The Daily: January 10th, 2022

Happy Monday my darlings. I have to admit, I am still dragging a bit today. I slept a large chunk of the weekend away, which is probably for the best, even if it isn’t the most exciting thing. I ended up Binging The Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount + for a large chunk of time that I was away. I interspersed this with RuPaul’s Drag race actually. I’m not entirely certain what the combo says about me, but for a weekend with a head cold, it worked for me.

I am feeling a lot better actually. Like I said there was sleep but not much of anything else. And to be honest, there won’t really be much walking today either. I went to the mailbox to get the mail earlier and my lungs and sinuses were not pleased with me. The cold is waning, but still not ready to be set aside.

On the plus side though the sneezing and water eyes have ebbed so I actually applied my makeup today with a reasonable chance of it staying on. And for some reason I just decided today was a red lip day and everything else had to just sort of go with it.

Maybe red lipstick just makes me feel happy.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty ChangeMaker Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow Palette: Athr Beauty Desert Sunset Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Dose of Colors Date Night

Today was an interesting mix of products. I decided that i wanted to go with a red lip and then I realized I hadn’t used the Dose of Colors red in a while. I like the color, although I think I’d like it just a hair darker. I like the Dose’s formula stays put but it also tends to dry out my lips, which is why I don’t wear it a lot any more. It is one of those formulas that was perfect when I was running from meeting to meeting and knew that I wouldn’t have a chance to stop and touch up. It is fabulous at staying in place. It does dry the lips out though, so I always keep a lip balm to top it off with periodically through out the day. And then tonight I’ll do a lip scrub and put on my lip mask to makeup for the day’s dryness. Beyond the dryness the one issue I have with this is that I don’t currently have a matching lip liner. It really needs one or it seeps into the fine lines around the lips. Or at least it does on me.

The Clarins Foundation, I love. It is an excellent pore filling primer and the slightly pink tint in it works well for me, especially today when I am a bit post cold pale. It also worked well with the Bite Beauty Foundation. Now that i have started putting it on with a makeup sponge, I really like this foundation. It just took a little bit of time time figure out. Which is why I like to use a foundation for at least a week before I make up my mind about it. I know, it isn’t as dramatic as a one time use, but I get a better feel for the product.

I am starting to get a feel for the Viseart Bronzer. while it is very bendable and the pan size is great, It isn’t very pigmented. I don’t mind that a it allows for buildability and I don’t do a lot of really hard lines of bronze or contour. I really like the feel of the formula. I also kind of like the little packaging too. I like the way it unfolds and I think it would be a great travel bronzer.

The bareMinerals Blush is hands down one of my favorite formulas of blush and The Mineral veil is an old favorite I am happy to get the chance to use again.

The Stila mascara is rapidly rising to the top of my mascaras list. It is just a really good mascara for length and volume.

This was my first use of the Athr Beauty palette. Today I went with the simple darkest brown and a touch of bronzy gold. The Dark brown was very powdery. Today I applied shadow after the face makeup. I think in the future I will need to do the eyes first then the face with this palette. The first use went well. The one matte worked well with the one shimmer. The dark brown was quite pigmented but blended out nicely. And it worked well with the gold. So I have high hopes as I move forward with the palette. I just need to remember it is powdery enough to reverse the order in which I apply my makeup and I will be fine.

And with the face done, it is time to get back to work. This month I am using the Juice Beauty Pore Refining Mask on Mondays and Wednesdays (with the usual Face Mask Friday Post on Fridays.)My first test of that will be at the end of the day. So for a while, we will be skipping the sheet masks as I give Juice Beauty a full trial. But again, that is for later. For now, it is back to work for me. I hope your Monday is going beautifully well.

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