Free for Haul Friday, Volume #370

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  • Haul: Tarte spring collection
  • Weekend plans: Catch up on reviews! I’ve spent too much time taking photos/editing photos and am behind!
  • Do you have a favorite board or card game?: I like Scrabble!

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Mellan! Oh my gosh that was beyond adorable!

Haul:
ColourPop: Prickly Pear, Mittens, Eye Candy, Dare, Valley Girl, Porter, Central Perk, Lace, Mixed Tape, Cricket, Bill, Dance Party, 3 Blending Brushes and 3 Shading Brushes (GWP). I’m curious to see if their new brushes work well with their shadows since their shadows don’t play well with most of my current brushes.

Estee Lauder (20% off): Inside Track Eye Kajal (Navy Brat/Baby Blue). After the last debacle, i wasn’t going to order from EL but 20% off was hard to resist and their liners are good (plus surprisingly I don’t have a dupe for the lighter blue).

MAC (25% off): Extra Dimension Eye Shadow (Silver Sun, Smoky Mauve, Stylishly Merry), Pigment (Rich Purple), Lipstick (Violetta). Ginormous thanks to Katherine for swatching these for me and making recommendation since I’m nowhere near a place that sells MAC!

MAC: Mariah – Loose Powder (Touch My Body), Lipstick (I Get So OOC)

Saks (10% off): Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment (2). I didn’t want the discount and cash back to go to waste but after Saks cancelled parts of my last few orders and cancelled several friends’ orders, I will never order anything from them that I really care about getting.

Sephora ($25 gift card applied): Besame Lipstick (American Beauty), YSL Vinyl Cream Lip stain (Fuchsia Live), White Gem Clutch with samples (GWP). It was really hard to pick things bc almost everything on my wish list was sold out.

Sephora: Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara (Garnet), BECCA Backlight Priming Filter (deluxe sample). When I saw this mascara in garnet this morning, I know I had to order it – what a unique shade!

Urban Decay (20% off and $20 kickback applied): UD Pro Brushes – Smoky Crease Brush (2), Moondust Brush

Walgreens ($11 off and earned ): Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, Circa Beauty Contour & Blush Brush, e.l.f. Angled Blush Brush, Yardley Cocoa Butter Soap, Sally Hansen Big Top & Base Coat Big Primer

Weekend plans: No idea yet.

Do you have a favorite board or card game?: Not really. I haven’t played either in some time. I enjoy many board games and card games though. I suppose if I had to pick one, I’d say Blackjack since whenever I used to go to a casino I always won big playing the game.

WHEW! Talk about a ColourPop haul! What’s fun is that it shouldn’t break the bank relative to a higher-end haul of the same size, lol! Hope the brushes are nice, so let us know your thoughts after you’ve had a chance to try them!

Yeah. I had been fighting trying the brand for so long. Then they came out with their Hello Kitty release and I became a “believer”. So far, the shadows I’ve gotten are well pigmented. My only issue(s) with the brand are that the shadows are difficult to apply with brushes and they have few selections in cool tones. I’m hoping their brush release will fix my first issue. I’ll pop back and let everyone know how the brushes do with their shadows.

It’s ok. It pulls more brown toned on me than plummy brown so for me, I’m not as happy with the shade as I could have been. It would be better for someone that wears warms more often than I do. The wear is good and it is semi-hydrating.

that’s a bummer. I saw that Colourpop Maneater was listed as a close dupe so I get what you are saying – that shade looks so good online, but I have it and it is brown, brown, brown. Hopefully you can make it work with a topper over or liner under!

I think I’m going to try it either over a pink tinted balm (I have a really good one from Concrete Minerals and one from Barry M – both highly recommended btw) or with one of the Sigma or Lime Crime toppers. I’m sure I can make it work somehow. Thanks!

Mellan is too sweet and cute looking!
**MAC x Mariah Carey – My Mimi. OMG, it’s stunning in the pan and swatched! The color is like a shimmery, shiny copper penny, I can only use as blush or blush topper, more of a summer shade for me, but no regrets. It takes my breath away, and mine isn’t dry at all. It’s very smooth, and cray pigmented. And I’m So OOC lipstick–great color for me, love the butterfly embossing and the silver glitter is very Mariah
*MAC 25% off sale +10% cash back –Pro Pan shadows in Deep Damson, Mythology, Cranberry, Woodwinked, Expensive Pink. Shadow in Oh My Mocha! Pro Longwear Shadow Stick in Sweet Viola, Quik Trik Stick in All A Flush/Here You Go. Will swatch this weekend
*Kylie Cosmetics – 20% off +free shipping- Yellow Gold Cream shadow and the Burgundy Shadow palette – everything swatches well except one of the matte reds looks a bit shaky, but think it will be fine over primer. ColourPop makes all her products, so hoping the quality is there and they can hold up to my super oily lids.
*Weekend – Makeup! Hoping my Container Store makeup drawer will finally show up today, so I can put away all the new makeup and re-organize my stash. Will also be pulling another Temptalia to test makeup before the return period expires . Will also be trying to figure out what to get with my Sephora $25 reward card
*Favorite board or card game – Black Jack/ 21

I contacted MAC about future availability of My Mimi. I thought perhaps since they are allowing people to buy other components of the collection that are sold out (loose powder, blush, etc.), they would do the same with Mimi. Sadly, according to the MAC Rep., they don’t have enough stock to open up purchasing for Mimi. It will still be available in store on 12/15 (but I doubt I’ll be able to get to one early enough to get it).

