Good afternoon my darlings. Today the sun has returned, even if the temps are remaining low. The park is still flooded though. I walked down there which was a bad idea actually. The water rose with the rain and then faded back slightly which was just enough for the various crawfish, and other aquatic life that was washed onto dry land to be stranded and the stink to rise. You could also see yellow streaks on the pathway and grass where the pollen was left behind.
which meant that I hot footed it home again and took some allergy meds. I’m hoping that if the sniffles stop then later this afternoon there can be some yoga. I think tomorrow I will just plan on an indoor workout and let the allergens do a little receding as well. There is no reason to cause an allergy attack, right?
I thought about skipping the makeup today, but then I saw the red lipstick and thought, nope, I want to wear that today. So I did.
I love this lipstick and every time I put it on I think that I really need to look into getting more shades of this formula. Red vixen is one of my favorite reds, but as far as liquid lip formulas go, I love this one. Especially for darker colors. It applies smoothly and dries down enough to stay put all day without turning my lips into sandpaper. I think it is the Vitamin E mixed in that keeps it from drying out the lips. It does dry down pretty fast though so you really need to get your lines straight pretty quickly. I thus far haven’t found a lip liner that I like to pair with this one, but it really could benefit from the pairing. I’m not the steadiest when applying lipstick sometimes and having those lines to essentially color in would help. However this lipstick doesn’t seep into the fine lines around my mouth, I just need the outline to keep me from looking wobbly.
I chose the Ole Henriksen primer to pair with the Yensa today because it is one of my favorite brightening primers and I wanted to see how well they paired. It is actually working fairly well. I find myself missing a little bit of the pore filling that I get with some of my other primers but thus far the foundation is holding it’s own without the pore filling. I’m always going to want more pore filling, but I don’t think I have to use pore filling with this foundation, which is good to know.
I used the Nudestix bronzer today because I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it. I think that part of my issue is that is a sample size. While there are other issues, one of my problems is that the sample size had smaller surface area during application so it draws a thinner line on the cheek. It is more defined so I have to blend it out a little more than I would with a wider stick so a lot of it blends away. Today i tried a double line. It worked better but I really had to move quickly. It has a limited window of blendablitity. It isn’t my favorite formula but I am finding ways to work with it. I suspect I’ll just keep it in rotation until it is used up and then let it go. I might actually frequently rotate it to use it up faster.
The bareMinerals blush I love. It is a great formula and one of my favorite shades of blush. I have the Mauve Sunrise and it really works well for me. It is a use and repurchase product.
The Saint Luxe is interesting. It gives a very subtle glow which I like. However it can blend in a little too much to be spotted. I m still playing with it. I think it is a product that you can wear all over your face under your matte foundation. I think that is why it is blending in more than I expected. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
The Kim Chi powder I really like. However it is definitely something that should be used over liquid and cream products and then used sparingly as a setting powder. It works really well as a setting powder but too much will really make the foundation look powdery. Light amount of product on the puff and then press into the skin. It takes off the shine without a powdery look. And I don’t mind using less because it will last longer. I think tomorrow I may try it with powder products and a little restraint in application. I was a bit heavy handed the first time. We’ll see how it works tomorrow.
I love the Big Poppa mascara, you know that already.
The eyeshadow palette is fine. This is the last day of my trial with it and I am kind of relieved. It works well, but I am just kind of bored. My full review will be up tomorrow so you can read all my thoughts then, but essentially it boils down to good formula and good for office looks but kind of boring. I think that might be why the red lip was calling to me today. I needed just a little bit of color. I have been hitting the neutrals in both shadow and lips pretty hard lately. I think I need to play around with a bit more color for a bit. Today the red lip was enough.
And now my darlings it is back to work for me. The end of the month is neigh and there is so much to do before the thirtieth rolls around. Short months always go by way too fast. I know it is technically only a day, but somehow it feels like someone lopped a week off the calendar.
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Ah Monday. Always a toss up between a nice easy day and utter chaos. I kind of like the fact that you can’t really tell which it is going to be until you ae in it. I worked hard on Friday and thought I had cleared the deck so Monday would be a nice easy slide into the work week. It hasn’t turned out that way. I think someone drank some panic juice over the weekend. I had three calls this morning from someone about a project i turned in two weeks ago.
Somehow he forgot that it came in, her reviewed it sent it back to me for changes and then got the changes in last Wednesday. So I had a few freaked out messages followed by an apology as he confused the project i did with something from someone else. Which, from what I figured out with the messages, isn’t due for another two weeks. But also has nothing to do with me.
I did however have a minor freak out thinking I missed something. So most of the morning was unsettled and in panic mode. Until the apology. when I knew it wasn’t me that got confused. Always nice to hear, but it did throw everything off track. There was no walk this morning so my plan is to finish this and then go on a longer walk to kind of soothe my brain and mentally settle before I try to get on with what I had initially planned for today.
What a way to start the week.
But at least the apologies were effusive when the mistake was realized.
Today was a mix of favorites, new products and in progress testing. Let’s talk about the favorites first, you know they are ones I love and reappear often. There is the Banana Bright Primer, the Gold Rush blush, The Illamasqua Highlighter, the No 7 Powder and the MAC Lipstick. All are products I will use repeatedly and then repurchase to use again. In fact as far as pressed powders go I am only using up the few others I have and then I will only really keep the No 7 around. While I will try others it is now the only pressed powder I purchase.
I am currently trying out the Charlotte Tillbury foundation. While I liked it with the brightening primer, when i used my foundation brush I found there were a lot of streaks in the product and I had to spend time with the makeup sponge to blend them out. I didn’t have this problem with the Tatcha primer, so I think it is just the brightening primer. I will be rotating primers to double check. Today I used only the makeup sponge to apply the foundation over the brightening primer and it worked really well. I liked how the foundation applied much better than when i used a brush. I think this just might be a foundation that applies better with a sponge than a brush. which is good to know. It takes me longer to work with my foundation when using a sponge than with a brush but with a full coverage foundation like this I don’t mind. I generally only use full coverage when I am going somewhere and then I take extra time. It just isn’t something I would want to do first thing every morning.
