Weekly weight: Measurements Week 6 of 6

Weekly Weight Measurements Week 6

Week 6: Bust: 46”, Waist: 45.5”, Hips: 47”

Despite everything it looks like I am down about half an inch over all this week.  Which is nice to see.  Especially since there were several weeks with nothing at all changing.  So that is nice to see. 

It is also nice to have some positive news for the moment.  If you caught yesterday’s daily post, I had a dental emergency this week.  I have to admit, I am one of those people who is scared of the dentist.  I know there is no real reason why.  My dentist is a lovely man.  Quite nice.  Personable. Friendly.

Yet the angst that fills me even hearing his name is just incredible.

Add dental surgeon to the mix really just ratchets that up a notch.  However yesterday’s visit was unavoidable.  It was my first time meeting the oral surgeon.  I was very angsty going in but he was very nice.  I am pretty sure he uses botox and spends a little too much time in a tanning bed. I know I have several friends who I could say the same about, but it always seems strange to see these  things in a doctor.  Oddly enough wondering about why I find them strange in a doctor helped calm me down a little. 

Of course his over use of the word cutting ratcheted them back up again.

In case you are wondering I am having the shattered remains of the tooth removed and an implant put in. The surgery is next Friday so there isn’t too long of a wait and then I have three months to heal before the final implant can be inserted. It should be fine but The surgery is the 25th and my birthday is the 27th so there will be a decided lack of celebration for my Birthday weekend. Things have been reshuffled.  Eventually there will be a dinner out and maybe even ice cream, but not the weekend of my actual birthday.  While ice cream is soft, it is also really cold.  I foresee large amounts of yogurt and smoothies in my near future.  In fact after the consult with the oral surgeon yesterday I placed an order with Smoothie box to stock up. I suspect they will be my friend for a while. 

Incidentally they have a discount going on if you are interested.

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If nothing else it will make my calories really easy to count.  As this is the end of the six weeks of no scale my scale will return sometime this coming week and I will officially weigh in on the 25th.  To be honest, I have no idea what is going to be going on with my weight for the next few weeks.  It is something I will have to play by ear.  I just really can’t tell what is going to happen with what I eat or how much I am able to workout.  It will definitely be a learning experience. 

But as things stand now…

Starting Measurements: Bust: 49.5“, Waist: 47“, Hips: 49”

Week 1: Bust: 48”, Waist: 47”, Hips: 48.5”

Week 2: Bust 47”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 3: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 4: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 5: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 6: Bust: 46”, Waist: 45.5”, Hips: 47”

During the six weeks of no scale there were frustrations as I longed for a scale to let me know how I was doing, whether well or poorly. I had no knowledge of what to expect with the measurements which was both good and bad.  At first I was a bit lost, but I have to say I kind of liked paying attention to my body rather than the scale.  I didn’t actually need a number when my belly felt overly stuffed with comfort food and I felt lethargic from skipping my workouts.  I knew the number would have gone up had I seen it.  I like to think that when I felt good about myself after workouts that my weight would have gone down.  While I think I will probably go back to using the scale, I think that I might build in periodic times where I just take measurements instead of getting on the scale.  I think the breaks from the scale really are good for me just getting in tune with my body and taking a little while to just listen to it.  With the upcoming dental surgery I have no idea what to expect so I am going to use the scale to monitor what is going on just so I don’t worry about it. But I strongly suspect that there will come a point where I need to step away from the scale for a bit. It was a good lesson for me to learn.

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The Daily: June 17th, 2021

Oh my darlings has it been a couple of days. I know I unexpectedly when MIA for a bit. Sorry about that. Yesterday I came home from the gym and decided that I would have an apple as my snack. I like to have a little something after I drive home from the gym. Lately it has been the Orange Cranberry Energy cubes from E3 because I can have just one of the cubes at a time and save the others for later. I found it is a great way to just get a little boost of energy without having something large and overly filling.

However, yesterday I thought the apples we had looked really good so I took one. I bit into it and it wasn’t nearly as ripe as i thought it was. And I heard a loud snap and felt a flash of pain. The apple snapped off my crown and actually snapped off the tooth underneath.

So yesterday involved an emergency dental visit. I came out with a recommendation for an oral surgeon and since they had a cancellation I have a consult with the surgeon later this afternoon.So that is where I disappeared to and where I am heading.

Which has taught me never to say the words ‘Back on schedule’ again. Because clearly, that is not how it works. For now on I’m just going to keep chugging on forward and keep any schedule related comments locked inside my brain. Clearly the universe can not be trusted.

