The Daily: July 19th, 2022

Have you ever bought something because it was too pretty to resist? There is this brand called Zeesea/Palace Cosmetics and their packaging is just beautiful I picked up a powder compact from their Egyptian Collab with the British museum and it is my favorite compact. The powder is good. But the compact is fantastic.

Well in my quest to shake up my subscription boxes I found that Zeesea now has a monthly makeup subscription. I started looking into it and realized that while I love the compact, and often ogle their lipsticks, I hadn’t actually tried any of their makeup products. So I used this as an excuse to order one of the eyeshadow compacts from their Palace Identity Line.

It arrived last night and it is just as pretty in person as it is on line. I think it took about a month to reach me. And I couldn’t resist using it today. I’m going to call it research as I decide whether or not to try out the subscription from the brand but the truth is it was very pretty and I sometimes just like pretty things. I like them better if they work well, but it is very pretty.

Other than that I am dodging rainstorms today. It is incidentally why my hair isn’t looking fabulous. it has been wet several times this morning as I run around. I attempted part of a walk, this morning as it was a little cooler. The rain caught me. It caught me again when I was checking in on the garden. Since it has been mostly me at the desk working with no video call interruptions I let my hair just be what it is going to be today. I’m hoping to get a bit more yoga in later this afternoon. I just have one set of revisions to go before i can take a breather.

Today’s Look

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bronzer: Kim Chi Beauty Thailor Bronzer

Blush: Pixi by Petra Peach Honey Duo

Powder: By Terry Hyaluronic Acid Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Palace Identity Compact eyeshadow palette from Zeesea

mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Eyebrows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Kit

Lips: TYS beauty lip treat

Today was a very low key look. with the bareminerals being a light tinted moisturizer I decided to see if the Pixi duo worked better with it. It is of a light enough hue that with actual foundation products it was getting a bit lost. So I decided that this would be a good time to test it again. I also wanted to see if the Kim Chi bronzer could be toned down for a more natural look. with the Kim Chi I found that I needed to swipe the brush across the product and pat the bristles on my hand once and then do a light touch application. This managed to add just enough product to the cheeks. It is a very blendable formula so I think it is worth playing with. I do think that it wouldn’t be my first choice for a natural look, but I like that I can make it work if that is the bronzer I have to hand.

With the Pixi, the blush was fine. The peach shade with only a tinted moisturizer works well. I don’t like the honey highlight. I think it performs more like an old school white contour than a highlight. If I was going for the dramatic contour, I would put this under the contour line before blending to enhance it. I don’t do that sort of contouring anymore, and it wasn’t my favorite even when it was in fashion. I do like the blush for a light look though so i will probably keep it around for that side of the duo.

When applying the By Terry today I used a makeup sponge. It worked a lot better than the brush with this powder. There was less of a dust cloud. It is a very finely milled product. However using the sponge did tend to leave a few white spots from the powder. I used a clean brush to sort of blend them in and all was good. I like this powder, but i think that I would look into picking up a version of it with a tint if I were going to purchase in a full size. It might be my skin tone or my application, but I think a little tint to the powder would help me out.

I am loving the iMethod Beauty brow stencils. It is just so simple and easy to use. I am bad with brows and this makes me less bad at brows. What more needs to be said. This is going to be a standard. I’ll put it aside to test other products of course, but I’m pretty sure this is now what I am going to be testing them against.

And now we have the pretty palette. It is just beautiful. Today I used all of the shades at once just to test out pigmentation and blending. I went with only dry brushes. The deep pink at the bottom is very pigmented and I think I went in a bit heavy. There was no fall out though it was just a brighte pink then I wanted. I think the other shades are more subtle and I think tomorrow I will leave off that bright pink and see about creating a softer look. To be honest I don’t mind setting the Lunar Beauty to the side for the moment because i really want to look at some tutorials with it before I play around with it more. Despite the multitude of pans all my looks with it are more or less the same. So I’ll play with the pretty palette while I look into the other.

And yes, that is a justification.

Rounding out the products was the TYS Lip treat lip plumper. It stings like it is going to make your lips huge, but the difference is very subtle. I do like it as a gloss. I will probably use it until it is gone and then never bother replacing it, but it is fine as a slightly holographic gloss on days where I just want a little lip love. Today it worked for me.

And that my darlings was me today. I know I was mostly just excited that the pretty compact came in. And it is just as pretty as I thought it would be, so i am pleased. I still don’t know about the Zeesea subscription, it will be something I have to think about. But I do like using the pretty compact and the shadow was not bad. It is certainly something to think about.

But for me it is back to work now. I hope the rest of your day flows smoothly.

Tatcha

The Daily: July 18th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope your Monday is going swimmingly. Today has been a really interesting day for me. I woke up just before my alarm this morning so I didn’t start the day by being unpleasantly jarred out of my slumber. And I actually slept well last night which helped. Coffee was a tasty treat instead of a necessity and I didn’t contemplate taking it intravenously.

My Friday was interrupted my a new project and a rescheduling of a second one. As I finished and released my last book I spent the weekend outlining my next one. (very excited by it) so this morning was a world of all new starts. It had a bit of that new year’s day feeling to it. You know the ‘I’m stepping into a whole new year’ kinda vibe. I think I have been working on finishing up so many major projects that it feels like forever since I have gotten to start something fresh.

It felt amazing.

I was a bit of a slug this weekend. I binge watched the entire first season of Blood & Treasure this weekend on Paramount +. The new season just started so I thought I’d watch an episode or two of the first season to get a feel for it, and just got sucked into the entire first season. This thing has everything. A master thief working with a former FBI agent (of course they have ‘chemistry’ and ‘history’), ancient Egyptian treasures, arms dealers with spy thriller type action, secret organizations and ancient brotherhoods based in Rome, a possible supernatural angle and of course Nazis.

Oh yeah, they added in the Nazis.

I think whoever wrote this just said, let’s see what happens if we chuck a bunch of different genres in a blender and see what happens. and then add Nazi sprinkles on top.

