The Daily: October 20th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I think I mentioned that this week I started using a fitbit to track steps and calories and all sorts of other good stuff. It has been interesting to see thus far. I have to admit I have been a bit lackadaisical about my calorie count as of late. I haven’t been weighing foods as I used to mostly because I thought I knew most of the foods. And I do. I eat a lot of the same foods repeatedly.

And some foods come with weights attached. For example we just received a package from Vital Choice. we routinely order salmon from them. Actually that is what we are having for dinner tonight. I have the salmon sitting in a mustard based marinade in the fridge as we speak. We are having it with couscous, freshly grilled corn (the last of the summer stuff) and a side salad tonight incase anyone is interested. And because we ordered the salmon, it comes marked with the weight. So it is easy to log as a dinner item.

Other things I used to measure, but now sort of eyeball.

I know, I shouldn’t but I do.

And it turns out my eyeballs aren’t that great at measuring.

I know it is a bit dorky, but I love graphs and charts. So I felt with the fitbit I ought to take advantage of that feature and log as much as possible. And since the graphs look way more official than my handy scrap paper on the desk system, I felt compelled to start measuring again. Also I wanted to see how close to accurate I was. I was anticipating a victory lap for my innate measuring skills.

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

I logged everything in figuring I might as well measure what I’m doing and then see where I need to improve. It turns out I get way more steps than required so I get stars for achievement there. I also drink more water than they recommend, so I think that is pretty good. It turns out I have been shorting myself on calories. I think in part it is because I drink so much water. Because every time I think I am hungry I have a glass of 3water first and then think about what I want to eat. But I think the big culprit is my tendency to round up. If something has 90 calories, I’ll often mark it down as 100, just incase I over eat a little elsewhere. that way I have a little wiggle room. But then the next time I eat the same food I’ll remember it is 100 calories so I’ll mark down 110 to give myself the wiggle room.

Turns out all of my wiggle room add ons added up. So I was shorting myself on calories. I know, that sounds like a good thing, but if my calories consumed drops below a certain mark my weight loss slows down dramatically. So I am going to go back to strict monitoring , especially as we go into the holiday season. This weekend we are stocking up on Halloween Candy for potential trick or treaters. No clue if we will actually get them, but I want to be prepared. The annual candy purchase is what mentally kicks off the holiday food mentality in my world. As soon as the bags come in, my baby starts asking if I can start making some of his favorite winter dishes. And from there we tip straight into the once a year indulgences.

So getting back to measuring things now is not a bad thing. Nor are the long walks in the nice weather. I am sure once the next bout of rains hit, my step count will drop. For now, I am feeling pretty good about it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Foundation: Purlisse BB Cream

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Bronzer: LYS No Limits Matte Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia Peach

Eye shadow: Sassy Siennas from Dose of Colors

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Powder: Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting Powder

Lips: Tarte Maneater Plumping Lip gloss.

Earrings: Mariz Jewelry

Okay with the newer bronzer and blush I wanted to try them out with a BB cream rather than just using them with a foundation. I love the formula of the Purlisse BB Cream. It is one of my favorite BB Creams. The shade I have is just a shade bit too light for me at the moment, which is why I chose the tinted setting powder today. As my tan fades I will be reaching for the Purlisse more and more often. I should actually get another tube in a slightly darker tone, and I probably will this spring, but I want to use up a few products first. Although I might stock up on the black friday sales and just put it away until spring. But for now, I love it.

The Smashbox powder I am mostly just using up at this point. It is a good powder and I like the idea of freshly ground powder, but the dial sticks an if there is anything on my hands then it can be hard to turn. While I don’t have any mobility issues where my hands are concerned at the moment, if you have any issues with your hands, this is a powder you will want to skip. The groves aren’t deep enough to provide much traction. If they adjusted that just a little bit more, it would be easier to turn and this would be a different comment, because it is a good setting powder. However if they deepen the indents it will look less like a camera lens. So in this case it is a failure of packaging more than product.

With the BB cream instead of foundation I could get a better feel for the bronzer. It is more pigmented than I saw yesterday. I have the light shade (Motivate) and it is as dark as I would want to go. yesterday I thought it was more buildable than pigmented. Today, while I’m sure you can build it up to a deeper level, I think it is more pigmented than buildable. I still have most of my summer tan because summer just wouldn’t let go here, but even at my deepest I wouldn’t want anything deeper than this shade. It is a lovely shade though and I really like it. I can also use it year round. I also love the packaging. Thus far it seems to be a good product.

The Georgia blush is also a good product. I love Benefit blushes. This pink shade is light enough that I think I will only be reaching for it when I use something like a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer. Because of the shade it takes a lot of work to make it work with an actual foundation. At least for my skin tone. For a light makeup look I will definitely reach for it and I am happy to have it. I just need to pair it with the appropriate face products. If you have really fair skin, this might be a blush for you as it seems to skew towards lighter skin tones.

The Sassy Sienna palette is not one I tend to reach for often. I need to actually sit down and play with it. Thus far every look I try with it comes out more or less the same. I like the idea of the shade range but there really needs to be some sort of contrasting lighter shade in the palette for me. The formula is fantastic though. I love the Dose of Colors Eyeshadow formula. Highly pigmented and easily blendable. I think that might be why it has made it through so many declutters. I have a couple of singles, but not a second palette from the brand so I think it is a reminder that I like it. But really I need to play around wit it and see if I really want to keep it.

The Tarte Mascara is good. It isn’t very dramatic though. Just a good work a day mascara.

The lip plumper is also a good lip gloss. I am actually really liking it at the moment. It has that lip gloss stickiness to it, but it isn’t too bad and I kind of like the plumping tingle. Surprisingly the color works well on me too. And I have to admit I get a childish chuckle from the lip gloss. I generally have to check the bottom of products to remember the shade names. This lip gloss is named Buff. Without my reading glasses on the print is small enough that the f’s look like t’s so each time I look I think it says Butt. Which seems like a strange name for a lip gloss and makes me giggle just a little. Childish I know, but there it is.

And so that is my makeup for today. As well as the realization that I don’t eyeball measure things very accurately and occasionally have a childish sense of humor. But that’s okay. I have a good handle on my work for the day and a nice salmon dinner waiting for me this evening. Overall, it isn’t a bad place to find myself in mid week.

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The Daily: October 19th, 2021

Oh my darlings today is a fabulous day. Do you know why? My eyes don’t itch. I know, it doesn’t sound like much but yesterday I felt like i wanted to claw them out and even though I resisted I rubbed them a bit raw with my hands. I knew I shouldn’t but the itch was driving me crazy.

Today whatever was in the air and giving me fits is gone so the world has taken on a more normal tone. I know, normality isn’t usually what people dance in joy about, but personally I will take it.

I think I mentioned yesterday that my mother visited this past weekend (which was awesome) While she was here she asked if I wanted her old Fitbit since she just got a new one. So I said yes and I figured I would give it a shot. Now I had a fitbit when I started my weight loss journey and used it to help map out my walks and figure out my calories burned and all of that good stuff. Then sadly my fitbit died. I never got around to replacing it. It will be interesting to see what has changed. I’m sure I got off track with my step counting and such and my walking route has altered as well. It will actually be pretty nice to have some quantitively measured knowledge of my activities.

I mean, I’m pretty good with math, but sometimes I have to guess. It will be nice to see how close my guesses were.

Plus I have a weakness for graphs and I really kind of like seeing the charts.

So today is a sunny fifty two degrees. And there will be much walking. As always at this time of year finding the balance between getting things done in the office and spending time in the fantastic weather is hard to do. Even though Autumn is a season, it is a fickle one. A few days of nice weather between rain storms and perfect walking temps sandwiched between too hot and too cold. The humidity remains here all year long, even when the temperatures plumett and the damp cold of the winter is just as bad as the hot humid of the summer. I foresee several late evenings working to catch up on the work I missed while going on longer walks.

As my weekend company showed me however, the rich foods of the season are coming, so a little extra work now wouldn’t be a bad thing. And for everyone else looking at the fabulous foods and gatherings of the upcoming holidays, I’ll be putting together a quick survival guide with a few of the tips I’ve picked up for not adding the pounds back on during the holidays. But for now, let’s jump into today’s makeup.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

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Foundation: Ciate London The Extraordinary Foundation

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Bronzer: LYS No Limits Matte Bronzer in Motivate (light)

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Blush in Georgia

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Eye shadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

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Eyeliner: 3INA pen eyeliner in Black 900

Brows: ABH Brow Wiz

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Lips: Tarte Maneater Plumping Lip Gloss in buff

Okay today I got to use a whole bunch of new products. So I’m kind of excited. Lets go through the few staples before we get into them though. The Primer is Urban Decay and one I am trying to finish up. As always it is a great primer but it was discontinued. I love the Ciate London Foundation. It feels weightless and has excellent coverage. The Illamasqua highlighter is one of my favorites and one I reach for a lot. The No 7 powder is the pressed powder I use the most and I have repurchased it more times than I can count. I also adore the Lime Crime Palette. I love the formula and quite honestly Abyss is my go to one and done shade.

