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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Dolce Vita & Red Square

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from NARS is one of my everyday favourites, they are lip crayons with a thin, almost silicone like slip and a matte finish. Super comfortable and easy to wear if you don’t want a high maintenance lip. It doesn’t have the stiff waxy feeling of a retro matte lipstick and not the crumbly crap you get from a liquid lipstick either. Try them out if you haven’t already!

Available at Sephora.

nars velvet matte lip pencil sex machine, dolce vita, red square

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Dolce Vita, Red Square

nars velvet matte lip pencil sex machine, dolce vita, red square swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Dolce Vita, Red Square. Here you can see the difference in opacity very clearly, the first two have more of a thin and natural finish while the red is more of a classic flat matte.

nars velvet matte lip pencil sex machine swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. A dirty cool toned pink with slight silver sparkle. A shade of bubblegum pink that I can actually wear! It doesn’t turn into purple corpse lip on me like most of these cool pinks do. The formula is very thin and a bit sheered out so it won’t be like applying white-out on your lips.

nars velvet matte lip pencil sex machine

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. Full blog post about the makeup look here.

nars velvet matte lip pencil dolce vita swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita. This shade is so hard to describe, like a beige-y reddish coral-pink? Ehh something like that. My best neutral-yet-coloured lip out there! I have finished this one once so it’s actually my second one. It just works with any look and makes me look more awake. Plus the formula is quite sheer and super thin for being a matte, you won’t even feel it on the lips!

nars velvet matte lip pencil dolce vita swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita. Full blog post about the makeup look here.

nars velvet matte lip pencil red square swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. A super bright orange red. This one is more of a classic matte finish, it is a tad thicker than the rest and also more opaque, but it is still super comfortable. The perfect perky orange red! I have only worn this out once so far (held up for 6 hours without a problem, and I both ate and drank!), will do a makeup look using it soon!

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The summery skin (I don’t even dare to call it a tan) is long gone and I’m feeling the Snow White look again, pale yet fresh and glowy and sheer reds on cheeks and lips. A old favourite combo of mine, but I think it’s extra good at this time of year.

I’m on day 7 and my skin has finally stopped flaking after the micro-needle treatment by the way (blog post here), I feel renewed like a little lizard.



  • IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer – Light Cover
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – Fair Neutral
  • Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Blush – Quiver


  • Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo – Medium
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel


  • IsaDora Insane Volume Lash Styler Mascara


  • KICKS Lip Glaze – Love
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We are the new diabolic

Another example of what can happen when my fingers start itching. I poured a glass of red and blasted Slipknot anno 2004 embarrassingly loud, busted out a handful of pretty glitters and just let stuff happen. Key word I had in mind: Smokey lips. Is it a thing? Can it be a thing? I’ll make it a thing.

The product list is a bit weird today aswell because I applied things kind of everywhere, but I’d say overall that the look consists of shading with the Viseart Neutral Matte Palette (cool browns and black) and the Sigma Lip Base in Rhapsody (dark berry), highlights and overall dimensional glow with the Urban Decay Moondust Palette (coppery pinks) then a bunch of glitters all over the eyes. For the white lashes I first run a spoolie with white eye pencil on it through the lashes, then pushing a white eyeshadow on top on a stiff shadow brush.

we are the new diabolic

we are the new diabolic

we are the new diabolic

we are the new diabolic


  • IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer – Light Cover
  • Illamasqua Gleam – Aurora

The rest:

  • Sigma Beauty Lip Base – Rhapsody
  • INGLOT Kohl Pencil – 06
  • Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner – Ultra Black
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel
  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 4, 9, 11
  • Urban Decay Moondust Palette – Specter, Element, Magnetic
  • Illamasqua Pure Pigment – Static
  • Lit Cosmetics Glitter - Kiss #3, Gunsmoke #3, Barbie Shops #3
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MicroPen treatment at Gilda Skolan, Gothenburg

I had a MicroPen treatment done at Gilda Skolan here in Gothenburg last Friday, a treatment where you get your face mangled with tiny needles, also called micro-needling. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? The needles penetrate the top surface of the skin creating a controlled damage that will start a healing process in the skin triggering collagen and elastin production. You will be left with plumped, less textured skin, of course better results the more times you get the treatment done but do expect a glow boost right away. It is ideal for anyone who wants to soften wrinkles, tighten loose skin, improve the appearance of large pores or get rid of acne scars.

One treatment is 1100 SEK at the Gilda student salon, you can get three treatments for 2850 SEK. More info on the Gilda website.

My main interest was to boost the glow, but also to mangle the beginning frown line between my eyebrows. I always walk around looking pissed because I can’t relax my forehead properly, and I just don’t want it to become a permanent feature. Any tips on that one?

The treatment started with a cleanse and AHA acid mask to exfoliate, then a gel serum applied during needling. After the needling you get a comfy hydrating mask to calm the skin down. We decided on going for 0.5 mm needle depth as I had no problem with the pain level (I can’t help comparing it to tattoo mangling which is a million times worse), it felt a bit weird on the cheekbones and on the bony part right above the brow, but the meaty parts of the face aswell as neck/decolletage was like a massage. In all the needling took about 10 minutes.

The day of + the day after my skin felt a bit raw, but already at day two I clearly felt and saw the plumping effect. Mainly between the brows, which now 5 days later still feels just as smooth so it wasn’t just swelling. A solid improvement! Over the last 24 hours my skin has been really itchy and flaky from healing, All I’m doing at the moment is packing the skin with the Gilda Calming Mask and sunscreen, so I guess I’ll get a really nice glow once it has healed up and I can go back to my AHA acids again. Looking forward to it!

So, overall I had a great experience. If I didn’t have to spend my money on boring grown up stuff (like ehh food and living costs??) I’d be there doing this every single month, no question about it. Expensive but worth every single penny.

Have you tried micro-needling? How was your experience?

gilda micropen

Cheese grater, anyone? The flakes are at their absolute worst today, 5 days after micro-needling.

Viola, Killer Colours

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IsaDora Perfect Blush “Pink Glow”

About a month ago IsaDora released Perfect Blush, a line of 7 pink blushes that to me look so similar it’s hard to tell them apart. Not a single shade for medium or dark skin (just like with the Cover Up Foundation & Concealer, come on IsaDoraaaa), no bright or adventurous shades for the bold, heck, not even a true warm peach which is my go-to blush shade. I really hope more shades will be released because this formula is GLORIOUS.

The Perfect Blush line is velvety and smooth, the blushes give a sheer colour payoff which you can easily build up without it turning patchy or taking a lot of time. A great formula for anyone who’s a bit scared of over applying or if you’re new to wearing blush.

The shade Pink Glow isn’t the one that catched my eye (no shade did tbh) but I had it close one day when I needed a warm pink to freshen this sallow fall skin, and I’m SO happy I went for this shade! It is the perfect flushed pink with a smooth golden glow, not a glitter speck in sight. It’s like a more sophisticated (well shy) version of the old classic NARS Orgasm, I swatched them side by side further down. Check this shade out if you find Orgasm to be a bit too sparkly, you will love it.

Out now, 119 SEK a pop!

isadora perfect blush pink glow

IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow

isadora perfect blush pink glow swatch

Left: Plain base, no cheek products. Right: IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow. The golden sheen is so smooth it doubles perfectly as a highlighter.

isadora perfect blush pink glow, nars blush orgasm swatch

Left: IsaDora Perfect Blush in Pink Glow. Right: NARS Blush in Orgasm.

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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!