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IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer

Cover Up Foundation & Concealer from IsaDora is a full coverage foundation that is said to hide fine lines and blemishes while refreshing tired looking skin. A soft and elastic texture that merges with the skin and gives a “second skin feel” with a long wearing silky finish, it will stay on your skin all day. You can wear it both as foundation and concealer as the name implies, wear it all over or just to conceal specific areas. Face Buffer Brush for foundation application was released at the same time, as well as a Concealer Brush for concealing. In case you’re in need of a new brush.

It comes in 5 shades at the moment which run between fair and what I would at best call a medium tone. Not a very wide shade range, let’s hope for darker ones in the future.

The foundation is out now and costs 179 SEK.


Cover Up Foundation & Concealer är IsaDoras nya foundation med hög täckning som sägs dölja fina linjer och ojämnheter samtidigt som den fräschar upp glåmig hud. En mjuk elastisk textur som förenar sig med huden och ger den en “second skin feel” med en silkig finish, ska hålla på huden hela dagen. Du kan bära den både som foundation och concealer precis som namnet antyder, smacka på över hela ansiktet eller punktapplicera för att jämna ut specifika områden. Face Buffer Brush släpptes i samma veva för foundationapplikation, precis som Concealer Brush för sitt syfte. Utifall att du är sugen på en borste.

Produkten kommer i 5 nyanser för tillfället som löper mellan blek och vad jag i bästa fall skulle kalla en mediumton. Inte alls brett färgsortiment, vi hoppas på mörkare nyanser i framtiden.

Denna foundation är ute nu och ligger på 179 SEK. Shoppa på t.ex. Bubblebox eller Ellos.

isadora cover up foundation & concealer

IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer comes in a soft tube with a pump. I love when foundations are packaged like this, it’s easy to squeeze while pumping so you can get every last drop out of it.

isadora matt fixing blotting powder

IsaDora Matt Fixing Blotting Powder. A fixating blurring powder to mattify the skin, this is also a new launch and what I used to set the foundation with.

So, did it work for me?

This foundation is the weirdest thing! It applies full on and just goes and goes, you don’t even need a full pump for your entire face. The texture is like something I would expect from a hydrating medium coverage foundation, it isn’t powdery or stiff in any way like most full coverage foundations tend to be, instead it is really luminous and visually smoothing, luminous to a point where it feels quite tacky on the skin. I had to set it twice because in five minutes it just ate the powder right up! I would say stay away if you have oily skin, this one is definitely more catered towards normal/dry skin. So I set it twice but still not a sign of cakiness (could be thanks to the powder), and it didn’t smudge easily during the day either which I honestly expected such a tacky texture to do. It’s just tacky to to the touch. Somehow it manages to stay in place incredibly well, it didn’t even crease between my brows after a few hours which almost all foundations do on me. Seven hours in and I looked super fresh with plump smooth skin.

Så, fungerade den för mig?

Denna foundation är så weird! Appliceringen är pang boom och formulan bara går och går, du behöver inte ens ett helt pump till hela ansiktet. Texturen är mer som något jag skulle vänta mig av något mjukgörande med mediumtäckning, den känns inte torr eller pudrig sådär som foundations med full täckning ofta gör, istället är den riktigt glowig och visuellt utjämnande på huden, glowig till den nivå att den känns rätt klibbig på huden. Jag var tvungen att sätta den med puder två gånger inom loppet av fem minuter för att den bara käkade upp pudret fullständigt! Jag skulle säga att denna är värd att skippa om du har oljig hud, här är det snarare fokus på en normal/torrare hud. Så jag satte basen två gånger och ändå blev den inte kakig (kan vara tack vare pudret) och inte heller kladdade den under dagen vilket jag ärligt talat räknade med att en så klibbig finish skulle göra. Den är bara klibbig när du rör den. På något vis lyckades den hålla sig snygg på huden ovanligt väl, den veckade sig inte ens mellan ögonbrynen på mig vilket nästan alla foundations gör på mig. Sju timmar in såg jag fortfarande fresh ut med plumpad slät hud.

