The Sales, Oh the Sales…

Good morning my darlings, I hope you are doing fabulously well on this Tuesday.  As you may have noticed I have been trying to include sales information for the Black Friday Sales on each post.  I know at this time of year when you may be buying gifts for others or stocking up on your own favorites sales can really help. There are a few items each year that I only purchase during the holiday sales. Partially because it is then on sale, but partially because it is the season where I feel like splurging on that little something extra that might seem like a bit much during the rest of the year. Plus there are a few things that only come out at this time of year.  (Personally I think peppermint is a year round scent/flavor, but apparently I am in the minority.)

Despite attempting to work the sales into my regular posts, there are just too many of them this year. So I decided on a single post blitz. While I am certain there will be sales that I miss (and will continue to cover in upcoming posts), I wanted to provide you with a sort of sales cheat sheet.  

I’ll try to keep it clean and just list the facts so this doesn’t become a mile long. But I thought it might be helpful to you to have a quick list to check. Personally, I have trouble remembering who is having sales when unless I see it.

As it says at the top of the blog, some of these codes are affiliate links (although quite frankly, most aren’t). For those that are, if you click and then buy, I make a very small commission (I make nothing if you just click) which goes to help support this blog. If you don’t feel comfortable clicking on the links, no problems my darlings.  Just use the information to help you in your shopping.

Okay so, just the facts.

Alyaka: 20% off purchase over $20: code FRIDAY20, 25% off purchase over $125: Code FRIDAY25

Urban Decay Friends and Fanatics Sale 30% off with code UDFANS30

skynICELANDCurrently there is <a href="http://<a href="https://shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=720860&m=97130&u=2299402&afftrack=">Pre Black Friday 20% Off20% for the Pre Black Friday Sale with code: PREBLKFRIDAY, Black Friday Weekend <a href="http://<a href="https://shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=720860&m=97130&u=2299402&afftrack=">Pre Black Friday 20% Off25% Off Sitewide: Code: BLKFRIDAY Sale runs 11/27 -11/29

Elemis: 30% Off Spectacular enjoy a FREE day or night gift at checkout, when you spend $125 after discount.* Use code: SURPRISE

NARS Friends and Family Sale: 20% off site wide, 30% off $150+ use code HOLIDAY

Clove and Hollow: BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND (including Cyber Monday) –30% OFF SITEWIDE, including on all our limited edition holiday launches, -Spend $100+, get a FREE Deluxe Sample of our bestselling facial oil, The Everything Oil

Hum Nutrition: The best time of the year is here! Save up to 50% OFF during HUM Nutrition’s holiday sitewide sale. Offer applies to orders $29+ and is valid now through 11/30. Use code SITEWIDE

Challas de Paris’: Get an EXTRA 20% OFF Black Friday Sale using the special link – THIS LINK –

Black Friday Special extra 20% Savings to Select Consumers!

Otherwise the Black Friday sale is 50% off  (If I read that right you get 50% off for the sale but if you use the select link there is an extra 20% off – I think that means a total of up to 70% off on some products. I’ve got an e-mail in to double check but haven’t yet received an answer, if I get one and it changes I’ll post the details.)

Dr. Squatch BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Up to 50% off Holiday Sale & 20% Off Sitewide With Code: SAVE20 – 11/27 ONLY and the Dr. Squatch Black Friday Sale EXTENSION: Up to 50% off Holiday Sale & 20% Off Sitewide With Code: SAVE20 – Offer Valid 11/28-11/29

Bite Beauty: Cyber Week Event – Clean Beauty with Byte | 35% off SITEWIDE! Starts 11/25 – Ends 11/30.

AmorePacific: Black Friday is here! Enjoy 30% off Best Sellers and treat yourself to our top rated skincare heroes! Promotion starts on 11/25 at 3am EST and ends on 11/30 at 2:59EST

KVD Vegan Beauty: BLACK FRIDAY EPIC-SCALE SALE | TAKE 30% OFF EVERYTHING INCLUDING SALE ITEMS, Starts 11/25 – Ends 11/29. No code necessary.

KristoferBuckle: Use Code BF40 for 40% Off + Free Shipping Site Wide at Kristofer Buckle! Starting 11/25 – 12/30

KIERIN NYC Black Friday Sale! Get 20% Off Sitewide with Code GET20!

Benefit Cosmetics Black Friday Sale! Score 25% off sitewide and free shipping on your order!* Use code: FRIYAY. Valid through 11/28

Huda Beauty Black Friday Sale. Up to 50% off SITEWIDE– exclusions apply

Julep: Black Friday – 25% Off Site-Wide on orders of $25+ with coupon code “BF25”. Include free shipping on orders of $35+. Running 11/25-11/28, Black Friday – 50% Off Site-Wide with free shipping on orders of $50+ with coupon code “BF50”. Running 11/25-11/28, Cyber Monday – Get $20 off orders of $40+ with free gift and shipping. Use coupon code “CM20”. Running 11/29 – 12/1

U Beauty: Shop U Beauty’s award-winning skincare with 20% off site wide. Use promo code EARLYBF

Revolution Beauty: Black Friday Promo is here! Up to 50% off no code needed Expires Sunday 29th November

FragranceNet: Holiday Clearance sale with up to 80% off

Wet n Wild is currently offering a free bag with a $10 skincare purchase, free gift with $30 purchase and free shipping over $15.

