The Daily: March 7th, 2022

Good grief I desperately needed this weekend to make up for Friday my darlings. Apparently an automated control check flagged my site for violations. It took me most of the day to get to a person to look it over and decide the computer had been mistaken. the journey to find a person was somewhat perilous.

But I did, and all is better now.

Today’s work out was again a long stretch on the walking trail. The wind has picked up and you can practically feel the rain on the air, which was a good reminder to set up an indoor workout for tomorrow. And as the creeks are still running high, possibly for longer depending upon how much rain actually falls. In reality it could blow right past us and drop not a sprinkle, or the weather front could park itself for a week and flood the low lying areas again. At this time of year anything is possible.

If the weather holds off until later this afternoon then I am going to get my bicycle out of it’s winter storage and begin the process of getting it ready for the spring. I know I probably should have done it sooner, but I just didn’t get around to it. So out it will (hopefully) come today and the readying process will begin. And this year i will be remembering to wear a watch and use an extra layer of sunblock. Once that cool air starts washing past me I forget that the sun is still hot over head. And as I proved last year once I start riding my bike I forget that it is exercise and just enjoy the ride.

Good for burning calories, not so good the following morning when my thighs think that I am a monster. This year, I’m going to try to find a balance. So with a walk in and bike repair and the planning of an indoor workout, I think that I am hitting Monday pretty strong. let’s hope the rest of the week flows just as well.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Porefessional Primer from Benefit Cosmetics

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer Stick

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Translucent setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

Lid Primer: Moonlit Eyeshadow Primer

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa Mascara

Lips: Uoma Lip Liner in Angelou and Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Midnight

Today my darlings we are saying goodbye to the porefessional. It is one of my favorite go to primers, but alas the tube is now empty. It is on my to be repurchased list because I really love it. I have lost track of how many tubes of this I have gone through. The problem is I have other primers that i really need to work through. So I am going to be doing that. I want to clear away at least two more before i repurchase this. Mostly because I know as soon as I repurchase it I will want to use it. So I delay rebuying. But for now it is goodbye.

At the moment I am going through my foundations. And I know as I have been sorting them I seem to like all of the ones I have. The truth is that when I use a foundation i will wear it exclusively for a week. If i don’t like it in that week, then I general get rid of it. If it is interesting enough to play around with a little more I will keep it a little longer, but in general if I don’t like a foundation, it doesn’t stay. So I generally like all of the foundations I am going through It is mostly a recap and a decision as to what has outlived it’s time with me. This maybelline fit me is a really good drug store foundation. I have the shade 115 which suits my skin fine at this time of the year. It is a little light in the summer, but as I generally go for more BB creams and tinted moisturizers in the summer, that’s fine.

I like it but I have enough foundations I can wear in the summer that I don’t feel the need to double up on shades. It is very matte, so I probably should have put an illuminating primer under it. I just really wanted to use up the last of the Benefit cosmetics primer today. The big issue I have with this primer is the container. It has an open top and I always waste product when I dispense it. I have recently seen this foundation in a tube at Ulta so when I repurchase it I will be going for that instead. Hopefully the formula is the same. It is a great formula, I just waste product due to the open top. I do better with droppers and tubes to be honest. This foundation has very little product left and is sitting on the edge of expiration so I think that I am just going to go ahead and let it go. I will repurchase it though as it is a good drug store foundation, I’ll just puck up the tube instead of the bottle.

For the rest of my face I chose some favorites. I’m hoping to finish out this Ciate Powder this week. it is good and I already have another one in waiting. The Trestique is a long time favorite and the Illamasqua I like more with each use. It is simply a great formula.

I have to say I am actually liking the Huda beauty palette less with each use. Without the lid primer the shadows have a tendency to blend into nothing, except for the shimmers which just take over. With the lid primer, the shades are brighter but they don’t blend as well. Also the colors are somewhat misleading. I dipped into a brown shade and it turned out to be reddish. Which is fine, just not what I was expecting. The shimmers are stunning, I’m just not liking the mattes very much. Which is odd as I usually love Huda’s eyeshadow formula. There is just something about this palette that I am not a fan of.

