The Daily: April 26th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Before I get too far I want to remind everyone that the Giveaway is still going on. It runs until May 6th. This link will take you to the Giveaway post so you can find out how to enter the Earth Day Giveaway.

Today I did the first of the Monday workouts at the gym. The trainer said that the abs are muscles you can work out any time as apparently they don’t need to rest like other parts of your body do. I would like to respectfully differ. My Abs got a fantastic work out today and they have already petitioned me for a rest. Luckily Wednesday is mostly legs and Friday is all about the arms so they have some recovery time. On Friday’s workout my arms were a little sore by the end of the day but Saturday morning they were feeling the burn. I suppose that means things are going well.

This is my first full week under the new routine so I am expecting my internal complaints department will be fielding calls from all parts of the body. I can live with that as it will get better. Nothing on the list is beyond what I can do, it is just not something I routinely do. I liked the arm work out on Friday and I liked the ab workout today so hopefully I will like Wednesday and then I will really be in business. Because if I like a work out well enough to make it a routine, then I am good to go.

And quite frankly I am ready for a little routine in my world. There has been too much unsettled lately. Routine may not be exciting, but it lets you get things done around it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Under Cover Blur-fection Primer

Foundation: Nars All day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Hi Fi Filter

Blush: Nars Blush in Angelika

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Powder: Nars Pressed powder in Eden

Shadow: Cargo Swimmables Shadow Stick in Sandy bay

Mascara Beautaniq Beauty Nourishing Mascara

Lips: Cargo Swimmables in Portofino

Today was mostly new Makeup. The Products I have used before were the highlighter, bronzer and foundation. All are among my favorites. All are products I will repeatedly purchase. The NARS pressed powder in Eden is one I have used before and like but I tend to forget I have. The slim black package tends to blend into the shadows. I need to remember to reach for it more though as I really do like it.

The nars Blush in Angelika came in this month’s Boxy Charm and I’ll admit i was a little worried about the shimmer. However once applied to the cheeks it was fine with no shimmer at all. I think it was a bit of an over spray. I like the formula of the blush. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as I like most of Nars products. I don’t actually remember trying a product from them that I didn’t like. Their Velvery stick foundation used to be one of my go-to products before it was discontinued. It is a brand i know I can purchase and have consistent quality.

Marc Jacobs is another brand that i usually do well with. I was a little nervous about the primer because I am not a huge coconut fan. The scent is light though. It isn’t a coconut bomb in your face and it did a really nice jub blurring out my pores. It felt great on the skin and I needed very little to get the product to work. All of those things mean I will be reaching for this prime often.

The Nourishing Mascara probably won’t be making my favorites list any time soon though. It feels good on the lashes and my lashes are darker with the mascara on. It took several layers to get the lashes to a stage where I was happy with them. It was a lot of work for a casual and non dramatic look. After working with them, they looked okay for the day. Given the amount of time i spent dealing with them, they should look spectacular. I think i will use this tube but not repurchase.

this leaves me with the two Swimmables products. I was actually quite impressed with the shadow stick. I applied it on the outer edge of my eye and blended inwards with my finger. If i moved quickly it worked well. But don’t delay, once the shadow stick sets in place it really wants to stay there. I think this light is designed to be waterproof so setting into place seems natural. Today i am wearing it alone to see how it performs. Tomorrow I will start to see how well it plays with others. I’ll use it off and on with different products and next week I’ll gather my results and we’ll talk. For now, I like the color and I like the blendability. So I am please it is in my collection.

The Swimmables lippie is interesting as well. It is a liquid lip and it does dry down so that when you touch a finger to your lips your lips feel dry. After drying I had no issue with lip prints on the coffee mug or water glass. not a single smudge was left behind. However when I roll my lips together they still feel slightly sticky. Not uncomfortable, and even less sticky than a lip gloss, but still slightly sticky. I’m guessing that the stickiness means it never truly dries down so my lips won’t feel parched. I’ll have to check on that at the end of the day. I like the color and hope it too lasts throughout the day. We will have to wait and see for that.