La Roche Posay: Black Friday Sale: 25% Off All Orders + Free Shipping with Orders $65+. Use Code: BESTDEAL. Valid: 11/25-11/27

Cowshed are offering up to 30% off on your favourites this month

Vichy Laboratories: Black Friday: 25% off + Free Shipping on Orders $50+ with Code: THANKYOU25. Valid:11/23-11/30. And  Save up to 25%: 10% off 1 item, 15% off 2 items, 25% off 3 items with Code: HEALTHYSKIN. Valid:11/30-12/6.

Nuxe: 15% Off Sitewide no code needed, discount automatically applied at checkout

Shop with No7 and receive 25% Off Sitewide! Code: 25OFF

SpaBreaks: Use Code: SPABF to get : 10% off online bookings, 15% off gift vouchers from November 25th – 29th

Coravin: 50% off the Coravin Model Six Limited Edition Mica! Was $399, now just $199!

Real her: 11/16-11/26: Give thanks to your family and friends with half off all matte lipsticks with code GIVINGTHANKS. 11/26-11/27: Buy any pencil lip liner, get any Matte Lipstick of choice for free using code FRIDAYBOGO. 11/28: Celebrating Small Business Saturday with $5 OFF SITEWIDE 24 HOURS ONLY using code SHOPSMALL. Thank you to all for your continued love and support! 11/26-11/30: Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials: Get the Holiday Lip Cube for only $49.99! Valued at $256 USD! No code needed!

Fork and Melon: Save 20% off all 16oz sizes of Fine Cleansing Wash & Rich Hydrating Cream. No code needed. And Save 15% off sitewide with purchases of $75 or more. Use code: BFCM15 at checkout.

Molton Brown: Black Friday Sale! 25% OFF Sitewide + FREE Shipping. Shop now to save on all bath, body, hand and home collections. Valid: 11/26 – 11/29

Sol de Janeiro: Get 20% OFF Every Purchase of $50 or more this holiday season. 11/23/2020 at 9am until 11/30/2020

SiO Beauty: 25% Off All Products with Code: CYBER25

OLEHedricksen: It’s Cyber Week! Get your hygge on: 30% off sitewide. Plus, free U.S. shipping on all orders. No code needed. Offer applies in cart. Ends 11/30/20.

Premium Jane: 35% off  11/25-12/03 with the code: BFCM35

Lovely Skin: From 11/21 – 11/25: Up to 33% Doorbusters + Amazing Free Gifts and free 2-3 Day Shipping on Most Orders

Lime Crime: Save 30% off sitewide. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts, prices as marked. Ends 12/1/2020 11:59 pst, while supplies last.

Black Friday Savings! Get 30% off sitewide and Free GWP with orders $50+ plus free shipping! Ends 12/1/20, some exclusions apply

Peace Out Skincare: Use code ‘GIVETHANKS25’ for 25% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping!

Versed: Shop the NEW Limited Edition Holiday Bundles from Versed and Get up to 25% Off Your Favorite Versed Products!

I know that while that was a really long list (and not adding comments about some of my favorite products from each of the brands above was really hard, but would have made the list mammoth as I can’t resist adding details) but I also know that is only the tip of the iceberg as far as sales go. I also know that as soon as I hit post I will think of at least three that I forgot to add. So as incomplete as it is, I hope the list helps some of you as you are getting ready to shop. Happy Shopping!

Pur 4-in-1 Skin perfecting powders face palette

The Pur 4-in-1 skin perfecting face palette came in the November Boxy Charm. Even though the review only went up yesterday, the box actually arrived last Friday so I was able to add a few items to my makeup bag this week, most notably this palette. Now I know what some of you are thinking. Mimsy, didn’t you do a Pur 4-in-1 review before? Yes, I reviewed the foundation from this line. And as a reminder I absolutely hated it. I had a sample tube and for some reason it just did not work out for me. It highlighted my pores and lines without a primer but then it didn’t want to work with any of the primers I tried.

This palette however is a different story. It is from the same line but I had much better results.

The palette as you can see has four pans.Starting on the left is the pressed powder, then the bronzer, blush and highlight at the end. Now when I apply the products, I start with the bronzer, then go to the blush, followed by the highlight and then top off with the powder. So that is the order I’m going to take you through the products.

So first up, the bronzer. First off with this bronzer, choose your brush carefully. Or at least choose it based on how you want to apply the product.

With the bronzer, brush choice matters

I picked up a densely packed bristle brush the first go round with this bronzer and had deep dark brown on my face as a consequence. It came out highly pigmented and while it did blend in, it took a while to blend. With a looser fluffier brush, I was able to dip into the pan, apply lightly and build up to the shade I wanted. This is one of those products where the tool does make a world of difference. Now if you are going for a more dramatic contour like bronze look with your bronzer, you could achieve it with the dense brush and if you contour your nose, I would suggest getting a smaller densely packed brush to use for contouring the nose. If you want to start soft and build up. Go with the fluffier bronzer brush. The bronzer is highly pigmented. Once I got used to that, i really ended up liking it.

Because the bronzer came out so strong I was expecting the blush to do the same thing. It did not. The blush applies lightly and has to be built up a bit. It required a second adjustment on my part but after that I found I really liked it. It is a lighter pink shade that works for my edging into winter skin and blends out really well. It is just not extremely pigmented. As I would rather build up my blush rather than have to work to tone it down, I really ended up liking it.

The highlight is a nice gold shade that blended into my skin tones well and gave a light glow to the skin. Is it my favorite? No. I have highlighters I prefer over this one. However it is a decent highlighter and if I put this palette in a travel bag and forgot to add a single highlighter seperately to my travel bag, I wouldn’t have a problem just using the one in the palette. It isn’t one I would reach for on it’s own, but it is not one I would avoid using.

