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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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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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.

The Daily: July 19th, 2021

Happy Monday to one and all. I don’t know about you but I had a fabulous weekend. It was nice and quiet with just basic chores done around the house and lots of down time. I know it doesn’t sound all that exciting but after the excitement of the past few months, I am beginning to treasure quiet weekends far more than wild nights out.

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy gathering with friends but it is so nice to just be able to shut down for a little bit. I did binge watch about half a season of RuPaul’s Drag race this weekend. Paramount + has the original Drag Race, plus All-stars. i think they have other varieties too, but I haven’t checked. I have to say, for $4.99 that is a pretty good streaming service. Why women Kill and Evil have both drawn me in. I kind of wanted RuPaul for something a little more light hearted.

Plus it is fun to have on while playing with Eyeshadow. I always end up a little more colorful than I intended.

At the moment I am trying out a product that Billion Dollar Beauty sent me. It is the Beauty box. It is a box that is like a magnetic palette except that the lid is a mirror with it’s own kickstand so it can stand up for use. They also sent me several pans to put in the box. I’ll be testing it out this week and seeing what I think of both the box and how it functions as well as the products inside.

Today’s Look:

Primer Stila Illuminating Skin veil Primer

Foundation: Pacifica Alight Foundation

Bronzer Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Billion Dollar Beauty in Amour

Highlighter Billion Dollar Beauty in Mystic

Brow: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Gel in Taupe

Eyeshadow: Billion Dollar Beauty in Moon

Lips Billion Dollar Beauty in Custard

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Setting Powder

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose gold Face spray

Over all I chose products I knew and liked so that I could concentrate on the Billion Dollar Beauty products. and yes the Marc Jacobs Mascara is the new one that I said I wasn’t going to open for a while. I just couldn’t resist. It was my favorite mascara for so long and then i didn’t use it for a while so I wanted to see if it was still as good as I remember. If anything it is better. I absolutely love the way my lashes look with this formula.

Everything else I used worked well for me as always. I will discuss the box once I’ve had some time to use it. For now I am going to focus on the products. The blush was light but buildable, which is how I prefer my blushes actually. I would rather have to add more to achieve the effect I want than have to reduce product so that I void looking like a clown. This was a very good buildable blush.

The highlighter took me a few minutes to work with. I think that is because lately I have been going for more gold and pink tones with my highlight so that thay can easily blend in with my skin yet still give me a soft glow. It has been a while since I have used a highlight this tone. It is more in the silver white range. It does blend in well but the silver was brighter than I am used to. I like how it turned out, but it was a slight adjustment on my part. I think that as I work with it, I will like it better.

There were two brow products in the package sent over by Billion Dollar Beauty. One is powder and one is a cream. I like the powder and found it worked decently, but i prefer the cream. I don’t know if it was the color or the way it worked with the bruch, but I really enjoyed the cream brow product. I will have to make an effort to use the powder now that I know I like the cream so I will hold off judgement on that but the brow cream in taupe is definitely a product i will remember and reorder when this pan becomes empty.

The lips are cream pans as well. I like how the one I used today applied. I like how it felt on the lips and how well it lasted. The color is a bit light for me. I think the other two look a little darker, so they might be more to my taste. The formula is really good though so I think it is definitely worth going to look at their color range. I have two more lipstick pans to try out so I’ll leave the investigation to later.

Which finally brings us to the eyeshadows. There were two sent in the package, one matte and one shimmer. I went solely with the matte today in a look that is very unusual for me. I just used the light pink of moon. the look is really strange for me since a single pale eyeshadow is never how I do my eyeshadow, but I wanted to test out the formula of the Billion Dollar Brow Mattes. I really liked it actually. It is quite pigmented, didn’t creas, was easy to apply and stayed in place all day. As the other shadow in the box is a pink shimmer, I think I may have to pull out a couple of other shades to play around with as I use these two colors. For now, I was highly impressed with the matte.

And that is today’s look. It was a little different for me, and while I like how the face turned out, and the formula of the eyeshadow, I am not sure this look is quite for me. I find the pink eyes on me strange. Thus far the products are working well and for a first test the Billion Dollar Beauty products are working well.

And theat Marc Jacobs Mascara. There is a reason that Velvet Noir has long been one of my favorites. Sometimes you just need to take a break to remember just how fabulous something is.