I noticed I had purged several mascaras lately and used this as an excuse to pick up another tube of the Big Poppa from wet ‘n wild. It is a great mascara and I am a big fan. I picked up a tube as soon as it came out and used it to the last swipe. The issue with this mascara is that the timer really starts ticking once you open it. I try to let mascaras go at the six month mark (unless something happens to cause an early purge) and at the six month mark this one is ready to go. About the time when I know it needs to leave my makeup bag, it starts clumping letting me know it is ready to go. It works beautifully up until then and as I sometimes forget how long I’ve had a mascara open,. it is kind of nice to have that built in timer.

The illamasqua lipstick I love. It is a bullet style lipstick that dries down just enough to extend longevity but not dry out your lips. It is slightly more on the pink side than I would like, so I use the darker lip liner under it. This was one of those lipsticks I picked up in my quest for the perfect red lipstick. It looks the part in the tube, but is slightly pink on the lips, so the quest continues. But the formula is great and as it is only $11 I think I will pick up some more shades.

And that my darlins is the look for today. I am saying goodbye to an excellent primer and a good foundation and still wearing down a setting powder. I am also falling in love with a gel blusher and getting irritated by eyeshadow. So it was over all a mixed bag. The final look didn’t come out too badly, but it was an interesting set of products to work with. And now my darlings it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your Monday is simply fabulous.

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The Daily: March 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a fantastic Thursday. For me there was a great big long walk in the morning and a shorter walk just after lunch. I couldn’t help myself. I know the work is piling up on my desk, but it was sunny, 68 degrees and my allergies have now died down due to the lack of standing water everywhere. So I took advantage.

And yes, I know I’ll have to work a little late tonight to make up for it, but I don’t care. It was worth it, even with the looming deadlines. At least the big extra project i took on at the first of the year is nearing completion. It was one of those things that don’t look like a lot of work in the beginning and then rise like an iceberg wreaking havoc on your scheduling.

But two more weeks and it is done. which means St. Patrick’s day will be extra special this year. I’ll have to figure out something fun for that one.

But on with the day. Work out completed, paperwork in hand and tonight I am making vegetarian sushi. I’ve been practicing with my kit and things are really shaping up. And I like the sushi rise with cucumber, cilantro and avocado in it. It is super tasty and definitely something I am going to remember when our cucumber plants are producing fruits by the bucket. Last year we made homemade pickles and had tzatziki made fresh on a near weekly basis. As well as eating cucumbers in a variety of ways. It’s nice to have another quick recipe where they can be used. And yes I will eventually get fish to use in my sushi (because I do love my salmon and tuna) but we generally eat vegetarian during the week and keep meat and fish for Fridays and I really like having something something like this that I can pull out fairly easily.

And it is getting easier with practice.

Plus it is yummy.

And it is going to be a life saver in the summer when it is too hot to contemplate eating hot food. Maybe I can try serving it with the tzatziki sauce…Something to contemplate later.

Today’s look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua gel colour veil

Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Okay the Porefessional, the Ciate setting Powder and the Tarte Mascara are all in the final stages of use. The porefessional has three to four uses left so I will probably finish it out over the weekend or if not use the last of it on Monday. It is fabulous and one of my favorite matte primers. I know it is a standard and not something nifty and new, but it is a primer I have repurchased often and will repurchase often in the future. I just have to clear out a few other primers to make space for it.

Plus if I repurchase it right away I won’t resist opening it and using it and I have a few other products I need to finish up first. Sometimes shopping is about knowing yourself. I know I won’t resist opening it so I delay repurchasing.

the Ciate London is also a setting powder I will use again. I actually have an unopened jar in my collection. I need to finish this travel sized out and at least one of my open and almost empty powders before I open it. But it is a great powder and I will use it again once I finish this.

The tart mascara is nice and this is it’s last use. Today I was scraping bottom to use it. It is a good mascara and I like it. To be honest my next Tarte mascara will probably be the Lights, Camera Lashes as I like that formula just a bit better. But it is a good mascara and I would have no problem using it again. I just know I prefer another variety from the brand and that I;d purchase it first.

