The Daily: November 14th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. I actually had a really good one. Friday was veteran’s day here and we helped out at the VFW Barbeque/auction. It was fabulously good fun, if a bit cold and wet. The temperatures plummeted by about 15 degrees and the rain was constant. Luckily the wind wasn’t blowing. We were in tents with open sides (the pavilion sort of tents) and someone brought out some outdoor heaters (like the kind from restaurant patios not personal space heaters) so no one was overly cold, but that rain did add a bit of a raw edge. It was a big turn out though so that was nice.

It just wasn’t a late night.

It was fun though.

And this weekend I got a fantastic package in the mail from Beauty Bakerie. They sent over all sorts of goodies for me to try. While I will spread the items out for testing, I couldn’t resist trying them all today. And while I love the eyeshadow Palette color story and the color of the lipstick, I don’t think I would normally wear them together. I did today, just because I couldn’t wait to try them, but I think I will split them out and pair the lipstick with a different shadow palette. which is more a personal thing. The eyeshadow palette is bright and the lip is bright. With bright eyeshadow I tend to go with a more neutral lip and with a bright lip I go with neutral eyeshadow. I feel weirdly off balance when both are bright, or when both are neutral actually. But apparently I am already jumping into today’s look so let’s get started.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Pores No More Luminizing Primer from Dr. Brandt

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Iconic London Precision Duo Contour Pot

Blush/Highlight: Beauty Bakerie Cotton Candy Champagne Blushlighter Palette

Setting Powder: Beauty Bakerie Flour Setting Powder in Oat Translucent

Eyeshadow: Beauty Bakerie Sweet Potato Pie Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Brows: i Method Beauty eyebrow Stencil kit

Lips: Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip Matte Liquid Lip in Mon Cheri

I am still testing out the Pores No More Primer. Well sort of, I know I like it and I love what it does for my pores, but i am playing with different foundations so i am using it as an excuse to keep it around. Today I used the No 7 Lift and luminate. It might have been a little more illumination from the pair than I usually prefer, but when the setting powder was added it worked really well.

This was my first use of the Beauty Bakerie Setting powder (since it just arrived). First of all the packaging was adorable. I love the little flour bag it came in. I also like that the oat has a slight tint to it. It isn’t a dark tint, just a little something to take the bright white off the powder. While my skin does go lighter in the winter as my summer tan fades, I am not an extremely pale person in general. My skin has some natural tan to it. Often times I will find that a true white translucent powder is just too white for my skin. Sometimes I use it to lighten a slightly too dark for winter foundation, but sometimes it is just too white which makes it look powdery. I know lots of people talk about white cast with flash photos but to be honest, I rarely take flash photos so it is more of a powdery look that gets me. And I would rather look good in daily life than worry about a roving photographer. This powder looks good in daily life. It applied well and didn’t look powdery. It also knocked back some of the glow caused by layering two luminous products together. Fir a first use this powder worked well.

Also on a first use was the Iconic London Contour pot. It has one powder and one cream. Both are shades that I use for bronzer. Today I used the powder one and really enjoyed it. It came on a little strong but it did blend well. So it is something I am willing to work with. And I actually will be working with it this week especially as it is smaller than my other bronzers and we are coming up on Thanksgiving travel. So I want to see if it is worth traveling with.

I will be honest, when I saw the Blushlighter palette I was a little nervous. Actually my first thought was how pretty is the packaging, which is a common thought with Beauty Bakerie items. The blush however looked bright in the pan. But I wanted to give it a go. So in I went. It is bright and it is highly pigmented. But it blends out really well. I applied with my blush brush and then blended with a makeup sponge. (I am trying out the Eggs Beauty Bakery sent in the package this week as well and in the common theme, how adorable is that egg carton of makeup sponges? I’ll go into more detail with the sponges after I’ve given them a longer than first day trial, but nice thus far.)

The blending made me less nervous about the pigmentation. It is a blush that i will dip into lightly and then layer as needed. It is a bright enough color that a cautious approach is warranted but it really blends well and I think it will prove buildable as I get into it more.

I went with the pink toned highlighter. I have another highlighter palette from Beauty Bakerie and i love the pink toned one in there. This worked just as well for me. It is more of subtle glow than a streak of light. And for me, especially at this time of year, the pinks just look really good on me. They catch the light being more glow than glitter. I know it is not really a test as it is a color I knew would work well, but I will be rotating through the other pans so I am fine with going with the more familiar shade today.

This is the first Beauty Bakerie Eyeshadow i have tried and I really like that it is not that powdery. I did still tap my brush off, but there wasn’t a lot of loose powder left in the pan when i dipped in. I think several of the palettes I have tried have left a lot of crumbles after I dipped in so it was nice not to see that. I also didn’t have any fall out with the shades I tried. I like the colors. Oddly enough the name Sweet Potato Pie makes me think of fall but the color story feels more spring to me. I’m fine with that actually as I don’t have a lot of palettes I can say that about. The colors are pretty pigmented but not uncontrollably so. I was able to blend them well and it is a palette I look forward to playing around with. It has been a while since I leaned into a colorful palette so I am going to have to think about the shadows and how I want them to look. But it is a fun looking palette.

I don’t think the palette goes with the lipstick though. It is bright paired with bright. I do love the lipstick though. It may come off a little pink on screen but it is a fire engine red in person and I really like the color. The want has a nice point to it, which I find really helpful with brightly colored liquid lips. It just lets me apply them more neatly, with the pointed edge working almost like a lip liner before I fill in the rest. Because lets face it brightly colored liquid lips can get messy fast. I didn’t have any mess with this one. It dried down well and didn’t run into the fine lines around my lips at all. It has been very comfortable to wear today.

I think I am going to wear it this week and save the eyeshadow palette for next week. I know no surprise that I am drawn into the lips first. It is a fab shade and feels comfortable to wear. Plus I just love lip products. So bright lip this week, Sweet Potato Pie Eyeshadow next.

For Brows and Mascara I just went with two products I love and didn’t have to think about, the benefit mascara is rapidly turning into my favorite and I really love the iMethod Beauty stencils and product. I actually have to reorder the eyebrow creme as I am almost out. I also need to take some tweezers to my brows ASAP. When my bangs get long they are so easy to over look. And then I get the bangs trimmed and reveal them reminding myself I have forgotten them. It is the cycle of brows for me. But it is time for some brow clean up.

and that my darlings is me today. I know that was a whole lot of first use products but i couldn’t resist. They were calling to me. I will be spreading them out so I can concentrate on a few at a time rather than all (or mostly all) new. I can already tell I am going to love this lip. At least if today is any indication. But still, we shall see. Let the test commence. And now it is back to work for me my darlings. I hope the rest of your Monday is absolutely fabulous.

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The Daily: November 10th, 2022

Ah normality, such a lovely thing. Today I woke up, there were no extra things to take care of, just a normal course of events. Isn’t that just a lovely thing? I think because this year has been so unsettled, I am really coming to appreciate the days when things just run smoothly.

I did have a little bit of amusement this morning though. Our pumpkin long since collapsed and was taken to our compost bin. Our neighbors hadn’t yet gotten rid of theirs. The way our neighborhood is situated is that my side of the street is on a level surface, then there is the street and then on the other side of the street the ground rises sharply into a hill and then there is a level spot for the houses on the other side of the street. My neighbor went out in her bathrobe this morning to collect the pumpkin and take it to the trash (it is garbage day). It slipped from her grasp and made a wild bid for freedom. I was rolling out garbage bin to the curb when this happened. So I got to watch it roll down the hill, loosing it’s little cap along the way and then splat in the center of the street. It got some air while rolling.

