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Hell yes rainbow nails!

rainbow nails

From purple pinkie to blue pinkie:

Essie – Dj Play That Song
Essie – Bottle Service
Idun Minerals – Korall
Essie – Roarrrrange
China Glaze – Sun Worshiper
Nordic Cap – NP18

Essie – The More The Merrier
Kure Bazaar – Caicos
Essie – Garden Variety
Essie – Bouncer, It’s Me

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Why collect stamps or coins when you can collect Angels?

Jag har ett problem. Eller problem och problem, en bugg i hjärnan kanske? Jag har ingen som helst hejd när det kommer till kultparfymen Angel från Thierry Mugler. Det var en av mina första doftförälskelser och så har det förblivit. Supermånga noter listas men i grund och botten bjuds det på en käftsmäll av syrliga röda bär, honung, vanilj, kola, kakao och patchouli. Originalet är en Eau de Parfum, en Eau de Toilette tillkom för några år sedan samt att doften årligen släpps i limiterade (och ofta rätt svårfunna) specialvarianter. EdP och EdT går att finna i de flesta parfymavdelningar om du är sugen på att dofta.

Efter att ha läst Fröken Rosas Angelknarkade blogginlägg så kände jag att det var dags att lufta min egen änglaarmé, så här kommer de, flaska för flaska!

 

I have a problem. Or should I call it a bug in my brain? I have no limits when it comes to the cult perfume Angel by Thierry Mugler. It was one of my first perfume loves and it hasn’t changed since then. A bunch of notes are listed but what’s mainly served is a smack in the face with sour red berries, honey, vanilla, caramel, cocoa and patchouli. The original is an Eau de Parfum, an Eau de Toilette was added a few years ago plus every year the scent is releaded in limited (often hard to find) special editions. EdP and EdT are available at most perfume counters if you feel like smelling it.

After seeing Fröken Rosa declare her love to the scent I felt that it was time to bust out my own army of Angels, so here they are, bottle by bottle!

thierry mugler angel collection

They all come in different star shaped bottles, they are all pieces of art, and together.. arghh I can’t handle it!

thierry mugler angel 20th anniversary edition

Angel 20th Anniversary Edition. EdP, original scent (1992) released in a limited edition bottle (2012). It’s actually among my newest Angels, I chose spending money on limited editions rather than the easily acquired original, but when I found this gorgeous 20th anniversary bottle it was time.

thierry mugler angel edt

Angel EdT. Permanent, released in 2011. The fruitier and softer version, yet just as strong as the original. Not at all watered down, more like the same scent with other proportions. Worth a try if you dislike the earthiness of the original, I know some people do.

thierry mugler angel aqua chic 2012

Angel Aqua Chic. EdT, limited edition released in 2012. A really fresh one, bright and crisp with cornflower water and a lot of lemon. It feels like sparkling water, it fizzes! It still has the patchouli and vanilla which keeps its original ID, but it’s low on caramel. This is one of my best hot weather perfumes, all categories.

thierry mugler the taste of fragrance angel

The Taste of Fragrance Angel. EdP, limited edition released in 2011. French top chef Helene Darozze created recipes based on four classic Thierry Mugler scents and perfumes were released with a gourmand note added, a taste enhancer. This version is like the original EdP but PACKED with dark unsweetened cocoa powder. Thick and alluring. My favourite Angel scent out of all.

thierry mugler angel eau sucree

Angel Eau Sucrée. EdT, limited edition released in 2014. A screechy sweet caramelized meringue and tangy berry sorbet. Barely any patchouli or vanilla in this one, not much Angel at all to be honest. My silly nose has a thing for scents like V&R Flowerbomb and Aquolina Pink Sugar Sparks, and this sugary edition fits well into that category. Not the best release Angel-wise even though I really enjoy wearing it.

thierry mugler angel liqueur de parfum

Angel Liqueur de Parfum. EdP, limited edition released in 2013. Aged in toasted oak barrels like fine cognac which adds a warm and super smooth dimension to the scent. It’s also packed with honey which enhances the velvety feeling even further. The sour red berries are replaced with a hint of something ripe and soft without turning sugary sweet. It’s easily the softest Angel I’ve ever smelled, also one of my top picks.

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IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips, three new shades!

Tre nya nyanser av IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips finns äntligen ute! Så jag längtat efter knalligare färger! Tre ljusa/neutrala släpptes nyss vilka jag redan recenserat, dessa tre nya är helt i linje med de andra så läs recensionen där. Klicketicklick! Dessa är alltså uppvridbara läppstiftspennor, halvmatta i finishen och tunna och sköna på läpparna. Kostar 129 kr/st, dessa tre kommer ut i handeln denna vecka!

