The Daily: September 15th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings and welcome to the middle of the week. I don’t know why but it always feels like an uphill battle to reach Wednesday. Sort of like an office version of wading uphill through molasses. Somehow once Wednesday is over the process is reversed and I try very hard not to be swept down hill by the swiftly flowing flood waters.

I know it is nothing new. But for the moment I am between the slog and the desperate attempt not to be rushed towards the weekend. It is the moment where I caught up with everything that needed to be caught up, and I am now surveying the large expanse of week left before me. It will all change in the morning, but I’ll take it for today.

It is a strange day though. My baby doll is home today. He is taking some really strong antibiotics to knock a really nasty sinus infection out and today the antibiotics have sent him a bit woozy. Its like the antibiotics decided today was the day to marshal their forces and attack the sinus infection in mass and need all of their resources to do it. He has oscillated between napping and wandering through out the house in a bit of a zombie like state.

Admittedly a lot of it was sleeping, but there were many bouts of questions about where we keep things. Which is less that he doesn’t know where things are and more that he just wanted a little attention because he felt badly. So it was a productive, but interrupted day. It also means that I am skipping my walk to stay close today.

At the moment is is down for the count. And he actually went down for the count with a smile. When the mail arrived today it brought him some Huron Bath products. Its a bath and body care line for men (I’ll link the website below in the ad if you are interested).

My babydoll is fun with bath products. He really likes to think of himself as a very basic sort of person. And he will never actually buy bath products for himself But he really likes using some of the “fancier” products if the “happen” to be in the bathroom and they don’t smell girly.

I know he doesn’t actually believe that there is a bath products fairy that visits our house every time his soap gets low, but I think he likes to think he is just using what is naturally there. And he always gets a little smile when he sees that “fancy” products have come into the house and are for him. Admittedly he also appropriates some of my products sometimes.

Now that bath season is upon us (or at least close by, it is still a bit too hot to actually sit in a bath tub) I’ve reordered the Zents Mandarin Bath Truffles and I am certain at least half of them will be used by my babydoll. On a cold night after a long day he really likes sitting in a hot well scented bath while listening to a pod cast and sipping on a glass of whiskey.

Which reminds me I need to look into some small speakers for the bathroom and or shower. I want to get them as a nice surprise going into the holiday season. With all that is going on it is likely to be a stressful one and I know he loves listening to podcasts in the bath but is paranoid of dropping his ear buds in the water. I might do some research this evening if he decides to sleep it away. Even though it won’t be an actual holiday gift, I need to start getting my holiday gift buying list together anyway so now seems as good a time to start as any. But that is for later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer in South Beach

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in OMG

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Tarteist Pro Palette

Mascara: ABH Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last Lipstick

Setting spray: Benefit Cosmetics The Porfessional Supper Setter Setting Spray.

Necklace: The Rachel Zoe Collection

I’ll be honest I mostly went for products that were easy to use. Most of these are products I don’t have to think about too much, I just know they are going to perform. I know it makes for a less than exciting makeup application, but today I just needed to go for what works.

There is also an element of I forgot I had that, or I haven’t used that in a while. I always get that right after a declutter. It is where things that got buried resurface and I fall in love all over again. Foundations are a big one with this category. With foundations I will give them a week’s trial and if I don’t like them I send them on their way quickly. I also really love foundation samples. That way I can generally tell if a foundation is worth picking up. This is especially important with the pricier ones.

The Koh Gen Do is kind of up there in price (I generally wait for a sale to pick it up). The problem is that I get it into my head that I can only use it for special occasions. And really, it is my ‘going out’ foundation. I heard a lot of hype about this foundation and how fabulous it was and I was skeptical. But Koh Gen Do lets you order sample packets in a range of shades of their foundation so you can find your shade by trying out the range. It is a fairly inexpensive way to try the foundation actually. And so worth it. It melts into the skin, blends beautifully and is just all round fantastic. It is the one I reach for when I am going someplace ‘nice’. I need to start reaching for it more often as it is a great foundation and really, I’m not going that many places. If we go out for food we typically end up getting the food to go so at the moment ‘nice’ means running to the library or Target.

But it is the foundation that I don’t have to worry about and today, that was what I wanted. I also wanted a little while to myself to put it on which is about what I got. I think it turned out well. At least I’m happy with the look. I’m also somewhat tickled that my go to, easy to use products range from my most expensive foundation and primer to what has to be one of my least expensive lipsticks. Still in expensive or not, Wet’ n Wild megalast lipstick is well worth keeping around. And it is a formula that can easily hold it’s own in the makeup bag with the pricier products. And in the end what works, works regardless of price. The price range does amuse me though.

The Daily: September 14th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope Tuesday is going well for you. As for me it has taken me away from my desk for far longer than I actually intended today, but that’s okay. It does mean that I only got one short walk in this morning, despite increasingly nice weather and I will probably have to end up working a little later than I planned.

But only by about an hour or two. And then I’ll be back on schedule. Which is a nice way to hit mid week actually.

All in all I am pretty happy with the way this week is shaping up. Busy but not overwhelming is kind of how I like my work week to go, you know. You don’t want time hanging on you and you don’t want to feel like you can’t catch your breath. Or at least that is how I like things. I will say something I am not liking is this eyeshadow. Let’s get into that actually.

Today’s look:

Primer: Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

Foundation KVD Lock – it powder Foundation

Bronzer: Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise Palette

Blush/Highlight: Doucce Posh Powder Palette

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Powder

Eyebrows: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Pomade in Taupe

Eyeshadow: Steve Laurent Wild Thing Palette

Mascara: Its So Big by Elizabeth Mott

Lipstick: Ciate London WonderWand Lipstick

Setting Spray Lise Watier Magnifix

Okay, first off we have the primer. It is one of the ones in a larger container that I forgot to list in my primer declutter. I really like the Illamasqua Primer it is a clear jelly and very little is actually needed so a container lasts a really long time. To use you scoop out the jelly with the little spoon attached to the interior lid and put it in the palm of your hand. The heat from your skin melts it and you just apply it like a moisturizer. You need to let it sit for a moment on the skin and dry down a little. once it is no longer wet it is still a little sticky and really locks makeup into place. This is the original one which I personally prefer over the Beyond the Veil version.

With today’s foundation it was especially important that the primer dry down. I used the KVD lock it powder foundation and while it is a good foundation if the primer is still wet then it can streak a little because it is powder on wet skin. Wait a second to let the primer settle and there are no issues. In fact these two work really well together. This is actually the only powder foundation I’ve tried that I actually really like. The problem is that it often gets put with the powders and forgotten about. I really do need to remember it more often because it really is a good light weight yet nicely covering foundation.

