The Daily: June 28th, 2022

Today was beautiful my darlings. Last night the rain arrived and the world looked refreshed when I woke. In addition the temperatures were only in the sixties. It was sixty-eight I grant you, but it felt like pure bliss. Even now it is only in the mid seventies. I went on a long walk this morning. Much longer than I intended and yes, this afternoon I will be going on another one.

It is the first time I have been able to go outside without melting in a long time and I am loving it.

And I am not the only one. Any neighbor that is in the area has been outside. Laptops have been paired with lawn chairs and instead of looking miserable all of the neighborhood dogs are frolicking in the yard. I have to say, I didn’t realize how many of my neighbors were actually home during the day. I usually only see one or two, unless something crazy happens to draw everyone out. I’m glad this time it is nice weather that is the draw instead of a tree falling in a storm or a utility van backing into a telephone pole.

Both of which sadly have happened in the last twelve months.

But this was more like a prisoners of the heatwave release club gathering. Actually it wasn’t really a gathering, more of an exodus from the cells.

I know it won’t last so I will be taking full advantage of it while I can. Plus I have birthday cake to burn off. So the extra exercise helps.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio from RealHer

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

Mascara: ABH Lash Brag Mascara

Brows: IMethod Beauty Perfect Eyebrows in Seconds Kit

Lips: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Diamond Milk

The primer I used today is the Tatcha solid balm primer. It is one of my absolutely favorite primers and I have now used it enough that pan is showing in the center. I was going to simply reorder it, but when I purchased the Kissu Lip mask I received several samples, one of which was the liquid silk canvas primer. I tried it and liked it so I ordered a travel size to give it a full test and to see if I liked it better than the solid version. According to postal tracking that order should arrive this Saturday so next week I will be testing it out and comparing the two. Since I love this primer it will be hard to beat, but i do want to do a side by side comparison. And yes I used that upcoming comparison as a justification for using this primer today.

In my effort to rotate my foundations I chose the Tom Ford this morning. It is a beautiful foundation, but at the moment it is not my shade. While I worked with bronzer to adjust, I think I am going to return this to the winter skin section of the drawer. It is a great formula though and blends beautifully. It is just the wrong shade for this time of year.

I know I have used and praised the Ultimate Glow Getter palette many times. I actually used it down to pan and wore off all of the labeling from the cover. it was my go to travel palette because it is small and reliably good. So I repurchased it. The old one was no more (there was a little highlight left but that was it) This was the first use of the new one and I am really glad I repurchased it. While I enjoyed using it today, and will in the future, even if I only keep it for travel I will be happy I repurchased it.

I am still testing out the Naked Honey palette and I still love the variety of browns and golds. I know a lot of it is simply that I love the shades. I can’t help it, I am always happy when I can reach for a bronzy gold shade. The fact that it is a palette packed with them and that since I am testing the palette I get to use it every day of that test just makes me happy. I will wrap up the review and test on Thursday, but I can see myself reaching for this palette often.

The ABH Mascara wasn’t my favorite when I first got it, but it has grown on me. It can be a little clumpy so I keep an eyelash comb handy when I use it to take out the clumps. If I don’t they flake off. If I use the comb no flakes. It also provides good volume and length. I think when it runs out I will be repurchasing it.

I was sent the eyebrow kit from I Method for the purpose of trying it out. I know my bangs cover a lot, but I will be going into detail in a post later this week because it is an interesting kit. I really like the brow pomade actually. It is working out well for me.

And finally the Diamond Milk. I am not a huge fan of Fenty Beauty. In general I find the products okay but not crave-able. The exception is this gloss bomb. This is a fantastic lip gloss. It looks good, feels good and even when it wears off leaves my lips feeling fabulous instead of dried out. It is a little too big for my lipstick holders so it gets tucked away in a drawer, but I need to keep it out more as it is fantastic. As a brand Fenty isn’t my favorite, but I will use and repurchase this and look into other shades. I really enjoy this gloss bomb.

