The Daily: August 9th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is out, the humidity is high and I am feeling a little bit better today. Well the sniffles still drag on but the headache has abated and this morning my latest test came up negative. Which means I am only dealing with the aftereffects. And hoping they will go away.

I’m afraid that doesn’t translate into much of an exciting day. I thought about a walk and then thought about how wobbly my legs felt and how i didn’t want to be the person collapsed in the heat. there also might have been the irrational fear of being eaten by squirrels. I know they don’t actually eat people but they seem to be swarming in mass numbers in the park this year. either the population swelled or there is a squirrel King consolidating his kingdom. The numbers are kind of out of control.

That and when i pass by they don’t scamper off any more. They sort of stop and stare at me as though wondering why I am passing through their domain and possibly wondering if I have the right permits.

Other than that my day has been spent quietly at my desk catching up on everything that happened last week. I may have been at my desk the beginning part of the week but that really means absolutely nothing. Pretty much anything I did at the start of the week has had to be re done. So let that be a lesson for you if you are trying to power through an illness while working, sometimes the work you do just isn’t worth you being there. Take the sick day. You may have to race to catch up but you won’t be going back to redo things you thought were done prior. I know, it is advice easier to give than to take.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Sculpting Gel Stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism

Eyeshadow Primer: Sandbar Beauty Eyeshadow Primer

Brows: iMethod Eyebrow Stamp and Stencil Kit

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips M2U NYC Beauty Matte Liquid Lip

Today I felt better and bundled my hair up onto my head to keep it clear. I thought about earrings but then forgot. The shadows are a bit strange in this one but I am very pleased with how things came out. Admittedly i think i still look tired, but maybe that’s just because I feel that way. Today I used the Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas because i like it and saw it and wanted to use it. The Charlotte Tilbury was a deliberate choice though. I chose it because I like the foundation but I wanted a full heavier foundation to try out the sculpting gel stick on. While yesterday was a full foundation it was a serum one and they are a bit more forgiving. This is a full on cream foundation. It applies well, covers a host of redness and blemishes, wears well and feels light.

It does require both a brush and the final smoothing touch of the makeup sponge to remover lines but if you have a lot of redness this will take it down. It is a good foundation if you know you are going to be spending some time taking a lot of photos. I find I do need to blot after a few hours, but it will stay in place if you are attending a wedding or funeral or other family gathering.

The Illamasqua gel stick didn’t like it. While it blends beautifully with every other lighter face product i used, it didn’t blend as well with a full on cream foundation like this one. while the shadows do exaggerate it a bit you can still see the line in the photos (I took the pic and then worked more on blending it out with my foundation brush so I didn’t look too crazy. but this is what a normal level of blending did.) So I think this stick works better with lighter foundation products.

The bae minerals blush was fantastic. It always is but after fiddling so much with the contour I found its ease of use extra fabulous. It is one of my favorite blushes.

I actually went for the brows today and I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out. I am in love with this stencil. It has earned a permanent place in my makeup bag. even if I trade out pomade I will keep these stencils and the stamping tool. I actually want to get a back up of the tool as it is so useful.

I only sneezed once with the mascara so it was relatively painless and I do like Eyeko. I set aside the new mascara to try in a few days when I can give it an honest evaluation. I know and like how Eyeko works so I used it today.

I also know and love the M2U lipstick. It dries down fast without during my lips to dust and it stays in place. This tube is almost at it’s end so a new on needs to be ordered soon. Perhaps that will be this weekend. After an lipstick declutter.

Which of course brings us to the palette. I used the lid primer again today and the Lunar Beauty Shadows did work better with it. i still had to do a bit of work to get them to do what i wanted. To be honest though, I am not sure it is worth it. I have all of these shades in different palettes in much easier to use forms. These tend to be powdery and just okay looking after you put the work in. I like the look of the palette, but honestly I don’t know how much I am going to reach for it once i have finished testing it out.

And so my darlings that is my look today. It isn’t out there crazy as I was mostly looking at shadow and bronzer bendability. I did remind myself of how much i do like the charlotte Tilbury Foundation though, so that is something. And now it is back to work for me. Have a great one, whatever it is you plan to do.



