Free for Haul Friday, Volume #316

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Tom Ford Lips & Boys!
  • Weekend plans: Try to keep it low-key and relax a little since it is a holiday weekend here in the U.S., but mostly I’ll be manning the deals’ post, haha πŸ˜‰
  • Do you have any good luck charms?: I have a small red frog that holds a coin in his mouth, which is supposed to bring prosperity. My mom gave it to me when I moved away to college, and I’ve had it ever since. He’s been doing a good job so far, I think πŸ™‚

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This week’s Mellan photo…

Worth every penny ???

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Haul: Two Ofra liquid lipsticks (MIna and Queens). I thought I’d give them another try nice since 40% off is a really good deal and they released a new collection with a gorgeous dark purple color!

Weekend plans: Dinner w/my husband on Sat and that’s about it

Lucky charms: Not really!

Haul: I’m a little annoyed with Epic Cosplay because they basically did two sales and launched them a week apart (last Friday and Yesterday). I place two orders though because 60%+ off wigs I can not ignore when their in a style I like and I want more rainbow shades.

First order:
Hestia – 22″ Dark Blue Wavy Curly Cosplay Wig. $26.24 (25% off)
Hestia – 22″ in Dark Red, Fusion Vanilla Pink, Ice Blue, Teal Blue, for Violet Purple. $13.99 each. (60% off)

Second order:
Hestia – 22″ Luxe Purple, and Mint Green for $12

What I’m miffed about is that the there where the offers a week later was in products i wanted but already ordered.
Hestia – 22″ Dark Blue was $12.00
and they had Fusion Vanilla Purple for sale instead of Violet Purple which was the shade I wanted. πŸ™ lol

Do you have any good luck charms?: No surprising not, my family’s not at all superstitious and my parents good luck charm is Friday the 13. They where marred on it unintentionally. πŸ™‚

I must say I’m kind of annoyed with most of the black friday sales. They all not worth it to me this year as a stock started out so low on many sites and/or shipping is soo expensive that it just not worth the 20% off the products (Give me fee shipping to Canada if it’s less than 30% lol)

I’m in particular trying the get Jeffree Star shades but again all these sales site his product are are about 60% of the shades are sold out…. or excluded from the sale. O__o

Looks like Mellan is all ready for cooler weather! Always so cute -makes me smile!

Ulta (Cyber Days): I went back for another purchase – Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream, Mario Badescu Orange Cleansing Soap, 20-pc Pink Glitz Beauty Bag (GWP), Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream sample (GWP), variety sampler

Laura Geller (30% Off): Holiday Joy Collection (Inkcredible Waterproof Gel Liner in After Midnight, Color Brilliance Lustrous Lipstick in Joy, Eyeshadow in Angel, GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara (Full Size)), Femme Fatale Smoky Plum Baked Eyeshadow Trio, Gleam Team (BAKED BODY FROSTING in Sugar Glow, LIGHT BEAMS Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss in Fairy Dust), I-Care Waterproof Eyeliner Island Trio (Rainforest: a dark khaki with flecks of gold; Purple Paradise: a deep, shimmering plum; Aquamarine: a rich, aquatic blue-green), Sunrise Rose Collection (Lip Pops Gloss in Sunrise Rose, Baked ImPRESSions Blush in Mocha Mauve LattΓ©, INKcredible Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Purple Rain, Kabuki brush, Baked powder brush, silver bag), Fabulous Favorites 3pc Gift With Purchase (Travel Size Bronze N Brighten in Medium, Mini Color Drenched Lip Gloss in French Pressed Rose, Spackle Under Makeup Primer in Original), Spackle Sample Packette

Laura Geller (Black Friday 35% Off): Winter Getaway Black Friday Collection (I-Care Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, Love Me Dew Lip Crayon in Happiful, Blush), Spackle Supercharged Fortified Under Make-Up Primer in Roller, Spackle Eyelid Invisible Eyelid Primer, Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick (East Side Rouge), Italian Marble Lipstick (Berry Vanilla), Black Friday Gift With Purchase (Fortifying Lashes Eyelash Primer, Color Drenched Lip Gloss in CafΓ© Au Lait, Spackle Original Makeup Primer), Spackle Sample Packette

Saks: Caviar Repair Rx Instant Recovery Conditioner, Caviar Repair Rx Instant Recovery Shampoo, YSL Black Opium (GWP)

Sephora: Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray, Korres Milk Soap, Black with Gold Sephora Clutch with 12 Samples (GWP), Samples: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and Steel Ink, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Champagne, Natural, and Smashed, Atelier Cologne Vanille InsensΓ©e Cologne Absolue Eau de Parfum

Weekend plans: Work on my house and my daughter’s house. I was out at about 8 a.m. this morning and NONE of the store here were busy at all. I’m wondering if that was everyone’s experience too. I think a lot of people are just turning to online shopping.