So that is me today. Nothing much to complain of other than the foundation is the wrong shade for the day. Beyond that I used products I love and tried out something new that I am starting to feel positive about. As I tend to get rid of anything I try that I don’t like it isn’t really much of a surprise that I like what I used, but over all this was a really positive makeup day. I kinda dig those.

The Daily: October 4th, 2021

Oh Monday Monday, so rainy and so surprisingly warm. At this time of year that feels so strange. It feels like each rain storm that passes through should knock off a couple of degrees from the total instead of adding a layer of swampiness to the air. So strange.

Admittedly it did make me feel better about spending the extra time walking last week. That was nice. I felt a little vindicated for ducking out of the office to spend time in the sun. And now that it is rainy I get to catch up, because I certainly am not walking today. The park is flooded and the air is something that you can take a bite of.

So it is me and a you tube workout this afternoon.

Plus a lot of paperwork i put off last week.

I’m also starting to think about some of my subscriptions. To be honest I thought I had it figured out. I was pretty sure I knew what I was going to do in the upcoming year and which subscriptions I was going to drop. Then BoxyCharm sent and e-mail stating that the premium category was going to have a price increase in November. Instead of $35 per month it will now be $39.99. The other categories are staying the same. At the moment I am on the fence. I could say that the Premium category was worth $35 and I have been enjoying it, however I am not sure that it is worth keeping for $40. The new pricing goes into effect in November and I think I will be keeping the subscription through the end of the year unless something happens, but I will be watching the next two months to see if the price increase is worth it to me. $40 is edging into quarterly box territory and I am beginning to wonder if maybe a quarterly box like Fab Fit Fun might not be an interesting change.

Admittedly it might just be an interesting change while I whittle down my skincare stockpile. In generally I am thinking about adjusting some of my subscriptions so it isn’t just Makeup and skincare coming in, mostly because it has been so skincare heavy for a while and I really need to use up some of my skincare. Just some things I’ve been thinking about as I plan for the upcoming year. Thinking about Boxycharm has lead me to use the Hello Charmer eyeshadow palette today.

Today’s look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Vegan Bronzing Stick

Blush: Colour Veil Gel Blusher from Illamasqua

Highlight: Milk and Honey Palette from Beauty Bakerie

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Powder

Eyeshadow: Hello Charmer Eyeshadow Palette from BoxyCharm

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lipstick in Perception

Brows: Brow Bar by Reema Brow Kit

Setting Spray: Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore

I’ll be honest, today was mostly about testing out the gel blusher and the highlighter palette with an actual foundation instead of a BB cream. Last week I used both the Milk and Honey Palette and the Illamasqua gel blusher with a bb cream and they performed well. They were both able to blend down and work as a sort of natural look with the BB cream I was using.

But while I love knowing I have products that work with BB creams for a natural look, I didn’t know how they’d perform with an actual foundation, would they be too subtle to work out? The Colour Veil came through like a champ. I really like the way it looks with the foundation. It is able to blend in and add the touch of color without either standing out like a clown or disappearing completely.

The Milk and Honey Palette I am not so big a fan of. There are four shades and I’ll rotate through them, but the one I used today, the golden shade Queen Bee’ing, lost it’s color as it blended and just left glittery specs behind. I’m not really feeling it. I’ll keep playing but this isn’t turning out to be my favorite set of highlighters.

I do love the lipstick though. The color makes me feel fall and the bareMineralist lipstick formula is nice. As it is a bullet style lipstick it doesn’t dry down all the way so there are some lip prints at first. If you wait about 20 minutes, it is dried down enough that there are only hazy lip prints, and with a color this deep that is kind of impressive. As a lipstick it does loose color over the day, but it is still there at the end of the day. (Admittedly the greasier your lunch is the faster it will disappear. The grease just seems to break it down a bit more.) And even if the color fades at the end of an eight hour day, my lips feel nourished instead of dried out. So I am a fan. But then all of the products I’ve tried from the Mineralist line have been pretty spectacular.

