Trying out the Cuccio Pause Meditation Mist in Peppermint and Sage

This item recently came to me in a Kinder Subscription box. If you are into clean beauty products it is a subscription you might want to check out. It has only clean products and is vegan as well. This Pause Meditation mist is from the brand Cuccio. A while back I tried one of their hand soaps and I really enjoyed it.

I Love the blue glass spray bottle however I will say I was uncertain what exactly a meditation mist was, so I looked it up.

WHAT IT IS: CALMING RITUAL.  A meditation mist made to help calm the senses and prepare for the best of meditation sessions.  Can also be used as a pillow spray or a mid-day mist of calm.

PAUSE Meditation Mist calms the mind and body in moments.  Using the finest ingredients, no artificial fragrance and all natural essential oils to help relax, leaving the mind, body and spirit completely calm, renewed + restored.  

I am not big on meditation. I now others who love it and meditate routinely. I envy them actually. Any time I try to meditate story ideas pop into my head. Some how I don’t think plotting out a locked door murder mystery is quite the intent of meditation. It is usually where my brain goes when I try though. Which is odd since I don’t write a lot of murder mysteries. And yet anytime I try to meditate, that is where my brain goes.

cuccio

And so I used it as a pillow spray.

It was fantastic. For me any time I have tried a pillow spray bad things have happened. For some reason the two scents most often used in pillow sprays are bergamot and lavender. The bergamot makes me sneeze and for some reason lavender doesn’t calm me down like it does some people. It makes me feel like there is something I forgot to do but can’t remember and then I get anxious thinking it might be important.

Peppermint on the other hand I love and sage is one of my favorites. I always have a pot growing in my sun room and often pinch a leaf just to get the scent on my skin. I like that these two are combined in this spray actually. The sage takes some of the sweetness off of the peppermint and the peppermint takes some of the medicinal/thanksgiving stuffing, scent off of the sage.

It is quite a delightful pairing actually.

the mister on this spray is a powerful mist. One spray on the pillow will do for the night.

I can honestly say if i saw this in the store i probably would have walked right by. Receiving it in a Kinder subscription box means that I had it on hand and thought I might a well try it. So I did. And I liked it. In fact there is a good chance I will be purchasing this again in the near future. It is nice to have a pillow spray that doesn’t smell of bergamot and lavender and helps send me off to sleep with sweet fresh scents. This was an unexpected surprise for me and one I am happy to add to my bedtime rituals.

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Holiday Gifts: Bold Loft

I have this tendency to remember Bold Loft only around Valentines day. Don’t get me wrong, they make fantastic Valentine’s day gifts. But they also make great gifts for those you love year round.

Their designs are clean looking and most of them are done in black and white with just a hint of red in the hearts. There are actually solid colors available this year. i saw some blue pillows that would actually suit my bedroom really well and might be in an upcoming purchase as we do a little New Year’s Bedroom Refresh.

Bold Loft has large body pillows like the one featured in this photo (left). The case is 54 x 20 inches (135 x 50 cm) and fits most standard sized body pillows. I think that new pillow cases are a fantastic way to just refresh the bedroom and make it look bright and new. (plus the case doesn’t take up a lot of space which nit a lot of décor items can claim. For me it is nice to have items like this that I can trade in and out. I also don’t have a lot of storage space, so something simple like a change of decorative pillow cases really works for me. Personally, I am partial to the I love you to the Stars and back line. There are however many different ones to choose from, all featuring the general theme of love.

If you are looking for regular sized pillow cases instead of body pillows, Bold Loft has you covered as well. They do have the classic white as well, but I thought I would put the solid colors up so you could see the difference in the designs.

My bedroom has three light blue walls and one dark blue feature wall. The headboard on our bed is a soft gray. I am still in negotiations with my babydoll on the duvet cover. We have very different tastes. So finding something we both like has been an interesting (and ongoing) challenge. We both have items that we each had in our own places before we moved in together so we trade them out periodically. For reference as to how on going this is, we combined households in 2010.

Admittedly we have moved about five times since then. Slowly the things we each had are starting to wear out and when they do we come together and buy something we both like. We actually find it easier to wait until things wear out and then begin the debate. With bedding we are actually reaching the breaking point as we have slowly been wearing things out. However with the bedding it is only the sheets and coverlet my babydoll cares about. He has no interest in pillows or pillow cases, which is why I tend to lean into these form Bold Loft.

Which is probably way more about the inner workings of my home then you probably wanted to know. But these pillow cases take up very little space in my linen closet. And they ae an easy decorative item that can be changed out when needed and are easy to just throw into the wash with the rest of the lanudry.

