Event with Real Techniques

Jag blev nyligen inbjuden till ett event för Real Techniques, så jag var bara tvungen att släpa mitt arsle från mysiga Göteborg till stress-Stockholm, det var såå värt det!

Real Techniques är en sminkborstlinje skapad av Pixiwoo-systrarna Nic och Sam Chapman, två kända YouTubeanvändare/makeupartister med nära på 1,6 miljoner prenumeranter. De släppte sin egen linje söta syntetiska borstar med fantastisk kvalitet och till bra pris, vilka redan innan eventet (och sedan många år) är en av mina absoluta favoritlinjer någonsin. Jag är så glad att se dem tåga in på svenska marknaden, nu måste vi bara få in dem i fysiska butiker! Tills vidare kan vi shoppa inom Europa på, från deras egna webshop eller från amerikanska


I was recently invited to a event with Real Techniques, so I just had to drag my ass from cozy Gothenburg to stressful Stockholm, it was totally worth it!

Real Techniques is a makeup brush line created by the Pixiwoo sisters Nic and Sam Chapman, two famous YouTubers/makeup artists with nearly 1.6 million subscribers. They released this line of cute synthetic brushes with great quality and low price, which already before the event (and since many years ago) was one of my absolute favourite brush lines. So glad to see them being marketed towards Swedes, now we just need to get them in physical stores! Available through Europe at or internationally on their own site or at

Nic & Sam were talking a bit about the brand in general, how it all started and their plans and visions. It’s always interesting to get an inside view.

Spent quite some time talking to Sam during the event, such an intelligent and interesting person!

They kindly gave us some brushes to try out, I own all these since before and I’m INCREDIBLY happy to have another one of nearly all of them. Brushes in the picture (first three sold separately): Blush Brush, Powder Brush, Expert Face Brush, then the next 5 are the Starter Set.

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What have I been up to this spring?

I’m in Stockholm about now so yesterday I picked this blog post together (which is today now that I’m writing, TIMECEPTION!!!) showing some stuff that I’ve been up to since the end of April! All of it is from my Instagram @KillerColours, so if you follow me already, here’s a recap!

1. Had amazing vegan birthday cakes from Two Little Birds. 2. Wore red for May first.

3. Drank beer with my favourite. 4. Worked.

5. Matched socks and shirt. 6. Gave up on my hair.

7. Had a zillion cups of coffee in the sun. 8. Because it’s starting to look like summer!

9. Received alien contact. 10. Fed people carrot soup.

11. And if it wasn’t coffee or beer it was earl grey. 12. Wore yellow and tropical leo!

13. THESE TWO. 14. Got bling, who’s face should I glue them to?

15. Ate red. 16. Peggy made sure everything tasted well.

17. Cherry Culture! 18. Selma showed grace.

19. Once again, grace.. 20. Anamma fillets with warm salsa and ruccola.

21. Kissed Peggy in the sun. 22. Voted with my heart.

23. Wore the dots again and again. 24. Loved our beautiful Gothenburg in it’s rainbow outfit.

25. Worked on my kit lipsticks. 26. Roger packed my hair with even mooore copper, I <3 Cybtekk!

27. Adorned my pretty babies. 28. And got pure evidence of who is the evil one.

29. Gothic stewardess. 30. Wore bright pink nails, matched just about nothing in my wardrobe.

31. I want your skulls, I need your skulls. 32. Garlic crostinis with red fruit, Violife cheese and olive oil.

33. Pea salad. 34. Indian with le luvv.

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Recension, Skönhet

CND Vinylux

Vinylux-lacken från CND är av den nya formulan som vi hittar hos flera märken just nu, typ halvgelélack (beter sig som gelé men härdar utan lampa och går att ta bort med vanlig remover), som torkar snabbt och håller längre på nageln än traditionella lack. Sju dagar utlovas här och jag som har problem med att lack slits snabbt får trots allt några extra dygn på hållbarheten. De ska torka på 8,5 minuter, jag har inte klockat men det är torrt på kortare tid än ett Simpsonsavsnitt så jag är helnöjd! Till lacken finns ett särskilt överlack vid namn Weekly Top Coat som ska hjälpa longwear-formulan på traven.

