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Charlotte Tilbury swatch and review madness!

2014 har varit ett otroligt händelserikt år när det kommer till produktsläpp, nu ska vi kika på en av de mest utmärkande händelserna!

Londonbaserade makeupartisten Charlotte Tilbury (har jobbat med bl.a. Kate Moss, Penélope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Ford och Stella McCartney, ni fattar, larger than life) släppte sin egen linje lyxig kosmetika, hudvård och verktyg. Allt paketerat i vacker koppar med vinröda accenter, så classy! Produkterna finns att shoppa på Charlotte Tilburys brittiska hemsida, brittiska Net-a-Porter som ibland har gratis frakt till Sverige samt amerikanska Beautylish som tyvärr inte skickar över Atlanten ännu.

Detta inlägg kommer bli på engelska, det blir så otroligt mycket text annars. Om ni vill att jag klargör något som inte framgår i engelskan så är det bara att fråga i kommentarsfältet. Puss!


2014 has been a great year when it comes to product launches, and we’re about to take a look at one of the absolute highlights!

London based celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury (who has worked with Kate Moss, Penélope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Ford and Stella McCartney amongst others, you know the drill, larger than life) launched her own line of luxury cosmetics, skincare and tools. All wrapped in gorgeous copper packaging with wine coloured accents, ultra classy!

These products are available at the Charlotte Tilbury British website, British Net-a-Porter and american Beautylish.

charlotte tilbury

Eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, lip glosses, lip pencils.

charlotte tilbury

Outer packaging


Lip Lustre

The lipgloss line contains an array of gorgeous nudes to match any skintone or shade preference, and is topped off with a few reds. How deep do you dare to go? A vinyl finish, non-sticky feeling and long wear time is promised, who doesn’t like the sound of that?

The formula of these is definitely thick, but more of a “gel” kind of thick instead of the stringy and tacky glosses that we all dread. I either want my glosses thin and balmy or like this, a thick glamorous lacquer. These are phenomenal for any high impact gloss lover!

charlotte tilbury lip lustre

The packaging is great, you can clearly see the colour of the product and the wand is small and precise.

charlotte tilbury lip lustre

Ibiza Nights, Sweet Stiletto, Red Vixen

charlotte tilbury lip lustre ibiza nights

Ibiza Nights. An almost clear beige with iridescent sparkle, doesn’t feel gritty on the lips like sparkles can do. Great colour for a soft everyday effect or for layering on top of nude lipsticks.

charlotte tilbury lip lustre sweet stiletto

Sweet Stiletto. The purrrfect pinky nude lip gloss for those afraid of corpse lips. Shimmer free and creamy, doesn’t settle into lip lines even though it’s surprisingly pigmented.

charlotte tilbury lip lustre red vixen

Red Vixen. Holy moly, that red! It has a slight translucency that makes it look super delicate on its own, but that also makes it perfect for layering over reds, wines or even blacks.


Lip Cheat Lip Pencil

The lip pencil is Charlotte Tilburys secret weapon backstage. Resize and/or reshape the lips and lay a long wearing base for other lip products. You have three nudes and two shades of red to pick from.

I’m not much of a lip liner person, it may be because of my dry lips, because I almost always find them thick and crunchy when worn all over. Same thing with these to be honest, but I do like using them as a finishing touch after my lipstick is applied to make the lines extra crisp. Good liners overall though, they do glide on well without tugging.

charlotte tilbury lip cheat lip pencil

I would have wanted the pencils to have a twist-up function, it feels shameful to sharpen and waste product when it comes to fancy cosmetics.

charlotte tilbury lip cheat lip pencil

Pillow Talk, Pink Venus, Savage Rose

charlotte tilbury lip cheat lip pencil pillow talk

Pillow Talk. A neutral shade that would work on many lips. Great for retouching uneven lips or making nude glosses go on extra crisp.

charlotte tilbury lip cheat lip pencil pink venus

Pink Venus. Not as pink as the name might suggest, more of a nude pinky peach. Great base for many summer corals!

charlotte tilbury lip cheat lip pencil savage rose

Savage Rose. A cool toned red. The hardest one to apply out of these, a tad patchy. Hard to get crisp lines with for some reason. Great for perfecting lines after lipstick though.


K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

The range of creamy lipsticks is of course insanely thrilling. Enriched with antioxidants and creamy waxes this formula promises a long wearing result that doesn’t bleed at the edges. There are 10 shades to pick from out of which about half are great for finding the perfect nude just for you, and we all know how much of a struggle that is!

