The Daily: November 29th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and if you were celebrating an excellent Thanksgiving. We, as usual had far more turkey than we had people. So we had the turkey on Thursday and left overs the entire weekend through. Turkey is not my favorite poultry, so I am pretty pleased to see the end of it. It was fine while it lasted, but it will take another year before I am ready to see it again. For me, I only really eat it on Thanksgiving.

Travel was interesting this year. we made as few stops as possible (we were driving) and went through a lot of hand sanitizer. But it was worth it to spend time with family. There were two MVPS this time traveling: Chomps Chomplings and my ThinOptics reading glasses. I know, it sounds strange to put them in the same category but they were the travel winners. The Chomplings were just enough of a driving snack that I didn’t feel the need to fill up on highly caloric things when we stopped for gas (plus it limited the need to go into the gas station). I actually picked up the last bag of Chomplings the store had before we left. They are having supply issues at the moment. They can be found in stores but at the moment there is no on-lone ordering. I am hoping they resolve this issue soon as I have come to rely on them as afternoon snacks and will soon need to restock. The store near me seems to only carry the original and the Italian Beef so if I want the Cranberry Habanero I have to order it on line. And I always want the cranberry habanero.

The ThinOptics were a life saver during the trip. We had loads of construction along our drive this year and there were a few rerouted roads that weren’t clearly marked. having reading glasses clipped to the back of my cell phone made getting them out to check maps and small signs for connecting roads really helped out. For something that takes up so little space, they made a big impact. They have a sale going on right now so if you are looking into a pair of readers, you might want to take a look. While they look good and feel good on the face, the sheer convenience of them makes them perfect. While this pair was sent to me, I ended up ordering a pair for my mother. She fell in love with them when I was home. The black framed glasses are winging their way to her mailbox even as we speak.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Fig and Rouge blurring primer

Foundation KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer infused Bronzer

Blush: Rodial Blush Drops

Highlighter: OFRA in SOHO

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Oryza Beauty Nude Shimmer and Eyeshadow Contour Quad

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Action Mascara

Lips: Girlactic Rose Lip oil

Setting Spray: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist

Sunglasses: Tomahawk Shades

Okay today was an exciting makeup day for me. Almost every product was a new to me one. I tried saving up all of the new makeup products from this month’s subscription boxes so i could just have a brand new to me makeup extravaganza. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do that as it has been so skincare heavy in the subscription boxes.

To cover the non-new products first, we have the Tarte Mascara. I took this home over the holiday and this was it’s last use. It is a great mascara and one that i will be purchasing again in the future. It is a good lengthening mascara. It isn’t great on volume, but it does have length down. The second item recalled into the bag was the No 7 pressed powder. With the powder foundation I didn’t think I was going to need a pressed powder, because usually I don’t. If I hadn’t had the liquid blush, I wouldn’t have used the powder. With the blush, I needed it. But it was a very light dusting and the No 7 is my go to pressed powder.

And now we get into the new stuff. Most of this was first use, so there will be reused throughout the week as I get a feeling for them. So First we have the primer. I have heard of Fig and Rouge but never tried anything from them so this was a new brand as well as a new product. The primer was thinner than I expected and goes on very wet. It tries pretty quickly and seems to be foing a good job under the foundation. Once I got past the almost liquid feel of it, I liked the way it applied. I am happy to give it more chances throughout the week.

I have used an older version of the KVD foundation powder before and I liked it. This new iteration seems to be working just as well as the old. Because it is a powder foundation I had to use my makeup sponge a little more than usual. I generally find that if I apply it with a brush and then go over it with a damp makeup sponge it ends up looking less powdery throughout the day. The trick worked well with the KVD foundation although I did notice that I really need a new makeup sponge. I may actually use this as an excuse to try out the new velvet ones from favy. But that is another story. I will be swapping products around as I get a feel for the KVD foundation and how it performs. And again, I am happy to give it a go. I know it isn’t an entirely new product for me, but it has been quite a long time since I used it. I do love that the container is refillable now, which the old one wasn’t, which tells you how long it has been.

The blush drops are something I am going to have to play around with. The color works for my skin, so it is is just a matter of figuring out the amount to use and the amount of blending that I want to do. Also I need to figure out exactly where I want to place the drop before I start the blending so that my blush is placed where i want it to be. There was a bit more of a sheen then I like from my blush, which is why I called in the pressed powder. with a quick powder pat, all was good. But it had quite the sheen on top which I don’t care for.

The highlighter was from OFRA and it is a lovely gold shade. OFRA always works well and I enjoyed it.

The eyeshadow, I can’t say I am a big fan of. There is one matte in this quad and it was a bit on the patchy side. I had to work with it to smooth it out. It was a nice color when I finished and I was happy with it, but it isn’t my favorite brown. i have this shade in multiple formulas that I like better. this one didn’t wow me. Once in place it stays well, but it was a lot of work for a pretty basic look.

The lip oil was also not a favorite. It is a rose lip oil. It looks pretty in the tube. the scent is nice, if you like rose. I like it in general. The scent is not too overpowering, even when it is on the lips. The issue is the taste. It tastes like roses. Which is not all that nice. I’ve had this problem with rose infused lip products before. I know roses contain excellent properties for the skin, which is why they are used so often in skin care. I enjoy the properties. I even enjoy the scent. I do not enjoy the taste. While this is a nice lip oil, the taste of it means that I am going to have to force myself to use it and in the end probably just look at it and say, isn’t that pretty. I have other lip oils I like and will use more often. I just don’t like the taste of it.

And finally we come to the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist. I love the serum from this line and have one actually waiting in the skincare drawer for me to use. This mist comes in a heavy and beautiful frosted glass bottle, has an almost non-existent scent and a very fine mister. With a powder foundation I tend to wear a setting spray more regularly than I do with serum foundations. I am not entirely sure this is a setting spray, but it worked well with today’s makeup and I will probably be reaching to it while using the powder foundation.

There were some good products that I have high holes for and there were some not so good products. It was however very exciting to try out so many new things at once. I’ll be mixing and matching them soon, but it was nice to have a fresh start on some new things.

And now it is back to work for me. The sun tempted me out for a long walk earlier, but now I need to make up the time. The first few days back after a holiday are always crazy and this looks to be no exception. So off we go. I hope the rest of your Monday is absolutely fantastic.

