Friday, December 30th, 2011

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  MAC Naturally + Iris Apfel
  • Weekend plans:  Celebrating New Year’s with my fiance! Ooh, fiance.
  • What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?:   I used to play mahjong with my immediate family for most of the night and watch various NYE shows as it hit midnight across the world.  For the past couple of years, I’ve spent it with Shaun and trying to stay up until midnight.  Sometimes we’re like senior citizens ;)  Still working on creating some of our own traditions!

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Totally running out of ideas for where to take photos of Mellan!

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76 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #113

  1. Haul: MAC Vintage Grape, Chagrin Valley Banana soap, Avocado soap, Nettles solid shampoo, and Honey Egg & Beer solid shampoo.

    Weekend Plans: Cooking for a friend’s NYE party, and blogging.

    What are your NYE traditions?: I usually try to stay up until midnight (I’m like my granny; I conk out by 9pm!) but my boyfriend is a night owl, so for the past 3 years it’s been easier to stay up while he’s up.

  2. nitnot

    OOOOOH fiance. *nudge nudge* *tease tease*

  3. Mellan is so cute, I don’t think anyone cares where the photo was taken, we just want to see him!;)

    Anyway, congrats for the engagement, and have a Happy New Year!

  4. Hend

    Haul:
    -Elie Sa’ab fragrance , too rosy for me I’ll probably give it to mom she will love it
    -Bobbi brown creamy concealer

    Weekend plans:
    - Celebrating New Year’s eve with friends, I will ruin my skin with shesha :D

    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?
    - I usually go out with friends and just celebrate and have fun ,
    I never do the new year’s kiss though :D unless I had a bf with me or so ,
    but I wont kiss random people never hha !

  5. Andrea

    my mom just asked where Mellan clothes are, we see it every Friday and almost every friday he is wearing something

  6. Hilary♥

    Haul:
    Catrice eyeshadow in “Petrol Keeps Me Running” and hopefully today I’ll be able to put my hands on Chanel Epatant, which I would love to wear tomorrow night.

    Weekend plans:
    Celebrating NYE with my parents and a couple of friends. :D

    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?
    I don’t really like spending NYE at home unless we’re setting up a huge party with tons of people (like last year) because I would end up asleep before hitting midnight lol. I don’t really having traditions – I guess the only ones I have are going to parties and go to bed as late as possible and get a new outfit for the party every year.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR CHRISTINE! ♥

  7. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Haul: full sized Hourglass primer (I’d got the small one to try last month and loved it); Sin Primer Potion for my daughter
    Weekend plans: helping my younger son get unpacked from uni and REPACKED for his move to Montreal for his work term; stripping beds for company coming to stay for NYE and shopping for groceries for NYE dinner! (I need a holiday to recuperate from this holiday season!)
    New Years traditions: one of my oldest friends, who is on her own, comes to stay and I make something special for dinner for all of us. We play board games and watch some great old movies (probably Charade and Casablanca this year). Generally, the kids are home for at least part of the evening and if we’re really lucky, they’re all home at midnight – we always stay up to see in the new year – and then we take a brisk walk around the neighbourhood after midnight (it’s nice to get out into the fresh air after a dinner and some champagne) and then we sort haul ourselves upstairs to bed! This year, we dubiously welcome the “new” tradition of getting my son to his co-op placements (this will go on for the next 5 years!) in time to start his work terms. Maybe next year, it will be closer to home.

  8. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    Hi, Christine. Happy New Year! (a couple days early)

    Haul:
    CHANEL Blush Horizon de Chanel
    Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Samsara 124
    MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense 35
    Rock For Ever Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER
    Sephora Collector’s Edition I.T. Brush Set (40% off and I got the last one!)
    Kat Von D Painted Love Lipgloss in Homegirl
    LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Roll-On Oil

    New Year’s Traditions: Wherever the wind takes me

    Weekend plans: Euro board games with friends and tending to my son who just had surgery yesterday.

    Hope everyone has a safe holiday and Happy New Year!

  9. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    Haul: Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel, Chanel May nail polish, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt, Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Silky Lipstick in 124, Laura Mercier Luster Eyeshadow in Deep Garnet, Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game, MAC Vintage Grape Blush, MAC Narcissus l/g, MAC Tour De Fabulous l/g, MAC Rich & Witty l/g, MAC It’s A Wow l/g, Bare Escentuals Strike it Rich Mini Prime Time Primer Shadow Collection.

    Weekend plans: Celebrating New Year’s with family.

    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? Eating turkey with family (highlight of the year :D), watch tv, shoot up/watch fireworks at midnight.

