Better Than Sex

I’m testing the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara at the moment, I’ve been curious for a long time so you can imagine how happy I was when I got it in a little gift bag right before the opening of Sephora here in Gothenburg! Yay! I can already say that the formula is fantastic and it wears well, but I’m not too in love with the shape of the brush. Oh well, I’ll review it for you once I’m done deciding what I think!

Also, today I finally visited the store and I did some serious damage. Will do a round up of the stuff I got later.

better than sex


  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 100 Beige
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
  • TheBalm Instain Blush – Argyle
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara


  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 10
  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel


  • Idun Minerals Inliner – Sand
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


  • Idun Minerals Lipstick – Jordgubb
Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

Highlighter smackdown!

Idag är det, precis som jag pratade om gällande contouringpaletter, skitpoppis att highlighta ansiktet tills det lyser som ett stoppljus. You go for it babe! Jag är helt klart mer för highlightande (ljusa/skimrande produkter där du vill framhäva höga punkter) än skulpterande (mörka/gråbråna produkter där du vill skapa insjunkna områden) när det kommer till ansiktsmakeupen. Låt oss säga att vi är i dåliga ljusförhållanden, en skulptering blottar lätt smutsbruna fläckar i ansiktet medan en highlighter bara inte reflekterar ljus lika starkt. Det är mycket mer fool proof att gå nuts med highlightern! Sedan det faktum att formgivning av ansiktet med hjälp av highlighters nyligen återuppfunnits under det nya namnet “strobing” kan vi ju fnissa lite åt. Det har sysslats med i årtionden!

Today it’s, just like I mentioned in that post about contouring palettes, super popular to highlight your face into glowing like a stoplight. You go for it babe! I’m much more partial for highlighting (light/shimmery products where you want to enhance high points) than sculpting (dark/greyish brown products where you want to create sunken in areas) when it comes to facial makeup. Let’s say we’re in bad lighting, sculpting easily shows dirt brown patches on your face while a highlighter just doesn’t reflect the way that it was inteded to. It’s a lot more fool proof to go crazy with the highlighter! We can also take a moment and giggle at the fact that shaping the face with highlighters recently got reinvented under the new name “strobing”, something that has been done for decades!

cream highlighters

Cream highlighters

powder highlighters

Powder highlighters

Let’s swatch them all and see what finish and colour you prefer!

highlighter swatches

Top row = creams, bottom row = powders

LUSH Feeling Younger (Ung Igen) Skin Tint

Fluffy cream highlighter with a strong peach/pink flash. Very smooth without any visible glitter particles, feels like a moisturizer on the skin. One of my absolute favourites!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination “Sea of Tranquility”

Liquid highlighter in a pale pink colour, almost whitened. Looks good with very intense looks, a tad too gritty in the sparkle for my taste but I know I’m a bit harsh. Sinks in to the skin very nicely.

Illamasqua Gleam “Aurora”

Solid cream concealer in a golden beige colour. Very brightening on the skin but still looks smooth and natural like moisturized skin, shimmer particles are very very fine. Feels velvety on the skin. Also a favourite.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Solid cream concealer in a pinky blue colour, very whitened. Looks good on the skin with small shimmer particles and a moisturized finish but feels like sticky glue on the skin. Not one of my favourites to wear, but good for shoots! highlighter swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

A pressed powder duo with a bronzer/sculpting powder and a highlighter. The highlighter is a warm peach with a soft non-sparkly golden sheen. Maybe not the first choice for Snow White complexions, but FANTASTIC on anyone darker than that.

KIKO Cosmetics Mosaic Highlighter

Pressed powder highlighter with multiple shades that turn into a pale soft gold when swirled together. Very delicate yet effective, great for everyday wear. Doesn’t look glittery on the skin at all. One of my favourites.

TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer

Pressed powder highlighter in a golden champagne colour. SUPER strong effect. A very very popular one, but strangely not that good I think? It applies like a shimmery eyeshadow, not finely milled enough to feel “lit from within”, it’s definitely makeup-y. Looks good with a super intense look though, but just with the Rouge Bunny Rouge one it’s a bit too gritty for me.

Meow Cosmetics Eyeshadow “Prophecy”

Loose powder highlighter with a strong strong strooong golden peach glow. Sorry for rubbing this one in your face as it’s an old limited edition but I wanted you to see how it looks compared to other products. It’s a super solid sheen that looks like molten metal on the skin, quite similar to Illamasqua Aurora in tone and LUSH Feeling Younger in effect.

Make Up Store Wonder Powder “Sahara”

Loose powder highlighter in a light beige colour. I bought this one specifically for that “non highlighted highlighted look”, as this formula is totally non-sparkly and creamy yet reflects so much light, and the colour is not a cartoonish white. PERFECT everyday highlighter to just dust on and go. highlighter swatches

Makeup looks featuring some of these highlighters:

KIKO Cosmetics Moisaic Highlighter. Link to blog post with full product list here.

LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint. Link to blog post with full product list here.

Make Up Store Wonder Powder “Sahara”. Link to blog post with full product list here.

Viola, Killer Colours

Livsstil, Skönhet

Jungle Queen

The first thing I want to say today is THANK YOU for being so kind, so many of you have sent supportive messages and comments, and even though I haven’t replied to all of them I read and feel super thankful for having you. I’m also glad that the fact that I’m bringing up anxiety helps so many of you, I totally agree with you when you say that it needs to be talked about openly. It’s rare to see. I’m sending my love right back at all of you who sit there feeling the same way as I do, I see you!

I decided to show up at the opening of the first Sephora store on the Swedish westcoast (bestcoast) yesterday as a battle against all that anxiety, but got a panic attack on the bus just from trying and it got even worse when I saw the queue wrapping a quarter of the building, so I did a 180 and left. Good times! Now I’m on sick-leave for two weeks and on new medication (that makes me all mentally cross-eyed, explains potential strangeness in this post) so I’m hoping that things will clear up soon.

The look that I wore to the event that I didn’t even attend was this. Haha! I’m loving this coral red lipstick by Lipstick Queen, it’s called Jungle Queen and was made especially to compliment animal prints. Meow!

jungle queen


  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 100 Beige
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer


  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 10
  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel


  • Lipstick Queen Lipstick – Jungle Queen
Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow swatches & review

Äntligen är det dags, nu ska vi kika på mina ögonskuggor från Makeup Geek! Ett stadigt samlande jag sysslat med i många år nu. Skuggorna kommer förpackade i ett litet papperskuvert, färdiga för att du ska kunna stoppa den nakna metallpannan i en magnetisk palett. Jag har länge gillat Z-palette med sitt stora fönster på ovansidan som gör det enkelt att se vad som finns i, så jag har köpt mig en Extra Large där det ryms en ordentlig mängd skuggor (35 Makeup Geek-skuggor, samma storlek som t.ex. MACs metallpannor). Just nu huserar den MUG-skuggorna men framöver ska jag mixa upp favoriterna härifrån med andra märken så jag har alla mina favoriter på samma ställe. Det är det som är så fint med dessa magnetiska paletter, de går att göra om gång på gång på gång.

Makeup Geek har två skuggformulas, först den klassiska varianten som de haft i många år ($5.99 styck, ca 50 SEK) och nu senast tillkom Foiled, en linje krämiga skuggor med superreflektiv metallicfinish ($9.99 styck, ca 85 SEK). Vi ska kika igenom alla jag äger så får vi se vilka ni faller för. Skuggor och palett går alla att köpa på Makeup Geeks hemsida.


It’s finally time to take a look at my Makeup Geek Eyeshadows! I’ve collected these steadily for years now.. The shadows come packaged in a little paper envelope, ready for the naked pans to be popped in a magnetic palette. I’ve loved the Z-Palettes for a long time because of the big window that lets you see what you have in them, so I got a Extra Large where there’s place for a solid amount of shadows (35 Makeup Geek shadows, same size as for example MAC). Right now I have my MUG favourites in here, but soon I’ll rearrange and put all my favourites from mixed brands in here for a easy-to-find everyday palette. That’s what’s so nice with these magnetic palettes, you can rearrange them over and over and over again.

Makeup Geek has two eyeshadow formulas, the classics that they’ve had for many years ($5.99 a piece) and recently they added the Foiled shadows, a line of creamy ultra reflective metallic eyeshadows ($9.99 a piece). Let’s go through all shades I have and we’ll see which ones you fall for. Shadows and palettes are all available at the Makeup Geek website.

makeup geek eyeshadow + z palette

makeup geek eyeshadows


Time for swatches! Applied on bare, dry skin.

makeup geek eyeshadow swatches


Shimmery peachy pink. A great everyday shade if you want a pink that doesn’t look like eczema. The formula is soft, smooth and pigmented, no application problems at all. Conclusion: Buy it if you like pinks.

In The Spotlight (Foiled)

Foiled pale peach. Beauuuuutiful shade to wear all over the eyelid or as a inner corner highlighter. More warm toned than Starry Eyed. Very versatile shade that would flatter any skintone. Applies buttery soft and very pigmented. Conclusion: Buy this one or Starry Eyed!

Magic Act (Foiled)

Foiled pale gold. The perfect metallic gold for for pale skin! It won’t look like bronzed pee on the lids (we’ve all been there). Great highlighter for darker skin. Applies buttery soft and very pigmented.
Conclusion: Buy it!

