The Daily: March 10th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and Happy Dry Shampoo Day. Yes, that’s right March 10th is Dry Shampoo Day. Which I find kind of interesting. I tend to use loads of dry shampoo during the summer months, just to keep my bangs from looking greasy mid afternoon given the heat and humidity in my area. I do give my hair (and scalp) a break for much of the winter, but generally around March when Dry Shampoo Day rolls around I am ready to order my summer stock. Which is handy as my favorite dry shampoo s 30% off.

Actually Klorane has a full stop 30% off(CODE: NDSD30) so I may just order the eye makeup remover I love from them as well when I put in the order. I know I reviewed it a while back but it is still the best eye makeup remover I have tried. It not only took off the eye makeup but when it got into my eyes and contacts it didn’t make my contacts fuzzy with oils. they are disposable contacts and generally if makeup remover gets on them i have to change the contacts.

Not so with the Klorane. I am trying to remind myself of this so that I will add it to the cart when I order my dry shampoo. last time I got so excited about the sale i forgot. This time I will remember. I’ll link the sale down below for anyone interested. Klorane is a really good brand in general and have many things other than Dry shampoo that are worth checking out if that isn’t your thing.

Oh and I almost forgot Klorane is celebrating by releasing a Volumizing Dry Shampoo with Flax. You can read all about it here. And if you are looking to shop the sale code is NDSD30

The full sale is:

Get 30% off your purchase of a full-sized Dry Shampoo from March 10th through March 14th with code NDSD30.

· Additionally, from March 15th through March 31st, purchases of $50 and more will receive their choice of a FREE Travel Sized Dry Shampoo with code FREEGIFT.

Fabulous isn’t it?

There is also another excitement today. As many of you may recall, I love to garden and this year I started a lot of seeds early. Today I got to pick my first basil of the season. So for lunch I had a tomato and basil salad. Sliced Cherry tomatoes, julienned basil, pinch of salt dash of balsamic. It is essentially a caprese salad without the mozzarella.

Later in the summer I’ll add the cheese but for the first basil of the season, I wanted to be very basil forward. While I love the basil, it also helps me sort of determine the flavor of the basil. I planted several varieties out but when i shifted them from the seed beds to pots I forgot to mark which was which and needed to figure it out by flavor. It was the Genovese. In case you are wondering.

And yes, it was delicious. The first leaves picked are always so delicate inn flavor. Later when potted outside and the leaves allowed to grow large the flavor will strengthen, but right now it is quite delicate and delicious.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Undercover Blurfection Primer (currently on sale at Sephora for $23)

Foundation: Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: No 7 Damson Mist Blush

Highlight: Jecca Blac Glow Drops

Powder: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter in Cashew

Eyeshadow: Defiance By Karmela Cosmetics

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild in Sand Storm

Setting Spray: Benefit Cosmetics the Porefessional SuperSetter

Okay, lets get into todays products, because this was an interesting one. First up the Marc Jacobs Primer. This primer is clear and has an almost jelly like quality about it. It feels almost like a thinned out Vaseline when applied to the skin. It isn’t sticky though and glides on well. It feels weightless and is really good at blurring out pores without adding any pigment to the skin. Even though it is a coconut primer, the scent is now barely there in my product. It was really only noticeable when I first opened it. I enjoy the primer but it does need a minute to settle in and get comfortable, otherwise it will blend in with your foundation.

The Wander beauty is an old favorite. It performs well and lasts throughout my day. My day (wearing makeup generally doesn’t go past about nine hours – when testing it I found this foundation shows wear at about the 12th hour of wear, for those of you with longer makeup wear times). My only issue is that when you pull the doe foot applicator out, there is always a small spray of tiny droplets that come out as the doe foot pops free. I know that the seal keeps the product fresh, but that spray is fine and forgettable, until you put your hand or some papers or something in it and then they make their presence known. So just put down a wash cloth and open the foundation over it and you will be fine. And it really is a beautiful foundation. My bottle is only about half full so I will be reaching for it more often to use up the bottle. And yes, it is on my list of foundations to replace, even with the spray.

