The Daily: June 27th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today has been a day of waiting. Or at least it feels like it has been. It is my birthday today so I deliberately adjusted my workload so today would be a light one. Tonight will be a fabulous dinner from one of our favorite local restaurants (i.e. not one I have to cook) and there is an ice cream cake waiting in the freezer for after dinner.

we get it from the local ice cream place. It is a once a year thing and each year they always looked stunned that we don’t want a message written in caramel for the small child it is no doubt for. They always look shocked that it is a birthday cake for a grown woman.

Personally I think my babydoll likes going in there and watching their surprise. I told him the cake wasn’t necessary this year and he looked so crestfallen that I recanted and planned to just do a little extra working out this week to make up for the extra calories.

So now it is waiting for after dinner.

The truth is though, despite the birthday treats waiting for the end of the work day, it feels like a waiting day because of the weather. It is looming. The air is heavy, the wind is low and feels like something big is holding it’s breath. There are clouds massing, but still holding back. We are supposed to get rain, there is an 80% chance of it, but the rain is biding it’s own time.

I always find it vaguely amusing at this time of year. In Spring it always feels like I should be building an ark and I generally find myself wondering how many cubits my back yard can hold. Then the spring rains trickle off and all the moisture hangs in the air with rain a distant memory and the world withering to a crisp around me. So I am waiting for the rain to actually break, if it will, and I am waiting for my birthday celebration.

I went on a walk because the temps have dropped a smidge. I came back drenched from the 90% humidity though and ended up taking a cold shower. My hair always looks a little crazy after that and my bangs are just misbehaving. Nonetheless, I am relatively happy with the way I look today, and that is not a bad thing on a birthday.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Yensa Tone Up Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Cosmetics Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Blush

Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent powder

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir (discontinued, just using the last one up)

Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lip gloss

Today’s makeup was chose for a variety of reasons. I chose the primer because I love it, and know how it works with my skin. I’ve used this Yensa Primer for years (off and on) and will continue to repurchase it. I am going through my foundations one by one to see which i like, which shades work now and which I just need to use up and let go. I haven’t used the Charlotte Tilbury in a while so I figured I’d give it a go. It is a foundation that requires a bit of time. It isn’t a simple blend in and go operation. This takes a foundation brush to spread evenly, followed by a makeup sponge to get rid of the lines. I always have to take extra time around my nose as it tends to go streaky there. As much time as it takes though, it ends up looking really good when i am done. I like it and I think I will use this bottle up completely, mostly for days when i have the time to play with it, but takes time to play with so it isn’t an every morning kind of product.

By contrast, I raced through the rest of my makeup. With the nice looking foundation, it looked fine and actually I am really falling in love with this cream blush. It really blends beautifully and I am happy to use it. This shade works for me, but looking at the range I am not sure any of the other shades would work for me. I do like this one though. It is darker in the pan then on the cheeks so that is something to be aware of when shopping.

the Urban Decay I really like. I went super easy today. Mostly because I took so long with the foundation. One dip into the mattes and a tap off is all it takes then blend out and top with a shimmer. That’s what I went for today and then I called it good. The bare minerals lip gloss seemed like a good accompaniment. It is a light wash of color and a formula that not only looks good on but leaves my lips feeling nourished well after it has disappeared.

So that is me today. The shirt I am wearing actually came from my drape fit box. This has been a fantastic shirt for meetings. The material doesn’t wrinkle and it looks dressy but is super light weight and feels soft. it looks good on camera and in meetings. It may be the only thing I kept from my Drape Fit Box, but it has proven to be utterly fantastic. And now it is back to work for me. Have a great Monday everyone.

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The Daily: June 1st,2022

Deep breath my darlings. We have reached June. I am leaving May behind and looking forward to a bright drama-less June. This morning I remembered to get up earlier than normal and while I still grumbled at the alarm clock, because let’s face it morning swill never be my thing, I didn’t hit the snooze repeatedly. Nope. I got up and out of bed and started my day.

Why the early rise?

So I don’t pass out from the heat of walking in the afternoon. My goal this week (and possibly next) is to get in the habit of rising earlier so I can include my morning walk, for at least as long as the heat lets me anyway. There is always a point in August where even if you get up before the sun and go walking in the dark the air is still too hot and sticky to tolerate out door activity. So I am adding in that habit now and then I am going to slowly incorporate an afternoon activity indoors.

Mostly because I need a break mid afternoon. There is just a point where I need to physically leave my desk and move around or I just feel jittery and off balance. That is where the YogaWorks on-line classes will come in. I won’t be doing them every day, but I need some sort of structure to my indoor workouts. If I have a planned class or set of workouts I am good. I have generally found that if left to my own devices I will drift and not really put in the effort. If there are a set of classes, then a part of my brain is always worried that if I don’t put in the effort in this class then I won’t be able to keep up with later ones.

I think it is a hold over from Math Classes.

But at this point in my life, I do know this about myself. So I’m using it to my advantage. There are two sections of the Yoga Works program one is more interactive than the other and I don’t think I need that level of interactive yoga. So I am going for the more low key one (which still has over 1300 classes). It is also only $19 per month. which is well within my budget. Plus you get the first two weeks as a trial so I’m going to use the trial and if it is what I hope it will be, I will go all in. Then when August rolls around and walking out doors at all becomes relatively impossible if heat stroke is to be avoided, I will adjust the system again.

At least this is the plan. I’ll keep you posted on how it works. Today I was just happy to convince myself not to hit the alarm and to go on my morning walk before having my coffee.

The coffee was there when i returned. After I cooled down and took a shower of course.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glass Primer from Rodial

Foundation: Yensa Skin on Skin Full Coverage BC Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Patrick Ta She’s Passionate Blush

powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Iconic London Sunset to Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: Uoma Lip Liner with KVD Vegan Beauty Epic Kiss Lipstick

Most of the face products you will notice are the same as yesterday. Today I did that for a reason. I am testing a primer I have never used before so since I used products I liked the look of yesterday, I just went ahead and used them again today to see the difference the primer made.