Starry Eyed (Foiled)

Foiled pale peachy pink. Also a great shade to wear all over the lid or as a inner corner highlighter. More cool toned than In The Spotlight. A versatile shade that would be most flattering in cool toned looks. Applies buttery soft and very pigmented.
Conclusion: Buy this one or In The Spotlight!

Whimsical (Foiled)

Foiled pale pinky purple. So icy it leans white, so probably most suited for fairer skintones, on darker skin it would look more like a metallic white (then go for Daydreamer instead!). Not very unique in shade but more intense than anything else I’ve tried. Applies buttery soft and very pigmented.
Conclusion: Buy it if you’re on the fairer side.

Daydreamer (Foiled)

Foiled light purple. Unicorn eyeshadow! A nice shade for all over the lid or as a inner corner highlighter in darker looks. Applies buttery soft and very pigmented.
Conclusion: Buy it!

Mesmerized (Foiled)

Foiled dark brown with a purple sheen. A lovely smokey shade that would work on most skintones, it’s cooled down with that purple sheen but still neutral at the base. Just pat all over the lid and go! Not super unique though. Applies buttery soft and very pigmented.
Conclusion: Buy it unless you have something similar already.


makeup geek eyeshadow swatches


Metallic deep burgundy. So so so rich in colour and perfect in one swipe, not unique in colour but the formula is. Applies soft and smooth like velvet!
Conclusion: Buy it unless you have something similar already.


Metallic deep yellow bronze. A VERY unique colour, intense and dirty at the same time. Like an ancient Egyptian artefact! I don’t have anything that even reminds me of it. Very pigmented and applies super softly.
Conclusion: BUY IT or you’ve lost your marbles!!

Bleached Blonde

Sparkly sand gold. A shade that I had VERY high hopes for, super unique in tone with its dirty sandy tone! The formula is dry, applies very dusty and glitter flies everywhere.
Conclusion: Don’t buy it. :(


Metallic silvery taupe. One of my old favourites, perfect shade for a light and glamorous smokey eye. More silvery than I usually find this kind of shades, doesn’t have that earthy feel. Super smooth in formula and the pigmentation is top.
Conclusion: Buy it!

Prom Night

Shimmery purple/taupe/silver. A new favourite, I have worn this all the time lately! Sooooo perfect, the dimension of the colour makes it look like three colours in one. A unusual shade that I have only found in By Terry Misty Rock (which I LOVE). Very creamy and smooth in texture, nicely pigmented.
Conclusion: HOLY SHIT BUY IT. NOW!


Shimmery warm purple with glitter specks. Beautiful in theory, horrible texture. Very dry, applies unevenly and the glitter just flies everywhere. Make it creamier and it would be lovely!
Conclusion: Don’t buy it.


makeup geek eyeshadow swatches

Peach Smoothie

Matte pale apricot. A shade that Everyone loves, so I listened to this Everyone and got it. My pan feels like it’s packed with flour! The pigmentation is great and even though it’s chalky it applies evenly, but hello, just by rubbing the surface I kick up dust enough for five applications. Would be scared to travel with it because of the fragile formula.
Conclusion: Hate to say it but don’t buy it (unless I got a bad batch?).

Yellow Brick Road

Shimmery pale golden yellow. Very happy and candylike. Another perfect shade for pale skin, quite an unusual one aswell! Will be GREAT as an eyelid or inner corner shade with coppers and golds. Soft and smooth in texture, no application problems.
Conclusion: Buy it!!

Pixie Dust

Shimmery golden lime. A luxurious shade of crazy! Can’t say anything bad about it, perfect in formula, colour, pigmentation, texture, application, everything. This just waits to be worn full on with a hot pink lip.
Conclusion: Buy it if you like intense shades!


Shimmery light/medium silver. A bit dirty in tone, great for all over the eyelid. Not your average silver. Like with Pixie Dust I can’t say anything bad about the formula, application or anything!
Conclusion: Buy it.


Shimmery medium graphite grey. Classic shimmery grey, I got it just because I don’t have one in a good formula, so nothing spectacular at all but for the formula, definitely worth it.
Conclusion: Buy it if you don’t have anything similar.


Shimmery dark grey. Slightly cool toned without leaning blue, a very sophisticated take on greys! This is my favourite out of these three silvers, if you can’t choose between them then I would say go for this one. Great formula, applies very smooth and pigmented.
Conclusion: The best out of these silvers, buy it!

Bada Bing

Matte dark brown with gold glitter. One of my least favourite MUG shadows. Dry, chalky, glitter flies everywhere. I don’t get why companies make matte shadows with glitter in them, it never works.
Conclusion: Definitely skip it.


makeup geek eyeshadow swatches


Matte warm pink. A shade that is perfect for blending out darker shades, looks gorgeous at the edges of a smokey eye! Not a shade that I would wear all over, but great for framing others. Smooth formula, nice pigment, applies evenly.
Conclusion: Buy it if you like layering and bledning your eyeshadows!