If however bedding isn’t on your todo list, I recommend the mug sets. While many of them are specific for couples and celebrate things like valentines day and weddings, many of them are just little reminders that someone is loved. As I have always lived at a far distance from large swaths of my family, I am partial to the themes of love over a distance, like the Love has no Distance on the right or the I love you to the moon and back featured on the left. These twelve ounce stoneware ceramic mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Again I personally like all of the simple, clean line drawings that are used for illustrations. There are many other gifts and gift sets available on Bold Loft. From superhero themed t-shirts, glasses, and other sets. I find them fun and a nice celebration of love. While you can go onto the site and search by type of item, there is also a menu that lists the items by event: wedding, anniversary, valentines day and long distance gifts.

Honestly, I think they make great anytime gifts. After all why should telling someone you love be seasonal? While I tend to lean more towards Bold Loft for Valentines day, their sets make great Christmas gifts and lovely items to simply refresh your home for the new year. it is well worth taking a look.

BOLDLOFT Couple Gifts for Christmas

A little light with the Ritual of Sakura

I recently received this Rituals Ritual of Sakura candle in a subscription box. While I have used many products from the Ritual brand and in fact several items from the Ritual of Sakura Line this is the first time i have tried one of their candles.

In appearance I find the tiny candle just adorable. And there is something aesthetically appealing about the frosted glass and straightforward labeling. It is, all told a pretty little candle. And one I looked forward to trying out.

Rituals is a brand I find interesting. Many of their products are very highly scented and while I often adore the scents, I have to be careful who I wear the products around. For example the Ritual of Mehr hand lotion is one of my favorites, but the scent is so strong and so long lasting that I really only wear it at home.

When I took this candle out of the box, the scent was an intense cherry blossom scent. I was slightly concerned that it would be overpowering once lit. However the body wash from the Sakura line comes on strong in the shower and only leaves a light delicate scent on the skin so I had hopes this would perform in a similar manner.

so I lit the candle. For as intense as the scent was when it came out of the box, once the candle was lit the scent faded. It gave off only a light perfume. Interestingly, once the candle was blown out and allowed the cool, the cooled solidified wax had a stronger scent than the candle did when it was burning.

even wax melting (it cooled enough to solidify on the side before the picture. The candle does cool very quickly

when lit, the candle gives off a lovely glow and the frosted glass is really shown off to good effect. The top of the glass does get hot, but if you pick the candle up below the wax line it still stays relatively cool.

When burning, the candle burns evenly. There is no tunneling effect where the wick burns down a hole through the center of the candle leaving loads of wax to the sides. This is a small tea light sized candle, but given the way the wax melted while burning I suspect that it would still burn evenly in a larger size. In the room where it was burning there was a barely there fragrance that was light and sweet.

Left alone and unlit (especially after the first burning) it will sent out a stronger fragrance, but it is still a fairly lightly scented candle. Scent wise it is delicately floral and lightly perfumes the air without becoming cloyingly sweet or overly floral. I typically lean towards spicier, musky or even citrusy scents because florals can become a bit cloying for me. this Ritual of Sakura candle from Rituals was a pleasant surprise and one that I will happily continue using and look at purchasing in a larger size.

Two weeks of the Kusker Water Flosser

For the past two weeks I have been using the Kusker Portable Oral Irrigator. It is basically a water pic/water flosser. Oh, and if you are interested Kusker gave me a 10% off code of MSMIMSY.

I grew up using the super clunky water pics with a little tip fitted onto a long cord that led to a plastic box with water in it. while I loved the feeling the water pic gave my mouth, the device was sometimes more trouble than it was worth. The cord tangled. If you didn’t fit the box on the machine just right then it wouldn’t quite work (the gears had to line up on my model). And worst of all water could remain in the cord and go stale so you had to run it a bit to make sure all the older water was out before you actually used it. And sometimes it still tasted stale.

But I always loved the clean feeling using a water pic gave my mouth.

This water flosser from Kusker had all of the great clean mouth feeling that I loved, but none of the troubles of the model I used as a kid. First of all there is no cord so water isn’t getting trapped anywhere. It has water in it when you are using it and then it is not there when you aren’t.

The tips were easy to trade out (this model has four to choose from). They snapped in and when you wanted to remove them, you pressed the button at the top and lifted it out. It was super easy to change them out. I found I generally used one of the standard tips for general cleaning and then I used the tip with the soft white tip for really getting between the teeth.

