The Daily: November 8th, 2022

This is my one and only political comment. I don’t care who you are or what your politics are. I don’t care if you agree with my politics or not. Every person deserves to have their opinion count. The only way your opinion counts is if you vote. So if you can, get out there and vote. I know it can be a pain to get to. My poling place is well off my normal beaten track. I know you are busy. But this is important. Make the time and do it. You deserve to have your opinion count, no matter what that opinion is. So no excuses. Go and vote.

Hopefully that was not too painful for you. And I promise, that is all the political talk.

Today is election day so there are actually more people moving about near me than usual. I know several of my neighbors were given a bit of time off to go and vote. As the polls didn’t open this morning until 8 am and almost everyone leaves the neighborhood between seven and seven thirty in the morning it was like the entire neighborhood slept in. I actually did early voting at the library as it is easier to time when they are not busy since i work from home. My babydoll has been running such a crazy schedule that he missed early voting and had to go this morning. Since actual voting is at a school with a very small parking lot I drove him, dropped him off to go through the line and picked up a few things at the pharmacy before circling back to pick him up. There are just far too many people trying to park in a very small lot.

But now we have both done our civic duty and knocked one errand off the to do list. So that was nice.

It did throw my schedule off a little bit today. In reality it wasn’t a lot of time but somehow I have found that a little bit of off in my schedule can sometimes throw me more off balance than if a big chunk is taken out. Maybe it is because if I have a chunk taken out I automatically start mentally rescheduling things but if it is only a little bit of time I always thing, oh I can make that up easy. So there is no real rescheduling just a wondering of why everything seems to take so long.

And so today feels like everything took just a little bit longer. But I’m not really too far behind.

The rain has stopped and the temperature dropped, but the park is still flooded from the rain, so no walking today. there was an indoor workout. I like the indoor stuff because those exercises are always good for strength, but i really miss the calorie burn of the walking. But I am not wading in knee deep creek water to do it. So, indoor workouts today it is. Especially since flooding in the park brings up mold, mold brings up my allergies and then I can’t really breath very well which is not good for exercise.

I want to walk today, but my lungs will actually thank me not to try. Somedays it simply is what it is. But I still have my fingers crossed for a retreat of the flood tomorrow.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Milk Makeup Cream Bronzer

Blush: Julep Pore Minimizing Blush in Your Happy Look

eyeshadow: Lime Crime Venus Immortal’s Palette

Mascara: They’re Real Magnet Mascara from Benefit Cosmetics

Lips: Maybelline Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid

The more I use this primer, the more I really like it. I’m never a huge fan of the luminizing primers but I really like the pore blurring of this primer. I also really like the way this primer sits under makeup. It has a slight stickiness to it (not mega gripping, but it is there) and I think it helps lock everything into place as well. It is the pore blurring I am most loving though.

this Yensa foundation is growing on me. I still like the BC formula better, but as the weather gets colder and I lean more into actual foundations rather than the lighter bb, and tinted moisturizers of summer, I am liking this more. The shade works well for me but it does have a slightly yellow cast. I corrected this by using a pink setting powder and it worked beautifully. And yes I am still using the last of my Becca Pink Haze setting powder. I really need to find a new setting powder since this is discontinued due to the brand closing shop, but I haven’t found a replacement yet so i am just using the last of it up before letting it go. If anyone has any pink setting powder suggestions let me know.)

Weirdly the Milk Makeup Bronzer did not work terribly well for me today. It kept blending out into nothing (and yes I applied all cream products before the powder even though I listed the powder first). Something about this bronzer and this foundation didn’t mesh. they didn’t really want to play together. I’m not sure why as I haven’t had issues with this bronzer before. I’ll keep playing with it and see if it is just a one off though.

I have not used this blush for a daily look for a while. i will use it on weekends because it is a good product. I believe it has been discontinued. Which is a shame because it is a really good blush. I am not sure why Julep no longer makes it, but they don’t. And I am pretty much down to pan on the one I have and so this is the final use for me. The link above will take you to their active makeup page. Their shadow sticks are absolutely fantastic if you are looking into the brand. In fact I haven’t had a product from them I didn’t like. And as it is rare that I use a blush down to pan, you can tell I really liked this blush. But it is no more and so this is it’s last use before parting. So long makeup of the past.

I like this palette and I am trying to use all of the shades in it, but it is not a fast palette to use. The shadows can be powdery so you need to tap the brush off, but there isn’t a lot of fall out once applied. It isn’t a palette that I would reach for to do a quick look before running out of the door though. Which is odd as the Venus exposed palette is one of my favorite “I have no time and need to dash on something before I leave” palette. I think that boils down to color selection. Plus I don’t think it is quite as powdery. I may use it tomorrow as a comparison. In the end I was pleased with how every thing turned out, bit this is not a palette to turn to when i am in a rush.

As for the Mascara, I love this formula. It always makes my lashes look fantastic with very little effort.

This is my first use of the Maybelline gloss and I have to say I love it. I have the shade Reef which is pinker than I usually go (I picked it up in a hurry at the store). even though it is more pink than usual for me I really like the way it looks. I think it helps that it is a sheer wash of color rather than an opaque one. But color aside, this gloss feels fantastic. It smells of coconut and tastes a little sweet, but it isn’t sticky and it is just a really comfortable gloss. I am definitely going to be looking at other shades of this formula. I am very pleased with this impulse buy.

and yes I know I really should have done my brows today but I forgot. My bangs were too long for a while so I got out of the habit. Now they are trimmed and I need to remember the brows. And I swear they were trimmed evenly but I went to bed with wet hair and they are just impossible today.

But my darlings that is me. And now, it is back to work as I have many files needing editing. I hop you have a fantastic day. And remember to go vote. It’s important.

The Daily: November 7th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope all is well. As for me, I am having a fantastic day, despite the rain. The rain is preventing me from going on a walk, but I did manage my indoor exercises earlier. Also I am just feeling a lot better because there was sun when I woke up.

Admittedly it wasn’t much sun, but it was light when i woke up due to the time change. I simply do not get up well in the dark unless I am rolling out of bed and quickly leaving the house. Like for an airport run or a long road trip. On a normal day, getting up when it is still dark drags at me. And the later in the season the worse I feel getting up. I suppose it is just my version of seasonal depression. My body feels cheated of sleep when I wake up in the dark.

