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Sigma Brow Goals collection swatches + mini review

In April Sigma Beauty sent me a package containing their new Brow Goals collection, and in April it arrived here in Gothenburg. Did FedEx give me a notice? Sure didn’t. But this week they did!! They have had it since mid April because “they didn’t have my phone number”. Lololol sure thing FedEx. Oh well, it finally made its way to me and I’m so excited about what’s inside!

Worth mentioning, Sigma is one of the first beauty brands out there to get that social media overhype (just like Natasha Denona, Violet Voss, Morphe and all those brands we see today) and since they first launched they have gone from scratchy shedding animal hair brushes to actually revamping their whole brush line to Sigmatech, their own form synthetic hair that is cut and shaped in multiple styles to simulates animal hair! It’s so much like natural bristles I have never seen anything like it, so impressed with them choosing to do this! Good job.

All products mentioned in this post can be bought straight from the Sigma Beauty webshop.

sigma beauty brow goals collection

Sigma Beauty Brow Goals collection contains brow powders, pencils, powder highlighters, pencil highlighter, a wax pencil, two eyeliners and some tools that I’m showing further down.

sigma beauty brow powder duo light, medium, dark

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Light, Medium, Dark. There is also an Auburn shade available. These are soft eyebrow powders that naturally define and intensify your brows, can be worn alone or applied over a pencil.

sigma beauty brow powder duo light, medium, dark swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Light, Medium, Dark. These brow powders are phenomenal! They are so velvety and fluffy, and they still don’t give off too much colour. Don’t get me wrong, pigmentation is nice and even (as you can see) but it’s sheer enough to not create harsh lines in your brows. Really great shade-wise aswell, the almost entirely greyed out taupe shade in the Light duo is so genial! Overall I would say go for Light if you want something really cool toned, Medium has a slight golden tinge in both shades, and Dark has one of each.

sigma beauty brow pencil clean cut, dressed up, elevate, top shelf

Sigma Beauty Brow Pencil in Clean Cut, Dressed Up, Elevate, Top Shelf. A brow pencil that was created to match most hair tones (neutral ones that is..) and to give a natural finish.

sigma beauty brow pencil clean cut, dressed up, elevate, top shelf swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Pencil in Clean Cut, Dressed Up, Elevate, Top Shelf. I often find it hard to use brow pencils because they are either so dry they just pat on my brow hairs or they’re too soft and smudge all over. These grip on and give good colour payoff but still almost apply feeling like a powder. Great formula! The existing shades are good, they have different depths and undertones (Clean Cut = golden caramel, Dressed Up = natural auburn, Elevate = chocolate brown, Top Shelf = dark and ashy) without any of them pulling orange, I just would have wanted to see a shade similar to the lightest one but much ashier, for you icy blondes out there!

sigma beauty brow wax, brow highlighting pencil

Sigma Beauty Brow Wax and Brow Highlighting Pencil. The wax is a clear pencil to set your brows with (which is clear so no swatch, plus dislike these pencils so I’m skipping it), the higlighting pencil is a duo with a matte pale pink and a shimmery gold to apply under the brow for a highlighting effect.

sigma beauty brow highlighting pencil swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Highlighting Pencil. I don’t get this one, the pink is pigmented but oooh so clumpy, and the gold is very.. glittery. The people who are fair enough for the pink are too fair for the gold and the other way around, if the gold works on your skin the pink will probably look whitened and ashy. Nope nope nope, not impressed.

sigma beauty brow highlight duo well lit, ray of light, goddess glow, bring to light

Sigma Beauty Brow Highlight Duo in (clockwise) Well Lit, Ray Of Light, Goddess Glow, Bring To Light. A powder duo that you can use to sharpen and highlight under the brows. In each duo you get a matte and a shimmer.