Essentially I chose all products I new and love to serve as a base for trying out the new items. First up is the bronzer from LYS. The packaging is lovely and this first use went well. I have a lighter shade and for me it was pigmented but buildable. I suspect the darker shades would be more highly pigmented and that part of the buildable-ness is that it is on the lighter side. But I like the buildable aspect of having a lighter shade and I think it worked for me. I also think that the lighter shade will work for me year round. My application may change a little as my summer tan fades, but I think I can still use it, which I am happy about. For a first use, it went well.

That the Benefit Blush went well is not really a surprise. This was a paler pink than I usually use, but it applied well. I think I would use this more with a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer for a low makeup look than I would pair it with an actual foundation. It is a pale enough shade on me that it would work more easily with a low makeup look rather than over foundation. But I got there in the end.

It has been quite a while since I have applied eyeliner and I am a bit out of practice. I tend not to wear it in the summertime and i generally don’t wear it unless I am going out. So we are coming out of a hot summer and well over a year where I really didn’t go out. Yu may notice a bit of a disconnect when my eyes are closed. Because I have hooded eyes I tend to cheat the wing a bit. If I wear a wide wing then all you see is the black eyeliner. So I thin it out and do a bit of cheating. It looks fine with my eyes open and blinking doesn’t give the game away. It is just when i closed my eyes for the pic that you can see the cheat. Plus I’m out of practice so it was a bit more wobbly than usual. I do like the liner though and as I also have this in brown, I do want to try to remember to play with it more.

The ABH Brow Wiz isn’t my favorite formula. It worked well and was a decent color, but it was a bit stiff. I’ll use it, but it isn’t the first I will reach for. Perhaps if I keep using it, I will like it more, but it is just okay, not my favorite

There were two tarte products in the new to me collection today. The lights camera lashes mascara was not as dramatic as i thought it would be. It is a good formula and the wand is thin enough that adding mascara to my lower lashes wasn’t a problem. I think the lashes were lengthened which is nice. It is a lightweight formula to wear so my lashes don’t feel heavy. Which is nice while working at the computer. And I have to say, I kind of dig the psudo case for the mascara. I don’t know why, but that just appeals to me.

The second tarte product was the plumping lip gloss. I can feel the plumping and tingling action going on. I’ll have to take before and after photos to see if it is as dramatic as the adverts make it out to be though. I thought it was going to be too pink on me, but once on the lips, the shade works well. The formula is a little sticky, but not overly so for a gloss. First impressions again are positive.

Over all in general first impressions were positive for most of the new products. I started with products I already loved, so that may play into it. I’ll be trying them out with a variety of other products as I get to know them a little bit better. But for now, I’m quite pleased with them. I’m also quite pleased there was makeup in many of the subscription boxes this month. Not enough for a fill face of first impressions, but close. Or at least closer than we’ve been for a while. I came up with quite an understated look today, but as my day alternated between walking alone on the walking trail and sitting at my desk and working alone on my computer, dramatic wasn’t really called for. All in all I am pretty happy. Of course I am really just happy that my eyeballs didn’t itch. After that, everything else was gravy.

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The Daily: September 15th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings and welcome to the middle of the week. I don’t know why but it always feels like an uphill battle to reach Wednesday. Sort of like an office version of wading uphill through molasses. Somehow once Wednesday is over the process is reversed and I try very hard not to be swept down hill by the swiftly flowing flood waters.

I know it is nothing new. But for the moment I am between the slog and the desperate attempt not to be rushed towards the weekend. It is the moment where I caught up with everything that needed to be caught up, and I am now surveying the large expanse of week left before me. It will all change in the morning, but I’ll take it for today.

It is a strange day though. My baby doll is home today. He is taking some really strong antibiotics to knock a really nasty sinus infection out and today the antibiotics have sent him a bit woozy. Its like the antibiotics decided today was the day to marshal their forces and attack the sinus infection in mass and need all of their resources to do it. He has oscillated between napping and wandering through out the house in a bit of a zombie like state.

Admittedly a lot of it was sleeping, but there were many bouts of questions about where we keep things. Which is less that he doesn’t know where things are and more that he just wanted a little attention because he felt badly. So it was a productive, but interrupted day. It also means that I am skipping my walk to stay close today.

At the moment is is down for the count. And he actually went down for the count with a smile. When the mail arrived today it brought him some Huron Bath products. Its a bath and body care line for men (I’ll link the website below in the ad if you are interested).

My babydoll is fun with bath products. He really likes to think of himself as a very basic sort of person. And he will never actually buy bath products for himself But he really likes using some of the “fancier” products if the “happen” to be in the bathroom and they don’t smell girly.

I know he doesn’t actually believe that there is a bath products fairy that visits our house every time his soap gets low, but I think he likes to think he is just using what is naturally there. And he always gets a little smile when he sees that “fancy” products have come into the house and are for him. Admittedly he also appropriates some of my products sometimes.

Now that bath season is upon us (or at least close by, it is still a bit too hot to actually sit in a bath tub) I’ve reordered the Zents Mandarin Bath Truffles and I am certain at least half of them will be used by my babydoll. On a cold night after a long day he really likes sitting in a hot well scented bath while listening to a pod cast and sipping on a glass of whiskey.

Which reminds me I need to look into some small speakers for the bathroom and or shower. I want to get them as a nice surprise going into the holiday season. With all that is going on it is likely to be a stressful one and I know he loves listening to podcasts in the bath but is paranoid of dropping his ear buds in the water. I might do some research this evening if he decides to sleep it away. Even though it won’t be an actual holiday gift, I need to start getting my holiday gift buying list together anyway so now seems as good a time to start as any. But that is for later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer in South Beach

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in OMG

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Tarteist Pro Palette

Mascara: ABH Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last Lipstick

Setting spray: Benefit Cosmetics The Porfessional Supper Setter Setting Spray.

Necklace: The Rachel Zoe Collection

I’ll be honest I mostly went for products that were easy to use. Most of these are products I don’t have to think about too much, I just know they are going to perform. I know it makes for a less than exciting makeup application, but today I just needed to go for what works.

There is also an element of I forgot I had that, or I haven’t used that in a while. I always get that right after a declutter. It is where things that got buried resurface and I fall in love all over again. Foundations are a big one with this category. With foundations I will give them a week’s trial and if I don’t like them I send them on their way quickly. I also really love foundation samples. That way I can generally tell if a foundation is worth picking up. This is especially important with the pricier ones.

The Koh Gen Do is kind of up there in price (I generally wait for a sale to pick it up). The problem is that I get it into my head that I can only use it for special occasions. And really, it is my ‘going out’ foundation. I heard a lot of hype about this foundation and how fabulous it was and I was skeptical. But Koh Gen Do lets you order sample packets in a range of shades of their foundation so you can find your shade by trying out the range. It is a fairly inexpensive way to try the foundation actually. And so worth it. It melts into the skin, blends beautifully and is just all round fantastic. It is the one I reach for when I am going someplace ‘nice’. I need to start reaching for it more often as it is a great foundation and really, I’m not going that many places. If we go out for food we typically end up getting the food to go so at the moment ‘nice’ means running to the library or Target.

But it is the foundation that I don’t have to worry about and today, that was what I wanted. I also wanted a little while to myself to put it on which is about what I got. I think it turned out well. At least I’m happy with the look. I’m also somewhat tickled that my go to, easy to use products range from my most expensive foundation and primer to what has to be one of my least expensive lipsticks. Still in expensive or not, Wet’ n Wild megalast lipstick is well worth keeping around. And it is a formula that can easily hold it’s own in the makeup bag with the pricier products. And in the end what works, works regardless of price. The price range does amuse me though.

The Daily: September 1st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to September. Yes, there is no more teasing, it is officially fall. At least in my books. And because of the rain and cloud cover it actually feels like fall. which is nice for September 1st. it also feels like a conspiracy. I have my Tomahawk Shades lined up on the shelf and they are just begging to be worn. Especially the tortoise shell pair from the Grasshopper line. I says “wear me, and don’t forget to grab a bold red lip when you do.”

Isn’t that always the way though? As soon as you find something you want to wear the weather says, yeah, not today. Its why I haven’t taken my sweaters and other cool weather clothing out of the back of the closet. I don’t want to encourage the heat to linger any longer than it has to. I’ve concentrated my fall efforts on other areas, like the decluttering.

