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Soap & Glory Love at First Blush

One of my everyday go-to products lately has been Soap and Glory Love at First Blush, a pink illuminating powder. Not quite as pigmented as a classic blush, not quite as brightening as a classic highlighter. Right inbetween! I throw my bronzer on and then whisk this over my cheeks a few times until it builds up to a soft pink sheen. I also tend to rub my pinkie into the white shade in the palette and dab a little on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up. The white shade is actually the one with the least amount of shimmer which makes it perfect for a simple day look.

And now for the best part – International Boots has started shipping Soap & Glory to Sweden (and some other countries as well, go to the site listed below and choose your country to get the full info)!! It’s finally possible for us up north to get our hands on this lovely brand. Go to International Boots and get your fix!

soap & glory love at first blush

Love At First Blush in its packaging. Doesn’t it look pretty?

soap & glory love at first blush

And of course, the outer packaging is always smashing when it comes to Soap & Glory.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

Soap & Glory Love At First Blush swatched heavily on bare skin.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

A basic makeup look (using both mascara and gloss from Soap & Glory, product list below!) with only a semi matte bronzer on the cheeks.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

Same makeup look with a few sweeps of Soap & Glory Love At First Blush on the cheeks and cheekbones.

Face:

  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Light 16
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • Soap & Glory Love At First Blush

Brows:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Sytry

Eyes:

  • Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss – Plumsup
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Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon swatches + review

Lip crayons are staples in my everyday routine. They give a nice gloss without feeling sticky, help chapped lips look plump and soft and give a wash of colour. Yves Rocher are releasing Radiant Lip Crayon in six new shades, here I have three to show you!

The formula of these is gel-like, it glides on very easily and is actually quite long wearing. It doesn’t just slip right off like soft lippies can do, it leaves a slight stain that leaves your lips with a tint even when the shine has gone away a bit. No caking up in dry areas either. A great budget find if you want something new on your lips for spring.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon

Radiant Lip Crayon comes in a classic twist-up packaging, super easy for on-the-go application.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rose somptueux, pourpre lumineaux, rouge flamboyant swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rose Somptueux, Pourpre Lumineux and Rouge Flamboyant.

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rose somptueux swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rose Somptueux. A creamy bright pink. A classic shade that will brighten anyones look up. Great one of you don’t have anything like it already!

yves rocher radiant lip crayon pourpre lumineux swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Pourpre Lumineux. A deeper cool toned pink with sparks of silver. A gooorgeous shade that I have worn quite a bit lately. Great for someone who wants to try a deeper lipstick out without fully committing.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rouge flamboyant swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rouge Flamboyant. A sheer creamy neutral red. Beautiful shade too, not as opaque as red lip crayons often are.

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Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation review & demo

Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation, ni ser mig använda den om och om igen och det är av en enkel anledning – den är det bästa jag haft på min hud. Jag har plöjt igenom alla foundations som kommit i min väg, dyrt som billigt och komplicerat som simpelt, och jag tackar sminkgudarna för att favoriten för en gångs skull inte är snordyr och svårfunnen utan landar på ynka 159 kronor i dagligvaruhandeln. Är dessutom på rea på Eleven just nu!

Vad är mina krav på en bra foundation?

Jag vill ha en foundation som, framför allt annat, ser ut som hud. Alla varianter som på något vis syns vid en närmre kik i spegeln går fetbort. Formulan jag föredrar är packad med silikoner och har en krämig konsistens (till skillnad från lättflytande eller kräm-till-puder) som inte torkar matt, då slätar den ut hudtexturen och ger lyster så huden inte ser ut som en död pannkaka. Täckningen ska inte vara för hög, mediumtäckning räcker gott och väl när en täckande concealer finns till hands. Hellre då att den är vass på att balansera hudtonen. Parfymfritt är nära på ett krav eftersom jag annars ofta får utslag efter några dagars användning.

