Free for Haul Friday, Volume #460

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  • Haul: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stellar shades, Dior Rouge Blush
  • Weekend plans: Catch up on editing photos/pulling dupes! My parents were visiting last weekend, so I’m a little more behind than usual, haha!
  • What was the last album you listened to all the way through?: Nicki Minaj’s Queen!

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Haul: Nothing this time! But I did receive my Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Vault on Monday and I’ve been playing with each palette every day since and I guess I’m one of the lucky few that received good palettes. Nothing was patchy or blended out into oblivion like others have mentioned. I honestly shouldn’t have purchased knowing now the inconsistencies with them, and the controversy, but I didn’t find that out until after the fact.

Weekend plans: My partner and I plan to go on a hike on Monday but before then we’re going to start cleaning and packing up the apartment. Our first home closes in 30 days and we need to get ready for the move! The most exciting move yet!

What was the last album you listened to all the way through?: Oh boy, I’m not sure. I think The Suburbs by Arcade Fire.

Thank you! I’m very scared and very excited but luckily my partner and I have an excellent real estate agent who is helping us each step of the way. It’s been quite nerve wrecking so far, but smooth! I’m just glad he and I found a home we can build our lives in for a long, long time. 😀

Thank you so much! This has been quite the learning experience but at least once this is all over I’ll have a place that’s all my own and I definitely won’t be moving for a long, long time! 😀

I’ve been on a low-buy. But today is my birthday, coinciding with the 20% sale. I got on to pick up a Lo-fi lip mousse I had been saving as a birthday present to myself and ended up buying 2 of the Viseart color theory palettes. I’ll see how this goes. I’m actually planning to purge a lot of my stash as I’ve realized over these years of increasing makeup FOMO that I actually really don’t like the huge palettes with 15 or 20 colors. I don’t find it creativity-inducing, I just find it overwhelming. I would rather have a few things I love and of really good quality and hit pan more often than have a lot of huge rainbow palettes that I never get to really touch or play with. I feel good about this decision. I’m just going to have to depot a few of those shades I know I won’t be able to find elsewhere.

Happy birthday, Cjay! I find smaller palettes easier to work with too. I have a couple larger palettes I invested time into discovering and I’ve come to like them, but I can’t pick up a large palette and intuitively see combinations. I hope you enjoy the Viseart Color Theory palettes!

Happy Birthday Cjay – it’s a good decision to purge your larger palettes. I have only one large palette, Vice 2 and really there are only half or less of shades that I use (it had 3 blacks and 3 pinks of similar shades).
I think it’s good to buy yourself something for your birthday, especially when it’s a good sale on.

Haul: This Works pillow spray, May Coop Raw Sauce (not sure if it’s even being made any longer; Sephora in Canada used to carry it – for all of 5 minutes) but I found a bottle of it at Marshall’s and grabbed it – $20 bucks! Ditto the MUFE Nudes You Need palette (I have one for which I paid full price but this was $19 so I got it for my daughter – she’s thrilled), and last but not least, another tube of Lise Watier SunSmart (we’re going on vacation and it means I don’t have to bring a lot of other face stuff for day)

Weekend plans: dinner out at a new place in town tonight; gym and then colour and cut tomorrow; our younger son will be home on Sunday so we’ll see what he wants to do

Last album: nothing!

Haul: Not much, since the month was pretty much dedicated to “Back To School” shopping for my daughter… Also, it’s been so hot, makeup has honestly been the last thing of interest… Hopefully, this (somewhat) cooler weather will more or less continue on, and life can get back to normal.

Plans: My neighborhood/council district holds an annual picnic & chili cook off every year, so we’re doing that Saturday. Sunday, my daughters social skills group is holding their annual end-of-Summer pool day. Monday, we’re doing the Long Beach Greek Festival. Now that I think about it, I should do a quick inventory of sunscreen before I go to the grocery store tonight, LOL!

