The Daily: December 2nd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. We have reached Thursday and quite honestly that feels like a bit of an accomplishment. While the world went a little mad yesterday, today it seems everyone realized they went a little mad and are now taking a breather.

Which is kind of nice because I now have heaps of work to get done before the month/year ends.

But that is okay, I was expecting that. Somehow I never quite expect the first of December mayhem. And honestly, it usually isn’t this bad. In addition to everything else I do a lot of technical writing and I think that a lot of companies are rewriting their policies and procedures to more permanently incorporate some work from home systems.

Which I suppose is smart.

Even if they all decided to do the update at the same time.

So maybe it is more of a trend then just smarts.

Regardless, after yesterday’s freak out the world is calmer, busy, but calmer. And I managed to get a longer walk in today to make up for yesterday’s lack. So it all worked out.

Today, being the second of the month, I got to go in and make my selections for my Glam Bag Plus. I have to say this is one of the first months in a while where I have nothing negative to say about the selections. I was actually quite impressed. I also got an add-on this month. They had the Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate in the add ons and I just couldn’t resist putting it into my box. They had it for $18 instead of the full price (and it is a pretty pricy product). It is also something I’ve used before and absolutely loved. (It wasn’t one of the selections, but it does ship with the box). They actually had a lot of add ons this time around that looked interesting. I think they sort of rolled a lot of their holiday stock into the add ins. Either way, i was more impressed with IPSY today than I have been for a while. And I am really looking forward to Decembers Bag.

But the bag will have to wait.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Figs & Rouge Blurring Primer

Foundation: KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight/Eyeshadow: Glam on the Go Palette from Amuse

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills black mascara

Lips: AOA Wonder Matte Lipstick (shade 2039- Venus)

I have heard about Shop Miss A for a while now and I’ll admit, I was skeptical of $1 makeup. I know, sometimes good things don’t cost a lot. But sometimes you get what you pay for. so I steered away. Then I realized they had some skin care tools that I really liked. Incidentally if you are looking for inexpensive silicone masking brushes, I recommend checking them out. Nearly everything on their site is $1. A few items might be slightly higher, but there are very few.

I am actually giving several face masks and masking sets to family for Christmas this year so I decided to pick up a bunch of the masking brushes so I could add them as stocking stuffers for the people getting masks. While i was there I picked up a few makeup items to try. while I did pick up some foundation, I am still trying out the KVD Lock It foundation, so I’ll be trying that later on. I just couldn’t resist the all in one Glam on the go palette. And since technically there are four eyeshadows in it, the palette sort of went with the quad theme I’ve had going on recently.

First the three non Miss A items. The Figs& Rouge Primer i am sort of on the fence about. It has a thin consistencey and does a decent job of blurring but there is something about the scent that I am not too crazy about. And it is a strong scent. I’m going to keep using it for the trial but the scent might end up making it a non-repurchase item.

The foundation is the KVD powder foundation and I am starting to get the hang of the powder foundation. This one wears really well and provides more coverage than I thought it would. It also doesn’t look powdery which is nice.

The ABH Mascara is nice. it lengthens and does a fair bit of volumizing. Mine looks a little messy today which I didn’t realize until I looked at the pictures. After applying the mascara I sneezed. But I thought it was dry enough not to cause issues. There was a little transfer, which I didn’t realize. It is a good mascara and I would use it again.

The rest of the items came from Shop Miss A. The Palette contains everything but the lipstick. Amuse seems to be a Miss A brand. The products in this palette are not very pigmented. I like that it is pretty much an all inclusive palette (and a $1 palette at that). The products did work well and stayed in place once applied, but none of them, from bronzer to shadow, is very pigmented.

I think this palette would be a decent one to travel with if you were tight on space, and I probably will do so at some point as I always seem to be short on space. I also think this would be an excellent palette to give to someone who is just starting to get into makeup. the shades are buildable, but not highly pigmented. So if you (or whoever you buy it for) is nervous about clown like blush or overly heavy eye makeup, this might be a good place to start to learn application techniques. While the palette is normally only $1, at the moment they are having a sale and I ended up paying only $0.88 for it. It works well and even though the shadows aren’t highly pigmented, they aren’t patchy, so it is well worth the money I spent. I would probably buy this palette again and I will certainly use it again as well. It is also really nice to have something with so many products in it that I can grab quickly.

