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What’s in my travel makeup bag?

Last weekend Jerry and I went to Copenhagen for a few days, here’s everything I packed makeup and skincare wise! All products are listed below.

travel makeup bag

Here’s everything I packed, do you pack more or less than this for a weekend?


  • Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash. A creamy cleanser that doesn’t irritate or dry my skin out.
  • Pixi Glow Tonic. Glycolic acid (AHA) toner that exfoliates the skin and makes it look and feel fresher.
  • Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil. A face oil with black cumin and brightening citruses, can’t live without.


  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer “Fair Neutral”. A thin and soft concealer with great coverage, works perfectly fine dabbed all over so I skipped bringing a foundation.
  • Milani Baked Blush “Luminoso”. Glowy peach blush, basically blush and highlighter in one.
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad “Smoke”. A slim eyeshadow quad that I can do both brows and some simple eye looks with.
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel. Favourite brow gel for keeping them in place all day.
  • IsaDora Perfect Contour Kajal Waterproof “Black”. In case I would care to do a smokey eye. I didn’t.
  • IsaDora Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara. Current favourite.
  • H&M Lip Saviour Balm “Sepia Tint”. A really soft and hydrating rosy lip balm.


  • Beauty Blender Pro. A makeup sponge, just picked the closest one I had on hand. I prefer the pink as it’s a bit softer in texture.
  • Ecotools The Lovely Looks Five Piece Brush Set. Minus the mini flat foundation brush. A tiny but still totally useable set.
  • Zoeva Vegan 235 Contour Shader. A stiff angled brush that is great for smudging lashlines, a must have recently.
  • Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush. Great for both applying and blending.

It all fits perfectly in this cute faux leather makeup bag from KICKS. Available at the KICKS webshop, link here!

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Today I played with the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Smoke, four matte cool toned shades that together create the perfect dark grey smokey eye. As always with KVD eyeshadows they swatch, apply and blend heavenly, but holy shit they kick up so much product when you put your brush in them!! See the picture at the bottom of the post.

I used all shades except for the medium grey, those greys always turn dirty blue on my skintone so I skipped it for that reason. The taupe is the star of the show in my opinion, it’s the peeerrrrfect shade to soften the edges of a black eyelid.





  • Lumene Nude Perfection Fluid Foundation – Classic Beige (1)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – Fair Neutral
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
  • Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso
  • Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight


  • Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo – Light
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel


  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad – Smoke
  • IsaDora Perfect Contour Kajal Waterproof – Black
  • IsaDora Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara


  • GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick – Antique
kat von d shade + light eye contour quad smoke

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Smoke. Can you believe that it was completely untouched before doing this makeup? No? Well that’s the classic KVD kickup for you. A beautiful makeup look on your face (without any fallout on the face!?) and the same amount of eyeshadow sprinkled over your makeup table. Haha.

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I finished 3 basic staple products within the same week?!

They all just.. ran out. I had to pop into my backup stash three times this week to get my fix! After trying a zillion beauty products through the years you just end up sticking to certain things (aka the irreplaceable gold medalists), I get the itch just by thinking of being without these three.

finsihed 3 staple products

I’m planning on saving Selma though, she’s still going strong.

Pixi Glow Tonic

A toner heavy in aloe vera (calming) and witch hazel (tightening, calming) with 5% glycolic acid (exfoliating). My skin is so sensitive these days, even the wrong side of a cotton pad can leave my skin burning, but it still loves this toner! By using this daily I have been able to skip all other kinds of gritty or acid/enzyme packed face scrubs, it exfoliates mildly but effective enough to keep my skin in a solid well-exfoliated state. I apply it with a cotton pad after cleansing with a balm in the evening, and some days in the morning after a splash of cold water. Always followed by a good serum and cream. Rallelujah.

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

A tubing mascara (comes off like little pantyhose with warm water and a cotton pad, no smudging!) with the thinnest, loveliest wand ever. I’ve never found a quicker mascara for creating heavy pitch black lashes, it basically applies itself. I’m not even smudging my lower lashline with this wand, after all these years I still can’t apply mascara with a regular brush without making a mess but with this one I can. Haha. Review and demo here!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder Diaphanous

Invisible face powder. If you thought that your 100% silica powders like MUFE HD were smooth, fine and invisible you just haven’t tried this one. I often find the HD powders having a scary texture, they fly everywhere so that I breathe them in when I use them and they feel stiff and dry on my skin. The Impalpable Finishing Powder is just.. invisible. It takes the shine of my foundation down to a satin matte and keeps it like that all day without turning into an even goopier mess after a few hours. Fills in pores and fine lines beautifully (undereye heaven!) and doesn’t reflect white in photos.

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25 blog posts from 2015 that you might have missed

Here’s a collection of my favourite blog posts from the past year, have any of you read them all? Click the headline or the link below the picture to find the individual blog post.

Thank you for all the support and love through this hectic year, I’m sending all my love and hoping for a good 2016, take care!


A creamy blue eyelid using Illamasqua eyeshadow

The barrier cream that has saved my face from the last two winters

My Thierry Mugler Angel perfume collection

A purply brown cream shadow that has been well loved this year

Six neutral lippies from KIKO Cosmetics

Iris as a perfume note

Six vampy red nail polishes

A glowy makeup look with smokey jewel tones

The amazing Viseart eyeshadow palettes

A bunch of cheek products from The Balm

Swatching all my Makeup Geek eyeshadows

A serious highlighter smackdown

A fantastic mascara find, now one of my absolute favourites

The perfect wet look eyeshadow from Marc Jacobs

My skincare routine from this summer, still basically the same

Probably my best nail polish brand find of the year, drooool

Blue and silver makeup look worn with two different lip colours

Asymmetric rainbow eyes

Cheap Ebay makeup brushes, are they worth your money?

