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NARS Blush in Exhibit A

I praised this blush in a blog post a few days ago, mentioning how versatile a matte firetruck red blush is. Exhibit A from NARS is 100% panic red and super pigmented, but applied sparingly it turns into the most flattering shade that works with just any makeup look. This colour works on the fairest of the fairest up to very very dark skin, just by altering the amount you apply.

Definitelyt try it out, it’s not as scary as it looks!

nars blush exhibit a

A blush that will last you a lifetime. Haha.

nars blush exhibit a swatch

Here we can see the colour faded from full force to nothing. See how flattering that sheerest colour is on me? Not warm toned, not cool toned, not pink, not orange, just like flushed skin. The darker your skin is the further to the left of this swatch you would be and get the exact same flattering look.

nars blush exhibit a swatch

NARS Blush in Exhibit A applied on the apples of the cheeks. Gives a lovely “no makeup makeup” look even though it looks completely nuts in the pan. Link to blog post about the makeup look here.

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Murad Age-Diffusing Firming Mask

Age-Diffusing Firming Mask från Murad var en av mina favoritmasker för ett par år sedan, men på grund av fånigt högt pris har jag inte haft den hemma på ett tag. Nu är den tillbaka i rutinen och den ger samma fantastiska resultat som förr, jag kunde inte vara gladare! Masken utlovar en plumpande effekt på huden som reducerar synbarheten av fina linjer och rynkor samt att den ska ge en fastare känsla. Jag är som tidigare nämnt 23 så “anti age” är inget jag jämrar mig över (om det ens är något att jämra sig över alls, ärligt talat?). Jag tror på att ge huden det den vill ha, och ge den de bästa förutsättningarna att hålla sig välmående länge.

Min hud behöver alltid hjälp på traven för att binda nog med fukt, och det syns omedelbart när jag sköljt av denna mask att den slurpat i sig massa gott. Huden är betydligt klarare, rodnader är dämpade och jag upplever även att den över tid lugnar eventuella finnar. Mycket är att tacka de många fuktgivande ingredienserna, t.ex. algen Macrocystis Pyrifera (som även är lugnande och antibakteriell) samt de två lerorna, rengörande bentonit och mineralrika montmorillonite. Full innehållsförteckning i slutet av inlägget för den nyfikne.

Finns att shoppa på t.ex. Eleven.se och Skin City.

 

Age-Diffusing Firming Mask from Murad was one of my favourite masks a few years ago, but because of the insane price I haven’t had a tube at home in a while. Now it’s back in my routine and it still gives the same amazing result as before, I couldn’t be happier! The mask promises a plumping effect of the skin that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles plus it should give a tightening effect. As mentioned before, I’m 23 so “anti age” isn’t something that I’m worrying about (if it’s worth worrying about at all, to be honest?). I just believe in giving the skin what it wants, and giving it the best conditions to stay healthy for a long time.

My skin has always needed extra help binding moisture, and it shows immediately when I rinse this mask off that it has absorbed a lot of goodness. My skin is much brighter, redness is reduced and I also find that it over time helps calm pimples. Much is to thank the many moisturizing ingredients, for example the algae Macrocystis Pyrifera (which also acts calming and antibacterial) and the two clays, cleansing bentonite and mineral rich montmorillonite. Full inci at the bottom of the post for the curious one.

murad age-diffusing firming mask

 

INCI: Water (Aqua), Bentonite, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Montmorillonite, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Spondias Mombin Pulp Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Pentylene

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Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 100P & 203p

Det är så sjukt svårt att hitta bra läppglans, eller hur? De kan inte vara så skira att färgerna inte går att skilja från varandra, men ändå inte så pigmenterade att det blir ett färgklet som känns läskigt att bära. Inte heller kan de vara för klibbiga för då vill jag ba grina, men är de för ickeklibbiga sitter de inte på plats som de ska.

