Friday, September 6th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Nothing! :)
  • Weekend plans:  Crank through brush reviews!
  • What’s your favorite part about autumn?: I love the cooler temperatures (it doesn’t get cold, which I don’t like!) where there is a slight breeze but is still warm.

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…

#FlashbackFriday! Mellan at 15 weeks–totally tuckered out.

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104 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #200

  1. ReneeP

    What big puppy! I have had only Pugs and Westies.the past 15 years and can’t believe how big he was at 15 weeks!

  2. Haul: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
    Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 7
    Urban Decay Black Market Eyeliner Set
    various sets of lashes
    MAC paint pots in Rubenesque, Constructivist, and Tailor Grey
    a couple polishes from both the butterLondon and OPI fall/winter collections.

    Weekend Plans: We had three days of classes before our four week clinical and most of our teachers have loaded on as much as they could before we go as well as assigning random busy work for our last week of clinicals. I just have to keep reminding myself this is my LAST semester of didactic before we FINALLY get to go out to the clinic for our three ten weeks.

    Favorite part about autumn: The cooler weather and the changing colors of the leaves. I pretty much love everything about fall, it is my favorite season.

    • Veronica

      If you don’t mind me asking, what shade did you go with with Armani’s foundation? I know you’ve mentioned being an NW10 in the past, which is where my skintone is headed for winter. The MUA had recommended #4, but I suspect that it was a tad warm and a smidgeon dark for my summer skintone, much less winter.

  3. awwww he looks so tired, and relaxed at the same time. was he a good boy? did he let you sleep when he was 8 weeks? I guess by 15 weeks he was more independant

    • He was a whiny baby the first night we had him, but he was fine after the first night! :) He never destroyed anything as a puppy that wasn’t his, but it took awhile for him to grow out of trying to nibble us with his painfully sharp puppy teeth!

  4. Amber

    Been hauling a lot lately! This isn’t only this weeks, more like a month! Here are some of my goodies:

    LORAC Pro To Go palette
    Urban Decay Naked Foundation .5 (just bought this yesterday – i like the coverage and finish so far)
    Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Fair
    Benefit Rockateur (love)
    Chloe EDP 3 piece rollerball set
    Orly np’s in Pixie Powder, Pink Poodle, Zoya np Carter, Essie np in For the Twill of It and Cashmere Bathrobe
    Real Techniques Expert Face brush and e/s blending brush.
    Vitabath Cupcake Couture Lemon Cream shower gel.
    May favorite part of Autumn is the cool, fresh air, the leaves changing colors and fall clothes!

    Plans for the weekend: Working Saturday, cleaning and doing laundry Sunday. Give myself a pedicure. Hope to have time to play with my new pretties!

  5. I cannot stop giggling at that photo of Mellan. That’s the most adorable thing I’ve seen all week, I swear.

    Haul: I picked up my second UD Revolution lipstick- Manic. It’s even more lovely than it looked when I swatched it. And- I almost forgot despite the fact that I’m wearing it- I picked up one of the new Rouge Dior lipsticks. Definitely going back for more of those!

    Weekend plans: Very little. I have some swatching to catch up on for sure.

    What’s your favorite part about autumn?: Wow… all of it? I love the temperatures. I love the colours, from the late summer golden-tinged everything through the changing of the leaves. I love how it gets cool at night, so it feels nice to wrap myself up in a blanket (with cats!). I’m still a big kid who gets excited by Halloween, too. Plus, I’m an autumn baby, so I have my birthday to look forward to.

  6. Haul: Becca Mineral Blushes in Damselfly, Flowerchild, Songbird, and Sweet Pea, Ultimate Colour Glosses in Autumn Punch and Berry Twist; Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Determinee, Rouge Coco in Rivoli, and Rouge Coco Shine in Fiction; Versace Eau de Toilette in Versus

    Weekend plans: None yet.

