Weekly Weight: 234.4 Lbs

It is always a disheartening sight to see any gain, but this week, I kind of knew it was coming. Monday I had my walk in with no problem. Tuesday the rains descended. It is still raining which means that the park is flooded as well as the rain is falling. while I did get some indoor workouts in and I actually feel really good about them, the workouts I do in doors simply don’t burn the same level of calories.

In addition i am getting ready for Thanksgiving travel. This week that meant extending my time at the desk as I try to clear a few days where I am not going to be around next week. And to be honest, I go through this every year. Around Thanksgiving everyone realizes that the holidays aren’t just upcoming, they are neigh. The it seems like everyone looks at the list they want to get through before the end of the year, and then subtracts the number of days everyone will have off for holidays and starts to freak out.

I actually get more work sent my way the week before Thanksgiving than any other week in the year.

After thanksgiving the holiday parties start to take the edge off. Plus everyone feels like they have already assigned everything that is coming up. At least where I am concerned.

Which means basically more desk and telephone time this week than anything else. And no escape into a walk either due to rain.

And while understandable, i am trying not to let it get me down. I know why the gain is there and I know what to do to correct it. I just was hoping it wouldn’t happen before a major feasting holiday. I like to go into the holidays as light as possible and that just wasn’t happening this year with everything that happened in the past few months.

I’m going to try not to let it get me down.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last weeks Weight: 232.8 lbs

This week’s Weight: 234.4 lbs

Change this week: +1.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 11.6 lbs

Not an inspiring sight when you see a plus sigh, but i will live and I will bounce back. Life and my weight loss journey will go on.

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Weekly Weight: 235.7 Lbs

If you are looking at the scale and thinking, wait a minute, that is the same number as last week, I congratulate you on your excellent memory. It is the same number as last week. I suppose after the more than four pounds dropped last week it should be expected that there would be little change this week. That is generally what happens with me.

More than four pounds in one week is a really big number for me, so I wasn’t expecting a big change this week.

This week i kept on keeping on. I missed a few exercises. due to rain early in the week and yesterday my brain was focused on getting a story out of my head so I shorted pretty much everything, including exercise. But I did manage to keep a tight reign on my food.

I am back in the habit of using the free version of My Fitness Pal. I have started remembering to put in my food and exercise on a daily basis and that has really kept me on track. I wanted to get back into the habit of using the free version of the app before I tried out the paid version. Since I am now in the habit I will be starting my paid month long trial (that is me paying for the app instead of the free version, no one is actually paying me to try the app) in November. I think nit will be quite helpful going into the holidays actually and I am kind of excited to get that started.

Today it wasn’t that exciting to see the same number appear on the scale but it is understandable and not something I am overly worried about. I am hoping that if I keep doing what i know I should be doing, that number will change and I will be slowly easing my way into a healthy weight number.

And that is where I really want to be.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 235.7 lbs

This Week’s weight: 235.7 lbs

This week’s Change: No Change.

Lost over all: 10.3 lbs

and so we keep on. I know that I am doing the right things, I just need to have faith that the right things will eventually get me where I need to be. And if they don’t then i will go to my doctor and have a conversation about adjusting what is wrong so that I am doing right again. But for now, I understand why the scale didn’t move, even if it was disappointing. So minor disappointment but no anxiety over this week. It’s not fabulous, but it could be worse. have a great Friday everyone.

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The Daily: October 19th, 2022

Today is just a day made to be outside. I’ll admit, I am behind on my task list for the day because i started my morning off with a longer than usual walk. It was so nice not to melt into a puddle of sweat after five paces. In fact I even had to add a sweatshirt in to keep me warm. By the end of the walk I had pushed the sleeves up some because I was warm.

At that point there was even a delicate line of perspirations along my hair line. After the sweat fest this summer, today’s sweat felt like a lady delicately perspiring. Most of the summer I felt like the sweat monster set loose to unleash workout stink upon the neighborhood.

And yes, I am planning on a late afternoon walk even though I did go on a longer walk this morning. It is just that sort of day. The leaves are orange and yellow and spiraling down from the trees and rusting in piles as the wind dances through them. The air smells clean and crisp. the breeze on my face feels brisk and chilly but not skin numbingly cold. There will only be a few days like this. I know with our next rain the leaves will be a soggy sodden mass and given the lateness of it’s arrival, I suspect winter is only allowing Autumn it’s moment on stage before pouncing.

So I feel no guilt about playing truant for a bit today. I’m sure there will be plenty of days inside to come. And after not walking for two weeks it just plain feels good to stretch my legs a bit.

Tomorrow I may moan about the extra work load I have to finish, but for the moment, I regret nothing.

