Nordlandssykehuset 2014

Ting går sjeldent helt som jeg har tenkt, eller planlagt, eller sett for meg. Jeg begynner å innse at det er en realitet. Da jeg for en måneds tid siden ble oppringt av min faste sykepleier ved Nordlandssykehuset med spørsmål om å komme til årskontroll - eller 'EU-kontroll', som jeg endte opp med å kalle det - gikk luften litt ut av meg. Tanken på uendelig lang reisevei, 12 timer i bil, og det å reise nordover i det hele og store, fikk magen min til å velte seg litt. Jeg endte derfor opp med å takke nei for å sjekke om jeg kunne få utført den samme kontrollen på St. Olavs, for så å plutselig komme på at.. det går jo tog nordover? Riktignok tar det nesten ti timer, men å sitte på tog kan i det minste være ganske underholdende og man er fri til å gjøre veldig mye mer enn man kan i bil. Dessuten har de bistrovogn, og det hjelper en hel del. Dermed bestemte jeg meg for å likevel takke ja, St. Olavs var jo som vanlig ikke veldig behjelpelige (som jo er helt greit, siden jeg egentlig ikke vil ha noe med dem å gjøre), og begynte planleggingen av Den Lengste Togreisen™.


EOTD: Burlesque Dancing under the Moon

Click photo for a close up!

In early April I purchased a few eyeshadows from Makeup Geek, planning to try them out and see whether or not they are as good as people say they are. It took me a while to get around to playing with them, and boy did they surprise me! These are really nice eyeshadows, soft and easy to work with, really easy to blend. I did experience a little fallout, mostly with «Galaxy», but I'm so pleased with the outcome that I'm willing ignore that.


→ MUS Eyeprimer Clear
→ MUG White Lies (highlight: brow)
→ MUG Moondust (entire lid)
→ MUG Burlesque (crease)
→ MUG Galaxy (outer corner)
→ Avon SuperShock Gel Eyeliner in «Black» (tightline)
→ MUS Eyepencil in «Seduced by the Night» (waterline)
→ L'Oréal Paris Lash Architect 4D in «Black Lacquer»
→ M·A·C Veluxe Brow Liner in «Brunette»


→ M·A·C 239 Eye Shader Brush
→ Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush
→ Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo


Needless to say, I started out by priming my eyelids with my trusted MUS primer. It never fails me. With the 239 brush I patted Moondust all over the lid and up to the crease, leaving a little room for another color in the outer corner. I used my blending brush to place Burlesque in the crease, blending as I went along. Lastly I placed a little bit of Galaxy in the outer corner using the smallest of the two brushes from Essence of Beauty, blending it slightly into the crease, just to give the look a little dimension. With the larger one I used a little bit of White Lies as highlight just below the highest point of the brow.

I tried using MUS Seduced by the Night on the waterline, but it didn't really work as well as I had planned. I tightlined with my favorite black eyeliner pencil to make my lashes appear a little denser, and finished off with a coat or two of my chosen mascara. I chose my Veluxe Brow Liner today, but I think it looks a bit too warm, and might not be using it again - it's a fabulous pencil, but the color isn't a very good match (much more apparent in daylight).

Photo is taken outside in natural lighting.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2013


EOTD: Draped in Velvet

Yesterday I did not only one, but two complete looks. The first one was pretty much the same as this, only using MUS Varieté instead of MUS Velvet. Then I got this bright idea of practicing my non-existent eyeliner skills, ruining everything. The disaster left me with one choice: remove it all and start over. I felt like the intense blueness of MUS Varieté was a bit over the top, maybe a little intimidating, so I switched it out with MUS Velvet - an insanely gorgeous taupe. I can honestly say that this has become a new favorite, even over M·A·C Satin Taupe (which has been my go-to shade for several years). Personally I thought this look looked a lot better in real life, but then again.. I'm my own biggest critic.


