The Daily: January 26th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Last night I utilized the new eSalon hair kit that came in. I tried it a while back when I really needed a quality home hair kit and have been ordering it ever since. This link will take you to my full review/step by step break out if you are interested. (I went slightly darker about six months after this post went live).

The eSalon dye lasts a really long time without fading, and truthfully that why I always get a root touch up from them when I order my color. well, not each time, if I am using the same color. I only use the rot touch up at the end of each hair color when my roots are getting longer but i don’t actually want to re-dye my hair just yet.

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I know it probably sounds strange, but i like to go as long between hair dyes as possible. even though it is a good quality dye, I feel the less I do to my hair, as far as any form of processing, the healthier it will be. At this point I’m only using hot tools a few times a month as well. Mostly because I am working from home and thankfully people have returned to just phone calls instead of zoom meetings. It helps give my hair a rest.

But because I only use the root touch up when I am trying to extend the time, one bottle lasts about a full year. It comes matched to the color of the dye so everything blends. I’m almost at the end of my root touch up so I’ll have to reorder with the next round of dye.

But I broke down and used my kit last night so my hair is a bit darker today than usual. And I’m not seeing the few scraggily grays peeking up from the top of my head. I wouldn’t mind if they grew in a cool stripe or something, but no I seem to have a small cluster that wants to corkscrew up to the sky, despite the fact that the rest of my hair has very little curl. The hardest part is not plucking them out and letting them grow long enough to be dyed.

But they are gone now and I am thrilled.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin gripping serum primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Storybook Cosmetics FairyTales Little Briar Rose Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Wet ‘n Wild Megalast lipstick in Cinnamon Spice

I’ll be honest, today, I just grabbed a few of my favorite things. Or at least some of my current favorites. Is saw the So pretty Eye shadow palette, remembered how much trouble it was and then I remembered how much of an issue I had with the LYS and the powder foundation and said, nope. Today we are just going easy.

As a warning, because I did choose some of my favorites, it may get a bit gushy.

I still used the LYS because this is the end of the trial and I feel I’ve given it a good run. I used it with the Elf Acne Fighting Foundation. Mostly because I really like this elf foundation. Out of the elf products, this and the putty primer may be my absolute faves from the brand. They have other good products (many actually) but these two items are my perennial favorites and will always be repurchased. this foundation is just weightless and blends really well. I don’t know if it actually prevents breakouts, but it certainly doesn’t cause them. I have never had an issue with it.

kind of messy up close, but it looks fine when I am running around

This Viseart bronzer is relatively new to me but each time I use it, I just like it more. First of all the fold up packaging just makes me smile. I would probably adore using it for that alone. The product inside though certainly lives up to that packaging. It is a great product. It is not super pigmented, but it builds well and blends beautifully. I really love it. Prior to this I only used the eyeshadows from the brand. Those are some of my favorite shadows. I may pull out one of those palettes tomorrow actually. Oh and if you read my full review of the bronzer, you may recall it wasn’t linked to the site. I sent an e-mail to the brand and they got back to me really quickly actually. It is only temporarily out of stock and will return to the site as soon as it is back in stock. Once I see it, I’ll post an update.

Today, I already had a palette out so I grabbed it for a simple swatch of color. It was the Storybook palette. I only use the pink tones in the palette and it is a bulky one so I have been trying to keep it out. I really like the shadows I use. The other shadows work well also they just aren’t in colors I gravitate towards. I will use the rosy tones down to pan though. As long as it doesn’t get buried in the back of the drawer. I’s bulk means it often gets pushed to the back. So I am trying to keep it forward.

bareMinerals came in today with both the blush and the mineral veil finishing powder. Both are fantastic. The blush I adore and will do my best to make sure I keep on hand. It is a powder to cream kind of formula. I apply it with a finger as though it was a cream product but is applies to the skin like a powder and is amazingly easy to blend. the mineral veil is just a great setting powder. I do have one interesting comment. I know many of you may remember that I was complaining that the Smashbox Photo Finish setting powder was difficult becuase the dial was hard to turn and that if you had any sort of mobility issues with your hands you might want to give it a pass. This bareminerals has a dial that you turn so that the holes to let out the powder are covered with plastic and the powder is secure if you are moving the jar about. I like that it isn’t an explosion of powder ever time you open it. while this dial isn’t the same as the smash box, it is similar in design. however it has easy to grip ridges on the side, turns easily and clicks to let you know when you have turned it fully, whether to open or close. It is much easier to operate. I think part of that is the design that lets your fingers grip the dial. If you have major issues with your hands, I think they do make this without the dial, just be aware that it is there in some of the products.

The Stila Mascara rolled back in today and honestly I think I may actually like it better than the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. As you may recall it was my go to for a long time and has recently been discontinued. I was quite sad. I have an open one though and I used it this week and yeah, I think I might like the Stila better. which is good because it is not discontinued. I’ll use the last of the Marc Jacobs and I think that Stila will get repurchased.

