Thursday, 5 April 2018

BAD SKIN DAY EDIT

Bad skin day edit


So happy belated Easter... It came, it made us eat copious amounts of chocolate and right about now, we are all sporting these amazing 'one cheat day too many' spots, am I right? I’ve been quite lucky & chocolate was more of a treat than the usual stuffing my face with it situation, but even the luckiest of us will surely end up with one or two. Mine surprised me claiming residence above the upper lip, almost under the nose. Thankfully my stash is now rich in various skincare magic, so I treated it quickly. This gave me an idea to post about my favourite deep cleansing and spot ridding masks and treatments. Fancy a quick read? 

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Monday, 2 April 2018

IS THIS THE BEST SETTING POWDER FOR DRY SKIN?

Becca Hydra Mist Set & Refresh Powder

You may be here thinking, surely this is a click bait! Well, let me start this review without a cliffhanger. We’re talking about a total innovation that hasn’t been done or at least hyped up before. A setting powder that combines the power of powder and a mist. Intrigued? So was I! Without a further blab fest, let’s us talk about Becca Hydra Mist Set & Refresh Powder

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

OUT WITH THE OLD: BEAUTYBLENDER BUBBLE SPONGE 12 MONTHS LATER VS NEW

beautyblender Bubble sponge old vs new


Hi, my name is Dorota and I can’t live without a Beautyblender. I don't even remember what it was like not to own one. I know there’s plenty dupes on the market but I feel I’ve tried them all & always come back to my trusty sponge. Today was a #happysad kind of day as I said goodbye to my old Beautyblender Bubble & at the same time, I welcomed a brand new Bubble to the ever-growing Beautyblender family. 

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Monday, 26 March 2018

MAKEUP REVOLUTION MONDAY: THE £4 EYESHADOW PALETTE YOU NEED!

Revolution Makeup Reloaded Iconic Division reviewed with swatches
Makeup look for hooded eyes created with Revolution Makeup  Reloaded Iconic Division


In an attempt to revive the blog & make it feel a little more like when I started, I’m bringing back budget beauty! I don’t post about it often but I use drugstore picks every day! Today, it’s newly rebranded Revolution Makeup turn! It’s been a while since I tried their eyeshadows and seeing the little ABH Subculture dupe everywhere, I decided to take a plunge & give it a go. If you fancy knowing what I think, please read on. 

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Friday, 23 March 2018

THE MAKEUP EDIT #4

The Makeup Edit

New in makeup

I’ve been testing a lot of new makeup lately and want to share with you some recent gems that quickly became staples in my daily routine. From drugstore to luxury, there’s a great mix of products that will suit any budget. 

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SOFT GLAM PALETTE REVIEW WITH SWATCHES

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette


The brand new Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette does exactly what it promises in its name. It allows for a perfect everyday makeup with many muted mattes & stunning shimmers. There’s a lot of overlap here with both brand’s single eyeshadow releases and Modern Renaissance palette but if you’re new to ABH family, the Soft Glam is where I would start. A complete eyeshadow collection starts with off-white matte, through many transition shades, metallics and ends with matte black. There’s not a shade you’d need to borrow from other palettes when doing your daily makeup & the mirror, it truly is perfect in its own light. Have I sold you on Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette yet?

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UNBOXING THE LOOK FANTASTIC THE BEAUTY EGG 2018

Look Fantastic The Beauty Egg 2018

Look Fantastic The Beauty Egg 2018

You might have noticed the lack of Beauty Drama Queen on your feed but this girl just needed a little break (thanks, Aussie flu!). I’m back today and what a comeback it is. The brand spanking new unboxing of Look Fantastic The Beauty Egg is bound to have all the skincare & makeup addicts running for their credit cards. And how precious is the packaging? If you’d like to know what’s hidden inside this gigantic box, keep on reading! 

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

MUSINGS OF A WOMAN ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY


This won’t be my usual post about beauty but I wanted to share few thoughts on International Women’s Day. Some will tell you it’s an outdated ‘holiday’ so I hope you turn around and show them your middle finger! Women’s Day is especially needed now that we’re on the brink of REAL CHANGE. We’ve seen it happening slowly, women coming out after years and years of mistrust to say, that’s enough, you will be held accountable for your actions! Women sharing stories of sexual degradation, abuse to help you and me to stand for our rights every single day! We no longer take shit from men, nor anyone else! We are stronger, we are a force of nature. 
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BANISH SKIN TEXTURE ONCE AND FOR ALL

Banish skin texture

I remember the days when my skin had all kinds of bumps, trapped pores, hormonal spots and more. That’s no longer the case and I’d love to share with you my little secret. It may not work overnight but given time you too can enjoy a smooth and flawless skin! If you fancy finding out what works for me, please read on! 