Haircare Hits from 2021

When I started to compile this list, it started out as a list of my favorite hair masks. Then I realized that despite the number of masks I tried this year, there are a limited number of ones I will reach for repeatedly. It isn’t to say that others are not nice and that I won’t use them, it is just that there are a few set masks that I will constantly reorder. So I decided to expand the list. I already covered shampoos and conditioners in a differently list so I decided that I would go with the general category of haircare that isn’t a shampoo or conditioner but is a product not a tool.

Yeah I know, I need to work on my category names.

But for now…To the List!

  • The Mane Club: As far as masks go, the Cry Baby Mask is my favorite. You can see by the masking tape on the reused glass jar that I have actually used this recently. There are three uses of the mask in each foil packet, so I like to dispense them into glass jars so that they are easy to use and so that I don’t waste a drop. Also on the list of The Mane Club Masks that I love are Bad Attitude and Expert Procrastinator. Not only are they great masks, but they are only $3 each (that’s right three uses, $3) and that is not a sale price people. That’s the everyday price. They are inexpensive and fabulous. However as long as we ware talking about The Mane Club, I have to include my absolutely fantastic favorite product of the year. It’s The One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 spay. It is a leave in conditioner, it is a heat protectant. It is an anti-frizz spray. I know it does a bunch more, but those are the home runs for me. It is always with my hair care repurchases. The brand sent it to me to try at the beginning of the year and I have been repurchasing it ever since. I think this is now my third bottle (newly opened) this year. It is now the standard other products have to reach. Not all of them make it, even the more expensive ones. The One Hit wonder is only $8. And as inexpensive as The Mane Club is normally, they have a Cyber Week Sale going on right now. 30% off sitewide (CODE: CYBERWEEK) and free shipping on orders of $20 or more. And oh yes, I will be stocking up.

  • Klorane: I know, when does Klorane not make my list of top products? While the Nettle infused Dry Shampoo for Dark hair always makes my repurchase list, this year I also added the Nourishing Mask with mango to the list of products to keep around. It is a moisture bomb for dry hair. Normally dry hair isn’t my main issue, but after a beating under the sun during the summer and going into the dry season of the winter, I have been leaning towards the once a week moisturizing mask this year more often. and as far as hydration goes, this one does wonders. As my hair is not normally naturally dry, I can only use it once a week, but once I do use it my hair is soft and silk as well as feeling healthy and moisturized. If I had drier hair, I could use it more than once a week, but for me once a week is enough. And I will happily keep this around to keep using it the once a week.

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  • Cristophe Robin: This is one of those products that i tried, didn’t like, realized I was using it wrong, tried again and loved. When I first used the Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea salt from Christope Robin, I tried using it like a hair mask, as in ‘in place of conditioner’. Oh no my darlings, this is a hair mask that replaces Shampoo. Hence the reason I hated it at first. Once I realized I needed to treat it like a shampoo, I fell in love. I tend to only use this product once a month, but when I do my scalp feels fantastic. It takes off all the residue from any other product I have used off of my scalp, leaving my hair free to breathe all the way down to the roots. The lather is thick and luxurious and my hair always feels fuller and thicker after using it. I actually feel really bad about maligning it in my first attempt to use it and it has made my list of items to repurchase. While this mask is normally $53, currently The Skinstore website has it on sale for $37.10. It is a great place to stock up on haircare and skincare items and right now they have massive sales all over the site on loads of brands. Some of the discounts are up to 75% off. I love shopping there because you can get multiple brands in the same store so if there is one item you like from a brand you don’t have to figure out what else to add to your cart to complete your order, you can just pick something else you love from a different brand. I find I tend to end up with more products I really love this way instead of simply adding something to my cart to get free shipping.
  • Verb Ghost Oil: This is a great light weight oil that stops fly aways while not weighing down the hair. This year I have tried several Verb products and each one has really impressed me. It is a brand I will be watching out for in the new year. This year though, the Ghost oil makes my to be repurchased list. (Currently Verb has a 30% off sale going on.
  • Percy & Reed Wonder Balm: This is a great light weight leave in conditioner. I think it made my to be repurchased list last year, but it is still one that i reach for the most. Actually I need to use up the last of the travel sized container. I purchased the full sized one after trying it, and then stocked up during a massive Skin Store sale on hair care. Then I misplaced the travel size I was trying to use up and just switched to the regular size. It is a really god leave in conditioner that makes the hair feel soft and cared for without weighing it down. The Title Link will take you to the actual site page for the brand, but I had issues getting them to ship to the US, so I generally order their products through Look Fantastic. This is their site link if you are ordering in the US s it is much easier. The Percy and Reed Site is having a 30% off sale and free shipping in the UK, Look Fantastic has loads of rotating sales on bunches of products. the Wonder Balm is currently on sale for $21 (usually $26.30)
  • eSalon: While I have the hair dye from e-salon on a scheduled repurchase (it’s like a subscription for hair dye and you can choose when they send it to you) and it honestly is my favorite hair dye and at this point the only one i use, I do like the Camo Mist and feel it needs it’s own shout out. While I love dying my hair, I like to go as long as I can between dyes as possible. I feel it is just better for the hair. So when my roots start growing out, I use the Camo Mist to cover the slowly growing roots. I’ve actually used it when the roots are quite long (I was trying to decide if I wanted a different hair color) and it worked really well. It gets sprayed in the morning and lasts all day. Plus if you get it and your hair dye from eSalon, they color match them. That’s right, they make sure your root coverage spray is exactly the same as your hair color. So it blends. while I’ve tried other root cover up sprays that work well, they didn’t always match the best. This works well and matches. I am a huge fan of eSalon in general and I love both the hair dye and the associated products they produce. I can’t recommend them enough if you are dying your hair. And right now they have a sale on their color kits. So if you are looking for a refresh before Christmas or New Year’s now might be the time to look into it.

So there you have it my darlings, a brief list of my favorite hair products from this year. A couple are holdovers from last year and I suspect some will remain on my favorites list next year. However we did have a few new comers and I’m sure more will appear next year as well. Personally i always find it interesting to see what ends up being a passing fancy and what ends up being a permanent standard. But whichever way 2022 works out, these were my faves for 2021.

Unboxing a new to me subscription: Smartass & Sass T-shirt Subscription

I know I know I promised myself not to add more subscriptions before thinking about letting some go. However this one was just too good, and honestly, sort of necessary. At least for me, and at least for now, so I decided to try the T-shirt Subscription out from Smartass and Sass.

