The Daily: November 10th, 2022

Ah normality, such a lovely thing. Today I woke up, there were no extra things to take care of, just a normal course of events. Isn’t that just a lovely thing? I think because this year has been so unsettled, I am really coming to appreciate the days when things just run smoothly.

I did have a little bit of amusement this morning though. Our pumpkin long since collapsed and was taken to our compost bin. Our neighbors hadn’t yet gotten rid of theirs. The way our neighborhood is situated is that my side of the street is on a level surface, then there is the street and then on the other side of the street the ground rises sharply into a hill and then there is a level spot for the houses on the other side of the street. My neighbor went out in her bathrobe this morning to collect the pumpkin and take it to the trash (it is garbage day). It slipped from her grasp and made a wild bid for freedom. I was rolling out garbage bin to the curb when this happened. So I got to watch it roll down the hill, loosing it’s little cap along the way and then splat in the center of the street. It got some air while rolling.

It was quite destroyed by the impact.

Kind of fun to watch actually. You don’t get a lot of wonton destruction as an adult. At least not a responsible one living in a suburban environment. There was something almost joyous about watching it bounce and go splat. which probably says something about me I suppose.

However, my neighbor then looked at me and called out, “It’s organic.” Before going back inside.

What remained in the street was completely obliterated by the garbage trucks.

I don’t mind that she left it there. It was a mostly rotted pumpkin of a relatively small size. It was easily mashed to bits and with this afternoons rain it is mostly gone now anyway. Plus, there are no seeds since she hollowed it out to make a jack ‘o lantern so it isn’t going to cause any trouble sprouting anywhere.

I am however oddly amused by the organic justification.

Maybe it is just me.

I did get a walk in and after hauling branches everywhere yesterday my arms are like limp noodles so I suppose that means they got more than their usual work out as well. With the temp drop the heat clicked on and then the rain came so I am a bit stuffy and puffy today. I actually have a few of the Depology Black Caviar Collagen under eye patches left and I will most certainly be using one today. (I know I was supposed to wear them every day for the fill thirty days but sometimes on weekends I got busy and forgot. It is much easier to remember to wear them when sitting at a desk, so my 30 day trial is lasting a little longer than thirty days. Which I don’t mind as I really like these under eye masks).

But first….

Today’s Look:

Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Gold Rush Blush by Benefit Cosmetics

Highlight: Beauty Bakerie Milk and Honey Palette

Setting Powder: Anastasia Beverly Hills Translucent Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Cargo Cosmetics Chill in the Six

mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lip topped with Rimmel Stay Glossy

I have to say I am really liking this primer. The fact that it ha a bit of a skin care scent doesn’t hut. It does feel more like skincare than makeup and it does a really good job blurring out the pores. Interestingly, this foundation always looks just a little flat on me, but with the illuminating primer underneath it actually looks a little less so.

As you know I am cycling through my foundations. This Charlotte Tilbury came in a subscription box so i was happy to try it out since I have actually never tried anything else from the brand. It is a little frustrating. It needs a pore blurring primer when I wear it and the luminizing from underneath doesn’t hurt it as it can look a little flat without it. It gives great coverage and looks fantastic on the skin. Bit it almost immediately sinks into the lines around my mouth. I have generally an hour or two of it looking really good before it sinks into the lines around my mouth. In the photo if you look closely you can already see it starting. It is fine with the lines around my eyes, perhaps because I move my mouth more than I squint. But this foundation just looks so good elsewhere. it just has that fine line time limit. I always think maybe this time I can fix that. So I will probably keep this around until the bottle is empty or it expires but not replace it when it is done. Incidentally it is why I always pull this foundation out when I have a new primer to try. I always think, maybe this is the primer to make it all better…I know, hope springs eternal.

I like this bronzing stick and reach for it often. It is almost worn down to a nub actually. But it is a refillable stick so I will just order a refill. I am soon approaching the time when I need to haul my bronzers out. I’ll call it a declutter, but mostly it is shifting them around so the summer shades are to the back of the drawer and the winter shades are forward. Also while I rearrange things every fall and spring, in between those two arranging times bronzers and blushes tend to get mixed in with other products. I can always find this Trestique bronzer which is one of the reasons I reach for it a lot more than the others. So it is less of a declutter and more of a bronzer hide and seek game. This morning I found the trestique and a summer shade of bronzer that I know I can’t wear right now. Hence today’s choice.

And then there is the blush. I know Gold Rush has been discontinued. But I am so close to finishing out the pan. In the proto you see where the grid is? That is the bottom of the pan. I can’t get any product from that section. There is only a little product in the left hand side. I don’t know why that excites me so much, but I very much want to finish out the blush. I do love Benefit blushes so it isn’t a hardship to use them and I have been using this as my weekend blush since it is discontinued, but I decided to use it today. I still need to figure out if there is a new blush similar to this.

Today I used the Pink highlight (Oh Honey) from the Beauty Bakerie Palette. I usually go for the gold tones, but the gold in this one is just a little too bright for me. It works well on me in the summer when I have much more of a tan, but it is too bright for me once the tan fades. This pink is nice and soft though. I really like the way it has a softer glow rather than the I am highlight blinding streak.

I find this ABH powder somewhat amusing. I like it a lot although I do have the white translucent so it does tend to lighten my face a little bit. What amuses me is that it is a good enough powder that I don;t need a lot of it, yet it is by far the largest container of setting powder I own. I really enjoy it, but it will take me a while to work through it considering how little I use. Plus if i use only a little then it never looks powdery. In winter if I go too heavy with the powder then my skin looks powdery and dry. Even though I don’t have dry skin. To be honest I think that might be because it is less humid where I live in the winter than in the summer. Because I do notice that I just use less powder in the winter. Or maybe I sweat less. I don’t know and I am going to blame humidity even if it is my sweat. The point is only a little powder is needed.

