The Daily: August 9th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is out, the humidity is high and I am feeling a little bit better today. Well the sniffles still drag on but the headache has abated and this morning my latest test came up negative. Which means I am only dealing with the aftereffects. And hoping they will go away.

I’m afraid that doesn’t translate into much of an exciting day. I thought about a walk and then thought about how wobbly my legs felt and how i didn’t want to be the person collapsed in the heat. there also might have been the irrational fear of being eaten by squirrels. I know they don’t actually eat people but they seem to be swarming in mass numbers in the park this year. either the population swelled or there is a squirrel King consolidating his kingdom. The numbers are kind of out of control.

That and when i pass by they don’t scamper off any more. They sort of stop and stare at me as though wondering why I am passing through their domain and possibly wondering if I have the right permits.

Other than that my day has been spent quietly at my desk catching up on everything that happened last week. I may have been at my desk the beginning part of the week but that really means absolutely nothing. Pretty much anything I did at the start of the week has had to be re done. So let that be a lesson for you if you are trying to power through an illness while working, sometimes the work you do just isn’t worth you being there. Take the sick day. You may have to race to catch up but you won’t be going back to redo things you thought were done prior. I know, it is advice easier to give than to take.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Sculpting Gel Stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism

Eyeshadow Primer: Sandbar Beauty Eyeshadow Primer

Brows: iMethod Eyebrow Stamp and Stencil Kit

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips M2U NYC Beauty Matte Liquid Lip

Today I felt better and bundled my hair up onto my head to keep it clear. I thought about earrings but then forgot. The shadows are a bit strange in this one but I am very pleased with how things came out. Admittedly i think i still look tired, but maybe that’s just because I feel that way. Today I used the Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas because i like it and saw it and wanted to use it. The Charlotte Tilbury was a deliberate choice though. I chose it because I like the foundation but I wanted a full heavier foundation to try out the sculpting gel stick on. While yesterday was a full foundation it was a serum one and they are a bit more forgiving. This is a full on cream foundation. It applies well, covers a host of redness and blemishes, wears well and feels light.

It does require both a brush and the final smoothing touch of the makeup sponge to remover lines but if you have a lot of redness this will take it down. It is a good foundation if you know you are going to be spending some time taking a lot of photos. I find I do need to blot after a few hours, but it will stay in place if you are attending a wedding or funeral or other family gathering.

The Illamasqua gel stick didn’t like it. While it blends beautifully with every other lighter face product i used, it didn’t blend as well with a full on cream foundation like this one. while the shadows do exaggerate it a bit you can still see the line in the photos (I took the pic and then worked more on blending it out with my foundation brush so I didn’t look too crazy. but this is what a normal level of blending did.) So I think this stick works better with lighter foundation products.

The bae minerals blush was fantastic. It always is but after fiddling so much with the contour I found its ease of use extra fabulous. It is one of my favorite blushes.

I actually went for the brows today and I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out. I am in love with this stencil. It has earned a permanent place in my makeup bag. even if I trade out pomade I will keep these stencils and the stamping tool. I actually want to get a back up of the tool as it is so useful.

I only sneezed once with the mascara so it was relatively painless and I do like Eyeko. I set aside the new mascara to try in a few days when I can give it an honest evaluation. I know and like how Eyeko works so I used it today.

I also know and love the M2U lipstick. It dries down fast without during my lips to dust and it stays in place. This tube is almost at it’s end so a new on needs to be ordered soon. Perhaps that will be this weekend. After an lipstick declutter.

Which of course brings us to the palette. I used the lid primer again today and the Lunar Beauty Shadows did work better with it. i still had to do a bit of work to get them to do what i wanted. To be honest though, I am not sure it is worth it. I have all of these shades in different palettes in much easier to use forms. These tend to be powdery and just okay looking after you put the work in. I like the look of the palette, but honestly I don’t know how much I am going to reach for it once i have finished testing it out.

And so my darlings that is my look today. It isn’t out there crazy as I was mostly looking at shadow and bronzer bendability. I did remind myself of how much i do like the charlotte Tilbury Foundation though, so that is something. And now it is back to work for me. Have a great one, whatever it is you plan to do.



The Daily: August 8th, 2022

Oh my darlings I have returned. Like Rip Van Winkle I have awoken from my slumber, and I feel just about as creaky too. I was feeling tired on Wednesday afternoon and thought a little nap sounded like a good idea. I woke up Thursday morning with my alarm from my Wednesday nap, visited the restroom, decided the day was not going to work out, let everyone know and then crawled back into bed. Around four in the afternoon on Thursday I got up did another visit to the bathroom, managed to get down a smoothie (Berry from Smoothie box. Usually it tastes fab, but I could taste nothing, I just knew I needed some food in my system and the Monthly order came in, which really saved me). I was up for maybe an hour before going back to sleep. The same process repeated Friday and Saturday. Sunday, I began to feel human again.

Today I feel better still.

