The Daily: October 27th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today has been a very interesting day for me. And you may notice that this post is going up just a little bit early. while in my working life I do a lot of copywriting and editing and a lot of non-fiction writing, my love is writing fiction. And sometimes a story grabs me unexpectedly.

I woke up this morning with plot bunnies dancing in my eyes. There is a story I have been thinking about off and on for a while but this morning when i woke up, several things just snapped into place (hence the chorus of plot bunnies). I woke up before my alarm and grabbed a pen and notebook from the night stand and started writing until the alarm did go off.

Then I had to accept that I had work to do. So I shortened all of my morning routines and dove into it hoping to clear off all of it to give myself time to write. I just finished the last of what has to get done today and I am posting this early. As soon as it is posted I will go on a short walk to shift my brain out of work mode (and to get at least a little exercise in) and then I will sip on a cup of soup for lunch while I spend the rest of the afternoon writing. So without further delay, let us jump into today’s look.

(I will say the foundation is a little off because I am testing a foundation from a sample pack with several shades and while I use the blister that was my shade I still have questions about the foundation so I am using the ones that aren’t exactly my shade. since my time out of doors today involves only a quick walk, I am not too worried by the discrepancy but I know it may bother some of you. I know this is not my shade and that my face doesn’t match my neck. I apologize for those of you that this really bugs.)

Today’s Look

Primer: Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection Pre Makeup Base

Foundation: Beauty Blender Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Bare Minerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: Fall Edit Palette by Estate Cosmetics

Mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Powder: Kim Chi Chic Beauty Puff Puff Pass Setting Powder

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick

Today I took the Huda Beauty Primer out of my makeup drawer and found that the tube is mostly empty. It is a decent product but not one of my favorites. It works well at blurring out the pores but not so well with helping out the fine lines. I won’t spend too much time discussing it because it is discontinued and now only available on Amazon and other second sale sites (at least I couldn’t find it on Huda Beauty’s website or Sephoras). I might try using this up in the next few days, but I will then be letting it go.

Today I am using an off color of foundation. The reason is that once i finish my work and start writing I will probably end up with a longer than normal day. When I really get stuck into a story I tend to loose track of time, and tonight is a left overs night as we clear out the fridge before Friday’s big meal and weekend grocery shopping. So dinner won’t take more time than reheating and eating and then I will more or less get back to writing, leaving my babydoll to his own devices for the evening. A lot of nights I take my makeup off just after dinner to let my skin breathe on it’s own before my nightly skincare routine starts. Sometimes there is an evening mask as well. Tonight, none of that will be happening. As this is a long wear foundation this will give me a better idea of how it performs when worn longer than i usually wear my makeup.

Hence the wrong shade for the day.

If it bothers you just repeat the phrase – Its for testing purposes. And know that while I adjusted the camera angle so the change between face and neck isn’t so startling, when I see myself in the mirror when I go to the bathroom I have to live with the full on startling difference for the day. It is much more apparent head on.

I did use the Kim Chi Setting powder as it has a slight tint to it. Today was not the day to add stark white setting powder. I do love this powder. I also love the powder puff which is actually usable and not just a thin piece of foam on the top of the powder.

The bronzer and blush are my quick and easy go tos for face products when I don’t want to spend a lot of time. The bronzer is just a quick swipe and blend. The blush I was worried would be too dark as it is a deeper tone, however instead of applying with my finger and then blending, i just tapped the makeup sponge into the pan and then applied that way. the darker shade toned down and as always the bareMinerals came out looking well.

I was feeling a little fall so I picked up the Fall Edit from Estate cosmetics. The shadows are a little bit powdery and have some fall out. I had to double tap the brushes to avoid fall out, but the shadows do blend beautifully and I really like the fall look that came out of this palette. I will be testing it next week as well so we will see i it is just the one look I create slight variations of or if there is more to this palette. For today I liked it and I paired it with my fave fall lipstick. It is the ABH in Dead Roses. The shade has been discontinued but the formula remains. It is a very comfortable formula to wear. As this has been discontinued I will wear it this fall as my daily use as much as possible. The lipstick is really worn down and I think I can use it up and send it on it’s way. I do have several nudes but i like the thought of using up a lipstick completely. It doesn’t happen often with me as I rotate products and my weakness for lip products means there are always plenty to choose from. This is no hardship to wear though and I have no problem keeping it as frequent to the daily.

And so that is me today my darlings. Necessary work complete and stories dancing in my head. Well one story where separate pieces finally clicked together. And so I am posting early, taking a short walk and sipping my lunch time soup while I get to work on pulling the story out of my brain. It wasn’t what I planned for the day, but no one plans for a plot bunny attack. I’m sure normality will resume tomorrow, but until then, have a great day.

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The Daily: September 13th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Have you ever had one of those days where everything was just pleasant. I woke up this morning and the temps were in the low sixties with mostly sunny skies. I went on a walk and it was just lovely. They sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot. The humidity was low enough not to really be a major factor.

People walking dogs no longer looked as though they were punishing their fur coated friends by forcing them outside. Anything that was flowering or fruiting no longer is so the pollen count is lower than it has been since January.

I went on a long walk this morning and I can’t lie, I will be calling an end to my work day early to go on another long walk later this afternoon. I know tomorrow I will pay for it as I try to play catch up but we haven’t had a day this nice in a while and I am going to take advantage of it. I will just commit to getting up early and working late tomorrow.

Today needs to be enjoyed.

