Free for Haul Friday, Volume #461

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  • Haul/Rediscoveries: Shiseido makeup, Sunday Riley UFO oil, Tatcha Indigo Cream (face)
  • Weekend plans: It’s been an absolutely madhouse over the last several weeks, and it doesn’t seem to let up any time soon but I’d really like to get to bed early at least one night. That’s my weekend goal, LOL.
  • What was your dream job when you were a kid?: Lawyer, but it turned out that I would have hated that!

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Mellan, what long legs you have!

Haul: Nothing. I think this is the first time I’ve ever said that here!

Weekend Plans: Volunteer work, visit family, laundry, general cleaning up, catching up on “Better Call Saul,” and trying to find time to read the book I was planning to read last weekend, but never got around to it.

What Was Your Dream Job when You Were a Kid? I don’t remember having any idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up. But I certainly never pictured myself as a mom and didn’t even like playing with dolls, so at least that worked out well.

I haven’t bought much makeup over the spring/summer but last month I bought four Burberry eyeshadow singles. Wow. They are the best shadows I’ve ever used and I own some pricey stuff. I mostly just love the finish of them—they have a wet shine look that I’m so in love with, especially the “glow” shadows. The colors themselves are pretty basic but the texture elevates them. I’ve been experiencing over the last year or so that a lot of the popular powder eyeshadow offerings, the stuff that’s super pigmented and swatches like whoa on the arm (like ABH for example, even some MUFE) accentuate texture on my lids (I have semi hooded lids with a lot of folds) and they look chunky and dry. So I’m basically moving toward “older woman” brands or more sheer, buildable shadows, which isn’t on-trend right now. I also got the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette and it didn’t blow me away like Burberry did, BUT man is it easy to use. The colors are made perfectly to pull together with a few swipes of a brush, even better than my beloved CHANEL quads. I can get a glamorous look in no time. So I think my collection is moving in a different direction and I’m trying not to be influenced by trends anymore.

When I was younger my dream was to be a novelist. But I knew it was a dream because I’m not really the artist type.

Oooh curious about the new Shiseido makeup!
*Haul – Sephora Rouge sale – TF Throwback lipticks in Hoochie and Pixie Stix (LOVE both of them!), MJ Glitter Eyeliner in Glitz Alright (beautiful and unique), Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder ( LOVE, thinks this beats my LM one), Hourglass Ambient Blush in Mood Exposure ( thanks for the rec, Michele!), MUFE Artist Color Pencils in 808 Boundless Berry and 706 Full Scale Rust, Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Lash Primer (staple), Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara (IDK it’s not blowing me away), BITE lip gloss in French Press ( HUGE disappointment! Love the dark ’90s brown, but the smells/tastes like stale cheap coffee from a vending machine. Must be QC batch issues, as many reviewers on Sephora complained of same thing, while others loved theirs. Will exchange or return)
*Weekend – do reports for work (boo)
*Writer – I loved books

I know you have your JD and you’ve said that you definitely use your lawyer skills in your blog business. I’ve always wondered if you took the Bar or if you would consider taking it some day?

It’s just a backup plan today… if I had to do something, though I’d probably go back to school and get a masters in finance or something. I really, really hate lawyering – I knew that in my first year (within months); I only stuck with the program because I took out a $50K+ student loan and had no other options (no jobs or anything) and hoped the MBA part would make it better (it didn’t).

I met so many smart young women who went to law school and hated practicing law. When I was in a position to mentor young women at my last job, I did my best to talk them out of law school unless they were passionate about law.

Haul/Rediscoveries: Nothing this week! Also I feel like this round of Ulta’s 21 days of beauty is kind of lame 🙃

Weekend plans: We has to put our dog of nearly 8 years down this morning so we’re feeling a bit tender around here. Probably just fart around the house and do some cleaning 🙂

What was your dream job when you were a kid?: A teacher and then a singer—very typical lol

Does anyone know what happened to ColourPop’s Vivacious & Celestial singles? I’ve been wanting those suckers for so long lol I never even noticed them on clearance!

I am sorry about your dog. Take extra good care of yourself in the coming weeks, grief for a pet can be surprisingly painful.