It is a lot of fun though. You can’t take it seriously, but it is a lot of fun. I’ll put the link below. Paramount+ has a try it free link and if you are going to try it, I’d suggest running through a few episodes. The first episode in the series is pretty much the set up for all of the back stories and then every other episode is kind of a fast paced danger of the day sort of show.

It was a nice brain clearing weekend which really did help me start fresh today. So it was very much appreciated.

Today’s look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bronzer: Kim Chi Beauty Thailor Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: By Terry Hyaluronic Acid Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism Eyeshadow Palette

mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Eyebrows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Kit

Lips: KVD Beauty Epic Kiss Lipstick

This is the last week of the Tatcha liquid Primer test, but I have to say it hasn’t been a hardship to use it. It goes on like a slightly thin feeling liquid, but as you blend it in it almost feels like it thickens and fills pores while locking in makeup. It is a nice primer actually.

Thi is the second use of the bareminerals tinted moisturizer and it feels really nice. It is a little light for me at this time of year, but it is workable. this is the shade i can see taking me into the fall actually. I am at the darkest shade my skin gets right now and it still works so I don’t think I’d actually need a darker shade. For the next month or so it is going to be the season of shade adjustment. I am just never this tan for all that long so I am at the dark end of my summer products and as the heat is too much to allow much time spent outside, soon the tan will fade back a little. (then the weather will cool off just enough to allow walking time and it will darken again for a few weeks before lightening for autumn and winter. Its a process,) This moisturizer feels weightless and I love that it has SPF. I am still using sunscreen when I go out, but a little extra doesn’t hurt.

The Kim Chi Bronzer came in the IPSY bag this month so this was a first use. It is a soft formula and it needs a light hand to apply. It may have seemed extra pigmented because of the tinted moisturizer, but this is a bronzer that needs a light hand to apply. one swipe of the brush across the pan and then applied to the cheek was a deep line of bronzer that I had to blend out. It does blend well, but tread carefully.

After playing with the bronzer I went for the bareMinerals blush. I love this blush and it requires hardly any thought to use. A little dab and a quick blend and you are done. I use a finger tip. the formula feels like a powder but blends like a cream. It is one of my to three blushes.

This was a first use for the By Terry powder as well today. It is a very finely milled product. And while that does mean that it sits well on the skin without looking powdery, it also means you need to prepare for a dust cloud. If you apply with a brush, you will need some kind of clothing shield and remember to time your breath so you don’t inhale the cloud. I suspect it will be less powdery with a makeup sponge and as this month’s Boxy sent two new ones, I will try that out tomorrow. I like the way thus powder looks but it is finely milled enough to make a bit of a mess with a brush.

The Lunar Beauty Eyeshadow Palette worked well for me today. I went with all mattes. The first time I used it I couldn’t resist the bronze shimmer. And it was fantastic, but because of the softer shades in the pan the shimmers tend to take over when used, so i went shimmer free. It isn’t a super pigmented formula but it is both blendable and buildable. I like it, but I think I may have to watch a few tutorials on this palette so I can see professionals play with it since I suspect every time I pick it up i am just going to come out with slight variations on the same look. The shadows I used today are completely different than the ones I used on Thursday but if I added the shimmer it would look virtually the same as Thursdays look. So that may end up being an issue. I’ll look into it before I make my final decision.

I trimmed my bangs over the weekend. And so my brows are now visible. I have been using the iMethod brow kit and I love it. I have found my stencil and with everything trimmed it takes no time to put the brows on and make them look good. I am in love with this kit actually. (Brows have always been a weak point for me.) I like not really having to mess with them and having them look the same. Call it a cheat if you want, but I will take it. Love this kit. It is going to be a standard for a while. (oh and it is currently on sale if you follow the link in the list above).

I know I have not been impressed with the Patrick Ta mascara, but today I decided to play a bit with it. Mostly I was just so tickled by the brows I decided to take some extra time. I like the way the lashes look today but it did take extra time. There was a layer, a pause to add lipstick, another layer. A pause to put makeup away, another layer. a spritz of perfume and then a final fourth layer. After the fourth layer I decided I liked the look. The trick seems to be letting the first layer dry a little before the second layer is added. The mascara didn’t clump but it did take four layers to reach this stage. I think this is a mascara that is fine for basic office looks, or that would pare well with other mascaras, but it still isn’t my favorite.

Finally we come to the lips. I went with the KVD today. I really like the formula of this lipstick. The shade does tend to look darker in the tube than on the lips which is something to look out for. I always look at it and think wow that’s my berry shade and then it comes out a little too pink. It is a great formula that is comfortable to wear though. I may try a lip liner underneath to deepen it because it is slightly pink for my taste, but I do like the formula.

And that is me today my darlings. I am pretty pleased with how everything turned out. I am also pretty pleased with my Monday. I had a good night’s sleep and spent the day delving into new projects. All in all, a pretty good time for me. I hope your day was as good and productive as mine. I also hope the week stays this good all the way through. Fingers crossed.

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The Daily: June 16th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Have you ever had a day where everything just chugs along as expected. No mishaps, no emergencies, no surprises? Just the day quietly moving along as planned? I know it is the sort of day that once it is passed will slip through the cracks in my memory and be forgotten in a haze, but to be honest it feels fabulous.

I think it has just been such a strange spring for me. Every time I turned around there was another large must deal with event coming down. There were some high points but there were some low points but it was a very spiky looking graph because there seemed to be no mid points.

The transmission on my vehicle started to slip and needed expensive repairs. I got a commission on a project I really wanted to work on. My brother died. I received an award. My heating and air conditioning unit needed to be replaced. One of my younger cousins had twins. One of my best friend’s father died. One of my cousin’s kid’s graduated with honors. A friend got married, two friends got divorced.

