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Quick tip: Applying bright lippies super softly

Gillar du starka läppfärger men tycker att det ser hårt ut på läpparna? Det finns ett superenkelt litet trix som får färgen att se mindre skarp ut. Applicera läppstiftet med fluffig ögonskuggspensel istället för läppensel! En fluffig pensel med stuns “virvlar” på läppfärgen snarare än stryker på den vilket ger ett mjukt men färgstarkt resultat utan knivskarpa kanter. Jag har alltid Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush tillgänglig i mitt kit då jag tycker att läppar fotograferas så himla snyggt med denna appliceringsteknik.

Do you like strong lip colours but find that it looks to intense on the lips? There’s a super simple trick that makes the colour look more effortless. Apply your lipstick with a fluffy eyeshadow brush instead of a lip pencil! A fluffy brush with some density “swirls” the lip colour onto the lips rather than brushes it on which gives a soft yet bright result without ultra sharp edges. I always keep the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush in my kit as I love how lips photograph with this application technique.

real techniques base shadow brush & bareminerals marvelous moxie lipstick risk it all

Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush and BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Risk It All applied with it.

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Becca Ultimate Crème Eyeliner in Renaissance, Neo Classic & Romanesque

Det var många år sedan jag kände sug efter eyeliners. Vattenfasta kajalpennor och vanliga ögonskuggor har gått före eftersom de inte behöver samma dödsprecision när de appliceras, de går att sudda ut bättre och ger ett mjukare intryck trots att de kan ha samma färgdjup som en flytande liner. Vips stötte jag i höstas på Ultimate Crème Eyeliner från Becca, en tunn och smidig vattenfast liner på glasburk som inte känns läskig att plocka fram under stressiga morgnar. Applicera med liten knivskarp pensel så får du en vass linje, med en smudger-pensel för sotiga (läs: snabba) linjer eller som krämskugga över hela ögonlocket om du så vill. De utan skimmer funkar toppen innanför fransraderna dessutom. Den bygger inte upp till tjocka crustiga flagor när den appliceras heller, tacka för det, finns det något värre?

När jag insett hur bra de var blev jag förstås tvungen att utöka, så matta bruna Renaissance fick sällskap av dovt skimriga gröna Neo Classic och mattsvarta Romanesque. Det finns även en skimrig plommonnyans vid namn Belle Epoque som fick stanna i hyllan. Alla har samma mjuka sköna formula och odödliga hållbarhet så plocka fritt efter färgpreferens! Jag shoppade på Space NK i England, finns även i deras webshop som skickar till Sverige.

 

I haven’t been that into eyeliners in many years. Waterproof eye pencils and regular eyeshadows have been prioritized as they don’t need the same ultra precision when applied, they are easier to blend and gives a softer look even though they can have the same colour intensity as a liquid eyeliner. Then I bumped into the Ultimate Crème Eyeliner from Becca, a thin and smooth waterproof liner in a glass jar that I’m not scared to pick up during stressful mornings. Apply with a tiny sharp brush for a precise line, with a smudger brush for smokey (read: quick) lines or as a cream shadow all over the lid if you want that. The ones without shimmer work fine on the waterline aswell. It doesn’t create crusty flakes when you apply it either, thank the lord, is there anything more horrible?

When I realized how good they were I of course had to get more, so matte brown Renaissance got company from dusty shimmery green Neo Classic and matte black Romanesque. There’s also a shimmery plum called Belle Epoque which got to stay in the store. All of them have the same smooth formula and great wear time so pick whatever colour your heart desires! I bought mine at Space NK in England but they are also available at their website.

becca ultimate creme eyeliner renaissance, neo classic & romanesque

Becca Ultimate Crème Eyeliner in Renaissance, Neo Classic and Romanesque.

becca ultimate creme eyeliner romanesque

Romanesque. Your classic matte black. Doesn’t lean grey, it’s definitely pitch black, but still the tiiiniest bit.. translucent? Kind of like a soft jelly black! I like it as I don’t wear cartoony black sharpie eyeliner often, but if you do I think you might have to go over it twice. See it swatched with a single stroke below, you can see that It’s even and smooth, so there is no patchiness at all.

becca ultimate creme eyeliner neo classic

Neo Classic. A muted green with turquoise shimmer. It’s so fantastic I don’t know where to start, it’s THE perfect colourful everyday eyeliner! The base colour is kind of dusty and semi-sheer in a dreamy way which makes it go on looking ultra soft, it doesn’t “blacken” the eye but it’s still intense enough to give easy-to-wear colour impact. Especially when worn with apricot toned cheeks and/or lips (which I need to show in a blog poost soon). Yes yes yes yes!!

becca ultimate creme eyeliner renaissance

Renaissance. A matte medium brown with a neutral undertone. Not blackened, not ashy, not orange leaning. It’s a gorgeous shade of brown that brings out blue and green eyes, plus it frames lashes beautifully if you wear it with a pitch black mascara. It’s dark enough to give depth without being read as black, it’s still clearly brown. It’s the most pigmented one of the bunch and my shade of choice if I want to do a heavy crisp eyeliner.

becca ultimate creme eyeliner romanesque, neo classic & renaissance swatch

Romanesque, Neo Classic and Renaissance. All swatched with one stroke.

