The Daily: October 28th, 2021

Today has been a nice and calm day if I am completely honest. The weathermen threatened rain, but we have sunny skies and cool temps. Walking this morning was fantastic. It was actually one of those mornings where you forget that you are walking for exercise and just walk because it is just beautiful weather to walk around in.

Which quite frankly is the best way to get exercise in my opinion.

As I’ve worked at my desk today the laundry has chugged along in the background. By tonight I will not only have all clean clothes but the sheets will be freshly laundered as well. There is just something absolutely delightful in that first sleep on clean sheets.

Not that I let them get filthy, but I change the sheets once a week. That first night with the clean sheets always feels glorious. Also since it is cool and dry out, I hauled the comforter out into the sunshine to get a bit of air so the bedroom will smell extra fresh when it is time to turn out the lights.

Somedays it is the little things.

Even though this did take a little bit of time out of my day, I decided it was worth it. Plus I got up early and plan to work late tonight actually. I’ve also worked late the last couple of nights as I get things sorted. Not only is the month ending (which always makes things a bit busy, but the rest of the year is slowly dribbling away.

Well, not so slowly at this point.

As November is about to hit I am looking back over the things I’ve tried this year, making lists of my favorites and trying to pull together a list of products I sampled and want to try out in the full size. I’m going to have to weigh the list against the items I have waiting to try out, but I will share the lists with you. In addition to my normal posts I have some getting ready for the holidays posts coming out as the season of gift buying and personal restocking occurs. As the sales have already started I know that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. For me the next few weeks will be an eplosion of consumerism. While there is more travel this year a large percentage of Christmas items need to be mailed.

Which means they need to be purchased and wrapped so they can be mailed out in plenty of time to reach their destinations. with the postal service already being somewhat overwhelmed I want to give my items plenty of time to get to their destinations.

So soon a shopping we will go.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

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Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette

Blush and Highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: Becca Pink Haze

Eyeshadow: Little Briar Rose Palette from Storybook Cosmetics

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Lips: M2U liquid lip

First things first, I have to say I feel a distinct sense of pride. Today I finished the Urban Decay primer. It was a great primer and I loved it, but it has been discontinued so I wanted to use it up and send it on it’s way. And now I have. So long, fare well. I loved you while you were here but now must let you go.

The No. 7 Foundation is one of my favorite drugstore Foundations. There are a couple that I like actually, but this one really tops the list of them. The serum formula really blends into the skin beautifully and as it is suitable for sensitive skin it causes no problems. I always feel like my skin looks extra nice when I put this foundation on. It has a kind of glowy aspect without being a dewy kind of product. It just makes me feel like I have good lighting.

The Too Faced contour palette is an old favorite that I am trying to remember to reach for more often. I like it and I like having the variety of tones, especially at this time of year. My skin is altering tone as my summer tan fdes so playing around with shades sometimes helps me out.

I went with the Doucce palette as well today as it was quick and easy. I am really starting to like this palette. I decluttered the magnetic palette from the brand a while ago because I never reached for it and the shadow shades weren’t ones I reached for. I find myself using all thre of these blushes and all three of the highlights. This palette hasn’t been in my collection long but it is starting to grow on me.

Like the Urban Decay Primer, the Becca Powder has been discontinued. I won’t concentrate as hard on using it up as I did with the primer (I was more worried that one would expire) but it will make frequent trips to my daily look as I work through it. Clearly once it is done it will be gone. I do want to find a new pink toned setting powder that I like as much though. I think that might be my quest for the new year. It seems each year there is one makeup item I go hunting to find. Sometimes I find it, other times I get distracted. we’ll see how this one turns out.

Today I took out the Briar Rose palette from Storybook cosmetics. I don’t reach for this palette enough. The reason is that because it is so bulky I store it in the back of the drawer and forget about it. I need to find a different place for it because every time I use it I realize how much I like it. The colors all suit me and I am very much drawn to them. But the palette format, while lovely to look at is so bulky. I need to maybe use it as a table top decoration so I will reach for it more. Because I really like the shades. I actually thought about ordering more palettes from them to make a little display. Plus i like the formula. I just haven’t gotten around to looking at them. But I do need to reach for these shadows more. I love the color story of the palette and I really like how well the shadows blend. it is a really good palette, especially for me.

The Marc Jacobs mascara is always one of my favorites. Sadly it too is being discontinued. Currently the Marc Jacobs website has it at half price. I have been making an effort not to stock up on discontinued products but with this mascara it is hard. It has been my absolute favorite for a really long time. There are other mascaras that I like, but this has just been at the to f my list for a really long time and I hate to see it go. I may have to actually break my no stocking rule. I am going to try to resist though.

The M2U liquid lip is growing on me actually. The color seemed perfect with the shadows today, but i really like the formula. It is super comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry out my lips or leave lip prints everywhere. It takes a little while to dry down and it never dries down completely, but if you give it five minutes then there will be no lip prints and it will stay in place with out making your lips feel dry. This is definitely a formula I am going to have to look at more and think about picking up more shades.

