The Skincare Lineup: November 18th, 2022

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the Friday Skincare line up. Here we discuss all of the products in my line up and how I feel about them. As you can see we have a couple of changes but most everything is still in motion from last week. Let’s dive in and see how all the products are playing with each other, shall we?

Cleanser (day time): Glam Glow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser

Cleanser (night Time): Milk Wash Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser from Beekman 1802

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow

Serum (night Time): Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (night)

Serum (day time): Beekman 1802 Collagen Electric Daisy and Peptide Booster (day)

Eye cream: MZ skin Eye cream

Moisturizer: OGEE Velvet Botanical Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu lip mask

I know a lot of this looks similar to the week before but there were some exciting changes this week. Forst let’s look at the cleansers. The Glamglow has been in for a few weeks at this point and I really like it. It’s strength is pulling clogged pores to the surface. It’s weakness is leaving gray charcoal film all over the sink so that it needs to be wiped down after every use. (I wipe it down while I am brushing my teeth actually and it works well, just don’t let it dry).

but for every clogged pore brought to the surface, an exfoliator is needed to send it on it’s way. This week I rolled in the Milk Wash From Beekman 1802. It is an exfoliating Jelly cleanser. And it is a really interesting product to use. It dispenses like a clear jelly and you apply it to a dry face. I remove my makeup pat my skin dry and let my skin dry off completely before I go in with this cleanser. As I take my makeup off after dinner and don’t wash my face until bedtime it works well for me. The cleanser feels almost like a light Vaseline on the skin. It foams up a but when you add water and wash it off. Th9is was it’s first week of use but I can feel that with the one two punch of clearing cleanser in the morning and exfoliating cleanser at night my face is clearer.

You know I love Elemis and you know I love this toner. It works well and I think the scent of it is just fabulous. It’s a bit like a fermented apple cider. So perfect for the time of year and yet still fresh feeling.

With the serums I suppose I could layer them but i tend to like my Vitamin C serums in the night so I just reach for the Collagen serum in the morning and the Truth Serum at night. Even when there is sun out, this Truth Serum is fine for me to use during the day. I’ve used it before and had no sun sensitivity from it. the collagen booster is helping to lock in moisture during the day. It is slightly stick even after it sort of dries down but applying a moisturizer right after it has had time to settle ends the stick factor so that it isn’t a problem. the truth serum doesn’t have any issues with stickiness. It also smells like freshly squeezed orange juice. I suppose that should make me want to use it in the morning but there is something nice about using it in the evening. Both serums work well with the moisturizer I am currently using.

This week I finished up the night cream I was using so I used the OGEE for both morning and night time application. It worked well until about Wednesday. And I think the reason things changed was the central heating. Until now it has only kicked on a few times a night. Starting around Wednesday it kicked on repeatedly during the day and then ran most of the night. The more the heat kicks on the drier my skin becomes. The OGEE moisturizer is a fantastic day cream and I can continue to use it as a day cream, but i am going to need to bring in a night mask at least twice a week if I am to continue using this as my full time moisturizer while the heat is running.

I don;t mind that actually. I am perfectly fine having a day cream and a night cream. In the warmer months it isn’t that big a necessity. It is only in the winter when the temperatures drop and the indoor air becomes dry that I need a day time and night time moisturizer. It is a split that occurs pretty much every time the seasons change. So I will be rolling in a Night mask a couple of times a week until I reach the end of this moisturizer. other than that, I really enjoy the OGEE moisturizer. And I love that it is clean skincare.

I can’t say that I love the MZ Skincare eye cream. It is okay. It isn’t too heavy and I haven’t noticed any real clogging of the pores where I apply it (for me that is an area that gets clogged pores easily) but I haven’t really noticed too much in the way of line plumping of the crow’s feet either. it is still early thought. I am just at the thirty day mark with this eye cream so maybe I will wake up on day 31 with baby smooth skin. It is doubtful of course. I will keep using it until I get back from Thanksgiving (because it is open, small and easy to travel with). After that i will do a bit more of an evaluation.

And then finally we have the lip mask. The Tatcha Kissu lip mask is still working fantastically well. I am trying to finish out the Sephora lip scrub. It is less fantastic. It is one of those products that is okay and if I was trying to get my order up to get free shipping I would add to the cart, but it isn’t something I would specifically go to Sephora to order. It is fine to use if you come across it, just not worth seeking out.

