The Daily: June 21st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I don’t know about you but I had a nice quiet restful weekend and I feel a whole lot better about life as we start the week. I’m still a little stressed about Friday’s surgery but it is very straightforward and at least I don’t have to wait too long. I’m going to try not to think about it too much and hope the days just sort of flick through fast so I can just get it sorted.

As for today, I managed to get in my exercises and then spent a really long time in line to deal with my phone. I am on Sprint which was bought by T-mobile and I had to get a sim card swap because they are now shutting down Sprint cell towers in my area. The swap took about 90 seconds yet the place was busy enough that i was in line for about two hours. In my sweaty sweaty gym clothes. In a building that was over air-conditioned.

I have never been so happy to get home and take a shower before in my life.

However when I did get home I found a box had been sent to me by Chomps with many delicious treats to try and review. I am so grateful to them for sending it over.

For me part of staying on track with my diet and exercise plan involves a small afternoon snack. If I have that snack I can get my workouts in and not be so hungry at dinner time that I overeat.

Sometimes it is a protein bar, sometimes a yogurt and sometimes fruit. I have to admit though I have a weakness for jerky and the like. I think it is because my dad used to make it when i was little. Regardless, the beef sticks are soft enough that I can actually eat it so I will be having one this afternoon and reporting in tomorrow about my snack time treat. I usually pick up one sort of snack and then just eat it for the week so I will probably make it a weekly post. Although next week may be dicey on the food front.

The trick is figuring out which snack to try first.

The Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro grip Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Instamarc HI FI Filter

Blush: Julep Pore blurring Blush

Highlighter: Jecca Blac Glow Drops

Powder: ELF HD Loose Translucent Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa Mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude in Pout

Setting Spray MAC Fix +

This week I am starting to try out the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer. I really enjoy a lot of Milk Makeup Products and you know I have a weakness for primers. This one has been circling on my to try list for a while and I have to say it does not disappoint. I smoothed it on and thought, ‘oh this is just going to be a hydrating primer that’s disappointing.’ And then I tapped my cheek and realized they weren’t joking when they said grip. While it slicks on like a hydrating primer once you give it a second to settle it becomes a bit sticky and really holds the foundation in place.

Today’s foundation is the Ciate London Extra Ordinary Foundation and I really like the coverage and weightless feel to it. It is also the perfect tone for my summer skin. While I will be setting it aside to try out other foundation products, I will be reaching for this one a lot this summer. It feels weightless and I think it looks pretty good on me. It looks even better with the Milk Primer underneath.

One thing that i forgot I had but will be reaching for a lot this summer is the Jecca Black Glow drops in Champagne. It goes really well with my skin tone and it blends out to just a beautiful soft glow instead of a blinding highlight. I have these glow drops in both Champagne and Rose Gold. I remember trying them but I think when I did I tried them on as an all over the face under the foundation face product. which did give a nice somewhat dewy glow, but I’m not a dewy person. As a liquid highlighter in small drops I like them much better.

While those were the highlights for me with today’s makeup i really like the way the rest of it came out. It was kind of a nice and easy everyday look.


Skincare Tools: Silicone Exfoliating Pad

I’ll be honest, when this came in one of my subscription boxes, I thought, I’ll never use that.  I have seen these small silicone exfoliating pads around for years, but never actually picked one up.   I know that sounds strange considering how much I enjoy a good exfoliation.

It just seemed like something I would never use. An extra tool to clutter up my small bathroom sink area.

But I decided since it was here, I might as well give it a try.

This particular Silicone Exfoliating pad comes from the Vintage Company.  It is soft pink silicone and has a suction cup on the back so that you can attach it to a tile or the mirror or what not in your bathroom/ shower and not lose it. It is also the perfect handle by which to hold it. It slides easily between two fingers and is quite maneuverable around the face.

The suction cup is quite handy actually and not only keeps it in reach but helps it to dry out quickly without liquid hiding in the depths of the silicone bristles.

The bristles are soft and the exfoliation is very light.  I have to say I was quite impressed with the way this pad worked.  I use it with my normal cleanser.  I tried the recommended way of use first.  The card included with the tool says to wet the pad and put a little product on the pad.  Then gently cleanse in a circular motion.  This worked well but, I’ll be honest, I much preferred to put the cleanser on my face as normal and then use the tool in circular motions before rinsing off.  I found that if I applied the product to the pad and then to the face it sometimes would be too w and drip off and I’d lose some of my cleanser.  So I found it easier just to put the cleanser on my face before reaching for the tool.