Last Album: Hmmm… This is a hard one! I recently thrifted a cassette player, so I’ve been binging the last month or so, as it’s been bingin over 10 years since I could listen to the huge bin of cassettes I own…

I’ve been on a Marc Almond/Soft Cell binge, so it would probably be Marc Almond “The Stars We Are”… I remember listening to this album constantly when I was 15, and 30 years later, it brings me back to that time… On the other hand, since it’s been so long, and I’ve lived several lifetimes since then, it’s almost like listening to the songs from a completely new perspective.

Sephora Haul:

• Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Virgo (a birthday present for myself). Wow, this is the most GORGEOUS red lipstick! I tried it on and can’t wait to wear it out. I love that Bite Beauty released such a beautiful shade for my astrological sign. 😀

• Pat McGrath MatteTrance in Executive Realness. This is my first PMG purchase and I’m very impressed. The lipstick shade is very pretty and the packaging is so much more stunning in person…very Dali-esque.

• Freebies included in this order: Bite Beauty’s birthday lip set (Chai Amuse Bouche Lipstick and Glace Lip Crayon), and for 100 points I got MUFE Sculpting Powder S214 in ridiculously cheap packaging. I have never received a 100-point gift that was packaged so poorly. And it might be called “sculpting powder,” but it’s pink—therefore, it’s blush.

Weekend Plans: Going out to dinner with a group of friends, visiting family, furniture shopping, laundry, grocery shopping, and relaxing with a new book

Last Album Listened to All the Way Through: Seems like an easy enough question, but after thinking about it, I realized that I never listen to one album from beginning to end. I always listen to mixes that I make for myself.

I sooo want to order PMG Executive Realness, but I’m terrified that it will melt! My UPS guy usually arrives here after 3 p.m., this means it’s on the truck from about 7-8 a.m. until it gets to me. Then again, I could have it held and go pick it up? Weirdly, I want that Virgo lipstick, but I’m not a Virgo, just the opposite! Plus, I don’t even dabble in astrology anymore. But that RED is perfection!

My PMG and Virgo arrived without melting and I’m in a very hot climate. It never even crossed my mind that they could have melted!

I’m not into astrology, either, but I am happy that the lipstick for my sign is so pretty. Kind of like rooting for the home team, I guess. 😉

I highly recommend getting both of these lipsticks.

Haul: My sister gave me the Morphe Eye Slay brush set for my birthday. I think the synthetic blending brush is the crease brush I’ve been looking for!

Weekend plans: We’re moving back up to PA to packing up and moving stuff! Driving back Saturday night so baby is asleep most of the drive.

What was the last album you listened to all the way through?: Rend Collective’s Good News

What’s everyone’s favorite meal you’ve had recently?

Good luck driving back to PA – I hope it’s not too far from where you live now.
My last favourite meal was a Chicken Neptune dish – roast chicken with seafood and sauce with fresh vegetables.


I think I mentioned in a previous Friday Haul post that I started following Caroline Hirons (UK skin guru) after developing menopausal acne about 3-4 months ago. Caroline did a skincare collaboration in August with Space NK called the Clean Decoded Campaign. I missed the first launch, but a few days later when they added some more boxes, I jumped on the chance to purchase. The box arrived two days ago and contains the following:

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel: Award-winning gel to oil cleanser

Odacite PO+R Hydration Serum (one of the three products that caused me to purchase this set)

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask: An award winning beta-hydroxy resurfacing mask (sold at Sephora)

Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream: A cream suited for dry, sensitive and red skin. My skin gets this way sometimes in the winter due to winter combined with retin A use. (This was the #1 reason I purchased this kit, sold at Sephora)

Herbivore Regenerating Facial oil: A facial oil with moisture, fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins. I did not purchase this kit for this oil, but now that I’ve read more about it, I can’t wait to use it. (Sold at Sephora)

Soleil Toujours 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30: I am just now dipping my toes into the sunscreen pool (at 52!) and encountering a great deal of internal resistance. This is sold in the United States. It was the #2 reason I purchased the box.

