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17Feb/1320

Urban Decay NAKED Basics

Siden jeg er u-be-skrivelig lei av Urban Decay og at de spyr ut de samme øyenskyggene igjen og igjen i ulik innpakning, bestemte jeg meg for å bare drite i deres siste internetthype; NAKED Basics. Hvorfor i alle dager skulle jeg kjøpe enda en palett full av skygger jeg har fire eller fem av fra før? Urban Decay har virkelig gode øyenskygger, og jeg har absolutt vært fan siden jeg kjøpte «Get Baked» som min aller første palett fra dette merket, men nok er nok. Jeg postet aldri 'sammenligningen' jeg gjorde hvor jeg gikk gjennom alle palettene mine, skrev ned navnene på alle skyggene, og deretter talte over hvor mange ganger hver enkelt skygge gikk igjen, men la meg bare si at resultatet var deprimerende. Og med denne depresjonen kom også konklusjonen om å la være å kjøpe fler paletter fra Urban Decay. Så fikk jeg en e-post fra LookFantastic med tilbud om å kjøpe denne paletten for £20 eller 179,- NOK med aktuell valutakurs, og hvordan kunne jeg avslå sånt et fint tilbud?

Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette

Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette

Dette er ikke en palett som er umulig å gjenskape med 'duplikater' fra andre merker i andre prisklasser, men etter at jeg hadde gjort litt research kunne jeg overrasket konkludere med at jeg per i dag faktisk ikke eier en eneste en av skyggene listet som gode 'dupes'. Hvem hadde vel trodd at dét var mulig? Jeg mener, c'mon, jeg vet jo at jeg har en ganske innholdsrik samling av øyenskygger. Min lille oppdagelse tok uansett livet av det minste lille snev av dårlig samvittighet jeg hadde over å ha kjøpt denne paletten likevel, og som en ørliten bonus (eller hva du måtte ønske å kalle det) er disse skyggene i den nye og forbedrede formulaen til Urban Decay.

Paletten i seg selv er ganske liten, nesten ubeskrivelig søt, og er lagd av et gummiaktig materiale (som naturlig nok fanger opp alle fingeravtrykk, selv om det ikke er like ille som med NARS' innpakning). Navnet er liksom forhøyet, og kjennes ut som om det er skrevet i samme fløyelsmateriale som NAKED var kledt i. En bra ting? En dårlig ting? Det får bli opp til deg. Jeg vet iallfall at denne lille paletten kommer til å vise seg å være veldig praktisk når jeg er ute og reiser, og bare trenger noen få nøytrale skygger for hånden. Jeg skulle ønske den hadde hatt en liten kost eller to, men du vet.. en kan ikke få alt en vil ha.

Photos: Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette © Shamini Thevarajah 2013

14Feb/1214

Haul: London 2012

I mentioned buying a Dior Addict Lipstick at Westfield London, 578 Diorkiss, but I actually got two more on the way home. We had to travel by ferries from England to Norway, and naturally I found my way into the tax-free. The selection was pretty boring, but I found two reds I really liked. 745 New Look, a gorgeous fire engine red - and 864 Couture, which I'd describe as a deep coral red. Both these lipsticks look a little different on me than on Karla Sugar's swatches, but you get the idea! I realize that these three lipsticks look pretty much identical in the photo, but when swatched the difference is evident.

Dior Addict Lipstick: New Look, Couture, Diorkiss745 New Look · 864 Couture · 578 Diorkiss

As always I wasn't planning on spending any money in the tax-free, but the persuasive woman managed to talk me into trying a blush from Clarins: Blush Prodige in 05 Rose Wood. I'm not a big fan of Clarins, a brand I associate with old ladies, so I normally walk straight past their aisle. I did however LOVE the gorgeous glow and subtleness this blush gave my face! Although I must say.. someone should teach these ladies a thing or two about hygiene. She picked up a dusty (!) blush brush from a shelf, applied the blush and put it back on the shelf. She also tried convincing me that I should switch my HydraQuench for some anti-aging moisturizer, and I was almost offended. Whenever I start getting wrinkles I'll wear them with pride, believe you me.

Clarins Blush Prodige: 05 Rose Wood05 Rose Wood

Even though I've expressed my feelings towards the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick several times earlier, drying and uncomfortable to wear, I must be caught in some weird haze. I purchased 63 Rebelle and 44 Sari d'Eau when I was in Paris last summer, expecting to love them to death. I didn't, although both colors are truly amazing. For some reason I got one more of these Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, namely 54 Boy. Picking a color like this is completely unlike me, as I usually steer away from the subtle neutral lip colors. But oh, the power of Internet hype! I really wanted to love them - and who knows, I might grow to love them!

