Julklappstips, Skönhet

What blush shades suit pale skin?

Miriam Castro asked for tips on blush shades that work with fair skin, so here are are my personal favourites!


blushes for fair skin

blushes for fair skin

Top row:

1. Rituals Magic Powder Blush “Pale Rose”
A bright cool toned pink, matte with a soft sheen.

2. Illamasqua Powder Blusher “Katie”
The brightest, lightest bubblegum pink out there. Matte.

3. Illamasqua Powder Blusher “Lover”
One of the few oranges that brightens and looks really good on light skin. Matte.

4. NARS Pierre Hardy Blush “Boys Don’t Cry”
A bright pinky-coral-red blush that gives the perfect Snow White cheek. Matte.

Bottom row:

1. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush “Candy Glow”
A soft peachy pink. Hard to over-apply. Shimmer.

2. Illamasqua Powder Blusher “Tremble”
The perfect pale peach. Matte.

3. GloMinerals Blush “Bellini”
A natural and soft peach with slight gold shimmer.

4. Illamasqua Powder Blusher “Naked Rose”
The neutral must-have cheek colour that suits ALL fair skintones. Matte.

5. DuWop Blushbooster Illuminating Blush “Watermelon”
A translucent peachy pink that makes the skin look super fresh. Shimmer.


Illamasqua Powder Blusher “Lover”. Full product list here

Too Faced Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush “Candy Glow”. Full product list here

Illamasqua Powder Blusher “Katie”. Full product list here

NARS Pierre Hardy Blush “Boys Don’t Cry”. Full product list here

Viola, Killer Colours


Answering your questions! (part 2, q’s in English)

How did you get your eyebrows that arched?
- I have my genes to “blame”, I have quite big and dark natural eyebrows so I have much to sculpt with, you know?

Do you have any tips for growing eyebrows out?
- On some people eyebrows don’t grow back properly after being plucked, so think about that when you go at them at early age (or whenever you’re unsure about what you’re doing!). If you’re lucky and hairs are coming back you could either go cold turkey with the tweezers and just let them grow fuzzy and sparse for a while, or if you’re okay with it taking a longer time but want to keep it more “clean” just pluck so that there’s maybe three hairs width growing back at the same time, and expand the area as it’s starting to look better.

If you had to go to prom now, how would you dress and what make up would you wear?
- I would probably wear a black knee length pencil dress, dressy flats, bright orange red lips, defined brows and my hair down with my natural wave! That would feel very me. Not very traditional, but screw traditional.

A prom look I did for my cousin. Full product list here!

How do you feel about wearing lipstick and eye makeup without any base at all? Too grunge-y?

I probably wouldn’t wear it myself because it would feel like wearing nice pantyhose without a dress/skirt (lol) but it can look fantastic! Julia is my perfect example for that.

How do you get rid of blackheads?
- I use enzyme peelings/masks and clay masks regularly (depending on which one I feel suits my skin best that day) and that’s my biggest help!

How do you take care of your nails, do you buff them?
- I file them as soon as they start feeling a tiny bit ragged so that they don’t start tearing, and I apply cuticle oils as often as I remember. I push cuticles up every day and remove the cuticle fuzz with CND Cuticle Eraser about once a week. I never buff the nail surface more than once. Buffing it makes the nail thinner, not a good thing, but the first and only buffing smoothens any ridges of the surface out, those don’t “grow back”!

Rosy red matte lipstick with a moisturising and light formula suitable for pale skin?
- IsaDora Deco Rose is fantastic!

IsaDora Deco Rose Lipstick applied softly, can be applied heavier for a darker rosy look. Full product list here!

Do you know some brow product – pencil or powder, which suits reddish-brown hair?

- Eyeshadows and lip pencils are classics for red hair, but I know that both Illamasqua and Anastasia does red brow products. Update: ‘Regn’ let me know in the comment section that NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Auburn/Red also is good!

What’s your least favourite thing to do when it comes to beauty/make up?
- Brows I think.. Not because they’re boring but because they take some time. I like being able to do my makeup in just a few minutes sometimes, and I can’t really do my brows any faster than what I do anyways. They just have to be perfect if they aren’t entirely undone! Anything else would feel strange.

Why don’t you make more YouTube videos?
- I really want to, I promise! But I’ve lived in four different apartments this year and never really settled and unpacked until now, so I’ve never felt that my setup is good. And now that I feel “at it” we barely have daylight here in Sweden, but I HOPE that I’m getting back to it soon!!

How are Peggy and Selma getting together?
- Incredibly well! They love each other.

peggy and selma
Are you a cat or dog person?
- See above. ;)

Where to take your ideas for vegan cooking from?
- I like looking at other peoples food (vegan or not) and then making dishes up myself based on what I see. But if I’m following actual recipes I’ve always liked the Swedish sites Vegoteket and Veganmage.

