The Daily: May 10th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I don’t know what it is about today but every time I have started to type the date, I have put down April instead of May. Apparently my brain has decided to roll everything back a few weeks. It’ll get over it soon enough.

I did manage to make it to the gym, but I have to admit today was a bit harder for me than many mornings. I spent much of the weekend pulling weeds and doing other gardening chores, most of which involved hauling things from one side of the yard to the other and so my arms and shoulders were achy before I even stated with the machines. Luckily Monday is listed as a cardio heavy day so I did what was listed on my check off sheet and then happily skipped over to the treadmill. I was more than ready to pass the activity to my legs for a bit.

I went with the treadmill today because it has been misty all morning and I doubted I would be able to get to the walking trail. So I feel like I’ve gotten my walk in as well with the extra treadmill time. And so back to the office I went.

Have you ever had a day where it seems like everyone in the world wants to call to talk to you? Apparently today was the day that chatting with me pinged on everyone’s radar. My ear kind of hurts from being pressed against the phone for too long. I know I probably could have used the speaker function but everytime I try something happens around me to make a lot of noise so sometimes it is just better to have a sore ear.

As far as makeup today, I went with a more tamed down look. I am still testing out the Tom Ford Foundation and the Lime Crime Eyeshadow Palette, but I went a bit low key with it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless soft Matte

Blush/Bronzer/ Highlighter: Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette

Powder: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter in Cashew

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed


Lime Crime : Venus Duo Eyeshadow Bundle

Mascara: Big Poppa from Wet ‘n Wild

Lips: Roen Kiss my Lips in Charlie

The Urban Decay Primer is an old standby and one I still go back to as one of my favorites. It has a pink tint that helps hide pores and while it still has a little of the silicone slip, it is not hugely slippy. It just makes my skin look soft and healthy. I think however that it may have been discontinued. While the above link will take you to the Primer page of Urban Decay, this primer isn’t listed. I will have to look into it some more and get back to you. If it is discontinued I will be using the primer I have up instead of hoarding it so that I don’t run out. I have such a tendency to do that if a product I like has been discontinued. I don’t know why. The product will only last so long and keeping it just means it will expire before I can use it all. I will try to resist the urge if that is in fact the case.

The fate of the primer will be looked into, but regardless, it worked well with the foundation. I started my trial of the Tom Ford Foundation last Thursday. On Both Thursday and Friday I used blurring primers rather than pore filling ones and I noticed by the end of the day, there was a little settling of the foundation around the lines near my mouth. There was no issue around my eyes though. I might be trying a mix of pore filling and glowy primers this week to see it affects the settling. Other than that I do like the way the foundation has been wearing and am happy to continue the testing.

The Real Her face palette is just a really good one for a good everyday look. I know I reach for it a lot and I am starting to see a little outline of the pan below the products. I’ve been trying to not reach for it as much, but it is a really good everyday kind of cheek trio that works well with my skin tones and when it does finally wear out, I will be replacing it.

Today I used the Fenty Beauty Pro Filter loose powder and realized that of my loose powders this one and the Becca Pink Haze are the only two that aren’t translucent. I have tinted pressed powders, but not loose ones. I think that because of that I will be reaching for this more throughout the summer. It is an okay powder. Its color works well for me but it tends to make the skin look a little powdery. I think it is a product that I like enough to use up, but not enough to repurchase. I do think I need to look into more tinted looe powders though. For now though I might lean heavily on it so that I can use it up while I look for a powder to replace it.

With the Lime Crime Palette today I went with just two colors. My plan was yo just use one. I put Nude all over my lid and planned to just leave it there. The shadow went on beautifully. But then I looked down into the pan and the gold shade 1484 just sort of glimmered up at me and I couldn’t resist. So I added it to my inner corners. The gold was so soft and buttery an it blended will with the Nude and didn’t look too popy. Just right for a day in the office. Admittedly everyone I interacted with was over the phone so I could have gone glitter-tastic and no one would have known, but I was feeling sort of subtle today.

Well until I got to the lashes. I couldn’t resist grabbing the Big Poppa from the selection. It is just such a fantastic formula. Everytime I use it I am surprised it is a drugstore brand.

Finally I ended with the lip gloss from Roen. The shade Charlie is a subtle hint of color that suited the rest of the look, at least in my opinion. I went for nice and understated today and I think I actually got there. I’m still watching the Foundation and it’s tendency to settle into fine lines, but I have to say everything else seemed to work well for me today.

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Unboxing The Underclub May 2021

It has arrived!  My subscription from The Underclub is here!  I love that it is the first subscription to arrive each month as it never disappoints and always makes me happy.  In case you haven’t guessed from the name, The Underclub is a monthly luxury underwear subscription service.  There are several different tiers and some have one pair sent to you and others two.  My tier is the one pair for $15 per month one.  I have never once regretted signing up.  While some of the underwear I would not have chosen specifically for myself, I always absolutely love them.They always have a sign up deal going on as well. I’ll post the link if you are interested.

