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Charming Sage

Today I wanted to do something contrasting but still muted in a way. I smacked a shimmery purple on the top lid and a soft woodsy green on the bottom lid, I love these colours together!

charming sage

charming sage

Face:

  • Yves Rocher Flawless Skin Foundation 14H – Beige (100)
  • Yves Rocher Flawless Skin Concealer – Beige Moyen
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • TheBalm Betty Lou-Manizer
  • Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush – Outspoken
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara

Brows:

  • Viva La Diva Book of Brows – Medium Eyebrows
  • Lumene Blueberry Eyebrow Shaping Wax – Blond (3)

Eyes:

  • Sleek MakeUp i-Divine Circus Palette – 2
  • KIKO Cosmetics Metallic Shine Eyeshadow – Charming Sage (05)
  • Milani Liquif’eye Eye Liner Pencil – Perfect Purple
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips:

  • Idun Minerals Creme Lipstick – Sylvia
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Vita Liberata Capture the Light Opaque in Latte Light & Buttermilk

Capture The Light from Vita Liberata is like a BB cream for face and body. They come in five shades - Buttermilk, Gold, Latte Light and Latte, and you have the option to pick Opaque for some coverage or Translucent if you want it to be more see-through. All of them are very moisturizing, also they have a slight sheen that doesn’t look glittery. Doesn’t make my face break out either.

Here I have Latte Light and Buttermilk, both in the Opaque formula. These have been fantastic this summer! I’ve used Latte Light on my face and decolletage while I’ve been self tanning to make the skin look extra plump and even in tone, not turning it orange at all. Buttermilk is great for giving luminosity and enhancing the beauty of fair skin. I barely have any pigment naturally so the Buttermilk one is fantastic on areas where the skin appears bluish and transparent, just to even out the pigment a little.

These are available at Eleven.se who ship throughout Europe.

vita liberata capture the light opaque latte light & buttermilk

They come in handy pump bottles where you clearly see how much you’ve used.

bare legs

My bare legs in close up. The official fair skin blotchiness!

vita liberata capture the light opaque buttermilk, latte light

Left: Buttermilk. Right: Latte Light. See how they even the skin out, both in texture and in colour? They’re so great! Just pick the shade you like and go nuts.

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Cheap Ebay brushes – are they worth your money? Let’s review some.

För en dryg månad sedan fick jag för mig att beställa en mängd snorbilliga syntetiska sminkborstar från Ebay för att hårdtesta dem och sedan recensera åt er.

Alla 8 penslar/set dök upp tullfritt efter mellan två och tre veckor, så väldigt medelmåttig frakttid (och därav inget jag kommer recensera). Jag har slit-testat dem genom att ta tag i borsthåren och dra allt jag kan, en bra borste ska aldrig släppa/knaka i metalldelen eller tappa hår. Jag har tvättat dem för att se om de förändras i form eller tappar hår, och jag har studerat och klämt och känt och använt dem för att se om de faktiskt är bra borstar, helt oberoende av vad de egentligen kostar. Allt sammanställs i en poängskala där borsten som högst kan få 25 poäng. Hur klarade de sig? Vi kikar på dem en och en!

Du hittar länken till Ebay-sidan som säljer borsten genom att klicka på rubriken. Priset jag anger i posten är avrundade från vad jag betalade under dåvarande valutakurs, så det kan eventuelly skilja ett par kronor från när du läser detta inlägg.

 

About a month ago I got the idea to order a bunch of super cheap synthetic makeup brushes off Ebay to really try them out and review them for you.

All 8 brushes/sets arrived to Sweden without any additional customs fees after between two and three weeks, very standard shipping time (and therefore not something I will review). I have tested them by grabbing the brush hairs and pulling hard to see if the ferrules or hairs fall out, they never should. I have washed them to see if they get a different shape or lose hair, and I have studied and pinched and swished around and used them to see if they’re actually good brushes, not depending on what they actually cost. All boiled down to a point system where the brush can get max 25 points. How did they do? Let’s go through them one by one!

You find the link to the Ebay page where the brush is sold by clicking the headline. The price mentioned is what I paid when I got the brush (and the prices are the same still when I write this post) but there might be changes with time, plus potential rate differences between countries.

cheap ebay makeup brushes

Here they all are, laid out to dry after their first wash!

flat top buffer brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

flat top buffer brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

Flat Top Buffer Brush

Price: US $1.47 (13 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 2.5/5

This brush is too thin and floppy for being a foundation brush, which my identical looking but much more expensive brushes are perfect for. I ended up liking it for face powder/blending which I wasn’t expecting.

Shape: 4.5/5

The hairs are evenly cut except for a few strays along the sides and one long hair in the middle. Otherwise consistent.

Softness: 5/5

This brush is soft as heck.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it.

Worth the price: 3.5/5

If you want a brush for blending your face or applying powder, sure. But not for foundation.

Conclusion: 20.5/25

Not what it should be but it feels incredibly nice, can’t deny that.

