The Daily: May 10th, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s Look:

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless soft Matte

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

Powder: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter in Cashew

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed


Lime Crime : Venus Duo Eyeshadow Bundle

Mascara: Big Poppa from Wet ‘n Wild

Lips: Roen Kiss my Lips in Charlie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AmorePacific

The Daily: May 6th, 2021

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

So it all worked out.

I got my exercise in and I feel great.

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

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

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Blurfection Primer

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

Face Palette:  4 in 1 Skin Perfecting Powders by Pur

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

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

Mascara Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Lips Huda Beauty in Trophy Wife

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Daily: May 5th, 2021

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

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

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

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Blur-fection Primer

Foundation Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation Stick

Bronzer: NARS in Laguna

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur in Mauve Sunrise

Highlighter: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow in Afterhours

Powder: No7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Mascara: Beautaniq Beauty Nourishing Mascara

Lips: Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

LovelySkin

The Daily: May 4th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings, I hope you are doing well and staying dry. I spent a large part of my day dealing with the flood waters of doom. Yesterday around four in the afternoon it started raining and quite frankly hasn’t stopped since. Its the sort of rain that makes you think that maybe you should have started building your own Ark. Sure the neighbors might complain and you’d have to spend some time figuring out how long a cubit actually is, but at the moment starting construction just seems sensible.

While our house is high and dry the street has turned to a river. Needless to say there will be no walking trail today as the streets turned River all empty into the park turned lake. Because there was also the potential for hail I ended up erecting a lean to defense for my newly planted seedlings. I was so proud to have finally gotten them into the garden this past weekend that letting the hail flatten them wasn’t an option. Our garden now boasts old woolen army blankets supported by tomato trellises. I’d feel odd about it if on of my neighbors wasn’t using a giant tarp to protect their garden and another turned one of those round plastic dog houses into a plant shelter.

We also had a drain pipe come loose in the night so I spent time on a ladder reattaching it so that water didn’t fall directly down to the foundation. And yes, today I am calling that my exercise. Climbing a ladder is like a stair climber and as I still had to work over my head to reattach the down pout I know my upper arms will be sore. Then there was the running through the yard and the hauling of plant protection equipment. I’m pretty sure i can call that some sort of workout circuit. At least that is how I am marking it down. And once it was complete I got to come back into the house dry off and actually put on my makeup for the day. which was kind of relaxing.

Primer: Marc Jacobs Under Cover Blur-fection

  • Marc Jacobs is still having a sale currently this primer which normally retails for $39 is on sale for $27.30. Its a 30% off sitewide sale.

Foundation: Kosas Tinted Face oil

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs HI FI Filter

  • usually $49 but currently $29 with the sale

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light

Powder: Pacifica Cherry Velvety Matte Translucent

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

  • This Highlighter is currently on sale. Usually it is $45 but at the moment it is $36

Eyeshadow Palette: Wet ‘n Wild My Glamour Squad

  • while this palette (retail $5.99) is not on sale Wet ‘n Wild has a pretty big sale going on on their site now. This link will take you to their sales page. Their 10 piece pro brush set with the really nice traveling case is only $35.75 (usually $54.99). There are other deals too that was just the one that struck me.

Mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara

Lips: Sugar Coat by Sugar Rush in Sprinkle

I am still testing out the Marc Jacobs Primer and seeing how it performs with foundations. Today’s foundation was the Kosas Tinted face oil. I tend to go light when applying it and since right now I don’t have a lot of blemishes going on, I was fine with it. It is a foundation I choose when i want a light covering. As always I loved using the Marc Jacobs Hi Fi Filter as my bronzer. I will use that until I hit pan and then I will repurchase it. I might pick it up as just a bronzer next time as I don’t really do a lot of heavy contouring so the lighter shade just occasionally gets used to mellow out over enthusiastic blush. I do like having the option of the lighter contour though. well, either way it isn’t a decision I have to make today as there is still plenty of product.

