Let’s Get Naked Honey

If there is one eyeshadow that I can’t resist it is a good bronze. And I’ll admit golden tones are right there with the bronze. Slightly below it, but still in the mix of shadows I love. Don’t get me wrong, I love other shades, but the bronze tones really draw me in.

When This Naked Honey palette from Urban Decay came out I had immediate cravings. They might as well have just sent me a note saying ‘we made this just for you’ because that is what it felt like. I did put off buying it immediately though. basically I talked myself out of it because I had an overflowing eyeshadow drawer at the time. Also Urban Decay has a habit of rotating their Naked palettes through sales so I thought I’d wait until I had decluttered some of my palettes and the palette went on sale. Also I didn’t know if I wanted the full palette or if the mini version would suit me.

I know that sounds a little strange, but sometimes I find the Naked Mini palettes suit me better than the full sized. I actually really like the Naked Heat Mini palette, but somehow the full sized one did not appeal to me. Incidentally Urban Decay just released four new mini-palettes if you are interested. In general I tend to gravitate towards smaller palettes. with larger palettes I almost have too many options and can occasionally be overwhelmed by it.

While I like the brushes with these palettes I tend to only use them when traveling

The full sized Naked Palettes are my ideal size for a palette though. (I also like the size of the older ABH Palettes like Modern Renaissance). I generally find there is enough variation with this number of shadows without being overwhelming. And when I did look at the mini version I still found myself drawn to the full one. For me the mini version seemed to have something missing, unlike some of the other mini palettes. So I planned to pick this up and told myself I had to clear out some space as well as wait for a sale. I figured both conditions would help me out. It has been on sale many times but i always somehow missed the sale. This time i caught it and ordered the palette.

Swatches go letf to right starting with Flyby (white) and ending with Sting (dark brown)

If you like brows, golds and bronzes, this is an amazing palette. If you don’t then this palette is not for you. It really is that simple. while I would happily use the dark brown of Stung, topped with the bronze of Queen with a little Flyby in the inner corners, There is a lot of variation in the palette. It still had the bronze/gold/brown theme but there are enough shades that i found this palette interesting to play with and am actually kind of sad to shift to other palettes. For me this is an everyday palette that can be glammed up for going out or toned down for office work. Sadly these days it is more office work than going out, but i like the flexibility.

I love that the shimmers are smooth and don’t have any glitter bits in them. while I do occasionally like glitter, I want that to be my option. Plus I apply glitters differently than other shadows.

In the past there have been some Urban Decay shadows that turned muddy when blended. I did not have this problem with this palette. Each color was distinguishable. I found that I only needed one dip in the pan to get the shadow on the brush. with tapping the brush off I had no fall out as I applied it. The shadows are highly pigmented. I found that I needed to apply the shadow (especially the dark brown of Sting) with one brush and then use a clean shadow brush to blend it out. while it required having more brushes on hand I can’t say I minded as I used less product.

Sometimes when you wait for something for a while you end up building it up in your mind to a level it can’t actually achieve. I planned to purchase this palette for so long I was worried that would happen with the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette. It didn’t. This palette was just as good as I hoped it would be and I am thrilled it is now part of my collection. I would order this again in a heart beat, even when it was not on sale. I love the browns and golds so this one does speak to me, but I am also happy with the quality and ease of application and use. I think that this is a palette I will get a lot of use out of for a long time to come.

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: June 27th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today has been a day of waiting. Or at least it feels like it has been. It is my birthday today so I deliberately adjusted my workload so today would be a light one. Tonight will be a fabulous dinner from one of our favorite local restaurants (i.e. not one I have to cook) and there is an ice cream cake waiting in the freezer for after dinner.

we get it from the local ice cream place. It is a once a year thing and each year they always looked stunned that we don’t want a message written in caramel for the small child it is no doubt for. They always look shocked that it is a birthday cake for a grown woman.

Personally I think my babydoll likes going in there and watching their surprise. I told him the cake wasn’t necessary this year and he looked so crestfallen that I recanted and planned to just do a little extra working out this week to make up for the extra calories.

