The Skincare Line Up: January 28th, 2022

Good morning my darlings! We have reached my favorite post of the week. The weekly skincare line up. For the next few minutes I get to blather on about skincare to my heart’s content. Focusing on the products I used this week of course. And this week there was a little more separation between the day time use and the night time products which means even more things to talk about. Woot. So let’s see how everything worked.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Eye Cream: Clarins Total Eye Lift

Moisturizer: Polaar Eternal Snow Youthful Promise Cream

Oh, my darlings there were some good products in this day time list. First of all there is the grapefruit cleanser. I love the grapefruit scent. It is the perfect way to wake up in the morning. It is invigorating and it is simply a fabulous cleanser. I’ve lost track of how many times I have purchased this cleanser. And I will always repurchase it. I have noticed that my cleanser is getting suspiciously light, suspiciously fast. I suspect my babydoll has been borrowing it. He has a weakness for grapefruit and he commented on the scent this past weekend. Also it isn’t always in the place I left it when I return to my bathroom. He gets up a little earlier than I do and I think he has been using it. Which is fine, I don’t mind sharing, I just think it is a bit amusing.

This Kopari toner is one I go back and forth on. I love the bottle and the spray as the toner comes out. And I find I waste less product with the spray format for toners. In addition, this toner is fantastic. My skin feels soft and well toned with this toner. But that coconut rose is a bit of a strange scent to me. It smells a bit like they couldn’t decide if they wanted to go coconut and rose so they just smacked them together. It is a bit like they poured coconut water into something rose scented to dilute it. It isn’t a bad scent, it just always seems odd when I smell it. The scent isn’t off putting so I have no problem using the toner up completely, but it is just a little odd. It does work really well so that does make a difference.

One of the few products that is a current staple is the 111 Skin Essence. I really like this essence. It makes my skincare routine feel like a spa visit and even better it really does boost the efficacy of the the other products around it.

Those who have read this site before know that I am a huge fan of Hyaluronic acid. It is one of my skin’s BFFs. I picked up this HA serum from Grace and Stella as an IPSY Add-on. Since I only had one serum in my line up, I bumped that to night time use and rolled this in for the day. It is a deluxe sample size But for grace and Stella I have only used masks. I love their sheet masks, and their eye patches I have on repeat purchase lists. I have event tried (and loved) their not sheet masks. But I hadn’t tried any serums from them. I figured since I like HA serums to begin with it would be a nice intro into their other products. I’ve only been using it for a few days, but this far it has been a really good addition to my line up. There is no scent to the serum, I only need about two drops of it and my skin drinks it in. I am actually quite thrilled with this serum. Abd even though it is a sample size, I might actually get a full month’s worth of use out if it given how little needs to be used. We shall see. I certainly won’t complain if it sticks around a whole month.

The Clarins eye cream will not be lasting a month. I put it in the morning line up and this little sample tube is already empty. I think I ended up with three morning uses out of it. The tube felt almost empty when it arrived. This is the second one of these Clarins Eye Lift samples I’ve had and it was the same with the other. I will say I really do like the way the product feels on the few days I got to try it, but I honestly didn’t have enough of a sample to determine any sort of effectiveness. I can say that in the three days of use it didn’t actually clog any pores. And it absorbed well. I like it, I just can’t tell you if it did anything.

And finally we get to the day time moisturizer. This one is interesting because I recieved a sample of the Eternal Snow Cream in one subscription and the full sized one in a different one this month. I’ve tried several Polaar Products and liked them and I have several more in my samples box to try out. I put the sample size of the Eternal Snow in the line up because I figured if I didn’t like it then I could pass along the full sized one un opened. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. I really like this moisturizer. I put it in the morning line up, because I already have a night time moisturizer, but I think this moisturizer could work for both day and night. It has a light floral scent to it, but it mostly smells just fresh and clean. It is a large sample so I am going to happily keep using the sample until it is gone. I will keep rotating sample sized products into the line up until the full sized moisturizer I am using at night is empty and then I will give the full size of this Eternal snow a trial. But after a week of use, I am really enjoying this moisturizer and look forward to a full trial of the full sized version in the near future.

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

As always the Elemis Cleanser was fabulous. While it is a great scent all around, I really like it as a nce scent to unwind and take the day off with. I know the marine collagen line gets all of they hype (and deserved hype at that as they are very good products) but this cleanser really should be talked about more. I love washing my face with this and just letting my bare skin hang out for a bit as I enjoy the clean feeling. And then going back in later with the other products. It just makes my skin feel good. Currently this cleanser is 30% off, which I think brings the cost doen wot $10.80. Quite frankly it is a steal. I have actually been looking at my drawer of cleansers and have been trying to justify picking up another bottle of this. At the moment I have a lot of cleansers to work through so I may not be able to justify it. But I really want to stockpile this cleanser. I really like other cleansers, including the M+G from the daytime line up, but honestly if i had to choose only one cleanser, this would be it. I’ll admit that part of that is because I love the scent of Lime Blossoms but the rest is because it is just such a great cleanser.

