The Daily: January 27th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today has been a strange day. I didn’t end up walking because my legs were just not happy with me for all the extra walking I put in earlier this week. I think I might have worked myself out a bit.

I did have a lot of running around to do today. Last week I put off as many errands as I could because the weather was not the sort I wanted to drive around town in. Plus a lot of things were closed because shop owners didn’t want their employees driving around in that sort of weather either.

I respect that.

However, temps have been dropping today and it looks like snow overnight with mixed rain, sleet and snow tomorrow, so I decided errands should best be done today. So around town I went. When I finished my needed errands I popped into the second hand shop to see what they had. Mostly just to browse because I was feeling virtuous about all the errands and felt like I could spend some time just meandering if I wanted. So my intent was to just stroll and look.. Maybe pick up a ring from their large collection. For some reason this seems to be the store where people donate a lot of costume jewelry. I love finding funky rings there.

Today it wasn’t a ring i found, but a cape. A red wool cape to be exact. And it fits me perfectly. I’ll be taking it to the dry cleaners with the few other things we have that need to go, but I just had to share the fabulousness with you.

Tell me that is not a fabulous red cape. I am ridiculously excited about this and I have to say that I will be building my Valentine’s Day outfit around the cape. It also reminded me that I needed to start preparing for Valentine’s Day. I don’t know if you are doing your own prep work for the day, but even when on my own I always used this as an excuse to buy myself a new set of pretty undies. Even if I know no one but me will see them, I just have a weakness for fabulous undergarments. As strange as it sounds, I always feel more confident when I am wearing pretty underwear. In case you haven’t seen them yet, The Underclub has just released new sets for Valentine’s Day. They have an entire Plus sized collection.

Plus Size All Black Lingerie Box

I love my monthly subscription with them and I absolutely adore the fact that their sizes range from XS to XXXL. The inclusivity makes me happy, but so does the underwear. They are just good quality pieces. And the fact that they actually released a plus sized collection for valentines day, just makes me so happy. I encourage all of you to check them out. I’ll put the links below.

So that gives me outer wear and underwear for Valentines day. Now I just need to figure out the bits between and then figure out if my babydoll has a homemade meal request or if we are going to get food from elsewhere. It seems like there is a lot of time, but Valentine’s day is creeping up. And for me February is always a jam packed month This one looks to be no exception. So if I can square everything away early, I’ll be a happy camper.

Today alas there was no makeup. I worked at my desk and then put a mask on to run around town. To be honest when I know I am going to be wearing a mask for the better part of a day, I only slap on a little mascara. Often I’ll add a lip mask to wear under the face mask, but that’s about it. Today I remembered the lip mask but forgot the mascara. It was not my most glamorous day. Which is perhaps why the fates decided I needed a cape. A reminder to be more fabulous. I suppose I should admit that tonight I will be going through my lipsticks and seeing which lipstick pairs best with this cape. I have several reds I like wearing, but I think it will either have to match or be a completely neutral shade. It’s just a little bit of Thursday night fin for me.

So Pretty, or is it? Trying out Formula Z’s So Pretty palette

I was very excited to choose this Formula Z So Pretty palette for my January IPSY box. Okay, I saw the bronze glitter, started drooling and clicked add to choice items. I knew it was a palette with other colors in it, I just lost my head when it came to the bronze glitter. And surprisingly enough, the bronze glitter did not disappoint. It’s the other shadows that had issues.

So let’s take a look. As you can see there are six pans in this palette. I don’t know why but lately I have really been digging the smaller palettes. the issue here is that with the exception of the two glitters, all of the other colors, both mattes and shades are shadows i have in other palettes. Some of which are really good palettes. Both in those colors and as in the palette as a whole. This palette has two mattes, two shimmers and two glitters. Each row has one of each, so lets look at the rows.

L to R: Opulent, Empire, Regal

The top row has the shimmer on the left (Opulent), Glitter in the middle (Empire) and matte on the right (Regal).Opulent swatched well and was okay on the lids. It is a bronzy gold shimmer, which I like. It feels soft in the pan, but was a little powdery applying and tended to blend away into nothing but a slight shine.

Empire was this row’s glitter and it was really hard to work with. It didn’t want to leave the dry brush when I tried applying so it was very patchy. Spraying the brush with setting spray really helped. It also helped to use a lid primer and to apply it when the primer was still tacky. and then to spray it with setting spry to keep it in place. It was a lovely color on the eyes and in general it will stay in place for about three hours before it begins it’s slow descent down your face. Be aware that when you remove it, if you are using a reusable makeup wipe, like a Makeup Eraser, then once you have finished removing your makeup then that cloth needs to go directly into the washing machine otherwise you will end up putting glitter on your face the next day. If there is one product you keep the occasional disposable makeup removing cloth around for, this would be it.

