Free for Haul Friday, Volume #269

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  • Haul: Estee Lauder lipsticks/eyeliners from spring
  • Weekend plans: Play with spring goodies!
  • What’s your favorite place to window shop?: Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom

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Mellan celebrated his 7th birthday last week (the 24th) ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy belated birthday to Mellan! He’s such a big boy now!

Haul: Nothing. I got some new things for Christmas so I am trying to hold off any purchases.
Weekend plans: Nothing special at the moment, other than work.
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop? Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Haul: I got the TF Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar…hoping I like it, Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen. Also picked some other essentials like Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash, EOS Shave Cream, Porefessional, It Cosmetics Tightliner mascara, elastics, cotton rounds, and a new hair brush
Weekend plans: Going to Boston with my family
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: I like window shopping at those stores too plus Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table

My most recent haul would be my Christmas presents– the Zoya mystery box, MAC Melba blush, MAC Syrup lipstick, Shiseido eyelash curler, and LORAC Champagne Dreams palette.
My weekend plans are to go to Macy’s and get some foundation samples. I have a $50 gift card and I was going to buy more MAC lipsticks but I decided I’d rather get a nicer foundation than the drugstore ones I’ve been using. I’m not sure which one to get though– I have NW 15 skin, combination (mostly normal with an oily T-zone and some dry random dry patches). I’m thinking I’ll get a sample of Estee Lauder Doublewear, but does anyone else have any suggestions?

Nice Christmas haul, Emily! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like a lot of pretty things!

Foundation is so tricky! My favorites are by Guerlain.

Haul: Hourglass ambient blush in Mood Exposure (finally jumped on the bandwagon), Lancome precision brow pencil, two Tom Ford lips & boys lipsticks (Richard and Blake), anxiously awaiting the lipsticks to get here!
Weekend plans: Relax and try not to stress about how busy work is going to get starting Monday
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Nordstrom

Awww…Happy Birthday, Mellan! He looks so sweet, and that birthday cake is so cute!
*Had 20% off coupon at Dermstore, so got the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Candlelight Duo & some Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Stains. This was on 12/31, so I’m still honoring my lo-buy resolution ๐Ÿ™‚
*Relax, still recovering from holidays & year-end work stuff
*Window shop — Container Store, Bloomingdales (shoes & makeup)

Haul: OMG, I went to town before the self-imposed “purchase pause” I’m doing for the next few months! I got Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains in Brun Cachemire and Mauve Pigmente; Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Khaki; Nars Lipstick in Dressed to Kill; and Stila Waterproof Eyebrow Color in Light. Can’t wait til they arrive!
Weekend plans: A massage… and getting used to the idea of going back to work after two weeks off!
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Nordstrom, and bookstore, and a great little boutique near me called Simple Pleasures.

Happy happy birthday Mellan!! My kitty kats are turning 7 in a month too. Lol luv the cake ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy new year to you and Shaun too!

Awww, Happy Birthday Mellan! He looks a bit depressed though… Is 7 the dog year equivalent for 30 or something?

Haul: Nothing this week

Weekend plans: Stay in and relax with my fiancรฉ, probably play lots of WoW

Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Globus and Manor

There’s actually a study about how the equivalent of dog years is a lot more in-depth than 1 human year = 7 dog years (so the saying goes)! I think it makes it pretty old, lol!

Haul: My Notoriously Morbid order arrived! I’m thinking of getting some photo albums designed for Fuji Instax Cameras to hold my indie makeup samples. The pockets are just the right size and the albums are adorable!

Weekend Plans: Sleep! I go back to school in a few days.

Window Shop: Fancy Smancy furniture places.

Haul: Melt Cosmetics lipsticks (a gift from my boyfriend) in Bane, Blow, DGAF, and Dark Room, MAC makeup wipes, brush cleaner, spoolie brush, and Prep+Prime Lip (for my cousin), Real Techniques new sculpting brush, Stila Smudgestick in Sepia.

Weekend Plans: Spend as much time with my boyfriend as I can before he leaves on Monday!

Favorite place to window shop: Tiffany’s, Bergdorf’s, Chanel.

Estee Lauder PC Envy Shine lipstick x1
Take down the tree and just relax.
Nordstroom.

