The Daily: February 1st, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Can you believe it is February already? I do not know what happened to January. It felt like forever when slogging through it, but now it feels like someone may have stolen a week. January always sort of feels like that though. Part of it I think is the weather and part is that by the time January hits I am accustomed to having holidays and days off. They tend to break the weeks up into much smaller things.

Of course this year the major holidays were all on the weekends so the weeks were less chopped up.

Still seeing February on the calendar this morning made me realize how close Valentines day is. To be honest it was never a big holiday for me. I never really paid it much attention until my babydoll came along. And no that isn’t a lovey dovey sort of statement. Although I do love him dearly.

The fact is, my baby is a huge chocolate fiend. while I tend to be a little on the picky side with my chocolate, leaning more towards dark chocolate and the more savory side of the chocolate world. My baby doll loves all things chocolate. There is no discrimination.

I am pretty sure his happy place is right next to the chocolate waterfall in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. He’d be civilized and dip it out with a dipper rather than contaminating the chocolate though. He told me the first time saw that movie (the one with Gene Wilder) he gasped No when Augustus fell in and felt bad for the chocolate.

And in my babydoll’s world Valentines day is all about chocolate. I actually get to buy him the big heart shaped box filled with chocolates and watch his eyes light up. It is kind of adorable. i always try to get him something that isn’t edible as a present as well, I just haven’t figured that out yet. So when I flipped the calendar page I saw the note ‘buy chocolates and figure out gift’. of course i also have to find a good hiding place. Last year he found the chocolates early and gave me the puppy dog eyes until i let him have a piece early. This year, i will need a better hiding place. i don’t know where that is. Christmas I can hide things no problem, but come valentines day my babydoll is a chocolate seeking missile. That will require a bit of thought though.

Today’s look:

Primer: Puff Puff Primer from Elf

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Blush/Bronzer/Highlight/Powder: PUR Cosmetics 4-in-1 skin perfecting powders palette

Eyeshadow: Natural Oasis Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette from bareMinerals

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Moisturizing Lipstick in Perception

I initially intended to go in a more natural direction today. I tried the brown of this bareMinerals palette out and thought, okay this is going to be a low pigment kind of natural look. And then I tried the green. Wow. It was more pigmented than I expected, so I went a little less low key than I initially planned. The shadow was pigmented and a bit bright for me so I toned down the green with the brown. the shadows blended beautifully and there was no patchiness. Also, very little fall out from the green. Because I was expecting a low pigment shadow I put on my face makeup first and there was no issue. I do automatically tap my shadow brush before applying shadow so any fall out there would have been came off with that. I was quite impressed with the eyeshadow to be honest. The green is the only deep pigment (matte) in the six pan palette. So over all it is pretty neutral. but I really like this green as a pop of color. Today was all about the green, but i think it blends well with the other shades and I could use it as an accent rather than the focus. While I have used various bareMinerals products for years, this is my first experience with their eyeshadow and I have to say I think I may have to look into more shadows from the brand.

And not just pick up their lip products. Today I sent with the bareMinerals bullet style lipstick. The deeper tone seemed to suit the green. plus I like the berry shades. It is also a very moisturizing lipstick. At this time of year my lips are fighting a constant battle with chapping so I tend to lean into this sort of formula. It doesn’t dry, but it also doesn’t really dry down. It does leave lip prints. The lipstick makes me choose a dark coffee mug. It will wear off and need to be touched up in the afternoon (like any bullet lipstick) but even when it has lost the color, my lips still feel moisturized. I’m willing to switch out coffee mugs for that.

Speaking of dry, my skin has been a little on the dry side, so I used the Elf Puff Puff Primer. It works well with the No 7 foundation (one of my faves) and it helps kind of lock in moisture as well as makeup. I actually need to reach for it a bit more. It just tends to get buried under more porefilling primers. It is supposed to hydrate and brighten the skin, but I don’t think of it as a moisturizing primer. It is lighter than most moisturizing primers. I tend to have issues with them because while my skin may need a little extra hydration in the winter, I don’t have really dry skin. This primer gives a little extra hydration without being the hydration for really dry skin. If that makes sense. It hydrates but it doesn’t go over the top with it. i can actually use it year round. I think i just have it in my head that this is the time to reach for it. I’ll work on that.

