Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Chanel summer polishes, JulieG nail polishes (Groupon deal)
  • Weekend plans:  Celebrate a little, then start mapping out our next steps :)
  • Do you have any summer traditions?:  When I was younger, my family almost always went to Lake Tahoe for a week or so.  Now, as an adult on my own, we haven’t established any real traditions.  We try to go for more walks in the evenings, go swimming, and things like that locally.

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…


I told ya… Mellan was the comic relief!

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103 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #182

  1. Avatar of Sasha Sasha

    This was my post-finals splurge: http://i.imgur.com/KJRacLb.jpg

    However, now that I’m getting some of my grades back, I might be needing some more serious retail therapy….

  2. Haul: Um…stuff for my new apartment? I got a bedding set from IKEA and I’m getting new sheets today from Home Goods. No makeup stuff, because unfortunately I can’t afford it right now.

    Weekend plans: MOVING. And papers.

    Summer traditions: Wildfire, a fire spinning convention/camping trip in Connecticut. I’m going in June and August.

  3. Best Mellan photo so far :-D :-D :-D My heart melts every Friday when I see his cute cute cute photos. He reminds me so much of my Lenka, bless her heart.

    Haul: Revlon lip butters. Dr. Hauschka cleansing gel, and a ton of nail polish.

    Weekend plans: Nothing special, just staying in with le boyfriend.

    Do you have any summer traditions?: Lots of barbecues… :-)

  4. Avatar of hazel Hazel

    Aw, this gave me a much-needed bellylaugh this morning.

    Love Mellan and his sweet funny faces.

  5. Haul: Maybe one of the gorgeous China Glaze Pixie Dust polishes, and a few goodies for Mother’s Day! I love shopping for my mom; she likes the same beauty stuff as me! :)
    Weekend plans: My mom is staying with us while she gets some electrical work done at her place and it’s been so fun! I think we’ll probably watch movies together tonight and have some pizza delivered!
    Do you have any summer traditions?: I try to take a vacation every summer, but I haven’t the past 2 years! This summer, my fiance and I have a trip booked the 3rd week of May to Miramar Beach, FL for my birthday and I’m beyond excited!

  6. Oh, my! Mellan looks like he has gotten dreadlocks. :D

    Haul: Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipsticks in Forbidden Kiss and Hot Copper; Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Les Fauves and Les Fumes, Rouge G in Gracy; Laura Mercier Second Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine; NARS Powder Blushes in Madly and Oasis; YSL Rouge Volupte in Forbidden Burgundy

    Weekend plans: We’re going out of town, but I have tons of papers to read and sign, so I’m bringing them along.

    Do you have any summer traditions? As a kid, my parents would always take me out of the country every summer. Now that I have my own family, that kinda stuck with me. And, I know my twins are also looking forward to it.

  7. That picture of Mellan just made my day! So adorable!!! This week, I picked up skin care stuff- Cliniderm SPF 45 (my HG summer sun block) and Nuxe Reve de Miel moisturizer. Nothing in the realm of colour this week.

  8. Whoops! I meant ZOYA, not CG! Doy! :) TGIF!

  9. Haha Mellan! Both the octopus and Mellan look far too happy :D

    ღ Haul: finally received my NARS shipment from the Pierre Hardy collection. I haven’t had an opportunity to try out the nail polishes–I finally settled on just one set, the Vertebra– but have enjoyed wearing the LE Boys Don’t Cry blush. I was a bit worried the blush would be too intense for my complexion. As it turns out, the blush is super amazing and can be softened a lot with a yachiyo brush. This is a gorgeous shade of blush which I find difficult to describe, on me more of a reddy coral, and more nuanced and less in your face than I expected. So I’m really happy I went ahead and ordered..it’s a really flattering summery blush.

    ღ Weekend plans: field prep and planting crops

    ღ Do you have any summer traditions?: For many years, the cottage was the summer weekend destination along with spending the necessary hours and hours in traffic to get there. In the province of Ontario, Canada, we have a number of extensive lake systems all within very reachable driving distance and going to the cottage/lake is an integral part of our culture.. Now that I run a farm, weekends are no different than weekdays other than we often have company and entertaining is on the agenda.

