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 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: August 22nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I had a pretty good one. I spent a large time trying peppers to make paprika since they are now ripening thick and fast. I also dug potatoes and pretty much ruined my nails despite the gloves. But I do have a nice crop of potatoes and my nails will recover. Also for the first time i managed to plant melons and actually get a melon to grow on the vine. It is a cantaloupe style melon. I know, it doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment but I have planted melons in my garden, in every garden that I have ever planted actually and for some reason I always get the flowers but never the fruit.

So as odd as it sounds I am doing the happy dance over the melon.

Beyond garden chores I mostly vegged over the weekend. I watched a lot of the Star Trek’s Lower Decks on Paramount+. It suited my mood and was fun.

Today I managed an early walk under threatening skies. Rain was threatening for most of the weekend, but held off until last night. Now even though it is a low percentage, the sky really looks like it wants to open up and the air feels weighted. But I still got in the walk. I was drenched when I came back, but technically that was the humidity and not the rain. And a quick shower sorted me right out. Plus I got in my exercise. I think this week might be beat the humidity rather than the rain. We shall see.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: RealHer Powerwear Probiotic Foundation

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

Eye Shadow: OFRA the Signature Palette Symphony

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil Kit

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips Mac Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

Today I started with one of the primers I always keep around. It is the Elf Poreless Putty Primer. It is $8 I think and it is so worth picking up to keep around. I have the original version but they do make a variety of formulas now. I’ve tried a few of the others, but this is the one I really do prefer.

I am still testing out the Real Her Foundation so I am switching out primers. I think it worked well with this primer. The foundation is matte, but it isn’t a flat matte. It has a little bit of depth to it. I did use a little bit of highlighter under my cheeks but the rest of the products were matte and there is still a bit of a glow. I may try an illuminating primer with it to see if they can be paired or if I find it too much. But I like the way it turned out today,.

I am still testing out the OFRA Palette and today I simply used the one brownish shade and a little of the highlight in the inner corners. The brown is not as deeply pigmented as the cranberry shade, but this was still only one dip in the pan for the eyeshadow. I like OFRA shadows, but I have to admit I am getting a little bored with this palette. I think it is one that I can easily use, but not one I can use every day for a long period. I am actually kind of ready for the review to be over. I think I will end up reaching for this palette in the future but it will be for the day, not the week.

I am thrilled with how my brows came out. I do need to do some clean up with the tweezers but the iMethod worked beautifully. The Pur palette is always a favorite. It worked beautifully as always and you know i love Mac Lipsticks. This one is my go to neutral and I am going to have to replace it soon. I went with the Eyeko Black Magic Mascara to finish off the look. Usually I say I prefer the Lash Alert, which I do, but after using the Lala Beauty mascara last week, this mascara feels fabulous by comparison. I’m not saying the other was bad, but at no time did I use it and not end up having to clean up transfer from under my eyes. It just takes longer to dry and I had issues with every use. It made the Eyeko which is a good mascara feel utterly fabulous. It went on, it looked good and it dried quickly without making a mess. So today Black Magic was just fabulous. which isn’t surprising. Eyeko does really good eyeliners and mascaras. So even though Black Magic is generally second to Lash Alert in my opinion, it is still a fantastic mascara.

And that my darlings is me today. I feel well rested and slightly smug about getting my walk in before the rains returned. It has also been a really productive day so I also feel good about spending the weekend resting between bouts of garden chores. Admittedly tonight I may end up needing to do nail triage. Hopefully there will be some survivors. I hope your Monday is going fabulously well.

The Daily August 3rd, 2022

Today my darlings I decided that I did not want to look like death warmed over. That’s right, I went with makeup. I left of the mascara and the brows because I am still a sneezing watery eyed mess, But I decided that I simply wanted to something normal.

What is interesting is that I feel a lot better than I have, despite the running nose, eyes sort throat and pounding headache. All of my symptoms are less and I feel like I am on the mend. I managed to actually stay awake all day long today, a first this week.

Interestingly enough today was the first test where i tested positive. The lines were very light compared to my babydoll’s, whose lines were dark and bold on the test strip. Still there is no leaving the house until next week. Which is fine.

I miss my walking and exercise but as even thinking about it makes me feel exhausted, I accept that the fitness plan is on hold for a bit. But I did something normal today and that was to put on some makeup and actual clothes. I know, not pajamas today. At least for a few hours. I think I might make it to about for or five before I change. But I wanted to feel like me for a bit and I did. So shall we take a look?