And so that is my skincare line up this week, the good, the not so good and the forgettable. There really wasn’t anything bad, but there were a few fabulous items and a couple I can’t want to see continue on to hopefully show results. And now we dive into the work day that is Friday. I hope you have a fantastic one.

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The Skincare Lineup: November 11th, 2022

Ah, here we are again my darlings, the skincare line up, my favorite post of the week. Don’t get me wrong I love the other posts, but skincare is my true love. I can bore people to tears with my discussion. So I save it up and bring it all here. You will notice that I did not put the ExfoliKate from Kate Somerville in the line up this week. I have been using it about twice a week, however i used it this past Saturday and my skin got a bit red and itchy. That hadn’t happened before with the Kate Somerville, but I decided to skip it for a little while while I figure out if my skin just had enough of the product or if it was reacting with one of the newer products in the line up. While several products are still in motion, I did have two new ones enter the line up this week, the Beekman 1802 Collagen Boost and the OGEE Velvet Botanicals Moisturizer. Both are actually designed for sensitive skin and I used them each with no problems. It was just when it came into contact with the Exfolicate that the itchiness happened. So I am going try and figure out what is going on before I use it again. The rest of the products I used all week with no issues whatsoever.

I’ll look into it and get back to you. And I doubt you are using the exact same line up as I am right at this very moment as I am using a random collection of products rather than a set, but I figured I’d mention it in case it comes up with you.

So on to the line up!

Cleanser: Glam Glow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser

Exfoliator: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (not used this week, due to itchy redness, see above)

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow

Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (night)

Serum: Beekman 1802 Collagen Electric Daisy and Peptide Booster (day)

Eye cream: MZ skin Eye cream

Moisturizer: OGEE Velvet Botanical Moisturizer

Night Time Moisturizer: Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu lip mask

Okay let’s start with the cleanser. The Glamglow cleanser is really bringing up buried clogged pores. I am actually really impressed with it’s work. It does leave a charcoal film on the inside of my sink so I do find myself wiping it out a bit more than usual, but the cleanser is great at clearing out the pores. And since it is a clearing cleanser, it is nice to have it do what I expect. I think I am about half way through the tube of cleanser. I am thinking of rolling in a second cleanser though, to use in the evenings. I just received an exfoliating cleanser from Beekman 1802 (subscription box) and i am thinking of using that in the evnings and the Glamglow in the mornings. Partially because I am very curious about the exfoliating jelly cleanser, but mostly because i know I am going to need to roll in an exfoliator if I keep using the Glamglow. It just brings too many things to the surface not to have a routine exfoliator with it.So I get to indulge my curiosity and be practical all at the same time.

Fabulous!

I know this is a strange thing to say about a toner, but I really like the scent of this Elemis toner. I know it is mostly about how the products work (and it does work fantastically well) but I really like the scent. Maybe it is because of the time of year. It has almost a fermented apple cider vibe going for it. it is a little lighter and a little fresher, but that is sort of the scent. And I really like the toner. Now that I’ve figured out how hard to press so that I can dispense the product without causing it to fountain. I also like that when it dries down it isn’t sticky. Sometimes toners can leave a little bit of a sticky film on the skin and I like to feel like my toners are taking the last of the nasties from my skin, not adding a layer.

I switched the Truth Serum to night time use because with the brightening toner I didn’t feel like I needed it twice a day. Plus I love this serum and only using it once a day helps it last longer. I’ve used this Ole Henriksen serum before (a couple of times) and my skin always reacts well to it and looks good. I just don;t have a lot of dark spots so using less still gives me the same glowing skin.

It also let me roll in a collagen serum, and while i may not have dark spots, and a terribly uneven complexion (even though I love the vitamin C) I do have a multitude of fine lines. I know, time man, in the end it will get us all. But if I can plump up some fine lines and at least delay the inevitable a little while, I am all for it. The directions for this booster are to either add a drop or two to the moisturizer or to apply it directly for a more powerful boost. I used it on it’s own. Its not that I am looking for a stronger boost, I just don’t like mixing things with my moisturizer. I like layers to my skincare.

I’m sure it would be fine either way, but somehow my brain thinks of the moisturizer as the final layer that locks everything down. And yes, in my mental image mixing something into the moisturizer is like putting holes in the fence. It lets in those pesky free radicals that get in like those rabbits got into my garden.

