The Daily: March 8th, 2022

The rains have come my darlings. The park is flooded, mold rises through the air and the temperatures have dropped by at least 20 degrees. I understand the reason for the temperature change, but it always bothers me when it is that much of a drop. It also gives me a barometric headache so me and the ibuprofen are great friends today.

Today’s exercise was an indoor affair today. I spent time with a weight ball and hand weights I know I’ve said this before, but I love the soft touch feel of the Prosource Fitness ones. They are just easier to grip and don’t get slick when I am sweaty or squeak. I know that sounds strange but with some of the slicker plastic ones there is occasionally a squeaky sound when your hands are all sweaty that I just don’t like. It makes me feel like the weights are begging for relief from my sweaty palms. The prosource fit ones don’t do that but more importantly the soft texture to them keeps them from becoming slick as I work out.

Which I like.

I like working with the weights although it does remind me that I really need to come up with decorating plans for the sunroom. It has the extra throw rug we didn’t have a place for when we moved in which is now serving as the place where I put my yoga mats to do indoor workouts. It also has my indoor green house and a plethora of plants waiting for the last frost to pass by so they can be planted outside. It does make the room smell very lush and green right now but Mid April is generally out last frost so soon it will feel like an empty room again. But that is something to think about after the work day is through. After all, I am still working on finishing up the master bedroom. It is almost there though. just a few more pieces and the room will be complete. Then I can start on the bathroom. which will be interesting, but again, something to think about later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Primer (currently the site has a 30% off sale going on so you can get this primer for $24 (instead of $40)

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow (now back in stock)

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Translucent setting powder

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

Lid Primer: Moonlit Primed for the Night Eyeshadow Primer

Mascara: Elizabeth Mott It’s So big Mascara

Lips: Sigma Liquid Lip in Venom

Let’s start with the two items that have reached their final use. The first is the Ciate Powder. I have been trying to use it up for a while and now it is empty. I have another already waiting in the wings but am going to try to resist opening it while I use up at least one other open powder. I really enjoy this powder so it will always return. This was a final use for the Elizabeth Mott It’s so Big mascara. It will not be returning. It is a fine basic mascara but the volumizing is minimal and honestly there are many other mascaras I enjoy using more. This was it’s last use and I will not be repurchasing.

Today I reached for the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen for a few reasons. One, it is one of my favorite brightening primers and smells like candy, two I chose a matte foundation that really benefits from a brightening primer underneath and three, the moisturizer I am using can also be used as a primer under the makeup and since i suspect it will land on the brightening side I wanted to use my favorite brightening primer for comparison’s sake. Plus I just love using this primer. It is even good on no makeup days if i just want a little something on the skin but don’t want to bother with anything else.

The Tom Ford Foundation is beautiful. It came to me Via Influesnter a while back and it is a good all round foundation. I forget how liquid-y it is though and each time I am surprised and make a bit of a mess with it. It is a beautiful finish and I like wearing it, but I think I don’t reach for it that much because I really do make a mess with it every time. It has a turning top that you turn and a pump arises. If you turn it you have to make sure it clicks into place or it will slide down when you press it and splatter and make more of a mess. Like I said it is a great foundation and I will keep it in my collection, it is however not a foundation I can reach for when I am in a hurry. It is a night out foundation, not a get ready quickly in the morning one.

Which probably tells you a little more about me than it does the foundation.

The Viseart, bareMinerals and Wander Beauty products are all in my top tier of products I enjoy using. The Viseart is light but buildable and I love the packaging. The bareminerals blush blends easily and can be natural or built up depending on your choice. And the Wander beauty can be left in a stunning stripe of highlight or blended in to create as soft glow. It has not escaped my notice that three of my favorite products leave me in control of how much product I want to use and let me go from neutral to bright. I like having that choice. In face products I will always lean into buildable rather than highly pigmented. All three can go highly pigmented but they can also be blended out well. That is kind of my wheelhouse.

I know you were expecting the Huda Beauty palette again today. I didn’t choose it for two reasons. The first is that after a week and a half I have formed my opinions and the second is that I wanted to try the lid primer with a different shadow. I love the Lime Crime Prelude Palette. It is one of those palettes I reach for if I am not testing a palette out. it is just a really good everyday palette that doesn’t get boring and can be brightened if need be. Plus since I use it often I know haow the shadows perform.

Which makes it ideal for testing the lid primer.

I did find that the lid primer does brighten the shadows. I don;t think it actually causes them to be brighter in and of themselves, I think that it causes more pigment to stick to the lid. And it does keep it there. My shadows haven’t faded. It does mean that it looks like a went a bit more heavy handed than normal with the shadows than usual. Howerver with the Lime Crime the lid primer didn’t make it harder to blend. The shadows blended just fine. They were just darker.which makes me think the Huda Beauty might have been part of the issue. But switching the shadows did give me a better perspective n the lid primer.

