Haul: Nordstrom, Sephora and NARS

When I was bored I used to shop to console myself. Then I started shopping when I was feeling down to make myself feel better. Now I'm not sure why I shop anymore, but I really enjoy waiting for Mr. Postman or Mr. DHL, for unraveling what's hiding inside bubble wrap and cardboard, and to behold the beauties unveiled. Yep, I'm a classic shopaholic. Although it might sound quite materialistic.. my stuff really makes me happy, and I need this kind of happiness in my life as long as my body keeps pulling all kinds of nasty tricks on me.

Now it's time to share another haul, a collective one, which Mr. DHL brought me in mid-October. If you don't care much for haul posts or the likes of it, you might as well stop your reading here. As I've done earlier I've decided to break this haul into two parts, where this post is the first one out. Please note that this is indeed a collective haul, which means that everything has been purchased over a certain period of time - in this case, about four months.


  • Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs in "Ombre de Nuit"
  • NARS Trio Eyeshadow in "Arabian Nights"
  • Dior The Or Vernis Holiday 2011: 651 Merveille
  • Dior The Or Vernis Holiday 2011: 871 Apparat

Thanks to Renate - thank you so much, doll - I recently discovered how easy it is to order from Nordstrom, and all of a sudden an enormous new world of glorious makeup opened up to me! Unfortunately, or maybe I should say thankfully, I seem to have contracted a bit of common sense and sensibility lately, so I didn't go bananas. I ordered two things I've been wanting for a little while, and I'm quite proud of myself; I could have filled my basket with a lot more, but I was sensible about it. Oh, and since Nordstrom offers free shipping, I sort of placed another order a few days later. As you can see from my list above I ended up with four items: one eyeshadow palette, one eyeshadow trio and two nail polishes.


The Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs is the palette that came out with Belle de Nuit Holiday 2011 - once again I fell in love with the amazing promo picture from this collection and craved this palette the instant I laid my eyes on it. I wasn't sure whether or not I should splurge on it, as Guerlain is one of the more expensive brands, but I'm very glad I love it as much as I thought I would. I adore the sea foam aqua especially, but the whole palette is simply gorgeous.

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs: Ombre de Nuit 2011

"Guerlain has developed a new color harmony made especially for night owls. The two textures create smoky, seductive and spellbinding eyes that will last from twilight to the deepest night hours. An iridescent texture of green, blue and grey pearlescent particles release luminous color with an extremely metallic finish and combine with an extra-matte black shadow that offers an incredibly comfortable finish for a precise, intense liner effect."


NARS is a brand I'm quite familiar with, and I have several of their eyeshadow duos in my collection, in addition to a couple of blushes, bronzers, a highlighter, some eyeliner pencils, a lip gloss, a few lipsticks and a nail polish. One thing I don't have from NARS is anything from the Nightlife collection, so when Arabian Nights was released with this year's holiday collection I felt like I had the excuse I needed to pick it up. It's dark, it's mysterious, but unfortunately I think the three colors in this trio is a bit too much alike. I don't think I would have purchased it if I had been able to swatch it first, so I might just have to add this to my list of "complete misses".


I have become such a fan of these Dior nail polishes, it must have been the Parisian magic! In addition to the two new Dior Vernis in this haul, I have three more I haven't even shown in a post yet, like the amazing 908 Tuxedo, 916 Czarina Gold and 558 Paradise. The two in this haul are a part of The Or Vernis Holiday 2011, and I knew I had to own at least one of these colors the minute I saw them. I was a little unsure about picking up 651 Merveille, but 871 Apparat was an obvious choice - but when someone told me that 651 Merveille was a one-coater, it kinda followed its sister into my shopping cart. And I'm not regretting my decision!


  • Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky in "091 Smoky Black"
  • Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV
  • tarte™ for True Blood™ Limited Edition Palette
  • Stila In The Light Palette
  • Laura Mercier Tightline & Define Cake Eye Liner Collection
  • Sephora Collection Matte Blotting Papers in "Natural"
  • Sephora Collection French Tips & Toes Manicure Pen in "White"

I don't know how much explaination this paragraph really needs, but I never grow tired from shopping at Sephora even though I have to use a 'Personal Shopper' service to get my hands on their goodies. I'm a little sad I'm missing out on my Beauty Insider points, I would have had a lot of them now, but I guess it's better than not being able to order from Sephora at all. Unfortunately the unthinkable has happened, and Sephora has decided to block freight forwarders! It makes me really sad, but now I'm not able to shop at Sephora again unless I'm visiting a city with a store.