Hmmmmm…Temptalia run 21 tourney? 😉

Wow, Katherine, you got your Mariah order already? I’m still waiting on my shipping notification from MAC! I called them yesterday, girl said it was all packed, ready to go, so I figured I would hear something today? But nope.

As soon as it launched online Mon Dec 5, I ordered it, they shipped it on same day, and at the Obessed level, I get free 2 day shipping, so had it by Weds. It was coming from a warehouse in KY to CA. And I was super impressed, because they must’ve been so backed up with orders, between their crazy 25% off sale and the Mariah launch. I hope you get yours soon!

Haul: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette and my first ColourPop order ever:
– Bubbly & I Heart This shadows
– Highly Waisted highlighter
– Show Me & DTLA pencil liners
– Brink & Aquarius lipsticks
– Alyssa liquid lip.
– They sent me Peacocky lipstick for it being so late though. Very kind.

Weekend plans: so much dang schoolwork today lol then visiting my husband’s brother & sister-in-law for a small Christmas.

Do you have a favorite board or card game? I really like Phase 10 and Sevens

What does Mellan call your mom? Like if you tell him “go get ______”?

He only seems to understand “go get mom/mommy/momma” and looks for me. We’ve tried “get daddy” and he usually gets a toy, LOL.

Hope you enjoy your ColourPop order!

Haul: I bought a big haul of Zoya polishes during their Black Friday sale and those finally came in yesterday. Sadly one bottle broke in transit and spilled on a few others, but their c/s is being awesome and replacing all bottles involved. I also did end up ordering the Nars Unfiltered I palette and it should arrive Monday- super excited for that!!

Weekend plans: Catch up on sleep- I had to get up at 3am yesterday for a 5:30 flight and I’m pooped. Hopefully shopping for a full length mirror.

Do you have a favorite board or card game?: I loved Boggle growing up, but I don’t think I’ve played it since I was a kid. My in-laws have this board game now called Ticket to Ride that we play every Christmas, so that is my current favorite I think!

Happy to hear Zoya’s customer service is doing the right thing, Julia!

Broken polish is one of the worst things in transit! 🙁

I just couldn’t help myself – they were so marked down I just kept adding a few more and more and ended up with 20! I am going to have to purge my collection a bit to fit them. Channing was the one that broke, a pretty, metallic rusty red. A few others I am very excited about are Leia (iridescent sheer), Mimi (deep shimmery purple) Rica (super sparkly Coral)… basically a TON of shimmers 🙂

I had to order the Unfiltered I palette too. I have been so happy with everything I’ve gotten from NARS this year, and though it wasn’t in my budget this month, I couldn’t risk waiting until January when it might be sold out.

Haul: NARS Belize lip gloss, Too Faced Blush in Your Love is King, Anastasia contour refills in Java and Havana, Anastasia lip gloss in Vintage, Anastasia eyeshadow in Chiffon, MAC Lady Danger, MAC Twig, MAC D for Danger… And I am sure that I am forgetting something! I have NEVER bought this much makeup at the same time in my LIFE! I usually try to keep it to like one or two things a month, (usually lipstick), but there have been so many good deals these past two weeks!

Weekend plans: Trip to Charleston, SC with my hubby and friends. It’s a great weekend getaway. Especially if you like food, like I do!

Do you have a favorite board or card game?: Monopoly. Makes me crazy but I love it!

Haul: Nothing
Weekend plans: Not sure, we had a mini blizzard and my hosting company f*cked me hardcore with my site and used a restore a month old, so I’ve lost a month worth of posts.
Boardgame/Card Games: I love games of those sorts, my favorite is Settlers of Catan. I also love old school stuff like Scrabble, WWF is the only game on my phone and I’m rather prolific! Nothing like pwning b*thches with words 😛

Haul: Ester Lauder Advanced Night Repair; UD eyeshadows in Pallor, Plague, Frostbite, and Easy Baked; Tom Ford soleil lipstick in Aperture. I’m not sure what to do about Aperture: it looks horrible on me! My husband and 26 year old daughter immediately told me it was awful, and I could not deny how bad it looked. I am medium warm (NC30) so maybe it’s just my skin tone? Maybe it’s my age (51)? I am going to do everything i can to figure out how to make this work, as the color is beautiful (maybe just not on me?) and the formula is fantastic.

Weekend plans: husband just got back from a business trip so I will spend time with him. I am very busy trying to get all the Christmas presents purchased and baking for friends and family. I am excited to pick up my 3 month Buckle layaway tonight: I got several new outfits and I can’t wait to play with my clothes!

Games: Our while family loves to play Sequence.

I honestly feel like it’s the foiling. I’m not sure who it’s flattering on and it’s just tough to wear. I was initially interested but once I really saw the foiling, I knew I couldn’t pull it off (42). I wonder if pairing it with another shade would make it wearable? Either a sheer color on top or over a cream/satin with Aperture in the center or blended in?

Tammy, Aperture didn’t do me any favors either when I tried it on in NM. But I also tried on Seadragon, which looks amazing with my NC37 winter skin! I believe Aperture literally made ALL my olive tones turn me, no joke; GREENISH! It looked baaaad!

