The Daily: June 13th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. it is a hot one today. And I don’t mean summer is actually arriving. This year it seems we have skipped the early part of the summer and just umped headlong into the brutality of late summer. Each morning when I wake up I look at the weather. At this time of year it is kind of important for the garden. There always comes a point in the summer where i need to switch from watering just at sundown, to watering at sundown and then first thing in the morning before the sun really gets going so the plants can absorb the water before it evaporates.

Usually that point arrives mid July. This year, I had to water this morning. This is the earliest I have ever had to do a morning watering in the summertime since we’ve lived here. It was already eighty degrees at 7 am and the exclamation point near the weather report promised the heat index would be in the triple digits. Checking my garden records for last year we hit triple digits for the first time July 8th last year. I got up a little early today so that I could walk before the heat hit, but ended up using that extra time to water so there will be no walking today, just indoor workouts.

Which is fine. Not what I planned but fine. I am well stocked with indoor fitness gear so I should be able to keep moving forward on my fitness journey. I just won’t be doing it outside. I’m just sort of amazed that the first heat wave hit this early in the summer. I imagine it is going to lead to a longer and more violent hurricane season further south this year. (I spent quite a few years living in Louisiana and hurricane season sort of sticks with you even when you leave). For now I think it is going to be a balancing act keeping my vegetables and tender herbs from scorching in the sun. We are about to get our first paprika peppers for drying and I have a spate of carrots just now rising. This year I planted a variety called Parisian and they grow into small round carrots. I’m kind of excited about them. So right now it is one eye on the heat index and another on the garden. And fingers crossed that I can keep everything from shriveling up in the sun.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown

Mascara: ABH Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: TYS Beauty Lip Plumper

I’m actually quite pleased with the way things turned out today. While the Tatcha silk primer is one of my absolute favorite primers (and I noticed I am starting to hit pan in the center of it today which means a reorder is in sight) I chose it specifically because I wanted to try the sample of the Liquid Silk Canvas I received with my last Tatcha order (I am loving the Kissu Mask, btw). I thought I would try the original and then tomorrow open up the sample. That way I can do a close compare. Plus since I will need to reorder primer soon from Tatcha I can see if I want to go with my favorite or try the liquid. I think that one may be offered in the Travel sized products to try out so I may do that instead of the full sized one right off the bat. Of course that is if i like it in the first place. Which I won’t know until I try it out tomorrow. But I used the original today and loved it like I always do. It works well and the scent just makes me feel special too.

What can I say, I am a scent oriented person.

The Pretty Vulgar is also working well. The amount of product is low in the bottle and this is the perfect time of year for this shade so it will be in rotation often in the next few months.

The Trestique is one of my go to products and I will always reach for it if I don’t have something else in mind. I do need to set it to the side and rotate through my bronzers, if only to adjust the location so my summer wear ones are closer to the front of the drawer.

You know I love the Benefit Gold Rush. It too is starting to show pan. I am always surprised when this happens as the Benefit blushes last forever. But Benefit just released new blushes so maybe it is time to try a new shade or two. this one will be hard to beat though. It is just the right tone for me and I really enjoy it. However nothing lasts forever so new things must be tried.

Speaking of new things I am still using the sample of the Tatcha powder that came in with my last order. It is fantastic. Very fine milled and silk soft on the skin. And it doesn’t look powdery. while I love loose powder I have several loose powders to get through at the moment. I am limited on the pressed powder though and really wish this came in a pressed format as it would be amazing to have a compact in my purse at this time of year. With this heat a reliable compact is essential for not sweating through the makeup. I don’t care what products you are using, ten minutes outside and when you reach your location you need to stop by the ladies with a quick pat down with the compact. This powder would be good for that, but alas it is only sold loose.

I love this Lime Crime Palette and I think I am definitely getting the Immortals one. I was debating it, but their shadows are just such a good formula. I just have to do a shadow declutter first. Once I make some space, the new palette will be mine. And since Lime Crime has lowered their prices, it will be mine for less.

The ABH mascara worked fantastically well as always. I enjoy it more with each use and will be picking it up again. I just have to work through my mascara stock pile first. That’s another thing i need to take inventory of soon.

I am the first to admit that I forget about brows a lot. It’s the bangs. Most of the time they cover my eyebrows so I don’t worry. But I do have several brow products and i am going to be rotating through them to see which ones I am keeping, which ones I am letting go of and which ones I want to order again. This Marcelle is a keeper and a reordering product. I love the fine point and the fact that the product is soft enough to apply without warming up but not too soft so it doesn’t smear everywhere like a warm crayon. It is a very good brow product and I love both the shade and the fine point.

