Friday, December 20th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  Bobbi Brown Rose High Shimmer Lipgloss & Chrome Nail Polish
  • Weekend plans:  We have family coming down tomorrow, so definitely some cleaning and tidying up before they get here.  I can’t believe the year is almost over!
  • Do you use candles?:  Sometimes.  I like melting tarts more, as I find they have better throw!

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…

My favorite reindeer! :)  Season’s greetings from the lab next door!

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80 thoughts on “Free for Haul Friday, Volume #215

  1. Wish a very happy and healthy new yr Mellan :) and look at his eyes .. my goddddddd

    Haul :) i picked two of MAC Divine Night lipsticks , although planned for one shade only but SA packed the wrong shade ( was buying for GA) – Private party and Prepare for Pleasure
    and trust me , till last minute was checking swatches 😀
    Weekend Plans – its hardly 10 days left for anmol’s b’day 😀 more then us he is excited as this is the first time we are celebrating in Bangalore … all SPIDERMAN stuff arrived 2 days back , need to order the cake this weekend 😀
    Candles : noooo , not fond of :) may be when we shift to our own den i will decorate my house , right now we have to shift every two – three yrs … I am tiredddddd now
    Rashmi Recently Posted: MAC Divine Night collection lipstick : PREVIEW

  2. Veronica

    Haul: L’Oreal nail polish in Stroke of Midnight, Greyt Expectations (or Eiffel for You? One of the taupe-y grey ones). I really like the look of the new Maybelline The Buff nudes collection (especially 910 and 915), but I’m waiting for swatches to see if they’re neutral enough for my skin tone. So many of those beige-y nudes pull warm on me!

    Weekend Plans: Ugly sweater party on Saturday and Christmas shopping.

    Do you use candles? Occasionally. Generally, when you live in an area with a lot of heavy precipitation year around (rain/snow/gambit), candles are a must. The electricity going out at some point is just a given.

    • How ugly is your sweater for the party? 😉

      • Veronica

        LOL, I don’t have one yet. I’ll have to hit Goodwill and see if they have anything. It not originally a party I was invited to, but my roommate wanted a friend to go with her in case she needed a DD, and I offered. Who’d have thought you have to go out of your way to dress down for a party… 😛

  3. Lily

    Mellan looks so cute an a reindeer. A big hug for him!

    Haul – dog food for the animal shelter. Too Faced In the Buff lipstick.

    Weekend Rowdy gets his next set of shots and microchip.

  4. Anne

    Mellan looks so cute!

    Haul: bought some Christmas gifts:  UD Naked 2 palette for the sis’, and Chanel Rouge Rubis for my mother.

    Weekend plans:   enjoy being back home, wrapping up the last Christmas gifts, and try to work a bit.

    Do you use candles?: not really, but I should try more! Incidentally, I was considering purchasing some scented candles for my sister as a side-gift.

  5. Look at that patience LOL! Those eyes are going “there better be treats after this”!

    Benefit haul this week!! Coral My World set (mini Sunbeam and mini CORALista) Hot To Trot set (fullsize Bella Bamba and mini Chachatint) Goodtime Gals set (mini Poisetint, mini Girl Meets Pearl, and mini That Gal). Myself and my little cousins went in together on the online order, they got an Instant Eyebrow Pencil each, plus one got a Brow Zings kit :) we got heaps of samples and sachets too, most of which I’ve tried already or own (Benetint, the Porefessional, Stay Don’t Stray) so they’ll have fun trying those out! I’m keeping the BADgal Lash mini though 😉

    We’re heading down to the holiday house tomorrow!! Here’s hoping for some hot Aussie weather so I can hit the beach 😉

    Actually I don’t really use candles, my mum didn’t allow them in the house so I’ve just never bothered with them. I did get a gift voucher for a candle store for Christmas, so I may have to pick up some tea light holders!

  6. Haul: Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette and Essence beauty beats shimmer powder… I’m not a Belieber not a by a long shot but i’m a fan of Esence face powders they put out in their limited edition collections.