Big sympathies for the loss of your pup. As a forever dog mom with no kids, relate all too well. Lost 3/4 in 18 months once, and developed this philosophy, relating to all dogs we encounter: Love The One You’re With. Even when they belong in other’s families. Dogs bring so much to us. And Ulta 21 never hits my faves, either.

I am so sorry for your loss 🙁 We had to make that decision for the first time back in Dec and I still get teary thinking about it.

Thank you everyone for your kind words. Gogi truly was a family member to us. He slept in our bed and always traveled with us. I use to be scared of dogs before him. He was a Pitbull Rottweiler with the earnest heart of Baby Jesus 😂

The hardest parts for me was food related—his last meal, seeing his uneaten food still in the kitchen. Or just ghost reminders of him—opening the door and anticipating his greeting though knowing it won’t happen.

I am so grateful for the many wonderfully amazing memories we have with him. I knew our lovely Temptalia community would understand ❤️💔

Haul: LORAC Pro 4 & Pro Mattes (I had to stop at Kohl’s for my daughters school uniforms, so I also earned $20 in “Kohl’s Cash); ecotools kabuki brush, a trio of Physician’s Formula powders, and a trio of off-brand beauty blender knockoffs from Ross.

Plans: A trip to Walmart, which also means stops at Kohl’s, ULTA, & Ross. I have the aforementioned ” Kohl’s Cash”, so I’m debating using it for LORAC Pro 2 or Unzipped… I want both, but I honestly think I’d get more use from Unzipped, as I don’t know if I’d get much use from the blue & green in Pro 2.

Childhood Dream Job: I wanted to be a dancer, but after years of training & discipline, I wanted to have a real social life when I was about 19, so I took a break. I finally went back to dance at around 24, but it was too late… I never wanted any sort of “career” that required a degree, as I want the flexibility to change jobs, and I didn’t want to spend years in college learning what is “required”. The most interesting, well-read, intellectual people I’ve ever met have either never attended college, or dropped out… I’ve always had a fascination with law, but could never get through the undergraduate aspect of schooling.

Aw, Mellan looks so sweet and fancy 🙂

Haul/ Rediscoveries- I didn’t pick up anything new but I did pull out some products I hadn’t worn in a while from a couple of older Mac collections (Spring Colour Forecast, Love Lace and Blonde, Brunette, Redhead). Aside from being happy that I still really like the products, I was also reminded of how much more I like Mac collections that are organized around a visual theme.

Weekend plans: I have to finish up an article I’ve been working on. Maybe some blogging. It’s pretty open, which is nice for a change.

My dream job when I was a kid: Writer. It never changed.

Haul/Rediscoveries: Natasha Denona Darya palette (returning sadly, can’t get it to work for me)
Weekend plans: brunch with friends and a dinner party with more friends!
What was your dream job when you were a kid?: Veterinarian. Until I learned that it’s not all saving cute puppies and kittens all the time *sad face*

Brandy, I know what you mean about being a veterinarian. Because I was always a bit torn between wanting to be a veterinarian (although admittedly, I was made sad that I would also have to euthanize animals, too) or a professional Rock/ R&B singer/performer. Both dreams got shot down unfortunately. My dad put his foot down that there was no way in h3ll he would pay for me to work on animals, but if I would work at saving humans, he would consider it. Then, my now ex-husband put down my vocal skills. So, no dreams left.

Oddly enough, my absolute favorite singers had been told at some point in their lives they lacked the “talent”, yet they’ve gone on to sell millions of albums!

Haul/Rediscoveries: Really enjoying my Chanel Empriente du Desert today — the bronze shade is so gorgeous!

Weekend plans: I’m going to try to get some school paperwork done, some meals prepped, and go to an expat social tomorrow.

What was your dream job when you were a kid?: Teacher and author! I’ve accomplished neither of those, but I feel good about what I have achieved.

Haul: For two weeks, because I wasn’t online last week.

*Ace Beaute — Paradise Fallen Palette. A gorgeous purple and gray themed palette. The mattes are soft and powdery, but blend beautifully. The shimmers are almost creamy. I’m really loving it so far.

*Sephora (20% off VIB) — Golden Hour Luminizing Powder in Twilight; Cinema Secrets Cleaner; Bobbi Brown Mini Crushed Lip Color in Babe (point perk); samples.

