The Daily: March 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a fantastic Thursday. For me there was a great big long walk in the morning and a shorter walk just after lunch. I couldn’t help myself. I know the work is piling up on my desk, but it was sunny, 68 degrees and my allergies have now died down due to the lack of standing water everywhere. So I took advantage.

And yes, I know I’ll have to work a little late tonight to make up for it, but I don’t care. It was worth it, even with the looming deadlines. At least the big extra project i took on at the first of the year is nearing completion. It was one of those things that don’t look like a lot of work in the beginning and then rise like an iceberg wreaking havoc on your scheduling.

But two more weeks and it is done. which means St. Patrick’s day will be extra special this year. I’ll have to figure out something fun for that one.

But on with the day. Work out completed, paperwork in hand and tonight I am making vegetarian sushi. I’ve been practicing with my kit and things are really shaping up. And I like the sushi rise with cucumber, cilantro and avocado in it. It is super tasty and definitely something I am going to remember when our cucumber plants are producing fruits by the bucket. Last year we made homemade pickles and had tzatziki made fresh on a near weekly basis. As well as eating cucumbers in a variety of ways. It’s nice to have another quick recipe where they can be used. And yes I will eventually get fish to use in my sushi (because I do love my salmon and tuna) but we generally eat vegetarian during the week and keep meat and fish for Fridays and I really like having something something like this that I can pull out fairly easily.

And it is getting easier with practice.

Plus it is yummy.

And it is going to be a life saver in the summer when it is too hot to contemplate eating hot food. Maybe I can try serving it with the tzatziki sauce…Something to contemplate later.

Today’s look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua gel colour veil

Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Okay the Porefessional, the Ciate setting Powder and the Tarte Mascara are all in the final stages of use. The porefessional has three to four uses left so I will probably finish it out over the weekend or if not use the last of it on Monday. It is fabulous and one of my favorite matte primers. I know it is a standard and not something nifty and new, but it is a primer I have repurchased often and will repurchase often in the future. I just have to clear out a few other primers to make space for it.

Plus if I repurchase it right away I won’t resist opening it and using it and I have a few other products I need to finish up first. Sometimes shopping is about knowing yourself. I know I won’t resist opening it so I delay repurchasing.

the Ciate London is also a setting powder I will use again. I actually have an unopened jar in my collection. I need to finish this travel sized out and at least one of my open and almost empty powders before I open it. But it is a great powder and I will use it again once I finish this.

The tart mascara is nice and this is it’s last use. Today I was scraping bottom to use it. It is a good mascara and I like it. To be honest my next Tarte mascara will probably be the Lights, Camera Lashes as I like that formula just a bit better. But it is a good mascara and I would have no problem using it again. I just know I prefer another variety from the brand and that I;d purchase it first.

To be honest I chose products today that I know I like because I wanted to think more about the foundation and eyeshadow. The Elf sheer slick is a long term favorite I think this is my third tube of the Black Cherry. The Wanderess highlighter I liked so much in sample form that I purchased a full sized version, which is rare for me with highlighters. I always like the look of them but often forget to use them. The buxom bronzer is nice and more on the subtle side. It is too light for me to use once my skin darkens with the sun so I am happy to have it out now. I just know the shade I have has a seasonal usage for me. And I am thinking of purchasing a darker shade for summer use but at the moment I have several summer bronzers I can’t wear in the winter and several lighter bronzers I can’t use in the summer. I will probably use them up and pick my favorites as I clear things out, then look at getting multiple shades of the same product.

And the more I use the Illamasqua gel blusher the more I absolutely love it. I really like quite a few Illamasqua products but at the moment this is really the best thing I have tried from the brand. It blends in well, can go subtle if you want a light wash of blush with a BB cream for a natural look or be built up for something more glam. It is super easy to work with once you get used to the texture. It feels a bit like over set custard, or something you put far too much gelatin into and to use you just lightly rub your finger along the top surface. It feels like something you should have to dig into. Resist the urge and you’ll be fine. It is just beautiful to work with.

And so this brings us to the two products I most wanted to talk about. The first is the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity foundation stick. I picked this up in one of the brand’s kits a while back. I thought it was a great way to try multiple products from the brand. and I was right. A couple of the products were okay but this foundation stick was fantastic. I used up the entire stick that came in the kit, and repurchased as soon as I realized I was running low. The foundation stick I have is running low, but when I went back, it was out of stock. Then lots of things were out of stock. However the makeup began appearing on Amazon and Walmart sites. I don’t know if the brand made a deal, or went bankrupt but Amazon and Walmart are where this foundation can be found. At least on line I have no clue if it is in the actual stores. The walmart near me has a really poorly designed parking lot with routine traffic accidents so I tend to avoid it whenever possible.