The Athr Beauty Mascara is also an ongoing trial. It is not a one swipe and you are don’t mascara. You need to apply several coats. However if you do, it lengthens the lashes beautifully. It just takes a few coats. I know that sounds silly to say, but each coat uses more product so the more coats you need the shorter the length of time the mascara will last. which is something that needs to be factored into the value of the product as a whole. I know they make a big deal about the recyclability of the wand, but I would prefer if it felt a little more sturdy in the hand. It feels a little on the thin side.
There were two absolutely new products today. The first was the bronzer stick that came in my Macy’s box. The color is nice but it took some effort to blend. I am going to break out a denser bristled brush to try with it tomorrow, but the formula isn’t wowing me at the moment.
The second new product was the Viseart Palette. I have the petite Deux so when IPSY had the trois on an add on I added it. I really love those little fold up packages and the shadow formula is very nice. I went light today going for a subtle look. It works just as well as the other palettes from Viseart which is nice as I have had a run of hard to work with palettes, It is nice to have a shadow palette where things just work as I expect. The Viseart formula blends really well and despite high pigmentation, they can blend down to be a really soft look. The formula I like, so it is a matter of seeing if the color selection works and how I feel about it after using it as my sole palette.
For me, that was today’s look.
For those of you who don’t know Today is world Water Day and Avene has a sale going on. I love Avene Thermal Water and stock up on it every Spring. It is a fantastic way to cool down gently after working in the garden or going on a walk once the weather turns hot. It is less of a shock to your system than anything colder would be and it hydrates. I know, not the spa like image spray water usually projects but for me it is a garden staple and a bottle sits by my garden door all summer long. Soon it will be time for me to stock up so I might be taking advantage of the sale as well.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day my darlings. May all the snakes be driven out of your yard. Unless you want them. Then I hope they aren’t. While there aren’t any major celebrations we are participating in we are having Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, which is my family’s tradition. we never really did the parades and green beer. The beef has been corning in our fridge for a while and honestly I will very much enjoy not only eating it but clearing it out of the fridge. It is yummy, but it does take up a lot of space.
The trick is to remember my portion sizes. It is really hard when you know it is a treat you only get once a year. Because I am not corning beef more than once a year. I may make pastrami a few times a year, but corned beef is only in March.
Restraint will need to be exercised.
As it is St. Pats there are heaps of sales going on. I’ll link several of them at the bottom, for now we jump into the makeup.
Because I am testing out a new foundation I am swapping around my primers to see what works and how the foundation performs with each. While this foundation worked really well with the Tatcha formula, I don’t think the Ole Henriksen is the best pair for it. I think this foundation needs a more pore filling foundation under it. I was hoping that is tould pair well with the brightening primer but it isn’t the greatest. I love my banana bright, I just don’t think this is a great paring. Yesterday I didn’t really have an issue with streaks in the foundation due to the brush I used. Today I had to use the makeup sponge to smooth out the streaks. I think I might try the banana bright with this foundation and only use the makeup sponge to apply the foundation and see if that makes the paring a happier one. Because once I blended out the streaks I really liked the look of my skin.
Today I used the Cocoa Contour Palette from Too Faced. I don’t know if it is still available, but I love it. The packaging feels so luxe that I just feel special wearing it. It has also become a travel companion because of the mirror and the sturdiness of it. I like the palette when I need to blend shades at different times of the year. While Chocolate Soliel is my summer time favorite, at this time of year there is some blending to find the right shade. It is a great bronzer though.
I also love my Gold Rush Blush. I have other Benefit blushes that I like, but this is the one I always end up reaching for. It is also the one with the severe dip in the center of it. The shimmer wore off once the over spray was gone and it just left a nice slightly golden hued blush that works well for my skin. The Iconic illuminator drops I like but I am not in love with. I have several liquid highlighters and I realized I don’t reach for them. I am going to go through them and try to figure out the ones I will actually use and then clear out the ones that I know i won’t. I also need to go through regular highlighters so I may end up posting a mini declutter some point soon. This one is okay, but I’ll need to compare it before I decide if i am keeping it or not.
I chose the other worldly palette because of the green for St. Patrick’s day. To be honest, it is the reason I keep this palette. I love the green. The shadows don’t blend the best and over all the green and orange toned shimmers are the best in the palette. the others are okay, but those two are the winners.
Today was the first use of the Athr Beauty mascara. The first coat wasn’t very special but after applying a few coats it began to look nice. It is listed as a volumizing mascara but to me it feels more lengthening than volumizing. I’ll be playing with it but at the moment it looks like it needs a few coats before it looks how I want it to.
And finally the elf sheer slick, what can I say, I love it, I use it, I’ve repurchased it a couple of times. It is a good quick splash of tint with a vitamin E backer so my lips feel cared for. Easy to grab, easy to wear.
Good afternoon my darlings. The temps are down, the sky is cloudy, but thus far no rain so I am throwing on a sweatshirt and walking. I got in one chilly walk this morning and plan another later this afternoon. This is the time of year where lip balm is never too far away from me. I have one on my desk and one in my pocket. The trick this time of year is to remember to take it out of my pocket before I do my laundry.
I lose more lip balms to the wash than any other way.
After about a month I’ll have it drilled into my brain that I need to remember to check the pockets. It’s just November that is a bit dicey. So I am using a combination of my least favorite lip balms and the lip balms that are already mostly used up as my pocket balms right now. That way it feels a bit like less of a loss if I forget.
This month is all about not forgetting things it seems. I thought I had most of my holiday shopping done and then I found there were a couple people I didn’t have as covered as I thought. Well, technically that isn’t entirely true. My babydoll said he had an idea and so I marked them off my list thinking he would take care of them and now it turns out his idea fell through. So they are back on my list. It’s not a big deal, actually. I was just feeling kind of pumped for working through most of my list before Black Friday rolled around.
I know that sounds strange, but I tend to purchase certain gifts early so there will be something mail out and then I tend to follow up with smaller things purchased later during the black Friday/cyber Monday sales. Those packages get mailed out later. It is kind of me hedging my bets with the post office. So everyone has one definite thing to open on Christmas , even if there is a delay.
