Another paintbox cowl

I had a great time working on Marja’s paintbox cowl. We chose a solid blue handspun and paired it with a chainply handspun, both Marja’s yarn creations. It took me a lot longer than it typically would, mostly because I am not knitting a ton right now, as I just want to play computer games when I get home. I know myself well enough to know that like any other hobby obsession, it’s good to just let it run its course.


So, here’s the deal. I took this photo midday while at work because trying to take a photo in the dark doesn’t show off the yarn very well. But, it looks wrinkly. Sorry about the not-great photo, it does look great when worn!


February Beauty Balance

Last month I moved 11 products out of my collection, adding nothing in. This month I added nothing in again, or rather, will add nothing in. Since I am doing a replacements only no buy for at least this month and next, it doesn’t matter when I list my empties, as there won’t be anything incoming to balance it with.

So, once resolving my 3 panning projects, it is convenient to do an empties post and move those products into the recycling bin.


This month I beat out my totals from last month. I had 11 products leave last month, this month I have 12. So, 23 in 2 months.

I finished a perfume sample, it was from Phlur. It smelled very floral, as the brand name suggests. When putting this on initially it is so strong, but thankfully settles down into a nice lasting fragrance that sticks around most of the day. I’ve been alternating perfumes through about 3 different scents, this being one of them, and I’ve really enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Next up, 4 mini nyx liquid lipsticks. The brown one has gone off. I am disappointed about it. I loved the color but only wore it once! It was from the 2018 nyx advent calendar. The other 3 I just don’t love the formula of, so they are going to Miss Butterfly.

I finished my bare minerals matte foundation in my rolling project pan, I enjoy that foundation pretty well, but also have bare pro foundation to work through now so I won’t be repurchasing it any time soon.

I used a youth to the people kale and green tea moisturizer, it was a nice, light, gel type formula that I loved. I love Belif just as much so I’ll probably stick with that since I can now get that at ulta, but I did love the youth to the people option as well.

I finished up a wet n wild primer spray, mostly I used this as a spray to wet my brush with. I’ve been using it for ages, but also ended up with a number of sprays in my collection, so I decided to finish this one so I could make more room.

The Farmacy honeymoon glow is a product I loved. It’s pricey, but this lasted me 8 months, so I feel like that’s not such a bad price when I consider the amount of use I got out of it. I won’t repurchase immediately as I’ve got some other resurfacing products to use up first, but I may decided to purchase this in the future.

I finally finished up the very last but of my Mary Kay satin hands exfoliator, and this is an item I won’t repurchase simply because I am now quite opposed to MLMs.

The Body Drench lotion is something I keep at work, and this is my third purchase of this item. I love the formula, and the scent is light enough not to bother me at work, so I’ll repurchase this once I am done with the first aid beauty one I currently have at work.

And finally, a hairspray. I got this free during one of the ulta hair events. It did not really have the hold I was looking for that works best for my rather wild poofy super short cut. The hold is a bit too gentle for that. But I didn’t waste it! However, now that I’ve gone back to a high hold spray, I am experiencing the learning curve of putting less spray on my hair each day.

That’s it, 23 products in the last month and a half. I’ll save my empties until after the 10th of next month as well. I’d be super pleased if I could add another 10 items, but that might be a bit of a challenge. We’ll see how it goes.

Partners in Cream Project Pan

A project where I attempt to get use out of cream products since liquids and creams go off faster than powder. Here’s where I started:


I easily finished up the wet n wild primer spray, it was no trouble at all to finish. So, I’ve chosen a product to replace that.

The ciate liquid shadow I had in this project to see if I wanted to declutter it. I don’t want to declutter it. In fact, I found that it worked very well for me as an eyeshadow topper particularly when a shimmer shadow I used was a bit too dark for my lids. I am happy to own this and happy to keep using it regularly. As such, I am rolling it out of this project.