To be honest I chose products today that I know I like because I wanted to think more about the foundation and eyeshadow. The Elf sheer slick is a long term favorite I think this is my third tube of the Black Cherry. The Wanderess highlighter I liked so much in sample form that I purchased a full sized version, which is rare for me with highlighters. I always like the look of them but often forget to use them. The buxom bronzer is nice and more on the subtle side. It is too light for me to use once my skin darkens with the sun so I am happy to have it out now. I just know the shade I have has a seasonal usage for me. And I am thinking of purchasing a darker shade for summer use but at the moment I have several summer bronzers I can’t wear in the winter and several lighter bronzers I can’t use in the summer. I will probably use them up and pick my favorites as I clear things out, then look at getting multiple shades of the same product.

And the more I use the Illamasqua gel blusher the more I absolutely love it. I really like quite a few Illamasqua products but at the moment this is really the best thing I have tried from the brand. It blends in well, can go subtle if you want a light wash of blush with a BB cream for a natural look or be built up for something more glam. It is super easy to work with once you get used to the texture. It feels a bit like over set custard, or something you put far too much gelatin into and to use you just lightly rub your finger along the top surface. It feels like something you should have to dig into. Resist the urge and you’ll be fine. It is just beautiful to work with.

And so this brings us to the two products I most wanted to talk about. The first is the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity foundation stick. I picked this up in one of the brand’s kits a while back. I thought it was a great way to try multiple products from the brand. and I was right. A couple of the products were okay but this foundation stick was fantastic. I used up the entire stick that came in the kit, and repurchased as soon as I realized I was running low. The foundation stick I have is running low, but when I went back, it was out of stock. Then lots of things were out of stock. However the makeup began appearing on Amazon and Walmart sites. I don’t know if the brand made a deal, or went bankrupt but Amazon and Walmart are where this foundation can be found. At least on line I have no clue if it is in the actual stores. The walmart near me has a really poorly designed parking lot with routine traffic accidents so I tend to avoid it whenever possible.

The foundation is beautiful. It glides on smoothly in a super creamy formula and blends into the skin well. I have a couple of other stick foundations but to be honest this is my absolute favorite formula. It is now offered for sale on Amazon for $4.50. which is much less than I paid for mine. I’m going to be doing a little investigation to make sure these aren’t clear out items (because I worry about expiration dates) but if they aren’t this will be repurchased and because of the great formula and really now price, probably once again becoming a standard for me. I just need to figure out if it is still in production.

And now to the eyeshadow. Yesterday I used a lid primer and the shadows performed beautifully. They were also overwhelmed by the shimmer shade i chose. So today I used only matte shades and I left off the lid primer. I can really see the effectiveness of the lid primer. And I think this shadow palette needs it. Today, the shadows worked well, but blended out a lot more than I anticipated. Which is fine I don’t mind the faded look, the problem was that by this point in the day they are almost completely faded (the picture was taken just after application) I used a substantial amount of the matte blue and it is a very subtle presence. Now it is more of a suggestion. I’ll try to do a similar look on Monday with the lid primer to see how they compare. Also I am finding these aren’t buildable shadows. What you get with the first application seems to be what you get. Period. I’ll continue playing with this palette but at the moment I am on the fence about it. It will probably be my palette for next week as well while I try to figure out how i feel. I hope you don’t mind.

And that is it for me. A bit long winded but in the end I am still testing out the huda beauty palette and I now have a research project for Kristopher Buckle. I also have my fingers crossed with the Kristopher Buckle because this really is a fantastic foundation formula. I’m really hoping the brand just made a deal. I’ll let you know when I find out. Fabulous foundation shouldn’t be kept a secret.

The Daily: March 2nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It is really nice to be back with you. Yesterday was a bit of a mess. The surgery went fine. My babydoll was okay. It took longer than they thought it would, but everything worked out well. The issues came when we had to get the medication from the pharmacy. The office called it in.