I am liking the Doucce palette more and more as I use it. It is a buildable formula with the blush which I really like. You can layer it until you get the look you like instead of having to worry about looking like a clown. The highlighters aren’t my favorite but they do blend fairly well.

Actually everything really worked well for me today except the eyeshadow. well that is not entirely true. The shimmers, once I sprayed a brush with setting spray to dampen it, worked well. It did nothing with a dry brush but was fine with a wet one. It’s just the mattes that are a problem. Today I went straight for the darkest shadow in the palette. Yup, the one that looks black. It is not very pigmented and it applies in streaks. I am not a fan. I also wanted a lighter color to put in the crease but the one lighter matte just matched my skin tone and disappeared. I know I planned to use this the rest of the week but quite frankly I don’t like it enough to use the rest of the week. I am going to clean it with disinfectant wipes and put it in the decluttered pile. I simply don’t want to reach for it again.

None of the colors are unique. The mattes are really hard to work with and the shimmers are just okay, but again not unique shades. It may be listed as the Wild Think Palette but it is very tame, very boring and not really something I want to use. Perhaps someone with better skills can make better use of it, but I am letting it go.

And with that, I am also going back to work. I hope whatever you have planned for the day goes well and you end up exactly where you want to be by the end of the day. Persona;;y, I’m just happy my day seems to be going according to plan. After the upsets of the summer, I think Fall might actually provide a stretch of smooth sailing.

Complete range of Hair-Care products - Damila

The Daily: September 13th, 2021

Oh the best laid plans…when last we spoke I was enjoying the Annmarie Skincare Charcoal and Cacao Facemask and chopping vegetables in preparation for a delectable Friday night happy hour. But alas it was not to be. I chopped the onions and was reaching for the mushrooms when it was time to remove the mask.

I took my mask off, delighted in the fabulous skin left behind. I wrote up my thoughts for you and returned to the kitchen. My plan was to finish my chopping, caramalize the onions and then add the mushrooms. Once they were all cooked up I was going to add in the coat cheese, let the filling cool and wrap it in puff pastry, cooking until the pastry triangles were crisp.

Unfortunately as I went back for the mushrooms, my phone rang. A little over a year ago my babydoll replaced his car. There was something that needed fixing on it at the time so he didn’t trade it in. He planned to get the issue fixed and then sell it to a friend of his. He got the issue fixed but then his friend kept putting him off. And eventually the deal fell through. Mostly because last year changed a lot of things.

My babydoll decided to hold onto the old car for a little while to figure out what to do with it. Periodically he takes it out to make sure everything is still running appropriately. Friday he realized he hadn’t taken it out in a while and he decided to drive it to work. It was fine going in but apparently the battery died sometime during the day so I had to run out and pick him up. He had a pretty rough day all around and asked if we could just pick up dinner along the way. Which we did.

The chopped onions were used with hash browns on Saturday and This Friday I will try again with the puff pastry triangles. Luckily the rest of the weekend was quiet. More for my babydoll’s sake than mine. Last week was a bit rushed because it was a short week, but his week was calamity after calamity with the cherry on top being the dead battery so he really needed to just collapse for a bit and recharge. I’m hoping he has a much better week this week. As for me I got to catch up on the show Billions. Paramount + has Seasons 1 – 3 streaming until October 4th. I’m trying to get through all three seasons before then, so there will be repeat binge sessions. Besides I needed a bit of a break from horror and murder which seems to be taking up the bulk of my television time lately. I’d worry but as everywhere near me has already started putting out their Halloween decorations I think it might be something in the air. Regardless, Paramount + is now turning into one of my favorite streaming sites (I think it is $4.99 per month. This link will take you there if you want more details)

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glam Glow Supermatify Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Floss Cheek and Lip Tint in Sandals

Highlighter: Jecca Blac Glow Drops in Champagne

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light pressed powder

Eyeshadow: Steve Laurant Wild Thing Palette

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir

  • Marc Jacobs is just about to wind down their 50% off sale. It ends sometime this week I believe.

Lips: Zoeva Power4ful Lip Twist in Rhea

Setting Spray: The Porefessional Super setter Setting Spray

Okay lets start with the primer. I know what you are thinking. Didn’t Mimsy just do a primer declutter? I don’t think this was mentioned. Good eye. It was not. Because of the bulky packaging this Glam Glow Primer, my Illamasqua Primer and my Stila Primer were moved to a different drawer. I forgot all about them when doing my declutter, so I will use all three this week and cover them here. Today is of course the Glam Glow. I do like this primer. It smells of licorice and it is super mattifying. I actually chose it today because we have something like 97% humidity. Even sitting indoors at my desk, I am bound to get sticky. So today was it’s day to shine. Or at least to keep me from shining. As much as I like this primer, I think I would have to think a while before repurchasing it. The package is bulky and there isn’t a lot of product in it. There is far more package than product. It is nice to have and I will happily use this until it is all gone, but I think because of the amount o0f product in the package, I would only purchase this when it is on sale. It is a great primer, but there just isn’t a lot of product.

The Revolution Fast Base Foundation stick is a definite repurchase. It is an excellent foundation, that doesn’t cost a lot of money and it is perfect for travel as it can’t spill. It can leave the skin looking a tad on the shiny side, so be prepared with a powder. Today’s powder is my long term fave, No 7. Do I need to say I’d repurchase this? Probably not, but I will. This is a staple of my makeup bag and has been already repurchased so many times I have lost count.

The bronzer however is new to me. I have to say I was super excited when this came in the mail the other day. No I don’t have fairies dropping bronzer off at my house. Although really, how cool would that be. The magic makeup fairies… Anyway, no. I ordered it. It was very satisfying to get though. A while back I realized that the only item I didn’t have in my collection from Ciate was a bronzer. I had every other type of product. So I thought, Oh I’ll get the bronzer and then do a full face of Ciate London products, won’t that be fun? So I went to order it. It was out of stock. Then it came back in stock and I forgot I was going to do a whole face of Ciate and thought, I have enough bronzers. So I didn’t order it.