Although I’m sure at some point I’ll forget and tempt fate again with my out loud voice.

You might notice that today there is no look and accompanying photos. I learned a long time ago not to wear makeup to the dentist. From mascara smears near watering eyes or lipstick smudges from gloved hands, it never ends well. My lips always dry out something fierce though at the dentist so I am putting my Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask in my purse. As soon as the dentist is finished, I will be adding a layer to combat dental office dry lips.

But for now I am off to consult with the surgeon.

Wish me luck.



GlossyBox Unboxing June 2021

That’s right, it is time again for another June Unboxing. What can I say, everything arrives in clusters. For those that don’t know, Glossy box is a beauty subscription. Each month you receive five sample or deluxe sized products with the occasional full size thrown in. Actually lately there has almost always been at least one full sized item in the box. I am signed up for a yearly subscription, but still pay once a month. My price is $18 because of that. Without the annual subscription the cost is $21. From June 18th- 24th they are having a PINK WEEK special where you can get your first box for $15 with the code PINK.

While some months are better than others (all subscription boxes have good and not so great months) I’ve never really had a bad month with Glossy box. Which is why I signed up for the yearly plan with them.

Each month the box comes in a sturdy reusable box. Inside the items are wrapped up with tissue paper and tied with a ribbon. Most months it is a pink and black design but sometimes they branch out. May, for example, came in a lovely blue and gold box. opening it always feels like opening a present because of the packaging.

But as with most things, it is what is inside that counts.

The first item I saw in my box this month was the full sized Seed Phytonutrients Moisture Conditioner pump bottle. This is a hair product that is designed to help with dry ends and fly away hair. Always a useful product. I know a lot of people tend to have these sorts of issues in the summer so i can see why it is in the June box. Personally I have more issues with dry hair in the winter time. Summer is humidity frizz where I live. (and quite frankly the Color Wow DreamCoat has been Fantastic thus far this summer). But I know in the winter a product like this will be excellent for me.

I love that it is in a biodegradable bottle as well. Seriously, it is a pressed paper bottle with a pump top. We have received a product from the company Seed before. It was a moisturizer and it is in my skincare drawer. I haven’t yet gotten around to trying it out.

I might have to bump it up the line up though as each time I see something from the company i am more and more interested. I really want to find out if their products are as good as their ethos. Perhaps once i have finished my current moisturizer I will roll the Seed one into the line up. This hair care product will have to wait a bit for its use. However I am not mad about letting it sit. I will be putting this on a shelf with other hair care products and i want to actually see how the paper bottle holds up. October is when my hair (and the humidity) start to dry out so it will be interesting to see how the paper bottle deals with waiting. Regardless I am happy with this full sized product.

The second item in the box this month is the Naobay Cosmetics Freedom Low pH Hemp and Green Tea Cleanser (this link will take you to the Naobay site but i couldn’t actually find this cleanser). It is Full sized as well. I am always happy to have another cleanser on hand. It seems that even in skin care heavy subscription boxes, cleansers are always the least offered product. which is kind of interesting because I use them at least twice a day (sometimes I’ll add a third if I had a particularly sweaty workout). So I am always looking for a good cleanser. I’ve tried a couple of Naobay products before and they seemed to work well. I believe they were sample sized if i recall. It will be nice to test out a full sized product.

Next up is an item I am not entirely thrilled to see. It is a Deluxe mini size at least so at least it wasn’t one of my full sized products. This third item is the PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream.

I have nothing against the brand and I will say that I have tried a few deodorant creams that work well. I have also realized I am not a deodorant cream sort of person. I am simply not going to scoop out deodorant every morning and rub it into my arm pits. I’m just not. And I am okay with that. I’m sure it is a lovely product, but I will be passing it on unopened to someone who will use it.

The next item is listed as a deluxe mini as well although it is rather on the small side. It is the Pili Ani Ageless Concentrate. Apparently you only need one or two drops, thus explaining the small size I guess.

The Full sze is also $62 so I am guessing the size is related to the cost of the full sized bottle as well. It is an anti-aging and firming concentrate so I look forward to giving it a go and seeing what the results are.

The fifth item in my box this month was a full sized makeup item. It is the Josephine Cosmetics Flawless Liquid highlighter. I tested it on my hand thinking it was a liquid shadow.

So that’s why the swatch is so large. then I read that it was a highlighter. which is kind of sad as it makes a fantastic shadow. It bended into my hand leaving a glow behind. I clearly used too much product in one sitting. While blended out it looks nice, I might actually try it as a shadow as well. It certainly looks nice.

