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Vita Liberata Capture the Light Opaque in Latte Light & Buttermilk

Capture The Light from Vita Liberata is like a BB cream for face and body. They come in five shades - Buttermilk, Gold, Latte Light and Latte, and you have the option to pick Opaque for some coverage or Translucent if you want it to be more see-through. All of them are very moisturizing, also they have a slight sheen that doesn’t look glittery. Doesn’t make my face break out either.

Here I have Latte Light and Buttermilk, both in the Opaque formula. These have been fantastic this summer! I’ve used Latte Light on my face and decolletage while I’ve been self tanning to make the skin look extra plump and even in tone, not turning it orange at all. Buttermilk is great for giving luminosity and enhancing the beauty of fair skin. I barely have any pigment naturally so the Buttermilk one is fantastic on areas where the skin appears bluish and transparent, just to even out the pigment a little.

These are available at Eleven.se who ship throughout Europe.

vita liberata capture the light opaque latte light & buttermilk

They come in handy pump bottles where you clearly see how much you’ve used.

bare legs

My bare legs in close up. The official fair skin blotchiness!

vita liberata capture the light opaque buttermilk, latte light

Left: Buttermilk. Right: Latte Light. See how they even the skin out, both in texture and in colour? They’re so great! Just pick the shade you like and go nuts.

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Cheap Ebay brushes – are they worth your money? Let’s review some.

För en dryg månad sedan fick jag för mig att beställa en mängd snorbilliga syntetiska sminkborstar från Ebay för att hårdtesta dem och sedan recensera åt er.

Alla 8 penslar/set dök upp tullfritt efter mellan två och tre veckor, så väldigt medelmåttig frakttid (och därav inget jag kommer recensera). Jag har slit-testat dem genom att ta tag i borsthåren och dra allt jag kan, en bra borste ska aldrig släppa/knaka i metalldelen eller tappa hår. Jag har tvättat dem för att se om de förändras i form eller tappar hår, och jag har studerat och klämt och känt och använt dem för att se om de faktiskt är bra borstar, helt oberoende av vad de egentligen kostar. Allt sammanställs i en poängskala där borsten som högst kan få 25 poäng. Hur klarade de sig? Vi kikar på dem en och en!

Du hittar länken till Ebay-sidan som säljer borsten genom att klicka på rubriken. Priset jag anger i posten är avrundade från vad jag betalade under dåvarande valutakurs, så det kan eventuelly skilja ett par kronor från när du läser detta inlägg.

 

About a month ago I got the idea to order a bunch of super cheap synthetic makeup brushes off Ebay to really try them out and review them for you.

All 8 brushes/sets arrived to Sweden without any additional customs fees after between two and three weeks, very standard shipping time (and therefore not something I will review). I have tested them by grabbing the brush hairs and pulling hard to see if the ferrules or hairs fall out, they never should. I have washed them to see if they get a different shape or lose hair, and I have studied and pinched and swished around and used them to see if they’re actually good brushes, not depending on what they actually cost. All boiled down to a point system where the brush can get max 25 points. How did they do? Let’s go through them one by one!

You find the link to the Ebay page where the brush is sold by clicking the headline. The price mentioned is what I paid when I got the brush (and the prices are the same still when I write this post) but there might be changes with time, plus potential rate differences between countries.

cheap ebay makeup brushes

Here they all are, laid out to dry after their first wash!

flat top buffer brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

flat top buffer brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

Price: US $1.47 (13 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 2.5/5

This brush is too thin and floppy for being a foundation brush, which my identical looking but much more expensive brushes are perfect for. I ended up liking it for face powder/blending which I wasn’t expecting.

Shape: 4.5/5

The hairs are evenly cut except for a few strays along the sides and one long hair in the middle. Otherwise consistent.

Softness: 5/5

This brush is soft as heck.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it.

Worth the price: 3.5/5

If you want a brush for blending your face or applying powder, sure. But not for foundation.

Conclusion: 20.5/25

Not what it should be but it feels incredibly nice, can’t deny that.

 

tapered face brush

Tapered Face Brush

tapered face brush

Tapered Face Brush

Tapered Face Brush

Price: £1.42 (19 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 3.5/5

The brush doesn’t have a small amount of hairs but they are very slippery and floppy. Makes the brush feel too thin.

Shape: 1/5

The brush is supposed to be tapered but it has kind of a ridge in the middle, two flatter sides and a frickin swirl on one of them? Completely useless, far too unevenly cut.

Softness: 4/5

Very soft, but that’s just because of the far too slippery brush hairs.