Then I remembered and went to order, and it was out of stock again. There were a couple of other missteps but I finally got around to ordering it and here it is. Of course now I have finished both mascaras from Ciate that I was using and accidentally broke the highlighter. So no full face at the moment. But I’m sure I will at least get a mascara in soon. The Ciate Mascaras are on my reorder list and I’m sure I will reorder before the bronzer runs out. So this was my first use of the bronzer. It was nice actually. I’m sorry it took me so long to order it. The bamboo bronzer is a nice shade for me and is more buildable than highly pigmented. I really like that actually as it keeps me from having to blend out harsh stripes. The shade I am using is South Beach. I really like this first use of the product and I am looking forward to using it for a while. It is also a lovely looking compact to thats always nice too.

There was another new item in my look today and it was the Steve Laurant Wild Thing eyeshadow palette. It is not exactly a new palette. I received it in a subscription box a while ago but I can’t remember ever using it and when I went through the palettes to declutter I couldn’t remember using it. It also looked untouched. So I decided to give it a go this week. This is my first use of it and I can’t say I am all that impressed. For something called Wild Thing, it is incredibly tame. The small two inch square palette would be perfect for slipping into your bag to touch up work makeup. Because this is really a neural office palette, despite the name. This far it isn’t highly pigmented. I’m going to be playing with it this week and I’ll keep ypu poster.

The other kind of new item is the Zoeva Lip Twist. I used it once before. It is extremely sorft and on my first use the point of the lip crayon sheered off. It does have a sharpener on the end, but I decided not to use it and just use the lip crayon with a flat end. This is working pretty well. I think it I were to sharpen it, the point would fall off again and I would just waste product. It is a neutral enough color that it works. I think if this were a bright color than I would have to use a brush to get clean lines, but the neutral works well as it is. It feels a little waxy o0n the lips so I’m not sure if I would order more colors in this formula. It is a nice neutral but I think this may be my only powerful lip twist from Zoeva. I just have many other products I like a lot more.

The last product I really want to mention today is the setting spray. You’ll notice it is not Farsali. That is because I finally finished the Farsali Setting Spray over the weekend and decided to celebrate by reaching for the Benefit Cosmetics. This setting spray has an ultra fine mist and really helps lock in product. The scent is reminiscent of the Porefessional Primer, which I happen to like. But it is a light scent. It is a much lighter scent than the Farsali and was kind of a relief to use. The Farsali was nice, but that scent was too much. I was happy to be able to switch out products once again.

And that was pretty much my makeup for the day. And now that this pleasant interlude is over, I must get back to work. I hope your Monday flows smoothly and easily.

The Daily: September 9th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today is a lovely day where I am. This morning featured a long walk and I am debating on a second one a little later in the day. The temps haven’t dropped enough to let me enjoy a walk until after the heat of the day breaks, but If I time it right I can walk after the heat breaks but before the mosquitos and gnats rise. Its a slim window, but well worth exploiting.

And it is nice to get outside as well as get some exercise.

And today I had a bit of post declutter pleasure. Not only is there space enough now for me to see things properly, but i have a bunch of items I forgot about and now get to rotate into my routine. It’s kind of fun.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing stick

Blush/Highlight: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Eyeshadow: I heart Revolution Maple Glazed Doughnut Palette

Mascara: The Feathers by Pretty Vulgar

Lips: Bite Beauty Lipstick in Rhubarb

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist

So Today was the final day for the Milk Primer. The sample size is completely spent. I do have the full size and eventually I will open it and roll it into the rotation, but right now I feel I have too many open primers and want to use a few of them up before doing so. However it does feel good to use this sample up completely.

It will feel even better to finish using the Farsali setting spray up, but I still have a couple of more days with it. I think I might be able to use it up by Monday though so that is the plan. It will not be repurchased.

While the NYX tinted moisturizer I reconnected with a few weeks ago and still love using, especially at this time of year, I forgot about the Natasha Denona Palette completely. It isn’t kept with my other palettes. Or it wasn’t. It will be now. For some reason it was stashed behind the setting powders. So I forgot all about it. I really love the blush though and I am going to have to reach for this more often.

The eyeshadow palette is one I forgot about as well. I know it looks like a silly little doughnut (which sort of makes me happy to see actually) but it is also really good eyeshadow. I really forgot how much I like it. Again as it is round and small it sort of rolled to the back of the drawer. I think I am going to have to lay it flat now that thee is more space so I can keep it front and center. It is just a really good everyday palette.

And the final thing I forgot I had was the Bite Beauty Lipstick. I use their lip masks so much that I forgot about the lipstick. It is worn down to a a bit of a nub so I may try reaching for it more often so I can just finish it out. This sounds strange to say about a lipstick but I really like the way Bite Beauty Lipsticks smell and taste. They look good too, but this one also has a slightly fruity scent and taste to it instead of the waxy lipstick taste. I kinda dig it. I am sooooo glad that Bite Beauty brought their lipstick line back. It was gone for so long and I am thrilled it returned. While I am trying not to buy as many lipsticks (a failing endeavor, I know) I may have to stock up on some of these just incase Bite beauty decides to take them away again. It is such a good formula

I know its a shorter than usual afternoon post, but today is a jam packed day. Still catching up from Monday off but mostly it just seems like everything landed on my desk at once. I’m slowly chugging through it, so it isn’t bad, just more than I expected. And so I will be quickly getting back to it and looking forward to my late afternoon/pre-mosquito rising walk. I hope your Thursday chugs along well also.

NUXE: Build your own routine – Save 20% whe



Single Shadow Declutter, Autumn 2021

This will not be the most dramatic declutter I have ever done.  While I have an odd collection of single shadows and there are a few that I do reach for on a consistent basis such as the KVD Lolita, over all I don’t reach for single shadows much.  I will use shadow duos though more often than I will reach for singles.  I think it is because they look more substantial and I have a better chance of creating a look with a well paired set.  The few single shadows I keep tend to either blend well with others or work well on their own.

All of the single shadows

But this isn’t about what I am keeping, but what is leaving me. 

The first item leaving is actually a duo of shadows.  It is the Mesmerizing Mineral Duo from Pixi by Petra.  I had to think long and hard about this one.  They are good shadows but they are both shimmers and both in shades of bronze.  I know it is a mineral bronze duo, but the thing is, while I like the shades and would wear the shades I would need to pair them with something else.  I know it sounds odd, but I really like my duos to work together.  These are a darker and lighter shade of shimmery bronze.  For me it doesn’t work as a pair and because of this I never reach for them.  Luckily they are shades my mom will reach for often and so while they look relatively new I will clean them and send them to her to play with.

broken IBY

There are three single powder shadows that I am letting go of.  The first I am so sad to see go.  And truthfully the only reason that I am letting it go is because it is broken.  And honestly, I may try to repress it just to keep it a little longer.  It is the IBY Fire and Ice Lush Eyeshadow.  In the pan it looks awful.  It just looks muddy brown.  On the lids it goes from brownish to shimmering green like a beetle’s back.  It looks absolutely fantastic.  I will try and press it, but I don’t know how well that will work and suspect it will still be making its way out of my collection.

