The Daily: September 19th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Do you see the photo to the side? I know, some of you are wondering why I took pictures of my shoes. But those aren’t just any shoes. Look closely, do you see? That’s right, they are close toed shoes.

Those are actually two of my favorite pairs of shoes actually. I tend to wear them from fall through spring. Thy are getting a bit worn actually and I will soon be looking for replacements, but that is not the point. The point is that in the summer they live in the closet, in a heat induced hibernation. I simply can’t wear them in the summer because I will overheat. With the exception of my walking shoes I haven’t worn closed toed shoes since May. And truthfully since we hit our first 90 degree day the first week of May, sandals arrived with Cinco de Mayo.

If you look on the calendar t=you will see that Thursday Autumn officially begins. And while my tomato plants are still producing like it’s July and I am just now starting to harvest the first of the cantaloupes (Halloween melons anyone?) the temperatures have dropped enough that I felt justified in slowly edging out a few of my favorite early fall pieces. Like the shoes. It also helps that this weekend the strap broke on my sandals. While I purchased a couple new pairs in the spring this was the pair that I was hoping would last one more summer. You know that really comfortable pair that despite how fab they feel were discontinued by the brand and you can’t find anywhere any more? This was my pair. I hoped they had one last summer in them and they did, barely. So away they went and to make them feel like they survived to the end of the summer I took out the first of the fall shoes.

Not that I think the shoes actually care, but I am so ready for fall and it seemed like a good reason. I also felt like today needed a bit of glitter and I started taking out some fall makeup. But we’ll get to that below. Today though, I was feeling like fall, despite the overflowing tomatoes.

got a hair cut over the weekend. The bangs were trimmed and I had layers put in. It feels so much lighter and has a lot more movement.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: NARS All Day luminous weightless foundation

Setting Powder: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter in Cashew

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush/Highlighter: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Shadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow in Knockout and Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow Foil

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag mascara

Lips: Guerlain Velvet Lip in Black Red

like I said i was feeling fall today and for me that meant getting out an actual foundation instead of a tinted moisturizer. I went for the NARS because it is beautiful And it works well with the Tatcha Primer underneath. We all know I don’t need an excuse to use the Tatcha primer. It is one of my absolute favorites. It lasts forever and is well worth the price.

The NARS foundation is a good one. You have to shake it before use, especially if you don’t use t everyday. I always forget how little product you actually need for this foundation. A little goes a really long way and it lasts a really long time. It is a luminous formula that is still on the matte side. As you all know I am not a dewy look kind of person so for me this is perfect. it is brightening and works well. I did go a little heavy with it today because I simply forgot how little is actually needed. It is a thinner formula so it is more like a serum than a cream. Which is something to watch out for when applying. I might use this again tomorrow because I just like it.

The foundation is slightly too light for me (It is my winter shade) so I used the Fenty setting powder. It is in the shade cashew and is slightly too dark for me. The two paired well. By using the darker powder with the lighter foundation I actually got something that looks fine for me.

For the bronzer I reached for the Viseart. I like the formula and I was thrilled that it is now back in stock. For a long while they just couldn’t keep it in stock. It felt like taunting when I used it and it was out of stock. ‘Oh I like this bronzer but you can’t get it because it is out of stock. Ha Ha.’ Not that I was thinking that, but it felt that way. Now it is back in stock so I can recommend it again. It is a product that is more buildable than it is pigmented. For me this helps as i sometimes get my balance off so I like sort of drawing a light line on my cheek so I can make sure that my cheeks match before I build it up. It does blend very well also and I just find it to be a good product. And it is back in stock.

The ND Bloom palette sits in the back of the drawer because of it’s height but I really like it and need to find a way to bring it forward. I have a blush declutter coming up so perhaps once i clear a few products out I will find a way to adjust it’s location so I can reach for it more. I love the cream blush in this palette. I’m not as enamored of the highlight as I prefer something a little more subtle but I like it enough that when i take the blush out I will use the highlighter. I would still like just a pan of that cream blush though.

