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Zoya “Aphrodite”

About two weeks ago my nails reacted really badly to something, not sure what yet but I’ll let them rest for a month or so before I slap some nail polish on there again. Feels like SHIT (when did I last go two weeks without nail polish, seriously? Fourth grade maybe?) but what to do. I’m too in love with nail polish to terrorize my nails so bad that I can’t wear it in the future..

I ended on top though! The last polish I wore before deciding to pause was this, Aphrodite from this years summer collection by Zoya! A BEAUTIFUL warm toned red jelly with red/pink/gold sparkle. So so so intense, the perfect summer red in all ways. Three coats was needed because of the sheerness of the jelly finish but it dried fast so no problem. I can’t wait to wear this again.

zoya aphrodite

In soft daylight. Here you can see the yummy shimmer, but the colour is not quite as intense as in real life.

zoya aphrodite

Outside on a cloudy day, quick iphone snapshot. Here you can see the intensity of the colour but not the shimmer. Ha!

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Negative space manicure

I’ve LOVED the negative space nails (nail art where areas, often geometric, are left bare) that we’ve seen everywhere lately, but I haven’t really gotten around to trying it myself.

First of all – I suck at nail art. A few times I’ve managed to do something cool (for example these blood nails, frickin love them) but that’s just pure luck to be honest. Second of all – My nails are a bit stained from polishing all the time so the design has to be around the cuticle where the nail is less shitty. But hell, let’s just do this! What’s the safest way of doing it I thought?

I cut tape triangles and stuck them to the base of the nail, threw a coat of opaque black Cirque Memento Mori on top, peeled the tape off, top coat, boom done. And it worked so well! I can definitely imagine doing this in other colours in the future. White will be awesome.

negative space nails

Don’t they look quite classic? Like a half moon manicure but.. gothic and spikey.

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Nice move Yves Rocher!

This kind of flattery TOTALLY gets me! Yves Rocher just released a new line of nail polishes in every colour imaginable, and with that they sent me a exclusive polish named Viola. The colour is a soft ghost-like pinky purple and in some lights you see a hot pink flash through it (which I didn’t manage to capture in pictures). Feels totally me.

yves rocher viola

yves rocher viola

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My Smitten Polish collection – Swatches

Under det gångna året har jag fullständigt förälskat mig i Smitten Polish. Ett nagellacksmärke som bevisligen inte kan göra något fel. Färgerna är klara och simplistiska med ljuvligt multidimensionellt glitter eller holografiska regnbågar, alltid välbalanserat och utan att kännas barnsligt. Drömskt liksom? Precis den typen av lack jag dras till oavsett märke. Som ett extra plus – de är grymma på att göra knalliga snorgröna. Här, ta mitt hjärta!

Smitten Polish finns att köpa på svenska Edgy Polish (de skickar internationellt) eller i Smittens Bigcartel-shop.

 

Over the last year I completely fell in love with Smitten Polish. A nail polish brand that can’t do no wrong. The colours are vivid and simplistic with gorgeous multidimensional sparkle or holographic rainbows, all well balanced and never childish. Dreamy in a way? Just the kind of polishes I gravitate towards in all brands. And as an extra plus – they’re awesome at making bright snot greens. Have my heart!

You can buy Smitten Polish at Swedish Edgy Polish (they ship internationally) or at the Smitten Bigcartel shop.

smitten polish collection

Alla lack är målade i tre lager här för att helt täcka på den genomskinliga plasten, på mina naglar är nästan alla tvålagers. De är tunna, enkla att måla med och torkar fort, så inga problem om tre behövs (typ på längre naglar). Ett lack saknas i dessa swatches och det är holografiska mörkblå Bifrost. Jag kan inte hitta min flaska, ont i hjärtat!! Jag lade till en bild i slutet där ni ser hur det ser ut på naglarna.

All polishes are swatched in three coats just to get opacity on the plastic tips, on my fingers allmost all are two coaters. They’re thin, easy to apply and dry fast, so no problem if three coats are needed (for longer nails for example). There is one polish missing in these swatches and that’s dark blue holographic Bifrost. I can’t find my bottle, the heartache!! I added a nail swatch of it at the end.

  1. Date Night
  2. Amas Veritas
  3. Glacial Springs
  4. Himalayan Blue Poppy
  5. A Bouquet of Warblers
  6. Audrey’s Rainbow
  7. Shamrock Shake
  8. Girl Sprouts
  9. Not Your Mama’s Easter Grass
  10. Nuclear Sunshine

smitten polish collection swatches

smitten polish collection swatches

smitten polish collection swatches

smitten polish bifrost swatch

The missing bottle, Bifrost.

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The Twilight manicure!

Nyss fick jag en bunt stämpelplattor från Born Pretty Store, jag har inte stämplat naglarna på superlänge så det känns kul att prova igen! Direkt när jag kikade på plattan BP-L 006 (där det egentligen var chevron- och hundtandsmönstren som lockade) så kände jag bara MAJ GADD jag behöver göra en Twilight-manikyr med stjärnmönstret!!

Twilight som i bästa LUSH-badbomben alltså. Långt innan jag jobbade på LUSH var den min favorit och samma faktum kvarstår ännu! En rosalila bomb gjuten till en stjärnhimmel, döljer en kärna av blått med silverskimmer och blir i slutändan en blålila natthimmel i badet. Doftar mjukt och varmt av lavendel, tonka, benzoin och ylang ylang, perfekt att varva ner med på kvällen. Vilka är era favoriter?

 

I recently got a bunch of stamping plates from Born Pretty Store, I haven’t done nail stamping in a really long time so it feels fun to try it out again! Right when I laid my eyes on the plate called BP-L 006 (where the chevron and houndstooth prints were my first thought) I just felt MY GOD I have to do a Twilight manicure with the star pattern!!

Twilight as in the best LUSH bath bomb ever that is. Long before I started working at LUSH it was my favourite and it still hasn’t changed! A pinky purple bath bomb moulded with moon and stars on top, hides a core of blue and silver shimmer and in the bath it turns into a purply blue night sky. Smells soft and warm of lavender, tonka, benzoin and ylang yland, perfect for winding down in the evening. Which are your favourites?

the twilight manicure

Lacken jag använde till manikyren är IsaDora Bardot Pink som grund och stjärnorna är stämplade med IsaDora Pink Cadillac. Jag swipear av plattan med ett gammalt plastkort och stämplar med en Konad-stämpel. Är ärligt talat skitdålig på detta så är ni nyfikna på instruktioner finns massor på YouTube. Sök bara “nail stamping tutorial” and you shall find.

The polishes I used for this manicure are IsaDora Bardot Pink as a base and the stars are stamped with IsaDora Pink Cadillac. I swipe the plate off with an old plastic card and then use a Konad stamper. I’m honestly shit at this so if you want instructions there are loads on YouTube. Just search for “nail stamping tutorial” and you’ll find lots.

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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!