Oh my bangs desperately need a trim. That might be on this weekend’s to do list

Today’s look:

Primer: Figs and Rouge Satin Soft Blurring Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher

Highlight: Milk and Honey palette from Beauty Bakerie

Eyeshadow: AOA Saturn Palette in the Orbit collection

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

Necklace: AOA Jewelry from their new arrivals collection

I haven’t used this primer in a while and I thought I’d bring it to light to decide if I want to keep it. I remember testing it out and finding it decent but strong scented. I still find it decent at blurring pores and it is still strongly scented. It goes on very wet but dries fairly quickly. The thing I don’t remember from before is how it dried. When it dries it feels oddly like a a crackly layer on the skin. Almost like when I was a kid and would have Elmer’s Glue dry on my fingers. You know that crackly feeling when you bend the finger with the dried glue on it. This primer has that feel on the skin but when you touch it with your fingers it feels soft and smooth. Once the foundation goes on top of the primer that feeling disappears. But it is slightly odd. I don’t mind it, and I like the blurring effects, but I just find that feeling a little strange. I like the serums I’ve tried from Figs&Rouge, but I am not sure I am really thrilled with this primer.

necklace, you know, without my hair covering it

I am really liking this Yensa foundation. It is definitely staying in my collection. Don’t worry, I will start trading it out as I go through the foundations for the December Declutter, but I just had to use it one more time this week. This is a good foundation, but it does need a pore filling primer underneath it to prevent it sinking into fine lines towards the end of the day. And really, with no primer under it, I only had a problem with fine lines after about 10 hours. For me this is a good work day primer. It Does fade a bit towards the end of the day so I wouldn’t expect the longevity of a long wear foundation, but it is a great one to wear all day long.

This Buxom Bronzer is an old favorite and one I reach for quite often. It is buildable and blendable and the shade is one that I can wear all year long. It actually works better in the cooler months when I am pale, but I still like it for a more natural look in summer. While I also love my Illamasqua gel blusher it is more of a summer shade. It blended well for me but I can tell it is already starting to be too deep a tone for winter wear. I may have to put this into the drawer until the summer sun comes out to darken my skin again.

Today I again reached for the pink highlighter in the palette. I planned to try another shade but just didn’t. I like the pink. All summer I reached for golden shades but right now the pink works for me. I also like that it is one of the pink shades that doesn’t have a lot of glitter. Actually it has none. or some reason pink toned highlighters seem to come with more glittery bits than I want.

Today was the fourth of the four AOA Orbit Collection Quads. Thee was a lot of variation in the palettes actually. I liked how this look turned out, but it did require some time to build up. It was not as easy as some of the other palettes in the collection. it was still nice and worked well. I do find it interesting that there was so much variation in the palettes.

the Patrick Ta mascara is, as before, a decent everyday mascara. I had to do several passes to get my lashes where I liked and I think that is why this mascara went fast. I am going to try to use the last of it tomorrow but I suspect that it will be the last day of use as the tube felt very hollow today. The multiple coats cause it to be rapidly used up. it is a mascara that I don;t mind using but that I would not go out of my way to pick up.

Finally the lipstick I would go out of my way to pick up but can never find. The ABH Matte Lipstick in Dead Roses. I’m pretty sure the shade was discontinued, which is a shame as it is one of my favorites. I will keep wearing the lippie I have until it is all gone. It is a good formula though. It is creamy and comfortable as well as long lasting. I just wish this shade hadn’t been let go. I know, I should try outer colors, and I will because it is a good formula. I just have a tendency to always pick the wrong shade of lipstick when i purchase them. Every lipstick I have purchased has been slightly off. At least my first time with the brand. If I like the formula I’ll go back for additional tries until i get the one I actually want. So I get a little salty when my favorites are discontinued. But I’ll get over it, (sob) some day.

I am really enjoying the jewelry I picked up on the Shop Miss A haul as well. This necklace may be one of my favorites. It is a little silver tree with rhinestones. the charm is better quality than the chain, but the chain is still decent. And it hasn’t made my neck break out. So there is no nickel in it. which is always good to see.

And that my darlings is me today. it is a quiet day with walks punctuated by work. I think for me this is a good day because I feel like I am finally getting back to normal. that feels really good.

The Daily: October 11th, 2022

Today has been blessedly routine. I know that sounds odd to say but it feels like forever since I have had a relatively normal day. While I was gone for two weeks, before that I was racing to get everything cleared off before the two weeks gone and so my schedule was insane rather than routine. Today was routine.

Routine feels pretty good.

I’ll admit it isn’t the most exciting thing in the world to report about. but it feels really good. Today I went on a normal morning walk and it was deliciously cool. Fall seems to finally have arrived. I am still pulling the last of the tomatoes out of the garden but it is still most definitely fall. And because it has finally cooled down I am planning on getting a second walk in this afternoon.

Which will also help me out because I have to get back on the scale this Friday and see the damage. While I was active in the two weeks I was gone, it was a taking care of someone recovering from surgery and rearranging the house kind of activity. There was no deliberate exercise or work outs. In addition food tended to be based around what my mom wanted me to cook for her and what the church ladies brought.

