Friday, March 15th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Nothing! I’m trying to scale back and focus on getting through my backlog of products right now!
  • Weekend plans:  Catch-up on email, grocery shopping for brunch fixings, try to shoot some new photos of Mellan, and clean up my desk!
  • What’s your biggest motivation?:  Not letting the people who support me down – that always inspires me to do my best and be at my best.

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

This week’s Mellan photo/video…


Hard at work or hardly working… You tell me!

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.

73 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #175

  1. Haul: My NARS order arrived earlier today! Now I can try the Creamy Radiant Concealer and Lodhi!!! So psyched!

    Weekend plans: Hanging out with friends in Antwerp tomorrow, working a bit on Sunday!

    What’s your biggest motivation?: Helping people! I try to radiate positive energy and make people around me feel good (now I sound like a hippy or someone who has read too many self-help books LOL)!

  2. Avatar of Dee GUSnail

    I love Mellan’s faraway look.

    Haul: So excited! I got the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate and MUFE eyeshadow #92 (purple). I haven’t opened them yet, but I’m looking forward to playing with them this weekend. I fully plan on recreating the purple/green butterfly eyes I’ve seen online.

    Weekend plans: It’s restaurant week where I live, so we are going out to dinner Sunday night to one our fave restaurants which serves Latin Fusion.

    What’s your biggest motivation?: My family-doing what’s best for my husband and kids for the future.

  3. Avatar of Precious Precious

    He must be thinking about the ton of products you’ve yet to test and review, Christine. :D

    Haul: MAC Archie’s Girls Collection- Lipglass in Mall Madness; Lipsticks in Betty Bright, Daddy’s Little Girl, Ronnie Red; Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me; Powder Blush in Prom Princess; and Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

    Weekend plans: Check out furnitures and fixtures for a room that we’re redecorating.

    What’s your biggest motivation: Definitely loved ones, my twins especially. They inspire me every single day.

  4. Haul: Estee Lauder Heat Wave from the Goddess collection. It a great dupe for MAC’s Whisper of Guilt just a touch lighter. But I found it more pigment then Whisper of Guilt (not that Whisper of Guilt was under pigmented). O__O

    Weekend plans: humm…. making stuff. A customized pair of platform boots.

    What’s your biggest motivation?: Not letting anyone down the best I can.

  5. Avatar of Amber Amber

    Morning Chistine and happy Friday! Mellan looks so relaxed – he is adorabele.
    This weeks haul – Tom Ford Black Orchid lipstick. I have lemmed this for so long and I finally bit the bullet (pun intended) =)
    It is so beautiful – a vampy red-purple with a cream finish. I love it!
    Also hauled OPI polishes from the Euro Centrale collection: I Saw, You Saw, We Saw Warsaw; Polka Dotcom and Eurso Euro. From the Oz the Great and Powerful collection I bought I Theodora You, Lights of Emerald City and Which is Witch?.
    And from Sephora I ordered the Hourglass Mineral Primer set and got my birthday gift! WOOT!!!!!!

    Weekend plans – going to the doctor tomorrow morning, hopefully all is well. Otherwise I’ll be cleaning and organizing my house.
    Biggest motivation: Understanding that I need to set a high standard for myself helps me strive to make the right choices.

  6. Haul: I’ve been trying to stick to the drugstore end of things, and that’s going well :) I bought all three Maybelline Baby Sticks, which I was excited to try & review – but they are super sheer and not so good. I found some LA Girl holo polishes & bought five – they’re gorgeous, made up for the Baby Sticks :)

    This weekend will be pretty low key, my fiancee has a bad cold (which I gave her — I had it last week).

  7. Lori Brenes

    Mellan is so adorable- I love your weekly photos of him!

  8. Avatar of Aida Aida

    I only got a three nail polishes: OPI Got the Blues for Red; Essie Madison Ave-Hue (I have it on roght now and it’s oh so pretty); Sally Hansen Navy Baby.
    We wanna go hiking to the same park we went last week, it’s sooo amazing!!
    Making the ones I love happy and helping animals in need.

  9. Avatar of Aida Aida

    P.S. ohhh I just remembered that I did buy two of Tarte’s LCL mascaras from ULTA’s 21 days of Beauty deals, as they were 50% off and that doesn’t happen often :).