Durability: 3.5/5

Did not crack, split or lose hair but made a cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it but didn’t straighten the weird shape out at all. That was an obvious production flaw.

Worth the price: 0/5

Doesn’t do anything right, so no.

Conclusion: 12/25

Shitty brush, don’t buy it.

 

chubby kabuki brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

chubby kabuki brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

Price: AU $5.72 (36 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

Thick as right-wing politics.

Shape: 2/5

The brush is evenly cut, but it has thick black hairs sticking up everywhere, can you see them? Feels as if some of the tapered hairs were pulled up from the glue while drying and then trimmed off bluntly with scissors. Doesn’t speak quality.

Softness: 2/5

The hairs are short and feel a bit prickly, and those thicker bluntly cut black hairs don’t help.

Durability: 0/5

The ferrule was easily pulled off the brush so the glue will easily start falling apart. The brush is very hard to clean well as it’s so thick, product is really hard to get out of it and the soap you’re washing with aswell. Will get gross quite quickly.

Worth the price: 1/5

If you want a weird brush that might not hold up well for you, sure. But not because the quality in any way.

Conclusion: 10/25

Feels shitty but it’s gimmicky and cute. Buy it for cuteness, nothing else.

 

round foundation brush

Round Foundation Brush

round foundation brush

Round Foundation Brush

Round Foundation Brush

Price: US $1.44 (13 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

Nice and fluffy with a lovely bounce. The perfect density for foundation! Takes a bit of time to apply with but it goes on beautifully.

Shape: 5/5

A rounded, well cut brush with no stray hairs.

Softness: 4/5

Has a nice fluffiness for being so dense! Doesn’t feel like complete velvet, but it’s the step right below.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it.

Worth the price: 5/5

Definitely, this one could have been ten times as expensive without a question.

Conclusion: 24/25

Great dirt cheap find! Get it!

 

toothbrush style face brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

toothbrush style face brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

Price: US $1.00 (9 SEK). US $4.99 (43 SEK) shipping.

Density: 5/5

Nice and fluffy with a lovely bounce. The perfect density for concealer! Absorbs a bit too much product to work nicely with foundation though in my opinion.

Shape: 4.5/5

Nicely rounded and well cut but with one long hair in the top part, plus a strange mash on the top left side. That straightened out when I washed it though so it’s probably from the shipping.

Softness: 5/5

PURE. F-ING. VELVET. I find myself petting this like it was a little animal. The softness makes it blend out concealer under the eyes BEAUTIFULLY with barely any work.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it and it didn’t change in shape at all apart from straightening out that mashed part. The handle is flexible plastic so I don’t dare to tug it too hard, but I’ve used it heavy handedly on the face witout a problem.

Worth the price: 5/5

This one is undereye concealer heaven, could have costed up to ten times more even though it’s one of the more “expensive” brushes of the bunch.

Conclusion: 24.5/25

GET IT! You just have to, it feels like a gimmick but hell it’s wonderful! It has already become the concealer brush I reach for every day.

 

bent eyeliner brush

Bent Eyeliner Brush

Bent Eyeliner Brush

Price: US $0.99 (9 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

A very thin but bouncy brush, doesn’t feel like a “three hair bundle” like many thin eyeliner brushes can do.

Shape: 5/5

Doesn’t splay out at all and gives a nice smooth line.

Softness: 5/5

I guess?

Durability: 0/5

The ferrule let go when I tried to pull the little protective plastic tube off the brush head..

Worth the price: 4/5

I guess, I mean you can buy a new one of these every month for a year and still not pay more than full price of a regular cheap eyeliner brush. Just glue the ferrule on tightly if it falls off and hope that the hairs won’t fall out!

Conclusion: 19/25

This is stupidly cheap and a type of brush that rarely is BAD, so I mean sure, why not.

 

blending brush set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

blending brush set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

Price: GBP 1.17 (16 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 3.5/5

These brushes are not floppy and weird, they’re quite well packed so they will blend eyeshadows softly for example, but only number 3, the pointed one, is dense enough to blend something harder like an eye pencil.

Shape: 3.5/5

Brush 1, 2 and 4 are a bit unevenly cut and splayed but it doesn’t make the end result any different as they’re made for blending stuff. So they’re okay I guess.

Softness: 3/5

Brush 2 is the roughest, followed by 1 and 4. The pointed one is the only one that feels silky.

Durability: 2.5/5

The ferrules or hairs didn’t budge on 3 of them but one was easily pulled off, another one made a cracking noise when I pulled it. That makes me wonder how well the others will stay on after a few washes.

