The Daily: August 16th, 2022

Today there wasn’t a cloud in sight. No rain predicted for the entire day. And the humidity was only around 80%. It meant that I did sweat buckets while walking this morning, but it does mean that there was not an overwhelming misery to the walk. It was actually almost pleasant.

i also like the fact that my world seems to be getting back to normal. I will say that this weekend I did more or less binge watch various Star Trek formats on Paramount+ for large sections of the weekend, but I think the rest did well as yesterday I managed a regular walk with only a little weariness and shortness of breath at the end while today was the regular walk without the feeling of being completely out of breath when it was done.

I was pretty sure I shouldn’t even remotely attempt a second walk, but the first one was just fine. Ah normality, blissful normality. I know not exciting, but fabulous just the same.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Primer

Foundation: Real Her I am Divine Powerwear Probiotic Foundation

Blush/Bronzer/Highlight: Realher Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette

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

Today was an interesting makeup selection. Part of it was prompted by the rummage through the backs of drawers after I found the unopened Becca Foundation yesterday. The primer is one of my favorites for just a little bit of glow. The banana Bright primer gives me the kind of healthy glow that I like without tipping into too shiny for me. I know the very shiny look is popular but it makes me feel like i look a little greasy. this is a glow without the grease factor for me. Plus it smells like banana candy. It is a really good brightening primer.

The Real Her foundation I pulled out of the drawer because I can’t actually remember if I’ve used it and if I did how I felt about it. I am going to have to go back through my reviews to see, but I honestly didn’t remember this foundation. In general though foundations don’t hang around if I don’t like them, so if I tried it I knew I liked it enough to keep it past the trial date. So I decided that I would use it today. I liked it. The foundation blended out well and it has been wearing well throughout the day. It is a bit more full coverage than I am used to which might account for why I don’t reach for it a lot. I am liking it though and looking forward to trying this out a bit more. I think it ended up looking pretty good today.

To pair with it I did choose one of my favorite face palettes which is the Ultimate Glow Getter from Real Her. This is one of the few face palettes I used enough that I actually had to replace it. This is actually the second of these that I have owned as I wore the first one down to pan. The bronzer and blush are both buildable. The highlighter is okay. I will use it when I bring out the palette, but it isn’t something I would reach for on it’s own, where as I will reach for either the blush or bronzer.

This is the second use of the OFRA palette and to be honest, I think that today’s look is very much like yesterday’s look. Admittedly both today and yesterday I started off reaching for the cranberry shade and I I think that it is just a shade that takes over. Tomorrow I will skip the cranberry and see if I can get a different look from the palette. I think that is always the trick with a five pan palette. Often I reach for the same shades in the same order so each use of the palette looks the same as every other look of the palette. Especially if there is one really bold shade, like the cranberry. I do like this look, but tomorrow we will skip it and try for something different.

This Lala mascara is kind of interesting. Thus far I have not managed to apply it without getting transfer from the lashes to my under eyes. I think that this mascara just takes a little longer than most to dry, which is something to take into account. I seem to be doing a lot of clean up with it.

The Lawless gloss is a lovely gloss and I am happy to continue to use it as a mostly clear gloss.

and that my darlings is me today. I think I may keep this foundation out for a little while to see how it performs with different primers, and to figure out why I can’t remember using it before now. over all, things seem to have worked out well today. But now it is back to work. Paperwork will only wait for so long. Have a fabulous rest of Tuesday.

Ole Henriksen

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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The Daily: August 11th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. This morning the allergies as well as the dregs of sickness past and need for constant blowing of the nose returned and so makeup remained a pointless endeavor. I did however remember the Depology Derma Face Sculpting mask.

I was supposed to use it yesterday but just felt too miserable so I put it off a day. I suppose it is a sign that I am feeling better. If anything the mask went on easier the second time. Now that I know how to work with the stickiness. It is mostly ensuring that the mask doesn’t fold in on itself.

