Then there was spinning

Miss Butterfly had her first day of summer vacation. It’s gonna be a long one guys…because I came home to this:

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This kid LOVES to bake. So much baking love. And Mr. Ink and I are (were?) on a diet. But now we are going to come home to baked goodies daily. This one went a little unexpectedly though. I’d told Miss Butterfly she needed to eat a banana during the day. Instead, she decided to use the banana as a decoration on a plain vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Now, I knew that probably I wasn’t going to like the cake infused with banana essence, and indeed that was the case. Problem was, SHE didn’t like it either! She didn’t realize that the banana was going to flavor everything. Mr. Ink on the other hand thought the cake was JUST FINE and ate two big slices. I told him he’d better bring the cake into work today. We’ll see if he does.

One of the rules we discussed on Tuesday evening was that if Miss Butterfly was going to play in the kitchen, she needed to clean all her dishes. Thankfully, she took this seriously and I didn’t come home to a kitchen mess.

It was hot last evening, and when Mr. Ink got home he wasn’t particularly interested in running right outside and messing around in the gardens. This is unusual, but I think he’d had a particularly miserable day. So, we stayed cool and watched a tv show, then went out later in the evening. I planted my canna garden. 3 varieties of cannas this  year, and then I added some tropical milkweed to the garden. It’ll be my butterfly and hummingbird garden.

I finished the singles on my spindles, the ones I hit pretty hard while my knee was out of commission. Someone remind me during the winter when I regret not spinning that spinning is seasonal for me, please? I have no desire to pick up my knitting at all, spinning is everything right now.

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These are from batts I made on my drum carder.

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This is a common color theme for me, I am pretty sure I’ve made almost this exact color in the past. For that spin, I made a 3 ply so I plan to do a 2 ply here. But, I am going to set this aside for a time so that I can work on finishing that green/purple combo spin. I am halfway done on that and look forward to finishing in the near future though I really haven’t had time to sit with it recently.

In makeup news, I hit pan on the eyeshadow palette I’ve been concentrating on this month! Just on the transition color, but still it’s good to know that it takes a full month of wear on one of those little palettes to even hit pan in any way. I’ve got two more of those little palettes so come fall/winter I will spend a month on each of them. (The color scheme on both of them really doesn’t scream summer, that’s for sure. They are better saved.) I’ve been spending more time combining the little brown palette with other palettes in my collection these past few days, I’ve just been way too bored. But it is still getting used.

That’s it from here! We are almost through the week and into a long weekend here. And it’s going to be hot. 97F on Saturday! Spring was….very short this year. So much for thinking the exceedingly cold winter would mean a gentler than usual summer.

 

Brutal Week!

I am having one of those weeks where I feel like I just can’t keep it together. I know that these weeks happen every spring, so I suspect it is cyclical. But it has definitely hit hard this week. I think it’s a combo of end of school year, plus busy work, plus trying to add in all the wonderful outdoorsy stuff we love to do because the weather has gotten pleasant.

Despite my very behind feeling (I bowed out of my tuesday night bike ride this week because I just couldn’t imagine adding another thing in) I have a high schooler on my hands! Miss Butterfly finished middle school yesterday.

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She’s clearly relieved to have a little time off, the end of the year was really getting to her as well. We spent a bunch of time discussing expectations for the summer last evening. She didn’t get to sleep in this morning either, as we were up and out the door quite early for an orthodontist appointment.

We had a huge rain yesterday, rather unexpectedly. And the heat has begun. So, when I walked out the door to grab this photo of Miss Butterfly, I was startled to see my favorite peonies blooming all at once! I knew they were pretty close, but they went from pretty close to full on blooms in half a day.

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Isn’t this bush just the most dramatic? I love it. Of course with this one blooming I had to go check out peony alley, the area on the far side of the shop where we’ve got peonies all along the side. The bushes that the sun hit are blooming now, though the other more shady ones aren’t there yet. I love that, as it means we get to experience blooms for longer.

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I feel like peonies are such an old fashioned flower somehow, and fit right in at our mid-century home. And their drama really makes me happy. I’ll be cutting vases of them to enjoy shortly, and getting hollered at by Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly for bringing peony loving ants in the house. (I don’t mind, I just catch them and take them back outside.)

In knitting news, here’s a finished sock!

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It’s super nice, and fits quite well, and the colors are really easy to wear. I cast on the second sock this morning at the orthodontist’s office.