    Weekend plans: Going to my family home tonight to spend the week with them and doing 3 Christmas’s. 😉

    Do you use candles?: Yes but mostly in the fall for some reason. I like burning a candle when reading.
    Ani_BEE Recently Posted: Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette: Swatche & Review

  7. Beauty Haul for this/these two week(s): NUXE multi-purpose oil, Laneige sleeping pack from Korea, Guerlain travel exclusive illuminating and perfecting palette, Guerlain holiday 2013 collections,… never get enough of Guerlain :p

    What to do this weekend? I’m going for an early Christmas celebration with my secondary school mates, we haven’t been catching up for long!! and YSL here is launching some of the Spring 2014 collections on weekend so I think I can pick up some gifts for my girlfriends :) of course, before all these, I need to finish some work so to have a really relaxing Christmas next week…

    Candles? No, I think people here in Singapore rarely use candles, although now is getting more popular.

  8. Haul: Nothing beauty related this week (shocking!!!) But I did get the iPhone 5s for my birthday, so that’s exciting :)
    Weekend plans: SLEEP! I had such a tiring week.. I can’t not wait to rest up. I’m hoping to go to the gym Sunday and go for a swim… got in the mood even though it’s just about FREEZING here (NJ)
    Candles: Used to be BIG into them… haven’t used them in so long but just 2-3 weeks ago I placed a HUGE order at Bath and Body Works and I have been using them ever since. I am OBSESSED with Champagne Toast… MMM . It’s on now :)
    Happy Holidays, Christine!! You have certainly brought more cheer to my year than you can imagine.

  9. Elle Jaye

    Haul: Coastal Scents Revealed Palette, it was double discounted so I said “why not?”
    Trying to hold off to get two items from the MAC releases after Christmas.

    Weekend plans: Packing! I am spending the holiday week with my family, so I have cram my life in a suitcase LOL

    Do you use candles?: All of the time. I love the Bath and Body Works ones but I would have to say the best brand, IMO, is Tyler Candles. They have amazing oils/tarts too. I really like the scents by them, Orange Vanilla and Fleur De Lis.


    ■Haul: NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (pour moi) and a L’Occitane hand cream trio that I’m gifting my bf’s mom.
    ■Weekend plans: Doing my hair and going to my bf’s hoilday work party tomorrow. Sunday I just want to lounge, maybe do some shopping with my cousin.
    ■Do you use candles?: I’d like to but I find them kind of expensive! Funny, considering how I pay $70 for a 1oz. foundation without batting an eyelash.

  11. I haven’t gotten anything new this week. I got my Sugarpill stuff last week, so… but I did try it out this week so that’s like new to me. 😛 Well, I did get new pants since mine broke while being out and about, hahaha. As far I know, I don’t have any weekend plans, aaaaaaand I don’t use candles!
    Rikki Recently Posted: BLACK FRIDAY HAUL: Sugarpill Chromalust!

  12. Haul: Sugar Pill eyeshadows in Midori, Mochi, and Love+ , The Balm blush in Toile, Philosophy shampoo/body wash in Hot Buttered Rum, The Body Shop lotion in Apple Blossom, Zoya polish in Carter, NYX lip gloss in Cosmic, OPI polish in Pure, and Elegant Touch nail art kit.

    Plans: Cleaning the house for Christmas Eve and Christmas. Just my immediate family and my sister’s mother-in-law, who just lost her older brother two days ago and lost her husband earlier this year. She’s not easy to shop for because, just like her son, she just buys what she wants. I’m going to make her a bag of chocolates in the shapes of the TARDIS and Daleks so she can enjoy them while watching the Doctor Who Christmas special.

    Candles: I used to allllll the time. Loved how they looked at night while I studied. I still buy candles, but my hubby steals them and takes them to work.

    • I’m glad that your sister’s MIL will be with you and family for the holidays! I am sure it is really hard after losing not just one but two loved ones in the same year.

  13. Christina

    Aww, Mellan is so cute! I look forward to seeing his picture every Friday! Thanks for cheering me up on a stressful day before work closes for the holidays! :)

    Haul: Absolutely nothing. Say what? Seems impossible!

    Weekend Plans: Still the house remodel. Will it ever end??? And probably some cleaning, as 70% of the house is completed and I have family coming.

    Do I Use Candles: Nah! Too lazy to light them. :)

  14. Barbie

    Haul; a new usb cord for my camera (hooray), 2 lip balms from etsy my lips were hurting so bad!, got my ipsy bag yesterday

    Weekend plans; nothing chill with my doggies

    Do I use candles?; Yes, I do! I have never used tarts but i wanna give them a try

  15. Haul: Nothing I bought but I won a Too Faced Bronzer, Shiseido Cotton and Koh Gen Do from a contest and blog giveaway.