Today’s Look

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Skin on Skin Full Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Bronze Stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Blush

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Okay I’ll be honest, I leaned into products I liked and that took minimal effort to use today, except for the eyeshadow. The tatcha silk canvas (in the balm form) is a log time favorite. The Yensa BC foundation is rapidly becoming my go to product for foundation. it is just beautiful and easy to blend. My tube is almost empty so I will need to replace it soon, but it is fantastic. I was keeping it light so I used the Illamasqua gel bronze. It feels wet when it is applied which takes some getting used to, but it blends beautifully. The Cream blush I really do enjoy. It might be a bit too much considering how washed out I feel today, but it blended out beautifully. And you of course know that I love the elf Sheer Slick. Once again it is nearing the end of it’s life and once again I will be reordering it.

So all fabulous right? Now let’s talk about this shadow.

Its the lunar beauty palette and to be honest I thought I was reaching for a brown shade. The fact that it came out purple was a bit of a surprise to me. I swatched it after i saw it on the lid and the swatch came out brownish with a purple tinge. But it went full Ursula the sea witch purple on the lids. Which was unexpected. It does show off the big flaw in this shadow though and that is the blending. I’m going to try it with a lid primer and see if that makes a difference, but these shadows are on the powder side and don’t tend to blend really well in general.

My eyes also look horrific this close up because I am sick and they are baggy. I think the lines multiplied over night. I am not a fan of that. I’m hoping it is temporary and that I will go back to looking a little less wrinkle-ly eyed and droopy once the sickness has passed.

If you look at the shadow though I started with the application of the shadow on the outside of the eye and then blended in. I ended up with a stripe of Ursula purple on the center and lighter everywhere else. I tried the light pink on the inner corner and then tried to blend out but the shadow wasn’t really having it. I am not a fan of this look or this shadow. Tomorrow there will be lid primer and we will see if that helps, for now, not a fan.

And so that was my look today. i chose favorites for the most part that I didn’t have to think about and then struggled with the shadow. I am also horrified by how bad my eyes look right now and hoping a good nights sleep will help.

I do think that getting dressed and actually putting on makeup did help my state of mind though. I feel a little bit better mentally just for doing it. I will admit though, My pajama pants are calling to me.

The Daily: May 17th, 2022

I know I missed yesterday’s daily post and I apologize. I was just exhausted. This weekend was as horrible as expected. On May 6th, my younger brother died unexpectedly. He sat down, leaned back closed his eyes and was gone. While we will need to wait fifteen weeks to hear back for a final diagnosis, preliminary thoughts lean towards either aneurism or stroke. Regardless it was quick and hopefully painless.

While the shock threw me (and everyone else into a tailspin, the world is on a little more stable footing now. This past weekend was the memorial service which made everything real. As horrid as it was, it did provide a bit of closure which was especially important as the death came out of the blue. While grief will clearly take a long time to settle, A return to a more normal course is helping me to regain my footing. I planned to start back to normal yesterday and I made a good start.

But then I decided a destressing face mask would be a perfect break as my walk was overly sweaty due to high humidity and then I closed my eyes and was out. Luckily it was a gel like hydrating mask that could be worn overnight if you wanted and not a clay based one. I was out for several hours. While most of the mask ended up on the pillow, I did get quite the hydration out of it, as well as a much needed nap.

So today we slide back into our regularly scheduled routine. There was a walk today. It is always interesting in the spring. The humidity rises even though it isn’t all that hot and I feel like my pores have opened up and are having a good clear out. I have to splash water to rinse off the salty sweat, but at this time of year the walking always makes my skin feel really good once the sweat is rinsed away. It is as though it has purged toxins that I didn’t know it was holding on to. Of course that also results in a spate of clogged pores. It is as seasonal as my allergies. I’ll need to put some pore clearing masks on my to do list to keep things clear, but otherwise it is a good feeling.

Food has been hit or miss. Last week I nibbled but didn’t eat much, then I went home and ate a lot, more because people seemed to feel the need to feed me more than because I was hungry. It was actually a relief to have one of my Smoothie Box Shakes for lunch today. (I went with the orange one). There were a lot of heavy sauces over the weekend. They were delicious, but very heavy. More than anything it is a relief to get back to my own food.