Happy belated Birthday to Mellan! xoxo for Mellan from me and the boys. Hope you had a great New Year and have a great weekend Christine.

Haul: MAC Rebel lipstick ๐Ÿ™‚
Weekend plans: Hanging out with friends, a friend’s wedding, and cleaning around the house
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Nordstrom

Haul: Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Liquifucshia and a pre-order of the Guerlain Meteorites compact from their Spring 2015 collection

Weekend plans: Recuperate from all the New Year’s party planning, cooking, cleaning and socializing

Favorite place to window shop: Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel

*My dog turned 7 yesterday! She’s a cute mix of Husky, German Shepard, and Whippet*

Haul: None. I had more than enough new goodies to play with from Christmas. Plus, I’m going on low-buy mode for a few months and let my poor bank account recover from Christmas. My older son’s birthday is in February, and my hubby and younger son’s are in March, so I need funds available for those times, too.

Weekend plans: We’re painting my makeup/craft room.

Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: I can’t remember the last time I went window shopping. Since I was rear-ended a couple years ago and my back injured, most days I’m not up to walking around a mall or whatever for long periods. Or even short periods of time, some days.

I’d love to. It’s going to have an Alice in Wonderland theme. I picked out an extremely light blue, so the wall color won’t affect lighting and how I see my makeup. Accents are going to be hot pink, lime green, turquoise blue and bright purple. It’ll be so fun.

Haul: MAC Studio Sculpt Powder, MAC Rule eyeshadow and Star Violet – after I saw your recomendation sometime ago), Maybelline Colossal Mascara (backup), Lash Sensational Mascara, Fit Me Foundation, and Aussie 3 Minutes…
Weekend plans: Beach and drinks. So hot here in Brazil, itยดs unbearable.
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: I donยดt know. I buy on line almost everytime.
Melan is soooooooooooooo cute. Happy New Year, ny the way.

Haul: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Kat Von D Monarch eyeshadow palette. My ColourPop order came in Raw, Charm, Tipsy, Wet, Bunny, Cake, Bull Chic, and Brills lipstick with Cheeky and Animal eyeshadows.

Weekend plans: Other then raging at out grey skies this winter (we are just not getting snow and a lot of rain in Ontario… I want to take more photos!). Just relaxing before going back to work.

Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Hmmm… local boutiques and Sephora.

Haul: This week was a doozy… I got home from vacay & had a few boxes! I received my Makeup Geek order for foiled eyeshadows (mesmerized, Houdini, magic act, in the spotlight, grandstand, showtime & jester), and pigments in liquid gold & nightlife. I received my Sephora ‘sale on sale’ order & got the Marc Jacobs beauty highliners set (not on sale, bought a back up – I’m obsessed with them & love the minis!), the Korres greek yogurt set (also not on sale, but a good deal), MUFE studio case, Living Proof hair care value set, Boscia blotting papers, Nest Moroccan Amber shower gel & body lotion, Formula X ‘the system’ for nails (just the minis/ 500 point bonus thing). Also I received my ColourPop order… I ordered the Lippies lumiรจre, dahlia, feminist, ellarie, Lippie to go set, Forget the Fruit Lippie set, Not A Box of Chocolates set, Barely Blitzed set, and 3 bonus lippie primers. I went a lil cray because seriously it’s so affordable, and I was thinking if I have to pay Canadian duties, I’m going to go all out one time then consider future orders.
Weekend plans: No plans! ๐Ÿ™‚ just hang out with my bf and family!
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Any homewares place!!

I absolutely love them! They are so gorgeous and pigmented and soft. I couldn’t really believe how creamy the consistency was, it’s kind of unreal. Marlena (the OG MUG Queen herself) was saying in one of her YouTube videos (pretty sure it’s this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkAetn7ZZ0k) that people were complaining that the shadows were breaking during shipment, but mine were fine & I live really far north in Canada. She was even ‘asking her audience’ if she should make them into pigments instead, but I don’t think that’s necessary! They’re awesome the way they are

Haul: Nothing unless you count the clearance vases I picket up at Target!

Weekend Plans: Delayed NYE merriment. I’m cooking for some acquaintances, playing board games, and drinking!

Window Shopping: Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and Anthropologie. Antro is always decorated and window-dressed so interestingly you can just wander around the store trying to take in every little vignette!