I have actually really been enjoying that to be honest. The lip products were a long overdue necessity. While I am sorting through other categories and not getting rid of as much I love the fact that things i haven’t used in a while come to light. Then I get to use them because I love them and haven’t seen them in a while or because I can’t really remember how I felt about them. Or because I want to use them up, or try out something new. Today’s makeup is sort of a testament to that.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

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

Eyeshadow: Tartelette Tease palette

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in the shade Soho

The Milk makeup Hydro Grip primer is a sample size that I thought I had finished. I liked it enough that I ordered the full size but have been forcing myself to finish out at least two more primers before I open. when sorting through my primers, i found out that i had just a little bit left, so I am going to be using it until it is absolutely empty and can go. That way it doesn’t get lost in the bottom of the drawer again. Its a little round tube that tends to roll. It is also a very good primer, so I don’t mind keeping it around for a few more days.

The NYX tinted Skin Veil I found about a week ago in the drawer, pulled it out and used it and remembered just how much I liked it. It blends in really well and feels feather light on the skin. The shade I have is True Beige Buff and it is flexible enough that i don’t need to stock up on multiple shades for different seasons. So That is an added bonus for me. In deepest summer it can be a little light so I use tinted powder and in my palest winter it can be a smidge too dark so i adjust with translucent powder. Those are the only corrections I need to make.

The Cover FX Palette is an interesting one. I had this palette, or one nearly identical to it, a long tike ago. I remember it being all the rage and everyone talking about it at the time I was using it. I thought it was a fabulous travel palette if I remember and I remembered loving the hard case as it protected the products. I think the Powder and Contour I used down to pan and the other pans were looking pretty worn. I also think the case and mirror ended up cracked and i wasn’t certain if mirror shards got into the powders so I decluttered it. A few months ago I saw this on Boxy Pop up and was at that time quite excited about the possibility of travel resuming so i ordered it. I think I used it once when it came in and then forgot it. when i sorted palettes again I came across it. I think because of how i used the last one (when I had a job that put me constantly on the road)My brain just saw the palette and thought “Travel Palette”.

And it is an excellent travel palette. It is also just a good general palette. The contour works as a bronzer for me. It is very pigmented so I found myself treading lightly and then blending. The blush is a little brighter a pink than I usually use, but I actually like it quite a lot. I did find that I had to do a quick tap with the blush so that i didn’t apply too much. The highlighter is golden in tone (my preference) and blends well so there is a glow rather than a streak of gold. Over all it is a good little palette. I just need to think of it more as a palette and less of a travel palette.

The same holds true of the tartelette Tease palette. it is six basic tarte shades and I bought it a while ago soely for the purpose of travel. The palette is about three inches long and slips easily into a travel bag. The shadows are varied enough for good basic looks and I happen to like the tarte formula. You do have to tap off the brush to avoid fall out from the mattes but they are highly pigmented. Also if you want the shimmers to shine you really need to wet the brush. I didn’t bother today so it is quite a low shimmer. I also used the darkest matte in the palette (Shade bff) to remind myself about the palette.

The Kush mascara I opened, tried once and then the trail sized tube was buried and forgotten. Somehow it ended up with the lipsticks. So I decided to dig it out and put it in rotation. It has a fluffy wand, which I like and while the formula is not overly dramatic, it is pretty good. I haven’t had any problems with it flaking yet, but I will use it more to get a better feel for it. While it isn’t massively lengthening or volumizing it is a good mascara that does enhance the lashes.

And then we move on to the lip. I’m guessing the M2U NYC matte lip came in an IPSY bag at some point. I honestly don’t remember it arriving, but that seems like a logical arrival point. The color is nice. It takes a little while for the formula to dry down. Once it does, the lipstick stays in place. There is a bit of wearing off. It is not an apply in the morning and forget about it product. Lunch wore the lipstick off and I reapplied. Once it is dry it is comfortable enough that i can forget that i am wearing it and it doesn’t transfer. It isn’t dry enough to make my lips feel dried out, just dry enough to stay in place. The waiting for it t dry down and then having to reapply it after eating are the only issues I can see with this lip so far, so first impressions are quite possitive. I know nothing about the brand, this is in fact the first time I’ve ever heard of them or tried a product. This lipstick does make me want to go in search of more products though. And it is always nice to find new brands that i like.

Finally today’s look wraps up with the Farsali Setting spray. There is only about an inch worth of product left in the bottle and I am determined to finish it out. The product is pretty, the bottle lovely and in truth it works well as a setting spray. it isn’t spectacular, but it is nice. I just can’t stand the scent of it. So I will use it up. And because the bottle is glass and can be reused, I may transfer a different setting spray into the bottle. I have a setting spray that is leaking and another where I like the product but can’t stand the spray. So In this case recycling actually helps me out. And soon the Farsili Spray will be used up. While it is a nice product, because of the scent, I will not be repurchasing it, just reusing the bottle.

And that was todays look. A large part of it was inspired by my current declutter, but I am okay with that. the declutter has gotten me excited about products I already have as well as letting me clear out space and reorganize, which is kind of nice. I like like the excitement of finding things that I forgot I had. It’s like my own personal treasure hunt. and as there are several more categories to go through, we push on in our declutter quest. Onward and upward! To El Dorado! Or at least the land of makeup i forgot about.


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The Daily: August 12th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today was another day of waling instead of the gym. I managed to get up earlier than usual and get a walk in. The heat may not have risen but the humidity made the air thick. I was seriously surprised that you couldn’t actually see my outline in the path that I walked through the humid air. It certainly felt like I was carving a path through something thicker than normal air.

And despite the early hour I still felt sweaty and gross when I returned and ended up standing in the shower for a long time. At least I used less hot water this time as the cooler water was just perfect. So I suppose it was energy efficient maybe?

The trick came later. After several hours at the desk, I now have the intense desire to move about a bit. Which is why I have been doing a mid-morning gym run to use the treadmill on most days. Since I’m currently taking a break from the gym and it was already too hot to walk again, I just moved around the house for a bit. It got me moving but it wasn’t quite the same. Still I did move around enough to lose the fidgets and get back to work. It just wasn’t as intensely calorie burning as I am used to.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Purlisse Radiant Glow Illuminating BB Cream

Bronzer: NARS Bronzer in Laguna

Blush: Patrick Ta Monochrome Moment Blush in She’s passionate

Highlighter: Laura Geller Backed Highlighter in French Vanilla

Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips: Buxom Full force Plumping Lipstick in Fly Girl mixed with Milk Glow Oil Lip and Cheek in Astro

Today I realized I had a sample size of the Purlisse Illuminating BB Cream and I thought I would give it a try. I’ll actually be using it until the sample has been used up. Using it Friday and over the weekend it should last through until about Tuesday. While I’ll talk more about it after I’ve used it more as a first impression I think it was really positive. Admittedly I was expecting to like it. I tried the non illuminating BB cream from Purlisse and fell in love. I actually have an unopened tube in my dressing table. I am resisting opening it until I use up a couple of products. It was really good and thus far I like this Illuminating version as well. It is a light coverage that feels weightless. I used it with a matte Primer specifically today to see how they played together. Plus I have used the Benefit Porefessional often enough to know how it works.

The combination worked well for me actually. I could see that it was a bit more illuminating as it brightened my skin, but it wasn’t too dewy looking for me. I think it looked rather fresh and clean.

As always I love the Porefessional Primer. It worked as well as it always does and will continue to be a staple in my collection.

This was my first use of the Laura Geller Baked highlighter. I liked that it has no glitter in it. It applies a bit like a bright powder and it does brighten the areas where it is applied for a very natural looking ‘lit’ area where it is worn. Normally I apply highlighter with my fingertips. This one needed a brush. If I applied it with the finger then it left a long stripe that took a lot of effort to blend in. If applied with a brush the powder didn’t compact as much and was easier to diffuse. I like it, but I think I may have to play around with it before I make a final decision.

I did however pair it with my NARS Bronzer to serve as quick eyeshadow today. I forgot to pick out a shadow palette so I just used a bit of bronzer on my lids and then dotted a bit of the baked highlighter on the inner corners to brighten it. I think it worked pretty well for a low key look.

The Lips were also a mash up. I used the Buxom lipstick which was lovely and plumping, but the color tends to wash my lips out. So I tilled it with the Milk Glow Oil. I really like the combination actually. It may be one of my favorite neutral look combos at the moment. And definitely something to remember as I try and go back to testing out the brighter Norvina eyeshadow Palette. Having a neutral lip handy with a bright palette is always a good idea. And the lip oil worked surprisingly well with the plumping lipstick. I wasn’t sure the two products would work, but they really play nicely together. there was no separation at all they just blended into each other really nicely.

At the moment I am playing around with the Norvina Palette as I try out different looks, but when dressing for the day, I don’t actually find myself reaching for it. I think I like playing with all of the purple tones, but I just tend to be more neutral during the work day. I am going to try for some more work day looks with the palette, now that I’ve played with the brighter colors.