Unboxing the Beekman 1802 Summer Subscription Box

As you know I love skin care so it was really only a matter of time before I went for an entire skincare subscription box. I am also beginning to look more at quarterly boxes. I actually find this an interesting box for me to subscribe to. A long time ago I picked up a book called Candy Everybody wants by Josh Kilmer Purcell and then I liked it enough that when I saw I am not myself these days I picked that up. (both great books by the way, I really enjoyed them). When I picked up the second book a friend of mine said, ‘wait isn’t that one of the Fabulous Beekman Boys?” And thus I was introduced to the show. It was hard to catch so I never managed to catch all of the episodes and would at some point really like to circle back and watch them again.

box closure detail, and yes, that is a goat on the snap

I enjoyed the show and it was with great delight to find years later the Goat farm took off (the site has a goat cam you can actually watch if you’d like). And that they now have a subscription. Aside from general nostalgia I like the look of the skincare and I like the transparency of their ingredients lists and that all of their products are good for sensitive skin. They are leaping bunny approved as well. This is my first box from Beekman 1802 so I am bound to be a bit wordy on this one.

The box is $65 per quarter and this is the Summer Box. The Summer Box Comes out in July so I am a little slow out of the gate. The autumn box releases in November, or at least i will get it in November. They charge you the same time as you sign up, so I signed up on August 4th so I will be charged November 4th for the Autumn box. The fee is a flat $65. No handling fees no extra shipping fees. Just $65. All of the products come from the brand Beekman 1802.

While I like that it is a brand box and I think they do have a wide enough array of products that there shouldn’t be a lot of repetition, this will be something that i am going to keep an eye on. I am hoping that they will rotate products and it will feel fresh each quarter instead of the same old things. As I have only tried their soap before I am actually looking forwards to trying out more from the brand. I will also be looking at how much (or little) I enjoy the products as well as if I find the $65 per quarter worth it.

So This quarter there was an item that was outside of the box which is why I think the mailing box was a little large. So let’s look at that first.

the item out side of the box was a package of Pure disposable facial cleansing wipes. While I am not a big fan of these because of the waste, they are useful and I really like that it is a 100 count package. That’s a lot of wipes. I will try them out, but I am really hoping it isn’t an item sent often. The problem isn’t that I don’t like wipes, I do. I really do actually, they are quite convenient. I just don’t want to get back into the habit of using them again now that I have sort of broken myself of it.

Now on to the box. The box itself is sturdy reusable cardboard. The lid is fastened down with an actual snap and lifts up (it has a paper hinge at the back). I don’t know if it is because so many of the subscription boxes just seem to toss items into a box or what but I have to say when I opened this I was momentarily stunned by the neatly placed array of products. I mean just look at it. It looks nice and neat and opening it I had to remember it was a subscription box and not a gift box that I ordered or that was given to me. It looks like a gift box you would get as a present and quite honestly it felt special opening it.

it feels more like a gift box than a subscription box

I honestly had the flickering thought of “wait, it’s not my birthday…”

which is a great feeling for a subscription box. There are several items for the body as well s for the face. Inside the box there are seven items (only one doesn’t look full size, which I think might be why the cleansing wipes were added. So there are a total of eight items in the box and only one looks not to be full size. I am ninety percent certain the box was supposed to have seven items.

The first item out of the box is the one I have used a version of before, it is the soap. I have used their regular Goat’s milk soap and loved it. This bar is the Goat Milk Body Soap with CBD. It is a large 9 oz (255 g) bar of soap. There is a light scent to it. My nose is mostly still stopped up so very little smell is actually making it through, but my babydoll claims it just smells like soap. which for him means something akin to Ivory or Dove unscented. So I am guessing there is no lingering CBD scent. The proof will be in the washing so I’ll find out in the bath, although I fully expect this bar of soap to be appropriated. Like Oat Milk, Goat’s milk is good for my baby’s skin as he has sensitive skin prone to allergic reactions. So at least one of us will get a lot of use out of it.

The second Bath item is the Sunshine Scrub which is a body exfoliant. I love body exfoliants (well I love most exfoliants actually) and I just finished up a jar so I am happy to see this. I actually prefer the product in a tube as with the jars I always end up getting water in them. The only catch is that some times the tubes will log up and be hard to use. It will be interesting to see how this works as a product and to test the packaging.

