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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #243

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Received the products I bought from the Giorgio Armani, YSL, and Origins’ sales last week!
  • Weekend plans: Crossing my fingers that Mellan doesn’t go too crazy with all the fireworks happening today! Otherwise, I have about 238974234 palettes I need to write up, so I’m hoping to at least get through a few!
  • What’s your favorite picnic food?: Watermelon!

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…

View from above!


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Jade Avatar

I hope Mellan is ok too!

Haul: No haul, though I skipped last weeks free-for-haul-friday – last week I bought Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Peony, which I’m really liking.

Weekend plans: Get ready for my trip!! Got to wash all the clothes I’m taking,

What’s your favorite picnic food?: Sandwiches? … Pretty much don’t do picnics πŸ˜›

Lily Avatar

Hugs and kisses for the gorgeous Mellan from me and the boys.
The only thing I purchased this week was Mac Moody Bloom lipstick.
Finish painting the house. Bandit has no issues with fireworks and I will see how Rowdy react tonight!
I agree watermelon.
Have a great weekend Christine.

Mariella Avatar

Haul: Inglot shadows (I think 420 and 434 but I can’t remember the colours – dumb numbering system) and another empty palette; Aveda’s new glossing straightening product (I always forget the name of that) and their Smooth Infusion Style Prep. I tried to buy more Clarins eye cream with SPF while I was in New York and went to several different stores but it appears to have been pulled from the shelves there too, which is a total bummer. I also went into the MAC store on 5th Ave (I think – we hit so many stores I can’t even remember) to get a 231 brush but the store was so crowded that I turned around and walked right back out again!

Weekend plans: take it easy and visit with our son, who is home for another week and a bit; maybe go on a picnic, which leads to….

Favourite picnic food: smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, some pasta or regular salad and non-alcoholic peach bellinis to drink. And fresh cherries or strawberries for dessert.

Mariella Avatar

I agree – even if they went with “Pearl Warm Brown #1”, “Pearl Warm Brown #2”, “Pearl Neutral Brown #1”, etc., it would be a bit more effort, I guess but they can classify most shadows as “Warm/Cool/Neutral” and then a general descriptor for colour (Brown, Taupe, Blue, Teal, Purple, Lavender, etc.) Nice trip but it was SO hot and even with my comfortable shoes, I ended up with 2 colossal blisters (one from a sock seam rubbing) so I didn’t get around nearly as much as I’d hoped (most of the time, I was just looking for somewhere to stop for a cold drink!)

Rikki Avatar

Haul: The Body Shop Vitamin E night cream, day cream, cream cleanser, and hydrating toner. All for $20, what a steal! I also got some brushes I’m meant to review at some point. And I just ordered the UD Ocho Loco 2 set since it’s on clearance at Macy’s, and Sushi Kiss MAC lipstick, but they’re birthday presents so I can’t have them yet until the 16th.

My plans will be blogging and filming, as usual!

Veronica Avatar

Haul: Shiseido Eye and Makeup Remover, Chanel Glossimer in Songe, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Initime. The latter is an interesting color. The Beauty Looked Book felt it ran cooler, while your review said warmer; I find it a bit of a chameleon on my NW15 skin. In some lighting it does run slightly warm, but in other lighting, it pulls cool – almost mauvey. I’d say undertone goes a long way to defining that pink.

Weekend Plans: Finishing up school apps, packing for the move, etc. al.

Favorite picnic food? I am not a picnic fan, mostly because the type of weather that allows is the kind I avoid at all costs unless I’m slathered in SPF50 and hat-covered. But if I most suffer the cruelty of the sun, it’s probably salad – vegetable, potato, slaw, etc. Give it to me. :3

Veronica Avatar

Oi yes, I noticed Aura was much darker and berry-toned on my cool, pink skin. I think any sheer lip shade is worth a trip to the counter due to the variation. I know I have to go warmer to get a true neutral when I wear sheer reds, else they turn fuschia on me.

pePear Avatar

Haul: Estee Lauder Pure colors Envy lipstick,Pure color Vivid Shine lipstick,Pure color Blush . love u Estee Lauder πŸ˜‰
Weekend plans: buy dog proof trashcan
What’s your favorite picnic food?: chicken&cheese rolled sandwich!

