The Daily: November 2nd, 2022

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

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

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

But for now, we are doing a foundation declutter.

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

So this is everything else.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Daily: 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: September 12th, 2022

Good Monday afternoon my darlings. I hope yours is going well. Mine has mostly been working through a long to do list. All the calls came in last week and all the work gets done this week. Well this week and next actually as I leave on the 23rd. I actually feel like I am in a really good place.

I have actual dates and times for everything. I am able to clear most of it off before I leave so that the only thing I really have to worry about is my mom when I am gone. Over all it is a good place to be.

I am still a little stressed about her if I am honest. She sounds okay on the phone. I think a lot of her stress went away once all of her decisions were finalized and she could begin getting ready for surgery. I think my stress will fade once I am down there in person and she is actually out of surgery safe and sound. It is one of the hardest parts about living in a different place. Sometimes relief only comes when you can see things in person.

But now that she sounds more at ease I am not a stress level red any more. I’m more of a yellow with an orange tinge. I was deep in the red for a while so it feels a lot better to have that eased off.

This past weekend I made a big batch of sauce as our tomatoes are finally starting to come in. They grew all summer and they looked like they wanted to blossom, they just didn’t. Now that September is well underway they are starting to throw out handfuls of ripened fruit every day. I’ll probably make sauce one or two more times again before I leave. It freezes really well and since I make only the base roasted tomato sauce at this point it will freeze really well and be able to be used for anything. I like to season it more for the dish I am making when I actually use the sauce. But it is a good general stable to have on hand.

And this weekend I got my first and only melon from the vine. There won’t be any more, but this year i was astounded I got even one. It is a petit melon, only the size of a softball but we had it with prosciutto this weekend as a treat and it was fantastic. It was extra sweet so it went well with the salty meat. I’m glad that if I only got one melon this year at least it was a good one. There is an odd sort of consolation in that.

testing a blow out spray that left my hair looking a bit greasy

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: One Size Turn up the Base Powder Foundation

Blush: NARS Blush in Angelika

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Eyeshadow: Lawless Beauty The Baby One Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Mascara

Lipstick: Guerlain Velvet Matte Refillable Lipstick in #910 Black Red

Setting Spray: Huda Beauty Glow Coco Hydrating Mist

Okay first of all I want to apologize for my hair. I am testing out a blow out spray and it just made my hair look super greasy. I’m hoping I just applied too much, but I am still trying to work that out. It doesn’t help that my bangs need a bit more of a trim. I’m hoping to take care of that this weekend. Don’t worry, I will let a pro handle it. I have backed away from the scissors.

I always love my Elf poreless Primer. And as I tried this foundation with out a primer when it first arrived, I knew it needed a primer underneath. the foundation powder on it’s own did emphasize some of my larger pores. With the primer underneath, this foundation worked beautifully. I really like this actually. It is a buildable formula, so i can go as light and natrual as I want or I could go in for a more full look. well, not quite full. It seems to shift between light and medium. I don’t think it gets to full coverage, but as I rarely wear full coverage I am okay with that. It gets as full as I plan to wear it. Thus far it feels like a nice foundation. It doesn’t feel powdery. Although I didn’t put a powder over it when I applied it, because I generally don’t put powder over powder foundations. It did need a but of a pat with a pressed powder by midday as there were some oily spot showing through. I am actually looking forward to playing around with this over this week and next. Thus far, I’m pretty happy with it. But it does need a primer underneath if you have larger pores.

I went with the Ciate Bronzer today as it is a very adaptable tone. I can go very light with it or I can deepen it depending on what the foundation and my look for the day calls for. It is one that I usually use with new foundations. I’m actually quite fond of it in general actually. Ciate can be hit or miss on some products, but for me this bronzer is a definite hit.

This Nars Blush is also a hit. Which shouldn’t be surprising, Nars blushes are always good. I tend to no reach for this one as much because in the pan it looks very pink and sparkly. When swatched with a finger, the sparkles don’t show but it still looks very pink. It applies much less pink and there aren’t any sparkles on the cheeks. It’s one of those products I just need to remember I like so I reach for it, instead of opening it, thinking, ‘I don’t want sparkles’ and putting it back. Today I realized I have accumulated a lot of blushes and need to go through them to see if all of them are staying. I don’t think I have sorted them in a while. I actually took this out thinking, I’ll use it see the pink and sparkles and know it needs to go. Instead I took it out and realized how much I like it. So plus for the Nars, negative on the declutter.

I was thrilled with the way the Lawless Beauty Palette performed. It was pigmented but not over the top. I sometimes get a bit out of control if the shadows are intensely pigmented. This had a pigment I could build up. It also blended well. I used two of the mattes (Cherub and Sweet Dreams) and they blended well together. I added the silvery shimmer Little doll on the inner corner of my eye. I meant to just put a little but it proved more shadow than I planned. I had to tap the brush before applying but there was no fall out.

Today I used the most expensive lipstick I have in my collection. I keep a list of luxury products that I want to try. Sometimes I use them as presents to myself, usually for my birthday, other times as rewards for reaching significant weight loss goals. Because I have been so stressed lately my babydoll ordered this Guerlain lipstick for me as a treat. It feels so luxe in the hand. It just feels like quality packaging. And I have to say the product feels nice as well. The color is fantastically saturated. The lipstick feels soft and lot waxy at all. It glides on smoothly, like the velvet it is named for and it feels feather light to wear. It is my first use of this lipstick but I will be reaching for it often. I really like this first use.