The third body item is called the Pure Goat Milk Body Serum. I’ll admit I had to read through the product information to figure it out. What it boils down to is that this is a clear body oil for use right after the shower in place of body lotion. I have actually been enjoying body oils lately. In the summer they are much lighter. I really like that this is in a pump top glass bottle. Not only is the glass bottle beautiful but some of my other oils are open top bottles and I really wish they had a pump. This does so as soon as my current bottle is finished I will be rolling this in for a try.

The other four items are for the face. The first is the Milk Primer. I know I was a little makeup excited as well, but it isn’t that sort of primer. from what i can find on the packaging it is a sunscreen that you apply with your skin care. It is SPF 35 (I prefer 50) so I will still add an extra layer of sunscreen before I leave the house, but I don’t mind having that extra layer automatically applied a part of my skin care.

There are two full sized Boosters, which are essentially serums, in this box. The first is the Collagen Booster and the second is the Smooth Booster. I’ll be looking more into the details once I start to use them (which won’t be until I finish my current skincare serum trial). Both are items that I can use in my skin care though. One boosts collagen production and firms the skin while the other is a BHA resurfacing serum (smooth Booster).

These Boosters can either be used alone or added to a moisturizer to boost the moisturizer. I think this is why there is a travel sized version of their moisturizer in the box. It is the Bloom Cream. It is 15 mL and I am pretty sure it is here so you can play with the intensity f the two serums.

Both boxes say that the serums are more intense if you don’t mix them. since everything in the box is more or less targeted to sensitive skin, it makes sense to have the Bloom Cream and to be honest I am never mad about trying a new moisturizer in a smaller size before thinking about committing to a full sized one.

So that was my first Quarterly Box from Beekman 1802. Was it worth the $65? Absolutely. It is full of products that I will use and that I am looking forward to trying out. The subscription felt like a gift when it arrived. It really felt like care was taken in putting it together and it felt special. It was a beautiful presentation and I have to say all of the bottles look and feel super lux. I can not wait to start trying out these products. A few I will rotate in quickly while others will have to wait until I finish out existing products, but I am actually very excited about getting to try out so many items from a single brand and I have to say, I am already looking forwards to November’s box from Beekman 1802.

Reviving with Aromatheraphy Associates

This little bottle of golden colored oil arrived in my July Birchbox last month. It is Aromatherapy’s Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil. According to the brand’s website…

Start each day as you mean to go on. Our award-winning Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil harnesses the invigorating lift of Juniper Berry and Neroli coupled with hangover and late night banishing Grapefruit essential oils. Bathe or shower in its reviving aromas to shrug off lethargy and jump into the day.

Aromatherapy Associates sounds like a brand I may have tried before, but when I looked on their website none of their products looked familiar to me. I believe they are the brand that is being featured in the Cohorted Subscription box in September, so possibly that is why they sound so familiar. Or it could be just one of those names.

amount used in one application

However when I read over the instructions I was surprised to find that while as a bath oil this does go into the bath water. When used as a shower oil, you apply it onto the skin before taking a shower. Now this might possibly be something everyone knows about, but I confess it was new to me. I have used body oils post shower, but never pre.

To test this I decided to try first with the pre shower application and then in the bath. After I applied it to my skin pre shower I took a picture of the bottle to show how much was used.

I was actually surprised by how little was actually necessary. While the oil did make my skin a little on the shiny side, it is over all a dry feeling oil. I was worried that i would apply it and then my hands would be too slick to turn the handles in the shower. They were not. The oil absorbed easily and while my skin was shiny, my hands weren’t greasy or slippery.

The oil itself has a sharp scent, which I suppose is good for waking up and Reviving as the name implies. It has an almost pine like scent with back notes of citrus. It was quite potent when I applied it, but once I stepped into the shower the scent faded. The water beaded up on my skin as I bathed but by the time I was finished with my shower, the oil was either absorbed or washed off. The scent was completely gone and my skin felt really soft and nourished. I didn’t need a body lotion when i stepped out of the shower. If you are someone who routinely forgets body lotions post shower, this might be a good solution for you.