Normally this would be the last item in the box but this month Glossy box added a couple of Vital Proteins Collagen Packets. they are collagen supplements you add to a drink. These are unflavored. They are an added gift (which occasionally Glossy Box does) and so it is nice to have the extra. To be honest though I am not always thrilled to get something edible in a beauty box. Also I’m not entirely certain how I feel about edible collagen either. I’ve only done a little preliminary research (because there was a collagen powder offered as an IPSY choice in May) and I’m not sure how effective they are. I think I’d want to do a bit more research before ingesting.

But that was this month’s Glossy Box. They were going for an Eco friendly theme and they hit hat out of the park. with the exception of the Deodorant cream, I look forward to trying everything in the box. And truthfully, I do know someone who will love the deodorant cream. So it will be easily passed along to a new home. Over all I have to say, I consider this box well worth the price.

Birchbox June 2021 Unboxing

That’s right, the beauty box arrivals keep coming. This morning we are looking at Birchbox. Birchbox is a subscription that costs $15 per month. If you sign up for six months then you can get it for $14 and if you sign up for a year it is only $13. I am on the yearly plan at the moment (my year runs out in November if you are keeping track). With tax my cost comes to $14.27 under the yearly plan. You don’t have to pay for the entire year at once you simply agree to a year long subscription and then pay each month. I signed up for a year to give it a try and at the end of the year I will decide if i am keeping it or not.

Thus far it has been interesting. Over all I have been happy with the subscription but I think that I am happy with it at the $13 per month rate. I don’t think I’;d be as happy if I was paying the $15 rate and I think that is because at $15 it is almost a direct comparison to the Macy’s Beauty box. But each month has been different, so let’s see what five items this month’s Birchbox has in store for me.

This month I received the Clean Beauty Picks box. All of the items are clean alternatives to regular products according to the card. The first item in this month’s box is a sample of Milk Makeup’s Hydro Grip Primer. I have to say I am really excited to have a sample of this to try. I have heard a lot of things both good and bad about the primer and it will be nice to judge it for myself. In general I like a lot of Milk’s products. The Kush Lip glaze is something I keep on my repurchase list. And you know I love a good primer. I am looking forward to trying this one out.

The second item kind of made me laugh a little bit when I pulled it out of the box. One thing that Birchbox has been kind of mocked for in the past are their sometimes super tiy sample sizes. This PMS Soothing Oil sample size kind of brought me right back to that. I think what I found odd about it though is that the reason they usually put such small samples in boxes is due to the expense of the full sized item.

Birchbox has a tendency to put small samples of really expensive items in the boxes. This was a tiny sample of something that, in a full size, only retails for $17.95. Which made it seem a little strange to me. I’ll still try it, after all a roll on oil that relieves cramps would be an definite keeper in my medicine cabinet. I just found the size a little strange.

Next up is the Lighting Wand from Hero Cosmetics. It is a serum designed to lighter dark spots. The sample size is small but you are supposed to be able to see a difference after just one use. To test the claims I will try one use and see how the before and after look. Personally I rarely expect skincare to work with just one application, but the serum looks like it has maybe a week’s worth of product in it so perhaps if a single use doesn’t show any difference a week might. I’ll have to try it and see if it lives up to its claims. If it does I will be thrilled and add it to my line up of skincare heros.

Next we had something i was very happy to see. it is the Purlisse Matcha Green Tea + Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal mask. In general my skin gets along with Pur Lisse products. I used the Matcha moisturizer and really ended up liking it. It was one of those moisturizers that worked well for me in the transitional months where the weather was changing and the seasons had a difficult time deciding whose turn it was to rule. It didn’t do well in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, but it worked well with the fluctuations in temperature and humidity. While I haven’t tried the mask, I am always willing to try a new mask. Perhaps this one can be tried out this Friday.

And finally we have the Lemon Superfood All-in-one Rescue Butter from Dr. Botanicals. It is a body cream. I like Lemon and citrus scented products and I’ve tried a couple of Dr. Botanicals products that I liked. But I’ll be honest, it is rare that i actually get excited about body lotion. Or at least seeing them in subscription boxes. Sometimes I try them and the product is fabulous, but they just don’t really excite me. I will add it to the list of body lotions i plan to try and who knows, maybe its lemon scented fabulocity will astound me.