It was quite destroyed by the impact.

Kind of fun to watch actually. You don’t get a lot of wonton destruction as an adult. At least not a responsible one living in a suburban environment. There was something almost joyous about watching it bounce and go splat. which probably says something about me I suppose.

However, my neighbor then looked at me and called out, “It’s organic.” Before going back inside.

What remained in the street was completely obliterated by the garbage trucks.

I don’t mind that she left it there. It was a mostly rotted pumpkin of a relatively small size. It was easily mashed to bits and with this afternoons rain it is mostly gone now anyway. Plus, there are no seeds since she hollowed it out to make a jack ‘o lantern so it isn’t going to cause any trouble sprouting anywhere.

I am however oddly amused by the organic justification.

Maybe it is just me.

I did get a walk in and after hauling branches everywhere yesterday my arms are like limp noodles so I suppose that means they got more than their usual work out as well. With the temp drop the heat clicked on and then the rain came so I am a bit stuffy and puffy today. I actually have a few of the Depology Black Caviar Collagen under eye patches left and I will most certainly be using one today. (I know I was supposed to wear them every day for the fill thirty days but sometimes on weekends I got busy and forgot. It is much easier to remember to wear them when sitting at a desk, so my 30 day trial is lasting a little longer than thirty days. Which I don’t mind as I really like these under eye masks).

But first….

Today’s Look:

Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Gold Rush Blush by Benefit Cosmetics

Highlight: Beauty Bakerie Milk and Honey Palette

Setting Powder: Anastasia Beverly Hills Translucent Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Cargo Cosmetics Chill in the Six

mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lip topped with Rimmel Stay Glossy

I have to say I am really liking this primer. The fact that it ha a bit of a skin care scent doesn’t hut. It does feel more like skincare than makeup and it does a really good job blurring out the pores. Interestingly, this foundation always looks just a little flat on me, but with the illuminating primer underneath it actually looks a little less so.

As you know I am cycling through my foundations. This Charlotte Tilbury came in a subscription box so i was happy to try it out since I have actually never tried anything else from the brand. It is a little frustrating. It needs a pore blurring primer when I wear it and the luminizing from underneath doesn’t hurt it as it can look a little flat without it. It gives great coverage and looks fantastic on the skin. Bit it almost immediately sinks into the lines around my mouth. I have generally an hour or two of it looking really good before it sinks into the lines around my mouth. In the photo if you look closely you can already see it starting. It is fine with the lines around my eyes, perhaps because I move my mouth more than I squint. But this foundation just looks so good elsewhere. it just has that fine line time limit. I always think maybe this time I can fix that. So I will probably keep this around until the bottle is empty or it expires but not replace it when it is done. Incidentally it is why I always pull this foundation out when I have a new primer to try. I always think, maybe this is the primer to make it all better…I know, hope springs eternal.

I like this bronzing stick and reach for it often. It is almost worn down to a nub actually. But it is a refillable stick so I will just order a refill. I am soon approaching the time when I need to haul my bronzers out. I’ll call it a declutter, but mostly it is shifting them around so the summer shades are to the back of the drawer and the winter shades are forward. Also while I rearrange things every fall and spring, in between those two arranging times bronzers and blushes tend to get mixed in with other products. I can always find this Trestique bronzer which is one of the reasons I reach for it a lot more than the others. So it is less of a declutter and more of a bronzer hide and seek game. This morning I found the trestique and a summer shade of bronzer that I know I can’t wear right now. Hence today’s choice.

And then there is the blush. I know Gold Rush has been discontinued. But I am so close to finishing out the pan. In the proto you see where the grid is? That is the bottom of the pan. I can’t get any product from that section. There is only a little product in the left hand side. I don’t know why that excites me so much, but I very much want to finish out the blush. I do love Benefit blushes so it isn’t a hardship to use them and I have been using this as my weekend blush since it is discontinued, but I decided to use it today. I still need to figure out if there is a new blush similar to this.

Today I used the Pink highlight (Oh Honey) from the Beauty Bakerie Palette. I usually go for the gold tones, but the gold in this one is just a little too bright for me. It works well on me in the summer when I have much more of a tan, but it is too bright for me once the tan fades. This pink is nice and soft though. I really like the way it has a softer glow rather than the I am highlight blinding streak.

I find this ABH powder somewhat amusing. I like it a lot although I do have the white translucent so it does tend to lighten my face a little bit. What amuses me is that it is a good enough powder that I don;t need a lot of it, yet it is by far the largest container of setting powder I own. I really enjoy it, but it will take me a while to work through it considering how little I use. Plus if i use only a little then it never looks powdery. In winter if I go too heavy with the powder then my skin looks powdery and dry. Even though I don’t have dry skin. To be honest I think that might be because it is less humid where I live in the winter than in the summer. Because I do notice that I just use less powder in the winter. Or maybe I sweat less. I don’t know and I am going to blame humidity even if it is my sweat. The point is only a little powder is needed.

I took out this Cargo Eyeshadow palette to use today. I really love the colors and I enjoy using it but because there are snowflakes on the cover it doesn’t occur to me to reach for it until the weather turns. While I went for the darker elements it does have some really soft shades that I love to play around with. I know I will play with it for a few times from now until January and then i will love for spring and avoid the snow flake covered palette, but i do like it and I felt like reaching for it today..

Today I decided to see how many coats it took before I went from this is an okay mascara to, hey I like my lashes. Seven coats. In case you are wondering. Also even though I just opened it a few weeks ago, it is almost empty. I may have another week with it, but it is almost empty. And yes part of it is the extra coats to make it look how I want. it is just not my favorite mascara.

Today I put the ABH Matte lip on. I love the lipstick but after i applied it I wasn’t feeling matte today so i added the Rimmel gloss over it. I picked it up on impulse at the store and then I forgot about it. I really like this Rimmel lip gloss though. I may have to give it a more thorough trial. It is glossy but not sticky at all. Rather nice actually.

And that my darlings is me today. And yes I just realized i once again forgot the eyebrows. When I clean up this weekend I will make sure to leave a brow product out to jar my memory. My bags were too long for so long i got out of the habit. Now of course I wacked them off too short, but that will be remedied in time. For now however it is back to work. Have a great day my darlings.

The Daily: November 8th, 2022

This is my one and only political comment. I don’t care who you are or what your politics are. I don’t care if you agree with my politics or not. Every person deserves to have their opinion count. The only way your opinion counts is if you vote. So if you can, get out there and vote. I know it can be a pain to get to. My poling place is well off my normal beaten track. I know you are busy. But this is important. Make the time and do it. You deserve to have your opinion count, no matter what that opinion is. So no excuses. Go and vote.

Hopefully that was not too painful for you. And I promise, that is all the political talk.

Today is election day so there are actually more people moving about near me than usual. I know several of my neighbors were given a bit of time off to go and vote. As the polls didn’t open this morning until 8 am and almost everyone leaves the neighborhood between seven and seven thirty in the morning it was like the entire neighborhood slept in. I actually did early voting at the library as it is easier to time when they are not busy since i work from home. My babydoll has been running such a crazy schedule that he missed early voting and had to go this morning. Since actual voting is at a school with a very small parking lot I drove him, dropped him off to go through the line and picked up a few things at the pharmacy before circling back to pick him up. There are just far too many people trying to park in a very small lot.

But now we have both done our civic duty and knocked one errand off the to do list. So that was nice.