You will still find glitter in random places three days later.

Which is very different to the matte shadows. The third shadow in this row is the matte, Regal. It blends into my skin tone so it is really hard to see. It is also powdery, patchy and prone to blending away into nothing. I used it in conjunction with the one other matte from this palette (Legend). They seemed to work well together but it was an effort and as they are both shades of brown it looked like Regal lightened up Legend somewhat but the two just sort of muddied together. The big benefit was that one matte covered up the patchiness of the other matte.

L to R: Legend, Icon, Star

The matte, Legend is the first shadow in the second row. It swatched better than it applied. It was patchy, and powdery. It only worked well because I used the other brown matte to cover up the patchiness or slid the bronze glitter of Icon over it so that it was no more than an accent. A matte punctuation at the end of a glitter sentence.

Icon was the bronze glitter and the reason I chose the palette in the first place. I was hoping that the matte shades would be everyday usable, but I’m not a fan of them. Using the bronze of Icon, I forget all about the other pans. I love this glitter shade. Usually golden shades are too brassy for me and tend to look odd with my skin tone. This is the exact right shade of bronze for me. It has some of the same issues as Empire, the other glitter shade, but it does apply slightly better. It has a slightly smoother formula which makes application easier. You still need the lid primer and the setting spray, but it does stay in place a little better. You are still looking at only about four hours before fall out begins, but quite frankly, I love it.

The final shade is Star. It is a decent shimmer. It doesn’t blend away as much as the other shimmer shade, Opulent, but it can blend down a lot. It is one of those shades I would use if i had the palette open so that I didn’t have to go hunting for another shadow, but not one I would actually pull this palette out for. It works, but I have this exact same shade in several other palettes, many with better formulas.

I’ll be honest, this is a palette I am keeping for the glitters. Primarily the Bronze of Icon, but I do like the sparkle of Empire as well. When I get this palette out, I will get out another palette and use the mattes from it. I will probably use other shimmers as well. Normally this is where I would ask myself if I would buy this palette again. As and IPSY choice, I am happy with my choice. This palette however retails for $25. It is not a $25 palette. Even if I really liked the mattes and shimmers I don’t think it would be a $25 palette. It seems more like a $15 palette.

I don’t know very much about Formula Z. While I loved the bronze I also chose them because I had not heard of the brand before. If they sell individual shadows, their glitter shades would be worth picking up. As both of these shades did well, I am sure any other shades they have would probably do as well. I would not buy the palette and if they have singles, I would pick up the glitters and leave the rest behind. I may be happy to have the glitters, but many other companies also make glitters and I would not rebuy this palette just for those glitters. I will however use it until those two glitters are gone.

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Trying out the Secure Skin Gripping Primer from LYS

For the past few weeks I’ve been using the LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum primer. Now we all know that in general, I love primers. I think it is a holdover from painting. I think of applying a primer as well, priming the canvas to get the best results when you apply the makeup above it. As I’ve gotten older I appreciate the pore filling, wrinkle eliminating elements a bit more than I used to.

This LYS Primer was a little different from what I am used to, or at least the description was a little bit different than is typical of the primers I tend to gravitate towards. I’m going to paste a chunk of info from the website here so brace yourself as it is a bit more than the usual description.

stands up, all on it’s own

This daily serum primer helps balance the look of skin and control the appearance of excess shine throughout the day for a seamless complexion — with or without makeup. It’s packed with skincare ingredients for guilt-free beauty that feels as good as it looks.

Who We Made This For: Combination to Oily Skin, Blemish-prone, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Enlarged Pores

Instantly perfect your canvas with this silicone-free serum primer that helps balance the look of skin and control the appearance of excess shine throughout the day without any of the nasties. Made with oily, blemish-prone skin types in mind, this skincare-infused primer is packed with Niacinamide, Ginger Root, Lemon and Grapefruit extracts to visibly minimize the look of enlarged pores and brighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation for benefits that outlast your glam. With a gripping formula, this primer latches onto your favorite complexion products for a just-applied finish that lasts. With nourishing skin-enhancing ingredients, like an AHA-Fruit Blend, Secure Skin helps visibly improve skin texture and uneven tone.

LYS Beauty

Okay that’s a lot of interesting claims for a primer. Before we dig into how well they did, let’s mention the packaging a but. The LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer comes in a squeeze tube. However it is shaped into a triangle so that it can stand up. I absolutely love this. A lot of my primers come in squeeze tubes and corralling them is always interesting because most of them simply don’t stand up. Or only stand up until you move the drawer and then you have to watch the careful arranged line topple into chaos. This is sturdy. It stands and it isn’t going anywhere. I feel that someone actually thought about the packaging and came up with a good plan. I think they should be saluted. The pink and gold together is also rather pretty.

