The Daily: November 4th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The rain has reached us and today is a mostly indoor sort of day. There was a session with my hand weights and another internet yoga moment this morning, but aside from looking into another video this afternoon, I’m afraid that is it for the fitness today. It is mostly remembering not to add a bunch of extra calories to my day. Normally that isn’t too hard, however we picked up candy for trick-or-treaters and had none show up. So now we have a pile of fun sized snickers and recees peanut butter cups. They were in a bowl, but I kept passing by and having to talk myself out of eating one (or a couple) so I put them in the cookie jar instead. There at least they are out of sight and easier to ignore. Passing by the candy bowl, it was simply too easy to pick one up simply because it was there.

Now I can forget about them for the most part.

Today is mostly a day for editing. That’s right all those pesky little commas need to be assured of the correct home. And I am sorting through the last minute notes to make certain that the words that were in my head are the words that made it onto the page. Yup it is me and a bunch of comments in red pen. I think it is a hold over from school but I hate the red pen. I’m thinking of giving all of my readers and editors bunches of blue inked pens for christmas. I know, you shouldn’t give a present just because it makes you feel better. But I think if you put a ribbon on it is still counts as a gift.

Maybe I can use it as a decorative topper for another gift. Make it sort of part of the packaging.

I’ll have to think about that one.

The other big discussion in the house right now is the bed. we have painted the walls, added a carpet and hung the curtains. We even got a new bed frame. The two things we haven’t done are replace the night stands (because we can’t actually agree on ones we both like, its a process) and replacing the mattress and possibly bedding. The bedding will be an ongoing style debate that will last well into the new year. The mattress is of more pressing concern. While we routinely turn the mattress, it has now reached a point where no matter how many times we turn it, a dent soon appears. This morning it felt like I was climbing out of it. So a mattress will soon be a necessity. We just need to make a decision about it.

But that is a discussion for later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: ELF poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Ulta Youthful Glow Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Eyeshadow: Life on the Dance Floor by Revolution

Mascara: Roen Cake Mascara

Lips: Josephine Cosmetics Lip Power in Tiphaine

Okay, the Elf poreless putty primer is a long standing favorite. It is a great way to get a smooth canvas for your foundation and as always it is in my top five primers. Today I pretty much used up the last of the Ulta Foundation. It is a great formula and it has been with me for a while. So long in fact that they have new packaging. I will be repurchasing it at some point. Right now i am trying to work through some of my older foundations to clear them out. Because I was testing so many I have an over abundance of them at the moment. Ideally i would like to have only a few that I rotate through at any one time. I dislike the thought of wasted product so no repurchasing until I shrink the existing number.

Or if I do repurchase because of a good sale I can’t open it until I clear out a few more.

But as I don’;t resist temptation so well, I am trying for the don’t purchase option.

The blush and bronzer are both from Ciate. The blush is a long time favorite. I like the bronzer and I like the way it is buildable rather than just in your face pigmented, but it is only a like not a love. I like it enough to use, but it isn’t something I would rush out to purchase if it ran out. The compact is adorable though.

The Roen Mascara is also one of those, use now but not rush out to repurchase products. It is fine. It just isn’t really all that notable.

The Revolution palette is one that was saved from decluttering at the last minute. I like the formula, the shades are blendable and there is a good variation in color. I like the looks I create with it, I just don’t find myself reaching for it all that often. I actually get way more use out of my small doughnut palette from Revolution than I do this one. In fact every time I use the doughnut palette I think, I need to pick up some of the other doughnut palettes. When I use this one I think, it works well. That’s it. Because it does. It is a nice palette, it is just a palette that makes me feel meh. I think if I were working in an office everyday and had to make certain I stuck to a conservative look it would thrill me more. So maybe it just means my life has changed. I’m still not sure how long I will keep the palette. The formula of the shadpws is good, but I just don’t know how often I will reach for it in the future.

And this leads is to the lips. Today was the first wear of the Josephine lipstick. I like the color enough to keep wearing it and I like the way it feels on the lips. It dries down somewhat, but not all the way, which keeps it from drying out my lips, but at the same time it is still leaving red lip prints on things. I’m going to have to see how it wears the rest of the day and probably use it a few more times before I decide how I feel about it. Right now, I’m on the fence. But that’s okay, I don’t mind taking my time to make up my mind.

But for now it is time to delve back into the commas and to make sure that what i thought in my head has actually made it down onto the page. Such fun. I know, it is part of the job but I enjoy the writing part so much more than the editing. Still it must me done, and so we sally forth. I’ll see you on the other side.

The Daily: November 1st, 2021

November has arrived in all it’s chilly splendor. The last of the potted plants have been brought in and anything left in the garden has been left to overwinter outside. This weekend we are digging up two of the older flowerbeds. Mostly we are chopping all of the tops off, laying down cardboard and then covering it with very rich dirt and mulch. The cardboard will eventually disintegrate but it will smother the growth below before it does die off. It’s a technique called no dig gardening.