It also helps that my phone hasn’t rung once all day. As every time it rings it brings even more family drama or work freak outs, I am relieved by the silence. I’m sure I’ll pay for that too later, but honestly I need a bit of a break. Or even just someone to call with good news instead of more worry. That would be nice. For now I am just taking the silence and the pleasant weather as an excuse to walk in the sun and clear out some of the cobwebs.

Don’t worry, I’ll wear sunscreen. At the moment I am still using the Beekman 1802 Milk Primer Sunscreen. I like it but it is slightly greasy. This morning I pit it on and then put a slight dusting of powder on over it which made me feel better. And as it wasn’t super hot I didn’t seat and turn it into paste. It is a nice sunscreen and things do layer well over it, which is nice. because it needs something over it. Speaking of things being put on my face…

(I know, subtle transition, no?)

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: One Size Turn Up the Base Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia Peach Blush

Highlight: Jecca Blac Glow Drops

Eyeshadow: Lawless Beauty The Baby One Palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Lips: Colourpop Lipstick in Band T

Setting Spray: Huda Beauty Glow Coco Spray

the almost out elf

I know some of you are thinking, again with the Elf primer. I know, I do try to change them up a bit. But I am almost out of this primer so it will be around until I use it up. Which won’t actually take long. And yes I do have another one waiting in the wings. It is simply one of those primers I don’t like to run out of . So rather than keeping this almost completely empty one around longer while I rotate through I am going to just use this until it is gone.

Plus it works really well with this foundation. Today I didn’t really want to spend a lot of time on my makeup and this was a great foundation to use quickly. It went on quickly and easily and as long as I have a pore filing primer underneath, it works well with my skin. without the primer it shows the texture. With, it is fabulous. At least thus far anyway.

The bamboo bronzer was still out so that is the one I used. I like it so i don’t mind. I like the quick and easy application of the benefit blush and now that I am used to using the stencils for my brows I am quicker with the stencils than I am with the brow pencil so I had no problem using it. I also like that my brows actually match each other. Brow matching is not my strong suit so I am happy to use the stencil cheat sheet.

Lawless is turning out to be a pretty good formula of eyeshadow. I like the way the mattes blend with each other without being muddy. they aren’t super pigmented which I really do like. The more I use the palette the more powdery the shadows seem though. I always tap the brush off before application so i haven’t had any problems with matte fall out on the face, but the inside of the palette is already a mess and I’ve only used it three times. The gold shimmer was used today and I used a dry brush with it. It applied well with a dry brush but there was a tendency to slip down the inside of the eye. I will be trying this with both a wet brush application and an eyelid primer as I test the palette to see if it can be reduced. it isn’t much of a slide but i would like to limit it.

with my lips today I went with a colourpop lipstick. this is the traditional bullet style. I really like the formula. I think this shade may be a little too neutral for me, but I think it might also be that I have been leaning into bold reds and mauves recently so it may seem a bit on the to neutral side. It is a really good formula and not that expensive. I always seem to order one shade off of the one I want though. I am not sure if that is me or if it is just the colors on my computer monitor. I may have to compare the products I have and how they look on me to the swatches on the screen and see if I can get my ordering right. I do like though that this lippie has the light scent of vanilla to it. It makes it a little more pleasant to wear.

And with the Huda Beauty I had fewer gloppy bits of spray today. I think it was just a first use kind of plop of liquid. The mist came out in a really fine spray today. We’ll see hw future uses cause it to react. It seems to be an okay setting spray, but it is a bit wet in general. Or at least wetter than I am used to with setting sprays.

And that is it for me. I am going to concentrate on knocking out the last of what has to get done today and then i am going to take myself on a really long walk to enjoy the sun, the cool breeze and pleasant temps. I will breathe deeply of air no longer chock a block full of allergens and I will give my brain some much needed down time.

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The Daily: September 12th, 2022

Good Monday afternoon my darlings. I hope yours is going well. Mine has mostly been working through a long to do list. All the calls came in last week and all the work gets done this week. Well this week and next actually as I leave on the 23rd. I actually feel like I am in a really good place.

I have actual dates and times for everything. I am able to clear most of it off before I leave so that the only thing I really have to worry about is my mom when I am gone. Over all it is a good place to be.

I am still a little stressed about her if I am honest. She sounds okay on the phone. I think a lot of her stress went away once all of her decisions were finalized and she could begin getting ready for surgery. I think my stress will fade once I am down there in person and she is actually out of surgery safe and sound. It is one of the hardest parts about living in a different place. Sometimes relief only comes when you can see things in person.

But now that she sounds more at ease I am not a stress level red any more. I’m more of a yellow with an orange tinge. I was deep in the red for a while so it feels a lot better to have that eased off.

This past weekend I made a big batch of sauce as our tomatoes are finally starting to come in. They grew all summer and they looked like they wanted to blossom, they just didn’t. Now that September is well underway they are starting to throw out handfuls of ripened fruit every day. I’ll probably make sauce one or two more times again before I leave. It freezes really well and since I make only the base roasted tomato sauce at this point it will freeze really well and be able to be used for anything. I like to season it more for the dish I am making when I actually use the sauce. But it is a good general stable to have on hand.

