Free for Haul Friday, Volume #281

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  • Haul: Clinique Cheek Pops x4, new vanity set-up
  • Weekend plans: Organize my desk area, go on a hike
  • What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: I have a framed photo of Mellan as a puppy on the beach, and a wedding photo!

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This week’s Mellan photo…


The cutest Peep of all!

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That peep pillow is so cute!!

Haul: Jouer Sunday Brunch palette Thinking about getting: Colour Pop In Bloom set & some Gerald Cosmetics things and been on the fence about the Dollup beauty case (http://dollupbeauty.com/)
Weekend plans: Blogging and spring cleaning
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: a vase of pretty fake flowers

No haul this week, waiting for new Clinique cheek pop and lipsticks to be at counters.
Farmers Market and take Rowdy to get bandages changed.
A wedding photo and a picture of Rowdy and Bandit as puppys.

A beautiful pic of the handsome Mellan with the bunny. xoxo for Mellan from me and the boys. Have a great weekend Christine.

Haul: MAC Burgundy x9 palette…I’m really enjoying it and I think it’ll be great for travel
Weekend plans: hanging out with family and friends and cleaning up around the house
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile? I have a photo of myself with my brothers, my cousin, and my uncle who lives in NYC at the empire state building 🙂

Haul: All Tata Harper! A kit “Tata’s Essentials” with travel sized Regenerating Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Essence, Rejuvenating Serum, Repairative Moisturizer, Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Restorative Eye Crème, and Resurfacing Mask. I also got the Aromatic Irritability Treatment & the Be Adored Lip Treatment as a GWP!
Weekend plans: We get the afternoon off of work for a civic holiday & I’ll go for a run with my mom later! Otherwise I’ll relax & do some house chores this weekend 🙂
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: I have a little Christmas decoration from Hawaii that I got when I was there over the holidays a few months ago. It’s a little hula girl with long black hair like me & I love it because it reminds me of an amazing vacay with my mom and brother!

Haul: BeautyJoint order came in: MILANI Color Statement Lipstick Raspberry Rush, NYX Wicked Lippies in Trickery & Sinful, NYX Macaron Lippies in Orange Blossom & Blue Velvet, and NYX Wonder Stick in Light.

We got a new larger MILANI display at my one Zerhs, but I lost my Raspberry Rush and they don’t stock that shade even with the display expansion. So it gave me an excuse to place an order with BeautyJoint. 😉 Also got ELF studio line in for most products.

Weekend plans: I’m not sure yet because chance are I’ll be doing stuff for a re-education/training program. (Meeting this afternoon)

What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: Nothing because I don’t have a night stand. lol

Aww..how adorable is Melan with his bunny!
Haul: low-key for me this week. Bite beauty agave lip mask; some Supergoop sunscreens (spay and everyday version for outdoor sweaty/water resistant needs), Ton Ford mascara and Lancome cils booster, The IT cosmetics deal from QVC mentioned abov. I was able to make a pre sale at my local Nordstrom for the Philip Treacey and Mac is Beauty collections. So, I ddin’t mess with that. i wont get it until April 2nd. But, that is okay with me. 🙂
Weekend Plans:Finally wrapping up Girl scout cookie sale events! After today, my daughter is on spring break. So, next week, I will be trying to entertain her and work and she will be going bananas bored with her friends driving me bananas,lol!
On my nightstand: I have a picture of me holding my daughter when she is about 2 days old and I am looking down at her. It’s one of those photos someone took while I had no idea.I also have some “jewelry” she has made for me over the years in a little dish and note she writes to me about once a week and leaves on my nightstand. She’s a sweet,thoughtful little girl. A true blessing. I am not married and at this point, with my health condition, I doubt I will be ever. But she gives me enough love for a life time.

So glad you were able to do a pre-sale for your MAC goodies, Nicole! Hey, guaranteed by April 2nd is better than stalking all night, LOL!

