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My current lippie must-haves

As you might have read we recently bought an apartment (YAY US!) and therefore a lot of packing and cleaning is going on. I let myself keep one lipstick holder (buy it cheap on eBay) out, the rest of my lippies are ready for moving. A lot to pick from for a normal human being, a very limited range for the lipstick creep! Haha.

I thought this little holder represented my current must-haves very well, as only the best stuff ended up in there. Let’s go through it!

The first three swatch rows are all lipsticks, on the last row you also have three glosses and a pencil. Let me know if you want a closer look at any special ones.

ebay lipstick holder

These cheapo eBay lipstick holders give you a great overview and easy access, I love having them out and circulating the shades I wear the most.

Row 1:

Lipstick Queen Black Tie, Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses, NARS Vip Red, IDUN Jordgubb, IsaDora Raving Red, ColourPop Frenchie, Kat von D Lolita.

Row 2:

Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose, NYX Stone, KIKO Desert Rose (403), IsaDora Bohemian, KIKO Classic Rose (918), Laura Mercier Audrey, IsaDora Nude Rose.

Row 3:

NARS Sex Machine, NARS Dolce Vita, NARS Brigitte, NARS Michiyo, Kat von D Sexer, Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground, NARS Afghan Red.

Row 4:

NARS Russian Doll, NARS Bette, TheBalm Snap!, NYX Angel Food Cake, Soap & Glory Plumsup, KICKS Bare.

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Soap & Glory Love at First Blush

One of my everyday go-to products lately has been Soap and Glory Love at First Blush, a pink illuminating powder. Not quite as pigmented as a classic blush, not quite as brightening as a classic highlighter. Right inbetween! I throw my bronzer on and then whisk this over my cheeks a few times until it builds up to a soft pink sheen. I also tend to rub my pinkie into the white shade in the palette and dab a little on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up. The white shade is actually the one with the least amount of shimmer which makes it perfect for a simple day look.

And now for the best part – International Boots has started shipping Soap & Glory to Sweden (and some other countries as well, go to the site listed below and choose your country to get the full info)!! It’s finally possible for us up north to get our hands on this lovely brand. Go to International Boots and get your fix!

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Love At First Blush in its packaging. Doesn’t it look pretty?

soap & glory love at first blush

And of course, the outer packaging is always smashing when it comes to Soap & Glory.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

Soap & Glory Love At First Blush swatched heavily on bare skin.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

A basic makeup look (using both mascara and gloss from Soap & Glory, product list below!) with only a semi matte bronzer on the cheeks.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

Same makeup look with a few sweeps of Soap & Glory Love At First Blush on the cheeks and cheekbones.

Face:

  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Light 16
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • Soap & Glory Love At First Blush

Brows:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Sytry

Eyes:

  • Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss – Plumsup
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Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon swatches + review

Lip crayons are staples in my everyday routine. They give a nice gloss without feeling sticky, help chapped lips look plump and soft and give a wash of colour. Yves Rocher are releasing Radiant Lip Crayon in six new shades, here I have three to show you!

The formula of these is gel-like, it glides on very easily and is actually quite long wearing. It doesn’t just slip right off like soft lippies can do, it leaves a slight stain that leaves your lips with a tint even when the shine has gone away a bit. No caking up in dry areas either. A great budget find if you want something new on your lips for spring.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon

Radiant Lip Crayon comes in a classic twist-up packaging, super easy for on-the-go application.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rose somptueux, pourpre lumineaux, rouge flamboyant swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rose Somptueux, Pourpre Lumineux and Rouge Flamboyant.

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Bare lips for reference

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rose somptueux swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rose Somptueux. A creamy bright pink. A classic shade that will brighten anyones look up. Great one of you don’t have anything like it already!

yves rocher radiant lip crayon pourpre lumineux swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Pourpre Lumineux. A deeper cool toned pink with sparks of silver. A gooorgeous shade that I have worn quite a bit lately. Great for someone who wants to try a deeper lipstick out without fully committing.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rouge flamboyant swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rouge Flamboyant. A sheer creamy neutral red. Beautiful shade too, not as opaque as red lip crayons often are.

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Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation review & demo

Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation, ni ser mig använda den om och om igen och det är av en enkel anledning – den är det bästa jag haft på min hud. Jag har plöjt igenom alla foundations som kommit i min väg, dyrt som billigt och komplicerat som simpelt, och jag tackar sminkgudarna för att favoriten för en gångs skull inte är snordyr och svårfunnen utan landar på ynka 159 kronor i dagligvaruhandeln. Är dessutom på rea på Eleven just nu!

Vad är mina krav på en bra foundation?

Jag vill ha en foundation som, framför allt annat, ser ut som hud. Alla varianter som på något vis syns vid en närmre kik i spegeln går fetbort. Formulan jag föredrar är packad med silikoner och har en krämig konsistens (till skillnad från lättflytande eller kräm-till-puder) som inte torkar matt, då slätar den ut hudtexturen och ger lyster så huden inte ser ut som en död pannkaka. Täckningen ska inte vara för hög, mediumtäckning räcker gott och väl när en täckande concealer finns till hands. Hellre då att den är vass på att balansera hudtonen. Parfymfritt är nära på ett krav eftersom jag annars ofta får utslag efter några dagars användning.