*Wet n Wild (30% off sale) — Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Dragon Scales; MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Glow Watcher; MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Lip Topper in Wild Blings; Color Icon Bronzer in Bronze Dynasty.

*Target — Pacifica Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream; two packs of Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes in Pink Grapefruit; Wet n Wild Under the Sheets Makeup Remover Wipes (to try them out); Profusion Lips-to-Go in Ambitious; e.l.f. HD Powder.

*Dollarama — two makeup brush cleaning mats

Weekend plans: Touching up my roots; cleaning house

What was your dream job when you were a kid?: Scientist or author

The pigmentation on both is great. I haven’t got to use Hasina 2 on my eyes yet (I went on vacation the day after it arrived), but it swatches really bright and rich.

Paradise Fallen has excellent pigmentation. The mattes are soft and very powdery, but they blend super-well. The shimmers are almost creamy. I’m really loving it so far.

Rachel – those palettes are stunning – I just had to look them up. The Paradise Fallen palette is so, so you. Gorgeous shades of purple. No wonder you love it.
I am forever touching up my roots – such a nuisance.

Fresh, clean, and oh so much joy in his eyes! 🐶✨

Haul: I did go up to Sephora last Friday and picked up the last UD Naked 1 palette that they still had there. Used it several times, and I don’t know that I would call it truly “warm” by 2018 standards, although I’m guessing it was back in 2010? Then I hit Ulta and picked up TF Yummy Rummy, a new tube of Maybelline Full & Soft WP mascara, and WnW Winter Falls In LA highlighter. Ordered several more pieces of the Fire & Ice collection from WnW directly, Bronze Dynasty, Dragon Scales, Fit For A Queen and one of the Catsuit lipsticks, Queen’s Blood. Still waiting to receive my last Rouge order for Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum, Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide cream and PMG Executive Realness Mattetrance lipstick. It’s supposed to be delivered Monday. Last night I ordered some things on Amazon that I can no longer find in Ulta, or anywhere else for that matter, Shea Moisture African Water Mint & Ginger Detox & Refresh Leave-In Detangler, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Body Lotion, and Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes. Picked up John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Styling Cream to see if it can replace my favorite straightening lotion I used to get at Sally’s that’s been DC’d.

Weekend plans: Do my hair, listen in to my meeting on Sunday, and I’m not sure what else, save for picking this place up some!

What was your dream job as a kid? To be a professional singer and dancer! Practiced both for many hours per day after school and on weekends. And then I met John. At first, he said that he thought I would definitely be a success if I went for it…but then he began to make nasty remarks about my voice. I gradually lost all my confidence and just went about practicing when he was at work. Gave up on my dreams by the time I reached my early 30’s.

What a busy Friday I’ve had! This is the first time I’ve had 7 clients scheduled and ALL of them showed!

Haul: I’ll do my Sephora haul this week and my Ulta haul next week. (Ulta had a 20% off for Ulta credit card holders last week)

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet: Fell in love using a sample, along with the Radiance serum, so this is my new Saturday skin treat (during the week my skincare regimen is pretty strict and narrowed down to specific products I believe to be most effective).

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair Cream: I tried not to get this, as it’s so expensive, but in the end it was the one product I wanted the MOST, so I gave up all the fun eyeshadow palettes in my cart and pulled the trigger on this instead. I have not used this face cream before but am looking forward to giving it a go.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (liquid) in 5.75. I was appalled to be sent such a light color and immediately called Sephora to inquire about color or formula changes. They did not know of any changes but sent me a second bottle of 5.75 just in case, and allowed me to order 6.5 with the 20% discount. The new bottle of 5.75 is closer to my previous bottle of 5.75 and closer to my current skin tone, although still a little light. I am wearing 6.5 today and it’s a better match for my current summer skin. I’ll use the 6.5 as a mixer to the 5.75 as my skin becomes more pale as we move into fall and winter.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder foundation in 4.5. Their powders are notoriously darker than their liquid foundation, and this powder is a good match for me. I do not use it as a stand alone foundation but it works well when I want a setting powder with color and better coverage, and also to touch up my makeup throughout the day.

Bite Beauty Virgo: It’s been a long time since I pulled the trigger on a Bite lipstick but one look at this color on Christine’s lips and I was sold!