Worth the price: 3/5

Same with these as the eyeliner brush – this is so damn cheap that you don’t really waste any money. But they are uninspiring.

Conclusion: 15.5/25

Aaahh right inbetween a “go for it I guess” and “don’t buy it”. If you don’t really really need blending brushes, skip them. They don’t inspire me at all.

 

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 Piece Brush Set

Price: AU $3.67 (23 SEK). AU $0.21 (1 SEK) shipping.

Density: 4/5

All brushes except for number 6 and 7 have a nice density. Those two are too thin, especially 7, and therefore hard to blend with. The rest are just fine.

Shape: 4.5/5

All brushes are evenly cut and well shaped with no splayed hairs. Half a point off or brush 7 which is too pinched and flat for its shape, a pure design flaw.

Softness: 4/5

All of these are soft, but brush 6 to 8 have a slight texture to them which helps them pick up product in a different way than a super flat smooth brush. So all is good!

Durability: 5/5

Not a single brush had a loose ferrule, none of them made any cracking sounds when pulled and they stayed in shape completely after wash.

Worth the price: 5/5

In this set you get brushes for every kind of detail work. Eyeliner/tightlining with 1, concealer/eyeliner/lipstick with 2 and 3, eyeshadow with 4 and 5, blending with 6 and 7 and at least blending/eyeshadow with 8. A bit of everything! TOTALLY worth the price, many of these have already found a place in my makeup routine.

Conclusion: 22.5/25

With this set you get so many brushes for so little money, even if you end up disliking a few you still get use out of the rest. A wonderful set for anyone who want some more precise tools added to their collection.

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KIKO Cosmetics Rebel Romantic collection for fall 2015

KIKO Cosmetics levererar en fantastisk höstkollektion i år, Rebel Romantic heter den och temat är romantiskt och dramatiskt då skimmer möter matt, mjukt möter hårt. Rosiga toner för både ögon, läppar och kinder samt en ljuv pop av skimrigt mörkblått och juvelgrönt till ögonlocken. En väldigt användbar och lättarbetad färgskala där de lite mer utstickande färgerna känns självklara.

Det jag har att visa er här är en av de fyra Reckless Spirit-skuggpaletterna, alla sex Metallic Shine-skuggorna och två av de sex Colour Definition-ögonpennorna. Jag valde inga läppisar, förvånade va?! Det finns mängder av produkter i denna kollektion så ta en titt i KIKO’s webshop och se vad som lockar er! Frakten till Sverige är inte den billigaste men den sjunker i pris ju större din order är.

 

KIKO Cosmetics deliver a fantastic fall collection this year, it’s called Rebel Romantic and the theme is romantic and dramatic when shimmer meets mattes, soft meets intense. Rosy shades for both eyes, lips and cheeks and a lovely pop of shimmery dark blue and jewel green for the eyelids. A very useful colour scheme that’s easy to work with, and the more intense colours don’t feel intimidating.

What I have to show you here is one of the four Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palettes, all six Metallic Shine Eyeshadows and two of the six Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal shades. I chose no lippies, aren’t you surprised?! There are loads of products to choose from in this collection so take a look at the KIKO webshop and see what catches your eye!

kiko cosmetics rebel romantic collection

A part of the KIKO Cosmetics Rebel Romantic collection. This colour scheme is to die for..

kiko cosmetics rebel romantic collection

The outer packaging varies in quality, the Metallic Shine Eyeshadows feel super sturdy and luxurious, same with the Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal which feel nice and glossy and have a sturdy twist-up function. The Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palette on the other hand is rattly and flimsy.

kiko cosmetics metallic shine eyeshadow

KIKO Cosmetics Metallic Shine Eyeshadow. Top Row: 02 Absolutely Rose, 04 Mysterious Sapphire, 06 Dynamic Taupe. Bottom row: 01 Superb Beige, 03 Strong Chocolate, 05 Charming Sage. (Sorry for the zig-zag layout!). These are budget friendly cruelty free dupes for the Clarins Ombre eyeshadows, right inbetween a cream and a powder. They are like ultra creamy powder eyeshadows, not mousse-like as many eyeshadows hybrids. They don’t have any falldown at all and they blend very easily. And whatever you do – you HAVE to get that green!!

kiko cosmetics reckless spirit eyeshadow palette 2 fiery rose

KIKO Cosmetics Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palette in 02 Fiery Rose. The packaging may be flimsy (and why waste money on producing those applicators when everyone throws them away? Derp!) but the content is lovely! Four rosy shades perfect for creating a soft semi-smokey eye look. The formula is very silky and the shadows are delicately sheer but build up beautifully. Great everyday palette!

kiko cosmetics colour definition eyeliner and kajal 03 warrior violet 01 darling butter

KIKO Cosmetics Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal in 03 Warrior Violet, 01 Darling Butter. I’m SO happy to have found a true matte burgundy eye pencil that doesn’t just look brown or black, I will wear the hell out of it! And the beige one will replace my Idun Minerals Sand which has been a true champ, it even got chewed on by Peggy when she was a puppy (and she turns 3 soon, haha oh lord) so replacing it is just common sense by now. These pencils are twist-ups so you won’t need to sharpen them, plus they’re smudge proof!

