Friday Finds & Check-ins, Volume #613

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  • Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: Dior fall eyeshadow palettes and blushes
  • Weekend plans: The usual: blogging, popping over to my parents’ house, playing with Winston.
  • What qualities do you look for in a friend?: Open-minded, honest, and trustworthy.

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Seraphine Avatar

What a great doggy expression! I’ve always wanted to be able to raise one eyebrow like that!

Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: Rediscovered Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Violet, which makes my green eyes look even more green.

Weekend Plans: No plans. I think this will be a thoroughly lazy weekend!

What qualities do you look for in a friend? Honesty, good sense of humor, similar taste in music and movies, non-judgmental.

Mariella Avatar

Friday already? Honestly, I hadn’t even realized!

Purchases: none; Rediscoveries – NARS Old Church Street duo and UD’s Beached Palette

Weekend plans: Spending as much time with our boys as possible (elder son is home for the first time in over a year; younger son is home for the weekend to spend time with his brother and his girlfriend is arriving tomorrow as are my daughter and her husband).

Qualities I look for in a friend: probably the same as what I hope I offer – loyalty, a sense of humour, generosity and the ability not to take oneself too seriously.

Celesta Avatar

Recent Purchases: I purchased the SG x Temptalia Quintessence Deep palette! I’m so excited to play with it, Christine!

Rediscoveries: My ND palettes got a lot of love this week, and I used my Safari palette a few times as well.

Weekend plans: Putting in a new security system and taking my son to the children’s museum… and hopefully riding my new bike that my husband got me as an early birthday present!

What qualities do you look for in a friend?: Someone with integrity, honesty, and a good sense of humor. Bonus if we can make each other laugh and can have meaningful conversations.

AJ Avatar

I love dogs with expressive eyebrows! Winston is pretty irresistible.

Purchases: Ordered 3 liquid lipsticks from The Lip Bar but they haven’t arrived yet. No rediscoveries this week.

Weekend plans: This afternoon we’re going to a pop-up co-hosted by the cocktail club and a local chef who was a finalist on Top Chef. Tomorrow we’re going down to the Ren Faire. Sunday will be for staying home 🙂

What qualities do I look for in a friend: Shared interests and shared values, especially with regards to kindness to others. Also, if they have a SO, I can’t actively dislike their SO. Even better if their SO is cool so I can bring along my spouse and we can actually have fun with everyone together. I also really like to have friends who are there for you when you need them, and let you be there for them when they need someone.

Sarah Avatar

Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: I’m waiting on my first Clionadh Cosmetics order!! That’ll be very exciting. I’m very much looking forward to giving this indie a try. I also purchased a couple of YSL liquid lipsticks (the matte stains, they’re so lightweight and comfortable that you would have no idea they’re a liquid lipstick!!), they were priced down to $19 each so I purchased two to wear under my mask. Since…that’s my life again, a life of masking. I enjoyed lip gloss ever so briefly.

Weekend plans: Delta is spiking, and although my husband and I are fully vaccinated we’re staying inside. We never even got the chance to really get out, when we were forced back inside again. I’m tired. I think I might just put on some PJs and watch Netflix.

What qualities do you look for in a friend?: Someone who is patient, kind, and comfortable with silence since I struggle with social interactions and making conversation. Someone who will accept me flaws and all. That’s really all I’m looking for.

Ana Maria Avatar

We were allowed back to work a couple of weeks in hybrid mode (only 2 days a week) and I was so happy to get my productivity back (I hate working from home even after all this time). Then Delta hit and we’re back not being allowed in the offices.

Even after all this time is frustrating and confusing how lockdowns / stay at home orders differ from region to region and country to country. The “I’m tired” state is definitely a mood I’m also in.

Lesley Avatar

I wish I had eyebrows like that when I was working as a lawyer.

Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: ILNP polishes in Black Orchid, Isabella, and Summer. I am waiting for delivery of the Becca peach undereye corrector. I was using one from Urban Decay but I finished it and it is discontinued. I also laid in a supply of N95 masks while they still are available.

Weekend plans: Brunch with friends and a visit to their new house.

What qualities do you look for in a friend?: Empathy, non-judgmental, loyalty, trustworthy.