Today’s blush was the Marbled light from Ciate london and I really like it. It is buildable rather than in your face pink so I don’t worry about applying too much too fast. I also ended up reaching for my Illamasqua highlighter again today. I think I might have overdone it a little on one side because the sun played peek a boo for a minute before the storm clouds rolled back in so the light had a strange shift to it. I’ll have to go into the artificial light of the bathroom to balance everything out in a bit.

I did reach for my Wet ‘n Wild My Glamour Squad palette. It may be one of the least expensive palettes I own, but it always performs so well for me. The colors blend out fairly easily and they are relatively well pigmented. I just find them easy to work with and I like the variation of the shades in this palette as well.

I used the Sugar Coat by Sugar Rush Liquid Lipstick today. It is in the shade Sprinkle which is a nice neutral color. Since I had so much going on with the eyes I didn’t want to go too poppy with the lips. This is an interesting formula. It never dries down all of the way so my lips don’t get super dry however after it sets even though it feels a little wet to my lips, it doesn’t leave any lip prints which I really like. I know that Sugar Rush is a sister brand to Tarte. i don’t actually think I’ve tried any tart lipsticks though so I am not sure how the formula compares. I’ve tried many other Tarte products, but somehow the lips escaped me. I may have to correct that. Not that I need an excuse to pick up another lippie. But I will take the excuse.

And so that was me today. I ran around the yard like a crazy person trying to keep plants safe and hopefully burned off a few calories doing so. I watched my nabors go crazy for the same reason as well as exercise their creativity and I made sure the water sheeting off ouf out roof goes into the yard instead of into the foundation. Not quite what i had planned when i woke up today, but I am still going to call it a successful day nonetheless. I hope wherever you are, your day is as successful and fabulous.

Caudalie

The Daily: May 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Strange things are afoot in the neighborhood today. The house of Agnes is getting a makeover. A strange man with a tool kit has been meandering around the outside of the house fixing things and a short while ago a couple of people went into the back yard hauled the collected tree limbs and other piled logs away from the shed. It was kind of interesting. I looked out every time i passed by the window and got to see a small boat emerge from the tree limbs.

The boat has been buried since before we moved into the house and as her shed can be seen from the window over the kitchen sink we always speculated as to whether it was a boat or just a trailer. Only the hitch was visible. It is now most definitely a boat.

While Agnes wandered over here a few months ago, she hasn’t been seen much in the past year. Admittedly no one has really been seen much in the past year so that’s really not an indicator. I suspect though that Agnes might be moving into an assisted care facility or with a family member soon. The way they are tidying the house is the same sort of tidying that people tend to do just before they look at selling it. even though I don’t see her much it will be sad to lose Agnes as a neighbor.

But that is enough nosiness from me. If I happen to see one of the family members I know in the next few day maybe I’ll know more. For now I’ll just leave it be. It is good to know that it is a boat behind the house though.

Today I got my weights in at the gym but by the time it came to do cardio, all of the available machines were full and there were so many people in the gym that I began to feel twitchy. I decided to brave the off and on spitting rain of the walking trail instead. It was not really raining but the air was so saturated that it felt like I was pushing through water with every step. I got home and every article of clothing was damp and sticking to me. I was just going to rinse off but I did the full shower instead. I also decided against makeup today as I will be going in and out of the house this afternoon and suspect anything I put on my face will just make me look like I am melting. It usually happens more in the summertime, but today is just humid enough and just warm enough that I’m pretty sure the melting look would occur. So it is fresh faced for the day.

I know that mother’s day is approaching and the sales are everywhere this year. Here are a few things you might want to take a look at, whether you are looking for a gift or to stock up your own products.

Benefit Cosmetics

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Mane Club Hair Mask Bundles now $15 for a limited time. I highly recommend Cry Baby and Bad Attitude and if you are on the site, pick up a bottle of the One Hit Wonder Spray. Trust me, you’ll thank me.