This is a serum formula so when you dispense it, put it int the center of your palm. I tend to put primers and foundations on the top of my hand and then apply from there. If you try that with this primer it will drip everywhere. It applies well, but it applies wet. Like any other serum you need to give it a second to dry down a little.

When it does dry down, the serum becomes very sticky and it does grip the makeup very well. During this trial I tried to wear my makeup longer throughout the day than usual to see if it helped with longevity. It did. It generally kept makeup in place longer than when I didn’t wear the primer.

However it didn’t work the same with every type of foundation. I used a series of foundations, rotating through the different types in my collection. With most of them there was no noticeable difference. The foundation applied with no issues. I couldn’t feel the primer and the foundation didn’t seem to care that it was there at all.

Then there was the serum based and Powder foundations. With the serum based foundation, I could tell that the primer was there. I could feel it pulling at the foundation and gripping it as I applied. It still applied well, but I ended up using a bit more foundation than I was used to using so the foundation ended up looking a little heavier than I planned. I think in the future I simply won’t use this primer with a serum based primer. Something about the two serums combined didn’t mix.

then there was the powder foundation. The powder foundation felt the grip of the skin gripping primer. A little too much actually. It made the powder foundation apply in patchy ways. while I sorted it out in the application phase, by the end of the day, my skin was looking a little on the patchy side as well. It was a pain to combine the two products. They didn’t want to combine and i will not combine them again. This is not the primer to use with a powder foundation.

Over all though, except for those two types of foundation, it applied and worked beautifully in regards to gripping the foundation. It wasn’t as fabulous at pore filling. It did provide a good base and initially it filled in the pores and fine lines, but as the day wore on the fine lines started to show. I think part of that is because it is a serum that has skin care benefits and is designed to be absorbed by the skin..

when it works, it works well (there was no sunlight on the day I took the photo)

Yup, the skincare benefits may have gotten in the way of some of the primer functionality. Looking over the ingredients list, there are a lot of fruit extracts that can soften skin and lighten dark spots. there are Niacinamides which help with fine lines. I am happy with all of that and even though there were no results in a two week period I’m sure that with regular continued use, just like with any other skin care, the effects would show.

I really do think that some of the skin care elements make it a less effective primer. My skin pulling those ingredients in may be why at the beginning of the day the makeup looked fabulous and then as the day went on, products I normally don’t have issues with settling into fine lines, suddenly decided to settle into fine lines. I don’t have a problem if makeup has good for me ingredients in them. I rather like it.

In general there is a sort of line between makeup and skincare. While I am a fan of good for your skin makeup, it felt like this primer wanted to unite the world of makeup and skin care and the makeup side of things suffered because of it. I am more than happy to use a serum to help plump up my fine lines and then add on a primer with my makeup. This product tried too hard to do too many things. While it made my makeup look good when applied, and it did keep my makeup on my face for a longer period of time, it had about a four hour window of looking good. If I need to look good for a meeting when I didn’t have any makeup on before hand, I would reach for this knowing that I would look good for my meeting and then probably wash my face after the meeting.

As for wearing this primer on the skin on it’s own for a no makeup day. I can see where the skin care benefits might really shine there. However it is still sticky After a minute of drying down it becomes a very sticky substance. I tried wearing it on it’s own and it simply didn’t work. It was far too sticky to be worn on it’s own.

It is a very interesting product and wearing it felt really nice. It is however a primer I like best in small doses. When worn for a few hour long stretch, it is fantastic. I will rotate it in and continue to use it. I just don’t see myself purchasing it once this bottle is empty. It is just not the primer for me.

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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Perfume Review: Libre from Yves Saint Laurent

This sample of Libre from Yves Saint Laurent came to me in a Macy’s Beauty Box. I know that is not surprising. Macy’s always includes, one, if not two perfume samples in each month’s box. This was part of a brand take over box in which every item, including the bag was from YSL.

It was a fantastic bag. And I got to try several items I hadn’t ever heard of let alone tried out. There were several perfumes in the collection of items and the Deluxe size of the Mon Paris from YSL has become one of the perfumes I will definitely be purchasing in the full size once i have worked my way through the deluxe sample.

Libre, was only in a small sample size however it was one of the scents I was most eager to try out. I think because I have heard so much buzz about it. This seems to be the YSL fragrance everyone talks about, at least on the sites I’ve looked at. Plus the bottle looks stunning.

According to the brand…

Libre Eau de Parfum is a bold and floral women’s fragrance. A statement feminine scent for those who live by their own rules. Lavender essence from France combines with the sensuality of Moroccan orange blossom and a daring note of vanilla extract for a unique long-lasting scent.

A celebration of freedom, this daring, yet distinctly floral and feminine perfume is for those who do what they want and dare to be exactly who they are. Breaking boundaries and paving their own way, this women’s perfume is inspired by the bold and the free.