The iMethod stamp is a favorite so that I can get my brows to look like they match. The stencil is a permeant addition to my makeup bag, the pomade is however running very low. I will need to replace it soon. I like the pomade formula. I need to try it with my other formulas to see if they work as well with the stamp application.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag i like more and more each time I use it and I will certainly be repurchasing it. It has a fluffy hourglass wand and is fantastic with both volume and length. I haven’t had any problem with flaking either which is nice and again a reason to repurchase when this tubes time is done.

the semi dried out color tattoo was hard to work with but I do love the shade and that glitter

For shadows, I wanted to use the Glitter shadow from Hourglass. I just felt like a little shimmer for a Monday. Because of it’s size it is stored with my Color tattoos from Maybelline. So I took one of the mattes out to use. It is a bit dried out. and it was hard to use. So it doesn’t look the best and the eyes don’t match because of it, but it was still usable, barely. I may try the rehydrating with facial oil trick on it because when they aren’t dry they are fabulous. Today, not so much. We’ll see how the rehydration goes. I did love the Hourglass though. There is a little fall out mid afternoon because I didn’t use a primer. Also when I used the Hourglass with the Maybelline when it wasn’t dried out, the cream shadow helped lock in the Hourglass without a primer. They make a great pair actually. And if my attempt to save this cream shadow doesn’t work I will probably just repurchase it. It is a good formula. I may have to order it though as the drugstore almost never has the color I want when i go in.

And finally I used the Velvet Lip from Guerlain. I adore this formula. It is a bullet style lipstick but once it settles into place it stays there. I did not leave a trail of lip prints on coffee mugs and tea cups throughout the day. If it weren’t so pricey I would stock up on this formula in multiple shades. As it is, I will use this one down to the nub and purchase a refill. It looks great and is super comfortable to wear. Plus it has some weight to it so it feels extra luxe to use. Even if i am in a t-shirt working at my desk today, I felt super special putting it on. And it never hurts to use something that makes you feel special.

And so my darlings that is todays look. I was thinking fall and leaned into it hoping the weather would follow. I know we are due a few more sweltering days and it will be October before fall thinks about arriving, but I am hopeful and a little encouragement can’t hurt. So it is back to work for me now. Have a fantastic rest of your Monday.

Tatcha

The Daily: July 11th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today has been interesting. I went to get the mail and was very excited that one of the items I ordered from the IPSY store arrived. It was the Korres Santorini Grape Velvet skin Drink. I have been really wanting to try it out. And when I saw it for sale on IPSy I thought it was about perfect.

Now I should explain that I did purchase this from IPSY a while back, when it first came out on the site. It was somehow lost in transit and after much back and forth they finally told me it was sold out and just refunded me the money. This time when it arrived, the top had been somehow unscrewed in transit and the bottle arrived empty. The package smelled fantastic and the green glass bottle was lovely, but it was empty. So I contacted IPSY care (which meant spending way too much time with their IPSY Bot before finally getting to submit a ticket to a person.) Surprisingly they got back to me in under an hour. They asked me to confirm my details and they said they would send out a replacement.

Mostly I am mentioning this because there have been a lot of horror stories about IPSY’s customer service and replacement policy. I wanted to note down when this happened so I can follow the trail of the replacement item. I’m hoping it won’t be a saga, but I wanted a firm reminder that this replacement sequence began on July 11th.

I am impressed that they got back to me so quickly. Hopefully that is a good indicator. we shall see. As for the rest of the day, the creek was swollen and flood the park, so it was back to Yoga for my daily exercise. I don’t mind it but I do prefer the walks. Of course even without the rain it was getting too warm for walks outside. July and August the heat just makes it impossible here. And because I have the Yogaworks program I am trying out, there are plenty of workouts. I’ve been doing them haphazardly mostly so I can try them out, but I think I like it enough that in August I am going to set up a more regular schedule with it. Not only will the regular schedule be better for me, but I can really get a feel for the system.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Full coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Ayana Palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

Okay several of these products I chose because I didn’t tidy up my makeup over the weekend and they were out. I was also moving kind of fast this morning and I knew that they would work without trouble so I went with them. The Buxom Cosmetics Bronzer and the Illamasqua gel blusher are two of my absolute favorite products and I don’t really have to think too much when using them. They work without causing issues. I will put them back in the drawer and use other things, but today, they were good products that were already out.

I am still playing around with the liquid primer from Tatcha. It works well but I’m not sure if I like it more than the balm primer. That one I adore. And given the price I can only buy one of them at a time. I can’t justify both at the same time. But it is a nice primer. It fills pores quite well and is really nice to use. So testing it out this week is not a hardship. Plus I kind of want to see how long the travel size will last.