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They are always releasing new sets and package deals like the seven day bundle.  The recent release of the Zodiac elemental sets are really hard to resist.  Since I was born at the end of June I am  a Water sign and the underwear and eyelash lace tank that goes with the Water are really calling to me. I just love that shade of blue. I couldn’t find a good picture of it, but all of their zodiac sign themed undie sets look amazing. All the links in the post will take you to their homepage if you want to check out the zodiac (or any other) collection. I really think they were well designed.

May’s Subscription set

I also love that they are very size inclusive.  There have been a lot of sites where I’ve seen something I liked and found out they just didn’t carry it in my size or if they did it was a lot more expensive than it would be for a smaller size.  The Underclub store has all their sizes at the same price and I am included in their size range.  Pretty underwear is one of my personal pleasures.  I really do like pretty undergarments.  It has become an additional daily treat as I wear the plane cotton Hanes underwear to the gym and then only put on the delicate lacy things after my post work out shower.  So it is an extra little incentive.

‘If you do the workout like you scheduled you can wear the pretty undies after.’

Somedays, I confess, I need the extra incentive.  Especially if it is raining and I don’t want to drive across town to the gym. 

Lace detail

But that is another story, we are here to talk about this month’s Underclub selection. 

And it is a nice one.  It is soft dusty pink lace in a boy short cut. I love the scalloped edging.  The las is soft against the skin and not scratchy.  As always I looked for any loose threads or missed stitches before I washed them and found none.  They are very good quality.  And even though they did come sealed in their own little bag inside a bag. I washed them before trying them on.  I also looked them over as they came out of the wash and found that nothing came loose in the wash either. 

On the small bag that the undies came in they are labeled Viola HW Cheeky in Rose Cloud.  And they do feel cloud soft against the skin. 

I am especially pleased with these because they are actually the Underclub brand of undies. Each month prior I’ve gotten a different brand, but I have never received a pair from the in house brand.  I was curious as to the quality of the actual Underclub brand of underwear.  I am not disappointed. 

I will get a lot of use out of these and quite frankly, they were the perfect reward for talking myself into doing an extra set of arm workouts today. I know my arms will be sore, but I still get to wear the pretty, pretty lace which makes me feel better about the sore arms. Way to go Underclub! This was a fabulous start to the May Subscriptions.

Happy Hour: Grape Focaccia and a Bramble

Welcome to Happy Hour my darlings!  Kick off those shoes and get yourself into something comfy. Personally I’ve chosen a pair of pajama pants that are old enough that the black fabric has a distinct greenish look to it.  The color doesn’t bother me when hanging out at home, but taking them out of the drawer I noticed a small hole on the leg.  It is tiny still, but it means a replacement is needed soon. I’ll have to look into that this weekend.  But for now, the comfy pajama pants remain.

The Bramble has made an appearance before and as I very much enjoy it will probably make many returns.  As a recipe refresher my version of a Bramble is:

Bramble

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz Gin

½ oz Chambord

1 oz lemon juice

½ oz simple syrup

You put everything into a cocktail shaker add a bit of ice and shake for all you are worth before pouring it into the glass of your choice.  I went with a coupe glass.  I think this one might have actually come as a promotional glass with a bottle of Bombay Sapphire at some point. It is a nice shape and holds enough liquid inside that one glass is plenty.

I felt the raspberry and lemon notes would pair well with the grape focaccia today.  I thought about picking up a wine to go with it, but the grapes were very sweet tart on their own and I kind of didn’t want anything competing with them.  I think if I had chosen mellower grapes I would have gone with a wine.  As it is the Bramble seemed to have enough of a fruitiness to pair well without really being competition, flavor wise.

I know some of you saw the title and were lifting some eyebrows at the sound of grape focaccia. That’s okay, my baby doll did as well, but then it baked up so sweet and salty that he decided it was okay in the end.  And while I had the Bramble listed above, he ended up having a beer with it because he wanted something earthy to go with it while I wanted something to pair with the fruitiness of the grapes.

There is a lot of wait time, but overall this focaccia recipe is really simple.  It just takes time.  You will need a stand mixer for this.  I’ve written out the recipe for those with stand mixers.  If you don’t have one can always knead the dough by hand.  If you are making this, check your times! While not a lot of this is active time, there is a lot of resting and rising so I generally make this when I know I’m going to be in the house for a while.  It does actually provide some nice breaks to the day if you are working from home.

