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.

ELEMIS x RIXO 5-Piece Gift with a $125+ order + Superfood Glow Priming Moisturiser with a $175+ Order

The Daily: September 6th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Personally I really enjoyed the three day weekend. While the rain kept me from doing much in the way of garden chores, I did get several very necessary things done in the house. Which was nice. I also took a little time and just sort of rested. I think I have been running a 100 miles a minute for the last few weeks so having a little time to just sort of take a breather was probably the best thing for me.

Sometimes, even when your plate is full, taking a few minutes of down time is the best thing you can do for your mental health. I always forget that until I take the down time and then i always remind myself to remember after I’ve taken the time. I need to figure out a better system, but hopefully the reminder will help you.

Speaking of reminders, I did something fun and fabulous this weekend. I pre ordered my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar. I know, it is September. The pre release list was just opened. They won’t ship until closer to the Holiday season. Unlike the people at the grocery store near me who already have a display of Santas and other Christmas themed décor items up for sale. (Seriously, they skipped both Halloween and Thanksgiving and went straight to Christmas in the final week of August. I am actually amazed at how offended by that I actually am. After all I haven’t even gotten out my Frankenstein Coffee mug.

the pre order I don’t mind though. Especially since the last three years they have sold out before I could purchase them. I have been trying to snag the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar for a while and just missing out. So the pre order went in. And then there was a Happy Dance. It was also nice to just feel like something went right for a moment. Even if it was something small. And even though I do put up an advent calendar post listing out all of the ones I think are worth purchasing, I generally limit the number of advent calendars I actually purchase. while cost is definitely a factor, I really like it to feel special and opening one or two nice ones instead of a bunch does keep them feeling special. There are always far more advent calendars that I want than I can realistically buy anyway, hence the post. I’ll still get a couple for family as gifts, but limit the number for myself.

Anyway that is the long winded way of saying that I managed to pre order the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar for 2022 and that they are now available for pre-order if you would like them. I am now avoiding any spoilers for the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar since I would like to forget what little I do know about it and treat it as a surprise. So with that said, let’s jump into today’s look shall we. I decided to take a little break from the neutral norm.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Cover Girl Aqua Smooth Makeup + Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen

Setting Powder: Kim Chi Chic Beauty Puff Puff Pass Setting Powder

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: Colourpop Blowin’ Smoke palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Stencils with the ABH Dip Brow Pomade

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lips: Stila Stay All Day Lip in Rubino

I know usually I start with the base work my way out and then go from eyes down landing on the lips but today we need to start with the lips. Oh my do we need to start with the lips. I ordered the Blowin’ Smoke Palette from Colourpop and it arrived over the weekend. It was on sale (still is actually if you follow the link above). I’;ve wanted the palette for a while now, but always talked myself out of it. I think I was just wanting something more than the rosy tones and neutrals that I have been going for later and I have to say this was fun to play with. But that we will get to in a minute. The point is that once I put the eye makeup on a neutral lip didn’t look right.

While I have bee wearing more neutral lips a lot lately I love a good deep lip color. This Stila liquid lip is one that I always swatch when I think about decluttering my lips and then decide I just love the shade so much I can’t part with it and remind myself to wear it more often. So I went for it today. It is a messy liquid lip. It needs a lip liner to keep it from bleeding into the fine lines. It is also strange when drying down. It takes a while to dry down on the lips, but it sort of stains. So once you put it on your lips that is where it is staying. Which is why if you zoom in my lips are messy and crooked. This formula doesn’t dry down all the way and leaves lip prints everywhere. it also stains your lips and if you smear it it stains around your lips too. I am going to have to go in with a lip scrub tonight. I do love the color but have just such problems with the formula. The wand put too much product on the lips and then when i blotted, it smeared and touch ups were kind of a pain. I need to find this color in a different formula and just mark this tube as kept for color match not for wearing.

the foundation was a new one for me as well today. I saw this when i ducked into a drugstore over the weekend and couldn’t resist. It is really interesting. It has to be applied with a makeup sponge. You will get no where with a foundation brush and this product and actually using brushes afterwards will leave lines. It applied beautifully with a sponge. With the sunscreen in the formula though, it is a bit on the oily side. It was fine once I set it with the setting powder but it is a foundation that needs setting powder over it.

Also it doesn’t like brushes. At all. I use the Kim Chi powder today because it came with a powder puff. When I applied the bronzer I used a brush and then had to tidy up with a makeup sponge which I have never had to do with the Buxom Bronzer. I had a different blush out but went with the bareMinerals because it was a creamier formula applied with the fingertips. That worked better. I think this is just a foundation that needs cream products on top of it. I liked the way it looked so I have no problems playing with it to see what works, but any brush will leave tracks t seems.

I think I will try cream products tomorrow to see how it works out.