Bad hair? We don’t know her. Mane Club is a Vegan + Cruelty Free collection of conditioning and styling products that put in all the work so you don’t

And eSalon is only $15 for a limited time so if you are looking to try a custom hair color now is most definitely the time.

Finally No 7 is having a Friends and Family Event. Happy Shopping!



The Daily: April 29th, 2021

Today will be s short post for today was the day of the dentist. There was no exercise but on the plus side, there will be little food. My mouth is still numb and rubbery and I expect pain once it is not. While my dentist is a pleasant man, visiting him is not fun and today was not the high point of my week. Still it needed to be done. I hoped for a short, visit but my hopes were dashed.

On a fun note(if dark humor is sort of your thing), you may have noticed that this month there was no Look Fantastic unboxing. I did not cancel the subscription in fact I eagerly anticipate my Look fantastic box. However this month my tracking number failed to update and finally Royal Mail posted a message saying that my Look Fantastic box contained banned substances and was subsequently destroyed. Seriously. I cropped the tracking number and personal details out but here is the message.

I don’t know why I find that amusing. i went to look on the Look Fantastic Website to see what the sneak peeks were and didn’t see anything that might have been the cause of its destruction.

I contacted customer service and after expressing bafflement of their own, they are looking into it. I’ll keep you posted. I just find it somewhat humorous.

Given the events of today there is no makeup review. I can’t wear makeup at the dentist’s office. It is just not a good idea. Not wearing lipstick makes sense but even face products take a hit so in general I go bare faced to the dentist. Also I squeeze my eyes shut while he’s working which is never good for mascara. And so the dentist visit makeup ban. Whatever your day holds I hope it goes well. As for me, I’m thinking scrambled eggs for dinner tonight.




The Daily: April 27th, 2021

While I like the new workouts, I have to say the scheduling is going to take a bit to sort out. Today is my non-gym day so I thought it would be slower, but I had to make up for time lost yesterday and anticipate time lost tomorrow. It will take a bit of finessing before things settle into something i can maintain so things might be a little wonky as I figure them out. I did manage a walk, which is the exercise I have planned for my non-gym days. Although Thursday I have the dentist so we will see how that goes.

I’m actually quite relieved to be going to the dentist actually. I had a crown come loose. Two actually. It was the strangest thing though. Everything was fine with my teeth and then post second vaccination I had a massive fever. The fever broke in the night and I woke up the day after feeling better, but a little achy still. Then i sneezed and two crowns popped out.

It was a not so pleasant surprise.

Thursday was the first appointment I could get since they’ve been short staffed so we’ll see how it turns out.

I’ve never heard of fever popping out crowns before but as they were fine before I’m not sure what else could be going on. I’ve been eating a lot of soft foods lately just in case and am actually craving something crunchy. If everything works out well then this weekend I am having popcorn.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Under Cover Blur-fection

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Blush/Bronze/Highlighter/powder: Pur 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting face palette

Eyeshadow: Cargo Swimmables eye shadow Stick in Sandy Bay And Bobbi Brown Shadow Stick in Golden Pink

Mascara: Unlashed by Wander Beauty

Lips: Ofra Liquid Lip in Pasadena

Setting Spray: Benefit Cosmetics PoreFessional Supersetter Setting Spray

I am currently still testing out the Marc Jacobs Primer (and will be all week and possibly into next), thus far I’m still liking it but will rotate it through several different foundations to be certain. If you are interested in this Primer (or other Marc Jacobs products actually) Marc Jacobs is having a sale. Usually this primer is $39 but currently it is $27.30. While I am still clearly testing the primer, their shadows are a good formula as are their liquid lips.

Today I chose the Ciate London Extraordinary foundation to work with the primer. I really do like that foundation and I suspect I am going to be wearing it a lot more this summer. It is very lightweight and really works well with my skin. It worked well with the Marc Jacobs Primer as well. Ciate London’s 40% off sale is still going on as well and this foundation is currently offered for $17 which is kind of amazing.