→ MUS Eye Primer in Clear
→ M·A·C Femme Fi (highlight)
→ MUS Brown Sugar (inner third lid)
→ MUS Velvet (outer two thirds and crease)
→ L'oréal Lash Architect 4D Mascara in «Black Lacquer»
→ M·A·C Eye Brows in «Spiked»
→ Sonia Kashuk Large Crease Brush
→ Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
→ Sigma® Performance E21 Smudge Brush


Like usual I started off my filling in my brows, and for once I was actually pleased when I was done! «Spiked« has also become a favorite of mine, even though I tend to change it up by using either «Lingering» (for a softer look) or M·A·C Impeccable Brow Pencil in «Taupe». One thing I don't really like about «Spiked» is that it sometimes leave small specks of color in my brows, which falls onto my cheek or under eye area, and make small streaks when I try to remove them. After finishing my brows I moved on to my eyes, priming my lids (all the way up to the brow) with my MUS Eye Primer. I applied «Velvet» to about two thirds of my lid, and «Brown Sugar» to the inner third using an old Sonia Kashuk brush I had forgotten about. It's excellent for placing color, and for blending everything together. I did however use the Deluxe Crease brush to blend around the edges. Then I pulled out «Femme Fi», my own HG highlighter, and used the E21 brush to place a little bit under the highest point of my brow and inner corner of my eye. In an attempt of challenging myself every time I do my makeup I used the same E21 brush to add some eyeshadow underneath my lower lash line - and amazingly enough, this brush gave me enough control to prevent me from feeling like a panda! I chose to skip tightlining and eyeliner in general, so the last step was just adding a coat of mascara.

I purchased two of the L'oréal Lash Architect 4D as a travel value pack when I was on M/S Color Magic, and I absolutely hated it the first time I wore it. I left it on my desk for a while, and yesterday I just grabbed something - and it sort of surprised me. When it comes to mascara I prefer the larger rubber wands to the older, thinner spoolie, and this one is definitely of the older style. I like its texture, it's not too wet nor too dry, not too glossy and I find it easy enough to apply (keep in mind that I use one - 1 - coat). Now, for some odd reason it flakes on me. Suddenly I have a whole invasion of tiny black specks on my nose, or some other completely illogical place! I wasn't wearing anything else black, so it had to be the bloody mascara. It's also pretty resistant when it comes to removal before bed. I have no idea what to do, but I don't think I'll be using it again - and I have a whole brand new tube (unopened) if anyone's interested in giving it a new and loving home?

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


I’m in England!

I'm actually on my way to bed now, a hotel bed in Finchley just north of London. Imagine that! I'm here with Øyvind, eagerly awaiting the morning when IMATS officially starts for us common people. I figured I'd blog a tiny little bit about our trip so far, as I'm usually doing an awesome job of forgetting all about blogging while away - but fear not, I'll do a more thorough post when I have the time. First of all, the hotel is really nice. Our room is big enough for me and my wheelchair, the bathroom is easy to access and quite large, and most things are within reach. Even the peephole! I'm amazed. The hotel restaurant is an authentic greek restaurant, and right outside our door we found a McDonalds, a Pizza Hut, and three other restaurants serving italian, mexican and french food. Could you ask for more?

We decided to venture out for a bit, and went to Brent Cross. Shopper's heaven? I didn't splurge too much, as I purchased the two new Dior Vernis in "504 Waterlily" and "694 Forget-Me-Not" at John Lewis - before I ventured on to Boots where I picked up two Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD palettes in "001 Black Cab" and "008 True Union Jack" (mostly because of the design), two L'Oreal Infallible in "016 Coconut Shake" and "021 Sahara Treasure", and a limited edition Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturizer (15 ml as opposed to the regular 60 ml, perfect for testing purposes). Oh, and a rewards card! I have no idea what I'll use it for, as we don't have any Boots close by.. but I do love these neat plastic cards, you know.

Now I'm going to sleep and dream about tomorrow, when I'm going to IMATS to indulge in all kinds of makeup goodness. If you don't hear from me again I probably died from happiness (and superficialness) somewhere between the boots at Alexandra Palace.. Oh well, this is me signing out from Finchley. Good night!