  10. Avatar of Heather Heather

    Congrats on your engagement! I’ve been reading your extremely helpful and wonderful blog for just under a year now, and it’s one of those things that makes me happy to check out every day. So thank you and have a very very happy New Year!! : )

  11. Nicole

    Haul: I bought a eau de parfum (Vanilla Drops & Sweet Orange)and a scented candle (Green Tea) by rituals. I love the smell, but the EdP seems a bit to intense.
    Weekend plans: Celebrating New Year’s with a friend.
    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?: I don’t have a tradition. I just try to watch Dinner for One at least two times.

  12. Haul: Tarte Peaceful, UD Bourbon and Lucky, Givenchy Eau Torride (this is my first perfume love but it was discontinued a long time ago. I got it in a swap and I can’t wait to use it when the weather gets warmer)!

    Weekend plans: Celebrating New Year’s with my boyfriend and friends :)

    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? Not really any for this one. All my traditions are for the Chinese New Year. For this one it’s mostly just getting together with friends and seeing fireworks!

    Psst I really love Mellan’s ears! I used to live with a Belgian shepherd (think German shepherd with lighter coat and straight instead of slanted back), and I was always rubbing her ears when I had the chance. So soft, thick, and fluffy!

    Happy New Year Christine (and the lucky guy who is now your fiance)!

  13. Haul: Two Rouge Dior #444 Red Muse (one for me and one for my mom) and Lancome L’Absolu Rouge #333 (for my grandma). The three of us went out for some lipstick shopping. So sad that Dior is being discontinued in Indonesia as of Jan 1, 2012.

    Weekend plans: Celebrating New Year’s with my extended family!

    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?: We usually have a big BBQ dinner feast at my house with my big extended family, including second cousins. While waiting for the clock to strike at twelve o’clock we do some karaoke, play some games, take a million candid photos, etc. At midnight we celebrate it by drinking sparkling grape juice (gotta keep it that way for the underage kids but the rest of us grown-ups are allowed to drink champagne or whatever you can get your hands on basically).

    Oh, and congratulations on your engagement! You must be the happiest girl in the world! Kudos to Shaun for his massive proposal! Wishing the both of you all the best and hope you have a wonderful wedding and long-lasting marriage!!!

  14. Avatar of Laurel Laurel

    Haul: MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NC15 (I had to get a lighter shade), MAC Bronze eyeshadow, and for XMAS I received a YSL kit that I am returning because it’s awful (whoever said that the touché éclat was good was smoking something), a Bobbi Brown kit with two gel eyeliners, and the MAC sultry iced delights lip bag which I love. Oh and I also got a Bobbi Brown Touch up stick and another 217 and the 219 brush. I think that’s it…haha
    Weekend plans: NYE, hopefully getting to the mall to check out the mac collections and to get le metier de beaute corinthian-I’ve given in to it’s loveliness
    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?: My mom and I eat crab and get really messy and have fun with that. Other than that, I don’t really have any “traditions”

  15. Andrea

    Christine, maybe you have mentioned it before, but I didn’t know that you are engaged – Congratulations!!!!!! I am so happy for you. Your fiance is one lucky guy!

  16. Avatar of Tiffany Tiffany

    Haul: Benefit Hervana (love it!!) and Estee Lauder’s Cyber Green eyeshadow.
    Weekend/NYE plans: Gonna sit around and drink with a couple friends, real low key. Then maybe an IKEA trip on Sunday.

  17. Avatar of Sally Sally

    Haul: For Christmas the hubby got me two things from my Sephora wishlist: Make Up For Ever Wild and Chic Best Of Kit and Josie Maran Argan Oil. I just picked up two more things myself in order to get the VIB status, Illamasqua Fume Intense Lipgloss and a replacement Benefit Sugarbomb.
    Weekend plans: Celebrating New Year’s with my husband and some friends. Hopefully my best friend can make it with her fiance from Orlando. Also the 49ers v. Rams game since my hubby wants me to wear the “49ers Fans are Good Kissers” shirt that he got me for Christmas, haha!(He’s the California boy and 49er Fan!)
    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?: Growing up we would usually watch the NYE celebrations on TV and play Uno or have movie marathons. Now, my husband and I usually go out on the town in our finest duds and eat at a really nice restaurant and watch the local fireworks afterwards with friends.

  18. Karen

    Haul: China Glaze First Mate and OPI Warm and Fozzie both on sale at Ulta.
    China Glaze Snow Globe, Glittering Garland and Tinsel Town, OPI Swimsuit-Nailed it from my parents.
    Jack Black Balm Squad Lip Quad and various shirts and shoes from sales!
    Weekend plans: celebrating new years with my boyfriend by watching all of the star wars movies on blu-ray
    New Year’s Eve Traditions: Eating leftover Christmas cookies!

