The Daily: September 21st, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today is a day filled with last minute things. I am spending it wrapping up the last of my contracts that need to be done before I leave for my Mom’s house. Tomorrow I’ll do a last minute tidy before I begin my packing.

I have no expectations of it staying tidy while I am gone, but i will feel better if I leave the house clean. And so I thought today you might like to see what makeup I am taking with me. As I will only be using the makeup I take with me while I am gone, there won’t be any daily posts until I return (there will be regular reviews up). So I thought it would be nice to share what I am going to be using for the next two weeks.

I am actually taking a train case (mostly because I wanted to put my skincare and makeup in one easy to use case). Also since I will be going for two weeks instead of just for a holiday I am taking more full sized products rather than the travel and sample sizes that I usually travel with.

The train case is an old Caboodles one. I’ve had it for years and it does look a little rough around the edges from travel and there are stains inside. What I do like about it is that the case is easy to wipe down. There are actually far fewer stains than there could have been, I’ve just had this for nearly a decade and it has seen a lot of use. It is a well travelled case. Plus for the first two years it was where I kept all of my makeup. In addition to wipeable interior, this one also has metal corners which has also kept it going for a long time. The link will take you to the Caboodles site (Mine is the Medium train case) if you are interested.

But as with most things it is what is inside that counts. While i will go through the skincare tomorrow let’s take a look at the makeup now.

Primer: Tatcha The Silk Primer

Foundation: Yensa Skin on Skin BC Foundation

Powder/Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: Pur 4-in-1 perfecting powder palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Eyeshadow: Naked Honey Palette from Urban Decay and Viseart Petit Pro Deux

Mascaras: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag and Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Lips: Guerlain Velvet Longwear lip in Black Red, MAC Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath, So Juicy Plumping Gloss from Colourpop, Stay Glossy Lip Gloss from Rimmel London and Yensa Super 8 lip oil.

First I chose the Tatcha primer because it is my favorite. I know it will work and it is easy to use. While there are many primers that I really enjoy this one is my long term favorite and the one I will always repurchase. It blurs pores beautifully and works well both with my skin and under pretty much any product I pair it with. And when traveling a primer that isn’t going to cause problems is for the best. This isn’t the time to try something new.

The Yensa Foundation is also one of my top foundations. The BC foundation is just so beautiful on the skin. I tlooklike my skin but better. Even though I rotate through foundations, I have managed to use up an entire Yensa BC foundation this year. This is actually my second one of the year and I have enough product to get me through the two weeks and maybe a little to spare in this second one. I have already ordered a replacement, which should arrive while I am gone so I will have a fresh one ready for me when I return.

The Pur palette I am taking with me because it is an easy face palette to use and will travel well. I tend to travel with it a lot, mostly because it is a hard plastic case and won’t break but also because it is just easy. Pur is one of those hit or miss brands for me. There aren’t a lot of products I like from them but this palette I really do love using. For me it is one of their few hits.

The Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette I adore. It has all of the browns and golds and bronzes that ,my little heart loves to use. and the shadows work well. For me it is a fantastic everyday palette. I added the Viseart petite palette because it has some fabulously pigmented shades that are easy to work with and I thought that at some point I might want to take a break form the browns and having a few colors on hand might be a good idea.

I am taking two mascaras with me as well. The ABH Lash Brag which is very volumizing and the Benefit They’re Real Magnet which is extremely lengthening. They work well together and alone and are in my list of top mascaras. This Lash Brag has been open long enough that both product wise and time wise it won’t be coming back from this trip. I only keep mascaras a max of six months and this is nearing that time limit. the tube is also starting to feel close to empty. So I will take it and finish it up. The Benefit is new and has yet to be opened. And yes I do have a replacement ABH waiting to be opened when I return.

The brows I don’t want to think about so I am using the stencil and pomade from iMethod Beauty. While the stencils will remain in my makeup kit, I think I will run out of brow pomade during this trip or very soon after. while the stencils are fabulous the pomade is good mostly because it is the right shade for me. I may or may not replace the pomade with the iMethod pomade but I remain in love with these stencils.