There wasn’t all that much of a difference appearance wise. The glass skin primer may have been a little more glowy. However it did feel different. It felt a little stickier than a lot of my other primers. While this did let my makeup stay on longer today I did notice that my foundation and other face products, took a little more effort to blend. The foundation in particular took more effort to get to the point I wanted it to. It got there, it was just more effort. It could be the two products don’t like each other and that will be something I pay attention to as I shift foundations around during the primer test.

One thing to add about the primer though was I was surprised by the scent. It is very menthol-ly. It mentions menthol in the description but I was not quite prepared by how strong the scent was. It isn’t bad, but it is strongly scented.

The powder is one of my favorites from bareMinerals. Today instead of using the powder brush I applied it with the powder puff from the Kim Chi Powder. I really think I am going to have to get a couple of powder puffs to simply use for face powder. It uses less product than a brush does, plus you don’t have fall out over the clothes. While I like the look of this powder when applied with a brush, I like it just as much if not more when applied with a puff. Plus there is less product used so it lasts longer. I know there are always makeup sponges, but they don’t quite work as well for me as a good powder puff. I think it might be a shape and surface area thing. I am going to have to look at getting some powder puffs.

I have to admit that does tickle me a bit and reminds me a little of watching my grandma apply makeup when i was a kid. I always thought her glass powder jar was so glamorous. It had a mother of pearl sheen to it and just looked classy. I may have to look into one of those jars as well. I’m sure I can find one on line somewhere. Maybe look at classing up my dressing table.

But before then, we will continue with the eyeshadow. while I am still liking the formula of the eyeshadows I am finding the mattes and their color choices are not the best. I tried several of the lighter mattes today. The first one was the same color as my skin, the second was really orange-y pink and then I tried a could others to tame it down. I know it mostly looks like I swiped one color over my lids and that I was very sloppy about it too. I am not fond of this eye look, but i was tired of messing with the shadows. I loved the darker mattes yesterday. The lighter mattes I used today were a little more powdery than the darker shades which I found surprising because usually it is the other way around. They blended just as well, I just didn’t like the shadow colors. I suspect that as I play with this there will be one or two mattes I love and the rest will be varying shimmers. The shimmers are nice and they have a wider variety of colors than the mattes. At least that is how it feels thus far. It is still only my second day with the palette though. It will be interesting to see how I feel about this palette by the end of my trial.

And then we have the lips. I used the Uoma Lip liner to darken the KVD lipstick. I enjoy both although they really didn’t want to blend that much. I think I need a creamier lip liner to blend with this lipstick more. It looks really dark in the tube but it comes out brighter on the lips. I’m not sure if this is a trend across all of the colors but it is something to note.

Overall today worked out well for me. As most of the face products were a repeat from yesterday for the primer test, and they are all ones I like it isn’t that much of a surprise I suppose. I am not a fan of the eye look but every thing else, I think turned out okay.

And now it is back to work for me as I finish out this Wednesday afternoon. I hope your First day of June is simply fabulous.

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The Daily: May 31st, 2022

Today my darlings is the last day of May. This has been a hard May for me and I for one am very happy to see the end of it. It seemed as soon as one calamity started to fade another one decided it was time to rise. Some were larger than others obviously and a few will have lasting effects, but when the hits keep coming even the small problems suddenly seem like too much.

So I am fervently hoping for a quiet June. A nice peaceful month where the only thing that really worries me is the number of rabbits that are intent on nibbling in my garden.

and actually thus far that hasn’t been bad. Don’t get me wrong, the rabbits are everywhere this year. It was apparently a bumper season for bunnies. However my yard hasn’t been hit too much. We do now have a neighbor with an outdoor cat and that cat likes to spend time in our yard chasing things. So I think that may be the reason. I’m not a cat person, but if the cat wants to chase the rabbits and squirrels out of the yard I am fine with it. My babydoll is still trying to decide which sort of terrier he wants as he thinks that will take down the rabbit problem.

But for now the neighbor’s cat is helpful. And the birds seem smart enough to stay out of reach.

This long weekend was nice. I don’t know what you did but I did a whole heap of nothing and I did it far from all of my electronic devices. If the world ended this weekend i wanted to be the last person to know about it. In fact i wanted to be the person asking “Hey what was that noise?”

There was no computer, no phones (because the cell service was really bad not by actual choice), while there was music we used only CDs and records so there was no possibility of news updates.

It was glorious.

I can’t tell you how much I really needed a break from the world at large. My brain simply needed a break. And I got one, a nice long one from Friday afternoon to late last night. And now I am ready to face June. I am hoping it is a quiet June, but I am still in a better place to face it.

The bangs are crazy, no excuse, just pointing out the obvious, I am happy with the rest though

Today’s Look:

Primer: Yensa Essential Glow Tone Up Primer

Foundation: Yensa Skin on Skin Full Coverage BC Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Patrick Ta She’s Passionate Blush

powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Iconic London Sunset to Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: About Face Light Lock Lip Gloss in Angel on Fire

Okay today I was feeling a little summery. Perhaps it is the anticipation of June’s arrival and the desire to put this awful Spring behind me. Today I paired the two Yensa products together. I know it is a bit more of a glow than I like, but I am beginning to embrace the no longer full matte look. I’m never going to go full on wet look, but a little glow is nice. Although when I do I don’t use any highlighter. Highlighter seems like overkill. I might work with the Subtler St. Luxe though as it is less highlighter and more lit from within shimmer, but that is for another day.

I also wanted to pair these two as I am going to be playing with some of my more illuminating primers and this is one of my favorites, so I wanted to compare the softer glow to the upcoming products (I am still working through the new primers I’ve accumulated).

The Too Faced bronzer is a summer staple. If you use a light touch it works early on in the summer and is buildable so that even at my deepest summer tan I can use it. So it will be making it’s way out of the drawer more as the summer sets in. I am slowly working my way into the seasonal makeup change. It has been slow this year.

