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Iconic

Todays makeup was an excuse to get to try my Iconic lashes from House of Lashes. I have seen these fluttery criss-crossed deer lashes on so many people lately (I’m looking at you Karima McKimmie!) and I just couldn’t help myself when House of Lashes offered an awesome black friday deal. It was time!

These lashes are 100% synthetic but still not plasticy smooth and shiny like synthetic lashes often are, they truly look like hair! The band is fairly thick and stiff but they still landed on my eyes like angel wings, just fell into place without any work and kept feeling super comfortable for being so big. HUGE thumbs up, did not expect it. There’s a picture of them in their packaging at the bottom of the post!

I felt that the lashes asked for a deep warm shimmer on the eyes and luminous peachy skin with freckles. A little 60′s as always, that is.

iconic

iconic

iconic

Face:

  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Chantilly
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Imperceptible Powder Evanescence – Aura
  • KICKS Bronzing Powder – Summer in the City
  • Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush – I Will Always Love You
  • Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Medium Ash (for the freckles)

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 7
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 5, 9, 12
  • Phee’s Makeup Tips Mineral Eyeshadow – Sphinx
  • TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
  • House of Lashes False Eyelashes – Icoinc

Lips:

  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss – 100P
house of lashes iconic

And here the lashes are in their packaging. Eyelash perfection!

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Terrific Rouge

Here’s my basic face for the last week or two! I took this photo many days ago and managed to forget it, so no clue what I used for my base sadly. But there are two important components to this look.

Dr. Hauschka Natural Pastels Rouge Powder Duo in Soft Rose. I’m usually not much of a rosy blush person but with a red lip I really do love a heavily flushed cheek. This one is the perfect colour for me! Beautiful finish as well, sort of a satin matte. Will release soon!

By Terry Rouge Terrybly Lipstick in 201 Terrific Rouge. The formula of these lipsticks is FLAWLESS. The lipsticks are so called “anti age”, super smoothing and thin in texture. Perfect for winter dry lips! I tend to apply this red lippie from the bullet along the inner part of the lip, then use a finger to smudge it out all over the lips, patting the colour on softly in layers creating a bright stain. I rarely need to apply it more than once a day when I wear it that way.

terrific rouge

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Ashes To Ashes

The loss of David Bowie is hard to put into words. Bowie showed the world that fashion and beauty has no gender, that you could be whatever you wanted to be. A timeless source of inspiration that I, like many other, hold extremely close to my heart. Safe travels starman, the stars indeed look very different today.

david bowie

My Aladdin Sane cover recreation from the 40th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust back in 2012. Link to blog post here.

david bowie

And today, 4 years later, I also sparkled for Ziggy. Lit Cosmetics Cher in size #4 was the holographic chunky glitter I used.

david bowie

Of course with Scofflaw Varnish David Bowie’s Bulge on my nails aswell. Also inspired by the Aladdin Sane cover, plus named after his ehm.. pants? in Labyrinth. Haha. 

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Secret Garden

Some days when you don’t have much time to do your makeup you just start mindlessly whacking makeup on your face hoping for the best. Or am I the only one doing that?

Today I started blending a medium brown shade from my neutral Viseart palette all over the top and bottom lids thinking that it would be my look for the day, but of course I couldn’t resist MOAR SHADOWS. So I got my new Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadows out (I will show you soon!) to add some shimmer on top. First a soft sweep of Ritzy focusing on the center + inner corner of the lid realizing that it turned into a weird greenish mustard shade, so I deepened it with cool toned dark green Secret Garden, applying it on the outer corner softly fading inwards. Magic happened and it turned into the most PERFECT reddish golden green look? Yeah, I’m surprised too.

secret garden

secret garden

Face:

  • Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation – 0 Light Ivory
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Chantilly
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Dr. Hauschka Natural Pastels Rouge Powder Duo – Soft Rose
  • TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 7
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 12
  • Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow – Ritzy, Secret Garden
  • TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
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NARS Audacious Lipstick “Bette”

NARS är ett av mina favoritmärken när det kommer till intressanta färgutbud, någon annan som känner så? Det är så tydligt att NARS inspireras av världens alla hörn, alla möjliga slags människor och sminkets historia då till och med de mest grundläggande färgerna, låt oss säga röda läppstift, allihop har ett klart syfte. Det är aldrig “ännu en röd”, de kommunicerar tankar och känslor genom färg vilket jag bara älskar.

Och utöver det så måste NARS Audacious Lipstick vara min favoritlinje när det kommer till effektfulla läppstift. De är smäll-på-käften-pigmenterade och formulan är grym, texturen är mjuk men långt ifrån slabbig och opålitlig. De sitter kvar länge (med någon touch-up under dagen som med vilket läppstift som helst) och håller sig bekväma på mina torra läppar hela dagen. PLUS, stort PLUS!! Alla färger är nämnda efter stora skådespelerskor, vad sägs om Rita (Hayworth), Grace (Kelly), Anita (Ekberg) or this one, Bette (Davis)? Så så så fint.

Jag har kikat på de mörkaste färgerna i linjen länge nu utan att riktigt veta vilken jag vill börja med, Liv är en ljuvligt askig auberginenyans som nu står näst på listan men denna gång slutade jag upp med Bette. Bette kallas bourdeaux vilket jag tycker stämmer bra, tänk er ett glas fylligt granatrött vin, precis så! Det är så svårt att hitta dessa juveltonade röda läppstift som inte lutar åt lila, men här har vi ett. Tack igen NARS för att ni finns!

 

NARS is one of my top brands when it comes to finding interesting colours, anyone else with me on that one? It’s evident that NARS take inspiration from all corners of the world, all kinds of people and the history of makeup as even the most basic shades, let’s say red lipsticks, all make complete sense. It’s never “just another red”, they communicate thoughts and feelings through colour which I just love.

On top of that, the NARS Audacious Lipstick is probably my favourite lipstick line when I want to make impact. They are smack-in-the-face pigmented and the formula is fantastic, the texture is soft yet solid in a way. They stay in place (with a touch up mid-day as with any lipstick) and feel smooth on my dry lips all day. PLUS, a huge PLUS!! All colours are named after great actresses, how about Rita (Hayworth), Grace (Kelly), Anita (Ekberg), or this one, Bette (Davis)? So so so sweet.

I have been eyeing the darkest shades of the collection for quite a while, not really knowing which one I want to start with. Liv is a gorgeous ashy aubergine colour and probably the next one on my list, but I ended up choosing Bette. Bette is called a bourdeaux which I find quite accurate, imagine a glass of full bodied garnet red wine, that’s exactly it. It’s hard to find these jewel toned red lipsticks that won’t lean purple, but this one is it. Thanks again NARS for existing!

nars audacious lipstick bette

The NARS Audacious Lipstick line comes in a matte black square tube with a magnetic lid.

nars audacious lipstick bette swatch

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette swatched on bare skin.

bare lips

Bare lips (that are super dry! I’ve had a horrible cold lately so my entire lower face area is so dry from all the tissue paper. Haha)

nars audacious lipstick bette swatch

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette swatched on bare lips. This colour magically glides beautifully over the chapped areas, dark lipsticks often gather and look super dark where you are extra dry but Bette actually makes my lips look quite happy!

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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!