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Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced just released their third chocolate bar eyeshadow palette, this time a pink history with heart shaped pans and a bunch of lovely pinks and taupes. Let me present to you – Chocolate Bon Bons!

The formula is, as with all the Chocolate Bar palettes, semi-opaque and easy to build. The buttery feeling makes the shadows easy to blend aswell. A very user friendly formula! You never get a smack of colour that ends up far too intense will be impossible to blend out. With a soft wisp of the brush you get a soft and even daytime colour, with an extra dab you get that 100% opaque intensity. It’s all up to you!

Another great thing about this palette is that every single colour makes sense. I hate seeing palettes that are composed of colours that are pretty to look at, but none that will actually flatter each other. That is not the case here. All the neutral shades have different undertones and depths. There are two highlighters with different finishes. The pink shades are accompanied by a luminous blackcurrant shade for additional dimension. There are two neutral metallics with different undertones plus an almost bluish dark grey for contrast. And that’s a wrap! No oddballs.

Which shades are your favourites? For me it’s a tight race between Pecan Praline, Totally Fetch, Molasses Chip and Black Currant.

too faced chocolate bon bons

The heart shaped pans are so cute that I squealed when I opened the palette.

too faced chocolate bon bons

Who can resist this packaging? Holy jebus

too faced chocolate bon bons swatches

Swatched on bare skin, in the same order as the palette

too faced chocolate bon bons swatches

too faced chocolate bon bons swatches

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IsaDora Spring 2016 Riviera collection: Twist-Up Matt Lips

Jag måste erkänna tankespåret här.. Vårkollektionen Riviera från IsaDora dök upp här hos mig för ett par veckor sedan och jag var inte alls imponerad. Frostiga matta nagellack i trötta färger, en bunt neutrala läppstift utan någon riktigt färgpop, ett par skuggpaletter det känns som att jag redan sett.. Men lite tji fick jag allt.

Formulan på Twist-Up Matt Lips är något av det bästa som går att rota fram i de svenska budgetsminkhyllorna. Läppstiften är silkeslena och glider på lätt även över torra läppar, finishen är sammetsmatt utan att kännas torr och de har ändå superbra hållbarhet. Varje gång IsaDora släpper fler nyanser blir jag glad, så jag fattar inte varför denna kollektion inte riktigt sexade upp mig.

Jag satt och sminkade mig härom dagen och ville ha något mjukt klarrosa på läpparna, kom på att “jomenasså visst var det någon lite klarare rosa nyans i det där utskicket”, drog fram Vintage Pink och kom sedan att använda den sedan flera dagar i rad. Ett par dagar senare testade jag lite ljusare Nude Rose och även den hamnade i vardagsrutinen illa kvickt. För ärligt talat, ljusrosa brukar nästan aldrig smickra min hudton. Instant idominläpp! Enda sättet att komma ifrån problemet brukar vara att välja en mörkare nyans. Nude Rose är mitt perfekta bubbelgumsplut, jag är glad att jag hittat den!

Ute i butik sedan vecka 3.

 

I need to admit my train of thought here.. The Riviera spring collection from IsaDora arrived here a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t impressed at all. Frosty matte nail polishes in tired pastel shades,  a bunch of neutral lippies without an eye catching pop of colour, a couple of eyeshadow palettes that I felt like I had seen already.. But I partly had to eat those words.

The Twist-Up Matt Lips formula is one of the best you can find on the Swedish budget makeup shelves. The lipsticks are silky soft and glide nicely even over dry lips, the finish is a velvet matte that doesn’t feel drying and they still wear very well. Every time IsaDora release new shades I get happy, so I don’t really understand why this collection didn’t sex me up.

I sat there doing my makeup the other day and wanted some kind of soft bright pink for my lips, realized that “oh wait now, didn’t I see a slightly brighter pink in that collection” and pulled Vintage Pink out, then I ended up wearing it multiple days in a row. A few days later I tried the lighter Nude Rose and that one also turned into a everyday staple. Because honestly, pale pinks barely ever look flattering on my skin tone. Instant 80′s ski trip! The only way to get rid of that problem is to turn to a darker pink shade. Nude Rose is my perfect bubblegum pout, I’m so happy I found it!

isadora spring 2016 riviera collection twist-up matt lips

IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips from the top: Bare ‘N Beautiful, Bohemian, Nude Rose, Vintage Pink

isadora spring 2016 riviera collection twist-up matt lips swatches

IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips in Bare ‘N Beautiful, Bohemian, Nude Rose, Vintage Pink

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

isadora twist-up matt lips bare 'n beautiful swatch

Bare ‘N Beautiful. A pale peach/pink/beige. I personally reach for more of an apricot shade when I want a pale neutral, but this one is peachy enough to still work for me. Very nice formula though, doesn’t settle into fine lines or look chalky at all.

isadora twist-up matt lips bohemian swatch

Bohemian. Warm toned medium beige. Quite a 90′s lip, but still with enough colour in it to not look like taupe-y ghost poop. I love these shades with a black smokey eye!

isadora twist-up matte lips nude rose swatch

Nude Rose. Light candy pink. My absolute favourite from the collection! Immaculate formula and I’ve been given multiple compliments on the colour over the last few days. A must-have in my opinion.

isadora twist-up matt lips vintage pink swatch

Vintage Pink. Softened hot pink. Makes a statement just like a hot pink but still has a drop of nautral beige in it that tones it down. A great beginner shade if you want to get into brights.