The Colourpop palette was fantastic. The brushes had to be tapped off because it was a bit powdery. But I think that part of that is because of the darker tones. This is a fun palette. It is full of grays and black tones with silvers. It is a really nice break from my regular palettes and I am really glad that i picked it up. I enjoyed using it today and I will enjoy using it the rest of the week. It makes a really nice break from the red tones and neutrals. The gray and black blended well and that silver was just absolutely fantastic. It will be interesting to see how long I find the palette interesting as it is fairly monochromatic and could get boring. At the moment I am loving it and I think it will be a really good addition to my collection.

The Rise Mascare from Milk Makeup remains super fabulous and I can already feel the tube starting to make the empty sound so soon it will be no more and I will need to purchase a full size.

If you have been following these posts for any length of time you will know I have fallen in love with the iMethod stencils for brows. Mostly because it is the first time my brows have actually looked like each other. Sometimes they are sort of related when I do them with out a stencil, sometimes they aren’t even in the same gene pool. So this has been fantastic for me. It feels a bit like cheating but i don’t care. However I do have several other brow pomades. And since the pomade from iMethod is running low I thought I would rotate the pomades with the stencil and tool and see how it worked. I went with the ABH Dip Brow today. it works fine with a brush, not so fine with the stencil. It is far too dark with the stencil. the formula worked well, which is nice to know, but the color is just off. I would need to get this in a formula several shades lighter to look right. But I like the fact that I can use it with the stencils.

And that my darlings is me today. A little bit different from the typical but I think I like it. I will probably be rotating through my darker lip shades but this is actually helping me decide which ones I need to let go. I love the Stila color. If I get a lip liner that can corral it I might be able to make it work, otherwise the formula is just too messy. Which is also good to know.

And so it is back to work for me now. Have a great rest of the day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow to share what is going on in my world. Until then.



The Daily: August 8th, 2022

Oh my darlings I have returned. Like Rip Van Winkle I have awoken from my slumber, and I feel just about as creaky too. I was feeling tired on Wednesday afternoon and thought a little nap sounded like a good idea. I woke up Thursday morning with my alarm from my Wednesday nap, visited the restroom, decided the day was not going to work out, let everyone know and then crawled back into bed. Around four in the afternoon on Thursday I got up did another visit to the bathroom, managed to get down a smoothie (Berry from Smoothie box. Usually it tastes fab, but I could taste nothing, I just knew I needed some food in my system and the Monthly order came in, which really saved me). I was up for maybe an hour before going back to sleep. The same process repeated Friday and Saturday. Sunday, I began to feel human again.

Today I feel better still.

I am still at the sitting up in the chair is the limit of my exercise point in recovery, but the fact that sitting up in the chair does not exhaust me is a huge bonus. And i felt like actually applying makeup today even if i couldn’t actually get my fitness plan in. It was at least something normal in my day. Plus today I might actually get a sandwich and some solid food in my belly instead of existing on Smoothie Box Shakes. They are great and really helped me out, but I am actually starting to crave chewing even if I am still not all that hungry.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Sculpting Gel stick

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia Blush

Powder: Tatcha Silk Setting Powder

Eyeshadow Primer: Sandbar Beauty Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism Palette

Mascara: Give them Lala Beauty Mascara

Lips: Uoma Beauty Lip Liner and KVD Epic Kiss Vegan lipstick

Today I went for the drug store power couple of Elf poreless Putty Primer and No 7 Lift and Luminate. Both are long time favorites. In fact i am not sure why everyone is not raving about the No 7 foundation. It just works beautifully. I always have a bottle in my makeup collection because if all else fails, it won’t. Lightweight and beautiful it actually beats out some of the more expensive foundations. It is actually a bit of a dupe for the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation actually. It isn’t quite as fabulous as the Aqua foundation is a high end foundation that feels high end on the skin, but it is a good drug store version. (The Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation is currently my top luxe foundation, Yensa my mid range foundation and No 7 my favorite drug store foundation, in case you are curious. I tend to save the Koh Gen Do for special occasions though rather than every day use. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. Maybe I’ll just have a luxe product day.)

I wanted to test the Illamasqua sculpt with an actual foundation instead of the lighter weight products I tend to go for in the summertime. and it worked beautifully. It feels wet which takes some getting used to but it blends beautifully and builds well.

I get so used to reaching for my Gold Rush Blush from Benefit that I forget that I have Georgia. I do really like it. It is a little lighter and it does work better when my skin is a little on the paler side, but for me today it worked well. I really like the formula of the benefit blushes. It is also a reminder that I need to look at the newer blushes that were recently released and see if any of the shades look like ones I want to try out.

The Tatcha powder worked like a dream, I am still using the travel size (as so little is actually needed) and I am definitely going to pick up the full size once it runs out.

Since today’s focus was the eyes and the palette, I am going to skip to the lips before going back to the eyes. The KVD lipstick is a great vegan formula, I just find the color to be a little too bright for me. It looks darker in the tube but it goes on lighter. I tend to have this issue with the solid lipsticks from KVD but not the liquid ones. To darken it I used the Uoma lip liner. It worked beautifully and I am happy with the results actually.