I am still at the sitting up in the chair is the limit of my exercise point in recovery, but the fact that sitting up in the chair does not exhaust me is a huge bonus. And i felt like actually applying makeup today even if i couldn’t actually get my fitness plan in. It was at least something normal in my day. Plus today I might actually get a sandwich and some solid food in my belly instead of existing on Smoothie Box Shakes. They are great and really helped me out, but I am actually starting to crave chewing even if I am still not all that hungry.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Illamasqua Sculpting Gel stick

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia Blush

Powder: Tatcha Silk Setting Powder

Eyeshadow Primer: Sandbar Beauty Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism Palette

Mascara: Give them Lala Beauty Mascara

Lips: Uoma Beauty Lip Liner and KVD Epic Kiss Vegan lipstick

Today I went for the drug store power couple of Elf poreless Putty Primer and No 7 Lift and Luminate. Both are long time favorites. In fact i am not sure why everyone is not raving about the No 7 foundation. It just works beautifully. I always have a bottle in my makeup collection because if all else fails, it won’t. Lightweight and beautiful it actually beats out some of the more expensive foundations. It is actually a bit of a dupe for the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation actually. It isn’t quite as fabulous as the Aqua foundation is a high end foundation that feels high end on the skin, but it is a good drug store version. (The Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation is currently my top luxe foundation, Yensa my mid range foundation and No 7 my favorite drug store foundation, in case you are curious. I tend to save the Koh Gen Do for special occasions though rather than every day use. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. Maybe I’ll just have a luxe product day.)

I wanted to test the Illamasqua sculpt with an actual foundation instead of the lighter weight products I tend to go for in the summertime. and it worked beautifully. It feels wet which takes some getting used to but it blends beautifully and builds well.

I get so used to reaching for my Gold Rush Blush from Benefit that I forget that I have Georgia. I do really like it. It is a little lighter and it does work better when my skin is a little on the paler side, but for me today it worked well. I really like the formula of the benefit blushes. It is also a reminder that I need to look at the newer blushes that were recently released and see if any of the shades look like ones I want to try out.

The Tatcha powder worked like a dream, I am still using the travel size (as so little is actually needed) and I am definitely going to pick up the full size once it runs out.

Since today’s focus was the eyes and the palette, I am going to skip to the lips before going back to the eyes. The KVD lipstick is a great vegan formula, I just find the color to be a little too bright for me. It looks darker in the tube but it goes on lighter. I tend to have this issue with the solid lipsticks from KVD but not the liquid ones. To darken it I used the Uoma lip liner. It worked beautifully and I am happy with the results actually.

This was the first use of the Give them Lala Beauty mascara. It was okay. Not very impressive, but As I sneezed twice during application and had to correct the mess, I don’t think i would be pleased with any mascara today, so perhaps we will just give it a pass.

last week with no lid primer (exhibit A) on left and todays use with the lid primer on right

As you may recall last week I dipped into what I thought was a brownish red shade and found out it was purple. It also applied very patchy. See exhibit A from last week. Today I decided to roll in a lid primer and then try again with the same shade. The Lid primer is from Sandbar and it works well in general. It has a slightly stickiness to it that grips shadows.

And this is a shadow that needed it. while I did apply other shadows on top of it so it isn’t the same look the purple is the basis for both looks. With a lit primer, the shadow applied well. It didn’t stick in one spot and refuse to blend. While this isn’t a shadow shade I would really wear a lot, I think it applied a lot better. Since I have had my issues with this palette, I think i am going to keep the lid primer in this week and see if the other shadows work better with it. I suspect they might given the change in the shadow today. I still am not a huge fan of the way the shimmers work with the mattes, but perhaps that issue can be worked on as well.

And so my darlings, this is me today. I am sitting up and looking fairly productive. Or at least not sleeping. I am still contagious so I am sticking close to home. Or actually in my home. At best i might make it to the back yard later (woo look at me go…) But I am beginning to feel more like myself again and that makes me very very happy.



The Daily: July 27th, 2022

Good Afternoon my darlings, I hope your week is going well. Yesterday my babydoll had dental surgery so I spent a large chunk of my day working in the waiting room on a lap top. It was surprisingly productive actually. With the exception of me and one older gentleman reading a newspaper on the other side of the waiting room, everyone else chose to wait in their cars. While it eliminated my sport of people watching, I did get a lot of work done, which was nice.

And the surgery went well.

Today my babydoll is home resting. And my resting I mean he has taken a lot of pain medication and while he is relaxing on the couch he is periodically moving around, mostly to come in and either ask what I’m up to or to tell me something about the show he is watching. I thought he might be lonely so I tried sitting on the couch watching television with him for a bit but he didn’t really want me there. he wanted to sprawl out on the couch and then periodically come in to tell me something so he could stretch his legs.

Which has mead this an interesting work day. Twenty two minutes seems to be the gap between visits. Occasionally it will be twenty five and occasionally eighteen but it seems to average out to twenty two minutes. I’m sure if you ask him tomorrow then he will claim he only came to ask me a few direly important questions once or twice during the day. And a week from now he will claim that when he is ill or hurting he just wants the space to be left completely alone. That seems to be his mental picture of himself. It isn’t reality, but it is the version he likes.

