Friday, December 6th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  Received my philosophy order from last week (Gingerbread Man (6 oz), Almonds & Cream, Barely Glazed, Cranberry Twirl, Golden Butter Candy, White Cranberry, Granny’s Homemade Apple Pie, Mulled Wine, and Raspberry Glazed).  I ended up placing a Bath & Body Works order last week too, but that’s not due to arrive until next week.
  • Weekend plans:  We’re having a big team meeting on Saturday, actually! And then our holiday “party.” (It’s myself, husband, and my brother-in-law, so it’s not exactly a party.)
  • Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?:  Scarpetta in Las Vegas @ the Cosmopolitan.

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…


He was trying to help me take photos… couldn’t resist taking one of him instead!

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89 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #213

  1. Avatar of Kathryn keG

    haul-black friday/cyber monday specials including YSL and Giorgio Armani lip glosses
    weekend- a prospective college visit for my daughter
    vacation restaurant-one time when we were in NYC we went to this hole in the wall vegan dumpling place in the heart of Chinatown-It was AMAZING-I think it was even better because I didn’t have high expectations

  2. Haul: Shiseido cotton pads, BeautyBlender solid brush cleanser, ButterLondon Petrol and Stardust topcoat (I used petrol and it is pretty opaque. Not what I would classify as a top coat), and OPI My Favorite Ornament. I also repurchased UD NAKED. I gave mine to my mom when I got NAKED2 and regretted it almost immediately. However, I wanted to wait and get it with the new formula. So, I purchased it, then decided to call UD to make sure it was the new formula. After FOREVER on hold, they said they they were still using the eyeshadow formula for the current production of NAKED. That seems very strange and somewhat counterproductive to me. But maybe that’s just me. I am not going to take back the NAKED palette because she (UD customer service person) said they had no intention at this time to update it.

    Weekend Plans: Finally finish one of my school products and maybe go see Catching Fire.

    Favorite Restaurant from a Vacation: I have two. I think the restaurant was called Sky Dragon. It was a Dim Sum restaurant recommended to us when we were in Toronto. The other is called Cafe Coyote in San Diego. They make fresh tortillas right outside the restaurant. It was pretty good!

  3. Avatar of Elle Elle Jaye

    Haul: Bath and Body Works Candles (Sparkling Champagne, Winter Candy Apple, Merry Cookie, and Red Velvet Cake), this wonderful hand/body cream also from BBW, Fresh Picked Heirloom Cranberries, NAKED 3 (super excited as this is the first one that had colors I really wanted), Philosophy shower gels (homemade honey buns, fluffy cupcake, peppermint stick, and raspberry glazed, i think), Too Faced LashGasm mascara, La Creme in Divine Wine, and lipgloss in Striptease. I also finished all of my Christmas shopping. Excited!

    Weekend plans: Wrapping gifts, watching Christmas movies on ABC Family and Lifetime, and staying inside. In MS, we are projected to have an ice storm :(

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: I don’t remember the name but it was an authentic Mexican restaurant that I went to when I took a cruise with my friends to Cozumel. I haven’t had an enchilada that delicious SINCE!

  4. Avatar of erin erin

    I love how labs have those big brown cow eyes. If labs started mooing it would not surprise me. I just hauled some of the nails inc polishes that are on sale at sephora. The texture/effect ones, curious about them enough to buy them, but not to buy more than one even if i end up loving them.

  5. Haul: Nada! waiting for stuff in the mail.

    Weekend plans: more hand sewing.

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: Honestly I can’t think of one as I usually eat cheaply when I travel.
    Ani_BEE Recently Posted: Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette Part 3: Swatches & Review

  6. Avatar of Amber Amber

    Just hauled the UD Naked3 palette from Sephora! Ty for telling us about the new launch date Christine! I also ordered LM oil free primer as a gift for a friend. Khiels had an awesome black Friday deal so I bought Midnight Recovery eye and got a bunch of samples. Also took advantage of NARS deal and bought Light Reflecting Loose setting powder. Been hauling a lot of np’s lately too:
    Essie Lots of Lux
    Essie Toggle to the Top
    Essie Warm and Toasty Turtleneck
    Essie Belugaria
    All of the Loreal Color Dusts

  7. Avatar of Melisa Melisa

    Haul: I was lucky to find the Tarte off the cuff cheek palette and Too Faced A Few of My Favorite things at a Sephora when I was visiting family on Thanksgiving break. I also ordered the Urban Decay Naked 3, so now I am debating if I should return the Too Faced palette, I have too many eyeshadows. Also picked up Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, I bought this foundation 3 years ago for prom and loved it, but once I entered college I started to break out bad and the foundation didn’t cover enough. But now after seeing a dermatologist, my skin is looking great!