But now me and my spectacular lips need to get back to work. All the things I put off to enjoy the sun yesterday have returned to my desk. And they brought friends. I still regret nothing. even if I will have to work a little later tonight.

The Daily: August 11th, 2021

Well my darlings, today I avoided the gym and braved the walking trail instead. The reason being the drastic number of increased cases in my area. And the fact that even though my gym has reinstated their masking policy, very few people are following it and it isn’t really being enforced.

Plus I’ve seen how perfunctory some of my fellow gym members are when wiping down equipment. So I decided the walking trail it would be. I went a little before ten this morning and thought, this won’t be too bad.

It kind of was.

I tried to get a few things done before going on the walk and it was a bad idea. I think I am going to have to get up, wash my face, put on sunscreen and go for the walk first thing until I go back to the gym. The heat actually wasn’t that bad but I was soaked by the time I got back to the house. Clothes went directly into the washing machine so they didn’t stink up the closet via the laundry basket. There was an impromptu laundry run post walk. Well post shower actually. I cooled down a bit, took the shower and then ran the laundry. Even though I can’t run the laundry every day I think my walking clothes are going directly into the machine post walk. So we again shuffle the schedule a bit until the numbers drop and the gym gets its act together.

But at least I got the walk in.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Bronzer: NARS Bronzer in Laguna Beach

Blush: Billion Dollar Beauty Blush in Amour

Highlighter: Billion Dollar Beauty Highlighter in Mystic

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Brows: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Pomade in Taupe

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

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Eyeshadow: RealHer Dreams so Big Eyeshadow Duo paired with Moon Eyeshadow From Billion Dollar Beauty

Lips: Zoeva Powerful Lip Twist in Rhea

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Facial Spray

Necklace from the Rachel Zoe Collection

I am actually really pleased with the way things turned out today, look wise. I think the neutral look of everything else really should have been paired with a stronger lip, but I wanted to test out the Zoeva Lip Twist. When I did the swatch with the product, the tip bend because it was a really soft formula. Even though I was gentle in applying it, the tip fell completely off within seconds of being touched to my lip. It does have a sharpener on the end, but I didn’t use it. I rolled out the product so a little flat edge was above the tube and used it that way. It applied well in that instance and I think because of the softness of the formula, I will not actually sharpen it. I will just roll up the product a little bit at a time and use it that way. I actually like the color. It is a nude that I can wear without my lips completely disappearing into my face, which is a nice shade to have. If you use this product though, be aware it is very soft. It applies creamy though and lasts for quite a while. It wears off like a moisturized bullet lipstick formula but it doesn’t flake, it doesn’t actually dry down enough to flake. So plan to reapply after lunch.

The second item that is new to me is the eyeshadow Duo from RealHer. The shades are Imagine and Ambition. One is essentially a matte brown and the other a rosy shimmer. I liked how they performed. The matte applied well and blended easily. It did crease a little bit towards the end of the day, but I do have hooded eyes and I didn’t use a lid primer. The shimmer was okay with a dry brush but better with a wet brush. I really like this quad and would definitely consider taking it with me on my travels in place of a larger palette. I would add concealer to my lids before using it again though. I don’t think it needs a full on lid primer, but a little help from concealer might help stop the minor end of day creasing.

I did add a touch of Moon to brighten up the corners. I would add that to the travel bag as well. The Moon Shadow and the Brow Pomade may be my favorite Billion Dollar Beauty Products. actually think the Brow Pomade may be my favorite brow product at the moment. It is in my BDB magnetic palette right now. While I love the palette and frequently use the mirror on it, I think I am going to move the brow pomade out of the kit. I put it too close to the highlighter and now it has a smattering of dust on it. I think that as soon as my NARS sample sized bronzer is empty, I may use that as a single container for the Brow Pomade as it is just the right size for a single pan.

At the moment have a full finger tips worth of pan showing in the NARS. Now that the pan is showing it seems to be going quickly. I don’t know why I find that oddly fulfilling but I do.