I can not be as effusive in praising the Serumkind serum. I’m sure the Purple Cabbage drops do wonders in protecting me from environmental contaminants. And just because I can’t see the effects doesn’t mean they aren’t doing something. But this serum is becoming an annoyance in my skin care routine. It is simply too thick for the size of dropper that they have with the bottle. And I know that it was chosen for aesthetic reasons. And I will be the first to admit that the long slim squared off bottle looks great. I even love the look of the lavender colored serum. But as good as it looks on the shelf, the serum is simply too thick to be effectively pulled into the thin dropper. I have taken to simply removing the dropper and shaking out a bit of the serum onto my hands or use. The issue there is that I often shake out too much serum this way, where as the dropper gives too little. I am starting to find reasons to ‘forget’ to use this serum. I think I might have used it three times this week because I just didn’t want to. I think what I am going to do this week is leave it on the skin care shelf and try to remember to use it, but roll in an additional product that I can use every day and then just use the serum when i feel bad about the waste. That way I will eventually use it all, and get whatever benefits it has without annoying myself every evening as I attempt to use it. I appreciate pretty things, but with skincare it has to be a pretty thing that works. even if this serum works, the pretty, pretty packaging is not helping it out.

The Kate Somerville continues in it’s use. I really like it as a night cream and I am trhilled I rolled in another product to use for the day. This was just too heavy for my skin durihng the day. At night, it is fantastic. The scent is a little lemon cleaner-y, but it isn’t too overpowering and I am willing to continue using it because I like it enough to ignore the scent. And to be honest, the scent is relatively easy to ignore.

The Laneige is my chapped lips savior this winter and I can not praise it enough. The more I use it the more I want to just get multiple scents of it so that I can rotate them around. I am a big fan. I also tend to use it on my lips when I run around with my mask on. Since I have the mask I know I’m not going to eat or drink anything and a little extra masking time for my lips at this time of year is not a bad thing. It is an unexpected benefit of wearing a face mask.

So that my darlings is the line up from this week. There was some good, and one major annoyance. I don’t know why it bothers me so much when product packaging gets in the way of an actual product. I think it is because I know that somewhere, someone made the conscious decision to make all of the bottles the same size and shape for consistency in appearance and for aesthetics’ sake without actually thinking about the product inside. I like pretty things, i do but i am also a big believer in form following function. I think that what just sort of puts me in a ranting kind of mood. I apologize for the rant, and hope it wasn’t too much for you. I just couldn’t hold it in. But now I will leave you, calm down as I get to work and then rejoin you later with a much calmer frame of mind for the Friday Face Mask. Until then, have a fabulous Friday.

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The Skincare Line Up: January 21st, 2022

This week I started to diversify between day time use and night time use a little bit more. Mostly in the form of my cleansers. This coming week I’ll roll in a night time serum as well as a new day time moisturizer sample to try out since the one i am using in the day has only a little bit left. But we’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s see what the day time line up had in store for this past week.

The Daytime Line Up

YCleanser: Malin +Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Toner: Glow Recipe Watermelon Pore Tight Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright Eyes

Moisturizer: Comfort Zone Hydramemory Cream Gel

Okay this week was a bit of a rollercoaster. We’ll start with a high. This week i decided to use the Malin+ Goetz grapefruit cleanser in the morning. This used to be one of my go to cleansers and then as I started testing out new products I started to get away from it. I had a bottle in my back up drawer that i knew I needed to work through so I took it out. I forgot haw absolutely fabulous it is. It is a light fresh grapefruit scent which is the perfect skincare wake up call. I know it removes makeup well also so I have no problem using it at night, but the morning scent is really where it shines. It is gentle on the skin and always leaves me feeling fresh and clean. I love when you return to old favorites and fall in love all over again, and with me this week, that is what happened with the cleanser.

I felt a dark delight with the toner this week. As you may recall I am working through this Glow Recipe toner because I don’t want to waste product. It works well, but i hate the scent. It smells like watermelon extract was mixed with stale water. Because it does work well I continued using it. This week, I finished it up completely and it is now leaving my skincare routine. it is going away and it will never return. I like many other Glow recipe products, this just isn’t one of them.

The 111Skin Essence worked well as always and smells like a high end spa. It is actually a joy to use, especially since I have taken it out of my skincare line up, just to see if it was working as it was supposed to. Essences are designed to make the other skincare you use more effective. This works well and smells fabulous while doing it. As the level drops though more product comes out with every shake so be aware and either tip it slowly so the weight of the product doesn’t force more product than you want out or just use less shakes to dispense.

This week the Serumkind gave me fits. I am still not convinced it is actually doing much for my skin. This is the third week of use so I will continue using it and see if week four hits a tipping point. The issue this week is that the serum is so thick that the dropper has a hard time picking it up. It was an effort to get it out of the bottle and the effort was a bit annoying since I don’t know if the drops actually do anything. They smell nice and there is something appealing in a mad scientist sort of way to see a bottle of purple-y serum on the skincare shelf, but I’m just not sure it is worth the time and trouble. I will continue, but thus far, I am not a fan.

with my eye cream this week I received a sad news. I may love the Glam Glow Bright eyes, but it seems that Glam Glow itself does not agree. It seems the Bright eyes has been discontinued. What i might do, is roll in one of my sample sized products to try while I have it around. Since I love the Bright eyes and it doesn’t clog pores or cause me issues, it might be good to have around while I test other products in case they give me fits. Since I get a lot of clogged pores around my eyes, I often have issues with eye creams. I’ll take a look in the skin care drawer this weekend. Until then I will just use this little pot of cream until it is gone and then bid adieu to the product.

Finally the Day time moisturizer is the Comfort Zone Hydra Memory Cream gel. In case you are wondering what a cream gel is, it feels like a light cream that is slightly thicker than a water cream. It is nice for day time use and absorbs quickly. while in the heat of summer I might be able to get away with using it at night, for the rest of the year it simply wouldn’t have enough moisture in it to work as a night cream. which is fine with me as I don’t really mind having a day cream and a night cream. While this cream was nice, the sample is ended and to be honest, I don’t see myself buying a full sized version. It worked well, but it wasn’t really thrilling. It is just kind of middle of the road. I have tried products I liked a lot better and I have tried products I liked less. I just don’t see myself purchasing this in the future.