Lol, exactly Nancy, it made my skin tone change and it was NOT a pretty change! I just figured out that I like it topped with a mauve glittery gloss, so I will probably keep it. I am NC 37 in summer, so I can’t wait to try Seadragon!

Try some different lip pencils under the Ford lipstick. That’s my go to when a lipstick is a bit off but I want to love it, I fill my lips in with pencil and then the lipstick over top. I’m currently doing the same with Creme Conque from the lip foil collection, it’s a bit light and frosty for me, but I’m determined to make it work. So far I have a great purple Nars pencil that makes it look fabulous!

Okay, I just tried Aperture with MAC’s Soar lip liner and Buxom’s super glittery lipgloss in Clair and it looks beautiful! Applying from the tube is a no-go, I must press Aperture into my lips with my finger or it turns into this awful tarnished, dirty gold on my lips.

Haul: My Melt and Suva orders came in. 🙂

Weekend plans: Same as before work and resume sending. But I’m going to try and watch Fantastic Beasts during the week. Monday I’m hoping to finish my Christmas shopping.

Do you have a favorite board or card game?: Sorry and Fireball Island as a kid.

Such a cute video clip of Mellan — it made me smile!

Haul: Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Nicholas and Drake and Shiseido Rouge Rum Punch lipsticks (love them all!). My Sephora ‘thank you’ coupon went toward that order. I also ordered some things from MAC at 25% off, but none of it is here yet and a lot is on backorder, so I’ll share when it comes in.

Weekend plans: I want to catch up on some things, too. In the evenings we’ve been watching the series ‘The Americans’ and trying out a few other things since we upgraded our TV experience.

Favorite board/card game: Scrabble! My son and I like to play Super Scrabble, and a friend and I have decided to host a New Year’s Eve potluck with Scrabble-playing and watching old movies as the entertainments. We’re *so* glamorous, lol!

Mellan, I love you. <3

Haul:

I'm really excited to share my haul today! What I got this week I absolutely LOVE!

Two Viseart palettes in Cool Mattes and Parisian Nudes. I didn't think I'd love the Cool Mattes as much as I do. I was really on the fence about that one, but, boy, does it suit me. I now have Neutral Mattes, Dark Mattes, these two new ones and I am over the moon about them all. I'm set for shadows for the foreseeable future. (Although there is Bijou Royale…. 🙂 )

BITE Amuse Bouche lipstick in Rhubarb. Love the color, but I'm a little iffy about the initial flavor. I'm pretty sensitive to that, which is why I will not use Maybelline or Chanel lipsticks. It's been getting better each day, and I hope I can overcome since I love the color.

My winter shade of EL Double Wear foundation in Pebble.

Then the piece de resistance! Tom Ford blush in Wicked. This was a "bad" idea since I could not be happier with the hue, the texture, the pigment, the look, and the longevity of this product. I told myself no, no, no! Keep away! But I was in the city, went to Saks, tried all the shades in person and fell in love. I'm down to three other blushes total in my stash (used the rest up) so I figure this will actually save me $ by not trying this and that. Right? Right?

Two Chikuhodo brushes:
AF Series AF-2 Foundation — My old Sigma Kabuki foundation brush is gross, and needed to go. Does this Chkuhodo work much better than the Sigma? I will say not really. It applies beautifully but isn't knocking my socks off. The thing about it is that it doesn't hold product like the Sigma, and you can clean it easily between uses on a towel. I won't have to wash it nearly as often so that will help with longevity.

Z Series Z-3 Contour — Nice little contour brush that is already branching out into other uses. I like this one quite a lot.

Weekend plans:
Cleaning up, swimming, puppies, Xmas tree, volunteering at a kids-in-need holiday event, a bit of shopping for my son's GFs. I'm just so glad to have my husband home for the entire weekend.

Do you have a favorite board or card game?: I LOVE Boggle. I love, love word games, crosswords — anything like that. I play Wordstreak with Friends every night on my phone. It's like Boggle, so it's a winner.

Do you wear Cool Mattes on its own or do you tend to incorporate it with your other Viseart palettes, Linda?

I love, love the texture of Tom Ford’s blushes. I really wish he would put out more shades!

Hi Christine, I heard today from a MUA in Vancouver that the TF blushes are being discontinued. I’ll write her back this weekend to understand what that means. I have one and love it!! I have seen some come to the CCO near me in WI but don’t expect to get out that way until Jan or Feb.

Hi Christine,

I just got it so still experimenting, but did wear it exclusively two days. Worked really nicely I thought. But by “exclusively” I mean I always add a touch of shimmer on the eyelid when using any matte palette so I did dip into the Parisian Nudes for that. But I did not feel I needed to augment with the Neutral or Dark palettes. But I will be combining them and trying new things — it’s the fun of it all. 🙂

Yes!! I see you got Viseart Paris Nudes, thought you would like that one 🙂 Now you have me curious about those Tom Ford blushes. Christine keeps raving non stop about Love Lust and now you with Wild, hmmmm…….think I need to check those out

My Tom Ford beauty girl sent me cotton balls rubbed in TF blushes so I could see them in person and choose a color. (Yes, I love her!) I chose Wicked and it’s absolutely one of my favorite blushes of all time. I wear it every week!