    What’s your favorite part about autumn?: The colors of the leaves on trees and caramel apples. :)

  7. yellowlantern

    Haul: Maybelline Vivid Rose! I finally found a drugstore that stocked the Vivids. I love this color! It’s so fun! I also picked up Wet n’ Wild Nude Awakening 8 pan palette. I’m not sure why since I already own two brown-based neutral palettes that I adore (naked2 and bareminerals the truth). I’ve started playing around with it, but so far it’s performing like other Wet n’ Wild palettes have always performed on me. With lots of fallout during and after application and the shadows tend to look powdery on the skin. I’m not sure why this keeps happening. I keep hearing about the awesomeness of Wet n’ Wild 8 pan palettes, but I have yet to experience it. :(

    Weekend plans: Work, work, waste time on the internet. :)

    What’s your favorite thing about Autumn? Basically everything! I love the temperatures, the kinds of food that typically gets served during this time of year, the clothes, and Halloween. Fall (and Winter) are basically perfect seasons.

  8. Barbie

    omg that picture is so cute! my pitbull does that too! do he still do it?

    Haul; 3 milani hd advanced lip colors from the dollar store and 2 maybelline cream eyeshadows, college textbooks (blah)

    Weekend plans; answer discussion questions

    What’s your favorite part about autumn? same as you!

  9. Haul:
    Chanel Les Beiges #20
    Dior Nuit 1947 nail polish
    Benjabelle brush tree “Daisy”
    2x Jordana Best Lash Extreme

    We’re going to see “Girl With a Pearl Earring (Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis)” exhibition at the High Museum of Art Atlanta.

    What’s your favorite part about autumn?
    What made me fall in love with Georgia was the sight of the red maples during fall. They’re everywhere and I love them so much! That’s my favorite part about autumn. Of course, the cooler weather and decreasing humidity are just a bonus ;).

  10. Is Mellan trying to play carpet?? :-)

    Haul: Some Smashbox eyeshadow, and five new make-up brushes.

    Weekend plans: Have a girls day out tomorrow with a friend. Boyfriend is out of the country, cry.

    What’s your favorite part about autumn?: New make-up collection, and wearing boots!

  11. That photo is hilarious!

    Haul: FINALLY got the Dior Bonne Etoile eye shadow palette; I also got Smashbox CC cream and L’Oreal Infallible eye shadow in Tender Caramel and I picked up another Sonia Kashuk cream shadow /conealer brush and, sadly, it doesn’t seem nearly as good as the one I got a few years ago

    Weekend plans: Dinner out with hubby tonight, brunch out tomorrow with a friend who is in town and possibly taking in the street festival in my neighbourhood. If I can still move after all that eating, I’ll try to fit in a yoga class. Oh, and SDM is having another bonus points redemption so I might buy the Stila In the Light palette.

    What’s your favourite part about autumn: cooler, fresher temperatures, the smell in the air, fall fairs (they are GREAT where I live), the fact that you can actually dress up and put on serious makeup without melting.

    • Lovely haul, Mariella!! :)

      Bummer about the SK brush, though – I get so annoyed when it seems like quality decreases over time, even if the product is supposed to be the same!

      • xamyx

        That’s a shame about the SK brush… I have 3 of them, and was thinking of picking up a couple more. It’s my “go-to” eye brush, especially with glittery/shimmery shadows, and loose pigments.

      • Well, my friend, I have to thank you re the Bonne Etoile palette. As you know, I’d been waiting for it for a long time. And it has been ages since I’ve even stopped by a Dior counter so I would have missed this beauty had it not been for your review. Yea, the SK brush was a disappointment. I’ll probably use it to apply Painterly and other cream shadows and use the original one for concealer.

  12. stacey

    OMG. Adorable. Just adorable. 15 weeks. He’s huge.
    Looks like a RUG.

  13. Bianca

    Haul: I ordered a Pai Bio Affinity Rice Plant & Rosemary Toner, and because they’re having an offer right now, I’ll also get a Pai Cleanser. I was on the haunt for plum lip liner since forever, then I found it, the smooth silk lip pencil in number 9 from Giorgio Armani, also got the Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in the shade 602. The lady at the counter said she wasn’t sure if the lip liners are being discontinued :( do you know something Christine? I hope it’s not true because I loove the color and texture!!

