Sunday, 30 August 2015

Unbox with me: Glossybox 4th birthday edition, August 2015.

Hello my lovelies. Today's the day I'm making a big comeback after having a week's long social media/blogging break. It was needed. I needed it. I concentrated on spending some quality time with friends and family and I loved the fact I wasn't glued to my phone/laptop 24/7. I'm back now and back with vengeance :) I missed my virtual world nearly as much as I missed my friends and family when all I was doing was blogging and instagramming :) I'm back nevertheless, with new ideas that I hope you will like :)

As I'm back with new ideas, it feels last few months were Glossybox comeback as well. I told you before how disappointed I was at the quality of boxes recently. Well, July's edition (check my review here) and this month's box has successfully turned my frown into a smile. Without further ado, let's start :)

Glossybox August 2015
I'm going to start with my absolute favourite of the box. Naobay Calming Face Toner is an amazing full sized product included in the box. Few month ago I had a pleasure of testing Naobay Face Scriub and loved it so I am super excited to start testing the toner now. My current toner is on it's way so I'm going to start with Naobay in only few weeks :) Naobay is a Spanish brand of luxury and natural products. Packaging is lovely with wooden lids, it looks so smart on my bathroom shelf. It smells of citrus fruits which I personally love. It will calm and hydrate your skin thanks to chamomile and got kola extracts. It's 99.13% natural which makes it a pleasant choice in skincare. RPR £10.65 and you can get it here.

My second favourite is another product from Sass. Sass Purifying Cleanser is a hit with me. If you remember the first time we got to try Sass few months ago I got a product that I just wouldn't really use and moaned a little that I would prefer to try the cleansing product instead. Glossy Gods have heard my prayer here. Some people will probably hate this as an addition to their Glossybox but I think it's so smart. Your intimate area needs a gentle product and I'm sure you choose a dedicated cleanser already but this one in particular is SLS free which makes it a perfect choice. Another full sized product from the box, RPR £7 for 100ml and you can get it here.

Further down on my list of favourites is Manna Kadar Lash Primer. I was tempted to start using a lash primer to see if it really makes a different in condition of my eyelashes as well as the final look of my mascara. Now I have a chance to do so. It's an US brand that promises to nourish your lashes thanks to vitamin B12, leaving them conditioned and voluminous. You can use it alone at night or layer it under mascara during a day. Look out for a review once I get a chance to properly test it. Full size product RPR £14.55 and you can get it here.

When it comes to makeup bits in this months box I'm more meh than super excited. And it's not because of the products themselves but the shades I received. I will test them out, of course but the shades aren't something I would choose myself.

From left: Mememe Lipglide in Playful Peach and Emite Artist Colour Powder Blush
MeMeMe Lipglide in Playful Peach. I'm a little disappointed about this one. Firstly, lately all we get is MeMeMe or Essence in out Glossyboxes. I think we need a better variety of makeup brands. Second, it's the shade. Unless you have perfect, pearly whites this one will enhance the yellow. Peach isn't something I wear on my lips because it doesn't suit my colouring. However Lipglide itself has a nice pigmentation to it as seen on the swatches below. It goes on smoothly and wears comfortably. Full size product RPR £6.95 and you can buy it here.

Emile Artist Colour Powder Blush is something different altogether. Pigmentation is INCREDIBLE. Seriously !! You will need a VERY LIGHT HAND to use this product. Formula is so creamy. I LOVE IT. Unfortunately I'm a little too pale to use this as a blush and it will probably find a new home where it can be appreciated more. Would I buy a different shade? Without thinking it's a YES from me :) Full size RPR £20.59 and you can shop here

You can subscribe to Glossybox for £10 plus P&P per month. I've been with Glossy for nearly 4 years now and I'm happy to stay. Check it out here.

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Mascara under the radar. Clinique High Impact Mascara review.