This Patrick Ta blush is a bit lighter than I usually go for, but somehow works with the primer/foundation combo. I tend not to reach for it in the winter when I am too pale and it is just too pink and then about this time of year it s okay so I’ll start reaching for it and remembering that it is a really nice formula. Then with my mid summer tan it is about perfect for giving me a light blush with a natural summer look. It is a really great formula and I need to look at picking up at least one more shade for year round use. I just need to sit down and figure out what that shade is.

I loved the way these shadows blended today

The powder was a deliberate choice, and it will appear again tomorrow. I’ve recently been trying different powders and using a poof to apply the setting powder rather than a brush. With powders that tend to look powdery it looks less powdery with the poof than with the brush. This bareMinerals is one of my favorite powders. With a brush it doesn’t look powdery. Today I applied it with a brush and tomorrow I will use the poof. I want to see if it makes a difference with the application of a product I already like. So I know I love this powder it is more a case of testing application tools.

This was my first use of the Iconic Palette. I couldn’t find it listed anywhere other than Boxycharm or IPSY so the above link will just take you to the eyeshadows page of Iconic’s home page. (I’m not an affiliate, I just like to link back to products so you can find them easily). I don’t know if this palette has been discontinued but even if it has this is my first use of their eyeshadows so I’m testing it for the formula. I do like the colors though, it is a nice collection of shades. And as far as first use goes, this went really well. The shadows have a little powdery-ness to them but it wasn’t too bad in the fall out department. They applied well and blended really well. I used two mattes and a shimmer and all three blended well. I’ll be working my way through this palette as I try out the different shades (because sometimes lighter shades work differently than darker ones) but thus far I like the formula. So hopefully it will be a fun test.

I love the Stila Mascara and feel I will soon have to replace this tube.

The About face Lip gloss seemed right for today. It has a light color but felt like a summer gloss. It has a peppermint scent to it but no plumping. It is also slightly sticky. It is a nice gloss though and stuck around for a while. It isn’t one I’d feel the need to replace, but it is one I will use until it is done.

And that was me today. well rested, even if my hair does look a bit insane and feeling ready for the new month ahead. I have my fingers crossed that it will be a nice quiet one with the only excitement happening being the champagne popping at the end of the month in celebration of my birthday. In fact that’s what I want for my birthday, a nice quiet month or just steady days. excitement can take the summer off and return when the leaves start to turn. I know it doesn’t work that way, but at least I got a nice quite weekend before returning to work today. I hope you had whatever long weekend you needed to get you ready for your work week as well.

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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 27th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today the sun has returned, even if the temps are remaining low. The park is still flooded though. I walked down there which was a bad idea actually. The water rose with the rain and then faded back slightly which was just enough for the various crawfish, and other aquatic life that was washed onto dry land to be stranded and the stink to rise. You could also see yellow streaks on the pathway and grass where the pollen was left behind.

which meant that I hot footed it home again and took some allergy meds. I’m hoping that if the sniffles stop then later this afternoon there can be some yoga. I think tomorrow I will just plan on an indoor workout and let the allergens do a little receding as well. There is no reason to cause an allergy attack, right?

I thought about skipping the makeup today, but then I saw the red lipstick and thought, nope, I want to wear that today. So I did.

I couldn’t resist the call of the red lip

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: OLE Henriksen’s Banana Bright Face Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: NudeStix Nudies Bronzer stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: Saint Luxe Liquid Glow

Powder: Puff Puff Pass Setting powder from Kim Chi Beauty

Eyeshadow: Sandbar Beauty The Mirage Palette

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa

Lips: Elf Matte Liquid Lip in Red Vixen

I love this lipstick and every time I put it on I think that I really need to look into getting more shades of this formula. Red vixen is one of my favorite reds, but as far as liquid lip formulas go, I love this one. Especially for darker colors. It applies smoothly and dries down enough to stay put all day without turning my lips into sandpaper. I think it is the Vitamin E mixed in that keeps it from drying out the lips. It does dry down pretty fast though so you really need to get your lines straight pretty quickly. I thus far haven’t found a lip liner that I like to pair with this one, but it really could benefit from the pairing. I’m not the steadiest when applying lipstick sometimes and having those lines to essentially color in would help. However this lipstick doesn’t seep into the fine lines around my mouth, I just need the outline to keep me from looking wobbly.

I chose the Ole Henriksen primer to pair with the Yensa today because it is one of my favorite brightening primers and I wanted to see how well they paired. It is actually working fairly well. I find myself missing a little bit of the pore filling that I get with some of my other primers but thus far the foundation is holding it’s own without the pore filling. I’m always going to want more pore filling, but I don’t think I have to use pore filling with this foundation, which is good to know.

I used the Nudestix bronzer today because I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it. I think that part of my issue is that is a sample size. While there are other issues, one of my problems is that the sample size had smaller surface area during application so it draws a thinner line on the cheek. It is more defined so I have to blend it out a little more than I would with a wider stick so a lot of it blends away. Today i tried a double line. It worked better but I really had to move quickly. It has a limited window of blendablitity. It isn’t my favorite formula but I am finding ways to work with it. I suspect I’ll just keep it in rotation until it is used up and then let it go. I might actually frequently rotate it to use it up faster.

The bareMinerals blush I love. It is a great formula and one of my favorite shades of blush. I have the Mauve Sunrise and it really works well for me. It is a use and repurchase product.

The Saint Luxe is interesting. It gives a very subtle glow which I like. However it can blend in a little too much to be spotted. I m still playing with it. I think it is a product that you can wear all over your face under your matte foundation. I think that is why it is blending in more than I expected. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

The Kim Chi powder I really like. However it is definitely something that should be used over liquid and cream products and then used sparingly as a setting powder. It works really well as a setting powder but too much will really make the foundation look powdery. Light amount of product on the puff and then press into the skin. It takes off the shine without a powdery look. And I don’t mind using less because it will last longer. I think tomorrow I may try it with powder products and a little restraint in application. I was a bit heavy handed the first time. We’ll see how it works tomorrow.

I love the Big Poppa mascara, you know that already.