Mauli Supreme Skin Face Serum: Inspired by the traditions of Ayurveda, contains argon, sweet almond, calendula, watermelon seed, black seed and moringa. (This is one to read about online, if you have a minute. I am really looking forward to using this oil.)

Cover FX Blurring Primer: No parabens or sulfates, I’m willing to give it a try, I haven’t really met a primer I felt I truly loved.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (I don’t need to say anything about this one.)

Weekend plans: I started my tooth implant yesterday afternoon, so my weekend plans include rest, rest and more rest. I took today off (a four day weekend, yay!). Today is dedicated to sleep, wearing mismatched pajamas, eating all the things, watching movies, and doing some credit card damage (Sephora 20% off, Ulta 20% off for Ulta Credit Card holders, and Eddie Bauer 50% off).

Last album I listened to all the way through: Wide Awake by Parquet Courts

Hope your tooth implant went well and it was not too painful. After the horrors you went through last year, it should be the end of your dental worries for quite some time.
I also hope that with the skincare products you have just purchased will help with your acne and settle your skin down.
Have a good rest today.

Haul: Mac modesty lipstick, smashbox studio skin foundation, marc jacobs remarcable foundation (though technically all of these were bought last week but they arrived this week); hourglass scattered light eyeshadow in smoke and IGK first class dry shampoo.

Weekend plans: Going to see a performance of Rocky Horror!

What was the last album you listened to all the way through?: Ou, I don’t even know. Probably DCF? I rarely listen to full albums but DCF is one that I will listen to all the way through.

MAC Modesty is one of my favorite MLBB shades. Have fun at Rocky Horror! Is that a live performance or the movie with people performing in front of it?

I’m so glad that I picked it up! It’s truly such a nice shade.

And a live performance! The theatre in the next city is doing it (quite the ritzy place) so I’m excited – I’m sure it’ll be a great show 🙂

Urban Decay Naked Palette, Mac Liptensity x2, Mac Studio Fix Foundation.
No plans for weekend.
George Michael Faith.

Have a great weekend Christine, a big hug to the always handsome Mellan. Who can resist that face!!!

*Haul – I’m thanking (and blaming) Michele for my first ASOS haul – Crayola Crayon Mermaid Trio Set (3 pencils for eyes/lip/cheeks, haven’t swatched yet but colors look beautiful) and Hello Kitty x Converse sneakers in black and white, super cute!!! Can’t wait to wear these with black jeans.
*Weekend -family birthday lunch, then usual chores, and some work
*Album – probably a Madonna or Police album back in my teen years

HAHAHA! Sephora order (2 scents and a few eye pencils) was beyond totally eclipsed by the Dyson Top Dog. Just what I needed. (The pencils not so much…) My navy sofa used to be all white and red Patticake hair. At least Jussi’s black does not show. Plans: I’ve been going in the ocean after 5 P, when the beach is not crowded, the sun is weak, and the water is terrific. Vacuuming with my new best friend. Finish cleaning the refrigerator and there tasks. Work Sat, Sun, Mon night. The Monday holiday screws up my day job schedule; whatever. Start with the seasonal switchovers: clothes, and all downstairs, down to canisters and kitchenware, as well as the seasonal xmas tree.. The downstairs goes to dark red from blue and green; goes with all my seasonal lippies. Thanks for all those dark reds, Nars and Pat. CD? Probably what might be called Vaughn Williams’ greatest hits. English composer, for those who aren’t familiar. Very evocative. You’ve heard Ralph (pronounced Rafe) in movie scores.