YSL on Libre Perfume

Doesn’t that description sound fabulous? It has all of the good feels, breaking boundaries, freedom, inspired by the bold. I had high hopes for this one.

Alas they were not realized. While I thought Mon Paris was going to be floral and overly sweet it ended up with more depth and complexity than anticipated. This Libre perfume promises depth and complexity, based on it’s references. What it is tends to be a mix of lavender and orange blossom. To be honest, it reminds me of the sachets my grandmother put in her underwear drawer.

It is very lavender with a hint of orange blossom. Anything else is hidden under those powerhouses of scent. It is simple, overly floral, overly sweet and when sprayed the scent profile makes me think of little old ladies. It is a scent i would not expect to find worn by someone under the age of eighty. I was not a fan.

It lacks depth and complexity and isn’t something I will ever purchase. It is also not a sample tube I will finish. I struggled to wear it for week, using less and less each day and I still have half a tube. It will be passed on. Perhaps someone else will not find the scent as old lady as I did, or perhaps they will pass it on to their granny. Regardless, Libre by YSL will not be entering my collection and I am happy to let it go.

It’s Exfoliating time with Edible Beauty

For those of you who are subscribed to BoxyCharm, then you know that each month Boxycharm gives you points for reviewing the products in the boxes you receive. Each month I review the items, but often times when I go to their charm room there aren’t a lot of items I want to use my points to redeem. Recently I was in the charm room and I saw this Edible Beauty Desert Lime Flawless Micro Exfoliant face polish and I thought it looked like an interesting product to spend my points on. I believe it might have been an item in some of the base boxes for either November of December (not entirely certain about that as I don’t get the base box).

I love the internal seal

You know I love exfoliants and I am a big fan of lime scent. I don’t think people use it enough. And I had never even heard of Edible Beauty. Because I am spending a month with the Juice Beauty Bamboo Pore Clearing mask, I am bringing up a lot of buried clogged pores to the surface so it is also the perfect time to test out an exfoliator. The Juice Beauty mask may bring things up but another product is needed to clear what comes up away.

It turns out Edible Beauty is an Australian based skincare company focused on a holistic approach to skincare. When this is applied to the Desert Lime Flawless Mirco Exfoliant the site description becomes…

A gentle micro-exfoliant that uses natural rice grains to gently dislodge and dissolve dead skin cells and impurities to reveal a smooth and radiant complexion. Australian native Desert Lime deeply hydrates whilst radiance is further boosted by naturally-occurring AHAs found in Strawberry and Lime fruit extracts which work to visibly maximise skin hydration for a renewed complexion.  

This polish is enriched with a nourishing blend of oils including Camellia Seed Oil, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter which ensure skin is not stripped of its natural oil balance.  

Lime and Coconut scents complete the fresh and rejuvenating feeling when applying the polish.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetaryl Glucoside, Glycerin*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Saponaria Officinalis (Soap Wort) Leaf Extract*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Levulinate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Glauca (Desert Lime) Fruit Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Anisate, Acacia Victoriae (Wattleseed) Extract, Fragraria Ananassa (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba (Gingko) Leaf Extract, Limonene^

Edible Beauty

I put the ingredients list up with the description, mostly because I wanted to talk about scent. It is an interesting one. The scent of this exfoliant has a top not of lime which you get right away. as you apply it though the blended scent of coconut and sunflower oils come to the fore front. They are not so nice and sort of block out the lime scent. It is clear there is still lime in it but after that initial lime blast, the sunflower and coconut oils scents take over. (not that is smells like coconut. Coconut oil has a bit of a different scent to it.

before water is added

I was very surprised to find that this jar was listed for $28 on the Edible Beauty sight as the package feels far more Luxe. It is a glass jar with a study plastic lid. It feels heavy and kind of expensive in the hand.

The exfoliant itself is thick and creamy, almost like a moisturizer that has exfoliation bits mixed into it. Given the oils, butters and wax in the ingredients list, it is easy to see why. The exfoliates are very fine in texture and when massaged into the skin they are very gentle. This is not an overly harsh exfoliator. The cream is thick enough that it can be put on the skin and then massaged in without worrying about the product dripping.

rinsed but still left with a layer of moisturization

The directions say to apply it to the face in small circular motions and then add the water to emulsify. The water naturally thins out the cream and makes it spread more easily. When rinsing off the cream I used water splashed in my face and my hands. The I toweled dry. I like this method when I first use an exfoliant because it lets me know what is left behind. The rice powder washed away fairly easily. I didn’t have to scrub to remove all of the exfoliate. It is a micro exfoliant so the particles are smaller and I think they were unable to resist being dragged down the drain when the cream itself was rinsed off.

