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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #050

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: Nothing this week!

Friday plans: Doctor’s appointment — not exactly the height of excitement!

What’s on your lips:  Guerlain Giny Rouge G Lipstick

Favorite food: Alfredo.  I really love me some fettuccine alfredo!

This week’s Mellan photo…

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China Glaze Holiday 2010: Part 3

China Glaze Holiday 2010
Nail Lacquer: Midnight Kiss, Party Hearty

China Glaze Holiday 2010: Part 3

Finally! These are the last four shades of the new and limited sixteen holiday shades by China Glaze. I grouped these together, because three of the four are very glitter-based. I wanted to swatch the glitters last, since the glitter does have a tendency to get into the nooks and crannies of my nails, which can throw off other swatches. Party Hearty is a fun shade but definitely use it to layer rather than alone.

Each China Glaze retails for $3 and up, depending on where you purchase yours from. I know the brand is carried at various etailers as well as Sally’s (not sure if it’s in store yet, though).

  • Midnight Kiss is a soft gold with gold shimmer-glitter and an almost metallic/foil finish. It’s the gold version of Cheers to You. It seems similar to Butter London’s Full Monty. Two coats.
  • Party Hearty is a mix of large, red hexagonal glitter; smaller green hexagonal glitter; and smaller silver and gold circular/square glitter. All the glitter particles are flat and suspended in a clear base. This is a shade that’s best layered over other polishes rather than on its own. For swatching purposes, I did both, and when it’s shown alone, that’s three full coats. I liked it best over Midnight Kiss, Cheers to You, and Frosty.
  • Mrs. Claus is a pinky-red jelly with dark pink and fuchsia glitter suspended in the base. I feel like I’ve seen this shade before, but I can’t put my finger on it. I did three coats, but it still seemed rather pink on me. (This shade fell flat for me; it’s just so pink on but red in the bottle–I’d give this a lower product score of 27/30, FYI!)
  • Mistletoe Kisses is an emerald green base with minty-green/silver glitter. After swatching Mrs. Clause, I thought this was going to be just like it, but Mistletoe Kisses is quite opaque! It initially reminded me of China Glaze Watermelon Rind, but it’s far too teal in comparison. Two coats.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Party Hearty is fun and the very definition of Christmas! It looks excellent over Midnight Kiss.

AVAILABILITY: 8ty8beauty.com

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China Glaze Holiday 2010: Part 2

China Glaze Holiday 2010
Nail Lacquer: Jolly Holly, Peace on Earth, Jingle Bells

China Glaze Holiday 2010: Part 2

The next six shades consist of all shimmers with the exception of Show, which is a cream. I had the same experience formula-wise as I did with the first six; easy, even application. Most shades were two coats, though I did three for Snow and Frosty.   The consistency of these shades was on the thinner side, but it wasn’t watery or sheer. Each China Glaze retails for $3 to 4, depending on where you purchase yours from. I know the brand is carried at various etailers as well as Sally’s (not sure if it’s in store yet, though).

  • Jolly Holly is a darkened emerald green with lighter green shimmer. It’s a little warmer with finer shimmer than China Glaze’s Emerald Sparkle. Jolly Holly feels less emerald in comparison. Two coats.
  • Peace on Earth is a medium olive green with an almost chartreuse tone. It’s similar to NARS’ Mash, which has a little more olive in its base. Two coats.
  • Jingle Bells is a light champagne gold with golden microshimmer. This looks really lovely on, and the application is absolutely flawless. It reminded me of a less yellow/gold version of Chanel Gold Lame (which has a metallic finish, so they’re a bit different). Two coats.
  • Snow is a stark white cream. It was surprisingly easy to apply, though I needed three coats to even out a little streakiness I had towards the bottom of the nail (which was more owed to impatience during application). It’s like White Out for your nails but you know, looks better, applies better, and lasts longer. It does seem to have a blue-base to it. It’s a brighter version of MAC Vestral White (which is harder to apply). Three coats but it was opaque in two.
  • Frosty is a semi-sheer white base with silvery-white shimmer. There’s something about this that reminds me of wedding dresses. It almost has a purplish iridescent sheen. I don’t own many white-based polishes, so I don’t have any dupes for this one. Three coats.
  • Cheers to You is a silver foil. It just says shimmer, but it looks like a foil/mtallic, because of the high sheen and finish. Duri’s Celebrity Scandal and SpaRitual’s Looking Glass are both similar. Two coats.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Snow may not be a shade that’s easy to wear on its own, but it could be used to layer underneath other polishes or glitters. If NARS’ Mash seems too expensive for you, Peace on Earth is a nice affordable option.

