Free for Haul Friday, Volume #300

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: BUXOM Bold Gel Lipsticks! I also made an online order for some Makeup Revolution/Catrice from ULTA but that’s not here yet.
  • Weekend plans: Take Mellan somewhere new! Birthday dinner for my sister.
  • Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: If Mellan counts, that would be one, but I pretty much pour everything into beauty, lol!

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This week’s Mellan photo…

Seems fitting for the 300th Free for Haul Friday!

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Haul: can you believe NOTHING (though I am going to Sephora this afternoon to do a bit of damage!)
Weekend plans: it’s all changed because our older son is able to make a short visit home on his way back to Edmonton so we’ve wiped the slate clean to spend time with him, except that I’m going shopping for saris on Sunday with a few friends – we’re all attending a wedding in India this February and need garments for the various events
Besides beauty, what are your major interests: my family, first of all – they matter most in the world to me; regular “interests” – sewing, cooking, travel, yoga/fitness

LOL! What is on your list to get at Sephora? Anything for sure?

So glad you’ll be able to see your oldest son this weekend after all!

Looks like Mellan’s all ready for the party! Adorable (as always)!

Haul: Marc Jacobs LE polish in Wine Not and Korres milk soap from Sephora; 2 large Bifacil’s and deluxe Bifacil at 20% off from Lancome; Trish McEvoy transluincent powder refill from Saks (20% off); MAC lipstick in Snob from Nordstrom; 2 Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator (with $10 off coupon) from It was a slow buying week for me because today starts Tax Free weekend in Virginia and Sunday starts Tax Free Week in Maryland so I’m planning on shopping for clearance items and Fall goodies this weekend. I’m also saving up to purchase at least one of the Louboutin lipsticks in September and the Fall LE By Terry palette.

Weekend plans: Tax Free shopping! (WooHoo!)

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: I collect Russel Wright. I am into architecture and design; particularly American Modern. I am also interested in law and medicine (primarily what I read for leisure reading). I’m also borderline Crazy Cat Woman…I have 2 rescues in my home (3 yo male named Trouble and almost 1 yo female named Kat) and I support an outside feral cat community (and yes, they all have names too but I won’t go there and validate the Crazy Cat Woman status – LOL).

Loooove Bifacil! A travel-sized option is so necessary!

How many feral cats do you support? πŸ˜‰ Embrace your crazy cat woman status! Nothing wrong with that.

At last count it was about a dozen. My current two are actually abandoned kittens from their litters. Trouble is the son of Skinny (the sister of the litter Fuzzy and Skinny from Flash and Hobo “Grampa Hobo”) and Larry (one of the boys from Mama Cat’s litter of Larry, Mo, and Curly.) He was dropped at my door by Skinny and was sick, flea infested, and had gunky eyes. Kat is the daughter of Faux Mama (unknown father – the hussy!) She was also abandoned and was sick and had fleas and ear mites. They are both healthy now. The ferals are all spay/neutered now to the extent it was possible and also include Ash, Stormy, Smoke, Cinder (4 from a litter) and Pepe (black cat with white stripe down tail). Ahhhhh – see what happens when you get me talking cats! πŸ™‚ (It should also be noted that this is where what would be my additional cosmetic money goes to!)

Christine, I hope you review those $90 Louboutin lipsticks –I look forward to reading all of the hysterical blog comments !

My mom always took care of feral cats till her health got really bad. She adopted 6 feral kittens she saved, fed them, captured as many as she could and got them spayed/neutered and into no-kill shelters. I had 5 cats (3 were feral kittens my mom rescued) till I had to move to a place where we couldn’t have them. I still miss having kitties. Right now we have a rescue bunny, a corn snake, and family of squirrels that think they’re pets (in the winter, they’ll actually knock on the back door when their feeder need filled). Plus we feed all the wild birdies.

Oh, I miss squirrels! I would love it if they knocked on my door! LOL

I grew up in Ohio and we had a family of squirrels in our neighborhood who would entertain us. My father used to sit on the front porch eating peanuts, and one brave little fellow would actually take peanuts from his hand.

By the way, our interests are remarkably similar… =)

Welcome to the club! I am a fellow “Crazy Cat Lady”, and I’m proud of it, nothing to be ashamed of! Own it! I have 3 of my own, indoors…but we have many stray and feral cats in our neighborhood, so yep!