The second powder is The Rundown from the What’s the Tea collection from The Balm.  I like the shade it is like a brown with a purple-y tint to it.  And I like the Balm shadows.  If this were in a palette I would use it.  But as a single shadow I just don’t find myself reaching for it.  I suspect that I will end up purchasing the What’s the Tea? Palette at some point, because I like a lot of the shades, but I just am not reaching for this and I think it should be passed on.

And the third powder single I am passing on is the Colored Raine Champagne Life.  It is an okay shadow.  Not my favorite but it is one of my few light colored single shadows so I kept it around to pair with the darker ones.  The thing is, even when I use the darker shadows I find I’ll reach for a light tone from a palette, or use a highlighter rather than reach for this.  It is okay but I have better products and it is really old.  I think it has been in my makeup drawer for well over five years. So it is time to let it go.

LOC shadow Swatch

There are two liquid shadows I am decluttering this round.  The first is the LOC liquid Shimmer shadow.  I believe it is a Birchbox owned brand. It is actually really good as far as liquid shadows go.  It went on smoothly, dried fairly quickly and if you let it dry before blinking it didn’t really crease.  It is a sample size and it is also almost completely empty.  It is one I could see myself buying a full size of at some point.  But for now, the almost completely empty tube needs to go.

Model Co

The Liquid Metal eyeshadow from Model Co is also going.  It is a decent enough bronze shade but it is older and starting to get clumpy.  So I don’t really want to put it on my eyes.  In general I didn’t reach for it much because it took forever to dry down and I almost always ended up with lines where I blinked before it was dry.  It kind of drove me nuts to be honest. And now it is drying up so I feel a little bit bad, but I don’t think liquid shadows are sanitary to pass on so it was never going to be used by another.

And finally there are two loose powder pigments that I am passing on.  These can be used as shadows.  They can be used as highlighters.  Either way, I am not going to use them.  The bellapierre is a very glittery pink that just isn’t something I am going to reach for .  The Artist Couture is also lovely, but it is two glittery a shade for me as well.  And to be honest, loose powder shadows just aren’t my thing.  I’ve had several where the color was fantastic and the application lovely, but I just don’t reach for them.  I am just not a loose powder eyeshadow sort of person.   And so as stunning as these are, I will be rehoming them to someone who will get far more use out of them than I will. 

I know, it isn’t a massive declutter, but it does clear out a few products I am not using.  A few will get send to new homes where they will be used and loved while a few others will sadly go the way of the bin. But quite frankly, I really am enjoying getting rid of the items that I know I will not use.  It’s kind of a lightening up process for me.  And it makes me feel better about the products I am keeping.  Several of which I forgot I had and am now excited to find again.  It’s a bit like shopping without spending any money.

Sweet Sunrise Shampoo and Conditioner trial sized

Sweet Sunrise Trial Size

The Daily: September 8th, 2021

Another day without sun, but at least my good friend Beeker is keeping my Tomahawk shades for me. I know they are safe and I think they look kind of cute sitting there. So even if there is little point to wearing them today, I can still enjoy them.

Today is not rainy at least. It is overcast and the chance of sun breaking through is pretty minimal. The bonus is that it isn’t terribly hot. Don’t get me wrong, I still worked up quite the sweat on my walks today but I I didn’t actually feel like I was melting.

And yes I said walks, plural. Two to be exact. One in the morning and because the temps stayed low enough, one in the afternoon. It was fantastic.

Sweaty, but fantastic.

Over all, that is today’s big news. I know not epically major news, but as the rest of the day has mostly been freaking out because it is the middle of the week and the paperwork is piling up, it was a bit of a pick me up. I always end up having this happen when there is a three day weekend. I Start the week off Tuesday morning in my typically Monday morning fog. And then it lifts the next day and I realize it is now mid week and I haven’t caught up.

The thing is I know it is going to happen each time, and yet nothing I can do actually stops it from happening. It is the post three day weekend trauma. And no I don’t have this when I take Friday’s off. Then I do extra work on Thursdays and feel fabulous about everything. When Monday is a holiday I always feel like I’ve missed a step, no matter how much prep work I do the Friday before.

But I am handling it and by tomorrow I should have smooth sailing until Friday.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Lottie London Sunburst

Blush: IBY Sunkissed Blush

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Powder

Highlighter: Laura Geller Baked Highlight in French Vanilla

Eyeshadow: Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U nyc in Soho

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist

I know a lot of these are repeat products from yesterday. The Milk Makeup primer I still love. I have only one more use left in the tube now so I will finish it up tomorrow. It is a great primer that really locks in the makeup. It is clear so there isn’t a lot of redness coverage but makeup stays in place. I already picked this up in a full sized container, but the sample is almost empty.

The Revolution Foundation stick is an oldie but a goodie. I forgot I had it until I started doing my declutter. It is small and the tube rolled to the back of the drawer. It happens with foundation sticks. I need to work out a better storage system. I don’t have much product left in this tube so I may just keep it out and use it for now anyway. It is the perfect shade for me right now. While I love this foundation it does leave me looking a touch oily so I need to use a non illuminating primer underneath it and I need a dusting of powder over it.

The powder I used today was the Ciate London Extra ordinary powder. The powder is good but has the tendency to leave white splotches where you first touch your brush to skin. So I bank it once on my hand after dipping into the product and it works out well from there. It is a good powder, just watch out for the first touch.

Again I used the Lottie London Bronzer. I really think that coconut is going to be a killer for me. It is a good bronzer but I really hate that coconut scent. I found myself making the ewww face when I opened it and had to smooth my expression out to apply it. Which is never a good sign. I do like the light but buildable formula, just not the scent. I may poke around on the Lottie London Website and see if they do sell a non scented formula, but this one I suspect will soon be leaving me.

In looking at my blushes I found several that I received but hadn’t gotten around to trying out. One of these is the IBY blush. I’m sure it came in an IPSY bag, but I don’t remember getting it. I like IBY shadows but haven’t tried any of their face products. I think this one may be a bit on the pink side for my current skin color, but I may get more use out of it in the winter. My blushes tend to go lighter in the winter. It is quite pigmented though so it is one to be careful with.