And now the lips. You knew I wasn’t going to choose just one lipstick didn’t you. And In all fairness I should confess that there is a lip scrub and my Tatcha Kissu lip mask already in with my skincare. But I did think about my lip products. There is the lip plumping gloss. The Rimmel lip gloss has just a light shade that is just my lips but better. The MAC is my go to neutral. I almost always travel with a lip oil and the Yensa Super 8 is my favorite. This one is half way empty already. I have lost count of how many times I have repurchased it. And for a bold lip I am bringing the Guerlain lipstick.. Plus that is in a reusable case with a mirror which is always handy.

Of course my baby doll pointed out that it is heavy enough that it could also be used for self defense if needed. The case is a substantial and reusable metal case. It is quite fabulous and to be fair it is somewhat heavy. Not that I plan to throw it at anyone.

And so my darlings, these are the products I have chosen to take with me for my two weeks at my mother’s house. I think they pretty much cover any contingency that I might face. Into the train case it will go, along with the skincare (packed last minute). This is the makeup I will be wearing for the next two weeks and quite honestly I am very pleased with my selections. But now it is back to work for the final push to clear off the desk before I go. Have a great afternoon everyone.

The Daily: August 22nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I had a pretty good one. I spent a large time trying peppers to make paprika since they are now ripening thick and fast. I also dug potatoes and pretty much ruined my nails despite the gloves. But I do have a nice crop of potatoes and my nails will recover. Also for the first time i managed to plant melons and actually get a melon to grow on the vine. It is a cantaloupe style melon. I know, it doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment but I have planted melons in my garden, in every garden that I have ever planted actually and for some reason I always get the flowers but never the fruit.

So as odd as it sounds I am doing the happy dance over the melon.

Beyond garden chores I mostly vegged over the weekend. I watched a lot of the Star Trek’s Lower Decks on Paramount+. It suited my mood and was fun.

Today I managed an early walk under threatening skies. Rain was threatening for most of the weekend, but held off until last night. Now even though it is a low percentage, the sky really looks like it wants to open up and the air feels weighted. But I still got in the walk. I was drenched when I came back, but technically that was the humidity and not the rain. And a quick shower sorted me right out. Plus I got in my exercise. I think this week might be beat the humidity rather than the rain. We shall see.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: RealHer Powerwear Probiotic Foundation

Bronzer/ Blush/Highlight/powder: Pur 4-in 1 perfecting Powders Palette

Eye Shadow: OFRA the Signature Palette Symphony

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil Kit

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips Mac Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

Today I started with one of the primers I always keep around. It is the Elf Poreless Putty Primer. It is $8 I think and it is so worth picking up to keep around. I have the original version but they do make a variety of formulas now. I’ve tried a few of the others, but this is the one I really do prefer.

I am still testing out the Real Her Foundation so I am switching out primers. I think it worked well with this primer. The foundation is matte, but it isn’t a flat matte. It has a little bit of depth to it. I did use a little bit of highlighter under my cheeks but the rest of the products were matte and there is still a bit of a glow. I may try an illuminating primer with it to see if they can be paired or if I find it too much. But I like the way it turned out today,.

I am still testing out the OFRA Palette and today I simply used the one brownish shade and a little of the highlight in the inner corners. The brown is not as deeply pigmented as the cranberry shade, but this was still only one dip in the pan for the eyeshadow. I like OFRA shadows, but I have to admit I am getting a little bored with this palette. I think it is one that I can easily use, but not one I can use every day for a long period. I am actually kind of ready for the review to be over. I think I will end up reaching for this palette in the future but it will be for the day, not the week.

I am thrilled with how my brows came out. I do need to do some clean up with the tweezers but the iMethod worked beautifully. The Pur palette is always a favorite. It worked beautifully as always and you know i love Mac Lipsticks. This one is my go to neutral and I am going to have to replace it soon. I went with the Eyeko Black Magic Mascara to finish off the look. Usually I say I prefer the Lash Alert, which I do, but after using the Lala Beauty mascara last week, this mascara feels fabulous by comparison. I’m not saying the other was bad, but at no time did I use it and not end up having to clean up transfer from under my eyes. It just takes longer to dry and I had issues with every use. It made the Eyeko which is a good mascara feel utterly fabulous. It went on, it looked good and it dried quickly without making a mess. So today Black Magic was just fabulous. which isn’t surprising. Eyeko does really good eyeliners and mascaras. So even though Black Magic is generally second to Lash Alert in my opinion, it is still a fantastic mascara.