 

tapered face brush

Tapered Face Brush

tapered face brush

Tapered Face Brush

Tapered Face Brush

Price: £1.42 (19 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 3.5/5

The brush doesn’t have a small amount of hairs but they are very slippery and floppy. Makes the brush feel too thin.

Shape: 1/5

The brush is supposed to be tapered but it has kind of a ridge in the middle, two flatter sides and a frickin swirl on one of them? Completely useless, far too unevenly cut.

Softness: 4/5

Very soft, but that’s just because of the far too slippery brush hairs.

Durability: 3.5/5

Did not crack, split or lose hair but made a cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it but didn’t straighten the weird shape out at all. That was an obvious production flaw.

Worth the price: 0/5

Doesn’t do anything right, so no.

Conclusion: 12/25

Shitty brush, don’t buy it.

 

chubby kabuki brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

chubby kabuki brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

Chubby Kabuki Brush

Price: AU $5.72 (36 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

Thick as right-wing politics.

Shape: 2/5

The brush is evenly cut, but it has thick black hairs sticking up everywhere, can you see them? Feels as if some of the tapered hairs were pulled up from the glue while drying and then trimmed off bluntly with scissors. Doesn’t speak quality.

Softness: 2/5

The hairs are short and feel a bit prickly, and those thicker bluntly cut black hairs don’t help.

Durability: 0/5

The ferrule was easily pulled off the brush so the glue will easily start falling apart. The brush is very hard to clean well as it’s so thick, product is really hard to get out of it and the soap you’re washing with aswell. Will get gross quite quickly.

Worth the price: 1/5

If you want a weird brush that might not hold up well for you, sure. But not because the quality in any way.

Conclusion: 10/25

Feels shitty but it’s gimmicky and cute. Buy it for cuteness, nothing else.

 

round foundation brush

Round Foundation Brush

round foundation brush

Round Foundation Brush

Round Foundation Brush

Price: US $1.44 (13 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

Nice and fluffy with a lovely bounce. The perfect density for foundation! Takes a bit of time to apply with but it goes on beautifully.

Shape: 5/5

A rounded, well cut brush with no stray hairs.

Softness: 4/5

Has a nice fluffiness for being so dense! Doesn’t feel like complete velvet, but it’s the step right below.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it.

Worth the price: 5/5

Definitely, this one could have been ten times as expensive without a question.

Conclusion: 24/25

Great dirt cheap find! Get it!

 

toothbrush style face brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

toothbrush style face brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

Toothbrush Style Face Brush

Price: US $1.00 (9 SEK). US $4.99 (43 SEK) shipping.

Density: 5/5

Nice and fluffy with a lovely bounce. The perfect density for concealer! Absorbs a bit too much product to work nicely with foundation though in my opinion.

Shape: 4.5/5

Nicely rounded and well cut but with one long hair in the top part, plus a strange mash on the top left side. That straightened out when I washed it though so it’s probably from the shipping.

Softness: 5/5

PURE. F-ING. VELVET. I find myself petting this like it was a little animal. The softness makes it blend out concealer under the eyes BEAUTIFULLY with barely any work.

Durability: 5/5

Did not crack, split, lose hair or make any cracking noise when I gave it the tugging test. Held its shape and all hairs when I washed it and it didn’t change in shape at all apart from straightening out that mashed part. The handle is flexible plastic so I don’t dare to tug it too hard, but I’ve used it heavy handedly on the face witout a problem.

Worth the price: 5/5

This one is undereye concealer heaven, could have costed up to ten times more even though it’s one of the more “expensive” brushes of the bunch.

Conclusion: 24.5/25

GET IT! You just have to, it feels like a gimmick but hell it’s wonderful! It has already become the concealer brush I reach for every day.

 

bent eyeliner brush

Bent Eyeliner Brush

Bent Eyeliner Brush

Price: US $0.99 (9 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 5/5

A very thin but bouncy brush, doesn’t feel like a “three hair bundle” like many thin eyeliner brushes can do.

Shape: 5/5

Doesn’t splay out at all and gives a nice smooth line.

Softness: 5/5

I guess?

Durability: 0/5

The ferrule let go when I tried to pull the little protective plastic tube off the brush head..

Worth the price: 4/5

I guess, I mean you can buy a new one of these every month for a year and still not pay more than full price of a regular cheap eyeliner brush. Just glue the ferrule on tightly if it falls off and hope that the hairs won’t fall out!

Conclusion: 19/25

This is stupidly cheap and a type of brush that rarely is BAD, so I mean sure, why not.

 

blending brush set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

blending brush set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

4 Piece Blending Brush Set

Price: GBP 1.17 (16 SEK). Free shipping.

Density: 3.5/5

These brushes are not floppy and weird, they’re quite well packed so they will blend eyeshadows softly for example, but only number 3, the pointed one, is dense enough to blend something harder like an eye pencil.

Shape: 3.5/5

Brush 1, 2 and 4 are a bit unevenly cut and splayed but it doesn’t make the end result any different as they’re made for blending stuff. So they’re okay I guess.