sigma beauty brow highlight duo well lit, ray of light swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Highlight Duo in Well Lit, Ray Of Light. Well Lit has a matte baby pink and a shimmery cool toned peach, Ray Of Light a matte warm toned off white and a shimmery champagne gold. All four of these duos have immaculate formulas, you can see how pigmented the mattes are! The shimmers are super glowy and not for the faint of heart, great as eyeshadow or cheek highlights aswell! But maybe too few shimmery options to work well on fair skin?

sigma beauty brow highlight duo goddess glow, bring to light swatch

Sigma Beauty Brow Highlight Duo in Goddess Glow, Bring To Light. Goddess Glow has a matte coral (beautiful blush shade on fair skin) and a copper shimmer, Bring To Light has a matte medium peach and a shimmery equivalent. Same thing with these as I said under the last picture apart from the Goddess Glow shimmer having a slightly grittier shimmer than the others.

sigma beauty standout eyes gel eye liner liberally roasted, stunningly ladylike

Sigma Beauty Standout Eyes Gel Eye Liner in Liberally Toasted, Stunningly Ladylike. These versatile gel eyeliners are smudge proof and opaque with a smooth finish.

sigma beauty standout eyes gel eye liner liberally roasted, stunningly ladylike swatch

Sigma Beauty Standout Eyes Gel Eye Liner in Liberally Toasted, Stunningly Ladylike. Liberally Toasted is a neutral medium brown leaning a bit golden, I love how light it actually is, it is very clearly brown and not just “off black” on the eyes! I’ve been looking for something like this. Stunningly Ladylike is just that dark brown that we tend to see in liners, not as impressive shade-wise but still very useful when you want to soften the look of your eyeliner. The formula on these is very matte and more like a cream formula than gel in my opinion. They need no layering at all on the eyes though, the application is super even.

sigma beauty e80, e75, e06, e71

Sigma Beauty E80 Brow And Lash, E75 Angled Brow, E06 Winged Liner, E71 Highlight Diffuser. These brushes are sold both separately and as a set. The E80 is just a basic spoolie with a fancy handle, you can buy packs of dispostable spoolies for nothing on Ebay and they work exactly the same. The other three are interesting though! E75 is a sharp little angled brush, too sharp and tiny for my taste when it comes to brows but I imagine many people would like it. E06 is THE tiniest little angled brush I’ve ever seen, PERFECT for gel liner. Revolutionary! This is the one to get. E71 is a slanted brush with a flat surface, a interesting way of applying brow highlighters without fluffing them into the eyebrows. I don’t think it’s the most necessary brush out there though.

Now, let’s demo!

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Plain canvas! Wearing tinted moisturizer, under eye concealer and some powder.

sigma brow goals collection demo swatch

Brow Highlight Duo in Bring To Light as a soft shimmery brow+inner corner+cheekbone highlight, matte shade on the eyelid. Standout Eyes Gel Eye Liner in Liberally Toasted as my eyeliner and smudged along the lower lashlines. Brow Pencil in Elevate to define the outer part of the brow, Brow Powder in Light to deepen the inner corner of the brow.

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NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette swatches + mini reviews

I’ve had this post lying around for a long time now but never gotten around to posting it. Clear evidence of a mushy brain! However, here’s a bunch of shadows from the NYX Full Throttle collection! These eyeshadow quads come in eight versions if I’m not mistaken, I have four here to show you. Available for $10 at the NYX website for you americans, here in Sweden you can find it at for example Kicks.se and Åhléns City for 109 SEK.

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner, color riot, bossy, take over control

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette. Top row: Stunner, Color Riot. Bottom row: Bossy, Take Over Control.

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner, color riot, bossy, take over control

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette come in these sturdy black studded palettes. Very pretty! A bit Kat von D inspired maybe?

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner, color riot, bossy, take over control

Which colour combo is your favourite?

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Stunner. Here you get a silvery taupe, matte beige, satin warm brown and a super shimmery intense turquoise.

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner swatch

The mattes in this palette are definitely more stiff than the creamy shimmers. They need a little extra to look fully opaque, which in this case is totally fine as most people probably would use the matte shades in this palette as blending colours. A nice palette overall, the colour scheme really catches my eye, probably my favourite of the bunch to look at!

nyx full throttle shadow palette color riot

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Color Riot. Here you get a beige with chunky gold glitter, a matte rosy warm brown, a satin burnt orange and a matte wine red.

nyx full throttle shadow palette color riot swatch

The beige in this palette is hor-ri-BLEH. It is soft and blendable but holy shit it spits glitter everywhere except for the eyes where you try to put it. I don’t even touch that shade, but the rest are fine! The mattes aren’t mindblowing but build up beautifully and look fully opaque with an extra coat, no patchiness at all. The orange was a bit tricky, even though it’s a satin it needed some extra work to show up opaque. Still a pretty palette, the colours are perfect from a trend viewpoint!

nyx full throttle shadow palette color riot swatch

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Color Riot on my eyes. Blog post about the look here.

nyx full throttle shadow palette bossy

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Bossy. Here you get a dark taupe/purple/steel grey shimmer, a glittery pink, a deep shimmery plum and a pale matte pink.

nyx full throttle shadow palette bossy swatch

This is the most “meh” palette in my opinion. The star of the show is once again the shimmers, that first shade is just lovely. The matte light pink didn’t want to play, and let’s not even talk about the glittery hot pink.. Why why why do people still make those shadows with a matte-ish base and pack it full of glitter? It never works, the base is never even and the glitter just ends up on your face. Blegh. Turnoff.

nyx full throttle shadow palette take over control

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Take Over Control. Here you get a light warm shimmery pink, a matte mauve, a satin steel grey and a shimmery bronze.

nyx full throttle shadow take over control swatch

This palette is LIFE! Every single shade is immaculate. Smooth and velvety, adheres beautifully and you barely need to lift a finger to get full opacity. Sell these shades in a 50$ Marc Jacobs casing and I wouldn’t raise an eyebrow! The colour scheme is very sophisticated and easy to use, it’s basic without being “just another neutral palette”. The combo has both shimmery, matte, warm, cool, light and dark shades which makes it possible to create many varied looks with only four shadows. Go get it!

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NYX Full Throttle Lipstick swatches + mini reviews

Full Throttle Lipstick is a new addition to the colourful, wallet friendly range NYX offers. These lipsticks are said to be extra long wearing and also waterproof (but which lipstick formula isn’t waterproof, honestly? Have you ever been able to rinse a lipstick off with water? lol). They come in 12 shades, I have 7 here to show you.

The formula goes on thin, almost like a wet gel. You know how eye pencils sometimes feel slippery and almost cooling when applied, then dry down to a smudge proof matte? That’s exactly what Full Throttle does. The wear is insane, as the lipsticks dry matte they wear really well, without crusting off like the flat matte liquid lipsticks tend to do. A perfect inbetweener! They do feel a bit dry though, so moisturize those lips well! I still don’t find that they catch on to dry patches a lot, so quite a forgiving formula in my opinion.

These retail for $7 in the US, check the NYX US website. Here in Sweden we find them at for example Eleven.se or Åhléns City for 79 SEK a pop.

nyx full throttle lipstick

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick comes in a sleek black tube with a colour coded cap, perfect for makeup hoarders who wants to be able to tell colours apart without opening caps or reading labels. Great job NYX!

nyx full throttle lipstick

These lipsticks have a very different shape, they are cut in a weird bullet shape that is supposed to help application, but as you wear the shape down after only a few uses I think they could just have skipped that unnecessary detail.

nyx full throttle lipstick kiss the dust, lethal kiss, jolt, sandman, locked, loaded, nightcrawler

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Kiss The Dust, Lethal Kiss, Jolt, Sandman, Locked, Loaded, Night Crawler