The AOA lipstick is also a Miss A brand. It is slightly more pink than it looked on the site, so that is something to keep in mind. The scent of the lippie is slightly plasticky, but the scent fades quickly. It applies smoothly and dries down really well. It doesn’t dry down completely so there is still a little stickiness to the lips, but it dries enough to not leave lip prints everywhere, which is nice. After several hours it does start to get a little dry and crumbly around the edges and it looks worn down, but even after lunch i was still wearing lipstick. I refreshed it and was good to go. I was actually kind of impressed. I would definitely consider getting more colors. This one was slightly more pink than expected, but still within the range I thought it would be and in the end I like how it looks when on.

the Palette may not end up being a go to product, but it is nice to have and nice to know I can slip it easily into a purse for a nearly complete look if need be. I was very impressed by the lippie and will be getting more shades to add to my collection. I know I probably don’t need more lipsticks, but we both know, I’m gonna order some anyway. I may call it my celebration treat for getting the last of my Christmas gifts sent off to their respective locations. Surely that s cause to celebrate.

For now though, I am relatively happy with the way today’s makeup turned out. I will however be correcting the mascara smears. and then I’ll get back to work.

The Daily: December 1st, 2021

Hello my darlings. Today, the world decided to go mad. I should have expected it, I know. We are on the first week back from a major holiday, November just ended and month’s ends are always a bit crazed. I think though that a lot of people flipped the calendar page today, realized that there were no more pages to flip this year and that a chunk of the month will be taken up by people taking days off for holiday adventures.

It seems to have made everyone I work with determined to get everything needed to get done before the end of the year set up before the middle of the month. I can’t even count the number of times I heard, ‘and it can be done before the 15th, right?’

I am pretty sure the next two weeks will be absolute insanity.

My two scheduled phone calls blossomed into about eighteen. Luckily most people have given up on the obsession with video conferencing, at least where I am concerned, so none of the calls involved video. Which is good because I never got around to putting on any makeup.

I did manage a set of under eye patches. It was a bitter sweet moment. I used my long term favorite ones, the Grace and Stella energy drink for your eyes, under eye patches. They were my allergy season life saver. However I hit them pretty hard. And while I loved putting them on today, I discovered that this was the last one I had. I have lots of single sets of eyepatches that came in subscription boxes that I need to use up, but no more of my favorites. I actually need to use the singles up before I order more, but with the sales going on it is really hard to resist. I think I may order a pack and set them aside to use after I use up the singles. I may even try the new pink ones to see if they are as good as the original.

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Oh speaking of masks. December is the month I am going to go back to using up my sheet masks so that I can clear out the old and restock with the new. So Monday through Thursday there will be a Sheet mask each afternoon, with Friday being my regular Face Mask Friday.

Sheet mask for December 1st, 2021

Today’s sheet mask is the Elmolu Day Nature Mask. It is an energizing mask and hopefully it will do the trick. I’m keeping a list of the masks and my thoughts on them to post at the end of the month, in case you are wondering. This particular mask came to me in a Facetory subscription. If you aren’t looking for subscriptions, Facetory has a store where you can just purchase face masks of all varieties. (There is a huge Cyber Week Sale going on if you are looking for extra discounts). They are very reasonably priced and I have started building my list of favorites so that I know exactly what I ant to order from them in the future. I have actually been surprised by some of the ones that have made the reordering list. Whether this one will or not, remains to be seen as I will use it later today. And in case you are wondering most of the sheet masks I buy tend to either come from Facetory or The Masque Bar. It is just really easy to place an order for multiple masks from different companies with them instead of running all over the place. Facetory even has sheet masks from Challans de Paris which is a skin care brand I really enjoy. I didn’t realize they actually had sheet masks until I saw them on Facetory actually.

I’m going to try to remember to list the sheet mask of the day during the week this month, along with the daily makeup. However today, there was no daily makeup. Just my last pair of Grace and Stella Eye patches and an upcoming sheet mask. Tomorrow though, tomorrow there will be makeup. And walking. The calls made me skip my daily exercise as well today so there will probably be extra walking tomorrow as well.

But for now, it is back to work for me. I hope your day runs a little but more smoothly.

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The Daily: November 30th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is shining brightly and it tempted me out into a long walk this morning. Unfortunately the wind was bitter and slashed like knives. My throat and lungs feel a bit on the raw side because of it. I was planning on a second walk later this afternoon, but i think that now, a session with my weights in doors may be a better idea.

I think that the indoor workouts in the sunroom may become a bit more frequent from here on out. Or at least until we get through the windy season. The cold I can deal with, but that wind. It just causes things inside to ache. But I am well stocked up on indoor workout gear so it should be fine. Most of my stuff comes from ProsourceFit. I’ve always found their products to be top quality. Currently they have a 60% off sale for cyber week so if you are looking to add to your personal collection this is a pretty good time. I love their yoga mats, but the big winner for me are the leg weights. Not only are they great when doing actual workouts, but they are fantastic for at the desk work outs.

when I am trying to think of the right wording for a tricky e-mail, I will occasionally put them on my ankles, push back from the desk and do seated leg lifts in my chair while my brain thinks up the right words.

