Friday, April 5th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: MAC In Extra Dimension (but press samples also came, so I’ll be giving half of what I bought away!)
  • Weekend plans:  My grandma is coming to visit, so I’ll be seeing her on Saturday.
  • What’s your favorite food to cook?:  Fettuccine alfredo… it’s about the only thing I can cook!

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…

Fancy Mellan is fancy!

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68 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #178

  1. KEG

    Mellan is not only fancy, he is so well groomed-I bet he smells as sweet as a flower!
    haul-nothing this week
    weekend plans-kayaking, if the weather is decent
    favorite food to cook-I love to make tostadas, and I also like to try new, and creative, vegetarian recipes

    • What’s your favorite vegetarian dish/recipe?

      • KEG

        My favorite one for myself is a salad: I always have a lot of juicy ripe tomatoes in my garden and mint, so I combine them along with Feta cheese and cucumbers sliced, and top it with a fresh squeezed lemon- in the summer I can make enough to last a week. My daughter loves my Caprese salad topped with lemon infused olive oil. We also love to make tofu with peanut sauce. I am always open to new recipes-I’m not a great chef-except when it comes to Mexican-I rock!-but I really enjoy experimenting with new foods from other countries. Our absolute favorite food, that my whole family agrees on, are Summer rolls(vegetarian style)-unfortunately, I haven’t mastered the art of these- we have to go to a good restaurant for them.

  2. Zainab

    Last makeup I got was MAC Please Me. This weekend I might get another lipstick… I finally got around to using the quinoa we had luring around, and cooked my favorite food- bhindi sabzi.

    • What lipstick are you thinking of?

      • zainab

        Probably something in the MAC line, maybe one of their browns. But I saw Shiseido lipsticks at a chemist’s here advertised for a lower than usual price. I’ve been curious to try one since your review of Fuchsia (I checked the review and it was six months ago, so I might just buy one since I’ve wanted it that long).

        I’m kind of amazed that Mellan sits still long enough to get clear photos of. My sister’s dog can only be photographed if you sneak up on him, and even then he’s usually a blur.

  3. Elle Jaye

    ■Haul: This week and next week will be all about MAC: This week I got Heroine and Dervish lip liners, Dangerous Cuvee paint pot, and finally Lady Danger *insert happy dance* Its ALWAYS sold out!

    ■Weekend plans: Charity event for work and a friend’s birthday party.

    ■What’s your favorite food to cook?: I’m working on more “clean eating” so I am enjoying my new healthier recipes. Last week I made black bean and sweet potato quesadillas. They were delish!

  4. Icequeen81

    so elegant :)

  5. xamyx

    Haul: NARS Kalahari & Cordur; mini NARS Orgasm & Laguna duo; e.l.f. angled brush; Up & Up Nail Polish Remover Dip-It (this is an amazing product!).

    Plans: The usual…

    Food to cook: I just enjoy cooking, so I don’t think I have a “favorite”. Cleaning up after, however, is not so much fun, LOL.

  6. GUSnail

    Haul: Nothing again. I’m trying to go through my current foundations before buying anything else.

    Weekend plans: My mom is moving on Saturday, so we are going to help her with that.

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: I don’t really enjoy cooking. I do it most days, but I just don’t like it :)

  7. Precious

    Mellan’s always fancy! 😀

    Haul: Clinique Chubby Intense Sticks in Broadest Berry, Chunkiest Chili, Curviest Caramel, Grandest Grape, and Roomiest Rose; NARS Powder Blushes in Dolce Vita, Madly, and Oasis.

    Weekend plans: We’re planning to travel down south and hit the beach with the kids.

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Pastas, but my real passion is baking. :)

  8. aico

    I know that others have said it, but it bears repeating. The work that you do to make this blog the go to source for makeup is astounding. Thank you so much for all you do. It’s appreciated.

      • KEG

        The dedication and attention to detail really show-Christine is a really professional blogger-I don’t know too many people out there who put such great effort into it. It has saved me so much money on inferior products- and cost me some-because I enjoy reading the good reviews, and then I am tempted.I think everyone who reads your reviews would agree that you are doing such a great job and service to all of us beauty lovers-thank so much!!