  10. You’re very hard working, Christine! It definitely seems that way to me anyway :)

    I hauled bareMinerals Ready Blush in The Natural High, which I LOVE. I’ve worn it everyday since! I also bought bareMinerals Primer Shadow in Sundance, which lasts an entire day (or longer!) on my VERY oily eyelids, through sweat and animal fur flying!

    I’m working this weekend, and have a party to attend tomorrow night hosted by my former manager, a lot of my old workmates are going, will be great to see everyone!

    My biggest motivation is to be perceived as hardworking, diligent and reliable in my work. Outside of work, though, motivation is seriously lacking! I’m quite relaxed haha.

  11. Avatar of Cat Cat G

    Haul:
    Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Gold and Cafe Gold (I wanted CopperGlow and Sage Gold but the Target was all sold out of them for now!)
    Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red
    Milani Color Statement Lipliner in True Red
    Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter
    NYX Pink Lyric lipstick
    NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Natural
    L’Oreal Color Riche Nail polish in Creme Puffs and Macaroon Me Madly (both from the Versailles Romance collection -so pretty!)
    Weekend plans: Writing papers / reading for school
    What’s your biggest motivation?: I hate looking back and knowing I could have done better

  12. Mellan is a lazy butt :-)

    Haul: Let’s see… Guhl hair products, Le Petit Marseilleis body lotion and body oil, a shimmer palette by e.l.f.

    Weekend plans: Play games! Yah, I am a nerd.

  13. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Haul: This week was a biggie (particularly since I’m trying to buy less and use more). Clarins BB Cream Light (wish they made a lighter colour still), NARS Lhasa single and Cordura duo (though Cordura might have been last week – I can’t remember!), MAC Rebel and Brick-o-la lipsticks. I also got a sample of MAC Silver Dusk loose powder. I also picked up Annabelle CC cream (from a “Link Love” link to a Canadian youtuber/blogger – I’m not wowed by it or the claims of cancelling out redness, and will probably try the more “glow” version), some Joico shampoo for colour treated hair (I had gorgeous colour done yesterday by my stylist and want to try to preserve it) and some Moroccan Oil Frizz Control. I think that’s it…

    Weekend plans: shopping for birthday presents for my daughter (we got her her big present but I want to get her a few little things), my future son-in-law and my younger son. And going to the gym at least once and yoga also at least once. And gearing myself up for school starting again on Monday (here in Ontario, Canada, we’ve been on March Break this past week – it has been BLISS)

    My biggest motivation: Making the last half of my life as healthy, challenging and rewarding as the first half (hence all this yoga, for starters!)

  14. Avatar of Amanda Amanda

    Haul: I’m tempted to order from Urban Decay because of their offer offree shipping on $25 orders. But I think I’ll hold off until they launch whatever it is they have up their sleeve haha

    Weekend: my boyfriend and I are going to our favorite cafe for lunch today. The rest of the weekend will probably be spent organizing photo shoots and relaxing

    Motivation: consistently holding myself to a higher standard. I’m always looking to improve myself both as a photographer and as a person. If I’m not doing the best I can, I’m only letting myself down.

  15. amber j

    ■Haul: Eyeshadow from ULTA and Sephora, crappy Hard Candy white nail polish, NYX Cottage Cheese eyeshadow pencil, and NYX Sugar something lip gloss, which I love and have already lost! Oh, I got Maybelline Colorsensational High Shine gloss in Glisten Up Pink. It’s a great bubble gum pink and I adore the scent.
    ■Weekend plans: I have to clean my house tonight. Tomorrow I am getting fusion extensions installed. I’m super excited! Then date night with my hubby, church on Sunday and basketball!
    ■What’s your biggest motivation?: Getting into Heaven. Seriously. It really has made me change the way I deal with people and handle situations.

  16. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Haul: Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks in Deepest Cherry (new shade) & Born With It (which I’ve been hunting down for about a year); UD Uncut eyeshadow (gorgeous…); Sally Hansen CSM in Shoot The Moon & Gilty Party (such a pretty shade, fabulous formula, but doesn’t work on my skintone…); several random Sinful Colors polishes.