It was all delicious, but it couldn’t really be considered healthy. I came home and the first thing I wanted was a salad. I love green been casserole and brisket as much as the next person but there is a limit. Sleep was hit or miss as well since I didn’t sleep through the night since I was in charge of making sure drugs were taken when they needed to be (which was often in the middle of the night)

And then there is the fact that while I was gone my baby doll got a new scale. He had a couple of doctor’s visits while I was gone (routine, nothing crazy) and he has this habit of weighing himself on the scale at home both before and after the doctor’s weigh him to see how well our scale is monitoring weight. Our scale was pretty old and apparently it was not keeping track very well. He says it was about ten pounds off so he got a new one.

While I am pleased to have an accurate scale in the house it means that even if I didn’t gain any weight while I was gone I will be at least ten pounds heavier than when I left. I am bracing for that and getting in a little more exercise where possible. I am also back to keeping track of things with the My Fitness Pal app. I still haven’t started delving into the paid version of that yet and am going to spend the week getting back into the rhythm of using the free version to record everything that needs recording, but then I will test out the paid version.

I’m actually looking forward to that.

I am not looking back to the first time back on the scale.

Kind of dreading it actually.

But just because something isn’t going to be fun doesn’t mean you get to skip it. Unfortunately that isn’t the way life works. So I’ll complain about it now and then just step on the scale Friday morning. I thought about sneaking a peek early but I decided I wanted to have a few normal days first, as well as a chance to maybe whittle down a bit more. Speaking of normal…

Today’s Look:

Primer: Maybelline 4-in-1 Glow Perfector

Foundation: One Size Turn up the Base Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua colour veil Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: AOA Shadow Quad Mercury from the Orbit Series

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Lips: Patrick Ta Lip Gloss in She’s Expensive

Today I went for a bit of a low key sort of look. I wanted something kind of easy breezy, especially since i knew nothing was really going to touch those bags under my eyes other than a lot more sleep. The 4-in-1 Glow from Maybelline i decided to pick up because it felt like the ad was stalking me. I was seeing it everywhere so i figured why not try it. (I also picked up two separate skin care trial sets for the same reason, but we’ll get into that another time.) Today I used it as a primer. It is a glowy sort of primer, but it worked really well under the One Size powder foundation. Actually the two worked fantastically well together for a low key kind of look. I don’t think I would wear the Maybelline alone without a foundation over it but as a primer it is really good. I am actually really glad that I picked it up. I also picked up a Maybelline gloss because I was at the store. I didn’t use it today because I wanted to use the Patrick ta.

I am really liking this One Size powder foundation. It works well for my in a light coverage kind of way. It is supposed to be able to be built up but every time i try it starts to look powdery. It is beautiful as is but I just don’t like building it up.

I chose the bamboo bronzer because it goes on light and can be built up if you want. I didn’t want to build it up today so I used it light instead of going for something more pigmented. I think it worked well. And I always love the Illamasqua gel blusher. I use a fingertip to dot it on my face and then the damp makeup sponge to blend it in. right now i am testing the makeup sponge and brushes I picked up from my Shop Miss A haul and I am really surprised by the quality. I’m sure i will have more thoughts on the set as I continue to use it, but for now it is fabulous.

I set everything with the Tatcha Silk Setting Powder. I don’t usually like to use a lot of setting powder with a powder foundation but i went in light with this and the Tatcha played well with the One Size Powder.

Today was the first use of the AOA Quads. I picked up all four from the Orbit Series. This one was the Mercury Palette. As each quad was only $1 I was certainly okay with the price and I did feel kind of decadent purchasing the entire line. While the shadows aren’t the most pigmented, they are buildable and they blend really well.

Mercury is pink toned and the colors worked well together. I was very happy with the look and will be rotating through all four quads to play with the shadows, but I really like how the quad is set up for quick and easy use. I deliberately didn’t use setting spray or eye lid primer today because I want to see how they perform on their own. The matte shade was a little powdery but if I tapped off the brush before applying it worked really well with no fall out on the under eye or nose. I’ll still be playing around with this but for a quick look on a work day morning this was very easy to apply.

My mascara today was the They’re Real Magnet from Benefit. I love this mascara. I think I still like Bad Gal Bang just a little bit more, but this is really good at lengthening the lashes (Bad Gal gives more volume). Still one of my top five mascaras and I was happy to use it.

This was the first use of the Patrick Ta Major Volume Lip Shine. It is very shiny and I like how it applies. After a while the shine dims but my lips started to feel a little waxy. I am not entirely sure how I feel about this lip gloss. I may keep using it for a while as I try to decide. I do like the shine though. And if the waxy feeling does come with improved lip conditioning I won’t mind it as much. For that, I’ll have to try it some more before final judgement.

But that my darlings was my first day back and my first routine daily makeup look in a while. It leaned more quick and easy than anything else, but I am rather pleased with it and the products I used to create it. I know, I mostly used products I liked but as I was trying out new eyeshadow and lip gloss I figured it would work out in the end and let me concentrate on how i feel about the new products.

But now, it is back to work for me. I hope your Tuesday is everything you need it to be.

The Daily: August 29th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I feel a bit more centered after the weekend. On Thursday and Friday I did major shuffling and spent large chunks of Saturday coming up with a new schedule. And now I have a plan. I am still waiting for an exact date for travel, but there is a plan in place.