Izzie Avatar

Haul: I bought a ton of NYX products during the 40% off Ulta sale (still going on) this week and I’m waiting for that and my Anastasia Contour Kit to come in.

Weekend plans: Since my boyfriend broke his foot last week we had to cancel our 4th of July plans. Not much of a biggie though! I could use a relaxing weekend away from the heat/sun.

Favorite picnic food: Toss up between fruit or sandwiches.


Haul: Chanel creme blush in Cheeky, Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream with 2% Salicylic Acid, Milani Color Statement in Teddy Bare, MAC Green Pearl Top Coat

I’ve only used Cheeky and Teddy Bare so far but I love them both!! Plan to use Green Pearl over Zoya Claudine sometime soon in an attempt to dupe Chanel Black Pearl. πŸ˜›

Christina Avatar

Happy 4th
Haul: stocked up on NYX lipstick in Thalia and nude lipliner.
ULTA Has a huge sale and Thalia is a fantastic pinky nude, similar to MAC modesty.
Weekend Plans: grilling with the family and friends while sipping red sangria
Favorite picnic food: turkey and Brie on baguettes (and sangria of course!)

KJH Avatar

love Thalia. It was probably STOLEN at my day job, so others like it, too…. and I replaced it last week. Thank God it was NYX + not NARS, right?

LU Avatar

Aw I hope Mellan stays calm.

Haul: Nothing again. I’ll probably buy something from Sephora next week, I’ve been indecisive.
Weekend plans: Relax, I’ll be fasting for Ramadan.
What’s your favorite picnic food?: Definitely sandwiches!

LU Avatar

I want to try out the Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo. I need a new primer so maybe Benefit Porefessional. I’m using Hourglass’ Mineral Veil + Givenchy’s Mister Mat, but I need something more long lasting for the NYC summer heat. I’m also hunting for a new foundation and thinking of purchasing MUFE HD.

KJH Avatar

Seems early for Ramadan, but I’m not of your faith. A whole month, that’s a real positive statement! You must be looking forward to Eid. I don’t think I could do it. Given it’s this blog, I suppose I should say it’s a good thing you still can wear makekeup before sundown….

LU Avatar

Thank you! Ramadan actually changes every year, it moves up ten calendar days. Playing with makeup definitely helps the day pass faster, LOL!

Bre Avatar

MAC Russian Red & Heartless Lipstick. Tom Ford Pure Pink & Aphrodisiac Lipstick.

Weekend plans:
Organize & packing….moving out of state sooo lots of planning

Chris25 Avatar

Haul: I don’t think I bought anything. I’m proud of myself!

Weekend plans: Research on medical and healing treatments for Native women. I have to email so many people. It’s so overwhelming to gather all of this information.

What’s your favorite picnic food?: Egg salad sandwiches. My mother makes really nice ones in pita pockets.

Pteetsa Avatar

Nice photo of Mellan – you can see how beautiful his coat is.

Haul: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry. Almost got Watermelon and Fig, too, but waiting to see how I like Raspberry first. Also, Sephora Color of the Year gift set on clearance (yay), Stila eyeliner in Gemstone, and Sephora eyeshadow in Sunday Brunch. And a really cute top and full skirt outfit from H&M.

Weekend plans: Four day weekend for us! πŸ™‚ Movie today, volunteering at Humane Society on Saturday, and brunch on Monday.

What’s your favorite picnic food?: Salads: pasta, macaroni, egg, and potato!

WARPAINTandUnicorns Avatar

Oh yeah you mentioned wantinging to know my thoughts on the New MUFE Aqua Matics, I was in Toronto last weekend and checked them out. They tester worked pretty well with my skin so I’ll be picking up a few at IMATS Toronto this year.

