The Daily: February 17th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It is amazing how a small think like an unexpected blemish can completely throw you off your game. But fear not. A combination of acne Fighting products, and cleansing masks and exfoliation have set me right again.

Or at least closer to normal.

My skin is feeling better and for the first time since Monday I actually felt comfortable putting makeup on my skin. whenever my skin freaks out over anything (breakouts, too much sun, windburn or an allergic reaction) I just find it better to do as little as possible. I treat and then leave my skin alone. So that is what I did this week. I know not as much fun and as I had a palette and a foundation I really wanted to play around with it was kind of annoying.

But the skin wants what it wants.

As for the rest of the body, I did get a walk in this morning. The temperatures are still warm and rain clouds are massing on the horizon, but rain has yet to fall. The wind however is another story. we have a wind advisory going and it is no joke. While we secured all of our patio furniture this time (because running after lawn chairs isn’t something that should be repeated) others were not so lucky. Trash cans were the biggest run aways today. We live in an area that is bisected by two town limits and the county line. Each town has a separate trash collection and the county adds a third. Our trash gets collected on Fridays, the other town has Wednesday and the county has Thursday.

i know that sounds strange, but trash days you can actually see the lines as they appear on the map based on trash can placement. Today was county trash day and the street where the county line hits is on a slope. The large wheely bins full of trash are heavy enough that they are stable but several had their wheels turned the wrong way so the wind pushed them down the street. It was like the trash cans were trying to run away. Maybe they have plans to form a wheely bin gang in the cul-de-sac at the end of the street.

I do know the wind was enough that there was only one short walk today. It is the kind of wind that makes you feel like you are actually having trouble breathing. Not great for exercise. I will probably break out the workout video in the sun room later to makeup for it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Foundation: Natasha Denona Transformatte Foundation (still on sale for 50% off on the site – not an affiliate code, just something I saw when getting the link)

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: Ultimate Glow Getter Palette from Real Her

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder

Eyeshadow: Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Uoma Lip Liner in Angelou And MAC Lipstick in bated breath

Today even though my skin was feeling better I went with a porefilling and smoothing primer. I will still test the foundation with no primer under it, but today was not that day. I really like the Clarins primer and it is one that I will reach for when my skin is feeling a bit rough. Plus the red glass jar always feels luxe to use.

Today I applied the Transformatte foundation with a makeup sponge rather than my brush. I get a bit of a fuller coverage with the sponge than I do with the brush. Part of that is that I think I end up using more product with the makeup sponge than I do with the brush. While I don’t mind the sponge, I think for this foundation I prefer the brush application and perhaps a smoothing with the makeup sponge. Part of that is because I prefer a lighter coverage and part is so that I just prefer applying with a brush and then going in with the makeup sponge for details. Both look good but I think it boils down to a preference thing.

For simplicity today I went for my Real her palette and my bareMinerals powder. Both are fantastic. While I am doing fairly well with rotating my face palettes, I really need to put my bareMinerals powder away and use some of my other powders. I love setting powders and I have a couple that are close to being used up and I really want to use them up to make some space, but it is hard not to constantly reach for the bareMinerals. it is just such a good product. I will try though.

Today was interesting with Juvia’s place. I deliberately went in a little heavy handed with the brushes and as a consequence I had more fall out from the shadows as I applied them. I do really like them though and even heavy handed the fall out was pretty minimal. I am noticing however that because of the somewhat limited range of colors, most of my looks with this palette are going to come out looking very similar. I still think it is a great everyday palette. The shades are absolutely perfect for my office and meeting looks and I can see myself using it for work a lot. I just think the color range is going to make the shadow looks a bit on the repetitive side.

The Uoma lip liner is the perfect shade of lip liner to blend with the MAC Bated Breath. I don’t have a lip liner for the lipstick and as it is one of my favorite lipstick shades, that is really nice to have. It is a shade darker than the lipstick and it lasts longer than the lipstick so after lunch I did notice a distinct lip liner line on my lips, so that is definitely something to remember. I’m going to have to see if it matches any of my liquid lip liners enough to give it a try with them. But it is a good lip liner thus far. Not super creamy, but rather long lasting.