I know there are loads of clothes out there designed for working out, but honestly the majority of my workouts are done by going on the walking trail. When I do weights and floor exercises in the house, I wear actual clothing designed as work out gear. When walking I go for oversized t-shirts.

It may not make me the most fashionable person on the trail, but I like the loose cloth allowing me air flow while I am sweating and as I am walking, I don’t actually need specialized gear.

I think that is something that we often forget. We see so many ads featuring workout clothes that it seems like something you have to dress specifically to do. While I will always put on the sports bra for working out, whether on the walking trail or a set routine, I don’t think you should have to wear special clothing to exercise in. With a large t-shirt it is comfortable, inexpensive and I can feel free to sweat like a crazy person in it and not worry about ruining designer threads. If my workouts were more specialized than walking, then I would change outfits.

I know that is a lot to say about t-shirts and fitness in general, but when I started working on losing some of my weight in order to be a more healthy me, one of the excuses I had to get over was the ’I don’t have the right clothes for this’ one. When you are walking, you just need to be comfortable.

Are there people who wear more sophisticated gear on the walking trail near me? Yup. There are several ladies dressed head to toe in Fabletics gear. There is also a crew of older ladies wearing matching velour sweat suits. I have nothing against either. I actually like a lot of the Fabletics clothing and have a couple of the pants that I do wear when working out. And I think the older ladies look a bit like retired female gangsters. I think part of it is because they are the sort of older Southern ladies who wear a lot of gold jewelry in addition to the velour track suits. Which is kind of fun.

For me, walking comfort is jeans and a t-shirt.

Unfortunately, my t-shirts took a big hit this year. Actually since I’ve switched to natural deodorants my t-shirts have taken a bigger hit. I like the natural deodorant, but it does mean I sweat more and that sweat leaves stains. Those stains then wash out.

For a while.

After a certain number of washes, the stains still come out but the shirt starts to look really worn and gray in a worn out kind of way. This year with the extra heat many of my t-shirts passed the point of last use. When I got rid of all of the ones I felt could no longer be worn in public, even the public of the walking trail, I realized I no longer had enough t-shirts to get me through a summer’s week’s worth of walking.

Sometimes I take more than one walk, but I can’t wear a shirt more than once without washing it.

Enter the Smartass and Sass T-shirt subscription. They have a full box subscription which I will be looking more into for the upcoming year, but I decided to dip my toe into the t-shirt section first. Mostly because I still haven’t settled on what subscriptions are going with me into 2022.

So the T-shirt subscription. It is $15.95 (with a $3 shipping charge). Normally, you can get 10% off your first order with the code:10OFFSASS, however right now they have a 33% off sale going on. It is just their Cyber Monday sale actually, so the 33% off is just for today. The 10% off code you can use all the time. If you are going to use the 33% off, there are the details on their homepage, that is where all of the links on this page will take you.

Subscriptions renew on the 30th of the month for the following month (so I’ll be charged November 30th for Decembers box). Subscriptions ship between the 16th and 18th of the month. This was my first month and I received a shipping notice on the 18th with the package arriving on November 22nd. I don’t know if that is standard, but it was a pretty quick delivery. The t-shirt subscription ships out from Omaha (and I am in Tennessee). I don’t know if the main box does as well. I would guess so. I might actually take advantage of the 33% off to find out.

The pkg (label on other side) fits easily into a standard sized mailbox

So my t-shirt arrived on the 22nd. I chose the triple x sizing because I like my t-shirts big. This one was a little bigger than I expected so I may have to go down to a 2X. This one might have to become a sleep shirt. But I am thrilled with their sizing charts. While I like my shirts large and I myself am on the large side, I was glad they could accommodate me. They also have XS if you are on the opposite end of the spectrum.

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As it is clothing, I inspected it for loose threads. I know, I do the same thing with my underwear subscription. I found none. The shirt is well made. It is also super soft cotton. It feels great against the skin. I washed it (warm water, regular dry) and there was no shrinkage (another reason I got the largest size). The shirt looked just as clean as it did going in. It feels comfortable to wear and as the one non-morning person in the house, I rather like the statement. Effing morning often seems a better way to great the sun than good. I am fine with late nights, not so good with the mornings.

Which is why I live in a house with morning people.

Figures right?

In with my t-shirt this month was another item. It is a glass nail file in a hard plastic case. I love glass nail files. They don’t split your nails, and they are more likely to get broken in a drawer than to actually wear down so they can be used much longer without needing replacement. And the case actually helps ensure it won’t break. I don’t know if this is a gift for my first subscription or if something small comes with each one, but I will be on the look out with the next shipment, because oh yeah, I’m keeping this one for a while. If nothing else I need to build up my t-shirt reserve for the upcoming summer.

And honestly, given the looks some of the trendier people working out on the trail give me, I kind of like the idea of wearing the Smartass and Sass T-shirts for my workouts. Of course if there is ever a t-shirt design I don’t like, I can skip the month with a click of the button on my accounts page. I like that option actually as not all t-shirt designs are ones I’ll wear. It’s nice to know if one does come up that doesn’t suit me, I can easily skip the month.

Over all I was very impressed with the quality of the shirt and the sizing. This could be the beginning of a beautiful, sassy friendship.

The Daily: November 24th, 2021

Oh my darlings it is time for a brief separation. The bags will soon be packed and loaded in the car and the drive will begin. In the back seat will have an ice chest filled with delicious edibles and I will get to spend some time with my family. There will be feasting, there will be fun, there will be products that go missing as one of my family members realizes they have forgotten something and give the puppy dog eyes until I share.

But that doesn’t bother me really since I mostly took samples with me this time around.

I was planning to do a separate post about the hair items I am taking but I decided to simply take the CHI hair trio that I recently picked up. It has a shampoo, conditioner and heat protecting silk drops. So it has all I need. And they are unopened. I’ll need a plastic zip top bag when bringing them back, but they are sealed for the drive so it makes them an easy choice. I’ll post more about them when I return. Since I’ll know more about them once i use them.

Which makes sense when you think about it.

I am anticipating a lot of family fun this weekend. And food. There will be a lot of food. Just seeing what we are loading into the car and knowing what awaits us, there will be feasting. I’m going to try to control myself, which should be easy. My weaknesses are the sweet potato casserole and the oyster dressing. And there is a finite amount of either that I can actually eat. One thing i have found about baking is that by the time I’ve done it all, I don’t really want to eat the bakes. It kind of helps me out when faced with the deserts table.

