Can you believe it, I have a FACE! With almost no daylight and work whenever it’s somewhat light outside I’m having problems photographing stuff, everything gets grainy and ugly this time of year. Today I finally managed to snatch the daylight and take a few pictures of my makeup!

This lipstick was my one and only lippie buy in London (soon I’ll post a video showing what I got!), the new Audacious formula from NARS is so good! Here in a peachy/rosy/natural shade called Brigitte. Peachy pinks often look like crap on me so I was happy to find a muted, warm toned version that compliments my skin a lot better. The formula is ultra pigmented, thin, smooth and wears for many hours without needing a reapplication.




  • Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 000 Beige
  • BareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener – 1
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Viva la Diva Matte Bronzing Powder
  • KICKS Baked Blusher – Fashionista
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara


  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Ash Blonde (nowdays renamed Taupe)
  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel


  • IsaDora Smokey Eye Liner – Dark Brown
  • Becca Ultimate Crème Eyelier – Renaissance
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara
  • Illamasqua Medium Pencil – Hex
  • Illamasqua Masquara – Raven


  • NARS Audacious Lipstick – Brigitte
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Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette

Alla som evigt söker den perfekta vardagspaletten räck upp en hand! Visst är det svårt att hitta något som innehåller skuggor som både går att skugga, sota och highlighta med, håller hög kvalité överlag samt är i ett format som känns behändigt? Inte det lättaste tycker jag. Här är ett spännande alternativ från Laura Mercier vid namn Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette.

Paletten innehåller fem skuggor. Mattsvarta Noir, svartglittriga Black Magic (där glittret hänger med i appliceringen, eureka!), askigt mullvadsbruna Graphite, mjukt grålila Slate med en lätt duokromeffekt samt blekt gulvita Ivory. Utöver detta en duo-borste du kan applicera skugga samt sota fransraderna med, blending får du tyvärr plocka in en annan borste för att göra då ingen av dessa är idealisk för det. Enhetlig färgkombination som samtidigt gör det möjligt att skapa en ögonmakeup så mörk, ljus, varm eller kall du själv önskar. Bra jobbat med så få skuggor!

Alla skuggorna går på supersilkigt, de är inte tjocka och krämiga som bra skuggor ofta är utan känns supertunna och lätta. Inte ett enda spill vid applicering heller. Väldigt udda formula som jag aldrig känt i någon annan produkt. Till och med den matta svarta har ett slags hudlik lyster som gör att den inte känns kritig, helt tack vare den där tunna silkiga känslan.

För att sätta eld i baken på er så är paletten limiterad, shoppa på svenska Cow Parfymeri eller brittiska Space NK innan den tar slut!


Everyone searching for that perfect everyday palette raise your hand! Isn’t it hard to find something that contains shadows that both work for defining, smoking and highlighting, has overall good quality and is in a sleek format? Not the easiest thing in the world, no. Here’s an interesting alternative from Laura Mercier called Smoky Sueded Eye Colour Palette.

The palette contains five shadows, matte black Noir, glittery black Black Magic (where the glitters stays on during application, eureka!), taupe brown Graphite, soft grey purple Slate with a slight duochrome effect and pale yellowy white Ivory. Apart from this you get a duo brush with which you can apply shadow and smudge lashlines with, for blending you will have to grab another brush because none of these are ideal for it. A uniform colour combination that still makes it possible to create an eye look as dark, light, warm or cool you would like. Good work with so few shadows!

All shadows go on super silky, they aren’t thick and creamy like good shadows often are, instead they are ultra thin and light. Not a trace of fallout when applying them either. An odd formula that I’ve never felt before. Even the matte black has a slight skin-like lustre that keeps it from feeling chalky, totally because of that silky thin feeling.

The palette is limited so get it before it’s gone! Available at for example british Space NK.

laura mercier smoky suede eye colour palette

The shadows come in a sleek plastic case, great for travel.

laura mercier smoky suede eye colour palette swatches

Noir, Black Magic, Graphite, Slate, Ivory

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Smitten Polish “Girl Sprouts”

I’ve posted this one before but I just had to snap a picture of it again now that I was wearing it last week, Girl Sprouts from Smitten Polish is the most perfect poison green holographic thing you could ever wear on your nails. I have a thing for green nails, okay?

smitten polish girl sprouts

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Ibland vet man bara om det, testar jag detta nu så kommer jag bli fast. När nog många petiga nördar uttryckt sin kärlek för produkten så är det bara att vänta in tillfället att fastna själv.

På väg hem från London (mer om det senare, vill ni se shoppingfynden i bildbaserat inlägg eller i en video?) fick jag en halvdag i Stockholm till övers. Trots zombieläge planerade jag in ett par butiker jag verkligen ville hinna med, däribland nyöppnade Aesop på Jakobsbergsgatan 7. En FANTASTISKT vacker och väldoftande butik inredd i almträ, ett måste om ni är i krokarna!

Med mig fick jag alltså Resurrection Aromatique Hand Cream, handkrämernas Rolls-Royce. Rik och fluffig formula som går in i händerna på under minuten, nästan så det inte går att tro. Doftar örtigt och friskt av rosmarin, mandarin och cederträ. Full innehållsförteckning i slutet av inlägget.

Krämen finns i två storlekar, aluminiumtuben på 75 ml och en pumpflaska på 500 ml. Finns att shoppa online på bl.a., Net-a-Porter och Cult Beauty.


Sometimes you just know it, if I try this now I will get hooked. When a certain amount of picky nerds have raised something to the skies you just wait for the day that it lures you in.

On my way from London (more about that later, would you like to see what I got in a picture based post or a video?) I got half a day in Stockholm. I challenged my zombie mode and made time for a few stores that I really wanted to visit, among those the new Aesop store at Jakobsbergsgatan 7. A truly GORGEOUS fragrant store that looks like it’s carved from a giant chunk of elmwood, you have to pop by if you’re around!

So, with me I got Resurrection Aromatique Hand Cream, the Rolls-Royce of hand creams. A rich and fluffy formula that absorbs into the skin within seconds, it’s nearly unbelievable. Smells herbal and fresh from rosemary, mandarin orange and cedarwood. Full inci at the bottom of the blog post.

The cream is available in two sizes, aluminum tube at 75 ml and pump bottle at 500 ml. You can shop online at for example, Net-a-Porter and Cult Beauty.

aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

Somehow aluminum tubes makes hand creams feel extra good, don’t they?


Part of the new Aesop store at Jakobsbergsgatan 7 in Stockholm.

INCI: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, D-Limonene, Linalool

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Byredo Apocalyptic

Years of lusting finally came to an end, Apocalyptic fragranced candle from Byredo finally moved in! Deep, velvety perfection. Really potent and only needs a short burn time to fill the entire apartment with its gorgeous scent. You can check it out on their website.

Top notes: Fire iron, black raspberry
Heart notes: Papyrus, oakmoss
Base notes: Dark woods, birch woods

Byredo is a complicated brand for me, overall I’m liking most of the candles and disliking most of the perfumes. M/Mink (animalic, stone cold ink) and Bullion (smoky woody plum) are the only scents that I’ve appreciated, but those are good stuff. Have you tried any of their scents?

byredo apocalyptic

Black wax, black glass container, presented in a bright white box. Insanely elegant.

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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!