines as it stops setting the foundation in them. Truly remarkable product. The second of the bunch is my MAC Prep & Prime Fix+ (RPR £17.00). I use it under and over makeup as it provides an extra level of moisture my dry skin longs for. It takes away and powdery finish to the skin, giving it natural glow. It is not a setting spray and it shouldn't be treated as such but it's a great tool. I'm on my 3rd bottle and can't see that changing anytime soon.





MAKEUP:

There are a fair few products I'd like to talk to you about this month and it's a good mixture of drugstore and luxury, so everyone should be able to find some inspiration from them :)

When it comes to my base I'm obsessed with these trio. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Opal (RPR £26.00) is one product that I shall re-purchase over and over again. It's a tinted hydrating gel cream that just works beautifully on dry skin. You get a decent amount of pigmentation and if applied by fluffy flat top (Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush - review here) that's achieved most easily. It's not a medium coverage of course, but it works great at covering redness and giving the face the most glowing finish. I'm sadly already finishing up mine and I plan to re-purchase as soon as possible. an't live without this stuff. When it comes to concealers I look for high coverage and light formula as my under eye area is super delicate and prone to product getting in to dehydration lines, despite the skincare. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral (RPR £17.50) works brilliantly. It's shade, formula and the finish is just perfect. It does set so you need to work with it pretty quickly and I recommend a powder to set it with to avoid creasing. Nevertheless it's a great tool at hiding the most visible dark circles and redness, so it's a winner in my eyes. Last but not least another favourite of mine is L'Oreal Infalliable Sculpt Contouring Palette in 01 Light/Medium (RPR £9.99 - on offer in Boots 3 for 2 and Superdrug buy 1, get 1 1/2 price)is the best cream contour product in drugstore at present. It's cool toned making it a perfect choice for those with pink/neutral undertones, it's super light and creasy, making it a pleasure to work with and it stays put (when set) all day long. Can't praise it enough, but believe me when I say it, it's my number one contouring choice for good few months now.





Eyeshadow palette of the month must be a newly launched Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte 2 (RPR £8.00). I already reviewed it for the blog recently and did a little look with so check out those posts, if you'd like to know more. I adore this palette. It's been on my eyes pretty much every day since I got it and it just works. I love the reddish shades, as well as traditions and taupe purples. Superb for everyday.

I have been known for my love of strong highlight and the choice of the month was my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl (RPR £32.00). It is the most beautiful white highlight, superb choice for pale skin!! It stays put all day (and night) long and it's so intense, you can't help but wonder if the shine is visible from outer space. I have a review on my Becca highlight family coming soon, but had to mention it in faves. If you follow my Snapchat (username: i.dorottka), you know I wear it nearly daily now. I'm in love with this stuff !!!

Two lipsticks that has completely stolen my heart in May are both of mauve undertone but both pretty it their own light. MAC Tribe Lipstick in Hot Chocolate (RPR £17.00 - sold out) is just the most gorgeous medium tone nude with purple tones. It hits both modern and 90s trend so well. It's a satin finish but lasts well, whilst keeping your pout moisturised. I love it. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Raffinée is another daytime nude, lighter than MAC and more pink but also with mauve tones mixed in. I adore the formula, as it's matte but also feels hydrating. It's not the most lasting but when on, it just works. Be that daytime or to top off the evening look (review here).



ACCESSORIES:

I have 3 brushes this month I have been loving so much, I need to share this love with you my beauties. Starting off with already mentioned above Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush  (review here). It's a perfect foundation brush as it takes the light formula and gives you coverage you didn't dream off to achieve with it. I absolutely adore it with my BB/CC Creams. The only minus - it sheds quite a bit, especially if newly washed, but I forgive it as it's such a pleasure to work with. The second weapon of the choice is my new super Bellapiere Kabuki Brush (RPR £23.99). It is the best loose powder brush I have used in years and due to it being fully synthetic, you can also se it to apply foundation. It's soft and fluffy, dense but without being to dense. It's super flexible and washes easily. Definitely the one for powder in my opinion. Last but certainly not least is the MBrush in 02 (RPR £24.50 available exclusively on Minti-Shop). The MBrush line is created by Polish blogger Maxineczka (check out her Instagram for amazing looks) and it's sublime. Best quality bristles and handle covered in 24k gold makes this brush not only a pleasure to work with but also a beauty on your vanity. These are superb quality brushes with brushes so soft and comparable to famous Hakuhodo. 02 is a medium sized ball shaped face brush. It works beautifully with powder products. I love it for contour as it just fits perfectly underneath your cheekbone and blends the products easily. You can also use it for blush, powder and highlight, but for me, it is the one for contouring. 

What have you been loving in May? Is there any products here mentioned you also loved, or maybe they just didn't work for you? Make sure you share your observations below & I'll see you on Wednesday with another post :)

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Love



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Friday, 27 May 2016

WEARABLE RED TONE EYE AND COOL TONE LIP FEAT. MUR FLAWLESS MATTE 2 & INGLOT




Happy Bank Holiday weekend everyone. I hope you can take some inspiration from today's look. I opted in for shades I feel most comfortable in - browns and reds with a hint of sparkle. Hope you enjoy :)

Face:

Revlon ColorStay Normal/Dry in 110
Lush Emotional Brilliance Translucent Powder
Makeup Revolution The Matte Blush in Beloved
NYX HD Blush in Taupe
MAC Soft & Gentle Highlight

Brows & Lips:

ModelCo More Brows in Light/Medium
Golden Rose Longstay Liquid Matte Lipstick in 10