Du kan inte använda ett vanligt underlack under dessa för då sker inte Den Magiska Bindningen till nageln, utan du får grunda med ett lager av en hudnära nyans innan du drar på en mörk eller färgstark nyans som kan missfärga naglarna (för de missfärgade mina). Det är väl mitt enda minus, vaaaarför finns inget ordentligt baslack?

Jag blev så tagen av dessa lack när jag testade dem första vändan (blå Cerulean Sea och orangeröda Electric Orange har jag smugit in i bloggen tidigare!) att jag var tvungen att skaffa en mer standardfärgskala för mitt MUA-kit, toppenbra då de härdar så snabbt vilket alltid är önskvärt när det är tight om tid. Jag kommer förstås garanterat snylta på dem själv också..

Rekommenderat pris är 135 kr/st, samma för lack som överlack.


The Vinylux polishes from CND is of the new formula that we find from many brands right now, kind of a semi-gel polish (acts like gel but hardens without a lamp and you remove it easily with regular remover), that dries super quick and wears longer than traditional nail polishes. Here they promise seven days, and I who often have a problem with polishes wearing off quickly actually get a few more days with these. They are supposed to dry in 8.5 minutes, I haven’t timed it but it takes less than an episode of The Simpsons so I’m satisfied! There’s a top coat for these polishes called Weekly Top Coat which is supposed to help the longwear formula even further.

You can’t use a regular basecoat with these because then The Magic Binding to the nail won’t happen, so you’ll have to lay a coat of nude before applying a dark or bright shade that could discolour your nail (it discoloured mine). That is my only real minus, whyyyyyy is there no real basecoat?

I liked these polishes so much when trying them out the first round (I’ve sneaked in blue Cerulean Sea and orange red Electric Orange in the blog earlier!) that I had to get some basic colours for my MUA kit, the short drying time is great when there’s very little time to spare. I can guarantee that I will be wearing them myself aswell..

cnd vinylux

Clockwise from the white: Studio White, Lavishly Loved, Grapefruit Sparkle, Hot Pop Pink, Rouge Red, Decadence, Fedora, Black Pool

cnd vinylux swatch

Studio White, Lavishly Loved, Grapefruit Sparkle, Hot Pop Pink, Rouge Red, Decadence, Fedora, Black Pool

cnd vinylux swatches

Studio White, Lavishly Loved, Grapefruit Sparkle, Hot Pop Pink, Rouge Red, Decadence, Fedora, Black Pool

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Candy Pink

I’m keeping up with the pinks, totally feeling hot pink right now!

candy pink


  • Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer – Vanilla
  • IDUN Minerals Foundation – Saga
  • IsaDora Twist-Up Blush & Go – Spring in Paris
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
  • Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight


  • Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit


  • Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit
  • Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight
  • IsaDora All Day Long Lash Mascara


  • IsaDora Perfect Lipliner – Candy Pink
  • IsaDora Twist-Up Gloss Stick – Knock-Out Pink
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Today I’m wearing a copper cream eyeshadow all around the eye! Love this kind of shade for bringing out blue and/or green eyes.



  • NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand – Porcelain
  • IDUN Minerals Foundation – Saga
  • Yves Rocher Luminelle Bronzer Trio
  • NARS Cinematic Eyeshadow – Mississippi Mermaid (as highlighter)


  • Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit


  • Yves Rocher Ultra Long-Lasting Cream Eyeshadow 12h Waterproof – Cuivre
  • NARS Cinematic Eyeshadow – Mississippi Mermaid
  • PürMinerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara


  • Hurraw! Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm
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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!