I know that sounds strange but as long as I have a plan, I am okay. It doesn’t have to be a set in stone plan, I am okay if parts of it need to be adapted to meet real world situations, but I need some sort of plan in my head to keep myself balanced.

It is sort of my mental security blanket.

And now I have it in place. I did also get some down time on Sunday which helped. I think that part of everything has been the constant running from one crisis to another this year. 2022 has been quite the year for the family. With luck after this things will at least calm down a little while recovery is taking place.

At this point I am hoping for a quiet October. As that is also when the weather will break and the outside world becomes lovely to move through again, I am very much looking forward to a glorious October.

At least that is what I am telling myself. As October is usually natural disaster free, I have high hopes.

This morning I went on a lovely walk before the weather got too warm. It wasn’t as nice as last week. Last week morning walks were taken in 68 degree temps with 80% humidity. Today the humidity remains around 80% but the temps were about 78 instead. So there was a lot of sweat and a shower, but the physical exercise made me feel better.

The trick will be remembering to do indoor exercises this afternoon when i need a break and not trying my luck with an afternoon walk. That is always the trick. Because mid afternoon is when I need a mental break from whatever I am working on as well as a good leg stretch and a walk really helps with both of those. It is just the wrong time of year.

And actually if any of you reading this are thinking about getting active, whether it is for weight loss or mental health or any other reason, I highly suggest walking. It is absolutely amazing hpow much better everything feels after a little walk. Even if it is just a circle around the neighborhood or a little way down the street where you turn around and come back. It is good physically just to get you moving, but more than that, it is a mental break. It let’s you clear your mind and gives you a little space to organize your thoughts. It helps in so many ways.

And I know that some of you love the gym and the treadmill, but there is something about a walk outdoors that just really helps the mind in different ways than the gym does. maybe it is the external stimulus of the world instead of the organized gym space, or just the fresh air. Maybe it is the relatively slow pace of a walk versus the treadmill. It is different and I advise everyone to give it a try.

Just not in the midafternoon when the heat and humidity are brutal. That I don’t think anyone would advise. So this afternoon I will make do with a bit of yoga.

Today’s Look

Primer: Touch in Soul No Poreblem Primer

Foundation: Cool AF Lava Water Foundation from Pretty Vulgar

Bronzer: Kim Chi Beauty Thailor Bronzer

Blush: Georgia By Benefit Cosmetics

Highlight: St. Luxe Liquid Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold

Setting Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Bellapierre Peach Blossom Palette

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lipstick: The Balm Meet Matte Hughes in Honest

Today was an interesting makeup day for me. I had the Touch in Sol primer out, which I love so i went ahead and used it. It is a good light weight primer and it has been a standard for a long time. I actually need to finish out this bottle as it is getting kind of low and I want it use it before it runs out.

Thinking of products that I need to use up before they expire, I pulled out the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lave Water Foundation. Yeah… There isn’t that much left in the bottle and I fear it is past it’s expiration date. It felt okay when I applied it. The scent was stronger than I remembered and smelled a little more like paint than it ever has before. Still I thought it would be okay. I took my pictures and about ten minutes later, I started feeling a little itchy. Which has never happened with this foundation. While I was hoping to use the last of it before it expired, I think I may have missed the mark. I washed my face and am now sans makeup. I do really like the Pretty Vulgar Lava Water Foundation. It is light weight and looks good on the skin. I would have lover to finish the bottle, but alas the remnants will be going into the trash. I will be repurchasing it, but I just didn’t use it fast enough. I am trying to whittle down the products I have, foundation wise, so I can only keep a few on hand that I can rotate more quickly through.

I always feel really bad when a product expires before I can use it up. Especially when it is a good product. But we must press on.

The Kim Chi Bronzer was nice today. I dipped lightly in the pan and went delicately on the skin with it. It is a very pigmented product but it blends beautifully. I just need to remember to be delicate and all is well.

The benefit blush in Georgia is much less pigmented so I had to be less careful with it. I really like the lighter blush with the bronzer. Maybe it is because I have to be so careful with the darker bronzer that I like the relative abandon of the lighter blush. I have to be more careful in the winter with this blush as it is more of a winter shade for me, but I love the formula of Benefit blushes so I never mind reaching for them.

With the St. Luxe Highlighter I am still trying to get a handle on it. I love the color and for a moment when i apply it, there is a soft warm glow to the skin. It blends in beautifully. And looks good. Ten minutes later the golden glow I liked is almost gone. I am still trying to figure out if it disappears as it dries down or if I am just using too light a hand when applying it. I will have to play around with it some more.

The Milk Makeup Rise mascara is fantastic. This is my first use of it and I am already regretting the sample size is so small. I got amazing lengths with just one swipe. I will be using this until the small tube is empty (because it is such a small sample size) but it won’t be a hardship and I can already tell this is going on my list of products to purchase in the full size.

There are two other new products today. Both I had reservations about because of the colors but both were products I wanted to try. The first is the Bellapierre Peach Blossom Palette.

