The Daily: July 14th, 2022

Today has been a very good day my darlings. I have been working on The Academy for a really long time. It has felt like the cursed manuscript. Anytime i got close to finishing it something would happen. I lost the document twice (partially due to computer glitches and partially because of my own stupidity – always back up your documents) So I actually wrote the bulk of this manuscript three separate times. There were also multiple family emergencies, two surgeries and a death. Anytime I uttered the words, ‘I think I’m almost done with this,’ something would happen. I have never had this much trouble getting a manuscript finished before.

But it is done now. The curse has been lifted.

As you can imagine the bulk of today was my own personal mini celebration. I didn’t do much that was out of the ordinary. I walked, I did my yoga. I chased the birds away from my blackberry bush because last night’s storms sent the netting flying across the yard leaving the berries exposed. I did paperwork.

Okay at lunch I took some of the fizzy water from my Soda Stream bottle, added a splash of grenadine and a twist of lemon peel and put it into one of the fancier cocktail glasses in my collection. Because even cursed manuscripts need a little celebration.

Otherwise it was a pretty typical work day. But I have to say even the typical work conundrums don’t feel bad today. Because the book is complete. Bring on the paperwork, I am fine with it. I feel like I can tackle anything right now. I know the feeling won’t last, but while it is here, I am going to revel in it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Primer

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bronzer: Buxom Cosmetics Staycation Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow: Lunar Beauty Nude Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Moisturizing Vegan Lipstick in Perception

I know, today I went bareMinerals heavy. I couldn’t help it. I saw the newly arrived tinted moisturizer and though about how much I love their blush so I decided to use it. Next to it in the drawer was the bareMinerals Setting powder which I really enjoy and then when I looked at the lip products I saw the glosses from bareMinerals which are summer time go-tos but then I saw the actual lipstick and you know I love a good deep lip.

I figured that since the eyeshadow leaned in a reddish tint direction I would lean into it. I am still testing out the Tatcha and the Buxom was still out from it’s last use. So that was my decision process. I don’t regret any of it. They are all really good products.

This was the first use of the tinted moisturizer. I think it might be a shade too light for my skin at this time of year, but with the bronzer I made it work. It is one of those products than can go on for really light coverage but be built up for a medium one. Because of the tone I went for the lighter side. When playing around with it I will attempt to build it up to see how it performs, but I really like the way it looks as an almost sheer coverage. It evens the skin tone and blended in well. It feels like I am wearing absolutely nothing on my face. It was a really good first use and I am looking forward to playing around with it.

The other first use was the Lunar Beauty palette. One tap knocked off any loose powder so there was no fall out during application. The shadows are slightly on the powdery side, at least the mattes are. The shimmers are quite soft. They aren’t deeply pigmented but they are buildable and they blend really well. The dry shadow brush did nothing with the shimmers. Next I’ll try it with a wet brush but today I used a fingertip and they applied well. There was just no pigment gathered with the dry shadow brush from the shimmers. I’m going to break out both the setting spray and the cotton swabs for this palette test, but honestly it was a decent first test. No fall out and I like the shades.

Off to a great start.

And now I am going to let my good mood help my afternoon paperwork seem less onerous. So it is back to work for me. Have a great afternoon my darlings and I’ll see you back again tomorrow morning to round out the week.

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The Daily: May 31st, 2022

Today my darlings is the last day of May. This has been a hard May for me and I for one am very happy to see the end of it. It seemed as soon as one calamity started to fade another one decided it was time to rise. Some were larger than others obviously and a few will have lasting effects, but when the hits keep coming even the small problems suddenly seem like too much.

So I am fervently hoping for a quiet June. A nice peaceful month where the only thing that really worries me is the number of rabbits that are intent on nibbling in my garden.

and actually thus far that hasn’t been bad. Don’t get me wrong, the rabbits are everywhere this year. It was apparently a bumper season for bunnies. However my yard hasn’t been hit too much. We do now have a neighbor with an outdoor cat and that cat likes to spend time in our yard chasing things. So I think that may be the reason. I’m not a cat person, but if the cat wants to chase the rabbits and squirrels out of the yard I am fine with it. My babydoll is still trying to decide which sort of terrier he wants as he thinks that will take down the rabbit problem.

But for now the neighbor’s cat is helpful. And the birds seem smart enough to stay out of reach.

This long weekend was nice. I don’t know what you did but I did a whole heap of nothing and I did it far from all of my electronic devices. If the world ended this weekend i wanted to be the last person to know about it. In fact i wanted to be the person asking “Hey what was that noise?”

There was no computer, no phones (because the cell service was really bad not by actual choice), while there was music we used only CDs and records so there was no possibility of news updates.

It was glorious.

I can’t tell you how much I really needed a break from the world at large. My brain simply needed a break. And I got one, a nice long one from Friday afternoon to late last night. And now I am ready to face June. I am hoping it is a quiet June, but I am still in a better place to face it.

The bangs are crazy, no excuse, just pointing out the obvious, I am happy with the rest though

Today’s Look:

Primer: Yensa Essential Glow Tone Up Primer

Foundation: Yensa Skin on Skin Full Coverage BC Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Patrick Ta She’s Passionate Blush

powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Iconic London Sunset to Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: About Face Light Lock Lip Gloss in Angel on Fire

Okay today I was feeling a little summery. Perhaps it is the anticipation of June’s arrival and the desire to put this awful Spring behind me. Today I paired the two Yensa products together. I know it is a bit more of a glow than I like, but I am beginning to embrace the no longer full matte look. I’m never going to go full on wet look, but a little glow is nice. Although when I do I don’t use any highlighter. Highlighter seems like overkill. I might work with the Subtler St. Luxe though as it is less highlighter and more lit from within shimmer, but that is for another day.

I also wanted to pair these two as I am going to be playing with some of my more illuminating primers and this is one of my favorites, so I wanted to compare the softer glow to the upcoming products (I am still working through the new primers I’ve accumulated).

The Too Faced bronzer is a summer staple. If you use a light touch it works early on in the summer and is buildable so that even at my deepest summer tan I can use it. So it will be making it’s way out of the drawer more as the summer sets in. I am slowly working my way into the seasonal makeup change. It has been slow this year.

This Patrick Ta blush is a bit lighter than I usually go for, but somehow works with the primer/foundation combo. I tend not to reach for it in the winter when I am too pale and it is just too pink and then about this time of year it s okay so I’ll start reaching for it and remembering that it is a really nice formula. Then with my mid summer tan it is about perfect for giving me a light blush with a natural summer look. It is a really great formula and I need to look at picking up at least one more shade for year round use. I just need to sit down and figure out what that shade is.

I loved the way these shadows blended today

The powder was a deliberate choice, and it will appear again tomorrow. I’ve recently been trying different powders and using a poof to apply the setting powder rather than a brush. With powders that tend to look powdery it looks less powdery with the poof than with the brush. This bareMinerals is one of my favorite powders. With a brush it doesn’t look powdery. Today I applied it with a brush and tomorrow I will use the poof. I want to see if it makes a difference with the application of a product I already like. So I know I love this powder it is more a case of testing application tools.