The foundation is beautiful. It glides on smoothly in a super creamy formula and blends into the skin well. I have a couple of other stick foundations but to be honest this is my absolute favorite formula. It is now offered for sale on Amazon for $4.50. which is much less than I paid for mine. I’m going to be doing a little investigation to make sure these aren’t clear out items (because I worry about expiration dates) but if they aren’t this will be repurchased and because of the great formula and really now price, probably once again becoming a standard for me. I just need to figure out if it is still in production.

And now to the eyeshadow. Yesterday I used a lid primer and the shadows performed beautifully. They were also overwhelmed by the shimmer shade i chose. So today I used only matte shades and I left off the lid primer. I can really see the effectiveness of the lid primer. And I think this shadow palette needs it. Today, the shadows worked well, but blended out a lot more than I anticipated. Which is fine I don’t mind the faded look, the problem was that by this point in the day they are almost completely faded (the picture was taken just after application) I used a substantial amount of the matte blue and it is a very subtle presence. Now it is more of a suggestion. I’ll try to do a similar look on Monday with the lid primer to see how they compare. Also I am finding these aren’t buildable shadows. What you get with the first application seems to be what you get. Period. I’ll continue playing with this palette but at the moment I am on the fence about it. It will probably be my palette for next week as well while I try to figure out how i feel. I hope you don’t mind.

And that is it for me. A bit long winded but in the end I am still testing out the huda beauty palette and I now have a research project for Kristopher Buckle. I also have my fingers crossed with the Kristopher Buckle because this really is a fantastic foundation formula. I’m really hoping the brand just made a deal. I’ll let you know when I find out. Fabulous foundation shouldn’t be kept a secret.

The Daily: November 3rd, 2021

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

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

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

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

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Bronzer: LYS No Limits Bronzer

Blush/highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: Becca Pink Haze setting powder

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed palette

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Mascara: Tarte Lights camera lashes

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

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

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

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

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

This year might require a bit more thought.


Although I did enjoy the cookie monster pjs.

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

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

You know, in case that is a consideration.

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

The Makeup Bag: December 31st, 2020

The makeup bag used December 26th – 31st, 2020

Ah, the makeup bag for the week after Christmas.  Always a low key affair until you get to the actual New Year’s eve.  This year it was an interesting bag.  I used last week’s products for my holiday calls and then swapped out the makeup bag.  In addition I will be using a completely separate New Year’s eve Makeup bag to get ready for my sparkly stay at home night.

But that is another story.

Which means that this week’s makeup bag was both easy and low key. I started off with the Yensa BC Foundation.  It is from their Super 8 collection and I have to say I have had really good luck with that entire collection. 

The BC Foundation is a cross between a BB Cream and A CC cream and I have to say, It goes on easily and just melts into the skin for a low key look that is my skin but better.  I’m using a sample and I think I might be able to get one more week out of the sample tube.  It might be pushing it so I think what I am going to do is keep it in next week’s makeup bag to use it up and have another product on standby for when this does run out.  I suspect it will run out sometime mid-week next week.  However it is on the products to pick up again list, so it will be returning once I’ve whittled down some of my foundation products.

The number of products in the drawer tends to make me nervous about products expiring before I can use them.  So I am working through open products.  Actually the last time I opened the drawer (to get this week’s product out) the drawer was thinning out a bit.  I think because I used up and got rid of all of many of the sample sizes it doesn’t seem as frighteningly packed.

The primer I used with my foundation this week was an old favorite.  It is the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer. I remember trying this primer when it first came out and falling in love with it.  My love affair has lasted and even though it isn’t my one and only it still ranks high on my list of primers. I hadn’t tried it in a while so last time I was in Ulta I picked up a travel sized tube to see if I still liked it.  And yeah, I do. I’ll keep the travel size in my dressing table rotation until it is through and then pick up a full size.

My bronzer this week was the NARS Laguna Bronzer.  It is a sample size that is finally starting to get a dent in the center of the pan.  I refuse to let myself buy a full size until I use up the sample.  I have had this sample a while though as it is small enough that it tends to slip to the bottom of the drawer.  I have decided though that it will be getting up, so it will be rotated in with increasing frequency until it does get used up.

