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Every summer I usually splurge a bit on a few new books to keep myself entertained when it’s too warm outside. This summer has been way warmer than any in my recent memory so I decided to just go to the book store to take advantage of the Air Conditioner there, and to find a few new reads. I noticed they had a 3-for-2 deal on English pocket books (pocket means paperback here). Books here are fairly expensive, these retailed for 149 NOK (roughly 17 dollars) per piece, so I’m glad the third was free. I chose a good variety of books, Armada being the thinnest at 368 pages, and American Gods being the thickest at 736 pages. I’m really looking forward to read all of them! I also picked up a moisturizing face mask, and a hypoallergenic mascara from Isadora at the drugstore next door from the book store. I usually use the Lush Eyes Right mascara, but mine had dried out and this one was on sale so i opted to go for that instead.

Neil Gaiman – American Gods

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself. Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Ernest Cline – Armada

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it. It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus 

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.

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After visiting both the book store and the drug store, I decided to stop by H&M  to see if I could find any eye shadows on sale, as recommended by Lisa. I found two that were on sale for 10 NOK (roughly a dollar each) and one for 20 NOK (two dollars). You could see two of these being used in my previous blog post about a bold eye look. I didn’t show any swatches there, so I thought I could include them here! The purple and the blue shades were impressive, but I was a tiny bit disappointed with how sheer the green shade was. Like you would expect a more christmas-y green from that pan, right? Or is it just me having too big expectations?

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I guess I can’t really complain since they were so cheap to begin with! And I will continue to use it in combination with the green shade from the Maybelline 24k palette anyways.

Have you treated yourself to something nice lately?

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Beauty haul 2

February 27, 2017 — 4 Comments

I had to put in another order during the sale where I did this other haul. It’s hard to resist when there’s such great discounts, right?! Saving up to 75% is just too good to pass up. Here’s what i got.

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Alma K Dead Sea Minerals – Eco-Friendly Foaming Sponge, which is a soap infused sponge, giving you gentle exfoliation for 20+ washes. Baylis & Harding Sea Salt & Wild Mint Hand Soap, a lovely scented and very pretty soap! Definitely gonna leave this on the sink for decoration too.

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Shelas flower crown, just because I’m really missing summer and I’m looking forward to wearing it outside. Shelas make up bag, my old one broke and this had a cute pattern so i just had to have it. Delicate Touch – Eye make up remover, I haven’t tried this one before but it had good reviews so i will give it a go!

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L’Action Cranberry DIY Mask, which is a powder you mix with water to create your own face mask! It sounded really interesting and I’m looking forward to trying it. ByNoor Shampoo And Conditioner Samples, this is a vegan, cruelty free brand! I have tried their hair oil and I love it so I’m curious to see if their other hair products are just as good.

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Shelas Dreamcatcher Necklace, I’ve been really into dreamcatchers lately. I don’t know why, but there’s something about them that really intrigues me.

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Wet n Wild Coloricon lip liner in “Brandy Wine”, a sort of burgundy lip liner that looks really pretty on! Wet n Wild Kohl Crayon in “Pros and Bronze” and a Wet n Wild Megaslicks Lip Gloss in “That’s my Jam”. You can see swatches in the picture below! From left to right its “Pros and Bronze”, “Brandy Wine” and “That’s my Jam”.

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And that was that! I should really cut back on spending now.. Heh. Have you purchased anything beauty related lately? 

 

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Fantasy books haul 2.

February 25, 2017 — 2 Comments

Dragonlance edition!

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Winterheim by Douglas Niles

Strongwind Whalebone, king of the Highlanders, is a captive within the ogre fortress, while outside, his allies plot his rescue, and within the fortress, Grimwar Bane, the ogre king, confronts treachery and possible revolt.