Amira told me about the infamous 133 Erika F. from Lancôme before going to London, and it immediately ended up on my list. I had a few more on there, but after swatching them in-store I didn't feel like they were unique enough to splurge on. 133 Erika F. is a bit glittery, I'm not sure whether or not I like that part, but the color is amazing and quite unique! If you like this hard-to-describe color, a weird mix of taupe, gray and khaki depending on your skin tone, then check it out next time you have the chance. It's somewhat similar to Stila Diamond Lil, but at the same time different.

Lancome: 133 Erika F. and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine: 54 Boy133 Erika F. · 54 Boy

I figured I'd post a picture of these cute Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD palettes that I picked up on my first day in London. I don't know anything about the quality, I got them simply because I liked the design - and the names: 001 Black Cab and 008 True Union Jack! Sucker much? At least I acknowledge it. I might have picked up all of them if it hadn't been for the price tag of £6 a piece. For some odd reason 001 Black Cab doesn't have the embossed crown in the middle, but they are both purchased at Boots. They are available from ASOS at £6.50 a piece, and free international shipping!

Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD: 001 Black Cab and 008 True Union Jack008 True Union Jack · 001 Black Cab

I know I already told you about this, but I did manage to get my hands on the Urban Decay NAKED 2 palette as well when I visited Debenhams at Westfield London. I was also quite surprised when I discovered a whole display of the 15th Anniversary palette, which sells for too much moolah on eBay. If I hadn't already owned it, I would have been totally ecstatic with my find! Anyway, NAKED 2 had to follow me home, and it's the one thing I got from Urban Decay. I felt pretty good with myself, showing a little self-control at least. Did I need NAKED 2? No. Not at all, ..but there are some gorgeous colors in there! Addict.

Urban Decay NAKED 2NAKED 2

Last, but by no means least, I added two more colors to my rapidly growing collection of Dior Vernis: 694 Forget-Me-Not and 504 Waterlily. They weren't even on my list, but after finding the very limited 401 St. Tropez in Paris I always take an extra look. Just in case. 504 Waterlily was calling me, and it's even prettier in real life than I had ever imagined! The shimmer makes it really special, and the color is perfect for spring and summer. 694 Forget-Me-Not quickly followed its sister into my bag - you know, ..purple. And even rose scented! These are limited edition, and you should act fast if you want one, or both.

Dior Vernis: 694 Forget-Me-Not and 504 Waterlily694 Forget-Me-Not · 504 Waterlily

With this I conclude my London haul, and now it's time to start planning, and saving up for, our next trip to Britain. I hope it won't be long! It's been an amazing start to 2012, and I'm absolutely positive this year will turn out nothing less than great!

Photos © Shamini Thevarajah '12

7Feb/1211

Last days in London..

Days are going by too fast, and I'm slacking off when it comes to my blogging. I'm sorry about that, but I've been so tired in the evenings. Too much action apparently! Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I've had a marvelous trip, and London is definitely on my list over places I want to return to. Soon.

Yesterday it was time to find something fun to do for Øyvind as well. I mean, he was sweet enough to go with me to IMATS for two whole days, so I figured I had to make it up to him in some way. We decided to meet up with Pinchy and her husband, and together we went to the Science Museum! I never thought I'd say this, but I actually found it quite interesting. Unfortunately we didn't get to see much before the fire alarm went off, and everyone had to evacuate the building. Bah. We did however see steam engines, some space history, and we also saw a piece of the rock collected off the Moon's surface. Luckily the Natural History Museum was right next door, so after a really nice lunch at Pret A Manger we ventured off to see the dinosaurs. Just like in the States, in France and possibly any other country but Norway, there were shops everywhere. I went to have a look, and I fell madly in love with a real Amber necklace shaped as a heart, which Øyvind bought for me. I've always found Amber so incredibly fascinating, imagining what might be trapped inside this incredibly old little lump of resin. Easy to please, I told you! The Natural History Museum was an experience. We saw lots and lots of different birds, reptiles, insects and mammals, both current and extinct, before we got to the section with dinosaurs. Everyone knows the dinosaurs were large creatures, but I don't think I understood actually how large until I saw their skeletons! Amazing.