I only pat my skin dry and then waited. Once my skin was dried down and no dampness from the rinse remained, I again looked at my skin. the exfoliation particles worked well, my skin is smooth. There is a just been moisturized feel to my skin as well. Given the rest of the ingredients I would have bean surprised it there hadn’t been. Typically I prefer when my exfoliators rinse of completely clean, then I go back in with a serum on the newly exfoliated skin and follow with my moisturizer of choice. While this didn’t leave a heavy layer of moisturization behind after it, it was still enough that I did not feel as though I should add to it and just went about the rest of my afternoon.

As something to follow a pore clearing mask, this is a great second step. Is it my favorite exfoliator? No. Had the scent of lime not faded so quickly and been replaced by the scent of the emulsified oils, perhaps it would have stirred something deeper in my heart. But alas the scent faded. More importantly, it didn’t rinse away as cleanly as I would have liked. However it was a great exfoliator, the moisturization layer it left behind is more of a preference than a deal breaker and it was all in all a nice product to use. I plan to continue using it until there is no more left in the jar and in the future I would consider repurchasing it. It may not be my personal favorite, but the Desert Lime Flawless Micro-exfoliant face polish is still a very good product with a good price point that I have no problems using. In addition, I would not mind trying out more products from the brand in the future.

The Daily: January 25th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are all having a fabulous Tuesday. The sun is shining here and I have to admit, I skipped my planned morning workout to go on a longer walk. It was 50 degrees and sunny.

I regret nothing.

I did come home to a full e-mail in box and several text messages so it was sort of a trade off on time, but truthfully, I regret nothing. There were too many days last week where I didn’t leave the house for me to feel bad about extra walking time. There was a little extra time spent in conversation with my neighbor’s daughter.

My neighbor Agnes has some form of dementia and so her kids and a nurse take turns staying with her and her daughter came in today and found that all of the notes reminding her Agnes not to go out of the house on her own were taken down. Agnes folded them and made them into a paper chain. They were folded quite intricately. Apparently this has been going on a while. The family puts up nots, Agnes leaves them for a day or two then takes them all down and folds them into a paper chain and then the family puts up more notes.

Its like some form of non-verbal protest against the restrictions. Or at least that is what the son (who is a psychiatrist) thinks. Agnes’ daughter just wanted to check with me to see if she had been actually going out or if it was just the taking down of the notes. Mostly because when Agnes leaves the house she seems to just come over to our house.

Despite the note removal, Agnes hasn’t left the house and I text the family every time she does so it is just the notes. And a quite elaborate paper chain. Its the sort of paper chain that my mother used to make with gum wrappers when she was a child. It was actually kind of impressive.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: LYS No Limits Matte Bronzer

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light Blush

Highlighter: About Face Light Lock Fluid Highlight

Eyeshadow: Formula Z So pretty Palette

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Mac Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

Okay I am still testing out this primer and today, I used it with the KVD Powder Foundation. i really like this foundation as normally it is quick and easy to use. It blends beautifully. Today, it ended up patchy because the primer gripped it in strange ways. It went from a foundation that was easy peasy to apply to one that was a struggle. This far this is the only formula that I’ve tried that has this issue. (and the KVD has never had this issue before). I think this primer just doesn’t work well with powder foundations.

Today I also decided to use the LYS bronzer. It is okay. It is a large pan which is nice and the packaging is pretty. The formula is buildable but can also blend away to nothing if you aren’t careful with it. It is a bronzer I will use since I have it, but not one I reach for often and not one I would repurchase.

The marbled light blush from Ciate is a product I love, reach for a lot and would happily repurchase. However when i went onto their site I noticed that it wasn’t there. I am really hoping they just need to restock it. The above link will take you to their illuminating blush, which is also nice. I have it and use it, but I do prefer the marbled light.

lots of fall out, I had to clean up more after this photo was taken

I took out the About Face Highlighter today mostly because it was in the drawer with the LYS Bronzer. This is another product i don’t tend to reach for often and I need to actually keep it out to give it more of a trial. It is a liquid highlighter and the container is large and over built. It is pretty but it takes up a lot of space for a 0.5 oz bottle of product. Today I put it on and it looked a little more greasy than illuminating. so I put a little bit of powder over it and it more or less disappeared. At that point though I had already spent enough time getting the primer and foundation to get along that I didn’t really want to spend more time on the highlighter. I think when it came in I tried it once but never played around with it. I might do some playing and see what happens. At the moment, I like the packaging but am not so thrilled with the product.

Today I went again for the Formula Z palette. Today though, I only went for the mattes. Mostly because I couldn’t find my eyelid primer. I’m going to try to locate it tonight. Then I’ll play around more with the glitters. Because these glitters need some help to sty in place. the setting spray did it’s best by by the end of the day I had bronzed glitter contours down the sides of my nose. While an interesting look, not really what i was going for. So I played around with the mattes today. There are only two. One almost perfectly matches my skin tone and the other is a dark brown. I applied the dark brown and then blended with the lighter skin matching shade.