This was the first use of the Give them Lala Beauty mascara. It was okay. Not very impressive, but As I sneezed twice during application and had to correct the mess, I don’t think i would be pleased with any mascara today, so perhaps we will just give it a pass.

last week with no lid primer (exhibit A) on left and todays use with the lid primer on right

As you may recall last week I dipped into what I thought was a brownish red shade and found out it was purple. It also applied very patchy. See exhibit A from last week. Today I decided to roll in a lid primer and then try again with the same shade. The Lid primer is from Sandbar and it works well in general. It has a slightly stickiness to it that grips shadows.

And this is a shadow that needed it. while I did apply other shadows on top of it so it isn’t the same look the purple is the basis for both looks. With a lit primer, the shadow applied well. It didn’t stick in one spot and refuse to blend. While this isn’t a shadow shade I would really wear a lot, I think it applied a lot better. Since I have had my issues with this palette, I think i am going to keep the lid primer in this week and see if the other shadows work better with it. I suspect they might given the change in the shadow today. I still am not a huge fan of the way the shimmers work with the mattes, but perhaps that issue can be worked on as well.

And so my darlings, this is me today. I am sitting up and looking fairly productive. Or at least not sleeping. I am still contagious so I am sticking close to home. Or actually in my home. At best i might make it to the back yard later (woo look at me go…) But I am beginning to feel more like myself again and that makes me very very happy.



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: July 25th, 2022

Can you believe we are entering the last week of July? I know in some ways it seems as though this summer has lasted forever and in others it has seemed like it has flashed by. The heat has made it just feel as though the days are dragging along without end. Yet somehow there is never enough time to get everything done.

I like to think it is because the heat makes me move slower.

I am pretty sure it is just because so many extra things have been happening. It seems like any time I start to find my footing this summer something has just sort of come along, looked at my schedule and laughed. For example tomorrow my babydoll is having dental surgery. He will be knocked completely out so I will be driving him to and from the dental visit and pharmacy. Which I don’t mind. I just though the surgery wasn’t until August. Which technically it was but they had a cancellation and asked if he wanted to move it up, which he did.

Hence the surprise.

I think the scheduling gremlins just saw I had a normal work week plotted out and decided that this was the best way to play with it.

So there is extra time in the office today. Also despite the brain boiling heat it is time to actually start thinking about the fall, back to school and soon enough I will have to write out my holiday shopping list. I try to at least get the list squared away when the dust settles from the back to school stuff. If I am really on my game then I will start picking up my Christmas gifts in the back to school sales and then use the black Friday/cyber Monday sales to knock out both the winter birthdays (there are a lot in my family) and whatever we need stocking up on for the rest of the winter season. (That way I can take advantage of the sales and get the items that need to be shipped out for Christmas ready well before they need to be shipped. I can also spread out the cost so my bank account isn’t attacked all at once which makes me feel better.)

I can already tell you, I am not going to be the early bird shopper this year. It is going to be one of those have the list ready for Black Friday/Cyber Monday kind of shopping years. I can feel it in my bones.

But at least I got up early enough this morning to get a walk in before the air turned swampy. I’m calling that a victory. Everyday should have at least one small victory and today, I am calling that mine.

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Palace Identity Eyeshadow Compact

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil Kit

Lips: MAC Love Me Lipstick

The pictures look a little more shaded than usual as there isn’t much sun today. There is a thick bank of clouds. It feels like rain. It looks like rain and I think it really wants to rain and yet, I suspect that it is just a tease. I think we will have our humidity just below the tipping point for the rest of the day so that we get the high heat and the super hi humidity but no rain.

I did go for a lighter look today with the bare minerals works for. Even though I am in shade, the bare minerals is a hair too light for my skin at the moment. Which I actually find interesting. Almost all of my tinted moisturizers are in shades for the summer because I end to reach for them more in the summer time. It is just simply too hot to have foundation on. Plus I find that the tinted moisturizers tend to melt less in the heat, behaving more like moisturizers and less like a product that will make me look like a melted candle. This is actually a shade I can wear when my tan fades. I don’t actually have any winter tinted moisturizers so while I love using this now, I am looking forward to some winter wear with this bae minerals as well. It does wear well now though and I enjoyed it.

As always I love the elf poreless putty primer and the Illamasqua blush is one that I will always reach for. It blends in well and is good for both a natural look and something built up for more drama. I tap my finger on the product and that is all I need for each cheek so this little jar will last a really long time.

I am still getting a handle on the gel sculpt stick. It feels a little wet when applied which is an odd sensation. t is lighter than it looks in the stick and it applies more subtly than I thought it would. I thought it would be bold and dramatic. Instead it applies soft and can be built up. It also blends really well. It is proving really nice for a natural look. I’ll have to try breaking out an actual foundation to give it a try in a less natural look but for now it is working well for me.