It is a very light exfoliation which at this time I really appreciate.  I really didn’t want anything harsh and this worked well.  I have been using chemical exfoliates but there is a part of me that always likes a good physical exfoliation. This came me the feeling of a physical exfoliation (because it was physical) but it wasn’t harsh and I never had any sort of damage.  I found this especially useful when I use it post clearing mask. 

One of my favorite clearing masks is the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clay Clearing mask (and not just because it smells of cocoa).  This mask tends to draw out all of the buried clogged pores and essentially help everything work to the surface.  When I used the mask and then later used this exfoliating tool with my cleanser I found that it had just enough exfoliation to help but not enough to cause damage. 

I was skeptical when it first arrived thinking it was a tool I would never use.  It has now become part of my daily routine. It is a simple and cost effective skincare tool that really is nice to have around.

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Trying out the Uriage Eau Thermale Water

I live in a climate where summer is somewhat brutal. So each summer I gather my summer supplies.  This includes several different formats of sunscreen, from the kind I apply like skin care, to a spray version and even a few stick formulas, to a new set of sunglasses (both stylish and necessary ), a new beach towel even if it is only going to the back yard and not the beach, and bottles of spray thermal water which generally get stashed near the back door. 

I know it sounds a little bit extra and perhaps it is, but I have found a bottle of spray thermal water to be one of my favorite tools for surviving summer. Even without the extra weight loss themed walks, I still spend a lot of time in the garden, well gardening.  There are always tree limbs that break off during summer storms and various other little tasks other than gardening to do as well.

After working in the sun I find a quick spray of water on my face does me a world of good.  First off water is hydrating.  As most of my skin care is designed to pull moisture into the skin in an effort to plump up those fine lines, giving my skin an extra hit of water isn’t a bad thing.  The light mist is also cooling and refreshing on skin that has had a little too much heat and sun as well.  So it feels like an instant pick me up.

Normally I stock up on spray bottles of Avene Thermal Water.  It has been my water of choice for a while now.  I will keep one bottle around in the winter for when I have spent too much time inside with the heater running for too long, but generally speaking, the spray water is, for me, a summer essential.  While I did my usual stock up of the Avene Thermal Water, in a recent subscription box a travel sized bottle of Uriage Eau Thermale appeared.  I had never heard of the brand and so I looked it up.

Uriage Thermal Water is a skincare water for daily use, a powerful treatment formulated with trace elements and mineral salts, a source of radiance for your skin. Thanks to its high concentration in mineral salts similar to the skin’s NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factors), it offers unique moisturizing benefits. It soothes sensitive skins, thanks to its high content of calcium and magnesium salts. Silicon reinforces the skin’s hydrolipidic film. It also helps restore the cutaneous barrier, thanks to mineral salts.

Uriage

There is no ingredients list as the ingredient is essentially mineral water.  In the mineral composition break down there is a high concentration of calcium and magnesium salts.

The water feels really good on the skin and absorbs easily dur to the vine mist that is sprayed.  I think the mist is one of the most important factors.  If the mist is fine enough you can spray and let the water absorb.  If the mist isn’t fine enough you just want to wipe the water off of your face instead of letting it dry naturally.  This is fine enough that there isn’t the need to wipe down the face. 

The mist is not quite as fine as that of the Avene spray but it is fine enough to work well.

The Uriage Thermal Water has no scent to it.  It is a good thermal water. 

Would I use it again? Yes. 

Will it replace Avene Thermal Water as my summer go to? No.

While nice, the spray is not quite as nice as the Avene and to me the Avene is just a little bit more refreshing.  Perhaps it is because I am accustomed to the mineral mix of their thermal water.  I think in this it is more of a personal preference more than anything else.  They are both good waters. And I think it is really hard to go wrong with a spray thermal water.  It is one of the few skin care products that you can’t really go too overboard with.  You won’t do damage by overuse.  You might just end up being a little damp.  While I prefer the composition (and the spray) of the Avene, the Uriage is a very close second and I would definitely use this again. 

And regardless of brand, I will always keep a bottle of spray thermal water stationed by the door to the back garden.  For me it is just a summer essential.


Speaking of summer essentials, I personally consider sunglasses to be a summer essential. Not only do they cut the glare when driving but they keep you from squinting into the sun and undoing all the work of your fine line correctors. If you are looking to treat yourself to a new pair this summer, you might want to give Tomahawk Shades a look. They currently not only have 30% off and free shipping with your first order, but if you sign up for texts they have a buy one get one free offer going on right now. They have a wide variety of both women’s and men’s shades. Personally I am debating between the Quimby and the Ebekos styles in the women’s. Of course with the deal, I may just get both.