So now it is waiting for after dinner.

The truth is though, despite the birthday treats waiting for the end of the work day, it feels like a waiting day because of the weather. It is looming. The air is heavy, the wind is low and feels like something big is holding it’s breath. There are clouds massing, but still holding back. We are supposed to get rain, there is an 80% chance of it, but the rain is biding it’s own time.

I always find it vaguely amusing at this time of year. In Spring it always feels like I should be building an ark and I generally find myself wondering how many cubits my back yard can hold. Then the spring rains trickle off and all the moisture hangs in the air with rain a distant memory and the world withering to a crisp around me. So I am waiting for the rain to actually break, if it will, and I am waiting for my birthday celebration.

I went on a walk because the temps have dropped a smidge. I came back drenched from the 90% humidity though and ended up taking a cold shower. My hair always looks a little crazy after that and my bangs are just misbehaving. Nonetheless, I am relatively happy with the way I look today, and that is not a bad thing on a birthday.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Yensa Tone Up Primer

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Cosmetics Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Dominique Cosmetics Cream Blush

Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent powder

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir (discontinued, just using the last one up)

Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lip gloss

Today’s makeup was chose for a variety of reasons. I chose the primer because I love it, and know how it works with my skin. I’ve used this Yensa Primer for years (off and on) and will continue to repurchase it. I am going through my foundations one by one to see which i like, which shades work now and which I just need to use up and let go. I haven’t used the Charlotte Tilbury in a while so I figured I’d give it a go. It is a foundation that requires a bit of time. It isn’t a simple blend in and go operation. This takes a foundation brush to spread evenly, followed by a makeup sponge to get rid of the lines. I always have to take extra time around my nose as it tends to go streaky there. As much time as it takes though, it ends up looking really good when i am done. I like it and I think I will use this bottle up completely, mostly for days when i have the time to play with it, but takes time to play with so it isn’t an every morning kind of product.

By contrast, I raced through the rest of my makeup. With the nice looking foundation, it looked fine and actually I am really falling in love with this cream blush. It really blends beautifully and I am happy to use it. This shade works for me, but looking at the range I am not sure any of the other shades would work for me. I do like this one though. It is darker in the pan then on the cheeks so that is something to be aware of when shopping.

the Urban Decay I really like. I went super easy today. Mostly because I took so long with the foundation. One dip into the mattes and a tap off is all it takes then blend out and top with a shimmer. That’s what I went for today and then I called it good. The bare minerals lip gloss seemed like a good accompaniment. It is a light wash of color and a formula that not only looks good on but leaves my lips feeling nourished well after it has disappeared.

So that is me today. The shirt I am wearing actually came from my drape fit box. This has been a fantastic shirt for meetings. The material doesn’t wrinkle and it looks dressy but is super light weight and feels soft. it looks good on camera and in meetings. It may be the only thing I kept from my Drape Fit Box, but it has proven to be utterly fantastic. And now it is back to work for me. Have a great Monday everyone.

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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: October 28th, 2021

Today has been a nice and calm day if I am completely honest. The weathermen threatened rain, but we have sunny skies and cool temps. Walking this morning was fantastic. It was actually one of those mornings where you forget that you are walking for exercise and just walk because it is just beautiful weather to walk around in.

Which quite frankly is the best way to get exercise in my opinion.

As I’ve worked at my desk today the laundry has chugged along in the background. By tonight I will not only have all clean clothes but the sheets will be freshly laundered as well. There is just something absolutely delightful in that first sleep on clean sheets.

Not that I let them get filthy, but I change the sheets once a week. That first night with the clean sheets always feels glorious. Also since it is cool and dry out, I hauled the comforter out into the sunshine to get a bit of air so the bedroom will smell extra fresh when it is time to turn out the lights.

Somedays it is the little things.

Even though this did take a little bit of time out of my day, I decided it was worth it. Plus I got up early and plan to work late tonight actually. I’ve also worked late the last couple of nights as I get things sorted. Not only is the month ending (which always makes things a bit busy, but the rest of the year is slowly dribbling away.

