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Why spending $16/179 SEK on a piece of soap is a great idea

I didn’t want to surrender, I just wanted to stay satisfied with my regular cheap solid soap for cleaning brushes. I just can’t deny the fact any longer, I HATE HOW MUCH I LOVE IT!

The Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid is a solid soap for cleansing makeup sponges and brushes, just wet the sponge or brush and swish it across the soap, lather up on your palm or the rubber mat you get in the soap tin, rinse it and tadaa, you have a clean makeup tool. Blendercleanser is also available in liquid form (which I haven’t tried, but it sounds like it would be the same thing only less travel friendly, practical and long-lasting in my opinion?), both with the same faint soapy lavender scent, the scent doesn’t cling on to the makeup tools at all so I don’t have a problem with it.

Why is it worth the $16/179 SEK it costs you say? Well because it gets your tools CLEAN, not just un-dirty. And you don’t even have to work hard for it, no double cleanses, heavy massaging between your hands, oil soaks or that kind of stuff. The dirt is gone in seconds! You will be embarrassed by what you thought was a clean makeup sponge before, just sayin’.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid comes in a plastic jar with a screw top lid, totally safe to throw in a suitcase or makeup bag.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

The soap comes with a texturized rubber mat to cleanse your sponges or brushes against, it works far better with brushes in my opinion as they aren’t as sensitive to tugging and scratching as sponges are, be a bit more careful when you use it for sponges I’d say.

Here’s how I use it:

beautyblender cleanser solid

Yesterdays dirty makeup sponge. Cleanse your sponges between eeeeevery use!! Your face will thank you.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

Wet the sponge generously, rub all stained areas of the sponge against the soap and start massaging it either between your hands or against the cleansing pad.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

Here’s the key step, SQUEEZE the dirt from the sponge before you start rinsing it, don’t start rinsing right away! Squeeze from the middle and out and see the product pour right out of the sponge. When no more can be squeezed out start rinsing it under warm water until it is free from soap. With regular foundation/concealer use my sponges are always squeaky clean after only one rinse with the Blendercleanser, but if it’s still a bit dirty just repeat the last two steps.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

TADAAA, good as new and not a single stain.

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Sigma Brow Goals collection swatches + mini review

In April Sigma Beauty sent me a package containing their new Brow Goals collection, and in April it arrived here in Gothenburg. Did FedEx give me a notice? Sure didn’t. But this week they did!! They have had it since mid April because “they didn’t have my phone number”. Lololol sure thing FedEx. Oh well, it finally made its way to me and I’m so excited about what’s inside!

Worth mentioning, Sigma is one of the first beauty brands out there to get that social media overhype (just like Natasha Denona, Violet Voss, Morphe and all those brands we see today) and since they first launched they have gone from scratchy shedding animal hair brushes to actually revamping their whole brush line to Sigmatech, their own form synthetic hair that is cut and shaped in multiple styles to simulates animal hair! It’s so much like natural bristles I have never seen anything like it, so impressed with them choosing to do this! Good job.

All products mentioned in this post can be bought straight from the Sigma Beauty webshop.

sigma beauty brow goals collection

Sigma Beauty Brow Goals collection contains brow powders, pencils, powder highlighters, pencil highlighter, a wax pencil, two eyeliners and some tools that I’m showing further down.

sigma beauty brow powder duo light, medium, dark

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Light, Medium, Dark. There is also an Auburn shade available. These are soft eyebrow powders that naturally define and intensify your brows, can be worn alone or applied over a pencil.

sigma beauty brow powder duo light, medium, dark swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Light, Medium, Dark. These brow powders are phenomenal! They are so velvety and fluffy, and they still don’t give off too much colour. Don’t get me wrong, pigmentation is nice and even (as you can see) but it’s sheer enough to not create harsh lines in your brows. Really great shade-wise aswell, the almost entirely greyed out taupe shade in the Light duo is so genial! Overall I would say go for Light if you want something really cool toned, Medium has a slight golden tinge in both shades, and Dark has one of each.