The Yensa BC Foundation is one of my favorite foundation product. If I could only have three foundations, it would be at the top of the list. This always sort of surprises me as their Silk foundation is good but not my favorite. I always find it fun that the same brand can have such different products. But this BC foundation is a total winner if you want something that blends easy and never looks caked on. The trick for me is rotating it and using other products.

I wanted to use the Ayana Palette again today so that I can do a comparison with the Cream and Sugar palette from ELF. The Natasha Denona Palette has one more shadow (silver) but I think I prefer the formula of the elf palette. and I can live without the silver. I will be using the elf tomorrow to see how I feel about it then. With testing other products it’s been a while since I used it.

The Patrick Ta mascara is still okay. I will use it and not repurchase it. Its fine, but thee is nothing special about it. I used the eyelash curler with it and that gave it a little more help, but it is just a basic mascara.

The Gloss bomb is the only Fenty product I really love and I am trying to remember to use it more often. So I have it out. It is a really great formula that really hydrates the lips as well as providing shine.

And in case you are wondering about my hair, I am trying out a new shampoo and conditioner. It is the Herbal Essences Argan oil for repair. I expected the shine and softness, but i didn’t expect the volume. It is a little fuller than I thought it would be. I am liking it, I was just surprised.

So now it is back to work for me. I hope all of you are having a fantastic day. As for me, I am feeling good and on the final stretch of a book release. The relief I will feel when this is finally out can not be underestimated. It has been an almost cursed manuscript. But soon the curse will life. Hopefully. Keep your fingers crossed.

Korres Greek Natural Beauty

The Daily: July 7th, 2022

Today’s daily may be a little short. We have a line of thunderstorms passing through and have lost internet twice today and the lights keep flickering so I fear a power failure is eminent. So This is going to be short and sweet.

I actually am somewhat amused by the fact that the weather alerts that post in my icons bar at the bottom of the screen have been alternating between Thunderstorm and Heat wave. (the heat index is 105 – actual temp 93 – today in case you are wondering) Usually rain drops the temperatures a little bit, but not today. i went outside because the wind knocked over some of my plants and I had to straighten the pots. The rain felt like bathwater. I don’t know why warm rain kind of creeps me out. I think I am used to it being slightly cooler than the air. Regardless, the rain is warm. My day has been spent working around the thunderstorm and there has been no exercise to speak of. I think the most I managed is walking to and from the coffee pot. It has just been that kind of day. So Let’s look at the makeup I used for it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Liquid Primer

Foundation: Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha Silk Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Ayana Palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

The Tatcha Silk Canvas is beginning it’s time of testing. This is the liquid version. I adore the solid balm version. This one is interesting. I can’t help but compare it as it goes on. At first it feels more liquid-y than I want, but as I massage it in and blend it out, it starts to feel like the balm version of this primer. It is an odd sensation. thus far it seems to be performing just as well as the balm version. Once I get over that initial liquid phase I rather like it. I still haven’t decided if I like it better than the solid. I am starting to see pan on the solid and am trying to decide if I want to repurchase the solid or go with this liquid version Time will tell which I prefer, but for now this one seems to be working well.

I am trying to use the Kristopher Buckle once a week at least until it is used up. I think the company is gone, although the product is still on Amazon. The reason I am trying to use it up is because it is one of my favorite formulas and I know if I don’t use it, I will hoard it for when i know I need something quick easy and fabulous. which I know I shouldn’t do, but I tend to do anyway. So once a week until it is gone.

The Buxom bronzer is a nice buildable formula. It works well with both regular foundation and a natural look tinted moisturizer which is why I tend to reach for it a lot in the summertime. It does work better with more natural looks, but it can build up to something more dramatic. It just doesn’t come out of the gate highly pigmented (which I kind of like).

This Illamasqua gel blusher is one of my favorite formulas for cream blush and I really don’t need a reason to reach for it. Just a drop blended out works well for me. This little pot will last a long time, even with how often I reach for it.

I tried the Tatcha powder in a sample when I ordered the Kissu lip mask (love the lip mask btw) and I liked the powder enough to try it in a travel size. I am also trying to use up several open powders at the moment and didn’t want to pick up a full size of anything until i ‘d cleared a couple of the almost done containers. I really like the powder. It is finely milled and doesn’t leave me looking powdery. it works well over makeup or on it’s own as i wore it yesterday. I am probably going to pick up the full size when I restock. Part of me wants to keep the travel size just for travel. Or at least pick up another one for holiday travel if I empty this one.