Haul: Becca Velvet Touch in Malika and bronzer/highlighter duo in Serrana β€” d/c:d sadly but I wanted to try something of Becca before splurging on anything else! I also would have gotten the MUFE HD foundation but they had already run out of my shade in Helsinki.
Weekend plans: Picking some cloudberries for winter!
Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: I am heavily involved in local Saami politics and language revitalization efforts (which is what I do for a living rn) and somewhat involved in int’l indigenous issues. Between them, beauty and running as a hobby (currently training for a quarter marathon in Sept) I don’t have time to get bored. πŸ™‚

Very cool interests – has there been a particular success story you’ve had in language revitalization efforts so far? Wishing you luck πŸ™‚

Hehe, theres a lot (not my work though) but to keep it short: thanks to a bunch of resilient people one of my ancestral languages is no longer on the brink of extinction, and because there are programs now, I was able to learn it well enough to be fluent and be able to contribute further πŸ™‚ first thing I did on my own was makeup vocabulary lol.

Do you plan on reviewing Catrice products? Catrice is one of my favourite drugstore brands and I am interested to see what you think about it πŸ™‚

Hee hee, awesome Mellan pics this time πŸ™‚

Haul: Oh gosh, SO much this week! I pretty much bought the whole internet, lol.

Weekend plans: Going on a cruise tomorrow on Lake Geneva! We’ve been living here for over 2.5 years now, so it’s high time we tick that off our bucket list.

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Gaming, skiing, hiking, fantasy.

Oh my word! Glory hallelujah! Temptalia has a mobile site! It looks fantastic. Tech guy did a GREAT job!! This is the best early birthday present ever. I’m so giddy! Oh and happy birthday to your sister!

Haul: I recently started buying makeup again after 3 years! Lol… I bought a few TruthGirl mineral foundations, Real Techniques Expert Face and Powder brushes, N.Y.C. Loose Powder, Revlon Peach Parfait lip butter and Snow Pink lipgloss
Weekend plans: Having friends over today, baby shower tomorrow, church on Sunday!
Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: hmm… I like bible studies, reading, my dog, cooking… I love going to random Goodwills and perusing their book walls πŸ™‚ I like naps, coffee, miniature things…

Love the birthday photo! Love the new site too!

Haul: eight Clinique cheek pops! (I now own them all.) I don’t like Clinique and so I was really resistant to purchasing these. But once I tried my first one, I fell in love.

Weekend plans: Visit my new grand daughter! She was born Monday night and she’s just so sweet?

My major interests include bicycling, weight lifting, cooking, reading, alternative rock music, and fashion.

Thanks, Tammy!

YAY! Congrats on completing the Cheek Pop set πŸ™‚ They are really great!

AND congrats on the new grand daughter!

Has Ulta always sold Makeup Revolution? I made an order recently for their Vivid Baked Highlighters (which are very nice) but stopped myself from ordering more b/c it was coming from the UK. I’ll have to check out some more…

Christine! Look at all this hard work you guys have been doing!! I was so excited when I saw the “maintenance” page come up because I know you all have been working so hard on this update and it’s taken a ton of time. Great work! Can’t wait to explore everything again πŸ™‚ And how exciting with your 300th Free for Haul! Mellan is clearly in the spirit of things. Congrats to you all.

Haul: Ordered a couple of the new ColourPop matte lip options (deep purple, neutral pink, blues, etc) so we’ll see how that goes.
Weekend Plans: Take the boys to the dog park with some friends and work work work.
Major interests: Beauty of course, my beloved acting career, my fuzzy babies, reading/writing, the vidyas πŸ˜‰

Feels like forever, LOL!

I grabbed the new Matte lipsticks from CP, too, though not sure when they’ll get here! Will be curious to see how they manage the non-traditional colors – was surprised there weren’t any in the original release.

Haul: LadyMoss order
KoKo Lashes in Ari, Ariel, Bella, Foxy, Goddess, KoKo, Marilyn, & RisquΓ©
Ribbon False Eyelash Case
KoKo Lashes Eyelash Adhesive – Latex Free
L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Gloss in Bazaar, Fleur, Dreamy, & Rebel
NYX Macaron Lipstick in 07-Citron and 03-Key Lime
NYX White Liquid Liner

Weekend plans: Work (i’m always working the weekend because they don’t have the staff to just give me a weekend off without asking for it. lol)

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Cosplay, costum makeing, props and jewlery making. Working with clay in general as well. Also Game was big in my lif but the past 3 years that has phased out.

I think he’s looking for treats!
**Haul – Got 26% off at Ulta with coupon and rebates! Catrice eyeliners, Bare Minerals Round the Clock Eyeliners (including 5 AM-yes!) , Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks ( Burgundy Blush, Divine Wine, Vibrant Violet, Nude Nuance), NYX HD Blush (Amber) Algenist Sublime Defense SPF30, NYX Makeup Spray-Dewy Finish, Yes to Cucumbers face mist, IT shadow brush. Sephora Matte Gel Eyeliners. By the way, Vibrant Violet and Heroine are dupes – they look the same on my lips
**Weekend -some work and testing all my makeup goodies!
**Major interests besides beauty – I like to read books, but haven’t found any time -work, kid, house, and reading beauty blogs take up all my time!

