Friday, November 15th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  My Sephora VIB haul came!  4x Jack Black Lip Balms, bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Cream + Deep Foaming Cleanser, Jack Black Daily Moisturizer/Clinique for Men Moisture with SPF (for hubby), Origins A Perfect World Moisturizer, Tom Ford Lipstick/Nail Lacquer (the ones I was missing from holiday)
  • Weekend plans:  Organizing things around the house, brunch and football on Sunday!
  • Favorite place to shop for clothes?:  Nordstrom

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…


This is exactly where he is and how he looks every morning when I first see him!

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114 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #210

  1. He looks so cute and pathetic :)

    Haul: MyChelle Serious Hyaluronic firming serum (my second bottle and I really like it), Chanel Allure Homme for Andrew, Dior Munuit (but I think I’ll return it because it takes three coats for full opacity and for $30 I expect better), a back-up BeautyBlender, the lip scrub from Etsy you reviewed recently and a Revlon Perfumerie nail polish in Bordeaux.

    Weekend plans: nothing so far

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: I don’t have one.

  2. Haul: IMATS! lol I’m posted photo’s of what i got. I also got Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in store During the VIB sale.
    http://www.warpaintandunicorns.com/2013/11/imats-toronto-2013-recap-and-haul.html

    Weekend plans: Catching up on stuff.

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: err… Ricki’s. Being a size 16 means their limited options to my disappointment. Plus size starts at 18 in stores and a lot of shops only carry up to a size 12 or 14 in Canada. there is really only 3 shops that carry 16’s for nice none casual clothes.
    Ani_BEE Recently Posted: Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye Palette – Eye On Neutral 02: Swatches & Review

  3. Haul: ALL of Inglot’s rainbow eyeshadow trios (35 of them – well 34 because I already had 1, lol) and an empty 40-palette to keep them all together!

    Weekend plans: Study (again!)

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: Probably Nordstrom (at least online). They are my go-to for everything (makeup, clothes, shoes, jewelry).

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alix Alix

    I love Origins A Perfect World moisturizer — it’s effective and smells fantastic!

  5. I loaded up on skin care :)
    1) REN Rediscover Radiance Kit
    2) Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask (2 boxes)
    3) SK-II facial treatment masks (box of 10)
    4) Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial
    Has anyone noticed a theme yet…LOL
    5) Make Up Forever Aqua Brow
    6) Diorskin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25

    And that’s all folks! I think I was pretty good :)

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of KaseyCannuck KaseyCannuck

    Haul: Sephora VIB!! I got the Sephora Favorites, which I wanted last year but I think it was sold out, the Clinique Black Cherry kit based on raves about the color, which is every bit as fantastic as everyone says, the Hourglass Ambient palette, which I’m loving, and a Stila color balm and Clinique lip crayon with some of my points. I’m still waiting on my Tarina Tarantino haul from Hautelook.

    Weekend plans: None.

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: Old Navy

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mar A. Mar

    Haul: Guerlain Meteorites Powder in Teint Rose and the Meteorites Brush.

    Weekend plans: My birthday is on Saturday. Some time with my family and sleeping in. That’s really all I want!

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: I do love Nordstrom. I’m quite tiny and Nordstrom means I can buy pants and get them tailored there.

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    ■Haul: I’m waiting for my Sephora VIB to ship! I’m hoping they’re not delaying because some things were sold out–when I look on the website, it says three things I ordered are permanently sold out. Fingers crossed they’re just overwhelmingly busy!
    ■Weekend plans: Getting my house ready for my parents to visit next weekend! It will be the first time my dad has been here to New Jersey, and the first time my mom will see our new house!
    ■Favorite place to shop for clothes?: I’m with you on Nordstrom! It’s really my favorite place to shop for pretty much everything online. Their shipping and return policy are both wonderful.

    • Fingers crossed it ships very soon for you, Abbey!

      Nordstrom has such amazing customer service, and I admit that is a huge part of why they’ve become my go-to over the years!