sigma beauty brow pencil clean cut, dressed up, elevate, top shelf

Sigma Beauty Brow Pencil in Clean Cut, Dressed Up, Elevate, Top Shelf. A brow pencil that was created to match most hair tones (neutral ones that is..) and to give a natural finish.

sigma beauty brow pencil clean cut, dressed up, elevate, top shelf swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Pencil in Clean Cut, Dressed Up, Elevate, Top Shelf. I often find it hard to use brow pencils because they are either so dry they just pat on my brow hairs or they’re too soft and smudge all over. These grip on and give good colour payoff but still almost apply feeling like a powder. Great formula! The existing shades are good, they have different depths and undertones (Clean Cut = golden caramel, Dressed Up = natural auburn, Elevate = chocolate brown, Top Shelf = dark and ashy) without any of them pulling orange, I just would have wanted to see a shade similar to the lightest one but much ashier, for you icy blondes out there!

sigma beauty brow wax, brow highlighting pencil

Sigma Beauty Brow Wax and Brow Highlighting Pencil. The wax is a clear pencil to set your brows with (which is clear so no swatch, plus dislike these pencils so I’m skipping it), the higlighting pencil is a duo with a matte pale pink and a shimmery gold to apply under the brow for a highlighting effect.

sigma beauty brow highlighting pencil swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Highlighting Pencil. I don’t get this one, the pink is pigmented but oooh so clumpy, and the gold is very.. glittery. The people who are fair enough for the pink are too fair for the gold and the other way around, if the gold works on your skin the pink will probably look whitened and ashy. Nope nope nope, not impressed.

sigma beauty brow highlight duo well lit, ray of light, goddess glow, bring to light

Sigma Beauty Brow Highlight Duo in (clockwise) Well Lit, Ray Of Light, Goddess Glow, Bring To Light. A powder duo that you can use to sharpen and highlight under the brows. In each duo you get a matte and a shimmer.

sigma beauty brow highlight duo well lit, ray of light swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Highlight Duo in Well Lit, Ray Of Light. Well Lit has a matte baby pink and a shimmery cool toned peach, Ray Of Light a matte warm toned off white and a shimmery champagne gold. All four of these duos have immaculate formulas, you can see how pigmented the mattes are! The shimmers are super glowy and not for the faint of heart, great as eyeshadow or cheek highlights aswell! But maybe too few shimmery options to work well on fair skin?

sigma beauty brow highlight duo goddess glow, bring to light swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Highlight Duo in Goddess Glow, Bring To Light. Goddess Glow has a matte coral (beautiful blush shade on fair skin) and a copper shimmer, Bring To Light has a matte medium peach and a shimmery equivalent. Same thing with these as I said under the last picture apart from the Goddess Glow shimmer having a slightly grittier shimmer than the others.

sigma beauty standout eyes gel eye liner liberally roasted, stunningly ladylike

Sigma Beauty Standout Eyes Gel Eye Liner in Liberally Toasted, Stunningly Ladylike. These versatile gel eyeliners are smudge proof and opaque with a smooth finish.

sigma beauty standout eyes gel eye liner liberally roasted, stunningly ladylike swatch

Sigma Beauty Standout Eyes Gel Eye Liner in Liberally Toasted, Stunningly Ladylike. Liberally Toasted is a neutral medium brown leaning a bit golden, I love how light it actually is, it is very clearly brown and not just “off black” on the eyes! I’ve been looking for something like this. Stunningly Ladylike is just that dark brown that we tend to see in liners, not as impressive shade-wise but still very useful when you want to soften the look of your eyeliner. The formula on these is very matte and more like a cream formula than gel in my opinion. They need no layering at all on the eyes though, the application is super even.

sigma beauty e80, e75, e06, e71

Sigma Beauty E80 Brow And Lash, E75 Angled Brow, E06 Winged Liner, E71 Highlight Diffuser. These brushes are sold both separately and as a set. The E80 is just a basic spoolie with a fancy handle, you can buy packs of dispostable spoolies for nothing on Ebay and they work exactly the same. The other three are interesting though! E75 is a sharp little angled brush, too sharp and tiny for my taste when it comes to brows but I imagine many people would like it. E06 is THE tiniest little angled brush I’ve ever seen, PERFECT for gel liner. Revolutionary! This is the one to get. E71 is a slanted brush with a flat surface, a interesting way of applying brow highlighters without fluffing them into the eyebrows. I don’t think it’s the most necessary brush out there though.

