I never thought I'd say this, but it's actually quite good to be back home - even though I wish we've had more time in London. On Saturday I felt so lousy I didn't manage to anything at all, most likely from the very long drive we had on Friday. We ended up spending about 15 hours in the car, plus the three hours on the ferry across Skagerrak. We arrived home at about 4 AM, and for several reasons we weren't in bed until 7 AM. Exhausting!

When I knew I was going to IMATS for real, knowing that Inglot would have a booth there, I pictured my upcoming haul. Oddly enough I didn't have a list ready until the evening before we left for London, and I was so sick of looking through swatches online. Yesterday I sorted the squares into three palettes - try suffering from "makeup OCD" while doing this - but I'm not so sure I'm content with the result. Some of the colors turn up completely different on camera, so they don't look as neat as I thought they would, but hey.. at least they're pretty to look at! If I ever purchase more eyeshadows from Inglot, as I'm sure I will, I'll end up rearrange them anyway.

If you want to see what I hauled at Inglot, continue reading.


Tragus piercing

Piercing: Tragus and LobeI don't know if you remember me talking about getting another piercing? I wanted to pierce my tragus, but decided to wait until my helix had healed properly before forcing my body to work overtime on healing several wounds at the same time. Now, I finally decided that my helix had healed enough since it's been a little more than 8 months, so at 5:30 PM I had another appointment at Ragnaråkk.

So today I got my tragus, and I love it! I'll be honest and say that it hurt like a [insert word] when she pushed the needle through, a lot worse than the helix. At the moment I'm wearing a regular labret, but I'll go back and change it into a ring when it's healed after about 6-8 weeks. It's a 16 gauge (1.2mm) as opposed to my other ones which are 14 gauge (1.6mm). I feel kinda stupid because I managed to forget - how's that even possible? - to tell her what sizes I wanted, but it seems like it worked out perfectly anyway.

You might also notice that I have another new piercing? I decided to get a third and last hole in my right lobe. I know it looks kinda messy at the moment, but it'll look better once they're all healed, and I can change my jewelery into something less generic and more ..matching? My plan is to have identical rings in the second and third hole of my lobe, and something special in the first. I'll change my helix jewelery into a ring or a straight barbell, and then wear a tiny ring in my tragus.

And with those two piercings I'm all done. Wink

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11


.. with a cherry on top!

Lobe PiercingI've been a little sneaky lately, because at 5:30 PM today I got my second piercing! This time I chose to get my right lobe pierced, and with a super cute little cherry. I did plan on getting a 16 gauge (1.2mm) once again, but ended up with another 14 gauge (1.6mm). Details, details. I love my little cherry! I was a little unsure whether or not I should get a tragus, but I decided to wait until my first cartilage piercing has healed completely.

No pain this time around either. Of course it was a little uncomfortable when she poked me with a 1.6mm needle, but no worse than.. I dunno, not bad at all.

So if you're in Trondheim and in search of a parlor you can get pierced, I can absolutely recommend visiting Ragnaråkk! Grin


Helix piercing: day 17

BJS Piercing Jewelry: RingsI was kinda planning on writing another little piece about my piercing on Monday, since the 28th was two weeks since I was pierced, but I forgot all about it. I still haven't experienced any swelling, redness, tenderness or pain, but the other day it had bled a tiny bit. I suspect it was because I had a little accident while washing my hair. The piercing got a tug, and it hurt quite a bit for a few minutes. I just hope it won't cause any scarring. I'll probably stop by Ragnaråkk on Monday to have my bar changed into a shorter one. I think it'll be more convenient for Paris. We'll see!

Yesterday I got my last order of piercing jewelry. I ordered two circular barbells, one captive ball ring and a super cute cuff. Each piece is in 316L Surgical Steel and .925 Sterling Silver, and I adore all of them. The cuff has several heart cutouts all over, and I bought it to see if I could change the bar into a 14 gauge instead of the 16 gauge it comes with. It's so darling cute and I'm dying to wear it, so I hope it's doable. Unfortunately I now have two of the circular barbell with the dragon head (the first one I ordered in 16 gauge, and the second one in 14 gauge), it's brand new and hasn't been taken out of its plastic bag. If you're interested in taking the 16 gauge off my hands, then drop me a comment!

This first-time-piercing-experience has been fantastic. Maybe I should knock on wood. It's not healed yet by far, but none of the things I was dreading has happened. I do miss sleeping on my right side at night, but I'll manage and it'll be a lot better once I change the bar into a ring. And even though I'm really not a piercing-kind-of-person I might just get another in the same ear after the first one has healed completely.