All right, I admit, sometimes it devolves into chair dancing. Luckily there is no one in the office to see it. And I’m certain it burns some calories even if it probably doesn’t work out the intended muscle groups. And if I am going full confession, sometimes I shift them to my arms and do a little arm waving dance to whatever song is stuck in my head. Oddly enough yesterday it was the Kung foo Fighting Song. No clue why that popped into my brain.

Just don’t tell anyone, okay?

Today’s Look:

Primer: Fig and Rouge blurring primer

Foundation KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer infused Bronzer

Blush: Rodial Blush Drops

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Chella Manifest Bronze Quad

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers Mascara

Lips: Mischo Beauty Lip Gloss in Madam

Setting Spray: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist

As I am still testing out a lot of new products, some of these are the same as yesterday. The tart mascara from yesterday reached the end of it’s life and has been sent off to the land of fallen mascaras. Today I picked out the Pretty Vulgar mascara from my selection of open products and sadly found that this is it’s last day as well. There is almost no product left. I believe I have a second unopened one in the unopened product drawer which I will be taking out soon, if I have it. This is one of my favorite mascaras. It does really well lengthening the lashes and the curve of the wand does really well in shaping the lashes I really like how my lashes look with this mascara. The effect isn’t as great today as there was very little product left. Empty or not it is a pretty enough container that I actually want to keep it around for display purposes. To be honest I probably will keep it around until I open up a new one and put that one out to look at. It is just such a pretty looking mascara. I know, packaging isn’t everything. But since this is pretty packaging with a fantastic product, I’m okay with ogling the pretty packaging.

In keeping with the makeup recently received in subscription boxes theme I seem to have going on this week, I used the Chella eyeshadow quad today. It came in a Glossy box this month. It looks oddly almost identical to the quad I used yesterday. On the eyes the brown has more of a reddish tone though and it is not as patchy to apply. I actually applied it using the exact same colors in the exact same places that I did yesterday. The look is slightly different. To be honest, I don’t find it much more appealing than yesterday’s quad. While it is less patchy, it isn’t all that pigmented and to be honest I have these shades in better formulas elsewhere. The thing that might save this is travel. I am not certain if I have these shades in a smaller travel palette. I know I have them in larger ones. Once I finish testing them I will compare and investigate the drawer. While larger palettes have much more variation and I may keep them for one color, I will only keep quads like this if I don’t have the shades in a travel palette. That will determine if this stays or is passed on more than anything else at the moment, at least with the small shadow quads.

I’m trying not to keep what I am not going to use. Its one of my goals in the new year so I am trying to get a jump on it. there may be an end of December quick declutter just so I can start fresh in January.

The final change today in the line up was with the lips. I just could not face another day of the rose flavored lip oil. Since it is a lip product with a want that I have used, I can’t pass it on to anyone so I may use it as something pretty on the dressing table, until I run out of space and let it go. I don’t think I am going to be wearing it again. I just hated the taste.

By contrast the Mischo lip gloss has almost no taste and almost no scent. It provides a very light wash of color. I know i used the lip gloss at least once before but I didn’t remember how it performed. And I know it came in an IPSY a while ago. so I decided it counted as subscription box makeup. The light color is nice. The formula is a little waxy and like any lip gloss it leaves lip prints and wears off fairly quickly. While it is nice, I think it is something that I will use and then discard without feeling the need to replace or purchase additional colors. If future products come in subscription boxes then I will use them, but I won’t purchase it on my own. After the rose oil yesterday though, I am inclined to look on it more fondly then I might otherwise.

I’m still getting to grips with the new products in the line up and as I use them more, I’ll report back, but those were the changes made today and how I feel about them. I am sad to see my Pretty Vulgar mascara run out and the eyeshadow and lipstick weren’t my favorite, but I think I am starting to get the hang of the liquid blush at least. So that is something. It isn’t a spectacular look, but it will do for working at the desk today. And now it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your Tuesday is fabulously productive.

Or at least fabulous.

The Daily: November 24th, 2021

Oh my darlings it is time for a brief separation. The bags will soon be packed and loaded in the car and the drive will begin. In the back seat will have an ice chest filled with delicious edibles and I will get to spend some time with my family. There will be feasting, there will be fun, there will be products that go missing as one of my family members realizes they have forgotten something and give the puppy dog eyes until I share.

But that doesn’t bother me really since I mostly took samples with me this time around.

I was planning to do a separate post about the hair items I am taking but I decided to simply take the CHI hair trio that I recently picked up. It has a shampoo, conditioner and heat protecting silk drops. So it has all I need. And they are unopened. I’ll need a plastic zip top bag when bringing them back, but they are sealed for the drive so it makes them an easy choice. I’ll post more about them when I return. Since I’ll know more about them once i use them.

Which makes sense when you think about it.

