Free for Haul Friday, Volume #165

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Part of my Guerlain spring buys arrived — one gloss so far!
  • Weekend plans:  Put away Christmas decorations 🙁
  • Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?:  Nope! I try to set up mini goals throughout the year, so I’m pretty much still working on those – which are really things like sleep better, take better care of myself, work more efficiently, and the like!

Share your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo/video…

Feed me/Play with me/Love me


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Mirian Avatar

haul: Laura mercier Artist’s palette for eyes and my MAC LE Lipsticks arrived 🙂

weekend plans: picking up my parents from the airport tonight. Unfortunately i’m going to hit up nordstrom, neiman marcus, AND SAKS tomorrow so I don’t even want to know what i’m going to buy. Also lego store!

New Years resolutions: I never make a “resolution” but this year i’m going to try to revert back to how i used to eat. I used to make all my food and meals from scratch but it’s been so difficult over the past few months. Also no more snacking on candy at work and getting rid of soda! I work for a soda company so i picked up a bad habit!

Elle Jaye Avatar

■Haul: MAC: Lovejoy blush, one of the mineralized lip glosses (the gold one, and Spiked Brow Pencil. I got the Bare Minerals Ready Foundation in Golden Dark, and the Stila Major Lash Mascara. I have been searching for the new L’oreal Lip Stains but have not had luck so far.

■Weekend plans: Prepare for going back to work next week after a nice long holiday break.

■Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: Just budgeting, making better financial decisions, and more dates with friends. I tend to get so busy with work that I neglect my social life.

Lauren Avatar

Haul: Nars Eye Primer- How long does a tube last for you Christine? I absolutely love how it works on my oily lids, but I’m a little skeptical of the bottle shape/price tag..(in Canada)

Weekend plans: trip to Ikea for a new couch, regular social stuff, sleep, laundry etc..

Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?:

I try not to make any “verbal” new years resolution because I hate being called out on fails. Overall, though, I have already begun organizing things like finances/eating habits, etc. I like to focus on small life upgrades that I’m actually interested in continuing.

Ani_BEE Avatar

Ok this is a 3+ week compilation haul here. lol

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder and Tarina Tarantino eyeshadow palette in Wonderful.
2 Monster High Dolls Jinafire and Skelita (I’m a sucker for designer toys and the new dolls are intricately made)
My Sugarpill Black Friday order came finally. Also got the LE Red Eyeshadow in @#$%! through a swap.
6 NYX slide on Pencils (^ same swap)
CARGO Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Los Angeles (B-day)
MAC Stereo Rose and Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 in Extra Light

From Sally’s, nail buffer, 10 nails wheels and the Ardell Cirque du Soleil Lash Collection in Daring (out of all of them these are the nicest once you see them in person.)

Some Wet ‘n’ Wild and Milani Cosmetic items from my Secret Santa (and a hand knitted scarf in teal!)

Weekend plans: Celebrating a belated b-day meal on Saturday as got sick on Boxing Day night. (By Birthday was on the 25th… yep.)

Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: Yes to change my diet (aka what I’m eating not going on a “diet”). It started with reading up on things, but the best thing a watched recently that put together what was i reading up on and informed me about things that we all take into our body as an urban society that we don’t make wise chooses on is a documentary called Hungrey for Change.

It put into perspective what I need to do and why I failed last year at eating healthier and why just working out is not the solution.

Ani_BEE Avatar

It is because we have been programed to crave a lot of crap over they years.

The first thing I need to get is a juicer. I thought juicing was for health nuts but after see what the chemicals and ingredients put into Everything that has not come in fresh from a farm or a butcher has blown my mind as to how our body handles this stuff. O_o

Chris25 Avatar

Haul: A bottle of castor oil for oil cleansing, and a jump rope (this relates to my new year’s resolution).

Weekend plans: A friend’s child has a birthday on Saturday, and I am going to his art show in Chelsea. I also have a cupcake order to fulfill.

Did you make any new year’s resolutions?: Stop thinking about my ex-boyfriend, and start exercising more.

Abbey Avatar

Haul: One of the new Benefit nudes boxes, a couple of Illamasqua polishes, and a few other random Sephora brand things that were on sale. All are scheduled to arrive today!
Weekend plans: Celebrate my husband’s last weekend as a 27 year old! 🙂
Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: Yes! Some small family/friend related ones, the typical fitness/diet resolution, and I also want to run at least one half-marathon this year.