To finish off the look was the powder. To apply it I used a flat top powder brush rather than my super fluffy one. Mostly because if I tried to use my super fluffy one I would have gotten bronzer mixed in with the powder. The flat one fit better given the size of the pan and it worked well with applying it. I liked the powder. Is it a powder I would reach for on its own? Probably not. My favorite No. 7 perfecting powder is a petter formula. However it is not one I would avoid either. If I pulled out this palette I would not feel the need to pull out a seperate powder for the makeup bag.

Just foundation on the left and all the products applied on the right. I didn’t go heavy on the makeup for most of the week so the difference isn’t that dramatic.

I would probably use the bronzer and blush on their own, while I wouldn’t pull the powder and highlight. That doesn’t mean those two pans of product are bad, they aren’t. They just aren’t my favorites. However as a palette I could pull this out of the dressing table, put it into my makeup bag and not have to add other products. And that my darlings is the reason you get a palette. It is so that you can get multiple products in one thing without having to gather up a bunch of products.

As a palette, this works. I really enjoyed using it and would enjoy using it again. While I broke it down by pan, when I reach for this I will plan on using all four of the pans in it. It is rare that I can actually say that about a face palette and I have to say I am very pleased to have this in my collection.


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The Daily: October 27th, 2020

Coming in a little late today, but finally here. it is one of those days that has just kept me hopping. I managed a short walk early this morning and it was a very good thing as the phone rang off the hook and it seemed I needed to talk to at least half of the people I know.

None of the phone calls were in my plan for the day, and I hadn’t intended on leaving the house either, but I did both. I also ended up picking up a chicken salad sandwich for lunch somewhere. The chicken salad was good and I’m sure not that bad calorically speaking, but it was served on a croissant, or at least something pretending to be a croissant. It was butter laden, or at least greasy enough to seem so.

I would have been fine if it was a good croissant. I would have just marked down the calories and made up for it later. But it wasn’t. It was soggy flabby and greasy. I still marked down the calories and will try to balance it, but if I’m going to have to work off the calories, I’d rather have been delighted with the food. Its like the same thing I learned at the beginning of my diet with cheese. I may be able to calorically eat a lot of low fat skim milk cheese as compared to the slim sliver of triple cream brie, but I’d rather have the slim sliver than the block.

At least the chicken salad was good.

And tomorrow will be a back to normal day. At least I hope so.

But now I must start dinner and leave you for the evening. I hope you have a good one tonight. We are watching Ready or Not as our next Halloween marathon movie. Should be a fun night.

Labor Day Sales Posting

Afternoon all, as Labor Day Weekend approaches, the sales pop up all over the place.  I love sales, I really do. I tend to put off purchases until I know there is a sale coming. I make lists of things I would like to pick up and then I watch and wait.  I know it sounds like stalkery behavior but I promise I only do this for products, not people.  While I like putting the links to sales in with my product reviews, around holidays like Labor Day, there always seem to be more sales than I have posts and I end up missing some.  So I figured a handy little sales post might not go amiss.  While there are far more sales going on than I will be posting here, I figured you might want to have a few of the sales on your radar.  And if you aren’t shopping at the moment, perhaps you can bookmark them for later.

A quick word on the links in this post.  Some of them are affiliate links.  That means if you click on them and then make a purchase, I get a small commission.  But I only get a small commission if you buy something so you can click to look without any issues if that is your desire. Also while there are codes for many of these sales, I get absolutely nothing from the use of those codes.  They are not tied to me in anyway, they are just a way for you to save money.

Think of it like clipping coupons.

Without the scissors.

And one last thing, nothing in this post is sponsored.  Everything is just my honest unpaid, unprompted opinion.

So now that we are all clear, let’s see what is going up this weekend.

First up is ProsourceFit.  Starting now and running through Monday they are having a sitewide sale where you can get various deals, some up to 50% off. 

ProsourceFit

I am a huge fan of their arm/leg weights.  I keep them at my desk and I love being able to take a quick five minute break while working to use them throughout the day, or in other workouts.  Their yoga mats are really good as well, I ordered one a while back and use it not only for yoga but to sort of mark out the space when I am working out in the house.  I find delineating the space in home fitness makes it less ‘the living room’ and more ‘my workout space’ so even when not doing yoga, I use the yoga mat.

Julep is having a sale this weekend with a Pick 4 of your faves from our secret collection for only $30. It is an up to $86 savings. This sale lasts through the tenth of September.

It is time to pick and Save with Julep. Pick 4 of your faves from our secret collection for only $30. It is an up to $86 savings. Include free shipping on all orders of $35+. Offer valid through 9/10.

Kerastase has several offers going right now. I absolutely adore their Genesis line. The shampoo is wonderful but their heat protectant spray is a life saver if you blow dry your hair a lot. I like to do an extra spray on the ends before I dry my hair and then use a little extra all over spritz once I’m finished drying to help keep down the fly aways. It is really good about not becoming sticky in humid weather which some products can do. Their current offers are

Get 6 Hair Care Samples Plus Free Shipping With Orders of $50+! Use code ROOT20 at checkout. Offer valid 8/24-8/28 (7am EST).

Get a Summer By Kerastase Red Tote Bag & Free Shipping With Orders of $85+! Use code SMR20. Offer valid 8/28-8/31 (7am EST).