    • Sounds quite a bit like my summer traditions, only one province over in Manitoba! Long weekends are ALWAYS spent at the lake. Hopefully Canada warms up enough that i get to swim this year! lol

      • Hi Amanda: We’re finally warming up here, it’s been beautiful for the past 3 days. I see the floods are a big problem this year. Hope you stay safe!

    • It is AMAZING! The blushes from Pierre Hardy were crazy-insane good. I’m so glad you’re loving them!

  10. Avatar of Jen Jen

    Bought some new lipsticks… Nars “Tolede”.. A Bite Beauty lipstick (never tried this brand before), a couple of Maybelline Color Whispers and a Neutrogena color stick to try out. I love lip products so this was a good week :)

    My brother used to visit Lake Tahoe all the time and he loved it there. My family traditions though involved going up north (northern Michigan) to our cabin on a little lake. Very, very good times. Great memories.

  11. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Haul: L’Oreal Miracle Blur; I came upon a trial size tube, but I plan to pick up the full size! This stuff seriously works. It’s not 100%, but it diffuses my (large) pores better than any primer I’ve tried, and even helps with the minor redness I have.

    Plans: Today, last minute packing for Disneyland on Sunday! Saturday, Sephora @Downtown Disney.

    Traaditions: We don’t actually have any Summer traditions… My birthday is at the end of July, and my daughter’s is at the beginning of August, so when she gets a bit older, we may figure out something!

    • I’ll have to try that! Primers has been a slower category for drugstore brands to nail from what I’ve seen!

      • Avatar of Amy xamyx

        It’s not perfect, I’d say 75% improvement, but that’s compared to 40-50% with other brands. It’s not technically a primer, so I don’t know how it would work as far as helping foundation wear better, or on oily skin, but on my drier skin it holds up well. Of course, that may change as it gets hotter…

        • Good to hear! Will still look out for it. There are certain categories where they’ve made real strides to compete with higher end and then a couple that still are hard to find!

  12. Avatar of Cat Cat

    Haul: My theBalm package arrived yesterday! So, theBalm Mary Lou ‘Manizer (it’s soooooooo pretty!! I’m in love!!!), theBalm FratBoy blush, theBalm ShadyLady Vol 2 eyeshadow palette, theBalm Nude ‘Tude eyeshadow palette.
    Weekend plans: SLEEP FOREVER now that school is over!! Then go out to dinners to celebrate!
    Do you have any summer traditions?: Not really, every summer has been different! I do use it to catch up with friends though!

    • oooh! How fun! Sounds like a lot readers are getting their orders from theBalm this week!

      Have a nice, relaxing summer from school :)

  13. Haul: Sephora order!
    Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Nylon
    Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Navy
    Hello Kitty Tokyo Pop Brush Cup
    Hello Kitty Tokyo Pop Wide Tooth Comb

    Weekend plans: Still styling wigs.

    Do you have any summer traditions?: Not any more we use to go to the cottage in my family but the price of renting a place for a week is more then a Caribbean holiday. >_<
    I basically started to go to conventions over the summer as a holiday weekends.

  14. Avatar of Sarah Sarah

    Are you going to be reviewing the JulieG nail polishes?? OHHH I’m so excited!

  15. Haul: Nothing beauty related, but I’ve been hauling shoes like a crazy person. Mostly running shoes, but also some flats for summer.

    Weekend plans: Get up really early tomorrow to run, do some grocery shopping, laundry and house cleaning. Just regular boring stuff, lol.

    Do you have any summer traditions?: I always used to go on summer vacations with both my parents and my grandparents as a kid. Now that I’m older and live by myself I don’t have any traditions at all.

