The Daily: September 15th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today was a lot quieter in some ways than others. No fire engines screaming down the street in front of my house today for one thing. Which i always appreciate. However today my baby doll was home for part of the day. He scheduled several different doctors visits today, Nothing’s wrong they are the standard check up sorts of appointments. He just has a habit of scheduling them on the same day. They were not scheduled together though. So instead of leaving the house at his normal work time, he took his time this morning before his first apointment.

A lot of his taking his time involved strolling in for conversations with me. They weren’t major conversations. He just had things occur to him that he felt like mentioning. He remembered I hadn’t made the crab dip he liked in quite a while (it is both high caloric and absolutely delicious) and he wanted to know if we could have it as a celebratory treat when i returned from my mothers. He also strolled in to ask me the name of the actor in the show he likes.

And yes that was how he put it. He couldn’t remember the name of the show. So we played twenty questions until he figured it out. which is fun but it sort of broke up my morning a bit. I caught up when he went to his first appointment and then slowed down again when he returned to tell me not only about how his appointment went but about some parking lot antics. (it is an eight slot parking lot for a two story building filled with medical offices. I’m not sure who thought that was a good idea but it has led to a more or less permanent state of war between them and the more spacious parking for the dental surgery offices next door.

After a while he left for his second appointment. I’m sure when he returns there will be another conversation. It is more an amusement than a complaint actually. He often claims that when he is home and i am still working he is so silent and unobtrusive that I can forget he is there. And if I mention his little visits he will say something like “one time, i came in one time in all the days i was home while you were working.’ And he honestly believes it. Which i just find amusing.

Especially since I spent yesterday catching up and even getting a little bit ahead. So that was my morning. I did manage to put on my makeup today. I went for a super quick five minute look though.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: One Size Turn Up the Base Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronze

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Highlight: The Beauty Bakerie Milk and Honey Palette

Eyeshadow: Lawless Beauty The Baby One Palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lipstick: Mac Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

I am almost finished with this Elf primer. There are only one or two uses left of product in the container so i will finish it out and then go back to rotating through my primers. I do have a back up of this primer in the drawer so it will be in rotation but this one is almost done. this is one of those primers that is well worth keeping around. It works so well with most foundations. They make a variety of them now but I still go for the original one as it works best for me.

Today was a quick makeup look and i am still testing out the One Size powder foundation. This is a pretty good foundation to use in a hurry. I did a quick stipple like application with my foundation brush and got a pretty good light/edging into medium coverage really quickly without it looking powdery. The more i use this foundation the more i am liking it actually. As I didn’t have the best performance with the One Size Eyeshadows it is a pleasant surprise.

I used the ABH Bronzer today as I hadn’t used it in a while. it was probably not the right bronzer for the day. It is very pigmented and wants something way more dramatic than my casual every day look. If needs a medium to full coverage foundation to stand on. I went in lightly and still had to blend out a bit more than I planned. This is a highly pigmented bronzer that wants to give you that well defined contour line. It did not want to be bothered with a low key look.

I love the Illamasqua blusher. It blends easily and I think I prefer cream products with this powder foundation. I don’t think it is as necessary to go for the cream products as it was when I tested out the Covergirl Aqua Smooth, but I think the cream products help the powder foundation from becoming powdery. It isn’t powdery on it’s own, but I think layering powder products on top could make it so. At least I seem to be liking it more with the cream products thus far in this test.

I took out the beauty bakery Highlighter palette because it always makes it through my declutters because it looks so pretty and swatches well. when applying it though it seems to be more sparkle and less glow. I may play around with it a bit more to decide if it stays or not. I don’t think it went too sparkly today but I prefer the glow highlighters rather than the glitter. This might be right on the edge. More use and observation is clearly needed.

With the eyeshadow I went for a one and done look today. Oddly this shadow I used (Shade Cozy Bundle) was a bit more patchy than the other shadows I’ve used from the palette. I managed to get it to blend out (I applied with one shadow brush and then took a clean blending brush over the top of it. Given how easily the other shadows have blended I didn’t think I would need the second brush for a one shadow look. It isn’t a major issue, but something to think about as I continue to play around with this palette.