My No 7 powder is almost gone. There is a large circle of pan in the center and just a ring of product left. I think I might keep it out this week just to use it up. I don’t think it will last longer than the week. It is a staple in my makeup drawer and has been for years. It is a good powder to finish out a look but it’s chief use is to blot out mid day shine. It does this beautifully and never looks powdery. I am a very big fan. Surprisingly I have very few compacts. I have a lot of loose powders but I just tend to repurchase this as my pressed powder. I may have to do a powder inventory to see what I have once this us used up. But it is one I have repurchased for years and will definitely pick up again.

The imethod brows is now my new standard. I love that stencil. Now that I have found my brow stencil I just put them on and go. It is quite fabulous and I will use this daily unless I am testing out another product.. Even then, the stencils will be used. This is the first time my bows actually look like each other and I am a fan.

Today with the eyeshadow palette I just went for the lighter pink in the palace identity palette. It was a one and done look. I like the pigmentation and it is a nice bas shade for an I don’t want to do much look. it is soft and just enough to make the look finished.

I love so many items from Eyeko. their eyeliners are the ones I always reach for when I wear eyeliner. This mascara is good, but it isn’t my favorite. I actually prefer the Lash Alert. I believe it is a tubing mascara so it is really easy to get dramatically long lashes with that one. This is a good every day mascara though it is just a little less dramatic. Which actually makes it perfect for todays look. And the toned down shadow actually makes it pop a little bit more. I like dramatic lashes, I just don’t like false lashes.

And finally there is the MAC lipstick. I love the formula of MAC Lipstick. It is comfortable to wear and it doesn’t dry me out. And this is a good neutral shade that worked today.

Over all I am pretty pleased with how things turned out. I feel good about how things turned out. Since I now have a handle on the Palace Identity palette I will be switching back to the Lunar Beauty palette, but it was i just couldn’t resist the pretty palette. Plus I needed to watch a few tutorials. So that is me today. It is just me working at my desk today and I will be working later than usual tonight as well. I am glad that today turned out to be a comfortable look I don’t mind wearing a little longer than usual. So now it is back to work for me. Have a great rest of Monday my darlings.

The Daily: July 12th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today we have sun. It is nice to see. Admittedly I am looking at it from the inside of the house as the sun has lifted the rain from the past two days into the air and turned everything outside the house into a sauna. One of my neighbors is actually taking advantage of it.

I went out to check on my plants this morning and he was setting up a chair under the tree. He was wearing pair of speedos and some flip flops and had a towel. He waved and told me he was going to pretend he was in a sauna for a little while. To give you a fully accurate picture I should probably also tell you that he is a wiry man in his late eighties and has leathery tanned skin that makes his chest hair look startlingly white.

I told him to remember to hydrate and then I went back into the house.

Since a slow walk around my back yard caused me to sweat, I’m sure he will get a good sweat.

My neighborhood is one of those transitional neighborhoods. Sections were built in the 1940s and then it was filled in in the fifties and early sixties. Except for the one new construction house that went in on the last house site a few years back, the last house built in my neighborhood was put up in 1962. The houses tend to have either older people who built the house initially or young families. My babydoll and I are sort of in the middle. We are older than the young families and younger than the older folks. which oddly enough means both groups talk to us, often about the other group.

Of course the neighborhood slowed down it’s transition because there is such a shortage of housing stock so there is no where for anyone to go and with prices skyrocketing no way to afford someplace else. There was one house up for sale a few months’ back. One of my neighbors moved into what is usually called a Mother-in-law apartment in her daughter’s house because the house was just too big for her.

Putting the sign up in the yard was like throwing chum into a shark tank. Cars were lined up on the street just to drive by the house. I think the realtor was a bit startled by the response to the one open house they held. It was madness. I have never been so happy to be settled in my life. Predictable, the new neighbors are a couple with three really young kids. So the trend continues, even if it does move very slowly.

Today’s Look

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/powder: Pur 4-in-1 Skin perfecting powders

Eyeshadow: Elf Bite Sized Palette in Cream and Sugar

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

I’m sure you notice the general theme. Basically today I wanted to test the Elf Bite Sized palette against the Natasha Denona one that looks so similar. they are both in the photo below There is a tonal difference but you can see why they remind me of each other. when i went to pull the palette out I thought, you know, I really like the poreless putty primer. Maybe if I like the Tatcha liquid enough I could buy it and then just use the elf primer balm with it. so I decided to use it today and things sort of spiraled. I also found an elf liquid shadow that I picked up and haven’t tried yet so that may be tomorrows thing since I completely forgot about it and then got excited when i saw it.

the two palettes

But first today.

I enjoy the elf putty primer. I do not know how many of them I have gone through since it’s release. Do I like the Tatcha more? Yes. It has some nice skin benefits I don’t get with the Elf and my skin always feels nice when wearing it and after I remove it. But the Elf putty prime is a very good primer and I will use and replace it repeatedly. It is also one of the few products I will keep a back up of.