I’m sure there were a few more things in there. Some of them happened to me, some around me, but this was not a quiet spring. It was a season of emotional rollercoasters. It felt more like a cork had been popped out and everything just sort of spewed forth in one big gush. I think a lot of it might have been things that were delayed due to earlier lock downs and rescheduling issues and it just all happened to land at once. But it kind of makes me appreciate the solidly steady quiet days where things just go as intended.

Today, I watered, I worked out, I showered and dressed for the day, I worked, I had a a Smoothie Box smoothie (Orange – it was delicious) for lunch. I went back to work. Then I remembered I was going to marinade the salmon we were having for dinner (we just got a Vital Choice order, in fact because it came in around the same time as the Smoothie Box we are thinking of getting one of those small stand alone coolers Nothing large, but in the summer we eat a lot more fish so we order Vital Choice more often (plus there is a huge sale going on right now, I;ll link it below) so that it is on hand and my babydoll wants more room to stash his freeze pops. Yes those plastic tubes of colored sugar water and ice you freeze. He loves them and couldn’t find space in the freezer).

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The marinade is my favorite, equal parts maple syrup and soy sauce, freshly grated ginger, a couple of pinches of pepper flakes and that’s it. I put everything in a bag so it is easy to turn after two hours and I put the bag in a bowl in the fridge so if the bag springs a leak there won’t be sticky marinade in the fridge. We are having it with roasted green beans that have a dash of sesame oil and some sesame seeds on them. Beans are in season here so you can buy huge bags locally. I roast a whole pan and the left overs will get pureed and mixed with potato so so tomorrow we will have a sort of vegetable pancakes to go with our gochujang chicken.

Yup my biggest concern thus far was making sure I had a plan to use the leftover beans I know we will have.

Ah, normality, how I have missed you.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Sephora Smooth + Blur Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: IBY Beauty Blush in Sun Kissed

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow and Lottie London Metallic Pigment

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir (the link goes to Sephora for reference but it is out of stock everywhere and discontinued)

Lips: M2UNYC Matte Liquid Lip and TYS Lip Treat Lip Plumper

Today was an interesting mix of new and old, or maybe I should say established. I started with the trial size of primer that came in my Allure. It is one of those tubes that is mostly empty. I might be able to squeak two more uses out of it. It is from the Sephora line and I have to admit when I saw it in the Allure box I wasn’t thrilled, but I did think that if it was there then maybe it was there because it was really good. It is the sort of slippy silicone feeling primers. It works well. It isn’t fabulous but it is functional. It is the sort of thing that if i was placing a Sephora order and needed one more thing to push me over a spending limit, I might add. It is not something that I would look for or specifically go to buy. It is a $16 primer so it is more affordable, but honestly I think the Elf primers are $8 or $9 depending on where you get them and they are better. So if you were looking for an affordable primer I would go there before going to the Sephora line. It does a decent job, it just isn’t rave worthy.

The Revolution Fast Base foundation stick on the other hand is a standby summer favorite. I finished up a tube last summer and then when Revolution had a sale I restocked. This was my first use this summer and I do love this foundation stick. It doesn’t need to be warmed up, blends easily and I found my perfect match (F11 in case you are wondering). It is something that I can wear now and will be able to wear throughout the summer and into the fall when my tan fades. I generally end up using up a tube of this foundation every summer.

The Too Faced bronzer, is a regular use product, it tends to work better for me when I am more tan so it does get more use in the summer. and lets face it the compact is beautiful too so it is nice to play with.

The IBY blush I saw in the drawer this morning and could not honestly remember using. I opened it and it looked untouched. It also looked like a good shade for me. I’m guessing it came in a subscription over the winter and I thought ‘summer shade’ and put it to the side. It is a darker tone and for a first use it worked well. It isn’t highly pigmented but it beldns without disappearing which is nice. I’ll play around with it and see if I am going to add it to my summer makeup, but first use seems promising.

I like the Kim Chi Powder. It is a good quality and with the powder pudd I don’t need to use all that much which keeps it from looking powdery. I did notice if I used a brush then it could look powdery, so I always use the puff with this powder.

Because I wanted to play around with the metallic foil I just used the Maybelline to give me a little darker shade towards the edges. I really do love these color tattoo shadows. It took me a while to figure out how to work with them but in the end they turned out to be fantastic. I need to figure out how to get myself to reach for them more. It is an on going problem with the single shadows. I paired them down to the ones I really like, but I just need to figure out an organizational system that works. So it worked fantastically as always. The gold was the pone I was playing around with. It is the Lottie London. When I used a brush, there was fall out. when I used my finger there was less fall out but it was a bit messy because my finger was just too large. Today I soaked a cotton swab with Setting Spray (Benefit Cosmetics Super Setter) and it was perfect. It had the rounded tip of the finger and the dampness locked in the powder so there was no fall out but it had the maneuverability of a shadow brush. I now want to try this with all of my loose pigments. I don’t know why I didn’t try it before. It was a fantastic solution and thus far I have had zero fall out.

Even though Marc Jacobs Beauty is no more, I found an unopened back up of the Velvet noir and decided to use it. I’ll try to use it more on the days when I don’t post a daily so that I am using products available to purchase if you find them appealing (I hate when I see something I like only to find it no longer exists). this was my favorite mascara for a long time, but Marc Jacobs Beauty has closed. Also I saw an article about Revlon closing too. Which I admit stunned me more than Marc Jacobs.

Revlon is declaring bankruptcy. That seems almost unfathomable.

So we end with lips. I chose the M@UNYC because I like it, it is matte and it dries fairly quickly. I wanted to try the lip plumper over it. The TYS doesn’t have a huge amount of plumping that I can see (but it does tingle a lot) and it has the same effect over lipstick as it did on bare lips. Which was what i was testing today. And it worked.

And so that is me. I was a bit long winded today, maybe with everything seeming calmer I just felt like chatting. I hope you don’t mind. I am tickled my cotton swab idea panned out and I will be trying it elsewhere. I am also thrilled I thought up an advance plan for the left over green beans. I know, not buckets of excitement, but today, that is an amazing thing. Have a great rest of your afternoon.

