EOTD: Dancing Flamenco in the Dusk

So I've finally started playing with my makeup again, practicing my skills, trying out new things. It gives me this insane sense of achievement, feeling very proud of myself! It might sound ridiculous to most of you, but when you go through life with very limited muscle strength, even the tiniest little achievement becomes a big deal. I'm slowing mastering things I didn't even believe I could do, and every time I succeed at something I gain a little more self-confidence, and energy to continue. Also I'm really sorry for editing my photos in all kinds of different ways, but I wanted to show the blush as well as my eye makeup.


→ MUS Eye Primer in Clear
→ MUS Sun Breeze (highlight)
→ MUS Velvet (entire lid)
→ MUS Flamenco (outer corner and crease)
→ Max Factor Xperience Volumizing Mascara
→ Yves Saint Laurent 'Touche Éclat' Radiant in 08 «Radiant Silk»
→ M·A·C Eye Brows in «Lingering»
→ MUS Wonder Blush in «Pharao»
→ Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
→ MUS 115 Angled Shading Brush
→ Sigma® Performance E21 Smudge Brush
→ Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics 011 Small Powder/Blush Brush


As usual I started off by filling in my eyebrows, with «Lingering» for a softer look. I went on to priming my lid (as I always do to prevent creasing), and then applying «Velvet» to the lid and slightly into the crease using the Deluxe Crease. I used the 115 angled shading brush to place «Flamenco» in the outer corner, making the shape that I wanted, dragging it a bit (maybe two thirds) into the crease. I went back with the Deluxe Crease to blend around the edges, and added a little more «Flamenco» to keep the color vibrant. The E21 is absolutely perfect for smudging, so I smudged «Flamenco» below my lower lashes. Wiping of the brush on a clean tissue I proceeded applying «Sun Breeze» to the tear duct, and highest point of my brow as a highlight. I added a coat of mascara, and used the 'Touche Éclat' to 'conceal' and brighten up under my eyes.

Since I'm working on becoming accustomed to wearing blush, I wanted to try out my newest one; «Pharao». It's such a gorgeous color! I have no idea how to describe it, maybe like a terracotta reddish brown? I'm still quite light on the blush, which you might see from my photo, but I'm working on it. At least I'm wearing blush (and I feel pretty while doing so). It really gives my face a nice glow, and I feel like it's the perfect color for a newbie like myself.

Photo is taken outside in natural lighting.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


Haul: IMATS London 2012

IMATS London 2012: haul

It's a haul, and I wonder if Renate, Marie and Lene Christin will be happy now? Today was spent at Alexandra Palace and IMATS, and I had a wonderful and exciting time there. Not only did I do some damage to my bank account, but I saw a lot of fascinating creations makeup-wise. I was a little disappointed that I didn't spot any YouTube gurus apart from Koren and a girl I don't remember the name of, but maybe tomorrow. There was a lot of buzz everywhere, and it ended up being quite exhausting.

Hunting for Treasure

My first target was the Inglot booth, of course. I was so afraid of finding a totally packed booth without any room at all for me, I actually made a backup plan of going to Westfield London to get my Inglot fix there instead. Addict much? But even if it was indeed packed with people I managed to get my hands on all the 30 eyeshadows I had on my list, plus three of the new rainbow eyeshadows (making a total of 33 eyeshadows and four of the Freedom System palettes). An enormous thank you to Øyvind who turned over just about every single eyeshadow there to find the ones on my list. After finding most of them.. the nice lady at the register told me that I could just give her the list, and she'd put them directly into a bag for me. Well, at least it was fun looking through them all! I won't go into details about the colors I chose now, but I promise to post pictures of my new palettes next weekend. She didn't put them into the palettes, so I have to organize them myself. Hurrah! Organizing a palette is half the fun.

The next booth on my list was BeautySoClean, a brand I hadn't heard about until recently, to pick up some of their cosmetic sanitizer mist. I don't know about you, but I've missed having a way of cleaning my eyeshadows ever since I started collection them, and spraying them with regular alcohol can often make them rock hard. I don't wanna risk destroying my precious eyeshadows, so I thought I'd give this a chance. I also purchased a box of cosmetic sanitizer wipes (for lipsticks and the likes of it), and two travel size mists.

I've been eyeing the brush set from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (still loving the name!), but I never felt like I could afford them. Well, today I decided to splurge and got the complete set. Cruelty-free! The woman at the booth was really nice, and I think it was my most pleasant experience of the day. So much that I had to ask if I could take a picture with her, and with David - the founder of OCC! He said he really liked my tattoos, and we like compliments, don't we? It certainly made my day! I would have picked up some of their lip tars, but I felt like I had already spent enough money.. so I decided to leave them for now.

IMATS London 2012: OCC David K.

After visiting the boots listed above I didn't have much more on my list. I had a few brands on there I wanted to visit if it wasn't too crowded, but somehow I stumbled upon ProChart - offering face charts! I've wanted face charts for a long time, so I picked up a stack of the A4 ones and also a stack of their eye charts, so I can play with composing looks on paper. Fun! They also have me two marshmallows on a stick, covered in chocolate with pink "sprinkles", as a gift. Such a cute little treat! What can I say, I'm easy to please.

I have a lot of pictures to share with you as well, but I'm not sure if I'll have the time to edit and upload them while in London. If I don't, I'll have them up when we get back! Now it's snowing like crazy outside, so I'm quite anxious to look out the window tomorrow. We're used to this kind of weather, coming from Norway and all, but people here seem worried. My camera's recharging, I've removed my makeup - I guess it's time to crawl into bed again, so I'm ready for another day of IMATS tomorrow. Oh, and if I seem displeased.. let me assure you I'm not. I'm loving London so far, and I had an awesome time today, I'm just completely worn out!

Photos © Shamini Thevarajah '12


OCC Lip Tars

First of all, I absolutely LOVE the name. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I mean, hello! It's maybe not politically correct, but I can't help myself and I think it's pretty perfect. I'm sure you've heard of these Lip Tars some time or another? They have been a pretty hot topic in the colorful world of makeup for quite some time now, and I've managed to steer clear - until now. I'm blaming VampyVarnish for that. She recently published a little review and some swatches of her six newly acquired Lip Tars, and when I saw them on her lips I was completely and utterly sold. I've seen people raving about these Lip Tars before, but they seemed so.. moist to me. Now I realized, after seeing VV's pictures, that the trick was in the amount of product - and her application was flawless!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Lip Tars

I therefore decided to invest in a few of these Lip Tars. They come in every color you can imagine, and if you by any chance should happen to imagine a color which isn't part of their selection, well, then you're free to mix it up yourself. Fantastic! I went looking for some good swatches, and ended up choosing five pretty neutral colors. These thumbnails doesn't show the colors any justice at all, so you'll have to use Google to really see how these fabulous lip colors work.

Each tube contains 8 ml, and costs $12.50 (which would be about 78,- NOK with today's exchange rate) if you choose to order them directly from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - and yes, OCC ships worldwide! You only need the tiniest little blob, and it should be applied with a lip brush. A tube of Lip Tar will pretty much last you a life time.