Sunday, 17 January 2016


Best in makeup - 2015 Favourites
2015 has been a year of change. I have fell in love with so many new brands and products and I've been religiously bragging about it in my monthly favourites. Today's the day to sum that up & share with you my biggest loves of 2015 - makeup edition. Are we ready? Let's do this !!!


If you follow my blog, you know that I there's only one base product I truly fell in love with and it's Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Opal. It's light, moisturising and surprisingly gives enough coverage making it the perfect base for dry or even mature skin. Opal is a perfect shade for me and finding a perfect shade if you're ghostly pale can be a drag. I can't praise it enough. It's a little pricey but worth every penny. And if I needed to conceal anything or for those lovely dark circles around the eyes I've loved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01. I tested a lot of concealers last year and I have to be honest, this under £5.00 gem is the best there is. Amazing coverage and if set correctly will last all day (and/or night lol). I find it works great with all foundations as well. Get it when you have a chance :). 

Setting up your makeup for dry/dehydrated skin can be tricky. It can go cakey so easily and you want to avoid looking 10 years older :( thankfully this year I have found my holy grail products. Firstly MUA Pro-Base Prime and Conceal Powder. Retailed at only £4.00 is truly one of the best setting powders I've ever used (looking at you MAC - what a disappointment). It's not matte, it's not satin. It works to powder down the base or under-eyes and makes my makeup last all day. Truly a god send !!! Secondly Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. Don't like powders but want your makeup to look natural and last all day - look no further. This spray is magic. Honestly !! You can use it alone over foundation or after powder to set everything down and take away the powdery look. Amazeballs !!! Hourglass has managed to sneak in to my makeup bag quite late into 2015 and it took it by storm. I'm talking here about Ambient Lighting Edit of course. Dim Light & Diffused Light together make for the BEST SETTING POWDER & Iridescent Light will work great as a subtle day highlight. Blushers are gorgeous and bronzer luminous. I can't fault it. Best of the best, truly !!!

I have tried many blushers and highlighters this year and I have to be honest - two brands have smashed it this year. Makeup Revolution The Matte Blush collection have been amazing. I am only showing you one shade here but honestly I use them all - no favourites, as they are all beautiful. Formula is great, lasts all day. Shades are gorgeous and will suit any complexion. Blush on budget - buy them, you won't be disappointed. 

2015 has been a year of strobing. I tested quite a fair amount of highlighters as I just adore the wet skin effect and wear A LOT of highlighter ;) One clear winner is theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. This highlight gives me life. Champagne shade suit pale skinned so well, shimmer is quite incredible and only a tad is needed to make your highlight stand out. It's my one true love <3


I thought long and hard about my eyeshadow palettes. I have many in my collection and I love them pretty equally, but Zoeva Cocoa Blend has rocked my world and my makeup like no other. Warm toned madness - I adore it and use it a lot. Pigmentation is insane and the price tag amazing !! Go and buy now, seriously !! For my day to day needs I have been using my Naked 2 Basics a lot. It has everything in it. 5 matte shades, perfect for daily makeup and even shades you can do your brows with, plus one light satin finish makes for the perfect mini palette in my opinion. Travelling light? You only need this little gem to satisfy all your makeup needs.

2015 has been a year of discoveries. I have fallen in love with cream eyeshadows. Firstly I must mention one that started it all - Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze. I wore it the whole summer. Pigmentation is great, it's waterproof, if set with powder in the crease it stays on all day. It's my most used shade in the range and I have nearly all of them. For a fiver - amazing. 

Having watched countless tutorials and read a lot of blog posts I wanted to try MAC Paint Pot to see if they're truly that good. Soft Ochre seemed too yellow for my taste so I decided on Painterly. Let me tell you - this is one of the best primers I've ever used. So creamy, yet so light, it stays on all day. Works beautifully under other shadows and increases not only their lasting powers but also slightly helps with pigmentation. Definitely worth trying.