Today there was no walking and while I have gotten up from my desk a lot more today, I didn’t work in a workout. Tomorrow he is back to work though so I am going to take advantage of the extra work time I used yesterday to plan some extra work outs tomorrow. I’m hoping that will make up for missing today and possibly help to balance things out.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Sculpting stick

Blush: Pixi by Petra Peach Honey Duo

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism Palette

Eyebrows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Kit

Mascara: Tarte Gifted mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick topped with Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

Today I reached for the Tatcha liquid Silk canvas Primer because it was light on the skin and quickj and easy to apply. There is no waiting time really and light and quick was more or less today’s style. Plus I am never upset reaching for a Tatcha primer. It just works beautifully.

The bareminerals also falls into the light and easy category. I like the way it blends and takes down redness, evening skin tone. It does have a bit of a glow-y look. While I am getting more accustomed to this look in the cooler months, in the summer time it just makes me think of sweating so I dust it off with powder. Since my favorite powder from No 7 is at the end of it’s life I am using it all this week so that i can bit it a fond farewell and then repurchase. It is a standard item in my bag. often I have two, one for the makeup drawer and one that stays in my purse. With not going out as much after I finished the one in my makeup drawer I took out the one in my purse to use. (I didn’t want to just leave it there to linger and go bad since I wasn’t going out. I actually transferred all but a lip balm out of my purse actually. The hand lotions and sanitizers I still go through quite rapidly so they stay, everything else has been taken out. which I might need to look at soon since I am starting to go out more than I was so another switch might be eminent. But that is a tale for another time.)

The Illamasqua bronzer is performing well. I chose to use it today because it can be a light touch product. it can also be darkened for drama, but the lighter application works well with the tintes moisturizer level of coverage. It is just enough.

I decided that since i was going light I would take out the Pixi Duo. I like the blush. It isn’t going to be a favorite but it is good for a light look and I don’t mind using it. I don’t care for the highlighter side of the duo, but the blush is nice.

iMethod is my go to brow product. i did hurry today so one is a little lopsided. You need to line up the stencils and not rush that aspect. Once you get that done, you are golden.

Today I switched back to trying out the lunar beauty palette. It is not a highly pigmented formula, however if you tap off the brush before applying the product then there is also no fall out. which is nice. I will be playing around with this for a while as I try to figure out how it performs and how i feel about it.

Tarte makes great mascara and this is not the first time I’ve used the Gifted clay formula. I really like it. it works well without flaking and is great for everyday use. My favorite tarte mascara is still the Lights camera Lashes but this is still a really good formual and not the first tube of this that has ended up in my makeup.

And finally the lips. I love the Wet ‘n wild Matte formula. It does last a long time and it is comfortable to wear. While it doesn’t dry out my lips in the winter, I have found that if I am spending time in the sun it is best if I put something on top. Today I went with the Fenty Beauty Gloss bomb. The wet n wild doesn’t dry out my lips but if left uncovered the matte lipstick can look a little dry in the summer sun for some reason. With the topper there are no problems.

But now my darlings I must leave you. I have just been asked ‘how crunchy is too crunchy do you think’ and now there is movement in the kitchen. so I am off to point out that popcorn and dental surgery don’t mix. As this is the second time with this conversation i think I might hid the bags of microwave popcorn, keeping them out if sight for a few days at least. Have a great Wednesday.

Makeup Eraser

The Daily: July 25th, 2022

Can you believe we are entering the last week of July? I know in some ways it seems as though this summer has lasted forever and in others it has seemed like it has flashed by. The heat has made it just feel as though the days are dragging along without end. Yet somehow there is never enough time to get everything done.

I like to think it is because the heat makes me move slower.

I am pretty sure it is just because so many extra things have been happening. It seems like any time I start to find my footing this summer something has just sort of come along, looked at my schedule and laughed. For example tomorrow my babydoll is having dental surgery. He will be knocked completely out so I will be driving him to and from the dental visit and pharmacy. Which I don’t mind. I just though the surgery wasn’t until August. Which technically it was but they had a cancellation and asked if he wanted to move it up, which he did.

Hence the surprise.

I think the scheduling gremlins just saw I had a normal work week plotted out and decided that this was the best way to play with it.

So there is extra time in the office today. Also despite the brain boiling heat it is time to actually start thinking about the fall, back to school and soon enough I will have to write out my holiday shopping list. I try to at least get the list squared away when the dust settles from the back to school stuff. If I am really on my game then I will start picking up my Christmas gifts in the back to school sales and then use the black Friday/cyber Monday sales to knock out both the winter birthdays (there are a lot in my family) and whatever we need stocking up on for the rest of the winter season. (That way I can take advantage of the sales and get the items that need to be shipped out for Christmas ready well before they need to be shipped. I can also spread out the cost so my bank account isn’t attacked all at once which makes me feel better.)

I can already tell you, I am not going to be the early bird shopper this year. It is going to be one of those have the list ready for Black Friday/Cyber Monday kind of shopping years. I can feel it in my bones.

But at least I got up early enough this morning to get a walk in before the air turned swampy. I’m calling that a victory. Everyday should have at least one small victory and today, I am calling that mine.

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Palace Identity Eyeshadow Compact

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil Kit

Lips: MAC Love Me Lipstick

The pictures look a little more shaded than usual as there isn’t much sun today. There is a thick bank of clouds. It feels like rain. It looks like rain and I think it really wants to rain and yet, I suspect that it is just a tease. I think we will have our humidity just below the tipping point for the rest of the day so that we get the high heat and the super hi humidity but no rain.

