Free for Haul Friday, Volume #516

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  • Haul/Rediscoveries: Giorgio Armani Redwood (missing shade) Lip Maestro, new Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks (not that I don’t have hundreds of lip colors I should be swatching + reviewing already), Laura Mercier Illuminator Trio, Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy, Urban Decay Perversion Pencil (it was on sale)
  • Weekend plans: I was chatting with my mom earlier this week, and she mentioned that she didn’t know what to get me for my birthday, and she looked up ticket costs to fly out for the weekend but couldn’t bare to pay full price. Hearing about it just made me really, really miss my mom (this might be the longest stretch I’ve gone without seeing my parents). My husband secretly texted my mom and told her he’d pay for the tickets, but my mom being my mom didn’t want anyone spending that kind of money on tickets. SO now my parents are driving out–a 12-hour drive to and a 12-hour drive back!–to spend two days with me.
  • Share a fond childhood memory?: I have a poor memory, especially for things that happened to me in the past, but one of the few childhood memories I have is of going to a local dairy farm, seeing the cows and always getting bubblegum ice cream (and I’d spit out all of the bubblegum pieces). This was back in Massachusetts so I was under five at the time, and every time I’ve gone back to Massachusetts, we try to go (and it’s cool that it’s still there!) to the dairy farm.

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I am WILD about the Zoe Kravitz YSL Limited Edition lipsticks in Honeys Nude (the only nude I own because nothing – I mean nothing in the “nude” category – has complemented my skin tone before this) and Lales Red. Though they have shimmer, it’s not detectable to me. A glorious formula and color. My dry lips adore them. I”m about to buy a backup.

Christine, the Mellan photo/caption had me laughing out loud…so cute! I remember loving bubblegum ice cream. I’d spit out the pieces of gum and chew them after the ice cream was gone. The idea of that kind of turns my stomach now. And I’m so glad you’ll get to see your parents. 🙂

Haul: Nothing this week.

Rediscoveries: I’m trying to wear some of my lipsticks that I’ve been ignoring for a long time, so this week I’ve rediscovered MAC See Sheer and Tarte Salt Lyfe. While See Sheer is gorgeous, it has a bad habit of feathering outside my lips.

Weekend plans: Trying to relax after a very tough work week. Dinner with friends. Chores.

Share a fond childhood memory: Having spent my early childhood in NYC, I have wonderful memories of going to the museums with my mom—Guggenheim, MOMA, the Met, and especially the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History! Afterward, we’d get ice cream from the Good Humor truck (Toasted Almond bars…yum!).

How awesome to have that caliber of museums in your area. The nearest museum that is even close is several hours away so these are all on my bucket list.

Haul: ColourPop Lilac You a Lot Palette and Juvia’s Place The Warrior III Palette.

Weekend plans: Some friends have to move, so I may be helping them some. Otherwise, just the usual shopping, etc.

Share a fond childhood memory?: Visiting my great-grandparents (my mom’s grandparents, who raised her after her mother died). They were kind people. My “grandpap” would tell us stories, take us on walks, buy us candy at the mini-mart, let us help him roll his cigarettes, tell us stories, and sing us lullabyes. “Grandma” wasn’t a great cook, but she always tried to make us things we’d like to eat, was patient with us, and let us explore the apartment. They loved us. I wish I’d had more time with them.

Haul/Rediscoveries: A week of nothing new.

Weekend plans: Your weekend plans reminded me I haven’t seen my family in an year… I just have long hour chats with my mom over phone during weekends (and this one won’t be an exceptions). I was hoping this weekend to get my flu shot (but I already have a runny nose) and tackle multiple chores, while deciding which museum to visit on Sunday. Maybe getting plane tickets to visit my family will be in the plans.