Yep! Cannot resist velvety soft ears or precious button noses! 🐶💖🐱

Haul: Last Friday, I did go up to Sephora to pick up another bottle of Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid Retinol Eye Serum, plus that ND Mini Lila palette, which I wore some of to the Evanescence /Lindsay Stirling concert this past Wednesday. Beautylish order of To b/ups arrived yesterday. This time I ordered the .05% Retinol instead of retinoid, added a bottle of Caffeine Solution 5% & EGCG. All my Contour Pencil b/ups have landed! Safely into a Ziploc baggie in my fridge for safe keeping. My Origins GinZing eye cream literally arrived in a nick of time. My old jar was DONE. I’ve got to go up to a local Sephora to pick up Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum and also DE Protini today, looking for a beloved DC’d palette while I’m at it!

Weekend plans: Food shopping, redo hair, hunt down one of the last of the last OG UD Naked palettes! Listen in to meeting on Sunday a.m.

What is the last album you listened to all the way through? Not 100% sure, but probably Evanescence Synthesis while riding in my daughter’s car. Up until Wednesday, I had only listened to a few songs from the album on YT fairly often. Why YT, you may ask? Quite simply, I’m not so sure I fully trust my current sound system’s CD player 100%.

Edit To Add: I ordered Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum, Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide cream and PMG Executive Realness Mattetrance lipstick, plus I went up to Sephora at Scottsdale Quarter for my very own, almost too late UD Naked 1 palette! 😊

Haul: Laura Mercier Glow Powder in Med/Deep, ABH Bronzer in Cappuccino, Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Liners in Obsidian & Canyon, Hourglass Ambient Light Blush Powder in Luminous Flush, Drunk Elephant Beste Cleanser, Milk Makeup Flex Concealer in Caramel, Laura Mercier Glow Brush, Bite Beauty Lip Pencil in 040, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light, Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Shadow in Smoke (Rouge 20% off)

I’ll be returning the Hourglass bronzer, as pretty as the shimmer is on my skin, the bronzer part just isn’t dark enough to do anything for my skin tone. So I decided to buy the LM Glow Powder to use over a matte bronzer to give the same effect but be dark enough to show up on my skin. Apparently, my original order from last week for the Rouge sale somehow got lost between leaving Sephora’s warehouse and arriving to UPS, so I ended up being refunded Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Shadow in Blaze and the Pat McGrath Mini MatteTrance Trio because they were out of stock online.

Weekend Plans: nothing besides working on my routines, and visiting with my family.

What was the last album you listened to all the way through?: Everything Is Love – The Carters

Haul: Natasha Denona Mini Lila palette, Philosophy fresh cream & mint body lotion, and Tarte metallic shadow in Poker Face from the Sephora VIB sale. I’m thinking of ordering Sorrow and Immortal from the Black Moon Cosmetics sale as well.

Weekend Plans: Husband just got back from a work trip so we had brunch today and are headed to a matinee of Jurassic World in 10 minutes. Fishing and grilling with the neighbors on Sunday.

Last album listened to all the way through: Duran Duran Rio.

Haul: I broke my no-buy: the Wet’n’Wild Dragon Scales eyeshadow palette ($2.24 on sale, plus free shipping) and a bright orange discontinued MUFE blush for $5. I’ve been wanting a bright orange for a long time, so I feel okay about it (even though I didn’t need it).

Weekend Plans: Pediatrician check-up/vaccines, neighbor’s birthday party, hopefully get some work done.

Last album listened to all the way through: No idea! Probably a broadway soundtrack — newsies, maybe.

Haul: I did haul! Only replacements so far, I might go back to Sephora for some fun stuff before the weekend is over. I replaced my SR Tidal, SR UFO, and my Fresh Berry lip balm, which of course melted in the tube… Thanks, Arizona!

Weekend plans: Got bad news so the weekend will be normal. I don’t have days off anyhow.

Last Album: Jeez, this is hard. Like a new album? I haven’t gotten a new one in ages. Old stuff, I listened to Arctic Monkeys just yesterday.

Oh no, Erin, that sucks! This is why I’m so ridiculously paranoid about ordering lipstick between, oh, Idk? May through October? I’m so sorry that this inferno got to your tube of Fresh Berry. 😢

What a shame your Fresh Berry lip balm melted – can you put it in the fridge or freezer to demelt it?
And it’s a shame about your bad news too. I hope everything is going to be allright.