  16. Haul: Pieces from the new Illamasqua collection, some of the new summer stuff from L’Oreal and a couple items from MAC here and there (just stuff I was out of like an eyeshadow here and a moisturizer there…)

    Weekend plans: I seem to have yet another head cold (though to be honest I can’t tell the difference lately between a head cold and allergies) :/ I just want that to be done and over with so I can feel better and get outside in the sunshine we’re having right now! :)

    Do you have any summer traditions?: Outside, outside, outside. Our summer is only a few weeks long so I try to get outside as much as possible :)

    And here’s YOUR dog picture for Friday – Jay posted this old one of Paolo on Instagram earlier this week – this is a shot from when we were working in the yard several summers ago. Paolo was fascinated with the post holes that were being dug for the fence: http://instagram.com/p/YsnT6VsRk3/

    • I still haven’t seen L’Oreal in-stores yet. Gahhhhhh. Sometimes trying to find the new collections by the drugstore brands is impossible.

      Ahh! Love that photo of Paolo!

  17. Avatar of Elise Elise

    Has Mellan been watching Fiona Apple music videos?

  18. Haul: Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner, theBalm Schwing Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Estee Lauder Blush in Lover’s Blush (I think I read about this on the blog), Estee Lauder County Mist Foundation (I bought this because I think it is discontinued and I liked the bottle, which is a totally dumb reason) Guerlain Parure De Lumiere Foundation (another blog suggestion I believe).

    Weekend plans: Pack for a two week work conference, which will be lame but it is at a beautiful spot.

    Do you have any summer traditions?: Just before every summer, these last few years, I promise myself that I will make the most of it. And every fall I wonder what happened to my big plans. This year is going to be different!!! (Which is what I say every year). So that’s a tradition I guess:)

  19. Awww, Mellan! I’m amazed by the fact that his toy are in such pristine condition. He’s well behaved!

    Haul: I’ve ordered Guerlain Flirt Shine Automatique (finally!), but I’m still waiting for it arrive.

    Weekend plans: Rest AND work.

    Do you have any summer traditions? Not really anymore. We used to go to Britany quite often when my sister and I were young, and I went there the past two summers. My stepmother has invited my sister and I to go to Portugal to visit her family with her and my dad, and her youngest son this summer! I don’t know yet if we’ll be able to make it, but it might become a new tradition, since, she and my dad went there last year too, for their first summer together!

  20. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I think the only thing I bought this week (not counting shampoo) was the Guerlain Les Fumes quad which is so wonderful and it’s made even more wonderful by the fact that I got it for free with my SDM points.

    • Avatar of Mariella Mariella

      Yikes – forgot to answer the other 2 questions (that’s how excited I am by my new eye shadow!)

      Weekend plans: I hope we have time to do some work on the weeds that are threatening to take over the flower beds but beyond that, it’s just yoga and the gym and also a luncheon fundraiser (I’m taking my mother-in-law as well) on Sunday. The weather has been so glorious here that I also really want to find a nice outdoor patio place either for a drink or for dinner on Saturday evening.

      Summer traditions: when I was little, it was up on the lake, fishing with my daddy. When my own kids were growing up, we would meet up with 3 other couples from university days and all the kids and all the dogs for a great “pot luck” picnic at one of the local Conservation Areas. It was also such fun. The kids are grown and the dogs have all passed on now but the adults still like to get together in somewhat less rugged surroundings for a bbq or dinner together.

    • Now you make me want it! I’m pretty sure I don’t have that one!

      • Christine, I was actually looking for your review on Les Fumes, but didn’t find any. I went ahead and bought it, I’m really glad I did, it’s absolutely lovely! :D

  21. Haul: Hourglass brushes #1 and #3, some hand creams from Etude House, and my Glossybox arrived with some good stuff in it.

    Weekend plans: I’m going to a wedding in Dallas! I leave tomorrow am at really early and get back Monday afternoon.

    Summer traditions: When I was a kid we used to go down the shore (NJ phrasing for going to the beach) every year, but now I live across the country and we don’t have any summer traditions really.