I am likeing the Rimmel palette more as I use it. The lighter shimmer shades do need a wet brush in order to really show up on the eye but the mattes blend beautifully together. I am really pleased I found this lurking in the bottom drawer and decided to give it another chance. It is a nice drugstore palette that I think I will end up keeping around for a while.

This is the last day for the Milk Mascara though. It is a good formula and I will be picking up a full sized tube at some point, but this sample size is done. It was an effort to get a second eye done today. Despite being volumizing, I found it seems to be more lengthening that volumizing. I do very much like it and as the brand Milk Makeup is also one I enjoy, I have no problem putting it on my repeats purchase list.

I am also adding the M2U lipsticks to the list as well. This formula really is fabulous. The shade might be a little too pink for me, but I love the way it dries down without drying out my lips. I just need a few different colors. I would love to see how this preforms in a really dark berry shade. Those are the ones that seem to have issues drying down without drying me out. So perhaps a test for later.

For now, that is today’s look and how I feel about the products I used. Over all not bad. I just wish the scent of coconut wasn’t so strong.

Beyond Clean Beauty. Ogee is plant powered, vegan, gluten-free, GMO free and certified organic ingredients.

Spring Into Clean Skin Campaign – Shop Curated Bundles

The Daily: September 7th, 2021

Hello my darlings and I hope you had a fabulous three day weekend. We actually took a little bit of a summer getaway. This summer there simply wasn’t time for an actual vacation so we decided that the end of summer would have to do. Friday was a half day and we ended up going to a small cabin in the mountains. It was basically the two of us in a cabin in the woods. Check in was no contact and there was no wi-fi and barely any cell service. We saw no one and really just took the long weekend to completely unwind.

It was glorious.

And the fact that it was a completely no contact weekend was really nice as when I came back there were multiple electronic warnings about the danger of Labor Day Travel. So it was a nice and safe holiday.

And when I came back I put my eSalon to use. The custom dye came in before I left, but I waited to use it until after I got back. I went with something a little bit darker and I think it worked out well. As always I love the care they put into their kits. I really like the fact that the eSalon kits also have a step by step process that it really feels like a custom experience.

Try eSalon Today! Only $15!

Plus I’m still working on finding a new stylist. With the eSalon, I really do like dying my hair on my own so I wanted to take care of that before I found someone to cut my hair. It’s proving harder than I thought. Plus I’m trying to decide if i should go now before things get any worse where I live (infection rates are rising) or if I should wait just a little longer for them to go down a bit.

Decisions, decisions.

But at least I got my hair dyed.

Today’s look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydrogrip Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action serum Foundation

Bronzer: Lottie London Sunburst Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Laura Geller Baked Original in French Vanilla

Powder: Elf Translucent Loose HD Powder

Eyeshadow: Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in Soho

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist

Today was an interesting mix of products for me. The Milk Makeup primer is a sample size that I found in my primer drawer during a declutter. I liked it enough to pick up a full size, but then I somehow forgot about the sample, so I am using it up. I have one, maybe two uses left in the container so I used it today and will use it tomorrow and possibly Thursday just to finish it up. It is a formula I really like and really does lock in anything layered on top of it.

The No 7 Foundation is one of my favorite drugstore foundations. It is light weight and I tend to forget I am wearing it. It also blends really well and lasts all day.

This is my second use of the Lottie London bronzer. I like the way it looks on and I like the way it blends. I am not too thrilled with the overly sweet faux coconut scent to it. It is only strong when you are applying it though so that isn’t too bad. The scent goes away fast, I just don’t like the scent. Still the bronzer seems to work well so maybe it will end up working well enough that I can get over the scent. I suspect it will end up being an occasional bronzer though as I do find the scent off putting.

the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush is one of my favorites. It is fantastic and I reach for it often. It is super east to blend and for me this mauve sunrise is an excellent color.

I am still on the fence with the Laura Geller Backed highlighter. I love the fact that it is light without glitter. I am not so thrilled by the fact that it is not the easiest product to blend. when applied with a brush it tended to leave a strip of white that was difficult to blend. I found that even though it is a powder it was easier to dip my finger in and ort of tap the finger along the area where I wanted the highlight. That seemed to apply better and create less of a stripe for me. It is still new to my collection so I’ll be playing around with it a bit more.

The elf HD Powder isn’t new but I haven’t use it in a while. I tend to like the loose elf translucent powder better than he pressed translucent powder. Somehow the pressed leaves a little too much whitecast behind while the loose doesn’t. I think I will be using this up though and getting a tinted powder from elf instead. While I like the loose powder, it is still a bit white for me as I still have a summer tan. In the winter it is less of an issue, but I think a tint to this powder wouldn’t be a bad thing.

This Rimmel eyeshadow palette was in my declutter pile. I mentioned it as part of my declutter post. However I couldn’t remember how it applied and so I decided to keep it around for a little bit to play around with it. I know I have most of these shades elsewhere in formulas I really like, but I just liked the look of it and since i couldn’t remember how I felt about it I felt that was a good enough reason for a second shot. Today I leaned into the darker shades which worked well. Not spectacular, but well. The one lighter shade I used a dry brush and it was okay. I think with a wet brush it would do better. so I will try that tomorrow as I keep playing with the palette. Right now it is possible it could go into the declutter pile again, or I could decide to keep it. I should know by the end of the week.

Milk Makeup also appeared in my mascara today as I finish out a sample sized tube of Kush Mascara. I like this mascara. It lengthens well but doesn’t do a lot for volume. It isn’t overly dramatic but a very good everyday mascara. I could easily see myself picking up a full sized tube of this in the future.

I am also impressed by this M2U lipstick. It takes a while to dry down enough not to leave lip prints, but when it does dry down it is a really comfortable product to wear. It doesn’t dry out my lips or crumble midway through the afternoon. And the full sized lippies are $7. So I suspect that I will be picking up a few more of these in the near future.

And finally the ever dwindling setting spray. There is less than an inch of spray left and I will be very happy when it is finally used up. The spray is nice and I plan to reuse the glass bottle. The product is nice as well. It is the scent that gets me though. I just don’t care for it and am very ready to not smell it any more. I think that If I use it this week, I can use it up and next Monday start the week off with one of my other setting sprays. That’s the plan anyway. It is a good product, but I just don’t like the scent.