And then there are the eyes. I have three of the Natasha Denona Mini palettes nd I am rotating through the three of them to test. The other two are red based while this one is brown/neutrals. I am noticing that the browns are less pigmented and easier to control. With the red based palette I barely touch the brush to the lid and then I reach for a clean brush to blend because they ae so pigmented. These browns have good pigment and good bendability but i am finding them easier to control if that makes sense. I like this palette with today’s use, but to be honest I don’t see it as better than the Elf Bite sized palette with the same tones. I might have to do a side by side comparison. I love the Cream and Sugar palette from Elf. It doesn’t have the silver but it has everything else. And it works better. (It is also only $5 as opposed to the $25 mini palette from Natasha Denona). For now i am just looking at the Natasha Denona Palettes but i think a side by side may be coming up. It is a nice palette and less pigmented than the reds.

The Patrick Ta mascara is just okay. It is a good general work day mascara. It coats the lashes and doesn’t flake. It doesn’t give major volume or length or curling. I would suggest using an eyelash curler before using it. It is fine for everyday use but nothing really all that special.

And we wrap up with the Elf Sheer Slick. I love this black cherry shade and have lost count of how many times I have repurchased it for just a quick sheer wash of color. It is one of the few lip products I will use all the way up. Oddly I don’t like the other shades, but I do love this one.

And that is me today my darlings. Thunder has just boomed over head and the lights are flickering again so i am going to end this here and catch up with you again in the morning. Have a great afternoon.

Buxom Cosmetics

The Daily: July 5th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. At our place, because we had the weekend cleared for company and company came and went early, we had a fantastically quiet and oddly productive weekend.

There were limited numbers of things we could do in the yard as anything not getting watered (i.e the veg) is more or less dry and crispy. So there was no mowing and only watering the veg sparingly just after sunset.

The sunset watering is of course the reason why I have so many bug bites. The perfect time to water is also the time when they swarm. Thus far they have laughed in the face of any bug spray I have tried. Admittedly I think they wait until I am starting to sweat a little and then go for the spots where the sweat has removed some of the spray.

At least that is my current working theory. If i could figure out a way to get a group of people to hold citronella candles high in a circle around me as i water I would. Sure it would look like some sort of odd midsummer ritual but I might actually itch less. I don’t think I have used this much calamine lotion since I was sent to summer camp as a kid.

But the plants are coming along. We have paperika peppers dried and ready for grinding. Soon we will harvest jalapenos and the squash and eggplant is coming along nicely as well. The tomatoes are slow growing this year but I have high hopes we’ll get something before it is time to winterize the beds and plant the fall Brussel sprouts.

On a less botanical note, with my garden chores reduced to sunset and early morning watering, my nails are recovering. They are still short as they always take a beating during spring planting, but they are healthy and I can now actually put polish on them and expect the polish to last for more than 24 hours. Which is always fun. Over all it was a nice quiet weekend and now, things are getting back into a normal schedule. I suspect by Wednesday I will be freaking out over the Monday Holiday and the time it took out of my work schedule, but for now, I am just basking in the return to my regularly scheduled work day.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer

Foundation: Wet ‘n Wild Tinted Hydrator

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush/Highlighter: Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey

Powder: Zeesea X British Museum Refreshing silky powder from the Egyptian Collection

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Cupid Mini Palette

Mascara: Unlashed by Wander Beauty

Brows: iMethod Beauty Brow Kit

Lips: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Diamond Milk

Today I wanted to go for a more low key kind of look. And despite getting back into my routine, I really didn’t want to spend a lot of time messing around with my makeup so I decided to go for a quick and light look. The primer I am still testing out and it does not really lend itself to quick. It needs a minute or two to settle in and get comfortable. So I applied it and then went and did a couple of things for about five minutes before coming back. With that little time, it really helped and I am growing fonder of this primer. It is nicely porefilling and blends well.

I always get a little nervous when I first apply the wet n wild as it always looks a little too light. But it blends beautifully if you are just looking for a light coverage. It claims to be buildable, but I generally find if I try to build it, then it gets a little streaky. I love this tinted moisturizer for a light touch though. Just be aware it looks light at first but blends out well. And don’t really expect it to be build up to fuller coverage.

The trestique I love and it worked well here as always. It is buildable but today I went in with a light hand and was pleased with how it worked.

The Pixi came in a Glossy Box so i decided to try it out. It seemed to work okay with the tinted moisturizer but tomorrow I may have to try it with an actual foundation. It is really a light product and the highlighter came off a little more powder like than highlighter. I will be playing around with it before i decide. It was okay today, By the end of the week I will know a little more.