In makeup news, I’d had a couple of goals for this week. Figure out how to make the Urban Decay all nighter foundation work for my skin. I think I’ve got this now, adding a drop of facial oil to the two pumps of foundation works pretty well. I still don’t like the foundation much, I won’t buy it again, but at least I’ve got a way to make it look more like my skin and less like something smeary laying on top of my skin. I’ll at least not let it go to waste. It’s a bit light on me, and there may be times this summer that I have to put it away for a bit (Today I am looking very light.) But I am fairly certain I can get it gone before it expires.

My other goal is to keep working at panning the tiny wet n wild palette of browns. Well, today? I just needed a new look. I did use two colors from the palette but then I went WAY off course with a different palette and two dark forest greens, one shimmery and one not. I ended up with a very smokey eye look today, FAR different than I’ve worn most of the month but it was just the thing. Eye shadow is my most favorite part of makeup, I am completely obsessed, and I really needed the break from the boring browns. I mean, if I can’t make it fun, what’s the point really?

And that’s it for today. I’ve got spindle spinning to show off tomorrow since I haven’t been able to quit since the knee injury Saturday. (Knee is fine now, thank goodness! I did stop in time!) I am almost done with another set of singles, and it was a pretty big project!

 

A Pleasant Evening

We are supposed to have temps in the 90s this week. So when I realized that last evening was not going to be 90, and it also wasn’t going to be raining, I decided it was time to do some gardening.

Now, I am WAY behind in that job. Between the slow start to spring and our very busy spring schedule, I just haven’t had it together enough to get plants in the ground. Despite the fact that I’ve had 4 tomato plants in pots on my back patio since before our trip to Alabama. That being said, they seem to have done well on the patio, doubling in size and strengthening their stems by withstanding the wind.

Last night I put in 4 tomatoes, 5 pepper plants, 2 basil plants, 1 eggplant, 3 parsley plants, and a rosemary plant. Then I pulled out half the oregano that was trying to take over the garden. The sage is blooming beautifully and I didn’t want to disturb it yet. We rarely use it, so you might call it more ornamental than anything else. The thyme is doing well but not in danger of overtaking the garden. So, I am pleased to have my garden completed for this year. I still have dreams of green beans and so on, but I am not positive we have the space for that so I keep putting it off.

I also repotted a geranium, it needed to be done and I decided to use it in a hanging basket for the summer. Then, I planted a brand new clematis, the first for our yard. I am hoping for good things out of that! I’ve got a trellis up for it and everything, even though it’s not large enough to reach the trellis and be trained yet.

And that’s it! I didn’t get my two patio hanging baskets done, and I didn’t get my canna garden done, but there’s plenty of time for those still.  As I write this, a large storm is going through so I know all my plants will be watered appropriately today.

I’ve been working on a scarf, another polar opposites scarf. I am using corespun yarn that I JUST finished, and then pairing that with some cotton laceweight from Habu Textiles.

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It’s looking pretty wild! I took this on the Alabama trip, but ended up not working on it because during the plane ride the laceweight yarn would get tangled with the corespun yarn and felt together, creating a massive knot and I spent more time fixing that than I did knitting. I’ve got it at work now where I can separate out the two balls of yarn appropriately so they don’t get tangled. And now it’s flying right along! I am on the second ball of corespun now, so it’s about halfway complete.

I haven’t gotten much knitting done at home, but I do have a full sock done. Mostly because of the plane ride. I can show that off tomorrow!

Shopping the Stash

First of all, a quick update. My knee is better! I mean, I haven’t felt a twinge at all this morning. Yesterday morning it was still pretty painful. I did some weeding, and identified some areas of the garden that need serious work in the near future. Mr. Ink and I went to two places to pick up plants. This seemed like a much different trip than the last times, as in the past it seems like we’ve really gone overboard during these trips together. However, I think our gardens are filling in beautifully already. And, our trip is later in the year than normal, so we can actually really see them filling in beautifully. That’s kept our desire to buy ALL THE PLANTS to a minimum. Our first place is a locally owned farmers market where we find lots of unusual variety. Then we decided to stop at a chain hardware store for the “filler” plants this year. Most of what we purchased were veggies and annuals. We were unable to plant them yesterday due to the rain off and on all day long. Tonight we plan to do the major planting. Anyhow, that rain kept me off my feet pretty regularly, and I was able to do a bunch of spindle spinning to keep myself occupied.

