The Daily: January 18th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today there was sun. And ice. But I still managed a short walk. I waited until the thermometer reached a whopping 33 degrees and I started to hear dripping. Then I went on my walk. As clouds are already rolling in for the next band of bad weather I suspect it might be my only walk this week. The weather is supposed to be a mix of rain and snow for the rest of the week and into the weekend. So I am glad I got the walk in when I did, even if it was a bit wet, cold and slippy.

I actually feel better for having been out and about. I certainly feel wide awake.

Other than that it has been pretty quiet. Just me sitting quietly at my desk and working. It actually feels a little strange to have nothing happening. The snow is sort of muffling things and everyone is keeping indoors so there are no sounds out on the street.

Not a creature is stirring.

The phone is not ringing.

There was no one in the park.

While I am getting a lot of work done, it kind of feels like I am the only person in the world. Or maybe I am so used to interruptions throughout my day that it just feels strange without them. I’m sure something will come along soon, so I am going to actually try to get as much done in the quiet while I can.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Primer

Foundation Ciate London The Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer/blush/highlighter: LA Splash Moonlight Glow Face Palette

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow: Athr Beauty Desert Sunset Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Youth Defense Lip Plump

Today I tested out the Lys Primer with the Ciate London Foundation. I really love this foundation, but I think at the moment it is a hair too dark for my winter skin. The formula is still nice, I just need one shade lighter. oddly I didn’t feel the same gripping effect with the foundation that I felt with the serum foundation yesterday. Yesterday I could feel the primer pretty much locking on to the serum formula. Perhaps it wasn’t as noticeable with a thicker formula of foundation. I’m sure it will still hold everything in place, I just didn’t feel the gripping factor.

Just one shade of shadow today, Desert Sand

I am also not really feeling the La Splash palette. The bronzer is okay but not fabulous. I think if I had a lighter skin tone it would work better. I am not terribly tan, especially not at this time of year, but the bronzer might work better if I were paler. By contrast, the blush might work better if I had much darker skin. While I had to go heavy handed just to get the bronzer to apply, even the lightest touches made bright pigments appear on my cheeks. I went with the more neutral blush in the palette today and it was still blush-tastic. The bronzer is barely pigmented, the blush is highly pigmented and the highlight is actually kind of okay. Using the palette makes me feel a bit like Goldilocks.

By contrast the Real Chemist lip plumper made me feel like I had just been to the dentist. this is a lip plumper that just came in my Look Fantastic box. I’ve never tried the brand or even heard of them,. but I do love lip plumpers. This one smells minty when opened. Once on the lips however it kind of smells like that numbing agent the dentist swabs on your gums just before injecting you with Novocain. It isn’t a bad scent in and of itself, but putting it on made me think my dentist might be sneaking around somewhere.

Not that he sneaks anywhere. He is a very nice man and a very good dentist. And I will not cast aspersions.

But the scent is just dental visit associated and not something I really want in my daily life. The plumping was rather nice, but the association may mean I just don’t reach for it.

And those are the highlights (and low lights) of today’s makeup. And as I wrap this up, my phone has started going bonkers as several messages come in all at once. Apparently there are other people in the world and they have decided to get in touch with me all at once. So I am going to reply, because I think all of the messages deal with the same issue, and something tells me my period of quiet productivity has now come to an end. I hope the rest of your day is absolutely fantastic.

Alyaka Beauty Advent Calendar Luxe 2021

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