The Daily: April 14th, 2021

Well my darlings, while my vaccine reaction took only a day to wear off, my babydoll is having a little bit of a harder time with it. It isn’t a more severe reaction, in fact it is a lot less severe. Mine was just a fever blitz where as his fever has been low grade and filled with lots of muscle ache and exhaustion. It is better than yesterday though so I think we are coming out of it. It did mean that again, I am sticking close to home instead of running across town to the gym. I got in a morning walk and I’m doing good with my calorie count but I’m just kind of holding steady. Even if I get back to the Gym Thursday or Friday I don’t expect much of a loss this week. And honestly my goal is just to sort of not gain this week. which I think is certainly feasible.

I did get myself a new treat though. I’m sure anyone paying attention to their health has heard that drinking water is really good for you. One of the way’s I encourage myself to drink water is by using a pretty glass. This weekend I picked up this set of four champagne glasses. They are from the Rachel Zoe Collection. I know they are designed for champagne, but they fit really nicely in the hand And why should I reserve such fabulous glasses just for champagne? Carbonated water looks just as festive. And if you fill the glass up to one finger’s with from the rim it is exactly eight ounces. Perhaps it is my shallow side coming out, but I adore pretty glassware. Actually I just adore glass, but that is a whole other discussion. And if I can harness that love of beauty to get myself to drink more water then I consider it a strength and not a weakness. Plus these glasses really do feel good in the hand.

So I have new water/champagne glasses. I’m sure you will see them crop up in future drinks posts and while there are several cocktails I can think of that would look stunning, they were actually purchased with water in mind. And look quite stunning with water I might add.

Today’s Look:

Primer: YSL Touch Eclat blurring primer

Foundation: Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick

Bronzer: Nars in Laguna

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur in Mauve Sunrise

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette

Mascara: Pat McGrath Fetish Eyes Mascara

Lips Roen Beauty Kiss my Liquid Lip Balm in Charlie

I’ll be honest, today I chose products that were easy to work with. I didn’t want to fuss or fiddle with anything. I had things to do so quick and easy worked. Again I used the YSL primer and will be posting my review tomorrow. The foundation was a no brainer. The Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick is quick, easy and fabulous.

I put a stripe on each cheek, one down the nose, one across the forehead and another across the chin. Then do a quick blend with my 999 Master Blender Foundation brush and boom, done. no muss no fuss. It blends in like a dream and the formula is creamy enough that it doesn’t need to be warmed up. I think this is the second stick of this Foundation I have purchased and I am about half way through it. It is just a really good foundation to have around. Even though it has a priming core, I need a pore filling primer because I just like the extra layer of primer (and I no longer have 20 year old skin), but it really is a fantastic foundation stick.

Everything else I know I have talked about before and they are products I really enjoy using and don’t have to think too much about. The No 7 Powder is a standard for me. it is the powder I judge other powders against. And it has outperformed some rather high end powders. The Huda Beauty Palette i have only had a few more months but the formula of the shadows is excellent and each time I pull the palette out I want to play with it more. I intended to do just a quick swipe of mauve but then I just couldn’t stop. And you know I can’t resist bronze shades. I am just a sucker for a good bronze shadow.

The Pat McGrath Fetisheyes mascara is good, but I don’t I don’t think it is good enough to warrant it’s price tag. There are quite a few less expensive mascaras that I actually like better. It is good enough to use, use up and if it comes my way in a subscription box, use again, but I wouldn’t repurchase it on it’s own.

The Roen Beauty Kiss My lip Balm in Charlie is a product I am kind of n the fence about. I like the color but it is a little stickier than I like my lip balms. And despite the name my babydoll hates when I kiss him while wearing it. I have noticed though that even after it wears off, my lips are softer and more hydrated than they were when I put it on. I think it is one of those lip products I will have to choose when and where I want to wear it. It will be an infrequent use or only worn when working at home alone at my desk kind of product.

So that was me today. I didn’t get around to jewelry or the gym, but I got a lot done and have thus far made four pots of tea. the fifth is brewing as we speak. And I need to check on it. So this is where I leave you my darlings. I hope you have a fantastic afternoon.

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The Daily: April 13th, 2021

Today has been an interesting day. My babydoll got his second vaccine shot yesterday and today he is partially down for the count. He is achy and feverish but can’t seem to fall asleep. He has spent the bulk of the day in bed. But doesn’t really seem to want to stay there. He also wants to be on the couch. He also wants someone to pay attention to him. Mostly he wasn’t someone to listen while he recounts how bad he actually feels.