Haul: Comme des Garรงons Wonderwood, Marc Jacobs Fluorescent Beige polish, Marc Jacobs The Conceal brush and some muslin cloths from Eve Lom. Had my Serge Lutens De Profundis come this week and could not be more excited.

Weekend plans: Cleaning and reading. Take my kids to Target at some point. Their favorite thing to do.

Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: William-Sonoma, Nordstrom. I always loved passing the Barneys windows when I lived on the East Coast.

Have a good weekend of playing, Christine!

Haul: Clinique Take the Day Off Oil (Sephora seems to be the ONLY place to carry this; I checked the Clinique counter in the dept. store and the gal had never even heard of it, looked it up on Sephora.ca on her phone and was amazed to see it and then checked her big catalogue where it’s listed as “international”, meaning not sold in Canada! I went to Sephora and got it and then took it back for the gal to see and she’s going to try to find out from her area rep why the dept. stores don’t have it); I also got Sephora Flirting Game liner and a whole whack of soaps and stuff at Bath and Body Works. I went into lululemon to get some new yoga pants (I’ve got 2 gift certificates still left from my birthday!). Oh, and a really nice Xmas table-cloth for a mere SEVEN bucks! All of this was today – first time in the stores since well before Xmas!

Weekend plans: back into gym/yoga routine; some shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart tomorrow (20X the points and I have to get some eye cream and something to add to a friend’s b-day present) and trying to get back into eating more healthy food and less home made shortbread and Raspberry Meringue squares!

Favourite place to window-shop: All along Bloor Street in Toronto! (Ashley’s, Birk’s, Holt Renfrew, Prada, MAC, Crate and Barrel, lululemon…

I usually stop going to big stores the week before Black Friday, LOL! Then you won’t see me dare to return til mid-January…

Raspberry meringue squares… yum!!

Happy Birthday Mellan!

Plans: Relaxing and sorting through all the makeup I bought the past 2 months (ha,ha). Back to life and work on Monday, but I’m not complaining. I’m blessed.

Favorite place to window shop: Nordstrom, Anthropologie and any indie bookstore/music store I can find (sadly both are quickly fading away here in NYC).

Haul: Melt Cosmetics Eyeshadow Stacks and LA Splash Liquid Lipsticks
Weekend Plans: swatching, photographing and blogging, plus hitting the gym tonight
Favorite Place to Window Shop: Does Etsy count? I poke around there all the time.

Mellan is adorable, as usual ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday!

Haul: NARS Sheer Glow foundation & Audacious Lipstick in Anita and Lana (+ a tiny sample of Deep Throat Blush), MAC Prolong Wear concealer & Fix+, Lumene mascara, Isadora highlighter, Ardell falsies, Lush Cosmetic Warrior and Snow Fairy shower gel. Best haul of my life, probably!! And I’m waiting for some Coastal Scents brushes as well ๐Ÿ˜€
Weekend plans: Nothing except sleeping!
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Kicks (swedish cosmetics store) and ร…hlรฉns (department store)!
Happy birthday Mellan ๐Ÿ™‚

Haul: Eye cream from Boots No. 7 and my friend got me a hilariously blatant knockoff of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette from a brand called “I Heart Makeup”

Er, whoops, hit enter too soon:

Weekend Plans: Working, finishing up a few books I’m reading.

Favorite place to window shop: Nordstroms. Give me your shoes, Nordy. All of them.

Haul:
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Highlighting Powder in Nude Radiance
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance
Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Pink Taupe
Tom Ford Cheek Color Blush in Frantic Pink
Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen in Naked Bisque
Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen in Lavender Voile
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Blend Brush (backup)
Cargo Blush in The Big Easy
Cargo Blush in Tonga
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in Ecstasy
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion in Candlelight

Weekend plans: Recover from an annoying cold!

Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: I don’t like window shopping at all. I find it really boring and pointless.

Haul: Label M mousse (my fave) and 2 Zadro round pocket mirrors (1x/5x) to replace mine broken during the move.
Plans: Still unpacking, buying DR set, groceries….and getting lost on these new roads!
Window Shopping: On Newbury St, if I ever get there ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 7th Mellan, you sweet puppy!

