The Daily: April 14th, 2021

Well my darlings, while my vaccine reaction took only a day to wear off, my babydoll is having a little bit of a harder time with it. It isn’t a more severe reaction, in fact it is a lot less severe. Mine was just a fever blitz where as his fever has been low grade and filled with lots of muscle ache and exhaustion. It is better than yesterday though so I think we are coming out of it. It did mean that again, I am sticking close to home instead of running across town to the gym. I got in a morning walk and I’m doing good with my calorie count but I’m just kind of holding steady. Even if I get back to the Gym Thursday or Friday I don’t expect much of a loss this week. And honestly my goal is just to sort of not gain this week. which I think is certainly feasible.

I did get myself a new treat though. I’m sure anyone paying attention to their health has heard that drinking water is really good for you. One of the way’s I encourage myself to drink water is by using a pretty glass. This weekend I picked up this set of four champagne glasses. They are from the Rachel Zoe Collection. I know they are designed for champagne, but they fit really nicely in the hand And why should I reserve such fabulous glasses just for champagne? Carbonated water looks just as festive. And if you fill the glass up to one finger’s with from the rim it is exactly eight ounces. Perhaps it is my shallow side coming out, but I adore pretty glassware. Actually I just adore glass, but that is a whole other discussion. And if I can harness that love of beauty to get myself to drink more water then I consider it a strength and not a weakness. Plus these glasses really do feel good in the hand.

So I have new water/champagne glasses. I’m sure you will see them crop up in future drinks posts and while there are several cocktails I can think of that would look stunning, they were actually purchased with water in mind. And look quite stunning with water I might add.

Today’s Look:

Primer: YSL Touch Eclat blurring primer

Foundation: Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick

Bronzer: Nars in Laguna

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur in Mauve Sunrise

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette

Mascara: Pat McGrath Fetish Eyes Mascara

Lips Roen Beauty Kiss my Liquid Lip Balm in Charlie

I’ll be honest, today I chose products that were easy to work with. I didn’t want to fuss or fiddle with anything. I had things to do so quick and easy worked. Again I used the YSL primer and will be posting my review tomorrow. The foundation was a no brainer. The Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick is quick, easy and fabulous.

I put a stripe on each cheek, one down the nose, one across the forehead and another across the chin. Then do a quick blend with my 999 Master Blender Foundation brush and boom, done. no muss no fuss. It blends in like a dream and the formula is creamy enough that it doesn’t need to be warmed up. I think this is the second stick of this Foundation I have purchased and I am about half way through it. It is just a really good foundation to have around. Even though it has a priming core, I need a pore filling primer because I just like the extra layer of primer (and I no longer have 20 year old skin), but it really is a fantastic foundation stick.

Everything else I know I have talked about before and they are products I really enjoy using and don’t have to think too much about. The No 7 Powder is a standard for me. it is the powder I judge other powders against. And it has outperformed some rather high end powders. The Huda Beauty Palette i have only had a few more months but the formula of the shadows is excellent and each time I pull the palette out I want to play with it more. I intended to do just a quick swipe of mauve but then I just couldn’t stop. And you know I can’t resist bronze shades. I am just a sucker for a good bronze shadow.

The Pat McGrath Fetisheyes mascara is good, but I don’t I don’t think it is good enough to warrant it’s price tag. There are quite a few less expensive mascaras that I actually like better. It is good enough to use, use up and if it comes my way in a subscription box, use again, but I wouldn’t repurchase it on it’s own.

The Roen Beauty Kiss My lip Balm in Charlie is a product I am kind of n the fence about. I like the color but it is a little stickier than I like my lip balms. And despite the name my babydoll hates when I kiss him while wearing it. I have noticed though that even after it wears off, my lips are softer and more hydrated than they were when I put it on. I think it is one of those lip products I will have to choose when and where I want to wear it. It will be an infrequent use or only worn when working at home alone at my desk kind of product.

So that was me today. I didn’t get around to jewelry or the gym, but I got a lot done and have thus far made four pots of tea. the fifth is brewing as we speak. And I need to check on it. So this is where I leave you my darlings. I hope you have a fantastic afternoon.

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The Daily: April 13th, 2021

Today has been an interesting day. My babydoll got his second vaccine shot yesterday and today he is partially down for the count. He is achy and feverish but can’t seem to fall asleep. He has spent the bulk of the day in bed. But doesn’t really seem to want to stay there. He also wants to be on the couch. He also wants someone to pay attention to him. Mostly he wasn’t someone to listen while he recounts how bad he actually feels.

It is kind of the opposite of how I am when I am sick. when I don’t feel well I want to hole up and pretend the rest of the world does not exist. I’m just glad we didn’t get out vaccines on the same day or I think one of us would not make it out alive. Him being sick is somewhat exhausting. But I love him. And so I am making another pot of tea. And listening to how bad he feels.