And that my darlings is me today. I feel well rested and slightly smug about getting my walk in before the rains returned. It has also been a really productive day so I also feel good about spending the weekend resting between bouts of garden chores. Admittedly tonight I may end up needing to do nail triage. Hopefully there will be some survivors. I hope your Monday is going fabulously well.

The Daily: July 25th, 2022

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

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

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

Hence the surprise.

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

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

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

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

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bronzer: Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Palace Identity Eyeshadow Compact

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil Kit

Lips: MAC Love Me Lipstick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Travel Makeup Bag for May 2022

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

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

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

The face products

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

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

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

Shadow and Brow

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

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

the lips

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

Sometimes it isn’t abut what you actually wear.

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

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The Daily: April 7th, 2022

Today has actually been quite nice. My work load is back down to normal levels. I had a decent amount of sleep last night and the world no longer looks like it is conspiring against me. That’s actually not a paranoia on my part, my neighbors on one side had a late night gathering and then another set of neighbors are repairing bits and pieces of their home to refresh it before putting it on the market. So it just feels like there is a constant upgrade in the level of neighborhood noise. Normally it is fine but when I am running on very little sleep thing I would normally ignore seem targeted to annoy me.

I know it has absolutely nothing to do with me. It is just my own lack of sleep irritability.

And while sleep and I often have issues finding each other, I really think the excess sugar over the weekend and the first part of the week had a lot to do with it. Once I realized it and cut the sugar back out, my sleep patterns began to get back to normal and I no longer felt that my neighbors were agents of evil sent here to destroy me. Which is a good thing as they are generally nice people.

A couple of kooks though. Like the guy who put up his own small windmill during lock down so that when the world collapsed he would still have air conditioning. I found it interesting that he wasn’t worried about food preservation or lights, just air conditioning. As though that was the one thing people were going to be forced to give up in the apocalypse.

I don’t actually talk to him much. I say hello to his wife periodically, but otherwise, I just steer clear. I’ll admit, I do kind of want to know about the air conditioning. Not enough to actually start a conversation, but it is something I think about.

Also when I say windmill, don’t think of the large scale wind farming ones, think mini golf. I think it has gnomes in front of it. His wife put them there so it would look less crazy. Doesn’t help. I keep trying to take a picture but haven’t been able to get one that isn’t rushed and blurry or when no one is around.

But that is completely off track. The point is I got sleep and feel fantastic. I also caught up on the work I was dragging on at the beginning of the week which feels even better.

And then I had something even better happen. A box from Yensa arrived on my doorstep. I talked to them about a sample of foundation for a trial and they sent a whole box of goodies. I finished up the last of my makeup removing oil yesterday so I am rotating in the CBD Cleansing oil immediately and the makeup products I will start trying out next week. If I hadn’t already done my makeup for the day I would have already started. I am so grateful to them for sending this over and i can’t wait to dive right in.

But first we have Today’s makeup.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: ELF Studio Flawless Oil Free Foundation with SPF 15 sunscreen

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/Shadow: OFRA Good to go Palette

Mascara: Athr Beauty Big Bang Mascara

Lips: MAC Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

Okay today was mostly about trying out the forgotten ELF foundation. I used the same primer to give it a fair comparison, plus I love the Elf Poreless Primer so it isn’t a hardship to use it a gain. I think there are two reasons I pushed this to the back of the drawer. The first is that it is a really light shade. I am edging out of the time period in which I can use it actually. At least not without bronzer and powder correcting it. The second reason is that while it is a good foundation, I really prefer the formula of the Acne Fighting Foundation. This is nice, but the other is just a little bit better. At least for me. I think these are the two reasons that I haven’t been reaching for this. There is still plenty of product in the bottle and it smells of sunscreen so it hasn’t gone bad. But I am getting to tan already to wear it for much longer. Since it is still good I am going to put it back in the drawer and make a note to see how it is in the autumn when I start getting my cool weather products out again. If it is still good then I will use it. If not I will purge it and just stick with the Acne fighting formula in the future. And that is mostly just a shade thing.

The OFRA palette I took out today because I recalled that it had shimmers that I liked and I thought the green might be good for Easter. (I think it is too minty to go well with my fabulous dress from Ever Pretty, but it is a nice shadow. Incidentally Ever Pretty has a spectacular sale going on right now. There are so many deals right now there isn’t space to list them but here are the top two I saw. Which if you are planning a wedding can really help out. Their quality is fantastic and their measurements, at least for the plus sizes I’ve tried on, are spot on. they also have non wedding dresses, which is what I generally order. I like to get dressy when we go out. Which reminds me that I need to order a new black dress for going out since things are opening up again. But that is again a different story.)