Grape Focaccia

Ingredients:

6 tsp dry yeast

Pinch of sugar

2 cups warm water

¼ cup (or so) olive oil

5 cups of flour, plus more for dusting

2 tsp kosher salt (more for sprinkling)

12 ounces red seedless grapes (make sure they are seedless)

Parchment paper

It is large but it does freeze well.
  • Put the yeast, water and sugar in a bowl.  Stir to mix and then let sit to get foamy (5 min)
  • Into the bowl of a stand mixer place the flour, salt and foamy yeast mix. Mix with a dough hook until a sticky dough forms and pulls away from the sides (3-5 min)
  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Liberally flour your counter top and transfer the dough to it.  It will be stiff to work with but try to form it into a rectangle (ish) shape that is about twice the size as you start it with. 
  • Fold the dough in threes like a letter so that your dough forms a rectangle.  Brush the top with olive oil and transfer it to the center of your parchment covered cookie sheet oiled side down onto the parchment.
  • Brush olive oil onto the top of the dough Cover loosely with cling film and let it sit 1 hour.
  • (don’t worry if your rectangle is a little wonky.
  • After one hour come back to the dough and push it out until it fills the cookie sheet in a flat even surface.  Once flattened. Lightly press the grapes into the top of the dough. 
  • Leave to sit uncovered 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 500.
  • After the dough has rested for an hour, brush olive oil over the dough and grapes and sprinkle with salt.
  • Just before you put the dough into the oven, turn the temperature down to 450 degrees. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes, turn the pan in the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the dough is a light golden brown.
  • Cool 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

While we used grapes in this one for a sweet and savory play, this is my standard focaccia recipe. I forget where I picked it up, but I have adjusted it with rosemary and garlic to go along with roast lamb, mixed it with a variety of peppers and served it with chili, and used it plain as a base for all sorts of toppings.  It is a good basic recipe that really takes well to whatever flavors you want to throw at it.  Just remember not to be stingy with the olive oil.  It may look like a lot, but this bread needs it. It is the only fat this bread has in it. Once you have the basics down, go crazy with the flavors and make it your own.

So that my darlings is our happy hour.  Personally, I like how it turned out.  It also suits the weather this week.  It is surprisingly cool tonight, but I didn’t want anything very heavy.  This has the weight of bread that I like in cooler temperatures, but it is lifted by the roasted grapes into feeling like early spring rather than the middle of winter. And I have to confess, I really do like baking bread.

I hope you enjoy whatever it is you have planned for your Friday night and the weekend beyond.


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It’s Elemis for Face Mask Friday

Today my darlings is a bittersweet masking moment.  I reached into my masking drawer and pulled out one of my favorite masks. I was very happy to see it because I haven’t used it in a while.  It is the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask.  I think this actually might be my third tube of this mask. I liked it enough that I picked up several tubes. I think they might have actually changed the packaging a bit since my last stock up, so it is probably good that I finished this out. I actually like everything I’ve tried from the Superfood line actually. I have the cleanser from the line waiting in my skincare drawer ready to be called into use as well. I don’t tend to buy a lot of backup products, but that cleanser and this mask are two that I will pick up back ups for and tend to order multiples of during sales.

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This Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask is a long term favorite. I tend to lean on this mask when I want my skin to feel soft and hydrated just like I turn to the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cocoa Clearing Clay mask when I want to bring relief to deeply clogged pores.  It is a masking staple for me.

So why is it a bittersweet moment with this mask you ask?

Because as I put the mask on I realized I was using the last of the product in the tube.  Oh yes my darlings, the mask container must now journey to the empties bin. There is nothing left inside. And it was the last backup of the mask I had on hand.

It does feel fantastic on my face and the scent just says spring is here and the world is full of green and growing things.  This mask does have a definite vegetal scent o it which I really like.   I also like the way my skin looks when it is washed off.  Today I used my Cosmedics Masking brush to apply.  Any silicon masking brush will do actually.  While it is a bit extra, if you do have a masking brush, this is the mask to use it on.  It has a creamy consistency and if applied with the hands there is a lot of product that remains on the fingers.  And thus has to be washed down the drain.  If you use the masking brush this isn’t an issue as the product goes on your face and not your fingers. 

And while a masking brush is an extra skin care tool to add to your collection, I do recommend them.  You can easily pick one up relatively inexpensively and it really does help you to use less product.  I may not be sold on the usefulness of jade rollers yet, but this is one skin care tool that has earned its place in my skin care arsenal. I am currently using the Cosmedics brush because it came in a Boxy Charm Box and I really like it.  It is sturdily built and I really do like the curved corners that let you get into the not so flat spots on my face.  I still use my very cheap silicon masking brush that I picked up on Amazon for less than a dollar, and it works fine.  The only issue is the squared off corners.  And to be fair that really isn’t that big a deal. I think if I were looking for a new one, I would look for one with rounded corners as that is the only difference that seems to matter.  But you really don’t have to spend a lot on these.

My masking moment today was less relaxing than usual as I had to take a call in the middle of it.  Luckily the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask is not a clay mask and allows my face to move while wearing it.  And the people I was talking to didn’t mind being on speaker phone so  I didn’t get mask all over my phone.  I did end up keeping it on longer than intended (by about five minutes).  I also cast longing looks at my unlit candle and I-pod.  I never got around to using either.  However the candle will decorate the bathroom when I lounge in the bath with my hair mask on this weekend.  I’m going with the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud  which has to sit on the hair for about twenty minutes so I’ll have plenty of time to use the candles then.   I just won’t use them today.