It is kind of the opposite of how I am when I am sick. when I don’t feel well I want to hole up and pretend the rest of the world does not exist. I’m just glad we didn’t get out vaccines on the same day or I think one of us would not make it out alive. Him being sick is somewhat exhausting. But I love him. And so I am making another pot of tea. And listening to how bad he feels.

Which to be fair, is pretty bad.

I managed a walk, but there is no way to get to the gym today. That is simply not going to happen. My calories are back to normal though so that is something. I just need to burn off the massive amount of Mexican food this past weekend held.

I know it was my choice to eat it, but it was so good it was hard to resist.

I am happy though that last night I went ahead and used my latest shipment from eSalon to dye my hair again. the grays were really kind of driving me crazy. They aren’t a cool little strp or anything just a weird little poof of straggly grays sticking out of my roots. I postponed dying it again so that I could see how the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo worked on my color treated hair and so that I could try the root touch up. Both worked really well by the way, but it was time to re-dye the hair.

Since I am starting a new Shampoo and Conditioner Trial and the conditioner with the eSalon dye is really good, I tried the Zents Shampoo and Conditioner set before dying my hair so my first thoughts would be untainted. That post will be up tomorrow. I used the shampoo and conditioner for the first time last Friday so i could have a couple of days to check out the first wash. Today my makeup was relatively simple, sort of.

Today’s Look:

Primer: YSL Touche eclat Blurring Primer

Foundation: Wet ‘n Wild Tinted Hydrator with Hyaluronic Acid

Bronzer: Julep So Radiant Diamond Powder bronzer

Blush: Julep Pore Minimizing Blush

Powder NARS pressed powder in Eden

Highlighter Steve Laurent Prosecco Please

Mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara

Eyeshadow: Enlighten Palette by IBY

Lips Milk Makeup Astro Glo Oil Lip and Cheek Tint

You may noticed there is little eyeshadow showing. I tried to use the green ish purple shimmer called Wealth in the Enlighten Palette and it did not end well. You can still see some of it around my eyes, but I wiped most of it off. I like the Enlighten Palette, it has soft pastel shades. The shimmers are great. The mattes, not so much. It is one I need to sit down and play around with, nt one I should try to use in a hurry. I hurried and there was color shift glitter everywhere. It was a pretty shade but I messed up big time. I will take the time to practice and play with it because i really like the shimmers, but that day is not today.

I tend to forget I have the Milk Makeup Glow oil lip and Cheek tint. I have two in different shades. They are really good on the lips. Hydrating without being sticky. They are pointless on the cheeks. The color shows up with the first stripe and then disappears as you blend. So unless you want one solid stripe across your cheek, use it on your lips. It is excellent on the lips.

The Steve Laurent Highlighter I often forget as well. It feels wet to the touch but applies dry. If you use a brush the highlighter disappears so you really do need to apply it with your finger tip.

Everything else performed really well. I am always amazed by how well the Wet ‘n wild Tinted hydrator performs. I always dot int onto my face and think ‘That’s going to be too light’ then I blend and it melts into the skin leaving my skin looking like my skin only better. It is a really good tinted moisturizer (the hyaluronic acid doesn’t hurt either) and i think that I will be wearing it a lot more in the summer as it is so light weight.

So that is my day, a failed eyeshadow plan and an under the weather babydoll. And now the kettle is boiling and I hear a moan from someone who doesn’t want to get off the couch. It is amazing how he can make that sound like a death rattle. At least it is a 24 hour thing. Twelve more hours and we should be in the clear and normality can once again resume.

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The Daily: April 12th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings, I hope your Monday is going well. My babydoll is currently on his way home from getting the second shot of his vaccine so I have a feeling that my calm and smooth day is about to become a little less calm. But at least this morning was productive.

I planned to go to the gym but the weather was so nice that I just went on an extra long walk instead. We are in that small space of time where the winter chill is gone, the rains have backed off and the summer heat has not yet taken over. It is a very short window and I am going to take advantage of it as much as possible.