Do you have any good luck charms?: Hahahaha, no…but I probably could have used one!

Hahahaha! It’s really funny to me. I saw the brand I don’t know how many times on my trips to Ulta. Then one day, frustrated with my Born This Way foundation oxidizing on me, I browsed through again and picked up her baked foundation. I was so impressed with the performance I gradually began trying new products in her line. Honestly, I haven’t found anything I’m not happy with (which is super weird for me since I tend to be picky). I’m also getting hooked on the Mario Badescu skincare line (courtesy of another reader). Same thing is happening – started with one product and have been trying new ones. It’s really nice to find products that live up to their claims and cost less money than I had been spending!

Weekend plans to relax.
My lucky charm is a $2 bill my dad gave me.

Mellan looks as handsome as ever. Xoxo for him from me and the boys. Have a great weekend Christine.

I hope you have a nice, relaxing weekend!

Haul: Oh my. Way too much. Since I’m on a hiatus from Sephora, I’ve been looking elsewhere for my makeup purchases. For black Friday, I’ve gotten:

From Muse Beauty: the Parisian eyes set (Viseart bridal satin and sultry muse) and the Lip statement set (Kevyn Aucoin lipstick-eternal)

From Bobbi Brown: Shimmer brick compact in rose, a lipstick in Lady Ruba and the classic red lip set as a GWP

From Blackbird Cosmetics: 20 loose powder eye shadows ( Fire Pledge, Immortals, Imogen x 2, Ruca, Vintage, Whisper, Thirteen, Atlas, Figment, Juliet, Smudge, Beau, Fiction, Everest, Gravity, Modesty, Lucid, Dim Tradition, Half Full, with their bogo sale) as well as some face powders (orange and green concealer powder, translucent powder)

From Ulta: Fizz and Bubble bath fizzies (which are awesome), Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash in Hibiscus and Fig, Lipstick Queen Look of Love set and Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie and a 15 piece GWP of Ulta makeup products

From b-glowing: Rouge Bunny Rouge Box of Dreams and Kevyn Aucoin The Expert lip color in Eliarice, as well as a Laura Geller lipstick and Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow duo as a GWP

From Hello Waffle Cosmetics: Eye shadow in Amber, Awoke at Dawn, Bartok, Chopin, Debussy, Fauxlivia, Gene, Hisster Prynne, J.K. Meowling, Lust, Machine, Pride, Purrian Gray, Reiden Lake, Timeline, Vivaldi and the Kitty Trio, blush in Sweet Tea, Likes Matte(r), and Blush Honey, finishing powder, highlighter in Lavender Cream and a lip gloss in Lucy.

From Amazon: A lot, and I do mean a LOT of byAlegory makeup organizing containers. Like 14. I need them so badly.

Although I wish I hadn’t spent so much (lol, I always wish that) I’m really happy with what I ordered. I bought mostly from companies that I’ve either been curious about for a while or things that I’ve been wanting for months (Kevyn Aucoin and Bobbi Brown). I also have apparently been really into red lipstick, because almost every shade I’ve bought has been red.

Weekend plans: Try not to spend too much more money, I have a test on Monday I need to study for, try to sleep in at least one day.

Do you have any good luck charms?: Not really. I could use one though!

I have not. I’m hoping that I like them and if not I’ll gift them away. I know it’s silly to get a lot of a product without trying it first, but they were relatively cheap and the colors look like really good staples.

Haul: Urban Decay Afterglow blush in Bittersweet, When Travelmate Sheet Mask and The Last Choice Sheet Mask, and Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum.

Weekend plans: My son and I both worked on Thanksgiving so we are celebrating today. We have friends and relatives coming. It’s going to be a nice day!