My skin didn’t have any issues with the extra five minutes of masking time.  And quite frankly I feel very pleased with the end results.  My skin is hydrated and refreshed. 

But now comes the hard part.  This is one of my standard favorite masks.  I am trying to work through all of my stockpiled masks and not purchase new ones until I’ve cleared out some space.  Not immediately reordering this is going to be difficult.  I think I may have to look at the drawer and figure out when I can reorder.  Maybe when I use up three more masking products I can reorder this mask.  Possibly two. We’ll see.  But this is one of my favorite masks and one that I will definitely reorder.

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The Skincare Line Up: May 7th, 2021

The full line up

Welcome once again to the end of the week skin care line up review.  I has been an interesting week for skincare.  Many of the items are reaching the end of their trials and even more are reaching the end of their product.  Soon new products will be rolling in.  One product that I had planned to roll in last week, but didn’t was a different Sunscreen. My plan was to set my favorite Volition Prismatic Luminizing shield to the side and give one of the sample sunscreens in my collection a try, but I’ll be honest, I completely forgot.  So with Sunscreen I stayed with Volition. There were of course many days where I did not see the sun.  However my skin was protected from even the things I could not see.

The Day time line up (accidentally including my makeup removing oil)

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser (end of week 7)

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence (end of week 6)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (end of week 7)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 7)

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream (end of week 7)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

I am liking the Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant a lot more than I liked the scent of the Water Lily and Orchid.  It starts off light and fresh and fades to nothing by the time I leave the bathroom.  As silly as it sounds the scent makes me feel fresh so I am good with it for a while.  My Full year of Native Deodorant trial will take me through the summer and into the fall so the real test has yet to come.

The La Roche Posay is slowly but surely being used up.  It is about at the one third of product gone mark but at one pump per use it does last a while.  Not that I am rushing it, I really like the formula of the cleanser and with so many products about to change out of my line up and new ones coming in, it is nice to have a steady product that I like.  I just have to make sure other products are steady around the cleanser when I get close to replacing it.

Likewise the Byroe Essence is only used drop by drop.  One drop each day onto the palm and then on to the face, so its use is quite slow as well.  Again though I am not rushing it as I really enjoy this toning essence.

The L’Oreal Midnight serum however is almost empty.  I tried peering inside and given the level I suspect I will make it through the weekend and maybe have Monday, possibly Tuesday to use the serum before it is gone.  This serum I really liked in the first two weeks of use and thought it was absolutely fabulous.  Continued use however didn’t make me more fond of it and I will actually not be sorry to see it go.  My review for this should be up on Monday if all goes as planned. I’ll go into details then.

Also nearing the end is the Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream. Well nearing its end is probably not the right phrase.  The tube is empty.  All used up.  This morning I used the very last drop of this eye cream.  I know because I rolled the tube to see if there was any more.  It was a good eye cream and I will be sad to see it go.  It is a sample size and I will be putting this on my list to try in a full size at some later date.  Although technically the sample did last long enough that I could actually do a full review on it.  Which I might.  I take notes as I use products, regardless of whether or not they are samples or full size. What can I say?  I like evaluation.

Tonight however a new eye cream will roll into the line up.  I have a couple to choose from but I haven’t chosen one yet. A decision is nigh though as I will need a new product to use tonight.

The 111skin Y Theorem Day cream is still in use.  The review went up this past week actually.  This link will take you there if you would like to see the break down.  It is a good cream and I enjoyed using it.  It is more of a cooler weather cream than a warmer weather so I think I used it at exactly the right time.  I would purchase this again, but not until the summer time heat has faded.  I should finish it up sometime next week. As I know there is a moisturizer coming in my Boxy Charm Premium this month that I am kind of excited to try I think I might try a sample size of day time moisturizer so that I can roll the new moisturizer into the line up when it arrives.

But that is for another week.  Are you ready to face the night?

The Night time Skin care players

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (End of Week 7)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Neogen dermalogy probiotics youth repair cream

Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C (end of week 2)

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple) – this week I didn’t use a lip scrub.

You know, as much as I complain about the scent of the Yensa CBD Cleansing oil.  It is a good cleanser and the more I use it the more the scent fades into the background.  It is one of those scents that with repeated use I just may be able to get over.  Especially as it really takes makeup off well without stripping my skin. The level continues to drop.  I’m not entirely certain that I would buy this cleansing oil again, but I think that if it showed up in a subscription box I would definitely use it rather than pass it on.

The Akar Skin Balancing Toning mist actually falls into the same category, even though I actually really like the scent of it.  It is a good toner and so little of it is really needed that it will last a while.  It has lovely skin beneficial ingredients in it, but it makes my skin sticky and takes forever to sort of lose that stickiness.

