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3 vampy NYX lippies

For some reason I always gravitate towards really dark lips this time of year, when the pastel craze is at its worst. I really love the look of dark lips with a simple “no makeup makeup” base now that the pasty winter skin is coming back to life with some freckles and glow.

On that note, let’s swatch a few random lippies from NYX!

nyx matte lipstick up the bass, dark era, high voltage lipstick wine & dine

NYX Matte Lipstick in Up The Bass, Dark Era. High Voltage Lipstick in Wine & Dine

nyx matte lipstick up the bass, dark era, high voltage lipstick wine & dine swatch

NYX Matte Lipstick in Up The Bass, Dark Era. High Voltage Lipstick in Wine & Dine

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

nyx matte lipstick up the bass swatch

NYX Matte Lipstick in Up The Bass. A ashy purple, satin finish. This one is more slippery in texture than the other lipsticks I’ve tried from the Matte Lipstick line, and it needs a little extra work to not look sheered out and pink toned along the edges. A gorgeous weird shade though! A step further into weirdo land if you’re already digging the taupe lip trend. Try it!

nyx matte lipstick dark era swatch

NYX Matte Lipstick in Dark Era. A dark red wine shade without purple undertones, straight up matte. It’s just patchy enough to look like the perfect John Galliano lip, without feeling crusty and gross. Love the look of this one! Full makeup look using it here.

nyx high voltage lipstick wine & dine swatch

NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Wine & Dine. A brighter berry toned wine shade, not quite as dark as the others. Super slippery formula so it needs a little help from a lip pencil to stay in place all day but it is crazy comfortable.

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Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No 7 Eyeshadow Palette “The Starlet”

En av mina mest använda paletter i år har varit Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No 7 Eyeshadow Palette (phew..) i färgställningen The Lolita, i vilken det finns två ljuvligt krämiga high shine skimmerskuggor som är mina go-to’s när det behöver gå snabbt på morgonen. Vips såg jag härom veckan The Starlet, hallå, en hel palett med BARA denna fantastiska skimmerformula? I’m sold, finemang, den tar vi, tjenix, vi ses. Ni kan läsa min gamla recension av The Lolita här.

De första tre skuggorna i paletten är de mest neutrala, en smutsigt taupe-lila, en lite djupare champagne och en mörk mullvadsbrun. Dessa är en perfekt trio att bara svepa över ögonlocket med lite mascara till vardags. De resterande fyra är det lite mer krut i, en pangig koppar, en guldgrön, en smutsig ljus silver och en stålgrå. Precis lagom variation för att kännas som en färgglad palett, men ändå är i stort sett alla nyanser gångbara med varandra.

Finns för dryga 550 kronor (det gör ont och du njuter på samma gång, jag lovar!) på Sephora. TREAT YO SELF.

 

One of my most used palettes this year has been the  Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No 7 Eyeshadow Palette (phew..) in The Lolita, in which there are two creamy high shine shimmer shades that quickly turned into my go to’s for hasty mornings. Then last week I saw The Starlet, hellooo, a palette with ONLY this fantastic shimmer formula? I’m sold, done deal, it’s mine, kthxbye, see ya. You can read my old review of The Lolita here.

The first three shades in the palette are the most neutral ones, a dirty taupe-y purple, a deeper champagne and a dark neutral brown. They are a perfect trio swept over the lids with some mascara for easy daily wear. The last four shades pack more of a punch, you have a intense copper, a golden green, a dirty pale silver and a steel grey. Just enough variation to feel like a colourful palette, but still almost all shades are compatible with each other.

Available at Sephora for $59 (it hurts and you will enjoy it at the same time, I promise!) at Sephora. TREAT YO SELF.

marc jacobs style eye-con no 7 eyeshadow palette the starlet

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No 7 Eyeshadow Palette in The Starlet.

marc jacobs style eye-con no 7 eyeshadow palette the starlet

The outer packaging is like a sexy little piece of volcanic glass.

marc jacobs style eye-con no 7 eyeshadow palette the lolita, the starlet

Top: The Lolita. Bottom: The Starlet.

marc jacobs style eye-con no 7 eyeshadow palette the starlet swatch

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No 7 Eyeshadow Palette in The Starlet swatched on bare skin. They are SO INTENSE.