And this weekend I got my first and only melon from the vine. There won’t be any more, but this year i was astounded I got even one. It is a petit melon, only the size of a softball but we had it with prosciutto this weekend as a treat and it was fantastic. It was extra sweet so it went well with the salty meat. I’m glad that if I only got one melon this year at least it was a good one. There is an odd sort of consolation in that.

testing a blow out spray that left my hair looking a bit greasy

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: One Size Turn up the Base Powder Foundation

Blush: NARS Blush in Angelika

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Eyeshadow: Lawless Beauty The Baby One Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Mascara

Lipstick: Guerlain Velvet Matte Refillable Lipstick in #910 Black Red

Setting Spray: Huda Beauty Glow Coco Hydrating Mist

Okay first of all I want to apologize for my hair. I am testing out a blow out spray and it just made my hair look super greasy. I’m hoping I just applied too much, but I am still trying to work that out. It doesn’t help that my bangs need a bit more of a trim. I’m hoping to take care of that this weekend. Don’t worry, I will let a pro handle it. I have backed away from the scissors.

I always love my Elf poreless Primer. And as I tried this foundation with out a primer when it first arrived, I knew it needed a primer underneath. the foundation powder on it’s own did emphasize some of my larger pores. With the primer underneath, this foundation worked beautifully. I really like this actually. It is a buildable formula, so i can go as light and natrual as I want or I could go in for a more full look. well, not quite full. It seems to shift between light and medium. I don’t think it gets to full coverage, but as I rarely wear full coverage I am okay with that. It gets as full as I plan to wear it. Thus far it feels like a nice foundation. It doesn’t feel powdery. Although I didn’t put a powder over it when I applied it, because I generally don’t put powder over powder foundations. It did need a but of a pat with a pressed powder by midday as there were some oily spot showing through. I am actually looking forward to playing around with this over this week and next. Thus far, I’m pretty happy with it. But it does need a primer underneath if you have larger pores.

I went with the Ciate Bronzer today as it is a very adaptable tone. I can go very light with it or I can deepen it depending on what the foundation and my look for the day calls for. It is one that I usually use with new foundations. I’m actually quite fond of it in general actually. Ciate can be hit or miss on some products, but for me this bronzer is a definite hit.

This Nars Blush is also a hit. Which shouldn’t be surprising, Nars blushes are always good. I tend to no reach for this one as much because in the pan it looks very pink and sparkly. When swatched with a finger, the sparkles don’t show but it still looks very pink. It applies much less pink and there aren’t any sparkles on the cheeks. It’s one of those products I just need to remember I like so I reach for it, instead of opening it, thinking, ‘I don’t want sparkles’ and putting it back. Today I realized I have accumulated a lot of blushes and need to go through them to see if all of them are staying. I don’t think I have sorted them in a while. I actually took this out thinking, I’ll use it see the pink and sparkles and know it needs to go. Instead I took it out and realized how much I like it. So plus for the Nars, negative on the declutter.

I was thrilled with the way the Lawless Beauty Palette performed. It was pigmented but not over the top. I sometimes get a bit out of control if the shadows are intensely pigmented. This had a pigment I could build up. It also blended well. I used two of the mattes (Cherub and Sweet Dreams) and they blended well together. I added the silvery shimmer Little doll on the inner corner of my eye. I meant to just put a little but it proved more shadow than I planned. I had to tap the brush before applying but there was no fall out.

Today I used the most expensive lipstick I have in my collection. I keep a list of luxury products that I want to try. Sometimes I use them as presents to myself, usually for my birthday, other times as rewards for reaching significant weight loss goals. Because I have been so stressed lately my babydoll ordered this Guerlain lipstick for me as a treat. It feels so luxe in the hand. It just feels like quality packaging. And I have to say the product feels nice as well. The color is fantastically saturated. The lipstick feels soft and lot waxy at all. It glides on smoothly, like the velvet it is named for and it feels feather light to wear. It is my first use of this lipstick but I will be reaching for it often. I really like this first use.

I don’t always reach for a setting spray, And truthfully when i reach for a setting spray I generally only reach for my Benefit Porefessional Setting Spray. The mist is very fine and I like the way it performs. It is my go to. However I do have several setting sprays I have gotten through various subscriptions that I haven’t used. They are lined up on a shelf and I tell myself that i am going to test it out and then forget. So I have taken out the Huda Beauty one and will be testing it. It is sweet coconut smelling but not over the top. The mist is a fine one although there were a few splotches of wet on my face. I did tap it in with a makeup sponge. It was fine to use and I will keep using it for a while. Hopefully there won’t be a lot of splotches as it gets more use. we shall see.

And so that was my look for the day. I plan to roll through blushes for a while to see if all of the ones in the drawer are staying. and I will see how this foundation performs over time. Over all I am fairly pleased with everything today. I am a bit annoyed by the blow out spray, and will probably go for the dry shampoo in a bit. I am just testing to see if it gets worse throughout the day or if it stays this level. Either way for now, it is back to work for me. Have a great rest of Monday.

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The Travel Makeup Bag for May 2022

While not a review, I thought it might be of interest to you to see what I am putting in my travel makeup bag and why. During my daily makeup posts I tend to rotate through makeup, but when I travel I tend to pick reliable products that can fit into a small makeup bag, especially when it is a weekend trip. While this isn’t exactly a fun getaway, it is travel. The only thing I left out of the makeup bag is mascara. The reason is that this trip is for a memorial service and there will be many tears shed. At the moment I have yet to pick up a waterproof mascara so I am leaving my mascara behind and will either pick up a waterproof mascara at the drug store or go without.

When traveling I generally find it a good idea to stick to products that don’t spill and I try to reduce the possible breakage component by sticking to cream products so they feature heavily in this bag.