  19. Congrats Christine on the engagement! ^_^.. weekend plans..party with friends and my boyfriend till new years hit.

    tradition: seeing the ball drop with my boyfriend of also 8.5 years on TV and of course the new year kiss :) otherwise, no real tradition yet too.

  20. Sara

    Haul: Lancome cleanser/toner set with Mousse Radiance cleanser and Tonique Radiance toner….love it so far! And my new love ~ MAC lipglass in awesomely pink Style Packed and an Embrace Me liner :-)

    Weekend plans: Two days off!! Woot! Hanging with my favorite fella and the kids :-)

    New Year’s Traditions: Stay home ‘n play boardgames with the family, eat lots of appetizers and ring in the New Year with a kiss! New Year’s Day we have friends coming over.

  21. Avatar of Jerilyn jerilyn

    Haul: MAC 2 of the it’s a wow, narcissus, seasoned plum, what comes naturally, Azelea Blossom and Vintage Grape.
    LUSH 5 of the coconut deodorant powder(they are discontinuing it :( ), 2 lip scrubs Pow Wow and the peach massage oil bar.
    TheBalm MaryLou Maninzer… (omg.. i love it so much)

    Weekend Plans: to enjoy the company of friends and family all weekend long :D

    NYE: My hubby, kids and I stay up, count down, and blow horns, noise makers, and spray silly string everywhere… and also sip on some sparklin apple cider!! Champagne for the adult! haha.. i wouldn’t want to spend it any other way!

  22. LuvJaime

    Fiancé???? Where have I been? I may have missed the announcement.. But either way.. Congratulations!

  23. Carrie Ann

    Haul: MAC Tour de Fabulous, Rich & Witty and Real Posh Lipglasses, Sophisto and Touch Lipsticks, So Very Good Pro Longwear Lipcreme, Summerfruit Cremestick Liner and Circa Plum Pigment.

    Weekend plans: I’ll probably have dinner with my family on New Year’s Eve.

    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? Usually just toasting the new year and hugging at midnight. New Years isn’t a big holiday in my family.

  24. Haul: Mac – both ombre blushes, Red Dwarf lipstick, Real Posh gloss and Narcissus gloss. Burberry – Hibiscus gloss and Bright Plum gloss. Bobbi Brown – Electric Violet gloss, Cosmic Pink gloss and Hot Pink gloss. I also got a super cute Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Natasha bag in Shadow, a “matching” dark gray signature embossed Coach accordion wallet and a Vera Bradley cosmetics bag (it’s lined so if something leaks it won’t mess up my bag) :) Yay for holiday bonus and holiday money from family xD

    Plans: Just chill with my family…BBQ with the in-laws today then relaxing the rest of the weekend.

    Traditions: Nothing in particular, just snacks and sparkling apple cider :)

    Ps. You don’t have to put Mellan different places, we just want to see him so the scenery doesn’t matter :)

  25. Avatar of Lauren Lauren

    Haul: I’m seriously debating buy MAC Romp e/s and the Aurora pigment
    Weekend plans: Honestly, just spending time with family, my boyfriend and getting some cleaning done. Nothing special. I may go get Romp while I’m at it! haah Shopping- there’s an idea!
    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?: My family used to play scrabble and eat finger foods til Midnight. We’d then pop open a bottle of champagne and watch a movie til we all fell asleep. This year, I’ll be with my boyfriend, probably watching movies and cuddling.

  26. Joan

    Haul: Daphne Guinness
    All 3 pigments, blush ombré in Vintage Grape, Red Dwarf lipstick,
    Narcissus cremesheen glass, Blueblood nail lacquer
    Tour de Fab
    Entertain Me lip pencil, Knockout lipgloss
    Metal X
    Palladium

    Weekend Plans: Quiet romantic 3 days w/hubby

    New Year’s Eve tradition: Home, away or out, always romantic & w/hubby

    May you & Shaun have a happy, healthy & prosperous New Year!

  27. Haul: MAC Azelia Blossom with some B-day money, Color Club sets for $13 each in Foiled and Back to Boho set B … from Winners! I must hunt Winners more often as Color Club is hard to find let alone the sets.
    Also got some LUSH during their BOGOF sale, it’s crazy that there soaps cost $14 for a small block but the smell is divine. The 2 bath bombs I got for a friend as she is abroad for the holidays and dies for their Bath Bombs. Never tried one as I don’t have a proper tub for that kind of stuff. lol

    I can’t wait till the 13th (Friday no less) as I will be placing my Sephora order for most of the year until the fall (Naked2 and paperself lashes).