This weekend Hanes has up to 50% off Up to 50% off Sweats, Tees & Polos for the Family. As I tend to use their Tees as an essential part of my workout great I highly recommend them. I recently stocked up and will be using my latest set throughout the fall and winter.

Up to 50% off Sweats, Tees & Polos for the Family.

NYX Cosmetics has a few deals going this weekend you might want to look into. Personally I am a huge fan of their primer and setting sprays.

25% Off Matte Setting Spray + Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation when you buy them together! Use code POWERCOUPLE at checkout. Offer valid 9/1-10/31.

That one lasts until halloween should you want to book mark that code to to use later. This weekend you can also get a Free Full-Size Strobing Cream in shade ‘Bright Star’ with $35 purchase ($16 value)! No code required and also with no code required there is a 25% off Best sellers sale going on this weekend. Like I said, their primers and setting sprays make my list for repurchasing.

Prai Beauty is also having a labor day sale. I really like their Ageless Throat and Decolletage Serum.

Labor Day Sale – 30% off sitewide + Free Limited Edition Jar with purchases $50+ with code LABORDAY. Valid: 9/4-9/7

Purlisse is having a stock up sale running from now until Monday, Spend $50, save $15 with code LABORDAYTAKE15, Spend $75, save $20 with code LABORDAYTAKE20, Spend $100, save $30 with code LABORDAYTAKE30. And of course, stack these savings with free US shipping with orders of $50+. There are so many really good Purlisse products. Personally I am a huge fan of their BB cream and pretty much everything in their Blue Lotus Line. Their Matcha Moisturizer is also an excellent transitional skin care moisturizer. It is a fantastic product to use when the weather can’t decide if summer has truly ended and fall is starting.

Get free products and coupons with the Purlisse Perks program

Elf Cosmetics is having not just a Labor day sale but an end of summer sale with deals up to 60% off. As Elf is a very affordable brand now would be the time to stock up. I really like their bite sized palette line and I routinely pick up both their loose and pressed setting powders. I am also a big fan of their liquid lipsticks. The one I reach for often is a classic red that stays on all day and is super comfortable to wear. I also liked their puff puff primer and their putty primer. Actually there are probably more products I am forgetting. they are a good brand and most things I’ve tried in their cosmetics line have been fantastic recently. I know that sounds strange but before they were sort of hit or miss for me, but they really worked on their formulas and lately everything I’ve tried has been a winner. It is well worth thinking about stocking up.

Shop 60% Off at e.l.f.’s End of Summer Sale*

Sol de Janerio has an amazing deal right now you can get a FREE purse size 25ml Coco Cabana Cream with every order of $65 or more! This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on products you already love AND try some new fun Sol de Janeiro products. I tend to go more for the scent of the original cream but my baby doll adores the Coco Cabana scent. I actually got him to use it becuase he liked the scent. (he has a tendency to think that skin doesn’t need any sort of lotion until it is actually cracked and bleeding so finding something he will use before that point is a big win for me). And it is a great formula on all their lotions. I haven’t tried their body scrub yet but it is on my list of products to try out. They also have a deal on shipping at the moment as well.

Get Free Ground Shipping with Every Order Over $35 with Code: FREESHIPLOVE.

Peter Thomas Roth is also having a sale. I can definitely recommend the Skin to Die For Primer, Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer. I would eagerly add all three to my shopping list. In fact they were on my shopping list, but I am going to have to wait a little longer to pick them up. But such is life.

Labor Day Super Size SKU Sale – Use code SUPERSIZE from 9/1 – 9/8 11:59 PM ET

The SkinStore is having a 22% off Sitewide sale this weekend , starting now and running through monday just use code SKINSTORE22. They carry many amazing brands that listing them all (even if i just list the ones I want) would be impossible.

I’m sure there are others that I am completely forgetting about and I know that as soon as I post this I will think, oh I forgot to mention… If they occur to me I will mark them down and add them to my afternoon masking post spo you can take advantage of them this weekend. I hope that this information is useful for those of you looking to stock up on products this weekend. I know there are some things I want to try but put off until a sale reminds me and there are other products I like but in order to keep my budget from breaking I have to strategically purchase. So I hope those of you who might structure your shopping similarly find this useful (or at least entertaining).

Weekly Weight: 204.4 lbs

July 31st, 2020

While I’m not going to say thank you to the rabbit who dug the hole I stepped into and twisted my ankle, I will say that this particular cloud had a very bright silver lining. While the dip in my weight this week is only 0.4 lbs, it is actually a significant 0.4 lbs for me.

When I started this journey, I was doing calorie counting and exercise. My biggest issue was portion control and remembering to get out of my desk chair and move about more often. As I figured out how many calories were in each meal I was preparing, I stopped logging my food each day. I thought to myself, I know this, why would I put the same thing down that I put down two weeks ago?

For the most part, I was okay. I knew how many calories each item I made included and I was growing accustomed to the portion sizes I needed to see on my plate. When I tried out a new recipe, I broke it down. I just didn’t bother with the older ones. Over all between walking and the gym, I was burning enough calories that little discrepancies in plating didn’t cause too much damage.

Even when I lost the gym, I was still moving around a lot so it wasn’t that big an issue, or so I thought. I blamed my recent plateau on stress and more junk food making an appearance as my baby stress shopped. I’m not entirely certain why he thinks there will be a Dorito shortage in the upcoming future, but it seems he does. Despite the fact that we didn’t keep them in the house before I started trying to lose weight, now they are an essential item.

But that is another story.