This time I am starting with the Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick. It has traveled with me for quite some time. It is my old reliable. I’m still not certain of the status of the company. I know that the main website shut down after massive sales and now it is available at walmart. It is a fantastic foundation, I just don’t know if it will be replaced once it runs out. I may actually scoop up one more for travel purposes because it is really hard to beat this stick formula. Plus I don’t have to worry about foundation bottles breaking. But if the company has gone under I won’t stock up, I’ll just work on finding a new travel fave.

The face products

The primer I am taking with me is the Tatcha Silk canvas Primer. It is a fantastic pore filling primer that locks in my makeup for as long as I end up wearing it. As I have no idea how long I will be in makeup this weekend I thought it would be a good product to choose.

The trestique bronzer shouldn’t surprise anyone. It is quick and easy to use and one of my favorite cream formulas. The Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel blusher also shouldn’t surprise anyone as it is rapidly moving to the top of my favorite products list.

I didn’t bother with a highlighter, but you may notice a tiny round pot with a gold lid and a pink bow on it. I know, it looks like an eye cream, however it is actually a sample size of the Ciate London Extraordinary powder. It came in an IPSY bag a while back and to be honest, I have refilled it a couple of times. For a weekend it is all the powder I need. I will be adding the powder puff from the Kim Chi Powder to my makeup bag to use with it.

Shadow and Brow

For eyeshadow I am taking The Balm and The Beautiful Palette from The Balm. It is the one I’ve been playing with recently. I really like the formulas and the ease of application and it is a compact size that fits in the bag. So since it was already out, I went ahead and added it to the makeup bag. I will have the full review of the palette up next week, I simply didn’t get a chance to finish it this week.

I added a Marcelle eyebrow pencil because I like it and it has a spoolie on the end so I don’t have to worry about adding secondary brow products (like a brush) into the bag. And then we have the lips.

the lips

I’ll be honest, i don’t think I have ever traveled with just one lip product in my life. To this bag I added my favorite MAC neutral in Bated Breath. I also added a Trestique lip crayon in case I wanted a slightly darker product. I added the Yensa Lip oil in case I felt like shine, or only a glossy lip with no lipstick and I chose an assortment of lip pencils. Some match the lip products others stand alone. For this bag I chose, UOMA, Persona Cosmetics, Bodyography, Huda Beauty and Real Her. I figure they are all relatively neutral and all have slightly different formulas. I plan to choose whichever one appeals at the right moment. And more than anything I like having a variety of lip products to choose from. Oddly enough in out of control situations it can sometimes make me feel like I am in control by making a decisive decision as to what lip product to wear. As it is a weekend where I can control nothing and can only deal with whatever happens, having that one tiny bit of control, really does help me mentally balance. Even if having seven lip products in the bag does seem a little extra.

Sometimes it isn’t abut what you actually wear.

And so that my darlings, is the makeup bag I will be traveling with this weekend and why I chose the products included.

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The Daily: May 4th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope all is going well with you today. As for me, my hair is a bit poofy again and there were some makeup issues, but we’ll get to that.

The park was still flooded and the fitness was all indoors. I sweated it out to YouTube videos. As it was more yoga than cardio there was sweating but I felt more stretched out and limber rather than completely sweated out. I know it is good for me and keeping everything limber is a good thing for life both now and in the future but I really do prefer the long walks. It takes up a lot of time, but I can use the time to sort out issues in my head or plan things. When I do yoga the only thing I tend to think is ‘I don’t think my body moves quite like that.’

well maybe that isn’t the only thing. I’m afraid I often think very mean thoughts about the instructors. They are all just a little too perky. It makes me think they are hiding something. Like a love of torturing overweight women and not telling them that they are double jointed and are missing a few vital organs and bones us normal people need to survive. I know it is just my fat getting in the way of certain movements but sometimes the things they do …

But I got through it. I’m still hoping that this week will miraculously erase the damage a month of issues added to my weight, but I am trying to maintain the workout without going crazily overboard in compensation. And yes I am a bit worried about stepping back onto the scale to confront the damage. I’ll be less focused on it once I see the numbers and then I’ll just let it go and deal with the damage. sorry to fixate, but at least it is a temporary fixation.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ciate Dewy Skin Vitamin C Glass Glow Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes in roof top tan

Blush: Illamasqua gel Blusher in Frission

Highlighter: Saint Luxe Liquid Glow

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

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful from The Balm

Mascara: Blinc Ultra Volume Tubing Mascara

Lips: Huda Beauty Lip liner in Trophy Wife

Okay this turned out to be mostly about the primer so we will just blaze through the other products. Yensa,. Illamasqua and buxom preformed beautifully. The Illamasqua gel blusher is rapidly rising to the top of my list of fave products and I am thinking about getting additional colors so I can play with it year round. The Yensa foundation I’ve been testing and my full review will be up in the morning.

Loved the eyes, had issues with the primer

I really like the Blinc mascara although today I sneezed when it was still wet and had to deal with the fall out. But a sneeze at the wrong time can mess up any mascara. It still turned out well. It does more or less require a waterprroof eye makeup remover to remove completely, even if it isn’t the waterproof version, so be aware of that when you use it.

The Huda Beauty lip liner was a bit sticky but I ended up putting chapstick over it and that took the stickiness out. And I am now getting the hang of how much of the Kim Chi setting powder to apply to prevent a powdery look and now I love it.

I love the way The Balm shadows worked today and I like the eye look I cam e up with.

The Saint Luxe Highlighter is subtle and disappeared in the face of the primer. I think it needs to be an all over glow or paired with a natural look and a tinted moisturizer.

And so to the primer. Even though I recieved this a while back I never got around to trying it out. For a while it was primer- palooza with subscription boxes and I ended up with a lot of new ones to try, I have several actually that I still need to try out. I decided that since I knew how this foundation worked I’d try a new primer.