I know it really doesn’t work that way, but that is my mental picture and so I layer skincare.

I never claimed to be logical.

I do like this collagen booster though. I still have to restrict myself to a drop or too or it is too wet on the skin. I am curious as to how it will work as the level of the product drops lower in the bottle. Itis a very short dropper and a very rounded bottle. But that I will fin out in time. For now, the serum is nice.

The MZ Skin Eye cream is good. I really hate to say this but I would probably like this eye cream more if I didn’t know how much it costs. It is a good solid eye cream. It goes on well and doesn’t clog the pores. Is it my favorite? No. both the Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream ($72 on Dermstore) and the Dr. Brandt DNA Triple Peptide Eye cream ($82 on the Dr. Brandt site) I’ve used in the past are much better eye creams in my opinion. This is okay but not spectacular. It is a $95 eye cream (on Dermstore, it is pricier on other sites). It sort of puts the eye cream in the same playing field as the Periconne MD and the Dr. Brandt, pricewise. Performance wise it is not worth that price. It is a good solid eye cream but not a spectacular one.

I have two moisturizers in the line up this week. This was the first week for the OGEE moisturizer and i did like it. it absorbs well without leaving a greasy film and the aloe and jojoba scent of the cream (very light scent) is a nostalgic one for me. It is a first week of use so there aren’t any startling reveals but it is a good solid moisturizer filled with all sorts of organic goodness that my skin likes. because I am finishing up the tatcha cream i am using as night cream, i have only used this during the day. As the Tatcha sample is empty now I will be using it as my only moisturizer this week. My one concern is that his moisturizer is rather light and has more of a day cream feel to it. I’ll see how it performs this week as a solo act. I may be surprised. I do know that I really like it as a day cream though.

And alas the Indigo Overnight repair cream I have been using as my night cream is now empty. (I do have a second sample size, but I am going to leave it in the drawer for now.) I really did like this. It would definitely be too much to use as anything but a night time moisturizer, but it is actually designed for night time use. As a deluxe sample I was able to use it enough to know that I will pick this up for a full sized trial at some point. I love that it had no scent to it and was just a really good light weight but heavy duty moisturizer. I went to bed looking a bit glazed, but my skin wasn’t sticky and the cream absorbed into my skin rather than the pillow. It is one I will try out for longer.

And of course we finish with the Kissu lip mask. I prefer the original to the tinted and will continue using it until it is done. and then I will repurchase it. It is a great over night treatment and I am fond of the consistency.

And so my darlings that is me today. It is not intensely different from last week as there are a lot of products still in motion. But with skincare, drama is usually something to avoid. At the moment I have a good line up of solid products. Now I just need to keep using them to see if they yield the expected results.

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The Skincare Lineup: November 4th, 2022

I realized after I took the above picture I forgot to add in the Tatcha Lip mask and the MZ eye cream but did grab the two items that I will be rolling in over the weekend, the Beekman 1802 Collagen Booster and the OGEE Hydraganics Velvet Botanical Moisturizer. I did a first use test with the Beekman Collagen Booster and liked it, but forgot to use it this week. With the moisturizer I finished the sample i was using and will be using the OGEE to replace it tonight, so a first use post will be up on Monday, you know, after I actually use it. So think of those two as spoilers for what is coming into the line up next week, i suppose. But let’s jump into the products I used this week.

Cleanser: Glam Glow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser

Exfoliator: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow

Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Eye cream: MZ skin Eye cream

Moisturizer: Tatcha The Dewy Skin cream

Night Time Moisturizer: Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu lip mask

The Glamglow cleanser really brings up the buried clogged pores. I have actually been really impressed by it. Its a good cleanser in general and then it helps bring things to the surface. It might not be the cleanser I would want to use just before I planned to go to an event because it does pull things to the surface, but if you were planning an event in say a month’s time, i think this would be an excellent cleanser to get your skin ready.

pairing it with an exfoliator has helped a lot with dealing with the things the cleanser brings up. This Kate Somerville is listed as intense and that is what it is. The max time you should have it on your face is 2 minutes and while I did manage to keep it on for two minutes, I was not going to keep it on for any longer than two minutes. My skin was a bit red after but that faded quickly (within a few minutes of rinsing it off). And then my skin looked great after. it looked even better the next morning. I used it Friday evening and then again on Tuesday. I know it says you can use it up to three times a week, but twice a week is plenty for me. I’ll use it again tonight and then again on Tuesday and be pleased with it. This far it has been a really good treatment, especially paired with the cleanser.

