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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The Daily: August 9th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope that you are having a wonderful Monday thus far. Today I managed to get my gym workout done, with a little extra. which was nice as I over indulged a little too much over the weekend. My babydoll heard a rumor that our favorite Mexican restaurant in town was struggling so he decided that a healthy salmon Friday and skipped happy hour treat meant a Mexican Feast on Saturday.

You know, for the economic support of the community.

It was actually an interesting eye opener. He ordered one of our favorite meals in it’s entirety to go, but forgot that we hadn’t ordered from their full menu in over a year. During lockdown they had a limited taco menu so we would occasionally pick that up. But this was the first full menu order in a while. The food was, as always a delicious treat. It was also far more food than we were used to seeing at the same time. He picked up the take out for an early lunch on Saturday.

we ate it for Saturday Lunch and then ate left overs for Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and Sunday dinner. I think he might have actually finished the refried beans side with eggs this morning for breakfast. It was a lot of food. It was an interesting reminder of how my (and his) eating habits have changed. Prior I am pretty sure that we would have just gotten two meals out of what he picked up and then probably eaten salad of something light on Sunday. It was always more than either of us could eat in one sitting.

I knew we were eating less than we used to because I had to adjust grocery shopping somewhat. But a lot of the time I will still make the large meal and just freeze left overs for a second meal a little while later. So it doesn’t feel like we are eating a lot less. It is only by actually seeing what we used to order that it actually brought the changes home to me.

I’m really glad he did pick up the order. First of all because it was really good food. Second because I like supporting my favorite local restaurants. But third, because sometimes I actually need the reminder that there have been significant changes. Sometimes you need to step back and away from the day to day and look at the bigger picture to see the progress you are making. At least it helped me.

I still feel like I over indulged, but it was nice to see the changes.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Optical Illusion by Urban Decay

Foundation: Wet ‘n Wild Tinted Hydrator

Bronzer: Nars in Laguna

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua cream highlight in OMG

Powder: Becca Pink Haze

Eyes: Elf Bite sized palette in Cream and Sugar

Mascara: Pat McGrath Labs in Fetish eyes

Lips: Buxom Full Force in Fly Girl with Huda Beauty lip Pencil in Trophy wife

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Facial Mist

Today was an interesting mix of my mood and things I am wanting to use up. First up is the Primer. I really love this primer from Urban Decay. It was, for a long time, my go to primer. I picked up this last one up a while ago and then started trying other primers. Then Urban Decay discontinued this primer. I’m trying to put it in the category of ‘needs to be used up’ but there is a part of my that wants to hold onto it for as long as I can. I know that is silly because it will eventually expire if I hold on to it, so I am having to force myself to put it into the must use up category. It is hard just because I know that when it it gone, it will just be gone.

The wet ‘n wild tinted hydrator I used because it is quick and easy and I really like the way it performs. I like the formula and I really like the weightless factor. It is a good product that I will repeatedly use and repurchase. The same goes for the elf bite sized palette. I really enjoy the formula and like the way it blends. It is simple and quick to use and consistently good. So I went for it today.

The NARS Bronzer in Laguna is one that I have been working on using up this year. Pan is now showing and the showing of the pan is steadily increasing. I want to use this up before the end of the year (or more accurately before the holiday sales go live) so I will be rotating it in often in order to do so. I find it surprising how excited I am to see the pan grow in this product. I think because for so long I would use it but only see a slight dent in the product, not any sign of pan. Now each use shows more pan. Somedays it is the small excitements that make you happy.

The Bare Minerals Bounce and Blur blush. What can I say that I haven’t already said? I love this blush. It is one of my favorite formulas and one that I will consistently use. It is quite fantastic. The color suits me. The formula is both blend-able and buildable and it lasts all day. What more can you really ask for in a blush?

Today I chose the Becca Pink Haze Setting powder and I have to say I am in a mixed state about this powder. I like it, but I know Becca is ceasing production. I’ve made my peace with other Becca products. even the Aqua foundation that I really like. I will use and let them go. This powder I keep going back and forth on. it is a really good setting powder and on days when I look a little wan from spending far too much time at the computer it gives a nice pink tone to my skin. It is especially fantastic in the winter time when I spend so much less time outside. Then it provides a healthy tint to the skin so I don’t look sickly with my winter pale. I keep looking for another pink powder to replace it. Specifically from a company that isn’t about to cease production, but I thus far haven’t found one that works quite as well as this. I have maybe a third of the container left of this powder and I am contemplating picking up another one just to extend the time I have to look for a replacement product. Part of me thinks I should just let it go. It is the last Becca product I won where this decision has to be made. Everything else I’ve just decided to let go. This I still need to think about for a while.