Ana Maria Avatar

Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: Another week of something new cosmetic wise. I have most items stocked up, so I’ll postpone any purchases for September, to take advantage of birthday coupons / deals.

Weekend plans: The usual chores, groceries, meal prep, phone calls with family back in Europe. Still have to decide on a hike for Saturday, a museum for Sunday and a book to start reading. My Terracycle boxes are getting kind of full, might have to find some time to ship them.

What qualities do you look for in a friend?: Just a person that I feel comfortable to spend time with. A trustworthy person that’s respectful with my boundaries and our relationship. Someone I can talk about anything without feeling judged, spending hours on topics without knowing how time passed by. Someone caring and emphatic with people around them (not necessarily me, I’m a tough cookie 😅). Someone who gives it straight to my face when I mess up. Someone that knows to be there for me without being pushy. And I definitely need someone patient and calm to deal with me.
And now I want to call my friend from university, but it’s pass bed time in Europe and she probably put her babies to sleep. 😁

Rachel R. Avatar

*Sydney Grace (sale) — Sweet Indulgence 9 Pan Palette (free that day), Summer Days 9 Pan Palette, Loose HL in Arctic Moon, Pressed Blushes in Time Stops and Mauve Delights, Pressed Shadows in Blue Mist, Red Mist, and Green Mist.
*Musee Beauty — Triumph of Venus + Honoré Palette Curation
*Ciate London — Colour Flip Light Reactive Colour Changing Gloss in Flame, Amethyst, and Pixie.
*Sephora — Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Eyeshadow Trio in Chocolate Dahlia, Ciate Glitter Flip in Trouble; (GWP) ONE/SIZE Ultimate Setting Powder trial size in shade Translucent.
*Camera Ready Cosmetics — the three Theresa is Dead gel liners; preordered the Lethal Cosmetics Lethal is Dead Palette.
*Copacetic Cosmetics — Emerald Blush & Highlight Quad and Moonstone Blush & Highlight Quad
*PML (sale) — Celestial Divinity Luxe Quad in Fleur Fantasia; Blitztrance Lipsticks in Flesh Fatale, Skinsane, and Lady Stardust.
*Other — Dior Rouge Blush in 365 New World, Elogical Host Club Blush Palette.

WEEKEND PLANS: Taking my son shopping for some clothes for his new job. He starts training on Tuesday. Other than that, the usual errands, housework, etc.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A FRIEND?: Kindness, open-mindedness, loyalty, unselfishness, sense of humor, intelligence.

Nancy T Avatar

Yes, his eyes look 🙄 90% of the time!

Purchases/rediscoveries: Nothing I can think of at the moment? But, I don’t think I did either one. It has been a crazy couple of weeks.

Weekend Plans: Laundry by the bushel at a local laundromat. Straightening up, too. Packing for a two night stay at a hotel with my kitties, because a cleaning crew is coming in for DEEP cleaning. Not the usual stuff we all generally do! I am a nervous wreck. I have NO idea how I’m supposed to get my semi-feral kitty in a cat carrier! Any suggestions from fellow cat people?

What qualities do you look for in a friend?: Honesty, compassion, empathy, trustworthiness and a good listener. By a good listener, I mean someone who doesn’t jump to conclusions before I or anyone else is done expressing themselves or an issue. This is important because sometimes my thoughts aren’t always as well put together verbally as they are in writing. So that quality is due to my bad!

Mary Avatar

Winston is looking like “ you’re not going to put this on Instagram
are you Mom? Lol…
Recent purchases ..? Waiting for my Ilia “fullest volume” mascara.
Weekend plans ..? Just errands…
Qualities I look for in a friend .? Humor, trust, some common ground..

Genevieve Avatar

How adorable is that Winston pic! He does look skeptical – what is mumma wanting me to do now?

Recent Purchases: Just some CeraVe moisturising cream and a bunch of skincare products – moisturisers, cleansers and serums. The Ordinary’s Argon Oil too.
Rediscoveries: CT’s The Rebel 2020.