It is a consequence of spending most of my life moving around the country. Not only do I have friends and family all over the place, but i am often far away at the Holidays. It is a strange system, but one I’ve developed over the years. But it does mean that this is now a week of shopping for me. The first packages need to be mailed out by the time I travel down to my mother’s at Thanksgiving this year. With the way the post office has been running I don’t want to take any chances.
Today I went super simple. I have work at my desk, my two walks and a quick run out to a local store so I didn’t want to take a lot of time. I haven’t used the banana bright primer in a while. I really like the way it gives a soft glow to the skin underneath the foundation. Actually because of it, I decided not to bother with highlighter today.
The Ciate Foundation is one of my favorite easy breezy foundations. I’m rotating it in and out right now because I want to see how long this tone suites me and if I will have to get a different shade for the winter. I use this foundation enough that I will actually keep two shades around if I need to. Thus far, this one shade is still working. While I will purchase a second shade, I would be thrilled to have only one that I need to keep year round.
The Trestique is kind of my in a hurry and I know it will look good bronzer. I reach for it a lot. I think I reach for it a lot more now because I know that this is the last of the non-refillable versions. Once I use this one up I will be picking up the refillable one so that I have less waste. I won’t waste the one i have but I like the thought that a refillable version is in my future.
The bareMinerals blush. How many more ways can I say that I love this formula? I apply it with my fingertip rather than with a brush, because it just works better that way. It blends in well and stays on all day. I really like the formual and will continue rotating it in.
Today I wanted a quick eye look (plus I am trying to remember to grab my single shadows more. This is the KVD shadow for a one and done look. I really like the color and the shadow is a great formual. The feathers mascara and Mac lip are also long time favorites.
What can I say, when time is short, I reach for the favorites that work well with no fuss. And really, these are products that simply work without a lot of fiddling about. Somedays, that is what you need. Today was that sort of day.
It is time once again for my favorite post of the week. The skincare line up. I love the chance to talk about skincare. I think that is why I have such an elaborate line up. There are so many products out there that I just want to try. Plus, I love putting the claims that companies make for their products to the test. Admittedly I always feel bad when I have to report in that the products didn’t come up to the mark. On the other hand I always feel happy when they do exactly what they claim to do. And when they exceed expectations I really want to give them a gold star. So shall we see if there are any gold stars in this week’s line up?
Okay, starting at the top, the Native Deodorant performed well. It wasn’t put to too much of a test this week as I did not sweat it out in the walking trail, but as it performed well last week in the brutal sun and humidity I am still pleased with it. The scent is nice if you sniff the actual product. It disappears once the deodorant is on. Which is a little sad as I like the scent. But I suppose if I went around smelling of blackberries I’d attract bees. So for those out there who are super sensitive to scent, this one might be for you.
This week I again used the sample of the Andalou Cleansing milk in the morning, keeping my Korres for night time. The sample is almost empty though. I will be using the last of it tomorrow morning. It is a nice cleanser. It has very little scent to it. It is a bit of a loose formula as it is a cleansing milk rather than a cream. It isn’t liquid though. It actually reminds me of whipping cream when you’ve whipped it to soft peaks rather than stiff ones. It is a good light cleanser and I could definitely see myself picking it up in the store to use again.
The Murad toner worked well. It is actually one of my favorite Murad products. It takes off the remnants of anything on my skin, but doesn’t strip the skin or cause me any problems really. It just quietly and effectively does its job, which is toning. And of course when used in the evening it is the ever present judge where the makeup remover is concerned. Have you done your job? The toner will tell. Or at least the round that I am using with the toner will tell.
Currently I am using the Magnitone reusable rounds and they are performing really well. They also wash well. I have been using the mesh bag that came in July’s Birchbox to wash them. I put the used rounds as well as my makeup sponges in the bag and chuck it in the wash. The bag keeps any stray hair or lint from getting on the sponge and rounds and they come out fabulously clean.
But that’s a bit off topic.
The Time Revolution is still one of my gold star products. This week it was just used as an essence. I didn’t spend any excess time in the sun, mostly because there wasn’t any sun. So I didn’t need the essence as a recovery mask. Although really, soaking a couple of rounds with the essence and laying them on the over exposed skin to calm down any red spots and irritation is now my favorite trick.
To be honest, I am not really seeing the effects of the Byroe Serum. It feels good on the skin and I want it to be an effective part of my regime, mostly because I absolutely adore Byroe’s toning essence. That is a product I will buy repeatedly. This Bell Pepper serum isn’t really doing much. I actually took it out of rotation for a couple of days to see if my skin felt the lack and there was no difference. I think I might rotate it out and give another serum a try next week. I still have several sample sized serums I would like to try out (especially before we get around the the Black Friday Sales) so that I can see if a full size might be something I want to purchase.
The OSEA moisturizer is still an okay product. It isn’t my favorite, but it isn’t bad. When thinking about what to say about it, by first thoughts are. The bottle is very pretty glass and the pump works really well. Which, while nice, shouldn’t be the first things that you think about when you think of a moisturizer. It isn’t a bad product. It absorbs well and isn’t greasy. It just feels like the basic version of a moisturizer. There is no ‘special feel’ to it. I think using the Olay Regenerist moisturizer sample at night last week really threw it into perspective. The Olay was fantastic and I was very sad when the sample was used up. However it’s fantastic-ness really showed the OSEA up as just basic. For now I am going to continue using it, but I will not be upset when it rolls out of the line up and I won’t be repurchasing it. I will pick up the OSEA Cleanser as it was fantastic, but the moisturizer doesn’t make the list.
Since I knew this was going to be a mostly indoor sort of week, I didn’t roll a sample sunscreen in to try but stuck with my tried and true Volition. Because even if I wasn’t spending a lot of time outside, I was spending some and it is now habit to apply sunscreen at the end of my morning skincare line up.
