Dinner with PIXI & friends

Last week I was at such a beautiful get-together with PIXI by Petra, to have a look at the over 30 (!) new products just launched.

I haven’t really tried PIXI before (first time I had a good go was actually rescently in This tutorial for LYKO), but it is a brand I’ve been curious about so I was really happy when I was invited to this lovely organized dinner at Vau de Ville in Stockholm. I met up with a couple of friends also invited for a glass of wine and a chat before heading over to the restaurant. This was the night instagram was totally down (my oh my, in a room full of bloggers, youtubers and influencers that were hitting refresh like crazy). But frankly, it was nice being disconnected. We were all more present and it was like a huge girls night out! The down-side is I got so disconnected and in the moment I realize now I didn’t take very many pics.. but the ones I did take are all here 🙂

I can’t really say why it’s taken me so long to discover this brand, but I’m so happy I finally had the pleasure of getting to know PIXI and the smart and humble ladies behind the brand. I had a moment to chat with Sofia, who is Petra’s (PIXI by Petra) sister, and I was so happy to hear that, her background is in skintherapy. And when it comes to all the new products there’s not one product of the new launches I’m NOT curious to try!

Obviously, I won’t go through over 30 products at once, but I can assure you that you will be meeting up with PIXI here more than once 🙂

Here are some pictures of all the newness presented at dinner,


Eyeshadow palettes, one warm & one cool

Eyeshadows with glitter OUT OF THIS WORLD!

For radiant, brightness & glowing complexionA line of plumping& collagen-boosting products

New sheet masks above, and there are also two kinds of under eye patches 🙌

Aaaaaand, (drum-roll please) BODY CARE 👏👏👏


I dove right into my goodiebag as soon as I came home and I have started trying out the products – so please keep an eye out and look forward to first impressions and reviews shortly.

Thank you PIXI by Petra & Strand showroom for an amazingly cozy, friendly and fun night out ❤️😘

Do you use a brow-knife?

So you’ve probably seen I write a lot abound Depend? It is a brand I do some work for, but it is first of all a brand I really love. Known to most for their nailpolishes and lashes, but did you know they also carry a wide range of products for brows? From tweezers, to brow-scissors, different pencils and a pomada (in 6 shades) and my ”can’t live without” brow-knife.

I use this both personally and in my professional kit. It’s easy to use for easy clean up on brows, uni-brow, upper lip or even to quickly trim a hair-line or beard-line. On toes if needed i.e. on a photoshoot with bare feet.

The brow-knife is sold in packs of three for instance at LYKO [adlink] for just 69SEK

User-friendly, Quick and effective!

bareMinerals barePRO longwear lipstick

As you know, I love pretty much everything from bareMinerals. I am excited anytime they launch anything new and am always excited to try the newness.

Latest product is the barePRO longwear lipstick that I had a first peek at at the DAISY BEAUTY expo earlier this year.

The first long-wear, vegan lipstick, rich in nourishing minerals. Fade- and feather-resistant, the weightless gel formula glides effortlessly across lips to nourish and condition. The creamy full colour has a soft matte finish in one swipe, with high-impact shades from neutrals to wearable brights. Powered by Mineral Lock Long-Wear Technology is a blend of mineral pigments with lipids naturally found in skin to lock in colour for smudge, budge, and transfer-proof wear.

Sweat-proof, cocktail-proof, kiss-proof.

Sunflowerseed-oil to moisturize and raspberryseed-oil to protect against environmental stress factors. Don’t you just love this picture?

There are 20 different shades so you’re bound to find at least one you like! To find your fave, head on over to LYKO (adlink) as they have 20% off right now 😍

I’m going to be trying out the color CRANBERRY that looks absolutely yummy!

More to come..💄

Zoeva eyeshadow palette

So I’ve been wanting to get some new eyeshadow palettes from Zoeva. I haven’t used them before as I have so many favorites already from other brands and I figured I would just stick to them. Why risk buying something that might not add up, and also maybe use up what I have?

Then I happened to find the below palettes while at Sephora (the smaller one was even on sale) and I thought what the heck.

I’m so happy I bought them! The pigments are fab. Easy to use, highly pigmented and no fall out. (Granted I have only worked with it on 4 faces but I am left wanting more)

In Sweden ZOEVA is sold at SEPHORA. The large palettes (15shades) are 385SEK and the smaller ones (10shades) are 255. If you live in Sweden and want to take a closer look at the ZOEVA assortment you can go here

I will most definately be adding some more palettes from Zoeva to my kit! I think the next palette will be a blush-quad.

Have you tried anything from ZOEVA? Do you have any favorites?

INVISIBLE ILLUMINATION INSTANT GLOW FRESH TINT

THAT, might just be the looongest name a product has? But WHO cares! It does exactly what its name says it will. It gives your complexion a fresh glowy tint. Makes your skin look like skin, just with an additional healthy glow to it. Kind of dewy fresh, if you know what I mean? Oh, what it is?

It´s the new foundation/base product from LUMENE. It´s a moisture-packed skincare and makeup hybrid that hydrates AND perfects the complexion. It has a gel-like texture that instantly blends inte complexion for a dewy, youthful and second-skin look. It contains pure arctic spring water and nordic algae that deeply hydrate the skin for up to 24 hours!

The skincare infused makeup can be used as is, or as a base for other foundations if you prefer more coverage. I love using the instant glow fresh tint as a primer. So after I am done with my skincare routine, and after moisturizing I apply the new instant glow fresh tint to my entire face. It gives a healthy glow and gives a perfect base to my foundation (right now mixing 2 that will be up in a near future)

The instant glow fresh tint comes in three shades; light, medium and dark. I am (surprisingly) a medium.