Now, let’s demo!

plain canvas

Plain canvas! Wearing tinted moisturizer, under eye concealer and some powder.

sigma brow goals collection demo swatch

Brow Highlight Duo in Bring To Light as a soft shimmery brow+inner corner+cheekbone highlight, matte shade on the eyelid. Standout Eyes Gel Eye Liner in Liberally Toasted as my eyeliner and smudged along the lower lashlines. Brow Pencil in Elevate to define the outer part of the brow, Brow Powder in Light to deepen the inner corner of the brow.

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25 blog posts from 2015 that you might have missed

Here’s a collection of my favourite blog posts from the past year, have any of you read them all? Click the headline or the link below the picture to find the individual blog post.

Thank you for all the support and love through this hectic year, I’m sending all my love and hoping for a good 2016, take care!

 

A creamy blue eyelid using Illamasqua eyeshadow

The barrier cream that has saved my face from the last two winters

My Thierry Mugler Angel perfume collection

A purply brown cream shadow that has been well loved this year

Six neutral lippies from KIKO Cosmetics

Iris as a perfume note

Six vampy red nail polishes

A glowy makeup look with smokey jewel tones

The amazing Viseart eyeshadow palettes

A bunch of cheek products from The Balm

Swatching all my Makeup Geek eyeshadows

A serious highlighter smackdown

A fantastic mascara find, now one of my absolute favourites

The perfect wet look eyeshadow from Marc Jacobs

My skincare routine from this summer, still basically the same

Probably my best nail polish brand find of the year, drooool

Blue and silver makeup look worn with two different lip colours

Asymmetric rainbow eyes

Cheap Ebay makeup brushes, are they worth your money?

A fantastic cleansing balm, aka the makeup killer

Holographic icy turquoise nails

Smokey 60′s cat eye

Makeup look using all the shadows in my “leftover palette”

My most used bronzers

Epic glitter swatching with Lit Cosmetics

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Cheap Ebay brushes – are they worth your money? Let’s review some.

För en dryg månad sedan fick jag för mig att beställa en mängd snorbilliga syntetiska sminkborstar från Ebay för att hårdtesta dem och sedan recensera åt er.

Alla 8 penslar/set dök upp tullfritt efter mellan två och tre veckor, så väldigt medelmåttig frakttid (och därav inget jag kommer recensera). Jag har slit-testat dem genom att ta tag i borsthåren och dra allt jag kan, en bra borste ska aldrig släppa/knaka i metalldelen eller tappa hår. Jag har tvättat dem för att se om de förändras i form eller tappar hår, och jag har studerat och klämt och känt och använt dem för att se om de faktiskt är bra borstar, helt oberoende av vad de egentligen kostar. Allt sammanställs i en poängskala där borsten som högst kan få 25 poäng. Hur klarade de sig? Vi kikar på dem en och en!

Du hittar länken till Ebay-sidan som säljer borsten genom att klicka på rubriken. Priset jag anger i posten är avrundade från vad jag betalade under dåvarande valutakurs, så det kan eventuelly skilja ett par kronor från när du läser detta inlägg.

 

About a month ago I got the idea to order a bunch of super cheap synthetic makeup brushes off Ebay to really try them out and review them for you.