The gel felt cool against my skin today and I can feel the sort of pressure put on the lower jaw. It isn’t an uncomfortable pressure, just something that fits snugly and stays against the skin. Which is sort of the point. If it sagged it wouldn’t do anyone any good.

I have to admit that I feel a little like I am in an old fashioned cartoon and am the character with a toothache. Luckily it doesn’t encircle my head with a little bow on top. And I can actually speak while wearing it. the mask doesn’t clamp my jaw shut. I actually had a fairly normal sounding conversation on the phone while wearing the mask. I am excited to see what effects wearing the mask has over time. For now, today was a mask day and not a makeup one. I tried adding eye patches, but I actually sneezed them off. So those will have to wait for another day.

For now, we are just going to call this a skincare day and pretend that it was on purpose instead of me bowing to necessity. I hope your Thursday is going smashingly well.

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The Daily: August 10th, 2022

Today my darlings, my nose runneth forth like an un-stoppered tap. The sneezing and runny eyes are not helping either. While I am better, today not only did my body decide to purge all of the snot filling my head and clogging my ears, but the pollen count is higher than it has been in the past week.

In my opinion my allergies are kicking me when I am down.

I did take the makeup out but when I was wetting my makeup sponge I had an attack of sneezes and then looked at myself in the mirror and decided that perhaps attempting makeup would just be a waste.

However I am negative on my tests and I believe I have actually caught up on my schedule. It feels really good to no longer be running to catch up with projects. which is how I spent the first part of the week. Today, makeup aside, was actually a normal workday with no extra bits tacked on.

It was glorious.

I know not terribly much fun to read about. But it is a slow piecing of things back together. Today it was a normal work schedule. In a few days, it might actually be getting back to my routine exercise.

I did attempt a short walk today. Mostly because I just felt the need to move. I’m pretty sure that is what triggered my allergies. but it did make the rest of me feel a whole lot better. It was a short 20 minute walk but it is amazing how good just that movement made me feel. Especially since I didn’t feel the need to collapse after it. So even though I sound like Foghorn Leghorn I am on the mend. That is something I can celebrate. I am using a Mango Smoothie instead of champagne, but it still counts as a celebration (and lunch).

The Daily: August 9th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is out, the humidity is high and I am feeling a little bit better today. Well the sniffles still drag on but the headache has abated and this morning my latest test came up negative. Which means I am only dealing with the aftereffects. And hoping they will go away.

I’m afraid that doesn’t translate into much of an exciting day. I thought about a walk and then thought about how wobbly my legs felt and how i didn’t want to be the person collapsed in the heat. there also might have been the irrational fear of being eaten by squirrels. I know they don’t actually eat people but they seem to be swarming in mass numbers in the park this year. either the population swelled or there is a squirrel King consolidating his kingdom. The numbers are kind of out of control.

That and when i pass by they don’t scamper off any more. They sort of stop and stare at me as though wondering why I am passing through their domain and possibly wondering if I have the right permits.

Other than that my day has been spent quietly at my desk catching up on everything that happened last week. I may have been at my desk the beginning part of the week but that really means absolutely nothing. Pretty much anything I did at the start of the week has had to be re done. So let that be a lesson for you if you are trying to power through an illness while working, sometimes the work you do just isn’t worth you being there. Take the sick day. You may have to race to catch up but you won’t be going back to redo things you thought were done prior. I know, it is advice easier to give than to take.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Sculpting Gel Stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism

Eyeshadow Primer: Sandbar Beauty Eyeshadow Primer

Brows: iMethod Eyebrow Stamp and Stencil Kit

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips M2U NYC Beauty Matte Liquid Lip

Today I felt better and bundled my hair up onto my head to keep it clear. I thought about earrings but then forgot. The shadows are a bit strange in this one but I am very pleased with how things came out. Admittedly i think i still look tired, but maybe that’s just because I feel that way. Today I used the Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas because i like it and saw it and wanted to use it. The Charlotte Tilbury was a deliberate choice though. I chose it because I like the foundation but I wanted a full heavier foundation to try out the sculpting gel stick on. While yesterday was a full foundation it was a serum one and they are a bit more forgiving. This is a full on cream foundation. It applies well, covers a host of redness and blemishes, wears well and feels light.

