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NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Nu kunde jag inte hålla fingrarna från den längre, influensa kliv åt sidan! Denna palett från NARS släpptes i januari om jag inte misstar mig, då missade jag släppet och fick ingen eftersom paletten är limiterad så jag bevakade besviket sökorden på hemsidan i ett par månader tills jag gav upp. Under sista dagarna i Mars, strax efter besvikenheten, får jag mail om en re-stock så jag KASTADE mig över shopen och fick en. GLÄDJE!

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette är en skuggpalett i NARS nya formula Dual-Intensity, skuggor som går att applicera både torra för en skirare look och våta för maxat tryck. Paletten innehåller allt från ljust och krispigt till sotiga färgklickar utan att för den delen vara stor som ett bilflak. Finishen är genomgående skimrig men av varierande grad då vissa är som flytande metall och andra har en mer hudlik lyster. Varenda nyans är användbar! Med följer även en syntetisk pensel som är riktigt bra, den är perfekt för att plocka upp skuggorna våta med och applicera jämnt och mjukt.

I paletten finns åtta skuggor, sju permanenta och en limiterad. De åtta skuggorna i paletten innehåller 1 gram styck, köper du dem som singelskuggor innehåller de 1,5 gram. För priset av paletten får du två singelskuggor med några tior till övers, så det är med andra ord sjukt prisvärt att satsa på paletten direkt om du vill utforska. Finns fortfarande kvar några på NARS europeiska sida.

 

I just couldn’t keep my hands off this any longer, cold step aside! This palette from NARS was released in January if I’m not mistaken, I missed the release and didn’t get one as the palette is a limited edition so I watched the search with sorrow on the website for a couple of months until I gave up. During the last days of March, right after my letdown, I got an e-mail about a restock so I LAUNCHED onto the website and got one. YAY!

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette is a palette with the new NARS eyeshadow formula called Dual-Intensity, shadows that you can apply both dry for a sheerer look and wet for a high impact intensity. The palette contains everything from light and crispy shades to smokey pops of colour without for that sake being very big. The finish is shimmery throughout the palette but in a varying amount, some shades are like pure molten metal and some have more of a skin-like sheen. Every shade is useful! With the palette comes a synthetic brush that is really great, it’s perfect for picking up and applying the shadows wet with an even and soft result.

In the palette you have eight shades, seven permanent and one limited. The eight shadows in the palette contain 1 gram each, if you buy them as single shadows they contain 1.5 gram. For the price of this palette you get two single shadows with just a few bucks to spare, so in other words it’s soo worth it going for the palette immediately if you want to experiment with the new formula. There are still some left on the NARS EU website.

nars narsissist dual-intensity eyeshadow palette

Top row: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra. Bottom row: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax.

nars narsissist dual-intensity eyeshadow palette

The palette is really gorgeous on the outside aswell, the top is mirrored with NARSissist printed in white. Collects fingerprints like a magpie collects sparkly stuff, but who cares. Pretty!

nars narsissist dual-intensity eyeshadow palette

Top row of the palette. Each shadow swatched twice, first dry then wet. Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra.

Europa

A peachy pink neutral shade with a soft glowy sheen. Very small difference between dry and wet application.

Himalia

A warm golden brown with strong shimmer. Smooth and glamorous applied dry, turns into a pure metallic when applied wet.

Ursa Major (palette exclusive)

A neutral brown with a skin-like sheen, very soft and wispy but still very even when applied dry, gets a lot darker wet.

Subra

A dark reddish brown with a plum undertone, looks a lot more red in the pan than on the skin. Applies wonderfully both wet and dry, looks darker and slightly when wet.

 

nars narsissist dual-intensity eyeshadow palette

Bottom row of the palette. Each shadow swatched twice, first dry then wet. Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax.

Andromeda

A super pale pearly shade with a golden sheen. Looks more low key dry, turns super golden applied wet.

Lysinthea

A dirty pewter silver shade. Shimmery when applied dry, turns brighter and ultra metallic when applied wet.

Giove

A shimmery blackened blue. Smooth and low key when dry, apply wet to give the blue tone a serious boost.

Sycorax

A dark dark grey with a sheen. Reads black but it’s a lot softer. Feels wispy and soft applied dry, glides on like ink when wet.

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Celestial Cosmetics “Men of Mayhem”

Jag faller alltid tillbaka på djupa färgstarka magentanyanser. Jag känner mig otroligt hemma i dem på både läppar och naglar (två najsa läppalternativ här och här) så jag bär det ofta när jag vill känna mig sådär dressat classy-snygg men i annat än rött. Jag älskar det lyxiga trycket i färgen!

Men of Mayhem från Celestial Cosmetics är det första nagellacket i annat än cremeformula jag hittat som ligger helt rätt i nyans. Rik och rosig med en knallig holografisk regnbåge. Två lättlackade lager räcker för full täckning och det torkar snabbt. Sedan jag fick hem lacket har jag burit det på tårna konstant och flera gånger på fingrarna, jag får liksom inte nog. Lacket kommer från en äldre kollektion så jag är rädd att det inte finns kvar så länge till, men finns att köpa på Edgy Polish fortfarande i alla fall!

 

I always fall back on deep rich magenta colours. I feel totally right wearing them on both nails nad lips (two great lip alternatives here and here) so I often wear it when I want to feel well dressed and classy without opting for red. I love how luxurious and punchy this colour is!

Men of Mayhem from Celestial Cosmetics is the first non-creme nail polish that I’ve found which really matches this dream shade of mine. Rich and rosy with a bright holographic rainbow. I needed two easily applied coats for full opacity and it dried quickly. Since I got it I’ve worn it on my toes constantly and multiple times on my hands, I just can’t get enough. The polish is from an older collection so I’m afraid that it won’t be easy to find for long, but it’s available at Edgy Polish at the moment atleast!

celestial cosmetics men of mayhem

Indirect daylight

celestial cosmetics men of mayhem

Indirect daylight (photo taken with my phone, it captured the way that the holo looks in indirect light so well)

celestial cosmetics men of mayhem

Indirect daylight

celestial cosmetics men of mayhem

Direct sunlight

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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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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!