The PUR palette performed well. Which isn’t a surprise as it usually performs well. It s a good little palette. I forgot to actually use the highlighter today but the other three are in use and I like the way it looks. I also like the Stila mascara. I had a less dramatic mascara picked out but this green just needed something to make the lashes pop so i went back for the Stila. Really, the more I use this, the more i really like it. This may actually be my new favorite mascara. Don’t worry. I’ll still try others. But Stila maybe stealing my heart.

And that my darlings is today’s look. The green of the bareMinerals shadow took me by surprise in a good way and I just had fun with it. But alas, I must get back to work and leave fun behind. February is kicking off with a bang. A good bang, but a busy one. Which I suppose is better than being bored. Somehow i don’t think boredom will trouble me much this month. And when I do get a break, I need to find a safe place to hide Valentine’s Day Chocolates. Kind of a fun little puzzler, right? Hopefully your February is off to a good start as well.


The Daily: January 26th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Last night I utilized the new eSalon hair kit that came in. I tried it a while back when I really needed a quality home hair kit and have been ordering it ever since. This link will take you to my full review/step by step break out if you are interested. (I went slightly darker about six months after this post went live).

The eSalon dye lasts a really long time without fading, and truthfully that why I always get a root touch up from them when I order my color. well, not each time, if I am using the same color. I only use the rot touch up at the end of each hair color when my roots are getting longer but i don’t actually want to re-dye my hair just yet.

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I know it probably sounds strange, but i like to go as long between hair dyes as possible. even though it is a good quality dye, I feel the less I do to my hair, as far as any form of processing, the healthier it will be. At this point I’m only using hot tools a few times a month as well. Mostly because I am working from home and thankfully people have returned to just phone calls instead of zoom meetings. It helps give my hair a rest.

But because I only use the root touch up when I am trying to extend the time, one bottle lasts about a full year. It comes matched to the color of the dye so everything blends. I’m almost at the end of my root touch up so I’ll have to reorder with the next round of dye.

But I broke down and used my kit last night so my hair is a bit darker today than usual. And I’m not seeing the few scraggily grays peeking up from the top of my head. I wouldn’t mind if they grew in a cool stripe or something, but no I seem to have a small cluster that wants to corkscrew up to the sky, despite the fact that the rest of my hair has very little curl. The hardest part is not plucking them out and letting them grow long enough to be dyed.

But they are gone now and I am thrilled.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin gripping serum primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Storybook Cosmetics FairyTales Little Briar Rose Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Megalast lipstick in Cinnamon Spice

I’ll be honest, today, I just grabbed a few of my favorite things. Or at least some of my current favorites. Is saw the So pretty Eye shadow palette, remembered how much trouble it was and then I remembered how much of an issue I had with the LYS and the powder foundation and said, nope. Today we are just going easy.

As a warning, because I did choose some of my favorites, it may get a bit gushy.

I still used the LYS because this is the end of the trial and I feel I’ve given it a good run. I used it with the Elf Acne Fighting Foundation. Mostly because I really like this elf foundation. Out of the elf products, this and the putty primer may be my absolute faves from the brand. They have other good products (many actually) but these two items are my perennial favorites and will always be repurchased. this foundation is just weightless and blends really well. I don’t know if it actually prevents breakouts, but it certainly doesn’t cause them. I have never had an issue with it.

kind of messy up close, but it looks fine when I am running around

This Viseart bronzer is relatively new to me but each time I use it, I just like it more. First of all the fold up packaging just makes me smile. I would probably adore using it for that alone. The product inside though certainly lives up to that packaging. It is a great product. It is not super pigmented, but it builds well and blends beautifully. I really love it. Prior to this I only used the eyeshadows from the brand. Those are some of my favorite shadows. I may pull out one of those palettes tomorrow actually. Oh and if you read my full review of the bronzer, you may recall it wasn’t linked to the site. I sent an e-mail to the brand and they got back to me really quickly actually. It is only temporarily out of stock and will return to the site as soon as it is back in stock. Once I see it, I’ll post an update.