And then we have the Wet ‘n Wild Lipstick. Wet ‘n Wild was the first makeup brand I picked up at the drug store. In highschool I think every purse and backpack I had contained at least one black eyeliner from Wet ‘n Wild. there are many products I like from the brand but I love the formula of their Megalast lipsticks. They dry down a bit so that there is not a trail of lip prints stamped on everything you touch but they don’t dry out the lips and the color lasts for quite a while. I may not carry the black eyeliner as religiously as i once did, but the brand will always have a place in my heard and the lipsticks a place in my dressing table. I think this might actually be the third cinnamon spice I purchased in the past few years. Its one of the few that i will wear down to a nub and then immediately replace.

And so that my darlings is today’s makeup. After yesterday I just wanted something quick and easy to apply. These were the products I chose. Everything worked as it was supposed to, no products caused problems and my getting ready was smooth sailing. Now if the rest of the day will comply, I will consider Wednesday fabulous.

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The Daily: January 25th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are all having a fabulous Tuesday. The sun is shining here and I have to admit, I skipped my planned morning workout to go on a longer walk. It was 50 degrees and sunny.

I regret nothing.

I did come home to a full e-mail in box and several text messages so it was sort of a trade off on time, but truthfully, I regret nothing. There were too many days last week where I didn’t leave the house for me to feel bad about extra walking time. There was a little extra time spent in conversation with my neighbor’s daughter.

My neighbor Agnes has some form of dementia and so her kids and a nurse take turns staying with her and her daughter came in today and found that all of the notes reminding her Agnes not to go out of the house on her own were taken down. Agnes folded them and made them into a paper chain. They were folded quite intricately. Apparently this has been going on a while. The family puts up nots, Agnes leaves them for a day or two then takes them all down and folds them into a paper chain and then the family puts up more notes.

Its like some form of non-verbal protest against the restrictions. Or at least that is what the son (who is a psychiatrist) thinks. Agnes’ daughter just wanted to check with me to see if she had been actually going out or if it was just the taking down of the notes. Mostly because when Agnes leaves the house she seems to just come over to our house.

Despite the note removal, Agnes hasn’t left the house and I text the family every time she does so it is just the notes. And a quite elaborate paper chain. Its the sort of paper chain that my mother used to make with gum wrappers when she was a child. It was actually kind of impressive.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: LYS No Limits Matte Bronzer

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light Blush

Highlighter: About Face Light Lock Fluid Highlight

Eyeshadow: Formula Z So pretty Palette

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: Mac Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath

Okay I am still testing out this primer and today, I used it with the KVD Powder Foundation. i really like this foundation as normally it is quick and easy to use. It blends beautifully. Today, it ended up patchy because the primer gripped it in strange ways. It went from a foundation that was easy peasy to apply to one that was a struggle. This far this is the only formula that I’ve tried that has this issue. (and the KVD has never had this issue before). I think this primer just doesn’t work well with powder foundations.

Today I also decided to use the LYS bronzer. It is okay. It is a large pan which is nice and the packaging is pretty. The formula is buildable but can also blend away to nothing if you aren’t careful with it. It is a bronzer I will use since I have it, but not one I reach for often and not one I would repurchase.

The marbled light blush from Ciate is a product I love, reach for a lot and would happily repurchase. However when i went onto their site I noticed that it wasn’t there. I am really hoping they just need to restock it. The above link will take you to their illuminating blush, which is also nice. I have it and use it, but I do prefer the marbled light.

lots of fall out, I had to clean up more after this photo was taken

I took out the About Face Highlighter today mostly because it was in the drawer with the LYS Bronzer. This is another product i don’t tend to reach for often and I need to actually keep it out to give it more of a trial. It is a liquid highlighter and the container is large and over built. It is pretty but it takes up a lot of space for a 0.5 oz bottle of product. Today I put it on and it looked a little more greasy than illuminating. so I put a little bit of powder over it and it more or less disappeared. At that point though I had already spent enough time getting the primer and foundation to get along that I didn’t really want to spend more time on the highlighter. I think when it came in I tried it once but never played around with it. I might do some playing and see what happens. At the moment, I like the packaging but am not so thrilled with the product.

Today I went again for the Formula Z palette. Today though, I only went for the mattes. Mostly because I couldn’t find my eyelid primer. I’m going to try to locate it tonight. Then I’ll play around more with the glitters. Because these glitters need some help to sty in place. the setting spray did it’s best by by the end of the day I had bronzed glitter contours down the sides of my nose. While an interesting look, not really what i was going for. So I played around with the mattes today. There are only two. One almost perfectly matches my skin tone and the other is a dark brown. I applied the dark brown and then blended with the lighter skin matching shade.

They are both powdery and I have both colors in better, easy to blend formulas. This got there in the end, but it was more of an effort then I wanted to put into what basically amounts to a one and done shadow look. If I end up keeping this palette, it is going to be because I like the glitters and don’t have that many in my collection. I’m not keeping it for the mattes.

The Eyeko Black magic I am keeping. While I prefer the formula of the Lash Alert from Eyeko it is still a good formula and I am still happy to use it. And honestly it was a relief to just swipe it on after the make up issues of the day. The MAC lipstick was also a treat. I appreciated the mascara and lips causing no issues whatsoever. Plus this is one of my favorite neutral lipsticks. It goes well with my skin tone without completely washing out my lips into my face. And MAC always has a great formula. They were my first love in lipsticks and remain dear to my heart.