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION VS DRY & DEHYDRATED SKIN & HOW TO MAKE IT WORK

How to make full coverage foundation work on dry & dehydrated skin


Dry skin vs full coverage foundation

Lately, I’ve been loving a little extra coverage. May as well use the time when we’re not sweating (summer!) to create that perfect canvas that lasts all day & make us feel like superstars. Who needs filters if you have a great full coverage foundation at home. Today I’m sharing with you my personal heroes and how I make them work for my dry and almost always dehydrated skin, no cake! 

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

EMPTIES LATELY: BEAUTY LOVES & WTFS

Beauty empties: skincare & makeup

Ok, so maybe talking about spring isn’t the best idea with all the snow outside last weekend, but it’s March & I am spring cleaning so a massive beauty empties post was in order. Without further a’do, let’s see what beauty I totally digged and what left me thinking WTF shall we? 

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Monday, 5 March 2018

ALL EYES ON TOO FACED: BRAND FOCUS & WISHLIST

Too Faced brand focus
All eyes on Too Faced

It can't come as a surprise I’m a huge fan of Too Faced and featured it plentiful on my blog. From the super cute, if only slightly infantile packaging to great product selection and formulas, what’s not to love? Today, I’d like to share with you my Too Faced collection & talk you through my biggest loves! 

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Friday, 2 March 2018

THE ANSWER TO ALL YOUR FINE HAIR ISSUES

Fine hair edit


Writing this post made me realise how much everything has changed since I’ve started this blog. I never used to care about my hair, it was super long, I've basically done nothing with it & wasn’t interested. The drastic cut at the beginning of last year was the best thing that happened to me and since I discovered the joy of styling and actually getting my hair to look ‘the shit’ and not ‘like shit’! Fancy knowing how I give my fine hair some volume & how I make curls last for a week? See below for my answers to any bad hair day issues you may experience with fine hair! 

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

HERE'S WHAT TO DO (AND WHAT NOT TO DO) WHEN YOUR SKIN IS RED & SENSITIVE

Redness prone skin? No problem


Redness huh? I’m not talking that healthy flush you get after a walk in a winter or even the joyous post work out hot sweat/red mess we all become. Redness is a real skin issue for many women and men alike. It can affect our confidence, but can also be the first factor in a diagnosis of rosacea. Which one are you? I may not be able to answer that, only a visit to a good dermatologist might, but I’d like to share with you my personal story with angered skin & what steps I take to fight it. 

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

NEW & NOTEWORTHY BEAUTY

New & Noteworthy Beauty


I’ve been blessed testing many new beauty products and some have stood out so much I just couldn’t wait to shout about it. We’re talking makeup that makes you fall in love with instantly, skin care that wows you on day 1 & hair care & styling guaranteed to give you a good hair day every day! 

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

EVERYDAY MAKEUP DIARIES

Everyday makeup edit

I decided to start showing you my everyday makeup more regularly. It’s well overdo and I change my morning routine a lot so you’ll get to see it evolve every week/couple of weeks or whenever the mood strikes! We’ll start with some faves from couple of weeks ago because this bad blogger took some pics then forgotten all about it! It’s a great mixture and features some of my holy grail makeup as well as some newish additions! Are you ready to explore the crazy world of my morning makeup routine? 

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Monday, 26 February 2018

WORTH THE HYPE? TOO FACED CHOCOLATE GOLD REVIEW WITH SWATCHES

Is Too Faced Chocolate Gold palette worth the hype?


If anyone asks what my favourite eyeshadow formula is, I always answer without thinking. Too Faced ‘chocolate’ palettes aren’t just good, they are simply the best for anyone whose eyes aren’t as fresh as the lids of a 20-something babe. From the packaging to the something else formula that gives life to any lid, even mature. When Too Faced Chocolate Gold* arrived, I couldn’t believe my eyes! I was mesmerised by jewel tones and not so secretly sniffing the chocolate scent! Call me an addict, but I’d lick my own lids if it was as at all possible. Fancy a sniff? Then read on to get all the deets about the new palette! 

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Friday, 23 February 2018

THE STORY OF GLOW: HOW I DITCHED EVENING MOISTURISER & WHY MY DRY SKIN LOVES IT

Glowing skin in few steps

There are few steps to ensure you wake up to well nourished, hydrated, soothed and glowing complexion. Today, in celebration of #SkincareMonth with Cult Beauty, I’d like to talk to you about the steps I took to transform my skin in just a few short weeks.

