Recension, Skönhet

MicroPen treatment at Gilda Skolan, Gothenburg

I had a MicroPen treatment done at Gilda Skolan here in Gothenburg last Friday, a treatment where you get your face mangled with tiny needles, also called micro-needling. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? The needles penetrate the top surface of the skin creating a controlled damage that will start a healing process in the skin triggering collagen and elastin production. You will be left with plumped, less textured skin, of course better results the more times you get the treatment done but do expect a glow boost right away. It is ideal for anyone who wants to soften wrinkles, tighten loose skin, improve the appearance of large pores or get rid of acne scars.

One treatment is 1100 SEK at the Gilda student salon, you can get three treatments for 2850 SEK. More info on the Gilda website.

My main interest was to boost the glow, but also to mangle the beginning frown line between my eyebrows. I always walk around looking pissed because I can’t relax my forehead properly, and I just don’t want it to become a permanent feature. Any tips on that one?

The treatment started with a cleanse and AHA acid mask to exfoliate, then a gel serum applied during needling. After the needling you get a comfy hydrating mask to calm the skin down. We decided on going for 0.5 mm needle depth as I had no problem with the pain level (I can’t help comparing it to tattoo mangling which is a million times worse), it felt a bit weird on the cheekbones and on the bony part right above the brow, but the meaty parts of the face aswell as neck/decolletage was like a massage. In all the needling took about 10 minutes.

The day of + the day after my skin felt a bit raw, but already at day two I clearly felt and saw the plumping effect. Mainly between the brows, which now 5 days later still feels just as smooth so it wasn’t just swelling. A solid improvement! Over the last 24 hours my skin has been really itchy and flaky from healing, All I’m doing at the moment is packing the skin with the Gilda Calming Mask and sunscreen, so I guess I’ll get a really nice glow once it has healed up and I can go back to my AHA acids again. Looking forward to it!

So, overall I had a great experience. If I didn’t have to spend my money on boring grown up stuff (like ehh food and living costs??) I’d be there doing this every single month, no question about it. Expensive but worth every single penny.

Have you tried micro-needling? How was your experience?

gilda micropen

Cheese grater, anyone? The flakes are at their absolute worst today, 5 days after micro-needling.

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

IsaDora Perfect Blush “Pink Glow”

About a month ago IsaDora released Perfect Blush, a line of 7 pink blushes that to me look so similar it’s hard to tell them apart. Not a single shade for medium or dark skin (just like with the Cover Up Foundation & Concealer, come on IsaDoraaaa), no bright or adventurous shades for the bold, heck, not even a true warm peach which is my go-to blush shade. I really hope more shades will be released because this formula is GLORIOUS.

The Perfect Blush line is velvety and smooth, the blushes give a sheer colour payoff which you can easily build up without it turning patchy or taking a lot of time. A great formula for anyone who’s a bit scared of over applying or if you’re new to wearing blush.

The shade Pink Glow isn’t the one that catched my eye (no shade did tbh) but I had it close one day when I needed a warm pink to freshen this sallow fall skin, and I’m SO happy I went for this shade! It is the perfect flushed pink with a smooth golden glow, not a glitter speck in sight. It’s like a more sophisticated (well shy) version of the old classic NARS Orgasm, I swatched them side by side further down. Check this shade out if you find Orgasm to be a bit too sparkly, you will love it.

Out now, 119 SEK a pop!

isadora perfect blush pink glow

IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow

isadora perfect blush pink glow swatch

Left: Plain base, no cheek products. Right: IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow. The golden sheen is so smooth it doubles perfectly as a highlighter.

isadora perfect blush pink glow, nars blush orgasm swatch

Left: IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow. Right: NARS Blush in Orgasm.

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

Why spending $16/179 SEK on a piece of soap is a great idea

I didn’t want to surrender, I just wanted to stay satisfied with my regular cheap solid soap for cleaning brushes. I just can’t deny the fact any longer, I HATE HOW MUCH I LOVE IT!

The Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid is a solid soap for cleansing makeup sponges and brushes, just wet the sponge or brush and swish it across the soap, lather up on your palm or the rubber mat you get in the soap tin, rinse it and tadaa, you have a clean makeup tool. Blendercleanser is also available in liquid form (which I haven’t tried, but it sounds like it would be the same thing only less travel friendly, practical and long-lasting in my opinion?), both with the same faint soapy lavender scent, the scent doesn’t cling on to the makeup tools at all so I don’t have a problem with it.

Why is it worth the $16/179 SEK it costs you say? Well because it gets your tools CLEAN, not just un-dirty. And you don’t even have to work hard for it, no double cleanses, heavy massaging between your hands, oil soaks or that kind of stuff. The dirt is gone in seconds! You will be embarrassed by what you thought was a clean makeup sponge before, just sayin’.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid comes in a plastic jar with a screw top lid, totally safe to throw in a suitcase or makeup bag.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

The soap comes with a texturized rubber mat to cleanse your sponges or brushes against, it works far better with brushes in my opinion as they aren’t as sensitive to tugging and scratching as sponges are, be a bit more careful when you use it for sponges I’d say.

Here’s how I use it:

beautyblender cleanser solid

Yesterdays dirty makeup sponge. Cleanse your sponges between eeeeevery use!! Your face will thank you.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

Wet the sponge generously, rub all stained areas of the sponge against the soap and start massaging it either between your hands or against the cleansing pad.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

Here’s the key step, SQUEEZE the dirt from the sponge before you start rinsing it, don’t start rinsing right away! Squeeze from the middle and out and see the product pour right out of the sponge. When no more can be squeezed out start rinsing it under warm water until it is free from soap. With regular foundation/concealer use my sponges are always squeaky clean after only one rinse with the Blendercleanser, but if it’s still a bit dirty just repeat the last two steps.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid

TADAAA, good as new and not a single stain.

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer

Cover Up Foundation & Concealer from IsaDora is a full coverage foundation that is said to hide fine lines and blemishes while refreshing tired looking skin. A soft and elastic texture that merges with the skin and gives a “second skin feel” with a long wearing silky finish, it will stay on your skin all day. You can wear it both as foundation and concealer as the name implies, wear it all over or just to conceal specific areas. Face Buffer Brush for foundation application was released at the same time, as well as a Concealer Brush for concealing. In case you’re in need of a new brush.

It comes in 5 shades at the moment which run between fair and what I would at best call a medium tone. Not a very wide shade range, let’s hope for darker ones in the future.

The foundation is out now and costs 179 SEK.


Cover Up Foundation & Concealer är IsaDoras nya foundation med hög täckning som sägs dölja fina linjer och ojämnheter samtidigt som den fräschar upp glåmig hud. En mjuk elastisk textur som förenar sig med huden och ger den en “second skin feel” med en silkig finish, ska hålla på huden hela dagen. Du kan bära den både som foundation och concealer precis som namnet antyder, smacka på över hela ansiktet eller punktapplicera för att jämna ut specifika områden. Face Buffer Brush släpptes i samma veva för foundationapplikation, precis som Concealer Brush för sitt syfte. Utifall att du är sugen på en borste.

Produkten kommer i 5 nyanser för tillfället som löper mellan blek och vad jag i bästa fall skulle kalla en mediumton. Inte alls brett färgsortiment, vi hoppas på mörkare nyanser i framtiden.

Denna foundation är ute nu och ligger på 179 SEK. Shoppa på t.ex. Bubblebox eller Ellos.

isadora cover up foundation & concealer

IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer comes in a soft tube with a pump. I love when foundations are packaged like this, it’s easy to squeeze while pumping so you can get every last drop out of it.

isadora matt fixing blotting powder

IsaDora Matt Fixing Blotting Powder. A fixating blurring powder to mattify the skin, this is also a new launch and what I used to set the foundation with.

So, did it work for me?

