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Every bright red lippie deserves a bright red blush

…is one of my old mantras. A bright hot lip goes SO well with the same shade on the cheeks, only applied with the lightest hand possible. It is one of the looks I’ve been doing for 10 years and it’s still going strong.

This combo is Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Red Vixen with NARS Blush in Exhibit A. Two warm leaning neutral reds that I love pairing together.

charlotte tilbury lip lustre red vixen, nars blush exhibit a

They are made for each other!

bare cheeks

Bare cheeks (with The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer as a highlighter)

nars blush exhibit a, charlotte tilbury lip lustre red vixen

NARS Blush in Exhibit A applied softly with a fluffy brush. See how it gives the red lip that extra kick?

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Phee’s Makeup Tips Pressed Highlighter “Mariposa”

I have been CAKING the Phee’s Makeup Tips Pressed Highlighter in Mariposa on my face lately, those of you who follow me on Instagram (@killercolours) know that already. It’s a beautiful lavender pinky purple highlighter that sparkles like crazy, definitely more on the Ice Queen of Narnia side of things than bare skinned inner glow blabla. Exactly how I want things to look right now. Go get it (and her other beautiful products) at her webshop!

Apart from the highlighter I’m wearing the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03 and NARS Blush in Sin. And oh, that perfect pink matte lipstick? More about that soon!

phee's makeup tips pressed highlighter mariposa

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I finished 3 basic staple products within the same week?!

They all just.. ran out. I had to pop into my backup stash three times this week to get my fix! After trying a zillion beauty products through the years you just end up sticking to certain things (aka the irreplaceable gold medalists), I get the itch just by thinking of being without these three.

finsihed 3 staple products

I’m planning on saving Selma though, she’s still going strong.

Pixi Glow Tonic

A toner heavy in aloe vera (calming) and witch hazel (tightening, calming) with 5% glycolic acid (exfoliating). My skin is so sensitive these days, even the wrong side of a cotton pad can leave my skin burning, but it still loves this toner! By using this daily I have been able to skip all other kinds of gritty or acid/enzyme packed face scrubs, it exfoliates mildly but effective enough to keep my skin in a solid well-exfoliated state. I apply it with a cotton pad after cleansing with a balm in the evening, and some days in the morning after a splash of cold water. Always followed by a good serum and cream. Rallelujah.

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

A tubing mascara (comes off like little pantyhose with warm water and a cotton pad, no smudging!) with the thinnest, loveliest wand ever. I’ve never found a quicker mascara for creating heavy pitch black lashes, it basically applies itself. I’m not even smudging my lower lashline with this wand, after all these years I still can’t apply mascara with a regular brush without making a mess but with this one I can. Haha. Review and demo here!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder Diaphanous

Invisible face powder. If you thought that your 100% silica powders like MUFE HD were smooth, fine and invisible you just haven’t tried this one. I often find the HD powders having a scary texture, they fly everywhere so that I breathe them in when I use them and they feel stiff and dry on my skin. The Impalpable Finishing Powder is just.. invisible. It takes the shine of my foundation down to a satin matte and keeps it like that all day without turning into an even goopier mess after a few hours. Fills in pores and fine lines beautifully (undereye heaven!) and doesn’t reflect white in photos.

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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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Lumene Nude Perfection Glow Foundation

Dags att kika närmre på en av mina vardagsräddare! Nude Perfection Glow Foundation från Lumene är en lystergivande serumlik foundation som mjukgör och jämnar ut huden en aning. Med betoning på “en aning”, denna är mer som en färgad dagkräm eller BB cream då den inte täcker mycket alls. Jag gillar att applicera den med händerna och sedan dutta på lite concealer där det behövs, det är toppen för dagar då jag vill ha något lätt som inte kladdar. Min vintertorra hud absorberar denna foundation snabbt och jag känner inget behov av att pudra efter. Den har SPF 15 också, inte mycket att skryta med men alltid bra liten extragrej att putta i. Finns att köpa på KICKS, Åhléns och liknande för dryga 169 kr. (Edit: KICKS har 20% rabatt på Lumenes foundations just nu!)

Time to take a look at my daily saviour! Nude Perfection Glow Foundation from Lumene is a luminous serum-like foundation that moisturizes and evens the skin out a bit. With emphasis on “a bit”, this one is more like a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream as it doesn’t cover much at all. I like smoothing it on with my hands and dabbing some concealer on where ever I need that little extra, it’s perfect for days when I want something lightweight that doesn’t feel sticky on the skin. My winter dry skin absorbs this quickly and doesn’t even need any setting powder! It also has SPF 15, not a lot but it’s always a good little extra.

lumene nude perfection glow foundation

Lumene Nude Perfection Glow Foundation comes in a squeeze tube. I use the shade 1 Classic Beige most often as it gives a little warmth, but I also like the shade 0 Light Ivory.

bare skin

Bare skin

lumene nude perfection glow foundation 1 classic beige

Lumene Nude Perfection Glow Foundation in 1 Classic Beige. Doesn’t give much coverage at all, but it evens out the skintone nicely.

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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!