And then there is the lips. I had not tried TYS Beauty before but this was in my May bag from IPSY. I do love lip plumpers so I thought i’d give it a go. This is a nice gloss, not too sticky. It smells very peppermint-y and for the first 20 minutes it is very tingly. There is also an almost holographic sheen to it which I like. For as intense as the stinging is, there is only mild lip plumping. Given the intensity of the sting I thought for sure there would be massive results. There aren’t but it is a nice basic lip plumper and a good gloss. I will continue using it, but I might not reorder it. I am glad to hear about a new brand though, so that is nice.

And that was me today. Overall I am very pleased with how things turned out.

Admittedly with the heat set to melt skin off my bones and no video calls scheduled today it is just you and me that get to see it, but I’m okay with that. But now it is back to work for me. I hope your Monday glides through with no complications. And remember, if you go outside, drink lots of water.

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The Daily: June 8th, 2022

There is no makeup today because I did a rather stupid thing. After spending most of Monday and all of Tuesday in the house I saw a break in the rain and decided, ‘This is my shot for a little walk’. So I took it. I thought I would get to the park and it would be flooded. While the creek was swollen, there was no flooding, the path was free and clear. I expect that there will be water run off from the mountains that swells the creek in the next couple of days, but it was clear now.

And knowing that it would probably be impassable later in the week, I went for it and took my walk. In fact I was so happy to be outside that I extended my walk.

The rain held off during my walk, not returning until I was actually back in the house, but it didn’t really help. The humidity was a little over 90% during my walk so I looked like it had actually rained on me. It was also 92 degrees so both the humidity and my own sweat cause me to look like a drowned rat.

I was soaked right down to the underwear. So I stripped, cooled off and took a shower. I then put my Soda Stream to the test. I know it is kind of laughable, but I sort of dehydrated myself a bit. And for me, if I drink a lot of regular water at one time I get stomach cramps. Oddly I can drink a lot more water if it is carbonated. Somehow the aeration helps me avoid the heavy water based stomach cramps.

So I had a bottle of carbonated water thanks to Soda Stream before my shower and two more after my shower. I now feel better but makeup is pretty much a no go today. I am falling back in love with my Soda Stream. I don’t know if you are trying to incorporate more water into your daily life, but if you are, this might be something to look into. For me it is a fantastic tool. i can drink more carbonated water than I can drink plain water, and even when I am not accidentally dehydrating myself increasing my water consumption helps with my weight loss and general health. I like to think of it as rinsing out my system.

However it also keeps me from consuming a lot of other high calorie beverages. While I like adding a lemon or orange slice to the water, there are a bunch of flavorings you can pick up (or create at home) to make your own lower calorie beverage. It has been one of my favorite dieting/health tools. I’m actually going to have to replace it soon. We’ve had this one for almost nine years at this point and it is starting to show it’s age. Plus I think it is now a discontinued model and the newer models have differently shaped bottles.

While the machine itself has performed fantastically over the years, every once in a while you do have to replace the reusable bottles because they do wear out. The ones I use last longer because I pour the water into a glass and drink from the glass, but my babydoll drinks straight from his bottle and consistently adds flavorings so the plastic wears out faster. His last about a year before they need to be replaced. Mine generally reach the two year mark. So the replacement isn’t that often, but with the discontinued model and change in bottle type, we need to look into replacements.

Although I don’t plan on doing this again for a while. In all fairness I generally do something like this at the start of every summer and then I’m good for the rest of the year. It’s like I have to do something stupid to remind myself not to do stupid things and to think about it first. Todays lesson was to check the heat and humidity levels before taking advantage of the break in the rain.

Hopefully my stupidity will help you avoid your own stupidity. I think its one of those, if you can’t be a good example at least stand as a warning. And if you do end up overtaxing yourself in the heat and humidity, remember to rehydrate.

At least I got my one summer stupidity out of the way early. From here ’til autumn it should be clear sailing.

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Weekly Weight: 221.4 Lbs

I know these pictures are often off kilter and cut off, but todays is a little worse than usual. I know that bugs some of you and I am sorry. The reason is that the glass surface of the scale is reflective so I try to crop out as much reflection as I can.

Despite the slightly wonky photo, I am actually quite pleased with the numbers it is showing. Before the world blew up in a wave of Easter and personal family drama, I actually had a sit down with my doctor about my weight loss, or at the time lack there of. I had charts, I had graphs, I had food journals. What I didn’t have was answers.

I think I might have actually scared him a bit if I’m honest.

I’m not sure how often doctors are presented with records and then asked to explain and extrapolate.