Ah…now that is a refreshing mask

There is no way not to look just a little bit crazy where wearing a face mask. I’ve accepted this. At least this Purlisse Match Green Tea and Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask doesn’t make me look like I am ineptly attempting bank robbery. It is more of the pie in the face version.

I am quite surprised by the whipped cream look to the mask. With the word Charcoal in the title I thought for certain it would be black. Clearly I was mistaken.

This Purlisse Mask came in a subscription box this month (Birchbox I believe) and after applying one layer I can tell there is enough product left in the tube for two more applications. According to the Purlisse website this $35 mask will…

Detoxify, brighten, and clarify all in one step!

Purlisse

I know, a one sentence description. Technically I don’t think that’s even a full sentence. It is however short, sweet and to the point. And to be honest, Today I don’t feel like long drawn out descriptions. This week started off slow and steady and then got very stressful. To be honest, I was okay with what the oral surgeon had planned, but then they gave me three pages of worst case scenarios to read through. I know legally they have to cover themselves and I know I need to know what is going down before they start, but those were a dramatic and traumatic three pages. It is a back tooth so you can’t see it actually, it just affects me eating.

But it caused stress and as I will not be unwinding with a happy hour tonight as food is problematic and I really don’t think alcohol is a good idea, I made my friday masking time a little longer than usual.

I applied the mask using the masking brush. Mine is from Cosmedics and I do like the rounded edges, but really any silicone brush will work. Using the brush lets me use a little less product as I don’t have bunches stuck to my fingers that I have to wash off. So it lets me get the most out of this small tube.

As I mentioned before, I was not expecting the mask to be white because of the charcoal in the name. However it was. The mask has the consistency of a thick cream and a slight grittiness. I’m guessing those are the charcoal bits. They are very fine grained and when you rub a little bit of the mask between your fingers it feels like there might be a slight exfoliation going on but mostly it feels kind of like a sticky primer. It has that same, slight tacky feel to it.

The scent however is lovely. If you have ever had a bottle of the Lipton Iced tea green tea with lemon then you know what this smells like. This smells exactly the same. Which really shouldn’t come as a surprise as it is a Matcha Green Tea + Lemon face mask. I think I just expected it to smell more like skincare. The scent is very refreshing and the mask applied well.

Once the mask was on, I lit my candle (loving the La Playa Salted Blue Agave by the way – the fresh scent complemented the mask well) and lay back on the bed. Because I wanted something without words to I could just float away, I went with Vivaldi since it is light and frothy and seemed to suit both the mask and the candle.

When my fifteen minutes were over, I regretfully put the music aside and blew out the candle. The mask, while stiffer than when first applied, did not dry down hard and stiff like a clay mask. It stayed supple enough to allow facial movements. As I sometimes like to wear masks while working at my desk, I like to identify what masks I can wear at my desk and still, if necessary answer the phone, even if it is using the speaker function.

Instead of going to the small powder room I use for my skincare needs, I went to the full bathroom and went ahead and took a shower to wash off the mask, and wash my hair (still using the Zents Mandarin Shampoo and Water Conditioner – super fabulous and they continued the fresh theme. Even though I normally go with a hair mask on Saturdays, i decided today was the day i was going to need a little extra destressing time, so I used My ESPA Pink Hair and scalp Mud. It is the one that needs to sit in the hair for about 25 minutes.

I applied the mask,. cleaned out the shower/tub, ran a hot bath and dropped one of the Zents Mandarin Bath Truffles into the water. In addition to smelling absolutely yummy, they have both shea butter and epsom salts in them. My muscles were relaxed and my skin was softened.

More importantly, tension drained.

I did forget my I pod so there was no music, but I did spend quite a lot of soaking time contemplating one of those in shower speakers. I’m thinking that might be an upcoming purchase. We haven’t gotten around to upgrading the bathrooms yet so I am still kicking around ideas as to what i want to do when we do move into fixing up the bathrooms.

Regardless of future improvements, the face mask, hair mask and bath soak did wonders. (I washed out the hair mask at the appropriate time). It was a little longer than I usually take on a Friday. Usually I just have the fifteen minute masking time along with clean up and application time added in. Today I took a little over an hour as a relaxation time and I have to say I do feel much better because of it. It wasn’t over the top extravagant. i used items that I already had in the house, but just taking that little extra time to completely unwind did me a world of good.