I did go for a lighter look today with the bare minerals works for. Even though I am in shade, the bare minerals is a hair too light for my skin at the moment. Which I actually find interesting. Almost all of my tinted moisturizers are in shades for the summer because I end to reach for them more in the summer time. It is just simply too hot to have foundation on. Plus I find that the tinted moisturizers tend to melt less in the heat, behaving more like moisturizers and less like a product that will make me look like a melted candle. This is actually a shade I can wear when my tan fades. I don’t actually have any winter tinted moisturizers so while I love using this now, I am looking forward to some winter wear with this bae minerals as well. It does wear well now though and I enjoyed it.

As always I love the elf poreless putty primer and the Illamasqua blush is one that I will always reach for. It blends in well and is good for both a natural look and something built up for more drama. I tap my finger on the product and that is all I need for each cheek so this little jar will last a really long time.

I am still getting a handle on the gel sculpt stick. It feels a little wet when applied which is an odd sensation. t is lighter than it looks in the stick and it applies more subtly than I thought it would. I thought it would be bold and dramatic. Instead it applies soft and can be built up. It also blends really well. It is proving really nice for a natural look. I’ll have to try breaking out an actual foundation to give it a try in a less natural look but for now it is working well for me.

My No 7 powder is almost gone. There is a large circle of pan in the center and just a ring of product left. I think I might keep it out this week just to use it up. I don’t think it will last longer than the week. It is a staple in my makeup drawer and has been for years. It is a good powder to finish out a look but it’s chief use is to blot out mid day shine. It does this beautifully and never looks powdery. I am a very big fan. Surprisingly I have very few compacts. I have a lot of loose powders but I just tend to repurchase this as my pressed powder. I may have to do a powder inventory to see what I have once this us used up. But it is one I have repurchased for years and will definitely pick up again.

The imethod brows is now my new standard. I love that stencil. Now that I have found my brow stencil I just put them on and go. It is quite fabulous and I will use this daily unless I am testing out another product.. Even then, the stencils will be used. This is the first time my bows actually look like each other and I am a fan.

Today with the eyeshadow palette I just went for the lighter pink in the palace identity palette. It was a one and done look. I like the pigmentation and it is a nice bas shade for an I don’t want to do much look. it is soft and just enough to make the look finished.

I love so many items from Eyeko. their eyeliners are the ones I always reach for when I wear eyeliner. This mascara is good, but it isn’t my favorite. I actually prefer the Lash Alert. I believe it is a tubing mascara so it is really easy to get dramatically long lashes with that one. This is a good every day mascara though it is just a little less dramatic. Which actually makes it perfect for todays look. And the toned down shadow actually makes it pop a little bit more. I like dramatic lashes, I just don’t like false lashes.

And finally there is the MAC lipstick. I love the formula of MAC Lipstick. It is comfortable to wear and it doesn’t dry me out. And this is a good neutral shade that worked today.

Over all I am pretty pleased with how things turned out. I feel good about how things turned out. Since I now have a handle on the Palace Identity palette I will be switching back to the Lunar Beauty palette, but it was i just couldn’t resist the pretty palette. Plus I needed to watch a few tutorials. So that is me today. It is just me working at my desk today and I will be working later than usual tonight as well. I am glad that today turned out to be a comfortable look I don’t mind wearing a little longer than usual. So now it is back to work for me. Have a great rest of Monday my darlings.

The Daily: July 21st, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I am feeling much calmer now. My mother made it through her surgery and all of the invasive lump was removed. It will take a week to return results but she is fine and resting. Also in a surprise twist while I was waiting for my mother to come out of surgery, my godfather had to go in unexpectedly for a procedure of his own. he came through that fine as well and is now quietly recovering.

It was quite the day.

Nothing normal was done. Any work I attempted was just pointless. I felt better this morning now that everyone is fine, so I got up early and dove into redoing everything I messed up yesterday. I’ll probably also be working a little later tonight but somedays that is the balance. Yesterday was just not productive.

Which is fine. Life happens and sometimes you just need to roll with it. And truth be told most of my relatives are getting to the age where things happening are a little more frequent. It does make me appreciate the little things like having a normal work day.

I did have one nice and slightly unexpected thing happen yesterday. I heard a thump on my front doorstep and my order from Naturelab Tokyo arrived. They are the ones who make the clarifying scrub I talked about earlier in the week. I ordered a fill size as well as a shampoo and conditioner set. I’ve heard good things about their shampoos and I love the fact that the bottles are refillable (they sell pouches for you to refill the bottle.) Plus the mad scientist in me really likes the science lab like design of the bottles. So I figured I would go ahead and order a set since I was already ordering the scrub (and because it bumped the order into free shipping range).

The surprising part was that I placed the order Monday and it came in Wednesday. I hadn’t even checked the tracking number they sent yet. I think I have just gotten so used to mail taking forever now that I am just stunned when shipping is quick.