I tend to return to historian mode when looking for answers. There are the fact and then there are the meaning of the facts. I had the facts and I wanted the meaning.

He got over it and was, I think amused as the surprise faded. He made some suggestions, I took notes and tried to implement them. well technically I made plans to implement them after the Easter Holiday and then my plans were torpedoed, but now I am implementing them.

And it is nice to see them paying off.

This week is all about adjusting the schedule and convincing myself that I need to get up earlier so that I can walk before the heat hits. Its time to work on avoiding that heat stroke, baby. Once I feel stable I will be incorporating more afternoon strength building and flexibility work outs (indoors, again avoiding that heat stroke)

Thus far I am happy with the way it is working.

The Stats: Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 222.8 lbs

This week’s Weight: 221.4 lbs

Lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Lost this far: 24.6 lbs

My goal is to lose around one pound per week. This week I managed to exceed it. If this keeps up until I end up in the healthy zone I will be a very happy camper.

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Weekly Weight: 224.4 lbs

The Scale: May 20th, 2022

This week was about getting food back on track and exercise arranged in a more or less usual fashion. There were some extra garden exploits that I’m sure burned extra calories. Last week there were a few days I didn’t feel like eating at all and then came the arrival of comfort casseroles and food was eaten whether I was hungry or not. Now I am back home and it is more normal.

I had no clue what was going to happen when i got on the scale this morning and honestly I suspected there would be a weight gain. I was presently surprised by the 2 lbs loss. Pleasantly so. At the same time I am not sure I can take the credit for that. It was a very up and down two weeks with a lot of emotional upheaval. I am hoping that the weight is gone and I can continue the steady slope into a healthy weight loss.

Also I planned to try this before everything happened. As it is I will be giving it another week before I sign up but there is this site called Yoga Works. It has oodles of yoga classes that you can stream from home and I think I would do better with my inside workouts if I had a set yoga class rather than things I cobbled together from You Tube Videos. we are getting into the season where I can go on my walks if i leave first thing in the morning. Any later and the heat and humidity sap my energy for the day instead of simply providing an exercise outlet.

Which means I need to incorporate more indoor workouts. So I will be inventorying my in home work out gear and seeing if there is anything I need to add with a Prosource fitness order and bulking up my fitness clothing collection and then signing up for the Yoga Works. Since I can’t help but review everything, I’ll let you know how I feel about it as I use it. But I think I am going to give myself another week to settle back into normal before I sign up for it. I’ll post the link below for anyone else interested. As for now, I am going to be happy about the two lbs lost, however they ended up getting lost.

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last weigh in: 226.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 224.4 lbs

Lost this week: 2.0 lbs

lost thus far: 21.6 lbs

Yoga for every body – online. Discover more at YogaWorks.com!

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The Daily: May 19th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It has been a quite pleasant and productive day for me here. I got up a little early and took a walk first thing. Which was nice. It was humid but not overly hot when I started. By the time I got back to the house I felt like i was being smothered in a wet electric blanket, but that was at the end of the walk and I went straight into the shower. Admittedly the first few minutes I kept the water cool and then worked up to hot.

It is definitely time to start thinking about more indoor workouts.

I know, I say that a lot, but I really prefer the nice mind clearing walk in the fresh air sort of exercise to anything indoors. However as even early morning walks are now sweat and sun fests adaptations must be made. It was a great way to start the day. Lately my exercises have been pushed later and later, but I used to do them first thing in the morning. I really kind of miss that. I know I grumble, but that’s mostly because i really don’t like mornings in general. It is actually much easier to wake up, fall into the exercise clothes and get started before actually waking up completely then it is to convince myself to change clothes and begin the exercises mid afternoon.

It’s easier with walking as I can just walk when my brain needs a break. Less easy with planned workouts. I think it is because i am over all not a huge fan of perky people. And to be involved in fitness it seems you have to be perky. Plus they advertise goals that aren’t mine. I’m not trying to look bikini ready or run a marathon. I just want to get to a healthy weight zone.

I think I’d like to do an exercise video at some point. Instead of starting with things like, “Let’s get those bodies moving and feel those endorphins!” or comments about how fabulous you will look on the beach with your new bikini ready bod I think I’d start them with my own phrases.

They would include comments like “we know you’re here because your favorite jeans are a bit snug and you don’t want to break in a new pair in a larger size,’ or “You know moving is good for you after sitting in an office all day so stop whining and just get it over with.’