All 8 brushes/sets arrived to Sweden without any additional customs fees after between two and three weeks, very standard shipping time (and therefore not something I will review). I have tested them by grabbing the brush hairs and pulling hard to see if the ferrules or hairs fall out, they never should. I have washed them to see if they get a different shape or lose hair, and I have studied and pinched and swished around and used them to see if they’re actually good brushes, not depending on what they actually cost. All boiled down to a point system where the brush can get max 25 points. How did they do? Let’s go through them one by one!

You find the link to the Ebay page where the brush is sold by clicking the headline. The price mentioned is what I paid when I got the brush (and the prices are the same still when I write this post) but there might be changes with time, plus potential rate differences between countries.

cheap ebay makeup brushes

Here they all are, laid out to dry after their first wash!

flat top buffer brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

flat top buffer brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

Price: US $1.47 (13 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 2.5/5

This brush is too thin and floppy for being a foundation brush, which my identical looking but much more expensive brushes are perfect for. I ended up liking it for face powder/blending which I wasn’t expecting.

Shape: 4.5/5

The hairs are evenly cut except for a few strays along the sides and one long hair in the middle. Otherwise consistent.

Softness: 5/5

This brush is soft as heck.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it.

Worth the price: 3.5/5

If you want a brush for blending your face or applying powder, sure. But not for foundation.

Conclusion: 20.5/25

Not what it should be but it feels incredibly nice, can’t deny that.

 

tapered face brush

Tapered Face Brush

tapered face brush

Tapered Face Brush

Tapered Face Brush

Price: £1.42 (19 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 3.5/5

The brush doesn’t have a small amount of hairs but they are very slippery and floppy. Makes the brush feel too thin.

Shape: 1/5

The brush is supposed to be tapered but it has kind of a ridge in the middle, two flatter sides and a frickin swirl on one of them? Completely useless, far too unevenly cut.

Softness: 4/5

Very soft, but that’s just because of the far too slippery brush hairs.

Durability: 3.5/5

Did not crack, split or lose hair but made a cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it but didn’t straighten the weird shape out at all. That was an obvious production flaw.

Worth the price: 0/5

Doesn’t do anything right, so no.

Conclusion: 12/25

Shitty brush, don’t buy it.

 

chubby kabuki brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

chubby kabuki brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

Price: AU $5.72 (36 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

Thick as right-wing politics.

Shape: 2/5

The brush is evenly cut, but it has thick black hairs sticking up everywhere, can you see them? Feels as if some of the tapered hairs were pulled up from the glue while drying and then trimmed off bluntly with scissors. Doesn’t speak quality.

Softness: 2/5

The hairs are short and feel a bit prickly, and those thicker bluntly cut black hairs don’t help.

Durability: 0/5

The ferrule was easily pulled off the brush so the glue will easily start falling apart. The brush is very hard to clean well as it’s so thick, product is really hard to get out of it and the soap you’re washing with aswell. Will get gross quite quickly.

Worth the price: 1/5

If you want a weird brush that might not hold up well for you, sure. But not because the quality in any way.

Conclusion: 10/25

Feels shitty but it’s gimmicky and cute. Buy it for cuteness, nothing else.

 

round foundation brush

Round Foundation Brush

round foundation brush

Round Foundation Brush

Round Foundation Brush

Price: US $1.44 (13 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

Nice and fluffy with a lovely bounce. The perfect density for foundation! Takes a bit of time to apply with but it goes on beautifully.

Shape: 5/5

A rounded, well cut brush with no stray hairs.

Softness: 4/5

Has a nice fluffiness for being so dense! Doesn’t feel like complete velvet, but it’s the step right below.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it.

Worth the price: 5/5

Definitely, this one could have been ten times as expensive without a question.

Conclusion: 24/25

Great dirt cheap find! Get it!

 

toothbrush style face brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

toothbrush style face brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

Price: US $1.00 (9 SEK). US $4.99 (43 SEK) shipping.

Density: 5/5

Nice and fluffy with a lovely bounce. The perfect density for concealer! Absorbs a bit too much product to work nicely with foundation though in my opinion.

