Friday, February 15th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Chanel Mouche de Beaute Highlighting Powder, Chanel Rose Favorite Eyeshadow
  • Weekend plans:  I managed to get through several folders’ worth of photos this past week, so now I need to hunker down and write reviews!
  • What’s your favorite thing about spring?:  I love all of the flowers blooming–even if my allergies say, “No thank you!”

Share your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! :)

This week’s Mellan photo/video…


From a couple of years ago… still my favorite Mellan Valentine’s Day photo!

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

85 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #171

  1. Avatar of Dee GUSnail

    Wow, Mellan looks so young there!

    ■Haul: Nothing so far, but it’s my birthday this weekend, and I plan on going on a bit of a beauty shopping spree :)

    ■Weekend plans: Hubs is taking me out to a nice dinner for my bday.

    ■What’s your favorite thing about spring?: The longer sunlight hours. It’s makes such a difference in my mood and energy level.

  2. Avatar of Lauren LAUREN

    Haul: Urban Decay Theodora palette and the Nars Light Reflecting Powder… I actually went to pick up the Naked Basics, but I picked up the Theodora instead. I think I might want both…

    Weekend plans: Valentines Dinner at a seafood restaurant with my love on Saturday…

    What’s your favorite thing about spring?: Baseball and softball season starts again!!

  3. Haul: Nothing yet! I’m going shopping (mostly for interview clothes, but the BF promised me a Real Techniques brush set if we can find any in the middle of nowhere, Wales) tomorrow though so… >D

    Weekend plans: Shopping and interview prep! Possibly also finishing this cover letter for another job opening at this rate (le sigh).

    Favourite thing about spring: The weather is optimum for me. A good balance of warm and cool, less frustrating than autumn because dead leaves aren’t blowing everywhere… and occasional sunlight!

  4. Avatar of Icequeen Icequeen81

    soooooo cute

  5. Avatar of Jade Jade

    No hauling to speak of this week, spent so much time at work!

    Speaking of work, that’s where I’m spending my weekend! No complaints here though, loving my job so far :D

    We live on a street lined with huge, HUGE trees. We’re on the 4th floor and the trees grow past our windows. They’re deciduous, so in spring they’re suddenly green and leafy! It almost seems to happen overnight :D

  6. Haul: Revlon Colorstay Foundations in Buff and Natural Beige, Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in Sugar Plum and Pink Truffle, Revlon Nail Enamel in Trendy, Wet n Wild Single e/s in Panther and Platinum, Wet n Wild MegaLast Salon Nail Color in I Need a Refresh-Mint.

    Weekend plans: Tomorrow I am working on a film set! Yayyy!!!! I’ll be doing the makeup for one of the characters: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2631554/

    Favorite thing about spring?: Apart from the sunshine, the blooming of plants and no more snow. When I was a child, spring made me happy because it meant school was ending. :)

    • I totally remember the feeling of the end of the school year being right around the corner – it is funny how that is a very unique feeling to a specific time period!

  7. I bought Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes liners last week & loved them so much that I bought the Shadow sticks this week :) I also got one of Milani’s reformulated lipsticks to compare to the old version (it’s definitely better!).

    This weekend I’m going up to Northern California for my cousin’s wedding, yay!

    Spring, what spring? We don’t really have seasons here in SoCal. I MISS THEM.

  8. Avatar of Anne Anne

    Aw, Mellan! Great photo indeed.

    Haul- Nothing! Well, I would have bought Guerlain Pucci météorites if it didn’t disappear before I realised it was back online again. I really need to be reasonable now.

    Weekend plans- even more work than usual. I have exams soon. BUT a friend is coming over tomorrow night for a girly movie session. That’ll make a nice break!

    Favourite thing about spring- errr. Spring means a ton of exams to me (well, entry exams for schools, actually. The exams I have starting next week are only trainings for the real deal), so I don’t think I’ll really enjoy it. Besides, I like the cold of winter. Blooming flowers are nice, though: I love the sight of blue forget-me-nots. They’re my favourite flowers.

  9. Avatar of Precious Precious

    I visited Guerlain’s counter, even brought my list along. Unfortunately, the shades I wanted were out of stock. :( I did pick up Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow in Champagne Quartz, MAC Lipstick in Hot Chocolate and Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose from Apres Chic, and MAC Pearlglide in Undercurrent. I hate going home empty-handed. :D

    • All good picks you ended up with! What was on your Guerlain list?

      • Avatar of Precious Precious

        Yeah, because I always read your reviews before deciding. Haha! I wanted to get L’Extraits in Avarice and Paresse, plus Rouge Automatiques in L’Heure Blue, Samsara and Vega.