  22. Avatar of Jamie DevilishDoll

    Haul: Nothing since Baking Beauties
    Weekend plans: Go searching for the summer Maybelline Colour Tattoos
    Do you have any summer traditions?: Nope

    Off topic cause I didn’t know where else to post it, but are you still gonna post the reviews for the Temperature Rising Lipglasses? That review is the one I’ve been waiting for the most.

    • I haven’t spotted those dratted Color Tattoos near me either!

      I just did (which I know you saw) :) MyT has kept me a little extra busy in the past 24 hours so I didn’t get it written up earlier!

      • Avatar of Jamie DevilishDoll

        I’m obsessed with finding the new Colour Tattoos, I must own anything duochrome. If I fail to find them, I guess I will give in and pay $15 for each one on Ebay. Congrats on MyTemptalia, I was having fun playing around with it last night. And yes I saw the lipglasses, I had been dying for lip swatches to see how well the sparkles show up…I might like sparkly lipglasses just a little too much. xD

  23. Avatar of Jessica Jessica

    Haul: I went to my local Chanel counter and they had the summer collection, so I splurged! I got one of the eyeshadow “pens” in Moon River, Azure nail polish and the deep blue mascara. I also got 2 glossimers in Mica and Amour. My favorite thing of the week arrived in the mail today as well – a Color Club polish in Harp On It. It is a silvery- rainbow color and is so beautiful.
    Weekend Plans: I am heading to the zoo tomorrow (in the rain!) to see the sloth. Also, planning on seeing Iron Man.
    Summer Traditions: Watching baseball and yelling at the television. If only the players could hear me – we’d have a few World Series wins! :)

  24. Avatar of Melissa Melissa

    I hauled A HOUSE!

  25. My haul from theBalm’s 50% website sale came in the mail yesterday! I am in hearts with all of this magic.

    • Avatar of Mariella Mariella

      What did you get? I love products from TheBalm. I’d never heard of them at all til I saw them mentioned here by Christine a few years ago! They are so unknown where I live but a drugstore near my school has most of the line and I just love their products.

    • Whew! Very nice. Enjoy your new goodies, Clio!

  26. Avatar of Erica Erica

    Ha, ha! This is now my 2nd favorite Mellan photo! My favorite is Mellan posing like James Bond in his red tartan bowtie earlier this year. Haul: Mac e/s: parrot, humid, deep truth and cranberry – permanent classics. The e/s collections released this week were sad & pitiful. They swatched so poorly. Thanks for the heads up Christine!

    Summer is purely for going with the flow! As a kid, I had the obligatory family trips South to the grandparents and extended family. My birthday is July 6 so I always have a pre birthday celebration on the 4th with family and friends. I splurge, indulge myself (and eat more cake) on my actual bday.

    Weekend – May go see Iron Man this weekend.

    • I was worried the photo was going to be less funny in the morning than it was last night at midnight when I was getting the post ready, LOL!

      Thank you!

      And yes, you got some great classic MAC shades!

  27. Avatar of BooBooNinja BooBooNinja

    Unfortunately, no haulin’ for me. I’m on a MU ban until August.
    It was going well, but now I’ve become obsessed with cream products — especially cream blushes.
    I haven’t broken down yet (just a half-cheat for a tinted moisturizer during the Sephora sale), but I keep looking up Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral.

    Ahhhhhhhh

  28. haul-Zoya summer 2013 polishes-irresistible, and pixie dust sets
    weekend-driving up to Tampa to pick up my husband-he is here for a visit and to help me with home repairs
    summer traditions-the only tradition I had (when I was a teenager )in my family were weekends of working ( in the garden, planting, or mowing grass ) I don’t wish to duplicate them- except for the vegetable planting-which I like, and the harvesting-which I love. I would rather have fun vacation time with my kids by spending at least part of the summer in a foreign country.

    • I’m so loving the Zoya Pixie Dusts for summer!

      What vegetables do you usually plant? Shaun thought about tomatoes but we don’t have a very green thumb!

  29. A late addition: UPS just dropped off my Clairsonic… I bought the pro with the 4 speeds and body head. Tapping my toes: 24 hrs of charging before use.. boooo!