This was my first use of the Iconic Palette. I couldn’t find it listed anywhere other than Boxycharm or IPSY so the above link will just take you to the eyeshadows page of Iconic’s home page. (I’m not an affiliate, I just like to link back to products so you can find them easily). I don’t know if this palette has been discontinued but even if it has this is my first use of their eyeshadows so I’m testing it for the formula. I do like the colors though, it is a nice collection of shades. And as far as first use goes, this went really well. The shadows have a little powdery-ness to them but it wasn’t too bad in the fall out department. They applied well and blended really well. I used two mattes and a shimmer and all three blended well. I’ll be working my way through this palette as I try out the different shades (because sometimes lighter shades work differently than darker ones) but thus far I like the formula. So hopefully it will be a fun test.

I love the Stila Mascara and feel I will soon have to replace this tube.

The About face Lip gloss seemed right for today. It has a light color but felt like a summer gloss. It has a peppermint scent to it but no plumping. It is also slightly sticky. It is a nice gloss though and stuck around for a while. It isn’t one I’d feel the need to replace, but it is one I will use until it is done.

And that was me today. well rested, even if my hair does look a bit insane and feeling ready for the new month ahead. I have my fingers crossed that it will be a nice quiet one with the only excitement happening being the champagne popping at the end of the month in celebration of my birthday. In fact that’s what I want for my birthday, a nice quiet month or just steady days. excitement can take the summer off and return when the leaves start to turn. I know it doesn’t work that way, but at least I got a nice quite weekend before returning to work today. I hope you had whatever long weekend you needed to get you ready for your work week as well.

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The Daily: May 17th, 2022

I know I missed yesterday’s daily post and I apologize. I was just exhausted. This weekend was as horrible as expected. On May 6th, my younger brother died unexpectedly. He sat down, leaned back closed his eyes and was gone. While we will need to wait fifteen weeks to hear back for a final diagnosis, preliminary thoughts lean towards either aneurism or stroke. Regardless it was quick and hopefully painless.

While the shock threw me (and everyone else into a tailspin, the world is on a little more stable footing now. This past weekend was the memorial service which made everything real. As horrid as it was, it did provide a bit of closure which was especially important as the death came out of the blue. While grief will clearly take a long time to settle, A return to a more normal course is helping me to regain my footing. I planned to start back to normal yesterday and I made a good start.

But then I decided a destressing face mask would be a perfect break as my walk was overly sweaty due to high humidity and then I closed my eyes and was out. Luckily it was a gel like hydrating mask that could be worn overnight if you wanted and not a clay based one. I was out for several hours. While most of the mask ended up on the pillow, I did get quite the hydration out of it, as well as a much needed nap.

So today we slide back into our regularly scheduled routine. There was a walk today. It is always interesting in the spring. The humidity rises even though it isn’t all that hot and I feel like my pores have opened up and are having a good clear out. I have to splash water to rinse off the salty sweat, but at this time of year the walking always makes my skin feel really good once the sweat is rinsed away. It is as though it has purged toxins that I didn’t know it was holding on to. Of course that also results in a spate of clogged pores. It is as seasonal as my allergies. I’ll need to put some pore clearing masks on my to do list to keep things clear, but otherwise it is a good feeling.

Food has been hit or miss. Last week I nibbled but didn’t eat much, then I went home and ate a lot, more because people seemed to feel the need to feed me more than because I was hungry. It was actually a relief to have one of my Smoothie Box Shakes for lunch today. (I went with the orange one). There were a lot of heavy sauces over the weekend. They were delicious, but very heavy. More than anything it is a relief to get back to my own food.

I think I am going to try to sneak in a second walk this evening after the heat of the day breaks. I’m pretty sure half of the calories I am burning off right now are Cream of Mushroom Soup based.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Gold Rush Blush

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake powder

Eyeshadow: Tresluce La Flor De Mexico Shadow Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

When I was packing my travel bag this past week I realized there are several primers I haven’t full tested. I think several came in at the same time and I got distracted. Today I skipped the pre makeup base of Embryolisse because I wanted to treat this as a first use primer and this primer has some skin care benefits I believe. I’ll have to double check that as I dive deeper into it. I love Lorac lipsticks and eyeshadow formulas but I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of their face products so this was fun. I know I tried this when it first came in, but I don’t remember it. There is very much a skincare like scent to the primer. It glides on well and this far it is working well. I chose not to add a highlighter because of this primer. It is a bit on the glow-y side, but it isn’t overly wet looking. The wet look just makes me feel like I look greasy. I liked the way this primer turned out today.

Today I reached for the Bite Beauty foundation because I just heard the news that the brand is going under. For years they were my go to for lip products. Their agave lip mask was hands down my favorite for years. Then in 2019 they decided to reformulate everything so the brand was vegan. They released their new formula in early 2020 and as we all know 2020 didn’t go as anyone planned so it was poor timing for a release. The thing is that their new formula wasn’t that great, at least with the lip products. I’ve had excellent vegan lip products but this just wasn’t an excellent formula. So they are closing and pretty much everything on their site is 50% off. Including this foundation. this is the formula still on sale and now that I have the hang of the formula I really like it. It is one of those foundations you need to use a makeup sponge for and go lightly with instead of applying with a brush. Once I figured out how to apply it correctly I fell in love with the formula. It is very lightweight and feels and looks natural. I was really looking forward to summer wear actually. while I usually use BB creams and tinted moisturizers in the summer this was light enough I thought it would work for summer wear and I was thrilled for a summer foundation. I’ll still use it, but apparently this will be it’s one summer of use.

The Buxom Bronzer and Benefit Blush are also summer faves and it feels like i am starting to naturally shift to my summer wear makeup. I will be shifting things around in the makeup drawers this weekend so the summer wear products are nearer to hand. This bronzer and blush will make steady appearances all summer.

The Kim Chi powder is one I am really liking. Part of it is the powder puff. I think that I am going to try the puff with other powders to see if the puff application is the main reason I like it so much or if it is the powder formula. So that will be fun to play around with for a bit.

This was the first use of the Tresluce palette and the colors are really nice. They are a bit more pigmented than I expected and they didn’t blend as well as I would like today. I used all matte shades today. I’m going to see if I can get the blending to work a little bit better, but the shadow formula was nice to apply. I did have to tap off the brush as it was a bit on the powdery side, but there wasn’t any fall out during application. Over all it was a good first use.

I then finished up with two of my favorites, The Stila mascara and the elf sheer slick. I am almost out of the Elf sheer slick actually. It is a nice light formula that is a summer staple. When I replace the Black Cherry i am going to look for one that is more neutral for a natural look day.

So that was me today. I’m getting back to normal. I’m sure there will be a bit of rockiness ahead, but today was pretty stable sailing. I am sliding back into my routine and tonight, there will be a second walk, followed by bean burgers. (I make my own patties rather than purchasing them). There will be no cream of mushroom soup in sight.

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The Daily: May 5th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Have you ever had one of those days where you get up go through your morning routine and then as you sit down with your first cup of coffee look at your schedule so you can have a sense of your day? Today I did that, as I do most mornings. And my schedule looked clear.

It looked like smooth uninterrupted desk work for the duration of the day. Which was nice. I had a lot of work to get done and it was nice to have a long stretch of time in which to do it. I then looked at the weather and saw that it was going to be sunny today and I might actually be able to chance a walk and at least see if the flood waters have receded from the walking trail.

Then the work day started. Given that I was going to be on my own, sans meetings today I was going to go makeup free. I settled into my desk thinking, ‘Maybe a nice moisturizing mask around lunch time would be a good idea.’ I had a vision for my day.

