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BUXOM Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette

BUXOM just launched in Sweden through KICKS, they have a great eyeshadow system that I’ve been very interested in trying. It’s finally time, and I’m not disappointed!

You buy an empty Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette (145 SEK), slide the little drawer out and pop up to 6 BUXOM Single Bar Eyeshadow (99 SEK) of choice in there, you have a bunch of matte, satin, shimmer and metallic shades to pick from, ranging from matte and neutral to bright liquid metals and dark glimmering jewels. This way you can build a palette after your own personal needs.

The BUXOM eyeshadows are said to have a “built in primer effect”, I’m excited to try it out and see how they work on the eyes. They have a really interesting texture, all of them are so creamy they nearly feel wet, and even though some of them are sheerer than others the sheen is so smooth and even it ends up looking like a silky wash on the skin, perfect for a fresh eye makeup or layering over other shadows.

Shade picks and descriptions further down!

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette

You pop your individually wrapped eyeshadow singles in the little drawer on the right, then slide it back in. So smart, and no chipped eyeshadows as you don’t need to use force picking them out!

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette single eyeshadow in room service, no faux, posh purple, patent leather, mink magnet, gold status

Room Service, No Faux, Posh Purple, Patent Leather, Mink Magnet, Gold Status

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette single eyeshadow in room service, no faux, posh purple, patent leather, mink magnet, gold status

Room Service, No Faux, Posh Purple, Patent Leather, Mink Magnet, Gold Status

Room Service – “iridescent mint”
A beautiful multidimensional mint with a bright golden shine, can’t wait to highlight smokey eyes with it. The formula is on the semi-sheer side, it builds up to full opacity very quickly but will work beautifully layered over a darker shade as it will let a base colour show through.

No Faux – “iridescent snakeskin”
That classic reddish brown eyeshadow that shifts aqua, but in its most perfect form. The colour shift is so intense and high shine it completely JUMPS off the skin. This one is really opaque in formula.

Posh Purple – “shimmering violet”
A neutral purple with a pink sheen, very multidimensional and “grown up” for being so bright. The formula is quite sheer, but super even! So strange. It applies like the most ghostly metallic with a light touch, but it is easily built up to a true purple. I love formulas like this.

Patent Leather – “sparkling blackberry”
A dirty silvery purple with large gritty shimmers, almost leaning glittery. Not a single speck of glitter flying around when I swatched it, quite amazed! This one is also a bit sheer but easy to build up. Another one perfect for layering over a darker shade.

Mink Magnet – “metallic bronze”
A golden bronze with super high shine and opacity, one swipe and it looks like gritty molten metal. Insanely gorgeous! The formula is a lot softer than in the other shades, a bit too soft! I’m afraid this one would shatter immediately if I dropped the palette. The softness also comes with some shimmer fallout with application.

Gold Status -”metallic brass”
A citrusy golden shade with the same glowy sheen and buildable quality as Posh Purple. Eyeshadow perfection!

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette single eyeshadow in room service, no faux, posh purple, patent leather, mink magnet, gold status

Room Service, No Faux, Posh Purple, Patent Leather, Mink Magnet, Gold Status

buxom customizable eyeshadow bar palette single eyeshadow in room service, no faux, posh purple, patent leather, mink magnet, gold status

Room Service, No Faux, Posh Purple, Patent Leather, Mink Magnet, Gold Status

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Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick “Evocative Petal”

Finally the long awaited brand Buxom launched at my local KICKS (KICKS Nordstan in Gothenburg, also available online) and of course I couldn’t keep from browsing meticulously. My first impression was that they struck gold with the Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Lipstick line (HELLO tacky name) as well as with the eyeshadow palette system – more on that later.

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Lipstick is said to be a lightweight gel lipstick with bold, one-stroke color in matte and satin finishes, and I would definitely agree. The matte formula is actually quite similar to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil which I love deeply, it has a super thin slippery feeling on the lips – without being glossy – leaving them smooth and plump without accentuating dry areas on the lips. My only complaint is the bullet shape, it is quite hard to get a nice lip shape with that circular flat surface. Costs 225 SEK at KICKS.

As I swatched my way through the lipsticks I immediately fell for the shade Evocative Petal, thinking it would be a great toned down bright shade. I wasn’t wrong! It has sort of a muted reddish coral vibe, which on me ends up looking surprisingly rosy. I can imagine it leaning quite warm on cooler fair skin tones though, turning more of a classic coral. It definitely has similarities to my old fave NARS Dolce Vita, being the same kind of warm-yet-cool and bright-yet-neutral.

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal lip swatch

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

buxom big & sexy™ bold gel matte lipstick evocative petal swatch

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Evocative Petal

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What’s been on my lips lately?

