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Nail polish, Daisy Beauty Expo, cute animals

HI everyone!! I haven’t updated you at all on here about what’s been up lately, I had a wonderful Saturday in Stockholm at the Daisy Beauty Expo and I came home with a jam packed suitcase of fun stuff to show you, I’m a bit overwhelmed about where to even start, so I’m showing you a nail polish to begin with. I posted a few pictures on Instagram (@killercolours) the other day if you want to see more of what’s coming, let me know if you’re interested in something special.

This is Peach Lilies from Ellos, a wonderful beige toned peachy pink nail polish that works wonders on my pale pink repelling hands. Perfect spring shade! Two coats and it dried quickly, a great one for only 39 SEK. available at the Ellos website.

Hugs and kisses to everyone who came to the expo, I’m blessed to have so many wonderful bloggers and brands close, I’m glad I get to know you all. XOXOXO!!!

ellos peach lilies

And here’s a few pictures of the animals, I know you love them.

peggy & selma

selma

peggy

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BUXOM Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette

BUXOM just launched in Sweden through KICKS, they have a great eyeshadow system that I’ve been very interested in trying. It’s finally time, and I’m not disappointed!

You buy an empty Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette (145 SEK), slide the little drawer out and pop up to 6 BUXOM Single Bar Eyeshadow (99 SEK) of choice in there, you have a bunch of matte, satin, shimmer and metallic shades to pick from, ranging from matte and neutral to bright liquid metals and dark glimmering jewels. This way you can build a palette after your own personal needs.

The BUXOM eyeshadows are said to have a “built in primer effect”, I’m excited to try it out and see how they work on the eyes. They have a really interesting texture, all of them are so creamy they nearly feel wet, and even though some of them are sheerer than others the sheen is so smooth and even it ends up looking like a silky wash on the skin, perfect for a fresh eye makeup or layering over other shadows.

Shade picks and descriptions further down!

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette

You pop your individually wrapped eyeshadow singles in the little drawer on the right, then slide it back in. So smart, and no chipped eyeshadows as you don’t need to use force picking them out!

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette single eyeshadow in room service, no faux, posh purple, patent leather, mink magnet, gold status

Room Service, No Faux, Posh Purple, Patent Leather, Mink Magnet, Gold Status

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette single eyeshadow in room service, no faux, posh purple, patent leather, mink magnet, gold status

Room Service, No Faux, Posh Purple, Patent Leather, Mink Magnet, Gold Status

Room Service – “iridescent mint”
A beautiful multidimensional mint with a bright golden shine, can’t wait to highlight smokey eyes with it. The formula is on the semi-sheer side, it builds up to full opacity very quickly but will work beautifully layered over a darker shade as it will let a base colour show through.

No Faux – “iridescent snakeskin”
That classic reddish brown eyeshadow that shifts aqua, but in its most perfect form. The colour shift is so intense and high shine it completely JUMPS off the skin. This one is really opaque in formula.

Posh Purple – “shimmering violet”
A neutral purple with a pink sheen, very multidimensional and “grown up” for being so bright. The formula is quite sheer, but super even! So strange. It applies like the most ghostly metallic with a light touch, but it is easily built up to a true purple. I love formulas like this.

Patent Leather – “sparkling blackberry”
A dirty silvery purple with large gritty shimmers, almost leaning glittery. Not a single speck of glitter flying around when I swatched it, quite amazed! This one is also a bit sheer but easy to build up. Another one perfect for layering over a darker shade.

Mink Magnet – “metallic bronze”
A golden bronze with super high shine and opacity, one swipe and it looks like gritty molten metal. Insanely gorgeous! The formula is a lot softer than in the other shades, a bit too soft! I’m afraid this one would shatter immediately if I dropped the palette. The softness also comes with some shimmer fallout with application.

Gold Status -”metallic brass”
A citrusy golden shade with the same glowy sheen and buildable quality as Posh Purple. Eyeshadow perfection!

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette single eyeshadow in room service, no faux, posh purple, patent leather, mink magnet, gold status

Room Service, No Faux, Posh Purple, Patent Leather, Mink Magnet, Gold Status

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette single eyeshadow in room service, no faux, posh purple, patent leather, mink magnet, gold status

Room Service, No Faux, Posh Purple, Patent Leather, Mink Magnet, Gold Status

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Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick “Evocative Petal”

Finally the long awaited brand Buxom launched at my local KICKS (KICKS Nordstan in Gothenburg, also available online) and of course I couldn’t keep from browsing meticulously. My first impression was that they struck gold with the Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Lipstick line (HELLO tacky name) as well as with the eyeshadow palette system – more on that later.

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Lipstick is said to be a lightweight gel lipstick with bold, one-stroke color in matte and satin finishes, and I would definitely agree. The matte formula is actually quite similar to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil which I love deeply, it has a super thin slippery feeling on the lips – without being glossy – leaving them smooth and plump without accentuating dry areas on the lips. My only complaint is the bullet shape, it is quite hard to get a nice lip shape with that circular flat surface. Costs 225 SEK at KICKS.

As I swatched my way through the lipsticks I immediately fell for the shade Evocative Petal, thinking it would be a great toned down bright shade. I wasn’t wrong! It has sort of a muted reddish coral vibe, which on me ends up looking surprisingly rosy. I can imagine it leaning quite warm on cooler fair skin tones though, turning more of a classic coral. It definitely has similarities to my old fave NARS Dolce Vita, being the same kind of warm-yet-cool and bright-yet-neutral.

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal lip swatch

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal swatch

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

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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 penhaligons.com, 100 ml EdT for £128.

penhaligon's lothair eau de toilette

 

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Cheap eBay false eyelashes – win or fail?

A couple of weeks ago I ordered some false lashes off eBay, hoping that I would be able to find something that measures up to my favourite House of Lashes Iconic ($12/110 SEK a pair, here’s a look wearing those beauties) which are fluttery, choppy and has a fairly thick band that is well shaped and fits my eye perfectly, just smack on and go.

These were my favourites from the three styles I randomly ordered, I paid $3.49 (32 SEK) and free shipping for a box of five pairs which breaks down to about $0.6 (5,50 SEK) a pair. That is NOTHING compared to what lashes usually cost, especially here in Sweden.

First thing I noticed whas that one lash was glued to the packaging so messily the whole lash was covered in glue and totally impossible to use. But for that kind of money I don’t really mind. Just throw it away and pass on to the next one.

The band is quite long so I had to trim a big chunk off the outer corner for them to fit, and with some black DUO Eyelash Adhesive it just laid perfectly into place, no weird poking or bending at all. YESSSS!! WIN! A dab of black liner to hide the edge of the lash band and look at this! Super fluttery and pretty. So happy I found these!

Go check this lash style out on eBay! Clickety click.

ebay false eyelashes

cheap ebay false eyelashes

Here’s the packaging, it has cat ears!!

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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!