They are both powdery and I have both colors in better, easy to blend formulas. This got there in the end, but it was more of an effort then I wanted to put into what basically amounts to a one and done shadow look. If I end up keeping this palette, it is going to be because I like the glitters and don’t have that many in my collection. I’m not keeping it for the mattes.

The Eyeko Black magic I am keeping. While I prefer the formula of the Lash Alert from Eyeko it is still a good formula and I am still happy to use it. And honestly it was a relief to just swipe it on after the make up issues of the day. The MAC lipstick was also a treat. I appreciated the mascara and lips causing no issues whatsoever. Plus this is one of my favorite neutral lipsticks. It goes well with my skin tone without completely washing out my lips into my face. And MAC always has a great formula. They were my first love in lipsticks and remain dear to my heart.

So that was my makeup look today. It was more of a struggle than my daily makeup is. Usually if I have this much trouble it is because I am trying something fancy i saw on a tutorial. And generally making a mess of it. Normally my every day looks don’t take a lot of time. This took a lot of time. And still came out looking like an everyday office look. If I take this much time with my makeup, I want it to look spectacular. Not bad, wasn’t worth this kind of effort. But some days are like that my darlings. I just like to keep them to a minimum. Hopefully that means my meetings later this afternoon will go smoothly. One can only hope. And now that I know to avoid powder foundations with this primer, I’m sure tomorrow will be a brighter day. At least as far as makeup application goes. Happy Tuesday!

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Verb in Action

Over the holidays I took samples of the Verb Ghost shampoo and conditioner with me in my travel bag. These sample size containers gave me a total of three washes worth of product. Since I wash my hair every other day, that was a full week with this Verb Shampoo and conditioner set.

In general I like verb products. While I still have to post the hair oil review, I do like the verb hair oil. I also really enjoyed their Ghost Mask. It has actually made my list of products to reorder as soon as I use up some of my current hair masks and have some space. This was the first time I tried the shampoo and regular conditioner though. Typically the duo sells for $38 but when I checked the links this morning it was on sale for $30, if you are interested in stocking up. (Not an affiliate code, just a link to their website.) According to the website …

This invisible combo works to weightlessly cleanse and moisturize fine or easily weighed-down hair. Moringa oil infuses the hair shaft with essential nutrients that naturally smooth frizz and promote radiant shine for all hair types. Verb® Ghost Shampoo™ weightlessly cleanses fine hair, protects color and leaves hair tangle-free. Verb® Ghost Conditioner™ provides weightless protection while strengthening fine hair.

Verb Ghost Collection

Now I will be the first to admit that fine is not a term that generally applies to my hair. My hair is long and it is thick and the individual strands are not fine. I had my doubts as to whether or not this duo would work for my hair at all. It turns out, I didn’t need to worry. My hair felt clean and nourished, despite not being the fine hair this shampoo was built to target. The weightless ‘ghost’ formula was able to move through my thicker hair and soften and condition it nicely. It was as weightless as it claims and I loved the way my hair feels.

The ascent of these products is as ghostly as their weight. There is almost no scent to them. When I sniffed, my nose said, shampoo. That was it. There was no scent of florals or herbs. No salon type scent either. It was plain and simple, shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo lathered well and rinsed clean while the conditioner conditioned. I had no issues with tangles and most importantly, the clean lasted until the next hair wash.

I know that sounds a little on the strange side but i have recently noticed that with a lot of shampoos the clean doesn’t last. Like I mentioned above, I like to wash my hair every other day. In the summer time when I just get too sweaty for words, I rinse my hair but don’t use any product. And I have to touch up with dry shampoo. But i still manage to skip a day between shampoo.

In the winter when i simply don’t sweat as much, I use less dry shampoo and have to rinse my hair less in the interim. With some of the shampoos I have tried recently I have noticed that on that day I skip washing, my hair will look greasy enough that I need to reach for the dry shampoo, at least for my bangs.

This was not one of those Shampoo and Conditioner sets. When I used the Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner it worked well on the day I used it, let me skip the day between and still looked good without resorting to the use of dry shampoo.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dry shampoo, but in the winter because the air is drier, i notice that I tend to get more fly always and dry static-y bits when I use dry shampoo in the winter. I think it dries the hair out a little more than I want so I try to avoid using it when possible.

I will say that I didn’t get a lot of volumizing with this shampoo and I th9ink that is where this fell down for me. There is the possibility that it is because this shampoo and conditioner set was designed for fine hair and not my thicker hair. For silky soft and fabulous hair it is really hard to beat Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and conditioner, but this does come in a close second. And if you don’t like the salon scent of Color Wow I could see this being an alternative. If you are looking for volume though, you may have to roll in an extra product.

