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A peek at ColourPop Cosmetics

Today a SUPER exciting  box from ColourPop Cosmetics arrived in the mail. I’m still sick (fever and a cold, a good 8 days down) so I don’t feel like gunking it all over my face, but let’s take a peek and I’ll do some serious lip swatches for you soon!

colourpop cosmetics lippie stix lippie pencil

Lippie Stix in Creature, Bichette, Frenchie, Lumiere, BFF. Lippie Pencil in Creature, Bichette.

colourpop cosmetics lippie stix lippie pencil swatch

Lippie Stix in Creature, Bichette, Frenchie, Lumiere, BFF. Lippie Pencil in Creature, Bichette.

colourpop cosmetics super shock shadow super shock cheek

Super Shock Shadow in Doe-a-Deer, Hustle, Bill. Super Shock Cheek in Prenup, Birthday Suit.

colourpop cosmetics super shock shadow super shock cheek swatch

Super Shock Shadow in Doe-a-Deer, Hustle, Bill. Super Shock Cheek in Prenup, Birthday Suit.

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Iris as a perfume note – some of my favourite iris scents

Iris är en av mina absoluta favoriter när det kommer till doftnoter i parfym. Om ni inte är bekanta med iris så föreställ er den torra pudriga doften av vintageläppstift, det är en karaktär irisen ofta tar i klassisk damparfym (dålig generalisering då alla ska bära det de vill, men ni är med mig) och relaterar då lätt till viol som doftnot. I mer lättsmälta nyproducerade parfymer vrids den ofta till att upplevas rätt söt och varm bebis-ish, inte sällan i kombination med vanilj, vit choklad och/eller kola. Sedan kan den till fullständig motsats vara kall och mineraliskt jordig, inte helt olik doften av nyplockade morötter, och så ser vi den oftare i så kallad unisex- eller herrparfym. Sen finns ju förstås nischmärkena som producerar helvilda tolkningar utan några som helst begränsningar men det är lätt att bekanta sig med noter genom det konventionella utbudet och hitta sin väg in i nischen därefter, inte minst för plånbokens skull. Irisen är alltså en ytterst universal not som kan böjas till att passa de flesta näsor.

Trots att själva blomman ser väldoftande ut så kommer doften inte därifrån utan destilleras från rhizomerna, de vattenbärande knölarna varifrån både rötter, blad och blomstänglar skjuter ifrån. Irisens hjärta liksom. I parfymvärlden kan benämningarna växla mellan iris, orris, iris root och orris root, egentlig skillnad mellan dessa verkar vara svårdefinierad.

 

Iris is one of my absolute favourites when it comes to perfume notes. If you aren’t familiar with iris yet then imagine the dry, powdery scent of a vintage lipstick, that’s a character that the iris often takes on in classic womens perfume (bad generalization as everyone should wear whatever they want, but you’re with me) and then it relates easily to violet as a note. In new, easily digested perfumes it’s often portrayed quite sweet and warm baby-esque, often combined with vanilla, white chocolate and/or caramel. As a total contrast it can also appear cold, mineralic and earthy, not unlike the scent of newly plucked carrots, and that’s how it’s often portrayed in so called unisex or mens perfume. Then of course we have the niche brands who create these crazy, limitless interpretations but it’s easy to get to know the notes through conventional lines and then dig into the niche, mainly for the sake of your wallet I would say. So the iris is quite a universal note that can be worked to suit almost any nose.

Even though the flower looks like it should smell wonderfully the scent actually comes from the rhizomes, water bearing bulbs from where both roots, leaves and flower stalks grow. The heart of the iris if you like. In the perfume world you can see it mentioned as iris, orris, iris root and orris root, any actual difference between these seems hard to define.

iris

Rhizome bearing iris. Photo by my dear mother Helena Holmgren.

van cleef & arpels collection extraordinaire bois d'iris

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Bois d’Iris

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Bois d’Iris

A warm and smooth iris combined with incense and balsamic ambra. On me it is very “salty”, it flirts with the scent of warm skin which gives the cool iris a more laid back feeling.

dior homme edt

Dior Homme EdT

Dior Homme EdT

A velvety smooth combination of iris, cacao, amber, lavender and leather. Warm, cool, warm, cool, warm cool.. Very complex and completely alluring. The EdT has a brighter iris note than the EdP which I find far too heady.

chanel no. 19 poudre

Chanel No. 19 Poudré

Chanel No. 19 Poudré

A bright and crisp, slightly bitter scent with iris, galbanum, musk and vetiver. The perfect flirt between todays obsession with fresh clean scents and soapy vintage perfumery (as it’s based on the classic Chanel No. 19 from 1970). The perfect scent for a serious meeting.

iris

Rhizome bearing iris. Photo by my dear mother Helena Holmgren.