När Sephora just öppnat här i Göteborg köpte jag ett av de nya Artist Plexi-Gloss från Make Up For Ever, ärligt talat bara på grund av färgen, men kom verkligen att gilla det. Nu har jag två! Formulan är åt det klibbigare hållet, men känns snarare lackat och “bouncy” än sådär att läpparna smetar ihop och trådar sig (hej MACgloss). De blir inte heller klibbiga som snor efter några timmar (vi alla vet känslan, så många gloss blir sådär!) utan håller sig blanka och ljuva även när hälften har nötts bort. Grymma gloss, ni måste kolla in!

 

It’s so damn hard to find good lip glosses, right? They can’t be so sheer that the colours all look the same, but they can’t be so pigmented that it turns into a colour goop that you’re just afraid to wear. They can’t be too sticky either because that just makes me want to cry, but not too non-sticky either as that makes them slide around and wear off quickly.

When Sephora just opened here in Gothenburg I bought one of the new Artist Plexi-Gloss from Make Up For Ever, honestly just because of the colour, but I really ended up liking it. Now I’ve got two!  The formula is on the stickier side, but it rather feels like a bouncy lacquer than a stringy goop (hello MAC glosses). They don’t turn into sticky snot after a few hours either (we all know that feeling, many glosses do!), they just stay shiny and lovely even when half of it has worn off. Great glosses, you have to check them out!

make up for ever artist plexi gloss 100p, 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 100P, 203P. The packaging is nice and sleek, and I love the lip logo at the bottom of the tube.

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 100p, 203p

The applicator is interesting, I have no clue why it has that little slit on the side, but the flexible spatula shape makes it super easy to apply evenly and quickly! One or maybe two pumps is enough to give a nice opacity on the lips.

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 100p, 203p swatch

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 100P, 203P

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 100p swatch

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 100P. A light neutral toned beige with soft shimmer. A wonderful shade that brightens without making the lips look whitened, It doesn’t have that “makeup-y” feel either, I’ve worn it with minimal makeup and it looks totally effortless. It matches the pale tone I have at the outer parts of my natural lips, I think that’s why it doesn’t feel “fake” on me.

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 203p swatch

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P. A rosy pink with golden shimmer. I was drawn to this colour immediately when I saw it, I don’t even know how! Pink glossy lips is not my style at all but this shade just mimics the natural pinky tones I have towards the inside of my lips, so when it’s applied all over the lips it makes them appear super full and fresh! Aaahh such a gorgeous shade.

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 100p swatch

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 100P. Blog post with full product list here.

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 203p swatch

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P. Blog post will full product list here.

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My skincare routine

Nu är det äntligen dags för ett blogginlägg jag länge tänkt skriva, men aldrig riktigt vetat hur jag ska lägga upp så det känns förståeligt. Min hudvårdsrutin är rätt regelbunden, jag vågar sällan testa nya produkter eftersom min hud är så petig, men jag växlar fram och tillbaka mellan ett fåtal produkter beroende på dagsläge. Det slutade upp med att jag bröt ner inlägget i fyra steg, och i varje steg inkluderade en handfull produkter med indikation om när eller varför jag använder den. Känns förståeligt va?

Min hud är alltså känslig, torr och acnebenägen. Allt på samma gång. En produkt mot orenheter kan till exempel inte vara för aktiv utan att jag blir torr/får eksem/får mer finnar av den, och en mjukgörande produkt måste vara närande men ändå “smart” och inte klogga igen huden. AHA-syra (fruktsyra, exfolierar och hjälper huden ta emot fukt) är en av mina stora varningsklockor då min hud nästan alltid reagerar illa på det, då fungerar BHA-syra (salicylsyra, exfolierar, jobbar mer antiinflammatoriskt) bättre men ändå helst bara som “topping” enstaka gånger i veckan.

Så överlag är min hudvårdsrutin parfymfri, lugnande, fuktbindande, balanserande och antioxidantrik. Låter det som något du behöver? Se om du fåt några tips nedan!