I am however getting back into my calorie counting. This weekend it sort of went out the window. On Saturday my babydoll said “You know we haven’t had food from that nice family run mexican place down the street in a while.’ And so we ordered Mexican Food. And when he says a while, he means well before lock down. It is a very good restaurant but the portion sizes are enormous, as well as inexpensive. when we both started trying to lose weight we still went there but found that we could share an appetizer and both be full enough to call it a meal. The problem is that when my baby called the order in he forgot that and decided that we could always have left overs on Sunday. which we did. So we both over ate on both Saturday and Sunday. I couldn’t even estimate the calorie count this weekend.

So tonight I am having salad. I’d like to say it is just because I need to get back on track with my calories but the truth is after the heavy meals this weekend I really just want a salad. Leafy greens just sound like a fantastic idea. There will also probably be another walk this afternoon. Other than that I am just working away at the desk today. Nice and quiet. At least until my babydoll gets home. Then it is anyone’s guess what will happen.

Wonky bangs today

Today’s look

Primer: YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/Powder: PUR 4 in one skin perfecting Face Palette

Eyeshadow: Zoeva Caramel Melange

Mascara: Ciate London Wonderwand

Lips: Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon in Stay Exceptional with the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Diamond Milk as a topper

This was my first use of the YSL Primer which came in my April Macy’s bag. I’ll admit i was a little worried about the gold flakes but I did not end up looking like an extra from Twilight. The formula blurred and gave me a nice glow. It is very silicone-y to the touch and I really don’t like the strange little applicator wand. The full size comes with a pump though so that is just an issue with the sample size. Thus far I am really liking it. It sits well under the foundation. Despite being one of the least expensive foundations I own, the elf acne fighting foundation is actually one of my favorites. I especially like it as Friday I used a clearing mask to bring up buried blemishes and spent the weekend trying to get them taken care of.

I tend to forget I have the PUr Face palette. I think I used it the week it came in, liked it and then put it in a drawer and forgot about it. I have a tendency to do that with face palettes. Which I really want to work on. Some of my favorite face products are in my face palettes so I need to remember to switch them into rotation more.

The Caramel Melange palette from Zoeva is also one I don’t reach for much. I like it though. The shadows always perform well. The issue is that every look I create turned out more or less the same. The mattes are just so similar that the palette gets boring very quickly. I think when I used it initially for a week, I just ended up getting really bored with it and haven’t really reached for it since. The formula of the shadows are really nice though, it just doesn’t have a lot of variance on the tones. The bronze shimmer is fantastic though. It is a fabulous shade and one I really enjoy using. It’s called Liquid Center. Since I always reach for it, I decided not to use it today and kind of wish I had as it would add a bit more spark to the look. The darkest shade Edible gGem always comes out a little patchy, but every other shade is soft, buttery and blendable. I think it looked okay in the end, but certainly not my favorite look.

The mascara is actually the last of my Ciate London Wonderwand. I really liked it. It lengthens and thickens the lashes really well and didn’t peel or flake during the day. This sample sized tube is now completely empty (it made the hollow popping sound as I was putting it on today) and will be making its way to the empties bin. It will be repurchased in a full size though at a later date.

This weekend I reorganized my lip products, mostly to see what was expired and to remind myself of shades i don’t reach for often enough. I ended up pulling the Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon out. I like the formula and how it feels on the lips but I always think it looks a little too pink until i put it on. I really like it on my lips. The Gloss Bomb from Fenty Beauty is another I don’t reach for often because I tend to forget it. It is just a little too wide to sit in my lippie display rack so it goes into the drawer and gets forgotten. It is a great formula though and I need to keep it out so I use it more often. In general I am not a huge fan of Fenty products. I generally find them okay but not spectacular. This Gloss Bomb is one of the few Fenty Products that I have tried that I actually really like. So I need to remember to use it more.


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The Daily: April 8th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Do you see what I see on this rainy and somewhat dreary Thursday? It is a delightful bag from Zents. They very kindly sent over some lovely items for me to try out and review for you. If you have never heard of Zents, they are a company that makes bath and body products. I’ve used their bath truffles before and they are amazing. The scents are fantastic and as they have both Epsom salts and Shea butter in them they are excellent for soaking your muscles and making your skin silky soft. Growing up any time we had muscle issues or aches and pains my mother dropped epsom salts into the bath tub for us as a general soak, so everytime I see them in a bath time treat I am just tickled. Of course the super soft Shea butter doesn’t hurt any. Nor do their scents. I’m partial to the mandarin while my mother swears by the Oolong.

