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26Jan/130

EOTD: Tuched by an Angel

EOTD: Tuched by an Angel

Ever since I started hangin' at the forum for makeup addicts I've been playing around with my makeup a lot more. I don't know why really, maybe because I practically feel a surge of inspiration coming through my computer screen every time I log on? I love chatting with all my fellow makeup addicts, because.. they understand and share the fascination, the joy, the excitement for the tiniest little makeup related thing. Anyway, I wore this look last Thursday when I went out to meet two of the magnificent girls, Tone and Renate. I'm quite pleased with the outcome, and this might have been my gateway to an even smokier and darker look. A little scary, but oh so fun!

Products

→ MUS Eye Primer in Clear
→ M·A·C Femme Fi (highlight: brow bone, inner tear duct)
→ MUS Tuch (entire lid)
→ Avon SuperShock Gel Eyeliner in «Black» (tightline)
→ MUS Eyepencil in «Snowflake» (waterline)
→ Max Factor Xperience Volumizing Mascara
→ Anastasia Brow Wiz in «Brunette»
→ M·A·C 239 Eye Shader Brush
→ MUS 114 Soft Touch Brush
→ Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
→ Sigma® Performance E21 Smudge Brush

Walkthrough

I always start by filling in my eyebrows, and this time I chose Anastasia Brow Wiz in «Brunette». Nowadays I alternate between the product mentioned above, and an angled brush used with M·A·C Brun eyeshadow. I then primed my eyelids with my trustworhty primer from Make Up Store, and used the MUS 114 to pat MUS Tuch on both lids - taking care to blend it into the crease and a little upwards. When I felt pleased with the shape and blending I used my M·A·C 239 to pack some more color on the lid to make the color a little denser. Sigma® Performance E21 is the perfect brush to highlight the highest point of the brow with my favorite M·A·C Femme Fi, and also the inner corner of the eye. To make my lashes appear a little denser I used my Avon SuperShock Gel Eyeliner to tightline, a useful trick when you don't feel confident enough to draw on that perfect eyeliner. MUS Snowflake is perfect to brighten up the waterline, even though I think a less stark white would have suited me better. I finished off the look with one coat of Max Factor Xperience Volumizing Mascara, another favorite drugstore pick.

I found this look a little bit intimidating at first, it's the darkest smoky eye I've tried out and I was a little scared I had gone overboard with the whole idea. Within minutes it had grown on me, and I ended up really liking it! Unfortunately the photo didn't turn out perfect, it's a little blurry and the color didn't show up quite as dark as it looked in person.

Photo is taken inside in artificial lighting.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2013

28Apr/100

Mr. Postman is back on track!

I almost didn't believe my ears when Øyvind told me that Mr. Postman had left a package for me today. It was from one of my all-time favorite sellers on eBay, containing some items from M·A·C Spring Colour Forecast and Give Me Liberty of London. I got "Shell Pearl" (pale peach with gold pearl) beauty powder, "Ever Hip" (creamy light coral) and "Bubblegum" (light lavender pink) lipsticks, "Lavender Wind" (lavender with pearl) and "A Different Groove" (deep purple brown with pearl) lipglass. I didn't order that last one, but it had somehow been mistaken as "Perennial High Style" - everyone can make mistakes and I'm quite sure the seller will fix this for me. I bought these items on April 21st, and got an e-mail telling me that they had been shipped on April 22nd.

While I was writing this I actually got an e-mail from the seller, and everything has been taken care of. I'll get my "Perennial High Style" as promised. One of eBay's finest indeed!

Last Tuesday I wrote about my long awaited shipment from Anastasia Beverly Hills, which arrived looking like someone had chewed it up and spit it out. I e-mailed customer service to inform them of the damage (with pictures), and they were kind enough to send me a replacement. It was shipped by DHL on April 21st, and I was told that it should reach me within a week. Only five working days later (April 26th), Mr. DHL rang to deliver a brand new, flawless 6-Element Essential Brow Set. Amazing! And a huge thanks to Anastasia Beverly Hills for replacing the brow set.

Don't you just love it when everything runs smoothly? Grin

20Apr/100

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills 6-Elements Essential Brow KitDue to a whole heap of different delays, being a missing invoice and an overly enthusiastic volcano on Iceland, Mr. Postman finally brought me my package from Anastasia Beverly Hills today. The happiness of finally having the package here with me quickly diminished when I discovered markings suggesting that the content might be damaged. I opened the package, which was filled with that polystyrene crap, pulled three smaller boxes and a little tube out, and alas.. it looked like someone had sat down on them, squishing them in the process. I opened each of the boxes, and I was quite disappointed to discover that my brow kit - the Anastasia 6-Element Essential Brow Kit, and main reason for ordering in the first place - had been mauled. Mauled.

First there was the brow highlight pencil, which metal cap had been mangled. I wasn't even able to get the cap off to see if whether or not the pencil itself had survived. Then there was the powder compact, containing two shades of powder for filling in the brows, which hinge was broken making it near impossible to open and close. When I opened up the compact I was covered in tiny pieces of glass, as the inside mirror had obviously shattered into a million pieces, damaging the actual powder as well. To top it off completely, one of the pockets inside the pouch had been ripped. Inside the pouch!