I went with the Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara today. I like it as a good solid everyday mascara but I tend to get a little bit more length than volume from the formula. it isn’t a dramatic formula but a good everyday one.

And finally I ended with the Mac lipstick. Mac is a familiar standby and one I will continue to use. For me this is a good warm neutral lipstick. it applies well and easily. It is a buillet style lipstick so it needs to be reapplied after lunch but it doesn’t dry out the lips or do too much crumbling. It is as always a nice formula.

And that my darlings is todays look. It was quick and easy and designed more to be used at the desk or running to the grocery store than anything else. As my day has more or less involved sitting at my desk and will later involve a quick run to the grocery store (we ran out of eggs, well not so much ran out as my babydoll knocked the carton into the sink and caused an egg-tastic explosion, but we are still out). So this look works for me. But now I need to run. I hope the rest of your Thursday is absolutely fabulous.

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The Daily: March 24th, 2022

Ah, here that sound? It is the sound of the telephone not ringing. Isn’t it glorious. It has been mostly silent all day. And yes, after yesterdays everyone must call Mimsy day, I did think the ringer might have gotten turned off. But no, apparently everyone got their calls in yesterday. or my phone is just exhausted and no longer putting them through.

It has been kind of nice. I went on a long walk this morning and felt really good about it by the time i got home. It was as though in addition to exercising the fresh air simply blew the mental cobwebs away. of ciurse it also almost blew me away too. the wind was something fierce today. All of the trees in the park looked like they were competing with those blow up balloon men they have outside used car lots. You know the plastic tube attached to a fan?

It was like nature said, “I can do that too you know.”

It was interesting walking in such wind. At times it sped me along and at times it felt as though it really wanted me to work for every step. I’m sure it will balance out in the end. It is rare that wind is a factor in my exercising.

I did have to dodge a run away wheelie bin on my way back to the house. It was empty and being chased by a man clearly working from home. He had the dress shirt and necktie on, paired with superman pajama pants and socks. Not something you see running through the neighborhood often. Kind of fun. And he did managed to secure his trash can without spillage, so all was well. And I got my exercise in.

Today’s Look:

Pre-makeup: Embryolisse lait Creme

Primer: Lorac Light Source 3-in1 Illuminating Primer

Foundation: Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Foundation

Bronzer: Nudestix Nudies Bronzer stick

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: KVD Beauty Single Eyeshadow in Lolita

Mascara: Athr Beauty Big Bang Mascara

Lips: Mac Love me Lipstick in Bated Breath

I’ll be honest, today was mostly about picking up quick products that i didn’t have to think about too much. Except for the primer and Bronzer. The new primer arrived in the mail yesterday and i couldn’t resist using it. Because it is so illuminating, I ended up leaving off the highlighter. I love the way it applied. It has a sort of skincare scent to it, so I am going to have to look into the additional properties. I think this is a primer that I will have to think about the foundation I pair it with. I think for me it will go well with a matte foundation, but i think it would be too glow-y for me if I tried it with an illuminating foundation. So it will be something to watch. If you like a more glow-y look this might be something for you to look into. For me it added depth to the foundation that I really like. I will just have to play around with it.

Todays foundation was the Wander Beauty Nude Illusion. I really like this foundation. It’s sole drawback is that when you pull the doe foot wand out it splatters small drops over things. So you have to remember to open it over a cloth of some kind. Beyond that it is fabulous. Because it is my skin tone for the winter, I have been reaching for it on weekends. The reason is that I have had it for a while and it was getting low on product. I didn’t want to risk it hanging around for another summer just so I could use it next winter. As a result, today was the last use of product. So this tube of wander beauty is off to the empties bin. It was a fantastic foundation and I will be purchasing it again once i’ve whittled down my currently open foundations. This color is fair and it matches me well in the winter and edging into spring, but it is already getting to the time of year where garden chores have my skin shifting tones so perhaps it is a good thing I am letting this go. if I purchase it for winter use again I will go with fair. If not then I will have to figure out my shade. I will have to see about that when the time comes.

