Backstage, Livsstil, Skönhet

Some pictures from this weekends photoshoot – behind the scenes!

This weekend I’ve worked on a big photo project for a friend of mind who sews (you will get more info + the final pics as soon as they’re done!) where I both did makeup and modeling. A hard thing to manage as I need to stand behind the camera to see what happens to the makeup, but then at the same time I need to stay focused in front of it. Haha. We were two models who wore the same pieces of unisex clothing, so we wore the same makeup looks aswell.


Day 1 was a series of lookbook studio shots where the look was a bit more simple and calm to not overplay the simplicity of the pictures.

I did a semi-matte reddish grunge eye with a translucent glitter on the bottom lid that catches the light depending on the angle. The skin was sculpted and bronzed, had translucent wet highlights without shimmer and freckles were applied on top to bring back the look of natural skin. Lips were dabbed with a touch of concealer mixed with lip balm and brows were kept soft.


Day 2 was focused on the feeling of the collection, so the pictures were a lot more artistic with harsh coloured lighting that made everything look like freaky sci-fi paintings. It’s sooo awesome, can’t wait to see the end result.

The look for this shoot was heavier than what we wore the day before but still along the same lines. This time I focused on applying products that would contrast and catch the light in an interesting way, as the colour schemes wouldn’t show up as well in the artistic lighting.

Skin was paler, even more freckled and had a heavy champagne gold highlight underneath the dewy glossiness. Eyes were bolder with a nearly black base that had soft mascara smudges, turquoise micro glitter and even more of the big round opalescent glitters that we wore the day before, now on both top and bottom lids.

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Politik/samhälle, Skönhet

Fight for your rights!

Happy May 1st red hearted sisters and brothers! Keep your fists held high and stand your ground. Stand up for the silent ones, take pride in your strength!

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

Histoires de Parfums 1889 Moulin Rouge EdP

The night blankets the city of Paris. A colorful beam of light bursts from the Moulin Rouge. Inside, the cabaret comes to life. People begin to whisper, abuzz with anticipation. Champagne glasses clink and the curtains rise. The music builds, and in a cloud of feathers and sequins, the dancers make their entrance. Let the spectacle of senses begin!
Spicy Cinnamon warmly mixes with Sugar and melts into Absinthe, while Rose of Damascus releases her sensuality, playfully seducing each spectator with her allure. The audience and dancers each play different roles but the music ties them together for a night of revelry and excitement. The enchantment never stops – time stands still in the Moulin Rouge.
The show ends and the curtain falls, but the party never ends. Backstage, mirrors reflect silhouettes laughing. The smell of Iris Powder and Lipstick float out to the streets on a cloud of Musk and Patchouli. The memory and scent of this unforgettable night lingers through the morning.

Med de orden beskriver Histoire de Parfums doften 1889 Moulin Rouge, inspirerad av Cancanens Mecka – det parisiska nöjesetablissemanget Moulin Rouge med den stora röda väderkvarnen på topp, grundad år 1889. Doftens toppnoter är mandarin, plommon och kanel, hjärtnoterna absint och damascenerros och basnoterna iris, patchouli och mysk.

En perfekt tolkning av burlesk Cancan med stay ups på sned, kajal på kinden, absint i håret, svettiga pälskappor och våldsamt läppstiftshångel. En karikatyr i doftform, klassiskt vintage då den centrerar kring en mäktigt vaxig läppstiftsartad iris men tack vare söta plommon, kryddig kanel och kroppsvarm mysk får doften en toklycklig sensuell attityd olik de svala irisdofter jag tidigare haft att göra med. Så mjuk och varm i intrycket, inte en enda utstickande vass not. En attitydhungrig vintagedröm med glitter i blicken och en shot innanför västen, precis den person jag vill ha en spark i röven för att känna mig riktigt lik.

Grand Parfym (markbutik finns på Kungsgatan och Frölunda Torg i Göteborg) har just plockat in Histoires de Parfums i dofthyllorna, och har nu även till och med imorgon (27/4-14) 20% rabatt på allt i butiken. Shoppa loss!