Dragon’s Bluff by Mary H. Herbert

Youthful mage Ulin Majere and his traveling companion head for the port city of Flotsam to identify a murder victim, only to find themselves caught up in a dangerous web of conspiracy, a clever gang of thieves, the Knights of Neraka, and a deadly red dragon that is terrorizing the local populace.

Divine Hammer by Chris Pierson

Sorcery: A Threat to the Glory of Istar.
Twenty years have passed since Beldinas the Kingpriest assumed the throne. His is a realm of unsurpassed grandeur and wealth, a testament to the mightiest age of the empire of Istar.
But evil exists in this great realm, threatening the peace and sanctity of the province. Beldinas must turn to his most loyal lieutenant, Cathan, for help. Following Cathan’s lead, the Knights of the Divine Hammer strive to extinguish a foul sorcery that will stop at nothing to serve its own dark ends.

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The Second Generation by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Years have passed since the end of the War of the Lance. The people of Ansalon have rebuilt their lives, their houses, their families. The Companions of the Lance, too, have returned to their homes, raising children and putting the days of their heroic deeds behind them.
But peace on Krynn comes at a price. The forces of darkness are ever vigilant, searching for ways to erode the balance of power and take control. When subtle changes begin to permeate the fragile peace, new lives are drawn into the web of fate woven around all the races. The time has come to pass the sword — or the staff — to the children of the Lance.
They are the Second Generation.
An all-new repackaged paperback edition of a classic Dragonlance novel.
This book of five novellas bridges the gap between the Chronicles and Legends trilogies and “Dragons of Summer Flame,” While detailing their adventures, “The Second Generation” also sets up key events and characters in future Dragonlance novels.

Draconian Measures by Don Perrin and Margaret Weis

The regiment of draconian engineers featured in “The Doom Brigade” seek a safe haven for their precious cargo of young draconians. All they have to do is stay alive. Surely that shouldn’t be too hard.
But Commander Kang puzzles over a sinister mystery. Why are some of his men vanishing? Kang will have to use draconian measures to defeat his foes and save his race. They’d better be enough — the fate of his entire race hangs in the balance.

The Messenger by Douglas Niles

Exiled in disgrace to the harsh land called the Icereach, Kerrick, a Silvanesti elf, encounters a group of barbarian villagers that is making a determined stand against the encroachment of the remnants of a powerful ogre empire that is out to seize control of the frozen world.

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A warrior’s journey by Paul D. Thompson and Tonya C. Cook

Writing team Thompson & Cook once again explore the history of the ancient Dragonlance world in “A Warrior’s Journey,” the first title in the new Ergoth trilogy. Considered the historical specialists of the Dragonlance world, the authors take the story to a colorful and violent era of its history that has not been previously chronicled in any novel.
The mighty Ergothian empire is gripped by civil war.
Centuries before the first Cataclysm sunders Ansalon, two imperial dynasties struggle for supremacy. Brutal warlords jockey for power, while corrupt wizards sell their skills to the highest bidder. Unnatural monsters prey on the unwary.
Amid this chaos and upheaval, a brave young peasant shakes the towers of the mighty as his fate and the destiny of Krynn collide.

The inheritance by Nancy Varian Berberick 

Kidnapped by a ragtag gang of outlaws, an elven princess patiently waits for her husband’s rescue, until she falls in love with the leader of her captors, a love that results in the birth of one of Krynn’s greatest heroes, Tanis Half-Elven, Hero of the Lance.

The Players of Gilean by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Across the ages roams an immortal troupe of actors, gifted with fantastical powers and led by a mysterious artiste with a penchant for meddling. Wherever they roam, they encounter magic and monsters and evil that requires taming.
This is the first anthology based on characters from the extraordinary novella “The Travelling Players of Gilean,” by Margaret Weis and Aron Eisenberg, which was featured in The Best of Tales, Volume One. This new anthology also features novellas by best-selling Dragonlance authors Douglas Niles, Richard A. Knaak, Paul B. Thompson, and a new collaboration by Jean Rabe and Aron Eisenberg.