As for the Crest Deep Clean, I’m pretty sure this is going to be my go too toothpaste for a while. My mouth feels really clean after I use it and my gums look really healthy. They weren’t horrible before, but they just look very healthy now. So I am happy. And as it was the toothpaste my dentist recommended, I’m sure he’s happy too.
For the most part, this week had a lot of overlap between the day and night as I didn’t add in any sample products. Since the ones I used in the daytime performed exactly the same at night, I’ll just skip the duplicates.
The Peach Pudding makeup cleanser is nice and took my makeup off well. It isn’t the best with mascara and the eyeshadow I used this week had some serious skin staining properties, but over all no real complaints. I went in with my Makeup Eraser on the mascara and all was good. It is a good product I would definitely repurchase.
The Korres Cleanser also falls into the repurchase category. It smells clean and fresh and my skin feels clean and fresh once I have used it. There is no stripping of the skin and no residue left behind. I really like that it is a thick cream. It sounds a little silly, but that does make it a bit easier to use. There are less drips. I just damp my face down, dispense some of the cleanser and apply it, the cleanser stays on the face without dripping down. I can rub it as though it was a cream without making a mess. As more water is added it foams up and then it rinses away clean in a foaming mass. The more I use this cleanser, the more I like it.
That also holds true for the Herbal Dynamics Beauty serum. This is the second bottle of this I have gone through and it is definitely a repeat purchase. I have a line in my forehead that (let’s face it) is not really going anywhere. I affectionately refer to it as my stress crack. Over the past year and a half it deepened considerably. It won’t disappear, but with the serum it is looking more like a line rather than a canyon. There is certainly less depth to it, which I love. This is on a repeat buy list and will remain there for a while.
The Bite Beauty lip mask is a standard. I have in fact forgotten how many times I have repurchased this. It is a very thick formula and you have to work a bit to get it to squeeze out of the tube, but it is worth it. This is a formula you can apply at night and really let it sink in. It has the thickness of petroleum jelly. And the one I have smells like Maple Syrup. It is especially useful in the winter. Recently I received a Leniege Lip Mask in my IPSY Glam Bag X and I will be rolling that into my line up this week to give it a try. The Bite Beauty mask will come back, but for now I want to try something a little different.
To be honest I thought that this would only be a one product line up for other skincare this week. I thought the exfoliator would stand alone. The Hey Honey exfoliator is a once a week use product and I will happily use it once a week and then reorder. There is very little from the brand Hey Honey that I don’t like actually. Their products and my skin just get along really well. With both skincare and makeup actually. Their Trick or Treat CC cream is really quite nice to wear.
But that is a different post.
I enjoy exfoliators, both chemical and physical. The physical ones I try not to use too often. Once a week is generally about my cap for them. This is gentle enough that when I did need an extra scrub I could roll it into a second day of use in the week without causing my skin damage which I like. This is definitely a scrub I will reorder.
The reason I thought it would stand alone is that I thought I was almost out of product in the Phat Glow Facial. I have been using it twice a week. My skin feels clear and clean. I am actually quite a fan of the mask. The container drives me batty though. That pump is just kind of a pain to use. But the product is good. I had enough for the week and surprisingly there is still product left in the container. I really have to work to get it out because the pump gets stiffer with every use, but I think I might just be able to get through one more week of use. Which makes me happy. It is after all, a really good mask.
So that is the list for the week. the products used throughout my skincare routine, both night and day and sometimes only a few days a week. My skin has mostly recovered from the greasy sunscreen breakouts (Supergoop and I didn’t get along) and I am feeling quite good in my skin actually. Its a nice feeling. I know it helps me out to look at what I am using and how i feel about it. I hope it helps you out as well as you think about products that you want to use. Next week there will be some samples rolling through as well as a couple of full sized products. So changes are coming to the line up. Stay tuned.
No 7 has a great sale going on this weekend if you are looking to stock up on some great products.
Happy Friday the 13th my darlings. I don’t know about you but I always end up have a really good day on Friday the 13th’s . They always seem super lucky to me. Hopefully today will prove just as lucky for me. So are you ready to look at some skincare? Let’s start with the day time line up.
Okay my darlings, let’s start at the top. For the past two Weeks I have been giving a Clean Deodorant from Dove a try. In general I like the Dove brand. I have used their products for years. Several of their products I still use. Since my teenage years my go to deodorant was Dove so I had high hopes for this one. It was a no go. I did my best and even though I didn’t like it for the first week, I used a second week to test out the Megababe Space Bar Detoxifying Charcoal Underarm Bar. (Deodorizing soap basically) The soap worked well and I’ll talk more about it in a different post, but I finally cracked. The Dove 0% simply wasn’t cutting it. I was just too stinky to take. So I purchased a Native Deodorant and rolled it into the line up. I’ll sub in the Dove on days when I am only working at my desk, but it was just too stinky. This time I am trying a different scent. It is the Blackberry and Green Tea scented deodorant. It is a nice scent in the tube but disappears once on the body. I catch no whiff of it once it is applied, which is fine with me. I don’t need to smell my deodorant, I just need for others not to smell a stinky me.
The Time Revolution Essence is still my summer MVP. I am going to have to look into more Artemisia infused products because it has been excellent on my skin when I have had too much sun. It really has been fantastically soothing.
Speaking of the sun. I have two sunscreens listed. One is my favorite Volition Sunscreen. This week I also tried out one of the samples in my collection. This is Supergoop Play. It is SPF 50 and it seems to do its job well. However I am not a fan. I haven’t used a sunscreen that made me this greasy in years. There was enough product in the container for three days worth of use and I used it for three days. I was exceedingly greasy after using it and now I have a host of small break outs, especially on my chin. They aren’t allergic reaction break outs, they are the clogged pore kind of break outs. If I had really dry skin, I wouldn’t have has as big a problem with the Supergoop. But with my skin (which due to the season is normal leaning towards oily) it just didn’t work. The sweat from the summer sun added an extra factor and for the three days I wore this sunscreen I was just a grease ball. If you have dry skin perhaps this is for you. All I know is that this Supergoop Play is not for me.