It is also a style that puts many of my subscription boxes to good use. The shipping boxes are actually useful for the cardboard barrier. So it’s less waste at the house. Always a good thing. Plus the bindweed has gotten out of control. I think I could dig all the way to China and still not get all of the roots. This Saturday I will be considering that part of my work out. This past Saturday changed over my wardrobe. That’s right my darlings, the short sleeved summer weight garments are all washed folded and put away. Well in the case of several of them, they had to be trashed.

Okay a lot of my t-shirts had to be trashed. This summer was absolutely brutal. And there comes a point where washing may get them technically clean, but they still are so dingy that they are not worth wearing. And many of them had seen too many summers already. I tended to reserve my older t-shirts for summertime walks. And I wore out a lot this summer. Honestly only a handful survived. I was actually shocked by how many needed to go to the rag bag.

In order to secure replacements for next summer, I am actually contemplating the t-shirt Subscription from Smartass and Sass. They have a great regular subscription box but they also have one for just their t-shirts. I checked the size range and it is pretty wide. It’s only $15.95 per month. I always love their slogans and think that it might actually be a fun way to bulk up my t-shirt collection again. They are the soft touch t-shirts too, which I like.

Of course right now I am loving the soft fabrics I get to use in the colder months. In case you hadn’t figured it out, I am a very tactile shopper. I have several garments in my wardrobe that I’m sure the fashion police would cite be for violation of the visual code should they ever see them, but they feel so soft that I just can’t give them up. I try to only wear the most offensive ones around the house though. It saves my neighbors from eyeball trauma.

Admittedly I will have to be replacing some of those items as well. One of my favorite sweaters has a pulled hole in it and needs to go and another fuzzy one had a hole magically appear after getting out of the wash. I hate to loose either of them, but I did see a couple of sweaters on The Gentle Herd Website that I really want So I am kind of taking it as an excuse. Plus The Gentle Herd actually has my size which is really nice.

But such shopping will have to wait until the last of my holiday shopping is done. I have two more things to pick up. One for my brother and one for my mother’s boyfriend. My brother is actually the hardest one. He just moved into a Tiny House a few months ago and has been working on jettisoning anything that doesn’t fit. Finding something he wants, can use and won’t overly clutter his place is somewhat difficult. But I will figure it out. I will purchase it, wrap it and then work on replacing some of my own missing garments.

Sometimes, you have to prioritize.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetic Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Ulta Youthful Glow Foundation Serum Drops

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/Powder: Cover FX Perfection Face palette

Eyeshadow: Little Briar Rose Palette from Storybook Cosmetics

  • in case you are interested, this normally $55 palette is on sale for $15

Mascara: Roen Mascara

Lips M2U Matte Liquid Lip

Today I was happy to have a new primer. I finally finishe the one I was trying to clear out and reached into the primer drawer to pull one out randomly. Today it was the Porefessional. Always a good one to use and a favorite standby.

The foundation I used was the Ulta Serum Drops. I really like it and have just a little bit left to go before this bottle is empty. It is one that I will replace at some point. I’ll probably be rotating it in for the next little bit as I would really like to use it up. It is a great product, I’ve just had it for a while.

The lip I love and really do need more shades of this formula. I will be looking into that as soon as I clear out a few sample sized products and make space. I know resisting lip purchases is not my strong suit but I am trying to hold out. The Roen mascara is good, not spectacular, but good.

Today was mostly about the Cover FX palette and the eyeshadow. With the FX palette I often forget that I have it. I wanted to use it as I am trying to plan my travel bag for thanksgiving. It is one of the contenders as packing it means I don’t have to pack a lot of individual products. It is quite compact. I’m not terribly certain about the blush, but I do like the other products so it is still a contender. I might play around with it and alternate blushes before I make my decision. Even if I do add a blush it saves a lot of space.

Now to the eyeshadow. I know I took this palette out on Thursday and it has been out since (I really need to clean up my dressing table) The reason I used it today is because I realized I always reach for the same shades. I have three blue shades that I never reach for. So I decided today was the day. I love the color blue, but hate blue eyeshadow. Still I tried them. The Dark blue of Prince was kind of patchy but workable in the end. I love the shades Castle and Fairy but in the end I really don’t like the all blue look. I put the bronze Enchanted over them in the middle of the eyelid to sort of break it up. The shades blended well, but I’ll be honest, every time I pass a mirror I think. nope, gotta take off the blue. I think that the blue shimmers I will use as accents, but that matte Blue (Prince) is just killing me. I love the color, just not on my eyes. Blue eyeshadow is just not for me. Honestly though, Prince is the only color in the palette I wouldn’t really use. Which isn’t a bad commentary on a palette’s color story. I am just not a blue shadow person.

Live and learn, huh?

The Best Drugstore Foundations

Oh my darlings we have reached that time of year. It is the time of year where inventory is taken, gaps marked out and the list of current sales grows longer each day. So each year I look at the products I use or have used throughout the year and decide which ones are worthy of repurchasing. Because the one thing better than getting a product you like is getting it on sale. while some sales have already been activated, some are yet to come, as they approach I’ll try to list them. For now, we look at products worth bothering to pick up. After all, even if it is on sale, somethings don’t need to be purchased. It is only a deal if it is a good product.

