Oh yes my darlings, walking early is the way to go in the heat. It still hasn’t hit summer temps yet but with the humidity, the heat hits just a little bit harder. I went on my walk first thing this morning and it turned out well. I was a little damp around the hairline, but not a sweaty mess. I took out the first summer bottle of the Avene Thermal Water Spray, gave my face a good cooling does and felt ready to go on with the day.
I always thought the water sprays were just a little extra and a bit pointless, but if you are spending time exercising in the sun, whether walking or gardening, they can really be a life saver. I now keep a bottle of the spray water next to the garden door along with a bottle of spray sunscreen. I may use the Volition on my face and neck but a good spray down of arms and legs from Neutrogena Beach Defense is invaluable when working in the garden. I get the spray sunscreen going out and the Avene Thermal Water coming in.
And then I drink loads of water to replenish what I just sweated out.
It’s my process.
I have to say I am super pleased with myself for going on the walk early. Its earlier in the year than I usually switch to my summer walking schedule, but I can already tell the summer schedule needs to go into effect. Because I didn’t adjust my alarm any, I was a little late getting started but next week, the alarm switches over. Friday is a gym day so I’ll do the switch over the weekend and trick my brain into thinking I am just recovering from Memorial Day and that’s why it feels earlier when the alarm goes off. After a few weeks I’ll adapt, but the trickery helps me get started. I am just not a morning person. If I could go for my walk at two am after being up all night i would as that would suit me better. Unfortunately, walking around alone in the dark isn’t always the safest of plans. So I trick myself a little with the alarm.
Primer: The Porefessional from Benefit Cosmetics
- Today Only they are having a Primer Party sale. This Primer is normally $32 but now on sale for $19.20. The same goes for their other primers.
Foundation: Pacifica Alight oil Free Clean Foundation
Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush
- currently if you spend $75 you get the cleanser of your choice
Highlighter Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG
- Illamasqua is currently having a 25% off sale plus when you spend $60 you get a full sized Iconic Chrome.
Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder
- currently 25% off their entire restore and renew skincare range
Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette
Let’s play Mystery Gift Roulette! Get 3 FREE Full-Size Faves with orders of $60+ at Lime Crime… which set will you get?! Ends 5/31/21
Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Boppa Mascara
- currently 30% off tools and accessories
Lips: Milk Makeup Glow Oil lip + Cheek in Astro
- usually $15 this is currently on sale for $8. It isn’t a site wide sale, the Lip and cheek tint just happens to be one of the sale items at the moment. You can check out the full sale here.
First off if my hair looks a little different to you then two thumbs up and thanks for noticing. My new dye kit from eSalon came in and I couldn;t resist going ahead and dying my hair last night. I went a little darker because the sun always kind of brightens it a little bit throughout the summer. I have to say though, I kind of like the darker color. I’ll just have to see how it fares as time goes by. But at the moment I am liking it.
I am also trying out different hair styles to lift my hair up and get it out of the way. It is long, thick and very hot in the summer. Last year I pretty much ties it up in a hair clip all summer long. This year, i am trying for a bit of variation. This was two pigtails on top of my head. then I braided the pigtails and sort of wrapped them around each other, pinning them with bobby pins. I’m happy with it and will probably try it again, but I am still going to play around. Since I haven’t had my hair cut in a while, there is a lot to play with.
But on to the makeup. The Pacifica Foundation is one of my favorite drugstore foundations. It works well with my skin and looks pretty good. On me it does need a pore filling primer underneath or it will settle into fine lines by the end of the day. With a pore filling primer like the Benefit Porefessional, i can sort of spackle the fine lines and it makes everything better. I think this shade might be a tiny bit too light for me in the summer so I may have to look for a darker shade. I like it enough that i wouldn’t really mind having two shades around. And I never mind using the Benefit Primer.
The Too Faced Bronzer is now coming into season as well. It is often a little too dark for winter wear but now is it’s time to shine as it is just right for me at this time of year. I will be able to use it from now until October so you may see it (and the Cocoa Palette from Too Faced) more in the next few months.
