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Racked the newly opened Sephora – what did I get?

As mentioned earlier Sephora finally opened here in Gothenburg last week, I was far too anxious to be able to go there on the opening day but yesterday I popped my ear plugs in, smeared my brightest red lipstick on and did some mayhem shopping that was done in ten minutes tops. What did I get? Let’s take a look!

If there’s something you would like to see a closer review of just let me know!

make up for ever artisan brush 156 flat round blush brush, 144 precision highlighter brush

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes in 156 Flat Round Blush Brush and 144 Precision Highlighter Brush. Synthetic, fluffy and with a nice density. This line is super promising.

make up for ever artisan brush 144 precision highlighter brush, 156 flat round blush brush

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes in 144 Precision Highlighter Brush and 156 Flat Round Blush Brush

make up for ever artist plexi gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P. A peachy pink with gold shimmer.

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P

benefit gimme brow medium/deep

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep. A tinted brow gel with a TIIINYYYY brush! Makes me all giggly.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken. It’s the most gorgeous lavender colour with a soft sheen.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken. Also the packaging is to die for.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken

marc jacobs genius gel super-charge foundation 10 ivory light

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation in 10 Ivory Light

sephora pomegranate & green tea eye mask

Sephora Pomegranate and Green Tea Eye Mask. Single-use sheet masks for your undereye area. Sounds amazing on tired eyes.

nars audacious lipstick michiyo, audrey

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo and Audrey. I have a few of these lipsticks already and love them to pieces, super creamy, long wearing and look gorgeous on. Michiyo is a bright blue toned pink and Audrey a muted red currant shade.

nars audacious lipstick michiyo, audrey

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo and Audrey

nars lip gloss orgasm

And a little bonus gift, a mini NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm. Classic peach shade with intense golden shimmer.

nars lip gloss orgasm

NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm

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Bdellium Tools 731

Denna lilla borste är en riktig skatt! Det perfekta verktyget för att definiera fransraderna. Jag applicerar min mascara med den vanliga mascaraborsten på övre fransarna för maxad längd, täcker Bdellium Tools 731 med mascara och wigglar in den i fransrötterna underifrån, det definierar och mörkar ner rötterna så de ser tjockare ut. Jättebra trix att använda när man vill få bort den ljusa randen som lätt uppstår i fransrötterna vid sotningar eller mörka eyeliners.

För undre fransraden så tar jag mer produkt på penseln, swishar den genom längderna och trycker sen in produkt i rötterna. Beroende på hur hårt du trycker får du olika effekt, här körde jag bara på och svärtade ner rötterna totalt. Det ser fortfarande mycket mjukare ut än med en skugga eller penna!

 

This brush is such a treasure! The perfect tool for defining lashlines. I just apply my top lash mascara with the regular wand go get maximum length, coat the Bdellium Tools 731 with mascara and wiggle it at the base of the lashes from underneath, defining and darkening the base to make it look thicker. A great way to eliminate that pale stripe at the base of the lashes that you easily get when doing smokey eyes or dark eyeliners.

For the bottom lashes I get some more product on the brush, swish it through to the tips and then push product into the roots. Depending on how hard you push you get different looks, here I went all in and made the roots solid black. It still look a lot softer than an eyeshadow or eye pencil!

bdellium tools 731

bdellium tools 731

Left: Mascara applied only with the wand. Right: The same mascara applied with Bdellium Tools 731 like described above. Two completely different looks only using mascara!

bdellium tools 731

Face:

  • Sleek MakeUp Bare Skin Foundation – Barley
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer

Brows:

  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel

Eyes:

  • IsaDora Flashing Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • By Terry Baume De Rose
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Refills, replacements and one little new friend

Alltså ibland går allt sönder och tar slut på exakt samma gång. Visst är det så? Eleven.se fick bli min räddning denna gång då de hade allt jag behövde, och såhär såg räddningen ut!