Well, not so slowly at this point.

As November is about to hit I am looking back over the things I’ve tried this year, making lists of my favorites and trying to pull together a list of products I sampled and want to try out in the full size. I’m going to have to weigh the list against the items I have waiting to try out, but I will share the lists with you. In addition to my normal posts I have some getting ready for the holidays posts coming out as the season of gift buying and personal restocking occurs. As the sales have already started I know that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. For me the next few weeks will be an eplosion of consumerism. While there is more travel this year a large percentage of Christmas items need to be mailed.

Which means they need to be purchased and wrapped so they can be mailed out in plenty of time to reach their destinations. with the postal service already being somewhat overwhelmed I want to give my items plenty of time to get to their destinations.

So soon a shopping we will go.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

  • palette madness still going on 50% off many fabulous palettes

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette

Blush and Highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: Becca Pink Haze

Eyeshadow: Little Briar Rose Palette from Storybook Cosmetics

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Lips: M2U liquid lip

First things first, I have to say I feel a distinct sense of pride. Today I finished the Urban Decay primer. It was a great primer and I loved it, but it has been discontinued so I wanted to use it up and send it on it’s way. And now I have. So long, fare well. I loved you while you were here but now must let you go.

The No. 7 Foundation is one of my favorite drugstore Foundations. There are a couple that I like actually, but this one really tops the list of them. The serum formula really blends into the skin beautifully and as it is suitable for sensitive skin it causes no problems. I always feel like my skin looks extra nice when I put this foundation on. It has a kind of glowy aspect without being a dewy kind of product. It just makes me feel like I have good lighting.

The Too Faced contour palette is an old favorite that I am trying to remember to reach for more often. I like it and I like having the variety of tones, especially at this time of year. My skin is altering tone as my summer tan fdes so playing around with shades sometimes helps me out.

I went with the Doucce palette as well today as it was quick and easy. I am really starting to like this palette. I decluttered the magnetic palette from the brand a while ago because I never reached for it and the shadow shades weren’t ones I reached for. I find myself using all thre of these blushes and all three of the highlights. This palette hasn’t been in my collection long but it is starting to grow on me.

Like the Urban Decay Primer, the Becca Powder has been discontinued. I won’t concentrate as hard on using it up as I did with the primer (I was more worried that one would expire) but it will make frequent trips to my daily look as I work through it. Clearly once it is done it will be gone. I do want to find a new pink toned setting powder that I like as much though. I think that might be my quest for the new year. It seems each year there is one makeup item I go hunting to find. Sometimes I find it, other times I get distracted. we’ll see how this one turns out.

Today I took out the Briar Rose palette from Storybook cosmetics. I don’t reach for this palette enough. The reason is that because it is so bulky I store it in the back of the drawer and forget about it. I need to find a different place for it because every time I use it I realize how much I like it. The colors all suit me and I am very much drawn to them. But the palette format, while lovely to look at is so bulky. I need to maybe use it as a table top decoration so I will reach for it more. Because I really like the shades. I actually thought about ordering more palettes from them to make a little display. Plus i like the formula. I just haven’t gotten around to looking at them. But I do need to reach for these shadows more. I love the color story of the palette and I really like how well the shadows blend. it is a really good palette, especially for me.

The Marc Jacobs mascara is always one of my favorites. Sadly it too is being discontinued. Currently the Marc Jacobs website has it at half price. I have been making an effort not to stock up on discontinued products but with this mascara it is hard. It has been my absolute favorite for a really long time. There are other mascaras that I like, but this has just been at the to f my list for a really long time and I hate to see it go. I may have to actually break my no stocking rule. I am going to try to resist though.

The M2U liquid lip is growing on me actually. The color seemed perfect with the shadows today, but i really like the formula. It is super comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry out my lips or leave lip prints everywhere. It takes a little while to dry down and it never dries down completely, but if you give it five minutes then there will be no lip prints and it will stay in place with out making your lips feel dry. This is definitely a formula I am going to have to look at more and think about picking up more shades.