Over all i am pretty happy with my look today. It is a good work look and feels comfortable enough to wear all day long. Admittedly after my walk the only place I’ve gone is to and from the laundry room, but I like to think that the fresh sheets appreciate the look as well. And even if they don’t, I’m happy with it and that is what counts.

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The Daily: September 8th, 2021

Another day without sun, but at least my good friend Beeker is keeping my Tomahawk shades for me. I know they are safe and I think they look kind of cute sitting there. So even if there is little point to wearing them today, I can still enjoy them.

Today is not rainy at least. It is overcast and the chance of sun breaking through is pretty minimal. The bonus is that it isn’t terribly hot. Don’t get me wrong, I still worked up quite the sweat on my walks today but I I didn’t actually feel like I was melting.

And yes I said walks, plural. Two to be exact. One in the morning and because the temps stayed low enough, one in the afternoon. It was fantastic.

Sweaty, but fantastic.

Over all, that is today’s big news. I know not epically major news, but as the rest of the day has mostly been freaking out because it is the middle of the week and the paperwork is piling up, it was a bit of a pick me up. I always end up having this happen when there is a three day weekend. I Start the week off Tuesday morning in my typically Monday morning fog. And then it lifts the next day and I realize it is now mid week and I haven’t caught up.

The thing is I know it is going to happen each time, and yet nothing I can do actually stops it from happening. It is the post three day weekend trauma. And no I don’t have this when I take Friday’s off. Then I do extra work on Thursdays and feel fabulous about everything. When Monday is a holiday I always feel like I’ve missed a step, no matter how much prep work I do the Friday before.

But I am handling it and by tomorrow I should have smooth sailing until Friday.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Lottie London Sunburst

Blush: IBY Sunkissed Blush

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Powder

Highlighter: Laura Geller Baked Highlight in French Vanilla

Eyeshadow: Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U nyc in Soho

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist

I know a lot of these are repeat products from yesterday. The Milk Makeup primer I still love. I have only one more use left in the tube now so I will finish it up tomorrow. It is a great primer that really locks in the makeup. It is clear so there isn’t a lot of redness coverage but makeup stays in place. I already picked this up in a full sized container, but the sample is almost empty.

The Revolution Foundation stick is an oldie but a goodie. I forgot I had it until I started doing my declutter. It is small and the tube rolled to the back of the drawer. It happens with foundation sticks. I need to work out a better storage system. I don’t have much product left in this tube so I may just keep it out and use it for now anyway. It is the perfect shade for me right now. While I love this foundation it does leave me looking a touch oily so I need to use a non illuminating primer underneath it and I need a dusting of powder over it.

The powder I used today was the Ciate London Extra ordinary powder. The powder is good but has the tendency to leave white splotches where you first touch your brush to skin. So I bank it once on my hand after dipping into the product and it works out well from there. It is a good powder, just watch out for the first touch.

Again I used the Lottie London Bronzer. I really think that coconut is going to be a killer for me. It is a good bronzer but I really hate that coconut scent. I found myself making the ewww face when I opened it and had to smooth my expression out to apply it. Which is never a good sign. I do like the light but buildable formula, just not the scent. I may poke around on the Lottie London Website and see if they do sell a non scented formula, but this one I suspect will soon be leaving me.

In looking at my blushes I found several that I received but hadn’t gotten around to trying out. One of these is the IBY blush. I’m sure it came in an IPSY bag, but I don’t remember getting it. I like IBY shadows but haven’t tried any of their face products. I think this one may be a bit on the pink side for my current skin color, but I may get more use out of it in the winter. My blushes tend to go lighter in the winter. It is quite pigmented though so it is one to be careful with.

I am likeing the Rimmel palette more as I use it. The lighter shimmer shades do need a wet brush in order to really show up on the eye but the mattes blend beautifully together. I am really pleased I found this lurking in the bottom drawer and decided to give it another chance. It is a nice drugstore palette that I think I will end up keeping around for a while.

This is the last day for the Milk Mascara though. It is a good formula and I will be picking up a full sized tube at some point, but this sample size is done. It was an effort to get a second eye done today. Despite being volumizing, I found it seems to be more lengthening that volumizing. I do very much like it and as the brand Milk Makeup is also one I enjoy, I have no problem putting it on my repeats purchase list.

I am also adding the M2U lipsticks to the list as well. This formula really is fabulous. The shade might be a little too pink for me, but I love the way it dries down without drying out my lips. I just need a few different colors. I would love to see how this preforms in a really dark berry shade. Those are the ones that seem to have issues drying down without drying me out. So perhaps a test for later.

For now, that is today’s look and how I feel about the products I used. Over all not bad. I just wish the scent of coconut wasn’t so strong.

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The Daily: September 7th, 2021

Hello my darlings and I hope you had a fabulous three day weekend. We actually took a little bit of a summer getaway. This summer there simply wasn’t time for an actual vacation so we decided that the end of summer would have to do. Friday was a half day and we ended up going to a small cabin in the mountains. It was basically the two of us in a cabin in the woods. Check in was no contact and there was no wi-fi and barely any cell service. We saw no one and really just took the long weekend to completely unwind.