Last week, I stepped into a rabbit hole in the yard and twisted my ankle. It wasn’t a break thank god, but I did significant damage. Yesterday was the first day I could actually manage a walk and it was a very short one. Most of my movement this week has involved chair dancing with my arm weights. (and yes I am still loving my ProsourceFit ones)

Because my movement wasn’t what it had been, I monitored my caloric intake more closely. I even went back to my favorite standby the My Fitness Pal app. It has a pretty good food data base and lets me put together recipes that I make repeatedly so that I don’t have to enter the same items over and over again. Their exercise database is okay. Individual exercises are fine. If you do ten squats of 20 pushups it is fine.

If you are doing a you tube video you have to sit down and sort of break out the exercises and then see what fits. The bonus is that if you find a workout you like once you break it down you can save it. Its kind of the same process as building a recipe in their system, kind of a pain to put it in but fantastic once you do. (by the way, this isn’t sponsored, I just found their app most convenient when I was trying a bunch out in the beginning of my journey. Plus the app is free to download, you can upgrade but the free version works really well so I never saw the need.)

This week I recorded everything I ate and watched my calories like a hawk. I realized how far I slid off my plan as well. I increased my exercise, but also increased my intake. They weren’t balancing. I think I needed the refresher. And I remembered one of my favorite ways to use the system, which might help you out. What I like to do, since we generally make a weekly meal plan, is to figure out my largest meals first so I can see how many calories they are going to take, and then plan around them. So on Sunday after we figure out what dinners for the week are going to look like, I enter my weeknight dinners into the appropriate days. I find it easier to then adjust the rest of my caloric intake based on the activity I do that day. I just find it a really helpful planning tool. I got away from using it, but not being able to move much this week brought it back. I think I’m going to be using it again to help get myself back on track. I find it oddly less stressful to just input the meals and let the app keep track of my calories.

So there we have it, not thanking the rabbits, but not planning an Elmer Fudd like excursion in the back yard either.

So the stats…

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Weight last week: 204.8 lbs

Weight this week: 204.4 lbs

Weight lost this week: 0.4 lbs

Weight lost over all: 41.6 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 81.4 lbs

So over all not a bad week. While the scale isn’t the end all be all, it is nice to see it confirm my choices in taking control of my food again. If you are trying to lose, I hope this helps. Sometimes, you just need a check in to remind you to stay on track instead of drift.


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The Workout Waffle: July 14th, 2020

Yes, those are my penguin socks paired with the ankle weights.

While I stopped the Weight Loss Survival Tips Posts, I have really missed the weekly waffle about weight loss so I decided to add it back in.  While I like mentioning my workouts in my Friday Weekly Weight post, I feel that is more of just an accountability post to keep me motivated so don’t just throw in the towel mixed in with a post-game recap for the week. That way I feel I’ve done something even if the scale doesn’t move that week (or moves in the wrong direction).

This is just more of a chat really.

So lately, I have been doing some of the Chloe Ting Work outs from YouTube.  I know there seems to be a huge number of people following along with her programs. But they are good programs and they are free, I started doing the 28 day shred and sort of pared it down.  I’ve been starting the mornings with her warm up and one full exercise video and then I’m kind of done. (there are 4-5 videos recommended per day in the shred program).  I was trying to do them, but it was a bit much for me to do them all.

I’ve reached the conclusion that I am not a person who shreds.

I chip away. Like a sculptor.  A curmudgeonly one who can only deal with so much perky before my coffee. And man is she perky.

Yes, I do the workouts before my coffee.  I’ve found if I get up, go to the bathroom and put on workout clothes before I’m actually consciously awake, then I can just go into the workout before I’ve realized it.  Then halfway through, I promise myself buckets of coffee if I complete it without stopping. It’s how I get them over with each morning. (I still walk during the day, which I like, it is just the work out vid I have to tackle while half asleep)

Trickery and bribery folks. It’s a winning combo.

I can’t honestly say I miss the gym, but I will say that I do miss scheduling leaving my desk.  Plus, I did kind of like the machines. They were unnatural, but gave me story ideas for torture devices and provided people watching opportunities.

Although I am pretty sure that’s not supposed to be the point.

While I have been walking a lot lately, when it isn’t hot enough to melt the skin off my bones (yet oddly enough leave the fat behind), I’ve also been playing around with my leg weights. I actually picked up a set from ProsourceFit (I’ve linked them below if you are interested, they carry all sorts of fantastic home workout gear. I’ve been steadily adding to my collection since the arrival of Covid) and they have been a life saver.  I got the medium size leg/arm weights because they fit both my ankles and arms and instead of leaving them in the sunroom with my workout gear, I take them into the office with me. 

ProsourceFit

I allow myself to drink coffee only until ten in the morning. But the coffee pot is in the kitchen, not my office.  So I keep the leg weights on as long as I am drinking coffee.  Sometimes I do extra leg kicks and lifts (standing ones) when I move between kitchen and office.

After ten I take them off and feel light as a feather when walking around. Oddly enough, I find myself moving around a bit more just to enjoy the sensation while it lasts.  

Then throughout the day, I use the weights for my arms.  I don’t wear them constantly, that would be a bit much.  But sometimes I need to think through some wording or plan out a phone call or something and then I put them on my wrists and either do arm circles or arm lifts for a minute while I’m thinking. My arms still look a little chicken wing-esque, but I think it is helping. I know when people think of weights they generally tend to go kettle bells and dumbbells and weight balls, and I do use those, but I also really like the ankle/arm weights.