Over all i am pretty happy with my look today. It is a good work look and feels comfortable enough to wear all day long. Admittedly after my walk the only place I’ve gone is to and from the laundry room, but I like to think that the fresh sheets appreciate the look as well. And even if they don’t, I’m happy with it and that is what counts.

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The Daily: October 27th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today we are playing a lovely game. It’s called posting between outages. Yes, its a fun one. Actually I can’t complain too much. This time it isn’t weather related. AT&T is moving around the neighborhood today, and possibly for the rest of the week. And what are they doing?

Internet upgrades.

I’m sure it is more technical than that, but essentially they realized that more and more people are working from home, the system was not built for people working from home and they are attempting to upgrade the system to support the people working from home.

So while I wasn’t all that thrilled by the message saying that rolling outages were possible (or that we had a rather large block of one earlier today), I will be happy with the results as it will mean (hopefully) that my internet will go out less frequently in the future.

Its a kind of old neighborhood so the upgrades were sort of needed before the mass work from home influx.

So I’m going to jump into the makeup before another potential loss to service occurs. (which means I just heard the trucks rumbling onto my street).

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

  • palette madness still going on 50% off

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Georgia from Benefit Cosmetics

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Mascara: Tarte Light Camera Lashes

Eyeshadow: KVD shadow in Lolita

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Megalast lipstick in Cinnamon Spice topped with Tarte Maneater Plumping Gloss in Buff

I’ll be honest today was mostly about trying out the benefit blush with a full on foundation. I really like the Pretty Vulgar foundation. I haven’t worn it in a while as it is too light for summer and well, this summer I tended to stick to tinted moisturizers and BB creams. I do the same every summer. I think I did it more this summer though as I was not really going anywhere I planned to dress up for. And any vent I attended was outdoors so it was just easier.

But now this shade is starting to be wearable again for me, although still on the lighter side. It is a really good formula and one I will actually need to repurchase relatively soon. I think this might last through this winter but it will be used up before spring. Then I will probably hold off repurchasing it until next fall. Since odds are I won’t wear it in the summer. But I like it for when I wear actual foundation. It is a medium coverage foundation. I almost never go full coverage on mu foundation. Medium tends to be my comfort zone.

I specifically chose it to use the blush. I definitely think that the blush is not suitable for the foundation. This is a natural look blush that really needs to be paired with a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer. I just sort of needed to confirm it for myself. Perhaps if I had a paler skin tone, then it would work with foundation, but for me, this is a natural look blush that goes better with BB cream and Tinted moisturizers.

And now I know

Everything else is a standard favorite. You know I love the Trestique bronzing stick. I love that the newer ones are refillable as I am always looking to reduce my waste. No 7 powder is always a staple in my makeup bag and I really like the KVD Shadow for a one and done look. I may have had to work for a bit with the blush but everything else was easy peasy.

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The Daily: October 25th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The weather here has once again turned lovely, although a bit cooler now that the rain has subsided. The waters have receded from the walking trail and I went on a very long walk this morning. It was fantastic.

Last week I started using the Fitbit to track my walks, food and well basic things. This weekend I looked at last week in review, trying to see what I could do better. While I don’t think step trackers are essential for weigh management, they can be helpful tools.

I actually learned something in looking at my measurements from last week. Apparently, my walks burn more calories than I thought they did. Its actually a good thing, but it means some of my basic calculations for calories in/ calories out are a bit askew. This week I am going to try and see if I can get the balance back to my goal intake/output is. As strange as it sounds, if you don’t eat enough then your body kind of locks on to every calorie it can and weight loss slows down. Keeping everything in balance will hopefully help me out in the long run and hopefully make the weight loss more permanent.

At least that is the goal.

It was a quiet weekend here actually. A lot of weekends are here actually. Most of our going out has been curtailed and so we tend to concentrate on working on things around the house. Of course that is also due to the time of year. In the winter we always spend more time in the house so once the weather turns we start looking at making improvements before the winter really sets in. At the moment we are looking at some new sheets and bedding. Usually we end up ordering such things before Thanksgiving and then put them on the bed when we return from Thanks giving travels as our special, let the holidays begin treat to ourselves.

