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KIKO Water Eyeshadow

Water Eyeshadow from KIKO is a true gem that I rarely see people talking about, and I’m really wondering why! They are powder eyeshadows that you can apply wet for a foiled finish, moulded into a beautiful wave pattern that really shows the finish of the shadow off. The shape even makes it easy to put a drop of water in the little dip in the middle, you can mix around without it spilling anywhere!

All of these are swatched twice, once dry and once wet, both on bare skin without any kind of sticky base. They don’t have a lot of falldown (not even the dark sparkly shades!) and they apply very smoothly as you can see.

Water Eyeshadow is available from the KIKO website for £8.90/105 SEK a pop.

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200), Rosy Taupe (201), Olive Green (209), Midnight Blue (215), Light Taupe (227), Graphite (230)

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200), Rosy Taupe (201), Olive Green (209), Midnight Blue (215), Light Taupe (227), Graphite (230)

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200), Rosy Taupe (201), Olive Green (209), Midnight Blue (215), Light Taupe (227), Graphite (230) swatch

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200), Rosy Taupe (201), Olive Green (209), Midnight Blue (215), Light Taupe (227), Graphite (230)

A video tutorial where I’m using Midnight Blue (215) and Graphite (230):

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KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk, Love & Party

Lip Glaze is a new line of soft moisturizing glosses from KICKS, not a sticky lip in sight with this gel-like hydrating texture. I went out and bought Beach Walk when it was just released, then two more shades were sent to me a week later. I couldn’t be happier! Which ones is your favourite?

Available at kicks.se for 139 SEK (all KICKS products are 25% off right now, so 105 SEK!). 8 different shades available.

kicks lip glaze in beach walk, love & party

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk, Love, Party. The tubes are so nice, really chunky and quite luxurious for the low price.

kicks lip glaze

The applicator is pinched at the end which helps the wand pick up a lot of product, one dip is the perfect amount for both my lips.

kicks lip glaze beach walk

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk. A pale neutral beige with a soft gold sparkle.

kicks lip glaze love

KICKS Lip Glaze in Love. A creamy cool toned red that lightens up to a cherry syrup pink on the lips.

kicks lip glaze party

KICKS Lip Glaze in Party. A shimmery wine colour in the tube that sheers out to a greyish brownish ghost plum on the lips.

kicks lip glaze beach walk love party swatch

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk, Love, Party

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

kicks lip glaze beach walk swatch

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk. A sheer shade that just brightens and evens out my lip colour slightly, plus adds that soft golden sparkle. Wears well for being so light, but it can settle a tiny bit in lip lines or very dry areas.

kicks lip glaze love swatch

KICKS Lip Glaze in Love. Looks bright red in the tube, turns into juicy cherry syrup on the lips. LOVE this shade so much, oh my god! Hasn’t bled out along the lip lines any of the times that I’ve worn it out.

kicks lip glaze party swatch

KICKS Lip Glaze in Party. Quite sheer and different from what you see in the tube, but honestly I like this dusty ghost plum more! It’s a great colour to pair with a smokey eye. And can you see how even it is? These shades often go on patchy but this is so smooth!

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Too Faced The Chocolate Shop Palette for holiday 2016

The Chocolate Shop Palette from the Too Faced holiday 2016 collection called Christmas in New York. The palette with at least three lives.

At first I saw it online, thought it was tacky and passed on. Got my hands on it and just had to change my mind, it IS frickin adorable and the shade selection is great. …Then I started swatching it, and over 50% of them swatched pretty bad. Crap I thought, it was bad.  ….Then I wore it on my eyes (see the looks at the bottom of the post!) and they applied with zero problems on the eyes, even the shitty ones.

So there we go, it kept surprising me and I’m so happy about it, it is definitely wish list worthy!

The palette contains 21 cocoa infused eyeshadows, 1 highlighter, 1 bronzer and 1 blush. You also get 3 minis in this kit, a Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer, the Better Than Sex Mascara and Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Milkshake.

I have no Swedish pricing on it but Sephora US will sell it for $58. Exclusive at Sephora, limited edition and will be out in time for christmas!

too faced the chocolate shop palette

The kit is displayed as a cute little gift box.

too faced the chocolate shop palette

You open the lid..

too faced the chocolate shop palette

Bring down the front flap..

too faced the chocolate shop palette

Tadaaaa!! The display is so damn sweet.

too faced the chocolate shop palette

Here you can see the 3 minis displayed, so cute! No chocolate for you, lil’ doggy.

too faced the chocolate shop palette

And here’s the palette, you can pop it out of the box, you won’t have to carry the bulky gift box with you.

too faced the chocolate shop palette

And here’s the inside! You get a good variation of neutrals, some of them are more blingy and fun while some are super soft and simple. The pop of colour on the bottom row really helps bring the composition to life.

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Dessert’s on me (satin white, swatches horrible but wonderful on the eyes, so weird), Indulge, Cookie Dough (shittiest shade of the entire palette), Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin (SO SPARKLY), Guilt-Free (horrible name much?), Tootsie (most useful shade of the entire palette imho).