Have you purchased or read anything fun recently? 

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Mini beauty haul!

February 18, 2017 — 17 Comments

A local online drugstore sort of thing i usually order from had a 25-75% off sale so I was like “why the heck not?” and decided to buy a few things i probably wouldn’t have if they weren’t on sale. I rarely use liquid eyeliners or liquid foundation so for me this was all new. I also have no real experience with the sponges because everything i use is in powder form and i prefer to use fluffy brushes.

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So here’s what i got! A Real Techniques – Miracle Complexion Sponge, Wet n Wild – h2o proof Liquid Eyeliner and Nyx – Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation in Ivory. This was the very first time where an Ivory shade actually almost was too light for me.

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Max Factor – Creme Puff Pressed Powder, Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel and a I Heart Makeup (By Makeup Revolution) tiny set of brushes. They are supposed to be pink but they look very purple to me! Still cute though.

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And last but not least, i received this Makeup Revolution – Colour Correcting palette for free with my order. I haven’t had any color correcting items before so this will be cool to try! It will probably take me ages just to remember what each color is for though, there’s so many! I’ll probably just go for the peachy tones to help with dark circles at first.

Have you purchased anything exciting lately? 

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Fantasy Books Haul

February 10, 2017 — 6 Comments

Almost by accident, i discovered that a website from a local company here offered mystery packs of books where you get 10 or 20 books for a set price (200 or 300 NOK) and they’re all picked at random. Considering the fact that the lowest price for just ONE is around 60 NOK, getting 10 at random is a pretty good deal! I decided to go for it and I was so excited when my package arrived! I quickly tore it open and found these inside.

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Forgotten Realms – The Wizardwar by Elaine Cunningham

The exciting conclusion to the latest Elaine Cunningham trilogy.
“The Wizardwar “completes the Forgotten Realms Counselors & Kings trilogy, which deals with characters and events in the kingdom of Halruaa. The order of counselors described throughout the series is unique to Halruaa and to this trilogy, thus making this set of titles the only place Forgotten Realms fans can find information on these characters and this setting.

The Hedge Of Mist by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

Kennealy-Morrison’s Keltiad novels weave together Celtic myth, fantasy, and science fiction, and are truly unique in their transformation of legends into something dazzling and new. In the final volume of the Tales of Arthur, the Penbardd of Keltia recounts how women of Arthur’s court seek the great Cup known as the Grail stolen by Arthur’s evil sister Marguella, and how Arthur finds his way to the land where he lingers, even today.

The Stars Compel by Michaela Roessner

Tommaso Arista is the son of two of the most prestigious families of chefs to the household of Cosimo Ruggerio, noble astrologer to the Pope, and a powerful political figure in Florence and Rome. His mother is a Befanini — the hereditary cooks of the de’ Medici family, bound to the Dukes of Florence by centuries of both service and blood, family in all but the name.Catherine de’ Medici is the only legitimate heir to the de’ Medici fortune and titles. She is the Duchessina, but the title, and the incredible wealth, will go to the man who marries her. When her uncle and guardian, Pope Clement, recalls her to Rome to use her and her dowry as a precious pawn in his political maneuverings with the crowns of Europe, Catherine chooses Tommaso as her personal chef and head of her household — he will go with her to serve and protect her, and to be her friend in a dangerous place.

Catherine has plans for her future, plans that do not include being sold as part of the Pope’s treaty with France.

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Dungeons & Dragons – The Savage Caves by T.H. Lain

The first book in a series featuring characters from the D&D core rules. Featuring the iconic characters that appeared throughout the latest edition of the D&D game, this new series will attract new players and readers to the various worlds featured in the Wizards of the Coast book publishing line. The already familiar characters and D&D-related content will also make this series very approachable to current players.

