Recension, Skönhet

Bdellium Tools 731

Denna lilla borste är en riktig skatt! Det perfekta verktyget för att definiera fransraderna. Jag applicerar min mascara med den vanliga mascaraborsten på övre fransarna för maxad längd, täcker Bdellium Tools 731 med mascara och wigglar in den i fransrötterna underifrån, det definierar och mörkar ner rötterna så de ser tjockare ut. Jättebra trix att använda när man vill få bort den ljusa randen som lätt uppstår i fransrötterna vid sotningar eller mörka eyeliners.

För undre fransraden så tar jag mer produkt på penseln, swishar den genom längderna och trycker sen in produkt i rötterna. Beroende på hur hårt du trycker får du olika effekt, här körde jag bara på och svärtade ner rötterna totalt. Det ser fortfarande mycket mjukare ut än med en skugga eller penna!

 

This brush is such a treasure! The perfect tool for defining lashlines. I just apply my top lash mascara with the regular wand go get maximum length, coat the Bdellium Tools 731 with mascara and wiggle it at the base of the lashes from underneath, defining and darkening the base to make it look thicker. A great way to eliminate that pale stripe at the base of the lashes that you easily get when doing smokey eyes or dark eyeliners.

For the bottom lashes I get some more product on the brush, swish it through to the tips and then push product into the roots. Depending on how hard you push you get different looks, here I went all in and made the roots solid black. It still look a lot softer than an eyeshadow or eye pencil!

bdellium tools 731

bdellium tools 731

Left: Mascara applied only with the wand. Right: The same mascara applied with Bdellium Tools 731 like described above. Two completely different looks only using mascara!

bdellium tools 731

Face:

  • Sleek MakeUp Bare Skin Foundation – Barley
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer

Brows:

  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel

Eyes:

  • IsaDora Flashing Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • By Terry Baume De Rose
Viola, Killer Colours
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Refills, replacements and one little new friend

Alltså ibland går allt sönder och tar slut på exakt samma gång. Visst är det så? Eleven.se fick bli min räddning denna gång då de hade allt jag behövde, och såhär såg räddningen ut!

Sometimes everything breaks and runs out at the exact same time, am I right? Eleven.se (who ship within Europe) had to be my saviour recently as they had everything I needed, and this is what the save looked like!

eleven.se

 

Jag har nött ut min Tangle Teezer-hårborste (andra i sin ordning) så den är alldeles snedställd i stråna och snarare klappar håret än borstar det. Sunkigheten går inte att förneka längre, mvh välklappat trassligt hår.
Ersättare: HH Simonsen The Wet Brush som har handtag och därav inte är lika lätt att slänga ur näven när man action-borstar håret (har råkat kasta den tvålformade Tangle Teezern i golvet tusen gånger). Ska, vilket namnet antyder, vara snäll mot både torrt och blött hår och inte fastna, mitt första intryck är gott då stråna är mjukare än väntat och borsten inte alls känns lika “knoppig” som den ser ut att vara. Känns som en lyxversion av Tangle Teezern.

I have worn out my second Tangle Teezer hairbrush now so the bristles are all angled and kindly pat my skull instead of brushing. The fact can’t be denied any longer, kind regards, well patted tangly hair.
Replacement: HH Simonsen The Wet Brush which has a handle and therefore won’t be as easy to plunge across the room while action brushing your hair (happened a zillion times with the Tangle Teezer). Should, just like the name says, be kind to both dry and wet hair and not get stuck, my first impression is great as the bristles are softer than they look. It feels like a luxe verison of the Tangle Teezer.

hh simonsen the wet brush

HH Simonsen The Wet Brush

 

Min säkert femton år gamla spegel på fot såg döden i vitögat när lägenheten fick korsdrag, köksfönstret slog upp och kraschade spegeln i golvet. Jag har nu fulspeglat mig i puderdosor en vecka nu och det funkar bara inte.
Ersättare: Claudia Make Up Macro Mirror som är billig, rätt stor och öh.. står! Har 7x förstoring på ena sidan, inget jag använder någonsin men bra grej typ! Blev visst i pangrosa då det var den enda färgen inne, kanske inte vad jag hade valt sådär på rak arm men kan inte låta bli att bli glad av den.