Haul: all repurchases of staple items I’ve been putting off b/c of price (but was in DESPERATE need to rebuy)
NARS Pressed Translucent Light reflecting powder, ABH clear brow gel, TokyoMilk Dark lip balm, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, FAB face cleanser, such a boring haul since I didn’t get anything new T_T

Weekend plans: Family reunion with some extended family from out of state! BBQ at my house yay!

Besides beauty, what are your major interests? Science! particularly, biology. I’m such a science nerd, it’s so lame lol After class, I’ll do my own research on things just for the fun of it. After I get my BS, I’m going to pursue a career in medicine, with the possibility of med school. Maybe I should stop buying makeup and save for that!

Have fun at your family reunion! That should be exciting – it is always (okay, usually!) nice to spend time with family that you don’t see often πŸ™‚

Being into science is awesome. I can’t read on that subject for long – I really zone out if I’m not careful!

Congratulations on your 300th Free for Haul Friday, its one of my favorite posts!

Haul: Taking advantage of the 4xs the points at Sephora: YSL LE Cream Bronzer in #5, Nars Audacious in Barbara, Too Faced Melted in Strawberry. From MAC back to Mac for Relentlessly Red and Soar and Subculture lip pencil
Weekend Pans: I’m heading to the Hamptons this weekend for a relaxing time at the beach!
Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: I love baking, although my waist line doesn’t haha

Haul: NARS fall pieces: Telesto and Pasiphae eyeshadows, Baby Doll gloss and Tribulation blush (which acts a highlighter on my skin); Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors in Rose and My Pink (so moisturizing!); Back-ups of Sephora Collection eyeliner in Strawberry Macaroon (discontinued, boo!).

Weekend plans: Attending a friend’s 40th birthday party!

Other major interests: I like cycling, hiking, travelling, knitting and baking

Haul: Soap&Glory Rich&Foamous Body Wash, Catrice Luxury Nude Soft Matt nail polish #2,#4 , Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Jamie Chung palette , Estee Lauder Pure Color Matte lipstick in Volatile , Goat Milk Brush Shampoo Natural Clean by London Beauty
Weekend Plan: We get another dog from the shelter! right now I have one cat and one dog,hopefully this new baby(5 months olds or so) don’t hate a cat tho πŸ™
Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: reading and drawing

that hat is so cute! πŸ™‚

How are you liking the Goat Milk Brush Shampoo?

Fingers crossed all your animals get along! My parents are hoping to adopt a new dog this weekend (theirs passed away a few months ago).

I think I fall inlove with this brush shampoo.easy to clean even my dirty week old foundation brushes and smell so good,not perfume-ly but just fresh smell.they can used with all hairs type but for me I think they work best with natural hairs,make my soft squirrel brushes even softer!

thank you! πŸ™‚ my new dog name Kitty(shelter and their humor LOL) fortunely,don’t hate cat but she’s still hyper with all new things so my cat(Butter) just keep stare down at Kitty when she keep sniff her head! hope your parents find a new cute dog soon! πŸ™‚

I just want to comment that I really love the new layout!!

Haul: I picked up some more things from Ulta because they emailed me another 20% coupon (in case I forgot anything right? haha) I got some Neutrogena cleansing oil, body oil, and eye make up remover, Boots Micellar water, Orx shampoo…just stocking up on the essentials. I should be good for until the next coupon :p

Weekend plans: The weather has been SO nice lately. I might try and go on a hike tomorrow.

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Backstreet Boys, food, and traveling

Thanks, Monica!

How nice that you got a second coupon ;D We had CRAZY weather here – it is August, so it’s usually quite hot, but we had thunder and lightning!

Haul: Nothing
Weekend plans: My boyfriend is a Chicago Bears fan so we’re going to a practice. This KILLS me since I’m a Packer fan! We’re also going on a sunrise hike with a huge tour group at 3:30 Sunday morning. Should be fun!
Besides beauty, what are your major interests: Singing, going to concerts, kickboxing, being outdoors


My father is dogsitting all weekend so that my boyfriend and I can paint the room we refer to as the Dog Den. I’m already missing my doglings, and they’ve only just left! But the house is so quiet now…

Dog Den! You must tell me more…

It is really weird when Mellan is gone (even though we just have the one dog). He had his teeth cleaned on Friday, and while he’s a very quiet and easy-going dog, the house feels colder without him lazing around.

Well, for some background, I live with my boyfriend and a mutual friend of ours. The three of us humans also share the house with one cat and two dogs — my half lab, half Rottweiler (the light of my life), and one frustrating but endearing half Sheltie, half terrier. Both dogs are black and tan with the Rottie colors, one large and short furred, one small and very fuzzy.

