The Daily: March 22nd, 2021

Oh my darlings, today I did something I have not done in an entire year. Are you ready? I went to the gym. I know! I decided that since my local gym has a very strict masking policy, and I’ve had the first of my vaccine shots I would attempt the gym.

My on-line app for my gym has an occupancy meter and so since my day was a little flexible I waited until ti dropped low enough for me to feel comfortable and then I went.

I stayed far from others and even though you are only required to wear the mask when moving around the gym and not when working out, I wore my mask the entire time. I also wiped down the machines both before and after I used them. Not that I don’t trust my fellow man, but…

okay I don’t trust my fellow man.

It was an interesting experience. There were very few people in the gym and not only did everyone keep their distance, everyone there was sort of eyeballing everyone else to make sure they kept their distance. It was like working out in a paranoid workshop. Which, to be fair suited me just fine.

I also learned that despite trying to keep up with things at home, I am certainly not used to the weights at the gym. I did my normal circuit which takes about 25 minutes and while I was able to do all of the exercises, I had to lower the weights from the amounts I was used to. But that’s okay, I would rather ease back in rather than do too much too fast and hurt myself. After all, I have nothing to prove and even if I did, no one is near enough to see me prove anything. For all they know I could be lifting the heaviest of the weights. I just probably need to grunt more and look like i am straining if I try to pull that off. Not that I plan to pull that off, it just seems like weightlifters grunt a lot. Understandably so of course, but still.

I will say that it was a quiet gym experience. There was no idle chit chat between patrons. everyone kept to themselves and there was no talking to strangers. Or even friends. Or staff members. You use your phone to flash the electronic reader and the staff nods at you as you go about your workout. I didn’t realize how much I accidentally eavesdropped at the gym until there was nothing to hear. I don’t like using my earphones when moving from machine to machine so I listen to the sounds around me, which generally include music that spans several decades and other people’s conversations. I will also say that I arrived in my work out clothes, put my bag in the locker, worked out, took my things out of the locker and went home. I didn’t even go into the locker room, I used the outside lockers.

While I will never love going to the gym I have to admit that I really did like using the machines today and since I am going to try for a Monday, Wednesday and Friday routine this week, there is a part of me that was quite gleeful about knowing that I will actually get to leave the house twice more this week.

So that was my first gym adventure this year. If it stays like it is, then I will feel comfortable settling back into a routine. So fingers crossed. After the gym I took a quick shower. I kept my hair tied up and just tidied it with the Klorane dry shampoo (my favorite is the Nettle for dark hair). Also since I am not going out again today and will be working alone at my desk with no need for a mask I went with dangling earrings instead of mask appropriate ones. These came from Ear Fleek. I can’t decide if they are oranges or lemons. I was feeling the yellow today as you can tell from the shadow. I went right for the Helden Shade in the Berlin Underground Palette from Nomad.

Today’s look:

Primer: K Voss Bronzing Primer

Foundation: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation

Bronzer: TrestiQue Bronzing Stick

Blush: EcoFabulous in Camillia

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in OMG

Powder: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter in Cashew

Eyeshadow: Berlin Underground Palette from Nomad Cosmetics

Mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed

Lips: Colourpop Evil Queen Lipstick from the Disney Villains collection and Be Yourself Be Real Lip liner from Real Her Cosmetics

Setting spray: The Porefessional Super Setter

Today I tried to remember to take a picture in natural light instead of just the bathroom. I went a little bolder in the eyes than I usually do, but I was just feeling the red and yellow combo. I started off with the red of Tacheles, then put on Poor but Sexy over it, brightened it with the yellow gold of Heldan and then added Kreuzberg in the corners. I also added the black of Klubnacht to finish it off. I I haven’t gone wild with colors in a while but I really love this palette. The only thing you really have to watch is Klubnacht. It does have a lot of fall out. Beyond that, the shadows blend well together and I had a lot of fun with them. Over all, I am pretty happy with how this look ended up coming out.

The Primer and the blush were both new to me products and this was the first time I’ve used them. I will be keeping them out throughout the week and on Thursday, once I’ve gotten the feel for them I’ll let you know how they performed.The TrestiQue will also be used this week as I think I have just enough product left in the packaging to get through the week before it is empty. It’s been a while since I used the NARS foundation and I forgot how much I really liked the formula. I need to remember to keep it out more. I think I have been going for so many tinted moisturizers lately that i just forgot about my foundations. I am also very pleased with the Illamasqua highlighter. It give a really nice glow. Over all, I was quite pleased with the product performance.

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