So, while I was doing that spindle spinning with my knee up, I was watching youtube videos. I was in that youtube rabbit hole, where you just keep clicking on something new from the sidebar, and I came across a video that one of my favorite makeup reviewers had done. (livluvsmakeup)  She was posting a shop her stash video where she was pulling what she wanted to concentrate on wearing that week from her collection. And I thought “Now there’s a video that could translate into a weekly blog post!” So, that’s what I did. Now, I don’t have a huge stash, and I am already working toward keeping it pretty low, so if I try this weekly there’ll be a lot of things that are seen repeatedly. However, there’s also the box subscriptions so those items will be new.

Here’s what I pulled:

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I have to find a better way of organizing a photo like this. But, here are some goals for this week:

That Urban Decay All Nighter foundation was the first higher end foundation I purchased just at the point where I was realizing I was madly interested in makeup. It looked so bad on my skin that after a few weeks, I walked into Sephora, asked a salesperson to get me something that fit my dry skin and to color match me. That’s how I ended up with the hourglass Illusion skin tint. I believe that a couple things were happening here. First of all, at the time my skin WAS dry. It was winter. My skin was also not at all well taken care of and probably dehydrated. My skin isn’t nearly so dry anymore, probably because I’ve been taking care of it and because it’s heading into summer. So, my goal this week is to pair this foundation with a few various primers and so on to see if I can get it to look good on my skin. I’ve got a cover FX smoothing primer, a becca backlight priming filter, and tarte maracuja oil to try, in addition to the benefit porefessional I am trying to use up on my forehead.

Here’s a secret. I don’t like the tarte shape tape concealer. It’s too heavy and it looks dry under my eyes. I only wear it when I wear my glasses, so that it tends not to show too much. I’ve put it in the mix this week because my eyes are allergy itchy this week and I think I’ll skip the contacts most of the week. I may try adding the oil to this as well to see if I can get it to look a little softer. Why not experiment? I stuck the wet n wild contour palette in there too, since I want to use the lighter color as an under eye setting powder to even it out a bit.

You’ll see the wet n wild eyeshadow I am trying to pan in that photo, but I am getting very bored of this daily eye look, so I’ve added some liners, the silkissime teal liner I’ve had, then there’s a new brown/green sparkly liner from a box this month to try, and the pretty vulgar ink gel liner to try. (That goes on so smooth and easy, who KNEW a gel liner would be so easy to use? I have always been intimidated by them.) I also added in the tarte palette because I may pull some colors out of there to pair with the brown wet n wild for added interest. Plus the laura mercier caviar stick eye color as one more thing for some added interest.

The rest. I am going to use that elf setting spray no matter what. I am just using it AS a setting spray now. I am working on the elf eyebrow pencil, the lash paradise mascara and bad gal bang mascara, that Coty airspun powder is like my favorite thing ever. Yes, I know it smells like my grandmother on her way to mass, but I think I love it in part because it smells like my grandmother on her way to mass. That makeup revolution matte blush is my current go to blush as it’s a nice summery color. I only own one other blush, and that one is more of a dusty rose which is a great cool toned winter color. So, I am sticking with this one for the foreseeable future. And finally, there’s that Flower Beauty Petal Pout lipstick in an absolutely lovely coral shade. This has been at home, so it isn’t getting used. Mr. Ink HATES lipstick transfer so I don’t even bother to put anything on until I get to work. As such, this is headed to work to see some use. It’ll be a good lipstick for those moments when the eyeshadow is so boring.

And that’s it! I hope any of you makeup lovers have enjoyed shopping my stash with me for the upcoming week. Only a week and a half left of that wet n wild neutral palette, can’t wait to put it away for awhile!

 

An Active Day

Yesterday I set out on a 53 mile bike ride. I knew I was pushing it, trying for 50 miles this early in the year, especially since I haven’t kept up with the biking properly over the winter months. But, while I know that I am known for biting off more than I should be able to chew, 98% of the time that pays off for me. So I wasn’t too worried. My friend and I set off to a town about 45 minutes away from our home. Mr. Ink couldn’t join because he had to work. My biking friend is a far stronger rider than I am, and we are both introverts so we knew that we’d be mostly spending the day riding “alone.” He would ride ahead at his pace, then wait for me to catch up from time to time. It worked for us. Now, this was an organized ride so there were other people on the ride. But I personally did not know anyone. Furthermore, the anticipated weather was rain all day long, with scattered storms. And it was cool. So many people registered to ride didn’t show up.