My probably fifteen years old mirror faced death when the apartment got a cross-breeze, the kitchen window blew open and crashed the mirror. I’ve used tiny compatct mirrors for a week now and it just doesn’t work.
Replacement: Claudia Make Up Macro Mirror which is cheap, quite big and uhh.. stands! It has 7x magnification on one side, I never use it myself but good thing I guess! I ended up getting a hot pink one because it was the only one they had, probably not the colour I would have chosen if I had an alternative but I still can’t deny that it makes me happy.

claudia make up macro mirror

How do you photograph a mirror without taking a selfie? Ehh, hi! Here’s Claudia Make Up Macro Mirror.

 

Jag har stått och febrilt skakat min flaska DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque upp och ner i duschen flera gånger nu i hopp om att den magiskt ska ha blivit påfylld sedan senast. Jag har senaste månaderna silikon- och sulfatbantat min hårrutin lite och är detta är en av favoriterna som kvarstår (ge mig bra produkttips pliis!). Jag använder denna som balsam och håret blir hur härligt som helst.
Ersättare: En ny flaska!

I’ve stood in the shower shaking my DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque upside down multiple times now hoping that someone magically refilled it since my lash shower. Over the last months I have started a slight silicone- and sulphate detox in my hair routine (give me more product tips please!) and this is one of the products that are still standing tall.
Replacement: A new bottle!

dermorganic intensive hair repair masque

DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque

 

Och så nya kompisen! Jag har haft grav fransfixering på sistone, jag vill ha exakt hur mycket mascara som helst på fransarna, no mercy. Mina underfransar är typ lika långa som mina överfransar så när jag maffar dem fulla med mascara ser ögonen lätt glesa ut upptill i jämförelse. För att väga upp detta så har jag applicerat mascaran på undre fransraden med snedställd pensel istället, inte den ultimata penseln tyvärr men det har funkat okej. Då kan jag lättare fokusera på fransrötterna och få ett fluffigare icke-spindligare resultat. Bdellium Tools 731 är en söt liten sak gjord just för mascaraapplicering, pensla upp lite från mascaraborsten och applicera på ögonen. Ett trix är att wiggla in lite mascara i fransrötterna, ner på huden liksom, och få den där Megan Foxiga definitionen som egentligen inte ser ut som smink. En fransmarkering!

And now the new friend! I have had a total lash fixation lately, I want SO much mascara on the lashes, no mercy. My lower lashes are about as long as my top lashes so if I pack them full of mascara the eyes easily start looking thin on top. To counteract that effect I have started applying my mascara on the lower lashline with an angled brush instead, not the ultimate brush but it has worked alright. That makes it easier to focus the product on the roots of the lashes and give them a fluffier, less spider leg-y result. Bdellium Tools 731 is a cute little thing made specifically for mascara application, brush some off the mascara wand and apply it onto the eyes. A little trick is to wiggle some mascara into the lower lashline, down onto the skin, and get that Megan Fox-esque definition that doesn’t really look like makeup.

bdellium tools 731

Bdellium Tools 731

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Recension, Skönhet

NABLA Cosmetics Mascara Le Film Noir review

Mascara Le Film Noir från NABLA Cosmetics ska vara en superblank svart volymmascara med mjuk byggbar formula som är lätt och skön på fransarna. Den har en konformad triangulär borste som ska göra det enkelt att nå varenda frans. Finns att köpa i NABLA’s webshop för €12.50 (ca 115 SEK).