This model also has four modes to switch between depending on not only your sensitivity, but what you are using the device for. To go over my teeth I used the regular mode, and when I went to work on my gums I generally found the soft mode more comfortable.

selecting the mode

Without the cord the water starts to come out of the tip as soon as you press the button, so you need to put the tip in your mouth before you turn it on to avoid making a mess. I was initially concerned about switching modes due to this, but you can change the modes without turning on the water flosser. You simply press the mode button and select the mode you want, then put the tip in your mouth and press the power button.

No muss, no fuss.

One of my initial concerns was also dealing with weight. It looks as though it is going to be a heavy device. It isn’t. even completely filled with water the device was not too heavy to use comfortably. It fit in my hand well and the textured grip kept it from slipping no matter how wet my hands were.

While the water flosser gave my teeth and extra clean feeling, to really bump it up, I did add a little bit of mouthwash to the water carafe and it worked beautifully. This device was easy to use and I really enjoyed the extra clean feeling my teeth (and gums) got from using it. I only used it once a day and once I got into the habit of using it right after brushing my teeth at night it was easy to incorporate it into my routine.

While I didn’t travel in the past two weeks, the provided bag fits the device and charging cord easily, and even has a separate pouch for the separate tips so I know it would be very easy to travel with. I think the key would be to let it dry out completely before packing and everything will be fine. I anticipate getting a lot of use out of this device. The Kusker Water Flosser has earned it’s place in my bathroom and in my dental line up.

Five Summertime Essentials

As summertime settles in and looks as though it will stretch on into forever, I always find there are some products that I simply can’t do without. Many of them in one size or another find their way into my purse and end up traveling with me wherever i go in the summer months. These are my current top five summer must haves.

1- Sunscreen: Always a number one item and always in need. My current favorite is the Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50. It is described as the sunscreen for people who don’t like sunscreen and I have to admit I was in that camp for a long time. I simply hated the feel of sunscreen. I would use a spray as little as i could get away with and probably did some sun damage to myself because of it. especially since I would often forget to apply it. This sunscreen sits with my skincare and is applied as the last step of my morning skincare routine. Getting in the habit of adding it each morning regardless of what i am doing has done wonders for me. I still add an extra coat of spray sunscreen before going on my walk, but i like having that security under my makeup each day. While this is the original version, they now also make a mineral version.

2- Dry Shampoo: For me Klorane is my favorite. I’ve tried other versions and some have been good, others not so good. I always come back to Klorane. This did come with a cap but somehow i always loose the caps within a day or two of opening them. (I am beginning to suspect one day I’ll move the furniture around and find them having a party under my bed.) You may notice that this is the Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (extra Gentle) rather than my usual Nettle infused for dark hair. While the nettle infused is fantastic for darker hair, leaves less white residue and is my go to dry shampoo when I need winter touch ups, I tend to lean into the Oat Milk version in the summertime. It does leave a little bit more white cast than the nettle for dark hair, but it is gentler on my hair. The white brushes out quickly and easily. I am not saying the Nettle is harsh, it isn’t. But in the summer my bangs can get very oily looking very fast so I find myself reaching for dry shampoo to keep them looking good far more often than at any other time of the year, so I switch to the most gentle version available. Thus far, I have had very good results with this system.

3- Spray Thermal Water: To be honest, I used to think that thermal water was just for people sunning themselves pool side. I thought of it as something a bit extra rather than essential. Then I picked up a bottle to add to my bag for a pool party. I didn’t use it at the pool party, but when I got home I had it so I thought I’d use it. I fell in love and it has become a summer staple. While this travel size Uriage Eau Thermal is the one I keep in my purse, I also keep a bottle by the garden door. It is hot in the summer time and I sweat. With the high humidity, the sweat doesn’t evaporate and cool you off like it does in less humid climates. It just rolls down your skin leaving salt deposits on your skin. For me that always makes me feel both tight and itchy as well as hot and sweaty.

A quick spray of thermal water helps alleviate that. The water is far cooler than both the air temp and my skin temp so it is a quick but gentle cool down. I am one of those people who gets massive headaches if i am hot and sweaty outside and then go inside where it is air conditioned. I have to cool down a little first or that headache will more or less last the rest of the day. The thermal water helps. The water cools me down and it washes off some of the salt left behind so my skin doesn’t feel as tight and itchy. I personally like the fine spray of the Uriage as well as the slight scent of the minerals in the water.