The Bare Minerals primer saw a bit of use, and I have to really bend the package to get product out of it, but it is by no means gone yet. I use this once or twice a week, so not often at all. Maybe by next month I’ll be done.

As for the sleek makeup cream contour, I am working on the middle contour shade. I got a ton used up, want to see? I hope you can see even though there is a shadow on the pan:


Just a tiny bit left now. I’ll continue to use this palette and leave it in the project, working on the darker shade next.

I am adding in both of my becca first light primers. One is so close to being done if it felt like cheating to add just that in. Plus, I love the product but have other travel sizes to use. I’d like to finish these up so I can free up two little spaces on my vanity. And, I am going to finally attempt to finish the bite beauty travel-size lipstick I was attempting to pan at the end of last year. I doubt it’ll take me long.

A pretty nice start for a first update with the likelihood of being done with the bare minerals and one of the becca primers and possibly the bite beauty lipstick too by the next update.

Quick Knitting Update

I haven’t got too much to say at the moment, I played computer games this weekend way more than I knit. But it’s been awhile since I’ve shown off this project, I got two more chunks done since the last photo.


As of today, it lives at work. I am desperately close to finishing the previous work project, so hopefully, I’ll have an update on that this weekend. I am just loving how the colors flow on this project, really fun, pretty, and interesting!

2020 Rolling Project Pan update 1

Last month I started a rolling project pan using specific prompts. My prompts to start the project were:

1.  A product with cute packaging
2.  An expensive product
3.  A product in loose form
4.  A drugstore product
5.  A product I bought because of youtube
6.  An old favorite


And these are the projects I chose. Here’s a spoiler, I did finish one item so I needed a new prompt. The new prompt is:

7.  A product you haven’t used in a while.


Let’s start with the new prompt first, I chose the l’oreal silkissime liner in cobalt blue. I am not trying to finish this one, but my goal will be to work my way through it until I can no longer see the L’oreal label toward the top. So, that’s still a bit of work. I rarely use this liner and I think it needs to see some action in my collection.

My product with cute packaging is the pretty vulgar powder. I started with this weighing 80 grams and it now weighs 76, so progress was certainly made. I’ll keep at it. If I haven’t used it up by the summer, I may have to roll it back out as it does nothing for oil control. But it does set my makeup nicely and it’s great to use this time of year.

My expensive product is the hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light. I have used this almost every day. My goal is to hit pan. No pan yet…

My product in loose form was the bare minerals powder foundation, that is now used up.

My drugstore product is the NYX brow powder pencil. I used about halfway to the lettering, so progress was made.

The product I bought because of youtube is the CYO lifeproof foundation. I did make progress on this, but I also worked hard on finishing up a different foundation this month, so I think I can make my progress on this go a bit quicker next month. I am hoping to use this up, but it’s another one that needs to roll out if the weather warms. So we’ll see how far I can get!

And, the hula bronzer sample is my old favorite. I’ve used it daily, I don’t see a lot of progress. The goal is to use this one up, so it might be some time yet!

Not a bad start for a rolling project. I have a feeling that I won’t be able to roll in anything new next month. But, I’ll keep after it and see how far I can get. Sometimes I am surprised!

Protect Your Meatsuit project pan update 1

So, you may recall I began a small project pan using body care or skincare types of items. Bascially, non-makeup items. I’ve now been at it for a month and it’s time for an update.

I chose 5 items to work on.

The Sol de Janero shower gel I did make the tiniest bit of progress on. I was surprised, as I have used this almost every single day. Honestly, it’s such a lovely, rich, and beautifully scented product that a little really goes a long way. So it  may take me a year to finish this off.

The next item is my cleanser-I made a much bigger amount of progress on this than I anticipated. So much so that I am genuinely wondering if I had the original mark incorrect. No matter, we will see how it goes this month and have a better idea of that soon.

I did use both face masks this month. I am not positive I used them once a week, and progress isn’t huge, but I did use them, which means I made progress, far more so than if I’d continued to ignore them in my collection as I have been doing.