Then I looked at my e-mail. And found there were several unexpected meetings, some requiring video. Now I know loads of people really want to see the people they are meeting with face to face, but the thing is, very little I do requires more than a phone conversation. I always spend the video calls taking notes and asking the occasional question for clarification. which is also what I do for regular phone calls, except that on a regular phone call you can’t tell I didn’t bother with makeup and might be wearing a face mask. Even if most of the call is people watching the top of my head as I write down notes.

Still against all odds, some people love video calls. So I hustled into a quick makeup look and made sure my hair was passably respectable. The earrings I chose because I like them and I am always interested to see if anyone notices the ‘hoops’ are actually octopus tentacles. Thus far no one has commented on them if they have noticed. But it amuses me. I do wish I remembered where I picked them up though. I really like them and I remember that there was a ring there I liked as well. It had an octopus head where the ring would be and then the tentacles wrapped decoratively around the finger. It was delicately done in an old gold look. I remember really wanting it but thinking that I couldn’t get away with it in the office (it was a very conservative office). And I never saw it again. I remember it striking me because it was very delicately done fine jewelry rather than the heavier steam punk sort of pieces that you usually see with octopus designs.

While I like a lot of the Steampunk stuff I am just an old school fan of Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth was my absolute favorite, followed very closely by 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Both are books I highly recommend reading. The imaginative landscapes are just fantastic.

But no one noticed the earrings or at least they didn’t say anything. And my memory search for the maker of both the earrings and the ring remain.

In addition to the surprise meetings I also have an upcoming evening I forgot about. Because if you look at your calendars you will see that today is Cinco de Mayo. My babydoll and I are meeting a few friends on the patio of our favorite Mexican Place tonight. It’s a locally owned spot with wide open spaces and fantastic food. So that was a nice surprise to balance out the unexpected meeting surprises. So this is the look I threw together when I realized I would have to see people. I will probably change out the lips and put on a more festive shirt for tonight.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: No Poreblem Primer from Touch in Sol

Foundation: Yensa BC Full Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing stick

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Kim Chi Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: The Balm and The Beautiful Vol 1 from The Balm

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Real Her Lip Liner in Be Yourself Be Real Her

The name of today’s game was quick, easy and looking good for a work meeting. Which I managed I think. At least no one on my calls thought I was on my way to a clown convention, so that’s a good sign.

The Embryolisse made every thing apply extra easy. I put it on, then went rounding up products and tied up my hair. By the time that was done, I was ready to apply may makeup. The Touch in Sol primer I haven’t used in a while. No real reason other than it was on it’s side and rolled to the back of the drawer. It is a good primer. It blurs pores but isn’t pore filling and it is moisturizing without being glowy. It is neither matte nor brightening. It does have that silicone slippy feeling to it but i don’t mind that as long as it keeps the foundation from settling into my fine lines, which it does.

I went for the Yensa BC Foundation over the Serum Silk one I’ve been working with for the last two weeks because I did want a final comparison and Yes I do like the BC Foundation a little bit better. They are both great products, But this Skin on Skin formula is just my preference. I’ll still happily use them both, this is just the one I’d repurchase first.

The Trestique and Illamasqua are both easy reaches and beautiful products that I didn’t have to think about. which was the point today. They worked well with the face products underneath. And as I now have the hang of the Kim Chi powder I didn’t apply too much and things worked well. Given that the Yensa has a slight glow to it I didn’t bother with a highlighter. It just wasn’t needed.

The Balm palette was fantastic this morning when I reached for it. It applied easy, blended beautifully and I think looked good. I topped off the eyes with Stila mascara. It is getting low and will soon be empty. It is one that I will be replacing asap. (I’m doing a mascara inventory this weekend to see what products I have that I haven’t used before I repurchase though, but that is because I don’t like holding a lot of extra products.)

Then we get to the lips. I don’t know how evident this is, but I have been sorting through my odd collection of lip liners trying to figure out which ones I like, which ones I need to get rid of and what shades I am missing. Today I grabbed randomly and came up with the real her one. It is a retractable liner with a really nice point to it which makes it perfect for lining the lips. It is a but thin for filling the lisp in. Based on the color stripe on the end of the pencil I thought it was a deep berry almost burgundy shade. It was a lot brighter than I thought with much more pink tones. The formula is creamy and wears like a lipstick but i am not a huge fan of the color. I think I would wear this under a dark lipstick I wanted to brighten but it is too pink for me to wear on my own. It is a nice creamy formula though so I might keep Real Her in mind when filling out my lip liner shad range. I am just not a fan of the color.

And that was me today. I know, not the most fascinating of days, but at least when I sit down I will feel justified that I have certainly earned my margarita tonight. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

The Daily: May 2nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to May. With as much trouble as the April showers caused, the May flowers are beautiful. And of course more showers are on the way. we had on and off rain here this weekend so I did the last of my spring garden planting between rain storms. The bonus was that I didn’t have to water. We have a garden bed I am keeping my fingers cross for this year actually. It has been a battle to reclaim it from the weeds since we moved in. Last fall we stripped it out completely digging down about a foot to get rid of all the little weed rootlets. we then laid down a garden fabric to suppress weed growth and layered card board over that (a fantastic use of old subscription box packaging in case you were wondering) and then buried the lot of it in rich dirt, fertilizer and mulch. It sat all winter and this weekend I went and scattered bread seed poppy seeds. They are the poppy seeds you see in lemon poppy seed bread in case you are wondering. When the flowers are ready to seed they throw the seeds out in heaps and self seed themselves once they get started so I am hoping that the seeds will not only take, but take over. I would much prefer a bed of purple-y blue poppies to snarled masses of bindweed.

That has been one of the major house projects for a while so reaching the stage where i could just scatter seed was a major accomplishment. And now all I can do is wait and hope nature gets on board.

But with May also comes the need for the changing out of the bed linens. once we get a stretch of good weather all of the winter blankets will get washed one last time for the season, strung up in the sunshine to dry and then packed away while the spring/summer covers come out of storage. I don’t know if you have issues with blanket storage but as both my babydoll and I come from families who believe you can never have too many blankets, storage is always an issue. Until we picked up these vacuum storage bags. I picked mine up from Amazon (it is a general link, no affiliation) and they have been a life saver. Not only do they save space by compressing the blankets but my babydoll has major allergies and soring out blankets in the vacuum sealed bags has really helped. The UV of the sun kills any potential dust mites and then the vacuum seal protects them when not in use.

The park is once again flooded so I am back to Yoga today instead. May tends to be an indoor work out and then things dry out a little and I end up on the summer schedule, walking as soon as I wake up so i don’t give myself heat stroke. Even so with my muscles sore from the garden work, I feel okay with the stretching of yoga. I also feel rather virtuous for completing so many of my spring chores this weekend. Now if only my afternoon paperwork goes as smoothly, I will be all smiles at dinnertime.

Today’s look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes in Rooftop Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Iconic Illuminator in Original

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful from The Balm Cosmetics

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Persona Cosmetics lip liner in 90210

Today was interesting as far as testing and favorites go. As for favorites I went for the tatcha silk canvas. I have the balm formula. I haven’t tried the liquid version and I am curious to see how it performs but I absolutely adore the creme formula of this one. It is pore filling and helps lock makeup into place. It also has that lovely Tatcha skincare scent to it. I generally find my skin reacts well to this primer as well. I did want a matte primer today because of the highligher, but I’ll get to that in a moment. The long and short of it is that I adore this primer.