Share a fond childhood memory?: I have tons of fond childhood memories, especially from my summer vacations spent with my grandparents. I can’t simply pick just one. I remember sitting in the kitchen Sunday morning with my grandfather, he was making some traditional pies and gave me and my brother the dough to play with. I remember exploring nature with my grandmother or simply taking the first train to visit close by towns; she always cooked schnitzels (chicken, or beef if she was fancy), packed them between slices of homemade bread, and that was our on the go meal, with fresh tomatoes we ate like apples. I remember the stories my grandfather invented and the history of our family my grandmother shared… and these are just the memories with my grandparents… the older I get, the more I realize I had a great childhood.

Haul: I’m still waiting for my Natasha Denona Gold Mini Palette (it was supposed to have arrived YESTERDAY and it’s still not here!) I did receive the Mini Star palette, which I ordered in error (figures that one arrived within 24 hours; I have the niggling feeling that maybe I’m not meant to have the Gold one and that’s why all this is happening….). Rediscoveries: 2 Smashbox trios (Night Shoot and Showmance; Night Shoot is the perfect cool neutrals for any time and Showmance is so right now that autumn is approaching)
Weekend plans: some shopping errands with hubs tonight; gym session with my trainer tomorrow and then we might go out tomorrow night to see the Downton Abbey movie (hubs has been so busy these past 2 weeks with a court case so it will be nice to spend some time with him – it feels like I’ve hardly seen him; he’s got a 2 week “break” and then the court case resumes so it’s a long haul)
Fond childhood memory: road trips with my mom, my aunties and my cousin. I grew up in a wacky but fabulous extended family – my mom and dad but also my mom’s one sister, who was a widow with a young child (daycare wasn’t well-known in the 50’s) and her other sister who was what used to be called “a spinster”. My cousin and I were pretty much surrounded by loving adults. Over the summer, the 3 sisters would take the 2 children on road trips – Florida, Atlantic City, all manner of places that I don’t even recall – but it was always so nice getting into the car for whatever adventure lay ahead.

He’s fine, Genevieve (though when he slept in unusually late this morning, I did go up to double check that he was still breathing…honestly, I did!). He goes for his follow up appointment/checkup with the surgeon in 2 more months but he’s been fine. Thank you so much for asking!

Mellan, you crack me up! ?

Haul: 3 UD 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils in Empire, Wild Side and a backup of Corrupt since I use it so often. At half price, I don’t feel so bad.

Weekend plans: Your w/e plans had me a little bit teary eyed here! In a good way, though. That would be me and my son if one of us were to move out of the Phoenix Metro Area. My own weekend plans are just my same old same old. Still looking at getting my hair cut into a shoulder grazing Bob….but the horror of what occurred last time I got it cut kind of holds me back.

Share a fond childhood memory? Our summer vacations down the shore on Long Beach Island, NJ! How I miss going to the beach and staying there for at least a week or two. There was actually a restaurant that specialized in all sorts of different pancake toppings or included in the batter, or both. My two favorite ones were apple cinnamon or blueberry. Also, the little pirate ship and mini mall in Beach Haven was always a fun evening venture once per year!

I have been praying for Mellan every night. He looks good even if he doesn’t mind being half-assed. My daughter’s cat sits with her bottom on one stair and her paws down one stair. Looks so weird.

Haul: PMGL Blitz Astral e/s in Nocturnal Nirvana x 2, The Inkey List Brighten-i Eye Cream, (I am still using and will always use the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol but wanted something to put over it for a moisturizer so thought I would try this), Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery and for my samples I asked for the Kevin Aucoin Glass Glow Face tester with blister’s of the three shades. I am so hoping I get it because it has been sitting in my cart on Beautylish for quite awhile and I haven’t purchased because I am not sure which shade to get so I was excited to see it as a sample.
** On a side note, I have been trying to find the Pony Park e/s palette and it is sold out everywhere. I have two lipsticks in my cart and the highlighter which I will probably buy this weekend but I am hoping that the e/s palette will be restocked. I am not getting it for it’s quality or uniqueness but rather as a collection that represents Pony who was my inspiration for my interest in Asian skin care and makeup. I see it on Ebay for $75 and I am not going to pay that for it so will go without if it isn’t restocked.