It does require both a brush and the final smoothing touch of the makeup sponge to remover lines but if you have a lot of redness this will take it down. It is a good foundation if you know you are going to be spending some time taking a lot of photos. I find I do need to blot after a few hours, but it will stay in place if you are attending a wedding or funeral or other family gathering.

The Illamasqua gel stick didn’t like it. While it blends beautifully with every other lighter face product i used, it didn’t blend as well with a full on cream foundation like this one. while the shadows do exaggerate it a bit you can still see the line in the photos (I took the pic and then worked more on blending it out with my foundation brush so I didn’t look too crazy. but this is what a normal level of blending did.) So I think this stick works better with lighter foundation products.

The bae minerals blush was fantastic. It always is but after fiddling so much with the contour I found its ease of use extra fabulous. It is one of my favorite blushes.

I actually went for the brows today and I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out. I am in love with this stencil. It has earned a permanent place in my makeup bag. even if I trade out pomade I will keep these stencils and the stamping tool. I actually want to get a back up of the tool as it is so useful.

I only sneezed once with the mascara so it was relatively painless and I do like Eyeko. I set aside the new mascara to try in a few days when I can give it an honest evaluation. I know and like how Eyeko works so I used it today.

I also know and love the M2U lipstick. It dries down fast without during my lips to dust and it stays in place. This tube is almost at it’s end so a new on needs to be ordered soon. Perhaps that will be this weekend. After an lipstick declutter.

Which of course brings us to the palette. I used the lid primer again today and the Lunar Beauty Shadows did work better with it. i still had to do a bit of work to get them to do what i wanted. To be honest though, I am not sure it is worth it. I have all of these shades in different palettes in much easier to use forms. These tend to be powdery and just okay looking after you put the work in. I like the look of the palette, but honestly I don’t know how much I am going to reach for it once i have finished testing it out.

And so my darlings that is my look today. It isn’t out there crazy as I was mostly looking at shadow and bronzer bendability. I did remind myself of how much i do like the charlotte Tilbury Foundation though, so that is something. And now it is back to work for me. Have a great one, whatever it is you plan to do.



The Daily: August 8th, 2022

Oh my darlings I have returned. Like Rip Van Winkle I have awoken from my slumber, and I feel just about as creaky too. I was feeling tired on Wednesday afternoon and thought a little nap sounded like a good idea. I woke up Thursday morning with my alarm from my Wednesday nap, visited the restroom, decided the day was not going to work out, let everyone know and then crawled back into bed. Around four in the afternoon on Thursday I got up did another visit to the bathroom, managed to get down a smoothie (Berry from Smoothie box. Usually it tastes fab, but I could taste nothing, I just knew I needed some food in my system and the Monthly order came in, which really saved me). I was up for maybe an hour before going back to sleep. The same process repeated Friday and Saturday. Sunday, I began to feel human again.

Today I feel better still.

I am still at the sitting up in the chair is the limit of my exercise point in recovery, but the fact that sitting up in the chair does not exhaust me is a huge bonus. And i felt like actually applying makeup today even if i couldn’t actually get my fitness plan in. It was at least something normal in my day. Plus today I might actually get a sandwich and some solid food in my belly instead of existing on Smoothie Box Shakes. They are great and really helped me out, but I am actually starting to crave chewing even if I am still not all that hungry.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Sculpting Gel stick

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia Blush

Powder: Tatcha Silk Setting Powder

Eyeshadow Primer: Sandbar Beauty Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism Palette