MUFE Chromatic Mix in yellow. I’ve noticed some of my foundations need a hint of yellow and instead of buying multiple colors, I can just add this mixer.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation in Light Beige and Warm Beige. YouTuber Lisa J has been talking about this foundation for a long time, it looks fantastic on her, and we have similar skin type so I decided to give this a try. Light Beige will be perfect for me in winter, but right now I am mixing the two colors. I have worn this foundation for 7 days now and it’s beautiful. It works well for my combination skin during the heat of summer, not sure if it will be okay in the winter when my skin gets dryer.

La Mer The Soft Fluid Foundation in Beige 32. This foundation WILL work in winter! This is a beautiful, silky moisturizing foundation that glides across my skin, feels completely weightless, and looks like skin. This is more like a skin perfector or a tint, rather than a foundation. It has less coverage than my Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB. I would say it’s light coverage at most. You truly cannot see this foundation on your skin. It is a bit too moisturizing for me right now but I still enjoy wearing it on any day when I just want my skin to look better but I am not planning to wear full makeup. I would also wear this with full makeup, because I generally prefer light coverage foundations with a natural skin look. Really love this one and wouldn’t even think of returning it.

Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment: I picked this up after Stephanie Nicole pointed out in her AM Skincare Routine video that this product is the closest dupe for Biologique Recherche p50 (1970). I have the p50 on my purchase list but in light of my already expensive Sephora haul this month, I decided to give the Tarte product a try.

Artis Elite Mirror Palm Brush: This has been on my wishlist since February, I am so happy to purchase this and can’t wait to try it out!

Sunday Riley Good Genes: I was able to snag two 7 day sample sets of this product from Sephora, and have done one treatment every weekend for the past 12 weeks. It makes my skin glow like crazy!

Sunday Riley: I restocked my stash of C-Firma, B-Hydra and Protini. It was too soon to restock C-Tango or Beste cleanser, but if Sephora has a November sale I will probably restock then.

Weekend plans: Last week’s dental implant turned out to be a hellish experience (quite a bit more pain than oral surgeon suggested and I sustained an esophageal burn when my antibiotic got caught in my esophagus) so my plan this weekend is to revel in the return of my health! Gym, cooking, wine, etc!

Dream job: I always wanted to be a writer. I would still love it but I must have financial consistency and stability.

Oh, I forgot to mention what I didn’t buy, lol. Anastasia’s Norvina Palette, Natasha Denona’s Camel Palette, and Natasha Denona Super Glow in Light Medium.

I wanted to post this question to the group: I am CRAVING brown lipstick for the very first time. A chocolate brown with no red or taupe component. Any suggestions?

Tammy, you might check the Bite Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Demi-Glace, if you like the formula. It’s a warm brown. It got an A from Christine. I have it in the holiday mini set from last year.

I am a brown lipstick specialist Tammy and I have lots and lots of them:
Milani Colour Statement lipstick in Candied Toffee is a genuine brown
Maybelline Coffee Addiction and Walnut
EA Iced Coffee
MAC Antique Velvet
Pat McGrath has some great browns out too – Strange? I think

Genevieve, I knew there was a reason brown is not represented in my collection. Colors that look good on redheads have historically been a disappointment for my coloring. I looked up all your suggestions (Antique Velvet is awfully pretty!).

Somehow dupe lists led me to ONE Brown I actually own: Viva Glam 3. It’s been hiding in my drawer unused. I tried it on and it’s actually very pretty. I think I will play with it for awhile before I purchase anything, as I have devoted myself to getting to know my stash.

I saw Pat McGrath’s Unfaithful is a brown, so maybe I will consider adding that one next month.

I’m thinking we have the same exact skin tone! My LS is too light for me too! (5.75). So, I was also thinking 6.5 would be better too, at least for now. I have a travel size bottle in my cart from Sephora. Will order when we come back from vacation. I tried a sample of the Beige, plus others in La Mer, & I think the Beige would be the best fit in the winter too, lol. I love the texture of this La Mer
I wanted a powder to go with the Armani foundation. I’ll check out the colors in person though.

There are so many good powders to try! Lancome’s Absolute is one of my favorites and you can’t go wrong with Hourglass (I’ve been really loving the new Hourglass loose powder). I’m thinking I might try a La Mer powder or the upcoming Charlotte Tilbury loose powder (actually I think I saw the Charlotte Tilbury available at Nordstrom a few days ago).