This foundation is the weirdest thing! It applies full on and just goes and goes, you don’t even need a full pump for your entire face. The texture is like something I would expect from a hydrating medium coverage foundation, it isn’t powdery or stiff in any way like most full coverage foundations tend to be, instead it is really luminous and visually smoothing, luminous to a point where it feels quite tacky on the skin. I had to set it twice because in five minutes it just ate the powder right up! I would say stay away if you have oily skin, this one is definitely more catered towards normal/dry skin. So I set it twice but still not a sign of cakiness (could be thanks to the powder), and it didn’t smudge easily during the day either which I honestly expected such a tacky texture to do. It’s just tacky to to the touch. Somehow it manages to stay in place incredibly well, it didn’t even crease between my brows after a few hours which almost all foundations do on me. Seven hours in and I looked super fresh with plump smooth skin.

Så, fungerade den för mig?

Denna foundation är så weird! Appliceringen är pang boom och formulan bara går och går, du behöver inte ens ett helt pump till hela ansiktet. Texturen är mer som något jag skulle vänta mig av något mjukgörande med mediumtäckning, den känns inte torr eller pudrig sådär som foundations med full täckning ofta gör, istället är den riktigt glowig och visuellt utjämnande på huden, glowig till den nivå att den känns rätt klibbig på huden. Jag var tvungen att sätta den med puder två gånger inom loppet av fem minuter för att den bara käkade upp pudret fullständigt! Jag skulle säga att denna är värd att skippa om du har oljig hud, här är det snarare fokus på en normal/torrare hud. Så jag satte basen två gånger och ändå blev den inte kakig (kan vara tack vare pudret) och inte heller kladdade den under dagen vilket jag ärligt talat räknade med att en så klibbig finish skulle göra. Den är bara klibbig när du rör den. På något vis lyckades den hålla sig snygg på huden ovanligt väl, den veckade sig inte ens mellan ögonbrynen på mig vilket nästan alla foundations gör på mig. Sju timmar in såg jag fortfarande fresh ut med plumpad slät hud.

isadora cover up foundation concealer swatch

1. Bare skin. 2. A pump of IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer in the colour Light Cover applied with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

isadora cover up foundation & concealer swatch

3. Set with the Matt Fixing Blotting Powder. 4. With a full face of makeup.

Short recap:

+ Hygienic and smart packaging
+ High coverage without looking like a mask
+ Unusually glowy, full coverage rarely cater towards dry skin
+ Doesn’t settle into a single pore or line on me
+ Doesn’t break down on the skin

- Poor shade range
- Tacky feeling on the skin
- Eats powder

8/10 toasters, would buy again!

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

Urban Decay Moondust Palette

Moondust Palette is one of the most recent releases from Urban Decay, a palette of 8 gritty multidimensional glitter eyeshadows that will blow your Bowie feels through the roof.

I’d say that you should expect to layer it over a darker base or eyeshadow as these are quite sheer on their own (plus can give you quite a bit of fallout!), but with some help underneath the glitter is unreal for an eyeshadow, it’s like nothing else I own! See it as a topcoat for your eyelids and you’ll get the most amazing effects ever.

This eyeshadow formula is a real Urban Decay oldie (I reviewed the shade Solstice here earlier for example), released under the name Stardust Eyeshadow in 2010 if I’m not mistaken, which was revamped and now called Moondust. This palette contains all new shades that you can’t find in the permanent range, and as the singles are quite damn expensive ($21/190 SEK for 1.5 grams) this palette is a bargain ($49/495 SEK for 5.6 grams) if you want to try a bunch of shades.

urban decay moondust palette

The packaging of the Moondust Palette is, as always with Urban Decay, just amazing.

urban decay moondust palette

Some of the shades have a beautiful duochrome effect, it’s really hard to capture the sparkle in pictures but I hope you get the feeling!

urban decay moondust eyeshadow

In all: this palette is not for those who want a polished elegant effect, expect some rock n’ roll grit.

urban decay moondust palette swatch

Top row of the palette swatched both on bare skin and over a black eye pencil so you can see how the dark base brings out the sparkle. The only one that I think is the best on its own is Specter.

urban decay moondust palette swatch

Bottom row of the palette.

urban decay moondust palette swatch

An eyeshadow look created with the palette, here I’m wearing a black pencil as a base all over the lids, then layered Magnetic all over the lids with a dab of Galaxy on the outer corners, and Specter on the inner. Full blog post about this makeup will be up soon!

Viola, Killer Colours
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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!