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IsaDora Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara review

New mascara from IsaDora! Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara is a new release that is supposed to give “intense black lashes with insane volume!”. On the catwalk we see a lot of lash focus so IsaDora decided to follow the trend and create something ballsy. Spider lash club says YAY!

This new release promises a brush with three reservoirs to store extra product that will super-dose your lashes. The formula is soft, flexible and buildable, intense black pigment, fan shaped lashes with “stretch effect” and a long lastning smudge- and clump free finish. Many claims!

This mascara releases next week (week 29) and will cost 169 SEK.

isadora insane volume lash styler mascara

IsaDora Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara. The brush has a half moon shaped side with harder bristles to separate the lashes, and softer strands on the bottom to lay down product with. Inside the half moon shape you have the hollow reservoirs that hold, as you can see, a crapbunch of product! Bold move IsaDora.

bare lashes

Bare lashes

isadora insane volume lash styler mascara

IsaDora Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara, about 2 coats.

So what does it do?


Length: 5/5

It manages to catch the ends of the lashes and stretch them that little extra.

Volume: 5/5
No joke, with a few swipes you get enough mascara for five normal applications. It hugs the lashes and fattens them like crazy.

Definition: 4/5
With a little work you get beautiful separated lashes, but with the initial sweeps you get some clumps as the mascara reservoirs puke out product. Good and bad! Wiggle that brush around for a while and use the tip of the brush to separate things and you will get beautiful separated lashes.

Precision: 3.5/5
Better than expected! It needs some extra work to place that large blob of product where you want it, but you can easily maneuver it without smudging it around your eyes. The brush is sleek enough to easily fit into the more delicate inner corners for example.

Effectivity: 4.5/5
This is the first mascara from IsaDora that really catches on in a second. It just delivers, BOOM. But as previously mentioned, it needs a little work to look as fantastic as it can.

Colour: 3.5/5
It’s black, but not HOLY SHIT THAT’S BLACK-black.

Water resistance: 4.5/5
As water resistant as it gets without turning waterproof. I was able to rub my eyes with warm water without anything coming off, but with a second rub it started melting. So don’t worry at all going out in light rain or sweating while wearing it.

Longevity: 5/5
My lashes look exactly the same after six hours of wear. Doesn’t crumble on me like long wearing smudgeproof formulas can tend to do, it just.. wears! Doesn’t lose curl, doesn’t lose the extra length. Just spot on.

 

Conclusion: 35/40

THANK YOU ISADORA for this release! Finally a mascara that doesn’t excuse itself. It packs a serious punch and you don’t have to worry about it running straight off your face either. A precise brush that is still a bit weird and funny, it just makes sense! This one is straight up there with my all time favourite Too Faced Better Than Sex (review here).

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Inglot Freedom System Palette + Eyeshadow, review & swatches

Men hej! Det har varit tyst här några dagar då jag och the Jerr flytt från Göteborgsregnet och trevlighetsdrivit i soliga Stockholm. I lördags vinkade vi av Black Sabbath med djävulstecken på full spret och dansande fötter, världens bästa plåster på vad som på sistone varit ett jävla skitliv. Ärligt talat.

En viktig grej jag ville hinna med under Stockholmsbesöket var den (relativt) nyöppnade Inglot-butiken i (relativt) nyöppnade Mall of Scandinavia, något jag aldrig haft möjlighet att shoppa med egna händer innan. Inglot är ett polskt märke som tidigare närmast funnits i typ Finland och England, äntligen finns de på hemmaplan! De har ett palettsystem under namnet Freedom System vilket går ut på du plockar ihop allt själv, du väljer hur många skuggor du vill rymma i din palett och vilka nyanser du vill stoppa i. Alla paletter jag äger sedan tidigare har varit hafsiga önskningar skickade med vänner eller saker som skett via nätet, så det var kul att få plocka ihop något i butik till slut. Det blev en liten fyrpalett i koralltoner denna gång. Superfin! Sen att jag råkade plocka en skugga jag har sedan tidigare (och som inte håller samma kvalitet som den gamla, mer info nedan!) var mindre bra. Där ligger krånglet i ett sådant här system, nördar du och äger mer än du behöver under en livstid finns risken att du inte håller isär alla färgnummer och köper dubbelt av saker.

Skuggorna går på 65 SEK/st och paletterna varierar i pris beroende på storlek, men som referens går den avlånga fempaletten på 100 SEK.

Så min tanke var (varför babblar jag så mkt idag??) att varför inte visa varenda en. Bara plöja! Vi kikar på alla Inglotskuggor jag har!

 

Oh hello! Not much has happened on here recently as Jerry and I fled the Gothenburg rain for a sunny Stockholm this evening. This Saturday we said goodbye to Black Sabbath with horned hands and dancing feet, the best band aid on what has recently been quite a shitty life, to be honest.