Weekend plans: So my ex-husband is driving from Georgia to help our daughter move 3 hours away. Sounds crazy to drive for 4 or 5 days to help move but it was an excuse to get to see his “baby”. He will probably hang out here for a month before heading home to Georgia. He wants to fish while he is here. So, I have to do some housekeeping and stock up on some groceries. Expecting rain all weekend so unable to do much outside.

Childhood memory: I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood that I could write a book. I had a pretty idyllic childhood. My parents were amazing parents. They really devoted their lives to us kids and every weekend was spent camping, hiking, swimming, etc. Although I was born in Montana I really grew up on the beach in Southern California. My parents had a tri-level home on the bluffs above Doheny Beach and before the harbor was added we would go swimming down there all summer long. I wouldn’t know which memory to pick but one that we still laugh about to this day involved our first camper. My Dad purchased a camper which was so long that it hung off the back of the pick up truck about 3 feet. The truck and camper were brand new and were purchased for a trip to Montana. The way the camper was laid out the “bathroom/shower” were on the back where the overhand was. On the road to Montana my brother was in the bathroom using the facilities when my Dad decided to pull off the highway to have lunch. Well, there was quite a difference between the road surface and the shoulder in height and the subsequent “bump” caused the contents of the toilet to fly up in the air and I am sure you can imagine what happened to my brother’s bottom! Whenever we are together telling tales you can bet that one gets recounted a lot!!

Pleasant Meadows? If so, it’s still there. I have a billion favorite childhood memories, but my takeaway is how much more innocent the time was, the freedom, and how we lived without fear. How we could explore and go, without supervision, because nothing would go wrong. Nowadays even 17 y.o.s cannot stand at the bus stop without adults watching. If you find a backpack, you don’t get a friend, open it up, and notify the owner. You call the cops and move far away. When JFK was assassinated, it was a terrible shock and awful in all senses of the word, but no one would ever have thought that in a few decades, we would be nearly inured to school shootings.

Haul: I think the front desk administrator is annoyed of sending me my Ulta purchases from the 21 days of beauty sale (I spent too much). I got the Benefit Brow pencil, Clarisonic head, Tarte shape tape, and the Cover FX translucent powder. My favorite so far has been the powder. Also, I FINALLY got a Sephora targeted email code for 20% off skincare which I used to get another ExfoliKate and Tatcha cleanser.
Rediscoveries: tarte’s Make Believe in Yourself palette has one of my favorite metallic formulas.
Weekend Plans: My parents are coming over this weekend and my sister and I have no clue where to take them to eat.
Childhood memory: My sister and I always dressed up as a witch for Halloween and it wasn’t until I entered college that I finally changed it up. Now, I’m indecisive on what to wear. I may default to a witch’s costume (maybe the Sanderson sister one) since I’m stubborn and don’t want to wear my old Freddy Krueger costume again.

Haul/Rediscoveries: Haul — Besame’s Sleeping Beauty eyeshadow palette, cream blush in the book pendant, and Maleficent lipstick (my second Maleficent lipstick, including ColourPop’s!). I was concerned that the blush would be too “sweet,” but it’s very natural looking on me. The eyeshadow palette is just stunning, true to Besame’s style; I almost hate to use it. Rediscoveries — Cider blush from Silk Naturals, and Kali blush from Aromaleigh … both very nice, and Cider especially so for layering.

Weekend plans: Yard work, and hopefully starting a new drawing project.

Share a fond childhood memory?: Every now and then when we were all small, in the hot months, my dad would surprise us after we had all gotten pajama’d up and under the covers, gathering us up and putting us in the open bed of his pickup truck with sleeping bags and pillows, and we’d ride down the old country highway to the soft-serve ice cream stand and sit out under the stars in the parking lot in our pajamas eating (in my case) twist cones. Being in pajamas in public, it always seemed like we were doing something daring; it felt so silly and perfect. We’d take our time eating and sitting around, and sometimes watching people struggle through the put-put golf course next door to the ice cream shop. Then when we were all beyond tired, us kids would curl up with the sleeping bags and pillows in the truck bed and let the sound and feel of the truck driving down the road put us into that zen-like almost-sleeping state as we headed back home.

