The Daily: November 2nd, 2022

Today my darlings we are going to do something different for my daily post. I had planned on a bit more normality, my first use of the the paid My fitness Pal app, lie in general, and my daily makeup look. You know, all of the usual stuff. Then I went to get my makeup for the day out. I first came across the Becca Foundation I planned to declutter on monday. It was still out. I promised myself I would throw it out this afternoon. Then I reached into the drawer and pulled out the RealHer Foundation thinking I hadn’t used it in a while. It was seperated. So I reached for the NYX and found the tube was really light. I dispensed some into my hand and found there wasn’t enough left to use for one last time.

And so instead of putting on my makeup I laid out all of my foundations and did an impromptu foundation declutter. I know, My plan was to wait until December and go through my decluttering so that everything was fresh for the new year.

But I was annoyed. So Foundation declutter today. As a warning there may be a primer declutter for tomorrow as they are in the same drawer and there are several products that either need to go to a new home, tried out or simply thrown out because they have reached the end of their lives.

But for now, we are doing a foundation declutter.

Before we start I would like to say that a lot of these foundations came in subscription boxes. I did purchase quite a few of them because a few years ago the foundation I used routinely was discontinued so I went on the hunt for a new everyday foundation. Then I stopped and began rotating through products to use up the ones that I had. there are two powder foundations I didn’t take out for the declutter. One is the KVD Lock it Powder foundation and the other is the One Size Powder foundation. I like both of them and will be keeping them. Also I have two foundations that I did order. One is the Bounce from Beauty Blender. I tried the sample that came with a Sephora order and I liked it enough that when I saw it was on sale for half price and there was a $5 discount for first time purchases I went ahead and bought it. The second I have on order is the Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation. It was out of stock for a really long time but now it is back in stock. It is a fantastic high end foundation and my go to for event foundation. I tend to go through a bottle during the holiday season.

So this is everything else.

Just seeing them all laid out like that is a lot. But let’s dive in. There are a lot to go through so there is only going to be a few little bits about each so this isn’t a mile long. First we have the empties and expired products.

RealHer I am Divine is expired. It is an okay foundation but not one of my favorites. It tends to sink into the fine lines and isn’t all that long wearing.

The QMS Medicosmetics Active glow is also expired. It is a decent tinted moisturizer. It gives pretty much no coverage. it is great for a no makeup day, but aside from taking down redness it doesn’t do a lot. I liked it on no makeup days, but it is a pricy product that I won’t be repurchasing because there are less expensive products that perform better.

The Becca is discontinued, almost empty and on the verge of expiring. It was supposed to leave on Monday, but it was apparently just waiting for some friends to join it.

The NYX Bare With Me tinted skin Veil is empty. Completely empty. It is a fantastic product that I leaned on all summer. It is a great tinted moisturizer that works as a light coverage foundation and in the spring i will be repurchasing it. For now, the tube is empty and going away.

The Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream is also a summer time favorite. There is a smidge left in the tube but I am going to go ahead and declutter it. It is a good light weight formula that gives light to medium coverage (my preferred coverage actually) and I will definitely be repurchasing it.

The Catrice HD Liquid Coverage is a product I am sad to see go. I love the formula but had so many problems with the dropper. It is quite honestly a packaging problem. I am sure i will end up picking this up again in the future simply because it is such a good formula, but I have had two bottles of this and each of them has had issues with the dropper. since I don’t reach for it, this foundation has expired. I think if I had fewer foundations I would go to the trouble of having a replacement dropper next to the bottle to use but it is messy and with other foundations to choose from, I just chose other foundations.

Too Faced Dew You Full Coverage foundation is a good full coverage foundation. I don’t go for full coverage a lot and this foundation is light with kind of yellow undertones. There are about two weeks out of the year where I can make this work (this came in a subscription box). Because of that I don’t use it often and it has expired. It is very long wearing and very full coverage. It is just the wrong shade for me. I also think that Too Faced discontinued it.

I have two foundations from Yensa. One is the BC Skin on Skin Foundation. It is fantastic and I would wear it everyday if I could. Which is why the tube is almost empty. It is staying for now but i will use it up before the new year and immediately repurchase. The Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation is growing on me. I don’t like it as much as the BC foundation, but I like it enough to finish the bottle. I am still on the fence about whether or not I want to repurchase, but it is staying and I will continue to use it.

The No 7 Lift and Luminate and the Elf Acne fighting foundation are my two drugstore favorites. The No 7 is reordered as soon as it gets low. I like the Elf and will repurchase it but I don’t feel as intense a need to replace it. The Elf is getting low and I will probably finish it out before the year is up. Oddly this is one of the only Elf foundations I do like. While I don’t have that big a problem with acne, this feels lighter than the other elf formulas and one that I would use again,

The Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation is a good foundation. I like using it but you have to go sparingly with it. A little does go a long way. You can build it to full coverage if you want to though. The more you build it though, the more it is going to settle into fine lines. I always use a pore filling primer with this foundation and I always go with a lighter application. For me the big draw for this foundation is that the shade I have perfectly blends with my skin tone.

The next three foundations I like and will use, but I probably won’t repurchase. I reach for them often enough that i will use them up, but I’m just not going to buy them. Two came in subscription boxes and one came from Influenster. The first is the Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Foundation. It is nice but tends to feel a bit heavy and oddly enough looks a little powdery even without setting powder.

The Tom Ford Traceless soft matte is a beautiful foundation. It is a serum style and looks fantastic on. It is however quite pricy and to be honest the No 7 Lift and Luminate is almost on par with it. The Tom ford is a little bit better but only by a slim margin. while I don’t mind paying more for a great product, the difference between the tow is too slim for me to justify. I will however use every drop from this bottle.

The third in this group is the Natasha Denona Transformatte. It is a good formula but feels a little heavy on the skin. It is supposed to be pore vanishing but I still need a pore filling primer if it isn’t going to sink into fins lines throughout the day. It looks beautiful for about 8-9 hours and then it sinks into fine lines. I like it enough to wear, but not enough to repurchase given the price of the formula. It is good, but I am not repurchasing when it is done.

