The Daily: November 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Would you believe that the temperatures dropped ten degrees overnight? We went from feeling like early fall to feeling like late fall over night. It is just so strange. It’s like the season compressed itself. Which is a shame as Autumn is my favorite season of the year. It is the one season I always want to extend. Still it is what it is.

It is a bright sunny day though, which is nice. The sun has that particular sharpness to it so that it feels like the sunbeams are slicing through the air rather than just pointing down towards the earth. There is nothing that feels warm or even particularly friendly about them.

Or perhaps that is just me. I did enjoy my morning walk and even enjoyed the way my breath puffed up in a cloud around me. Unfortunately I also had to run some errands. I think the vicious shoppers have come out early this year. usually you don’t see them until Black Friday but today they were out in force. I think it might be the early sales. Everyone had the same vision of using the early sales to do their shopping before the stores got crazy I guess. Except that enough of them had the same idea that it became a bit crazy all on it’s own.

which is kind of disturbing as I was just picking up a few things we forgot to get on our grocery/shopping run this past weekend. Apparently I paused too long in front of a toy display others wanted to raid. Note to self: look around you to see where you are stopping before stopping to check your list. I looked around to make sure I wasn’t blocking traffic, I just didn’t realize the display. I ran my hand through my hair repeatedly during the excursion so it looks a little worse for wear, but surprisingly my makeup came out of the ordeal looking okay.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Bronzer: LYS No Limits Bronzer

Blush/highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: Becca Pink Haze setting powder

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed palette

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Mascara: Tarte Lights camera lashes

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

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Today’s look was pretty low key, but I think it turned out well. The Clarins Primer and the Pretty Vulgar foundation work really well together and made my skin look pretty good as I ran around today. I have some residual break outs on my chin, but actually in general my skin is behaving really well right now.

I am still trying to use the Becca Powder up, so I am keeping it on top of my dressing table in easy sight and grabbing range. It is great but it has been discontinued. I like the pink setting powder in general as it gives me a healthy glow, but I also know I won’t seriously look for a replacement until I use this powder up. I’ll just use it a moan to myself about how unfair it is that the powder was discontinued. I know, the whole brand went down, but still, I’ll moan. So I’ll just use it up, then look for a replacement.

I have noticed that with the weather change I have automatically started reaching more for foundations than BB creams or tinted moisturizers. I’m sure I will still use them, but as it gets colder, I do still reach for the foundations more. With the foundations, I can use the Lys bronzer more easily. It is just a little too heavy to wear with the lighter face products. It worked well today though.

I have to say I am starting to fall in love with this Doucce Blush. The shade 61 RSVP is one I really like. It is actually growing on me. Because of it I am reaching for the highlights in the palette more as well. They are okay. Not my favorite, but since I have the palette out, i don’t mind using them. Today I went with the golden shade Glisten. The name actually reminds me that I need to start thinking about my holiday looks. This year there is the possibility of holiday gatherings. Pretty much from post Thanksgiving on. they will be small gatherings, but extra festive this year. Last year the only holiday items I indulged in were one sparkly eyeshadow and a great pair of heels. For New Year’s Eve I wore both of them, along with a comfortable t-shirt and a fuzzy pair of cookie monster themed pajama pants as my baby and I grazed on a selection of appetizers I made before putting the heels on.

This year might require a bit more thought.


Although I did enjoy the cookie monster pjs.

But back to the makeup. I chose the Lime crime palette for a nice and easy look. I combined Flesh and Abyss. and then I added the tarte mascara. Thus far the sample size isn’t showing any signs of running out, so I am pretty happy using it. With the samples though, the mascara tends to dry out pretty fast, so I’ll be rotating it in until it is gone (and then probably ordering the full size as it is a good mascara)

The elf sheer slicks amaze me with the formula. It is comfortable to wear, hydrating on the lips and provides just the right wash of color for a low key look. I really enjoy the vitamin E. It is an extra anti chapping defense that is perfect for this time of year. It comes off as soon as you drink or eat anything, but it still looks good on. And even if it smears while you are getting trampled by holiday shoppers, its color is subtle enough that you don’t have lipstick smears showing across your face.