I admit, my workouts wouldn’t exactly be best sellers. Maybe i could just make them for me. Something to think about.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 illuminating Primer

Foundation: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Eyeshadow: Tresluce La Flor de Mexico eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Blinc Ultravolume Tubing Mascara

Lips: M2UNYC matte liquid Lip in SOHO

Today was mostly about the Lorac Primer. I went with the Catrice foundation because it is more matte. I really like the Catrice formula but hate the dropper dispenser. I usually just end up pouring the foundation onto my hand and dipping in with a finger. The dropper is why I don’t reach for it much even though it is a really good long wearing foundation.

It worked well with the Lorac actually. The lorac gave me shine under the matte which I like, especially as it wasn’t too much. I added a little bit of the primer as highlight over my cheek bones which worked well for me today. I have the shade dusk in the primer and the gold tones really work well with my skin. I am finding that with illuminating primers for me the gold tones work better than the clear or silver based ones. I think they look more glow and less wet and greasy. Perhaps it is just my perception, but I do like this on the high points. I am still missing the pore filling of other primers though so it is a trade off.

The Too Faced Bronzer is as always fabulous and we are entering the season where this one comes out more. It is a really nice blendable formula. It is a little dark for me in the winter but right about now it is edging into perfection.

You know I love the Gold Rush Blush from Benefit. And I know I reach for it a lot. I pulled it out today because i spend some time looking at their new blush releases. Yup that’s right, Benefit Cosmetics just released a new line of blushes. You can see theme Here. I am hoping this doesn’t mean that Gold Rush is going to be discontinued as it is one of my long term faves, but I have to admit that some of the new ones look fantastic. I am getting low in the Gold Rush Blush so I was going to order a new one soon. I may just look at one of the newer shades instead. I think they released yesterday in case you were wondering. I can’t wait to try them out.

The Blinc Tubing mascara I love. One swipe, fab lashes. What more needs to be said? Well perhaps that you need a waterproof mascara makeup remover to remove the mascara even though it technically isn’t a waterproof formula. It still defies water pretty well.

Then there was the Tresluce. I went for two of the darkest shades today using a dark green (Jardin) topped with the dark brown of Chocolate Cosmos. they blended well together, perhaps because they were so dark. But then I reached for the shimmer of green Nopal. I wasn’t expecting much but it is a beautiful green shimmer. I am in love. And I don’t say that about a lot of shimmers. I am over all a matte kind of person. But oh wow, I am in love. The dry brush didn’t work and I couldn’t find a setting spray so i used a finger tip and the green was just stunning. I can not wait to play around with the other shimmers. Nopal was just stunning and easy to use.

I think that is all of note today for both my look and my fitness plan. For now it is back to work for me. If I end up making that work out video, even if it is just for me, I’ll post it here for you to enjoy. Until then, it is back to work for me. Happy Thursday everyone.

The Daily: May 18th, 2022

Welcome to Wednesday my darlings. Truthfully my week is a little messed up and I feel that it is only Tuesday, regardless of what the calendar says. It is the danger of taking parts of Monday off. I’m just going to accept that I will be a little off for the rest of the week and then reset over the weekend.

Today however there is no makeup. As you can clearly see from the photo, it was an all natural day, just me and several layers of sunscreen. There was a follow up with the Avene Thermal Water when I came back in the house, but no makeup was going to survive today.

This morning I thought I would get some early gardening in since there was nothing done over the weekend. I pulled the weeds and most importantly the little treelets that were sprouting from the seeds thrown into the garden beds by the surrounding trees. If you don’t get them early they can be a real pain to uproot. They were still at the relatively easy to uproot stage, but there were a lot of them.

After they were gone I noticed a vine growing up and around some other plants. I don’t know what it was but I didn’t plant it and I wasn’t about to let it take over. So I went to pull it. It didn’t want to pull. So I went to the shed to find some trimmers. There were no trimmers. So I picked up the machete. I figured with a careful cut I could slice off the offending vine and be good. Then I got going, found the vines everywhere and just went a little crazy on the offending vines.

barefaced and soon to hit the shower

I can’t lie, it felt good.

I have no illusions about getting all of the weeds but I feel somewhat victorious, even if it is a temporary victory.

Unfortunately by the time I was done I was a sweaty mess. I figured since i was already sweaty I would go on a walk. It was kind of a mega sweat event. When I got back I washed my face and cooled down. In a little while there ill be a shower. (it would have been an earlier shower but there were several phone calls i was pulled into while I was cooling off.

After that i simply didn’t feel like wearing any makeup.

I did however revel in the use of my cleanser. I am currently using the new Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder and after cleansing I just liked my skin.