Softness: 3/5

Brush 2 is the roughest, followed by 1 and 4. The pointed one is the only one that feels silky.

Durability: 2.5/5

The ferrules or hairs didn’t budge on 3 of them but one was easily pulled off, another one made a cracking noise when I pulled it. That makes me wonder how well the others will stay on after a few washes.

Worth the price: 3/5

Same with these as the eyeliner brush – this is so damn cheap that you don’t really waste any money. But they are uninspiring.

Conclusion: 15.5/25

Aaahh right inbetween a “go for it I guess” and “don’t buy it”. If you don’t really really need blending brushes, skip them. They don’t inspire me at all.

 

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 piece brush set

8 Piece Brush Set

8 Piece Brush Set

Price: AU $3.67 (23 SEK). AU $0.21 (1 SEK) shipping.

Density: 4/5

All brushes except for number 6 and 7 have a nice density. Those two are too thin, especially 7, and therefore hard to blend with. The rest are just fine.

Shape: 4.5/5

All brushes are evenly cut and well shaped with no splayed hairs. Half a point off or brush 7 which is too pinched and flat for its shape, a pure design flaw.

Softness: 4/5

All of these are soft, but brush 6 to 8 have a slight texture to them which helps them pick up product in a different way than a super flat smooth brush. So all is good!

Durability: 5/5

Not a single brush had a loose ferrule, none of them made any cracking sounds when pulled and they stayed in shape completely after wash.

Worth the price: 5/5

In this set you get brushes for every kind of detail work. Eyeliner/tightlining with 1, concealer/eyeliner/lipstick with 2 and 3, eyeshadow with 4 and 5, blending with 6 and 7 and at least blending/eyeshadow with 8. A bit of everything! TOTALLY worth the price, many of these have already found a place in my makeup routine.

Conclusion: 22.5/25

With this set you get so many brushes for so little money, even if you end up disliking a few you still get use out of the rest. A wonderful set for anyone who want some more precise tools added to their collection.

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The copper hair is back!

Igår gick jag till min hårbästis Roger på Cybtekk. Primärt syfte: FIXA HÅRET. Jag har legat på soffan i en månad och tappat hoppet om mitt flammigt urtvättade mörkbruna hår med två centimeter råttfärgad utväxt. Det har 99% av tiden varit i en slarvig knut bara för att jag ska slippa se/tänka på det. Samma dag som jag skulle gå och få det fixat slogs jag av dödssug efter koppar, jag hade ju kopparfärgat hår hela 2014 och i våras blev det mörkbrunt igen, men nääeejjj jag ville tillbaka!

Håret fick sig en timmes blekningstvätt för att plocka ur den mörka färgen (varav all gammal koppar dyker upp klar som en glödlampa) och sedan en kopparnyansering på det. Trots att det inte klippts på två månader behövde det inte ens toppas efter denna behandling, så jag prisar både Rogers flinka händer och mitt val att gå över till silikon/sulfatfri tvätt. Känns fantastiskt! Kanske att jag skaffar mig lite mörkare rötter nästa gång, det brukar vara mitt säkra kort.

 

Yesterday I visited my hair bestie Roger at Cybtekk. Main purpose: FIX DAT HAIR. I have been laying on the couch for a month and totally lost hope for my unevenly washed out dark brown hair with a ratty two centimeter regrowth. I have worn it in a messy bun 99% of the time just to not have to see/think about it. The same day that I was getting it fixed I got a serious craving for copper, I had coppery hair all 2014 and this spring I went dark brown again, but nooo I wanted to go back!

The hair got an hour of bleach wash to get rid of the dark colour (which made the old copper shades come out and shine like a light bulb) and then a copper toner on top. Even though I haven’t had it cut for two months it still didn’t need a cut after this treatment, so I praise both Rogers skillful hands and my switch to silicone/sulphate free hair washing. Feels fantastic! I might get some darker roots next time, just because it feels so comforting.

copper hair

Right after we were done.

copper hair

Right after we were done (still with the grey eyebrows that matched my dark hair, haha!) and after a wash at home. Looks better with matching eyebrows doesn’t it.

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Rainbow Eyes

Today I did the same thing I did with Technopagan yesterday, I showed you a product on Instagram (@killercolours) and asked what you wanted me to do with it. The product was Viseart Editorial Brights palette, and your response was so mixed that I just went crazy and used every single colour in the palette!

I wanted to do rainbow eyes in a more different way than smacking warm tones on the top lid and cool tones on the bottom like we often see. I did one warm toned eye and one cool toned! We (well most of us) were born with two eyes and that for a reason, right?

rainbow eyes

rainbow eyes

rainbow eyes

Face:

  • Lumene Beauty Base Moisturizing & Illuminating Primer
  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Imperceptible Powder Evanescence – Aura
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara

Brows:

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

Eyes:

  • Viseart Editorial Brights Palette 08
  • KIKO Cosmetics Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal – Darling Butter (01)
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips:

  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Illamasqua Powder Blusher – Lover
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara

Nails:

  • Cirque Colors – Hustle
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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!