The story you shared about your daughter is so sweet, Nicole. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

Haul: new e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush (love!), e.l.f. Essential Instant Lift Brow Pencil, and Studio Matte Lip Colors.

Weekend plans: Tomorrow is my younger son’s birthday party. Finish moving my older son.

What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: I keep a talking Stewie Griffin doll on my desk.

Haul: Essie Protein base coat, Essie Luxeffects Topcoat in Stroke of Brilliance,MUFE Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N35(orange pink),Sephora waterproof eyeliner in Olive and Shimmer Bronze
Weekend plan?: have a doctor’s appointment,my face still very red and swelling from allergic to a new mask I just bought recently,I’m not sensitive skin,don’t know why I react badly to this thing 🙁
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: a picture of my family and a framed of a handmade postcard from my nephew,my two silly dogs in sweater photo

Aww Mellan is such a cutie! Since Target is closing its doors up here in Canada (sob sob), I tried to snag as much makeup possible before it completely shuts its doors at the end of the month. Although not as much as I would like since they were never in stock in the first place! Grabbed 2 revlon lip butters in Cupcake and Sugar Plum (I never tried it when it first came out), an Annabelle bronzer (which I think is the Canadian sister of Rimmel, their packaging looks so similar), a Sinful Colors polish in Endless Blue, and Sonia Kashuk lip liner-Rosewood and lip crayon-Pinky Nude. Really liking the SK products. Have a great weekend!

Aww, I want to hug Mellan and take a bite out of that Peeps pillow!
*Haul – Sephora Lustre Matte in Fig & Cranberry (love both), Neutrogena Shine Control Foundation with SPF20 (it’s just for my oily lids), got the Lorac Pro To Go Palette during the flash sale but had to return it. The light shadows looked chalky, the dark ones had fallout, and they all turned muddy on me 🙁
*Plans – relax, checking out makeup and getting samples (in prep for the Sephora sale)
* Hello Kitty stuff

Haul: Four dresses, two purses, three pairs of shoes, 10 more books, more ColourPop, and Too Faced’s Sugar Pop palette.

Weekend plans: Reading Scarlet and Through the Woods, perfecting my resume, writing up a blog post, and getting ready for a medical procedure on Monday.

What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: I found an adorable strawberry bowl at the Japanese version of IKEA that I keep my special and most used makeup items in.

Haul: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla conditionner, samples of all of Paula’s Choice moisturizers with sunscreen I hadn’t tried yet, Revlon HD Lip Lacquer in Smoky Topaz.

Plans: fixing the car with the neighbor, dinner at friends house.

What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile? I have a weird rabbit-like stuffed creature on the night stand, we call her Betty!

Haul: Nothing, but I’m making out my Sephora shopping list!
Weekend plans: Getting a massage, woo hoo!
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: Nothing on any of those pieces, but I do have family pix around the house that I like.

Haul: I am on my two month no-buy for another week unfortunately.
Weekend plans: Finishing graduate school applications and watching the NCAA basketball games 😀
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: For Christmas I jokingly told my boyfriend that I wanted a baby pygmy hippo. In my stocking he gave me a teeny tiny glass hippo that is on my desk now. It always makes me smile.

Haul: went to both the winners near me and found some really nice stuff from shiseido and one thing from Cle de peau.
All of the shiseido items were 9.99 so a ridiculously good discount and the cdp item was more pricey but still cheaper than from a counter.
I got a cle de peau eyeshadow single in 105, a shiseido eyeshadow trio in tropicalia, a shiseido eyeshadow single in VI720, 2 shiseido shimmering cream eye colours in BL711 and BE204, and a shiseido the makeup multi shade enhancer refill in terra cotta glow(that last item was slightly more than the other shiseido stuff) but yeah, saved a ton of money and probs wouldn’t have checked out the brand otherwise.

Plans: breakfast with a friend, job interview, go for a walk, maybe seeing a friend

What’s something you keep on your desk/nightstand/dresser that makes you smile: me and some friends in a photo

Haul: well I /wanted/ to buy MAC Pearl Blossom beauty powder, but the MAC is Beauty collection hasn’t gone up online yet. So nothing this week.

