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.
Foundation: Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick
Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Bronzer
Blush: Illamasqua gel colour veil
Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow
Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara
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.