I used one matte and one shimmer for my eye look today, Subtle and natural is really not this shadows reference point. it is highly pigmented and wants to go on strong. Since I have three of these mini palettes, I am going to be rotating through them this week as sort of a mini collection to see how I feel about them I like them this far, but I don’t think this particular mini palette is designed for a low key look. At least not on my skin tone.

I love the Wander Beauty Mascara, but I am almost out. This tube has been well loved and sadly this is the end for it. Thee was almost no product left and so this was it’s last showing. I will be replacing it sometime soon however. This mascara will return.

Even thought my brows aren’t really visible they do look nice under my bangs, and as my bags blow around, I like that my brows look nice. The more i use this brow kit, the faster I am and the more convenient it feels.

And finally I went back for the gloss bomb. I’m not the biggest Fenty Fan, but I love this gloss bomb and will repurchase it. In fact I am looking at several shades I want to add right now. I’ll do a lip inventory first, but I really like this formula. it looks god on and leaves my lips nourished when it comes off. With this one, Fenty hit it out of the park.

And so my darlings this is me today. Not fantastically exciting, but I am rather pleased with how it turned out. I hope wherever you are, your week is starting off on the right foot as well.

Shipping date

The Daily: September 23rd, 2021

Oh my darlings, you see that bright ball of yellow in the sky?  It’s the sun! That’s right, today is sunny and bright.  In addition, the temperatures have dropped and the floodwaters have receded from the walking trail. Being outside was glorious.

I know that people always talk about the magic of spring time and the glory of the world being reborn but here when the summer heat is scorching and has a stranglehold on the world, autumn always feels a bit like a miracle.

For the first time since March I was able to go on a walk and not have sweat pouring out of me. It wasn’t just walking for exercise, it was walking for the pleasure of enjoying the world. I saw a green snake sunning himself on a rock and rabbits scattering into the undergrowth as they heard my footsteps. I got to see people on their bicycles and runners smiling instead of grimacing as though they were preparing to be sent marching across a field of battle.

I think my favorite sight on my walk today was one of my neighbors. She has a husky who had some sort of post car accident hip surgery. For therapy the dog has to walk a couple of times a day regardless of anything else going on. For the past few weeks he has walked with his head down and tail between his legs as though he was being led to the gallows. Today, his tail was wagging and he was alert and sniffing. And his owner didn’t look guilty for making him walk.

I’ll concede that spring is wonderful and as a gardener I love seeing my seeds push up and out of the earth, becoming actual plants. But these first days of autumn when the heat finally breaks just feel so miraculous. I went on a walk earlier and I am pretty sure that this afternoon, there will be another walk. I can say that because i am not sweating as much I want to push myself, but the truth is, these are the days I most want to be outside. It is remembering to stay inside at my desk in order to get my work done that is the difficulty.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

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Foundation: IPKN BB cream

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soliel

Blush: YC Collection Liquid Blush

Highlighter: Milk and Honey Palette from Beauty Bakerie

Powder: Becca Pink Haze setting Powder

Brows: Brow Bar by Reema

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Cranberry Palette

Mascara: Its So Big by Elizabeth Mott

Lips: Roen Lip gloss in Charlie

Setting Spray Lise Watier Magnifix

Today is an interesting mix of things I am trying out and things I am trying to use up. The urban Decay Primer, as much as I love it, has been discontinued so It is on the to use up list. The same thing goes for the Becca Pink Haze Setting Powder. I love it but Becca has closed it’s doors and so the brand as well as the product is no more and thus I am using up my setting powder. I will actually ty to find a new pink setting powder though as I really like the healthy glow it can bring to my skin, especially in the winter months. The Lise Watier Setting Spray is another item i will be using up and not repurchasing. It is a fine setting spray, just not my favorite because the spray is a little clunky and tends to leave splatters.

I’ve used the Elizabeth Mott Mascara before. It falls into the category of okay but not great. I don’t have any problems with it, but it isn’t special. I don’t look at it and thing, I want to use that it makes my lashes so… Because it doesn’t. I look at it and think: “Well Its open so I might as well use it so it doesn’t go bad.” So I will use it and then let it go without repurchasing.

The two faced Bronzer I love and would repurchase. The Natasha Denona I like but tend to forget I have because it is a small enough palette that it hides in the shadows. It is highly pigmented and blends really well. I went a little heavy on the cranberry shade as I forgot how pigmented it actually was. But now that I’ve use it I know it is something that for the fall and winter I will be reaching for more often.

