Q&A: Makeup, skincare and perfume

You asked a bunch of questions on Instagram (@killercolours) a while ago, and here are some of my answers! Some questions are translated to english and/or shortened down just so you know. Let’s start with the makeup, skincare and perfume related ones!


Best makeup purchase during 2015?

Definitely my neutral Viseart palette! I use it all the time. Few eyeshadows are easy to layer, you know how a shadow can just slide around and not grab on when you try defining the eyelid for example? These never have that problem, so apart from using it on my brows daily and for easy everyday looks I also reach for it when other shadows fail.

viseart neutral matte eye palette 01

Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01. Blog post about it here.

Which products would you recommend for covering up blemish prone, oily, hyper-pigmented skin that is newly recovering from cystic acne?

I would say mineral foundations! The crap-free powder kind. You buff a small amount into the skin and it’s left smooth, oil absorbing and best of all – it isn’t irritating or clogging on the skin. Look Meow Cosmetics up, the one with the highest amount of coverage looks like a dream on the skin. The structure of bumps and/or scars is impossible to cover but you will get an even colour and the satin matte finish (opposed to a luminous creamy one) helps dim the appearance of texture.

What are your favourite perfumes?

My spontaneous answers would be Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady, Versace Crystal Noir and Comme des Garçons Wonderoud. All of them have a lovely presence and are still wearable at all situations when perfume is considered okay. They all have that soft velvety feeling in common which many people seem to enjoy.

comme des garcons wonderoud

Comme des Garçons Wonderoud. Link to blog post here.

A cruelty free dupe for MAC’s Fix+ spray?

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist! I use it every single day that I wear makeup to take down the powderiness.

Any good makeup products or brands that are underestimated/people don’t seem to know about?

I feel so weird about people giving up all the incredible indie brands that create loose eyeshadow pigments?! They were hyped in the makeup community like 10 years ago but those are still the most multidimensional and gorgeous eyeshadows available. Period. Check out Femme Fatale Cosmetics for example and be amazed.

femme fatale cosmetics eyeshadow

Femme Fatale Cosmetics eyeshadows. Blog post about these here.

Which decade is your favourite makeup wise?

I can’t decide! The 60′s for its fantastic colours shapes and textures, the 40′s for laying the foundation for what we today call classic glam. Two key elements that I love incorporating into my looks.

If you could only wear one kind of look, what would it be?

I would say shimmery smokey eyes and neutral lips. They are easy to apply as they don’t need a lot of precision, they only look better as the day goes on and there’s no need for touch ups like with statement lips (I can’t believe I just said no thanks to a classic red lip, AAHHHH).

blue shimmery smokey eye

Blue shimmery smokey eye. Blog post and video tutorial here.

Favourite YouTube channels?

Karima McKimmie and Lisa Eldridge do exactly what fascinates me the most, they apply makeup in the most effortless way and don’t go too hard on the Instagram makeup trends (those sculpted full coverage faces with heavily lined brown lips and huge false lashes just don’t do it for me!). If you have any recommendations on more people along those lines please leave a comment below!

What’s the one makeup product you can’t live without?

Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous! It’s the most wonderful finely milled powder that has a plumping, smoothing effect on the skin without mattifying too much. It’s very different from the classic HD powders which just make my skin tight and weird, this one sets makeup well and blurs the skin without making it feel or look dry at all. Magic!

rouge bunny rouge impalpable finishing powder diaphanous

Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder in Diaphanous. Blog post mentioning it here.

Are there any expensive (or cheap for that matter) skincare and/or makeup products that you feel outshine all other alternatives?

The Viseart neutral palette mentioned at the top of the post, that’s just an essential to me. Nothing I’ve ever tried compares to it. Skincare wise I find the Pixi Glow Tonic hard to beat, it has a great price tag for what it is and it works wonders on most faces.

Any tips on makeup shopping in London?

