My Paradise is at Cap Ferrat

I almost jumped from joy when Mr. Postman finally stopped by with a package for me yesterday. I say 'finally' because Mr. Postman seems to be taking his time nowadays. The package contained goodies I wouldn't have been able to get my hands on if it hadn't been for Fieran and her man, so thank you so much to the both of you! Please let me know if I can do anything in return. I'd be more than happy to be of assistance. Heart

MAC My Paradise Cheek Powder"My Paradise"

Since I kinda liked the way of breaking down my last haul I'm going to repeat the success. Let's start with the high-end items of the lot, the gorgeous golden YSL palettes and a new addition to my NARS collection.

  • Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics Palette no. 3
  • Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics Palette no. 4
  • NARS Trio Eye Shadow in "Cap Ferrat"

I've been a good girl for a really long time, staying away from really high-end brands like Chanel, Dior, YSL, Guerlain and so on. First Amira introduced me to Guerlain, then I received an absolutely gorgeous purple duo-chrome eyeshadow from Fieran called "Amethyst" as a gift when she visited me and Pinchy back in January, and not so long ago I accidentally clicked a link which wasn't meant for me where I discovered the YSL Pure Chromatics palettes. Fieran was kind enough to offer to buy me one, but since I had such a hard time deciding on what palette to get I ended up choosing two. Guilty as charged. Let me just say.. both are immensely gorgeous! If you want to see swatches, take a look at swatches by Karen and Karla.

In my last haul post I listed M·A·C as my favorite brand, with Urban Decay a little further down on the list. Well, I also love Make Up For Ever and NARS, as you might have understood from earlier posts. Previously NARS have launched two trios, "Okinawa" and "Calanque", which have caught my attention because of the colors, but unfortunately both trios are dominated by the least attractive color of the three. When NARS launched a new trio for their summer collection they had finally divided the compact into three even parts, and I thought "Cap Ferrat" looked like it was worth owning. To me it's extremely summery, making me think of white beaches, palm trees and azure blue sea.. Swatches? Karla has them of course!

  • M·A·C Cheek Powder in "My Paradise"
  • M·A·C Powerpoint Eye Pencil in "Gilded White" (yellow white frost)
  • M·A·C Crushed Metallic Pigments in "Surf the Ocean"
  • M·A·C Eye Shadow in "Short Shorts" (frosty white champagne)
  • M·A·C Eye Shadow in "Sun Blonde" (dirty yellow gold)
  • M·A·C Eye Shadow in "Surf USA" (frosted teal)
  • M·A·C Eye Shadow in "Swell Baby" (mid-tone grey)

Once again I could just excuse myself by saying that M·A·C is my cryptonite, but since we already know that.. I'm just going to say that I'm forever a M·A·C fan-girl, totally dependent on buying and owning every single eyeshadow. OK, no. Not really, but you catch my drift. The four eyeshadows, I own "Saffron" from before as it was released with Mickey Contractor late last year, from Surf Baby are very summer, very nice, and I like them a lot. I also love eye pencils, so I decided to get one of the two released with this collection. I chose "Gilded White" since I already have the teal pencil from To the Beach. The Cheek Powder in "My Paradise" is another item I don't quite understand how anyone has the heart to stir. It's a peach blush decorated with a golden hibiscus, such a treasure! All the swatches I've seen are gorgeous, both of the peachy part alone and combined with the gold overlay. I'll place it in the same category of 'rare and beautiful treasures' as "Marine Life" from To the Beach.

Everyone who knows me, know that I have an unexplainable fear of pigments. I have an extensive collection of pigments from M·A·C which I'm taking to my grave, but I'm ashamed to admit that I rarely touch them. I'm plain out afraid of them! I'm afraid of the potential fall-out, of ending up with pigment gone astray all over my face. So when M·A·C launched another two sets of Crushed Metallic Pigment Stacks with Surf, Baby! I didn't even give a thought. At first. Then I saw swatches, pictures, blog posts and.. I caved. By then it was sold out all over, and I grabbed myself by the neck and thought: "Hey, it's just makeup. It's not the end of the world in any way.".. I still kept eying the stack, hoping that I would be able to get it from somewhere later on despite of my 'pigmentophobia' until I all of sudden get a message from Fieran telling me that her man had bought it for me. Yay! And my, I don't regret wanting it, all four colors are wonderful.

Now I have one more package coming my way, apart from my prize from the Sleek contest. I don't understand why it's so much quicker to send mail from Norway to France than the other way around, but it's been nine days since it was shipped if I don't count Ascension Day. Oh well, maybe on Tuesday. I'm so pleased with this haul, you won't believe it - and it had me smiling all day! Grin

Photos © Shamini Thevarajah '11


All products mentioned and shown in this post are purchased by myself.
I have not received any form of compensation or samples to write this post.

Posted by Shamini on June 5, 2011 – 12:30 PM

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  1. I got My Paradise also, it’s so beautiful. I’m only using the corner though so I don’t mess up the gold ;x

    You make me want to try YSL.. Bad, bad, bad! Stop enabling! LOL.

    • That’s my thought exactly. I really don’t want to ruin it, so I’m sure I’ll do the same as you. I’m so, so sorry about the YSL enabling, but you should seriously take a look if you have the chance. Wink They are so gorgeous! And I also noticed that you lucky Americans even have two additional colors (available in Sephora). The brown one is stunning.. Wink

  2. Oj My Paradise är så vackert Smile
    Är det guldaktiga en overspray eller är hela blomman i guld? Jag har hört av vissa att det är en overspray och av andra att det är hela blomman som är i guld… Smile

    • Ja, den er helt utrolig flott! Det skal være en “overspray” ja. Det er iallfall det beskrivelsen sier, og det jeg har sett overalt. Det er så synd, hadde vært bedre om hele blomsten hadde vært i gull. Smile Jeg har hørt at den har en annen farge når du kommer under gullet, men jeg har ikke prøvd selv. Smile

  3. Nydelige ting Smile Godt å se at du er fornøyd! Sikler så på den NARS trioen. Den er så fin!

    • Jeg er kjempefornøyd, og det er plutselig helt greit at jeg ikke har penger på konto å shoppe for på en stund. Wink NARS Cap Ferrat er vakker, og så sommerlig! Jeg er utrolig glad for at NARS bestemte seg for å endre trioene sine, og jeg mener jeg har sett at det kommer fler..

      Håper du har en nydelig dag! Smile

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