Is it expensive to eat the way you do?
- As with any way of eating, veganim can be super cheap, super expensive or anything inbetween. I like using soy protein in different forms which is really cheap, probably the same cost as those shitty meat products that are made of 70% unknown mass. At the same time my non-dairy creams, yoghurts, milks, cheeses and such are more expensive than animal based alterntives, so I think that it flattens out.

What do you like to cook?
- A dish that includes tomatoes, garlic, (veg) cream, pasta and something pickled is probably as close to heaven as it gets.

Have you tried any Agent Provocateur perfumes and what do you think of them? Favourites?
- The only one that I fell for was the original Agent Provocateur EdP, that one is divine! So dirty sexy.

Favourite perfume for winter?
I have to say Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady. Once again. It’s the perfect scent!

frederic malle portrait of a lady
Have you found that your taste in perfume is changing as you get older?
- Not very much, actually! The only thing that has happened is that I’ve grown tired of some scents, but my favourites from when I was a kid (Britney Spears Fantasy, Naomi Campbell Cat Deluxe/Cat Deluxe At Night), well, I still actually like them! Quirky gourmands and dirty roses have kind of been with me all this time.

Who are your favourite actors?
- I watch anything with Woody Harrelson, Uma Thurman, Adrien Brody, Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams and Edward Norton. And my papa Tom Waits of course.

Who do you find inspirational?
- Standard answer, my parents. I often hear their sayings (serious as well as pretty damn childish) in my head when I’m in whatever situations, and it has helped me lots!

What is your most used NARS product?
-I’ve been all over Boys Don’t Cry blush this summer/fall, love it.

nars blush boys don't cry
Have you tried No Poo for your hair, do you like it?
- I’ve tried it and it worked like shitttttt on my hair, sadly. I wanted it to work but all the oils and no SLS shampoos made my oily hair SUPER greasy even after a long wait. So no, my hair actually prefers a squeaky cleaning then a good conditioner afterwards!

What do you ask for when you go to the hairstylist?
- My hair is cut straight but with A-line layers, so it doesn’t have any layers at all in the front. Plus side bangs because I’m growing my bangs out.

If you could live somewhere else other than Sweden where would it be?
- I don’t know, I really don’t want to move! If I would I guess I would move AWAY somewhere, not to some other big city. I’ve always said that when I get tired of everything I’m going to move to Cuba to eat fruit and dance without having to think of commercialism. So yeah, why not?

How many tattoos do you have, and which one is your favourite?
- I don’t know how to count them as some of them are many little ones, but 5 I guess? My favourite is my chest, by far. It’s my favourite jewellery!

Viola, Killer Colours


Zoya “Charla”

Jag tror att detta är den fjärde gången jag visar upp Charla från Zoya sedan det släpptes under tidigt 2010, men alltså, det är så vackert att det förtjänar det. Det går bara inte att bära detta utan att dras med av skönheten. En sprakande turkosblå juvel är vad det är!

I think this might be the fourth time that I’m showing Zoya Charla in my blog since it was released in early 2010, but seriously, it’s so beautiful that it’s worth it. It’s impossible to wear this beauty without feeling extra happy. A sparkling turquoise blue jewel is what it is!


zoya charla

Indoors under a soft lamp, sparkles like nobody’s business.

zoya charla

Old picture where you can see the beautiful colour shift very well.


Viola, Killer Colours


Answering your questions! (part 1 – Swedish q’s)

Tips på en bra foundation som täcker röda kinder?
- Använd något som får din övriga hy att se som bäst ut, jobba sedan lite extra med en neutraliserande concealer på kinderna. Du kan även testa BareMinerals Redness Remedy, ett transparent gultonat puder som neutraliserar rodnad.

Såg en gammal bild där du hade kortare hår, du borde klippa dig igen!
- Jag jobbar på längd just nu, jag har inte haft långt hår sedan första åren i högstadiet, så det känns roligast just nu!

Jobbar du någonstans när du inte bloggar?
- Just nu är faktiskt bloggen det enda jag gör!

Hur undviker man finnar i ansiktet?
- Svårt att säga, det beror på varför du får finnarna. Hormoner? Stå ut + tvätta och smörj med produkter som passar din hudtyp. Tilltäppt hy? Lätta på sminkandet så ofta det går alt. byt ut de produkter som irriterar, tvätta ordentligt och smörj. För starka hudvårdsprodukter? Chilla med de frätande acneprodukterna och prova något milt och lugnande någon månad, det kan hjälpa. Smutsiga örngott? Tvätta dem oftare, detta kan vara ett jäkla mirakel. Dålig kost/sömn/vattenintag/vila? Ta tag i de problemen. Allmän slarvighet med hyn? Skärp dä. ;)

Tips på sminkmärken att shoppa i London?
- Gå till Space NK, där finns många av mina favoritmärken! Och Illamasqua förstås, det är ett måste.