It did throw my schedule off a little bit today. In reality it wasn’t a lot of time but somehow I have found that a little bit of off in my schedule can sometimes throw me more off balance than if a big chunk is taken out. Maybe it is because if I have a chunk taken out I automatically start mentally rescheduling things but if it is only a little bit of time I always thing, oh I can make that up easy. So there is no real rescheduling just a wondering of why everything seems to take so long.

And so today feels like everything took just a little bit longer. But I’m not really too far behind.

The rain has stopped and the temperature dropped, but the park is still flooded from the rain, so no walking today. there was an indoor workout. I like the indoor stuff because those exercises are always good for strength, but i really miss the calorie burn of the walking. But I am not wading in knee deep creek water to do it. So, indoor workouts today it is. Especially since flooding in the park brings up mold, mold brings up my allergies and then I can’t really breath very well which is not good for exercise.

I want to walk today, but my lungs will actually thank me not to try. Somedays it simply is what it is. But I still have my fingers crossed for a retreat of the flood tomorrow.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Milk Makeup Cream Bronzer

Blush: Julep Pore Minimizing Blush in Your Happy Look

eyeshadow: Lime Crime Venus Immortal’s Palette

Mascara: They’re Real Magnet Mascara from Benefit Cosmetics

Lips: Maybelline Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid

The more I use this primer, the more I really like it. I’m never a huge fan of the luminizing primers but I really like the pore blurring of this primer. I also really like the way this primer sits under makeup. It has a slight stickiness to it (not mega gripping, but it is there) and I think it helps lock everything into place as well. It is the pore blurring I am most loving though.

this Yensa foundation is growing on me. I still like the BC formula better, but as the weather gets colder and I lean more into actual foundations rather than the lighter bb, and tinted moisturizers of summer, I am liking this more. The shade works well for me but it does have a slightly yellow cast. I corrected this by using a pink setting powder and it worked beautifully. And yes I am still using the last of my Becca Pink Haze setting powder. I really need to find a new setting powder since this is discontinued due to the brand closing shop, but I haven’t found a replacement yet so i am just using the last of it up before letting it go. If anyone has any pink setting powder suggestions let me know.)

Weirdly the Milk Makeup Bronzer did not work terribly well for me today. It kept blending out into nothing (and yes I applied all cream products before the powder even though I listed the powder first). Something about this bronzer and this foundation didn’t mesh. they didn’t really want to play together. I’m not sure why as I haven’t had issues with this bronzer before. I’ll keep playing with it and see if it is just a one off though.

I have not used this blush for a daily look for a while. i will use it on weekends because it is a good product. I believe it has been discontinued. Which is a shame because it is a really good blush. I am not sure why Julep no longer makes it, but they don’t. And I am pretty much down to pan on the one I have and so this is the final use for me. The link above will take you to their active makeup page. Their shadow sticks are absolutely fantastic if you are looking into the brand. In fact I haven’t had a product from them I didn’t like. And as it is rare that I use a blush down to pan, you can tell I really liked this blush. But it is no more and so this is it’s last use before parting. So long makeup of the past.

I like this palette and I am trying to use all of the shades in it, but it is not a fast palette to use. The shadows can be powdery so you need to tap the brush off, but there isn’t a lot of fall out once applied. It isn’t a palette that I would reach for to do a quick look before running out of the door though. Which is odd as the Venus exposed palette is one of my favorite “I have no time and need to dash on something before I leave” palette. I think that boils down to color selection. Plus I don’t think it is quite as powdery. I may use it tomorrow as a comparison. In the end I was pleased with how every thing turned out, bit this is not a palette to turn to when i am in a rush.

As for the Mascara, I love this formula. It always makes my lashes look fantastic with very little effort.

This is my first use of the Maybelline gloss and I have to say I love it. I have the shade Reef which is pinker than I usually go (I picked it up in a hurry at the store). even though it is more pink than usual for me I really like the way it looks. I think it helps that it is a sheer wash of color rather than an opaque one. But color aside, this gloss feels fantastic. It smells of coconut and tastes a little sweet, but it isn’t sticky and it is just a really comfortable gloss. I am definitely going to be looking at other shades of this formula. I am very pleased with this impulse buy.

and yes I know I really should have done my brows today but I forgot. My bangs were too long for a while so I got out of the habit. Now they are trimmed and I need to remember the brows. And I swear they were trimmed evenly but I went to bed with wet hair and they are just impossible today.

But my darlings that is me. And now, it is back to work as I have many files needing editing. I hop you have a fantastic day. And remember to go vote. It’s important.

The Daily: November 3rd, 2022

I know I hadn’t planned on posting a declutter series at the moment but I have to admit it felt good to go through some things. I hate having products I forget about and to be honest I really don’t like having this much makeup in my collection at one time. I like to be able to cycle through things a little more easily so that I can actually use everything I have in a timely manner.

Plus not having everything put away was driving me absolutely bonkers. i don’t need everything to be spotless, but i do need to know that there is a place to put everything. even if it doesn’t happen to be there at the moment. Also sorting through things inspired me and made me want to play a bit more with my makeup.

Truth be told I did go a little crazy with the eyeshadow today. I intended a quick and laid back look so i could indulge in a brighter lipstick but then i just got going. But I also got to see some of my old favorites in the drawer that I hadn’t seen in a while and forgot about because of the new.

And the drawer now closes. Somehow the fact that there was just a tiny gap where it wouldn’t close all of the way really bothered me. I could ignore the mess of the products laid out over the surface but that drawer…

But that is done.

And i feel better for it.

Even if it wasn’t the plan.

So today…pretty normal actually. Loads of editing. It will be pretty quiet until after thanksgiving though, at least it usually is. Then once everyone shakes off the turkey induced somnolence everyone seems to realize that with the upcoming time off everyone plans to take there is a very limited number of working days before the end of the year is neigh.

I personally will be very happy to see this year fade into the history books and I am perfectly happy to get so focused on work between celebrations that the last of this year slips by unnoticed and unremarked. It is however the calm before the storm right now. everything is just ticking by as it should.

My mom was measured for her new hand this week and a plaster mold was taken. They took one before as well so that her new hand will look almost exactly like the one she lost to cancer. In even better news she had a visit with the oncologist and she is now completely cancer free. She’ll still need the check ups but for now it is gone. All of it has been removed and she is once again cancer free. As excited as everyone is, this was her third bout with cancer this year so we are holding off on the celebration at the moment. She wants to celebrate when she gets the new hand instead of now. I think because it will take a few months and there will be a few more follow up check ups between now and then so she can be really assured that it is gone and not coming back.

Which makes sense.

So we are holding off official celebrations and cautiously optimistic while sighing heavily in relief.

But oh, how sweet that relief is.

It is very difficult to fight a disease. It is also very difficult to stand on the side lines and know that the only thing you can do is encourage someone you love while they fight a disease. While we should always support people going through something like cancer, if you have someone in your life who has family going through something like cancer, I encourage you to offer them a little support and encouragement as well. I will never minimize the effort it takes to fight a disease, but standing there forced to watch while being able to do absolutely nothing is not a comfortable situation either. I’ve had a lot of friends and loved ones I can lean on, but sometimes that is not always the case. If you can be there for someone like that I highly urge you to do so.

okay that is my serious moment. Let’s talk makeup shall we? I know I could use something lighter.

Today’s Look

Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No more Luminizer Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Milk Makeup Cream Bronzer Stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Blush

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Venus Immortals Palette

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara

Lips: Guerlain Velvet Matte Lipstick in Black Red

Today I decided to use the hair sticks I picked up from Shop Miss A. I really like them and will be getting more soon as I need to replace some very worn ones. I put a close up picture of these below in case you want to see what they look like up close. I know me wearing them doesn’t show you much.

