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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Using the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

I am finding myself drawn more and more to gel and cream products. In general I have good results with Illamasqua products so I was happy to try out the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt. I have the shade Outline, which is the lightest of the three.

Now if you have ever used a cream/stick product like this, then you know the greatest danger to them is that they will dry out and become unusable. This stick comes with a plastic cap that fits snugly over the product to prevent the gel stick from drying out. Don’t throw this away, you need it to seal the product in it’s tube when not in use. (I learned this the hard way with a Milk Makeup product a while back).

keep the plastic cap inside

According to the product page…Create an instantly chiselled complexion with the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt. Gel Sculpt is a unique contouring gel that offers subtle definition to cheeks with minimal effort. Perfect for light skin tones, the water based formula creates a soft shadow under cheekbones and along the jawline which can be blended with ease to achieve flawless natural contours with no harsh lines.

I really like that they mention it is a water based formula because it does feel wet against the skin when you apply it (all the more reason not to lose the cap). it feels wet as you blend it. When it stops feeling wet, it stops wanting to blend. And there the product stays. So if you want to avoid harsh lines, then blend right away.

I found this an interesting product to work with. for the most part it worked beautifully well. Despite being dark in the stick, it is light on the skin. In the swatch i have it against my arm as one stroke so you can see the actual pigmentation versus how it looks in the stick. This was one swipe of product against the skin. It has also not been blended out in any way, just for color purposes (remember this is the lightest shade Illamasqua offers).

For the first week I raved about this because it worked fantastically well. Applied easily, blended beautifully and wore well throughout the day. Then I realized that all of the foundation products i was using it with were either tinted moisturizers or serum based foundations. Mostly because in the summer time this is what i tend to wear.

With these face products the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt worked beautifully. With the more traditional formulas of foundations, it didn’t want to blend as well. Remember when I said that when it dries it stops moving? Well with more traditional foundations, it dries fast. It also has a tendency to wipe away some of the foundation with a first swipe. which made the line where I applied the Gel Sculpt seem harsher, not because of product application but because it took the foundation away.

This is a very natural look product. so if you are going with a tinted moisturizer or light foundation and just want a little definition, then this will work well. That is it’s strong suit. It falls down a bit when paired with more traditional foundations. So for me, this will be more of a summertime product than a year round one. When paired with the right products the Illaamasqua Gel Sculpt is fabulous. It just isn’t going to be friends with all of your foundations.



Eyeshadow Palette Review: Nude Prism by Lunar Beauty

This eyeshadow palette, Nude Prism by Lunar Beauty was an interesting one to review. when I first received this in a Boxycharm I was thrilled. It looks beautiful on the outside and when you open it, the palette looked exactly like the every day kind of shades I liked with the bonus of a row of golden bronze-y shimmers that just called out to me. It looked like the sort of palette that I could get a lot of use out of and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

This is however a tale of two palettes. The Shimmers behaved very differently to the mattes. Normally I would swatch row 1, then 2 then three, but as all of the shimmers are in the middle row I am going to start with a posting of that row’s swatches. I apologize if getting them out of order bothers anyone, but the shimmers are the second row.

Second Row Shimmers swatched left to right

To be honest, I had no problems with the shimmers. They applied well, felt soft, had little fall out and blended beautifully. Laura (3rd from left) and Expose (fifth from left) tended to look nearly identical so that felt a bit like a missed opportunity, but over all I really enjoyed the shimmers. They worked well with absolutely no problems.

The same can not be said about the mattes. (Hence the reason I covered the shimmers first).

top row swatched left to right

The top row of mattes are the lighter shades. I think these are the shades designed to be the everyday nudes while the third row bumps up the pigmentation. And they are lovely every day shades. There is nothing really surprising about them. i have every single one of them in different palettes, but it is nice to see them collected into one. The color selection is nice.

As you might be able to see with the swatches, these shades are a bit powdery. A quick tap before application knocked off the excess powder and it was fine. Because they were lighter shades any excess powder was easy to wipe off and easy to ignore. while they had the same problems as the darker shades, they didn’t seem as big because these were lighter shades.

bottom row swatched left to right

The darker shades also had the powdery-ness to them. And it becomes much more apparent that they are a bit patchy in the swatches. All of the shadows really had that patchiness when applying them. I did find that adding in an eyeshadow primer to the lids helped with the application.

no primer on the left and lid primer applied on the right

While they are different shadows, you can see the eyeshadow primer really did help with the smoothness of the application. There is still a great deal of patchiness from the darker shades but the application was more effective with the lid primer.