With elf foundations, I generally find them to be okay, except for this one which I love. The rest I can sort of take or leave. They are fins in a pinch but not my favorite. This one I adore. It blends really well and even though I don’t have a huge issue with acne, it doesn’t clog my pores and it feels good to wear. It is more of a light to medium coverage product, which is perfect for the summer. If I am going to use an Elf foundation, this is the one I am going for.

Today’s eye with the Elf Palette

The Pur Palette is one that I typically take traveling with me. I saw it and thought why not. The blush is a little light for me right now, but it blended out well so no complaints. The Highlight also tends to disappear a bit, but that also might be part of my summer skin tone. I’m not a huge Pur fan but I really do like this palette, especially for travel.

Patrick Ta’s Mascara is still just okay. I need an eyelash curler with it and it is good for everyday wear in an office. And you know I adore the Elf Sheer Slick.

Which just leaves us with the eyeshadow. I like the bite sized palettes. They are well thought out and great for quick and easy use when you are in a hurry in the morning. There is very little fall out (I tap the brush before applying). The shadows are not super pigmented but they ae buildable. Which does allow you a lighter look. The Natasha Denona is a slightly different tone and it is much more highly pigmented. Using them though they feel very similar. I do prefer the shimmer tones of the Natasha Denona palette as they are the most different. They are more subtle in tone while the Elf is just bright. But this little bite sized palette is a good little palette to have around. I have several actually and really enjoy them. Is it the same as the Natasha Denona? No, but one reminds me of the other.

And so that was my makeup today. And now I am going to pop into the back yard just to see if my neighbor is still sweating it out (and to make sure he hasn’t passed out) and then I am getting back to work. Just another day in the neighborhood.

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The Daily: July 7th, 2022

Today’s daily may be a little short. We have a line of thunderstorms passing through and have lost internet twice today and the lights keep flickering so I fear a power failure is eminent. So This is going to be short and sweet.

I actually am somewhat amused by the fact that the weather alerts that post in my icons bar at the bottom of the screen have been alternating between Thunderstorm and Heat wave. (the heat index is 105 – actual temp 93 – today in case you are wondering) Usually rain drops the temperatures a little bit, but not today. i went outside because the wind knocked over some of my plants and I had to straighten the pots. The rain felt like bathwater. I don’t know why warm rain kind of creeps me out. I think I am used to it being slightly cooler than the air. Regardless, the rain is warm. My day has been spent working around the thunderstorm and there has been no exercise to speak of. I think the most I managed is walking to and from the coffee pot. It has just been that kind of day. So Let’s look at the makeup I used for it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Liquid Primer

Foundation: Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha Silk Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Ayana Palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

The Tatcha Silk Canvas is beginning it’s time of testing. This is the liquid version. I adore the solid balm version. This one is interesting. I can’t help but compare it as it goes on. At first it feels more liquid-y than I want, but as I massage it in and blend it out, it starts to feel like the balm version of this primer. It is an odd sensation. thus far it seems to be performing just as well as the balm version. Once I get over that initial liquid phase I rather like it. I still haven’t decided if I like it better than the solid. I am starting to see pan on the solid and am trying to decide if I want to repurchase the solid or go with this liquid version Time will tell which I prefer, but for now this one seems to be working well.

I am trying to use the Kristopher Buckle once a week at least until it is used up. I think the company is gone, although the product is still on Amazon. The reason I am trying to use it up is because it is one of my favorite formulas and I know if I don’t use it, I will hoard it for when i know I need something quick easy and fabulous. which I know I shouldn’t do, but I tend to do anyway. So once a week until it is gone.

The Buxom bronzer is a nice buildable formula. It works well with both regular foundation and a natural look tinted moisturizer which is why I tend to reach for it a lot in the summertime. It does work better with more natural looks, but it can build up to something more dramatic. It just doesn’t come out of the gate highly pigmented (which I kind of like).

This Illamasqua gel blusher is one of my favorite formulas for cream blush and I really don’t need a reason to reach for it. Just a drop blended out works well for me. This little pot will last a long time, even with how often I reach for it.

I tried the Tatcha powder in a sample when I ordered the Kissu lip mask (love the lip mask btw) and I liked the powder enough to try it in a travel size. I am also trying to use up several open powders at the moment and didn’t want to pick up a full size of anything until i ‘d cleared a couple of the almost done containers. I really like the powder. It is finely milled and doesn’t leave me looking powdery. it works well over makeup or on it’s own as i wore it yesterday. I am probably going to pick up the full size when I restock. Part of me wants to keep the travel size just for travel. Or at least pick up another one for holiday travel if I empty this one.