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser

Makeup Remover: Vitabrid Daily C Cleansing Balm

Toner: Glow Recipe Watermelon Pore Tight Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright Eyes

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer

Lips: Laneige Lip Mask in Berry

The Elemis Balancing Lime Cleanser and Vitabrid C 12 Cleansing balm are great products that I have been using for a while and that I am happy to keep using. The above links will take you to the full reviews if you are interested. I enjoy both products and will continue using them until they are gone. In the future, both are items that i would happily repurchase.

The ExfoliKate, I am kind of on the fence about. It works really well and I love how my skin feels, but the scent is starting to get to me. In the beginning it was kind of lemon scented skincare but as time passes it is reminding me more of floor polish in scent. I still adore the moisture it brings to my skin. My skin very much loves the formula, it is just the scent that is a bit industrial. While I am happy to use the rest of this jar, I am on the fence as to if I would repurchase it. I think it is going to depend on the final thoughts of if I know of moisturizers that are as good for my skin but don’t have an off putting scent.

The Laneige is as always fabulous. I have started using it not only as a night time lip mask, but also in the mornings. I will wash my face and then put on just a little of the lip mask before I start in with the other skin care. Then by the time my skincare is done and my coffee has brewed my lips are fantastically hydrated. I wouldn’t do this in the summer time but in the winter, now that the air is cold and the heater is running, the extra hit of lip mask is really helping to fend off winter chapped lips.

And that my darlings is this week’s skincare line up. It was a bit of a rollercoaster as far as product performance went. A couple of items were emptied and will soon be replaced and one was sadly discontinued. And of course I also fell back in love with an old favorite. When it comes to drama in the skin care, this is the kind of drama I favor. It’s a lot less amusing when it leads to break outs. Lamenting discontinued and fabulous as way easier to take.

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The Daily: September 13th, 2021

Oh the best laid plans…when last we spoke I was enjoying the Annmarie Skincare Charcoal and Cacao Facemask and chopping vegetables in preparation for a delectable Friday night happy hour. But alas it was not to be. I chopped the onions and was reaching for the mushrooms when it was time to remove the mask.

I took my mask off, delighted in the fabulous skin left behind. I wrote up my thoughts for you and returned to the kitchen. My plan was to finish my chopping, caramalize the onions and then add the mushrooms. Once they were all cooked up I was going to add in the coat cheese, let the filling cool and wrap it in puff pastry, cooking until the pastry triangles were crisp.

Unfortunately as I went back for the mushrooms, my phone rang. A little over a year ago my babydoll replaced his car. There was something that needed fixing on it at the time so he didn’t trade it in. He planned to get the issue fixed and then sell it to a friend of his. He got the issue fixed but then his friend kept putting him off. And eventually the deal fell through. Mostly because last year changed a lot of things.

My babydoll decided to hold onto the old car for a little while to figure out what to do with it. Periodically he takes it out to make sure everything is still running appropriately. Friday he realized he hadn’t taken it out in a while and he decided to drive it to work. It was fine going in but apparently the battery died sometime during the day so I had to run out and pick him up. He had a pretty rough day all around and asked if we could just pick up dinner along the way. Which we did.

The chopped onions were used with hash browns on Saturday and This Friday I will try again with the puff pastry triangles. Luckily the rest of the weekend was quiet. More for my babydoll’s sake than mine. Last week was a bit rushed because it was a short week, but his week was calamity after calamity with the cherry on top being the dead battery so he really needed to just collapse for a bit and recharge. I’m hoping he has a much better week this week. As for me I got to catch up on the show Billions. Paramount + has Seasons 1 – 3 streaming until October 4th. I’m trying to get through all three seasons before then, so there will be repeat binge sessions. Besides I needed a bit of a break from horror and murder which seems to be taking up the bulk of my television time lately. I’d worry but as everywhere near me has already started putting out their Halloween decorations I think it might be something in the air. Regardless, Paramount + is now turning into one of my favorite streaming sites (I think it is $4.99 per month. This link will take you there if you want more details)

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glam Glow Supermatify Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Floss Cheek and Lip Tint in Sandals

Highlighter: Jecca Blac Glow Drops in Champagne

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light pressed powder

Eyeshadow: Steve Laurant Wild Thing Palette

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir

  • Marc Jacobs is just about to wind down their 50% off sale. It ends sometime this week I believe.

Lips: Zoeva Power4ful Lip Twist in Rhea

Setting Spray: The Porefessional Super setter Setting Spray

Okay lets start with the primer. I know what you are thinking. Didn’t Mimsy just do a primer declutter? I don’t think this was mentioned. Good eye. It was not. Because of the bulky packaging this Glam Glow Primer, my Illamasqua Primer and my Stila Primer were moved to a different drawer. I forgot all about them when doing my declutter, so I will use all three this week and cover them here. Today is of course the Glam Glow. I do like this primer. It smells of licorice and it is super mattifying. I actually chose it today because we have something like 97% humidity. Even sitting indoors at my desk, I am bound to get sticky. So today was it’s day to shine. Or at least to keep me from shining. As much as I like this primer, I think I would have to think a while before repurchasing it. The package is bulky and there isn’t a lot of product in it. There is far more package than product. It is nice to have and I will happily use this until it is all gone, but I think because of the amount o0f product in the package, I would only purchase this when it is on sale. It is a great primer, but there just isn’t a lot of product.