I took out this Cargo Eyeshadow palette to use today. I really love the colors and I enjoy using it but because there are snowflakes on the cover it doesn’t occur to me to reach for it until the weather turns. While I went for the darker elements it does have some really soft shades that I love to play around with. I know I will play with it for a few times from now until January and then i will love for spring and avoid the snow flake covered palette, but i do like it and I felt like reaching for it today..

Today I decided to see how many coats it took before I went from this is an okay mascara to, hey I like my lashes. Seven coats. In case you are wondering. Also even though I just opened it a few weeks ago, it is almost empty. I may have another week with it, but it is almost empty. And yes part of it is the extra coats to make it look how I want. it is just not my favorite mascara.

Today I put the ABH Matte lip on. I love the lipstick but after i applied it I wasn’t feeling matte today so i added the Rimmel gloss over it. I picked it up on impulse at the store and then I forgot about it. I really like this Rimmel lip gloss though. I may have to give it a more thorough trial. It is glossy but not sticky at all. Rather nice actually.

And that my darlings is me today. And yes I just realized i once again forgot the eyebrows. When I clean up this weekend I will make sure to leave a brow product out to jar my memory. My bags were too long for so long i got out of the habit. Now of course I wacked them off too short, but that will be remedied in time. For now however it is back to work. Have a great day my darlings.

The Daily: October 27th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today has been a very interesting day for me. And you may notice that this post is going up just a little bit early. while in my working life I do a lot of copywriting and editing and a lot of non-fiction writing, my love is writing fiction. And sometimes a story grabs me unexpectedly.

I woke up this morning with plot bunnies dancing in my eyes. There is a story I have been thinking about off and on for a while but this morning when i woke up, several things just snapped into place (hence the chorus of plot bunnies). I woke up before my alarm and grabbed a pen and notebook from the night stand and started writing until the alarm did go off.

Then I had to accept that I had work to do. So I shortened all of my morning routines and dove into it hoping to clear off all of it to give myself time to write. I just finished the last of what has to get done today and I am posting this early. As soon as it is posted I will go on a short walk to shift my brain out of work mode (and to get at least a little exercise in) and then I will sip on a cup of soup for lunch while I spend the rest of the afternoon writing. So without further delay, let us jump into today’s look.

(I will say the foundation is a little off because I am testing a foundation from a sample pack with several shades and while I use the blister that was my shade I still have questions about the foundation so I am using the ones that aren’t exactly my shade. since my time out of doors today involves only a quick walk, I am not too worried by the discrepancy but I know it may bother some of you. I know this is not my shade and that my face doesn’t match my neck. I apologize for those of you that this really bugs.)

Today’s Look

Primer: Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection Pre Makeup Base

Foundation: Beauty Blender Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Bare Minerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Eyeshadow: Fall Edit Palette by Estate Cosmetics

Mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Powder: Kim Chi Chic Beauty Puff Puff Pass Setting Powder

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick

Today I took the Huda Beauty Primer out of my makeup drawer and found that the tube is mostly empty. It is a decent product but not one of my favorites. It works well at blurring out the pores but not so well with helping out the fine lines. I won’t spend too much time discussing it because it is discontinued and now only available on Amazon and other second sale sites (at least I couldn’t find it on Huda Beauty’s website or Sephoras). I might try using this up in the next few days, but I will then be letting it go.

Today I am using an off color of foundation. The reason is that once i finish my work and start writing I will probably end up with a longer than normal day. When I really get stuck into a story I tend to loose track of time, and tonight is a left overs night as we clear out the fridge before Friday’s big meal and weekend grocery shopping. So dinner won’t take more time than reheating and eating and then I will more or less get back to writing, leaving my babydoll to his own devices for the evening. A lot of nights I take my makeup off just after dinner to let my skin breathe on it’s own before my nightly skincare routine starts. Sometimes there is an evening mask as well. Tonight, none of that will be happening. As this is a long wear foundation this will give me a better idea of how it performs when worn longer than i usually wear my makeup.

Hence the wrong shade for the day.

If it bothers you just repeat the phrase – Its for testing purposes. And know that while I adjusted the camera angle so the change between face and neck isn’t so startling, when I see myself in the mirror when I go to the bathroom I have to live with the full on startling difference for the day. It is much more apparent head on.

I did use the Kim Chi Setting powder as it has a slight tint to it. Today was not the day to add stark white setting powder. I do love this powder. I also love the powder puff which is actually usable and not just a thin piece of foam on the top of the powder.

The bronzer and blush are my quick and easy go tos for face products when I don’t want to spend a lot of time. The bronzer is just a quick swipe and blend. The blush I was worried would be too dark as it is a deeper tone, however instead of applying with my finger and then blending, i just tapped the makeup sponge into the pan and then applied that way. the darker shade toned down and as always the bareMinerals came out looking well.

I was feeling a little fall so I picked up the Fall Edit from Estate cosmetics. The shadows are a little bit powdery and have some fall out. I had to double tap the brushes to avoid fall out, but the shadows do blend beautifully and I really like the fall look that came out of this palette. I will be testing it next week as well so we will see i it is just the one look I create slight variations of or if there is more to this palette. For today I liked it and I paired it with my fave fall lipstick. It is the ABH in Dead Roses. The shade has been discontinued but the formula remains. It is a very comfortable formula to wear. As this has been discontinued I will wear it this fall as my daily use as much as possible. The lipstick is really worn down and I think I can use it up and send it on it’s way. I do have several nudes but i like the thought of using up a lipstick completely. It doesn’t happen often with me as I rotate products and my weakness for lip products means there are always plenty to choose from. This is no hardship to wear though and I have no problem keeping it as frequent to the daily.

And so that is me today my darlings. Necessary work complete and stories dancing in my head. Well one story where separate pieces finally clicked together. And so I am posting early, taking a short walk and sipping my lunch time soup while I get to work on pulling the story out of my brain. It wasn’t what I planned for the day, but no one plans for a plot bunny attack. I’m sure normality will resume tomorrow, but until then, have a great day.