isadora cover up foundation concealer swatch

1. Bare skin. 2. A pump of IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer in the colour Light Cover applied with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

isadora cover up foundation & concealer swatch

3. Set with the Matt Fixing Blotting Powder. 4. With a full face of makeup.

Short recap:

+ Hygienic and smart packaging
+ High coverage without looking like a mask
+ Unusually glowy, full coverage rarely cater towards dry skin
+ Doesn’t settle into a single pore or line on me
+ Doesn’t break down on the skin

- Poor shade range
- Tacky feeling on the skin
- Eats powder

8/10 toasters, would buy again!

Viola, Killer Colours

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Urban Decay Moondust Palette

Moondust Palette is one of the most recent releases from Urban Decay, a palette of 8 gritty multidimensional glitter eyeshadows that will blow your Bowie feels through the roof.

I’d say that you should expect to layer it over a darker base or eyeshadow as these are quite sheer on their own (plus can give you quite a bit of fallout!), but with some help underneath the glitter is unreal for an eyeshadow, it’s like nothing else I own! See it as a topcoat for your eyelids and you’ll get the most amazing effects ever.

This eyeshadow formula is a real Urban Decay oldie (I reviewed the shade Solstice here earlier for example), released under the name Stardust Eyeshadow in 2010 if I’m not mistaken, which was revamped and now called Moondust. This palette contains all new shades that you can’t find in the permanent range, and as the singles are quite damn expensive ($21/190 SEK for 1.5 grams) this palette is a bargain ($49/495 SEK for 5.6 grams) if you want to try a bunch of shades.

urban decay moondust palette

The packaging of the Moondust Palette is, as always with Urban Decay, just amazing.

urban decay moondust palette

Some of the shades have a beautiful duochrome effect, it’s really hard to capture the sparkle in pictures but I hope you get the feeling!

urban decay moondust eyeshadow

In all: this palette is not for those who want a polished elegant effect, expect some rock n’ roll grit.

urban decay moondust palette swatch

Top row of the palette swatched both on bare skin and over a black eye pencil so you can see how the dark base brings out the sparkle. The only one that I think is the best on its own is Specter.

urban decay moondust palette swatch

Bottom row of the palette.

urban decay moondust palette swatch

An eyeshadow look created with the palette, here I’m wearing a black pencil as a base all over the lids, then layered Magnetic all over the lids with a dab of Galaxy on the outer corners, and Specter on the inner. Full blog post about this makeup will be up soon!

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NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

New in! Sculpting Multiple Duo from NARS is a sleek little duo with their old classics, the Multiple. A cream product that comes in a bunch of colours and different finishes to bring light, shadow and colour to the skin. Super easy to blend out and doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin, more like a cream to powder finish. These duos are new for fall 2016 and I have two of the three available combos here to show you!

Playa Flamenco/Oahu is the one on top, it contains a glowy pale peachy gold and a matte bronze. I haven’t tried this combo on my face yet, but I’m not sure the dark shade (Oahu) will work well on me, but we’ll see! Would probably work without a flinch on a medium skin tone, just smack it on and blend and you will have that perfect bronze goddess look. The highlighter (Playa Flamenco) is to die for, it’s the smoothest one of all of these and gives a subtle wet look sheen.

Copacabana/Sidari Beach is my immediate favourite with its glowy pale champagne and light/medium peach tone with a satin finish. This duo is great for fair skin, the darker of the two (Sidari Beach) is perfect for sculpting fair skin, I wore it the other day and really loved the unusual yet natural look. The highlighter (Copacabana) is not as smooth in this duo, it’s more of a fine sparkle than a wet look. Copacabana is the only shade that you can buy as a single, the rest are new.

nars sculpting multiple duo playa flamenco/oahu, copacabana/sidari beach

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo. Top: Playa Flamenco/Oahu. Bottom: Copacabana/Sidari Beach.

nars sculpting multiple duo playa flamenco/oahu swatch

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo in Playa Flamenco/Oahu

nars sculpting multiple duo copacabana/sidari beach swatch

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo in Copacabana/Sidari Beach

Viola, Killer Colours

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Makeup By Emme Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow swatches + mini review

Sofia (Instagram @herroyalnerdness) and I went ham on a fun Etsy shop called Makeup By Emme at the end of September, today the package came and I really look forward to trying these gorgeous shadows.