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

ALL EYES ON BECCA: BRAND FOCUS ON RADIANT SKIN

Becca brand focus


My love for Becca highlighters has been well documented across all my channels. Cult Beauty’s doing a little 20% off purchase across the brand so I thought, it’s a great time to introduce you to my radiant Becca collection. If you fancy a gorgeous dewy complexion tonight, check out my picks to give you the most incredible base at a click of ‘buy now’ button!

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THE GUIDE TO GLITTER EYES WITH STILA

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows

Just over a month ago I attended a lovely Brum Bloggers event in collaboration with Stila UK and was reintroduced to their amazing formulas once more. Since then my little collection grew a bit & today, I’d like to talk to you about my obsession with glitter this season! I don’t always follow trends but carefully pick ones that suit me & daily sparkle has been just that. I’d like to introduce you to their cult Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows because we all need a little of that sparkle, coincidentally the biggest trend of Spring/Summer ‘18!

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

STRIPPED BACK MORNING ROUTINE FOR DEHYDRATED SKIN + WIN BIG WITH CULT BEAUTY!

Updated skincare routine to combat redness

Winter hasn’t been kind to my skin. Redness caused by dehydration and increased sensitivity has been a nightmare so I decided to take a step back, re-assess my skincare & make few changes to soothe my often angered skin. Today I've teamed up with Cult Beauty (somebody pinch me please!)  #ThisIsSkin campaign. It’s a #SkincareMonth in their London office & together we hope to bring awareness of real skin problems and how we can fix them by simply making few changes in our daily routines. I slowly introduced the products into my routine and so far, I’m super pleased with the results. If you’d like to know more, there are few amazing products I’d like to introduce you to! There’s also a competition you should know about, so please stay with me!
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A WEEK IN FOUNDATION: TARTE SHAPE TAPE HYDRATING FOUNDATION


Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation in Porcelain

Another week or so, another foundation review. Thank you to all of you for such great feedback following from my first post in the series, I'll link it in the footer if you haven't seen it yet. A Week in Foundation is my recurring post testing foundations daily on top of different primers. I've tested a brand new Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation in Porcelain for just over a week and I'm happy to pass on my findings to you. Does it live up to my holy grail concealer? Time will tell.

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Monday, 19 February 2018

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I TRIED VERSO 5-STEP SKIN CARE FOR A MONTH

Verso 5-step skin care regime


Falling in love with your skin again should be on everyone’s list of priorities. I’m not necessarily talking about the usual stuff like youthful glow or hydration. I want to make sure my skin looks and feels happy and healthy. Be gone dehydration, dryness and ultra-sensitivity causing me pain. First signs of ageing are a b**ch, as I’m sure all my 30+ readers agree. You notice little changes at first, maybe it’s your foundation settling into fine/smile lines at the end of the day, or perhaps a line or two on your forehead and around the eyes. It’s scary to first look into the mirror and see you don’t look 20 anymore! Thankfully with incredible skincare routine, you can nip that in a bud or even reverse the process a little. Has Verso skincare done all that it promises? Following on the success of the similar post about affordable genius skincare by Lacura, I thought you may enjoy learning what happened to my skin when I used Verso exclusively for 30 days. 

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

THE NEW PLAYER IN TOWN: PHASE ZERO LAUNCHES AT LOVE ME BEAUTY + DISCOUNT CODE

Phase Zero makeup lip products launch exclusively at Love Me Beauty


Phase Zero Makeup* has launched with a bang. Similar in concept to Beauty Pie it’ll offer an array of beauty products that you can purchase at factory prices. The ingenious launch at an established subscription platform Love Me Beauty offers it stability and allows the consumer to purchase a luxury product at the price of your morning latte. I received their newly launched liquid lipsticks, lip glosses and lip toppers just over a week ago and I’m ready to share  my thoughts. Are you ready to meet your new makeup obsession? 

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

SPLURGE OR SAVE? TARTE SHAPE TAPE VS MAKEUP REVOLUTION CONCEAL & DEFINE

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer vs Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define

It's been a while since I've done a little Splurge or Save post. It feels like I was waiting for this one to happen, truly! You know my love for Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair, so when I saw Makeup Revolution release of their first ever proper concealer, I knew I need to get my hands on it, especially given how hyped it was to be the next Tarte Shape Tape! Is it a true dupe? Let's find out!

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Monday, 12 February 2018

BEAUTY ON A BUDGET #2

Budget makeup & skincare

Hey budget beauty, I see what you've done here. I may not always show it but I try and find you guys the best out of both worlds. The luxury formula doesn't always mean spending £££s and today's the day to appreciate that. We're taking it back to drugstore/high street and it's going to be GREAT. Are you ready? 