    Weekend Plans: Just studying for my final exams and finishing papers :/
    Favorite restaurant on vacation? One of my favorites is in a country called Slovenia, it’s called Pizzeria Hacienda, and oh god they make the best, most fresh pizza.

  8. Haul: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, Black Fri’s Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara Amazing Eyes Set, Black Fri’s Baremineral Quad – Enchanting Eyes, Beauty Blender solid soap (AMAZING), Buxom Full Bodied LS deluxe sample in Hooligan, Buxom Hold the Line Eyeliner

    • Are you using the Beautyblender soap just for the beauty blender or for brushes, too?

      • I am using it for both- tested it out last night, and it worked WONDERS. I wasn’t expecting to be so impressed, because sometimes reviews are exaggerated- but it really worked well.
        I forgot- i also hauled two things from the Riri <3 Mac collection- the bronzer and the nail polish. I really wanted the lipsticks, but even though they were in my cart, by the time I got to check out, they were sold out.
        I also forgot to answer the rest of the questions, lol.
        Weekend plans- celebrating a friend's bday!
        Favorite place to eat- anything sushi gets me excited! I always want to try out new sushi places when we're away. It's my favorite food lol

    • Avatar of Christine Christine

      I am in love with the Better than Sex mascara. Being Asian, I have sparse lashes that don’t hold a curl very well. This is by far the best I’ve tried :)

      After running out of my BB solid, I am using Dr. Bonner’s soap…I use the solid for my BB and the liquid for my brushes. This soap cleans both the BB and brushes super fast and at a fraction of the cost.

  9. so sweet he is like are you taking pictures of me?

  10. Ms

    Last Friday I ordered balm meet matte nude

    Wednesday I picked up the makeupforever sepia palette at jc penny, I bought sample size benefit theryre real to get the twenty dollar off. Never bought a high end mascara before.

    I was iffy b/w this and naked 3. Especially cos if the twenty bucks off. Naheed is permanent so it can wait

    I ordered naked 3 online at 1230 est last night and still got the 20 bucks off. I feel awesome. That’s like a 40 percent off deal. This is better than 20 percent vib sale.

    I don’t buy shimmer eyeshadows anymore but naked is something else.

  11. Bre

    Haul:
    MAC <3 Rihanna Lipsticks
    Bath & Body Works 6 plug ins, 2 aromatherapy pillow spray, 1 room spray
    Henri Bendel 2 candle sets @ 30% off
    Lancome E/S All that brightens, 24K, Center Stage @ 25% off
    Lush Snow Globe & Sexy Peel Soap <3
    IT Cosmetics mini set @ Ulta

    Weekend plans:
    Relaxing & catching up on my soaps/tv shows

    Favorite Restaurants On Vacation:
    West Indies restaurant in Miami…Yummy :)

  12. Pets are so “helpful”, aren’t they?? I think they all secretly love having their picture taken – that’s why they’re always getting into them!

    How are those philosophy scents (especially Mulled Wine)? Did they come in a set?

    Haul: Illamasqua blush in Sleek and lipstick in Growl; Laura Geller lipstick in Tiger Lily and Eye Spackle in Mauve (I really wanted the Champagne primer free sample!)
    Weekend plans: Get over my cold, go shopping with my friend
    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: A “kiosko” or roadside food stand (don’t remember the name) in Puerto Rico on our honeymoon. The mofongo (meat and mashed fried plantains) was amazing. We went there twice!

    • I just tried the Granny’s Apple Pie one this morning, but I haven’t tried the Mulled Wine yet. They were all singles, but philosophy had the full-sizes for $10 and the smaller sizes around $5 or 6!

  13. Avatar of Cat CatG

    Haul: theBalm CabanaBoy, theBalm Bahama Mama, and theBalm Balm Jovi palette!! Haven’t even swatched any of them because I’m in finals but so excited to have these!! (I have to say, the palette is a lot smaller than I expected it to be though!)
    Weekend plans: Working on a final paper, going to see a performance of the Nutcracker tomorrow night!
    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: No idea what the name of the restaurant was but I had a really AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS couscous dinner once in Tunisia!