The Ciate Bronzer is not terribly pigmented but it is buildable. I like it because it is really easy to work with. I will usually lean towards buildable over pigmented. I prefer to be in control. Plus I don’t tend to go for dramatic bronze and contouring so often highly pigmented products are simply too much for me. This works and it comes in an adorable compact. It just makes me happy to look at.

The blush from No 7 is also a winner, but i tend not to reach for it. While it applies well and blends out nicely I always look at the product through the clear front and think ‘Bright’ then reach for something else. It looks brighter and more pink than it is. So I need to stop passing it by because of it’s looks. I know I like it, especially since if i don’t like a blush it immediately gets passed along. It is a good product, I just need to remember that and reach for it more often.

The Jecca Balc glow drops do make a really good highlighter. They are even better if you put them all over the face underneath a flat matte foundation. If you have a matte primer and a matte foundation, a drop of this between the two is fantastic. It is a product well worht having around. I prefer the champagne because of my skin tone, but the rose petal works well for a variety of tones and is also really nice. Plus I love having multi use porducts.

The Fenty powder is one of those powders that is okay but not something I will repurchase when it is done. It’s primary benefit is that it is one of my non translucent setting powders so if a foundation is too light I can use it to a subtle adjustment. The powder itself is okay. It is in fact kind of generic. The lid sticks a bit when I turn it and I have to make certain there is no product on my hands or my fingers will slide and it will be impossible to open. It is just the slick metal. I would personally put some decorative ridges around the side to prevent slippage, but no one asked me to redesign their packaging. Inside there is an inner lid, which I like, However it keeps the powder from flying out when you pen it, however there is enough of a gap between the inner lid and the holes that when you peel the inner lid up, there is already product that has escaped the holes. I think I may have actually spilled more product than i used. it is more useful to me in the spring as I need more subtle foundation adjustments than bronzers provide as my skin starts to tan. Then summer hits and I just switch products and forget about this powder until the fall.

Today was the first use of the Defiance palette. It is a good daily color selection for me and I think playing with it will be fun. It is the kind of palette I could turn into an everyday palette. If I like it. the jury is still out on that. i had a little trouble with blending this morning and the shimmer didn’t show up at all until I rolled in the setting spray and wet the brush down. It worked better. I will be testing this palette all week next week (and possibly longer). For a first use, I will say that it was interesting and that I am looking forward to playing with it.

The Stila Mascara I love. You already know that. It is rapidly becoming my go to favorite. the name is a bit much, but I can’t deny the results so if they want to double up their adjectives they can go ahead.

The lipstick I used today was the wet ‘n wild that came i my look fantastic box. I like it. I have used Cinnamon Spice from the line for a while and in fact had to repurchase it a while back because I used it down to a nub. It is nice to have a more neutral shade in the same great formula.

And finally the setting spray I rolled out today was the Porefessional Super setter. It is one of my favorites because of the fine mist and the ability to seal makeup on for longer. The fine mist is my favorite part though. It works especially well if you are trying to coax shimmers onto eyeshadow brushes so it will probably stay out as I test the Defiance palette.

And that was my look for today. Over all it is a good day for me. My lunch celebrated the first basil of the season and one of my favorite brands is celebrating Dry Shampoo Day with 30% off. Plus I did manage to take some interesting products from my drawer. what more could I ask?

I know someone to complete the rest of today’s paperwork for me. It would be great, but we can’t have everything can we my darlings? So it is back to work for me to hopefully clear out some space before the end of the day. Wish me luck!

The Daily: January 26th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Last night I utilized the new eSalon hair kit that came in. I tried it a while back when I really needed a quality home hair kit and have been ordering it ever since. This link will take you to my full review/step by step break out if you are interested. (I went slightly darker about six months after this post went live).

The eSalon dye lasts a really long time without fading, and truthfully that why I always get a root touch up from them when I order my color. well, not each time, if I am using the same color. I only use the rot touch up at the end of each hair color when my roots are getting longer but i don’t actually want to re-dye my hair just yet.