The ride ended up being pretty nutty. For at least 30 miles we were pushing into extremely strong headwinds. The kind where you get SO excited to find yourself at the bottom of a hill, because that hill gives you a break from the wind. Only to crest the hill and realize you now have to push just as hard into the wind as you did to climb the hill. We stopped at a couple of places, a fruit farm for homemade pie, and then a little cafe for lunch. We were able to sit with 3 guys that my friend knew, and we all had a lovely break and lunch. Company was very good. But, during the time we ate, the rain began.

At that point, we were already so far into the ride that turning around to go back was pointless, we might as well push on through the ride. There was about 15 miles of gentle rain, and then 15 miles of absolutely drenching pouring rain. My bike bag took on water and became a pool. We’d had the wind at our back for awhile, which was such a relief that I didn’t even mind the pouring rain that much, but then we had to turn into the wind again and that’s when things began to take a real downhill for me. Between the unrelenting rain and the unrelenting wind, I began to notice my right knee twinging. This isn’t something that happens for me, and there was nothing I could do really, so I geared down a bit and pushed on. And then I geared down again, and again, moving slower and slower. Meanwhile my friend would find a tree to stop under in hopes to stay out of the rain while waiting for me to catch up, while I just continued to ride slower and slower.

Then I realized I really couldn’t put pressure on the right knee at all. Ok, now it’s time to change the tactic again, new tactic, allow the right knee to just be along for the ride and let my left leg do all the work. I eased off that right knee, and since I am connected to my pedals, I concentrated on both pushing down and pulling up with the left leg. This kept me moving slow, but consistently. My friend waited again at the end of a road, I stopped and asked how far we were from the end. He said “12 miles.” I said “We’ll be turning again now, right? With the wind at our backs?” He said “Yes, just right around this corner.” “Ok, I think I can make it.” I remarked, and we set off again. But, even though I was able to move much faster with the wind at my back, I began to feel the left knee twinge. It wasn’t appreciating all the extra stress I was putting on it. I tested out the right knee, was it maybe magically better? No, no it was not. I kept on, but I was in such a bad way. All I could THINK about was walking. I just desperately wanted to walk. My friend stopped again, I flagged him down before he could take off in front of me, and asked again “How many miles?”  “5.5” he said. I said “I can’t make it. Why don’t you just ride on back, pick up the car, and come get me?”  “Really?” he said. “You are feeling THAT bad?” he said. Now, don’t get upset with him, this was not a comment questioning how I felt, it’s just that in the 7 years I’ve known him, he’s never seen me give up and he’s watched me push through heat exhaustion even. So he was incredulous.

But, he quickly agreed this would be for the best. He rode off quickly, and I got off my bike. I rearranged my gear, I dumped the water out of my bag, I removed the rain jacked since at that lovely moment it decided to quit raining, what a relief! My toes were numb, I was completely drenched. I looked forward to a bit of a roadside hike, at least I wasn’t biking! I took a step. And experienced extreme pain in my right knee. As it turns out, the one thing I desperately wanted to do, I couldn’t even do. I leaned over my bike, tried a few more painful steps, and rested for a bit. I tried again. Thankfully, I found myself able to limp along a bit. It was slow going, but at least I was moving forward. The sun came out. I stopped for a few minutes, took off my soaked tshirt as I had on a “wishful thinking” tanktop under it. It was actually warming up. I tried to walk again, and it was worse than when I first got off the bike. Ok, new plan, don’t STOP walking. Just keep walking to keep it from stiffening up.

Not long after, my friend came to get me. I got in the car, he loaded my bike, and said “There’s Ibuprofen in the glove compartment, TAKE SOME. By the time we get home it may start taking effect.” I listened. After a pleasant ride home, it had taken effect. He unloaded my bike, Mr. Ink was in the yard planting things, and I told him I’d done something terrible to my knee. I dropped my bike right there, said goodbye to my friend, and headed inside.

I am thrilled to say that this morning it is significantly better. I’ve been keeping up on the painkillers, icing when I can, and getting up and moving regularly until it gets bad enough I need to take a seat. I have high hopes this will be an injury I can get ahead of quickly.