Hello beautiful people. It's Thursday today, not long until the weekend. I have been a little under the weather but I'm trying to get back to form now. So if you haven't seen as much of me on social media, I apologise. I'll try to get back to form as soon as possible :)

When I started this blog I promised myself not to review any mascaras. Mascara is such a personal choice and what works for one doesn't work for the other. This review is based only on my personal opinion and I will try not to influence your choice. This is not sponsored in any way but I thought it deserves a shout out. 

Today I will concentrate on my new baby - Clinique High Impact Mascara. I do that. I switch in between high street and designer with ease, always on a hunt for something better. Is High Impact Mascara best I've ever tried? Maybe not, but it does the job beautifully for the mascara needs I have at this particular moment. I like my lashes defined but lately I have been going for more of a natural look. Something that would define them, give them natural black effect but won't clump and overpower them. I think I found just that in Clinique's mascara.

The brush - Let me start right here. When I first saw it, I wasn't impressed. I was horrified in fact. I don't like straight brushes, I thought this will not only give me a very weak effect but also would be a total waste of my time in the morning. In the morning we need fast and accurate and I judged the brush as neither. I thought I will ruin any eye makeup as brush is quite on a large side. I was worried that most mascara will go on my lid and not lashes. I was worried that my lashes will get a very little product. HOW WRONG I WAS!!!. With the first coat the lashes are defined. They're separated and black. Normally I will stop just there. One coat and I'm ready to take on the world. It gives beautiful volume effect without being clumpy. Second coat gives you more volume and length. This mascara does it so beautifully. With 3rd coat you may experience a little clumping but its not something you cannot fix. Also who's here have time for 3 coats in the morning? It dries fast too so be quick and efficient when you use it :) I've done eye "swatches" for you showing you what 1, 2 and 3 coats look like :) It will give your lashes the lift you need in the morning to open up your eye and curl that will last for few hours.
Hight Impact Mascara - 1 coat

Hight Impact Mascara - 2 coats

Hight Impact Mascara - 3 coats
Formula - It's not dry but also not very wet making it a great choice for someone who doesn't want to buy a mascara and wait a month after opening to truly see how amazing the product really is. It stays put all day. I didn't experienced any fall out or it going all over my hooded lid in the evening. It's truly remarkable as most mascaras do that for me unfortunately. It's not waterproof and it comes off easily at night, which is excellent considering how well it lasts during a day.

Just to sum up. I really enjoy using Clinique High Impact Mascara. I think it gives me a perfect result in just one coat. It's great for the daytime and also for evening if topped up with additional coat or two, if you like. It doesn't clump, it doesn't fall out. I'm going to give it 4 out of 5 stars. Why not 5? It is not the best mascara yet. I'm still searching for something better, something to tick all the boxes.

I'm seriously impressed but what do you think? Do you think the results are proportionate to the price tag? You will need to spend £17.50 which is rather on a cheap side when it comes to designer mascaras yet still double the price of Maybelline ones. Is it worth it? I rather say that it is. It's a great mascara overall. You can check it out here.

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Dorota x

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

My birthday makeup using Urban Decay Naked 3

Last week saw me celebrating my big 30th birthday. As I am still recovering post my recent operation I spent this time with my closest friends and a family. It was one of the best birthdays I've ever, had even though I wasn't out clubbing 3 days in a row :) 

I thought I will share with you the look I created and wore for my birthday BBQ with friends. It is not typical evening look as you can certainly pull it off during a day, but I hope you like it :)

Firstly my skin is now looking so much better thanks to some new skincare I've been testing out (shhhh review is coming) so I only used some concealer in the places I needed it too and altos highlight my face a little bit :) I used Freedom's Correct and Conceal in Light palette by mixing and matching nearly all the shades. I then added a little colour to my cheeks using Bourjois Aqua Blush in Pink Twice. This is the most long wearing cream blusher I won and the colour is just gorgeous :)

I started my eyes by priming them with Urban Decay original primer then dusted Strange all over my lid up to a brow bone. I like Strange. It's matte, beige, I only wish it was a little more pigmented. In my crease I started with limit as my transition shade and added Nooner for some definition. My outer corner smokiness is all Blackheart. It's such a gorgeous shade, Nearly black with purple shimmer. I have experienced a LOT of fallout with this one so I would suggest dusting a lot of powder for your under eye to remove the fallout when you're done with blending. I added colour multiple tie and blended it all out to receive the smokiness I wanted. As a mid lid transition I added a little Trick and Liar mixed together. I repeated the steps on my lower lid but concentrated most on the upper lid. 