Abbey Avatar

I bought the Viridian/Glitterati duo that is on sale at Sephora. It’s the first time I’m trying Illamasqua polishes, so I’m excited to see how they wear! When I’m trying a brand for the first time I usually wait for a sale–if I love it, I can justify the full price (or at least I tell myself that!). 🙂

freshpinklips Avatar

No haul this week. My Strength Collection lipsticks and Apres Chic stuff are only starting to arrive just now. Doing a NO BUY for whole January because of all the MAC collections that came out late last year from Marilyn Monroe to the Stylish Brow. Will bounce back for the Archie’s Girls Collection!

Amber Avatar

AWWWWWW Mellan is too adorable! Thank you so much for sharing his cuteness with us every week!

This weeks haul: Guerlain Rouge G L’extrait in Orgueil, Sephora Microsmooth Powder in 0.5 and Chloe mini perfume set, all from Sephora!
I also hauled 2 L’oreal Color Caress Shine Stain l/g’s. These are the YSL Glossy Stain dupes. I haven’t tried the YSL ones, but these are sooo nice. I chose Coral Tattoo and Infinite Fushia. They stain my lips lightly and darken after being applied. I love how shiny they are and how long they last – I can feel them on my lips but it’s not an unpleasant feeling. I will be buying more! You need to try these Christine!

Weekend plans – I MUST catch up on cleaning and doing laundry – I have a new schedule at work now that is a little hard to get used to.

Do I make non-beauty related resolutions? – no. i try to improve myself daily in small ways. It takes time, but it works for me.

Christine Avatar

I’m with you on setting small goals, Amber! I find that’s most effective 🙂

I have some of the Color Caresse Shines to review 🙂 Lip stains are hard to review, just because I have to plan a testing day where I can pretty much just test THAT shade for the whole day since they, well, stain!

Angie Avatar

Haul: smoked palette, naked basics, dior show blackout mascara, stereo rose msf, cozy up l/s, haute altitude l/s, hot chocolate l/s, strong woman l/s, firm form l/s, bene tint, high beam, pore fessional
Weekend plans: work and relax as much as possible
Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: Save more $$!

Tennyoceres Avatar

I bought the Clarisonic 4 pack of brush heads yesterday. My Ulta birth month coupon came in so I’ll likely be hauling in more stuff today! =D More eyeshadow? Nail polish? Gotta catch ’em all!

Weekend plans:
Organize all of the wedding gifts we received.
Send thank you cards.
Watch football while doing an at-home manicure/pedicure.
Put away Christmas decorations 🙁

Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?:
Travel more. Even if it’s traveling to local destinations.
Drive less, walk more. I have ankles that twist at the slightest uneven surface. So I’ll walk, a lot.

Liza Avatar

■Haul: Went a little crazy yesterday! Bought the entire Tarte Cosmetics Spring 2013 collection, a ton of OCC pigments (because they made your top list!), the new reformulated Lime Crime eye primer & some glosses from them, SpaRitual Nail polish in the color Basalt, Tarte Maracuja C-Brigter Eye Treatment, because the lines under my eyes & dark circles are out of control
■Weekend plans: Rest, Blog, organize my makeup
■Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: Not really. I think all of mine are beauty related 🙂

Liza Avatar

I went a little crazy haha. I bought ones I thought I would use most. Here are the shades:

xamyx Avatar

Haul: More than I planned…

About 10-12 Sinful Colors polishes; Sally Hansen CSM Loves Me Not; OPI The World Is Not Enough; Revlon Fashionista & Naughty; Rimmel/Kate Moss lipstick 04 & 14; Maybelline Fit Me blush Deep Mauve (awful as a blush-not very pigmented-but amazing contour on light skin); Revlon lipstick Black Cherry; NYX Twin Cake powder in Caramel (to use as a dramatic contour).

Plans: We’re going to the Queen Mary tomorrow for their ice sculpture attraction (I forget what it’s called, LOL).

Resolutions: Less impulse buying, just because it’s inexpensive…

Cat G Avatar

Haul: Nothing, but I think I’m going out today to buy a blush!
Weekend plans: Two birthday parties and getting ready to go back to work and school!
Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: Yes, eat better in general, eat fish for dinner at least once a week (hopefully twice) and cut down on simple carbs.