So that was my makeup look today. It was more of a struggle than my daily makeup is. Usually if I have this much trouble it is because I am trying something fancy i saw on a tutorial. And generally making a mess of it. Normally my every day looks don’t take a lot of time. This took a lot of time. And still came out looking like an everyday office look. If I take this much time with my makeup, I want it to look spectacular. Not bad, wasn’t worth this kind of effort. But some days are like that my darlings. I just like to keep them to a minimum. Hopefully that means my meetings later this afternoon will go smoothly. One can only hope. And now that I know to avoid powder foundations with this primer, I’m sure tomorrow will be a brighter day. At least as far as makeup application goes. Happy Tuesday!

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The Daily: January 24th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a fabulous Monday. Mine has been good but busy. As you may recall we had a bout of testing done last week to detect any possible infections and both my babydoll and I passed with flying colors. There is no covid in the house and no further need for self-quarantining as we are not infecting anyone else. Mostly because we have nothing to infect them with. It was a huge relief.

And this morning it was back to work as normal. The thing is that worrying about the test was quite distracting as well. So I didn’t get nearly as much work done last week as I anticipated getting done. I think the weather also contributed to the blahs. I really feel the impact when I don’t spend any time out of doors. I did set up a work out schedule and I managed to remember my morning exercises. The weather is cold but fabulously clear so thee was also a chilly walk outside.

Beyond the fitness angle, I think it did quite a lot to blow the cobwebs out of my brain and wash the worries away. Sometimes a hit of fresh air is exactly what I need. And today that is what I got. Along with the first set of exercises in my ‘just because the weather’s bad doesn’t mean I have an excuse not to work out’ routine. I know, I’ll work on a better title later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: Kosas Tinted Face oil

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Roof Top Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: OFRA Highlight in Blissful

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Formula Z So Pretty Palette

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara (discontinued)

Lips M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in SOHO

Setting Spray: Porefessional Super Setter Setting Spray

Okay today the LYS Primer trial continued with an oil based foundation. I love the Kosas Tinted Face oil for when I want a more natural look. (And yes I realize I ruined the natural look with a glitter bronze eye shadow, we all know i wasn’t resisting that bronze shadow today)With Kosas though, I tend to use both a bore filling primer to keep ti from seeping into my fine lines (i concentrate the primer on places where I have the most fine lines and use the primer there, like spackle. Most of my pore filling primers tends to be mattifying as well. This LYS primer was not so I found myself shiny. Technically it could be called glowy or dewy but that is not a look I prefer so out came the setting powder. The Ciate London Extraordinary powder is a really good everyday setting powder. If you are using flash photography it can leave a little bit of a white cast, but I don’t really use flash photography. So I don’t have a problem with it. If you are worried about the white cast though, check out their coconut setting powder. It has the same great setting powder qualities, but doesn’t have the flash back issue.

Both worked well with the Kosas. I also need to remember to get the Kosas foundation out more as I really do like it. I also need to get around to ordering the Kosas sample set from Alayka. Alayka has some great sample sets that you can order where you can try out several different sample sized items from a brand before you commit to a single full sized item. Plus part of the cost of the set goes towards a full sized purchase from the brand. Kosas is on my list for their kits, although i have to say it may get bumped by the Lilah B Sample Kit. I’ve been eyeing both for a while now but keep switching my mind as to which one I want. What i really need to do is order one try it out and then a few months later order the other. They also have skin care sets in their trial kits section. If you are thinking about branching off of your normal products list and trying out some new to you clean beauty picks, this is a great way to go.

On my list of normal products to keep using has to be the Bare minerals bounce and blur blush the Buxom bronzer and the OFRA highlight. All worked really well for me today. The lip was also fantastic. M2U NYC liquid lips tend to dry down enough to stay in place but not enough to turn your lips into sand paper. Every time I use this one I think that i need to pick it up in multiple colors.

You may notice that I called in the Setting spray today. This one from Benefit Cosmetics is one of my favorites. The scent is light, the mist is fine and it does help with makeup longevity. I know I often forget the setting spray. Today I knew I was going to be trying glitter so I thought it was a good idea. And it did help a bit. Tomorrow I am going to use the setting spray and a lid primer to see if that helps more. While I love the bronze glitter, I wasn’t impressed with the other shades. They were a bit patchy and powdery and not very impressive for a first try. I’ll keep playing with them, but todays take away was that I love the bronze glitter. It does have some fall out but thus far it isn’t bad. I’ll be monitoring it and because I like the shade I will do my best to see how well I can lock it in place. Truthfully, it might be the only shadow I like in this palette. So it may end up being an interesting review after I’ve tried it out a bit more.

And that was today’s make up. And I am going to be taking it and myself back to work. Hopefully now that the tests came back negative and I’ve had the walk to clear my head this afternoon will be far more productive. Fingers crossed. Hope your Monday is working well, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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The Daily: January 20th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today, is a wet, cold and nasty sort of day. The air has that raw feeling that means even walking to the mail box is going to make the insides of your nose burn. Today, I am not going anywhere. Well actually no one in my house is going anywhere. Yesterday one of the people where my babydoll works tested positive and since he spent the better part of last week in meetings with that person, there was the possibility of contamination. So yesterday afternoon was testing all around, today is a work from home day and tomorrow, there will hopefully be results.