Tammy, having a “Tom Ford girl” is one of the most dangerous things I have ever heard! lol! I was really on the fence between Wicked and Flush. Both worked, both have their place. I just ordered Flush. Ugh and yay!

Katherine — I went into Saks 100% expecting to walk out with Love Lust. It just didn’t do anything much on me. I am finding that with the right application (light hand) that brighter, richer colors are what I need. Sometimes a nice bronze-y blush is just the thing, but I can create that with my little Sephora trio, so it was easy to leave Love Lust behind.

Can you try the blushes in person near you? If not, I would say order a few from Saks, pick what works, swallow hard and send the losers back. At $60 a pop, well, I think that’s a lot of money for a blush to be left with products that don’t really work. Let us know if you take the plunge and what works!

xoxo

PS — Forgot to mention….

I got the two new Viseart palettes from Muse Beauty Pro, which I had not ordered from before. You had to get two palettes of your choice (oh, twist my arm!) to get them at 20% off each. BUT… to my surprise, they included two lovely esum eye brushes with the order. The S33 (contour), which sells for $32, and the W23 (shader), which sells for $36. It was a lovely touch I appreciated. Because of that, I’m sure I’ll order from them again.

Oh I think you replied to Tammy, so I didn’t see your comment. But yes, Muse Beauty Pro has great deals on Viseart around the holidays, glad you found them! I was going to suggest them to you, but since they don’t accept returns, I didn’t, in case you didn’t like the Visearts, but sounds like you are head-over-heels in love with them 🙂 And they are usually the first to get the new Viseart palettes, even before Sephora does, just sign up for their emails. I’m still eyeing Bijoux Royale, glad to hear the esum shadow brushes are good. I’m fortunate to be near a number of Tom Ford counters (yep, super dangerous!), so I will definitely check out the blushes next time. Just be careful ordering from Saks, as they don’t accept returns on used items, but they do have great 20% off coupons pretty often, helps with pricey things like Tom Ford 🙂

IDK if anyone mentioned this yet, nothing is up yet. Pantone announced the COTY 2017. it’s GREENERY, a yellow green that some are saying is acidy. It will be interesting to see what the Sephora collab entails. Hope for a highlighter, to get on 2 speeding trains at once.
Haul:TG I was wrong about restock of NARS blush. Ordered 1 and started thinking about coord lips….got a lot for Ex A. It’ll be fun. Has anyone gotten CP shadows with brushes? Might grab a smalll CP haul this w.e. This season has had 2 big hits in eyes (kvd mm and bijoux) and lips (bite and mind game set.) Now, some new blushes, yay.
Plans: nothing exciting, 4 days of night job. Jussi will get some action threatening the neighborhood blow up snowmies, reindeer, and elves. That douche (dachshunds are officially known as douchehounds) buried my phone, gone for 3 days, and I eschew cells. You hear it ring at the base, but the the receiver is buried so deep that the locator can’t ring it audibly. Having resolved some errata and financial issues that have been ostriched for far too long, I actually have a tad of extra $ and will pay it forward towards next year’s health insurances. It seems even if I have been responsible, others have not been, or have screwed up my accts.
Used to like scrabble and clue, and battleship for a while. I was taught basic chess by learning disabled high school students and liked it then. But my knowledge is squiffy, maybe with good reason. It uses reasoning and executive fxns that I need to practice!

Butter London has a polish in Greenery. That was actually the first mention I saw a day or two ago. I wonder if Sephora will do much since this color of the year stuff seems to be no big deal anymore, and it seems to languish on the shelves here. It looks like a nice green and I would buy an eyeshadow and nail polish in this color.

Haul: Nothing this week. Gonna do some Christmas shopping today though, and this weekend order from Sephora with my $20 loyalty card (not sure what I want to get yet).

Weekend plans: The big cabinet we ordered for the linen closet finally came in so installing that, and my truck broke down this week so we have to fix that too.

Favorite board/card game: Sorry, Trivial Pursuit, Parcheesi, Uno, Phase 10.

That just put a huge smile on my face! Amazing how much of our language dogs, and likely cats, understand. ?

Haul: Finally got my order from Sephora! Wore TF Seadragon around the house all day with nothing else on my face yesterday. Such a beautiful shade! Today, I’m going to play with Viseart Chroma and Nars Goulue (teensy!) as well. Took advantage of MAC’s 25% off sale last Saturday and put together a quad of: Orb, Dazzlelight, Copperplate and Typographic (last one!), plus got Skin Of Evil Nail Polish from Star Trek collex. Still waiting on my Colourpop order placed a week ago. On Monday morning, I ordered MAC x Mariah Carey Butterfly Bling Lipglass and I Get So OCC Lipstick, but not even a shipping notification yet. And it’s been 5 days!

Weekend plans: Planning on meeting up with my son over by the base of Piestewa Peak later on, and go for pizza and Bookman’s (great store, awful area). Tomorrow, hair and nails. Sunday, a 1 day Assembly in Casa Grande.

Do you have a favorite board game or card game: 6 Pennies card game! Learned it the 1st time we came out here to visit my Mom and her sisters. A lot to remember, but really a lot of fun! Miss playing it.

***UPDATE***
Another Colourpop haul this a.m.!
Had to take advantage of them giving away free brushes AND letting one pick singles from the Holiday 6-pack!
So; Bijou Ultra Satin Lipstick, then; Thirsty Girl, Babykins, Birthday Girl, Hammered, Prickly Pear, and Muse, plus 3 free brushes!

