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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The Daily: June 1st, 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to June. It still looks very strange to see that written out. Over the weekend the temperatures dropped so now it feels like it is back to being early March. Over the weekend though we did get to open all of the windows and completely air the house out. The fresh air was nice, however the biggest benefit was not watching our central air system struggle between seasons.

And of course now the house feels extra fresh and clean. Which is nice.

I don’t know if it is just because we are coming off a three day weekend or what but today it feels as though everything is taking twice as long as usual. Its like that extra day made everyone completely lose their place from where they stopped on Friday. I really hope that it is just a slow start to the week and not a sign of the entire week.

I don’t think it helped that I overindulged this weekend. There was dinner and drinks with friends on Friday night. Take out and then a barbeque for Memorial Day. I lost track of anything even resembling a calorie count. Today I got back on track though and went back to writing down what I am eating.

On the plus side, the weather is absolutely fabulous to walk in right now so I got up early to start summer hours (even though there was no heat to beat today) and managed to get two long walks in today. I may have gone completely off track this weekend, but I am back in the correct lane now. And I plan to stay on track.

You will also notice that I went a little over board with the trimming of the bangs this weekend. I trimmed them and then realize they were lopsided so they ended up shorter than I planned just so I could make them reasonably straight. I think I need to clean up some details, but by the time I ended up with what I have I needed to step away from the scissors more. While it turned out okay, it really shows off how bad my brows have gotten. Clean up begins tonight. However…

Today’s Look:

Primer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise Palette

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Primer

Highlighter: Huda Beauty Highlight in Capri

Powder: Ciate London Extraordinary Loose setting powder

Eyeshadow: Too Faced Melted Chocolate matte Eye Shadow in Amaretto

Mascara: They’re Real Magnet Mascara from Benefit Cosmetics

Lipstick: MAC Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

This week I am testing out the Too Faced Liquid matte eyeshadow. I have the one color in Amaretto. It came in A Boxy charm actually. I love the fact that it is matte as every other liquid eyeshadow I have is a shimmer. Today I wore it alone and in upcoming days I’ll try pairing it with other products. This first use was interesting. I found my fingers were more useful for blending it than the applicator stick. I will be playing around with it, but as a one shade across the lids it worked really well, dried down pretty fast and didn’t crease at all. Thus far it seems like a pretty good product.

In fact everything that I used today I liked. I think this No 7 Foundation may be one I reach for a lot this upcoming summer. I may have to check the shades though and get one slightly darker if it is available. I really like the way it melted into the skin and felt weightless. It is definitely a formula I will be keeping handy.

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