The Revolution Fast Base Foundation stick is a definite repurchase. It is an excellent foundation, that doesn’t cost a lot of money and it is perfect for travel as it can’t spill. It can leave the skin looking a tad on the shiny side, so be prepared with a powder. Today’s powder is my long term fave, No 7. Do I need to say I’d repurchase this? Probably not, but I will. This is a staple of my makeup bag and has been already repurchased so many times I have lost count.

The bronzer however is new to me. I have to say I was super excited when this came in the mail the other day. No I don’t have fairies dropping bronzer off at my house. Although really, how cool would that be. The magic makeup fairies… Anyway, no. I ordered it. It was very satisfying to get though. A while back I realized that the only item I didn’t have in my collection from Ciate was a bronzer. I had every other type of product. So I thought, Oh I’ll get the bronzer and then do a full face of Ciate London products, won’t that be fun? So I went to order it. It was out of stock. Then it came back in stock and I forgot I was going to do a whole face of Ciate and thought, I have enough bronzers. So I didn’t order it.

Then I remembered and went to order, and it was out of stock again. There were a couple of other missteps but I finally got around to ordering it and here it is. Of course now I have finished both mascaras from Ciate that I was using and accidentally broke the highlighter. So no full face at the moment. But I’m sure I will at least get a mascara in soon. The Ciate Mascaras are on my reorder list and I’m sure I will reorder before the bronzer runs out. So this was my first use of the bronzer. It was nice actually. I’m sorry it took me so long to order it. The bamboo bronzer is a nice shade for me and is more buildable than highly pigmented. I really like that actually as it keeps me from having to blend out harsh stripes. The shade I am using is South Beach. I really like this first use of the product and I am looking forward to using it for a while. It is also a lovely looking compact to thats always nice too.

There was another new item in my look today and it was the Steve Laurant Wild Thing eyeshadow palette. It is not exactly a new palette. I received it in a subscription box a while ago but I can’t remember ever using it and when I went through the palettes to declutter I couldn’t remember using it. It also looked untouched. So I decided to give it a go this week. This is my first use of it and I can’t say I am all that impressed. For something called Wild Thing, it is incredibly tame. The small two inch square palette would be perfect for slipping into your bag to touch up work makeup. Because this is really a neural office palette, despite the name. This far it isn’t highly pigmented. I’m going to be playing with it this week and I’ll keep ypu poster.

The other kind of new item is the Zoeva Lip Twist. I used it once before. It is extremely sorft and on my first use the point of the lip crayon sheered off. It does have a sharpener on the end, but I decided not to use it and just use the lip crayon with a flat end. This is working pretty well. I think it I were to sharpen it, the point would fall off again and I would just waste product. It is a neutral enough color that it works. I think if this were a bright color than I would have to use a brush to get clean lines, but the neutral works well as it is. It feels a little waxy o0n the lips so I’m not sure if I would order more colors in this formula. It is a nice neutral but I think this may be my only powerful lip twist from Zoeva. I just have many other products I like a lot more.

The last product I really want to mention today is the setting spray. You’ll notice it is not Farsali. That is because I finally finished the Farsali Setting Spray over the weekend and decided to celebrate by reaching for the Benefit Cosmetics. This setting spray has an ultra fine mist and really helps lock in product. The scent is reminiscent of the Porefessional Primer, which I happen to like. But it is a light scent. It is a much lighter scent than the Farsali and was kind of a relief to use. The Farsali was nice, but that scent was too much. I was happy to be able to switch out products once again.

And that was pretty much my makeup for the day. And now that this pleasant interlude is over, I must get back to work. I hope your Monday flows smoothly and easily.

The Daily: July 14th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings. or should I say, Happy Bastille day. I just received an Email from Klorane announcing the one Day Bastile Sale they have going on so I thought I’d let you know before I forget. The deal is listed below but this link will take you to the site.

Today has been a good day for me. I made my to do list and have been checking items off left and right. Unfortunately I left my walk to a little bit later than I should have and came home a sweaty mess. The temps may technically be down a bit but the humidity. Oh my darlings the humidity is what kills you.

I feel a bit like a dehydrated camel. I’ve gone through two of the Soda Stream bottles just trying to bring my hydration levels back to even. I also think that even though some of my walks have been earlier, I feel like combine with the garden I am just getting too much sun. I use sunscreen, but I still feel like it might be a bit much.

I think that this weekend I may look at some schedule shuffling so that I can make the time to go to the gym and use the treadmill there, even on my typically non-gym days, at least until the summer sun diminishes some. I know I mentioned thinking about doing that in early June but never got around to it. I am beginning to suspect i really should have moved on that then.

However today I get to wear one of my new pairs of earrings. I just got in three new pairs (and a ring) from Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry. I felt like I deserved a little sparkle today so I went with the Odessa Earring. I love the way the earring looks and I love that it can be worn two ways. The earring comes in two pieces, the stud that goes through the lobe and the additional fan design. The fan design has two holes to put the stud through so it can be adjusted if you have big earlobes. To be honest, I never thought about different sized ear lobes before. But I love the earrings and they provided the perfect amount of bling for me today. And if I decide there is too much bling, I can take off the fan and just wear the stud. I’ve been going through my earrings lately and found I don’t actually have very many matching studs. I seem to have lost a lot of the matching sets. Perhaps they are hanging out somewhere with the missing socks that I can’t find.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glamglow mattifying Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Face Palette: PUR 4-in-1 perfecting powders

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly by Fluide

Mascara: The Feathers by Pretty Vulgar

Lips: MAC in Bated Breath

Jewelry: Odessa Earrings By Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry

Today is the last day of my Glam Glow Primer Trial. Tomorrow i will post the full review of it as well as start rotating other primers back into my routine. Over all I think it is a pretty decent primer, but I also think it is very much a summer primer. At least for me.