  14. haul – CHANEL Perfection Lumiere foundation , Hourglass DIM , UD naked 3 , OCC small set and MARC Jacobs Neo Noir :)
    thank youuuuu for lovely reviews dear :D
    plans – nothing , today there was school function and now 3 day holidays :D will do grocery shopping ahhaha
    restaurant – mainland china :)
    Mellan is cute as always :) anmol smiles every time he see him and ask his name alwaysss hahah
    Rashmi Recently Posted: GIVENCHY Le Rouge # 306 Carmin Escarpin : Review and swatches

  15. Haul: B&BW Aromatherapy Body Wash in Black Currant Vanilla (x4) and Orange Ginger (x3). Aromatherapy is my favorite product line at B&BW, for sure! Also Chanel Cosmic & Magic, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps body lotion, and UD Naked3 (courtesy of Sephora’s $20 VIP reward – yay!).

    Weekend plans: I’m wrapping up another quarter of grad school, so one more exam to go on Saturday. Then, it’s holiday party season – one Saturday night, and then a holiday brunch on Sunday.

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: Ambiente Pasta Fresca in Prague (Czech Republic). Hands down the best italian food I’ve ever had in my life. Loved it so much that my friends and I traveling together went there 2 days in a row!

  16. Avatar of T Violet Lee

    Haul: Just now was able to place an order for Naked 3! I’m so excited, I kept missing it at Urban Decay
    . (and I had a Sephora gift card!)

    Weekend plans: I was gonna make some Christmas gifts but the high tomorrow is gonna be 33 so I think it’ll be too cold to work outdoors. (33 is really, really cold for Texas)

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: Balthazar in NYC. It’s an amazing high-end French place and the food was incredible.

  17. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Haul: I missed out on the 20% off NARS (long story short, I thought it ended earlier than it did, and I was having issues plaxing my order near the time I *thought* it ended…), but I got some other goodies at the mall:

    LORAC Pewter eyeshadow set @Sephora
    NARS Fez-to get the Deluxe Sample bag w/$25 purchase (so worth it)
    Stila Kitten highlighter/gloss set-$12!
    NYX Turn the Other Cheek palette
    CoverGirl True Magic Skin Perfector
    Revlon Peach Glow highlighting palette-not very “peach”, at all
    Revlon Sandalwood Beige-I think the blushes are getting DCd, so I wanted this for sentimental reasons

    I may have picked up a few other things, but I can’t recall… Oh, and I just ordered Naked 3!

    Plans: We’re expecting rain, and it has been cold, so not much.

    Restaurant: It was actually a deli in Manhattan, Z-Deli, and you could get an amazing sandwich the size of your head for $5!

  18. Avatar of Aida Aida

    Haul: Guerlain Meterorites Pearls Teint Beige; Urban Decay Naked 3; Bare Escentuals “Pump Up the Glam” makeup set and “Your Best Skin Ever” skin care set.

    Weekend plans: shopping for Christmas presents :)

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation? I can’t remember the name, but it was an amazing Chinese restaurant in Dublin, Ireland. It’s in a completely different class compared to the ones available in the US.

  19. Avatar of Ashley Ashley Sarah

    Haul: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – Daywear Oil Free Moisturizer
    Clarins Roll on Deodorant x2 & Toner for combination to oily skin
    Clinique Exfoliating Scrub
    Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

    Weekend plans: Working and spending some time with the boyfriend
    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: I have no idea….The Sailors Return in Stuart Florida I suppose.

  20. Haul: Got the Naked 3 palette yesterday. Going to try it out this weekend.

    Weekend plans: Holiday decorating, half of my neighbors already have their decorations up !

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation: The Crab house in Baltimore. Hot steamed crabs and the delicious crab meat stuffed fried crabs.

  21. Haul: Clarins Forest 4-pan eye shadow palette and another Gloss Prodige in Raspberry (I like having one in my desk at school and one in my purse), a perfume called Something Sweet from Lise Watier, another #15 brush from Smashbox and the absolutely amazing Bye Bye Redness from IT Cosmetics. I am totally blown away by that product….

    Weekend plans: making my way through a mountain of marking and maybe getting to either the yoga studio or the gym

    Favourite restaurant on vacation: probably the restaurants at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. I think they’re closed now for refurbishment but the Le Champlain Restaurant, while a bit “over the top”, has always seemed to me really grown up and elegant and I also love the Cafe de la Terrasse there too and was delighted to see it “immortalized” in a book by a favourite Canadian mystery author.