The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is a good tinted moisturizer. It is great for a no makeup look and blends into the skin well. I like it, but I have other products that do the same. I am still actually on the fence about this product though. I don’;t think I have actually used it enough to really decide if I would repurchase or not. I do know my skin loves this more than it does my other tinted moisturizers. I think I might just have to see how I feel after more product has been used.

And then we have Bite Beauty. I love their Changemaker foundation. Or at least I love the formula of the Changemaker foundation I have. I know they changed a lot of their formulas. I don’t know if this foundation went through a change as well. I adore this formula and would purchase it repeatedly. If it hasn’t changed. Also I think the brand has started to go out of business. So this is a conditional love but might not be able to ever repurchase.

Also in that boat is the Kristopher buckle Triplicity Foundation stick. the brand is no longer in existence and I am finishing out the last of this stick. It was a fantastic formula and I will probably cry when the stick is completely depleted. It will not follow me into the new year though.

The Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick i love and will repurchase repeatedly. I purchased it initially just to have something spill proof that I could travel with. And then I fell in love with it. it is creamy, blends beautifully and looks great. It isn’t the longest wearing foundation but when it wears off it just sort of fades away instead of peeling or sinking into fine lines.

And then the final stick foundation from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It is the Caramel Stick Foundation and it works really well with my skin. It is longer wearing than the Revolution but it also needs a little warming up before using. If you warm it up then it applies well and is very creamy. Again it is also the prefect shade for my skin so that helps.

and so there we have it. A quick and dirty impromptu declutter. It wasn’t what i planned for the day, but it was definitely needed. So the end result: Seven foundations are leaving today. There are thirteen remaining. One is discontinued and will be used up and let go. three are almost empty and will be gone before the end of the year. And five of them will be used up and never repurchased again.

It is still a lot, but as I empty out the ones with low product in them, even if I like them they will not be repurchased until the ones I want to use up and not repurchase have been used up and sent on their way. I’m sure there will be other foundations that come my way in the year but I feel pretty good about knowing what I have, the product level of what i have remaining and the fact that I have gotten rid of items I simply won’t (or can’t) use. Just before we roll into 2023 I will do a brief review to see what is going to actually make it into next year with me but for now, i feel really good about this, even if it wasn’t part of today’s original plan. Hopefully you enjoyed the break form the norm as well.

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The Daily: October 31st, 2022

Happy Halloween my darlings. The pumpkins are out, and have been for the better part of the month. I think they turned out quite well this year. However I will say that they are not the longest lasting jack o’ lanterns we’ve had. Usually the colder temps keep them stable and in good shape for quite a while. These no longer look quite so lovely inside (or from the back) and first thing tomorrow morning they will be taken to the compost bin before their structural integrity deteriorates any further.

But they still look good from the front and in the dark. Just don’t look too closely and all is well.

The candy is much fresher of course. It is in a bowl by the door inside. It is easy to grab for any trick or treaters yet out of easy passing range so that I will not be filling up on candy throughout the day. It will be interesting to see who we get this year. When we first moved in the neighbor hood was mostly older people and then as the neighborhood started turning we got younger families moving in and there was a slow trickle of little kids in their costumes. As the kids in the neighborhood are still really little it isn’t even full dark when their parents take them around.

So tonight my babydoll and I will have an early dinner and then pass out candy to anyone who shows up. then we will settle in for our continuing movie fest. Last night was The Legend of Hell House. Its a good movie if you have never seen it. The book is way scarier and gave me nightmares when I first read it in high school. Admittedly there was a lot in the book that they couldn’t put into the movie. But the movie is really good.

Tonight I think we are rounding out our Halloween movie fest with The Ninth Gate. I know I have seen the movie, and I vaguely recall what it is about, but it isn’t one of my usual watch repeatedly movies so I don’t know it that well. I’m actually looking forward to it.

And of course as this is Halloween it means November begins tomorrow. For the month of November (at least until Thanksgiving and the arrival of Black Friday) I am going to have posts about holiday sets and bundles you might want to look into when Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around. I am also going to be posting a few more recipes this month and in December. They will be a combination of low cal meals that are quick and easy to make when you are in a hurry, as well as a few easy entertaining ideas and snacks to think about having around so you don’t go into high caloric holiday fests super hungry.

they are things I am using this season to help keep me on track so i hope you enjoy them. But now…

Today’s Look

Primer: Yensa Essential Glow Tone Up Primer

Foundation: Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation (discontinued)

Bronzer: Milk Makeup Baked Matte Bronzer

Blush: No 7 Damson Mist Blush

Highlight: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow After Hours

Eyeshadow: Luminosity Palette by Trendbeauty

Mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Lipstick: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick

FYI I used the Natura Hair mask last night and I am still really liking the way my hair looked and felt this morning, even if I do need to trim my bangs.

Today was an interesting combination of products. Several if the items were already out and because I liked them I went ahead and used the, (I didn’t tidy up my dressing table this weekend as planned so it was easier to grab some products that were already out). This includes the Yensa Primer (which I always Love), The Fenty beauty mascara (which I will use because it came in a subscription box but not really repurchase) and the ABH lipstick (love the formula but the shade has been discontinued – even though it is fabulous – so I am using it up).

Then we get to the foundation. This is the last use for this foundation actually. Becca as a brand is no more and so this foundation is no longer being produced. It has no expired yet but the end date is close and I am far enough down in the product level that I feel okay about letting it go. (I know it is a waste versus health and safety) but there isn’t much left so it isn’t that much of a waste. It was a good foundation so I used it one last time before saying goodbye. I loved it, I used it, I am letting it go.

Today was the first use of the Milk Makeup cream bronzer though. I like the shade and it blended well but i did have to warm it up a little first. It was stiff in the container and dragged the foundation until it was warmed with my hands. Then it was creamy and blended beautifully. I really enjoyed it and will be using it frequently as I get the feel of it.

The blush was No 7 and I haven’t used it in a while. It is a blush i don’t reach for often because in the pan it just looks so shockingly pink. It is buildable more than pigmented though and applies well. It takes a little bit of time to build up, but oi do like it once it is on. The Wander beauty is an old favorite as well. I have actually worn down the product in the pan and will soon have to replace it. It is one of those highlights that looks bright silver and you can if you want leave it in a streak that is blinding. However it does blend out to a soft glow that I really enjoy.

