Friday, 29 July 2016


Smokey eye is the most classic evening party look and quite easy to achieve. If you mastered the art of basic blending, you should have no troubles re-creating it. I choose classic shades of charcoal navy and neutral and warm toned browns which suit every eye colour and complexion, but you can change the shades to suit your individual needs. If you'd like to know how I created this classic evening look, please keep reading.


I wanted to keep the base as natural looking as possible with the heavy eyes, so I opted for long lasting creams, as powders can really cake up in summer temperatures. After moisturising I primed my face with Nivea Post Shave Balm. It's a perfect primer, it keep the foundation intact throughout the day or a long night. I applied the L'Oreal True Match Foundation (old formula) in Rose Ivory with a damp Beauty Blender. This trick not only blends the foundation in perfectly but it's also super refreshing in the heat. I find the combination of Nivea and True Match to be a super lasting for my dry skin, but use the products you know work best for your skin type. 

With the smokey eye you want to keep your undereye circles at bay, so concealer is a must. This time I used my old time fave Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in Ivory as it's super light and hydrating and works really well with True Match foundation. I used a tiny amount of powder to set the eyes, as it stops the product from creasing. 

For my contour I used an Oval Brush to blend in the L'Oreal Sculpt Contouring Palette. To keep it all in creams, I used Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in 03 and blended it in with the fingers. Both of the products blend super well, so if you prefer blending in with your fingers, I can honestly recommend these. For a touch of highlight I went with Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten Shimmer. The champagne shade suits most fair to light medium skin tones and it can be builded up to wow effect. 

I skipped powder almost entirely and opted in for some fixer instead. I used NYX Dewy Setting Spray all over my face, which not only fixes the makeup in place but also provides a nice refreshing feeling. I recommend keeping it in your purse to refresh the makeup throughout the night (or day). 


Smokey eye doesn't mean having to use 100s of products and I kept mine fairly simple. I choose No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define Eyeshadow Stick as a base and smudged it with a fluffy brush all over the eyelid and just above the crease (trick for the hooded eyes: to make them appear bigger, make sure the product is blended higher than your crease). This shade worked perfectly to also intensify the pigmentation of the shades. I started with a Urban Decay Naked Smoky Smolder all over the lid and in the crease. I applied it with a flat synthetic brush to pack on the colour. Then used Black Market to intensify the outer corner. I repeated those steps for the lower lid as well. To smoke it out and blend the shades I used Zoeva Cocoa Blend and started with Substitute For Love in the crease and above to blend out any harsh lines. You want to really smoke it out so I went back and forth with the shade and repeated that with a lower lash line. I then added Freshly Toasted to add the depth and intensity to the crease, concentrating at the outer corner of the crease and using lighter strokes the more I blended towards the inner corner. Again I repeated those steps at the lower lash line just below the charcoal navy shade (UD Smolder and Black Market). I used High from UD Smoky palette in the inner corners. I smudged a little of Clinique Quickliner in Black on the upper lash line and finished off the eyes with two coats of No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara and some falsies. 


Brows add a real definition to all your features and this time I used Inglot AMC Brow Pomade in 12 and applied it using a synthetic brush. 


I opted for pinky mauve nude for my lips and chose Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci, which is one of my absolute faves in liquid lips department. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and the finished look. I was heavily inspired by the look created by a Polish Vlogger Zmalowana (click here for the Youtube video) and wanted to recreate it on myself. I changed the products and shades used to suit my skin tone a little better and couldn't even think of doing a smokey without using the palette which was created for this reason alone. Naked Smoky is by far my favourite out of the Naked palettes and provides me with all the cool toned shades I sometimes lack in my predominately warm toned collection. Warm tones work very well in the crease and above it and take out the harshness of the navy/charcoal lid. This is a fairly classic eye and most lip colours should suit it. I opted for nude as it gives this look even more of a classic feel. Red will also look great so if you're feeling extra brave, go for it!

If you recreate this look, I would love to see it, so please tag me on Instagram or Twitter and use hashtag #idorottka :) You can always snap me with your looks or anything you'd like to share. Just add i.dorottka on Snapchat now <3

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016


Super excited to be in collaboration again with my favourite girl Nishi.V. We've collaborated before and created some cool looks with Birtish Beauty Blogger for Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave Palette (Click here for my post and here for Nishi's). Nishi and I go way back and despite looking nothing alike, we love a lot of the same makeup <3 We've talked about collaborating again and thought we'll share with you our favourite drugstore makeup bits. 

Nishi.V is a London based blogger and Youtuber. She's as obsessed with social media as I am, so you can follow her everywhere now: Bloglovin', Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat.

I love drugstore makeup. Don't get me wrong, I love high end too, but it's also such a rush to find an amazing product in your local Boots or Superdrug. I'm all for finding dupes and discovering affordable brands, so drugstore makeup is very close to my heart. It was super hard to give you my top 5, as I had more than 10, when I first sat down and had to painfully reduce it to only 5. 