 

Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation, you see me use it over and over again and it’s for a simple reason – it’s the best thing that I’ve ever worn on my skin. I have tested everything that has come my way, expensive as well as cheap and complicated as well as simple, and I thank the makeup gods for the favourite that for once isn’t hella expensive and hard to find (in Sweden at least)! I think you can order it within Europe at Eleven.se.

What do I expect from a good foundation?

I want a foundation that, first of all, looks like skin. I diss everything that is detectable on the skin with a closer look in the mirror. The formulas I prefer are packed with silicons and have a creamy consistency (unlike thin liquids or cream to powder) that won’t dry matte, they even the skin texture out and give some glow so the skin won’t look like a dead pancake. The coverage shouldn’t be too high, medium coverage is definitely enough when I can follow up with a concealer. I rather have something that balances the skintone very well. Perfume free is basically a must as my skin tends to act up after a few days use otherwise.

lumene longwear blur foundation

Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation comes in a plain squeeze tube. Very travel friendly and easy to get the last drop out of.

Vad säger Lumene själva om Longwear Blur Foundation?

“Hållbar, sammetslen foundation som får huden att omedelbart se jämn och felfri ut. Sitter kvar i upp till 16 timmar. SPF 15. Oparfymerad. För alla hudtyper. En foundation med blur-effekt som reducerar ojämnheter och andra småfel. Blur-effekten skapas av en ny silikonteknologi, mängden varma färgpigment i formulan samt ljusreflekterande pigment. Denna unika kombination jämnar ut hudtonen, minskar synligheten av skavanker och lämnar huden naturlig och silkeslen.”

How do Lumene themselves describe Longwear Blur Foundation?

“Longwear, velvety foundation that makes your skin look instantly smooth and flawless. SPF 15. The blur effect of the foundation makes the skin look instantly more even and flawless. The effect is based on the new silicone technology, the number of warm color pigments in the texture, and light-reflecting pigments. This unique combination evens out the skin tone to a naturally perfect result, optically fading fine lines, uneven skin and other minor imperfections.”

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Bare skin

lumene longwear blur foundation 0 light ivory

Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation in 0 Light Ivory applied all over bare skin with a damp beauty blender.

Gör den vad den ska?

Här tickar vi alla boxar enligt både mina personliga krav och Lumenes löften. Med fixerande puder i T-zonen på morgonen går jag ofta en hel dag utan någon som helst touch up. Produkten börjar inte brytas ner och slabba runt eller krackelera vilket ofta händer efter sextimmarsstrecket, utan håller sig kvar där jag applicerade den på morgonen. Produkten i sig är dryg så ett tunt lager räcker långt vilket helt klart bidrar till att den håller sig fin så länge. Jag har heller inga problem med att den oxiderar eller förändras i färg på något som helst vis.

Does it live up to expectations?

Here we tick all boxes both from my personal preference aswell as Lumenes promises. With some fixating powder in the T-zone in the morning I often go all day without any touch ups at all.  The product doesn’t break down and start smudging or cracking which often happens after about six hours, this one just stays where I put it in the morning. A little goes a long way with this one so a thin layer is enough, that surely does add to the long wearing effect. I don’t have any problems with the foundation oxidizing or changing in colour in any way. 

lumene longwear blur foundation

One of many looks where I’m wearing Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation. Blog post about the look here.

 

INCI: AQUA (WATER), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, ISODODECANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE (OCTINOXATE), DIMETHICONE/ DIVINYLDIMETHICONE/ SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, MICA, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, HEXYL LAURATE, POLYSILICONE-11, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, RUBUS CHAMAEMORUS (CLOUDBERRY) SEED EXTRACT, TITANIUM DIOXIDE(NANO), C9-15 FLUOROALCOHOL PHOSPHATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, METHICONE, GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ALUMINA, HYDROXYAPATITE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ZINC OXIDE. MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499

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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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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!