A fantastic cleansing balm, aka the makeup killer

Holographic icy turquoise nails

Smokey 60′s cat eye

Makeup look using all the shadows in my “leftover palette”

My most used bronzers

Epic glitter swatching with Lit Cosmetics

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Cailyn Cosmetics Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm

Låt mig tjata en gång till om denna produkt, okej? Min bästa bästa bästis att tvätta bort smink med är Dizzolv’it från Cailyn Cosmetics. Det är ett cleansing balm, alltså en solid rengöring som smälter till en olja på huden och rengör utan uttorkande lödder. Bli inte förskräckt av tanken på en oljig rengöring, för är den smart framtagen så är den lätt att skölja av också. Precis detta är grejen med fina Dizzolv’it, formulan är frickin delikat! På bara sekunder har den löst upp allt smink och glider runt på huden, perfekt tillfälle att ge sig själv en liten ansiktsmassage (finns massor av bra instruktionsvideos på YouTube). Lättast är att göra detta innan du kliver in i duschen, huden och händerna måste vara torra när balmet masseras på för annars börjar det lösa upp sig!

När du är färdig med massagen så stig in i duschen eller skölj i handfatet. Direkt oljan kommer i kontakt med vatten blir den till en vit mjölk som bara rinner av huden. Kvar lämnas ren och mjuk hud, inte ett spår av olja eller makeup!

Detta är den enda rengöring, alltså enda någonsin, som jag kunnat följa upp med ansiktsvatten och bomullstussen lämnas kritvit. Inga läppglans eller läppstift behöver torkas av på förhand, inga vattenfasta eyeliners eller mascaror lämnas sotiga i fransraderna, ingenting! Inte svider den i ögonen heller utan kan gnuggas in riktigt ordentligt.

Som extra plus är den parfymfri, luktar endast lite sött av fruktextrakten den innehåller, t.ex. papaya vars enzymer exfolierar huden milt och acerola som är proppat med vitamin C. Full INCI längst ner i detta inlägg.

Jag har kanske tre användningar kvar på min burk på 50ml som jag använt dagligen i ett par månader nu, så jag slog till på en stor 100ml-burk att följa upp med. Denna rengöring vill jag INTE råka vara utan. Mina burkar är köpta på Pure Cosmetic, webshopen skickar inom Sverige om ni inte har möjlighet att kika in i Göteborgsbutiken.

cailyn cosmetics dizzolv'it makeup melt cleansing balm

Cailyn Cosmetics Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm in 100 and 50ml. Choose your weapon.


Let me go on about this product one more time, okay? My best friend ever when it comes to taking off makeup is Dizzolv’it from Cailyn Cosmetics. It’s a cleansing balm, in other words a solid cleanser that melts into an oil on the skin and cleanses without harsh foaming agents. Don’t be afraid of the oily part, because if the product is well made it rinses off easily. That’s exactly the thing about lovely Dizzolv’it, the formula is frickin delicious! In a few seconds it has dissolved all makeup and slides around on the skin, a perfect time to give yourself a little facial massage (there are great guides on YouTube). The easiest thing is to do this before hopping in the shower, face and hands have to be dry when the balm is massaged on, otherwise it starts dissolving!

When you’re done with the massage just get in the shower or rinse over the sink. Immediately when the oil gets in contact with water it turns into a white milk that just runs off the skin. You’re left with smooth and supple skin, not a trace of oil or makeup!

This is the only cleanser, I mean the only one ever, that I can follow up with a toner and the cotton pad is left 100% clean. No lip glosses or lipsticks need to be wiped off on forehand, no waterproof mascaras or liners leave a grey shadow at the base of the lashes, nothing! It doesn’t sting the eyes either so you can really massage it in thorougly.

As an extra plus it’s perfume free, it only smells a little sweet from the fruit extracts that it contains, for example papaya which exfoliates the skin mildly and acerola which is packed with vitamin C. Full INCI at the bottom of this post!

I have maybe three uses left in my small 50ml tub that I’ve used daily for a few months, so this time I went for the large 100ml instead. I do NOT want to stand without this one. You can order it at the Cailyn Cosmetics website.

cailyn cosmetics dizzolv'it makeup melt cleansing balm

The small one looks so cute now that I have the mega jar. Such tiny!

cailyn dizzolv'it

Let’s demonstrate! Here we have a smudge proof, waterproof eye pencil and a pea size amount of the Cailyn Dizzolv’it (this amount would be enough for an entire face!)

cailyn dizzolv'it

Dizzolv’it massaged in, quickly dissolving the eye pencil. The consistency is like a thin oil at this stage.

cailyn dizzolv'it

Add a little water and the oil turns into a milk that easily rinses off.

cailyn dizzolv'it

Byebye makeup, hello smooth non-oily skin!


INCI: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Olea Europaea [Olive] Fruit Oil, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostear- Ate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Carica Papaya [Papaya] Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra [Acerola] Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Thuja Orientalis Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum [Sugar Cane] Extract, Acer Saccharum [Sugar Maple] Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis [Orange] Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum [Lemon] Fruit Extract, Aqua, Resveratrol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 16255, CI 15985, Fragrance.

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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!