Harrods for Charlotte Tilbury and that PERFUME FLOOR, oh lords! Right next to Harrods you have Space NK with Hourglass, Kevyn Aucoin, Diptyque and Emma Hardie as a small example of their fantastic range. You have a Illamasqua store on Beak Street where you also have the pretty little Pixi store nearby and not a too long walk to the big LUSH flagship store on Oxford Street. And of course the million Boots and Superdrug you find everywhere for a serious drugstore fix. Those are a few tips. Happy shopping!

Viola, Killer Colours

Livsstil, Skönhet

This or that? Answering your questions pt. 2

Okay, you kept asking the funniest, most random questions ever so I had to do a second one. Haha I love you all! You can find pt. 1 here. The bold alternatives are my answers, once again!

Cake or pie?
Coffee or tea?
TV or movies?
Heels or boots?
Bangs or no bangs?
Rock or metal?
Spelt or wheat?
Coke or Pepsi?
Shorts or dress?
Snorkel or scuba?
Chocolate or carob?
Thunder or lightning?
Lipstick or lipgloss?
Spiders or snakes?
Hummus or guacamole?
Bar of soap or body gel?
Argan oil or coconut oil?
Hardcover or paperback?
Perfect skin or perfect hair?
Apple pie or banana bread?
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Fried potatoes or baked potatoes?
Morning person or night person?
Visit Ireland or visit Scotland?
Dwight Schrute or Michael Scott?
Michael Myers or Jason Vorhees?
DIY face masks or storebought face masks?
Xerjoff Mamluk or Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady?
Movies about haunted houses or movies about demonic possession?

Viola, Killer Colours

Livsstil, Skönhet

This or that? Answering your questions

I asked on Instagram for “this or that” questions, then bunched them all up in a blog post. The bold alternatives are my answers!

Beauty related questions:

Pink blush or peach blush?
Short nails or long nails?
Nail polish or lipstick?
Pink lipstick or red lipstick?
Foundation or BB Cream?
No makeup or no animal friends?
Corpse paint for a week or Nicki Minaj Starhships look for a week?
Dark and vampy lips or bright and colourful lips?

Personal/random questions:

Movies or books?
or chocolate?
Tattoos or piercings?
Umeå or Gothenburg?
Dress/skirt or jeans/trousers?
Fall/winter or spring/summer?
Scarlet Johansson or Natalie Portman?
Black and white tattoos or coloured tattoos?
Get bitten by a snake or hit by a bull?
Living in the city or living in the countryside?
Travelling alone or travelling with partner/friends?
Coffee with Tom Waits or coffee with David Bowie?
Working for money or working for pleasure with less salary?

Viola, Killer Colours


“What lipstick are you wearing in your sidebar picture?”

Most asked question ever, and here’s the answer! Everything below is my old blog post from year 2012!


Today I’m wearing the light red lipstick that you all seemed to like in this blog post! Natural eyes, strong brows and much focus on the skin. And to do another blog post reference, I used all three Pürminerals Rocks on my cheeks.



  • Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation & Concealer – Porcelain
  • Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Cover Concealer – Vanilla
  • Meow Cosmetics “Purrrfect” Mineral Foundation – 1-Sleek Bengal
  • Too Faced Chocolate Matte Bronzing Powder – Milk Chocolate
  • Pürminerals Exotic Rocks – Hot Rocks, Glow Rocks, Lava Rocks
  • Meow Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow – Prophecy (for highlight)


  • MAC Eyeshadow – Mystery
  • Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel


  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Liner
  • Illamasqua Medium Pencil – Vow
  • Meow Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow – Prophecy
  • Lotus Organic Mascara – Brown


  • Revlon Matte Lipstick – Strawberry Suede
Viola, Killer Colours

Livsstil, Skönhet

Video: Answering your questions part 2: Personal blabber (haha)

Wanna know more about my most worn pieces of clothing, my fashion no-gos, how long I’ve been with my partner or a bunch of stuff about Peggy & Selma? Obviously, so here are the answers!

On my nails:
China Glaze “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”

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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!