Three new shades of the IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips are out! How I’ve been hoping for brights! Three light/neutral shades were released recently and those I’ve reviewed already, these three new ones are just like the other so read the review there. Clickety click! So they are twist-up lipstick pencils, semi matte in finish and thin and soft on the lips. These new shades are out this week!

isadora twist-up matt lips

Same matte colour coded packaging as before, looks really nice!

isadora twist-up matt lips

The tips are slanted and really easy to apply with. From the left: Super Pink, Orange Pop, Raving Red.

isadora twist-up matt lips super pink swatch

Super Pink. More up my alley than the previously released pastel pink called Candy Pink, but this is still a tad too weak for my taste! It’s a bit too whitened and soft even though I love the undertone. It’s a question of taste though, many will definitely love this shade!

isadora twist-up matt lips orange pop swatch

Orange Pop. So orange that my camera freaked out. Frickin AMAZING shade, true citrus orange.

isadora twist-up matt lips raving red swatch

Raving Red. The star of the show in my opinion, a.. light red? It’s not a classic red like I thought, it has more of a soft-yet-bright retro vibe. A hint of coral makes it super brightening and happy!

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M Picaut Calming Cocoon Cream

I början på december skrev jag lite om hur min hud förändrats på sistone, den har gått från att vara törstig till att bli käpprätt TORR. Första gången någonsin för mig. Känslig har den alltid varit men sedan december har jag knappt kunnat använda aktiv hudvård som t.ex. syror över huvud taget vilket jag förut kunde, utan allt måste nu vara mjukt mjukt mjukt. Hålls huden inte mättad av mjukgörare får jag finnar omedelbart. Plötsligt dök en ny kräm upp i brevlådan.

Calming Cocoon Cream från M Picaut är en rik kräm som ska ge silkeslen spänst samt vårda och lugna torr, känslig och/eller mogen hy. Inga konserveringsmedel, inga doftämnen, inga allergener (milda ingredienser med andra ord, man kan givetvis bli allergisk mot allt). Krämen ska vara antiinflammatorisk, motverka hudirritationer samt verka “anti-age”. Den huvudsakliga ingrediensen är avokadoolja vilken innehåller mängder av Omega 9 som binder fukt, reparerar huden och lugnar rodnad. Avokadooljan bär även på stora mängder vitaminer och mineraler samt skyddar huden från fria radikaler. Mette själv kallar konceptet Ecoluxury, känns helt rätt! Innehållsförteckning finns längst ner i blogginlägget.

Rekommenderat pris är 699 kronor/50 ml, finns att köpa på utvalda salonger samt online på Hudoteket.se och Eleven.se.

 

At the beginning of December I wrote about my skin changing lately, it went from being thirsty to full blown DRY. First time ever for me. It has always been sensitive but since December I have barely been able to use any active skincare like acids at all which I could before, now everything has to be soft soft soft. If the skin isn’t kept saturated with moisture I get spots right away. Suddenly a new cream appeared in my mailbox.

M Picaut Calming Cocoon Cream is a rich cream that nourishes, calms and gives firmness to dry, sensitive and/or mature skin. No preservatives, no perfume, no allergens (which means mild ingredients, you can be allergic to basically everything). The cream is anti inflammatory, prevents skin irritation and is supposed to work “anti aging”. The main ingredient is avocado oil, it contains loads of Omega 9 which binds moisture to the skin, repairs and calms redness. The avocado oil also contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals and it protects the skin from free radicals. Mette herself calls the concept Ecoloxury, feels totally correct! The inci is at the bottom of the blog post.

The jar costs 699 Swedish Kronor and contains 50 ml, available at Eleven.se who ship within Europe.

m picaut calming cocoon cream

The cream comes in a simple and gorgeous screw lid jar. Of course solid glass. Ecoluxury!

 

Så där stod jag i december med torr-arg hud och tänkte att äsch, det kan ju inte bli värre. Tog en ärta av krämen och smörjde ansikte och dekolletage. Spontan känsla: Oops, detta kommer jag få betala för! Krämen känns som en salva på huden, detta är för rikt för mig! Jag gick och la mig och vaknade sedan morgonen därpå med synbart bättre hud. Kan det ha varit krämens förtjänst? Jag fortsatte smörja och visst var det så. Huden fullkomligt pumpas full av mjukgörande oljor och smörer och visst lämnas en oljig känsla kvar på huden när det smörjs rikligt, men efter en natts sömn betalar det sig i ett nytt ansikte. Jag har kommit att älska den rika känslan och längtar efter att få smörja in ett tjockt lager efter duschen innan jag går i säng. Dryg är den också, efter några månaders dagligt smörjande har jag åtminstone 3/4 av burken kvar.