So bare faced today, but at least i can say that between the lengthier spate of gardening than I intended and my walk, I have certainly hit my calorie count. So I can’t really complain. But now it is off to the shower to get fully clean and into fresh clothes and then I will finish out the paperwork for the day. I took more time than expected but really, I can’t complain. It needed to be done, and it felt good over all to do it.

The Daily: May 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. The rain has returned and the humidity level is high. As a result my bangs have decided that an 80s style poof is the way to go. They won’t get there without the help of a teasing comb a round brush and a boat load of Aqua Net, but they are trying. So I am doing my best to ignore them today.

I made no attempt to go outside. It was raining when I woke up, it rained through the morning and it is raining now. I’m trying to think of the fabulous germination my newly planted seeds are getting and less of the walk I will not be taking. It is the down side to building a walking trail in the flood plain. It rains, the trail floods. But I will not harp on it, even though I am still casting longing looks out of the window.

The reason it is so important is that I know on rainy days like this I always slack off a bit on my exercise. I tell myself to push hard, but I just know that I don’t push all that hard on days like today. In fact I don’t think I did much pushing in April, which is why the waist band of my jeans feels a little on the snug side. I have already accepted that on my first weigh in back I will have gained weight. I know everything got out of whack in April. I spent last week getting my meal plan back into alignment and this week I am ramping up the exercise.

Except today. Today I don’t think I pushed as hard as I could. I’ll be making up for it with lighter meals today, but I need to find something to keep me on track for the days when walking isn’t possible. Sadly I may have to go back to some sort of reward system. I had it in place for my initial weight loss plan then when i went to reward myself with something I wanted I found it was sold out and then I couldn’t think of a replacement so I let the system lapse. maybe I’ll keep the rewards in categories instead of specifics. A new pair of yoga pants instead of this specific pair of yoga pants. I think it was a pair of earrings that threw me last time. I saw this adorable pair of bumblebee earrings, but they were gone by the time I reached the reward point. nd then I didn’t see a pair I wanted. General may be the way to go on that. But that is something to figure out later. Maybe after dinner.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

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Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Concealer: Dior Backstage Concealer

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

Powder: Kim Chi Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful Eyeshadow Palette from The Balm

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag

Lips: Trestique Lip Crayon in Florence Fig

Okay today was a fun one. First off Love the embryolisse as a base. I apply it ten minutes before I apply anything else so my skin has time to absorb the cream in and everything just flows wetter with great hydrated skin and no cakey look to anything.

I am loving the way my eyes came out today

It really helped out the setting powder today as the air is so damp. between the humidity and the cream I needed the setting powder to dial back the shine. It did sort of counteract my test of dry products though. I use the Real Her Palette today because I wanted all powder face products and it was just easiest to grab.

Normally I use this more in the summer time because it goes so well with a light tinted moisturizer natural look, but it applied well today. Ideally though this is a natural look palette. It is well loved though. Pan is showing in all three of the products and I am hoping it will make it through the summer. I don’t think it will make it past this summer so I will probably be replacing it in the fall. it is fantastic with a tinted moisturizer.

It did work well with the Yensa. This is an easy foundation to use actually and I am really enjoying it. My full review will be up this Thursday as I finish out my review.

I am falling in love with this palette from the Balm. I applied the shade Cut and thought wow that is a great all over shade, but since I am seeing how they blend I went for the darkest shade Cliff Hanger and really like the way it blended. I then used the silver shimmer of Roll Credits and it looks great. I am personally loving today’s eye look. If it keeps performing this well during the rest of the test (it is only the second day) I might just have found one of my everyday go to palettes because this was easy to reach for and has workable shades. The trick will see if I still like it next week or if it becomes slightly boring. There is always a fine line with an everyday neutral palette. We’ll have to see where this end up, but I have my fingers crossed for it.

Today I also reached for the ease of the Trestique lip crayon. I love these. This is the Florentine fig and I reach for the color often which is why it is almost a nub. It is comfortable to wear, the crayon is refillable and while one side is a matte color, the other side has a lip balm to go over it if you want a bit of shine. I am really a fan of the formula. It wears a bit like a traditional lipstick though. It won’t dry down and it will wear off. It is very comfortable to wear though.

And that my darlings is me today. my bangs are misbehaving but I love my eye look. I’d be nice if I could get the hair and makeup to cooperate on the same day, but i will take what I can get. And today, the eyes have it.