The benefit of having a chain pharmacy is that you can pick your medication up anywhere. The drawback is that sometimes they send the prescription order to the wrong branch. we drove to the pharmacy we always use, found out it wasn’t there and that because it contained a controlled substance they couldn’t transfer it so we had to drive all the way to the other side of town to get it. It wasn’t too much of a problem for me as I was driving and not the one who just underwent dental surgery. But the numbing agents started to wear off my babydoll before we actually got the prescription. Which is why we also picked up a bottle of water and he swallowed the first pain tablet in the parking lot.

which felt far more clandestine then it should have.

And meant that by the time we got home my babydoll was feeling quite silly and feeling no pain. It made for an interesting day, but not a typical one. Today is a bit more normal.

Yeah for normality!

So to continue the normal…

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush/Highlight: Natasha Denona Blush and Glow Palette

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Powder

Lid Primer: Moonlit Primed for the night

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Palette

Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips: Grande Cosmetics Plumping Liquid Lipstick

Setting Spray: ABH Dewy Set

Okay at the moment the Benefit Porefessional and the Ciate London are going to be in most of my makeup looks. I love them both so I have no problem using them, but they are also both almost empty so I am going to use them both until they are finished up. Both are fabulous and both will return to my makeup collection, I just want to finish the products out.

In my rotation through foundations so i can decide what to keep and what to get rid of, I picked out the Catrice to use today. I love the coverage of this foundation. The reason i don’t reach for it more is because while it is a perfect match for my skin right now, it only matches my skin for a few months out of the year. And the foundation doesn’t have a lot of give in the shade. If I want to use it more often I will need to pick up a different shade. Once out door gardening begins in the spring I won’t be able to wear this. The second reason I don’t reach for it more often is because of the dropper applicator. While I love droppers with my foundation this dropper isn’t the best. Perhaps I picked out a faulty one but the dropper makes it really hard to get the product out. So I usually pour it onto my hand.

the dropper annoys me though so I don’t often reach for it. Which is a shame as it is a really nice foundation. while I am still rotating through Foundations, I think I may keep this one out just due to time sensitivity. Plants generally start moving outside at Easter, so I have until then to wear this shade. I might try to get a bit more wear out of it before my skin tone changes with the season. Because even with the faulty dropper, I do like this foundation.

The Natasha Denona blush and highlight palette I recently remembered I had. I couldn’t remember why I forgot it as it is beautiful. I used it today and realized why I don’t often reach for it. The cream blush is fabulous. I would use it any day of the week with no problems. The three powder products in the set are okay. They are products I will use because I took the palette out to use the blush and not because I wanted to use them. I am only using them because I wanted to use the cream blush and they were there. Whale the palette is lovely and I love looking at it (and the powders look nice as well) if repurchasing, I would only purchase the cream blush. I’m not sure if it is sold separately but it is definitely the best of the lot.

The Trestique Bronzer stick you know I adore. You know I have repurchased it several times, will purchase again and adore the fact that it is now refillable.

Today I tried out the Moonlit lid primer. I’ll be honest, at first I wasn’t to enthused. It is supposed to have a natural tint, it blends to nothing. But then I applied the shadow, I went a little brighter with the colors than usual as I am trying to test out the palette. The shadows worked much better with the primer than without. The blending wasn’t as smooth, but the shadows look more pigmented and stayed in place longer. So for a first use of a lid primer, this was a good result.

the eye shadow is nice. I like Huda Beauty’s formula and this is pretty standard for them. It works better with a lid primer on them, clearly. The aqua shimmer sort of took over. I used the light blue matte on the lids prior and had a very soft easter-y look but then I added the blue shimmer and it kind of obliterated the mattes. I think that is going to be a thing with this palette. The mattes work really well on their own and blend beautifully but then the shimmers and glitters obliterate everything. I will keep playing with it to see. It is an interesting set of colors.

The Tarte mascara is nice, it works well and it is close to being finished. It still has product but I think it might have been open a while. So I might spend March rotating it in before letting it go. Just because it is getting to be time to clear it out.