 

Now it’s finally time for a blog post that I’ve thought about writing for a long time, but never really known how to formulate for it to feel understandable. My skincare routine is quite consistent, I barely dare to try new products as my skin is so picky, but I go back and forth between a few different products depending on what my skin needs that day. I ended up breaking it down to four steps, and in each step I included a handful of products with an indication on how often or why I use it. Feels understandable, right?

So, my skin is sensitive, dry and acne prone. All at once. A deep cleaning product can’t for example be too active without me getting dry/excema or even more pimples, and a moisturizing one has to be rich yet “smart” and not clog my pores. AHA acids (fruit acids, exfoliates and helps the skin absorb moisture) is one of my big red flags as my skin almost always reacts badly, then BHA acids (salicylic acids, exfoliate, works more antiinflammatory) work better but still best as a “topping” a few times a week.

Overall my skincare routine is perfume free, calming, moisture binding, balancing and rich in antioxidants. Does that sound like what you need? Read this and see if you find something new to try!

cleansing

Cleansing

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel

A barely foaming (and therefore not great at dissolving makeup) gel cleanser made for sensitive skin, doesn’t dry my skin out at all. Contains beta glucan which is a calming inflammatory antixodiant, prebiotic oligosaccharides which help the natural protection of the skin by adding good bacteria and calming chamomile.

CAILYN Cosmetics Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm

A solid cleansing balm that dissolves ALL makeup when massaged on, then turns into a milk when water is added. Rinses off 100% clean with no oily residue at all. Contains calming and moisturizing aloe vera and calendula flower extract.

Gilda Organic Micellar Cleansing Water

A cleansing water that I like to use after the Cailyn cleansing balm, especially around the hairline and jawline, just to make sure I got all the makeup off. Contains organic plant extracts Propanediol och Bisabolol which cleanses, refreshes and calms the skin.

Foreo Luna for Sensitive/Normal Skin

A cleansing device that you massage your cleanser onto the face with, then you can turn it over, lower the vibration and use the “anti aging side” on wrinkle prone areas. This little thing REVOLUTIONIZED my cleansing! Even very mild cleansers can do a thorough job because of the vibrating knobby bristles, plus the device itself which is waterproof and made of silicone doesn’t gather bacteria. Costs a shitload of money but if mine broke I would get a new one in a heartbeat.

 

treatments

Treatments, the “use when needed” stuff

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

A smooth powder which you add water to and massage over the skin for a minute. It contains papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes which have a micro exfoliating effect instead of being a classic scratchy scrub. Great for sensitive skin, BHA based which helps calm irritations in the skin and still smoothen it out effectively. Holy grail product!

LUSH Cosmetics Grease Lightning Spot Treatment

A pin point gel to dab on pimples. Contains soothing aloe vera and antibacterial tea tree. Super simple product but it is soo goooood! Plus it’s named after the car in Grease.

Bioline Primaluce Exforadiance Brightening Illuminating Mask

A face mask that is good for skin with acne, wrinkles, scars and/or hyperpigmentation. The only AHA product that my skin still really likes! AHA acids for exfoliation and cell renewal, zinc oxide to calm the skin and decrease redness, mandelic (almond) acid which is antibacterial and great against acne aswell as rosacea as it works against inflammations and redness. It also contains hyaluronic acid (which is a sugar molecule, not an acid!) which binds water, great for dehydrated skin! Another holy grail product that I’ve gone through many tubes of.

 

serums

Serums

REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil

A skim plumping serum oil to apply before moisturizer that optimises the effect of the skincare you put on top. It’s thin and absorbs into the skin very easily, not greasy at all! Contains Omega 3 from brown algae and inca inchi (nut oil) which firms the skin and are rich in fatty acids, Omega 6 and 9 from brown algae calms and soothes irritation, vitamin A from rose hip seed oil stimulates cell renewal, vitamin E from rice germ oil works as an antioxidant.

REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot

A hyaluronic gel serum that absorbs into the skin and gives instant effect, leaving the skin SO plump and soft, even looking brighter right away. Contains hyaluronic acid from yeast biofermentation, one kind that instantly firms and plumps and one that works in the long run. It also contains phycocolloids, a seaweed gelling ingredient, which together with the hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the skin. This is a MOISTURE BOMB.

 

moisturizers

Moisturizers

Evologie Stay Clear cream

A lightweight oil free cream with salicylic acid that helps keep the skin clear without drying it out or irritating it. Contains calming beta glucan and chamomile which helps the skin feel soothed and hydrated instead of stressing it to produce excess oil. A great one for sensitive acne prone skin!

M Picaut Calming Cocoon Cream

A thick balmy cream that nourishes, calms and gives firmness to dry, sensitive and/or mature skin. The main ingredient is avocado oil which contains loads of Omega 9 which binds moisture to the skin, repairs and calms redness, and also contains loads of vitamins and minerals that helps fight free radicals. Contains a bio complex (organic avocado, coconut, wild yams and natural antiinflammatory phytosteroles) that helps balance the skin and add moisture deep into the skin. This is one of my skin besties, it helped me through last winter and it even works during the summer for me. Don’t be afraid of the oily consistency, use it at night and you’ll wake up with the most amazing skin ever!

REN Keep Young And Beautiful Firm and Lift Eye Cream

A lifting and firming eye cream which I use for its excellent consistency, it’s right inbetween a gel and a cream which makes it feel refreshing and still moisturizing. I’m not too picky with anti aging ingredients as I’m only 23 but this one has a bunch of them. Hexapeptide-11 from yeast fermentation that firms and reduces wrinkles, wheat peptides which work as a wrinkle filler, plumping amino acids, alpha-linoleic acid from arctic lingonberry seed oil that brightens and adds moisture, safflower ceramides that binds water and a yeast collagen that increases moisture level.

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H&M Beauty, let’s swatch the lippies!

H&M sopade härom veckan ut det gamla och lanserade ett helt nytt smink, hår- och hudvårdskoncept under namnet H&M Beauty, såklart är jag snabbt på bollen så ni vet vad som är värt att spendera stålarna på! Nedan följer läpprodukterna, jag har även ett rouge och några lack vi kan kika på. Priserna på läpprodukterna ligger mellan 49 och 99 kr.

The other week H&M got rid of the old and launched a completely new makeup, hair- and skincare concept under the name H&M Beauty, of course I’m quickly on it so that you have a hunch about what to dive into! Below are the lip products, I also have a blush and some nail polishes that we can take a closer look at. The lip products span from £3.99 to £7.99.

h&m beauty

The packaging has been updated. Overall they feel okay, the lipsticks are a bit flimsy but the rest is nice. Big minus for having big-ass floppy stickers where the names and ingredients are listed! Those are loose and will gather dust and dirt and eventually fall off. Just print it on the packaging pleeeeease.

hm lip definer au naturel

H&M Lip Definer in Au Naturel. “A creamy, medium-soft lip pencil that defines and perfects the natural shape of the lip. The rich formula is easy to blend and won’t bleed or feather. How to use: Apply on the lip contours and gently blend into your lipstick for natural results.”

h&m lip colour-to-go bonne vivante

H&M Lip Colour-To-Go in Bonne Vivante. “A lipstick pencil with a comfortable, moisturising formula and a great colour pay-off. Available in a range of vibrant shades and effects, the jumbo pencil format makes this extra easy to apply for go-anywhere convenience. How to use: Apply on clean lips either alone or after lip primer.”

h&m cream lip colour rosehip jam, deco ruby

H&M Cream Lip Colour in Rosehip Jam and Deco Ruby. “Our classic lipstick. The rich and creamy formula offers medium coverage, gliding on smoothly for full-bodied lips. With an inspiring palette of highly pigmented colours to choose from, it’s easy to match your mood and look. How to use: Wear it alone, after lip primer for extra punch and staying power, or underneath a gloss to add shine.”

