The Daily: February 17th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It is amazing how a small think like an unexpected blemish can completely throw you off your game. But fear not. A combination of acne Fighting products, and cleansing masks and exfoliation have set me right again.

Or at least closer to normal.

My skin is feeling better and for the first time since Monday I actually felt comfortable putting makeup on my skin. whenever my skin freaks out over anything (breakouts, too much sun, windburn or an allergic reaction) I just find it better to do as little as possible. I treat and then leave my skin alone. So that is what I did this week. I know not as much fun and as I had a palette and a foundation I really wanted to play around with it was kind of annoying.

But the skin wants what it wants.

As for the rest of the body, I did get a walk in this morning. The temperatures are still warm and rain clouds are massing on the horizon, but rain has yet to fall. The wind however is another story. we have a wind advisory going and it is no joke. While we secured all of our patio furniture this time (because running after lawn chairs isn’t something that should be repeated) others were not so lucky. Trash cans were the biggest run aways today. We live in an area that is bisected by two town limits and the county line. Each town has a separate trash collection and the county adds a third. Our trash gets collected on Fridays, the other town has Wednesday and the county has Thursday.

i know that sounds strange, but trash days you can actually see the lines as they appear on the map based on trash can placement. Today was county trash day and the street where the county line hits is on a slope. The large wheely bins full of trash are heavy enough that they are stable but several had their wheels turned the wrong way so the wind pushed them down the street. It was like the trash cans were trying to run away. Maybe they have plans to form a wheely bin gang in the cul-de-sac at the end of the street.

I do know the wind was enough that there was only one short walk today. It is the kind of wind that makes you feel like you are actually having trouble breathing. Not great for exercise. I will probably break out the workout video in the sun room later to makeup for it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Foundation: Natasha Denona Transformatte Foundation (still on sale for 50% off on the site – not an affiliate code, just something I saw when getting the link)

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: Ultimate Glow Getter Palette from Real Her

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder

Eyeshadow: Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Uoma Lip Liner in Angelou And MAC Lipstick in bated breath

Today even though my skin was feeling better I went with a porefilling and smoothing primer. I will still test the foundation with no primer under it, but today was not that day. I really like the Clarins primer and it is one that I will reach for when my skin is feeling a bit rough. Plus the red glass jar always feels luxe to use.

Today I applied the Transformatte foundation with a makeup sponge rather than my brush. I get a bit of a fuller coverage with the sponge than I do with the brush. Part of that is that I think I end up using more product with the makeup sponge than I do with the brush. While I don’t mind the sponge, I think for this foundation I prefer the brush application and perhaps a smoothing with the makeup sponge. Part of that is because I prefer a lighter coverage and part is so that I just prefer applying with a brush and then going in with the makeup sponge for details. Both look good but I think it boils down to a preference thing.

For simplicity today I went for my Real her palette and my bareMinerals powder. Both are fantastic. While I am doing fairly well with rotating my face palettes, I really need to put my bareMinerals powder away and use some of my other powders. I love setting powders and I have a couple that are close to being used up and I really want to use them up to make some space, but it is hard not to constantly reach for the bareMinerals. it is just such a good product. I will try though.

Today was interesting with Juvia’s place. I deliberately went in a little heavy handed with the brushes and as a consequence I had more fall out from the shadows as I applied them. I do really like them though and even heavy handed the fall out was pretty minimal. I am noticing however that because of the somewhat limited range of colors, most of my looks with this palette are going to come out looking very similar. I still think it is a great everyday palette. The shades are absolutely perfect for my office and meeting looks and I can see myself using it for work a lot. I just think the color range is going to make the shadow looks a bit on the repetitive side.

The Uoma lip liner is the perfect shade of lip liner to blend with the MAC Bated Breath. I don’t have a lip liner for the lipstick and as it is one of my favorite lipstick shades, that is really nice to have. It is a shade darker than the lipstick and it lasts longer than the lipstick so after lunch I did notice a distinct lip liner line on my lips, so that is definitely something to remember. I’m going to have to see if it matches any of my liquid lip liners enough to give it a try with them. But it is a good lip liner thus far. Not super creamy, but rather long lasting.

And so that was my look for today. It was nice to actually put on makeup today. It felt like my week was actually getting back to normal. While the moisturizer debacle did throw me off my game a bit, my work load this week was pretty heavy and I did sneak in a few extra warm weather walks so it wasn’t just the blemishes throwing me off my game. It was just one of those weeks.


The Daily: February 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today is one of those cold and rainy days that just feels blah. I did start out my morning with a bit of exercise in the sun room. Although I do feel bad calling it a sun room on days like today. There simply isn’t any sun. I do had the tiniest of green peeking through the dirt in my greenhouse seedling beds.

My green house is in the sunroom. It is essentially a plastic book case with a fitted plastic fain coat on it. the green shoots coming up can’t actually be called seedlings but the tiny green dots on the black soil just make me happy. Which was especially nice as I was relatively chilly before i started my work out. It warmed me up, and then I chilled back down again. Cold rainy days just sort of have that effect on me.