The Too Cool For School Moisturizer sample I was using ran out and I replaed it with a Neogen sample of the probiotic Youth Repair cream.  This was the same company that made the fermented Rice essence that I really liked.  This sample is definitely a moisturizer that I will be looking into a full size of.  The cream feels thick when it applies but it melts into the skin quickly.  It smells vaguely like candy, which you’d think after the SYS prickly pear scent would turn me off, however there is a kind of freshness under the sort of candy scent that bypasses the ‘if it smells this sweet it must be sticky’ button in my brain.  I haven’t done a full break down of the ingredients as it is a sample (and if the remaining sample lasts the weekend I will be surprised) but I think it might be the probiotic element causing me to think of it as fresh rather than sticky sweet. Whatever the cause for my brain bending, I think this cream will definitely go on the list of products to try in the full size.

I did try it both with and without The Nue Co Topical C added to it.  I liked the cream both ways.  I have been using the Topical C Powder more often. I had to move it in front of my tooth brush stand so I wouldn’t forget it.  I really like the way the powder melts into the cream without leaving any grittiness.  It is too early to see results (and my use too inconsistent) but I like the addition to my line up, now that I’ve remembered to start adding it.

The Tuesday and Thursday Night crew

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

The Retinol Serum is used on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the oil is used after to provide extra post retinol moisture.  Thus far they are working as a good pair. I also think that two days a week is enough retinol for me right now. O the testing of these two might take a bit longer to see real results and it will be a while before I am ready to review them.  At the moment I am content to chug along using them.  I have had no sun sensitivity and no other issues which is quite nice. I’ll have to see how they progress before I report in.

Next week there will be a few new items rolling in to replace products leaving.  Luckily they all don’t roll in at the same time.  I like to space out the new arrivals.  That way if my skin does freak out I have a better chance of figuring out where to look for the issue.  This afternoon I am going to take out the sample of sunscreen I want to try out and put my Volition in the cabinet so that I don’t automatically reach for it.  While I do love that sunscreen, I wouldn’t mind having a few sunscreens on my list that I can grab when I need them.  Right now I really only have the one.  And I know the list won’t expand if I don’t try out the others.  So It is a temporary farewell to the Volition SPF 50 as it takes a small vacation from my skin care line up.  Have no fear, it will soon return.

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Weekly Weight: A little something different…

It is time I think, for a little something different.

Starting Measurements:

Bust: 49.5“

Waist: 47“

Hips: 49”

I am Ms. Mimsy and I am my own worst saboteur.  As far as confessions go, it isn’t an original one and it isn’t likely to make the crowd gasp with surprise.  We do have fresh coffee ant the back of the room if you’d like though.

Here’s the thing.  I recently sat down with a trainer and worked out a system.  It is a six week plan and at the end of the six weeks is an evaluation. Again not Earth shattering news. But here’s the thing.  In my head, I know that it takes time for my body to adjust to the new work outs (which it is actually doing) and it takes time to see the results. 

But decades of weight loss shows,  celebrity bodies bouncing back immediately after having kids and of course You Tube make me feel that if I am not seeing dramatic weight loss then I am doing something wrong. 

I know, the truth is I want slow and steady weight loss.  I want a steady decrease and not a massive drop in my weight.  That is what is good and healthy.  But in the back of my head I think, well, shouldn’t I be losing more weight?  And then I sabotage the new program even before it can get off the ground. 

I also learned that going an entire six weeks without measurements of any kind will just let me drift off into never never land and cause me to pack on the pounds without thinking about it.

So I am going to try something new for me. 

For the next six weeks I am not getting on the scale, but I am going to do a weekly measurement. Bust, Waist and Hips. I know those numbers won’t fluctuate a whole lot.  I’m not going to lose six inches in a week and that is fine.  While there are many mental images in my mind’s weight loss file of people holding up the large clothing that once fit them and dropping them to show their new figures, I always remember the visual on those rather than the inches lost. 

Plus while Doctors give you a weight range as a target and I guess about how many pounds I think I should be losing, I have no real mental scale for how many inches equals a pound of me.  So it is still a measurement and I will have to do my best to stick to the outlined plan, but I think I can do so without sabotaging myself because I don’t actually have any set expectations.  But since I know I have to measure myself I will keep a record and therefore stay on track.

That is the plan.  And for the next six weeks I am going to be trying it.

This week’s measurements will be called the Start and next week: May 14 will be called Week 1 of 6. Week six will land on June 18th.  My birthday is actually on June 27th so it will be a week before my birthday and therefore clear of any birthday extravagances (I always have champagne and ice cream cake on my birthday – not always together, but you get the gist.) It is also a long enough time that I will know how the new system is faring by how I feel, and hopefully by my measurements.

I’m sure people with expertise in this field would say that the inner saboteur must be faced down, but right now I think it might be best to be sneaky and not talk myself out of the new routine. I think it just might work.  Hopefully you will not mind seeing measurements instead of the scale photos for the next six weeks.  And who knows, perhaps this system might work for some of you out there with your own inner saboteurs.  I’ll post as I go along and who knows, we all may find something helpful.

Fingers crossed.

