Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Kit

Jeg har jo skrevet utallige innlegg om disse øyenbrynene mine. Jeg har kjøpt og testet mange ulike typer brynprodukter, og flere forskjellige farger, alt sammen for å finne min favoritt. Jeg fant også en favoritt i Clé de Peau Beauté Eyebrow Pencil, men denne er ikke like enkel å få til å se bra ut. Hvorfor aner jeg ikke, men enkelte dager går det bare ikke! Jeg har to andre brynblyanter (Anastasia Brow Wiz og M·A·C Veluxe Brow Liner) som er bortimot idiotsikre, men disse er litt for varme for meg og det irriterer meg grenseløst.

Jentene på Forumet har skrytt veldig av MUFE Aqua Brow i forskjellige farger, og det var mildt sagt forlokkende å tenke på å ha vannfaste bryn - jeg er jo en sånn en som godt kan finne på å gni seg i brynet helt uten grunn, og det er egentlig ikke spesielt smart om man har fylt inn brynene med en blyant. Tro meg, jeg vet hva jeg snakker om. Det var en liten utfordring å finne ut hvilken farge jeg skulle gutse på, men jeg endte til slutt opp med nr. 25 Ash, sånn cirka midt på fargeskalaen.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Kit

Jeg valgte å gå for kit-et som også inneholder de to små kostene (i tillegg til tuben med selve produktet) som sammen kommer i en liten mappe, rett og slett fordi jeg tenkte det ville være kjekt om man er utenfor husets fire vegger og desperat trenger pene bryn. Nå gjenstår det å se om jeg klarer å mestre denne typen produkt, eller om jeg ender opp med å se ut som en fjortis som nettopp har lært seg å tegne på bryn med ..sprittusj.

MUFE Aqua Brow kan bestilles enten separat eller som kit fra Guru Makeup Emporium. Tuben alene koster 150,- NOK med dagens kurs, mens kitet koster 291,- NOK - og siden sistnevnte er godt over tollgrensa måtte jeg betale både moms og Postens forenklede fortollingsgebyr i tillegg (133,- kroner). Pakken ble sendt fra England, og ankom etter bare seks arbeidsdager.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2013


Paris Haul #2: It’s in the Eyes

It's time for the second part of my "Paris Haul" series, and this time I've dedicated my post to my favorite product: eyeshadows and the likes of it. Because of my situation I'm not much of a fan of swatching products in-store - testers are always placed out of reach for me, and I don't wanna start disassembling displays to be able to swatch them - but I did actually swatch most of the items I purchased in Paris, instead of buying blindly.

Since I'm very aware of having readers who couldn't care less about makeup and shopping, those of you who are interested will have to click "continue reading" for the juicy details, including pictures. I'll have the last part of my haul up in a few days, so please hang in there a little longer! Grin


Revisiting Champs-Elysees

I'm a little sad when I realize we're headed back home in only four days, but I'm really missing our little fuzzballs now. Like a lot. We spent our day on Champs-Elysées, walking around, having Paris' worst cup of Starbucks, and shopping at the ginormous Sephora. Can you tell how much I love Sephora? This time I wasn't half as stressed out as I was last time, so I actually managed to have a look at things, and buying some goodies there as well. I think this must be my fourth trip to Sephora while here, and this is really starting to get expensive! I stopped by the following counters: Dior, Make Up For Ever, M·A·C, Urban Decay. The man at the Dior counter was very nice, and helped me find what I wanted and match me to the correct shade. At the M·A·C counter I asked the MUA to line my eyes, and she made me look so beautiful by using only the Technakohl Liner in "Graphblack" and some setting powder. I need to get the hang of this liner business, I really want to look like this every day!

We've been stopping by Starbucks a lot while here, but the one on Champs-Elysées, oh man.. it's the worst coffee I've ever had. Apparently they had a new recipe for their wonderful Frappuccino®, or at least that's what they told us, making it taste like crap. Ugh. So disappointed. Apart from Sephora and Starbucks we didn't really do anything but walk around, Øyvind wanted to stop by a few car exhibitions as we walked past, and we shared another nice day in Paris.