I can’t help you with the brown lipstick, but I hope your teeth and esophagus feel better soon.

I just had work done Thursday. Apparently, in the last few months I started grinding my teeth at night. I chipped a tooth and cracked the fillings in two others. I’ll be getting a mouth guard.

Tammy – is there no end to your painful dental work? None of this has been a joy for you at all.
And the esophageal blurn sounds horrid.
I definitely think you need a glass or two of wine after this.

Haul: Nothin’, we ended up needing to buy more carpet cleaning solution for another accident in the house from Max so my extra $50 bucks I was gonna spend at the sale at Sephora went *poof*

Weekend: Not sure, probably just doing the normal shopping, I’d like to do something different but $$$ is tight.

Childhood career dreams: Ballerina was my first choice but my parents never had the money for lessons. A lawyer was also up there but a friend of my parents said to me “Lawyers are a dime a dozen, do something unique”. Honestly, I never forgot that. I didn’t want to be that anymore. I kind of lost my way after that. I think I would have made a good one.

Haul: Ulta 21 Days of Beauty: The package has not arrived yet but I bought a Stila Smudge Stick in Amethyst and Butter London bass and topcoats. The nail stuff came with Butter London promo products—two lip glosses, two mascaras, and a cuticle treatment. Plus Ulta had a platinum gift coupon for a Laura Geller gelato illuminator in Gilded Honey. From Target, an e.l.f. stipple blush because I am switching back to cream blush.

Weekend Plans: I have friends visiting from out of town so we will have dinner with them Saturday night. I plan to watch the women’s tennis finals Saturday afternoon. And my usual farmers market trip.

Dream job as a child: I liked to draw so I wanted to be a cartoonist. Turns out I have no talent. Then I wanted to be a veterinarian but turns out I am not that good in science. I ended up being a lawyer, which I never dreamed of being, but it turned out well for me.

The only stipple brush I’ve ever liked was elf! I spent $$$ buying “better” brands but none of them compare for me – I even bought spares. Gilded Honey is lovely too 🙂

Haul: Pat McGraft Seduction palette and Blitz bright lip stick trio using the measly 10% off discount, lol
2 Lancome Monsieur Big mascaras, a couple Stilla Smudge sticks and Philosophy Time in a bottle serum from Ulta’s 21 day sale. 3 Urban Decay eye liners from Sephora.

Weekend: Just chill , read and watch Hereditary a scary Netflix movie I’ve been waiting to see. Household chores and carryout no cooking!

What Was Your Dream Job when you were a kid? At first I wanted to be a Veterinarian. Then I read the book”Coffee, Tea or Me” and wanted to be a Airline Stewardess (Flight Attendant now days,lol) I actually finally got the job and hated the eating out all the time and living in hotels. Wasn’t the life for a home loving gal like me so I went back to being a nurse my true calling.

Haul: Colourpop Perception palette plus the primer and setting spray, Lime Crime Venus XL palette, BH Cosmetics Duolight Highlight palette, Korres Black Pine moisturiser, Zoeva Matte Voyager palette (so teeny and cute!), The Ordinary glycolic toner and HA moisturiser, Lipstick Queen Bestsellers Trio (Frog Prince, Medieval & Hello Sailor) and some Anna Sui decorative boxes, trays and compacts for my dresser.

Weekend plans: We are hosting an Italia themed dinner tonight, I’m making beef ragu with spaghetti, plus there will be garlic and mozarella bread, Caprese salad and tiramisu that our friends are bringing. So I’m going to drink a LOT of wine and then do absolutely nothing on Sunday!

Dream job as a kid: Just to boss people around, I think 😉
I left high school still without any real idea of what I wanted to do, never even went to university but I do all right. If I could go back and do it again, I would look seriously at trade careers… but that was never really an option presented to teenage girls. Thankfully, that is changing quite quickly these days!

