Livsstil, Skönhet

Bad luck Viola buys a new camera

So, do you remember me buying a new studio setup with lighting and a background? The same day, no joke, my camera started fucking up.

bad luck viola gets fucked over by technology

I just denied the fact that my lense had given up focusing at a certain focal length and used it at the settings it still worked, and of course after a few weeks I had to do a kamikaze camera buy as it started doing weird double exposures by itself, and just.. yeah, R.I.P. New camera it is. Goodbye Canon 70D, hello Nikon D5500. I switched teams!!

Enjoy the tired makeup, say hi to the new camera!

So, just wanted to let you know why I’ve been slow lately. The camera has been a champ for five years but it really gave up on me, I just tried to hold on a bit too long. I’m back on track now and we’ll see if we can detect any quality differences! Take care babes.

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Recension, Skönhet

Inglot Freedom System Palette + Eyeshadow, review & swatches

Men hej! Det har varit tyst här några dagar då jag och the Jerr flytt från Göteborgsregnet och trevlighetsdrivit i soliga Stockholm. I lördags vinkade vi av Black Sabbath med djävulstecken på full spret och dansande fötter, världens bästa plåster på vad som på sistone varit ett jävla skitliv. Ärligt talat.

En viktig grej jag ville hinna med under Stockholmsbesöket var den (relativt) nyöppnade Inglot-butiken i (relativt) nyöppnade Mall of Scandinavia, något jag aldrig haft möjlighet att shoppa med egna händer innan. Inglot är ett polskt märke som tidigare närmast funnits i typ Finland och England, äntligen finns de på hemmaplan! De har ett palettsystem under namnet Freedom System vilket går ut på du plockar ihop allt själv, du väljer hur många skuggor du vill rymma i din palett och vilka nyanser du vill stoppa i. Alla paletter jag äger sedan tidigare har varit hafsiga önskningar skickade med vänner eller saker som skett via nätet, så det var kul att få plocka ihop något i butik till slut. Det blev en liten fyrpalett i koralltoner denna gång. Superfin! Sen att jag råkade plocka en skugga jag har sedan tidigare (och som inte håller samma kvalitet som den gamla, mer info nedan!) var mindre bra. Där ligger krånglet i ett sådant här system, nördar du och äger mer än du behöver under en livstid finns risken att du inte håller isär alla färgnummer och köper dubbelt av saker.

Skuggorna går på 65 SEK/st och paletterna varierar i pris beroende på storlek, men som referens går den avlånga fempaletten på 100 SEK.

Så min tanke var (varför babblar jag så mkt idag??) att varför inte visa varenda en. Bara plöja! Vi kikar på alla Inglotskuggor jag har!


Oh hello! Not much has happened on here recently as Jerry and I fled the Gothenburg rain for a sunny Stockholm this evening. This Saturday we said goodbye to Black Sabbath with horned hands and dancing feet, the best band aid on what has recently been quite a shitty life, to be honest.

One important thing I wanted to get done on this trip was to visit the (somewhat) new Inglot store in the (somewhat) new Mall of Scandinavia, as I’ve never had the opportunity to shop Inglot in person before. Inglot is a Polish brand which we’ve never had in Sweden before, and finally they’re here! They have a palette system called Freedom System where you pick everything yourself, you choose how many shades you want in your palette and which ones you want to pop in there. All my old palettes are sloppy wish lists sent with friends who are travelling or have been handled online, so it was a lot of fun to finally visit a store and do it myself. I ended up picking a quad with coral hues this time. So cute! The fact that I ended up picking a shade that I already own (and not with the same quality, more info below!) was less great. That’s the problem with systems like this one, if you’re a nerd who own more than you could ever need during a lifetime you might risk mix the colour numbers up and buy dupes.

So I thought (why do I ramble so much today??), why not show you every single one. Just shovel through them! Let’s take a peek at all my Inglot eyeshadows! For prices, check your local Inglot website.

inglot freedom system palette

These are all of my Inglot Freedom System palettes! Apart from these 4, 5 and 10 pan palettes you can also find 1, 2, 3 and 20 pan versions. It’s great to have a few different sizes at home and be able move shadows around into smaller or bigger palettes to fit your current need.

inglot freedom system palette

The Inglot Freedom System palettes + eyeshadows are magnetized, you can pop the shadows out using a magnet and move them around however you want. The magnet on the loose palette lids often work, but sometimes the shadows get stuck and need something stronger. In those cases I tent do go punk and just slap the palette upside down over my palm and the shadow will fall out. Just make sure not to drop the pan when you do it, it will break.

inglot eyeshadow 391, 376, 378, 344, 354, 434, 421, 357, 397, 395

Inglot Eyeshadow in (top row) 391, 376, 378, 344, 354 (bottom row) 434, 421, 357, 397, 395. These are my “neutral” shades, basically smokey shades with a pale and/or shimmery pop. Just the way I like it!

inglot eyeshadow 391, 376, 378, 344, 354, 434, 421, 357, 397, 395 swatch

Inglot Eyeshadow in 391, 376, 378, 344, 354, 434, 421, 357, 397, 395. I could kiss so many asses over this palette, I love every single shade. 376 is my lovechild of the bunch, that one was my eyebrow shade during all the years with black hair, nothing ever replaced it.