The third new items in my daytime line up was the Andalou Naturals Apricot Pobiotic Cleansing Milk. The consistency of the product is thinner than a cream, but it isn’t a straight up liquid. So you can dispense it fairly cleanly into your hand. While I damp my skin before applying the cleansing milk, if you have your face too wet it can get a bit runny. The scent is clean. There is no real apricot scent to it. The cleanser just smells like clean skin care. With your eyes closed if asked to sniff and say what it is I would be able to say skincare. It could be a cream or a cleanser, but the scent is definitely a skincare scent. I know that isn’t all that descriptive but I have no other term for that scent.
The Cleansing milk works well, but it is a bit of a moisturizing cleanser. It takes off all of the dirt without stripping but tends to leave a thin film of moisture behind. I use a toner right after and the toner takes that layer right off, but it is there. It isn’t a heavy layer of moisture, but it is there. The sample size I am using has enough for a second week of trial and I have no issues using this Cleansing Milk for a second week. I like the brand Andalou Naturals and I like that it is a Clean product that I can actually buy in the Publics Grocery near me if I wanted to. I’ll make my final determination next week but at the moment I think that I would repurchase this if I went shopping for cleansers. I want to try it out on a week where my skin is not also dealing with the Supergoop, but I think it will pass the buy again test.
I still haven’t made up my mind about the Byroe Serum. To be honest, I am not entirely sure if it is doing anything. It feels nice on the skin though. Admittedly, it generally takes thirty days to see an effect from skincare and I haven’t been using it that long. I’ll continue using it and hope to see some sort of effect at some point.
The ESPA eye cream I really like and will continue to use. I’ll compare pictures in a few weeks but I feel like my eyes look less tired after using it so I am happy.
The OSEA moisturizer though is just working out okay. It is nice enough to use and I wouldn’t mind using it again if it came my way, but I don’t think I would seek it out. The product looks lovely in the bottle, but it is only an okay moisturizer. It is thin and light which works for the summer so this seems like the perfect time to use it up, but I have tried several different moisturizers from a variety of price ranges that I like much more. I think this falls into the good enough to use, not good enough to seek out category for me.
The only new product in the night time line up this week is the Olay Ultra Rich Moisturizer. As you can see from the picture it is a tiny sample that lasted the week. And it only lasted the week because I only used it at night. I have enough to get through tonight’s skincare regimen and then the little pot will be empty. It is kind of a sad moment. Because it is a fantastic moisturizer. In general I am a big fan of most of the items in the Olay Regenerist line. (I say most because I haven’t tried them all, all that I’ve tried I like). This cream is thick but it absorbs fast. It has almost no scent to it and my skin absolutely loved it. Clearly with only a sample sized container that lasted a week, I can’t say I saw any long term results. However this moisturizer is going on my list of products to try in the full size. In fact it may go to the top of the products to try in a full size. I love the fact that while I can order this on line (which can save a little bit of money) but you can also go out and pick this up from practically any drugstore. I actually don’t think there is a drug store that doesn’t carry Olay products. Also, while I have tried a lot of rather expensive moisturizers, I haven’t really found a drug store one that I really like. If the full size performs as well as this sample did, I may have actually found one that I like. Which is always fun.
Everything else in the night time routine is still working well. I am doing more experiments with the day time line up than the evening one at the moment. I have several sunscreens I want to give their chance at the summer sun.
There are no issues with any of the products I am using, in fact they are working great. I do want to give a shout out to the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Serum. It is fantastic. I can really see a reduction in the depth of the line across my forehead. It will never go away of course, but it is less canyon like than it was. This is not my first time with this serum, but it always surprises me how fantastically it performs.
I think my time with the Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial is coming to the end. There is still some product in the container but I suspect it will at best get me through next week. It has been a fantastic mask and I think my skin looks glowy because of it. That pump may drive me to distraction, but the product it dispenses is really good.
The Hey Honey Come Clean was actually used more than once this week. I try not to over use physical exfoliators and keep them to once a week, but I had to add a second use this week to deal with the after effects of the Supergoop clogs. This scrub is a really good one and it isn’t too harsh. I really like the sweet honey-ish fruit scent it has to it and there were no issues using it twice this week. Hopefully next week it will go back to being a once a week scrub. But for that, we shall have to see how the products I use perform. See you back here, same time next week to discuss it.
Well my darlings, today I avoided the gym and braved the walking trail instead. The reason being the drastic number of increased cases in my area. And the fact that even though my gym has reinstated their masking policy, very few people are following it and it isn’t really being enforced.
Plus I’ve seen how perfunctory some of my fellow gym members are when wiping down equipment. So I decided the walking trail it would be. I went a little before ten this morning and thought, this won’t be too bad.
It kind of was.
I tried to get a few things done before going on the walk and it was a bad idea. I think I am going to have to get up, wash my face, put on sunscreen and go for the walk first thing until I go back to the gym. The heat actually wasn’t that bad but I was soaked by the time I got back to the house. Clothes went directly into the washing machine so they didn’t stink up the closet via the laundry basket. There was an impromptu laundry run post walk. Well post shower actually. I cooled down a bit, took the shower and then ran the laundry. Even though I can’t run the laundry every day I think my walking clothes are going directly into the machine post walk. So we again shuffle the schedule a bit until the numbers drop and the gym gets its act together.
I am actually really pleased with the way things turned out today, look wise. I think the neutral look of everything else really should have been paired with a stronger lip, but I wanted to test out the Zoeva Lip Twist. When I did the swatch with the product, the tip bend because it was a really soft formula. Even though I was gentle in applying it, the tip fell completely off within seconds of being touched to my lip. It does have a sharpener on the end, but I didn’t use it. I rolled out the product so a little flat edge was above the tube and used it that way. It applied well in that instance and I think because of the softness of the formula, I will not actually sharpen it. I will just roll up the product a little bit at a time and use it that way. I actually like the color. It is a nude that I can wear without my lips completely disappearing into my face, which is a nice shade to have. If you use this product though, be aware it is very soft. It applies creamy though and lasts for quite a while. It wears off like a moisturized bullet lipstick formula but it doesn’t flake, it doesn’t actually dry down enough to flake. So plan to reapply after lunch.