One of my other favorites is the Bare Minerals blush. I am always happy to reach for this one. It can be a little too intense in color in the winter (I have the shade Mauve Sunrise) but as my skin gets summer tan it just looks better and better so I will be using this a lot in the coming months. Which is no hardship. I do need to look into a lighter winter shade though, but I have a little bit of time now before that is needed.

The Buxom Bronzer is also more of a spring summer product. It is of a tone that takes me into spring and early summer but generally isn’t worn after July when I am full on summer tanned. Or at least that was last year’s scale. I ended up spending more time outside last summer than I planned. I also wanted to try a powder product today with the Kim Chi powder. On my first use of the powder I overdid it and everything looked powdery. I was just so enthused but the actually useful powderpuff in the container that I couldn’t hep myself. And over use made things look powdery.

Then I tried a lot of cream face products and it worked fantastically well with them. So I wanted to see if it was me over doing it or if it was just layering with other powder products that caused the issue. I think it might be a bit of both. With one powder product and the rest cream the setting powder didn’t look powdery when used with a light touch. I think however it is the sort of powder I will prefer with cream face products. I also think I am going to use that puff with several other powders. I do like this powder though, it just needs to be used sparingly to avoid a powdery look.

I have been trying out the Saint Luxe liquid highlight and wanted to try it against another liquid highlighter. So today I picked out the Iconic Original Illuminator which is an old stand by. It was far more glowy a product than the Saint Luxe. The Saint Luxe is far more subtle of a glow. Which I don’t mind actually. I know that using the Iconic with Natural look makeup (which is sort of my go to in the summer) is too heavy a highlighter. I don’t think the Saint Luxe will be. While I am finishing up my Yensa trial this week, I think that after the trial is complete I will be trying out the highlighter with a tinted moisturizer instead of a regular foundation to see how it performs. I have high hopes. The Iconic was nice today and I like being able to make the comparison.

The stila mascara I love. It needs one coat and I am done. The fact that I reach for it a lot means the tube is almost empty and will soon need to be replaced. But it is now one of my favorite mascaras.

The persona lip liner worked well all over my lips. It is a creamy formula that can be used as a lipstick. After a few hours though my lips do start to feel a bit dry so I add a lip balm over them. That is enough to keep the lips moist. So I am good with this lip liner.

Today was the first use of the Balm’s The Balm and The Beautiful Palette. As a first use I did the one matte all over the lids with a lighter matt in the corners look. I love the Balm formula. The brush didn’t need tapping off and the matte blended beautifully without a powdery mess. I am looking forward to playing around with this palette.

And that my darlings was today’s look. I feel like I went a little long today but I have several products I am testing out. Hopefully you found it interesting. But now my beauty break is over and I must leave you and heed the call of my inbox. It is the first of the month and and it seems everyone has a new project to start. So off we go. Have a great rest of Monday.

The Daily: April 4th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I am starting off this week exhausted. We had company over the weekend. My brother and mother to be exact. I love them both dearly, but neither of them ever stop talking. They also talk over each other and both to you at the same time about entirely different subjects. And they both talk in their sleep. My babydoll heard talking and went into the hallway and looked into the guest room to see my brother completely unconscious talking to the ceiling.

The gist seemed to be some piece of equipment breaking down, in case you are interested.

I loved having them and it was great to see them but the constant stream of words was honestly exhausting. When they left my babydoll and I each retreated to different rooms and didn’t talk the rest of the day just because I think we were both talked out. And on my walk this morning I didn’t even turn my ipod on I just walked in the empty park in silence. Well not actually silence. The birds have returned.

Okay that sounded a little ominous. They haven’t returned as in some horror movie type way, it is just spring. Although with the temps plummeting again, you wouldn’t think so. we have a lot of birds and the park was alive with birdsong today. It was actually nice to leave off the head phones and actually listen to nature. I don’t do that often enough. I need to remember to leave off my ear phones more often. Admittedly I can only do it when it is just me at the park. If there are large groups from one of the offices that back onto the walking trail I find myself eavesdropping on their conversations. I don’t mean to but I just can’t help myself, hence the voice blocking music.

For Today’s Makeup I went with simple and easy. The only thing I am currently testing out is the highlighter. I just wasn’t really up for testing today.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush: Gold Rush Blush from Benefit Cosmetics

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Storybook Cosmetics Little Briar Rose Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: UOMA Lip Liner In Angelou with Kinship Lip mask as a topper

Today was super simple. The Tatcha primer always performs beautifully so it is a no brainer to reach for. And No 7 may be my absolute favorite foundation at the moment. Don’t get me wrong there are others that i really like, but this one is the top of the charts. I think I am in general starting to like serum foundations more as a style, but this is a no fail foundation for me. I can put it on in the morning and not worry about it all day. If it is warm, then I may have to do a quick powder pat with my compact, but that is it. And warm is not really on today’s agenda.

the shimmer transfers and drips down the nose, but the mattes are great

Seriously All weekend I thought about how I need to start changing over my wardrobe now that we were in consistently 70s temps, and then last night we had a frost warning and it was 34 when I woke up. That’s the real springtime madness. But moving on.

The viseart is excellent because it is easy to control the level of pigmentation and build it up. It is just a beautiful bronzer and the perfect shade for me. It can go from light natural looks to more glam ones, or as glam as I get these days. And you know I love the Gold Rush Blush. I can’t be the only one though as it is back out of stock on the website. I keep meaning to see if it is one of the pans in a cheek palette. I like a lot of benefit products and this blush has started to get a severe dent in the middle from where I have used it. When I replace it, if it is included in a palette I may go for the palette so that I’ll have other product to play around with and not just stick to my favorite. but I have a few months before I need to get serious about that.

I have less time with my No 7 pressed powder. The pan showing through the product is showing more and soon it will need to be replaced. I have a couple of other pressed powders I want to use up and clear out so I may put off repurchasing it just because I know as soon as I repurchase I will just go back to using it. But I like the way this never looks powdery, especially when I use it for mid afternoon touch ups on summer afternoons.

The Stila Mascara is also rapidly moving into the favorites category. I am a fan of how my lashes look today. and the UOMA lip liner, you know I love.

Which leaves us with the highlighter and the eyeshadow. I grouped them for a reason actually. The highlighter I am having issues blending. It isn’t that it doesn’t want to blend, it is just that you have a limited window for blendability. If you apply it and don’t start blending immediately it is just going to decide to stay where it is. But then thee is a tendency to blend all the way out. I will continue playing with it, but at the moment it is not my favorite liquid highlighter.

The mattes in the storybook cosmetics I love. Today I used the blue tinted silver called Fairies on my inner corner and my cheeks have a bit of sparkle to them that does not come from the highlighter. With Storybook cosmetics I generally love their mattes and don’t care for their shimmers. The problem is I really love their mattes and forget about the shimmers until I apply them. Maybe I need to pair one of my shimmer palates with it and use the mattes from one with the shimmers from the other. Alas, I did not do that today so it looks like I have cried silvery tears. Or it would if I didn’t adjust every time I pass a mirror.

Over all, today was about quick and easy and I chose the products that perform well without me having to think about them, for the most part. while there are many good products, the hero of today’s look has to be the No 7 Foundation. It is quite simply fabulous.

But now it is back to work for me. I hope you are having a great Monday and recovering well from whatever your weekend held.