The eyeshadow is also new. I ordered a Holiday Kit from Ipsy and this was one of the palettes that came in it. To be honest I ordered the kit for the bag as I thought it would be perfect to pack up a little makeup starter kit for one of my nieces (and it is actually). I had not tried anything from Trendbeauty before. This palette arrived with a busted shadow but I cleaned it up and tried it out anyway just to see the formula of the other shadows. They are soft and creamy in the pan. There isn’t a lot of fall out. They were a little bit of work to blend together. each of the shadows I used wanted to stand on it’s own. In the end I came up with something I liked. It isn’t a bad formula, it is just not a super quick one to use. I think it might be a little less streaky if I used an eyeshadow primer underneath as a base. I do like the brown and gold hued palette though and think it is a good mix for the fall season. The selection of shadows isn’t earth shatteringly original but it is a decent little palette and as it retails for $12.50 it is really good for the price. It’s just a shame one of the shadows was broken.

And really that is me today. I am running around doing a bit of tidying in the yard between bouts of rain today (we hd strong winds last night and rain off and on all day) I want the yard to look nice if people are going to come to the door tonight. It will be interesting to see how many people we get as it is so rainy today. They are predicting thunderstorms this afternoon. That usually takes it’s toll on the number of kids running around in costume. But who knows, maybe by the time they are all dressed, the weather will have improved. As I love seeing all of the trick or treaters, I’ve got my fingers crossed.

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The Daily: August 15th, 2022

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

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

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

simple and super fab salmon

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

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha The Silk Canvas

Foundation: Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

Bronzer: Kim Chi Thailor Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia blush

Powder: Tatcha Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: OFRA Signature Symphony Palette

Mascara: Give them Lala Beauty Mascara

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil Kit

Lips: Lawless Beauty Forget the Filler Lip Plumping gloss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Daily: October 28th, 2021

Today has been a nice and calm day if I am completely honest. The weathermen threatened rain, but we have sunny skies and cool temps. Walking this morning was fantastic. It was actually one of those mornings where you forget that you are walking for exercise and just walk because it is just beautiful weather to walk around in.

Which quite frankly is the best way to get exercise in my opinion.

As I’ve worked at my desk today the laundry has chugged along in the background. By tonight I will not only have all clean clothes but the sheets will be freshly laundered as well. There is just something absolutely delightful in that first sleep on clean sheets.

Not that I let them get filthy, but I change the sheets once a week. That first night with the clean sheets always feels glorious. Also since it is cool and dry out, I hauled the comforter out into the sunshine to get a bit of air so the bedroom will smell extra fresh when it is time to turn out the lights.

Somedays it is the little things.

Even though this did take a little bit of time out of my day, I decided it was worth it. Plus I got up early and plan to work late tonight actually. I’ve also worked late the last couple of nights as I get things sorted. Not only is the month ending (which always makes things a bit busy, but the rest of the year is slowly dribbling away.

Well, not so slowly at this point.

As November is about to hit I am looking back over the things I’ve tried this year, making lists of my favorites and trying to pull together a list of products I sampled and want to try out in the full size. I’m going to have to weigh the list against the items I have waiting to try out, but I will share the lists with you. In addition to my normal posts I have some getting ready for the holidays posts coming out as the season of gift buying and personal restocking occurs. As the sales have already started I know that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. For me the next few weeks will be an eplosion of consumerism. While there is more travel this year a large percentage of Christmas items need to be mailed.

Which means they need to be purchased and wrapped so they can be mailed out in plenty of time to reach their destinations. with the postal service already being somewhat overwhelmed I want to give my items plenty of time to get to their destinations.

So soon a shopping we will go.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

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Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette

Blush and Highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: Becca Pink Haze

Eyeshadow: Little Briar Rose Palette from Storybook Cosmetics

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Lips: M2U liquid lip

First things first, I have to say I feel a distinct sense of pride. Today I finished the Urban Decay primer. It was a great primer and I loved it, but it has been discontinued so I wanted to use it up and send it on it’s way. And now I have. So long, fare well. I loved you while you were here but now must let you go.

The No. 7 Foundation is one of my favorite drugstore Foundations. There are a couple that I like actually, but this one really tops the list of them. The serum formula really blends into the skin beautifully and as it is suitable for sensitive skin it causes no problems. I always feel like my skin looks extra nice when I put this foundation on. It has a kind of glowy aspect without being a dewy kind of product. It just makes me feel like I have good lighting.

The Too Faced contour palette is an old favorite that I am trying to remember to reach for more often. I like it and I like having the variety of tones, especially at this time of year. My skin is altering tone as my summer tan fdes so playing around with shades sometimes helps me out.

I went with the Doucce palette as well today as it was quick and easy. I am really starting to like this palette. I decluttered the magnetic palette from the brand a while ago because I never reached for it and the shadow shades weren’t ones I reached for. I find myself using all thre of these blushes and all three of the highlights. This palette hasn’t been in my collection long but it is starting to grow on me.

Like the Urban Decay Primer, the Becca Powder has been discontinued. I won’t concentrate as hard on using it up as I did with the primer (I was more worried that one would expire) but it will make frequent trips to my daily look as I work through it. Clearly once it is done it will be gone. I do want to find a new pink toned setting powder that I like as much though. I think that might be my quest for the new year. It seems each year there is one makeup item I go hunting to find. Sometimes I find it, other times I get distracted. we’ll see how this one turns out.

Today I took out the Briar Rose palette from Storybook cosmetics. I don’t reach for this palette enough. The reason is that because it is so bulky I store it in the back of the drawer and forget about it. I need to find a different place for it because every time I use it I realize how much I like it. The colors all suit me and I am very much drawn to them. But the palette format, while lovely to look at is so bulky. I need to maybe use it as a table top decoration so I will reach for it more. Because I really like the shades. I actually thought about ordering more palettes from them to make a little display. Plus i like the formula. I just haven’t gotten around to looking at them. But I do need to reach for these shadows more. I love the color story of the palette and I really like how well the shadows blend. it is a really good palette, especially for me.

The Marc Jacobs mascara is always one of my favorites. Sadly it too is being discontinued. Currently the Marc Jacobs website has it at half price. I have been making an effort not to stock up on discontinued products but with this mascara it is hard. It has been my absolute favorite for a really long time. There are other mascaras that I like, but this has just been at the to f my list for a really long time and I hate to see it go. I may have to actually break my no stocking rule. I am going to try to resist though.