And to be honest, I kind of needed the nice surprise. It doesn’t balance everything else but it was a nice little boost.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

Foundation: Kristopher Buckle Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

Blush: Illamasqua gel blusher

Highlight: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlight in OMG

Powder: Zeesea Refreshing Silky Powder

Eyeshadow: Zeesea/palace identity eyeshadow Compact

Eyebrows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow stencil kit

Mascara: Black Magic from Eyeko

Lips: Yensa Super 8 Lip Oil

Today I went pretty Illamasqua Heavy. I started by picking up the contour from the FabFit Fun Box to try out today and then it spiraled into ‘what else do I have from the brand?’ I do have a couple of lipsticks, but I was feeling the Yensa lip oil today. I’m actually going to have to replace it soon as I’ve been feeling like wearing it a lot and there isn’t much left. It is one of my favorite lip oils. It has a slight pigmentation and great shine, but mostly it makes my lips feel fab.

I am kind of glad I went the illamasqua route today because I not only got to use one of my favorite blushes but I remembered I had the primer tucked away in the drawer. I really need to figure out where to put it that isn’t in the drawer. The black top just blends in so i tend to over look it. This Illamasqua primer is a clear jelly like substance. I use the little spoon to scoop out a little and let it melt into my hand. A little is really all you need. The gel goes liquid and then you rub your hands together and apply it like you would a moisturizer. It is wet, but as it dries down it becomes kind of sticky. It will grip makeup like no body’s business. just let it sit for a second to go from wet to sticky and then move onto the foundation.

I went with the Kristopher Buckle foundation stick. It is discontinued and I am trying to use it about once a week to use it up so i don’t hoard it for a rainy day. I love the stick. You can actually feel the primer gripping it when applied which was fun.

The gel blusher and highlight I love and will use until both are empty and then repurchase. Especially that blusher. That has a permanent place in my collection. Today was the first use of the contour though. It is dark enough in the stick that I was concerned. It applies really light though and blends beautifully. It has a cap to keep it from drying out which i appreciate and there is a really nice scent to it. I don’t know what it is but I would love it in a soap or body lotion. even a light body spray. It is sort of fruity and sort of floral. It disappears instantly but I really like it. It is a water based gel and it blends beautifully and feels feather light on the skin. I didn’t try building it up, since this is a first use but I will. I was just relieved it wasn’t far too dark to be honest. I like it and look forward to playing around with it.

The iMethod stencil is now a must have in my makeup bag. I love it and it really simplifies my makeup. The Eyeko Black Magic magic Mascara is good. It isn’t my favorite from the brand, I actually prefer the formula of the Lash Alert, but this is a good everyday mascara.

the Zeesea palette I bought because I wanted to try out the formula of their eyeshadow and because it was just so pretty i couldn’t resist. Today I skipped the coral and went for the two other mattes with a touch of the shimmer. I think the shimmer is going to need a wet brush application, but I really like the other two mattes. I think that playing around will give me some nice softer looks. I went in a bit heavy today. The formula is okay. It isn’t fabulous, at least not as fabulous as the packaging, but it is okay.

I also used the powder compact from the brand. The powder is a little powdery but okay. The packaging is fantastic. I’ll admit, I bought it for looks. when the powder runs out i am going to replace the pan with a pan from a different brand. I just need to find one I like that fits in the compact. I don’t mind using the powder, but I won’t purchase it again. I will however keep the compact.

And so that is me today. A little stressed but otherwise okay. I think that is going to be me until the diagnosis finally comes in. Again though, this is life.



The Daily: July 11th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today has been interesting. I went to get the mail and was very excited that one of the items I ordered from the IPSY store arrived. It was the Korres Santorini Grape Velvet skin Drink. I have been really wanting to try it out. And when I saw it for sale on IPSy I thought it was about perfect.

Now I should explain that I did purchase this from IPSY a while back, when it first came out on the site. It was somehow lost in transit and after much back and forth they finally told me it was sold out and just refunded me the money. This time when it arrived, the top had been somehow unscrewed in transit and the bottle arrived empty. The package smelled fantastic and the green glass bottle was lovely, but it was empty. So I contacted IPSY care (which meant spending way too much time with their IPSY Bot before finally getting to submit a ticket to a person.) Surprisingly they got back to me in under an hour. They asked me to confirm my details and they said they would send out a replacement.

Mostly I am mentioning this because there have been a lot of horror stories about IPSY’s customer service and replacement policy. I wanted to note down when this happened so I can follow the trail of the replacement item. I’m hoping it won’t be a saga, but I wanted a firm reminder that this replacement sequence began on July 11th.

I am impressed that they got back to me so quickly. Hopefully that is a good indicator. we shall see. As for the rest of the day, the creek was swollen and flood the park, so it was back to Yoga for my daily exercise. I don’t mind it but I do prefer the walks. Of course even without the rain it was getting too warm for walks outside. July and August the heat just makes it impossible here. And because I have the Yogaworks program I am trying out, there are plenty of workouts. I’ve been doing them haphazardly mostly so I can try them out, but I think I like it enough that in August I am going to set up a more regular schedule with it. Not only will the regular schedule be better for me, but I can really get a feel for the system.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Full coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Ayana Palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

Okay several of these products I chose because I didn’t tidy up my makeup over the weekend and they were out. I was also moving kind of fast this morning and I knew that they would work without trouble so I went with them. The Buxom Cosmetics Bronzer and the Illamasqua gel blusher are two of my absolute favorite products and I don’t really have to think too much when using them. They work without causing issues. I will put them back in the drawer and use other things, but today, they were good products that were already out.