I don’t know where you are this weekend or of you are even celebrating Thanksgiving but if you have time off or time with family, I hope you enjoy it. Aside from a brief October visit by my mom I haven’t seen my family in almost two years so I will very much enjoy this. By Sunday I will be ready for some quiet as they tend towards the loud and dramatic, but i will enjoy my time with them. And I will see you when I return bright and early Monday Morning with a new post.

Let the Holidays begin!

It’s Travel Time for Makeup and Skincare

Ah yes, my darlings it is travel time. Time to pick out makeup and skin care products to take with me on my trip. I know this sounds totally dorky, but I really love picking out travel products. It forces me to slim down my choices with makeup, taking only what I will need for the trip and it allows me to try out an entire range of samples that I have been stashing in the drawer and waiting for an excuse to try out. With my travel I have a rule with packing. I can either take two small makeup bags (think the IPSY Glam Bag size) and place skin care in one and makeup in the other or I can take one larger makeup bag.

Hair care always gets stashed in a separate bag regardless, mostly because those items are often wet from the shower. That will be a second post. I actually did pretty good paring down the makeup this year. I have a harder time at Christmas as when I go home there are more gatherings. But I am still proud of myself. Let’s take a quick look at the makeup I am bringing along and why.

The Travel Makeup:

  • Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer: This is a great primer to just smooth out the rough edges. Plus I am almost finished with it and am hoping to use it up soon. Don’t worry a replacement has already been ordered. Partially because ELF has a huge sale going on right now and I couldn’t resist a restock. Not only is this a good primer, but it is a good travel primer. It performs well and because it is a cream it won’t spill or get a punctured tube. It is neat as well as fabulous.

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  • Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick: It is a great foundation and I really like traveling with a stick foundation over a liquid one. No spillage or breakage to worry about. this foundation can look a little shiny in the midafternoon, so have not only the powder in my makeup bag, but I have a compact in my purse. I know, it bends the rules a little, but I’m okay with that.

  • Pur 4-in 1 Skin Perfection Powders Face Palette: I chose this palette because I like all of the products in there and having all of my powders in one is a really good travel plan. It also has a hard case that will protect the powders on their journey. Is it my absolute favorite palette? No. It is good and I don’t mind using it for a long weekend though. It also has the powder, blush, bronzer and highlight. My other palettes don’t have quite the same mix. Several of them have multiple blushes or highlights or bronzers. This has all four so it is easy to pack. Plus it has a nice large mirror in case I end up putting on my makeup in a small corner of the kitchen table. This tends to happen more than I expect.

  • Eyeshadow: No 7 Pink Blossom Trio and the Ciate Trend Edit palette: I know, I probably should have chosen just one. The No 7 gives me a quick solid look, which as I am never certain how much time I will have to get ready when I am with the family is always appreciated. The Ciate London Palette has a few more pops of color but the colors complement the No 7 well. So I can use the No 7 and then maybe brighten it with the Ciate. or just swap them out by day. Both palettes are small and encased in sturdy plastic so I know they will travel well and give me enough variation for the length of the trip.
  • Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes and YSL Volume Effect: I know, two mascaras. Both are samples and neither have a whole lot of product left in them, so I suspect they will be used up during the trip. I have both so I won’t run out of mascara and because I like both. I do suspect that the trip will finish out both tubes of sample sized mascara though.

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  • Lips: Elf Sheer Slick, wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice, bareMinerals Liquid Lip in Pout, and Colourpop So Juicy Plumping Gloss: Yup that’s right, four lip products. And yes there is still a lip balm in my purse. and probably another couple of lip products as well. however I did choose the lip products carefully. All of them are ones I like so that is a no brainer. The ELF is a light wash of color for a barely there look. The wet ‘n wild is a deeper berry shade that is more dramatic and the bareMinerals is a pink toned neutral. Which means I have my shade ranges covered with this lot. The colourpop plumping gloss is to make mattes shiny and to plump my lips if I choose. Or to just be a clear gloss if I decide not to use a lot of lipstick.

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See I may have gone a little heavy on the included lip products, but I chose them for a reason and even though a few more may find their way into my purse, I am pretty happy with my selection and the reasoning behind it. I was a little less cutthroat with my skincare items. There is a little less reasoning as far as products go. I had samples and I chose a sample for each category. Most of the products I’ve never used before and am using this as an excuse to try them. Others I’ve used before. Soooo.

The Travel Skincare:

  • Toner: Thayers Rose Petal Toner: Don’t worry I am not packing the whole bottle. Its why I have the travel bottle from my in-flight products packing kit next to the full sized bottle. I will fill the bottle and for extra safety tape the top shut during travel. Also it will go in with my hair care items, just incase it leaks. It shouldn’t but I like to be prepared.
  • Elemis Cleansing Balm: I know and love it and I picked up the travel size just for traveling. It is kind of my go to when traveling.

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  • Klorane waterproof eye makeup remover: I am a big fan of this eye makeup remover. I actually have a large bottle of this but I keep the smaller sample size for traveling and just refill it. It always takes the makeup off and doesn’t cause the eyes to sting.
  • Tatcha Soft Cream Cleanser: Never tried it but it came in an IPSY a while ago and it was the only sample sized cleanser I had on hand. I’m actually quite looking forward to trying it out.
  • May Coop Raw Sauce: This is an essence. I picked it up the last time I went to the Peach and Lily website because it looked interesting and I thought I would give it a try.

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  • Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Anti Aging Day Cream: I know I’ve tried it before, I loved it before, but as so many of the products in the line up are new to me I thought I’d have at least a moisturizer that I knew and loved. If all else fails, I’ll still have a moisturizer.

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  • Filorga Age Purify intensive serum: I figured I would try this out as a day time serum. The tube feels quite light so I made certain to include both a night time serum and an oil in the mix.

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  • BareMinerals Ageless Night Concentrate: I plan to use this as my night time serum. As it is a retinol I am packing an oil to use just in case. I am actually very excited about this serum. I’ve used BareMinerals makeup products for years but I’ve never tried out any of their skin care, so I am very much looking forward to using this.
  • Akar Soothe Face oil: When using retinols it is always good to have an oil around to calm down the skin if necessary. Plus if I run out of day time serum I can sub it in with no issues. Or so I hope.
  • Hey Honey Look into my Eyes Eye Mask: I found this floating in the bottom of my samples drawer and thought why not. I also have three Hey Honey Moisturizer samples I need to try. But that is for another time. I really like Hey Honey. The items I have tried from them have been really good. I’m hoping this one will be as well.
  • Sunday Riley Broad Spectrum Light Hearted Sunscreen: I keep forgetting to rotate this in to try out. I’ve been using up my Neutrogena spray sunscreen and applying it whenever I leave the house. But I have wanted to give this a try so now seems like the right time.