I think I am going to try to sneak in a second walk this evening after the heat of the day breaks. I’m pretty sure half of the calories I am burning off right now are Cream of Mushroom Soup based.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Gold Rush Blush

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake powder

Eyeshadow: Tresluce La Flor De Mexico Shadow Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

When I was packing my travel bag this past week I realized there are several primers I haven’t full tested. I think several came in at the same time and I got distracted. Today I skipped the pre makeup base of Embryolisse because I wanted to treat this as a first use primer and this primer has some skin care benefits I believe. I’ll have to double check that as I dive deeper into it. I love Lorac lipsticks and eyeshadow formulas but I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of their face products so this was fun. I know I tried this when it first came in, but I don’t remember it. There is very much a skincare like scent to the primer. It glides on well and this far it is working well. I chose not to add a highlighter because of this primer. It is a bit on the glow-y side, but it isn’t overly wet looking. The wet look just makes me feel like I look greasy. I liked the way this primer turned out today.

Today I reached for the Bite Beauty foundation because I just heard the news that the brand is going under. For years they were my go to for lip products. Their agave lip mask was hands down my favorite for years. Then in 2019 they decided to reformulate everything so the brand was vegan. They released their new formula in early 2020 and as we all know 2020 didn’t go as anyone planned so it was poor timing for a release. The thing is that their new formula wasn’t that great, at least with the lip products. I’ve had excellent vegan lip products but this just wasn’t an excellent formula. So they are closing and pretty much everything on their site is 50% off. Including this foundation. this is the formula still on sale and now that I have the hang of the formula I really like it. It is one of those foundations you need to use a makeup sponge for and go lightly with instead of applying with a brush. Once I figured out how to apply it correctly I fell in love with the formula. It is very lightweight and feels and looks natural. I was really looking forward to summer wear actually. while I usually use BB creams and tinted moisturizers in the summer this was light enough I thought it would work for summer wear and I was thrilled for a summer foundation. I’ll still use it, but apparently this will be it’s one summer of use.

The Buxom Bronzer and Benefit Blush are also summer faves and it feels like i am starting to naturally shift to my summer wear makeup. I will be shifting things around in the makeup drawers this weekend so the summer wear products are nearer to hand. This bronzer and blush will make steady appearances all summer.

The Kim Chi powder is one I am really liking. Part of it is the powder puff. I think that I am going to try the puff with other powders to see if the puff application is the main reason I like it so much or if it is the powder formula. So that will be fun to play around with for a bit.

This was the first use of the Tresluce palette and the colors are really nice. They are a bit more pigmented than I expected and they didn’t blend as well as I would like today. I used all matte shades today. I’m going to see if I can get the blending to work a little bit better, but the shadow formula was nice to apply. I did have to tap off the brush as it was a bit on the powdery side, but there wasn’t any fall out during application. Over all it was a good first use.

I then finished up with two of my favorites, The Stila mascara and the elf sheer slick. I am almost out of the Elf sheer slick actually. It is a nice light formula that is a summer staple. When I replace the Black Cherry i am going to look for one that is more neutral for a natural look day.

So that was me today. I’m getting back to normal. I’m sure there will be a bit of rockiness ahead, but today was pretty stable sailing. I am sliding back into my routine and tonight, there will be a second walk, followed by bean burgers. (I make my own patties rather than purchasing them). There will be no cream of mushroom soup in sight.

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The Daily: May 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. The rain has returned and the humidity level is high. As a result my bangs have decided that an 80s style poof is the way to go. They won’t get there without the help of a teasing comb a round brush and a boat load of Aqua Net, but they are trying. So I am doing my best to ignore them today.

I made no attempt to go outside. It was raining when I woke up, it rained through the morning and it is raining now. I’m trying to think of the fabulous germination my newly planted seeds are getting and less of the walk I will not be taking. It is the down side to building a walking trail in the flood plain. It rains, the trail floods. But I will not harp on it, even though I am still casting longing looks out of the window.

The reason it is so important is that I know on rainy days like this I always slack off a bit on my exercise. I tell myself to push hard, but I just know that I don’t push all that hard on days like today. In fact I don’t think I did much pushing in April, which is why the waist band of my jeans feels a little on the snug side. I have already accepted that on my first weigh in back I will have gained weight. I know everything got out of whack in April. I spent last week getting my meal plan back into alignment and this week I am ramping up the exercise.