That shouldn’t be much of a surprise as if it has a scent even vaguely reminiscent of tea it shoots right to the top of her scent preference list. I’m pretty sure you could get her to buy a muscle car if you replaced the new car scent with the scent of tea. (In case you are one of the many who has never met my mother, she is not a muscle car sort of person)

I like the fact that while they smell absolutely amazing they are all about the gentle aromas, so you aren’t being hit over the head with scent. They also have unscented too if you prefer to skip the aromas. I have to say i was very excited to peer inside. While I routinely pick up their bath truffles I haven’t actually tried anything else from the brand. I know that sounds strange but I have several brands I do that with. I find something I like and then just keep reordering without poking around on the site and trying new stuff. I tend to do the same at restaurants. I know my favorite item on the menu of each restaurant I like and that is what I order at the at place. I’m working on it.

Today Zents sent a shampoo and conditioner set, the Shampoo in my favorite Mandarin Scent and conditioner in the scent Water which sounds intriguing and their Eau de Toilette Sample set. It contains ten scent samples and oh my darlings you know how much I love trying out new perfumes and scents. In the case of Zents it is actually a little more than just trying out the eau de toilette scents though. The scents used in the actual scents are also the scents of the bath products. For example while the conditioner they scent is called Water, there is also a scent called Water, as well as a bath truffle with the same scent profile.

Testing the scents in the eau de toilette sample set is also going to help me branch out of my comfort zone when it comes to other products on the site, like the bath truffles. I generally only order the Mandarin for me and the Oolong for my mother because I know those scents and that I really like them. Now I can smell them as scent and decide if I also want to try them as bath products. As well as scent too of course. I can’t wait to start trying them out. And now I am extra glad I decided to use up a shampoo sample instead of starting a whole new bottle. Because now the sample shampoo is gone and I can just start with this. woot. what a nice Thursday surprise.

As I mentioned before it is a kind of rainy and dreary day. so there is no walking on the walking trail for me. And I’m still trying to catch up a bit from taking a day off so lunch was cheese and crackers at the desk and dinner is a salad. Spinach themed mostly. A little bit of extra iron is not a bad thing right now.

I did manage to take a little time and do my makeup today so I am feeling a little bit more normal. No fever and normal rhythms returning. I did go for a relatively quick and simple look today.

Today’s Look

Primer: Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Hi Fi Filter

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Fenty Beauty Killamatt Highlighter in Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule

Powders: Elf Loose translucent setting powder and No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Eye shadow: Butter London Natural Goddess Palette

Mascara: Big Poppa from Wet ‘n Wild

Lip: Kristofer Buckle in Bardot

Setting Spray: The Porefessional Super Setter from Benefit Cosmetics

I used a mix of old favorites and products I am still on the fence about. Since I have been testing the No 7 foundation it was on the top of my dressing table so I just picked it up naturally. It is a good foundation and it will probably go into my list of favorites as I can easily see myself reaching for it often. The Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer I picked up because it is a full on primer. It is like spackle for the face when you are feeling less than skintastic.

My skin was doing really well, despite the increased masking at the gym and then after my vaccination I had just a massive fever. I was sweating less like a sinner in church and more like I had organized and set plans in motion to overthrow the devil and take up the reigns of the demonic domain.

While my fever did break and the sweat stopped, it left behind a spate of blemishes that have started rising to the surface. I think that deep sweat just pulled everything and anything to the surface. I was going to try a new mask tomorrow for face mask Friday but at this point I believe I am going to have to break out my Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clearing mask to set my skin straight. I love trying new products, but sometimes you have to go for the tried and true.

Incidentally you can currently get 25% off at Herbal Dynamics Beauty with the code NEWSKIN25. The deal starts today. I’m not sure how long it will last. Usually they give 20% off for new orders so this is just a little bit extra in case you are interested.

Most of the other products today fall into the tried and true category. The Marc Jacobs I will use until I hit pan and then repurchase and I just adore the buildability of the bareMinerals blush. I will be reaching fot it a lot, not just because I love it but because it is a sample size. I want to purchase the full size but my general rule is that I can’t buy the full size until I use up the sample. Admittedly this sample is already showing a distinct wear curve in the center of the pan.