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And finally I have two types of Eyemasks: Klorane’s Cornflower infused eye masks and Grace And Stella’ Energizing Eye masks. I love them both and when traveling home they are necessary. there are many dogs. I love them and they love me. My sinuses are less enthused. it is not allergies, just a change in environment and my eyes get puffy. These are amazing products to use to depuff. Especially since I love playing with the dogs. For me, they are essential Holiday Travel kit.

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And that my darlings is the list of makeup and Skincare items going into my travel bag. By using a bunch of samples and strategically choosing my makeup, i fit it all into one bag. The brushes will be going in a different bag, as will the hair care, but that is just par for course. I have the thrill of trying out all new products and the added benefit of clearing out some space in my samples drawer. So it is kind of like an extra win for me. the closer we get to New Year’s Eve the more I want to clear out samples and partially used products. Partly because it makes things look neat and clean and partly because it makes me feel I am opening myself up to whatever the new year brings. and this makes me feel like I am getting a good start on that.

The Daily: November 23rd, 2021

Ah my darlings, another day, another bake. Today is kind of interesting. While I am making pies tomorrow, today I am making pound cake. It is kind of interesting and something I didn’t realize until this year. While my family has many really good cooks, we only have a few bakers. All of the other bakers in the family are older than me and have sadly died off.

Which leaves me.

Last year we didn’t go back for Thanksgiving. Well we didn’t actually go anywhere actually. Apparently there were no deserts at the table. At Christmas someone remembered to pick up a pie from the store, but at Thanksgiving the baking wasn’t on anyone’s to do list, since i wasn’t coming. I think that might be why there was such a request this year. And not just bakes. I made the rum balls yesterday and this afternoon while I the cake is baking, I will be making Chocolate espresso truffles. I’ll post the recipe down below for anyone interested. I know it is kind of strange adding the recipes where the makeup usually goes, but at this time of year I find that having a few quick and easy recipes you can make ahead of time and just have out for guests when they arrive makes entertaining so much easier. with these, you can make them a few days ahead and keep them in the fridge. They actually taste better if they have been allowed to sit and have the flavors mingle and meld a bit better, so getting them done early, not only clears them out of the way, but it is better for the flavor. Don’t you love when things like that work out?

Chocolate Espresso Truffles

Makes 50 truffles

12 oz fine quality bittersweet chocolate chopped

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 T instant espresso powder dissolved in 1T boiling water

(Optional – 2 T Sambuca)

1 cup cocoa powder for coating

In a double boiler melt the chocolate with the butter cream and coffee. Stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. If adding stir in the Sambuca. Cool and chill in a covered bowl for at least three hours. Scoop out and form rounded balls. Roll the balls in cocoa powder.

What I like about this is that you can easily play around with flavors. If you decide chocolate and coffee isn’t your thing, take out the expresso and replace it with maraschino cherry liquid instead. You can add alcohol in or not as is your preference. When we have parties, I often end up using the tail ends of flavored liquors in the truffles. Fruit, nut or coffee flavored liquors work well but so do Bourbons and whiskeys. what is important isn’t if they are alcoholic or not, but that you pay attention to your ratios. If you add too much liquid, whether it is Irish whiskey or orange juice, it will throw off the texture. So take the measurements and play around with flavors. A word about fruit juices though. The flavor tends to dull down in the chocolate, so if you are using orange juice as your liquid, grate in some orange zest as well to punch up the flavor. Since it isn’t a liquid it won’t throw off the ratios and it will really make the flavor pop.

And it is easy to make different flavors at the same time, just split the mix and melt the chocolate separately with the individual flavors. If you don’t have a double boiler, just put a bowl over a pot of boiling water, just make certain the bowl is bigger than the pot (but not a huge amount bigger) You don’t want the bowl floating in the boiling water and you don’t want the pot so small that only a small part of the bottom curve gets heated. Or you could just pick up a double boiler. For a long time my only stove top pots were a set that was part of a double boiler set. The bottom could be used as a regular pot, he top pot could either be used separately or as the double boiler and there was a steamer basket for veg as well. So even though it sounded fancy, it ended up being really versatile. I think 360 Cookware has a set like it in their cookware section.

I know having one saved me a lot of space with cookware because it was not only versatile but it stored stacked up in one easy tower. I’ve lived in some rather small apartments in my life. It was practical for cooking and saved space. It has long since worn out though. I really need to replace it. It is on the list. We’ve reached the stage in cookware with a lot of items needing replacement. But that is a new year’s goal this year. For now, we use what we have. And possibly take advantage of sales.

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Seeing Double with Glossy Box, the November 2021 Unboxing

What is this before my eyes? Two Glossy boxes? Was there a mistake? An over order? Nope, it is an apology from Glossy Box. Last month Glossy box had some sort of mix up along the way. They came up with a specially designed box for October and then sent out loads of boxes that weren’t the specially designed box. I, if you recall, received a typical pink and black box. It did have all of the October items in it, just not the October exterior. I also received it at the beginning of November instead of in October. So if you are thinking there was already a Glossy Box review this month then you would be correct.

I think that Glossy Box received many complaints. So this month they sent out an e-mail. In addition to the regular pink box with November’s items, they were sending out the specially designed October Masquerade box with some goodies to make up for the mishaps in October.

I’m kind of impressed. I could have lived without the special box, especially as the October box had everything it was supposed to have in it, but I like having the box. And I am tickled at the extra surprises. Whatever they happen to be, it will just be an extra treat. But let’s see about the regular November box first shall we?

So to recap, for those who don’t know Glossy Box is a $21 per month subscription. If you get it for an annual subscription, which I do, it is $18. while I am sometimes on the fence about the $21 I always love this box for $18. At the moment you can get $5 off your first box with the code FIRST5.