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The Daily: May 17th, 2022

I know I missed yesterday’s daily post and I apologize. I was just exhausted. This weekend was as horrible as expected. On May 6th, my younger brother died unexpectedly. He sat down, leaned back closed his eyes and was gone. While we will need to wait fifteen weeks to hear back for a final diagnosis, preliminary thoughts lean towards either aneurism or stroke. Regardless it was quick and hopefully painless.

While the shock threw me (and everyone else into a tailspin, the world is on a little more stable footing now. This past weekend was the memorial service which made everything real. As horrid as it was, it did provide a bit of closure which was especially important as the death came out of the blue. While grief will clearly take a long time to settle, A return to a more normal course is helping me to regain my footing. I planned to start back to normal yesterday and I made a good start.

But then I decided a destressing face mask would be a perfect break as my walk was overly sweaty due to high humidity and then I closed my eyes and was out. Luckily it was a gel like hydrating mask that could be worn overnight if you wanted and not a clay based one. I was out for several hours. While most of the mask ended up on the pillow, I did get quite the hydration out of it, as well as a much needed nap.

So today we slide back into our regularly scheduled routine. There was a walk today. It is always interesting in the spring. The humidity rises even though it isn’t all that hot and I feel like my pores have opened up and are having a good clear out. I have to splash water to rinse off the salty sweat, but at this time of year the walking always makes my skin feel really good once the sweat is rinsed away. It is as though it has purged toxins that I didn’t know it was holding on to. Of course that also results in a spate of clogged pores. It is as seasonal as my allergies. I’ll need to put some pore clearing masks on my to do list to keep things clear, but otherwise it is a good feeling.

Food has been hit or miss. Last week I nibbled but didn’t eat much, then I went home and ate a lot, more because people seemed to feel the need to feed me more than because I was hungry. It was actually a relief to have one of my Smoothie Box Shakes for lunch today. (I went with the orange one). There were a lot of heavy sauces over the weekend. They were delicious, but very heavy. More than anything it is a relief to get back to my own food.

I think I am going to try to sneak in a second walk this evening after the heat of the day breaks. I’m pretty sure half of the calories I am burning off right now are Cream of Mushroom Soup based.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Gold Rush Blush

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake powder

Eyeshadow: Tresluce La Flor De Mexico Shadow Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

When I was packing my travel bag this past week I realized there are several primers I haven’t full tested. I think several came in at the same time and I got distracted. Today I skipped the pre makeup base of Embryolisse because I wanted to treat this as a first use primer and this primer has some skin care benefits I believe. I’ll have to double check that as I dive deeper into it. I love Lorac lipsticks and eyeshadow formulas but I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of their face products so this was fun. I know I tried this when it first came in, but I don’t remember it. There is very much a skincare like scent to the primer. It glides on well and this far it is working well. I chose not to add a highlighter because of this primer. It is a bit on the glow-y side, but it isn’t overly wet looking. The wet look just makes me feel like I look greasy. I liked the way this primer turned out today.

Today I reached for the Bite Beauty foundation because I just heard the news that the brand is going under. For years they were my go to for lip products. Their agave lip mask was hands down my favorite for years. Then in 2019 they decided to reformulate everything so the brand was vegan. They released their new formula in early 2020 and as we all know 2020 didn’t go as anyone planned so it was poor timing for a release. The thing is that their new formula wasn’t that great, at least with the lip products. I’ve had excellent vegan lip products but this just wasn’t an excellent formula. So they are closing and pretty much everything on their site is 50% off. Including this foundation. this is the formula still on sale and now that I have the hang of the formula I really like it. It is one of those foundations you need to use a makeup sponge for and go lightly with instead of applying with a brush. Once I figured out how to apply it correctly I fell in love with the formula. It is very lightweight and feels and looks natural. I was really looking forward to summer wear actually. while I usually use BB creams and tinted moisturizers in the summer this was light enough I thought it would work for summer wear and I was thrilled for a summer foundation. I’ll still use it, but apparently this will be it’s one summer of use.

The Buxom Bronzer and Benefit Blush are also summer faves and it feels like i am starting to naturally shift to my summer wear makeup. I will be shifting things around in the makeup drawers this weekend so the summer wear products are nearer to hand. This bronzer and blush will make steady appearances all summer.

The Kim Chi powder is one I am really liking. Part of it is the powder puff. I think that I am going to try the puff with other powders to see if the puff application is the main reason I like it so much or if it is the powder formula. So that will be fun to play around with for a bit.

This was the first use of the Tresluce palette and the colors are really nice. They are a bit more pigmented than I expected and they didn’t blend as well as I would like today. I used all matte shades today. I’m going to see if I can get the blending to work a little bit better, but the shadow formula was nice to apply. I did have to tap off the brush as it was a bit on the powdery side, but there wasn’t any fall out during application. Over all it was a good first use.

I then finished up with two of my favorites, The Stila mascara and the elf sheer slick. I am almost out of the Elf sheer slick actually. It is a nice light formula that is a summer staple. When I replace the Black Cherry i am going to look for one that is more neutral for a natural look day.

So that was me today. I’m getting back to normal. I’m sure there will be a bit of rockiness ahead, but today was pretty stable sailing. I am sliding back into my routine and tonight, there will be a second walk, followed by bean burgers. (I make my own patties rather than purchasing them). There will be no cream of mushroom soup in sight.

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The Daily: May 9th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings, I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was …not so great. We had an unexpected death in the family and are dealing with the shock and sadness. This Friday we are driving down to deal with the more physical things. It will mean that Friday’s schedule will be thrown out of whack, but the rest of the week should be fairly normal. The photos may feature puffy eyes a bit more this week, but I am going on with the posts. Mostly because it helps to actually do normal things. As I am several states away I can only do e-mail notifications and phone calls instead of being on the scene, so to speak, so focusing on doing some normal things kind of helps.

As do longer walks, which honestly is more for deep breathing and escape than exercise.

