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International women’s day – why we need it. Yes, I’m talking about my last post.

I went back and forth between whether I should write this post or not but it is far too important to skip, especially on a day like this.

In my last post about the Instagram makeup trend I was cautious about how to put my words, it was me trying a highly discussed makeup style on my own face for the first time and leaving with a conclusion of how didn’t like wearing it. Then a question: what do you think of this heavy makeup trend? The post spiralled away in the comment section and turned into a unexpected virgin Mary marathon of comments saying how tacky, overdone, shallow and bad this makeup style is, even comments aimed towards the people wearing it and how they hide their “real” looks. Discussing trends is one thing, disrespecting people is another.

I am NOT okay with these opinions, they are not what I’m about and neither this blog. 

I’m sorry if you somehow misinterpreted this as critique towards anyone, and I hope you reevaluate if you have these opinions. My opinion is already stated in the sidebar of my blog, I quote myself: 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 in case it feels good hearing me put it in words once again: I’ve always aimed to create a relaxed community of sisters, so please act that way. Hold each others backs and nurture the bond, remember the fact that we are all still afraid to get sexually harassed on the late bus home for the exact same looks that we beat each other up for online. Don’t pretend that we are any different from each other, that the sisterhood doesn’t have bigger problems to stand up against. We need each other.

Like Bikini Kill said back in 1992:

You’re a big girl now
You’ve got no reason not to fight
You’ve got to know what they are
‘Fore you can stand up for your rights
Rights, rights?
You DO have rights!

Thank you.

bikini kill

Bikini Kill, photo by Pat Graham

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The Instagram makeup checklist

Today I wanted to try the style of makeup that Instagram seems to be all about. Extra everything, half way to drag queen territory. Frost ALL THE THINGS!

Somehow it seems like my face (or hands?) started repelling the makeup at a certain limit, there was no way that I would be able to pack any more coverage on that face, white under the eyes, powder on that bake, contouring under those cheeks, frost on those cheekbones, contour down that nose, liner on those lips, concealer around those brows, longer lashes on those eyes etc. with my face still looking like a face. Haha. It was probably me not feeling the look (because I honestly don’t) which gave me the hangup. Haha. So here’s my weak result, not even a fourth of a drag queen! Still very far form the crazy stuff you see when browsing through Instagram on your phone.

What do you think, do you like this heavy makeup style?

EDIT: The comments spiralled away in a way that I really don’t stand for. Read my follow up post, link here.

instagram makeup

instagram makeup

Face:

  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Chantilly
  • Face Atelier Ultra Foundation – Zero Minus (mixed with the concealer)
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
  • TheBalm Betty-Lou Manizer
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush – Dim Infusion
  • LORAC PRO Palette – Nude (as a highlighter)

Brows:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Saleos
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • LORAC PRO Palette – Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Espresso, Nude
  • Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner – Ultra Black
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Sweed Lashes – Caro

Lips:

  • Make Up Store Lip Pencil – Something Borrowed
  • NYX Cosmetics High Voltage Lipstick – Stone
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
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Saleos

As you might have read on Instagram I’m testing my way through the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette at the moment. I have never had such conflicting feelings about a palette! Will give you the deets soon. Today let’s look at a smokey eye done with the palette!

I’m wearing a black pencil smudged along the lashlines as a base, then I went in with dark brown Saleos all over the lids with the black colour Shax on top closest to the lashes. I then blended the crease and lower lashline out with warm brown Samael and used white Liberatus was used as a inner corner highlighter.

saleos

saleos

saleos

saleos

saleos

Face:

  • KICKS Skin Glow Primer
  • Lumene Nude Perfection Glow Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Light 16
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush – Dim Infusion
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Medium Ash (for the freckles)

Brows:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Saleos, Sytry
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • KICKS Lasting Liner – Black
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Saleos, Shax, Samael, Liberatus
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
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Soap & Glory Love at First Blush

One of my everyday go-to products lately has been Soap and Glory Love at First Blush, a pink illuminating powder. Not quite as pigmented as a classic blush, not quite as brightening as a classic highlighter. Right inbetween! I throw my bronzer on and then whisk this over my cheeks a few times until it builds up to a soft pink sheen. I also tend to rub my pinkie into the white shade in the palette and dab a little on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up. The white shade is actually the one with the least amount of shimmer which makes it perfect for a simple day look.

And now for the best part – International Boots has started shipping Soap & Glory to Sweden (and some other countries as well, go to the site listed below and choose your country to get the full info)!! It’s finally possible for us up north to get our hands on this lovely brand. Go to International Boots and get your fix!

soap & glory love at first blush

Love At First Blush in its packaging. Doesn’t it look pretty?

soap & glory love at first blush

And of course, the outer packaging is always smashing when it comes to Soap & Glory.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

Soap & Glory Love At First Blush swatched heavily on bare skin.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

A basic makeup look (using both mascara and gloss from Soap & Glory, product list below!) with only a semi matte bronzer on the cheeks.

soap & glory love at first blush swatch

Same makeup look with a few sweeps of Soap & Glory Love At First Blush on the cheeks and cheekbones.

Face:

  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Light 16
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • Soap & Glory Love At First Blush

Brows:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – Sytry

Eyes:

  • Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss – Plumsup
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Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon swatches + review

Lip crayons are staples in my everyday routine. They give a nice gloss without feeling sticky, help chapped lips look plump and soft and give a wash of colour. Yves Rocher are releasing Radiant Lip Crayon in six new shades, here I have three to show you!

The formula of these is gel-like, it glides on very easily and is actually quite long wearing. It doesn’t just slip right off like soft lippies can do, it leaves a slight stain that leaves your lips with a tint even when the shine has gone away a bit. No caking up in dry areas either. A great budget find if you want something new on your lips for spring.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon

Radiant Lip Crayon comes in a classic twist-up packaging, super easy for on-the-go application.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rose somptueux, pourpre lumineaux, rouge flamboyant swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rose Somptueux, Pourpre Lumineux and Rouge Flamboyant.

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rose somptueux swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rose Somptueux. A creamy bright pink. A classic shade that will brighten anyones look up. Great one of you don’t have anything like it already!

yves rocher radiant lip crayon pourpre lumineux swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Pourpre Lumineux. A deeper cool toned pink with sparks of silver. A gooorgeous shade that I have worn quite a bit lately. Great for someone who wants to try a deeper lipstick out without fully committing.

yves rocher radiant lip crayon rouge flamboyant swatch

Yves Rocher Radiant Lip Crayon in Rouge Flamboyant. A sheer creamy neutral red. Beautiful shade too, not as opaque as red lip crayons often are.

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Blog info:
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!