I agree with Linda– the Rouge VIB Goulue is small (great for travel) but packs a punch and lasts all day. It will probably last me a lifetime. I swatched it before and thought it was too dark, so I didn’t buy it, but it turned out to be such a beautiful color, so flattering on so many different skintones.

Oh yes, Katherine and Linda, it is a beauty! Wore it yesterday with TF Seadragon and Viseart Chroma when I saw my son, and got a compliment that I looked “very nice today”, Haha! From a dude who could care less about makeup! ?

Haul: picked up 3 coastal scents palettes for my sister for Christmas because she loved the one I gave her a while back but tossed it however one palette was too cute to give away so I kept it and wrapped the others for her LOL.
Laura Mercier liquid lipstick in Fushcia Mauve but it’s going back because as I love the opacity, it doesn’t last long at all.
going to Sephora tomorrow to use my $25 off $50 purchase coupon and my friend is letting me use her $20 off $50 purchase coupon so I will be getting my Dior foundation finally and some NARS liquid lippies.

•Weekend plans: Eh not much. Start with my new personal trainer today, lunch and Sephora with a friend tomorrow and since I quit my sunday job I get to enjoy the second sunday off thus far to myself.

•Do you have a favorite board or card game?: I like scrabble. I have been playing myself in scrabble for over 14 yrs LOL. YES you read that right. I have kept all my scores and I do not cheat myself either. I play a fair and square single game like the rules say, I love it.

Your friend is so generous, Mo! Which Dior foundation is it that you’ll be getting?

Enjoy your Sunday off 😀

I actually did not know you could play Scrabble by yourself. That is pretty cool!

Christine,

I picked up Diorskin forevr in 070 – it’s my skin tone in a bottle but with it being $50 I only allow myself to purchase it with coupons or GCs. I picked velvet lip glide in ‘Le Place” and I wanted Smashbox liquid lipstick in ‘Out Loud’ but they were out still so I got ‘Girl Bang’. Being that I love the formula I know its a win!!

And yes, Scrabble have single game rules for us loners lol. I love it. Have you tried Scrabble Upwords? That’s definitely challenging and allows for longer games.

Haul: My orders from MAC, NARS, IT Cosmetics and Clinique have arrived and I will be playing with them. All were at least 20% off. This is a great time of year to shop for makeup!

Plans: Rest

Game: I love and play Duplicate Bridge and enjoy all board Games.

Haul: Nothing. But I’m almost out of cotton rounds, makeup remover, It Cosmetics CC Cream, and Rainforest of the Sea foundation, so I’m going to have to buy one thing or another before too long.

Weekend plans: nothing in particular except laundry and working out…. And I’m going to figure out something fun I can do with the kids.

Favorite board/card game: I used to love Scattergories (does it even exist anymore?) and still like Scrabble.

Haul: Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso! My first TF product. I also got Anderson lipstick as a birthday gift for a friend.

Weekend plans: Possibly make David Venable’s Ultimate Mac n Cheese with pancetta.

Do you have a favorite board or card game?: Chess! It’s my dream to own a glass chess set someday.

Haul: Not really anything makeup, mostly just home goods like candles/diffusers, mugs, an Origins heat-up wrap, and the Harry Potter Loot Crate.

Weekend plans: Sleeeeeep

Do you have a favorite board or card game?: Cards Against Humanity!

Oooooooh Mellan is too cute ??

Haul:
Chanel Camelia highlighter. I’m a sucker for highlighter and camelia de plume is my first and one of my favorite highlighters! Now officially on a no buy for highlighters until I make a decent dent in a few of them ?.

Weekend plans: put decorations on the Christmas tree! We already have it since Sunday evening ?… But we like to do it together and didn’t find time for this week.

Do you have a favorite board or card game?:
Kinda enjoy watching people playing “dungeon and dragon” (I love RPG)

Hey Christy!

I love the old school ones (give me turn by turn anything I am pretty much happy lol!)! I don’t mind the action base that we see more and more but in some games it feels a bit like “I bash and run to the next shiny point on my map”! (or I am just getting old… Lol) As for recent names, I usually like the Is’, FF, dragon quest. I have yet to play dragon age, and witcher games! Any recommendation? I am always up to discover some cool game ?.

What do you do in the industry? I seriously considered a school to work in it back in the days!

HAUL: I went a little crazy with the Anastasia shadows during the sale. I purchased all of these: http://www.temptalia.com/swatches/?compare=220947,183367,180233,183339,183365,183338,183331,217376,228340,180278,183326,228330,183333,194045,217378,183376,217377,217382,217387,220948,183344,183335
Anastasia shadows I already had are: http://www.temptalia.com/swatches/?compare=183349,145814,173483,183355,180279,217386,183361,217384
WEEKEND PLANS: Holiday gift shopping, editing.
GAMES: I mostly play tabletop RPGs. Board game would probably be Alhambra and card game is Race for the Galaxy. I did some editing work on the Arkham Horror card game, though I haven’t actually played it yet, and thought it looked fantastic!