That was this month’s Birchbox. I have to say it kind of left me feeling a little flat. There are several products that I am looking forward to trying out. There are several brands i routinely buy and there are some new ones That I am curious about. I think that some of the sample sizes were a bit on the skimpy side this month. I am okay with it being a $13 per month box, but I think if I paid the full month to month price i would be kind of disappointed. This month even though the Macy’s Beauty box had small samples the box felt abundant, where as this just felt skimpy. I know it is hard to compare subscriptions but as these two are more or less the same price t is hard not to compare them, and this month, Birchbox just felt a little short.


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The Daily: June 15th, 2021

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

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

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

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

Primer: YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: NARS Laguna Beach

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light Halo

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Powder: Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers

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

Setting Spray: MAC Fix +

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

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

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

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

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


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The June Nadine West Clothing subscription

Nadine West is a clothing subscription service. For $9.78 per month you can have items sent to you and if you like them you can purchase them simply by keeping them and letting your credit card be charged. Your styling fee of $9. 78 goes towards the purchase price. Each item you are charged for will have a tax added to it so you need to remember that when keeping items.

This is my third month and this month I realized two things.

The first thing I realized was that my babydoll is many things, a photographer he is not. When asked to take a photograph of me wearing the items from the bag he was amiable. He then took the pictures. I assumed that he could at least take pictures showing me wearing the garments and did not think to look at them. I did photograph each one separately as it was laid out on the bed. Which turned out to be a good thing. My babydoll had me stand in front of a brightly lit window so you basically see a dark silhouette of me. You can tell that I am not naked, but but other than knowing I am covered in cloth, there is no real detail. Only the image of the necklace I am wearing came out visible and I think that is because he came in close to take the picture.

The second thing I realized was about nadine West. This month they did manage to send me items that all actually fit me, which was nice. However almost all of the items were made from the same sort of soft, cotton jersey type cloth that I tend to associate with pajama pants. It is fine for a few summer dresses’, but an entire wardrobe of it seems a bit excessive. I don’t know if that is just my size that lets them believe all my clothes need to feel soft and pajama like, but I’m not really a fan.

But let’s look at the items that came this month and discuss. There were ten of them this month. The first item is the only item I am keeping. It is a cotton dress in teal and is good for wearing around the house and in the garden. The high waist comes in just under the bust and give is some form so that it isn’t a complete sack like dress.It is comfortable and I can wear it in the garden. It feels like a giant t-shirt when it is on. And to be fair, I probably wouldn’t purchase it if I didn’t have the subscription fee rolling towards it.

The second item is made from the same cloth and it is a one piece jumpsuit in olive green with tank top straps. Putting it on made me look like a beached whale.Or as my baby so thoughtfully put it, twice the size I am normally.

The third item up was a t-shirt made form the soft t-shirt material. It is a nude color that really doesn’t look good on me and while the knot in the end is cute, it falls at the wrong location. While I could get away with the placement standing up, it is very awkward when sitting down.

There were two sets of pants in this box and I am happy to say they both fit tolerably well. However they were bag waist pants. with long flat drawstrings tied into a bow at the waist.

While they fit, the design added several inches to my waist and were not flattering. They were at least slightly stiffer material and not the t-shirt material.

Included this month was a light weight cardigan made from, you guessed it, t-shirt material. This at least had a texture to it. While I do like light weight cardigans to pull over myself when the air conditioning is turned too high, I have several more appealing versions of this already in my closet. So while I appreciate the thought, it too is going back.

The next item in the bag was a face mask, which quite frankly I already have in abundance at this point and see no reason to pick up here.

From here we go into the three items of jewelry sent. I tried asking them not to send jewelry, but received the message that they were unable to send clothing subscriptions without jewelry at this time. The earrings have a very lovely tree on them and they are rather nice quality.

I just didn’t really like them enough to keep. The bracelet is a plain golden band that reads ‘I love you to the moon and back’ However the opening was so small that I would have had to bend it to get it on my wrist. It has a heavy feel to it so it is a substantial bracelet.

The final item was the necklace and to be honest I toyed with the thought of keeping it. It looks nice, feels like decent quality for the price and looked allright on me. However i don’t think i would get enough wear out of it to justify the purchase.

Like I said in the introduction, this was my third month with Nadine West. I chose them because they have my size as an option for their subscription. However I am not impressed by the items they send in my size.

I am thrilled that they finally sent items that fit me. But I simply will not wear that many items made out of t-shirt material. And quite frankly i just don’t find their items appealing.

I think that this may be my last subscription bag from them for a while. Perhaps I will go back when/if I reach a smaller size, but what they send to me makes me feel both fat and frumpy. Neither is a good feeling and neither is one I really feel like paying for.