It is the only test I’ve ever wanted to get a negative grade on.

But if there is a day not to leave the house on, this would be it. we started off the morning with rain, worked in a little snow for a bit, fell back into sleet with what I think might have actually been small bits of hail from the way they were bouncing off of the street and now we are actually back to rain. Regardless of anything else, today is a day to stay inside.

And to justify putting whipped cream on the hot cocoa.

okay technically it is always justified, but I may have added a little extra dollop today. it felt like an extra dollop kind of day. And yes, I am calling that my afternoon snack.

and yes I left my reading glasses on my head. They are the Thin Optics and pretty much with me everyday

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Today’s look:

Primer: Lys Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

  • currently Revolution is having a sale and these foundation sticks are 2 for 3

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

Eyeshadow: ABH Subculture palette

Mascara: Stila Huge extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Yensa Super 8 Lip oil in Pink Shine

I’ll be honest, I opened my eyeshadow palette drawer, saw the Subculture palette and decided today I just wanted to use it. I know it is discontinued and I know a lot of people hate it. I still love this palette and will probably use it until I hit pan. I can tell you the shimmer shade electric that I am wearing today already has a really big dip in it. I will be so sorry when that shade is used up. Despite everyone’s whining about this palette, I really love it. so today, I pulled it from the drawer.

In keeping with discontinued makeup, I think that the Cover FX palette I am using is also discontinued. It no longer shows up on the Cover FX website and everywhere else it is out of stock. Which is usually a good indicator. The above link will take you to the Cover FX palette page. They do have a really lovely looking trio in their palette listings. It is currently their only palette listed. I think it is also the one recently featured on Boxy Charm. Regardless, I used this palette today because it was quick and easy and I knew I wanted to spend more time with the eyeshadow.

I am still testing out the LYS primer. when i used it with the serum Foundation I could really feel the grip as I blended my foundation out. Then with the Ciate London Foundation it wasn’t really noticeable. Today I used the Revolution Stick foundation which I love and is currently on sale at Revolution along with a boat load of other products (the link above will take you there if you are interested). The gripping nature of the primer was definitely noticeable as I began to blend. It didn’t affect the blending but you could practically hear the deadbolts being thrown as the primer locked on. My foundation hasn’t gone anywhere today and I suspect it isn’t going anywhere until I break out my Makeup Eraser. I am not sure why I felt it with both the stick and the serum foundations but not the regular one, but it was defiantly gripping today. I’ll be trying it with other foundations as well. I have a water based and an oil based I want to try it with to see if that makes a difference. I have to admit I am kind of intrigued. This is a bit more exciting than I thought a primer trial was going to be. Don; get me wrong I love primer but usually trying them out is very straightforward.

To end on a straightforward note, I used the Stila Mascara (love it but I promise I’ll switch it up next week so I use different products) and the Yensa Super 8 lip oil. I love this lip oil. Nice shine with a hint of color, pleasant scent and a massive hit of hydration for the lips. What else could you want in a lip oil? I know, plumping, but nothing is perfect right. this is still my favorite lip oil. I had to actually hide it from myself so I would use other lip oils. Not that they aren’t good, they just aren’t this.

And so with that, we end the make up for the day and get back to work. I really love the way my eyes came out today and it is nice to shake myself out of my basic brown rut. Admittedly the last two palettes I tested heavily featured browns, so perhaps it wasn’t all my fault. have a great rest of the day. And if you would, keep your fingers crossed for a negative test for me, eh?

A walk in the Moonlight with LA Splash

I know what you are thinking. This LA Splash Face Palette didn’t get the full week to a week and a half testing. What gives? I’ll tell you. I couldn’t take this palette for a week and a half. I made sure to use all of these shades repeatedly and I just found it annoying. But let’s get into details.

First off the palette contains two blushes, Midnight Rose and Blushing Luna. In the pan one looks bright pink and the other looks neutral. On the cheeks they both show up as bright pink and extremely pigmented. a delicate dip into the pan, produced a lot of color on the cheeks. The neutral blush looking only a shade less pink than the bright pink shade.

L to R: Midnight Rose, Blushing Luna, Bronze Goddess and Ethereal Highlight

Now I am not opposed to high pigmentation as long as it blends really well. This one blended, but as soon as you started blending, the blush more or less disappeared. So I was left with either very pink clown like cheeks or looking like I applied no blush at all. There was no happy middle ground with either of these two blushes.

And then we had the bronzer. It is called Bronze Goddess. In the swatch above I had to do a double swatch just to get the bronzer to appear on my arm. And that is sort of how it performed on the cheeks. It was a very pale bronzer with very low pigmentation. It could be built up, but it took time.

A lot of time.