The YC Collection blushes I don’t think I will be reaching for much after I am finished trying them out. They are okay and once you get used to working with them, they are fine. However I have only had them open for about a week and the liquid already feels thicker when it comes out of the tubes. I only open the blush to dot on my cheek and then I close it up again so I’m not leaving it open for long periods of time, but they are still starting to feel a little thicker.

I am a huge fan of the IPKN BB Cream. It is light weight and when blended with a foundation brush I am getting a few streaks, however the makeup sponge blends them out really well and really easily so that isn’t much of a concern. And the product is blending beautifully. It also has a surprising amount of redness coverage. I’ll be posting a review with pictures next week. I didn’t want to post it today as I feel I haven’t really worn it enough times yet, but this far I am liking it.

I am also really liking this Brow Bar Kit by Reema. The gold case is sleek and lovely, the mirror large and useful and the tools are pretty good as well. I am liking the brow powder and the under brow contour shade and will be using this for a bit to get a better feel of the products. Thus far i am liking it and I think it will also travel well.

Finally we come to the lips. The gloss shade is nice. It isn’t too heavy and the formula is not too sticky on the lips. It is however a very minty smelling formula. I put it on and POW! Supermint. Oddly enough there is no mint taste to it. It is all scent. The gloss has no actual taste to it. I know, tasting your makeup isn’t usually a thing, but it is a lip product. And with a scent that strong I expected a taste. It tastes of nothing.

Overall I am pretty happy with how everything turned out today. I know there are a few repeats as I use products up and clear them out of my dressing table, but that is life my darlings. It can’t be all new products everyday. I think that amount of waste would surely kill something deep inside me. So we take the new with the old and use up products before moving on. Hopefully learning a few things along the way. And now I am going to try and tackle the last of my day’s paperwork so that I can slip out into the sun again and enjoy another walk before the sun goes down. Have a great day and i will see you back here bright and early tomorrow.

The Daily: September 9th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today is a lovely day where I am. This morning featured a long walk and I am debating on a second one a little later in the day. The temps haven’t dropped enough to let me enjoy a walk until after the heat of the day breaks, but If I time it right I can walk after the heat breaks but before the mosquitos and gnats rise. Its a slim window, but well worth exploiting.

And it is nice to get outside as well as get some exercise.

And today I had a bit of post declutter pleasure. Not only is there space enough now for me to see things properly, but i have a bunch of items I forgot about and now get to rotate into my routine. It’s kind of fun.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing stick

Blush/Highlight: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Eyeshadow: I heart Revolution Maple Glazed Doughnut Palette

Mascara: The Feathers by Pretty Vulgar

Lips: Bite Beauty Lipstick in Rhubarb

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist

So Today was the final day for the Milk Primer. The sample size is completely spent. I do have the full size and eventually I will open it and roll it into the rotation, but right now I feel I have too many open primers and want to use a few of them up before doing so. However it does feel good to use this sample up completely.

It will feel even better to finish using the Farsali setting spray up, but I still have a couple of more days with it. I think I might be able to use it up by Monday though so that is the plan. It will not be repurchased.

While the NYX tinted moisturizer I reconnected with a few weeks ago and still love using, especially at this time of year, I forgot about the Natasha Denona Palette completely. It isn’t kept with my other palettes. Or it wasn’t. It will be now. For some reason it was stashed behind the setting powders. So I forgot all about it. I really love the blush though and I am going to have to reach for this more often.

The eyeshadow palette is one I forgot about as well. I know it looks like a silly little doughnut (which sort of makes me happy to see actually) but it is also really good eyeshadow. I really forgot how much I like it. Again as it is round and small it sort of rolled to the back of the drawer. I think I am going to have to lay it flat now that thee is more space so I can keep it front and center. It is just a really good everyday palette.

And the final thing I forgot I had was the Bite Beauty Lipstick. I use their lip masks so much that I forgot about the lipstick. It is worn down to a a bit of a nub so I may try reaching for it more often so I can just finish it out. This sounds strange to say about a lipstick but I really like the way Bite Beauty Lipsticks smell and taste. They look good too, but this one also has a slightly fruity scent and taste to it instead of the waxy lipstick taste. I kinda dig it. I am sooooo glad that Bite Beauty brought their lipstick line back. It was gone for so long and I am thrilled it returned. While I am trying not to buy as many lipsticks (a failing endeavor, I know) I may have to stock up on some of these just incase Bite beauty decides to take them away again. It is such a good formula

I know its a shorter than usual afternoon post, but today is a jam packed day. Still catching up from Monday off but mostly it just seems like everything landed on my desk at once. I’m slowly chugging through it, so it isn’t bad, just more than I expected. And so I will be quickly getting back to it and looking forward to my late afternoon/pre-mosquito rising walk. I hope your Thursday chugs along well also.