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Unboxing the June Scentbox

As most of you probably realize by now, I am a very scent oriented person. I also am not a one scent sort of person. I like having a library of scents so that I can adjust the scent i wear to suit my mood, an event I am attending, the season and even the time of day. I like knowing that I have warm and cosy scents to reach for in the winter and slight and airy scents to reach for in the summer. I enjoy scents that I can wear to an office and having those I reserve for a special night out.

As anyone who likes perfumes can attest, perfumes can be somewhat expensive. And just because you liked the perfume you sprayed and sniffed once in the store or smelled on another person, doesn’t mean it will work out for you.

For me, I find sampling perfumes essential to finding ones I am willing to purchase and add to my collection. While I pick up perfume samples in a lot of places, I also like being able to choose my own samples. I like reading the descriptions and imagining the scents and then choosing what is sent to me. For a while I had a Scentbox subscription and then Ilet it lapse for a while as I had a stockpile of perfume samples to try out and I wanted to clear out older scents. I Have managed to clear out a few scents and I decided June was the perfect month for once again enrolling in Scentbox.

For those that don’t know, Scentbox is a perfume sampling subscription. Each month for $13. 95 you recieve one 0.27 ounce sample of the perfume you put in that month’s line up. While they do offer a monthly selection if you don’t have something in mind that you want to try, you fill out the queue by picking out scents that appeal to you. Sometimes I go with their recommendation and bump my choice down the line a month or two, other times I choose a perfume that appeals to me.

There is a discount for those wanting to try the subscription for the first time. $9.72 for your first box. I’ll post the current deal below if you’d like to try it out.

There are several things I like about this subscription. The first is that each month’s sample comes in a reusable metal traveling case. You twist the tube and the spray nozzle emerges from the tube. They are really handy for traveling. The first month the metal tube comes in a nice box like the one pictured here. I believe that while you still get a new case every month, the subsequent months the box it comes in is smaller and more compact.

In addition, each month you are a subscriber, you earn Scentbucks for your subscription. These add up and can be put towards another purchase form their site. Not only can you purchase full sized bottles of the perfumes, but you can also purchase various bath and body care items, candles and wellness/cbd items as well from the site. These items can also be added to the list so if you decide one month you would prefer a body scrub to a perfume, you can choose that instead. If you are going out of town you can skip a month easily and one of my favorite things about this subscription is that each perfume is mailed with a return label so if you get the sample, spritz, sniff and decide that it isn’t for you, the sample can easily be returned for a different one with no issues.

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I had to take a break so that I could work through my stockpile of samples, bt I am so glad I can once again receive a monthly sample to try out. This month I didn’t go for the suggested sample and instead went for Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream. I know it has been around for a while, but I have somehow missed a large number of Marc Jacobs Perfumes. And I have to say the bottle has always appealed to me. In case you happen to like this perfume Sobelia has it on sale currently for 42% off.

The Subscription charges on the 30th of the month for the following month and all shipments are mailed out on the 7th of the month. My sample arrived safe and sound. However as I am completing a Zents Eau de Toilette trial, I will hold of testing this out for a little while. But that of course would be the perfume review rather than the subscription review. My selection arrived safely in a rose gold travel tube. I think each month is a different colored tube so they can be told apart at a glance. The glass tube of product is filled to the brim with scent. And I am very much looking forward to giving the scent a trial run. I am also looking forward to saving up my scent bucks to put towards a full sized bottle of perfume from the site. It adds up slowly, but with each purchase the amount grows and as it does, I get to test out many fantastic scents to find ones that I really enjoy wearing.

For me this is an excellent, cost effective way to try out perfumes, finding out if the scent is right for me and if it is one i want to live with long term. It helps me not waste either money or product and while I will occasionally take a break, Scentbox is a subscription to which I will always return.


The Daily: June 14th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday. For me this week is all about getting back on track and losing the massive amount of stress I’ve been carrying around for the past few weeks. Everything seems to have settled down and the details are known so there are no pending nightmare scenarios.

Which is kind of a relief.

and this week I can actually focus on myself again.

Which sounds a little strange to say, but as soon as anything major comes along anything that I am doing just for me is the first thing that gets jettisoned from the schedule. It is just the way life works. But now that everyone is sorted I can be a little more selfish with my time.

Which again isn’t a bad thing. When working on your health it is okay to be selfish. And while you are doing it for yourself, you are in a way doing it for those you love too. If that helps you feel a little less selfish. And yes I struggle with feeling guilty for taking tome out of the day just to work on me. It is something I struggle with.

