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: October 6th, 2021

This morning, I had a plan. The sky was overcast but not raining so I thought I might sneak in a walk before getting down to work. I dressed for my walk and by the time my sneakers were laced, it was raining.

So I went with You Tube Yoga instead.

I took my hair out of the ponytail and the band snagged in my hair. I decided that even if I hadn’t made it to the salon, my hair was getting cut. So I lopped about three inches of dead scraggly ends off of it. There is still plenty for a stylist to work with and I’ll get a professional to put in layers. I know my limits.

But my hair feels so much better. It also feels a lot shorter, even though it is still quite long. I actually feel really good about that. So unexpected personal project aside, I sat down to work and the phone rang. And kept ringing.

Issues were dealt with, I decided to put on my makeup and go for a rather simple look. I was just going to use a dash of blush or maybe bronzer on my lids so I could move quickly, but then I saw the liquid shadows and realized I hadn’t used them in a while. So I used them. And then I thought, I really need eyeliner. The first three eyeliners I tried were dried up and so I wound up with the fourth, which was also close to done but by that point so was I.

Makeup done, I finally got back to what I intended to do all along.

It has just been a day where nothing has really gone as expected. Its not a bad day, just a very unexpected one. I’m hoping things settle down a bit for the rest of the afternoon though. I have a quiche planned for dinner and then my babydoll are indulging in our own October Horror movie-a-thon. Paramount + just put a bunch of horror/thriller type things up and tonight we will be watching Gretel and Hansel. I know it has been out a while but we never got around to watching it. So tonight is the night. If all goes as planned.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary setting powder

Eyeshadow: Too Faced Melted Chocolate and Stila Liquid Shadow in Charmed

Eyeliner: Eyeko Skinny liquid Liner in black

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

I really did just want something quick and light and if I hadn’t gotten distracted by the liquid shadows then I wouldn’t have been tempted towards the eyeliner. It was really the eyeliner that slowed me down today. I haven’t worn eyeliner in a really long time and didn’t realize how many of my liquid liners dried out. I think tonight I may sit down and just test the open ones on my hand to clear out the ones that are no longer good so that if I want to grab something quick I can be reasonably sure that it will work.

Most of the products are on my list of favorites. The bareMinerals blush topping the list of today’s products. It really is one of my favorite formulas.

Today was mostly about the liquid shadows though. I really do like both of them. Stila and Too Faced and I should reach for them more. I love that the too faced is a matte product. I applied it and used my fingers to move it around, which is why it is a bit messy. I need practice with it. Once dry it stays in place though and other products are easy to lay over it. It is a very impressive formulas actually.

Over all, despite the dried liners, in the end things worked out well. It just seems to be a day where any actual plans go out of the window. But I took care of several calls I did need to deal with, I got rid of the scraggly ends of my hair and over all, it has been a pretty good day, even if I didn’t get a walk in. And it is a good reminder. Sometimes unexpected doesn’t mean bad, it just means unexpected.

The Daily: September 27th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings, I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Around here we spent it mostly chopping down a tree and hauling the wood away. The trees weren’t huge and they were lovely trees but they were planted in the wrong location. Namely too near the water main. If it is a choice between the lovely Japanese Maple and having unimpeded running water into the house, I’m afraid the water wins. We’ll be planting replacement trees elsewhere. I know we talked about just moving these, but there was some sort of problem with moving them. I can’t recall what, but we needed to buy more trees instead.

On the plus side we now have mulch.

I know not the most exciting thing to hear about but as I’ve never really thought about how to take down a tree, let alone two (regardless of the size) it was kind of interesting to be a part of. I also think it counts as several weight lifting exercises in one. There was a lot of lifting and carrying involved. Since me and the chain saw aren’t the best of friends, I opted for hauling tree parts away. My back shoulders and the front of my thighs certainly feel the effort of tree removal.

I’m just glad we completed the task post summer heat and pre winter chill.

To each thing it’s season, eh?