Mascara Le Film Noir from NABLA Cosmetics is supposed to be a ultra shiny black volumizing mascara with a soft buildable formula that feels lightweight on the lashes. It has a cone shaped triangular brush that is supposed to make it easy to reach every single lash. Available to buy at the NABLA webshop for €12.50.

nabla cosmetics mascara le film noir

Mascara Le Film Noir from NABLA Cosmetics comes in a sleek black tube, looks classy! The brush is quite damn big with its wide base, looks like a little christmas tree!

nabla cosmetics mascara le film noir swatch

No mascara, 1 coat of Mascara Le Film Noir.

So what does it do?


Length: 5/5

The brush spreads product evenly all the way to the very end of the lash. The long bristles at the base makes it easy to really comb the outer corner of the eye through and lengthen it.

Volume: 5/5
This mascara is quite thick so it definitely plumps the lashes. A bit too much for some I guess but I love that thick effect. The thickness turns into goop with more than one coat.

Definition: 2.5/5
The thick formula makes the lashes clump up instead of separating them. I love clumpy lashes as long as they feel “purposely” clumpy and that’s exactly what I get with this. Spiky lashes! The roots get thiiick and the ends stay wispy.

Precision: 2/5
The brush is thin and precise but carries a lot of product at the tip, it applies more sparingly at the base but it’s messier because of the wideness. I do get a few smudges when I apply it, especially at the bottom.

Effectivity: 5/5
This mascara barely needs any work at all. A few swipes and the lashes are full, long and as separated as they can get. No layering needed at all.

Colour: 5/5
PITCH black.

Water resistance: 0/5
The formula does not handle water well. A splash of water and it starts running, and with some rubbing the lashes are completely bare. I feel quite uncomfortable wearing a mascara that could go all The Grudge on me.

Longevity: 4/5
Apart from the water part it holds up well during the day. It doesn’t feel heavy or crunchy on the lashes and it holds the curl well. I haven’t experienced any flaking, but I rarely do.

 

Conclusion: 28.5/40

Frickin awesome Twiggy lashes with barely any work! Pitch black and just the right amount of messiness for my taste. A big minus for not being able to handle water at all, my eyes water too easily for that.

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

Lipstick Queen Swatchfest!

Alltså, jag är så himla glad! Minns ni detta inlägg där jag recenserade ett läppstift från Lipstick Queen? Det såg Lipstick Queen själva och skickade mig som tack för recensionen ett paket med fem andra läppstift att prova! Hur gulligt? Jag känner mig som ett barn på julafton. Jag har aldrig provat något från detta märke som jag inte älskat. Du kan botanisera mellan tusen nyanser och formulas av klassiska färger för att hitta ditt personliga önskestift, lyxkänslan är där, och ändå känns märket lekfullt, mångfaldigt och överraskande. Perfekt balans!

Vi går igenom läppstiften i ett samlat inlägg tycker jag! Alla med en liten beskrivning av linjen det tillhör och hur själva stiftet känns och ser ut. Ungefär som vanligt i dessa större läppinlägg alltså.

Lipstick Queen kan ni shoppa på t.ex. varuhuset NK, svenska Cow Parfymeri (butiken i Sthlm/deras webshop) eller brittiska Space NK.

 

I’m sooo happy! Do you remember this blog post where I reviewed a lipstick from Lipstick Queen? They saw it and sent me a package with five new lipsticks to try as a thank you for the review! How sweet? I feel like a child at christmas. I’ve never tried anything from this brand that I haven’t loved. You can browse between a zillion colours and formulas of classic colours to find your personal favourite, the products feel luxurious and still the brand is playful, diverse and surprising. The perfect balance!

Let’s go through the lipsticks in a collected post! Each and every one of them with a little description of the line and how the lipstick itself feels and looks. Similar to how I usually do the larger lippie posts in other words.