I feel better both body and soul and I am confident that my afternoon will be much more productive because of it.

As for the mask, I really liked this Purlisse Match Green Tea and Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal mask. My face feels soft and clean and I am looking forward to using this mask again. It’s light fresh scent makes it a mask I will reach for more in the summer time months, but I think that there will definately be a full sized purchase in my near future.

But for now, it is back to work.

Today there will be no Happy Hour post because quite frankly my treat is going to be a bowl of the Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt from Greek Gods paired with plain bubble water via my soda stream. This will be paired with a couple of Ibuprofen. But oh that happy hour once this dental business is settled will be fantastic. For now though, it is back to work for me so i can slide into the weekend without leaving a load of paperwork behind. I hope the rest of your Friday is productive and that you have a wonderful weekend.

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The Skincare Line up: June 18th, 2021

And so another Friday rolls around.  Skin care has been tried, it has been used and I am ready to talk about it.  There weren’t a lot of changes this week, but there were a few. So let’s take a look and see what happened.

The Daytime Line up

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toning Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (product gifted by brand)

  • Currently on sale for 50% off ($27.50 instead of $55)

Serum: Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (product gifted by Influenster)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Okay lets go down the list.  At the moment the Native Deodorant is still working, but I will be picking up an antiperspirant for days where wet circles under the arms are a no go. Otherwise it is a really good product. The summer time is just extra sweat inducing.

This week I rotated in the Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser.  I’ll be honest, the reason I put off using this is because I have the face mask from the same Greek Yoghurt line and I suspected it would smell the same and because of the dairy scent, my face wouldn’t feel clean.  The cleanser however has a nice fresh clean scent to it. It is not as yoghurty as the face mask. It goes on to a damp face like a cream and then you add a little more water and it foams as you massage it into your skin.  The cleanser rinses off cleanly with no residue left behind whatsoever and my skin felt clean and fabulous.  I was very impressed with it’s first week of use and look forward to giving it the full test run to see how it performs for a month or even the length of the product as I suspect the tube will last longer than a month.

This week I was also really happy to have the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment essence in my line up as well.  While I have been adjusting my walk times to account for the sun and increased heat and I have been wearing sunscreen, there was a lot of sun this week.  I also had some time spent in the garden which added to it.  This essence felt fantastic on the skin after too much time in the sun.  I have noticed that if I use it in the morning, I tend to use one or two drops and it absorbs in completely with no issue allowing me to move on with the rest of my skin care.  At night however, if I have spent too much time in the sun.  I soak one of my reusable cotton rounds with the essence and apply a thicker layer to the skin.  Then I let it sit for about ten minutes before returning to the bathroom and the rest of my nightly skin care. This extra product and extra time really helps soothe the skin. And I’ll be honest, I don’t mind stretching out my nightly skincare for a bit of personal pampering.

This week has also made me realize that I need to pick up a gardening hat. If anyone has any suggestions send them my way as I will begin the gardening hat quest this weekend.

But back to skin care.  You may notice that my Peach and Lily Glass Serum was swapped out this week.  It will be returning soon.  I received this Lancome serum sample in my Macy’s beauty box and the stopper was a little damaged.  I think the seal is still okay, but it looked like something I shouldn’t leave sitting for long so I decided to roll it into the line up just to use it.  I’ve been using it for almost a week and still have about three or four days’ worth of serum left.  I had high hopes for this as I really enjoyed the eye cream from the same line and this serum has been raved about by those reviewing it.  

To be honest, I wasn’t blown away.  It is a good serum.  There is no doubt about that, but from the reviews I expected fabulous.  It isn’t.  It’s good, but not fabulous.  At least for me. While I will more than likely pick up the eye cream from this Lancome Line, I think that when this serum is finished, I will bid it a fond farewell, but it will not make the list of items to purchase in a full size.

And so now we look to the night.

The Nighttime line up

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (gifted by Influenster)

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

.Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

This week everything has been chugging along with the night time.  All of the changes to the line up were also changes made during the day time line up so there is little to add for most.  The Time Revolution is going to be a summer time favorite.  After too much sun it is just really soothing on the skin as well as performing like an essence is supposed to and opening the skin up for additional skincare.

The Bloomeffects I used only twice this week.  I had some blemish eruptions on my chin from stress, so I took care of them with some Peace Out Acne Dots and then just went with my current moisturizer.  Twice a week added the extra moisture I needed and my skin cleared up. I am very impressed with the First Aid Beauty Oil Control Moisturizer.  I tend to be hit or miss with First Aid Beauty but this was a clear hit.  It provides the moisture my skin needs without feeling heavy or greasy.  This is definitely one of the products I need to mark down to remember and reorder for summertime wear.