I finished off my look by brushing some I Tint My Brows in Fairest through my Brows. If you don't know it yet, I've been raving about this tiny brow mascara forever now. It's by Makeup Revolution, It's really cheap and great at taming your brows and giving them just a little tint. I added two coats of Maybelline Falsies to my lashes and the look was nearly done.

For my lips I choose to opt for something extremely long wearing as I was attending a BBQ so lots of eating and drinking were to take place. I chose Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist to complete my look.

I hope you like the look I wore celebrating my birthday. As usual I would love to know what you think, so sound off in the comments below.

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Dorota x

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

New in: Makeup Revolution The Matte Blush collection review.

Makeup Revolution is a brand like no other. It truly revolutionised the makeup market by coming up with inexpensive solutions to every beauty addict problem: I want more. And they gave us more. More products that you can ever store in your Alex drawers or vanities. More quality products at the price that won't break a bank. I always look forward to their new launches as they're exciting and so on point. Last week I wrote about my last obsession, the new contour palette that's since became a staple in my daily makeup (for a review click here).This week I'm bringing you a new collection, fresh of the shelves.

Blushes. I wasn't the blush kinda girl until very recently (maybe a year or so). I owned 3 blushes before and used them only occasionally. Not knowing what I'm missing, I never used to include it in my routine. Now I can't imagine leaving a house without slight flush to my cheeks.

Blush is a funny little thing. It transforms my makeup. It gives me a colour so I don't look sick all the time (happens to pale skinned, believe me). And I'm not talking about overdoing it, just a light flush to the skin.

The Matte Blush collection is a hot commodity in the Revolution world. The pots aren't as pigmented as their blush palettes. It isn't the bad thing either, it takes a little training to apply those blushes as the pro and a very light hand. With these ones problem disappears. The formula is just right, gives you enough pigmentation so only a little product is needed to achieve that flawless flush but not too much that the only brush you can ever use it it is RT Blush Brush.

They come in 6 shades. I wore each single one to properly test the collection and I've chosen my favourites. Shades are absolutely gorgeous and will suit many tones. This is powder formula, yet it feels silky so that working with them is just pure pleasure. They're so finely milled you would not think you paid £3 per pot.  These babies lasted on my skin all day and I don't powder my foundation in the summer. That's says a lot about the quality. Pro MUA will be happy with the size of the product as well. They come in huge pots and 8.9g of the product which is a lot for a blusher. If you're not a pro these will last you a long time. Personally I prefer smaller sized blushers as there's no way I'm going to use up the product. According to the producent these can be used for 12 month after opening.

The Matte Blush in Nude
Nude is a nude with a slight pink to it. It'll will work great with dark eye looks when you want your face to be a perfect canvas without taking away from the main subject that is your eye look. It could also work for very dark skin tones as a matte highlighter thank to the pink undertone.

The Matte Blush inBeloved.
Beloved is a light coral with some pink mixed in for a good measure. It's my favourite for day looks. It gives me the perfect flush. This may not work on darker skin tones but for a vampire like me - it's just gorgeous.

The Matte Blush in Fusion
Fusion is another coral. This time darker, more defined. It will work to define the features more.I really like this one. It's a medium tone and only little is needed.

The Matte Blush inNew Rules
New Rules. Now here is my absolute fave. This is an evening look blush but you can also rock it in the daytime. It will suit dark skin tones as well as someone pale. You need to be careful if you are the latter though. Use the smalest amount as it is quite bright. Perhaps I shouldn't like it yet it's really my favourite of the bunch. I'm no longer afraid of taking risks when it comes to makeup so I'm really, REALLY liking this one.