  30. Avatar of Lorrie Lorrie

    Most exciting day!!! Haul from the Grand opening of a Sephora store inside JCP!! This is the FIRST Sephora store in my state! The closest one before was 1 1/2 hours away. My daughter and I got in line an hour before the store opened. We got a Free goodie bag with samples and $5.00 gift card! I also had a 10% off VIB card. Bought myself a Mother’s day gift (perfume) an UD eyeliner in Whiskey and an eyeshadow pencil in Sin, Tarte lipstick in Bold and lip tint in Glisten. Plus it was triple VIB points if you purchased a fragrance (which I had on my list anyway!). I also bought some things for my daughter-tinted moisturizer and a Sephora natural eyeshadow kit.. Good thing we had the gift card and 10% off! I’m so thrilled to actually be able to go to a store and try out the make up before I buy it.

  31. Avatar of Sabriel Sabriel

    Haul: I broke my no-buy after only a few days to buy Illamasqua nail polish on sale for $4. I got Baptiste, Viridian, and Vice. Then I returned for a back-up of Viridian. It worked out because May is my birth month, and I got the Sephora gift too! This year it was deluxe samples of Benefit “Watts Up” and “They’re Real.” Pretty nice!

    Plans: Well, I would LIKE to go to the May Day Parade, but I won’t if it’s SNOWED OUT! It was snowing this morning, people. In May. GRRRRR! At least next weekend I’ll be with family in Atlanta, where spring is awesome and full of flowers.

    Summer traditions: Fun question! I love summer. I love summer fairs and street festivals, including the Minnesota State Fair and Renn Fest. I like putting together a picnic to eat with my friends while we wait for the fireworks on the 4th of July. Another sort of tradition is that when the weather warms up, I start keeping iced tea in the fridge.

    You’re good at these questions! You ask questions that are fun to answer.

  32. Avatar of Shea Shea

    Haul: UD Liner in Deep End
    Weekend Plans: Graduating from university!!!
    Summer Traditions: Hiking and swimming as much as possible.

  33. Donalene

    How cute!! I just love Fridays with Mellan!

  34. Avatar of Katy Katy

    Hauled a bunch of urban decay that was on sale. A bunch of palettes, deluxe eye shadows, and lip glosses. Some bare future birthday gifts and some are just a lil old me

    • Very nice!! I love that UD actually clearances out their older stuff on their own site – it’s not some crazy warehouse sale!

  35. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    I’m honestly shocked he sat still long enough for you to take that photo. My dog hates anything on his head or body that isn’t naturally attached. :P

    Haul: Absolutely nothing. On the bright side, only one more week until my three month no-buy is over, and I can start buying non-basic cosmetics again. :D It was tough to swallow missing out on some of those LE products, but I’m glad to know I can still exhibit some form of discipline when necessary. :P

    Weekend Plans: Studying, working, call my sister and catch up with her regarding the move. Also, I need to spend some time with my mother. She’s still coming to terms with the fact that her youngest daughter is now 1000+ miles away from all of us. :(

    Summer Traditions: The state I live in has only a few major urban areas, while the rest of it is very rural and mountainous. When I was very young (and gas was $0.98/gallon *sob*), my mother used to take us on long country drives where we would just drive around for hours and hours through the scenic areas. It always ended with us getting ice cream on the way back home. :) Later in my youth, my parents separated, inflation increased, and that tradition became financially unfeasible. I’m thinking now that my sister’s in Floriday that a yearly visit is bound to become tradition, but it’s more likely we’ll go in the winter months, since the South is utterly miserable in the summer season.

    • LOL! You know, I actually made him stay still for like, five photos. I bury Mellan with all his toys sometimes. He is oddly… not bothered by it!

      Aww, give your mom some big hugs. I’m sure it is hard on her!

      I also concur that Florida is rough in July. Well, for someone who is not already living there or in a similar climate.