Except today. Today I don’t think I pushed as hard as I could. I’ll be making up for it with lighter meals today, but I need to find something to keep me on track for the days when walking isn’t possible. Sadly I may have to go back to some sort of reward system. I had it in place for my initial weight loss plan then when i went to reward myself with something I wanted I found it was sold out and then I couldn’t think of a replacement so I let the system lapse. maybe I’ll keep the rewards in categories instead of specifics. A new pair of yoga pants instead of this specific pair of yoga pants. I think it was a pair of earrings that threw me last time. I saw this adorable pair of bumblebee earrings, but they were gone by the time I reached the reward point. nd then I didn’t see a pair I wanted. General may be the way to go on that. But that is something to figure out later. Maybe after dinner.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

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Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Concealer: Dior Backstage Concealer

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: Ultimate Glow Getter by Real Her

Powder: Kim Chi Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful Eyeshadow Palette from The Balm

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag

Lips: Trestique Lip Crayon in Florence Fig

Okay today was a fun one. First off Love the embryolisse as a base. I apply it ten minutes before I apply anything else so my skin has time to absorb the cream in and everything just flows wetter with great hydrated skin and no cakey look to anything.

I am loving the way my eyes came out today

It really helped out the setting powder today as the air is so damp. between the humidity and the cream I needed the setting powder to dial back the shine. It did sort of counteract my test of dry products though. I use the Real Her Palette today because I wanted all powder face products and it was just easiest to grab.

Normally I use this more in the summer time because it goes so well with a light tinted moisturizer natural look, but it applied well today. Ideally though this is a natural look palette. It is well loved though. Pan is showing in all three of the products and I am hoping it will make it through the summer. I don’t think it will make it past this summer so I will probably be replacing it in the fall. it is fantastic with a tinted moisturizer.

It did work well with the Yensa. This is an easy foundation to use actually and I am really enjoying it. My full review will be up this Thursday as I finish out my review.

I am falling in love with this palette from the Balm. I applied the shade Cut and thought wow that is a great all over shade, but since I am seeing how they blend I went for the darkest shade Cliff Hanger and really like the way it blended. I then used the silver shimmer of Roll Credits and it looks great. I am personally loving today’s eye look. If it keeps performing this well during the rest of the test (it is only the second day) I might just have found one of my everyday go to palettes because this was easy to reach for and has workable shades. The trick will see if I still like it next week or if it becomes slightly boring. There is always a fine line with an everyday neutral palette. We’ll have to see where this end up, but I have my fingers crossed for it.

Today I also reached for the ease of the Trestique lip crayon. I love these. This is the Florentine fig and I reach for the color often which is why it is almost a nub. It is comfortable to wear, the crayon is refillable and while one side is a matte color, the other side has a lip balm to go over it if you want a bit of shine. I am really a fan of the formula. It wears a bit like a traditional lipstick though. It won’t dry down and it will wear off. It is very comfortable to wear though.

And that my darlings is me today. my bangs are misbehaving but I love my eye look. I’d be nice if I could get the hair and makeup to cooperate on the same day, but i will take what I can get. And today, the eyes have it.

The Daily: April 19th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to a chilly Tuesday. Tonight is supposed to actually drop low enough to freeze so the plant covers are out, ready and waiting to cover all the delicate spring growth. already in the garden. Surprisingly after this last snap of winter, tomorrow is supposed to get up into the seventies. Such rapid changes always mean a headache for me so I have checked the stocks of ibuprofen.

However today is glorious. Cold, but glorious. The ran stopped and even though the park is still flooded and curtailing my walking, the sun has blasted back the mold from the air. So no watery itchy eyes and sneezing fits today.

Oh yes, there will be mascara.

And if the weather holds then the grand spring plant out can begin this weekend. i have plants that I started early in the green house that really need to see more of the outside world. I started hardening them and they were able to spend the night outside up until Easter Sunday, but then I had to bring them back inside. Hopefully they can stay outside the rest of the week and be planted this weekend.

Tis the season where the garden dominates my thoughts. And much of my time. It also starts to take it’s toll on my nails. I think tonight I may paint them so I can have them looking pretty for the rest of the week. They’ll be wrecked by next Monday, but then I will remove the polish and start the spring strengthening treatments so they should remain healthy for the duration of the planting season and come out looking strong and healthy by the time I can paint them again and reasonably expect a manicure to last more than a day.

The nail strengthening treatments are on my list of spring and summer orders. It happens after every Easter. The summer gathering. I make sure I have extra sunblock on standby (this year I’m also going with a hat to wear gardening), I start positioning bottles of Avene Thermal Water and an extra spray sunblock by the garden door, one to use when going out and the second to use when coming in. I will check to see that my Aloe plant is healthy in case of sunburns and I will have the Missha Artesmisia Essence on hand for skin soothing purposes. There are more items needed to prepare for the spring and summer, but those are the highlights I am hitting this week. Soon the orders will go out and the stocking will begin.