The Daily: October 6th, 2021

This morning, I had a plan. The sky was overcast but not raining so I thought I might sneak in a walk before getting down to work. I dressed for my walk and by the time my sneakers were laced, it was raining.

So I went with You Tube Yoga instead.

I took my hair out of the ponytail and the band snagged in my hair. I decided that even if I hadn’t made it to the salon, my hair was getting cut. So I lopped about three inches of dead scraggly ends off of it. There is still plenty for a stylist to work with and I’ll get a professional to put in layers. I know my limits.

But my hair feels so much better. It also feels a lot shorter, even though it is still quite long. I actually feel really good about that. So unexpected personal project aside, I sat down to work and the phone rang. And kept ringing.

Issues were dealt with, I decided to put on my makeup and go for a rather simple look. I was just going to use a dash of blush or maybe bronzer on my lids so I could move quickly, but then I saw the liquid shadows and realized I hadn’t used them in a while. So I used them. And then I thought, I really need eyeliner. The first three eyeliners I tried were dried up and so I wound up with the fourth, which was also close to done but by that point so was I.

Makeup done, I finally got back to what I intended to do all along.

It has just been a day where nothing has really gone as expected. Its not a bad day, just a very unexpected one. I’m hoping things settle down a bit for the rest of the afternoon though. I have a quiche planned for dinner and then my babydoll are indulging in our own October Horror movie-a-thon. Paramount + just put a bunch of horror/thriller type things up and tonight we will be watching Gretel and Hansel. I know it has been out a while but we never got around to watching it. So tonight is the night. If all goes as planned.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary setting powder

Eyeshadow: Too Faced Melted Chocolate and Stila Liquid Shadow in Charmed

Eyeliner: Eyeko Skinny liquid Liner in black

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

I really did just want something quick and light and if I hadn’t gotten distracted by the liquid shadows then I wouldn’t have been tempted towards the eyeliner. It was really the eyeliner that slowed me down today. I haven’t worn eyeliner in a really long time and didn’t realize how many of my liquid liners dried out. I think tonight I may sit down and just test the open ones on my hand to clear out the ones that are no longer good so that if I want to grab something quick I can be reasonably sure that it will work.

Most of the products are on my list of favorites. The bareMinerals blush topping the list of today’s products. It really is one of my favorite formulas.

Today was mostly about the liquid shadows though. I really do like both of them. Stila and Too Faced and I should reach for them more. I love that the too faced is a matte product. I applied it and used my fingers to move it around, which is why it is a bit messy. I need practice with it. Once dry it stays in place though and other products are easy to lay over it. It is a very impressive formulas actually.

Over all, despite the dried liners, in the end things worked out well. It just seems to be a day where any actual plans go out of the window. But I took care of several calls I did need to deal with, I got rid of the scraggly ends of my hair and over all, it has been a pretty good day, even if I didn’t get a walk in. And it is a good reminder. Sometimes unexpected doesn’t mean bad, it just means unexpected.

The Daily: July 19th, 2021

Happy Monday to one and all. I don’t know about you but I had a fabulous weekend. It was nice and quiet with just basic chores done around the house and lots of down time. I know it doesn’t sound all that exciting but after the excitement of the past few months, I am beginning to treasure quiet weekends far more than wild nights out.

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy gathering with friends but it is so nice to just be able to shut down for a little bit. I did binge watch about half a season of RuPaul’s Drag race this weekend. Paramount + has the original Drag Race, plus All-stars. i think they have other varieties too, but I haven’t checked. I have to say, for $4.99 that is a pretty good streaming service. Why women Kill and Evil have both drawn me in. I kind of wanted RuPaul for something a little more light hearted.

Plus it is fun to have on while playing with Eyeshadow. I always end up a little more colorful than I intended.

At the moment I am trying out a product that Billion Dollar Beauty sent me. It is the Beauty box. It is a box that is like a magnetic palette except that the lid is a mirror with it’s own kickstand so it can stand up for use. They also sent me several pans to put in the box. I’ll be testing it out this week and seeing what I think of both the box and how it functions as well as the products inside.

Today’s Look:

Primer Stila Illuminating Skin veil Primer

Foundation: Pacifica Alight Foundation

Bronzer Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Billion Dollar Beauty in Amour

Highlighter Billion Dollar Beauty in Mystic

Brow: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Gel in Taupe

Eyeshadow: Billion Dollar Beauty in Moon

Lips Billion Dollar Beauty in Custard

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Setting Powder

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose gold Face spray

Over all I chose products I knew and liked so that I could concentrate on the Billion Dollar Beauty products. and yes the Marc Jacobs Mascara is the new one that I said I wasn’t going to open for a while. I just couldn’t resist. It was my favorite mascara for so long and then i didn’t use it for a while so I wanted to see if it was still as good as I remember. If anything it is better. I absolutely love the way my lashes look with this formula.

Everything else I used worked well for me as always. I will discuss the box once I’ve had some time to use it. For now I am going to focus on the products. The blush was light but buildable, which is how I prefer my blushes actually. I would rather have to add more to achieve the effect I want than have to reduce product so that I void looking like a clown. This was a very good buildable blush.

The highlighter took me a few minutes to work with. I think that is because lately I have been going for more gold and pink tones with my highlight so that thay can easily blend in with my skin yet still give me a soft glow. It has been a while since I have used a highlight this tone. It is more in the silver white range. It does blend in well but the silver was brighter than I am used to. I like how it turned out, but it was a slight adjustment on my part. I think that as I work with it, I will like it better.

There were two brow products in the package sent over by Billion Dollar Beauty. One is powder and one is a cream. I like the powder and found it worked decently, but i prefer the cream. I don’t know if it was the color or the way it worked with the bruch, but I really enjoyed the cream brow product. I will have to make an effort to use the powder now that I know I like the cream so I will hold off judgement on that but the brow cream in taupe is definitely a product i will remember and reorder when this pan becomes empty.

The lips are cream pans as well. I like how the one I used today applied. I like how it felt on the lips and how well it lasted. The color is a bit light for me. I think the other two look a little darker, so they might be more to my taste. The formula is really good though so I think it is definitely worth going to look at their color range. I have two more lipstick pans to try out so I’ll leave the investigation to later.

Which finally brings us to the eyeshadows. There were two sent in the package, one matte and one shimmer. I went solely with the matte today in a look that is very unusual for me. I just used the light pink of moon. the look is really strange for me since a single pale eyeshadow is never how I do my eyeshadow, but I wanted to test out the formula of the Billion Dollar Brow Mattes. I really liked it actually. It is quite pigmented, didn’t creas, was easy to apply and stayed in place all day. As the other shadow in the box is a pink shimmer, I think I may have to pull out a couple of other shades to play around with as I use these two colors. For now, I was highly impressed with the matte.

And that is today’s look. It was a little different for me, and while I like how the face turned out, and the formula of the eyeshadow, I am not sure this look is quite for me. I find the pink eyes on me strange. Thus far the products are working well and for a first test the Billion Dollar Beauty products are working well.

And theat Marc Jacobs Mascara. There is a reason that Velvet Noir has long been one of my favorites. Sometimes you just need to take a break to remember just how fabulous something is.





The Make Up Bag: December 4th, 2020

The Make up Bag used November 30th – December 4th, 2020

Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag post where I go through all of the products I chose to use throughout the week and let you know how I felt about them.