I don’t always reach for a setting spray, And truthfully when i reach for a setting spray I generally only reach for my Benefit Porefessional Setting Spray. The mist is very fine and I like the way it performs. It is my go to. However I do have several setting sprays I have gotten through various subscriptions that I haven’t used. They are lined up on a shelf and I tell myself that i am going to test it out and then forget. So I have taken out the Huda Beauty one and will be testing it. It is sweet coconut smelling but not over the top. The mist is a fine one although there were a few splotches of wet on my face. I did tap it in with a makeup sponge. It was fine to use and I will keep using it for a while. Hopefully there won’t be a lot of splotches as it gets more use. we shall see.

And so that was my look for the day. I plan to roll through blushes for a while to see if all of the ones in the drawer are staying. and I will see how this foundation performs over time. Over all I am fairly pleased with everything today. I am a bit annoyed by the blow out spray, and will probably go for the dry shampoo in a bit. I am just testing to see if it gets worse throughout the day or if it stays this level. Either way for now, it is back to work for me. Have a great rest of Monday.

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The Daily: May 23rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today has been an interesting day. This weekend was a nice weekend of collapse which was desperately needed. With everything that has been going on both my babydoll and I very much needed a quiet weekend.

I personally also needed a dose of comedy, which I got actually. The Lost City has made it to Paramount+ and it was viewed with great enjoyment over the weekend. it was one of those movies that hit my radar and I made a note to go watch, but by the time it hit theaters I was swamped and local infection rates were on the rise again so I didn’t get to the theater. I was thrilled it was on Paramount + and if you haven’t watched it and are in need of a nice comedy, I highly recommend it.

Today however is less than quiet. After a weekend wishing that the rains would come and the air would clear, we finally got a storm. Last night as we went to bed the skies opened up. Today is drizzly and thankfully the temps have dropped down. For us this is especially nice as today is the day we get our air conditioning system replaced.

It was on the older side when we bought the house and we knew the replacement was coming (Plus there were a few additions to the house and the system we had wasn’t large enough for the house with additions (the garage was enclosed and the sunroom was added but the system wasn’t upgraded). And once we got a flash of heat this year our system just couldn’t keep up. There were leaks and it was well past warrantee. So we bit the bullet and the system is being replaced.

Which means that in addition to the park being flooded out, there are men thumping and bumping all around the house. It is a very loud day here. And I’ll be honest, by the time I thought about settling in to do my yoga, the men were already thumping and bumping around the house. I don’t mind doing yoga when i am by myself or with a class, it is a different beast all together to do it surrounded by workmen who are working on the house. My hope is that i will have time once they are done for the day. I have my fingers crossed but I suspect that today might not feature that much exercise.

I did however manage to get my makeup on.

there is no sun today so there are strange shadows in the pic

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lorac Light Source Illuminating Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: NARS Blush in Angelika

Highlighter: Ciate London in Starburst

Powder: ABH Setting Powder With the Kim Chi Beauty Powder Puff

Eyeshadow: Tresluce La Flor De Mexico

Mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara

Lips: True and Luscious in Vintage Rose

Today was interesting. Let’s start with the primer. I am still testing this illuminating primer from Lorac and it wouldn’t be a true test of a prime unless I used it with one of my favorite foundations, the No 7. This foundation has out performed man much more expensive foundations. I am a huge fan. It paired well with the Lorac today. I did go a little lighter with the primer and it gave me a soft glow underneath the foundation that I really like. I think the trick with this primer is going to be checking the amount I use and which foundations I pair it with. Today it worked well. Which is nice because I love my No 7.

The trestique bronzer (now refillable) is always top of my products to use. I figured since I was trying out a new highlighter and a blush I tend not to reach for i would use it. The blush is a NARS Blush and I’ll be honest, i don’t reach for it much because as soon as I open it my brain screams PINK and then I shut it and reach for something else. However I need to get over that. It applies really well and isn’t too pink when on the cheeks. In fact it looks like it will be a nice summer shade. So I need to get over the initial visual and just use it. I really like the NARS formula. In fact i have several NARS products I really need to reach for more often. I think because of the slim black cases they tend to hid in the shadows. I need to figure out a way to bring them to the front more, because they really are great products.

not really blending well

Today was the first use of the Ciate Highlighter. The blending wasn’t spectacular for me. I got there in the end and I like the look, but I think that this might not be an apply with your finger formula. Which to be honest is how I tend to apply my highlighters. Tomorrow I’ll try it with a brush, with a finger, blending was a bit difficult. But it is a nice shade and worth another try.

With the powder today I chose the ABH which is not my favorite setting powder. It dents to be a bit powdery for me. I did use the Kim Chi powder puff and you know what? I not only used a lot less with the puff but it was less powdery. I really need to look at getting some good powder puffs just to have around. I really like using them for setting powder and somehow makeup sponges don’t really have quite the same application.

The Wander Beauty mascara I love. The curved wand is excellent and the formula is fabulous. This isn’t my first tube and it won’t be my last.