The Ciate London Foundation is an all year for me and just an easy pick. I actually went for easy today with the foundation, eyeshadow and face palette. All are items I love using. Today’s test was really the MAC Lipstick. I’ve been doing a sort of rolling evaluation and declutter and am trying to slowly whittle down several categories of product. I am actually getting rid of a couple of MAC lipsticks because the colors don’t suit me, but i really think I like this shade. it is a pretty nice neutral. And as I know I have several neutrals I am going to have no choice but to get rid of, I think I may keep this one. Plus i love the MAC formula. I always have. They were the first non-drugstore lipstick I ever bought and I have a huge weakness for them. Usually i only stick with the few whose shades I know I like, but lately both IPSY and Boxycharm have been sending MAC lippies. Several in shades that are unfortunately not for me. And so I will have to let a few go, even though it sort of pains me a bit.

Actually getting rid of most lipsticks pains me. I just love lip products. And I always think i can use a lip pencil to modify the color, or maybe layer the products to change the color. I’m always more of a work with it to make it better rather than purge sort of person when it comes to lips. Although given the state of my lip product drawer I may be reaching a point where an actual deep down declutter is necessary.

But happily, that is a thought to contemplate another day. For now, it is back to work for me. So Happy Bastille Day to one and all.

The Daily: July 13th, 2021

It is amazing how much better the world works when you have had a good night sleep. Yesterday I was in a sleep deprived haze and barely remember getting through the day. Last night I took my Hum Nutrition Beauty zzzz’s gummies and called it an early night. I slept and actually felt human again when I woke up this morning.

Sleep is fabulous.

I made up for my one short walk yesterday with a much longer one today and other than that I am playing catch up on everything that was missed yesterday. Apparently even though I was in a fog most of yesterday I still managed to get quite a lot done, which was a bit surprising. Even more surprising was that it seemed to be done correctly.

Tomorrow it is back to the gym and as much as I really don’t like the gym I am happy to return to chipping a little more weight off of my body and becoming more fit. I had a very strange dream last night about not being able to fight off an attack by a pack of ninjas. While even at my most fit I couldn’t fight off one ninja, nor have I ever had any cause to be under attack by ninjas it does make me feel like I need to be more fit. In case you were wondering, in my dream they were trying to steal a bar of soap.

I have no idea why this soap was important or why I had important soap to begin with, but I do know that it was wet and no one could grab it without it slipping through their fingers. I was also fending off the attack with a foam pool noodle which didn’t really aid my attempts at defense. I’m sure there is some reason for the dream I just don’t know what it was.

Today’s look:

Primer: Glam Glow Mattifying Primer

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour

Blush Ciate London Marbled Light in Halo

Powder: Becca Pink Haze

Eyeshadow: Maybelline 24 hr color tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Knock out and Inked in Pink

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist

Today the primer test for Glam Glow continued. It has been an interesting product to work with and has both pros and cons. I’ll put up my full review later in the week. (Thursday). I am continuing my rolling declutter. Today I had bothe a foundation and cream eyeshadows to look at. The Fit me foundation is an excellent formula. I really like the product. What I don’t like is the open topped bottle. Every time I use it I end up pouring out more than I intend and in the end I make a bit of a mess. As a result even though I like the formula, I don’t reach for it a lot. when I went on the Look Fantastic Store page, I remember finding this foundation in a squeeze tube. If it is the same foundation, then I think I would pick that up instead of the original bottle. And that is because I just don’t reach for this one due to the mess. I will use up this bottle and keep in mind that if i do need to run out to the drug store and pick up a foundation on the fly this one is a good one that will work for me. I am just trying to limit myself to products I will consistently reach for as I am running out of space in my dressing table.

The cream eyeshadows I quite frankly forgot I had. I pulled two of them out to use today thinking that surely they dried up. To my surprise they were perfectly fine. Blending them is always a bit interesting. I generally find that I have to apply the darker one and blend it to the lid and then wait a bit for it to dry down a little before adding the lighter more metallic shade on the inner corner. The lighter shade layers over the darker but if you try to blend them they both just get a bit muddy. I have several colors and really do like them, especially when I know I am going to be out all day and won’t be able to check a mirror. Once in place, they just don’t move all day. They are truly 24 hour wear. But it takes a really long time to get through one of the little pots, at least for me. I think I might pick up one or two of my favorite colors, but I don’t think I would repurchase all of the colors I currently have.It isn’t a product i feel i need to keep the entire line of.

I reached for the Ciate London Blush because I was reminded of it by the August Spoiler from Look Fantastic and the blush performed beautifully as always so it is definitely a keeper. I am also keeping the Cocoa Contour palette from Too Faced around. it is beautiful packaging that feels good in the hands and had a selection of well pigmented products. I need to remember to reach for this more often actually.

I still like the Becca Pink Haze and will continue to use it up. I won’t be stocking up before Becca closes its doors though. I will finish this up and possibly look for another pink tinted face powder to replace it. It is nice, but I don’t feel that I have to stockpile it before it becomes unavailable.