And I found the pigmentation level compared to the blushes rather shocking. Perhaps the low pigmentation wouldn’t have seemed so bad if it was just a pan on it’s own, but its low pigmentation was just brought out by the super strong blushes. It did blend well and it didn’t disappear when it was blended, but it was a bronzer that you had to work for.

The Ethereal Highlight was fine. I adore bronze highlights so this should have been right in my wheel house. The color is fine, but as a product it is more or less forgettable. It has a light shimmer on the skin and if it were on it’s own I might find it more appealing. But as this palette is more or less a bust for me in the other products, the highlighter isn’t enough to save it.

One of the reasons that i am not going to continue using this is because I have a very pale friend (strawberry blonde with skin to match) who is always complaining about bronzers being too deep for her. I’m going to pass this along and see if the issues with the bronzer are just because of my skin tone. Perhaps with lighter skin this palette would be fantastic. For me, the Moonlight Glow Palette from LA Splash is just not worth keeping around.

The Daily: January 18th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Today there was sun. And ice. But I still managed a short walk. I waited until the thermometer reached a whopping 33 degrees and I started to hear dripping. Then I went on my walk. As clouds are already rolling in for the next band of bad weather I suspect it might be my only walk this week. The weather is supposed to be a mix of rain and snow for the rest of the week and into the weekend. So I am glad I got the walk in when I did, even if it was a bit wet, cold and slippy.

I actually feel better for having been out and about. I certainly feel wide awake.

Other than that it has been pretty quiet. Just me sitting quietly at my desk and working. It actually feels a little strange to have nothing happening. The snow is sort of muffling things and everyone is keeping indoors so there are no sounds out on the street.

Not a creature is stirring.

The phone is not ringing.

There was no one in the park.

While I am getting a lot of work done, it kind of feels like I am the only person in the world. Or maybe I am so used to interruptions throughout my day that it just feels strange without them. I’m sure something will come along soon, so I am going to actually try to get as much done in the quiet while I can.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Primer

Foundation Ciate London The Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer/blush/highlighter: LA Splash Moonlight Glow Face Palette

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow: Athr Beauty Desert Sunset Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Youth Defense Lip Plump

Today I tested out the Lys Primer with the Ciate London Foundation. I really love this foundation, but I think at the moment it is a hair too dark for my winter skin. The formula is still nice, I just need one shade lighter. oddly I didn’t feel the same gripping effect with the foundation that I felt with the serum foundation yesterday. Yesterday I could feel the primer pretty much locking on to the serum formula. Perhaps it wasn’t as noticeable with a thicker formula of foundation. I’m sure it will still hold everything in place, I just didn’t feel the gripping factor.

Just one shade of shadow today, Desert Sand

I am also not really feeling the La Splash palette. The bronzer is okay but not fabulous. I think if I had a lighter skin tone it would work better. I am not terribly tan, especially not at this time of year, but the bronzer might work better if I were paler. By contrast, the blush might work better if I had much darker skin. While I had to go heavy handed just to get the bronzer to apply, even the lightest touches made bright pigments appear on my cheeks. I went with the more neutral blush in the palette today and it was still blush-tastic. The bronzer is barely pigmented, the blush is highly pigmented and the highlight is actually kind of okay. Using the palette makes me feel a bit like Goldilocks.

By contrast the Real Chemist lip plumper made me feel like I had just been to the dentist. this is a lip plumper that just came in my Look Fantastic box. I’ve never tried the brand or even heard of them,. but I do love lip plumpers. This one smells minty when opened. Once on the lips however it kind of smells like that numbing agent the dentist swabs on your gums just before injecting you with Novocain. It isn’t a bad scent in and of itself, but putting it on made me think my dentist might be sneaking around somewhere.

Not that he sneaks anywhere. He is a very nice man and a very good dentist. And I will not cast aspersions.

But the scent is just dental visit associated and not something I really want in my daily life. The plumping was rather nice, but the association may mean I just don’t reach for it.

And those are the highlights (and low lights) of today’s makeup. And as I wrap this up, my phone has started going bonkers as several messages come in all at once. Apparently there are other people in the world and they have decided to get in touch with me all at once. So I am going to reply, because I think all of the messages deal with the same issue, and something tells me my period of quiet productivity has now come to an end. I hope the rest of your day is absolutely fantastic.

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The Daily: January 17th, 2022

Welcome my darlings to MLK Day. I hope you are having a happy one. For us, it is snowy, icy and the county officials have all suggested that everyone stay inside and don’t drive around any more than they have to. Earlier I took a walk down to the walking trail. Sometimes it is nice to walk in snowy weather. this was not one of those days. This is a day for staying inside.

The main reason isn’t actually the snow. Sunday started out wet and just above freezing. Then the temps dropped and the rain turned to snow. The issue is that it is a layer of snow with a layer of ice just beneath. The walking trail is quite hilly and I almost went sliding down the first hill and into the still swollen creek. About that time the snow started up again.

It wasn’t pretty. Its the sort of wet snow that comes down like damp duck feathers and splatters like someone is actually spitting on you. So I decided that outside was not the place I needed to be. The sun is supposed to be out tomorrow. And the temps are supposed to rise just high enough that wen I try to walk my feet will crunch through the ice rather than send me sliding. An extra day without a walk won’t kill me.