Two of my favorites were also taken out today and that is the bareMinerals Blush and the Illamasqua highlight. I know I have gushed about the blush many times, but I don’t talk a lot about the highlighter. What I really like about this highlighter is that its golden color can be applied heavier if you want bright shine or blended in for a more subtle glow. I’ll be honest, i will never feel comfortable with a blinding stip of highlight on my face. I will always have the urge to blend it in. O love that i can blend this and then in as the light catches the high points of my skin it just looks slightly glowy. You can achieve the blinding light with this if you want. It just isn’t my thing.
Today I deliberately chose the Lime Crime Palette to use because it is so neutral. I’ve been working with the Patrick Starr One/Size all week and I kept thinking; It performs well, but it is kind of borning. the Lime Crime is a neutral palette but I never think of it as boring despite having many of the same shades and no real pop of color. Yet I don’t find it boring. The shades can be a bit powdery so prepare for that either by doing your eyes first or employing some sort of powder defense, but they are pigmented and blendable. I really do like this palette. It is neutral, but not boring. Today I went for the shade Abyss on the outer edge with Virgin towards the inner half of my eye and then couldn’t resist a dot og golden 1484 in the inner corner. It is a very easy palette to work with. If Lime Crime didn’t have such bulky packaging, I would have the entire collection of their palettes. As it is i am trying to find a place where I could put more of the palettes should I decided to stock up.
I finished the eyes with Big Poppa from wet ‘n wild. It is a really good, affordable mascara with a large wand. Not so great for lower lashes, but great with the upper. I’ll have to check out my notes but I picked it up about a week after it’s release so I’ve had it a couple of months now. While it still works well, I can feel a little bit of a difference now as opposed to when I opened it. I think it will last the length of time that I normally keep mascaras but I am pretty sure that when I reach the six month mark (which is the longest I will keep a mascara) it will definately be time to throw this away.
Finally with the lips I went with the Milk Makeup glow oil in Astro. I like the touch of color and slight sheen it gave to my lips. I have two shades of this Glow Oil and i really need to start putting them in with my lip products. They are great for the lips and my lips always feel amazingly hydrated after using them. However I can’t stand them as cheek products. I put them on and go to blend and they blend into nothing. I have the travel sizes of these, which are actually the perfect size for the lips. I would buy these travel sizes repeatedly for the lips, but I don’t think I would purchase the regular size. The regular size would be good for the cheeks but as I only used them on my lips, travel size works best for me. And they are less expensive as well which means I get what i want and actually save money. kind of a win-win. As with all Milk products, remember to keep that inner plastic lid on them so they don’t dry out. It is a small thing, but it really helps.
And that is how my Thursday is going. I feel pretty smug about managing to get my walk in before the heat and humidity rose to sweat me out and I think my hair and makeup turned out pretty well. But now it is back to work fo me. While I am looking forward to the three day weekend, it does mean that if i want to take advantage of it there are a few things I need to clear out of the way before I take off for a three day relaxation.
If your relaxation involves shopping, I’ve posted a few sales below that you might want to look into.
Ogee: NOURISHING TRIO – The set consists of Luminous Botanical Face Mist, Jojoba Glow Face Oil, and Sculpted Lip Oil (Clear). Treat skin to our hero hydrator: cold-pressed Golden Jojoba Oil to triple the moisture for both face and lips. You Save 29% when purchasing a set!
Spring Into Clean Skin Campaign – Shop Curated Bundles
Annmarie Skincare is having a sitewide sale.
Memorial Day – 25% off Sitewide Sale
One of my favorites, Klorane has a sale starting tomorrow morning. With any purchase of $55+ you can receive 5 free samples and a bonus bag – simply use the code: PICK ME at checkout. The offer will start on Friday, May 28th and end Monday, May 31st (additional exceptions included below). It’s the perfect time to get your skin and hair ready for summer adventures with your Klorane favorites.
Memorial Day Weekend: Pick 5 Free Samples + Bonus Bag w/ $55+ . Use Code: PICKME
And last but not least is The Art of Tea. Their memorial Day sale has just started.