Final total, 48 miles.  2 miles shy of my goal.  I will call that a win, but keep that ice bag coming!

Meanwhile…Miss Butterfly and Lizzie were running a race. I’ve got photos of that! They, too, got rained on. I was told that Miss Butterfly’s dad had to hold the leash for a good portion of the run, since Lizzie was SO excited that she’d just run circles around Miss Butterfly. With dad holding the leash, Lizzie would run after Miss Butterfly, making the experience quite a bit more pleasant.

I’d have thought after actually running a 5K, Lizzie would be worn out. But she wasn’t. I don’t know what I was thinking, she walks a 5K regularly with me, and it NEVER wears her out. All in all, I suspect a new tradition was begun, as they really enjoyed this race together.

Today I am hoping that in between my sitting times, I will be planting and weeding. It rained overnight and the weeding should be at a point it goes fairly easily. Mr. Ink has been too busy planting things to get around to the weeding of things. We also plan to see if we can get to our favorite farmers market for more plants. And he tells me he’s going to build me some tomato cages today, since I don’t like wimpy cages, and he doesn’t want to spend a ton of money on hefty ones. We’ll see how it all goes! I am feeling the desire to get out there though, so here’s where I’ll leave you. Have a wonderful Sunday!

 

Some Spinning

I am not gonna lie, last evening I mostly didn’t do anything. After traveling last weekend and into the week, then the extended family upset and readjusting to work, I was just absolutely DONE. So exhausted. I got a tiny bit of spinning in and a photo of my bobbin because it was scheduled to rain all day today. And then I put the spinning away and sat around watching youtube videos instead. This is highly unusual, usually I can AT LEAST knit while watching videos. So this was a sign I needed the quiet evening.

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I am very close to being done with this bobbin now. I imagine I’ll be working my way through the second bobbin by the end of this weekend. But today I’ve got a 50 mile bike ride planned. For pie. A ride where we ride to eat pie. Great concept, and I am hoping we don’t get poured on. Mr. Ink has to work so I am going with a good friend. It’s a ways out of the city so being able to carpool will be nice. Lizzie and Miss Butterfly are also off being active, Lizzie is running her first 5K. She can walk a 5K in a heartbeat but I never run them. But she does love to run! So I think they’ll have a good time. It’ll be a trail run with other dogs too, so I am hoping there will be fun photos of that.

In the garden, it’s resembling my spinning:

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The first of my tiny irises has bloomed with lots more to go. I’ve done no planting myself, but am hoping to find a yellow iris or two this year to plant in both iris areas.

That’s it from here! I’ve got some knitting for a post tomorrow, and then maybe a makeup new impressions post after that. I’ll have to see where the weekend leads me. Have a fantastic weekend!

Stuff and Pan

Look at these pretty flowers in my garden!

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This is the first year the columbine have flowered, after nursing them along for the past 3 years. They’ve had a lot of upset in that flower bed but they keep trucking along. I need to get my gardening inspiration back, at the moment we’ve been too busy for it.

Last evening turned out to be a cluster of epic proportions. I can’t go into it all, as much of it is Mr. Ink family drama. The arrival of family back in this city went precisely as expected by me, which is to say a whirlwind of boundary breaking, boundary pushing, and expecting my family to drop everything to tend to needs of someone who is an adult and could help himself but has chosen instead to not communicate or plan anything in advance. My answer to all this was a very firm “No, that’s not going to work for me.” (Thanks Captain Awkward!) The moment you set boundaries with someone who doesn’t have them set regularly, all hell breaks loose, right? But I feel strongly that setting them now, upon arrival in the city, is the ONLY way to begin as I mean to go on.

I genuinely wish that my 41 year old self could teach my 21 year old self all about boundaries. There’s a point that you finally need to set them despite knowing that you will NOT be liked, and yet that’s still more peace of mind than not setting them at all. I went to bed with a clear conscience last evening, despite high irritation. I have limited the affect this extended family can have on me in my own home.

So, let’s talk about the stuff that happened that can be talked about. Miss Butterfly had a choir concert last evening. The last one of the year. There’s always a fairly quick turn around between getting home, getting the dog walked, getting a snack, and then setting out for choir, since the kids need to be there early. When Miss Butterfly went to change into her choir dress, she realized that she had grown out of it and donated it earlier this spring. She never mentioned it to me, and I assumed she still had it and we were all set. So we both panicked. After about 15 minutes of flailing and trying to come up with acceptable options (leggings, white tshirt, and grey flannel) that all didn’t work that well, I thought “I wonder if we could get away with the blue and white striped dress she wore to the wedding?” I took a look at the dress, and indeed that blue does shade toward grey. So we decided that would be the best option. She got all ready to go and we headed out the door. Thankfully I do believe we got away with it. That dress did look grey and white striped from stage, and so many people complimented her on it.