While the foundation and eyeshadow palette  each had their own posts yesterday I will recap them here again for you (with links to the full reviews). The foundation this week was the Ulta Beauty Youthful Glow Foundation serum Drops.  It was an early test in my foundation trials and I forgot that I actually had it.  I took it out this week and remembered exactly how much I really enjoyed using it.  To be honest, now that I have it out, I am thinking about keeping it around for another week before returning it to the dressing table to choose another foundation.

The eyeshadow Palette was the Tuscany Palette from Nomad Cosmetics Italian line.  I liked the colors and loved the way they stayed around all day, but was less thrilled by the powdery fall out from all of the shades. Once the fall out was dealt with, I really did enjoy using the palette.

My primer this week was the Stila Sheer Illumination lingerie soufflé primer. I like this primer.  The whipped texture made it very light weight against the skin and it turned my skin into a nice smooth canvas for my foundation. The pink melted away blending my skin into a more uniform color rather than just giving it a pink hue which I really liked. And of course the decorative jar is delightful.

It worked fairly well with the Ulta foundation.  It is more moisturizing than pore filling, but it does a decent job with the pore filling as well with creamier foundations.  The Ulta Foundation needed a little more pore filling than the Stila offered, but it was almost there.  If I keep the Ulta foundation out for another week I may try a more pore filling primer. But I was pleased to use this primer and look forward to the next time it leaves the dressing table for my makeup bag rotation.

Becca highlight, NARS Bronzer, Benefit Mascara

My bronzer this week is the NARS Laguna Bronzer (it is the small pan in the photo to the left).  It is a sample size that I have been working towards using up.  I try to stick to the rule of not purchasing a full size until I have used the sample size up completely. I really love this bronzer, and even rotating it in and out of my makeup bag it is starting to get a very noticeable dip in the center of the pan.  I’m not certain if you can see it in the photo, but you can certainly feel it. Not picking up a full sized one during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales has been so difficult.  But I feel I can finish this sample up this year as I suspect with a few more uses I will start seeing pan and then it (or something comparable from Nars) will be at the top of my list for next year’s sales.

I had to do the same talking out of purchasing with my lipstick this week. The one I used the most this week is sample sized as well. It is the Bite lipstick in the shade Rhubarb. I love this lipstick, but the sample size means that it often rolls to the shadows and hides. It is a fantastic color on me and it doesn’t dry out my lips.  It is a regular bullet style lipstick so it won’t last the entire day without touch ups, but I don’t mind that.  I have to add that the lipstick smells good and even tastes good.  I know that sounds strange to say, but as it is a product that goes on your lips, it does matter.  It is a comfortable formula and I really enjoy it.  I also suspect that once I break and buy one, I am going to buy several. I have two liquid lipsticks from Bite that I enjoy, but this color and formula of the bullet lipsticks are just fantastic. I am almost out of the Agave lip mask from Bite as well and will need to re order soon.  At the moment I am testing out a different lip mask and thus far it has only sharpened my appreciation for Bite Beauty’s night time lip mask. But that is a different story (the lip mask review will be posted next week if you are interested.) I will easily be able to use up this lipstick. And I will be keeping it out on the dressing table so that I don’t forget it. Then when used up, I will reorder it and possibly some of it’s friends so that it doesn’t get lonely. I wouldn’t want my lipstick to get lonely. I just hope it is still available. When looking into the Bite Beauty Lipsticks, I found a lot of lip crayons listed on their site and I found an entire section dealing with a create your own custom shade of lipstick, both at the factory and at home, but I couldn’t find the lipsticks. This will require some research. The Bite Beauty sale is still going on (the link will take you there) so I may have to pick up a lip crayon and test it out. Regardless I will be looking into the lipstick further and get back to you. Fingers crossed it is still available.

While we are on lips, the other two lip products I used this week were the Dose of Colors Liquid lip in stone that I have been trying to use up.  It is getting there.  I think I have a few more weeks of steady use and then it is done.  It is a pretty old liquid lip and I do actually have a replacement already waiting because it is one of my go-to nude shades. At the moment I am wishing I had ordered a Bite Beauty replace ment and just held it in the wings until I finished the sample but I am more worried about the clean and natural ingredients in a bullet lipstick going bad if kept to long than in a sealed liquid lip. so I didn’t.

My third and final lip product this week was the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip balm in the scent Pomegranate. It is a really good lip balm. The Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip balms tend to be the only lip balms i really keep stocked. Others show up from subscription boxes, but this is my staple.

I tend to periodically sign up for the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip balm monthly subscription through Crate Joy (the link will take you to the crate joy subscription info).  I have a hard time finding the subscription on the JSC website, but it is super easy to find on Crate Joy.  It’s a subscription I keep for a few months to stock up on lip balms and then cancel while I work my way through them. I’m pretty sure I am covered through January on lip balms so I will probably re subscribe in either January or February.  It is a really good subscription and a great product, it’s just not a subscription I need to keep all the time. I have been using the subscription off and on for the past four or five years and have never had a problem with them. And each subscription comes with a little surprise. There was a stick of sunscreen one month this past summer and once the pandemic got started, a free mask was tucked in. Speaking of masks, this lip balm has been a really good thing to wear under them too actually. Surprisingly as my face is getting the masknee from the mask, my lips are feeling oddly dry. This lip balm has really helped and it doesn’t get all over the inside of my mask which is also nice. And if you are looking to support a black owned brand, this is a good one to go for. Of course even if that isn’t a factor for you, it is an excellent lip balm and I usually have one within reach.

No. 7 Pressed powder and Josephine eyeliner

This week the pan is showing a lot more in my favorite No. 7 pressed powder.  I’m keeping it in my makeup bag until it has been completely used up.  Mostly because I know it is starting to show pan and there is always the temptation to have it last a little longer by using other products in between.  It isn’t a terribly expensive product so I replacing it isn’t a hardship, but I have several other powders open at the moment, several of which I tend to forget I have in favor of the No. 7.  So I am going to try, and try very hard, not to replace this immediately after it goes so that I can make some headway in using up other products. It is really the danger of favorites.  The fact that it I know on sale is making it even harder to resist.  At least with the sample sizes I still have the product to use, which makes resistance easier. But I am going to do my best to try.

e.l.f. setting powder and Julep blush

My loose setting powder this week was the elf HD powder.  It is a good translucent setting powder that sets the makeup and doesn’t cause a white cast in photos.  At least it hasn’t ever done so on me.  I also like the twist top so that you can seal up the holes the powder shakes through when you aren’t using it so that the powder stays in the base of the container until you are ready to use it without spilling everywhere.  I have to say, this year, elf has been killing it with the products. Those Bite Sized palettes alone are worth giving the brand a look over if you haven’t done so in a while. Personally I ordered several items as I was putting together small makeup bags for some of the just getting into makeup girls in my family this year and I also got pulled into their gift sets. Those gift sets are rally a good deal. I picked up several for others and was so tempted by the Rose Gold Matte Lip Vault for myself. I resisted during my gift buying spree, but I suspect i will circle back once the last holiday package has been sent to its destination via post. Its the lips, my darlings, the lip products get me every time.

