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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow “I300 Pine Green”

Make Up For Ever sopade nyligen hela sin gigantiska standardlinje med ögonskuggor och ersatte den med nya Artist Shadow. Modigt drag, men SÅ SÅ SÅ bra! Den nya formulan är fantastisk, känns nästan fuktig och glider på jämnt och mjukt utan nedfall under ögonen. Linjen bryts ned i olika finishes: matte (M), satin (S), iridescent (I), diamond (D) och metallic (ME), vilka sedan är vad som inleder skuggans namn. Eller namn och namn, på förpackningen har du finish-namnet vilket i detta fall är I300, men skuggan har även ett “riktigt namn” som inte står på förpackningen men går att googla upp. Så frustrerande, kan alla inte bara sluta göra så? Siffror är så opersonliga och svåra att komma ihåg.

Namnfrustration åsido, här är I300, även kallad Pine Green. En kall mörk skogsgrön med skimmer och en grånad underton. Perfekt både som eyeliner och i en ordentlig sotning, färgen har en såpass tydlig grå ton i sig att den inte upplevs som knallig. Lättburen glad färg, bästa som finns! Nyansen påminner om linern Neo Classic från Becca vilken är en av mina absoluta favoriter när det kommer till grönt på ögonen. Jag spanade in denna på Sephora (Sthlm, Biblioteksgatan) förra året och ångrade som tusan att jag inte köpte den, så en fin vän shoppade med sig den när hon hälsade på nyligen! Hjärthjärt!

 

Make Up For Ever recently got rid of their entire basic line of eyeshadows and replaced it with the new Artist Shadow. A brave move, but SO SO SO good! The new formula is fantastic, it almost feels damp and glides on soft and evenly without falldown. The line breaks down into several finishes: matte (M), satin (S), iridescent (I), diamond (D) and metallic (ME), which then is what the shadow name starts with. Well, name.. On the packaging you have a finish name which in this case is I300, but the shadow also has a “real name” which isn’t named on the packaging but possible to find by googling it. So frustrating, why can’t everyone stop doing that? Numbers have no personality and are hard to remember.

Name frustration aside, here’s I300, also called Pine Green. A cool toned dark forest green with shimmer and an ashy undertone. Perfect both as an eyeliner and in a heavy smokey eye, the undertone of the colour is so grey that it doesn’t feel too intense. Happy colours that are easy to wear, Love it! The shade reminds me a lot of Neo Classic eyeliner from Becca which is one of my absolute favourites when it comes to green on the eyes. I peeked at this colour at Sephora (Stockholm, Biblioteksgatan) last year and really wished that I had bought it, so when a nice friend of mine visited recently she got it for me. Heartity heart!

make up for ever artist shadow i300 pine green

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow – I300 Pine Green

make up for ever artist shadow i300 pine green

I300 Pine Green applied straight onto the eyelid and blended out with a brush. When worn out I’d use a medium brown or peachy eyeshadow to blend the edges with for it to bring out the crisp cool tone. A pale golden or bluish highlighter on the inner corner would also be lovely.

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Dislike the Beauty Blender? No worries, me too. I prefer the KICKS Rubicell Sponge!

Beauty Blender, detta hyllade fenomen i makeupvärlden. En liten droppformad rosa svamp som du låter svälla i vatten, kramar ur med en handduk och sedan duttar ut foundation och/eller concealer med. Ytan är otroligt finporig för att vara en svamp och den applicerar därav som sammet. Så vad är problemet? Jag KAN INTE komma att gilla den! Jag har aldrig kommit överens med den, jag tycker att den är för puffig och suger upp produkt (trots att den sägs inte göra det när den är svälld. Joho.) så det känns lite för slösigt. Plus att den känns svårtvättad och äcklig inuti efter ett tag. Än en gång återvänder jag till stipplingborstarna och känner mig tillfreds igen.

Men! För några månader sedan provade jag KICKS Rubicell Sponge och JA, äntligen ett redskap som ger vad jag önskar av Beauty Blendern! En tunn platt “puderpuff” som på undersidan har samma finporiga känsla. Fungerar toppen både torr (för högre täckgrad) och fuktad (för lägre), suger inte upp produkt över huvud taget och känns inte äcklig efter tvätt. Svampen är latexfri och oljebeständig så den bryts inte ner med användning. För 39 kr jämfört med Beauty Blenderns dryga 200 är det ett lätt val för min del. Shoppa på KICKS hemsida eller i butik!