Lipstick Queen is available at for example british Space NK and their own american website.

lipstick queen

I love how all the Lipstick Queen lines come in different packaging, it’s easy to browse through your stuff and find what you’re looking for. These lipsticks are displayed in the same order they’re swatched below.

lipstick queen

Look at the sweet note they sent! And here’s the outer packaging of the lipsticks.

lipstick queen lipstick swatches

Hot Rose Sinner, Saint Scarlet Red, Jungle Queen, Hang Ten, Stella!

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

lipstick queen sinner lipstick hot rose swatch

Lipstick Queen Sinner Lipstick “Hot Rose”. A quite thick, ultra pigmented semi matte formula that feels smooth and comfortable on the lips. The colour is a rich jewel toned pink, a great alternative to a classic red. This colour would suit eeeveryone.

lipstick queen saint lipstick scarlet red swatch

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick “Scarlet Red”. A sheer juicy formula that feels like a moisturizing balm on the lips. The colour is a light pink toned red, very summery! Perfect for days when you want a softer but yet bright lip.

lipstick queen jungle queen swatch

Lipstick Queen “Jungle Queen”. A moisturizing and bright coloured lipstick made exclusively to look gorgeous with animal prints. HELLO FANTASTIC IDEA! The colour is the perfect balance between coral, orange and red. Imagine it with a big leopard printed scarf!

lipstick queen endless summer lipstick hang ten swatch

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick “Hang Ten”. This line is surf inspired, sheer and moisturizing and at the same time summery and bright. The colour is a gorgeous peachy beige, very pale but sheer enough to just look fresh and hydrated. Great everyday lip!

lipstick queen silver screen lipstick stella! swatch

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick “Stella!”. This formula is gel-like, packs a lot of pigment and has a strong scent and taste of peppermint. Feels divine. Stella! is the crazy one of the bunch, a briiiight blue toned purple! It glows with blue shimmer and looks totally amazing on the lips. Wear it if you dare!

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

NABLA Cosmetics Diva Crime Lipstick swatches

Nästa spännande hög med produkter från NABLA Cosmetics! Nu drar vi igenom läppstiftslinjen Diva Crime. Enligt beskrivningen är detta en rik och mjukgörande formula med matt finish och mycket pigment. Låter som det perfekta läppstiftet, eller hur? Finns att shoppa för €12.90 (ca 120 kr) styck på NABLA Cosmetics hemsida.

Formulan är helt klart pigmentrik, ett svep ger mängder av färg. Läppstiftet innehåller kameliaolja och candelillavax vilket känns mjukt och härligt (nästan fett) på läpparna, men ger kanske lite väl mycket glid åt formulan? Jag känner att läppstiftet lätt hopar sig och skapar tunnare områden i färgen om jag pressar ihop läpparna hårt efter att ha målat ett ordentligt lager. Det känns även lite läskigt med de klarare/mörkare färgerna då de kommer smeta lättare (min läppglansrädsla kickar in lite!). Med andra ord – detta är läppstift jag vill ha läppenna till för att våga lita på, det ger formulan mer rättvisa! Sen kan vi ju diskutera huruvida de faktiskt är matta också, de har snarare en återfuktad läppbalsam-look på mina läppar, inte glossigt men reflekterar ändå ljus. Trots dessa potentiella minuspoäng så är det så bra tryck i dem att de är värda lite meck tycker jag!

 

Next exciting bunch of products from NABLA Cosmetics! Let’s go through the Diva Crime lipstick line. According to the description this is a rich and moisturizing highly pigmented formula with a matte finish. Sounds like the perfect lipstick, doesn’t it? Available at the NABLA Cosmetics webshop for €12.90!