For the lips i reached for the Grande Lips plumping lip gloss. It has that minty scent that most pluming glosses have and there is a slight tingle and a slight plumping. The color is a little pink for me so I don’t reach for it often. I love the want applicator though. It is pointed at the end in an almost arrow like shape so it makes it easy t line the lips and fill them in. Because of the color I may actually try pairing it with a darker lip liner and see if i can adjust the shade. The formula is nice, its just a little too pink.

And finally I used the Dewy set because I used both matte primer and foundation and I felt like I was looking a little flat. And this gives a bit of a shine as well as locking everything into place. If either of my face products are dewy or illuminating I can’t use this setting spray, but it works well with all matte products. You won’t be really dewy but it will help add a little depth.

And so that is my look today. The eyes are a little brighter than I planned, but I suppose a little aqua glitter in the middle of the week isn’t a bad thing. I hope your week is going well and I will see you back here tomorrow.

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The Daily: February 14th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. And Happy Valentine’s day. I hope you are having a good one. Ours is going to be a pretty quiet one all things considered. My babydoll’s one request was that tonight not be a vegetarian dinner. In general we have been eating meat only once a week (typically Friday nights) with the rest of the week more vegetarian. Tonight however we will be having porkchops. I’ve actually got the chops settled in a marinade in the fridge. I put the marinate together this morning because sitting in the fridge today with the marinade will be enough, but I kind of wish that I put the marinade together last night. It is a simple one actually,

Pork chops in a bag with 1/2 cup apple brandy, 1/2 cup balsamic Vinegar, 1/3 cup Dijon mustard, one crushed garlic clove, 1 tsp grated ginger. Then you shake it up in the bag so everything is properly coated and then place it in the fridge for the day. At night, you pan roast the chops in a cast iron skillet and put the marinate in a pot and boil it until it reduces to a thick kind of syrupy consisted. I’m serving it with an apple compote and almond roasted green beans.

While it is a recipe we’ve used for years and enjoy it, I tend to make the marinade at night. I forgot last night so i made it his morning. While the time will be fine, I have to say the apple brandy was quite pungent and it felt very wrong to be pouring it while the morning coffee was brewing it. When it cooks up the alcohol will cook out, but it was a very potent alcohol scent to start the morning with. It made the morning feel less like a work day Monday morning and a bit more holiday esque. So note to self, if the marinate had alcohol in it, mix it up at night, not first thing in the morning.

Other than that the day has been going really well. We were supposed to have a cold front move through, but it never did. I think it was delayed and will be here the end of the week. As a result the mornings are chilly but once noon hits we have about 40-50 degree temps which are fantastic for walking. So I am having to remember not to overdo it and exercise restraint. it helps that at the moment my work load is pretty heavy so I don’t have the time to go crazy with the walking. Who would have thought that was a benefit? Over all, this Monday is going pretty well.

Today’s Look:

Primer: The Porefessional Primer from Benefit Cosmetics

Foundation: Natasha Denona Transformatte Foundation (currently on sale for half off)

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/powder: PUR 4-in-1 Skin perfecting Powders Palette

Eyeshadow: Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: UOMA Badass MF Lip Liner in Angelou

Okay today was an interesting makeup look. I actually really like how it turned out. It was mostly dominated by the new foundation. I know it isn’t technically new but it arrived in a subscription box and I thought, Oh I need to test that out,’ then it went into the drawer and I forgot about it, so this was actually my first use. With new foundations I like to start my first day with face products I am comfortable using and know how they perform. So I went for my long term favorite primer, the porefessional. After many years of use I know how it works. (And yes I will be trying out the foundation without a primer to see how it performs on it’s own but the first day I like to give it it’s best chance and so I use a good primer. I also went for the simple all in one palette. I like this Pure Palette and all four powders work well and easily so it wasn’t something i had to think about.

So then I applied the foundation. I some how expected it to be thicker. I was not expecting it to be a serum like consistency. So that was a bit of a surprise. However I actually like serum like foundations so I was fine with it post surprise. Today I used my favorite foundation brush to apply it (the 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools it is $16 and one of the best foundation brushes I have ever used.) It worked really well and I love the effect. I am going to try a sponge application tomorrow, just to see how it works with different tools as well as different products. Thus far though, this foundation is fantastic. The first application went well, it is wearing beautifully and I really like the way my skin looks with it on. It isn’t heavy or cakey which is nice. I’ll clearly be using this for the next week or two to see how it performs in various settings, but this first use is quite positive. I’m feeling a little sad that I forgot about this for so long.