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The Daily: October 18th, 2022

Today my darlings we had out first frost. I woke up this morning and it was 31 degrees. That’s right, it was the first time we dipped below freezing. Last night was a mad rush to get anything that remained in the garden in. There wasn’t much after this weekend’s harvest extravaganza. Mostly it was just a few paprika peppers that we were hoping would get just a little more color on them. They didn’t and are now ripening in a paper bag on the counter. Then they will be dried with their compatriots.

Today’s high is only predicted to be around 44. Considering we were in the eighties only last week it just seems like madness. It is actually appropriate for the time of year. Our first frost usually coincides with the beginning of October. It was the 80 degree days that seem strange.

And despite it being in the later part of October, I still haven’t gotten out any of my cold weather clothes. I have a few long sleeve t-shirts out and the kind of sweaters you wear in the summertime when you know someone’s office is going to be overly chilled. This week in the evenings I am going to be doing a slow purge of all of the summer clothes that gave their all in the heat of this year’s summer blast furnace and won’t be able to put in another year’s service.

My goal is to have them removed from the closet so I can spend this upcoming weekend taking out the cold weather clothing. It is kind of a big deal because limited storage means that i have to take the winter clothes out before i pack away the summer ones. And that shuffle is just a little too much to do in one evening. So I will just clear the decks before the mass cloth exchange of the weekend. At least that’s the plan.

I know, the hair, just ignore it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Maybelline 4-in-1Glow Perfector

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: IBY Blush in Sunkissed

Highlight: Beauty Bakerie Milk and Honey Palette

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

Shadow: AOA Palette Mars from the Orbit Series

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Anastasia Beverly hills Lipstick in Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

With the Maybelline, the more I use it the more I think, it’s just okay. For me it is too glowy to use as just a foundation. It makes me look too oily. It looks great under a matte foundation and gives the foundation more depth, but I have very few straight up matte foundations in my collection these days. And I have several hydrating primers that do a better job with pore blurring as well as adding glow. I can see why this is a popular product, but after a week of use, I have to say I like it, but i am not in love with it.

I am however liking this Yensa foundation even more. I really think it was a time of year. I first tried it when the weather was turning and warming up into the season of BB creams. Now that the heat has faded and I am wearing more foundations, I am really liking the way this foundation looks. It does need a pore filling primer though. I noticed no problems yesterday when i wore this foundation with the Tatcha primer, but today with just the Maybelline I can see it start to sink into the lines around my mouth. It is still holding firm around my eyes, it is just my mouth. (I have been on the phone a lot this morning so there was much talking which is why it may be concentrated around my mouth). I did a lot of talking yesterday though and didn’t have this issue so I really think it is the lack of proper pore filling primer.

I love this bronzer stick. It glides on smoothly, doesn’t pull up my foundation and blends easily. I also love that the stick shape lets me direct where i want the bronzer. It is a long time favorite. I also love that it is a refillable container so there is significantly less waste involved. And actually I am almost at the end of this stick and will soon need to order a refill. It is on my Black Friday sales list actually.

I found this IBY beauty in the drawer when i rearranged things over the weekend and I couldn’t remember using it. It had clearly been used and since I am the only one who uses my makeup it was me that used it. I don’t think we were invaded by blush loving gnome thieves intent on pre garden beatification (my neighbor has a legion of lawn gnomes she puts out in late may and leaves in the yard until the first frost. She took them in over the weekend. Somehow they all seem to be arranged to look at our house which makes me wonder about them…)

But I couldn’t remember anything about the blush or whether I wanted to declutter it or not, so I decided to try it. I really liked the way it performed actually. It was a bit pigmented going on but blended really well. I think I am going to have to keep this around for a while to keep trying.

not only did i remember highlighter today but I did not automatically go for the gold tinted highlighter in this palette. That’s right I went for the pink one and I really like it. It gave me enough shine without being glittery and blended out nicely so it wasn’t a stripe of pink toned light. I really enjoyed it. Actually i do like this highlighter palette in general. I don’t reach for it a lot simply because it is too big to stand up in the drawer where I keep my face palettes so I have to lay it down and then forget it is there. Things like this are one of the reasons I am constantly reorganizing. I am trying to find the best place to put things so that the products I like can be easily found. that and I am trying to rotate the mostly used up products to the front so I can finish them and clear them out. At this time of year I always get the urge to use up items. maybe it is the feeling of wanting a fresh start to the new year. Either way I liked this palette and want to use it more.

I really enjoy the Kim Chi setting powder. It sets well without looking powdery, comes with a beautiful and usable powder puff and even though it is translucent it has enough of a tint that it blends really well with my skin. It is a really good setting powder. Admittedly I do tend to get rid of any setting powder that doesn’t work for me so the fact that it is still here says a lot. Pretty fades, but it it works it can stay.

this is the third of the four shadow Quads in the orbit series and I’ll admit, Mars didn’t thrill me when i looked at it but I love the look that came out o it. Oddly enough i loved the silver of Neptune and it made a bit of a mess. this one worked beautifully. I do wish the darker brown was a bit more matte, but that is only a minor consideration. I think it looked good when I finished (and I don’t always think that about my eyeshadow). It is a bot powdery so if you tap the brush you are fine and there is no fall out. The shadows applied well and blended easily. And this look was super quick to put together. This is not a bad palette to have around simply to grab when the mornings are rushed. I really enjoyed this one.

Again I used the Patrick Ta Mascara. Again I found it lengthened well and didn’t do much for volume. But it is a good every day mascara and as I wasn’t doing anything too dramatic it worked well with today’s shadows. The tube is starting to get that hollow sound so I will probably keep it out until it is used up. I’m betting it might be done by the end of the week. I like this but i don’t know if I would repurchase it. I had to use several coats for my lashes and so it ran out fairly quickly and still only gave me, this is okay vibes. Which I could get for much less from a drug store mascara. And actually it is kind of out performed b several drug store mascaras. So it is a mascara I don’t have a problem using but probably wouldn’t pick up again.