Good Luck Charm: The lock I got for my college locker. Going back to school was the beginning of the second phase of my life and that decade was the most intense period of self discovery I’ve ever experienced. Now, 15 years later, I still use that lock on my gym locker every week.

I need a quick recommendation from you Christine πŸ™‚
I added NARS Stud single eyeshadow and NARS Tribulation blush in cart at NARS cosmetics …
pls give me one more recommendation so that it meets the “Free Shipping” threshold πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

thanks in advance dear

thank you dear πŸ™‚
Already picked Kauai when you did TOP 10 NARS πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and love love loveeeee it
will check the gloss you recommended πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Haul: Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Life’s a Beach and Pink Lust , Jack Black Superfly Set , Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Pack ,Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in Pink Nude and Retro Coral
Weekend Plan: mostly try to find a gifts for my family and stay calm with all thoes sale because I don’t want to buy somethings just because they’re cheaper than normal and I don’t even like that products like last year
Do you have any good luck charms?: my sister give me a charm like years ago when she was travel to japan and I still have them.they’re like a little pouch,I think they’re call’s for good health πŸ™‚

Haul:Burberry wet dry silk eyeshadow in Aqua green
Weekend plans: mum’s birthday dinner and Christmas light up
Good luck charms: not sure will think on it

Mellan is thinking –greaaaat, the things I have to do around here to get doggie treats! It’s definitely a dog hat– I can see the holes where his ears go out LOL
**Haul- BITE Lip Lab 001 Jan shade (love!!). Thanks for the post, I snagged it right before it sold out. Deluxe sample of Belif Hungarian Water Essence. Will have more goodies coming in the mail next week
**Weekend Plans – shopping in downtown retail stores incl swatchfest at makeup counters, prowling internet for online beauty deals
**Lucky charm – a gold chain link bracelet from my long gone great-grandma. I’ve worn it since I was a youngster, it always reminds me of her, and it’s brought me luck.

Haul: Tom Ford Stavros lipstick. Blackbird Cosmetics Kitten Kiss and Moonlight Lover blushes, Everest and Gravity shadows, and Lessen contour powder. I also got a Kindle Fire on sale from Amazon. I might pick up a few deals from Illamasqua, Ka’oir, and/or Sephora today too.

Weekend Plans: Cleaning the house. Getting the last of the Hallmark ornaments I’m selling up on ebay.

Any good luck charms? My grandma always told me that elephants are lucky, so I carry a tiny plastic elephant in my purse.

Mellan looks all ready for winter. πŸ™‚

Haul: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Dirty Money (amazing!), Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing Mascara in Sapphire; NYC Expert Last Lip Lacquer in Madison Avenue Mauve.

Weekend plans: Eating leftovers. πŸ˜‰

Do you have any good luck charms? No, I don’t believe in them.

Sorry to add another. My UD Gwen Stefani palette arrived this evening. It’s stunning in person, I must say. I can’t wait to play with it. The lipstick samples are lovely: I think I’m going to need Firebird. I wish they’d brought the lipsticks out at the same time.

Haul: Nothin! I haven’t got paid yet so I’m basically missing out on all the good Black Friday deals. Boooo
Weekend plans: Both my parents are out of town so I have to watch my 14 y/o brother because he can’t cook…. Haha. I also need to write my physics report πŸ™
Do you have any good luck charms?: Nope

Haul: Tom Ford Lips & Boys, of course!

Weekend plans: Last weekend I took photos for our annual Holiday card and fortunately we had just had our very first big snow, which was perfect timing since this year I had envisioned a shot of our farm in the snow as our theme. The lighting was not so terrific so I ended up needing to finagle with post-processing a bit, but they turned out super cool and arrived on our doorstep a couple of days ago thanks to Vistaprint. It’s getting progressively more and more difficult to top the previous year’s ?. This weekend, I need to sit down and write notes and address those cards and get them out the door.

Do you have any good luck charms?: In the 90’s I took a trip to the Arctic circle and while I was there I found a piece of driftwood and I was rather captivated at how it resembled an animal… I’ve kept it ever since. But here is the goosebumps on the arm thing: it resembles a goat. How Fuhreeeeaaaaky is that, huh?