It might account for why I chose some makeup products that are usually in my summer staples list. I thought it was because I just wanted a low key makeup day, but as I look at them some of the products really are summer staples. Let’s take a look.

Today’s Look:

Primer: elf Puff Puff Primer

Foundation: Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream

  • when I went to the site to get the link I found Purlisse has a BOGO sale going on right now. Not sure how long it will last but it is well worth stocking up

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: Ultimate Glow Getter from Real Her

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow Palette: bareMinerals Natural Oasis Palette

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Today I wanted something simple and kind of low key. I also wanted to set out the shimmer from the bareMinerals palette so I added the red tone just to try it out. I honestly would have been happy with just the single natural brown look, but I like how the shimmer came out.

While the elf is a great winter primer due to the moisture factor (and is in general a good primer) the Elf Sheer Slick, Purlisse BB Cream and Real Her face palette are all summer staples for me. The Purlisse just blends beautifully into my skin. I have the shade light Medium in the matte formula (which I like better than the pink radiant one) and while the shade is perfect for me all summer long it also works really well for me now. I am currently as pale as I ever get and the the BB cream still worked beautifully for me. Plus it is so lightweight that it feels like it isn’t even there. It is a light coverage, but that was what i wanted today. It takes down redness and uneven skin tones but looks very natural on the skin.

The ultimate glow getter I used so much this summer that I am now seeing the outline of pan through both the blush and bronzer. It looks like the pans can come out of the palette and can be replaced. I am going to have to see if that is a possibility because I really enjoy this palette. The bronzer comes on strong with a dark line on the skin but blends in beautifully with even the most low key makeup look. And this blush works well as just a hint of color or more if you want. I like that it can be blended down or built up. It is a light pink though so in general I don’t build it up, but blend it for just a healthy low key kind of look. The blendability of this palette is why I reach for it so often. I think I put it away at the end of the summer because it was starting to show pan. I felt I used it so much that I wanted to give other products a try. And then I forgot about it. It is a fine line between trying out new things and forgetting about your faves.

Speaking of faves, I ended up this makeup look with the elf sheer slick. In the summer time it is my go to lip look. I used it so much this past summer that I went through an entire tube and had to replace it. And now the replacement looks a little worn. It is a light wash of color, which is nice. I think the reason that I reach for it so often is that it is vitamin E infused which makes my lips feel super moisturized and nourished. It is a sheer wash of color with benefits. I’m sure I will use this up and then repurchase it again. It is a good product to use in the winter, but I really seem to gravitate towards it in the summer. I think I actually picked it up out of habit when I picked up the Purlisse. Honestly, I’m glad I did. I may have been going for a low key look today, but using some products that I normally only reserve for summer use sort of made me feel a little bit better about the cold and dreary day.

The Makeup Bag: December 18th, 2020

The Makeup Bag used December 12th – 18th, 2020

This week’s makeup bag was really low key. This was one of those weeks where I worked at my desk by myself with the occasional phone call.  No one needed to see me so looking good for zoom wasn’t a necessity.  I think the only time other than my walks that I left the house was to run to the charity shop yesterday. So there were several days I just let my skin breathe.

But I did wear some makeup this week.

I started with the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen.  The link will take you to the full review. It is a brightening primer, but under powder or foundation it blurs out blemishes and fine lines really well and while it hydrates, it didn’t ever feel greasy. This is a primer I think I will be reaching for more throughout the winter.

On the days I reached for foundation, I went with the E.L.F. Acne Fighting foundation.  It was easy to reach for, light weight and felt good against the skin. This is one foundation that I know i am going to replace as soon as it runs out. E.l.f. really hit it out of the park with this one.

My RealHer Cheek Ultimate Glow Getter Trio provided my Bronzer, Blush and highlight this week.  While I did use the bronze and highlight I think there was only one day this week I bothered with the highlighter.  

The blush and bronze are both buildable products that let you go as light or as glam as you want.  This week I tended to lean into the light and this Cheek Trio Palette was amazing for that. If you take a close look at the bronzer, you can see that the outlines of the pan are starting to show through the product. Of the three, the Bronzer is my favorite product. The blush and highlighter are good, but I tend to use them because they are there with the bronzer, whereas the bronzer is why I reach for the palette. It was a palette that I reached for a lot this summer and I am really glad to see that it is something I can easily use in winter as well.

For Powder I used my trusty No 7. Pressed powder and didn’t bother with a loose setting powder at all this week. I know, shocking.  Much more of the pan is showing now and I am fairly certain that this compact will be empty by new Years. It really is one of my favorite products. The formula of the powder is just really nice against the skin.

This week I skipped both eyeliner and brow products completely. My eyebrow is still healing from an ingrown hair and quite frankly at the moment my bangs have grown out enough that you can’t really see much of my brows. I really need to cut them. I’ll admit, it scares me so I put off the trimming of the bangs as long as possible. I am less hesitant with the rest of my hair, but those bangs…Still it must be done and done soon. This week, I just used a spoolie to keep them neat and left them alone.