I’ve been wearing this lip a lot lately and have gotten SO many questions on it, I’m sorry to say that it’s a combo and not a single lipstick! I wish it was, but I haven’t found anything even close to it sadly. Please leave me a comment below if you have any tips on a lipstick this shade!

The products I’ve been layering are H&M Lip Colour-To-Go in Bonne Vivante (glossy mauve pink) with Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown (matte chestnut brown). Together they create this gorgoeus rosy, super comfortable lip that looks flattering with any makeup look I’ve tried it with. Like a rosier version of my old goodie Dolce Vita from NARS!

h&m lip colour to go bonne vivante, charlotte tilbury matte revolution lipstick birkin brown

H&M Lip Colour-To-Go in Bonne Vivante, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

h&m lip colour to go bonne vivante, charlotte tilbury matte revolution lipstick birkin brown swatch

H&M Lip Colour-To-Go in Bonne Vivante, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

h&m lip colour to go bonne vivante swatch

I first apply a layer of Bonne Vivante on my lips, blending it in with a finger. Not my colour as anything mauve turns into a weird pink on me, but you mauve lovers have to try it out! This formula is super plush and wonderful.

h&m lip colour to go bonne vivante charlotte tilbury matte revolution lipstick birkin brown lip combo swatch

And then a swipe of Birkin Brown on top, blending that in with a finger aswell. The perfect lip!

lip combo

I wore the same lip combo in this blog post talking about a pair of super cheap false lashes. Link to blog post here.

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A big tasty Hypnotic Polish haul

Had a meltdown at Hypnotic Polish the other week (indie nail polish shop based in the Netherlands), and today the nail polishes arrived! You can clearly see what kind of polishes I’m craving, dark and mysterious or sparkly pale flakies. I’m so excited to wear them all! I really don’t know where to start. Which one is your favourite?

hypnotic polish haul

I picked a bunch of different brands this time, as I’m trying both Bow Polish, ILNP and Illyrian Polish for the first time (!?!?).

hypnotic polish haul

Swatched in the same order as above. Names listed in the following close ups.

hypnotic polish haul, bow polish dark days, ilnp looking up, ilnp private reserve

Bow Polish Dark Days, ILNP Looking Up, ILNP Private Reserve

hypnotic polish haul, ilnp caesar, ilnp madison ave, ilnp happily ever after

ILNP Caesar, ILNP Madison Ave, ILNP Happily Ever After

hypnotic polish haul, dance legend roz, dance legend shadows

Dance Legend Roz, Dance Legend Shadows

hypnotic polish haul, illyrian polish i'm the monster, illyrian polish eleven

Illyrian Polish I’m The Monster, Illyrian Polish Eleven

hypnotic polish haul, emily de molly the rapture, emily de molly ariel's realm

Emily de Molly The Rapture, Emily de Molly Ariel’s Realm

hypnotic polish haul swatch

Bow Polish Dark Days, ILNP Looking Up, ILNP Private Reserve, ILNP Caesar, ILNP Madison Ave

hypnotic polish haul swatch

ILNP Caesar, ILNP Madison Ave, ILNP Happily Ever After, Dance Legend Roz, Dance Legend Shadows

hypnotic polish haul swatch

ILNP Happily Ever After, Dance Legend Roz, Dance Legend Shadows, Illyrian Polish I’m The Monster, Illyrian Polish Eleven

hypnotic polish haul swatch

Illyrian Polish I’m The Monster, Illyrian Polish Eleven, Emily de Molly The Rapture, Emily de Molly Ariel’s Realm

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Suva Beauty Neutral Necessity Eyeshadow Palette

Another thing I ordered from Glossgods was the Neutral Necessity Eyeshadow Palette from Suva Beauty! A palette that I’ve been lusting after for a long time. Look at that colour scheme! Natural but still interesting. I love that pale rose and intense pink in combination with the warm browns.  Doesn’t it feel like a matte (well except for that pale beige) version of the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette? This one is vegan, plus it has a pitch black which I personally think the Anastasia one is missing.

The swatches below are done on dry skin, no base or primer of any kind. All of them apply well (I mean LOOK at that black!!) for being mattes except for the white which is a tad too soft to adhere well. The softness makes it really intense over a primer though, so it’s a give-and-take situation.

I used this palette for my freaky look the other night if you want to see how that pink and black work on the skin, I’ll do more of a ehh, serious makeup look using it very soon!

suva beauty neutral necessity palette

SUVA Beauty Neutral Necessity Palette

suva beauty neutral necessity palette

The outer packaging looks like a 90′s wind jacket, not sure I dig it. Haha

suva beauty neutral necessity palette swatch

SUVA Beauty Neutral Necessity Palette swatched on dry skin

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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!