And finally we have the lipstick. Today I am wearing Dead Roses by ABH. I love this formula. It is creamy without being drying and feels very comfortable to wear. The link above is for the general matte lipstick page for the brand. I also love this color. My problem is finding this color again. I have worn this color down and wen I pulled this out it fell into my use up and repurchase list. the problem is that I can’t find the color anywhere. I think it may be discontinued which is so annoying. I would wear this color most days. It is one of my favorites and it is a really comfortable formula. i will keep wearing it and using it up because saving it is pointless as it will eventually go bad. But I will be keeping my eye out for this lipstick.

And that my darlings is today’s look. I feel pretty good today. I know i just tied my hair up and got it out of the way, but I am very pleased with how my makeup turned out. So that is something, even if it is just me working at the desk alone all day. I know I am happy and that is what counts.

The Daily: September 8th, 2022

Oh my. Today has been a day where the phone simply did not stop ringing. It started ringing with my first cup of coffee. It rang as soon as I hung up and then of course it started beeping while I was talking to let me know that someone else was calling while I was on the phone talking.

Apparently there was some kind of rule about calling me before lunch. I’m not sure why there was a lunchtime deadline, but once the clock struck noon the phone calmed down. Maybe everyone went out to lunch and isn’t back yet. I keep glancing over to the phone wondering why it is not ringing anymore, even though I am glad to have a bit of a break. it threw my system off a bit but I am slowly getting back on track. Admittedly at lunch I had to reconfigure the schedule.

Once I shifted projects to have them complete before I left I started rolling them out. A few started going out last Friday with more going out this week. Apparently that was going to be gone at the end of the month and to find all sorts of things they thought I needed to talk about before I left. A lot of it is to schedule projects for when i return.

As we are entering the busy season it is understandable but it seems like everyone checked their schedule and freaked out at the same time. I think part of it might be that I will be leaving on September 23rd and not returning until October 9th or 10th. It caused people to flip the calendar page so to speak and while the holidays seem pretty far from September they start arriving in October.

And yes I consider Halloween the kick off to the holidays. In fact it is my favorite of them if I am honest. Anyway, I did manage my makeup before Chicken Little decided the sky was falling so let’s take the lull to go over it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer

Foundation: CoverGirl Aquasmooth Foundation + sunscreen

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Silk Blush

Eyeshadow: Colourpop Blowin Smoke

Brows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Stamp Kit

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lips: About Face Matte in Take Aim

Okay today I specifically chose the Ole Henriksen primer to pair with the Cover Girl. First off I loe the primer and it does nice things for my skin. Second I wanted to try this with an illuminating primer. Yesterday I used this foundation with a really gripping prime and it turned out well. Today, the foundation was back to slipping a little as I applied everything else. I think that with the sunscreen this foundation formula needs a really gripping primer. It looks good but it was harder to work with since gripping isn’t the banana bright’s main function.

I did go light on the bronze and blush. Because the foundation was moving more, I I applied the face products and they moved the foundation a bit, so I had to go back in with the foundation over the bronzer and blush. it worked, but it was more trouble than it had to be. I like this foundation, it just needs to be worn with a primer that really locks it into place.

Today was the last day of the Milk Makeup Mascara. I was actually scraping bottom to apply it. The tube is now officially empty. A full size will be purchased as soon as I look over the current mascaras I have. I know about three of them need to be tossed and I have several waiting in the wings. The evaluation will be soon. (Mostly because I want it done before I leave so i will probably start that as I decide what makeup to pack to take with me.)

I still love the Blowin Smoke palette. however I want to reach for the same shadows to do a specific look and found myself forcing myself to try different ones. I went with the balck sparkle and the silver today. The silver is lovely (although I got a bit crazy because I was hurried between calls) and the shimmery black doesn’t really shimmer. It is also a little more powdery than the regular black. I suspect i will just reach for the regular black in the future. I like this palette and I like having it in my collection, but I know i am going to reach for it for a specific look.

Today I used the About Face Lip paint. I love the color and I love that the painted tip makes it easy to apply. It does bleed a little into the fine lines around my lips, not majorly, but enough that I notice. I just need a lip liner to pair with it and I will be fine. It also dries down well and relatively quickly. So there isn’t a trail of lip prints left behind me,. It doesn’t dry down to desiccated parched lip level though which is nice. I did find that after a few hours though I was reaching for my lip balm. it is dry but not overly dry, but the lip balm didn’t hurt.

And so my darlings that is me. And the phone is ringing again so I will let you go. Have a great day.

Ole Henriksen

The Daily: September 7th, 2022

Once again the rain is falling. But at least the temperatures are going down. My garden doesn’t quite know what is going on. Some of the plants didn’t flower this summer because it got too hot too quickly. Now they are flowering. I have an entire melon vine now covered with little yellow flowers and three small bulges indicating melons might be on the way. All summer long the vine grew and i watered it to keep it healthy, but no flowers.

I suspect October might be the month of cantaloupe this year.

Other than that today has been a day spent at the desk. I am still trying to clear out a lot of projects, but the work load is manageable at this point. I suspect that once i return I will have found several things that have fallen through the cracks. But I suppose that is more or less inevitable.

Today, perhaps because of the rain and the temperature drop, perhaps because I reached for a fall-ish toned lipstick, I was feeling autumn in my bones. I set the summer scented candles aside and dug out one of the few left over from last year and decided to light it. the house now smells of warming spiced like cardamom and cinnamon. the cooler temperatures are only in the 80s so it might be a bit over reaching, but it makes me happy and that is what counts.

And I’ll admit, part of my wishing fall would arrive is that I am very ready for this year to be over with. It has been a brutal year on so many levels and I am just so ready to put it all behind me. I really want the clean slate of a new year. I know I have far too much to get done before then, but it doesn’t stop me wanting it, hence the candle. And the searching of my favorite candle sites this weekend to see if any autumnal scents have been released. I know I can’t be the only one ready to move forward.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydrogrip Primer

Foundation: Covergirl Aquasmooth foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Eyeshadow: Colourpop Blowin Smoke

Eyebrows: iMethod eyebrow Stencil Kit

Mascara: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

Lipstick: NARS Lipstick in Kirat

A lot of today’s makeup was dictated by the Covergirl foundation. It is a cream based foundation that not only applies better with a sponge, but really doesn’t like dealing with brushes. all brushes leave tracks on it so I used cream face products today. Actually I chose two of my favorites, the trestique bronzing stick and the Illamasqua gel blusher. Both i blended with my fingers because it was easiest.