The lips were fun today. I have this Buxom lipstick that I love. And I do actually use it more often than I report. It is a plumping lipstick and I really love the way it works, but the shade tends to wash out my lips. So what i usually do is apply it before i start the rest of my makeup, let it do it’s plumping thing an then wipe it off after it stops tingling and use another lip product. I know, I should really just pick up another shade because in addition to plumping it is a really nice lipstick. And I will be picking up other shades. A friend of mine suggested using a creamy lip liner in a warmer shade around the edges and then using a brush to blend it inwards to make the lipstick keep from washing me out. I tried it with the Huda Beauty lip liner, but I think I waited a bit too long before blending so I got more of a line than I intended. I think I am going to try to play around with this trick because I think it could work. And I really like the lipstick and would like to wear it more often. So I may be playing around with that for a while.

I am sure I missed a few products but those are the makeup highlights for today. I hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday and is gearing up for a fabulous week.

The Daily: July 19th, 2021

Happy Monday to one and all. I don’t know about you but I had a fabulous weekend. It was nice and quiet with just basic chores done around the house and lots of down time. I know it doesn’t sound all that exciting but after the excitement of the past few months, I am beginning to treasure quiet weekends far more than wild nights out.

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy gathering with friends but it is so nice to just be able to shut down for a little bit. I did binge watch about half a season of RuPaul’s Drag race this weekend. Paramount + has the original Drag Race, plus All-stars. i think they have other varieties too, but I haven’t checked. I have to say, for $4.99 that is a pretty good streaming service. Why women Kill and Evil have both drawn me in. I kind of wanted RuPaul for something a little more light hearted.

Plus it is fun to have on while playing with Eyeshadow. I always end up a little more colorful than I intended.

At the moment I am trying out a product that Billion Dollar Beauty sent me. It is the Beauty box. It is a box that is like a magnetic palette except that the lid is a mirror with it’s own kickstand so it can stand up for use. They also sent me several pans to put in the box. I’ll be testing it out this week and seeing what I think of both the box and how it functions as well as the products inside.

Today’s Look:

Primer Stila Illuminating Skin veil Primer

Foundation: Pacifica Alight Foundation

Bronzer Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Billion Dollar Beauty in Amour

Highlighter Billion Dollar Beauty in Mystic

Brow: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Gel in Taupe

Eyeshadow: Billion Dollar Beauty in Moon

Lips Billion Dollar Beauty in Custard

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Setting Powder

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose gold Face spray

Over all I chose products I knew and liked so that I could concentrate on the Billion Dollar Beauty products. and yes the Marc Jacobs Mascara is the new one that I said I wasn’t going to open for a while. I just couldn’t resist. It was my favorite mascara for so long and then i didn’t use it for a while so I wanted to see if it was still as good as I remember. If anything it is better. I absolutely love the way my lashes look with this formula.

Everything else I used worked well for me as always. I will discuss the box once I’ve had some time to use it. For now I am going to focus on the products. The blush was light but buildable, which is how I prefer my blushes actually. I would rather have to add more to achieve the effect I want than have to reduce product so that I void looking like a clown. This was a very good buildable blush.

The highlighter took me a few minutes to work with. I think that is because lately I have been going for more gold and pink tones with my highlight so that thay can easily blend in with my skin yet still give me a soft glow. It has been a while since I have used a highlight this tone. It is more in the silver white range. It does blend in well but the silver was brighter than I am used to. I like how it turned out, but it was a slight adjustment on my part. I think that as I work with it, I will like it better.

There were two brow products in the package sent over by Billion Dollar Beauty. One is powder and one is a cream. I like the powder and found it worked decently, but i prefer the cream. I don’t know if it was the color or the way it worked with the bruch, but I really enjoyed the cream brow product. I will have to make an effort to use the powder now that I know I like the cream so I will hold off judgement on that but the brow cream in taupe is definitely a product i will remember and reorder when this pan becomes empty.

The lips are cream pans as well. I like how the one I used today applied. I like how it felt on the lips and how well it lasted. The color is a bit light for me. I think the other two look a little darker, so they might be more to my taste. The formula is really good though so I think it is definitely worth going to look at their color range. I have two more lipstick pans to try out so I’ll leave the investigation to later.

Which finally brings us to the eyeshadows. There were two sent in the package, one matte and one shimmer. I went solely with the matte today in a look that is very unusual for me. I just used the light pink of moon. the look is really strange for me since a single pale eyeshadow is never how I do my eyeshadow, but I wanted to test out the formula of the Billion Dollar Brow Mattes. I really liked it actually. It is quite pigmented, didn’t creas, was easy to apply and stayed in place all day. As the other shadow in the box is a pink shimmer, I think I may have to pull out a couple of other shades to play around with as I use these two colors. For now, I was highly impressed with the matte.