AVAILABILITY: 8ty8beauty.com

Givenchy Vintage Holiday 2010 Collection


Givenchy Vintage Christmas Holiday 2010 Collection

My collections is my vision of a story taking shape. A universal reading of a life and what it is made of. The present with its door open to the future and a past that has modeled this present.

A representation built up of different stages which, by definition, are or will be memories. Memories of what one has done and, especially, of what one has not done. A trigger of emotion, Christmas has always been for me the season of grape harvests for these chosen memories. Stages of life that make up the short story.

Each year, under the fir tree, a temporal jewel box opens up and the figures of the past shine out. Matured by time; odours, colours and feelings reappear…

The fragrance of a low-cut neckline powdered for the occasion, lips embellished with blood red that leave their imprint on the blushing cheeks of excitement. It’s the creaking of a door that a little boy would open onto another world of dreams and imagination. It’s the attic and its magic chest of luxurious treasures that would illustrate my dream-like creations.

Vintage Christmas is a Christmas tale revisited. The elegance of a looks back at the past and knows how to draw vital revival from it. A reassuring moment of benevolent nostalgia that chases passing time and makes us grow…

Le Prisme Unique Eyeshadow (Iridescent Finish) ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Silver (19) Iridescent eyeshadow in silver and black

Le Prisme Collector Sparkling Powder ($60.00)

An elegant chest-like box covered in crocodile skin with the signature of Monsieur de Givenchy stamped on its mirror. Memories of trunks of clothes containing the most voluptuous and fragile fabrics… A precious weathered rose powder sensually perfumed with Flower Water, and its generous pink brush imprinted with its story. A magic powder for the face and neckline, this veil of “silk organza” may also be used on the body.

  • Vintage Sequin Subtle, sparkling, translucent powder for the face and body.

Mister Lash Booster

Both a makeup and a treatment, an eyelash primer that deeply nourishes and strengthens the eyelashes thanks to its high-performance transparent formula combined with a new application: its beveled tip equipped with soft spikes gently massages the root of the lashes, stimulating micro circulation and the penetration of ingredients to create lashes that are denser, stronger and more resistant.

Vernis Please! Nail Lacquer ($15.00)

  • Vintage Garnet (172) Deep, dark red

Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Carmine (49) Deep red

Gloss Interdit ($25.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Ruby (27) Deep ruby red

Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Bronze (5) Bronze

Phenomen’Eyes Mascara and Eye Liner Pencil Set ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This match made in heaven helps you create smoky, alluring eyes. A quick-dry mascara and ball-shaped brush allow for precise application to lift, separate and lengthen each and every lash. A mini eye pencil, formulated with high and low melting point triglycerides, wears beautifully and comfortably throughout the day.

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China Glaze Holiday 2010: Part 1

China Glaze Holiday 2010
Nail Lacquer: Mommy Kissing Santa, Phat Santa, Ruby Deer

China Glaze Holiday 2010: Part 1

For the holidays, China Glaze has an impressive sixteen new shades for us. The first six I’m reviewing include three red-based shades as well as three cream finishes. I had no application issues with any of these six; they all applied quite easily for me–two coats needed for opaque color. The consistency of these shades was on the thinner side, but it wasn’t watery or sheer. Each China Glaze retails for $3 to 4, depending on where you purchase yours from. I know the brand is carried at various etailers as well as Sally’s (not sure if it’s in store yet, though).

  • Mommy Kissing Santa is a ruby red with matching shimmer. It almost has a metallic look but not quite. It’s a pretty red, but there’s a good chance you have something that seems similar in your stash. Zoya’s Karina is a little lighter and glitter rather than shimmer based; Two coats.
  • Phat Santa is a deepened red cream. It seems a touch lighter than Essie’s Limited Addiction. Two coats.
  • Ruby Deer is a brightened cherry red cream. It’s similar to Zoya’s Burke (less neutral red) and Essie’s Red Nouveau. Two coats.
  • Naughty and Nice is a blackened burgundy cream. The base color actually reminded me of China Glaze’s Mummy May I (which has glitter), also similar to Essie’s Velvet Voyeur (a bit redder in tone). Two coats.
  • Sugar Plums is a burgundy wine with flecks of darkened ruby micro-glitter. It does have a bumpy/gritty finish, so it needs a thicker top coat to look smooth. Two coats.
  • Little Drummer Boy is a rich navy blue with softened blue micro-shimmer. There’s something about this particular shade that has a lot of depth and character. I looked through my past nail swatches from the year, and I couldn’t find anything quite like it. Two coats.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like Sugar Plums and Little Drummer Boy the most; the reds felt a little dupe-able, so whether they’re must-haves depends more on your personal stash.

AVAILABILITY: 8ty8beauty.com

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