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Haul: London 2012

I mentioned buying a Dior Addict Lipstick at Westfield London, 578 Diorkiss, but I actually got two more on the way home. We had to travel by ferries from England to Norway, and naturally I found my way into the tax-free. The selection was pretty boring, but I found two reds I really liked. 745 New Look, a gorgeous fire engine red - and 864 Couture, which I'd describe as a deep coral red. Both these lipsticks look a little different on me than on Karla Sugar's swatches, but you get the idea! I realize that these three lipsticks look pretty much identical in the photo, but when swatched the difference is evident.

Dior Addict Lipstick: New Look, Couture, Diorkiss745 New Look · 864 Couture · 578 Diorkiss

As always I wasn't planning on spending any money in the tax-free, but the persuasive woman managed to talk me into trying a blush from Clarins: Blush Prodige in 05 Rose Wood. I'm not a big fan of Clarins, a brand I associate with old ladies, so I normally walk straight past their aisle. I did however LOVE the gorgeous glow and subtleness this blush gave my face! Although I must say.. someone should teach these ladies a thing or two about hygiene. She picked up a dusty (!) blush brush from a shelf, applied the blush and put it back on the shelf. She also tried convincing me that I should switch my HydraQuench for some anti-aging moisturizer, and I was almost offended. Whenever I start getting wrinkles I'll wear them with pride, believe you me.

Clarins Blush Prodige: 05 Rose Wood05 Rose Wood

Even though I've expressed my feelings towards the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick several times earlier, drying and uncomfortable to wear, I must be caught in some weird haze. I purchased 63 Rebelle and 44 Sari d'Eau when I was in Paris last summer, expecting to love them to death. I didn't, although both colors are truly amazing. For some reason I got one more of these Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, namely 54 Boy. Picking a color like this is completely unlike me, as I usually steer away from the subtle neutral lip colors. But oh, the power of Internet hype! I really wanted to love them - and who knows, I might grow to love them!

Amira told me about the infamous 133 Erika F. from Lancôme before going to London, and it immediately ended up on my list. I had a few more on there, but after swatching them in-store I didn't feel like they were unique enough to splurge on. 133 Erika F. is a bit glittery, I'm not sure whether or not I like that part, but the color is amazing and quite unique! If you like this hard-to-describe color, a weird mix of taupe, gray and khaki depending on your skin tone, then check it out next time you have the chance. It's somewhat similar to Stila Diamond Lil, but at the same time different.

Lancome: 133 Erika F. and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine: 54 Boy133 Erika F. · 54 Boy

I figured I'd post a picture of these cute Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD palettes that I picked up on my first day in London. I don't know anything about the quality, I got them simply because I liked the design - and the names: 001 Black Cab and 008 True Union Jack! Sucker much? At least I acknowledge it. I might have picked up all of them if it hadn't been for the price tag of £6 a piece. For some odd reason 001 Black Cab doesn't have the embossed crown in the middle, but they are both purchased at Boots. They are available from ASOS at £6.50 a piece, and free international shipping!

Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD: 001 Black Cab and 008 True Union Jack008 True Union Jack · 001 Black Cab

I know I already told you about this, but I did manage to get my hands on the Urban Decay NAKED 2 palette as well when I visited Debenhams at Westfield London. I was also quite surprised when I discovered a whole display of the 15th Anniversary palette, which sells for too much moolah on eBay. If I hadn't already owned it, I would have been totally ecstatic with my find! Anyway, NAKED 2 had to follow me home, and it's the one thing I got from Urban Decay. I felt pretty good with myself, showing a little self-control at least. Did I need NAKED 2? No. Not at all, ..but there are some gorgeous colors in there! Addict.

Urban Decay NAKED 2NAKED 2

Last, but by no means least, I added two more colors to my rapidly growing collection of Dior Vernis: 694 Forget-Me-Not and 504 Waterlily. They weren't even on my list, but after finding the very limited 401 St. Tropez in Paris I always take an extra look. Just in case. 504 Waterlily was calling me, and it's even prettier in real life than I had ever imagined! The shimmer makes it really special, and the color is perfect for spring and summer. 694 Forget-Me-Not quickly followed its sister into my bag - you know, ..purple. And even rose scented! These are limited edition, and you should act fast if you want one, or both.

Dior Vernis: 694 Forget-Me-Not and 504 Waterlily694 Forget-Me-Not · 504 Waterlily

With this I conclude my London haul, and now it's time to start planning, and saving up for, our next trip to Britain. I hope it won't be long! It's been an amazing start to 2012, and I'm absolutely positive this year will turn out nothing less than great!

