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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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Recension, Skönhet

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.

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

25 blog posts from 2015 that you might have missed

Here’s a collection of my favourite blog posts from the past year, have any of you read them all? Click the headline or the link below the picture to find the individual blog post.

Thank you for all the support and love through this hectic year, I’m sending all my love and hoping for a good 2016, take care!


A creamy blue eyelid using Illamasqua eyeshadow

The barrier cream that has saved my face from the last two winters

My Thierry Mugler Angel perfume collection

A purply brown cream shadow that has been well loved this year

Six neutral lippies from KIKO Cosmetics

Iris as a perfume note

Six vampy red nail polishes

A glowy makeup look with smokey jewel tones

The amazing Viseart eyeshadow palettes

A bunch of cheek products from The Balm

Swatching all my Makeup Geek eyeshadows

A serious highlighter smackdown

A fantastic mascara find, now one of my absolute favourites

The perfect wet look eyeshadow from Marc Jacobs

My skincare routine from this summer, still basically the same

Probably my best nail polish brand find of the year, drooool

Blue and silver makeup look worn with two different lip colours

Asymmetric rainbow eyes

Cheap Ebay makeup brushes, are they worth your money?

A fantastic cleansing balm, aka the makeup killer

Holographic icy turquoise nails

Smokey 60′s cat eye

Makeup look using all the shadows in my “leftover palette”

My most used bronzers

Epic glitter swatching with Lit Cosmetics

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Dr. Hauschka Novum Lipstick “Maple Glow (08)”

For spring 2016 Dr. Hauschka are re-releasing a bunch of old limited edition customer favourites in a collection of their own, among those products we find Novum Lipstick in Maple Glow (08). I haven’t tried any of the Dr. Hauschka makeup before so I don’t really know what I’m talking about (lol), but this lipstick sure is great, I understand why people miss it! I slapped it on before going to work the other day and really ended up loving it. Hello new staple!

Maple Glow is the perfect darkened rosewood shade for my skintone, it doesn’t lean so pink that it ends up looking rosy but it’s still far from a poopy 90′s brown/taupe. The formula is creamy and opaque, almost waxy, really comfortable to wear and stays well on the lips.

dr hauschka novum lipstick maple glow (08)

Dr. Hauschka Novum Lipstick in Maple Glow (08). It comes in a sleek twist-up tube. The lipstick is said to smell like rose but to me it’s more of a black tea scent, very herbal. It’s mild and pleasant though.

dr hauschka novum lipstick maple glow 08 swatch

A single swipe swatch. Hello opaque!

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Bare lips

dr hauschka novum lipstick maple glow 08 swatch

Dr. Hauschka Novum Lipstick in Maple Glow (08) applied straight from the tube. By the way, the blush I’m wearing is also from the same collection. Wanna read about that one aswell?

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Lit Cosmetics glitter, swatches & review (how to apply loose glitter without making a mess)

Alltså, glitter. Finns det något som lockar ens i närheten så mycket? Speciellt när det är packat med holografiska regnbågar.. #holosexual

Om vi då ska snacka det bästa av det bästa glittret så är det Lit Cosmetics som gäller. De har ca en miljard nyanser där den ena är vackrare än den andra, och du kan dessutom genom att plocka en siffra mellan 1 och 4 välja hur fint eller grovt du vill ha glittret. Det finns allt från superfinmalet enhörnings-koks (lågt nummer) upp till något som närmar sig storleken av paljetter (högt nummer). Den storlek jag gillar bäst är #3, den ger det där perfekt glesa glamrock-gnistret.

Under black friday lade jag en maffig order eftersom jag förstås inte kunde hålla fingrarna borta från deras buy one get one-kampanj. Jag råkade på tull, en helt sjuk härva där tullen missförstått företagets shipping label så jag fick ringa och maila fram och tillbaka massor innan det var utrett, men SÅ VÄRT DET! Gliiitteeeeeerrrr..

Glittren är beställda från Lit Cosmetics webshop.


Seriously, glitter. Is there anything out there that beats it? Especially when they’re filled with holographic rainbows.. #holosexual

And if we’re gonna talk about the best of the best when it comes to glitter we have to mention Lit Cosmetics. They have a billion different shades where each one is prettier than the last, and you can also choose how fine or chunky you want the glitter by picking a number between 1 and 4. You can find anything between ultra finely milled unicorn coke (low number) up to a size that almost looks like sequins (high number). The size I like the most is #3, it creates that perfect sparse glam rock sparkle.

During black friday I placed a big order as I couldn’t keep my hands off their BOGO offer. My package got stuck in customs and a big misunderstanding where the customs didn’t read the shipping label as it should be read and I had to send e-mails and call a bunch of times back and forth before the problems were solved, but it was SO WORTH IT! Gliitteeeeeerrrr…

These glitters were ordered from the Lit Cosmetics webshop.

lit cosmetics glitter

The jars look like little ice cubes and snap shut really well, I love them! My newer glitters came with sifters inside which my old ones didn’t, you can see the difference in the picture.

First row:

Barbie Shops, shimmer, size #3 (Translucent champagne white with pastel sparkle)
Champagne Wishes, solid, size #2 (Champagne beige with pastel sparkle)
Ella, solid, size #2 (Dirty holographic gold)
Vitamin C, solid, size #3 (Peach with gold and pastel sparkle)
Pink Flamingo, solid, size #2 (Hot pink with blue sparkle)
Kiss, solid, size #3 (Bright red glitter)

Second row:

Gunsmoke, solid, size #3 (Blackened grey glitter)
Superfly, solid, size #3 (Grey with holographic sparkle)
Nightlife, solid, size #3 (Navy/grey with holographic sparkle)
Soul Sister, shimmer, size #3 (Dirty forest green with intense green/gold/orange sparkle)
Rhinestone Cowboy, solid, size #3 (Coppery brown with intense red and holographic sparkle)
Cher, holographic, size #4 (Intense holographic silver)

Third row:

Peacock, solid, size #3 (Blue/turquoise/green glitter)
Caviar Dreams, solid, size #3 (Dark green glitter)
In The Navy, solid, size #3 (Navy blue glitter)
Wonder Woman, solid, size #2 (Magenta purple base with aqua/lavender sparkle)

lit cosmetics glitter

lit cosmetics glitter

lit cosmetics glitter

 How to apply loose glitter without falldown:

lit cosmetics clearly liquid glitter base

The magic glitter helper: Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base. Comes in regular and waterproof out of which I prefer the regular one for normal wear, it’s not as sticky once it’s dry. This is a mini bottle, they also come in a big size.

lit cosmetics clearly liquid glitter base

Dip your brush into the glitter base. But don’t smear it on the lids just yet..

lit cosmetics clearly liquid glitter base

Instead dip your brush into the glitter after dipping into the base. As the brush is wet the glitter will stick to it.

lit cosmetics clearly liquid glitter base

Then paint the glitter on the skin as if it was a cream product. Tadaaa, no falldown at all! The time of packing loose glitter on top of sticky stuff and spilling it all over your face is now in the past.

Now let’s enjoy some glitter porn!! Swatched in the same order as the list above.

lit cosmetics glitter swatches

lit cosmetics glitter swatches

lit cosmetics glitter swatches

And of course a moving swatch to really justify that sparkle..

A few makeup looks using these glitters:

lit cosmetics glitter gunsmoke #3

Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Gunsmoke #3. Link to full blog post here.

lit cosmetics glitter ella #2

Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Ella #2. Link to full blog post here.

lit cosmetics glitter peacock #3

Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Peacock #3. Link to full blog post 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!