I am collecting a lot more home workout gear during quarantine actually. Some, good, some bad. Some I bought on a whim and now love, like the leg/arm weights.

It somehow doesn’t feel like I’m using weights with them, if that makes sense.  When they are on my legs I just feel like I am slogging through a heavy snow or something.

And yes sometimes that comes with one of the old nature show voices in my head

…And here we see the wild Mimsy as she makes her way across the frozen tundra in search of the elusive caffeine, a necessary component for her survival.  She will make this trek repeatedly, replenishing her inner storehouse so she can survive yet another day of seemingly endless conference calls discussing at length an issue that can be summed up in two sentences because others have become addicted to video conferencing… 

With the arms it just feels like I’m trying to distract my brain so I can think up the right words to use for whatever it is I’m actually doing, even if my muscles are sore the next morning. I’m sure it doesn’t burn a whole lot of calories, but I can feel it in my muscles and I’m pretty sure the wobbly chicken arms are wobbling less.

So that’s something. 

Plus when you take them off the Velcro makes a very satisfying ripping sound (without actually ripping anything). I have no idea why that is so satisfying, but it really is.

Now, if only I could get my baby doll to stop bringing home piles of snacks every time he goes out then I’ll be okay.  We were doing really good before Covid about not getting snacks, but stress and shopping once a month made each visit out of the house feel like an excursion.  When the two of us go together it is fine, but when he goes out alone, he comes back loaded with things not on the list.  For a while I was doing good resisting, and then the sneaky snack foods started creeping in a few bits at a time.  I think that is why even with increasing my workouts, my weight loss had plateaued during lock down.  Now that I’ve realized it, I’m starting to get it under control so hopefully soon I won’t feel like I’m standing still anymore and the weight will once again start to come off. 

So there you have it, my first Workout Waffle. I’m going to try to post these once a week, either Tuesday or Wednesdays. Mostly because I really miss talking to you about weight loss and workout stuff now that I’m not doing the weekly tip. I hope you enjoy them as well.


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Confessions of a Rebel B*tch, Please Perfume Review

Let’s hear it for strategic placement.

I feel like it has been forever and a day since I have posted a perfume review. They arrive, I wear them I make notes and then I get distracted by something shiny like a befuddled magpie spotting an aluminium can.

This particular perfume came to me via my Scentbird subscription.  It is a monthly perfumes subscription in which you receive 0.27 ounces of a particular scent (you get to choose the ones you want and set up your queue. It costs $14.95 per month and while the first perfume comes with a reusable travel sprayer, the subsequent ones come in the above pictured strategically placed cardboard tube. Sometimes I end up choosing a great scent, other times I am let down, but either way I have a month’s supply of any particular scent I order to use and decide if I want to invest in a full bottle. If you like perfume, you can easily see how much money this saves. Now I only buy the perfumes I know I will wear based on the fact that I did wear them for a month rather than just a few spritzes from a tiny sample where I hope for the best.

Admittedly sometimes, my selections aren’t the best. I can actually lose myself for hours just reading the descriptions.  The words draw me in every time and I find myself thinking, oh yes that is the sort of exotic life…er perfume that attracts me.

Those marketing folks are good.

Admittedly, I also collect a lot of books about the incense and spice trade of yore too. 

Go figure?

This scent was from the Brand Confessions of a Rebel. I’ve purchased form them before and in general like their scents. Their descriptions are less romantically inclined and tend to match their fragrance names actually.

So what did Confessions of a Rebel have to say about this scent B*tch, Please?

In-your-face fruit notes like blackcurrant mingle with jasmine petals, weaving a decadent web tinged with an element of sass. Bold, brash, and unafraid to bare it all, creamy sandalwood and skin musk evoke a carefree, confident kind of vibe. You know exactly who you are, and you are, in fact, the f*cking boss.

Confessions of a Rebel

Okay so perhaps this time, the marketing wasn’t designed to whisk me off to far off locales.  As much as I love perfume descriptions it was the scent combination that got me and the knowledge that it is a good brand. It is supposed to have notes of Black Currant, Jasmine, Sandalwood and musk. To me, the combination sounded delightful. 

In fact, it is quite delightful.  There is a juicy fruitiness that is more earthy than sweet.  There are light floral notes from the jasmine that are tempered by the spice of sandalwood.  It is very well balanced and I loved spraying it on my wrist.  There is something clean and fresh about it, and yes, something a little powerful. 

My only problem is that it doesn’t last long.  You have an hour, two tops before the scent fades.  I don’t know if that is meant to be a metaphor or not. I do know that I like the perfume and despite the fading scent, I will consider this a possibility for a full purchase.  It is a scent I wouldn’t wear to work expecting a full day of wear out of it, but something I would keep in my purse to spritz as I was leaving the building to meet someone or just before I left the house for dinner out.  I think the scent would be fine for a dinner out actually as it stays close to the skin instead of spreading out to clash with the scent of the meal. 

Name and description aside, it is  a very seductive scent.

But then again, they say power is seductive too.

I may wear this out, but I think I would also wear it for a night in. It’s just that sort of scent.

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New Book Release: Nameless

New Book release

Time now for a bit of shameless self promotion. Don’t worry, I’ll keep this one short and sweet. My latest book is now available. If you are interested in checking it out I’ve posted the information below. Nameless is the first book in a new epic fantasy series. Enjoy!

