Recension, Skönhet

KICKS “Lace” + IsaDora Gel Nail Lacquer Matt Top Coat

I have never been that interested in matte nails because all matte top coats turn shiny at the tips within hours. Plus they always dry slowly and turn gunky on the nails. UNTIL this fall when IsaDora launched their Gel Nail Lacquer Matt Top Coat, designed to go on top of their gel line but it works just as well on top of any other nail polish. The picture you see below is how matte the nails are after 24 hours, still totally flat! It dries quickly and it really helps the nail polish wear longer. Best matte top coat yet, hands down.

And that colour by the way, Lace from the KICKS fall collection! It’s a fleshy medium rose shade, really weird and classic at the same time. Loving it with a matte finish, it looks like an expensive hipster couch. 10/10.

kicks lace + isadora gel nail lacquer matt top coat

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

Zoya Naked Manicure

Jag har ju nämnt förr hur mycket jag älskar Pure Cosmetic här i Göteborg, eller hur? Världens roligaste sortiment och så bra service att jag alltid snackar fast mig en timme eller två. När jag dök förbi igår för att köpa en ny burk av min must-have Cailyn Cleansing Balm (recension här) stoppade fina Catharina på mig massor av ytterligare beauty, är helt lyrisk!! Love you gurl! I dagarna flyttar hon butiken från Drottninggatan ut till Högsbo där hon framöver inte kommer ha öppet för jämnan (BUUU) men webshopen ligger kvar som vanligt. Länk till shopen här!

I min lilla påse fann jag ett Naked Manicure-kit från Zoya, en linje lack som ska reparera, vårda och visuellt fixa upp slitna naglar genom att till exempel släta ut textur och jämna ut missfärgningar. Mina har en stilig gul ombre av alla mörka lack jag alltjämt bär och de är torra och skivar sig som aldrig förr, så det kunde verkligen inte ha kommit mer lägligt. Högg med andra ord in omedelbart.

I linjen ingår fem Perfector-nyanser som är som färgkorrigerande nylonstrumpbyxor för naglarna, en halvtransparent vit för att förstärka tipparna, ett vitaminbombat underlack samt ett blankt och ett satinmatt topplack.

Alla lacken finns separat för 159 kronor samt i några olika kit för 495-995.


I have explained my love for the Gothenburg based store Pure Cosmetic before, right? A interesting range and the service is so good that I always end up blabbering on for an hour or two. When I popped in yesterday to get a new tub of my must-have Cailyn Cleansing Balm (review here) Catharina hooked me up with a bunch of extra beauty, I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it), love you gurl!

In my little bag I found the Zoya Naked Manicure kit, a line of nail polishes that are supposed to repair, treat and visually fix tired nails by for example smoothing out texture and discolouration. Mine have a proud yellow ombre from all the dark nail polishes I wear all day long and they are drier and crackier than ever, so this couldn’t have come more in handy. In other words, I dug in immediately.

In this line you have five Perfector shades that are like colour correcting pantyhose for your nails, a semitransparent white to enhance nail tips, a vitamin packed base coat plus a shiny and a satin matte topcoat.

You can order these polishes separately for 159 SEK or in a few kits for 495-995 SEK. Pure Cosmetic ships within the nordic countries. If you live in the US the american Zoya website is fantastic. 

zoya naked manicure set

Zoya Naked Manicure set. At the bottom you have the Perfector shades. From the left: Pink (brightens tone), Buff (warms tone), Nude (softens beige nail beds), Mauve (deepens dark nail beds) and Lavender (neutralizing stained nails).

zoya naked manicure

Some examples of shade sandwiches you can make. Lavender corrects yellow tones and is meant to go under other shades, go nuts with the other ones and layer them in a way that enhances your personal nail shade! Always the most intense colour first.

zoya naked manicure

Here are the shades I decided to use. Base Coat to prep (even though I laid out Glossy Seal for this photo, OOPS), Lavender to correct my yellow tips, Nude to smooth it all out and Satin Seal Top Coat to seal it all in and take down the shiny “nail polished look”. Let’s see what we can do with it!

bare nails

Bare nails. The horror!

zoya naked manicure

After Zoya Naked Manicure. I needed three coats of Lavender on the outer half of my nails to correct the yellow stain, and even though it all added up to many coats it dried quickly and the nails feel super smooth. Don’t they look a million times fresher?! It doesn’t even feel like I have nail polish on. Now they just need some cuticle oil. All thumbs up from me!

Viola, Killer Colours


Negative space heart manicure

Valentines is over, but the heart nails remain! It’s super easy to create these heart nails, I suck at nail art and even I can handle it.

  1. Start out with a round/pointy nail so that your heart gets a nice tip at the bottom.
  2. Apply a base coat to the nails for less staining and a longer wearing manicure.
  3. Pick a colour for your hearts, apply a swipe down each side of the nail to create the top of the heart.
  4. Do a second coat if needed.
  5. Let it dry so you won’t smudge colour onto the bare areas of the nail, then finish with glossy top coat to seal it all in.


I did a similar look with black triangles last year, check it out here!

negative space heart manicure

negative space heart manicure

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

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. 

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

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.

Viola, Killer Colours
Killer Colours

Contact me:

Blog info:
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!