I am still playing around with the liquid primer from Tatcha. It works well but I’m not sure if I like it more than the balm primer. That one I adore. And given the price I can only buy one of them at a time. I can’t justify both at the same time. But it is a nice primer. It fills pores quite well and is really nice to use. So testing it out this week is not a hardship. Plus I kind of want to see how long the travel size will last.

The Yensa BC Foundation is one of my favorite foundation product. If I could only have three foundations, it would be at the top of the list. This always sort of surprises me as their Silk foundation is good but not my favorite. I always find it fun that the same brand can have such different products. But this BC foundation is a total winner if you want something that blends easy and never looks caked on. The trick for me is rotating it and using other products.

I wanted to use the Ayana Palette again today so that I can do a comparison with the Cream and Sugar palette from ELF. The Natasha Denona Palette has one more shadow (silver) but I think I prefer the formula of the elf palette. and I can live without the silver. I will be using the elf tomorrow to see how I feel about it then. With testing other products it’s been a while since I used it.

The Patrick Ta mascara is still okay. I will use it and not repurchase it. Its fine, but thee is nothing special about it. I used the eyelash curler with it and that gave it a little more help, but it is just a basic mascara.

The Gloss bomb is the only Fenty product I really love and I am trying to remember to use it more often. So I have it out. It is a really great formula that really hydrates the lips as well as providing shine.

And in case you are wondering about my hair, I am trying out a new shampoo and conditioner. It is the Herbal Essences Argan oil for repair. I expected the shine and softness, but i didn’t expect the volume. It is a little fuller than I thought it would be. I am liking it, I was just surprised.

So now it is back to work for me. I hope all of you are having a fantastic day. As for me, I am feeling good and on the final stretch of a book release. The relief I will feel when this is finally out can not be underestimated. It has been an almost cursed manuscript. But soon the curse will life. Hopefully. Keep your fingers crossed.

Korres Greek Natural Beauty

The Daily: July 7th, 2022

Today’s daily may be a little short. We have a line of thunderstorms passing through and have lost internet twice today and the lights keep flickering so I fear a power failure is eminent. So This is going to be short and sweet.

I actually am somewhat amused by the fact that the weather alerts that post in my icons bar at the bottom of the screen have been alternating between Thunderstorm and Heat wave. (the heat index is 105 – actual temp 93 – today in case you are wondering) Usually rain drops the temperatures a little bit, but not today. i went outside because the wind knocked over some of my plants and I had to straighten the pots. The rain felt like bathwater. I don’t know why warm rain kind of creeps me out. I think I am used to it being slightly cooler than the air. Regardless, the rain is warm. My day has been spent working around the thunderstorm and there has been no exercise to speak of. I think the most I managed is walking to and from the coffee pot. It has just been that kind of day. So Let’s look at the makeup I used for it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Liquid Primer

Foundation: Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha Silk Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Ayana Palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

The Tatcha Silk Canvas is beginning it’s time of testing. This is the liquid version. I adore the solid balm version. This one is interesting. I can’t help but compare it as it goes on. At first it feels more liquid-y than I want, but as I massage it in and blend it out, it starts to feel like the balm version of this primer. It is an odd sensation. thus far it seems to be performing just as well as the balm version. Once I get over that initial liquid phase I rather like it. I still haven’t decided if I like it better than the solid. I am starting to see pan on the solid and am trying to decide if I want to repurchase the solid or go with this liquid version Time will tell which I prefer, but for now this one seems to be working well.

I am trying to use the Kristopher Buckle once a week at least until it is used up. I think the company is gone, although the product is still on Amazon. The reason I am trying to use it up is because it is one of my favorite formulas and I know if I don’t use it, I will hoard it for when i know I need something quick easy and fabulous. which I know I shouldn’t do, but I tend to do anyway. So once a week until it is gone.

The Buxom bronzer is a nice buildable formula. It works well with both regular foundation and a natural look tinted moisturizer which is why I tend to reach for it a lot in the summertime. It does work better with more natural looks, but it can build up to something more dramatic. It just doesn’t come out of the gate highly pigmented (which I kind of like).

This Illamasqua gel blusher is one of my favorite formulas for cream blush and I really don’t need a reason to reach for it. Just a drop blended out works well for me. This little pot will last a long time, even with how often I reach for it.

I tried the Tatcha powder in a sample when I ordered the Kissu lip mask (love the lip mask btw) and I liked the powder enough to try it in a travel size. I am also trying to use up several open powders at the moment and didn’t want to pick up a full size of anything until i ‘d cleared a couple of the almost done containers. I really like the powder. It is finely milled and doesn’t leave me looking powdery. it works well over makeup or on it’s own as i wore it yesterday. I am probably going to pick up the full size when I restock. Part of me wants to keep the travel size just for travel. Or at least pick up another one for holiday travel if I empty this one.