I don’t think it’s legal in that state to ride in the open bed of a truck anymore, but I will always love the feel of it, and it’s extremely high on my list of “most nostalgic moments.” Even riding inside a car with the window down on a warm summer night, with the scent of the cooling earth coming through the windows puts me right back in the bed of that truck (and craving soft-serve). 🙂

Happy weekend 🙂

Haul: Sephora and their random sales this week! Picked up the full size UD Primer potion/travel size All Nighter spray in a gift box ($15) and Bite Beauty clear lip liner (50% off; $11 each).

Rediscoveries: Working through my project pan (200 items panned!) I discovered I love the now discontinued Benefit Boi-ng concealer. And I can add the Beauty Pie Mineral Serum foundation to my Leniege cushion compact as a perfect up-cycle! Also: loving the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer duo.

Weekend plans: Playing with our horses. Reading. Laundry.

Share a fond childhood memory: Camping by a lake, making bread over a campfire in a dutch oven; then Smores while jumping in and out of the lake by moonlight.

I love Mellan’s sweet face.

Pat McGrath Blitz Astral eyeshadow quads
Natasha Denona mini Gold quint
Urban Decay Naked Honey palette
Pat McGrath Sublime foundation in shade 8
Herbivore Prism oil

MAC Burgundy x 9 quad
MAC Pinch Me blush
MAC On Hold lipstick

Weekend plans: Take out and catching up on some shows tonight and then the usual chores and getting ready for the next week.

Forgot to add:
Pat McGrath, 20% off:
MOTHERSHIP palettes Midnight Sun, Bronze Seduction and Sublime (backups)
Omi lipstick, Flesh 3 lip fetish (backups)

Haul: I ordered the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks in Maple and Smoked Za’atar, and the crayon in Brandy. Also picked up the Pat McGrath Mini-Subversive palette because I was already placing a Sephora order, so why not? That should all arrive tomorrow.

Weekend plans: My parents are coming to visit, too! It’s their first time coming to visit since I moved up here three years ago (I’ve been back “home” a few times, though I think it’s been 1.5 years since my last visit). Not sure what all we will do, but we’ll definitely go to the NW Tea Festival on Sunday. They’ll be here through Weds afternoon, so we’ve got plenty of time to do things.

Share a happy childhood memory: Probably one of my happiest childhood memories was when a stable in the next town over had an… open house? some sort of tie-in event with the local country music station? I don’t know. All I know is that I got to ride a REAL HORSE, not a pony, a full-sized horse, for the first time in my life. I was horse crazy and I desperately wanted riding lessons and for a short time I thought it would really happen. That wasn’t in the cards but at least I got to ride a horse and spend the day in a horsey environment.

I had a happy childhood but I cannot remember a childhood memory that stands out. I guess just hanging out in the summer with the other neighborhood kids (about 8 other kids in my neighborhood, mainly boys). We’d go house to house and play “war games” in the woods and play ball in the street and watch MTV. This was the early 80s so I’m talking Van Halen, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, all those hair bands were popular. But we also liked Culture Club, Billy Idol and Duran Duran.

Christine, I live in Massachusetts. Out of curiosity which dairy farm did your family visit?

Now that I think about it, some of my happiest childhood memories include my kids, actually. I love going to the beach with my boys and riding the carousel on Cape Cod, visiting Edaville, Great Wolf Lodge, seeing kids music bands, et cetera. These activities are sometimes a financial drain but it’s worth it!!

Mellon is looking so well and healthy, what a darling boy he is.
Haul: My Pixi Beauty Reflex Light palette arrived yesterday, with a couple of shades shattered – so after contacting the online company, taking some pics, they are replacing it and I am sending back the damaged one free of charge. It was very prompt service to me.
Purchased a couple of L’Oreal’s Chrome singles in a bronze and rose gold shade (both on sale), which Muse reviewed and loved. They are really lovely.
Rediscoveries: Used my Dior Jardin quint this week and it is a lovely set of shades, particularly the teal.