Likewise the Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist will be used up and let go. It is very pretty to look at and it feels good on the skin hoaerver it is a little on the wet side and takes a while to dry. It is also highly scented and after a few days, I get to the point where the scent is too much. I am going to try to keep the Farsali out for a while so I can use up more of it and hopefully clear it out of the drawer but once it is gone, I won’t be looking to replace it.

I will however look to replace the They’re Real Magnet Mascara. I used the last from the trial sized tube today and from start to finish it performed well. I have several mascaras I need to try, but this is one that I will repurchase.

Over all it was a pretty mixed bag of makeup today. And even though everything is currently staying, I’ve identified a few items I will be using up and clearing out. which isn’t a bad thing. I am very happy those cream eyeshadows didn’t dry out on me.

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The Daily: July 12th, 2021

Today has been a very off kilter day for me. Last night I forgot to take my Hum Nutrition Beauty zzz sleep Gummies and l lay in bed awake until about five am. They don’t actually put you out, they just make it easier to fall asleep as they quiet the mind. I finally managed to drift off only to have my alarm go off. I hit the snooze button as long as I could but had to finally admit that it was time to get up.

I figured I had pulled all nighters before, this wouldn’t be any different. Yeah, turns out it was a little different. My morning started well and then when I went into the bedroom to change for the gym I made the mistake of sitting down on the bed. And then laying down on the bed. And taking a two hour nap instead of going to the gym.

Which I have to admit is probably for the best.

So tonight, Hum Gummies before bed, an early night and no accidental nap tomorrow. Luckily I was just working at my desk today, so I can just extend my work hours a little bit and recover. I didn’t have any calls which was nice.

And so the day resumes.

Even though I did get a strange start, I managed a short walk and I did my makeup. I went for a very low key look today.

Today’s Look:

Primer: GlamGlow Mattifying primer

Foundation: QMS Active Glow Tinted Moisturizer

Blush/Bronze/Highlight/pressed powder: Cover FX Perfector Face palette

Loose Powder Pacifica Cherry Velvet Translucent Powder

Mascara Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Eyeshadow: I used the Fenty Beauty Killa Watt Highlighter duo in Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule Paired with the matte shadow from The Balm in The Rundown from What’s your tea.

Lips: Butter London Glazen Lip Glaze in Rose Dust

Setting Spray: Porefessional Super Setter Setting Spray

I am still testing out the Glam Glow Primer and I wanted to test it out with a tinted moisturizer to see how it performed (as I have a lot of tinted moisturizers I like in the summer). I like the QMS formula but it does tend to have a bit more shine than I like. The Mattifying primer really helped tone that down. For most of my face products I used the Cover FX Perfector Face Palette. I know it is an older favorite of many people but I just picked it up in a Boxy Pop Up and wanted to give it a go. I’m still forming my thoughts on it. Most of the products seemed fine for a first use, but I am a little on the fence with the highlighter.

The big try today was with the Fenty Beauty Highlighter duo. As highlighters they aren’t ones I reach for a lot. So I thought I’d try them as eyeshadow. They worked well although you really need an eyeshadow primer if you want them to stay in place. I found I needed a matte and went for one of my single shades from The Balm. It ended up working well for a light summery look. The shades I used were not really all that dramatic so I chose the Butter London Glazen lip Glaze as a touch of color and more shine than anything else. Which suited me today. It is a bit of a stick formula, bit it is a lip gloss which usually is somewhat sticky. It is an older lip product with not much left in it so I will probably be using it up in the coming weeks.

I am doing what I like to think of as a rolling declutter. Instead of just taking out products and either decluttering them or not, I am trying things I haven’t used in a while and if I still like wearing them they stay and if not they go. Hopefully by the fall I’ll have tried most everything and then I will sit down and have a good think about everything and how I feel about it. There is also going to be a push to clear out products that are close to being used up. But for now, I was pretty happy with how my makeup turned out. It is light and summery feeling and very much suited my day.

The Daily: July 7th, 2021

Have you ever had your day sort of torpedoed? I was doing really well this morning working like crazy and getting things done. In case you are wondering I have a deadline for a book release at the end of the month that I am trying to keep on track. I’m slightly behind schedule, but I think with a couple of late night editing sessions I might be able to get back on track.

Anyway, the computer decided it had other issues to contemplate today.

Or maybe it is a comentary on my soon to be complete novel, I don’t know.

I think most of the issues are fixed now, but the computer managed to punch a hole straight through the center of my day. I did manage to get to the gym on time (and well before issues started) and at least the time the computer needed to have it’s issues sorted allowed me the time for a nice long walk.

So the exercise is actually on point. So that’s something.

my Peach and Lily order

I also had my order come in from Peach and Lily. I think their big summer sale (up to 50% off loads of items) is still going on if you are looking to shop. while they carry the Peach and Lily products, they have lots of other Korean skincare as well on the site. It is a great place to stock up actually. I wanted to try their Peach Pudding Makeup Removal Cream (plus I am almost out of my Elemis Cleansing balm) so I ordered that and while there I saw the Raw Sauce Essence from May Coop was on sale.