Between the mountains of the Merciless Range and the tall boughs of the Hellwood lurks a foul presence. Those who approach it, perish. Those who flee it are slain. These are dark times for the citizens of Fairbye, but there is still hope. Four heroes rise to the challenge, determined to save the small hamlet from the clutches of evil. But will the heroes survive the depths of the savage caves?

Sword Sworn by Jennifer Roberson

Legendary fighters and fugitives from both the North and the South, Tiger and Del continue their quest to uncover the mysteries of Tiger’s origins and discover that he is heir to a powerful magic that could hold the key to his ultimate fate.

Dungeons & Dragons – The Bloody Eye by T.H. Lain

In a new fantasy adventure based on the popular role-playing game, a corrupt cleric searches for the Eye of Gruumsh, a dangerous relic sacred to the evil god of the orcs, while a scullery maid, a paladin, a priest of the god Pelor, and a half-orc barbarian risk everything to stop him. Original.

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Fantastic Four War Zone by Greg Cox

They are the Earth’s most revered protectors: Reed Richards, Susan Richards, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm — the Fantastic Four. Celebrities around the globe and defenders of mankind, these extraordinary individuals have sworn to confront the perils and challenges facing the modern world and each other, always with unyielding courage, unerring wisdom, and an unshakable familial bond.But their darkest hour may yet be at hand, as humanity’s most frightening threat comes violently from beyond the stars…from the depths of the Negative Zone, a universe in a dimension parallel to our own — one first discovered years ago by Reed Richards himself. And it is this terrifying and deadly menace that will ultimately test the measure and mettle of four heroes sworn to protect the human race at any cost — even their own lives….

Dragonlance – Rebels and Tyrants by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Welcome to Krynn, where magic and fantasy are commonplace.
In this collection, Don Perrin offers the story of a family of minotaurs cursed by Sargonnas to repeat their heinous crime of betrayal year after year after year. The god himself enjoys materializing to savor their torment. Until one year, Sargonnas doesn’t show up . . .
Plus tales of rebels, tyrants, and other inhabitants of the wondrous world of Dragonlance by best-selling authors Margaret Weis, Richard A. Knaak, Nancy Varian Berberick, Paul B. Thompson, Chris Pierson, and Linda P. Baker in a new installment of the long-running short story series celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.

Dragonlance – Fistandantilus Reborn by Douglas Niles 

Emilo Haversack is unusually worried for a kender — though he can’t for the life of him remember what his problem is. Still, he’s been wandering across Ansalon for quite some time, trying to remember what’s wrong. All he can recall is the name of a very evil, very dead wizard . . . Fistandantilus.

Joined by a young kendermaid, a human lad, and a devout, if somewhat naive priest, Emilo is drawn into a mysterious quest. As he draws closer to the secret of his past, he and his friends find themselves caught in an increasingly sinister web of intrigue.

And as the conclusion of the adventure approaches, the companions learn that their pourpose is one that could catapult them from Krynn — and forever change the destiny of the world they leave behind.

Dragonlance – Weasel’s Luck by Michael Williams

The Sign of the Weasel is tunnel on tunnel,
enchantment on enchantment.
He digs beneath himself, and in digging
discovers all roads into nothing.
— The Calantina, IX:IX

Weasel’s luck was not always good.

Galen Pathwarden, known unaffectionately as “the Weasel,” would give anything to stay clear of adventure, danger, or heroism.

But that is before young Galen is pitch-forked into the center of a centuries-old curse, one family blood-feud too many, and a knightly tournament unto death.

Together, Galen, the great Solamnic Knight, Sir Bayard Brightblade, and a non-too-bright centaur Agion must overcome the schemes and traps of a sinister illusionist known only as the Scorpion.


 

I’m really happy with the books i received, most of all because i love Forgotten Realms and Dungeons & Dragons, so receiving books set in those universes is great! I do enjoy fantasy books the most so I’m really looking forward to reading these! Have you purchased anything interesting lately? Or have you read any of these?

 

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