So those were the products I used today. Some old, some new, some forgotten and some on the verge of being used up. I Don’t know why it makes me so happy to actually fully use a product, but it always does. I’m sure it is something deeply troubling in my psyche but I’ll leave that to the shrinks to figure out. For now it is back to work for me. I enjoyed my long weekend but now I am paying for it by playing catch up. Such is life.

milkmakeup.com

Autumn 2021 Eyeshadow Palette Declutter

All the palettes in my collection

Let me start by saying, I am not a minimalist.  I know I have way more product than I need.  I like trying new things and well, occasionally there is a buildup and it needs to be sorted.  With the exception of the few items that have expired, everything is going to be cleansed and disinfected and passed on to someone who will use it.  So this isn’t me trashing any product just because I don’t like it.

The palettes leaving

Oddly enough, most of the products I don’t like, I tend to pass on pretty quickly.  If I know I am not going to use it, I like to keep it as pristine as possible, disinfect it and pass it on to someone who will use it while it still looks as new as possible. 

Where I fall down is that sometimes I will keep a palette because I like one color.  I am actually quite bad about that.  I will convince myself that I will reach into that palette solely for that one color I like even though every other color in the palette is something I have in several other palettes and never think to reach for the single one I like.  This time with my declutter I set all of the palettes that I liked with only one or two shades in them to the side and if I could find a comparable color in another palette then I let it go.  To be honest, that was the bulk of my declutter. 

There are also some palettes that I just don’t reach for.  The shades may be lovely, the formulas great, but for one reason or another I just don’t reach for them.  And so, while they are still capable of being used, it is time to let them go.

So I am just going to list them below as the palettes I am passing on. Ready?

Cargo Nude Beach

Cargo Nude Beach:  I like the cargo formula but I never reach for this palette.  It is a nice neutral palette and the black is highly pigmented (which is why I held on to it) but The other shades are cool toned and in general I don’t wear a lot of cool tones.  So I kept one cool toned shadow and found a black I like in a palette that has other shadows I like.

Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek Peach Bellini:  I like the formula of Makeup Geek shadows but I have every shadow in this palette in another palette.  It is a great peachy neutral palette and I know exactly who will get the most use out of it so I have no problems passing it on.  It is a great palette, I am just not reaching for it.

Beauty for Real

Golden Hour by Beauty For Real:  A recent trial I found I wanted to keep it for the blue shade. Everything else I had elsewhere.  I found a comparable shade in a blue palette and so I am passing it on.  It is a decent every day palette with one pop of color.

Fenty

Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice: I wanted to like this palette, I really did.  The gold shadow is stunning actually and the formula isn’t bad.  I have every shade in the palette in multiple versions elsewhere and I simply never reach for this palette.  I used it a few times and quite frankly I put it away and forgot about it.  It has beautiful packaging, but it isn’t very exciting.

Eloise

Eloise The Queen Palette: This palette is stunning.  The shadows are pigmented and blend really well.  I just never reach for it.  This is one of those palettes that I love looking at, but rarely reach for in order to wear.  I have a couple of colorful palettes and the shades I use in this one are replicated in those colorful palettes so despite how good the formula is, I feel happy letting this go to someone else.

One Size

One Size Patrick Starr Visionary: This is an okay palette in terms of performance but to be honest I was keeping it for Olive it.  It is a lovely green shimmer.  I don’t quite have an exact match but I know it is the only shade I like in this palette so it is best to pass it on.  I will look for the green elsewhere, but I am just not going to reach for this palette. Everything other than Olive It is easily found in another palette.

Illuminati

Illuminati X ISA: I was keeping this for shades I didn’t have elsewhere but truthfully I don’t really care for this formula.  The shades are nice but they look better than they perform.  This is more of a nice in theory palette but I am never going to use it.  The colors are nice but the formula just doesn’t deliver.

Revolution

Revolution Pro HD Amplified 35 Palette: This is a cool toned palette and honestly there are two shades I use.  I have both of those shades elsewhere and so I don’t reach for this that much.  Part of why I don’t reach for it is that I find I don’t really like large palettes.  Whenever I pull out the larger palettes I end up just staring at them a really long time as I try to make a decision about what to do with them and then I use the same few shades as I used the last time I pulled out the palette.  Over time I have gotten rid of most of my really large palettes because I find I just don’t use them.

Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition:  I’ll be honest I planned to declutter this one because most of the shadows I have elsewhere but I decided I’m not going to.  I really like it and am going to try to use it more.  If I haven’t used it by the time the next declutter rolls around I’ll let it go, but for now, I’m doing a last minute save and returning this to the shadow drawer

ELF

Elf Need it Nude:  I have these browns and golds in so many palettes.  It is a great palette but I just don’t reach for it as much as some of my other browns.  In fact I reach for the Elf bite sized palette when I want these colors.  It is the same nice formula, just fewer shades. So this is getting passed on.

Wanderess Rush Palette: Again a good palette and one I got a lot of use out of.  In fact I am not so certain I can actually pass this one on.  It is worn out and beat up.  And one of the shadows is busted.  It is time to let it go not because I didn’t like it but because I perhaps liked it a little too much.  It is a good little palette but it has served it’s time and now it must go.

Violet Voss

Violet Voss Fun sized Palette HG: I really do like the formula of Violet Voss shadows and I have kept another  Violet Voss palette because of it.  However I have all of these shades elsewhere and never reach for this.  As a result the palette looks virtually untouched.  So I am going to clean it up so it looks less touched (and is disinfected)and give it to a friend who I know will use this down to pan.  There are her colors and she loves the Violet Voss formula (which I do too, actually). So I feel really good about it.

Wet ‘n Wild Coloricon Quad:  I love wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadows.  And I don’t know if you can tell but this has been well used.  I really liked that the shadows were named for the parts of the lid they went with so I tried to avoid erasing the name with the shadow brush.  I have had this for years.  It has seen a lot of love, even if in the past couple of years it has fallen to the bottom of the drawer.  Yes, years.  It is old enough now that I won’t be passing it on I can only say a fond farewell.  I really love wet ‘n wild shadows but I would be hesitant to put this one near my eyes at this point.  I will end up picking it up again in a new incarnation, but this one has to go.