The trestique was a little dark with this foundation and I should have gone in with a lighter touch, but it worked out okay in the end. This foundation is a light coverage foundation. There is a definite limit to it’s buildability. I went with the Milk Makeup Hydrogrip primer today because I really like the primer and because it is very gripping. And that is kind of what this foundation needs. I don’t know if it is because of the sunscreen in it or maybe the type of sunscreen in it, but this foundation had issues settling down yesterday. It kept wanting to move as I applied other things. With the hydrogrip underneath it worked so much better. It locked in place and I didn’t need the setting powder to keep it there, which made the look a little lighter.

I have to say i love the Blowin Smoke Palette. There is something about the grays and blacks that just appeal to me. I also have to say that this palette did inspire me to go ahead and order the Lime Crime Immortals palette. I’ve been eyeing it for a while and while it does have similar tones, it does had a little color to it. And as much as I love this palette, I kind of wanted one of the grays to have more of a purple undertone. It has a slight one but I just want to nudge it a little bit more. I suspect i will reach for this palette when i want a specific look because of the monochrome nature of it. however I am very glad I did purchase this because it is worth having in my collection. I also want to see how it compares with the Lime Crime but that will come later. either way this palette will be staying well after it’s testing phase.

And then we have the lips. This is a Nars Lip and I really love the formula. It is a traditional bullet lipstick, which after the mess of yesterdays liquid lip was somewhat reassuring. While I think this color is now discontinued, this is the third tube of this color I have owned. For a really long time this was my go to lip. i would wear a clear gloss to the office and then reach for this once the work day was done. I like the creamy formula of the nars lipstick and I love the pigmentation. It is something i always forget but need to remember. I really need to spend some time on the NARS website looking at lipsticks. But i always like reaching for this and the darker shadow palette gave me the excuse to do so. And yes I will be using it to reach for my darker lipsticks. I like the neutrals but I really move my deep shades.

And so that is me. And now it is back to work. It was a nice break but now I must return to paperwork and dreams of cool autumnal winds.

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The Daily: July 5th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. At our place, because we had the weekend cleared for company and company came and went early, we had a fantastically quiet and oddly productive weekend.

There were limited numbers of things we could do in the yard as anything not getting watered (i.e the veg) is more or less dry and crispy. So there was no mowing and only watering the veg sparingly just after sunset.

The sunset watering is of course the reason why I have so many bug bites. The perfect time to water is also the time when they swarm. Thus far they have laughed in the face of any bug spray I have tried. Admittedly I think they wait until I am starting to sweat a little and then go for the spots where the sweat has removed some of the spray.

At least that is my current working theory. If i could figure out a way to get a group of people to hold citronella candles high in a circle around me as i water I would. Sure it would look like some sort of odd midsummer ritual but I might actually itch less. I don’t think I have used this much calamine lotion since I was sent to summer camp as a kid.

But the plants are coming along. We have paperika peppers dried and ready for grinding. Soon we will harvest jalapenos and the squash and eggplant is coming along nicely as well. The tomatoes are slow growing this year but I have high hopes we’ll get something before it is time to winterize the beds and plant the fall Brussel sprouts.

On a less botanical note, with my garden chores reduced to sunset and early morning watering, my nails are recovering. They are still short as they always take a beating during spring planting, but they are healthy and I can now actually put polish on them and expect the polish to last for more than 24 hours. Which is always fun. Over all it was a nice quiet weekend and now, things are getting back into a normal schedule. I suspect by Wednesday I will be freaking out over the Monday Holiday and the time it took out of my work schedule, but for now, I am just basking in the return to my regularly scheduled work day.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer

Foundation: Wet ‘n Wild Tinted Hydrator

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush/Highlighter: Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey

Powder: Zeesea X British Museum Refreshing silky powder from the Egyptian Collection

Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Cupid Mini Palette

Mascara: Unlashed by Wander Beauty

Brows: iMethod Beauty Brow Kit

Lips: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Diamond Milk

Today I wanted to go for a more low key kind of look. And despite getting back into my routine, I really didn’t want to spend a lot of time messing around with my makeup so I decided to go for a quick and light look. The primer I am still testing out and it does not really lend itself to quick. It needs a minute or two to settle in and get comfortable. So I applied it and then went and did a couple of things for about five minutes before coming back. With that little time, it really helped and I am growing fonder of this primer. It is nicely porefilling and blends well.

I always get a little nervous when I first apply the wet n wild as it always looks a little too light. But it blends beautifully if you are just looking for a light coverage. It claims to be buildable, but I generally find if I try to build it, then it gets a little streaky. I love this tinted moisturizer for a light touch though. Just be aware it looks light at first but blends out well. And don’t really expect it to be build up to fuller coverage.

The trestique I love and it worked well here as always. It is buildable but today I went in with a light hand and was pleased with how it worked.

The Pixi came in a Glossy Box so i decided to try it out. It seemed to work okay with the tinted moisturizer but tomorrow I may have to try it with an actual foundation. It is really a light product and the highlighter came off a little more powder like than highlighter. I will be playing around with it before i decide. It was okay today, By the end of the week I will know a little more.

I used one matte and one shimmer for my eye look today, Subtle and natural is really not this shadows reference point. it is highly pigmented and wants to go on strong. Since I have three of these mini palettes, I am going to be rotating through them this week as sort of a mini collection to see how I feel about them I like them this far, but I don’t think this particular mini palette is designed for a low key look. At least not on my skin tone.