This primer is the Dewy Skin Primer from Ciate. First I should have tried it with an all matte foundation. Second, I think I might have applied too much, not only is it dewy to the point of greasy looking it feels heavy on the skin. One of the reasons I like serum foundations is that they feel feather light The Yensa is easy to forget that I am wearing. I felt this primer. Now it is a first use so that could be user error. I also need to check the base of the foundation and primer because they didn’t really want to work together at all. I haven’t had problems with this foundation, but today there were problems.

There was a little separation so I think the formulas might not be compatible. I am going to have to do some label reading. This looked very patchy and uneven up close. I’m not sure f that translates in the photos or if it is just an in person thing. Regardless, I did not like the result and after about an hour of wear I washed my face and spent the rest of the day au natural.

In general I like Ciate products so I don’t mind giving this one another chance. This is also why I tend to test products for at least a week before I decide if I like them or not. sometimes things don’t go so well with the first trial run. Today was not a good first use. However there is always tomorrow.. I’ll just need to spend a little time with the ingredients list before my next use of this primer.

And that was it for me today. Luckily the rest of the day is just me working alone at my desk while the rain pelts down outside. I’m thinking of using this as a face mask opportunity.

The Daily: March 9th, 2022

And again the rain is here. So workouts will be done in doors. I don’t mind the indoor workouts actually. However I have gotten used to the daily does of fresh air that a walk outside brings so I feel a little deprived on days when I only work out indoors. I also don’t think I burn quite as many calories. Which is entirely my fault of course. I need to expand my indoor workouts. Since the rain is no doubt going to continue for most of the day, I think I am going to sit down tonight and write out a list of exercises with both the ones I currently do and a while bunch that I don’t always do and then come up with a sort of ‘to do’ list for my work out tomorrow. I’ve fallen into the habit of using the same set routine and I think it needs to be shaken up a bit.

Beyond that I am just chugging along with the course of normal daily life. Since my babydoll had dental surgery last week we’ve been modifying the meals to avoid a lot of hard textures with crisp and crunch. It is a very strange way to think about food. I found this out this past summer after my own dental surgery. Normally I think of texture as something I add to a meal to make it more appealing, planning meals to avoid it is somewhat interesting and has thrown off my meal plans a bit. I will be very happy when he has healed enough that meals have a little more normality to them. And I don’t have to think about how crunchy something actually is before incorporating it into a dish. I think next week normality may resume. Fingers crossed as it is more dependent on my baby doll’s healing process than anything.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Too Faced Dew You Full Coverage Fresh Glow Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer Stick

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher

Highlighter: About Face Light Lock Highlighter

Powder: Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde palette

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa Mascara

Lips: Uoma Lip Liner and About Face Light Lock Lip Gloss

Today was an interesting one. I pulled the Too Faced Foundation from the depths of my drawer. I honestly forgot I had it. I also forgot how watermelon-y it smells. which I don’t mind, it was just surprising. I don’t know if Too Face Makes this foundation any more or not. The link above takes you to Too Faced’s foundation page, in case you were wondering. I don’t reach for this a lot because full coverage is not an everyday thing for me. That being said I do like how light weight this formula feels on the skin and the way it blends. With a foundation brush streaks will be left, however a makeup sponge will take them out. So have one handy. It does have a bit of a dewy finish so I use a matte primer (love my elf poreless putty) and powder off the shine.

My powder today was the Smashbox Photo Finish powder. I have a love hate relationship with this powder. The powder itself i like, and I kind of did the fresh shaved powder. But the dial is hard to turn and sticks a lot. If you have anything on your hands it is hard to grasp. I have had several nails break as my hands slipped while turning. while I don’t have mobility issues, I imagine that if you had any this would be a nightmare. Still the powder is good despite the packaging so I will keep it and use it until it is gone and then not repurchase. I just have to remember to reach for the powder often enough to use it up in the first place. I tend to shove it to the back of the drawer.

the bronzer and blush are standards and I love reaching for them. I will be cleaning up my dressing table tonight so they will go back in the drawer and not be out and easily available. It is the only way I can keep from automatically reaching for them and give other products a chance.

Because I just received the About Face Lip gloss I remembered the About Face Highlighter and used both today. while I still think the lip gloss looks a little cheap and like a Too Faced knock off, it performs better than I thought. I put it over the Uoma lip liner to give it more color as it blends to shine on it’s own. It is less sticky to wear than when I tested it on it’s own and I like the way it looks. I know, I didn’t expect much from it, but this lip gloss very much exceeded expectations. I can admit when I am wrong and I was wrong.

The highlighter is a nice golden shade of liquid highlighter. It blends well and looks good. It isn’t my favorite and I probably wouldn’t repurchase it, but it is a good highlighter.

I left off the lid primer today and tried for a softer look with the Huda palette. Today’s look came out a bit more springy than I thought it would but I like it. This is never going to be my favorite eyeshadow palette, but there are several shades I like that will make me keep it around.

The wet ‘n wild mascara I adore. it gives me length, it gives me volume and it is probably the least expensive mascara in my collection. It is just a fantastic mascara and I am happy that i replaced it. I feel like my lashes look fabulous today.

Wet n Wild

The Daily: September 20th, 2021

Oh today is not sunny. In fact it hasn’t been sunny all weekend. It has been raining off and on for three days actually and the odds of getting a walk in are slim to none. The park is flooded and with the rain coming down in waves the odds of just walking around the neighborhood for a bit aren’t good.