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Palina Magic CC Cream review & demo

The new Magic CC Cream from Swedish brand Palina is presented as a colour correcting and hydrating skin base with natural looking high coverage and a lightweight feeling. It’s not supposed to cling to lines or pores and should wear all day, packed with antioxidants and SPF 20, comes in 6 shades. Retails for 495 SEK (right now 395!) at palina.se.

It sounds good, and it feels just as good! This CC cream is thin and super blendable, it has a nice silicon slip to it (inci at the end of the post) and it totally spackles pores and lines into a beautiful even surface, as if it had a pore filling primer built in! The coverage is impressive and it still manages to look like real skin. The texture isn’t tacky but will stay emollient so I felt the need to set under my eyes and between my brows to keep it from creasing.

Shade-wise Stockholm is perfect for me right now, it’s a neutral shade leaning slightly warm. Later this summer I will definitely reach for New York which is slightly darker and warmer.

After about nine hours it hasn’t turned gunky or separated on the skin like many products do, instead it kind of.. disappeared? The coverage is half way gone, but the skin still looks even and perfected. So strange! I will keep experimenting to see how it feels in the long run. But in all – great launch Palina, well done!

palina magic cc cream

Palina Magic CC Cream comes in a tube with a pump. Love me some good ol’ hygiene. And those tubes look really nice as a bonus!

palina magic cc cream stockholm new york swatch

Palina Magic CC Cream in Stockholm and New York

bare skin

Bare skin

palina magic cc cream stockholm swatch

Palina Magic CC Cream in Stockholm applied with a damp beauty blender

INCI: Aqua, Isododecane, Talc, EthylhexylMethoxycinnamate, hydrogenated Teradecenyl/Methylpentadecene, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1, Dimethicone, Isocethyl Palmitate, Totanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimoniun Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, GlycerylCaprylate, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogene Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydrocetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aliminium Hydroxide, Ubiquinone/Q10, Squalane, Sodium Phytate, Oryzanol, Alcohol

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GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick “Antique”

I’m really having a hard time trying to like the Ally McBeal-esque 90′s brown lip that we see everywhere at the moment.. The only thing it reminds me of is butterfly hair clips, pagers and inflatable furniture, but I do like the thought of breathing some air into the effortless 90′s supermodel look. Early François Nars and Kevyn Aucoin on faces like Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista is timeless and a essential piece of makeup history. So when I find a lipstick that communicates more Kate than Ally it really warms my soul.

GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick in the colour Antique is exactly that, right off the bat I thought of it as a milk chocolate rose. It doesn’t have that poopy vibe at all, but still with that muddy taupe undertone that (seemingly) everyone wants. The formula is velvety matte but still a bit slippery, not far from the NYX Matte Lipsticks. Doesn’t turn into a dry crusty gunk on the lips with time either.

I bought my tube at Eleven.se, they ship throughout Europe!

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GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick in Antique applied on bare lips.

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gosh velvet touch matte lipstick antique

The lipstick comes in a classic wind up tube.

gosh velvet touch matte lipstick antique swatch

A true 90′s hued MLBB (my lips but better)!

Face:

  • Lumene Nude Perfection Fluid Foundation – Classic Beige (1)
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Chantilly
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso
  • KIKO Mosaic Highlighter

Brows:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Saleos
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Latinus, Samael, Saleos
  • KIKO Mosaic Highlighter
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips:

  • GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick – Antique
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Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow “Bella Emerald” & Baked Blush “Luminoso”

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Emerald is a shimmery jewel green shadow that you can use both wet and dry. Perfect smokey eye shade! The formula is thin and a bit dry, but it adheres nicely to the skin. Will look fantastic layered over a black liner.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is a glowy pale peach/apricot blush that I can’t believe I didn’t own already. It’s a true cult classic!

Both are available at Eleven.se.

milani bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow bella emerald, baked blusher luminoso

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow “Bella Emerald”, Baked Blush “Luminoso”

milani bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow bella emerald, baked blush luminoso

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow “Bella Emerald”, Baked Blush “Luminoso”

milani bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow bella emerald, baked blush luminoso swatch

Bella Emerald and Luminoso swatched dry on bare skin.

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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!