Today, I already had a palette out so I grabbed it for a simple swatch of color. It was the Storybook palette. I only use the pink tones in the palette and it is a bulky one so I have been trying to keep it out. I really like the shadows I use. The other shadows work well also they just aren’t in colors I gravitate towards. I will use the rosy tones down to pan though. As long as it doesn’t get buried in the back of the drawer. I’s bulk means it often gets pushed to the back. So I am trying to keep it forward.

bareMinerals came in today with both the blush and the mineral veil finishing powder. Both are fantastic. The blush I adore and will do my best to make sure I keep on hand. It is a powder to cream kind of formula. I apply it with a finger as though it was a cream product but is applies to the skin like a powder and is amazingly easy to blend. the mineral veil is just a great setting powder. I do have one interesting comment. I know many of you may remember that I was complaining that the Smashbox Photo Finish setting powder was difficult becuase the dial was hard to turn and that if you had any sort of mobility issues with your hands you might want to give it a pass. This bareminerals has a dial that you turn so that the holes to let out the powder are covered with plastic and the powder is secure if you are moving the jar about. I like that it isn’t an explosion of powder ever time you open it. while this dial isn’t the same as the smash box, it is similar in design. however it has easy to grip ridges on the side, turns easily and clicks to let you know when you have turned it fully, whether to open or close. It is much easier to operate. I think part of that is the design that lets your fingers grip the dial. If you have major issues with your hands, I think they do make this without the dial, just be aware that it is there in some of the products.

The Stila Mascara rolled back in today and honestly I think I may actually like it better than the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. As you may recall it was my go to for a long time and has recently been discontinued. I was quite sad. I have an open one though and I used it this week and yeah, I think I might like the Stila better. which is good because it is not discontinued. I’ll use the last of the Marc Jacobs and I think that Stila will get repurchased.

And then we have the Wet ‘n Wild Lipstick. Wet ‘n Wild was the first makeup brand I picked up at the drug store. In highschool I think every purse and backpack I had contained at least one black eyeliner from Wet ‘n Wild. there are many products I like from the brand but I love the formula of their Megalast lipsticks. They dry down a bit so that there is not a trail of lip prints stamped on everything you touch but they don’t dry out the lips and the color lasts for quite a while. I may not carry the black eyeliner as religiously as i once did, but the brand will always have a place in my heard and the lipsticks a place in my dressing table. I think this might actually be the third cinnamon spice I purchased in the past few years. Its one of the few that i will wear down to a nub and then immediately replace.

And so that my darlings is today’s makeup. After yesterday I just wanted something quick and easy to apply. These were the products I chose. Everything worked as it was supposed to, no products caused problems and my getting ready was smooth sailing. Now if the rest of the day will comply, I will consider Wednesday fabulous.

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The Daily: January 20th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today, is a wet, cold and nasty sort of day. The air has that raw feeling that means even walking to the mail box is going to make the insides of your nose burn. Today, I am not going anywhere. Well actually no one in my house is going anywhere. Yesterday one of the people where my babydoll works tested positive and since he spent the better part of last week in meetings with that person, there was the possibility of contamination. So yesterday afternoon was testing all around, today is a work from home day and tomorrow, there will hopefully be results.

It is the only test I’ve ever wanted to get a negative grade on.

But if there is a day not to leave the house on, this would be it. we started off the morning with rain, worked in a little snow for a bit, fell back into sleet with what I think might have actually been small bits of hail from the way they were bouncing off of the street and now we are actually back to rain. Regardless of anything else, today is a day to stay inside.