Which to be fair, is pretty bad.

I managed a walk, but there is no way to get to the gym today. That is simply not going to happen. My calories are back to normal though so that is something. I just need to burn off the massive amount of Mexican food this past weekend held.

I know it was my choice to eat it, but it was so good it was hard to resist.

I am happy though that last night I went ahead and used my latest shipment from eSalon to dye my hair again. the grays were really kind of driving me crazy. They aren’t a cool little strp or anything just a weird little poof of straggly grays sticking out of my roots. I postponed dying it again so that I could see how the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo worked on my color treated hair and so that I could try the root touch up. Both worked really well by the way, but it was time to re-dye the hair.

Since I am starting a new Shampoo and Conditioner Trial and the conditioner with the eSalon dye is really good, I tried the Zents Shampoo and Conditioner set before dying my hair so my first thoughts would be untainted. That post will be up tomorrow. I used the shampoo and conditioner for the first time last Friday so i could have a couple of days to check out the first wash. Today my makeup was relatively simple, sort of.

Today’s Look:

Primer: YSL Touche eclat Blurring Primer

Foundation: Wet ‘n Wild Tinted Hydrator with Hyaluronic Acid

Bronzer: Julep So Radiant Diamond Powder bronzer

Blush: Julep Pore Minimizing Blush

Powder NARS pressed powder in Eden

Highlighter Steve Laurent Prosecco Please

Mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara

Eyeshadow: Enlighten Palette by IBY

Lips Milk Makeup Astro Glo Oil Lip and Cheek Tint

You may noticed there is little eyeshadow showing. I tried to use the green ish purple shimmer called Wealth in the Enlighten Palette and it did not end well. You can still see some of it around my eyes, but I wiped most of it off. I like the Enlighten Palette, it has soft pastel shades. The shimmers are great. The mattes, not so much. It is one I need to sit down and play around with, nt one I should try to use in a hurry. I hurried and there was color shift glitter everywhere. It was a pretty shade but I messed up big time. I will take the time to practice and play with it because i really like the shimmers, but that day is not today.

I tend to forget I have the Milk Makeup Glow oil lip and Cheek tint. I have two in different shades. They are really good on the lips. Hydrating without being sticky. They are pointless on the cheeks. The color shows up with the first stripe and then disappears as you blend. So unless you want one solid stripe across your cheek, use it on your lips. It is excellent on the lips.

The Steve Laurent Highlighter I often forget as well. It feels wet to the touch but applies dry. If you use a brush the highlighter disappears so you really do need to apply it with your finger tip.

Everything else performed really well. I am always amazed by how well the Wet ‘n wild Tinted hydrator performs. I always dot int onto my face and think ‘That’s going to be too light’ then I blend and it melts into the skin leaving my skin looking like my skin only better. It is a really good tinted moisturizer (the hyaluronic acid doesn’t hurt either) and i think that I will be wearing it a lot more in the summer as it is so light weight.

So that is my day, a failed eyeshadow plan and an under the weather babydoll. And now the kettle is boiling and I hear a moan from someone who doesn’t want to get off the couch. It is amazing how he can make that sound like a death rattle. At least it is a 24 hour thing. Twelve more hours and we should be in the clear and normality can once again resume.


The Daily: April 12th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings, I hope your Monday is going well. My babydoll is currently on his way home from getting the second shot of his vaccine so I have a feeling that my calm and smooth day is about to become a little less calm. But at least this morning was productive.

I planned to go to the gym but the weather was so nice that I just went on an extra long walk instead. We are in that small space of time where the winter chill is gone, the rains have backed off and the summer heat has not yet taken over. It is a very short window and I am going to take advantage of it as much as possible.

I am however getting back into my calorie counting. This weekend it sort of went out the window. On Saturday my babydoll said “You know we haven’t had food from that nice family run mexican place down the street in a while.’ And so we ordered Mexican Food. And when he says a while, he means well before lock down. It is a very good restaurant but the portion sizes are enormous, as well as inexpensive. when we both started trying to lose weight we still went there but found that we could share an appetizer and both be full enough to call it a meal. The problem is that when my baby called the order in he forgot that and decided that we could always have left overs on Sunday. which we did. So we both over ate on both Saturday and Sunday. I couldn’t even estimate the calorie count this weekend.

So tonight I am having salad. I’d like to say it is just because I need to get back on track with my calories but the truth is after the heavy meals this weekend I really just want a salad. Leafy greens just sound like a fantastic idea. There will also probably be another walk this afternoon. Other than that I am just working away at the desk today. Nice and quiet. At least until my babydoll gets home. Then it is anyone’s guess what will happen.