But you didn’t come here for my personal therapy. Or at least I didn’t anticipate giving it.

Today I hit the gym and while it will never be my happy place, it did feel good to get back into the routine bright and early Monday morning. In addition I went on a walk. I went early and I sweated like I was melting. while I did use my Volition Prismatic Sunscreen on my face, when I sprayed down my arms leg and neck with the Neutrogena Beach defense spray sunscreen I went ahead and gave my face an extra coating. This turned out to be a bad idea. The Neutrogena may do well with sea spray, but it didn’t do well with the sweat. It dripped into my eyes while I walked and stung. it wasn’t damaging but it wasn’t pleasant.

So note to self: Don’t use the Neutrogena on the face when spraying down for a sweaty walk.

Otherwise it is a nice light sunscreen.

For the arms and legs. Not near the eyes.

But the remains were washed away in the shower and we moved on.

Today’s Look:

Primer Elf Poreless Putty Primer

  • Elf is still having a mass clearance sale on until June 18th if you are looking to stock up.

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Bronzer: Tarte’s Park Ave Princess Contour palette (I also used this as my eyeshadow today)

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

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Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Eyeliner: Eyeko London Fat eyeliner

Lips: Dr. Lipp Red Radish Tint

Setting Spray: MAC Fix +

Today I picked up the Tom Ford Foundation to use. I really like the light weight feel of it and the way it looks on my skin. It does have the tendency to settle into the lines around my mouth by the end of the day, but only a little bit. To fight it, I just need a pore filling primer. Once the pore filling primer is in place there are no issues with settling. So the primer I chose was the ELF poreless Putty Primer. It worked fantastically well. I use my bronzer palette for both my bronzer and my eyes today, mostly because there are shades in the bronzer/contour palette I am never going to use on my cheeks and I wanted to keep things simple as I played with the mascara and eyeliner.

With the eyeliner I mostly wanted to make certain it hadn’t dried out. I don’t wear a lot of eyeliner but when I do I tend to reach for the Eyeko liners. They always create a smooth line with no skipping and don’t fade throughout the day. For eyeliners they have been my standard for a really long time.

To be honest it was all about the mascara today. I saw that IPSY announced their August Glam Bag X for August. As I am still on the fence about that category I took a look through the newly released details. The Collaborator this time will be Halsey which I am happy with and the two products listed as possibilities in the bag are the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer and the Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara. Ive used Tatcha Skincare before and absolutely love their cleanser, but I haven’t tried any makeup from them and as you know I love primers I am thrilled to have a chance to try it out. The Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara I have so I went ahead and pulled it to use today.

It is a decent mascara but not a fabulous one. I found I had to build it up with a couple of layers. But it didn’t smudge once it dried and there was no flaking. For me it falls into the ‘happy to use if I have it, but probably wouldn’t go out and buy it’. Which is fine. If I ended up getting it, I would use it. I am more excited about the primer though, but then I am almost always going to be more excited about the primer.

This was my first use of the Dr. Lip Tint which came in my Look Fantastic Box this month. It goes on smoothly and oddly isn’t as thick as the regula Dr. Lipp balm, which I actually like. The original can be a bit intense. The tint is very light and fades away quickly but the shine tends to remain longer and my lips felt really nourished after wearing it.

Likewise this was my first use of the MAC Fix + Setting Spray. I originally planned to use it, see how I liked it and then add it to my travel bag if it worked well. I think a few days of use will deplete it completely so I will just use it all week and then decide about it. Thus far I rather like the formula. I’ll let you know how I feel when the little spay bottle is empty.

And that was more or less it for me. A back to normal schedule and a lot less stress. I have the feeling this is the start to a really good week.



Look Fantastic June 2021 Unboxing

This month I opened my Look Fantastic Box and the first thing I thought was “Wow, this smells good”.  For those who don’t know, Look Fantastic is a monthly Subscription box that is from the UK and costs $19 per month.  I signed up for an annual subscription and although I still pay month to month, I receive the subscription for $16.

Each month you get five items generally travel sized but occasionally full sized.  What I like about this is that I tend to receive brands that are not in a lot of US based subscription boxes.  I find this subscription to be a nice way to try out brands that I have never heard of or heard of but never really seen or tried out.  This month is Eco Month for Look Fantastic and each product was chosen to go along with this theme. 