The Daily: May 2nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to May. With as much trouble as the April showers caused, the May flowers are beautiful. And of course more showers are on the way. we had on and off rain here this weekend so I did the last of my spring garden planting between rain storms. The bonus was that I didn’t have to water. We have a garden bed I am keeping my fingers cross for this year actually. It has been a battle to reclaim it from the weeds since we moved in. Last fall we stripped it out completely digging down about a foot to get rid of all the little weed rootlets. we then laid down a garden fabric to suppress weed growth and layered card board over that (a fantastic use of old subscription box packaging in case you were wondering) and then buried the lot of it in rich dirt, fertilizer and mulch. It sat all winter and this weekend I went and scattered bread seed poppy seeds. They are the poppy seeds you see in lemon poppy seed bread in case you are wondering. When the flowers are ready to seed they throw the seeds out in heaps and self seed themselves once they get started so I am hoping that the seeds will not only take, but take over. I would much prefer a bed of purple-y blue poppies to snarled masses of bindweed.

That has been one of the major house projects for a while so reaching the stage where i could just scatter seed was a major accomplishment. And now all I can do is wait and hope nature gets on board.

But with May also comes the need for the changing out of the bed linens. once we get a stretch of good weather all of the winter blankets will get washed one last time for the season, strung up in the sunshine to dry and then packed away while the spring/summer covers come out of storage. I don’t know if you have issues with blanket storage but as both my babydoll and I come from families who believe you can never have too many blankets, storage is always an issue. Until we picked up these vacuum storage bags. I picked mine up from Amazon (it is a general link, no affiliation) and they have been a life saver. Not only do they save space by compressing the blankets but my babydoll has major allergies and soring out blankets in the vacuum sealed bags has really helped. The UV of the sun kills any potential dust mites and then the vacuum seal protects them when not in use.

The park is once again flooded so I am back to Yoga today instead. May tends to be an indoor work out and then things dry out a little and I end up on the summer schedule, walking as soon as I wake up so i don’t give myself heat stroke. Even so with my muscles sore from the garden work, I feel okay with the stretching of yoga. I also feel rather virtuous for completing so many of my spring chores this weekend. Now if only my afternoon paperwork goes as smoothly, I will be all smiles at dinnertime.

Today’s look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes in Rooftop Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Iconic Illuminator in Original

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful from The Balm Cosmetics

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Persona Cosmetics lip liner in 90210

Today was interesting as far as testing and favorites go. As for favorites I went for the tatcha silk canvas. I have the balm formula. I haven’t tried the liquid version and I am curious to see how it performs but I absolutely adore the creme formula of this one. It is pore filling and helps lock makeup into place. It also has that lovely Tatcha skincare scent to it. I generally find my skin reacts well to this primer as well. I did want a matte primer today because of the highligher, but I’ll get to that in a moment. The long and short of it is that I adore this primer.

One of my other favorites is the Bare Minerals blush. I am always happy to reach for this one. It can be a little too intense in color in the winter (I have the shade Mauve Sunrise) but as my skin gets summer tan it just looks better and better so I will be using this a lot in the coming months. Which is no hardship. I do need to look into a lighter winter shade though, but I have a little bit of time now before that is needed.

The Buxom Bronzer is also more of a spring summer product. It is of a tone that takes me into spring and early summer but generally isn’t worn after July when I am full on summer tanned. Or at least that was last year’s scale. I ended up spending more time outside last summer than I planned. I also wanted to try a powder product today with the Kim Chi powder. On my first use of the powder I overdid it and everything looked powdery. I was just so enthused but the actually useful powderpuff in the container that I couldn’t hep myself. And over use made things look powdery.

Then I tried a lot of cream face products and it worked fantastically well with them. So I wanted to see if it was me over doing it or if it was just layering with other powder products that caused the issue. I think it might be a bit of both. With one powder product and the rest cream the setting powder didn’t look powdery when used with a light touch. I think however it is the sort of powder I will prefer with cream face products. I also think I am going to use that puff with several other powders. I do like this powder though, it just needs to be used sparingly to avoid a powdery look.

I have been trying out the Saint Luxe liquid highlight and wanted to try it against another liquid highlighter. So today I picked out the Iconic Original Illuminator which is an old stand by. It was far more glowy a product than the Saint Luxe. The Saint Luxe is far more subtle of a glow. Which I don’t mind actually. I know that using the Iconic with Natural look makeup (which is sort of my go to in the summer) is too heavy a highlighter. I don’t think the Saint Luxe will be. While I am finishing up my Yensa trial this week, I think that after the trial is complete I will be trying out the highlighter with a tinted moisturizer instead of a regular foundation to see how it performs. I have high hopes. The Iconic was nice today and I like being able to make the comparison.

The stila mascara I love. It needs one coat and I am done. The fact that I reach for it a lot means the tube is almost empty and will soon need to be replaced. But it is now one of my favorite mascaras.

