Free for Haul Friday, Volume #035

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: I bought a few things online, though nothing has arrived yet.  I have my girl @pursebuzz grab me one of each of Make Up For Ever’s new Lab Shines (plus a few eyeliners!) when she was at IMATs.  I think they were missing two at the show, and that should arrive today.  *fingers crossed*  I placed orders online for Bobbi Brown’s Denim Ink Gel Eyeliner, MAC Haute & Naughty Lash, and Mario Badescu Drying Cream (I’m out!)–that was Wednesday night.  On Thursday afternoon, I bought some Burberry Beauty off of Nordstrom, too — three eyeshadows, three lipsticks, one lip gloss, one liquid foundation, and two blushes.  I had to really, really RESIST! the buffer brush.  I am a sucker for gunmetal packaging, seriously.  I figure this is permanent, so I can grab it later on down the line.

Excited for: Fourth of July!

Friday plans: Try to get caught up on some stuff I’m behind on!

This week’s Mellan photo…

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Dior Misty Mauve Eyeshadow Palette (Fall 2010)

Dior Misty Mauve Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of two new-for-fall eyeshadow quints (the other being Pink Design #808). It contains a soft, sparkling icy lilac; satin-matte gray purple; deep black-purple with silver shimmer; frosty white with just a hint of yellow; and muted pink-mauve with a shimmer sheen.

The pigmentation was decent overall, but the icy lilac was on the sheerer, powdery side while the gray purple definitely needs to be layered for a smooth, even look. The center shade–the blackened purple–is the most intense and will easily smoke out any look you desire. I see this quint working best on those with cooler skin tones, and I do see paler skin tones rocking this easier than darker ones, just because of the lighter, shimmery shades.

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Sneak Peek: NARS Fall 2010

Sneak Peek: NARS Fall 2010

It looks like we’ll be seeing heiress Daphne Guinness in NARS’ fall campaign. The full collection will debut on narscosmetics.com on July 15th before arriving at other retailers in August.

The eye shadow shade named for Guinness is a rich, royal purple. “When I started thinking about colors that meant Daphne to me, purple felt right — and when I tried it on her at the shoot, I immediately knew it needed to be named for her,” said Nars. Guinness wears it in the campaign along with Mangrove, a new eye shadow in an yellow-green hue; Douceur blush, a soft pink-brown, and Rouge Basque Lipstick, a “quintessential red” inspired by the French Basque region. The eye shadows will each retail for $23, the lipstick for $24 and the blush for $26. “Daphne’s like a painting in this image,” said Nars, who used a set of mirrors to reflect Guinness’ image from every angle. “Since Daphne was the inspiration for the campaign, I thought, ‘Why not have more of her?’” — WWD

WWD also noted that in November, Nars is planning to open up a freestanding store as well as working on two books–perhaps released next year, if we’re lucky.

MAC Haute & Naughty Lash Collection

MAC Haute & Naughty Lash

U.S. Launch Date: June 28th, 2010 @ Nordstrom & MAC (online), August 19th (Nordstrom Stores), September 16th (all locations)
International Launch Date: October 2010

Leading the kind of double life that doesn’t land you in the tabloids is easy with Haute & Naughty Lash.  So smart with its two-in-one dual wiper system, you choose if you want defined lashes for day, or instantly combed volume for evening.  Use the small orifice for a natural end look. the large orifice for major drama, all-in-one!

First at MAC, this innovative, unique, double-duty development is the clever new way to customize lashes… select and shimmy brush from root to tip for desired effect.

State-of-the-art conditiong and hydrating formula prevents parching, flake-outs.  A one-for-all winner!

Haute & Naughty Lash ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

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Korres #15 Natural Blush

Korres #15 Natural Blush

If you have warm skin, you have to try it on–not just a mere swatch, but try it on cheeks.  Though, I do think it would be lovely on cooler skin tones, too — it is rather natural and neutral; not orange at all, but having warm skin myself, I immediately fell in love with once I tried it on my cheeks.  It is gives that perfect glow of natural, inner warmth that radiates from inside out in just one swipe.

The blush has a soft, smooth texture–very buttery, almost creamy despite its powder finish–and applies evenly in just a single stroke.  Cheeks are lightly flushed and sunkissed with a beautiful luminous sheen.  It’s not heavy, shimmery, or glittery in the least.  My pores aren’t emphasized, but I felt like my face just lit up the minute I applied this.

AMAZING. Korres makes a very fine, impressive blush!

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