Makeup By Emme sell pressed mineral shadows in a bunch of pretty metallic shades, some of them are hand made blends, some plain pigments from TKB Trading. For those who have been in the swing for a long time TKB Trading is one of the old school places to order ingredients for mineral makeup. She lists this info in the shop, so there’s no shady business at all. For the affordable price of $3.99 (not handmade shade) to $4.99 (handmade shade) Canadian this is a EMINENT way of getting your hands on well packaged mineral pigments that won’t make a mess of your makeup table! Otherwise you could always buy the pure TKB shades in loose format for about a dollar less if that suits you better. Worth mentioning!

Go get yours at the Makeup By Emme Etsy shop!


Sofia (@herroyalnerdness på Instagram) och jag gick loss på en rolig Etsyshop vid namn Makeup By Emme i slutet på september, idag dök paketet upp i brevlådan och jag ser så mycket fram emot att testa mig igenom dessa härliga skuggor.

Makeup By Emme säljer pressade mineralskuggor i massa härliga metalliska nyanser, några av dem är handgjorda nyanser, några är färdiga färger direkt från TKB Trading. För den som varit med i svängen länge så är TKB Trading ett av old school-ställena att köpa ingredienser till mineralsmink på. Något hon öppet listar i shoppen, så inget myglande alltså. För det ringa priset av 26 kr (icke handgjord nyans) eller 33 kr (handgjord nyans) tycker jag det är ett EMINENT sätt att få tillgång till bekvämt paketerade mineralpigment som inte kommer skräpa ner hela ditt sminkbord! Annars går det förstås att köpa de rena TKB-nyanserna i löst format ytterligare någon dollar billigare direkt från dem för den som föredrar det. Värt att nämna!

Shoppa loss på Makeup By Emmes Etsy-shop, skuggorna ligger mellan $3.99 och $4.99 kanadensiska, vilket trillar in på dryga 30 SEK stycket. Frakten gick för oss som tillsammans beställde 23 skuggor på 119 kr och vi slapp tull, inget man ska räkna med att slippa däremot.

makeup by emme pressed pigment eyeshadow midnight blue, indian blue, forest green, apricot, australian amber, swiss chocolat, espresso, blackstar blue, storm, chameleon glitter

Top row: Midnight Blue, Indian Blue, Forest Green. Middle row: Apricot, Australian Amber, Swiss Chocolat, Espresso. Bottom row: Blackstar Blue, Storm, Chameleon Glitter.

makeup by emme pressed pigment eyeshadow

The eyeshadows come packed super well, I’m so happy to see that! A tiny paper bag for each shadow..

makeup by emme pressed pigment eyeshadow

And inside the paper bag you have a bubble wrap ziplock bag around the loose magnetic pan. These shadows won’t break in shipping unless someone jumps on them. Thumbs up!


All shadows are creamy to the touch, but as always with mineral shadows they need a primer for that complex sparkle (which classic shadows never can measure up to, go mineral shadows!) to really show. In these pictures I’m swatching all of them on bare skin so that you can see how they look straight from the pan.

It’s SO hard to pick a favourite, all of the classic shimmers are very similar in formula, plus I did pick my favourite shades from the range. Haha! But maybe that Midnight Blue (this one reminds me of some other eyeshadow!! what is it?), Blackstar Blue and Storm makes my heart beat a little extra fast.

The only shadow that is a bit weird is Chameleon Glitter, sure, it flashes gorgeously between rust/pink/silver/aqua but the creamy formula is off and feels gritty and oily at the same time, it’s like petting a greasy shedding lizard or something. It drops glitter everywhere and it’s hard to apply evenly. I’ll try it on top of other shades to see if it might bring it to life! Update: I just got a message that it will be discontinued soon because of the weird formula.