I love the Wander Beauty Mascara, but I am almost out. This tube has been well loved and sadly this is the end for it. Thee was almost no product left and so this was it’s last showing. I will be replacing it sometime soon however. This mascara will return.

Even thought my brows aren’t really visible they do look nice under my bangs, and as my bags blow around, I like that my brows look nice. The more i use this brow kit, the faster I am and the more convenient it feels.

And finally I went back for the gloss bomb. I’m not the biggest Fenty Fan, but I love this gloss bomb and will repurchase it. In fact I am looking at several shades I want to add right now. I’ll do a lip inventory first, but I really like this formula. it looks god on and leaves my lips nourished when it comes off. With this one, Fenty hit it out of the park.

And so my darlings this is me today. Not fantastically exciting, but I am rather pleased with how it turned out. I hope wherever you are, your week is starting off on the right foot as well.

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The Daily: June 21st, 2022

Today I am taking advantage of what may be the last cool day for a while. While It was raging hot last week, we had some cool weather over the weekend. It spilled over into the beginning of the week and From the weather reports it looks like today may be the last day we can expect it. So…To the walking trail we go.

I went on a long walk this morning and the weather was simply fabulous. Then just before lunch I snuck in a second walk. It was a bit more sweat inducing but it wasn’t pass out from heat exhaustion hot. I have watched the temps and the heat index rise since I returned so I suspect this may be my last post 9am walk for a while.

I enjoyed it though.

Even if i will end up working late this evening to make up for the time the second walk took out of my day. It was worth it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Sephora Smooth and Blur Primer

Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Silk Tone Cream Blush

Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Honey eyeshadow palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Yensa Super 8 Lip oil in Pink Shine

Today as you might notice looks pretty much like yesterday did with the exception of the foundation. With my last Sephora order i received two foundation samples so I figured I would go ahead and use them this week to see if either was worth looking into for a full foundation test. This year I not only finished out several of my in process foundations but with Becca no longer in existence and now Kristofer Buckle gone I may have to start branching out in my products.

I used the last of the Sephora Primer today and my thoughts remain the same. It is a good basic primer. It isn’t something I would look for specifically but i wouldn’t mind using it again if it came my way.

The sample I have of the foundation was really small. I had to combine three shades to cover my face with product. The blend actually worked really well. And as annoying as it was to have to blend shades just to get enough product, I really like the way this feels on my kin. It blended well with no streaking and feels weightless. I’m actually quite impressed with it. It is holding up well today. I might be able to combine a few of the other shades for a second use, but I’m not entirely sure how well the remaining shades will blend for me. I do like it enough that I might consider picking up a full sized bottle and giving it a go. It really is performing well. The main issue is now figuring out which shade actually does work for me since i had to combine a few. But it seems like a good product.

Today I was also still impressed with the Dominique cosmetics blush. It really blends nicely. I layered a little more than yesterday on and am pleased with it’s buildability. I tend to go pretty light on blush, but it is nice to know i can go darker if I want. It is a good product and a beautiful packaging so I expect i will be reaching for it often.

The Naked Honey I still love as much as yesterday. I only needed one dip into the dark brown and it blended well over the eyes. It is highly pigmented though which is something to watch out for. I think to go lighter I would have to apply with one brush and blend with a second clean one. I am enjoying playing with the different gold tones though. this palette is so me though. I’m glad I finally picked it up.

The mascara is a bit of a let down. For something called major Volume I’d expect a little more volume. This is just basic. It does last all day without flaking and is light and comfortable to wear, but aside from being a good everyday mascara I’m not seeing much in the way of volume enhancement. I might try layering it on a bit more thickly tomorrow and see what I come up with.

So that my darlings is me today. I am pleased with the walk and pleased with the way this foundation performed. I can’t say i am pleased that I’ll have to work late tonight to make up the time I spent on the extra walk, but I regret nothing. The walk was fabulous and I am glad I took it, even if it does extend the work day. So now it is back to work for me. I will see you back here again tomorrow. Have a fantastic day.

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The Daily: June 20th, 2022

Happy Monday my darlings. Have you ever wanted something but put off purchasing it because you knew you really didn’t need it? And then you saw it go on sale for half price and picked it up anyway? I finally purchased the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette. I know I have plenty of browns and golds and bronzes, but This palette simply appealed to me. I talked myself out of buying it so many times and then poof I got an e-mail saying it was fifty percent off. A few clicks later and it was purchased.

I have to say I am extremely surprised by how fast it reached me. I woke up Saturday Morning and it was by the front door. I ordered it Thursday afternoon.

How fab does that look? Okay, for those of you who aren’t into neutrals maybe it isn’t so fab, But I really like this palette and can’t wait to try it out. I had the original Naked palette and used every shadow down to pan before i let it go. It was the only palette from the Naked line that I purchased. And in those days I had a very small apartment and only three eyeshadow palettes. Which probably played into how much I used it. It was my go to work palette. I am thrilled to give a new Naked palette a try. I’m just sort of tickled in general.

Other than that it is a pretty quiet day. Nothing went crazy over the weekend it seems so today is just rolling along smoothly. I love Mondays like that.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Sephora Smooth and Blur Primer

Foundation: Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Silk Tone Cream Blush

Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Honey eyeshadow palette

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lips: Yensa Super 8 Lip oil in Pink Shine

I know, it was mostly about the eyeshadow today. But there were several new products used. This was the second use of the Sephora Primer. It is a bit on the slippy side so you shouldn’t use too much. It is an okay primer. I wouldn’t go to Sephora specifically to purchase it, but I might cuck it into the cart while shopping.

The Kristopher Buckle Foundation is fantastic. I adore it. But as it is now no longer available anywhere but on Amazon (even Walmart ran out and the brand’s sites are all null) so I think it is safe to say that it is no more. I will keep this in rotation so that I can use it up and then let it go. It is sad because it is fabulous. And I am trying not to be tempted by Amazon.

As always love the trestique bronzing stick. They are now refillable so fabulous got een better. I like the formula and I love the ease of application for this product.