I also tried this in the bath, While it works well as a bath oil and leaves a little bit more of a scent behind, I am not a fan. My skin was just as soft as when I used it in the shower. For me though I take baths in the night and this scent simply didn’t work for that. I don’t know anyone who takes baths in the morning, but if you do then this could work for you. As for me I definitely prefer it as a pre shower body oil and will use the last remaining drops of it for that. I would consider purchasing this Aromatherapy Associated Bath and Shower oil, but I might also look at some other scents so that I would also be able to use it in the bath. It is a great product, I just don’t like it at night.

FORK & MELON fine cleansing wash

The Daily: August 8th, 2022

Oh my darlings I have returned. Like Rip Van Winkle I have awoken from my slumber, and I feel just about as creaky too. I was feeling tired on Wednesday afternoon and thought a little nap sounded like a good idea. I woke up Thursday morning with my alarm from my Wednesday nap, visited the restroom, decided the day was not going to work out, let everyone know and then crawled back into bed. Around four in the afternoon on Thursday I got up did another visit to the bathroom, managed to get down a smoothie (Berry from Smoothie box. Usually it tastes fab, but I could taste nothing, I just knew I needed some food in my system and the Monthly order came in, which really saved me). I was up for maybe an hour before going back to sleep. The same process repeated Friday and Saturday. Sunday, I began to feel human again.

Today I feel better still.

I am still at the sitting up in the chair is the limit of my exercise point in recovery, but the fact that sitting up in the chair does not exhaust me is a huge bonus. And i felt like actually applying makeup today even if i couldn’t actually get my fitness plan in. It was at least something normal in my day. Plus today I might actually get a sandwich and some solid food in my belly instead of existing on Smoothie Box Shakes. They are great and really helped me out, but I am actually starting to crave chewing even if I am still not all that hungry.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Sculpting Gel stick

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia Blush

Powder: Tatcha Silk Setting Powder

Eyeshadow Primer: Sandbar Beauty Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism Palette

Mascara: Give them Lala Beauty Mascara

Lips: Uoma Beauty Lip Liner and KVD Epic Kiss Vegan lipstick

Today I went for the drug store power couple of Elf poreless Putty Primer and No 7 Lift and Luminate. Both are long time favorites. In fact i am not sure why everyone is not raving about the No 7 foundation. It just works beautifully. I always have a bottle in my makeup collection because if all else fails, it won’t. Lightweight and beautiful it actually beats out some of the more expensive foundations. It is actually a bit of a dupe for the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation actually. It isn’t quite as fabulous as the Aqua foundation is a high end foundation that feels high end on the skin, but it is a good drug store version. (The Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation is currently my top luxe foundation, Yensa my mid range foundation and No 7 my favorite drug store foundation, in case you are curious. I tend to save the Koh Gen Do for special occasions though rather than every day use. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. Maybe I’ll just have a luxe product day.)

I wanted to test the Illamasqua sculpt with an actual foundation instead of the lighter weight products I tend to go for in the summertime. and it worked beautifully. It feels wet which takes some getting used to but it blends beautifully and builds well.

I get so used to reaching for my Gold Rush Blush from Benefit that I forget that I have Georgia. I do really like it. It is a little lighter and it does work better when my skin is a little on the paler side, but for me today it worked well. I really like the formula of the benefit blushes. It is also a reminder that I need to look at the newer blushes that were recently released and see if any of the shades look like ones I want to try out.

The Tatcha powder worked like a dream, I am still using the travel size (as so little is actually needed) and I am definitely going to pick up the full size once it runs out.

Since today’s focus was the eyes and the palette, I am going to skip to the lips before going back to the eyes. The KVD lipstick is a great vegan formula, I just find the color to be a little too bright for me. It looks darker in the tube but it goes on lighter. I tend to have this issue with the solid lipsticks from KVD but not the liquid ones. To darken it I used the Uoma lip liner. It worked beautifully and I am happy with the results actually.