One important thing I wanted to get done on this trip was to visit the (somewhat) new Inglot store in the (somewhat) new Mall of Scandinavia, as I’ve never had the opportunity to shop Inglot in person before. Inglot is a Polish brand which we’ve never had in Sweden before, and finally they’re here! They have a palette system called Freedom System where you pick everything yourself, you choose how many shades you want in your palette and which ones you want to pop in there. All my old palettes are sloppy wish lists sent with friends who are travelling or have been handled online, so it was a lot of fun to finally visit a store and do it myself. I ended up picking a quad with coral hues this time. So cute! The fact that I ended up picking a shade that I already own (and not with the same quality, more info below!) was less great. That’s the problem with systems like this one, if you’re a nerd who own more than you could ever need during a lifetime you might risk mix the colour numbers up and buy dupes.

So I thought (why do I ramble so much today??), why not show you every single one. Just shovel through them! Let’s take a peek at all my Inglot eyeshadows! For prices, check your local Inglot website.

inglot freedom system palette

These are all of my Inglot Freedom System palettes! Apart from these 4, 5 and 10 pan palettes you can also find 1, 2, 3 and 20 pan versions. It’s great to have a few different sizes at home and be able move shadows around into smaller or bigger palettes to fit your current need.

inglot freedom system palette

The Inglot Freedom System palettes + eyeshadows are magnetized, you can pop the shadows out using a magnet and move them around however you want. The magnet on the loose palette lids often work, but sometimes the shadows get stuck and need something stronger. In those cases I tent do go punk and just slap the palette upside down over my palm and the shadow will fall out. Just make sure not to drop the pan when you do it, it will break.

inglot eyeshadow 391, 376, 378, 344, 354, 434, 421, 357, 397, 395

Inglot Eyeshadow in (top row) 391, 376, 378, 344, 354 (bottom row) 434, 421, 357, 397, 395. These are my “neutral” shades, basically smokey shades with a pale and/or shimmery pop. Just the way I like it!

inglot eyeshadow 391, 376, 378, 344, 354, 434, 421, 357, 397, 395 swatch

Inglot Eyeshadow in 391, 376, 378, 344, 354, 434, 421, 357, 397, 395. I could kiss so many asses over this palette, I love every single shade. 376 is my lovechild of the bunch, that one was my eyebrow shade during all the years with black hair, nothing ever replaced it.

inglot eyeshadow 161, 162, 163, 164, 165

Inglot Eyeshadow in 161, 162, 163, 164, 165. These shades are all from this years spring collection called Rise & Shine, blog post about it here.

inglot eyeshadow 161, 162, 163, 164, 165 swatch

Inglot Eyeshadow in 161, 162, 163, 164, 165. These shades are all very similar in formula, creamy sparkly semi-sheer pastels with a slight duochrome sheen. As gorgeous on their own as over a black base.

inglot eyeshadow 340, 428, 494, 407

Inglot Eyeshadow in 340, 428, 494, 407 (don’t ask me where the fifth shade went!). This palette contains my old pan of the golden peach 407.

inglot eyeshadow 340, 428, 494, 407 swatch

Inglot Eyeshadow in 340, 428, 494, 407. All of these shades except for purple 494 is great, that one doesn’t adhere too well and has large chunks of glitter that easily brushes off. Bottle green matte 340 is one of the best Inglot mattes I have! This version of shade 407 is creamy and very intense with very little work, comparing it to the new one further down.

inglot eyeshadow 361, 366, 407, 329

Inglot Eyeshadow in 361, 366, 407, 329. This is the new palette I got in Stockholm this weekend! The shade choices clearly show that I had some kind of flamingo fever. In this palette I have the new version of 407, a comparison with the old version below.

inglot eyeshadow 361, 366, 407, 329 swatch

Inglot Eyeshadow in 361, 366, 407, 329. The matte pinks need a base to apply with full intensity, but even without a base they still apply even. No patchiness on the eyes at all as they blend super smooth, they just need some help with the colour intensity. This version of the golden peach 407 is beautiful and glowy but still a tad drier and less KABOOM than my old one.

inglot eyeshadow 407 old vs. new

Inglot Eyeshadow in 407, old vs. new. Left is from Beautylish 2013, right from the Inglot store in Mall of Scandinavia (Stockholm) 2016. See how they differ? The older one is just more saturated in both glowiness and intensity, plus it is less dry. I would guess that this one has been reformulated some time during these three years.

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Video: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette tutorial, swatches & review

The other day I filmed a tutorial/review/talk through of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. Hope you like it!

I bought my palette at Beautybay.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance palette tutorial swatch review

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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!

plain canvas

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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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!