I am anticipating a lot of family fun this weekend. And food. There will be a lot of food. Just seeing what we are loading into the car and knowing what awaits us, there will be feasting. I’m going to try to control myself, which should be easy. My weaknesses are the sweet potato casserole and the oyster dressing. And there is a finite amount of either that I can actually eat. One thing i have found about baking is that by the time I’ve done it all, I don’t really want to eat the bakes. It kind of helps me out when faced with the deserts table.

I don’t know where you are this weekend or of you are even celebrating Thanksgiving but if you have time off or time with family, I hope you enjoy it. Aside from a brief October visit by my mom I haven’t seen my family in almost two years so I will very much enjoy this. By Sunday I will be ready for some quiet as they tend towards the loud and dramatic, but i will enjoy my time with them. And I will see you when I return bright and early Monday Morning with a new post.

Let the Holidays begin!

The Daily: November 23rd, 2021

Ah my darlings, another day, another bake. Today is kind of interesting. While I am making pies tomorrow, today I am making pound cake. It is kind of interesting and something I didn’t realize until this year. While my family has many really good cooks, we only have a few bakers. All of the other bakers in the family are older than me and have sadly died off.

Which leaves me.

Last year we didn’t go back for Thanksgiving. Well we didn’t actually go anywhere actually. Apparently there were no deserts at the table. At Christmas someone remembered to pick up a pie from the store, but at Thanksgiving the baking wasn’t on anyone’s to do list, since i wasn’t coming. I think that might be why there was such a request this year. And not just bakes. I made the rum balls yesterday and this afternoon while I the cake is baking, I will be making Chocolate espresso truffles. I’ll post the recipe down below for anyone interested. I know it is kind of strange adding the recipes where the makeup usually goes, but at this time of year I find that having a few quick and easy recipes you can make ahead of time and just have out for guests when they arrive makes entertaining so much easier. with these, you can make them a few days ahead and keep them in the fridge. They actually taste better if they have been allowed to sit and have the flavors mingle and meld a bit better, so getting them done early, not only clears them out of the way, but it is better for the flavor. Don’t you love when things like that work out?

Chocolate Espresso Truffles

Makes 50 truffles

12 oz fine quality bittersweet chocolate chopped

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 T instant espresso powder dissolved in 1T boiling water

(Optional – 2 T Sambuca)

1 cup cocoa powder for coating

In a double boiler melt the chocolate with the butter cream and coffee. Stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. If adding stir in the Sambuca. Cool and chill in a covered bowl for at least three hours. Scoop out and form rounded balls. Roll the balls in cocoa powder.

What I like about this is that you can easily play around with flavors. If you decide chocolate and coffee isn’t your thing, take out the expresso and replace it with maraschino cherry liquid instead. You can add alcohol in or not as is your preference. When we have parties, I often end up using the tail ends of flavored liquors in the truffles. Fruit, nut or coffee flavored liquors work well but so do Bourbons and whiskeys. what is important isn’t if they are alcoholic or not, but that you pay attention to your ratios. If you add too much liquid, whether it is Irish whiskey or orange juice, it will throw off the texture. So take the measurements and play around with flavors. A word about fruit juices though. The flavor tends to dull down in the chocolate, so if you are using orange juice as your liquid, grate in some orange zest as well to punch up the flavor. Since it isn’t a liquid it won’t throw off the ratios and it will really make the flavor pop.

And it is easy to make different flavors at the same time, just split the mix and melt the chocolate separately with the individual flavors. If you don’t have a double boiler, just put a bowl over a pot of boiling water, just make certain the bowl is bigger than the pot (but not a huge amount bigger) You don’t want the bowl floating in the boiling water and you don’t want the pot so small that only a small part of the bottom curve gets heated. Or you could just pick up a double boiler. For a long time my only stove top pots were a set that was part of a double boiler set. The bottom could be used as a regular pot, he top pot could either be used separately or as the double boiler and there was a steamer basket for veg as well. So even though it sounded fancy, it ended up being really versatile. I think 360 Cookware has a set like it in their cookware section.

I know having one saved me a lot of space with cookware because it was not only versatile but it stored stacked up in one easy tower. I’ve lived in some rather small apartments in my life. It was practical for cooking and saved space. It has long since worn out though. I really need to replace it. It is on the list. We’ve reached the stage in cookware with a lot of items needing replacement. But that is a new year’s goal this year. For now, we use what we have. And possibly take advantage of sales.

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The Daily: November 22nd, 2021

Oh my darlings welcome to Monday afternoon. This week I’m afraid there isn’t going to be a lot as far as makeup goes. I am trying to get as much done as possible before leaving town and as I have been asked to bring several delicious treats along with me, there is a lot of cooking and baking going on.

I did get a walk in, but we have a rain storm blowing in this afternoon which may cut off the walking trail tomorrow and Wednesday. But at least I got my walk in this morning. I also managed to make a batch of Rum Balls to take with me. While I won’t be baking the pies until Wednesday, all of the other little treats I am taking down with me will be made ahead of time. The rum balls are from my grandmother’s recipe and have been a part of the family since well before I was born. They are in no way healthy, but they are delicious. Since I’m not listing the daily makeup, I’ll go ahead and list the recipe.