This was a first use for the Dominique Cosmetics Cream blush. One swirl of the finger in the pan was enough product. It went onto the cheeks easily and blended like a dream. It didn’t blend out and disappear like some cream blushes but it blended smoothly and easily. I was going for light today so I didn’t do a second swirl to see if it can be built up, but I will try that tomorrow. Today though it worked well.

The Laura Mercier setting powder is new to my line up. I heard so many rave reviews so when Sephora had the powder and a caviar shadow stick set (travel size) a a Birthday gift for this month, I picked it up with my order. (I know lots of people do look what I ordered from Sephora posts, but I tend to order one or two things at a time, rather than load up on lots at once. I know I’d probably save on shipping if I did that as well as have more dramatic purchasing unboxings, but that’s just not really how i shop. This time I was restocking my hand sanitizer – Touchland Power Mist, I’ve used it for a while now and will have a post up about it tomorrow actually. In case you were wondering about my big Sephora order. It was the Hand sanitizer and the birthday gift)

The powder worked well. It didn’t really want to come out of the little holes and kept blocking up, but when I did apply it it felt rather nice. I can see why it is well thought of. I may have to enlarge the holes to use it more effectively, but I did like it.

And yes, we have come to the eyeshadow. I loved this palette. The shadows needed to be tapped off of the brush, but after that I didn’t really have any powder fall out. The shadows I used layered beautifully without becoming muddy. In that past some UD shadows Have had blending issues. while I only had the Naked Palette, I had several single shadows and they tended to be used as one and done because they didn’t play well with others. This seems fine. I used the darkest gold as my shimmer and I absolutely adored it. Since I’m testing it I will be using it for the next week or so. we’ll see if all those neutral brown and gold shades get boring r if I like it just as much at the end of the trial as i do now, but at the moment I really like it.

The Patrick TA mascara was nice. It dried fast which is nice, but major volume it really isn’t. It is a nice mascara and it has worn well today, but it isn’t all that exciting. Perhaps it will get better with use, we shall see.

I rounded the look out with my favorite lip oil from Yensa and called it a day. Its fab, it always is. And now for me, there is work to be done. Yes, the paperwork is calling. well actually that may just be final edits on my latest manuscript. Soon another book will be out. Sooooooon. I am so ready to finish it and move on to a new cast of characters. And I am so close I can taste it. So it is back to work for me. Have a great rest of your day my darlings. And remember, if you put all of your commas in the right place the first time, your revisions won’t look like your editor bled all over the manuscript. Not seeing the red speckles everywhere make editing much more pleasant.

The Daily: June 14th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It is another hot one today and to be completely honest, I am feeling a bit lethargic. I woke up all right this morning, but then I started my day by walking outside and making sure the plants were watered before the sun was high enough to cause all of the moisture to evaporate. It was already hot and after coming in from the heat, i just didn’t feel like doing much.

Don’t get me wrong, I still had a lot to do, I just wanted to get it done nice and slowly. So there was no yoga or exercise of any sort today. I’m going to try to convince myself that late afternoon yoga is the thing but I’m not sure how successful I will be. I think part of it is that to keep the temps in the house down, I’ve closed the blinds on the sunny side of the house and pulled the curtains so half of the house is shadowed. As the sun moves overhead i’ll switch it up and open the closed blinds and close the currently open ones. That way the house gets sunlight but doesn’t overheat and force the systems to work harder than they need to.

It does make the house feel as though it is late evening and that i ought to just call it a day though. But as it looks like this is going to be par for course this summer, I need to work through the feeling. I still think today is mostly a desk day.

And since I am working on my own today with no calls of meetings, I decided to test the loose metallic shadow from Lottie London. I figured a day where it didn’t matter if i looked like I was in a fight with Tinkerbelle would be the best time to test it out. But I am jumping ahead of myself.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: KVD Vegan Beauty single shadow paired with the Lottie London Loose Metallic Shadow in Golden Hour

Brows: Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown

Mascara: ABH Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: TYS Beauty Lip Plumper

Okay the first thing that you may notice is that this list looks nearly identical to yesterday’s list. The reason is the primer. I wanted to compare the liquid silk canvas primer from Tatcha to their balm silk canvas primer so I went with the exact same face products as yesterday. It’s also why yesterday I chose face products I really like to use. I figured it would be easier to use two days in a row if I liked them.

So today I used my sample of the Liquid silk Canvas Primer from Tatcha. The original is one of my favorites so I was curious as to how it differed. It was really interesting actually. The liquid silk has a more liquid consistency than the solid balm as one would expect, but it is the same color. The fragrance is the same but it is slightly lighter so if scents bother you, that might be an element in the plus column. The liquid smoothed on well and blended in easily. It melted into the skin in much the same fashion as the original. It did need a moment longer to dry down and settle in before applying my foundation. It was also slightly stickier, so if you are looking for something to grip your makeup a little more securely, this again might be something to look into. While I think of the original as pore filling and blurring, this one I think might add more of a makeup gripping quality to it. the sample packet I have that came with my last order only had enough for one application. I might have been able to stretch it to two, but it is a foil packet so things can dry out and change. Given the one use, I think I would want to at least try a travel size of this primer. I really enjoyed this one use and would like to try it for a longer time. I don’t know if it will ever replace the original in my affections, but I am willing to give it a fair go.

I did use the last of the Tatcha powder sample today as well and I know that I am picking that up soon. It was a really good powder that didn’t look powdery and felt amazing on.

With everything else the same as before, it is now all about the eyeshadow. I used the reddish KVD single shadow as a base of color and then topped it with the gold to see how the gold works. when I used the brush I had flecks fall out and brushing them away just caused little gold streaks. So I applied with my finger. This worked well for application, but I think my finger was a little too large. I think tomorrow I may try a damp cotton swab instead. The bristles, whether dry or damp just scatter too much, I think something solid like a cotton swab would do better. So I’ll see tomorrow. Aside from the brush fall out, the pigment is doing a really good job staying where I put it. Thus far there isn’t any afternoon fall out. I’ll be double checking when i wash my face for bedtime tonight, but if it isn’t dribbling down my nose later, then I may try it out again tomorrow with the cotton swab (I have one meeting so if it dribbles I’ll wait until Thursday to try it.) Thus far, this loose pigment is impressive. I really like the shade so I hope it stays that way.