  9. kmk05 (Kris)

    After the awesome BB cream post I am now looking to buy either a foundation or a BB. Have stopped at my local department store and picked up samples of Armani Luminous Silk, Designer Lift and BB Extra Repair foundation, Hopefully one will fit, if not it’s BB Skin79 time!

  10. Shea

    Haul: Received Mally Volumizing Waterproof Mascara for Easter. I am rather in love with it.
    Weekend plans: Sending out graduation announcements. Only one month left until I have my degree!
    Favorite food to cook: Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Yum!

  11. A. Mar

    Haul: MAC Viva Glam Nicki

    Weekend Plans: Organizing the bedroom. It’s due for some furniture rearranging and then I’ll organize the closet to get things off the shelves. Sunday will hopefully be quiet!

    What’s your favorite food to cook? Mushroom anything. I was enjoying a mushroom orzo recipe through the winter. Lately, potatoes and mushrooms with dill, parsley, shallots, and a little lemon.

  12. Noga

    Haul: I’ve been having a bit of an Illamasqua craze lately – but their customer service sucks, I’m still waiting for a package from January! The package I did yesterday get had Freckle nail polish, Seduce cream blusher and their lash and brow gel.

    Weekend plans: should be resting, but i’ll be studying :/

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Chilly con Carne, but it’s tons of work, so lately I just like chucking some vegetables into the oven with different spices and see how it goes.

    • Sarah

      Wow. I’m sorry to hear their customer service is treating you poorly. A year and a half ago, I bought two powder foundations from them and had it shipped to the USA. Well, once powder just broke all apart and became a loose powder basically. I contacted them and they sent me a replacement free of charge. I just had to show them the pictures of the damage. Maybe they have a new person working customer service. Either way, I hope your problem gets resolved quickly and with a good outcome.

  13. TrippyPixie

    Haul: Nothing. I’m trying to save my money, though I need to buy a few lip balms since my lips are severely dry and chapped.

    Weekend plans: Driving up to Milwaukee in order to perform in a debutante ball.

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: I can cook almost anything if I have the recipe and ingredients for it. However, my particular favorite things to cook are sauces, adding spices to food, and pan-frying foods.

  14. melissa

    Haul: Omg what DIDN’T I buy this week!? If you count last Friday’s Sedona Lace order then:
    -Sedona Lace 7 piece midnight lace set and one of the angled face midnight lace brushes (either 520 or 502…something like that)
    -Too Faced la creme lip color in Naughty Nude (so pretty)
    -Tarte complexion set (that comes with concealer, finishing powder, concealer brush and maracuja oil)
    -Tarte amazonian clay eyebrow gel or mousse (comes with brush–really nice) the Tarte order also came with samples–eye primer and brazilliance tanner
    -Urban Decay Naked 2 (wanted for long time and finally just sucked up the price and bought it)
    -Urban Decay triple threat 24/7 eyeliner set with rockstar, demolition and zero
    -Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 3.5 (anyone interested in this I’d say go a shade or two darker than you think–I tested it out at Sephora and I probably could’ve even went with 4 and I would say I’m light to medium) BTW I love this stuff so far
    -Urban Decay Naked super saturated lip color
    -Tarte Exposed blush

    It’s possible I forgot something but this is what I can remember. Kinda went on a binge and now I have to be realllll good cause my fiancee I am moved in together a few weeks ago and I need to start saving more. Not to mention the week before I bought a Gucci fragrance set from Sephora and other goodies.

    Weekend plans: Girls night out tonight, cleaning, laundry, food shopping tomorrow, bridal shower Sunday (not mine)

    Food: I love cooking mexican food!

  15. Hello there Mellan! He’s adorable with his crossed paws 😀 My Bernice does exactly the same thing and it always makes them look so regal!

