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Palina Magic CC Cream review & demo

The new Magic CC Cream from Swedish brand Palina is presented as a colour correcting and hydrating skin base with natural looking high coverage and a lightweight feeling. It’s not supposed to cling to lines or pores and should wear all day, packed with antioxidants and SPF 20, comes in 6 shades. Retails for 495 SEK (right now 395!) at

It sounds good, and it feels just as good! This CC cream is thin and super blendable, it has a nice silicon slip to it (inci at the end of the post) and it totally spackles pores and lines into a beautiful even surface, as if it had a pore filling primer built in! The coverage is impressive and it still manages to look like real skin. The texture isn’t tacky but will stay emollient so I felt the need to set under my eyes and between my brows to keep it from creasing.

Shade-wise Stockholm is perfect for me right now, it’s a neutral shade leaning slightly warm. Later this summer I will definitely reach for New York which is slightly darker and warmer.

After about nine hours it hasn’t turned gunky or separated on the skin like many products do, instead it kind of.. disappeared? The coverage is half way gone, but the skin still looks even and perfected. So strange! I will keep experimenting to see how it feels in the long run. But in all – great launch Palina, well done!

palina magic cc cream

Palina Magic CC Cream comes in a tube with a pump. Love me some good ol’ hygiene. And those tubes look really nice as a bonus!

palina magic cc cream stockholm new york swatch

Palina Magic CC Cream in Stockholm and New York

bare skin

Bare skin

palina magic cc cream stockholm swatch

Palina Magic CC Cream in Stockholm applied with a damp beauty blender

INCI: Aqua, Isododecane, Talc, EthylhexylMethoxycinnamate, hydrogenated Teradecenyl/Methylpentadecene, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1, Dimethicone, Isocethyl Palmitate, Totanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimoniun Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, GlycerylCaprylate, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogene Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydrocetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aliminium Hydroxide, Ubiquinone/Q10, Squalane, Sodium Phytate, Oryzanol, Alcohol

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GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick “Antique”

I’m really having a hard time trying to like the Ally McBeal-esque 90′s brown lip that we see everywhere at the moment.. The only thing it reminds me of is butterfly hair clips, pagers and inflatable furniture, but I do like the thought of breathing some air into the effortless 90′s supermodel look. Early François Nars and Kevyn Aucoin on faces like Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista is timeless and a essential piece of makeup history. So when I find a lipstick that communicates more Kate than Ally it really warms my soul.

GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick in the colour Antique is exactly that, right off the bat I thought of it as a milk chocolate rose. It doesn’t have that poopy vibe at all, but still with that muddy taupe undertone that (seemingly) everyone wants. The formula is velvety matte but still a bit slippery, not far from the NYX Matte Lipsticks. Doesn’t turn into a dry crusty gunk on the lips with time either.

I bought my tube at, they ship throughout Europe!


GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick in Antique applied on bare lips.


gosh velvet touch matte lipstick antique

The lipstick comes in a classic wind up tube.

gosh velvet touch matte lipstick antique swatch

A true 90′s hued MLBB (my lips but better)!


  • Lumene Nude Perfection Fluid Foundation – Classic Beige (1)
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Chantilly
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso
  • KIKO Mosaic Highlighter


  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Saleos
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel


  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Latinus, Samael, Saleos
  • KIKO Mosaic Highlighter
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


  • GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick – Antique
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Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow “Bella Emerald” & Baked Blush “Luminoso”

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Emerald is a shimmery jewel green shadow that you can use both wet and dry. Perfect smokey eye shade! The formula is thin and a bit dry, but it adheres nicely to the skin. Will look fantastic layered over a black liner.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is a glowy pale peach/apricot blush that I can’t believe I didn’t own already. It’s a true cult classic!

Both are available at

milani bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow bella emerald, baked blusher luminoso

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow “Bella Emerald”, Baked Blush “Luminoso”

milani bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow bella emerald, baked blush luminoso

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow “Bella Emerald”, Baked Blush “Luminoso”

milani bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow bella emerald, baked blush luminoso swatch

Bella Emerald and Luminoso swatched dry on bare skin.

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Kat Von D Ink Liner “Dali”

Helloooo, are you still there? We are about done moving now so finally I have time to sit down and write you a post. Whew! Let’s start with something simple and pretty.

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Dali has been on my wishlist for a long time, 50/50 because I loved the Tattoo Liner in Trooper so much and because of the weird dusty teal colour. The name is not bad either. Sadly it doesn’t deliver the same hardcore lasting power as the Tattoo Liner does, it started dissolving (not even smudging or flaking, just fading!) after half a day when I wore it on bare eyelids, but with a little primer on the lid and maybe a neutral eyeshadow as a base it won’t go anywhere. Available at Sephora.

kat von d ink liner dali

Kat Von D Ink Liner comes as a stiff felt tip pen, compared to the Tattoo Liner which has a brush made of a zillion tiny hairs. You can see the colour of the eyeliner on the outside of the pencil, I love colour coded packaging as it makes it so much easier to find stuff in your makeup bag/drawers.

kat von d ink liner dali swatch

A little squiggle with Dali. The colour payoff is fantastic!

kat von d ink liner dali

Dali on the eyes. The colour is dark enough to frame the eyes, and the dusty tone makes it less of a statement. A great alternative to neutrals if you want something little extra for work!

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My current lippie must-haves

As you might have read we recently bought an apartment (YAY US!) and therefore a lot of packing and cleaning is going on. I let myself keep one lipstick holder (buy it cheap on eBay) out, the rest of my lippies are ready for moving. A lot to pick from for a normal human being, a very limited range for the lipstick creep! Haha.

I thought this little holder represented my current must-haves very well, as only the best stuff ended up in there. Let’s go through it!

The first three swatch rows are all lipsticks, on the last row you also have three glosses and a pencil. Let me know if you want a closer look at any special ones.

ebay lipstick holder

These cheapo eBay lipstick holders give you a great overview and easy access, I love having them out and circulating the shades I wear the most.

Row 1:

Lipstick Queen Black Tie, Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses, NARS Vip Red, IDUN Jordgubb, IsaDora Raving Red, ColourPop Frenchie, Kat von D Lolita.

Row 2:

Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose, NYX Stone, KIKO Desert Rose (403), IsaDora Bohemian, KIKO Classic Rose (918), Laura Mercier Audrey, IsaDora Nude Rose.

Row 3:

NARS Sex Machine, NARS Dolce Vita, NARS Brigitte, NARS Michiyo, Kat von D Sexer, Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground, NARS Afghan Red.

Row 4:

NARS Russian Doll, NARS Bette, TheBalm Snap!, NYX Angel Food Cake, Soap & Glory Plumsup, KICKS Bare.

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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!