The persona lip liner worked well all over my lips. It is a creamy formula that can be used as a lipstick. After a few hours though my lips do start to feel a bit dry so I add a lip balm over them. That is enough to keep the lips moist. So I am good with this lip liner.

Today was the first use of the Balm’s The Balm and The Beautiful Palette. As a first use I did the one matte all over the lids with a lighter matt in the corners look. I love the Balm formula. The brush didn’t need tapping off and the matte blended beautifully without a powdery mess. I am looking forward to playing around with this palette.

And that my darlings was today’s look. I feel like I went a little long today but I have several products I am testing out. Hopefully you found it interesting. But now my beauty break is over and I must leave you and heed the call of my inbox. It is the first of the month and and it seems everyone has a new project to start. So off we go. Have a great rest of Monday.

The Daily: April 12th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today’s exercise was mostly a strange version of dodging rain showers. I think I might have actually gotten in an entire walk, but I had to do it in sections. I’d walk a little, feel a few drops and turn around and head home, generally making it before the skies opened up. Then I’d work a little while it rained and when I saw my break I took it, only to have it cut short by another cloud burst. After this last segment, the park was flooded so there will be no more scramble, but I feel good about getting it in.

The Easter Sales have begun so before I forget i am going to put in a few of the ones that caught my eye, incase you are looking to pick up something other than candy.

Buxom Cosmetics is having a 20% off Sale + free shipping site wide with code APRILFAM (today is the last day)

Luxie Beauty has a 30% off sitewide sale for spring going on. I absolutely adore their brushes. I have one that I know is from a discontinued line so I need to scroll through their other brushes and see if they have one of the same shape so I can replace it. (It is from the Wonder Woman line that was a limited release when the first Wonder Woman Movie came out.

And while this is not a sale, The Underclub just released something absolutely fab. it is the  Underclub X KÚR Handmade Lace Trim Cami and Short Set It is so adorable. It released on April 10th and will no doubt sell out quickly. According to the site…

Underclub X KÚR has come together to create a beautiful lightweight sustainable cotton sleep set trimmed with handmade bobbin lace. Bobbin lace weaving is a declining yet intricate craft that brings high impact to the communities who preserve this age-old tradition and skill in Sri Lanka. 

Cami features: Soft and airy 100% BCI Certified cotton with handmade bobbin lace trim, Adjustable straps, Open back detail 

Short features: Soft and airy 100% BCI Certified cotton with handmade bobbin lace trim, Stretchy, barely there waistband for comfort

MORE ABOUT THIS STYLE
The sleep set is made in a women-led ethical manufacturing facility and the textile is certified under a “Better cotton initiative” (BCI) process which makes the complete product more sustainable and environmentally friendly. We are proud to work with women-owned KÚR on this collaboration. KÚR is a New York-based womenswear line that incorporates handmade lace into contemporary fashion with intention of preserving savoir-faire of craftsmanship among artisanal communities.

The Underclub

Seriously, how cool is that? I just had to share. I know shorts and a cami top are my favorite summer sleepwear and I just love everything about this launch. If you are in the mood to shope, hopefully a could of those tickle your fancy.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 40

Bronzer: Buxom Cosmetics Stacation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Model Co Highlighting Shimmer Whip

Eyeshadow: Too Faced Cosmetics Palm Springs Dreams

Mascara: Blinc Ultra Volume Tubing Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid lip

As I expected the Yensa Foundation looks less dewy with a matte primer underneath, which is fine for me. I love the Yensa Primer, but i think it will pair better with the matte foundations I wear while this needs to be paired with a matte primer. It is really a personal preference, they work well together, I am just not a dewy sort of person. Most of the time. I actually kind of liked it yesterday so every once in a while I might pair them. Today I used Tatcha. it is a great primer and works really well with this foundation.

This far I am really impressed with this foundation. It feels like a bb cream but it has full coverage which is nice. And I actually got rid of several foundations lately so I am very low on full coverage products. Isn’t it always nice when something fills a niche?

The bareminerals is a stand out favorite as is the M2U Matte liquid I will use both repeatedly until empty and then repurchase.

The Model co highlighter not so much. It worked better today because I have a matte primer but it either chooses not to blend in at all or blends almost away completely. I think it needs a really light coverage foundation in order to shine. I think I may try it with a tinted moisturizer to see how I feel about it then. Although I have to admit, when I use inted moisturizer I often forget highlighter all together so I don’t know how useful that will end up being.

I love my Palm Springs Dream palette, but when I went to look for it I couldn’t find it on the Too Faced Site. I put an Amazon link if you are interested, but I think it has been discontinued. I searched the site, which really only made me want to pick up the Natural eyes palette. I really hope it hasn’t been discontinued, but I suspect it has. So sad. I will continue playing with mine though. I adore the shimmer of Last Call.

