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Phee’s Makeup Tips Mineral Eyeshadow in Peppered & Polilla

One of my happiest makeup related moments lately (shared first place with the fact that Sephora opens its first store here in Gothenburg this month, YAY!) was to see that one of my absolute favourite beauty bloggers released her own hand pressed mineral eyeshadows. Of course I’m talking about lovely Phee’s Makeup Tips! Smart and talented with a personal yet sophisticated way of expressing her creativity. Love her to pieces!

The three eyeshadows she released are called Sphinx (bright foiled copper), Peppered (pale foiled gold taupe) and Polilla (warm brown with turquoise duochrome). I couldn’t really allow myself to buy another copper eyeshadow, so I went for the last two! The eyeshadows come in pan form so no outer packaging, great for makeup hoarders who prefer storing eyeshadows in magnetic palettes like the Z palette instead of taking up a lot of space with empty plastic. For as little as £6.50 a pop plus 25% off your first order if you sign up to her newsletter these shadows are a true steal.

The shadows are available at pheesmakeupshop.com.

phee's makeup tips mineral eyeshadow peppered & polilla

Phee’s Makeup Tips Mineral Eyeshadow Peppered & Polilla.The pans are a bit bigger than your average eyeshadow pans.

phee's makeup tips mineral eyeshadow peppered, polilla swatch

Peppered is a high shine warm taupe, great for a mega sparkly neutral eyelid. The texture is a bit gritty and has some fallout but it’s still very creamy. Polilla has the same kind of creamy grittiness but it’s more of a classic shimmer. I love how it has that “Blue Brown on crack” look without being too saturated. I often find that shadows like this one are too red toned in the base and the shimmer is too colourful. This one is still a bit “dirty” and feels like the perfect balance between crazy and neutral.

phee's makeup tips mineral eyeshadow peppered & polilla swatch

In softer light where the bright metallic sheen is more visible. Can you believe that these are swatched on bare, dry skin?

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Tanned skin – close encounter of the third kind

Jag har varit helt inne på brun utan sol på sistone. Så himla udda grej ändå då jag cirka fyra gånger någonsin i mitt liv orkat tänka tanken, men nu bara YES, kul experiment! Min hud kan se fullständigt annorlunda ut!

Det eviga problemet: Ska en brun utan sol se naturlig ut på mig så behöver den vara väldigt ljus, annars blir den som ett flammigt orange spöke ovanpå min fortfarande gråvita hud. Ytterligare problem: Det luktar så inihilviide illa! Brun utan sol fungerar så att den reagerar med hudens egna aminosyror vilket skapar färg, och det är precis den processen som luktar illa. Tänk typ en kasse tvätt som stått halvfuktig i hallen och unknat. Så det är rätt oundvikligt problem om produkten inte bara ska vara ett brunt blaskvatten som försvinner i duschen.

 

I’ve been totally into self tanners lately. Such a weird thing for me as I’ve bothered about four times ever before, but now I’m like YES, fun experiment! My skin can look completely different!

The usual problem: For a self tanner to look natural on my skin it has to be very light, otherwise it will look like a splotchy orange ghost on my still greyish white skin. Second problem: It smells so frickin bad! Self tanners create lasting colour by reacting with the amino acids in the skin once they’re applied, and that’s the reaction that gives off the bad smell. Imagine the cloying scent of a bag of laundry left damp in the hallway for a few days. So that problem is unevitable unless the product is a simple brown splash of whatever that rinses off completely in the shower.

vita liberata

I don’t have a before and after picture as this self tanner idea started with pure curiosity, but all of you who are regular readers can clearly see that I’m up to something! Haha.

 

Nu har jag alltså stött på (nu och nu, de har ärligt talat legat i en låda sedan förra november..) brun utan sol-produkter från Vita Liberata! I en svag stund härom månaden fick jag för mig att dra på ett lager och se vad som händer. Hade potentiellt fått gå till jobbet i en vecka orange som en oompa loompa, men sjukt nog ser det, trots rätt rejäl färg, RIKTIGT BRA UT! Jag har till och med fått flera spontana komplimanger för färgen vilket känns helt bisarrt.

So now I’ve found (well “now”, they have been laying around in a box since last November..) the Vita Liberata self tanners! During a weak moment about a month ago I got the idea to apply a coat and see what would happen. I would potentially have to go to work bright orange for a week, but crazy enough it looks SO GOOD! And still it has quite a dark colour. I have even gotten compliments on the colour which feels totally insane.

vita liberata

The ultimate test – how it looks on my legs. The colour grabs on to the smoother surfaces like calves and thighs well, but still doesn’t make my ankles/knees bright orange. Such a great formula!