Nameless

In Pontuse, the Capitol City of Balosh, noble lords employ assistants to amuse and entertain them as well as to distract others from their shortcomings and intentions. Despite being an orphan without a name, Nameless holds the prize position of Assistant to Prince Roland, heir to the throne of Balosh.  While he dances and performs acrobatic feats to distract from Roland’s often less than regal nature, things aren’t exactly what they seem.  The Queen looks at Nameless with growing anger and hatred despite his bet efforts to please and when the Prince is sent to the neighboring Kingdom of Genarai to negotiate a treaty, she arranges for an assassin to eliminate Nameless from the Prince’s retinue. The threat sends him down an unexpected path leading him to his past and a possible new future. Can he elude death long enough to reclaim his own long forgotten name, or will he forever be Nameless.

You can find Nameless as well as links to all of my other books HERE.

Cleaning up with Versed Cleansing Balm

The jar of Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm

I’ll admit, it took me a little while to warm to this cleansing balm. The scent is slightly reminiscent of Vicks Vapor rub which made me feel as though I was misusing the balm at first. It is a light scent and quickly dissipates. So I opened the jar and then waited a moment and the scent was faded enough not to be a concern.

I picked it up because I really enjoy a double cleanse and I had several friends who were raving about it. When I was perusing the shelves at Target, I saw it and thought , ‘I’m almost out of cleansing balm,’ so I bought it.

I know, I can feel your jealousy of my shopping prowess and foresite.

So home I went.

Then I looked up the product while using the last of my Farmacy Cleansing Balm. (That jar is now a gold DIY planter, if you remember an earlier post). According to the Versed Website product page…

From the moment you twist open the cap, this cleansing balm smells like a spa. That’s the eucalyptus and clove leaf oil—not artificial fragrance. This face wash in balm form melts away makeup and impurities without stripping moisture from your skin (thank you, vitamin E). As you massage it into your skin with wet fingertips, the oil-based formula softens to create a light, gentle milk that rinses clean with no oily residue (the kind that may have turned you off from cleansing balms in the past). Don’t forget to wash into your hairline and along your jawline. Those often-overlooked areas are prone to breakouts. It’s the perfect start to your PM wind-down ritual and especially useful as a first cleanse for you double-cleansers out there.

Okay as I’ve said before, I love a double cleanse. I love knowing that by the time I get to my toner, the cotton round is merely adding toner to my face and not taking away the last of my makeup residue. When I am testing out regular cleansers, I test them first without any other products, then only with my Makeup Eraser and then in conjunction with a cleansing balm. Just in case you were wondering.

As I already mentioned, my first whiff of this cleanser reminded me of Vicks Vapor Rub, which I’m blaming on the eucalyptus. It’s not a bad scent, but not my favorite. It does however go away quickly and is easily forgotten. If you love the scent you can stick your nose in and inhale. My mom loves the scent of Vicks and will use any opportunity to smear it on the throat, chest and under her nose. I always put together a Birthday Beauty Bag for her with fun Beauty products she might not have picked up on her own, but that I think she might have fun playing with and come September I will be picking up a jar of this Versed Day Dissolve to put in her bag.

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You know until I started writing these posts, I really didn’t realize how scent oriented I actually was.

Weird huh?

But moving on, because even I know scent isn’t everything.

I first tried this product as directed. I used wet fingertips to massage it into my skin. I was fine until I got to the eye area. Face products, gone, lipstick melted into a red haze that made me look like I’d been making out with a circus clown after far too much to drink, yup. It worked super well on all of it. And I will say that it took off eye makeup in a snap as well.

The problem was the wet fingers.

Let me explain. I wear contacts. In fact I am blind as a bat without them. Typically I put my contacts in before applying makeup and take them out after I’ve removed my makeup. My general habit it to remove my makeup at the end of the day, wash my face and then spend an hour or two doing wind down things, checking the following day’s schedule, figuring out if I actually have clean socks or if I will be wearing sandals in the snow, that sort of thing. Then I take out my contacts and apply the serums, oils and night creams I wear before bed.

With the wet fingers, small, nay miniscule, bits of the cleansing balm were sliding into the corners of my eyes as I was removing mascara and I ended up with small blurry spots on my contacts. It took a surprising amount of effort to get the cleansing balm off the contacts. I think because while an excellent product, saline solution isn’t really designed for removing oil. My contacts are disposable so it was actually easier to replace them rather than scrub them.

But since I really liked the cleansing balm for its cleansing ability and the soft skin it left behind post cleanse, I had a good think about it and decided to try something out. I used dry fingers and started by removing my eye make-up. I rubbed and the makeup melted, even the mascara. then to make sure it was just the balm removing the makeup and not the Makeup Eraser, I used a plain dry washcloth to wipe off the oil from around the eye area. It went off super easily and took all the eye makeup with it.

One eye on, one eye off using the dry method

Then I wet my fingers and took down the rest of my face.

Makeup all gone

That was really my only complaint with the product and really, it was insanely easy to solve. I would suggest using something like a Makeup Eraser or a Halo pad or something to wipe off the oil and melted makeup rather than a washcloth. Unless you keep a washcloth that you don’t mind getting stained with eye makeup. While most makeup washes out pretty easily, once you get eyeshadow glitter in the washcloth fibers it sticks around through multiple washes and months of use, returning when you least expect it. The other day my babydoll heaved a heavy sigh and asked why there was now glitter in his beard from a washcloth he took from the linen cupboard. So I’m trying to get better about keeping things seperate.

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So would I recommend this product?