The M2U liquid lip is growing on me actually. The color seemed perfect with the shadows today, but i really like the formula. It is super comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry out my lips or leave lip prints everywhere. It takes a little while to dry down and it never dries down completely, but if you give it five minutes then there will be no lip prints and it will stay in place with out making your lips feel dry. This is definitely a formula I am going to have to look at more and think about picking up more shades.

Over all i am pretty happy with my look today. It is a good work look and feels comfortable enough to wear all day long. Admittedly after my walk the only place I’ve gone is to and from the laundry room, but I like to think that the fresh sheets appreciate the look as well. And even if they don’t, I’m happy with it and that is what counts.

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The Daily: October 14th, 2021

Oh my darlings, today has been somewhat erratic. I tried for a walk, but by the time I got my shoes laced, the phone was ringing. It hasn’t really stopped. In addition a call I thought was a regular conference call turned out to be a video one so I ended up doing a five minute makeup look.

Actually I think it might have taken me three. But it worked out. Tonight’s dinner is a baked potato with broccoli, bacon bits and a scant scattering of cheddar over the top. The cheese I have to measure because it is so easy to over shoot the calories where cheddar cheese is involved. I understand why it is so caloric, but it always knocks me back a step to see it when I start grating it. While most foods I have repeated enough and measured enough that I can generally eyeball them, the cheddar is one thing I always have to measure. Otherwise I will talk myself into believing that a half a cup looks just like it could be 2 tablespoons.

Ah cheese, my eternal weakness.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise Palette

Blush: bareminerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua beyond Powder in OMG

Powder: Becca Pink Haze

Eyes: Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise Palette

Mascara: Roen Cake Lash Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Stick in Black Cherry

Okay the Urban Decay Primer and Becca Pink Haze Powder are both discontinued and I am trying to use them up. I love them both and wish they could be repurchased, but they can’t. So I will use them up and let them go.

The Roen Mascara is one I am currently testing out. I used it for the first time yesterday and liked it. Today I am even more impressed. It is not a dramatic mascara. There isn’t a lot of lengthening or volumizing. It does feel light on the lashes and won’t weigh them down during the work day and is actually a pretty good workday mascara. If going out, I would add a more dramatic mascara on top of it (I don’t do fake lashes, trust me, its for everyone’s benefit). However the mascara isn’t clumping or flaking and it is light enough that i can forget I am wearing it. And my lashes still look pretty good.

I didn’t choose an eyeshadow palette today because I was moving at speed. Instead I used the bronzer palette as, well bronzer, and then I took the darkest shade, which is actually a nice reddish brown and just swiped a bit across my eyelids. It is a lovely color and probably the only reason i was able to get my face on in time for the call.

Over all this look was designed to make me look less like i rolled out of bed and was working in my pajamas. I think I managed to clear that bar. Okay, it wasn’t a high bar, but I think I successfully cleared it. I also think mornings like this are what stick foundations were really designed for. I love traveling with the stick foundations but when you are in a rush they make life so much easier. The Revolution Fast base is a creamy formula that matches my skin tone so it was especially easy to grab and go.

Stripes across the face and then a quick blend with my 999Master Blender from Bdellium Tools and boom, done. I do love that foundation brush. I keep meaning to reach for a different foundation brush so that by the end of the week it isn’t so gunky (I clean my brushes on Saturday) but somehow I never do. Each Saturday I remind myself I do have other foundation brushes to use, but still I don’t reach for them. I actually have one I keep meaning to test out, but keep forgetting. I might actually have to hide my Masterblender. Just for a bit.

I also think I need to give it a deep clean. Maybe I’ll give it a deep clean tonight so that it will still be damp tomorrow and I’ll have to reach for a different foundation brush. Ah self trickery, sometimes quite useful.

At the moment the Master blender is on sale. Usually it is $16 but at the moment it is only $11.20. As it is the best foundation brush I have, I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new foundation brush.

And with that I will leave you and get back to work. My plan for the day got a little off kilter but I think I have time enough to rein it in and hit Friday morning on schedule. As we have company coming this weekend, Friday also includes a bit of cleaning, so knowing it will be added makes that schedule just a little bit more important. After all we can’t let guests see toothpaste spatter in the sinks can we? Also I spilled some setting powder a few days ago so it looks like my bathroom is quite dusty. (I thought the lid was on, but it wasn’t actually screwed on just sitting on top.) And no one likes a dusty bathroom. There are worse things of course, but I’ll take down the problems I have. And for now, my problems are in the form of paperwork. So back to it for me and bathroom deep clean (company edit) tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon.

The Daily: September 29th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. It appears we have made it to the middle of the week and are peering into the end of the month. Wow September flew by, didn’t it? It certainly feels that way here. Especially since I had an unexpected chunk knocked out of my day yesterday. Don’t get me wrong I am incredibly grateful for the earlier appointment. I just hadn’t planned on it and am now playing catch up.

Plus last night I had dental themed nightmares.

I’m not terribly surprised though. To check that the post set well the dentist took a tool that looked like a small pair of pliers, put them in my mouth and tried to wiggle the post. While everything was fine my nightmares last night featured people with pliers coming at my mouth. Understandable of course, but not pleasant.

Hopefully by brain worked that loop out and it won’t be recurring. Other than that, there was a walk today because it is absolutely beautiful out today. 70 degrees with a light wind and sun. Perfect weather to be outside. I snuck in the one long walk and then I had to go back to my desk and turn away from the windows. Because I need to play catch up from yesterday.

But catch up I will. And then I might try and sneak in a second walk later this afternoon. It really is just too nice to be stuck inside today.

Today’s Look:

Foundation: IPKN Moist and Firm BB Cream

Bronzer: Trestique Vegan Stick Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Colour veil gel blusher

Highlighter: Milk and Honey palette by Beauty Bakerie

Powder: Pink Haze by Becca

Eyeshadow: KVD (Lolita) and Violet Voss (Magic Hour) Single Shadows

Mascara: Florence by Mills Built to Lash Mascara

Lips: Bare Minerals Mineralist Lip Gloss in Sincerity

Setting Spray: Lise Watier Magnifix Setting Spray

This was the last day for the setting spray. The sample is done. The Magnifix spray did lock things into place well, but the spray was kind of clunky. there were almost always drips from the spatter that had to be tamped down by the makeup sponge. So it is a good product, but i prefer a finer spray so this will not be a repeat purchase for me.