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With the words written in red at the start of the post Histoires de Parfums describe the scent called 1889 Moulin Rouge, inspired by the Mecka of Can-can – the Parisian cabaret called Moulin Rouge with the big red windmill on top, founded in 1889. The top notes of the scent are mandarin, prune and cinnamon, heart notes absinth and damask rose and basenotes iris, patchouli and musk.

A perfect interpretation of the burlesque Can-can with wonky stay-ups, eyeliner on the cheek, absinth in the hair, sweaty fur coats and furious lipstick kisses. A scent caricature, a classic vintage because it works around this huge waxy lipstick iris but thanks to sweet plums, spicy cinnamon and warm musk it attains this optimistic sensual attitude unlike the chilly iris scents that I’ve encountered earlier. It is so soft and warm, not a single harsh note. A vintage dream hungry for attention with sparkly eyes and a slight buzz, that’s the exact person I want a kick in the ass towards feeling like.

histoires de parfums 1889 moulin rouge

Viola, Killer Colours



Today I’m wearing a metallic bronze liner and The Lipstick! I’m loving the combination of bronze and bright red, it feels a lot softer than the classic black winged eyeliner and red lip.




  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Fluid Foundation – Beige 100
  • Meow Cosmetics Flawless Feline Foundation – 1-Sleek Siamese
  • Too Faced Peach Leopard Bronzer


  • NYX Cosmetics Auto Eyebrow Pencil – Taupe
  • Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit


  • Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit
  • KIKO Cosmetics Super Colour Eyeliner – Bronze (102)
  • IsaDora All Day Long Lash Mascara


  • Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick “Garçonne” (25)

Perfume of the day:

  • NUXE Prodigieux Le Parfum (tropical gardenia and neroli with coconut milk and vanilla, read about it here)
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Recension, Skönhet

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick “Garçonne” (25)

Låt oss be en bön till läppstiftsgudarna, okej? Garçonne från Guerlains Rouge G-linje är hands down det vackraste, mest pålitliga och tveklöst dyraste jag någonsin haft på mina läppar. Att jag älskar röda läppar är ju ingen nyhet, så denna DEKADENTA jävel (Svenskt butikspris på 435 om jag inte har fel…) kan inte göra mig annat än lycklig. Och lite kallsvettig kanske. En psykotiskt frätande röd nyans med neutral underton som ligger något steg under klarrött, det upplevs snarare som körsbärsrött on crack.

Formulan är även den ren perfektion, stiftet känns som ett tunt och mjukt läppbalsam på läpparna trots den hysteriskt pigmentrika finishen. Den mjuka glansen ger en visuellt plumpande effekt och återfuktar även läpparna (mvh läpparna som knappt accepterar läppbalsam som återfuktande) så de känns mjuka och behagliga. Glansen gör samtidigt inte att läpparna känns glidiga och opålitliga, nej, stiftet biter sig fast och sitter bekvämt på plats timme efter timme utan att ens blöda ut i kanterna. Så SVAR JA, ibland får man vad man betalar för. Suck.


Let’s pray to the lipstick gods, okay? Garçonne from the Guerlain Rouge G line is hands down the most beautiful, trusty and not denying most expensive thing I’ve ever worn on my lips. The fact that I love red lips is old news, so this DECADENT f**k (retails at $51 in America if I’m not mistaken…) can’t make me anything but happy. Also maybe a little scared. A psychotic sizzling red shade with a neutral undertone that lies a step below bright red, it feels more like a cherry red on crack.

The formula is pure perfection aswell, the lipstick feels like a thin and soft lip balm on even though it’s so heavily pigmented. The soft sheen gives a visually plumping effect and moisturizes the lips (kind regards, the lips that barely accept lip balms as moisturizing) so that they feel soft and comfortable. The sheen still doesn’t make the lips feel slippery and unreliable, no, the lipstick stays in place hour after hour even without bleeding along the edges. So the answer is YES, sometimes you actually get what you pay for. Sigh.

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When you pull the lipstick out of its heavy case a little mirror flips open on top. So bulky, so glamorous.

guerlain rouge g lipstick garconne 25

The closed lipstick case.

guerlain rouge g lipstick garconne 25

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Garçonne (25) applied straight onto naked lips.

Viola, Killer Colours
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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!