YouTube tip: Acne/blemish covering makeup

A great view on how to conceal skin with spots. Don’t cake it up!

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Throwback: Salacious

Here’s an old look with a lippie I came to think of recently, I haven’t worn it in a really long time! It’s Salacious by Illamasqua, an intense raspberry red matte. Need to get back to it!


  • MAC Mineralize Concealer – NC15
  • Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Cover Concealer – Vanilla
  • Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation – Ivory
  • Too Faced Chocolate Matte Bronzing Powder – Milk Chocolate
  • Make Up Store Blush – Complex
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade


  • MAC Eyeshadow – Mystery
  • Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel


  • Illamasqua Medium Pencil – Vow
  • MAC Eyeshadow – Nylon


  • Illamasqua Lipstick – Salacious
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The Truth

Jag har haft sådan himla tur och lika mycket otur på sistone. Turen är att ha hittat en jättebra skuggpalett från BareMinerals Ready-linje som heter The Truth. Paletten innehåller klassiska bruna nyanser, alla med varierande skimmergrad. Dessa skuggor känns som smör, går snyggt på ögonlocken och bäst av allt – de håller fantastiskt bra! Jag kan i regel aldrig bära ögonskuggor utan primer om jag inte är okej med att de börjar se lite punkiga ut efter några timmar, men jag har flera gånger burit dessa i över nio timmar utan primer och inte en enda gång har de rört sig ur fläcken. Otroligt faktiskt.

Oturen jag haft gäller den foundation jag bär på bilderna, nämligen Sheer Cover. Den är väldigt snygg på huden och håller bra under dagen, men hallå, den innehåller bismuth? Det hade jag aldrig ens kunnat tänka mig när produkten marknadsförs som hudvårdande. Bismuth är en allergiframkallande tungmetall som många får problem med, särskilt när huden blir varm. Då upplevs problem som rodnad och klåda, sistnämnda är vad som hänt för mig. Ansiktet kliar till dööööds! Kliar er mineralfoundation ska ni helt enkelt kolla efter bismuth/bismut/vismut i innehållsförteckningen. Buuuu.


I’ve been super lucky aswell as unlucky recently. My luck is that I found a great eyeshadow palette from BareMinerals Ready line called The Truth. The palette contains classic brown shades, all with varying levels of shimmer. These shadows feel like butter, go on beautifully and best of all – wears incredibly well! I can rarely wear eyeshadows without a primer unless I’m okay with them looking a bit punk after a few hours, but I’ve worn these for more than 9 hours without a primer many times now and not a single time they budged. It’s quite amazing actually.

I’ve had bad luck with the foundation I’m wearing in these pictures though, which is Sheer Cover. It looks very good on the skin and it wears well, but hello, it contains bismuth? I would never had thought that when a product is marketed as skin treating. Bismuth is a heavy metal that many people develop allergies against, especially when the skin gets warm. What you may experience then is redness and itching, the last one is what happened to me. My face itched to PIECES! If your mineral foundation itches you should look for bismuth/bismut/vismut in it. Boooo.


the truth

the truth


  • Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer – Vanilla
  • BareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener – 1
  • Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation – Light
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
  • Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush – Candy Glow


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


  • BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 – The Truth (shade 1, 2 and 4)
  • IsaDora All Day Long Lash Mascara


  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick – Fluttering Sighs

Perfume of the day:

  • Frederic Malle – Portrait of a Lady (red rose, velvety incense and patchouli)
bareminerals ready eyeshadow 4.0 the truth

BareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 “The Truth”

Viola, Killer Colours


Bronzers for light/fair skin

Att hitta en bronzer som fungerar på ljus hy kan vara svårt, de är ofta orangetonade vilket lätt ser onaturligt ut om du inte redan har djup i hudtonen från början. Håll dig borta från orange och sök istället upp de som är mer grånade (fina att ge ansiktet dimension med) eller de med röd underton (som imiterar utseendet av solkysst ljus hud).