I am very happy that I got into the habit of walking well before now because it really helps to have that physical escape. As for food, well the meal plan is a bit shaky. I made the stuffed peppers as I planned, but had no appetite last night. I ended up eating cinnamon raisin toast with a bit of butter. I think that is going to be played by ear as well. I’m certain at some point my appetite will come roaring back and I will deal with that, but sometimes life just is what it is.

While I did put on makeup today I am suspecting that the mascara was a really bad idea and may be left off of the rest of the week. I also discovered I have no waterproof mascara and will need to pick some up before the weekend. So…

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer Stick

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Highlight: Saint Luxe Liquid Glow

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

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful by The Balm

Mascara: Blinc Ultravolume Tubing Mascara

Lips: Bodyography Lip Pencil in Rosewood

The Embryolisse provided much needed extra moisture this morning when I applied my makeup as my skin felt a bit salt dried. I like the pre make up base in general, but today it was a stand out assist.

When I started to put on makeup today my first thought was to test the Saint Luxe Liquid Glow. As the last two foundations I tried out had a bit of an illuminating effect I wanted to see how it worked with a matte product. As I started choosing my products however I ended up thinking about travel. I will be going out of town this coming weekend and my mind automatically drifted towards what would travel well. The Trestique, Tatcha and Illamasqua were no brainers. The Trestique has been my travel bronzer choice for several years now actually. There is the possibility that the Illamasqua gel blusher and Tatcha Primer will join them as they both have formulas that travel well and look good for long periods of time.

I took out the Kristopher Buckle Foundation stick because I do love the formula and wanted to see if it was still the right shade for my current skin tone. I don’t reach for it as often a I used to because I am not sure about the status of the company. I always used to buy these from the KB website. Now the only place i can find them for sale is Walmart. So I am nit sure what happened there and when I have some time I need to do a deep dive. If the brand is still around I will continue purchasing this foundation stick as it is a really nice product and it travels well. It is a creamy stick formula that glides easily without being too stiff and blends like a dream.

The Saint Luxe Liquid Glow that I specifically wanted to try out with different products today is proving to be more of a soft glow than an actual highlighter. I really like it, but it is far more subtle a glow than most of my highlighters. As I really don’t like a lot of bright highlights, it is actually quite nice for me. It is just a subtle hint of glow on the high points of the face. Which is perfect for office and meetings even if it isn’t all that dramatic.

The Blinc Mascara I went light on today but any mascara was really a mistake today. And I did trim my bangs over the weekend which means I should have picked out an eye brow product since you can actually see my eyebrows again, but I forgot. (I also fell asleep with wet hair so my bangs look even more uneven than they should). I actually have several eye brow pencils to test out. I go in phases with my brows. If my bangs are short I will use product, if my bangs are long enough that you can’t see them then I just use a spoolie to comb through them. And then I tend to reach for my favorite Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Pomade instead of trying out the accumulated brow pencils I keep telling myself I need to try out or pass on. It is a great formula, but I need to try out the pencils just to decide if they are staying or not.

This eyeshadow from The Balm is proving fantastic. It applies well and blends well. It is moderately pigmented but buildable. For me that is perfect. I feel I have more control than I do with some highly pigmented formulas.

Finally I am continuing my process of working through my lip liners and I went with bodyography. It is a traditional pencil and creamier than I remembered. It lines really well but was a little thin for filling in. In the end it worked well. It is slightly drying so I did find myself applying lip balm over it. I’m rather liking the color. So that is nice.

It was a fairly simple look with an eye more towards planning a travel makeup bag than anything else. Today it worked for me. Although there will be a trip to the drug store for waterproof mascara. If anyone has any suggestions I’d be happy to hear them. I generally don’t use waterproof mascara and honestly haven’t purchased it in several years.

I know this week won’t be the perkiest of Dailies, but writing them gives me a small window of normality in an otherwise chaotic week, so thanks for putting up with me this week. I hope the rest of your Monday runs smoothly.



The Daily: May 5th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Have you ever had one of those days where you get up go through your morning routine and then as you sit down with your first cup of coffee look at your schedule so you can have a sense of your day? Today I did that, as I do most mornings. And my schedule looked clear.

It looked like smooth uninterrupted desk work for the duration of the day. Which was nice. I had a lot of work to get done and it was nice to have a long stretch of time in which to do it. I then looked at the weather and saw that it was going to be sunny today and I might actually be able to chance a walk and at least see if the flood waters have receded from the walking trail.

Then the work day started. Given that I was going to be on my own, sans meetings today I was going to go makeup free. I settled into my desk thinking, ‘Maybe a nice moisturizing mask around lunch time would be a good idea.’ I had a vision for my day.

Then I looked at my e-mail. And found there were several unexpected meetings, some requiring video. Now I know loads of people really want to see the people they are meeting with face to face, but the thing is, very little I do requires more than a phone conversation. I always spend the video calls taking notes and asking the occasional question for clarification. which is also what I do for regular phone calls, except that on a regular phone call you can’t tell I didn’t bother with makeup and might be wearing a face mask. Even if most of the call is people watching the top of my head as I write down notes.

Still against all odds, some people love video calls. So I hustled into a quick makeup look and made sure my hair was passably respectable. The earrings I chose because I like them and I am always interested to see if anyone notices the ‘hoops’ are actually octopus tentacles. Thus far no one has commented on them if they have noticed. But it amuses me. I do wish I remembered where I picked them up though. I really like them and I remember that there was a ring there I liked as well. It had an octopus head where the ring would be and then the tentacles wrapped decoratively around the finger. It was delicately done in an old gold look. I remember really wanting it but thinking that I couldn’t get away with it in the office (it was a very conservative office). And I never saw it again. I remember it striking me because it was very delicately done fine jewelry rather than the heavier steam punk sort of pieces that you usually see with octopus designs.

While I like a lot of the Steampunk stuff I am just an old school fan of Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth was my absolute favorite, followed very closely by 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Both are books I highly recommend reading. The imaginative landscapes are just fantastic.