The eyeshadow palette is fine. This is the last day of my trial with it and I am kind of relieved. It works well, but I am just kind of bored. My full review will be up tomorrow so you can read all my thoughts then, but essentially it boils down to good formula and good for office looks but kind of boring. I think that might be why the red lip was calling to me today. I needed just a little bit of color. I have been hitting the neutrals in both shadow and lips pretty hard lately. I think I need to play around with a bit more color for a bit. Today the red lip was enough.

And now my darlings it is back to work for me. The end of the month is neigh and there is so much to do before the thirtieth rolls around. Short months always go by way too fast. I know it is technically only a day, but somehow it feels like someone lopped a week off the calendar.


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The Daily: April 12th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today’s exercise was mostly a strange version of dodging rain showers. I think I might have actually gotten in an entire walk, but I had to do it in sections. I’d walk a little, feel a few drops and turn around and head home, generally making it before the skies opened up. Then I’d work a little while it rained and when I saw my break I took it, only to have it cut short by another cloud burst. After this last segment, the park was flooded so there will be no more scramble, but I feel good about getting it in.

The Easter Sales have begun so before I forget i am going to put in a few of the ones that caught my eye, incase you are looking to pick up something other than candy.

Buxom Cosmetics is having a 20% off Sale + free shipping site wide with code APRILFAM (today is the last day)

Luxie Beauty has a 30% off sitewide sale for spring going on. I absolutely adore their brushes. I have one that I know is from a discontinued line so I need to scroll through their other brushes and see if they have one of the same shape so I can replace it. (It is from the Wonder Woman line that was a limited release when the first Wonder Woman Movie came out.

And while this is not a sale, The Underclub just released something absolutely fab. it is the  Underclub X KÚR Handmade Lace Trim Cami and Short Set It is so adorable. It released on April 10th and will no doubt sell out quickly. According to the site…

Underclub X KÚR has come together to create a beautiful lightweight sustainable cotton sleep set trimmed with handmade bobbin lace. Bobbin lace weaving is a declining yet intricate craft that brings high impact to the communities who preserve this age-old tradition and skill in Sri Lanka. 

Cami features: Soft and airy 100% BCI Certified cotton with handmade bobbin lace trim, Adjustable straps, Open back detail 

Short features: Soft and airy 100% BCI Certified cotton with handmade bobbin lace trim, Stretchy, barely there waistband for comfort

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The sleep set is made in a women-led ethical manufacturing facility and the textile is certified under a “Better cotton initiative” (BCI) process which makes the complete product more sustainable and environmentally friendly. We are proud to work with women-owned KÚR on this collaboration. KÚR is a New York-based womenswear line that incorporates handmade lace into contemporary fashion with intention of preserving savoir-faire of craftsmanship among artisanal communities.

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Seriously, how cool is that? I just had to share. I know shorts and a cami top are my favorite summer sleepwear and I just love everything about this launch. If you are in the mood to shope, hopefully a could of those tickle your fancy.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 40

Bronzer: Buxom Cosmetics Stacation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Model Co Highlighting Shimmer Whip

Eyeshadow: Too Faced Cosmetics Palm Springs Dreams

Mascara: Blinc Ultra Volume Tubing Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid lip

As I expected the Yensa Foundation looks less dewy with a matte primer underneath, which is fine for me. I love the Yensa Primer, but i think it will pair better with the matte foundations I wear while this needs to be paired with a matte primer. It is really a personal preference, they work well together, I am just not a dewy sort of person. Most of the time. I actually kind of liked it yesterday so every once in a while I might pair them. Today I used Tatcha. it is a great primer and works really well with this foundation.

This far I am really impressed with this foundation. It feels like a bb cream but it has full coverage which is nice. And I actually got rid of several foundations lately so I am very low on full coverage products. Isn’t it always nice when something fills a niche?

The bareminerals is a stand out favorite as is the M2U Matte liquid I will use both repeatedly until empty and then repurchase.

The Model co highlighter not so much. It worked better today because I have a matte primer but it either chooses not to blend in at all or blends almost away completely. I think it needs a really light coverage foundation in order to shine. I think I may try it with a tinted moisturizer to see how I feel about it then. Although I have to admit, when I use inted moisturizer I often forget highlighter all together so I don’t know how useful that will end up being.

I love my Palm Springs Dream palette, but when I went to look for it I couldn’t find it on the Too Faced Site. I put an Amazon link if you are interested, but I think it has been discontinued. I searched the site, which really only made me want to pick up the Natural eyes palette. I really hope it hasn’t been discontinued, but I suspect it has. So sad. I will continue playing with mine though. I adore the shimmer of Last Call.

And finally the Blinc mascara worked fabulously well. I believe that rounds out today’s look. As usual it is pretty simple but I had fun with it. and lets face it, I may admire the fancy eye looks, but everyday makeup is kind of where I live.

And I’m okay with that.

The Daily: April 6th, 2022

Ah sleep. That blessed communion between the eyes and the inside of the eyelids. Not something you think about when you have it, but something you miss dearly when it is gone. Yesterday passed by mostly in a haze. A very gritty eyed haze. My attempt at a nap was not successful, however I got to bed early and slept like someone smacked me with a brick.

It was fantastic.

I used to get more of these bouts when I was younger. I don’t know if I was more easily able to shrug them off when I was eight, ten or even twenty, but they seem to hit harder now. The blessing is that these nights don’t come up nearly as often as they used to. I’m just kind of a mess when they do hit.

To be honest, I think it is the extra sugar we have in the house. We had company over the weekend and I asked if there was anything they wanted on hand to drink or snack on. And so we stocked the pantry for company. While we will occasionally get the mini cans of ginger ale, the last time we had full sized cans of cola in the house had to have been Easter 2019. And I think even then we only had the mini can’s of ginger ale. Which is why my brother brought his own I suppose. He drank the entire 12 pack he brought with him but didn’t touch the one we bought so we now have soda in the house. It is hard to resist, but I haven’t had that much sugar in my system in a while and I think that might be throwing me off a bit as well.