Whereas sliding on the ice just might.

So I am doing one of my favorite activities at this time of year. Going through seed catalogs and making plans for the spring. while it will be a while before things get planted out, I Start the sees in my indoor green house in the sunroom and once they reach a certain stage get them slowly ready for their garden debut. I try to grow them as sturdy as possible inside, with visits outside to harden, before actually planting them out so they have their best shot of surviving and growing fabulous. Given some of the weather fits and starts the last few springs have had here, I like to hedge my bets so I get the plants as hardy as possible and I grow them in stages so if I put the first sets out and get hammered by a late frost I have a few back ups.

To be honest, this year I have much more of a garden plan than usual. last year so many of my plants just didn’t survive that i thought this year I’d take a little more time to think things through.

And since today is a holiday, I am going to take off a little early and take some time to peruse the catalogs. This year, I think I might try to grow celery. I like to try something new every year.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lys Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight: LA Splash Moonlight Glow Face Palette

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow: Athr Beauty Sunset palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips Evio Beauty lip pencil

Today I started testing both the LYS primer and the La Splash palette. The Eyeshadow palette, mascara and lip liner are completing their testing actually and I’m fairly certain I know how i feel about all of them. The Stila mascara and Evio lip liner are now in my new favorites category while the eyeshadow palette is a bit more complicated. Truthfully I may have to break it down shadow by shadow. Today I used Desert Sand over most of my lids and tried (with minimum degrees of success) to use the shimmer After Glow with it. Desert Sand was easy to work with but powdery and requiring a bit of clean up. After Glow was a bit of a pain. I think those are the last two shades I had to try in the palette. I’ll still play around with it this week, but my review should be up on Thursday if you want the full break down.

I went with one of my favorite Foundations today since I am testing a new primer. The No 7 Lift and Luminate does not disappoint. Plus I know how it works. And combining it with this primer, I could feel the gripping action of the primer. It didn’t prevent this foundation from applying the way I wanted it, but the gripping was noticeable. This is a serum foundation so that might have helped with application. I will be testing out different formulas with the primer over the test. I was surprised that the gripping was so noticeable during foundation application, so seeing how the different formulas perform with it will be interesting. I do like it with the serum style foundation though.

While bareMinerals always pulls through, the powder was especially helpful today in blending the LA Splash Blush. while the bronzer wasn’t all that pigmented, the blush made up for it in spades. It was clown cheek pink and took a while to blend. The issue is I think it might have blended itself out. Which might be my fault. After the light bronzer I was expecting light blush so I went with the brighter of the two blushes and might have been heavy handed. And then I might have blended too much. There are two blushes. The other is more neutral in tone. I might try that one tomorrow or just go into the bright one with a lighter hand to see what happens. There is a bronzer in the palette, but to be honest i can’t remember if I put it on. Or if it was destroyed with the blush blending. The blush sort of knocked everything else out of my brain. But I will be dipping back into the palette to see how it performs when I am not surprised by it.

And that was my look for the day. It got me through my shortened workday and part holiday and will no doubt last through my seed catalog flipping. once seeds arrive, I’ll probably start posting more regularly about the garden, but don’t worry, I’ll keep it separate and not mix it in with the daily so much. I just always get excited when the seed catalogs arrive.

The Daily: January 13th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to another clear but cold day. The walk this morning was brisk as the winds have picked up a bit and the weatherman claims that rains are on the way. Because of that I may try and sneak in an extra walk this afternoon.

As much as I don’t really care for the cold, I do love watching the larger fluffier dogs as they are walked in the park when it is colder. During the summer they all walk with their heads hanging low as though they are being led to the gallows, but now, they are frolicking and attempting to steal the disks from all of the disk golfers using the park’s course.

No offense to the players, but I am mentally cheering the dogs on.

I got to use my new electric tooth brush from Oral B last night and again this morning. Again, I know it is a strange thing to be excited about but I was. Boy that is a powerful toothbrush. I was not quite expecting that power from the get go. I thought there might be a lower speed, but no, it is one one speed only. The Destroyer of Plaque speed.

I like it. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite that powerful, but I kind of like it. I am very pleased with my purchase and my very minty fresh mouth. Although I’m pretty sure Crest is responsible for the minty fresh part as I am still using my fabulous Crest toothpaste. It is a pretty god combination. Like a power couple for my teeth.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glam Glow Super mattify Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer/Blush/highlight/finishing powder: Cover FX Perfector Face Palette

Eyes: Maybelline Color Tattoo Gel shadows in Knock out and Golden Girl

Lips: Persona Lip liner in 90210 and Buxom Cosmetics Plumping lipstick in Fly Girl

You know I didn’t realize until I started listing products that I completely forgot to apply mascara today. I blame the phone. I managed to get almost everything on except lips and mascara when it rang. I answered it, pulled up the documents needed, answered the questions and then after my call put on my lip products completely forgetting about the mascara.