Interesting. I advise young women all the time to consider a trade… at my night job as a cashier at Dollar Tree, and I have 3 masters. Do the BF math. Uni is so expensive, and these days so many need to go comm college or online, that they do not get the full college experience. Long ago I decided that one should have something pragmatic to do, when one takes a degree. Does that mean at age 17, you opt for a seven year direct to PhD in physical therapy? That’s one horse pill to swallow at a tender age…..and one BF mountain of debt will be accrued. Women are gaining increasing respect as plumbers, electricians, and construction personnel. For the opportunity cost alone, go for it. I would hope to see high schools institute more rotations through trade experiences for the young women. Even at the vo techs, women are still primarily doing food service/cosmetology/CNA and other traditionally female concentrations. We gotta break the trade ceiling as well as the glass ceiling.

Trades are the way to go! Everything you mentioned above, plus … welders do pretty well, and you even have opportunity for travel if you’re really good at it and specialize to some degree. The trades are also one of the view valid ways left to be a truly independent small business owner in the U.S in a form that doesn’t involve Etsy or necessitate high overhead (my neighbor is the owner of a business that does commercial electrical installation work for major projects in my area — think hospitals, bridges, office buildings — and he runs it out of his home with the addition of a storage space located elsewhere that he shares with another business).

Yep, 2 of my brothers are welders and they make serious bank. They work long hours and it’s sometimes risky (as is my job in the timber industry) but we all have mortgage free houses and retirement plans.

My other brother, who has an honours degree in computer science, is currently unemployed and struggles to pay the rent. He’s not an idiot but he has no practical skills whatsoever. We still love him (though his psychotic girlfriend is another matter!) 😉

I hope you enjoyed your Italia dinner CeeBee – the menu sounds fabulous. We often do something like that.
I hope you resting well today too.
And yes, trades are the way to go.

Guess who’s just had a bath? A beautiful looking Mellon!

Haul – nothing really this week.

Weekend plans: Friday – we had Lachlan over for the day who, in his own words, was ‘cranky’. But that’s because he woke up at 5.30 am said mum, whose face said it all. However a good play with big Brio train set and a walk in the park soon fixed all of that out. We had a lovely day and he had a 4 hour sleep….
Saturday – a lunch up in the hills to see Puffing Billy go by and as for the rest of the weekend, as little as possible.

Dream job as a kid – I always wanted to be a doctor, but sad to say, my maths wasn’t good enough. So when I became a teacher, I specialised in Mathematics so that all children would have a good basis to follow their chosen careers. For a long time I was Head of the Maths Dept. at our school and was dedicated in bringing in resources, extra staff and teaching processes to improve the knowledge and skills of students at both ends of the learning mathematical spectrum.

That is so awesome! So many people (me included) hit a wall with math and then avoid it as much as possible for the rest of their lives. I love that you took something that could be perceived as a weakness and used it to fuel a drive to help others succeed 🙂

Thankyou AJ – I felt really strongly about it. I found that when the Maths was presented as a game, or involving creative processes – the kids called it ‘fun’, but when it involved computations (4 processes, decimals, fractions, tables” the kids called it ‘maths’ and said they hated it. So it was about making the maths meaningful in real life settings, involving creativity and art. When that started to happen throughout the school, kids really enjoyed their maths time so much and even wanted lunchtime sessions – Maths and Cooking, Maths and Tiling, Flag making with fractions etc.
I had an energetic maths committee working with me and the principal was overjoyed when our maths resutls soared through the roof. It was really satisfying.

I love your reason for specializing in math. I’m sure you were a great role model for all your students, but it especially would have meant something to the girls to see a woman teaching and advocating for math.

Thank you Rachel, it was really important to ensure that the students had a positive image of mathematics and could relate it to their daily lives. I was so lucky that by the time I started teaching mathematics, attitudes to girls learning and beliving themselves to be good at maths was changing. Relating maths to every day life and problem solving investigations plus art really helped.

Haul: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk eyeshadow and blush; Bobbi Brown Camo Luxe Eye and Cheek Palette and Luxe Shadows in Jungle and Incandescence; Bobbi Brown single shadow in Black Plum.

Weekend Plans: Thank goodness for cooler weather. Hoping to go to a Farmers Market on Saturday and spend Sunday decluttering the liviingroom, and watching the NFL Green Bay Packers game.

Dream Job as a Kid: Probably a doctor (not a good fit for adult me).