I’ll be honest, I saw it and wasn’t too enthused. It has one matte and three shimmers and the one matte looked really coral in the pan. Admittedly so did the lipstick, so this week I decided to go coral. Coral is not really my thing.

I was pleasantly surprised by both actually. I have never tried a bellapierre eyeshadow. Many other products yes, but not the shadow. It came off as a deeper pinkish shade than I was expecting. And which I found much mote pleasant. It is not a deeply pigmented shadow but it applies well and blends okay. There is a line between the matte and the shimmer where they met but I am okay with that. Since there is one matte and three shimmers, this week it is going to be the matte paired with each shimmer for the day. This was the first one. Neither shade is all that special, but it is a simple slim hard plastic cased palette which, if it works out could be good for a weekend trip. We shall see how I feel by the end of the week.

The Balm lipstick was also very coral in color. It wasn’t as bad as I feared. I applied and then blotted and found I could live with the color. Admittedly I didn’t have to live with it for the full day, due to the foundation snafu. so I can’t tell how it wears throughout the day, but it applied well and dried down fairly quickly. It didn’t feel all that drying on the lips, but admittedly I wore it less than an hour, so a longer wear time is needed for determination. But it was a promising start. While I have used many The Balm products, I have never had one of their lip products, so even though the color isn’t a go to shade for me it is nice to test out their formula.

And that was more or less me. At least for the beginning of today. I am currently bared faced and will probably stay that way since it is just me at the desk. I may go for a face mask this afternoon. A detoxifying one actually, just incase any nastiness was left behind by the expired foundation. Let this be a warning to you all, check your expiration dates and don’t be afraid to let something go. Expired makeup is just not worth it. Although I will be repurchasing the Pretty Vulgar Foundation. I just can’t use this one any more.

The Daily: August 23rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It is another humid day, but the temperatures have actually dropped. My morning walk was extremely pleasant actually. 68 degrees. Admittedly with the 70% humidity, there was still a whole lot of sweating going on.

I have to say it feels fantastic to be getting back to normal now. The morning walk, the regular work day, the meal plan. I don’t like to think of myself as a routine driven person but I have to say there is comfort in getting back to it.

I suspect that part of the comfort is feeling better with routine exercise. I hated remembering to add exercise in every day when i started my weight loss journey, but now I just feel better when I move a little bit each day and miss it when I don’t. I’ll never become a hard core fitness fanatic or gym rat, but a little daily movement really helps me feel my best. I do wish there was a reliable swimming pool near me though. I used to love swimming as much as I love walking and wouldn;t mind getting back into that.

Even if that does mean I have to put on a swim suit. That’s been an event I have put off for several years now. But I think I might be able to embrace it now, as long as I can find a pool to use. Perhaps I will begin the search over the coming weekend. And if I start in the off time maybe I will be comfortable in my swim suit by the time the pool is packed next summer. Its a theory anyway. And something to explore.

not sure why there is a strange shadow on my chest

Today’s Look

Primer: Tatcha The Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Real Her Power Wear Probiotic Foundation

Bronzer: Kim Chi Thailor Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Golden Georgia Peach Blush

Powder: Kim Chi Puff Puff Pass Setting Powder

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil kit

Eyeshadow: Nomad Cosmetics Berlin Underground Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash mascara

Lips: ColourPop Lipstick in Evil Queen

I am still testing out the Real Her foundation, but at this point I’ve realized it looks a bit better with pore filling primer than with a brightening one, so I went for the Tatcha instead of trying to make a more brightening primer work. Personally I think it turned out pretty well, and lets face it I love this Tatcha primer. I’ve been debating between the solid balm and the liquid version and to be honest I like them both and wouldn’t mind having both around (and just might pick up both) but if I had to choose one I think I’d go with the balm version. I like it just a little bit better. Both are in my top products list though.

The Kim Chi Bronzer I am still getting the feel of. I think it might be a shade too dark for me but if I go in with a light hand I think I can make it work. It is a nice formula and highly pigmented so a light hand would be advised even if it were my perfect shade. I still adore the Kim Chi powder though. It is a really nicely milled product and I still adore the powder puff. That I will certainly pick up again.

The Benefit blush is nice and light. Just a bit of a pink on the cheeks. I think it works a little better on my in the winter, but i still like it.

I also tried out the shadow moon eyeshadow guard today

As for eyeshadow. Yes I know I am still technically testing out the OFRA but I went to reach for it this morning and just didn’t want to. so I looked in on my favorite palettes and realized it had been a while since I used it. With the new palettes coming in from subscription boxes sometimes I forget to reach for my favorites. And to be honest the gunmetal blue shade of East Side Gallery was just calling to me. I couldn’t resist. It does tend to shed powder so be sure to tap off the brush before using. I think I enjoyed it more because most of the palettes I have been trying out lately have been reddish tones and I just wanted something a little different.

i used the Stila mascara with it. I really like this mascara and will need to pick up a new tube again soon. It just performs beautifully, even if the name Huge Extreme Lash is a bit much. It works so I’ll over look it.