Sleek When the Sun goes down twelve pan palette: Oh yes my darlings, this is a twelve pan palette.  I attached a photo of the interior with my thumb in frame so you can see the reference for pan sizes.  I can tell you that this palette is at least ten years old.  When I picked it up I was in a job where I was traveling nearly constantly.  I had to drive long stretches and then had a few minutes to clean up from the drive before I had to conduct a meeting or a workshop.  I picked up this palette because it was tiny and fit well into the small purse I kept in my work bag.  It has a surprisingly large mirror and the colors are basic enough that I could touch up almost any work look I was wearing with no problem if I smudged on the drive. It was chosen for its base neutrality, its mirror and because I thought those tiny pans were just super cute. It was often a lifesaver and even after I stopped traveling so much, I kept it in my purse as a compact.  I would never use the shadows anymore and honestly they are starting to smell a little off.  The shadows were good when I used them. Neutral enough to blend with any of my work looks and the mirror was often a lifesaver.  It is however time to let it go and sent it on a journey far away.  Its time in service has been complete.

And with that we reach the end of the eyeshadow palettes.  I did a quick declutter of my single shadows but I think that as this post is long enough, I will post that one a different time. For now, this is the end of the 2021 eyeshadow palette declutter.

BeautyCareChoices.com

Face Palette Declutter, September 2021

To be honest, face palettes were an interesting category for me to declutter.  When I started to get them out, I thought that I had only one or two.  Mostly because there are about two that I use on a regular basis.  The others were more or less tucked in with my eyeshadows and tended to blend.  If you include the blush and highlighter palettes, the sum total of my face palettes came to twelve. 

When all was said and done, two are instant declutters and one is a ‘try and see if it is still usable, but I think it might be expired, so possibly declutter or just put away for nostalgias sake’. I know it’s a strange category.  Let’s start with the two simple declutters.

The first is the Highlighter duo from Complex Culture.  Complex Culture is a brand owned by IPSY and some of their products filter into Glam bags now and then.  I actually really like their brushes, but thus far I am not a huge fan of their products.  I found their eyeshadows patchy and hard to work with and this highlighter duo is just, meh.

It has one gold and one silver shade of highlighters.  The pan size is large, the packaging sleek modern and luxe looking.  In fact I really like their packaging.  It makes me that much more sad when I don’t actually like their products.  They aren’t bad, just ordinary. 

I have these shades in the same shades in formulas I like a lot more.  In fact I think I have repeats of these shades so I’m probably going to declutter some of these as well. I love golden highlight, but there are only so many you actually need. And this one I don’t need.  I tried each shade once and decided to set it aside.  I will clean it with disinfectant wipes and set it aside looking as fresh as possible for someone else to use.  But it will be passed on.

The second item that is being decluttered is something I wasn’t entirely sure what category to put it in.  It is the shimmer palette from Kypris.  I love Kypris skincare.  Their serums are absolutely fantastic.  These shimmer/highlights, not so much. 

If you use them as an eyeshadow then no matter what sort of lid primer or setting spray you use, they will dribble down your face in about two hours. With lid primer, you might get two and half hours. If you use them as highlighters, then they tend to blend in until you lose all color from them and just end up looking like a glittery vampire from one of the Twilight movies.

Don’t get me wrong, the look has its place, but that place isn’t really in my day to day look.  As much as I really wanted to love this, I just didn’t.  I think I really wanted to love it because I love their skincare.  I think I kept it in the drawer so long because when I looked at it I saw Kypris on the top and thought ‘oh I like Kypris.’  But the truth is I like Kypris skincare and this is a whole different thing.

And finally we come to the thing I ought to declutter and am trying to convince myself I don’t need to declutter.  And that is the KVD Shade and Light Cream Contour palette. Here is the thing.  I have had this palette forever and a day.  I know it has almost definitely reached the point of expiration.  And to be honest, there was one contour shade that I used in this palette.  Even when contouring was at it’s height, I never went in hard on it.  In fact the way I use my bronzer now is more or less how I always used my contours. I really enjoyed the product actually and I have been liking more cream products in general lately.  I never used the lighter whites and pinks and I used my one bronzer shade. That shade is showing pan and has only a little product left.  The other pans look virtually untouched.  The other dark shades are just not suitable for my skin tone and the pink and whites I just didn’t use. 

I think what I am going to do, in an effort to get myself to let go, because I really need to, is attempt to use the contour one last time.  I’ll remind myself how it works and then if I still like it, then I can look on the new updated KVD site. I know they sell the single contour shades in smaller palettes so I might just go for those. Or I will just get a refillable pan and take out all of the expired pans from this palette and just put the single pan in. I’ll have to took at options. I know they have a huge Labor Day sale going on this weekend so I may just pop in and see what variations they now sell.

With the changes I am not certain if it is still sold.  I will have to check.  Aside from that one use, it will not be used again.  If I keep it, it will be for sentimental reasons.  In general I am not sentimental about makeup, but I picked it up when shopping with a friend and that friend is no longer with us, so it is more a sentimental remembrance of her than of the makeup. So if it is kept it will be for that reason alone.  But there will be one last attempt to use it, if only to convince myself that I shouldn’t and that it is time for it to go away.

And that is it for my face palettes.  I don’t have a lot of face palettes to be honest, but the ones I do have, I really like.  I suspect the bronzer and contour palettes are going to end up having only one or two pans used out of them before I end up letting them go.  With the Ace Beaute there is really only one pan I use for my bronzer.  I do occasionally dip into the darkest bronze shade in that palette when I want a quick eyeshadow without bothering to find eyeshadow, but as it is a full pan of bronzer it would take forever and a day to use it as eyeshadow (and to be honest it isn’t very good eyeshadow it is just laziness or a time crunch that has me using it.) 

With the Park Avenue Princess Palette I can use the lighter shades as face powder actually so it will actually see more use. And quite frankly I do love that palette and I’m glad that it is now no longer buried and I can reach it more easily. I don’t think Tarte still sells the large palette, but all of the shades are sold separately so I would probably just pick up Princess Cut when I go to repurchase.

And that is really the point of the declutter my darlings.  It is to look at what has, in one way or another come into my house and decide what it is that I enjoy using, what I would like to pass on while it can still be used by someone else and what must, regrettable be disposed of. Of the three things leaving, two can easily be passed on.  It is only the sentimental piece that will either linger in the drawer or regrettably be disposed of in as environmentally friendly a way as I can devise.  This wasn’t a massive clear out by any means, but as it wasn’t a large category, I am satisfied with what I am getting rid of overall.  I suspect other categories may end up being a lot more dramatic.