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NARS Audacious Lipstick “Brigitte”

Ibland dyker de där sminkprodukterna upp som bara skriker ens namn, det behöver inte vara nytt och coolt, de är bara så sjukt rätt. Det är storyn kring NARS Audacious Lipstick i färgen Brigitte! Jag köpte den i hopp om att det var en snygg neutral färg, men när jag applicerade det var det som om jag aldrig haft någon annan färg på läpparna. Jag har burit det hela tiden på sistone eftersom det fungerar till cirka allt. Det är den PERFEKTA neutrala persikorosiga nyansen, formulan är högpigmenterad och mjuk på läpparna och den sitter på plats nära på hela dagen utan att kännas uttorkande. Ska finnas att shoppa på svenska Sephora om jag inte är ute och cyklar?

Sometimes you find a makeup product that just screams your name, it doesn’t even have to be something new or cool, it’s just the right thing. That’s what’s up with NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte! I bought it thinking that it would be a nice neutral shade, but when I applied it it was as if I’ve never had another lip colour. I’ve worn it all the time lately as it works with just about any look. It’s the PERFECT rosy neutral with a peach undertone, the formula is very pigmented and soft on the lips and it wears for almost an entire day without drying my lips out.

nars audacious lipstick brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte. Comes in a square magnetic tube that collects all bobby pins in your bag. Haha

nars audacious lipstick brigitte swatch

Brigitte applied straight onto bare lips. Blog post about the entire makeup look here.

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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick “Bronze”

När jag senast dök förbi Cow Parfymeri fick jag syn på Laura Merciers nya Caviar Stick-tillskott, en serie silkeslena, gnugg- och vattenfasta krämskuggor i stickform som kompletterats med högskimrande natur- och metalltoner, en svart samt en påfågelturkos. Jag drogs som en skata till Copper, en högblank gyllene kopparnyans.

When I last visited Cow Parfymeri in Stockholm I spotted the new additions to the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, a line of silky smooth smudge- and waterproof cream shadows in stick form, completed with ultra glowy nature- and metal tones, a black and a teal. I was drawn like a magpie to Copper, a high shine golden copper shade.

laura mercier caviar stick copper

The eyeshadow comes in a slim twist-up packaging. Perfect size to work both for lashlines and entire eyelids. See the eminent *cough* photo quality? November kills the joy of any beauty blogger..

laura mercier caviar stick copper swatch

A quick sweep of Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Copper, super pigmented and creamy.

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Soap & Glory Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick

Sista timmen innan flyget från England fann jag dem! Jag hade sprungit runt i dagar och sökt efter Soap & Glorys makeuplinje men bara hittat hudvårdsprodukterna, men Boots Gatwick löste mitt problem och med mig köpte jag en fantastiskt fin bronzer. Slutet gott, allting gott. Nu gäller det bara att hålla tillbaka suget efter alla andra fina produkter, de går nämligen i nuläget endast att köpa om du är på plats i Storbritannien. Därav sitter jag ju förstås nu och undrar varför jag inte bara rackade hela sortimentet ner i resväskan och smackade en blank check på disken.

Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick från Soap & Glory är en skimrig bronzer uppdelad nyansvis i tårtbitar, säkert toppen om man orkar pilla med borsten i varje del för att t.ex. får ut highlightern separat, jag som är lat med sånt swischar bara runt borsten i hela kakan och applicerar. Den samlade nyansen är en mellanmörk brons utan de där allra gulaste undertonerna som brukar ge oompa loompa-effekt på ljusare hy. Den ser härligt rosig ut på kinderna och finishen som blir skimrig utan några glitterkorn ger huden mjuk lyster. Kakan dammar lite i kontakt med borsten men inget hysteriskt. Kostade £11 om jag inte är ute och cyklar.

 

The last hour before my plane left England I found them! I was running around for days looking for the Soap & Glory makeup line but only found skincare, Boots Gatwick solved my problem and I bought a wonderful bronzer. All was well, as they say in the stories. Now it’s a matter of holding back the cravings for the rest of the gorgeous range, these products are basically unavailable unless you’re shopping in England. Because of that I’m sitting here wondering why I didn’t rack the entire range down my bag and smacked a blank check on the till.

Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick from Soap & Glory is a shimmery bronzer split into different coloured slices, probably great if you like digging into the different shades to for example get the highlighter out separately. I’m lazy though and I just swirl my brush through it and apply. The mixed shade is a medium depth bronze without the strong yellowy undertone that give light skin the classic oompa loompa hue. It looks wonderfully rosy on the cheeks and the finish which is shimmery without any glitter gives the skin a fresh glow. The product gets a tad dusty when in contact with the brush but nothing crazy. Cost me £11 if I’m not mistaken.

soap & glory wonderbronze shimmer brick

The beige toned slices helps balancing the coppery ones out and creates the perfect bronzy hue for anyone afraid of orange cheeks.

soap & glory wonderbronze shimmer brick

And of course the outer packaging is copper foiled and gorgeous.

soap & glory wonderbronze shimmer brick

Swatched heavily on bare skin

soap & glory wonderbronze shimmer brick

Before applying Wonderbronze. I’m wearing foundation and powder on my skin, no colour.

soap & glory wonderbronze shimmer brick swatch

Wonderbronze applied focusing on the base of the cheekbones, swept up to the temples/browbone and across my nose. The shimmer looks very natural and soft.

 

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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!