Mascara: Give them Lala Beauty Mascara

Lips: Uoma Beauty Lip Liner and KVD Epic Kiss Vegan lipstick

Today I went for the drug store power couple of Elf poreless Putty Primer and No 7 Lift and Luminate. Both are long time favorites. In fact i am not sure why everyone is not raving about the No 7 foundation. It just works beautifully. I always have a bottle in my makeup collection because if all else fails, it won’t. Lightweight and beautiful it actually beats out some of the more expensive foundations. It is actually a bit of a dupe for the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation actually. It isn’t quite as fabulous as the Aqua foundation is a high end foundation that feels high end on the skin, but it is a good drug store version. (The Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation is currently my top luxe foundation, Yensa my mid range foundation and No 7 my favorite drug store foundation, in case you are curious. I tend to save the Koh Gen Do for special occasions though rather than every day use. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. Maybe I’ll just have a luxe product day.)

I wanted to test the Illamasqua sculpt with an actual foundation instead of the lighter weight products I tend to go for in the summertime. and it worked beautifully. It feels wet which takes some getting used to but it blends beautifully and builds well.

I get so used to reaching for my Gold Rush Blush from Benefit that I forget that I have Georgia. I do really like it. It is a little lighter and it does work better when my skin is a little on the paler side, but for me today it worked well. I really like the formula of the benefit blushes. It is also a reminder that I need to look at the newer blushes that were recently released and see if any of the shades look like ones I want to try out.

The Tatcha powder worked like a dream, I am still using the travel size (as so little is actually needed) and I am definitely going to pick up the full size once it runs out.

Since today’s focus was the eyes and the palette, I am going to skip to the lips before going back to the eyes. The KVD lipstick is a great vegan formula, I just find the color to be a little too bright for me. It looks darker in the tube but it goes on lighter. I tend to have this issue with the solid lipsticks from KVD but not the liquid ones. To darken it I used the Uoma lip liner. It worked beautifully and I am happy with the results actually.

This was the first use of the Give them Lala Beauty mascara. It was okay. Not very impressive, but As I sneezed twice during application and had to correct the mess, I don’t think i would be pleased with any mascara today, so perhaps we will just give it a pass.

last week with no lid primer (exhibit A) on left and todays use with the lid primer on right

As you may recall last week I dipped into what I thought was a brownish red shade and found out it was purple. It also applied very patchy. See exhibit A from last week. Today I decided to roll in a lid primer and then try again with the same shade. The Lid primer is from Sandbar and it works well in general. It has a slightly stickiness to it that grips shadows.

And this is a shadow that needed it. while I did apply other shadows on top of it so it isn’t the same look the purple is the basis for both looks. With a lit primer, the shadow applied well. It didn’t stick in one spot and refuse to blend. While this isn’t a shadow shade I would really wear a lot, I think it applied a lot better. Since I have had my issues with this palette, I think i am going to keep the lid primer in this week and see if the other shadows work better with it. I suspect they might given the change in the shadow today. I still am not a huge fan of the way the shimmers work with the mattes, but perhaps that issue can be worked on as well.

And so my darlings, this is me today. I am sitting up and looking fairly productive. Or at least not sleeping. I am still contagious so I am sticking close to home. Or actually in my home. At best i might make it to the back yard later (woo look at me go…) But I am beginning to feel more like myself again and that makes me very very happy.



The Daily August 3rd, 2022

Today my darlings I decided that I did not want to look like death warmed over. That’s right, I went with makeup. I left of the mascara and the brows because I am still a sneezing watery eyed mess, But I decided that I simply wanted to something normal.

What is interesting is that I feel a lot better than I have, despite the running nose, eyes sort throat and pounding headache. All of my symptoms are less and I feel like I am on the mend. I managed to actually stay awake all day long today, a first this week.

Interestingly enough today was the first test where i tested positive. The lines were very light compared to my babydoll’s, whose lines were dark and bold on the test strip. Still there is no leaving the house until next week. Which is fine.