I had a trio of shadows this week.  KVD’s Lolita was the shade I reached for most often for a quick swipe of color.  It is an excellent shadow and the color works well for me.  It can be used as a light blush or deepened towards a wine red.  It is one of those shadows that always gets added to my travel bags. 

The Colored Raine Champagne Life was my light shimmer shade this week.  It is okay but not my favorite.  It tends to disappear when I tried to blend it in and fades pretty badly throughout the day.

The third shadow I used was the IBY Fire and Ice shadow.  I really enjoyed it.  It doesn’t look like much in the pan but when applied it glimmers green like a beetle’s back and I really enjoyed it.  I am definitely going to have to remember to use it more often.  For a fuller review of the three and to see swatches and read a more detailed performance review, the link will take you to my eyeshadow review post from yesterday.

This week I finished off the They’re Real sample size of mascara from Benefit Cosmetics.  I really like the way it lengthened my lashes and it looked really good, especially on the days where I did nothing but powder and lip oil. This was its third week and this morning I can officially say that the tube is completely empty.  The sample is no more.  I was rather surprised that it lasted the full third week, but somehow it just managed to hang on to finish the week out.

My final product this week was the Yensa lip oil in the shade Pink Shine.  I love everything about this lip oil.  It has a slight hint of color that compliments my natural lips.  It helps refresh dry lips and it smells amazing.  That being said, it does leave oily lip prints on the rims of coffee mugs and needs to be reapplied after eating.  But the shine it gives to lips is fantastic.

This week I didn’t bother with a setting spray.   Which means that we have now arrived at the end of the makeup bag.  I told you, I didn’t wear a lot of products this week.  I figured it was just me looking at a computer screen all day so on the mornings when I wanted to wear makeup I did, and the mornings I didn’t want to put it on, I didn’t.  It was really nice to have a low key week like this.  Next week of course I have the first of the week loaded down with pre-holiday work zooms, so I’ll have to be a little bit more mindful. But it was nice to have a very relaxed week and only put on what I wanted to put on without worrying how it would look on camera.


Reviewing the Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio

The plastic is made to look like marble

I love palettes.  I like shadow palettes where I have an array of colors to choose from and I really like face palettes. Don’t get me wrong, I am sometimes very annoyed with palettes, for example when I get a blush palette where three shades are presented but only one works on my skin I feel rather irked. Best case scenario with that is that I use one down to pan and lament the waste of the others.

The Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter cheek Trio (retail $28) is the type of palette I like.  It is essentially a compact with a blush a bronzer and a highlighter. Surprisingly, I like all three.  I heard of Real Her as a company before, but had never tried any of their products before.  I think I may have to investigate some of their others.

When it arrived, I first looked at the blush as a little too light for me.  It looked a little on the pink side. Still, I tried it and I found that it is  a light, buildable formula. It is not a super pigment where one dab with the brush puts clown circles on your cheeks for the rest of the day. (You can see in the swatches below none of the products are super pigmented but all three are buildable.) And if the blush looks a little too light, it is easy to use the bronzer to adjust it a little bit. While the highlighter is bright, it too also blends down.

one swipe with the finger

I think that might actually be the strength of this palette.  It is not meant for a full on high glamour look.  It is meant for everyday wear-ability. They are soft colors that would be appropriate for the office or running errands. Personally, this is what I like.  Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments of high glam, but for everyday looks, I like my face make-up to not be the first thing you notice about me. I don’t want to walk into a room and have someone say, ‘Wow that’s a highlight.’ I want them to say, ‘Wow you look good’.

I will admit I have been using the recent stay at home orders to go a little crazy with both eye and lip colors. Partially because it perks me up after watching too much news and partially because I have a couple of Stila liquid glitter shadows that are edging towards the end of their life span. They tend to dry out after a time once they are opened whether you use them or not, so I am trying to get as much use out of them as possible.

In doing this, I find I really like having a softer daily face so I have been using this palette a lot.  The pans have little divots on the side so I’m not sure if the pans are replaceable or not.  It looks like they ought to be, but I couldn’t easily pry them out without damaging the product so I will need to wait until at least one of them is empty to find out.  I didn’t see any replacement products offered on the site though which has me concerned. 

It would be a shame if it weren’t reusable as it is such sturdy plastic with such a nice mirror.  I will say that the white marble look of the plastic might not be the best for the interior.  As you can see, especially around the bronzer area, the product has stained the plastic. I’m sure with a disinfectant wipe I could get it clean again though. And to be honest, the pan sizes aren’t that unusual so even if Real Her doesn’t have replacement pans, I’m sure I could fit other products in and keep using the palette. Provided I can get the older pans out. 

But that is a problem for another time.  For now, I am enjoying using this palette for my general everyday looks and anticipating using it for lighter makeup looks throughout the summer. Where I live, glam looks tend to melt off the face within ten seconds of stepping outside once Mid May arrives often making the look a waste of product and time for everyday life.  That makes me doubly glad to have this in my collection.

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