This week's most exciting news has got to be MAC Cosmetics finally launching their swedish webshop!  Yes, sure, we've already had access to a range of their products through (and of course via our MAC counters) but the launch of is a great step and benefiting to us in several ways.

This friday, August 2nd, "around noon" the long anticipated website will be up.  To celebrate the launch they will be selling limited edition "MAC Illustrated" cosmetic bags designed by Anja Kroencke  and  Indie 184  exclusively on from the launch date and 8 weeks ahead. The release date for their collections is expected to be on the 1st day of each launch month [unlike releasing the collections on the 8th] with the only exeption the 1st is on a Sunday, then the release will be on the 2nd. [EDIT 26/8: The launch was delayed but the website is now up and running!]

So how will this work for us having a MAC PRO card? Naturally I was wondering (since the MAC counter at NK, Stockholm so far is the only place in Sweden where your card is any good)  but No - since there is no security system to ID/match a buyer (to prove you are indeed the real card holder who has been granted their high percentage discount) they can't offer the PRO discount on the web sales.

HOWEVER... As you may know, MAC occasionally put out collections that are not released in Skandinavia - the online exclusives. I was curious to find out if these will now become available to us up in the north as well - and the answer is YES!  All the makeup lovers, fanatics and artists say YAAAY!


Well, at least that's what one of the make-up artists from the Selfridge Illamasqua counter told me when visiting a couple of weeks back but I would most definitely see why if it turned out to be true.

I had been really curious about Hydra Veil since the release (and honestly a lot because of just the name itself.. haha) and I'm so happy I decided to buy it.  It's an instantly rehydrating gel which is also said to provide the optimal base for your make-up. If you have very dry skin and you feel like you're missing that moist, dewy look then I really would recommend trying this. My experience is that it really does add moist to your skin and it does work very well as a makeup base due to the kind of sticky texture it leaves on your skin - and you don't need a lot of product. Happy to say it's one of the products that works just as well as I had imagined! And for the make-up artists reading this; it's a dream using as a base on a dry-skin bride!

P.S. Keeping it in your refrigerator is a little bit of heaven on hungover days. Wonderfully cooling and an insant refresher!

If you're keen on taking a look at the ingredients list, I've written it down for you to inspect HERE.


You know that irritating moment when you realize your favourite nailpolish have turned too thick? Well, a while back when I went to buy a new bottle of Seche Vite  I spotted the Seche Restore from the same brand which simply is a thinner made to restore the polish to its original state. Personally I had been doing the old acetone trick for a long time [putting a few drops into the bottle and letting it sit for a while] but as it turns out, that actually does more damage than it does good.

I collected my old, dried-up favourites, poured some of the Restore Thinner into the bottle and allowed it to it sit over night. I've heard that the best way to use this product is to do it like a "preparation for the next time" instead of right before you're planning to use the polish. Just shake/roll the bottle before use.. And the result? They're saved! The consistency is back to normal and no more throwing away half-full bottles of gorgeous nails colours.  And it works just as well for when your Top Coat is starting to get a little too thick.  I love this!



Any favourites? My personal ones are the two absolutely amazing reds of the collection; Lost On Lombard and First Date At The Golden Gate, the deep ink-blue Incognito In Sausalito and the burgundy purple In The Cable Car-Pool Lane. I have a feeling I'll be wearing these four exclusively the rest of the year. Stunners!!

Fifteen new shades makes it quite a big fall collection and three new Liquid Sand lacquers are presented - the matte blue (in the last photo) being my favourite. Once again I think OPI did a great job with the shades and - judging on the praise heard when showing this to people around me - incorporating something for everyone. I guess you're not a Royal Warrant Holder without a reason.

The San Francisco fall collection will be available in stores by the end of the summer.


My summer 2013 footcare ritual: a bit of Hammam-at-home exfoliation, some refreshing creams and a pop of colour.

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