I don’t know if the photos show it or not, but my Dermelect bottle is empty.  The Self Esteem serum is no more.  I will continue to put serums and creams on my neck and chest, but I really liked having the Dermelect handy.  Not only did it work well, but its presence reminded me that I needed to take my skin care down my neck.  Seeing that red bottle was a really good visual cue not to miss that skin.  Admittedly it was also a good product that I really enjoyed using.  While it will be reordered at some point, right now I have a lot of new skin care to try out so I will be adding it to the list but refraining from repurchasing at the moment.

This week there is no other skincare to add to the line up.  I skipped the Sunday Prism mask as I was on the phone hearing all about my brother’s move to a new home and I also forgot to use the retinol and oil this week as well. So there is no other skincare to add.  Despite the stress and the need for the Peace Out Acne Dots, over all this was a really good skin week for me.

Weekly weight: Measurements Week 6 of 6

Weekly Weight Measurements Week 6

Week 6: Bust: 46”, Waist: 45.5”, Hips: 47”

Despite everything it looks like I am down about half an inch over all this week.  Which is nice to see.  Especially since there were several weeks with nothing at all changing.  So that is nice to see. 

It is also nice to have some positive news for the moment.  If you caught yesterday’s daily post, I had a dental emergency this week.  I have to admit, I am one of those people who is scared of the dentist.  I know there is no real reason why.  My dentist is a lovely man.  Quite nice.  Personable. Friendly.

Yet the angst that fills me even hearing his name is just incredible.

Add dental surgeon to the mix really just ratchets that up a notch.  However yesterday’s visit was unavoidable.  It was my first time meeting the oral surgeon.  I was very angsty going in but he was very nice.  I am pretty sure he uses botox and spends a little too much time in a tanning bed. I know I have several friends who I could say the same about, but it always seems strange to see these  things in a doctor.  Oddly enough wondering about why I find them strange in a doctor helped calm me down a little. 

Of course his over use of the word cutting ratcheted them back up again.

In case you are wondering I am having the shattered remains of the tooth removed and an implant put in. The surgery is next Friday so there isn’t too long of a wait and then I have three months to heal before the final implant can be inserted. It should be fine but The surgery is the 25th and my birthday is the 27th so there will be a decided lack of celebration for my Birthday weekend. Things have been reshuffled.  Eventually there will be a dinner out and maybe even ice cream, but not the weekend of my actual birthday.  While ice cream is soft, it is also really cold.  I foresee large amounts of yogurt and smoothies in my near future.  In fact after the consult with the oral surgeon yesterday I placed an order with Smoothie box to stock up. I suspect they will be my friend for a while. 

Incidentally they have a discount going on if you are interested.

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If nothing else it will make my calories really easy to count.  As this is the end of the six weeks of no scale my scale will return sometime this coming week and I will officially weigh in on the 25th.  To be honest, I have no idea what is going to be going on with my weight for the next few weeks.  It is something I will have to play by ear.  I just really can’t tell what is going to happen with what I eat or how much I am able to workout.  It will definitely be a learning experience. 

But as things stand now…

Starting Measurements: Bust: 49.5“, Waist: 47“, Hips: 49”

Week 1: Bust: 48”, Waist: 47”, Hips: 48.5”

Week 2: Bust 47”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 3: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 4: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 5: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 6: Bust: 46”, Waist: 45.5”, Hips: 47”

During the six weeks of no scale there were frustrations as I longed for a scale to let me know how I was doing, whether well or poorly. I had no knowledge of what to expect with the measurements which was both good and bad.  At first I was a bit lost, but I have to say I kind of liked paying attention to my body rather than the scale.  I didn’t actually need a number when my belly felt overly stuffed with comfort food and I felt lethargic from skipping my workouts.  I knew the number would have gone up had I seen it.  I like to think that when I felt good about myself after workouts that my weight would have gone down.  While I think I will probably go back to using the scale, I think that I might build in periodic times where I just take measurements instead of getting on the scale.  I think the breaks from the scale really are good for me just getting in tune with my body and taking a little while to just listen to it.  With the upcoming dental surgery I have no idea what to expect so I am going to use the scale to monitor what is going on just so I don’t worry about it. But I strongly suspect that there will come a point where I need to step away from the scale for a bit. It was a good lesson for me to learn.