Its the sort of day that makes me think my activity of choice should be Ark Building.

I suspect that this week’s weight loss activity will involve closely monitoring calories going in rather then burning them off through exercise.

Speaking of calorie consumption though, one of my favorite snacks is having a one day sale. Today is the 9th birthday for Chomps so they are having a sale today only.

Chomps Turns 9! Enjoy $9 Off 24 Count Boxes with Code HBDAY9 to Celebrate! 9/20 Only!

They are great on the go snacks and who doesn’t like getting a great product at a bit of a discount?

Today has been mostly conference calls and working at my computer, so I decided to take advantage of the time on my own to try out the YC liquid blushes that came in this month’s IPSY glam bag plus. The colors are a bit bright for me so trying them when I don’t have in person meetings seemed like a good idea.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush YC Collection Liquid Blush

Highlighter: Milk and Honey Palette from Beauty Bakerie

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette

Mascara: Pat McGrath Labs Fetish Eyes Mascara

Lips: Mischo Beauty lip gloss in Madam

Setting Spray: Milani Make it last matte Setting Spray

Okay today I had a few new products to try so I basically went with products I know and like for the basics so that i didn’t have to worry about them. The Porefessional Primer is as always fabulous and a standard in my dressing table. The Elf Acne Fighting foundation is not only good but as I am working on clearing out the last of my breakouts it seemed like a good idea. Plus I like the way it looks. Again with the Ciate London Bronzer. It is still pretty new to me, but I really like the way it performs. It is buildable and blendable and rapidly becoming a bronzer I reach for automatically.

Now to the blush. I’ll be honest, the colors for these two kind of scared me a bit. One is a very orangey pink and the other is just orangey red. I had visions of clown makeup in my mind. They have doe foot applicators. I chose the darker reddish shade. I dotted two dos on each cheek and blended with my fingers. At first it came on clown makeup strong, then I blended it a little with my Huda Beauty Makeup sponge. and it mostly disappeared. I’ll be playing with this all week, but today it seemed to have two speeds. It was either bright clown spots or it vanished. Perhaps I didn’t put enough on, or I blended too harshly. I’ll work with it and see what I come up with throughout the week. Right now I am a bit on the fence about these blushes.

The milk and Honey palette i like thus far. I will be working with it this week too. I used the golden shade today and it blended well with my skin giving it a bit of a glow without looking like a stripe of shine. It blends well and I like it.

I chose the Huda Beauty Palette mostly because I was thinking about Huda Beauty today. I saw that Huda of Huda Beauty is going to be curating the next IPSY Glam Bag X (November). I was actually looking for details about October’s Glam Bag but there were fewer details. I think that may become a theme with IPSY. The glam bag has fallen into a bit of the Glam Bag X Shadow as they promote it. Which is nice if all you want is the quarterly bag. Hopefully with the price increase for the regular Glam Bag Plus going up ($28 instead of $25) next month they will pay more attention to it in the future. But that is a wait and see game.

I sort of forgot how pigmented the Huda Beauty Palette is so my eyes went very pink today. Luckily the Mischo Beauty Gloss is not very pigmented. It is a decent gloss. It isn’t sticky but the color is really very minimal.

I should talk about is the mascara before it is gone. I used the Pat McGrath Fetisheyes Mascara today. It is nearing the end of it’s life and will soon be removed from my dressing table. It is a good mascara. It is not my favorite though. Each time I use it I end up thinking, its good but not really worth the price. I like it, but as there are several other mascaras that I like better, some at comparable price points and others less expensive, once it is gone I won’t be repurchasing it. It is one of those mascaras that I will use if it is here and came in a subscription box, but wouldn’t purchase on my own.

To seal everything in I reached for the Milani Make it last matte setting spray. It is a good setting spray, although I don’t care for the scent. It is a bit on the perfume-y side. It does lock makeup in really well though. When using it, hold it a good distance from your face as it does have a powerful spray and if held too close it can leave traces in your powder and foundation. I ended up using my makeup sponge to kind of smooth out the setting spray effects today.

Over all it isn’t a bad look, I don’t think. I went a little heavier on the eyeshadow than I planned, but I can live with that. The blush will need a little more thinking about before i pass judgement. But judgement will come at the end of the week. For now, I need to get back to work as Monday paperwork is calling.

Sparitual

The Daily: August 9th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope that you are having a wonderful Monday thus far. Today I managed to get my gym workout done, with a little extra. which was nice as I over indulged a little too much over the weekend. My babydoll heard a rumor that our favorite Mexican restaurant in town was struggling so he decided that a healthy salmon Friday and skipped happy hour treat meant a Mexican Feast on Saturday.

You know, for the economic support of the community.

It was actually an interesting eye opener. He ordered one of our favorite meals in it’s entirety to go, but forgot that we hadn’t ordered from their full menu in over a year. During lockdown they had a limited taco menu so we would occasionally pick that up. But this was the first full menu order in a while. The food was, as always a delicious treat. It was also far more food than we were used to seeing at the same time. He picked up the take out for an early lunch on Saturday.

we ate it for Saturday Lunch and then ate left overs for Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and Sunday dinner. I think he might have actually finished the refried beans side with eggs this morning for breakfast. It was a lot of food. It was an interesting reminder of how my (and his) eating habits have changed. Prior I am pretty sure that we would have just gotten two meals out of what he picked up and then probably eaten salad of something light on Sunday. It was always more than either of us could eat in one sitting.

