The Daily: November 10th, 2022

Ah normality, such a lovely thing. Today I woke up, there were no extra things to take care of, just a normal course of events. Isn’t that just a lovely thing? I think because this year has been so unsettled, I am really coming to appreciate the days when things just run smoothly.

I did have a little bit of amusement this morning though. Our pumpkin long since collapsed and was taken to our compost bin. Our neighbors hadn’t yet gotten rid of theirs. The way our neighborhood is situated is that my side of the street is on a level surface, then there is the street and then on the other side of the street the ground rises sharply into a hill and then there is a level spot for the houses on the other side of the street. My neighbor went out in her bathrobe this morning to collect the pumpkin and take it to the trash (it is garbage day). It slipped from her grasp and made a wild bid for freedom. I was rolling out garbage bin to the curb when this happened. So I got to watch it roll down the hill, loosing it’s little cap along the way and then splat in the center of the street. It got some air while rolling.

It was quite destroyed by the impact.

Kind of fun to watch actually. You don’t get a lot of wonton destruction as an adult. At least not a responsible one living in a suburban environment. There was something almost joyous about watching it bounce and go splat. which probably says something about me I suppose.

However, my neighbor then looked at me and called out, “It’s organic.” Before going back inside.

What remained in the street was completely obliterated by the garbage trucks.

I don’t mind that she left it there. It was a mostly rotted pumpkin of a relatively small size. It was easily mashed to bits and with this afternoons rain it is mostly gone now anyway. Plus, there are no seeds since she hollowed it out to make a jack ‘o lantern so it isn’t going to cause any trouble sprouting anywhere.

I am however oddly amused by the organic justification.

Maybe it is just me.

I did get a walk in and after hauling branches everywhere yesterday my arms are like limp noodles so I suppose that means they got more than their usual work out as well. With the temp drop the heat clicked on and then the rain came so I am a bit stuffy and puffy today. I actually have a few of the Depology Black Caviar Collagen under eye patches left and I will most certainly be using one today. (I know I was supposed to wear them every day for the fill thirty days but sometimes on weekends I got busy and forgot. It is much easier to remember to wear them when sitting at a desk, so my 30 day trial is lasting a little longer than thirty days. Which I don’t mind as I really like these under eye masks).

But first….

Today’s Look:

Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Gold Rush Blush by Benefit Cosmetics

Highlight: Beauty Bakerie Milk and Honey Palette

Setting Powder: Anastasia Beverly Hills Translucent Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Cargo Cosmetics Chill in the Six

mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lip topped with Rimmel Stay Glossy

I have to say I am really liking this primer. The fact that it ha a bit of a skin care scent doesn’t hut. It does feel more like skincare than makeup and it does a really good job blurring out the pores. Interestingly, this foundation always looks just a little flat on me, but with the illuminating primer underneath it actually looks a little less so.

As you know I am cycling through my foundations. This Charlotte Tilbury came in a subscription box so i was happy to try it out since I have actually never tried anything else from the brand. It is a little frustrating. It needs a pore blurring primer when I wear it and the luminizing from underneath doesn’t hurt it as it can look a little flat without it. It gives great coverage and looks fantastic on the skin. Bit it almost immediately sinks into the lines around my mouth. I have generally an hour or two of it looking really good before it sinks into the lines around my mouth. In the photo if you look closely you can already see it starting. It is fine with the lines around my eyes, perhaps because I move my mouth more than I squint. But this foundation just looks so good elsewhere. it just has that fine line time limit. I always think maybe this time I can fix that. So I will probably keep this around until the bottle is empty or it expires but not replace it when it is done. Incidentally it is why I always pull this foundation out when I have a new primer to try. I always think, maybe this is the primer to make it all better…I know, hope springs eternal.

I like this bronzing stick and reach for it often. It is almost worn down to a nub actually. But it is a refillable stick so I will just order a refill. I am soon approaching the time when I need to haul my bronzers out. I’ll call it a declutter, but mostly it is shifting them around so the summer shades are to the back of the drawer and the winter shades are forward. Also while I rearrange things every fall and spring, in between those two arranging times bronzers and blushes tend to get mixed in with other products. I can always find this Trestique bronzer which is one of the reasons I reach for it a lot more than the others. So it is less of a declutter and more of a bronzer hide and seek game. This morning I found the trestique and a summer shade of bronzer that I know I can’t wear right now. Hence today’s choice.

And then there is the blush. I know Gold Rush has been discontinued. But I am so close to finishing out the pan. In the proto you see where the grid is? That is the bottom of the pan. I can’t get any product from that section. There is only a little product in the left hand side. I don’t know why that excites me so much, but I very much want to finish out the blush. I do love Benefit blushes so it isn’t a hardship to use them and I have been using this as my weekend blush since it is discontinued, but I decided to use it today. I still need to figure out if there is a new blush similar to this.

Today I used the Pink highlight (Oh Honey) from the Beauty Bakerie Palette. I usually go for the gold tones, but the gold in this one is just a little too bright for me. It works well on me in the summer when I have much more of a tan, but it is too bright for me once the tan fades. This pink is nice and soft though. I really like the way it has a softer glow rather than the I am highlight blinding streak.

I find this ABH powder somewhat amusing. I like it a lot although I do have the white translucent so it does tend to lighten my face a little bit. What amuses me is that it is a good enough powder that I don;t need a lot of it, yet it is by far the largest container of setting powder I own. I really enjoy it, but it will take me a while to work through it considering how little I use. Plus if i use only a little then it never looks powdery. In winter if I go too heavy with the powder then my skin looks powdery and dry. Even though I don’t have dry skin. To be honest I think that might be because it is less humid where I live in the winter than in the summer. Because I do notice that I just use less powder in the winter. Or maybe I sweat less. I don’t know and I am going to blame humidity even if it is my sweat. The point is only a little powder is needed.

I took out this Cargo Eyeshadow palette to use today. I really love the colors and I enjoy using it but because there are snowflakes on the cover it doesn’t occur to me to reach for it until the weather turns. While I went for the darker elements it does have some really soft shades that I love to play around with. I know I will play with it for a few times from now until January and then i will love for spring and avoid the snow flake covered palette, but i do like it and I felt like reaching for it today..

Today I decided to see how many coats it took before I went from this is an okay mascara to, hey I like my lashes. Seven coats. In case you are wondering. Also even though I just opened it a few weeks ago, it is almost empty. I may have another week with it, but it is almost empty. And yes part of it is the extra coats to make it look how I want. it is just not my favorite mascara.

Today I put the ABH Matte lip on. I love the lipstick but after i applied it I wasn’t feeling matte today so i added the Rimmel gloss over it. I picked it up on impulse at the store and then I forgot about it. I really like this Rimmel lip gloss though. I may have to give it a more thorough trial. It is glossy but not sticky at all. Rather nice actually.

And that my darlings is me today. And yes I just realized i once again forgot the eyebrows. When I clean up this weekend I will make sure to leave a brow product out to jar my memory. My bags were too long for so long i got out of the habit. Now of course I wacked them off too short, but that will be remedied in time. For now however it is back to work. Have a great day my darlings.

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