    ☢ Haul: Maybelline vivids with vivid rose and shocking coral being my personal favs. Terrific formula. I also picked up the electric orange shade and–rolls eyes–why oh why do I keep buying orange lipstick? UD 24/7 Pencils in some of the new shades and also a few backups of discontinued. Hourglass Ambient powder in Dim Light. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out which shade to purchase and happily I nailed the right one. MAC Embrace Me fashion set and my usual truckload of nail polish–slight exaggeration.

    ☢ Weekend Plans: a whole wack of paper work. Business budgets and projections and *cough* taxes. Seriously stimulating and exciting stuff.

    ☢ Favourite Food to Cook: Do salads qualify as cooking? I love to create interesting salads with different flavours and textures. This week I did a Greek style salad replacing tomatoes for cubed watermelon and it was incredibly refreshing. I also love tossing up a good stir-fry for the same reason.

  16. Haul:
    Chanel nail polish in Taboo. It’s space on my nails! Also some cute Hello Kitty Hair combs to stick in my hair. Because I still want to be a pretty princess.

    Weekend plans:
    My husband and I are getting a Thai massage. I also need to stock up on fancy liquors for the Mad Men premiere on Sunday. Suitable cocktails for TV shows I like.

    What’s your favorite food to cook?:
    I’m trying to master my dad’s adobo. Nothing has tasted quite right yet, but I will be making announcements once I do. Phone calls, obnoxious Facebook posts, shouting. People will think I’m pregnant with all of that ruckus =p

  17. Elyse

    Haul: Just a few lip butters from Revlon. They look so surprisingly nice on the lips! My favorite is Tutti Frutti :)

    Weekend plans: Work on Saturday, then a bit of cleaning and gardening on Sunday!

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Pretty much everything. I love cooking and baking. But my specialty is Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  18. Yellowlantern

    Haul: Loreal Shine Stain in Infinite Fuschia. Really impressed with the lasting power of these. Though the color of this one was a bit darker/less bright than I thought it would be based on the tube color.

    Weekend Plans: Nothing planned. Probably watch too much TV and then run to stave off my guilt for sitting for so long. 😛

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Korean soups. Dang just thinking about it is making me hungry.

  19. haul: jouer essential matte touch!
    Weekend plans: it finally stopped raining! I need to do a housecleaning, but what I really want to do is start gardening!
    Favorite food to cook: bacon wrapped shrimp! yum yummmm

    My Charlie dog does the paw cross too, it’s my kryptonite!

  20. Alley Cat

    Nyx Eyeshadow Base White – Thanks to this, you can actually see my eyeshadow on my dark eyelids! Also, it smells like soap which is a win.
    Nyx Matte setting spray- haven’t really used this yet
    WnW I’m getting sunburned trio – Man. The gold color in this trio is probably my most favorite eyeshadow ever. I think it’s a dupe for Mac Amber Lights.
    WnW black gel eyeliner: Not creamy like other gel eyeliners. It actually reminds me of firm shoe polish. But it’s very pigmented, very black, and the brush it comes with isn’t so bad.
    WnW Megalast Lipstick in Wine Room: Unfortunately, this looks too light and neon on my NC40-42 skin for some reason. Prob because of my natural lip color.
    Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX11: I won’t be getting this till Monday – I’m SO excited! I’ve researched A LOT to find my perfect shade, and I’ve heard so many good things about SSE. I can’t wait to try it.

    Weekend plans: I’m going in for my monthly microdermabrasion session. Will most probably play video games, too.

    What’s your favorite food to cook? I looove to bake. Brownies, in particular, but I’m trying to do more cookies and cakes.

  21. chris

    I stood in a small line outside of the MAC store and purchased Heroine, Ablaze and Embrace Me listicks and glosses. I thought I was in line for concert tickets.

    • chris

      I plan to get some walks in this weekend due to the great weather and do a pre-prom make-up tutorial. My daughter loves my spaghetti and tacos. I plan to do some salmon.

  22. What a perfect little gentleman! I looove Mellan!

    Haul: My NARS Niagara and Montego Bay arrived! Also received a new Benefit Coral My World set and UD Delinquent from a swap. I can finally see for myself why these boxed powders are so popular!