Then there’s the body exfoliator. I only used this once this month. I think it would be easy for me to finish up, there’s not much in there. But I concentrated on the shower gel instead. Perhaps I’ll set a goal to use this once a week and see how I get on with it.

So, I can’t roll anything new in this month, but I did make nice progress on each item so that’s good enough for me.

January 2020 Beauty Balance

I have put myself on a 3 month no-buy or replacements only no-buy though I genuinely do not believe that I’ll have to buy any replacements in this 3 month period. So, there’s nothing coming into my collection at the moment.

So, this will be my only beauty balance post for this month. First of all, you may remember that I gave up my beauty balance posts in December because we had an awful month personally, I couldn’t keep track of anything in general, my sadness was too large, and I overdid it in the “retail therapy” department in that month. I’ve reigned it all back in now, and am back to finishing up products. And decluttering. Shall we discuss the declutters first?


These are the 6 items I am decluttering. The leave in conditioner is brand new, never used. I am giving it to Miss Butterfly as it’s the last thing my super short hair needs. The reason I didn’t give it to her earlier is that if I give her 3 items of the same thing, she tends to get really careless with them, or she starts giving them to her friends. It’s better if I hang onto them and when she’s out of an item, I “declutter” another to her. We’ve reached that point. This is a good leave in conditioner, I did use it when my hair was long and I liked it quite a lot.

Then there’s the thrive causemetics eye brightener. I had this in a project pan, used it regularly, tried it all sorts of ways, and it’s just not for me. I can’t even use it as an eyeshadow primer. It’s just NOT for me. Perhaps Miss Butterfly would like it, or one of her friends.

Then there are 4 nyx liquid lipsticks from the advent calendar. Not sure if entirely this year or one from last year as well. What I’ve done this year to rotate through my lip items is pull them all into a large box, and then I have Miss Butterfly choose one for me to wear next. Once I wear it, I put it back in my drawer so it doesn’t get chosen a second time. The problem is, when she’d pull one of these particular liquid lipsticks, I’d instead choose not to use the lipstick at all, and repeatedly just use a lipstick I keep at work for when I forget to put one in my pocket on the way into work. This, for me, was a sign that I really don’t like the formula and it doesn’t matter to me what color it is, I just don’t want it. I grabbed those I could see in the container and dropped them in here, keeping only one dark metallic one that I really loved, and one super dark vampy brown that I loved. It’s likely more of these little ones in other formulas will be in an upcoming beauty balance, but these are the ones I just know I don’t want to wear.


And here are my actual empties, products I have worked my way entirely through.

I did not care for the moroccan oil volumizing mousse, I want something a little stickier and a little more thickening. This didn’t do it for me. They’ve got another I may try someday, but I’ve got a spray mousse going right now and can’t purchase new until that one is almost gone.

I finished my oribe dry shampoo as well. I had worked my way about halfway through this while my hair was long. I cut it early last summer, and I wasn’t using dry shampoo at all. But, then I decided to try this as a texturizing product, and it worked ok. So, on the weekends when I cared a little less about how my hair looked, I used this as my texture spray. I finally finished it this month.

I have been working my way through the Ahava hydration mask for ages. I got it in a subscription box, never loved it, but decided it was good enough as an overnight mask to work my way through. I am thrilled to be done.

I’ve got an it cosmetics illuminating cc cream which I had in a project pan at the end of last year. I am glad to have used every last bit of this product, I liked the product quite a lot, and I would repurchase in the future though it’ll be some time before I am really on the market for a new foundation.

And finally, in a subscription box, I received some makeup wipes. I have removed makeup wipes from things that I purchase, but I enjoyed working through these.

All in all, between the decluttering and the using, I have moved 11 products out of my collection this month. This year I have far fewer sample sizes so it’s harder to get through products in a month. I am feeling pretty good about my 11 items. I mean, except for the wipes, every product I used up this month was a full-sized item.