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The Daily: June 17th, 2021

Oh my darlings has it been a couple of days. I know I unexpectedly when MIA for a bit. Sorry about that. Yesterday I came home from the gym and decided that I would have an apple as my snack. I like to have a little something after I drive home from the gym. Lately it has been the Orange Cranberry Energy cubes from E3 because I can have just one of the cubes at a time and save the others for later. I found it is a great way to just get a little boost of energy without having something large and overly filling.

However, yesterday I thought the apples we had looked really good so I took one. I bit into it and it wasn’t nearly as ripe as i thought it was. And I heard a loud snap and felt a flash of pain. The apple snapped off my crown and actually snapped off the tooth underneath.

So yesterday involved an emergency dental visit. I came out with a recommendation for an oral surgeon and since they had a cancellation I have a consult with the surgeon later this afternoon.So that is where I disappeared to and where I am heading.

Which has taught me never to say the words ‘Back on schedule’ again. Because clearly, that is not how it works. For now on I’m just going to keep chugging on forward and keep any schedule related comments locked inside my brain. Clearly the universe can not be trusted.

Although I’m sure at some point I’ll forget and tempt fate again with my out loud voice.

You might notice that today there is no look and accompanying photos. I learned a long time ago not to wear makeup to the dentist. From mascara smears near watering eyes or lipstick smudges from gloved hands, it never ends well. My lips always dry out something fierce though at the dentist so I am putting my Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask in my purse. As soon as the dentist is finished, I will be adding a layer to combat dental office dry lips.

But for now I am off to consult with the surgeon.

Wish me luck.



GlossyBox Unboxing June 2021

That’s right, it is time again for another June Unboxing. What can I say, everything arrives in clusters. For those that don’t know, Glossy box is a beauty subscription. Each month you receive five sample or deluxe sized products with the occasional full size thrown in. Actually lately there has almost always been at least one full sized item in the box. I am signed up for a yearly subscription, but still pay once a month. My price is $18 because of that. Without the annual subscription the cost is $21. From June 18th- 24th they are having a PINK WEEK special where you can get your first box for $15 with the code PINK.

While some months are better than others (all subscription boxes have good and not so great months) I’ve never really had a bad month with Glossy box. Which is why I signed up for the yearly plan with them.

Each month the box comes in a sturdy reusable box. Inside the items are wrapped up with tissue paper and tied with a ribbon. Most months it is a pink and black design but sometimes they branch out. May, for example, came in a lovely blue and gold box. opening it always feels like opening a present because of the packaging.

But as with most things, it is what is inside that counts.

The first item I saw in my box this month was the full sized Seed Phytonutrients Moisture Conditioner pump bottle. This is a hair product that is designed to help with dry ends and fly away hair. Always a useful product. I know a lot of people tend to have these sorts of issues in the summer so i can see why it is in the June box. Personally I have more issues with dry hair in the winter time. Summer is humidity frizz where I live. (and quite frankly the Color Wow DreamCoat has been Fantastic thus far this summer). But I know in the winter a product like this will be excellent for me.

I love that it is in a biodegradable bottle as well. Seriously, it is a pressed paper bottle with a pump top. We have received a product from the company Seed before. It was a moisturizer and it is in my skincare drawer. I haven’t yet gotten around to trying it out.

I might have to bump it up the line up though as each time I see something from the company i am more and more interested. I really want to find out if their products are as good as their ethos. Perhaps once i have finished my current moisturizer I will roll the Seed one into the line up. This hair care product will have to wait a bit for its use. However I am not mad about letting it sit. I will be putting this on a shelf with other hair care products and i want to actually see how the paper bottle holds up. October is when my hair (and the humidity) start to dry out so it will be interesting to see how the paper bottle deals with waiting. Regardless I am happy with this full sized product.

The second item in the box this month is the Naobay Cosmetics Freedom Low pH Hemp and Green Tea Cleanser (this link will take you to the Naobay site but i couldn’t actually find this cleanser). It is Full sized as well. I am always happy to have another cleanser on hand. It seems that even in skin care heavy subscription boxes, cleansers are always the least offered product. which is kind of interesting because I use them at least twice a day (sometimes I’ll add a third if I had a particularly sweaty workout). So I am always looking for a good cleanser. I’ve tried a couple of Naobay products before and they seemed to work well. I believe they were sample sized if i recall. It will be nice to test out a full sized product.

Next up is an item I am not entirely thrilled to see. It is a Deluxe mini size at least so at least it wasn’t one of my full sized products. This third item is the PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream.