The second item that is new to me is the eyeshadow Duo from RealHer. The shades are Imagine and Ambition. One is essentially a matte brown and the other a rosy shimmer. I liked how they performed. The matte applied well and blended easily. It did crease a little bit towards the end of the day, but I do have hooded eyes and I didn’t use a lid primer. The shimmer was okay with a dry brush but better with a wet brush. I really like this quad and would definitely consider taking it with me on my travels in place of a larger palette. I would add concealer to my lids before using it again though. I don’t think it needs a full on lid primer, but a little help from concealer might help stop the minor end of day creasing.
I did add a touch of Moon to brighten up the corners. I would add that to the travel bag as well. The Moon Shadow and the Brow Pomade may be my favorite Billion Dollar Beauty Products. actually think the Brow Pomade may be my favorite brow product at the moment. It is in my BDB magnetic palette right now. While I love the palette and frequently use the mirror on it, I think I am going to move the brow pomade out of the kit. I put it too close to the highlighter and now it has a smattering of dust on it. I think that as soon as my NARS sample sized bronzer is empty, I may use that as a single container for the Brow Pomade as it is just the right size for a single pan.
At the moment have a full finger tips worth of pan showing in the NARS. Now that the pan is showing it seems to be going quickly. I don’t know why I find that oddly fulfilling but I do.
The Farsali setting spray is almost to the half way point. It is sparkly, it is in a lovely glass bottle, but I don’t really care for the scent and I don’t think it performs terribly well. It performs well enough that I’ll use it up, but it isn’t something I will repurchase. I think that fact is highlighted more by the fact that every other product I used today is one that I would repurchase. And that includes the so soft Zoeva. Once you accept that the tip will break off and apply with the flat side, it is a good lip product. As is everything else I used today.
Actually I have been trying not to use my No 7 powder so much so that I can clear out some of the other products in my collection. It is hands down my favorite powder, drug store or otherwise. I think part of it is the formula and part of it is that the tones of the Medium really suit my skin tone. The tan may deepen or fade depending on the time of year, but the No 7 goes with the tone of it really well. I just need to work on using up and clearing out some other products.
And because I am trying to mention my jewelry as well, the necklace is from the Rachel Zoe Collection. I picked it up at TJ Maxx actually. I have a weakness for thin chains with a small charm on them. This one was just flashy enough for me. I actually quite like it. And with that, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your day is fantastic.
This week was an interesting one with my skincare line up. I made a few changes, some planned and some just sort of happened. Part of the change is due to weather and my time spent outside. I’ve been limiting it more this week than I have before so things have been adjusting. Shall we take a deeper look?
Okay, let’s talk about the changes. First up is the deodorant. Put simply I ran out of my Naticve deodorant. I made a note to pick up a new one and then forgot. So I ended up with the Dove 0% deodorant. It is free of many of the same things that Native is free of. And I usually like dove antiperspirant. So it was a bit of a no brainer. I was prepared for the sweat. I was not prepared for the stink. I was a bit stinkier than I liked this week. I will concede that this was a brutal heat week so it does push most products to the breaking point. The stink wasn’t bad, at least no one remarked on it. But I was not a fan. And actually on the day when I did have my big meeting, I went with the Dove Antiperspirant I have as back up. Think I am going to try using the Dove when I am working inside and use the antiperspirant at the gym, at least until I’ve used up more product. I just don’t like wasting product. However I doubt I will get through this product and I certainly won’t be picking it up again. I love Dove, but this one was a fail for me.
Also a fail, the Balance Me Cleansing Milk. It works well but it is like washing your face with furniture polish. Using I, I found myself thinking of reasons to not wash my face. Finally I just gave in and went back to using the Korres. (it is listed in the night time line up. So at least I was washing my face at night). I love the thought behind the Balance Me products and when I use them they work really well. I just can’t take the scent for most of them. A couple of their serums I can push past the scent and use anyway. This cleanser is not one of them. I do not like it and to be honest, I will not be finishing the sample. I am done with it and it will not return.
Don’t worry, everything is more positive from here on out. I decided that I would use the Elemis eye mask at night, but that I would rotate in some of my eye cream samples for day time use. Even though they are small, I use so little eye cream each day that it takes forever just to get through a sample size. Which is fine, I actually like that kind of value in a product. However I do have a substantial pile of eye cream samples I need to work on using up. Since the Elemis is a large jar (no complaints, it is a fabulous product and I’m glad I get to use it a long time.) I will be spending a log time working through it. So I’ll use it at night and try other things in the day.
The current sample is an ESPA product. (They have a big sale on now if anyone is interested, the link will take you to it). I really enjoy ESPA products but I have to admit, I have mostly used their Hair products. (Highly recommend their Pink Mud Scalp mask). This eye cream is proving just as good as their hair care products. I am very much enjoying it. The sample tube is a pretty full one so I think it will last long enough for me to get a really good impression of the product. For the moment, my first impressions are really positive.
The moisturizer I am currently using as my day cream is the OSEA Atmosphere Protection cream. I rotated it in because the Air repair moisturizer was just too thick and heavy a cream for me to use during the day. This is much lighter and my skin seems really happy with the change. This is my first OSEA moisturizer actually. Generally if I am purchasing an OSEA product it is their cleanser. It smells exactly like a lemon lime slush from Sonic, and works fantastically. I’m hoping this moisturizer, despite not smelling quite as yummy as the cleanser, will work just as well. OSEA is a great natural brand and I love that their products come in beautiful frosted glass bottles. The frosted protects the cream as well as looking pretty and the glass just feels super lux.
The rest of the products in the lineup are continuations and I am quite pleased with how they are working out. This morning I used the very last drop of the Coola Silk Serum Sunscreen and am very sad that it is now empty. I will be putting it on the repurchase list as I really enjoyed it. It absorbed well without breaking me out and prevented sun damage. It was a great sunscreen. I have a couple of other sample sunscreens to try out so hopefully they will work just as well.