It has really been a while since a foundation made me go ”ooooh”. I´ve had a couple of ”yeah, I like this”, but this is the first time in quite some time that I have been really, really positively surprised at how a product looks and feels on my skin. I love applying it and I love how it makes the rest of my base-products go on effortlessly on top. My dry skin absolutely thirsts for this, and it is the first base-product in a long time that doesn´t show off the dry patches of my face. On the contrary, it smooths the dry spots well and makes my skin look healthy and fresh – just as promised!

It was so difficult to get a pic that shows the effect, but can you see where the back of my hand kind of looks moist? That’s the skin tint! And I kid you not, my hand before application was like sandpaper.

Head on over to Lumene to have a closer look!

New in my kit from bareMinerals

The GEN NUDE blush has already been a fave for a while, as I have three of the hues in my kit already.

The COMPLEXION RESCUE DEFENSE became a new favorite instantly as it goes on smoothly and gives skin an almost airbrushed look and a perfect base for makeup application.

The new eyeshadow palettes look absolutely gorge and I am sure I will have to add them all to my professional kit after just swatching this one in copper

The new liquid highlighter barepro glow looks amazing, I mean come on? 😍

As you might know, (if not before you know now) I have loved bareMinerals for almost 15 years, and I used to work as the education manager and makeup artist for bareMinerals in Sweden for several years. A job I absolutely loved just as much as I love the brand, but after 5 years I decided to quit and go back to freelancing (now 3 years ago)

That doesn’t mean I stopped loving the brand! I still use something bareMinerals EVERY day, and my freelance kit is full of it. I think what makes me love it so much, perhaps since I am also a skin therapist, is that every product is more than just makeup. Every product has at least one skincare benefit and it really is makeup good for your skin.

You can expect to read more about the brand and reviews of all the above within the neareat feature 😊🥰

Tutorial part 3, smoke & glitter

Don’t know how to do your makeup for tonights New Years festivities?

Here’s the third part of my christmas & new years tutorial in collaboration with Expressen hälsoliv.

Eye makeup goes even more smoky and is topped off with two sizes of glitter.

After adding a black matte eyeshadow to inner and outer corners of eyelid, leaving the centre of lid free to add glitter.

I used two sizes of glitter; The first, in small sparkles to light your lids up like fireworks, is in a warm golden from Anastasia Beverly hills in color star power

To make sure glitter stays in place, you need an adhesive.

This one from Anastasia Beverly hills is easy to use either with the built in brush or by tapping some on your lid with your finger. Most importantly, don’t apply too much, a little goes a long way.

As step 2, I used larger bits of glitter in unsymetrical pieces of gold to create a wide sparkling liner in outer corner of the eye. There’s plenty of different colors and shapes of both shimmer and glitter, this particular one is from my trip to the Professional beauty fair in Dublin a couple of months ago from the brand matte candy.

(Pic is not the best, sorry)

The finished look on my model Anna below.

Lashes are from Depend cosmetics in model Annica.

For full tutorial, follow here;

https://www.expressen.se/halsoliv/skonhet-1/make-up/sa-gor-du-en-glittrande-festsminkning/

Lippie of the year, daisybeauty awards and jury-work 

So if you follow me on instagram you have probably seen that I´m in the jury for the 2018 Daisy Beauty awards. What I didn´t tell there, is what category I am in the jury for and who th nominees in My category are. So, without further ado, here it is!

My category is best lip-product of 2018, and the nominees are:

Laura Mercier Velour extreme matte lipstick

Giorgio Armani Rouge d´ Armani matte

L´oreal Paris Color riche shine

ArtDeco liquid lip pigments 

Maybelline Color sensational shine compulsion 

I will be testing the products over Xmas and into the new year, and deadline to rank them is in e first half of January. Unfortunately I can’t spill the beans on which order they are to my liking, a I have to wait until after the award night on February 13th. So you have to stay tuned for a while to find out!

I am so honored that I was given the confidence to be in one of the jury-groups and am looking forward to the gala!

More to come in this subject, obv ; )

Soft smoky eye & red lips tutorial

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So, it’s time to share the first makeup-look I did for Expressen hälsoliv in our guide to simple and classy christmas & new years looks to create yourself. In my previous post you’ll find the guide to the 40’s inspired hair. Below is the guide to a soft, smoky eye with a glowing complexion and red lips.

https://www.expressen.se/halsoliv/skonhet-1/skonhetstips/guide-bli-festfin-med-sotade-ogon-och-roda-lappar/

I’ve highlighted some of my main products used below;

Get that glow to your complexion with the rosé all day serum from. physicians formula

(Picture credit; physiciansformula scandinavia)

For soft smoky eyes, I used light shades from the purcosmetics palette soiree diary that can be purchased here (adlink)

Lashes used are singles from Depend in Annica

Rosy cheeks with blush from Kicks own line of makeup (this was on my top 5 list of September as well, it’s amaze-balls!)

Last, but not least, red red red lips from buxom cosmetics

I used the plumpline lip liner in code red (see below)

and topped it off with red lipstick Big & Sexy Bold gel lipstick in Rogue Red

The buxom line can be found exclusively (in the Nordics) at Kicks

Keep an out, as soon I will post our second makeup look with an even smokier eye topped with glitter 🌟😍