But no one noticed the earrings or at least they didn’t say anything. And my memory search for the maker of both the earrings and the ring remain.

In addition to the surprise meetings I also have an upcoming evening I forgot about. Because if you look at your calendars you will see that today is Cinco de Mayo. My babydoll and I are meeting a few friends on the patio of our favorite Mexican Place tonight. It’s a locally owned spot with wide open spaces and fantastic food. So that was a nice surprise to balance out the unexpected meeting surprises. So this is the look I threw together when I realized I would have to see people. I will probably change out the lips and put on a more festive shirt for tonight.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: No Poreblem Primer from Touch in Sol

Foundation: Yensa BC Full Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing stick

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

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

Eyeshadow: The Balm and The Beautiful Vol 1 from The Balm

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Real Her Lip Liner in Be Yourself Be Real Her

The name of today’s game was quick, easy and looking good for a work meeting. Which I managed I think. At least no one on my calls thought I was on my way to a clown convention, so that’s a good sign.

The Embryolisse made every thing apply extra easy. I put it on, then went rounding up products and tied up my hair. By the time that was done, I was ready to apply may makeup. The Touch in Sol primer I haven’t used in a while. No real reason other than it was on it’s side and rolled to the back of the drawer. It is a good primer. It blurs pores but isn’t pore filling and it is moisturizing without being glowy. It is neither matte nor brightening. It does have that silicone slippy feeling to it but i don’t mind that as long as it keeps the foundation from settling into my fine lines, which it does.

I went for the Yensa BC Foundation over the Serum Silk one I’ve been working with for the last two weeks because I did want a final comparison and Yes I do like the BC Foundation a little bit better. They are both great products, But this Skin on Skin formula is just my preference. I’ll still happily use them both, this is just the one I’d repurchase first.

The Trestique and Illamasqua are both easy reaches and beautiful products that I didn’t have to think about. which was the point today. They worked well with the face products underneath. And as I now have the hang of the Kim Chi powder I didn’t apply too much and things worked well. Given that the Yensa has a slight glow to it I didn’t bother with a highlighter. It just wasn’t needed.

The Balm palette was fantastic this morning when I reached for it. It applied easy, blended beautifully and I think looked good. I topped off the eyes with Stila mascara. It is getting low and will soon be empty. It is one that I will be replacing asap. (I’m doing a mascara inventory this weekend to see what products I have that I haven’t used before I repurchase though, but that is because I don’t like holding a lot of extra products.)

Then we get to the lips. I don’t know how evident this is, but I have been sorting through my odd collection of lip liners trying to figure out which ones I like, which ones I need to get rid of and what shades I am missing. Today I grabbed randomly and came up with the real her one. It is a retractable liner with a really nice point to it which makes it perfect for lining the lips. It is a but thin for filling the lisp in. Based on the color stripe on the end of the pencil I thought it was a deep berry almost burgundy shade. It was a lot brighter than I thought with much more pink tones. The formula is creamy and wears like a lipstick but i am not a huge fan of the color. I think I would wear this under a dark lipstick I wanted to brighten but it is too pink for me to wear on my own. It is a nice creamy formula though so I might keep Real Her in mind when filling out my lip liner shad range. I am just not a fan of the color.

And that was me today. I know, not the most fascinating of days, but at least when I sit down I will feel justified that I have certainly earned my margarita tonight. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

The Daily: May 4th, 2022

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

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

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

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

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ciate Dewy Skin Vitamin C Glass Glow Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes in roof top tan

Blush: Illamasqua gel Blusher in Frission

Highlighter: Saint Luxe Liquid Glow

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

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful from The Balm

Mascara: Blinc Ultra Volume Tubing Mascara

Lips: Huda Beauty Lip liner in Trophy Wife

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

Loved the eyes, had issues with the primer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Daily: May 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. The rain has returned and the humidity level is high. As a result my bangs have decided that an 80s style poof is the way to go. They won’t get there without the help of a teasing comb a round brush and a boat load of Aqua Net, but they are trying. So I am doing my best to ignore them today.

I made no attempt to go outside. It was raining when I woke up, it rained through the morning and it is raining now. I’m trying to think of the fabulous germination my newly planted seeds are getting and less of the walk I will not be taking. It is the down side to building a walking trail in the flood plain. It rains, the trail floods. But I will not harp on it, even though I am still casting longing looks out of the window.

The reason it is so important is that I know on rainy days like this I always slack off a bit on my exercise. I tell myself to push hard, but I just know that I don’t push all that hard on days like today. In fact I don’t think I did much pushing in April, which is why the waist band of my jeans feels a little on the snug side. I have already accepted that on my first weigh in back I will have gained weight. I know everything got out of whack in April. I spent last week getting my meal plan back into alignment and this week I am ramping up the exercise.

Except today. Today I don’t think I pushed as hard as I could. I’ll be making up for it with lighter meals today, but I need to find something to keep me on track for the days when walking isn’t possible. Sadly I may have to go back to some sort of reward system. I had it in place for my initial weight loss plan then when i went to reward myself with something I wanted I found it was sold out and then I couldn’t think of a replacement so I let the system lapse. maybe I’ll keep the rewards in categories instead of specifics. A new pair of yoga pants instead of this specific pair of yoga pants. I think it was a pair of earrings that threw me last time. I saw this adorable pair of bumblebee earrings, but they were gone by the time I reached the reward point. nd then I didn’t see a pair I wanted. General may be the way to go on that. But that is something to figure out later. Maybe after dinner.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

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Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Concealer: Dior Backstage Concealer

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: Ultimate Glow Getter by Real Her

Powder: Kim Chi Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful Eyeshadow Palette from The Balm

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag

Lips: Trestique Lip Crayon in Florence Fig

Okay today was a fun one. First off Love the embryolisse as a base. I apply it ten minutes before I apply anything else so my skin has time to absorb the cream in and everything just flows wetter with great hydrated skin and no cakey look to anything.