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth Lizzi

    Haul: VIB haul! Consisted of Hourglass Ambient powder palette, Nars Guy Bourdin palette, Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things palette, the $98 Bite Beauty 20 lipstick set, a Sephora X nail polish, and the $10 nail art Sephora two brush set.
    Weekend Plans: clean the house and in-laws…. Blech.
    Favorite place to shop: Nordstroms or J Crew

  10. Haul: LIT Lit Kit in Champagne Wishes, Becca Dual Coverage Compact Concealer in Praline, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold, Bumble and Bumble The Surf Set, Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish, NARS polish in Disco Inferno, Formula X for Sephora polish in Hercules.

    Plans: Finally finish the downstairs bathroom!

    Store: Torrid and Old Navy.

    • Love your haul, Wendy!

      Good luck on finishing up the bathroom! Did you completely redo it?

      • Thanks, Christine! I’m really loving Becca. I’m thrilled Sephora is carrying it. I’ve been itching to try the brand for a couple of years now.

        The previous homeowners remodeled it, but it’s not to our liking. We’re keeping the marble counter and cabinet because we’re lazy and don’t want to make a mess of the wall. Don’t know why they chose to have the marble go all the way across the top of the toilet. It limits the height of a replacement.

        We’re replacing the toilet, re-painting, smashing the large ugly mirror, taking out the extra (pointless) towel rack and replacing the light fixtures. We’re going for a British themed bathroom since my hubby is half Brit. Doctor Who, Monty Python, the royal family… We plan to go bonkers. The hubs gave me the ok to paint the door into a TARDIS.

  11. Aw Mellan, you cute little cookie you :-)

    Haul: Shu Uemura hair care, Vichy Dermablend foundation, and just now some skin care from a small Swiss beauty brand :-)

    Weekend plans: My parents-in-law are visiting for the weekend, so family stuff. Lots of eating and drinking, I’m sure :-)

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: The Fashion Store.

  12. awwww at-least, that, ours wake us in the morning very exited and one have very long claws is not like you wake up the happiest in this world. lol we have claws over our body’s hehe

    • On the rare, rare occasion he sleeps in our bedroom, he can be quite persistent. If he sees me even wake up for a second after say 6am, he’ll come up and lean on my arm with a, “It’s breakfast time, why aren’t you getting up?”

  13. I used the savings at the Sephora sale to get presents for a lot of my friends’ daughters (all young women – early 20’s) – lovely stuff from Philosophy, including a hand cream set for one who is doing her Obs/Gyn residency and washes her hands a LOT). Also got some Caudalie stuff for one of my best friends. And treated myself to another Fresh lip scrub (which I really need) and the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette which I realize NOW I truly did need. I also got a nice sample of OCC Super NSFW Lip Tar and may go back and get the full size.

    Weekend plans: more shopping (to take advantage of some other specials that are on just now) and a friend is coming to stay and take me and hubby out for our birthdays (last month but it’s the first she’s been here).

    Favourite place to shop for clothes: Probably my sewing machine! I love to sew and I appreciate having things that no one else has.

    • It’s amazing how one can still need yet another palette, but they can all be quite awesome for a time :) Happy to hear you’re enjoying the Vice 2 palette!

      I also love that you got a hand cream set for the one doing residency – how sweet of you to think of exactly the right gift!

      • In hindsight, I wish I’d got her a large tube of L’Occitane hand cream but this assortment is cute and festive. It’s amazing how frazzled/dazzled you (or I) can get inside a Sephora when you’re trying to find the perfect gifts and fit within a reasonable budget and not repeat too closely (3 of the girls are in the same family – a daughter, a daughter in law and a soon to be daughter in law). Vice2 is awesome. What’s interesting is that I probably would have bypassed Strike and not used it except I was the look you did with it in your review of the palette. I gave it a try and I’m amazed by how terrifically flattering it is on my brown eyes when applied on the inner corner or inner 1/3 of the lid.