This was the first use of the Give them Lala Beauty mascara. It was okay. Not very impressive, but As I sneezed twice during application and had to correct the mess, I don’t think i would be pleased with any mascara today, so perhaps we will just give it a pass.

last week with no lid primer (exhibit A) on left and todays use with the lid primer on right

As you may recall last week I dipped into what I thought was a brownish red shade and found out it was purple. It also applied very patchy. See exhibit A from last week. Today I decided to roll in a lid primer and then try again with the same shade. The Lid primer is from Sandbar and it works well in general. It has a slightly stickiness to it that grips shadows.

And this is a shadow that needed it. while I did apply other shadows on top of it so it isn’t the same look the purple is the basis for both looks. With a lit primer, the shadow applied well. It didn’t stick in one spot and refuse to blend. While this isn’t a shadow shade I would really wear a lot, I think it applied a lot better. Since I have had my issues with this palette, I think i am going to keep the lid primer in this week and see if the other shadows work better with it. I suspect they might given the change in the shadow today. I still am not a huge fan of the way the shimmers work with the mattes, but perhaps that issue can be worked on as well.

And so my darlings, this is me today. I am sitting up and looking fairly productive. Or at least not sleeping. I am still contagious so I am sticking close to home. Or actually in my home. At best i might make it to the back yard later (woo look at me go…) But I am beginning to feel more like myself again and that makes me very very happy.



Trying out a duo of Christophe Robin Hair masks

This weekend as I began to feel a little bit better, I decided to encourage myself towards feeling better with a little bit of pampering. I find that after I’ve felt unwell I simply need just a little bit of a pick me up and a fresh start. So the sheets went through the wash as did the blankets and then the blankets were hung out in the sun between rain storms so they would be a little extra fresh. All clothing (and indeed anything made of cloth) went through the washing machine, was dried folded and put away. All trash containers were emptied and I even opened the windows for a bit before the heat and humidity over came the freshness of the air.

Then there was the hair and skincare treatments.

For the hair I leaned into Christophe Robin. While there are several products I will purchase repeatedly from the brand (the sea salt scalp scrub top among them)I happened to have two small travel sized jars of products that I hadn’t tried. These were the Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts and the Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil. The Cleansing Volumizing paste can be used in place of shampoo and the Regenerating Mask can be used in place of conditioner so I thought it a fabulous chance to use them on them together. And actually I used them as a pair on Friday night and then I used the cleansing paste on it’s own on Sunday night because i wanted to double check to see what product was doing what.

the Cleansing Volumizing paste It produces buckets of fabulous lather

First to the Cleansing Volumizing Paste. It is in the white container and has the dark gray green color to the product. It is an intensely rose scented paste, but the rose does fade away fairly quickly. It is also more of a natural rose scent rather than the artificial rose scent that sticks with you and doesn’t want to let you go.

It is gritty so it does help cleanse the scalp as well, although it is a much finer grit than in the sea salt scrub. For me it was almost too fine. I have hair that is a bit thicker and it tended to stay towards the upper layers of my hair rather than going all the way through. It is however not really a scalp scrub, so that is fine, but it did take a little longer to rinse out as well. that part I minded more. The paste lathered beautifully and while i did have to take a little extra time rinsing out the finer particles, in the end my hair was beautifully clean and it did have added volume and thickness.

While I did like this, I think I would like it more if my hair were a little thinner. I enjoyed the feel of it in my hair, but I tend to get a similar feel of volume from the regular Sea Scalp Scrub and I feel that one is more targeted towards my hair and it’s needs. Plus, while the Sea Salt Scrub can stand on it’s own, with maybe a drop of leave in conditioner following it, the Cleansing Volumizing paste does need a moisturizing mask. I think it is the cleansing aspect. It doesn’t strip the hair but it is a deep down cleanse that preps the hair for a hydrating mask. For me it worked best when paired with a mask rather than without.

the regenerating mask

The mask I tried it with was the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask. It is the black jar with the whitish paste inside. It too has a heavy scent when opened but like the cleansing paste the scent disappears very quickly. It applies like a thick conditioner and I made certain to not only work it into my roots but to concentrate on the ends as I generally find this helps me with the split ends when using a regenerating mask. I really enjoyed it actually. It rinsed out clean and left my hair shining and manageable with no tangles. It isn’t the softest my hair has been. I did find that I had fewer fly aways and my hair looked and felt healthier, but it didn’t have the silk soft feel that some other hair masks can give. That simply isn’t it’s strength. As a repairing mask, it did make my hair feel rejuvenated, which is what i was looking for when i used it.