Today I opened the drawer and the first thing that caught my eye was the Glam Glow primer. I really love this primer in the summer time. If you know you are going to be slightly sweaty, this is a good primer to grab. it is designed to mattify oily skin and for me the summertime is it’s moment in the spotlight. When looking for products I realized I had never tested this primer when it wasn’t summertime warm. So I decided to try it out today to see if the mattifying dried me out. It didn’t and quite honestly I really like the way it feels on my skin. Thus far I haven’t had any dry looking spots due to it’s matifying nature so this may be a primer i use for more than just the summer.

in the drawer next to the Glam Glow primer was the Revolution foundation stick. I went ahead and used it. This is the perfect shade for me. It blends so well into my skin and is super quick and easy to use. I originally purchased it just to have something that wouldn’t spill when I travel but it is a good all round foundation that I do need to reach for more often.

For most of my face products I went with the Cover FX palette. It is an old favorite. Again, even though I love the way it performs, I don’t reach for it much. The reason is the blush. It is just not my favorite shade of blush. Everything else about this palette works well for me but every time I open it, my eyes go to the blush and i change my mind. Which i am trying to get over because I do like all of the other products in the palette. It is just the blush shade. And yes I know that this palette comes in other shades with a different blush, but oddly enough while I like those blushes better, the other powders don’t work so well for me. It is one of those times I really wish this was a magnetic palette just so I could swap out the blush. It isn’t a bad color and I can make it work, it just isn’t my favorite.

the eyeshadows I picked out mostly because I couldn’t remember the last time I used them and since I was on a kick of using products I hadn’t reached for in a while I went with them. Plus I also wanted to make sure they hadn’t dried out. Knock out is still performing fantastically and as I applied it I remembered how much I really liked it. Golden Girl I don’t reach for a lot because the gold is a little bright for me. It was slightly dried out but I put a tiny drop of face oil on the top, closed it up for about fifteen minutes, came back and it was fine to apply. It still isn’t my favorite color but i like knowing that I can still use it when I decide it suits my look. If you are rehydrating a gel shadow, just remember to use a very small drop of face oil to do so. It isn’t the time to go overboard. And use one that you know works well with your skin. I went with the Malin + Goetz Recovery Oil as my skin loves it and a little extra recovery oil on my lids doesn’t really hurt anything.

Because the Personal Lip liner is too dry to wear on it’s own and the Buxom lipstick is too light a shade and makes my lips disappear if I wear it on it’s own, I pared them together today and I absolutely love the paring. The colors go well and I really love any excuse to use the Buxom Plumping Lipstick. I love the formula of the Full Force Lipstick, I just thought the color would be slightly darker when I purchased it. The lip liner fixed the color and I am a happy camper.

And with that, I am heading back to work. I hope your Thursday rolls along smoothly and hits Friday with smooth sailing into the weekend.


Trying out the Viseart Bronze Noix

I have two Viseart eyeshadow palettes, one a full sized Palette and one a small travel sized one and I absolutely adore the formulas in both. While the full sized palette it in a hard plastic palette, the travel palette has the same fold up packaging as the bronzer and in my opinion just looks a little bit extra special.

Since I have the Viseart eyeshadow Palettes, I tend to think of Viseart as an eyeshadow brand, much the same was as I think of Bite Beauty as a Lip Product brand. But this week I was just all about getting out of my brand comfort levels. I tried a Bite Beauty Foundation and Viseart Bronzer.

Because the Viseart shadows are very pigmented, I was expecting the same thing from the Bronzer. I was expecting one sweep of the brush to add a thick dark line of product to my cheeks that needed to then be blended out. I found this was not the case. As you can see from the photos, one sweep of the brush left a light line across the skin. (I used the inside of my arm so it is easier to see. The second swatch has a couple of swipes of the brush so you can see that it is buildable.

single swatch

It just isn’t highly pigmented. For me this meant it was a lot easier to control how dramatically i wanted to bronze my cheekbones. I would much rather build up to the level I want rather than put on a lot of pigment and then have to blend it out. I also tend not to lean into dramatic bronzing during my everyday looks. Most of my makeup looks are the sorts of looks that you would wear to the office rather than a club. Or these days on a video conference call I suppose.

swatch built up

I will say that once in place, the bronzer didn’t really fade that much throughout the day. It remained pretty much how I put it onto my face until it was time for me to take my makeup off for the day. I didn’t have to worry about looking washed out mid day.

I did have to change the brush I used to apply it thought. Tyupically I use an angled and slightly fluffy brush for my bronzer. With this bronze Noix from Viseart I ended up reaching for the Flat Powder Brush from Laruce beauty (LR375) I found the flat edge and denser bristles much easier to use with this bronzer. Even though I think this is a travel pan for the brand, the pan is a really good size. The packaging I like so much also allows the packaging to create the space for what is a full sized pan in a travel sized package.

the Laruce brush

I really enjoyed this bronzer and I can see it being one that I reach for a lot in the up coming months. I suspect that even with it’s buildability it won’t be one I can use in the summer when I am tanned, but it is perfect for winter wear (when some of my more pigmented bronzers are far to deep in tone for me to wear now). It will just require the use of a brush with densely packed bristles to get the best out of this bronzer.