Trivs du i Göteborg?
- SJUKT BRA. Vill aldrig flytta härifrån!

Vill du ha man+barn osv i framtiden?
- Haha man har jag (gift är jag däremot inte), barn har jag inte i kikaren men skulle inte få panik om det dök upp. Inte särskilt sugen på’t däremot.

Vilka är dina favoritsidor på nätet för sminkshopping?
- Enda svenska jag tycker är något värd är Eleven, de övriga jag håller koll på och shoppar från är Beautybay, Lookfantastic, HqHair och Love Make Up.

Hur länge har du varit vegan? Tar du tillskott? Utesluter du något annat än animalier ur kosten?
- Jag har varit uttalad vegan i ungefär 2½ år, tar OmniVegan (främst för B12) när jag är duktig och har råd, använder annars många B12-berikade produkter. Utesluter inte i helhet något duktigt som konserveringsmedel och sånt, men köper många råvaror eko och äter utöver det en del glutenfritt också pga en nära vän som är glutenallergiker.

Hångelvänliga läpprodukter?
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip! De sitter som STEN.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip in shade 16. Link to full makeup look here!

Har du tips på någon tips på mild exfolierande produkt utan korn?
- Daily Microfoliant från Dermalogica är en enzympeeling som kommer i pulverform, du häller ut lite i handflatan, i med en skvätt vatten och massera sedan runt i nytvättat ansikte. Du kommer inte tro att den gör något förrän du tvättat av den. Babyface!

Hur tänker du kring eko- och naturprodukter när det gäller smink?
- Det är inget krav från min sida när det gäller smink, men jag är glad när något jag gillar är vettigt! Särskilt basprodukterna. Allra petigast på det planet är jag när det kommer till hårvård (pga att jag inte fått en enda produkt med skräpinnehåll att fungera i mitt hår) och efter det prioriterar jag hudvården.

Har du några andra intressen/hobbys utöver smink?
- Jag älskar film/dokumentärer, mycket skräck och galenskaper. Mina älskade djur äter också upp en hel del tid.

Hur blev du intresserad av nagellack?
- Bra fråga du.. Det har jag nog varit jämt mer eller mindre? Min morfar målade naglarna på mig i sommarstugan när jag var pötteliten, ett lila skimrigt minns jag, och redan då var det något lite extra. Min störda samling började däremot ta form när jag var 16 ungefär!

Jag ska gifta mig i ljus grålavendel klänning, några sminktips?
- Svårt att säga när jag inte vet hur klänningen ser ut, hur DU ser ut etc. men i regel kan jag väl säga att kallt ljust guld och/eller kalla bruna nyanser hade varit vackert till! Det är fint att plocka in andra färger än det du har i kläderna men att de går i harmoni.

Viola, Killer Colours



Med vintern kommer de dåliga bilderna. Dagsljuset rinner oss mellan fingrarna just nu så fototimmarna är få, typ som när jag igår skulle ut och ta en drink och sminkade mig runt middagstid, helt bäcksvart och badrumsbelysningen fick slava! Men vad kan man göra? Vi håller tummarna för att ljuset är på väg tillbaka denna gång också.

Detta är ungefär den makeup jag bär hela tiden just nu, en matt bas med matta kinder, matt mörkbrun skugga längs fransraderna, definierade bryn + fransar och så en färgstark läpp på det. Jag trivs så bra i denna look!


With winter comes bad pictures. Daylight slips through our fingers so the photo hours are few, like when I went out for a drink and applied my makeup around dinner time, it was pitch black and my bathroom lighting was the best thing I had! But what to do, you know? Let’s just hope that light will come back this time aswell.

This is kind of the only makeup style I wear during the days nowdays, a matte base with matte cheeks, matte dark brown shadow along the lashlines, defined brows + lashes and a bright lip with that. I really like this look!





  • IsaDora UnderCover Face Primer
  • Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer – Vanilla
  • Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation – Ivory
  • Deborah Milano Natural Blush – Rose (02)


  • Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit
  • ARTDECO Clear Lash & Brow Gel


  • Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit
  • IsaDora All Day Long Lash Mascara


  • Yves Rocher Couleurs Nature Sheer and Shine Lipstick – Gelée Cerise (3)

Perfume of the day:

  • Frederic Malle – Portrait of a Lady (red rose, velvety incense and patchouli)
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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!