    Weekend plans: Finish my master thesis..

    Favorite part about autumn: My birthday 😀

  14. xamyx

    Haul: NARS Ninotchka blush, Tuomota Multiple, New York, Sophia, & Nymphea eyeshadow singles, NYX Taupe blush X 2.

    Plans: Not much; we’re going through a heatwave…

    Autumn?: It’s cooler, rain, any excuse to wear boots, sweaters, & scarves!

    • Why is this blush not ringing any bells for me? New or old? LOL!

      • xamyx

        Oooold! It’s been long discontinued, but I stumbled upon a “Tester” pan on ebay. It was a little under $40 with shipping, but sooo worth it! It’s a slightly deeper, plummier/cooler cousin of Zen, and I think it’ll work better for contouring with Sin. I haven’t played with it much, as it arrived yesterday, and NYX Taupe arrived today, so I’ll probably spend the weekend playing, LOL. Everything I hauled this week were products I’ve never seen in-person, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much I love them all. Nympheas was the real surprise; I was expecting a pale, shimmery pink, which would have been nice, but there’s just this indescribable “glow” that no online swatches have been able to capture.

  15. abby

    Mellan is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute <3

  16. Haul: 20 Fyrinnae eyeshadow minis (mostly the duo chrome shades) and there pixi epoxy. <3 WnW pressed powder in Fair.

    Weekend plans: Errr putting together a cabinet for my kitchenette and purging as much stuff out of my tiny apartment space to make room for Ikea furniture pieces I'm buying next weekend. A new desk set up with 1 Alex piece and one Alex tower.

    What’s your favorite part about autumn?: I love the cooler temperatures and the colours. If my favorite season.

  17. Wow Mellan looks so comfortable stretched out relaxing. I need to try that myself!

    Haul: Mac Antonio lip palettes in fuchsia and red, got 2nd day delivery yay! Also got Guerlain duo eye shadow the teal/gray #7 Too Lovely, from the fall collection. It’s pretty but the teal is a little more glittery that I thought. Not sure if I’m going to keep it.
    Weekend plans: My Mom is coming for a visit next week so I’ll be getting the house ready. And car shopping, before my old car dies on me.
    My favorite part of Autumn: Autumn is my favorite time of year!I love to see the trees and leaves change colors. The temperature mellows out warm and breezy.Transitioning to a fall clothes, blazers, cozy sweaters.

  18. keG

    haul-MAC retro matte!
    weekend-nothing special-just enjoy the nice, cooler, weather
    autumn-The changing colors of the leaves never fails to impress me

  19. EmJay

    How do you pronounce Mellan’s name?

  20. Anne

    Haul: Mac 217! It is epic.

    Weekend plans: Celebrate my dad’s and sister’s (belated) birthdays!

    What’s your favorite part about autumn?: It means my birthday is coming! … Nah, kidding. I love so many things about autumn (my favourite season, I must admit), but I especially love taking a walk in the country with its peculiar weather, and with the leaves turning rusty orange.

  21. Haul: Le Metier de Beaute’s Castaway palette and Tom Ford’s She Wolf eye shadow palette…ouch!

    Weekend: do some work, write some reviews for my blog and enjoy the warm fall

    Favorite Autumn: The temperatures, getting back into fall fashions and makeup.

  22. Janelle

    Haul: I am actually going to be returning a face mask to Sephora that gave me an itchy rash (I learned sulfur is not for me!). I am going to get more Tarte Lip Scrub and Jack Black Lip Balm as the weather change here in San Jose, CA of hot days and cold nights is wrecking havoc on my kissers. I also will wander around through Nordstrom and see if anything wants to come home with me.

    Weekend Plans: Organize my recent purchases. I got some new makeup as well as clothing for my new job that I start on 9/16/13. I want to make sure to make a great impression on my first day! I also need to finish some work from my current job (hurray! for no longer having to take work home to complete that I don’t get paid for! Seriously there is no way to complete the work I have in 40 hours a week and with a PhD you would think they would pay me more than the garbage man makes! This is true my uncle is a garbage man and he makes $2 more than me and never finished high school…Sorry end rant hehe).

