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Ashes To Ashes

The loss of David Bowie is hard to put into words. Bowie showed the world that fashion and beauty has no gender, that you could be whatever you wanted to be. A timeless source of inspiration that I, like many other, hold extremely close to my heart. Safe travels starman, the stars indeed look very different today.

david bowie

My Aladdin Sane cover recreation from the 40th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust back in 2012. Link to blog post here.

david bowie

And today, 4 years later, I also sparkled for Ziggy. Lit Cosmetics Cher in size #4 was the holographic chunky glitter I used.

david bowie

Of course with Scofflaw Varnish David Bowie’s Bulge on my nails aswell. Also inspired by the Aladdin Sane cover, plus named after his ehm.. pants? in Labyrinth. Haha. 

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Smitten Polish “Terra Opal”

When Smitten Polish did a huge restock and launch in December I just had to place an order. They are without a doubt my favourite nail polish brand as they just launch polish after polish that look just like I would have made them myself (take a look at this blog post from May where I did a collection roundup). A collection called Opalescent Elements containing brights/neons with contrasting flakies was relased last summer, and finally I picked up both this neon green called Terra Opal with fiery orange flakies aswell as bright blue Aqua Opal with turquoise flakies. I will show you that one later if you’re interested!

Terra Opal is, just like all snot greens from Smitten, just effing fabulous. I can see that Noelie, the chick behind the brand, likes the exact same shade of poisonous snot green as I do as she releases them in different forms over and over again. I couldn’t be happier! This time as a true neon, but with a sheerer formula than usual. I applied four coats here (which went on thin and dried fast by the way, no problem in that department) but it’s still not 100% opaque. I would probably layer it over a white, green or yellow next time to keep the number of coats down.

smitten polish terra opal

smitten polish terra opal

smitten terra opal

Here you can see the flakies really well! Gleams like a litte lizard.

smitten polish

Here’s an ugly iphone picture of the shades I ordered, look at all that DREAMINESS. Sparkle heaven.

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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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Sleek MakeUP Eye Dust in the colour Dirty really is an old fave. It’s a loose eyeshadow with a super creamy texture and the most fantastic metallic dark brown colour. I love wearing it all over the lid just blending the edges into nothing, it looks like three eyeshadows in one because it’s so dimensional! When paired with a dark eye pencil it turns into the perfect soft smokey eye that looks a lot more complicated than it is. Blog post about the eyeshadow alone here!




  • Lumene Nude Perfection Glow Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • KICKS Bronzing Powder – Summer in the City
  • TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer


  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 8
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel


  • Sleek MakeUP Eye Dust – Dirty
  • IsaDora Perfect Contour Kajal Waterproof – Dark Brown
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara


  • Pürminerals Lip Gloss – Exposed


  • Picture Polish – Frank-N-Furter
picture polish frank-n-furter

Let’s just look at this nail polish a little closer. DROOOOL. Blog post about it here.

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Back from a trip to London with Daisy Beauty! Let’s take a look at the Illamasqua stuff I got.

I just came back from a three day trip to London with Daisy Beauty, just as fun as it was intense. We were 17 beauty bloggers and 7 journalists plus the 7 brands that came with us for the conference. We all shopped, ate, drank and laughed for three days straight, I’m incredibly tired but so very happy! I love the Swedish blog scene to pieces. The biggest bonus was to finally get to meet Annahita at who really blew me away with her warm spirit and earnest appeal, I rarely get consumed by people but she really has my heart in a little box. Can’t wait to dig deeper. Thank you so much Kicki and Sam for this wonderful weekend! You find my pictures from the trip on Instagram @killercolours, or all of our pictures under the hashtag #dblondon15.

One thing that I really wanted to fit into our tight shopping schedule was Illamasqua, I popped in at Beak Street and got three nail polishes (because of shipping restrictions they are hella expensive to order online nowadays, boo!) and a sparkly glitter that will look fantastic over a smokey eye. Illamasqua are so great at creating weird magical colours, just LOOK at that ghost green polish! I can’t wait to dig into all these products.

illamasqua nail varnish hemlock, faithful, facet. pure pigment static

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Hemlock, Faithful, Facet. Pure Pigment in Static

illamasqua nail varnish hemlock, faithful, facet

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Hemlock, Faithful, Facet

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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!