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My Smitten Polish collection – Swatches

Under det gångna året har jag fullständigt förälskat mig i Smitten Polish. Ett nagellacksmärke som bevisligen inte kan göra något fel. Färgerna är klara och simplistiska med ljuvligt multidimensionellt glitter eller holografiska regnbågar, alltid välbalanserat och utan att kännas barnsligt. Drömskt liksom? Precis den typen av lack jag dras till oavsett märke. Som ett extra plus – de är grymma på att göra knalliga snorgröna. Här, ta mitt hjärta!

Smitten Polish finns att köpa på svenska Edgy Polish (de skickar internationellt) eller i Smittens Bigcartel-shop.

 

Over the last year I completely fell in love with Smitten Polish. A nail polish brand that can’t do no wrong. The colours are vivid and simplistic with gorgeous multidimensional sparkle or holographic rainbows, all well balanced and never childish. Dreamy in a way? Just the kind of polishes I gravitate towards in all brands. And as an extra plus – they’re awesome at making bright snot greens. Have my heart!

You can buy Smitten Polish at Swedish Edgy Polish (they ship internationally) or at the Smitten Bigcartel shop.

smitten polish collection

Alla lack är målade i tre lager här för att helt täcka på den genomskinliga plasten, på mina naglar är nästan alla tvålagers. De är tunna, enkla att måla med och torkar fort, så inga problem om tre behövs (typ på längre naglar). Ett lack saknas i dessa swatches och det är holografiska mörkblå Bifrost. Jag kan inte hitta min flaska, ont i hjärtat!! Jag lade till en bild i slutet där ni ser hur det ser ut på naglarna.

All polishes are swatched in three coats just to get opacity on the plastic tips, on my fingers allmost all are two coaters. They’re thin, easy to apply and dry fast, so no problem if three coats are needed (for longer nails for example). There is one polish missing in these swatches and that’s dark blue holographic Bifrost. I can’t find my bottle, the heartache!! I added a nail swatch of it at the end.

  1. Date Night
  2. Amas Veritas
  3. Glacial Springs
  4. Himalayan Blue Poppy
  5. A Bouquet of Warblers
  6. Audrey’s Rainbow
  7. Shamrock Shake
  8. Girl Sprouts
  9. Not Your Mama’s Easter Grass
  10. Nuclear Sunshine

smitten polish collection swatches

smitten polish collection swatches

smitten polish collection swatches

smitten polish bifrost swatch

The missing bottle, Bifrost.

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Mighty Evil One

I’ve thought a lot about the combo green/purple lately, so I went all in with it. Let’s break it down a bit.

On my top and bottom lids I’m wearing ColourPop Cosmetics Bae, a eggplant colour with turquoise sparkle. The outer corner + lower lashline is defined with Pumpkin & Poppy Mighty Evil One which is the same eggplant shade but is a tad darker and more matte. The sparkle in Bae matches perrrrfectly with the Milani Aqua pencil so I applied that on the lashlines and outer part of the waterline, fading into Make Up Store Tropical. MaddStyle Cosmetics Snot Face is my inner corner pop of green.

mighty evil one

mighty evil one

mighty evil one

Face:

  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 100 Beige
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
  • Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss – Honest Politician
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
  • Meow Cosmetics Eyeshadow – Prophecy

Brows:

  • INGLOT Eyeshadow – 376
  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel

Eyes:

  • ColourPop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadow – Bae
  • Pumpkin & Poppy Eyeshadow – Mighty Evil One
  • MaddStyle Cosmetics Eyeshadow – Snot Face
  • Milani Liquif’Eye Eye Liner Pencil – Aqua
  • Make Up Store Eye Pencil – Tropical
  • Meow Cosmetics Eyeshadow – Prophecy
  • IsaDora Build-Up Mascara Extra Volume 100% Waterproof – Dark Blue

Lips:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre – Ibiza Nights
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Viva la Diva Matte Lips Lipstick – swatches & review

Matte Lips är en ny serie läppstift från svenska budgetmärket Viva la Diva, matt högpigmenterad formula som ska mjukgöra läpparna. För tillfället finns fyra nyanser och dem ska vi kika på nu! Jag hittar dem online på Bubblebox för 79 pix, bör även vara uppe i fysisk butik snart.