You know, in case that is a consideration.

But exercise done for the day and emergency shopping complete, it is back to work for me. I hope you have a great rest of the day. And remember, shopping is not a contact sport.

The Makeup Bag: February 12th, 2021

The Makeup bag used February 6th – 12th, 2021

Good morning my darlings it is time once again to review all of the products I used on my face this week.  As usual we will start with primer. 

This week I again used the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer and I have to say the photos do not do it justice.  It was like magical pore eraser in a pretty red glass jar.  I love this primer and A part of me really wants to keep it in the makeup bag until it is empty and then just replace it, however, I have other primers in my collection that I need to use. 

So this coming week I will return it to my dressing table and take out another primer.  Actually because it reminds me so much of the Pore Professional Pearl Primer, I might take my last remaining sample of that out of the dressing table and use it so that I can get a comparison.

Bare face on the left, just primer on the right.

Plus I think the sample has been in my dressing table long enough.  It is unopened but I know it won’t keep forever and as I am not planning on traveling anytime soon, keeping it for travel is sort of pointless.

For Foundation this week I went with the Laura Geller Quench ‘n Tint hydrating foundation.  It is hydrating and it is a really good light to medium coverage foundation that feels like a moisturizer when you apply it.  You can read my full review here, but the result is that I liked wearing it now but have reservations about summer wear. 

If my skin were dryer I think I could get away with year round use, but I think in the summer it would be too hydrating for my skin.

Just primer on the left, primer and foundation on the right

It was also a light enough formula that I needed to use my concealer on my cheek scar and this week’s concealer was the Trestique Conceal, cover and correct crayon.  Because of it’s shape and formula it worked well on my cheeks.  It is too stiff to use under my eyes though as I feel it pulls at the skin a little too much.  I love it for spot correcting though as it covers blemishes well and blends in with any foundation I have tried it with.

My bronzer this week was from elf.  It has been a while since I used this bronzer and I forgot how pigmented it was. The first day this week I used this my skin went from winter pale to summer bronzed as I tried to blend it out instead of having an intense bronze on.  I really like the elf formula because it is very blendable, but it is necessary to remember that it is also highly pigmented and needs a light hand when applying.

My bareMinerals blush I absolutely loved this week.  You can read the full review here but in short, the color was fantastic, the bendability was wonderful, the soft focus look was excellent and I really liked the feel of the product on my fingertips.  This is a blush that you apply with your fingers and I have to say I really  enjoyed using it and once this sample is used up I will be purchasing the full sized version.  So you will see this blush a lot as I work through it. 

My highlighter was a sample sized pan from Wander Beauty.  It is the Wanderess Glow in After Hours and I have to say it was a beautiful highlighter. It is a sort of silvery pink and blends really well into the skin.  I like that I can make it bright or subtle depending on my blending  The color as good and the formula worked well for me.  It is a big pan and even though it is a sample size, I suspect it will last quite a while.  For me highlighters tend to last a really long time since I use so little of them. I have always preferred my highlight in small doses and to provide a subtle glow rather than a blinding light.  While I could do something blinding with this, I like that I can go for a soft glow instead.

I had two powders this week one pressed and one loose.  The pressed powder was the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores pressed powder.  It is a sample sized.  It is also beginning to show pan.  While I will be keeping this powder in my makeup bag until it runs out I suspect that will be another week at best as it is very thin indeed at the moment.  Once it is gone however, I will be replacing it with something else.  I enjoy using it, but I will not be purchasing a full size once the pan is empty. It is a fine product, but I have others I currently prefer.

My loose powder this week was the Kristofer Buckle Translucent setting powder. It is a very finely milled powder that sits well on the skin and doesn’t cause flash back from cameras.  I really like using it.  The only thing you have to watch out with this powder is the fact that since it is so finely milled, when you open the inner lid, you can sometimes get a small cloud of powder.  It isn’t much, just a small puff that spots your hand, but it is something to be aware of.  I just run my powder brush over my hand before dipping into the powder itself and there is no waste.  Just be aware so that you don’t breathe it in and you will be fine.  It is a lovely setting powder and I am really glad I picked it up. 