    Plans: Nothing special…

    Motivation: My daughter; she’s overcome so much in 6 years, and she’s continuing to thrive. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball, but we have get over it, and move forward.

  17. TLC

    Haul: UDPP in Eden, MUFE’s HD liquid foundation and a stippling brush.

    Weekend Plans: My hubby has been working in Asia these past two weeks and comes home tonight! The kids and I are excited. No real plans other than preparing some great meals. If the weather is nice, then I will clean up the back yard and pull weeds.

    Biggest Motivation: Goal setting: make small goals to achieve bigger goals.

  18. Vee

    I wasn’t trying to buy anything at least until the new MAC collection comes out, but I bought some concealer, lipglass and one lipstick all from MAC. I also bought some NYX matte lip cream since they are BOGO 50% at Ulta.

  19. Haul:
    Zoya Godiva
    NYX HD Finishing Powder
    NYX matte brown eyeliner
    Anna Sui rollerballs (haven’t tested her perfume in ages)
    Sephora + Pantone glitter eyeliner trio (because it rocks)
    and I still need to hit up Ulta after work. Cheap Butter London polishes hells yeah!

    Weekend plans:
    My mom’s birthday is Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s a big party and a great way to finish the weekend.

    What’s your biggest motivation?:
    My niece and nephew. I don’t have kids yet, but they keep me busy whenever we hang out all together.

  20. Avatar of Leticia Leticia

    Haul: Météorites Compact Pressed Powder in Teint Beige! I’m very excited with it – as soon as I finish my current powder (which will not take long) I will try it immediately!
    Weekend plans: Grocery shopping, look for some new music for my i-pod and hopefully dinner wth my boyfriend!
    What’s your biggest motivation? I feel good when I make my greatest effort in my daily activities, so I try to motivate myself to always do my best, no matter how small the activity may be, so I can fell good by the end of the day.

    Mellan is so adorable cuddled up and with a lazy look – like he´s thinking, “Oh, Mommy, a picture now??” I love the freckle in his right ear :)!

  21. Avatar of chris Chris

    Haul – check out some shades of Maybelline Vivid Lip Colors; NYX Jumbo Eye Shadows, Sephora Eye Shadows – looking for some Spring 1ndone lid shades

    Weekend Plans – Daughter has girl scouts tonight. So I may meet a friend for drinks and check the new Joe Fresh line at JCP. Workout, mani/pedi (myself).

    Best Motivation – being my best for my daughter and husband. Had a healthscare in 2012. And just had two breast biopsies in 4 weeks. I want to be here and healthy for them.

  22. Stacey

    This is a new pose/ view/ shot. Soon your boy Mellan is going to have as many pictures taken as Suri Cruise (Tom Cruise- kid). He is a star.

  23. Avatar of Icequeen Icequeen81

    both :D, he looks like he is thinking

  24. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    Haul: A bunch of Pixi products – eyeliners, tinted lip balms, and a couple shadow pencils. Also L’Oreal crayon concealer and Milani’s eye primer.

    Weekend plans: gaming tomorrow, working Sunday and also hair cut Sunday. And packing when I can.

    Biggest motivation: Not disappointing people who have put their trust in me.

    • I don’t think I’ve tried Pixi before, but I’m curious how the products work out!

      • Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

        I picked up the eyeliners based on a rave review from Izzy over at Musings of a Muse, and I love them. They’re insanely creamy–almost too much so; two tips broke off, but I sharpened them and now they’re fine–and they STAY PUT once they set. I had lines on my arm from swatching for like two days until I finally was able to get them off. The shadow pencils (Lid Last Shadow Pen) are also really nice, but I haven’t worn them on my eyes yet, and the tinted lip balms are not *quite* as nice as my Fresh balms but are actually fairly close. They’re lighter, and the color is a bit stronger on some. And they have a bit of a minty tingle, which I like. I’d give ‘em a look, if you find yourself in Target.

        • Thank you! :) I am definitely going to check ‘em out now! A rave review from you and Izzy? Must!

          • Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

            LOL i don’t know how good my rave review is; I don’t blog or anything. But I’d say these are worth checking out –you’ll especially like Sage Gold and True Teal, I think, and Izzy *loves* Copperglow (which I can’t find).

  25. Avatar of Sabriel Sabriel

    Haul: I took advantage of the Ulta sale today. I got ButterLondon nail polish in Toff and Pink Ribbon. I also got the bareMinerals lipgloss in Cupcake and Pomegranate. :)

    Weekend Plans: Re-potting an Orchid. Otherwise, business as usual.

    Biggest Motivation: It used to be stubborn pride, but more lately it’s just a desire not to waste the time I have on this earth. I also agree about not wanting to let people down. My boyfriend seems to have this limitless faith in me, and I want to prove him right. :)

  26. Aww! The paws! My labs do that too. They somehow get their big bodies and lanky legs in a way where all paws are together. Too cute!

  27. Avatar of Lacey Lacey J.

    Haul: Estee Lauder Blush in Tease (it’s sheerer than I thought. Still pretty. I am trying different application methods.) What brush to use?

    Weekend Plans: Midnight shifts. Those wear me out these days. I am on the hunt for a different job. Quitting at the end of the month. Just getting worn out… working unpredictable shifts.

    Biggest Motivation: Trying to be my best me. Knowing I can accomplish things if I put my heart into it, and my writer friends can be a big motivator when I start to doubt myself.

  28. Haul: MUFE Camouflage Palette in No. 1, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, a bunch of Skinfoos samples: Gold Caviar Toner, Gold Caviar Eye Serum, Lemon Brightening Cleansing Oil, and Egg White Pore Mask. So far, I love the eye serum.

    Weekend plans?: Seeing a friend tomorrow and baby-sitting her cute 6 year old. I have to work on Sunday.

    What’s your biggest motivation?: I grew up being told I was stupid and useless, so all of that criticism and abuse made me want to prove that I am somebody. My friends are the ones who believe in me, and I would never want to let them down.

  29. Avatar of Laura Laura

    Haul: Nothing, again! Starting to sound like a broken record here.

    Weekend plans: I need to get my portfolio website finished! Apart from that I’ll try to get to a Zumba class and maybe hit a party tomorrow night if I have the energy.

    What’s your biggest motivation?: Tough question. I suppose just not wanting to be a failure – wanting to be able to be proud of myself and what I’ve achieved. I’m my own worst critic though so I always think I should be doing better!

  30. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Haul: Two Butter London polishes. Lady Muck and…a shimmery turqoise one. Hensley or somewhat? Also, the Real Techniques foundation brush. Can’t wait to try this one out!

    Weekend Plans: Working, but I also have to finish up my local taxes. Ugh.

    What’s your motivation? I’ve had bouts of depression on and off for the past three years, so I’ve lost more time and productivity than I’d like to apathy and misdirection. Right now, my motivation is trying to get my life in order again so that I can accomplish some level of self-actualization.

  31. Rachel

    Haul: I hit up the Ulta Butter London sale and got Marrow (which I like) and Blowing Raspberries, which is ultimately too pink for me. Should have bought Knees Up instead. And I got Essie Sexy Divide which I love love love.

    Plans for weekend: connecting with friends and family, catching up on work. Celebrating birthday!

    Will you be reviewing the China Glaze Holograms collection?

  32. Crystal

    Haul: two armani maestro lip products – 402 and 502. one spring/summer bag! a great blue.

    weekend plans: going to the movies. helping my bf shop. attending my friend’s husband’s jazz set and enjoying a shamrock shake :-)

    motivation: becoming a better me

  33. Nicole

    Haul: No, I didn’t bought any makeup products.
    Weekend plans: My weekend is nearly over. I worked long hours on Friday to finish a project. On Saturday I was joining my mothers birthday party (coffee and cake) and today I met a friend to write a wedding speach for one of your best friend.
    What’s your biggest motivation?: Good question, next question.

  34. Avatar of Kathryn kEG

    Haul-nothing this weekend
    weekend plans-Ultra Fest in Miami
    big motivation-helping my kids move in the right direction (kind of an irony when you look at my weekend plans ) and being there to support and guide them
    *** I know the weekend is already over, but I’m just now getting a chance to go online