Since I reviewed a drug store shampoo this morning, I thought it only fair to continue with another drug store item, foundation. Now some of you may be looking at the above photo and thinking that you see some Ulta products. When searching my Drug store foundations, I saw several I liked that I knew were from Ulta so I addend them onto this list since they didn’t really fit anywhere else. There is an Ulta in my town so I can pick them up just as though I was running to the drug store, hence their inclusion. I don’t have a Sephora in town so I order from them on line, but generally pick up Ulta products in person.

As with all my foundations, I go with medium coverage and I wear primer underneath them.

So on to the items.

  1. No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation: It does have SPF 15 in the mix, but that is just an extra perk and not something you should count on. What I like about this foundation is that the serum consistency makes it fairly melt into the skin. It is suitable for sensitive skin and I have never had any issues with it. Because of the bendability of the formula the shades are fairly flexible. I can actually use the same foundation year round and simply adjust it slightly at the extreme light and dark times of the year (aka mid-summer and mid-winter). It is a beautiful medium coverage foundation.
  2. E.L.F Acne Fighting Foundation: I’ve tried quite a few Elf foundations at this point and I think this one may be my favorite from the brand. It is excellent if you are in the midst of hormonal break outs (or any other breakouts actually) as it doesn’t irritate them at all. While I don’t know if it actually does fight blemishes, it doesn’t make them any worse. I apply in a thin layer at first and then blend it in. Going light with this foundation helps it not to streak with a makeup brush. Of all of these foundations, it is probably the most long wearing. It doesn’t melt into the skin like the serum foundations on this list, but it blends really well and stays in place all day.
  3. Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless: This is a classic must have for a reason. It applies well, stays on all day and looks fantastic. The only reason I don’t reach for it more is because of the bottle. The glass bottle has an open mouthed top. I always end up pouring out more product than I need. I know that in some places like Look Fantastic, you can order the foundation in a squeezable tube that is easier to control. If you can find this at your drugstore, go for it. My drug store only sells the glass bottles. Normally I am all about glass, but it is the open pour that bothers me. I tend to appropriate a dropped from a now empty skincare product to use it. It is a great foundation, it is just that pour.
  4. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation: I know there are a lot of people out there who dislike this foundation for one reason or another. I actually like it. I think I like it because I don’t wear it more than about ten hours at a time. The bottle says 24 hour coverage. I’d say 12 is more realistic. As I said I rarely wear makeup more than 10 hours at a stretch. And in that time, this foundation looks great. It is a fuller coverage foundation than the others on this list. It is still medium coverage, but it is on the higher end of medium. It is what I lean towards when I have to give a presentation and know I’m going to be under some bright lights and the focus of the room’s attention. Again, I wouldn’t wear it more than 12 hours, but in those 12 hrs it performs beautifully.
  5. Ulta Youthful Glow Foundation Serum Drops: I was very impressed with this Ulta Foundation. It actually came as a bit of a surprise for me. I tried a couple of other Ulta foundations and hated them. I tried this one honestly because I liked the look of the bottle and i think it was on sale. The bottle of course, has changed. I am actually almost out of this and will have to repurchase it soon. So I don’t feel too bad about the old packaging as it will soon go away. I do however like the older packaging more than the new. I will happily repurchase this foundation again. I don’t there are many Ulta products in general I would say that about, and certainly no other foundations. Part of that is that I like the serum style foundation. I prefer foundations that blend into the skin and feel weightless. This one does. It looks good on the skin and lasts all day. It doesn’t have as high a coverage as some of the other foundations on this list so I generally use it when I am having a pretty good skin day. The big thing to remember with this foundation is to shake well before use.
  6. Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick: I seriously debated whether or not to include this on this list. But then I realized it is the stick foundation I find myself reaching for more often than the other products. Stick foundations are great when you are traveling or in a hurry. Well they are great in a hurry if they blend well. This one does blend well and gives good coverage that lasts throughout the day. It has a fairly wide shade range, however it doesn’t have a lot of flexibility. I have to keep two shades, one for summer and one for winter. As it is a very inexpensive product and quite contained, having two isn’t a problem, it is just something to keep in mind when shopping. It is a creamy formula and one that I tend to choose when traveling.

So there you have it, the top drugstore foundations I am currently using and would consider replacing. All of the links will take you to sites where you can find them. I believe some of the sales have already begun. If not, then just wait a few weeks for Black Friday sales to really get underway and then stock up. For me, all of the products but the Catrice (which I tend to use for public presentations which haven’t happened in a while) and the No7 (which I just repurchased) are getting low enough in product that I have them on my repurchase list. The elf and the Revolution products are the two I will repurchase first, the others will depend on the other items I need to replace. I hope when planning your shopping lists, this helps you out.