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Kevyn Aucoin The Bloody Gorgeous Box Set

Ibland dyker saker upp som får hjärtat att pingla. Kevyn Aucoin släppte en blanksvart liten låda med alla produkter i den bordeauxröda nyansen Bloodroses, tillsammans med en prisbelönt mascara och vinröd totebag. The Bloody Gorgeous Box Set. Jag kikade på den gång på gång på gång och när jag kunde beställa hem den till rabatterat pris från Beautybay kunde jag inte hålla mig längre. Klicketiklick och den var min! Snart kommer en makeup där jag inkluderar så många av produkterna som möjligt, tills vidare kikar vi på innehållet!

Now and then you see stuff that makes your heart sing. Kevyn Aucoin released a shiny little black box containing all products in the bordeaux red shade Bloodroses, paired with an award winning mascara and a wine red totebag. The Bloody Gorgeous Box Set. I looked at it multiple times and when I had the opportunity to order it at a reduced price from Beautybay I couldn’t keep my hands off it anymore. Clickety click and it was mine! Soon I’ll do a makeup look with as many of the products as possible, until the. let’s take a peek at the contents!

kevyn aucoin the bloody gorgeous box set

The box came stuffed with bordeaux red paper which hugged the golden products beautifully. I rarely get stunned by how luxurious things are presented, but this was so nice!

kevyn aucoin the bloody gorgeous box set

And what was inside the golden packaging didn’t look any worse.. Drool!

kevyn aucoin the volume mascara

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara. Award winning volume mascara that “will not flake, drip, smudge, clump, or melt” according to info. It has a slim brush that should make application effortless. I can imagine it being fantastic for lower lashes or reaching those tiny inner corner lashes!

kevyn aucoin the flesh tone lip pencil bloodroses

Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Bloodroses. A bourdeaux red lip pencil containing vitamin E and jojoba seed oil that is supposed to nourish the lips and give brilliant colour and definition.

kevyn aucoin the expert lip color bloodroses

Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses. A deep crimson red lipstick that was made to flatter all skin tones. The finish is really smooth, feels lovely!

kevyn aucoin the lip gloss bloodroses

Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Bloodroses. A sheer brownish red non-sticky lip gloss with sunflower seed oil. The patented applicator is shaped to mimic the finger of a makeup artist. How cool?

kevyn aucoin the eyeshadow single 109

Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Single in 109. A dusty wine red matte eyeshadow with a really smooth texture, the pigmentation seems promising.

kevyn aucoin the creamy glow duo 1 nuelle/bloodroses

Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo in 1 Nuelle/Bloodroses. A flushed beige/wine red cream colour duo for the cheeks, can double as a lip product aswell.

kevyn aucoin the bloody gorgeous box set swatches

Swatched in the same order as they’re shown above. Lip pencil, lipstick, lip gloss, eyeshadow, creamy glow duo.

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Racked the newly opened Sephora – what did I get?

As mentioned earlier Sephora finally opened here in Gothenburg last week, I was far too anxious to be able to go there on the opening day but yesterday I popped my ear plugs in, smeared my brightest red lipstick on and did some mayhem shopping that was done in ten minutes tops. What did I get? Let’s take a look!

If there’s something you would like to see a closer review of just let me know!

make up for ever artisan brush 156 flat round blush brush, 144 precision highlighter brush

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes in 156 Flat Round Blush Brush and 144 Precision Highlighter Brush. Synthetic, fluffy and with a nice density. This line is super promising.

make up for ever artisan brush 144 precision highlighter brush, 156 flat round blush brush

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes in 144 Precision Highlighter Brush and 156 Flat Round Blush Brush

make up for ever artist plexi gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P. A peachy pink with gold shimmer.

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P

benefit gimme brow medium/deep

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep. A tinted brow gel with a TIIINYYYY brush! Makes me all giggly.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken. It’s the most gorgeous lavender colour with a soft sheen.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken. Also the packaging is to die for.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken

marc jacobs genius gel super-charge foundation 10 ivory light

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation in 10 Ivory Light

sephora pomegranate & green tea eye mask

Sephora Pomegranate and Green Tea Eye Mask. Single-use sheet masks for your undereye area. Sounds amazing on tired eyes.

nars audacious lipstick michiyo, audrey

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo and Audrey. I have a few of these lipsticks already and love them to pieces, super creamy, long wearing and look gorgeous on. Michiyo is a bright blue toned pink and Audrey a muted red currant shade.

nars audacious lipstick michiyo, audrey

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo and Audrey

nars lip gloss orgasm

And a little bonus gift, a mini NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm. Classic peach shade with intense golden shimmer.

nars lip gloss orgasm

NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm

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Better Than Sex

I’m testing the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara at the moment, I’ve been curious for a long time so you can imagine how happy I was when I got it in a little gift bag right before the opening of Sephora here in Gothenburg! Yay! I can already say that the formula is fantastic and it wears well, but I’m not too in love with the shape of the brush. Oh well, I’ll review it for you once I’m done deciding what I think!

Also, today I finally visited the store and I did some serious damage. Will do a round up of the stuff I got later.

better than sex


  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 100 Beige
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
  • TheBalm Instain Blush – Argyle
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara


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


  • Idun Minerals Inliner – Sand
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


  • Idun Minerals Lipstick – Jordgubb
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Highlighter smackdown!