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I know it probably sounds strange, but i like to go as long between hair dyes as possible. even though it is a good quality dye, I feel the less I do to my hair, as far as any form of processing, the healthier it will be. At this point I’m only using hot tools a few times a month as well. Mostly because I am working from home and thankfully people have returned to just phone calls instead of zoom meetings. It helps give my hair a rest.

But because I only use the root touch up when I am trying to extend the time, one bottle lasts about a full year. It comes matched to the color of the dye so everything blends. I’m almost at the end of my root touch up so I’ll have to reorder with the next round of dye.

But I broke down and used my kit last night so my hair is a bit darker today than usual. And I’m not seeing the few scraggily grays peeking up from the top of my head. I wouldn’t mind if they grew in a cool stripe or something, but no I seem to have a small cluster that wants to corkscrew up to the sky, despite the fact that the rest of my hair has very little curl. The hardest part is not plucking them out and letting them grow long enough to be dyed.

But they are gone now and I am thrilled.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin gripping serum primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Storybook Cosmetics FairyTales Little Briar Rose Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Megalast lipstick in Cinnamon Spice

I’ll be honest, today, I just grabbed a few of my favorite things. Or at least some of my current favorites. Is saw the So pretty Eye shadow palette, remembered how much trouble it was and then I remembered how much of an issue I had with the LYS and the powder foundation and said, nope. Today we are just going easy.

As a warning, because I did choose some of my favorites, it may get a bit gushy.

I still used the LYS because this is the end of the trial and I feel I’ve given it a good run. I used it with the Elf Acne Fighting Foundation. Mostly because I really like this elf foundation. Out of the elf products, this and the putty primer may be my absolute faves from the brand. They have other good products (many actually) but these two items are my perennial favorites and will always be repurchased. this foundation is just weightless and blends really well. I don’t know if it actually prevents breakouts, but it certainly doesn’t cause them. I have never had an issue with it.

kind of messy up close, but it looks fine when I am running around

This Viseart bronzer is relatively new to me but each time I use it, I just like it more. First of all the fold up packaging just makes me smile. I would probably adore using it for that alone. The product inside though certainly lives up to that packaging. It is a great product. It is not super pigmented, but it builds well and blends beautifully. I really love it. Prior to this I only used the eyeshadows from the brand. Those are some of my favorite shadows. I may pull out one of those palettes tomorrow actually. Oh and if you read my full review of the bronzer, you may recall it wasn’t linked to the site. I sent an e-mail to the brand and they got back to me really quickly actually. It is only temporarily out of stock and will return to the site as soon as it is back in stock. Once I see it, I’ll post an update.

Today, I already had a palette out so I grabbed it for a simple swatch of color. It was the Storybook palette. I only use the pink tones in the palette and it is a bulky one so I have been trying to keep it out. I really like the shadows I use. The other shadows work well also they just aren’t in colors I gravitate towards. I will use the rosy tones down to pan though. As long as it doesn’t get buried in the back of the drawer. I’s bulk means it often gets pushed to the back. So I am trying to keep it forward.

bareMinerals came in today with both the blush and the mineral veil finishing powder. Both are fantastic. The blush I adore and will do my best to make sure I keep on hand. It is a powder to cream kind of formula. I apply it with a finger as though it was a cream product but is applies to the skin like a powder and is amazingly easy to blend. the mineral veil is just a great setting powder. I do have one interesting comment. I know many of you may remember that I was complaining that the Smashbox Photo Finish setting powder was difficult becuase the dial was hard to turn and that if you had any sort of mobility issues with your hands you might want to give it a pass. This bareminerals has a dial that you turn so that the holes to let out the powder are covered with plastic and the powder is secure if you are moving the jar about. I like that it isn’t an explosion of powder ever time you open it. while this dial isn’t the same as the smash box, it is similar in design. however it has easy to grip ridges on the side, turns easily and clicks to let you know when you have turned it fully, whether to open or close. It is much easier to operate. I think part of that is the design that lets your fingers grip the dial. If you have major issues with your hands, I think they do make this without the dial, just be aware that it is there in some of the products.

The Stila Mascara rolled back in today and honestly I think I may actually like it better than the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. As you may recall it was my go to for a long time and has recently been discontinued. I was quite sad. I have an open one though and I used it this week and yeah, I think I might like the Stila better. which is good because it is not discontinued. I’ll use the last of the Marc Jacobs and I think that Stila will get repurchased.