Last week was pretty bad for me.

It is every year, but this year was bad partially because of grief. Halloween was my brother’s favorite holiday and he went at it with the sort of gusto that would shame an army of Santa’s elves. So in addition to the last week of darkness before the time change which is always physically difficult for me there was grief. Halloween on a Monday did not set me up right for the week. It was why I was a little off last week.

Grief is a funny thing. You’ll be fine for weeks, even months and then something will pop out of the shadows and sucker punch you right to the gut. He died in May so I think that this holiday season is going to have a whole lot of rough spots.

But life always moves forward. And as dancing skeletons are replaced with pumpkin pie, so do we.

And it helps that I am now waking up in the light. So shall we see what products are being used on this gray and dreary, yet kind of happy, day?

Today’s Look:

Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer

Foundation: Beauty Blender Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation

Bronzer: Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Venus Immortal’s Palette

Mascara: Lights Camera Lashes Mascara from Tarte

Lips: Dose of Colors Liquid lip in Stone

While I tried this for the first time last week, I actually didn’t use it over the weekend. I actually went on a cleaning spree this weekend and didn’t wear any makeup, in case you were wondering. While this does have a bit of a luminizing effect, it also is doing really well with my fine lines. Thus far I am quite pleased with it’s performance.

I tried a sample of this foundation and liked it. I was going to put it on my list to pick up later but when I looked it was half off (plus first time buyers get an additional $5 off – The deal is still going on if you are interested, just follow the link. It isn’t an affiliate link so I get nothing it is just so you can find the deal and the product). I think they are changing the packaging. I can see why because after a first use it is already starting to get a little messy. I do like the formula though and so far it is not doing too much settling into the fine lines. I’ll have to test it with other primers but it is working well with the Dr. Brandt.

The milk makeup bronzer is working well. i warmed it with my hand before use, and it applied well. It blends well also so I am quite pleased with it. Mine is a sample size so I am probably going to keep using it for a while as I think it may dry out and there isn’t a lot of product. As long as it works, I’ll use it.

With the blush I really like the formula, but I think this is the sort of pink tone that would go well with my skin when it is a little more pale and I am only using a tinted moisturizer as my foundation. It is a very light natural sort of pink. I think with foundation, I need a deeper tone. It is a good product though.

Today i again used the immortals palette, which I really like. I went for the brown and the gray and then dusted the glitter white . The white I started in just the inner corner but didn’t tap enough off the bruish so it spread. While the white tone remained in the corners it had a nice glittery effect on the rest of the shadow which i really like. It isn’t a lot of glitter, just a touch and I think it will be fun to play around with. All in all I am really liking this palette.

this is my favorite Tarte mascara. Tarte is not my favorite brand for mascaras, but I do like this one. It really lengthens and thickens. I do find I have to use an eyelash comb to make sure there are no clumps. I didn’t today just to show the minor clumping. Otherwise it is pretty good.

This was my favorite lipstick for a while. It was a great neutral that dried down well. I used two separate tubes of this one up completely. And on the end of my second tube I picked up a third and never opened it. So I opened it today. Partially to see if it was still good and partially to see if I still liked it. It is still good and I do still like it. It is a nice pinky neutral and it dries down well. I really like the formula. It doesn’t desiccate my lips but at the moment my lips are well hydrated. If I remember I can’t wear this formula if my lips are dry. This is a liquid lip that responds well to putting on a lip mask post skincare and pre makeup. If your lips are well hydrated it works well.

And that my darlings is me today. I am feeling a bit more back to normal and have a full day of working in the office ahead of me.

Tomorrow is election day so if you did not get your vote in during early voting, tomorrow is your day. Voting is a chance to get your voice heard and I don’t care if your politics are different from mine, everyone deserves to have their voice heard. So get out there and vote. And have a great rest of Monday.


The Daily: November 3rd, 2022

I know I hadn’t planned on posting a declutter series at the moment but I have to admit it felt good to go through some things. I hate having products I forget about and to be honest I really don’t like having this much makeup in my collection at one time. I like to be able to cycle through things a little more easily so that I can actually use everything I have in a timely manner.

Plus not having everything put away was driving me absolutely bonkers. i don’t need everything to be spotless, but i do need to know that there is a place to put everything. even if it doesn’t happen to be there at the moment. Also sorting through things inspired me and made me want to play a bit more with my makeup.

Truth be told I did go a little crazy with the eyeshadow today. I intended a quick and laid back look so i could indulge in a brighter lipstick but then i just got going. But I also got to see some of my old favorites in the drawer that I hadn’t seen in a while and forgot about because of the new.

And the drawer now closes. Somehow the fact that there was just a tiny gap where it wouldn’t close all of the way really bothered me. I could ignore the mess of the products laid out over the surface but that drawer…

But that is done.

And i feel better for it.

Even if it wasn’t the plan.

So today…pretty normal actually. Loads of editing. It will be pretty quiet until after thanksgiving though, at least it usually is. Then once everyone shakes off the turkey induced somnolence everyone seems to realize that with the upcoming time off everyone plans to take there is a very limited number of working days before the end of the year is neigh.

I personally will be very happy to see this year fade into the history books and I am perfectly happy to get so focused on work between celebrations that the last of this year slips by unnoticed and unremarked. It is however the calm before the storm right now. everything is just ticking by as it should.

My mom was measured for her new hand this week and a plaster mold was taken. They took one before as well so that her new hand will look almost exactly like the one she lost to cancer. In even better news she had a visit with the oncologist and she is now completely cancer free. She’ll still need the check ups but for now it is gone. All of it has been removed and she is once again cancer free. As excited as everyone is, this was her third bout with cancer this year so we are holding off on the celebration at the moment. She wants to celebrate when she gets the new hand instead of now. I think because it will take a few months and there will be a few more follow up check ups between now and then so she can be really assured that it is gone and not coming back.

Which makes sense.

So we are holding off official celebrations and cautiously optimistic while sighing heavily in relief.

But oh, how sweet that relief is.