I’ve hidden the rest of the cans in the back of the pantry. They are still there but they are not constantly in view and I can more easily ignore them. Hopefully I can get my system back to normal.

Today there was little exercise. I isn’t get a lot done yesterday and to be honest much of what I did yesterday needed to be redone today. It was not a great performance on my part. So it is me at my desk for the bulk of the day. I did manage to get my makeup on today. It is a bit ELF tastic for two reasons. One is that I saw the new Dunkin X ELF collab and instantly wanted it so I wanted to see what Elf products on hand so I could figure out what to order from it. And the second reason is that I am still going through my foundations. I have two ELF foundations. There is the Acne Fighting one I wore today which is one of my favorites (and as I have sugar break outs, kind of needed) and then I have a second one I forgot about. I can’t remember how that one performs so I figured I’d try the one I like best first then see how the other compares. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s list the products.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: ELF Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: ELF Perfect Finish HD Powder

Eyeshadow: ELF Bite Sized Palette in Rose Water

Mascara: Big Poppa Mascara from Wet ‘n Wild

Lips: ELF Matte Liquid Lipstick

Today as I said was an elf tastic kind of day. I wanted to remind myself what I have from elf as well as what I don’t have. With the elf products I used, the Putty Primer is a product I never run out of. As soon as it looks low, I pick up a new one. I also really like the Elf acne fighting foundation. It is a fuller coverage than I usually wear (I prefer medium coverage) but on days where I am breaking out and still need to wear makeup it is fantastic. It does need a pore filling primer underneath it though. But if you use that then it will last beautifully all day.

The HD Powder I don’t wear a lot. Part of that is because I have another pressed powder I love, and part of it is because it can look a little powdery. I am finding that pairing it with the Embryolisse as a pre makeup base, means that it does tend to not look as powdery. Or at least it didn’t today. I am going to be reaching for this powder more so that I can use it up. Whether or not I will replace it or not has yet to be seen. But it did work better when my skin was more hydrated.

I love these bite size palettes from ELF

I am always blown away by how well thought out the Bite sized palettes are. This Rose water is actually my last one left. There was an incident and several were broken. These are great palettes to grab in the morning when you are in a hurry, just pick the tone and go. I was going to replace the palettes from this bite sized collection, but I think I might go for the Dunkin ones instead. they look like they are as well thought out in color selection and seem to be about the same size. So that may be my main purchase from this new collection.

And the liquid lips from ELF I adore. They have a pointy end to the applicator that is perfect for outlining your lips if you don’t have a lip liner to match your lipstick and they stay all day. there is a little fading throughout the day but they really require makeup remover to take off at the end of the day. they can be a little drying, however as soon as they dry down enough not to smudge, I apply a little lip balm over them and they are good.

There were other products I used since I don’t have enough for a full face of ELF. So I went for a few of my favorites. The trestique is my favorite cream formula for bronzing and contouring. It is so easy to use and now refillable. The bareMinerals bounce and Blur Blush I have been singing the praises of for a really long time and will continue to do so. I apply it with a finger tip and it feels like powder, blends like a cream and looks fantastic all day. And the Wet ‘n wild Big Poppa may be my favorite product from the Wet ‘n wild brand. One swipe, mega lashes.

So that was my look today. It was mostly a look that my computer monitor got to see, but I was happy with the way it turned out. It lasted all day and looked great. Tomorrow I’ll be testing my other ELF foundation to do a comparison between the two. Since this is the one I always grab, I can’t even remember what the other foundation looks like (or when I bought it, which may mean it is expired, so I’ll check on that too). But if it can still be worn, I’ll give it a try tomorrow to see if there is a reason I left it in the back of the drawer or if I just forgot a good product.

As for now it is back to work for me. I’m doing well in making up for the time I lost yesterday, but there is still a lot to get done before I can end my work day. wish me luck.

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The Daily: March 30th, 2022

Guess what I remembered! I remembered to order the Glossy Box Easter Egg. I know that sounds strange, but it has become a minor spring time obsession. For the last three years I have told myself, oh wouldn’t that be a nice Easter treat. Actually now that i think about it, it may be closer to five years now.

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My thinking was always that Easter is the one holiday that is done at my house. Thanksgiving and Christmas, we travel. Where we travel depends on the year, but it does mean that during those holidays our house is only a staging area. I am in charge of Thanksgiving pies (mostly because they can be baked ahead, packed in a cooler and driven several hours). then after thanksgiving we look like an off shoot of Santa’s workshop as we gather everything in and figure out what is getting shipped out and what is getting loaded into a car or settled for air flight travel.

Easter is at our house. Which means the deep down company is coming clean, which is a very different cleaning than the normal everyday. Especially these days. Extra supplies are gotten in mostly because we don’t keep a lot of snacks around the house and they will be wanted all weekend. we also don’t keep soda around the house but that too will be in high demand. Cheese boards are planned, charcuterie is arranged. We pickle our own mushrooms and radishes, but load up on other picked goods. I do make a spicy lemony marinade to add to my olives. Nuts are toasted and seasoned and then there is the three to four days of meals including the big Easter Sunday meal. It is an extravaganza.

And it is bigger this year since we skipped the past two years.

And while I will also be assembling Easter baskets, I like to, at the end of it all, have something for myself. You know, besides the martini I settle myself with once company has left and things have been put back into normal working order. There is also something for my babydoll and I to share. This year we ordered an extra little something from igourmet in addition to the Easter themed baskets. Which is lovely and we will shade as we collapse post guest.

However each year I think, wouldn’t the Glossy Box Easter egg be fun. I could have my treat and add another Easter decoration to the house. And then I forget all about it. But not this year! Ha! I remembered. And it only took three post it notes and an alarm on my cell phone.

Somedays, you have to celebrate the little victories. And this week has been one of those weeks where it feels like you are just slogging through waste deep mud. It is Wednesday and I feel like Monday and Tuesday each took twice as long as usual. Some weeks are just like that. So it is nice to celebrate the little victories. Like remembering to order a limited edition before it sells out or knowing that you have a truffle cheese hidden in your butter dish at the back of the fridge that won’t be part of the group feasting.