And then for lips I was feeling the red of the Evil Queen. I know Colourpop no longer has it for sale, but it is still for sale on the Disney store in the Evil Queen Collection. That’s the link I put above. I like this shade of red but it is slightly pinkish for me. I think i need a dark lip liner underneath or something. I really like the deep blue reds and this is just slightly missing the mark. But I love it and still use it. I just might be looking for a dark lip liner. Actually I think I have a wine-y shade of lip liner that might do well under this. maybe I will try that tomorrow. We shall see.

But for today, this is me. I’m rather pleased with the look and it actually feels really nice to use a favorite palette rather than a new one to test out. I like testing things, but sometimes, I just like reaching for my favorites. Or really just reaching for the shades that appeal to me for the day. especially when i am slightly bored with the palette I am testing.

But now it is back to work for me. Have a lovely rest of the day my darlings.

The Daily: August 18th, 2022

Oh my darlings today I actually saw temperatures that were in the 60s. It was still 66 and really only before 9 am but I saw it and I took advantage of it. and today thee was no one else out. Which was surprising given the drop in temp and the relatively comfortable conditions.

It was pleasant though. I nice walk, my own private park and no additions to my fitness plan, just the walk. I did see Peanut poke his head into the window to watch me walk by though. Luckily he was safely inside Mary’s house. He goes home on Sunday and I’m hoping she keeps a bit more control over him until then.

I don’t mind pitching in to chase the dog, I just don’t want to do it often.

So the walk was nice and quiet, work has been nice and quiet. I’m trying not to find any of that suspicious and just enjoy it. It is a bit strange when chaos seems to become the norm.

For those looking for back to school savings, the sales have started going up. I’m going to try and include a few each post. I hope it helps.

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And The Underclub now has the return of Bralette subscriptions. In case you want a fabulous bralette to go with your fantastic underwear subscription. They are hands down my favorite subscription service. I adore the all inclusive styles and wearing the underwear makes me feel pretty all the way down. Plus as silly as it sounds, if I know that I am wearing pretty underwear, I feel more confident. So I will always love wearing pretty underwear. And if you can get a bralette to match, even better.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer

Foundation: Real Her Powerwear Probiotic Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/powder: Pur 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Powders Palette

Eyeshadow: OFRA Signature Palette: Symphony

Mascara: Give Them Lala Beauty Mascara

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil Kit (currently on sale)

Lips: Uoma Beauty Lip Liner

Okay lets have a look at today’s products. The Real Her foundation I went back and looked up and didn’t see a review for so I’m guessing it came in with a bunch of makeup products, was tried and forgotten, so I am trying it now and will rotate through different primers as I get a feel for it. Today’s primer is an old favorite, the No Poreblem Primer. It is light weight and porefilling. I really like it. Plus the pink tones of it mostly melt into my skin but still give a slightly healthy look to it. Especially under a matte foundation. It doesn’t make my skin more pink, just a little bit brighter, I think anyway. This is not my first bottle of this primer and i doubt it will be my last.

the foundation is holding up well today too. It covers well and while I did need to use the makeup sponge to get rid of a few brush streaks, it is sitting very well on the skin and not emphasizing any fine lines, which is nice.

The face palette I used from PUR is one of my favorite travel palettes because I happen to like all four of the powders included. I don’t tend to reach for it when I am not traveling though. I really should reach for it more. The powders are buildable rather than highly pigmented and it is easy to get a softer more natural look from them. Which is one of the reasons I travel with it soft often. It can be beefed up for a night out or toned down for daily use. I always find it surprising as i don’t tend to have the best luck with PUR products. these I really like though.

The iMethod stencils are now my standard. I will try other pomade but I do love those stencils. I also really like the Uoma Beauty Lip Liner. I’m sure I’ll put some sort of lip gloss over it later but for now I like the color and feel of it. It is one of the few lip liners I can actually wear as lipstick without feeling like my lips are parched.

Which leaves us with the OFRA eyeshadow palette. Today I used the lightest matte of the three and then added a little of the highlight in the corners. It is still highly pigmented but it is not as dominating as the cranberry shade. It worked out well as a more or less one and done look. It has reddish tones so it is similar to the other looks with this palette. I think the brown and highlight are the only two that don’t lean into the red so maybe I’ll try a look with just the two of them next and see if there is a wider difference. But over all I enjoyed the palette, it was easy to use. and didn’t require a lot of work or thought. Which is nice on a rushed morning.

Over all I am pleased with today’s makeup and happy to see how it lasts the rest of the day. I hope you are having a fantastic day and that your afternoon end on a high note.

The Daily: August 17th, 2022

This morning did not go as planned. I woke up on time and had my coffee, did my morning exercises and then looked at the temperature. It was only 74 degrees and a low humidity of only 60%. So I thought ‘perfect, I’ll go on a walk.’

And I did.

It was a nice long walk. I probably over did it a bit and was sweaty and dragging a little when I made it to the final approach towards my house. Which is when a little white streak raced past me.