        • The assortment is fun – she can find the scent she LOVES, plus she can stash one at her night stand, in the car, in her bag for work, etc! :)

          Strike is amazing! Happy to help give you a little push to try it :)

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat

    Haul: My online Sephora VIB haul came (probably included it in my post last week)! I’m now the proud owner of Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss in Canary, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Coral, Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait, Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (103) Rouge Automatique Lipstick and llamasqua Speckled Nail Varnish in Scarce! I also bought Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in 15 and Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500 (Blush).
    Weekend plans: Grad school work, as usual.
    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: Ross

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alyssa alyssa897

    This week I hauled:

    At Sephora with the VIB sale: Naked 1, Naked 2, Stila In the Light palette, Too Faced A Few Of My Favorite Things, and LORAC Unzipped (which is absolutely amazing! I worked yesterday from 8 am-7:30 pm (yay for overtime for the holidays!) and did my make up about 6:30 ish am…got home at 8 pm and my eye shadow looked ah-mazing. It seriously looked like I applied it maybe 3 hours ago. I could not believe it lasted a good 13 hours or so. I did use the LORAC eye primer, which I think did have a hand in the great results, but even without the LORAC shadows in that palette are incredible. So pretty and a wonderful formula. I plan on getting the LORAC Pro palette soon. I read a comment a few days ago, Christine, where you mentioned you don’t have the LORAC Unzipped palette and I have to tell you, you need to get it now! It’s so great.

    Hauls of the future:

    I’m going to Target and Ulta this weekend and I plan on getting:

    Some polishes from Essie’s Encrusted Treasures collection – Ignite The Night, Hors d’Oeuvres, and On a Silver Platter. I am going to try and find the Maybelline Color Tattoos in Matte Brown, Nude Pink, and Just Beige. Ulta is having a sale where Real Techniques brushes are buy 1 get 1 half off so I’m going to pick up the face brush collection and the eye brush collection and possibly the single powder brush and single blush brush. I also want to snatch up the Sonia Kashuk limited edition holiday gold brush set. I need more brushes, especially eye brushes. And Ulta also has NYX buy 1 get 1 half off so I want to pick up a few Love in Rio trios and the Narcissistic highlighter.

    I feel like I have a few more things on my list, but I think I left my list at home on my dresser so this is all I can remember.

    • Wow, that is a lot of palettes! Which are you going to dive into next?

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alyssa alyssa897

        I’ve played around a bit with all the palettes I bought and so far LORAC Unzipped is the best. I love the colors of the Stila palette, but there is a lot of fallout and the shades seem to fade fast. I need to find a really sticky base, which is why I’m hoping to get those Maybelline color tattoos. :)

        I like both Naked palettes, but I’m pretty overwhelmed by all the shades. I need to play around with them more and work on my eyeshadow skills so I know what exactly to do with them. :D

        I don’t regret the Too Faced palette, but it’s probably my least favorite of the five I got. So much glitter and shimmer and the shades aren’t as buttery smooth as I like. Such pretty colors though! I think I have to be really good at applying eye make up in order to use this palette to it’s full potential. It will be a great palette to practice on.

        I haven’t really had a chance to fully work with this palettes because I am lacking in the brush department. I have a few Eco Tools and Elf brushes and they aren’t bad, but I don’t really have a real blending brush, just a small-ish Elf crease brush. I plan on adding to my brush collection this weekend. :D And in a few weeks I want to check out the new eye brushes from ohgeeitsbri.com. They haven’t been released yet, but she’s used them in her videos and I need them in my life! Bri is actually who convinced me to get the LORAC Unzipped palette. I always wanted it, but put it on the bottom of my list, but she has used it in some of her videos and convinced me to get it. So glad I did!

        Palettes to dive into next: LORAC Pro, UD Naked Basics, UD Naked 3 (whenever it’s available at Sephora), UD Vice 2 (maybe!), NARS And God Created the Woman (excited to try NARS shadows!), and possibly some of the Benefit World Famous Nude palettes. :) Can you tell eye shadow is my thang? LOL

  16. Haul: Just those new MAC brushes.

    Weekend plans: Helping a friend move into their new place and maybe some shopping this weekend to clear my thoughts ;)

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: Lately? Nowhere. Men’s clothes are generally kind of boring and nondescript. Over the years I’ve ended up being a blue jeans and black t-shirt kind of guy 99% of the time. I’ve joked that Hank Moody (from Californication) and I have the same dresser.