Overall I’m so happy I stumbled upon these shadows, I’ll happily order more in the future!


Alla skuggor är härligt krämiga, men i klassisk mineralsmink-anda kräver de en primer för att det komplexa färgnistret i skuggorna (som klassiska skuggor aldrig kan mäta sig med, heja mineralskuggor!) verkligen ska visa sin fulla effekt. På mina bilder är skuggorna swatchade rakt på ren hud, så ni får se hur de ser ut rakt upp och ned.

Det är SÅ svårt att peka ut någon favorit, alla klassiska skimren är väldigt jämförbara i formula, sen så valde jag ju dessutom ut mina egna favoritfärger ur sortimentet. Haha! Men kanske att Midnight Blue (den påminner om någon annan skugga!! vad är det?), Blackstar Blue och Storm får mitt hjärta att picka lite extra..

Den enda skuggan av mina tio som är rätt weird är Chameleon Glitter, den växlar visserligen riktigt jävla härligt mellan rost/rosa/silver/aqua men den krämiga formulan slår snett och är grynig och lite fet på samma gång, lite som att klappa en flottig flagande ödla typ. Den sprätter glitter åt alla håll och är svår att få riktigt jämn. Ska ge den ett försök över andra skuggor för att se om den kommer till liv! Update: Just fått ett meddelande om att den ska tas ur sortiment snart pga inte bra.

Överlag är jag himla glad att jag ramlade över dessa skuggor, jag kommer med glädje beställa fler i framtiden!

makeup by emme pressed mineral eyeshadow midnight blue, indian blue, forest green, apricot, australian amber, swiss chocolat, espresso, blackstar blue, storm, chameleon glitter swatch

Makeup By Emme Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow in Midnight Blue, Indian Blue, Forest Green, Apricot, Australian Amber, Swiss Chocolat, Espresso, Blackstar Blue, Storm, Chameleon Glitter.

makeup by emme pressed mineral eyeshadow midnight blue, indian blue, forest green, apricot, australian amber, swiss chocolat, espresso, blackstar blue, storm, chameleon glitter swatch

Makeup By Emme Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow in Midnight Blue, Indian Blue, Forest Green, Apricot, Australian Amber, Swiss Chocolat, Espresso, Blackstar Blue, Storm, Chameleon Glitter.

makeup by emme pressed mineral eyeshadow midnight blue, indian blue, forest green, apricot, australian amber, swiss chocolat, espresso, blackstar blue, storm, chameleon glitter swatch

Makeup By Emme Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow in Midnight Blue, Indian Blue, Forest Green, Apricot, Australian Amber, Swiss Chocolat, Espresso, Blackstar Blue, Storm, Chameleon Glitter.

Viola, Killer Colours

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NARS Highlighting Blush “Albatross”

Time to look at this yummy oldie, NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross! A finely milled powder highlighter with the most interesting shift. It looks like a pale bluish green with a golden cast in the pan, and applied on the skin you get a super smooth golden olive glow. A great colour to add to your collection if you would like to switch that champagne toned highlighter out now and then!

I think it works the absolute best on me with dark green eye makeup as it helps boost the olive tones, or as a contrast to plummy purples. See the two makeup looks further down where I’m wearing it both ways.

nars highlighting blush albatross

NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross

nars highlighting blush albatross

The classic rubberized NARS packaging looks good when its brand new, but with a few uses it turns super grubby.

nars highlighting blush albatross swatch

See how it almost turns green on the skin? Such an interesting colour.

nars highlighting blush albatross swatch

Makeup look using Albatross as a cheekbone highlight and on the inner corner of the eye, it plays off the greens beautifully in my opinion! Blog post about the makeup look here.

nars highlighting blush albatross swatch

Here I’m using Albatross on my cheekbones and inner corners again, but this time to contrast with the cool purple tones. Blog post about the makeup look here.

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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!