The Daily: January 5th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I have to say, even with a load of things to get done, I have been moving a bit on the slow side today. Yesterday I did what needed to be done in the yard, post windstorm. Which is a pretty good thing considering we are expecting another bout of nastiness to roll in either tonight or tomorrow. In a little while I will be popping out into the yard to see if anything looks like me taken down in inclement weather and see if I should take it down first.

Planning mode at it’s finest.

I will say though I am moving very slowly. There was a lot of bending, lifting, carrying and squatting going on yesterday. I feel like I had far more of an intense workout than anything I’ve had at the gym. I also have a bit of a runny nose from sweating in the cold yesterday. I am hoping it it just takes a short burst of recuperation before it dissipates.

Because of it though, I did keep my makeup fairly simple. I’ll get to it in a moment. As for exercise, I think I’m going to skip the walk today and just count the travels around the yard this afternoon to spot trouble my work out for the day. It will limber up stiff muscles but won;t keep me out in the cold too long. Today is one of those days where it is probably best that I stay inside.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlighter/powder: PUR 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Powders Face Palette

Eyeshadow: Shaina B Miami Nights Mini Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips Evio Beauty Creamy Lip liner

Okay today was really about playing around with the Bite Beauty Foundation. So I generally chose products that I knew and loved and more importantly knew how they performed. The Benefit Primer is a classic and a staple in my makeup bag for a reason. It is just a really good primer.

The PUR Cosmetics Face Palette has all of the face powders I needed and is a great thing to grab when I am in a hurry as all of the products perform well. The blush isn’t my favorite shade, but I can use the bronzer and powder to sort of balance it out. And even though it isn’t my fave, it still works for me so that really isn’t much of a complaint.

With the Shaina B I just did a one and done look with the color space It is a nice pink-y sort of shade that I didn’t have to think much about. I used the Stila mascara which I have to say is very quickly outpacing the other mascaras to become my favorite. My lashes are long and thick looking today and I am very happy with this mascara. The lip liner from Evio I also grabbed, mostly because it was out and went well with the eyeshadow I chose.

But now the Bite Beauty Foundation. I have to say applied with a foundation brush, I found this foundation to be so-so. Okay, but nothing to get excited about. Today, I used a damp makeup sponge rather than a foundation brush and I have to say it made a world of difference. I used less product. It blended better into my skin. It feels utterly weightless (which is in part due to me using less of it). It is like an entirely different foundation. I usually use a brush to apply my foundation and then go in with a makeup sponge where needed. It is just what I am accustomed to doing. With this foundation I will definitely have to remember to leave the brush behind and only use the makeup sponge. Over all I am very pleased with how the foundation performed today. Way to go Bite Beauty! I just wish I knew to use the sponge only from the get go.



The Daily: December 14th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Things are a little calmer today. Deadlines are still looming and there is a rush to get things done, but the Monday morning panic has subsided. I think Mondays are just going to be panic ridden until the end of the year to be honest.

Or at least until everything is submitted and done. My goal is for that date to occur before Christmas. I can only imagine how insane the Monday after Christmas will be if that doesn’t happen. Hence the putting in a few extra hours each day to make sure the deadlines actually are met early. Then no one has to worry about things over the Christmas weekend and fear the wrath of the Monday after.

It is the curse of having a weekend holiday. It is more exaggerated as both Christmas eve and New Year’s eve are on Fridays this year, but it is always insane.

Today though, it is calmer. There was walking, even though the sunlight felt brittle as I walked through it. The sky was that bright cold blue though, which was pretty to look at even if it didn’t make the walk any warmer. I took the time for makeup today as well and I have a face mask picked out for this afternoon.

Today I am going with the Revitalizing Japanese Sake Sheet Mask from Glam Up. I have never heard of the brand before, but I find the Sake infused mask an interesting idea. Hopefully it will prove interesting on the skin as well.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation AOA Studio Pro Wear Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/Eyeshadow: Glam on the Go palette from Amuse Cosmetics

Brows: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Pomade

Mascara: It’s so Big from Elizabeth Mott

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude Liquid Lipstick in pout

Setting Spray, Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist

This week I am mostly testing the AOA foundation. It, like the Amuse Palette that provided most of my products today came from Shop Miss A. For those that don’t know Shop Miss A tends to have almost all of their products for sale for only $1. I have to say I was skeptical but I am really liking this foundation today. I think I may have gotten a shade too light, but as it is only a $1 product, I don’t mind picking up another shade if this formula works well. It blended well and is staying in place quite well too. This week I’ll be rotating through primers and other face products to see how it performs with them.

Today I used the Benefit Primer since it is a long time favorite and I know how it works. As always it works well. I think the fact that it has a slight tint to it is also helping out the foundation shade.

Most of my products came from the Glam on the Go palette also purchased for $1 on the Shop Miss A site. The highlighter isn’t my favorite and I could do with a slightly darker blush, but over all the products are pretty nice. I think it would be pretty good for travel. I also think it would be a good palette for someone just starting to dip their toes into the world of makeup. The bronzer especially is a forgiving and blendable formula that would be really good for first practicing contouring and bronzing. the eyeshadow is a little on the powdery side so you have to remember to knock off your brush, but the shades work well together and blend really well together without becoming muddy.

I went with a really simple look and used the bareMinerals lippie to go with the muted look. It is just enough color to work for me today and I like this lip gloss. It is a sample size though and I am starting to get to the end of the sample. It is one that I use often enough that I will be getting in the full size. I really like their Gen Nude Line. They are great everyday kinds of shades and formula.

I accidentally went a little heavy on the brows today. Mostly because once I started in with the pomade I realized that I really needed to sit down with a set of tweezers and go after my brows. This is my favorite brow pomade though, I just had application issues today

The Mascara is not my favorite. It does okay with lengthening if you work with it however it is one of those mascaras I am using because it is open and once it is used up I will happily let it go.

Finally we come to the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist. Technically it isn’t a setting spray. It is however quite useful today. The Glam on the Go palette is nice but it is a bit powdery (hence why I didn’t add powder on top). Spraying the Glass Skin Veil mist and then tapping it down with my makeup sponge really helped make it look a lot less powdery. I think with that Palette the glass skin was more of a benefit than a setting spray would be. Regardless, I liked it.

So that my darlings was my makeup for today. The Prowear foundation will be in use all of this week and possibly into next as I get a feel for it and try to decide how I feel about it. At the moment I am pretty happy with the $1 foundation and am looking forward to seeing how it performs with the other products in my makeup collection.

But alas, my time of sitting and chatting with you is at an end. While I have my sheet mask moment of quiet later on today, for now I must return to work if I am to stay on schedule. Until tomorrow my darlings!

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