Anyway, the house is set up to where our roommate gets the downstairs basement area for himself, and then my boyfriend and I sorta get the main / upstairs areas to ourselves. There was one awkward room that fell under our domain that we kept going back on forth on how to use it. Guest bedroom? But we already have a guest futon area… computer room? Eh. We already have two recording studio rooms in the house, which have plenty of computer space. Buuuut then we decided it would be useful to have a room where we can shut the dogs, especially if my boyfriend or roomie have people over to record music who are allergic or scared of dogs.

We made the room all cozy for them and accidentally did such a good job that now we spend all our time in there. Thus — it’s the Dog Den! And I love it. I’ll love it even more when it’s muted pale blue and not gross *slightly* greenish tan brown. πŸ™‚

*ps — This may make the house sound like a huge mansion; it’s not — we just configured it for music purposes very dedicatedly!

Very, very cool. If you happen to have pics, I’d love to see. What a fun space for the dogs to have, but it’s a great idea to have a safe, happy place for them to stay when you have visitors!

Haul: Actually I think the only thing I got was a new nail polish from Barry M!
Weekend plans: Uhhh work…
Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Dance and games (as in video games)!

It’s called Caspian, from their Aquarium collection. It’s like a gold/pink duochrome! I want an eyeshadow the same shade… so unusual and pretty!

Haul: three Kevyn Aucoin creamy glow blushes. (I got one of his blushes and loved it so much, I got three more.) The quality is similar to Chanel and MUFE cream blushes. I’m considering getting one Buxom Bold Gel lipstick (Graphic Grape) but haven’t decided yet. Christine, did you happen to buy Graphic Grape?

Weekend Plan: None yet. Maybe do some gardening outdoors.

Interests: nonfictional reading (military history, health, recipe books, weird subjects, etc.), cooking, gardening, makeup, people watching and TV series like House of Cards, Game of Thrones, etc.

Sounds like I need to try the KA Creamy Glow Blushes!

I think that was one of them, but I am not 100% sure, lol!

Haul: My Nars fall order finally come. I got VIP Red lipstick., Babydoll gloss, Tribulation highlighter, and both of the dual-intensity shadows. The SA was sweet and threw in a mini Priscilla gloss and Deep Throat blush. It must me Nars week for me because I used the VIB code with a Sephora order and received a cute little back pouch filled with a mini Nars primer for the face, a pro-prime for the eyes and orgasm blush. Urban Decay matte lipstick in Temper and Tilt and lip liners in 1993 and Bittersweet. Mac Heaux(amplified), Wet n Wild Reserve Your cabana highlighter, Tom ford 01 Moodlight illuminating duo. I can’t remember if I mentioned the Laure Gellar Blushes and Highlighter I ordered last week. They came scattered this week. I got; Gilded Honey, Plumberry, Guava,and Papaya. I am loving those! I picked up a Dipbrow in chocolate,. I keep going back and forth between the pomade and powder. I guess it’s nice to have options!:). Then , I just ordered a new face cream, a Beauty Blender, a clarisonic brush head and some shampoo and conditioner. It pushed me over the 1000 point mark. So, now I may have to drive myself nuts to try to score an “Epic reward” ! lol!
Weekend Plans: Back to school shopping for my daughter some more, laundry, and hopefully some time at the pool!
Other interests besides beauty: Between work, keeping up with my daughter,beauty, and a health condition-it’s been difficult to have other interests. Before I became sick, I was very athletic. I’m hoping to start exercising soon once I get cleared by surgeon( hopefully next week)!

I love how you order from SAs! I think that’s such a great way to build a relationship and have someone looking out for you at the counter!

Love, love the Laura Geller cheek products. At first, I read “scattered” as “shattered,” and almost fell out of my chair, LOL!

Hoping your health is just getting better and better, Nicole!

I agree Christine. I actually started ordering more directly from the SAs out of frustration with the LE collections online. Particularly, Mac. But, I just feel easier knowing I can call a week or so ahead of time and I’m good. No beauty sleep lost anymore trying to grab LE stuff. If I’m just planning to get an item, I’ll do it online. But, if I’m looking to get more then a couple of things ,I call. At Nordstrom,they work on comission, so they totally appreciate the business. Plus,most times after if that SA keeps me in the loop, I’ll call them and say hey, can you send me this and that and they get comission for what I was going to buy anyhow. I feel like it’s good to help out one another any way we can.:)
Haha..I did spell Laura wrong. So, that could have easily been a typo! Nope, all intact. Even, the one from Ulta! (;
Thanks for asking about my health. You are always so sweet. I have had a good deal of improvement overall. I rate it at 75-85% . But, I am left with a good deal of pain in the upper branch of the trigeminal nerve. I am seeing the surgeon this Tues.for my one month follow up. He has mentioned the possibility of some permanent nerve damage just because the nerve basically was injured for so long. So, I suppose we will discuss how to deal with that.I was hoping for 100% no pain after the surgery. So,dealing with that reality has not been swell .But, it’s much better and still like I said ..there are options to try. Sorry if that was tmi! πŸ™‚

Haul: Urban Decay Matte After Dark Lipstick, Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser, LUSH Karma soap.
Weekend plans: Going to LA to visit my BFF!
Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Writing (mostly creative nonfiction), music, small dogs, essential oil perfume (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is a favorite).