And to justify putting whipped cream on the hot cocoa.

okay technically it is always justified, but I may have added a little extra dollop today. it felt like an extra dollop kind of day. And yes, I am calling that my afternoon snack.

and yes I left my reading glasses on my head. They are the Thin Optics and pretty much with me everyday

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Today’s look:

Primer: Lys Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

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Bronzer/Blush/highlight/powder: Cover FX Perfector Face palette

Eyeshadow: ABH Subculture palette

Mascara: Stila Huge extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Yensa Super 8 Lip oil in Pink Shine

I’ll be honest, I opened my eyeshadow palette drawer, saw the Subculture palette and decided today I just wanted to use it. I know it is discontinued and I know a lot of people hate it. I still love this palette and will probably use it until I hit pan. I can tell you the shimmer shade electric that I am wearing today already has a really big dip in it. I will be so sorry when that shade is used up. Despite everyone’s whining about this palette, I really love it. so today, I pulled it from the drawer.

In keeping with discontinued makeup, I think that the Cover FX palette I am using is also discontinued. It no longer shows up on the Cover FX website and everywhere else it is out of stock. Which is usually a good indicator. The above link will take you to the Cover FX palette page. They do have a really lovely looking trio in their palette listings. It is currently their only palette listed. I think it is also the one recently featured on Boxy Charm. Regardless, I used this palette today because it was quick and easy and I knew I wanted to spend more time with the eyeshadow.

I am still testing out the LYS primer. when i used it with the serum Foundation I could really feel the grip as I blended my foundation out. Then with the Ciate London Foundation it wasn’t really noticeable. Today I used the Revolution Stick foundation which I love and is currently on sale at Revolution along with a boat load of other products (the link above will take you there if you are interested). The gripping nature of the primer was definitely noticeable as I began to blend. It didn’t affect the blending but you could practically hear the deadbolts being thrown as the primer locked on. My foundation hasn’t gone anywhere today and I suspect it isn’t going anywhere until I break out my Makeup Eraser. I am not sure why I felt it with both the stick and the serum foundations but not the regular one, but it was defiantly gripping today. I’ll be trying it with other foundations as well. I have a water based and an oil based I want to try it with to see if that makes a difference. I have to admit I am kind of intrigued. This is a bit more exciting than I thought a primer trial was going to be. Don; get me wrong I love primer but usually trying them out is very straightforward.

To end on a straightforward note, I used the Stila Mascara (love it but I promise I’ll switch it up next week so I use different products) and the Yensa Super 8 lip oil. I love this lip oil. Nice shine with a hint of color, pleasant scent and a massive hit of hydration for the lips. What else could you want in a lip oil? I know, plumping, but nothing is perfect right. this is still my favorite lip oil. I had to actually hide it from myself so I would use other lip oils. Not that they aren’t good, they just aren’t this.

And so with that, we end the make up for the day and get back to work. I really love the way my eyes came out today and it is nice to shake myself out of my basic brown rut. Admittedly the last two palettes I tested heavily featured browns, so perhaps it wasn’t all my fault. have a great rest of the day. And if you would, keep your fingers crossed for a negative test for me, eh?

The Daily: January 17th, 2022

Welcome my darlings to MLK Day. I hope you are having a happy one. For us, it is snowy, icy and the county officials have all suggested that everyone stay inside and don’t drive around any more than they have to. Earlier I took a walk down to the walking trail. Sometimes it is nice to walk in snowy weather. this was not one of those days. This is a day for staying inside.

The main reason isn’t actually the snow. Sunday started out wet and just above freezing. Then the temps dropped and the rain turned to snow. The issue is that it is a layer of snow with a layer of ice just beneath. The walking trail is quite hilly and I almost went sliding down the first hill and into the still swollen creek. About that time the snow started up again.