Shape: 4.5/5

Nicely rounded and well cut but with one long hair in the top part, plus a strange mash on the top left side. That straightened out when I washed it though so it’s probably from the shipping.

Softness: 5/5

PURE. F-ING. VELVET. I find myself petting this like it was a little animal. The softness makes it blend out concealer under the eyes BEAUTIFULLY with barely any work.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it and it didn’t change in shape at all apart from straightening out that mashed part. The handle is flexible plastic so I don’t dare to tug it too hard, but I’ve used it heavy handedly on the face witout a problem.

Worth the price: 5/5

This one is undereye concealer heaven, could have costed up to ten times more even though it’s one of the more “expensive” brushes of the bunch.

Conclusion: 24.5/25

GET IT! You just have to, it feels like a gimmick but hell it’s wonderful! It has already become the concealer brush I reach for every day.

 

bent eyeliner brush

Bent Eyeliner Brush

Bent Eyeliner Brush

Price: US $0.99 (9 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

A very thin but bouncy brush, doesn’t feel like a “three hair bundle” like many thin eyeliner brushes can do.

Shape: 5/5

Doesn’t splay out at all and gives a nice smooth line.

Softness: 5/5

I guess?

Durability: 0/5

The ferrule let go when I tried to pull the little protective plastic tube off the brush head..

Worth the price: 4/5

I guess, I mean you can buy a new one of these every month for a year and still not pay more than full price of a regular cheap eyeliner brush. Just glue the ferrule on tightly if it falls off and hope that the hairs won’t fall out!

Conclusion: 19/25

This is stupidly cheap and a type of brush that rarely is BAD, so I mean sure, why not.

 

blending brush set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

blending brush set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

Price: GBP 1.17 (16 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 3.5/5

These brushes are not floppy and weird, they’re quite well packed so they will blend eyeshadows softly for example, but only number 3, the pointed one, is dense enough to blend something harder like an eye pencil.

Shape: 3.5/5

Brush 1, 2 and 4 are a bit unevenly cut and splayed but it doesn’t make the end result any different as they’re made for blending stuff. So they’re okay I guess.

Softness: 3/5

Brush 2 is the roughest, followed by 1 and 4. The pointed one is the only one that feels silky.

Durability: 2.5/5

The ferrules or hairs didn’t budge on 3 of them but one was easily pulled off, another one made a cracking noise when I pulled it. That makes me wonder how well the others will stay on after a few washes.

Worth the price: 3/5

Same with these as the eyeliner brush – this is so damn cheap that you don’t really waste any money. But they are uninspiring.

Conclusion: 15.5/25

Aaahh right inbetween a “go for it I guess” and “don’t buy it”. If you don’t really really need blending brushes, skip them. They don’t inspire me at all.

 

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 Piece Brush Set

Price: AU $3.67 (23 SEK). AU $0.21 (1 SEK) shipping.

Density: 4/5

All brushes except for number 6 and 7 have a nice density. Those two are too thin, especially 7, and therefore hard to blend with. The rest are just fine.

Shape: 4.5/5

All brushes are evenly cut and well shaped with no splayed hairs. Half a point off or brush 7 which is too pinched and flat for its shape, a pure design flaw.

Softness: 4/5

All of these are soft, but brush 6 to 8 have a slight texture to them which helps them pick up product in a different way than a super flat smooth brush. So all is good!

Durability: 5/5

Not a single brush had a loose ferrule, none of them made any cracking sounds when pulled and they stayed in shape completely after wash.

Worth the price: 5/5

In this set you get brushes for every kind of detail work. Eyeliner/tightlining with 1, concealer/eyeliner/lipstick with 2 and 3, eyeshadow with 4 and 5, blending with 6 and 7 and at least blending/eyeshadow with 8. A bit of everything! TOTALLY worth the price, many of these have already found a place in my makeup routine.

Conclusion: 22.5/25

With this set you get so many brushes for so little money, even if you end up disliking a few you still get use out of the rest. A wonderful set for anyone who want some more precise tools added to their collection.

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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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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!