I had two eyeshadpw palettes come in with subscription boxes today. One is a Huda Beauty palette and the other is from Juvia’s place. While the Huda Beauty is stunning, I already know I like the formula so I decided to test out the Juvia’s Place palette first. It is the Nubian and features predominantly browns and bronzy tones, so for me it is kind of my everyday shadows. On first glance I wish it had one really bright white tone for the inner corners of my eyes but over all it is a really attractive looking palette. And then I used it and wow. It performed really well today. There is no lid primer and I went in with mostly the matts (I used a shimmer on the inner corner.) The shadows applied well with little fall out and blended beautifully. I only blended two mattes and then added the shimmer but it worked really well for me. It was effortless. I think i am really going to enjoy testing out this palette.

Paired with the Eyeko Mascara I think it was a fantastic look. And I do love this Eyeko Mascara. Eyeko used to be my go to eyeliner place and then when I stopped wearing as much eyeliner, I kind of forgot about the brand. Now I am just going to have to shift to thinking about their mascaras because I really do like this one.

Today was also a first use of the UOMA lip liner. I decided to go with just the lip liner today and I have to say it is really interesting. It isn’t a very creamy formula, but I love the color. I actually think it will pair well with one of my favorite MAC lipsticks, which I’ll try out another day. The pencil is a bit stiffer than I like but it did mean I was able to draw a really fine line. And despite not being creamy it sits well on the lips and while dryer than a lipstick it hasn’t dried down to the point where my lips feel desiccated. And because it is not as creamy it is not leaving lip prints everywhere so it is staying on the lips longer. I know I was irritated that it was a single lip liner as an item in a premium box when I received lip liners three months running, but I am actually really liking this lip liner.

Over all for me, today was a great makeup day. It isn’t flashy (and with a neutral palette it probably won’t be during testing) but everything worked beautifully. Both the Juvia’s Place eyeshadow formulas and the Natasha Denona Foundation performed better than I expected. I think testing them out is going to be a real joy. what a great way to start a Monday.

The Daily, February 9th, 2022

Ah Wednesday, the most panic inducing day of the week. It always hits me on Wednesday how much there is still left to do and how the week is already half over. This is the day where my to-do list grows longer, I get to my desk early, eat lunch at my desk and stay just a little bit later just because I feel that I won’t be able to get everything done before the week is out.

It doesn’t help that for some strange reason everyone calls me on Thursdays. Sometimes to change deadlines and others to add things to my list. And sometimes in just plain freak out mode. I suppose that is probably part of why Wednesday always feels heavy. If i deal with my freak outs today, I can deal with everyone else’s tomorrow.

It is on Wednesdays that I love the smoothies I have stashed in my freezer from Smoothie box. On days where I know lunch isn’t going have much time dedicated to it these are my favorite secret weapon. If you want to give them a try you can use code LOVESMOOTHIES for $15 off all products. They are great in a pinch lunches.

My make up today was also quick and easy to help with Wednesday time management. And so that I could plot my day while applying it and not worry over products too much.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: QMS Medicosmetics Active Glow Tinted cream

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush/Highlighter/eyeshadow: Doucce Posh Powders Palette

Powder: Ciate London Setting Powder

Mascara: Eyeko London Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Patrick Ta She’s Juicy Lip Mask

Today was simply quick and easy. I went for the Benefit Cosmetics primer because it always works well for me and because I wanted to put the mattifying primer under the QMS. it is a little brightening and I do like it better with something matte.

The viseart bronzer is really going to be one of my go-to bronzers when I am going for a more natural look. I love the way it can be built up for something more dramatic or it can be softened to go with a tinted day cream like the QMS. It was a good combo.