I ordered the becca champange pop, Laura mercier indiscretion and Nars bridgitte from sephora and they are arriving on monday, cant wait!!
Going out to dinner, movies or maybe to a club with my hubby, mother in law offered to baby sit the kids ?
My kids?

Out of all the NARS shades Bridgitte is the one sold out always in stores when I go. last time I asked for it, 3 others girls just after also asked for it while i was looking at the NARS products as well with no luck. I’m willing to splurge on it now because it’s managed to make it to my top pick from NARS as well, but it’s such a flattering rosy pink on most skin tones. lol

Haul: Some brushes from Sephora: pro airbrush #55, Sephora + Hakuho-do Ougi cheek brush, skinny brush wrap travel set, pro small shadow brush #15.

Weekend plans: nothing, actually!

Major interests: art/photography (which is my job), fishing, movies, reading, science fiction.

β™₯ Haul: I went through a highlighter/illuminator phase this week.
β€’ Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Illuminating Powder in Air
β€’ Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Illuminating Powder in Metal
β€’ Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Lucy
β€’ Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Marilyn
β€’ theBalm Mary Lou-manizer Powder
β€’ YSL Rouge VoluptΓ© Lipstick in #12 Forbidden Burgundy
β€’ Black Radiance True Complexion Soft Focus Finishing Powder in 9201 Golden Almond (amazing for NC44-NC45 skin!! A MSFN dupe!)
β€’ Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
β€’ MAC Pro Large Duo Palette with Blush x 6 inserts

β™₯ Weekend plans: Continue to teach myself how to use Microsoft Excel and/or Adobe Muse. Either way, I’ll have fun learning about these two programs.

β™₯ Besides beauty, what are your major interests: Oh, this is tough! Makeup is probably 95% of my interest. The last 5% is a bevvy of stuff I like to teach myself. But that 5% is dominated by teaching myself to samba. Not ballroom samba, but samba no pé; like, Rio de Janeiro carnival samba. The cardio from that is intense, and your calves and thighs will thank you.

The Fashion Fair powder in Air is the winner, so far. It’s similar to Hourglass’ AL in Radiant Light, but just slightly better. The gold in Air is a touch more vibrant.

No, I’ve not tried the eyeshadows yet, but I have heard good things about them. I’ve only ever tried their stick foundations and the face powders I recently purchased. I say just buy one FF eyeshadow and give it a go. I hesitated with FF before, and then I became pleasantly surprised. Yeah, FF prices are a bit high, so I buy from online venues that offer coupon codes; or I go to eBay. Lol. I hope you give it a try. πŸ™‚

Hi Tammy. I surf a lot of makeup blog sales and happened to come across it. I too had been looking for it for a year, and had constantly missed my chance to snag it from other blog sales. But this time, I truly was in the right place at the right time.

It’s where people sell their (heavily or lightly) used or brand new makeup. The sales can be on the seller’s own blog site or at a specific makeup online community. A lot of the time it’s by regular people who’ve just collected a numerous amount of makeup, and once in a while, it’s professional makeup artists who want to downgrade their stash. It’s a great way to buy makeup at a discounted price.

Haul: Nyx Suede Cream Lipsticks in Stone Fox, Soft Spoken, Amethyst, and Sway.

Weekend plans: Nothing special

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Reading, arts/crafts (especially knitting and crochet), science, mental/neurological health and advocacy issues.

It is really, really cool. It’s similar to the Wicked Lippie in Chambourd, only it’s matte. I wore it with a light dusting of powder foundation, Tarte Exposed on my cheeks, a wash of shimmery nude eyeshadow, and a black mascara. Very minimal. It worked well for the really hot weather but still looked kind of edgy.

Haul: MAC Whirl lipstick, Nars Pasiphae Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, UD After Dark Matte Revolution lipstick, Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum, Nyx Baked eyeshadow in Love Junkie, Nyx Slide-on Eye Pencil in Jet Black, Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean (guess why!), a pack of sponge tips (LOL, you know why!), WnW Fergie Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer, Sinful np in Blue Sensation (3D!), and an enormous bottle of Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Lotion (Love this!) . Also cashed in my 500 Points for the Boscia Pore Purifying Black Magic kit. So because I don’t plan on going back out today, I think it’s safe to say this is this week’s haul? Btw, Whirl went BACK because it looked and felt so dry after only 3 hours, so I ordered Royally Riotous instead.
Weekend plans: weekly hair ordeal/blowout, nails are still on fleek, so no mani-pedi. Been wearing Sinful Gel-Tech in Prosecco all week and not even any tip wear! WooHoo! Laundry. A veritable mountain thereof…
Besides beauty, what are your major interests: My faith and relationship with God is numero uno. Then right there, a mini-step behind, is my family: my son, my daughter and two beautiful little grand-daughters! Also very into trying to obtain justice for victims of animal cruelty ( Tiger, Cecil) and victims of injustice that are human, as well. My 3 precious cats! Scunci, Pookie and Clarissa!