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The OFRA palette I don’t really reach for that often. I adore the highlighters and I really like the blush. I’m not terribly fond of the bronzer. It’s okay, and something I’ll use if I have the palette out, but it isn’t why I am reaching for this palette. (The highlights are why i reach for this palette, with blush and shimmers next).The shimmer shades are fantastic. My issue is with the mattes. They perform well. They are highly pigmented and blend easily.. My issue isn’t the performance. It is the shades I don’t care for. There are three mattes in the palette. One disappears on me and the other two look orange-y with my skin. I ended up modifying them with the bronzer to tone down the orange. I am not happy with the shadow look, but at least with hooded yes most people don’t see it. Plus I am working at my desk today and the monitor doesn’t judge.

It is a mix and Match palette, I just need to go to OFRA and order a couple of shadows to mix in that I like wearing. The shimmers are great though and I love them. I just don’t reach for it because i don’t like the mattes. Until I order replacement mattes, I might just pair it with the Storybook palette since I like their mattes. But I had forgotten hoe much I love their pink toned highlighter. The pink and gold highlighters are my favorite things in this palette. I have the gold highlighter in a single palette, I just need to pick up the pin one.

The Athr Beauty Mascara I like but I think today might be the final application. It takes so many coats of product ti achieve the look that the mascara ran out. It is nice but as I can get a better look with a drug store brand that will last six months and not a single month, I am not sure it is worth picking up again.

The Mac I love and will repurchase. I am also eyeing the Ruby shade from this line. I love MAC Lipsticks, always have. when I was first starting to wear non drug store makeup I would put a little money by each month just to buy a MAC lipstick for my collection. Then I would buy one shade and wear it everyday until it was gone. By then I was ready to buy another one. (I had very limited space at the time and generally kept only one of each type of product (One lipstick, one blush, one eyeshadow palette, one foundation – shades varied by season, etc). And even though things change, I still love MAC lipsticks.

So my darlings that is me today. A little scattered but I think I covered the basics. And some neighborhood gossip s well. Not that the windmill is gossip. And next week, we begin to try out some of the products Yensa sent. I can’t wait!.

The Daily: November 2nd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The temps are down, the sky is cloudy, but thus far no rain so I am throwing on a sweatshirt and walking. I got in one chilly walk this morning and plan another later this afternoon. This is the time of year where lip balm is never too far away from me. I have one on my desk and one in my pocket. The trick this time of year is to remember to take it out of my pocket before I do my laundry.

I lose more lip balms to the wash than any other way.

After about a month I’ll have it drilled into my brain that I need to remember to check the pockets. It’s just November that is a bit dicey. So I am using a combination of my least favorite lip balms and the lip balms that are already mostly used up as my pocket balms right now. That way it feels a bit like less of a loss if I forget.

This month is all about not forgetting things it seems. I thought I had most of my holiday shopping done and then I found there were a couple people I didn’t have as covered as I thought. Well, technically that isn’t entirely true. My babydoll said he had an idea and so I marked them off my list thinking he would take care of them and now it turns out his idea fell through. So they are back on my list. It’s not a big deal, actually. I was just feeling kind of pumped for working through most of my list before Black Friday rolled around.

I know that sounds strange, but I tend to purchase certain gifts early so there will be something mail out and then I tend to follow up with smaller things purchased later during the black Friday/cyber Monday sales. Those packages get mailed out later. It is kind of me hedging my bets with the post office. So everyone has one definite thing to open on Christmas , even if there is a delay.

It is a consequence of spending most of my life moving around the country. Not only do I have friends and family all over the place, but i am often far away at the Holidays. It is a strange system, but one I’ve developed over the years. But it does mean that this is now a week of shopping for me. The first packages need to be mailed out by the time I travel down to my mother’s at Thanksgiving this year. With the way the post office has been running I don’t want to take any chances.