h&m velvet lip cream pep talk

H&M Velvet Lip Cream in Pep Talk. “A vivid liquid lipstick offering a super-matte, high-coverage finish. Glides on easily, leaving lips enveloped in dramatic, velvety colour. How to use: Apply on clean lips either alone or after lip primer.”

h&m gossamer lip stain leading lady

H&M Gossamer Lip Stain in Leading Lady. “A lip stain with a weightless formula that dries down quickly for a soft finish. Glides on easily, leaving your lips hydrated with elegant colour. How to use: Apply on clean lips either alone or after lip primer.”

h&m beauty swatches

Swatched in the same order as above.

bare lips

Bare lips for reference.

h&m lip definer au naturel

H&M Lip Definer in Au Naturel. A light beige with a peachy undertone. WONDERFUL formula, it just glides on without any skips at all, super pigmented and dries down to a matte smudge proof finish. Will be great paired with neutral glosses or lipsticks, definitely kicks the asses of many expensive cult offerings (Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, I’m looking at you). Verdict: Definitely buy it!

h&m lip colour-to-go bonne vivante

H&M Lip Colour-To-Go in Bonne Vivante. A glossy pink mauve. This pencil glides on with a slick cushiony feeling, very smoothing and without the slightest greasiness. Doesn’t feel like it would smudge very easy either! This formula is so spot on, sell this formula four times as expensive and I wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. The shade is just beautiful too! Can’t wait to get more of them. And oh, they smell of.. tropical fruit or something? Only when you just apply it, then it goes away. In case you have an opinion on that. Verdict: BUY IT!! You’d be crazy not to.

h&m cream lip colour rosehip jam

H&M Cream Lip Colour in Rosehip Jam. A somewhat dirty (brown toned?) warm red, the exact colour rose hips! The formula is very pigmented but slippery, as you can see it is very glossy. Feels amazing on the lips, but for a long day at work or a night out I would pair it with a lip liner just to feel safer from smudges. This colour is worth it though! Quite unusual in my stash. The lipsticks smell a tiiiny bit, I think it’s vanilla? Verdict: Buy it for the colour, not for the formula. Or stay with the paler shades that are less smudge-sensitive.

h&m cream lip colour deco ruby

H&M Cream Lip Colour in Deco Ruby. A dusty dark reddish plum. Gorgeous fall colour! Same formula pros and cons as the colour above. Verdict: Same as the previous one!

h&m velvet lip cream pep talk

H&M Velvet Lip Cream in Pep Talk. A warm toned ultra hot pink. This is a liquid lipstick so you paint this creamy product on and it dries flat matte and smudge proof. Sure did, but I LOATHE THESE LIQUID LIPSTICKS! I seem to be the only one on this planet, but it’s impossible to apply them evenly on my quite textured lips. With a second coat it just crusts up and blergh! Do I need to mention that I redid this lip swatch four times to get this result? Hmpf. It stayed on like a trooper though, so that’s not the issue.. I really wanted to love this just because of the colour! The applicator is great though, need to mention. Very easy to create crisp lines with. Verdict: If you like matte lip stains then go for it, you will probably like these aswell! Personally I’d skip it.

h&m lip stain leading lady

H&M Lip Stain in Leading Lady. A medium-dark red with a strong pink undertone. This formula is gel-like and leaves a heavy stain after the gel like gloss wears off, very similar to the asspensive YSL Glossy Stains. Super comfortable and juicy looking! But hello, why this furry applicator? It paints little fuzzy strokes along the lip line, I needed to even the lip line out over and over again and ended up with overdrawn lips just because of that. Formula-wise it’s glorious! Verdict: Buy if you are okay with applying/perfecting with a separate lip brush, it’s worth it.

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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!