Of the two products, I will put the Christophe Robin Regenerating mask on my list to purchase in a full size. I would love to see how this product performed over time. I think repeated use would do really well with my hair. For me I would pass on the Cleansing Volumizing Paste. It worked well, it is just not targeted for my hair type and I think there are other products from the brand that simply work better with my hair. If your hair is a little on the thinner side, this might be something for you to look into. It is a product i would recommend to the family members I have who have the finer, thinner hair that I don’t have rather than use myself. And to be honest, I would purchase this for them as a Christmas gift while keeping the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask for myself.



A different kind of sheet mask from Depology

Depology recently sent over a package of skincare items for me to try out and review for you, including the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask. As always even though these items were gifted to me, my opinions are my own. I know many of you are thinking, oh another sheet mask. However the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask is a little bit different. For one thing, It doesn’t go over your entire face, it goes under your chin.

According to the Depology Website

The Dēpology Sculpting Mask is infused with essential ingredients to tone and firm your chin, jowl and jawline. Designed with a soft yet firm textured cloth, this mask can be worn whilst getting ready in the morning. This mask hydrates while visibly lifting and firming your skin. See a tighter jawline, jowl and chin from the first use.​ For an extra glow, we recommend using our chin sculpting masks in combination with our popular hydrogel under eye patches.

Full Ingredient’s List: Water, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Glycerin, Anthocyanins, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Also on their website is a very handy (and detailed) article about why the skin of the jaw sags and why jowls can appear as we age as well as other issues to consider in thinking about your skincare elements. I always find their articles quite informative actually.

Depology very kindly sent over enough masks for a two week trial (use one every other day) so I can try them for longer to see how they perform, but this is a first use post. As I said this mask is a little bit different. It goes under the chin. I’ll admit I was worried that gravity would exert itself upon the mask and as I wore the mask it would grow looser until by the time the 20-30 minute wear time recommended was over, it would no longer be touching my chin. So I took it out of the package with some skepticism.

first applied

The Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask is folded in half and the package recommends being careful when taking it out. I expected extra serum, but there isn’t any, the outer layer feels dry and soft. Thee is a waxed paper backing on the cloth mask. The careful when removing line applies to the fact that the mask is quite sticky. I unfolded it from the pouch and peeled the backing off. The mask does want to stick you itself, so just don’t let it fold back over.

it covers pretty far back (sorry there was no way to take the pic without looking up my nose.

To apply I smoothed it over my chin and the sides of my jaw. I then had to stretch it to go over my ears. I was worried that because it was so sticky it would pull at my hair (which it didn’t do at all). However once applied there was no fear that it would slide anywhere. The mask stayed exactly where it was placed. I set the timer for thirty minutes and then went about my morning. I had a very full inbox to plow through and it was very easy to forget completely that i was wearing the mask at all. It didn’t shift, it didn’t sage, it didn’t sting and there was no scent detectable with the mask at all.

It did feel a little cool against the skin so it was clear that it was doing something, but there was no mess or comfortability when wearing the mask. It was quite honestly easy to spend thirty minutes wearing the mask with no problems.

removal was simple and easy

At the end of the thirty minutes I returned to the bathroom to remove the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask. The mask itself hadn’t changed. It covered my jaw and neck just as it has when I applied it. I was actually pleased with how far back on my lower jaw it covered. It reached all the way back to my neck. I thought this might be the one uncomfortable part, but the soft material contoured to the skin so there was no discomfort no matter how I moved my head during the thirty minutes.

I was worried though about the sticky factor. Would the stickiness that kept the mask in place over the thirty minutes prove difficult to remove? Would it be painful to peel off or leave a sticky residue behind? No in all cases. The mask peeled off easily with no residue left on my hair or skin. There was no pulling and nothing left behind.