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The Make Up Bag: October 23rd, 2020

The Make Up Bag used the week of October 17th – 23rd

We had some highs and lows this week let me tell you.  The Kosas Tinted Face oil was a high.  It was a beautiful foundation that I am happy to have around.  I really enjoyed using it and will definately be repurchasing it.

The low of course was the very frustrating Illuminati X ISA shadow palette.  Oh, it gave me such angst.  The best over all description I can give is patchy.  No, actually that has to be capitalized because it was so bad it needs to be yelled. It was PATCHY.

Sorry for raising my voice, but I wanted to make sure those of you in the back row heard me. For details you can click on the link to read the full break out review.  As this palette caused me to waste a lot of time this week, I am not going to talk about it any more.

The primer I used this week was the Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow.  I love this primer.  I think this is either the second or third tube of this I have purchased and at the moment I think I have about a week or two’s worth of product left in the current tube.  I might keep it around a second week and see if I can use it up. 

It is sort of bittersweet to use this one up.  Because I have quite a few open primers at the moment (I adore primers, as most of you well know.) I am trying not to just automatically repurchase products when I empty them. So even though this has been a staple for a while, and I will put it on my list of products to buy again, I am going to have to wait a bit before it makes an appearance in my dressing table again.

This week I added the Maybelline Instant Age rewind to my make up bag, but didn’t actually use it as concealler.  I slept tolerably well this week and my allergies are gone because the ragweed has finally withered away so I didn’t feel that I needed it.  Plus, the Kosas foundation was excellent. But it is a good concealer.  This week it was also used as an eyeshadow primer.  Admittedly so was every other primer and concealer I had in my collection as I tried to get the eyeshadow palette to work. But I do like the Age rewind concealer and will no doubt be using it again.

My bronzer this week was the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel.  I like the bronzer and the packaging is fantastic.  What can I say, I am a sucker for a good compact.

Speaking of which I also used the Zeesea pressed powder this week. It is a decent powder, works well and does what it is supposed to.  It isn’t a spectacular product, but the packaging is really nice.  I love their British Museum Collection and will probably end up picking up more from them at some point. 

They also just released an Alice in Wonderland Themed set. It looks absolutely stunning.  Zeesea is one of those brands where the product is good, but not excellent but the packaging is collectable. It is also interesting as to what they have up on their website ant any given time. sometimes you can find what you want and other times entire collections disappear only to reappear a few months later. right now they are all about Halloween so very few of their collections are available. Which is kind of a bummer as they have a sale going on. To be honest, once this powder runs out, I’m going to pry out the empty pan, find another product that fits and just keep reusing the compact. 

This week I had two Natasha Denona products in my makeup bag. I intended to have only one.  The one I planned to use was the Bloom Blush and Glow Palette. I love the darker cream blush. I thought I could use the cream blushes and the Glow section as a highlighter. While I loved using the blushes and in fact forgot how much I actually liked using cream blush in general (Note to self: I really need to pick up more cream blush) I was not terribly enthused by the glow section of the palette.  I think part of that may be my skin tone.  When I applied it, the product just sort of blended into nothing on my skin. I think if I was lighter or darker it might work better.  As it is, the glow did not get me. 

However, I have a Glow powder from Natasha Denona.  I never reach for it because I don’t really do much in the way of body shimmer.  Admittedly, that could make my work out gear more spectacular. So I tend to forget that it is in my make up drawer.  This week I pulled it out and used it as my highlighter.  It is a nice subtle glow that really worked well for me this week.  I absolutely loved it. And I need to remember to reach for it more often.

Wet ‘n Wild remained in my makeup bag this week with the Brow Kit and the eyeliner.  The liquid liner is almost completely out now and I am keeping it in this coming week to finish it out. 

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I will be grabbing a second eyeliner in addition to the wet ‘n wild though as I think there are only a couple of days worth of product left in the tube. 