And then there is the lips. I think this came in a subscription box a while back and I am sure I tried it out, possibly even reviewing it, but I couldn’t honestly remember using it, so I took it out today. It is a fantastic red for me. The shade is kind of what I look for in a red. I don’t like a lot of pink in my red lips I prefer the deeper shades and this gave me what I wanted. The doe foot applicator is nice and shaped well for application. Sometimes liquid reds can get messy to apply,

While this lip dried down a bit it didn’t dry all the way. As a result it is still slightly sticky and it does leave lip prints everywhere. While I love this color, I think this formula is one that I would wear if I knew I wasn’t eating or drinking anything. Or kissing anyone’s cheek for that matter. It leaves a print that is hard to wipe off. (I kissed my hand to check and then had to use makeup remover to take away the red stain from the back of my hand. This is a show don’t touch formula. Which has it’s place, but probably not in everyday life.

So that was todays look my darlings and for me it is time to get back to work. I hope you are having a fantastic Tuesday.

As today is international Women’s Day, there a few sales going on today only. I’ll list a few below in case you want to take advantage.

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The Daily, February 9th, 2022

Ah Wednesday, the most panic inducing day of the week. It always hits me on Wednesday how much there is still left to do and how the week is already half over. This is the day where my to-do list grows longer, I get to my desk early, eat lunch at my desk and stay just a little bit later just because I feel that I won’t be able to get everything done before the week is out.

It doesn’t help that for some strange reason everyone calls me on Thursdays. Sometimes to change deadlines and others to add things to my list. And sometimes in just plain freak out mode. I suppose that is probably part of why Wednesday always feels heavy. If i deal with my freak outs today, I can deal with everyone else’s tomorrow.

It is on Wednesdays that I love the smoothies I have stashed in my freezer from Smoothie box. On days where I know lunch isn’t going have much time dedicated to it these are my favorite secret weapon. If you want to give them a try you can use code LOVESMOOTHIES for $15 off all products. They are great in a pinch lunches.

My make up today was also quick and easy to help with Wednesday time management. And so that I could plot my day while applying it and not worry over products too much.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: QMS Medicosmetics Active Glow Tinted cream

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush/Highlighter/eyeshadow: Doucce Posh Powders Palette

Powder: Ciate London Setting Powder

Mascara: Eyeko London Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Patrick Ta She’s Juicy Lip Mask

Today was simply quick and easy. I went for the Benefit Cosmetics primer because it always works well for me and because I wanted to put the mattifying primer under the QMS. it is a little brightening and I do like it better with something matte.

The viseart bronzer is really going to be one of my go-to bronzers when I am going for a more natural look. I love the way it can be built up for something more dramatic or it can be softened to go with a tinted day cream like the QMS. It was a good combo.

The Doucce palette was the experiment in today’s look. I really only use one blush and one highlighter but there are actually three pans of blush and three of highlighter so I decided to use one of the blushes that is too orange on my cheeks as eyeshadow and use one of the bright silver highlighters in the inner corner. It isn’t my favorite look but it came out pretty well and was quick and easy. It didn’t last terribly long though . while the blush stayed on the cheeks all day, when I use it on my eyes I need to remember to use a setting spray.

I do love how the faded look sort of lets the dramatic lashes kind of pop. I really do like this Black magic Mascara.

Since I was going low key, I just grabbed the lip mask from Patrick Ta and figured it would do as lip gloss today. Plus my lips were feeling a little on the dry side, so it made sense to me.

To be honest, I am actually quite pleased with my low key look. I think it worked well and while the eyeshadow use of the Doucce palette needs a setting spray to help it out, I like the fact that I can use more than two pans in the palette. Which makes it quite a win. Especially since I really like the one blush I do use. I think knowing this will make me reach for the palette more often.

And now my darlings it is back to work for me. I have a long to do list and not much left in the day to get through it. Wish me luck!

The Daily: January 3rd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to January. It has been a wild day thus far. As I’ve mentioned we have been having unseasonably warm weather for our area at this time of year. New Year’s day was actually in the 70s. January second wasn’t much better. This morning when I got up is was 31 degrees and there was snow on the ground. The thermometer hasn’t moved much throughout the day. Around noon we had 32 degrees but then about fifteen minutes later it dropped down to 30. Apparently it could not sustain the fit of optimism.

With the snow came in a massive wind storm and in addition to everything freaking out because of the sudden temperature change, we have a chunk of our county and most of the neighboring county out of power. Emergency vehicles and power company vehicles have been circling the streets like sharks.

So there is no walking for me today. It is cold, it is damp and the wind is still in Cuisinart mode shredding anything that walks into it. Having no desire to turn into coleslaw, I am staying inside. I’ll admit I am a bit torn about that. Last week and over the weekend I over indulged. Any attempt at a meal plan was chucked out of the window and foods that I haven’t eaten in a long time made their way in a food parade though my world. Do I regret their visitation? No. Did I enjoy them? Yes. Did I try to exercise restraint? Yes, yes I did.