Oh, and the buses of Paris deserve their own paragraph in this post. All our experiences with them has been wonderful, no trouble at all. Most of them have automatic ramps and a nice space reserved for people in wheelchairs, and when you signalize for the bus to stop, the driver stop where it's easiest to enter. If people are being asses (apparently they are found here as well), refusing to move from the reserved space, the bus driver will demand them to move away. Awesome! Pleasant drivers, helpful and nice, making it a breeze to get from A to B by bus. It's so good to know that buses are indeed a possibility, so two thumbs up from me!

I wrote this post when we arrived back at the hotel after a nice day in the city, only to understand from Twitter that something horrible had happened at home. I quickly learned that there had been a terrible explosion in Oslo, killing seven people, and there was also a massacre on Utøya, killing a lot of innocent youths. I feel bad for posting about our vacation when something awful like this has just happened, but I choose to keep updating my blog for my friends and family. My heart and thoughts are indeed with everyone involved, both in Oslo and at Utøya.


Spring cleaning? No, fall hauling!

I've been out hauling again, with Sephora as my main target for my September splurge. I've done a little shopping here and there, so I've received a delicious-smelling package with products from Bath & Body Works - fall is here, and anti-bacterial soap and gel is always a good thing to have at hand. I accidentally came across a wonderful woman in Thailand selling gorgeous handmade rings in .925 Sterling Silver, so I had one made to fit my finger perfectly. It's a Chihuahua! A Chihuahua ring. I naturally had to own one. I absolutely adore it!

A few days ago M·A·C launched their Disney collaboration, and after a lot of back and forth I decided to take a stand and not buy a single item from it. The collection is called Venomous Villains, and could have been a fantastic collaboration. Unfortunately the packaging is really turning me off with its cheap and tacky look, not something I'd expect from M·A·C.

Clarisonic Mia™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System
The main item I was out to invest in - and I say invest because of the price - was a Clarisonic Mia™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System with the GoClear Clarifying Cleanser. The reason why I chose to order it from Sephora was because I wanted to get a few other items while I was at it. I decided for my Mia™ to be pink, simply because Clarisonic make a donation to help fund the fight against breast cancer every time a Pink Clarisonic is sold - to be honest I absolutely hate the color, but I like to do something good when I get the chance. Oh, and according to Sephora this Clarisonic Mia™ is a limited edition, although I can't figure out why.

Urban Decay The Black Palette
Urban Decay: The Black PaletteThe second item I wanted to get my hands on was The Black Palette, the newest palette from Urban Decay. It consists of six dark, dark colors which apparently make you look like a rock star. OK, maybe not, but I really liked the look of this palette and the value of having a variety of.. different blackened colors, if that makes any sense.

The six eyeshadows are Black Dog (richest matte black), Barracuda (black with silvery sparkly shift), Jet (black with purple sparkly shift), Sabbath (black with blue sparkly shift), Cobra (black with golden sparkly shift) and Libertine (black with emerald sparkly shift) - a travel size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero and a mini Primer Potion in Eden, a color I haven't had the chance to try yet.

I know, yet another palette from Urban Decay, but at least this one has all new colors! Duplicates-Schmuplicates, we all know I need these palettes.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes
Some time ago Amira bought me a set (Aqua Eyes Collection 25 years) of these gorgeous Aqua Eyes pencils from MUFE, and when I saw that Sephora sold this limited edition consisting of five pencils in Gold 9L (metallic gold), Bronze 10L (metallic bronze), Dark Grey 21L (dark metallic grey), Mat Black 0L (black), Silver 8L (metallic silver) I just had to add it to my collection. I also figure these will work nicely in combination with the palette I mentioned above.

I will be back with more information on my purchases, and also a review of the Clarisonic Mia™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System for those of you who might be interested. I've heard a lot of good stuff about these Clarisonic products, so I'm anxious to try it out. Several people have told me positive things about the Clarisonic Mia™ in specific, and I'm looking for an easy but thorough way of cleaning my face every day - this seems to be my solution.

Photo © Sephora