 

The Beauty Blender, a praised makeup phenomenon. A small drop shaped pink sponge which you dampen so that it swells, squeeze the water out with a towel and then dab your foundation/concealer out with it. The surface has super fine pores for being a sponge and that makes it apply like velvet. So what’s the problem? I just CAN’T get around liking it! I’ve never gotten along with it, I just find it too puffy and absorbant (even though people say that it stops absorbing product when damp. It does.) so it feels a bit wasteful. Plus it feels hard to wash well and it gets gross after a while. Once again I return to my stippling brushes and feel good again.

But! a few months ago I tried the KICKS Rubicell Sponge and YES, finally a tool that does what I wished for the Beauty Blender to do! A thin, flat “powderpuff” which has the same fine pores. Works great both dry (for higher coverage) and dampened (for less coverage), doesn’t absorb product at all and doesn’t feel gross after washing. The sponge is latex free and doesn’t break down from the oils during use. For 39 SEK compared to the Beauty Blender which is at about 200 it’s an easy choice for me.

kicks rubicell sponge

My sponge looks like this after months of daily use (washed, that is!). Not a speck of makeup residue, no wonky shape, no visible wear at all.

 

Jag rullar alltid, alltså dagligen, Rubicell Sponge torr över min foundation på områden där jag lätt överapplicerar eller blir torrfnasig, och så använder jag den till att sudda ut concealer under ögonen. Vid lata tillfällen har jag använt den till applicering av både foundation och concealer i samma svep vilket också fungerar toppen, men då bäst fuktad.

I always, and by that I mean daily, roll the Rubicell Sponge dry over my foundation on areas where I easily overapply or get dry spots, also I use it to blend my concealer out. I’ve been lazy and applied both foundation and concealer with it on one go which also works fine, in that case better dampened.

kicks rubicell sponge

The back has a ribbon which makes it really comfortable to use and ergonomical to roll over the skin.

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Recension, Skönhet

KIKO Soft Touch Blush “Tomato” & Mosaic Highlighter

Here are the last two KIKO Cosmetics products! Available at the KIKO Cosmetics website.

Soft Touch Blush in the colour Tomato (107) is a dusty red, let’s call it natural red, blush which is flat matte and very silky on the cheeks. I love shades like this, they are flattering on EVERYONE just depending on how heavily you apply them. Creates perfect Snow White cheeks.

Mosaic Highlighter is a multicoloured highlighter that when swirled together with a brush turns into a pale gold. Not a glittery speck in sight, the shimmer is extremely finely milled and gives a fantastic glow. Repackage and sell this as a five times more expensive Hourglass powder and I wouldn’t have anything bad to say about the quality. A total budget find. Therefore of course limited edition (too good to be true, right?), comes with the Generation Next collection.

kiko soft touch blush tomato 107 & mosaic highlighter

KIKO Soft Touch Blush – Tomato (107), Mosaic Highlighter

kiko soft touch blush tomato 107 & mosaic highlighter swatch

Swatched heavily on bare skin. No chalkiness in the blush, no glittery shite in the highlighter!

Before adding blush and highlighter, wearing foundation and my Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer.

kiko cosmetics soft touch blush tomato 107 & mosaic highlighter swatch

After adding Soft Touch Blush in Tomato and Mosaic Highlighter. Sooo smooth looking! (Doesn’t go too well with the unrelated eye look though, it was worn out like this!)

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Cool toned eyes with KIKO Water Eyeshadow “Light Taupe” & Cool Touch Eyeshadow “Ingenious Taupe”

Jag har varit sugen på kallare neutrala skyggnyanser på sistone som inte lutar för mycket mot blått eller lila, Misty Rock från By Terry som jag skrev om för några dagar sedan fyller denna önskning och likaså dessa två taupenyanser från KIKO Cosmetics. Kombinerade är de ren magi. Recension längre ner i inlägget!

I’ve been into cooler eyeshadows lately without wanting to go too blue or purple, Misty Rock from By Terry which I wrote about a few days ago measures up to that craving aswell as these two taupe shades from KIKO Cosmetics. When combined they turn into true magic. Review at the end of the blog post!

taupe

I’m wearing Ingenious Taupe all over the lids with Light Taupe patted on top at the center of the top lid and inwards, plus on the inner corner.

taupe

taupe

Face:

  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation – 2 Cream Ivory
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer

Brows:

  • Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit

Eyes:

  • KIKO Cosmetics Cool Touch Eyeshadow – Ingenious Taupe (08)
  • KIKO Cosmetics Water Eyeshadow – Light Taupe (227)
  • Illamasqua Medium Pencil – Hex
  • Illamasqua Masquara – Raven