4- Lip Mask: While I often think of dry chapped lips as a winter time affliction, it can be an issue for me in the summertime. I find I generally need a lip scrub more in the winter, where as a frequent application of a good lip mask will keep my lips from becoming overly dry in the summer. For me as soon as they start to chap I will pick at them absently when i am working. i never mean to and i yell at myself fiercely when I do, but by then the damage is already done and my lips are painful and need time to heal.

The best thing i can do is to not let them get to a stage where they ae dry enough to pick at. My current favorite lip mask is the Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask. There is very little scent and no taste to it. While it is fantastic at night, a little dose during the day doesn’t go amiss. I will generally put a light coat on in the morning and let it soak into the skin before I do my makeup for the day. I do wile off the excess before I apply my lipstick. Often times i will just wear the lip mask as a gloss if I have a more natural look going on. It is a lightweight mask with heavy duty hydration and very little stickiness to it.

5- Sunglasses: I have reached an age where I am in a full out battle with the fine lines around my eyes. I know they are there and I know over time they will deepen because that is just the way that life works. However I am determined to put up as much of a fight as I can/ I know the Resistance will loose the war, I just want to draw out the battle as long as I can. while this has lead many plumping agents into my skincare line up, it has also led to a proliferation of sunglasses. Moving around in the sun without them causes me to squint, wearing them helps me not squint.

My current favorite pair are these aviator style pair from Tomahawk shades Marksman Class. I love the fact that the bottom of the lens is slightly flattened as this is a good shape for my face. My favorite feature though is the fact that the lenses are actually amber tinted. This means the sunglasses are cutting the glare but in their own way brightening the world around me rather than casting the world into shade. They are excellent for driving and it means that if i am outside and going from a sunny spot to a shaded one, i can still leave them in place since I don’t have to lift them out of the way when shade makes things slightly darker.

First Use Kusker Portable Oral Irrigator

Growing up I had braces on my teeth. Because of this one of the items that was a constant in my bathroom was the water pic. The model I had was a plastic basin filled with water that sat on top of the machine. When it turned on it sounded a bit like a lawn mower. It wasn’t as loud, maybe the lawnmower from the neighbor’s yard instead of your own. The pic part was connected to this contraption by a long plastic cord, through which the water ran. The cord often got kinks in it and was kind of a pain.

Despite the troubles with the machine, I loved it. Well okay I didn’t love the machine, but I loved the way my teeth felt after using it. I could use the water to get in between every little crevice and pay extra attention to my gum line. As much trouble as it was, my mouth appreciated the effort.

each piece was individually and sanitarily wrapped

So when Kusker asked it I would like to try out and review their portable Oral Irrigator, I took a look at it and was thrilled to say yes. They also gave me a code for you to use for 10% off if you are interested. It is MSMIMSY and it is for any purchase on their site not just the water pic. While this was sent to me, my opinions are my own. However I have to say I am very excited for this trial. While this machine has the same water pic ends that the machine of my childhood featured, it is an all in one unit. The water carafe is located in the bottom of the unit and the pic part clips onto the top. For the pic you just insert it into the hole at the top and it clicks in securely. To remove you press the eject button and lift it out.

unboxed and unwrapped

There are no cords to tangle. You don’t have to make sure there is nothing interfering with the connection between the carafe and the machine. And it is on the quiet side. It makes about as much noise as an electric toothbrush.

bag with separate pocket

There are different modes of use, four actually, for the Kusker Care Water Flosser; Normal Mode for regular cleaning, soft mode for gentle gum massaging, Pulse mode to massage gums, and DIY mode which is where you can adjust the intensity of the water depending on your preferences. I love the amount of control that you get with the modes. and the buttons on the front are easy to see and easy to use. In my first use I ran through all of the modes and it was really easy to use.

There are also four separate attachment nozzles. They are easy to insert and remove. I only used one of the tips but during my trial I will work through all of them and add my thoughts into the final review.

pic assembled

Before use the Water Flosser needed to be charged. It comes with a USB cable. I like that there is a soft rubber cover for the charging plug. I plugged the cable into an adapter cube since I am using it at home instead of traveling with it. It does come with a travel bag and while the bag fits the device perfectly, it also has a small pocket for the pics and cord which makes it really convenient. You don’t have to just drop them in the bottom of the bag and leave them loose. I like that it keeps them from getting dinged up and possibly bent.

I let the device charge over night before my first use. I will monitor it throughout the trial to see how long the charge lasts. The manual tells you not to use it while plugged in, so once charged I disconnected the cable and recovered the port so no water could get in.

charging port with cap

The carafe was relatively easy to fill. The cover for the water fill was a little stiff. I suspect with regular use it will loosen up a bit. It had that same stiffness that a new book has. With use it will loosen up a bit and be easier to open for filling. For my first use I filled the tank to the top mark on the plastic carafe.