I am also starting my sunless tan for my legs this evening, so I will keep you posted on how that proceeds. I have two different products I am trying out this year. even though my Easter dress from Ever Pretty (reminder: their major bridal sale ends on the 20th) was long enough to cover my legs, it was the first skirt of the season and reminded me of how white my legs are. I don’t need to be bronzed all over, but I would like my arms and legs to look like they are attached to the same body. And my arms are already showing a tan line around the wrist. So self-tanning we shall go. But first, today’s makeup.

Today’s Look:

Pre makeup base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Foundation: Yensa BC full Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush/highlight: Natasha Denona Cupid Cheek Duo

Powder: Elf Perfect Finish HD Powder

Eyeshadow: Revolution Maple Glazed Doughnut Palette

Mascara: Big Poppa Wet ‘n Wild Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last Lipstick

After a day of sneezing and watery eyes it always feels good to be able to apply makeup again. I think its the fact that I know it might actually last more than ten minutes and not be decorating Kleenexes a few moments after I’ve applied it.

The Embryolisse as a make up base was actually very appreciated today. I think that the tissues I used pulled out all the moisture in my skin so adding a bit more out to smooth and soothe my skin before putting on today’s makeup was very much a good idea.

This is the second week I’ve been testing the Yensa Skin on Skin BC foundation and I am really liking it. It does have a bit more of a glowy look to it than I usually prefer in my foundations, but as long as I pair it with a matte primer. In looking through my primers I found I really only have three matte primers in my collection at the moment. They are the ones I tend to buy and use the most where the dewy ones come in subscription boxes. Actually I have several I have yet to test out. But that will require a matte foundation, so even though i now feel I know how this foundation performs, I’ll leave that for later.

I did go for one of my favorite cream bronzers and it was the Trestique. I know, no surprise. However i chose it not just because I love it but because cream products tend to work better with other cream products. And I wanted to test out the Natasha Denona Cupid Duo. It has a cream blush and a powdered highlight. I was worried about the cream blush. I do have another cream blush from the brand that I adore, but when I swirled my finger in the cream it didn’t seem to impart much color. then I tried it on my cheeks and I loved it. the color was there and it was very blendable and long lasting. It is something I will reach for. I will need to play around with the highlighter before I make a determination though. When applied with a finger it disappeared. I went over it a little with a clean brush I had on hand, and it did a little better, but I may need to work with it a bit more to figure out how it likes to be applied. It might take more work.

In keeping things simple I went for my Maple Glazed Doughnut palette from Revolution. I know I say this every time I use it, but I really need to pick up more of the doughnuts. They are easy to travel with and apply fantastically well and easily. they are easy to grab first thing in the morning and don’t require a lot of thought. the only reason that I haven’t picked them up is that I haven’t been into ULTA for a while. I looked at them on line and they are often sold out, but I know ULTA still carries them so next time I am in the store I may pick one up. It is just a great go to palette.

Wet n’ wild was the source of both my Mascara and lipstick today and I regret neither. They are both great formulas and I will use them repeatedly. The Big Poppa Mascara I will need to rotate in often. everyone knws that time starts ticking once you open a mascara, but with the Big Poppa you have almost exactly six months no matter how often you reach for it. which is fine as I don’t like to keep mascara longer than six months, but once you open this one it works fine for five months but that sixth lets you know it is nearing the end of it’s life. Sixth months in and it will start to thicken and clump. It is fantastic until then. You just have to commit to using it once you open it. I’m actually okay with that as I love using this mascara and sometimes I forget how long I’ve had products open. Having a very obvious indicator is not a bad thing for me.

But that was my look for the day. It applied quick and easy and is lasting throughout the day. It is comfortable enough that I don’t have to think about it and suitable for any possible meetings later this afternoon. There is a rumor of one circulating about one later today that I might or might not need to be a part of (digitally) So I have my Elf compact on hand incase a little shine needs to be powdered off and I am good to go. Until then, the paperwork calls.

Have a great rest of Tuesday my darlings.

The Daily: April 13th, 2022

April showers may bring May flowers but around here they also bring thoughts of Ark building. Do you think Lowes will get angry if I ask for a lumber order in cubits?

The rain came in fits and starts yesterday, but today it has settled in for a marathon. Exercise involves me and my Yoga Mat along with hand weights. Which is fine, but being inside all day makes me a little twitchy. It never used to, but then i started incorporating regular exercise into my schedule and it feels strange to leave the walks out. But at this point I think I might need an Ark or at least a rowboat, to get through the park. It looks a bit like a lake.

And there are snakes. A lot of them. (I took an umbrella down to the park just to see if a rainy day walk could be worked in. It could not. And those snakes did not look happy about being washed down stream.)