Weekend Plans: It’s a big weekend here in Melbourne, as it is the Grand Final of our AFL football season. A local and an interstate team are playing for the title. We are having some friends and family over to watch the game on Saturday.
Sunday, I will be preparing some food goodies to take with us to the Royal Melbourne Show on Monday with my son, Nicholas, Anika and our grandchildren. Last year we had a wonderful time, with Lachlan enjoying rides for the first time. They have showbags, an animal nursery, children’s crafts, all kinds of farm animals, monster trucks in the arena, arts – a really great day for everyone.

Fondest childhood memory. I had fabulous parents, who took my twin sister and I out everywhere. One of my fondest memories was going to the Melbourne show as children with my dad. We went on all the rides, even some of the scarier ones and he would take us to see all the animals.
Another favourite was the Sunday afternoon drives – where we would go to all the different scenic spots around and have afternoon tea somewhere lovely.

I love the pic of Mellan which is perfectly captioned. Enjoy your time with your parents Christine. I picked up a couple UD eyeliners in Uzi when they were on sale. Today I rediscovered the Loreal Infallible pigment eyeshadow. I have several and really do love them. I’m glad one looks like a dupe for the PMG dark brown.
I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s favorite memories. It makes me so thankful for the childhood I had and my family too. One of my memories is from Christmas. Every year my dad would drive us past an apartment complex. There were several buildings and on top of each was a 4 foot plastic illuminated Santa. We. Were still at an age to believe, but it never dawned on us that there were a lot of Santas. I was fortunate to have my maternal grandparents well into my adult life and I have many great memories of them… including grandpa giving me away at my wedding. We are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this weekend. Great question Christine.

Haul: Sonia G Builder 3, Units eye brush set, Becca Pop Goes The Glow palette, Melt Genesis Digital Dust, Saturday Skin mini set, Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia perfume and another tube of Creme Lait.

Weekend plans: Absolutely no plans. Maybe cook something in my new oven. Possibly prune my lavender bushes, though that seems unlikely given that the weather forecast is for rain. Nap.

Fond childhood memory: I have 3 brothers and grew up in a fairly traditional (eg, gently chauvinist) household and as the only girl, I ended up with an unfair number of household chores to do, such as cooking and cleaning despite the fact we had a roster and the boys were supposed to do their share, my dad never really enforced it and when mum tried, they mostly just ignored her because they could. So one day, there is a massive pile of laundry to fold, the boys are off gallivanting in a paddock somewhere (we lived on a dairy farm) and I’m in a cosy spot, reading a book and most definitely NOT folding 5 other peoples laundry because IT WAS NOT MY TURN. And my mother starts trying to coax me into helping her and I’m all like nuh uh and shes all pleeeeeease, you do such a good job, the boys aren’t as good as folding things neatly as you and I pretty much lost my nine year old sh*t and screamed at her that OF COURSE THE BOYS ARE USELESS MUM, THEY DO IT ON PURPOSE SO YOU HAVE TO REDO IT AND THEN YOU GET ME TO DO IT BECAUSE I DO IT BETTER AND HONESTLY MUM, YOU’RE SO STUPID AND THEY KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH IT and then I screamed incoherently some more and threw my book across the room and when I finally calmed down, my mum is standing there with this absolute look of thunder on her face and internally, I’m all oh sh*t I’m gonna die oh well, and then she stalks over to the back door and flings it open so hard it dented the outside of the house and hollered at the top of her lungs BOYS YOU GET IN HERE RIGHT NOW OR SO HELP ME GOD I WILL COME OUT THERE AND MAKE YOU SORRY and then she stood over them like a drill sergeant and barked at them when their laundry folding was sloppy and made them redo it until it was perfect (it took ages) and during this time, she went and made me a Milo (hot chocolate) and brought it to me and asked if it was good book and never said a word about my screaming tantrum and I didn’t have to do any housework for a week.

