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Beauty backups

Jag har två anledningar till att köpa backuper på skönhetsprodukter. 1: Den är limiterad eller (på väg att bli) bortplockad ur sortimentet och jag kan inte tänka tanken på att vara utan den på ett bra tag. 2: Det är en basprodukt jag går igenom snabbare än sojamjölken i kylen och det vore hell on earth att ta slut på den och inte ha en ny på direkten.

Så här är de produkter jag har väntandes på att mina första ska ta slut. För att ha såpass störda mängder smink, hudvård och nagelprodukter är jag förvånad att det inte är tio gånger så mycket, men av någon anledning har jag inte särskilt starkt behov av att backa upp grejer. Betyder det att jag visar mina favoritmärken/produkter för mycket tilltro eller att jag är fullständigt normal? Haha.

 

I have two reasons for buying backups of beauty products. 1: It’s limited edition or (soon) discontinued and I can’t stand the thought of being without it anytime soon. 2: It’s a basic product that I go through faster than the soy milk in the fridge and would be hell on earth to finish one without having another one available right away.

So these are the products that I have lying arount waiting for the first ones to run out. For having such a stupid amount of makeup, skincare and nail polishes I’m surprised that I don’t have ten times as much, but for some reason I’m not too crazy about backing stuff up. Does that mean I have too much trust in my favourite brands and products or that I’m completely sane? Haha.

backups

Lumene Gloss & Care Nail Polish – Twilight

Discontinued metallic red nail polish. Kicks ANY metallic reds arse, I’ve never found a nicer one. Worn on my nails in this video.

Celestial Cosmetics – Men of Mayhem

Holographic deep raspberry pink nail polish. Part of a semi-old collection which means that it’s probably on its way out. Worn in this blog post.

Cult Nails Wicked Fast Speed Dry Top Coat

The only thicker top coat that wears well on my nails without peeling off. Not the easiest to come by.

CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat

A thin, quick drying rock hard top coat that I use for nearly all manicures. Wears so so so well.

LUSH Lip Scrub

A super effective sugar scrub for lips, used before all my lip swatches and very often before applying my lip makeup. Mint Julips is my favourite taste.

Meow Cosmetics Eyeshadow – Prophecy

Discontinued pale gold metallic eyeshadow. This colour is MY LIFE, I’m crying actual blood over this being discontinued, I’ve already gone through a full jar.. Worn as an inner eye corner highlight in this makeup look (among many others).

Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation

The nicest foundation that I’ve found to this date. Period. Reviewed here.

Evologie Stay Clear Cream

The moisturizer I use when my skin is less dry, it’s too lightweight for my winter skin. Kind yet effective enough for my sensitive skin. Reviewed here.

Illamasqua Masquara – Raven

My favourite no fuss mascara. Doesn’t need patience, a steady hand or any kind of extra work. Just looks fluffy, thick and gorgeous on the lashes.  Worn in this look (and most looks since last summer)

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ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix swatches part 1

Jag lämnade er med en tjuvkik för en vecka sedan, nu när jag tillfrisknat lite är det dags för riktiga läppbilder! ColourPop Cosmetics gör läppstift vid namn Lippie Stix, slimmade twist up-pennor som kommer i regnbågens alla färger och flertalet finishar. Till varje läppstift finns en matchande läppenna, s.k. Lippie Pencil, vilket är ett fullständigt genialiskt drag! Mer sånt tack. Sen att både läppstift och pennor kostar $5 (just nu ca 40 kr) styck är ju bara amazing.

Dessa färger är mina första fem, jag kan bikta mig om att fler är på ingång så betydligt mer ColourPop blir det! (UPDATE: De har anlänt! Finns att kika på här!) Jag har både i dessa och de kommande färgerna valt att matcha upp de mörkare nyanserna med läppennor för att de är svårare att applicera med raka snygga kanter. Ljusare nyanser använder jag ändå aldrig pennor till så där har jag skippat det, men de finns att köpa om någon av er gillar’t.

ColourPop Cosmetics hemsida skickar för tillfället inte till Europa (BUU!) även om det verkar vara i görningen, tills vidare går det att shoppa via amerikanska vänner eller något av alla företag som vidarebefodrar post, t.ex. Shipito. Det kostar lite mer men ger en möjlig mellanhand.

 

I left you with a sneak peek a week ago, now that I’m getting my health in order it’s time for real lip swatches! ColourPop Cosmetics make these lipsticks called Lippie Stix, slim twist-up pencils that come in a zillion colours and different finishes. For each lipstick there’s a matching Lippie Pencil which is the best thing ever! More of that please. Also the fact that both lipsticks and lip pencils are only $5 a piece is just glorious.