  17. Can’t wait to go out, Mellan? :D

    Haul: Chanel Ombres Matelassees in Charming, Le Vernis in Frenzy and Particuliere, Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Ce Soir and Rivoli; MAC 239, Lipstick in Private Party, Mineralize Blush in Lavish Living, and Nail Lacquer in Fierce Entrance

    Weekend plans: My godson’s birthday is coming up, I need to look for a gift that’s suitable for a three year old. :)

    Favorite place to shop for clothes? Mango and Zara

  18. “Is this where I can order the happy meal? wait, make that a big kid’s meal with apple slices instead of fries”

    :-D

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    Haul: Cargo blush in Prague, Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Blood Roses, NARS matte lipstick in Madere, Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Standout (LE matte color), Wet ‘n’ Wild lipstick in Stoplight Red (terrible packaging, amazing color for the price), Black Radiance Illusions lipgloss in 3230 (pink shade), Urban Decay eyeshadow single in Pistol, and Bobbi Brown Shimmer eyeshadow in Heather Mauve. I have to head out to Ulta before work to pick up a few basic things like shampoo and whatnot. I’m sure I’ll wind up bringing home something that isn’t basic as well. :P After this, I’m going on a no-buy for a bit. I need to “winterize” my car, which I suspect is going to be expensive. 9_9

    Weekend plans: Working. :( I’m pulling back to back doubles today and tomorrow, then night shift Sunday.

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: I don’t have preferences, but I’m quite fond of the retro style clothing of ModCloth.

  20. Haul: Nail varnish remover, essence nail varnish in a mint green colour and that’s it, I think! I’ve been good this week, for once.
    Weekend plans: Wooooork. Tidying.
    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: River Island.
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  21. Haul: I was able to get the Lorac Pro Palette at my local store while the VIB sale was going on, and I got the Bite Beauty Best Bite set.

    Weekend plans: picking up kids from sleepovers, bringing them to sleepovers, arranging the garage.

    Favorite place to shop for clothes: too many! But I am doing well at Macys lately.

  22. Deb

    Crazy haul for me – way more than I usually indulge in because of the Sephora sale and the desire to try some new brands. MAC is my usual poison with a side dash of NARS, but now I know what you mean when you say that there are some better options out there for some products. My haul:

    Hourglass Ambient Palette, Ambient Brush, Ambient powders in Diffused, Ethereal and Luminous, Laura Mercier Artist Palette for eyes (first ever purchased palette – my others are MAC 15-pans), Ocho Loco 2, NARS Day Dream blush, a Fresh Honey set, Sephora Give Me Some Lip, lots of blotting papers, a travel makeup bag, Benefit Cream Shadows in RSVP and No Pressure, some hair products and finally a large Purity cleanser. Sheesh. Think I’m done for a few months, although I will buy Naked 3.

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    Haul: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque, Philosophy Crispy Marshmallow Bars Body Wash (the massive bottle). Laura Mercier Body Butter in Creme de Pistache.

    Weekend Plans: Movie tonight, throwing a dinner party tomorrow night (making homemade spaghetti & meatballs, garlic bread and salad w/ prosciutto & melon and assorted cheeses and veggies for appetizers; starting the sauce in the morning so it is amazing by dinner time, so I’ll be cooking most of the day). Sunday relaxing and watching football.

    Favorite place to shop for clothes: Old Navy, Gap, Faith 21 (Forever 21’s plus size line) & Target

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elle Elle Jaye

    Haul: NARS single eyeshadow in Fez and Coconut Grove, NARS Taos Blush, MAC Fever Blush, Soaps from the body shop (Vanilla, Cranberry Joy, Chocomania, Olive, and Satsuma), Moisture Mask from Body Shop, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus body oil (smells DIVINE), MAC Nocturnals Nude gloss set, and I am waiting on the Tarte of Giving Collector’s Bag (I think that’s what it is called) from Sephora.

    Weekend plans: movie night with my gal pals!

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: J Crew, Gap, Old Navy, or Ann Taylor.

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laurel Laurel

    Haul: I told myself if I went crazy at the VIB sale, I couldn’t shop again until Christmas! So I bought the Hourglass palette (still on the fence), Nars blush palette, Tarte blush palette, Benefit how to look good at everything kit in medium (I needed a darker foundation shade and just decided to buy the kit because I love the powder, Nars light reflecting setting powder (disappointed, this is going back), bamboo or something dry shampoo (EW! MY HAIR FELT EVEN DIRTIER! RETURNING!), Hourglass concealer, Nars concealer (OMG BUYING EVERY COLOR! lol), Carol’s daughter monoi starter kit with shampoo, conditioner, and mask, Carol’s daughter anti breakage spray, marc jacobs foundation (love!), Nars sheer glow (love!)