And then there are the eyes. I have three of the Natasha Denona Mini palettes nd I am rotating through the three of them to test. The other two are red based while this one is brown/neutrals. I am noticing that the browns are less pigmented and easier to control. With the red based palette I barely touch the brush to the lid and then I reach for a clean brush to blend because they ae so pigmented. These browns have good pigment and good bendability but i am finding them easier to control if that makes sense. I like this palette with today’s use, but to be honest I don’t see it as better than the Elf Bite sized palette with the same tones. I might have to do a side by side comparison. I love the Cream and Sugar palette from Elf. It doesn’t have the silver but it has everything else. And it works better. (It is also only $5 as opposed to the $25 mini palette from Natasha Denona). For now i am just looking at the Natasha Denona Palettes but i think a side by side may be coming up. It is a nice palette and less pigmented than the reds.

The Patrick Ta mascara is just okay. It is a good general work day mascara. It coats the lashes and doesn’t flake. It doesn’t give major volume or length or curling. I would suggest using an eyelash curler before using it. It is fine for everyday use but nothing really all that special.

And we wrap up with the Elf Sheer Slick. I love this black cherry shade and have lost count of how many times I have repurchased it for just a quick sheer wash of color. It is one of the few lip products I will use all the way up. Oddly I don’t like the other shades, but I do love this one.

And that is me today my darlings. Thunder has just boomed over head and the lights are flickering again so i am going to end this here and catch up with you again in the morning. Have a great afternoon.

Buxom Cosmetics

The Daily: June 9th, 2022

Have you ever had a day start out one way and morph completely in just a few hours? I started off nice and quiet today. I did my yoga while thunder boomed and rain lashed down. Which oddly made it feel much more exciting. I showered and dried my hair. I applied my makeup and even managed a piece of toast for breakfast before the world went pear shaped.

Apparently other people are having computer issues today. I have back up documents and am having to work on some updates on the fly today. So this is going to be a quick post. Since I’ve already been stopped twice while trying to write this, I am going to go ahead and jump into the daily makeup in the hopes of completing this post before the next revisions (I’m waiting for someone to read through the batch I finished.) So…

Today’s Look:

Primer: Yensa Tone Up Primer

Foundation: KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Cosmetics Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Exposed Prelude Palette

Mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara

Brows: Billion Dollar Brows Brow Pomade in Taupe

Lips: Thrive Causmetics lip gloss (Ashley)

I really enjoy the KVD Powder foundation but it can get a little intensely matte. If paired with a semi-glow-y primer like the Yensa it is a beautiful pairing. The only thing you have to watch out for (as with any powder foundation) is giving the primer time to settle in a bit. Also this is not a foundation where you want a super sticky primer. The powder adheres strangely and you get patchy spots. But I find that with any powder foundation. This was a good pairing and I am happy to take the KVD powder foundation out for summer. It is a great light weight summer product and for me, this foundation is back in season. I love it in the summer, but tend to think it looks dry in the winter. I think that is more my skin than anything else though. Happy to use it all summer long.

The Buxom and Illamasqua, what can I say? Two of my favorite products and because I didn’t put them away the last time I used them they were out on the table and just easy to pick up. They are both great products that I will use to pan and then reorder.

I chose the Lime Crime Palette today partially because I love it and it always looks good, but partially because I am trying to decide if I want to pick up the immortals palette. After reminding myself how good this formula is, I really do. It does mean that I need to do an eyeshadow declutter. My shadow drawer is already over flowing and I refuse to have more than I can keep in the space. I also get a little overwhelmed by too many palettes. I look at the drawer and just end up grabbing whichever is on top without looking at any other one and I really enjoy choosing from among the palettes rather than freaking myself out.

this is one of my favorite palettes for blendability, pigmentation and color selection

I actually took my brow pomade out today. there is only a little left so I need to reorder. I love the BDB formula for brow pomade. And they have added new items to their Beauty box kits. They now have more shades and magnetic brushes that go inside them. I may have to do some adding on to my kit when I reorder my pomade

And finally I just wanted a clear gloss and the Thrive was handy. It is a nice formula and there isn’t a whole lot left so I am trying to use it up.

I know that is a quick run down and I’m sure I missed a bunch, but it is just one of those days where the running doesn’t stop. The end result is I liked all of the products i used and am happy with my look today. But now it is back to work for me. Fingers crossed that all the issues are settled today and don’t spill over to Friday and the weekend. Have a great Thursday my darlings.

The Daily: June 7th, 2022

This morning started off with a thunderstorm. The thunder lightning and drenching rain caused me to snuggle into bed and hit my snooze alarm as many times as I felt I could get away with. let’s face it, I don’t like mornings in general and knowing that I didn’t have a hope of getting a walk in today just made that snooze alarm too tempting to resist.

When i did get up I discovered that in the night wind played havoc with both the garden and the lawn furniture. So I went chasing chairs and re-staking tomatoes. The Cucumber vines were like one of those inflatable men balloons outside of car dealerships, but they too were corralled.

I also managed to accidentally scare several rabbits and felines out of their rain shelters. I moved the chair, they realized their shelter was gone and ran for the hills. I didn’t see them until them moved and almost had a heart attack as they streaked past me.