The Daily: July 15th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are staying cool today. Personally I think I am on shirt number three for the day. I wore one shirt on a walk this morning before the weather got too hot and still ended up with a soaked shirt. Shirt number two was worn when I drove around running errands. My car’s air conditioner is not what one calls reliable. The open window and air movement is actually more cooling.

However i still ended up returning from errands with large damp patches. Which while they would dry normally, aren’t the best when sitting at a desk in the air conditioning. And as I already planned to throw a load of laundry in while I worked, I didn’t see the harm in a quick shower and a fresh pair of clothes before sitting down at my desk for a long stretch.

So we are now in shirt number three and the laundry is currently spinning through the dryer.

The makeup went on after the shower, clearly, and I went for a summer look today.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer

Foundation No 7 Lift and Luminate

Bronzer: Trestique Brazilian Bronze contour stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: OFRA in Blissful

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Powder

Eyeshadow Palette: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed

Waterline eyeliner: Milk Makeup Gel Liner

Mascara: Elizabeth Mott It’s so Big

Lips: Yensa Lip Oil in Pink Shine

Earrings: Kelly earrings By Mariz

Today I wanted something that looked a little lighter. while I haven’t used the Ole Henriksen primer or the OFRA highlight in a while and wanted to see if they are good enough to keep around, I mostly chose products that I know well and love.

The reason is because I am testing a new brush set from Billion Dollar Beauty. it is the BDB Pro Brush Essentials Kit. They very kindly sent the brushes for me to try, along with other products I will talk about as i start to use them. The plan for testing is to use them as my brushes exclusively for the next few weeks and see how i feel about them at the end of the trial. The brushes are a lovely black and gold and feel nice in the hand. The bristles are infused with charcoal which I believe is for antibacterial purposes. I’ll be looking into that before i write up my final review for the brushes.There were three tools that I did need to add to the essentials kit today and that was a spoolie for my eyebrows, a color switch pad and my Huda Beauty Basic B sponge. (incidentally, Huda Beauty has a loyalty Week sale going on right now, if you like their products you might want to check it out, the sale lasts through July 18th)

So a lot of the face products I chose because I knew I like them. A few I was pretty sure i liked, but hadn’t reached for in awhile. The Banana Bright Primer I do really like and I really need to reach for more often. It sits well under foundation and add depths to matte products without adding a lot of glow. It has a slight tint that really helps blend out any discoloration (I’m a bit pink from the sun) and it smells like banana scented candy which kind of makes me happy. No 7’s foundation may actually be one of my favorite drug store foundations and as this is the third Trestique Bronzing stick I’ve owned I can definitely say that it is a bronzer I like. I meant to hold off opening it until i wore down a few other products a bit more but I couldn’t resist.

I likewise love the Bounce and Blur Blush from bareMinerals. There is quite a significant divot in the center of the product. I haven’t reached for any of my OFRA highlighters in a while because I just haven’t wanted anything that glowy. I thought I might be decluttering this one as I really need to do a highlight declutter, but no. This is a keeper. It goes on stunningly bright but it does blend out for a soft warm glow, which is what I like. I think on highlighters I may have to just haul them all out and do an actual declutter by looking at them all lid out and making some hard decisions.

The Elizabeth Mott Mascara was new to me. It came in a subscription box a while ago and was in my unopened products drawer. As I took several Mascaras out of the drawer last night and sent them to the empties bin, I pulled this one out of the new drawer to give it a turn at use. I am not all that impressed by it to be honest. It is a decent enough mascara but I didn’t apply it and think, wow what length and volume.

Admittedly it is following two really fantastic formulas (Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet and Pretty Vulgar The Feathers) so maybe after a few spins around it will be more impressive. But at the moment, it isn’t one of my favorites and isn’t really living up to it’s name.

The earrings I chose for today were the Kelly Earrings from Mariz. I thought they looked sweet so I went with them. They wore well and went with the look. Now that I am not wearing a mask everywhere I am thrilled to get back into wearing earrings and am trying to get into the habit of putting them in. I figure if I make them part of my list post, I will remember more often.

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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.

The Daily: July 13th, 2021

It is amazing how much better the world works when you have had a good night sleep. Yesterday I was in a sleep deprived haze and barely remember getting through the day. Last night I took my Hum Nutrition Beauty zzzz’s gummies and called it an early night. I slept and actually felt human again when I woke up this morning.