Rum Balls

2 T cacoa

1 Cup white sugar

1/4 cup rum

2 T light corn syrup

2 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers

1 cup nuts (sometimes we use pecans sometimes we use walnuts, occasionally peanuts. It just depends on what is in the house at the time)

Powders sugar for dusting.

Traditionally everything gets put in a bowl and it takes a while to mix up, then you form into balls and dust with powdered sugar. This is where my Hamilton Beach Food Processor really shines. I dropped everything except the powdered sugar into the food processor and pulsed (add the corn syrup last). It came together fast and then I just had to make the balls and dust with sugar. It cut the time needed in half.

I know I often wax poetic about my food processor. It is handy all year round but now is the time when it really shines. Over the weekend I broke down the last of this year’s pumpkins (cut up roasted and then pureed so they could be frozen and used as needed) and my food processor got quite the work out. At first I thought it was a bit extra, but once I went ahead and purchased it, I found out how fabulous it was. Need to grate butter for a quick rough puff pastry? Freeze it and send it through the grating blades. Same for cheese and firm tofu actually.

the pumpkin I am planning to use in pumpkin ravioli later this year and it would have taken me forever to get it to the right consistency without the food processor. Now when I am ready to make the ravs, I just need to thaw the purees, spice it accordingly (then mix with goat cheese and other elements- I’ll post the recipe when I make them if you are interested) no muss no fuss as the pumpkins are already processed.

Don’t worry, I won’t go into a true Ode to the Food Processor featuring rhyming couplets. Mostly because I don’t have time to write rhyming couplets. I still have chocolate truffles to make and a pot pie to construct with the left over chicken. The pot pie is actually for dinner tonight not travel. we are trying to use up the last of the chicken and some left over veg before we leave and this is one of the best ways to use it up. Quite tasty too. I just have to watch my portion size. I actually end up making several small ones so that I can more easily do it. when you cut into a large chicken pot pie it is really hard to do because the filling just sort of comes out and I always eat more than I anticipate. So I make the smaller ones and what we don’t eat can be frozen.

If you tuned in for makeup, I’m sorry. This week, there is going to be a lot more food than anything as the Thanksgiving prep work takes over. In a way though, it is a good thing. I just unboxed a couple of subscription boxes and new makeup has arrived. With skipping the makeup this week I have all new products waiting for me to try out when I return. If I opened and started testing them now, then I would be tempted to travel with them and traveling with new products isn’t always the best idea. So tried and true for travel and new and unknown once I return. Sounds like a plan to me.

And now my darlings, I am off to mix up a batch of chocolate truffles. Let’s just hope my babydoll doesn’t eat them before we have to pack up and go. He can not be trusted around chocolate. wish me luck with the chocolate preservation and I’ll be back tomorrow. Have a good rest of the day and I will see you bright and early tomorrow morning.

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The Daily: November 18th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. It has been one crazy day. The weather was unseasonably warm so I started out with a long walk this morning. It was 68 degrees so there was no sweat shirt or coat even needed. It was fantastic. All the fall sights and smells at a very comfortable temperature. I just had a long sleeved t-shirt on, I didn’t even need a sweater.

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It was easy to see that the warm weather is the result of a front moving in. Walking was a little strange as the dark clouds were rushing in on a fast wind. It felt almost like one of those time lapse movie sequences where they want to show time passing without taking up a lot of time. It felt very strange to walk through. It was clear that rain was on the way so I put a little extra into my morning walk knowing it was likely to be my only walk. I made it back before the rain though.

Unfortunately one of my neighbors was rushing through his set yardwork to get it done before the rain hit and made a mistake.

With a chainsaw.

He is fine, although I think he has earned the enmity of several of my neighbors. He was taking down a couple of the smaller trees at the edge of his yard. It didn’t go well. The trees came down, but one tree fell tearing through a power line and another came down across his next door neighbors drive and part of the street.

Sometimes things like tree removal should be left to the professionals. even if you do have a chainsaw.

So power was out for most of the morning. We have a temporary fix in place so the power is back on and I am able to post this and they have scheduled a more permanent repair. And now the road is clear and the neighbors have stopped yelling at each other.

What makes it worse is that we just had the electrics for the neighborhood upgraded a month or so ago. Before that the system was old enough that any high wind caused services to fluctuate. So we were used to the occasional power outage. Mr. Chainsaw took out one of the newer lines which just upset everyone. It was kind of amusing to see who was working from home though as everyone who was, including myself popped out of their front doors to see what was going on.

It didn’t help that the rain started shortly after the trees fell.