Wonky bangs today

Today’s look

Primer: YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/Powder: PUR 4 in one skin perfecting Face Palette

Eyeshadow: Zoeva Caramel Melange

Mascara: Ciate London Wonderwand

Lips: Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon in Stay Exceptional with the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Diamond Milk as a topper

This was my first use of the YSL Primer which came in my April Macy’s bag. I’ll admit i was a little worried about the gold flakes but I did not end up looking like an extra from Twilight. The formula blurred and gave me a nice glow. It is very silicone-y to the touch and I really don’t like the strange little applicator wand. The full size comes with a pump though so that is just an issue with the sample size. Thus far I am really liking it. It sits well under the foundation. Despite being one of the least expensive foundations I own, the elf acne fighting foundation is actually one of my favorites. I especially like it as Friday I used a clearing mask to bring up buried blemishes and spent the weekend trying to get them taken care of.

I tend to forget I have the PUr Face palette. I think I used it the week it came in, liked it and then put it in a drawer and forgot about it. I have a tendency to do that with face palettes. Which I really want to work on. Some of my favorite face products are in my face palettes so I need to remember to switch them into rotation more.

The Caramel Melange palette from Zoeva is also one I don’t reach for much. I like it though. The shadows always perform well. The issue is that every look I create turned out more or less the same. The mattes are just so similar that the palette gets boring very quickly. I think when I used it initially for a week, I just ended up getting really bored with it and haven’t really reached for it since. The formula of the shadows are really nice though, it just doesn’t have a lot of variance on the tones. The bronze shimmer is fantastic though. It is a fabulous shade and one I really enjoy using. It’s called Liquid Center. Since I always reach for it, I decided not to use it today and kind of wish I had as it would add a bit more spark to the look. The darkest shade Edible gGem always comes out a little patchy, but every other shade is soft, buttery and blendable. I think it looked okay in the end, but certainly not my favorite look.

The mascara is actually the last of my Ciate London Wonderwand. I really liked it. It lengthens and thickens the lashes really well and didn’t peel or flake during the day. This sample sized tube is now completely empty (it made the hollow popping sound as I was putting it on today) and will be making its way to the empties bin. It will be repurchased in a full size though at a later date.

This weekend I reorganized my lip products, mostly to see what was expired and to remind myself of shades i don’t reach for often enough. I ended up pulling the Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon out. I like the formula and how it feels on the lips but I always think it looks a little too pink until i put it on. I really like it on my lips. The Gloss Bomb from Fenty Beauty is another I don’t reach for often because I tend to forget it. It is just a little too wide to sit in my lippie display rack so it goes into the drawer and gets forgotten. It is a great formula though and I need to keep it out so I use it more often. In general I am not a huge fan of Fenty products. I generally find them okay but not spectacular. This Gloss Bomb is one of the few Fenty Products that I have tried that I actually really like. So I need to remember to use it more.

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Weekly Weight: 216.4 lbs

The Scale: April 9th, 2021

Welcome once again to the Weekly Weigh in.  As you can see, my scale has returned to the bathroom once again.  It went on walk about last week as it was needed elsewhere to weigh postage. It has now returned to weigh me and against all odds I am one pound less than I was the last time I stepped upon its surface.

Given that this week was topsy turvy at best I am very pleased with those results.  My goal is about a pound a week and for the past few months, well the past year actually, I haven’t actually hit that goal very often and in fact did some back sliding. 

But now that I am vaccinated I am going back to the gym with more confidence.  Although still wearing a mask and not actually venturing into the enclosed space of the locker room.  That’s right, I arrive in my work out clothes, leave in my somewhat sweatier workout clothes and shower when I get home.  I consider it a test for my deodorant. If no one runs away screaming as I make my way to the car, then congrats the deodorant is still working. With Easter feasts and vaccine issues, I didn’t actually get to the gym this week.  I am hoping to get back into a schedule next week. 

Admittedly there is one more foreseeable bump in the road.  Monday my babydoll gets his second vaccine. I don’t know if it will affect him as it did me, but it might.  The thing is that when I don’t feel well I want to be left alone to sleep.  When he gets sick, he really wants to be the center of attention. So there may be a bit of a shuffle, but hopefully I will be able to get back into a normal schedule. 

I know the scale doesn’t really matter and that it really is how you feel about yourself that counts and I really do feel pretty god about myself.  But I have to be honest, I really want to step on the scale and see my weight start with a one instead of a two. And it will happen. It may happen slowly but it will happen.

And at least if it happens slowly I won’t have those giant excess folds of skin people talk about from quick weight loss.  My loss is anything but quick. Still I digress.

To the Stats!

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight 217.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 216.4 lbs

Change this week: loss of 1.0 lbs

Lost over all thus far: 29.6 lbs

So we chug along slowly but surely. My sneakers are doing the same.  This is the end of the fifth week of use and they are still doing well. 

