Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to Monday afternoon. That’s right the hardest part of monday is over, that whole getting up and getting started bit. My get up and go was a bit shaky this morning as well.This was just one of those days where I could have used a three day weekend. Of course we get one next weekend so that is always nice to look forward to. Of course so are the memorial day sales.It seems like there are a lot more than usual this year. Maybe it is just me noticing them more. Over the weekend we made a list of household items that are edging into the replace or refresh category and as we made the list we checked local upcoming sales. Several of the stores were no longer open. Everyone else had large scale sales going on. I think I’m also used to thinking of Memorial day sales as going on during Memorial day Weekend, but so many of them started a lot earlier this year. Which actually helps me out as I can space out some of the necessary purchases.
One of the things we are looking to replace is our mattress. We repainted and have been slowly adjusting the room and edging towards completion, but have yet to replace the mattress. One sale that caught my eye was the Purple Sale.
It is a memorial day sale but it has already begun and is going on right now. As mattresses can be expensive and sleep is necessary to good health, I am a huge fan of mattress sales.
I think at the moment that is our biggest upcoming purchase. The rest were smaller things. Admittedly small things make a huge impact.
Speaking of small things and big impacts, my fitness journey continues. It is a slow and steady progress from where I am to healthy, but I will get there. And today helped. I did my scheduled weights and then took a turn on the gym. I was fine on the treadmill until it came time for the cool down. Personally I think the cool down drops the speed too fast for me. I find it too jarring. So It drops me at the cool down and I bump up the speed just a little. Then after a minute it drops it again, and I bump it up again. Each of my bump ups is lower than the last so i am still slowing my speed and cooling down, just not as fast as the machine seems to feel is necessary. I think because my normal walking speed is about 2.7 MPH I find some of the slower paces hard to maintain. when the machine drops down to 1.5 I find it really awkward rather than cooling. About 2.5 is as slow as I can go during my cool downs. So at the end of the treadmill time I feel like i am fighting with the machine.
But I did it and got in my work out.
With my Well Yes Sipping soup (Tomato and Sweet basil) for lunch I am actually under where my calorie count is supposed to be for the day. Not by too much, but it is enough that I can have a handful of peanuts for my afternoon snack and not worry if i take just a few extra. I actually measure them out to keep on track. Mondays though I always feel a little indulgent if I can add about three extra to it looks like it is an overflowing measure instead of a leveled off one. I know it is silly, but it makes me feel like I am getting just a little bit more.
Bronzer: Park Ave Princess Palette from Tarte (Carat)
Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush (Mauve Sunrise)
Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow
Eyebrows: Bellapierre Stay Put Brow Gel
It was only as I was typing this that I realized I completely forgot to add Mascara today. I almost never forget mascara. Other things yes, mascara no. I did remember to do more than just spoolie my brows though. mostly because a new brow product came in the subscription box I reviewed this morning. In case you were wondering though today was the last of the subscription boxes for May). This Bellapierre Brow Gel is pretty nice. It applies well and doesn’t make my eyebrows look painted on. Which i personally can’t stand. While I can tell the product is in my brows, they don’t feel overly stiff which is nice as well. They are in place and staying there though. So at the moment, this brow gel is performing really well.
At the moment I am trying to sort out which foundations I want to keep in the front of my drawer for the summer time. Most of my tinted moisturizers will be staying front and center but some of my foundations need to get swapped around. I think this No 7 Lift and luminate needs to move to the front of the drawer. It is such a beautiful foundation and at the moment it is more or less my perfect shade. In a couple of weeks it may start edging into the too light zone but to be honest one of the reasons I want to keep it towards the front and will us it repeatedly for the next few weeks is that I want to see how far i can push this tone before I need to switch colors. Mostly because this is one of those foundations I really like and well buy repeatedly in different shades. This shade is Warm Ivory. It is on the low end of the spectrum. At my darkest i might go to Warm Beige or I might be able to make Warm Ivory work for my year round by playing around with powders. It is something I will be playing around with this summer. but I really do like the formula of this foundation. Once it is on it is so light weight i can forget I am wearing it.
Speaking of playing around though, I am still playing around with the Patrick Starr Visionary palette. I am attempting to try all of the shades , however some of the cool tones mixed in are not really working for me. And I am kind of already feeling a little bored. Today i tested out the black shade called Turban Legend. All of the other shades have been very pigmented so I had a little trepidation when dipping into it. However this is the one shade thus far that is buildable rather than highly pigmented. Which is smart for a shade this dark. However, it was also a little patchy and harder to work with than the other shadows. I think I will try it again tomorrow when using the blues and see if it works better for me as i play around with it.
The bare Minerals Blush was as fab to wear as always. And to top everything off I used the Colourpop liquid Lip in Tulle. I really enjoy this color and formula. I really need to reach for it more. I have my lipsticks in two places. one is an upright rack were I can see the arrayed products and the rest of the lippies are in a set of acrylic drawers. The problem is that I tend not to reach for the ones I can’t see. I need to rotate them or something so i can use the ones I don’t always reach for, And this one is going in the front of the new selection. It is a color I really like and I’m happy I picked it up today.
So that is todays look and my day thus far. At the moment Monday is rolling right along. If this keeps up than I will actually be on schedule for tuesday and with luck I will manage to keep the week wrangled into shape. Considering how many upsets this month had, that feels kind of like a minor miracle.