It is very difficult to fight a disease. It is also very difficult to stand on the side lines and know that the only thing you can do is encourage someone you love while they fight a disease. While we should always support people going through something like cancer, if you have someone in your life who has family going through something like cancer, I encourage you to offer them a little support and encouragement as well. I will never minimize the effort it takes to fight a disease, but standing there forced to watch while being able to do absolutely nothing is not a comfortable situation either. I’ve had a lot of friends and loved ones I can lean on, but sometimes that is not always the case. If you can be there for someone like that I highly urge you to do so.

okay that is my serious moment. Let’s talk makeup shall we? I know I could use something lighter.

Today’s Look

Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No more Luminizer Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Milk Makeup Cream Bronzer Stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Blush

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Venus Immortals Palette

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara

Lips: Guerlain Velvet Matte Lipstick in Black Red

Today I decided to use the hair sticks I picked up from Shop Miss A. I really like them and will be getting more soon as I need to replace some very worn ones. I put a close up picture of these below in case you want to see what they look like up close. I know me wearing them doesn’t show you much.

We will start with the primer. I found this still sealed in my makeup drawer and realized I had never tried it out. I have no reason why other than I think it came in with three other primers from subscription boxes and it was just shunted to the side. I like Dr. Brandt skincare actually and the pores no more line specifically. This primer has a skincare line scent to it, very fresh and clean. It has a slight tint and I was very impressed with the pore blurring it did and hope that the skin care element will keep it from becoming pore clogging. It is a bit luminating as well and would probably work well under a more matte finish foundation or aid in creating a dewy look. While I am no longer going for straight up matte there is a limit to how dewy I will go. this doesn’t take me over the edge.

I did pair it was a foundation that does have a little luminosity to it, and if still worked well for me. I could tell you the trial was intentional but really, I love this foundation and when it came out after my declutter I just couldn’t resist wearing it. I know I wanted to lean more into the foundations that are almost empty so that I can clear them out, but this is one of my favorite foundations. So today, I used it.

The Milk Makeup bronzer is nice. I went a little heavy with it today. More so than i intended actually. It needs to be warmed up by your hand before being applied if you want a smooth application. I had it in my hand an was ready to apply when the phone rang. I kept it in my hands and played with it during the phone call and after I applied it. The warmer it gets the more product applies, so if you have warmed it up, go light. It did blend out really well although i feel one cheek has a darker line than the other.

the Dominique cosmetics cream blush also needs to warm up before application. even if you are using a makeup sponge to apply it I recommend running your finger over the surface to get it warm first. I used both my finger and the makeup sponge. I took the product from the pan with my finger to my cheek and then used the sponge to blend it out. It blends beautifully and i love this color for my skin tone. I am using the Natural Rose by the way.

I ordered this Lime Crime Palette before I went home and it did arrive before I left. I only got to use it once though before I left and then it got buried. I wanted this palette since I saw it and it didn’t disappoint. I enjoy Lime Crime’s shadow formula. The brushes need one tap to prevent fall out. the pigmentation is rich but not over the top. Sometimes I find the more highly pigmented shadows to be a bit much for me to control. I prefer formulas that are buildable. These shades are rich but they are not so pigmented that I feel out of control. The silver does tend to have more fall out than the other shades but it isn’t much. it also seems to occur during the first application phase. Thus far I haven’t notice any drifting throughout the day and I’ve had the shadow on for several hours now. I’ll continue to watch it, but it seems to be working well. I did go a little heavier than I intended. I tried one shadows and then went ‘Oh lets try this. And then I kept going. I think I used six out of the eight pans. Which is not my normal application. But I was in the mood to play so I did.

I initially chose the muted tones because I wanted to use my Guerlain lipstick. I love the color and adore the formula but I like to pair deep lipsticks with lighter shadows and deeper shadows with neutral lips. The eyes went a bit more than anticipated but I still used the lip. I love this formula. It is the most expensive lip product I own which is why I don’t have multiple shades of this formula. However i will use this up until it is a nub and then break out a lipstick brush to use the last remnants of that nub. And then I will purchase a replacement for the refillable container. At some point I might pick up a second one in a more neutral color/ If I do I will have a hard time not just alternating between the two lipsticks. It is just that good.

This formula is extremely comfortable to wear, dries down just enough not to leave lip prints everywhere (it still leaves a little trace since it is a bullet lipstick that doesn’t dry down all the way), and it lasts all day. it has a 16 hour wear time listed. I haven’t ever worn it for 16 hours straight but i plan to do a wear test and given that I don’t need touch ups in an 8 hour work day I expect it will perform well. And now that I have waxed poetic about my lipstick I will head back to my editing and leave you to get on with the rest of your day. I hope you have a fantastic one, you deserve it.


The Daily: October 31st, 2022

Happy Halloween my darlings. The pumpkins are out, and have been for the better part of the month. I think they turned out quite well this year. However I will say that they are not the longest lasting jack o’ lanterns we’ve had. Usually the colder temps keep them stable and in good shape for quite a while. These no longer look quite so lovely inside (or from the back) and first thing tomorrow morning they will be taken to the compost bin before their structural integrity deteriorates any further.

But they still look good from the front and in the dark. Just don’t look too closely and all is well.

The candy is much fresher of course. It is in a bowl by the door inside. It is easy to grab for any trick or treaters yet out of easy passing range so that I will not be filling up on candy throughout the day. It will be interesting to see who we get this year. When we first moved in the neighbor hood was mostly older people and then as the neighborhood started turning we got younger families moving in and there was a slow trickle of little kids in their costumes. As the kids in the neighborhood are still really little it isn’t even full dark when their parents take them around.

So tonight my babydoll and I will have an early dinner and then pass out candy to anyone who shows up. then we will settle in for our continuing movie fest. Last night was The Legend of Hell House. Its a good movie if you have never seen it. The book is way scarier and gave me nightmares when I first read it in high school. Admittedly there was a lot in the book that they couldn’t put into the movie. But the movie is really good.

Tonight I think we are rounding out our Halloween movie fest with The Ninth Gate. I know I have seen the movie, and I vaguely recall what it is about, but it isn’t one of my usual watch repeatedly movies so I don’t know it that well. I’m actually looking forward to it.