You may notice that there is no primer listed above today. That’s because I realized I hadn’t tested out this BB cream without a primer and wanted to do so before I made my final judgement on it. So I put it on with no primer underneath. It worked pretty well actually. It is definitely a low key look, but that was kind of where I was going today.

Because of the low key look I picked up the Colour veil gel blusher from Illamasqua. It is nice over the BB cream and gives a subtle blush. I’m not so sure how it would fare over an actual foundation. I’ll give it a go, but I think this gel blusher may end up falling into the more natural looking days.

The Trestique bronzer i live as I can make it as subtle or dramatic as i want. This isn’t my first Trestique stick bronzer and it won’t be my last. It remains on my repurchase list. Now however, it comes in a refillable case. Seriously how cool is that? While I will repurchase this bronzer this is my last disposable one. After this, I will be purchasing the refillable case and then just picking up the refills. I love that Trestique is going refillable on pretty much all of their products it looks like. Very happy with the product and at the moment very happy with the brand as well.

The Becca powder I like but because it is no longer being produced because Becca is no more, I am using it up and letting it go. I’m trying to remember to roll it in more often so that I can use it up. You’ll notice that above there is no link to the product page. The site that did have it listed for sale now has it listed as unavailable so there is no link. (In case you are wondering I mostly just link back to the company websites for products. I try to link directly to the brands where possible. A few of them are affiliate links so if you do click on them and purchase something i may make a small amount. So feel free not to click on them if that makes you uncomfortable).

I am also trying to remember to reach for the single shadows that made it through my last declutter. Today I took out the KVD matte and a Violet Voss shimmer. I love the formulas of both and enjoyed using them. It was also quick and easy to do as it was just one matte and one shimmer. Not a lot of staring at a palette and figuring out what to do.

Today I also reached for the Florence By Mills mascara. I keep trying to like it, but I don’t. It darkens my lashes which is good, but that is really all I have to say about it. and quite honestly I am done trying to like it. It made a sort of hollow popping sound when I used it today letting me know that it is starting to get empty, but I feel no need to use every drop of this product so I am sending it to the empties bin. I am done with this mascara and it will not return. If it shows up in a subscription box, I know to pass it along unopened. I just don’t like it.

I do however like the bareminerals lip gloss. I’ve tried several items from the mineralist line and I have to say I like each and every one of them. I think bare minerals is one of those brands people don’t talk about enough. I pick them up periodically when I see their products and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad product from them. It is a brand that should be talked about more because it is really good.

And that my darlings was today’s look. There is no jewelry and no really dramatic , well, anything really. It is just me today working at my desk trying to catch up and wanting to be outside in the sun. So now I am getting back to work so that I can finish up and hopefully get back outside before the day goes away. I’m not too worried though as the weather forecast predicts another three days of this. While weathermen occasionally lie, I figure that if they predict three days we might at least count on one. So even if I can’t make it out again today, I’ll be aught up and can enjoy tomorrow. At least that’s the plan.



The Daily: September 23rd, 2021

Oh my darlings, you see that bright ball of yellow in the sky?  It’s the sun! That’s right, today is sunny and bright.  In addition, the temperatures have dropped and the floodwaters have receded from the walking trail. Being outside was glorious.

I know that people always talk about the magic of spring time and the glory of the world being reborn but here when the summer heat is scorching and has a stranglehold on the world, autumn always feels a bit like a miracle.

For the first time since March I was able to go on a walk and not have sweat pouring out of me. It wasn’t just walking for exercise, it was walking for the pleasure of enjoying the world. I saw a green snake sunning himself on a rock and rabbits scattering into the undergrowth as they heard my footsteps. I got to see people on their bicycles and runners smiling instead of grimacing as though they were preparing to be sent marching across a field of battle.

I think my favorite sight on my walk today was one of my neighbors. She has a husky who had some sort of post car accident hip surgery. For therapy the dog has to walk a couple of times a day regardless of anything else going on. For the past few weeks he has walked with his head down and tail between his legs as though he was being led to the gallows. Today, his tail was wagging and he was alert and sniffing. And his owner didn’t look guilty for making him walk.

I’ll concede that spring is wonderful and as a gardener I love seeing my seeds push up and out of the earth, becoming actual plants. But these first days of autumn when the heat finally breaks just feel so miraculous. I went on a walk earlier and I am pretty sure that this afternoon, there will be another walk. I can say that because i am not sweating as much I want to push myself, but the truth is, these are the days I most want to be outside. It is remembering to stay inside at my desk in order to get my work done that is the difficulty.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

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Foundation: IPKN BB cream

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soliel

Blush: YC Collection Liquid Blush

Highlighter: Milk and Honey Palette from Beauty Bakerie

Powder: Becca Pink Haze setting Powder

Brows: Brow Bar by Reema

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Cranberry Palette

Mascara: Its So Big by Elizabeth Mott

Lips: Roen Lip gloss in Charlie

Setting Spray Lise Watier Magnifix

Today is an interesting mix of things I am trying out and things I am trying to use up. The urban Decay Primer, as much as I love it, has been discontinued so It is on the to use up list. The same thing goes for the Becca Pink Haze Setting Powder. I love it but Becca has closed it’s doors and so the brand as well as the product is no more and thus I am using up my setting powder. I will actually ty to find a new pink setting powder though as I really like the healthy glow it can bring to my skin, especially in the winter months. The Lise Watier Setting Spray is another item i will be using up and not repurchasing. It is a fine setting spray, just not my favorite because the spray is a little clunky and tends to leave splatters.

I’ve used the Elizabeth Mott Mascara before. It falls into the category of okay but not great. I don’t have any problems with it, but it isn’t special. I don’t look at it and thing, I want to use that it makes my lashes so… Because it doesn’t. I look at it and think: “Well Its open so I might as well use it so it doesn’t go bad.” So I will use it and then let it go without repurchasing.