And then we get to the Tresluce palette. Here is the think I’m finding. I like all of the mattes on their own. They don’t blend well with other mattes. The shimmers are stunning (and well worth buying the palette just to have). The shimmers layer well over the mattes but don’t really blend well. It is like a palette where each shadow is a bit of a diva and wants to stand alone. But the colors are fabulous so I will be playing with it more to see what tricks I can find to get them to blend.

Finally there is the True and Luscious lipstick. While I think the color is a little more pink than I like, that is easily fixable with a lip liner. The formula is however fantastic. It is a bullet style lipstick so lip prints are left behind, but it is a fantastically comfortable formula to wear. This is my first lipstick from this brand but i think I will definitely have to look into more shades. This is a really nice lipstick.

And that is me for the day. At the moment the work crew is drilling into the air duct just beside my desk. It makes me feel as though a drill is about to come up through my feet. So I might take a quick move around the house and possibly take my laptop into another room to work. It is a rather disconcerting feeling. But we are getting the unit replaced before the heat of the summer hits and it will not only keep us cool throughout the summer and warm in the winter, replacing it will drastically lower our monthly bills. So it is worth a day of banging (and the rather high price tag) just to have it done. Still me and my feet are relocating elsewhere in the house for a bit. Happy Monday.

The Travel Makeup Bag for May 2022

While not a review, I thought it might be of interest to you to see what I am putting in my travel makeup bag and why. During my daily makeup posts I tend to rotate through makeup, but when I travel I tend to pick reliable products that can fit into a small makeup bag, especially when it is a weekend trip. While this isn’t exactly a fun getaway, it is travel. The only thing I left out of the makeup bag is mascara. The reason is that this trip is for a memorial service and there will be many tears shed. At the moment I have yet to pick up a waterproof mascara so I am leaving my mascara behind and will either pick up a waterproof mascara at the drug store or go without.

When traveling I generally find it a good idea to stick to products that don’t spill and I try to reduce the possible breakage component by sticking to cream products so they feature heavily in this bag.

This time I am starting with the Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick. It has traveled with me for quite some time. It is my old reliable. I’m still not certain of the status of the company. I know that the main website shut down after massive sales and now it is available at walmart. It is a fantastic foundation, I just don’t know if it will be replaced once it runs out. I may actually scoop up one more for travel purposes because it is really hard to beat this stick formula. Plus I don’t have to worry about foundation bottles breaking. But if the company has gone under I won’t stock up, I’ll just work on finding a new travel fave.

The face products

The primer I am taking with me is the Tatcha Silk canvas Primer. It is a fantastic pore filling primer that locks in my makeup for as long as I end up wearing it. As I have no idea how long I will be in makeup this weekend I thought it would be a good product to choose.

The trestique bronzer shouldn’t surprise anyone. It is quick and easy to use and one of my favorite cream formulas. The Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel blusher also shouldn’t surprise anyone as it is rapidly moving to the top of my favorite products list.

I didn’t bother with a highlighter, but you may notice a tiny round pot with a gold lid and a pink bow on it. I know, it looks like an eye cream, however it is actually a sample size of the Ciate London Extraordinary powder. It came in an IPSY bag a while back and to be honest, I have refilled it a couple of times. For a weekend it is all the powder I need. I will be adding the powder puff from the Kim Chi Powder to my makeup bag to use with it.

Shadow and Brow

For eyeshadow I am taking The Balm and The Beautiful Palette from The Balm. It is the one I’ve been playing with recently. I really like the formulas and the ease of application and it is a compact size that fits in the bag. So since it was already out, I went ahead and added it to the makeup bag. I will have the full review of the palette up next week, I simply didn’t get a chance to finish it this week.

I added a Marcelle eyebrow pencil because I like it and it has a spoolie on the end so I don’t have to worry about adding secondary brow products (like a brush) into the bag. And then we have the lips.

the lips

I’ll be honest, i don’t think I have ever traveled with just one lip product in my life. To this bag I added my favorite MAC neutral in Bated Breath. I also added a Trestique lip crayon in case I wanted a slightly darker product. I added the Yensa Lip oil in case I felt like shine, or only a glossy lip with no lipstick and I chose an assortment of lip pencils. Some match the lip products others stand alone. For this bag I chose, UOMA, Persona Cosmetics, Bodyography, Huda Beauty and Real Her. I figure they are all relatively neutral and all have slightly different formulas. I plan to choose whichever one appeals at the right moment. And more than anything I like having a variety of lip products to choose from. Oddly enough in out of control situations it can sometimes make me feel like I am in control by making a decisive decision as to what lip product to wear. As it is a weekend where I can control nothing and can only deal with whatever happens, having that one tiny bit of control, really does help me mentally balance. Even if having seven lip products in the bag does seem a little extra.

Sometimes it isn’t abut what you actually wear.

And so that my darlings, is the makeup bag I will be traveling with this weekend and why I chose the products included.

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The Daily: March 29th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today I am in a much better frame of mind. Things are actually working as they should. Which is nice. Work may be work, but it shouldn’t come with extra road blocks. And while there are no real road blocks today, there is also no sun. It is a cold and dreary looking day outside and I am expecting rain at any moment.

I managed to get a walk in earlier (mostly because rain tends to flood out the walking trail for at least a day or two after the rain passes so I figured I’d get it in while I could. It was a strange walk though. The sky felt very heavy and it felt almost as though something was lurking above me hovering and waiting. I was actually the only one in the park but it felt like I was being watched. I know I wasn’t, because really, there wasn’t anyone there. It was just the sky.