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Glaze, Gingerdoodle (WOW!), Chocaholic, Cake Batter (looks crappy but it’s the perfect blending shade on fair skin, works so well on the eyes!), Butterscotch (possibly the best shade of the entire palette), Toffee Crunch, Lava Cake (STOP making these glittery mattes please?? they shed glitters as if it was dandruff).

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Banana Date, Honey Dip (WOW!), Pound Cake (beautiful duochrome pink/gold!), Sugar Bells, Mint Chip (WOW!), Jingle Berry (WOW!), Huckleberry (another shitty matte sparkle shade, just DON’T!)

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Inner Light (highlighter, swatched fucked up bad but works totally fine on the face, so weird that it doesn’t turn to shit on the face after such a scaly swatch??), Chocolate Soleil (bronzer, same as the classic original), Chocolate Covered Strawberry (blush, velvety and beautiful, perfect glowy pink shade with a soft red hue that really flatters my skin tone)

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Shadow Insurance Primer (an oldie that changed formula like.. five years ago and just doesn’t measure up to what it was, but sure, better than nothing), Better Than Sex Mascara (0ld fave, even though I found that it applied thinner than I’m used to with the BTS mascara?), Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Milkshake (set into my lip lines only during taking these photos, not too impressed)

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

The shimmery lids are a fade from Butterscotch to Honey Dip to Gingerdoodle. The matte dark brown in the lower lashline and crease is Tootsie, inner corner and brow highlight is Dessert’s On Me and everything is blended out with Cake Batter. Cheeks are bronzed, blushed and highlighted with the cheek products in all these pictures.

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

The shimmery lids are a fade from Butterscotch to Honey Dip to Gingerdoodle. The matte dark brown in the lower lashline and crease is Tootsie, inner corner and brow highlight is Dessert’s On Me and everything is blended out with Cake Batter.

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

And here I spiced the look up with Mint Chip in the outer corner and crease, Jingle Berry along the lower lashline and Sugar Bells as a inner corner hlighlight.

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Dolce Vita & Red Square

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from NARS is one of my everyday favourites, they are lip crayons with a thin, almost silicone like slip and a matte finish. Super comfortable and easy to wear if you don’t want a high maintenance lip. It doesn’t have the stiff waxy feeling of a retro matte lipstick and not the crumbly crap you get from a liquid lipstick either. Try them out if you haven’t already!

Available at Sephora.

nars velvet matte lip pencil sex machine, dolce vita, red square

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Dolce Vita, Red Square

nars velvet matte lip pencil sex machine, dolce vita, red square swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Dolce Vita, Red Square. Here you can see the difference in opacity very clearly, the first two have more of a thin and natural finish while the red is more of a classic flat matte.

nars velvet matte lip pencil sex machine swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. A dirty cool toned pink with slight silver sparkle. A shade of bubblegum pink that I can actually wear! It doesn’t turn into purple corpse lip on me like most of these cool pinks do. The formula is very thin and a bit sheered out so it won’t be like applying white-out on your lips.

nars velvet matte lip pencil sex machine

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. Full blog post about the makeup look here.

nars velvet matte lip pencil dolce vita swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita. This shade is so hard to describe, like a beige-y reddish coral-pink? Ehh something like that. My best neutral-yet-coloured lip out there! I have finished this one once so it’s actually my second one. It just works with any look and makes me look more awake. Plus the formula is quite sheer and super thin for being a matte, you won’t even feel it on the lips!

nars velvet matte lip pencil dolce vita swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita. Full blog post about the makeup look here.

nars velvet matte lip pencil red square swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. A super bright orange red. This one is more of a classic matte finish, it is a tad thicker than the rest and also more opaque, but it is still super comfortable. The perfect perky orange red! I have only worn this out once so far (held up for 6 hours without a problem, and I both ate and drank!), will do a makeup look using it soon!

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IsaDora Perfect Blush “Pink Glow”

About a month ago IsaDora released Perfect Blush, a line of 7 pink blushes that to me look so similar it’s hard to tell them apart. Not a single shade for medium or dark skin (just like with the Cover Up Foundation & Concealer, come on IsaDoraaaa), no bright or adventurous shades for the bold, heck, not even a true warm peach which is my go-to blush shade. I really hope more shades will be released because this formula is GLORIOUS.

The Perfect Blush line is velvety and smooth, the blushes give a sheer colour payoff which you can easily build up without it turning patchy or taking a lot of time. A great formula for anyone who’s a bit scared of over applying or if you’re new to wearing blush.

The shade Pink Glow isn’t the one that catched my eye (no shade did tbh) but I had it close one day when I needed a warm pink to freshen this sallow fall skin, and I’m SO happy I went for this shade! It is the perfect flushed pink with a smooth golden glow, not a glitter speck in sight. It’s like a more sophisticated (well shy) version of the old classic NARS Orgasm, I swatched them side by side further down. Check this shade out if you find Orgasm to be a bit too sparkly, you will love it.

Out now, 119 SEK a pop!

isadora perfect blush pink glow

IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow

isadora perfect blush pink glow swatch

Left: Plain base, no cheek products. Right: IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow. The golden sheen is so smooth it doubles perfectly as a highlighter.

isadora perfect blush pink glow, nars blush orgasm swatch

Left: IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow. Right: NARS Blush in Orgasm.

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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!