Matte Lips is a new line of lipsticks from the Swedish budget brand Viva la Diva, a matte highly pigmented formula that is supposed to moisturize the lips. Right now there are four shades available, let’s take a look at them!

viva la diva matte lips lipstick

The lipstick comes in a rubberized twist up tube with a clear cap. You can clearly see on the tube which shade is which, a detail that I love seeing in makeup packaging.

viva la diva matte lips lipstick swatch

301 Velvet Nude, 302 Pink Powder, 303 Soft Cerise, 304 Red Carpet.

viva la diva matte lips 301 velvet nude swatch

301 Velvet Nude. Classic band aid beige, SUPER matte, not flattering on my naturally textured lips. Not very kind on dry lips either, even though it has such high coverage that it masks some of the dry patches it feels really tight on the lips because it’s so matte. If you have really smooth lips naturally – go for it.

viva la diva matte lips lipstick 302 powder pink swatch

302 Powder Pink. Okay first of all – I’M SORRY that you had to see this. HAHA. This is a pale pink with a formula that’s chalky and greasy at the same time. It has a really weird silicon slip to it that makes it super patchy, it shows things I didn’t even think I had on my face? Just horrible in every way. Trashcan alert, save your money and your soul.

viva la diva matte lips lipstick 303 soft cerise

303 Soft Cerise. And now our luck is turning! This is a softened hot pink shade, a looot more forgiving on the lips than the previous shades. It’s also much thinner in formula than the beige which makes it comfortable to wear. Double the price on this one and I wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow. Get it now!

viva la diva matte lips lipstick 304 red carpet swatch

304 Red Carpet. A classic neutral red. Along the same lines as the hot pink shade, thin and smooth on the lips, very forgiving on dry/textured areas and looks amazing overall. If you’re looking for a nice classic red – buy it!

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My favourite makeup tools right now

Jag har lovat så länge, och ni har frågat om att få läsa det, så nu är det dags att skriva om mina favoritsminkverktyg! Jag har rätt många verktyg i rotation så dessa är inte de enda jag använder, men såsom min sminkrutin ser ut just nu så är det här de jag skulle spara om jag var tvungen att kasta ut majoriteten (aj). Jag använder bara syntetiska borstar så därav är dessa också förstås pälsfria.

I have promised for a long time, and you have asked for it so many times, it’s time to finally write a blog post about my favourite makeup tools! I have quite many brushes in rotation so these aren’t the only ones I use, but as my makeup routine looks right now this would be the ones I saved if I had to throw the majority of them out (ouch). I only use synthetic brushes so these are of course fur free aswell.

favourite makeup tools

Some of them look a bit battered, but that’s what happens to loved brushes!

1. Born Pretty Store Mini “Beauty Blender”

A Micro Beauty Blender-esque sponge. I received this one as a surprise from Born Pretty Store so it’s a budget alternative to the Micro Beauty Blender. Wet it under the tap, squeeze out excess water in a towel, then apply and blend out concealer using the “side” with the tip pointing up towards the eye. I didn’t expect to like it but the results are great!

2. Barely Definer Sponge Hard

This sponge is made of a very dense latex free material and has two flat surfaces on each side, doesn’t have the same “poofiness” as the original which I like. It applies foundation and blends cream products like a dream (my alternative to this one is the KICKS Rubicell Sponge). Dampen the same way you dampen the mini one mentioned above. Do not get this one confused with the Definer Sponge Soft, that one is super floppy and gets wonky after the first use.

3. Real Techniques Blush Brush

My go to powder blush/bronzer brush for many years, I have three of them! It has the perfect wispy fluffiness to apply precisely without harsh edges.

4. Zoeva 125 Stippling Face Brush

What I apply cream bronzer with every day. Swish swoosh and done. I often find that duofibre brushes feel too thin because the long bristles don’t get enough support from the shorter ones but this one is nice and dense.

5. Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek Brush

This one isn’t the best for cream blush as intended, I use it for face powder! It’s very soft which means that it doesn’t disrupt the makeup underneath, also it’s slim enough to be very precise and easy to powder for example under the eyes with.

6. Everyday Minerals Itahake Brush

Another old favourite of mine. This is my go-to for powder highlighters! Very thin and wide so it applies perfectly on cheekbones, above eyebrows, down the nose etc. Seems to be discontinued though? Found it on a Swedish site linked above but that’s about it.

favourite makeup tools

 

7. KICKS Professional Shade & Illuminate Brush

A sharp rounded brush that’s great for cream highlighters or carving out shapes with contouring products. I rarely contour so it’s a highlighter brush for me. I also use it for cleaning up around the eyebrows.

8. Zoeva 227 Soft Definer Vegan Eye Brush

The perfect kind of brush for quick eyeshadow application! When they are wispy and a bit flared like this they apply and blend at the same time. Great to travel with as it can do anything on the eyes. This is an alternative to the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush which I love but it’s only available in the Starter Kit.

9. Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Face Brush

A tiny super dense buffing brush that I love blending cream products or dark powders on the eyes with. Works well with concealer too.

10. Idun Minerals Eye Definer Brush

A sharp little angled brush that I use for very precise eyebrow application or for lining the eyes.

11. Real Techniques Eyebrow Brush

A bigger and fluffier angled brush that is great for a softer eyebrow or a smokey eyeliner. Sadly only available in the Starter Kit and not separately.

12. E.L.F. Cosmetics Professional Concealer Brush

A tiny stiff brush that costs close to nothing and works just perfectly as a lip brush! I have a bunch of them and use them for smoothing edges every time I wear bright/dark lips.

favourite makeup tools

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Soft Cerise

Såhär har jag sett ut på sistone, halva tiden med färgstarka läppstift som här och halva tiden utan ens det, bara den mjuka bronsiga basen och inget mer. Ögonmakeup kommer och går för mig ibland älskar jag det och ibland kan jag inte ens tvinga mig själv att orka.

Läppstiftet är från Viva la Divas nya läppstiftslinje Matte Lips, fem nyanser av tunna mjuka läppisar med mycket tryck i färgen. Jag gillar inte neutrala rosa läppar på mig själv så denna vid namn Soft Cerise är perfekt, helt klart mjukare än gemene knallrosa men fortfarande färgglad.

Och öh just det, jag har dängt på tre lager brun utan sol (Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, jag blev inte ens orange!!) så jag har mer färg än någonsin, dvs uppnått nyansen av gemene svenne i maj. Det är så tydligt hur man kan flexa med makeupen beroende på “grundfärgen”, nu är jag t.ex. sjukt sugen på de där guldnyanserna som vanligtvis blir kissfärgade på mig. Kul grej ändå!

 

This is what my face has looked like lately, half the time with a bright lipstick like this and half the time even without that, just the smooth bronzed base by itself. Eye makeup comes and goes for me, sometimes I’m nuts about it and sometimes I can’t even force myself to bother.

This lipstick is from the new Viva la Diva line called Matte Lips, five different shades with a thin smooth formula that gives a nice punch of colour. I don’t like neutral pink shades on myself so this one called Soft Cerise is perfect, more muted than your average hot pink but still bright and happy.

Oh uh yeah, by the way, I have slapped on three coats of self tanner (Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, it didn’t even turn me orange!!) so I have more colour than ever, in other words I have the same colour as any other Swede in May. It gets so obvious how much you can flex the makeup depending on your “base colour”, now I’m more into the golden shades that usually turn pee coloured on me. Fun times!

soft cerise

Face:

  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 100 Beige
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
  • Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss – Honest Politician
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous

Brows:

  • INGLOT Eyeshadow – 376
  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel

Lips:

  • Viva la Diva Matte Lips Lipstick – Soft Cerise
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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!