The Illamasqua, No 7, KVD Vegan Beauty and Mac lipstick all performed beautifully. They are some of my favorite go to products and I don’t have to really think about them. They work and they are fabulous. The Athr beauty mascara is growing in me. it takes a few coats but then everything is great and thee is little to no fading or flaking throughout the day.

And then there is the Nudestix. I like the color and I like the pigmentation. It is just not the best at blending. It wants to stay in that one line. If it can it will. When you start to blend it, it starts to disappear as though it wants to go off and sulk somewhere. I suspect it is a formula that needs to be warmed up before use. I am going to try holding it in my hand to warm it up a bit before my next use to see if it performs better. At the moment though, I’m not a huge fan. I will keep playing around with it on the chance that it is user error. Lord knows I’ve made mistakes applying product before.

And so my darlings that is my look. I was going for simple easy breezy and I think i got there. I really liked going for the one and done look with the eyeshadow and I am both sad and proud that the Wander Beauty Foundation is now going to the empties bin. Sad it is leaving, but proud I managed to use every last drop before it expired. I know, strange thing to be proud of, but it makes me happy. I hope the rest of your day is fabulous and I will see you back here bright and early tomorrow morning.

The Daily: March 15th, 2022

welcome to the Ides of March my darlings. I hope you know enough to beware. Today has been a pretty quiet one here. The only thing I have to beware is an overly full e-mail box. My inbox generally gets slammed at the beginning of a quarter and then again closer to the end, when there is still time to do things before the quarter ends for those chasing the end of the quarter and those who are early for the following quarter. Its sort of where panic and preplanning collide. Kind of fun but as I’ve typed this paragraph I’ve had to stop three times to answer text messages One of which involves a hastily scheduled meeting.

Fun stuff.

So today I missed my walk, which sort of bums me out as the weather is fantastic for walking. It’s also fantastic for biking which is why I am hauling my bike out of winter storage this evening and getting it ready to ride. There are many bike riders out there today. I can see them from my window. Thee are also a bunch of electric bikes. Have you seen these? I think they are fabulous, especially in my area where there are a lot of hills. I think that you generate a lot of the electricity yourself and it helps you over the hard bits, which is nice. I’ve been lurking on the Velowave site lately.

They have a sale, if you are interested yourself. i am trying to decide between the mountain bike and the road bike. For now I just have my regular bike, which I need to check over tonight. Even though I know nothing is near it over the winter, the tires always seem to go flat. But soon all will be well. Our local gas station has an air pump suitable for a wide range of vehicles including bike tires, and I am always slightly amused by the faces on the drivers when I fill my bike tires up there.

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Admittedly today planning for exercise might be about the extent of what I get done. I can already tell this is going to be a hard week to squeeze in my usual exercise. So I am going to have to watch my calories like a hawk.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha The Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer Stick

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil gel Blusher

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter

Setting Powder: Anastasia Beverly Hills Loose setting Powder

Brows: Hourglass Arch in Soft Brunette

Eyeshadow: Karmela Cosmetics Defiance Palette

Eyeliner: KVD Vegan Beauty Cake Pencil

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara – The entire brand is being discontinued so everything on the site including this mascara is on sale.

Lips: UOMA lip Liner in Angelou topped with About Face Light Lock Lip Gloss in Angel on Fire

Setting Spray: Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Super Setter

Today was an interesting one. We’ll start with the primer. I love this primer. I simply love everything about it. I know it was a huge favorite for a lot of people and for a long time everyone talked about it so you are probably sick of hearing about how fabulpous it is. But that’s the truth it is fabulous. Not only is the primer itself a good primer that fills in pores and leaves you with a great base for makeup, but my skin always feels good after using it. while I don’t require my primer to have skin care properties, it is always nice when they do. In addition the primer has that tatcha skincare scent which I really love and the packaging just feels so luxe in the hand. I even love the little disk it comes with to scoop out the product so I don’t have to dig into it with my hands. It really is as good as the hype and there aren’t that many products I can say that about.