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Phee’s Makeup Tips Pressed Highlighter “Mariposa”

I have been CAKING the Phee’s Makeup Tips Pressed Highlighter in Mariposa on my face lately, those of you who follow me on Instagram (@killercolours) know that already. It’s a beautiful lavender pinky purple highlighter that sparkles like crazy, definitely more on the Ice Queen of Narnia side of things than bare skinned inner glow blabla. Exactly how I want things to look right now. Go get it (and her other beautiful products) at her webshop!

Apart from the highlighter I’m wearing the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03 and NARS Blush in Sin. And oh, that perfect pink matte lipstick? More about that soon!

phee's makeup tips pressed highlighter mariposa

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NARS Audacious Lipstick “Bette”

NARS är ett av mina favoritmärken när det kommer till intressanta färgutbud, någon annan som känner så? Det är så tydligt att NARS inspireras av världens alla hörn, alla möjliga slags människor och sminkets historia då till och med de mest grundläggande färgerna, låt oss säga röda läppstift, allihop har ett klart syfte. Det är aldrig “ännu en röd”, de kommunicerar tankar och känslor genom färg vilket jag bara älskar.

Och utöver det så måste NARS Audacious Lipstick vara min favoritlinje när det kommer till effektfulla läppstift. De är smäll-på-käften-pigmenterade och formulan är grym, texturen är mjuk men långt ifrån slabbig och opålitlig. De sitter kvar länge (med någon touch-up under dagen som med vilket läppstift som helst) och håller sig bekväma på mina torra läppar hela dagen. PLUS, stort PLUS!! Alla färger är nämnda efter stora skådespelerskor, vad sägs om Rita (Hayworth), Grace (Kelly), Anita (Ekberg) or this one, Bette (Davis)? Så så så fint.

Jag har kikat på de mörkaste färgerna i linjen länge nu utan att riktigt veta vilken jag vill börja med, Liv är en ljuvligt askig auberginenyans som nu står näst på listan men denna gång slutade jag upp med Bette. Bette kallas bourdeaux vilket jag tycker stämmer bra, tänk er ett glas fylligt granatrött vin, precis så! Det är så svårt att hitta dessa juveltonade röda läppstift som inte lutar åt lila, men här har vi ett. Tack igen NARS för att ni finns!

 

NARS is one of my top brands when it comes to finding interesting colours, anyone else with me on that one? It’s evident that NARS take inspiration from all corners of the world, all kinds of people and the history of makeup as even the most basic shades, let’s say red lipsticks, all make complete sense. It’s never “just another red”, they communicate thoughts and feelings through colour which I just love.

On top of that, the NARS Audacious Lipstick is probably my favourite lipstick line when I want to make impact. They are smack-in-the-face pigmented and the formula is fantastic, the texture is soft yet solid in a way. They stay in place (with a touch up mid-day as with any lipstick) and feel smooth on my dry lips all day. PLUS, a huge PLUS!! All colours are named after great actresses, how about Rita (Hayworth), Grace (Kelly), Anita (Ekberg), or this one, Bette (Davis)? So so so sweet.

I have been eyeing the darkest shades of the collection for quite a while, not really knowing which one I want to start with. Liv is a gorgeous ashy aubergine colour and probably the next one on my list, but I ended up choosing Bette. Bette is called a bourdeaux which I find quite accurate, imagine a glass of full bodied garnet red wine, that’s exactly it. It’s hard to find these jewel toned red lipsticks that won’t lean purple, but this one is it. Thanks again NARS for existing!

nars audacious lipstick bette

The NARS Audacious Lipstick line comes in a matte black square tube with a magnetic lid.

nars audacious lipstick bette swatch

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette swatched on bare skin.

bare lips

Bare lips (that are super dry! I’ve had a horrible cold lately so my entire lower face area is so dry from all the tissue paper. Haha)

nars audacious lipstick bette swatch

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette swatched on bare lips. This colour magically glides beautifully over the chapped areas, dark lipsticks often gather and look super dark where you are extra dry but Bette actually makes my lips look quite happy!

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Smitten Polish “Terra Opal”

When Smitten Polish did a huge restock and launch in December I just had to place an order. They are without a doubt my favourite nail polish brand as they just launch polish after polish that look just like I would have made them myself (take a look at this blog post from May where I did a collection roundup). A collection called Opalescent Elements containing brights/neons with contrasting flakies was relased last summer, and finally I picked up both this neon green called Terra Opal with fiery orange flakies aswell as bright blue Aqua Opal with turquoise flakies. I will show you that one later if you’re interested!

Terra Opal is, just like all snot greens from Smitten, just effing fabulous. I can see that Noelie, the chick behind the brand, likes the exact same shade of poisonous snot green as I do as she releases them in different forms over and over again. I couldn’t be happier! This time as a true neon, but with a sheerer formula than usual. I applied four coats here (which went on thin and dried fast by the way, no problem in that department) but it’s still not 100% opaque. I would probably layer it over a white, green or yellow next time to keep the number of coats down.

smitten polish terra opal

smitten polish terra opal

smitten terra opal

Here you can see the flakies really well! Gleams like a litte lizard.

smitten polish

Here’s an ugly iphone picture of the shades I ordered, look at all that DREAMINESS. Sparkle heaven.

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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!