Haul-All the new Shiseido products I could get my hands on. I am in Canada so I’m lucky I have a local SA that loves make up as much as I do. And liking everything that I picked up.
Weekend plans- getting a new puppy on Labour Day Monday. Looking forward to a couple weeks holiday teaching him the ropes.
Last album I listen to the whole way through – I really can’t remember, it was a long time ago.

Such a beautiful, placid doggie!

Haul – nothing this week.

Weekend plans: We have had a tumultuous wwek in our household. Lachlan had his worst croup attack ever and we really nearly lost our little boy. He woke up from an afternoon sleep last Tuesday coughing and then collapsed, stopped breathing and turned blue. Fortunately his mum’s sister was visiting (she is an experienced trauma nurse) and immediately started CPR whilst Anika rang for an ambulance. With sirens blazing, both an ambulance and the MICA (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance) team arrived within minutes and took over the CPR and administed adrenaline. Once he was stablised, he was rushed to hospital.
At the local hospital, the pediatric team was waiting for him and he deteriorated again. The pediatric cardiac team was called in and they administered another dose of adrenaline.
He was checked over for any bites, talked with Anika about food eaten, possible allergies, but no – it was just croup.
Fortunately he was stablised and didn’t need any more treatment. If he had deteriorated again, he would have needed a trache and air lifted to the Royal Children’s hosptial.
He was admitted to the Intensive Care unit and monitored for the next couple of days.
We are so thankful that they live near to an ambulance station and close to a hospital. And we are really thankful that Kristen (Anika’s sister) was there to start CPR.
Olivia stayed with us for that time.
So Father’s Day, this Sunday will be a big celebration.

Last Album lstened to all the way through – An Emmylou Harris one when I was doing the ironing!

Oh, Genevieve, my heart nearly stopped reading your post. I’m truly thankful that your grandson is recovering. I can’t imagine how terrified you and your family must have been.

Thank you Shari – he’s had quite a few bad attacks before (5 trips to hospital this year), but this one was the worst at home. It happened at about 4.30 pm on Tuesday and luckily Olivia was at our place for a Nona day. We first found out when our son rang us on the way to the hospital – and we were just scared out of our mind and praying.
So, so lucky that his aunt dropped in to visit as Anika couldn’t have done the CPR and rang the ambulance at the same time.
Thank you for you kind wishes.

We are really going to celebrate Father’s Day this year, that’s for sure. Lots to be happy about. It was an experience we could all do without – especially for Lachlan and his mum and dad.
But he is fine now and back to his normal, happy, placid self.

Genevieve, it is so hard to read about your grandson’s croup attack. I can’t imagine what your family and the little one have been through! Wish you a joyful weekend!

That must have been absolutely terrifying for you all, Genevieve! My goodness, little Lachlan caught a blessing with his CPR trained Aunt being there at the right time, right place. Hopefully, the Doc’s will find out what triggered this croup, or possibly asthma attack so that any future episodes can be prevented. Glad to hear he is stabilized, though!

You have absolutely hit the nail on the head Nancy – it was such a blessing that his Aunt just decided to pop in at the crucial time and with her experience as a trauma nurse, recognised the signs immediately and began CPR.
In the coming weeks Lachlan is going to have a procedure to check out his airways to try and find the trigger for his life threatening croup, eg narrow airways. What they can do about it, I don’t know.
And yes, the pediatric team did warn Anika that he was likely to develop asthma when he is older too. So he will have to be under specialist care for that as well.
The hospital and MICA team were fantastic and really proactive as well.
It was amazing how resilent kids are, because the next morning he woke feeling fine and was telling/informing/ordering the doctors to let him go home because “i’m fine now”. He was discharged the following morning and wanted to come to Nona’s place for a play. I had made his favourite vegetable soup, sausage rolls and fish to have.
I gave Anika some money to go and buy herself a treat for the shock she went through – either some makeup, a new dress or an outing with friends. She has now done all three after the week she has gone through.

