The Daily: September 12th, 2022

Good Monday afternoon my darlings. I hope yours is going well. Mine has mostly been working through a long to do list. All the calls came in last week and all the work gets done this week. Well this week and next actually as I leave on the 23rd. I actually feel like I am in a really good place.

I have actual dates and times for everything. I am able to clear most of it off before I leave so that the only thing I really have to worry about is my mom when I am gone. Over all it is a good place to be.

I am still a little stressed about her if I am honest. She sounds okay on the phone. I think a lot of her stress went away once all of her decisions were finalized and she could begin getting ready for surgery. I think my stress will fade once I am down there in person and she is actually out of surgery safe and sound. It is one of the hardest parts about living in a different place. Sometimes relief only comes when you can see things in person.

But now that she sounds more at ease I am not a stress level red any more. I’m more of a yellow with an orange tinge. I was deep in the red for a while so it feels a lot better to have that eased off.

This past weekend I made a big batch of sauce as our tomatoes are finally starting to come in. They grew all summer and they looked like they wanted to blossom, they just didn’t. Now that September is well underway they are starting to throw out handfuls of ripened fruit every day. I’ll probably make sauce one or two more times again before I leave. It freezes really well and since I make only the base roasted tomato sauce at this point it will freeze really well and be able to be used for anything. I like to season it more for the dish I am making when I actually use the sauce. But it is a good general stable to have on hand.

And this weekend I got my first and only melon from the vine. There won’t be any more, but this year i was astounded I got even one. It is a petit melon, only the size of a softball but we had it with prosciutto this weekend as a treat and it was fantastic. It was extra sweet so it went well with the salty meat. I’m glad that if I only got one melon this year at least it was a good one. There is an odd sort of consolation in that.

testing a blow out spray that left my hair looking a bit greasy

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: One Size Turn up the Base Powder Foundation

Blush: NARS Blush in Angelika

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Eyeshadow: Lawless Beauty The Baby One Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Mascara

Lipstick: Guerlain Velvet Matte Refillable Lipstick in #910 Black Red

Setting Spray: Huda Beauty Glow Coco Hydrating Mist

Okay first of all I want to apologize for my hair. I am testing out a blow out spray and it just made my hair look super greasy. I’m hoping I just applied too much, but I am still trying to work that out. It doesn’t help that my bangs need a bit more of a trim. I’m hoping to take care of that this weekend. Don’t worry, I will let a pro handle it. I have backed away from the scissors.

I always love my Elf poreless Primer. And as I tried this foundation with out a primer when it first arrived, I knew it needed a primer underneath. the foundation powder on it’s own did emphasize some of my larger pores. With the primer underneath, this foundation worked beautifully. I really like this actually. It is a buildable formula, so i can go as light and natrual as I want or I could go in for a more full look. well, not quite full. It seems to shift between light and medium. I don’t think it gets to full coverage, but as I rarely wear full coverage I am okay with that. It gets as full as I plan to wear it. Thus far it feels like a nice foundation. It doesn’t feel powdery. Although I didn’t put a powder over it when I applied it, because I generally don’t put powder over powder foundations. It did need a but of a pat with a pressed powder by midday as there were some oily spot showing through. I am actually looking forward to playing around with this over this week and next. Thus far, I’m pretty happy with it. But it does need a primer underneath if you have larger pores.

I went with the Ciate Bronzer today as it is a very adaptable tone. I can go very light with it or I can deepen it depending on what the foundation and my look for the day calls for. It is one that I usually use with new foundations. I’m actually quite fond of it in general actually. Ciate can be hit or miss on some products, but for me this bronzer is a definite hit.

This Nars Blush is also a hit. Which shouldn’t be surprising, Nars blushes are always good. I tend to no reach for this one as much because in the pan it looks very pink and sparkly. When swatched with a finger, the sparkles don’t show but it still looks very pink. It applies much less pink and there aren’t any sparkles on the cheeks. It’s one of those products I just need to remember I like so I reach for it, instead of opening it, thinking, ‘I don’t want sparkles’ and putting it back. Today I realized I have accumulated a lot of blushes and need to go through them to see if all of them are staying. I don’t think I have sorted them in a while. I actually took this out thinking, I’ll use it see the pink and sparkles and know it needs to go. Instead I took it out and realized how much I like it. So plus for the Nars, negative on the declutter.

I was thrilled with the way the Lawless Beauty Palette performed. It was pigmented but not over the top. I sometimes get a bit out of control if the shadows are intensely pigmented. This had a pigment I could build up. It also blended well. I used two of the mattes (Cherub and Sweet Dreams) and they blended well together. I added the silvery shimmer Little doll on the inner corner of my eye. I meant to just put a little but it proved more shadow than I planned. I had to tap the brush before applying but there was no fall out.

Today I used the most expensive lipstick I have in my collection. I keep a list of luxury products that I want to try. Sometimes I use them as presents to myself, usually for my birthday, other times as rewards for reaching significant weight loss goals. Because I have been so stressed lately my babydoll ordered this Guerlain lipstick for me as a treat. It feels so luxe in the hand. It just feels like quality packaging. And I have to say the product feels nice as well. The color is fantastically saturated. The lipstick feels soft and lot waxy at all. It glides on smoothly, like the velvet it is named for and it feels feather light to wear. It is my first use of this lipstick but I will be reaching for it often. I really like this first use.