It wasn’t pretty. Its the sort of wet snow that comes down like damp duck feathers and splatters like someone is actually spitting on you. So I decided that outside was not the place I needed to be. The sun is supposed to be out tomorrow. And the temps are supposed to rise just high enough that wen I try to walk my feet will crunch through the ice rather than send me sliding. An extra day without a walk won’t kill me.

Whereas sliding on the ice just might.

So I am doing one of my favorite activities at this time of year. Going through seed catalogs and making plans for the spring. while it will be a while before things get planted out, I Start the sees in my indoor green house in the sunroom and once they reach a certain stage get them slowly ready for their garden debut. I try to grow them as sturdy as possible inside, with visits outside to harden, before actually planting them out so they have their best shot of surviving and growing fabulous. Given some of the weather fits and starts the last few springs have had here, I like to hedge my bets so I get the plants as hardy as possible and I grow them in stages so if I put the first sets out and get hammered by a late frost I have a few back ups.

To be honest, this year I have much more of a garden plan than usual. last year so many of my plants just didn’t survive that i thought this year I’d take a little more time to think things through.

And since today is a holiday, I am going to take off a little early and take some time to peruse the catalogs. This year, I think I might try to grow celery. I like to try something new every year.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lys Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: LA Splash Moonlight Glow Face Palette

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow: Athr Beauty Sunset palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips Evio Beauty lip pencil

Today I started testing both the LYS primer and the La Splash palette. The Eyeshadow palette, mascara and lip liner are completing their testing actually and I’m fairly certain I know how i feel about all of them. The Stila mascara and Evio lip liner are now in my new favorites category while the eyeshadow palette is a bit more complicated. Truthfully I may have to break it down shadow by shadow. Today I used Desert Sand over most of my lids and tried (with minimum degrees of success) to use the shimmer After Glow with it. Desert Sand was easy to work with but powdery and requiring a bit of clean up. After Glow was a bit of a pain. I think those are the last two shades I had to try in the palette. I’ll still play around with it this week, but my review should be up on Thursday if you want the full break down.

I went with one of my favorite Foundations today since I am testing a new primer. The No 7 Lift and Luminate does not disappoint. Plus I know how it works. And combining it with this primer, I could feel the gripping action of the primer. It didn’t prevent this foundation from applying the way I wanted it, but the gripping was noticeable. This is a serum foundation so that might have helped with application. I will be testing out different formulas with the primer over the test. I was surprised that the gripping was so noticeable during foundation application, so seeing how the different formulas perform with it will be interesting. I do like it with the serum style foundation though.

While bareMinerals always pulls through, the powder was especially helpful today in blending the LA Splash Blush. while the bronzer wasn’t all that pigmented, the blush made up for it in spades. It was clown cheek pink and took a while to blend. The issue is I think it might have blended itself out. Which might be my fault. After the light bronzer I was expecting light blush so I went with the brighter of the two blushes and might have been heavy handed. And then I might have blended too much. There are two blushes. The other is more neutral in tone. I might try that one tomorrow or just go into the bright one with a lighter hand to see what happens. There is a bronzer in the palette, but to be honest i can’t remember if I put it on. Or if it was destroyed with the blush blending. The blush sort of knocked everything else out of my brain. But I will be dipping back into the palette to see how it performs when I am not surprised by it.

And that was my look for the day. It got me through my shortened workday and part holiday and will no doubt last through my seed catalog flipping. once seeds arrive, I’ll probably start posting more regularly about the garden, but don’t worry, I’ll keep it separate and not mix it in with the daily so much. I just always get excited when the seed catalogs arrive.

The Daily: January 11th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I am pleased as punch to report that only the barest of sniffles remains. while the sniffling remains annoying, my head no longer feels as though it was stuffed with wool and then soaked with water. It is a full and heavy feeling I don’t wish on anyone. Thinking felt a bit like wading through mud. Now I am splashing through puddles.

I actually attempted a short walk today. More because I just had to get out rather than because i was ready to resume normal exercise. Alas, the park was still flooded from our recent, snow/rain/ice storm adventures. And while I might be tempted to wade through the shallows in warmer weather, in 25 degree temps, I’m going to give it a bit of a pass.