Today’s look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique stick Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: KVD Vegan Beauty Single Eyeshadow (Lolita)

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers Mascara

Lipstick: MAC in Bated Breath

Necklace: Rachel Zoe Collection

Today I went super simple. I have work at my desk, my two walks and a quick run out to a local store so I didn’t want to take a lot of time. I haven’t used the banana bright primer in a while. I really like the way it gives a soft glow to the skin underneath the foundation. Actually because of it, I decided not to bother with highlighter today.

The Ciate Foundation is one of my favorite easy breezy foundations. I’m rotating it in and out right now because I want to see how long this tone suites me and if I will have to get a different shade for the winter. I use this foundation enough that I will actually keep two shades around if I need to. Thus far, this one shade is still working. While I will purchase a second shade, I would be thrilled to have only one that I need to keep year round.

The Trestique is kind of my in a hurry and I know it will look good bronzer. I reach for it a lot. I think I reach for it a lot more now because I know that this is the last of the non-refillable versions. Once I use this one up I will be picking up the refillable one so that I have less waste. I won’t waste the one i have but I like the thought that a refillable version is in my future.

The bareMinerals blush. How many more ways can I say that I love this formula? I apply it with my fingertip rather than with a brush, because it just works better that way. It blends in well and stays on all day. I really like the formual and will continue rotating it in.

Today I wanted a quick eye look (plus I am trying to remember to grab my single shadows more. This is the KVD shadow for a one and done look. I really like the color and the shadow is a great formual. The feathers mascara and Mac lip are also long time favorites.

What can I say, when time is short, I reach for the favorites that work well with no fuss. And really, these are products that simply work without a lot of fiddling about. Somedays, that is what you need. Today was that sort of day.

The Daily: October 7th, 2021

In what I’m certain is likely to become the October refrain, today’s walk was a quick dash between rainstorms followed by a bit of Youtube Yoga. At the moment I’m not following anyone specifically, otherwise I’d link it. I really do need to sit down and sort of think through some workouts as this seems to be cropping up often. At the moment I sort of look at the time and say, Oh I have fifteen minutes or oh only 12 minutes, perfect. I need to actually create play lists like ‘Arms’ or ‘Abs’ so I can focus a bit more.

Perhaps that will be a weekend goal.

For now I at least feel confident that I managed to move around enough to keep me from feeling twitchy while I work. Hopefully it will be enough to show up on the scale. But even if the numbers don’t move this week, I feel pretty good about the level of activity and my attention to calories. While I may have no idea what my snack from the Tokyo Treat Box had in it, everything else was well monitored. So I feel pretty good about that.

In fact, I just feel pretty good in general. And it is pretty good to feel good. So I am just going to hold on to that feeling.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Highlight: Ofra in Blissful

Eyeshadow: Ciate London the Trend Edit

Mascara: ABH Lash Brag

Lips: MAC in Bated Breath

Setting Spray ABH Dewy Set

I know, I’m still trying to use up the discontinued primer. Slowly but surely it is being used up. The link above will take you to the Urban Decay Primers, even though this one is discontinued, they have other primers and currently they ae on sale for 30% off.

The Revolution stick foundation I really like. I forget about it for long stretches, then use it and wonder how I could have actually forgotten about it. It is a great product, especially for travel. It is creamy and blends well. I also managed to get the perfect shade for me so at the moment this is my go to travel foundation.

I’ve actually been thinking about travel more lately as autumn sets in. I will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year so I’m having to put together a travel kit. My last travel was Christmas of 2019 I took apart my travel kit and used up open products so that they wouldn’t go to waste. Now I am actually having to think about all of the items going into the new bag. I’m also going to have to look at replacing my travel bag soon. I know, I keep promising myself that I will and then I forget about it when I am not traveling, and then when I am traveling I remind myself to do it once the traveling stops.

It is an endless cycle and one that I am going to break. I’ve actually been debating between the Navy Collection and the Gray red vacationer bag from Kusshi. I just like the look of them and the functionality of the bags. At the moment the vacationer bag with the organizer is on sale so that may end up deciding me as I really like their organizers as well. I ended up getting one of their limited edition animal print bags for my mom a few years back and she absolutely loves it. It has worn really well.

https://www.kusshi.com/collections/sale/products/copy-of-makeup-bag-organizer-grey-leather

Not that i actually used my mom as a test case. She just needed a new makeup bag and I thought she would like this one. Which she does. I just got the added benefit of seeing it in action.