I picked up the smaller size to try out and if I like it, I’ll go back for the full size. I think this is a travel size which I don’t mind and I actually like being able to try it in a smaller size to see if I like it. As an essence it doesn’t take much each use so I’ll definitely be able to form an opinion about it. I’ll admit, I couldn’t resist the moisturizer. The ice cream cone just looked too adorable to pass up. My order received two samples (foil packets) for me to try as well so I can see if those items are ones I want to pick up at a later date. Actually I noticed I have quite a stash of foil packets now. I may have to pick a day and do a foil packet skincare regime. It could be fun. I’ll see if I have enough for the full skin care. I think I do actually.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glamglow mattifying Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Nars in Laguna

Blush: BareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly Palette by Fluide

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude Liquid Lip in Pout

I have to say I am impressed with the mattifying of the Glamglow primer. It is a very humid day today and this has held up well. I am also realizing that I like serum foundations, especially in the summertime. This Lift and Luminate from No7 is lightweight but covers everything I want covered. It is light to medium coverage which is my preference. I tend to go light on the foundation. I’m not a big fan of the mask look that high coverage gives, especially not for everyday wear. I can go full coverage if I am going to an event but for me that’s not an every day sort of thing. I also like having a couple of foundations that i like wearing and can pick up easily at the drug store. This is one of my top drug store picks actually.

I ended up using a couple of my current favorites today as well. The bareMinerals Bounce and blur blends beautifully and you can go as bright or as natural as you want, depending on how you blend. Their Gen nude lip is also nice. It gives a nice color, a high shine and my lips feel moisturized even after the lipstick is gone.

I am almost finished with the Benefit Mascara sample, so I am probably just going to keep it out for the rest of the week and use it up. I think it actually will go on my purchase later list. I’m not taking bad Gal Bang off of the list and will probably end up ordering both. I like the They’re Real magnet better than I like the regular They’re real though so I will probably use up the samples I have of it and then not repurchase it.

Otherworldly eyeshadow performed well today. I am working my way through the palette and actually I think at the is point I have used all of the colors in it. I left the orange for last as orange is not my go to color. Today it blended nicely behind the brown and I think I might actually be reaching for it more often.

Overall I was happy with the way my makeup came out today. I put my hair up in braids today and used Kristen Ess Celestial Bobby Pins. They are bobby pins with crystal stars on them for a little bit of sparkle. I’m not sure it they are too far back to see, but as I really like my hair up this way, they will be featured many times. I really like the quality of the pins. They are sturdy as well as pretty. The set of four was $8 I think.

The earrings were my little enamel ladybugs. I can’t remember where I picked them up or who made them, but I wish I could. I remember they had quite a few designs I liked when I picked up the ladybugs. I picked up the one pair thinking I’d try them out and if i liked the way they wore I would go back and pick up a few other pairs, but never made it back.

I know it’s a strange thing to be happy about, but one of the things about not wearing a mask any more that I love (besides not wearing the mask) is that I can rotate through my earring collection. I now get to wear them simply because I want to and not only choose the ones that won’t pull or get tangled up with the mask. Sometimes it is the little things. And on a day when computer issues have slowed me down a little earring happiness is not a bad thing.

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The Daily: July 6th, 2021

Do you know, it honestly didn’t occur to me until yesterday that yesterday was a holiday. And that I was supposed to be elsewhere. I worked until about eleven yesterday and then my babydoll reminded me that we were supposed to be going to a picnic in the park followed by an evening barbeque and fireworks display.

Apparently everyone went to the city sponsored fireworks on Sunday but couldn’t resist playing with their own on Monday.

My baby was concerned as nothing had been assembled for wither event so I raced through making a picnic lunch and then set up a side for the barbeque. Luckily someone else was grilling.

And so yesterday featured no daily post as I didn’t get home until quite late.

It was a nice day though. I think that because so many gatherings were skipped last year, every opportunity has become an EVENT. I don’t mind going all out for an event but it does make me a little scared to contemplate New Year’s Eve 2022. People will either get things out of their system or release the festivity in nearly toxic waves.

But that is six months away so perhaps things will have settled down at least a little bit. I needless to say did not make it to the gym yesterday. Today is not a gym day, but I did manage to get a walk in this morning. As the rest of the morning was spent catching up from things missed yesterday, I feel like today sort of slid by in a rush.

I did manage to take a few minutes of quiet time to put on my makeup today. It was actually a nice break.

Today’s Look:

Primer: GlamGlow Supermattify Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Hi Fi Filter duo (I used it as both bronzer and powder today)

Blush: Floss Lip and Cheek Duo (Used for both Lip and cheeks today)

Highlighter: Jecca Blac Glow Drops in Champagne

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly palette by Fluide

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Today I knew I was trying out a new primer so I picked up my favorite foundation, the Ciate London Extraordinary. The color is perfect for this time of year and my skin tone and it is lightweight enough that I don’t feel it. It is rapidly becoming my go-to foundation actually.

Tis was my first experience with the GlamGlow Primer. I was surprised that it was gray in tone and it oddly smells of licorice. I’m going to have to look into it a bit more. I suspect there is licorice root extract in it due to the scent and I suspect the color might be due to charcoal. It is mattifying and thus far it is doing a good job keeping down the shine. I’ll have to play with it a bit more before I make my final decision.

I am liking the Jecca Black Glow drops and the Benefit Cosmetics Magnet mascara more and more each time I use them and plan to keep both around. The Magnet Mascara is a sample size and it is running low. I just need to figure out if I like it more than Bad Gal Bang or if i should just switch between the two when I make my next mascara purchase. I actually need to do a mascara inventory soon. I have several that need to go, but I also have several in my to try out drawer that I need to rotate in.