And of course as this is Halloween it means November begins tomorrow. For the month of November (at least until Thanksgiving and the arrival of Black Friday) I am going to have posts about holiday sets and bundles you might want to look into when Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around. I am also going to be posting a few more recipes this month and in December. They will be a combination of low cal meals that are quick and easy to make when you are in a hurry, as well as a few easy entertaining ideas and snacks to think about having around so you don’t go into high caloric holiday fests super hungry.

they are things I am using this season to help keep me on track so i hope you enjoy them. But now…

Today’s Look

Primer: Yensa Essential Glow Tone Up Primer

Foundation: Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation (discontinued)

Bronzer: Milk Makeup Baked Matte Bronzer

Blush: No 7 Damson Mist Blush

Highlight: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow After Hours

Eyeshadow: Luminosity Palette by Trendbeauty

Mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Lipstick: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick

FYI I used the Natura Hair mask last night and I am still really liking the way my hair looked and felt this morning, even if I do need to trim my bangs.

Today was an interesting combination of products. Several if the items were already out and because I liked them I went ahead and used the, (I didn’t tidy up my dressing table this weekend as planned so it was easier to grab some products that were already out). This includes the Yensa Primer (which I always Love), The Fenty beauty mascara (which I will use because it came in a subscription box but not really repurchase) and the ABH lipstick (love the formula but the shade has been discontinued – even though it is fabulous – so I am using it up).

Then we get to the foundation. This is the last use for this foundation actually. Becca as a brand is no more and so this foundation is no longer being produced. It has no expired yet but the end date is close and I am far enough down in the product level that I feel okay about letting it go. (I know it is a waste versus health and safety) but there isn’t much left so it isn’t that much of a waste. It was a good foundation so I used it one last time before saying goodbye. I loved it, I used it, I am letting it go.

Today was the first use of the Milk Makeup cream bronzer though. I like the shade and it blended well but i did have to warm it up a little first. It was stiff in the container and dragged the foundation until it was warmed with my hands. Then it was creamy and blended beautifully. I really enjoyed it and will be using it frequently as I get the feel of it.

The blush was No 7 and I haven’t used it in a while. It is a blush i don’t reach for often because in the pan it just looks so shockingly pink. It is buildable more than pigmented though and applies well. It takes a little bit of time to build up, but oi do like it once it is on. The Wander beauty is an old favorite as well. I have actually worn down the product in the pan and will soon have to replace it. It is one of those highlights that looks bright silver and you can if you want leave it in a streak that is blinding. However it does blend out to a soft glow that I really enjoy.

The eyeshadow is also new. I ordered a Holiday Kit from Ipsy and this was one of the palettes that came in it. To be honest I ordered the kit for the bag as I thought it would be perfect to pack up a little makeup starter kit for one of my nieces (and it is actually). I had not tried anything from Trendbeauty before. This palette arrived with a busted shadow but I cleaned it up and tried it out anyway just to see the formula of the other shadows. They are soft and creamy in the pan. There isn’t a lot of fall out. They were a little bit of work to blend together. each of the shadows I used wanted to stand on it’s own. In the end I came up with something I liked. It isn’t a bad formula, it is just not a super quick one to use. I think it might be a little less streaky if I used an eyeshadow primer underneath as a base. I do like the brown and gold hued palette though and think it is a good mix for the fall season. The selection of shadows isn’t earth shatteringly original but it is a decent little palette and as it retails for $12.50 it is really good for the price. It’s just a shame one of the shadows was broken.

And really that is me today. I am running around doing a bit of tidying in the yard between bouts of rain today (we hd strong winds last night and rain off and on all day) I want the yard to look nice if people are going to come to the door tonight. It will be interesting to see how many people we get as it is so rainy today. They are predicting thunderstorms this afternoon. That usually takes it’s toll on the number of kids running around in costume. But who knows, maybe by the time they are all dressed, the weather will have improved. As I love seeing all of the trick or treaters, I’ve got my fingers crossed.

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Using the Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

I can be rather forgetful when it comes to reviewing mascaras. The truth is that I haven’t really been excited by a mascara in a while. The past few I’ve tried have been generally categorized as ‘okay for everyday use’. Which is a fine designation for a mascara. I do after all wear mascara everyday. I don’t use false lashes so my lashes rely on mascara to help them look their best.

I actually like the look of false lashes, but I’ve had some allergic reaction with a few of the adhesives before, plus I ended up ripping out several of my natural lashes with them which I didn’t like. The biggest reason I don’t wear them though is that it doesn’t matter how outlandish or natural looking the false lashes are, they always make my lid feel weighted and like i am half asleep. which isn’t a feeling I liked. So I like the look, I just don’t like wearing them.

Hence my love of mascaras.

But like I said as nice as the every day mascaras are, they aren’t terribly exciting. This Milk Makeup Rise mascara is exciting. It is described as …

An award-winning everyday mascara that weightlessly lifts, lengthens, curls, and adds subtle volume for the most natural-looking lashes possible. This product is 93% natural, vegan, clean, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free. 

Normally I don’t smell mascaras because most of them just smell the same and it isn’t a terribly pleasant scent. Seeing the fragrance free in the description I had to then smell the mascara. It smells surprisingly like toasted nuts. Like a mix of almond and walnut actually. which is a bit peculiar as thee are no nuts in the ingredients from what I saw. Its actually kind of a pleasant scent.

In general I like Milk Makeup Products. I find them to work well for me so I was expecting to like this mascara. I wasn’t expecting to love it, but I do. Let me show you why.

First with the eyes closed.

And then with the eyes open.

I am a fan. This mascara lengthened the lashes beautifully and lifted them up as well. This is two applications in the photos. I tend to apply mascara to one eye, apply it to the second and then do a second rotation. It actually doesn’t matter what mascara it is, I can never resist the second rotation.