Today’s Look:

Primer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Primer

Foundation: NYX Professional Makeup Bare with me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher

-currently on sale on the Illamasqua site

Eyeshadow: Elf Bite Sized Cream and Sugar Palette

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers Mascara

Lipstick: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Setting Spray Lise Watier Magnifix Setting Spray

I know, My plan was to use a few certain products either to continue testing them or to use them up. I just got so annoyed with the YC Collection liquid blush that I just picked up different products. Except for the setting spray. That I think I have only two or three more uses of so I want to finish it out. My YC Collection blushed came in an IPSY bag and they seem to be drying out remarkably fast. I don’t know if I just got an older product or if I might had accidentally not closed one of them all the way but the liquid has noticeably thickened since I opened them a week ago.

So I just went with a different set of products. Today I really just wanted something simple and quick, which it why I chose the products I did. I have only a little bit of the YSL Primer left so I figured I’d use it as it is a sample i want to use up. I like the primer I’m just not sure I like it enough to pay the large price tag for the primer. It is a good primer. It gently illuminates under a matte foundation and it holds face products in place well. It doesn’t do any pore filling or cancellation of redness. While I like an illuminating primer now and again, it is pore filling and redness cancelation that I tend to lean towards. Illumination just isn’t my go to. While this does it well, and I would love to use this more often, I think this is a wait until a sale or make it a spouge purchase for a special event. It isn’t something I would reach for everyday even though I do like it. It does have a lovely scent to it though, which I enjoy.

The NYX Skin Veil always works well for me. It is great when i want something simple and quick. It blends well and I don’t have to actually think about it. which is kind of what i was going for today.

The Ciate Bronzer works well with a skin veil and BB cream type formula because it is not highly pigmented. It is a buildable formula. As the NYX is a more natural finish, the buildable formula was definitely the way to go today.

I also used the Colour Veil from Illamasqua because it is a softer, more gentle blusher. It is a thick jelly formula and a little dab will do. It sheers out into a soft wash of color that I really like. It also goes well with the lighter more natural looking foundations and it stays in place all day.

The Elf Bite sized palette is a long time favorite and of the few I have I do find myself reaching for the Cream and sugar one the most often. It is just a good everyday work palette. And the shades were chosen so it is super easy to work with. Everything just makes sense for in a rush application.

Finally I went with the Clinique lipstick sample that was in this month’s Macy’s subscription. This is the first time I’ve used it and quite honestly it reminds me of the ELF Sheer Slick. It has the same level of pigmentation. It feels a little waxier, almost as though it feels more like a bullet lipstick on the lips. The color is of a sheer lip gloss. I like it and I think I will use it, but I’m not sure I would purchase the full size.

And those my darlings are the highlights from todays look. I used quite a few products I love and even added a new one in. Mostly I just went for what was quick and easy as I am racing towards the end of the month deadlines. Its always the month’s with only thirty days that get me. I don’t know why. It’s not like one day makes as big a difference, yet in the months with only thirty days, I always feel like I am scrambling in that last week. But, such is life. And the race to the end of the month must continue. And so it is back to work I go.

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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 Daily: September 1st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to September. Yes, there is no more teasing, it is officially fall. At least in my books. And because of the rain and cloud cover it actually feels like fall. which is nice for September 1st. it also feels like a conspiracy. I have my Tomahawk Shades lined up on the shelf and they are just begging to be worn. Especially the tortoise shell pair from the Grasshopper line. I says “wear me, and don’t forget to grab a bold red lip when you do.”

Isn’t that always the way though? As soon as you find something you want to wear the weather says, yeah, not today. Its why I haven’t taken my sweaters and other cool weather clothing out of the back of the closet. I don’t want to encourage the heat to linger any longer than it has to. I’ve concentrated my fall efforts on other areas, like the decluttering.

