The Daily: October 21, 2021

Rain and lots of it. Today’s walking mostly involves me moving from the desk to the coffee pot. I did a You Tube Yoga video this morning once it was clear that there would be no walking in the park. Actually by the time I got up this morning it was clear that the park was already flooded. But that is okay. I walked extra in the good weather knowing the rain will fall.

I know, it isn’t often that I act proactively, so I am going to take a moment to bask.

Even if it wasn’t as intentional as it feels right now. I just couldn’t resist the few days of nearly perfect weather we had. But I did also know that it wasn’t going to last so I’m going to count that as forward thinking. And watch my calories just a little bit moe closely today due to the lack of walking trail use.

Hopefully it will all balance out when I step on the scale in the morning.

In case you are wondering, I do only get onto the scale once a week. I find if I do a daily check then because of fluctuations such as water consumption or whatever, then I will drive myself crazy with the personal micro management. Instead I go into the week with a plan for meals and exercise and I keep a few contingencies, in case the rain washes out my walk and I need fewer calories for that day. At the end of the week I weigh in, trying for the same time each Friday and see how my plan worked.

Some weeks are better than others, but at least it means that I’m not freaking out over every 0.2 lbs. I want my weight loss to be something I do to keep myself healthy, not something I constantly obsess about. Although as these posts are often daily logs of what I am doing fitness wise, I can see how it looks a little obsessive. But I try not to make it my main focus.

Right now my main obsession is setting up a First Time Novel Writer’s Workshop type thing. I’m hoping to have it up on my Ten-til-midnight site in January. It is taking up a lot of my time at the moment. But it is a fun obsession. I know I try to keep my writing separate from this site, but I’ll let you know when it is up if you are interested. And possibly even if you aren’t interested. I expect once it is up I will just not be able to contain myself.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: LYS No Limits Matte Bronzer

Blush: Georgia by Benefit Cosmetics

Brows: Brow Bar By Reema

Eyeshadow: Lit palette by Colourpop

Mascara: Lights Camera Lashes by Tarte

Lips: Maneater Plumping Gloss By tarte

I usually try to photograph makeup in natural sunlight, but today, there is just no sun. Today I did what I like to think of as my quick test. Somedays I have loads of time to casually do my makeup. Other days, I am working on the run. For me it is always helpful to know which products I can grab when I have only five minutes to get ready and get out of the door. So I like to do a quick test. Today I gathered the makeup I planned to use, set the timer for five minutes and started putting it on.

So, let’s go through it.

I am still working on the Urban Decay Primer. At this point finishing it has become an actual goal. It might take a week, it might take a month, but I am using this primer until it is gone. I apologize for the repetitive product.

My foundation was the NYX Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil. While I like this product and will use and repurchase it, this isn’t a product I will use when I’m in a hurry. It requires a little more time to blend in and get rid of the streaks from the foundation brush than many of my other lighter products. I like it and under normal circumstances it is fine. It just takes a bit longer to work with (not heaps, but every second counts in my five minute timer).

The blush worked well with this challenge, partially because I was going lighter and the foundation was just a tinted moisturizer. I love the blush but the shade does dictate what face products I can use it with.

The Lys was harder to work with on the run. It is quite pigmented. I applied it and then spent quite a while taming it down and blending it with a clean blush. Anf part of this is because it was over a tinted moisturizer rather than foundation, but it while I really like the color and formula of this bronzer, it isn’t one I will reach for when i am in a hurry. For that I need a product more buildable than pigmented.

The Lit palette by Colourpop is very easy to use and the shadows are blendable. I like the formula of their shadow pans and really need to look at purchasing more from the brand. I haven’t tried their super shock shadows yet but everyone, including several of you, recommend them so they are on my list. I just need to figure out what colors I need to try. I’m beginning to realize that if I don’t think about it, then the colors I buy are all browns, bronzes and reddish tones. While there isn’t anything wrong with this, I probably should branch out a bit.

If you saw my post this morning then you know the Tarte mascara requires two applications. So I applied the first layer, then did my lips and brows, put away my brushes and other products, then did the second coat. It ran until the edge of my timer, but i still managed to stay in the five minute range.

In general I like all of the products I used today. Some however are not built for speed. I get it, trust me. I’m not really built for speed either. For me though, time sometimes gets away from me and it is noce to know which products I can reach for in a pinch and which ones need more time to work with. The NYX Bare with me tinteds skin veil and the Lys No limits Bronzer, both need a little more time to work with. They are good products, but not ones to reach for when time is pressing.

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