This is a shampoo and conditioner set that I would definitely consider picking up again in a full sized version. It may not be targeted specifically for my type of hair, but it worked well for me just the same and I am sad that the samples are empty.

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Unboxing the Macy’s Beauty Box for January 2022

Oh Macys. I always love your beauty box, but this month, you gave me anxiety. Sometimes having access to all of the tracking information can drive you a little bit mental. This Macy’s Beauty box is $15 per month ($16.46 with tax) and is usually a really good Beauty Subscription.

They tend to lean towards more high end products. I really like this because often the products they send are ones I would really like to try, but don’t want to experiment with at that price range. If I like them, I’ll end up buying them, but honestly I like to try even drug store products before I pick up a full sized version. I just don’t like buying any product and then have it go to waste because I simply didn’t like it. I’d rather try out the sample first. with the higher end products, this personality quirk also helps me save a bit of money.

Usually Macy’s charges for their Beauty box around the 27th of the Month before (charging in December for January’s Box) and then they send the box out the first or second week of the month. This month I was Charged January 3rd (Which I suspect had more to do with the Holidays than anything else). Then later on the 3rd I received an e-mail saying the boxes would be shipped late that month. Again that isn’t an uncommon thing. But then I received a tracking number on the 4th saying it would arrive on the 14th.

I figured they weren’t running as late as they thought. Then on the 14th it claimed to be at my local post office but was listed as delayed. It was out for delivery on the 18th and then it actually arrived on January 21st. I’m sure that mostly has to do with the post office and not Macys. It just felt a bit like a saga to get it here.

So what arrived in this box the Post Office seemed intent on keeping for themselves? Well the first item out of the box would make me want to keep it for myself. It is a travel size of the Elemis Cleansing Balm. I can’t be mad at a subscription that sends and Elemis Cleansing Balm. At least not on the month they send it. This is hands down, my favorite cleansing balm. And I am happy to have it in any size.

The second item out of the box is a deluxe sample sized tube of the AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream. It is a classic and it is a fantastic hand cream. With AHAVA I am hit or miss with their other products, but their hand creams are fantastic. This one has a really light scent and is not only super moisturizing but excellent for those with a sensitivity to strongly scented skincare products. After trying out the Bloom and Blossom, the low scent is actually kind of nice.

The third item is one I have seen before. It either arrived in this subscription box or a Birchbox. I can’t remember which, but I am very pleased to have it. This is the Clarins Total Eye Lift. It is a great product and I enjoyed using it. The biggest issue is that there was almost no product in my last tube. I tried it for two days I believe, before it ran out. This one feels just as light. I’m going to roll it into my line up right away simply because I don’t think it is going to last more than a couple of days and I know I like it so i might as well clear the sample out while using up the discontinued Bright Eyes I am currently working through. Plus when samples are so small I always worry the air in the rest of the tube is going to make the sample go bad. I’m sure it won’t but I’d like to just like to go ahead and use it up rather than have it kick around the drawer for later.

Continuing on there is the Youth Haus Glow and Go Gold Eye recovery Eye patches. While I have never heard of the brand, I do love eye patches. This is a single set so I will put it with my other single sets. I really need to actually use the single set ones. I usually just buy a pack of my favorite brand, use them and then just re order forgetting that I have singles from subscription boxes. I may make a concentrated effort to work through them to see if any of them are as good as my standard and deserve to be ordered in a full sized box as well. Regardless, I am always happy to see another set of eye patches.

Moving along is a box that dominates this month’s subscription items and I think it may be a full size. It is a set of the Babor HydraPlus Hydration Ampule Concentrates. It says there are seven Ampuls, so a week’s worth if you are using them daily. When I went on the website they seemed to sell the boxes in the same size as full sixed (for $29.95 on one of my favorite sites The Skinstore), so I think this is the full sized item. Which is kind of awesome for a $15 beauty box. The description sounds like they are amazing for winter dry skin, so I may be trying these out soon. As the cold settles in, my skin just dries out more and more. So perfect timing from Macys. Someone there was thinking.

Usually there are two perfume samples in this box, but this month there was just one. It is the Beautiful Magnolia from Este Lauder. This is a brand that I think everyone recognizes. They have been around for a long time and I know there heaps of long term fans out there. I have to confess, I don’t think I have ever tried anything from the brand. I vaguely recall something that might have come in from a subscription box, but i think I might have passed it on. Or if I tried it I have no recollection of it. which is kind of strange since they are so well known. I think my Aunt has been using their foundation since before I tried out my first lip balm. And you know I love trying out perfumes. I will definitely have to give this a go. And perhaps look into more Este Lauder trials at some point. It just feels strange to realize I’ve not tried the brand when it has been a part of my little corner of the world for so long.