These five colours are my first, but I can admit that more is on its way so you will see much more ColourPop on here soon! (UPDATE: They have arrived! Blog post available here!) I have chosen to match up the darker colours with lip pencils just because those are harder to apply neatly, both in this bunch and the next. I never use pencils with light colours so I’ve skipped that, but they are available if you’re into it.

The ColourPop Cosmetics website doesn’t ship to Europe (BOOO!) yet but it seems like it’s coming up, until then you can shop through American friends or any mail forwarding company, like Shipito. It’s a bit pricier but at least it creates a possibility.

colourpop cosmetics lippie stix lippie pencil

Lippie Stix in Creature, Bichette, Frenchie, Lumiere, BFF. Lippie Pencil in Creature, Bichette.

colourpop lippie stix creature swatch

Creature. A GORGEOUS blackened burgundy red, matte finish, cool undertone. It’s more of a semi-matte and slightly sheerer than the other shades I have here so it didn’t apply perfectly on my bottom lip where I’m drier, and the slight translucency left it looking lighter along the edges. Nothing BAD though, just a regular problem with dark shades. In this picture I fixed the edges after application with Lippie Pencil in the same colour, it would look dangerously hot with a black pencil too. Bottom line: Don’t skip the pencil with this one.

colourpop lippie stix bichette swatch

Bichette. A matte deep wine red, cool toned. Barely matte in my opinion as it’s quite slippery and not flat looking at all. It has a slight translucency which makes it look juicy, but it doesn’t apply unevenly at all, this is without the pencil! The perfect deep cherry red.

colourpop cosmetics lippie stix frenchie swatch

Frenchie. Warm toned almost neon red, matte finish. Holy french fries, Batman! This is a flat matte lipstick in the most perfect orange toned red colour. Super easy to apply and makes SUCH an impact. Easily my favourite of these five. I didn’t get the pencil for it but it’s coming in my next order, it will be great for ensuring extra long wear and crisp edges, this one I’ll wear the heck out of.

colourpop cosmetics lippie stix lumiere swatch

Lumière. A dusty mauve pink, matte finish. A creamy, very opaque shade for those 90′s lips that seems to be hot shit right now. It’sa colour that would flatter almost any skintone, I’m really liking it actually! It’s dusty enough to not look like pink and cute, but it still doesn’t lean brown, thank the lawd.

colourpop cosmetics lippie stix bff swatch

BFF. Warm peachy nude, glossy finish. A wonderful 60′s peach colour, unmistakeably yellow toned which I really like. SUPER opaque for being so thin and glossy without actually looking too whitened. I won’t wear this one full on like this because it’s just too much for me, but dabbed on in a thin layer this is a great shade to tone down lips with. It would be 10/10 for me if it was matte, the glossy formula isn’t as fantastic as the matte in my opinion. Can’t wait to pair it with a big black eyeliner and peachy cheeks. Yum!

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NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Nu kunde jag inte hålla fingrarna från den längre, influensa kliv åt sidan! Denna palett från NARS släpptes i januari om jag inte misstar mig, då missade jag släppet och fick ingen eftersom paletten är limiterad så jag bevakade besviket sökorden på hemsidan i ett par månader tills jag gav upp. Under sista dagarna i Mars, strax efter besvikenheten, får jag mail om en re-stock så jag KASTADE mig över shopen och fick en. GLÄDJE!

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette är en skuggpalett i NARS nya formula Dual-Intensity, skuggor som går att applicera både torra för en skirare look och våta för maxat tryck. Paletten innehåller allt från ljust och krispigt till sotiga färgklickar utan att för den delen vara stor som ett bilflak. Finishen är genomgående skimrig men av varierande grad då vissa är som flytande metall och andra har en mer hudlik lyster. Varenda nyans är användbar! Med följer även en syntetisk pensel som är riktigt bra, den är perfekt för att plocka upp skuggorna våta med och applicera jämnt och mjukt.

I paletten finns åtta skuggor, sju permanenta och en limiterad. De åtta skuggorna i paletten innehåller 1 gram styck, köper du dem som singelskuggor innehåller de 1,5 gram. För priset av paletten får du två singelskuggor med några tior till övers, så det är med andra ord sjukt prisvärt att satsa på paletten direkt om du vill utforska. Finns fortfarande kvar några på NARS europeiska sida.