I think it was less about being proud of me and more about being totally p*ssed that the boys had pulled one over on her and she’d had no idea. I know she felt guilty about assuming I’d do more housework because I was a girl and was “better” at it (because I had more practice, obviously, because my brothers were lowdown dirty shirkers) but it was a hard lesson to learn as a 9 year old – just because everyone *says* something is fair and there might even be a bit of paper also stating things are equal, that doesn’t necessarily mean things ARE fair and equal in practice. Saying things and actually doing them are two separate and distinct things, it’s a lesson I’ve never forgotten and I still live by it today.

I was really lucky she reacted the way she did though. It was over 30 years ago and we’ve both come a long way since! 🙂 She totally has my back now 😉

Haul/Rediscoveries: KvD Studded Kiss Crème Capsule Collection Deep Russet lipstick (I’ve wanted it for a while and KvD email/text subscribers got a 2-day 20% off everything flash sale Wednesday and yesterday-perfect timing!), e.l.f. angled blush brush, e.l.f. Precision smudge brush, CoverGirl Makeup Masters powder puff 3-pack, Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Bold Color Staycation mascara (a replacement for UD Double Team Deep End, which I love but is too hard to remove-I have to rub my lashes with a makeup remover wipe to get it off and usually lose a lash in the process)
Weekend plans: Errands today, work all day tomorrow. I’m so excited-Mystery Science Theater 3000 is doing a live tour and I’m going to their stop in my hometown Sunday! Joel’s retiring from the tours, and I’m glad I get to see one of his last live shows. The movie Joel and the bots are mocking is No Retreat, No Surrender-an 80s masterpiece of badness (I’m sure) where Jean-Claude Van Damme plays the leader of a Russian karate gang, they beat up a shopkeeper, and his teenage son takes revenge after training with the ghost of Bruce Lee.
Share a fond childhood memory?: I’m not great at remembering my childhood either, but one of my clearest ones is from a trip to Disney World with my parents and Florida-living aunt when I was about 6. The overall experience was pretty good (only bad part was that I rode Space Mountain even though my stomach was definitely not mature enough for it), but my favorite part is that the parade had a Hercules-themed float and I was one of several kids Megara (who’s always been one of my favorite non-princess Disney heroines) pulled onto the float with her and Hercules for a short stretch of the route!

I love MST3k and had no idea that they even did a tour! Excited to see that they’re stopping near our home town early next year! I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t read your post. ?

Indie haul this week!!
Devinah Galaxy shifters collecton (Christine I really wish you’d start reviewing the major up and coming trend in MULTICHROMES, which are gaining major traction in the indie community, it’s only a matter of time before they hit mainstream) Clionahd also has some incredible one.
AND Strobe cosmetics (recently rebranded as Shroud cosmetics) just released the Arcana palette. They have a great one called Creepy Cute that’s a fantastic dupe for KVD’s pastel Goth but better without the KVD controversy.

I just ordered the ColourPop Lilac you a lot palette. Coincidentally we are painting our bedroom and the paint we picked out months ago just happen to match the palette!

Haul: Sigma Enchanted palette, Cover Girl + Olay Advanced Radiance Foundation and Age Defying Foundation, Essence 24h Volume Stylist Mascara, a couple of Flower Beauty Lipsticks and Milani Keep It Full Plumping Lip Gloss in Rose Bronze.

Rediscoveries: Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp quad… I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I really love the tones and every time I’ve used it, I’ve been really pleased with the results. I also have the Dolce Vita quad and I really love that one too!

Weekend plans: We had friends over to play the Disney Villainous board game… I was a little nervous because my son is in the terrible twos right now and very demanding of my attention and there would be other kids there he didn’t know (he has major stranger danger as well), but everything went great!! We also did some running around and cleaning yesterday as well.

Share a fond childhood memory?: There was a couple of summers when I was 11-12 years old that we went to Lake Michigan almost every day. My mom would try to work early hours and my brothers and I would clean the house and hope she would get off work early so we could beg her to take us to the beach. It worked most of the time. We had so much fun there, swimming and climbing the dunes.

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