Weekend Plans: We had lots and lots of weekend plans, but they have all hit the 6.0 Covid lockdown dust. Another week, another lockdown. It seems that every other week we are being locked down because of the Delta variant of the Covid virus. It was lucky that last weekend I was able to hit the shops and buy some clothing for myself and the kids. So it’s back to our 5km limit.
I will be watching the Olympics, doing the usual household chores and some food shopping. Playing with our grandchildren and that’s about it.

Qualities in a friend: A good sense of humour, kindness, reliability, a good perspective of life and trustworthy. These are the qualities my best friends have and I really appreciate them.

Helene Avatar

Winston! He is adorable!
A neighbour has a Golden Retriever puppy, another have a Bichon Havanais called Pluto, I’ve met Pluto he is so much fun. A third neighbour is picking up a Beagle this month. So much fun seeing the little ones, but it makes me miss Maserati so very much.

Purchases/rediscoveries: No rediscoveries for some time.
I’ve not written about any purchases in ages, so I will probably forget some items. First of all from
Sidney Grace (some weeks ago now) The Temptalia palettes in light, Dear Reader, Happy Accident, Beyond and Green Mist. I have 13 other eyeshadows coming soon. (Christmas in July)
From Becca Highlighter in Pearl. Ever-Matte Priming Perfector, Backlight Priming Filter and Hydra-Light Plumping Lip Balm in Spray. (Sale)
From Charlotte Tilbury, Airbrush Flawless Foundation in 3, I find it a bit warm, but it works, Airbraush Flawless Finish powder in 1, I got a lipstick as GWP, Glowing Jen.
From Ud, (sale on the lipsticks) En Fuego, Rapture, Ravenswood and Love Drunk. (Sale)
From Mac, Hey Frenchie (Lipstick day sale), Velvet Punch and Give Me Fever.
From Linda Hallberg Lipstick in Pop. (Lipstick Day sale)
From Estée Lauder lipstick in Rebellious Rose. (Lipstick Day sale)
From Victoria Beckham lipstick in Play.
From Maybelline Lasting Drama eye liner.
That’s it. It sounds like a lot, If I add I also wait for more Becca, lipsticks from Tarte and eyeshadows from Clionadh, it sounds even worse, but this is from over a months time, maybe two.
I’ve also bought a lot of stuff I needed for Stubbs, the schnauzer. He got a little pool, new nail clipper, lots of food and medicine, the last not so much fun. He is scheduled for surgery on the 13th of this month, and I’m really scared and worry so much, this brings me to:
Weekend plans: Spend time with Stubbs, try to clip his claws, and do a bit of grooming, but at the same time not make him feel stressed as that makes his IBD worse.
Also do a bit of gardening.
What qualities do I look for in a friend?: Honesty above all, also empathy, a good sense of humour, someone you can call at (almost) any time and vent, someone who you can sit and watch TV or listen to music with, or just sit quietly without the pressure to talk all the time and to be “fun”.
I do have a friend like this, and I am forever grateful I have her.

Kimberly Avatar

Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: I picked up the innisfree Daily UV Defense Sunscreen as well as one of the new Sephora Collection 12H Colorful Contour Eye Pencil at work, for rediscoveries I’ve been cracking open my Colourpop Animal Crossing palettes

Weekend plans: On Friday I had lunch with my grandma, and today I’m finally filming my haul video for the Colourpop Powerpuff Girl collection, and then I work on Sunday

What qualities do you look for in a friend?: I look for someone who listens, and makes the effort to equally fit me into their schedule as opposed to me having to constantly contort to fit theirs

Zia Avatar

Recent Purchases: So much Sydney Grace (some of which is coming today!).
Rediscoveries: Lorac brown matte shades
Weekend plans: My mom is making moussaka from scratch and we’re going to feast!
What qualities do you look for in a friend?: Honest, loyal and supportive are the big ones for me.

Tracey E Avatar

Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: I’m rediscovering samples. I’m out of town and decided to pack the many Chanel, Bobbi Brown, and Charlotte Tilbury (among others) skincare samples and extended my “use what you have” focus to this area.

Weekend Plans: Watching the Olympics, going to a farmers market, enjoying time with friends and family, and takeout for dinner.

Qualities I look for in a friend: trustworthy, reliable, open minded, kind, and does not pursue or create drama.

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