And finally the Blinc mascara worked fabulously well. I believe that rounds out today’s look. As usual it is pretty simple but I had fun with it. and lets face it, I may admire the fancy eye looks, but everyday makeup is kind of where I live.

And I’m okay with that.

The Daily: January 24th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a fabulous Monday. Mine has been good but busy. As you may recall we had a bout of testing done last week to detect any possible infections and both my babydoll and I passed with flying colors. There is no covid in the house and no further need for self-quarantining as we are not infecting anyone else. Mostly because we have nothing to infect them with. It was a huge relief.

And this morning it was back to work as normal. The thing is that worrying about the test was quite distracting as well. So I didn’t get nearly as much work done last week as I anticipated getting done. I think the weather also contributed to the blahs. I really feel the impact when I don’t spend any time out of doors. I did set up a work out schedule and I managed to remember my morning exercises. The weather is cold but fabulously clear so thee was also a chilly walk outside.

Beyond the fitness angle, I think it did quite a lot to blow the cobwebs out of my brain and wash the worries away. Sometimes a hit of fresh air is exactly what I need. And today that is what I got. Along with the first set of exercises in my ‘just because the weather’s bad doesn’t mean I have an excuse not to work out’ routine. I know, I’ll work on a better title later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: Kosas Tinted Face oil

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Roof Top Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: OFRA Highlight in Blissful

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Formula Z So Pretty Palette

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara (discontinued)

Lips M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in SOHO

Setting Spray: Porefessional Super Setter Setting Spray

Okay today the LYS Primer trial continued with an oil based foundation. I love the Kosas Tinted Face oil for when I want a more natural look. (And yes I realize I ruined the natural look with a glitter bronze eye shadow, we all know i wasn’t resisting that bronze shadow today)With Kosas though, I tend to use both a bore filling primer to keep ti from seeping into my fine lines (i concentrate the primer on places where I have the most fine lines and use the primer there, like spackle. Most of my pore filling primers tends to be mattifying as well. This LYS primer was not so I found myself shiny. Technically it could be called glowy or dewy but that is not a look I prefer so out came the setting powder. The Ciate London Extraordinary powder is a really good everyday setting powder. If you are using flash photography it can leave a little bit of a white cast, but I don’t really use flash photography. So I don’t have a problem with it. If you are worried about the white cast though, check out their coconut setting powder. It has the same great setting powder qualities, but doesn’t have the flash back issue.

Both worked well with the Kosas. I also need to remember to get the Kosas foundation out more as I really do like it. I also need to get around to ordering the Kosas sample set from Alayka. Alayka has some great sample sets that you can order where you can try out several different sample sized items from a brand before you commit to a single full sized item. Plus part of the cost of the set goes towards a full sized purchase from the brand. Kosas is on my list for their kits, although i have to say it may get bumped by the Lilah B Sample Kit. I’ve been eyeing both for a while now but keep switching my mind as to which one I want. What i really need to do is order one try it out and then a few months later order the other. They also have skin care sets in their trial kits section. If you are thinking about branching off of your normal products list and trying out some new to you clean beauty picks, this is a great way to go.

On my list of normal products to keep using has to be the Bare minerals bounce and blur blush the Buxom bronzer and the OFRA highlight. All worked really well for me today. The lip was also fantastic. M2U NYC liquid lips tend to dry down enough to stay in place but not enough to turn your lips into sand paper. Every time I use this one I think that i need to pick it up in multiple colors.

You may notice that I called in the Setting spray today. This one from Benefit Cosmetics is one of my favorites. The scent is light, the mist is fine and it does help with makeup longevity. I know I often forget the setting spray. Today I knew I was going to be trying glitter so I thought it was a good idea. And it did help a bit. Tomorrow I am going to use the setting spray and a lid primer to see if that helps more. While I love the bronze glitter, I wasn’t impressed with the other shades. They were a bit patchy and powdery and not very impressive for a first try. I’ll keep playing with them, but todays take away was that I love the bronze glitter. It does have some fall out but thus far it isn’t bad. I’ll be monitoring it and because I like the shade I will do my best to see how well I can lock it in place. Truthfully, it might be the only shadow I like in this palette. So it may end up being an interesting review after I’ve tried it out a bit more.

And that was today’s make up. And I am going to be taking it and myself back to work. Hopefully now that the tests came back negative and I’ve had the walk to clear my head this afternoon will be far more productive. Fingers crossed. Hope your Monday is working well, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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