inglot eyeshadow 161, 162, 163, 164, 165

Inglot Eyeshadow in 161, 162, 163, 164, 165. These shades are all from this years spring collection called Rise & Shine, blog post about it here.

inglot eyeshadow 161, 162, 163, 164, 165 swatch

Inglot Eyeshadow in 161, 162, 163, 164, 165. These shades are all very similar in formula, creamy sparkly semi-sheer pastels with a slight duochrome sheen. As gorgeous on their own as over a black base.

inglot eyeshadow 340, 428, 494, 407

Inglot Eyeshadow in 340, 428, 494, 407 (don’t ask me where the fifth shade went!). This palette contains my old pan of the golden peach 407.

inglot eyeshadow 340, 428, 494, 407 swatch

Inglot Eyeshadow in 340, 428, 494, 407. All of these shades except for purple 494 is great, that one doesn’t adhere too well and has large chunks of glitter that easily brushes off. Bottle green matte 340 is one of the best Inglot mattes I have! This version of shade 407 is creamy and very intense with very little work, comparing it to the new one further down.

inglot eyeshadow 361, 366, 407, 329

Inglot Eyeshadow in 361, 366, 407, 329. This is the new palette I got in Stockholm this weekend! The shade choices clearly show that I had some kind of flamingo fever. In this palette I have the new version of 407, a comparison with the old version below.

inglot eyeshadow 361, 366, 407, 329 swatch

Inglot Eyeshadow in 361, 366, 407, 329. The matte pinks need a base to apply with full intensity, but even without a base they still apply even. No patchiness on the eyes at all as they blend super smooth, they just need some help with the colour intensity. This version of the golden peach 407 is beautiful and glowy but still a tad drier and less KABOOM than my old one.

inglot eyeshadow 407 old vs. new

Inglot Eyeshadow in 407, old vs. new. Left is from Beautylish 2013, right from the Inglot store in Mall of Scandinavia (Stockholm) 2016. See how they differ? The older one is just more saturated in both glowiness and intensity, plus it is less dry. I would guess that this one has been reformulated some time during these three years.

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Livsstil, Skönhet

One-step guide: How to win my heart

Can you believe that he went out and bought the makeup table I saw (and almost cried over) at a second hand after christmas, then hid it until my birthday? This man is f-ing insane and I’m the happiest makeup hoarder on the planet. Aaaahhhhh

makeup table

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Livsstil, Politik/samhälle, Skönhet

International women’s day – why we need it. Yes, I’m talking about my last post.

I went back and forth between whether I should write this post or not but it is far too important to skip, especially on a day like this.

In my last post about the Instagram makeup trend I was cautious about how to put my words, it was me trying a highly discussed makeup style on my own face for the first time and leaving with a conclusion of how didn’t like wearing it. Then a question: what do you think of this heavy makeup trend? The post spiralled away in the comment section and turned into a unexpected virgin Mary marathon of comments saying how tacky, overdone, shallow and bad this makeup style is, even comments aimed towards the people wearing it and how they hide their “real” looks. Discussing trends is one thing, disrespecting people is another.

I am NOT okay with these opinions, they are not what I’m about and neither this blog. 

I’m sorry if you somehow misinterpreted this as critique towards anyone, and I hope you reevaluate if you have these opinions. My opinion is already stated in the sidebar of my blog, I quote myself: 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 in case it feels good hearing me put it in words once again: I’ve always aimed to create a relaxed community of sisters, so please act that way. Hold each others backs and nurture the bond, remember the fact that we are all still afraid to get sexually harassed on the late bus home for the exact same looks that we beat each other up for online. Don’t pretend that we are any different from each other, that the sisterhood doesn’t have bigger problems to stand up against. We need each other.

Like Bikini Kill said back in 1992:

You’re a big girl now
You’ve got no reason not to fight
You’ve got to know what they are
‘Fore you can stand up for your rights
Rights, rights?
You DO have rights!

Thank you.

bikini kill

Bikini Kill, photo by Pat Graham

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Livsstil, Skönhet

Jungle Queen

The first thing I want to say today is THANK YOU for being so kind, so many of you have sent supportive messages and comments, and even though I haven’t replied to all of them I read and feel super thankful for having you. I’m also glad that the fact that I’m bringing up anxiety helps so many of you, I totally agree with you when you say that it needs to be talked about openly. It’s rare to see. I’m sending my love right back at all of you who sit there feeling the same way as I do, I see you!

I decided to show up at the opening of the first Sephora store on the Swedish westcoast (bestcoast) yesterday as a battle against all that anxiety, but got a panic attack on the bus just from trying and it got even worse when I saw the queue wrapping a quarter of the building, so I did a 180 and left. Good times! Now I’m on sick-leave for two weeks and on new medication (that makes me all mentally cross-eyed, explains potential strangeness in this post) so I’m hoping that things will clear up soon.

The look that I wore to the event that I didn’t even attend was this. Haha! I’m loving this coral red lipstick by Lipstick Queen, it’s called Jungle Queen and was made especially to compliment animal prints. Meow!

jungle queen


  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 100 Beige
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer


  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 10
  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel


  • Lipstick Queen Lipstick – Jungle Queen
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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for critical thinking. Beauty blogger 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!