It was the first time though I was happy to end the walk and get back inside. Today’s lunch was another of the Cacao Super Smoothies from Smoothie Box. This time I made it with Almond Milk. It was absolutely delicious, but I fear it may have made it a little too sweet. The almond milk paired with the chocolate and banana made it feel a bit more desert like than I planned. I think I am going to counter balance it with a Chomps Cranberry Habanero Beef Stick as my afternoon snack. It is only 90 calories so it fits well within my afternoon snack range and it is savory enough to counterbalance the sweetness.

I like almond milk but I always forget how sweet it actually is. It isn’t something I notice in cereal or as a dollop in oatmeal. Well actually in Oatmeal I kind of do notice it but it means I add less brown sugar so there it is a plus. I just forget about the sweetness when it is in the smoothies. I think Coconut water or coffee will be my next add in to the Cacao smoothie instead of the almond milk.

Which I know is a little more than you really want to hear about my lunch, so let’s just move on with the day’s makeup shall we?

Today’s look:

Primer: Lorac Light Source 3 in 1 Illuminating Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tillbury Air Brush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua colour veil gel blusher

Powder: Becca Pink Haze (discontinued)

Eyeshadow: KVD Vegan Beauty Lolita

Mascara: Athr Beauty Big Bang Mascara

Lips: Zoeva Powerful Lip Twist

Today I used the Lorac primer which meant that I did not need a highlight. It is illuminating all on it’s own. For me it needs a matte foundation over it. I ended up using the Charlotte Tillbury, but I think this foundation needs to have a pore filling primer underneath it. i am already starting to see settling into the fine lines around my mouth. Also I did not use the Embryolisse under my makeup today and I can really tell the difference. this foundation feels much drier this afternoon than it has in the past week. That lait-creme as a pre makeup base really makes a difference.

I really like this ciate bronzer. It applies well and blends easily. After fiddling with the Nude Stix I was happy to use something that just works. And of course the more I use the Illamasqua gel blusher the more I like it.

I am still trying to use up the Becca Pink Haze. It did seem a bit more powdery today than usual. I don’t know if that is because it is nearing the end of it’s life or if my skin was just drier than usual. I think it may actually be a combination of both.

I just went for a single shadow which usually means I grab this KVD one, It is a nice color and one that works well for me. The mascara was an issue. I’ve been using it off and on for the past few weeks and it is already starting to feel empty. I think because I use so many layers to achieve the look I want it uses the product up faster. But it really shouldn’t be feeling this empty this fast. I’m going to keep using it, but I think it may not be long for the makeup bag.

And finally I went with the zoeva lip twist. The color is nice and the formula is creamy. The problem is that it is too creamy so it will never hold a point. I have a bit more application control with a traditional bullet lipstick. Despite the nice color, I will be using this up and letting it go.

And that was my makeup look today. It was for the most part quick and easy. I do miss the Embryolisse underneath. This is the final week of me using the moisturizer as my moisturizer for the test and after Friday I am just shifting the rest of the tube over to my makeup drawer as that is where it will do the most good.

But now, it is back to work for me. Have a great Tuesday everyone.

It’s Travel Time for Makeup and Skincare

Ah yes, my darlings it is travel time. Time to pick out makeup and skin care products to take with me on my trip. I know this sounds totally dorky, but I really love picking out travel products. It forces me to slim down my choices with makeup, taking only what I will need for the trip and it allows me to try out an entire range of samples that I have been stashing in the drawer and waiting for an excuse to try out. With my travel I have a rule with packing. I can either take two small makeup bags (think the IPSY Glam Bag size) and place skin care in one and makeup in the other or I can take one larger makeup bag.

Hair care always gets stashed in a separate bag regardless, mostly because those items are often wet from the shower. That will be a second post. I actually did pretty good paring down the makeup this year. I have a harder time at Christmas as when I go home there are more gatherings. But I am still proud of myself. Let’s take a quick look at the makeup I am bringing along and why.

The Travel Makeup:

  • Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer: This is a great primer to just smooth out the rough edges. Plus I am almost finished with it and am hoping to use it up soon. Don’t worry a replacement has already been ordered. Partially because ELF has a huge sale going on right now and I couldn’t resist a restock. Not only is this a good primer, but it is a good travel primer. It performs well and because it is a cream it won’t spill or get a punctured tube. It is neat as well as fabulous.

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  • Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick: It is a great foundation and I really like traveling with a stick foundation over a liquid one. No spillage or breakage to worry about. this foundation can look a little shiny in the midafternoon, so have not only the powder in my makeup bag, but I have a compact in my purse. I know, it bends the rules a little, but I’m okay with that.



  • Pur 4-in 1 Skin Perfection Powders Face Palette: I chose this palette because I like all of the products in there and having all of my powders in one is a really good travel plan. It also has a hard case that will protect the powders on their journey. Is it my absolute favorite palette? No. It is good and I don’t mind using it for a long weekend though. It also has the powder, blush, bronzer and highlight. My other palettes don’t have quite the same mix. Several of them have multiple blushes or highlights or bronzers. This has all four so it is easy to pack. Plus it has a nice large mirror in case I end up putting on my makeup in a small corner of the kitchen table. This tends to happen more than I expect.