My neighbor is watching her son’s Jack Russell Terrier while he is out of town. I should also pint out that she is elderly and needs a cane to walk. She isn’t at the walker stage but she has the cane with the four feet on it to keep her stable. The dog is an apartment dog who decided that a neighborhood filled with squirrels and rabbits was his version of heaven.

Mary (my neighbor) was terrified he’d run out of the neighborhood and into the main road that runs past the neighborhood (which is really busy and tends to have large trucks on it during the day).

Since I couldn’t just leave her worried and attempting to hobble after the dog, I helped chase him down. It was more time spent calling for a dog named Peanut than I ever anticipated doing, but he made it back to Mary’s place safely. the rabbit population trebling in their burrows and the squirrels chattering their displeasure overhead.

And so my darlings this is me, sweaty, disheveled and some how feeling victorious for managing to corral a jack Russel named Peanut. There is no makeup today. there will however very shortly be a shower. Then there will be a late lunch. Not the most glamorous, but at least i am certain I burned more calories than expected. I’m not sure how ‘running after small dog’ will be recorded in my exercise log. Perhaps general cardio…Something I’ll figure out after my shower.

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The Daily: August 15th, 2022

Happy Monday to everyone. I hope yours is going fabulously well. Today, when I woke, there were no watery eyes, not constantly running nose and only a minor cough. Which feels like a minor miracle. You know, when I feel well I don’t think about my health much. when I feel bad it seems like the only thing that matters.

Today I feel pretty good AND there was no rain so before the heat and humidity rose, I went out on a walk. It felt amazingly good to simply do what i normally do. I was able to go on a normal walk without feeling out of breath. Okay I was a little out of breath at the end so I am not going to try and push it with a second walk later this afternoon. I am just going to be pleased with 98% normality and not get over confident.

98% feels fantastic and made the entire day feel good. I hit Monday morning ready to go and I ticked items off of my to do list like no one’s business. well like my business actually, if you want to get technical. The point is, today worked and it felt good, really good.

simple and super fab salmon

Tonight we are having one of my favorite salmon meals. It is super quick and easy. I took two salmon filets marinated them in equal parts soy sauce and maple syrup and then sprinkled in a teaspoon of red pepper flakes on top. I put the marinade together at lunch time. It will sit until dinner and then I will pop it onto a sheet tray skin side up in the oven at 400 for about 10 minutes (or until it is the right doneness – that always varies based on the size and shape of the salmon.)While it is in the oven I will put the same marinade measurements mix into a sauce pan and add a dash of sesame seeds, let the sauce reduce and steam some broccoli. The sauce is fantastic on broccoli and as a little extra for the salmon. Simple and fabulous, especially now that my nose is cleared and I can both smell and taste again. That just makes the world a better place.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha The Silk Canvas

Foundation: Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

Bronzer: Kim Chi Thailor Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia blush

Powder: Tatcha Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: OFRA Signature Symphony Palette

Mascara: Give them Lala Beauty Mascara

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil Kit

Lips: Lawless Beauty Forget the Filler Lip Plumping gloss

Okay the Tatcha, both primer and powder were still out on the dressing table. I know i need to put them away and rotate through products but I just love them both. The same with the Benefit Blush. It was out, I know I loved it so I went ahead and used it.

The foundation is a bit of a throwback for me. I opened my drawer and saw a box in the back. I thought, what new foundation did I pick up and forget to try. it isn’t a new foundation. it is one of my favorite older foundations. For a long time this Becca foundation was my go to foundation. I used it pretty much exclusively. And I know I said that when Becca was going out of business I wasn’t going to stock up. But I was curious as to how low their last process would go and while I resisted most of the sale but in the last days of the closing up shop sale the foundation was on deep discount and i couldn’t resist.

So I bought a bottle and then put it into the drawer thinking I could use it when I finished testing out the foundation i was currently trying and that I would use it on days I wasn’t posting my makeup. It remained sealed. Since it won’t last forever, even sealed, I have opened it and will be rotating it through. I’ll try to use it more on the days I don’t post since the company is no more, but I still love the formula of this foundation. It is glowy without looking wet and it really just works for me. I won’t spend a lot of time talking about it when i wear it, but it is the one Becca product i truly loved and will miss.

I did have a couple of new items to try. The first was the OFRA palette. I loved the shadows today. I think I loved them more because I used a shadow formula last week that tyook effort for me to use. This took no effort. It blended well, it layered well and this is a formula that lasts all day. I am a fan of OFRA products. And this palette works. I am pleased to see that it is for sale and hasn’t gone away.

The mascara was the Give them Lala Beauty. I tried it once last week but my eyes were watering so I tried to forget about the test. I had to apply several coats to get it to look as I wanted and it does take a bit of time to dry. While I didn’t sneeze today a hard blink left lash marks that needed to be cleaned up. this is one of those mascaras where I feel I need a hand fan. I’ll be using it this week and see if I like it any better towards the end of the week. For now it is just so so.