There is only one change to the night time line up and that is the addition of the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I tried it a while ago when the brand sent it over in a package. I used every last drop, loved it, put it on my repurchase list and have now in fact repurchased it. It is a fantastic serum. I’ve noticed more lines appearing due to both time and more time spent in the sun so it is time to call in the big guns. Yup, Hyaluronic acid. My skin responds really well to it and so I have added it back in. I love that one pump gives me enough product to cover my entire face. A second pump covers my neck and upper chest. Since I have finished up my latest bottle of the Dermelect Self-esteem Serum, I will be using this on both the face and neck. Both sections of skin need all the help they can get. The serum looks like clear water, but comes out as a gel like consistency and is less runny than a lot of serums. It also absorbs fairly quickly which also makes me happy. It is early days with this serum, but I have used it before and the last bottle worked fabulously, so I am happy to trust a second one will work just as well. Plus it is nice to actually order something from my reordering list.
In other skin care this week I am still using the Phat Glow Facial twice a week. The product is still fabulous but that pump is going to drive me bonkers. The lower the product level drops in the container the stiffer the pump is and the harder I have to work to get the product out. Has anyone else had this problem? I went looking on line but all I could find were raves about the product. Which admittedly, the product is quite fabulous. I just wonder if I got a faulty pump since no one else is mentioning it. So use is continuing, product fabulous, packaging needs work.
In addition this week I have an exfoliator I have added to the list of products. I know, there are chemical exfoliates in the Ole Henricksen, but this is a physical exfoliator. It is a gentle one. I don’t use a lot of physical exfoliators, but I do like using them on occasion. This one is gentle enough that I have no problem incorporating it into my routine. I love the brand Hey Honey. Their Good Morning Honey Silk Serum is one I fell in love with a long time ago. I actually have a backup in my skin care drawer waiting until I have cleared out a few of the products I haven’t tried before. As soon as I feel I’ve tried enough new, I will break it out. Actually I have quite a few sample sized moisturizers as well as masks from Hey Honey that I might rotate into use soon. But that is another story. I opened this Come Clean Exfoliating scrub because after the deep pore cleans from Go-to Skincare’s The Removalist Mask I wanted a physical exfoliator. I used it as an excuse to open this one.
And I am not sorry at all. It smells like fruit and nearly good enough to eat. Don’t worry, I won’t be eating it. Only a little bit of product is needed to get a fantastic clean and it feels wonderful on the skin. The package recommends applying it and then wetting the skin for a better clean. I found the formula just a little too stiff for me to enjoy that, so I wet my face first (just a little) and then applied the product worked it in and then added more water. The little bit of water on the damp skin really helps it to get going and then more water activates it more fully. Since it is now open, I will be using this once a week. Which trust me, isn’t a hardship. I could probably get away with using it more often, but with the Ole Henriksen mask working with chemical exfoliates, I think caution is in order. So The Phat Glow Facial is Tuesday and Thursday and the Hey Honey come Clean is a Saturday use product. I feel this gives me enough space between product usage so I am not over doing it, but still enough that the products do what they are supposed to do. And again, I am always happy to have Hey Honey back on my list of products in use.
Good morning my darlings and welcome to Friday. It is time once again for the Skincare lineup. There are a few samples I rolled in so I could try them out and a few issues with some of the existing products. Let’s get into is shall we?
The first change to my weekly day time line up this week you will see is in the cleaner. This week’s cleanser is from Purlisse. I am a big fan of the brand and they tend to rotate in and out of my skincare routine quite often. I picked this up as an add on through IPSY because it sounded interesting and was a Purlisse product I had not tried before. Due to the charcoal it is a slightly off putting blackish gel when you dispense it, but it immediately foams to white when you apply it to the skin. It is not terribly foamy but it does make the skin feel nice and clean without feeling stripped which is nice. For me the scent was a bit much. It smells a lot like watermelon candy. I found I didn’t mind it in the morning, but really didn’t like it at night, hence the reason my night time routine sticks with my Korres Cleanser. I will continue using the Watermelon cleanser as it is a really good cleanser but because of the scent I am not certain I would purchase this in a full size. I would definitely use a sample if it came my way again, but a full size might just be too much watermelon for me to take.
The Byroe Bell Pepper serum is supposed to sooth and calm irritation. Thanks to the Time Revolution Artemisia Essence, I don’t need a lot of extra calming but the two working together have really helped improve the minor sun damage and irritation. (I’ll mention that a little bit more when I get to the other skin care section below). I haven’t been using this Byroe serum long but I am liking the way it has performed thus far.
This week I also rotated a toner into my line up and I really like it. Used in the morning it lets me make certain the remnants of my sleeping mask are removed and in the evening it makes certain that he last vestiges of makeup have been cleared away before I add my other skincare. If you notice the product level in the bottle, I did not go through this much toner in one week. I tried it and set it aside for some reason I can’t remember and now I am going back to use it up. I really like this toner. Murad is one of those brands I like keeping around but tend not to use consistently. For example I have a Murad Cleanser that is acne fighting. When I was getting a lot of maskne, that was an excellent cleanser to help dry oily bits out. It is too drying to use more than occasionally, but it is great in a targeted regimen. The Hydrating toner I can use pretty much long term though. This isn’t my first bottle of this toner and probably won’t be my last.
The Air Repair moisturizer was a little bit problematic for me this week. It works well at night, but it is a little too heavy for me during the day. It is a very thick formula and I have noticed a few issues with heaviness and greasiness when I wear it in the day time. For now I am going to keep it as a night time moisturizer so that it doesn’t go to waste and then roll in a different moisturizer for daytime use. This is the last week it will be featured in the daytime.
Since I have several sunscreen samples I am rolling them into the line up to try out and see if I like them. This week is the Coola Sun Silk drops. It is a chemical sunscreen and one drop basically covered my face. It absorbs well and gave me no problems under makeup. I have to say I really enjoyed this serum sunscreen and would definitely consider buying it in a full size. I’m actually kind of surprised actually as there are a lot of sunscreens that I just don’t like. This one is light weight and I was really impressed with it. There is a light orange scent to it, which I think is covering up the chemical scent of the sunscreen. I actually like the scent of it. It fades away pretty quickly though so it isn’t a big issue, just something to be aware of if you are scent sensitive. Or don’t like oranges. I am about half way through my sample and will continue using it until it is gone and then rotate in another sample to try out. This is definitely a product I will look into buying in the full size.