I love being able to go into a physical Sephora where I can try out texture. I’m not picking up any of the Hourglass blushes as they’re ALL too frosty for my taste. Glad I waited. lol

rashmi Avatar

He is always so cute πŸ™‚ I do give 10 percent credit to photographer though πŸ™‚

haul πŸ™‚ too faced melted berry , bite beauty set of 4 pencils n bite beauty duo lipstick vivid had budget constraints so just picked 2 bite beauty products … n super excited for melted berry
also my frnd picked 504 lip maestro from duty free which I may get next week πŸ™‚

plans …. m in mumbai n if time n situation permits I may give a try to envy sculpting lipsticks … hopefully

picnic food πŸ™‚ some home made fresh cake πŸ™‚

rashmi Avatar

I will love melted berry m sure πŸ™‚ excited to try formula too … I had also picked melted fuchsia from beauty. Com sale

I love plain chocolate sponge cake with walnuts n raisins πŸ™‚
N also carrot cakes but we dont get that here
I was good in baking when I was young but now have almost lost touch ….
my son only like chocolate crinckle cookies which I bake once n a while πŸ™‚

fuji Avatar

Haul: Just received Armani CC cream from Armani sale and it is AMAZING! I wore it for a run (sounds crazy but it’s mainly for the sunscreen in it, lol) It stayed on well even after being wiped off several times with sweat. Annnnnd it smells nice.
Weekend plans: finishing up my essay draft (so fun that not many friends would be join me for this)
What’s your favorite picnic food?: home made hummus sandwich with basil leaves in it.

fuji Avatar

I totally agree! Ever since I had some little bumps after putting on MAC’s foundation a few years ago, I went all the way to BB and CC creams (especially Japanese brands) for years and the trouble just generally stopped. Nowadays I only put pressed/loose powder on top of BB and CC creams so my skin doesn’t get contact with foundation products but I still get coverage if I want some more.

monica Avatar

Haul: Purchased Maybelline The Falsies mascara, Maybelline The Rocket, Maybelline Age Rewind brightener, Loreal Miss Manga mascara, Too Faced Chocolate Bar (caved), and received my Naked Native Flushed palette (did they change the packaging?)
Weekend plans: Just relaxing trying not to walk around too much since I sprained my ankle last week hiking. Would have liked to go to the beach but it’s raining πŸ™
What’s your favorite picnic food?: Don’t really have a favorite, but I really do like watermelon salad

monica Avatar

Thanks Christine!

I think I’m going to try Miss Manga because there’s been so much talk about it lately. Have you tried it yet?

Maggie Avatar

Hi Christine! You’re such a sweetheart for continuing to work even though it’s a long weekend/vacation. I can still get my temptalia fix! Happy July 4th!

Haul: Nothing has arrived yet but I just bought skinceuticals physical eye uv defense, solbar zinc spf 38, la roche posay ceralip, kiehl’s rare earth masque, bobbi brown cream shadow in bone, and the Iman lip palette. Crossing my fingers my fussy skin won’t react with anything. I’ll be heading to Ulta tomorrow to hopefully haul some L’oreal and NYX. Oh! Do you have any skincare suggestions for a girl traveling into dry climate (southern CA) with sensitive/combo skin? The last time I did that my skin dried out and got flakey so I want to be prepared bc I’ll be in a wedding =). I want to be armed with masks, hydrating sprays, lotions and the like…

Weekend Plans: Today, I work a night shift. Also relaxation and cleaning! I am a bit of a clothes/books hoarder but the wannabe minimalist in me is set on purging! =)

Favorite Picnic Food: Fresh summer fruit!

Denise Avatar

Thankfully I have to say that our two dogs are totally relaxed with thunder, fireworks and any other loud noises but they’re in the minority. There are some good homeopathic remedies (like Bach Rescue Remedy which you can give to animals or some vets stock specific remedies for calming pets down) which are quite effective. All the best though with Mellan.
Haul; I’ve been a bad girl this week: Got a couple of perfumes: Cheap n Chic by Moschino and L’instant by Guerlain. Niiiice! also got 2 liquid eyeliners by Guerlain too which I’m very impressed with. Also got a skirt and a faux fur leopard print jacket on sale. Yay.
Weekend Plans: Haven’t really got any as we have someone dear to us staying here for a few days for some R&R.
Favourite picnic food: Hmmm, tricky as its been so long since we’ve been on one . I guess something fruity along the lines of pineapple or watermelon too.

Christine Avatar

We don’t get too many thunderstorms, so I’m not sure how Mellan would do with them, but fireworks, not so keen on. He is not horribly bad, but he’s steadily gotten worse over the past two years, so I really want to turn it around before it does get bad!