Weekend Plans: Yard work.

What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile? I have a tiny painting of a peacock feather that my best friend did for me on a mini easel on my art desk.

Haul: Clinique Cheek Pops! Just two… Nude and that cool toned plummy pink one (one of the new colors but I can’t remember what it’s called). Also ordered some of the spring stuff from Colour Pop. My first order with them so I’m excited to check em out 🙂

Weekend plans: Checked in to the Supernatural convention last night! It’s been beautiful, warm weather and we are here all weekend doing the nerdy fan thing! Just waiting for the first panel to start now…

What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: I have a photo of my first New Years eve with the bf that he framed and gave to me as a gift. It sits on my desk next to my computer so I can always see it and it makes me smile 🙂

Haul: I’m flip-flopping on the It Cosmetics TSV. Their CC cream is my HG foundation (if there is such a thing, right?), but I’m trying to decide whether I really need the whole set at $20 more than the foundation price. It’s a good deal, but as my mom used to say (much to my annoyance, haha) “An elephant for a quarter is only a good deal if you need the elephant and have a quarter.” Do I really need the shadow/brush/bronzer extras? Or should I just buy CC cream and spend my $20 on something else? (Like the Heather Clinique Cheek Pop or some bright spring lipsticks.) Decisions, decisions!
Weekend plans: I’m going to try a new recipe for dinner tomorrow, so that will be fun! I may finish up Breeaking Bad with my husband, who hasn’t seen the finale yet.
Something on nightstand to make me smile: nothing, as I don’t have a nightstand, dresser or desk. But I made my husband a tiny framed cross stitch for Valentine’s Day once (it just has a set of Quidditch hoops and “You’re a Keeper”–very basic) and it makes me smile every time I’m in his office, because he loved it enough to stow it in a suitcase when we moved.

Haul: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Pink in Paris, Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry, and Marc Jacobs Eye Crayon in Intro(Vert)
Weekend plans: Wine tasting
What’s something you keep on your desk that makes you smile?: A photo of me and my boyfriend making tiger faces at the zoo, and a tiger calendar!

<3 Mellan

Haul: Oh gosh, so much I can barely keep track anymore! It's been a bad week. Today I got some stuff from the EL Bronze Goddess collection 🙂

Weekend plans: Dinner with friends tomorrow.

What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: This little Roo figurine, from Winnie The Pooh. It's our good luck charm in the house.

Haul: at SDM, a new Marcelle CC Cream (my old one expired and I am concerned about the sun protection aspect) and some Neutrogena face wipes marked down to half price; at the soon-to-be-gone Target, several Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow brushes (two #26 and three #28 and a #8 or maybe it’s a #7) and I’ll keep a few permanently in my travel makeup bag. I also picked up a smaller, 2 compartment makeup bag for my purse (also SK).

Weekend plans: our older son, who is the military, is coming home tonight for 3 weeks. We’ve not seen him since the summer because he went travelling in SE Asia this past Xmas. So it will be catching up with and spoiling him!

Something I keep on my nightstand: A photo of our departed and wonderful Golden Retriever, Daisy, and a little Beanie Baby Golden Retriever that my children got me after we had to put Daisy to sleep and I was so sad. It reminds me of my blessings – my dear dog and my sweet, thoughtful children.

Haul: Zippola for now but I hope to hit the mall this weekend for a mini haul.

Weekend plans: Hopefully hauling, meeting with friends on Saturday, and hopefully convincing my hubby to allow me to buy margarita fixings and have the neighbors over for a drink since it’s been 4 weeks since we’ve seen anyone due to illness.

Desk smileys: My desk is a wreck! My Liberty of London file box is pretty smile inducing!