Due to the family drama, Mr. Ink had to miss the choir concert, which he was quite disappointed about. Again, a child should not suffer lack of parental support due to the drama and poor planning of extended family. We are NOT doing this again.

Stay tuned for actual knitting and spinning photos in the near future. Maybe even biking photos! But, today is for my mid month project pan check in. Plus, with all the drama I didn’t have time for knitting/spinning photos, nor did I have time for knitting and spinning.

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Here’s the first original photo. The Clinique cc cream is gone, as in thrown out. The Clinique cleanser is at that point where I will need to cut the container to dredge out the last bits. I’ve made almost no progress on the highlighter or the elf setting spray. I’ve been wearing the dior perfume daily except while on vacation, but naturally it looks like no progress was made. I’ve been wearing the elf eyebrow pencil daily as well. And, on the eyeshadow? Well, I got smart and weighed it before I began, I have used 2 grams. Which I think is great! I’ve been trying to jazz up the eye look with adding in different eye palettes or colored eye liners when this gets boring, but I am going to need a break at the end of the month I think. Plus, I’ve looked at spoilers for my June boxes and I am anticipating at least one new eyeshadow palette.

Now on to the second original photo:

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I did think to weigh some of these. No weight difference in the eye cream, but 3 grams of the night cream and 2 grams of the gel cream are gone. I failed to get a weight on the hair balm originally, but I have been using that regularly as well. I didn’t check the lip scrub, I’ve hardly used it and I feel confident there’s not much gone.

So, mid-month check in, I’d say things are moving along pretty well. During the past week or so I’ve identified some other products that need finishing, so these are getting added:

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Left to right:

Peter Thomas Roth peeling gel exfoliant-I LOVE this product. It came in one of my boxes, and this is one of my absolute favorite products I’ve received. I didn’t expect to love it, but it’s fantastic. Will I repurchase? I dunno, it’s pricey and since I haven’t tried many face exfoliants in my lifetime,  I think I’ll wait and see if I get any more in boxes. I use this product about once a week, and I’ll be surprised if I can get another month of use out of it. But a girl can try.

Clinique gel moisturizer-I think this sample came to Miss Butterfly via Miss Marja. We actually have a full size of this one, so I guess you could call it a staple at our place. But, Miss Butterfly decided she prefers the Clinique cream moisturizer over the gel. So this became mine. There’s very little left in there at the moment, and it’ll need to be cut for the dredges soon.

Benefit Porefessional primer-I use this on my forehead as I’ve got a strange hole in my forehead. It’s not a pore. I don’t know what it is, perhaps a long forgotten injury. But it becomes very pronounced the minute I put on foundation without primer on my forehead. As soon as I kick this one, I’ve got another sample size, as I got another in a box this month. It’s a good primer, so I am not mad about it. But I do also have other primers I like better. Of course, if I use it as I did this morning, bending the tube to try to get the remainder out and then accidentally having it erupt all over my desk, it’ll be gone post haste.

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer potion-this works very well for me, and it’s almost gone. This is another sample I picked up. I need to cut the tube to finish at this point. I will not be repurchasing at this time, as I have a wet n wild eyeshadow primer that is nice and cheap and works just as well. Plus, I am testing out a heavier duty mac painterly paint pot to see how I like it. Totally different kind of primer but it too works very well for me. I also have heard recently that there’s a great cover girl eyeshadow primer out there that I can try. I think-when I can go drugstore brand with similar results, I should.

And that’s the mid-month update. I’ve got some items worked on, some items not at all, and now I am even adding some in. I’ll update again at the beginning of June. Meanwhile, Miss Butterfly is busy working on some of these as well, so I get an extra face to work with. She’s also emptying some products, so I’ll have to see if she wants to add anything to my empties box for next month, and give opinions on it. In the meantime, I am trying to think of what I can next post about in my makeup world, and I am thinking I may choose a thing or two from boxes and give a quick review on those. I just wanted to get a little wear time under my belt for those things.