  • Eyeshadow: No 7 Pink Blossom Trio and the Ciate Trend Edit palette: I know, I probably should have chosen just one. The No 7 gives me a quick solid look, which as I am never certain how much time I will have to get ready when I am with the family is always appreciated. The Ciate London Palette has a few more pops of color but the colors complement the No 7 well. So I can use the No 7 and then maybe brighten it with the Ciate. or just swap them out by day. Both palettes are small and encased in sturdy plastic so I know they will travel well and give me enough variation for the length of the trip.
  • Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes and YSL Volume Effect: I know, two mascaras. Both are samples and neither have a whole lot of product left in them, so I suspect they will be used up during the trip. I have both so I won’t run out of mascara and because I like both. I do suspect that the trip will finish out both tubes of sample sized mascara though.

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  • Lips: Elf Sheer Slick, wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice, bareMinerals Liquid Lip in Pout, and Colourpop So Juicy Plumping Gloss: Yup that’s right, four lip products. And yes there is still a lip balm in my purse. and probably another couple of lip products as well. however I did choose the lip products carefully. All of them are ones I like so that is a no brainer. The ELF is a light wash of color for a barely there look. The wet ‘n wild is a deeper berry shade that is more dramatic and the bareMinerals is a pink toned neutral. Which means I have my shade ranges covered with this lot. The colourpop plumping gloss is to make mattes shiny and to plump my lips if I choose. Or to just be a clear gloss if I decide not to use a lot of lipstick.

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See I may have gone a little heavy on the included lip products, but I chose them for a reason and even though a few more may find their way into my purse, I am pretty happy with my selection and the reasoning behind it. I was a little less cutthroat with my skincare items. There is a little less reasoning as far as products go. I had samples and I chose a sample for each category. Most of the products I’ve never used before and am using this as an excuse to try them. Others I’ve used before. Soooo.

The Travel Skincare:

  • Toner: Thayers Rose Petal Toner: Don’t worry I am not packing the whole bottle. Its why I have the travel bottle from my in-flight products packing kit next to the full sized bottle. I will fill the bottle and for extra safety tape the top shut during travel. Also it will go in with my hair care items, just incase it leaks. It shouldn’t but I like to be prepared.
  • Elemis Cleansing Balm: I know and love it and I picked up the travel size just for traveling. It is kind of my go to when traveling.

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  • Klorane waterproof eye makeup remover: I am a big fan of this eye makeup remover. I actually have a large bottle of this but I keep the smaller sample size for traveling and just refill it. It always takes the makeup off and doesn’t cause the eyes to sting.
  • Tatcha Soft Cream Cleanser: Never tried it but it came in an IPSY a while ago and it was the only sample sized cleanser I had on hand. I’m actually quite looking forward to trying it out.
  • May Coop Raw Sauce: This is an essence. I picked it up the last time I went to the Peach and Lily website because it looked interesting and I thought I would give it a try.

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  • Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Anti Aging Day Cream: I know I’ve tried it before, I loved it before, but as so many of the products in the line up are new to me I thought I’d have at least a moisturizer that I knew and loved. If all else fails, I’ll still have a moisturizer.

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  • Filorga Age Purify intensive serum: I figured I would try this out as a day time serum. The tube feels quite light so I made certain to include both a night time serum and an oil in the mix.

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  • BareMinerals Ageless Night Concentrate: I plan to use this as my night time serum. As it is a retinol I am packing an oil to use just in case. I am actually very excited about this serum. I’ve used BareMinerals makeup products for years but I’ve never tried out any of their skin care, so I am very much looking forward to using this.
  • Akar Soothe Face oil: When using retinols it is always good to have an oil around to calm down the skin if necessary. Plus if I run out of day time serum I can sub it in with no issues. Or so I hope.
  • Hey Honey Look into my Eyes Eye Mask: I found this floating in the bottom of my samples drawer and thought why not. I also have three Hey Honey Moisturizer samples I need to try. But that is for another time. I really like Hey Honey. The items I have tried from them have been really good. I’m hoping this one will be as well.
  • Sunday Riley Broad Spectrum Light Hearted Sunscreen: I keep forgetting to rotate this in to try out. I’ve been using up my Neutrogena spray sunscreen and applying it whenever I leave the house. But I have wanted to give this a try so now seems like the right time.

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And finally I have two types of Eyemasks: Klorane’s Cornflower infused eye masks and Grace And Stella’ Energizing Eye masks. I love them both and when traveling home they are necessary. there are many dogs. I love them and they love me. My sinuses are less enthused. it is not allergies, just a change in environment and my eyes get puffy. These are amazing products to use to depuff. Especially since I love playing with the dogs. For me, they are essential Holiday Travel kit.

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And that my darlings is the list of makeup and Skincare items going into my travel bag. By using a bunch of samples and strategically choosing my makeup, i fit it all into one bag. The brushes will be going in a different bag, as will the hair care, but that is just par for course. I have the thrill of trying out all new products and the added benefit of clearing out some space in my samples drawer. So it is kind of like an extra win for me. the closer we get to New Year’s Eve the more I want to clear out samples and partially used products. Partly because it makes things look neat and clean and partly because it makes me feel I am opening myself up to whatever the new year brings. and this makes me feel like I am getting a good start on that.