So indoor yoga and weights today. With a side of twitchy til the rain stops.

Today’s look:

Pre makeup base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 40

Concealer: Dior Backstage Concealer

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer stick

Blush: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Eyeshadow: Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

Mascara: Blinc Ultravolume Tubing Mascara

Lips: Grande Cosmetics Plumping Liquid Lipstick

Okay we are going to start from the top. I am loving the pre makeup base. It kind of plumps up my skin with moisture before I begin so everything just applies a little better. The Elf Poreless putty is a long time fave and one I consistently repurchase.

This Yensa foundation is from their Skin on Skin line and I can see why, it feels like my skin. It is weightless and applies smoothly with no lines in the product that have to be smoothed out. Yensa sent a foundation brush with this foundation and it is just the perfect combination of stiff and soft with the bristles. I also like the shape. How it performs with other foundations I’ll have to see but it works beautifully with this foundation.

The Trestique is a long time love. It was made even better by now being refillable which cuts down on plastic waste. I for one will happily refill this over and over again.

The Doucce palette is interesting. I reach for it for one blush. The other products I’ll use if it is open, but I will only reach for the one blush in the palette that I like. I’m not sure if that is enough to keep the palette long term, but I love the blush in the shade RSVP and will use it down to pan. Then I’ll feel bad and try and work through the highlighters, which are nice, but not my favorite. If I do repurchase it will just be a single blush.

I took out the Tarte eyeshadow palette because I hadn’t used it in a while. I absolutely love the mattes in the palette. The shimmers are okay but nothing to write home about. but I love the formula of the mattes and as this is mostly a matte palette with a single row of shimmers, I really do need to reach for it more. I tend to use it as a travel palette because it has a hard case and an array of mattes, but I need to think of it when i am not traveling.

With the Grande lips, I came across this sample yesterday and realized it had enough product for one or two uses left inside. I used it today and it ran out so it will be going away. It is a formula I really like. There is a slight pluming to the formula but what I like most is that it dries down almost all the way but not quite all the way. It means that it stops leaving lip prints everywhere but it doesn’t make my lips sand paper dry, which is sort of the best in a liquid lip. But this was it’s last use and it is now going to the empties bin.

And that was todays look. And now I am going to take my umbrella and slog my way to the mail box hoping that the few bills in the box have not turned into a soggy mess. Then I will dry out and get back to my afternoon. I hope whatever you have planned for the rest of the day is simply fabulous.

LovelySkin

The Daily: April 7th, 2022

Today has actually been quite nice. My work load is back down to normal levels. I had a decent amount of sleep last night and the world no longer looks like it is conspiring against me. That’s actually not a paranoia on my part, my neighbors on one side had a late night gathering and then another set of neighbors are repairing bits and pieces of their home to refresh it before putting it on the market. So it just feels like there is a constant upgrade in the level of neighborhood noise. Normally it is fine but when I am running on very little sleep thing I would normally ignore seem targeted to annoy me.

I know it has absolutely nothing to do with me. It is just my own lack of sleep irritability.

And while sleep and I often have issues finding each other, I really think the excess sugar over the weekend and the first part of the week had a lot to do with it. Once I realized it and cut the sugar back out, my sleep patterns began to get back to normal and I no longer felt that my neighbors were agents of evil sent here to destroy me. Which is a good thing as they are generally nice people.

A couple of kooks though. Like the guy who put up his own small windmill during lock down so that when the world collapsed he would still have air conditioning. I found it interesting that he wasn’t worried about food preservation or lights, just air conditioning. As though that was the one thing people were going to be forced to give up in the apocalypse.

I don’t actually talk to him much. I say hello to his wife periodically, but otherwise, I just steer clear. I’ll admit, I do kind of want to know about the air conditioning. Not enough to actually start a conversation, but it is something I think about.

Also when I say windmill, don’t think of the large scale wind farming ones, think mini golf. I think it has gnomes in front of it. His wife put them there so it would look less crazy. Doesn’t help. I keep trying to take a picture but haven’t been able to get one that isn’t rushed and blurry or when no one is around.

But that is completely off track. The point is I got sleep and feel fantastic. I also caught up on the work I was dragging on at the beginning of the week which feels even better.

And then I had something even better happen. A box from Yensa arrived on my doorstep. I talked to them about a sample of foundation for a trial and they sent a whole box of goodies. I finished up the last of my makeup removing oil yesterday so I am rotating in the CBD Cleansing oil immediately and the makeup products I will start trying out next week. If I hadn’t already done my makeup for the day I would have already started. I am so grateful to them for sending this over and i can’t wait to dive right in.