Nice! I used to do holiday cards with Mellan (just him, not us), but I’m not sure I’m going to keep doing it. I’m so happy you got your snow scene!

Haul: No clue yet. I have to go to Sephora on Sunday to make returns, I have yet to decide if I’ll make any online purchases before then. I need to restock some skincare but I really want like 3 palettes and about 10 shadow singles and one duo… But I know I’d rarely use them. Plus all those skincare sets they have at Christmas…

Weekend: Mostly the same as usually now that T-day is over. I want to go crazy and be in Christmas mode but it’s another year of being poor-ish and family being far away. My husband isn’t a holiday guy so it sucks the fun out of it a bit for me.

Lucky Charms: None. I have some of the worst luck of anyone I’ve ever met. Very little of it is consequences of my own bad decisions and it’s just circumstances like wrong place wrong time, birth defects/genetics, and some kind of cosmic black cloud effect. My personal influence is usually sacrificing my happiness for that of others or choosing to do things detrimental to myself for the good of others. I’ve gotten better about that now that I’m in my 30’s. I’m also a major klutz who fails at walking, eating, and drinking.

I don’t know if I believe in reincarnation but it’s the family joke that I must have been someone horrible in my last life. Even my mom/grandmother/husband rib me about it!

Aww! I hope you can find a way to put a little Christmas into your home this year πŸ™‚ Sometimes you just have to do it fory ourself!

Haul: Noyah (new brand I’d never heard of) lipgloss in Cabernet, Jane Iredale lipgloss in Snow Bunny, W3ll People Nudist Lipbalm in #3 Cherry.
Weekend plans: Maybe a daytrip tomorrow…
Do you have any good luck charms?: A small green-crystal owl ring that my mom bought me. I keep it in my purse.

I’m really liking the gloss! Got it at a brand new natural home/health boutique near my house. Only $16, too… I may need to get some other shades!

I thought I was done shopping for the weekend, but after reading Michele’s post, I gotta check out the Laura Geller site!

I’ve gotten a couple of noyah products in beauty subscription boxes. I really, really liked their lipsticks. Usually natural product lipsticks aren’t that hot, but theirs could be high-end, it’s so good.

That hat is so worth it! And with our air being a bit nippy, I’m thinking Mellan appreciates it, LoL! These past few evenings, all 3 of my cats have been congregating by me on the couch!

Haul: Zilch, nada, nothing!

Weekend plans: Nothing unless I get a call from my son to come over by him for a visit. That’s only if he gets a day off, though. Also, he’s all the way out in Goodyear!!! ?

Do you have any good luck charms: NOPE!!! I just trust in God and His Word to help me through the rough patches, He has never once let me down! ???

Aww, poor Mellan! He doesn’t look too impressed lol!

Haul: Mini Latest in Beauty beauty box that I created myself with deluxe samples of: Heaven by Deborah Mitchell peppermint clarifying hydrogel, Maddi Alexander Mistletoe Kisses natural room spray, and Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 one-step cleanser and 2 free deluxe samples of Philip Kingsley Elasticiser. Mini Sephora haul arrived today with Bite Beauty Limited Lab lipsticks in 004 and 009 as well as Sephora Holographic lip gel in Queen Bee ?. Bought 2 Rimmel liquid cheek colours in Peach and Cherry for a pound each at the local chemists.

Plans for the weekend: Taking it easy, had a busy week having appointments and having to take my little girl with me, carrying a buggy as well up and down stairs when I have severe anaemia ?. Managed though!

Good luck charms: I don’t really have any lol.

LOL! Only slightly. He was more interested in the, “What’s my reward for wearing this ridiculous thing?”


Take care of yourself, Claire! Hope you can get some rest.

Haul: A bunch (8 of them) of the Sephora $10 deals- First Aid Beauty FAB Cleanse & Exfoliate Kit; First Aid Beauty So Long, Dry!; Origins Task Maskers; Urban Decay Triple Threat Travel Pencil Set Smoky Matte Edition; NAILS INC. Beauty To Go Autumn Winter Mini Gel Effect Collection; Formula X The Two – Nail Polish Set Racy + Chaotic; Formula X The Two – Nail Polish Set Iconic + Legend; Tarte Fanciful Favorites Deluxe Discovery Set.
-MAC’s Evening Rendevous Lipstick (not on sale but there was free shipping so my dad offered to buy it for me)
-the new Sims 4 expansion pack (pre-ordered)

Weekend plans: Chill with the cats, leftovers and some good movies, while hiding out from the crazy shopping crowds. Maybe do some more online shopping if there’s a really good deal.