Today was the second time using the Otherworldly Eyeshadow Palette and I was very impressed with it. I went for the more staid colors today, mostly. I used a sort of reddish toned brown with the darker brown on top and a yellowy orange shimmer on the inner corner. I avoided the purple glitter. While the purple glitter had a lot of fall out, I didn’t have much of a problem with any other shade. The colors applied well and blended easily. I didn’t even need too dampen the brush when applying the shimmers. I’m sure they would be brighter if I did, but I only wanted a little hit of color instead of something blinding.

And then there is the Floss lip and cheek. I really like it on my cheeks. It is a nice blendable cream blush. I don’t like it on my lips. The color is a light pigment, which is nice, but it feels very waxy and leaves lip prints everywhere.I think this is going to remain a cheek product and not a lip one. I don’t actually mind that. I have several stick blush and lip duos but thus far all of them have been really nice on the lips and a failure on the cheeks. It is actually nice to have this one be the reverse.

And that is my look today. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. I’ll be continuing my test of the primer and eyeshadow, but for initial performances, both seem to be doing well.

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Its the Friday Face Mask with Berryglow from Glamglow

Welcome once again to the Friday Face mask.  I have to say, for me, it has been a good day.  The lack of pain has let me focus so much more today than I have gotten to do in the past two weeks and as a consequence I have been plowing through my to do list.

Items have been checked off, lines drawn through them with speed and I like to think a certain sort of flair.

While my stress level isn’t risen enough to demand I need a break given the amount I’ve gotten done, I feel I deserve my Friday break as a reward for my productivity.  As such I am turning to my newst mask.  This is the GlamGlow Berryglow probiotic recovery mask.  It came in this month’s BoxyCharm base box. As so many boxes came in at the same time I haven’t gotten a chance to post that box review yet. It will be up on Monday actually, along with my Glossy Box review.

But by then you will already know my feelings on the Berryglow.

If you hate spoilers you can always put off reading this until Monday afternoon.  I won’t mind.

Go ahead, all those who don’t like spoilers, I’ll wait.  Anyone waiting with me for them to leave can hum the Jeopardy theme song along with me.

Da de dum, da de dum…

Okay spoiler haters are gone. Which is good because I think I automatically went into the Final Jeapardy theme in my head.

Not that it actually matters…

So to the Glamglow.

Glamglow is one of those brands that I often find myself on the fence with.  Some products I like, some products I don’t. I know that’s not terribly unusual. There are several brands out there that have both products I love and those I hate.   With Glamglow it tends to be like and dislike instead of love and hate if that makes sense.  Of the products I’ve tried from them, the products I dislike aren’t ones I dislike enough that I wouldn’t continue to use them and simply not repurchase and those I like, I like, but don’t tend to love enough to seek out.

I find them to be very middle of the road leaning towards good.

At least for the products I’ve tried. 

If you’ve tried and loved them, send me a message and let me know what products I ought to give a go from them.  I’ll be honest because I am so ambivalent to the brand, I don’t actually seek them out so my trials with them are incidental rather than intentional.

Given their following I’m sure there is something they do that is fabulous.

I will say right off the bat, I love that when I opened the jar it was absolutely full. Right to the brim full, no extra air pockets.  All product. And being me, I of course took a great big sniff.

It smells of berry.  Which I hate to say because berry is not actually a scent.  Strawberry is a scent as is raspberry.  This is just general berry. There is an underlying scent to it though that makes it smell sort of like a smoothie that has been dosed with an artificial berry flavored protein powder. Not that I am advocating tasting the mask, it is just the same scent. Generic berry with an underlying scent of artificial-ness.

So time to apply it onto my clean skin. 

applied

I will say the mask smooths on well.  It feels cold and not a lot of product is needed to cover the face.  Also the product in the jar seeps back into the divots created by taking some out to form a flat surface again.  It seems like a little thing but it limits the air contact to the top layer.  Or at least that is my thinking anyway. It also lets me see exactly how much I used.

after 20 min

Once on I left it twenty minutes and relaxed.  Unfortunately I am sans candle today.  I am eagerly anticipating my next Vella box shipment and hoping it arrives before next Friday. Although I can’t really blame them for my lack of candle.  I usually have a couple around the house but I was so focused on using up my winter candles that I didn’t buy spring and summer scents before self-sequestering.  I’m considering it part of my decluttering and spring cleaning.

Besides I don’t really need a candle to enjoy my face mask, it’s just part of my habit. Admittedly so is over stressing , but I’m happy to leave that out of today’s equation as well.

So the time passes. I spent the time listening to old 1980s tunes.  I just finished watching the American Horror Story 1984 so the tunes were stuck in my head. 

I heard the word jump a lot.

When I looked in the mirror I could see much of the mask was absorbed.  I washed the rest off my skin and patted my face dry.  The skin was nicely hydrated and felt smooth.  I have no complaints.  It is a nice product. I will enjoy using the rest of the jar.  Will I repurchase when the jar is empty? Probably not. 

clean skin

This falls into the nice to use since I have it, but not really amazing enough to repurchase category.  The claims of the mask are similar enough to the Korres Hydro Biome mask I tried a couple of weeks prior and I have to say I like that mask much better.  That I would repurchase once I’ve gone through the jar.  This I won’t.

Still it is a good product to use and I will enjoy using it while I have it. 

And now that I have had my break, it is back to work for me.  I still have a lot of items I want to check off my to do list before I call it a day. I’m hoping this afternoon will be just as productive as this morning.  Then I can rest and enjoy my weekend, ready to get back to my regularly scheduled routine on Monday. I hope everyone out there has a great afternoon and a fabulous weekend.  I’ll see you back here on Monday. Posted below are a couple of links from Korres in case you wanted to check them out.


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