Haul: U: vivid jade stila pencil, which is virtually black on me. You’d think I’d learn. Burgundy shimmer julep stick. Laboteca wipes: loved the skin food ones, but cranky skin made them irritating, on the third re-up. UD Hex remedy pencils, not knowing it was UD Xmas. Duh. Hit diamond, probably bec I love so many of their bath products and they have Cosrx. Have truly cut way back on the m/u. Small Paula haul. Rediscovering lots of fun stuff as I destash and trash. My trash bag was so heavy I had to triple bag it. Plans: still hoping for a few more days in the ocean. Cannot explain it. It’s not the beach, pretty sun intolerant now. There’s something Jungian; the ocean is the source of our life, and I relate. Sea water is almost a religious experience. SSDW with life destashing on the side. Maybe take in the Asian marketplaces for beauty and bath. Kid dream job: herpetologist. (But, can I tell you how creepy the folks in the herp society are? No way!) This week they found an eastern timber rattler two doors up from my Monday day job site, which serves a population that is young, mostly behavior disordered. Anybody see potential threat here? Any snakie knows there is a small relict population in the Great Blue Hills reservation. (6,000 acres to get lost in, if a developmentally disabled individual decides to bolt into the woods. Big risk.) They have copperheads, too, which was not known when I was a kid. This is eastern Massachusetts, where poisonous snakes are scare as hen’s teeth, and highly protected. Well, going into special ed and speech pathology worked out well. My maths were also not good enough for a science career, Ms Gen. But my background has actually set me up for a superb retirement job part time/day.

My older son wanted to be a herpetologist from the time he was three. He has a “high superior” level IQ, and he got his GED at 17 without studying or taking the GED classes. He had a internship at a reptile shop/rescue/education service when he was in high school. His severe ADHD and mental illnesses made juggling classes and homework in college really hard, and he dropped out. I hope someday he’ll be able to achieve his dream, though.


Loreal X Camila Cabello Havana Lip Dew in Lit Up, a smoky eye brush from Essence and Becca Prospeco Pop from the Cosmetic Counter Outlet.

In terms of rediscoveries. I have used my Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes a lot this week and I haven’t used it in a long time. Still like it:)

Weekend Plans:

Probably picking up the ABH Brow Definer at the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale for my daughter

Dream Job as a Kid: I wanted to be a hairstylist , a nurse or a teacher

Haul: My Sephora VIB sale order arrived! Skincare for me and my partner, Too Faced “Hot Flash” lipstick, and I mega splurged and finally bought the Pat McGrath “Sublime” Mothership palette because I really wanted that green and I was having a really bad day at work. Then Sephora put the 24/7 liners on sale for half-off so I ordered “Freak” which I’ve been eyeing for a while but couldn’t justify at full price.

Weekend plans: Going to the Seattle Cider Fest this afternoon! Otherwise, errands and Netflix most likely.

What was your dream job when you were a kid: I was highly influenced by the books I read, so I tended to want whatever job seemed cool in a book, so at various times I wanted to be: anything to do with horses, probably some sort of trainer; a veterinarian (that didn’t last long, I’m squeamish); an astronaut/Mars colonist; a paleontologist; and a comparative folklorist. And somehow I ended up working in social media/blogging instead, but I did always love writing.

Love the rediscoveries addition! I’m still buying makeup, but I like being reminded that I already have a lot of great choices to learn to re-appreciate (not a word, I know).

Haul/Rediscoveries: Went ahead and got the Becca Volcano palette, also Makeup Revolution’s Sport Fix fixing spray, Makeup Revolution’s Ultra Cool highlighter palette, a dual silicone brush/applicator by NYX, a skull-packaged lip balm by Rebels Refinery, and lip balm with physical sunblock (Burt’s Bees All Weather SPF 15)

Weekend plans: I’m going back into work; the only reason I’m sitting here on Temptalia is that I’m desperately trying to avoid it, but I really have no choice if I want to avoid being underwater and super stressed out about it.

What was your dream job when you were a kid?: When I was really, really young, I wanted to be a soldier of fortune; when I got older I wanted to be a cowboy; after that I cycled through horse trainer, artist, long-haul truck driver, helicopter pilot, and back to artist. I haven’t given up on artist, though I sincerely wish I had followed the helicopter pilot path.

Yes, I kept forgetting to modify – one of those things you think and write-up in your head but then eventually realize you only did it in your head… not in practice (I do this with emails constantly). But I want to make sure people have a way to participate even if they aren’t purchasing weekly!

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