Which meant I was well awake before my morning coffee.

I suppose that is the karmic balance for the snooze alarm.

I will say the rain hasn’t stopped even if the wind had died back and the thunder and lightning moved on. The rain has settled into stay. If the weather reports are rught then it is here to stay for a few days. It is making me feel very sleep and like I want to just find somewhere cozy to curl up with a good book rather than work, but as I am behind on a few deadlines due to may’s upheavals I can’t afford to just walk away for the day. No matter how much I just want to call it a rain day.

Sometimes being an adult is just not fun at all.

my hair got a dousing with the rain this morning and any attempt at volume has gone out the window. Apparently it only liked uncontrolled volume when the humidity hangs in the air instead of falling from the sky

Today’s Look:

Primer: Rodial Glass Primer

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Cosmetics Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha The silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Iconic London Sunset to Sunrise Palette

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag

Lips: Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick

One thing I love about this time of year is that I get to switch up my makeup. Yes I know the illamasqua and the buxom are year round products that I absolutely love and will reach for regardless, but I meant foundation. I get to shift my winter shade foundations to the side and pull out my spring to summer ones. It is always a delight. (Mostly because if a foundation doesn’t work for me I get rid of it fairly quickly so someone else can use it, so all the foundations I keep I really like) This Pretty Vulgar foundation is just beautiful. And right now the shade I have is exactly the right shade for me. It blends so beautifully with my skin tone and it lasts all day long with no issues. It also feels weightless. Its at this time of year where I feel like I am discovering old favorites anew.

This is one of the few true foundations that i will wear during the summer. I tend to shift into more tinted moisturizer bb cream sort of products for the summer. However this one is light enough that when I do need an actual foundation in the summer, I will reach for this one. The bottle is about half empty at this point so I suspect it will be finished out before the summer’s end. Which means I will be repurchasing. I’ll need to decide if i want to pick my summer shade or get both the summer and fall shades of this when I do. I think of it as a summer foundation because that is the shade i have and because it works so well in the summer, but since I am repurchasing I may get a winter shade as well this year. I managed to clear out several of my winter shades this year as well so there is space and I really do like this formula. The pretty bottle doesn’t hurt of course.

With the Rodial Primer, I think I have reached the conclusion that I do like the way it performs. I like the way it feels on the skin. I like the way it looks and the fact that it doesn’t clog my pores. It really is just a matter of scent. That menthol scent is strong and I do not care for it. It is however a great primer.

The Buxom Bronzer I really like as it is buildable. I can go light with it now and as the summer progresses deepen it so that I don’t need a different shade. It is a nice bronzer in general. Of course when I went to their site to look at the links for this post I saw they have what looked like a new line of plumping matte liquid lipsticks. I will be delving in deeper. You know I love my mattes, I love my liquid lippies and lets face it, I kinda dig the plumping. The trick is the drying factor with matte liquid lips. So I’ll need to hold back, get one or two shades for testing and then decide if I like them. But as I generally love Buxom’s lip formula, I have high hopes.

Today’s lipstick was from Wet ‘n Wild. I like their megalast line as the color rally lasts on it and they are comfortable to wear. if you blot after application the lip prints aren’t too bad. Towards the end of the day my lips do get a little dry but a quick hit of lip balm covers it and all is good.

The more I use the ABH Lash Brag Mascara, the more I like it. it does tend to flake after about eight hours of wear, but until then it looks fantastic. Each time I use it, it seems to get better.

On the other time, I am finding I want to reach for this Iconic palette less and less. This morning I had to talk myself out of reaching for my Lime Crime Palette. (Incidentally Lime Crime has just lowered their prices permanently. It isn’t a sale. I so want their Venus Immortals Eyeshadow Palette. I am trying to hold off until I do a palette declutter but I know soon, this palette will be mine. I just need to make space first – which is actually a good incentive for decluttering.

But I am finishing up the trial of the Iconic palette so I took it out instead. The shadow formula is nice. They are nicely pigmented and blend well. It is really the shadow colors that I’m having issues with. The shimmers are many and varied and they all look nice and work well. I really only like two or three mattes in the palette. some of the colors I don’t like, others just don’t work for me and my skin tone. It is a palette where I will reach for it for a couple of specific shadows and that’s it. So great formula, bad color choice.

And finally I am still using the powder sample from Tatcha and I probably will be for the rest of the week. There is a surprising amount of powder in this sample. It looked like it would just be a day or two but this is day two and there is still plenty. With the way the sample is set up I can’t put it in a drawer to use later so i do need to use it up. Which is not a hardship. This powder is super fine, little is needed, it feels soft, makes my skin took great and doesn’t look powdery. This is one of the best powders I’ve tried in a while. I have several good face powders but this is a fabulous one.

And that is my look for the day. It is raining outside so walking gave way to Yoga and I am fighting my own desire to take the day off in an effort to get some work done. Rainy days just call for curling up with a good book. Given the front moving in, the rain is likely to last the week. If it hangs around until Saturday, I suspect that is going to feature as part of my weekend plan. For now, it is full steam ahead into the land of e-mails and paperwork. Wish me luck!

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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