The Daily: March 29th, 2021

Today has been a bit of a head down and get things done kind of day. The park and walking trail near my house is still flooded, and probably will be for the next few days as it doesn’t look like the rain is going to be wrapping up anytime soon. Sotoday when I went to the gym I did spend some time on the tread mill.

while on the treadmill, I listen to my music, but my eyes can’t help but take in the large line of televisions in front of me. Somehow I always end up using the treadmill in front of one of the infomercial televisions. It has been a while since I’ve used the treadmill at the gym (since I took that year long break from the gym) and the commercials really don’t change. And I always end up thinking that I might actually need a countertop rotisserie.

I don’t. But I always leave the gym thinking…maybe…

So I suppose that means the commercials work. Or at least partially work since I always think about them, but never buy because i know I don’t need. Even if I do love rotisserie chicken.

It is yummy.

But that is not the point, the point is that I managed to get my workout in despite the flooding of the park. I feel really good about that as I was a complete lump all weekend. I have to say I very much enjoyed being a lump. It was quite nice. I think the only productive thing I did was try and wiggle around my scheduling so I can add the gym time in without destroying the whole work day and then having to spend extra time working late. I think I have a system that will work.

At least it worked today. Hopefully it will work for the rest of the week and beyond. I’ve got my fingers crossed on that one. well i suppose I did two things. I also trimmed my bangs. As always i went a bit short on them and now am really wanting them to grow out again. Don’t worry a stylist is on my list of people to see soon. The trim also reminds me I need to set aside some time to deal with those eyebrows.

The look

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer

Foundation Wander Beauty Nude Illusions Liquid foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Hi-Fi Instamarc Filter

Powder: Elf HD loose setting powder and No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur in Mauve Sunrise

Highlighter: Nomad Cosmetics Illuminated Highlighting powder in Stockholm

Eyeshadow: Cargo Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette and Ciate London eye luster in Cupid

Mascara: Ciate Wonderwand Mascara

Lips Wet ‘n Wild in Cinnamon spice

This was an interesting mix of products.  Some like the Marc Jacobs I have loved for a long time and some like the Wet’n Wild Megalast lipstick and the Clarins Instant Smooth Primer are new favorites that I find myself reaching for more and more often. I have to say I really like the mega last lipstick. It is slightly drying so I usually add a lip balm over it, but the color really lasts.

The Wander Beauty Nude Illusions Foundation I don’t reach for a whole lot.  For one thing it is one shade too light for me.  However, that is workable and it is a good enough foundation that I am more than willing to work with it.  What generally stops me from reaching for it is the doe foot applicator.  It is so tightly in the tube in an effort to keep the product fresh that when it is pulled out, droplets of foundation spray out with the doe foot.  I am forever getting drops of foundation everywhere.  Sometimes it is on the dressing table and sometimes it is on whatever shirt I am wearing so I have to change clothes before I can leave again. It is the one thing that keeps me from reaching for the foundation a lot more.  Still once the foundation is on, it looks great and it wears well.  So I will use it, I just have to make an effort, and remember a drop cloth.

The Cargo Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette is one I also almost never reach for.  The shadows are good, but it is kind of boring.  The black works really well without streaking or going patchy and the gray in the center is fantastically pigmented.  These are the two shadows that made me keep it during my last declutter.  Today I reached for it mostly because I wanted to test out the Ciate Eye luster which is a liquid eyeshadow. 

I don’t have a lot of experience with liquid eyeshadows so perhaps I was doing something wrong with this one.  It applied well with the want but there was no blending of any sort.  If I tried touching it with a fingertip to blend, it stuck to my finger and pulled off of the eyelid. If I blinked when it was still wet then I ended up with streaks.  I really like the color though and I like how it looked when I did get it to sort of work.  I think I am going to have to play around with it a bit to figure out how I feel about it, but it is definitely not a product you can just pick up and use with no issues.  At least I can’t.  I am going to need to find a tutorial. I’ll have to play around with it and get back to you.

In contrast the Ciate Wonderwand Mascara performed easily and flawlessly.  I really like this mascara and am sad that my sample sized tube is almost empty.  Since there is so little left, I may just go ahead and use it all week to see if I can just use it up.  The mascara is one I will buy again, but I have several others I want to try as well.  I need to use up the ones I’ve got open and then rotate in some of the new items before I place an order, but rest assured at some point a full size of this mascara will be mine.

I was also very impressed by the Nomad Cosmetics Highlighter.  I knew I love their eyeshadow formula but I always forget about the highlighters.  I will definitely have to reach for the two that I have more often. It was an interesting collection of products today and I have to say I really like being able to choose my products on a daily basis. There will be a few I will use repeatedly as I try out the new products but I really like seeing how I feel about the day before I decide what to put on my face.

I do actually have a new foundation coming though. I was in Target and picked up the No 7 Lift and Luminate Serum Foundation to try out. I’ll be starting with that tomorrow and wearing it all week and into next week to get a feel for it and then next week I’ll be writing up the review. So you guys get to see my wear test as I work through it. I know I wasn’t going to purchase any more foundations for a while but then I looked at my foundation drawer and realized that most of the foundations I have are really tinted moisturizers. While great for everyday wear at my desk I really wanted to look at more actual foundations. And so I picked up the No. 7. Their powder is one of my favorite formulas so now I think it is time to give their foundation a try. So stay tuned.


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