Before the lask on the left, post mask on the right. While not a huge difference after one use, there is a slight one and to the touch I can feel the difference. It is a promising start to the trial

The description of the mask claims that there will be results after just one use. In appearance, there isn’t much difference between my before and after from the first use. Which is fine, this is skincare, not magic. However the feel of my skin is nice. The skin feels nice and hydrated and well cared for. I am very guilty of ignoring this part of my face when applying my skin care. I apply products on the face and then I will apply them on the neck and upper chest, but often I will skip under my jaw. Having a product concentrate on that section of my face is not a bad thing. While any changes after a single use are visibly small, the feel of the skin is noticeably improved to the touch. I will certainly enjoy spending the next two weeks trying out these Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks and look forward to seeing the change that two weeks of use makes.

To sleep- perchance to dream

While not a death scene it is going to be another day of no posting. I haven’t been on the scale all week and meals have been only when I feel I can stomach anything. My skincare too has been spotty and so a line up would be rather pointless for the week as well. And so While I feel better, I am going to gave into the exhaustion, thankful that I have been fever free for more than 24 hrs and can once again breath through my nose. I will be back on Monday and hopefully normality will resume. Have a great weekend everyone.

The Daily August 3rd, 2022

Today my darlings I decided that I did not want to look like death warmed over. That’s right, I went with makeup. I left of the mascara and the brows because I am still a sneezing watery eyed mess, But I decided that I simply wanted to something normal.

What is interesting is that I feel a lot better than I have, despite the running nose, eyes sort throat and pounding headache. All of my symptoms are less and I feel like I am on the mend. I managed to actually stay awake all day long today, a first this week.

Interestingly enough today was the first test where i tested positive. The lines were very light compared to my babydoll’s, whose lines were dark and bold on the test strip. Still there is no leaving the house until next week. Which is fine.

I miss my walking and exercise but as even thinking about it makes me feel exhausted, I accept that the fitness plan is on hold for a bit. But I did something normal today and that was to put on some makeup and actual clothes. I know, not pajamas today. At least for a few hours. I think I might make it to about for or five before I change. But I wanted to feel like me for a bit and I did. So shall we take a look?

Today’s Look

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Skin on Skin Full Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Bronze Stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Blush

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Okay I’ll be honest, I leaned into products I liked and that took minimal effort to use today, except for the eyeshadow. The tatcha silk canvas (in the balm form) is a log time favorite. The Yensa BC foundation is rapidly becoming my go to product for foundation. it is just beautiful and easy to blend. My tube is almost empty so I will need to replace it soon, but it is fantastic. I was keeping it light so I used the Illamasqua gel bronze. It feels wet when it is applied which takes some getting used to, but it blends beautifully. The Cream blush I really do enjoy. It might be a bit too much considering how washed out I feel today, but it blended out beautifully. And you of course know that I love the elf Sheer Slick. Once again it is nearing the end of it’s life and once again I will be reordering it.

So all fabulous right? Now let’s talk about this shadow.

Its the lunar beauty palette and to be honest I thought I was reaching for a brown shade. The fact that it came out purple was a bit of a surprise to me. I swatched it after i saw it on the lid and the swatch came out brownish with a purple tinge. But it went full Ursula the sea witch purple on the lids. Which was unexpected. It does show off the big flaw in this shadow though and that is the blending. I’m going to try it with a lid primer and see if that makes a difference, but these shadows are on the powder side and don’t tend to blend really well in general.

My eyes also look horrific this close up because I am sick and they are baggy. I think the lines multiplied over night. I am not a fan of that. I’m hoping it is temporary and that I will go back to looking a little less wrinkle-ly eyed and droopy once the sickness has passed.

If you look at the shadow though I started with the application of the shadow on the outside of the eye and then blended in. I ended up with a stripe of Ursula purple on the center and lighter everywhere else. I tried the light pink on the inner corner and then tried to blend out but the shadow wasn’t really having it. I am not a fan of this look or this shadow. Tomorrow there will be lid primer and we will see if that helps, for now, not a fan.

And so that was my look today. i chose favorites for the most part that I didn’t have to think about and then struggled with the shadow. I am also horrified by how bad my eyes look right now and hoping a good nights sleep will help.

I do think that getting dressed and actually putting on makeup did help my state of mind though. I feel a little bit better mentally just for doing it. I will admit though, My pajama pants are calling to me.