    What is your Favorite part about Autumn? I LOVE AUTUMN! I love the weather, the food and the COLORS. My entire house is done in pumpkin orange and cider reds. I also love the smells of Autumn (hello Bath and Body Works!) I love the natural look I have achieved through travertine tiles and slate. Autumn is the time I buy things for the home as the colors I like are out now (no my house doesnt have pumpkins, leaves, or the other things associated with autumn, just rich autumn colors)

    • At least you found out what was causing the irritation! Better to know, I guess :)

      I gotta try the Tarte Lip Scrub! I need a lip scrub so badly.

      Good luck on your new job 😀

  23. Haul:
    Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in the shade Venom (per your recommendation!) I love it!!
    Weekend Plans:
    I’m going to be painting all weekend! Maybe go out to dinner with my man.
    My favorite part of autumn:
    Being able to layer clothes and I love vampy lip colors!

  24. Nicole

    Happy 200 Free for Haul Friday, Christine.

    Haul: Nothing here, too. I cleaned my stash a little and put away some Mac products I give to 2 teenagers.
    Weekend plans: Do some reorganisation / cleaning in my apartment, because I got new windows.
    What’s your favorite part about autumn?: The temperatures, it’s not too hot anymore and I don’t sweat so much.

  25. Ms

    I got kat von d ladybird palette, I think last Sunday along with laura mercier shadow stick in khaki. Not thaaat thrilled with lm, it was on my wish list for at least half a yr

    I m v happy with the ladybird palette, it was on my wish list since you reviewed it, I’ll never buy frosty eyeshadows now,

    I gave away most of my lipglosses to my cousin, now my lipsticks are falling over each other cos of all the space, yay, more reason to buy new lipsticks. I will be collecting the new urban decay lipsticks. I hope they are not as creamy as the old ud revolution lipstick, I love the shine on that thing, but it was too creamy.

    Also I’ll attempt to depot myself eyeshadows using the flat iron method, I hope I don’t ruin them.

  26. fabiola

    Loving that picture of mellan, so relax. He always steal the show on Fridays.
    Haul: mac 208 and 211 brush, also mac waveline fluidline.
    Plans: chores and more chores around the house. Saturday: I have ombre hair, but I bought some black dye, and might go back to black, is shinier.
    Love Autumn. It gets fresher in florida, once in a while it would get a little cold. From October to December is my favorite part of the year.

  27. Veronica

    Haul: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer + (new formulation), Maybelline ColorSensation lipstick in Red Revolution.
    Weekend plans: Working all weekend, cry deeply over the state of my bank account after booking hotels.
    What’s your favorite part about autumn?: EVERYTHING. It’s my favorite season!

  28. KaseyCannuck

    Haul: I loved the KB Shimmer polishes so much that I checked out their website. They don’t ship outside of the US, but suggested the site Harlow & Co, so I ended up getting The Grape Beyond, Would You Jubilee It?, Candy Cane Crush, Oh Splat!, Bejewelled, and Band Geek.

    Weekend plans: Probably working Saturday, nothing Sunday…yet.

    What’s your favorite part about autumn?: Saying “Good riddance” to the humidity, and nice cool nights…and better sleeping! I like the leaves changing colour, and I like the darker smokier eyeshadows that I pull out in the fall, and finally I love that its getting cool enough to wear my boots!!

    • Let me know how you like KBShimmer! I love that they do glitters that aren’t just top coats!

      • KaseyCannuck

        I’m sitting her with a different colour combo on every finger lol! I had to try them all! Some are by themselves and some are over base coats of pinky-red, dark grey, and teal. The place I worked at for over half my life closed its doors earlier this year, so I’m now working at a place where I can actually wear nail polish! I get to see if it lasts longer than a weekend now :) I’ve got glitter on my toes for the first time ever (Bejewelled) and I can’t stop sniffing my thumb (Candy Cane) :D.