The formula is definitely pigmented, one swipe gives loads of colour. The lipstick contains Camellia oil and Candelilla wax which feels nice and soft (almost greasy) on the lips, but maybe it gives the formula a bit too much slip? I find that the lipstick gathers a bit and creates thinner areas if I press my lips together hard after applying a good coat. It also feels a bit scary to wear the brighter/darker shades as they would smudge easier (my lipgloss fright kicks in a bit!) In other words – I would want a lip pencil to trust this lipstick fully, it gives the formula better justice! We can also discuss however it’s actually matte, I would say that it has more of a moisturized balmy look on my lips, not glossy but still reflects light. Even though the lipsticks have these potential drawbacks they have such a good payoff that it’s worth some work in my opinion!

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick

The lipsticks come in a sleek gunmetal grey tube. They’re swatched in the same order they’re displayed here.

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick swatches

Ombre Rose, Paloma, Portrait, Panta Rei, Domina, Vertigo, Across The Universe, Alter Ego, Rouge Mon Amour

 

De färger som betedde sig allra bäst i min mening är Ombre Rose, Portrait, Vertigo och Rouge Mon Amour, de lade sig bäst på läpparna. Sämst är helt klart Domina, ni ser ju på bilderna hur flammig den är jämfört med de andra färgerna. Kan tänka mig att den är bra över en riktigt mörk penna däremot, för mjuk och skön känns den ju.

The colours I found worked the best are Ombre Rose, Portrait, Vertigo and Rouge Mon Amour, they applied the best. Worst is definitely Domina, you can see in the pictures how uneven it is compared to the other shades. I can imagine it being nice over a really dark pencil though, I mean it does feel really comfortable on.

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick ombre rose swatch

Ombre Rose. A mauve toned neutral shade, perfect for those of you who like the whole 90′s mauve beige thing that’s going on right now. I can’t deny the fact that it’s pretty damn flattering!

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick paloma swatch

Paloma. A warm toned pale beige. So stark and whitened in colour that I feel a bit awkward wearing it full on, but dabbed on the lips with a 60′s smokey eye this will be goooorgeous. Can’t wait to wear it.

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick portrait swatch

Portrait. A orange toned light coral. Also a bit too whitened when applied thickly for my taste, so this one would also look nice dabbed on thinly. The undertone is beautiful and quite unusual, a lot better on me than pinky corals!

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick panta rei swatch

Panta Rei. And here it is, the bright pinky coral! Ultra traditional summer colour, a favourite of many but a colour that I really dislike on myself. If it’s your kind of colour – go for it! It’s gorgeous.

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick domina swatch

Domina. A dark brownish berry red. Sheer and splotchy, definitely needs a lip liner. Pretty colour and awesome name though! I just wish that the pigmentation was consistent with the other lipsticks.

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick vertigo

Vertigo. A bright purple toned pink. This colour is 100% awesome, holy bajebus!! Slightly more whitened than what I would normally wear but it totally works. Hello bubblegum crazy land! No formula problems with this one.

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick across the universe swatch

Across The Universe. A classic jewel toned bright pink. A really beautiful shade, you can’t go wrong with it!

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick alter ego swatch

Alter Ego. A red toned pink. Great tweak if you want an alternative to a classic red! It gathered up on the lips a bit though so I would wear it with a lip pencil.

nabla cosmetics diva crime lipstick rouge mon amour swatch

Rouge Mon Amour. The classic red! Another fantastic colour, I really really love this one. Very bright and saturated! None of that gathered up unevenness in this one at all.

Viola, Killer Colours
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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for beauty with brains. Beauty blogger and MUA from Gothenburg, Sweden.

My name is Viola Holmgren and I've been representing Swedish beauty bloggerism (yes. we're a cult) since 2008. I focus on cruelty free beauty and I love the feeling of finding cool products that have gone under the radar.

Makeup doesn't have rules. The only person who decides what's right or wrong and if you're wearing it or not is you, and that's where my job as a blogger comes in handy. Use my experience as a guide or an inspiration towards finding your own way.

And just to clarify, all reviews and opinions are my own, there is no evil baby demon on my left shoulder who is bribing, forcing or possessing me to write. Reviews are best written in honesty!