Hauls + Splurges = Treasures

Even though I've decided to stop shopping for a while, I had to ask Øyvind to stop by DHL today to pick up a package for me. Mr. DHL didn't call me this morning, although the tracking told me that my package had arrived and was sitting in their office, all lonely and sad. It contained a collective haul consisting of products from M·A·C, Urban Decay, Origins, Stila, Benefit, Jack Black and Tarte! Man, that list made it sound like I've gone mad with my VISA once again, but I swear it wasn't that bad. I've actually been a good girl since I said I'd stop shopping for a while to save up some fun money for Paris, apart from a tiny little slip where I ended up getting a few items from M·A·C when ordering some things for a good friend of mine. Oh well, nothing too bad at least, and I think I've been good.

Let's move on to my precious DHL shipment, shall we? I'm well aware of my list being a bit long, but bear in mind that these items have accumulated through April and May and some where purchased at a discount.


Missing: Mr. DHL!

For the very first time since I started using DHL I'm not very impressed with them as a courier. I mean, I still like them a lot in general, and the regular delivery guy is flat out awesome - but on Tuesday Mr. DHL apparently came to deliver a package for me, and apparently I wasn't at home to sign for it. He was supposedly here at 12:20 PM, and when I called DHL to ask what the heck, she told me he'd left a note. Well, I was at home the whole day, and there was no phone call, no note and certainly no attempted delivery. Of course there was no harm done, I collected the package myself, but things like this pisses me off.

Anyway. I went to DHL myself to pick up my shipment, and it contained a collective haul from Urban Decay and M·A·C, in addition to a few gifts for a dear friend. It held my items from M·A·C Wonder Woman, the new Viva Glam Gaga II lipstick and matching lipglass, M·A·C & Nicki Minaj Pink Friday lipstick, a 217 Blending Brush, a 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush and the three new Feminine, Dangerous, Fun™ palettes from Urban Decay. I know I said I wouldn't buy any more Urban Decay palettes until they stopped launching the same colors over and over again, but you know.. I could.. not.. resist.. them.

MAC Wonder Woman Haul

I also picked up another package that arrived while I was in Kiel, and inside I found a signed copy of Kat Von D's "The Tattoo Chronicles". Such a gorgeous book! Unfortunately I cannot brag about knowing Kat Von D personally or even having met her, but I coincidentally saw a tweet from High Voltage Tattoo saying that a few signed copies of her book was available in their online store - and so I decided to order the book. I do not regret my purchase!

I'm still expecting Mr. Postman to stop by, and I hope he'll do so soon. I ended up ordering a straightening iron from FeelUnique, which I think has stopped for a vacation in Oslo - or so it might seem, and a padded envelope from Benefit Cosmetics. Exciting! Grin

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11


Shopping Spree of February

In late October last year I wrote about the gorgeous palettes from Kat Von D for Sephora. I posted pictures of three of her palettes, "Beethoven" and the two LE "Metal Orchestra" and "True Love", which I was lemming very strongly at the time. I later caved, and ordered them all three through MyUS - and I adore them all of them, even though I must say that "Metal Orchestra" is my absolute favorite. When I suddenly noticed that she had launched another LE called "Memento Mori" - "Remember you are mortal" - and it showed up on Sephora as "sold out", I instantly felt so sad and disappointed that I had missed it. These palettes sell for a small fortune on eBay, and I'm not really tempted to go bananas anymore. I guess the fright of getting fake products when paying for the real thing has overcome the joy of an insane eBay-spree.

KVD True Romance Memento Mori"Memento Mori"

As I'm sure you've already noticed each of these palettes contains 8 eyeshadows. From left to right they are called True (cream shadow), Solitude, Meditation, Agatha Pink, Sugar Skull, Peggy, Hard Luck and Tijuana. The one cream shadow is perfect to use as a base for the other shadows, but please remember to use a primer underneath to prevent creasing. xSparkage has posted a very cute tutorial for a look based on this palette on YouTube, and you can watch it here.

There's nothing very special about the colors in these palettes, and I'm sure most of them can be easily duped by other brands. I still love the whole look and feel of these palettes though, which is why I own three of the palettes. I'm also a big fan of Kat Von D and her art, and I think it's cool that she's implemented her tattoos on the packaging of her own makeup line. The one thing I would have changed if I could is those hideous sponge applicators, they should have been replaced with miniature editions of her brushes instead. Luckily I discovered that it was back in stock at Sephora, so soon it will be mine!

Miss SixtyNow I'm sure several of my female readers will shake their heads at me for actually buying the following item, but what can I say? I'm don't have the heart to walk away from insanely cute things, and therefore I just had to get it. Isn't it just the cutest little coin purse you've ever seen? Apart from being insanely cute I found it to be very handy for the days that I don't want to carry a handbag around with me. I'm not the handbag-carrying-kind-of-girl, even though I must admit that I enjoy buying them every once in a while. I don't like handbags big enough to house me and a small town! Anyway, this cute little thing is from Miss Sixty, a brand for teenagers I know, but what do I care. It's perfect for carrying some money and the necessary credit cards around, and seeing that it's too easy for a random bystander to rob me (when I'm keeping my wallet in my lap), it's assuring that it comes with a chain for wearing across the body.

Insanely cute!

After discussing a lot back and forth with my sweet Amira, I went on a hunt for Stila Diamond Lil' (grayish taupe with golden shimmer), an eyeshadow very similar to M·A·C Smoke & Diamonds - which is one of M·A·C's most popular eyeshadows. Naturally it's a LE, and therefore close to impossible to get your hands on, unless you were one of the lucky ones when it was repromoted in the Love That Look collection earlier this year. Anyway, I was supposed to write about Stila. I also wanted to try out the infamous Kitten (nude pink with shimmer), and seeing that Stila had extended their promotional offer of a free Precious Pearl Palette with any order of $40 or more, I pretended that no one saw me as I quickly added Black Cat (soft black with shimmer) to my cart before I checked out.

I'm hoping Mr. Postman will find his way to me soon, and shower me with packages from all over the world. Oh.. and in a few days Mr. DHL will come bearing gifts as well, because I got a mail from MyUS telling me that a shipment is on its way to Trondheim, Norway!

Photos © Sephora and ASOS - edited by Shamini Thevarajah '10


Haul: collective

DHL came to deliver two packages from MyUS today, and I've got a big smile on my face! I finally got my hands on all the items that have been accumulating at my US-address since August! One of them contained candles from Yankee Candle®, and the other one contained some goodies from Sephora! Yes.. once again I caved, and ordered a few things from Sephora. Let me just stress that this happened sometime between August and now, and not recently. I haven't gotten around to place a shipping order before now, as I figured it would be nice to have my stuff before Christmas. I seriously don't understand why we don't have Sephora in Norway, we're missing out on all the fun! The package also held the two M·A·C brushes that I ordered almost 6 months ago, that was damaged the first time I got them - and this time they were in perfect shape. Finally!