This palette has plenty of shades I like and I really do enjoy the shimmers. It is not the easiest palette to work with and some of the shades are deceiving. The deep purple shade looks like a slightly reddish brown in the pan for example. While a makeup artist may find this a fun palette to play with and work with, I am not an expert. I had a difficult time getting a handle on this palette. I used it for a few days, then set it aside so I could watch you tube tutorials on using it because I felt certain I was just not working with it correctly.

The tutorials actually became a bit frustrating in places actually as they seemed to blend the shadows with an ease that simply didn’t translate into reality for me. The shadows were powdery and tended to get a bit muddy when blended. I covered most of the muddy look up with shimmers to be honest. The darker shades also had fall out that made my nose look bruised from purple and black. It was in every sense difficult for me to work with.

If the shadows were unusual shades that i didn’t have or excellent parings, or even if I managed one stunning look out of this palette, I might feel more positive towards it. But I didn’t. I have better versions of these shades elsewhere and even when I came out with something I liked it was harder than it had to be and the look was just okay. While I love the shimmers, I am not a fan of this palette.

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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.

Trying out the bareMienrals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

This tinted Moisturizer from bareMinerals is an interesting product and one that I really enjoyed using. I am, in general, a big fan of bare Minerals. I have several lip products as well as a blush and their mineral veil in my collection and they are items i reach for regularly. In fact i am almost out of one of my favorite glosses from their Mineralist line. I had to resort to the trick of placing the tube in a mug of warm water to gather the product form the sides so that it could be used up actually. The heat causes the product to slide down the insides of the tube and gather at the bottom so it can be used. Go with warm but not boiling water, you don’t want to cook your lipstick, just heat it a little and then take it out. And yes I will do this until there is no more product to use in the tube.

But we are not here to talk about extending liquid lip products. We are here to talk about the bare Minerals tinted moisturizer. According to the website…

The #1 tinted moisturizer in the U.S. This 3-in-1 multi-tasker is a moisturizer, skin tint and SPF 30, with Hyaluronic Acid to boost hydration for a dewy, healthy-looking glow. What it does: Provides 24-hour hydration, Builds from sheer to light coverage, creating a dewy, healthy-looking glow, Visibly evens skin tone and blurs imperfections, Protects with broad spectrum mineral-based SPF 30

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Okay so right off the bat, I love hyaluronic acid for my skin. For me it really works in helping me to fight my fine lines. It isn’t magic, but it is a great weapon in the fight against the inevitable march of time across my face. It plumps up the skin around the areas where my fine lines are and because of the tint it helps to hide them from view.

the shade I have is slightly light for my summer time skin. i think if I were to order a bottle for summer use I would go one shade darker than this one. However, this is the perfect shade for my post summer and pre summer skin tones. Which i am not mad about. First of all, I don’t have a tinted moisturizer for the cooler months. Mostly because I tend to pick them up in the summer when I don’t want to wear foundation. Not only do I not mind having a tinted moisturizer for the cooler months when my skin lightens, but it has an SPF30 mixed in. While in the summer time i always put SPF 50 on and then just before my walk spray myself down a bit with a spray sunblock as extra insurance, I am sad to say that in the winter I am less diligent.

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I know the sun shines all year round even f you are not sweating. But in the summer with both walks and garden work I am outside at least a little each day so it becomes habit to apply the dual layer. I am not outside every day in the winter and so the habit lapses. it is something i am working on. And while I would not trust my only sun block to a tinted moisturizer, it is nice to have that back up.

But how does it work as a tinted moisturizer? Really well. I needed only a pea sized amount on the skin to cover my face. I applied it in small spots to my skin then used a brush to blend it in. Even though it is a little light, it blended beautifully and felt absolutely weightless. Since this summer has been brutally hot, the weightless feeling is very much appreciated.

blended out

This bareMinerals tinted moisturizer does have a slight glow-y look to it. While I am okay with that in the cooler months in the summer I just look at myself and think oily so I add a pat of powder and the shine is gone. Because I am not a huge fan of the shiny/dewy/wet look I make certain to use a matte primer underneath. An illuminating primer is simply too much for me with this tinted moisturizer. But if that is a look you are going for then it will certainly give it to you so pair away. I add a matte primer and a quick sweep of powder and I am good to go. I need a second pat of powder around mid day, but that is all. (And mostly personal preference). I have missed that afternoon powder and no one thought I looked oily.

finished look

This bareminerals tinted moisturizer wears well. I used a light coverage and it kept the light coverage all day. The product is buildable if you are trying to get more coverage, but only to a point. It is a tinted moisturizer that can be stretched to a light coverage foundation with little issue. Beyond that and while it will look good for a few hours, after that it starts to feel heavy and slightly patchy. It wants to be a light tinted moisturizer. It will try it’s best to do more, but you ae really only going to get it to look good for a couple of hours if you do. especially in the heat. If you are looking for more coverage, use a product designed to give you more coverage.