Haul: Mac 224 brush!! I can’t wait to use it!!
Weekend plans: I am having a holiday party tomorrow with friends!
Do you have a favorite board or card game?: Jetpack Unicorn

Haul: Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette. Glad I read your review. The Incandescent Electra in this new palette is definitely more colorful than the one from 2 years ago and they can be worn together or individually. Without that info from you I might not have bought this palette. Thanks!

Haul: Nars Audacious lipsticks in Kate and Apoline, Sleek Goodnight Sweetheart i-divine palette, Gerard Slay All Day finishing spray, Glamglow treatment mud mask, Ardenncy Inn Rose Gold Shadow (hngh! fans self!) and Modster black eyeliner.

Weekend plans: Brunch with a girlfriend, dinner out with my work colleagues on Saturday and then Sunday I will just lounge around and do absolutely nothing.

Favourite game: Drunken Trivial Pursuit – we still have an ongoing joke years later over mastodons and matadors… 🙂

I recently acquired Kate, I wore it four days this week. It’s a lovely fall and winter plum. Apoline is the last color I need to get before I will have all the new fall color additions to the Audacious line. What do you think of Apoline?

You probably can’t go wrong with Apoline – it’s neutral enough that is goes with everything but isn’t too light. Christine has a great list of dupes but it looks a lot like Colourpop Cami on me, just slightly less intense and less rosy.

Hope you love it too 🙂

Haul: Nothing for this week but I did receive a few things that I hauled last week. I had ordered 3 lipsticks from Feral Cosmetics. I purchased 2 of the color Envy and 1 of the color Rapture. When I received my order there was only one of the color Envy and it was sold out on their site. I called and left a message and a very nice gentleman called me back in less than 5 minutes. I don’t remember his name but he told me he would get a lipstick out to me that day. He called back in the afternoon to tell me that he had put it in the mail and it arrived the next day!! Really great customer service. I had also placed orders with MAC and Smashbox. Both were gifts for my daughter except I had picked up a Strobe Crème in the color Redlite and it is really pretty swatched. Haven’t tried it on my skin yet. I purchased it primarily for the pink/red thinking that it might make some of my neutral foundations a little cooler looking. And then the Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Frost. So, so beautiful. I purchased during F & F and wish that I had picked up a few more.
Weekend Plans: I had planned on going to Missoula which is about 3 hours away to finish my Christmas shopping and attend a couple of craft fairs. However, Mother Nature appears to have different plans for me. It is currently snowing with little hope in site for an end time. It is also hovering around -2 with a high of 13 degrees expected later today. I don’t mind driving in the snow but you don’t really want to be stuck out on narrow roads with little car traffic and a below zero temperature.
Board Games: I haven’t played many in recent years because I am mostly alone but I did love Boggle. I do crossword puzzles sometimes but really love Sudoku and can do that alone.

Mellan is beyond cute. So sweet and when you had him backing up I just died. What a good boy he is.

Haul: UD Full Spectrum and Naked Smoky Palettes, and Bruise lipstick.

Weekend plans: A friend and I are going to a UD event at Ulta on Saturday, and I’m then I’m going out of town to pick up my son from my BIL’s.

Do you have a favorite board or card game? I don’t have a personal favorite. As a family, we like playing Cards Against Humanity, Monopoly, and Yahtzee.

Haul: I got three packages in this week!!

From MAC: Blot powder Medium deep, Set loose powder, Studio Fix fluid SPF15 foundation (NC20 which is too light But I want to try mixing it into my slightly deep foundations!) Brow set in the darkest shade, 217 brush, Duo fiber blush brush, Brush cleanser!

From Sephora: Urban decay naked Smokey (50% off), MUFE concealer/corrector pallet, Benefit porefessional, BITE Jam, BITE licorice, ABH Potion lip gloss, NARS Sin blush, Estee edit pore vanishing stick.

Care package from my best friend: Colourpop Highlights in Flexitarian, and Honeymoon, Eye shadow in Nillionare, Ultra matte lipstick in LAX, and Kat Von D Lock it concealer!

The kat von d lock it concealer is my new holy grail face product!! It’s my exact skintone shade. And I use it as foundation!! I do a dot on each cheek, a swipe under my eyes, a line down my nose, and a dot on the forehead and that’s all with one pull from the tube!!!

Weekend plans: I saw the surgeon on Wednesday, and he said my mouth is healing PERFECTLY (He said it’s because i’m so young 😛 ) and I’m allowed to leave the house and be among the public now!! So my brother and I are driving down to Niagra to spend the weekend with our cousins and Great aunt and uncle. So I’m very excited to be among family !!

Favourite board/card game: Clue or game of life are my favourite board games!!! I play them both every christmas with my best friend of 14 years, it’s our tradition!!!

Im currently in Niagara, with my brother, 1 year older cousin, and my great auntie and uncle. Abd we are celebrating Christmas and the solstice together!!

I feel so happy to be here!! 😀 this is just what I needed!

Haul: NYX Butter Lipsticks in Vacation Spot, Tan Lines & Ripe Berry.
Weekend plans: Work, and catch up with the ironing.
Favourite board or card game: Monopoly.

Mellan is not just a pretty face , he’s smart too! Cutie Pie!

Haul: MAC Mariah Carey lipstick OOC , 25% off Blue Peep Fluid line( been wanting to get a replacement for my old dried out one for a long time!) , Studio Correct and Conceal mid-peach-mid yellow, Mixing Medium Eye liner-never used this before, hope I like it.