The two faced Bronzer I love and would repurchase. The Natasha Denona I like but tend to forget I have because it is a small enough palette that it hides in the shadows. It is highly pigmented and blends really well. I went a little heavy on the cranberry shade as I forgot how pigmented it actually was. But now that I’ve use it I know it is something that for the fall and winter I will be reaching for more often.

The YC Collection blushes I don’t think I will be reaching for much after I am finished trying them out. They are okay and once you get used to working with them, they are fine. However I have only had them open for about a week and the liquid already feels thicker when it comes out of the tubes. I only open the blush to dot on my cheek and then I close it up again so I’m not leaving it open for long periods of time, but they are still starting to feel a little thicker.

I am a huge fan of the IPKN BB Cream. It is light weight and when blended with a foundation brush I am getting a few streaks, however the makeup sponge blends them out really well and really easily so that isn’t much of a concern. And the product is blending beautifully. It also has a surprising amount of redness coverage. I’ll be posting a review with pictures next week. I didn’t want to post it today as I feel I haven’t really worn it enough times yet, but this far I am liking it.

I am also really liking this Brow Bar Kit by Reema. The gold case is sleek and lovely, the mirror large and useful and the tools are pretty good as well. I am liking the brow powder and the under brow contour shade and will be using this for a bit to get a better feel of the products. Thus far i am liking it and I think it will also travel well.

Finally we come to the lips. The gloss shade is nice. It isn’t too heavy and the formula is not too sticky on the lips. It is however a very minty smelling formula. I put it on and POW! Supermint. Oddly enough there is no mint taste to it. It is all scent. The gloss has no actual taste to it. I know, tasting your makeup isn’t usually a thing, but it is a lip product. And with a scent that strong I expected a taste. It tastes of nothing.

Overall I am pretty happy with how everything turned out today. I know there are a few repeats as I use products up and clear them out of my dressing table, but that is life my darlings. It can’t be all new products everyday. I think that amount of waste would surely kill something deep inside me. So we take the new with the old and use up products before moving on. Hopefully learning a few things along the way. And now I am going to try and tackle the last of my day’s paperwork so that I can slip out into the sun again and enjoy another walk before the sun goes down. Have a great day and i will see you back here bright and early tomorrow.

The Daily: September 14th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope Tuesday is going well for you. As for me it has taken me away from my desk for far longer than I actually intended today, but that’s okay. It does mean that I only got one short walk in this morning, despite increasingly nice weather and I will probably have to end up working a little later than I planned.

But only by about an hour or two. And then I’ll be back on schedule. Which is a nice way to hit mid week actually.

All in all I am pretty happy with the way this week is shaping up. Busy but not overwhelming is kind of how I like my work week to go, you know. You don’t want time hanging on you and you don’t want to feel like you can’t catch your breath. Or at least that is how I like things. I will say something I am not liking is this eyeshadow. Let’s get into that actually.

Today’s look:

Primer: Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

Foundation KVD Lock – it powder Foundation

Bronzer: Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise Palette

Blush/Highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Powder

Eyebrows: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Pomade in Taupe

Eyeshadow: Steve Laurent Wild Thing Palette

Mascara: Its So Big by Elizabeth Mott

Lipstick: Ciate London WonderWand Lipstick

Setting Spray Lise Watier Magnifix

Okay, first off we have the primer. It is one of the ones in a larger container that I forgot to list in my primer declutter. I really like the Illamasqua Primer it is a clear jelly and very little is actually needed so a container lasts a really long time. To use you scoop out the jelly with the little spoon attached to the interior lid and put it in the palm of your hand. The heat from your skin melts it and you just apply it like a moisturizer. You need to let it sit for a moment on the skin and dry down a little. once it is no longer wet it is still a little sticky and really locks makeup into place. This is the original one which I personally prefer over the Beyond the Veil version.

With today’s foundation it was especially important that the primer dry down. I used the KVD lock it powder foundation and while it is a good foundation if the primer is still wet then it can streak a little because it is powder on wet skin. Wait a second to let the primer settle and there are no issues. In fact these two work really well together. This is actually the only powder foundation I’ve tried that I actually really like. The problem is that it often gets put with the powders and forgotten about. I really do need to remember it more often because it really is a good light weight yet nicely covering foundation.

I am liking the Doucce palette more and more as I use it. It is a buildable formula with the blush which I really like. You can layer it until you get the look you like instead of having to worry about looking like a clown. The highlighters aren’t my favorite but they do blend fairly well.

Actually everything really worked well for me today except the eyeshadow. well that is not entirely true. The shimmers, once I sprayed a brush with setting spray to dampen it, worked well. It did nothing with a dry brush but was fine with a wet one. It’s just the mattes that are a problem. Today I went straight for the darkest shadow in the palette. Yup, the one that looks black. It is not very pigmented and it applies in streaks. I am not a fan. I also wanted a lighter color to put in the crease but the one lighter matte just matched my skin tone and disappeared. I know I planned to use this the rest of the week but quite frankly I don’t like it enough to use the rest of the week. I am going to clean it with disinfectant wipes and put it in the decluttered pile. I simply don’t want to reach for it again.

None of the colors are unique. The mattes are really hard to work with and the shimmers are just okay, but again not unique shades. It may be listed as the Wild Think Palette but it is very tame, very boring and not really something I want to use. Perhaps someone with better skills can make better use of it, but I am letting it go.

And with that, I am also going back to work. I hope whatever you have planned for the day goes well and you end up exactly where you want to be by the end of the day. Persona;;y, I’m just happy my day seems to be going according to plan. After the upsets of the summer, I think Fall might actually provide a stretch of smooth sailing.

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The Daily: August 24th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Usually during the day the house remains fairly quiet, especially as I am currently the only one working from home. Today, the entire house feels like it is sitting on a speaker with low playing house music on. You know that thrumming sound you feel more than hear? That is sort of what is going on. It is rather strange. Outside workers are putting in new fiber optic cables.

Do you remember a few weeks back when I was out of internet for a few days due to someone cutting a couple of bundles of fiber optics? Well they fixed those and I think the current project involves expanding them in our area. My neighborhood was built in the 1940s and 50s and it is in an area dotted with similar neighborhoods. There was a lot of area between the neighborhoods (at the time) and much of it was flood zone. They have now managed the water differently and while there were a couple of 1960s-70s era neighborhoods developed there was still a lot of space. In the last few years they have started filling in the spaces.