    Ulta: Juicy couture viva la juicy ($12 after rewards!), a cranberry essie color

    Weekend plans: Going home to pack and get my nails done before I leave for my 21st birthday trip with my mom to Miami on Wednesday (my bday was Oct 22, but I got sick and we had to postpone the trip)

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: Since I spend way too much money on makeup, I’ve been trying to be more frugal lately with my clothes, so I’ll say Forever 21. There are diamonds in the ruff that are actually well made and good quality. Just have to sort through the hipster half shirts and grunge clothes to find them! (No offense to those who like that style)

  26. Ahh let Mellan in!!
    Haul: Herra Protect Hair Perfume and CHI Silk Infusion . I ordered the hair perfume from Folica unsniffed and I love the scent! Smells like light vanilla and a little woody, clean fresh scent.And it’s supposed to be good for your hair! Comes in a small bottle so you can carry in your purse. Excited to use it during the holidays. Silk infusion keeps my hair soft,shiny and protects from heat one of my staples
    Weekend Plans: Might go to the movies to see 12 Years a Slave. Hit up a seafood restaurant with my Hubby

    Favorite Place to shop: Lately I like online designer discount shopping on sites like Hautelook, Rue La La and Gilt

  27. Haul: Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in Autumn Spice, and my Sephora VIB haul: Shiseido eyelash curler, Clinique Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Stay Golden and Nails Inc nail polish in Chelsea Square. I also picked up a BR Lip Glow Kissing Lip Gloss in Cherry (when I was in junior high all the girls loved this gloss).

    Weekend plans: Getting my hair cut (hopefully) and going to my friend’s birthday dinner.

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: Ebay. I love getting Betsey Johnson and Ralph Lauren pieces for low prices, and I like knowing that I am reusing clothing that can still be used (reduce, reuse and recycle). It’s also great that I get to filter out results to find petite sizes. Shopping while 5’0 can be a huge annoyance!

  28. Bre

    Haul:
    Beauty.com (F&F)
    *origins soap *pacifica candle & soap *clarisonic brush head *nars taj mahal blush * bliss mammoth soap *sibu beauty soap *Jonathan dirt candle.

    Sephora (F&F)
    *MD solar sciences sunscreen *Sephora mineral powder #45 *givenchy le rouge 201 *ole henriksen power peel *hourglass rouge L/S fever & edition.

    Nordstrom
    *GA lip maestro 505 *guerlain crazy pearls

    MAC L/S @ blog sale * Moxie *Ronnie Red * Reel Sexy

    Hauled a lot Christmas & bday presents early :)

    Weekend plans:
    Meeting up with the ladies for drinks & movie, Best Man Holiday

    Fav Store:
    Zara & Nordstrom…usually

  29. stacey

    He’s anxiously looking for food…waiting for you to give him food. What a doll!

  30. Haul: I’ve got a shirt from Target coming either Monday or Tuesday, along with some skincare from a brand called H2OPlus (also coming either Monday or Tuesday).

    Weekend Plans: Nothing.

    Favourite place to shop for clothes: I’ve been loving ASOS recently.

    • ASOS has some really cool things! I’m a horrible clothing shopper online though – can’t pick anything right for my body type at all, lol! Any tips?

      • My biggest tip would be to take your own measurements (bust/waist/hips, plus inseam if you’re buying jeans) and write them down or memorize them. Pay attention to the size charts. Of course, that’s true for shopping for clothes online, full stop. :)

        UK clothes sizes are two larger than US. For example, if you’re a US size 8, you’d be a UK size 12. On the other hand, UK shoe sizes are two smaller (US size 8 shoe would be a UK size 6). Fortunately, the US ASOS site adjusts the sizing for you. ;)

        Their return policy is okay (free returns!) but there’s a huge downside: you can’t exchange for a different size or colour. :( You’d have to send back the item and place a new order entirely.

        I do about 90-something percent of my clothes shopping online, as I don’t have local access to a lot of places. It’s a bit of an art form, IMO! But I think the more often you do it, the easier it gets.