I'm not going to go into details with every single product of this haul as some are pretty self-explanatory, but I'll add a few pictures and such.


You might remember that I picked up the Dior 291 Smoky Navy when we went to Kiel back in September? I really liked the whole concept of these palettes, and since I'm on a constant lookout for a good palette for a black smoky eye, I wanted to try 091 Smoky Black as well. At first I regretted my choice a little. I ordered it before I researched reviews and swatches, and I started wondering if I should have gotten the 481 Smoky Khaki instead. Then I saw this look done with 091 Smoky Black, and I immediately changed my mind. It looks so soft, so gorgeous, and I can't wait to use it. Unfortunately someone did a mistake somewhere, and I received this palette in 781 Smoky Brown instead of the Smoky Black I had ordered. I was pretty bummed out, as anything Dior is quite pricey, but thankfully it was quickly sorted out and I ended up getting my precious Smoky Black after all - in addition to getting to keep the Smoky Brown palette!

Urban Decay

The Book of Shadows IV. It combines makeup and 'technology' in a fun way by including the possibility to watch exclusive how-to videos on your phone, in addition to adding a portable speaker-on-a-keychain! I'm sold. I'm such a sucker. Oh, and 10 of the 16 shades are actually brand new, so I don't have to be as annoyed with this palette as I usually tend to be with Urban Decay and their constant re-release of old shades! Included are also a SuperCurl Mascara, a 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, and the original Primer Potion in the new and improved squeeze tube.


tarte™ happens to be a fairly new brand to me. I have a couple of their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes, but I've never tried their eyeshadows. When I saw their limited edition True Blood™ palette I figured it would be a nice chance to try them out, and of course I was suckered into the design and concept. No pun intended. I love the HBO® series True Blood™, and a combination of makeup and a vampire TV-series? To me that immediately turned it into a must-have item! I also enjoy the opportunity to try out other products included in a set like this. It includes 17 limited edition eyeshadows, a full-size True Blood™ EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in Black, True Blood™ Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in Black, and a True Blood™ Lifted Natural Eye Primer. And the design? It looks so much cooler in real life then any photo could ever justify. I kinda regret not getting the tarte™ for True Blood™ LipSurgence™ lip tint as well, but a girl can't have everything she wants..


Here's another palette I've been eyeing for a while now, but never got around to picking up. I already have Urban Decay Naked in my collection, so I didn't really need this one, but my common sense wasn't present when I clicked the "checkout" button. Imagine that. This palette is such a nice mix of neutrals and colors, and it's quite small and handy to bring when I travel. The palette consists of ten different eyeshadows: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone, Champagne, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky and Ebony - and it even includes a limited edition Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel, which is a matte chocolate brown.

Stila In The Light

Laura Mercier

Now this is a brand I've been wanting to try several different items from, but I've never felt able to justify a splurge as it's on the pricier side. One of the products I've been dying to try out is the tinted moisturizer, but there's no way I'd feel comfortable with paying $42 for a tube that might be a complete waste upon arrival because I failed at finding my color on the website. I have however been eyeing the tightline cake eyeliner for a while, so when I came across the Laura Mercier Tightline & Define Cake Eye Liner Collection with three colors: Black Ebony, Violet Asphalt, Mahogany Brown, a dual-ended brush: tightlining and eyelining, and a Full Blown Volume mascara in Black, I figured it was an excellent chance to give it a go.

These cake eyeliners are meant to be 'activated' with a tiny amount of liquid, like water, but Laura Mercier recently released a new product: tightline activator. I read several reviews before I decided to actually go ahead and order, and many people warn against using the activator as it will render the product unusable with water. You can however use just water, but you'll have to decide between the two, and I chose water for mine. $20 for a tiny bottle of some magical (polymer) liquid was a bit too much to my taste anyway.

NARS Cosmetics

  • NARS Nail Polish in "Space Odyssey"
  • NARS Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner in "Via Crispi"

In honor of Fashion's Night Out 2011 NARS Cosmetics launched a special Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Crispi and a nail polish called Space Odyssey. These two items were available for one week only in the beginning of September, and ..I guess that made me snatch them up while available. I frequently use silvery grays for my eye looks, so I can definitely see myself using this baby a lot. I already have two other Larger Than Life® pencils, and they are indeed good eyeliners I've been reaching for several times already. Space Odyssey is a crazy aluminum-colored nail polish, which I think is awesome. If you think Space Odyssey sounds intriguing, it's already been repromoted with NARS' Holiday 2011 and is still available as we speak - but beware, it's still limited edition!