But that my darlings is the January Macy’s Beauty Box. It had to fight it’s way through the postal system to arrive here, but I have to say it was worth it. There are products I know, love and will use as well as products that I am really looking forward to trying out. This was a great month. Actually most of the Beauty Subscriptions are having a really good January. I know I’ve sounded very up about my subscriptions this month, but it seems like everyone is just intent on making January a really good month. I don’t know if it is a start the new year off right sort of plan or a determination to make 2022 a really good year, but I hope that they can keep it up.

And possibly sort out shipping.

The bar has been set pretty high for subscription boxes this year. I can’t wait to see what February brings.

The Daily: January 24th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a fabulous Monday. Mine has been good but busy. As you may recall we had a bout of testing done last week to detect any possible infections and both my babydoll and I passed with flying colors. There is no covid in the house and no further need for self-quarantining as we are not infecting anyone else. Mostly because we have nothing to infect them with. It was a huge relief.

And this morning it was back to work as normal. The thing is that worrying about the test was quite distracting as well. So I didn’t get nearly as much work done last week as I anticipated getting done. I think the weather also contributed to the blahs. I really feel the impact when I don’t spend any time out of doors. I did set up a work out schedule and I managed to remember my morning exercises. The weather is cold but fabulously clear so thee was also a chilly walk outside.

Beyond the fitness angle, I think it did quite a lot to blow the cobwebs out of my brain and wash the worries away. Sometimes a hit of fresh air is exactly what I need. And today that is what I got. Along with the first set of exercises in my ‘just because the weather’s bad doesn’t mean I have an excuse not to work out’ routine. I know, I’ll work on a better title later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: Kosas Tinted Face oil

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Roof Top Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: OFRA Highlight in Blissful

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Formula Z So Pretty Palette

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara (discontinued)

Lips M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in SOHO

Setting Spray: Porefessional Super Setter Setting Spray

Okay today the LYS Primer trial continued with an oil based foundation. I love the Kosas Tinted Face oil for when I want a more natural look. (And yes I realize I ruined the natural look with a glitter bronze eye shadow, we all know i wasn’t resisting that bronze shadow today)With Kosas though, I tend to use both a bore filling primer to keep ti from seeping into my fine lines (i concentrate the primer on places where I have the most fine lines and use the primer there, like spackle. Most of my pore filling primers tends to be mattifying as well. This LYS primer was not so I found myself shiny. Technically it could be called glowy or dewy but that is not a look I prefer so out came the setting powder. The Ciate London Extraordinary powder is a really good everyday setting powder. If you are using flash photography it can leave a little bit of a white cast, but I don’t really use flash photography. So I don’t have a problem with it. If you are worried about the white cast though, check out their coconut setting powder. It has the same great setting powder qualities, but doesn’t have the flash back issue.

Both worked well with the Kosas. I also need to remember to get the Kosas foundation out more as I really do like it. I also need to get around to ordering the Kosas sample set from Alayka. Alayka has some great sample sets that you can order where you can try out several different sample sized items from a brand before you commit to a single full sized item. Plus part of the cost of the set goes towards a full sized purchase from the brand. Kosas is on my list for their kits, although i have to say it may get bumped by the Lilah B Sample Kit. I’ve been eyeing both for a while now but keep switching my mind as to which one I want. What i really need to do is order one try it out and then a few months later order the other. They also have skin care sets in their trial kits section. If you are thinking about branching off of your normal products list and trying out some new to you clean beauty picks, this is a great way to go.

On my list of normal products to keep using has to be the Bare minerals bounce and blur blush the Buxom bronzer and the OFRA highlight. All worked really well for me today. The lip was also fantastic. M2U NYC liquid lips tend to dry down enough to stay in place but not enough to turn your lips into sand paper. Every time I use this one I think that i need to pick it up in multiple colors.

You may notice that I called in the Setting spray today. This one from Benefit Cosmetics is one of my favorites. The scent is light, the mist is fine and it does help with makeup longevity. I know I often forget the setting spray. Today I knew I was going to be trying glitter so I thought it was a good idea. And it did help a bit. Tomorrow I am going to use the setting spray and a lid primer to see if that helps more. While I love the bronze glitter, I wasn’t impressed with the other shades. They were a bit patchy and powdery and not very impressive for a first try. I’ll keep playing with them, but todays take away was that I love the bronze glitter. It does have some fall out but thus far it isn’t bad. I’ll be monitoring it and because I like the shade I will do my best to see how well I can lock it in place. Truthfully, it might be the only shadow I like in this palette. So it may end up being an interesting review after I’ve tried it out a bit more.

And that was today’s make up. And I am going to be taking it and myself back to work. Hopefully now that the tests came back negative and I’ve had the walk to clear my head this afternoon will be far more productive. Fingers crossed. Hope your Monday is working well, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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