I am also trying to remember to reach for the Pur Face Palette more. I like how it performs actually and to be honest i think that next time I travel it will be what i grab to take with me. It performs well and with all four face powders in one it is super easy to slip into a makeup bag. I love the length that the Unlashed gives my lashes. It felt extra effortless after having to work for my mascara yesterday. It doesn’t do a whole lot for volume but in lengthening it is really good.

Today I liked the Cargo Swimmables Eyeshadow stick a little less than I did the first time i used it. On its own it worked well, working with another shadow stick it wasn’t the greatest. I used the Bobbi Brown Shadow stick as the shimmer is always stunning. I had to work really hard to get it to show up over the swimmables formula. when I went to blur it in a little with my finger tip it sort of disappeared into the blue gray. It is still there, but not as bright. I think something in the waterproof formula makes it not want to play well with others. Tomorrow I am going to try a powder shadow over it and see how well that works. It was really the only hang up in my makeup today as the OFRA Liquid lip in Pasadena is one I will wear until the tube is empty and then immediately repurchase. It is a great neutral for when you want some color but not a lot. The slight pink tone to it keeps it from making my lips blend into my face. I went for a pretty neutral look today so it isn’t all that exciting, but it was suitable for my earlier conference call. So that is something.

There are a lot of Mother’s day sales going on now that you might want to take advantage of if you are looking to shop. No matter who you are shopping fo (I won’t judge). Here’s a few that caught my eye.

Wet’n Wild is having a 40% off sale off of their already low prices. I have been very impressed with some of their new releases and may have to pick up a few more items to try.

Annmarie Skincare has 25% off with code MOM25. Personally I love their Aloe Cleanser and their purifying Mud Mask. They both work fantastically well and that cleanser smells absolutely amazing. It has a fresh lemon verbena scent to it that makes it a pleasure to use.

Ranger Station Candles has a Mothers day sale as well: Mother’s Day Sale! Take 15% off handpicked gifts for mom using code “LOVEYAMOM”!

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The Daily: April 26th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Before I get too far I want to remind everyone that the Giveaway is still going on. It runs until May 6th. This link will take you to the Giveaway post so you can find out how to enter the Earth Day Giveaway.

Today I did the first of the Monday workouts at the gym. The trainer said that the abs are muscles you can work out any time as apparently they don’t need to rest like other parts of your body do. I would like to respectfully differ. My Abs got a fantastic work out today and they have already petitioned me for a rest. Luckily Wednesday is mostly legs and Friday is all about the arms so they have some recovery time. On Friday’s workout my arms were a little sore by the end of the day but Saturday morning they were feeling the burn. I suppose that means things are going well.

This is my first full week under the new routine so I am expecting my internal complaints department will be fielding calls from all parts of the body. I can live with that as it will get better. Nothing on the list is beyond what I can do, it is just not something I routinely do. I liked the arm work out on Friday and I liked the ab workout today so hopefully I will like Wednesday and then I will really be in business. Because if I like a work out well enough to make it a routine, then I am good to go.

And quite frankly I am ready for a little routine in my world. There has been too much unsettled lately. Routine may not be exciting, but it lets you get things done around it.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Marc Jacobs Under Cover Blur-fection Primer

Foundation: Nars All day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Hi Fi Filter

Blush: Nars Blush in Angelika

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Powder: Nars Pressed powder in Eden

Shadow: Cargo Swimmables Shadow Stick in Sandy bay

Mascara Beautaniq Beauty Nourishing Mascara

Lips: Cargo Swimmables in Portofino

Today was mostly new Makeup. The Products I have used before were the highlighter, bronzer and foundation. All are among my favorites. All are products I will repeatedly purchase. The NARS pressed powder in Eden is one I have used before and like but I tend to forget I have. The slim black package tends to blend into the shadows. I need to remember to reach for it more though as I really do like it.