We will start with the primer. I found this still sealed in my makeup drawer and realized I had never tried it out. I have no reason why other than I think it came in with three other primers from subscription boxes and it was just shunted to the side. I like Dr. Brandt skincare actually and the pores no more line specifically. This primer has a skincare line scent to it, very fresh and clean. It has a slight tint and I was very impressed with the pore blurring it did and hope that the skin care element will keep it from becoming pore clogging. It is a bit luminating as well and would probably work well under a more matte finish foundation or aid in creating a dewy look. While I am no longer going for straight up matte there is a limit to how dewy I will go. this doesn’t take me over the edge.

I did pair it was a foundation that does have a little luminosity to it, and if still worked well for me. I could tell you the trial was intentional but really, I love this foundation and when it came out after my declutter I just couldn’t resist wearing it. I know I wanted to lean more into the foundations that are almost empty so that I can clear them out, but this is one of my favorite foundations. So today, I used it.

The Milk Makeup bronzer is nice. I went a little heavy with it today. More so than i intended actually. It needs to be warmed up by your hand before being applied if you want a smooth application. I had it in my hand an was ready to apply when the phone rang. I kept it in my hands and played with it during the phone call and after I applied it. The warmer it gets the more product applies, so if you have warmed it up, go light. It did blend out really well although i feel one cheek has a darker line than the other.

the Dominique cosmetics cream blush also needs to warm up before application. even if you are using a makeup sponge to apply it I recommend running your finger over the surface to get it warm first. I used both my finger and the makeup sponge. I took the product from the pan with my finger to my cheek and then used the sponge to blend it out. It blends beautifully and i love this color for my skin tone. I am using the Natural Rose by the way.

I ordered this Lime Crime Palette before I went home and it did arrive before I left. I only got to use it once though before I left and then it got buried. I wanted this palette since I saw it and it didn’t disappoint. I enjoy Lime Crime’s shadow formula. The brushes need one tap to prevent fall out. the pigmentation is rich but not over the top. Sometimes I find the more highly pigmented shadows to be a bit much for me to control. I prefer formulas that are buildable. These shades are rich but they are not so pigmented that I feel out of control. The silver does tend to have more fall out than the other shades but it isn’t much. it also seems to occur during the first application phase. Thus far I haven’t notice any drifting throughout the day and I’ve had the shadow on for several hours now. I’ll continue to watch it, but it seems to be working well. I did go a little heavier than I intended. I tried one shadows and then went ‘Oh lets try this. And then I kept going. I think I used six out of the eight pans. Which is not my normal application. But I was in the mood to play so I did.

I initially chose the muted tones because I wanted to use my Guerlain lipstick. I love the color and adore the formula but I like to pair deep lipsticks with lighter shadows and deeper shadows with neutral lips. The eyes went a bit more than anticipated but I still used the lip. I love this formula. It is the most expensive lip product I own which is why I don’t have multiple shades of this formula. However i will use this up until it is a nub and then break out a lipstick brush to use the last remnants of that nub. And then I will purchase a replacement for the refillable container. At some point I might pick up a second one in a more neutral color/ If I do I will have a hard time not just alternating between the two lipsticks. It is just that good.

This formula is extremely comfortable to wear, dries down just enough not to leave lip prints everywhere (it still leaves a little trace since it is a bullet lipstick that doesn’t dry down all the way), and it lasts all day. it has a 16 hour wear time listed. I haven’t ever worn it for 16 hours straight but i plan to do a wear test and given that I don’t need touch ups in an 8 hour work day I expect it will perform well. And now that I have waxed poetic about my lipstick I will head back to my editing and leave you to get on with the rest of your day. I hope you have a fantastic one, you deserve it.


The Daily: October 24th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I spent most of it sorting through clothing. The summer clothes were taken out of the closet and those that remained in good enough condition to see another summer were folded up and put away for the return of the sun while those that did not survive were repurposed or discarded depending.

This year was really rough on the clothes. While there were some days where I couldn’t walk at all this summer, I did try to vary my walk time to avoid the full heat of the sun. Yet even walking in the mornings and early evenings took their toll.

After my first summer actively trying to lose weight I realized that was going to happen, and because of that I tend to pick up the packs of Hanes t-shirts to wear on my walks. They are inexpensive and usually durable. There does come a point though where no matter how well you wash them, they are going to look too dingy for use. There is only so many times you can wash the sweaty salt stains out before the material gives up the ghost.

And this year, was the final year for most of mine. In the sprung I will be picking up a new pack of them. I know it isn’t very fashion conscious of me, but I tend to get them a little over sized so I can get a little air movement in the hottest parts of the summer. I would rather look like I am wearing a bit of a tent if it brings a little heat relief than look fabulous while passing out from heat exhaustion.

It’s a choice.

but one i won’t have to make until next spring. It is still warmer than it should be at this time of year, but the summer’s heat has definitely broken. For that I am very happy. I am also happy to have my fall and winter wardrobe finally out of it’s summer storage as well. I even started looking on line at dresses for New Year’s Eve. Even if we do something quiet at home I really like to pick out something nice to see the new year in. I went on XPlusWear and I am in love with several of their dresses. I also like they are in my size. While the more form fitting ones aren’t really my style some of the classic silhouettes are just stunning. I’m trying to decide between a silver and white one or a classic black dress. (Honestly I may end up with both because the prices are good and they have my size. They have a huge sale going on now.)

I have some fabulous heels I picked up for New Years and both would go well with them. Somehow I always end up picking up the heels first and then dragging my feet on the dresses. I’ve had a few at home new years where I put on the heels and pair them with fuzzy pajama pants because I didn’t manage to find a dress. I’ll admit that always tickles me, but this year I am going to try for the full ensemble as well as the pre new years at home spa day.

Today’s Look

Primer: Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow

Foundation: Beauty Blender Bounce Liquid Whip Foundation

Blush/Bronzer/Highlight: RealHer Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio

Eyeshadow: Coraline palette from Makeup Revolution

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet mascara

Lips: Patrick Ta’s She’s Expensive Lip Gloss

Today I went with the Yensa primer because I like it and it works well for me. It is a classic and a toner I reach for a lot. It has a little bit of a glow to it but it isn’t too brightening. It does go really well under matte foundations though. It also feels really good on the skin.

When I was cleaning things out I found three sample foundation packs so i will be using them and trying to decide if i want to pick them up. I think they came from Sephora orders. Today’s sample was Bounce from Beauty Blender. I remember seeing this when it came out and how it had the dip in the side of the bottle for dispensing the product and then using it so you didn’t have to put it on your hands. I remember thinking that would get really messy really fast and then not thinking about this foundation at all. So this was my first use of it. I went with the shade 3.25 and I have to say i really like the feel of this foundation. It blended well over the skin and looks really good. It did sink into the fine lines around the corner of my mouth, but I think with a more porefilling primer it may not do that as much or as fast. I still have product in the blister pack so I may use that tomorrow with a pore filling primer and test it out. I may have to blend two shades but since I am testing the formula that is fine. This shade though is really good for me. If i can get it not to sink into fine lines I will definitely be ordering a bottle.

Today I went with the Real Her Cheek Trio. I love this palette but it is definitely more of a summer wear product. It is a great light and natural look that goes better with my bb creams for summer wear. I think it may have to be shuffled back to the summer section after today. I love the products, but this just isn’t their season.