The Doucce palette was the experiment in today’s look. I really only use one blush and one highlighter but there are actually three pans of blush and three of highlighter so I decided to use one of the blushes that is too orange on my cheeks as eyeshadow and use one of the bright silver highlighters in the inner corner. It isn’t my favorite look but it came out pretty well and was quick and easy. It didn’t last terribly long though . while the blush stayed on the cheeks all day, when I use it on my eyes I need to remember to use a setting spray.

I do love how the faded look sort of lets the dramatic lashes kind of pop. I really do like this Black magic Mascara.

Since I was going low key, I just grabbed the lip mask from Patrick Ta and figured it would do as lip gloss today. Plus my lips were feeling a little on the dry side, so it made sense to me.

To be honest, I am actually quite pleased with my low key look. I think it worked well and while the eyeshadow use of the Doucce palette needs a setting spray to help it out, I like the fact that I can use more than two pans in the palette. Which makes it quite a win. Especially since I really like the one blush I do use. I think knowing this will make me reach for the palette more often.

And now my darlings it is back to work for me. I have a long to do list and not much left in the day to get through it. Wish me luck!

The Daily: January 31st, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Have you ever had a weekend that was exactly what you needed it it be? That was my weekend. I’ll admit the suddenly freezing Saturday wasn’t exactly to my taste, but everything worked out well. I had the quiet time to read and relax. I started the set up of my green house for early seed planting and then I got to spend time with my baby.

On Sunday when it was warmer we even went hiking on the trail in the Great Smoky National Park. It was great, and we didn’t really see anyone. It was like we had the entire woods to ourselves. Which was nice. Then we came home, and thawed out while I made some homemade pizza. The dough takes about two hours so we were well thawed.

I have to admit, I like pizza in all forms. There are very few pizzas I have tried that I didn’t like. And we have a really great pizza place near us. But occasionally I really like to make my own. There is just something about it that I really just enjoy. Plus may babydoll reacts like a delighted three year old when ye gets to put whatever toppings on his pizza that he wants. He went meat -tastic with shavings of left over homemade meatballs, peperoni and Italian sausage. I went with red onions and mushrooms. I like to use a mandolin to get the onions super thin and then chop them up a little so when I bite the pizza I am not dragging the entire onion ring off o the slice. I just find it nicer to eat that way. And since I was making it for myself I did exactly that.

After a day tromping around in the cold mountain air, the homemade pizza was perfect.

All in all it was an almost perfect weekend. I felt rested and ready to face the week. I’m not sure how long that feeling will last, but I am holding on to it as long as possible.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix Bronzer

Blush: Bare Minerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: bare Minerals Mineral Veil Setting powder

Highlight: jecca blac glow drops in Champagne

Eyeshadow: Natural Oasis Palette from BareMinerals

Mascara: YSL Effect Faux Cils Mascara

Lips: Gen Nude lip gloss in Sincerity from BareMinerals

Today was a light kind of makeup day and I’ll be honest it was sort of a bare minerals day. I picked up the Natural Oasis palette when I stopped into TJ Maxx and this was my first time trying it. Everything else just went along with the palette.

Today I used the light brown shade and the white shade and I think the look turned out nice and casual. which is sort of what I was going for. I just really wanted a light makeup day. I think that this palette may end up being a more natural look. There is one bright green shade that I am looking forward to trying but that is for another day. The brown was not very pigmented. But it did go on very easily with no real streaking or patchiness. I didn’t really try to build it up so that will be another test. But for a natural look it did well. As did all of the other products. I picked out the Jecca blac to go with today as my highlighter because it really is less of a highlight and more of a skin enhancer.

A little bit blurred into the skin in key areas really just makes the skin look a little glowy. It is subtle and really good for low makeup days. I know you can put it all over your face, but for me that is a bit of over kill. I think my face ends up looking a little greasy if I do that. However if you stick to a few areas, it blends in beautifully and subtly. It neve looks like a streak of highlighter with the way it blends. I know they make several shades but for me and my skin tone the champagne shade is the way to go.

The only product i wasn’t terribly thrilled about was the YSL mascara. while it is great for a low key day since it really only darkens the lashes on most other days it would be a disappointment. The small sample sized tube I have is almost empty though so I will use it and then let it go without repurchasing.

