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Solstice (mini Urban Decay scoop!)

Hola amigos! I have been offline for a few days (except for Instagram @killercolours of course) as I borrowed Fröken Rosa over the weekend. Browsing the museum of natural history, haunted houses, talking shit, drinking violet drinks, all you could ever ask for. I had this makeup look photographed when she arrived on Wednesday and then just let it gooooo LET IT GOOOO until life went back to normal. We miss you already Des!

This makeup look was just a “let’s try EVERYTHING!” with a bunch of new Urban Decay products, actually matching them was secondary. Well, products that are to me. Cult faves for most beauty nerds. I’m late on this one, OK??

Naked Skin Foundation is really dry on my skin and needs some extra moisture prep to feel nice, but it looks amazing. The shade 1.0 is probably my best shade match ever, it is warm without leaning peachy or yellow. Once my slight summer colour is gone this will be the perfect match for my natural skin tone. Shoutout to all my fair-neutralish-warmish-greenish friends!

Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral has beautiful thin skin-like formula but is a tad too cool toned for me, I will probably try Light Warm aswell. I wish there was a Fair Warm though?

Moondust Eyeshadow in Solstice is also an oldie, but I never understood how different it is from other similar shades until I saw it in person. It’s like a warm pinky copper base (not the usual orange-y brown!) with a bright teal shimmer that shifts to pastel pink. I pushed it all over the lids with a finger, it is so pretty!

Afterglow Highlighter in Fireball is easily my favourite out of the bunch. Probably made for a darker skin tone, but it has a bright apricot base and blue/magenta shimmer, it looks so insane!! It’s the only thing I’m wearing on my cheeks here, it totally doubles as a blush. So weird and pretty.

solstice

solstice

Face:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation – 1.0
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer - Fair Neutral
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Power – Diffused Light
  • Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter – Fireball

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 8, 12
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (a mix of shades for the crease, don’t remember which)
  • Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow – Solstice
  • KIKO Cosmetics Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal – Darling Butter (01)
  • IsaDora Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara

Lips:

  • ???? (another example why you shouldn’t leave makeup post unwritten for a week. A mix of different balms and lipsticks, that’s all I remember!)
urban decay afterglow highlighter fireball, moondust eyeshadow solstice

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Fireball, Moondust Eyeshadow in Solstice

urban decay afterglow highlighter fireball, moondust eyeshadow solstice

See how the intense apricot base and blue shimmer of Fireball take each other out and turn into this spooky pink? Love it!! And Solstice is just pure magic with its intense cyan sparkle.

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick “Underage Red”

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in the colour Underage Red has been my staple red this spring and summer. I got a little free sample of it with a Sephora purchase and used half of it up, the other half got mushed in a bag and I felt such unexpected sorrow!! Went to Sephora on the same day and bought a full sized tube.

Underage Red is called a “matte fire engine red” and that’s exactly what it is. It is super vibrant and flat matte, you can almost throw it on in the morning and wear it all day without touchups. Just prep your lips with lip balm before to get the smoothest result, it your lips are super crusty it will show, and it won’t be too comfortable. I like that about it though, it really locks into place and you don’t ever have to worry about it sneaking off.

The colour itself is unlike all reds in my collection, it’s noticeably lighter than a classic red and just SO VIBRANT! It has the slightest pink undertone which makes it very brightening, definitely great on all skintones. If red lips is your jam you can’t miss out on this one!

kat von d studded kiss lipstick underage red

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red. I love the studded packaging! It is a bit lightweight and I wish it had a better snap when you close it, but who can whine about something this cute?

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

kat von d studded kiss lipstick underage red swatch

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red

kat von d studded kiss lipstick underage red swatch

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red. Blog post about this makeup look here.

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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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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!