        • Is it exciting to be going somewhere new? But how fun it will be to wear nail polish 😀 Do you get to wear ANY polish or just “work-safe”?

          I LOVE that Candy Cane smells like peppermint. Better than polish smell, haha!

          • KaseyCannuck

            I’m still in a warehouse environment so anything goes. It’s a much smaller place with only a few other employees so its a nice change, and its strictly day shift which is nearly impossible to get in a factory nowadays.

  29. The picture of Mellan all tuckered out made me laugh out loud.

    Favorite thing about autumn? The colors of the leaves changing!

  30. Jennifer M

    Lorac pro palette came in mail! 😀 I’ve used it the past two days for school!
    Going to farmer’s market with friend (it’s her 30th tomorrow!)
    EVERYTHING! The chill in the air, all the pumpkin things, all the yummy fall scents, my birthday, thanksgiving… 😀

  31. Your baby Mellan cracks me up! Mellan is doing the “corpse ” yoga pose while laying on his belly. I would love to see his “downward dog” pose!

    Haul: I went to Nordstroms and bought Mac’s paint pots Layin Low (like Mellan) and Constructivist. All the other pots were too light, gray or dry for my NC55 lids. Got my Nordstroms points too (lol). I bought Nars lippie Het Loo which is a great pumpkin orange color. I also bought a Sonia Kashuk limited edition brush set from Target. Its a 10 piece set called the ‘fall brush up”. It’s so cute with purple brushes.

    I’m a July baby so this time of the year is bittersweet to me. I hate to see the summer go but Fall is fantastic. NYC in the Fall is the best. New Broadway shows, new music, crisp nights, boot season, fall makeup, funky hats, pumpkin muffins, yummy bean soups, crispy apples and savory waffles.

    • He only does the “downward dog” pose occasionally – I always want to capture it, but it’s so infrequent, lol!

      Fitting that Layin’ Low is practically the color of Mellan, too. 😉

      I’ve only been to NYC in early September for NYFW, and it is so killer with the humidity! I will make note that fall is better!

      • xamyx

        How do those brushes compare to other SK brushes? I keep passing on them because I’m not sure about the material of the bristles since they’re a different color.

  32. I love how they just go “splat” wherever they are when they’re babies. It’s so sweet. He looks HUGE even at 15 weeks. Can’t imagine a 4-5 lb weight gain per week. WOW! @_@

    UD palettes from Sephora’s blow out sale (for Christmas presents)
    Guerlain Rouge G lipstick compacts in 860, 861 + Gloss d’enfer in 860
    Back-up of Scrangie 2.0 from RBL

    Weekend plans:
    Do mock interviews with my son

    Favorite part of autumn? There is no single thing:
    The promise of summer’s stiflingly hot end
    Crisp air
    A shift to intellectual pursuits
    Change to my favorite colors
    Soft throws

    Can you tell autumn is my favorite season?

    • About half his full size, though his chest got wayyyy more barrel-like after a year or so! He was the first puppy I had, and honestly, I hadn’t interacted with big dogs… like ever, so it was a great way to adjust. I never even realized he was big!

      Yay! Glad you snagged a backup of Scrangie 2.0!

  33. abigailod

    That is just the cutest thing – oh Mellan!! 😀 I miss seeing our dog do that.

    Haul: Retro Mattes + Ru Paul’s original Viva Glam lipsticks
    Weekend plan: Just did The Walking Dead marathon – woohoo! Clean house and errands.
    Autumn: Absolutely lower temps, sweaters and hot chocolate!

  34. Wow, lots of autumn babies. My birthday is October 2, which may be the reason for my preference of this season.

    Happy Birthday to all of us autumn babes. I nearly didn’t survive to see this birthday, so I’m especially contemplative this year.

    • I hope you’re in a better place now, Melissa :) Wishing you good health!

      • Thanks, Christine. I had a simple shoulder surgery; two days later, my lungs were filled with blood clots. If I had waited another day and thrown another clot, it would have killed me. It’s been four months, and I still struggle with breathing. It will take about a year to fully recover.