I couldn’t resist the Coraline Palette. The blacks and purples and deep blues just spoke to me. Plus I am trying to push myself a little out of my neutral comfort zone. It is just easier to apply neutrals quickly. Colors, especially deep ones I have to think about a bit. I don’t think well first thing in the morning so I usually go for the neutrals. Today I took the time with the purples and blacks. Personally I think it turned out okay. The black was a little streaky when applied but it blended well enough. I really like this palette actually. And it is a small nine pan palette so I don’t mind keeping colors I don’t usually reach for as it is smaller. Which sounds strange, but i do tend to like the smaller palettes with a solid color story. The shadows are a little powdery, but they are workable. I tapped my brush but didn’t have a lot of fall out. And it is an $8 palette so I am more inclined to give it a little wiggle room. Or at least more than a more expensive palette would get. Just remember after applying to use a separate clean blending brush to blend out the streaky bits.

This is one of my favorite lengthening mascaras and one I will reach for and repurchase a lot. With Benefit Mascaras, I do prefer Bad Gal Bang because it has the volume I like, but as far as lengthening goes, this is really nice. Those two will always be my favorite Benefit Cosmetics products.

And finally we wrap up with Patrick Ta’s Lip gloss. It is high shine I will give it that. it isn’t sticky at all. It smells and tastes of nothing, which is fine. It feels a little slimy on the lips. It looks great, but i think in general it is just a good lip gloss. I seem to find that Patrick Ta’s products are solidly good but nothing that I get excited about. I found the same thing with the mascara and the blush. Both are solidly good products but they ride that middle line where they aren’t cravable but they aren’t bad. They are solidly good and often forgettable.

And that my darlings is me today. To be honest it was more about playing with eyeshadow and testing out a foundation sample than anything else. Right now I am loving the foundation and pleased with how my dabbling with color turned out. So all in all, I am happy a I go into the rest of the afternoon. I hope you have a great rest of Monday.



The Daily: October 12th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Yesterday, I might have overdone it on the walks. The weather was just so beautiful and I had the fear of the scale in me. I can’t lie, I went to bed a little footsore. I do feel validated today though as the sky is gray and low and rain is predicted to start tonight and run for a couple of days.

It makes me feel like i planned ahead instead of going crazy for the nice weather like a prisoner suddenly let loose. Yesterday was just one of those perfect walking days and I am now glad I took advantage of it.

And to be fair the rain is a good excuse to restart my indoor workouts up again. Which i know I need to do. I just don’t enjoy it as much as I do walking so I tend to let it slide in favor of walks when I can.

There is nothing like external factors making you do something you know you should have been doing anyway. But before the afternoon indoor workout begins and the makeup comes off, let’s take a look at the makeup I put on today.

Today’s Look

Primer: Maybelline Perfecter 4-in-1 Glow

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Setting Powder: By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

Eyeshadow: AOA Neptune Quad from the Orbit Line

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lipstick: NARS Shanghai Express Matte

Earrings: Shop Miss A earrings 3 pair bear stud and hoop set (this is the bear in green)

I am going to be trying different foundations with the Maybelline perfecter to see how it performs. I don’t think it will ever give me enough coverage to be considered even a light coverage product even though it says you can use it on it’s own. It does make a pretty good primer however. It is a bit glowy which as it is literally called a 4-in-1 Glow shouldn’t be a surprise. It did maintain the glow under the revolution Fast base foundation stick. It isn’t pore filling, but it does some burring which I like. It is is also really light weight which i love. At the moment I am very glad I picked it up to add to my collection. We’ll see how that remains as I continue to mix and match it with products. I will say though that when purchasing, I had better luck matching my shade to the chart in front of the products than I did to the product in the container. I was nervous that this was too dark looking at the actual bottle even though it seemed to be my shade. (I have 1.5 Light Medium). So my advice is to match to the swatch rather than what appears to be in the bottle. That is what i did and it seems to have matched me well.

While I am testing out different foundations with the Maybelline I never really need an excuse to pick up the Fast Base Foundation Stick. I love this formula and I have repurchased it repeatedly over the years. I originally purchased it because I wanted a foundation that wouldn’t leak when traveling and I thought a stick would work. It does, but the formula puts it in my top three foundations. It actually beat out some pricier ones to make the cut. It also helps that this shade just works for me most of the year so I don’t need multiple shades. I have F11 in the mid summer when my tan is the darkest, i need to use a little bronzer to darken it slightly and in the whitest of my depths of winter skin I only need to lighten it with a little setting powder. I am about halfway through this tube but it is a product I will always reorder when i start to run out.

Since I do have half a tube left I didn’t reorder it in my recent Revolution order. I should have a package coming from them later today actually. I ordered the Coraline Palette. The colors just looked fantastic and I just couldn’t resist. Of course I ordered it and then a few days later I saw that the Beetlejuice line has now been restocked. (it was out when I ordered). So there may be a future order. For now though I am looking forward to the Coraline Palette. It has been a while since i have ordered any of their eyeshadows actually. But that is for the future. Moving on…

I went with the ABH bronzer today mostly because it is a highly pigmented bronzer. I like it, but it is a very bold bronze. It does blend out nicely with my normal makeup tools. I am testing out the AOA brushes at the moment and I wanted to see how they handled blending out a more pigmented bronzer. with the light look I used yesterday it wasn’t much effort. I was pleased with how well they worked today. Some brushes aren’t substantial enough for highly pigmented products. This worked today. and I love the tones of this bronzer. It just requires either a light hand or a good blending brush.

Today I use the Benefit Gold Rush Blush. I strongly suspect that it has been discontinued. It has been out of stock for a long time (since the new blush releases actually, which makes sense). so the above link will just take you to the blush page for benefit Cosmetics. I really like their blushes. This was one of my favorites and I have actually hit pan on it. I am going to try to finish it up before the end of the year. I want to try out some of the new ones or possibly go for a blush palette from them (because i like their formulas) but i want to use this up before i allow myself to purchase it. I was hoping to have it done by the time the holiday kits came out, but I got distracted. I was hoping to order the new blush(s) when I picked out the holiday kit i wanted this year (I tend to pick up one each year. well one for me, I tend to order several and then give them as gifts, but I usually end up adding whichever one features the Bad Gal Bang Mascara to the order for myself.) Looking for Gold Rush to see if it was actually discontinued or not I found the Holiday Kits and Advent Calendars are already out. (they look great by the way). So now my goal is to finish out this blush by the end of the year.

My setting powder today was the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder and honestly I was blown away by how well it worked and felt against the skin. It dimmed the shine from greasy to glow without looking powdery and it feels great against the skin. I know I sound surprised it works so well when there are loads of people who rave about the brand, but prior to this the only thing I tried from the brand was the rose lip gloss. It is intensely rose scented feels amazing on the lips and leaves them wonderfully healthy looking but tastes like you are sucking on a perfume bottle. And while you shouldn’t really judge makeup on taste, with lip products it is hard not to. It was a product i loved and hated all at the same time. This powder, I just love. It sets beautifully without looking powdery.

all four shades in the quad were used but the two silvers blended together in the middle. The lighter silver shade looks whitish/pinkish in the pan if you are looking at the palette

I had an interesting time with the AOA palette today. I recently picked up all four of the Orbit Quads from AOA (as each was only $1 it isn’t as decadent as it sounds). Yesterday I used mercury which was super easy to use and blended like a dream. Today was Neptune’s chance on the lids. I don’t like it as much. I think part of it was first use dislike though. The silvery shades I had to work with the brush to get it loose enough to go on the brush. I don’t know if it was pressed hard, or a quality of the metallic silver. It might have been an over spray. After I played with it a bit i did get it to apply well.

the quad. Once past the top pressed layer things got a bit messy

This quad has three shimmers and one Matte. I think all four of them are set up that way. While I didn’t feel I needed a second matte with the Mercury palette, here I felt like an additional matte would have been a good idea. Especially as the two silvers are virtually indistinguishable once on the eye lid. there was also more fall out this time (there was none from yesterday’s palette). but again, that could just be the silver. I will continue through the quads and see how the other two perform and then do a wrap up with all four. But at this point I don’t like Neptune as much as I like Mercury.