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The Daily: May 6th, 2021

Oh my darlings today is a good day. The sun is out today. And, although the weather is unseasonably cool and I may have to cover my small tomato plants, the walking trail was dry enough to walk. There were parts of it that smelled a little fishy, but a fresh wind was blowing so those parts were small and I just used the faster walking to get my heartrate up a little higher.

So it all worked out.

I got my exercise in and I feel great.

It helps that my body is starting to adjust to the gym and the Monday, Wednesday, Friday work out schedule. so Tuesdays and Thursdays are no longer a misery of aching muscles. I will say though I have been using the Elemis Muscle Ease Active Body oil after my showers lately, mostly on my arms and shoulders, and it has really helped me out. The scent is a bit strong, but fades quickly. My legs and abs have adjusted well to the new routine but my arms struggle. I’ve always struggled with working out my arms so I’m not surprised. I am really liking the Elemis for my arms right now. I’ll have to post a full review soon.

Also, yesterday’s mail came really late in the day (6:30 pm actually. Usually it shows up around noon) and in the mail was a box from Influenster. They chose me to review a Tom Ford Foundation. This is one of those foundations I was always curious about but never bought. I wanted to try a sample before picking up a full sized bottle (It retails for $88) but I could never found a sample. I used an eyeshadow quad from Tom Ford quite a while ago and it was fantastic. It performed well and the packaging felt super luxe. I was kind of surprised that the foundation came in a plastic bottle. I don’t know if that is just for the influenster trial or standard and will have to look into it. The packaging just took me a little by surprise. Actually before I get too far into anything, lets list today’s products.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Blurfection Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation (sent by Influenster)

Face Palette:  4 in 1 Skin Perfecting Powders by Pur

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

NEW Lime Crime Venus Vivid Palette – intensely bold shadow hues in 8 shades & 4 finishes for your eyes and face.

Mascara Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Lips Huda Beauty in Trophy Wife

I know, It’s a shorter list because all of the face palette. I really do like the Pur Face Palette and find it really easy to grab and use. The blush is slightly bright for me, but otherwise it is about perfect.

I went ahead and used the Marc Jacobs Primer again because it was still on the dressing table, I used it all week so I knew how it performed and I happen to like it. Just remember less is more and you are fine. This was my first application of the Tom Ford Foundation and I will be using it for at least a full week to give it a trial. On first application it applied really well. I needed one pump to cover my entire face. It felt really light weight as well, which I like. I’ve gotten so used to light weight foundations that if I try on a foundation and can really feel it throughout the day, I’m not a big fan. This is one that lightly blends into your skin so you don’t feel it. It claims Medium to Full Buildable coverage. One pump gave me what I would consider my ideal medium coverage. I’ll try building it up later just to see how it builds but with the first application I like it. How it wears, we’ll have to see.

You also might notice a new Eyeshadow Palette today. I saw the Lime Crime Prelude Palette and couldn’t resist picking it up. I love Lime Crime’s Velvetine Liquid lips, but I have never actually tried their eyeshadow. Mostly because the packaging was boxy and took up a lot of space. Which is a kind of silly reason not to try a product, but I tend to get a little nervous when my makeup collection gets larger than a certain point. It gives me a little bit of anxiety when it starts taking up too much space. It’s one of the reasons why most of my daily makeup reviews seem on the positive side. If I try a product and don’t like it, then it doesn’t linger. With something like a mascara I’ll use it up and then get rid of it but eyeshadow palettes and other face products get cleaned and passed on pretty quickly if i don’t like them. So it means if it is in my collection I like it enough to keep it around. In case you are wondering why a lot of days i seem to like everything.

So the Lime Crime Palette is new (to Me) and as a first use I really liked it. The formulas worked well for me. They layered and blended well. I’ll have to see how they last the day. As it is a new palette, I will be using it for a week solid as well to get a feel for it and how it performs. So like the Tom Ford, you will be seeing this palette for all of next week.

With mascara, I used the Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara. Fenty is one of those brands that I like the aesthetics of and generally look at the product and thing ‘pretty – want to try’ but then i try it and it only seems to perform so-so. I know others rave about it, but it really is one of those so-so brands for me. But it always looks so good i want it to work. I actually have a highlighter duo I want to try testing out as eyeshadow because I don’t like it as a highlighter. But that is for another day. Today was the Full Frontal Mascara. I’ve used it before and I will keep it around, using it until it is gone, but it is not a mascara I get extremely excited about. It is good and performs well but it isn’t an OMG mascara. I actually get more of a Wow reaction from the Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa Mascara than I do from the Fenty Beauty. I actually really like that mascara and it has now become the drug store choice to compare other mascaras to. I don’t mind spending more on higher end products, but if I’m buying a higher end product it has to outperform the drugstore version or what is the point?

But enough about mascara, to top it all off i added the Trophy Wife Lip from Huda Beauty. Fabulous formula, great color and it doesn’t dry out my lips. Let it dry for a bit before drinking your coffee or you will end up with lip prints everywhere, but otherwise it is a great performer. So that was my look today, and those are two of the products I will be testing throughout the upcoming week. I can’t wait to see how they perform.