  22. Haul – Tokyo Milk Tainted Love Perfume, hand creme, lip balm, lip tint, roller balls
    Weekend plans – Shaving the poodle, writing
    Favorite restaurant – Good question! Maybe Tuscany in Chicago.
    Phyrra Recently Posted: Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow

  23. Haul: Benefit Lip lotto from Ulta (3 lippies for the price of 1), thebalm nudetube, meet matte and bon voyage palette, NARS loose powder and creamy concealer,MUFE Aqua cream($10 for 2) from Sephora, Tarte lipsurgence set, UD badass lipset (6 for $50), UD Naked 3 (Sephora with $20 voucher) :-)

    Weekend Plans: Nothing really. A quiet one after last weeks madness

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: TAJ Udaipur Lake Palace. Love love love the place.
    Vineetha Recently Posted: MAC Nocturnals Pigments and Glitter Green and Teal Review, Swatches

  24. Haul: Remember how I have that nail polish addiction? Yeah……I still have not gone to rehab. :D Essie Good to Go Rapid Dry + Shine Top Coat, Cover Girl Eye Concealer in Medium Dark, Essie nail polishes in The Lace Is On, Mint Candy Apple, First Timer, Sable Collar, Toggle to the Top, Mind Your Mittens, Shearling Darling (these are all minis), L’oreal nail polishes in Charmed, I’m Sure, Jet Set to Paris, Precious Coral, and a Magic Top Coat in The Sparklicious, Essie A Cut Above, As Gold as it Gets, Shine of the Times (I now own 5 bottles of this), Pop Nail Glam polishes in Golden Shimmer, Chain Mail, Revlon polishes in Heavenly and Brilliant Bordeaux, Rimmel Glam Eyes Shadow Quad in Heart of Gold, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red.

    Weekend plans: A childhood friend of mine is holding a birthday party for her now 7 year old son. It’s kinda nice to attend his party because the last time his mom and I saw each other, we were 10.

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: Mitsitam Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. It’s a little expensive, but worth it!

  25. Avatar of Lacey Lacey J.

    Haul: Urban Decay Naked 3 is on its way to me and I am ecstatic. I used my 20 off coupon from Sephora and spent my points finally! A few other things I hauled a few weeks back but don’t think I posted about… I actually got Amazing Cosmetics Brow Powder in Olive I like it much more than my Anastasia Brow Powder in medium, Amazing Cosmetics Olive is literally like my eyebrow hair color but just a touch less greyish. I think my holy grail may have been found. I also got Essence Sun Blondes Bronzer even though im brunette. It just adds a bit more color to my wintery pale face. I love it! I’m usually NC 20 or 25 around this time and it works quite fine. I never used to be a fan of bronzer but that is changing as it gets later in the yr.

    Weekend Plans: It’s too cold for plans. How about catching up on Walking Dead finally and a big cup of Chai? those are plans right? Meh.

    Fav Resturaunt: How about pretty much any resturaunt in New Mexico that sells mexican food? haha.

  26. Avatar of Christine Christine

    Haul…OCC’s Little Black Dress arrived yesterday. I put it over Revlon’s Matte Balm 250 (red)…I used just a touch to tone down the slight brightness. Looked so pretty. It didn’t make it vampy but more of a warmer red. I’m waiting for my Lush order to arrive…a few seasonal items that I wanted to try. I’m also expecting my Tarte order (mascara, lipgloss, Leave Her Blushing set). And…I ordered the Naked 3 palette today :) So excited!

    Weekend plans…seeing my bf tomorrow and Sunday my daughter has her audition at Laguardia HS. I still can’t believe she’s going to HS next year.

    Favorite restaurant…I can’t remember the name of it but it was on Maui on my honeymoon. It was so long ago :p

  27. Avatar of Julie Julie

    BIG haul (3 separate in last 3 weeks): Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm , Bite Beauty Best Bite Set, UD Naked3, Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream, LORAC Fan Favorite Duo, CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette, BECCA The One Perfecting Brush (taking it back), REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand blush palette, Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.7 in Starlet, YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 107 Naughty Mauve, YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in 11, Smashbox Blue Eyes Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette, and a haul of 15 colors and 2 pans from Inglot.

    Plans: See the Spazmatics tonight and the Holiday Home Tour tomorrow

    Fave vacay restaurant: Either Nick’s Laguna Beach, Nick’s Crispy Tacos in San Fran or The Pitons in St. Lucia

  28. Bought 9 Hakuhodo brushes including eyeshadow brushes, the fan brush to apply my Hourglass Ambient powder and the J210 blush brush.

    Hit the Nars 20% Friends and Family Sale and bought vintage stuff: Mangrove e/s, Balthazar e/s duo. Went to the Nars store and bought 3 blushes: liberte, Gilda and Exhibit A ( I was already wearing Taj Mahal when I went there and the MUA blended Exhibit A on my checks w/ Taj Mahal – sold).

    Did the MAC free overnight shipping and bought the Oval 6 brush and the 184 duo fibre fan brush, studio finish skin correctors (orange and ochre), Lip mixes (orange and dark nude), lip prep and prime (HG) and a pro longwear lip pencil in Bittersweet.