Do you have any good luck charms?: Not really as I’m generally not superstitious, but I need to hunt down a Daruma doll for health reasons as at this point the doctors are going in circles and I’ll try anything to get a diagnosis after 4 years of getting worse and worse.

Mellan <3
Haul, nothing, I have some stuff on it's way here, had to do a bit of online shopping, Black Friday and all πŸ™‚
Weekend, I have a cold so I hope I'll still be able to go to a fitness/health/beauty faire tomorrow. The beauty part isn't very big, but I still want to go and have a look.Sunday I'm going to a vintage market, clothes, hats and handbags mostly sometimes they have something makeup related.
Good luck charm, I have my old teddy bear, he is hiding in a wardrobe, a bit scred of the dog. I also had, but don't know where he went, a crocheted dog.

I checked out so many, my head was spinning. I bought some stuff from Asos, and some from either Look Fantastic or Feelunique. I did a lot of window shopping (lol), adding to the basket and then emptying it again. There were probably better deals in the US stores, but then there might come a little surprise when customs want a lot of money, and to top it off the post office wants quite a lot for letting you pay.
I think you can buy for something like $25, and after that they will make you pay taxes.

Haul: this week I bought the Urban Decay Spectrum palette – which I love
Weekend plans: we are putting up our Christmas tree a week early so that everyone in the family can be involved – especially as our little grand daughter is 20 months and she is into everything. Her favourite words are: “ipstick Nona, ipstick” – when she wants me to put some lipstick on her. Another phrase is: “Is it my pretty?” – for when she is getting dressed – she likes her “pretty” on – a swirly dress. However she also likes playing with trucks and trains.
Good luck charm: No, I don’t really have one.

Adorable pic! Agreed… worth every penny!
I’m going to have to catch up next week on the haul. This week was an extra hectic week. I spent Fri -Wed on bed rest and then had to rush into Thanksgiving and just did black Friday. So, Next week will be huge. So, exhausted now that I can’t think though! I have to thank you so much Christine for the posting of the deals! I was able to scratch some things off my list for a way cheaper price!
Weekend plans: So much to do to get caught up-work, house work, grocery store, promised my daughter a movie too and I’m about to pay for a pedi/ mani because they need done badly!
Good luck charms: No, I do not. But, I really could use some I’m feeling . life has been rough the past few years. Certainly, could be worse. But, damn, it’s pushing me down one after the other.

Haul: guess I’m waiting for Nars, ’cause it was American Giant sweatpants & Cafepress. Gilda was not there on last cruise through. Boo,hope it’s not d/c’d. And AG didn’t have a BF. Need them, though. So used to buying on-sales, etc. that they should have been under splurges. I’m a terrible fiber snob & they are all cotton, which disappeared from the sweats world, pretty much. Got a men’s and a women’s, so I’ll know about the fit. Don’t even need to dress at a ‘street clothes’ level for my day job, which is the professional one.
Plans: SSDW
Good luck: always wear an evil eye bracelet, have them up in nearly every room. But they are more decorative than superstitious. 100 years ago, I had a couple of tiny ceramic frogs from Harvard Square. You kept them in with your money, so as never to go broke. It was a pun in Korean or Japanese. The word for $ and frog was the same, except for intonation, I think. I loved those wee amulets, and love frogs. Lost a lot of dough & the frogs are dying of habitat destruction, climate change, and chytrid. Sorry for the Debbie Downer. If anyone knows about these wee frogs or can correct me about them, please do. They gave me a true spark of delight, when I opened my change purse.

Physically drove to a MUFE store and purchased the Artist Collector’s Palette. Love it so much! The colors are amazing and unlike many other MUFE palettes, this one has very usable and beautiful mattes. I would not have even known about this if not for Temptalia. Thank you.

Also picked up a something called a Metal Powder in #3. Christina please review this. It is the perfect pure gold pigment that can be used as a highlighter or shadow. I’ve been chasing down gold highlighters for a long time and I’ve seen nothing like this. Comes in 4 different undertones of gold.

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