Every time i reach for the Patrick Ta Major Volume I feel like it is misnamed. It gives great length but it isn’t really great on volume. It is a comfortable mascara to wear on a daily basis, but it is more a lengthening than a volumizing product.

And finally today I use the NARS Lipstick. It has been a while since I used a traditional lipstick from NARS. The color and quality was always there but they were a little drying. This NARS Lipstick is a revamp. The same classic colors but a new formula. This one came in Boxy and it is fantastic. the fab color is there but the dryness is gone from the formula. It is amazingly comfortable to wear. The trade off is that it will transfer. It never dries down completely. So there will be some lip prints However the prints lighten and disappear as you wear the lipstick throughout the day, but the color remains on your lips. I love a good red lip and this is just fantastic.

And so my darlings, that is me today. I know i blathered on a bit more than usual but what can I say, there was a lot to talk about. Hopefully I didn’t lose you before the lipstick. But alas it is back to work for me now. Have a great rest of the day.

The Daily: September 21st, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today is a day filled with last minute things. I am spending it wrapping up the last of my contracts that need to be done before I leave for my Mom’s house. Tomorrow I’ll do a last minute tidy before I begin my packing.

I have no expectations of it staying tidy while I am gone, but i will feel better if I leave the house clean. And so I thought today you might like to see what makeup I am taking with me. As I will only be using the makeup I take with me while I am gone, there won’t be any daily posts until I return (there will be regular reviews up). So I thought it would be nice to share what I am going to be using for the next two weeks.

I am actually taking a train case (mostly because I wanted to put my skincare and makeup in one easy to use case). Also since I will be going for two weeks instead of just for a holiday I am taking more full sized products rather than the travel and sample sizes that I usually travel with.

The train case is an old Caboodles one. I’ve had it for years and it does look a little rough around the edges from travel and there are stains inside. What I do like about it is that the case is easy to wipe down. There are actually far fewer stains than there could have been, I’ve just had this for nearly a decade and it has seen a lot of use. It is a well travelled case. Plus for the first two years it was where I kept all of my makeup. In addition to wipeable interior, this one also has metal corners which has also kept it going for a long time. The link will take you to the Caboodles site (Mine is the Medium train case) if you are interested.

But as with most things it is what is inside that counts. While i will go through the skincare tomorrow let’s take a look at the makeup now.

Primer: Tatcha The Silk Primer

Foundation: Yensa Skin on Skin BC Foundation

Powder/Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: Pur 4-in-1 perfecting powder palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Eyeshadow: Naked Honey Palette from Urban Decay and Viseart Petit Pro Deux

Mascaras: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag and Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Lips: Guerlain Velvet Longwear lip in Black Red, MAC Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath, So Juicy Plumping Gloss from Colourpop, Stay Glossy Lip Gloss from Rimmel London and Yensa Super 8 lip oil.

First I chose the Tatcha primer because it is my favorite. I know it will work and it is easy to use. While there are many primers that I really enjoy this one is my long term favorite and the one I will always repurchase. It blurs pores beautifully and works well both with my skin and under pretty much any product I pair it with. And when traveling a primer that isn’t going to cause problems is for the best. This isn’t the time to try something new.

The Yensa Foundation is also one of my top foundations. The BC foundation is just so beautiful on the skin. I tlooklike my skin but better. Even though I rotate through foundations, I have managed to use up an entire Yensa BC foundation this year. This is actually my second one of the year and I have enough product to get me through the two weeks and maybe a little to spare in this second one. I have already ordered a replacement, which should arrive while I am gone so I will have a fresh one ready for me when I return.

The Pur palette I am taking with me because it is an easy face palette to use and will travel well. I tend to travel with it a lot, mostly because it is a hard plastic case and won’t break but also because it is just easy. Pur is one of those hit or miss brands for me. There aren’t a lot of products I like from them but this palette I really do love using. For me it is one of their few hits.

The Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette I adore. It has all of the browns and golds and bronzes that ,my little heart loves to use. and the shadows work well. For me it is a fantastic everyday palette. I added the Viseart petite palette because it has some fabulously pigmented shades that are easy to work with and I thought that at some point I might want to take a break form the browns and having a few colors on hand might be a good idea.

I am taking two mascaras with me as well. The ABH Lash Brag which is very volumizing and the Benefit They’re Real Magnet which is extremely lengthening. They work well together and alone and are in my list of top mascaras. This Lash Brag has been open long enough that both product wise and time wise it won’t be coming back from this trip. I only keep mascaras a max of six months and this is nearing that time limit. the tube is also starting to feel close to empty. So I will take it and finish it up. The Benefit is new and has yet to be opened. And yes I do have a replacement ABH waiting to be opened when I return.

The brows I don’t want to think about so I am using the stencil and pomade from iMethod Beauty. While the stencils will remain in my makeup kit, I think I will run out of brow pomade during this trip or very soon after. while the stencils are fabulous the pomade is good mostly because it is the right shade for me. I may or may not replace the pomade with the iMethod pomade but I remain in love with these stencils.

And now the lips. You knew I wasn’t going to choose just one lipstick didn’t you. And In all fairness I should confess that there is a lip scrub and my Tatcha Kissu lip mask already in with my skincare. But I did think about my lip products. There is the lip plumping gloss. The Rimmel lip gloss has just a light shade that is just my lips but better. The MAC is my go to neutral. I almost always travel with a lip oil and the Yensa Super 8 is my favorite. This one is half way empty already. I have lost count of how many times I have repurchased it. And for a bold lip I am bringing the Guerlain lipstick.. Plus that is in a reusable case with a mirror which is always handy.

Of course my baby doll pointed out that it is heavy enough that it could also be used for self defense if needed. The case is a substantial and reusable metal case. It is quite fabulous and to be fair it is somewhat heavy. Not that I plan to throw it at anyone.

And so my darlings, these are the products I have chosen to take with me for my two weeks at my mother’s house. I think they pretty much cover any contingency that I might face. Into the train case it will go, along with the skincare (packed last minute). This is the makeup I will be wearing for the next two weeks and quite honestly I am very pleased with my selections. But now it is back to work for the final push to clear off the desk before I go. Have a great afternoon everyone.

The Daily: September 13th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Have you ever had one of those days where everything was just pleasant. I woke up this morning and the temps were in the low sixties with mostly sunny skies. I went on a walk and it was just lovely. They sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot. The humidity was low enough not to really be a major factor.

People walking dogs no longer looked as though they were punishing their fur coated friends by forcing them outside. Anything that was flowering or fruiting no longer is so the pollen count is lower than it has been since January.

I went on a long walk this morning and I can’t lie, I will be calling an end to my work day early to go on another long walk later this afternoon. I know tomorrow I will pay for it as I try to play catch up but we haven’t had a day this nice in a while and I am going to take advantage of it. I will just commit to getting up early and working late tomorrow.

Today needs to be enjoyed.