I have actually really been enjoying that to be honest. The lip products were a long overdue necessity. While I am sorting through other categories and not getting rid of as much I love the fact that things i haven’t used in a while come to light. Then I get to use them because I love them and haven’t seen them in a while or because I can’t really remember how I felt about them. Or because I want to use them up, or try out something new. Today’s makeup is sort of a testament to that.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Blush/Bronzer/highlight/powder: Cover FX Perfecter Face palette

Eyeshadow: Tartelette Tease palette

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in the shade Soho

The Milk makeup Hydro Grip primer is a sample size that I thought I had finished. I liked it enough that I ordered the full size but have been forcing myself to finish out at least two more primers before I open. when sorting through my primers, i found out that i had just a little bit left, so I am going to be using it until it is absolutely empty and can go. That way it doesn’t get lost in the bottom of the drawer again. Its a little round tube that tends to roll. It is also a very good primer, so I don’t mind keeping it around for a few more days.

The NYX tinted Skin Veil I found about a week ago in the drawer, pulled it out and used it and remembered just how much I liked it. It blends in really well and feels feather light on the skin. The shade I have is True Beige Buff and it is flexible enough that i don’t need to stock up on multiple shades for different seasons. So That is an added bonus for me. In deepest summer it can be a little light so I use tinted powder and in my palest winter it can be a smidge too dark so i adjust with translucent powder. Those are the only corrections I need to make.

The Cover FX Palette is an interesting one. I had this palette, or one nearly identical to it, a long tike ago. I remember it being all the rage and everyone talking about it at the time I was using it. I thought it was a fabulous travel palette if I remember and I remembered loving the hard case as it protected the products. I think the Powder and Contour I used down to pan and the other pans were looking pretty worn. I also think the case and mirror ended up cracked and i wasn’t certain if mirror shards got into the powders so I decluttered it. A few months ago I saw this on Boxy Pop up and was at that time quite excited about the possibility of travel resuming so i ordered it. I think I used it once when it came in and then forgot it. when i sorted palettes again I came across it. I think because of how i used the last one (when I had a job that put me constantly on the road)My brain just saw the palette and thought “Travel Palette”.

And it is an excellent travel palette. It is also just a good general palette. The contour works as a bronzer for me. It is very pigmented so I found myself treading lightly and then blending. The blush is a little brighter a pink than I usually use, but I actually like it quite a lot. I did find that I had to do a quick tap with the blush so that i didn’t apply too much. The highlighter is golden in tone (my preference) and blends well so there is a glow rather than a streak of gold. Over all it is a good little palette. I just need to think of it more as a palette and less of a travel palette.

The same holds true of the tartelette Tease palette. it is six basic tarte shades and I bought it a while ago soely for the purpose of travel. The palette is about three inches long and slips easily into a travel bag. The shadows are varied enough for good basic looks and I happen to like the tarte formula. You do have to tap off the brush to avoid fall out from the mattes but they are highly pigmented. Also if you want the shimmers to shine you really need to wet the brush. I didn’t bother today so it is quite a low shimmer. I also used the darkest matte in the palette (Shade bff) to remind myself about the palette.

The Kush mascara I opened, tried once and then the trail sized tube was buried and forgotten. Somehow it ended up with the lipsticks. So I decided to dig it out and put it in rotation. It has a fluffy wand, which I like and while the formula is not overly dramatic, it is pretty good. I haven’t had any problems with it flaking yet, but I will use it more to get a better feel for it. While it isn’t massively lengthening or volumizing it is a good mascara that does enhance the lashes.

And then we move on to the lip. I’m guessing the M2U NYC matte lip came in an IPSY bag at some point. I honestly don’t remember it arriving, but that seems like a logical arrival point. The color is nice. It takes a little while for the formula to dry down. Once it does, the lipstick stays in place. There is a bit of wearing off. It is not an apply in the morning and forget about it product. Lunch wore the lipstick off and I reapplied. Once it is dry it is comfortable enough that i can forget that i am wearing it and it doesn’t transfer. It isn’t dry enough to make my lips feel dried out, just dry enough to stay in place. The waiting for it t dry down and then having to reapply it after eating are the only issues I can see with this lip so far, so first impressions are quite possitive. I know nothing about the brand, this is in fact the first time I’ve ever heard of them or tried a product. This lipstick does make me want to go in search of more products though. And it is always nice to find new brands that i like.