 

I just couldn’t keep my hands off this any longer, cold step aside! This palette from NARS was released in January if I’m not mistaken, I missed the release and didn’t get one as the palette is a limited edition so I watched the search with sorrow on the website for a couple of months until I gave up. During the last days of March, right after my letdown, I got an e-mail about a restock so I LAUNCHED onto the website and got one. YAY!

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette is a palette with the new NARS eyeshadow formula called Dual-Intensity, shadows that you can apply both dry for a sheerer look and wet for a high impact intensity. The palette contains everything from light and crispy shades to smokey pops of colour without for that sake being very big. The finish is shimmery throughout the palette but in a varying amount, some shades are like pure molten metal and some have more of a skin-like sheen. Every shade is useful! With the palette comes a synthetic brush that is really great, it’s perfect for picking up and applying the shadows wet with an even and soft result.

In the palette you have eight shades, seven permanent and one limited. The eight shadows in the palette contain 1 gram each, if you buy them as single shadows they contain 1.5 gram. For the price of this palette you get two single shadows with just a few bucks to spare, so in other words it’s soo worth it going for the palette immediately if you want to experiment with the new formula. There are still some left on the NARS EU website.

nars narsissist dual-intensity eyeshadow palette

Top row: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra. Bottom row: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax.

nars narsissist dual-intensity eyeshadow palette

The palette is really gorgeous on the outside aswell, the top is mirrored with NARSissist printed in white. Collects fingerprints like a magpie collects sparkly stuff, but who cares. Pretty!

nars narsissist dual-intensity eyeshadow palette

Top row of the palette. Each shadow swatched twice, first dry then wet. Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra.

Europa

A peachy pink neutral shade with a soft glowy sheen. Very small difference between dry and wet application.

Himalia

A warm golden brown with strong shimmer. Smooth and glamorous applied dry, turns into a pure metallic when applied wet.

Ursa Major (palette exclusive)

A neutral brown with a skin-like sheen, very soft and wispy but still very even when applied dry, gets a lot darker wet.

Subra

A dark reddish brown with a plum undertone, looks a lot more red in the pan than on the skin. Applies wonderfully both wet and dry, looks darker and slightly when wet.

 

nars narsissist dual-intensity eyeshadow palette

Bottom row of the palette. Each shadow swatched twice, first dry then wet. Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax.

Andromeda

A super pale pearly shade with a golden sheen. Looks more low key dry, turns super golden applied wet.

Lysinthea

A dirty pewter silver shade. Shimmery when applied dry, turns brighter and ultra metallic when applied wet.

Giove

A shimmery blackened blue. Smooth and low key when dry, apply wet to give the blue tone a serious boost.

Sycorax

A dark dark grey with a sheen. Reads black but it’s a lot softer. Feels wispy and soft applied dry, glides on like ink when wet.

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A peek at ColourPop Cosmetics

Today a SUPER exciting  box from ColourPop Cosmetics arrived in the mail. I’m still sick (fever and a cold, a good 8 days down) so I don’t feel like gunking it all over my face, but let’s take a peek and I’ll do some serious lip swatches for you soon!

colourpop cosmetics lippie stix lippie pencil

Lippie Stix in Creature, Bichette, Frenchie, Lumiere, BFF. Lippie Pencil in Creature, Bichette.

colourpop cosmetics lippie stix lippie pencil swatch

Lippie Stix in Creature, Bichette, Frenchie, Lumiere, BFF. Lippie Pencil in Creature, Bichette.

colourpop cosmetics super shock shadow super shock cheek

Super Shock Shadow in Doe-a-Deer, Hustle, Bill. Super Shock Cheek in Prenup, Birthday Suit.

colourpop cosmetics super shock shadow super shock cheek swatch

Super Shock Shadow in Doe-a-Deer, Hustle, Bill. Super Shock Cheek in Prenup, Birthday Suit.

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IsaDora Colors in Action collection for summer 2015

Next week IsaDora will release their summer collection Colors in Action, a bunch of happy brights for lips and nails. I have 5 of the new nail polishes and the new lipstick shade here to show you!

The nail polishes have an excellent formula, all of them are opaque in two coats and no application problem whatsoever, even with the lighest ones. The lippie is smooth and soft as usual. Which colour do you like the most?

isadora colors in action nail polishes

IsaDora Wonder Nail in Aquamarina, Pink Pulse, Peach club, Limonade & Sunny Lime

isadora perfect moisture lipstick pink kiss

IsaDora Perfect Moisture Lipstick in Pink Kiss

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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!