    Weekend plans: My old host family’s grandpa is celebrating his 85th birthday tomorrow, and I’m meeting an American friend and her baby who is in town on Sunday :) The last time I saw her it was in New York, and she was like 5-6 months old (now she’s almost 2)!

    What’s your favorite food to cook? Dumplings! I would totally love to eat them every day, but it’s such labor-intensive work!

  23. Haul:
    Vichy Normaderm Micellar Water
    Vichy Normaderm Exfoliator
    Topshop Lipstick in Beguile
    Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Cleanser
    Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask
    Good Things Stay Clear Anti Blemish Cleanser
    Pro Melting Gel Cleanser
    Avene Thermal Water Spray
    Sleek Mirrored Pink Blush

    … I didn’t go a bit cleanser crazy nope.

    Weekend Plans – Nada atm!

    Favourite Food to Cook – Cakes. Do they count? Haha.

    Have a lovely time with your gran <3

  24. Joyce

    Haul: unless stated otherwise, always assume nothing! lol 😛
    Weekend plans: babysit and do homework
    What’s your favorite food to cook?: I love to cook so many things! But probably jambalaya, creamy chicken enchiladas, spicy Italian sausage spaghetti, and banana bread!

  25. Ashley

    Haul: I don’t quite know if it counts since technically I bought these 3-ish weeks ago (then again I do live in the Philippines), but I recently received my order from (: Gorgeous quality and pigmentation and just. asgdfhg it was worth waiting 21 weeks for it to arrive@

    Weekend plans: Thesis. ):

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Living on a poor university student budget/schedule so unfortunately I don’t have much opportunity to cook. When I DO get the chance however, I enjoy making paella. <3

  26. ellie

    Haul: I was at the MAC counter at Nordstrom’s at 10am to buy all of the Fashion Sets lipsticks and the SA talked me into getting Silly lipliner. He swatched on his hand Silly lipliner and Ablaze lipstick and it sold me. It looked so pretty and unique. Then over to Sephora to pick up Illamasqua’s LE polish in Speckle (purple one). I used my Ulta coupon and got Essies Van’d Go where has this been all my life? LOVE Oh, and I picked up Sally Hansen in Grey Area. I love that formula, and for three dollars it’s a steal.

    Weekend pans: Spring cleaning, especially the car’s inside and out.

    Favorite food to cook: Kale and eggs. Fast, green and easy. I call it birds nests and the kids love it even my three year old.

  27. Haul: Nothing yet just ordered MAC In Extra Dimension Zestful, Opalesse, and Triple Impact yesterday morning which hasn’t shipped yet. I really pulled back on what I was going to order from this collection. 😉

    Weekend plans: Work on my own projects! Didn’t get any work don last weekend or much during the week. lol I was horrible lazy this week after work.

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Stir-fry (makes and combination taste) and fresh tomato based pasta sauce with sauteed garlic and mushroom.

  28. Haul: Nothing this week! Prepping the wallet for MAC In Extra Dimension release next week. :)

    Weekend plans: Spa day with my girl friends on Sunday! We’re super indulging at the Intercontinental hotel, so should be fun.

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: It’s a tie between risotto and quiche. Both are very versatile foods, and are a great way to try out different combinations of flavors from different foods.

  29. Anne

    Mellan is so dapper… Have a good time with your grandmother, Christine!

    Haul: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Ming, off ebay! It arrived today, and I’m very pleased with it. Also bought Mandarin (from a different ebay seller), it should arrive on Monday.

    Weekend plans: WORK. WORKKKKKKK.

    What’s your favorite food to cook? Christmas food!

  30. Theresa

    I’ve put myself on a no buy for the past couple of months because I’m going to go nuts at imats in nyc this weekend :)

  31. joyce

    That picture of Mellan in his bowtie is so cute! He even has his paws crossed like a proper gent, lol.

    I bought a stila convertible color in Sweet Pea this week. It’s a lovely face-brightening shade, just right for spring.