It isn’t too much of a loss today though as I still have a lot to catch up on from the holiday, power outages and feeling poorly. None if those three helped my productivity levels. And now I am playing catch up. Ah well, it is the way of the world is it not? And in addition it is January. In January I always promise myself I am going to be a much better/healthier/more productive/more organized and well more everything sort of person. So I always try a bunch of things that sound like a good idea at the time.

It is kind of an interesting process really. I try a bunch of new things in January. a few stick, a few fall by the wayside and a few are revamped for February. Generally by the end of February new habits are created and by June the habits I’ve kept are just a part of daily life. It’s kind of nice. And it lets me try new things and build the habits I want to keep at a pace I can sustain. I’m still in the try everything phase. At the end of January there will be some updates as to what sticks around moving forward.

I find it much more honest than starting January off with a ‘This year I will…’ And if there is anyone I want to be honest with, it is myself. And you guys of course, but I do try to avoid lying to myself, especially when I know it is a lie. Or I suppose misleading because I always believe on January first that this is the year i can do anything. Then reality starts intruding and Understanding or self awareness maybe, dawns in February. So technically it isn’t lying, just misleading. which is also something I want to avoid.

But that is enough time inside my head for one post, let’s switch to what’s on my face instead.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker Super charged Micellar Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light Blush

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow: Athr Beauty Desert Sunset Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade Soft Brown

Lips: Persona Cosmetics lip liner in 90210

Okay I couldn’t resist opening the LYS primer. I had to know if it was going to be more of a serum or a primer and I figured by now I knew how the Bite Beauty Foundation was going to perform well enough to try out a new foundation. When dispensed in the hand, this primer came out like a serum. I put it into my palms and then rubbed them together and applied it onto my skin. Once applied, it is a gripping primer. It becomes very grippy and sticky. I have no doubt that it will keep the makeup in place. And it seems to be working well. I think this is definitely a primer that has skincare, and not a serum that works like a primer. I would never use this just as a serum. It also worked well with the foundation.

The Viseart bronzer is definitely more of a buildable formula than a pigmented one, which I happen to enjoy. A lot more of my bronzers are highly pigmented and have to be applied with a lighter hand then blended out. It is nice to have a more buildable formula. Plus I think the shade works well for me.

The Ciate Blush I love, but haven’t been reaching for as much because I thought it was more of a summer shade for me. It seems to be working well for me today. I like how it turned out. It was a bit more pigmented on my not so summer tanned skin, but it blended beautifully so I am fine with the shade.

The finishing powder helped with the darker shade as well and I have to say I am pleased to once again have the bareminerals mineral veil around again. It is just a fine powder that sits well and wears well throughout the day without looking powdery.

The Stila mascara is a definite winner but from here, we start swimming in more murky waters. Let’s start with the eyeshadow. I had high hopes for this Athr Beauty palette yesterday as the brown applied really well. Today the pink shade worked well but the black in the palette was patchy. I was able to blend it well enough, but I called in the dark brown again to help (and to see if I was mistaken yesterday) and it did a good job repairing the patchiness. The brown is a much smoother applying formula than the black for some reason. Also the rosy bronze shadow pairs well with the pink tone but it is flakier than the warmer bronze I used yesterday so there was more fall out. This is a palette I definitely need to play with more to get a feel for it. Each shade seems to have it’s own set of issues.

Because I trimmed my bangs I once again started reaching for eyebrow products and decided to give this ABH Dip Brow a try. It applies quite well actually, I just think the soft brown shade may be a shade too dark for me. It is a pretty good formula though and I may play around with it a bit more

And then we wrap up with the Persona Cosmetics lip liner. The shade works for me, the texture is creamy but it is definitely a lip liner. Applying it on the lips dries them out very quickly. I do like the shad and the creaminess of the formula but it is not a lip liner to be worn on it’s own. Especially not in the winter when lips are already dry, I will try it again tomorrow with a lipstick and see how it performs then. But on it’s own, the creaminess of application quickly gives way to dry lips.