DAT PLUSH CAKE THO. So, along with lipsticks and biscuits (and my husband I guess, LOL!), one of my favourite things in the world are plushes. As may have been betrayed by the ballet monster! This picture makes me want a plush Mellan too ^_^ Happy birthday Mellan!

Haul: Still working my way through my last loot pile, LOL!

Weekend Plans: It’s back to thesis, I’m afraid. No ballet either this weekend – the studio hasn’t reopened yet! T_T

Favourite Place to Window Shop: Probably Fortnum & Mason or Liberty in London, or Mariage Freres tea shop in Paris. Partly because apparently I like to window shop for expensive food items, and partly becuase I have bought a few small things there, and so know how delectable everything is ๐Ÿ˜‰

Haul: Completely splurged on both the mac MSF in perfect topping and the guerlain pressed meteorites in 02.

Weekend Plans: Going for coffee with a friend on saturday.
What’s your favourite place to window shop: sephora, mac, the bay, lush, chapters, bolen books

Yeah ๐Ÿ™‚ They smell so good, and like you’ve said about other meteorites, give that photoshop in real life quality. The price reduction compared to voyage helps, and the compact doesn’t feel cheap despite being plastic. Does hold fingerprints quite noticeably though. Also, I would say they are less shimmery than the loose meteorites that I’ve tried in stores.

Happy Birthday Mellan – he looks like he really wants to rip into that cake.
Haul – nothing
Weekend plans – surviving the 42 degrees Celsius heatwave we are having in Melbourne. Hopefully no bushfires.
Favourite place to shop – Myers, Priceline.

I also want to wish you a very Happy New Year and thank you for the outstanding work you do on this blog. It is greatly appreciated. I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

I got some Tom Ford Julian and Stavros lipsticks.

At first glance, I thought that Mellan’s cake was a bunch of lipsticks. The candles look like yellow lipsticks. LOL

Happy Birthday Mellan! He is a cutie. My dog is a rescue. So,we made up her bday to be Dec 28..so close!
Haul: Lorac unzipped!, I also received some Rae morris brushes I ordered right before Christmas. I got the #26 radiance, liquid foundation brush,lash-line smudger,medium point shader, and lip brushes…very excited to try those out!
Weekend plans: Take down the Christmas stufff( never fun), laundry, try to get to closet and makeup /brush decluttering out and organizing..oh and my hair crap!UGH..not fun at all.
Window Shopping favorite places:Nordstrom, Francessca’s, Evereve, sephora ,and Ulta of course. i like to window shop Athleta and Lullemon too praying for a day I ever git as fit as the mannequins,lol.

We lump it in with Christmas,lol..she got a new bed for Christmas and saved the huge Costco bag of Dentabones for her bday. My daughter spent forever trying to get her to wear a bday hat. She was not having it!

haul-I went out to buy two of your top ten lip products; chanel-crazy fuchsia gloss, and MAC -marque-both beautiful for my collection!
weekend-going out to lunch with my mom
window shop-my old home town-Sarasota-specifically St. Armands circle, where there are tons of little specialty shops

Haul: Lancome French Innocence waterproof eyeliner,Estee Lauder Double Wear eye pencil in Blue Steel,Onyx,Pink Gold,Bobbi Brown Crazy for Color lip color in Cabo Coral,Mango
Weekend Plans: stay in at my family home in Canada
Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Macy’s

Aak! Finally invested in the Naked Basics Palette and got the beautiful, synthetic bristles Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush. Still waiting for the brush, in the mail!

Ps- Christine, I’ve NEVER known how to pronounce Mellan’s name! Like… almost like Milan? Or more like Melon? XO!

Haul: More items from Chanel Spring collection, RรŠVERIE PARISIENNE: Stylo Yeux WPLL Eyeliner , Ardoise, Rouge Allure Luminous Intense, Insaisissable, Guerlain Guerlain ‘Rouge G l’Extrait’ Lip Color, Gourmandise, Tom Ford Lipstick in Flame, Pantone Marsala Lipstick, Marsala inspired skinny jeans, leggins & boots.

Weekend plans: Relax

Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: William Sonoma, Saks 5th Ave

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND BIRTHDAY, (7th,), to Mellan! Of course to you & your & hubby as well! Minus the birthday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh my..