Photos © Shamini Thevarajah '12

Posted by Shamini on February 14, 2012 – 10:51 PM

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  1. Fine innkjøp!
    Jeg har noen av produktene du har kjøpt og liker de kjempegodt.
    Hørtes ikke ut som om blushdamen var særlig hygienisk nei..du er nok ikke den første kunden som har brukt den kosten.
    Jeg er heller ikke så fan av Clarins, men jeg liker leppeproduktene deres. De har kjempefine leppestifter og min favorittgloss Instant light. Anbefales!

    • Tusen takk! Hvilke av disse tingene har du selv?

      Blushdamen var ikke spesielt hygienisk nei, og jeg er klar over at jeg burde satt ned foten og sagt “ellers takk”, men jeg var nok litt i overkant nysgjerrig på blushen. Frown Så nylig en video om produkttestere og alle bakteriene som stortrives oppi dem, og jeg er igrunn veldig fornøyd med å ha nok sunn fornuft til å aldri teste ting rett på ansiktet – selv om hånden også er noe uhygenisk. Jeg blir kvalm om jeg ser noen bruke testere direkte på leppene! Urk.

      Takk for tips ang. leppeproduktene til Clarins, det skal sjekkes ut! Smile

  2. Jeg har aldri prøvd noe fra Clarins bortsett fra Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector’en derifra som jeg elsker! Vet ikke hvorfor, det bare .. trekker ikke min oppmerksomhet av en eller annen grunn!
    Boy ser veldig fin ut, jeg elsker den ene jeg har av Coco Shine, Sari D’Eau, og har lyst på fler, men de er så vanvittig dyre at det får bli når jeg blir rik Wink

    • Jeg har slitt med tørre flekker i ansiktet i mange år, mest sannsynlig fordi jeg har et litt lavt væskeinntak, og fikk prøve en håndkrem (!) fra Clarins som gjorde underverker. Dessverre luktet den ..gammel tante, og jeg orket ikke bruke den over lengre tid. Etter det har jeg på en måte bare holdt meg langt unna Clarins, og de har liksom ingenting som umiddelbart klarer å fange interessen min. Denne blushen derimot, den er utrolig fin!

      Chanel Rouge Coco Shine er altfor dyre ja. To av de tre jeg har kommer fra tax-free, og den siste kjøpte jeg i butikk i Paris. Som jeg skrev i posten, jeg vil så veldig gjerne elske dem like mye som de fleste andre, og det er nok hovedgrunnen til at jeg ikke klarer la dem være. “Rebelle” har en fantastisk fin rødfarge, og “Sari d’Eau” vet du jo er flott. Smile Kanskje jeg blir mer glad i dem etterhvert?

  3. YAY for Erika F. and congrats on your haul!

  4. Ååå, du kjøper alltid så fine ting! De Dior-leppestiftene skriker etter meg, hihi Smile Og jeg elsker de neglelakkene!

    • Det er fordi du og jeg har så utrolig god smak, det! Wink “Waterlily” må du skaffe deg, før den forsvinner. Jeg kan ikke si så mye om Dior-leppestiftene enda, men jeg kommer tilbake til det. Fargene er utrolig flotte iallfall, “Couture” kunne jeg ikke gå fra etter å ha swatchet den på hånden. Wink

  5. Du har jo virkelig kjøpt mye fint Grin Veldig kule navn på de to øyenskyggene du kjøpte! Men seriøst… blushdama burde lære seg en ting eller to om hygiene Razz

    • Tusen takk! Grin Ja, de var virkelig “Londonske”. Måtte nesten bare ha dem med meg. Jeg er litt sær sånn, kan godt kjøpe ting på grunnlag av navn eller utseende! Det var båten mellom Hirtshals-Kristiansand, det er vel en sånn en danskebåt, og jeg tror ikke standarden er veldig høy ombord.. Jeg ble en veldig fin blush rikere, men ja, hygiene burde seriøst vært mer i fokus der. Ekkelt!

  6. Nice haulin’! Smile You sure know how to do that. Waterlily looks like such an awesome nail polish – this coming from someone who doesn’t even like green! Amazing. Oh, I planned on getting the Naked palette this trip, but forgot all about it – oh well, I’ve made it this far without it Wink

    • Thank you, dear! Yep, I’m the uncrowned queen of hauling, didn’t you know? Wink Someone should cuff me to a lamp post or something, and take my VISA away from me. Thank goodness it’s a debit card! You know, I almost forgot about NAKED 2 myself, I picked it up on our very last day in London as I was going to look for a nail polish for a friend. Luckily I noticed it! And “Waterlily”.. everyone should own it, that’s how special it is! Grin

  7. Dette er en ren siklepost da jeg har lyst på alt. Spesielt Erika F og flere Dior leppestifter roper etter meg Wink

    • Tar det som en kompliment, så tusen takk! Wink Jeg skulle ønske “Erika F.” var litt mindre glitrende, men fargen er så fin at jeg er villig til å se gjennom fingrene for denne gang.


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