I then discovered there was one difference I hadn’t anticipated. Without the cord, there is no delay between turning it on and water coming out. With the older units, you turn the machine on then lift the pic to your mouth because it takes a minute to get the water through the cord. Sometimes it took longer because the cord was kinked.

carafe cap a little stiff but I’m sure it will loosen up with use

This had no cord. Just a straight run from carafe to pic. So my mirror took the first shot of water. Luckily it shuts off as fast as it turns on, so a press of the button and the mirror only took one shot. I then wiped it off, Put the pick in my mouth and tried again.

While this first use was more me playing around with buttons and determining the easy/difficulty of set up and taking it from box to first use, I have to say my mouth felt that old familiar fabulous clean. I may not be working around braces any more, but I do love the extra clean feeling I get from using a water pic. I am very much looking forward to putting this Kusker Oral Irrigator through it’s paces in the next few weeks. It will be interesting to see how it performs.

Sanitizing with Touchland Power Mist

Let’s face it, hand sanitizers have become a part of our lives. Once they were an occasional use item for me, now it is in use several times a day. Every day. Unless it is a day when i don’t leave the house and don’t come into contact with the rest of humanity.

I always knew hand sanitizer was drying, but until i started using it so often, I never realized just how drying it was. (Considering the components of you typical hand sanitizer, it really isn’t surprising, I simply never thought about it.) And when the drying hand sanitizer is paired with the extra handwashing, dry skin is more or less inevitable.

While it has leant me a new appreciation for hand lotion, this need to sanitize and the drying has led me to look into moisturizing hand sanitizers.

The packaging that it comes in is minimal

This is an interesting category that even five years ago probably wasn’t even a thought in most people’s minds. Now there are several variations on the market. The problem is that sometimes when you combine moisturization with hand sanitizing, you get really slimy feeling hands.

I picked up the first bottle of Touchland Power Mist that I used on a whim. I was shopping in Sephora for something else, saw it in the ‘You might like section of the website and said, you know, I might like, so I bought it to try. I like the design of the packaging. It is slim and easy to slide into a purse without causing a rounded bulge. It has a spray so there is no fiddling with caps and flip top lids. I have yet to have anything hit the sprayer while the bottle is in my purse.

The bottle sits upright and I generally have one on my desk and I do like the way it looks on my desk. The hand sanitizer comes in a variety of scents, including unscented. I prefer the Rainwater scent as it is light and unisex so everyone in the house will use it. It sprays as a very fine mist and absorbs well. It sanitizes but doesn’t leave my skin dry and cracking. It also doesn’t leave my skin feeling slimy.

while this hand sanitizer doesn’t eliminate the need for hand lotion, after using it I don’t feel the immediate need to put on hand lotion as I do with many hand sanitizers. I can use this spray to sanitize my hands after grocery shopping and then just drive home. I don’t need to apply lotion, wait for the lotion to settle in so my hands aren’t slick on the wheel and then drive home. It makes things run a lot more smoothly.

My one complaint about this product is that the packaging is not refillable. If Touchland had refillable pods to go in them I would pick up several to station around the house and refill. As it is, this one usually ends up traveling in my purse so that I can use it while out and about. The slim line of the packaging and the moisturizing but greaseless formula plus the ease of dispensing make it perfect for running errands. And while I found them on the Sephora website, I did notice that my local Target now carries them as well. It is a great product. They just fell down on the refillable aspect.

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The Daily: May 2nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to May. With as much trouble as the April showers caused, the May flowers are beautiful. And of course more showers are on the way. we had on and off rain here this weekend so I did the last of my spring garden planting between rain storms. The bonus was that I didn’t have to water. We have a garden bed I am keeping my fingers cross for this year actually. It has been a battle to reclaim it from the weeds since we moved in. Last fall we stripped it out completely digging down about a foot to get rid of all the little weed rootlets. we then laid down a garden fabric to suppress weed growth and layered card board over that (a fantastic use of old subscription box packaging in case you were wondering) and then buried the lot of it in rich dirt, fertilizer and mulch. It sat all winter and this weekend I went and scattered bread seed poppy seeds. They are the poppy seeds you see in lemon poppy seed bread in case you are wondering. When the flowers are ready to seed they throw the seeds out in heaps and self seed themselves once they get started so I am hoping that the seeds will not only take, but take over. I would much prefer a bed of purple-y blue poppies to snarled masses of bindweed.

