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Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced just released their third chocolate bar eyeshadow palette, this time a pink history with heart shaped pans and a bunch of lovely pinks and taupes. Let me present to you – Chocolate Bon Bons!

The formula is, as with all the Chocolate Bar palettes, semi-opaque and easy to build. The buttery feeling makes the shadows easy to blend aswell. A very user friendly formula! You never get a smack of colour that ends up far too intense will be impossible to blend out. With a soft wisp of the brush you get a soft and even daytime colour, with an extra dab you get that 100% opaque intensity. It’s all up to you!

Another great thing about this palette is that every single colour makes sense. I hate seeing palettes that are composed of colours that are pretty to look at, but none that will actually flatter each other. That is not the case here. All the neutral shades have different undertones and depths. There are two highlighters with different finishes. The pink shades are accompanied by a luminous blackcurrant shade for additional dimension. There are two neutral metallics with different undertones plus an almost bluish dark grey for contrast. And that’s a wrap! No oddballs.

Which shades are your favourites? For me it’s a tight race between Pecan Praline, Totally Fetch, Molasses Chip and Black Currant.

too faced chocolate bon bons

The heart shaped pans are so cute that I squealed when I opened the palette.

too faced chocolate bon bons

Who can resist this packaging? Holy jebus

too faced chocolate bon bons swatches

Swatched on bare skin, in the same order as the palette

too faced chocolate bon bons swatches

too faced chocolate bon bons swatches

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IsaDora Spring 2016 Riviera collection: Twist-Up Matt Lips

Jag måste erkänna tankespåret här.. Vårkollektionen Riviera från IsaDora dök upp här hos mig för ett par veckor sedan och jag var inte alls imponerad. Frostiga matta nagellack i trötta färger, en bunt neutrala läppstift utan någon riktigt färgpop, ett par skuggpaletter det känns som att jag redan sett.. Men lite tji fick jag allt.

Formulan på Twist-Up Matt Lips är något av det bästa som går att rota fram i de svenska budgetsminkhyllorna. Läppstiften är silkeslena och glider på lätt även över torra läppar, finishen är sammetsmatt utan att kännas torr och de har ändå superbra hållbarhet. Varje gång IsaDora släpper fler nyanser blir jag glad, så jag fattar inte varför denna kollektion inte riktigt sexade upp mig.

Jag satt och sminkade mig härom dagen och ville ha något mjukt klarrosa på läpparna, kom på att “jomenasså visst var det någon lite klarare rosa nyans i det där utskicket”, drog fram Vintage Pink och kom sedan att använda den sedan flera dagar i rad. Ett par dagar senare testade jag lite ljusare Nude Rose och även den hamnade i vardagsrutinen illa kvickt. För ärligt talat, ljusrosa brukar nästan aldrig smickra min hudton. Instant idominläpp! Enda sättet att komma ifrån problemet brukar vara att välja en mörkare nyans. Nude Rose är mitt perfekta bubbelgumsplut, jag är glad att jag hittat den!

Ute i butik sedan vecka 3.

 

I need to admit my train of thought here.. The Riviera spring collection from IsaDora arrived here a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t impressed at all. Frosty matte nail polishes in tired pastel shades,  a bunch of neutral lippies without an eye catching pop of colour, a couple of eyeshadow palettes that I felt like I had seen already.. But I partly had to eat those words.

The Twist-Up Matt Lips formula is one of the best you can find on the Swedish budget makeup shelves. The lipsticks are silky soft and glide nicely even over dry lips, the finish is a velvet matte that doesn’t feel drying and they still wear very well. Every time IsaDora release new shades I get happy, so I don’t really understand why this collection didn’t sex me up.

I sat there doing my makeup the other day and wanted some kind of soft bright pink for my lips, realized that “oh wait now, didn’t I see a slightly brighter pink in that collection” and pulled Vintage Pink out, then I ended up wearing it multiple days in a row. A few days later I tried the lighter Nude Rose and that one also turned into a everyday staple. Because honestly, pale pinks barely ever look flattering on my skin tone. Instant 80′s ski trip! The only way to get rid of that problem is to turn to a darker pink shade. Nude Rose is my perfect bubblegum pout, I’m so happy I found it!

isadora spring 2016 riviera collection twist-up matt lips

IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips from the top: Bare ‘N Beautiful, Bohemian, Nude Rose, Vintage Pink

isadora spring 2016 riviera collection twist-up matt lips swatches

IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips in Bare ‘N Beautiful, Bohemian, Nude Rose, Vintage Pink