Actually it wasn’t a deliberate purchase.  Kristofer Buckle has these Kits and as I adore the formula for their Cashmere slip Lipstick I wanted to try some of the other products on offer and ended up purchasing the kit so I could.  It was a fantastic investment as I have used every item in the kit repeatedly, and some, like the mascara, I have already had to reorder. This powder is one of the things I will be reordering once it runs out. Currently they are having a sale on this powder (among other things on the site). Normally it is $24 but currently it is on sale for $18 and there is free shipping.

I skipped the eyeliner this week, but my brow pencil was from Il Makiage.  It worked really well and has a fine enough point to it that it went exactly where I wanted it to go.  I really enjoyed using it. The shade I used was in Truffles and it suited my eyebrow color perfectly.  The product was soft enough so that I didn’t feel like I was scratching my brows with a pencil, but it was soft enough to leave product behind easily.  It was one of the better brow pencils I’ve tried.

The simple two color eye look I wore most of the week

For my eyeshadow I reached for my trusty Ciate London.  It was the nine pan The Trend Edit that I used this week.  The link will take you to the full review if you are interested.  This week I kept things pretty tame and went mostly with the brown shade Burnt on the lid and the shimmer baby towards the inner lid to lighten it up a bit. 

I love the other colors in the palette, but quite frankly this was a simple easy look that took no thought on mornings when I was rushed.  The colors don’t have a really wide range to them, but if you are looking for a good everyday palette you can wear to work and then use to brighten up the shine before heading to happy hour, this is a palette you might want to look into. 

And at the moment Ciate is having a sale, The Love Sale, actually.  Some of their items are up to 50% off.  As I have quite the collection of Ciate London Products there are many I can recommend.  They are good quality.  And for those of you who love the Muppets, their Miss Piggy Collection is also on sale. There is a good possibility the Miss Piggy Mirror will soon be mine.

My mascara this week was brand new, not just to me, but in general.  I had to run out to Target and as I hadn’t been out of the house in a while, I took my time.  Thee on the end cap was the new Big Poppa mascara from Wet ‘n Wild.  I know I have other mascaras that are waiting unopened and ready for their turn to be used, but I couldn’t resist.  I think it is the fact that the mascara is wearing a crown. I couldn’t leave the crown waiting in the wings.  While the crown is a nice decorative touch, I did find that the ridges of the crown actually let me grip the wand more comfortably and securely.  So it is a functional design as well. The wand is straight, relatively short and bushy with an hourglass shape to it. 

No mascara on the left and mascara on in the righthand photo

It made for a surprisingly effective application actually.  I really liked the way my lashes looked.  They were lifted and lengthened.  It was quite dramatic actually. I liked that the mascara stayed on all day without flaking on me.  It is actually a really good mascara.  I was very impressed.  I don’t know why I am so surprised because Wet ‘n Wild’s new releases lately have all been fantastic.  At this point I have tried new releases of their tinted moisturizer, eyeshadow, lipstick and now the Big Poppa Mascara.  All have been absolutely fantastic.

Very simple look for most of this week

I can’t really say the same for the Jules Smith  Beauty Lip gloss.  It is glossy and I do like the color, but it is sticky and even after the color and shine have worn off, my lips felt strangely waxy.  It was actually a strange feeling.  It felt like a heavy, waxy lip balm, but when wiped off my lips felt a little dry instead of nourished.  It was odd.  Luckily, this is a sample size and there is very little in the sample after a week of use.  I may keep it out to use up, because I really do like the tint of color, however formula trumps color and this is not a formula I will be purchasing in a full size.

I have to say the same thing about the Lise Watier Magnifix Setting Spray.  I like the thought of the healthy setting spray and I like the scent, which made me initially like the spray. I also used it right after using a very paint smelling setting spray so i think it got bonus points for that. It is a very wet setting spray that often leaves spots in my powder. The more I use it, the less I actually like it. I just dislike having to touch up wet spots it leaves behind. It gets a little old.  The bottle is halfway empty and I think I will use it up, but once it journeys to the empty bin it will not be repurchased.

And that my darlings was the good, the bad and the fabulous of this week’s makeup bag.  Tune in next week to see what new products are lurking in the soon to be refilled bag.

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