The two products I was on the fence about were the highlighter and the eyeshadow palette. The highlighter is Fenty Beauty and good quality but when applied it is a bit too pink and makes me feel like I am just adding extra blush with a little bit of sparkle. I may leave it out this weekend and just play around with it. I love the colors, but I think I may like them more as eyeshadows rather than highlighters. I think if I pair it with a mauve or pin eyeshadow it could make a quick and easy combo, especially for traveling. I’m just not sure the highlighter works as a highlighter for me.

The butter London Natural Goddess is an interesting one. I really like the formula of these shadows but I don’t reach for it often. I tend to forget abut it honestly. It has two mattes and four shimmers. One of the mattes is a teal blue shade I don’t like so the only matte I use is the brown. And then I just vary the brown with a shimmer or two. Today i used the pink shade (Queen in the center) nd the with silver shade of Enchantress on my inner corner with the one brown matte, Temptress as my, well, matte. every look I make with this palette is just a variation of the shimmers against the brown. I always like what look I come up with but I always sort of know how it is going to look. there is something to be said for that though. I always reach for the palette thinking, ‘you know I really don’t use this enough and should probably pass it along.” and then I use it and thing “oh I love this shadow formula.” Oddly Butter London’s formulas aren’t always consistent. I like the formula of this palette much better than I like the Teddy Boy Palette. For now the palette stays But I do need to start reaching for it more.

And that my darlings is how today is shaping up. It isn’t the most dramatic of days, but it is shaping up to be a return to normality, and that is something I can get behind.

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The Daily: April 7th, 2021

Today has certainly kept me hopping. Yesterday was an unexpected sick day for me (although if I had been thinking I would have sort of planned for some side effects since everyone else I know has had them.) Today I’m feeling better. My fever broke sometime in the night and while my arms are still a little on the achy side I no longer feel like my bones are undergoing some sort of medieval torture.

I think my hands were actually the worst with that. My finger joints really hurt. Luckily that was all gone when i woke up. As are the other flu like symptoms. Only the slight stiffness and soreness in the arms remains. It now just feels like I did a particularly hard work out with weights the day before. Not pleasant, but not debilitating.

It is however why I am taking the rest of the week off from the gym. I’ll start back again on Monday. I’m just going to add a few days of recuperation to my slate before I return. I think that might be for the best. I did go on a walk today though and it was nice to get out into the sunshine. I was going to wait for a bit on the walking but we have rain coming our way so I’m not entirely certain how much walking will be a possibility the rest of the week. I may go to the gym just for the treadmill if the rain returns in force and floods the park, but I am staying away from the weights circuit.

Yesterday my stomach was a delicate thing so not many calories were consumed. Today I’m still not very hungry so I am just sort of seeing where things stand. I went for soup for lunch and it seems to be sitting well but I only managed half a bowl. At the moment I think keeping track of calories isn’t really a goal. I expect at some point my appetite will come roaring back and I’ll make up for everything that I missed, but right now I’m just taking it as it goes.

Most of today has been spent at my desk catching up and to be honest, I haven’t even gotten around to putting on makeup today. I moisturized and then dusted my face with some Kristofer Buckle translucent setting powder so I wouldn’t be shiny and called it good. I think I might have reached for a lip balm at some point. I’m good with that today. There were no meetings, phone or otherwise and my monitor doesn’t actually care what I look like. Somedays, you just have to let things go. Today I am just calling a skin care day. I’ll use a face mask later so it will all work out. I may even try telling myself that leaving off the makeup was intentional and not because I got caught up in dealing with a bunch of e-mails.

The Daily: April 5th, 2021

Oh my darlings today has been a day. Easter weekend was fine and quiet but this week got off to a roaring bang. My gym visit was skipped and I went on an extra long walk this morning instead. I know it sounds a bit dorky but I had my second vaccine shot this afternoon. After my Monday weights my arms feel weak and wobbly (mostly because I don’t go near the gym on the weekend). But then after my first vaccine shot my arm felt very achy as well.

Since I was having the second shot today, I wanted to know which was making my arms wobbly. I figured I could burn a few more calories on the walking trail today and just see how the week works out. I didn’t really have any reaction to the first shot so I am hopeful, but i am also wary. So this week will be a let’s see how things go as far as exercise goes.

It is also the week where leftover carrot cake will be following every meal. The left over lamb we can freeze, the left over cake not so much. So we will see how that goes as well.