Finally today’s look wraps up with the Farsali Setting spray. There is only about an inch worth of product left in the bottle and I am determined to finish it out. The product is pretty, the bottle lovely and in truth it works well as a setting spray. it isn’t spectacular, but it is nice. I just can’t stand the scent of it. So I will use it up. And because the bottle is glass and can be reused, I may transfer a different setting spray into the bottle. I have a setting spray that is leaking and another where I like the product but can’t stand the spray. So In this case recycling actually helps me out. And soon the Farsili Spray will be used up. While it is a nice product, because of the scent, I will not be repurchasing it, just reusing the bottle.

And that was todays look. A large part of it was inspired by my current declutter, but I am okay with that. the declutter has gotten me excited about products I already have as well as letting me clear out space and reorganize, which is kind of nice. I like like the excitement of finding things that I forgot I had. It’s like my own personal treasure hunt. and as there are several more categories to go through, we push on in our declutter quest. Onward and upward! To El Dorado! Or at least the land of makeup i forgot about.


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The Daily: August 25th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings and I hope you are doing fantastic today. This morning I replaced my walk with some work in the garden. Pulling up spent plants may not be as calorie burning as a full on walk, but it needed to be done. And when working outside right now the only time the heat and humidity is bearable happens to be the time I usually take my walk.

I know, not a mega surprise reveal on that one. It actually amazed me how many small cucumbers were lurking beneath shriveled leaves. The biggest are the size of golf balls but sliced and mixed with a little diced onion, a little vinegar and a little sugar and left in the fridge until dinner time, they will be perfect for a quick side salad tonight. Tonight we are having bean burgers They will end up being lightly grilled on the grill pan in the kitchen because it is actually far too hot to fire up the grill in the back yard. The cucumber onion side salad will go well with it.

It’s light and the last of the summer veg won’t go to waste.

I managed to get the spend plants up and into the compost and to spread down some nutrient rich dirt on top in a thick layer. In a few days I’ll make sure it is all mixed up and then add in the seeds to grow over the fall and winter. The back bed already has small little rutabaga sprouts coming up as the plants there finished early. If you are looking for fall planting guides or seeds, you might want to check out Botanical Interests. They have a lot of really good advice for planning gardens of all sizes (as well as a really good variety of seeds). Their information is fantastic if you are just beginning to garden.

I don’t think the calorie burn is exactly equal to a walk, but i was drenched by the time I finished my morning garden chores, so I am considering that at least a half way decent workout. This morning I didn’t even use the hot water when I went to wash off. The cold water just felt so good I couldn’t make my hand reach for the hot water tap.

I’m going to call that energy saving.

Today’s Look:

Foundation: NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Gold Soleil

Blush and Highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Mascara: Florence by Mills Mascara in Black

Lips: KAB Hydrating Lip oil

Setting Spray Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist

I know, you look at the list and gasp, Mimsy, there is no primer on there! I know, me without primer. Practically unheard of. Often times I will use primer and skip foundation. With the NYX Bare with me Tinted Skin Veil though I tend to like it better without a primer underneath. It is just a super light barely there look. Which quite honestly I was in the mood for today.

Plus i wanted to try the Florence by Mills Mascara with a low makeup look to see how I felt about it. When I tried it with bright shadows on my lids, the mascara disappeared into nothing. Today, I dusted a little but of bronzer and a dash of highlight on my lids and called that shadow for the day. I figured it was enough to add a bit of contrast to the lids and allow the lashes to shine.

They didn’t.