But that is for next week. Today was the day for first impressions of the Laura Geller Highlighter and the Purlisse Radiant glow, both of which I liked enough their first time out to continue playing around with. For now though, it is back to work. I hope you have a fantastic rest of Thursday. I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow morning for the weekly weigh in and the Skincare line up.


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The Daily: May 24th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to Monday afternoon. That’s right the hardest part of monday is over, that whole getting up and getting started bit. My get up and go was a bit shaky this morning as well.This was just one of those days where I could have used a three day weekend. Of course we get one next weekend so that is always nice to look forward to. Of course so are the memorial day sales.It seems like there are a lot more than usual this year. Maybe it is just me noticing them more. Over the weekend we made a list of household items that are edging into the replace or refresh category and as we made the list we checked local upcoming sales. Several of the stores were no longer open. Everyone else had large scale sales going on. I think I’m also used to thinking of Memorial day sales as going on during Memorial day Weekend, but so many of them started a lot earlier this year. Which actually helps me out as I can space out some of the necessary purchases.

One of the things we are looking to replace is our mattress. We repainted and have been slowly adjusting the room and edging towards completion, but have yet to replace the mattress. One sale that caught my eye was the Purple Sale.

Memorial Day Sale! $400 off Mattress +Up to $200 off bundle; Up to $150 off Twin Bundles; Up to $125 Off Kids Mattress Bundles

It is a memorial day sale but it has already begun and is going on right now. As mattresses can be expensive and sleep is necessary to good health, I am a huge fan of mattress sales.

I think at the moment that is our biggest upcoming purchase. The rest were smaller things. Admittedly small things make a huge impact.

Speaking of small things and big impacts, my fitness journey continues. It is a slow and steady progress from where I am to healthy, but I will get there. And today helped. I did my scheduled weights and then took a turn on the gym. I was fine on the treadmill until it came time for the cool down. Personally I think the cool down drops the speed too fast for me. I find it too jarring. So It drops me at the cool down and I bump up the speed just a little. Then after a minute it drops it again, and I bump it up again. Each of my bump ups is lower than the last so i am still slowing my speed and cooling down, just not as fast as the machine seems to feel is necessary. I think because my normal walking speed is about 2.7 MPH I find some of the slower paces hard to maintain. when the machine drops down to 1.5 I find it really awkward rather than cooling. About 2.5 is as slow as I can go during my cool downs. So at the end of the treadmill time I feel like i am fighting with the machine.

But I did it and got in my work out.

With my Well Yes Sipping soup (Tomato and Sweet basil) for lunch I am actually under where my calorie count is supposed to be for the day. Not by too much, but it is enough that I can have a handful of peanuts for my afternoon snack and not worry if i take just a few extra. I actually measure them out to keep on track. Mondays though I always feel a little indulgent if I can add about three extra to it looks like it is an overflowing measure instead of a leveled off one. I know it is silly, but it makes me feel like I am getting just a little bit more.

Today’s look:

Primer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Park Ave Princess Palette from Tarte (Carat)

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush (Mauve Sunrise)

Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow

Eyebrows: Bellapierre Stay Put Brow Gel

Eyeshadow: One/Size Patrick Starr Visionary Eyeshadow Palette

Lip: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle

It was only as I was typing this that I realized I completely forgot to add Mascara today. I almost never forget mascara. Other things yes, mascara no. I did remember to do more than just spoolie my brows though. mostly because a new brow product came in the subscription box I reviewed this morning. In case you were wondering though today was the last of the subscription boxes for May). This Bellapierre Brow Gel is pretty nice. It applies well and doesn’t make my eyebrows look painted on. Which i personally can’t stand. While I can tell the product is in my brows, they don’t feel overly stiff which is nice as well. They are in place and staying there though. So at the moment, this brow gel is performing really well.

At the moment I am trying to sort out which foundations I want to keep in the front of my drawer for the summer time. Most of my tinted moisturizers will be staying front and center but some of my foundations need to get swapped around. I think this No 7 Lift and luminate needs to move to the front of the drawer. It is such a beautiful foundation and at the moment it is more or less my perfect shade. In a couple of weeks it may start edging into the too light zone but to be honest one of the reasons I want to keep it towards the front and will us it repeatedly for the next few weeks is that I want to see how far i can push this tone before I need to switch colors. Mostly because this is one of those foundations I really like and well buy repeatedly in different shades. This shade is Warm Ivory. It is on the low end of the spectrum. At my darkest i might go to Warm Beige or I might be able to make Warm Ivory work for my year round by playing around with powders. It is something I will be playing around with this summer. but I really do like the formula of this foundation. Once it is on it is so light weight i can forget I am wearing it.

Speaking of playing around though, I am still playing around with the Patrick Starr Visionary palette. I am attempting to try all of the shades , however some of the cool tones mixed in are not really working for me. And I am kind of already feeling a little bored. Today i tested out the black shade called Turban Legend. All of the other shades have been very pigmented so I had a little trepidation when dipping into it. However this is the one shade thus far that is buildable rather than highly pigmented. Which is smart for a shade this dark. However, it was also a little patchy and harder to work with than the other shadows. I think I will try it again tomorrow when using the blues and see if it works better for me as i play around with it.

The bare Minerals Blush was as fab to wear as always. And to top everything off I used the Colourpop liquid Lip in Tulle. I really enjoy this color and formula. I really need to reach for it more. I have my lipsticks in two places. one is an upright rack were I can see the arrayed products and the rest of the lippies are in a set of acrylic drawers. The problem is that I tend not to reach for the ones I can’t see. I need to rotate them or something so i can use the ones I don’t always reach for, And this one is going in the front of the new selection. It is a color I really like and I’m happy I picked it up today.

So that is todays look and my day thus far. At the moment Monday is rolling right along. If this keeps up than I will actually be on schedule for tuesday and with luck I will manage to keep the week wrangled into shape. Considering how many upsets this month had, that feels kind of like a minor miracle.

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The Empties: November and December 2020

Last month I completely spaced on doing a review of the empties in my bin so there is a lot to go through this month.  Most of these items had full posts listed on my site so if you want more fulsome details I hope you check them out.  This is just a rundown of the products I used up, along with a few notes about what I think of them now that they are gone.

The products all laid out

Item number one is the Marc Jacobs Youthquake.  I had high hopes for this one.  It smelled nice and in general I like Marc Jacobs’ products.  This however felt very heavy on the skin and was far too moisturizing for me to take. 

I could use it as a night cream but not during the day.  To use it up I ended up using it at night (and to be honest, also on my elbows which tend to get really dry in the winter).  It was fine at night (and my elbows loved it) but it was too heavy during the day.  I will not be repurchasing it. I will be reusing the very pretty jar somewhere though.

The PureHeals Pore Clear Black Charcoal peel off mask is also not going to make it to my repurchase list.  While I like the mud masks that PureHeals makes (and will order those repeatedly) this mask was not for me.  It never did anything for my skin that I could tell and it hurt to peel it off.  If a peel off mask is going to hurt then I want to see some results.  After all the Hey Honey Take off The Drama mask hurt like the dickens but my skin was fabulous afterwards.  This just hurt and offered no return.  I kept trying and it never got better.  So it is good by to the empty and I will not be picking it up again.

the A+ high dose retinoid (L) and ICE Moisturizer (R)

Next up there is a trial size of the Sunday Riley A+  High Dose Retnoid Serum.  I enjoyed using this very much and will be picking up a full sized bottle sometime in the near future to try out in my retinol trials. It was very nice and gone far too soon.

I will not miss the Marcelle CC Cream.  I finished this small tube up last week and happily added it to the empties bin.  While it is a wonderful color corrector, over the course of the day it seeped into the fine lines around my eyes and made me look super tired. 

Marcelle Golden Glow CC Cream and Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Plus, it lives up to the name Golden Glow and made my face very glowy, which is not my thing.  And so this too will sadly not be repurchased.  I was disappointed as every other Marcelle product I’ve tried has been top notch.

Also disappointing was the Dove Nutritive Solutions for Volume and fullness.  While I love Dove products in general and usually have no problems with them, this shampoo and conditioner set just didn’t work for me. 

While I don’t normally have a problem with tangles, while using this shampoo and conditioner, I ended up having more tangle problems than usual.  I also felt like my hair was slightly dull and getting some build up.

The first few washes were fantastic.  But then it just went downhill fast. While I love the brand Dove and will continue to buy other products, this shampoo and conditioner set won’t be one I will repurchase.

I have to say, I am slightly on the fence about the feel renewed Pumpkin Walnut facial cleanser. I never actually thought I’d say that. Because this is not my first tube. It is the scent that always gets me, and if I’m honest, it is the reason I purchase it.  I adore the scent and it was a good clean, but it was a rather rough exfoliate when it comes down to it.  I believe I used it early in November, maybe even late October.  The scent was suitable for the time frame and utterly delicious. 