And so that was my look for today. It was nice to actually put on makeup today. It felt like my week was actually getting back to normal. While the moisturizer debacle did throw me off my game a bit, my work load this week was pretty heavy and I did sneak in a few extra warm weather walks so it wasn’t just the blemishes throwing me off my game. It was just one of those weeks.

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The Daily: February 14th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. And Happy Valentine’s day. I hope you are having a good one. Ours is going to be a pretty quiet one all things considered. My babydoll’s one request was that tonight not be a vegetarian dinner. In general we have been eating meat only once a week (typically Friday nights) with the rest of the week more vegetarian. Tonight however we will be having porkchops. I’ve actually got the chops settled in a marinade in the fridge. I put the marinate together this morning because sitting in the fridge today with the marinade will be enough, but I kind of wish that I put the marinade together last night. It is a simple one actually,

Pork chops in a bag with 1/2 cup apple brandy, 1/2 cup balsamic Vinegar, 1/3 cup Dijon mustard, one crushed garlic clove, 1 tsp grated ginger. Then you shake it up in the bag so everything is properly coated and then place it in the fridge for the day. At night, you pan roast the chops in a cast iron skillet and put the marinate in a pot and boil it until it reduces to a thick kind of syrupy consisted. I’m serving it with an apple compote and almond roasted green beans.

While it is a recipe we’ve used for years and enjoy it, I tend to make the marinade at night. I forgot last night so i made it his morning. While the time will be fine, I have to say the apple brandy was quite pungent and it felt very wrong to be pouring it while the morning coffee was brewing it. When it cooks up the alcohol will cook out, but it was a very potent alcohol scent to start the morning with. It made the morning feel less like a work day Monday morning and a bit more holiday esque. So note to self, if the marinate had alcohol in it, mix it up at night, not first thing in the morning.

Other than that the day has been going really well. We were supposed to have a cold front move through, but it never did. I think it was delayed and will be here the end of the week. As a result the mornings are chilly but once noon hits we have about 40-50 degree temps which are fantastic for walking. So I am having to remember not to overdo it and exercise restraint. it helps that at the moment my work load is pretty heavy so I don’t have the time to go crazy with the walking. Who would have thought that was a benefit? Over all, this Monday is going pretty well.

Today’s Look:

Primer: The Porefessional Primer from Benefit Cosmetics

Foundation: Natasha Denona Transformatte Foundation (currently on sale for half off)

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

Eyeshadow: Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: UOMA Badass MF Lip Liner in Angelou

Okay today was an interesting makeup look. I actually really like how it turned out. It was mostly dominated by the new foundation. I know it isn’t technically new but it arrived in a subscription box and I thought, Oh I need to test that out,’ then it went into the drawer and I forgot about it, so this was actually my first use. With new foundations I like to start my first day with face products I am comfortable using and know how they perform. So I went for my long term favorite primer, the porefessional. After many years of use I know how it works. (And yes I will be trying out the foundation without a primer to see how it performs on it’s own but the first day I like to give it it’s best chance and so I use a good primer. I also went for the simple all in one palette. I like this Pure Palette and all four powders work well and easily so it wasn’t something i had to think about.

So then I applied the foundation. I some how expected it to be thicker. I was not expecting it to be a serum like consistency. So that was a bit of a surprise. However I actually like serum like foundations so I was fine with it post surprise. Today I used my favorite foundation brush to apply it (the 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools it is $16 and one of the best foundation brushes I have ever used.) It worked really well and I love the effect. I am going to try a sponge application tomorrow, just to see how it works with different tools as well as different products. Thus far though, this foundation is fantastic. The first application went well, it is wearing beautifully and I really like the way my skin looks with it on. It isn’t heavy or cakey which is nice. I’ll clearly be using this for the next week or two to see how it performs in various settings, but this first use is quite positive. I’m feeling a little sad that I forgot about this for so long.