The first item out of the box was a reusable Gentle Facial Buffer made by the ecologically responsible brand SO ECO.  The product is all natural and the packaging is 100% recyclable.  I really like these kinds of buffers although to be honest I don’t use them on my face.  I tend to use them on my body as I find them a little too harsh for the skin of my face.  It is relatively soft, but still, I think this is more of a body product for me.  And There is even a body wash in this box for me to use it with.

The second item in the box is the item I smelled when the box was first opened.  It spells amazing.   It is the Rituals Ritual of Jing.  It is actually an exfoliating body scrub, which I absolutely love.  At the moment I am using another Rituals body product.  It’s a foaming cleanser. 

Once I’ve used that up (it is nearing the end of the product) I will roll this into the bath time line up to try out  There wasn’t a specific reason listed as to why this is considered for the Eco Friendly box, but it is a great brand that I love using and I am looking forward to testing it out.  I’ll make a note about it being eco friendly though so when I do get around to testing it out, I can do my research on that and hopefully come up with more information.  For now I just know that it smells fantastic. I also love that it is a good size. With body products so often the sizes are one or two uses. This one is large enough that I can use it for a while and truly get a feel for the product which I appreciate.

The next item in the box was the Balance Me Pre and Probiotic Cleansing milk.  I have tried many Balance Me products.  While they always perform excellently, for me the scent is what causes me to not want to buy the full size.  Hopefully this will work as well as all of their other products and smell fantastic to boot.  I always have high hopes for Balance Me products.  So I have my fingers crossed for this one.  

The fifth item out of my box this month was the ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer.  ESPA is a brand that works well and I have never had any scent complaints with.  The products always perform beautifully for me and I am always happy to have another eye cream on hand. 

To be honest, I actually like the sample sized eye creams almost better than the fill sized ones.  Full sized eye creams tend to come in jars, but the samples come in tubes.  With the tube you can dispense a tiny amount without exposing the rest to air and without having to dip your fingers in the pot.  Plus you really only use a little bit of product with eye creams so the samples usually last a long time. I am very happy to have an ESPA Eye cream ready and waiting for its turn to be used.

There was one sort of cosmetic item this month and it is the Dr. Lipp Tint.  It is 100% natural and pigmented with red radish.  I have tried the regular Dr. lipp before and absolutely love it.  It is amazing on really dry chapped lips.  I can’t wait to see how the tinted version works.  What I find interesting is that this is another one of those products that works better almost in a sample size than the full size.  The sample sized is perfect for lip use.  The full size is almost too large.  At least with the regular Dr. Lipp Nipple balm.  As Dr. Lipp is something I tend to keep in my purse all winter long, I am looking forward to giving the tinted version a try and perhaps extend its use out of the chapped lips repair category.

And finally last, but certainly not least is the Philip Kingsley Styling Finishing Touch.  It is a hair product and it is designed to fight frizz.  Until I started getting this subscription, I had only heard of the brand, but never seen it in real life.  It just simply wasn’t sold where I was looking.  Or if it was I didn’t see it.  I’ve recently been using a leave in conditioner from the brand.  It performs beautifully but is a little too coconut-y for me.  Hopefully this comes with a different scent to it.  I am looking forward to getting a chance to try this one out.

So that was my June Look Fantastic box.  Personally I think this was a pretty good month. Look Fantastic always tends to go a little heavy on the skin care, but I am happy they balanced it out with body care and a hair care item as well and quite frankly I am looking forward to using all of the products that arrived this month. It wasn’t a flashy sort of month but each of the items are ones that will see a lot of use. 




Macy’s Beauty Box June 2021 Unboxing

This Month’s Macys Beauty box was a little bit interesting postal wise.  I checked the tracking number and saw the expected date of arrival. Then on the travel log for the package I got to watch two separate post offices play a game of hot potato with it.  It went to and from the same post office about four times before they finally got tired of bouncing it between them and sending it on. 

I’ll admit, when it arrived, I expected the worst.

The package was surprisingly only slightly dented and when I opened it up the dropper on the serum bottle was bent but still worked and the spray cap for the dry shampoo was knocked off.  It popped right back into place and the product worked just fine.  I am a little worried about the air seal on the serum so I may be using it this week just to make certain it doesn’t go bad. 

But before we get into the products, this subscription is a $15 ($16.27 with tax for me) per month subscription and each month you receive five sample sized products.  They tend to be on the higher end of the spectrum and because of this subscription I have tried a lot of luxury brands that interested me.  I really like that as I enjoy trying things out before I invest in the full size. I find it helps me to not waste either month or product.

In addition some of the products that have been sent in these boxes were complete unknowns to me.  Some of them were from familiar brands and new product releases, others were things that I knew and loved already.  It has thus far been a really good box.  And the products generally go really well with the theme. 