I have tried a couple of other exfoliating scrubs that perform better, even if they don’t smell as yummy.  The Olay Regenerist scrub in particular smelled nice and clean and was a much gentler product on the skin. I think this may fall into the category of I’d use it if it ended up coming into my possession but I wouldn’t seek it out. It is a good exfoliator for once or twice a week, I just don’t think I would want to keep it stocked. I just need to find something better with the same scent.

I will be stocking the pixi skintreats Clarity Tonic though.  It was a fantastic toner and I had wonderfully clear skin while using it.  While I like other pixi toners, I have to say this one thus far is at the top of the list.  This doesn’t mean I won’t try other Pixi products, but this one is a definite repurchase.

I cannot say the same thing for the Whish Botanical Primer, the Derma E radiance toner or the Balance me Bakuchiol soothing Serum.  Although I do think I will be looking into bakuchiol more closely as an ingredient.

The Balance me and the Derma E products both worked well, enough but the scent of them both was not one I appreciated nor wanted to face every day. I find it kind of a shame as they were good products. However I know myself and the scents just meant that if I repurchased them in a full size I would slowly stop using them because I couldn’t take the scent.

The Derma E was floral and somewhat cloying while the Balance me smelled a bit like floor cleaner.  I just know the product would go to waste if I purchased them. The Whish primer, however, was something altogether different. 

Derma E toner and Georgette Klinger Collagen and Elastin Mask

The Whish botanical Primer was a failure as a primer. An Absolute Failure. It did nothing a primer really should be expected to do. It was however pretty good skin care.  While this primer won’t be returning any time soon, it worked well enough as skin care that I am going to be looking into the other products from this Whish line that are specifically designed for skin care use.  I will not use this as a primer. So it will not be returning, but some of its brand compatriots will.  I can’t be upset about trying it though as it did bring Whish to my attention.

Sulwhasoo serum, Whsh Botanical Primer and Goldfaden Needleless Serum

The Tatcha Deep Cleanse will hopefully soon make a return in a full size.  I really enjoyed this cleanser.  It was one of the few exfoliating cleansers that I have tried that I found I could use on a daily basis with no skin damage. 

My skin looked and felt wonderful while using it and I really enjoyed the scent of the cleanser as well.  It is lightly floral but with enough of a fruit back note to keep it from being cloying.  I was somewhat surprised as I didn’t particularly care for Tatcha’s moisturizers when I tried them.  However I can see why this cleanser is one of the brand’s best sellers. It is definitely something I want to repurchase.

Elemis Pro-collagen marine Cream and Tatcha Deep Cleanse

There were four sample sized moisturizers in my bin this time around and I have to say all five of them made my list of products that I would want to reorder in a full sized version.

The Sunday Riley Ice moisturizer is not the most appealingly scented cream. It smells vaguely medicinal.  However, it is a thick cream that disappears into the skin and hydrates well.  I think as a night cream it would work well for me.  It is also one of those products where the product worked well enough that I found I could live with the scent.  As I am very scent oriented (in case you hadn’t guessed), that is saying something.

The second sample was the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine cream.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I enjoyed it as there are very few products from Elemis that I don’t enjoy.  This sample came to me through a Look Fantastic Box and I was happy to get the chance to try it before adding a full size to my try out list.

The third sample was from Skin Ceuticals and it it is the Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 moisturizer.  The sample worked well as both a day and a night cream and It is one I would certainly want to try out for longer.

Surprisingly the fourth is the 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream.   With 111 Skin I am sometimes on the fence with them  I like a lot of their products but there are few I fall in love with.  Especially after seeing the price.  They usually strike me as good, but not quite good enough to justify the price.  I don’t mind paying more for a product I think is worth the price. Especially where skincare is concerned.

This is one moisturizer I could easily see myself falling in love with. It claims to be a day cream and that is exactly what it is.  I really like a product that stakes a claim on one thing and does it well.  I liked it enough that when I looked at the price of the full size I actually found myself thinking it sounded like it was priced correctly. 

That was how much I enjoyed the sample.  I was very sad when the sample ran out and you can bet that anytime I see a sample of this up for grabs I will be snapping it up. This is one of the few things from 111 Skin that I believe actually earns its price tag.

Another product that earns it’s price, although it is substantially lower in price is the Timeless SkinCare Hyaluronic Acid Serum.  I believe a full sized bottle is around $9.95, but trust me, this serum is something I would actually pay twice that for, maybe even three times.  During my use of it, I actually saw a reduction in the Great Stress Crack of Mimsy, which is what I call the ever deepening line across my forehead.

While using this, it not only didn’t deepen, but it appeared to be getting shallower.  I was sad when it ran out. I have two hyaluronic acid serums to test out from other brands and now that I’ve had a few weeks without this serum, I am going to start a trial of the next sot see how it performs.  But right now, Timeless SkinCare has set the standard and it is a pretty high mark to reach.  Regardless of future trials, this was an excellent serum offered at an excellent price and it is one that I foresee making several repeated trips to my skin care shelf.

A few products that won’t return?  The Sulwhasoo first care Activating serum.  Its herbal scent I could get used to if it was an amazing product, but it left my skin sticky and not feeling improved.  The Goldfaden, MD Needle-less line corrector will not be returning either.  It felt like it was stinging, but beyond the stinging it didn’t do much.  In general Goldfaden, MD and I have not had the best history.  I have a serum to try from the brand, but thus far everything I have used from the brand has left me saying ‘Thanks, but no thanks. ‘

Sadly the Pa’akai cleansing cream also falls into that category.  It cleanses well enough, but the scent is just far too perfume-y for me to take on a twice daily basis.  Incidentally, I did use the product up, but there was just enough remaining to coat the back of the bottle where it lay in the empties bin so it looks full. It fooled me too but I opened it and looked inside thinking I might not have finished it out. But oh yeah, it is empty and the perfume scented remains remind me why I am not using it.

I found myself trying to avoid washing my face while using it, and that is not a good thing.  There are many steps I could probably skip in a skin care routine should I want to pair it down.  Washing my face isn’t one of them.  So, it is a good cleanser, but sadly the scent just made it not for me.

Also not for me is the Tarte Shape tape Concealer.  It works well as a spot concealer, blending beautifully into my skin and hiding red spots and blemishes.  But it settled into the fine lines under my eyes and just made me look haggard.  Which is not what I want in a concealer.  So I used the last of this little sample size up as a spot corrector. And now it is empty and will not be repurchased. Sadly I used to love the Shape Tape Concealer.  I think that as I get a little older, my skin’s needs just change.  I have changed not the product. If fine lines aren’t a problem for you then you will still love it. (if you like it now). This was an excellent concealer for me once upon a time, but no more. 

Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Wander Beauty Mile High Mascara, Maybelline Color Strike Shadow, wet ‘n wild liquid liner and Revolution’s Fast Base Concealer.

I do have a second concealer in my empties bin this go around and it is the Fast Base Concealer from Revolution.  I love this concealer, never had any problems with it settling in my fine lines and will be repurchasing it very soon. 

The fact that is it a $3 concealer, if I remember correctly, doesn’t hurt the wallet either. I don’t mind paying a lot for products that work, but good products come in all sorts of price ranges, and this one certainly proves it.  The Fast Base will be repurchased.

There are two empty mascaras in my empties bin.  One is the Mile High Lashes from Wander Beauty and the other is a sample sized tube of They’re Real from Benefit Cosmetics.  While each performed well, to be honest, neither are the products I prefer from the brands.  With Wander Beauty I would purchase the Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara before I would purchase the Mile High Club mascara.  With Benefit, I would purchase Bad Gal Bang before I would pick up They’re Real.  That isn’t to say that they are not both quality products, but I doubt I would purchase either of them specifically.  If going onto their brand pages, other products would draw my attention.  So I did like them, and wouldn’t mind using them again, I just know that if shopping, they aren’t the ones I would repurchase.

Also not making my repurchase list was the First Aid Beauty Primer.  It is a mattifying yet hydrating primer but my skin isn’t dry enough for the product.  If I had skin that was a great deal drier, this would be a different conversation.  But alas I don’t.  So the First Aid Beauty primer I would not repurchase.  If you have really dry skin and are looking for a mattifying primer, you might have better luck than I did with this product.

One primer I will consistently repurchase is the Yensa tone up primer.  This is either the second or third tube of this that I have gone through and I absolutely adore it.  It mattifies and fills pores really well and my skin reacts really well to it.  It makes my top ten favorites list. In fact everything I’ve tried form the Super 8 line from Yensa has been really good in general. I’m actually finishing out a BB cream sample size from the brand this week that I know I am going to have to order in a full size once I’ve whittled down my foundation products.