While my lashes are healthy and relatively long, they are a lot lighter at the tips so my lashes tend to fade out and look shorter without mascara. This was beautifully dark, but I have to say that in addition to the lengthening, the mascara lifted and curled the lashes wonderfully well. I did not use an eyelash curler and while that is a tool I like, i am not opposed to not having to use it every day. With this mascara I didn’t need the lash curler. The mascara lasted all day on my lashes without flaking and I am already regretting that this tube is empty. It is a sample size so I knew it wasn’t going to last long. And so I say farewell to this tiny tube. I will however be purchasing a full size in the very near future. This may be one of the best products I’ve tried from Milk Makeup in a while and the Rise Mascara itself may be one of the better mascaras I’ve tried in a while. If you are looking for lengthening and curling, this is definitely a mascara to check out.

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The Daily: September 7th, 2022

Once again the rain is falling. But at least the temperatures are going down. My garden doesn’t quite know what is going on. Some of the plants didn’t flower this summer because it got too hot too quickly. Now they are flowering. I have an entire melon vine now covered with little yellow flowers and three small bulges indicating melons might be on the way. All summer long the vine grew and i watered it to keep it healthy, but no flowers.

I suspect October might be the month of cantaloupe this year.

Other than that today has been a day spent at the desk. I am still trying to clear out a lot of projects, but the work load is manageable at this point. I suspect that once i return I will have found several things that have fallen through the cracks. But I suppose that is more or less inevitable.

Today, perhaps because of the rain and the temperature drop, perhaps because I reached for a fall-ish toned lipstick, I was feeling autumn in my bones. I set the summer scented candles aside and dug out one of the few left over from last year and decided to light it. the house now smells of warming spiced like cardamom and cinnamon. the cooler temperatures are only in the 80s so it might be a bit over reaching, but it makes me happy and that is what counts.

And I’ll admit, part of my wishing fall would arrive is that I am very ready for this year to be over with. It has been a brutal year on so many levels and I am just so ready to put it all behind me. I really want the clean slate of a new year. I know I have far too much to get done before then, but it doesn’t stop me wanting it, hence the candle. And the searching of my favorite candle sites this weekend to see if any autumnal scents have been released. I know I can’t be the only one ready to move forward.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydrogrip Primer

Foundation: Covergirl Aquasmooth foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Eyeshadow: Colourpop Blowin Smoke

Eyebrows: iMethod eyebrow Stencil Kit

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lipstick: NARS Lipstick in Kirat

A lot of today’s makeup was dictated by the Covergirl foundation. It is a cream based foundation that not only applies better with a sponge, but really doesn’t like dealing with brushes. all brushes leave tracks on it so I used cream face products today. Actually I chose two of my favorites, the trestique bronzing stick and the Illamasqua gel blusher. Both i blended with my fingers because it was easiest.

The trestique was a little dark with this foundation and I should have gone in with a lighter touch, but it worked out okay in the end. This foundation is a light coverage foundation. There is a definite limit to it’s buildability. I went with the Milk Makeup Hydrogrip primer today because I really like the primer and because it is very gripping. And that is kind of what this foundation needs. I don’t know if it is because of the sunscreen in it or maybe the type of sunscreen in it, but this foundation had issues settling down yesterday. It kept wanting to move as I applied other things. With the hydrogrip underneath it worked so much better. It locked in place and I didn’t need the setting powder to keep it there, which made the look a little lighter.

I have to say i love the Blowin Smoke Palette. There is something about the grays and blacks that just appeal to me. I also have to say that this palette did inspire me to go ahead and order the Lime Crime Immortals palette. I’ve been eyeing it for a while and while it does have similar tones, it does had a little color to it. And as much as I love this palette, I kind of wanted one of the grays to have more of a purple undertone. It has a slight one but I just want to nudge it a little bit more. I suspect i will reach for this palette when i want a specific look because of the monochrome nature of it. however I am very glad I did purchase this because it is worth having in my collection. I also want to see how it compares with the Lime Crime but that will come later. either way this palette will be staying well after it’s testing phase.

And then we have the lips. This is a Nars Lip and I really love the formula. It is a traditional bullet lipstick, which after the mess of yesterdays liquid lip was somewhat reassuring. While I think this color is now discontinued, this is the third tube of this color I have owned. For a really long time this was my go to lip. i would wear a clear gloss to the office and then reach for this once the work day was done. I like the creamy formula of the nars lipstick and I love the pigmentation. It is something i always forget but need to remember. I really need to spend some time on the NARS website looking at lipsticks. But i always like reaching for this and the darker shadow palette gave me the excuse to do so. And yes I will be using it to reach for my darker lipsticks. I like the neutrals but I really move my deep shades.

And so that is me. And now it is back to work. It was a nice break but now I must return to paperwork and dreams of cool autumnal winds.

Santorini Collection

The Daily: September 6th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Personally I really enjoyed the three day weekend. While the rain kept me from doing much in the way of garden chores, I did get several very necessary things done in the house. Which was nice. I also took a little time and just sort of rested. I think I have been running a 100 miles a minute for the last few weeks so having a little time to just sort of take a breather was probably the best thing for me.

Sometimes, even when your plate is full, taking a few minutes of down time is the best thing you can do for your mental health. I always forget that until I take the down time and then i always remind myself to remember after I’ve taken the time. I need to figure out a better system, but hopefully the reminder will help you.

Speaking of reminders, I did something fun and fabulous this weekend. I pre ordered my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar. I know, it is September. The pre release list was just opened. They won’t ship until closer to the Holiday season. Unlike the people at the grocery store near me who already have a display of Santas and other Christmas themed décor items up for sale. (Seriously, they skipped both Halloween and Thanksgiving and went straight to Christmas in the final week of August. I am actually amazed at how offended by that I actually am. After all I haven’t even gotten out my Frankenstein Coffee mug.

the pre order I don’t mind though. Especially since the last three years they have sold out before I could purchase them. I have been trying to snag the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar for a while and just missing out. So the pre order went in. And then there was a Happy Dance. It was also nice to just feel like something went right for a moment. Even if it was something small. And even though I do put up an advent calendar post listing out all of the ones I think are worth purchasing, I generally limit the number of advent calendars I actually purchase. while cost is definitely a factor, I really like it to feel special and opening one or two nice ones instead of a bunch does keep them feeling special. There are always far more advent calendars that I want than I can realistically buy anyway, hence the post. I’ll still get a couple for family as gifts, but limit the number for myself.