        I left my number with the sales assistant though, she said she’ll let me know when new stocks arrive. :)

  10. Haul: Sugarpill order, Took advantage of the anniversary sale and pick up the items that where out of stock during the Black Friday sale. Asylum Loose Eyeshadow, Toxic False Eyelashes, Bulletproof Pressed Eyeshadow and Lumi Loose Eyeshadow.

    Weekend plans: Need to finish sewing….

    What’s your favorite thing about spring?: the weathr the tree’s foliage. The family of ducks I get to see on the river, fighting for space for our evil Canadian Geese that have made this city there turf. I don’t like our cheeky Geese. I get into a fight with them at least once a week from distressing our lawn. lol

    • Do the ducks come back every year?

      • Yes they actually show up in the winter as a horde from up north. Usually around 100+ of them.

        Then those mirage and we get 2 to 6 families during the spring that nest in the area.

        They are however overwhelmed by the Geese colonies we have. (The Geese get run off by the duck during the winter. lol)

        • Must be fun to watch them grow up a little right before your eyes :)

          • Yes baby schooners to teen schooners.

            I started to call them little schooners because when you first born the only thing you see as their wakes in the water. Their camouflage even fools human eyes at that age being as dark as the water their on.

  11. CC

    Haul: God I went nuts this week! I got the Dior Amber Diamond (finally!), an Inglot eye liner brush, 4 Milani lipsticks, 2 Wet & Wild Blushes plus a bronzer, 2 back ups of the Wet & Wild Fergie collection eye primers, a Revlon cream blush, a color tattoo to Bad to the Bronze, a Covergirl lip balm, 2 of the Milani eye crayons or whatever they are called, some chapsticks and a hand cream because I have been doing a lot of ceramics and the clay dries out my hands so bad…

    Weekend plans: Work, work, work!

    Best thing about spring? You know, the closer it gets to summer, the more I hate it. I live in a desert, (Palm Springs anyone?) which is beautiful but the temperatures are not. Plus Spring season means wind season and I hate the wind! I know, I’m such a party popper :/

  12. CMG

    This week’s haul included two pairs of L.A.M.B. shoes to help kick off Spring :-)

    This weekend, I plan to relax and read, have wine with a new friend, and have brunch with my boyfriend.

    The one thing I love about spring is the fashion! :-)

  13. Avatar of Sabriel Sabriel

    Haul: A ton of stuff! I shopped the sale at Urban Decay, and I ordered the old Ammo palette, the Mariposa palette, and a single of the Stardust eyeshadow in “Bobby Dazzle.”

    I also did a drugstore run. I got Wet n’ Wild “Petal Pusher” and “Silent Treatment,” and a Revlon lip-stain in “Adore.”

    There was actually a problem with Adore. When I got it home, I realized that the plastic safety seal had been removed, which means somebody tested it out in the store. UGH. Gross. I need to be more careful.

    Weekend plans: We’re going to be schmoopy and romantic all weekend.

    Favorite thing about spring: Hands down, the RAIN!

  14. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Haul: I finally caved & picked up the LORAC Pro palette (love), Maybelline Tough As Taupe (I want to try it as a contour), NARS Cairo, Sally Hansen CSM Mermaid’s Tail, Black & Blue, SOHO smudge brush, and several random SC polishes.

    Plans: Hopefully get a haircut, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning.

    Spring: Again, I live in SoCal, so “seasons” are pretty much nonexistant, LOL. It really just means we’re getting closer to even hotter weather, which I don’t like, so I guess I don’t really look forward to it…

    • Avatar of Amy xamyx

      * I forgot to mention the Sonia Kashuk Multi-Purpose Flat Top brush; I’ve been using it for foundation, and I *love* it. I had similar brushes already, and more than enough foundation brushes, but I’m actually considering picking up another.

    • Happy to hear you’re loving LORAC’s Pro palette!

  15. Haul: Burberry Rosewood, Diorshow Art Pen, and my Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss and LMdB eyeshadow brush arrived wheee

    Weekend plans: Going to IKEA tomorrow to finally buy a piece of furniture to house, you guessed right, my makeup! Sunday’s probably going to be a big photography day since I have accumulated quite a bit of new stuff!

    What’s your favorite thing about spring?: Lighter and more colorful clothes! That and cherry blossoms. They never fail to amaze me!

  16. Avatar of Abbey Abbey W

    Mellan is adorable!

    Haul: Nars Laguna and TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer. I plan on taking advantage of Urban Decay’s FF sale, but I haven’t decided what to buy yet! Of course I stocked up on sale items LAST week. :/
    Weekend plans: We’re getting snow again, and I find it hard to be motivated to do anything when it snows! I need to live in a warmer climate.
    What’s your favorite thing about spring?: I love the longer days and warmer temperatures.