I am loving the way my eyes came out today

It really helped out the setting powder today as the air is so damp. between the humidity and the cream I needed the setting powder to dial back the shine. It did sort of counteract my test of dry products though. I use the Real Her Palette today because I wanted all powder face products and it was just easiest to grab.

Normally I use this more in the summer time because it goes so well with a light tinted moisturizer natural look, but it applied well today. Ideally though this is a natural look palette. It is well loved though. Pan is showing in all three of the products and I am hoping it will make it through the summer. I don’t think it will make it past this summer so I will probably be replacing it in the fall. it is fantastic with a tinted moisturizer.

It did work well with the Yensa. This is an easy foundation to use actually and I am really enjoying it. My full review will be up this Thursday as I finish out my review.

I am falling in love with this palette from the Balm. I applied the shade Cut and thought wow that is a great all over shade, but since I am seeing how they blend I went for the darkest shade Cliff Hanger and really like the way it blended. I then used the silver shimmer of Roll Credits and it looks great. I am personally loving today’s eye look. If it keeps performing this well during the rest of the test (it is only the second day) I might just have found one of my everyday go to palettes because this was easy to reach for and has workable shades. The trick will see if I still like it next week or if it becomes slightly boring. There is always a fine line with an everyday neutral palette. We’ll have to see where this end up, but I have my fingers crossed for it.

Today I also reached for the ease of the Trestique lip crayon. I love these. This is the Florentine fig and I reach for the color often which is why it is almost a nub. It is comfortable to wear, the crayon is refillable and while one side is a matte color, the other side has a lip balm to go over it if you want a bit of shine. I am really a fan of the formula. It wears a bit like a traditional lipstick though. It won’t dry down and it will wear off. It is very comfortable to wear though.

And that my darlings is me today. my bangs are misbehaving but I love my eye look. I’d be nice if I could get the hair and makeup to cooperate on the same day, but i will take what I can get. And today, the eyes have it.

The Daily: May 2nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to May. With as much trouble as the April showers caused, the May flowers are beautiful. And of course more showers are on the way. we had on and off rain here this weekend so I did the last of my spring garden planting between rain storms. The bonus was that I didn’t have to water. We have a garden bed I am keeping my fingers cross for this year actually. It has been a battle to reclaim it from the weeds since we moved in. Last fall we stripped it out completely digging down about a foot to get rid of all the little weed rootlets. we then laid down a garden fabric to suppress weed growth and layered card board over that (a fantastic use of old subscription box packaging in case you were wondering) and then buried the lot of it in rich dirt, fertilizer and mulch. It sat all winter and this weekend I went and scattered bread seed poppy seeds. They are the poppy seeds you see in lemon poppy seed bread in case you are wondering. When the flowers are ready to seed they throw the seeds out in heaps and self seed themselves once they get started so I am hoping that the seeds will not only take, but take over. I would much prefer a bed of purple-y blue poppies to snarled masses of bindweed.

That has been one of the major house projects for a while so reaching the stage where i could just scatter seed was a major accomplishment. And now all I can do is wait and hope nature gets on board.

But with May also comes the need for the changing out of the bed linens. once we get a stretch of good weather all of the winter blankets will get washed one last time for the season, strung up in the sunshine to dry and then packed away while the spring/summer covers come out of storage. I don’t know if you have issues with blanket storage but as both my babydoll and I come from families who believe you can never have too many blankets, storage is always an issue. Until we picked up these vacuum storage bags. I picked mine up from Amazon (it is a general link, no affiliation) and they have been a life saver. Not only do they save space by compressing the blankets but my babydoll has major allergies and soring out blankets in the vacuum sealed bags has really helped. The UV of the sun kills any potential dust mites and then the vacuum seal protects them when not in use.

The park is once again flooded so I am back to Yoga today instead. May tends to be an indoor work out and then things dry out a little and I end up on the summer schedule, walking as soon as I wake up so i don’t give myself heat stroke. Even so with my muscles sore from the garden work, I feel okay with the stretching of yoga. I also feel rather virtuous for completing so many of my spring chores this weekend. Now if only my afternoon paperwork goes as smoothly, I will be all smiles at dinnertime.

Today’s look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes in Rooftop Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Iconic Illuminator in Original

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

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful from The Balm Cosmetics

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Persona Cosmetics lip liner in 90210

Today was interesting as far as testing and favorites go. As for favorites I went for the tatcha silk canvas. I have the balm formula. I haven’t tried the liquid version and I am curious to see how it performs but I absolutely adore the creme formula of this one. It is pore filling and helps lock makeup into place. It also has that lovely Tatcha skincare scent to it. I generally find my skin reacts well to this primer as well. I did want a matte primer today because of the highligher, but I’ll get to that in a moment. The long and short of it is that I adore this primer.

One of my other favorites is the Bare Minerals blush. I am always happy to reach for this one. It can be a little too intense in color in the winter (I have the shade Mauve Sunrise) but as my skin gets summer tan it just looks better and better so I will be using this a lot in the coming months. Which is no hardship. I do need to look into a lighter winter shade though, but I have a little bit of time now before that is needed.

The Buxom Bronzer is also more of a spring summer product. It is of a tone that takes me into spring and early summer but generally isn’t worn after July when I am full on summer tanned. Or at least that was last year’s scale. I ended up spending more time outside last summer than I planned. I also wanted to try a powder product today with the Kim Chi powder. On my first use of the powder I overdid it and everything looked powdery. I was just so enthused but the actually useful powderpuff in the container that I couldn’t hep myself. And over use made things look powdery.

Then I tried a lot of cream face products and it worked fantastically well with them. So I wanted to see if it was me over doing it or if it was just layering with other powder products that caused the issue. I think it might be a bit of both. With one powder product and the rest cream the setting powder didn’t look powdery when used with a light touch. I think however it is the sort of powder I will prefer with cream face products. I also think I am going to use that puff with several other powders. I do like this powder though, it just needs to be used sparingly to avoid a powdery look.