And that was my makeup look today. I chose products that will just give me a light makeup look and I was very happy with the outcome. It is a day of me working at home by myself with only a few phone calls and no in person meetings. Which means how I look is irrelevant to anyone else. I also think my low key look was inspired by too much glitter last week. Some days, you just don’t want to fight the glitter. this was one of those days.

And now my darlings it is back to work for me. I am looking forward to giving this small eyeshadow palette a good test this week. While I love Bare Minerals products, this is the first of their eyeshadow that I’ve tried and I look forwards to spending some time with it. For now though, I need to spend sometime with the paperwork. Have a great rest of Monday.

The Daily: December 21st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The weather has finally turned chilly again and we are back to feeling like December. While I may not adore the cold weather it feels really wrong to have seventy degrees where I live the week before Christmas. My entire world gets a little bit off kilter. With the weather steadying I feel steadier.

Of course part of that Steadying is that I just released my latest novel. So I have now been released from final edits. for a while. I always get a little crazy towards the end. I start seeing dancing commas in my sleep. But the book: Blindsided: Book Five of The Society is out on both Amazon and Smashwords, for those interested. Also if you are looking for a great read (whether from my books or someone else) Smashwords is having their annual end of year book sale right now. You can download books in any e-book format (or even plain text if you don’t use an e-reader) and they have over 65,000 books enrolled in the sale. Almost all of my books are 50% off from now until January 1st. And a few of them are even free. The same holds true for a large number of the books enrolled in the sale. If you are looking for something to read or a new author, it is a great place to go.

Despite the temps dropping I did get my morning walk in and I have to say the cold brisk air certainly blew out the cobwebs from my brain. Of course it also made my lings hurt a bit so there probably won’t be a second walk this afternoon. But I feel good about the first walk and who knows, maybe I’ll get some work with the weights in later. as my sunroom is still sans furniture for the most part there is plenty of space. although I did see this couch I really liked this weekend. It is from Eternity Modern.

I like their furniture in general, they tend to have a lot of mid-century modern inspired lines to their furniture. I’m not sure if the couch I like suits the space (or if I’ll have to find another place for it) but i absolutely adore it. The links will take you there if you want to ogle some absolutely stunning furniture.

At the moment we are working on finishing the bedroom and then slowly working through the rest of the house as we redecorate so I have time to think about the couch, I just think it looks fantastic for curling up and reading on. And I had to share. I should point out that my babydoll thinks the couch looks like a giant marshmallow. Oddly enough I think he meant that in a good way.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer

Foundation: AOA Prowear Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Floss The Concierge Lip and cheek tint

Eyeshadow: Shaina B Miami Nights Palette

Mascara: Roen Cake Mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lipstick in Perception

I’m wrapping up my test of the AOA foundation and will have that posted this thursday, with luck, but I still wanted to use a primer with it that I am familiar with, instead of opening a new primer I have never tried. I will be trying the new primer soon.

I couldn’t resist the new eyeshadow palette that came in my IPSY bag though. It feels like forever since we have gotten eyeshadow palettes in subscription boxes so I was just excited. Plus I always tend to go a little more glittery when New Year’s rolls around so I couldn’t resist trying out the silver. I did put the mattes underneath but the silver just took over so I’ll have to try just the mattes tomorrow to see what i think about them. Today it turned out to ba all about the silver. It applies easily and feels soft. It applies like you are spreading liquid silver across the lids. The problem is that it keeps spreading after you apply. It tends to transfer up and I am seeing the start of a line where my eyelids crease. There is also starting to be silver flakes under my eyes as well. I love the shadow though so it might be worth playing around with to see if I can get it right. So for today at least it was Silver shadow, with everything else facing away.

I went with a darer lipstick so it wasn’t just the silver flash and I really enjoy the formula of the mineralist lipstick. It is lipstick so you do get some lip prints and it does wear off during the day but it is a super comfortable formula to wear and my lips feel conditioned after wearing it, even when the color fades. Those were the two standouts today. Everything else I have used before and really like. They performed just as well as they always have. Today really was about the silver shadow, which sort of overshadowed everything else.

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