I think that covers the basics. Now on to the first item. The first item was the heaviest item in the box and I couldn’t resist taking it out first. It is the Vitabrid C12 Daily C Balancing Cleansing Balm. And yes it is a full sized item with a value of $48. So right away, that more than pays for the box. I have actually been using the Vitabrid C 12 serum recently and really like it. I also have a cleanser from them to try that came in a different subscription box. I have to say that is one thing that I like about subscription boxes. Until they started sending the brand I knew nothing of it, now I get to try several items to see how I feel about the brand. And I love cleansing balms. I ran out (and actually purchased a travel one for upcoming travels because I ran out, so I am thrilled to have a new one to try. if it works as well as the serum I will be thrilled.

The second Item I picked out of the box was just too pretty to ignore. it is the Figs & Rouge Satin Soft Blurring Primer and Finishing Fix. It too is a full size with a value of $52. I have heard of Fogs& Rouge but I have never actually tried them. Mostly because they are a pretty pricey brand and I tend to be more of a try before you buy kind of person and no one had samples. At least not that I could find. By now everyone knows my weakness for primers so I am always happy to have a new one to try. And from a brand I haven’t tried anything from before. I am very much looking forward to giving it a go.

The third item in the box is the last full sized item and it is a lip oil from the Beauty Crop. It is the Oui Cherrie Lip Oil with a value of $12. I like lip oils in general, but I have to admit I have a checkered past with The beauty crop. I am always willing to give a lip product a chance. I’m nervous about the cherry scent because I am very picky with Cherry scents, but I am happy to have it to try and I love that there were three full sized items in this month’s box.

The next item, is not full size. It is a deluxe mini of the Commodity Fragrance called Paper (retail $10). I don’t mind getting a deluxe sample of a perfume. I have never heard of the brand before and certainly not the scent. I love trying out new perfumes so this is a win for me. I may feel differently once I smell the scent. Then I may either hate or love it, but for now I am pleased to see it in the box.

The final item is a travel sized eyeshadow Quad from Chella. It is valued at $20, which is fitting with Chella’s prices. The palette is Manifest Bronze and they are all colors I wear. recently I have been getting into eyeshadow quads and trios. I think it is just the ease of grabbing them and knowing there are a minimum of looks you can do. They are quick and easy and you don’t sit there debating color options for twenty minutes. I know debating color options is the fun part, but lately time seems to be evaporating on me and I am trying to save time wherever I can. The quads really help with that when I am in a rush. I know once New Year’s hits, my schedule will ease up a lot and I’ll end up taking out the larger palettes and playing more, right now, the smaller ones have my attention. And these are great shades for me.

So that was my November box. For those who like the math, I spent $18 and received $142 worth of products. On a month to month it would be a $21 spend. personally I still think it would be worth it. This was a really good month and better yet, they are all pretty much products I will use. The perfume’s use may depend on scent but as I love trying out new perfumes that’s fine with me. Novembe was a very good month and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the December and January Boxes. Those are usually the boxes subscriptions go all out for so it will be interesting to see what they come up with. Interestingly, while Glossy Box usually does lean into skincare, this month there was only one sort of skin care item and that was a makeup remover. Because of the over abundance of skin care at the moment, this makes me very happy.

But this post isn’t over. What is in the mystery box? The special surprise? Let’s see.

We have a selection of items that have made appearances before. we have a Vitamasques Ruby sheet mask, A Hask Argan Oil Deep conditioning mask for the Hair, a brown ink pen style eyeliner from 3 INA A Four Sigmatic Cacao Mix, A Filorga Age Purify intensive serum and a brush duo from Elaina Badro. All of the items have been seen in previous boxes and quite honestly as a surprize gift I am thrilled to see them. I pick up the Hask hair masks periodically and have always found them good quality masks. I have enjoyed the Vitamasques before. While I have the Filorgia in waiting in my skincare I haven’t tried it yet. The Cacao mix is okay but not my favorite. it will get used as it is the season for hot beverages, but I probably woudn’t buy it on my own. I am currently using the set of brushes itentical the ones in this box and I have been really impressed with them so I am happy to have another set. Over all as a surprise gift, it is a nice one. I’m certainly please by it.

In general I am usually pretty pleased with Glossy Box, which is why I have an annual subscription instead of a month to month. There are occasionally months where they miss the mark, but for the most part, I really enjoy the box. They have brought many items to me that I might not have found or tried on my own. Sometimes these items flop, sometimes they sour. One never knows until they are tried. But this is a great way to try them and the November box, yeah, this month Glossy Box had a great box.

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Unboxing the November 2021 BoxyCharm Premium

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the unboxing of the November Boxycharm Premium. I have to say I was sweating on having this one arrive while I was out of town for Thanksgiving. I am so glad it arrived in time. This moth the cost of Boxycharm Premium went up. This box is now $39.99 (with tax it comes to $43.89.) This is one of those things where I can see the reasoning behind the price increase, but I’m not sure what that means for me keeping the box. I want to give it a few months at the new price to see how it settles in and how I feel before I make my decision. Usually I make decisions about boxes in December, but I might actually let this get past the Holiday Boxes (Christmas and New years) before I make my final call on it. Mostly because the December and January boxes of most subscription boxes tend to be really good. But before final decisions can be made, let’s see what the November box holds.

We are going to start with the two items I actually chose during choice. The first is the KVD Vegan Beauty Lock it Powder Foundation (retail $37). I have an older version of this in a shade I can only wear in the summer time so I was happy to choose a lighter shade of this in the new packaging. The new packaging is refillable too, so I am extra excited to see it. I remember this being a good foundation, but it has been a while so I look forward to trying it out again.

The second item I chose was the Sutra Beauty Rejuvenating Hair serum (retail $45). I’ll be honest, I chose this because I forgot about Boxy choice and came in late. Many of the items were already out of stock and this was the best item left. The bottle is lovely and I do like hair serums, so we will have to see how it performs.

The first surprise item is the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist (retail $29). I have used the Peach and Lily glass skin Serum before and liked it. I have also used the cleansing balm from the brand and loved it so I am very excited to have another product from them to try out. I love that the bottle is a nice heavy glass bottle too. The spray is nice and the scent is very light, so hopefully it will sit nicely on the skin.

The next item is a makeup item and it is the Rodial Blush Drops (retail $50). Rodial tends to be on the pricy side. I have used their skincare before but I don’t think I’ve tried any makeup from the brand. I enjoy both cream and liquid blushes so this should be fun to try out. And I am glad they are putting more makeup in the boxes now. There are a few items from Rodial that I love, but it isn’t a universal love for the brand. It will be interesting to see which way the blush leans.

