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CND Vinylux Garden Muse collection

Jag blir så glad när jag ser en vårkollektion som levererar annat än mjölkiga pasteller. I mars släppte CND kollektionen Garden Muse, sex ljuva fjärilsnyanser av blått, turkost, rosa och periwinkle. Finns att shoppa på Nails Body Beauty.

Vinylux-formulan är snabbtorkande och har lång hållbarhet, med det tillhörande Vinylux Weekly Top Coat-överlacket (vilket jag älskar och använder till alla manikyrer oavsett märke) låser lacket in och blir stenhårt. Formulan är fantastisk för den som jobbar mycket med händerna och lätt sliter ner nagellack.


I’m so happy to see a spring collection that delivers something else than milky pastels. In March CND released their Garden Muse collection for spring 2015, six butterfly-esque shades of blue, turquoise, pink and periwinkle.

The Vinylux formula is quick drying and long wearing, with the special Vinylux Weekly Top Coat (which I love and use for all manicures, no matter what brand) it seals in and turns rock hard. A wonderful formula if you work a lot with your hands and tend to wear down polishes easily.

cnd vinylux garden muse collection

Crushed Rose, Beckoning Begonia, Butterfly Queen, Lost Labyrinth, Reflecting Pool, Wisteria Haze.


Alla lack i kollektionen förutom Butterfly Queen och Lost Labyrinth var alldeles perfekta efter två lättapplicerade lager lack, dessa två behövde lite mer jobb pga krångligare formula och tre lager istället.

Mina favoriter (trots att alla är fantastiskt fina) blev i slutändan Crushed Rose, Beckoning Begonia och Wisteria Haze. Vilka gillar ni?


All polishes in this collection except for Butterfly Queen and Lost Labyrinth were perfect in two easily applied coats, those two needed a bit more precision during application because of a trickier formula and needed three coats.

My favourites (even though all of them are truly gorgeous) ended up being Crushed Rose, Beckoning Begonia and Wisteria Haze. Which are yours?

cnd vinylux garden muse collection

The shades in this collection look just gorgeous together.

cnd vinylux garden muse crushed rose

Two coats of Crushed Rose. This colour is fantastic, it’s like a plummy dusty rose shade that looks really luxurious on the nails.

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Cirque Carpe Diem + China Glaze Snow Globe

That feeling when you just can’t manage to capture the greatness of a manicure at all, you look through the pictures and find one with a serious motion blur that really works. Just go with it!

So this is two coats of bright white Cirque Carpe Diem with iridescent China Glaze Snow Globe on top. A lovely combo!

cirque carpe diem china glaze snow globe

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6 favourite vampy red nail polishes

I always find dark red nail polishes, especially creams and jellies, hard to get right. The formulas are often thin and tricky and the end result looks patchy. I have gone through sooo many brands and looked for great vampy wines, here are six that I have stuck with! Some new, some old.

6 favourite vampy red nail polishes

Deborah Lippmann – Just Walk Away Renée

A rich neutral tone, crelly (right inbetween creme/jelly) finish.

Zoya – Claire

A slightly deeper brown toned shade, more muted. Cream finish.

China Glaze – Velvet Bow

A medium toned red leaning a tad on the cool side, a bit lighter in tone. Crelly finish.

China Glaze – Short & Sassy

A cool toned cranberry wine. Glowy shimmer finish.

OPI – Every Month Is Oktoberfest

A warm toned red with a fiery copper flash. Glowy shimmer finish.

Lilypad Lacquer – True Blood

A cool toned wine with plum rainbows. Holographic finish.

6 favourite vampy red nail polishes

Photo taken with flash

6 favourite vampy red nail polishes

Indirect daylight

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Celestial Cosmetics “Men of Mayhem”

Jag faller alltid tillbaka på djupa färgstarka magentanyanser. Jag känner mig otroligt hemma i dem på både läppar och naglar (två najsa läppalternativ här och här) så jag bär det ofta när jag vill känna mig sådär dressat classy-snygg men i annat än rött. Jag älskar det lyxiga trycket i färgen!

Men of Mayhem från Celestial Cosmetics är det första nagellacket i annat än cremeformula jag hittat som ligger helt rätt i nyans. Rik och rosig med en knallig holografisk regnbåge. Två lättlackade lager räcker för full täckning och det torkar snabbt. Sedan jag fick hem lacket har jag burit det på tårna konstant och flera gånger på fingrarna, jag får liksom inte nog. Lacket kommer från en äldre kollektion så jag är rädd att det inte finns kvar så länge till, men finns att köpa på Edgy Polish fortfarande i alla fall!


I always fall back on deep rich magenta colours. I feel totally right wearing them on both nails nad lips (two great lip alternatives here and here) so I often wear it when I want to feel well dressed and classy without opting for red. I love how luxurious and punchy this colour is!

Men of Mayhem from Celestial Cosmetics is the first non-creme nail polish that I’ve found which really matches this dream shade of mine. Rich and rosy with a bright holographic rainbow. I needed two easily applied coats for full opacity and it dried quickly. Since I got it I’ve worn it on my toes constantly and multiple times on my hands, I just can’t get enough. The polish is from an older collection so I’m afraid that it won’t be easy to find for long, but it’s available at Edgy Polish at the moment atleast!

celestial cosmetics men of mayhem

Indirect daylight

celestial cosmetics men of mayhem

Indirect daylight (photo taken with my phone, it captured the way that the holo looks in indirect light so well)

celestial cosmetics men of mayhem

Indirect daylight

celestial cosmetics men of mayhem

Direct sunlight

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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.

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