For my blush this week I went with Julep’s Your Happy Look Pore Minimizing Blush in the shade Rosewood. I really like the buildability of this blush.  It goes on fairly softly and lets you layer until you reach the desired pigment level. I really do like the darker color and I thought that as my tan faded I would be less able to wear it.  But that proved not to be the case, the shade still looked flattering on me so I think this is one that I might be able to wear year round. As I really like the blush I am very pleased to learn this.  I was almost certain the darker shade would look more clown like than I wanted and I am very happy to be proven wrong. As a quick note, while the link above will take you to the Julep site (and they are still having a large sale you might want to check out) when I poked around looking for this blush I couldn’t find it anywhere. I send an e-mail to Julep but have yet to hear back. I will keep you posted on it (also I’m checking because I really like the blush) There were more skin care related items advertised which actually distracted me for a while as I haven’t tried any of Julep’s skincare and the only thing that pulls me in more than lipstick is skincare. But I will keep looking for the blush so an update will hopefully be arriving soon.

For my highlight this week I went with a highlighter I completely forgot I had.  It is the Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector (pictured with the Bronzer near the top of this post).  The name makes me think that it was probably designated for some other use than highlighter but on me the bronze tones work really well as a subtle highlight. I really love the subtle golden highlight. I do it’s like candle light against your skin rather than a spot light. Perhaps I’m just more of a candle light sort of person.  Regardless, I really enjoyed using this and I am sorry I forgot I had it. In fact I enjoyed it so much that i really want to check out some of their other tones. they have quite a few. I know they have been around a while and as I generally like Becca products I have seen them, but highlighters, while beautiful, never drew me in like other makeup categories so I don’t have as many of them.

The eyeliner I used in this week’s bag was the Josephine Cosmetics black liquid liner that came in my November Petit Vour Box. The point tapered down and let me do either thin or thick lines with ease.  The pen was smooth and didn’t skip. The product didn’t sink into my fine lines and it stayed in place all day.  Over all I was very impressed with it. Until November I had not heard of the brand before so I had no expectations.  This performed really well.  I have a liquid shadow from the brand that I think I might try out in next week’s bag so I can get a better feel for the brand.  If it performs as well as the eyeliner, it may be a brand I keep my eye on.

This week I skipped the eyebrow products as I had an ingrown hair and irritation. I really miss Jasmine, the lady who threaded my eyebrows.  I should not be left alone with them. I am fairly certain I am the cause of the damage. So I just used a clean spoolie to keep them in line.  Luckily my bangs need a severe trip at this point so my eyebrows weren’t really visible.  I am going to have to trim them soon.  Hair cutting is not my strong suit, but needs must.

Finally we wrap up the eyes with a sample size of the They’re Real Mascara from Benefit Cosmetics.  It came in my Birchbox for November (and a second one in the Birchbox Advent Calendar. I hadn’t actually tried this one.  Which shouldn’t come as a surprise as I generally just pick up the Bad Gal Bang and don’t look at the others.  While this won’t replace Bad Gal in my affections, I did actually really like it.  It did a great job of lengthening the lashes and it didn’t flake or smudge once dry.  I am happy to have it and a back up.  As it is a sample of mascara, it will only last two to three weeks so I might just keep it around for a bit to use it up.  With sample mascaras, I tend to use them and then lose them in the depths of the drawer. Then several months have passed and I find I have several half empty trial sized tubes and have to play the game “Which of these products is too dried and clumpy to use?” I know, not the best game show name.  I’ll work on the title before pitching it to the network.

To finish, I used the Farsali Setting spray. The Rose Gold Skin mist is beautiful to look at with shimmering gold flakes and it does a decent job setting the makeup.  The scent is not my favorite, which is why I often leave it in the drawer instead of using it.  But as my setting spray rotation now includes a setting spray that smells like fresh paint, I now find the scent less problematic than I once did.  It is a good product, and I don’t mind using it.  I will be keeping it in rotation for the moment so it will get used. Because of the scent I probably won’t be repurchasing it, but the product works well.

It seems that with the setting spray we have reached the end of the Makeup bag for the week.  It was a surprisingly good week.  Not one of the products I used were problematic and several exceeded expectations. I love when that happens.  Next week while I am keeping my powder and foundation I will be trading out everything else.  It may be a strange mix as I think I want to give my odd collection of liquid eyeshadows a try.  Since most of them are on the dazzling metallic side, I suspect one of them will end up being part of my New Year’s glam look so I want to see how they perform.  I’ll have to choose the rest of the bag around them.

And speaking of makeup bags…Kusshi has a new one out for the holidays. It is red on the outside and leopard print on the inside (they also have a black one with leopard print on the inside (which is the one I ordered for my mother as she isn’t a huge fan of red – personally i adore red, but there you have it). While animal prints aren’t what i tend to be drawn to (I have been eyeing their signature makeup bag for months trying to decide between it and the Vacationer though). My mother adores leopard print (ADORES IT!) and as she has been using the same make up bag for longer than she can remember, I picked it up for her this year. (Seriously, I asked her how long she’d had it and she couldn’t remember. the zipper toggle had been replaced by a safety pin and the inside so stained it looked spotted – there was a liquid liner incident. She wasn’t holding on to it for sentimentality, she just hadn’t gotten around to replacing it. I checked to make sure I wasn’t causing issues by ordering a new one.) I checked out one a friend owned and they are good quality, long lasting bags that are designed to keep things organized. So I know she’ll be happy for a long time to come. Now I just need to make my decision between the Signature and the Vacationer.

The Make Up Bag: August 14th, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used the week of August 8th – 14th

Welcome my darlings once again to The Make Up bag, where I talk about all the products I used this week and share my thoughts on them.  As it is still really hot where I live I kept things pretty simple this week. 

Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation

Part of simple involved an fabulous foundation formula that didn’t feel like makeup and that was my Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick.  It is a really comfortable formula to wear, despite the heat and it didn’t cause me any break outs or melt downs.  The shade is slightly on the lighter side for me so I know I will be able to use it well into the fall.  Because of this I will reluctantly set it aside for now. I could easily reach for this every day until it is gone. 

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However, I have a few new foundations I want to try.  I think at least one of them requires my summer tan fade a little so it will have to wait, but there are a couple others I want to experiment with so next week will be a new (to me) foundation I try out.

Stila and Jecca black, although the Glow Drops can be used as a primer, after trying them I used it as a highlight wile using the Stila as my primer.

This week I did try out the Stila Sheer illumination skin perfecting primer for the first time and I really liked it.  The link will take you to my full review.  It is not a primer I would use all the time as I prefer matte primers, but it is one of the few illuminating ones I am willing to keep going back to. 

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Marc Jacobs made a return to my make up bag this week.  I happily pulled the HI-FI Contour powder compact out of my dressing table for use this week. I am always happy to take this out. Not only do I like the product, but the sleek design of the compat just feels classy to use. It is a contour duo that I really like using because you can go as intense or subtle as you want with it. 

If you are looking for just a wee bit of definition to a low makeup look, get a super fluffy loose bristled brush and dip lightly into the pan, building until you are happy. 

If you want something more visibly defined, then get a denser, stiffer bristled brush to work with and you have no problems.  It is a really good formula that is quite versatile. 

Also from Marc Jacobs this week was one of my liquid lipsticks.  It is a really great formula that smells like peppermint, at least mine does. The Boom-Enamored shade is slightly too purple for me to feel comfortable with on its own so I often blend it with Lime Crime’s liquid lip in LAMA. 