Haul: It is only beginning… More Nude Skincare products, Extra Guerlain Maxi Lash mascaras, Laura Mercier watercolor (last week), Tom Ford Indian Rose, Flynn Lips and Boys, Paltinum cream eyeshadow, Koh Gen do Manfaishi Mousture Foundation, Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Foundation, Charlotte Tilbury Pressed Powder, all fairest, Chanel les Bieges LE in 10, CT Filmstsr Bronze and Glow, Climax Blush, Love is the Drug blush, Cle De Peau Pastel Luminizer, CT pillow talk lip pencil, Penelope Lipstick, Portabella & Blondie glosses, Fallen Angel Eye Palette & others still in basket I’m eyeing as well… YSL Tint in oil in 2, Gold, others still in basket with spring pre-fun, uhm mm I feel so embarrassingly proud of myself yet I feel awful.. Hmm., Yes, there was more. I’m awaiting it eagerly. Some brushes, hair care, new RT brushes, and I’ve not decided yet on some others. This was my Gift to celebrate an ending and beginning, thanks to generous presents, returns, gift certificated, gift cards, store credit, and my neverending hunger. Shameless.. I forgot the chameleon sticks. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m official back to High End and have entered Tom Ford & CT, CDP, KGD, all with open arms forever… This is going to be a very lavish year! Lol! ๐Ÿ˜€

May you have a most lavish, luxurious, and decadent year, Lotus ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you and your family had a fantastic holiday season!

Thank you so very much, Christine! I also wish you and yours the very best! Here’s to a most amazing year of blogging and all the work, energy, love, and kindness. That you put into all you do! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you for your kind words! Yes, I caved! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a sucker for peaches! I also got the Fleur d’eu Glossimer so I’m excited! And Luca, Flynn, Indian Rose, a platinum cream eyecolor, all of which are luring me into more Tom Ford! I can’t get enough! And Charlotte Tilbury! Next, more CdP luminizers, TF Vanilla Suede & other extreme pales ๐Ÿ˜€ And I’ll expand on these brands as a whole! Add Chanel. Back to loving it! ๐Ÿ˜€ I knew if I entered TF, I’d never get out… Haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve played around in CdP eyeshadows & lippies & concealer, but these luminizers! Will be uncovering more here as well! And I just love CT! You And I are probably the last people to expect that order from me! OMG I went crazy! How do you stop? ๐Ÿ˜›

Haul: Tom Ford Spice, Tom Ford Cary, Richard and Peter, Chanel Stylo in noir intense, Chanel Mirifique, Chanel Double Intensite in light rose, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in Satin Soft Pink and Nude Beige, Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector and The One Perfecting Brush, Gucci Autumn Fire and Cosmic Deco, Lancome Grandiose Mascara and Hypnose Dazzling eyeshadow in Rouge Cabaret, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and Guerlain Les Noirs (which I got for $21.60 on Amazon!!!)

Weekend plans: Get some much needed rest ๐Ÿ™‚

Whatโ€™s your favorite place to window shop?: Barney’s

Haul: I got lucky this week and found like all of the new drugstore goodies so I hauled a lot this week lol. I picked up 5 of the new Milani matte lipsticks, 8 of the Maybelline Rebel Bloom lipsticks and the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation

Weekend plans: Playing with my new laptop (yay!) and catching up on some blog work

What’s your favorite place to window shop? Sephora and Nordstrom

Haul: a ton of new drugstore stuff including the new Milani Fierce Foil quads and matte lipsticks, Maybelline Rebel Bloom lipstick collection, and more! So much amazing stuff coming out that I need to try.

Haul: all my Christmas presents finally made it through customs (yay!), so a few UD palettes, a bunch of lip tars, and assorted mystery makeup goodies are officially “hauled”–except that I can’t/won’t open them until I’m able to contact the sender on Skype so she can watch me open them! I feel as impatient as a five-year-old on Christmas Eve. ๐Ÿ™‚
Weekend plans: None! … So I’ll probably watch a lot of The Good Wife and work on small projects.
Favorite place to window shop: I only window shop online, but Nordstrom, Sephora and Gilt get a lot of my pageviews.

And happy belated birthday, Mellan!

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