Considering how many new products appeared today, I am surprised that there was only one that was a bit disappointing. Still even the slightly disappointing mascara feels very nourishing on my lashes and that more than lengthening or volumizing is it’s claim to fame. So I can’t be all that disappointed can I? And with that it is back to work for me. Have a great rest of the day everyone.

It’s an Earth Day Giveaway!

An assortment of Klorane Dry Shampoos including the new Eco Friendly packaging

Recently Klorane sent a box of their fabulous Dry shampoo products to me. As you know from reading this they are my go to dry shampoo brand. I loved their Oat infused Dry shampoo for years and have recently switched to the Nettle infused Dry Shampoo for Dark hair. It is designed for oily hair and has saved me from looking completely wrecked more times than I can count.

In addition, they have a new eco friendly bottle that you squeeze to spray out rather than press a dispenser to spray. I have actually set my beloved Nettle Infused for dark hair to the side in order to try it out and will have my review up soon.

I was going to hold the giveaway until I posted the review, but when I saw Klorane’s Earth day Press release I just couldn’t resist. Let me share it with you.

Klorane, the environmentally-friendly French pharmacy favorite is pleased to share that we’re celebrating Earth Month (it’s one of our favorites)! The Klorane Botanical Foundation has the mission of preserving biodiversity, plant life and green spaces by sharing botanical knowledge around the world, empowering citizens to become change-makers in their communities. In an effort to advance this mission, with every Klorane purchase made, a portion of sales goes to support the foundation’s Budding Botanist grant program, which will support KidsGardening – a non-profit dedicated to improving children’s lives through gardening.

Since 2018, over fifteen Budding Botanist grant packages were awarded to high schools in need across the USA. Our grant winners experienced a:

  • 91% improvement in environmental attitudes
  • 80% increase in community spirit
  • 75% increase in leadership

The Budding Botanist program has impacted 600,00 children globally and 13,000 children in the US are educated about botany. In addition to this education, the Foundation fervently protects endangered plant species through concrete action, such as by planting 10,000 desert date trees each year to build the Great Green Wall in Senegal, or 10,000 olive trees in the Peloponnese after disastrous forest fires. It’s not just about the products but about the change that we can collectively make to make our Earth a better place and it starts with education!

To celebrate Earth Day, we’re offering consumers with 20% off any purchase using code: EARTHLOVE (offer is live from April 22nd – April 26th).

They also sent along top ten gardening activities for parents and kids which I will post in a second post to keep this one from being immense.

The press release just made me so happy that Klorane was one of my most consistently ordered from brands that I just couldn’t hold back the giveaway any longer. So here is the deal: Two lucky winners will get to try an assortment of Klorane products including the new eco friendly version. All you have to do is:

  • Comment below an earth friendly activity you are doing, whether it is gardening, planting a tree, using a refillable water bottle or just using fewer disposable products in your makeup routine.
  • Be sure to follow this blog (follow tabs are at the top of the page in the right sidebar)
  • Leave some way to contact you (if you don’t want to post that on the site you can DM me on Instagram with a contact – @msmimsy1)
  • You must be 18+ to enter or have the permission of a parent or guardian since winning will involve providing me with a shipping address.
  • You must be located in the continental US (for shipping purposes, sorry about that)
  • The two winners will be chosen randomly and contacted. And if all goes well, the winners will be announced on May 6th, 2021.

Good luck to all who choose to enter. I am so excited to host my first giveaway and can’t wait to hear from you. And if you are interested in the Botanist Program, the above links will take you there. In addition there is that great sale to take advantage of. While I love Klorane’s dry shampoo, I highly recommend their waterproof eye makeup remover as well. It is a fantastic product that doesn’t sting the eyes and removes waterproof mascara like a dream. Happy Earth Day My darlings!

Klorane USA