As a light tinted moisturizer this bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer takes out redness and evens skin tone. It is feather light and forgettable. It blends easily and I had no problem with any product i put over it. I really enjoyed this as a tinted moisturizer and will continue to use it. I will also use it when the weather grow cooler and then make the decision as to whether or not this is a product i want to keep in two shades or one I want to keep for a seasonal use. for now, I am happy to keep it in rotation and to find another great product from bareMinerals to use.

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Let’s talk Palace Identity/Zeesea Cosmetics

I have looked at the Zeesea/Palace Identity website for years now. They did a beautiful collaboration with the British Museum for their Egyptian collection and it is just stunning. I ordered the pressed powder a while back and while the powder is a decent powder, the packaging is spectacular. I have since eyed many of their lipsticks from both the Egyptian collection and the Palace Identity collection trying to decide if they are items I want to add to my collection. As always it is the look of them that draws me in.

And that is the thing with Zeesea products. They look so beautiful that they knock most other considerations out of my head. Recently they released a subscription box. (I think May was the first one but i could be wrong. I do know it is less than six months old). The link will take you to their website if you are interested in the details of that. As I have recently been looking to shake up my subscription box list, I decided to look into it. In doing so I realized that the only item I had tried from Zeesea was their pressed powder. I wasn’t sure this was enough to commit to a $40 subscription box filled with their products each month. so I give in and purchased the eyeshadow compact that I found so pretty to give their shadow formula a try.

packaging. bag inside box inside bubble wrap inside bubble wrap inside mailer.

It is just as pretty in person as it is on the website. And the packaging was spectacular. I don’t think I have ever received anything as well packed as this palette was. I think someone decided that whatever else happened their shadow was not going to break in transit. And it didn’t it arrived safe and sound.

swatches: L to r: Coral, darker central stripe of color, shimmer, light pink flower

This palette has four shades. As you can see the flower to the left is light pink then there are three bands of shadow to the side. The top is a goldish shimmer the middle is a pinkish tan and the bottom is coral. (there are no shade names or numbers given but this is Compact #02 on their website). I chose this one as these are colors I will use. i was hoping that they would prove to be a palette I could reach for often and possible travel with. The compact is sturdy enough to be used in a purse and it would eliminate a lot of space hogging eyeshadow palettes.

The swatches look pale and delicate. This is not a palette that swatches well. I tried multiple times with both finger swatches and brushes. It simply doesn’t swatch well. However on the eye it turns out that all but the shimmer are highly pigmented. the photo to the right is just the light pink of the flower applied to the eye in a one and done look.

I applied the powder on the outer corner and blended in. I dipped the brush in the pan once. It is darker where I touched the brush down but it was able to blend out across the lid.

Is it my favorite formula of eyeshadow? No. But it is something that I will use, especially since it is here. The thing is, I will probably end up using this more than I would other palettes with just okay formulas because it is so pretty that i want to keep reaching for it. I already find myself trying to figure out where on my dressing table I can put this so that I can use it as a decorative item. And I know if it is out, i will reach for it more often simply because it is out.

Does this look better than it performs? Yes. It is simply a beautiful package. the product isn’t bad. It is a decent eyeshadow palette. Knowing this I don’t have the need to stock up on all of the other numbered palettes in the line. This one had the most shades i will use and one of these pretty palettes is enough. If the formula had been utterly fantastic I might feel the need to build a collection. But it isn’t It is just a basically decent formula in a fabulous package.

Do I regret buying it? No. And I will probably pick up the few lipsticks that have shades I will use and have fabulously beautiful packaging as well. It does however make the subscription box option less attractive for me. The pretty packaging creates the desire and the product is decent enough that I can justify it, but it also means I will be selective in the items that I purchase from them. I will probably try various items, but i don’t need to build a large collection from the brand.

I know that is probably a bit more than expected for a four pan eyeshadow palette, but the truth is that this palette can’t really be thought about without discussing the packaging as that is a large part of why I bought it. It is also a large part of why I will buy from the brand in the future. They are pretty. ZeeSea cosmetics are decent shadows so I can justify buying the pretty compact, but on their own, they are just okay. If you are looking at the brand and wondering about individual items or their subscription box,. I hope this helps you with your decision making.