But speaking of travel, that is one of the thoughts that caused me to pull out the Ciate palette today. This is a little square palette with a hard plastic case. I like the hard case for traveling shadows. And these are both really nice shadows and a good general mix. The mattes are all in the brown and reddish brown category, but the shimmers are more varied so it can be used as an everyday kind of palette or the shimmers can be used to punch up the colors. I used dry brushes today but with wet brushes these shimmers really pop. It is definitely a good contender for this year’s travel palette.

Today for the setting spray I used the ABH Dewy set. While I like the way the cap locks into place I am not sure I would repurchase this. The mist is a bit heavy and the coconut scent is pretty strong. It works well, but between the spray and the scent, I think this is one product i will be using and not repurchasing.

And with that, it is back to work for me. I hope you are having a good Thursday as well my darlings, because I really do feel good in my skin today and I think that everyone should have that feeling as well. I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow with the weekly weigh in.

The Daily: August 17th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today, the rain has come. It came down in fits and spurts yesterday but I managed to get a short walk in between the showers. Today, there was no possibility of that happening. It rained steadily throughout the night and the pace the rain is holding now is likely to last throughout the rest of the day. Curtesy of the Tropical Storm Fred, of course.

There will be no walking.

I do however feel less paranoid about skipping the gym for the moment as yesterday they announced they were going to be shut down today for a deep clean. So first of all, I wouldn’t have been able to get to the gym anyway. Second I heard from a friend of mine who also goes to the gym that three trainers and a couple of members got sick.

So again, I feel less paranoid.

Today I will probably not go out at all anyway. Since we haven’t had rain for a while but have had a very high heat, the ground around here is baked to a solid brick. So we have lots of flash flooding as the water just rolls right off the ground instead of absorbing. Our area is riddled with creeks, most of which have now flooded their banks.

It’s a good day to stay home and work. Maybe I’ll break out my weights later when I need to move around for a bit. That’s one thing that no one tells you. Once you start working out and moving more in an effort to lose weight, your body gets used to the movement. When you suddenly don’t have the movement, you find yourself getting antsy if you sit for too long. Or at least I do. So hand weights, crunches on the yoga mat and maybe even a few jumping jacks and squats. Hopefully that will make up for the lack of movement throughout the day.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Vesca Soft sun Radiant Skin Primer

Foundation: Purlisse Radiant Glow Illuminating BB Cream

Powder: Smashbox Photo Finish

Bronzer: NARS Bronzer in Laguna

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

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Highlighter: About Face Light Lock Highlight Fluid is Shaken or Stirred

Eyeshadow: Norvina Vol. 1

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: MAC in Bated Breath

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Face mist

Today turned out to be a lot more glowy than I am used to. I feel very shiny actually. I saw the Vesca Primer (which came in August’s Boxy Charm Premium) and I realized I hadn’t tried it yet. So I decided today was the day for the first impression. I’ve actually never tried the brand before. In fact until it was featured in Boxycharm I had never heard of the brand and still know nothing about it.I dispensed the primer onto my hand and thought wow that’s bright. It has an iridescent sheen to it and wen applied, my skin was brightened and a little on the dewy side. It applies well and feels nice on the skin. It is a thinner formula and applies a bit like a water cream. I think that if I applied one of my regular foundations over it, I would have been fine, but I am using the Purlisse Radiant Glow this week.

Two radiant products are a bit much for me. I almost felt like I didn’t need a highlighter but I used a tiny smidge of the About Face anyway. Very little actually as I already felt very shiny.

The powder products helped bring down the shine a bit but in the future I think I will wear the Vesca under a matte foundation. I think there, it could give more depth to the matte. Likewise I will wear a matte primer under the Purlisse radiant glow.

Today was mostly about the eyes. Or more importantly the Norvina palette. Yesterday I used my regular brushes and with the intense pigment I felt like I was just splashing it all about. I felt very messy. Today I actually used only one brush. It was the LaRuce Tapered blending LR007. (I used a color switch to change colors)

The double oh seven worked well for me today. It blends well, but it is smaller than most of my other blending brushes. The smaller brush really helped me control the shadows and their placement. Aldo I dipped into the pan and tapped twice to shake off any loose pigment before lifting the brush to my eye. The double tap really helped me not coat the side of my nose with color as well. I kind of like how it turned out today. I was already feeling shiny so I stuck with mattes. I like how well they blended together. Over all I am quite pleased. I did have to slow down, use the smaller brush and double tap the brush before applying, but if I did, things went well. Perhaps if I possessed the skills of a MUA I would not need such tricks, but as my chosen art form involves words, I needed the assistance.