They are significantly more mud stained than before as I attempted a walk yesterday and slid down a mud covered incline.  I did not think it was a mud covered incline however I was wrong.  Luckily through my tactical use of the pinwheel method of balance I managed to keep my feet under me.  Ah yes, I was grace in motion. Poised and in control.  And if Don Quixote had seen me I would have a lance stuck in my belly button.  I was very much a windmill. But at least I was not a mud covered windmill.  So that is something. And with that, we start Friday.

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The Daily: April 8th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Do you see what I see on this rainy and somewhat dreary Thursday? It is a delightful bag from Zents. They very kindly sent over some lovely items for me to try out and review for you. If you have never heard of Zents, they are a company that makes bath and body products. I’ve used their bath truffles before and they are amazing. The scents are fantastic and as they have both Epsom salts and Shea butter in them they are excellent for soaking your muscles and making your skin silky soft. Growing up any time we had muscle issues or aches and pains my mother dropped epsom salts into the bath tub for us as a general soak, so everytime I see them in a bath time treat I am just tickled. Of course the super soft Shea butter doesn’t hurt any. Nor do their scents. I’m partial to the mandarin while my mother swears by the Oolong.

That shouldn’t be much of a surprise as if it has a scent even vaguely reminiscent of tea it shoots right to the top of her scent preference list. I’m pretty sure you could get her to buy a muscle car if you replaced the new car scent with the scent of tea. (In case you are one of the many who has never met my mother, she is not a muscle car sort of person)

I like the fact that while they smell absolutely amazing they are all about the gentle aromas, so you aren’t being hit over the head with scent. They also have unscented too if you prefer to skip the aromas. I have to say i was very excited to peer inside. While I routinely pick up their bath truffles I haven’t actually tried anything else from the brand. I know that sounds strange but I have several brands I do that with. I find something I like and then just keep reordering without poking around on the site and trying new stuff. I tend to do the same at restaurants. I know my favorite item on the menu of each restaurant I like and that is what I order at the at place. I’m working on it.

Today Zents sent a shampoo and conditioner set, the Shampoo in my favorite Mandarin Scent and conditioner in the scent Water which sounds intriguing and their Eau de Toilette Sample set. It contains ten scent samples and oh my darlings you know how much I love trying out new perfumes and scents. In the case of Zents it is actually a little more than just trying out the eau de toilette scents though. The scents used in the actual scents are also the scents of the bath products. For example while the conditioner they scent is called Water, there is also a scent called Water, as well as a bath truffle with the same scent profile.

Testing the scents in the eau de toilette sample set is also going to help me branch out of my comfort zone when it comes to other products on the site, like the bath truffles. I generally only order the Mandarin for me and the Oolong for my mother because I know those scents and that I really like them. Now I can smell them as scent and decide if I also want to try them as bath products. As well as scent too of course. I can’t wait to start trying them out. And now I am extra glad I decided to use up a shampoo sample instead of starting a whole new bottle. Because now the sample shampoo is gone and I can just start with this. woot. what a nice Thursday surprise.

As I mentioned before it is a kind of rainy and dreary day. so there is no walking on the walking trail for me. And I’m still trying to catch up a bit from taking a day off so lunch was cheese and crackers at the desk and dinner is a salad. Spinach themed mostly. A little bit of extra iron is not a bad thing right now.

I did manage to take a little time and do my makeup today so I am feeling a little bit more normal. No fever and normal rhythms returning. I did go for a relatively quick and simple look today.

Today’s Look

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Hi Fi Filter

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Fenty Beauty Killamatt Highlighter in Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule

Powders: Elf Loose translucent setting powder and No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Eye shadow: Butter London Natural Goddess Palette

Mascara: Big Poppa from Wet ‘n Wild

Lip: Kristofer Buckle in Bardot

Setting Spray: The Porefessional Super Setter from Benefit Cosmetics

I used a mix of old favorites and products I am still on the fence about. Since I have been testing the No 7 foundation it was on the top of my dressing table so I just picked it up naturally. It is a good foundation and it will probably go into my list of favorites as I can easily see myself reaching for it often. The Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer I picked up because it is a full on primer. It is like spackle for the face when you are feeling less than skintastic.

My skin was doing really well, despite the increased masking at the gym and then after my vaccination I had just a massive fever. I was sweating less like a sinner in church and more like I had organized and set plans in motion to overthrow the devil and take up the reigns of the demonic domain.

While my fever did break and the sweat stopped, it left behind a spate of blemishes that have started rising to the surface. I think that deep sweat just pulled everything and anything to the surface. I was going to try a new mask tomorrow for face mask Friday but at this point I believe I am going to have to break out my Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clearing mask to set my skin straight. I love trying new products, but sometimes you have to go for the tried and true.