I added a brown eyeliner to the bag this week.  It was from Pretty Vulgar and has a gel like consistency.  It is one of those liners that lasts all day without smudging or fading and won’t budge unless you use a makeup remover.  It was excellent.  (FYI Pretty Vulgar is still having a sale featuring one of my favorite mascaras, the Feathers, if you are looking to stock up. It runs through the end of the month).

Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics

My loose setting powder was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet loose translucent powder.  I went through an entire one of these and picked up a replacement.  I decided this week was the week I wanted to break out the replacement. I enjoyed using it just as much as I did the first container. I have the feeling it will be used and then repurchased again and again.

Also something that will be used and repurchased, the setting spray, Timeless Skincare HA Spray to be exact.  Still using and still love. What more needs to be said?

The mascara was new this week.  I cleared out a lot of my older opened mascara so I was able to open one of the never been tried before ones.  This is the Lengthening Organic Mascara from Harvest that came in a Petit Vour box. 

Petit Vour

I’ll be honest, it isn’t my favorite mascara.  It has an odd smell to it that I can’t identify. I know it is some sort of oil and that it is supposed to smell like that, the product hasn’t gone bad. I just don’t like it. And to be fair it does a good job of lengthening the lashes.  But it tends to flake and by mid afternoon it looked as though I hadn’t applied any mascara at all.  I was not a fan.  I’m glad it is only a travel size because I don’t think I will be keeping it around.

Finally we reach the lips.  I kept the TreStique jar out this week but to be honest, after fighting with the shadow I ended up just reaching for the Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry. It was quick, easy and I didn’t have to think too much about it.  The Trestique lips and the lip liners I pulled languished this week.  Next week perhaps, there will be more concentration on the lips. This week, the eyes were just the problem child needing attention.

So that was my makeup bag this week.  The good the bad, the always keep around and the never again. It was quite the mix this week.

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The Palette of the Week: Natasha Denona Cranberry Palette

The Cranberry Palette

Like a lot of people, I find my eyeshadow collection growing whenever I turn my back on it. I tend to get palettes in subscription boxes, or pick them up on a whim because they are on sale. And then I find myself using only one palette repeatedly while the others remain in the drawer.

In response to this, I have decided to pick one palette per week and focus on using it. Not only will I try using it every day to see how I like the formula, but I will also be testing it to see if it deserves to stay in my drawer of palettes, or if it needs to be moved along to a new home. This way I get to keep what I really like, and what I will use.

Having decided this, I was somewhat nervous about starting with the five pan Natasha Denona Cranberry Palette. It came in my Boxy Charm Premium Subscription this month and has a retail value of $48. Personally I think that is a bit expensive for five pans of shadow, but as the larger palettes go for much more I think everything sold through the brand is rather pricey. Oddly enough I wasn’t nervous about the expense of the palette, but about the five pans. I wasn’t certain if I would get bored using just five pans for the week.

But I made my plan and I was going to stick to it.

So I used the palette all last week.

First, the packaging.

Even though it is all plastic, the plastic is substantial and not likely to crack. It is thick plastic, and I found that I really liked seeing the five pans. With the shadows themselves, there is a little fall out, but not all that much. There was a bit more kick up on the mattes, the dark cranberry especially, but it was only when I dipped into the pan, not during application. I could actually do my face makeup before applying shadows without worrying about having to redo everything because it was coated in color. while the colors are highly pigmented, they blend out well and the blending really allows for a broader shade range than I expected.

There are two mattes and three shimmers and the colors were really well chosen. For different looks I found I could layer the mattes, blending them together and then accent them with one or more of the shimmers. One of the shimmers is really pink, one is golden and the other is a more silvery hue, so there was quite a bit of variation. While I didn’t use the lighter matte shade on its own, because it was just too bright pink for me, I did use the darker cranberry without the pink. I found that because of it’s blending capabilities, I could go bold with dark color or just dab a little and blend it out, accenting it with one of the shimmers for an easy everyday look.

Because of the choices made with the shimmers, I found myself very easily adjusting the looks to suit the day and above all, I was not bored with the color story by the end of the week. I really enjoyed using the palette, it passed my week of use test and it will definitely maintain a place in my drawer. At the moment (and due to the name cranberry) it feels like a holiday palette, however I can see it also working well for the spring. Maybe the seasons will have turned when it next comes up in the rotation and I will use it then and find out.

This week I will be trying the Fairy Tales Palette Little Briar Rose by Storybook Cosmetics, with a report back next Monday.