Admittedly we haven’t done that in a while. we started because we had older sheets so we would pick up a new set as we rotated an old one out of use on the bed. Then for a while we had enough newer sheets. So we stopped buying them (obviously). Now we are down to several sets that need to actually be retired from use, so a fresh set is going to be ordered. Once we can decide on the set. Right now we are in the what do you think of these stage where we each look at options and share what we’ve found until there is one we both like.

It’s a process.

Eventually we will end up with a new set of sheets and hopefully a new duvet cover. Ah the things cold weather stirs up. This week we are also airing out blankets and taking inventory.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay’s Optical Illusion Primer

  • Palette madness is still going on with many palettes still 50% off

Foundation: Purlisse BB Cream

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

  • now refillable

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light

Eyeshadow: The Tuscany Palette from Nomad

Lips: Zoeva Lip crayon in Rhea and Tarte Maneater Plumping gloss

Today was the quick and easy look as I planned to spend the bulk of the day working at my computer. And to be fair, beyond my walk, that is where I have been today. And I’ve gotten a lot done actually. I’m actually quite pleased with myself.

The Primer is a discontinued one I am trying to use up and send on it’s way. I am hoping that this will be it’s last week of use, but there is the possibility it might spill into next week.

I love the Purlisse BB Cream formula. It blends beautifully and feels absolutely weightless. It is one of my favorite BB Creams. I know, I have said this a lot. The fact is, it remains true. The Trestique Bronzer and bareminerals blush are quick and easy to use and always work out well for me, so I went with them today. The No 7 Prefect Light powder is actually my favorite pressed powder. I do have several others in my dressing table though so I need to start reaching for them a bit more. Several of them are translucent and in the summertime they give a little too much white to my skin. The No 7 I use is tinted so it sees a lot of use in the summer.

I am still getting a feel for the Man eater gloss but today I layered it over the Zoeva lip crayon. The Zoeva is a little too tan and makes my lips disappear, but it works layered with products. I’m not over the moon with the formula as it is incredibly soft. I plan to use it up and let it go. I won’t be purchasing it or more shades from the line. The jury is still out on the Tarte Plumping gloss.

This Nomad Palette was barely saved from declutter, but I am glad I did save it. The one dark brown shade (Passeggiata) tends to apply patchy but all of the other pans perform quite well. They blend easily and I don’t know if it is the fall tones of the earth shades in the palette, but I find myself wanting to reach for it more right now. So I did.

It was a quick and easy look today and I rather enjoy it. With the exception of the tingling of the plumping gloss (along with it’s slight stickiness), all of the products feel weightless and it is easy to forget that I am wearing makeup at all. Which is not a bad thing as I have other things I’d like to think about when I work. Over all, today was a good selection of products.

The Daily: October 21, 2021

Rain and lots of it. Today’s walking mostly involves me moving from the desk to the coffee pot. I did a You Tube Yoga video this morning once it was clear that there would be no walking in the park. Actually by the time I got up this morning it was clear that the park was already flooded. But that is okay. I walked extra in the good weather knowing the rain will fall.

I know, it isn’t often that I act proactively, so I am going to take a moment to bask.

Even if it wasn’t as intentional as it feels right now. I just couldn’t resist the few days of nearly perfect weather we had. But I did also know that it wasn’t going to last so I’m going to count that as forward thinking. And watch my calories just a little bit moe closely today due to the lack of walking trail use.

Hopefully it will all balance out when I step on the scale in the morning.

In case you are wondering, I do only get onto the scale once a week. I find if I do a daily check then because of fluctuations such as water consumption or whatever, then I will drive myself crazy with the personal micro management. Instead I go into the week with a plan for meals and exercise and I keep a few contingencies, in case the rain washes out my walk and I need fewer calories for that day. At the end of the week I weigh in, trying for the same time each Friday and see how my plan worked.