Cat G Avatar

Yes! I got Estee Lauder’s Sensuous Rose blush and wore it the birthday party last night! I love the color and it’s my first Estee Lauder blush and only like my second Estee Lauder product ever! Very happy with this purchase.

Yellowlantern Avatar

Haul: Benefit Hervana blush, Buxom lipgloss in Clair, and NARS duo in Misfit. Bunch of polishes too: Essie Beyond Cozy and Butler Please. Revlon polishes in Gold Coin, Mistletoe, and Minted.

We’ll see if I regret my Revlon purchases since the last time I tried a polish by them (it was a while ago) it chipped on my toes in less than 2 days even with top coat and my other polishes last 3 weeks or longer on my toes before I start seeing chips so I was irritated with my last Revlon polish.

Weekend Plans: Get over my cold hopefully.

Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: Nah. It’s a nice sentiment to better one’s self but I figure I make resolutions when I want or need to throughout the year already. No need to come up with one just because of an arbitrary date on a calendar. To be honest I don’t know anyone in my life that actually makes new year’s resolutions though so maybe that’s why I don’t do it either. 😛

Veronica Avatar

Dogs have the best “guilt trip” eyes in the animal kingdom. Any moment you’re not giving them undivided attention is a moment of tragedy.

Haul: L’Oreal nail polish in The Temptress’ Power, Bobbi Brown Black Pearl lipgloss (I was very lucky that they had one left in stock! I hadn’t realized it was LE), MAC Quarry eyeshadow (recommended as a dupe for Chanel’s Notorious…we’ll have to see how this works!), Burt’s Bees lipgloss in Evening Glow. I picked up the last one on a whim because it was part of their new spring collection. I have to say I’m really liking the formula! It wears well, fades evenly, and it’s one of the only red glosses I’ve ever owned that didn’t feather excessively on me. Color me impressed.

Weekend plans: I’m working the weekend, but I plan on trying out some new recipes this weekend – tortilla soup and beet pickled eggs!

New Years Resolution: The non-cliché one – I want to get back into writing and reading more. The cliché one – I want to fit my jeans again, but that’s been an ongoing project since I moved out of my mother’s house. 😛 I neither have the funds nor inclination to buy myself an entirely new wardrobe, so I’m sitting pretty until I drop the last of what I gained while living with her.

Kate Avatar

Haul: I picked up a couple of China Glaze polishes (finally found them in a store here!) and Benefit’s “Birthday Suit” creaseless cream, which sounds kind of reasonable, but I also had a Zuneta order arrive, with the LMdB Bauhaus kaleidoscope and Castelo lipstick and a couple of goodies from Rouge Bunny Rouge. When you factor that in, it seems kind of epic… Oops. I’m lucky that the Spring collections arrive a little later here.

Weekend plans: Doing some baking!

Resolutions: None. Other than tracking down a few beauty brands I haven’t been able to really try yet.

kate Avatar

So far I’ve only gotten to swatch it… Came down with a vile stomach flu, so I haven’t been able to do much of anything.

From the swatches, the pigmentation looks great even considering the brand’s usual standard. They’re very shimmery!

Sarah Avatar

Haul: light bulbs… haha, no, makeup wise I got the naked basics palette for a little over £15.

Plans: I feel like I say this every time but catch up with college work… I’m almost nearly done, and I know I can get it done before Monday if I can force myself to sit down long enough.

Resolutions: a few – mainly little things though. The biggest one on there is start driving lessons – just need to stick the rest of my forms in the post now!! The other big thing is to eat better and drink far more water – I ended up in hospital a few times with kidney problems last year and definitely don’t want it to happen again!

I’ve had a camera flash in my eyes all day and I think I may be slightly blinded – is Mellan’s left eye a little blue by his tear duct?

Kristabelle Avatar

Haul: Maybelline Inked in Pink color tattoo (gonna look for Barely Branded and Silver Strike today), Revlon Colorstay nail polish in Bold Sangria and Stormy Night, Seche Vite, Revlon Colorstay nail polish, and maybe picking up an eye cream today.

Weekend plans: probably going to my dad’s house.

Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: I’m doing ‘stackable resolutions’, got the idea here:

Sabriel Avatar

Haul: Nothing this week.

Weekend Plans: Practice making biscuits, watch Dr. Who, hang out with friends.

New-Year’s Resolutions: I’m doing seasonal resolutions. My winter resolution is to actually be smart about my sleep schedule, and implement changes to see if I can make my mornings easier.

Sabriel Avatar

Oh I meant to mention: I’ve been eying the sale that Benefit has going right now. I probably won’t buy anything, but I noticed that several of the discounted products are being discontinued.

One of those products is MOON BEAM. If anybody here loves moonbeam, you’d better grab it now.

Nicole Avatar

Haul: I really feel ashamed to say, that I haven’t bought anything beautyrelated for 6 weeks and I don’t feel the need to buy anything.
Weekend plans: Bake some Bethmaennchen, sleep, read, search for a new apartment close to my office, phone with my girls.
Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: To do more sports, especially tummy workout, yoga and zumba.

Melissa Avatar

1st–I love Mellan! We almost went to adopt a cat named Melon (close enough) but it wasn’t a good time.

Haul: Including last Friday– Rain Boots at Target, Loreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara, John Freida Frizz Ease blow dry lotion (forget exact name–it was a repurchase), shambolic set from butter london, Maybelline dark spot concealer, this new thing from Loreal–EverStrong thickening tonic and Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in barely branded. And that was all technically in 2012 so I haven’t bought anything yet this year!

Weekend plans: Bridal Expo (even though I pretty much have everything I need)– gives me an excuse to get downtown and grab lunch and shopping. Then the fiancee and I are going to start looking for apartments online.

New Year’s Resolution: I don’t officially make New Year’s Resolutions, but I guess with the wedding and moving I am going to try and spend less money/buy less clothes and makeup…it’s not so much an official resolution. It’s just something I will try to do cause I won’t have much of a choice.

Happy Friday, Christine!

Laura Avatar

Haul: Nothing! Need to save money.

Weekend plans: Get back to the gym (I gained so much weight over the last month).

Did you make any new year’s resolutions (non-beauty related)?: I already quit my job to go freelance which was my main resolution! Scary stuff. Most of my resolutions are therefore work-related… Apart from that it’s the same as every year: cut down on alcohol and cigarettes, get in shape (major one for me – I really want to lose 10-15 pounds and get some muscle tone), save money, de-stash clothes and makeup, keep a nicer home and so on.

Leticia Avatar

Haul: MAC 168 brush (loooving it), Posey Cremeblend Blush, Charcoal Brown ES and Painterly PP.
Weekend plans: Try to get some sleep – I still haven´t recovered from the Christmas and New Year’s craziness!
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions (not beauty related)? Well, not in writing (which I probably should do to remind myself in March what I said I would do!), but I plan to administer my budget better, exercise and learn to cook other things besides sandwiches :)!

Mellan’s face is irresistible…..who wouldn’t want to feed him, play with him and of course, love him???

t_zwiggy Avatar

Haul: Burberry Rosewood eyeshadow, Chanel Complice eyeshadow, Chantecaille Rose Petals highlighter, Dior Espiegle lipstick, Anastasia clear brow gel, Anastasia brow pencil (in medium ash), bareMinerals Epiphany eyeshadow duo, bareMinerals eyeliner sets in Seize the Day and The Night Vision

Weekend plans: No plans really. Just relax and enjoy the last two days of Christmas break before school starts again next week.

New year’s resolutions: Never! If I really feel like I need to make a change I’ll try to do it no matter what time of year it is.

blueraccoon Avatar

Haul: Clarins hand cream, shu uemura cleansing oil (I am trying the pore clarifying one, if it ever gets here), Chanel Raffinement quad (if I spelled that right)…I think that’s it?

Weekend plans: Feel better. Everyone’s sick, so my game got canceled for tomorrow and I have to be better to work Sunday. I’ve got the creeping crud and am living on cough syrup and tea at the moment.