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I do find that on it’s own this shade of Lime Crime tends to show all the texture of my lips if used on it’s own. I don’t have this issue with the other colors just the coppery one. (You can see on the swatch below that it is going into the lines on my hand). Mixing it with Marc Jacobs eliminates this issue, but if I wear it alone then I generally find using a Buxom Plumping gloss before hand eliminates the problem (not just with this but most liquid lips that sink in). I don’t have a desire to make my lips super pumped but this is where plumping lip glosses shine. I apply them about an hour before I go out, let them sit and then wipe them off and apply the lip shade I really want to apply (or leave it if the plumping shade is the one I want to wear). smoothing the way for other lip products is really the genius of plumping glosses.

I generally pair these two liquid lips together when I take them out.

It is a matte coppery shade.  Both liquid lips are comfortable to wear on their own and they work well together actually.  The coppery brown blends with the purple making it a berry-ish shade and the copper is likewise toned down so it doesn’t look like I made out with a low rent version of the tin man when no one was looking.

( Copper man couldn’t make it to OZ in the fist book, he had to wait for the Return to Oz for his big shot in the Emerald City, if I recall). I really enjoy both Marc Jacobs and Lime Crime’s formulas on their own, I just happened to pick shades that weren’t quite what I thought they would be.  By pairing them together I get to use them both.

This week I also used two Laura Geller Products in my makeup bag.  One was the Laura Geller Nude Kisses Lip Gloss.  It is a nice pinky shade of lip gloss that is on the neutral side of pink for me.  I really liked wearing it. 

Lip swatches. (T to B): Laura Geller Nude Kisses, Marc Jacobs Boom, Lime Crime LAMA, and the bottom shade is a mix of Marc Jacobs and Lime Crime)

In general I tend to go more for mattes rather than glossess but there is something about the summer months that often makes me reach for the glosses more.  This is a nice one to reach for. It is a little bit on the sticky side, as all glosses are.  It is just the nature of gloss, but it isn’t super sticky.  I only really notice it for the first few minutes because I am so used to using matte lip products.  Usually I monitor my lips to see if they are getting too dry and need a coat of lip balm to protect them.  It always feels strange when I first switch to a lip gloss.

Also from Laura Geller this week was my eyeliner.  I used the Line – N- Define Dual Dimension Eyeliner in black. 

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It has an eye crayon on one end and a liquid liner on the other.  The liquid liner I liked and had no problems with.  It works well and gave me a smooth line.  Once it was in place it dried down and stayed all day.  I feel I will get a lot of use out of it. 

The liquid end is quite precise but lets you easily thicken the line if you want.

The crayon style liner was interesting.  When I first used it, the product had a sharp point on the end and gave me a really good line.  As I used it, the end became blunted and rounded, my lines becoming thicker and less precise.  As it is the type of formula that can be blended and smudged, I think I would use it when I wanted more of a smoky look. 

the point quickly dulled. Great for a smokey look, not for precise lines.

I liked the product as once it was applied it stayed in place all day, but the more it gets used the less precise it is going to be.  So the liquid side is for your precise lines and the crayon side is for the smoked, blended out kind of looks. 

Both work really well and I am glad to have the product in my dressing table.  I had fun using it this week as it has been a while since I did any sort of winged eyeliner (I tend to use more eyeliner in the fall and winter).  I look forward to using it again.

Speaking of eyes, I used the Huda Beauty Mauve obsessions palette this week and can’t say enough good things about it.  The link will take you to the full review.  The colors are right up my alley and it had just the right mix of mattes and shimmers for me to do several quick and easy day looks.It is definitely a palette I will be reaching for again.



Returning this week was my setting spray from Revolution.  I still love it and I am still trying to use it up so two more weeks and then I will finish it out and put another one into rotation.  I’ve just had it a while and want to use it up.  I’m not sure if setting sprays go bad, but as I also can’t remember when I bought it, I think it is time to finish the bottle and move on.

Also returning was my concealer from TreStique.  I really like this concealer on dark spots and blemishes.  It is very  good when you want to precisely pin point areas for a little extra coverage.  I’m not too big a fan of it under my eyes as I think it pulls the skin a little too much, but for blemishes it can’t be beat. 

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When I use the Kristofer Buckle Foundation stick though, I find it works better if I put the concealer under the foundation rather than the other way around.  This way I get a better coverage.  Normally I put the concealer on after, but with these two products it just seems to work better in reverse. 

I think the creamy texture of the Triplicity foundation just helps it blend in a little bit better. I have another couple of foundation stick products in my collection.  I haven’t tried them with the TreStique concealer yet but I think I will mark them for use together next time I take them out and see if they work well like that as well.  For now I know it works that way with Kristofer Buckle’s Triplicity.  Incidentally Kristofer Buckle is having a 40% off sale at the moment.  If you are interested now might be the time to stock up.

I also couldn’t help but bring back the Bad Gal Bang Mascara from Benefit cosmetics.  I liked it so much last week, I just had to give it a second week of use.  It’s a trial sized version and when I run out, I will be replacing it with a full sized version. 

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The last two products in my bag this week were Blush and highlighter.  The blush is a Tarte blush in the shade Quirky.  It is a sample size I’ve been using for a while.  I go back and forth as to whether I like the color or not.  I love the formula and I plan to at some point buy a full sized version, I just am on the fence about the color. 

Sometimes I think it is for me, other times I think it might skew a little too orange. At the end of the week, I am still on the fence.  I still like the formula, I just can’t decide on the color.  Since I currently have several blushes in my collection that I really like, there is no rush.  I just dislike feeling so indecisive.  For now, I will put it back in the dressing table and take it out again at a later date and once again try to determine if the color is right for me.

This is far more product than needed. It is easy to squeeze the tube too hard and take out way too much.

Finally we reach the highlighter.  My highlighter this week was the Jecca blac Glow Drops I received in my Glossy Box this month.  It is a highlighting primer and I did try it that way but it was waaaaay too glowy for me to use as a primer. 

I felt as though my face could signal passing astronauts in space when I used it as a primer.  As a highlighter this Rose Pearl shade worked brilliantly for me.  On the high points of my face it gave me a wonderful golden glow.  It was actually quite stunning. 

However moderation is called for.  The tube has a tiny dot of a hole to release product.  The best way I found to use this product is to squeeze just enough so it comes out and forms a slightly larger dot on the top of the tube, don’t cover the entire top.  Then either dab a finger or brush onto the top and apply, repeat if more is needed.  It blends in like a dream for just a golden sun kissed glow.  Too much and I looked greasy.  But just a little dab was fantastic.

starting to be rubbed into the skin. the more you blend the more subtle it becomes without ever disappearing as some subtle shades do.

Just remember, you can always add more, but once applied it is hard to take off. This is one of those products it is better to build up than tone down. I am however very glad to have it in my collection and feel I will be reaching for it often.  I also think it will last a really long time.

Glossy Box included the full sized tube and the tube is completely filled with product.  If you have dryer skin or like a more dewy look, you could probably use it as a primer, but for me, I’d rather use a little as a highlighter over a longer period of time.

That, my darlings, was this week’s make up bag.  Over all it was a really good bag.  I know most of them were repeats and as I generally get rid of any product that really doesn’t work for me, it shouldn’t be a surprise that everything worked fairly well for me.  Next week however I have several new to me products that I will be trying for the first time. I know for certain the foundation, primer, blush and mascara are all ones I haven’t tried before.  I’ll have to see if I have new products in any other category to try as well next week and maybe get a full face of first impressions and a first week of use. I’ll see what I can find.  Until then, enjoy your Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Friday.