  32. ms

    i bought mac ablaze lipstick. it’s not as bright as i though. not that that’s a bad thing. i like it. it’s decent.

  33. Amber J

    Haul: Nothing this week!

    Weekend plans: I am meeting a girlfriend for happy hour tonight. Tomorrow we are supposed to go to the movies with the kids then casinos later. I need to get my eyebrows done. It’s looking scary up there.

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Spaghetti. I love spaghetti so much! I also enjoy grilling (except ribs, they intimidate me).

  34. Divya

    What a gorgeous baby you have!

    My sweet bichon Sophie passed away last week and seeing pictures of dogs like Mellan is making it a bit easier. Besides, what’s better than beauty and dogs in one place :)

  35. Sarah


    Hourglass – Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2.
    Chanel – Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Merveille (thanks to your A+ rating). Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Crushed Cherry. Le Vernis Nail Color in Taboo.

    Weekend Plans – Watching Studio Ghibli movies with a new friend. I just put together an ABJD meet for tomorrow and everyone has a new doll to bring, so it will be awesome! Husband starts his vacation on Sunday and we will watch lots of shows and play lots of games!

    Favorite Food to Cook – Crockpot dinners are always good with minimal effort and cleanup. I just perfected how to cook a steak in the oven (Bring steaks to room temp with seasoning. Place in oven and bring the temp up to 400 on bake and flip once during the heating. Then, broil both sides for a couple of minutes.) We don’t own a grill (which would be even tastier), but this is just as good.

  36. Rachel

    Hey Christine, at my local Sephora inside JCPenney (Rancho Cucamonga/Victoria Gardens) a bunch of Illamasqua nail polishes were on sale for $7. I can recall the names I purchased: Baptiste, Radium, & Viridian, & there were at least 7-8 more including Vice. Just wanted to let you know (& readers) because I know you like ’em!

  37. Mariella

    Haul: Nothing this week but SDM has their bonus points redemption this weekend so if I can get there, I’ll probably be buying a lot of stuff
    Plans: Shopping for a shower gift for my daughter, trying to get to SDM (see “Haul”) to use up some points; work in the garden; go to yoga
    What do you love to cook: I teach food and nutrition so I cook a lot and have always loved cooking. My favourites are appetizers, brunch dishes and desserts – I do love to bake (strawberry shortcake, various types of coffee cakes, Skor Shortbreads and cheesecakes are some stand-bys). Last night, because I had some heavy cream and some strawberries I wanted to use up, I made Eton Mess. Was it EVER GOOD!

  38. Kristabelle

    Haul: most of my paycheck’s going towards a new straightener. replacement fcs clearly complexion soap, and maybe another l’oreal balm stain, love them for work.

    Weekend plans: work.

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: cupcakes from scratch. I use Kandee Johnson’s recipe and they are seriously sooo good and a really easy way to impress a guy :)

  39. Marina

    Haul: nothing! Going to Sephora tomorrow to pick up a few new thing- probably will purchase one of the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils (Yu) and an LM Caviar Stick Eye Color in Rose Gold.

    Weekend Plans: I’m going to Sephora tomorrow with my cousin/best friend and then out to lunch! Of course I also have a ton of homework to do…

    Favorite Thing to Cook: I’m more of a baker than a chef but I do enjoy grilling red peppers with mozzarella on top. Does that even count?

  40. Nicole

    Haul: I bought lots of drugstore sample sizes (shampoo, shower gel, hair products, handcreme) for my trip to a wedding in London next weekend including Essie Mademoiselle nail polish and some cheap waterproof mascaras.
    Weekend plans: Visiting my family and seeing the newest member of the family (she is 2 weeks old) and preparing for my trip to England.
    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Noodels and veggies cooked in the wok.

  41. Lee

    Haul: I ordered Heroine, Embrace Me, and Silly from Nordstroma. Heroine is backordered :( but Embrace Me and Silly should be waiting when I get home from work!

    Weekend plans: Nothing exciting: spring cleaning and I wanna do a big closet sort and get rid of some stuff I don’t wear.