I have been trying out the Saint Luxe liquid highlight and wanted to try it against another liquid highlighter. So today I picked out the Iconic Original Illuminator which is an old stand by. It was far more glowy a product than the Saint Luxe. The Saint Luxe is far more subtle of a glow. Which I don’t mind actually. I know that using the Iconic with Natural look makeup (which is sort of my go to in the summer) is too heavy a highlighter. I don’t think the Saint Luxe will be. While I am finishing up my Yensa trial this week, I think that after the trial is complete I will be trying out the highlighter with a tinted moisturizer instead of a regular foundation to see how it performs. I have high hopes. The Iconic was nice today and I like being able to make the comparison.

The stila mascara I love. It needs one coat and I am done. The fact that I reach for it a lot means the tube is almost empty and will soon need to be replaced. But it is now one of my favorite mascaras.

The persona lip liner worked well all over my lips. It is a creamy formula that can be used as a lipstick. After a few hours though my lips do start to feel a bit dry so I add a lip balm over them. That is enough to keep the lips moist. So I am good with this lip liner.

Today was the first use of the Balm’s The Balm and The Beautiful Palette. As a first use I did the one matte all over the lids with a lighter matt in the corners look. I love the Balm formula. The brush didn’t need tapping off and the matte blended beautifully without a powdery mess. I am looking forward to playing around with this palette.

And that my darlings was today’s look. I feel like I went a little long today but I have several products I am testing out. Hopefully you found it interesting. But now my beauty break is over and I must leave you and heed the call of my inbox. It is the first of the month and and it seems everyone has a new project to start. So off we go. Have a great rest of Monday.

The Daily: April 27th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today the sun has returned, even if the temps are remaining low. The park is still flooded though. I walked down there which was a bad idea actually. The water rose with the rain and then faded back slightly which was just enough for the various crawfish, and other aquatic life that was washed onto dry land to be stranded and the stink to rise. You could also see yellow streaks on the pathway and grass where the pollen was left behind.

which meant that I hot footed it home again and took some allergy meds. I’m hoping that if the sniffles stop then later this afternoon there can be some yoga. I think tomorrow I will just plan on an indoor workout and let the allergens do a little receding as well. There is no reason to cause an allergy attack, right?

I thought about skipping the makeup today, but then I saw the red lipstick and thought, nope, I want to wear that today. So I did.

I couldn’t resist the call of the red lip

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: OLE Henriksen’s Banana Bright Face Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: NudeStix Nudies Bronzer stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: Saint Luxe Liquid Glow

Powder: Puff Puff Pass Setting powder from Kim Chi Beauty

Eyeshadow: Sandbar Beauty The Mirage Palette

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa

Lips: Elf Matte Liquid Lip in Red Vixen

I love this lipstick and every time I put it on I think that I really need to look into getting more shades of this formula. Red vixen is one of my favorite reds, but as far as liquid lip formulas go, I love this one. Especially for darker colors. It applies smoothly and dries down enough to stay put all day without turning my lips into sandpaper. I think it is the Vitamin E mixed in that keeps it from drying out the lips. It does dry down pretty fast though so you really need to get your lines straight pretty quickly. I thus far haven’t found a lip liner that I like to pair with this one, but it really could benefit from the pairing. I’m not the steadiest when applying lipstick sometimes and having those lines to essentially color in would help. However this lipstick doesn’t seep into the fine lines around my mouth, I just need the outline to keep me from looking wobbly.

I chose the Ole Henriksen primer to pair with the Yensa today because it is one of my favorite brightening primers and I wanted to see how well they paired. It is actually working fairly well. I find myself missing a little bit of the pore filling that I get with some of my other primers but thus far the foundation is holding it’s own without the pore filling. I’m always going to want more pore filling, but I don’t think I have to use pore filling with this foundation, which is good to know.

I used the Nudestix bronzer today because I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it. I think that part of my issue is that is a sample size. While there are other issues, one of my problems is that the sample size had smaller surface area during application so it draws a thinner line on the cheek. It is more defined so I have to blend it out a little more than I would with a wider stick so a lot of it blends away. Today i tried a double line. It worked better but I really had to move quickly. It has a limited window of blendablitity. It isn’t my favorite formula but I am finding ways to work with it. I suspect I’ll just keep it in rotation until it is used up and then let it go. I might actually frequently rotate it to use it up faster.

The bareMinerals blush I love. It is a great formula and one of my favorite shades of blush. I have the Mauve Sunrise and it really works well for me. It is a use and repurchase product.

The Saint Luxe is interesting. It gives a very subtle glow which I like. However it can blend in a little too much to be spotted. I m still playing with it. I think it is a product that you can wear all over your face under your matte foundation. I think that is why it is blending in more than I expected. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

The Kim Chi powder I really like. However it is definitely something that should be used over liquid and cream products and then used sparingly as a setting powder. It works really well as a setting powder but too much will really make the foundation look powdery. Light amount of product on the puff and then press into the skin. It takes off the shine without a powdery look. And I don’t mind using less because it will last longer. I think tomorrow I may try it with powder products and a little restraint in application. I was a bit heavy handed the first time. We’ll see how it works tomorrow.

I love the Big Poppa mascara, you know that already.

The eyeshadow palette is fine. This is the last day of my trial with it and I am kind of relieved. It works well, but I am just kind of bored. My full review will be up tomorrow so you can read all my thoughts then, but essentially it boils down to good formula and good for office looks but kind of boring. I think that might be why the red lip was calling to me today. I needed just a little bit of color. I have been hitting the neutrals in both shadow and lips pretty hard lately. I think I need to play around with a bit more color for a bit. Today the red lip was enough.

And now my darlings it is back to work for me. The end of the month is neigh and there is so much to do before the thirtieth rolls around. Short months always go by way too fast. I know it is technically only a day, but somehow it feels like someone lopped a week off the calendar.


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