The fifth item in this month’s box is the Girlactik Rose Oil Petal Gloss (retail $20). It is a nice lip oil with rose petals suspended in it. It is pretty and the oil feels nice. I also like that while it doesn’t smell overly rose, it also doesn’t taste overly rosy. At least not on a trial test. I tried a rose oil lip scrub a while back that was just horrid due to the rose flavor. This seems to hold the flavor in check, for which I am grateful

And finally we have the Riddle Oil Original Roll on oil (retail $50). This is a small roll on perfume that quite honestly doesn’t look full size. It looks like a deluxe sample. But as this box only has full sizes then I’m going to guess it is actually full size. I love perfumes and lord knows I do not mind spending the money on them I have several in my collection that are in the $120 range so I know that they can be small but expensive. I think because it doesn’t look like a full sized bottle I have a hard time thinking of it that way. Perhaps once I will use it, I will see the value.

Size and price claims aside, I think this was a pretty good box. Was it spectacular? Not really. And I think because this was the month where the increased price kicked in, I expected spectacular. I sort of expected them to prove without a shadow of a doubt that they were worth the price increase. Instead I am still on the fence.

Do I like the box? Yes. Am I happy to have these products? Also yes. Am I blown away? No. Am I certain this box is worth me spending the new increased price on it? Not yet. But this is why I will be giving them a few months. At the moment I know there are shortages. I know shipping isn’t great. So even though I wasn’t blown away, I am pleased with this box and hopefully as things smooth out, Boxycharm will get better. If not, there is an entire list of boxes out there I want to try. I will just pick one from the list and give it a go.

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The Daily: November 22nd, 2021

Oh my darlings welcome to Monday afternoon. This week I’m afraid there isn’t going to be a lot as far as makeup goes. I am trying to get as much done as possible before leaving town and as I have been asked to bring several delicious treats along with me, there is a lot of cooking and baking going on.

I did get a walk in, but we have a rain storm blowing in this afternoon which may cut off the walking trail tomorrow and Wednesday. But at least I got my walk in this morning. I also managed to make a batch of Rum Balls to take with me. While I won’t be baking the pies until Wednesday, all of the other little treats I am taking down with me will be made ahead of time. The rum balls are from my grandmother’s recipe and have been a part of the family since well before I was born. They are in no way healthy, but they are delicious. Since I’m not listing the daily makeup, I’ll go ahead and list the recipe.

Rum Balls

2 T cacoa

1 Cup white sugar

1/4 cup rum

2 T light corn syrup

2 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers

1 cup nuts (sometimes we use pecans sometimes we use walnuts, occasionally peanuts. It just depends on what is in the house at the time)

Powders sugar for dusting.

Traditionally everything gets put in a bowl and it takes a while to mix up, then you form into balls and dust with powdered sugar. This is where my Hamilton Beach Food Processor really shines. I dropped everything except the powdered sugar into the food processor and pulsed (add the corn syrup last). It came together fast and then I just had to make the balls and dust with sugar. It cut the time needed in half.

I know I often wax poetic about my food processor. It is handy all year round but now is the time when it really shines. Over the weekend I broke down the last of this year’s pumpkins (cut up roasted and then pureed so they could be frozen and used as needed) and my food processor got quite the work out. At first I thought it was a bit extra, but once I went ahead and purchased it, I found out how fabulous it was. Need to grate butter for a quick rough puff pastry? Freeze it and send it through the grating blades. Same for cheese and firm tofu actually.

the pumpkin I am planning to use in pumpkin ravioli later this year and it would have taken me forever to get it to the right consistency without the food processor. Now when I am ready to make the ravs, I just need to thaw the purees, spice it accordingly (then mix with goat cheese and other elements- I’ll post the recipe when I make them if you are interested) no muss no fuss as the pumpkins are already processed.

Don’t worry, I won’t go into a true Ode to the Food Processor featuring rhyming couplets. Mostly because I don’t have time to write rhyming couplets. I still have chocolate truffles to make and a pot pie to construct with the left over chicken. The pot pie is actually for dinner tonight not travel. we are trying to use up the last of the chicken and some left over veg before we leave and this is one of the best ways to use it up. Quite tasty too. I just have to watch my portion size. I actually end up making several small ones so that I can more easily do it. when you cut into a large chicken pot pie it is really hard to do because the filling just sort of comes out and I always eat more than I anticipate. So I make the smaller ones and what we don’t eat can be frozen.

If you tuned in for makeup, I’m sorry. This week, there is going to be a lot more food than anything as the Thanksgiving prep work takes over. In a way though, it is a good thing. I just unboxed a couple of subscription boxes and new makeup has arrived. With skipping the makeup this week I have all new products waiting for me to try out when I return. If I opened and started testing them now, then I would be tempted to travel with them and traveling with new products isn’t always the best idea. So tried and true for travel and new and unknown once I return. Sounds like a plan to me.

And now my darlings, I am off to mix up a batch of chocolate truffles. Let’s just hope my babydoll doesn’t eat them before we have to pack up and go. He can not be trusted around chocolate. wish me luck with the chocolate preservation and I’ll be back tomorrow. Have a good rest of the day and I will see you bright and early tomorrow morning.

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Evaluating the Facemasks

Anyone who visits this site with any regularity knows that I love face masks. I am, to be honest an equal opportunity masking lover. I love the clearing masks, I love the hydrating masks and I love the brightening masks.

But all masks do not shave my love equally. At this time of year, I go through my masking drawer and I look at all of the masks I have on hand. I set the masks I plan to use up and discard to one side. I then look at what remains. I filter the ones with not a lot of product into one box so I can use them up and put them on a list for repurchasing and I set the unopened ones I still need to review to the side. I’ll still use new masks on Fridays from my reviews when possible, but throughout the week I will make an effort to use up as many open masks as possible to clear out space for the new year.

It’s sort of my process.

Mixed into the process is the general evaluation. Which masks did I use this year that i absolutely love and want to reorder. And to be honest, a few of the masks that made this list, I have already reordered. So who made the top cut? Let’s take a look. (I’ll try to post links to the Black Friday Sales if they are currently available)

  • Herbal Dynamics Cacao and Chamomile Clearing Clay mask: If you are looking for a mask to bring all of your deeply clogged pores to the surface, this is the mask you want to pick up. It is pretty intense, so test it on your arm first and pay attention to the length of time you have it on your skin. I can only use this mask about once a month. Although I will do spot treatments on my problem areas more often. It is a fantastic mask to have around, just know that because it draws everything to the surface, the next morning your skin may not look it’s best as you now have the clogged pores brought to the surface. I know, kind of a no brainer. I tend to use this on a weekend where I plan to stay in most of the time and treat it as an inhouse spa weekend. Apply on Friday and deal with the after effects on Saturday. With fab skin again on Monday. Or at least that is always the plan. Some weekends it works better than others. Just plan on dealing with the post mask rise of the clogs.