Its part of the reason why we’ve had some issues as of late. But hopefully the current work will alleviate some of those issues. At least that is what I’m telling myself as the house feels like there is a party going on in the basement. Not that we actually have a basement, but you get the idea.

As for workouts, I managed a walk earlier this morning. I beat the heat but that humidity is no joke. All of the rain we received in the past week has decided to rise as a wet blanket making even the cooler morning temps feel smothering. This afternoon is definitely indoor yoga and hand weights for me.

new glass carafe style bottle

I did get something in the mail today that I am super happy about though. As you may recall I am a huge fan of the Soda Stream. I sometimes add flavoring, but mostly I just like the seltzer water (and really if I want flavor I just drop a lemon, lime, or orange slice into the glass). I find that having the water carbonated makes me drink more water. It somehow doesn’t feel as heavy as regular water so I am able to drink more, which is good when i am sweating more as well. Drinking more water helps in a bunch of ways and the Soda Stream has helped me replace a lot of my during the day drinks.

But to the mail! while the bottles are reusable and help cut down on waste, after a while the plastic bottles do need to be replaced. I used my dishwasher safe bottle as many times as possible, but it finally reached the stage where no matter how tight I tightened the lid there was always a hissing noise as air escaped and the plastic started to look really worn. To be honest I think I;ve had this bottle about three years. So it was time to replace it. And what did I replace it with?

A glass bottle.

I know! Glass! I’m kind of tickled about it. I really like the way it looks, and I like the way the ridges keep the glass from being slick. So I now have a glass bottle to replace my worn out plastic one. And although I do like glass better than plastic, it is the shape of the bottle that makes me really happy. The plastic bottle is wide all the way down and the glass bottle is more carafe shaped. I don’t have the world’s biggest hands and the carafe style bottle is just easier for me to control. So it may be a small thing, but it makes me happy.

Today’s look:

Primer: Vesca Beauty Soft sun Radiant skin Primer

Foundation: Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream

Powder: Becca Pink Haze setting Powder

Bronzer: NARS Bronzer in Laguna

Blush: BareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: About Face Light Lock Fluid Highlight

Mascara: They’re Real from Benefit Cosmetics

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

Lips: Buxom Full Force Plumping lipstick in Fly Girl and KAB cosmetics Hydrating Lip oil in Juicy Melon

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist

Today I feel like there ought to be a drumroll. That’s right two items are leaving my dressing table. Today was the last day that I could use the They’re Real Mascara. It is a good mascara and I wouldn’t mind using it again, but the tube is now empty. It is making the strange empty popping sound and it took a lot of effort to get the product on my lashes. And so it is good bye. It was a good mascara though. while not my favorite Benefit Mascara I would certainly have no qualms about using it again. But this particular tube is empty.

the end of NARS

Joining it in the empties bin is the NARS bronzer. That’s right, the bronzer I have been working so hard to use up has now reached the end. There is a little bit of product in the corners, but I had to work pretty hard to get product on the brush today, so I am calling it done. Technically the container isn’t going into the bin though. The little mini sized pan is perfect for my brow pomade pan from Billion Dollar Brows so I am going to clean it out and put the container to use as it’s new home. But I did love this bronzer. I will end up ordering a new one once I’ve used up a few more products. Right now i am just happy to be able to pull out another product from my drawer instead of using this one consistently. I like it, but i am ready to switch things up.

The bareMinerals blush is one of my favorites and will continue to stay in rotation. The lime Crime Palette is one of the palettes I reach for consistently. It may only have eight shadows, but they are well thought out and the combinations are enough that it is a neutral palette that is never boring. The shadows blend well and while I do tap my brush off before applying, they aren’t overly powdery. They are not massively pigmented, but they are buildable and blendable, which in my opinion is often better. I find I have much more control this way. To be honest, the only reason I don’t have all of Lime Crime’s Palettes is that the packaging is a bit on the bulky side and my space is limited. At this point I am actually pushing my limits for eyeshadow storage space. I went through them in the spring but I think I may have to take a harder look at them and do a deeper declutter. I like when I can see what I have and can easily find things. I think now I have enough palettes that I am forgetting which ones I have.

I think I will be putting at least an eyeshadow declutter on my Autumn check list. I know, with this record breaking heat it is hard to think of the fall, but it is technically here.

I have decided that I am not going to order a back up of the Becca Pink Haze Setting powder. It is the one Becca Product I was really on the fence about. I really do like the pink toned setting powder and when I have used this up I will look for a different brand and hopefully find a replacement. But I am not ordering another one from Becca. Incidentally according to their site they are still taking orders through the end of September if you were looking to stock up on anything. I think for me, I am going to use up and let go.

I am still testing out the Vesca Primer. I think that as long as I go matte with the foundation products then I am okay with it. I don’t think it will become a favorite, but it is nice. However I couldn’t resist breaking out my Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream. This is the original rather than the illuminating one that I tried out last week. I just couldn’t resist opening it. I was planning to wait to open the new tube, but I couldn’t. The summertime heat was just made for BB cream and this is one of my favorites. It is really a good formula. Lightweight but still good coverage. I use Light Medium if you are looking for shades. It is a little light on me right now, but in a few weeks it will be absolutely perfect. In winter it will look slightly dark and I will lighten it with a bit of white powder, then it will be the perfect shade in the spring through early summer. Then it will go back to being a hair too light. With this shade I can wear it year round actually. I just darken it slightly with bronzer and tinted powder in the summer and use white/translucent powder in the winter. I like that I don’t need to keep multiple shades.

Today for the lips I am still trying to get a handle on the KAB Lip oil and how I feel about it compared to other lip oils. Today I put it over the Buxom Plumping Lipstick. I chose this, partially because I really like the Buxom lipstick and partially because the color of this is one that on its own washes me out. I wanted to see if there was any actual color to the lip oil. There might be a little, but I think it is more the shine that brings my lips out more than the color. So that was more or less me today. So now that I have had a lovely little break talking to you, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your Tuesday is absolutely fantastic.