Here’s hoping that Royally Riotous works out better for you, Nancy πŸ™‚

Do you get really decked out nails, Nancy? Those always look so fun, but I don’t think I could sit there for the time it takes to get them done, lol!

I think it *should* because it’s an Amplified. So it won’t give me a dry, dirty looking mouth as if I’d taken a chocolate bar and wiped it on my lips and let it dry!

Nope, no nail salon or nail shop for me! Not enough time, money or patience for that. I do my own hair and nails. Usually pretty simple, but sometimes a glitter topper.

Hi Christine, I received Royally Riotous today at around 5 pm, with it being in the high 100’s outside today….and yeah, it came melted. MAC is sending a replacement free of charge. But still. I actually fault UPS because their site wasn’t letting me do it as a pick-up at their site. What a letdown. The color is perfect,too.

Haul: When I was in Van for pride, I went to holt renfrew. I ended up getting a laura mercier caviar stick in peacock.
Weekend Plans: none at the moment, probs watch the rest of faking it.
Interests: reading,writing,feminist media analysis, pop culture

Haul: Actually, nothing!
Weekend plans: Mostly mellow out in preparation for my 2 1/2 hour MRI on Monday morning.
Besides beauty, what are your major interests: My problem is I have WAAAAY too many. Cooking, friends, travel, history, politics, botany, medicine, hiking, astronomy, social justice, yoga, meditation, my cat(s), law, anthropology, science fiction, the list goes on and on.

Thanks! They’re giving me the good meds so it should go okay XD. Lately, probably social justice type things as I can do that via the internet even on my bad pain days. I’m involved in a lot of feminist stuff and the Black Lives Matter movement, and particularly involved in some intersectional feminist stuff (ie women of color, disabled women, LGBT women, transwomen, etc). When that gets too overwhelming/depressing I tend to stay up to date on current astronomy news as I grew up a space geek when my dad worked for NASA.

Cool hat Mellan! Lola has a mini version. πŸ™‚

Haul: A Mally foundation (I just sent it back. Her fair is quite dark. ), EOS lip balm, and 2 L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliners (silver & cobalt).

Plans: Seafood by the shore and maybe a run to Ulta.

Interests: Makeup, our pup, and some interest in interior decorating and design.

HAUL: Samples from Sephora and a Dr.Jart sheet mask
Weekend: Friends on Saturday and food shopping on Sunday.
Major Interests: Food, wine, the arts, the sciences, literature, outdoors, animals! In fact, I’m into too much stuff to list!

Haul: Very small haul week! Weirdly though, I still ran out of spending money. Where did it all go? Anyway, I got Wet n Wild Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana, based off of your review! I love it, both as a highlight and applied very subtly as a finishing powder. Totally worth the $4 (or actually $5.50 at Walgreens)! I also got the Bite Limited Lipstick for this month, which was a total impulse buy, but out of all the months so far, I’m so so glad I got this one! It’s totally my kind of shade, yet somehow I don’t have anything similar. Oh! And I also got a swimsuit for my upcoming vacation! It’s really hard to find pretty dress-style swimsuits, or other “modest” styles, but I found a super cute one from Lands End with a black and white floral print!

Weekend plans: I went to the dentist today… my teeth are remarkably healthy (as usual) with the exception of my first ever cavity! D: I’m so sad. I’m getting it filled the Monday after next. So I think I’m going to spend the weekend pouting about it, between going to work.

Other interests: Primarily science and mathematics, as I’m a geology major. I’m also more of an amateur mathematics enthusiast, because I understand advanced math concepts very well, and do well in class, but I get nervous and forgetful on math exams and don’t do well, for which I blame a very mean high school teacher! I also used to knit constantly, but I haven’t done it in a few years, so I have a ton of half finished projects laying around. I also used to read a lot, but again I stopped a few years ago. I had a bad bout of depression in high school, and I lost interest in a lot of things I loved to do, and am only now starting to get them back.

I’m glad you’re getting back into some of your interests, Kat πŸ™‚ What are you hoping to use your major for in the future?

Haul: Went a little crazy at the Sephora Beauty Before Brunch event last Sunday…Kate Sommerville Goat Milk Cream, Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head, First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot, a small size of L’Occitane Amande Shower Oil (I heard its great for shaving your legs), Kat Von D Tattoo Liner which is life changing for eyeliner!