It also helps that my phone hasn’t rung once all day. As every time it rings it brings even more family drama or work freak outs, I am relieved by the silence. I’m sure I’ll pay for that too later, but honestly I need a bit of a break. Or even just someone to call with good news instead of more worry. That would be nice. For now I am just taking the silence and the pleasant weather as an excuse to walk in the sun and clear out some of the cobwebs.

Don’t worry, I’ll wear sunscreen. At the moment I am still using the Beekman 1802 Milk Primer Sunscreen. I like it but it is slightly greasy. This morning I pit it on and then put a slight dusting of powder on over it which made me feel better. And as it wasn’t super hot I didn’t seat and turn it into paste. It is a nice sunscreen and things do layer well over it, which is nice. because it needs something over it. Speaking of things being put on my face…

(I know, subtle transition, no?)

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: One Size Turn Up the Base Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia Peach Blush

Highlight: Jecca Blac Glow Drops

Eyeshadow: Lawless Beauty The Baby One Palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Lips: Colourpop Lipstick in Band T

Setting Spray: Huda Beauty Glow Coco Spray

the almost out elf

I know some of you are thinking, again with the Elf primer. I know, I do try to change them up a bit. But I am almost out of this primer so it will be around until I use it up. Which won’t actually take long. And yes I do have another one waiting in the wings. It is simply one of those primers I don’t like to run out of . So rather than keeping this almost completely empty one around longer while I rotate through I am going to just use this until it is gone.

Plus it works really well with this foundation. Today I didn’t really want to spend a lot of time on my makeup and this was a great foundation to use quickly. It went on quickly and easily and as long as I have a pore filing primer underneath, it works well with my skin. without the primer it shows the texture. With, it is fabulous. At least thus far anyway.

The bamboo bronzer was still out so that is the one I used. I like it so i don’t mind. I like the quick and easy application of the benefit blush and now that I am used to using the stencils for my brows I am quicker with the stencils than I am with the brow pencil so I had no problem using it. I also like that my brows actually match each other. Brow matching is not my strong suit so I am happy to use the stencil cheat sheet.

Lawless is turning out to be a pretty good formula of eyeshadow. I like the way the mattes blend with each other without being muddy. they aren’t super pigmented which I really do like. The more I use the palette the more powdery the shadows seem though. I always tap the brush off before application so i haven’t had any problems with matte fall out on the face, but the inside of the palette is already a mess and I’ve only used it three times. The gold shimmer was used today and I used a dry brush with it. It applied well with a dry brush but there was a tendency to slip down the inside of the eye. I will be trying this with both a wet brush application and an eyelid primer as I test the palette to see if it can be reduced. it isn’t much of a slide but i would like to limit it.

with my lips today I went with a colourpop lipstick. this is the traditional bullet style. I really like the formula. I think this shade may be a little too neutral for me, but I think it might also be that I have been leaning into bold reds and mauves recently so it may seem a bit on the to neutral side. It is a really good formula and not that expensive. I always seem to order one shade off of the one I want though. I am not sure if that is me or if it is just the colors on my computer monitor. I may have to compare the products I have and how they look on me to the swatches on the screen and see if I can get my ordering right. I do like though that this lippie has the light scent of vanilla to it. It makes it a little more pleasant to wear.

And with the Huda Beauty I had fewer gloppy bits of spray today. I think it was just a first use kind of plop of liquid. The mist came out in a really fine spray today. We’ll see hw future uses cause it to react. It seems to be an okay setting spray, but it is a bit wet in general. Or at least wetter than I am used to with setting sprays.

And that is it for me. I am going to concentrate on knocking out the last of what has to get done today and then i am going to take myself on a really long walk to enjoy the sun, the cool breeze and pleasant temps. I will breathe deeply of air no longer chock a block full of allergens and I will give my brain some much needed down time.

The Elemis offer below ends on the 15th if you are interested in it. And ELEMIS just released their Advent Calendar. It contains 25 of their bestselling products and has a value of $732. It is well worth looking into. So many of my favorite skincare products come from Elemis and a lot of them are in this calendar. And it is the time of year where I always stock up on the Frangipane Scented products. To me that is just the entre into the holidays scent and so much fun to indulge in.

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The Daily: August 29th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I feel a bit more centered after the weekend. On Thursday and Friday I did major shuffling and spent large chunks of Saturday coming up with a new schedule. And now I have a plan. I am still waiting for an exact date for travel, but there is a plan in place.

I know that sounds strange but as long as I have a plan, I am okay. It doesn’t have to be a set in stone plan, I am okay if parts of it need to be adapted to meet real world situations, but I need some sort of plan in my head to keep myself balanced.

It is sort of my mental security blanket.

And now I have it in place. I did also get some down time on Sunday which helped. I think that part of everything has been the constant running from one crisis to another this year. 2022 has been quite the year for the family. With luck after this things will at least calm down a little while recovery is taking place.

At this point I am hoping for a quiet October. As that is also when the weather will break and the outside world becomes lovely to move through again, I am very much looking forward to a glorious October.

At least that is what I am telling myself. As October is usually natural disaster free, I have high hopes.

This morning I went on a lovely walk before the weather got too warm. It wasn’t as nice as last week. Last week morning walks were taken in 68 degree temps with 80% humidity. Today the humidity remains around 80% but the temps were about 78 instead. So there was a lot of sweat and a shower, but the physical exercise made me feel better.

The trick will be remembering to do indoor exercises this afternoon when i need a break and not trying my luck with an afternoon walk. That is always the trick. Because mid afternoon is when I need a mental break from whatever I am working on as well as a good leg stretch and a walk really helps with both of those. It is just the wrong time of year.

And actually if any of you reading this are thinking about getting active, whether it is for weight loss or mental health or any other reason, I highly suggest walking. It is absolutely amazing hpow much better everything feels after a little walk. Even if it is just a circle around the neighborhood or a little way down the street where you turn around and come back. It is good physically just to get you moving, but more than that, it is a mental break. It let’s you clear your mind and gives you a little space to organize your thoughts. It helps in so many ways.

And I know that some of you love the gym and the treadmill, but there is something about a walk outdoors that just really helps the mind in different ways than the gym does. maybe it is the external stimulus of the world instead of the organized gym space, or just the fresh air. Maybe it is the relatively slow pace of a walk versus the treadmill. It is different and I advise everyone to give it a try.

Just not in the midafternoon when the heat and humidity are brutal. That I don’t think anyone would advise. So this afternoon I will make do with a bit of yoga.

Today’s Look

Primer: Touch in Soul No Poreblem Primer

Foundation: Cool AF Lava Water Foundation from Pretty Vulgar

Bronzer: Kim Chi Beauty Thailor Bronzer

Blush: Georgia By Benefit Cosmetics

Highlight: St. Luxe Liquid Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold

Setting Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Bellapierre Peach Blossom Palette

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lipstick: The Balm Meet Matte Hughes in Honest

Today was an interesting makeup day for me. I had the Touch in Sol primer out, which I love so i went ahead and used it. It is a good light weight primer and it has been a standard for a long time. I actually need to finish out this bottle as it is getting kind of low and I want it use it before it runs out.

Thinking of products that I need to use up before they expire, I pulled out the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lave Water Foundation. Yeah… There isn’t that much left in the bottle and I fear it is past it’s expiration date. It felt okay when I applied it. The scent was stronger than I remembered and smelled a little more like paint than it ever has before. Still I thought it would be okay. I took my pictures and about ten minutes later, I started feeling a little itchy. Which has never happened with this foundation. While I was hoping to use the last of it before it expired, I think I may have missed the mark. I washed my face and am now sans makeup. I do really like the Pretty Vulgar Lava Water Foundation. It is light weight and looks good on the skin. I would have lover to finish the bottle, but alas the remnants will be going into the trash. I will be repurchasing it, but I just didn’t use it fast enough. I am trying to whittle down the products I have, foundation wise, so I can only keep a few on hand that I can rotate more quickly through.