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

nyx full throttle lipstick kiss the dust swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Kiss The Dust. A rosy brown tinted beige. Perfect everyday shade for that perfect 90′s vibe. Goes on super super smooth, not a crinkle! I have worn this one quite a bit already and it’s really great with a smokey eye for that “extra everything” face.

nyx full throttle lipstick lethal kiss swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Lethal Kiss. A cool toned super hot pink. Slightly whitened in tone but still vibrant enough to not turn milky. This is the shade that enhanced unevenness the most out of these, but still not a major problem at all.

nyx full throttle lipstick jolt swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Jolt. A vibrant light coral red. HELLO ultimate summer colour! This one applies super smooth. It has more of a red undertone instead of the pink hue most corals tend to have, so I find it very wearable on my skin tone. it doesn’t make my skin look blotchy like most corals do. My favourite of the bunch!

nyx full throttle lipstick sandman swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Sandman. A dusty brick red. The formula on this one is fantastic as well, goes on without any work at all. This is the exact shade of dark red I love to wear during the day, it doesn’t feel the least vampy but gives the face a great focal point.

nyx full throttle lipstick loaded swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Locked. A deepened berry pink. The formula on this one was super gummy and dry, didn’t apply smooth at all and will probably end up in the trash. Could it have dried up on its way here? Didn’t feel right at all! I’m worried that this is how the Full Throttle lipsticks will end up if you have them lying around for a long time or manage to pop a cap open by mistake in your handbag, but that’s just my horror theory. Plus I don’t dig the colour of this one at all so it’s not much of a loss for me personally. Skip.

nyx full throttle lipstick loaded swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Loaded. A dusty reddish plummy rosy.. something? A very unique shade. Gorgeous and vampy! The formula catches on slightly in the drier areas of my lips but it’s not an actual problem here either. Another one of my favourites.

nyx full throttle lipstick night crawler swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Night Crawler. A super dark blue toned ashy purple. Another super unique shade, It’s raisin coloured!! I have never owned anything like it! Does apply a tad uneven with slightly lighter areas here and there, but a calm application with a good mirror at hand easily solves it. Go get it if you’re feeling inspired to try something new!

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Thierry Mugler Angel Muse EdP

Thierry Mugler Angel is life. We’re past that fact by now, right? When a new flanker is released I just order it straight away, that’s how I tackle my obsession. Blog post about my Angel collection here.

The original Angel EdP is built on sour red berries, honey, vanilla, caramel, cocoa and patchouli. It’s zingy sweet from the berries and caramel but still dark and incredibly potent from the patchouli and cocoa base. I was so excited to hear about this years release Eau de Parfum Angel Muse, created by perfumer Quentin Bisch, promising a new gourmand take on the old classic.

In Angel Muse we get grapefruit, pink peppercorn, hazelnut cream, vetiver and patchouli. The sticky caramel is exchanged for hazelnut cream, smelling just like fluffy hazelnut spread. Not an actual roasted nut in sight! Vetiver is also an important addition. It is dark, dry and earthy which amplifies the dark base and turns pleasantly smoky on my skin. Never felt that before in an Angel! While having this dark and smoky vibe going it still has a shorter wear time than the original (landing at the normal 7 hour mark where most perfumes start giving up), so if you’re looking for that 12h+ longevity you should turn to the original. However, Angel Muse has a delicate balance between light and dark, still bearing then same ID as the Angel we know and love. You won’t be let down.

thierry mugler angel muse edp

The heavy elliptical glass bottle wrapped in metal is described as a cosmic pebble. It feels fantastic to hold!

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Video: Natasha Denona Eyeshadow swatches, tutorial & first impression

A new video is up! This time with a first impression of the Natasha Denona Eyeshadow 5 palette in 5. Are they worth the hype?

natasha denona eyeshadow swatches tutorial first impression

natasha denona eyeshadow swatches tutorial first impression

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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!