And that is today’s look. It was a little different for me, and while I like how the face turned out, and the formula of the eyeshadow, I am not sure this look is quite for me. I find the pink eyes on me strange. Thus far the products are working well and for a first test the Billion Dollar Beauty products are working well.

And theat Marc Jacobs Mascara. There is a reason that Velvet Noir has long been one of my favorites. Sometimes you just need to take a break to remember just how fabulous something is.





The Daily: July 15th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are staying cool today. Personally I think I am on shirt number three for the day. I wore one shirt on a walk this morning before the weather got too hot and still ended up with a soaked shirt. Shirt number two was worn when I drove around running errands. My car’s air conditioner is not what one calls reliable. The open window and air movement is actually more cooling.

However i still ended up returning from errands with large damp patches. Which while they would dry normally, aren’t the best when sitting at a desk in the air conditioning. And as I already planned to throw a load of laundry in while I worked, I didn’t see the harm in a quick shower and a fresh pair of clothes before sitting down at my desk for a long stretch.

So we are now in shirt number three and the laundry is currently spinning through the dryer.

The makeup went on after the shower, clearly, and I went for a summer look today.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer

Foundation No 7 Lift and Luminate

Bronzer: Trestique Brazilian Bronze contour stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: OFRA in Blissful

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Powder

Eyeshadow Palette: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed

Waterline eyeliner: Milk Makeup Gel Liner

Mascara: Elizabeth Mott It’s so Big

Lips: Yensa Lip Oil in Pink Shine

Earrings: Kelly earrings By Mariz

Today I wanted something that looked a little lighter. while I haven’t used the Ole Henriksen primer or the OFRA highlight in a while and wanted to see if they are good enough to keep around, I mostly chose products that I know well and love.

The reason is because I am testing a new brush set from Billion Dollar Beauty. it is the BDB Pro Brush Essentials Kit. They very kindly sent the brushes for me to try, along with other products I will talk about as i start to use them. The plan for testing is to use them as my brushes exclusively for the next few weeks and see how i feel about them at the end of the trial. The brushes are a lovely black and gold and feel nice in the hand. The bristles are infused with charcoal which I believe is for antibacterial purposes. I’ll be looking into that before i write up my final review for the brushes.There were three tools that I did need to add to the essentials kit today and that was a spoolie for my eyebrows, a color switch pad and my Huda Beauty Basic B sponge. (incidentally, Huda Beauty has a loyalty Week sale going on right now, if you like their products you might want to check it out, the sale lasts through July 18th)

So a lot of the face products I chose because I knew I like them. A few I was pretty sure i liked, but hadn’t reached for in awhile. The Banana Bright Primer I do really like and I really need to reach for more often. It sits well under foundation and add depths to matte products without adding a lot of glow. It has a slight tint that really helps blend out any discoloration (I’m a bit pink from the sun) and it smells like banana scented candy which kind of makes me happy. No 7’s foundation may actually be one of my favorite drug store foundations and as this is the third Trestique Bronzing stick I’ve owned I can definitely say that it is a bronzer I like. I meant to hold off opening it until i wore down a few other products a bit more but I couldn’t resist.

I likewise love the Bounce and Blur Blush from bareMinerals. There is quite a significant divot in the center of the product. I haven’t reached for any of my OFRA highlighters in a while because I just haven’t wanted anything that glowy. I thought I might be decluttering this one as I really need to do a highlight declutter, but no. This is a keeper. It goes on stunningly bright but it does blend out for a soft warm glow, which is what I like. I think on highlighters I may have to just haul them all out and do an actual declutter by looking at them all lid out and making some hard decisions.

The Elizabeth Mott Mascara was new to me. It came in a subscription box a while ago and was in my unopened products drawer. As I took several Mascaras out of the drawer last night and sent them to the empties bin, I pulled this one out of the new drawer to give it a turn at use. I am not all that impressed by it to be honest. It is a decent enough mascara but I didn’t apply it and think, wow what length and volume.

Admittedly it is following two really fantastic formulas (Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet and Pretty Vulgar The Feathers) so maybe after a few spins around it will be more impressive. But at the moment, it isn’t one of my favorites and isn’t really living up to it’s name.

The earrings I chose for today were the Kelly Earrings from Mariz. I thought they looked sweet so I went with them. They wore well and went with the look. Now that I am not wearing a mask everywhere I am thrilled to get back into wearing earrings and am trying to get into the habit of putting them in. I figure if I make them part of my list post, I will remember more often.

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