Other bits: Mac Vegas Volt, a dress from ASOS, some stuff from Old Navy to get ready for my road trip this month. The boyf and I are driving the entire length of the I-10 Highway from it’s start in Santa Monica, all the way to Jacksonville, and then up to Savannah and Charelston!

Weekend Plans: Not sure yet. Date night tomorrow (boyf is planning it, so it’s a surprise), maybe see Ricki and the Flash on Sunday morning.

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: I love politics, law, football, horseback riding and volleyball!

Someone got some skincare this week! πŸ˜‰

Wow! That is a very long road trip you have planned, but I know it’ll be a blast!

Love the new look, Christine!

Haul: Covergirl gloss balm in Scarlet Twist, lipstick in Tantalize. Maybelline eyeshadow palette in Blushed Nudes. Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette. (I know, I know, but I had $35 in Ulta rewards, so I got it for $20!)

Weekend Plans: Working, as usual.

Interests or hobbies: I devour books on a regular basis. I’ve gotten through about 55 already and will likely finish out the year near 100. I’ll read pretty much anything, as it is.

Thanks, Veronica!

Hey, you know, a lot of people love the Naked Smoky palette. No harm, no foul. If you enjoy it, I’m a happy camper πŸ˜‰

It’s not that I feel bad buying it for myself, per se, but when I purchase higher end products that get lower than an A rating, I feel like I’m rewarding their bad behavior. I can’t exactly complain about them releasing less than stellar products if I’m still buying it, yeah?

Yeah, I know how you feel; I felt a bit guilty when I listed it in last week’s haul, too…I used my 10% off VIB renewal coupon. Idk if I love it or not yet.

Yay! Happy 300!! Loving the new site Christine, beautiful job!! Love how it looks on my phone! So easy to use without having to only look at small portions of the page at a time! So clean and user friendly! Loving it! (I always did love it! :))

I didn’t realize Mellan was such a party animal! =)

Haul: Dr Jart BB Mate contour kit, NYX Wonder Stick, NYX Micro Brow Pencil, NYX Lip Primer, Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water, Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, SEPHORA COLLECTION Radiant Luminizing Drops, SEPHORA COLLECTION Nano Eyeliner in Emerald Green. (I made it through an entire week without purchasing another eyeshadow!)

Weekend plans: No definite plans.

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Music, psychology, quantum physics, cooking, crocheting, poetry, home decorating, and, above all else, my family.

If you give him a party, he’ll be the life of it!

Quantum physics just sounds so freakin’ daunting, Cat! Do you do a lot of home decorating? Any tips or favorite blogs/resources?

Does quantum mechanics sound intimidating? My interest in it has been driven by my need to know how and why things work, such as the internet and my computer. Also, the way that things that are completely undetectable form reality as we know it is somewhat mind-blowing. =)

I am slowly, like at a snail’s pace, getting this house in order. I did A LOT of home decorating in our last house. We did a major backyard renovation and remodeled the kitchen (I loved that kitchen!) to my specifications, and I we purchased all new furniture and window treatments for that house. I brought what I could with me when we moved and I’m still trying to make it work in this house.

I received most of my decorating/remodeling inspiration from Architectural Digest. The photos are so beautiful that I’ve kept almost all of the magazines as I can’t bare to throw them out!

Oh, yes it totally does (to me)! I greatly admire those with more science-based pursuits for knowledge πŸ™‚

I don’t know if it’s a statement about my style or not, but I’m not so great at the home decor stuff, so I am always looking for tips! Sounds like I need to check out Architectural Digest!

Just think of home decorating the way you think about makeup, it can be changed if you don’t like it! You asked for tips and I didn’t give you any. Here are a few:

Accent your favorite part of a room, either with color (the way you use your teal eyeliner!), lighting, or fabrics. If there is no focal point in the room, bring one in and make it the star. (Like a unique piece of furniture or a piece of artwork.)

Don’t be afraid of color! Paint is temporary. Painting one wall or niches with a darker or more vibrant color can add a lot of character and depth to a room.

Think about the places you’ve visited and how they made you feel. Was there a romantic hotel room that you never wanted to leave? A grand and elegant lobby that made you want to linger? A beach resort that made you feel relaxed and comfortable? Recreate those places in your home!

Don’t be afraid to have different themes throughout your home. In our last house, I had a living room inspired by Italy, a French kitchen, the family room most definitely made you think of India, the guest room had a tropical feel, and our master bedroom was Moroccan. I was able to sneak a Victorian theme into the guest bathroom. =)

Finally, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the size of the room! If you’re buying new furniture, measure out and mark the space for it in your room. You’ll want to make sure the room won’t be overcrowded or that the piece isn’t too small, making it look like the Stonehenge monument in the movie Spinal Tap.

