Ah sleep. That blessed communion between the eyes and the inside of the eyelids. Not something you think about when you have it, but something you miss dearly when it is gone. Yesterday passed by mostly in a haze. A very gritty eyed haze. My attempt at a nap was not successful, however I got to bed early and slept like someone smacked me with a brick.
It was fantastic.
I used to get more of these bouts when I was younger. I don’t know if I was more easily able to shrug them off when I was eight, ten or even twenty, but they seem to hit harder now. The blessing is that these nights don’t come up nearly as often as they used to. I’m just kind of a mess when they do hit.
To be honest, I think it is the extra sugar we have in the house. We had company over the weekend and I asked if there was anything they wanted on hand to drink or snack on. And so we stocked the pantry for company. While we will occasionally get the mini cans of ginger ale, the last time we had full sized cans of cola in the house had to have been Easter 2019. And I think even then we only had the mini can’s of ginger ale. Which is why my brother brought his own I suppose. He drank the entire 12 pack he brought with him but didn’t touch the one we bought so we now have soda in the house. It is hard to resist, but I haven’t had that much sugar in my system in a while and I think that might be throwing me off a bit as well.
I’ve hidden the rest of the cans in the back of the pantry. They are still there but they are not constantly in view and I can more easily ignore them. Hopefully I can get my system back to normal.
Today there was little exercise. I isn’t get a lot done yesterday and to be honest much of what I did yesterday needed to be redone today. It was not a great performance on my part. So it is me at my desk for the bulk of the day. I did manage to get my makeup on today. It is a bit ELF tastic for two reasons. One is that I saw the new Dunkin X ELF collab and instantly wanted it so I wanted to see what Elf products on hand so I could figure out what to order from it. And the second reason is that I am still going through my foundations. I have two ELF foundations. There is the Acne Fighting one I wore today which is one of my favorites (and as I have sugar break outs, kind of needed) and then I have a second one I forgot about. I can’t remember how that one performs so I figured I’d try the one I like best first then see how the other compares. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s list the products.
Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre
Primer: ELF Poreless Putty Primer
Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick
Powder: ELF Perfect Finish HD Powder
Eyeshadow: ELF Bite Sized Palette in Rose Water
Mascara: Big Poppa Mascara from Wet ‘n Wild
Lips: ELF Matte Liquid Lipstick
Today as I said was an elf tastic kind of day. I wanted to remind myself what I have from elf as well as what I don’t have. With the elf products I used, the Putty Primer is a product I never run out of. As soon as it looks low, I pick up a new one. I also really like the Elf acne fighting foundation. It is a fuller coverage than I usually wear (I prefer medium coverage) but on days where I am breaking out and still need to wear makeup it is fantastic. It does need a pore filling primer underneath it though. But if you use that then it will last beautifully all day.
The HD Powder I don’t wear a lot. Part of that is because I have another pressed powder I love, and part of it is because it can look a little powdery. I am finding that pairing it with the Embryolisse as a pre makeup base, means that it does tend to not look as powdery. Or at least it didn’t today. I am going to be reaching for this powder more so that I can use it up. Whether or not I will replace it or not has yet to be seen. But it did work better when my skin was more hydrated.
I am always blown away by how well thought out the Bite sized palettes are. This Rose water is actually my last one left. There was an incident and several were broken. These are great palettes to grab in the morning when you are in a hurry, just pick the tone and go. I was going to replace the palettes from this bite sized collection, but I think I might go for the Dunkin ones instead. they look like they are as well thought out in color selection and seem to be about the same size. So that may be my main purchase from this new collection.
And the liquid lips from ELF I adore. They have a pointy end to the applicator that is perfect for outlining your lips if you don’t have a lip liner to match your lipstick and they stay all day. there is a little fading throughout the day but they really require makeup remover to take off at the end of the day. they can be a little drying, however as soon as they dry down enough not to smudge, I apply a little lip balm over them and they are good.
There were other products I used since I don’t have enough for a full face of ELF. So I went for a few of my favorites. The trestique is my favorite cream formula for bronzing and contouring. It is so easy to use and now refillable. The bareMinerals bounce and Blur Blush I have been singing the praises of for a really long time and will continue to do so. I apply it with a finger tip and it feels like powder, blends like a cream and looks fantastic all day. And the Wet ‘n wild Big Poppa may be my favorite product from the Wet ‘n wild brand. One swipe, mega lashes.
So that was my look today. It was mostly a look that my computer monitor got to see, but I was happy with the way it turned out. It lasted all day and looked great. Tomorrow I’ll be testing my other ELF foundation to do a comparison between the two. Since this is the one I always grab, I can’t even remember what the other foundation looks like (or when I bought it, which may mean it is expired, so I’ll check on that too). But if it can still be worn, I’ll give it a try tomorrow to see if there is a reason I left it in the back of the drawer or if I just forgot a good product.
As for now it is back to work for me. I’m doing well in making up for the time I lost yesterday, but there is still a lot to get done before I can end my work day. wish me luck.