Anyway that is the long winded way of saying that I managed to pre order the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar for 2022 and that they are now available for pre-order if you would like them. I am now avoiding any spoilers for the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar since I would like to forget what little I do know about it and treat it as a surprise. So with that said, let’s jump into today’s look shall we. I decided to take a little break from the neutral norm.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Cover Girl Aqua Smooth Makeup + Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen

Setting Powder: Kim Chi Chic Beauty Puff Puff Pass Setting Powder

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: Colourpop Blowin’ Smoke palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Stencils with the ABH Dip Brow Pomade

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lips: Stila Stay All Day Lip in Rubino

I know usually I start with the base work my way out and then go from eyes down landing on the lips but today we need to start with the lips. Oh my do we need to start with the lips. I ordered the Blowin’ Smoke Palette from Colourpop and it arrived over the weekend. It was on sale (still is actually if you follow the link above). I’;ve wanted the palette for a while now, but always talked myself out of it. I think I was just wanting something more than the rosy tones and neutrals that I have been going for later and I have to say this was fun to play with. But that we will get to in a minute. The point is that once I put the eye makeup on a neutral lip didn’t look right.

While I have bee wearing more neutral lips a lot lately I love a good deep lip color. This Stila liquid lip is one that I always swatch when I think about decluttering my lips and then decide I just love the shade so much I can’t part with it and remind myself to wear it more often. So I went for it today. It is a messy liquid lip. It needs a lip liner to keep it from bleeding into the fine lines. It is also strange when drying down. It takes a while to dry down on the lips, but it sort of stains. So once you put it on your lips that is where it is staying. Which is why if you zoom in my lips are messy and crooked. This formula doesn’t dry down all the way and leaves lip prints everywhere. it also stains your lips and if you smear it it stains around your lips too. I am going to have to go in with a lip scrub tonight. I do love the color but have just such problems with the formula. The wand put too much product on the lips and then when i blotted, it smeared and touch ups were kind of a pain. I need to find this color in a different formula and just mark this tube as kept for color match not for wearing.

the foundation was a new one for me as well today. I saw this when i ducked into a drugstore over the weekend and couldn’t resist. It is really interesting. It has to be applied with a makeup sponge. You will get no where with a foundation brush and this product and actually using brushes afterwards will leave lines. It applied beautifully with a sponge. With the sunscreen in the formula though, it is a bit on the oily side. It was fine once I set it with the setting powder but it is a foundation that needs setting powder over it.

Also it doesn’t like brushes. At all. I use the Kim Chi powder today because it came with a powder puff. When I applied the bronzer I used a brush and then had to tidy up with a makeup sponge which I have never had to do with the Buxom Bronzer. I had a different blush out but went with the bareMinerals because it was a creamier formula applied with the fingertips. That worked better. I think this is just a foundation that needs cream products on top of it. I liked the way it looked so I have no problems playing with it to see what works, but any brush will leave tracks t seems.

I think I will try cream products tomorrow to see how it works out.

The Colourpop palette was fantastic. The brushes had to be tapped off because it was a bit powdery. But I think that part of that is because of the darker tones. This is a fun palette. It is full of grays and black tones with silvers. It is a really nice break from my regular palettes and I am really glad that i picked it up. I enjoyed using it today and I will enjoy using it the rest of the week. It makes a really nice break from the red tones and neutrals. The gray and black blended well and that silver was just absolutely fantastic. It will be interesting to see how long I find the palette interesting as it is fairly monochromatic and could get boring. At the moment I am loving it and I think it will be a really good addition to my collection.

The Rise Mascare from Milk Makeup remains super fabulous and I can already feel the tube starting to make the empty sound so soon it will be no more and I will need to purchase a full size.

If you have been following these posts for any length of time you will know I have fallen in love with the iMethod stencils for brows. Mostly because it is the first time my brows have actually looked like each other. Sometimes they are sort of related when I do them with out a stencil, sometimes they aren’t even in the same gene pool. So this has been fantastic for me. It feels a bit like cheating but i don’t care. However I do have several other brow pomades. And since the pomade from iMethod is running low I thought I would rotate the pomades with the stencil and tool and see how it worked. I went with the ABH Dip Brow today. it works fine with a brush, not so fine with the stencil. It is far too dark with the stencil. the formula worked well, which is nice to know, but the color is just off. I would need to get this in a formula several shades lighter to look right. But I like the fact that I can use it with the stencils.

And that my darlings is me today. A little bit different from the typical but I think I like it. I will probably be rotating through my darker lip shades but this is actually helping me decide which ones I need to let go. I love the Stila color. If I get a lip liner that can corral it I might be able to make it work, otherwise the formula is just too messy. Which is also good to know.

And so it is back to work for me now. Have a great rest of the day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow to share what is going on in my world. Until then.



The Daily: September 1st, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today I am happy to report that it has been relatively quiet. I took advantage of the quiet to make some tomato sauce actually. We have had a load of tomatoes finally come in from the garden. It is strange to say as usually June and July are the months where the garden overwhelms us with tomatoes. This year i think it was too hot for them.

They fruited late so we just started getting ripe tomatoes a week or two ago. Now each day brings a new handful. I am roasting them in the oven with some basil and olive oil. Once they are roasted, I’ll use the stick blender on them and then slowly let them thicken on the stove for the rest of the day.

It’s one of those super easy things to do if you are going to be around the house for the day. Since I am working, and it is too hot to walk, I figured I would use this as part of a break from the desk. Plus there is something I find very comfortable about the scent of roasting tomatoes and basil. It has filled up the house and is just a fabulously comforting scent.

And as you know, scents are non-caloric. So I get all of the delightful scents with none of the calories. The calories will come with later meals of course, but at least I know that it is a good sauce with no bad things in it. Plus it is tweaked for my tastes. I’ve also got garlic roasting to add to it later, so that adds to the fantastic scents in the house. Very few things smell as good as roasting garlic in my opinion.