And then we have the Wet ‘n Wild Lipstick. Wet ‘n Wild was the first makeup brand I picked up at the drug store. In highschool I think every purse and backpack I had contained at least one black eyeliner from Wet ‘n Wild. there are many products I like from the brand but I love the formula of their Megalast lipsticks. They dry down a bit so that there is not a trail of lip prints stamped on everything you touch but they don’t dry out the lips and the color lasts for quite a while. I may not carry the black eyeliner as religiously as i once did, but the brand will always have a place in my heard and the lipsticks a place in my dressing table. I think this might actually be the third cinnamon spice I purchased in the past few years. Its one of the few that i will wear down to a nub and then immediately replace.

And so that my darlings is today’s makeup. After yesterday I just wanted something quick and easy to apply. These were the products I chose. Everything worked as it was supposed to, no products caused problems and my getting ready was smooth sailing. Now if the rest of the day will comply, I will consider Wednesday fabulous.

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The Daily: June 15th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings. Summer hours have arrived. Any walk on the trail that does not occur prior to 10 am is just ill-advised. Apparently what little spring we had is completely gone. Actually this year it seems that winter just sort of passed the baton to summer without giving more than a nod to spring.

Regardless, I managed to get my walk in just as the sun was becoming scorching. There was still sweat but there wasn’t that too long in the sun dizziness. We’ve reached the stage where i start wondering if I could repurpose an umbrella to serve as a parasol during my walks. Quite frankly I think that is a fashion that needs to make a come back.

Fashion or not, the end result is that I managed to get my walk in. I’ve also realized that with the easing of restrictions I can feel more comfortable wearing more of my jewelry again. I actually had to put a lot of my earrings away for fear of mask entanglement. I almost ripped one out of my ear last year and decided away was a better course of action. I might have to spend tonight sorting and untangling.

But for Today’s Look, no jewelry I’m afraid.

Primer: YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: NARS Laguna Beach

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light Halo

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Powder: Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers

Lips: Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Lip in Cinnamon Spice

Setting Spray: MAC Fix +

Due to sweat and stress and still occasional masking I have a few bumps coming up on my chin so the acne fighting foundation seemed like a good call today. Plus it is a fantastic foundation so no complaints. I also like the YSL Blur Primer. I am however trying to use it up at the moment. I have a sample size and it comes with a small paddle to apply the product rather than a pump and even though I have been careful It seems like something that could easily be contaminated, so I am trying to remember to use it more. I actually rather like it though. It is blurring to the pores and slightly brightening but not to gowy under the foundation. I am not a dewy look kind of person. The dewy look makes me think I need to blot with powder. Especially in the summer time.

Speaking of powder I pulled the Smashbox powder from the drawer today. It is a very frustrating product. I like the powder a lot. It is a great color on me and doesn’t look powdery. However it is a shave the powder as you go product. To use you twist the dial it shaves powder from a solid block and boom you have loose powder. In theory it is fabulous. However the longer I keep the compact the more the dial keeps sticking.I think I am going to use it until the dial won’t turn and the break open the compact and just use the powder as a pressed powder. For now the dial still turns though so it is used as intended.

The MAC Fix plus is working well as a setting spray After two uses I am about half way through the sample size of the setting spray so I will be finishing it out this week. It works well though so in the future i think i will look into picking up a full size.

Everything else is more or less a standard favorite. With Huda beauty i just did a quick swipe across the eyes and as always I am reminded of how much I like the Feathers mascara from Pretty Vulgar. I think it surprises me because I first picked it up solely because the packaging looked nice. I do love the curved wand and the lengthening the product gives my lashes though. It’s like being rewards for a superficial thought. Still a very good mascara.

Over all it is a pretty quiet day. Working away and trying to check things off my to do list. At least with the heat the way it is, I got my daily work out checked off early. The summer heat is sort of the anti-procrastination tool. which I suppose is a good thing. Anyway back to work for me. i hope all of you are having a fabulous Tuesday as well.


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