The big change in the night time skincare this week was the makeup remover. This is more like a cream than it is a balm. Peach slices is a brand featured on the Peach and Lily website. It was part of the group of products I ordered last month during their big sale. Unsurprisingly is smells like peaches and actually looks a bit like pudding. Not a lot is needed to cover the entire face. Thus far the only product I had issues about removing has been the Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara. For that I had to call in my Klorane Coneflower waterproof eye makeup remover (which took it off instantly with no stinging eyes).
Everything else, including other mascaras have come off beautifully with this Peach Pudding makeup cleanser. I do use a regular cleanser afterwards. This cleanser has the word hydrating in the description and while that does help to make certain the skin is not stripped, it also means that I feel like there is a slightly greasy residue left behind. As it is step one in my nightly cleanse, that doesn’t really bother me. My Korres Cleanser takes off the residue easily leaving my skin clean without stripping it down. I am very much liking this Peach pudding makeup cleanser as it really does a good job removing makeup. Unless something goes horribly wrong by the end of my usage, I will certainly be purchasing this cleanser again.
My trial of this facial continues. I still like the product and how it makes my skin feel. I am less enthused by the pump. Because the mask is of a rather heavy consistency, the pump has to work really hard and it really doesn’t like dispensing a lot of product at a time. So many, many pumps have to occur to get enough product out to cover the face. So the pump is not my friend. But the product is. I have had a bit of sun sensitivity from the product though and while I am now limiting my time outside, especially on the days after I have used the product (I use this Tuesday and Thursday Nights). I also tend to use the Time Revolution and the Bell Pepper essence more on Wednesdays and Fridays. I’ve actually started rinsing my face after being outside and then just applying a few drops of the Time Revolution to the skin so the Artemisia can soak in and take care of the sun sensitivity.
Over all the products and combination of products I am using at the moment are working well for me. I will be rolling in a daytime moisturizer that will hopefully be more suitable and once the Purlisse Cleanser is finished I will try out another of my sample cleansers. I will also be looking at some other samples that I might want to try just so I can clear out some of my samples so the samples box will no longer be overflowing.
But for now this has been the skincare line up I used this week.
Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are staying cool today. Personally I think I am on shirt number three for the day. I wore one shirt on a walk this morning before the weather got too hot and still ended up with a soaked shirt. Shirt number two was worn when I drove around running errands. My car’s air conditioner is not what one calls reliable. The open window and air movement is actually more cooling.
However i still ended up returning from errands with large damp patches. Which while they would dry normally, aren’t the best when sitting at a desk in the air conditioning. And as I already planned to throw a load of laundry in while I worked, I didn’t see the harm in a quick shower and a fresh pair of clothes before sitting down at my desk for a long stretch.
So we are now in shirt number three and the laundry is currently spinning through the dryer.
The makeup went on after the shower, clearly, and I went for a summer look today.
Today I wanted something that looked a little lighter. while I haven’t used the Ole Henriksen primer or the OFRA highlight in a while and wanted to see if they are good enough to keep around, I mostly chose products that I know well and love.
The reason is because I am testing a new brush set from Billion Dollar Beauty. it is the BDB Pro Brush Essentials Kit. They very kindly sent the brushes for me to try, along with other products I will talk about as i start to use them. The plan for testing is to use them as my brushes exclusively for the next few weeks and see how i feel about them at the end of the trial. The brushes are a lovely black and gold and feel nice in the hand. The bristles are infused with charcoal which I believe is for antibacterial purposes. I’ll be looking into that before i write up my final review for the brushes.There were three tools that I did need to add to the essentials kit today and that was a spoolie for my eyebrows, a color switch pad and my Huda Beauty Basic B sponge. (incidentally, Huda Beauty has a loyalty Week sale going on right now, if you like their products you might want to check it out, the sale lasts through July 18th)
So a lot of the face products I chose because I knew I like them. A few I was pretty sure i liked, but hadn’t reached for in awhile. The Banana Bright Primer I do really like and I really need to reach for more often. It sits well under foundation and add depths to matte products without adding a lot of glow. It has a slight tint that really helps blend out any discoloration (I’m a bit pink from the sun) and it smells like banana scented candy which kind of makes me happy. No 7’s foundation may actually be one of my favorite drug store foundations and as this is the third Trestique Bronzing stick I’ve owned I can definitely say that it is a bronzer I like. I meant to hold off opening it until i wore down a few other products a bit more but I couldn’t resist.
I likewise love the Bounce and Blur Blush from bareMinerals. There is quite a significant divot in the center of the product. I haven’t reached for any of my OFRA highlighters in a while because I just haven’t wanted anything that glowy. I thought I might be decluttering this one as I really need to do a highlight declutter, but no. This is a keeper. It goes on stunningly bright but it does blend out for a soft warm glow, which is what I like. I think on highlighters I may have to just haul them all out and do an actual declutter by looking at them all lid out and making some hard decisions.
The Elizabeth Mott Mascara was new to me. It came in a subscription box a while ago and was in my unopened products drawer. As I took several Mascaras out of the drawer last night and sent them to the empties bin, I pulled this one out of the new drawer to give it a turn at use. I am not all that impressed by it to be honest. It is a decent enough mascara but I didn’t apply it and think, wow what length and volume.
Admittedly it is following two really fantastic formulas (Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet and Pretty Vulgar The Feathers) so maybe after a few spins around it will be more impressive. But at the moment, it isn’t one of my favorites and isn’t really living up to it’s name.
The earrings I chose for today were the Kelly Earrings from Mariz. I thought they looked sweet so I went with them. They wore well and went with the look. Now that I am not wearing a mask everywhere I am thrilled to get back into wearing earrings and am trying to get into the habit of putting them in. I figure if I make them part of my list post, I will remember more often.
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