  17. Avatar of Joyce Joyce

    Haul: nothing for months now, lol!
    Weekend plans: dinner at a friend’s house tonight, dinner at my house tomorrow night with other friends, and church on Sunday. Nothing on Monday! My husband has off work though, so yay! Yeah I’ll probably spend the whole day doing homework while he plays with the dog :)
    What’s your favorite thing about spring?: AH! Don’t mention it yet! I can feel my allergies flaring up just from reading the word FLOWER :P I think I like more hours of sunlight beginning :)

  18. Haul:
    I think the makeup universe declared “SALES ON EVERYTHING” and made it so.
    * Missha BB creams – everything 40% off from an actual Korean beauty brand? Yes please. I got samples of BB creams to test out different finishes. Asian BB creams behave better on my Asian skin than tinted moisturizers made from other countries. Who knew? LOL
    * Urban Decay – Can’t resist a good friends and family sale from UD. Grabbed Deep End, Omen, and a travel size of Primer Potion for good measure.
    * MAC Mineral Powder in Medium Plus – My favorite powder (Make Up For Ever) hit the pan but was making my dry skin look like a hot mess. Summer makeup =/= winter makeup! In any case I’m wearing it now and I love it.
    * Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
    * Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask – My face needs serious hydration.

    Weekend plans:
    Head to a beach. Any beach. I think my husband has cabin fever and wants to take in some fresh air.

    What’s your favorite thing about spring?:
    The weather is warm enough to wear dresses without leggings or tights. A small luxury but my legs needs some color right now.

  19. Avatar of Mirian Vermeulen Mirian

    haul: I was supposed to be on a no buy…So instead of saving money i broke down when I was having a bad day and bought myself the Lorac Pro palette. then my boyfriend gave me the NAKED palette AND THEN Tarte had a flash sale yesterday 50% off all blushes. So of course I bought Blissful, Tipsy, Blushing Bride, and dollface.

    Weekend plans: Saturday gym and shopping and then delayed valentines day dinner in the City followed by a friends bday party. Sunday -NOTHING. I have monday off so the boyfriend and I will find something fun to do :)

    Favorite part about spring? I would have to say the beginning of the warm breezes. The northeast is so chilly that I just want a warm breeze!

  20. UD Uncut eyeshadow, Showboat Nail Kit, Stardust eyeshadows in Atmosphere and Moon Spoon, and a couple of nail polish pens that I got off Hautelook. =P

    Weekend plans: Baby-sitting, sleeping in, and Tumblr! =D

    Favorite thing about spring: SUN! =D Living in Seattle, I don’t see it very often. =P

  21. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    Haul: I went a little crazy. Diorskin Nude BB cream, YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Cherry and Plum, Guerlain Shine Automatiques in #265 and #202, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino, Hourglass Femme Rouge lipstick in Nocturnal, and…a couple other things I’m blanking on. It’s not all from one buy, though.

    Weekend plans: I think we’re gaming tomorrow? I can’t remember? And then Sunday I’m working and then getting waxed.

    Spring: SUNLIGHT! I live in the Pacific Northwest and winter here is just gray and dreary, and spring into summer we start getting so much light, it’s glorious.

    • I can’t even imagine living in PNW! It seems too gloomy :(

      • Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

        Yeah, but the spring and summer totally make up for it. In June it’s light out until ten, sometimes eleven o’clock at night, and the sun starts coming up way early in the morning, and it’s not too hot and not too cold and it’s just wonderful. Spring and summer are how we survive the winter *g*

  22. Mellan looks cute as ever again :-)

    Haul: Kibio skin care

    Weekend plans: Run errands, and spend some well-deserved and much-needed quality time with the boyfriend

    What’s your favorite thing about spring?: Not having to wear a jacket and a scarf and mittens, but just being able to go out in your t-shirt and feel that nice breeze on your skin!

  23. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Haul: Shiseido foundation brush (it’s amazingly good – I think it has become my favourite foundation brush); Origins Starting Over moisturizer, Korres Pomegranate facial wipes, L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream

    Plans: Dinner out tonight – just me and hubby; yoga and looking for a dress for my daughter’s wedding. I thought I found one back in the summer but want to check out another shop that has very lovely things before I commit to anything

    Favourite thing about spring: seeing the snowdrops and then the daffodils come up in my garden

    • I’ve heard good things about Shiseido’s foundation brush!

      • Avatar of Mariella Mariella

        They’re all true. I was quite surprised by just how good it is (the beauty blender and a Real Techniques brush had become my standby tools for getting a good result in a short amount of time but this brush has taken over from those!) Definitely worth checking it out, Christine. It’s my first Shiseido purchase in decades!

  24. Avatar of Amber Amber

    Happy Friday! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day! Mellan looks soo adorable – I just love that picture!