Incidentally you can currently get 25% off at Herbal Dynamics Beauty with the code NEWSKIN25. The deal starts today. I’m not sure how long it will last. Usually they give 20% off for new orders so this is just a little bit extra in case you are interested.

Most of the other products today fall into the tried and true category. The Marc Jacobs I will use until I hit pan and then repurchase and I just adore the buildability of the bareMinerals blush. I will be reaching fot it a lot, not just because I love it but because it is a sample size. I want to purchase the full size but my general rule is that I can’t buy the full size until I use up the sample. Admittedly this sample is already showing a distinct wear curve in the center of the pan.

The two products I was on the fence about were the highlighter and the eyeshadow palette. The highlighter is Fenty Beauty and good quality but when applied it is a bit too pink and makes me feel like I am just adding extra blush with a little bit of sparkle. I may leave it out this weekend and just play around with it. I love the colors, but I think I may like them more as eyeshadows rather than highlighters. I think if I pair it with a mauve or pin eyeshadow it could make a quick and easy combo, especially for traveling. I’m just not sure the highlighter works as a highlighter for me.

The butter London Natural Goddess is an interesting one. I really like the formula of these shadows but I don’t reach for it often. I tend to forget abut it honestly. It has two mattes and four shimmers. One of the mattes is a teal blue shade I don’t like so the only matte I use is the brown. And then I just vary the brown with a shimmer or two. Today i used the pink shade (Queen in the center) nd the with silver shade of Enchantress on my inner corner with the one brown matte, Temptress as my, well, matte. every look I make with this palette is just a variation of the shimmers against the brown. I always like what look I come up with but I always sort of know how it is going to look. there is something to be said for that though. I always reach for the palette thinking, ‘you know I really don’t use this enough and should probably pass it along.” and then I use it and thing “oh I love this shadow formula.” Oddly Butter London’s formulas aren’t always consistent. I like the formula of this palette much better than I like the Teddy Boy Palette. For now the palette stays But I do need to start reaching for it more.

And that my darlings is how today is shaping up. It isn’t the most dramatic of days, but it is shaping up to be a return to normality, and that is something I can get behind.

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The Daily: April 7th, 2021

Today has certainly kept me hopping. Yesterday was an unexpected sick day for me (although if I had been thinking I would have sort of planned for some side effects since everyone else I know has had them.) Today I’m feeling better. My fever broke sometime in the night and while my arms are still a little on the achy side I no longer feel like my bones are undergoing some sort of medieval torture.

I think my hands were actually the worst with that. My finger joints really hurt. Luckily that was all gone when i woke up. As are the other flu like symptoms. Only the slight stiffness and soreness in the arms remains. It now just feels like I did a particularly hard work out with weights the day before. Not pleasant, but not debilitating.

It is however why I am taking the rest of the week off from the gym. I’ll start back again on Monday. I’m just going to add a few days of recuperation to my slate before I return. I think that might be for the best. I did go on a walk today though and it was nice to get out into the sunshine. I was going to wait for a bit on the walking but we have rain coming our way so I’m not entirely certain how much walking will be a possibility the rest of the week. I may go to the gym just for the treadmill if the rain returns in force and floods the park, but I am staying away from the weights circuit.

Yesterday my stomach was a delicate thing so not many calories were consumed. Today I’m still not very hungry so I am just sort of seeing where things stand. I went for soup for lunch and it seems to be sitting well but I only managed half a bowl. At the moment I think keeping track of calories isn’t really a goal. I expect at some point my appetite will come roaring back and I’ll make up for everything that I missed, but right now I’m just taking it as it goes.

Most of today has been spent at my desk catching up and to be honest, I haven’t even gotten around to putting on makeup today. I moisturized and then dusted my face with some Kristofer Buckle translucent setting powder so I wouldn’t be shiny and called it good. I think I might have reached for a lip balm at some point. I’m good with that today. There were no meetings, phone or otherwise and my monitor doesn’t actually care what I look like. Somedays, you just have to let things go. Today I am just calling a skin care day. I’ll use a face mask later so it will all work out. I may even try telling myself that leaving off the makeup was intentional and not because I got caught up in dealing with a bunch of e-mails.

The Daily: April 5th, 2021

Oh my darlings today has been a day. Easter weekend was fine and quiet but this week got off to a roaring bang. My gym visit was skipped and I went on an extra long walk this morning instead. I know it sounds a bit dorky but I had my second vaccine shot this afternoon. After my Monday weights my arms feel weak and wobbly (mostly because I don’t go near the gym on the weekend). But then after my first vaccine shot my arm felt very achy as well.

Since I was having the second shot today, I wanted to know which was making my arms wobbly. I figured I could burn a few more calories on the walking trail today and just see how the week works out. I didn’t really have any reaction to the first shot so I am hopeful, but i am also wary. So this week will be a let’s see how things go as far as exercise goes.