The nars Blush in Angelika came in this month’s Boxy Charm and I’ll admit i was a little worried about the shimmer. However once applied to the cheeks it was fine with no shimmer at all. I think it was a bit of an over spray. I like the formula of the blush. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as I like most of Nars products. I don’t actually remember trying a product from them that I didn’t like. Their Velvery stick foundation used to be one of my go-to products before it was discontinued. It is a brand i know I can purchase and have consistent quality.

Marc Jacobs is another brand that i usually do well with. I was a little nervous about the primer because I am not a huge coconut fan. The scent is light though. It isn’t a coconut bomb in your face and it did a really nice jub blurring out my pores. It felt great on the skin and I needed very little to get the product to work. All of those things mean I will be reaching for this prime often.

The Nourishing Mascara probably won’t be making my favorites list any time soon though. It feels good on the lashes and my lashes are darker with the mascara on. It took several layers to get the lashes to a stage where I was happy with them. It was a lot of work for a casual and non dramatic look. After working with them, they looked okay for the day. Given the amount of time i spent dealing with them, they should look spectacular. I think i will use this tube but not repurchase.

this leaves me with the two Swimmables products. I was actually quite impressed with the shadow stick. I applied it on the outer edge of my eye and blended inwards with my finger. If i moved quickly it worked well. But don’t delay, once the shadow stick sets in place it really wants to stay there. I think this light is designed to be waterproof so setting into place seems natural. Today i am wearing it alone to see how it performs. Tomorrow I will start to see how well it plays with others. I’ll use it off and on with different products and next week I’ll gather my results and we’ll talk. For now, I like the color and I like the blendability. So I am please it is in my collection.

The Swimmables lippie is interesting as well. It is a liquid lip and it does dry down so that when you touch a finger to your lips your lips feel dry. After drying I had no issue with lip prints on the coffee mug or water glass. not a single smudge was left behind. However when I roll my lips together they still feel slightly sticky. Not uncomfortable, and even less sticky than a lip gloss, but still slightly sticky. I’m guessing that the stickiness means it never truly dries down so my lips won’t feel parched. I’ll have to check on that at the end of the day. I like the color and hope it too lasts throughout the day. We will have to wait and see for that.

Considering how many new products appeared today, I am surprised that there was only one that was a bit disappointing. Still even the slightly disappointing mascara feels very nourishing on my lashes and that more than lengthening or volumizing is it’s claim to fame. So I can’t be all that disappointed can I? And with that it is back to work for me. Have a great rest of the day everyone.

Happy Hour: Mushroom Tarts and a Belmont Cocktail

Happy Hour: Mushroom tarts and a Belmont Cocktail

Welcome my darlings to the Friday Night happy Hour.  Tonight the cocktail I decided to make is called a Belmont and it comes from my Savoy Cocktail book.  I have to admit it is one of the cocktails I have been hesitant to try.  There is no real reason except that I always think it’s a little strange when gin is paired with cream.  I’ve had several pleasant cocktails with cream but when I saw this recipe I just wanted to skim over it.  I think it is because there are so few ingredients in it that the cream stood out to me.  Still tonight was it’s night for testing.  And so test I did.  The recipe is quite simple.

I part grenadine

2 parts gin

1 teaspoon cream

Put them all together in a shaker and shake the dickens out of it until it is foamy. Serve in a lovely glass.

It comes out a lovely and festive pink color.  To be honest it comes out tasting a bit like a cherry creamsicle that has been dipped in gin.  The gin comes through loud and clear.  It is a little odd to taste in that first sip.  I tasted the cherry dreamsicle part first and then the gin arrived on my tastebuds. It took a few sips to get used to it.  It was one of those cocktails I don’t mind having once but probably wouldn’t make again.  Nice, but not fabulous. It won’t be making the household repitoire.

But as there are thousands, if not millions of cocktail and mocktail (for the days when I don’t feel like having alcohol) recipes to try out there, I’m sure the list of ones I don’t mind having more than once will continue to grow.