The vaccine itself was very interesting. It was done in the parking lot outside of an abandoned section of mall. There are a few business still in the mall but JCPennys and the entire wing where it was located are now all empty. It felt oddly apocolyptic to get a shot in the arm there. To top it off this was the first warm day in a while. After last week’s freeze today is in the mid seventies and the black topped asphalt radiated heat. It was a very long line to get the shot. It was like a bizarre slow moving obstacle course through a maze of orange traffic cones. I will say, they used the vast empty parking lot to their advantage.

After the long wait and maze traversing the injection was almost anti climactic. A couple of questions, a sign in sheet and then the alcohol swap shot and bandage before being sent off to the far side of the parking lot to wait for fifteen minutes to make sure there were no side effects. Actual Vaccine: 2 minutes. Everything surrounding the vaccine, three hours and twenty minutes. And so my darlings that is what I did with my day.

The makeup pictures I took prior to leaving for the appointment. I will say, over three hours in a hot car was a pretty good stress test for the No7 Foundation.

Today’s look:

Te shadow is actually from my phone as I face the light in the window, fyi

Primer: No Poreblem Primer by Touch in Sol

Foundation: No7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation with SPF15 (I still used my Volition SPF 50, don’t worry)

Blush, Bronzer and Highlight: The Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio

Eyeshadow: KVD single in Lolita with the Elf Bite Sized palette in Rose Water (I still can’t believe these palettes are $3)

Mascara: Ciate Wonderwand Mascara

Eyebrows: Il Makiage in Truffle

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude in Pout

I didn’t use a setting spray because I am testing the wear of the new foundation (Its also one of the main reasons I am alternating primers and not trying out the new one I have) and I don’t want anything affecting it.

Over all, I am pretty happy about the way things turned out. I didn’t want to be late to my appointment so I kind of hustled. I didn’t even realize I didn’t reach for any setting powder or pressed powder until I was out of the house. It was a super quick look. The Primer went on with the fingertips and the foundation went on with my 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools. I only used two eyeshadow brushes, both my favorite Luxie. One was the Luxie 209 Large Shader and the other was the Luxie 140 Detail Tapered blender. I need to poke around on the site as the 140 Detail Tapered blender is one of my favorite brushes. It is however pretty old so even though it is in good condition, I still want to get a replacement just to have it ready. The issue is I can’t find the exact number. So I have to look for something similar. It has almost a Wonder Woman Logo on it so I don’t know if Luxie came out with a specific set a while back and now no longer carries it. It is something I will need to look into. I have some time though as it is still in decent shape. But that was about it for me. It was a quick and easy look that only wilted slightly in my non-air conditioned car and long parking lot wait. Sometimes simple is best. I’m just glad i decided to tie my hair up and out of the way.


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Weekly Weight: ?

Several of you may notice there is no photo accompanying this post at the top.  Look at you smarty pants. And now everyone is wondering why there is no scale.

I too am wondering why there is no scale. 

In fact I have been wondering it for quite a while this morning.  You see I woke up, went to the bathroom and low and behold there was an empty square of time where the scale usually resides. Now in general scales do not just get up and walk about on their own. 

At least I hope not.

I do not live alone so the thing to do would be to ask about to see if anyone else knows the location of the scale. 

However my baby doll had to head out to work a bit early this morning (they are preparing for some sort of furniture delivery) and so by the time I went looking to ask him about the scales disappearance, he was already gone.  I sent a text but have yet to hear a response.

In the past he has used it when they needed to weigh packages and estimate shipping charges.  That is the only reason I can think of that he would actually abscond with the scale.  I’m sure I’ll find out the details later. 

So there is no official weigh in this week.

This week was a strange one.  Monday went off without a hitch, everything proceeding as planned. Tuesday involved a trip to the dentist and wondering if art thieves had developed a penchant for dental themed art work.  Wednesday started off normal and then turned into a neighborhood flood, and power outage extravaganza. And while Thursday returned to normal I escaped to the gym to use the treadmill instead of wading through the flooded park. How today turns out is anyone’s guess.

We have a nice quiet weekend planned so that could end up interesting as well. In general ,this week relied mostly on my portion control.  I think I did pretty good.  I don’t think I lost much of any weight, but I don’t think there was any gain.  Without the scale I have no way of proving that though.  Hopefully tomorrow morning I can check it and see. But my pants aren’t any tighter which is always a good sign. Admittedly they aren’t any looser either.

