IsaDora Jewels of the Orient

IsaDora Jewels of the Orient743 Orient Express · 744 Ancient Ruby · 741 Black Amethyst · 637 Night Flight · 746 Silk Road

See, this is what happens when you don't have the proper equipment to shoot your stash; I kinda hate this photo. I chose to add it to my post anyway because I feel like the colors are actually visible, but if you'd like to see (a lot) better swatches I'll provide some links further down. I'm sure you've heard the hype about the new IsaDora Jewels of the Orient collection? No? Tough luck. These babies are gorgeous! Since I rarely wear nailpolish, despite the fact that I have almost a full Helmer, I've been refraining from purchasing any lately. I wasn't going to buy any of these either, but when Karianne over at Neglelakkmani posts her photos all my willpower seems to evaporate instantly.

First I fell in love with the red one, then the other red one, then the blue.. and then, and then.. you see? Hopeless. I was secretly hoping I wouldn't come across a display holding the ones I wanted, but I found an almost full one at Cubus, Sirkus Shopping. Lucky me! The first time around I picked up the two reds: 743 Orient Express and 744 Ancient Ruby, simply because I couldn't choose between the two. A few days later I happened to send my fiancé on a quest to pick up two more: 637 Night Flight and 741 Black Amethyst - and for some unexplainable reason I suddenly also needed 746 Silk Road in my life.

And for the swatches I promised you: http://neglelakkmani.com/category/isadora/ - enjoy!

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


IsaDora Coral Glow and Mandarine

Speaking of IsaDora and their #wonderfulwednesday; I was actually one of the winners in their twitter contest last Wednesday! Mr. Postman dropped it off yesterday, and when I ripped open the bubble mailer I found a lipstick, a gloss and a lip liner inside - one of the two lip sets from their new upcoming summer 2012 collection Papagayo.

  • Perfect Moisture Lipstick in 163 Coral Glow
  • Moisturizing Lip Gloss in 14 Coral Glow
  • Perfect Lipliner in 32 Mandarine

IsaDora Papagayo 2012

I love the colors of these three products, and I'm so grateful that they sent me the Coral Glow as opposed to Tropical Pink! I'm not too big on pink, but corals on the other hand are usually love at first sight with me, and this was no exception. Now if only the sun could come out from behind the clouds and grant us with some warmth, and spring would decide come along and stick around before magically transforming into summer!

A great big thanks to @isadoraglobal for having these contest for their followers!

Want to see swatches?
Sanna over at Purity has some awesome swatches of the lipstick, gloss and lipliner - and what Sanna does so good, I'm not going to attempt to recreate.

And if you're keen on exploring the rest of this collection, well then.. take a look here.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


IsaDora 731 Silver Sky

In the beginning of May I participated in @isadoraglobal's #wonderfulwednesday Twitter contest, where the main prize was a blush. Unfortunately I didn't win, but they were super nice and sent me a little surprise anyway - which arrived in my mailbox today. I eagerly ripped open the bubble mailer, and inside I found this gorgeous nail polish: 731 Silver Sky. I'm not overly skilled in describing colors, but I'd say it's a dusty pastel grayish blue bursting with silver sparkles. I don't know how to explain it, but to me it's such a dreamy color and just looking at it makes me smile. 731 Silver Sky was released with Pearls of Passion this spring, and is one of IsaDora's new colors.

IsaDora 731 Silver Sky


Searching for my unicorn!

When I surprisingly discovered that I had received money today, a whole day earlier than anticipated, I ventured off to the nearest mall to pick up a leather jacket I've been drooling over for a couple of weeks. I've been on the lookout for a nice leather jacket for years now, but I haven't one one meeting my requirements. I suddenly noticed a gorgeous jacket from Aleksander Signature hanging outside Cicelia, a store at my local mall. They had one single jacket left in size 36 (the smallest size), so I felt a little unsure of what to do - I couldn't afford it straight away, and I didn't want to walk away without knowing it wouldn't fit me. Thankfully the sales woman was kind enough to put it aside for me until «payday» on the 20th. Talk about excellent customer service! I had no idea if the jacket would fit me, I usually have a problem with the shoulders being too wide, and since I'm unable to try on clothes in-store I needed to buy it to be able take the jacket home to try it on. Today I went back to Cicelia, and my goodness.. it's the jacket I've been searching for! It fits me perfectly, and I adore the quality. It has a collar, which I wanted. It's cropped, and therefore perfect for me (avoiding a bundle of fabric behind my back). It's black, and timeless. It's made from Røros Sheep, such soft and light leather. Sure, it did cost a small fortune, but worth every single.. krone - and I have found the perfect leather jacket, my unicorn.

I also dropped by VITA, to pick up another mascara. I decided to try out Maybelline's newest addition to their mascara family: Illegal Length™ Fiber Extensions, which is supposed to add another 4 mm to your natural lashes. Do I believe this? No, but hey, I haven't tried any mascaras from Maybelline before. While there I suddenly remembered the Pearls of Passions collection by IsaDora, which has been out for a while already, and decided to take a closer look at a few of the products. I swatched both Jelly Kiss lipsticks, and the Twist-Up Metallic Eye Pens. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find any untried Twist-Up Metallic Eye Pen in Silver Sky, so I walked over to Cubus to see if they had any left. For some idiotic reason VITA, Cubus and H&M always have different sales and promotions, so it's always an idea to check all three store before purchasing anything. Today I did, and Cubus had an offer where you could pick three products and get the cheapest for free. So I grabbed the two Jelly Kisses: 60 Ballerina and 61 Peach Pearl, and a Twist-Up Metallic Eye Pen in Golden Khaki, which I got for free. Not sure whether or not I'll get some use out of the pencil, but I thought it might look nice as an inner corner highlight or something of the likes. It's quite sparkly, and it doesn't seem to be very long-lasting, but we'll see. It was after all free.

Now, when that's said I do have a little something to complain about. If there's one thing I find really annoying, it's having to tell an employee about offers and promotions available in the store where they work. Since I had seen this promotion mentioned online I knew purchasing two products from IsaDora Pearls of Passion would entitle me to receive a free «pearl» bracelet. Because I have stick arms I usually can't wear normal bracelets, but I would still like to receive whatever freebie promised. I went to the cashier, paid my items and waited to see whether or not I would be presented with the bracelet. Nothing happened, so I politely asked for the bracelet. My cashier looked pretty clueless, so she asked another employee - which, after a few seconds of silence, replied with a snarky comment: "just give her the bracelet". I'm sorry? Did I ask for something I wasn't entitled to? The moon maybe? Some employees could really benefit from learn a thing or two about customer service.

IsaDora Jelly Kiss Lipstick: Ballerina and Peach Coral61 Peach Pearl · 60 Ballerina

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012