Good afternoon my darlings. I am pleased as punch to report that only the barest of sniffles remains. while the sniffling remains annoying, my head no longer feels as though it was stuffed with wool and then soaked with water. It is a full and heavy feeling I don’t wish on anyone. Thinking felt a bit like wading through mud. Now I am splashing through puddles.
I actually attempted a short walk today. More because I just had to get out rather than because i was ready to resume normal exercise. Alas, the park was still flooded from our recent, snow/rain/ice storm adventures. And while I might be tempted to wade through the shallows in warmer weather, in 25 degree temps, I’m going to give it a bit of a pass.
It isn’t too much of a loss today though as I still have a lot to catch up on from the holiday, power outages and feeling poorly. None if those three helped my productivity levels. And now I am playing catch up. Ah well, it is the way of the world is it not? And in addition it is January. In January I always promise myself I am going to be a much better/healthier/more productive/more organized and well more everything sort of person. So I always try a bunch of things that sound like a good idea at the time.
It is kind of an interesting process really. I try a bunch of new things in January. a few stick, a few fall by the wayside and a few are revamped for February. Generally by the end of February new habits are created and by June the habits I’ve kept are just a part of daily life. It’s kind of nice. And it lets me try new things and build the habits I want to keep at a pace I can sustain. I’m still in the try everything phase. At the end of January there will be some updates as to what sticks around moving forward.
I find it much more honest than starting January off with a ‘This year I will…’ And if there is anyone I want to be honest with, it is myself. And you guys of course, but I do try to avoid lying to myself, especially when I know it is a lie. Or I suppose misleading because I always believe on January first that this is the year i can do anything. Then reality starts intruding and Understanding or self awareness maybe, dawns in February. So technically it isn’t lying, just misleading. which is also something I want to avoid.
But that is enough time inside my head for one post, let’s switch to what’s on my face instead.
Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix
Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil
Eyeshadow: Athr Beauty Desert Sunset Palette
Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
Okay I couldn’t resist opening the LYS primer. I had to know if it was going to be more of a serum or a primer and I figured by now I knew how the Bite Beauty Foundation was going to perform well enough to try out a new foundation. When dispensed in the hand, this primer came out like a serum. I put it into my palms and then rubbed them together and applied it onto my skin. Once applied, it is a gripping primer. It becomes very grippy and sticky. I have no doubt that it will keep the makeup in place. And it seems to be working well. I think this is definitely a primer that has skincare, and not a serum that works like a primer. I would never use this just as a serum. It also worked well with the foundation.
The Viseart bronzer is definitely more of a buildable formula than a pigmented one, which I happen to enjoy. A lot more of my bronzers are highly pigmented and have to be applied with a lighter hand then blended out. It is nice to have a more buildable formula. Plus I think the shade works well for me.
The Ciate Blush I love, but haven’t been reaching for as much because I thought it was more of a summer shade for me. It seems to be working well for me today. I like how it turned out. It was a bit more pigmented on my not so summer tanned skin, but it blended beautifully so I am fine with the shade.
The finishing powder helped with the darker shade as well and I have to say I am pleased to once again have the bareminerals mineral veil around again. It is just a fine powder that sits well and wears well throughout the day without looking powdery.
The Stila mascara is a definite winner but from here, we start swimming in more murky waters. Let’s start with the eyeshadow. I had high hopes for this Athr Beauty palette yesterday as the brown applied really well. Today the pink shade worked well but the black in the palette was patchy. I was able to blend it well enough, but I called in the dark brown again to help (and to see if I was mistaken yesterday) and it did a good job repairing the patchiness. The brown is a much smoother applying formula than the black for some reason. Also the rosy bronze shadow pairs well with the pink tone but it is flakier than the warmer bronze I used yesterday so there was more fall out. This is a palette I definitely need to play with more to get a feel for it. Each shade seems to have it’s own set of issues.
Because I trimmed my bangs I once again started reaching for eyebrow products and decided to give this ABH Dip Brow a try. It applies quite well actually, I just think the soft brown shade may be a shade too dark for me. It is a pretty good formula though and I may play around with it a bit more
And then we wrap up with the Persona Cosmetics lip liner. The shade works for me, the texture is creamy but it is definitely a lip liner. Applying it on the lips dries them out very quickly. I do like the shad and the creaminess of the formula but it is not a lip liner to be worn on it’s own. Especially not in the winter when lips are already dry, I will try it again tomorrow with a lipstick and see how it performs then. But on it’s own, the creaminess of application quickly gives way to dry lips.
And now my darlings, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your day is utterly fantastic.