KIKO Cosmetics Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palette in 02 Fiery rose. Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal in 02 Darling Butter, 03 Warrior Violet.

kiko cosmetics metallic shine eyeshadow

KIKO Cosmetics Metallic Shine Eyeshadow 01 Superb Beige, 02 Absolutely Rose, 03 Strong Chocolate, 04 Mysterious Sapphire, 05 Charming Sage, 06 Dynamic Taupe.

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NARS Blush in Exhibit A

I praised this blush in a blog post a few days ago, mentioning how versatile a matte firetruck red blush is. Exhibit A from NARS is 100% panic red and super pigmented, but applied sparingly it turns into the most flattering shade that works with just any makeup look. This colour works on the fairest of the fairest up to very very dark skin, just by altering the amount you apply.

Definitelyt try it out, it’s not as scary as it looks!

nars blush exhibit a

A blush that will last you a lifetime. Haha.

nars blush exhibit a swatch

Here we can see the colour faded from full force to nothing. See how flattering that sheerest colour is on me? Not warm toned, not cool toned, not pink, not orange, just like flushed skin. The darker your skin is the further to the left of this swatch you would be and get the exact same flattering look.

nars blush exhibit a swatch

NARS Blush in Exhibit A applied on the apples of the cheeks. Gives a lovely “no makeup makeup” look even though it looks completely nuts in the pan. Link to blog post about the makeup look here.

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Murad Age-Diffusing Firming Mask

Age-Diffusing Firming Mask från Murad var en av mina favoritmasker för ett par år sedan, men på grund av fånigt högt pris har jag inte haft den hemma på ett tag. Nu är den tillbaka i rutinen och den ger samma fantastiska resultat som förr, jag kunde inte vara gladare! Masken utlovar en plumpande effekt på huden som reducerar synbarheten av fina linjer och rynkor samt att den ska ge en fastare känsla. Jag är som tidigare nämnt 23 så “anti age” är inget jag jämrar mig över (om det ens är något att jämra sig över alls, ärligt talat?). Jag tror på att ge huden det den vill ha, och ge den de bästa förutsättningarna att hålla sig välmående länge.

Min hud behöver alltid hjälp på traven för att binda nog med fukt, och det syns omedelbart när jag sköljt av denna mask att den slurpat i sig massa gott. Huden är betydligt klarare, rodnader är dämpade och jag upplever även att den över tid lugnar eventuella finnar. Mycket är att tacka de många fuktgivande ingredienserna, t.ex. algen Macrocystis Pyrifera (som även är lugnande och antibakteriell) samt de två lerorna, rengörande bentonit och mineralrika montmorillonite. Full innehållsförteckning i slutet av inlägget för den nyfikne.

Finns att shoppa på t.ex. Eleven.se och Skin City.

 

Age-Diffusing Firming Mask from Murad was one of my favourite masks a few years ago, but because of the insane price I haven’t had a tube at home in a while. Now it’s back in my routine and it still gives the same amazing result as before, I couldn’t be happier! The mask promises a plumping effect of the skin that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles plus it should give a tightening effect. As mentioned before, I’m 23 so “anti age” isn’t something that I’m worrying about (if it’s worth worrying about at all, to be honest?). I just believe in giving the skin what it wants, and giving it the best conditions to stay healthy for a long time.

My skin has always needed extra help binding moisture, and it shows immediately when I rinse this mask off that it has absorbed a lot of goodness. My skin is much brighter, redness is reduced and I also find that it over time helps calm pimples. Much is to thank the many moisturizing ingredients, for example the algae Macrocystis Pyrifera (which also acts calming and antibacterial) and the two clays, cleansing bentonite and mineral rich montmorillonite. Full inci at the bottom of the post for the curious one.

murad age-diffusing firming mask

 

INCI: Water (Aqua), Bentonite, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Montmorillonite, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Spondias Mombin Pulp Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Pentylene

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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for beauty with brains. Beauty blogger and MUA 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!