That has been one of the major house projects for a while so reaching the stage where i could just scatter seed was a major accomplishment. And now all I can do is wait and hope nature gets on board.

But with May also comes the need for the changing out of the bed linens. once we get a stretch of good weather all of the winter blankets will get washed one last time for the season, strung up in the sunshine to dry and then packed away while the spring/summer covers come out of storage. I don’t know if you have issues with blanket storage but as both my babydoll and I come from families who believe you can never have too many blankets, storage is always an issue. Until we picked up these vacuum storage bags. I picked mine up from Amazon (it is a general link, no affiliation) and they have been a life saver. Not only do they save space by compressing the blankets but my babydoll has major allergies and soring out blankets in the vacuum sealed bags has really helped. The UV of the sun kills any potential dust mites and then the vacuum seal protects them when not in use.

The park is once again flooded so I am back to Yoga today instead. May tends to be an indoor work out and then things dry out a little and I end up on the summer schedule, walking as soon as I wake up so i don’t give myself heat stroke. Even so with my muscles sore from the garden work, I feel okay with the stretching of yoga. I also feel rather virtuous for completing so many of my spring chores this weekend. Now if only my afternoon paperwork goes as smoothly, I will be all smiles at dinnertime.

Today’s look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes in Rooftop Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Iconic Illuminator in Original

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful from The Balm Cosmetics

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Persona Cosmetics lip liner in 90210

Today was interesting as far as testing and favorites go. As for favorites I went for the tatcha silk canvas. I have the balm formula. I haven’t tried the liquid version and I am curious to see how it performs but I absolutely adore the creme formula of this one. It is pore filling and helps lock makeup into place. It also has that lovely Tatcha skincare scent to it. I generally find my skin reacts well to this primer as well. I did want a matte primer today because of the highligher, but I’ll get to that in a moment. The long and short of it is that I adore this primer.

One of my other favorites is the Bare Minerals blush. I am always happy to reach for this one. It can be a little too intense in color in the winter (I have the shade Mauve Sunrise) but as my skin gets summer tan it just looks better and better so I will be using this a lot in the coming months. Which is no hardship. I do need to look into a lighter winter shade though, but I have a little bit of time now before that is needed.

The Buxom Bronzer is also more of a spring summer product. It is of a tone that takes me into spring and early summer but generally isn’t worn after July when I am full on summer tanned. Or at least that was last year’s scale. I ended up spending more time outside last summer than I planned. I also wanted to try a powder product today with the Kim Chi powder. On my first use of the powder I overdid it and everything looked powdery. I was just so enthused but the actually useful powderpuff in the container that I couldn’t hep myself. And over use made things look powdery.

Then I tried a lot of cream face products and it worked fantastically well with them. So I wanted to see if it was me over doing it or if it was just layering with other powder products that caused the issue. I think it might be a bit of both. With one powder product and the rest cream the setting powder didn’t look powdery when used with a light touch. I think however it is the sort of powder I will prefer with cream face products. I also think I am going to use that puff with several other powders. I do like this powder though, it just needs to be used sparingly to avoid a powdery look.

I have been trying out the Saint Luxe liquid highlight and wanted to try it against another liquid highlighter. So today I picked out the Iconic Original Illuminator which is an old stand by. It was far more glowy a product than the Saint Luxe. The Saint Luxe is far more subtle of a glow. Which I don’t mind actually. I know that using the Iconic with Natural look makeup (which is sort of my go to in the summer) is too heavy a highlighter. I don’t think the Saint Luxe will be. While I am finishing up my Yensa trial this week, I think that after the trial is complete I will be trying out the highlighter with a tinted moisturizer instead of a regular foundation to see how it performs. I have high hopes. The Iconic was nice today and I like being able to make the comparison.

The stila mascara I love. It needs one coat and I am done. The fact that I reach for it a lot means the tube is almost empty and will soon need to be replaced. But it is now one of my favorite mascaras.

The persona lip liner worked well all over my lips. It is a creamy formula that can be used as a lipstick. After a few hours though my lips do start to feel a bit dry so I add a lip balm over them. That is enough to keep the lips moist. So I am good with this lip liner.

Today was the first use of the Balm’s The Balm and The Beautiful Palette. As a first use I did the one matte all over the lids with a lighter matt in the corners look. I love the Balm formula. The brush didn’t need tapping off and the matte blended beautifully without a powdery mess. I am looking forward to playing around with this palette.