Eyes:

MAC Painterly
Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte 2
Inglot Pigment in 115




Playtime:

I set my primer with a mixture of Flaw & Less. I started off by defining the crease and used a combination of Able & Finest. I went back in few times in ensure I have a good base for crazy colours to come after. I took Ripe and blended it in the crease and slightly above. I worked couple of times to create the intensity I wanted. In the outer corners I started off with Valid, then adding on Final and Beauty and blending until I was happy with the colour transition. I added Beauty and Final to my crease and blended it inwards. I used a combo of Notch and Define to create a darkened outer corner, only slightly blending it in the crease.
For the bottom lid I used Notch all over (minus inner corner) and blended it out with Ripe. I added little of Beauty and Final in the outer corner.
For the mid lid I used a mixture of Inglot Duraline and Pigment in 115 to create the sparkle I wanted.
I finished up the look with two coats of L'Oreal Sculpt Mascara.




Here you have it, the final look. I quite enjoy the contradiction of super warm eyes and super cool toned lips. I understand it's not everyone's cup of tea but I have been all over combos like that above lately. If you haven't already, follow me on Snapchat (i.dorottka) for my daily MOTDs and more :)


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Love



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Thursday, 26 May 2016

❤ IDOROTTKA IS TURNING 1 ❤ BLOG GIVEAWAY FEAT THE BALM (CLOSED)



Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, haaaapppppyyyy biiirthhhddaaaay to me :) Yes, you've read it correctly iDorottka is officially one - old cow ;)

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting me along my journey & sticking with me for so long !!! This is a safe space for me, I write, I take pretty pictures and I'm happy. Talking makeup is all I do, so getting this output has been a dream come through :)

To thank you my dear followers I will be running a little giveaway, just to show you that you all mean so much to me :) <3. You can all enter bellow using a Rafflecopter <3 Just a few rules:

  • You have to be 18 and over to enter this giveaway. Anyone above 16 can enter, if they have their parent/guardian permission.
  • The giveaway is open internationally.
  • The giveaway runs for a whole month - until midnight GMT 26th June 2016.
  • I will choose a winner using a random generator and film it (video clip will be available on my Facebook page). Winner will be chosen and contacted within 3 days of giveaway closing date.
  • You must follow iDorottka on Bloglovin' and Instagram to enter the giveaway. Other entries will count as additional.
  • You can tweet about a giveaway daily to gain additional entries.
  • You can share the giveaway promo picture on Instagram once to gain an additional entry, using hashtag #iDorottka1stBirthday.


Thank you again for making it such an incredible year for me :) I wish you all Good Luck <3

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Love




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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

SPLURGE OR SAVE? FLAT TOP FOUNDATION BRUSHES FEAT SIGMA, BARE MINERALS, MAKEUP REVOLUTION & WILKO


There's no denying it, flat top foundation brushes work great with foundation giving you a smooth, full coverage finish. You may rarely stride from your Beauty Blender but with a good flat top, the application is simple and fast. Today I'd like to share with you my thoughts on my favourite flat tops and why some are loved more than others. To Save or to Splurge?

SPLURGE:



Sigma F80 RPR £17.50 (from Cult Beauty)

One of the most known and already cult brushes. The bristles are well packed for super dense effect. It provides with medium to high coverage. It does "eat" a little product, but it can be avoided by spritzing the brush with a little Fix+. It doesn't smudge and you can easily use it for buffing in or stapling in the foundation. Bristles are very soft. Best washed using a Brush Egg and soap. I find that it takes out all the product quicker. It takes around 8 -12 hours to dry when washed and it doesn't seem to shed the hair. 8/10

Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush RPR £21.00 (from Bare Essentials)

I don't know what it is about this brush but it works. I absolutely love using it when I want more from my BB Cream/ foundation. It can provide extra coverage when buffing in the foundation. It comes at the price and I'm not talking RPR here. The brush sheds badly! And I mean badly. It's not super soft, but soft enough. It provides super smooth finish and application is simple. It's not as dense as the Sigma one, but also doesn't "eat up" the product at all. My absolute favourite to use with Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. It's super easy to wash and dries quickly. 7/10

SAVE:



Makeup Revolution Slanted Flat Top from Ultra Sculpt & Blend Collection RPR £14.95 (for the set)

Cheaper alternative to Sigma F80. It's not as dense as the more expensive alternative but it works great buffing and stapling the product in. Bristles are soft and it's easy to work with. It "eats up" the product and washing can be tricky. It takes a while to dry. It's a great back up brush as it works similarly to Sigma. It will give you a nice medium coverage, smooth finish. 6/10

Wilko Soft Stipling Brush RPR £4.00 (available in Wilko stores only)

Super affordable alternative to Bare Minerals Brush. It's bristles are not as dense but it works the products in nicely. Perfect for buffing in foundation but also powders. It doesn't shed. It "eats up" the product and when washed, it takes absolute ages to dry. 

OVERVIEW:


Nothing will replace the Sigma and Bare Minerals in my eyes as the finish they give is quite incredible, however there are cheaper alternatives on the market that work just as well, with maybe a little more work involved. I showed you a budget 'dupe' for each of them and I think they work. Bear in mind I tend to use low to medium coverage formulas and these haven't been tested against matte, high coverage formulas. For lighter, creamy formulas all of the above will work. Some just quicker than others. What are your favourite flat tops? Do you prefer to save or splurge on your brushes? Let me know in the comments section below & I'll see you tomorrow with a special post & GIVEAWAY :) Don't miss out :)

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Love



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