And then there is Lawless Beauty. I like the gloss actually. It smells like watermelon and has that tingly feel. I need to do a side by side look to see if there was any plumping, but it feels good on the lips. It is sticky at first but After a few minutes of wear the stickiness goes away. It just looks like a beautiful gloss. I have the shade Rosy Outlook which is a pinkish clear that looks pretty good on my lips. Kind of my lips but better shade. I am curious about the plumping so I’ll have to take some close ups later this week to see if there is any noticeable change. But it is a nice gloss.

And there are the highlights of both my makeup and my day, my darlings. It has been a good day and I think my makeup turned out like I expected as well. Somedays, that is all that takes to make me happy. I know I should probably seek to aim higher than ‘lack of illness’ but for today, it just feels fabulous. Now I just have to work on cleaning and disinfecting every surface in the house. But I’ll worry about that after dinner. Have a great rest of your afternoon.

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One Month of My Fitness Pal, the free Version

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Regardless there was a spate of time where the weight was put on. And it didn’t come off. It stayed. Then I decided to go on a weight loss journey. The reason was simple, I woke up one morning and got out of bed and couldn’t remember when my feet didn’t hurt at some point throughout the day. I decided that was not a good thing and that it was high time I did something about it.

I know, not as sexy as wanting to look good in a bikini or getting ready for a class reunion or even running a marathon, but it was my reason for losing weight.

the problem was where to start. while I am a full time writer now, I went to school for (and still write about) Architectural History. It means I can tell you a great many sociological reasons why American banks were designed to reference Roman architecture, but I can’t tell you squat about the human body aside from a third grade song listing the bones of the skeletal structure.

So I dove into the world of dieting and fitness.

I don’t know if you have been, but it is a terrifying place. It is also full of very opinionated people.

What I wanted sounded simple in my head. I wanted to shave some weight off of my body so my feet didn’t hurt shortly after I got out of bed. I wanted a program that I could maintain for a life time rather than a quick fix. As at my heaviest I weighed 246 lbs, I knew there wasn’t going to be a quick fix. I was in for a long haul. Crash diets weren’t going to work. Cutting out a single food group wasn’t going to work. i had over a hundred pounds to lose and I needed a long term solution.

What I landed on was portion control and regular exercise. I know, like ,making my feet not hurt it isn’t the sexiest of diet plans. There is no cool name or concept backed by pseudo-science. it is no magic fat melting pill. I just needed to balance my calories in and calories out. As simple as it sounds I have tried many ways to do this. The simplest way for me is a food diary. I have used a notebook and pen to record what I eat and how much activity I got, but then I had to look up the calories and while it was helpful, it is just plain easier to use an App for that.

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My problem with a lot of the apps is that they seem to assume that I am purchasing pre prepared foods. While this works for a few things, I tend to cook most of my meals. One of the things I really liked about the My Fitness Pal is that I can build a recipe. I can type the ingredients in and then tell they system how i portion out what is created. Then it tells me how many calories I consumed.

The recipe builder and food diary are the two elements of the My Fitness Pal app that I use the most. One of the things I like is that it lets me keep the regularly used items in the list so each morning I don’t have to input coffee I can just check the box and have done with it, easy peasy. I am sure most of the apps do that, but it is the recipe builder function that is in the My Fitness Pal app that I have found a lot better than most and the most helpful. It takes a bit to add the recipes in but once you have then you are done.


While I have used these features for years at this point (off and on), this month I committed to using it and building the habit of logging in every day. For me, keeping track of the food keeps me on track. I also enter my exercise so I can figure out my calories in and calories out. Oddly enough the checking in section has been hugely beneficial. While I weigh in once a week officially for the Friday Weigh in, I really like the habit of getting on the scale each morning and just typing the info in to the system for a chart. I know there are going to be some points (like the holidays) that I don’t want to do that, but there is something i really like about seeing the chart grow and build. I think it is because while there is a degree of up and down in my dieting, I can look at the chart and see that even if this week I gained half a pound, the chart still shows an over all downward trend. I find that encouraging to see. It really helps me not get caught up[ in minutia.

The blog function has also been useful for me as well. It has been a way to just add quick thoughts about what is going on. New foods I’ve tried, things that go well or don’t go well. I have also found inspiration in the news posts about various exercises and foods that come up on the site. Overall it has been a really good tool for me to use and after a solid month of use, I am now in the habit of using it. It has become routine to log in and input what I am eating and to log in my work outs.

the version I have been using though is the free version. I have found that sometimes I use a free version of a program and love it, and then dislike the paid version. On the other hand, sometimes once I try he paid version I find there are parts I really don’t want to let go of and remain with the paid version. There are several items on the paid listing that are intriguing to me;. There is a greater depth to the food logging app and a guided nutrition plan. There are also recipes targeted towards my nutritional goals. As I am always looking for new recipes to try out, I am very interested in that. The paid version sounds like it would actually be a benefit. So now that I have gotten used to the free version i am going to give the paid version a trial and then do a side my side comparison to see if it is the right plan for me or if I was fine with the free version of the app. So shall we see if the paid version has elements that I really need, or if the free version is all that I need? I think we shall. Let the trial begin!

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