Yes, I would. My only real issue was with my contacts and that was solved by starting with eye make up removal and dry fingers. Also using a dry cloth to wipe the oil away so when you wash off the rest, nothing flows in. I should also point out there was absolutely no pain or discomfort when it did wash into my eye, just a little blurry spot on my contact lens. If you don’t wear contacts, you will have no problem. And if you keep the eyes dry, again no problem. It melts makeup away, leaves your skin super soft from the Vitamin E, and doesn’t require any harsh scrubbing. I picked up my 2.3 oz / 67 g jar at Target for $17.99 which considering the cost of many other cleansing balms and the amount of product you get in this jar, makes it a really good deal. Very little product is used each night so it will last a really long time. I used less than a thumbnail’s size of product to take down all of my makeup. While I will be repurchasing this sometime in the future for myself, I feel really good about adding it to my Mother’s Birthday Beauty Bag as well. not only will she really love the scent, but I know she will like the way it works as well.


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EssenHERB Toner Pad review

Recently I received a trial sized pack of EssenHerb’s Tea Tree 90 Toner Pad. While I like toners and have been using them in one form or another since I was a teenager, the only pre-packaged toner pads I ever used were the acne fighting ones. Normally I use a bottle and cotton rounds. I have no real problem with the prepackaged ones in general, I have just never gravitated towards them. As for Tea Tree oil. I have tried it on my hair before, but not as a skin care product, so I was intrigued.

First of course, let’s take a look at the product claims so expectations can be made.

Interestingly, finding the site proved complex. I generally like to get my product information from the company website instead of a secondary one, but in this case the website I found that looked like it traced back to the company was all in Korean. Alas I can not read Korean. Not even a smidge.

So I had to go to a secondary site, in this case that also proved interesting. I found several sites that offered the trial size that I was testing. I also found a couple of sites offering a full sized bottle of the toner in a bottle without the added pads. I found a cream whose packaging and branding were nearly identical to the image on the front of the pack. Finally I found a site offering the full sized product for a retail price of $31.57. This is where I got the product description. Incidentally if you are interested in just the toner without the pads it retails for $22.47 and you can click here to get you to that site. (and yes those are the prices on the site, I’m guessing it was converted from a different currency and no one wanted to round out the numbers.)

So the product info:

(This is a) Dual Function: Whitening & Anti-wrinkle Ultra-adherent calming pad with tea-tree toner that helps balance oil & water, moisturizes and soothes your irritated skin. 90% Melaleuca Alternifolia(Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, 1% Oryza Sative (Rice) Bran Extract, Contains Botanical Complex Extract

Pretty simple in its claims, but what I found intriguing was the how to use section which is:

How to use: Place on forehead, cheek and chin, remove after 10 to 15 minutes, then tap lightly to absorb. or On a busy morning, put the pad on your skin and try to remove the pad after the hair dryer. Helps makeup boosting.

The very thin individual pads. They are difficult to separate and you can’t use them as you would cotton rounds as they roll up.

Normally, I apply the toner to the cotton round and wipe it around my face. I was unprepared for the mask like timing of this product. I will say though, that the toner pads included in the package are designed for the sit and leave on application method rather than the simply apply to the skin method. If you try to wipe them across the skin, the thin pads roll up and are absolutely useless. they are simply too thin to use in that format.

I will say that I don’t often have an extra fifteen minutes in the morning to sit with toner pads on my face. Their secondary recommendation for busy mornings involving a hair dryer to speed up the process is interesting, and I will admit, I tried it.

First I tried the regular method of applying the toner pads to my skin and letting it sit for fifteen minutes. I will admit I did not do this in the morning, but rather at night when I had a little more time and wasn’t trying to get out of the door. It feels very much like having sections of a sheet mask on your face. As they dry, the edges tend to curl up a little. Mostly they stay moist though, it is just the edges that dry out towards the end of the fifteen minutes.

Toner pads applied to the face. In my opinion they leave a lot of skin bare. Plus I couldn’t get one to stay on my nose.

After sitting for fifteen minutes, I removed the pads from my face and patted in the remaining serum. My skin felt a little sticky but either the serum soaking the pads evaporated or my skin soaked it in as they were no longer dripping wet when I removed them.

Next (on a different evening) I tried the blow dry the applied toner pads. I did not care for this method as even on low heat I didn’t like directing that much direct heat to my skin. It shaved off a little time for the toner pads to sit, but it was cumbersome and somewhat annoying to have to haul out the hair dryer for my face. Also as I pull my bangs back with a headband when using skin care, the blow dryer just insured they were standing up when I was done.

Finally, as I used all of the toner pads, I applied some of the serum to my regular cotton rounds and applied it to my face in traditional toner style.

As a toner (with the cotton rounds) it is not bad. I liked the scent of the tea tree oil and my skin felt nourished. I applied extra and patted it into the skin as well and I did like it. When leaving it to sit with the pads on my face left the sections under the pads feeling a little sticky and over saturated and the rest of my face sort of dry. I think it is a pretty decent toner serum over all, but I can’t get down with those pads. If I was specifically targeting a dark spot, I might get more use out of them, but I tone my face in both the morning and the evening and not only is this more of a spot treatment, it is a lengthy one. While I might consider purchasing a bottle of the toner on its own to see how the tea tree essence works with my skin, I am going to have to pass on these toner pads. this product is not for me.


Quick note, one of the products I use consistently is the Makeup Eraser. It is reusable and long lasting and one of the things I started using after I stopped using makeup wipes. Anyway, I am posting a couple of codes you might find useful if you are interested in trying it out. Both are from Makeup Eraser. They come in a range of colors and styles and they help keep you from ruining your washcloths. Hope they help anyone shopping.

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