  31. Aww Mellan!

    Continued Sephora VIB shopping on Monday after ear doctor appt – ear infections suck! As my get well gift I bought Kevin Aucoin sensual skin enhancer (Barney’s). Went to Sephora and bought Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel (exfoliator) and three Formula X nail polishes in Brain Power (nude beige), Genius (very dark brown) and Rush (coppery brown).

    Plans: Shopping and movies with my buddies. My BFF celebrated her bday Nov. 4 and we are helping her pick out her birthday haul. I love playing “personal shopper” with my friends and their money – no pressure (lol).

    Favorite shop: Lord &Taylor for shoes and accessories and Nordstroms generally for clothing.

    • I hope your ear infection goes away soon, Erica!

    • Pauline

      Hi There,
      I wear the same foundation as you and am wondering what shade of the Kevin Aucoin skin enhancer you use. I have to order on line and am not sure what shade to try. I am thinking of trying the new Guerlain pearls in Dore as they finally look chocolate girl friendly.

  32. Haul: My November Birchbox (yay!), refills on my MAC StudioFix and Nymphette Lip Glass (my fave ever) as well as a Pink Lemonade Lip Glass, Nars Laguna Bronzer and Eyeko Eye Pen from Sephora (so I could get my awesome Sample Blitz Bag!)

    Weekend plans: Spa day tomorrow (I got a free massage for writing a Yelp review on my spa, score!), birthday party for my son’s friend on Sunday followed by starting a new batch of home brew with the hubs!

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: LOFT by far!
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  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Plurabelle Astrogherkin

    Hi Christine,

    I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for disabling comments on that Rihanna and MAC post. I am very cautious about joining new beauty communities because there will be that kind of triggering commentary and it makes me so exhausted. My little sister (really my cousin, but I call her sister), her mother and little brother are survivors of physical abuse with no option to leave their abuser (they are still with him, he is very well-respected and powerful in the community), and even my mother and I suffered years of emotional abuse at the hands of my father. My mother is still with my father, and I love both of them. So it’s very angering and triggering when you get comments that say Rihanna is a bad role model, that they don’t respect her because she stayed with her abuser and other kinds of victim-blaming. My respect and admiration for you reached great heights at seeing your handing of the Guy Bourdain NARS collection, and now about how you protect vulnerable members of your community by disabling comments and warning for triggers like you did in the Rihanna post.

    Thank you so much, Christine! <3

    • Thank you for understanding, as not everyone does! I’m sensitive (perhaps hyper-sensitive) to victim-blaming, as I think it happens a lot, and I really don’t want it to have a place here. The cycle is very difficult to break out of, and even those with means may still have difficulty leaving and the situation involves incredibly complex, emotional and physical relationships. I’m sad to hear about what you’ve had to go through, along with your mother and little sister (and her family). I hope that all of you can find some peace and safety, even if it’s not today.

      • Thank you, Christine. That means a lot to me. My sister is an amazingly strong young woman – she is married and has a child, and she seems to be happy in her marriage. I hope to support her as much as possible so she doesn’t have to rely on her abusive father for anything. As for me, I am studying for a PhD and have an awesome boyfriend, so I generally feel like my life is on track – which makes my mother happy as well. She says she endured all that time because she wanted me to succeed, and it’s thanks to her that I have got all these opportunities. The good thing in my culture is that we have an extended family arrangement which means we have a strong support network and women have a lot of power, collectively. I just hope we can get better at confronting and stopping abusers even if they are powerful. People do tend to blame victims too (if they are too public about their abuse) which is the biggest issue we need to fight. But we are getting there.

        As for fighting online victim-blaming – we need more blog moderators like you! :)

        • Really happy to hear that things are looking up for everyone, maybe not perfect, but happy is a good place to me. Congrats on working towards your PhD! My mom completed hers about a year ago :)

  34. Haul
    From Sephora: Origins Charcoal Mask, Sephora Desert Sunset palette, Clinique Moisturizing Gel, MAKE UP FOR EVER 160 Brush, Sephora Bronzer in Maui, Clinique
    Bottom Lash Mascara, Nails INC base and topcoat, YSL Foundation in Beige Rose 30, UD Naked Basics, Armani Eyes to Kill mascara, Shishedo lipgloss in Sunstone and Nocturne, and Nars lip pencil in Damned

    From Beauty.com: UD Naked 1, Nars concealer, UD eyeliner in Corrupt and Smog.