The Daily: November 17th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today was sunny and bright, if a bit cold, so I treated myself to an extra long walk. It is quite lovely in the park near me. The leaves are blazing red and yellow right now and many of the leaves are spiraling down to the ground. There is the crunch as you walk through the previously shed leaves and the visual swirl through the air as more descent. It is multi sensory enjoyment actually. It is also my favorite time of year on the walking trail.

I have to admit that one of my favorite sights is watching the fluffier dogs enjoy themselves. Our neighborhood has a few families that have dogs designed for colder temperatures and in the summertime they just look miserable. Now is their time to enjoy the out of doors. It is kind of fun to watch them bounding through the leaf piles and bouncing around as they walk. It certainly beats watching them walk, head hung low and lounge hanging out as though they are being walked as part of an endurance trial.

This brief window won’t last for long, at least for me. The dogs will enjoy it longer, but soon the temps will drop to the point where no matter how bundled up the wind will slap my cheeks red, make my nose run and my eyes water. I know, it doesn’t get as cold as it gets elsewhere. However the wind here is vicious. And at a certain point it just becomes a better option to use the yoga mat and hand weights with a well chosen video than it is to fight though that wind. especially since I always come in craving something rich, fatty and warm. which sort of negates the calorie burning anyway.

Which is why I have the new yoga mat from Prosource Fit and the hand weights I used to workout during quarantine. I thought about going back to the gym, but I figured that I would wait until after the holiday season to look into it. Partially because the next month or so is going to be really packed and partially because my gym is located in the middle of a dense retail section and the parking lot alone looks like absolute madness.

I sat down last night and put all of the upcoming gatherings on the list. It is sort of low key until Thanksgiving and then once Thanksgiving is over, it seems like everyone is having a gathering. I think part of it is that so many have been skipped that everyone wants to make up for the lack. But I think part of it is that there are a lot more smaller gatherings. People who usually host large parties are having small gatherings and people who normally don’t like to host large gatherings are taking advantage of the trend to jump into the mix with smaller ones as well. And of course we are hosting several as well. I suspect my babydoll and I will be more social in the next month than we have been all year. Not that we don’t like people or going out, it is just a dense cluster of small gatherings.

It should prove interesting.

I’m not quite sure yet how I am going to balance fitness and baking, but I’m sure it will all work out somehow.

Today’s Look:

Primer: YSL Touch Eclat Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes

Blush/Highlighter: OFRA Midi Palette Pink Satin Blush and SOHO Highlight

Powder: Ciate London Extraordinary setting powder

Eyebrows: Diego della Parma Eyebrow pencil

Eyeshadow: No 7 Pink Blosom Eyeshadow Trio

Mascara: YSL Volume Effect Mascara

Lips: Rare Beauty lip balm in Honor

I’ll be honest I chose the primer today because the YSL themed bag from Macy’s reminded me that I still had some left. I like the primer. It works well and the slight glow it gives works well under a matte foundation. It gives it a bit of depth which I really like. Is it worth the price? Not really. It’s good, but not my absolute favorite. I wouldn’t mind using it again, but I don’t like it enough to repurchase at full price. However if YSL had a mega sale, I could see picking it up as I wouldn’t mind using it again. Right now there is only a little left in the sample size I have. The reason I haven’t reached for it to use up is that the little stick to get the primer out of the bottle has a hard time reaching the last of the product. I may actually just get something else to use to get the product out and use it up. I think there are one, maybe two applications left in the bottle and using it up rather than letting it roll around in the back of the drawer sounds like a better idea.

Today I did use the Ciate Foundation and I think I have to admit, I need a lighter shade for the winter. It turned out okay today, but I found myself treading very lightly with the bronzer and adding a bit more of the white setting powder than usual to lighten the color a bit. which means that I’ll need a lighter shade going into winter. I don’t actually mind ordering a lighter shade. It is an affordable foundation to begin with and with my Christmas gifts purchased I can actually justify picking it up at the black friday sale. So that may be on my personal black Friday shopping list this year.

Also on that list are more of the No 7 shadow trios. I really like the one I picked up. the three colors work well together and because it is only three colors it is easy to grab in a hurry. Plus because it is three colors I find myself reaching for it more than I do my single shadows. There is almost no fall out from the shadows so again that is a time saver. They blend well together and the trio is well thought out. They are not highly pigmented. There are pros and cons to that. with the darkest shade you have to apply a bit more and work to darken it, but on the plus side you won’t automatically go too dark. In the balance between buildable and pigmented, I tend to lean more towards buildable. I like to be in charge of how dramatic my eyeshadow gets. and I know part of that is because most of my looks are more office friendly than they are night’s out dramatic, but lets face it, I spend way more time in the office and at meetings than I do out dancing.

Which is a shame.

It is reality, but still a shame.

It does mean that when I do go for the glitter I really do enjoy the break and it does feel special. At the moment though this mascara feels quite special. This is my second time using the YSL mascara and I have to say I really am liking it. It is definitely more lengthening than it is volumizing, but I really like the length.

I can’t really say I am impressed with the Rare Beauty lip balm though. It is a clear lip balm so there is no color to like or not like, but it feels oddly heavy on the lips. It also smells a bit strange. Not bad, but I just can’t identify the scent. And the scent is fairly constant as it is on my lips and thus right under my nose. I’m not a fan of the fact that the scent hasn’t faded either. Maybe the scent is why it feels so strangely heavy. The packaging is nice and I will give the lip balm more tries, but thus far, it is not turning out to be my favorite product.

