The Daily: March 2nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It is really nice to be back with you. Yesterday was a bit of a mess. The surgery went fine. My babydoll was okay. It took longer than they thought it would, but everything worked out well. The issues came when we had to get the medication from the pharmacy. The office called it in.

The benefit of having a chain pharmacy is that you can pick your medication up anywhere. The drawback is that sometimes they send the prescription order to the wrong branch. we drove to the pharmacy we always use, found out it wasn’t there and that because it contained a controlled substance they couldn’t transfer it so we had to drive all the way to the other side of town to get it. It wasn’t too much of a problem for me as I was driving and not the one who just underwent dental surgery. But the numbing agents started to wear off my babydoll before we actually got the prescription. Which is why we also picked up a bottle of water and he swallowed the first pain tablet in the parking lot.

which felt far more clandestine then it should have.

And meant that by the time we got home my babydoll was feeling quite silly and feeling no pain. It made for an interesting day, but not a typical one. Today is a bit more normal.

Yeah for normality!

So to continue the normal…

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush/Highlight: Natasha Denona Blush and Glow Palette

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Powder

Lid Primer: Moonlit Primed for the night

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Palette

Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips: Grande Cosmetics Plumping Liquid Lipstick

Setting Spray: ABH Dewy Set

Okay at the moment the Benefit Porefessional and the Ciate London are going to be in most of my makeup looks. I love them both so I have no problem using them, but they are also both almost empty so I am going to use them both until they are finished up. Both are fabulous and both will return to my makeup collection, I just want to finish the products out.

In my rotation through foundations so i can decide what to keep and what to get rid of, I picked out the Catrice to use today. I love the coverage of this foundation. The reason i don’t reach for it more is because while it is a perfect match for my skin right now, it only matches my skin for a few months out of the year. And the foundation doesn’t have a lot of give in the shade. If I want to use it more often I will need to pick up a different shade. Once out door gardening begins in the spring I won’t be able to wear this. The second reason I don’t reach for it more often is because of the dropper applicator. While I love droppers with my foundation this dropper isn’t the best. Perhaps I picked out a faulty one but the dropper makes it really hard to get the product out. So I usually pour it onto my hand.

the dropper annoys me though so I don’t often reach for it. Which is a shame as it is a really nice foundation. while I am still rotating through Foundations, I think I may keep this one out just due to time sensitivity. Plants generally start moving outside at Easter, so I have until then to wear this shade. I might try to get a bit more wear out of it before my skin tone changes with the season. Because even with the faulty dropper, I do like this foundation.

The Natasha Denona blush and highlight palette I recently remembered I had. I couldn’t remember why I forgot it as it is beautiful. I used it today and realized why I don’t often reach for it. The cream blush is fabulous. I would use it any day of the week with no problems. The three powder products in the set are okay. They are products I will use because I took the palette out to use the blush and not because I wanted to use them. I am only using them because I wanted to use the cream blush and they were there. Whale the palette is lovely and I love looking at it (and the powders look nice as well) if repurchasing, I would only purchase the cream blush. I’m not sure if it is sold separately but it is definitely the best of the lot.

The Trestique Bronzer stick you know I adore. You know I have repurchased it several times, will purchase again and adore the fact that it is now refillable.

Today I tried out the Moonlit lid primer. I’ll be honest, at first I wasn’t to enthused. It is supposed to have a natural tint, it blends to nothing. But then I applied the shadow, I went a little brighter with the colors than usual as I am trying to test out the palette. The shadows worked much better with the primer than without. The blending wasn’t as smooth, but the shadows look more pigmented and stayed in place longer. So for a first use of a lid primer, this was a good result.

the eye shadow is nice. I like Huda Beauty’s formula and this is pretty standard for them. It works better with a lid primer on them, clearly. The aqua shimmer sort of took over. I used the light blue matte on the lids prior and had a very soft easter-y look but then I added the blue shimmer and it kind of obliterated the mattes. I think that is going to be a thing with this palette. The mattes work really well on their own and blend beautifully but then the shimmers and glitters obliterate everything. I will keep playing with it to see. It is an interesting set of colors.

The Tarte mascara is nice, it works well and it is close to being finished. It still has product but I think it might have been open a while. So I might spend March rotating it in before letting it go. Just because it is getting to be time to clear it out.

For the lips i reached for the Grande Lips plumping lip gloss. It has that minty scent that most pluming glosses have and there is a slight tingle and a slight plumping. The color is a little pink for me so I don’t reach for it often. I love the want applicator though. It is pointed at the end in an almost arrow like shape so it makes it easy t line the lips and fill them in. Because of the color I may actually try pairing it with a darker lip liner and see if i can adjust the shade. The formula is nice, its just a little too pink.