I don’t always reach for a setting spray, And truthfully when i reach for a setting spray I generally only reach for my Benefit Porefessional Setting Spray. The mist is very fine and I like the way it performs. It is my go to. However I do have several setting sprays I have gotten through various subscriptions that I haven’t used. They are lined up on a shelf and I tell myself that i am going to test it out and then forget. So I have taken out the Huda Beauty one and will be testing it. It is sweet coconut smelling but not over the top. The mist is a fine one although there were a few splotches of wet on my face. I did tap it in with a makeup sponge. It was fine to use and I will keep using it for a while. Hopefully there won’t be a lot of splotches as it gets more use. we shall see.

And so that was my look for the day. I plan to roll through blushes for a while to see if all of the ones in the drawer are staying. and I will see how this foundation performs over time. Over all I am fairly pleased with everything today. I am a bit annoyed by the blow out spray, and will probably go for the dry shampoo in a bit. I am just testing to see if it gets worse throughout the day or if it stays this level. Either way for now, it is back to work for me. Have a great rest of Monday.

e.l.f. cosmetics

The Daily: May 25th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings. i am finally starting to feel like myself again. This morning allergies hit hard and the medicine needed to temper them made me a little floaty for a bit. That was not too bad, however this week at the gym I added one more set of reps to all of my exercises. I felt it was time. And it probably was. This morning however, I was really feeling the extra reps though. the soreness will pass of course, it always does. And then once i get used to this, I’ll change it up again. Apparently muscles get bored with repetition and you need to challenge them.Like a smart kid reading way above grade level.

Although I think with me my muscles are finally edging out of remedial lessons.

Either way, I was glad today was not a gym day. I managed a walk in the park, going a little earlier than usual to try and beat the heat and humidity. Several of my neighbors were doing the same actually. I think the general consensus was that we each needed to get in motion at leas half an hour earlier to better our attempts. Everyone leaving the park looked very soggy. While the temps aren’t that high the humidity is around 80% today. It sort of did everyone in. I ended up stripping in the laundry room to drop my clothes directly into the washer before moving to the shower. these were not the clothes ot add to the laundry basket. They went straight to the washer, did not pass go and did not collect two hundred dollars. Luckily I have a bunch of towels that also need washing this afternoon.

Today’s Look:

Foundation: Wet ‘n Wild Tinted Hydrator

  • wet ‘n wild has quite the sale going on, you can check it out on their Sale Page

Blush/bronzer/highlighter/powder: Pur 4-in-1 Face Palette

  • A lot of stuff from Pur’s Barbie Collaboration seem to be on sale, some at quite a discount. As I haven’t tried anything from the line I don’t know about the quality but you can find the Sale Here.

Eyeshadow: One/Size Patrick Starr Visionary Palette

Mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara

Lips: Thrive Causemetics Lip Gloss in Ashley

To be honest if I wasn’t testing the Patrick Starr Palette then I would have just dusted a bit of the bronzer on my lids and gone with quick and simple. To quickly cover all of the other products, they worked beautifully. I thought the Tinted hydrator was going to be too light but it blended in really well providing a light coverage and a good look to the skin. I really like the 4-in 1 palette from Pure more and more each time I use it. I think it will be interesting to see how i feel about the blush as my skin shifts into a summer tan, but right now i really like it. I kept a light hand because I was just using a tinted moisturizer and I am very happy with the low key look I had going on. The Wander Beauty Unlashed always performs well and I like the Thrive gloss. It won’t last long, but it looks nice while it is around.

And then there was the Patrick Starr Palette. I went with the Bright Blue Mon Dieu, the black Turban Legend and the blue shimmer of Rebel gray. The Blue was patchy and hard to blend and the black was a little better than yesterday. It completely over powered the blue underneath. I thought it would be more vibrant but it isn’t. The blue is buildable but to be honest I am not a huge blue shadow fan and this didn’t convert me. I am however in love with the Steel Gray shade. It applied well, was quite pigmented and easy to work with. I’ glad it is the last shadow I tried as I can end my trial on a high note. I tried each and every shadow in here and will post a full review on Thursday, but it is an odd palette and I have very mixed feelings. I’ll work on sorting them out before Thursday.

As everyone knows Memorial day is fast approaching and nearly everyone has sales going. I’ve poste a few that have skated across my vision that you might want to look into. I’ll post them below.

The first one I came across was for Marc Jacobs. They are having a 50% off Sitewide sale. Their primers, their eyeshadows, their fantastic velvet noir mascara (a perennial favorite of mine) It’s the Editor’s Cut sale.

Benefit has a Pre-memorial Day Primer Party sale starting tomorrow : Score 40% off full-size The POREfessional Face Primer, The POREfessional: Hydrate Primer, and The POREfessional: Pearl Primer at Offer is not valid on minis. Prices as marked, no code needed. Offer valid May 26 to May 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST, while supplies last. I love both the original and the Pearl. My skin isn’t dry enough to really like the hydrating primer but if you have dry skin,. that one might be worth looking into for you.

And if you are into Clean Beauty…

Alayka is also having a sale It is layered by how much you buy. They are a fantastic site to buy from if you are looking for clean beauty products. Personally, I love their Sample Kits because they are arranged by brand so if you wanted to try out several items from Lilah b or RMS beauty or Kosas to find out if they work for you before you purchase a full size you can. Their sale is graduated though:

Memorial Day Sale at Alyaka! Get 20% OFF on Orders over £450

Memorial Day Sale at Alyaka! Get 15% OFF on Orders over £250.

Memorial Day Sale at Alyaka! Get 10% Off on All Orders.