I have nothing against the brand and I will say that I have tried a few deodorant creams that work well. I have also realized I am not a deodorant cream sort of person. I am simply not going to scoop out deodorant every morning and rub it into my arm pits. I’m just not. And I am okay with that. I’m sure it is a lovely product, but I will be passing it on unopened to someone who will use it.

The next item is listed as a deluxe mini as well although it is rather on the small side. It is the Pili Ani Ageless Concentrate. Apparently you only need one or two drops, thus explaining the small size I guess.

The Full sze is also $62 so I am guessing the size is related to the cost of the full sized bottle as well. It is an anti-aging and firming concentrate so I look forward to giving it a go and seeing what the results are.

The fifth item in my box this month was a full sized makeup item. It is the Josephine Cosmetics Flawless Liquid highlighter. I tested it on my hand thinking it was a liquid shadow.

So that’s why the swatch is so large. then I read that it was a highlighter. which is kind of sad as it makes a fantastic shadow. It bended into my hand leaving a glow behind. I clearly used too much product in one sitting. While blended out it looks nice, I might actually try it as a shadow as well. It certainly looks nice.

Normally this would be the last item in the box but this month Glossy box added a couple of Vital Proteins Collagen Packets. they are collagen supplements you add to a drink. These are unflavored. They are an added gift (which occasionally Glossy Box does) and so it is nice to have the extra. To be honest though I am not always thrilled to get something edible in a beauty box. Also I’m not entirely certain how I feel about edible collagen either. I’ve only done a little preliminary research (because there was a collagen powder offered as an IPSY choice in May) and I’m not sure how effective they are. I think I’d want to do a bit more research before ingesting.

But that was this month’s Glossy Box. They were going for an Eco friendly theme and they hit hat out of the park. with the exception of the Deodorant cream, I look forward to trying everything in the box. And truthfully, I do know someone who will love the deodorant cream. So it will be easily passed along to a new home. Over all I have to say, I consider this box well worth the price.

Birchbox June 2021 Unboxing

That’s right, the beauty box arrivals keep coming. This morning we are looking at Birchbox. Birchbox is a subscription that costs $15 per month. If you sign up for six months then you can get it for $14 and if you sign up for a year it is only $13. I am on the yearly plan at the moment (my year runs out in November if you are keeping track). With tax my cost comes to $14.27 under the yearly plan. You don’t have to pay for the entire year at once you simply agree to a year long subscription and then pay each month. I signed up for a year to give it a try and at the end of the year I will decide if i am keeping it or not.

Thus far it has been interesting. Over all I have been happy with the subscription but I think that I am happy with it at the $13 per month rate. I don’t think I’;d be as happy if I was paying the $15 rate and I think that is because at $15 it is almost a direct comparison to the Macy’s Beauty box. But each month has been different, so let’s see what five items this month’s Birchbox has in store for me.

This month I received the Clean Beauty Picks box. All of the items are clean alternatives to regular products according to the card. The first item in this month’s box is a sample of Milk Makeup’s Hydro Grip Primer. I have to say I am really excited to have a sample of this to try. I have heard a lot of things both good and bad about the primer and it will be nice to judge it for myself. In general I like a lot of Milk’s products. The Kush Lip glaze is something I keep on my repurchase list. And you know I love a good primer. I am looking forward to trying this one out.

The second item kind of made me laugh a little bit when I pulled it out of the box. One thing that Birchbox has been kind of mocked for in the past are their sometimes super tiy sample sizes. This PMS Soothing Oil sample size kind of brought me right back to that. I think what I found odd about it though is that the reason they usually put such small samples in boxes is due to the expense of the full sized item.

Birchbox has a tendency to put small samples of really expensive items in the boxes. This was a tiny sample of something that, in a full size, only retails for $17.95. Which made it seem a little strange to me. I’ll still try it, after all a roll on oil that relieves cramps would be an definite keeper in my medicine cabinet. I just found the size a little strange.

Next up is the Lighting Wand from Hero Cosmetics. It is a serum designed to lighter dark spots. The sample size is small but you are supposed to be able to see a difference after just one use. To test the claims I will try one use and see how the before and after look. Personally I rarely expect skincare to work with just one application, but the serum looks like it has maybe a week’s worth of product in it so perhaps if a single use doesn’t show any difference a week might. I’ll have to try it and see if it lives up to its claims. If it does I will be thrilled and add it to my line up of skincare heros.