    Weekend plans:
    Try to purchase some stuff from the Isabel Marant for H&M if they are not completely sold out, buy a new winter coat, have dinner with my husband, do some boring work stuff, go to the DMV to register my new car.

    Favorite place to shop for clothes: Barney’s, Neiman, Zara, Amazon, H&M, TopShop and Shopbop.

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    It takes for-EVER to get my stuff cuz I’m in Nebraska, and they ship by the Pony Express. Here’s my LOAD!

    Sephora:
    – U/D 24/7 Eyeliner Vault
    – U/D Vice 2
    – Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book
    – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
    – Guerlain Crazy Paris Meteorites
    – Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow in Hypnotique
    – YSL CRÈME DE BLUSH 2 Powdery Rose
    – Givenchy Haute Couture Mascara/lipstick set
    – Givenchy Rouge Interdit Shine Lipstick 28
    – Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in LIV’s LIPS 62
    – Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Plum Gold (LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!)
    – Stila Holiday Essentials Kit
    – Lit Lit Kit Champagne Wishes
    – MUFE Invisible Cover Foundation
    – SEPHORA COLLECTION The Vacationer
    – (2) Benefit Gimme Brow
    – Stila eyeshadow in Cloud
    – Laura Mercier Velour Puff
    – Alterna Bamboo Weightless Hair Mousse
    – Bare Mineral Original Foundation
    BI 500 PT Dior Addict Set
    BI 500 PT Laura Mercier Flawless Best-Sellers
    BI 500 PT Philosophy Box of Miracles
    BI 100 PT Urban Decay Revolution L/S

    Beauty.com
    – Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder, Medium
    – Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow, Isadore blush
    – Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder, Candlelight
    – (2) Aquis Essentials Microfiber Hair turbans
    – BY TERRY Ombre Veloutee Powder E/S, 9 Lavender Muffin

    Okay, I’m never buying another item of makeup as long as I live! :D

    Weekend plans: Naps, organizing, shipping early holiday gifts and cleaning
    Favorite place to shop for clothes: Coldwater Creek

    • WHEW!!!!! Enjoy it, Melissa! What will be trying first?

      • Melissa , pls adopt for a month … plsssssssssssssssssss
        i will not use the stuff , just roll my eyes with affection and if you allow I will swatch them with sanitized fingers
        trust me
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          Rashmi, you can move in. I’ll set up two makeup stations with sterilizing spray so we can share. :D Nothing more fun than doing makeup together, oohing and aahing over swatches!

          • Yaaaaaaa :)
            thank u melissa :)
            n from bottom of heart I want to thank u n tell u one thing

            we readers reallyyyyyyy need to share what all HG we found with help n guidance of temptalia :)
            lovedddddd ur comment on earlier post dear n now m writing down my list
            its
            endless

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        I think I’ll just lay it all in the middle of the living room and roll in it, Christine! I already did a quick look with the Dior Mono eyeshadow. It’s GORGEOUS!

        I’ve also tried out some of the coolest U/D 24/7 liners: Ether, LSD, Abyss, Deep End, Chaos. Junkie, Delinquent LOVE LOVE LOVE these! I’m giving away 5 of them for Christmas gifts. I don’t use black eyeliner, so my young adopted daughter who practically eats Perversion will be benefiting by getting all the blacks.

        Next thing I want to do is see what the Crazy Paris Meteorites look like after a full look is applied. It may be too colorful for my light complexion, but I just had to try it! Of course, the Hourglass palette will be used as my finishing powder. :D Definitely looking forward to seeing if it works with my complexion.

        Givenchy LIV’s LIPS is the perfect l/s. It’s my lips but just a bit darker with some shine. Going to need a backup of this one.

        The YSL Creme de Blush in Powdery Rose is THE perfect neutral pink blush for me.

        • Haha! Now that sounds like a fun time :)

          I’m really hoping the Hourglass palette will work out for you – it is so lovely and I want it to work for everyone!

  36. I hear my cats long before I see them in the morning! Somehow they always know when it’s me getting up and immediately start meowing. They never meow at my husband! I’m apparently a bad influence on them.

