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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Smitten Polish “Himalayan Blue Poppy”

Let’s follow the post with one of my favourite lipstick with a favourite nail polish aswell!

Himalayan Blue Poppy from Smitten Polish is a beautiful colour right inbetween light blue and turquoise with a soft holographic rainbow. It’s the exact colour of actual Himalayan Blue Poppies! My mother has these in her garden and the polish always makes me think of her. It’s bright and happy without looking insane, a great one to brighten any mood! Two coats is enough for everyday wear (might look a liiitle see-through in closeup pictures like these) and it dries fast.

You can buy Smitten Polish at their webshop.

smitten polish himalayan blue poppy

In direct sunlight

smitten polish himalayan blue poppy

In direct sunlight

smitten polish himalayan blue poppy

In soft indirect daylight

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Smokey eyes & dark lips with Makiash

I’m SO feeling the fall colours right now. Or to be honest, I do that about 9 months of the year.. Ehrm, but right now it’s extra hard not to go vampy all over. That’s exactly what I did today with a gorgeous bundle of products from Makiash!

The Eyeshadow Trio in Dark Mystery is so special, it doesn’t look like anything I own. A dark and sultry trio with a dark maroon, a dark taupey grey and a sparkly forest green. They look SO gorgeous together, and they aren’t bright at all which makes it very easy to work with them.

Nail Polish in 301 is a super glossy wine red that won’t be mistaken for black, the perfect vampy nail colour! Sadly it stained my nails a little even though I wore a base coat, so apply two coats to be sure.

And the Lipcolor Pen in Cold Plum is SO PRETTY! A raspberry/plum toned deeper red, not at all blackened either. It has a slight translucency to it which makes it very easy to wear, and the glossiness feels super hydrating. If you’re sensitive to scented products you should know that when you remove the cap a wave of sweet bubblegum and fruit hits your nose. You won’t smell it once it’s on your lips though. Can you imagine this shade with a smokey gold eye? I can. Drool.


I’m wearing the dark greyish eyeshadow on my top lid, the wine colour in my crease and on the lower lashline.




  • Vita Liberata Capture the Light Opaque – Buttermilk
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation – 2 Cream Ivory
  • Lumene Beauty Base Dark Under Eye Concealer
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Imperceptible Powder Evanescence – Aura
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara


  • Cailyn Cosmetics Eyebrow Duo – Brunette
  • Lumene Blueberry Eyebrow Shaping Wax – Blond (3)


  • Makiash Eyeshadow Trio – Dark Mystery
  • KIKO Cosmetics Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal – Darling Butter (01)
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


  • Makiash Lipcolor Pen – Cold Plum
makiash eyeshadow trio dark mystery, nail polish 301, lipcolor pen cold plum

Makiash Eyeshadow Trio in Dark Mystery, Nail Polish in 301 and Lipcolor Pen in Cold Plum. They look so amazing togetheeeeerrrrr..

makiash eyeshadow trio dark mystery, lipcolor pen cold plum swatch

Makiash Eyeshadow Trio in Dark Mystery, Lipcolor Pen in Cold Plum

makiash nail polish 301 swatch

Makiash Nail Polish in 301

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Stamping plate heaven!

I’ve been thinking so much about nail stamping lately! I did it now and then a few years ago, did one manicure this spring and now it’s frickin time to get it rolling! A few months ago Born Pretty Store were kind enough to send me some stamping plates, so I picked the four below. I’m more into large patterns that will cover the nail than little figures, flowers and that kind of stuff, so my plates are mostly patterns but if you want it the other way around there are loads of plates to choose from.

These square plates from Born Pretty Stores own line have very clear and crisp engraving with lots of detail, that’s a very important thing as a less defined plate will give you an uglier stamp.

Plates plus stampers/scrapers (I prefer a regular plastic card instead of those scrapers, btw) are all available at the Born Pretty Store webshop.

If you’re wondering about how nail stamping works I’ve posted a video at the bottom of the post.

born pretty store stamping plates

Many stamping! Such pretty! Very pattern!

born pretty store bp-l 003 stamping plate

BP-L 003.  I mainly picked this one for the first two on the top row, the one in the center and the last two on the bottom row. I’m aaaall for the art nouveau/deco as you will see.

born pretty store bp-l 005 stamping plate

BP-L 005. This one also has a lot of nouveau/deco prints which I love, the majority of these are nice! Those deconstructed squares on the bottom row for example, yum.

born pretty store bp-l 006 stamping plate

BP-L 006. On this one we have a lot of basic patterns like stripes, dots, checkered, tartan, houndstooth, chevron.. Very useful! Those bottom row (except for the snowflake on the far right maybe) is hella ugly though if you ask me.

born pretty store bp-l 013 stamping plate

BP-L 013. On this one we have more nice basic patterns like the polka dots and chevrons, plus those little drops are SO cute.

twilight manicure

My Twiligt bath bomb inspired manicure, using the stars on the BP-L 006 plate. Blog post about the manicure here.

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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!