Next we had something i was very happy to see. it is the Purlisse Matcha Green Tea + Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal mask. In general my skin gets along with Pur Lisse products. I used the Matcha moisturizer and really ended up liking it. It was one of those moisturizers that worked well for me in the transitional months where the weather was changing and the seasons had a difficult time deciding whose turn it was to rule. It didn’t do well in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, but it worked well with the fluctuations in temperature and humidity. While I haven’t tried the mask, I am always willing to try a new mask. Perhaps this one can be tried out this Friday.

And finally we have the Lemon Superfood All-in-one Rescue Butter from Dr. Botanicals. It is a body cream. I like Lemon and citrus scented products and I’ve tried a couple of Dr. Botanicals products that I liked. But I’ll be honest, it is rare that i actually get excited about body lotion. Or at least seeing them in subscription boxes. Sometimes I try them and the product is fabulous, but they just don’t really excite me. I will add it to the list of body lotions i plan to try and who knows, maybe its lemon scented fabulocity will astound me.

That was this month’s Birchbox. I have to say it kind of left me feeling a little flat. There are several products that I am looking forward to trying out. There are several brands i routinely buy and there are some new ones That I am curious about. I think that some of the sample sizes were a bit on the skimpy side this month. I am okay with it being a $13 per month box, but I think if I paid the full month to month price i would be kind of disappointed. This month even though the Macy’s Beauty box had small samples the box felt abundant, where as this just felt skimpy. I know it is hard to compare subscriptions but as these two are more or less the same price t is hard not to compare them, and this month, Birchbox just felt a little short.


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The Daily: June 15th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings. Summer hours have arrived. Any walk on the trail that does not occur prior to 10 am is just ill-advised. Apparently what little spring we had is completely gone. Actually this year it seems that winter just sort of passed the baton to summer without giving more than a nod to spring.

Regardless, I managed to get my walk in just as the sun was becoming scorching. There was still sweat but there wasn’t that too long in the sun dizziness. We’ve reached the stage where i start wondering if I could repurpose an umbrella to serve as a parasol during my walks. Quite frankly I think that is a fashion that needs to make a come back.

Fashion or not, the end result is that I managed to get my walk in. I’ve also realized that with the easing of restrictions I can feel more comfortable wearing more of my jewelry again. I actually had to put a lot of my earrings away for fear of mask entanglement. I almost ripped one out of my ear last year and decided away was a better course of action. I might have to spend tonight sorting and untangling.

But for Today’s Look, no jewelry I’m afraid.

Primer: YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Foundation: Elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Bronzer: NARS Laguna Beach

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light Halo

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Powder: Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers

Lips: Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Lip in Cinnamon Spice

Setting Spray: MAC Fix +

Due to sweat and stress and still occasional masking I have a few bumps coming up on my chin so the acne fighting foundation seemed like a good call today. Plus it is a fantastic foundation so no complaints. I also like the YSL Blur Primer. I am however trying to use it up at the moment. I have a sample size and it comes with a small paddle to apply the product rather than a pump and even though I have been careful It seems like something that could easily be contaminated, so I am trying to remember to use it more. I actually rather like it though. It is blurring to the pores and slightly brightening but not to gowy under the foundation. I am not a dewy look kind of person. The dewy look makes me think I need to blot with powder. Especially in the summer time.

Speaking of powder I pulled the Smashbox powder from the drawer today. It is a very frustrating product. I like the powder a lot. It is a great color on me and doesn’t look powdery. However it is a shave the powder as you go product. To use you twist the dial it shaves powder from a solid block and boom you have loose powder. In theory it is fabulous. However the longer I keep the compact the more the dial keeps sticking.I think I am going to use it until the dial won’t turn and the break open the compact and just use the powder as a pressed powder. For now the dial still turns though so it is used as intended.

The MAC Fix plus is working well as a setting spray After two uses I am about half way through the sample size of the setting spray so I will be finishing it out this week. It works well though so in the future i think i will look into picking up a full size.

Everything else is more or less a standard favorite. With Huda beauty i just did a quick swipe across the eyes and as always I am reminded of how much I like the Feathers mascara from Pretty Vulgar. I think it surprises me because I first picked it up solely because the packaging looked nice. I do love the curved wand and the lengthening the product gives my lashes though. It’s like being rewards for a superficial thought. Still a very good mascara.

Over all it is a pretty quiet day. Working away and trying to check things off my to do list. At least with the heat the way it is, I got my daily work out checked off early. The summer heat is sort of the anti-procrastination tool. which I suppose is a good thing. Anyway back to work for me. i hope all of you are having a fabulous Tuesday as well.


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