I miss my walking and exercise but as even thinking about it makes me feel exhausted, I accept that the fitness plan is on hold for a bit. But I did something normal today and that was to put on some makeup and actual clothes. I know, not pajamas today. At least for a few hours. I think I might make it to about for or five before I change. But I wanted to feel like me for a bit and I did. So shall we take a look?

Today’s Look

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Skin on Skin Full Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Bronze Stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Blush

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Okay I’ll be honest, I leaned into products I liked and that took minimal effort to use today, except for the eyeshadow. The tatcha silk canvas (in the balm form) is a log time favorite. The Yensa BC foundation is rapidly becoming my go to product for foundation. it is just beautiful and easy to blend. My tube is almost empty so I will need to replace it soon, but it is fantastic. I was keeping it light so I used the Illamasqua gel bronze. It feels wet when it is applied which takes some getting used to, but it blends beautifully. The Cream blush I really do enjoy. It might be a bit too much considering how washed out I feel today, but it blended out beautifully. And you of course know that I love the elf Sheer Slick. Once again it is nearing the end of it’s life and once again I will be reordering it.

So all fabulous right? Now let’s talk about this shadow.

Its the lunar beauty palette and to be honest I thought I was reaching for a brown shade. The fact that it came out purple was a bit of a surprise to me. I swatched it after i saw it on the lid and the swatch came out brownish with a purple tinge. But it went full Ursula the sea witch purple on the lids. Which was unexpected. It does show off the big flaw in this shadow though and that is the blending. I’m going to try it with a lid primer and see if that makes a difference, but these shadows are on the powder side and don’t tend to blend really well in general.

My eyes also look horrific this close up because I am sick and they are baggy. I think the lines multiplied over night. I am not a fan of that. I’m hoping it is temporary and that I will go back to looking a little less wrinkle-ly eyed and droopy once the sickness has passed.

If you look at the shadow though I started with the application of the shadow on the outside of the eye and then blended in. I ended up with a stripe of Ursula purple on the center and lighter everywhere else. I tried the light pink on the inner corner and then tried to blend out but the shadow wasn’t really having it. I am not a fan of this look or this shadow. Tomorrow there will be lid primer and we will see if that helps, for now, not a fan.

And so that was my look today. i chose favorites for the most part that I didn’t have to think about and then struggled with the shadow. I am also horrified by how bad my eyes look right now and hoping a good nights sleep will help.

I do think that getting dressed and actually putting on makeup did help my state of mind though. I feel a little bit better mentally just for doing it. I will admit though, My pajama pants are calling to me.

The Daily August 2nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are all doing well. We got my babydoll to the pharmacy, officially confirmed the positive test and now have him on the appropriate medication. He is on the mend.

My summer cold remains and my tests remain negative. I am hoping they stay that way. I will say though that around ten this morning i went to the bathroom and thought I could put on makeup today as long as I avoid mascara. Then I came out of the bathroom, looked at the bed and thought that a nap sounded like a better idea. I laid down for a short nap and woke up about twenty minutes ago. I was still in the same position I fell asleep in so I think my body just took me down. I hae creases from the sheet on my face, but I am not worrying about makeup today.

As I am already contemplating another nap, I think it would be pointless.

I know it is not a fun Daily post today. I slept rather than doing, well much of anything.

I did have a dream where a monkey kept trying to steal a bag of sand. It was an ordinary looking bag but the person I was with was adamant the monkey not steal it. It was as if he thought the world would end if the bag of sand was moved. And that is the highlight of my day. I hope yours followed along a bit more predictable lines.

Or someone at least told you why the bag of sand was important.



The Daily: August 1st, 2022

Today my darlings I am exhausted. Last week my babydoll had dental surgery. Asper procedure he was tested before he went in for surgery and was negative. A few days after his surgery his allergies seemed like something other than allergies and he tested positive. Interestingly when he called in to let the surgeon’s office know he was told that he was on the list to notify that morning as the office was temporarily shut down due to infections. So at least we know from whence the contamination came.

