Blush Challenge – Lucy Minerals Sea Coral

Oh em gee. Lucy Minerals blush in Sea Coral is gorgeous.

Lucy Minerals Sea Coral swatch

It’s a deep peachy coral with silver sparkles. Not so shimmery that it can’t be worn to work, but definitely a bit of glimmer. It’s highly pigmented, so I needed to apply with a lighter hand than I normally do. On my super-duper oily skin, this lasted I bought the “try it” size (only $2.50USD!!) quite a while ago it never made it into the rotation. Well, it’s going to the front of the drawer now.


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Blush Challenge – Everyday Minerals Snooze Bar


Everyday Minerals Snooze Bar is an old favorite of mine – I actually used up a 10-gram jar of this blush. It’s a soft bronzey color, without too much shimmer. The more I try the other blushes in my stash, the more disappointed I am in Everyday Minerals. The formula just isn’t as smooth and blendable as Lucy Minerals or Aromaleigh.  As much as I love this color, I won’t repurchase when I use up because there really are better mineral products out there.



Blush Challenge – Aromaleigh Nectar; Aromaleigh DewDrop Foundation

Today I went for a more simple look, mainly because I was running late.

So pretty!

Another winner from Aromaleigh (why haven’t I been using these blushes all along?!). This is the perfect everyday blush. A bit pink, a bit peach, not a lot of shimmer but enough so that it’s not matte. Unfortunately Nectar was discontinued, but Aromaleigh is rolling out more old favorites so it might make a comeback. It should make a comeback; this sort of color is a staple in the makeup bag of every fair- or light- complected woman.

I also wore Aromaleigh Dewdrop foundation in 2Y. Now, I never thought I’d be someone to wear a foundation for dry skin, but Retin-A, recirculated office air, and Santa Ana winds made my face feel kind of tight the last few days. Or maybe it’s just normal but I’m used to being an oil slick. Anyway, I have mad love for this foundation, even more than I liked Gossamer. Dewdrop is smooth. I have giant pores and a few pits, but Dewdrop just glided over, where as most foundations settle in a bit even with primer. No breakthrough shine either, nothing to make me feel like I’m oily. I didn’t even blot today! I’m waiting for this to go on sale and I’m snapping it up. (I did say I’m cheap)

When I got home from work, I did Insanity Cardio Power and Resistance. I held back a bit, because it was a lot of jumping and I’m afraid of the downstairs neighbor complaining again. It’s also pretty tough to exercise after work, but I got it done.


Blush Challenge – Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond and WOTD

Today’s blush (and eye shadow) was Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond. I bought it a while ago at a Cosmetic Company Store outlets.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond

I’m not wild about this. I bought it because I’d always wanted to try the Shimmer Bricks and I didn’t want to pass this up at the great price of $28.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick swatch

Well, it might have been $28 wasted. I just cannot figure out how to use this. On my cheeks, it doesn’t show up, except for a trail of glitter, and on my eyes, it creases like nobody’s business, despite using primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I’m sure a huge part of the problem is that I just do not know how (or why) to use this kind of shimmery makeup. I’m so ridiculously oily that putting this on my face makes me look even greasier. A little shimmer, sure, but a ton, no thank you.

Now, on to the workout.

Insanity all the waaaaay!

Now that I’ve done Insanity a couple of times, I can see why this workout is the first. It’s tough, but manageable.  After a 9-minute warmup (which could totally be a workout in itself) with increasing intensity, there’s a nice stretching period, then about 20 minutes of plyo, but with 30 second breaks between sets. Those breaks are what powers you through the workout before another stretch.

The first time I did an Insanity workout, I could barely get out of bed and took Advil all day long. I didn’t get past Week 2. Today I was breathless and sweaty, but I could (mostly) keep up. I guess once you get fit from these workouts, you can stay pretty fit. That’s not to say it’s not still incredibly challenging; I’m just glad I won’t be limping around discouraged like I was the first time I tried it.