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Quick tip: The best concealer brush you’ll ever find

En sminkpensels ursprungssyfte är inte alltid dess bästa användningsområde, det kan vara värt att tänka utanför ramarna när du söker en ny pensel! Du kommer till exempel aldrig hitta en pensel som är bättre på punktapplicering av concealer (finnar, brustna blodkärl, missfärgningar, födelsemärken, städande av läppkonturer och liknande pyttearbete) än en syntetisk eyeliner- eller läpppensel! De har en form och stuns som ger resultat jag personligen inte uppnår med en regelrätt platt concealerborste.

Sometimes the main purpose of a brush isn’t the perfect way of using it, it’s worth thinking outside the box when you’re searching for a new brush! For example you will never find a brush that does a better job at pinpoint concealing (pimples, broken capillaries, discoloration, birth marks, cleaning lip lines and similar picky work) than a synthetic eyeliner or lip brush! They have a shape and bounce that gives results I can never get with a regular flat concealer brush.

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My 3 favourite mascaras of all time

Mina grundkrav på en mascara är att den är vattenresistent (= tål fukt/lätt väta utan kladd, vattenfast kräver olja eller remover för att släppa) eller en kladdfri enstegs tubmascara, definierar varje frans oavsett övriga kvalitéer samt håller sig under/runt 200 kronor. Det har visat sig vara rätt svårt att checka av dessa tre krav, för genom åren har jag faktiskt inte hittat många mascaror jag verkligen fallit för. Topprecenserade, klassiska, svindyra, superekologiska, whatever, jag brukar inte ha tur!

Trots motgångar har jag hittat tre mascaror som på mig verkligen levererar problemfritt. Jag brukar se till att ha en tub hemma av åtminstone två av dessa samtidigt då en av dem ger vackra nätta fransar och två av dem större statementfransar. Olika mascaror ämnade för olika looker!

 

My basic demands when it comes to mascaras is that it’s water resistant (=wears through some moisture without smudging, waterproof needs oil or remover to come off) or a smudge free one step tube mascara, defines every lash non-dependent on it’s other qualities plus that it’s relatively cheap. Time has shown that these three demands are quite hard to fill, I have actually not found many mascaras at all that I’ve really liked. Top reviewed, classic, scarily expensive, super eco, whatever, I’m usually not lucky!

Even though I’ve had problems I found three mascaras that deliver great problem free lashes on me. I tend to make sure that I have at least two of these available at all times because one gives beautiful soft lashes while the other two give bigger statement lashes. Different mascaras for different looks!

 

 

Oriflame Hyper Stretch Mascara

oriflame hyper stretch mascara

Oriflame Hyper Stretch is what I turn to when I want long, wild sun ray lashes. This is the perfect mascara for smokey eyes where lashes easily get lost or any look where lashes are the focal point. The water resistant formula keeps it securely in place all day but doesn’t rip your lashes out when removing it. It’s said to contain a complex that stimulates the natural growth of your lashes.

 

IsaDora All Day Long Lash Mascara

isadora all day long lash mascara

IsaDora All Day Long Lash separates lashes beautifully and gives them a big soft oomph. Less wild than the Oriflame yet the same “amount” of lashes. This is sort of a tubing mascara that’s easily removed with rubbing under hot water but it stays on flawlessly through rain, crying etc. if you don’t rub your eyes while wet.

 

Lotus Organic Mascara

lotus organic mascara

Lotus Organic Mascara is as soft and pretty as it gets. It coats your natural lash, gives it volume and a little length but no added “mass”. It’s perfect for the no mascara look, or if you want to downplay the lashes and work harder on lips and brows for example. It’s keeps the lashes soft and the waxy formula gives me good wear. This mascara contains 100% natural ingredients, there’s no synthetic perfume added yet it smells like berries!

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My hair status: Cut, dye, washing, styling

I slutet på december besökte jag min kära Roger på Cybtekk här i Göteborg för en helrenovering. Lite varmare färg än tidigare med en mjuk naturlig ombreeffekt. Färgen han använt i mitt hår är Davines, vet ej färgnummer, men det är en kopparskala med mörkt i botten, mellan i längderna och en ljusare i topparna för att bevara den naturliga solblekningen jag fick under sommaren.

