The Daily: February 21st, 2022

BGood afternoon my darlings and welcome to president’s day. I don’t know if you have the day off, but if you do I hope you are having a fabulous day. I chose to work for part of the day and then take part of the afternoon off. Actually after this post I will be turning off the computer for the rest of the day. Since my sinus headache from last week put me a little bit behind last week I wanted to do a little catching up today. My babydoll has the day off though so he has been trying to let me get some work done.

It isn’t easy for him the more he knows he should leave me alone, the more he wants to pester. At the moment he is making a list of all the things that we could do this after noon, which is why this post is a little early. I had lunch with him and told him to make a list while I finished up. So before he finishes his list and the pestermonster returns, lets get into today’s look.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Natasha Denona Transformatte Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush and Highlight: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Powder

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3

Mascara: Elizabeth Mott It’s so Big Mascara

Lips Trestique Mini Lip Crayon in English Rose

I know I was going to wait to open the new Elf Primer until I finished at least one more primer, but I couldn’t resist. It is such a great primer. So I caved and opened it. And I loved using it.

I am also loving this Natasha Denona Transformatte. Last week I did try to use a makeup sponge to apply it, but I found I used twice as much product. The foundation still looked okay but it was heavier than I liked. With just the brush I was able to apply it in a lesser amount and quite honestly I like it much better this way. This is proving to be a very nice foundation.

The Trestique bronzing stick is a long time favorite as are the lip crayons. I have the minis in the sheer and the matte formulas and for a long time I just kept them out in a jar on my dressing table. As a result I found I was reaching for them almost exclusively. So I put them out of my line of sight so that I could vary my product use. They are great lip crayons though. Great color and very comfortable to wear. The minis kit was a great way to try different shades and I am marking the ones I like best to purchase in the full size. I enjoyed getting these lip crayons out again just as I enjoyed the bronzer. I also love that the bronzer is now refillable.

I decided that since I was wearing the Natosha Denona foundation, I might as well go with the blush as well. I really like the blush and highlight in this palette. It is just larger than many of my other blushes so I don’t store it in the same drawer and because of that I tend to forget to take it out and use it. The shades suit me really well and they are fantastically belendable. I really need to remember to use it more often. I loved using it today.

The mascara I am not a huge fan of. It is fine but not something I will repurchase. I am trying to use it now because it is reaching the end of its life so I want to use it up as much as possible before letting it go.

I deliberately chose the Urban Decay Palette today because it was my go to everyday palette for a while. As I have been trying out the Juvia’s place and it is very much an everyday Palette I wanted to do a quick compare. I think there is more variety of shades in the urban decay making it a much more versatile palette. It has the basics but it isn’t boring. It also has more pans than the other palette, but it does have everything I want in a neutrals palette without becoming boring, which is kind of hard to do. Plus I really like the palette and was happy to bring it out again.

So that my darlings was my makeup look for the day. with the exception of the mascara, I enjoyed everything. And the mascara was fine, just a bit meh. And if that is the worst of the lot, its a pretty good day. But now I am seeing my babydoll lurking around the doorway so I am going to call it a day and spend the rest of the afternoon running around town with him. Whether you are working or have the day off, I hope you have a fantastic afternoon.

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The Daily: December 14th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Things are a little calmer today. Deadlines are still looming and there is a rush to get things done, but the Monday morning panic has subsided. I think Mondays are just going to be panic ridden until the end of the year to be honest.

Or at least until everything is submitted and done. My goal is for that date to occur before Christmas. I can only imagine how insane the Monday after Christmas will be if that doesn’t happen. Hence the putting in a few extra hours each day to make sure the deadlines actually are met early. Then no one has to worry about things over the Christmas weekend and fear the wrath of the Monday after.

It is the curse of having a weekend holiday. It is more exaggerated as both Christmas eve and New Year’s eve are on Fridays this year, but it is always insane.

Today though, it is calmer. There was walking, even though the sunlight felt brittle as I walked through it. The sky was that bright cold blue though, which was pretty to look at even if it didn’t make the walk any warmer. I took the time for makeup today as well and I have a face mask picked out for this afternoon.

Today I am going with the Revitalizing Japanese Sake Sheet Mask from Glam Up. I have never heard of the brand before, but I find the Sake infused mask an interesting idea. Hopefully it will prove interesting on the skin as well.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation AOA Studio Pro Wear Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/Eyeshadow: Glam on the Go palette from Amuse Cosmetics

Brows: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Pomade

Mascara: It’s so Big from Elizabeth Mott

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude Liquid Lipstick in pout

Setting Spray, Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist

This week I am mostly testing the AOA foundation. It, like the Amuse Palette that provided most of my products today came from Shop Miss A. For those that don’t know Shop Miss A tends to have almost all of their products for sale for only $1. I have to say I was skeptical but I am really liking this foundation today. I think I may have gotten a shade too light, but as it is only a $1 product, I don’t mind picking up another shade if this formula works well. It blended well and is staying in place quite well too. This week I’ll be rotating through primers and other face products to see how it performs with them.

Today I used the Benefit Primer since it is a long time favorite and I know how it works. As always it works well. I think the fact that it has a slight tint to it is also helping out the foundation shade.

Most of my products came from the Glam on the Go palette also purchased for $1 on the Shop Miss A site. The highlighter isn’t my favorite and I could do with a slightly darker blush, but over all the products are pretty nice. I think it would be pretty good for travel. I also think it would be a good palette for someone just starting to dip their toes into the world of makeup. The bronzer especially is a forgiving and blendable formula that would be really good for first practicing contouring and bronzing. the eyeshadow is a little on the powdery side so you have to remember to knock off your brush, but the shades work well together and blend really well together without becoming muddy.

I went with a really simple look and used the bareMinerals lippie to go with the muted look. It is just enough color to work for me today and I like this lip gloss. It is a sample size though and I am starting to get to the end of the sample. It is one that I use often enough that I will be getting in the full size. I really like their Gen Nude Line. They are great everyday kinds of shades and formula.

I accidentally went a little heavy on the brows today. Mostly because once I started in with the pomade I realized that I really needed to sit down with a set of tweezers and go after my brows. This is my favorite brow pomade though, I just had application issues today

The Mascara is not my favorite. It does okay with lengthening if you work with it however it is one of those mascaras I am using because it is open and once it is used up I will happily let it go.

Finally we come to the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist. Technically it isn’t a setting spray. It is however quite useful today. The Glam on the Go palette is nice but it is a bit powdery (hence why I didn’t add powder on top). Spraying the Glass Skin Veil mist and then tapping it down with my makeup sponge really helped make it look a lot less powdery. I think with that Palette the glass skin was more of a benefit than a setting spray would be. Regardless, I liked it.

So that my darlings was my makeup for today. The Prowear foundation will be in use all of this week and possibly into next as I get a feel for it and try to decide how I feel about it. At the moment I am pretty happy with the $1 foundation and am looking forward to seeing how it performs with the other products in my makeup collection.

But alas, my time of sitting and chatting with you is at an end. While I have my sheet mask moment of quiet later on today, for now I must return to work if I am to stay on schedule. Until tomorrow my darlings!