 

Jag är som tidigare nämnt rätt dålig på detta med brun utan sol så jag lyckas inte orientera mig igenom sortimentet och vad alla olika ord betyder men den jag har till kroppen heter Extra Rich 4-7 Day Tinted Self Tan Lotion Dark och den jag har till ansiktet är Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion Light. Båda har en silkig tunn känsla på huden och bara ett par pump räcker riktigt långt.

Jag börjar alltid med att exfoliera hela kroppen i duschen så att färgen kan sätta sig jämnt, extra fokus på områden med textur så t.ex. armbågar, knän och var än jag lätt får torrfläckar. Applicerar gör jag med Vita Liberatas egen appliceringshandske, den har spruckit i kanterna efter ett par användningar så jag dragit en radda kaststygn runt kanterna så den håller. Sådana kanske är tänkta att kasseras och köpas nya ofta? What do I know, den håller bra efter reparationen! Tvättas med tvål och vatten efter varje användning. 5-10 minuter efter applicering känns huden matt och det är ok att klä på sig, men undvik vita/riktigt ljusa kläder första dygnet innan du duschat eftersom guidefärgen (den som hjälper dig att se om du applicerat jämnt, supersmidigt) kan släppa lite om du blir varm.

 

As I mentioned earlier I’m so bad at self tanning so I haven’t managed to understand this line and what all the little words mean, but the one I have for my body is Extra Rich 4-7 Day Tinted Self Tan Lotion Dark and the one for my face is Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion Light. Both have a silky thin feeling and just a few pumps goes very very far.

I always start by exfoliating my entire body in the shower so that the colour will go on evenly, extra focus on areas with texture so elbows, knees and whereever I have dry spots. I apply with the Vita Liberata tanning mitt, the edges of it tore after a few uses so I stitched it up by hand and now it holds together well. Maybe those are meant to be replaced very often? What do I know, it holds up well after my little saving action! Wash it with soap and water after each use. 5-10 minutes after application the skin feels matte and it’s okay to get dressed, but stay away from white/very pale colours as the guide colour (the one that helps you see if you’ve applied the product evenly, so handy!) can smudge off if you get warm.

vita liberata extra rich tinted 4-7 day tinted self tan lotion dark & rich face tinted self tan lotion light

Vita Liberata Extra Rich 4-7 Day Tinted Self Tan Lotion Dark & Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion Light. 100% insane names that I just can’t decode. Haha.

 

Luktar gör den, det ska jag inte förneka, men inte nära på lika mycket som annat jag testat. Jag känner doften i små puffar första dygnet men den stör mig inte. Runt andra dygnet upplever jag att färgen är som starkast, då har den utvecklats klart men ännu inte hunnit börja nötas bort. 2-3 dagar senare applicerar jag nytt på ansiktet (eftersom jag har en ljusare färg där samt tvättar ansiktet mer regelbundet) och efter 4-5 dagar på kroppen. Alltid med en grundlig exfoliering innan.

It does smell, I can’t deny that fact, but not even close to as much as other stuff I’ve tried. I feel the smell in little puffs during the first day but it doesn’t bother me. Around the second day I find that the colour is at its strongest, that’s when it’s done developing but still hasn’t started wearing off. 2-3 days later I apply more on my face (because I’m wearing a lighter colour there plus I wash my face more regularly) and after 4-5 days on my body. Always after a thorough exfoliation.

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Cailyn 3 in 1 Hydro Plumping Gloss “04 Pink Lady”

Detta är vad jag burit på mina läppar på sistone! 3 in 1 Hydro Plumping Gloss från Cailyn är en mjuk och skön läpprodukt, precis mellan gloss och läppbalsam. Inte ett dugg klistrig och uppfriskande med ett starkt mintigt pirr.

Här är färgen 04 Pink Lady, i tuben ser det ut som björnbärsfärgad gelé och på läpparna en skir “knappt där”-rosa. Jag bryr mig inte så värst mycket om hur effektiv plumpereffekten är men jag kan absolut säga att den slätar ut linjerna i mina läppar (på grund av blodcirkulationen från mintpirret) och det återfuktar läpparna otroligt väl, helt klart bättre än många läppbalsam. Plus att den är fin på läpparna! Bra grejer.

Min tub är från Pure Cosmetic, finns butik i Göteborg och webshop här!

 

This is what I’ve worn on my lips all the time lately! 3 in 1 Hydro Plumping Gloss from Cailyn is a smooth and balmy lip product, right inbetween a gloss and a lip balm. Not sticky at all and ultra refreshing with its strong minty tingle.

Here’s the colour 04 Pink Lady, in the bottle it’s a like blackberry jelly and on the lips a “barely there” sheer pink. I don’t care too much about how effective the lip plumping is, but what I can say is that it definitely makes the ridges of my lips appear smoother (because of the blood circulation that the mintiness creates) and it conditions the lips very well, definitely better than a lot of lip balms. Plus it looks great for everyday wear! Great stuff.

cailyn 3 in 1 hydro plumping gloss 04 pink lady

It looks so pretty in the tube, dark and sheer at the same time!