I had two eyeshadpw palettes come in with subscription boxes today. One is a Huda Beauty palette and the other is from Juvia’s place. While the Huda Beauty is stunning, I already know I like the formula so I decided to test out the Juvia’s Place palette first. It is the Nubian and features predominantly browns and bronzy tones, so for me it is kind of my everyday shadows. On first glance I wish it had one really bright white tone for the inner corners of my eyes but over all it is a really attractive looking palette. And then I used it and wow. It performed really well today. There is no lid primer and I went in with mostly the matts (I used a shimmer on the inner corner.) The shadows applied well with little fall out and blended beautifully. I only blended two mattes and then added the shimmer but it worked really well for me. It was effortless. I think i am really going to enjoy testing out this palette.

Paired with the Eyeko Mascara I think it was a fantastic look. And I do love this Eyeko Mascara. Eyeko used to be my go to eyeliner place and then when I stopped wearing as much eyeliner, I kind of forgot about the brand. Now I am just going to have to shift to thinking about their mascaras because I really do like this one.

Today was also a first use of the UOMA lip liner. I decided to go with just the lip liner today and I have to say it is really interesting. It isn’t a very creamy formula, but I love the color. I actually think it will pair well with one of my favorite MAC lipsticks, which I’ll try out another day. The pencil is a bit stiffer than I like but it did mean I was able to draw a really fine line. And despite not being creamy it sits well on the lips and while dryer than a lipstick it hasn’t dried down to the point where my lips feel desiccated. And because it is not as creamy it is not leaving lip prints everywhere so it is staying on the lips longer. I know I was irritated that it was a single lip liner as an item in a premium box when I received lip liners three months running, but I am actually really liking this lip liner.

Over all for me, today was a great makeup day. It isn’t flashy (and with a neutral palette it probably won’t be during testing) but everything worked beautifully. Both the Juvia’s Place eyeshadow formulas and the Natasha Denona Foundation performed better than I expected. I think testing them out is going to be a real joy. what a great way to start a Monday.



The Daily, February 9th, 2022

Ah Wednesday, the most panic inducing day of the week. It always hits me on Wednesday how much there is still left to do and how the week is already half over. This is the day where my to-do list grows longer, I get to my desk early, eat lunch at my desk and stay just a little bit later just because I feel that I won’t be able to get everything done before the week is out.

It doesn’t help that for some strange reason everyone calls me on Thursdays. Sometimes to change deadlines and others to add things to my list. And sometimes in just plain freak out mode. I suppose that is probably part of why Wednesday always feels heavy. If i deal with my freak outs today, I can deal with everyone else’s tomorrow.

It is on Wednesdays that I love the smoothies I have stashed in my freezer from Smoothie box. On days where I know lunch isn’t going have much time dedicated to it these are my favorite secret weapon. If you want to give them a try you can use code LOVESMOOTHIES for $15 off all products. They are great in a pinch lunches.

My make up today was also quick and easy to help with Wednesday time management. And so that I could plot my day while applying it and not worry over products too much.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: QMS Medicosmetics Active Glow Tinted cream

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush/Highlighter/eyeshadow: Doucce Posh Powders Palette

Powder: Ciate London Setting Powder

Mascara: Eyeko London Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Patrick Ta She’s Juicy Lip Mask

Today was simply quick and easy. I went for the Benefit Cosmetics primer because it always works well for me and because I wanted to put the mattifying primer under the QMS. it is a little brightening and I do like it better with something matte.

The viseart bronzer is really going to be one of my go-to bronzers when I am going for a more natural look. I love the way it can be built up for something more dramatic or it can be softened to go with a tinted day cream like the QMS. It was a good combo.

The Doucce palette was the experiment in today’s look. I really only use one blush and one highlighter but there are actually three pans of blush and three of highlighter so I decided to use one of the blushes that is too orange on my cheeks as eyeshadow and use one of the bright silver highlighters in the inner corner. It isn’t my favorite look but it came out pretty well and was quick and easy. It didn’t last terribly long though . while the blush stayed on the cheeks all day, when I use it on my eyes I need to remember to use a setting spray.