Om man gillar skimmer i bronzern eller ej är en smakfråga, men man kan väl säga att du i regel bara använder skimriga bronzers på ansiktets (eller kroppens) högre punkter. Skimmer får en yta att framträda, därav blir det lite konstigt att skulptera t.ex. under ett kindben med en framhävande produkt. Är ni med? Så de halvmatta/matta varianterna är bättre om du vill använda bronzern till att framhäva ansiktsdrag.

Så, här är några bronzers ur mina lådor, pressade puder, lösa puder och krämer, som alla fungerar riktigt bra på hud utan mycket pigment i sig. Alla kan bronza!


Finding a bronzer that works on light/fair skin can be hard, they are often orange toned which often looks strange if you don’t have depth in your skintone already.

If you want shimmer in your bronzer or not is mostly a question of taste, but you could basically say that you only use shimmery bronzers on the higher points of your face (or body). Shimmer highlights a surface, so it would be counteractive to for example sculpt underneath a cheekbone with something that brings the area out. You with me? So the matte/semi matte versions are better for bringing out facial features.

Here are some bronzers from my drawers, pressed powders, loose powders and creams, that all work wonderfully on skin that doesn’t have much pigment naturally. Everyone can bronze up!


bronzers for fair skin

bronzers for fair skin

From the left:

1. Benefit Blush “Dallas”
A rosy brown blush that I use more like a bronzer. The rosy tone makes it a pretty shade to wear all over the cheek while the soft shimmer makes you glow.

2. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer “Milk Chocolate”
The lightest and most neutral regular bronzer I’ve ever found. A great shade for enhancing features, perfect for winter skin. Semi-matte with a skinlike sheen.

3. NARS Bronzing Powder “Laguna”
Like a warmer version of the Too Faced one. Semi-matte with the same skinlike sheen.

4. KICKS Bronzing Powder “Summer in the City”
As warm as I can handle bronzer-wise, the same finish as the last two. Creates that classic hyperreal golden goddess glow on light skin.

5. IDUN Minerals Bronzer “Midsommar”
A loose reddish bronzer that I always come back to, one of my all time favourites because it looks so natural. Gives a beautiful even glow and enhances light skin perfectly.

6. Benefit One Hot Minute
A very light loose powder with a soft sheen, this one is practically useless if you’re not fair skinned because it’s so subtle and ashy, but a GREAT skin enhancer for the fairest.

7. UNE Cosmetics Golden BB-Cream Tan Enhancer “G01″
Another summer product, a golden shimmer cream without too much orange. Could boost a natural tan aswell as it works to warm up one of the cooler bronzers. A lot of shimmer, so this is a definite cheekbone product.

8. Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
Another favourite bronzing product, a whipped cream bronzer with a red undertone and natural glow. This one also enhances a natural tan beautifully, plus the transparency makes it perfect to apply all the way acrosse the cheeks/nose.

9. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Crème Bronzer “Fiji”
The most reddish bronzer out of these, a creme with very slight sheen that no one would ever guess was makeup if you wore it on naked skin. Beautiful transparency.


idun minerals bronzer midsommar

IDUN Minerals Bronzer “Midsommar”, full product list here.

benefit one hot minute

Benefit One Hot Minute, full product list here.

too faced chocolate soleil bronzer milk chocolate

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer “Milk Chocolate”, full product list here.

manasi makeup lyster cream bronzer

Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer, full product list here.

daniel sandler watercolour creme bronzer fiji

Naked skin / Daniel Sandler Watercolour Crème Bronzer “Fiji”, full review here.

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IsaDora “South Beach” + LA Girl “Splat”

I’m probably wearing the least christmas styled manicure possible at the moment, all the snow and cold that came over us lately just made me want tutti frutti nails so badly!!

The LA Girl Splatter polishes are so pretty, they are speckled with white and another colour, this specific one called Splat is a warm red. I’m wearing it on top of a soft reddish orange which I really think picks the effect up! Bought at Cherry Culture.

If you like the effect then Splatter is nice aswell, the black and white version. Posted a picture of it here!


isadora south beach + la girl splat

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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.

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