Klippningen ser i stort sett ut som innan, det är rakt avklippt men uppklippt i en A-linjeform så det har som mest volym baktill. Luggen är min gamla raklugg på utväxt, den är urtunnad men inte inklippt i resten av håret.

 

At the end of December I visited my dear Roger at Cybtekk here in Gothenburg for a full renovation. A tad warmer colour than earlier with a soft natural ombre effect. The dye he used is Davines, don’t know the colour numbers but it’s a copper scale of dark roots toning out to a medium and then light ends. It mimics the natural sun bleached ends that I already had from last summer.

The cut looks similar to before, it’s straight cut and with A-line layers so that it has the most volume in the back. The bangs are my old straight bangs growing out, they’re thinned out but not cut into the rest of the hair.

 

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Left: just came home from the salon, got it blow dried straight. Right: How I usually wear it, air dried and brushed.

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Same regular air dried “hairstyle”. I love the feeling of messy yet well cut hair.

 

Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Shampoo & Conditioner har givit mig bäst resultat efter tvätt på sistone, de återfuktar och boostar mitt vinterstatiska hår utan att tynga ner det för mycket. Mitt hår blir väldigt lätt fett i rötterna och torrt i topparna så det är få schampon och balsam som fungerar över huvud taget.

Jag är lite allergisk mot hårstyling som tar lång tid, så det som bara är att kladda i och utan värmebehandling ger resultat älskar jag. De dagar jag stylar så använder jag någon/några av följande fyra produkter:

Original Mineral Rootalicious – För sexiga Kate Moss-rötter som ser ut som second day hair men känns rena.
Original Mineral Style Guru – Återfuktar torra och frissiga toppar/längder (+ luktar kola!)
Lernberger Stafsing Dryclean Dark - Ruggar upp håret så det fäster i uppsättningar eller för allmän trollvolym.
Davines Hair Refresher – Torrschampo för när jag endast vill att håret ska kännas renare.

 

Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Shampoo & Conditioner has given me the best washing results recently, they moisturize and boost my winter static hair without weighing it down too much. My hair gets oily in the roots and dry in the ends very easily so there are few shampoos and conditioners that work on me overall.

I’m a bit allergic to hair styling that takes a long time, so the products that you just can smush on and without any heat get a good result is right up my alley. The days that I style I use one/some of these foure products:

Original Mineral Rootalicious – For sexy Kate Moss roots that look like second day hair but feels clean.
Original Mineral Style Guru – Moisturizes dry and frizzy ends (+ smells like caramel!)
Lernberger Stafsing Dryclean Dark - Creates a rugged texture that is good for updos or just mega volume.
Davines Hair Refresher -Dry shampoo for when I only want the hair to feel cleaner.

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YouTube Tip: 1920′s flapper look by Goldiestarling

I won’t get enough of pretty 1920′s makeup tutorials. Any aspect of the makeup could be picked up and paired with something modern and turned into something new and original. Like those lips for example, pair the dark rosebud pucker (toned down if you will) with a soft shimmery lashy eye, or the eye makeup with a natural base and glossy light lips. Aaah! Vintage makeup is an everlasting source of inspiration. Plus – Goldiestarling is fantastic as usual!

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Chanel “Péridot”

How many times can one person blog about one nail polish? Who knows! I’m wearing Chanel Péridot once again and I’m loving just as much as before. Can’t stop taking pictures of it! Two easily applied coats, and it ends up nearly streak free (which is impressive for a metallic polish) and beautifully chromed between turquoise, green and gold.

A lot softer and more cool toned than its freaky sister Swagga Like Us from Deborah Lippmann, both are incredibly beautiful and worth having if you like this kind of finish.

 

chanel péridot

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Deborah Lippmann Swagga Like Us vs. Chanel Péridot. Blog post about the Lippmann polish here!

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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!