I couldn't not give a shout out to Makeup Revolution Eye Foils. Rose Gold has been my favourite of the bunch and honestly having tested Stila shadow - this one's better. For those who don't know, this is a foil shadow that you can use on its own or with a liquid provided in the pack. I personally mix it with Inglot Duraline for the staying power. It's just beautiful. If you're looking for that wet eye look finish with  A LOT OF SPARKLE - go get them tigers ;)

In 2015 I finally found my perfect beige waterline liner - theBalm Mr. Write (Now) in Brian is the one. Pigmentation is insane, it's automatic, goes really creamy, set's in and lasts for good 4-5 hours. Nothing else needed in the morning to relieve the tired eye look. It's not cheap but I find it lasts quite well so the monies well spent ;)

Having hooded eyes is a nightmare if you like to do a simple fleek as nothing likes to last on my lids, even with the base. That is until I discovered Eye of Horus. Their Liquid Define in Babylon Brown has been my go to liner for everyday lines. it's felt tip is perfect to create even the tiniest line and it lasts all day and all night. No budge !! Amazing. I must get their black version as I'm totally sold on this one. Plus it doesn't dry out as felt tips tend to do. 


I'm a lipstick hoarder. I admit, I have a problem, but when it came to choosing my favourite formulas of 2015 I knew this won't last long. There were clearly two winners that I wore non stop and has wowed me with their shades and lasting power. Both matte of course, so I learnt that the need to prep and care for your lips is more important than ever. Before I tell you which shades has wowed me so much, let me tell you, what has managed to keep my dry lips comforted this year. EOS balms !!! I've seen them online, liked the concept so had to try and they are amazing. Best one I've tried so far? Sweet Mint for sure. Little pricer than your standard chapstick but definitely worth checking out :)

Now for the lipsticks. First Estee Lauder in Restless or in other words signature Kendall shade. This orange red is a shade I thought I would never pull off and how wrong I was !! It's just beautiful. Stays on all day, formula is matte but sits quite comfortably on the lip and that colour !!! I love it. Truly ! Second one is a complete fault of Dagmara from Mummy's Beauty Corner as she bought it first, then bragged about it on Instagram and I just had to get it. Urban Decay in After Dark is another matte in my collection. It's a beautiful autumn/winter shade. I absolutely adore the formula. It stays on, it's easy on the lip, colour smashes it as well. Definitely going to buy few more from this collection. 


When it comes to brushes, I admit, I have a bit of a problem. I love discovering new ones, but I have few clear favourites that I loved and used since getting them. When it comes to best eye blending brushes I have been loving two. They're both made in fashion of MAC 217 and both deserve the recognition for being best on the market. Firstly Zoeva 227, then Sigma E45. I think I prefer Sigma just a little better as it's little softer, but both are amazing and do the job well. Zoeva 317 is THE BEST angled eyeliner brush I have ever used and it works on  brows too. No words - the best !!

Face brushes winners were similarly easy to choose. Foundation wise Sigma F80 made me stop using my Beauty Blender - that is all. It is simply the best foundation brush I've used and it works amazingly with my Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. To set my concealer or for highlight I have been using and loving Sigma F35. Again amazing. Bristles are oh so soft and the brush has the perfect cut. Lastly for bronzer needs Glambrush T9. It's nowhere near the quality of Sigma or Zoeva but man, does it work for contour. It's oval head works beautifully for powder products. I really enjoyed using it last year :)

The end. 

Haha, kidding of course :) But we have in fact finished listing all my makeup favourites of 2015. How crazy is that? I want to know what you've been loving last year? Have you tried any of the mentioned above? I hope you enjoyed this compilation of best of the best and I see you tomorrow with a brand new post. Enjoy your Sunday lovelies x

Thank you for reading,

Dorota x

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  1. I've heard so many good things about the Zoeva brushes - I really ned to start saving up for some! There are some real gems in this post

    Steph -

    1. Thank you Steph. I believe you saw this post in a very raw, unedited format. My blogger had some problems and reverted to the original draft. Please check it out updated with all the pictures :)

      Thanks again for your comment x x x

  2. Zoeva Cocoa Blend was definitely my favorite palette of 2015 and probabaly of all time! Amazing quality at such an affordable price!

    1. I love this palette so much :) I'm so sorry you viewed this post in raw, unedited form - check it out now with all the pics ;) My blogger decided to revert to draft xx


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