    Tomorrow I’m going to the first Holiday party for the season, putting up the tree and Christmas village Sunday. Playing with my mega brush haul before the weekend ends.

    I tend to love those little, whole in the wall, family style places where the food is freshly made by the family matriarch. My favorite breakfast on vacation was a great bistro in Chicago about 2 miles off of Michigan Avenue. Can’t recall the name. They have a fabulous multi fiber pancake (1 humongous pancake) with 2 prunes on the side on their own cute saucer. Topped with unsweetened applesauce….the best vacation pancake I ever had, even the prunes. Yummy.

  29. Miss J

    Haul: I made use of the $20 gift card from Sephora by picking up some items I needed to replenish. I got Philosophy Purity Made Simple, NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I still need to get my moisturizer from Murad, but they didn’t have the one that makes it $49.50 instead of $65. Other than that, I got the Day and Night set of Velour Lashes and some more lash glue. Waiting on Naked 3 til I can swatch in person.

    Weekend plans: I’m a little behind on doing laundry, so I need to get that done this weekend. Otherwise, just going to relax and finish getting together the info I need for the new job I start next week.

    As for the fav vacation restaurant, I really don’t have one since I really haven’t been anywhere, lol…unless you want to count the 45-60 min drive it takes to get to Cheesecake Factory in another city, lmao.

  30. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer M

    Haul: nars coeur battant blush, first jack black lip balm in grape fruit, and blotting sheets for 36 and change, due to the gc they sent.

    Weekend plans: homework! Finals next week. Gathering on sun

    Kikis in varadero!

  31. Hello there, Mellan! You’re looking extra adorable! :)

    Haul: Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood; Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Ecrin; Essie Nail Lacquer in Warm & Toasty Turtleneck; Inglot opened their first store in our country last week, so I got a bunch of stuff: Pearl Eyeshadows in 395, 402, 405, 406, 407, 409, 414, 418, 419, 421, 422, 423, 428, 433, 439, 444, 446, 451, and 452.

    Weekend plans: I’ll try to finish wrapping up gifts today. We’re also having a few close friends for dinner tomorrow.

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: Le Cinq, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.

  32. Nicole

    Haul: I placed an Clinique order including LE Chubby Sticks (1 as a christmas present) and 2 starter sets to try other products (I love the Take the day off Cleansing Balm).

    Weekend plans: I attended several evening events and meetings at work since Sunday and had way to less sleep. So recover from that hard week is my weekend programm.

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: TAO in NYC.

  33. Avatar of artemis artemis

    He’s sooo cute <3

  34. Got the Shu Uemura pink holiday palette, but I’m debating taking it back because the shadows crease on me with all of my primers, and it shouldn’t be doing that at the price it is. :/ It’s a tough decision though because the packaging makes me happy.
    Rikki Recently Posted: FIRST IMPRESSIONS & DEMO: Shu Uemura Holiday 2013 Takashi Murakami Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette

  35. Avatar of Mar A. Mar

    Haul: Essie Lots of Lux. Saw it at Target and couldn’t resist. The rest of my money went to my non-beauty haul of a shiny new iPod.
    Weekend plans: None! I’m bundling inside from the Dallas sleetpocalypse. The windchill is °13 and I’m just happy to not have another day waiting for the power to come back on.
    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation?: I’m going to cheat a bit. It wasn’t a vacation. When I lived in Vancouver, I had a great love for the restaurant Havana on Commercial Drive.

    • I’ll have to keep that restaurant in mind! :)

      I picked “on vacation” more so that people didn’t feel like they were disclosing their current location/home area, lol!

  36. Avatar of Maggie Maggie

    Haul: Jewelmint order…ordered a bunch of jewelry. But some might have to go back…we will see. Am also waiting for a Paula’s Choice skincare order–that I’m excited about bc I purchased a ton of samples to gift to friends who are unhappy with their skincare. Fingers crossed they like it.

    Weekend Plans: Hmm…LOTS of cleaning, unpacking, purging, organizing, etc. and am taking a break. (There’s nothing that stills my hand better from impulse-buying than the thought of decluttering)

    Favorite restaurant you’ve been to on vacation? Hmm…recently that would have to be Troya on Fillmore in SF. Try their Duck Confit. =)

  37. Alicia

    I just got the Makeup Forever Sepia Blue palette and I love it! I haven’t seen it on the Sephora website, but randomly came across it in a JcPenney’s Sephora. Also picked up two Real Techniques brushes, three Sleek blushes (which I heard about from you, thank you!), and Keys Luminos Hydrating Moisturizer Clear Foundation. Now I have the Sephora $20 off card burning a hole in my pocket. :)