The Matte Blush in Divine
Another daytime staple is Divine, it's a very light cool pink and it will look gorgeous complementing a nude pink or a stronger pink lip. Ok I must have aid pink like 3 times but it's truly is a Barbie pink. Don't get me wrong it's gorgeous on a skin. What I found that this one wasn't as long lasting on me as it faded really quickly. And because it's so light faded meant disappear. Not my most favourite of the bunch but I'll give it point for being so darn cute.

The Matte Blush in Dare
Finally The Matte Blush in Dare. This is another level of pink. It's medium cool tone with a bit of kick to the colour. Again I recommend a lighter hand. It's gorgeous fuchsia and very bright so it will work on days where you opt for minimal makeup but you want at least one wow factor. Choose Dare :)

Here  I swatched them all for you so you can see for yourself just how lovely they are:

From left: Divine, Beloved, Dare, Nude Fusion and New Rules (natural light, no flash)

From left: Divine, Beloved, Dare, Nude Fusion and New Rules (natural light, with flash)
I'm super happy with my new blush collection and I can see myself enjoy using them a lot. there's a colour there to match my every look and it's great because they're all matte. With strobing game going strong we all need days when your skin should be glowing but without overdoing it. On those days I will be reaching for my The Matte Blush collection.

I wonder what you think about this new range? Is it exciting or didn't really interest you in slightest? I'd like to know your opinion. Sound off in the comments below if you will be picking up any of the blushes and if so, which one? They are available from Makeup Revolution website and you can buy them here for £3.00.

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Dorota x

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Cream contouring on a budget feat. Makeup Revolution, Essence and W7.

Good morning ladies. On the news front, I joined a 30s club yesterday. There were few tears but in the end a lot of excitement too. 30s are the new 20s right? So I washed away my tears and I'm planning to enjoy myself for the next 10 years :)

Today I'd like to take on board not so new trend, that is a cream contouring. We have so many options these days. We have a contour. You can use both cream and powder or just stick to one. No matter how scary cream contour may look when you're watching tutorials, when done right, it's actually the easy option, more wearable for sure. If watching Kim K MUA scarred and scared you for life, don't fret, try it first, you may actually like it. I truly think that, by using creams for your contour needs, you end up with more natural outcome. All you need is a contour shade and either a brush or a sponge and you are on your way to become a contour master.

There are many high-end options on the market these days. We have a bronzing base from Chanel, chubby stick from Clinique or new contour sticks from Smashbox. They are all on more expensive side of things and if you're new to contour you may want to start with more budget friendly options. If you don't like it, then you didn't spend too much and if you like it, then this is only the beginning.

I have 4 products for you to consider, including one palette. I find them all budget and beginner friendly and they don't disappoint. Quality is decent at least with few being actually really amazing products. 

Essence Soft Touch Mousse in 03 Matt Honey was my first ever product purchased for cream contour . I wanted to learn and it being £3.50 and available at my local Wilko was definitely a plus. I saw few polish beauty vloggers recommend it, so I jumped on a wagon. It has a really light consistency of a mousse and it's really easy to blend. Colour is a little on a warm side, it being a light camel, honey shade. Nevertheless it will work for your bronzing needs and if you'd like to make it more cool toned, you can mix it with a little of Color Tattoo Permanent Taupe. It has a decent staying power. On it's own it'll last 4-5 hours and powdered down up to 8 hours. Available here.

When I experimented a little with my first product, I thought it will be nice to have a little variety so I started searching my favourite budget brand that is Makeup Revolution. I saw reviews that their Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette in Medium-Dark can be, in fact, used for cream contour, I bought it the very same day. It features 8 creamy shades (all swatched for you below). As none of the shades are actually something I'd use on it's own I started to mix them together and you can come up with so many colour combination, it's actually pretty great. Some shades are more ashy than others, meaning you can create a pretty decent contour shade by mixing them up. Staying power is pretty much the same as with Essence. However in my opinion they are very creamy so you may want to set it with the powder. It's available here for £8.00.

Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette top 4 shades

Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette bottom 4 shades

From left: Essence Mousse, MUR The One Blush and W7 Bronzing Base
I was lusting after Chanel Bronzing Base for a while now. I just knew, I wouldn't use it so much as to justify the spend. So when I saw that W7 does a pretty darn good dupe, I ordered it without thinking twice about it. I tested Chanel as I had a tester from their counter against it's cheaper W7 version and I really can't see the difference except maybe in packaging. Nevertheless W7 packaging is actually really well made, except for very plasticky top. Make Up & Glow Bronzing Base has a slight shimmer to it but it's perfect for bronzing during summer. It's my most reach for product when I need a little tan to my face. I personally use it before any contour to give a little bronzed look to my face and then continue with the contour. It's here for £4.38 (sale price) as standard RPR is £7.99

Lastly my newest addition to the cream contour collection - Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu. The range is a total dupe for their Nars counter products and costs £5 per stick. These are blushers, however I was speaking with my blogger friend Anna and she recommend it to me. It's the darkest of any of the previous products but it blends beautifully. It's pretty perfect for achieving that chiseled look you've been lusting after. What I like about it it's the application. It's the stick so you can just draw a contour on your face using a side of the stick without having to use a brush and then blend it out with a sponge or a brush whatever you prefer. I use a Zoeva buffer blush normally for my nose and Glambrush T16 for my cheeks and forehead. It's available here and in Superdrug.

The winners for me are two products that I now use together. I use W7 bronzing base to lightly tan my complexion first and then top it up with contour using The One Blush Stick from MUR. These two are my perfect go to cream products for summer. W7 gives me a subtle glow to the skin and MUR chisels my cheeks to the point of perfection. I don't set them with powder now but I may do when summer's over. 

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Dorota x

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Weekday me. What's in my makeup bag #2.

Hello ladies :) Today's Thursday and I have placed a spending ban on myself 4 days ago. It's already been a challenge but the plan is to stay on it as much as I can and start showing more love to my existing humongous collection. I decided I will continue to give my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette some time to remind me why I fell in love with it in the first place. 

This week my makeup bag has been dominated by Naked 3. I've chosen the rest of the products to compliment the tone of the palette. I am very much in love with naked skin at the moment. I don't want and need coverage. I want my skin to show. So I started testing a brand new tinted moisturiser by Bare Minerals. Complexion Rescue is something else. I only wore it few times so I'll leave my thoughts for a full on review but so far so good, I'm very impressed with it. I wear it in shade Opal  . That's a perfect shade for me (phew!!! as this was an online shopping indulgence). It's light, it feels great on my skin and is surprisingly long wearing. I can pat myself on a shoulder for deciding to take a plunge on this one.

I already gave you my first impressions on Correct and Conceal Palette from Freedom Makeup (check out my previous post here). I continue to use it and I'm really liking this palette. I've been using it non stop recently and it has few matte highlighting shades that I'm enjoying at the moment. It gives me a coverage and a highlight in one, which is always great. 

The Balm Desert Bronzer is also very new in my collection. It's a sample, I only just received in my August Birchbox (for a review click here) and I love it. It's a perfect summer bronzer. It's got a stunning colour with a satin finish. Perfect to give your complexion just a little bit of tan. 

The Matte Blush from Makeup Revolution is a brand new add on to my collection. I'm hard in testing and I hope to have a review for you this weekend. I decided to use Divine as it's got that light pink shade that's surprisingly fresh on the cheeks. Perfect pigmentation, easy to blend, matte. I'm impressed and there's 5 more to feast your eyes on. I'm loving it !!!