This drugstore gem has been my favourite for years now. The formula is incredible. It's full coverage and creamy. It sets pretty quickly and does not wrinkle underneath the eyes. The shade is super light and it does not darken during the day. I use it as concealer and to highlight the top points of my face. Superb quality at a friction of the price. Its formula differs a little from Urban Decay Naked Skin Concelaer as it's a little heavier, but you can get the same, if not fuller coverage with the Collection Concealer.

I only just recently published a post about brows so if you haven't already, click here to read now:). Freedom Brow Pomade is a superb brow product. The shades are cool toned. The formula is creamy and highly pigmented. They're waterproof & sweat proof and last for absolute ages. At £5.00 a pot you really don't need to think about it. If you haven't already, try it, you won't be disappointed.

Best Primer Ever !!! Thanks to an amazing Nikkie Tutorials the makeup world discovered Nivea Post Shave Balm and what a discovery that is. Honestly the best primer I have ever used and that includes expensive bits from Laura Mercier, Make Up For Ever and others. Makeup stays put on the hottest and most humid days, it doesn't set in wrinkles and dry areas. And it's super affordable! You need to give it a go, you won't regret it :)

I love all the shades but Rose Gold was the first one I've ever purchased and first I fell in love with, so it'll always have a special place in my heart. Super affordable dupe for Stila Magnificent Foils and the quality smashes Stila by mile. You can use it alone or mix it with the mixing liquid provided (or Inglot Duraline). It gives you the most incredible finish. It's got that chrome/mirror like finish and will be perfect to top off your evening looks. 

The best contouring shade at drugstore by far. It's cool toned and perfect for anyone from the palest up to medium skin tones. Packaging is small and travel friendly. Formula is super pigmented, if a little dusty. Only a tiny bit is enough to perfectly contour the cheekbones. Absolute steel and finally widely available in UK. Give it a try when you're in Boots next.

Now it's time to find out what drugstore gems Nishi has in store for us. Click here to be taken to her Top 5 Drugstore Makeup bits. Go and show her some love <3

Do you like drugstore makeup? What have you discovered lately?  Comment below, if you think I should give them a go <3

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Monday, 25 July 2016


Today's a very special day and it marks my first out of two collabs, you'll see on the blog this week. It's also special because I have SO MUCH to show you :) Today's not about swatches or even first impressions, it's just one big American haul. I couldn't be more excited, if I tried. <3 

I've known Monica for well over the year now and we've met through Instagram (go and check her out there now). Monica lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a fellow Polish girl abroad :) We're both well in to makeup and decided to do a little swap. And by little I mean huge. We've both done a little exchange of goods, if you will, but I also ordered some stuff on top of it :) If you'd like to see what I got, keep on reading.

But first... Go and check out my girl's blog - she's quite a makeup collector :) You can also find her on Snapchat @villemo20,  Bloglovin', Twitter, Google+ & Facebook <3

Let's get to the haul, shall we? Firstly let's talk about bits I've ordered myself and thanks to kindness of Monica I can enjoy them, despite being such a pain to get in UK.

Violet Voss Holy Grail has been on my wishlist for what seems like forever now and just look at the beauty of it! If you follow me for a while, you'll know of my love for warm tones and baby, this is it - warm tone heaven :) I can't wait to 'dig in' and create some magical looks with it !! I can already feel it being my favourite!

Jeffrey Star is quite a controvential figure in the beauty industry. You may love him or hate him, but you can deny he is smashing the makeup game with his line of liquid lipsticks, highlighters and the first ever eyeshadow palette. Beauty Killer is Jeffree's true first child with the crazy colours and different textures! I can't wait to play with it & THAT pink shade has my name written all over it!

I wanted to try ColorPop for ages, I already own two liquid lipsticks and have been quite impressed, so I couldn't walk by an occasion to order some and thanks to our swap, Monica has made it possible and got me all this goodness !!! I will be able to test three of their eyeshadows in Animal (matte red), Weenie (antique gold bronze) and Tea Party (champagne). As a true highlighter maniac, I couldn't say no to one and choose Spoon. I've missed on purchasing ABH Creme Liners last year and we really don't have any pastel coloured ones in UK (maybe in MAC, though they cost a fortune), so I choose one. Cry Baby is a gorgeous matte pastel lilac and I can't wait to play around with it some more. My lip collection got extended by Ultra Matte in Clueless, Ultra Satin (new formula) in Mushroom & Lippie Stix in Oh Snap.

Monica was also kind enough to send me an outrageous amounts of add ons to our agreed swaps and honestly there's soo much here. I'm so grateful and I can't wait to try and test them all for you :) 

Starting with the eyes there's a mini eyeshadow palette BH Cosmetics Smokey Eyes to Go with 6 satins and shimmers to play with in the most gorgeous shades with pink gold, berry and violet purple to name a few. I'll definitely play around with it. And to top it off there's CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom by Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black. I've heard so much about this mascara and really can't wait to try it, especially given my luck with bad mascaras lately. There's a post coming up about them, as I truly have had the worst luck with mascaras!