Today’s Look

Foundation: O/S Turn up the Base Powder Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/highlight/powder: Pur 4-in-1 Perfecting Powders Palette

Eyeshadow: Lawless Beauty The One Baby Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lips: Lawless Beauty Forget the Filler Lip Plumping gloss

Today was interesting makeup wise. It is my first use of the O/S Powder foundation so I skipped the primer to see how it performed on it’s own. while I love how it applied, the pores darling, the pores. I need a primer under this. It is beautifully sheer, which covers well but without the primer more or less enhances the pores. But I did want to try it on it’s own and I am glad I did. I really like it, I think I will just like it a lot more when I have a porefilling primer underneath.

I went for the Pur palette because it was out and I thought it would work well with the light coverage of the foundation. I had to work to tone down the bronzer but I think it ended up being okay. It isn’t a stellar combination, but it did work.

this was also the first use of the Lawless eyeshadow Palette. The shades I used blended really well. They are powdery so I tapped the brush off before applying and that seemed to be enough. I liked the first use and am looking forward to trying it out further.

The mattes blended well together. they didn’t blend so well with the shimmer though

The Rise mascara is fantastic. I will so be picking this up in the full size. It is both lengthening and lifting. And I like the curl in the wand as well. Unfortunately my tube is small and already almost empty. I will use it until it is gone, mostly because it is a small enough sample size that I don’t think it is worth putting in the drawer again for later use. I will be ordering a full size though. I’m also planning a mascara declutter soon since most of the ones I have open are at the end of their lives. but that is for later.

To finish things up today I went with the Lawless Forget the filler lip plumper. It isn’t fantastically plumping, but it is a great gloss and I do like the feel of the formula on my lips. It has the tingle of a plumper, but that’s about it.

And so my darlings that was me today. it was actually a quick and easy look. I am missing my primer, but over all, I am pretty happy with how things turned out.

The Daily: August 31st, 2022

Oh yes my darlings, today I actually sat down with makeup. I also had a long and very detailed conversation with my mother about bionic hands. She has two options she is trying to choose between. One is an 8-12 hour surgery that might or might not get all of the cancer. It involves a bone graft with a bone taken from her leg along with tendons and a skin graft from her thigh. In addition to possibly not getting all of the cancer, given her age there is a possibility the bone won’t graft. which means potential future surgeries on her hand , a return of the cancer and possible permanent damage to her leg.

The other option is amputation.

She was worried about becoming Captain Hook. However she loves the bionic hands and because of them she is now considering amputation. she is still contemplating buying the pirate hat with the large feather adornment, she just won’t have the old fashioned steel hook to go with it. She needed to talk it through with someone so we spent two hours discussing things and looking up websites. She hasn’t made her final choice yet but she felt better for having someone to talk it out with. Her doctors are all very careful to lay out all of the options and make an effort to not influence her in any way, which is good and I know she appreciates but it leads to very careful responses to her questions. The careful responses answer her questions but leave her somewhat unsatisfied so I was a sounding wall while she figured it out.

Which I don’t mind.

After the conversation I had the mental release of putting on my makeup for the day, which was a nice break from heavy duty thinking. I also went for easy options that didn’t take a lot of time. Let’s get into that now then shall we? Lighten things up a bit.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer/Blush/highlight/powder: Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Perfecting Powders Face palette

Eyeshadow: Bellapierre Cosmetics Peach Blossom Palette

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lips: Meet Matte Hughes The Balm Liquid Lipstick in Honest

Today I did choose products that were quick and easy. While I like the Liquid Silk Canvas primer from Tatcha, I think I do prefer the formula of the balm version better. I really like both, but to be honest I can’t really afford to buy both at the same time. So while I wouldn’t mind keeping both around, I think that when I do reorder i will be getting a full size of the Balm version of this primer and maybe another travel size of the liquid version to have on hand. It is good, it is quick and it works as well as the other version, I just have a formula preference.

Today I wanted a light foundation product and with my recent expired product debacle I wanted to make sure nothing else was. This NYX was not expired. In fact I hadn’t opened it yet. I used up the last one and repurchased but hadn’t gotten around to using it yet. I always forget how much I like this until I use it. The bare with me blends out well and gives a great light coverage for the day.

This Pur palette is easy to grab and I am trying to decide if I want to take it with me as my travel palette when I head down to my Mom’s or if I want separate products. So I don’t mind using it, plus it is quick and easy.

I am still trying out the bellapierre palette. The shadow formula is nice but with only one matte shade it does get repetitive. The matte is a bit powdery. You can see a little peach dust on my nose. (I took care of it post photo but I wanted to show it) But over all it isn’t bad. With one matte and three shimmers, it is just very limited.

The Milk Mascara is in all ways fabulous. I am already regretting that this is a sample size and I will put this on my next mascara purchase list. It is really nice. It is a lengthening and lifting mascara and that is exactly what it does. I am a fan.

the balm liquid lip is nice as well. The color is not my favorite but I do like the formula. last time I didn’t wear it long enough to get a true feel for it. It is a bit sticky and it doesn’t dry down completely, but it is a comfortable formula to wear and it has great color saturation. I just wish it was in a different color. Still good formula.

And that was me today. To be honest I didn’t get a lot done and will probably be working late tonight, but sometimes productivity has to be sacrificed to life. Today was just one of those days. It happens, that’s just life. And I know that my mother feels calmer about the decision she has to make. I may still get her a feathered pirate’s hat for Christmas, but I’ll make that decision after I see how everything shakes out and how she feels about it when the dust settles.

For now, it is back to work for me.

Prai Beauty UK

The Daily: August 29th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I feel a bit more centered after the weekend. On Thursday and Friday I did major shuffling and spent large chunks of Saturday coming up with a new schedule. And now I have a plan. I am still waiting for an exact date for travel, but there is a plan in place.

I know that sounds strange but as long as I have a plan, I am okay. It doesn’t have to be a set in stone plan, I am okay if parts of it need to be adapted to meet real world situations, but I need some sort of plan in my head to keep myself balanced.

It is sort of my mental security blanket.

And now I have it in place. I did also get some down time on Sunday which helped. I think that part of everything has been the constant running from one crisis to another this year. 2022 has been quite the year for the family. With luck after this things will at least calm down a little while recovery is taking place.

At this point I am hoping for a quiet October. As that is also when the weather will break and the outside world becomes lovely to move through again, I am very much looking forward to a glorious October.