So over all it was a pretty exciting morning. Much more exciting than I planned. There was no hair or makeup done today. There were however several chats with neighbors. And then my neighbor, Agnes, who has dementia, came out and called Commies for stealing her cable and her fudge pops. Then she went back inside.

I’m not entirely certain why she thinks communists would steal her cable. I do know from conversations with Agnes’ daughter that Agnes loves Fudge pops and tends to eat one, throw away the stick, forget she had the pop, decide she wants a fudge pop and go back to the freezer to get another one. She is constantly running out and accusing someone of stealing them.

I suppose there is no reason the communists can’t love fudge pops.

So, today was exciting. Not in an intentional way, but in a neighborhood drama sort of way.

And as today is the 18th, my first Smartass and Sass subscription was just mailed out. They mail out their subscriptions on the 18th of the month each month. So many of my t-shirts simply didn’t make it through this summer that I decided the Smartass and Sass t-shirt subscription would be a great way to stockpile t-shirts with designs I like so that I can at least have enough to get me through a week of walking once the summer heat rises again. Until then, I can at least wear them around the house. well, if they prove to be as good as they look. As my first one was mailed out today, I am soon to find out.

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I know I was planning on looking at subscriptions next month, but I decided to add the t-shirt one now. T-shirts are a pretty easy assessment. If I like the way the first one fits, then I’ll keep the subscription for a while. f i don’t then it is easy enough to cancel before the new year. No muss no fuss. I am hoping I will like it though.

However, now that we have power back, I need to resume work and hopefully make up for the several hours I did not spend working earlier today. I like visiting with my neighbors every now and again, but it really threw a monkey wrench into my schedule. Here’s hoping I can get it back on track before the end of the day. wish me luck.

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The Daily: November 16th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope everyone survived Monday in one piece. It always seems like Monday just waits to jump out and attack while you are still relaxed from the weekend. Or maybe it’s just the time of year where the todo list seems to stretch on forever. Speaking of to do lists, I just popped onto the Sonix website (they have a 40% off sale going on right now) and even though they are known for their tech based things (I’ve been looking at the Magnetic Link Wireless charger in Pacific blue for my babydoll this year as one of his gifts) they also have a category called Paper on their website. In the Paper listing they have specialized to do pads.

I know, it sounds a little extra but I use to do lists to keep myself on track all of the time. The problem is, I don’t have a set place to put them. So they end up on random note cards and tucked into notebooks in between other information. I think a notebook specifically designed to contain my check lists is something that could really come in handy for me. Also i have a friend of mine who is a total organizational freak and this $10 notebook might be a great stocking stuffer.

My plan in the new year is to work on being a little more organized so now that all of the Christmas shopping is officially done (I’ll still pick up a few little things here and there, mostly for my babydoll since the items just come to the house and don’t need to be mailed out elsewhere again – plus he is like a little kid at Christmas. He likes the one big present but just gets such delight at opening lots of smaller things.) I am looking into things to help make the new year flow more smoothly. I’ve been looking a lot at the Sonix website and the Multitasky site for desk organization and accessories. Not only are their items functional but they are cute. The biggest thing though is that thee is a lot of height variation. I know that sounds a little strange, but if everything is down on my desk top the desk starts to feel junky. If there are different heights then somehow it doesn’t visually seem as cluttered to me. Right now I feel like I am being buried in stacks of things.

But maybe that is just me.

I do think the multiple elevations will help me out.

We are also looking at (finally) finishing up the bedroom. The painting is done, the rug is in and the curtains are hung. Not only are we looking at a new mattress, but we are looking at getting one of those copper infused gel toppers from Sleepyhead. It is supposed to not only be cooling, but it is anti-microbial and bedbug resistant and with my babydoll’s allergies, I think that may be the way for us moving forward. Of course at this time of year we are still playing around with thermostat temperatures as the outside temps fluctuate. For the last few nights I’ve woken up overheated. So at the moment the cooling aspect seems like a fabulous notion. I know they have other infused gel toppers (gel, Copper and Super) but I really need to look into the difference before committing to one of them. At the moment I think we are going copper, but that might change.

And of course once we are finished with the bedroom, I can look at redoing my office (along with several other rooms in the house). when we moved in we were just so exhausted from the constant bouncing around that we just sort of put stuff in places and just didn’t want to move anything for a while, just to regain some sense of stability. Now we are slowly making it more of our own space. Part of the slowness is because my babydoll and I have very different tastes and we have to debate and find things we can both live with.