I always feel really bad when a product expires before I can use it up. Especially when it is a good product. But we must press on.

The Kim Chi Bronzer was nice today. I dipped lightly in the pan and went delicately on the skin with it. It is a very pigmented product but it blends beautifully. I just need to remember to be delicate and all is well.

The benefit blush in Georgia is much less pigmented so I had to be less careful with it. I really like the lighter blush with the bronzer. Maybe it is because I have to be so careful with the darker bronzer that I like the relative abandon of the lighter blush. I have to be more careful in the winter with this blush as it is more of a winter shade for me, but I love the formula of Benefit blushes so I never mind reaching for them.

With the St. Luxe Highlighter I am still trying to get a handle on it. I love the color and for a moment when i apply it, there is a soft warm glow to the skin. It blends in beautifully. And looks good. Ten minutes later the golden glow I liked is almost gone. I am still trying to figure out if it disappears as it dries down or if I am just using too light a hand when applying it. I will have to play around with it some more.

The Milk Makeup Rise mascara is fantastic. This is my first use of it and I am already regretting the sample size is so small. I got amazing lengths with just one swipe. I will be using this until the small tube is empty (because it is such a small sample size) but it won’t be a hardship and I can already tell this is going on my list of products to purchase in the full size.

There are two other new products today. Both I had reservations about because of the colors but both were products I wanted to try. The first is the Bellapierre Peach Blossom Palette.

I’ll be honest, I saw it and wasn’t too enthused. It has one matte and three shimmers and the one matte looked really coral in the pan. Admittedly so did the lipstick, so this week I decided to go coral. Coral is not really my thing.

I was pleasantly surprised by both actually. I have never tried a bellapierre eyeshadow. Many other products yes, but not the shadow. It came off as a deeper pinkish shade than I was expecting. And which I found much mote pleasant. It is not a deeply pigmented shadow but it applies well and blends okay. There is a line between the matte and the shimmer where they met but I am okay with that. Since there is one matte and three shimmers, this week it is going to be the matte paired with each shimmer for the day. This was the first one. Neither shade is all that special, but it is a simple slim hard plastic cased palette which, if it works out could be good for a weekend trip. We shall see how I feel by the end of the week.

The Balm lipstick was also very coral in color. It wasn’t as bad as I feared. I applied and then blotted and found I could live with the color. Admittedly I didn’t have to live with it for the full day, due to the foundation snafu. so I can’t tell how it wears throughout the day, but it applied well and dried down fairly quickly. It didn’t feel all that drying on the lips, but admittedly I wore it less than an hour, so a longer wear time is needed for determination. But it was a promising start. While I have used many The Balm products, I have never had one of their lip products, so even though the color isn’t a go to shade for me it is nice to test out their formula.

And that was more or less me. At least for the beginning of today. I am currently bared faced and will probably stay that way since it is just me at the desk. I may go for a face mask this afternoon. A detoxifying one actually, just incase any nastiness was left behind by the expired foundation. Let this be a warning to you all, check your expiration dates and don’t be afraid to let something go. Expired makeup is just not worth it. Although I will be repurchasing the Pretty Vulgar Foundation. I just can’t use this one any more.

The Daily: August 23rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It is another humid day, but the temperatures have actually dropped. My morning walk was extremely pleasant actually. 68 degrees. Admittedly with the 70% humidity, there was still a whole lot of sweating going on.

I have to say it feels fantastic to be getting back to normal now. The morning walk, the regular work day, the meal plan. I don’t like to think of myself as a routine driven person but I have to say there is comfort in getting back to it.

I suspect that part of the comfort is feeling better with routine exercise. I hated remembering to add exercise in every day when i started my weight loss journey, but now I just feel better when I move a little bit each day and miss it when I don’t. I’ll never become a hard core fitness fanatic or gym rat, but a little daily movement really helps me feel my best. I do wish there was a reliable swimming pool near me though. I used to love swimming as much as I love walking and wouldn;t mind getting back into that.

Even if that does mean I have to put on a swim suit. That’s been an event I have put off for several years now. But I think I might be able to embrace it now, as long as I can find a pool to use. Perhaps I will begin the search over the coming weekend. And if I start in the off time maybe I will be comfortable in my swim suit by the time the pool is packed next summer. Its a theory anyway. And something to explore.

not sure why there is a strange shadow on my chest

Today’s Look

Primer: Tatcha The Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Real Her Power Wear Probiotic Foundation

Bronzer: Kim Chi Thailor Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Golden Georgia Peach Blush

Powder: Kim Chi Puff Puff Pass Setting Powder

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil kit

Eyeshadow: Nomad Cosmetics Berlin Underground Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash mascara

Lips: ColourPop Lipstick in Evil Queen

I am still testing out the Real Her foundation, but at this point I’ve realized it looks a bit better with pore filling primer than with a brightening one, so I went for the Tatcha instead of trying to make a more brightening primer work. Personally I think it turned out pretty well, and lets face it I love this Tatcha primer. I’ve been debating between the solid balm and the liquid version and to be honest I like them both and wouldn’t mind having both around (and just might pick up both) but if I had to choose one I think I’d go with the balm version. I like it just a little bit better. Both are in my top products list though.

The Kim Chi Bronzer I am still getting the feel of. I think it might be a shade too dark for me but if I go in with a light hand I think I can make it work. It is a nice formula and highly pigmented so a light hand would be advised even if it were my perfect shade. I still adore the Kim Chi powder though. It is a really nicely milled product and I still adore the powder puff. That I will certainly pick up again.

The Benefit blush is nice and light. Just a bit of a pink on the cheeks. I think it works a little better on my in the winter, but i still like it.

I also tried out the shadow moon eyeshadow guard today

As for eyeshadow. Yes I know I am still technically testing out the OFRA but I went to reach for it this morning and just didn’t want to. so I looked in on my favorite palettes and realized it had been a while since I used it. With the new palettes coming in from subscription boxes sometimes I forget to reach for my favorites. And to be honest the gunmetal blue shade of East Side Gallery was just calling to me. I couldn’t resist. It does tend to shed powder so be sure to tap off the brush before using. I think I enjoyed it more because most of the palettes I have been trying out lately have been reddish tones and I just wanted something a little different.

i used the Stila mascara with it. I really like this mascara and will need to pick up a new tube again soon. It just performs beautifully, even if the name Huge Extreme Lash is a bit much. It works so I’ll over look it.

And then for lips I was feeling the red of the Evil Queen. I know Colourpop no longer has it for sale, but it is still for sale on the Disney store in the Evil Queen Collection. That’s the link I put above. I like this shade of red but it is slightly pinkish for me. I think i need a dark lip liner underneath or something. I really like the deep blue reds and this is just slightly missing the mark. But I love it and still use it. I just might be looking for a dark lip liner. Actually I think I have a wine-y shade of lip liner that might do well under this. maybe I will try that tomorrow. We shall see.

But for today, this is me. I’m rather pleased with the look and it actually feels really nice to use a favorite palette rather than a new one to test out. I like testing things, but sometimes, I just like reaching for my favorites. Or really just reaching for the shades that appeal to me for the day. especially when i am slightly bored with the palette I am testing.

But now it is back to work for me. Have a lovely rest of the day my darlings.