Lips:

  • KIKO Cosmetics – Creamy Lipgloss – Pearly Shell Rose (101)
kiko cosmetics cool touch eyeshadow ingenious taupe 08 & water eyeshadow light taupe 227

KIKO Cosmetics Cool Touch Eyeshadow – Ingenious Taupe (08), Water Eyeshadow – Light Taupe (227)

KIKO Cosmetics Cool Touch Eyeshadow – Ingenious Taupe (08) is a smooth cream-to-powder kind of eyeshadow that comes in a jar with double lids to keep the moisture in. It really is cool when you touch it, but it applies like a regular powder eyeshadow. It has a tendency to slip off eyeshadow brushes, I guess that’s why it came with a sponge tip applicator (which I threw away before trying it, heh). I apply it with my fingers and it works perfectly! Ingenious Taupe is a smooth taupe grey. Perfect basic shade.

KIKO Cosmetics Water Eyeshadow – Light Taupe (227) is a powder eyeshadow that can be used both wet and dry. I never bother applying shadows wet so dry is my way to go. Light Taupe is a pale cool toned taupe, somehow it reads slightly purple on the skin. 100% ethereal and sooo useful!

kiko cosmetics cool touch eyeshadow ingenious taupe (08) & water eyeshadow light taupe (227) swatch

Ingenious Taupe, Light Taupe. Applied on bare skin without primer.

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6 neutral KIKO lippies

Idag landade en hög fina produkter från KIKO Cosmetics i min brevlåda, ett budgetmärke som än så länge aldrig lyckats göra mig besviken. Ja, minus kanske för att de är ett av många företag som bara skriver siffrorna och inte nyansnamnen (som faktiskt existerar) på förpackningarna. Annars hög kvalitet för pengen och otroligt produktutbud! Jag hugger in med nöje, tror vi börjar med läpprodukterna va? Allt finns att shoppa på KIKOs europeiska hemsida.

Today a bunch of lovely products from KIKO Cosmetics landed in my mailbox, a budged brand that still hasn’t managed to make me disappointed. Well, possibly a minus for only writing numbers and not the shade names (which actually exist) on the packaging. Otherwise high quality for your money and an insane product range! I’m digging into these with joy, let’s start with the lippies huh? The products are all available at the KIKO EU website.

6 neutral kiko lippies

Here are all the lovely lippies! I managed to lay them out in the mirrored order they’re swatched below, in other words, I’m going through them from right to left.

6 neutral kiko lippies

Skin swatches for side-by-side comparison, lip swatches with names are in the same order below!

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

kiko cosmetics ultra glossy stylo spf 15 pearly sand 800

Ultra Glossy Stylo SPF 15 – Pearly Sand (800). A mega glossy lipstick just like the name says, goes on as a sheer apricot beige with delicate gold sparkle. Gooooorgeous for intense warm toned makeup looks!

kiko cosmetics creamy lipgloss apricot 111

Creamy Lipgloss – Apricot (111). Glossy twist-up pencil in a warm peachy shade. Very subtle shimmer. I expected it to be even warmer in tone because of the name, still gorgeous and comfortable to wear.

kiko cosmetics creamy lipgloss pearly shell rose 101

Creamy Lipgloss – Pearly Shell Rose (101). Glossy twist-up pencil in a cool toned mauve beige shade, surprisingly pigmented. No shimmer even though it’s called pearly? This is just as light as I can go with nude lippies, any lighter would wash me out. Love this shade!

kiko cosmetics creamy lipgloss pearly strawberry pink (102)

Creamy Lipgloss – Pearly Strawberry Pink (102). Glossy twist-up pencil in a warm rose shade. Slight shimmer. I usually dislike soft pink shades, but this is more of a vintage rose than strawberry pink which feels very grown up and calm. A pink for those who don’t like pinks!

kiko cosmetics frosted look lipstick brisk mauve (02)

Frosted Look Lipstick – Brisk Mauve (02). Velvety matte twist-up lip pencil in that magic red/pink/mauve leaning neutral colour (reminds me a lot of NARS Dolce Vita, people!) Totally matte, the horrible “frosted look” name is so misleading! The formula is very thin and smooth and FEELS glossy on the lips even though it’s matte. Perfection!

kiko cosmetics crystal sheer glossy lipstick desert rose 403

Crystal Sheer Glossy Lipstick – Desert Rose (403). Glossy lipstick in a rosy brown colour. Just a shade deeper than my natural lips, enhances beautifully.

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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!