The Daily: May 1st, 2023

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to May. I am feeling so much better today it is not even funny. I am sorry if i brought everyone down last week but that was just a miserable Spring cold. It was the kind of clod you can’t just sleep through but you still feel foggy. I spent most of the weekend as a lump. A binge watching lump. Thank you Paramount+. There were serial killers on Criminal Minds, treasure hunts on Blood and Treasure and amusement (with some murder) on So Help Me Todd.

Yes I do have other streaming sites, but it was just easier to switch between shows on the same site. It felt like too much effort actually.

Which sounds sad, but the lack of effort I used in my streaming paid off. I still have a little bit of the sniffles but the watery eyes and raspy throat are gone. i no longer feel like death warmed over.

I also got to use the last of the foundation samples that I planned to finish out least week. I had three to get rid of and this is the third. It feels so good to get them out of the drawer. I think it is partially because they have been in there a while. everything was just sort of resting on top of them. So I am pleased to have gotten through them. It feels like an accomplishment (even if it is a small one) and I am thrilled to take an accomplishment of any size on a Monday morning. It also feels like i am in control of May and expecting many more accomplishments. Not sure what they would be, but still, it is a great way to start the week and month. So lets jump into today’s look.

Today’s look

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Foundation Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil

Eyeshadow: Viseart Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette and AOA Studios Jewels Venetian Romance creamy eyeshadow

Mascara: They’re Real Extreme Lengthening mascara from Benefit Cosmetics

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Happy to be Me 10/10 lip gloss

As with all of the foundation samples I went with the same base face products. They are all products I know well and adore. I also leaned into the cream products because sometimes they can be problematic with foundations. They can peel the foundation up sometimes. These are good cream products so they don’t have issues on their own, so any issues would be with the foundation. I started with my favorite primer, Tatcha’s silk canvas. I am going to have to reorder soon as I am running out actually. I then went with the trestique Bronzer and the Illamasqua gel blusher. Both usually work well for me so I use them to test the foundation.

This Giorgio Armani foundation came through like a champ. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It looks fantastic and feels great on the skin. In fact, of the three I tried I think it might be my favorite. It sits well on the skin and blends in well. I did need to put four packets together so lord only knows what shade I created or which I would actually use. It is a luminous foundation, which is fine for me, but it does have enough of a glowy aspect that I would need to use a matte primer underneath. For me pairing it with a dewy primer would just be too much. If you like the dewy look then pairing this foundation with a dewy primer would workout for you. I just know it would be too much for me. I have had no issues with sinking into fine lines or creasing or peeling. It is a nice foundation.

With the eyes I again used the Viseart palette for the matte brown base and then I tested another of the AOA shimmers. This was a pink toned one. It went on well and easily blended with a dry brush. The only one I had any blending issues with was the color shift shade. All of the others are simply creamy eyeshadows that blend really well.

The shadow was light so I couldn’t resist using the lengthening mascara to show off the lashes. I do love my Benefit Mascaras. I think I only have this one until the end of May before I need to discard and replace, so I may be reaching for it often this month. I do hate leaving good product in the tube but with mascaras it is better safe than courting an eye infection.

Finally i topped the lips with the shimmery gloss from Wet ‘n Wild. What can I say, I do love this gloss. It looks good both on bare lips and over matte lipstick. It doesn’t feel sticky or overly slimy. And it looks good. I love the sort of blue purple-y shimmer actually.

And that my darlings is me today. I feel better today and am getting back into the normal rhythm. This was the last foundation sample I have in the drawer so even though I have enjoyed all of these products, I will be rotating others in because I won’t need to keep things standard for the test. I am kind of looking forward to that. Plus tomorrow is just me at the desk so I may get a little crazy with shadows. Just no glitter. I am still finding gold flakes from my last glitter choice. Once all of the residue is gone, I’ll try again, but for now, maybe some colors out of my ordinary. We shall see. But for now it is back to work. Have a great day my darlings.

The Daily: June 21st, 2022

Today I am taking advantage of what may be the last cool day for a while. While It was raging hot last week, we had some cool weather over the weekend. It spilled over into the beginning of the week and From the weather reports it looks like today may be the last day we can expect it. So…To the walking trail we go.

I went on a long walk this morning and the weather was simply fabulous. Then just before lunch I snuck in a second walk. It was a bit more sweat inducing but it wasn’t pass out from heat exhaustion hot. I have watched the temps and the heat index rise since I returned so I suspect this may be my last post 9am walk for a while.

I enjoyed it though.

Even if i will end up working late this evening to make up for the time the second walk took out of my day. It was worth it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Sephora Smooth and Blur Primer

Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Silk Tone Cream Blush

Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Honey eyeshadow palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Yensa Super 8 Lip oil in Pink Shine

Today as you might notice looks pretty much like yesterday did with the exception of the foundation. With my last Sephora order i received two foundation samples so I figured I would go ahead and use them this week to see if either was worth looking into for a full foundation test. This year I not only finished out several of my in process foundations but with Becca no longer in existence and now Kristofer Buckle gone I may have to start branching out in my products.

I used the last of the Sephora Primer today and my thoughts remain the same. It is a good basic primer. It isn’t something I would look for specifically but i wouldn’t mind using it again if it came my way.

The sample I have of the foundation was really small. I had to combine three shades to cover my face with product. The blend actually worked really well. And as annoying as it was to have to blend shades just to get enough product, I really like the way this feels on my kin. It blended well with no streaking and feels weightless. I’m actually quite impressed with it. It is holding up well today. I might be able to combine a few of the other shades for a second use, but I’m not entirely sure how well the remaining shades will blend for me. I do like it enough that I might consider picking up a full sized bottle and giving it a go. It really is performing well. The main issue is now figuring out which shade actually does work for me since i had to combine a few. But it seems like a good product.

Today I was also still impressed with the Dominique cosmetics blush. It really blends nicely. I layered a little more than yesterday on and am pleased with it’s buildability. I tend to go pretty light on blush, but it is nice to know i can go darker if I want. It is a good product and a beautiful packaging so I expect i will be reaching for it often.

The Naked Honey I still love as much as yesterday. I only needed one dip into the dark brown and it blended well over the eyes. It is highly pigmented though which is something to watch out for. I think to go lighter I would have to apply with one brush and blend with a second clean one. I am enjoying playing with the different gold tones though. this palette is so me though. I’m glad I finally picked it up.

The mascara is a bit of a let down. For something called major Volume I’d expect a little more volume. This is just basic. It does last all day without flaking and is light and comfortable to wear, but aside from being a good everyday mascara I’m not seeing much in the way of volume enhancement. I might try layering it on a bit more thickly tomorrow and see what I come up with.

So that my darlings is me today. I am pleased with the walk and pleased with the way this foundation performed. I can’t say i am pleased that I’ll have to work late tonight to make up the time I spent on the extra walk, but I regret nothing. The walk was fabulous and I am glad I took it, even if it does extend the work day. So now it is back to work for me. I will see you back here again tomorrow. Have a fantastic day.

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