L to R: Hey Honey Gold Mask, Yensa Primer, Hey Honey CC Cream

The Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC cream is also on my reorder list.  It fairly melted into the skin and left me with a beautiful no makeup look that worked really well for daily wear.  I adored the formula and will be purchasing a full size in the future.

As far as Hey Honey goes I will also be reordering the Show Your Glow Colloidal Gold and Honey Beauty Mask.  I really like how soft and lovely it made my skin feel.  The fact that I wandered around the house for fifteen minutes looking like I’d been gilded by a wandering art restorer was kind of fun as well.  But the mask was fabulous.

I also want to order a full sized version of the Georgette Klinger Collagen and Elastin Mask (pictured above with Derma E).  The sample I tried worked really well on my skin and it is one I would not mind keeping a full size of around. It plumped up my skin and diminished my fine lines after one use.  The tube had enough for three uses and I was happy to use it for an entire week of masking.  I was however very sad when it was empty. So to the repurchase in a full size list the product goes.

As much as I like Native Deodorant, I have to say the sample size of the holiday scent Sugar Cookie was enough for me.  The sample size lasted a little over a month and quite frankly as much as I liked it, I was happy to end the trial. I am still using my Native Deodorant, but it is the Cucumber and Mint. 

Like the holidays, it was nice while it lasted, but I was happy to resume the standard once it was done. I could not have taken a full size of this.  I am still upset I didn’t pick up the fill size of the Candy Cane Scent, but they didn’t have it at Target (apparently it sold out extremely fast) and I didn’t get around to ordering it in time.  That one I probably could have used longer than the Sugar Cookie. Mostly because I adore peppermint.

I still don’t know why spearmint (an inferior to peppermint in my opinion) gets to live on throughout the year, but peppermint, fabulous peppermint is banished to the holidays. Because of this I stock pile products and end up using products decorated for Christmas in June. It isn’t right. Do you know how many bars of Dr. Squatch’s Peppermint soap I have squirrelled away in my linen closet? I don’t either and I’m not counting because it would make me feel bad, but I do now have an absolutely deliciously scented linen closet. But that isn’t the point so I will end my pro-peppermint rant and get back to the empties.

I know this is a behemoth of a post, but there are only two more items and then, my darlings, we are through.  The Color Strike Shadow from Maybelline was  really hard to work with and had the added effect of not staying long on the lid once I got it to work.  While I generally like Maybelline Products, this was not my favorite.  I am getting rid of it because trying to make it work nearly drove me bonkers. I’m sure there is product remaining in the tube, but it was so hard to ge out onto the little brush that I couldn’t prove it. It will not be repurchased.  I’ll still use Maybelline products, just not this particular product.

And to end on a good note.  The wet ‘n wild liquid megaliner eyeliner. It reminded me of how much I really liked liquid eyeliners. It performed magnificently and I was so sad when the product reached the end of its productive life.  It went on smoothly and after letting it dry a moment, it stayed put all day without fading.  (If you don’t give it a moment to dry it will transfer when you blink because it is a wet liquid. So just give it a second and you are good).

I will repurchase this product and I will continue repurchasing this product.  I will also be picking up more liquid eyeliners from different brands in the future. As a side note, the wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner was the very first eyeliner I learned to apply way back in Junior High. I loved it then and I find it amusing all these years later to find that it is still a great product. So many of the products i used to absolutely adore when I I was first introduced to makeup have either sadly gone away or are kind of amusing to look back on. I find it fun to find one product that still works as good as I thought it did when I first started with makeup.

And with that my darlings we are finally through with two months’ worth of empties.  If nothing else this reminds me that I need to remember to do these once a month or suffer the wrath of an overflowing bin and an extraordinarily long post.  I nearly forgot about some of the items towards the bottom.

If you stuck with me, thanks for making it to the very end. If you didn’t’, don’t worry, it was a really long haul and I almost gave up midway through myself. I will see you at the end of January with next month’s empties in a much more manageable sized post. I have put it on my nice new calendar so that I will not forget it. I will also be back this afternoon with a perfume review as well, but I am definitely remembering the empties bin each month instead of letting it carry over.


The Make Up Bag: November 13th, 2020

The Makeup Bag Used November 7th – 13th

Welcome to the weekly makeup bag post, where I let you know all about the products I chose t use this week.  There were some repeats this week and there were some new products.  Over all it was a pretty interesting mix.

My foundation product this week was the Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC cream.  I’ve used it before and I thought I had only one more week left in the tube.  I’m pretty sure I have a third week left in it so while it was used, it was not yet used up.  I really like this formula.  It is a my skin but better look that feels like nothing and lasts all day.  It is one that I will be repurchasing once it is empty and I’ve cleared out a few more products from my dressing table. I will probably keep it around this week again just so that I can finish it out.  I don’t want a mostly empty tube to get lost in the bottom of the drawer.  Plus I really liked it, so it isn’t a hardship to have another week with the foundation.

As you may recall from the eyeshadow post yesterday, my eyeshadow this week was a collection of Maybelline singles.  The cream color tattoo shadows were fantastic, the Expert wear shadow was basic, didn’t blend terribly well and only lasted about six hours and the Color strike stick was a complete waste. So the eyeshadow actually ran the gamut.  The Color Strike I dropped into my empties bin as soon as I finished writing up the eyeshadow post yesterday.  It was a relief to pitch it and know it is not lurking with my other singles eyeshadows and giving them bad ideas.

This week I had another Maybelline product in my bag.  I picked it up on a whim during my last venture out of the house and I have to say I really enjoyed using it this week.  It is the Cheek Heat cream blush.  It was really easy to work with.  I was able to sheer it out to just a light pink or build it up to a hardier blush.  As my Foundation was a barely there foundation this week the sheered out version was absolutely fantastic for me.  I like that I can play around and decide what to do with it.  That was fun. It is a product I will keep around and reach for often.

This week the Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour palette remained.  I used the two lightest shads as pressed powder and then used the darker shades as bronzer.  It worked really well for me.  I am glad I kept it out a second week running but as much as I like seeing the pretty palette out on my shelf, I will be putting it back in the drawer this week so that I can use something else. Oddly enough, I think this palette is now only available as it is in one of Tarte’s Vault collections. All of the products are still available, they have just been repackaged into several different forms.

My highlighter this week was the K Voss Shine on stick.  It was a creamy stick highlighter and came to me via my Petit Vour box. I will admit, at first it scared me a bit.  When I applied it, the product looked like an orange stripe.  Then I blended and the highlighter turned into a warm golden glow.  It was subtle and quite beautiful. It did not remain a bright orange stripe, for which I was grateful.  While I started out nervous about it, I ended up loving it and will be returning it to the makeup drawer to be pulled back for another round.

There are a few things that were in this week’s make up bag that will not be returning to the dressing table.  The first is the Wander Beauty Mile High Mascara.  While it was a nice mascara, it isn’t my favorite from Wander Beauty. Personally, I really like the Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara.  This one was just good but not as good as the Unlashed, at least in my opinion.  The Unlashed mascara is really good, but no one seems to mention it while they rave about the Mile High.  Perhaps it is just my take on the two. 

However, this mascara has been opened for six months and I have used it repeatedly over that time. Clearly I don’t mind using it, I just prefer the other.  And now that I have finished this, I can open the currently unopened Unlashed Mascara from Wander Beauty that is in my dressing table.  So yeah, go me!  There is really very little product left in the tube so clearly I felt good using it and now, I feel good about letting it go.

I am a little sad to be letting the Fast Base concealer from Revolution go.  It was a good product and I really enjoyed using it.  The fact that it is a $3 concealer and puts several more expensive ones to shame didn’t hurt.  But there is no more concealer to be found in the tube.  There may be residue on the inside that makes it look like there is more product, but no there is not. I can turn and click all I want but no product issues forth.  Alas poor Fast Base, we knew ye well. I’m pretty sure another one will be picked up in the future.

My loose setting powder and my most used lip gloss both came from Elf this week.  That is the elf translucent setting powder and the Black Cherry lip slick.  Also on my lips this week was the Dose of Colors Stone liquid lip and Sugar Crush in the shade Sprinkle.

This week I set aside my Timeless HA spray and chose a small trial sized setting spray from my dressing table collection.  I went with the Fix it up Matte Setting spray from Kokie. 

It sprays well. It smells like paint and gave me a headache if I sprayed it without opening the bathroom door, but it did lock my makeup into place all day.  So it works well, but it really is like shellac to the face. It keeps the paint in place but there is nothing skin care beneficial about it. Now to be fair, they actually make no skin care claims. They just call it a setting spray and claim that is keeps makeup in place. which it does, really well. I think because I just came off using a setting spray that had skin care benefits and smelled like cucumber water from the spa, it was just a rough transition.