As for my shoes, I have pictured them below. 

Brand new shoes on the left and the same shoes with one month’s worth of wear

There isn’t much more wear than there was last week, however you might notice that they are cleaner.  I attempted a walk in the park when the water retreated and squelched down deep in the mud.  The air holes in the side of the sneakers meant to let your feet breath acted as mud sucking vacuums and when I got home the shoes needed to be chucked into the washer if I ever planned to wear them again.  I ended up drying them in a no heat dryer with a bunch of towels to keep it from banging up the dryer drum too much. 

They came out clean and no longer saturated with mud.  My feet are happy and the shoes took no damage. It’s a win-win. Thus far I have to say I am really liking these sneakers for walking.  They are light weight and they breathe well.  They are sturdy and while there is some wear the soles aren’t wearing down too fast. They are New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi (if they have a number I didn’t see it) in case you are wondering.  And no I am not an affiliate of any sort.  These just happened to be the sneakers I picked up to try out. They looked like they would be good for walking and thus far, they have been. Now I just have to wear them until they can’t be worn anymore and evaluate whether or not I want to get another pair just like it or try something new. Since they are comfortable, I am just waiting on the wear factor to figure that out. Hopefully it will take a while as they have just reached the comfortable stage of worn in.

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The daily: April 1st, 2021

Oh my darlings this week has been an interesting one. It felt like every time i got a rip on my week something came flying out of nowhere. I think I ended up paying more attention to the weather this week than I have in a really long time.

I think that’s because it felt like the weather was trying to take me down. I understand the park flooding. The State of Tennessee decided to use the floodplains to build walking trails across the state. While it makes for a very good use of land that otherwise can’t be used, (And keeps people from trying to use it) it does mean that when it rains the walking trails flood. That makes sense. It just seemed like the rain was intent on taking down as many trees as possible while rushing through.

But it seems to have been sorted. The roads are clear and even though there is the sound of chainsaws accompanying the day, my entire neighborhood is back to being fully powered. The internet is also working. Yesterday everything was a bit dicey.

Today there will be no walking outside. I went to the gym and used the treadmill instead. I’ve been trying to go for weights monday, Wednesday and Friday and staying out of the gym Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I think today, just going for the tread mill was a good idea. It took a chunk out of my morning, but it kept me from wandering the neighborhood and getting in the way of people dealing with trees. I think they are trying to beat the cold front that is coming in.

As for me, I am trying to devise a system to keep my blankets over the flowers tonight but not crushing the flowers. It looks like i am getting ready to build a tent fort in the back yard. I’m not sure it counts as actual exercise, but it has gotten me moving.

And the world was calm enough that I actually managed to sit down long enough to actually try out the new foundation i purchased. You wouldn’t think that would be such a feat, but this week, it kinda turned out to be one of my few triumphs. Okay the triumph was actually getting to sit down in one place quietly long enough to actually put the makeup on rather than just trying the foundation. I’m sure you get the point. Anyway….

Today’s look

Primer: e.l.f poreless putty primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Space Case Fakeation on mars

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur blush in Mauve sunrise

Highlighter: Beyond powder Highlighter from Illamasqua in OMG

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Rimmel London Magnif’ eyes Crimson Edition

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Gloss in Pout

Mascara Ciate London WonderWand Mascara

I am going to be rotating through my different primers as I try out the foundation so i can see how it works with each. Since the e.l.f poreless putty primer tends to work with most foundations I’ve tried I started with it. Plus i really like the primer. Thus far I feel really good about the foundation. I’ll monitor it throughout the day and continue using it until next Thursday when i post a review. I’ll also be posting a review of the Ciate Eye Luster liquid shadow next week. I didn’t get to play around with it as much as I wanted this week so I want a little more time to develop my thoughts on it.

I have to say the more I use the Bounce and Blur Primer from bareMinerals the more I like it. It is such a great buildable formula. you can so easily tailor it to a BB cream or a full coverage foundation just by your application. And frankly, this color works well for me. i also really liked the sheered color of the bareMinerals gloss.

In fact everything I used this week worked well for me. I can’t remember if i’ve done a full review of the Rimmel eyeshadow palette. If I haven’t I’ll post one soon. It is not a new release. In fact it has been in my collection a while. I do like the Rimmel shadow formula, but I tend not to remember this palette that often. I think it is because it is rather on the small side and it really is a red toned moment whenever you reach for it. I do like the look I came up with today though. So I will have to remember to wear it more.