Speaking of, this month’s theme is Expert’s Choice.  Each item included is something that critics have raved about. 

Since I already opened the serum, we’ll start with it.  The serum sample is the Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate.  I have heard a lot of rave reviews about this and I did try out the eye cream in this line as well.  I really liked the eye cream actually and put it on my must try in a full size list. Because the dropper is a little damaged and I opened it to see if it still worked, I will probably be using this serum this week just so that it doesn’t go bad.  I don’t think there is more than a week’s worth of serum in it so I think I can take a break from the serum I am currently using to try it out. Quite frankly I can’t wait to see if it is as good as the eye cream and it’s hype.

The second item was the Dry Bar Detox Shampoo.  This is not the first time I have tried this dry shampoo and it is a good one.  I actually just finished a bottle of my favorite Klorane Dry Shampoo (nettle for dark hair) and haven’t was thinking of working through some of my travel sized dry shampoos as I have a lot in stock.  Since I had to open it to repair the nozzle and see if it worked, I might just keep this one out.  It smells nice and as it’s been a while since I’ve tried a Dry bar product it will be interesting to shake things up for a bit.

The third item in my Macy’s Beauty Box this month is the Clarins Total Eye Lift Concentrate.  As I am in the middle of an eye skin care trial I will have to wait to try this out, but I am actually looking forward to using it.  I’ve tried several products from Clarins before and have always liked them. 

Currently, I am using the Instant Perfecting Primer and absolutely love it.  Most of what I’ve tried from Clarins has been Moisturizers and face washes so an eye cream will be a different category to try.  I can’t wait to see if it performs as well as the other products I’ve used.

There was a fourth skin care item in my Macy’s Beauty Bag this month and that was the Retinol Ceramide Capsules From Elizabeth Arden.  To be honest I don’t think I have ever tried anything from Elizabeth Arden.  I’ve seen them around, but I have never picked up any products. I’ve actually seen this exact product and thought it looked interesting, but still never picked it up.  I think that was because I wasn’t too certain about the individual capsules. Now that it is here of course, I’ll give it a go. Perhaps the premeasured doses will be exactly right.

There were two makeup themed items in the bag this month.  The first is a tiny sample of the Giorgio Armani  Liquid lip.  I have gotten one of these tiny samples before in a different shade and I have to say while I still find the tiny size laughable, I really do like the formula of the lipstick so even in a tiny size, I am happy to have the product. And it is a nice color that I think might suit me.  So that’s always a plus.

The second makeup item is the MAC Fix + setting spray.  I’ll be honest I have setting sprays but I tend to forget to reach for them unless I know I am going out.  If I am getting ready for the day and know I will be sitting at my desk for the bulk of the day, I don’t generally bother with setting spray.  

I always use it when I know I am going to be running around where there are other people though.  And I always pack it when I travel.  I tend to really get on well with MAC products so I look forward to giving this a trial.  I might try using it this week and then adding what remains to my travel bag if I know it works well.  And then if it does work well eventually getting a full sized bottle.  My current setting spray is the Benefit Porefessional Super setter but it is always nice to have options.

Most months there are two perfume Samples included in the bag.  This month both come from Ralph Lauren.  One is Polo Deep Blue and the other is Ralph Lauren Romance.  At the moment I am leaving them sealed and adding them to the cache of perfume samples that I have yet to try out.  They will be added to the drawer and then like all perfume samples they will be worn and evaluated to see if they make the cut to be added to my collection.

Usually there is a makeup bag included in the Macy’s beauty bag. Sometimes they supplement other items in for the bag and this month they added the Beauty Supplements Box. 

I have to say, I’m not mad at it.  The box is hard plastic with tightly sealed latches and a rubberized seal so that if it is in a makeup bag and something leaks it won’t get into your supplements box.  Inside the box are two additional little boxes divided into compartments. 

While I have my vitamins, I also always travel with some Ibuprofen and because my babydoll has rather bad allergies I have started adding a few back up Benadryl for him just in case he forgot his allergy medicines.  This is a well thought out and well-designed box that will be getting quite a lot of use in my personal travel kit. I am quite happy with this month’s substitution for the makeup bag.

So that was my June Macy’s Beauty Box.  Was it worth the $15?  Yes, it most certainly was.  Everything in the box is something that I will use.  Many of the items are products I have wanted to try out and quite frankly I am very pleased with the selection of items this month.  This is definitely a subscription box I will be keeping.


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