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Penhaligon’s Lothair Eau de Toilette

Back in 2014 the British luxury perfume house Penhaligons (founded in 1870, hello national treasure!) released a line of scents inspired by the decadent commodities of the 19th century, traded at the London docks. Four scents delivering the feel of exotic spices, luxurious fabrics and the blackest of tea (slavery and blood money aside?). Lothair has been my best companion through December, I have worn it all throughout the month and it just keeps delivering.

Inspired by the famous Tea Clipper Ships that navigated the globe to bring exotic wares to British shores, Lothair opens with the salty tang of grapefruit and juniper, and a brilliant green sensation from fig leaf. The smoky heart of black tea is softened by fig milk and magnolia, sailing into an ambergris, cedar and wenge woods base, reminiscent of the varnished decks of these elegant ships.

- Penhaligon’s

On me Lothair starts off with a burst of dry citrus wrapped in a chilly herbal juniper, super fresh and vibrant. Within moments it starts drying down to a black tea with fig, imitating a dry assam with a splash of creamy milk. All rounded off by a soft salty ambregris and  that hugs my skin so close it doesn’t even feel like a perfume, more like actual sun warmed skin.

Overall a sheer and fresh composition that manages to deliver depth and dimension, not heavy or rude at all as it stays close to the skin. The soft appeal gives it lesst lasting power, but a second spray after five hours to top it up is totally fine by me.

Available through, 100 ml EdT for £128.

penhaligon's lothair eau de toilette


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Thierry Mugler Angel Muse EdP

Thierry Mugler Angel is life. We’re past that fact by now, right? When a new flanker is released I just order it straight away, that’s how I tackle my obsession. Blog post about my Angel collection here.

The original Angel EdP is built on sour red berries, honey, vanilla, caramel, cocoa and patchouli. It’s zingy sweet from the berries and caramel but still dark and incredibly potent from the patchouli and cocoa base. I was so excited to hear about this years release Eau de Parfum Angel Muse, created by perfumer Quentin Bisch, promising a new gourmand take on the old classic.

In Angel Muse we get grapefruit, pink peppercorn, hazelnut cream, vetiver and patchouli. The sticky caramel is exchanged for hazelnut cream, smelling just like fluffy hazelnut spread. Not an actual roasted nut in sight! Vetiver is also an important addition. It is dark, dry and earthy which amplifies the dark base and turns pleasantly smoky on my skin. Never felt that before in an Angel! While having this dark and smoky vibe going it still has a shorter wear time than the original (landing at the normal 7 hour mark where most perfumes start giving up), so if you’re looking for that 12h+ longevity you should turn to the original. However, Angel Muse has a delicate balance between light and dark, still bearing then same ID as the Angel we know and love. You won’t be let down.

thierry mugler angel muse edp

The heavy elliptical glass bottle wrapped in metal is described as a cosmic pebble. It feels fantastic to hold!

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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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The story of Chanel N°5 and N°5 Eau Première

What does sparkle smell like? The sparkle of champagne glasses, diamonds and glistening snow. If it isn’t Chanel N°5 I don’t know what.

In 1921 Coco Chanel had an idea of creating a fresh, clean perfume with lasting power that would embody the modern woman. Freshness was usually created with crisp citrus fruits, beautifully scented but would not give the punch that she so desired. Perfumer Ernest Beaux then experimented with aldehydes, a synthetic component that has an incredibly strong, crisp scent that best resembles glitter. A smack in the face with soapy, sparkly glitter. There it was! The note that among 80 others would give N°5 its groundbreaking character. That year on March 5th history was made, Chanel N°5 was released. The mothership of perfumes.

The perfume has kept making history through the decades having multiple celebrities fronting and appreciating this little masterpiece. Most known is probably the quote by Marilyn Monroe, saying that the only thing she wore to bed was a few drops of Chanel N°5. Could it get fancier?

However, to many modern noses this beauty is quite a heavy hitter. You either love it or loathe it. In 2007 Chanel reformulated N°5 and named the new version N°5 Eau Première, a soft and airy version of the old classic. Like a friend of mine so beautifully wrote the other day, it’s N°5 painted in aquarelle. The aldehydes have softened and the animalic base has evaporated leaving a veil of creamy ylang ylang and jasmine on the skin, sparkling like diamond encrusted carbonated water. A delightful reincarnation once again fitted for the modern woman.

chanel no5 eau premiere

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Video: Killer Colours Perfume Collection Pt. 2

Here’s part 2 of my perfume collection video! You can find part 1 here.

perfume collection

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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!