      • Avatar of Veronica Veronica

        I spent ten years in Virginia as a child, so I have to say I got more than enough summer humidity while I was there. My sister’s attempts to lure me down by extoling virtues of the beach fails to inspire any great longing in me for the inevitable frizzy hair and sunburn to follow. :P

  36. TLC

    Haul: Benefits Confessions of a concealaholic and Stila’s convertible blush in fuchsia.

    Weekend plans: celebrate my sister in law’s birthday and get my daughter all “dolled up” for her dance photos.

    Summer traditions: BBQ at a park or beach. Shopping at farmers markets. And attending the local fair.

  37. Avatar of Mar Mar

    Haul: The LE Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette, Urban Decay S&M, Illamasqua Lily-Rose, Too Faced Naked Eye Soft & Sexy Shadow Collection
    Weekend plans: Time with the gentleman! Playing with the kids, picking up some artichokes. Slow, easy weekend.
    Do you have any summer traditions?: Farmer’s Market is out in force. It becomes a weekend staple of the season. My father becomes a concert junkie and persistently seeks out ones that fall on days the gentleman has off (the men in my life are awesome). Way, way more time at the library and scouring all the shelves for new books.

  38. Nicole

    Haul: Nothing
    Weekend plans: Go to a museums night and have lunch with friends tomorrow. In between I have to finish my tax declaration.
    Do you have any summer traditions?: No.

  39. OOOhh Christine! From age 3 to 18, my family went on a trip to Tahoe every summer, usually the South Shore! My sister got married on an isolated beach on the North Shore when I was 19. ;) The last time we went all together, in 2004, it was SO CROWDED and I got Legionnaire’s Disease (it was more like an illness; I got better after about 2 weeks, LOL.) OH how I miss the old Harvey’s, especially Top o’ the Wheel with all the tikis; Zephyr Cove; Emerald Bay; the Roundhill Mall; Donner Summit; the FREEZING but pristinely clean lake, the Harvey’s AM buffet; the basement arcard in Harrah’s; driving the switchback all the way up to the summit, then driving down; the lush green of Emigrant Meadow right before you came through the final stretch; the quartz-filled rocks we used to smuggle home from “our” beach (they’re still in my parents’ backyard)….ALL of it! I’m trying to remember the name of the beach we went to every year in Zephyr Cove; it’s on the tip of my tongue but I just can’t do it. Lake Tahoe is STILL the most beautiful place I’ve seen on Earth. I’m starting to get all verklempt now, with the nostalgia! I hope you have a GREAT time, sweetie!

    P.S. Mellan is adorable; give him a little pat and kiss from me. ;)

    • We always went to South Lake Tahoe, too! :) We would always stay on the California side, too. It was a good alternative to Vegas when we were younger! We were ALLLL u in the arcades at Harvey’s and Harrahs.

      We went three or four years ago, and Shaun came along – we did jet skiing and parasailing!

  40. Avatar of Amanda Amanda

    Haul: UD liquid liner in Perversion, UD mattifying gel, UD afterglow blush in Quickie. I also picked up a travel size of Benefit’s They’re Real mascara to try out (though I think I’m just gonna stick with UD’s Lush Lash and Cannonball)

    Weekend Plans: going to a Columbus Crew game with my brothers today, and then going for a run later. Planning on just relaxing tomorrow.

    Summer Traditions: we usually always go to Montauk, NY and NYC every summer (its where my mom is originally from so it feels more like home than ohio haha). But we haven’t been in the past few years because of college end dates, new careers, and whatnot.

  41. Avatar of Rad Rad

    Eeek I went a little crazy this week. I bought:
    - MAC silly lipstick
    - MAC Ablaze lipstick
    - MAC Embrace Me lipstick
    - MAC Heroine lipstick
    - MAC Feel my pulse lipstick
    - MAC Nude on board bronze
    - MAC Hot Night blush
    - MAC Ripe for you blush
    - Guerlain terracotta 4 seasons bronzer
    - Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation
    - Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 6
    - Giorgio Armani lipstick in 506
    - Rimmel eyeliner in Nude.

    That’s me sorted for the month!

  42. Aww, sweet little hunnybunny! He is so precious!