Sleep is fabulous.

I made up for my one short walk yesterday with a much longer one today and other than that I am playing catch up on everything that was missed yesterday. Apparently even though I was in a fog most of yesterday I still managed to get quite a lot done, which was a bit surprising. Even more surprising was that it seemed to be done correctly.

Tomorrow it is back to the gym and as much as I really don’t like the gym I am happy to return to chipping a little more weight off of my body and becoming more fit. I had a very strange dream last night about not being able to fight off an attack by a pack of ninjas. While even at my most fit I couldn’t fight off one ninja, nor have I ever had any cause to be under attack by ninjas it does make me feel like I need to be more fit. In case you were wondering, in my dream they were trying to steal a bar of soap.

I have no idea why this soap was important or why I had important soap to begin with, but I do know that it was wet and no one could grab it without it slipping through their fingers. I was also fending off the attack with a foam pool noodle which didn’t really aid my attempts at defense. I’m sure there is some reason for the dream I just don’t know what it was.

Today’s look:

Primer: Glam Glow Mattifying Primer

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour

Blush Ciate London Marbled Light in Halo

Powder: Becca Pink Haze

Eyeshadow: Maybelline 24 hr color tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Knock out and Inked in Pink

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist

Today the primer test for Glam Glow continued. It has been an interesting product to work with and has both pros and cons. I’ll put up my full review later in the week. (Thursday). I am continuing my rolling declutter. Today I had bothe a foundation and cream eyeshadows to look at. The Fit me foundation is an excellent formula. I really like the product. What I don’t like is the open topped bottle. Every time I use it I end up pouring out more than I intend and in the end I make a bit of a mess. As a result even though I like the formula, I don’t reach for it a lot. when I went on the Look Fantastic Store page, I remember finding this foundation in a squeeze tube. If it is the same foundation, then I think I would pick that up instead of the original bottle. And that is because I just don’t reach for this one due to the mess. I will use up this bottle and keep in mind that if i do need to run out to the drug store and pick up a foundation on the fly this one is a good one that will work for me. I am just trying to limit myself to products I will consistently reach for as I am running out of space in my dressing table.

The cream eyeshadows I quite frankly forgot I had. I pulled two of them out to use today thinking that surely they dried up. To my surprise they were perfectly fine. Blending them is always a bit interesting. I generally find that I have to apply the darker one and blend it to the lid and then wait a bit for it to dry down a little before adding the lighter more metallic shade on the inner corner. The lighter shade layers over the darker but if you try to blend them they both just get a bit muddy. I have several colors and really do like them, especially when I know I am going to be out all day and won’t be able to check a mirror. Once in place, they just don’t move all day. They are truly 24 hour wear. But it takes a really long time to get through one of the little pots, at least for me. I think I might pick up one or two of my favorite colors, but I don’t think I would repurchase all of the colors I currently have.It isn’t a product i feel i need to keep the entire line of.

I reached for the Ciate London Blush because I was reminded of it by the August Spoiler from Look Fantastic and the blush performed beautifully as always so it is definitely a keeper. I am also keeping the Cocoa Contour palette from Too Faced around. it is beautiful packaging that feels good in the hands and had a selection of well pigmented products. I need to remember to reach for this more often actually.

I still like the Becca Pink Haze and will continue to use it up. I won’t be stocking up before Becca closes its doors though. I will finish this up and possibly look for another pink tinted face powder to replace it. It is nice, but I don’t feel that I have to stockpile it before it becomes unavailable.

Likewise the Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist will be used up and let go. It is very pretty to look at and it feels good on the skin hoaerver it is a little on the wet side and takes a while to dry. It is also highly scented and after a few days, I get to the point where the scent is too much. I am going to try to keep the Farsali out for a while so I can use up more of it and hopefully clear it out of the drawer but once it is gone, I won’t be looking to replace it.

I will however look to replace the They’re Real Magnet Mascara. I used the last from the trial sized tube today and from start to finish it performed well. I have several mascaras I need to try, but this is one that I will repurchase.

Over all it was a pretty mixed bag of makeup today. And even though everything is currently staying, I’ve identified a few items I will be using up and clearing out. which isn’t a bad thing. I am very happy those cream eyeshadows didn’t dry out on me.

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