It is also the week where leftover carrot cake will be following every meal. The left over lamb we can freeze, the left over cake not so much. So we will see how that goes as well.

The vaccine itself was very interesting. It was done in the parking lot outside of an abandoned section of mall. There are a few business still in the mall but JCPennys and the entire wing where it was located are now all empty. It felt oddly apocolyptic to get a shot in the arm there. To top it off this was the first warm day in a while. After last week’s freeze today is in the mid seventies and the black topped asphalt radiated heat. It was a very long line to get the shot. It was like a bizarre slow moving obstacle course through a maze of orange traffic cones. I will say, they used the vast empty parking lot to their advantage.

After the long wait and maze traversing the injection was almost anti climactic. A couple of questions, a sign in sheet and then the alcohol swap shot and bandage before being sent off to the far side of the parking lot to wait for fifteen minutes to make sure there were no side effects. Actual Vaccine: 2 minutes. Everything surrounding the vaccine, three hours and twenty minutes. And so my darlings that is what I did with my day.

The makeup pictures I took prior to leaving for the appointment. I will say, over three hours in a hot car was a pretty good stress test for the No7 Foundation.

Today’s look:

Te shadow is actually from my phone as I face the light in the window, fyi

Primer: No Poreblem Primer by Touch in Sol

Foundation: No7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation with SPF15 (I still used my Volition SPF 50, don’t worry)

Blush, Bronzer and Highlight: The Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio

Eyeshadow: KVD single in Lolita with the Elf Bite Sized palette in Rose Water (I still can’t believe these palettes are $3)

Mascara: Ciate Wonderwand Mascara

Eyebrows: Il Makiage in Truffle

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude in Pout

I didn’t use a setting spray because I am testing the wear of the new foundation (Its also one of the main reasons I am alternating primers and not trying out the new one I have) and I don’t want anything affecting it.

Over all, I am pretty happy about the way things turned out. I didn’t want to be late to my appointment so I kind of hustled. I didn’t even realize I didn’t reach for any setting powder or pressed powder until I was out of the house. It was a super quick look. The Primer went on with the fingertips and the foundation went on with my 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools. I only used two eyeshadow brushes, both my favorite Luxie. One was the Luxie 209 Large Shader and the other was the Luxie 140 Detail Tapered blender. I need to poke around on the site as the 140 Detail Tapered blender is one of my favorite brushes. It is however pretty old so even though it is in good condition, I still want to get a replacement just to have it ready. The issue is I can’t find the exact number. So I have to look for something similar. It has almost a Wonder Woman Logo on it so I don’t know if Luxie came out with a specific set a while back and now no longer carries it. It is something I will need to look into. I have some time though as it is still in decent shape. But that was about it for me. It was a quick and easy look that only wilted slightly in my non-air conditioned car and long parking lot wait. Sometimes simple is best. I’m just glad i decided to tie my hair up and out of the way.

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Goat Milk Hand Cream with Dionis

I’ll admit I wasn’t terribly enthused when this arrived in one of my IPSY bags. Partially I was irritated as I specifically told them in my profile that i didn’t want hand creams. The reason I didn’t want hand creams isn’t because I don’t use them. I do. Quite often. Several times a day in fact at this point.

For a while I wasn’t using them as regularly and my hands became very dry and cracked from excess washing and the hand sanitizer chaser. So now I am back to using the hand cream. I have to say i was intrigued by the Goat Milk Hand Cream. While I have a wide variety of creams in my house I don’t have any that are goat based.

Not that I am opposed to the idea. I have a very fantastic goat’s milk soap that I pick up periodically and really love. I had just never tried a goat milk hand cream. So Despite having other options I decided to go for it and use it until it is used up. Only a little bit now remain and soon the tube is destined for the empties bin.

Before I tell you my thoughts on the Cream, lets talk a little bit about it. Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream is sold at both Ulta and Macys. Ulta has the full size listed at $10 and the travel size (which I have) listed at $5. Currently Macy’s has the fill size on sale for $7.64. The Travel Size is 1 oz (28 g) and the full size is 3.3 Oz (93 g). The Brand website for Dionis has the hand cream in a large pump top container (which I find really hand for hand lotion) containing 8.5 oz (240 g) for $12.

So in general it is a reasonable price and you can get the cream in whatever size suits you from several locations. It’s always nice to have options. The links will take you to the brand site in case you are wondering (I have no affiliation and make nothing from the links) and the information about the product is also taken from the brand page.

So what do they have to say for themselves?

Dionis Lotion is a non-greasy formula that leaves your skin soft and hydrated. The lotion absorbs quickly, helping to keep your skin moist and beautiful. Use as needed, wherever you have dry skin.