As for me, lethargy may have stopped the workout, but paperwork waits for no one. And so it is back to work for me. Have a great afternoon everyone. And stay hydrated.

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The Daily: June 13th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. it is a hot one today. And I don’t mean summer is actually arriving. This year it seems we have skipped the early part of the summer and just umped headlong into the brutality of late summer. Each morning when I wake up I look at the weather. At this time of year it is kind of important for the garden. There always comes a point in the summer where i need to switch from watering just at sundown, to watering at sundown and then first thing in the morning before the sun really gets going so the plants can absorb the water before it evaporates.

Usually that point arrives mid July. This year, I had to water this morning. This is the earliest I have ever had to do a morning watering in the summertime since we’ve lived here. It was already eighty degrees at 7 am and the exclamation point near the weather report promised the heat index would be in the triple digits. Checking my garden records for last year we hit triple digits for the first time July 8th last year. I got up a little early today so that I could walk before the heat hit, but ended up using that extra time to water so there will be no walking today, just indoor workouts.

Which is fine. Not what I planned but fine. I am well stocked with indoor fitness gear so I should be able to keep moving forward on my fitness journey. I just won’t be doing it outside. I’m just sort of amazed that the first heat wave hit this early in the summer. I imagine it is going to lead to a longer and more violent hurricane season further south this year. (I spent quite a few years living in Louisiana and hurricane season sort of sticks with you even when you leave). For now I think it is going to be a balancing act keeping my vegetables and tender herbs from scorching in the sun. We are about to get our first paprika peppers for drying and I have a spate of carrots just now rising. This year I planted a variety called Parisian and they grow into small round carrots. I’m kind of excited about them. So right now it is one eye on the heat index and another on the garden. And fingers crossed that I can keep everything from shriveling up in the sun.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Powder: Tatcha The Silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown

Mascara: ABH Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: TYS Beauty Lip Plumper

I’m actually quite pleased with the way things turned out today. While the Tatcha silk primer is one of my absolute favorite primers (and I noticed I am starting to hit pan in the center of it today which means a reorder is in sight) I chose it specifically because I wanted to try the sample of the Liquid Silk Canvas I received with my last Tatcha order (I am loving the Kissu Mask, btw). I thought I would try the original and then tomorrow open up the sample. That way I can do a close compare. Plus since I will need to reorder primer soon from Tatcha I can see if I want to go with my favorite or try the liquid. I think that one may be offered in the Travel sized products to try out so I may do that instead of the full sized one right off the bat. Of course that is if i like it in the first place. Which I won’t know until I try it out tomorrow. But I used the original today and loved it like I always do. It works well and the scent just makes me feel special too.

What can I say, I am a scent oriented person.

The Pretty Vulgar is also working well. The amount of product is low in the bottle and this is the perfect time of year for this shade so it will be in rotation often in the next few months.

The Trestique is one of my go to products and I will always reach for it if I don’t have something else in mind. I do need to set it to the side and rotate through my bronzers, if only to adjust the location so my summer wear ones are closer to the front of the drawer.

You know I love the Benefit Gold Rush. It too is starting to show pan. I am always surprised when this happens as the Benefit blushes last forever. But Benefit just released new blushes so maybe it is time to try a new shade or two. this one will be hard to beat though. It is just the right tone for me and I really enjoy it. However nothing lasts forever so new things must be tried.

Speaking of new things I am still using the sample of the Tatcha powder that came in with my last order. It is fantastic. Very fine milled and silk soft on the skin. And it doesn’t look powdery. while I love loose powder I have several loose powders to get through at the moment. I am limited on the pressed powder though and really wish this came in a pressed format as it would be amazing to have a compact in my purse at this time of year. With this heat a reliable compact is essential for not sweating through the makeup. I don’t care what products you are using, ten minutes outside and when you reach your location you need to stop by the ladies with a quick pat down with the compact. This powder would be good for that, but alas it is only sold loose.

I love this Lime Crime Palette and I think I am definitely getting the Immortals one. I was debating it, but their shadows are just such a good formula. I just have to do a shadow declutter first. Once I make some space, the new palette will be mine. And since Lime Crime has lowered their prices, it will be mine for less.

The ABH mascara worked fantastically well as always. I enjoy it more with each use and will be picking it up again. I just have to work through my mascara stock pile first. That’s another thing i need to take inventory of soon.

I am the first to admit that I forget about brows a lot. It’s the bangs. Most of the time they cover my eyebrows so I don’t worry. But I do have several brow products and i am going to be rotating through them to see which ones I am keeping, which ones I am letting go of and which ones I want to order again. This Marcelle is a keeper and a reordering product. I love the fine point and the fact that the product is soft enough to apply without warming up but not too soft so it doesn’t smear everywhere like a warm crayon. It is a very good brow product and I love both the shade and the fine point.

And then there is the lips. I had not tried TYS Beauty before but this was in my May bag from IPSY. I do love lip plumpers so I thought i’d give it a go. This is a nice gloss, not too sticky. It smells very peppermint-y and for the first 20 minutes it is very tingly. There is also an almost holographic sheen to it which I like. For as intense as the stinging is, there is only mild lip plumping. Given the intensity of the sting I thought for sure there would be massive results. There aren’t but it is a nice basic lip plumper and a good gloss. I will continue using it, but I might not reorder it. I am glad to hear about a new brand though, so that is nice.

And that was me today. Overall I am very pleased with how things turned out.

Admittedly with the heat set to melt skin off my bones and no video calls scheduled today it is just you and me that get to see it, but I’m okay with that. But now it is back to work for me. I hope your Monday glides through with no complications. And remember, if you go outside, drink lots of water.

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