Free for Haul Friday, Volume #040

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: For the boy’s birthday, I treated him to a massage (at a SPA!)… which also meant that I got to tag along (at my expense, though!) – so I suppose that should count as a haul! 🙂

Excited for: Celebrating the boy’s birthday again when his family comes to visit, plus celebrate my sister and the boy’s birthday with my family, too.  Yes, having your boyfriend’s birthday be a day after your sister makes for a very busy week!

Friday plans: I kept thinking it was Friday all day yesterday!  I gotta clean-up for visitors, which will not be fun.  I’m sure I will find beauty products in places I won’t understand at all.

This week’s Mellan photo…

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Your “No Makeup” Makeup Looks, Part 1

Temptalia Readers Share Their “No Makeup” Makeup Looks!

It’s very exciting to see such an amazing turnout!  I loved seeing all of your looks!  I want to make sure every person who submitted (and met the requirements) gets a lil’ Temptalia air time, so I’ve broken submissions into four posts with everybody’s pretty face out in front.  Readers are shown in the order submissions were received.

Check out breakdowns for each reader’s look!

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Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss (£12.50 for 0.2 fl. oz.) is not a wearable shade by any stretch of the imagination.  This is a shade that completely embodies the word fun.  It’s different; it’s unusual.  It’s something to be used for that just-right-occasion, which might be Halloween for some, an avant garde photo-session with your best pals, or lightly patted on over your favorite lipstick to give it a bluish cast.

Gender is a medium blue that leans a little teal–it’s described as a sky blue, but it definitely had this teal edge to it that made me think less sky blue.  I could not smile in swatch photos – it just did not look right!  I felt like it made a mockery of the shade, so “straight faced” it was.

It’s almost opaque, but it didn’t apply as evenly or as solidly as other Intense shades have in the past.  I would probably lay down a concealer/foundation base (or even a blue eyeliner) and then use a lip brush to apply this–I think that would help it look more even.   This is a shade that’s only available through Illamasqua; you won’t find it at your local Sephora!

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Burberry Russet (01) Blush

Burberry Russet Blush

Burberry Russet (01) Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a softened rust-brown. When blended out, it’s just a hint of red-toned brown, but it can be layered on for a deeper shade that looks most rust-like. On my cheeks, it looks like a bronzer with a lil’ kick to it–not quite a flat or shimmering brown or bronze, but it gives my cheeks more warmth and dimension. I like the soft, finely-milled feel of the powder, and it applies smoothly without looking powdery. Burberry’s blushes look incredibly natural on skin, and they’re easy to sheer out or build up for a stronger cheek (but never an ultra intense cheek).

It’s packaged in a hefty gunmetal compact with a soft, bristled brush that actually works (though I’ll still stick with my regular brushes) and doesn’t feel scratchy against the skin. Burberry’s signature check pattern covers the front of the compact, and the logo is on the side. This blush comes with a good amount of product–around 30% more than your average high-end blush compact, actually!

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RECOMMENDATION: For a darker, but still natural, cheek, Russet makes a good color choice for both warm and cool skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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