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

isadora twist-up matt lips bare 'n beautiful swatch

Bare ‘N Beautiful. A pale peach/pink/beige. I personally reach for more of an apricot shade when I want a pale neutral, but this one is peachy enough to still work for me. Very nice formula though, doesn’t settle into fine lines or look chalky at all.

isadora twist-up matt lips bohemian swatch

Bohemian. Warm toned medium beige. Quite a 90′s lip, but still with enough colour in it to not look like taupe-y ghost poop. I love these shades with a black smokey eye!

isadora twist-up matte lips nude rose swatch

Nude Rose. Light candy pink. My absolute favourite from the collection! Immaculate formula and I’ve been given multiple compliments on the colour over the last few days. A must-have in my opinion.

isadora twist-up matt lips vintage pink swatch

Vintage Pink. Softened hot pink. Makes a statement just like a hot pink but still has a drop of nautral beige in it that tones it down. A great beginner shade if you want to get into brights.

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Phee’s Makeup Tips Pressed Highlighter “Mariposa”

I have been CAKING the Phee’s Makeup Tips Pressed Highlighter in Mariposa on my face lately, those of you who follow me on Instagram (@killercolours) know that already. It’s a beautiful lavender pinky purple highlighter that sparkles like crazy, definitely more on the Ice Queen of Narnia side of things than bare skinned inner glow blabla. Exactly how I want things to look right now. Go get it (and her other beautiful products) at her webshop!

Apart from the highlighter I’m wearing the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03 and NARS Blush in Sin. And oh, that perfect pink matte lipstick? More about that soon!

phee's makeup tips pressed highlighter mariposa

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I finished 3 basic staple products within the same week?!

They all just.. ran out. I had to pop into my backup stash three times this week to get my fix! After trying a zillion beauty products through the years you just end up sticking to certain things (aka the irreplaceable gold medalists), I get the itch just by thinking of being without these three.

finsihed 3 staple products

I’m planning on saving Selma though, she’s still going strong.

Pixi Glow Tonic

A toner heavy in aloe vera (calming) and witch hazel (tightening, calming) with 5% glycolic acid (exfoliating). My skin is so sensitive these days, even the wrong side of a cotton pad can leave my skin burning, but it still loves this toner! By using this daily I have been able to skip all other kinds of gritty or acid/enzyme packed face scrubs, it exfoliates mildly but effective enough to keep my skin in a solid well-exfoliated state. I apply it with a cotton pad after cleansing with a balm in the evening, and some days in the morning after a splash of cold water. Always followed by a good serum and cream. Rallelujah.

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

A tubing mascara (comes off like little pantyhose with warm water and a cotton pad, no smudging!) with the thinnest, loveliest wand ever. I’ve never found a quicker mascara for creating heavy pitch black lashes, it basically applies itself. I’m not even smudging my lower lashline with this wand, after all these years I still can’t apply mascara with a regular brush without making a mess but with this one I can. Haha. Review and demo here!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder Diaphanous

Invisible face powder. If you thought that your 100% silica powders like MUFE HD were smooth, fine and invisible you just haven’t tried this one. I often find the HD powders having a scary texture, they fly everywhere so that I breathe them in when I use them and they feel stiff and dry on my skin. The Impalpable Finishing Powder is just.. invisible. It takes the shine of my foundation down to a satin matte and keeps it like that all day without turning into an even goopier mess after a few hours. Fills in pores and fine lines beautifully (undereye heaven!) and doesn’t reflect white in photos.

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Iconic

Todays makeup was an excuse to get to try my Iconic lashes from House of Lashes. I have seen these fluttery criss-crossed deer lashes on so many people lately (I’m looking at you Karima McKimmie!) and I just couldn’t help myself when House of Lashes offered an awesome black friday deal. It was time!

These lashes are 100% synthetic but still not plasticy smooth and shiny like synthetic lashes often are, they truly look like hair! The band is fairly thick and stiff but they still landed on my eyes like angel wings, just fell into place without any work and kept feeling super comfortable for being so big. HUGE thumbs up, did not expect it. There’s a picture of them in their packaging at the bottom of the post!

I felt that the lashes asked for a deep warm shimmer on the eyes and luminous peachy skin with freckles. A little 60′s as always, that is.

iconic

iconic

iconic

Face:

  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Chantilly
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Imperceptible Powder Evanescence – Aura
  • KICKS Bronzing Powder – Summer in the City
  • Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush – I Will Always Love You
  • Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Medium Ash (for the freckles)

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 7
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 5, 9, 12
  • Phee’s Makeup Tips Mineral Eyeshadow – Sphinx
  • TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
  • House of Lashes False Eyelashes – Icoinc

Lips:

  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss – 100P
house of lashes iconic

And here the lashes are in their packaging. Eyelash perfection!

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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!