        Note to self: When the doc says go directly to the ER, GO!

        • How horrible! I am glad you are recovering, Melissa. I hope your recovery is speedy :)

        • Pami

          OMG that is Terrifying!!! I’m sooo glad you are recovering. Maybe sharing your story will help someone else!

          • Thank you for the well wishes. I never dreamed something like that would happen at such a young age. Shortness of breath is nothing to mess around with.

            I still feel like I’m breathing through a straw while running a marathon at times, but my lungs are definitely improving. Pulmonary embolism is extremely painful, too. 8-[

  35. BooBooNinja

    Look! It’s Super Mellan! Can’t you imagine his surroundings photoshopped out and replaced with sky?

    My no-buy was officially over when August rolled around, but I haven’t been interested in making any huge makeup splurges. Matters would be different if I had local access to Kevyn Aucoin though. 😉

    I went to the UK for holidays and couldn’t resist picking up a few drugstore items:
    – 2 Barry M Hi Shine Nail Paints – Greenberry (turquoise) and Passion Fruit (similar to Dior Riviera)
    – Bourjois Bronzing Primer
    – MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher – Dolly

    I also bought some replacement items back home:
    – Revlon Lash Potion Volume & Length Waterproof Mascara (2 double-packs)
    – Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Waterproof (I want to see what the fuss over Great Lash is about)
    – Physician’s Formula Talc-Free Pressed Powder (trying a lighter shade)

    • LOL! I can 😉

      Congrats on getting to finishing up your no-buy!! That’s so great!

      • BooBooNinja

        Aw, thanks. :) I’ve got my chest all puffed up now because I’m proud of my no-buy and how I had only one “cheat”.

        I forgot this in my original post:
        Weekend: Continue decluttering our apartment, starting with the kitchen cupboards then the linens and then our painting stuff. Anything more is bonus. Try to fill up at least half a box for donations.

        Autumn: Hmm… It’s rainy and dreary half the year where I live, starting in the Autumn, so I groan when we lose our summer heat and sunshine. On the up side, I have the cutest pair of tall rain boots. They’re ideal for jumping into big rain puddles. And for making me look awesome in skinny jeans. 😀

        • I don’t think I have the will power for a no-buy, so seriously, major kudos to you!!

          I really need to sort through our linen closet, too – we have just one bed, you know, and yet so many sheets… Thanks for the reminder!

  36. Mellan looks so funny and adorable in that pic! ^^

    Avon Eye Brightening Pencil Shade: Honey Blue
    Avon Extra Lasting Eyeshadow Pencil Shade: Amethyst & Crystal Taupe
    Bioderma Sensibio H2o micelle solution

    ^ First time trying these brands. /excited ^^

    Weekend plans: FOOTBALL! Gonna watch the first real season game this Sunday~~!

    Favorite thing about autumn: I agree with you about the weather, Christine. ^^
    Cozying up under a warm blanket and sipping hot drinks during this season too. Not that cold yet, but it will be. Lol

  37. Terri

    Plans: cleaning and walking my overweight dog Leo.

    Haul: Le Metier de Beaute subscription box (I got in on the extra 50 they released after the deadline, yeah!), Birchbox arrived today, also Mac retro matte in All Fired Up (not loving it), NARS adult content palette, Urban decay colorless lip pencil and chaos eye pencil. Clearly my plan of slowing down purchasing has hit a speed bump. Oh dear!

    I don’t like Autumn because it means summer is over and winter is coming. I live in Boston and our winters can be awful. I am a summer girl all the way. Sigh!!!

    Loving Mellan’s posing; looks exactly like the way my puggle Leo lays in the afternoons….

  38. Bre

    Better late than never…..

    Mellan is to cute :)

    Haul: Viva Glam 1 RuPaul & Antonio Lip Palette Fuchsia

    Plans: Exercise & fixing my living room..purchased furniture on Wednesday.

    Autumn Fave: Frye boots & leather & the leaves gorgeous colors burnt orangey red. Cool weather.

  39. Yanira

    Oh I just love Mellan. He’s adorable. Such a cutie :)