Because the cleanser has charcoal in it, the toner pads are never really going to look spotless after I use them. But it is only the hint of charcoal on the toner pads and not left over makeup (just a gray tinge no foundation, blush, lipstick or eyeshadow colors)This Elemis is a really good toner, the thing to remember though is not to press too hard on the top or you can dispense too much product. And put the toner pad on top of the dispenser so you don’t have a fountain. whoile it is a good toner in general, I really like the scent.

One pump of the Ole Henriksen is all I need from the Truth serum. I think it is doing well to brighten my skin. It has only been a week so it has minimal results, but I love that it absorbs so quickly and leaves no sticky residue behind after it dries. It is a little sticky until it dries and then poof no stick and skin that has fully absorbed the serum. I do miss a collagen serum though which is why i will be adding one. (especially since i already have it open).

The last three products are all Tatcha, the lip mask I love and will continue using and repurchasing, the night cream and the day cream. Lets talk about the Dewy skin cream first. It is a lot of moisture. It is thick, rich and hydrating. If you have dry skin your skin will love it. I have normal to combination skin that is entering the dry phase of the year. This is the time of year i can use it. Any other time of the year it is too much on the moisture level. As it is I applied the moisturizer and then had to let it sit. For me it took a while to absorb. It was worth it as my skin felt great after it absorbed, but it was not a quick process. It is the last step in my morning skincare routine so after I applied the moisturizer I could have my coffee and answer e-mails, generally starting my day, but I had to wait for it to absorb before I could apply makeup over it. I did notice that I did not need my pre makeup base of Embryolisse when using this moisturizer. By the time it did absorb and I started my makeup my skin was as hydrated as it needed to be.

I will say though that I did not have this problem when i use the water cream. i know it isn’t much of a problem but it is something to note. while I do like this Dewy cream, I think for me, because of my skin type and absorption time I would use this as a night cream rather than a day cream. My skin lust leans more towards the Water Cream from Tatcha than it does this one. And finding things like that out is why I use the samples to begin with. it lets me know which cream I might want to use in the future. If repurchased this would be a night cream for me, and the water cream a day cream. this sample is now empty though so I will be switching moisturizers this evening.

Speaking of night creams I was using the Tatcha Indigo Overnight repair. I still have some left (as well as a second sample size of this cream) so it will continue into the next week. Unlike most of Tatcha’s other products this has no scent to it. The Indigo cream is thick and it feels thick when applied. However it actually absorbs faster than the dewy cream. I think that something in the Dewy nature of that cream makes it absorb slower. Quite Honestly of all of the tatcha moisturizers i have tried this is my favorite. It is also the one I am mostly likely to buy in a full size. I know they have kits and skincare bundles. I am goin to be looking into them soon (for my purchase and the holiday postings) but I may look seriously at the Indigo line because of this cream. It is the right level of moisture for me at night and it is something I will happily continue using.

And so my darlings, that is my skincare line up this week. Next week there will be a new moisturizer and an added serum, but most of these products will be continuing on. At the moment all of them are performing well. It will be interesting to see how they perform over time and what the actual results will be once they have been used long enough to cause effects. Which is of course one of the reasons I write this post. But that is something only time can reveal. And so we move forward continuing to use the products until all is revealed.

or until I have to send them to the empties bin. But for the line up this week that is all. Have a great Friday everyone.

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The Skincare Lineup: October 28th, 2022

Last week I had a full line up of the Eight Saint’s discovery kit. There were a few products in there that i liked enough to try out in the full size and at the beginning of the week I used up the last of the products in the containers and rolled in this week’s line up. When I can I like to roll in a product at a time rather than start all new products on the exact same day. I find it keeps my skin from freaking out over too much change and it also helps me know which product or interaction between products is causing any issues if they arise.

So some of these products have had a few more days in the line up than others. In fact last night was my first night with both the eye cream and the night time moisturizer. The eye cream I have had before but the night cream is completely new. still, let’s dive into the line up, shall we?