Weekend Plans: Finish Christmas Decorations, I was invited to a birthday party but I might punk out, lol. Would rather shop for gifts and eat out than dressing up and making small talk. I’m a introvert

Do you have a favorite board or card game: Not much on board games. My whole family used to play Pokeno for coins, so much fun!!! I like playing Bid Whist . Haven’t played cards in years.

He is smart when he wants to be, hahaha.

Haha, Denise! I am like that with plans. It sounds OK a few weeks before, but then it’s there and I’m like, “Noo, I don’t want to go!”

What a sweetie!

Haul: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation (liking so far); MUFE plexigloss 405B pearly plum (not sure, might be too dark; contemplating a return); Tom Ford Snowdon lipstick (like; wow, shimmery; took some hunting, was sold out in many stores before I found one left at a Saks); Bite amuse bouche duo Fig/Rosegold (love!). Am on the hunt for better skincare outcomes so bought to try out: Murad Essential-C Toner, First Aid Beauty exfoliating pads.

Weekend plans: holiday stuff: a party, getting holiday cards done; otherwise routine.

Favorite board or card games: I love games; I grew up moving a lot, so our family played a lot of games while we were still meeting people in the areas. cribbage, hearts, spades, poker for card games; so many board games… Scrabble, Monopoly, dominos, Yahtzee, mah jongg, Pictionary come to mind.

Awe, I love my weekly Mellan pic, but a video?!!! Too sweet!!!

I’ve bought the most stunning/useful Xmas New Years black cocktail dress that if I keep my figure in check, will see me till I’m 60. It’s so flattering and makes me look young and sexy without being trampy. Can’t wait to wear it! I didn’t buy too much after my little spree last week, just candles and shampoo. Christine, the May Lindstrom products are amazing, the problem solver masque is worth the price and hype it receives, and I’m enjoying the La Prairie powder, not sure if I’d repurchase though, the Givenchy Translucent and Sisley are pretty phenomenal too.
Baking a ton this weekend, mostly shortbread, some I can cookie stamp that are nice and festive, and the others are poodle shaped for the dog lovers. Once I put icing bows and eyes on them, they look very cute.
I haven’t played a board or card game since I was a kid, but I loved Life.

Nice find! A good black dress is always a wardrobe staple 🙂

Thank you for the info on the May Lindstrom mask. I might try that one!

Now I want to see a pic of that dress!

A mask called Problem Solver…hmm, that sounds promising. I need a mask that will solve the problem of my age, lol. Things are getting more challenging as I am progressing into my fifth decade.

He is such a beautiful, lovely doggie and that video was so cute.

Haul: nothing much this week, but today I am going to buy some more Nude by Nature face and eye primer as it’s on sale.
Weekend plans: Going with my son, daughter in law and Olivia and Lachlan to Santa’s Wonderland on Saturday morning. Then I am babysitting the children in the evening. Sunday we are going up to Kinglake for their Christmas market and Christmas carols at the park.
Favourite board/card game: Uno as a card game.

Haul – Saks’ CEO gave my office staff a bonus 20% off card (I do love my job sometimes), so I picked up another Sisley Phyto Lip Twist but in the matte red color and Cle de Peau face oil and foundation. I had intended to grab some Tom Ford too but we were running late to dinner.

Sephora – I picked up a bunch of skincare minis to try; Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream, Sunday Riley Tidal, Drunk Elephant Night Bight mini set and Belif Acqua Bomb I think?

ABH – both orders finally arrived but one shadow was missing, so that will ship next week I think.

Favorite board or card game – I kill at Clue but no one will play with me. These days I stick to Blackjack.

Haul: I used my Sephora $25 gift to pick up the Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo and Marc Jacobs liquid lip creme in Hot Cocoa– I’m still undecided about the shade. I may try to exchange it for a lighter shade. I also just made an Ulta order and FINALLY heard back about getting my order from November 19 shipped. I’ve never had issues with Ulta shipping or customer service before but they did send me a $15 e-gift card and reshipped. So hopefully both of those orders will be here to haul in next Friday’s post.

Weekend plans: Relaxing tomorrow and then going on a “date day” to see one of our favorite theater’s production of A Christmas Carol and a fancy dinner on Sunday.

Favorite card/board game: I am an Uno fanatic. My friends and I play Uno on all our girl’s trips and I always bring a deck of Uno cards to family functions to try and talk people into playing. As far as regular board games, I like Scrabble.

Here’s hoping your Ulta package comes this time, Dianne! I’m thrilled to hear they gave you a gift card for your troubles at least!

Oh my god such a good doggie!!!!!!

Haul: Nothing! On a no-buy this month 🙂
Weekend plans: Getting over this strep throat and heading home for winter break 🙂
Do you have a favorite board or card game?: Um, Go (Baduk) is a great game!

Haul: Just products from my Marks and Spencer beauty calendar and my Xmas Birchbox. Mostly skincare with a little bit of makeup so far, Eyeko skinny eyeliner, Ciate eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara and 2 mail polishes, one cranberry by Autograph (M&S’s own brand) and the other Piccadilly Court by Nails Inc., a deep red.

Plans for weekend: We moved in our revved flat 2 weeks ago and are settling in. My parents are coming down on Sun for a few days before Xmas, they need to sort out the old flat before selling it. We are going to theirs in the West of Scotland for Xmas.