This mascara is a very basic mascara. It darkens the lashes. That’s about it. There is no length, no volume. And while it is okay on a low to no makeup day, any color on the lids and the lashes are lost. If you are using this as the mascara on your lashes before you put on false lashes, then perhaps you would like it. If you are looking for just a darkening of the lashes in an otherwise natural look, then yeah, this could work for you. For me, I’m not a fan. I will continue to use it in rotation since it is open and I hate waste, but it will only really be used when I am going low key, like today. It isn’t my favorite formula.

The Doucce Posh Powder Palette is one that I will also keep for low key makeup days. The formulas are buildable rather than highly pigmented. So when I am using something like the NYX Bare with Me, it works really well. It lets me get a light blush rather than having clown cheeks.

this is my third day with the lip oil and While I used it over a nude lip yesterday and thought it might have some color to it, today I used it over my bare lips. My lips did have some foundation product over them though. I don’t think this lip oil has a tint now. I think the oil gloss of it simply enhances whatever is beneath the oil, like a magnifier. It does change the tone a little but I think it is more through the shifting of the light than actual color in the oil. (I know our perception of color is only really based on the wave lengths of light and so on, but you get what I mean, hopefully). Although to be honest, it very well might have a light tint. I can’t quite figure it out. I keep going back and forth on my opinion of color. I will say that as I have used it this week, the scent has changed. When I first opened it the melon was the top note with a sort of tropical, coconut undertone. Now it is reversed. when i open it I now smell Coconut with a light melon scent as an after note. To be honest, the oil itself is okay. I have better lip oils. What i love though is the shape of the doe foot applicator. The dip in the tip of the doe foot really cups the lip during application and makes the product apply smoothly. In all honesty it is the applicator that will keep me using this product. the oil is okay but not great. the applicator, I like.

I probably didn’t need a setting spray today, but I am slowly but surely using up the Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist. It is an okay setting spray but not my favorite. It is pretty to look at and looks nice sitting out on the dressing table, but I just don’t like the scent. and it has been lingering in my collection for too long. So I am trying to use it up. I’m getting so close too. I was hoping to finish it before the end of August, but I think it will be with me through the first week or so of September. It is a bit of a shame though. the bottle is lovely and the spray of the mist is quite good. There is a part of me that wants to see if I can take the mist from another setting spray whose dispenser I don’t like and put it into this bottle to use. But that is an experiment that will have to wait until the Farsali bottle is empty. Soon…soon… and then the home recycling experiment can commence. But for now, we wait. and use the spray.

And that is it for me today. It was a pretty basic day. Morning gardening/sweatfest followed by shower light makeup and working at my desk. It is a quiet, yet productive day, and quite fraknly, I’m rather pleased with that.

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Testing out the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

You know what happens when you only go shopping once a month and don’t really leave the house much between?  During your one outing you end up lingering in the makeup section wondering what would be fun to try.  Or at least you do if you are me.

I’d feel bad about it if my baby doll didn’t do the same thing at the liquor store.  Our Friday night cocktails have gone slightly experimental as he picks up a small bottle of ‘I’ve never even heard of this’ to go with whatever staple we went to replace at the end of the month. Some experiments are more successful than others.

I suppose the same can be said for my random make-up purchases.  The latest of which was the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil.  Its product description on the NYX site reads…

Getting that glowing, lit up L.A. skin, “no makeup, makeup” look has never been easier with NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. This light, concealing veil comes in a variety of tone-evening, skin tinting shades and is the perfect alternative to foundation and heavy BB creams. Even out your natural skin tone and achieve a smooth satin finish with this breathable, lightweight cream formula. Cover your face in a hydrating second skin that never feels cakey. Amazing on its own, as a base for a smooth makeup application, and best with our other Bare With Me products.

I think the Bare With Me line is fairly new, or at least I didn’t see it the time before when I perused the section and this is the first product from the line I’ve tried. I have to say it sounded quite appealing.

In the summer, I find myself drawn to tinted moisturizers and lighter coverage.  Partially it is because of the sweat factor.  When it is hot, my skin likes to breathe.