Our rich and creamy body lotion, with regular use, will ease rough skin and make it smooth and silky without leaving a greasy residue. Our formula is made with natural Goat milk that is packed with vitamins and minerals used to nourish and help retain skin moisture, making it ideal for those of us with dry skin.

Our 8.5 oz. Body Lotion comes with a pump

Made in the USA
Paraben Free

Dionis Goat Milk Skincare

I will say that my skin always reacts well to goat milk. I’ve tried a couple of different soaps made from it and generally find it gentle and soothing regardless of the brand so I had high hopes for a hand cream. And I was not disappointed. Despite the washing and the hand sanitizer, the rough and dry skin of my hands is gone. I was especially having issues with the skin around my joints and now, that is not an issue. The skin is soft and supple.

I was concerned that because it is listed as for dry hands it would be a heavy formula. It is nice. It is a very light weight cream that absorbs well and quickly into the skin. It feels almost as though it has a whipped texture to it. Almost. it is as light as a whipped formula, but massages in a lot more quickly. Like the claims made, it leaves no greasy residue behind.

I have noticed that with goat related products, they can smell a little, well, goaty. It is completely understandable, however this didn’t have that issue. It is listed as Vanilla Bean and it is definitely a vanilla bean scented product. There is no goaty scent to it at all. The vanilla bean is a little strong for me. It is very sweet when applied to the skin. Luckily, the scent does fade down once the cream is absorbed. Overall I have to say that I did like the cream and despite having other products to use, am rather sorry that the tube is now virtually empty. I will more than likely finish out the tube today and send it to the emoties bin.

I very much enjoyed using it and I think that I would definitely consider buying this product in a full size. I probably wouldn’t pick up a travel size to keep in my purse as the scent is really strong and I think using it in public would cause the strong initial scent to travel to others who might not enjoy the vanilla bean as much. I would actually consider buying the full sized pump top bottle to keep by the sink. Our kitchen is relatively open and the scent dissipates quickly. I also like keeping a hand cream near where I wash my hands so that the triple hand care can just become habit. Wash hands, dry, apply hand sanitizer and then add the hand cream. I think this is the way to keep germs down and my skin from drying out again.

For this, the pump top would be a fantastic option. In addition, my baby doll really likes the scent. He likes it a bit more than I do, but then he does have a stronger sweet tooth and things that desert is imminent when i use it. Once he got over his no creme brulee disappointment he used and liked the cream as well. As it is really hard to get him to use a cream regularly, I am more than happy to repurchase one that he thinks he will use. This very much argues for a full sized purchase in the near future. I also think that I may have to branch out and try some of their bath bombs, or body scrubs as well. Perhaps they too will be something my skin will appreciate. All of the products on the site seemed to be reasonably priced when i perused it so trying several products from the brand won’t be cost prohibitive. And at the moment I really need to stock up on bath bombs and other bathing products. I’ve been using up a variety of sample sized products in my bath and have almost cleared out my entire collection of bath time samples. Soon it will be time to make some full sized decisions.

But that is a tale for another day. For now, the Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream goes on my list to repurchase. However it is one that will be used at home where the strong scent will just make my babydoll think of delicious desserts.

Weekly Weight: ?

Several of you may notice there is no photo accompanying this post at the top.  Look at you smarty pants. And now everyone is wondering why there is no scale.

I too am wondering why there is no scale. 

In fact I have been wondering it for quite a while this morning.  You see I woke up, went to the bathroom and low and behold there was an empty square of time where the scale usually resides. Now in general scales do not just get up and walk about on their own. 

At least I hope not.

I do not live alone so the thing to do would be to ask about to see if anyone else knows the location of the scale. 

However my baby doll had to head out to work a bit early this morning (they are preparing for some sort of furniture delivery) and so by the time I went looking to ask him about the scales disappearance, he was already gone.  I sent a text but have yet to hear a response.

In the past he has used it when they needed to weigh packages and estimate shipping charges.  That is the only reason I can think of that he would actually abscond with the scale.  I’m sure I’ll find out the details later. 

So there is no official weigh in this week.

This week was a strange one.  Monday went off without a hitch, everything proceeding as planned. Tuesday involved a trip to the dentist and wondering if art thieves had developed a penchant for dental themed art work.  Wednesday started off normal and then turned into a neighborhood flood, and power outage extravaganza. And while Thursday returned to normal I escaped to the gym to use the treadmill instead of wading through the flooded park. How today turns out is anyone’s guess.

We have a nice quiet weekend planned so that could end up interesting as well. In general ,this week relied mostly on my portion control.  I think I did pretty good.  I don’t think I lost much of any weight, but I don’t think there was any gain.  Without the scale I have no way of proving that though.  Hopefully tomorrow morning I can check it and see. But my pants aren’t any tighter which is always a good sign. Admittedly they aren’t any looser either.