I know, I am biased about primers. I didn’t always see the need, but once I passed my 30th birthday, they became one of my favorite makeup categories.

Today was a first use of the Charlotte Tillbury foundation. It is more full coverage than I usually go, which is fine. I don’t mind a full coverage product now and again and as my go to full coverage was discontinued (because Becca went out of business)finding a new one isn’t a bad idea. This did have a bit more of a yellow tint to it than I was expecting. It is one of the reasons I rolled in the ABH powder actually. It applies very white and then blends in which took away some of the yellow tone. I think I am going to have to play around more with this foundation to see how I feel about it long term. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin which I like but the shade I have is neutral so I am not sure about the yellow undertone. It is also creasing slightly under my eyes and around my mouth, more so than most other products I use. So that will have to be addressed. I’ll have to play around with it, right now I am on the fence.

The bronzing stick you know is one of my favorite products. It also suited this foundation. While it can easily be blended out with a medium coverage foundation it works really well on a full coverage one, and I am thrilled with it’s performance. The Illamasqua blusher is rapidly becoming one of my faves as well and I did want to see how it performed with a full coverage. I think it did well. I picked out the Illamasqua highlighter as well. I really enjoy it. It can be a stunning streak or blended into a soft golden hue on the high points of the face and it lasts a long time.

Today I also remembered to reach for a brow pencil. This Hourglass one is a big favorite. At the moment I mostly forget brows a my bangs are sort of covering them. I really do like the softness of this pencil though as well as the color. It perfectly suits my brows without making them too dark. It is running low so I will replace it. there are a few brow products that I reach for and this is one of the few that I love. Plus I couldn’t find the brush for my Billion Dollar Brows Pomade. These are the two products I am currently switching between.

I am still trying out the Defiance Eye Palette. Quite honestly I think Defiance is the wrong name for it. That makes it sound bold and bright. Soft neutrals is more this palette’s strength. They aren’t vey pigmented. Today I used the soft pink of desire paired with the shimmery pink of Charisma. They are nice, but not very pigmented. I had to use the setting spray to damp down the brush to get any pigment at all from the shimmers. The look was soft enough that it needed an eyeliner to actually look complete. I went with the KVD Cake eyeliner. I like the formula. It is a very creamy liner that stays where you put it. There isn’t much more that I can ask from an eyeliner. I haven’t used eyeliner in a while and since this is a pencil it wasn’t dried out. It is a good reliable eyeliner, especially if eyeliners aren’t your regular look. This one lasts without drying.

The mascara I used today was the Marc Jacobs Velvety Noir. I loved it for a long time, but alas Marc Jacobs is discontinuing their makeup line. If you are looking to stock up the site has massive sales. This mascara is half off although I think they might have actually started selling out of product. It is a good mascara byt my tube is actually almost empty. I may use it up this week and then let it go.

Lips were a combination of the UPMA and About Face. The lip gloss is too pink without the liner underneath and together they make a great pair. I know, I keep reaching for the UOMA. I will switch it up and start reaching for other products. Although I might have to hide this from myself in order to do so. It is simply quick and easy to grab. the lip gloss is fine. It looks nice but it is just kind of a basic lip gloss. I’ll use it, but I don’t see the need to by other shades from the line. And once it is gone, I won’t be picking up a replacement. It isn’t bad, it is actually very nice. It just isn’t special enough to bother seeking out.

And finally I set everything, and applied shimmer, with the benefit Cosmetics Super Setter. while it sets makeup well, it’s magic is in it’s very fine mist. There are no splotches from too heavy a spray with this one. It is a very nice mist that actually smells exactly like their primer. Which I don’t mind.

And with that, I will leave you. The phone is beeping and the e-mail overfloweth, because it is just that time of the quarter. And there is no rest for the wicked. Have a great rest of Tuesday everyone.

