The Daily: December 21st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The weather has finally turned chilly again and we are back to feeling like December. While I may not adore the cold weather it feels really wrong to have seventy degrees where I live the week before Christmas. My entire world gets a little bit off kilter. With the weather steadying I feel steadier.

Of course part of that Steadying is that I just released my latest novel. So I have now been released from final edits. for a while. I always get a little crazy towards the end. I start seeing dancing commas in my sleep. But the book: Blindsided: Book Five of The Society is out on both Amazon and Smashwords, for those interested. Also if you are looking for a great read (whether from my books or someone else) Smashwords is having their annual end of year book sale right now. You can download books in any e-book format (or even plain text if you don’t use an e-reader) and they have over 65,000 books enrolled in the sale. Almost all of my books are 50% off from now until January 1st. And a few of them are even free. The same holds true for a large number of the books enrolled in the sale. If you are looking for something to read or a new author, it is a great place to go.

Despite the temps dropping I did get my morning walk in and I have to say the cold brisk air certainly blew out the cobwebs from my brain. Of course it also made my lings hurt a bit so there probably won’t be a second walk this afternoon. But I feel good about the first walk and who knows, maybe I’ll get some work with the weights in later. as my sunroom is still sans furniture for the most part there is plenty of space. although I did see this couch I really liked this weekend. It is from Eternity Modern.

I like their furniture in general, they tend to have a lot of mid-century modern inspired lines to their furniture. I’m not sure if the couch I like suits the space (or if I’ll have to find another place for it) but i absolutely adore it. The links will take you there if you want to ogle some absolutely stunning furniture.

At the moment we are working on finishing the bedroom and then slowly working through the rest of the house as we redecorate so I have time to think about the couch, I just think it looks fantastic for curling up and reading on. And I had to share. I should point out that my babydoll thinks the couch looks like a giant marshmallow. Oddly enough I think he meant that in a good way.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer

Foundation: AOA Prowear Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Floss The Concierge Lip and cheek tint

Eyeshadow: Shaina B Miami Nights Palette

Mascara: Roen Cake Mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lipstick in Perception

I’m wrapping up my test of the AOA foundation and will have that posted this thursday, with luck, but I still wanted to use a primer with it that I am familiar with, instead of opening a new primer I have never tried. I will be trying the new primer soon.

I couldn’t resist the new eyeshadow palette that came in my IPSY bag though. It feels like forever since we have gotten eyeshadow palettes in subscription boxes so I was just excited. Plus I always tend to go a little more glittery when New Year’s rolls around so I couldn’t resist trying out the silver. I did put the mattes underneath but the silver just took over so I’ll have to try just the mattes tomorrow to see what i think about them. Today it turned out to ba all about the silver. It applies easily and feels soft. It applies like you are spreading liquid silver across the lids. The problem is that it keeps spreading after you apply. It tends to transfer up and I am seeing the start of a line where my eyelids crease. There is also starting to be silver flakes under my eyes as well. I love the shadow though so it might be worth playing around with to see if I can get it right. So for today at least it was Silver shadow, with everything else facing away.

I went with a darer lipstick so it wasn’t just the silver flash and I really enjoy the formula of the mineralist lipstick. It is lipstick so you do get some lip prints and it does wear off during the day but it is a super comfortable formula to wear and my lips feel conditioned after wearing it, even when the color fades. Those were the two standouts today. Everything else I have used before and really like. They performed just as well as they always have. Today really was about the silver shadow, which sort of overshadowed everything else.

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The Daily: December 7th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today, my nose is a little less runny and the sneezing is thankfully less. Which means that it is actually just the up and down weather and not an actual cold. Saturday the temps were in the upper sixties to low seventies (I know far too warm for this time of year) but it was warm air pushed in front of a rain storm. The rains came and it is now in the thirties. Such changes always make my nose feel somewhat offended. Hopefully the temps will settle down and we won’t have such major shifts for a while.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

I’m not counting on it though.