Another product that I tend to forget about is the sample sized Tarte Blush in the shade Quirky.  I just somehow never remember to pick it up. I really like the blush formula and the shade lends a really nice soft flush to the cheeks which isn’t over the top. It really works well with the natural skin look of the Yensa Foundation.

Elf and MAC

And then we have powders.  Oh my darlings do we have powders.  First there is the loose e.l.f HD translucent powder.  It is a really good setting powder.  It can leave a little bit of white in the crevices of the nose, but a quick dab with my lovely Huda Beauty sponge takes care of that.  I really like the flat pointed section for getting into tight spots on the face. I am always amazed at how useful that one flat side actually is. I think regardless of brand that is the shape I will look for.  And soon I will have to look for another makeup sponge as mine is sadly looking like it needs to be replaced.  

However I really do like the e.l.f. HD setting powder.

As for pressed powder, my dearest No 7 made it through most of the week.  Sadly it will not make it to the new year.  It gave its all and I salute it.  I will also repurchase it. Repeatedly. I am going to try to not pick it up right away so that I can use some other powders in my dressing table. 

But this is one of my favorite formulas for pressed powders and at some point it will return.  For now we have to bid it a fond farewell and let it at least have the distinction of being the first product placed in the January 2021 Empties bin.

Because I wasn’t entirely sure my No.7 would make it through the week I pulled out the sample size of the MAC Studio Fix powder. It is the tiniest little pan so it is kind of a pain to work with but the product itself is really nice.  I really forgot how much I liked MAC products.  I always remember their lipsticks but somehow tend to forget about their powders and eyeshadows.  I really enjoy both actually I just haven’t picked them up in a while. I may need to remedy that in 2021.

I did actually use a MAC Satin Lip in the shade Mocha this week.  I like the Satin Formula and found it comfortable to wear.  The color was a little light for me so I deepened it with Huda Beauty’s Lip Contour in Trophy Wife.  It was a nice blend of colors and I enjoyed the combo this week.  When I wasn’t wearing that combo I reached for my e.l.f. Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

T to B: MAC, MAC blended with Huda, Elf, Huda lip liner on it’s own

Because I seemed to have both a samples theme and a MAC theme going I added the MAC Strobe Cream sample I received in my Birchbox Advent Calendar.  I know several people put it all over the face as an all over glow, but I think everyone has realized that isn’t really my thing.  The strobe cream did make a really excellent and subtle liquid highlighter this week.  Since I was going for a more subtly look it really suited me well.  This is another product that I need to remember I have and to use it more often.

My brows were taken care of my wet ‘n wild Ultimate brow kit this week.  As usual I used my own brush instead of the provided one and stuck with the one lighter shade in the kit.  The darker one I still need to remember to use, but it is too dark from my brows so I will have to work out something  in maybe the shadow eyeliner department.  If you remember my initial use of the kit you may recall that while I really love the light brown brow powder, I despise the cream highlight in the kit.  So this week I ignored it and pretended it was not there.

For my mascara I went with the Beauty for Real Mascara again this week.  While I really like the mascara it wasn’t actually my intention to use it, I simply forgot to switch it out.  Using it a second week wasn’t a hardship though.  It is a really good formula.  However I will remember to exchange it for another in the following week.

Which finally brings us to the eyeshadow for the week.  This week I grabbed the doughnut shaped Maple Glazed palette from I heart Revolution.  I know it looks like a toy, but I really like this palette.  It is quick and easy to use and the shadows are easy to use and work well.  To be honest I mostly used the darker brown accented with the bronzy shade this week. It was quick and easy and I didn’t have to worry about it much.  I liked the way it looked and will happily reach for this palette again. 

I don’t know if the doughnut series is still available (I picked mine up at Ulta a while back) but every time I use it I find myself wanting to pick up the other doughnut palettes in the line.  It is just very well set up and easy to use.  Plus, this is one of my favorite travel palettes as the puffy doughnut on top pretty much insures the shadows won’t break. Surprisingly we have reached the end of the Makeup bag.  There were no real surprises this week.  I know some of you are thinking, ‘weren’t you trying a new setting spray?  And yes I was.  However, I wanted a bit more time with it before I formed an opinion. So I will use the Pore Professional Priming spray from Benefit for another week and then next week post a full review as well as put it in my Makeup Bag post.  I just didn’t think I had long enough to sort out how I felt about it to put it down. So there we have it my darlings, this week’s makeup bag.  But stand by, the New Year’s edition is about to arrive in 10…9…8…7…