Favourite board or card game: Cranium, we play it every Xmas. You split into 2 or more teams and try to get round the board first by doing activities from 4 categories: star performer, word worm, data head and creative cat.

I don’t know what I look forward to more, Mellan’s video antics or hearing a glimpse of Christine’s voice.

Haul: Good heavens. So much has been ordered and considered, I have no idea what actually came! Discounted Bobbi Brown face touchup sticks for my mom and mother-in-law (after 3 orders were cancelled by BB and Saks, finally bought at Hudsons Bay) and a Bobbi Brown foundation and face cleanser for me. Picked up on MAC’s sale Painterly paint pot and mascara brush (the latter on Christie’s use); from Bloomingdale’s 10℅ off sale Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse palette and Light Wonder foundation. And, I finally found Chanel eyeliner in Agape (thanks Macy’s!).

Weekend Plans: I just got a cold and sore throat, so gotta get over that stat! We’re expecting 2 rounds of snow storms, so out to see our neighbor’s curated work at a museum before the piece leaves to tour museums in Japan. Unpacking winter clothes and putting together the last minute Xmas to do list. Watching NFL while it snows.

Fave board game: My family loves to play Chinese Checkers at every opportunity (marathons when we’re all together). My spouse and I like playing backgammon (and Chinese Checkers if I want to play).

Happy weekend to all!!

Haul: Just did some online K-beauty shopping! Will be a few weeks before my order arrives though.

Weekend plans: Had a Christmas party and birthday party yesterday. Today and tomorrow we’re just chillin’

Do you have a favorite board or card game?: Eldritch Horror

Mellen is sooo cute!

Haul: With my Sephora VIB Rouge coupon I got the UD Afterdark palette….OMG so beautiful. Two MUFE shadows, I648 and ME108, both are beautiful. I also picked up the Stila Star Light, Star Bright highlight palette. I used some of my points to get an UD eyeshadow kit . It has Backdoor, Righteous, Backfire, and Fireball, a brush, and a shadow potion sample. From MAC I got two Studio Fix foundations in NW13 and NW13.

I got my first Colourpop order this week. I’ve only tried Wink and Bijou, but I really like both. The others I got are Baracuda, Viper, Time Square, Tulle,Beeper, Clueless, More Better, Creeper, and Hello Pretty which I really love.

Weekend :Christmas shopping with hubby.

Favorite board/card game: Euchre, but haven’t played in several years.

Let’s see, my recent hauls are from all the sales and coupons the past few weeks. I got the Mac holiday nude lip bag and a Humid pan– then found out I have no spot in my palette for the Humid, so I will have to rethink it. I also got a Buxom palette and BM Gen Nude lippie from the Sephora sale. I’m still waiting for my ABH singles and one thing from UD that should do it for my hauliday purchases.

What a sweet boy!

Haul:
Nieman Marcus sale:
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eyeshadow Palette
Clarisonic Mia2

Apparently I was supposed to get some kind of candy bento box with it, which didn’t make it so they gave me a $50 gift certificate. It’s good until next May so I’m going to wait for Spring releases from Tom Ford or Chanel to use it!

MAC 25% off sale:
Dangerous Cuvee, Antique Diamond, Quite Natural, Layin’ Low, Nice Composure, Clearwater, Chilled On Ice, Indianwood, Let Me Pop, Vintage Selection, Camel Coat, Let’s Skate, Stroke My Ego, Perky and Bare Study paint pots
Subculture lip pencil
Teal Appeal, Red Brick, I’m Into It, Indian Ink, Plum Dressing, Passionate and Oh My Mocha! eyeshadows
So Good For You, Marque, High Strung lipsticks
The Naked Time pressed pigment (Star Trek)
Nutcracker Sweet Red Lipstick Kit
Clear Brow Set
Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20

Weekend Plans: Saturday I am picking up a few handmade items for my man, dropping off donations to 2 centers, birthday dinner with friends, and tomorrow lunch with my parents.

Do you have a favorite Board or Card game? I don’t play them, really. I played Cards Against Humanity recently and that was fun, but I only own Monopoly as a keepsake from when I was a kid.

Mellan, you pretty boy!

Haul:
Skincare from The Ordinary

Tinted lipbalm from Lanolips and a handcreme also from Lanolips

Kat von D, MetalMatte eyeshadow palette and the kit containing a liquid lipstic, a studded lipstick in Vampira and a Tattoo liner in Trooper. I have misplaced the liquid lipstick, just took a few days 🙂

MAC, Touch my Body, it was fun to ask for, and lipsticks in All I Want and I get so OOC

Sleek, highlighting palette in Solstice and eyeshadow palette in Enchanted Forest

Illamasqua, nailpolish in Viridian, Intense Lipgloss in Boost eyeshadow palette in Demise

Chanel, Perfection Lumière Velvet foundation, eyeshadow Palette in 268 Candeur et Expérience

Guerlaine, Lingerie de Peau foundation

Nars Cheek and Lip Palette in True Story

MUFE, eyeshadow in M-530 (I think it’s Eggshell)

And also since last time, a puppy, a miniature schnauzer, black and silver named Maserati.

Weekend, well it’s Suday afternoon now, but taking care of the dogs was prettty much what I managed to do.

Favourite board game, Scrabble and Boggle, I also like Monopoly but it takes too long to play.

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