 

Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation, you see me use it over and over again and it’s for a simple reason – it’s the best thing that I’ve ever worn on my skin. I have tested everything that has come my way, expensive as well as cheap and complicated as well as simple, and I thank the makeup gods for the favourite that for once isn’t hella expensive and hard to find (in Sweden at least)! I think you can order it within Europe at Eleven.se.

What do I expect from a good foundation?

I want a foundation that, first of all, looks like skin. I diss everything that is detectable on the skin with a closer look in the mirror. The formulas I prefer are packed with silicons and have a creamy consistency (unlike thin liquids or cream to powder) that won’t dry matte, they even the skin texture out and give some glow so the skin won’t look like a dead pancake. The coverage shouldn’t be too high, medium coverage is definitely enough when I can follow up with a concealer. I rather have something that balances the skintone very well. Perfume free is basically a must as my skin tends to act up after a few days use otherwise.

lumene longwear blur foundation

Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation comes in a plain squeeze tube. Very travel friendly and easy to get the last drop out of.

Vad säger Lumene själva om Longwear Blur Foundation?

“Hållbar, sammetslen foundation som får huden att omedelbart se jämn och felfri ut. Sitter kvar i upp till 16 timmar. SPF 15. Oparfymerad. För alla hudtyper. En foundation med blur-effekt som reducerar ojämnheter och andra småfel. Blur-effekten skapas av en ny silikonteknologi, mängden varma färgpigment i formulan samt ljusreflekterande pigment. Denna unika kombination jämnar ut hudtonen, minskar synligheten av skavanker och lämnar huden naturlig och silkeslen.”

How do Lumene themselves describe Longwear Blur Foundation?

“Longwear, velvety foundation that makes your skin look instantly smooth and flawless. SPF 15. The blur effect of the foundation makes the skin look instantly more even and flawless. The effect is based on the new silicone technology, the number of warm color pigments in the texture, and light-reflecting pigments. This unique combination evens out the skin tone to a naturally perfect result, optically fading fine lines, uneven skin and other minor imperfections.”

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Bare skin

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Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation in 0 Light Ivory applied all over bare skin with a damp beauty blender.

Gör den vad den ska?

Här tickar vi alla boxar enligt både mina personliga krav och Lumenes löften. Med fixerande puder i T-zonen på morgonen går jag ofta en hel dag utan någon som helst touch up. Produkten börjar inte brytas ner och slabba runt eller krackelera vilket ofta händer efter sextimmarsstrecket, utan håller sig kvar där jag applicerade den på morgonen. Produkten i sig är dryg så ett tunt lager räcker långt vilket helt klart bidrar till att den håller sig fin så länge. Jag har heller inga problem med att den oxiderar eller förändras i färg på något som helst vis.

Does it live up to expectations?

Here we tick all boxes both from my personal preference aswell as Lumenes promises. With some fixating powder in the T-zone in the morning I often go all day without any touch ups at all.  The product doesn’t break down and start smudging or cracking which often happens after about six hours, this one just stays where I put it in the morning. A little goes a long way with this one so a thin layer is enough, that surely does add to the long wearing effect. I don’t have any problems with the foundation oxidizing or changing in colour in any way. 

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One of many looks where I’m wearing Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation. Blog post about the look here.

 

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NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow for spring 2016 – Tarvos & Cressida

The NARS spring 2016 collection is called Nouvelle Vogue and features a bunch of soft rosy neutrals with contrasting icy mint and bright blue. Those are the shades that we’re looking at today! The Dual Intensity Eyeshadow is a powder shadow that you can apply both wet and dry, let’s take a look at two of the three new colours.

Tarvos is a icy mint colour, almost a bit duochrome as it shifts in aqua when applied. I thought this shadow would be easy to dupe, hard to use and end up at the back of a drawer, but I was sooo wrong. The extreme shine makes it the perfect inner corner highlighter, also when layered over other shadows it turns all different colours. I have worn this both with brights (like the blue below) and also with neutrals, works just fine both ways. It’s almost as intense applied dry as wet!

Cressida is a bright blue with a soft pink/aqua sheen that gives it dimension. It’s not quite as bright as the in-your-face 80′s blue, it’s a bit hazier and softer which makes it less scary to wear day to day. The formula of this one is not as good, it is drier and is a bit hard to layer to a full coverage without a damp brush or pressing it on with a finger. It can be a good thing though as it’s great for sandwiching colours in a dark smokey eye, it would bring depth instead of just covering everything else up. But with looks like this it needs a little extra lovin’.

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NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Tarvos and Cressida. I love the pattern on these shadows!

nars spring 2016 nouvelle vogue dual intensity eyeshadow tarvos cressida swatch

Tarvos dry & wet, Cressida dry & wet.

nars spring 2016 nouvelle vogue dual intensity eyeshadow tarvos cressida swatch

Cressida applied on the outer 2/3 of the lids, Tarvos applied all over the inner corner and blended out towards the middle of the lids. The colour you get when blending these shadows together is so fantastic!

nars spring 2016 nouvelle vogue dual intensity eyeshadow tavros cressida swatch

Face:

  • Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation – 0 Light Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush – I Will Always Love You
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 12
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow – Tarvos, Cressida
  • KIKO Cosmetics Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal – Darling Butter (01)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • TheBalm Pretty Smart/Read My Lips Lip Gloss – SNAP!
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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!