And then there are the eyes. I have three of the Natasha Denona Mini palettes nd I am rotating through the three of them to test. The other two are red based while this one is brown/neutrals. I am noticing that the browns are less pigmented and easier to control. With the red based palette I barely touch the brush to the lid and then I reach for a clean brush to blend because they ae so pigmented. These browns have good pigment and good bendability but i am finding them easier to control if that makes sense. I like this palette with today’s use, but to be honest I don’t see it as better than the Elf Bite sized palette with the same tones. I might have to do a side by side comparison. I love the Cream and Sugar palette from Elf. It doesn’t have the silver but it has everything else. And it works better. (It is also only $5 as opposed to the $25 mini palette from Natasha Denona). For now i am just looking at the Natasha Denona Palettes but i think a side by side may be coming up. It is a nice palette and less pigmented than the reds.

The Patrick Ta mascara is just okay. It is a good general work day mascara. It coats the lashes and doesn’t flake. It doesn’t give major volume or length or curling. I would suggest using an eyelash curler before using it. It is fine for everyday use but nothing really all that special.

And we wrap up with the Elf Sheer Slick. I love this black cherry shade and have lost count of how many times I have repurchased it for just a quick sheer wash of color. It is one of the few lip products I will use all the way up. Oddly I don’t like the other shades, but I do love this one.

And that is me today my darlings. Thunder has just boomed over head and the lights are flickering again so i am going to end this here and catch up with you again in the morning. Have a great afternoon.

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The Daily: June 6th, 2022

Have you ever woken up thinking you had a nice quiet day ahead of you and then suddenly feel like you have a bucket of crazy upended over your head? That has sort of been my day. This morning started off quiet. Nice morning writing, cup of coffee, catch up on the news (I tend to avoid the news over the weekend in an effort to destress). Then I started slipping into my day. Before i could do much a ruckus ensued in my back yard. Birds were enraged, cats were squalling.

Which as I don’t actually have cats is quite the surprise.

Apparently one of the neighborhood cats has had a liter of kittens in my yard. They seem to be living under the shed, which was where the rabbets were coming from so I am guessing the cat evicted the rabbits or there is some sort of cross species roommate system going on. Either way there have been less rabbits in my yard this year and now there are three kittens strolling about the yard.

The birds are not thrilled,

I’m not sure if the birds went after the kittens and the cat went after the birds in retaliation or if the birds started it, all I know is that by the time I sent them all scattering with my human pinwheel through the yard they were having a bit of a battle.

Which I’m sure will be interesting going forward. Once the wildlife was settled I realized that my phone conference was actually a zoom call and had to do quick makeup. (I changed the shirt post picture so I was dressed for the meeting as well. I was still in pajama pants but the t-shirt was replaced.) Despite being a quickly accomplished makeup look, I think it turned out well. I leaned heavily on products I know and truest for quick and easy application and great performance so it isn’t really surprising for the most part, however it wasn’t all old favorites. Let’s get into that…

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glass Primer from Rodial

Foundation: Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer Stick

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Iconic London Sunset to Sunrise Palette

Mascara: Blinc Ultra Volume Tubing Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick lip gloss

Okay so like I mentioned before I had very little time to get ready today. I planned to mosey into my makeup but due to the wildlife and sudden realization that I would be visible during my meeting, plans changed. First let’s cover the standards I grabbed. The Foundation is my Kristopher Buckle Triplicity foundation. It is an amazing product. While the brand no longer has a separate website, the products are still sold on Amazon and Walmart. I don’t think they have stopped production, they are just not independently marketing the products. At least that is what it looks like (and what i hope because I love this foundation stick). I am going to look deeper into this (and if anyone else finds anything let me know) It is a fantastic formula and I am hoping it is still available and not gone the way of Becca and Marc Jacobs. Regardless I have it here and it is my go to on the run foundation stick.

The Trestique is also my quick, easy and fabulous bronzer as is the Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush. Actually in the benefit blush I actually started to hit pan today. It is only a small dot, but as this is one of my favorite light makeup blushes and I tend to lean into light makeup for the summer, I need to look at replacing it. Benefit has an entirely new line of blushes out now which I need to look into. Plus they have samples kits so you can try different products. I am going to be looking into those as well this week.

The mascara and lips were also quick and easy favorites. Blinc tubing mascara is super fast and easy to apply and looks great. One swipe will get you longer lashes suitable for work (which is what I have today) a second or third coat make them much more dramatic, but i kept it simple. And as this is the third or maybe fourth tube of the Elf Black Cherry Sheer Slick, I think it is safe to say that I am fond of it. It has a slight tint, a slight gloss and it looks great with low makeup. It too is a summer standard.

Now for the not so standards products. The Rodial primer is interesting. It looks really good, feels really good to wear and does everything I want in a primer. The issue is the sent. It is menthol scented. Very Menthol Scented. It is a scent that lingers. I could still smell it after it was capped and the rest of my makeup was on top of it. As I move around it becomes less but it does take a while. I like the feel and look of the product, but that scent is a lot to overcome. I know I’ll be keeping this tube and using it up, but because of the scent I probably won’t reach for it that often. Only time will tell whether the scent means I won’t repurchase. because it really is about the scent. it is a good primer, I just don’t like menthol. It actually smells a bit like the menthol cigarettes. So not a fan of that.