Today I opened the ABH Lash Brag Mascara. I wasn’t going to but when I went for my Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa, the tube was so empty that it couldn’t be used. So I figured if another mascara was going in the bin, I could go ahead and open a new one. I will have to do a fallen mascara review. I was impressed with the Lash Brag actually. It went on easily, lifted, separated and lengthened well. It was dramatic enough to wear with the pigmented eyeshadow as well. Over all, I’m rather pleased with its first performance. It did quite well.

Today was an interesting mix for me. My face feels brighter and I have to resist the urge to blot my face with powder. I feel shiny and the urge is strong. However I did not pass many mirrors today so it was relatively easy to ignore. But now it is back to work for me. It is the day where the to do list looks longer than the hours available I am afraid. And so it is time to dive back in. I hope that whatever you are doing today, the rest of your day flows smoothly along.

bareMinerals

The Daily: July 26th, 2021

Success! Well partially, at least as far as creative driving goes. Today i managed to get myself in gear early enough to beat the construction traffic and so it took only the normal amount of drive time to get to the gym. I am going to have to play around with the drive back though as it was a full forty-five minutes.

I know some of you are thinking that forty-five minutes is fantastic and that your drive anywhere takes longer, but when the drive usually takes eighteen minutes, the forty-five feels like a lot. But at least I managed one end of the drie successfully. And I got in my monday workout as planned.

As just the thought of walking outside sends sweat rolling down my spine, the walking trail isn’t really an option today.

I’m doing fairly good on my calories today. Lunch ended up being a tomato basil salad. It was going to have Mozzarella in it but after even a brief period outside I just couldn’t face dairy. I know those of you who know me well are gasping in shock. I am oh so fond of cheese of all varieties. But this is one of those days where lighter is better and anything heavier is going to come after the sun goes down. and even then, it is debatable. So it was tomato and basil salad with a few dashes of balsamic and a sprinkle of truffle salt. The slight eartiness in the salt makes if feel oddly more satisfying than without, even though it is really a very light touch. I don’t use a lot, because I am not using a lot of salt, but as odd as it sounds, that tiny little earthy note helps trick my brain into thinking that I just ate something much heartier than I did.

and I will take all the tricks i can get.

Before I get into today’s look, I just want to say, I am very happy with the way my skin looks today. I know that is an odd segway as I usually discuss skincare on Friday’s with the line up, but My Friday Face Mask was a Pore refining one from Go-To SkinCare (The Removalist). It is supposed to clear out pores. I felt very happy with it after using it Friday, but pore clearing masks are often best seen a few days after. I used the mask friday and then used a hyaluronic acid serum right after. The next day I used a light physical exfoliator (I tend to use them only once a month or so). And today I feel like my skin looks really nice. Which is the best look of all.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Undercover Blur Perfector

  • currently on sale for $19.50 (down from $39)

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Powder/Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: PUR 4-in-1 perfecting Powders face palette

Brows: Billion Dollar Beauty brow cream in taupe

Eyeshadow: Golden Hour Palette from Beauty for Real

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers

Lipstick: MAC Bated Breath

Setting Spray: ABH Dewy Set

Jewelry: Mariz Jewelry

Today I went quick and easy with most of the products, choosing ones I know and love like PUR palette, Marc Jacobs Primer and Elf Foundation. The Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Cream is also very much growing on me. And you know I love The Feathers Mascara. The two things I wa testing today were the Beauty for Real eyeshadow palette and the ABH Setting spray.

With the palette, the mattes blended well but dropped a lot of excess powder everywhere and the shimmers needed a damp brush to really shine. I’ll be playing with it throughout the week but thus far i like the way it blends but I’m not so thrilled with the fall out. we’ll see how it works.

With regards to the setting spray. I have been using the ABH Dewy Set with the ABH setting powder. The powder is a little powdery so I wasn’t sure if the dewy spray was just offsetting the powderyness of the powder or if it was a kind of dewy I could live with when I didn’t need to tame down the powder. If that makes sense. Today I just used the powder in the PUR palette. It is a good powder that doesn’t need something to settle it down. While the ABH Dewy Spray does have a bit of a shine to it, it is more of a fresh faced look rather than an overly dewy wet kind of look.