 

Other violet scents to broaden your spectrum with, go search at Fragrantica:

  • Tom Ford Violet Blonde – classy neo-retro
  • Aqua di Parma – Iris Nobile – soft, sweet
  • Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist – cold, melancholic
  • Prada Infusion d’Iris – powdery, fresh
  • Guerlain l’Heure Bleue – calm, vintage soap
  • Guearlain Iris Ganache – powdery, sweet
  • Histoires de Parfums 1889 Moulin Rouge – vulgar, overripe
  • Yves Saint Laurent Paris – romantic, floral
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IsaDora Colors in Action collection for summer 2015

Next week IsaDora will release their summer collection Colors in Action, a bunch of happy brights for lips and nails. I have 5 of the new nail polishes and the new lipstick shade here to show you!

The nail polishes have an excellent formula, all of them are opaque in two coats and no application problem whatsoever, even with the lighest ones. The lippie is smooth and soft as usual. Which colour do you like the most?

isadora colors in action nail polishes

IsaDora Wonder Nail in Aquamarina, Pink Pulse, Peach club, Limonade & Sunny Lime

isadora perfect moisture lipstick pink kiss

IsaDora Perfect Moisture Lipstick in Pink Kiss

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A peek at Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette

Jag är inte redo för en recension ännu, men jag känner att jag bara måste nämna detta med en gång. Idag släppte Illamasqua en produkt vid namn Gel Sculpt, ett stick att skulptera ansiktet med. Wow tänker ni, kanske inte jättecoolt. Jo! Jättecoolt är det!

Färgen Silhouette (enda skulpteringsfärgen tillgänglig, men det släpptes två färgglada stickrouge i samma veva) är mörk, liksom brunsvart, men fullständigt transparent. Det gör den otroligt mångsidig, jag som är för ljus för att t.ex. NYX Taupe ska göra sitt bästa i skulpteringsväg har inga som helst problem med denna nyans, alla hudtoner ner till strax innan stickets faktiska färg får samma effekt. HUR GENIALISKT! Äntligen en skulpteringsprodukt som tilltalar mig. Alls. Finns att shoppa på Illamasqua.com.

 

I’m not ready to review it yet, but I just felt the need to share this immediately. Today Illamasqua released a product called Gel Sculpt, a face sculpting stick. Not the coolest thing ever you might think, YES the coolest thing I say

The colour Silhouette (only sculpting shade available, two bright stick blushes were released though) is dark, like a blackened brown, but completely transparent. That makes it incredibly versatile, I who am too light for for example NYX Taupe to work perfectly for sculpting have no problem at all with this shade, and all skin tones down to right before the shade of the actual stick gets the same effect. HOW SMART! Finally a contouring product that makes any sense at all to me. Available at Illamasqua.com.

illamasqua gel sculpt

 

På första bilden har jag målat ett streck under kindbenet och en dutt i tinningen som jag suddat ut med Illamasqua Highlighter Brush. I bild två svepte jag ett (nästan fjantigt) tjockt streck strax över min naturliga ögonglob och suddade ut med samma borste. Kolla skillnaden mot bild ett, och inte ser det konstgjort ut heller! Sticket känns kylande på huden, tänk Make Up Store Cooling Eye Stick om ni provat den, blöt och supertunn men inte ett dugg flottig. När den suddas ut blir den mer åt det pudriga hållet.

In the first picture I’ve applied a line under my cheekbone and a dab on the temple which I blended out with Illamasqua Highlighter Brush. In the second picture I applied a (nearly crazy) thick line right above the crease of my eye and blended with the same brush. Look at the difference from picture one, and it doesn’t look fake! The stick feels very cooling on the skin, think of Make Up Store Cooling Eye Stick if you’ve tried it before, wet and super thin without feeling greasy. When it’s blended out it turns more powdery.

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My panic kit: The products that I always have on hand

I always make sure to have easy access to certain products. This panic kit is the reason that I can get my face done in no time, I won’t have to dig through my drawers to find what I need, but still have a few alternatives to choose from. Let’s go through it!

Do you want a review or some kind of show-and-tell related to any of these products? Just leave a comment!

panic kit

This drawer is always on my makeup table filled with my basics. I make sure to not overfill it, it has to be easy to find what I need. New and “must use” products are kept in another container.

1. Meow Cosmetics Eyeshadow – Prophecy
2. Becca Ultimate Crème Eyeliner – Renaissance, Neo Classic, Romanesque
3. NARS Audacious Lipstick – Brigitte
4. Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara
5. PürMinerals Château Cheeks Powder Blush – Tease
6. Illamasqua Powder Blusher – Lover
7. KICKS Baked Blusher – Fashionista
8. KIKO Mosaic Highlighter
9. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush – Dim Infusion
10. NARS Blush – Orgasm
11. LUSH Lip Scrub – Bubblegum
12. By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation – 2 Cream Ivory
13. Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation – 000 Beige
14. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer – Vanilla
15. Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
16. Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
17. Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit
18. By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
19. Becca Lip Priming Perfector

panic kit

I store pencil-y things in a pen holder, also with a few tools and small brushes. I could go into favourite tools in another blog post if you want.

20. Illamasqua Masquara – Raven
21. Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel
22. Anastasia Brow Wiz – Ash Blonde
23. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick – Copper, Burnished Bronze, Moonlight
24. By Terry Ombre Blackstar – Misty Rock
25. Illamasqua Medium Pencil – Hex

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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!