I asked Monica for L.A. Girl Pro.Conceal HD Concealer in Porcelain and it's here. It's THE CONCEALER of many bloggers and you tubers and having swatched it, I think we'll be great friends given its high coverage. Could it be another drugstore gem, like Collection Lasting Perfection? I'll do a compare post about them, once I test them against each other. 

When it comes to lips, Monica outdone herself sending me FIVE to play with! Starting with Wet & Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains in 126 Rico Mauve (sheer pink mauve) and 128 Pinky Promise (sheer pale pink). They both have glossy finish and sport sheer consistency, but still quite pigmented. ProFusion Luxy Lips (muted pink) has a satin finish and great pigmentation. It's a perfect daytime pink with the muted colour. Katy Perry x CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte in Sphynx Sphinx (semi matte nude with pink tones) also sports great pigmentation and definitely updates my nudes collection. Last but certainly not least, Milani Lip Intense Liquid Colour in Red Extreme (raspberry red) has a finish similar to MAC Amplified and pigmentation is just insane! I can't wait to test them all.

Seeing that we are sadly missing Bath & Body Works in UK, Monica was kind enough to send me minis of Sweet Pea Shea & Vit E Body Lotion & Shower Gel. I'm leaving for Spain soon, so body care minis are so welcome and these smells amazing and look super cute. Plus they're 88 ml each so just below the liquid limit at the airport. I don't know how she knew about my weird obsession with Anti-bacterial Hand Gels (maybe not that weird and I'm not the only one?), but she sent me two of PocketBac Beautiful Day Hand Gels which smell of apples and flowers !! Now I can have one in every bag and not just at work :)

This concludes my American haul. If you follow me on Snapchat, you've seen me unbox it live and if you don't and like to see a lot of beauty every day, you should. Just search @i.dorottka. There's so much goodness here, I honestly don't know what to try out first! Thank you again to Monica for making this happen !! 

It would mean a world to me if you'd go and visit Monica's post. Just CLICK HERE now :) Don't forget to show my girl some love <3

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Saturday, 23 July 2016


The new addition to Anastasia Beverly Hills palette range screams smokey eyes. There's no abundance of warm browns, pinks and reds to choose from. Last week I presented you with a simple glowing daytime look (click here), so this week I'm taking no prisoners. This look is warm and dark, sultry and sexy. Completed with neon coral red lips it screams festival summer party. I hope you'll enjoy :)


L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory
Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in Ivory
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer
Nars Blusher in Orgasm
MAC Highlighter in Soft & Gentle

Eyes & Brows:

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
Clinique Quickliner in Black
So Susan Haute Light Highlighting Pencil
L'Oréal False Lash Sculpt Mascara
False Lashes no name Ali Express
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe
Benefit Gimme Brow in 01


MUA Luxe Liquid Lipstick in Zest


I set the base with Tempera (light matte beige). I started with outlining the fake crease above the hood of the eye (no hooded eyes - just define your crease) with Golden Ochre and blending it outwards slightly. I added Burnt Orange just below, deepening the effect of the "crease" (no hooded eye - just work the shade in the crease). For the outer corner I started with Realgar and blended it towards the high point of newly created crease and slightly above it. I also blended the shade towards the mid lid. I then took Red Ochre and repeated the steps. Lastly I mixed Red Ochre with Cyprus Umber and once again repeated the steps. Once I was happy with the depth created to the eye, I took Love Letter and placed it on mid lid and took it upwards towards the end of the fake crease on the hood. I went back in couple of times to create the needed intensity. I blended the colour inwards slightly. I then added Burnt Orange to help with blending the Love Letter in to the inner corner. On top of Burnt Orange, I placed some Primavera with my index finger. To create more intense inner corner, I wet the brush with some Fix+ and added Primavera wet only to the inner corner, creating the gradient effect of shimmer. I created a soft line using a black kohl on the outer corner and stopping mid lid, just to smoke out the lash line. 
On the bottom lid, I blended Realgar on all the bottom lid, only leaving out the inner corner. I added some Cyprus Umber the the outer corner. I finished off the inner corner with Primavera applied wet. So Susan beige kohl highlighted the waterline perfectly. 
I applied falsies and then applied one coat of mascara to mix my own lashes with fakes. 

I love the finished look and I hope you enjoy it too. I really enjoy the warm smokey eye paired with almost neon coral lips. It's a perfect look for an evening out, or you can tone it down by skipping the false lashes and swapping for a nude lip. It's perfect paired with a healthy tan and lots of glow <3

As usual if you think of recreating this look don't forget to tag me and/or use my hashtag #idorottka on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, so I can see your lovely makeup <3

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