The Iconic palette is one I’ve been testing and this is it’s final week of test. The shadows are a bit powdery on the brush but if you knock off the brush before you apply thee isn’t really any fall out. I did a one and done look with the shade afterparty today and it worked well. I only dipped the brush in once for each eye and this was what I ended up with. I’m rather pleased, but i also have to say that this shade is my favorite from the palette. The matte range does leave a little to be desired.

And then we come to the one sample I pulled out today. It is the sample of the Tatcha Silk powder. It came with my Kissu Lip Mask and it is one of those powders I have been dying to try out. I have been trying to weed out some of my loose powders before picking up the travel size to test out, but I figured if the sample was nice, I could go for the full sized with more confidence. So I went for the sample today. Wow. Just wow. It feels like silk on the skin. It applies beautifully without looking powdery and was just the perfect finish. I did not use up the sample but it is one of those pressed to paper samples so I am going to have to use it until it is gone because it simply can’t go into a drawer without crumbling. I think I might get two more days out of the sample. It is not a hardship to wear for two more days, but it does make me want to clear out a few other powders so that I can buy the full sized. It is just a good powder. It looks good and feels weightless. I can’t tell if there is a scent or not. To be honest all i smell is the menthol of the Rodial. It has sort of blotted out any other scents. This powder however is fantastic and is now on the top of my to be purchased list.

And so that was me today. In addition to the cat vs. bird debacle I did manage to get in an actual walk before it got too hot. This week there is also a load of rain predicted so I am glad I got that in before the rain hit. And I am actually hoping the rain does come. Watering the garden has now become a morning and evening chore so the rain would at least help a bit with the hauling of the hose and watering can (out hose doesn’t reach the back beds). The rains aren’t slated until tomorrow afternoon though so I’m hoping for another walk tomorrow morning before I become dependent on indoor workouts for the week. I like them, but they just aren’t the same. But with that, I leave you and head back to work. I hope you have a fantastic rest of the afternoon.

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The Daily: April 27th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today the sun has returned, even if the temps are remaining low. The park is still flooded though. I walked down there which was a bad idea actually. The water rose with the rain and then faded back slightly which was just enough for the various crawfish, and other aquatic life that was washed onto dry land to be stranded and the stink to rise. You could also see yellow streaks on the pathway and grass where the pollen was left behind.

which meant that I hot footed it home again and took some allergy meds. I’m hoping that if the sniffles stop then later this afternoon there can be some yoga. I think tomorrow I will just plan on an indoor workout and let the allergens do a little receding as well. There is no reason to cause an allergy attack, right?

I thought about skipping the makeup today, but then I saw the red lipstick and thought, nope, I want to wear that today. So I did.

I couldn’t resist the call of the red lip

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: OLE Henriksen’s Banana Bright Face Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: NudeStix Nudies Bronzer stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: Saint Luxe Liquid Glow

Powder: Puff Puff Pass Setting powder from Kim Chi Beauty

Eyeshadow: Sandbar Beauty The Mirage Palette

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa

Lips: Elf Matte Liquid Lip in Red Vixen

I love this lipstick and every time I put it on I think that I really need to look into getting more shades of this formula. Red vixen is one of my favorite reds, but as far as liquid lip formulas go, I love this one. Especially for darker colors. It applies smoothly and dries down enough to stay put all day without turning my lips into sandpaper. I think it is the Vitamin E mixed in that keeps it from drying out the lips. It does dry down pretty fast though so you really need to get your lines straight pretty quickly. I thus far haven’t found a lip liner that I like to pair with this one, but it really could benefit from the pairing. I’m not the steadiest when applying lipstick sometimes and having those lines to essentially color in would help. However this lipstick doesn’t seep into the fine lines around my mouth, I just need the outline to keep me from looking wobbly.

I chose the Ole Henriksen primer to pair with the Yensa today because it is one of my favorite brightening primers and I wanted to see how well they paired. It is actually working fairly well. I find myself missing a little bit of the pore filling that I get with some of my other primers but thus far the foundation is holding it’s own without the pore filling. I’m always going to want more pore filling, but I don’t think I have to use pore filling with this foundation, which is good to know.

I used the Nudestix bronzer today because I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it. I think that part of my issue is that is a sample size. While there are other issues, one of my problems is that the sample size had smaller surface area during application so it draws a thinner line on the cheek. It is more defined so I have to blend it out a little more than I would with a wider stick so a lot of it blends away. Today i tried a double line. It worked better but I really had to move quickly. It has a limited window of blendablitity. It isn’t my favorite formula but I am finding ways to work with it. I suspect I’ll just keep it in rotation until it is used up and then let it go. I might actually frequently rotate it to use it up faster.