Some weeks are better than others, but at least it means that I’m not freaking out over every 0.2 lbs. I want my weight loss to be something I do to keep myself healthy, not something I constantly obsess about. Although as these posts are often daily logs of what I am doing fitness wise, I can see how it looks a little obsessive. But I try not to make it my main focus.

Right now my main obsession is setting up a First Time Novel Writer’s Workshop type thing. I’m hoping to have it up on my Ten-til-midnight site in January. It is taking up a lot of my time at the moment. But it is a fun obsession. I know I try to keep my writing separate from this site, but I’ll let you know when it is up if you are interested. And possibly even if you aren’t interested. I expect once it is up I will just not be able to contain myself.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: LYS No Limits Matte Bronzer

Blush: Georgia by Benefit Cosmetics

Brows: Brow Bar By Reema

Eyeshadow: Lit palette by Colourpop

Mascara: Lights Camera Lashes by Tarte

Lips: Maneater Plumping Gloss By tarte

I usually try to photograph makeup in natural sunlight, but today, there is just no sun. Today I did what I like to think of as my quick test. Somedays I have loads of time to casually do my makeup. Other days, I am working on the run. For me it is always helpful to know which products I can grab when I have only five minutes to get ready and get out of the door. So I like to do a quick test. Today I gathered the makeup I planned to use, set the timer for five minutes and started putting it on.

So, let’s go through it.

I am still working on the Urban Decay Primer. At this point finishing it has become an actual goal. It might take a week, it might take a month, but I am using this primer until it is gone. I apologize for the repetitive product.

My foundation was the NYX Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil. While I like this product and will use and repurchase it, this isn’t a product I will use when I’m in a hurry. It requires a little more time to blend in and get rid of the streaks from the foundation brush than many of my other lighter products. I like it and under normal circumstances it is fine. It just takes a bit longer to work with (not heaps, but every second counts in my five minute timer).

The blush worked well with this challenge, partially because I was going lighter and the foundation was just a tinted moisturizer. I love the blush but the shade does dictate what face products I can use it with.

The Lys was harder to work with on the run. It is quite pigmented. I applied it and then spent quite a while taming it down and blending it with a clean blush. Anf part of this is because it was over a tinted moisturizer rather than foundation, but it while I really like the color and formula of this bronzer, it isn’t one I will reach for when i am in a hurry. For that I need a product more buildable than pigmented.

The Lit palette by Colourpop is very easy to use and the shadows are blendable. I like the formula of their shadow pans and really need to look at purchasing more from the brand. I haven’t tried their super shock shadows yet but everyone, including several of you, recommend them so they are on my list. I just need to figure out what colors I need to try. I’m beginning to realize that if I don’t think about it, then the colors I buy are all browns, bronzes and reddish tones. While there isn’t anything wrong with this, I probably should branch out a bit.

If you saw my post this morning then you know the Tarte mascara requires two applications. So I applied the first layer, then did my lips and brows, put away my brushes and other products, then did the second coat. It ran until the edge of my timer, but i still managed to stay in the five minute range.

In general I like all of the products I used today. Some however are not built for speed. I get it, trust me. I’m not really built for speed either. For me though, time sometimes gets away from me and it is noce to know which products I can reach for in a pinch and which ones need more time to work with. The NYX Bare with me tinteds skin veil and the Lys No limits Bronzer, both need a little more time to work with. They are good products, but not ones to reach for when time is pressing.



The Daily: October 20th, 2021

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

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

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

I know, I shouldn’t but I do.

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

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

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

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

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

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

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Foundation: Purlisse BB Cream

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Bronzer: LYS No Limits Matte Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Georgia Peach

Eye shadow: Sassy Siennas from Dose of Colors

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Powder: Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting Powder

Lips: Tarte Maneater Plumping Lip gloss.

Earrings: Mariz Jewelry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Daily: October 19th, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

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Foundation: Ciate London The Extraordinary Foundation

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

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

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Blush in Georgia

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Eye shadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

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Eyeliner: 3INA pen eyeliner in Black 900

Brows: ABH Brow Wiz

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Lips: Tarte Maneater Plumping Lip Gloss in buff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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