Oh my gosh, what a horrible experience! This is the second time this has happened, am I correct? Is there nothing that can be done to prevent this from happening in the future?

Rejoicing with you and your family for the recovery of Lachlan. I am truly hoping the doctors can come up with a way to prevent these episodes in the future.

OMG how terrifying!! I’m scared just reading what happened. Lachlan was so lucky! Hoping the docs can figure out what’s triggering the attacks and find something to prevent them, or lessen their severity. Yes, many things to be thankful for this weekend

I haven’t posted in a while my purchases as I’m on low-buy since January so here are my last purchases since the Sephora sale in spring and prior to the present sale:
Skincare: InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid + Ferulic Acid and Serumdipity Anti-Aging Vitamin C Facial Serum. Both contain Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (derivative of vit. C so not AA). I have tried for the past month the InstaNatural serum and I must say I’m very pleased. It’s not Ascorbic Acid (AA) but I find it less sticky than the DE one (which btw turned yellow very quickly after I purchased an entire bottle) and it had a brighter and smoothing effect on my skin after 4 weeks. I have two dark spots that appeared last year next to the corner of my left eye, one smaller and one larger. The small one (pea size) is almost gone and the larger one (which is less than a 5 cad cent coin) is visibly brightened. I follow Caroline Hirons and I’ve heard that derivatives of vit. C may work as well as the AA if properly formulated and stabilized. That’s my personal experience with this product and I’m pleased with the results. I wonder if it’s worth buying the DE vit. C serum or switch for Clinique or Timeless ones.
Hair: Pureology Purify Shampoo for Color Treated Hair (sulfate-free); Bain de Terre Anti-Frizz & Shine Serum (alcohol, paraben, sulfate-free). My hairdresser used the BT serum last time when I had my hair cut and I loved it.
Makeup: ABH matte lipstick in Petal + the lip gloss in Metallic Rose (there was an offer on Sephora Canada when you bought one ABH lipstick you got a second lip product free); MUFE Aqua Waterproof Lipliner in 2c (Rosewood); Pat McGrath the Mini Trio Matte lipsticks. I cannot wear Flesh 3 as it is too dark and not at all flattering on me but I like Omi and 1995. The issue is that there are no PMG lipsticks in the Sephora stores around Montreal so this was a good opportunity to try them as I’m reluctant to spend 52CAD on a shade I cannot try (i.e. Full Panic).

Sephora Sale (online + in store) When I placed the online order (Rouge) it was for the items that were not available in the stores here. However, there were many products out of stock at the beginning of the sale and some new online releases that came a few days after. I would love if Sephora could divide the discounted items and new releases between the three sale access periods (Rouge/VIB/BI), especially when you’ve got one shot at the online orders or for products that here in Canada are not available in stores even if they are not listed as “online only”. I was lucky enough to go in store on Wednesday evening and spend a good couple of hours trying everything I had on my list and asking the MUAs all the questions I had. It was quiet and few people were present and it was prior to the VIB access.
Sephora sale
Skincare: Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum with Echinacea GreenEnvy (14% AHAs). Now this one is a winner in my book. I was going back and forth between this one and Herbivore Prism but the latter is not as strong. I used the Farmacy serum twice so far (is an overnight product) and wow, I was impressed with the results. The next day my face was looking like I had a facial. I’ve got the feeling that it works better than SR Good Genes. After ordering it the moment Rouge access was granted (the product is not available in the stores near me), I saw the rec videos from Stephanie Nicole & Gothamista.
Makeup: Bite Beauty Lip Gloss in Dirty Chai, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Mini Highlighter in Vanilla Quartz, Lancôme Cils Booster XL Mascara Base Mini, Dior – Diorshow On Stage Eyeliner in Matte Brown, ABH ES single in Baby Cakes, Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, Nars Liquid Blush in Orgasm (the powder version has too much gold for my skin tone) , Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof ES Base, FAB Avocado Concealer in Bone, Dr Jart + Premium BB in Light to Medium, Rosebud lip balm. I wanted to buy one of the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter ESs but they are a glitter bomb for my taste and cannot wear them during the day. That’s the advantage of trying the products in store as you can check for yourself if they work or not, depending on your taste and needs.
Tools + Hair: BB protective case (holds two BBs), Shiseido Facial Cotton, Sephora coll Face Mask Applicator, Living Proof Dry Shampoo (mini).