Sometimes everything breaks and runs out at the exact same time, am I right? Eleven.se (who ship within Europe) had to be my saviour recently as they had everything I needed, and this is what the save looked like!

eleven.se

 

Jag har nött ut min Tangle Teezer-hårborste (andra i sin ordning) så den är alldeles snedställd i stråna och snarare klappar håret än borstar det. Sunkigheten går inte att förneka längre, mvh välklappat trassligt hår.
Ersättare: HH Simonsen The Wet Brush som har handtag och därav inte är lika lätt att slänga ur näven när man action-borstar håret (har råkat kasta den tvålformade Tangle Teezern i golvet tusen gånger). Ska, vilket namnet antyder, vara snäll mot både torrt och blött hår och inte fastna, mitt första intryck är gott då stråna är mjukare än väntat och borsten inte alls känns lika “knoppig” som den ser ut att vara. Känns som en lyxversion av Tangle Teezern.

I have worn out my second Tangle Teezer hairbrush now so the bristles are all angled and kindly pat my skull instead of brushing. The fact can’t be denied any longer, kind regards, well patted tangly hair.
Replacement: HH Simonsen The Wet Brush which has a handle and therefore won’t be as easy to plunge across the room while action brushing your hair (happened a zillion times with the Tangle Teezer). Should, just like the name says, be kind to both dry and wet hair and not get stuck, my first impression is great as the bristles are softer than they look. It feels like a luxe verison of the Tangle Teezer.

hh simonsen the wet brush

HH Simonsen The Wet Brush

 

Min säkert femton år gamla spegel på fot såg döden i vitögat när lägenheten fick korsdrag, köksfönstret slog upp och kraschade spegeln i golvet. Jag har nu fulspeglat mig i puderdosor en vecka nu och det funkar bara inte.
Ersättare: Claudia Make Up Macro Mirror som är billig, rätt stor och öh.. står! Har 7x förstoring på ena sidan, inget jag använder någonsin men bra grej typ! Blev visst i pangrosa då det var den enda färgen inne, kanske inte vad jag hade valt sådär på rak arm men kan inte låta bli att bli glad av den.

My probably fifteen years old mirror faced death when the apartment got a cross-breeze, the kitchen window blew open and crashed the mirror. I’ve used tiny compatct mirrors for a week now and it just doesn’t work.
Replacement: Claudia Make Up Macro Mirror which is cheap, quite big and uhh.. stands! It has 7x magnification on one side, I never use it myself but good thing I guess! I ended up getting a hot pink one because it was the only one they had, probably not the colour I would have chosen if I had an alternative but I still can’t deny that it makes me happy.

claudia make up macro mirror

How do you photograph a mirror without taking a selfie? Ehh, hi! Here’s Claudia Make Up Macro Mirror.

 

Jag har stått och febrilt skakat min flaska DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque upp och ner i duschen flera gånger nu i hopp om att den magiskt ska ha blivit påfylld sedan senast. Jag har senaste månaderna silikon- och sulfatbantat min hårrutin lite och är detta är en av favoriterna som kvarstår (ge mig bra produkttips pliis!). Jag använder denna som balsam och håret blir hur härligt som helst.
Ersättare: En ny flaska!

I’ve stood in the shower shaking my DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque upside down multiple times now hoping that someone magically refilled it since my lash shower. Over the last months I have started a slight silicone- and sulphate detox in my hair routine (give me more product tips please!) and this is one of the products that are still standing tall.
Replacement: A new bottle!

dermorganic intensive hair repair masque

DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque

 

Och så nya kompisen! Jag har haft grav fransfixering på sistone, jag vill ha exakt hur mycket mascara som helst på fransarna, no mercy. Mina underfransar är typ lika långa som mina överfransar så när jag maffar dem fulla med mascara ser ögonen lätt glesa ut upptill i jämförelse. För att väga upp detta så har jag applicerat mascaran på undre fransraden med snedställd pensel istället, inte den ultimata penseln tyvärr men det har funkat okej. Då kan jag lättare fokusera på fransrötterna och få ett fluffigare icke-spindligare resultat. Bdellium Tools 731 är en söt liten sak gjord just för mascaraapplicering, pensla upp lite från mascaraborsten och applicera på ögonen. Ett trix är att wiggla in lite mascara i fransrötterna, ner på huden liksom, och få den där Megan Foxiga definitionen som egentligen inte ser ut som smink. En fransmarkering!