Tonight I chose mushroom tarts to go along with the cocktail.  I’ve made the recipe many times before in both the large and small tartlets size.  Since the cocktail was bright and cherry I thought something earthy would pair well.  And the tart did work well with the drink.  Usually I serve these with a crisp chardonnay or even an Arnold Palmer if going non-alcoholic.  What I love about these little tarts is that they do freeze really well so you can make a bunch and then cool and freeze the ones you don’t eat.  My baby and I each had one and left the other four to cool for later freezing. (I made six). While I made them in small tartlet pans tonight you can make one big tart to serve as a dinner. We tend to eat this as a summer meal with a fresh salad. All of the measurements are the same, you just put them in one container rather than six.

Ingredients

1 pie crust

1 small yellow onion, diced

½ lb mushrooms, diced

Three sage leaves chopped

1 T butter

1 clove garlic, minced

½ cup cream

1 egg yolk

1 whole egg

¼ cup sour cream

Pie weights (I use dried beans)

Tart pan or tartlet pans

  • Cut the pie dough into rounds and press into the pan. 
  • Dock the dough with a fork.
  • Place the tarts on a baking sheet, cover each with foil and put pie weights on the foil.
  • Bake at 375 for 20 minutes
  • Take out of oven, remove foil and pie weights and put back into the oven for another 15 minutes.  They should be golden brown.
  • Set to the side and allow to cool completely.
  • In a sauté pan, melt the butter and add in the onions, mushrooms and sage. 
  • Cook until all of the liquid evaporates (about 10 minutes).  Then take it from the stove and let cool to room temperature.
  • In a bowl mix together the cream, sour cream, egg yolk and egg.
  • Put mushroom mix into the tart shells, pour the custard mix over them and bake in a 325 degree oven until just set and slightly poufy.  (about 45 minutes)
  • Let tarts cool for 20 minutes and serve at room temperature.

This is one of those recipes that seems like it is more complicated than it is because you prepare three things separately and then just bring them together at the end.  It really is very easy and it is something you can make well ahead of time.  You can even make them the day before.  Just let them cool completely then move to the fridge.  When you want to serve them bring them out and let them come up to room temperature. And like I said it makes a really good meal as well as a happy hour treat.




The Daily: April 21st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I am feeling much less panicked today. Yesterday I went through files and programs and systems and I think everything is fixed. I also did a grand photo purge. After I did it I of course panicked thinking that I might have actually deleted several photos that I wanted to keep. Thuis far I don’t think I have, so I am feeling cautiously optimistic. Whatever kept shutting my computer down yesterday also appears to have been fixed. In truth though I am not sure what I did that actually fixed the problem. I found several issues needing to be addressed and decided to fix as many as possible. Who knows maybe it was the combination of issues that was the problem in the first place.

No matter, I am in a better mood and my computer is no longer crashing.

Yes the happy dance was done.

Hands were in the air and I think I startled one of my neighbors walking their dog.

In addition to not having computer issues today, I also met with a trainer at the gym. That’s right I sat down with an actual professional and he helped set up an actual workout program for me to follow. Like a real one. I am hoping that this new system will get me off of my plateau and send me deep into Weight loss Valley. Do you want to know the best part? I went ahead and books a follow up visit for 6 weeks from now. So I can just concentrate on following the system and then after six weeks of following the program and seeing how my body reacts I can have the program adjusted if need be.

I know most of you are thinking, ‘Um yeah Mimsy, that’s what a personal trainer does.’

You say that like you think I’ve ever worked with a personal trainer. My system is generally to go to the gym use the machines I know how to operate for the length of time that I have available to me and then make up the rest with walking on the walking trail. I am the Queen of cobbled together work out programs. I use things I’ve picked up from Fitness articles, You tube and I even have a couple mental hold overs from an old Richard Simmons Video in my head.

This was the first time a professional (other than my doctor) has ever been involved in my weight loss system. Incidentally i go to Planet Fitness in case you are wondering and with my membership the meetings with a trainer something I can sign up for like I would sign up for a class. I think it will be really good for me. I was kind of nervous talking to a professional. Most of the people in my gym are either elderly and recuperating from surgery or already fit and just trying to whittle off a few pounds. so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a very positive experience for me and I have to say I am now kind of excited to get started. Also since I will be checking back in in six weeks there is an extra accountability there. Someone will actually be looking at me and asking directly how I did.