Mostly it is because I am also layering on sunscreen.  Especially this year.  I’m actually testing out a Volition Sunscreen right now that sets beautifully on the skin and under make-up (review coming at the end of the trial), but I have to say a lighter base for my makeup is appealing. On the hand the product felt like a bit like a traditional foundation so I had my concerns, but I pressed ahead.

Bare, freshly washed face

And miracle of all miracles, I actually chose the right color for my current skin tone.  I know, such a shocker, Everybody MAMBO! I was excited by that fact alone.  I got it home and tried it on my hand and it pretty much disappeared into my skin.  I was excited.

Now, this week I was trying a few different things that I feel I ought to explain. 

The first involves tools.  Since this was my foundation trial of the week, I tried using my regular foundation brush to see how it applied.  I also used my old makeup sponge to test it.  I then replaced my old makeup sponge with the HUDA BEAUTY Basic B sponge from this month’s Ipsy box. (Mostly because it reached the end of it’s life and really needed to be replaced.) I also set my regular brushes aside to test out the Laruce Brush set after testing it with my regular foundation brush.There will be a tool review coming soon.

I know, it’s a lot of changing.  The end result was that this product applies better with a sponge than with a brush.  It is just such a light weight product that it gets lost in the brush and you end up using too much in an attempt to correct this.  It worked best if I put a little on my hand and then dabbed it on my face with the sponge and blended it in. 

Just the NYX Skin Veil

The next thing I tried was the powder before foundation trick.  Some of you may have heard of this.  It was all the rage on You Tube a few years ago.  I think everyone tried it.  I am certainly not the originator.  I watched a make up Artist named Wayne Goss in a 2014 video and I really liked his techniques. I also like his videos in general and recommend checking him out.

I tested this product both with and without.  The NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil worked beautifully both ways.  With the powder first I noticed that I didn’t need to go back in with concealer over anything and that everything stayed in place perfectly all day.  I also noticed that the extra shine I had from both an illuminating primer and my sunscreen was tamped down to a low glow rather than a bright shine. 

Start of the day. (and yeah my banges were just not happy. I need to trim them again.)

I’m going to try the technique again next week with a regular primer to see how it holds up but I really liked it. I should note that these pictures were all taken on the day I didn’t use this method and just applied it like normal.

There were a couple of things I noticed. This trick doesn’t work if you have a totally dry face.  If you are going to try this, make sure your moisturizer or whatever top layer you’ve applied, is still damp.  The technique requires that the powder blend in with the moisturizer or powder to lock in place.  Otherwise it is powdery and it becomes pointless.

I really liked this because I didn’t have to wait until my skincare dried all the way to apply my makeup products. I used loose powder which melted with the top layer of my liquid product and formed a smooth base for me to work with. As I was not using a pore filling primer but an illuminating one this week it was interesting since it ended up adding a pore filling element. So this cut down my time getting ready and expanded my range of products.  If the trick fills pores I am more willing to try non-pore filling primers basically.

So I will be trying the powder before foundation plan again.

End of the day

I did try the Bare With Me without doing it and it applied well also (hence the photos.  Without the powder underneath it lasted on my face without issue for the full eight hours of wear that it claims to provide.  With the powder I wore it for twelve with no problems.

I have to say this product met every claim it made.  It lasted eight hours, it wasn’t cakey, it gave me a natural look and it felt absolutely weightless on the skin. In addition, it didn’t have that odd greasiness that some tinted moisturizers tend to get. I know it isn’t actually a moisturizer, so that is probably why, but I have no idea what else to compare a skin veil to. Either way it was weightless, mattifying and not greasy.

All reasons I will definitely be keeping this in rotation.  It’s also why I will be picking up a lighter shade for winter. All in all a success.  I am almost sad that I have to rotate it out this week.  However I have a couple of sample sized tubes of BB and CC cream that I want to try to see if I want to try a full sized version later down the road. So I must set this aside. But rest assured, it will return.


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