Tatcha

The Daily: March 7th, 2022

Good grief I desperately needed this weekend to make up for Friday my darlings. Apparently an automated control check flagged my site for violations. It took me most of the day to get to a person to look it over and decide the computer had been mistaken. the journey to find a person was somewhat perilous.

But I did, and all is better now.

Today’s work out was again a long stretch on the walking trail. The wind has picked up and you can practically feel the rain on the air, which was a good reminder to set up an indoor workout for tomorrow. And as the creeks are still running high, possibly for longer depending upon how much rain actually falls. In reality it could blow right past us and drop not a sprinkle, or the weather front could park itself for a week and flood the low lying areas again. At this time of year anything is possible.

If the weather holds off until later this afternoon then I am going to get my bicycle out of it’s winter storage and begin the process of getting it ready for the spring. I know I probably should have done it sooner, but I just didn’t get around to it. So out it will (hopefully) come today and the readying process will begin. And this year i will be remembering to wear a watch and use an extra layer of sunblock. Once that cool air starts washing past me I forget that the sun is still hot over head. And as I proved last year once I start riding my bike I forget that it is exercise and just enjoy the ride.

Good for burning calories, not so good the following morning when my thighs think that I am a monster. This year, I’m going to try to find a balance. So with a walk in and bike repair and the planning of an indoor workout, I think that I am hitting Monday pretty strong. let’s hope the rest of the week flows just as well.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Porefessional Primer from Benefit Cosmetics

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer Stick

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Translucent setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

Lid Primer: Moonlit Eyeshadow Primer

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa Mascara

Lips: Uoma Lip Liner in Angelou and Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Midnight

Today my darlings we are saying goodbye to the porefessional. It is one of my favorite go to primers, but alas the tube is now empty. It is on my to be repurchased list because I really love it. I have lost track of how many tubes of this I have gone through. The problem is I have other primers that i really need to work through. So I am going to be doing that. I want to clear away at least two more before i repurchase this. Mostly because I know as soon as I repurchase it I will want to use it. So I delay rebuying. But for now it is goodbye.

At the moment I am going through my foundations. And I know as I have been sorting them I seem to like all of the ones I have. The truth is that when I use a foundation i will wear it exclusively for a week. If i don’t like it in that week, then I general get rid of it. If it is interesting enough to play around with a little more I will keep it a little longer, but in general if I don’t like a foundation, it doesn’t stay. So I generally like all of the foundations I am going through It is mostly a recap and a decision as to what has outlived it’s time with me. This maybelline fit me is a really good drug store foundation. I have the shade 115 which suits my skin fine at this time of the year. It is a little light in the summer, but as I generally go for more BB creams and tinted moisturizers in the summer, that’s fine.

I like it but I have enough foundations I can wear in the summer that I don’t feel the need to double up on shades. It is very matte, so I probably should have put an illuminating primer under it. I just really wanted to use up the last of the Benefit cosmetics primer today. The big issue I have with this primer is the container. It has an open top and I always waste product when I dispense it. I have recently seen this foundation in a tube at Ulta so when I repurchase it I will be going for that instead. Hopefully the formula is the same. It is a great formula, I just waste product due to the open top. I do better with droppers and tubes to be honest. This foundation has very little product left and is sitting on the edge of expiration so I think that I am just going to go ahead and let it go. I will repurchase it though as it is a good drug store foundation, I’ll just puck up the tube instead of the bottle.

For the rest of my face I chose some favorites. I’m hoping to finish out this Ciate Powder this week. it is good and I already have another one in waiting. The Trestique is a long time favorite and the Illamasqua I like more with each use. It is simply a great formula.

I have to say I am actually liking the Huda beauty palette less with each use. Without the lid primer the shadows have a tendency to blend into nothing, except for the shimmers which just take over. With the lid primer, the shades are brighter but they don’t blend as well. Also the colors are somewhat misleading. I dipped into a brown shade and it turned out to be reddish. Which is fine, just not what I was expecting. The shimmers are stunning, I’m just not liking the mattes very much. Which is odd as I usually love Huda’s eyeshadow formula. There is just something about this palette that I am not a fan of.