New Year’s resolutions: I try not to make these because I always fail, but I do hope to start going to the gym more once I’m no longer sick.

blueraccoon Avatar

Does it usually take a while for you to get your packages? It took them like nine days to *ship* mine, and now it’s not even supposed to be here until 1/10, I think. And I ordered this on 12/22. Maybe I’m just used to Amazon Prime and Sephora’s 3-day shipping, but I feel like they took way too long to mail out my order in the first place. It’s made me less enthused about ordering from shu uemura in future, even if the product is amazing 🙁

blueraccoon Avatar

Also, I forgot my drugstore haul, which was all of the Maybelline Color Tattoo metal shades, two of the Neutrogena color crayon things (not impressed) and two Maybelline Color Whisper lipsticks (not thrilled there either). I would have picked up the Rimmel BB cream but it was too dark for me, and I almost bought the Garnier one but hesitated for the same reason–anything that says light/medium is probably not going to be light enough for me.

Abbey Avatar

The Garnier one is too dark for me (I’m about NC15) if that’s any help. It was great for summer when I self-tanned, but I was more NC25 then.

blueraccoon Avatar

That definitely does help! I’m NW15 or lighter (haven’t been matched lately, but I’m always the lightest shade in any foundation range) so now I know not to bother unless they come out with a fair/light shade. Thanks!

Lulle Avatar

Haul: After a long low buy period, I unleashed the beast in me… well not exactly, but I was able to make a few purchases (thanks Christmas gift cards and “buy-yourself-a-gift” money!). I haven’t received anything yet, but I ordered: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Les Fumés, MAC lipstick in Hot Chocolate from Après Chic collection, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Broadest Berry, Couvent des Minimes Micellar Cleansing Water (so happy carries this great French brand!), One Shea Butter Lip Balm, Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Lotion (it comes in a tube, I was curious), and ELF makeup removal towelettes. I also bought a concealer and the Organic Wear tinted moisturizer from Physicians Formula at the drugstore. Voilà !

Week-end plans: no real plans yet, but we will have to say goodbye to the Christmas tree too!

Did you make any new year’s resolutions: no, I don’t do that. I make resolutions throughout the year to improve my life, it’s not a new year thing for me.

fireinthehead - Bunny Avatar

Haul: Nothing

Weekend plans: Trying not to die from the flu and putting away xmas stuff if I can stand for that long. Possible Sudafed consumption.

Resolutions: ummm… eat more zucchini? I don’t know LOL

Becca @ The Beauty Sample Avatar

Haul: none! (I don’t think…I bought the new Chanel highlighter and blush but I can’t remember if it was this week or last week :P)
Weekend plans: I’m putting away Christmas decorations too 😛 Also going out with some friends for Korean BBQ. It’s supposed to be amazing!!
New Years resolutions (non beauty-related): EAT BETTER (which for me means less snacking, eating at regular hours [and NOT at 3AM!!], less takeout and more cooking, and LESS BUTTER AND SUGAR [I realized recently that I eat a LOT of both–NOT good!]), work out more, and try to fix my sleep schedule (I always feel more energized at night, so I stay up all night)

Phyrra Avatar

I just wanna cuddle Mellan! What a face!

Haul: some of the WnW Fergie Collection.
Weekend: blog, attend a friend’s going away party
Resolutions: Learn to enjoy travel.

Stacey Avatar

Feed me/Play with me/Love me,”Just dont put any makeup on me” Those nails of his….geez they are long….great for putting nail polish, Christine.

Anne Avatar

It’s amazing how expressive dogs (and other animals) can be!

Haul: Guerlain Perles du Dragon and Giorgio Armani ETK eyeshadow #24. Can you tell I’m happy?

Weekend plans: Pack my stuff and go back to Paris. Holidays are over, meh.

New year resolutions: not really, no! I do have goal and wishes to strive for, but it doesn’t really fall under that category. So I guess my resolutions are more like trying to be a better person overall, be kinder, smarter, and enjoy things more?

Lark Avatar

Hah! Xmas is but a mild warm up to Carnival Season! I’ve been training all year to dance for days on end and fit into evening dresses for white tie tableaux balls. And the food! We do that stuff on Ash Wednesday down on the Gulf Coast.

Haul- Color Tattoo Mettalics for face painting once the street thing gets kicking. I use lots of Paint Pot usually, but Maybelline has so many colors and they’re cheap! My prelim sweat tests are good. It’s pretty, too. Imagine your whole face and neck turquoise with gold contour lines all over it.

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