In this line I found some absolute favourites and some “meh” products, they actually vary a lot in formula from shade to shade. Some of them are jaw droppingly creamy and long wearing on the lips, totally matches the price point, while others are a bit grittier which would be fine for a slightly lower price. Good lipsticks, but not all are mindblowing! I expect a lot when I pay a lot.

charlotte tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g. lipstick

The packaging is super sleek and feels very old Hollywood.

charlotte tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g. lipstick

Stoned Rose, Bitch Perfect, Coachella Coral, Velvet Underground, So Marilyn

charlotte tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g. lipstick stoned rose

Stoned Rose. A creamy deepened nude, rosy enough to not look like 90′s peanut butter on my lips. Feels very slick and moisturizing.

charlotte tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g. lipstick bitch perfect

Bitch Perfect. A pinky nude that brightens instead of zombifies. It’s the least creamy of the bunch but it sure looks pretty on!

charlotte tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g lipstick coachella coral

Coachella Coral. A soft “grown up” coral, great if you want to get into corals or want a less summery version.

charlotte tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g lipstick velvet underground

Velvet Underground. A deep cool toned magenta, the perfect jewel tone pink! Stays intact without bleeding all night on my bare lips. Would look gorgeous on every single person out there.

charlotte tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g. lipstick so marilyn

So Marilyn. Hello retro red! Look no further, the red is here. Classic cool toned red, great on so many skin tones. One of the creamiest lipsticks.


Luxury Palette

The Luxury Palette eyeshadows is probably the product that lures people in, just look at it! Colour coded quads with a prime shade to apply all over the lid and inner corner, an enhance shade for eye socket and lashlines, a smoke shade for extra socket and lash line definition and then the glittery pop that ties it all together with a glamorous sparkle. Go with the thought out look or create your own!

These also vary in quality. All of them go on smooth and soft on the eyes but the pigmentation is not always on point. I’m not talking about bad quality here either but I would have wanted a heavier punch in some places, most smoke shades are a bit weak for example. The pop shades are mindblowing though, the sparkle actually stays on the lids!

charlotte tilbury luxury eyeshadow palette the dolce vita

The Dolce Vita. Sheer luxury in a palette. Coppery browns and golden sparkle creates a mesmerizing soft smokey eye that compliments any eye colour. Just give the smoke shade a tad more pigment and it’s as perfect as it could get.

charlotte tilbury luxury eyeshadow palette the dolce vita swatch

Prime, enhance, pop, smoke

charlotte tilbury luxury eyeshadow palette the vintage vamp

The Vintage Vamp. Similar to the Dolce Vita palette but more red toned, gorgeous with blue eyes! Sadly not the strongest when it comes to the deeper shades, I wish one of them was darker so that the smokey effect actually got ultra vampy.

charlotte tilbury luxury eyeshadow palette the vintage vamp swatch

Prime, enhance, pop, smoke

charlotte tilbury luxury eyeshadow palette the rebel

The Rebel. A sultry jewel green palette, has hints of both olive and teal which against the peachy prime shade makes it a very dynamic composition. Maybe not the most wearable palette for the average consumer, but you won’t find a more grown up and glamorous range of greens. Swoon material.

charlotte tilbury luxury eyeshadow palette the rebel swatch

Prime, enhance, pop, smoke


Makeup looks

charlotte tilbury makeup look

Smokey look using Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita on my eyes and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect on my lips. Full blog post about the look here.

charlotte tilbury makeup look

Statement lip with K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Velvet Underground. Full blog post about the look here.

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IDUN Minerals Lipstick “Jordgubb”

Här är läppstiftet jag nämnde i förra IDUN Minerals-inlägget! En fantastiskt snygg röd nyans vid namn Jordgubb, klassisk röd men samtidigt inte! Den är mjukare och har en droppe gult i sig vilket får den att flirta med korall, men registreras ändå som rött. Den känns verkligen vintage!

Stiftet glider på helt problemfritt med sin mjuka och tunna pigmentrika formula, inte glossig och smetig och inte heller matt och uttorkande. Perfekt kasta-på-stift eftersom inget meck med pennor eller liknande behövs, den är snygg på tio sekunder! Formulan känns vid applicering rätt lik NYX Black Label Lipstick om ni har testat dem, men är snäppet mer hållbar på läpparna. Stiftet har en lätt rosdoft, inte nära på lika stark som på läppglansen (som jag själv knappt klarar av att använda) men finns klart där. Här är den rätt trevlig tycker jag, det skänker lite lyxkänsla.

Finns snart att shoppa (om det inte är ute redan), här är IDUNs återförsäljare. Kostar 189 kr och finns i massa andra fina färger också.


Here’s the lipstick that I mentioned in my last IDUN Minerals blog post! A really lovely red shade called Jordgubb (strawberry in Swedish), classic red but at the same time interesting! It’s softer and has a drop of yellow in it which makes it flirt with coral, but still registers as red. It feels very vintage!

The lipstick glides on without a problem because of its soft and thin pigmented formula, it’s not gloss and gloopy and not matte and drying either. A perfect one for just throwing on and leaving because you don’t need any pencils or stuff like that, it looks good in ten seconds! The formula feels a bit like the NYX Black Label Lipsticks at application, but it wears a bit better on the lips. The lipstick has a slight rose scent, not even close to as strong as the lipglosses (which I personally barely can’t wear) but it’s definitely there. Here it’s quite nice I think, it gives a luxurious touch. Available at Swedish pharmacies.

idun minerals lipstick jordgubb

The lipstick comes in a pretty black and silver packaging with a clear bottom that shows the colour of the product. So handy!

idun minerals lipstick jordgubb swatch

Applied straight onto the lips from the bullet. Droooool

Viola, Killer Colours

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Revlon Colorstay Moisture Balm “Barcelona Nights”

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Balm är ett geléigt läppglans som lämnar läpparna mjuka och sköna med en lätt stain-effekt, helt klart inspirerad av YSL‘s Glossy Stain som släpptes för ett par år sedan. Stain-effekten är inte lika stark och formulan känns inte lika smooooth som lyxversionen, men fasen, det är snyggt på läpparna! Håller snäppet längre än ett vanligt gloss och känns mindre klistrigt, har ingen doft men smakar lite plastig vanilj. Nyansen Barcelona Nights är bärigt rödrosa och perfekt för färgglada vardagsläppar. Finns att shoppa på!