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  • Annmarie Skincare Charcoal Cacao Mask: This mask is a little more expensive than the other masks on the list, but so worth the splurge. It is thinner than a lot of masks and when I apply it I feel as though I am painting my skin with black ink. That is the charcoal. Despite the charcoal and Cacao in the mix, this mask smells fresh and clean with a hint of rosemary. While it doesn’t look very herbal in nature, and feels like it out to smell of squid ink, I would be surprised if anything from Annmarie skincare didn’t smell herbal. While I love the skin care, it is the scent of their products that draw me in. They had me hooked with their Aloe Herb Cleanser right from the start (it smells of Lemon Verbena). After using this mask, my skin felt clear and refreshed. At the risk of sounding too over the top, I actually felt slightly more luminous. My skin felt pampered, rejuvenated and fantastic. This mask is a splurge, but so worth it. Prior to this My splurge mask was the Mud mask from Annmarie Skincare. while I still love that mask, and will probably repurchase it. This mask has now risen to the top of the self care splurge list. Their black Friday sales starts November 25th and runs through the 28th, so instead of the black Friday sales link I am linking the Clean Beauty samples kit. If you have never tried the brand this is definitely the way to give them a try. Plus you get a coupon code that rolls the cost into a full sized purchase so it’s kind of a win. Especially with the upcoming holiday sales.

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  • Healing Bark Golden Tree Bark Mask: I used this mask for the entire month of October. It is one of the few masks that can actually be used on a daily basis with no ill effects to the skin. For the purists and label readers out there (i’m with you my friends) thee is only one ingredient on the label. It is the powdered bark of the Thanaka Tree. When using this mask daily I found my dark spots lightening significantly. I found my skin was less acne prone, even during the hormonal outbreaks and the blemishes I ended up with were cleared up more rapidly than usual. While this mask was fantastic on the skin, it was also the daily ritual of the mask I liked. Using it each night involved measuring the powder, blending it with water, applying it, letting it dry and rinsing it off. In addition it had to sit for about half an hour. I find having that ritual in the evening helped quiet my mind and relieve a lot of stress. As we go into the holiday season, I have restocked with a second container and will be using it to both calm the skin and my racing thoughts.
  • Vichy Masque Mineral: This is not a new mask to my collection. This is a mask That I have used for quite some time and always find myself returning to purchase. I think this may actually be my fifth jar. Possibly sixth. And it won’t be my last. This is a clear mask, that feels like jelly when you scoop it out of the jar (i recommend a spoon). With the Heat of your hand it very quickly melts to a liquid. A light layer over the skin is really all you need. The skin absorbs most of it so this is an easy mask to apply while sitting at your desk. If the layer is thin enough, you don’t really have to wash it off. I almost always go a little too thick and have to rinse the last of the residue off. Because it is clear, you just look really shiny when you are wearing it. In the winter time, this is my go to hydration mask. Vichy’s Black Friday sale starts on the 25th of November and has 25% off so it is a great time to stock up on their products. since their sales link is not available the link below will take you to their Antiaging Set with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. If you are shopping for someone who loves skin care I highly recommend this set. Both Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid are my hero ingredients for great skin. Its nice to see them in one place.


  • Korres Hydra Biome Probiotic Superdose Face Mask with real Greek Yoghurt: I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I was going to like this mask when I first saw it. I was worried that it would smell too yoghurt-y for me and that I would just feel like i was smearing my breakfast all over my face. It does have a light dairy scent, but it is a really fabulous mask. And it doesn’t feel like smearing yoghurt all over myself. For me I keep it in the fridge, partially because my brain won’t let me store it on a shelf. It has enough of a dairy scent that I just can’t stick it on a shelf. It is also a fabulous ,mask you use cold. It takes a little bit longer to absorb when it is cold, but it is so worth the wait. You not only get the coolness on a hot day, but most of the mask absorbs into the skin to give you a fantastically moisturized glow. (You just rinse off the excess).It is especially nice after you’ve spent too much time in the sun. Equally it is also nice after too much time in the cold wind. Wind is usually a winter problem for us here and I end up with wind burn quite often throughout the winter. This is a great product to use to sooth the cheeks. In the winter time just remember to warm yourself up first before applying it. This mask was definitely a surprise for me. I didn’t think I would like it, but once I tried it, I loved it.

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  • Milk Makeup Cannabis Hydrating Face Mask: This mask is going on my list for several reasons. While it is hydrating, it is also once of those masks that leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. I always feel good after I’ve used it. It is also a stick mask which makes application and clean up super quick and easy. It does leave your skin Hulk Smash green while it is on, but it is light weight enough to forget you are wearing it. Especially when someone unexpectedly knocks on the door. It’s only drawback is that it smells slightly like Play-doh. The scent is easily forgotten as it fades after application. But it is a little odd. I enjoy this mask, and I am going to be looking into other Milk Masks this year to see if it is just this one I like or if there are others to enjoy. It is simply quick and easy without a lot of messy clean up. That and fresh clean skin are two definite reasons to keep it around.

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  • Elemis Papaya Enzyme peel: I know, a peel isn’t exactly a mask, but this is one that you leave on for ten minutes, like a mask instead of simply rubbing and rinsing, so I thought I’d put it on the list as well. I really enjoy this mask. It has a light fruity scent, it is cool and clean on the skin. A thin layer goes a long way and my skin looks fantastic once the mask is rinsed off. It is one of the more gentle peeling masks I’ve tried so if you are interested in leaning into peeling masks, but are a little nervous, this might be a way to go. Try it on your arm first, but I’ve had no issues with it at all. For some reason I had three samples of this mask in a row from subscription boxes and I have been slowly working my way through the, This is my final sample and a full size is definitely now on my purchase list.

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So that my darlings is the list of the top products in my masking drawer. To be honest, I thought there would be more. However these are the ones that made the top of the list for this year. I’m sure that next year other masks will rise to the surface, but these are the products that have earned a place in my skincare drawer and will be repurchased.

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