Cleanser: Glam Glow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser

Exfoliator: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow

Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Eye cream: MZ skin Eye cream

Moisturizer: Tatcha The Dewy Skin cream

Night Time Moisturizer: Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu lip mask

While I did a first use review on this cleanser, after a few days I am noticing some effects that I think are based on it’s use. This is a clearing cleanser and has a lot in common with the clearing masks from Glamglow. As I am using it, I am noticing that there are clogged pores being brought to the surface. As some of them are quite deep and I have been trying to bring up for a while, I am quite pleased by this development. I liked the cleanser just for the clean it gave my skin, but I really like this aspect of it.

It is also why I have rolled in the Exfolikate from Kate Somerville. I did a first use of this but then I set it aside as the Eight Saints had an Exfoliator in the kit and I wanted to see how it worked. Now I will be rolling this back in for regular use and I am hoping it works well with the cleanser to clear away some of my deeply clogged pores. It is in the line up, but first use back in the line up will be tonight.

Elemis is one of my favorite brands. Every product I have tried from them has worked well for my skin and I have never had any adverse effects. I am always willing to try another of their products. Mostly because I am positive it will not break me out. This toner has a scent that is like apricot with a vinegar back to it. Given the name that makes a lot of sense. It is a good toner and I really like the dispenser for it. Just remember to put the cotton pad, or reusable round over the the hole in the top before pressing down or the toner will fountain up. I find one pump is all I actually need for the amount of product I need on my face so I imagine I will get a lot of use out of this bottle.

The Ole Henriksen I used for the first time this morning as I was finishing out the serum from Eight Saints. One pump was more than enough to cover my face and neck. This Vitamin C serum absorbs quickly with no stickiness and it is quite a lovely glass bottle on top of that. I think I am really going to get a good use out if this. I think i might roll in a collagen serum to pair with this as well, but thus far, I like it.

This MZ Skin Eye cream I have used before. I received it in a subscription box, tried it, liked it and then set it aside for some reason. I can’t remember what. Since it was open I rolled it back into the line up to use up. This far I am liking it. It is a thick cream. I think it is a little over priced, but I do like that it is a thick cream that absorbs well and quickly into the skin. Who knows, with regular use I may see that it is worth its rather large price tag. For now I am happy using it.

My moisturizer is currently a deluxe sample of the Tatcha Dewy skin. I know and love the Water cream. I have tried the Dewy Skin cream and for most of the year it is too much moisture for my skin. (I am normal to combo skin wise). the Tatcha Water Cream is great for me, but in the winter I find I can only use it during the day and at night it is not enough. With the weather cooling down and the heat clicking on more and more often, this is proving to be a good daytime moisturizer for me right now. The scent is a little strong, but it is a scent I like so I don’t mind. It is the same scent as The Silk Canvas Primer actually. My only issue right now is that it does take a little while to absorb into the skin. I generally find myself finishing with the moisturizer and then letting it settle with a cup or two of coffee before i attempt to put my makeup over it. It is a moisturizer that on me at least needs time to settle in.

I had only one use of this Indigo cream thus far but I do like it. It is fragrance free so if you have issues with scent this might be something to look into. It is a thick cream, but oddly it absorbs faster than the Dewy Cream. I had no issues with it absorbing, My skin drank it in and this morning I was pleased with how soft my skin felt. It was a first use, so my skin could have been just extra dry for the night, but I have no problem continuing to use it and see how it works over time. while this is a deluxe sample, I do have a second deluxe sample that I might just roll into use right after this one. It will clear out some samples and give me a better idea of how the night cream works.

Also I am using the Tatcha samples now so I can get a better feel for them before I dive into their skincare kits. They have several that are available throughout the year, but there are more kits coming for the holidays so I am trying to decide which products I would really like to look at purchasing in the full size.

And finally we round out the line up with another Tatcha product. That’s right, it is the lip mask. I love this lip mask and while in the warmer months I will occasionally skip lip treatments at night, I find using a mask like this every night helps prevent the winter chapped lips. For me this is important because in general I tend to find that i will pick at my lips once they get dry. I don’t do it intentionally, it is something I do when i am working on something else and not thinking. It causes a lot of trouble. So it is is much better for me if they never reach that chapped stage. It is why the nightly lip mask from now until Easter is a key facet of my skincare regimen.

And so my darlings that is me today. Or this week technically. All of these products will be with me going into next week (and beyond actually as they are just started)I am actually quite pleased with how all of them are performing actually so i have no problems continuing to use them. And tonight I will roll the Exfoliator into the routine on a regular basis. And so on we go. Have a great Friday everyone.

