Haul: Dior, Chanel and YSL

I realize that I use the word "decided" quite frequently, and I'm sorry about that. I'll try to mix it up a little from now on. English isn't my mother tongue, but I'm doing my best to maintain some good language skills here. Anyway! I did receive my bag last Wednesday as scheduled, surprisingly enough. It arrived by courier at 8:45 PM or so, and damaged. Yeah, well, my bag was quite alright (thankfully), but the wrapping was ripped on one side. Sometimes I wonder what these couriers do to our mail before delivering it. On that note, courier that is, I'm happy to share that I had a visit from my favorite delivery man; Jimmy. A phone call from Jimmy means I'm getting a package from MyUS, filled to the brim with goodies from the US!

The shipment from last Thursday wasn't too big. I emptied out my MyUS inbox before I had to pay extra for storage, and I didn't have that much waiting for me. Even so it's always nice to have a box of makeup delivered on my doorstep, and here goes sharing with you what I got;

The Haul

First and foremost I've heard a lot about the infamous Diorskin Poudre Shimmer in 002 «Amber Diamond». And when I recently got news it's being discontinued, I started contemplating purchasing it while it was still possible. I don't know how many times I've been on the fence about something, and when I finally decide to get it it's way too late - and my only option is eBay, facing an insane price tag. By that time I'm usually so psyched about getting my hands on the item that I'm willing to pay the price asked. Then I had a conversation with my partner in crime shopping, Renate. She told me how much she loves her «Amber Diamond», and since I'm so easy to convince ..I instantly clicked it safely into my shopping cart. It's without a doubt the crown jewel of this haul!

Dior Diorskin Shimmering Powder: Amber DiamondAmber Diamond


Haul: Oh, the Luxury..

The last couple of weeks I've almost been constantly refreshing my wonderful little dashboard app called "Delivery Status" by Junecloud. It's an app where I can add tracking for everything I've ordered, and it'll instantly show me where my packages are, and sometimes also when they'll arrive (depending on the courier). This app works best for any courier service like UPS, DHL, FedEx - but I use it for anything traceable from USPS, Posten Norge, Royal Mail and which ever else postal service I'm expecting a delivery from. Anyway, let's get back on track, shall we? I've been loving this app lately because I've been shopping vigorously at Nordstrom, one of my all-time favorite online stores in the US (and a phenomenal substitute now that Sephora's being ridiculous).

Dior Croisette for Summer 2012

  • 'Le Croisette' 5 Couleurs Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette: 654 Aurora
  • Diorskin Nude Tan Natural Radiance Colour & Glow Powder: 002 Sunlight
  • Diorshow Liner Waterproof: 258 Turquoise
  • Dior Addict: 544 Jet Set

Dior Croisette 2012


Haul: Las Vegas de Chanel

Chanel Las Vegas de Chanel 2012

Have you seen the new limited edition Las Vegas de Chanel collection? It's utterly gorgeous! The Las Vegas de Chanel was launched exclusively at the Chanel Boutique at Bellagio in Las Vegas, but it's now also available online. It consists of four items; the ones I've listed below plus a Le Vernis in "Gold Fingers". Since I'm not the biggest fan of the Chanel nail polishes I managed to let it go, even though my heart was aching for not ordering the complete Las Vegas de Chanel collection. Please meet the sensible me. Every piece in this collection is special, but the one I think really stands out is "Lucky Stripes" - a compact with four shades of sand and bronze to be worn on eyes, face or cheekbones. I have no idea how it happened, but I somehow accumulated another Rouge Coco Shine with "Brilliant", but I love the idea of having a golden lipstick, and naturally I had to have the golden lipliner to go with it.

  • Las Vegas de Chanel "Lucky Stripes"
  • Las Vegas de Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in "Brilliant"
  • Las Vegas de Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres in "Vegas Gold"

A huge, huge thanks to Brooke at BlushingNoir for helping me getting my hands on these pieces! I'm forever grateful, and you are plain out awesome - I know I've said it before, but I really mean it. Thank you so much, Brooke! Grin

Photo: Chanel


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