    Plans: Laundry and household chores. Ugh!

    Candles: I love candles– my favs are fresh scents and fruit based.

  16. Haul: Nothing yet – I´ve been doing shopping for family, but nothing yet for me! However, a new Sephora is opening today at my nearest and favorite mall, so I’m hoping to stop by this weekend to shop some UD goodies (at least….hee hee!)
    Weekend plans: Finish Christmas shopping! I hope all the holidays’ craziness allows me to.
    Do you use candles? I like to place some pretty ones around the house, but I never light them! My family is too scent-sensitive.

    This week’s photo of Mellan made me melt…..he seems to be smiling!! It amazes me how well behaved he is. He’s the most adorable reindeer out there, for sure!! Merry Christmas to you, Shaun, Mellan and all your family!!

  17. Cat

    Haul: Too Faced Be Merry Be Bright set (on sale!)
    Weekend plans: Nothing besides a little cleaning and grocery shopping for all the big dinners next week
    Do you use candles?: No, though I always think I should! I have some good scented ones, like “sugar cookie” and “vanilla cake” that smell wonderful.

  18. Aawwwww best Mellan photo so far 😀 He’d make a fabulous reindeer!

    Haul: I ordered MoM online. Cannot wait to try it! After all those raving reviews…

    Weekend plans: Enjoy the last weekend together with my boyfriend before he leaves to Belgium for the holidays :-(

    Do you use candles?: Yes, but right now I am also more into wax tarts :-) I love everything that smells purrty!

  19. Rachel

    Haul: (Using the $20 off of $50 at Sephora) I bought a Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine for my bf’s mom, a new Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser (love this stuff), and a little sampler of Living Proof Hair products (Full Shampoo, Conditioner & Styling Cream and the Prime Style Extender). I used the Prime Style Extender and really liked it. It brought out the waves in my hair and I just let it air dry :). I’m waiting to use the other stuff when I travel up to the Bay Area for New Years.

    Weekend Plans: Going down to Long Beach to spend time with the bf’s family.

    Do You Use Candles: All the time! Mostly Bath and Body Works Candles (my favorites are Marshmallow Fireside and Leaves), but I also love some from Anthropologie (the Illume brand Boulangerie line has an amazing Banana Cream one, and the Good Nature Tin line has my favorite spring/summer candle, Avocado & Mint).

  20. Haul: nothing this week – I’ve been so busy at school and so exhausted afterward that I have just come home and collapsed (we cooked 24 turkeys in 2 days to provide to the school Xmas lunch that was yesterday – great fun but absolutely shatteringly tiring!). Add to that kids who are desperate to hand in work at the last minute (“Puh-leeeze, Miss – I know this was due in October but will you still mark it?”) and the mountain of marking I have to do and this has been a no shopping week but I think I will deserve an awesome splurge in a week or so…

    Weekend plans: younger son will be home, I need to do some of the last minute grocery shopping and prep for Christmas day brunch and for Boxing Day family meal (22 people!). I am hoping to get either to the gym or to yoga or maybe both or even just get some decent rest!

    Do you use candles: very rarely. I always worry about how easily it is to have a fire start when candles are burning.

    • 24 turkeys – oh my goodness!!

      What do you do for Christmas day brunch?

      22 people! Mariella, I hope you get a chance to relax before and after – sounds like you’re going to be BUSY!

    • Icequeen81

      You know I used to be subtle with that , If it was marked for that day is marked for that day no exception unless they have a legitimate reason. why? cause you will do it the whole year if you don’t stop it on time. Kids tell the other kids ( students) that the teacher was so nice to mark it even it was due u will mark not just a few due time home work/paper/assignment but allot. If is an exemplar student that always hand his/her work on time come to classes and attend them ( just not sitting there) I can be flexible but those that don’t do anything the whole year no . We mark here from 1 till 10, 1 is the worst like a D for you and 10 is a A+

      So not hand it on time is legitimate D= 1 or extra work to compensate it , and I mean extra work, to teach them for once and all responsibility .

      • The Ministry of Education where I am has actually said that there are no longer such things as due dates and kids can hand stuff in whenever….like, literally, WHENEVER!!! It’s the most lame-brained thing because it’s totally not reflective of the real world. In Alberta (I think) a teacher was actually fired for giving a kid a ZERO because it was a violation of the board of ed’s policy. There was a huge hue and cry and I believe the teacher (a very senior guy) was reinstated.