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And we have a winner!

For Earth Day this year I hosted a Klorane Giveaway. The giveaway includes a bunch of Klorane Products, (like the ones pictured above) in honor of their New Eco Friendly version of their Dry Shampoo. It is the one on the far right in the photo. It is a non-aerosol dry shampoo and the package is completely recyclable.

Which makes it a great package and for a fabulous product. According to the website…

This plant-based, loose-powder dry shampoo eliminates oil, dirt and odors leaving hair clean, refreshed, full of texture and volume.

And I agree. I tested it out and you can read my full review here. I know that as summer approaches I will be reaching for my dry shampoo more often so I don’t wash my hair into frizzy oblivion. It is one of my key summer essentials. Which as summer is very quickly approaching are items that I do need to start gathering. But that is another post and not what you tuned in to hear.

The winner of the Earth Day Giveaway is Tiffany from Florida.

I will be getting the package in the mail as soon as possible. While the Non-aerosol version is new, this package also includes the Ultra Gentle Oat Milk that I adored for years and my current absolute favorite the Nettle infused for dark hair. I hope she likes them as much as I do.

I want to give a big thank you to everyone who entered both her and on my instagram. It was great hearing from you and hopefully we can do another giveaway in the not too distant future.

And thank you very much to Klorane for sending over the products for the giveaway. If you are looking for ways to touch up between shampoos, to refresh your look for a mid afternoon meeting or just add a little more volume to your hair, I highly recommend checking them out. All of the links in this post will take you to their site. They even have a quiz to help you figure out which dry shampoo is right for you.

You also might want to check out their waterproof eye makeup remover (which is absolutely fantastic) while you are there.

And once again, Congratulations Tiffany!

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Marc Jacobs Under (cover) Blurring Coconut Face Primer

For the last two weeks I have been using the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Blurring Coconut Face primer. You know I love a good primer. And most of you know that I am very scent oriented. Many of you may recall that I find the scent of coconut to be okay, but not super fabulous. well that isn’t entirely true. I like the scent of actual coconuts and I don’t have any issues with the coconut water based products because any coconut scent in them is light and natural. The coconut I have issues with is the faux overly sweet coconut scent that many coconut scented products seem to have.

It makes me feel like i am smearing coconut cream pie on my face.

Like I’m in a bad 1950s comedy sketch.

While there might be some amusement in that, it isn’t a feeling I want daily.

nozzle detail

And with this Marc Jacobs Primer I didn’t get it. I’ll admit, I was afraid I would. It’s why despite seeing many Marc Jacobs items in Boxypop up I haven’t picked them up. Recently all of the ones appearing have had the word coconut in the name. Even though I tend to adore Marc Jacobs products, it was the coconut that prevented me from swooping in. The coconut in this was light and fresh and faded almost immediately.

I could smell it when I opened the tube and when I first dispensed it onto my hand but once it was on my hand the scent went away almost immediately. Most of the time, I could forget the coconut if I wanted. I know that those coconut lovers out there might be disappointed, but this is good news for those of us who either don’t care for coconut saturation or who are scent sensitive.

Don’t let the coconut in the name deter you.

But as important as it is, scent is not everything. This is after all a primer, not a perfume.

So what is the target goal of this primer? well according to Marc Jacobs…

Product (far too much to use in one sitting)

Under(cover) Blurring Coconut Face Primer acts like a perfecting filter for your skin while extending makeup wear with the nourishing feel of coconut. It glides on effortlessly to blur the look of imperfections and smooth away the look of pores and fine lines.

It controls shine without making skin feel dry or overly matte. This multi-use primer creates a perfectly prepped canvas for foundation, helping it to apply smoothly and blend easily. It can also be worn alone for a soft-focus, healthy look on no-makeup makeup days. With its smoothing, lightweight formula with 5 forms of coconut, it is ideal for priming normal to oily skin types. The universal shade is invisible and looks undetectably flawless with no chalky, white cast on all skin tones.

Ingredients: DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE, GLYCERETH-6 TRICOCOATE, SILICA, ISODECYL ISONONANOATE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, COCONUT ALKANES, GLYCERIN, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) WATER, AQUA/WATER/EAU, LINALOOL, COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) FRUIT JUICE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) FRUIT EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE.

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The product looks whitish when first dispensed but as soon as applied it goes invisible. I had no visible residue on my skin from it. It is a very slippy primer and if you look in the ingredients list you do see our good buddies the Cones first in line on the list. This is most definitely a silicone primer. And it feels like one.

To me this isn’t a bad thing, you just have to remember the basics.

no white cast or chalky look

First, like goes with like. I only used silicone and oil based foundations while testing it. I don’t have too many water based foundations in my collection at the moment but I did give them a pass while testing this primer out. There is no reason to set a product up for failure.

Second, a little goes a long way. I know there is a lot of product on my hand in the photo, but that is for illustrative purposes only. Less than half of that is what you need, or at least what I needed. If you use too much your foundation just sort of slides right off regardless of what foundation you use. A little is your friend, a lot does nothing but waste product.