I do love how the faded look sort of lets the dramatic lashes kind of pop. I really do like this Black magic Mascara.

Since I was going low key, I just grabbed the lip mask from Patrick Ta and figured it would do as lip gloss today. Plus my lips were feeling a little on the dry side, so it made sense to me.

To be honest, I am actually quite pleased with my low key look. I think it worked well and while the eyeshadow use of the Doucce palette needs a setting spray to help it out, I like the fact that I can use more than two pans in the palette. Which makes it quite a win. Especially since I really like the one blush I do use. I think knowing this will make me reach for the palette more often.

And now my darlings it is back to work for me. I have a long to do list and not much left in the day to get through it. Wish me luck!

The Daily: February 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today is one of those cold and rainy days that just feels blah. I did start out my morning with a bit of exercise in the sun room. Although I do feel bad calling it a sun room on days like today. There simply isn’t any sun. I do had the tiniest of green peeking through the dirt in my greenhouse seedling beds.

My green house is in the sunroom. It is essentially a plastic book case with a fitted plastic fain coat on it. the green shoots coming up can’t actually be called seedlings but the tiny green dots on the black soil just make me happy. Which was especially nice as I was relatively chilly before i started my work out. It warmed me up, and then I chilled back down again. Cold rainy days just sort of have that effect on me.

It might account for why I chose some makeup products that are usually in my summer staples list. I thought it was because I just wanted a low key makeup day, but as I look at them some of the products really are summer staples. Let’s take a look.

Today’s Look:

Primer: elf Puff Puff Primer

Foundation: Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream

  • when I went to the site to get the link I found Purlisse has a BOGO sale going on right now. Not sure how long it will last but it is well worth stocking up

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

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow Palette: bareMinerals Natural Oasis Palette

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Today I wanted something simple and kind of low key. I also wanted to set out the shimmer from the bareMinerals palette so I added the red tone just to try it out. I honestly would have been happy with just the single natural brown look, but I like how the shimmer came out.

While the elf is a great winter primer due to the moisture factor (and is in general a good primer) the Elf Sheer Slick, Purlisse BB Cream and Real Her face palette are all summer staples for me. The Purlisse just blends beautifully into my skin. I have the shade light Medium in the matte formula (which I like better than the pink radiant one) and while the shade is perfect for me all summer long it also works really well for me now. I am currently as pale as I ever get and the the BB cream still worked beautifully for me. Plus it is so lightweight that it feels like it isn’t even there. It is a light coverage, but that was what i wanted today. It takes down redness and uneven skin tones but looks very natural on the skin.

The ultimate glow getter I used so much this summer that I am now seeing the outline of pan through both the blush and bronzer. It looks like the pans can come out of the palette and can be replaced. I am going to have to see if that is a possibility because I really enjoy this palette. The bronzer comes on strong with a dark line on the skin but blends in beautifully with even the most low key makeup look. And this blush works well as just a hint of color or more if you want. I like that it can be blended down or built up. It is a light pink though so in general I don’t build it up, but blend it for just a healthy low key kind of look. The blendability of this palette is why I reach for it so often. I think I put it away at the end of the summer because it was starting to show pan. I felt I used it so much that I wanted to give other products a try. And then I forgot about it. It is a fine line between trying out new things and forgetting about your faves.

Speaking of faves, I ended up this makeup look with the elf sheer slick. In the summer time it is my go to lip look. I used it so much this past summer that I went through an entire tube and had to replace it. And now the replacement looks a little worn. It is a light wash of color, which is nice. I think the reason that I reach for it so often is that it is vitamin E infused which makes my lips feel super moisturized and nourished. It is a sheer wash of color with benefits. I’m sure I will use this up and then repurchase it again. It is a good product to use in the winter, but I really seem to gravitate towards it in the summer. I think I actually picked it up out of habit when I picked up the Purlisse. Honestly, I’m glad I did. I may have been going for a low key look today, but using some products that I normally only reserve for summer use sort of made me feel a little bit better about the cold and dreary day.