I knew we were eating less than we used to because I had to adjust grocery shopping somewhat. But a lot of the time I will still make the large meal and just freeze left overs for a second meal a little while later. So it doesn’t feel like we are eating a lot less. It is only by actually seeing what we used to order that it actually brought the changes home to me.

I’m really glad he did pick up the order. First of all because it was really good food. Second because I like supporting my favorite local restaurants. But third, because sometimes I actually need the reminder that there have been significant changes. Sometimes you need to step back and away from the day to day and look at the bigger picture to see the progress you are making. At least it helped me.

I still feel like I over indulged, but it was nice to see the changes.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Optical Illusion by Urban Decay

Foundation: Wet ‘n Wild Tinted Hydrator

Bronzer: Nars in Laguna

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua cream highlight in OMG

Powder: Becca Pink Haze

Eyes: Elf Bite sized palette in Cream and Sugar

Mascara: Pat McGrath Labs in Fetish eyes

Lips: Buxom Full Force in Fly Girl with Huda Beauty lip Pencil in Trophy wife

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Facial Mist

Today was an interesting mix of my mood and things I am wanting to use up. First up is the Primer. I really love this primer from Urban Decay. It was, for a long time, my go to primer. I picked up this last one up a while ago and then started trying other primers. Then Urban Decay discontinued this primer. I’m trying to put it in the category of ‘needs to be used up’ but there is a part of my that wants to hold onto it for as long as I can. I know that is silly because it will eventually expire if I hold on to it, so I am having to force myself to put it into the must use up category. It is hard just because I know that when it it gone, it will just be gone.

The wet ‘n wild tinted hydrator I used because it is quick and easy and I really like the way it performs. I like the formula and I really like the weightless factor. It is a good product that I will repeatedly use and repurchase. The same goes for the elf bite sized palette. I really enjoy the formula and like the way it blends. It is simple and quick to use and consistently good. So I went for it today.

The NARS Bronzer in Laguna is one that I have been working on using up this year. Pan is now showing and the showing of the pan is steadily increasing. I want to use this up before the end of the year (or more accurately before the holiday sales go live) so I will be rotating it in often in order to do so. I find it surprising how excited I am to see the pan grow in this product. I think because for so long I would use it but only see a slight dent in the product, not any sign of pan. Now each use shows more pan. Somedays it is the small excitements that make you happy.

The Bare Minerals Bounce and Blur blush. What can I say that I haven’t already said? I love this blush. It is one of my favorite formulas and one that I will consistently use. It is quite fantastic. The color suits me. The formula is both blend-able and buildable and it lasts all day. What more can you really ask for in a blush?

Today I chose the Becca Pink Haze Setting powder and I have to say I am in a mixed state about this powder. I like it, but I know Becca is ceasing production. I’ve made my peace with other Becca products. even the Aqua foundation that I really like. I will use and let them go. This powder I keep going back and forth on. it is a really good setting powder and on days when I look a little wan from spending far too much time at the computer it gives a nice pink tone to my skin. It is especially fantastic in the winter time when I spend so much less time outside. Then it provides a healthy tint to the skin so I don’t look sickly with my winter pale. I keep looking for another pink powder to replace it. Specifically from a company that isn’t about to cease production, but I thus far haven’t found one that works quite as well as this. I have maybe a third of the container left of this powder and I am contemplating picking up another one just to extend the time I have to look for a replacement product. Part of me thinks I should just let it go. It is the last Becca product I won where this decision has to be made. Everything else I’ve just decided to let go. This I still need to think about for a while.

The lips were fun today. I have this Buxom lipstick that I love. And I do actually use it more often than I report. It is a plumping lipstick and I really love the way it works, but the shade tends to wash out my lips. So what i usually do is apply it before i start the rest of my makeup, let it do it’s plumping thing an then wipe it off after it stops tingling and use another lip product. I know, I should really just pick up another shade because in addition to plumping it is a really nice lipstick. And I will be picking up other shades. A friend of mine suggested using a creamy lip liner in a warmer shade around the edges and then using a brush to blend it inwards to make the lipstick keep from washing me out. I tried it with the Huda Beauty lip liner, but I think I waited a bit too long before blending so I got more of a line than I intended. I think I am going to try to play around with this trick because I think it could work. And I really like the lipstick and would like to wear it more often. So I may be playing around with that for a while.

I am sure I missed a few products but those are the makeup highlights for today. I hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday and is gearing up for a fabulous week.

The Daily: July 21st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope your week is going swimmingly. I am still racing to meet my deadline, but I did manage the gym today for a short period of time. I cut it short because the gym was rather crowded today. While I could get all of the machines for my strength training, the treadmills were all occupied and I didn’t feel like hanging around until one came free. I think that I am going to try for an evening walk. I’ll still coat myself in sunscreen, but I’ll also add a layer of bug spray on top as the problem with walking in the evening is the mosquitos.

As soon as it looks like the sun might be going down, they come out in swarms.