And that my darlings was today’s look. I feel like I went a little long today but I have several products I am testing out. Hopefully you found it interesting. But now my beauty break is over and I must leave you and heed the call of my inbox. It is the first of the month and and it seems everyone has a new project to start. So off we go. Have a great rest of Monday.

The Daily: April 20th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings, I hope you are having a fantastic Wednesday. Mine is off to a slow start. I made the mistake of having my coffee out on the back porch. Today was significantly warmer than it had been and this morning the back porch where the sun is captured was fa fantastic spot to just sit and sip my first cup of the morning. And my second. And part of a third before I convinced myself to go back inside. I did work on my lap top so it wasn’t just idling, but I have to admit, it wasn’t me at my most productive.

we are entering the season where for a few short weeks, barring rain storms, I can spend as much time as I want on the back porch with no issues. After those few weeks the temps will rise and my time will shorten until spending any time out there while the sun is out will be a misery. Then it will be lovely in the evenings. Gradually the summer will progress and even if I went out at midnight it will be too warm to enjoy. My back porch will then be ignored until the temps start to drop and then it will be a reverse. I will slowly start enjoying evenings, lead into spending time out on the porch and once I am accustomed to taking my coffee to the porch in the morning, winter will arrive and it will grow too cold to use again.

It’s a cycle.

I do like taking my coffee out there, even if it does cut down on my productivity. I’ll just work a little later tonight to make up for it.

The ToKit Omni Cook

Oh before I forget I have a discount code to share with you. From April 18th through May 31st, you can get $50 off the ToKit Omni Cook site with the code AMB_50OFF at checkout.

Have you seen these ToKits? I have been obsessed with them since I first saw them. It is pictured to the side. As a reward to myself for sticking with my diet and exercise plan every week I remain focused I get to put just a little bit of money aside so I can purchase one. If you haven’t seen one of these in action I highly recommend just going on the site to watch the videos. If you like to cook but don’t have a lot of space this looks like it would be a fantastic option. At the moment one of the reason I am posting the Kitchen Kit posts is that I am trying to slim down my kitchen gear to just what works and what I like using. Kind of like a declutter for the kitchen. that will soon change over to just an In the Kitchen Segment as I try new recipes. But that is another tale. And a long way to go to say that I find the Omni Cook from ToKit fascinating, and that they have a discount code.

Shall we move onto today’s look? I think we should.

Today’s Look:

Pre makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Full Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer Stick

Blush/Highlight: Natasha Denona Cupid Cheek Duo

Powder: KimChi Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: Sandbar The Mirage Palette

mascara: ABH Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in Soho

Today we have a fairly neutral look. I used a lot of products I absolutely love, mostly so that I could play around with the new products. The Embryolisse is a standard now and I pretty much use it before any makeup now as that extra layer of plumping moisture just makes everything work better and last longer.

I love everything about the Tatcha Silk Canvas primer. It is one of the only products I have ever tried that is actually worth the mega hype it received when it first came out.

The Yensa Foundation is still under trial but i have to say as this is the last day of the trial, I absolutely love it. My full review will be up tomorrow, but I am already putting it on my must replace list. This skin on skin formula just melts into the skin and feels weightless all day.

Do I need to tell you how much i love this Trestique Bronzing stick? While I don’t like everything from the brand, this bronzing stick and the lip crayons are must have products and now that this bronzer is refillable I will be refilling it as soon as it runs out.

This is the second use for the Cupid Duo by Natasha Denona. the blush performed well. It applies darker than it looks on the fingertip but blends beautifully. It was the highlighter that I had issues with yesterday and again today. I usually apply highlighter with a finger, but when I tried with this it simply disappeared. I think I might have blended too much or it simply liked my finger more than my cheek. Today I used a brush. It worked better but still has a tendency to blend out to nothing. I’ll be playing with it to see if I can get it to perform better. I suspect I will reach for this duo when I want to use this blush and then just use the highlighter because it is there. But time will tell.

Today was the first use of the KimChi setting powder. It is translucent but it does have a slight tint to it. Personally I like this as it means it isn’t a splotch of white on the skin when applied. I needed very little to set my makeup and it worked beautifully for this first use. AS I am now adding sunscreen to my face at the end of my skincare application each day, my skin can look a little shiny. which happens every summer. A good setting powder can take off that added shine without making me look powdery and cakey and this far this is working well for that. it will be interesting to see how it works as the temps rise. But for a first use, I am happy.