It just also hit me this morning when i woke up that on Friday I will be getting back on the scale again. Before last week I would have been fine. After this past week, I am less than confident. Which makes me really, really want to go walking. I know if I do, I’ll get myself sick and that will in no way help my exercise plan. So I am just going to do my best to get back on my plan. I will accept any set backs that occur when I step on the scale Friday morning and do my best not to dwell on it. I will still hope that the wind dies down soon. Not just for my potential walking but for the security of the counties remaining power lines.

Because I am inside today, I did get a lot of work done. I also managed the time to sit down and do my makeup. I’ll admit, I couldn’t resist the new makeup.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glass Primer from Rodial

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush: Lottie London Ombre Blush

Eyeshadow: Shaina B Miami Nights Palette

Mascara: Stila Cosmetics Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: EVIO Beauty Creamy lip liner

Okay I know I generally like to try one new face product paired with products that I know about so that I can more easily gauge the new products, But I just couldn’t resist a full face of new. It has been a really long time since I’ve gotten to try a complete face of entirely new to me products. So I reveled. Clearly for the most part this is a first impression for everyone, but as I use the products more (and with products I know well) I’ll get a better feel as to how they perform.

So let’s start off with the Rodial Primer. The first thing I noticed was the scent. The white cream applies well and blends in with no white cast, but the scent is strange. In the bottle is smells very vanilla pseudo candy-ish. Once dispense and applied, to me it smells a bit like menthol. It also felt a little cooling on the skin. I’m going to have to give a look to the ingredients list later, but I found that a little strange. It did apply well and gave my skin a bit of a glossy sheen. While that isn’t generally what i look for in a primer, it also did have a little stickiness to it so I’m hoping that leans it towards makeup gripping.

The Bite Beauty Foundation I have been looking forward to trying. I think the shade I have might be a hair too light for me. It applied with more coverage than I was expecting. I tend to go for light to medium coverage and this was a solid medium. I went light on application and I liked the way it blended into my skin. I used a foundation brush to apply it, but i think it might do better with a sponge as the applicator. I’m going to try that tomorrow. I like it with the brush, but I had to work a bit to get it where I wanted it. I really like the way it looks and feels now that it is on though. So I am very willing to work with it. I just think it needs to be applied with a makeup sponge.

Brushes were also a concern with the bronzer and blush today. For my bronzer the brush I picked up was sort of floppy and not dense enough for me. The bronzer applied well and I think with a better brush, it will be a better product. I look forward to trying it out again tomorrow.

Then there is the blush. It is an Ombre blush with a lighter strip of pale peach at the bottom and a bright pink at the top. the brush I was using was too large for the pan and I got both shades on the brush. The pan is about the size of a half dollar coin. Which is too small for what they are trying to achieve. I can wear the lighter blush, and I may be able to blend it with the edge where the lighter blush meets the darker one, but I can’t use that deep pink shade. If it was a larger pan the Ombre would work. With the smaller pan, it doesn’t. I will say that it is highly pigmented. It does blend down well but it takes effort. The deep pink shade does not work with my skin tone and it took a lot of effort to not look clown like. It was my least favorite product in the bunch today. I think that may just be because of the shade though. The product itself worked well. and could blend down. The shade is just all wrong.

The Miami Nights Mini Palette I did get a first use out of the week it arrived in an IPSY box. The silver metallic shadow was something I couldn’t resist. Unfortunately it overpowered everything and I found glitter everywhere for days. And let me tell you, if you use a makeup eraser to remove your makeup then after removing that silver eyeshadow you need to wash it immediately or any other attempt to remove makeup will leave a silver trail of sparkles across your skin. Today, I avoided the silver and stuck to the mattes. The mattes I really like. I tapped off the excess powder, but despite using the darker shades today there was little fall out during application. The shadows blended very well and I was quite impressed. Part of me still wants to reach for the silver shadow, but if I can resist that, I should be fine. Thus far the shades are performing well.

The mascara from Stila I have to admit I am totally in love with. I used to use Stil products but i haven’t seen them for a while. In fact i sort of forgot about them if I’m honest. I will however remember this mascara. My favorite Marc Jacobs mascara was recently discontinued but this can easily be a replacement. Since I have both open at the moment I may do a side by side comparison. I honestly may even like this better. It made my lashes look long and full Thus far I am thrilled with it and will be very happy to use it moving forward. I think I may also start taking more of a look at Stila again.

And then we have the lip liner. A duo of this lip liner came in my Boxy Charm this month and I decided to use it all over my lips. Usually I can’t because the formula is too drying. This isn’t. It is a nice creamy lip formula. It does leave lip prints everywhere and it wears off pretty quickly. I applied it before my coffee and it was gone by the time I finished my coffee. I then reapplied it. It isn’t long lasting, but i really like the way it looks. If I needed something to apply when i knew I wasn’t going to be eating or drinking anything, this is a product I would happily grab. How long it lasts without eating or drinking I don’t know. But I like the color well enough to look at finding out.

So that my darlings was today’s makeup look. It is a cold and quiet day, with my hair pulled back into a messy ponytail and the frozen world outside too cold to even start dripping. But my hose has power and all things considering, it isn’t a bad start to the new year.

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