Admittedly since it was late afternoon by the time he finished going over everything with me I wasn’t able to actually start today. As it is a Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Set up I will be walking tomorrow and then starting the entire program on Friday. To be honest, I kind of like the thought of starting something on a Friday. So often I restart things on Mondays it is nice to have them already in motion when Monday rolls around. Plus I have a little more time on Fridays to kind of figure out how long the work out will take. Over all I am generally excited. I will leave this plateau!

Today’s look:

Primer: Benefit Porefessional Pore filling Primer

Foundation: Ciate Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Ciate Marbled Light

Powder: Ciate Extraordinary Translucent setting powder

Eyeshadow: Subculture by ABH

Mascara Ciate London Triple Shot XXL mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

I know, I had planned to test out the Pixi Primer all week, but when I went to look at my skin after using the Pixi Primer i couldn’t remember how the Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation looked with a matte primer. On Monday afternoon I was very shiny and I needed to know if it was the glow of the primer or the foundation causing the shine. It was the primer. The Ciate London Foundation is performing wonderfully today with no shiny oil spots coming through. I really need to figure out where I can put this foundation so I remember to reach for it more. I really like it but the tube is too long to stand up in the drawer so it lays flat and gets buried. I may have to do some repositioning.

I ended up reaching for several Ciate Products. I am actually a really big fan of Ciate London. I tend to save the Watermelon Primer for the summer time because of its consistency and coverage but everything else I use year round. I actually want to get several more of the Marbled light blushes. The one makeup item I haven’t tried from them is their bronzer and that is on my list to pick up. Today i used the Too Faced which I really do like.

I especially wanted to use the Ciate Triple Shot XXL Mascara today because I am sending the Ciate Wonderwand Mascara to the empties bin. I wanted to compare the two while I still had them both fresh in my mind. The Triple shot is really good with length but of the two I think I really prefer the fullness of the Wonderwand. It gives me a little bit more of what i like in mascaras. Both are good but i think when i go to order mascara I will be ordering the Wonderwand. And hopefully picking up the bronzer as well. Actually once I do pick up a bronzer I may actually have en entire face of Ciate products. may have to make a day of it.

Incidentally Ciate London is having a big sale on right now. If you are interested in any of their products you might want to check them out. (It’s also why I was trying to figure out which mascara I liked now. ) The foundation is normally $34 and is now on sale for $17 and the blush, usually $26 is currently $13. The links will take you to those items, both used today but the sale is site wide so you can poke around a bit and find all sorts of deals. I hope that helps if you are looking to stock up. Great makeup is fantastic to have and even better when it is on sale.

The Subculture palette was out and I do love using it so I used it again. It really is a good palette. I don’t care what the rest of the world says, I like it. and I will probably use each shadow down to pan. except maybe the yellow. I don’t tend to reach for yellow much.

Finally I used the Elf Sheer Stick in Black Cherry. It gives my lips just a slight wash of color , but fabulous shine and hydration. I have already used mine enough that half of the product is gone. I really like the Sheer slicks, especially when I have either gone heavy on the eyeshadow or want a no makeup makeup look.It is very much worth picking up.

So that was me today. Makeup with no real issues, predominantly from Ciate and a fabulous meeting with a trainer to set up an actual workout schedule. All in all not a bad day. It did eat into some of my work time though so I will be spending the rest of the afternoon with my overly full e-mail box but I am okay with the trade off. I just have to remember that as the new system doesn’t start until Friday that it won’t affect Friday Morning’s weigh in. Sometimes my brain jumps from have a plan to expecting results even though implementation has not begun. I know it isn’t logical, but that is sometimes what happens. This week I am going to try to remember not to do that. though. At least that is the plan. So back to work for me.


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