I noticed I had purged several mascaras lately and used this as an excuse to pick up another tube of the Big Poppa from wet ‘n wild. It is a great mascara and I am a big fan. I picked up a tube as soon as it came out and used it to the last swipe. The issue with this mascara is that the timer really starts ticking once you open it. I try to let mascaras go at the six month mark (unless something happens to cause an early purge) and at the six month mark this one is ready to go. About the time when I know it needs to leave my makeup bag, it starts clumping letting me know it is ready to go. It works beautifully up until then and as I sometimes forget how long I’ve had a mascara open,. it is kind of nice to have that built in timer.

The illamasqua lipstick I love. It is a bullet style lipstick that dries down just enough to extend longevity but not dry out your lips. It is slightly more on the pink side than I would like, so I use the darker lip liner under it. This was one of those lipsticks I picked up in my quest for the perfect red lipstick. It looks the part in the tube, but is slightly pink on the lips, so the quest continues. But the formula is great and as it is only $11 I think I will pick up some more shades.

And that my darlins is the look for today. I am saying goodbye to an excellent primer and a good foundation and still wearing down a setting powder. I am also falling in love with a gel blusher and getting irritated by eyeshadow. So it was over all a mixed bag. The final look didn’t come out too badly, but it was an interesting set of products to work with. And now my darlings it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your Monday is simply fabulous.

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The Daily: March 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a fantastic Thursday. For me there was a great big long walk in the morning and a shorter walk just after lunch. I couldn’t help myself. I know the work is piling up on my desk, but it was sunny, 68 degrees and my allergies have now died down due to the lack of standing water everywhere. So I took advantage.

And yes, I know I’ll have to work a little late tonight to make up for it, but I don’t care. It was worth it, even with the looming deadlines. At least the big extra project i took on at the first of the year is nearing completion. It was one of those things that don’t look like a lot of work in the beginning and then rise like an iceberg wreaking havoc on your scheduling.

But two more weeks and it is done. which means St. Patrick’s day will be extra special this year. I’ll have to figure out something fun for that one.

But on with the day. Work out completed, paperwork in hand and tonight I am making vegetarian sushi. I’ve been practicing with my kit and things are really shaping up. And I like the sushi rise with cucumber, cilantro and avocado in it. It is super tasty and definitely something I am going to remember when our cucumber plants are producing fruits by the bucket. Last year we made homemade pickles and had tzatziki made fresh on a near weekly basis. As well as eating cucumbers in a variety of ways. It’s nice to have another quick recipe where they can be used. And yes I will eventually get fish to use in my sushi (because I do love my salmon and tuna) but we generally eat vegetarian during the week and keep meat and fish for Fridays and I really like having something something like this that I can pull out fairly easily.

And it is getting easier with practice.

Plus it is yummy.

And it is going to be a life saver in the summer when it is too hot to contemplate eating hot food. Maybe I can try serving it with the tzatziki sauce…Something to contemplate later.

Today’s look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua gel colour veil

Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Okay the Porefessional, the Ciate setting Powder and the Tarte Mascara are all in the final stages of use. The porefessional has three to four uses left so I will probably finish it out over the weekend or if not use the last of it on Monday. It is fabulous and one of my favorite matte primers. I know it is a standard and not something nifty and new, but it is a primer I have repurchased often and will repurchase often in the future. I just have to clear out a few other primers to make space for it.

Plus if I repurchase it right away I won’t resist opening it and using it and I have a few other products I need to finish up first. Sometimes shopping is about knowing yourself. I know I won’t resist opening it so I delay repurchasing.

the Ciate London is also a setting powder I will use again. I actually have an unopened jar in my collection. I need to finish this travel sized out and at least one of my open and almost empty powders before I open it. But it is a great powder and I will use it again once I finish this.