  21. A. Mar

    Haul: MAC Taupe Shape, Myth, Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist.

    Weekend plans: My parents are in the state so we’ll go to dinner on Sunday with the present exchange. Last minute shopping on Saturday.

    Do you use candles?: I love candles and incense. Though I do buy more incense over candles. I’ve got a strong desire to overload my fireplace mantle with candles lately. I used them more when I still lived in a colder climate.

  22. Mellan is absolutely adorable as a reindeer!

    Haul: Benefit Dallas and Marc Jacobs lipstick in Have We Met? I’m excited to try these!

    Weekend plans: finish wrapping presents

    Candles?: No — I’m afraid of burning my house down. :)

    Have a wonderful holiday, Christine, and thank you for bringing beauty and joy into the world!

  23. Icequeen81

    Ohhh he looks soooooo cute for sure, he looks really nice and calm, hahah with out ripping the costume :) I think he is my favorite reindeer too

    haul nothing as usual, but love this post for the weekly Mellan’s pictures

  24. Nicole

    Haul: No a haul, but I won a KOH nailpolish.
    Weekend plans: I meet a friend on Sunday afternoon for watching the “Sissi”-trilogy with soup and tiramisu.
    Do you use candles?: I often have one, but I don’t burn them regularrly.

    Mellan looks so cute.

  25. Valerie C.

    Mellan gets my award for cutest pup :)

  26. Haul: L’oreal nail polish in Lilac Coolers, Sally Hansen CSM in Angel Bite and Platinum Star, Kat Von D mini lipstick in L.U.V, Too Faced Natural at Night palette, Zoya Anchor top coat, L’Oreal Project Runway eyeshadow palettes in The Mystic’s Gaze and The Temptress’s Gaze, L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows in Eternal Sunshine and Gold Imperial. My friend gifted me a 3 month subscription to Birchbox! I got my first box a few days ago.

    Weekend plansL Relax! The semester is finally over!

    Do you use candles?: Not often, but I do like warm scents like vanilla and cinnamon.

  27. Jennifer M

    Haul: Too faced la creme sweet maple, bbw 3 wick candles in apple and brown sugar x 2 and vanilla latte.

    Plans: Nada.

    Candles: Yup! 😀 I do like tarts better though

  28. Aida

    Haul: only a few things. Bourjois healthy mix in 51 (52 was getting too dark on me), Chanel Rouge Double Intensite in 49 Ever Red and Rosewater from Whole Foods.

    Weekend plans: relaxing at home. There’s been too much running around lately.

    Do you use candles? Only when I take a bath.

  29. Haul: No beauty haul this week. Yup proud of mysel. got PS4 though
    Weekend Plan: Nothing much. Hanging around the mall maybe
    Candles: Love them. esp the pretty ones released during holidays!
    Vineetha Recently Posted: MAC Nocturnals Pigments and Glitter Green and Teal Review, Swatches

  30. Haul nothing as usual, Mellans looks stunning there , I agree the most important reindeer ever
    I would love to see him with and elf costume too so cute

  31. Haul: my naked three finally arrived, chanel accent blush, chanel crushed cherries glossimer and murmare glossimer from the spring collection.

    Weekend plans: starting and finishing our christmas shopping and resting to try and get rid of the cold I currently have

    Candles: rarely use them

  32. Ps happy holidays Christine to you and your family. This blog is the last thing I read every night before bed. Reading it helps me relax before sleeping and constantly adds to my wish list. Thank you for that and all you do.

  33. Mellan sez, who’s laughing now, Reindeer Games?*

    Haul: I’m so screwed – I just got my first Tom Ford lipstick (Indian Rose) and it is gorgeously amazingly beautiful. *argh! must resist buying more $50 lipsticks*

    Weekend plans: Having some girlfriends over for mulled wine (one of my favorite drinks ever, and I’m not even a drinker). Going to have poached pears, baked brie, bacon-wrapped dates and potatoes, tarte flambée, and marzipan cake to go with it.

    Do you use candles? No, never, I’m afraid of them. My friend got me a really beautiful smelling rose candle for my bridal shower, and we used it once when the power went out. I was under adult supervision (my husband).

    * “Reindeer Games” – one of the best lines in The Avengers movie.