One Month of My Fitness Pal, the free Version

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Regardless there was a spate of time where the weight was put on. And it didn’t come off. It stayed. Then I decided to go on a weight loss journey. The reason was simple, I woke up one morning and got out of bed and couldn’t remember when my feet didn’t hurt at some point throughout the day. I decided that was not a good thing and that it was high time I did something about it.

I know, not as sexy as wanting to look good in a bikini or getting ready for a class reunion or even running a marathon, but it was my reason for losing weight.

the problem was where to start. while I am a full time writer now, I went to school for (and still write about) Architectural History. It means I can tell you a great many sociological reasons why American banks were designed to reference Roman architecture, but I can’t tell you squat about the human body aside from a third grade song listing the bones of the skeletal structure.

So I dove into the world of dieting and fitness.

I don’t know if you have been, but it is a terrifying place. It is also full of very opinionated people.

What I wanted sounded simple in my head. I wanted to shave some weight off of my body so my feet didn’t hurt shortly after I got out of bed. I wanted a program that I could maintain for a life time rather than a quick fix. As at my heaviest I weighed 246 lbs, I knew there wasn’t going to be a quick fix. I was in for a long haul. Crash diets weren’t going to work. Cutting out a single food group wasn’t going to work. i had over a hundred pounds to lose and I needed a long term solution.

What I landed on was portion control and regular exercise. I know, like ,making my feet not hurt it isn’t the sexiest of diet plans. There is no cool name or concept backed by pseudo-science. it is no magic fat melting pill. I just needed to balance my calories in and calories out. As simple as it sounds I have tried many ways to do this. The simplest way for me is a food diary. I have used a notebook and pen to record what I eat and how much activity I got, but then I had to look up the calories and while it was helpful, it is just plain easier to use an App for that.

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My problem with a lot of the apps is that they seem to assume that I am purchasing pre prepared foods. While this works for a few things, I tend to cook most of my meals. One of the things I really liked about the My Fitness Pal is that I can build a recipe. I can type the ingredients in and then tell they system how i portion out what is created. Then it tells me how many calories I consumed.

The recipe builder and food diary are the two elements of the My Fitness Pal app that I use the most. One of the things I like is that it lets me keep the regularly used items in the list so each morning I don’t have to input coffee I can just check the box and have done with it, easy peasy. I am sure most of the apps do that, but it is the recipe builder function that is in the My Fitness Pal app that I have found a lot better than most and the most helpful. It takes a bit to add the recipes in but once you have then you are done.

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While I have used these features for years at this point (off and on), this month I committed to using it and building the habit of logging in every day. For me, keeping track of the food keeps me on track. I also enter my exercise so I can figure out my calories in and calories out. Oddly enough the checking in section has been hugely beneficial. While I weigh in once a week officially for the Friday Weigh in, I really like the habit of getting on the scale each morning and just typing the info in to the system for a chart. I know there are going to be some points (like the holidays) that I don’t want to do that, but there is something i really like about seeing the chart grow and build. I think it is because while there is a degree of up and down in my dieting, I can look at the chart and see that even if this week I gained half a pound, the chart still shows an over all downward trend. I find that encouraging to see. It really helps me not get caught up[ in minutia.

The blog function has also been useful for me as well. It has been a way to just add quick thoughts about what is going on. New foods I’ve tried, things that go well or don’t go well. I have also found inspiration in the news posts about various exercises and foods that come up on the site. Overall it has been a really good tool for me to use and after a solid month of use, I am now in the habit of using it. It has become routine to log in and input what I am eating and to log in my work outs.

the version I have been using though is the free version. I have found that sometimes I use a free version of a program and love it, and then dislike the paid version. On the other hand, sometimes once I try he paid version I find there are parts I really don’t want to let go of and remain with the paid version. There are several items on the paid listing that are intriguing to me;. There is a greater depth to the food logging app and a guided nutrition plan. There are also recipes targeted towards my nutritional goals. As I am always looking for new recipes to try out, I am very interested in that. The paid version sounds like it would actually be a benefit. So now that I have gotten used to the free version i am going to give the paid version a trial and then do a side my side comparison to see if it is the right plan for me or if I was fine with the free version of the app. So shall we see if the paid version has elements that I really need, or if the free version is all that I need? I think we shall. Let the trial begin!

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