Sephora weekly sale items 50% off:) Becca Gradient Sunlit Bronzer in Sunrise Waves (23 cad) and three Bite Beauty Pencils (10 cad): 024, 028, 030.

Weekend plans: Rest, some organic grocery shopping & cooking. The temperatures finally calmed down (we had this week 43C/almost 110F with humidex factor 94%). Being born in Europe and living there until my late 20s when I came to Canada, I find harder and harder the humid summers we have in Montreal. This summer I had for the first pimples forming deep under my skin and I felt constantly that I couldn’t breathe when outside during the high humidity days. I felt my face sweaty and got that feeling that the skin cannot breathe.

Last album you listened to all the way through?: Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams.


I wonder if that Bain De Terre serum would work for my very curly hair? It sounds worthwhile.

I also picked up the Pat McGrath trio, for similar reasons. I have been to California and Chicago, and cannot find a store that carries the actual lipsticks.

I love the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm, it has stopped my incessant peeling chapped lips. I bought the maple one for fall.

I think you are going to love NARS Orgasm liquid blush. It wasn’t even on my radar but I received a sample. One day I tried it for fun and after seeing how pretty it was, I immediately ordered.

I too am interested in both Honeymoon Glow and Prism. In the end I decided to purchase Good Genes, but will probably try Prism (topped with Phoenix face oil) the next time I purchase an overnight acid product.

Enjoy your new purchases!

Haul: Too Much! ND Mini Lila, MUR x EmilyNoel83 The Wants, replacement Viseart Cool Mattes 2, MUFE Skin Booster, Wayne Goss #18 brush

Plans: Not answering work emails!! Visiting family

Last Album: Metallica Black Album and Jesus Christ Superstar lol

Haul- Because of the Sephora sale I restocked on basics: jumbo sized B&B shampoo and conditioner, fresh black tea skin care, Urban Decay Naked foundation and concealer and Sephora sheet face masks.

Weekend plans- house bound, nursing and babying my hubby newly home from heart surgery.

Last album- Halestorm’s Into the Wild Life

I hope your husband is recovering well, it is such a shock for the system heart surgery and he will be in need of some TLC – and you too. I hope the prognosis is positive for him and that his rehabilitation enables him to recover most or all of his strength and stamina.
Take care Sabrina.

Haul: No makeup, but my Olympia rolling shopper tote got to my house today. It’s the City print, top right in the default photo on the listing:
Weekend plans: Errands and a little Law & Order (ION changed their schedule this week, so CSI is now Thursdays and L&O is Fridays) today, work and SVU marathon tomorrow, Sunday unsure. Monday night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise is 3 hours instead of its usual 2-I’m so excited!
What was the last album you listened to all the way through?: Seth MacFarlane’s Holiday for Swing. And no, it was not during the holiday season-I think it was last month. I’m a sucker for the guy, and I can’t really put my finger on one specific reason why.

Haul: (2 weeks) Tom Ford Eye and Lip Set; Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer and Magic Powder. Items at deep discount from the Boston Store Liquidation: Bobbi Brown Bright Raspberry Lip Pencil, Electric Pink Art Stick, Flame Luxe Lipstick, Azalea Liquid Art Stick and concealers and correctors; Kiki lip scrub (love it).

Weekend Plans: Dinner on Saturday, then cleaning and organizing the livingroom and den.

Last Album Listened All the Way Through (and on repeat) : Songs of Experience, U2

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