Finally third, don’t rush the product. Apply your primer and then give it a minute to settle down and get comfortable. Don’t rush it. If you do then it mixes with your foundation and it doesn’t work a well as it could.

And quite frankly this primer is a pretty good one. It worked well for me during my test and it is one I will reach for frequently. I am about to test out a new foundation so i will be rotating my primers through that, but I will be coming back to it. This is not the most pore filling primer I have, however it does do a good job at blurring out some of the appearance of pores and does help mattify the skin without drying it out. Also because it is colorless it is pretty much invisible and doesn’t affect the color of my foundation. In the summer time I often use darker primers to help out slightly light foundations.

Now because it is a clear primer, it is not going to cover dark spots or hide redness in any way. That is not what it is does. It is also not on it’s list of claims. What it claims to do, it does. And it does it well. I was very pleased with its performance and will be reaching for this Marc Jacobs Under(cover) blurring perfecting primer in the future. It has earned a place in my dressing table, even with the coconut.

If you are interested, Marc Jacobs is currently having a sitewide sale. 30% off in fact. I am a big fan of their makeup items. This primer and the bronzer products I highly recommend. I also enjoy their liquid lip glosses and eyeshadows. Their shadow formula is well pigmented and never applies patchy, at least not in the ones I’ve used. I wasn’t a fan of their Youthquake Moisturizer, but the makeup I highly recommend. And while I haven’t tried it yet, they have a new caffeine infused foundation that I so want to try out. I have heard fabulous things about their foundations in the past so I have high hopes for the new one.

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The Daily: May 5th, 2021

Wednesday, more of the rain, less of the walking.  I did take advantage of the treadmill at the gym though so that is something.   And it is nice to see in bright digital how many calories I actually burned. Or at least how many the treadmill thinks I burned.  I know I enter my weight and they have their calculations down but I always have my doubts. 

Not that I think the machine is lying to me, but to be sure I always subtract ten calories from the machine’s total. Just to be on the safe side.   I think it is because the machines never seem to agree.  I had a fitbit for a long time.  I wore it until it actually disintegrated.  The rubberized  plastic bits remained but the electronics crumbled. It never seemed to agree with the treadmill and I was never sure which was right.  Sometimes I think they both lied to me in order to get me to pick a favorite.

I do kind of miss having a step tracker, I’m just not sure I want another fitbit.  If anyone has any suggestions please post them in the comments below or message me or something.  I’d love to know what you’ve found helpful.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Blur-fection Primer

Foundation Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick

Bronzer: NARS in Laguna

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur in Mauve Sunrise

Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow in Afterhours

Powder: No7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Mascara: Beautaniq Beauty Nourishing Mascara

Lips: Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon

Eyeshadow: Ciate London  The Editor Palette New England and Eyeko  Galactic Lid Gloss in Zodiac

I know I say this every time I take it out of the drawer, but I really do love the Triplicity Foundation stick from Kristofer Buckle.  It is just a few quick swipes and an easy blend.  I also couldn’t resist my Nars Bronzer and bareMinerals blush.  These are the two samples I am working hard to pan this year so that I can purchase them both in the full size.  I just know if I pick up the full size now I’ll shift into using them and then forget all about the sample sizes and they will go to waste.  And both products are too good to allow that to happen. So no purchasing in the full size until they are through.

This is the second time I’ve used the Beautaniq Beauty Nourishing Mascara and I have to say I don’t like it any better than I did the last time.  It darkens the lashes and might be nourishing but it doesn’t actually do much for the lashes.  I don’t mind nourishing my lashes, but that is what lash serums are for.  Dermelect actually makes a pretty nice one if you want your lashes nourished and conditioned.  But I expect just a little bit more from my mascara.  I’ll still use this one up, but it isn’t my favorite.  You might see it pop up frequently as I try to use it up, but I promise I will try to keep my complaints to a minimum.

With the eyeshadow today, I picked up the Ciate New England Palette.  I usually don’t go for blue shadow, but today I decided that I would try them out for some reason.  Not entirely sure why.  They aren’t my favorite shades in the palette and they do require a bit of work to use.  They aren’t terribly pigmented so you have to build them up.  I generally stick to the rosier shades in this palette and I think they work better.  I think blues are just really hard to do quite honestly.  In this balette the shimmers are my favorite.  And I did yous one of the gold shimmers in the inner corner.  However I also decided to play around with the Eyeko Galactic Lid Gloss.  I tried using it as a liner on the lids.  I don’t think it worked too well which is more about my eyes than the product.  It sort of got lost.  I think next time I reach for this I may go under the eyes with it and in the inner corner rather than as an upper lid liner.  It was fun to play with though and it was nice to take a minute to just play around with it.  I don’t know why but the Eyeko lid gloss does just make me want to play with it.  Perhaps it is because it looks like a little paint tube. Either way, it was fun.

But now, it is back to work. I hope you have a fantastic rest of the day, whatever you plan to do.

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

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