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NARS Blush in Exhibit A

I praised this blush in a blog post a few days ago, mentioning how versatile a matte firetruck red blush is. Exhibit A from NARS is 100% panic red and super pigmented, but applied sparingly it turns into the most flattering shade that works with just any makeup look. This colour works on the fairest of the fairest up to very very dark skin, just by altering the amount you apply.

Definitelyt try it out, it’s not as scary as it looks!

nars blush exhibit a

A blush that will last you a lifetime. Haha.

nars blush exhibit a swatch

Here we can see the colour faded from full force to nothing. See how flattering that sheerest colour is on me? Not warm toned, not cool toned, not pink, not orange, just like flushed skin. The darker your skin is the further to the left of this swatch you would be and get the exact same flattering look.

nars blush exhibit a swatch

NARS Blush in Exhibit A applied on the apples of the cheeks. Gives a lovely “no makeup makeup” look even though it looks completely nuts in the pan. Link to blog post about the makeup look here.

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Celestial Cosmetics “Sea of Tranquility”

Nothing gets me like delicate pastel blue nail polish. The fact that this one is holographic aswell doesn’t make a thing worse.. Sea of Tranquility from Celestial Cosmetics needs three coats to get full opacity, the slight sheerness is what makes it look so glass-like, so it’s totally worth it.

My bottle is from Edgy Polish who ship worldwide.

celestial cosmetics sea of tranquility

Indirect sunlight

celestial cosmetics sea of tranquility

Direct sunlight

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Murad Age-Diffusing Firming Mask

Age-Diffusing Firming Mask från Murad var en av mina favoritmasker för ett par år sedan, men på grund av fånigt högt pris har jag inte haft den hemma på ett tag. Nu är den tillbaka i rutinen och den ger samma fantastiska resultat som förr, jag kunde inte vara gladare! Masken utlovar en plumpande effekt på huden som reducerar synbarheten av fina linjer och rynkor samt att den ska ge en fastare känsla. Jag är som tidigare nämnt 23 så “anti age” är inget jag jämrar mig över (om det ens är något att jämra sig över alls, ärligt talat?). Jag tror på att ge huden det den vill ha, och ge den de bästa förutsättningarna att hålla sig välmående länge.

Min hud behöver alltid hjälp på traven för att binda nog med fukt, och det syns omedelbart när jag sköljt av denna mask att den slurpat i sig massa gott. Huden är betydligt klarare, rodnader är dämpade och jag upplever även att den över tid lugnar eventuella finnar. Mycket är att tacka de många fuktgivande ingredienserna, t.ex. algen Macrocystis Pyrifera (som även är lugnande och antibakteriell) samt de två lerorna, rengörande bentonit och mineralrika montmorillonite. Full innehållsförteckning i slutet av inlägget för den nyfikne.

Finns att shoppa på t.ex. och Skin City.


Age-Diffusing Firming Mask from Murad was one of my favourite masks a few years ago, but because of the insane price I haven’t had a tube at home in a while. Now it’s back in my routine and it still gives the same amazing result as before, I couldn’t be happier! The mask promises a plumping effect of the skin that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles plus it should give a tightening effect. As mentioned before, I’m 23 so “anti age” isn’t something that I’m worrying about (if it’s worth worrying about at all, to be honest?). I just believe in giving the skin what it wants, and giving it the best conditions to stay healthy for a long time.

My skin has always needed extra help binding moisture, and it shows immediately when I rinse this mask off that it has absorbed a lot of goodness. My skin is much brighter, redness is reduced and I also find that it over time helps calm pimples. Much is to thank the many moisturizing ingredients, for example the algae Macrocystis Pyrifera (which also acts calming and antibacterial) and the two clays, cleansing bentonite and mineral rich montmorillonite. Full inci at the bottom of the post for the curious one.

murad age-diffusing firming mask


INCI: Water (Aqua), Bentonite, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Montmorillonite, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Spondias Mombin Pulp Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Pentylene

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Shleee Polish Porn

There’s only one thing to say: Holy shit.

I found Shleee Polish browsing around on Etsy about a week ago, I had never heard of them before so I placed an order just to see if those sparkly polishes were as beautiful as they seemed. I SQUEALED when I opened the package, holyshitholyshitholyshit.

Available at the Shleee Polish etsy shop.

shleee polish

Top row: Vision 2.0, Cosmic Frosting, No Floods 2.0, Chitauri Scepter (part 1). Bottom row: In A Galaxy Far Far Away, Phanaeus Vindex, Wallace

shleee polish

Clockwise from the bottom left corner: Vision 2.0, Cosmic Frosting, No Floods 2.0, Chitauri Scepter (part 1), Wallace, Phanaeus Vindex, In A Galaxy Far Far Away

shleee polish

Top row: Vision 2.0, Cosmic Frosting, No Floods 2.0, Chitauri Scepter (part 1). Bottom row: In A Galaxy Far Far Away, Phanaeus Vindex, Wallace

shleee polish swatch

Vision 2.0, Cosmic Frosting, No Floods 2.0, Chitauri Scepter (part 1), Wallace, Phanaeus Vindex, In A Galaxy Far Far Away

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Exhibit A

Everyone should own a firetruck red blush. I really think so! When applied very very lightly they flush the skin in the most beautiful way, and this works for any skintone. Lightest to darkest, warmest to coolest. I’ve used Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Devour a lot but that one is discontinued (SO SAD!) so I always feel bad about giving that one as my product tip for you. I’ve been wanting a powder version aswell, eyeing NARS Exhibit A since I saw it in Stockholm last november. A while ago I got it, and this bright bright red works just as wonderfully as the Illamasqua one. Try it out if you haven’t!

exhibit a


  • Lumene Beauty Base Matifying & Pore Minimizing Primer
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation – 2 Cream Ivory
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
  • NARS Blush – Exhibit A


  • Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium/Dark


  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


  • Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss – Bloodroses
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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!