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Monday, 5 February 2018

COSY WINTER PAMPER


I’m all about that cosy feeling. Winter time is usually pretty gloomy here in the UK. In the last couple of months, we survived a bit of frost, snow and a lot of winds and rain. I really like coming back home after a day in the office, putting a candle on & enjoying a bit of a pamper. If you fancy seeing what’s been on agenda lately, check out my beauty picks!

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

THE MAKEUP EDIT #3



January’s been a busy month. I worked a lot, I shopped a lot and out of the mixture of two, the makeup edit is baaaack! I’m talking new ins, absolute hits and rediscoveries which allowed me to look good despite the complete lack of sleep or a day off! 

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Monday, 29 January 2018

A WEEK IN FOUNDATION: CHANEL LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW


In an attempt to evaluate my stash, welcome to my new weekly-ish foundation series. I haven’t seen anyone doing anything quite like that, but correct me if I’m wrong! The idea behind wearing one foundation for a week is to test it in many conditions and most importantly on top of many primers. So each day, I’ll talk you through my thoughts on how it behaved on the application, during the day and its lasting power. We’re talking shades, undertones and all the jazz too. I’m starting with an odd one, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation aka the foundation I didn’t love from the start so I barely used it to date. Have I changed my mind about it? Time (post) will tell...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

NEW & NOTEWORTHY BEAUTY

New & noteworthy beauty

Light play


New & Noteworthy is back and I’m super excited to share with you some of my current faves. Some I’ve used for a while but haven’t fully featured yet (bad blogger!) like the hairbrush that changed my life and the condition of my hair! Or an exfoliant I take with me on every work/leisure trip that works miracles. Without any further blabbering, let us all dig in, shall we? 


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Sunday, 21 January 2018

GLOWING SKIN IN ONE SWIPE: ALPHA H LIQUID GOLD VS LIQUID GOLD ROSE

Alpha H Liquid Gold vs Liquid Gold Rose

   One of the most hyped skincare products in the last couple of years, Alpha H Liquid Gold has a place in the most skincare addict regime. It’s the product anyone and everyone recommend for skin troubles such as acne scarring, pigmentation, uneven skin tone or signs of ageing. It’s a miracle worker and many have claimed it to be the one in their evening routine. So what does it do exactly? And why lately all beauty universe seems to talk about is the new limited edition Alpha H Liquid Gold Rose? Why fix the perfection you may ask? Today, I’d like to talk about what makes both so similar, yet unique in their own way. If you struggle to make a choice, I hope this will help.
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Friday, 19 January 2018

CLASSIC BEAUTY REINVENTED: #MYTOUCHINSOLHAUL

My touchinSOL haul

You’ve seen it all over social media. They’re new to the UK and produce a sell out products the whole planet is talking about. Meet Korean born touchinSOL. K-beauty has been around for a while now but not many makeup brands have dominated the blogosphere just like touchinSOL. Good marketing? Perhaps, but brand can’t survive on looks alone. Today I’m talking 3 touchinSOL bestsellers you simply can’t miss! 


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Monday, 15 January 2018

SURVIVING BLUE MONDAY WITH GEMPORIA

#YouMonday with Gemporia

Revive rose scented candle

Welcome to the gloomiest day of them all. Blue Monday is here but I won’t let it break me. By mid-January everyone’s bound to feel a little blue. Festivities are over, we’re broke and feeling less than optimal. For anxiety and depression sufferers this time of year can be even harder. I get it, believe me. Today I’d like to talk to you about the importance of self-care and how to survive Blue Monday and prepare for whatever life’s got planned for you beyond that. 

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

DEFINING THE LUXURY: BOBBI BROWN CAVIAR & RUBIES PALETTE

Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Eyeshadow Palette


When the Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Eyeshadow Palette arrived, I was taken aback by its beauty. The gold and the dark ruby go together beautifully don’t they? I stayed away from sales this year but I simply couldn’t resist the beauty of the packaging and the middle light champagne super sparkly shade.  With superb reviews floating in a blogosphere, was it really worth the hype? 

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

SICK DAY SKINCARE

Sick day skincare



I’ve had a bad cold all last week and it made me re-think my skincare routine (and life in general lol). Anything with even a teeny tiny bit of denatured alcohol felt like lighting it on fire. My skin was super dehydrated, felt almost hard to touch on and around the nose and the cheeks and with the area reddened and ultra-sensitive. Enter skincare. Thankfully I was able to switch a couple of products around and came up with a super delicate routine for those sick days when all you want to do is stay in bed, watch Netflix and compare your common cold to a plague. And the most important thing? It’s all available online with a next day delivery option, so you can stay in your comfy pj's and wait for your postman to judge your red nose and messy hair! 

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