The big problem I found was was that I could not find this product on the Viseart site. I spent a lot of time looking actually. I found several eyeshadow quads that I really want to purchase but the only bronzer I managed to find was in their FACE section. It is part of a bronze and contour palette. I actually have an e-mail into the brand to see if I can get more information, but as of yet I haven’t heard back. If and when I do I’ll post an update but for now all of the links go back to that face page. with luck this Bronze Noix is still available somewhere as I know once I work my way through the pan,. I am going to want to repurchase.


The Daily: January 11th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I am pleased as punch to report that only the barest of sniffles remains. while the sniffling remains annoying, my head no longer feels as though it was stuffed with wool and then soaked with water. It is a full and heavy feeling I don’t wish on anyone. Thinking felt a bit like wading through mud. Now I am splashing through puddles.

I actually attempted a short walk today. More because I just had to get out rather than because i was ready to resume normal exercise. Alas, the park was still flooded from our recent, snow/rain/ice storm adventures. And while I might be tempted to wade through the shallows in warmer weather, in 25 degree temps, I’m going to give it a bit of a pass.

It isn’t too much of a loss today though as I still have a lot to catch up on from the holiday, power outages and feeling poorly. None if those three helped my productivity levels. And now I am playing catch up. Ah well, it is the way of the world is it not? And in addition it is January. In January I always promise myself I am going to be a much better/healthier/more productive/more organized and well more everything sort of person. So I always try a bunch of things that sound like a good idea at the time.

It is kind of an interesting process really. I try a bunch of new things in January. a few stick, a few fall by the wayside and a few are revamped for February. Generally by the end of February new habits are created and by June the habits I’ve kept are just a part of daily life. It’s kind of nice. And it lets me try new things and build the habits I want to keep at a pace I can sustain. I’m still in the try everything phase. At the end of January there will be some updates as to what sticks around moving forward.

I find it much more honest than starting January off with a ‘This year I will…’ And if there is anyone I want to be honest with, it is myself. And you guys of course, but I do try to avoid lying to myself, especially when I know it is a lie. Or I suppose misleading because I always believe on January first that this is the year i can do anything. Then reality starts intruding and Understanding or self awareness maybe, dawns in February. So technically it isn’t lying, just misleading. which is also something I want to avoid.

But that is enough time inside my head for one post, let’s switch to what’s on my face instead.

Today’s Look:

Primer: LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker Super charged Micellar Foundation

Bronzer: Viseart Bronze Noix

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light Blush

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Eyeshadow: Athr Beauty Desert Sunset Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade Soft Brown

Lips: Persona Cosmetics lip liner in 90210

Okay I couldn’t resist opening the LYS primer. I had to know if it was going to be more of a serum or a primer and I figured by now I knew how the Bite Beauty Foundation was going to perform well enough to try out a new foundation. When dispensed in the hand, this primer came out like a serum. I put it into my palms and then rubbed them together and applied it onto my skin. Once applied, it is a gripping primer. It becomes very grippy and sticky. I have no doubt that it will keep the makeup in place. And it seems to be working well. I think this is definitely a primer that has skincare, and not a serum that works like a primer. I would never use this just as a serum. It also worked well with the foundation.

The Viseart bronzer is definitely more of a buildable formula than a pigmented one, which I happen to enjoy. A lot more of my bronzers are highly pigmented and have to be applied with a lighter hand then blended out. It is nice to have a more buildable formula. Plus I think the shade works well for me.

The Ciate Blush I love, but haven’t been reaching for as much because I thought it was more of a summer shade for me. It seems to be working well for me today. I like how it turned out. It was a bit more pigmented on my not so summer tanned skin, but it blended beautifully so I am fine with the shade.

The finishing powder helped with the darker shade as well and I have to say I am pleased to once again have the bareminerals mineral veil around again. It is just a fine powder that sits well and wears well throughout the day without looking powdery.

The Stila mascara is a definite winner but from here, we start swimming in more murky waters. Let’s start with the eyeshadow. I had high hopes for this Athr Beauty palette yesterday as the brown applied really well. Today the pink shade worked well but the black in the palette was patchy. I was able to blend it well enough, but I called in the dark brown again to help (and to see if I was mistaken yesterday) and it did a good job repairing the patchiness. The brown is a much smoother applying formula than the black for some reason. Also the rosy bronze shadow pairs well with the pink tone but it is flakier than the warmer bronze I used yesterday so there was more fall out. This is a palette I definitely need to play with more to get a feel for it. Each shade seems to have it’s own set of issues.

Because I trimmed my bangs I once again started reaching for eyebrow products and decided to give this ABH Dip Brow a try. It applies quite well actually, I just think the soft brown shade may be a shade too dark for me. It is a pretty good formula though and I may play around with it a bit more

And then we wrap up with the Persona Cosmetics lip liner. The shade works for me, the texture is creamy but it is definitely a lip liner. Applying it on the lips dries them out very quickly. I do like the shad and the creaminess of the formula but it is not a lip liner to be worn on it’s own. Especially not in the winter when lips are already dry, I will try it again tomorrow with a lipstick and see how it performs then. But on it’s own, the creaminess of application quickly gives way to dry lips.

And now my darlings, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your day is utterly fantastic.