But first we have Today’s makeup.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: ELF Studio Flawless Oil Free Foundation with SPF 15 sunscreen

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/Shadow: OFRA Good to go Palette

Mascara: Athr Beauty Big Bang Mascara

Lips: MAC Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

Okay today was mostly about trying out the forgotten ELF foundation. I used the same primer to give it a fair comparison, plus I love the Elf Poreless Primer so it isn’t a hardship to use it a gain. I think there are two reasons I pushed this to the back of the drawer. The first is that it is a really light shade. I am edging out of the time period in which I can use it actually. At least not without bronzer and powder correcting it. The second reason is that while it is a good foundation, I really prefer the formula of the Acne Fighting Foundation. This is nice, but the other is just a little bit better. At least for me. I think these are the two reasons that I haven’t been reaching for this. There is still plenty of product in the bottle and it smells of sunscreen so it hasn’t gone bad. But I am getting to tan already to wear it for much longer. Since it is still good I am going to put it back in the drawer and make a note to see how it is in the autumn when I start getting my cool weather products out again. If it is still good then I will use it. If not I will purge it and just stick with the Acne fighting formula in the future. And that is mostly just a shade thing.

The OFRA palette I took out today because I recalled that it had shimmers that I liked and I thought the green might be good for Easter. (I think it is too minty to go well with my fabulous dress from Ever Pretty, but it is a nice shadow. Incidentally Ever Pretty has a spectacular sale going on right now. There are so many deals right now there isn’t space to list them but here are the top two I saw. Which if you are planning a wedding can really help out. Their quality is fantastic and their measurements, at least for the plus sizes I’ve tried on, are spot on. they also have non wedding dresses, which is what I generally order. I like to get dressy when we go out. Which reminds me that I need to order a new black dress for going out since things are opening up again. But that is again a different story.)

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The OFRA palette I don’t really reach for that often. I adore the highlighters and I really like the blush. I’m not terribly fond of the bronzer. It’s okay, and something I’ll use if I have the palette out, but it isn’t why I am reaching for this palette. (The highlights are why i reach for this palette, with blush and shimmers next).The shimmer shades are fantastic. My issue is with the mattes. They perform well. They are highly pigmented and blend easily.. My issue isn’t the performance. It is the shades I don’t care for. There are three mattes in the palette. One disappears on me and the other two look orange-y with my skin. I ended up modifying them with the bronzer to tone down the orange. I am not happy with the shadow look, but at least with hooded yes most people don’t see it. Plus I am working at my desk today and the monitor doesn’t judge.

It is a mix and Match palette, I just need to go to OFRA and order a couple of shadows to mix in that I like wearing. The shimmers are great though and I love them. I just don’t reach for it because i don’t like the mattes. Until I order replacement mattes, I might just pair it with the Storybook palette since I like their mattes. But I had forgotten hoe much I love their pink toned highlighter. The pink and gold highlighters are my favorite things in this palette. I have the gold highlighter in a single palette, I just need to pick up the pin one.

The Athr Beauty Mascara I like but I think today might be the final application. It takes so many coats of product ti achieve the look that the mascara ran out. It is nice but as I can get a better look with a drug store brand that will last six months and not a single month, I am not sure it is worth picking up again.

The Mac I love and will repurchase. I am also eyeing the Ruby shade from this line. I love MAC Lipsticks, always have. when I was first starting to wear non drug store makeup I would put a little money by each month just to buy a MAC lipstick for my collection. Then I would buy one shade and wear it everyday until it was gone. By then I was ready to buy another one. (I had very limited space at the time and generally kept only one of each type of product (One lipstick, one blush, one eyeshadow palette, one foundation – shades varied by season, etc). And even though things change, I still love MAC lipsticks.

So my darlings that is me today. A little scattered but I think I covered the basics. And some neighborhood gossip s well. Not that the windmill is gossip. And next week, we begin to try out some of the products Yensa sent. I can’t wait!.

The Daily: April 6th, 2022

Ah sleep. That blessed communion between the eyes and the inside of the eyelids. Not something you think about when you have it, but something you miss dearly when it is gone. Yesterday passed by mostly in a haze. A very gritty eyed haze. My attempt at a nap was not successful, however I got to bed early and slept like someone smacked me with a brick.

It was fantastic.

I used to get more of these bouts when I was younger. I don’t know if I was more easily able to shrug them off when I was eight, ten or even twenty, but they seem to hit harder now. The blessing is that these nights don’t come up nearly as often as they used to. I’m just kind of a mess when they do hit.