And finally I used the Dewy set because I used both matte primer and foundation and I felt like I was looking a little flat. And this gives a bit of a shine as well as locking everything into place. If either of my face products are dewy or illuminating I can’t use this setting spray, but it works well with all matte products. You won’t be really dewy but it will help add a little depth.

And so that is my look today. The eyes are a little brighter than I planned, but I suppose a little aqua glitter in the middle of the week isn’t a bad thing. I hope your week is going well and I will see you back here tomorrow.


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The Daily: November 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Would you believe that the temperatures dropped ten degrees overnight? We went from feeling like early fall to feeling like late fall over night. It is just so strange. It’s like the season compressed itself. Which is a shame as Autumn is my favorite season of the year. It is the one season I always want to extend. Still it is what it is.

It is a bright sunny day though, which is nice. The sun has that particular sharpness to it so that it feels like the sunbeams are slicing through the air rather than just pointing down towards the earth. There is nothing that feels warm or even particularly friendly about them.

Or perhaps that is just me. I did enjoy my morning walk and even enjoyed the way my breath puffed up in a cloud around me. Unfortunately I also had to run some errands. I think the vicious shoppers have come out early this year. usually you don’t see them until Black Friday but today they were out in force. I think it might be the early sales. Everyone had the same vision of using the early sales to do their shopping before the stores got crazy I guess. Except that enough of them had the same idea that it became a bit crazy all on it’s own.

which is kind of disturbing as I was just picking up a few things we forgot to get on our grocery/shopping run this past weekend. Apparently I paused too long in front of a toy display others wanted to raid. Note to self: look around you to see where you are stopping before stopping to check your list. I looked around to make sure I wasn’t blocking traffic, I just didn’t realize the display. I ran my hand through my hair repeatedly during the excursion so it looks a little worse for wear, but surprisingly my makeup came out of the ordeal looking okay.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Bronzer: LYS No Limits Bronzer

Blush/highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: Becca Pink Haze setting powder

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed palette

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Mascara: Tarte Lights camera lashes

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

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Today’s look was pretty low key, but I think it turned out well. The Clarins Primer and the Pretty Vulgar foundation work really well together and made my skin look pretty good as I ran around today. I have some residual break outs on my chin, but actually in general my skin is behaving really well right now.

I am still trying to use the Becca Powder up, so I am keeping it on top of my dressing table in easy sight and grabbing range. It is great but it has been discontinued. I like the pink setting powder in general as it gives me a healthy glow, but I also know I won’t seriously look for a replacement until I use this powder up. I’ll just use it a moan to myself about how unfair it is that the powder was discontinued. I know, the whole brand went down, but still, I’ll moan. So I’ll just use it up, then look for a replacement.

I have noticed that with the weather change I have automatically started reaching more for foundations than BB creams or tinted moisturizers. I’m sure I will still use them, but as it gets colder, I do still reach for the foundations more. With the foundations, I can use the Lys bronzer more easily. It is just a little too heavy to wear with the lighter face products. It worked well today though.

I have to say I am starting to fall in love with this Doucce Blush. The shade 61 RSVP is one I really like. It is actually growing on me. Because of it I am reaching for the highlights in the palette more as well. They are okay. Not my favorite, but since I have the palette out, i don’t mind using them. Today I went with the golden shade Glisten. The name actually reminds me that I need to start thinking about my holiday looks. This year there is the possibility of holiday gatherings. Pretty much from post Thanksgiving on. they will be small gatherings, but extra festive this year. Last year the only holiday items I indulged in were one sparkly eyeshadow and a great pair of heels. For New Year’s Eve I wore both of them, along with a comfortable t-shirt and a fuzzy pair of cookie monster themed pajama pants as my baby and I grazed on a selection of appetizers I made before putting the heels on.

This year might require a bit more thought.

Possibly.

Although I did enjoy the cookie monster pjs.

But back to the makeup. I chose the Lime crime palette for a nice and easy look. I combined Flesh and Abyss. and then I added the tarte mascara. Thus far the sample size isn’t showing any signs of running out, so I am pretty happy using it. With the samples though, the mascara tends to dry out pretty fast, so I’ll be rotating it in until it is gone (and then probably ordering the full size as it is a good mascara)

The elf sheer slicks amaze me with the formula. It is comfortable to wear, hydrating on the lips and provides just the right wash of color for a low key look. I really enjoy the vitamin E. It is an extra anti chapping defense that is perfect for this time of year. It comes off as soon as you drink or eat anything, but it still looks good on. And even if it smears while you are getting trampled by holiday shoppers, its color is subtle enough that you don’t have lipstick smears showing across your face.

You know, in case that is a consideration.

But exercise done for the day and emergency shopping complete, it is back to work for me. I hope you have a great rest of the day. And remember, shopping is not a contact sport.