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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!)

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

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

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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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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. 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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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!



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, 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.




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.




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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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!