Haul: Chanel rouge coco in Jeanne, Makeup Geek e/s in Frappe & Preppy, OPI Miss Piggy’s Big Number, OPI Stranger Tides, OPI Thanks a Windmillion, Pixi Natural Brow Duo, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duo (Brown Eyes)
Weekend Plans: Elephant Revival concert, morning hikes
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile? A Funko Pop of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Haha yes that is the big fandom question- I think as much as I love the first three angsty seasons of Buffy, I’d have to say Spuffy. Although there is a whole lot to feel uncomfortable and icky about, Spike just makes everything more interesting. What about you??

Mellon is so gorgeous with his soulful eyes. No wonder you love him to bits.
Haul – looking at getting some Marsala coloured lipsticks
Weekend plans – The Cricket World Cup is on in Melbourne and it is between Australia and NZ. It should be a great game and the family are coming over to watch it at our place. So I am cooking up a storm today – a tray of scalloped potatoes, veal scallopini (preparing) and a salad (preparing – no dressing till tomorrow).
What I keep on my dresser: a photo of my 2 sons when they were younger and a photo of my darling grand daughter Olivia – a year old and the light of our lives. She has just discovered how to open our kitchen cupboards – oh dear.

Gorgeous pup with his peep. Nice photo!
Haul: a neutral Becca eye palette
Weekend: Some shopping, and relaxing with the family
On desk: a photo of the kids from a Disney World trip 🙂

Haul: Covergirl Natureluxe lipstick in Cabernet, MAC lip pencil in Beet
Weekend plans: Women’s work conference, opera on Sunday, studying for exam on Tuesday, and trying to figure out how to coordinate all of that after a cup of coffee battled my iPhone and won.
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: My Nook. Because when I can’t sleep, it’s always there with something to put me to bed. Right now, it’s the Mercy Thompson series. 🙂

Haul: This was sunscreen week: Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30, PC Resist Hand Cream SPF 30, and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 (clear). Also PC Resist Weightless 2% BHA Body Treatment, since Resist products were 15% off and I needed some — going to try it on my neck decollete instead of the 2% BHA liquid (my hands, feet, arms and legs can take the AHA, but not my face/neck/decollete — my chest actually broke out from AHAs, I guess the redness I have there is rosacea, just like my face!). I’m weird about having anything on my hands that feels “sticky” to me, simply cannot tolerate it, am hoping the PC product is one I’ll be able to tolerate having on my hands, I’ve had a horrible time finding a sunscreen for my hands even though I don’t have to use all-mineral sunscreen there.
Weekend plans: We’re going to relax at home this evening on our new IKEA love seat/chaise combo 🙂
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: I like to keep my little dwarf Winter White hamster, Natasha, where I can just lift up my head, see her, say hello to her, and see her perk up her little face and look at me 🙂 She’s a real sweetie, is very affectionate and well-behaved!

I think it might work out, based on a quick try. I’m a real nut about what feels ‘sticky’ to me on my hands, a lot of hand creams feel sticky to me, although some improve if I can just get through the first five minutes of wearing them, until they really soak in. But so far all sunscreens, even sprays, feel sticky to me when they’re on my hands. Some I can tolerate fine on my arms, but not on my hands. Since I’ve been using an AHA cream on my hands I really have to find something I can tolerate! I’m grateful for retailers with generous sampling and return policies. Otherwise I’d be too scared to spend the money to try things that I might not be able to use!

Haul: my first haul in weeks! Just ordered MAC No Faux Pas, Hollywood Cerise, and the Miley Viva GLam lipstick and gloss. Can’t wait until they get here.

Weekend plans: Mowing the lawn on Saturday and I”m going to finish roofing the garage on Sunday! Not an exciting weekend.

What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: I have a ceramic state of a three headed cat that my dad bought me. It’s pretty goofy.

My daughter is Mellan’s #1 fan, and I love that peep.

Haul: I didn’t get anything this week, but last week I got some MUG and Sugarpill pigments, and MAC Fix+, powder puffs and Matchmaster concealer (this concealer laughs off my dermatitis — loooove)
Weekend plans: meh, clean the house
What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: my TV? lol, I don’t keep much there besides papers and other non-smile-inducing items

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