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Bette

Yesterday I threw on a blackened lip for the first time in months. NARS Bette is a dark yet saturated garnet red shade without any purple undertones, paired with a black liner it turns into the perfect deep cherry lip. I don’t have anything else remotely similar in my collection, this shade is so odd! Blog post about it here.

And as always with a crisp dark lip I felt the need to pair it with something messy on the eyes to balance it off. Spidery lashes, dark messy lower lash lines and a creamy white eyelid+waterline is what I went for. Dark but not smokey.

bette

Face:

  • Palina Magic Face Primer
  • IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer – Light Cover
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – Fair Neutral
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • TheBalm Instain Blush – Pinstripe
  • Peggy Sage Shimmering Illuminating Powder – Mirabelle

Brows:

  • Sigma Beauty Brow Pencil – Elevate
  • Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo – Medium
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Lazarus, Lucius, Shax
  • INGLOT Kohl Pencil – 06
  • IsaDora Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara

Lips:

  • KICKS Lasting Liner – Black
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick – Bette
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Love Letter

There have been so many weird and dramatic looks with lots of colour and grungy smudginess here lately that i’ve felt is time for something ehh, classic and pretty! I rarely do those full on sculpted eyeshadow looks, but I always love wearing them.

I also wanted to do a look with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (my in-depth video review of it here!) showing that it is totally possible to create something with it without going rusty. The palette has a very rusty vibe at first glance, but there are some neutral/cool tones in there that work beautifully together.

In all the look consists of Primavera on the lids, Warm Taupe in the crease, Cyprus Umber in the deepest crease + along the lashline and Love Letter under the eye.

Aaand the lip colour is that magical combo I wrote a blog post about recently, you can find it here.

love letter

love letter

Face:

  • Palina Magic Face Primer
  • IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer – Light Cover
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – Fair Neutral
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
  • NABLA Cosmetics Blossom Blush – Kendra
  • Peggy Sage Shimmering Illuminating Powder – Mirabelle

Brows:

  • Sigma Beauty Brow Pencil – Elevate
  • Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo – Medium
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Warm Taupe, Cyprus Umber, Primavera, Love Letter
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips:

  • H&M Lip Colour-To-Go – Bonne Vivante
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

love letter

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Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick “Evocative Petal”

Finally the long awaited brand Buxom launched at my local KICKS (KICKS Nordstan in Gothenburg, also available online) and of course I couldn’t keep from browsing meticulously. My first impression was that they struck gold with the Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Lipstick line (HELLO tacky name) as well as with the eyeshadow palette system – more on that later.

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Lipstick is said to be a lightweight gel lipstick with bold, one-stroke color in matte and satin finishes, and I would definitely agree. The matte formula is actually quite similar to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil which I love deeply, it has a super thin slippery feeling on the lips – without being glossy – leaving them smooth and plump without accentuating dry areas on the lips. My only complaint is the bullet shape, it is quite hard to get a nice lip shape with that circular flat surface. Costs 225 SEK at KICKS.

As I swatched my way through the lipsticks I immediately fell for the shade Evocative Petal, thinking it would be a great toned down bright shade. I wasn’t wrong! It has sort of a muted reddish coral vibe, which on me ends up looking surprisingly rosy. I can imagine it leaning quite warm on cooler fair skin tones though, turning more of a classic coral. It definitely has similarities to my old fave NARS Dolce Vita, being the same kind of warm-yet-cool and bright-yet-neutral.

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal lip swatch

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal swatch

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

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Roundup: 2016 in makeup looks

I hope you had a wonderful new years eve! Let’s start the new year with a recap, shall we? What makeup did I wear in 2016? Here’s a handful of looks in a somewhat correct order of appearance. Link to blog posts under each picture!

Which one is your favourite? Did you try any of the products I’ve recommended?

iconic

I found my holy grail false lashes. LINK

canary yellow

I wore bright yellow lids in spring. LINK

dark era

I also found the perfect John Galliano-esque dark lipstick. LINK

crumble to dust

I fell in love with pinks all over again. LINK

birkin brown

This lipstick found its way into my life. LINK

dollipop

Sharp winged liner did a solid comeback, first time in years. LINK

underage red

And the brightest, most amazing red? Here it is. LINK

paranoid

The cool toned smokey eye was a solid favourite. LINK

watery grave

And dark grey, why not. LINK

superfly

And GLITTER of course, probably my main focus this year! LINK

color riot

I wore the matte rusty eyeshadows that ruled Instagram this year. LINK

stay angry

I also found my way back to weirder looks again. LINK

amethyst

I’ve been colour clashing quite a bit. LINK

family

Did stuff inspired by music videos.. LINK

stone

I wore eyebrow pencil on my lips quite a lot, lifehack! LINK

zou bisou bisou

Went back to the 60′s.. LINK

kiss

Loved combining super fresh skin with glitter. LINK

super nova

More colour clashing and some black lips. LINK

area 51

A friend gave me the perfect (ALIEN THEMED) teal green eyeshadow. LINK

fireball

Found the weirdest coolest multichrome eyeliner. LINK

dirt

Did some kind of evil fairy look for halloween. LINK

magnetic

And I discovered the perfect dreamy eyeshadow palette for dimensional space-y smokey eyes. LINK

stoned rose

Ohh clumpy lashes, how I love you. LINK

smoke

And just a basic matte black eye, YES please. LINK

chaos

Why not some superhero colours? LINK

flamepoint

Or insanely tropical. LINK

kiss

Rocky horror glitter lips! LINK

we are the new diabolic

Smokey lips. I decided it’s a thing. LINK

scrunchie

At the end of the year I really fell deep into neons. LINK

oily night

And I wore mad scientist brows. LINK

cattleya

And as always: pinks!! LINK

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What’s been on my lips lately?

I’ve been wearing this lip a lot lately and have gotten SO many questions on it, I’m sorry to say that it’s a combo and not a single lipstick! I wish it was, but I haven’t found anything even close to it sadly. Please leave me a comment below if you have any tips on a lipstick this shade!

The products I’ve been layering are H&M Lip Colour-To-Go in Bonne Vivante (glossy mauve pink) with Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown (matte chestnut brown). Together they create this gorgoeus rosy, super comfortable lip that looks flattering with any makeup look I’ve tried it with. Like a rosier version of my old goodie Dolce Vita from NARS!

h&m lip colour to go bonne vivante, charlotte tilbury matte revolution lipstick birkin brown

H&M Lip Colour-To-Go in Bonne Vivante, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

h&m lip colour to go bonne vivante, charlotte tilbury matte revolution lipstick birkin brown swatch

H&M Lip Colour-To-Go in Bonne Vivante, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

h&m lip colour to go bonne vivante swatch

I first apply a layer of Bonne Vivante on my lips, blending it in with a finger. Not my colour as anything mauve turns into a weird pink on me, but you mauve lovers have to try it out! This formula is super plush and wonderful.

h&m lip colour to go bonne vivante charlotte tilbury matte revolution lipstick birkin brown lip combo swatch

And then a swipe of Birkin Brown on top, blending that in with a finger aswell. The perfect lip!

lip combo

I wore the same lip combo in this blog post talking about a pair of super cheap false lashes. Link to blog post here.

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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!