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette

Blush: NARS blush in Angelika

Highlighter: Modelco Brightening Shimmer Whip

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Eyeko Double Act Shadow Stick in Dusk and Dawn

Mascara: Blinc Ultravolume Tubing Mascara

Lips: Pixi By Petra Lip Glow in Ruby

Okay I will be honest, Today’s makeup was mostly chosen because i wanted to try out some new products or use products I haven’t reached for in a while. while I am loving testing out the Lorac Illuminating Primer, when I wear it I can’t wear a highlighter. It simply can’t compete with the prime. which is fine, but I wanted to try out the Model Co highlighter. So I went with a favorite. The elf Poreless putty primer. I think this may be the third one i’ve gone through. It is a fantastic formula. If you have dryer skin than mine they do make a hydrating version. It is a little too hydrating for me unless I am wearing a really drying foundation, so I stick with the original. I have no complaints about the original.

The Catrice Foundation I like. It is a really light shade so i am trying to reach for it a bit more before the sun starts giving me a tan. I love the foundation and it is a good product if you are going to be running around all day and need something that stays in place. It is listed as a 24 hr foundation. While I have never pushed it that far I have worn it for ten hours straight with no issues. My one problem with it is the dropper. Mine doesn’t really want to work so I end up pouring product out onto the back of my hand. It can get a little messy so I keep a cloth handy. It is the one drawback of the product, but easy to get over.

I have several Nars products in my drawer and I tend to forget about them. which is kind of funny as for a while I was using a full face of Nars as my go to look. But I don’t find myself reaching for the products much any more. They are good products so I need to remember them. I’m not sure why I over look them now, I think it might be because I have found other products I like just as well if not better. I think it may be more a factor of the world of makeup expanding. I used to have just a few go to brands that I trusted and used, now i use products from a wider range of companies. it was still fun to use this blush.

The Too Faced and the bareMinerals I will always reach for. They are both fantastic and always reliable. I need to take out some of my Too Faced shadow palettes. which Oddly i usually think of in Spring. I think it is because of the color ranges in the shadow palettes I have. Actually I need to test one out to see if I want to use it for Easter or if i want to go full on pastel.

I did not go pastel with the eyes today. I used the Eyeko Double Act dual shadow stick. I really like the formula. I’ll need to play around with it a bit to apply the right amount of product. A little does go a long way. It blends really nicely as well. I have the Dusk and Dawn Shades. Dusk was fantastic and I can see myself reaching for it often. I hoped that Dawn would be a little more brightly copper in color. It worked well, I just found myself wanting more of a contrast. And when I went to get the link from the site for the above list, I say they have the sugar and spice Double Act stick. That looks like it may have the contrast i want. I love the simple eye look and throwing a single shadow stick into a makeup bag instead of an entire palette is a great travel plan, but when I do that I want greater contrast between the two shades. I will continue playing around with this though and see if I really like the formula. If it keeps working out for me i will order the sugar and spice as well as possibly others. Today for a first use, i really liked this.

Before I forget, I also liked the Model Co highlight. It was brighter than I am used to, but it still looked nice. It was a soft glow without the glitter which I appreciate.

I am in love with the new Ultravolume Tubing mascara from Blinc. I knew I liked the length of the regular tubing mascara but this one fills the lashes out making them thicker as well as longer. I am totally in love with it. I do think that I might need to remember to curl my lashes first though. Thee is no curl to the formula and I think that if i remember my curler first I will get even more dramatic results. If you are using an eyelash curler though, remember to curl the lashes before applying mascara. It reduces breakage and pulling.

Finally we have the Pixi By Petra Lip. It was a little more pink than I was expecting. It is supposed to be a sheer wash of color (and I suppose if you sheer out ruby you get pink) I just wasn’t expecting it. However after a minute or two the color faded back a bit and just left my lips with a really nicely moisturizing lip balm. I really like it. And it doesn’t leave a trial of pink lips everywhere. Just a little balm smear on the rim of the cup. Over all for a first use I like it better than my initial impression of it.

I know I chose a bunch of new items because I couldn’t resist. I just wanted to play. sometimes, you need to give into the impulse, and today I did. And i am glad I did. All of the new items performed well for their first time out of the gate and I look forward to putting them through their paces. For now though it is back to work for me. I hope your Wednesday runs smoothly and easily and that you get to coast down the slope of the remaining week.

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It’s Travel Time for Makeup and Skincare

Ah yes, my darlings it is travel time. Time to pick out makeup and skin care products to take with me on my trip. I know this sounds totally dorky, but I really love picking out travel products. It forces me to slim down my choices with makeup, taking only what I will need for the trip and it allows me to try out an entire range of samples that I have been stashing in the drawer and waiting for an excuse to try out. With my travel I have a rule with packing. I can either take two small makeup bags (think the IPSY Glam Bag size) and place skin care in one and makeup in the other or I can take one larger makeup bag.

Hair care always gets stashed in a separate bag regardless, mostly because those items are often wet from the shower. That will be a second post. I actually did pretty good paring down the makeup this year. I have a harder time at Christmas as when I go home there are more gatherings. But I am still proud of myself. Let’s take a quick look at the makeup I am bringing along and why.

The Travel Makeup:

  • Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer: This is a great primer to just smooth out the rough edges. Plus I am almost finished with it and am hoping to use it up soon. Don’t worry a replacement has already been ordered. Partially because ELF has a huge sale going on right now and I couldn’t resist a restock. Not only is this a good primer, but it is a good travel primer. It performs well and because it is a cream it won’t spill or get a punctured tube. It is neat as well as fabulous.

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  • Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick: It is a great foundation and I really like traveling with a stick foundation over a liquid one. No spillage or breakage to worry about. this foundation can look a little shiny in the midafternoon, so have not only the powder in my makeup bag, but I have a compact in my purse. I know, it bends the rules a little, but I’m okay with that.