I decided it's time to try this whole "my lips but better" trend and join in. I chose Freedom Makeup Pro Lipstick in Whispers. It lasts 2-4 hours, it's moisturising and gives me that perfect pink nude pout. Love it !!! Also for £1 per shade it's a sin not to get at least 1.... or 10 :) I reviewed lip products from Freedom before, for a review with swatches click here :)

I created a light, almost angelic look inspired by the gorgeous Chloe Morello latest tutorial using Naked 3 palette(watch here). I wanted naked skin look. Glowing skin with defined yet light cheeks. Lips that are my colour just a little better and eyes that are full of sparkle. It's a very daytime look, it would look gorgeous as a wedding makeup if what you're going for is delicate and natural.

For my base I used my fingers to blend a little of Complexion Rescue in Opal. I added some coverage underneath my eyes using Correct and Conceal Palette from Freedom Makeup. I also used the lightest pink shade to highlight my nose, chin, cupid bow and forehead. I then lightly added some The Matte Blush from MUR in Divine on my cheeks. Then to bronze up my complexion i lightly dusted The Balm Desert Bronzer on my forehead, nose and on cheekbones - not contouring, just adding some colour and glow.

I created this look using 4 shades from Naked 3 palette. I firstly applied Urban Decay Original Primer to my lids and dusted Strange (matte) all over the lid to help me with blending. I then started to blend Limit (matte)just above my crease (I don't tend to blend in the crease as much because of my hooded eyes - so the good trick is to create an illusion and blend just above). I then intensified the "crease" with Nooner which is another matte shade. I also blended it in the other corner, very lightly just to add dimension to the eye. The sparkle you see in the inner corner and middle of the lid comes from Dust. Dust is a gorgeous shimmery shade but also very tricky. I won't lie to you, there's a lot of fall out. I applied a little of UD primer and then pressed Dust on it with my finger. I then finished the lower lid by applying Limit all over and dust in the inner corner, slightly blending it outwards. Little coat of mascara and voila. I applied a little of Freedom Makeup Pro Lipstick in Whispers to complete this angelic look.

I hope you enjoyed browsing my current makeup bag. I plan to switch it up weekly from now on to show you a little more of my collection and create some looks that I tend to opt for during that particular week. Hope you enjoyed it and I'll see you next time :)

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Dorota x

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Unbox with me: Birchbox August 2015 #beautyjunkie

Good morning my lovelies :) I have another "Unbox with me" for you today featuring hashtags, emojis and makeup. Yes you heard that right. All that's great in the social media world comes together in August edition of Birchbox. 

I have to admit Birchbox has impressed me so far. This is a 3rd box for me and I loved them all for totally different reasons. If you'd like to check out my previous posts I'll link them here for June & here for July :)

Ok beauty junkies, let's take this show on a road. 

Packaging - Do you like emojis? Of course you do. The whole world speaks emoji and so does Birchbox. It's light, it's tiny and it's covered in makeup and cocktail related emojis. I love it. It's getting a proud place in my "keep this box" collection.

Inside you will find Birchbox card/newsletter as well as lifestyle bonus - EMOJI STICKERS :) Yes, I got a tad excited. These will end up prettifying my newly purchased James & Friends notepad from Jim Champan :). Beauty treats are hidden inside a cotton (I assume) bag which is pretty and I like it. It'll end up in my drawers as I won't have a use of it but hey, I like the idea ok? ;)

Beauty treats for beauty junkies. Yes this box is filled with awesomeness. There are two makeup bits that I'm super excited for, plus skin, body and haircare products as well. 

Without a further ado here you go:

Rituals Fortune Scrub (Sweet Orange & Cedar) 70 ml sample is quite generous and it smells amazing !! So sweet. I love Rituals so I'm super duper excited to have found this in my box. Well done Birch team :) Full size product RPR £10.

Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo 50 ml sample again isn't bad in size. This is a product you're supposed to use bi monthly to help you with residue left after styling products etc so this can last you a long time. Great addition to the box. Full size product is £13.95.