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The Daily: September 8th, 2022

Oh my. Today has been a day where the phone simply did not stop ringing. It started ringing with my first cup of coffee. It rang as soon as I hung up and then of course it started beeping while I was talking to let me know that someone else was calling while I was on the phone talking.

Apparently there was some kind of rule about calling me before lunch. I’m not sure why there was a lunchtime deadline, but once the clock struck noon the phone calmed down. Maybe everyone went out to lunch and isn’t back yet. I keep glancing over to the phone wondering why it is not ringing anymore, even though I am glad to have a bit of a break. it threw my system off a bit but I am slowly getting back on track. Admittedly at lunch I had to reconfigure the schedule.

Once I shifted projects to have them complete before I left I started rolling them out. A few started going out last Friday with more going out this week. Apparently that was going to be gone at the end of the month and to find all sorts of things they thought I needed to talk about before I left. A lot of it is to schedule projects for when i return.

As we are entering the busy season it is understandable but it seems like everyone checked their schedule and freaked out at the same time. I think part of it might be that I will be leaving on September 23rd and not returning until October 9th or 10th. It caused people to flip the calendar page so to speak and while the holidays seem pretty far from September they start arriving in October.

And yes I consider Halloween the kick off to the holidays. In fact it is my favorite of them if I am honest. Anyway, I did manage my makeup before Chicken Little decided the sky was falling so let’s take the lull to go over it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer

Foundation: CoverGirl Aquasmooth Foundation + sunscreen

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Silk Blush

Eyeshadow: Colourpop Blowin Smoke

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lips: About Face Matte in Take Aim

Okay today I specifically chose the Ole Henriksen primer to pair with the Cover Girl. First off I loe the primer and it does nice things for my skin. Second I wanted to try this with an illuminating primer. Yesterday I used this foundation with a really gripping prime and it turned out well. Today, the foundation was back to slipping a little as I applied everything else. I think that with the sunscreen this foundation formula needs a really gripping primer. It looks good but it was harder to work with since gripping isn’t the banana bright’s main function.

I did go light on the bronze and blush. Because the foundation was moving more, I I applied the face products and they moved the foundation a bit, so I had to go back in with the foundation over the bronzer and blush. it worked, but it was more trouble than it had to be. I like this foundation, it just needs to be worn with a primer that really locks it into place.

Today was the last day of the Milk Makeup Mascara. I was actually scraping bottom to apply it. The tube is now officially empty. A full size will be purchased as soon as I look over the current mascaras I have. I know about three of them need to be tossed and I have several waiting in the wings. The evaluation will be soon. (Mostly because I want it done before I leave so i will probably start that as I decide what makeup to pack to take with me.)

I still love the Blowin Smoke palette. however I want to reach for the same shadows to do a specific look and found myself forcing myself to try different ones. I went with the balck sparkle and the silver today. The silver is lovely (although I got a bit crazy because I was hurried between calls) and the shimmery black doesn’t really shimmer. It is also a little more powdery than the regular black. I suspect i will just reach for the regular black in the future. I like this palette and I like having it in my collection, but I know i am going to reach for it for a specific look.

Today I used the About Face Lip paint. I love the color and I love that the painted tip makes it easy to apply. It does bleed a little into the fine lines around my lips, not majorly, but enough that I notice. I just need a lip liner to pair with it and I will be fine. It also dries down well and relatively quickly. So there isn’t a trail of lip prints left behind me,. It doesn’t dry down to desiccated parched lip level though which is nice. I did find that after a few hours though I was reaching for my lip balm. it is dry but not overly dry, but the lip balm didn’t hurt.

And so my darlings that is me. And the phone is ringing again so I will let you go. Have a great day.

Ole Henriksen

The Daily: August 16th, 2022

Today there wasn’t a cloud in sight. No rain predicted for the entire day. And the humidity was only around 80%. It meant that I did sweat buckets while walking this morning, but it does mean that there was not an overwhelming misery to the walk. It was actually almost pleasant.

i also like the fact that my world seems to be getting back to normal. I will say that this weekend I did more or less binge watch various Star Trek formats on Paramount+ for large sections of the weekend, but I think the rest did well as yesterday I managed a regular walk with only a little weariness and shortness of breath at the end while today was the regular walk without the feeling of being completely out of breath when it was done.