I know you’d do a great job with interior decorating! Just jump in and create something beautiful!

Haul: Just got the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set and anticipating receiving some swaps and an Etsy necklace.
Weekend plans: Teach myself to make gifs, read, fill out paperwork I’ve been procrastinating on.
Besides beauty, what are your major interests? Reading m/m romance books, bargain shopping, hanging out on social medias.

Oh, and I just got the Tarred and Feathered lip pencils from OCC since they were on sale. It will be fun to experiment with them under other lipsticks.

Beauty haul – Good news – Sephora is coming to Melbourne Australia this November – I am so excited. So I am saving up to do major damage then. As I have my birthday in November I think my birthday money will be spent there.
Interests: Reading, my grand daughter Olivia – the light of our lives – she is 17 months old and full of personality. We get to see her frequently because my son and daughter in law live within 10 minutes of our place. Her favourite colour is blue. She loves walking around our house with some of my old jewellery on, a scarf around her waist and trying on my shoes.
I love going to museums and socialising with my friends.

It’s so great that your son, daughter-in-law, and grand daughter are so close. That’s something really special that not everyone gets to have any more!

Haul: a few facial masks , Belif moisturizer, and mufe setting spray( and maybe a kvd eyeshadow -synergy seems to be calling me )
Plans: nothing much , my granny is coming home so I gotta get her from the airport
Other interests: travel and reading. I absolutely love to read a good book- I typically read a book in about 2-3 days

Haul: Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation (was so excited for this but it’s the wrong colour, waaaaah), 20 ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks turned up on my doorstep and made an order for the Tom Ford Illuminating Powder Duo plus some EstΓ©e Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lipsticks.

Weekend plans: Nothing! As per usual. I do have some work to do, I suppose. *drags feet*

Other major interests: Aviation, all food related activities, reading, fashion.

I bought that foundation, too, and then I bought another shade, because the one I got was sooo yellow on me but the idea of buying something that says it is pink just seems wrong for me, LOL!

Haul: L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer (buy one get one half off at wallgreens.) These have been on my wishlist for like yrs and i just never bit the bullet, always ended up getting something else, but the Magic Lumi foundation is one of my favorites so it made sense.

Weekend Plans: Not entirely sure yet, drop by ulta, red lobster, and possibly a movie.

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Writing, Reading, and Audiobooks.

Weekend Plans: Not totally sure yet. Really wanting to drop by ulta and probably red lobster, maybe a movie.

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Writing, Reading, and I love love audiobooks too.

Red Lobster! Those biscuits, but they also make a really good (virgin) pina colada that I long for, haha.

Have a lot of fun, Lacey! πŸ™‚

You know, I think it’s so awesome–that your main interests are beauty and Mellan. I love knowing I’m addicted to reading the blog of a beauty fanatic who loves her dog.

Haul: Nada–surprising but I suppose I’m on a no-buy right now.
Weekend Plans: Yoga and going to Kondo my bedroom (Konmari Method). That’s why I’m sort of on a no-buy–must discard first.
Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Reading and Yoga I suppose are my major interests. Can’t seem to get enough of either.

The new site looks great! Thanks to you and your team for all your hard work! (I do some web development, so I know how much work it can be!) Super cute photo of Mellan…he looks like my cat searching for treats.

Haul: YSL Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder in Abricot
Beautyblender Blotting Sponge
Nonie Creme Colour Prevails eye shimmer in Autumn Olive and eyeshadow/liner duos in Gunmetal/Olive and Black/Rose
Circa Beauty eyeshadow pencils in Chocolate Diamond
Milani mascara and eyeliner
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 6
DR. JART+ Pore Minimalist Mask
MAKE UP FOR EVER Primer in Pink.

Weekend plans: Not sure! Maybe brunch on Sunday?

Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: I’ve loved to read my entire life – can’t not have a book at all times. Mostly fiction – fantasy, sci fi, weird stuff.
Food πŸ™‚
My cats
Volunteering at the Humane Society with my husband (walking and taking care of the dogs)
Watching movies with my husband
Web development/technical writing (my career)

Great question – I like reading other readers’ responses.

HI, I’ve missed you guys! I was out of town for a week with very limited internet πŸ™‚ visiting family, it was wonderful!
Haul: MUFE x Jamie Chung and Andreja Peijic
Weekend plans: Yet another wedding shower, clean, laundry, relax & go for a run!
Besides beauty, what are your major interests?: Basketball & running! I’ll also start a Master of Arts program in the fall πŸ˜€

Haul: NARS dragon girl and the colourpop ultra matte liquid lipsticks in tulle, trap, creeper, lychee, and koala. As well as two of their lippies stix (wet and lady) although lady is unfortunately almost identical to tulle.
Weekend plans: brunch! And packing
Major interests outside of beauty: dogs, baking, photography, and writing

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