  • Pur 4-in 1 Skin Perfection Powders Face Palette: I chose this palette because I like all of the products in there and having all of my powders in one is a really good travel plan. It also has a hard case that will protect the powders on their journey. Is it my absolute favorite palette? No. It is good and I don’t mind using it for a long weekend though. It also has the powder, blush, bronzer and highlight. My other palettes don’t have quite the same mix. Several of them have multiple blushes or highlights or bronzers. This has all four so it is easy to pack. Plus it has a nice large mirror in case I end up putting on my makeup in a small corner of the kitchen table. This tends to happen more than I expect.



  • Eyeshadow: No 7 Pink Blossom Trio and the Ciate Trend Edit palette: I know, I probably should have chosen just one. The No 7 gives me a quick solid look, which as I am never certain how much time I will have to get ready when I am with the family is always appreciated. The Ciate London Palette has a few more pops of color but the colors complement the No 7 well. So I can use the No 7 and then maybe brighten it with the Ciate. or just swap them out by day. Both palettes are small and encased in sturdy plastic so I know they will travel well and give me enough variation for the length of the trip.
  • Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes and YSL Volume Effect: I know, two mascaras. Both are samples and neither have a whole lot of product left in them, so I suspect they will be used up during the trip. I have both so I won’t run out of mascara and because I like both. I do suspect that the trip will finish out both tubes of sample sized mascara though.

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  • Lips: Elf Sheer Slick, wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice, bareMinerals Liquid Lip in Pout, and Colourpop So Juicy Plumping Gloss: Yup that’s right, four lip products. And yes there is still a lip balm in my purse. and probably another couple of lip products as well. however I did choose the lip products carefully. All of them are ones I like so that is a no brainer. The ELF is a light wash of color for a barely there look. The wet ‘n wild is a deeper berry shade that is more dramatic and the bareMinerals is a pink toned neutral. Which means I have my shade ranges covered with this lot. The colourpop plumping gloss is to make mattes shiny and to plump my lips if I choose. Or to just be a clear gloss if I decide not to use a lot of lipstick.

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See I may have gone a little heavy on the included lip products, but I chose them for a reason and even though a few more may find their way into my purse, I am pretty happy with my selection and the reasoning behind it. I was a little less cutthroat with my skincare items. There is a little less reasoning as far as products go. I had samples and I chose a sample for each category. Most of the products I’ve never used before and am using this as an excuse to try them. Others I’ve used before. Soooo.

The Travel Skincare:

  • Toner: Thayers Rose Petal Toner: Don’t worry I am not packing the whole bottle. Its why I have the travel bottle from my in-flight products packing kit next to the full sized bottle. I will fill the bottle and for extra safety tape the top shut during travel. Also it will go in with my hair care items, just incase it leaks. It shouldn’t but I like to be prepared.
  • Elemis Cleansing Balm: I know and love it and I picked up the travel size just for traveling. It is kind of my go to when traveling.

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  • Klorane waterproof eye makeup remover: I am a big fan of this eye makeup remover. I actually have a large bottle of this but I keep the smaller sample size for traveling and just refill it. It always takes the makeup off and doesn’t cause the eyes to sting.
  • Tatcha Soft Cream Cleanser: Never tried it but it came in an IPSY a while ago and it was the only sample sized cleanser I had on hand. I’m actually quite looking forward to trying it out.
  • May Coop Raw Sauce: This is an essence. I picked it up the last time I went to the Peach and Lily website because it looked interesting and I thought I would give it a try.

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  • Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Anti Aging Day Cream: I know I’ve tried it before, I loved it before, but as so many of the products in the line up are new to me I thought I’d have at least a moisturizer that I knew and loved. If all else fails, I’ll still have a moisturizer.

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  • Filorga Age Purify intensive serum: I figured I would try this out as a day time serum. The tube feels quite light so I made certain to include both a night time serum and an oil in the mix.

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  • BareMinerals Ageless Night Concentrate: I plan to use this as my night time serum. As it is a retinol I am packing an oil to use just in case. I am actually very excited about this serum. I’ve used BareMinerals makeup products for years but I’ve never tried out any of their skin care, so I am very much looking forward to using this.
  • Akar Soothe Face oil: When using retinols it is always good to have an oil around to calm down the skin if necessary. Plus if I run out of day time serum I can sub it in with no issues. Or so I hope.
  • Hey Honey Look into my Eyes Eye Mask: I found this floating in the bottom of my samples drawer and thought why not. I also have three Hey Honey Moisturizer samples I need to try. But that is for another time. I really like Hey Honey. The items I have tried from them have been really good. I’m hoping this one will be as well.
  • Sunday Riley Broad Spectrum Light Hearted Sunscreen: I keep forgetting to rotate this in to try out. I’ve been using up my Neutrogena spray sunscreen and applying it whenever I leave the house. But I have wanted to give this a try so now seems like the right time.

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And finally I have two types of Eyemasks: Klorane’s Cornflower infused eye masks and Grace And Stella’ Energizing Eye masks. I love them both and when traveling home they are necessary. there are many dogs. I love them and they love me. My sinuses are less enthused. it is not allergies, just a change in environment and my eyes get puffy. These are amazing products to use to depuff. Especially since I love playing with the dogs. For me, they are essential Holiday Travel kit.

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And that my darlings is the list of makeup and Skincare items going into my travel bag. By using a bunch of samples and strategically choosing my makeup, i fit it all into one bag. The brushes will be going in a different bag, as will the hair care, but that is just par for course. I have the thrill of trying out all new products and the added benefit of clearing out some space in my samples drawer. So it is kind of like an extra win for me. the closer we get to New Year’s Eve the more I want to clear out samples and partially used products. Partly because it makes things look neat and clean and partly because it makes me feel I am opening myself up to whatever the new year brings. and this makes me feel like I am getting a good start on that.



The Daily: November 15th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a fabulous Monday. This was a relatively quiet weekend for me. Saturday morning, my babydoll remembered there was one person on the list we hadn’t shopped for, so we did a quick foray into the wilds of retail to get it done before we could think about it too much.