I was pretty sure I shouldn’t even remotely attempt a second walk, but the first one was just fine. Ah normality, blissful normality. I know not exciting, but fabulous just the same.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Primer

Foundation: Real Her I am Divine Powerwear Probiotic Foundation

Blush/Bronzer/Highlight: Realher Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette

Eyeshadow: OFRA Signature Symphony Palette

Mascara: Give them Lala Beauty Mascara

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stencil kit

Lips: Lawless Beauty Forget the Filler Lip Plumping Gloss

Today was an interesting makeup selection. Part of it was prompted by the rummage through the backs of drawers after I found the unopened Becca Foundation yesterday. The primer is one of my favorites for just a little bit of glow. The banana Bright primer gives me the kind of healthy glow that I like without tipping into too shiny for me. I know the very shiny look is popular but it makes me feel like i look a little greasy. this is a glow without the grease factor for me. Plus it smells like banana candy. It is a really good brightening primer.

The Real Her foundation I pulled out of the drawer because I can’t actually remember if I’ve used it and if I did how I felt about it. I am going to have to go back through my reviews to see, but I honestly didn’t remember this foundation. In general though foundations don’t hang around if I don’t like them, so if I tried it I knew I liked it enough to keep it past the trial date. So I decided that I would use it today. I liked it. The foundation blended out well and it has been wearing well throughout the day. It is a bit more full coverage than I am used to which might account for why I don’t reach for it a lot. I am liking it though and looking forward to trying this out a bit more. I think it ended up looking pretty good today.

To pair with it I did choose one of my favorite face palettes which is the Ultimate Glow Getter from Real Her. This is one of the few face palettes I used enough that I actually had to replace it. This is actually the second of these that I have owned as I wore the first one down to pan. The bronzer and blush are both buildable. The highlighter is okay. I will use it when I bring out the palette, but it isn’t something I would reach for on it’s own, where as I will reach for either the blush or bronzer.

This is the second use of the OFRA palette and to be honest, I think that today’s look is very much like yesterday’s look. Admittedly both today and yesterday I started off reaching for the cranberry shade and I I think that it is just a shade that takes over. Tomorrow I will skip the cranberry and see if I can get a different look from the palette. I think that is always the trick with a five pan palette. Often I reach for the same shades in the same order so each use of the palette looks the same as every other look of the palette. Especially if there is one really bold shade, like the cranberry. I do like this look, but tomorrow we will skip it and try for something different.

This Lala mascara is kind of interesting. Thus far I have not managed to apply it without getting transfer from the lashes to my under eyes. I think that this mascara just takes a little longer than most to dry, which is something to take into account. I seem to be doing a lot of clean up with it.

The Lawless gloss is a lovely gloss and I am happy to continue to use it as a mostly clear gloss.

and that my darlings is me today. I think I may keep this foundation out for a little while to see how it performs with different primers, and to figure out why I can’t remember using it before now. over all, things seem to have worked out well today. But now it is back to work. Paperwork will only wait for so long. Have a fabulous rest of Tuesday.

Ole Henriksen

The Daily: April 27th, 2022

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 couldn’t resist the call of the red lip

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: OLE Henriksen’s Banana Bright Face Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: NudeStix Nudies Bronzer stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: Saint Luxe Liquid Glow

Powder: Puff Puff Pass Setting powder from Kim Chi Beauty

Eyeshadow: Sandbar Beauty The Mirage Palette

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa

Lips: Elf Matte Liquid Lip in Red Vixen

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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The Daily: March 21st, 2022

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’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: NudeStix Nudie Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder Highlighter

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Viseart Petit Pro Trois Shadow Palette

Mascara: Athr Beauty Big Bang Mascara

Lips: MAC Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

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.

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The Daily: March 17th, 2022

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.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Primer: AFTERPAY DAY – 25% OFF SITEWIDE. Valid 3/17-3/18

Foundation: Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Highlight: Iconic Illuminator in Original

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly from Fluide

Mascara: Big Bang from Athr Beauty

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

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.

I love the green but the shadows of this palette aren’t the best blenders

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.

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The Daily: November 2nd, 2021

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’s look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique stick Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: KVD Vegan Beauty Single Eyeshadow (Lolita)

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers Mascara

Lipstick: MAC in Bated Breath

Necklace: Rachel Zoe Collection

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.