Well that is my look for the day. I left off the jewelry because I will be messing about in the garden this afternoon and even though it is my back yard there is always the possibility of having to converse with neighbors. So the mask is in my mack pocket and mask snagging earrings remain in the jewelry box. With luck I will be able to figure out how to protect my plants. Wish me luck.

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The Daily: March 31st, 2021

Power! At the moment I have it. It is a flickering thing though so I am going to keep today’s post very short. April rain may bring May showers but March’s rain brings fallen trees and downed power lines. we lost power for a large chunk of the day

. Outside there are large trucks and teams of people trying their best. All the rain loosened the earth and trees that weren’t as firmly anchored as one might expect have decided to hit the ground like fainting victorian ladies. As one lovely tree in my neighbors yard hit the ground all of the pink and white petals fluttered like snow. Considering the temperatures are about to plummet (according to the weather man) I hope it isn’t a sign of things to come.

My tulips finally flowered and I would like to keep them. Last year the rabbits thought they looked like lovely little treats and nipped them off the stems so the fact that they have stayed on the stems this year is kind of amazing. well some of them stayed on the stems. three have been chewed off by the fluffy bunny brigade. I;m hoping the freeze doesn’t do them in.

I may spend the afternoon working on figuring out how to protect them. I spent most of the morning contemplating the slowly thawing freezer. Meals may be interesting for a bit. With thunder and lightning rolling in again, the lights are flickering and the sounds of buzz saws outside are momentarily silenced. I think I am going to call it a day and end this post.

the gym was closed as they lost power and walking was clearly not an option. Thus far calories are on point but dinner may be on the interesting side. with luck normality may be restored in the morning. Okay thunder rattling windows. I’ll catch you up tomorrow. Stay safe my darlings.

The Daily: March 30th, 2021

The flood waters have receded. Well, mostly. There were a couple of dicy patches with thick squishy mud that almost sucked my sneakers off my feet, but over all the creeks have returned to their beds and the walking trail is once again open.

It was very nice to once again walk in the sunshine. My plan was to try out the treadmills at the gym should the trail not be open but I am glad that I don’t have to actually drive to the gym today and can just walk down to the trail and go on my walk. Tomorrow of course is a gym day. So I’ll be scheduling in the driving. At the moment gym days require walking up a half hour earlier to kind of make my schedule balance. Its working without too much disruption so far and i think I can adjust to the slightly earlier wake up three times a week. It gets me to the gym, avoids the most people and doesn’t throw my schedule off.

The only thing is that I’ve never been a morning person and right now it is early enough in the spring that waking up a half hour earlier means it is still dark when i get up. Not loving that part, but everything else seems to be doing okay.

I had my first dentist appointment in a while and it was an interesting experience. For a while they weren’t scheduling anything, then they had a system and a backlog of patients so I was overdue for a visit. It was a little strange. In the exam room my dentist has removed all framed prints and dental advertisements. There are no brochures for extra services or really anything that could in anyway become contaminated with anything. Anything that remains is coated in disposable plastic and then of course there are the masks and the gloves.

You can see the nails where pictures once were so it sort of looks like they were the victims of art theft. Beyond that everything went well. I went to my appointment sans makeup actually. I picked up a new foundation ( well new to me, I’m not sure how long it has been on the market) that i want to try. It is the No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation with SPF 15. I figured wearing it to the dentist’s on it’s first day out of the box was a bit too cruel of a test for it.

Besides any face products worn at the dentist tend to get destroyed. Sure I would be able to hide the destruction behind a mask when I left the office, but I figure why put everyone through that.

So no makeup today. I will start in on the new foundation tomorrow and wear it every day until next Thursday (April 8th) when I will write up a full review. I figure that will give me enough of a feel for the product. Tonight I will be playing around a bit more with the Ciate London Eye Luster Liquid Shadow. But beyond that, my skin gets a fresh face to the world. Or at lest the world that is encapsulated by the walking trail and the dentist’s office. It’s a small sliver of the world, but it is all that I am visiting today. I might however get in a second walk this afternoon to make up for several days in a row being unable to walk outside. In addition I am making Carrot Cake for Easter and I adore carrot cake. So getting in a little extra walking time before the carrot cake arrives is not a bad thing.


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