I know that normally, this is where I would put my daily look and list out all of the makeup that I used today. the truth is I did not put makeup on today. I planned to wear it. However I had a little bit of an issue with the Hourglass metallic shadow. I forgot i was wearing it rubbed my eye and ended up irritating my eye. I don’t think the eye is technically scratched, but I took out my contacts to give it some space and am wearing my glasses today. I felt that the lack of products might just be a good thing for the day. I think I will be calling it a skincare kind of day. I’ve got the Vichy Mineral Face mask out so I can take advantage of the lack of makeup. The Vichy mask, for those who have never used it, is a clear jelly like mask that you kind of spread out like a thick serum on the skin. A lot of it absorbs but then you rinse off the excess. It is a deeply moisturizing mask and it is clear so you just look very shiny if someone happens to stop by to see you. Vichy also has a sale if you are looking to stock up. Personally I love the mineral mask but I also love the Mineral 80 Hyaluronic Acid Serum. That and the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid serum are my two current favorites right now.

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So there is no makeup today, just future planning, stocking stuffer shopping and a little extra skincare moment. there are worse things for a Tuesday. And with luck, tomorrow, my eye will feel better. I’m not sure what this means for the fate of the Hourglass eyeshadow, but we’ll see.

The Daily: November 15th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a fabulous Monday. This was a relatively quiet weekend for me. Saturday morning, my babydoll remembered there was one person on the list we hadn’t shopped for, so we did a quick foray into the wilds of retail to get it done before we could think about it too much.

Well we thought about the gift, we just didn’t dwell on how bad traffic and shopping on a Saturday would be. We emerged victorious. And I managed to pick up a Chi Thermal Care hair care Trio. I have used the Silk infusion before and really loved it. It was fantastic at helping my hair go longer without having damaged ends no matter what I did to it. However I never tried the shampoo and Infra Treatment (conditioner) pairing before.

I tend to do that with a lot of brands without meaning to. I find one item that I really like from them and then forget that they actually make other products. With Chi it was the Silk infusion. So as a reward for getting the last of the shopping done, I picked up the trial sized trio. Trial sized or not, I know the silk infusion will last a really long time because I use so little of it. But now I get to try the other two products.

I love the holiday bundles. It is the same love I have for perfume discovery kits actually. The bundles help get me out of my comfort zone so that I don’t just buy the one product I know I like, but actually try out other products from the brand. I’ll be posting a first use soon. I just need to finish up the shampoo and conditioner I am currently using. Its the Pantene Volumizing shampoo and Conditioner set. I know I already posted a full review, and my thoughts haven’t changed as I’ve used it. It only gives volume on the day it is used and does not carry over to the next day. I find myself washing my hair more often with this set then I normally do as well. I can’t decide it if it the product or the time of year that is causing the extra washing. we dropped lower over the weekend and the central heating came on more so it may be unfair to blame the shampoo. I may have to try it again at another time of year. But for now, I am finishing it up and then trying out the CHI.

Today’s Look:

Primer: The Porefessional Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes primer infused bronzer Roof Top Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Jecca Blac Glow Drops

Eyeshadow: KVD Vegan Beauty eyeshadow in Lolita and Hourglass Scattered Light Foil Eyeshadow

Mascara: YSL Volume Effect Faux Oils Radical Mascara

Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture No 70 Lipstick

Today was a fun look for me as I was playing with a couple of new products as well as using a couple of my standard faves. I generally find paring new with favorites works out better for me as So let’s start at the top. We have the porefessional from Benefit cosmetics. It is a long term fave and one that I am going to have to replace soon as it is getting low. It is a good standard prime to have in the arsenal. It goes well under most foundations and it is very pore filling.

The more I use the No 7 serum Foundation the more I like it. This is going to be a permanent edition to my dressing table. Once I’ve used it up. it will automatically be replaced. This far this shade suits me well regardless of the time of year. Admittedly I tend not to wear actual foundations mid summer. If I did I might need a second shade. However as I tend to go for tinted moisturizers about the time that this foundation would be too liht, it isn’t a problem for me.

The Buxom bronzer is new to me. Buxom is one of those brands that as soon as I hear the name I think Lips. I love their lip products and have purchased them for years, but I rarely branch out. This year since, despite my declutter, I still have far too many lip products, I picked up a bronzer from them to try out. Like pretty much everyone else right now they have massive sales going on. (the link above will take you to their site). This is my first you of the bronzer and I am impressed. It is a bit on the lighter side. Mostly because I noticed most of my bronzers were summer dark and I was having to work really hard not to go too deep with them. This is a lighter bronze that is still within my skin tone range. It applied well, and blended easily so I think I will get a lot of use out of it this winter. It will be interesting to see if I can use it as my skin tans next summer or if this is a seasonal shade for me. I will be reaching for it more to keep trying i out.

The blush I love. It is my bareMinerals Bounce and Blur blush. The formula is just so easy to apply and so comfortable to wear. I love this shade as well so it is a mega win for me and a blush I will continually return to using.

The jecca glow drops I like but tend to forget I have. I think they are supposed to be used all over the face but that is way too shiny a look for me. It makes a great subtle glow on the high points of the face and a gentle warmth to the skin. which is more important as the colder weather progresses. Not only will I be losing my tan, but around here the winter wind tends to slap you in the face and steal color from your skin so that you look pale and sickly. Or at least I do. Except for my nose. The winds tend to turn that Rudolph Red, or as close to it as possible.