    Haul: Waiting for my VIB order, part deux: Kat Von D Spellbinding Look Kit
    Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner in Blue (I like the ancient Egyptian look to it, and the reviews all say the blue is gorgeous.)
    ARDENCY INN PUNKER Eyes Like Fire Shadow
    ARDENCY INN PUNKER Semi-Goth Lip Gloss in Sheer Black – I flirted with goth in college (Goth Lite), so I’m still drawn to that sort of thing.

    I also picked up some BellaPierre out of curiosity at TJ Maxx…anyone have any experience with this brand?

    Weekend plans: It’s supposed to be cool and rainy here, so I foresee lots of reading with hot chocolate, tea, and delicious chocolate-covered marzipan cake! Also, cleaning cleaning cleaning.

    Favorite place to shop for clothes? Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack. I also love H&M and Target.

  37. Shada

    Urban decay naked basics palette and a back up of their primer potion in the colour Eden, love that stuff!
    Ive been telling myself that i didnt need the basics palette but i caved as i had 20% off so i used it on those two products. So far so good !

  38. Haul: My Chanel Charming palette has just arrived! Woooo!

    Weekend plans: work!

    Favorite place to shop for clothes?: errrm… either COS or Comptoir des Cotonniers. But I very seldom go shopping for clothes.

  39. Mellan is super cute and adorable all the time and seriously i wait to see your creative pics every friday :)
    my all lipstick haul you already know :)
    now SEPHORA has “HG Dim ” in stock … its not bad at full price also na ?
    so may be next week i try and pick it after your codes .. i did planned to pick 3 pan palette but it was out of stock then i made up my mind for Dim and that was also not in stock ..
    now am waiting for some code to justify my purchase
    dont want to delay as frnds dad will be coming back this month and If i get lucky i will get my stuff by dec :D :D

    weekend plans – nothing exciting as this week was pretty much stressful and am resting as usual
    my fav place to shop for cloths – As am in India , I love Westside or Lifestyle for clothes as my size is XXL and its hard to find in stores :( :(
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    Haul:
    Sephora:

    -eye cream for my mom
    -Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss in Naked Plum (this is a gift but I worry that it won’t be flattering on a blonde with cool skin tone of perhaps an NW15-20? I’d rather she not have to figure out how to make it work–just apply and go out for all the holidays. Is there a shade that works better?)

    The rest of my haul mostly consists of lippies and eye pencils. Need a new HG budgeproof pencil liner formula. Also experimenting with hydrating formulas of different lipstick & lip pencil combo’s. I recently discovered I’m sensitive to flavors/scents/something random in lipsticks–chaps my lips til they bleed. Dumped out my co bigelow, burts bees, fresh, jack black lip balms, etc. & purchased non-scented/non-flavored balms. Now, aiming to DO-OVER my lip color collection with different stuff

    -UD Revolution Lipstick in Liar
    -UD 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil in 69
    -Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eye liner in Here’s My Number
    -Buxom Full bodied lipsticks in Hooligan, Scoundrel, & Swinger
    -Clinique High Impact Lipstick in Citrus Rose
    -Sephora Contour 12 Hour pencil in Black Lace, My Boyfriend’s Jeans, & Fairytale
    -Benefit Hydra-smooth Lip Color in Juicy Details
    -MD SolarSciences tinted spf 30

    Weekend Plans: Cleaning, Dusting, Organizing, Purging. ANNNDDD…need to start making up travel plans–I really procrastinated there even though my boss persuaded me to take more vacation time. And packing for this who-knows-where-vacation. Yikes.

    Favorite Place to Shop for Clothes: I don’t shop for clothes all that often bc I need to examine things in person before buying. Many of the stores where I live don’t have my preferences and I dislike shopping online.

  41. That face!!! Ahhhh.

    Haul: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free in Shell ( I hope it’s the right color), Nars blush in Sin, Sephora X nail polish in Chaotic.
    Weekend plans: Celebrating with my friend- she is officially a registered nurse as of yesterday!!!
    Favorite plc to shop for clothing: Kohl’s… cheap and there are a few brands there that fit me perfectly. I can never go wrong there!

  42. Nicole

    Haul: Nothing again.
    Weekend plans: Finishing one of my Christina Jones books, getting my new Samsung mobile ready to use and joining a Zumba party. Oh and I have to change my tires.
    Favorite palace to shop for clothes?: P&C, Appelrath & Cüpper both stores not known in the US.