I will keep it in rotation until it is used up, although I can’t say I will happily reach for it, because of my darlings, the fumes, such headaches. But I will use it until it is gone and then never repurchase it again.

I also used the Huda Beauty Lip pencil in Trophy Wife and the Real Her eyebrow pencil.  I loved both and would happily keep them in my dressing table and into my make up bag rotation. I am actually starting to be really impressed by Real Her products. I have a face palette (blush Bronzer and highlight) that I have used of theirs that is actually starting to show the metal indents of the pan underneath. which is really rare with me. And the Huda Beauty is just a super creamy formula that makes me want to pick up several lip liners. The Trophy Wife is a good pinkish color. And actually I need to reevaluate all of my lip liners as I am using them more. I recently watched a Lisa Eldridge You tube Video called Makeup tips for Happy lips. So amazing.

I love my bright lipsticks but as the corners of my mouth turn down a little the darker shades make me look a little sad or mad. The video shows a super quick and easy tip for correcting this and I have been playing around with it a bit. I found lip liners really helped me pull off the trick and it also made me realize that most of my lip liners are in similar shades, so I really need to start filling in the gaps and matching some of my favorite shades of lipstick a little better. This weekend, a list will be made. For now we move on. Although i highly recommend checking out her video (linked above).

As my Black cream eyeshadow from Maybelline doubled as my eyeliner this week, I think we have actually reached the end of the makeup bag. There was some good, some bad, some forgotten treasures and some dear friends we must bid farewell until repurchase time. Overall, a pretty good mix. I can’t wait to see what happens next week. Have a good Friday everyone and I’ll see you back here this afternoon for the Friday Facemask.

Dr. Squatch

The Makeup Bag: November 6th

The Makeup Bag Used October 31st – November 6th

This week I hauled out all of the foundations that I’ve been testing and sorted through them.  In doing so I found several that I forgot I had and really enjoyed using.  I also realized how many products are in that drawer.  So for the next little while I am going to be using foundations that I have previously tried out and keep using them to see if my opinions change as well as to see which ones that I find I keep reaching for.  I find it is one thing to rank foundations in order after giving them each a trial, but seeing which ones I end up reaching for the most is wheat really ends up letting me know which products I really need to keep purchasing.   Because quite frankly no one needs to keep twenty foundations stocked (And even saying at least three of them are sample sized and several are almost empty doesn’t make me feel a lot better about the stockpile.)

This week the foundation I pulled out of the drawer to use was the Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation.  It feels good on the skin and even though it had a satin finish instead of a true matte, it isn’t upper shiny. It is slightly too light a shade on me right now so I I brought out another favorite that I hadn’t used in a while and it is the Park Ave Princess Contour palette by tarte. 

I can’t lie I love this palette and this is really it’s time of year to shine.  I don’t really do a lot of contour, but the darker shades in this palette work really well as bronzers for my skin tone and I can change them up depending on both the foundation I am using and my fading summer tan.  And yes, I find it strange that we are in November and my tan is only now starting to fade.  I spent a lot of time outside this summer and the summer seemed to last a lot longer than usual. In addition to using the bronzers I was able to use the lighter shades as pressed powders this week.  It lets me use the entire palette more or less so there isn’t just one product used.  Given the change of seasons thing still happening with my skin (and the fact that I find this palette beautiful to work with and look at) I am going to keep it out another week.

Even though I used the Tarte light contour as my pressed powder I had the Becca Pink Haze loose setting powder as my setting powder this week.  As always I really enjoyed using it, even if it does leave a fine pink dust over my sink by the end of the week.  I like the tint of pink it brings to the skin.

Making its final lap in the makeup bag this week was the Yensa Tone Up primer. It is one primer that I really like and have ordered a number of times in the past.  This tube, like the ones that came before is now empty. Next week in the slot where I usually review foundations I will be doing a primer round up instead. The empty tube will stick around long enough to be photographed and then it will make its way to the empty bin.  As I have nearly as many primers at the moment as I have foundations, I will not be repurchasing it for a while.  It will however remain on my favorites list and eventually make a come back.

My concealer this week is an oldie but a goodie. It is the Revolution Fast Base Concealer.  It is one of those twist up concealers with a foam top.  I really like it and as it somehow became hidden under the foundations, I forgot I had it.  It is getting a bit old though and it is almost empty.  I believe I might hold onto it one more week in my makeup bag and use the last of it up.  While I like the formula, I really don’t like the foam top.  (I make an exception for the Maybelline Age Erase because it is one of my favorite formulas, but I still don’t like the foam top) Because of this I might not be repurchasing this exact concealer again.  I will be looking to see if Revolution has this formula in a package with a wand applicator though.  I just think the foam gets a bit grungy.  I know it probably isn’t any worse than the padded applicator tip, but you pick your devils and I am going to have to go with wand preference over sponge tip. But I like the Revolution formula. And if I am being honest, if they don’t have this formula in a package with a wand, I probably will pick it up again. It is a good concealer and costs about $3. So it is kind of a win, even with the sponge top.

Keeping with the theme of things I forgot I owned, this week I also added the Revolution Highlight Palette to my makeup bag. It has a yellow silver, goldy peach and a purple tinted highlighter.  As you might be able to tell from the photo, the yellowish highlighter is barely touched while the gold and purple are showing signs of wear.  I really enjoy the formula of these and I like having the choice between shades, even if I only use two of the three shades.  I like that I can blend it a little for a bold highlight or blend it in for a soft glow.  It is an excellent highlighter palette and I am sorry I forgot about for so long. Incidentally if you are looking for a highlighter palette Revolution currently has this exact one on sale. If you click on the link it will take you there, Normally the palette is $15, currently it is on sale for $5.60)  I am going to have to make an effort to remember this moving forward. This week I went hard on the purple highlighter more than the others because it blended better with the eyeshadow palette.

This week’s eyeshadow palette was The Queen Palette from Eloise.  It has a very purple-y pink tone to it all in all.  I suppose the purple is part of the regal theme after all.  It was an interesting palette to work with.  The shades were not my favorite.  They were nicely pigmented and there was very little fall out.  The mattes worked well as stand alone colors and matched the shimmers well, but got muddy when more than one matte was used.  I, however, adore the shimmers in this palette and will keep it just for them.  Luckily, there are more shimmers than anything else so I don’t feel like it is a waste. 

However because of the bold colors, I only used two lip products this week.  I used the Dose of colors liquid lip in stone.  It is one of my favorite neutrals (I even have an unopened back up in my drawer)  It is also quite old and reaching the end of its life so I have been keeping it in my makeup bag in an effort to use it up.  Even though I have several other neutral shades I really like, I want to finish this out. The formula dries down really well, but it can feel a little dry on the lips.  At my desk I keep a lip balm that I apply throughout the day, mostly as a snack deterrent, but I tended to put it over my Dose of Colors and then had no issues with dry lips (or snacking).

Does in Stone on top and Perricone, MD below

The second lip product I have in my bag this week is the Perricone MD No makeup Lipstick.  It is a light reddish sheer on my lips that was just enough color to go with the eyeshadow palette but not compete with it. Also it is one of my lip products that expires in December so I am trying to use as much of it up as possible before then.  It currently lives in the bathroom and gets applied whenever I am feeling the need for a touch up. That is the issue with Perricone Md.  There is no stockpiling this makeup when you come across a sale.  When it expires, it expires.  The dates on the packaging are no joke. So I am going to see how much I can use before this reaches the end of its life.

This week I used one of my favorite blushes the Benefit Gold Rush Blush.  I know it isn’t one I forget about but once I started pulling forgotten favorites, it seemed like a natural to add. I’ve actually used this blush enough that there is starting to be a little dip in the center, which for blush is a big deal for me.  I do not tend to go all that heavy on the blush so any blush that shows wear, is well used and loved.  This is both. I will trade it out for a different one next week though so don’t worry.

I couldn’t resist keeping both my Hourglass eyebrow pencil and my Beauty for Real Mascara in the makeup bag this week. I really enjoy both and I felt that the mascara was dramatic enough to suit the eyeshadow palette.  It was, but I will pick up two different products next week.

Making a return trip into my makeup bag this week was the eyeko Fat Liquid eyeliner.  It is still one of my favorite liquid eyeliner formulas.  I tend to forget about it though because while it is fat, it is not terribly tall. So it slides down out of sight in the jar of much taller eyeliners.  Thus it sort of fit my unofficial theme this week of forgotten and fabulous.

Speaking of fabulous, I used my HA Spray from Timeless Skincare again this week.  However, even though it is not empty, I am going to be setting it aside and begin rotating some of my other setting sprays into the makeup bag again. (I know, Gasps of surprise all around) I still love this formula and I really love the idea that I am getting a skin care benefit from the setting spray, but I have other products that I need to use.  So I will begin the rotation with the setting sprays once again.