Even though the sun has actually started to peek through the clouds, the air is raw and damp and large portions of the walking trail are flooded, so workouts today were again in the sunroom. This time with an actual bit of sun included. I have to say the hand weights and yoga mat from Prosource Fit were a great investment. (they still have a 60% off sale going on right now). I’m not comfortable at the gym right now and sometimes weather prevents the walking trail from being used. I like having the back up of the weights and yoga inside the house.so I can still move a bit even if I don’t get my full work out in.

while I will never really be a gym sort of person, I’ve incorporated daily exercise into my routine for so long at this point that if I don’t at least get a little bit in each day I feel really off balance and twitchy. So it was You Tube Yoga and some workouts with weights today.

This afternoon’s sheet mask is going to be the I’m Lavender Mask Sheet from Tony Moly. I think I’ve used their Hemp mask before but I don’t recall using the lavender one so this will be a fun one to try. Hopefully it will be both hydrating and soothing without being overly floral. I don’t like when sheet masks are overly floral. They tend to make me feel like I should wash my face after, which sort of defeats the purpose of the mask serum in the first place. So we will see how that goes. I’ll let you know on the end of month masking recap.

For now, let’s talk makeup.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Figs and Rouge Blurring Primer

Foundation: KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Rodial Blush Drops

Eyeshadow: Storybook Cosmetics Little Briar Rose Palette

Mascara: Roen Lash Cake Black

Lips: MAC Love me Lipstick in Bated Breath

Glasses: ThinOptics

I forgot to take my reading glasses off when taking the pics. Personally, I love these readers. they are so light weight that they make no dent in the makeup and are super easy to wear. Also the case clips onto the back of my cell phone so I always have them with me. They are the MVP of my work life at the moment. Oh and if you think you may need readers but don’t know the strength, ThinOptics now has a Clarity kit so you can easily find out. My eyes have always been bad so glasses and readers have been a part of my life for a long time. And having readers I like to wear makes me squint less, so it helps with the fine lines around my eyes almost as much as the eye cream. After all not helping them to form is better than fighting the ones already there.

The primer and foundation I’ve been using for over a week now and I will be posting my full reviews on Thursday. The short version is that the primer is good at blurring and the foundation is more full coverage than I would have given powder credit for. In addition it doesn’t look all that powdery when on. Admittedly I used more cream products with it and skipped powder itself most of the time when using it, which helped.

The we have the blush drops. I like cream blushes. well, I like some cream brushes. I’m just not sure i like this one. when the drops are first placed on the skin I thought, that is a bit bright. then I blended it in and thought, where did it go. I added a little more and when blended it looked better. Of course today I think my entire face looks a bit on the pink side, but I’m not sure that is the blush. I certainly didn’t apply it on my nose. I think that might be due to the sneezing.

With the blush, it is a light pigment on the skin that easily blends away. I think I might want to try it with a BB cream to see if it lends itself more to a more natural look. In addition to the color, I am not entirely certain I like the texture of it against my skin. It is a heavier weight than some of my other cream blushes. I may actually swap it out for a different cream blush tomorrow so I can do more of a comparison, but to me it feels a little heavier on the skin. I may play around with it a bit more, but at the moment it isn’t looking like a top product for me,.

The storybook Cosmetics palette I always enjoy using, as long as I stay away with the blues. It is the rosier tones in this palette that I really like. The shades can be a bit powdery so tap off your brush before applying. They do blend well without becoming muddy. However they also tend to fade a but by the end of the day. You will still know you have eyeshadow on after eight hors of wear but it won’t be nearly as vibrant.

It you are interested in the palette, when I went to grab a link for reference I say that it is on sale. Usually it is $55 but right now it is $15. I think several of their other palettes are on sale as well. It is good eyeshadow, just remember to tap your brush and not to expect it to last for a full 12 hours. It’s big drawback is it’s size which is why I have it out as a decorative element rather than in the drawer. It simply takes up a lot of space. The book design is cute though. So at least it looks nice out.

The Roen mascara is a good basic mascara. It works well, but there is nothing spectacular about it. I will happily use this until it is done, but once gone I will see no real reason to repurchase it.

And finally we reach the lips. MAC is a long time favorite for the lips (although there aren’t a liot of their other products I really gravitate towards). This is a great color for me and feels very comfortable to wear. It is one I will continue to use and one that I will certainly replace when it is gone.

So that my darlings was today’s makeup look, the good, the bad, the indifferent. Well maybe indecisive would be a better descriptor than indifferent. either way there are products I love and products I will just use for now.

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