The Farsali setting spray is almost to the half way point. It is sparkly, it is in a lovely glass bottle, but I don’t really care for the scent and I don’t think it performs terribly well. It performs well enough that I’ll use it up, but it isn’t something I will repurchase. I think that fact is highlighted more by the fact that every other product I used today is one that I would repurchase. And that includes the so soft Zoeva. Once you accept that the tip will break off and apply with the flat side, it is a good lip product. As is everything else I used today.

Actually I have been trying not to use my No 7 powder so much so that I can clear out some of the other products in my collection. It is hands down my favorite powder, drug store or otherwise. I think part of it is the formula and part of it is that the tones of the Medium really suit my skin tone. The tan may deepen or fade depending on the time of year, but the No 7 goes with the tone of it really well. I just need to work on using up and clearing out some other products.

And because I am trying to mention my jewelry as well, the necklace is from the Rachel Zoe Collection. I picked it up at TJ Maxx actually. I have a weakness for thin chains with a small charm on them. This one was just flashy enough for me. I actually quite like it. And with that, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your day is fantastic.



The Daily: July 28th, 2021

When you start on a healthy lifestyle plan, especially if the plan involves losing weight, there are a few basic habits that you get into. One of them is frood planning. In general I am pretty good at this. I plan my food for the week and have one healthy snack option lined up for the day to combat cravings.

The problem is that for the past year, my meetings have predominantly been taken over the phone or on the computer. I didn’t have to drive across town to a meeting and worried about getting delayed and hungry along the way. And so when I had a meeting scheduled for today I completely spaced about throwing a protein bar in my bag so that if I was hungry by the time my meeting ended I could nosh on it instead of getting pulled in by the long like of drive-thru restaurants on the way from the meeting to the house.

Plus I forgot breakfast. And my meeting ran long. I did get in my workout before the meeting, which while good, sadly added to the issue.

It was the perfect storm.

I ended up with a container of medium fries from McDonald’s.

And let me tell you…It was delicious!

I can’t even remember the last time I had french fries. They weren’t what I planned, but they were very much appreciated.

This meeting was a bit strange actually. I think people have gotten out of the habit of meeting in person and haven’t quite made the mental switch to remembering that everyone else isn’t on the other side of the screen.

Although trust me, it would have been nice to have a mute button.

So the workout was done, and extra calories were consumed. Tomorrow I’ll tack on a little extra to my workout to make up for it. For now I am just happy to cool off for a bit.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Blush/Bronzer/highlight: The Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio from Real Her

Powder: ABH Setting powder

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Lips: Bodyography lip pencil in Rosewood with YSL Lip Gloss over it

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Facial Mist

I know, some of you are looking at the list and thinking I forgot to put eyeshadow down. I didn’t. Today I just dusted a bit of blush over my lids and trusted my mascara to distract from the lack of eyeshadow. I think the Marc Jacobs had quite enough pop on it’s own.

And in case you are wondering, this is the post meeting and drive across town while eating french fries look. I started with my hair down, it was too hot so on the way home I twisted it up in the back with a clip. I added more lip gloss before the picture was taken.

Quite frankly I am impressed everything wasn’t sweated off my face. The back of my shirt was damp when I got home but the make up was in tact. Partial credit I will give to both Benefit and Tom Ford but I have to say, I think the ABH setting powder deserves a bit of credit. It locked everything down and even though it looked a little powder when I left for my meeting, the powdery look disappeared once the sun hit my skin. I may not be able to count on that in the winter, but it was a big help today.

If you are looking to stock up for fall the sale is still going on at Marc Jacobs Beauty. The Velvet Noir is on sale for $17.50 (that’s what I’m wearing today and it is consistently one of my favorite mascaras.)

In addition Benefit Cosmetics also has a sale going on. It started yesterday and runs through August 13th. If you are looking to stock up on Benefit products now is certainly the time. The link below will take you to the sale. Happy shopping!

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