While I like the spray and I don’t mind the dewiness, I think this spray is one that I will like even more when my skin enters it’s winter dry phase. Then matte products tend to make me look dry and a spray like this could come in handy. I like it now, but I think I will like it even more later. Which is a very good thing to know.

Over all I am very pleased with how my look turned out today. My hair is clipped up to keep me cool, but the earrings are a little bit of shine to make my Monday sparkle. Over all, not to shabby. Admittedly, I am mostly really happy with my skin at the moment, so I would probably be happy with most products today. Good skin days make most makeup an easy sell. Luckily most of the items I’ve sued enough before to know I like them even when my skin is acting up. I just like them better now.

Challans de Paris

The Daily: July 14th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings. or should I say, Happy Bastille day. I just received an Email from Klorane announcing the one Day Bastile Sale they have going on so I thought I’d let you know before I forget. The deal is listed below but this link will take you to the site.

Today has been a good day for me. I made my to do list and have been checking items off left and right. Unfortunately I left my walk to a little bit later than I should have and came home a sweaty mess. The temps may technically be down a bit but the humidity. Oh my darlings the humidity is what kills you.

I feel a bit like a dehydrated camel. I’ve gone through two of the Soda Stream bottles just trying to bring my hydration levels back to even. I also think that even though some of my walks have been earlier, I feel like combine with the garden I am just getting too much sun. I use sunscreen, but I still feel like it might be a bit much.

I think that this weekend I may look at some schedule shuffling so that I can make the time to go to the gym and use the treadmill there, even on my typically non-gym days, at least until the summer sun diminishes some. I know I mentioned thinking about doing that in early June but never got around to it. I am beginning to suspect i really should have moved on that then.

However today I get to wear one of my new pairs of earrings. I just got in three new pairs (and a ring) from Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry. I felt like I deserved a little sparkle today so I went with the Odessa Earring. I love the way the earring looks and I love that it can be worn two ways. The earring comes in two pieces, the stud that goes through the lobe and the additional fan design. The fan design has two holes to put the stud through so it can be adjusted if you have big earlobes. To be honest, I never thought about different sized ear lobes before. But I love the earrings and they provided the perfect amount of bling for me today. And if I decide there is too much bling, I can take off the fan and just wear the stud. I’ve been going through my earrings lately and found I don’t actually have very many matching studs. I seem to have lost a lot of the matching sets. Perhaps they are hanging out somewhere with the missing socks that I can’t find.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glamglow mattifying Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Face Palette: PUR 4-in-1 perfecting powders

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly by Fluide

Mascara: The Feathers by Pretty Vulgar

Lips: MAC in Bated Breath

Jewelry: Odessa Earrings By Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry

Today is the last day of my Glam Glow Primer Trial. Tomorrow i will post the full review of it as well as start rotating other primers back into my routine. Over all I think it is a pretty decent primer, but I also think it is very much a summer primer. At least for me.

The Ciate London Foundation is an all year for me and just an easy pick. I actually went for easy today with the foundation, eyeshadow and face palette. All are items I love using. Today’s test was really the MAC Lipstick. I’ve been doing a sort of rolling evaluation and declutter and am trying to slowly whittle down several categories of product. I am actually getting rid of a couple of MAC lipsticks because the colors don’t suit me, but i really think I like this shade. it is a pretty nice neutral. And as I know I have several neutrals I am going to have no choice but to get rid of, I think I may keep this one. Plus i love the MAC formula. I always have. They were the first non-drugstore lipstick I ever bought and I have a huge weakness for them. Usually i only stick with the few whose shades I know I like, but lately both IPSY and Boxycharm have been sending MAC lippies. Several in shades that are unfortunately not for me. And so I will have to let a few go, even though it sort of pains me a bit.

Actually getting rid of most lipsticks pains me. I just love lip products. And I always think i can use a lip pencil to modify the color, or maybe layer the products to change the color. I’m always more of a work with it to make it better rather than purge sort of person when it comes to lips. Although given the state of my lip product drawer I may be reaching a point where an actual deep down declutter is necessary.

But happily, that is a thought to contemplate another day. For now, it is back to work for me. So Happy Bastille Day to one and all.