It has been a miserable weekend for him, but I think he is coming out of it. The fever has been gone for about 24 hours now so hopefully we are through the worst.

Thus far I have tested negative, but my allergies left me open for a summer cold. I am sniffly and puffy eyed. As I had to switch to my glasses because contact were problematic, I opted out of makeup today. Since we sort of locked down the house in quarantine, there is no one I am going to see. All of my communication is by e-mail at the moment so I don’t even have to look good on video this week. I am hoping he gets better and that my summer cold passes without spilling into something else. It throws my exercise and meal plan more or less up in the air as we are simply going to work on clearing up the pantry, freezer and fridge rather than going out grocery shopping this week. And I have to say I am glad that our Vital Source order is coming in. There is salmon in the order and I am looking forward to it. Protein and all of the good things fish deliver to the body. All in a delicious package, who could resist?

I’m hoping that tomorrow I will feel more like myself and wanting to put on makeup, but I am going to take that a day at a time for now. I might just focus on skincare this week.

It is going to be an interesting week here. I am going to aim for a normal-ish schedule. We’ll see how that ends up working out.

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The Daily: July 28th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I’ll be honest, today was not a makeup day. This morning I was a little stuffy when waking but after my morning walk I could practically feel the bags under my eyes start to sag. My eyes were watery and itchy as well. we had a brief bout of rain and it seemed to have brought up a whole bunch of stuff into the air.

Luckily I just got in a new batch of the Klorane Smoothing and Soothing eye patches. They feel cool on the skin and that alone helps take down a lot of the puffiness and bags, but the soothing is also fantastic for allergy season. Plus the gel consistency keeps them in place while i work so i can keep going even if my allergies attack. which is good because today has been a very busy one.

The odd scheduling from the past two days has finally caught up with me. So there is a mountain to do, but at least my eyes are starting to feel better. It isn’t the most glamorous look, but as all interaction with others involves the phone or e-mail today, I am good. I started with a set of these eye patches this morning right after my post walk shower and ended up with a second set shortly after lunch.

I generally try to space them out and not do more than one set in a day, but today, between the mold and the grass seed, I need a double dose. and as effective as these are in taking down the bags, I have never had a problem with too much use from them. They are gentle as well as effective. I still don’t like using them too much in one go, but today the double use was worth it.

So I got my walk in, along with an unhealthy dose of allergens and I used the ab wheel again. I know it will take a while before anything shows, but man are my muscles feeling the use. So at least i feel like it is doing something. we are supposed to have more rain coming in a little while I’m hoping it is enough to wash some allergens out of the air for a bit and not a small amount that just makes the problem worse. Admittedly my time outside today is done. I have holed up with the air purifier going and I changed the hepa filter on the air vents. With the brand new air system we spent a hearty chunk of change on in May, the air in the house is as clear as it can be. I think for the rest of the day, me and my sinuses are going to stay in the air filtered bubble and hope for better news in the morning. I have my fingers crossed that the rain will wash the air clear for my morning walk. As tomorrow is a work in the house day again, if I can just get through that morning walk i shall be golden. Today however is eye patches and filtered air. (along with sinus medication to keep the nose in check).

I know it is just that stage of summer. It happens every year. This year seems a little worse though. I think that part of it, is that the face masks filtered out a lot of things when worn for the past two years. This year, the masks are being worn less so more allergens are getting in. So maybe it just feels worse because of the lack of personal filter. Either way, I know the next two to three weeks are going to be allergy city. Which is of course why I stocked up on the eye masks to begin with. Early spring when things just start growing and late summer when the intermittent rains and heat bring up mold and lead us into the end of the growing season are when under eye masks really shine. don’t get me wrong, I like them in other parts of the year, but now is their time of glory. Viva la under eye masks!