And now the new friend! I have had a total lash fixation lately, I want SO much mascara on the lashes, no mercy. My lower lashes are about as long as my top lashes so if I pack them full of mascara the eyes easily start looking thin on top. To counteract that effect I have started applying my mascara on the lower lashline with an angled brush instead, not the ultimate brush but it has worked alright. That makes it easier to focus the product on the roots of the lashes and give them a fluffier, less spider leg-y result. Bdellium Tools 731 is a cute little thing made specifically for mascara application, brush some off the mascara wand and apply it onto the eyes. A little trick is to wiggle some mascara into the lower lashline, down onto the skin, and get that Megan Fox-esque definition that doesn’t really look like makeup.

bdellium tools 731

Bdellium Tools 731

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My favourite makeup tools right now

Jag har lovat så länge, och ni har frågat om att få läsa det, så nu är det dags att skriva om mina favoritsminkverktyg! Jag har rätt många verktyg i rotation så dessa är inte de enda jag använder, men såsom min sminkrutin ser ut just nu så är det här de jag skulle spara om jag var tvungen att kasta ut majoriteten (aj). Jag använder bara syntetiska borstar så därav är dessa också förstås pälsfria.

I have promised for a long time, and you have asked for it so many times, it’s time to finally write a blog post about my favourite makeup tools! I have quite many brushes in rotation so these aren’t the only ones I use, but as my makeup routine looks right now this would be the ones I saved if I had to throw the majority of them out (ouch). I only use synthetic brushes so these are of course fur free aswell.

favourite makeup tools

Some of them look a bit battered, but that’s what happens to loved brushes!

1. Born Pretty Store Mini “Beauty Blender”

A Micro Beauty Blender-esque sponge. I received this one as a surprise from Born Pretty Store so it’s a budget alternative to the Micro Beauty Blender. Wet it under the tap, squeeze out excess water in a towel, then apply and blend out concealer using the “side” with the tip pointing up towards the eye. I didn’t expect to like it but the results are great!

2. Barely Definer Sponge Hard

This sponge is made of a very dense latex free material and has two flat surfaces on each side, doesn’t have the same “poofiness” as the original which I like. It applies foundation and blends cream products like a dream (my alternative to this one is the KICKS Rubicell Sponge). Dampen the same way you dampen the mini one mentioned above. Do not get this one confused with the Definer Sponge Soft, that one is super floppy and gets wonky after the first use.

3. Real Techniques Blush Brush

My go to powder blush/bronzer brush for many years, I have three of them! It has the perfect wispy fluffiness to apply precisely without harsh edges.

4. Zoeva 125 Stippling Face Brush

What I apply cream bronzer with every day. Swish swoosh and done. I often find that duofibre brushes feel too thin because the long bristles don’t get enough support from the shorter ones but this one is nice and dense.

5. Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek Brush

This one isn’t the best for cream blush as intended, I use it for face powder! It’s very soft which means that it doesn’t disrupt the makeup underneath, also it’s slim enough to be very precise and easy to powder for example under the eyes with.

6. Everyday Minerals Itahake Brush

Another old favourite of mine. This is my go-to for powder highlighters! Very thin and wide so it applies perfectly on cheekbones, above eyebrows, down the nose etc. Seems to be discontinued though? Found it on a Swedish site linked above but that’s about it.

favourite makeup tools

 

7. KICKS Professional Shade & Illuminate Brush

A sharp rounded brush that’s great for cream highlighters or carving out shapes with contouring products. I rarely contour so it’s a highlighter brush for me. I also use it for cleaning up around the eyebrows.

8. Zoeva 227 Soft Definer Vegan Eye Brush

The perfect kind of brush for quick eyeshadow application! When they are wispy and a bit flared like this they apply and blend at the same time. Great to travel with as it can do anything on the eyes. This is an alternative to the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush which I love but it’s only available in the Starter Kit.

9. Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Face Brush

A tiny super dense buffing brush that I love blending cream products or dark powders on the eyes with. Works well with concealer too.

10. Idun Minerals Eye Definer Brush

A sharp little angled brush that I use for very precise eyebrow application or for lining the eyes.

11. Real Techniques Eyebrow Brush

A bigger and fluffier angled brush that is great for a softer eyebrow or a smokey eyeliner. Sadly only available in the Starter Kit and not separately.

12. E.L.F. Cosmetics Professional Concealer Brush

A tiny stiff brush that costs close to nothing and works just perfectly as a lip brush! I have a bunch of them and use them for smoothing edges every time I wear bright/dark lips.

favourite makeup tools

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Dislike the Beauty Blender? No worries, me too. I prefer the KICKS Rubicell Sponge!

Beauty Blender, detta hyllade fenomen i makeupvärlden. En liten droppformad rosa svamp som du låter svälla i vatten, kramar ur med en handduk och sedan duttar ut foundation och/eller concealer med. Ytan är otroligt finporig för att vara en svamp och den applicerar därav som sammet. Så vad är problemet? Jag KAN INTE komma att gilla den! Jag har aldrig kommit överens med den, jag tycker att den är för puffig och suger upp produkt (trots att den sägs inte göra det när den är svälld. Joho.) så det känns lite för slösigt. Plus att den känns svårtvättad och äcklig inuti efter ett tag. Än en gång återvänder jag till stipplingborstarna och känner mig tillfreds igen.

Men! För några månader sedan provade jag KICKS Rubicell Sponge och JA, äntligen ett redskap som ger vad jag önskar av Beauty Blendern! En tunn platt “puderpuff” som på undersidan har samma finporiga känsla. Fungerar toppen både torr (för högre täckgrad) och fuktad (för lägre), suger inte upp produkt över huvud taget och känns inte äcklig efter tvätt. Svampen är latexfri och oljebeständig så den bryts inte ner med användning. För 39 kr jämfört med Beauty Blenderns dryga 200 är det ett lätt val för min del. Shoppa på KICKS hemsida eller i butik!

 

The Beauty Blender, a praised makeup phenomenon. A small drop shaped pink sponge which you dampen so that it swells, squeeze the water out with a towel and then dab your foundation/concealer out with it. The surface has super fine pores for being a sponge and that makes it apply like velvet. So what’s the problem? I just CAN’T get around liking it! I’ve never gotten along with it, I just find it too puffy and absorbant (even though people say that it stops absorbing product when damp. It does.) so it feels a bit wasteful. Plus it feels hard to wash well and it gets gross after a while. Once again I return to my stippling brushes and feel good again.

But! a few months ago I tried the KICKS Rubicell Sponge and YES, finally a tool that does what I wished for the Beauty Blender to do! A thin, flat “powderpuff” which has the same fine pores. Works great both dry (for higher coverage) and dampened (for less coverage), doesn’t absorb product at all and doesn’t feel gross after washing. The sponge is latex free and doesn’t break down from the oils during use. For 39 SEK compared to the Beauty Blender which is at about 200 it’s an easy choice for me.

kicks rubicell sponge

My sponge looks like this after months of daily use (washed, that is!). Not a speck of makeup residue, no wonky shape, no visible wear at all.

 

Jag rullar alltid, alltså dagligen, Rubicell Sponge torr över min foundation på områden där jag lätt överapplicerar eller blir torrfnasig, och så använder jag den till att sudda ut concealer under ögonen. Vid lata tillfällen har jag använt den till applicering av både foundation och concealer i samma svep vilket också fungerar toppen, men då bäst fuktad.

I always, and by that I mean daily, roll the Rubicell Sponge dry over my foundation on areas where I easily overapply or get dry spots, also I use it to blend my concealer out. I’ve been lazy and applied both foundation and concealer with it on one go which also works fine, in that case better dampened.

kicks rubicell sponge

The back has a ribbon which makes it really comfortable to use and ergonomical to roll over the skin.

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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!