And now my darlings, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your day is utterly fantastic.

The Daily: January 10th, 2022

Happy Monday my darlings. I have to admit, I am still dragging a bit today. I slept a large chunk of the weekend away, which is probably for the best, even if it isn’t the most exciting thing. I ended up Binging The Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount + for a large chunk of time that I was away. I interspersed this with RuPaul’s Drag race actually. I’m not entirely certain what the combo says about me, but for a weekend with a head cold, it worked for me.

I am feeling a lot better actually. Like I said there was sleep but not much of anything else. And to be honest, there won’t really be much walking today either. I went to the mailbox to get the mail earlier and my lungs and sinuses were not pleased with me. The cold is waning, but still not ready to be set aside.

On the plus side though the sneezing and water eyes have ebbed so I actually applied my makeup today with a reasonable chance of it staying on. And for some reason I just decided today was a red lip day and everything else had to just sort of go with it.

Maybe red lipstick just makes me feel happy.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty ChangeMaker Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow Palette: Athr Beauty Desert Sunset Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Dose of Colors Date Night

Today was an interesting mix of products. I decided that i wanted to go with a red lip and then I realized I hadn’t used the Dose of Colors red in a while. I like the color, although I think I’d like it just a hair darker. I like the Dose’s formula stays put but it also tends to dry out my lips, which is why I don’t wear it a lot any more. It is one of those formulas that was perfect when I was running from meeting to meeting and knew that I wouldn’t have a chance to stop and touch up. It is fabulous at staying in place. It does dry the lips out though, so I always keep a lip balm to top it off with periodically through out the day. And then tonight I’ll do a lip scrub and put on my lip mask to makeup for the day’s dryness. Beyond the dryness the one issue I have with this is that I don’t currently have a matching lip liner. It really needs one or it seeps into the fine lines around the lips. Or at least it does on me.

The Clarins Foundation, I love. It is an excellent pore filling primer and the slightly pink tint in it works well for me, especially today when I am a bit post cold pale. It also worked well with the Bite Beauty Foundation. Now that i have started putting it on with a makeup sponge, I really like this foundation. It just took a little bit of time time figure out. Which is why I like to use a foundation for at least a week before I make up my mind about it. I know, it isn’t as dramatic as a one time use, but I get a better feel for the product.

I am starting to get a feel for the Viseart Bronzer. while it is very bendable and the pan size is great, It isn’t very pigmented. I don’t mind that a it allows for buildability and I don’t do a lot of really hard lines of bronze or contour. I really like the feel of the formula. I also kind of like the little packaging too. I like the way it unfolds and I think it would be a great travel bronzer.

The bareMinerals Blush is hands down one of my favorite formulas of blush and The Mineral veil is an old favorite I am happy to get the chance to use again.

The Stila mascara is rapidly rising to the top of my mascaras list. It is just a really good mascara for length and volume.

This was my first use of the Athr Beauty palette. Today I went with the simple darkest brown and a touch of bronzy gold. The Dark brown was very powdery. Today I applied shadow after the face makeup. I think in the future I will need to do the eyes first then the face with this palette. The first use went well. The one matte worked well with the one shimmer. The dark brown was quite pigmented but blended out nicely. And it worked well with the gold. So I have high hopes as I move forward with the palette. I just need to remember it is powdery enough to reverse the order in which I apply my makeup and I will be fine.

And with the face done, it is time to get back to work. This month I am using the Juice Beauty Pore Refining Mask on Mondays and Wednesdays (with the usual Face Mask Friday Post on Fridays.)My first test of that will be at the end of the day. So for a while, we will be skipping the sheet masks as I give Juice Beauty a full trial. But again, that is for later. For now, it is back to work for me. I hope your Monday is going beautifully well.

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.