KVD Vegan Beauty

The Daily: September 1st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to September. Yes, there is no more teasing, it is officially fall. At least in my books. And because of the rain and cloud cover it actually feels like fall. which is nice for September 1st. it also feels like a conspiracy. I have my Tomahawk Shades lined up on the shelf and they are just begging to be worn. Especially the tortoise shell pair from the Grasshopper line. I says “wear me, and don’t forget to grab a bold red lip when you do.”

Isn’t that always the way though? As soon as you find something you want to wear the weather says, yeah, not today. Its why I haven’t taken my sweaters and other cool weather clothing out of the back of the closet. I don’t want to encourage the heat to linger any longer than it has to. I’ve concentrated my fall efforts on other areas, like the decluttering.

I have actually really been enjoying that to be honest. The lip products were a long overdue necessity. While I am sorting through other categories and not getting rid of as much I love the fact that things i haven’t used in a while come to light. Then I get to use them because I love them and haven’t seen them in a while or because I can’t really remember how I felt about them. Or because I want to use them up, or try out something new. Today’s makeup is sort of a testament to that.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Blush/Bronzer/highlight/powder: Cover FX Perfecter Face palette

Eyeshadow: Tartelette Tease palette

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in the shade Soho

The Milk makeup Hydro Grip primer is a sample size that I thought I had finished. I liked it enough that I ordered the full size but have been forcing myself to finish out at least two more primers before I open. when sorting through my primers, i found out that i had just a little bit left, so I am going to be using it until it is absolutely empty and can go. That way it doesn’t get lost in the bottom of the drawer again. Its a little round tube that tends to roll. It is also a very good primer, so I don’t mind keeping it around for a few more days.

The NYX tinted Skin Veil I found about a week ago in the drawer, pulled it out and used it and remembered just how much I liked it. It blends in really well and feels feather light on the skin. The shade I have is True Beige Buff and it is flexible enough that i don’t need to stock up on multiple shades for different seasons. So That is an added bonus for me. In deepest summer it can be a little light so I use tinted powder and in my palest winter it can be a smidge too dark so i adjust with translucent powder. Those are the only corrections I need to make.

The Cover FX Palette is an interesting one. I had this palette, or one nearly identical to it, a long tike ago. I remember it being all the rage and everyone talking about it at the time I was using it. I thought it was a fabulous travel palette if I remember and I remembered loving the hard case as it protected the products. I think the Powder and Contour I used down to pan and the other pans were looking pretty worn. I also think the case and mirror ended up cracked and i wasn’t certain if mirror shards got into the powders so I decluttered it. A few months ago I saw this on Boxy Pop up and was at that time quite excited about the possibility of travel resuming so i ordered it. I think I used it once when it came in and then forgot it. when i sorted palettes again I came across it. I think because of how i used the last one (when I had a job that put me constantly on the road)My brain just saw the palette and thought “Travel Palette”.

And it is an excellent travel palette. It is also just a good general palette. The contour works as a bronzer for me. It is very pigmented so I found myself treading lightly and then blending. The blush is a little brighter a pink than I usually use, but I actually like it quite a lot. I did find that I had to do a quick tap with the blush so that i didn’t apply too much. The highlighter is golden in tone (my preference) and blends well so there is a glow rather than a streak of gold. Over all it is a good little palette. I just need to think of it more as a palette and less of a travel palette.

The same holds true of the tartelette Tease palette. it is six basic tarte shades and I bought it a while ago soely for the purpose of travel. The palette is about three inches long and slips easily into a travel bag. The shadows are varied enough for good basic looks and I happen to like the tarte formula. You do have to tap off the brush to avoid fall out from the mattes but they are highly pigmented. Also if you want the shimmers to shine you really need to wet the brush. I didn’t bother today so it is quite a low shimmer. I also used the darkest matte in the palette (Shade bff) to remind myself about the palette.

The Kush mascara I opened, tried once and then the trail sized tube was buried and forgotten. Somehow it ended up with the lipsticks. So I decided to dig it out and put it in rotation. It has a fluffy wand, which I like and while the formula is not overly dramatic, it is pretty good. I haven’t had any problems with it flaking yet, but I will use it more to get a better feel for it. While it isn’t massively lengthening or volumizing it is a good mascara that does enhance the lashes.

And then we move on to the lip. I’m guessing the M2U NYC matte lip came in an IPSY bag at some point. I honestly don’t remember it arriving, but that seems like a logical arrival point. The color is nice. It takes a little while for the formula to dry down. Once it does, the lipstick stays in place. There is a bit of wearing off. It is not an apply in the morning and forget about it product. Lunch wore the lipstick off and I reapplied. Once it is dry it is comfortable enough that i can forget that i am wearing it and it doesn’t transfer. It isn’t dry enough to make my lips feel dried out, just dry enough to stay in place. The waiting for it t dry down and then having to reapply it after eating are the only issues I can see with this lip so far, so first impressions are quite possitive. I know nothing about the brand, this is in fact the first time I’ve ever heard of them or tried a product. This lipstick does make me want to go in search of more products though. And it is always nice to find new brands that i like.

Finally today’s look wraps up with the Farsali Setting spray. There is only about an inch worth of product left in the bottle and I am determined to finish it out. The product is pretty, the bottle lovely and in truth it works well as a setting spray. it isn’t spectacular, but it is nice. I just can’t stand the scent of it. So I will use it up. And because the bottle is glass and can be reused, I may transfer a different setting spray into the bottle. I have a setting spray that is leaking and another where I like the product but can’t stand the spray. So In this case recycling actually helps me out. And soon the Farsili Spray will be used up. While it is a nice product, because of the scent, I will not be repurchasing it, just reusing the bottle.

And that was todays look. A large part of it was inspired by my current declutter, but I am okay with that. the declutter has gotten me excited about products I already have as well as letting me clear out space and reorganize, which is kind of nice. I like like the excitement of finding things that I forgot I had. It’s like my own personal treasure hunt. and as there are several more categories to go through, we push on in our declutter quest. Onward and upward! To El Dorado! Or at least the land of makeup i forgot about.


Labor Day sales are kicking up, here’s a few that may be of interest.

Crest White Smiles Logo

Crest Whitening Emulisions – FREE Clic Brush ($15 Value Gift) with Purchase – Code: FREECLIC


Sally Beauty

Labor Day Sale! 20% Off Select Textured Haircare Online Only (Vernon Francois, TGIN, Cantu, As I Am, Aunt Jackies)

Klorane

Rehydrate and Revitalize Your Skin with Our Water Sleeping Mask Made with Organic Cornflower