The Daily: January 5th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I have to say, even with a load of things to get done, I have been moving a bit on the slow side today. Yesterday I did what needed to be done in the yard, post windstorm. Which is a pretty good thing considering we are expecting another bout of nastiness to roll in either tonight or tomorrow. In a little while I will be popping out into the yard to see if anything looks like me taken down in inclement weather and see if I should take it down first.

Planning mode at it’s finest.

I will say though I am moving very slowly. There was a lot of bending, lifting, carrying and squatting going on yesterday. I feel like I had far more of an intense workout than anything I’ve had at the gym. I also have a bit of a runny nose from sweating in the cold yesterday. I am hoping it it just takes a short burst of recuperation before it dissipates.

Because of it though, I did keep my makeup fairly simple. I’ll get to it in a moment. As for exercise, I think I’m going to skip the walk today and just count the travels around the yard this afternoon to spot trouble my work out for the day. It will limber up stiff muscles but won;t keep me out in the cold too long. Today is one of those days where it is probably best that I stay inside.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlighter/powder: PUR 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Powders Face Palette

Eyeshadow: Shaina B Miami Nights Mini Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips Evio Beauty Creamy Lip liner

Okay today was really about playing around with the Bite Beauty Foundation. So I generally chose products that I knew and loved and more importantly knew how they performed. The Benefit Primer is a classic and a staple in my makeup bag for a reason. It is just a really good primer.

The PUR Cosmetics Face Palette has all of the face powders I needed and is a great thing to grab when I am in a hurry as all of the products perform well. The blush isn’t my favorite shade, but I can use the bronzer and powder to sort of balance it out. And even though it isn’t my fave, it still works for me so that really isn’t much of a complaint.

With the Shaina B I just did a one and done look with the color space It is a nice pink-y sort of shade that I didn’t have to think much about. I used the Stila mascara which I have to say is very quickly outpacing the other mascaras to become my favorite. My lashes are long and thick looking today and I am very happy with this mascara. The lip liner from Evio I also grabbed, mostly because it was out and went well with the eyeshadow I chose.

But now the Bite Beauty Foundation. I have to say applied with a foundation brush, I found this foundation to be so-so. Okay, but nothing to get excited about. Today, I used a damp makeup sponge rather than a foundation brush and I have to say it made a world of difference. I used less product. It blended better into my skin. It feels utterly weightless (which is in part due to me using less of it). It is like an entirely different foundation. I usually use a brush to apply my foundation and then go in with a makeup sponge where needed. It is just what I am accustomed to doing. With this foundation I will definitely have to remember to leave the brush behind and only use the makeup sponge. Over all I am very pleased with how the foundation performed today. Way to go Bite Beauty! I just wish I knew to use the sponge only from the get go.



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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