Revlon Colourstay Moisture Balm is a gel like lip gloss that leaves the lips soft and with a slight stain, definitely inspired by the YSL Glossy Stain that was released a few years ago. The stain effect is not as strong and the formula doesn’t feel as smoooooth than the luxury version, but heck, it looks really good on the lips! Stays on the lip slightly longer than you average lipgloss and feels less sticky, has no scent but tastes a little like plasticy vanilla. The shade called Barcelona Nights is a berry pinky red and is perfect for bright everyday lips!

revlon colorstay moisture stain barcelona nights

The lip gloss/stain/balm (whatever you prefer calling it) comes in a sleek square tube with a heart shaped wand.

revlon colorstay moisture stain barcelona nights

Applied once all over the lips, it’s super glossy and has great colour payoff.

Viola, Killer Colours


YouTube Tip: Tom Ford SS15 inspired makeup look by Harry Makes It Up

Can’t get enough of Harriet Hatfields creations, just look at this heavy blackened smokey eye! Ehmehgerd. I want her to recreate this on me every day for the rest of my life.

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Recension, Skönhet

LUSH Aqua Marina Fresh Cleanser

En annan ny kompis i hudvårdsrutinen är färska ansikts- och kroppsrengöringen Aqua Marina från LUSH. De dagar jag har smink att tvätta av så använder jag Akoma Skincare Liquid African Black Soap (nämnd i detalj här) eftersom den tvättar så rent, men alla sminklösa dagar finns ju inte samma rengöringsbehov utan det känns mer vettigt att använda något riktigt vårdande. Precis då kommer Aqua Marina till användning.

De gemensamma nämnarna för LUSH färska ansiktstvättar är för det första att de är tvålfria. Inga tvålämnen som lämnar huden gnisslig och uttorkad används utan rengörande leror, oljor och skrubbande korn av olika slag gör jobbet. De är fria från syntetiska konserveringsmedel (vilket resulterar i hållbarhet på 4 mån) samt de kommer i burk och mer liknar kakdeg än de flytande rengöringar vi är vana vid. Ta en nypa av rengöringen, tillsätt lite vatten och jobba upp en pasta i händerna som du sedan applicerar på ansiktet och/eller kroppen. Vattnet har du ju hemma i kranen, så varför köpa det på flaska?

Aqua Marina är vegansk, innehåller rengörande och oljeabsorberande kaolinlera, lugnande aloe vera-gelé samt kalaminpulver, mjukgörande vegetabilisk glycerin, vitamin- och mineralrika nori-alger.. Massa härliga ingredienser som lugnar och återfuktar utan att lämna huden flottig. På mig biter den inte över huvud taget på makeup, så för att bli av med sådant växla med någon annan rengöring eller använd en bra makeupremover innan. Men för makeupfria dagar är detta verkligen himmelriket, ingen onödig belastning på huden betyder gladare hud de dagar den belastas mer.

Finns att köpa på LUSH hemsida i burk om 100g för 119 kr eller 250g för 263 kr. Finns även i butik där den stora burken kan variera en del i vikt, och pris diffande därefter.


A new friend in my skincare routine is the fresh face- and body cleanser Aqua Marina from LUSH. The days that I have makeup to wash off I use Akoma Skincare Liquid African Black Soap (mentioned in detail here) because it cleans so well, but for all makeup free days it feels when the skin doesn’t need as much cleansing it feels a lot better to use something mild and nourishing. That’s when Aqua Marina does the trick.

The things that the fresh cleansers from LUSH have in common is first of all that they are soap free. No soap base that washes the skin squeaky and dried out are used, instead cleansing clays, oils and scrubs do the trick. They are free from synthetic preservatives (which results in a 4 month shelf life) plus they ome in jars and look more like cookie dough than the liquid cleansers that we’re used to. Take a pinch of the cleanser, add some water and work up a paste that you then apply on your face and/or body. You have the water in your tap, so why buy it in a bottle?

Aqua Marina is vegan friendly, contains cleansing and oil absorbing kaolin clay, calming aloe vera gel and calamine, softening vegetable glycerine, vitamin- and mineral rich nori seaweed.. A lot of nice ingredients that calm and moisturize the skin withoug leaving it greasy. On me it doesn’t get rid of makeup at all, so switch between some rougher face wash or use a good makeup remover before. But for makeup free days this really is heaven, no extra stress on the skin means happier skin days when it has to handle more crap.

lush aqua marina fresh cleanser

The cleanser comes in a cute sushi-like roll covered in seaweed!

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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!