Which eyeliners did you get from Guerlain?

Denise Avatar

I got the brown and the black. I think these might be my HG’s now, surpassing even the YSL liquid eyeliners that I’ve used for years. I much prefer eyeliners that have a brush over the felt pens as they seem to drag my skin a bit.

KaseyCannuck Avatar

I tried it on one nail the instant I got it home to test the peeling action and it comes off like a charm! I’m currently testing it with polish on top and even with my hands being in water quite a bit yesterday it holds up pretty good as a base coat. Yay!

I don’t know what happened to the last question…my favourite picnic food is watermelon and anything barbecuable!

Chantal Avatar

Haul: Surprisingly I didn’t buy anything recently! My MUG order did come in though and I’m in love!
Weekend plans: Having a lazy day with the hubby on Saturday and then work on Sunday, booo!
What’s your favorite picnic food?: Definitely watermelon or homemade chocolate chip cookies πŸ™‚

Chantal Avatar

I’m absolutely loving the blush in Bliss and the eyeshadows in Beaches and Cream and Cosmopolitan!! I always come here before making any purchases and it helped so much πŸ˜€

Genevieve Avatar

Love the video of Mellan – what a gorgeous dog.
My weekend plans consist of seeing my darling grand daughter Olivia – 4 months old and very cute.
Going to visit a winery restaurant for lunch on Sunday.
My daughter in law is looking to buy some red lipsticks – helping her choose some. Interesting that a few weeks ago our question was about intimidating sales assistants – well we had a bad experience when Anika was looking for a red lipstick and ended up with a red lip tar for $30 – way out of her price range. And definitely not what she wanted. At least she took it back. Very pushy MUA!

Marina Avatar

Haul: Bought the new L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Lashes mascara at the drugstore earlier this week and I’m really liking it! Also just placed a Sephora order to repurchase the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla and pick up the EstΓ©e Lauder DayWear BB Cream. Also spent 100 points on a Givenchy lipstick deluxe sample. Can’t wait for this order to come!

Weekend Plans: Blogging and relaxing!

What’s your favorite picnic food? I can’t even remember the last time I went to a picnic so I don’t know what my favorite picnic food would be!

Hope you had an amazing Fourth of July, Christine!

Courtney Avatar

Haul: the only thing I bought this week is the Too Faced shadow insurance. I really hope it’s as great as my sister claims! I have issues with creating since even my lids are oily.
Weekend plans : took my daughter to see fireworks but otherwise the boring adult things of laundry and gym time.
Watermelon is the most amazing picnic item and should be available at reasonable prices year-round!

Helene Avatar

Haul, nothing this week, I have ordered some stuff but it’s not arrived yet, Maybe in time for next weeks haul.
Weekend, nothing really. Just walk the dog, who isn’t so fond of the warm, sunny days we are having at the moment.
Picnic food. I love watermelon, but I rarely remember to buy. Egg sandwiches, salad with pasta and cookies!

Helene Avatar

Thank you. I will, he is a fun, stubborn guy.
I forgot to mention how much I like this weeks photo of Mellan. He looks so sweet on all photos, photogenic, I suppose. Or a good photographer.
I hope it went well with the fireworks.

Nicole Avatar

Haul: Nothing beauty or skincare related, which is good for my bank account.
Weekend plans: I hope to have a lazy weekend at home with lots of sleep and time to relax. I had a hard working week with early morning appointments and long evenings in the office.
What’s your favorite picnic food?: Watermelon is great, also strawberries, raspberries and cucumber.

Sylirael Avatar

OOH! More YSL things coming to the blog soon then? πŸ˜€ I hope Mellan was OK with the fireworks – we get the same thing here every November with Guy Fawkes!

Haul: Revlon Pink Sizzle Super Lustrous Lipstick and Burts Bees Lipgloss in…Summer Twilight (? the strawberry red one) for my sister’s strawberry-themed birthday present πŸ™‚

Weekend Plans – celebrating a whole collection of family birthdays! (there are three of us all within a 30 day period).

Favourite Picnic Food: nicely chilled german potato salad πŸ™‚

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