The lip balm, along with the fact that I am going to have to order a winter shade of foundation are really the only downers in today’s product listing though so I can’t really complain too much.

Over all I am pretty happy with the look. Also you may notice fewer fly aways in my hair today. While I am still working through the last of my current shampoo, I did open the Silk Infusion leave in conditioner from CHI after my shower last night. Today I brushed my hair and let it go. I am quite happy with the way it looks. The silk infusion isn’t heavy on the hair, but it does work really well at keeping things smooth. And despite the large amount of hair on my head, I only needed a dime sized amount of product. Which means this small bottle is going to last a really long time.

But for now it is back to work for me. I need to make up some time at the desk due to the extra long walk earlier. It is always a trade off at this time of year, but given the short window of fabulous weather, I’m happy to lean into the fitness side, even if it does mean I have to work a little bit later tonight to make up for it. Life is always a series of trade offs my darlings, but as trade offs go, this one was a pretty easy choice to make. Have a great afternoon.



The Daily: November 9th, 2021

Oh my darlings, the aches and pains are fading. Whether they were caused by the booster shot or the excessive use of the pitchfork in the garden bed is irrelevant. What matters is that they are going away. I was only minorly stiff this morning when I got up. I think part of that is the Elemis Muscleease Active Body Oil.(currently 22% off at Lovely Skin) While it is meant to be massaged in, which I did massage it into my arms, neck and shoulders, I also added a little bit to my bath water last night and had a good long soak. I really think it helped. I know it was probably designed for post workout athletic types, but it works wonders on post gardening aches as well.

Since I was feeling better I was able to take advantage of the sun. It may have cooled off a bit, but the weather is still nice and walks feel more like pleasure than work outs. And this week, I kind of need all the help I can get. Our menu plan has gotten a bit off track. We try to have at least three vegetarian nights a week during the week. Since Wednesday is usually a harsh day for my baby we usually end up with something like fish on Wednesday since it feels more substantial and then have meat on Fridays with left overs over the weekend. Of course if we have the good salmon from Vital Source, sometimes we will have that on Friday’s instead of meat. But in general that’s our plan.

In the summer we tend to go for cold vegetarian options and then when the weather cools off we go for warmer vegetarian options. It know, pretty self explanatory actually. The problem is the weather. It has cooled off, but only recently. And sometimes it isn’t quite cold enough for the heartier warm options and sometimes it is too cold for the lighter summer hold overs. So we’ve been sort of wavering on the meal plans. I think it might be cold enough now that we can get back onto the meal plan track. Admittedly i think my babydoll has used the changing weather to justify picking up chicken strips from the grocery deli on the way home. Last night I made vegetarian spring rolls because we decided it was warm enough and he had a rough day and added the chicken strips to the meal.

I’ll admit, I had one. It was good. But it wasn’t the plan. But we talked about it and we are going back to the meal plan. Admittedly I had to show him the budget and point out that our food budget has grown quite a bit with the additional food he picks up. Sometimes you just have to look at the math.

So walking and bringing the meal plan back under control are this week’s goals. Oh and because there are so many sales going on, I am going to try to list the ones I know about with the makeup in my daily posts. I’m sure there are some that i will miss, but I think I’ll remember to mention them more if I tie them in here.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

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Foundation: Ciate Extraordinary Foundation

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Blush: No, 7 Damson Mist Blush

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Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in OMG

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Powder: Ciate London Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: No. 7 Pink Blossom Shadow Trio

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

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Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss

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Okay my darlings, lets break things down. I love the Elf primer and it has lasted a really long time. It is $9 and so worth the value. I am reaching the end of the product though and will soon have to purchase another one. And while I have been holding off on picking up new primers as I am trying to use up a few less than favorite ones, I will be repurchasing this one. It is just a great all purpose primer that works well with pretty much all of my foundations.

As for foundations. I still love my Ciate. I keep rolling it in to see if I can get away with this shade as my skin lightens towards the winter months. It worked today, but I think I may only have a few more weeks where it will work, and then I am going to have to order a lighter shade. This is one of the few foundations I don’t mind keeping multiple shades of on hand. I was just hoping I wouldn’t have to. It is a great, weightless foundation that offers good medium coverage. I enjoy having it around.

This is my second day with the No 7 blush and I think I like it. It isn’t super pigmented and it blends really well. I don’t think I coul get away with a brighter pink shade though. This darker pink seems to give me the light flush I want and isn’t too heavy looking. Actually that seems to be kind of the No 7 ‘s makeup thing. I have loved their pressed powder for years and in the last year or so have fallen in love with their foundation. I think part of the reason is that even when it is a foundation it is weightless and subtle on the skin. The blush seems to have that same subtlety of wear.

While we are at it, the eyeshadow too is a lighter weight. Now honestly I didn’t choose particularly rich colors, but I don’t really recall seeing any really bright colors on the rack when i looked. The color arangements seemed perfect for every day looks. Today I actually used just the medium toned pink with a dash of the darker shade along the uper lash line. Given that it is a trio of colors only I’m not going to get major swings in eye looks from it, but this is a lighter look than I did yesterday with the trio and I rather enjoyed it.