Today was also the first use of the Sandbar eyeshadow palette, Mirage. This is a very neutral palette but it looks like it would be great for everyday use. Today I went with one matte and one shimmer to see how they performed. I might have gone a little over board with the gold. The matte had a bit of fall out but it wasn’t too bad. The gold I thought I only put a little bit of in the center of the lid, but then I blended with a finger tip and it turns out I put on a lot more than I thought I did. So that is something I will have to work on as I proceed. Over all I think that this is going to be a fun neutrals palette to play with. I’ll be using it for the rest of the week and into next to see how it performs. with luck I’ll reign in the gold shimmer.

The ABH mascara isn’t new to me. I like the volumizing of it. There are two things to watch out for. The first is that it takes a little longer to dry than a lot of other formulas so you need to give it a minute to dry down. Until it is dry it will smudge like crazy. This is not the mascara you want to sneeze with when applying. The second thing to watch out for is length of time. Eight hours is fine but if you wear it too much longer (maybe 12 hours) it will flake a bit. I can either wear this during the day for a work day or I can use it to spruce up my lashes post work day for a night out. Beyond that it is a great mascara (and those are both easy to deal with issues).

The M2UNYC matte liquid Lip is not new either but it is fabulous and every time I use it I think that I need this formula in many shades. It dries down so that it stops leaving lip prints everywhere and locks in place but it doesn’t dry down enough to leave my lips feeling like they have been left alone in the desert for too long. It is an amazingly good formula and it is not that expensive. A full size is only $8. Which is a steal for the formula. (and no I am not an affiliate, although i wouldn’t mind being, I just really like the formula).

And that is me today. Overall I am pleased with the fairly neutral look today. I also have a conference call later so it is work appropriate as well. Until then though, I have to make up some time form my slow morning with the coffee. I’ll have to skip the porch tomorrow and Friday though and just let myself enjoy it on Saturday morning instead. Since it is a chores at home sort of weekend coming up I won’t mind the slow start then. But for now, it is time to buckle down at the desk. Have a great Wednesday!

Let’s Talk Reusable Makeup Cloths

Finding reusable products instead of disposable items is something that is really important to me. I have been doing my best to eliminate waste in my routine wherever possible. I have reusable rounds instead of disposable pads for products like toners and I use wash cloths and reusable makeup wipes for my makeup and mask removal.

The Turkish Towel company recently sent a set of six Makeup removal washcloths for me to try out and review. I’ve seen their towels before and have actually been contemplating picking up one of their robes for quire some time, but I missed the fact that they have Makeup cloths. Currently on their site the Turkish Towel Company has a set of twelve Cloths for $44. which boils down to $3.67 per cloth and given that you can more than likely reuse these cloths for years makes it a really good deal.

These look like washcloths and have the word makeup embroidered on the front. So I am surprised that i missed them. They are 100% cotton, which I absolutely love. I am a big fan of natural fibers. I don’t mind using non-natural ones in some cases but if i can use natural it is my first choice.

I have only been using these cloths for a week (maybe a little less). As there are six of them in a pack that means that they just came back from their first laundry day. I’m sure many of you know from pictures that I am a fan of both dark colored lipsticks and charcoal masks. Both are the reasons that many of my wash cloths and reusable cloths have some staining on them.

In fact one of my favorite charcoal based masks (The Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask) is the reason that several of my wash cloths have gray splotches permanently on them. It is an excellent mask and they do warn you it can stain, for me it definitely did (but still well wroth using which is why I just picked a wash cloth to use specifically with the mask)

hung up to dry after use, once dry they are put in the wash with other dark colored items, easy peasy no special wash

Thus far everything has washed out of these Makeup Cloths from the Turkish Towel Company with zero staining. Now they are black to begin with so they have a leg up, but honestly making a reusable makeup removal cloth out of dark material just shows good sense. These cloths are soft and absorbent (hello, 100% cotton). Six cloths gives me enough so that I can use a different cloth every workday with one for masking and then just put them in the laundry. I hang them up to dry after use and then when dry just put them in the wash with the rest of the laundry.

back from the dryer, no staining

I wash them with other dark colors, mostly jeans and towels and There was no issue when they came out of the dryer. I simply folded them and stacked them for another week of use. I will be using them as my makeup removing cloths exclusively for a full month just to get a feel for how they wear, and then I’ll be mixing them with the other cloths that I use.

Thus far, these makeup cloths from The Turkish Towel Company look like real winners. Hopefully they will stand the test of time. If they do it will give my other wash cloths some much needed relief from potential staining. And it will make me much less worried when I restock the Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask which is a definite plus.

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