Free for Haul Friday, Volume #066

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul:  MAC Wonder Woman polishes!

Weekend plans: Class on Saturday, lots of reading/homework. Gah!

Favorite thing to do:  I really like reading and jigsaw puzzles!

Keep adding your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo…


Mellan always gives me these mean looks when I try to take photos of him!

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theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 Look

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 Look

Quickie look I did the other day to test out theBalm’s eyeshadows.   Happy Lunar New Year!!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Envious Erin eyeshadow on the lower lid. Lightly blend Come-Hither eyeshadow in and above the crease with the 222. Layer All the Way Annie eyeshadow into the crease with the 239.  Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Rockstar liner on the lower lash line and blending Valiant eyeshadow underneath. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply Dolce Vita blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Lilac Pink lipstick for a complementing lip.

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theBalm Jealous Jordana Eyeshadow

theBalm Jealous Jordana Eyeshadow

The packaging is simple cardboard, which makes these easy to stack and store, plus a little more eco-friendly than plastic, though it may not stand up to wear and tear as prettily as plastic.  I think the cardboard is plenty durable, but you may get a couple dents and scratches over the months/years.

my thoughts on the formula: theBalm’s eyeshadows are soft, silky smooth, and packed with pigment. They apply evenly, blend out beautifully, and aren’t powdery at all (sometimes a side effect of really soft eyeshadows). I find they are so easy to use, because they apply without fall out and blend with other shadows effortlessly. Worth noting, too, is individual eyeshadows come with 0.12 oz., which is just over double the average eyeshdaow–and at a rather affordable price tag.

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final thoughts: Definitely worth the price, and you’ll find it will take you quite awhile to hit pan on one of theBalm’s eyeshadows–but even better is that you don’t really end up paying for that privilege. The beautiful, deep dark green-teal will work well on all skin tones.

where to buy: Sephora

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