But that will be a timing issue for later. Right now, I at least managed my scheduled workout. I also managed to clean up and get my makeup on. Because I’m planning on staying at my desk for the rest of the day I took the opportunity to let my hair stay down for a bit. At this point it is simply too hot to wear it down outside of the house. So since I am inside I took the opportunity to let it down. And yes, I really need to get to the salon and have a professional do some shaping at the very least. I had layers, they grew out. I tried putting a few layers in myself, it was a disaster. Thankfully those layers have now grown out. So A professional is needed. That will come in the fall. At the moment my ability to tie my hair up and out of the way is of more import than styling. Although you can’t really see them, today’s earrings are also from Mariz jewelry. They are the plain gold version of the sparkly fans I picked up from them. While i like the glitter, I kind of prefer the lower key look of the plain gold for everyday wear.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant smooth perfecting touch Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Vegan Bronzing stick

Blush/Highlight/lips/brows: Billion Dollar Beauty

Shadow: Billion Dollar Beauty and KVD Beauty

Powder: ABH Loose setting powder

Setting Spray: ABH Dewy Set

Mascara: Pat McGrath Labs FetishEyes mascara

Lip liner: Huda Beauty in Trophy wife

Everytime I use the Clarin primer I am reminded how much I really do like it. It isn’t one that seems to get a lot of hype, but I really like the way it feels and performs. I am about halfway through the container at this point. Very little is needed so it will last a while longer, but it is a definite repurchase item for me. if you are interested it is currently on sale at All Beauty.

The Ciate London Foundation is also in my top list of products. I’ve been using it a lot more lately partially because I love the formula and partially because the shade matches my summer skin better than many of my other products.

while I am still testing out the Billion Dollar Beauty Box and assorted products sent to me with it, I amd also testing out a set of Billion Dollar Beauty Brushes and I wanted to try them with the cream formula of my Trestique Bronzing stick. So that is the bronzer I chose, although it isn’t a hardship.

I am finding that the ABH Powder and Setting spray work well together. The Powder seems to lean a bit towards the powdery side of things, but the Dewyness of the setting spray balances it out to keep it from looking powdery. Tomorrow i might switch setting sprays to see if any setting spray counteracts it or if it is the Dewy part of the spray that balances. I’ll also have to pick a day and switch out powders to see if the spray is too dewy without the drier look powder. But those are experiments for another day. At the moment I am pretty pleased with how things came out. As I found the lipstick in the Billion Dollar Beauty a little too light for me, I used the Huda Beauty Lip Contour to help adjust the shade. As the liner is too dry on it’s own, covering it with the lipstick really works well. The color is altered and the lipstick keeps the liner from being too dry. I am really liking the combo.

The Daily: June 7th, 2021

Happy Monday my darlings. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Personally I worked in the garden on saturday in air thick enough to chew. It was almost a relief when the rain came pouring out of the sky ending my gardening time. Of course working in the garden kind of zonked me out a bit. I sort of collapsed and ended up binge watching almost an entire season of Why Women Kill. I am almost through with Season 1. Season 2 was just posted. It is really hard not to go ahead and finish out season 1 and roll straight into season two. I am really enjoying the show.

Binge watching wasn’t exactly what I had planned for the weekend, but quite frankly a good collapse was probably what I needed. Rain and humidity sort of prevented anything from really happening outside the house so whatever outdoor chores didn’t get done Saturday morning just have to wait. It was kind of nice having that be out of my hands if I am honest. While I wouldn’t have minded getting the rest of my chores list knocked out, sometimes a break is necessary and I happily took one.

So this morning I was quite refreshed and ready to face the week. It was a rather nice feeling actually. I made it to the gym and ran through my work out. With the rain it is doubtful I will get a walk in today. Actually with the rain it is doubtful there will be any walking this week. It has been raining off and on for two days and so the park is no doubt flooded. More rain is expected throughout the week so I think I might just be popping into the gym for a little more walking time on the treadmill on my non gym days. if my schedule permits. We’ll have to see. But I’m hoping that will work.

As for today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Blush/Bronzer/powder/highlight: Pur 4-in-1 Face palette

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette

Mascara: The Feathers from Pretty Vulgar

Lips: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle

Clarins is one of those brands that people don’t talk about nearly enough. I have tried several products from moisturizers to makeup from them and they have always been top notch. I love this primer. It really helps with blurring out pores and smoothing the face in preparation for foundation. It is pink in tone, which happens to suit my skin tone and it does feel very silicone-y which I kind of like. It is a really good primer and the red glass jar just makes it feel a little special when I reach for it.

The Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation is the perfect shade for my current skin tone. It blends in well and feels weightless. I will need a little powder blot mid afternoon in the t-zone, but the shine is actually quite minimal. I could probably get away with not blotting, but I also know i will blot.

To be honest the Pur Face Palette and the Feathers Mascara were out on my dressing table because I forgot to put them away so I went ahead and used them today. I happen to really like both so it wasn’t a hardship. In fact i think I will be reaching for this palette a lot during the summer as it really does work well for me.

The Huda Beauty Gold remastered is a really nice eyeshadow palette. While there are clearly a lot of rosy tones, I happen to be a big fan of the rosy tones. There is a bit of fall out from these shadows though, so either do your eyeshadow before your face makeup when using this or be prepared to sweep away the residue. Although you can build these colors up to look quite intense, I went with a lighter look today. I took the red shade Maneater for my crease. Then I topped the outer corner with the brown of Coco and added a little trust fund bronze to the inner corner. It isn’t super crazy but it suited me.

Finally my lip was the colourpop matte in Tulle. I really like this shade actually andshifted it to a visible position so I will use it more. Today I tried the trick of not going all the way to the corners of my lips with the dark shade. Not going all the way to your lips corners is supposed to prevent you from looking like you are frowning with the darker colors. I think I like how it turned out, but I think it is something I am going to have to play around with. I may be spending some times with red lips as I work on this and go for a more neutral eyeshadow look. Bit for now, I think this worked pretty well.

Over the weekend I had a nice rest and Monday seems to be sliding along well. Over all it looks like a fabulous start to what I am sure will be an excellent week. I hope your monday is chugging along in a fantastic way as well.