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The Daily: August 18th, 2021

Well, it isn’t raining.  Which is sort of surprising, but the air is once again thick and the clouds promise more rain on the way.  The park is flooded and likely to remain so for at least another two days even if we don’t get any more rain.   So like every other person in the neighborhood, I went walking along the streets in my block.  The path isn’t as long as if I were using the walking trail, but it is very hilly, so I’m hoping that a couple of laps around my neighborhood sort of comes close to what I would normally walk. 

I used to have a Fitbit tracker, but I wore it until it fell apart. It let me actually sort of map all of the variations in my normal walks so I kind of know the mileage, step count and all of those other lovely details.  I somehow never got around to replacing my step tracker and so I sort of guessed about the neighborhood and the necessary laps. For now it works.  At some point the skies will clear and the rain end so that I will be back on trails I know well. 

But at least I got up to move a bit more today.  Yesterday I felt very twitchy since I couldn’t walk.  I didn’t realize how accustomed to just moving around my body has gotten.  After about two in the afternoon yesterday I had a hard time sitting still.  Fidgeting usually isn’t a problem for me but it was yesterday.  Today I may be hazy on miles and steps, but at least I know I moved around enough not to be fidgety so I am calling that a win.

I know, the bangs desperately need a trim. I am trying to hold out until I get an actual stylist to cut the rest of my hair in a few weeks. I’m trying to let them grow out a bit so the stylist has something to work with.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Purlisse Radiant Glow Illuminating BB Cream

Bronzer: NARS Bronzer in Laguna

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Soft Light Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Norvina Volume 1

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n wild Megalast matte in Cinnamon Spice topped with Fenty Beauty Diamond Milk Gloss Bomb

Setting Spray Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist

The testing of the Purlisse Illuminating BB Cream continues.  I actually have just enough to finish out the week which is nice.  While I like this sample, I have decided that I like the regular Purlisse BB Cream better than the illuminating variety.  I actually have a full size of that one.  It is one of the best BB creams I have tried and one I will purchase again.  The illuminating version has a formula that feels just as good on the skin, I am just not a fan of the illumination.  It is more of a personal preference than a product one.  The product is good, it just doesn’t suit me.  It does work much better with a matte primer underneath.  Yesterday I had an illuminating primer beneath the illuminating BB cream and I just felt shiny.  Every time I passed a mirror I felt compelled to pat down with powder.

Today I went with my trusty Porefessional.  It may not be a new release, but it is a standard for a reason.  This is a primer I will always restock.  Although I will confess, I really love the Pearl version as well. It is fantastic under a matte foundation.

I also had a second Benefit Cosmetics product out today and that is the They’re Real Mascara. The original.  I like the mascara actually and it is dramatic enough to pair with the bolder colors of the eyeshadow palette I’m trying out right now.  This is a sample size and I have maybe a week’s more worth of use for this one.  (I think I have a couple more samples floating around but I am not sure.  I have spent this year trying to work through my sample collection.)while this is a good mascara, I have to confess I prefer both the Bad Gal Bang and the They’re Real Magnetic Mascara.  While it is a mascara I wouldn’t mind repurchasing, it the Benefit Cosmetics Mascara Universe, it actually comes third.  But I do like it and will happily use it.

The Nars Bronzer is slowly but surely being used up as is the Farsali Setting Spray.  While I will repurchase the NARS I will not be repurchasing the Farsali spray.  The spray works well enough, but I just don’t care for the scent.  And for me Scent will always top visual appeal.  The gold flakes are very nice to see in the aesthetically pleasing glass bottle.  But the fact that it is just an okay product and it doesn’t smell very nice, means that it will be used up and sent on its way.

I think by now everyone knows that the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush is one I will always reach for.  I love the look and I love the formula.  The same goes for the Illamasqua highlighter.  Today I went for the powdered version rather than the cream.  Even though they are the same shade, for some reason I really like the powder version better than the cream.  I’m actually quite surprised by that as I do like a lot of cream products and generally find cream and liquid highlighters easier to blend.  But for the Illamasqua I find myself liking the powder more.  I need to play around with the cream version more, but for today, it was the powder.

I think I have figured out the Norvina Palette out and I’ll have a full post on it tomorrow.  My feelings on it are quite mixed actually.  There are some shadows I like and some that I don’t.  Since it is a heavily purple themed palette I went for the more purple shades today.  It is always risky with me as usually purple makes me look like I’m trying to impersonate Ursula the Sea Witch.  I think I ended up with a non-sea witch look today.  Which kind of makes me proud.

The Becca Setting powder is the Pink Haze that I am still on the fence about.  Well that isn’t true.  I know I like the powder.  In fact I love the pink toned setting powder.  The fence sitting deals with the fact that Becca is ceasing production.  I haven’t found a pink setting powder that performs as well as this one so I was trying to decide if I wanted to purchase another one to have on hand while I go on a quest for another pink setting powder or if I just want to use this one up, bid it a fond good buy and reconcile myself to eventually finding a replacement.  I have about a third of a container left.  And I still don’t know what I want to do.  For now I will just say that I like the powder and if anyone out there happens to know of a different pink toned setting powder that they like, please let me know. Even if I do pick up a backup I’ll still need to look into a new brand as Becca is going away. Becca is taking orders until September 30th so at least there is a hard deadline for making the decision.

And finally the lips.  I really love the wet ‘n wild megalast line and this cinnamon spice is so my shade. I like the formula, I like the shade and to be honest, I like the fact that there is a clear top of the lipstick tube so that I can see which color is which at a glance.  I have several colors in this formula so it is noce to see at a glance which is which. I topped it off with the Diamond Milk today because I wanted just a little bit of shine.  I have tried several Fenty products and usually my reaction is ‘they are okay, but not spectacular’  this designation does not apply to the diamond milk gloss.  This gloss I love.  It is one of the few Fenty Beauty products I’ve tried that I will repurchase.  It gives a great shine and if you wear it alone, even when the lip gloss wears off, the lips feel nourished.  I may not be the biggest fan of the other products I’ve tried, but this gloss is really nice and well worth keeping around.

So that was my makeup for the day.  It was less the good and the bad and more comparisons and questions I suppose. But all in all I think it turned out okay.  And I managed to use a purple eye shadow without going full on Sea Witch. That alone deserves a celebration.


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