As always I liked the Ciate Setting powder. I am trying to finish out the open container, but in all honsety I have a back up containe waiting in the wings. I picked it upon a sale a little while back. So I will be using this one up and I already know I will be using it again. It is a good setting powder that doesn’t look too dry on the skin.

The Tarte mascara is growing on me as well. I liked it when I tested it out, but the more I use it the more I like it. And of course I love the bareMinerals lip products. Actually I’m a fan of most of their mineralist line.

And that was today’s look. I know, it isn’t razzle dazzle, but as today’s outings feature a walk and a lot of time working in front of my computer screen, It doesn’t really need to be. Although I do have a new metallic fil eyeshadow I want to try out as a possibility for my festive looks so soon, my computer screen may be faced with a bit more razzle dazzle than it’s used to. For now though, I am happy with the toned down look.

The Daily: November 4th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The rain has reached us and today is a mostly indoor sort of day. There was a session with my hand weights and another internet yoga moment this morning, but aside from looking into another video this afternoon, I’m afraid that is it for the fitness today. It is mostly remembering not to add a bunch of extra calories to my day. Normally that isn’t too hard, however we picked up candy for trick-or-treaters and had none show up. So now we have a pile of fun sized snickers and recees peanut butter cups. They were in a bowl, but I kept passing by and having to talk myself out of eating one (or a couple) so I put them in the cookie jar instead. There at least they are out of sight and easier to ignore. Passing by the candy bowl, it was simply too easy to pick one up simply because it was there.

Now I can forget about them for the most part.

Today is mostly a day for editing. That’s right all those pesky little commas need to be assured of the correct home. And I am sorting through the last minute notes to make certain that the words that were in my head are the words that made it onto the page. Yup it is me and a bunch of comments in red pen. I think it is a hold over from school but I hate the red pen. I’m thinking of giving all of my readers and editors bunches of blue inked pens for christmas. I know, you shouldn’t give a present just because it makes you feel better. But I think if you put a ribbon on it is still counts as a gift.

Maybe I can use it as a decorative topper for another gift. Make it sort of part of the packaging.

I’ll have to think about that one.

The other big discussion in the house right now is the bed. we have painted the walls, added a carpet and hung the curtains. We even got a new bed frame. The two things we haven’t done are replace the night stands (because we can’t actually agree on ones we both like, its a process) and replacing the mattress and possibly bedding. The bedding will be an ongoing style debate that will last well into the new year. The mattress is of more pressing concern. While we routinely turn the mattress, it has now reached a point where no matter how many times we turn it, a dent soon appears. This morning it felt like I was climbing out of it. So a mattress will soon be a necessity. We just need to make a decision about it.

But that is a discussion for later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: ELF poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Ulta Youthful Glow Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Eyeshadow: Life on the Dance Floor by Revolution

Mascara: Roen Cake Mascara

Lips: Josephine Cosmetics Lip Power in Tiphaine

Okay, the Elf poreless putty primer is a long standing favorite. It is a great way to get a smooth canvas for your foundation and as always it is in my top five primers. Today I pretty much used up the last of the Ulta Foundation. It is a great formula and it has been with me for a while. So long in fact that they have new packaging. I will be repurchasing it at some point. Right now i am trying to work through some of my older foundations to clear them out. Because I was testing so many I have an over abundance of them at the moment. Ideally i would like to have only a few that I rotate through at any one time. I dislike the thought of wasted product so no repurchasing until I shrink the existing number.

Or if I do repurchase because of a good sale I can’t open it until I clear out a few more.

But as I don’;t resist temptation so well, I am trying for the don’t purchase option.

The blush and bronzer are both from Ciate. The blush is a long time favorite. I like the bronzer and I like the way it is buildable rather than just in your face pigmented, but it is only a like not a love. I like it enough to use, but it isn’t something I would rush out to purchase if it ran out. The compact is adorable though.

The Roen Mascara is also one of those, use now but not rush out to repurchase products. It is fine. It just isn’t really all that notable.

The Revolution palette is one that was saved from decluttering at the last minute. I like the formula, the shades are blendable and there is a good variation in color. I like the looks I create with it, I just don’t find myself reaching for it all that often. I actually get way more use out of my small doughnut palette from Revolution than I do this one. In fact every time I use the doughnut palette I think, I need to pick up some of the other doughnut palettes. When I use this one I think, it works well. That’s it. Because it does. It is a nice palette, it is just a palette that makes me feel meh. I think if I were working in an office everyday and had to make certain I stuck to a conservative look it would thrill me more. So maybe it just means my life has changed. I’m still not sure how long I will keep the palette. The formula of the shadpws is good, but I just don’t know how often I will reach for it in the future.

And this leads is to the lips. Today was the first wear of the Josephine lipstick. I like the color enough to keep wearing it and I like the way it feels on the lips. It dries down somewhat, but not all the way, which keeps it from drying out my lips, but at the same time it is still leaving red lip prints on things. I’m going to have to see how it wears the rest of the day and probably use it a few more times before I decide how I feel about it. Right now, I’m on the fence. But that’s okay, I don’t mind taking my time to make up my mind.

But for now it is time to delve back into the commas and to make sure that what i thought in my head has actually made it down onto the page. Such fun. I know, it is part of the job but I enjoy the writing part so much more than the editing. Still it must me done, and so we sally forth. I’ll see you on the other side.