Huygens Exfoliating Cream 10 ml sample is the smallest of them all. This face scrub is supposed to be gentle enough for a daily use and i'm excited to give it a go. Exfoliation is a must for healthy looking skin so good face scrub is always a great add on. Full size product RPR £17.90.

Extra Beauty bonus this month is a hair accessory and I must admit the most expensive hair bubble I've ever gotten lol. Grab & Go Ponytail Holder is £11.50. Ok it does the job and it's easy on the hair but £11.50? A little too posh if you ask me ;)

Lord & Berry Blush in Lotus. This is a sample size and a z palette add on as it comes with no packaging. It's a lovely deep shade that's quite versatile. I will try it for my cheeks of course but I'm also looking forward to using it as an eyeshadow :) Full size RPR £17. 

Lastly and in no means least comes a sample sized new bronzer from The Balm. I'm a huge fan of their Bahama Mama and have been eyeing Desert Bronzer for a while now. So cool I get to have it and test it. Also isn't the packaging just the cutest? I love The Balm packaging :) This is not a matte bronzer. It will give you a subtle glow as it's a satin finish. Nevertheless it's a gorgeous shade. One small inconvenience is the actual size of the sample as it's harder to get on a brush but I'll make due. It's super pretty :) Full size RPR £15.

From left: The Balm Desert Bronzer & Lord&Berry Blush in Lotus
From top: The Balm Desert Bronzer & Lord&Berry Blush in Lotus
That will be all for the August #BEAUTYJUNKIE edition. I really love it this month. My favourites being The Balm Desert Bronzer and Rituals Fortune Scrub. I'm still laughing out loud at the price of the hair bubble but hey, who am I to judge? It's been another great box from Birchbox and I'm already looking forward to what next month's going to bring. It's been truly a beauty junkie edition as the products included, hit all the right spots for every beauty addict out there. They are new on the market and that's the whole point of beauty boxes in my opinion, to be able to try something brand new, just hitting the market.

You can get your August box here.

Thank you for reading.

Dorota x

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Search for that perfect summer red... Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick in Kiss

Happy Weekend everyone :)

The weather is lovely, which is quite shocking so I'm rocking a red lip because why not :) I love red lips, I really do. I could wear red everyday if I didn't also like pink and fuchsia and nude ... Ok, I think I made my point. The gist of it all is: I like a strong lip, be that daytime or evening, my lips and I feel better if I'm wearing something of a statement lip.

I received Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick in Kiss as part of May edition of Glossybox. I have to be honest, I kind of forgot about it until the time came to organise my collection. So I started wearing it last week and here we are, a week later and I'm loving the stuff. 

It's quite reasonably priced at £10.00 and available online in UK through Look Fantastic, which by the way, I'm currently obsessed with. Great for online shopaholics, believe me :)

What I like about it is the simple packaging. It's a typical crayon. It fits my Essence sharpener too which is a bonus as obviously you may need to sharpen it. I had to after a week long wear - not bad at all. 

Formula is matte but it goes on the lips nicely and you can use it as a lip liner too. I like multi-tasking products :) It feels a little drying but I experience that with any lipstick so I'm not too fussed about it. It stays on really well in my opinion. Even after eating 3 pieces of watermelon I still had pigment on the lips, even though the lipstick was gone. 

Colour in my opinion is where this little crayon wins all the prizes. It's definitely spring/summer red with a hint of coral. It will look beautiful on someone with darker skin tones as well as someone as pale as me. It perks up your complexion  if I say so myself.

Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick in Kiss (with flash)

Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick in Kiss (without flash)

I've done some swatches for you so you can see for yourself how gorgeous the colour really is and how well pigmented. 

Because it's small, it is perfect for a travel or work makeup bag so I highly recommend it in this aspect. I am actually very impressed with both formula and staying power and it will definitely be staying with me for a while :)

To check out the whole range of Lord & Berry visit their website here :)

Thank you for reading.

Dorota x

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