Ofta upplever jag att rika ansiktskrämer fungerar så länge huden fortfarande är “törstig” och så snart den fått vad den behöver övergår den till att bli tilltäppt och finnar dyker upp, då är det dags att byta till en lättare kräm ett tag tills huden blir torr igen. Denna kan jag däremot fortsätta maffa på med varje kväll trots att huden känns återfettad och glad redan. Ovanligt och OTROLIGT tacksamt att slippa pendla mellan produkter! Enda gången jag haft något slags hudreaktion under dessa månader är, go figure, när jag inte använt Calming Cocoon Cream på några dagar. Och hur räddades hudreaktionen? Med Calming Cocoon Cream förstås. Fem av fem toasters åt detta lilla hudmirakel.

 

So there I stood in December with dry angry skin and though bah, it can’t get worse. Took a pea size of the cream and applied to face and decolletage. Spontaneous feeling: Oops, I will regret this! The cream really feels like a balm on the skin, this is to rich for me! I went to bed and woke up the day after with serious visual improvment in my skin. Could it have been the cream? I kept using it and indeed it was. The skin gets pumped full with softening oils and butters and sure, it leaves a oily feeling on the skin after a good application but it pays off with a new face the morning after. I’ve really come to love the rich feeling and look forward to applying that thick layer right after my evening shower. It lasts a long time too, after a few months of daily use I have at least 3/4 of the jar left.

I often find that rich moisturizers work as long as the skin is still “thirsty” and once it gets what it needs I get clogged and spotty, then I have to use a lighter cream until I get dry again. This one I can slather on every night even though the skin feels plumped and happy already. Unusual and SUCH a lovely feeling to not have to alter between moisturizers! The only time that I’ve had some kind of skin reaction during these months is when, go figure, I hadn’t used Calming Cocoon Cream in a few days. And how did I rescue my skin from that skin reaction? With Calming Cocoon Cream of course. Five out of five toasters for this little skin miracle.

m picaut calming cocoon cream

Here you can see the balmy texture of the cream. Super smooth!

 

INCI: Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Oil)*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Oil)*, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cacao Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut Oil)*, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Veg. Oil), Oleyl Alcohol (Source Coconut Oil), Dioscorea Villosa Root Extract (Wild Jam), Glycine Soja Sterol (Source Soyabean), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E)*, Glycine Soja Oil (Source Soyabean)*, Tocopherol (Vit E)*, Beta-Sitosterol (Source Plants)*, Squalene (Source Olive Oil)*

*= eco ingredient

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Four bronzers that I alter between right now

Vill jag sminka mig på nolltid så suddar jag ett pump foundation över ansiktet med en bufferborste, en dutt concealer under ögonen och sen en bronzer på ansiktets höga punkter (framförallt kindben/näsa/tinningar) för att lajva pigg hud. Bronzern går liksom före allt annat pynt. Lika viktig är den i mer ingående makeuper, då väger den upp samt ramar in annat smink och hindrar till exempel sotningar eller starka läppfärger från att bli ansiktssväljande svarta hål. Vi alla har nog känt av den effekten någon gång.

Det handlar alltså om att hitta en formula, färg och finish som smickrar den tänkta makeupen. Till lätta hudlika makeuper vill jag exempelvis ofta ha krämbronzers med lyster och till skimriga/mer intensiva looker mattare bronzers i puderform. Jag varierar helt enkelt mellan några olika bronzers för att kunna välja den effekt jag söker för dagen. Vi kikar närmre på dem tycker jag!

 

If I want to do my makeup in no time I apply a pump of foundation with a buffing brush, a dab of concealer underneath the eyes and then a bronzer on the high points of the face (mainly cheekbones/nose/temples) to fake some fresh dimension. The bronzer is my number one priority. It’s just as important for more time consuming makeup looks, it helps frame and balance other makeup and keeps for example smokey eyes or bright lips from becoming face eating black holes. We all know that feeling.

So it’s about finding a formula, colour and finish that flatters your planned makeup look. For soft and skin like makeup looks I usually prefer a glowy cream bronzer and for shimmery or intense looks I tent to go for matte-ish powder bronzers. In other words I vary between a few different bronzers just to be able to get the effect I want that day. Let’s take a look at them!

bronzers

Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer (left) – Red toned glowy cream.

Soap & Glory Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick (top) – Slightly copper toned shimmery powder.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Bronze 03 (right) – Warm beige satin finished powder.

Viva la Diva Matte Bronzing Powder (bottom) – Neutral toned matte powder.

bronzers swatch

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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!