As for my shoes, I have pictured them below. 

Brand new shoes on the left and the same shoes with one month’s worth of wear

There isn’t much more wear than there was last week, however you might notice that they are cleaner.  I attempted a walk in the park when the water retreated and squelched down deep in the mud.  The air holes in the side of the sneakers meant to let your feet breath acted as mud sucking vacuums and when I got home the shoes needed to be chucked into the washer if I ever planned to wear them again.  I ended up drying them in a no heat dryer with a bunch of towels to keep it from banging up the dryer drum too much. 

They came out clean and no longer saturated with mud.  My feet are happy and the shoes took no damage. It’s a win-win. Thus far I have to say I am really liking these sneakers for walking.  They are light weight and they breathe well.  They are sturdy and while there is some wear the soles aren’t wearing down too fast. They are New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi (if they have a number I didn’t see it) in case you are wondering.  And no I am not an affiliate of any sort.  These just happened to be the sneakers I picked up to try out. They looked like they would be good for walking and thus far, they have been. Now I just have to wear them until they can’t be worn anymore and evaluate whether or not I want to get another pair just like it or try something new. Since they are comfortable, I am just waiting on the wear factor to figure that out. Hopefully it will take a while as they have just reached the comfortable stage of worn in.

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The daily: April 1st, 2021

Oh my darlings this week has been an interesting one. It felt like every time i got a rip on my week something came flying out of nowhere. I think I ended up paying more attention to the weather this week than I have in a really long time.

I think that’s because it felt like the weather was trying to take me down. I understand the park flooding. The State of Tennessee decided to use the floodplains to build walking trails across the state. While it makes for a very good use of land that otherwise can’t be used, (And keeps people from trying to use it) it does mean that when it rains the walking trails flood. That makes sense. It just seemed like the rain was intent on taking down as many trees as possible while rushing through.

But it seems to have been sorted. The roads are clear and even though there is the sound of chainsaws accompanying the day, my entire neighborhood is back to being fully powered. The internet is also working. Yesterday everything was a bit dicey.

Today there will be no walking outside. I went to the gym and used the treadmill instead. I’ve been trying to go for weights monday, Wednesday and Friday and staying out of the gym Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I think today, just going for the tread mill was a good idea. It took a chunk out of my morning, but it kept me from wandering the neighborhood and getting in the way of people dealing with trees. I think they are trying to beat the cold front that is coming in.

As for me, I am trying to devise a system to keep my blankets over the flowers tonight but not crushing the flowers. It looks like i am getting ready to build a tent fort in the back yard. I’m not sure it counts as actual exercise, but it has gotten me moving.

And the world was calm enough that I actually managed to sit down long enough to actually try out the new foundation i purchased. You wouldn’t think that would be such a feat, but this week, it kinda turned out to be one of my few triumphs. Okay the triumph was actually getting to sit down in one place quietly long enough to actually put the makeup on rather than just trying the foundation. I’m sure you get the point. Anyway….

Today’s look

Primer: e.l.f poreless putty primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Space Case Fakeation on mars

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur blush in Mauve sunrise

Highlighter: Beyond powder Highlighter from Illamasqua in OMG

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Rimmel London Magnif’ eyes Crimson Edition

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Gloss in Pout

Mascara Ciate London WonderWand Mascara

I am going to be rotating through my different primers as I try out the foundation so i can see how it works with each. Since the e.l.f poreless putty primer tends to work with most foundations I’ve tried I started with it. Plus i really like the primer. Thus far I feel really good about the foundation. I’ll monitor it throughout the day and continue using it until next Thursday when i post a review. I’ll also be posting a review of the Ciate Eye Luster liquid shadow next week. I didn’t get to play around with it as much as I wanted this week so I want a little more time to develop my thoughts on it.

I have to say the more I use the Bounce and Blur Primer from bareMinerals the more I like it. It is such a great buildable formula. you can so easily tailor it to a BB cream or a full coverage foundation just by your application. And frankly, this color works well for me. i also really liked the sheered color of the bareMinerals gloss.

In fact everything I used this week worked well for me. I can’t remember if i’ve done a full review of the Rimmel eyeshadow palette. If I haven’t I’ll post one soon. It is not a new release. In fact it has been in my collection a while. I do like the Rimmel shadow formula, but I tend not to remember this palette that often. I think it is because it is rather on the small side and it really is a red toned moment whenever you reach for it. I do like the look I came up with today though. So I will have to remember to wear it more.

Well that is my look for the day. I left off the jewelry because I will be messing about in the garden this afternoon and even though it is my back yard there is always the possibility of having to converse with neighbors. So the mask is in my mack pocket and mask snagging earrings remain in the jewelry box. With luck I will be able to figure out how to protect my plants. Wish me luck.

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