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The Daily: July 27th, 2022

Good Afternoon my darlings, I hope your week is going well. Yesterday my babydoll had dental surgery so I spent a large chunk of my day working in the waiting room on a lap top. It was surprisingly productive actually. With the exception of me and one older gentleman reading a newspaper on the other side of the waiting room, everyone else chose to wait in their cars. While it eliminated my sport of people watching, I did get a lot of work done, which was nice.

And the surgery went well.

Today my babydoll is home resting. And my resting I mean he has taken a lot of pain medication and while he is relaxing on the couch he is periodically moving around, mostly to come in and either ask what I’m up to or to tell me something about the show he is watching. I thought he might be lonely so I tried sitting on the couch watching television with him for a bit but he didn’t really want me there. he wanted to sprawl out on the couch and then periodically come in to tell me something so he could stretch his legs.

Which has mead this an interesting work day. Twenty two minutes seems to be the gap between visits. Occasionally it will be twenty five and occasionally eighteen but it seems to average out to twenty two minutes. I’m sure if you ask him tomorrow then he will claim he only came to ask me a few direly important questions once or twice during the day. And a week from now he will claim that when he is ill or hurting he just wants the space to be left completely alone. That seems to be his mental picture of himself. It isn’t reality, but it is the version he likes.

Today there was no walking and while I have gotten up from my desk a lot more today, I didn’t work in a workout. Tomorrow he is back to work though so I am going to take advantage of the extra work time I used yesterday to plan some extra work outs tomorrow. I’m hoping that will make up for missing today and possibly help to balance things out.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Sculpting stick

Blush: Pixi by Petra Peach Honey Duo

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism Palette

Eyebrows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Kit

Mascara: Tarte Gifted mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick topped with Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

Today I reached for the Tatcha liquid Silk canvas Primer because it was light on the skin and quickj and easy to apply. There is no waiting time really and light and quick was more or less today’s style. Plus I am never upset reaching for a Tatcha primer. It just works beautifully.

The bareminerals also falls into the light and easy category. I like the way it blends and takes down redness, evening skin tone. It does have a bit of a glow-y look. While I am getting more accustomed to this look in the cooler months, in the summer time it just makes me think of sweating so I dust it off with powder. Since my favorite powder from No 7 is at the end of it’s life I am using it all this week so that i can bit it a fond farewell and then repurchase. It is a standard item in my bag. often I have two, one for the makeup drawer and one that stays in my purse. With not going out as much after I finished the one in my makeup drawer I took out the one in my purse to use. (I didn’t want to just leave it there to linger and go bad since I wasn’t going out. I actually transferred all but a lip balm out of my purse actually. The hand lotions and sanitizers I still go through quite rapidly so they stay, everything else has been taken out. which I might need to look at soon since I am starting to go out more than I was so another switch might be eminent. But that is a tale for another time.)

The Illamasqua bronzer is performing well. I chose to use it today because it can be a light touch product. it can also be darkened for drama, but the lighter application works well with the tintes moisturizer level of coverage. It is just enough.

I decided that since i was going light I would take out the Pixi Duo. I like the blush. It isn’t going to be a favorite but it is good for a light look and I don’t mind using it. I don’t care for the highlighter side of the duo, but the blush is nice.

iMethod is my go to brow product. i did hurry today so one is a little lopsided. You need to line up the stencils and not rush that aspect. Once you get that done, you are golden.

Today I switched back to trying out the lunar beauty palette. It is not a highly pigmented formula, however if you tap off the brush before applying the product then there is also no fall out. which is nice. I will be playing around with this for a while as I try to figure out how it performs and how i feel about it.

Tarte makes great mascara and this is not the first time I’ve used the Gifted clay formula. I really like it. it works well without flaking and is great for everyday use. My favorite tarte mascara is still the Lights camera Lashes but this is still a really good formual and not the first tube of this that has ended up in my makeup.

And finally the lips. I love the Wet ‘n wild Matte formula. It does last a long time and it is comfortable to wear. While it doesn’t dry out my lips in the winter, I have found that if I am spending time in the sun it is best if I put something on top. Today I went with the Fenty Beauty Gloss bomb. The wet n wild doesn’t dry out my lips but if left uncovered the matte lipstick can look a little dry in the summer sun for some reason. With the topper there are no problems.

But now my darlings I must leave you. I have just been asked ‘how crunchy is too crunchy do you think’ and now there is movement in the kitchen. so I am off to point out that popcorn and dental surgery don’t mix. As this is the second time with this conversation i think I might hid the bags of microwave popcorn, keeping them out if sight for a few days at least. Have a great Wednesday.

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