And that my darlings was this week’s makeup bag. There were several items that I loved and forgot about but was happy to see return to be used again.  I have a few products I am going to keep around while I try to use them up and next week will see a return of the tarte contour palette as well as a few new products to try out.  Over all I had fun with this week’s selection.  I just have to remember to widen my rotation through the depths of my dressing table so things are less likely to be forgotten.


The Make Up Bag: September 4th, 2020

The Makeup Bag used August 29 – September 4th,2020

This week I had a very light make up bag.  Don’t get me wrong, I pulled a lot of things that I just didn’t end up using.  The reason I ended up not using them was mostly due to both the foundation product and the eye shadow palette I chose. Before I get into that, I do want to mention the makeup bag itself. As those of you routinely reading this know, I have a subscription to IPSY. With each month a new makeup bag is delivered.

At the moment I am alternating using them and deciding which ones I want to keep and which to give away. The goal is to only keep the ones I like using and get rid of the ones I don’t. Also there is a Kusshi makeup bag I’ve been eyeing for a while as I think it would be perfect for my everyday use and I can’t justify purchasing a makeup bag when I have a drawer crammed full of bags I don’t use.

KUSSHI

So, I am undertaking the methodical clearout before purchase. The bag featured above will be staying. I like the way that it opens wide and because it has no real internal supports I can open it wide. I will be keeping it more for travel than everyday use though. The lack of internal support is great when packing, as is the quilted interior and it is a good bag to keep with the luggage. I need a bag with a little stiffer structure to it for everyday use so items don’t spill out all over my bathroom.

So in the end a good bag I am keeping, but not for everyday use. So on to the products.

The foundation I used was the Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC2 Cream.  While it is an excellent product, it is very light coverage.  It took away my red spots and covered my dark spots.  It made my skin look like skin only better.  I really liked it but because it was so light coverage, I found myself not wanting to reach for the more pigmented lip products I chose for the week. 

The Hey Honey cc Cream and the Cargo Palette

Even though I pulled several new lip products to try out I ended up reaching for my OFRA liquid lip in the shade Passadena which is a nice neutrally pink that goes with pretty much everything and my Perricone, MD No lipstick lipstick which is essentially a lip balm with the barest tint of color.

I did use the Banana Bright Face Primer from OLEHENRCICKSEN this week though and I absolutely loved it. It smelled fantastic and sat well under both my Hey Honey CC Cream and my Volition Sunscreen.

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While it is a brightening primer, it is not a dewy skin sort of primer.  It doesn’t give your skin that dewy/wet look.  It is still a mostly matte primer, it just sort of brightens the darker spots to help even your skin tone out.  Working with the CC cream it was fantastic.  The primer also felt really hydrating on the skin.

Lip swatches, the Ofra is at the top and the Perricone, md is below

It also smells like banana flavored candy.

Which I kinda liked.

The Cargo Cosmetics Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette I wrote a post on which the link will take you to.  The simple break down is that the shadows are a good quality and easy to work with but the shade range of the palette means that it is really limited.  It would be good for a quick office look when you don’t have much time to get ready in the morning, but it is ultimately kind of boring. If putting it into a makeup bag I would add a couple of extra single shadows to back it up.

My blush, bronzer and highlight all came from the Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette.  Because it is small and I currently keep it with much smaller palettes I tend to forget about it as it hides in the shadows.  Which is a shame because each time I take it out I realize just how much I really like it.

I enjoy using all three products in the palette.  They work well for me.  As I am currently at my darkest skin tone of the year, the blush is a little on the lighter end of the spectrum for me, but still workable.  The blush I like better when my skin is a little lighter.  What I like about this trio is that I could go as light or as dark as I wanted with the products.  It is easy to apply just a little bit.  Usually I build it up, but this week with the light coverage CC Cream on my skin, light was the way to go, and this Real Her trio delivered. 

I really do need to find a better place to keep it though because I do want to use it more.  It is one of those gems that I tend to forget I own until; I am reminded of and then I really enjoy using and wonder how I could have possibly forgotten.  Although I am starting to see the dim outline of the pan in the bronzer and blush so clearly I don’t forget it that much. 

palette and brow pencil

The reason I remembered that I had the Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette from Real her this week was because I was trying out the real her eyebrow pencil.  It is a very thin pencil and has a spoolie on the other end.  The pencil is a little stiff getting started.  It is not a terribly creamy product which took some getting used to.  However it is a good shade match for me and I really like the precision point. 

Once it got going it was a decent enough eyebrow pencil.  Would I go out and repurchase it?  Probably not.  I will however use it until it is gone.  If nothing else it prompts me to remember the very excellent Cheek trio Palette. So while not my favorite brow product it works well enough and I will keep it around until it is used up.

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One product I won’t be keeping around is the Brown eyeliner by Antonym.  I was very excited as this is a clean brand and I was also happy that Petit Vour includes some makeup products in the box as well as skin care. This however was not for me.  I’m sure it is partially because I am used to using either liquid liners of gel pencils but I did not like using this pencil liner. 

It was hard and it felt like I was jabbing my eyes out.  It took a lot of effort to get the pigment on and I had a really hard time getting a smooth line.  Oddly enough when I tried it on my hand it glided smoothly over the skin and left a deep brown line.  When I went to put it on my eyes, it didn’t. 

The only thing I can think of is that I tilt the pencil more when testing on my hand and use the point more when applying to my eyes. It did apply better when I tilted it a bit and used the side of the pencil, but then the line was too thick.  I have slightly hooded eyes and using the side just put too thick a line for me. I did wear it like that for a day, but the brown faded down fairly quickly and was mostly gone by the time I went to remove my make up at night.  I am very sad as I needed a brown liner and I really wanted to try incorporating more clean beauty products into my dressing table. Unfortunately, this will not be one of them.

This week I used the gifted mascara from Tarte and I loved it just as much as I did the last time I used it.  This and Maneater might be my favorite Tarte Mascaras. It defined my lashes and really treated them well without being overblown on the low makeup looks the other products were creating.

Last but certainly not least are my powders.  I am happy to say that I finally finished my Ciate London Everyday Vacaay Coconut Scented loose translucent powder. T was an excellent powder and I enjoyed using it.  I do have a back up already stashed in my dressing table, but I will not be opening it for a while. 

While I liked it, I am about coconutted out for the time being.  The scent isn’t strong it is just that this was the summer of the coconut scented products and I need a little break.  Next week, I’ll have a different powder. But I am pleased that I used it up.  It always gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I use a product up in it’s entirety.

Its weird but the sight of the empties makes me happy. And sometimes a little sad.  But still like I accomplished something.

I had a sample of the Mac Studio Fix Pressed powder plus foundation in my makeup bag this week. I used it to help darken the slightly too light Hey Honey CC cream.  It worked well as a powder.  I don’t think I would use it as a foundation powder as it seemed more of a pressed powder product.  A really god pressed powder product but still not a foundation powder. 

Perhaps that could be because of the size.  It is after all only about the size of a quarter.  Perhaps with a full size I could better evaluate it.  I will say from the sample I would be willing to give the fill size a try.  It might not work as a foundation but it was a very good pressed powder.  While I will keep it in my dressing table and circle it back through, I am very much looking forward to using a regular sized pressed powder this week instead of the Lilliputian sample.

This week I forgot to add a setting spray to my makeup bag.  I got so used to having the Revolution Spray around that I simply didn’t think to grab one.  However I did have Timeless Skincare send several products to me, one of which was a spray that can be used as a setting spray.  It is more skin care than most setting sprays so I may have to look into a few details, but I think I will be incorporating it in my make up bag for a while.  As it is skin care it should be an interesting addition.

But that is for next week.  This week is complete. 

I pulled more lip products to use, but never got around to using them.  I also pulled a concealer but likewise never touched it.  While I have a couple of foundation products I want to try out I also have the QMS tinted moisturizer to use.  I suspect it will be as low key as the Hey Honey and will lend itself to a no makeup look.  So what I think I am going to do is put a regular foundation into the bag next week and use the QMS the following week.

Mostly because I want to try out an eyeshadow palette that looks to be more on the brighter side and I really want to use some of my newer lip products. I will be packing my makeup bag later this evening so I’ll see then how I feel about the foundation products then.

As my cousin (who adores the QMS tinted moisturizer) is eagerly awaiting my thoughts on it, there is always the possibility of a switch up. So we shall see. For now it is back to work for me.  I’m still trying to play catch up from the giant monkey wrench tossed into my week by the bank kerfuffle so I will be hard at work and eagerly anticipating my Friday afternoon Masking break. Also as there are too many Labor Day sales to actually cover in a regular post I will be posting a Labor Day Sales post later this afternoon covering all the sales you might want to look into this weekend. If you aren’t shopping, no worries just skip it, if you are looking to stock up and trying to find the best price,tune in. So until then my darlings, have a great Friday.

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