The bareMinerals blush I love. It is a great formula and one of my favorite shades of blush. I have the Mauve Sunrise and it really works well for me. It is a use and repurchase product.

The Saint Luxe is interesting. It gives a very subtle glow which I like. However it can blend in a little too much to be spotted. I m still playing with it. I think it is a product that you can wear all over your face under your matte foundation. I think that is why it is blending in more than I expected. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

The Kim Chi powder I really like. However it is definitely something that should be used over liquid and cream products and then used sparingly as a setting powder. It works really well as a setting powder but too much will really make the foundation look powdery. Light amount of product on the puff and then press into the skin. It takes off the shine without a powdery look. And I don’t mind using less because it will last longer. I think tomorrow I may try it with powder products and a little restraint in application. I was a bit heavy handed the first time. We’ll see how it works tomorrow.

I love the Big Poppa mascara, you know that already.

The eyeshadow palette is fine. This is the last day of my trial with it and I am kind of relieved. It works well, but I am just kind of bored. My full review will be up tomorrow so you can read all my thoughts then, but essentially it boils down to good formula and good for office looks but kind of boring. I think that might be why the red lip was calling to me today. I needed just a little bit of color. I have been hitting the neutrals in both shadow and lips pretty hard lately. I think I need to play around with a bit more color for a bit. Today the red lip was enough.

And now my darlings it is back to work for me. The end of the month is neigh and there is so much to do before the thirtieth rolls around. Short months always go by way too fast. I know it is technically only a day, but somehow it feels like someone lopped a week off the calendar.


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The Daily: December 9th, 2021

Today my darlings was an interesting one. It was one of those days where it felt as though everything was in constant motion. There was no stopping and no waiting for anything. I think I even took a few of my phone calls while in motion.

It is just the time of year. So much to do and only a handful of days left to do it in before everyone takes off for the holidays.

It means that today I did the five minute makeup. I also used the Klorane Dry shampoo because I had an unexpected video call request right after I got back from my walk. Ah yes, dry shampoo, the emergency hair repair for days when I wasn’t expecting anyone to see me before I jumped in the shower.

As I said, the makeup was also rushed, but i think it came out well, mostly because I grabbed products that I knew were easy.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer/blush/powder/highlight: PUR 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Powders Palette

Eyeshadow: No 7 Pink Blossom Eyeshadow trio

Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips M2U NYC Matte Lipstick in Soho

This was the last of the Elf Poreless Primer. I did order a new one on the Black Friday sales because it is a product that I really like to keep around. It is quick to use and completely reliable. And you also only use a little of it so it tends to last a long time. I want to whittle down a few other primers before I open the new on though, but for today, I was happy to use the last of this one. It is great when you are in a hurry.

No 7 also came to my rescue. This really may be one of my favorite drugstore foundations. I pump a bit on to the back of my hand, dab it onto my face and then quickly blend it in with my favorite foundation brush (Master Blender 999 from Bdellium Tools) and I am good to go in a flash. It also really helps that this is a shade that is very close to my natural skin tone so it helps with the blending.

I used No7 eyeshadow as well today. Partially because I like the eyeshadow as it is quick and easy with no fuss. In addition there isn’t much thought I have to put into using the trio. It is pretty simple, bing, bang boom and your are done. Which is actually the beauty of small eyeshadow palettes. I may like having all of the colors, but when I’m rushed, a limited palette actually helps.

Plus it was still out from where I unpacked from my Thanksgiving trip.

Also still out was the Pur Palette. While I like the palette, especially or traveling, it meant that i didn’t have to search for any individual products. the products work well and were quickj to apply.

To finish off the look I chose the M2U lipstick. It is a liquid lipstick formula that is really growing on me and very quickly becoming my instinctive first grab product. The formula is very comfortable to wear and lasts for quite a while.

Today’s makeup look was mostly about speed and ease of use. While there are some days where I like taking my time getting ready and playing with different colors and styles, this wasn’t one of them. I had a limited time to get ready and no time to play around with anything new. Today was about choosing products I could use without thinking too much about them. And honestly, I rather like the look I came up with. Even if it was a bit rushed.

Later this afternoon I plan to actually slow down for a moment with my sheet mask of the day. Todays sheet mask is from Orjena. It is called the Collagen Natural Moisture Mask Sheet. While most of the information is in Korean, the English does say it is a cotton sheet and those are usually pretty comfortable to wear. Hopefully the Collagen will be nice and moisturizing as well. It is a Facetory Mask and while I haven’t used this specific mask before I have used the brand and have high hopes for it.

And it will give me a few minutes to stop and have a breather. Today, that feels like the best reason to actually use a sheet mask. Mental care rather than Skin care. Sometimes, products can serve more than one purpose. I hope whatever your day is like, you take at least a few minutes to breath and allow yourself to regroup.

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