Well we thought about the gift, we just didn’t dwell on how bad traffic and shopping on a Saturday would be. We emerged victorious. And I managed to pick up a Chi Thermal Care hair care Trio. I have used the Silk infusion before and really loved it. It was fantastic at helping my hair go longer without having damaged ends no matter what I did to it. However I never tried the shampoo and Infra Treatment (conditioner) pairing before.

I tend to do that with a lot of brands without meaning to. I find one item that I really like from them and then forget that they actually make other products. With Chi it was the Silk infusion. So as a reward for getting the last of the shopping done, I picked up the trial sized trio. Trial sized or not, I know the silk infusion will last a really long time because I use so little of it. But now I get to try the other two products.

I love the holiday bundles. It is the same love I have for perfume discovery kits actually. The bundles help get me out of my comfort zone so that I don’t just buy the one product I know I like, but actually try out other products from the brand. I’ll be posting a first use soon. I just need to finish up the shampoo and conditioner I am currently using. Its the Pantene Volumizing shampoo and Conditioner set. I know I already posted a full review, and my thoughts haven’t changed as I’ve used it. It only gives volume on the day it is used and does not carry over to the next day. I find myself washing my hair more often with this set then I normally do as well. I can’t decide it if it the product or the time of year that is causing the extra washing. we dropped lower over the weekend and the central heating came on more so it may be unfair to blame the shampoo. I may have to try it again at another time of year. But for now, I am finishing it up and then trying out the CHI.

Today’s Look:

Primer: The Porefessional Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes primer infused bronzer Roof Top Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Jecca Blac Glow Drops

Eyeshadow: KVD Vegan Beauty eyeshadow in Lolita and Hourglass Scattered Light Foil Eyeshadow

Mascara: YSL Volume Effect Faux Oils Radical Mascara

Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture No 70 Lipstick

Today was a fun look for me as I was playing with a couple of new products as well as using a couple of my standard faves. I generally find paring new with favorites works out better for me as So let’s start at the top. We have the porefessional from Benefit cosmetics. It is a long term fave and one that I am going to have to replace soon as it is getting low. It is a good standard prime to have in the arsenal. It goes well under most foundations and it is very pore filling.

The more I use the No 7 serum Foundation the more I like it. This is going to be a permanent edition to my dressing table. Once I’ve used it up. it will automatically be replaced. This far this shade suits me well regardless of the time of year. Admittedly I tend not to wear actual foundations mid summer. If I did I might need a second shade. However as I tend to go for tinted moisturizers about the time that this foundation would be too liht, it isn’t a problem for me.

The Buxom bronzer is new to me. Buxom is one of those brands that as soon as I hear the name I think Lips. I love their lip products and have purchased them for years, but I rarely branch out. This year since, despite my declutter, I still have far too many lip products, I picked up a bronzer from them to try out. Like pretty much everyone else right now they have massive sales going on. (the link above will take you to their site). This is my first you of the bronzer and I am impressed. It is a bit on the lighter side. Mostly because I noticed most of my bronzers were summer dark and I was having to work really hard not to go too deep with them. This is a lighter bronze that is still within my skin tone range. It applied well, and blended easily so I think I will get a lot of use out of it this winter. It will be interesting to see if I can use it as my skin tans next summer or if this is a seasonal shade for me. I will be reaching for it more to keep trying i out.

The blush I love. It is my bareMinerals Bounce and Blur blush. The formula is just so easy to apply and so comfortable to wear. I love this shade as well so it is a mega win for me and a blush I will continually return to using.

The jecca glow drops I like but tend to forget I have. I think they are supposed to be used all over the face but that is way too shiny a look for me. It makes a great subtle glow on the high points of the face and a gentle warmth to the skin. which is more important as the colder weather progresses. Not only will I be losing my tan, but around here the winter wind tends to slap you in the face and steal color from your skin so that you look pale and sickly. Or at least I do. Except for my nose. The winds tend to turn that Rudolph Red, or as close to it as possible.

The eyes were an interesting mix today. I reached first for the KVD because I like how the shadow performs, love the color and didn’t have to worry about it. The Hourglass foil shadow is new to me. I think I am going to have to play around with it. It is more powdery than I expected it to be and it really didn’t like applying with a dry brush. I ended up using my finger which was a bit messy, but I wanted my first application to be without the use of a setting spray. I wanted to see how it applied and how well it stayed on the eyelid without the spray (also why I didn’t use setting spray today).Thus far it is okay. I’ll play with it a bit more as the week progresses.

The mascara and lip product both came from the Macy’s bag. I am impressed by the first use of the mascara, not so impressed by the lip. The mascara lengthened very well. Thus far it isn’t flaking. It is supposed to volumize and lengthen. It lengthens well, not so much with the volumizing. But I like the lengthening enough to play with it.

The lipstick from YSL isn’t my favorite. I know it is supposed to be moisturizing but it feels a little slimy. And it tastes like lipstick. I know lipstick that tastes like lipstick is kind of normal. But this is a super enhanced lipstick scent that tastes/smells like it is mixed with some sort of perfume. There is no drying down at all and I have left a trail of lip prints behind me today. It was almost a relief when it wore off. The color is not my favorite, but I could work with it. I may see if blending it with another product helps with the texture and taste. Over all, I am not terribly thrilled with this lipstick.It is a pretty case, but the product isn’t going to win any prizes. At least not from me.

But hey, at least I have found a range of lip products where I don’t want to add multiple shades of the brand to my collection. Sometimes its about learning which products you don’t want to buy just as much as it is about finding the ones you love.

So that my darlings was my look for today. As far as fitness goes, I braves the winds and went on a long walk in the cold sunshine. There is no more walking in just shirt sleeves anymore, the sweatshirts have emerged. While I am not fond of the cold, I try to tell myself that I expend more energy keeping myself warm as I walk then I do when I don’t have to warm my own skin. I’m not sure I believe it, but it made me happy on my walk. And some days it is just about convincing yourself that you need to get up and move instead of huddling around the coffee cup.