Matte deep maroon red. Another one that people love, so I got it because of the hype. Not very pigmented at all, applies patchy and feels very dry. You don’t feel that as much when you just use it for blending out other shades, but it wouldn’t be easy to wear as a stand alone shade.
Conclusion: Hate to say it with this one aswell, but don’t buy it.

Purple Rain

Matte dark dirty purple. Has a eggplant-ish undertone so it is faaantastic on green eyes! A bit dry in texture but not as bad as others, it would need some work to be worn all over the lid but it’s a dream for deepening the outer corners or lash lines. Very calm and framing shade!
Conclusion: Buy it if you can excuse slight formula difficulties.


Matte medium purple. Also slightly dirty in tone so not very bright. This one doesn’t flatter me at all so I have worn it very little, but it works well! A bit dry like most of these mattes but no application problems worth mentioning.
Conclusion: Classic purple lovers, sure, buy it! Otherwise skip it.


Matte pale lavender purple. Here’s a bright one! Th

is one has been reformulated in 2015 and my pan is easily three years old, so not sure if it’s identical in colour. The colour is awesome but formula a bit dry and chalky. Probably done better now!
Conclusion: Check if the colour of the new one is just as nice, and if so, buy!


Matte medium/dark peacock teal. Holy eyeshadow Batman! This colour is INTENSE, and the formula is so creamy! Probably the best out of all these mattes. It goes on super evenly and doesn’t look green along the edges. Yeaass!
Conclusion: If you like intense colours – BUY IT!


makeup geek eyeshadow swatch

Barcelona Beach

Satin finished light/medium sandy brown. Woooonderful everyday shade, very mild in tone but builds up nicely. Great for blending other shades, great for all over the eyelid. The sheen makes it stand out from other light browns I think. Soft formula that is delicately sheer.
Conclusion: Definitely buy it!

High Tea

Matte taupe with a olive undertone. Said to be a grey undertone but this one is definitely greenish! Super odd colour, along with Pretentious and Prom Night this is one of the most unique shades. It’s not green enough to look green, but it will be GREAT for smoking out other colours or on the outer corner of the eye. Has the same delicately smooth and semi-sheer formula as Barcelona Beach.
Conclusion: BUY BUY BUY!!


Matte blue toned grey. A matte creamy sharky colour. I really dislike this one just because of the colour, I really don’t like these lighter sharky blue colours on me, it makes my skin look like green zombie snot. Haha. If they flatter you then it’s the perfect formula for it! Very smooth and pigmented!
Conclusion: Buy if the colour might suit you.

Sea Mist

Shimmery turquoise. As easy as it sounds! A super creamy softly shimmery shade of turquoise, creamy enough in formula to manage to hold these small glitter particles and not spread them all over the world.
Conclusion: A wet (lol) dream for any intense colour lover, buy!


Final conclusion:

The ones I really love are In The Spotlight, Pretentious, Yellow Brick Road, Moon Dust, Prom Night, Barcelona Beach and High Tea. Get them all and you will most definitely love them!

The shitty ones are Bleached Blonde, Sensuous, Peach Smoothie, Bada Bing and Bitten. They’re all dry, chalky and weird so I wouldn’t miss them at all.

The rest are hit and miss depending on what shades you’re personally drawn to. Which ones did you like?

Viola, Killer Colours


Cherry Red

Still struggling with the physical effects of anxiety (like misspelling this blog post a zillion times with my nearly useless hands) I’ve tried to keep it off my self-image as much as possible. I’ve spent a lot of time being extra angry at the lack of freedom within the existing gender roles, normative beauty, the hiveminded beauty industry.. What look represents The Perfect Face™ I thought? A full on 40′s/50′s glamour face of course. What happens if we put all kinds of facial hair on it? Totally soothens my soul.

cherry red

cherry red


  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Emite Make Up BB Highlighting Pen – Almo
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Power – Diffused Light
  • IsaDora Face Sculptor – Nude
  • Illamasqua Cream Blusher – Devour


  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 10
  • Milani Brow Tint Pen – Dark Brown (02)
  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel


  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 4, 5, 11
  • Idun Minerals Inliner – Sand
  • Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner – Ultra Black
  • Illamasqua Masquara – Raven
  • Sweed Lashes – Iconic


  • ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Frenchie
  • Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color – Stoplight Red
  • KIKO Cosmetics Shine Lust Lip Tint – Cherry Red (07)
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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for beauty with brains. Beauty blogger and MUA 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!