Photos: NARS Cosmetics // © Shamini Thevarajah '11

Posted by Shamini on January 8, 2012 – 12:00 PM

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  1. Hihi, bare hyggelig Smile Kjempefint haul, elsker paletten på bildet fra GuerlainSmile

  2. Så mye fint du har kjøpt!
    Jeg vant Guerlain paletten i en adventskalender i desember og den er så fin. Jeg brukte den i nyttårssminken min.
    Jeg har sett litt på Stila paletten, men vært litt usikker på den. Er du fornøyd med den?
    Cakelinerne hørtes også interessant ut. Jeg har to cakelinere fra MUS som jeg brukte mye før jeg oppdaget gellinerkonseptet. Synes gel er enklere å bruke enn cake.

    • Tusen takk, Line! For en fantastisk premie! Skulle gjerne sett et bilde av nyttårslooken din, det hadde vært spennende. Smile Jeg er absolutt fornøyd med paletten fra Stila, såpass fornøyd at jeg ønsker meg de to andre i samme “serie”. Øyenskyggen er så utrolig lette å jobbe med, fargene er fine, og jeg er jo kjempestor fan av Smudge Stick-ene.

      Personlig sliter jeg veldig med liner på generell basis, om den skal vinges ut, så jeg har ikke funnet min favoritt enda. Gel er OK, blyant er OK, flytende er OK, cake lineren har jeg ikke prøvd enda – men tanken er å prøve “push brush”-teknikken. Smile

  3. Wow, så mye fint. Skal si at jeg er litt sjalu på deg frøken Wink Hvordan handler du enkelt fra Nordstrom? Smile

    • Tusen takk! Må ikke være sjalu, du har masse fint som jeg har lyst på også! Wink Jo, hos Nordstrom kan jeg nemlig bruke mitt norske VISA-kort, og få tingene mine sendt til min amerikanske adresse. Enkelt som bare det! Om du ringer inn ordren din, så kan du få den sendt til Norge også, men det koster litt for mye til at jeg har benyttet meg av det.

  4. Mange ganger skulle jeg ønske jeg kunne bruke sminke, men slik det er nå så kan jeg jo ikke det, og det vet jo du snuppiSmile Mange fine farger og div du harGrin beundrer deg derSmile Klems

  5. åssen fikk du handlet og sendt varene hjem til deg?

    • Som jeg svarte Monica i kommentaren over: Jeg handlet med mitt norske VISA-kort (som er et debetkort), og fikk varene sendt til den amerikanske adressen min som jeg har gjennom MyUS. Smile Fra MyUS blir varene sendt med DHL eller FedEX (det du foretrekker), og jeg har som regel pakken min innen 4-5 dager.

      Å handle fra Sephora er dessverre ikke mulig lenger da de har sperret alle bestillinger via “freight forwarder”, altså tjenester som MyUS, US Unlocked, JetCarrier osv. Jeg kan ikke skjønne hvorfor, men trist er det uansett. Skal du handle fra NARS er du avhengig av å bruke et amerikansk betalingskort, og denne tjenesten får du hos US Unlocked. Det skal ikke være enkelt, men det er iallfall mulig å få til om man vil. Smile

  6. Ahhh what lovely things, madear! That Guerlain palette sure looks amazing – I hope it performs well, too! I agree, that seafoam green is simply perfection. Have you tried any of the Urban Decay mascaras before? I’ve never really heard any opinions on them, so I’m curious to what you’ll think of it Smile

    • Thank you so much, sweetheart! I think the Guerlain palette is utterly amazing, I would really love to own more of them.. but I think they are a bit too expensive. I’m head over heels in love with all colors, and the combination!

      Now, I haven’t tried any of the Urban Decay mascaras unfortunately, simply because I never open more than one mascara at the time, and I haven’t managed to drag myself far away from the MaxFactor False Lash Effect (black tube). I do have a sample size of their Big Fatty mascara, which I received as a free sample once, but I haven’t opened it.

  7. Så ut som mange flotte innkjøp Smile Elsket begge bildene du hadde tatt. Palettene ser kjempe fine ut og jeg fikk kjempe lyst på begge to. Synd for meg at jeg har det veldig vanskelig økonomisk nå og kommer til å slite litt fremover. Håper virkelig jeg får jobb veldig snart, slik at jeg kan handle litt skjønnheter igjen.
    Forresten, så vil jeg bare si at jeg synes det var kjempe koselig gjort av deg å sende Marie en YSL leppestift og to Bobbi Brown linere. Det var ufattelig hyggelig gjort av deg Smile
    Kommer til å følge med videre på bloggen din! Grin

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