To be honest, I think it is the extra sugar we have in the house. We had company over the weekend and I asked if there was anything they wanted on hand to drink or snack on. And so we stocked the pantry for company. While we will occasionally get the mini cans of ginger ale, the last time we had full sized cans of cola in the house had to have been Easter 2019. And I think even then we only had the mini can’s of ginger ale. Which is why my brother brought his own I suppose. He drank the entire 12 pack he brought with him but didn’t touch the one we bought so we now have soda in the house. It is hard to resist, but I haven’t had that much sugar in my system in a while and I think that might be throwing me off a bit as well.

I’ve hidden the rest of the cans in the back of the pantry. They are still there but they are not constantly in view and I can more easily ignore them. Hopefully I can get my system back to normal.

Today there was little exercise. I isn’t get a lot done yesterday and to be honest much of what I did yesterday needed to be redone today. It was not a great performance on my part. So it is me at my desk for the bulk of the day. I did manage to get my makeup on today. It is a bit ELF tastic for two reasons. One is that I saw the new Dunkin X ELF collab and instantly wanted it so I wanted to see what Elf products on hand so I could figure out what to order from it. And the second reason is that I am still going through my foundations. I have two ELF foundations. There is the Acne Fighting one I wore today which is one of my favorites (and as I have sugar break outs, kind of needed) and then I have a second one I forgot about. I can’t remember how that one performs so I figured I’d try the one I like best first then see how the other compares. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s list the products.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: ELF Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: ELF Perfect Finish HD Powder

Eyeshadow: ELF Bite Sized Palette in Rose Water

Mascara: Big Poppa Mascara from Wet ‘n Wild

Lips: ELF Matte Liquid Lipstick

Today as I said was an elf tastic kind of day. I wanted to remind myself what I have from elf as well as what I don’t have. With the elf products I used, the Putty Primer is a product I never run out of. As soon as it looks low, I pick up a new one. I also really like the Elf acne fighting foundation. It is a fuller coverage than I usually wear (I prefer medium coverage) but on days where I am breaking out and still need to wear makeup it is fantastic. It does need a pore filling primer underneath it though. But if you use that then it will last beautifully all day.

The HD Powder I don’t wear a lot. Part of that is because I have another pressed powder I love, and part of it is because it can look a little powdery. I am finding that pairing it with the Embryolisse as a pre makeup base, means that it does tend to not look as powdery. Or at least it didn’t today. I am going to be reaching for this powder more so that I can use it up. Whether or not I will replace it or not has yet to be seen. But it did work better when my skin was more hydrated.

I love these bite size palettes from ELF

I am always blown away by how well thought out the Bite sized palettes are. This Rose water is actually my last one left. There was an incident and several were broken. These are great palettes to grab in the morning when you are in a hurry, just pick the tone and go. I was going to replace the palettes from this bite sized collection, but I think I might go for the Dunkin ones instead. they look like they are as well thought out in color selection and seem to be about the same size. So that may be my main purchase from this new collection.

And the liquid lips from ELF I adore. They have a pointy end to the applicator that is perfect for outlining your lips if you don’t have a lip liner to match your lipstick and they stay all day. there is a little fading throughout the day but they really require makeup remover to take off at the end of the day. they can be a little drying, however as soon as they dry down enough not to smudge, I apply a little lip balm over them and they are good.

There were other products I used since I don’t have enough for a full face of ELF. So I went for a few of my favorites. The trestique is my favorite cream formula for bronzing and contouring. It is so easy to use and now refillable. The bareMinerals bounce and Blur Blush I have been singing the praises of for a really long time and will continue to do so. I apply it with a finger tip and it feels like powder, blends like a cream and looks fantastic all day. And the Wet ‘n wild Big Poppa may be my favorite product from the Wet ‘n wild brand. One swipe, mega lashes.

So that was my look today. It was mostly a look that my computer monitor got to see, but I was happy with the way it turned out. It lasted all day and looked great. Tomorrow I’ll be testing my other ELF foundation to do a comparison between the two. Since this is the one I always grab, I can’t even remember what the other foundation looks like (or when I bought it, which may mean it is expired, so I’ll check on that too). But if it can still be worn, I’ll give it a try tomorrow to see if there is a reason I left it in the back of the drawer or if I just forgot a good product.

As for now it is back to work for me. I’m doing well in making up for the time I lost yesterday, but there is still a lot to get done before I can end my work day. wish me luck.

e.l.f. cosmetics