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Bare lips for reference

cailyn 3 in 1 hydro plumping gloss 04 pink lady

5 minutes after applying a few swipes of Pink Lady.

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Bdellium Tools 731

Denna lilla borste är en riktig skatt! Det perfekta verktyget för att definiera fransraderna. Jag applicerar min mascara med den vanliga mascaraborsten på övre fransarna för maxad längd, täcker Bdellium Tools 731 med mascara och wigglar in den i fransrötterna underifrån, det definierar och mörkar ner rötterna så de ser tjockare ut. Jättebra trix att använda när man vill få bort den ljusa randen som lätt uppstår i fransrötterna vid sotningar eller mörka eyeliners.

För undre fransraden så tar jag mer produkt på penseln, swishar den genom längderna och trycker sen in produkt i rötterna. Beroende på hur hårt du trycker får du olika effekt, här körde jag bara på och svärtade ner rötterna totalt. Det ser fortfarande mycket mjukare ut än med en skugga eller penna!

 

This brush is such a treasure! The perfect tool for defining lashlines. I just apply my top lash mascara with the regular wand go get maximum length, coat the Bdellium Tools 731 with mascara and wiggle it at the base of the lashes from underneath, defining and darkening the base to make it look thicker. A great way to eliminate that pale stripe at the base of the lashes that you easily get when doing smokey eyes or dark eyeliners.

For the bottom lashes I get some more product on the brush, swish it through to the tips and then push product into the roots. Depending on how hard you push you get different looks, here I went all in and made the roots solid black. It still look a lot softer than an eyeshadow or eye pencil!

bdellium tools 731

bdellium tools 731

Left: Mascara applied only with the wand. Right: The same mascara applied with Bdellium Tools 731 like described above. Two completely different looks only using mascara!

bdellium tools 731

Face:

  • Sleek MakeUp Bare Skin Foundation – Barley
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer

Brows:

  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel

Eyes:

  • IsaDora Flashing Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • By Terry Baume De Rose
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Recension, Skönhet

NABLA Cosmetics Mascara Le Film Noir review

Mascara Le Film Noir från NABLA Cosmetics ska vara en superblank svart volymmascara med mjuk byggbar formula som är lätt och skön på fransarna. Den har en konformad triangulär borste som ska göra det enkelt att nå varenda frans. Finns att köpa i NABLA’s webshop för €12.50 (ca 115 SEK).

Mascara Le Film Noir from NABLA Cosmetics is supposed to be a ultra shiny black volumizing mascara with a soft buildable formula that feels lightweight on the lashes. It has a cone shaped triangular brush that is supposed to make it easy to reach every single lash. Available to buy at the NABLA webshop for €12.50.

nabla cosmetics mascara le film noir

Mascara Le Film Noir from NABLA Cosmetics comes in a sleek black tube, looks classy! The brush is quite damn big with its wide base, looks like a little christmas tree!

nabla cosmetics mascara le film noir swatch

No mascara, 1 coat of Mascara Le Film Noir.

So what does it do?


Length: 5/5

The brush spreads product evenly all the way to the very end of the lash. The long bristles at the base makes it easy to really comb the outer corner of the eye through and lengthen it.

Volume: 5/5
This mascara is quite thick so it definitely plumps the lashes. A bit too much for some I guess but I love that thick effect. The thickness turns into goop with more than one coat.

Definition: 2.5/5
The thick formula makes the lashes clump up instead of separating them. I love clumpy lashes as long as they feel “purposely” clumpy and that’s exactly what I get with this. Spiky lashes! The roots get thiiick and the ends stay wispy.

Precision: 2/5
The brush is thin and precise but carries a lot of product at the tip, it applies more sparingly at the base but it’s messier because of the wideness. I do get a few smudges when I apply it, especially at the bottom.

Effectivity: 5/5
This mascara barely needs any work at all. A few swipes and the lashes are full, long and as separated as they can get. No layering needed at all.

Colour: 5/5
PITCH black.

Water resistance: 0/5
The formula does not handle water well. A splash of water and it starts running, and with some rubbing the lashes are completely bare. I feel quite uncomfortable wearing a mascara that could go all The Grudge on me.

Longevity: 4/5
Apart from the water part it holds up well during the day. It doesn’t feel heavy or crunchy on the lashes and it holds the curl well. I haven’t experienced any flaking, but I rarely do.

 

Conclusion: 28.5/40

Frickin awesome Twiggy lashes with barely any work! Pitch black and just the right amount of messiness for my taste. A big minus for not being able to handle water at all, my eyes water too easily for that.

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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!