When the Natural History Museum closed we ventured off towards Harrods, just to have been there. My, I have to say I was a little.. shocked. I don't know what I expected really, but the price range was sky high! We walked around, browsed a little, before Pinchy and I found the Laura Mercier counter - and their Tinted Moisturizer. I've been wanting to try it for ages, and figured now would be a good opportunity to get matched for the perfect color. The woman at the counter quickly found one, tested it on my jaw (where it blended right in with my skin), and I decided to purchase it for £33. She matched me to "Fawn", which I later discovered was a color for medium skin with pink tones, and I was so disappointed to have purchased the wrong color yet again. I was pondering going back to get a second opinion, and possibly exchanging it for a more suitable color, but I decided to just go with it - and successfully wore "Fawn" the next day. I can't really say much about it just yet, but so far I love it. It gave me the result I've always wanted from a foundation, but without the hassle! A review will come after I've had the chance to use it some more. We then moved on to the Food Halls, where we kinda got lost among all the food, teas, coffees, immensely expensive apples, chocolate and other candy. I found three boxes of black fruit tea not containing hibiscus, which I'm allergic to, and Øyvind got a can of coffee. The box was so cool, it'll act as a little London memorabilia in our kitchen. After Harrods we needed some food, so we ended up at an English pub called The Paxton Head. Their food was so-so, I had a large plate of Cod & Fish, which was a bit chewy and too greasy even for me. When dinner was devoured we figured it was time to get back to our hotels, so we walked back to the car - and took farewell with our friends. We had such a wonderful day, thank you both for sharing it with us!

For our last day in London Øyvind and I decided to go to Westfield London, a humongous shopping center, and I was excatic! I'll have to admit to having an agenda when I put it on my place-I-wanna-visit-list: Inglot! I purchased everything on my list at IMATS, but I really wanted to go to the store as well. Don't ask. Addiction. Naturally I didn't leave empty-handed (how do one even do that?), and came out with a black little glossy bag containing two eyeliner gels (77 and 87), two body sparkles (57 and 59), one brush (15BJF/S) and another Freedom System palette with four blushes (27, 40, 30 and 33).

INGLOT at Westfield London

One of the two ladies in the store was the same woman who kindly helped me at IMATS, so she immediately greeted me with a big smile as I walked in. The other one kindly helped me pick out four suitable blushes, and I even got a 20% off my purchase! She also used one of the blushes I picked out on my cheeks, and even though I feel like an idiot when I'm wearing blush, I felt.. more alive - if it makes any sense at all. New challenge added to my list: start practicing applying, and wearing blush. Thank you so much ladies, for the wonderful experience at Inglot (both at IMATS and in-store)!

Dior Addict Lipstick: 578 DiorkissI have to say that I love the department stores they have over here like Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis, Fenwick, and so on. They have just about everything, and most of them have point reward cards too! I stopped by Debenhams to look for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, and I scored! I also had to stop by the Dior counter to have a closer look at the Dior Addict Lipsticks as Monica has tempted me one too many times with her "564 Model" - and after swatching a few of them I ended up buying "578 Diorkiss". The man at the counter said it was their most popular one, and hah.. I got the last one in stock. "578 Diorkiss" is the shade worn by Kate Moss in this photo, I just really liked the pink shade, and could see myself wearing it on a regular basis (which is quite unusual when it comes to pink).

Now, I really wanted to meet up with Ingrid while I was in London, but somehow we didn't get around to it until today. She came all the way to Westfield London, and it was so nice finally meeting her! I've met so many awesome people during the last few days, you have no idea - and Ingrid is certainly one of them. We had a coffee at Starbucks® before we went to M·A·C. I wanted to pick up a backup of the Impeccable Brow Pencil in "Taupe" since it's about to be discontinued. I've just recently discovered the magic of filling in my brows, so I've been using my pencil every day for the past month or so! We walked around for a while, chatting and browsing for clothes, before they started closing and we had to leave. I wish we would have had more time, but I sure we'll meet again.

Ingrid and I at Westfield London

Photos © Shamini Thevarajah '12

8Jan/1213

Haul: Nordstrom, Sephora and NARS

When I was bored I used to shop to console myself. Then I started shopping when I was feeling down to make myself feel better. Now I'm not sure why I shop anymore, but I really enjoy waiting for Mr. Postman or Mr. DHL, for unraveling what's hiding inside bubble wrap and cardboard, and to behold the beauties unveiled. Yep, I'm a classic shopaholic. Although it might sound quite materialistic.. my stuff really makes me happy, and I need this kind of happiness in my life as long as my body keeps pulling all kinds of nasty tricks on me.

Now it's time to share another haul, a collective one, which Mr. DHL brought me in mid-October. If you don't care much for haul posts or the likes of it, you might as well stop your reading here. As I've done earlier I've decided to break this haul into two parts, where this post is the first one out. Please note that this is indeed a collective haul, which means that everything has been purchased over a certain period of time - in this case, about four months.