Idag är det, precis som jag pratade om gällande contouringpaletter, skitpoppis att highlighta ansiktet tills det lyser som ett stoppljus. You go for it babe! Jag är helt klart mer för highlightande (ljusa/skimrande produkter där du vill framhäva höga punkter) än skulpterande (mörka/gråbråna produkter där du vill skapa insjunkna områden) när det kommer till ansiktsmakeupen. Låt oss säga att vi är i dåliga ljusförhållanden, en skulptering blottar lätt smutsbruna fläckar i ansiktet medan en highlighter bara inte reflekterar ljus lika starkt. Det är mycket mer fool proof att gå nuts med highlightern! Sedan det faktum att formgivning av ansiktet med hjälp av highlighters nyligen återuppfunnits under det nya namnet “strobing” kan vi ju fnissa lite åt. Det har sysslats med i årtionden!

Today it’s, just like I mentioned in that post about contouring palettes, super popular to highlight your face into glowing like a stoplight. You go for it babe! I’m much more partial for highlighting (light/shimmery products where you want to enhance high points) than sculpting (dark/greyish brown products where you want to create sunken in areas) when it comes to facial makeup. Let’s say we’re in bad lighting, sculpting easily shows dirt brown patches on your face while a highlighter just doesn’t reflect the way that it was inteded to. It’s a lot more fool proof to go crazy with the highlighter! We can also take a moment and giggle at the fact that shaping the face with highlighters recently got reinvented under the new name “strobing”, something that has been done for decades!

cream highlighters

Cream highlighters

powder highlighters

Powder highlighters

Let’s swatch them all and see what finish and colour you prefer!

highlighter swatches

Top row = creams, bottom row = powders

Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination “Sea of Tranquility”

Liquid highlighter in a pale pink colour, almost whitened. Looks good with very intense looks, a tad too gritty in the sparkle for my taste but I know I’m a bit harsh. Sinks in to the skin very nicely.

Illamasqua Gleam “Aurora”

Solid cream concealer in a golden beige colour. Very brightening on the skin but still looks smooth and natural like moisturized skin, shimmer particles are very very fine. Feels velvety on the skin. Also a favourite.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Solid cream concealer in a pinky blue colour, very whitened. Looks good on the skin with small shimmer particles and a moisturized finish but feels like sticky glue on the skin. Not one of my favourites to wear, but good for shoots! highlighter swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

A pressed powder duo with a bronzer/sculpting powder and a highlighter. The highlighter is a warm peach with a soft non-sparkly golden sheen. Maybe not the first choice for Snow White complexions, but FANTASTIC on anyone darker than that.

KIKO Cosmetics Mosaic Highlighter

Pressed powder highlighter with multiple shades that turn into a pale soft gold when swirled together. Very delicate yet effective, great for everyday wear. Doesn’t look glittery on the skin at all. One of my favourites.

TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer

Pressed powder highlighter in a golden champagne colour. SUPER strong effect. A very very popular one, but strangely not that good I think? It applies like a shimmery eyeshadow, not finely milled enough to feel “lit from within”, it’s definitely makeup-y. Looks good with a super intense look though, but just with the Rouge Bunny Rouge one it’s a bit too gritty for me.

Meow Cosmetics Eyeshadow “Prophecy”

Loose powder highlighter with a strong strong strooong golden peach glow. Sorry for rubbing this one in your face as it’s an old limited edition but I wanted you to see how it looks compared to other products. It’s a super solid sheen that looks like molten metal on the skin, quite similar to Illamasqua Aurora in tone and LUSH Feeling Younger in effect.

Make Up Store Wonder Powder “Sahara”

Loose powder highlighter in a light beige colour. I bought this one specifically for that “non highlighted highlighted look”, as this formula is totally non-sparkly and creamy yet reflects so much light, and the colour is not a cartoonish white. PERFECT everyday highlighter to just dust on and go. highlighter swatches

Makeup looks featuring some of these highlighters:

KIKO Cosmetics Moisaic Highlighter. Link to blog post with full product list here.

Make Up Store Wonder Powder “Sahara”. Link to blog post with full product list here.

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Jungle Queen

The first thing I want to say today is THANK YOU for being so kind, so many of you have sent supportive messages and comments, and even though I haven’t replied to all of them I read and feel super thankful for having you. I’m also glad that the fact that I’m bringing up anxiety helps so many of you, I totally agree with you when you say that it needs to be talked about openly. It’s rare to see. I’m sending my love right back at all of you who sit there feeling the same way as I do, I see you!

I decided to show up at the opening of the first Sephora store on the Swedish westcoast (bestcoast) yesterday as a battle against all that anxiety, but got a panic attack on the bus just from trying and it got even worse when I saw the queue wrapping a quarter of the building, so I did a 180 and left. Good times! Now I’m on sick-leave for two weeks and on new medication (that makes me all mentally cross-eyed, explains potential strangeness in this post) so I’m hoping that things will clear up soon.

The look that I wore to the event that I didn’t even attend was this. Haha! I’m loving this coral red lipstick by Lipstick Queen, it’s called Jungle Queen and was made especially to compliment animal prints. Meow!

jungle queen


  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 100 Beige
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer


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


  • Lipstick Queen Lipstick – Jungle Queen
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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!