    Weekend plans: Celebrating New Year’s with the family, ring it in watch a movie in the theater the past 3 years. lol

  28. Yumi

    haul: nebula and azalea blossom from mac+daphne guinness. trying not to run out and grab narcissus and vintage grape as well cuz i also want 2-3 things from naturally +_+

  29. Christine, you play mahjong? I played a lot too with my cousins and siblings, usually on Chinese New Year’s eve after our reunion dinner, and the days that followed.

    Haven’t hauled anything since before Christmas.

    This year, it’s only me, Hubby and our daughter since we relocated to the UK. But may be there’ll be some impromptu gathering by tomorrow evening from our friends and neighbors.

    Happy New Year, Christine!

  30. M.

    Haul: MK Satin Hands set and Satin Lips balm.

    Weekend plans: Chinese food tonight, appetizer dinner and apple cider tomorrow night.

    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?: Appetizer dinners. My family doesn’t drink, so when I’m alone for New Year’s, it’s a chance to bust out the sparkling wine and/or vodka. :)

  31. Heather

    Haul: Bobbi Brown foundation stick and pressed setting powder, Bobbi Brown eye cream, Lancôme Hypnose mascara, Shiseido eyelash curler, and Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin concealer. The best part is that was all off gift cards. :)

    My husband and I host a New Year’s Eve party because we have a great view of the Seattle fireworks from our balcony! It’s always a lot of fun.

  32. Avatar of Maca Maca

    Haul: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush, a set of four China Glaze nail polishes from the Let it Snow collection and China Glaze Fast Forward top coat
    Weekend plans: Celebrating New Year at my uncle’s house, with tons of incredible food, fireworks and the annual silly string war. Then party with friends till the sun rises. On Sunday, probably sleep all day, if the heat lets me (which probably won’t)
    What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?: Celebration with my family, eat till I blow up, silly string war, not going to bed before the sun rises and eating pizza with my family the next day.

  33. Maybe take Mellan to dog friendly places around San Francisco?

  34. Adrienne

    Haul: Josie maran beautiful skin kit (amazing value!)

    Weekend plans: whoa 3 day weekend, sleeping in, I wish I was still in school :(

    New years traditions: used to try staying up with my dad which never happened. Now that I’m a grown up mostly just dressing up and going to people’s houses/ bars. And since this is the first year I’ve had a real job I doubt I can stay up till midnight. Senior here as well.

  35. Becca

    haul: MAC Vintage Grape, Azalea Blossom and Style blushes, Milani liquifeye eye pencil in black, Wet n Wild Silent Treatment, neutrogena makeup remover wipes and I FINALLY got the UD 15th anniversary palette! I ordered online a few months ago, but just got to Vegas to pick it up today :)
    Weekend plans: I’m in Vegas so tomorrow we’re going to the Strip for the fire works etc and hanging around with my friend Charlotte and of course shopping!
    What are your NYE traditions? honestly, we don’t really hae any, other than staying up late and having a fun time!

  36. Avatar of Rachel Rachel

    Clairisonic mia 2, Moroccan oil hydrating mask and oil, zoya nail polish (some champagne shade).

    Up in the bay area with the boy for nye; having a little party with his friends from high school.

    No NYE traditions really, just started this one when we got together 2 1/2 years ago.

  37. Diega

    Congratulations on your engagement! That is the most subdued announcement I’ve ever read on anyone’s blog, but congrats! Hope you can tell us the story of how he got you to say yes. *wink

  38. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Oooh, fiance.

    Haul: Estee Lauder Blackened Plum Color Intense Kajal eyeliner, MAC Daphne Guiness Pro Lipcremes in Seasoned Plum and Red Dwarf

    Weekend Plans: I’m working this New Years. ;-;

    What are your NYE traditions: Well, we don’t have any major family gatherings planned, but we usually do the pork chops and saurkraut for good luck. :D Oh, and drinking. That’s the most important part! (Which is why the working part is sad.)

  39. Mellan is so adorable, needs no props ;)

    I just added our new furry family member to the photo group–Ratatouille, aka Tooey! She’s a rat :)

    Did I miss the engagement announcement??? CONGRATULATIONS!!! As great as Fiance sounds, husband is even better ;) We’re celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year!

    My haul–Kate Spade Twirl shower gel & lotion, Harvey Prince perfume (giveaway soon!), Purr by Katy Perry perfume sample, Prada Candy shower gel, Julep Maven box

    I slept thru NYE. Fail. lol