The eyes were an interesting mix today. I reached first for the KVD because I like how the shadow performs, love the color and didn’t have to worry about it. The Hourglass foil shadow is new to me. I think I am going to have to play around with it. It is more powdery than I expected it to be and it really didn’t like applying with a dry brush. I ended up using my finger which was a bit messy, but I wanted my first application to be without the use of a setting spray. I wanted to see how it applied and how well it stayed on the eyelid without the spray (also why I didn’t use setting spray today).Thus far it is okay. I’ll play with it a bit more as the week progresses.

The mascara and lip product both came from the Macy’s bag. I am impressed by the first use of the mascara, not so impressed by the lip. The mascara lengthened very well. Thus far it isn’t flaking. It is supposed to volumize and lengthen. It lengthens well, not so much with the volumizing. But I like the lengthening enough to play with it.

The lipstick from YSL isn’t my favorite. I know it is supposed to be moisturizing but it feels a little slimy. And it tastes like lipstick. I know lipstick that tastes like lipstick is kind of normal. But this is a super enhanced lipstick scent that tastes/smells like it is mixed with some sort of perfume. There is no drying down at all and I have left a trail of lip prints behind me today. It was almost a relief when it wore off. The color is not my favorite, but I could work with it. I may see if blending it with another product helps with the texture and taste. Over all, I am not terribly thrilled with this lipstick.It is a pretty case, but the product isn’t going to win any prizes. At least not from me.

But hey, at least I have found a range of lip products where I don’t want to add multiple shades of the brand to my collection. Sometimes its about learning which products you don’t want to buy just as much as it is about finding the ones you love.

So that my darlings was my look for today. As far as fitness goes, I braves the winds and went on a long walk in the cold sunshine. There is no more walking in just shirt sleeves anymore, the sweatshirts have emerged. While I am not fond of the cold, I try to tell myself that I expend more energy keeping myself warm as I walk then I do when I don’t have to warm my own skin. I’m not sure I believe it, but it made me happy on my walk. And some days it is just about convincing yourself that you need to get up and move instead of huddling around the coffee cup.

Sales and the modified Daily: November 11th, 2021

Hello my darlings, I know it is early for the Daily post. The reason is quite simple. Today is Veterans Day and my babydoll has the day off. This morning over coffee we sat down and came up with a list of gifts we still need to buy and decided that we would go out and see if we could knock out the last of our shopping list. Since most of the gifts we are picking up need to be shipped to various places in order to arrive on time to be opened at Christmas, we need to get the list knocked out as quickly as possible. With all of the sales going on, it feels like a mini-black friday. So we are taking advantage.

In case you are wondering, we also have a list of things we need for around the house and once gifts are purchased and sent to their destinations we will probably be taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to knock out those purchases from the list.

What this means is that today’s walking will be done primarily in retail spaces and as I will be spending most of the day in a mask, I have skipped the makeup today, pulled my hair up into a rather severe bun and am ready to wade into the mess of holiday retail. A lot will be done on line, but there are a few in person items to pick up. If you are doing some shopping today, here are some Veterans Day/Singles Day specials you might want to look into. Some brands have just one offer today, others have multiple.

Molton Brown:

Receive a FREE Festive Bauble (worth $15) with any purchase of $110. Plus FREE Shipping.

Shop the NEW Advent Calendar. Plus FREE Shipping on all orders.

Shop the NEW Holiday Limited Edition Gift Sets. Plus FREE Shipping on all orders.

Urban Decay

Get 11 FREE Samples + FREE Heavy Metal Eyeliner on $80+ and favourites at 25$ at Urban Decay Canada. Use code 1111. Valid 11/05 – 11/11.


Singles’ Day Surprise! Enjoy 20% off and a FREE 11-piece gift with $175+ orders, after discount.* Use code SINGLESDAY

The Elemis Advent Calendar! 25 of the best selling face and body favorites for $250 (valued at $562)! Limited Quantities

Revinia Skincare

Take 40% Off All Orders with code HOLIDAY2021 at! Ends 11/25 


 Up to 30% off for Singles Day!* 24 HOURS ONLY Code: SINGLESDAY


Save $11 off with a purchase of $60 or more with the code SINGLES11

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You also might want to try out the Missha Holiday Box. It contains several of their best products. (This is the brand that makes the Time Revolution Essence that I absolutely adored this summer.

Benefit Cosmetics

Flash sale! Score 40% off all lip & cheek tints and Cheek Stars palettes, plus get free shipping with code: FREESHIP.* Valid through 11/12

There are more sales as nearly every site has them. Most have between 20% to 40% off today so it if you are looking to shop before Black Friday hits, today is a really good day to go. Good luck!

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