I've e-mailed Anastasia Beverly Hills about this, but I don't think it's their problem. I have no way of knowing when or where this damage has occurred, but I don't know what else to do really. Maybe Anastasia Beverly Hills can contact the postal service, or maybe even customs, to get some sort of compensation for the damaged items, although I have my doubts.

6-Element Essential Brow Kit:
• Brow Powder Duo
• Brow Stencils
• Precision Tweezers
• Clear Brow Gel
• Matte Camille Highlighter
• Mini Duo Brush
• Instruction Guide and DVD

Naturally I was once again influenced by someone at YouTube. One of the main reasons why this kit caught my attention to begin with was the included brow stencils. You're supposed to hold one of the stencils - depending on your desired shape - over your natural brow. Then fill it in using the powder, and pluck all the hairs outside of the area you've filled in, leaving the supposedly perfect brow. I have no idea if this will actually work, but we'll see. It's different, and kinda cool. I also ordered mini tweezers (it's always good to have an extra pair in my handbag), and mini kit of sugar-based wax. This kit has gotten quite mixed reviews, but I'm suspecting that the trick is all in the temperature of the wax, and the technique. I decided to give it a try anyway. Anastasia Beverly Hills had also thrown a mini Lash Lifting Mascara in there, and black mascara is always needed.

At 8:11 PM our time I got a nice reply from Anastasia Beverly Hills informing me that they would ship another 6-Element Essentials Brow Kit my way, and by DHL this time. I like Mr. DHL, he's nice and my packages never look like they've been tortured to death before delivery. I must admit it's a tiny bit surrealistic receiving an e-mail containing the sentence "because of the volcano", but I guess it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you have to agree with me when I think it's kind of cool? Because of the volcano the estimated delivery time is now seven days, which is quite OK with me. I'm just extremely grateful for the replacement - a huge gold star is hereby awarded to Anastasia Beverly Hills for very nice products, and fantastic customer service!

Some kind of review will come. In time. Be patient.

Photo © Anastasia Beverly Hills

15Apr/100

“And stars may collide..”

My mood has been changing by the minute lately. It ranges from being excited about the Paris trip, to being irritated because the mail is taking way too long to reach me, to being tired of just about everything. I haven't been bothered with too much pain lately, and I'm thankful for every day I have without severe pain in my neck or the following headaches. Due to a volcanic eruption on Iceland it's supposed to rain ashes tomorrow. Kind of cool, but a little depressing as I'd feel so much better with a little sun instead. At least I know Mr. UPS will come see me tomorrow bearing gifts, but I truly hope Mr. Postman will see fit to stop by as well. God knows I'm waiting. And waiting a little more.

About a month ago I ordered some stuff from Anastasia Beverly Hills, influenced by someone on YouTube of course, and I couldn't understand why it never arrived. I kept checking the tracking, and suddenly I noticed that it had a new message: "package is in customs clearance and is temporarily in storage". So I called them yesterday, and it turned out that it had been in storage since April 6th because of a missing proforma invoice. "Haven't you been notified?" was the surprised reply in the other end of the phone, and no.. I haven't heard squat from them. I immediately e-mailed them a copy of my receipt, and now I'm hoping customs will finally ship the package my way.

Cielo ChocolateØyvind always does his best to cheer me up when I'm feeling a little under the weather though, and it helps a lot. Today he surprised me with a heart-shaped cellophane box of chocolates from Cielo - I don't really like chocolate that much, but most of the pieces from Cielo are irresistible to me, along with their homemade Italian ice cream! A total winner. He also brought me a travel guide book about Paris (with lots of addresses of places to shop, restaurants, attractions and maps), and the movie "Max Payne" - mmm, Mark Wahlberg - on Blu-ray.

Thank you so much, sweetheart - I love you.

The other day when we were flipping through the TV channels as usual, we suddenly found some sort of traveling program about Paris. When it was finished we had a few more destinations added to our map, so that was kinda cool. Today we watched an episode of Globetrekker about Paris, and I found it quite interesting. It was mainly about the history of Paris, but we picked up a few tips here and there. We both want to see some of the fantastic architecture, like Arc de Triomphe and La Tour Eiffel, and we'll have to try to get a glimpse of the famous "Mona Lisa" while we're there. Most of these old buildings, like Musée de l'Armée and Cathédral Notre Dame de Paris, have limited access to disabled people anyway, and I would like to use my electric wheelchair as much as possible. One of the things added to our map is Le Moulin Rouge! We are definitely catching a show while we're there, and I don't care if that means that Øyvind will have to keep his eyes closed most of the time to avoid seeing breasts, we're going. No, I'm just kidding, I don't care about that, he can watch also. Le Moulin Rouge is an absolute must! I actually watched the movie twice in one night, ante meridiem, that's how much I love it.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '10