The Daily: July 28th, 2021

When you start on a healthy lifestyle plan, especially if the plan involves losing weight, there are a few basic habits that you get into. One of them is frood planning. In general I am pretty good at this. I plan my food for the week and have one healthy snack option lined up for the day to combat cravings.

The problem is that for the past year, my meetings have predominantly been taken over the phone or on the computer. I didn’t have to drive across town to a meeting and worried about getting delayed and hungry along the way. And so when I had a meeting scheduled for today I completely spaced about throwing a protein bar in my bag so that if I was hungry by the time my meeting ended I could nosh on it instead of getting pulled in by the long like of drive-thru restaurants on the way from the meeting to the house.

Plus I forgot breakfast. And my meeting ran long. I did get in my workout before the meeting, which while good, sadly added to the issue.

It was the perfect storm.

I ended up with a container of medium fries from McDonald’s.

And let me tell you…It was delicious!

I can’t even remember the last time I had french fries. They weren’t what I planned, but they were very much appreciated.

This meeting was a bit strange actually. I think people have gotten out of the habit of meeting in person and haven’t quite made the mental switch to remembering that everyone else isn’t on the other side of the screen.

Although trust me, it would have been nice to have a mute button.

So the workout was done, and extra calories were consumed. Tomorrow I’ll tack on a little extra to my workout to make up for it. For now I am just happy to cool off for a bit.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Blush/Bronzer/highlight: The Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio from Real Her

Powder: ABH Setting powder

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Lips: Bodyography lip pencil in Rosewood with YSL Lip Gloss over it

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Facial Mist

I know, some of you are looking at the list and thinking I forgot to put eyeshadow down. I didn’t. Today I just dusted a bit of blush over my lids and trusted my mascara to distract from the lack of eyeshadow. I think the Marc Jacobs had quite enough pop on it’s own.

And in case you are wondering, this is the post meeting and drive across town while eating french fries look. I started with my hair down, it was too hot so on the way home I twisted it up in the back with a clip. I added more lip gloss before the picture was taken.

Quite frankly I am impressed everything wasn’t sweated off my face. The back of my shirt was damp when I got home but the make up was in tact. Partial credit I will give to both Benefit and Tom Ford but I have to say, I think the ABH setting powder deserves a bit of credit. It locked everything down and even though it looked a little powder when I left for my meeting, the powdery look disappeared once the sun hit my skin. I may not be able to count on that in the winter, but it was a big help today.

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Trying out the Ritual of Jing

I am a big believer in trying new products. I know anyone who reads this regularly sees me swap out makeup, skincare and even hair care products. I make a list of what I like so I can repurchase them and use them again and I make a list of products to never purchase again. Often the category I forget about is the bath.

while I generally don’t take a lot of baths once the weather warms and tend to shelve a lot of my soaks and bath fizzies until the weather turns, I still try out different bathing products on a regular basis. One of the products I have been trying recently has been the Rituals Ritual of Jing Mild Body Scrub.

Now, I love a good body scrub. In fact since I have been exercising more , I like the body scrubs more as well. Oddly enough, I use them more in the summer time than I do in the winter. In the winter I will tend to use a dry brush before I get into the shower or bath. (Actually I tend to use the dry brush, and then shower. If I am having a bath I still take a really short shower first to rinse off before sitting in the bathtub. That way I rinse the dirt of the day off before I sink into the fragrant water- in case you were wondering)

My dry brush comes from SpaRitual in case you were wondering. I picked it up last fall as an experiment to see if I liked dry brushing and used it all winter. I really enjoyed it. The pristles are stiff enough to get the circulation going but not stout enough to be scratchy feeling. (Which was a problem with a brush I tired initially). I was actually tickled to find the brush on their site as previously I only went to the site for their nail polish. They have a really good Vegan nail polish line actually. Although now that I found the brush I really need to expand my poking around on their website instead of getting sidetracked by the nails.

initial product dispense

Although speaking of getting sidetracked…

Back to the bath.

Anyway the point is, I don’t use the dry brush in the summer because in the summer time I tend to be amp mand sweaty when i go in for my evening shower. So I just don’t use the dry brush in the summer. (I know, it was a long way to go to get there)

In the summer I use body scrubs in the shower. Again not all scrubs are created equal. Some are too harsh, others leave too much residue behind. With Rituals I have only tried their body wash before so their scrub was a new thing for me. Used to the foam of their body wash the cream that came out of the tube was thick and at first, looked like a cream body wash. The grain of the exfoliating particles is quite fine. I tried to spread it out in my hand so that you can hopefully see some of the texture.

It is like very fine sand. It isn’t as harsh as sand though and does a pretty good job of scrubbing without being too harsh. It also rinses off cleanly with out leaving a residue or a sandy feel to the skin.

spread out to show the bamboo texture

According to the website, this was the goal of the formula.

Treat yourself to the most relaxing exfoliation experience ever with this body scrub from The Ritual of Jing. Composed of ultra-fine bamboo particles and a rich cream base, the scrub gently yet thoroughly removes dead skin cells and hydrates without leaving the skin feeling greasy. The cream base promotes the absorption of valuable active ingredients and makes the scrub suitable to use on more sensitive areas such as your neck and cleavage.

Rituals Website

Incidentally , this product is on sale on the Rituals site for $13.50 for the full sized jar. I’m not an affiliate and clicking the link does nothing for me, in case you are wondering. it is just where I went to get information about the product. I saw it is on sale and I think it might be a site wide sale but I am not certain. Just something to be aware of if you are shopping.

While I will say that the scrub does exactly what it claims to do, something you might want to be aware of is that the scent is strong. I think it is more noticeable to me now because I have been using the Zents Shampoo and Conditioner, both of which are designed to have very delicate scents. But even so, the scent of this product is noticeable. I find the scent pleasant. It is a slightly floral, slightly spicy product with maybe a hint of coconut at the back. I can’t actually pin down exactly what it smells like. I looked at the ingredients list and while I can tell it has shea butter in it, more from feel than scent, I am not certain what lotus flower of jujuba fruit smell like. I would just describe it as creamy, with slightly floral, slightly spicy notes.

I like the scent and it does fade once you wash off the scrub, but it is a very present scent when you are bathing. If you are sensitive to scents, you just might want to bear that in mind. In fact that is something I would say about Rituals products across the board. I like them and they work really well for me, but I always think of them scent first and use second. If scent doesn’t bother you, their products always work well. In fact they work almost exactly as they are listed on their website. What they say they do, they do. And as scented as their products are, they are rarely sweet and floral. So many of the bath products I have tried out have been scented like candy or flowers that it is nice to have something that leans more into the spicy realm. Even if my babydoll does occasionally borrow the rituals products when I leave them in the shower. It is a nice change from the typical bath products. In the end I think that this is a product I would definitely repurchase.

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The Daily: July 27th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope your tuesday is going well. Mine got a little bit out of hand earlier. I started a task I though would take maybe ten minutes and ended up spending three hours on it. It is a fascinating project, just not what i had planned for the day.

So the rest of the afternoon will be spent playing catch up.

This is what happens when I don’t make a to do list and just wing it. Normally I make a list and just sort of check things off as I go along. It keeps me on track and is oddly satisfying. Even on a day when i feel like I haven’t really accomplished much, I can look back at the list and see ots of little things with strike through marks on them and it makes me feel better.

Admittedly even if I remembered to make the list today it might not have helped since the item I would have tried to check off took longer.

But i still wish I made the list.

Other than that things are going well. I managed to get my work out in and I think I have the traffic situation nailed. I spent some time on google maps last night and found a small back road. At the moment it has no construction on it so even though it adds a few minutes to my normal drive it is only about 2 or 3 and it is a consistent 2 or 3 instead of 3 one day and 20 another day.

It is actually ridiculous how proud of myself I feel for working that out. But proud I am.

Today I didn’t get around to putting together any sort of makeup look. Instead since I am feeling good in my skin, I have a pic post morning face wash for you. My hair is just tied up out of the way and has had nothing done to it, including just brushing my bangs. But I thought that as my main thought as I was putting my makeup on yesterday was that I really liked how my skin looked, I would go ahead and just post a picture of nothing but skin. Think of it as a little piece of reality in a photoshop mad world.

I know, the hair is a mess, but I can live with that. I am just happy with my skin. Plus even though my nose and cheeks are a bit on the red side still I have for the most part recovered from the sun damage from earlier this month. I got way too much sun in way to short a time. But my skin is recovering nicely, I think. I’m pretty sure my nose will be reddish until October though. It usually turns out that way. Even with the double layer of sunscreen I put on it. I think my nose ends up with more sunscreen than anything else. But I suppose it sticks out more than the rest of my face so it takes a heavier beating of sun rays.

I hope that you have a fabulous day, whatever your day entails. As for me it is back to work with an eye to actually catching up on the things I missed doing this morning. Wish me luck.


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The Daily: July 26th, 2021

Success! Well partially, at least as far as creative driving goes. Today i managed to get myself in gear early enough to beat the construction traffic and so it took only the normal amount of drive time to get to the gym. I am going to have to play around with the drive back though as it was a full forty-five minutes.

I know some of you are thinking that forty-five minutes is fantastic and that your drive anywhere takes longer, but when the drive usually takes eighteen minutes, the forty-five feels like a lot. But at least I managed one end of the drie successfully. And I got in my monday workout as planned.

As just the thought of walking outside sends sweat rolling down my spine, the walking trail isn’t really an option today.

I’m doing fairly good on my calories today. Lunch ended up being a tomato basil salad. It was going to have Mozzarella in it but after even a brief period outside I just couldn’t face dairy. I know those of you who know me well are gasping in shock. I am oh so fond of cheese of all varieties. But this is one of those days where lighter is better and anything heavier is going to come after the sun goes down. and even then, it is debatable. So it was tomato and basil salad with a few dashes of balsamic and a sprinkle of truffle salt. The slight eartiness in the salt makes if feel oddly more satisfying than without, even though it is really a very light touch. I don’t use a lot, because I am not using a lot of salt, but as odd as it sounds, that tiny little earthy note helps trick my brain into thinking that I just ate something much heartier than I did.

and I will take all the tricks i can get.

Before I get into today’s look, I just want to say, I am very happy with the way my skin looks today. I know that is an odd segway as I usually discuss skincare on Friday’s with the line up, but My Friday Face Mask was a Pore refining one from Go-To SkinCare (The Removalist). It is supposed to clear out pores. I felt very happy with it after using it Friday, but pore clearing masks are often best seen a few days after. I used the mask friday and then used a hyaluronic acid serum right after. The next day I used a light physical exfoliator (I tend to use them only once a month or so). And today I feel like my skin looks really nice. Which is the best look of all.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Undercover Blur Perfector

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Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Powder/Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: PUR 4-in-1 perfecting Powders face palette

Brows: Billion Dollar Beauty brow cream in taupe

Eyeshadow: Golden Hour Palette from Beauty for Real

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers

Lipstick: MAC Bated Breath

Setting Spray: ABH Dewy Set

Jewelry: Mariz Jewelry

Today I went quick and easy with most of the products, choosing ones I know and love like PUR palette, Marc Jacobs Primer and Elf Foundation. The Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Cream is also very much growing on me. And you know I love The Feathers Mascara. The two things I wa testing today were the Beauty for Real eyeshadow palette and the ABH Setting spray.

With the palette, the mattes blended well but dropped a lot of excess powder everywhere and the shimmers needed a damp brush to really shine. I’ll be playing with it throughout the week but thus far i like the way it blends but I’m not so thrilled with the fall out. we’ll see how it works.

With regards to the setting spray. I have been using the ABH Dewy Set with the ABH setting powder. The powder is a little powdery so I wasn’t sure if the dewy spray was just offsetting the powderyness of the powder or if it was a kind of dewy I could live with when I didn’t need to tame down the powder. If that makes sense. Today I just used the powder in the PUR palette. It is a good powder that doesn’t need something to settle it down. While the ABH Dewy Spray does have a bit of a shine to it, it is more of a fresh faced look rather than an overly dewy wet kind of look.

While I like the spray and I don’t mind the dewiness, I think this spray is one that I will like even more when my skin enters it’s winter dry phase. Then matte products tend to make me look dry and a spray like this could come in handy. I like it now, but I think I will like it even more later. Which is a very good thing to know.

Over all I am very pleased with how my look turned out today. My hair is clipped up to keep me cool, but the earrings are a little bit of shine to make my Monday sparkle. Over all, not to shabby. Admittedly, I am mostly really happy with my skin at the moment, so I would probably be happy with most products today. Good skin days make most makeup an easy sell. Luckily most of the items I’ve sued enough before to know I like them even when my skin is acting up. I just like them better now.

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Weekly Weight: 219.6 lbs

The Scale: July 23rd, 2021

This week the weight loss continues so I am thrilled to see the numbers decreasing again. That is always a good feeling on a Friday morning. So I am pleased with the results.

Because my walks on the walking trail were adding far too much sun on my skin for my liking, I decided to expand my gym time. Instead of going just three times a week I made it to the gym all five days this work week. I did my regular weight training only on the three days and then just used the treadmill only on the days between.

While the exercise paid off I computed my schedule without thinking about the fact that it is apparently construction season. I’m guessing that in addition to the projects that were already scheduled for this summer, they are trying to catch up on projects they had to postpone last summer. I say that like I think there is one person doing projects, however it seems there are quite a fe private entities joining the public construction frenzy.

Roads are being repaired, buildings renovated and even an entirely new subdivision is being installed. I think the airport is even expanding. It looks like the shipping rather than the passenger’s section,. but it still counts as expansion.

All of which means that my typically eighteen minute drive to the gym tends to be anything but eighteen minutes. I spent this week trying to figure out different routes and driving times. I think I might have found the combination that will ease the drive time down so it doesn’t swallow as large a chunk of my day as planned. Yesterday I ended up with a forty five minute drive each way which was the worst for the week.

But hopefully next week I can get out of the house a little earlier and at least beat construction one way and then use the shortest rout possible back, which should help keep things in check.

You know, when I started working out and began my weightloss journey I thought that controlling my cravings and convincing my body to actually do the workouts would be the hardest part. Honestly time has proven to be the biggest consideration. I don’t know how many of those reading this and following along are on their own journey to a healthier self, but if you are, take a few moments to think about time when putting together your plan. Trust me, you will thank me later.

Luckily most of the construction near me looks set to be complete by the end of August, so it is a temporary inconvenience. And i greatly appreciate you letting me whine about it a bit. I’ll let it go, I just had to vent for a minute. Now I feel better.

So, To the Stats!

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 219.6 lbs

This week’s loss: 1.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.4 lbs

Over all i am quite pleased with my week. This is the second week in a row where I have surpassed my one pound a week goal, so i am absolutely thrilled with the results.Hopefully I can continue in this track and by the time the weather changes in the fall I can do a mighty purge of the closet as I change the wardrobe over for the seasons. While I am hoping it will lead to a fall/winter shopping spree, and I do have my eye on several items, I also have a drawer of clothing Items I loved, are still in good condition, but no longer fit me. I am hoping that by the time the seasons change, I can open the drawer and shop that stash before I actually purchase anything new. while regular shopping is exciting, I think being able to pull something from that drawer might actually be more exciting for me.

Plus it frees up space, reuses existing items, and saves money. And if I save money I can put it towards a new pair of heels. Or really any new pair of shoes that aren’t actually sneakers for working out. Wouldn’t that be nice?

The Daily: July 22nd, 2021

Ah Thursday, so close to the weekend that I can practically smell my Friday Face Mask. this week has been interesting as I try to adjust my schedule. I’m still fighting to meet a deadline, but because walking outside put ay too much sun on my skin, I have been trying to go to the gym on even off gym days so i could use the treadmill instead of the walking trail.

I actually made it this week (admittedly I had to cut yesterday’s short as there were no machines available). I managed to get the walks in and my skin is feeling the relief of less sun beating upon it. I think if i weren’t doing gardening as well as walking on the walking trail it wouldn’t be as bad. But both at this time of year is no good.

The issue is oddly enough proving to be drive time. It is usually about a fifteen minute drive each way to and from the gym. To be specific it is almost always eighteen minutes. However, I don’t know if projects were delayed duing lock down or what but it seems like half of the city is currently under construction. We have not only new housing complexes going up but entirely new on-ramps onto the highway.

So now depending on what gets in my path, my trip to the gym lasts anywhere from twenty-five to forty minutes. I know in the grand scheme of things that isn’t bad, but it is requiring a bit of shifting. I think a lot of projects are hustling to get completed before the fall and new school season starts. I know one of the buildings going up is for some sort of distance learning program. They have signs to call for enrollment starting this autumn.

Hopefully that means that traffic will be a little more rational in a few weeks. I know it has taken a toll on the posting schedule and hopefully that will go back to my normal postings soon.

Today was a bad traffic day. There was no makeup today. I am very glad I slipped a spray can of the Avene Thermal Water Spray into my gym bag though. I have an older vehicle and I tend to use the window open method of cooling rather than the air conditioner. It is fine until I am stuck in traffic. The Avene Thermal water was instant cool in a can. Just having it to spray on me while at a stand still was amazing. even if you aren’t stuck in traffic, I recommend carrying a spray bottle of thermal water in the summertime. You can get a travel size. I prefere Avene because I like the minerals in the brand’s water, but there are many brands out there that are good as well and it can seriously help keep you from overheating if stuck in the heat.

and of course the water is good for your skin too.

And now that I have cooled down from my stint in trafic, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your Thursday is absolutely fabulous.

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The Daily: July 21st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope your week is going swimmingly. I am still racing to meet my deadline, but I did manage the gym today for a short period of time. I cut it short because the gym was rather crowded today. While I could get all of the machines for my strength training, the treadmills were all occupied and I didn’t feel like hanging around until one came free. I think that I am going to try for an evening walk. I’ll still coat myself in sunscreen, but I’ll also add a layer of bug spray on top as the problem with walking in the evening is the mosquitos.

As soon as it looks like the sun might be going down, they come out in swarms.

But that will be a timing issue for later. Right now, I at least managed my scheduled workout. I also managed to clean up and get my makeup on. Because I’m planning on staying at my desk for the rest of the day I took the opportunity to let my hair stay down for a bit. At this point it is simply too hot to wear it down outside of the house. So since I am inside I took the opportunity to let it down. And yes, I really need to get to the salon and have a professional do some shaping at the very least. I had layers, they grew out. I tried putting a few layers in myself, it was a disaster. Thankfully those layers have now grown out. So A professional is needed. That will come in the fall. At the moment my ability to tie my hair up and out of the way is of more import than styling. Although you can’t really see them, today’s earrings are also from Mariz jewelry. They are the plain gold version of the sparkly fans I picked up from them. While i like the glitter, I kind of prefer the lower key look of the plain gold for everyday wear.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Clarins Instant smooth perfecting touch Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Vegan Bronzing stick

Blush/Highlight/lips/brows: Billion Dollar Beauty

Shadow: Billion Dollar Beauty and KVD Beauty

Powder: ABH Loose setting powder

Setting Spray: ABH Dewy Set

Mascara: Pat McGrath Labs FetishEyes mascara

Lip liner: Huda Beauty in Trophy wife

Everytime I use the Clarin primer I am reminded how much I really do like it. It isn’t one that seems to get a lot of hype, but I really like the way it feels and performs. I am about halfway through the container at this point. Very little is needed so it will last a while longer, but it is a definite repurchase item for me. if you are interested it is currently on sale at All Beauty.

The Ciate London Foundation is also in my top list of products. I’ve been using it a lot more lately partially because I love the formula and partially because the shade matches my summer skin better than many of my other products.

while I am still testing out the Billion Dollar Beauty Box and assorted products sent to me with it, I amd also testing out a set of Billion Dollar Beauty Brushes and I wanted to try them with the cream formula of my Trestique Bronzing stick. So that is the bronzer I chose, although it isn’t a hardship.

I am finding that the ABH Powder and Setting spray work well together. The Powder seems to lean a bit towards the powdery side of things, but the Dewyness of the setting spray balances it out to keep it from looking powdery. Tomorrow i might switch setting sprays to see if any setting spray counteracts it or if it is the Dewy part of the spray that balances. I’ll also have to pick a day and switch out powders to see if the spray is too dewy without the drier look powder. But those are experiments for another day. At the moment I am pretty pleased with how things came out. As I found the lipstick in the Billion Dollar Beauty a little too light for me, I used the Huda Beauty Lip Contour to help adjust the shade. As the liner is too dry on it’s own, covering it with the lipstick really works well. The color is altered and the lipstick keeps the liner from being too dry. I am really liking the combo.

The Daily: July 20th, 2021

Oh the days before deadlines, when the world is compressed into two lists: what has to get done and everything else. Luckily, I put the gym in the has to get done category and managed to sneak it in before things got busy.

This week i am trying to walk at the gym instead of on the walking trail. I’ve spent just a little too much time in the sun for my liking. Admittedly my skin looks very patchwork at the moment. My arms neck and face are quite browned but my legs are still fish belly white. I’m starting in with at least one of the sunless tanners tonight so hopefully my legs will soon be a little less fishbelly. I’m also hoping they don’t go full oompa loompa as well, but that will have to be a wait and see moment.

Today’s lunch was a lovely homemade caprese salad. While I got to use my own basil for it, I had to use store-bought tomatoes as mine are still green on the vine. It tends to be one of my favorite summertime lunches as it is quick and easy to make and since i lean more heavily on the tomatoes than I do the mozzarella it isn’t all that highly caloric. And of course well within my portion of calories. So for food and exercise i am on track.

And when I got home from the gym, there was a package waiting for me.

Isn’t it lovely? All full of Klorane goodies. While I use lots of the dry shampoo and waterproof eye makeup remover, there are a lot of products in here I have never tried. In fact the only thing in this box I’;ve tried is the mango hair mask. Everytime I order from Klorane they send samples with the order (which is how I tried out the waterproof eye makeup remover) and the mango hair mask was one I’ve received a number of times. It smells delicious and really helps with dried split ends. It also makes the bath smell like a tropical smoothie. I always end up craving a mango smoothie after rinsing it out. While I have gone through many sample sizes I am thrilled to have a full size of the mask as well as several other products to try out.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Insta Marc Hifi filter

Blush: Billion Dollar Beauty Shade Amour

Highlighter: Billion Dollar Beauty Shade Mystic

Brows: Billion Dollar Beauty Cream Brow in Taupe

Lips: Billion Dollar Beauty in Macaroon

Powder ABH Loose setting powder

Eyeshadow: Billion Dollar Beauty in Moon and Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1

Mascara: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Setting Spray ABH Dewy Set Setting Spray

Earrings: Mariz Jewelry

The Illamasqua primer is just perfect for the summer. It is light weight and pretty much disappears into the skin, while both hydrating and locking down the makeup layered on top of it. It does go on a bit wet so you need to put it on and then give it a minute to dry down before moving forward with your foundation. I know the brand came out with a Beyond the veil primer that mixes the beyond powder into the primer, but quite frankly I prefer the original Hydra Veil Primer. It is just very light and fresh and feels like nothing once in place.

On top of it I layered another product that feels like nothing on the skin. And that was the NYX Bare With Me tinted skin Veil. I am down to half a tube of this foundation product and I will be buying it again once it runs out. It takes down the redness and evens skin tone but feels weightless and looks natural on the skin.It is just enough to even things out and if you are having a good skin day, this is a good product to use.It provides just enough help to make your skin look great.

The blush from Billion Dollar Beauty I like just as much as I did yesterday. I think the highlighter is actually growing on me. I still prefer using a gold or pink toned highlighter as I think they work better with my skin, but this silvery one is really good for putting under neath the eyebrows. It lightens them up but doesn’t look like too much. I rather enjoyed using it there today.

Today I also used the Norvena palette to change up the look. While I chose a bright pink and the black to try out in that palette I used the Billion Dollar Beauty eye shadow in Moon for my inner corners. I was very impressed with the way it blended with the other shades. It’s pigmentation held its own with the ABH formula. It blended nicely and while I don’t think I will ever really grow fond of just the shade all over my lids it is one that I will consistently reach for to place in the inner corner. It works really well with the darkest black the Novina Palette had to offer. With the Norvina palette, the black was highly pigmented. It also had loads of fall out even after you tap the brush. It stays in place once it is there, but there is fall out during application.

The Fenty Beauty Mascara is reaching the end of its life. I’ll be using it off and on for the next week, but it is starting to get that hollow sound mascaras get when they are close to being finished. To be honest, it isn’t my favorite formula and I probably won’t be purchasing it again. It isn’t a bad mascara. It is a fine everyday mascara but there really is nothing all that special about it. It is fine, but not fantastic. Since I have mascaras I enjoy a lot more, this won’t make the repurchasing list.

For the lips I again used a Billion Dollar Beauty pan, this one in Macaroon. The shade i think is a little too light for me, but the formula is fantastic.It applies well and barely feels like it is there.

Finally I used the ABH Setting Powder and Dewy Set setting spray. The powder did look a little powdery, but that could be because I have such a light foundation product on today. Because it was a little powdery, the dewyness of the setting spray worked really well and the two balanced out. I want to try both with a foundation that is more than a tinted moisturizer, but I think I actually like them both. Which is quite nice to learn. I don’t think the dewy spray will be too dewy.

Weekly Weight: 221.2 lbs

The Scale: July 16th, 2021

Good morning my darlings. It is once again time for reckoning. That’s right. Time to step on the scale and see if the week’s efforts have translated into weight lost. This week it seems it has.

Which makes all of the sweat worth it.

Although I believe I am going to start sweating more in the gym than on the walking trail At least for the next few months. I took way too much sun this week and it is just not good for my skin. we’ve reached the point in the summer where outside for long stretches is just not a great idea. Especially since I am still working in the garden as well. While summer veg is slow to come in, the time has now arrived for preparing for the fall plantings. Most of these are things that will be harvested after we have a bit of cold to hit the plants. Brussels Sprouts, rutabagas, that sort of thing. And even though the tomatoes are still green for the most part, it is time to prepare the autumn planting beds.

So my time outside will be spent more in the garden than the walking trail. At least until the heat breaks. So I suppose I’ll just be observing a different sort of wild life for a bit. Gymicous Humanicus.

I am pleased with my meal plans as they stand. Now that I am back on solid foods. I am still eating my Smoothies from Smoothie Box but they are no longer replacing 90% of my meals. This morning I went with the Berry Smoothie. It has Blueberries, strawberries and beets in it. Don’t let the beets scare you though. It gives a bit of earthiness to the mix and keeps it from being desert level sweet. They have a deal going for 10% off your first box with code SAS10 if you are interested in giving them a try.

And as much as I love them I am very happy to have my jaw healed enough to return to solid food. Oddly enough Salads are still hit or miss because of all of the chewing. But at this time of year we also eat fish at least once a week. Tonight I’m making salmon with a spicy maple glaze and serving it with fresh peas and couscous. The salmon is sustainable fish from Vital Choice (a great source if you don’t have a good fishmonger near you, personally my grocery store fish counter always smells a little too fishy for me to trust. Oh and at the moment Vital choice has their limited Edition Grill box out. They always sell out really fast. I t is a fantastic deal on a great quality product.). For the spicy maple I take some maple and put it in a jar with some chili flakes so that it sort of infuses a bit and so that the chili flakes are a bit saturated with the maple. That way they have a coating and caramelize with the maple instead of turning into dry little bits.

I am especially proud of the peas. Because of the cold spring, we just harvested the last of our spring peas. I have an absolute weakness for fresh peas. And this is the last of the year. I’ll add a little fish stock and a few bits of preserved lemon to the couscous, but it is mostly about the peas and salmon tonight.

My babydoll likes a big hunk of meat as a special friday treat but I’ve recently realized that as long as he has a large block of something meaty I can substitute fish for a few of the meals and he is okay with that. It keeps Friday feeling special without needing beef. Don’t get me wrong, I love beef, but in the summer time I tend to find it less desirable than I do in the winter. My food cravings tend to be very seasonal. In the autumn I will start craving mushrooms. In the winter I will want beef, in the spring I will gorge on asparagus all season long and in the summer I want light crisp salads and fish. Lots of fish.

I’m sure it is some ancestral throw back, but at least my babydoll is on board. It has taken time though. For years he believed that if there wasn’t beef at dinner it didn’t count as a meal. Now we have three vegetarian nights a week.

But I suppose that is the long way round to say that my diet and exercise were going the way I intended this week. I was just distracted by dinner plans.

To the Stats!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 222.6 lbs

This week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs

So slowly but surely we creep back towards a healthy zone. While I have no plans to ever get into a bikini, I do want my weight to be in a healthier range, for my joints and heart if nothing else. I would also like to be able to have a wider selection of clothing to choose from. There are some clothes I adore that simply aren’t produced in my current size. I know, that part is shallow, but we all have at least one shallow side. And it is a distant third reason well behind the heart and joints, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

but for now i must leave you and get on with my day. I hope your Friday shapes up to be absolutely fantastic.

The Daily: July 14th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings. or should I say, Happy Bastille day. I just received an Email from Klorane announcing the one Day Bastile Sale they have going on so I thought I’d let you know before I forget. The deal is listed below but this link will take you to the site.

Today has been a good day for me. I made my to do list and have been checking items off left and right. Unfortunately I left my walk to a little bit later than I should have and came home a sweaty mess. The temps may technically be down a bit but the humidity. Oh my darlings the humidity is what kills you.

I feel a bit like a dehydrated camel. I’ve gone through two of the Soda Stream bottles just trying to bring my hydration levels back to even. I also think that even though some of my walks have been earlier, I feel like combine with the garden I am just getting too much sun. I use sunscreen, but I still feel like it might be a bit much.

I think that this weekend I may look at some schedule shuffling so that I can make the time to go to the gym and use the treadmill there, even on my typically non-gym days, at least until the summer sun diminishes some. I know I mentioned thinking about doing that in early June but never got around to it. I am beginning to suspect i really should have moved on that then.

However today I get to wear one of my new pairs of earrings. I just got in three new pairs (and a ring) from Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry. I felt like I deserved a little sparkle today so I went with the Odessa Earring. I love the way the earring looks and I love that it can be worn two ways. The earring comes in two pieces, the stud that goes through the lobe and the additional fan design. The fan design has two holes to put the stud through so it can be adjusted if you have big earlobes. To be honest, I never thought about different sized ear lobes before. But I love the earrings and they provided the perfect amount of bling for me today. And if I decide there is too much bling, I can take off the fan and just wear the stud. I’ve been going through my earrings lately and found I don’t actually have very many matching studs. I seem to have lost a lot of the matching sets. Perhaps they are hanging out somewhere with the missing socks that I can’t find.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glamglow mattifying Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Face Palette: PUR 4-in-1 perfecting powders

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly by Fluide

Mascara: The Feathers by Pretty Vulgar

Lips: MAC in Bated Breath

Jewelry: Odessa Earrings By Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry

Today is the last day of my Glam Glow Primer Trial. Tomorrow i will post the full review of it as well as start rotating other primers back into my routine. Over all I think it is a pretty decent primer, but I also think it is very much a summer primer. At least for me.

The Ciate London Foundation is an all year for me and just an easy pick. I actually went for easy today with the foundation, eyeshadow and face palette. All are items I love using. Today’s test was really the MAC Lipstick. I’ve been doing a sort of rolling evaluation and declutter and am trying to slowly whittle down several categories of product. I am actually getting rid of a couple of MAC lipsticks because the colors don’t suit me, but i really think I like this shade. it is a pretty nice neutral. And as I know I have several neutrals I am going to have no choice but to get rid of, I think I may keep this one. Plus i love the MAC formula. I always have. They were the first non-drugstore lipstick I ever bought and I have a huge weakness for them. Usually i only stick with the few whose shades I know I like, but lately both IPSY and Boxycharm have been sending MAC lippies. Several in shades that are unfortunately not for me. And so I will have to let a few go, even though it sort of pains me a bit.

Actually getting rid of most lipsticks pains me. I just love lip products. And I always think i can use a lip pencil to modify the color, or maybe layer the products to change the color. I’m always more of a work with it to make it better rather than purge sort of person when it comes to lips. Although given the state of my lip product drawer I may be reaching a point where an actual deep down declutter is necessary.

But happily, that is a thought to contemplate another day. For now, it is back to work for me. So Happy Bastille Day to one and all.