It was glorious.

And the fact that it was a completely no contact weekend was really nice as when I came back there were multiple electronic warnings about the danger of Labor Day Travel. So it was a nice and safe holiday.

And when I came back I put my eSalon to use. The custom dye came in before I left, but I waited to use it until after I got back. I went with something a little bit darker and I think it worked out well. As always I love the care they put into their kits. I really like the fact that the eSalon kits also have a step by step process that it really feels like a custom experience.

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Plus I’m still working on finding a new stylist. With the eSalon, I really do like dying my hair on my own so I wanted to take care of that before I found someone to cut my hair. It’s proving harder than I thought. Plus I’m trying to decide if i should go now before things get any worse where I live (infection rates are rising) or if I should wait just a little longer for them to go down a bit.

Decisions, decisions.

But at least I got my hair dyed.

Today’s look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydrogrip Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action serum Foundation

Bronzer: Lottie London Sunburst Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Laura Geller Baked Original in French Vanilla

Powder: Elf Translucent Loose HD Powder

Eyeshadow: Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in Soho

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist

Today was an interesting mix of products for me. The Milk Makeup primer is a sample size that I found in my primer drawer during a declutter. I liked it enough to pick up a full size, but then I somehow forgot about the sample, so I am using it up. I have one, maybe two uses left in the container so I used it today and will use it tomorrow and possibly Thursday just to finish it up. It is a formula I really like and really does lock in anything layered on top of it.

The No 7 Foundation is one of my favorite drugstore foundations. It is light weight and I tend to forget I am wearing it. It also blends really well and lasts all day.

This is my second use of the Lottie London bronzer. I like the way it looks on and I like the way it blends. I am not too thrilled with the overly sweet faux coconut scent to it. It is only strong when you are applying it though so that isn’t too bad. The scent goes away fast, I just don’t like the scent. Still the bronzer seems to work well so maybe it will end up working well enough that I can get over the scent. I suspect it will end up being an occasional bronzer though as I do find the scent off putting.

the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush is one of my favorites. It is fantastic and I reach for it often. It is super east to blend and for me this mauve sunrise is an excellent color.

I am still on the fence with the Laura Geller Backed highlighter. I love the fact that it is light without glitter. I am not so thrilled by the fact that it is not the easiest product to blend. when applied with a brush it tended to leave a strip of white that was difficult to blend. I found that even though it is a powder it was easier to dip my finger in and ort of tap the finger along the area where I wanted the highlight. That seemed to apply better and create less of a stripe for me. It is still new to my collection so I’ll be playing around with it a bit more.

The elf HD Powder isn’t new but I haven’t use it in a while. I tend to like the loose elf translucent powder better than he pressed translucent powder. Somehow the pressed leaves a little too much whitecast behind while the loose doesn’t. I think I will be using this up though and getting a tinted powder from elf instead. While I like the loose powder, it is still a bit white for me as I still have a summer tan. In the winter it is less of an issue, but I think a tint to this powder wouldn’t be a bad thing.

This Rimmel eyeshadow palette was in my declutter pile. I mentioned it as part of my declutter post. However I couldn’t remember how it applied and so I decided to keep it around for a little bit to play around with it. I know I have most of these shades elsewhere in formulas I really like, but I just liked the look of it and since i couldn’t remember how I felt about it I felt that was a good enough reason for a second shot. Today I leaned into the darker shades which worked well. Not spectacular, but well. The one lighter shade I used a dry brush and it was okay. I think with a wet brush it would do better. so I will try that tomorrow as I keep playing with the palette. Right now it is possible it could go into the declutter pile again, or I could decide to keep it. I should know by the end of the week.

Milk Makeup also appeared in my mascara today as I finish out a sample sized tube of Kush Mascara. I like this mascara. It lengthens well but doesn’t do a lot for volume. It isn’t overly dramatic but a very good everyday mascara. I could easily see myself picking up a full sized tube of this in the future.

I am also impressed by this M2U lipstick. It takes a while to dry down enough not to leave lip prints, but when it does dry down it is a really comfortable product to wear. It doesn’t dry out my lips or crumble midway through the afternoon. And the full sized lippies are $7. So I suspect that I will be picking up a few more of these in the near future.

And finally the ever dwindling setting spray. There is less than an inch of spray left and I will be very happy when it is finally used up. The spray is nice and I plan to reuse the glass bottle. The product is nice as well. It is the scent that gets me though. I just don’t care for it and am very ready to not smell it any more. I think that If I use it this week, I can use it up and next Monday start the week off with one of my other setting sprays. That’s the plan anyway. It is a good product, but I just don’t like the scent.

So those were the products I used today. Some old, some new, some forgotten and some on the verge of being used up. I Don’t know why it makes me so happy to actually fully use a product, but it always does. I’m sure it is something deeply troubling in my psyche but I’ll leave that to the shrinks to figure out. For now it is back to work for me. I enjoyed my long weekend but now I am paying for it by playing catch up. Such is life.

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