At least that is what I am telling myself. As October is usually natural disaster free, I have high hopes.

This morning I went on a lovely walk before the weather got too warm. It wasn’t as nice as last week. Last week morning walks were taken in 68 degree temps with 80% humidity. Today the humidity remains around 80% but the temps were about 78 instead. So there was a lot of sweat and a shower, but the physical exercise made me feel better.

The trick will be remembering to do indoor exercises this afternoon when i need a break and not trying my luck with an afternoon walk. That is always the trick. Because mid afternoon is when I need a mental break from whatever I am working on as well as a good leg stretch and a walk really helps with both of those. It is just the wrong time of year.

And actually if any of you reading this are thinking about getting active, whether it is for weight loss or mental health or any other reason, I highly suggest walking. It is absolutely amazing hpow much better everything feels after a little walk. Even if it is just a circle around the neighborhood or a little way down the street where you turn around and come back. It is good physically just to get you moving, but more than that, it is a mental break. It let’s you clear your mind and gives you a little space to organize your thoughts. It helps in so many ways.

And I know that some of you love the gym and the treadmill, but there is something about a walk outdoors that just really helps the mind in different ways than the gym does. maybe it is the external stimulus of the world instead of the organized gym space, or just the fresh air. Maybe it is the relatively slow pace of a walk versus the treadmill. It is different and I advise everyone to give it a try.

Just not in the midafternoon when the heat and humidity are brutal. That I don’t think anyone would advise. So this afternoon I will make do with a bit of yoga.

Today’s Look

Primer: Touch in Soul No Poreblem Primer

Foundation: Cool AF Lava Water Foundation from Pretty Vulgar

Bronzer: Kim Chi Beauty Thailor Bronzer

Blush: Georgia By Benefit Cosmetics

Highlight: St. Luxe Liquid Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold

Setting Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Bellapierre Peach Blossom Palette

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lipstick: The Balm Meet Matte Hughes in Honest

Today was an interesting makeup day for me. I had the Touch in Sol primer out, which I love so i went ahead and used it. It is a good light weight primer and it has been a standard for a long time. I actually need to finish out this bottle as it is getting kind of low and I want it use it before it runs out.

Thinking of products that I need to use up before they expire, I pulled out the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lave Water Foundation. Yeah… There isn’t that much left in the bottle and I fear it is past it’s expiration date. It felt okay when I applied it. The scent was stronger than I remembered and smelled a little more like paint than it ever has before. Still I thought it would be okay. I took my pictures and about ten minutes later, I started feeling a little itchy. Which has never happened with this foundation. While I was hoping to use the last of it before it expired, I think I may have missed the mark. I washed my face and am now sans makeup. I do really like the Pretty Vulgar Lava Water Foundation. It is light weight and looks good on the skin. I would have lover to finish the bottle, but alas the remnants will be going into the trash. I will be repurchasing it, but I just didn’t use it fast enough. I am trying to whittle down the products I have, foundation wise, so I can only keep a few on hand that I can rotate more quickly through.

I always feel really bad when a product expires before I can use it up. Especially when it is a good product. But we must press on.

The Kim Chi Bronzer was nice today. I dipped lightly in the pan and went delicately on the skin with it. It is a very pigmented product but it blends beautifully. I just need to remember to be delicate and all is well.

The benefit blush in Georgia is much less pigmented so I had to be less careful with it. I really like the lighter blush with the bronzer. Maybe it is because I have to be so careful with the darker bronzer that I like the relative abandon of the lighter blush. I have to be more careful in the winter with this blush as it is more of a winter shade for me, but I love the formula of Benefit blushes so I never mind reaching for them.

With the St. Luxe Highlighter I am still trying to get a handle on it. I love the color and for a moment when i apply it, there is a soft warm glow to the skin. It blends in beautifully. And looks good. Ten minutes later the golden glow I liked is almost gone. I am still trying to figure out if it disappears as it dries down or if I am just using too light a hand when applying it. I will have to play around with it some more.

The Milk Makeup Rise mascara is fantastic. This is my first use of it and I am already regretting the sample size is so small. I got amazing lengths with just one swipe. I will be using this until the small tube is empty (because it is such a small sample size) but it won’t be a hardship and I can already tell this is going on my list of products to purchase in the full size.

There are two other new products today. Both I had reservations about because of the colors but both were products I wanted to try. The first is the Bellapierre Peach Blossom Palette.

I’ll be honest, I saw it and wasn’t too enthused. It has one matte and three shimmers and the one matte looked really coral in the pan. Admittedly so did the lipstick, so this week I decided to go coral. Coral is not really my thing.

I was pleasantly surprised by both actually. I have never tried a bellapierre eyeshadow. Many other products yes, but not the shadow. It came off as a deeper pinkish shade than I was expecting. And which I found much mote pleasant. It is not a deeply pigmented shadow but it applies well and blends okay. There is a line between the matte and the shimmer where they met but I am okay with that. Since there is one matte and three shimmers, this week it is going to be the matte paired with each shimmer for the day. This was the first one. Neither shade is all that special, but it is a simple slim hard plastic cased palette which, if it works out could be good for a weekend trip. We shall see how I feel by the end of the week.

The Balm lipstick was also very coral in color. It wasn’t as bad as I feared. I applied and then blotted and found I could live with the color. Admittedly I didn’t have to live with it for the full day, due to the foundation snafu. so I can’t tell how it wears throughout the day, but it applied well and dried down fairly quickly. It didn’t feel all that drying on the lips, but admittedly I wore it less than an hour, so a longer wear time is needed for determination. But it was a promising start. While I have used many The Balm products, I have never had one of their lip products, so even though the color isn’t a go to shade for me it is nice to test out their formula.

And that was more or less me. At least for the beginning of today. I am currently bared faced and will probably stay that way since it is just me at the desk. I may go for a face mask this afternoon. A detoxifying one actually, just incase any nastiness was left behind by the expired foundation. Let this be a warning to you all, check your expiration dates and don’t be afraid to let something go. Expired makeup is just not worth it. Although I will be repurchasing the Pretty Vulgar Foundation. I just can’t use this one any more.