The tart mascara is nice and this is it’s last use. Today I was scraping bottom to use it. It is a good mascara and I like it. To be honest my next Tarte mascara will probably be the Lights, Camera Lashes as I like that formula just a bit better. But it is a good mascara and I would have no problem using it again. I just know I prefer another variety from the brand and that I;d purchase it first.

To be honest I chose products today that I know I like because I wanted to think more about the foundation and eyeshadow. The Elf sheer slick is a long term favorite I think this is my third tube of the Black Cherry. The Wanderess highlighter I liked so much in sample form that I purchased a full sized version, which is rare for me with highlighters. I always like the look of them but often forget to use them. The buxom bronzer is nice and more on the subtle side. It is too light for me to use once my skin darkens with the sun so I am happy to have it out now. I just know the shade I have has a seasonal usage for me. And I am thinking of purchasing a darker shade for summer use but at the moment I have several summer bronzers I can’t wear in the winter and several lighter bronzers I can’t use in the summer. I will probably use them up and pick my favorites as I clear things out, then look at getting multiple shades of the same product.

And the more I use the Illamasqua gel blusher the more I absolutely love it. I really like quite a few Illamasqua products but at the moment this is really the best thing I have tried from the brand. It blends in well, can go subtle if you want a light wash of blush with a BB cream for a natural look or be built up for something more glam. It is super easy to work with once you get used to the texture. It feels a bit like over set custard, or something you put far too much gelatin into and to use you just lightly rub your finger along the top surface. It feels like something you should have to dig into. Resist the urge and you’ll be fine. It is just beautiful to work with.

And so this brings us to the two products I most wanted to talk about. The first is the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity foundation stick. I picked this up in one of the brand’s kits a while back. I thought it was a great way to try multiple products from the brand. and I was right. A couple of the products were okay but this foundation stick was fantastic. I used up the entire stick that came in the kit, and repurchased as soon as I realized I was running low. The foundation stick I have is running low, but when I went back, it was out of stock. Then lots of things were out of stock. However the makeup began appearing on Amazon and Walmart sites. I don’t know if the brand made a deal, or went bankrupt but Amazon and Walmart are where this foundation can be found. At least on line I have no clue if it is in the actual stores. The walmart near me has a really poorly designed parking lot with routine traffic accidents so I tend to avoid it whenever possible.

The foundation is beautiful. It glides on smoothly in a super creamy formula and blends into the skin well. I have a couple of other stick foundations but to be honest this is my absolute favorite formula. It is now offered for sale on Amazon for $4.50. which is much less than I paid for mine. I’m going to be doing a little investigation to make sure these aren’t clear out items (because I worry about expiration dates) but if they aren’t this will be repurchased and because of the great formula and really now price, probably once again becoming a standard for me. I just need to figure out if it is still in production.

And now to the eyeshadow. Yesterday I used a lid primer and the shadows performed beautifully. They were also overwhelmed by the shimmer shade i chose. So today I used only matte shades and I left off the lid primer. I can really see the effectiveness of the lid primer. And I think this shadow palette needs it. Today, the shadows worked well, but blended out a lot more than I anticipated. Which is fine I don’t mind the faded look, the problem was that by this point in the day they are almost completely faded (the picture was taken just after application) I used a substantial amount of the matte blue and it is a very subtle presence. Now it is more of a suggestion. I’ll try to do a similar look on Monday with the lid primer to see how they compare. Also I am finding these aren’t buildable shadows. What you get with the first application seems to be what you get. Period. I’ll continue playing with this palette but at the moment I am on the fence about it. It will probably be my palette for next week as well while I try to figure out how i feel. I hope you don’t mind.

And that is it for me. A bit long winded but in the end I am still testing out the huda beauty palette and I now have a research project for Kristopher Buckle. I also have my fingers crossed with the Kristopher Buckle because this really is a fantastic foundation formula. I’m really hoping the brand just made a deal. I’ll let you know when I find out. Fabulous foundation shouldn’t be kept a secret.