    This weeks hauls:
    Sephora – Too Faced Sweetheart Blush and Hourglass Primer/Primer Serum set. I had a VIB 10% off code – yay for promos!
    Nordstrom – Philosophy Purity Oil cleanser. I couldn’t find this on Sephora.com – I hope it isn’t being discontinued.
    TJ Maxx – Orly polish in Down The Aisle
    CVS – Simple Cleansing Wipes, L’oreal HydraCurl Cleansing conditioner and HydraCurl Shampoo – I LOVE the cleansing conditioner so far! I also picked up Cover Girl Clump Crusher and Lashblast Fusion mascaras – really like the Clump Crusher so far!
    This weekend – well we are getting snow all day tomorrow, so I plan on doing some quick shopping tonight so I can stay in, watch movies and relax!
    What is my favorite thing about spring? I like coming out of hibernation and seeing all my neighbors again lol.

  25. Avatar of Leticia Leticia

    Haul: MAC Paint Pot in Frozen Violet – a total impulse buy that I´m already regretting!
    Weekend plans: Catch up on reading Temptalia.com! A special event at work kept me super busy for the last month, so I’m very behind…I´ve missed it so much!
    Favorite thing about spring: Blue skies and bright sun shining on the trees’ leaves!

    I can understand why this is your favorite Valentine’s Day photo of Mellan…..he melts my heart! He´s so well behaved, staying still hugging the teddy bear :D!

    • Well behaved for about five seconds ;)

    • Sarah

      I also just bought MAC’s Frozen Violet and Antique Diamond pro-longwear paint pots and I loooove them! I suspect they are MAC’s dupes, at least color-wise, for Chanel’s Illusoire and Epatant cream eyeshadows. I mean, a violet-toned ultra-sparkly dark gray and an green-toned ultra-sparkly light gray? Seems too much of a coincidence not to be… and all of them are beautiful!

      But Chanel’s cream eyeshadwos are like $37 a piece or something… so if this makes you feel better, you paid almost half the price of those :)

  26. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Haul: Sonia Kashuk kabuki brush. I needed a larger one than what I had, so when I found this on clearance, I went for it. Otherwise, I’ve been sticking to my no-buy guns!

    Weekend Plans: Do some checkbook financing. A friend of mine just lost her job, so I’m moving some money around to help her out in the meanwhile.

    Favorite thing about spring: The weather. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right. (Autumn is stil the best, though.)

  27. Avatar of Erica Erica

    Oh Mellan! What a playboy!
    Haul- Sephora: the new NARS translucent light reflecting setting powder,Tarte to go kit with 3 sampler primers (face/eye), Korres silicone free face primer and sampler sized Benefit Bad gal mascara. MAC: Pro Conceal & Correct Palette (medium), Studio Finish Concealer NC 45, Oak lip pencil, Prep & Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer, 5 “work friendly” pan eye shadows: Rule, Red Brick, Woodwinked, Bamboo (my peachy brown lid color) and Malt (my pinky brown lid color). Open to recommendations for my nutmeg complexion.

    After last weeks’ noreaster here in NYC, we are determined to go out Saturday despite more snow warnings – enough already! 3 day weekend (Presidents Day) so catching up on tv shows, new magazines, making soup.

    I love Spring, longer days and flowering trees/flowers. Daylight Savings Time next month. Yes!

  28. Avatar of Tuva Tuva

    Haul: I’ve been good this week, I’ve only bought a nail polish remover and eyebrow colour (which worked wonders for my invisible eyebrows!). :D

    Weekend plans: obedience course with the doglet.

    What’s your favorite thing about spring? More daylight, warmer weather and green things growing! :D

  29. Avatar of Laurel Laurel

    Haul: My boyfriend got me the Too Faced Boudoir eyes and UD Naked Basics Palettes for Valentine’s Day!!
    Weekend plans: Going home for the 3 day weekend!
    What’s your favorite thing about spring?: It gets a little bit warmer in the frigid city of Boston! Why did I leave my beloved Bay Area to go to school on the east coast again?

  30. Nicole

    Haul: I’m sorry another week without a beauty haul.
    Weekend plans: Shopping spring cloth with my dad on Saturday, having lunch with friends on Sunday and enjoy a stressless weekend.
    What’s your favorite thing about spring?: The best thing about spring is leaving my thick wintercoat at home, because of the warmer temperatures.

  31. Avatar of Mar A Mar

    Haul for the week? Nail polish galore. Eight coming in from Julep and three from Zoya! Still really excited to have Neely, Wednesday and Perrie coming my way! Also picked up Violetta from MAC. Quite a bit for me in one week!

    This weekend: Sitting down and doing taxes. It may be the first time I don’t stall until April. Get some writing done. Likely spend most of the weekend on a cleaning spree. The weather is a lovely 70 fahrenheit and mild weather makes me want to open the windows. After all, my favorite part of spring is cool breeze and flowers. I’ll indulge the flower stand at the farmer’s market every weekend for the remainder of spring!