    What’s your favorite food to cook? I don’t cook :) But occasionally I make pretty good scrambled eggs.

  42. Emma Castillo

    Haul: MAC Silly. I just happened to stumble across your blog and Intantly I knew I had to follow/pin you… So after I read your reviews on this lippy I bought w confidence. I was at Mac store debating whether I already had this shade or not. Having quite a collection of mac lippys I didn’t want to overbuy…but thanks to you i got it! (you’re my excuse and I’m sticking to it!!) I keep saying i should start a blog if only to make notes to myself as to what I have already at home so I don’t go all zombie at the stores lol.
    Weekend plans: feeling geeky and going to watch Jurassic park on 3D with the boyfriend today, spring cleaning tomorrow!!!! (it’s hitting a nice 60degrees here in new York) so I’m starting to put away heavy coats and bringing out springy scarfs yay!
    What’s your favorite food to cook?:  quesadillas. But I make them healthier: broccoli, spinach, roasted red pepper, grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese. It easy and healthier than usual since instead of toppings I smother beat avocado w a bit of olive oil and lemon juice. Tada!

  43. Veronica

    Haul: Maybelline lip pencil in Clear and Bobbi Brown Moisturizing Cream Compact foundation in Porcelain. I wanted to try Clinique’s, but their lightest shade was still way too dark for me. I generally sit right between Porcelain and Alabaster in BB’s range, so I opted for the darker one to play it safe. Here’s to hoping it works!

    Weekend Plans: Hanging out with my sister. She’s moving over a thousand miles away in two weeks. :(

    What’s your favorite food to cook?: Tofu and vegetable stir fry! Especially in spicy peanut butter sauce. 😀

  44. blueraccoon

    Mellan is such a beautiful big puppy. I love him. I’d love to sit down and give him a giant belly rub/ear rub/etc.

    Haul: Guerlain Terracotta 4 Season bronzer in 03 – Naturel – Brunettes, NARS radiant creamy concealer in Vanilla, NARS lipstick in Dressed to Kill, Hourglass lipstick in Fresco, and I think a couple other things I’ve forgotten about.

    Weekend plans: Costco on Saturday, Ikea on Sunday. We need food and furniture in the new house 😀

    Fave food to cook: I make a really good chicken soup, also a really good roast chicken. And I like making dairy kugel (it’s a sweet noodle pudding with raisins, cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs, butter, sugar…heavy, but really, really good.)

  45. VickyM

    Haul: A gorgeous strapless green top with stampling of roses, it´s very pretty, and also Mac Betty oh, Oh, Oh believe it or not we still have that collection here and alot of product left lol. A little off topic, but Christine do you happen to know when the date release for International for the new Chanel glossimers would be? Sorry to bother.

    Weekend plans: Exams tomorrow and I just finished all the projects for some of my classes that I started and worked on almost without any breaks since last Monday, so you can imagine how tired I am lol :( .

    Favorite food: Chicken breast with orange sauce, and pasta with cream or with tomato sauce, it actually tastes good :) .

  46. Sabriel

    Haul: Walgreens is having a BOGO 1/2off on some things, so I got a bunch of stuff. I got the Revlon balm stain in “Honey” and a Revlon quad in “Enchanted.” I also got two more L’Oreal gel eyeliners, in Bronze and Black. I’m thrilled with all of it, especially the eyeshadow. The quality is mediocre, but the colors are perfection.

    I also, ehem, got a bunch of Easter candy…. yum!

    Weekend Plans: Go birdwatching by the river.

    Favorite food to cook: Sweet potatoes stuffed with white-beans and kale. It’s easy and it makes me happy. :)

  47. Corinne

    Dr. Who Mellan, the 12th doctor!

  48. Judi Copley

    Haul : Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid foundation in 2.0. Love it! Revlon Lip Gloss in Coral Reef to wear with my Nars Niagara.

    Weekend Plans: At state quiz bowl competition with my nephew.

    Cooking : whatever I might be in the mood for