Where to Start?

I thought about blogging a lot this weekend but never did get to it. I DO have a finished object, and I actually took a photo of it at work, intending to post on Friday. But, my Friday also got out of control and I couldn’t find the moment. So here we are, days after blocking this shawl, and I am finally getting an opportunity to post.

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Here’s a terrible photo. Basically, it’s either gloomy or snowing or icing or too windy for words right now so outdoor photos are just out of the question. I can tell you this, I truly enjoyed this shawl. I love a knitted-on border, which is what those edge stripes are. Both the yarns are Miss Marja’s handspun, and they were completely delightful to work with.

This gives me 13% of my goal of another 40 projects knit this year. As you’ll recall, I didn’t manage to hit that goal last year. But I am starting this year strong!

Now for the rest, and I am not really sure where to start. I had debated even mentioning it at all on my blog because I can be easily overwhelmed. Mr. Ink has asked me to marry him. When we began discussing plans, we decided that we wanted a very small wedding, only family and those friends who are in the bridal party. And once we started thinking about dates, we decided Easter weekend works perfectly for us. This has the added bonus of being less than 3 months away, which puts a limit on my stress levels and keeps things from growing out of control in a manner we aren’t comfortable with.

But! Since we are less than 3 months away from this date, plans have to be made RIGHT NOW. I am pleased to say that we are well on our way. Last week my lovely sister in law volunteered to do the photography, so that’s one thing off the list. Over the weekend we managed to look at and book the venue, find me a wedding dress, order my shoes, find the bridal party dresses and pick them up, get one groomsman asked if he’d stand with Mr. Ink and talk over the groomsman dress code. There’s much left to be done, but we are crossing things off the list daily.

We also went and picked up the loom, which was a lovely diversion especially since that was when we got to speak to one of the groomsman and they made us the most lovely lemon curd tarte and served it with tea and it was just the most lovely of afternoons during a massively busy weekend.

The loom, btw, is still in the truck and the truck is in the garage and at this point, I KNOW I will have no opportunity to try out the loom until after the wedding. Which is fine, because I can’t even wrap my brain around that right now.

Having had a lovely tea with friends put me behind in some other promised tasks so Miss Butterfly and I need to work on them tonight. This is FAR busier than I ever love to be so we are just trying to get through it all!

Because of that, here are pictures of the dogs doing what I would love to be doing today. Miss Butterfly had two extra days off due to snow recently and she built the dogs blanket dens. They LOVED it!

And I loved having someone home with the dogs so they didn’t have to be kenneled during the day. Rose loved her blanket den so much that she waits outside Miss Butterfly’s door now in case Miss Butterfly allows her to come in.

Anyhow, that’s the big news from here, plus a finished object, plus a little apology for if I am absent quite a lot in the upcoming few months!

 

 

Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 11

Single Shadows and small quads/quints.

This is where I talk about eyeshadows that are not full palettes. I have plenty of palettes as well, but I just want to focus on the smaller sampling of shadows.

Again, most of these came from subscription boxes. First the single shadows:

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I tried to do little arm swatches as well. Going left to right.

Ella Eden eyeshadow in Harmony-it’s definitely a peach color. I’ve used this quite a lot, it works pretty well as al all over the lid then buff into the crease simple eye look. For a while there I was also using it as a blush topper on mate blushes I wanted to give a little bit of sheen to.

Steve Laurant loose pigment-This is a nice olive green. I’ve only worn it once but I really loved it!

Naked Cosmetics loose pigment-this is an orange tone, and I haven’t even had the opportunity to wear it yet!

Colorpop supershock shadow in sequin-This one I did purchase myself. I wanted to try a supershock shadow. I don’t know if it comes across in the photos but this one is nice and glittery. I really enjoy using this and would love to explore supershock shadows MORE, unfortunately, I can’t really justify doing so when they tend to dry out quickly and I’ve got so many gorgeous palettes to work my way through. But, this is my one purchase out of this group and it’s the one I love the most, so that’s a win for me.

Nomad Cosmetics-This one is a lovely shimmery berry shade and it looks great. Another one I can do a simple eye look with.

IBY cosmetics-the color on this one is extremely hard to see. It’s a duochrome, shifting from brick brown to army green. I love this shade, it’s really fun and unusual.

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Next up, a very few quads/quints.

Bang Beauty-this little quad is so tiny! We’ve used it a bit, but not much. Might be one I try to pan at some point since it probably wouldn’t take much time to do so.

The orange toned one with a pop of green is pacifica. I have played with this just a tiny bit, but generally just forget it exists. The colors are nice and soft, but the green on my eyes looks like a healing bruise. I might try seeing if I can make it work another way and play with it a bit more.

Then I’ve got two wet n wild quads. I purchased these very early in my makeup exploration journey. I barely know what to do with the black/grey one! But the brown one I’ve got a ton of use out of. And I am still using it, so it still sits in my collection.

And that’s it! At least, that’s all there is that isn’t paired up in a nicely matched magnetic palette as a fully created “palette” of colors. I’ve got a couple palettes I’ve created, but I count those as true palettes rather than single shadows. Even though they contain single shadows.

My goal here would be to not add more single shadows to my collection until I work through some of these. Then, if I do, it should be shadows I love, so perhaps some supershock shadows or something like that. But as tempting as that is, I am hoping to resist that urge for quite some time.

Another Finished Object

I seem to be rattling right through the new year with finished objects flying off my needles. I am not sure why it feels like quite a large amount. Could be the fact that it’s cold and so knitting is a really nice thing to do with the evenings. Also with my knee being quite sketchy (It’s much better now, really!) that seems to keep me sitting with it up and iced, leading to good knitting time.

Anyhow, my little work project is now done. I created another knit night scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun. This one is all blue, and quite soft and lovely.

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It is nice and long which is perfectly appropriate for a scarf, and I used up almost every bit of the yarn, which is perfectly appropriate for handspun.

It was a pleasant weekend at our place. Quiet for the most part, and yet busy as well. It was quite cold, so we didn’t spend a ton of time out of doors. We managed to make it to the dog park once, and that visit was brief. But worthwhile.

On Sunday I decided to KonMari my clothing. I pulled out the bins in the basement full of summer clothing and also clothes that don’t fit. I pulled out everything from my closets and dressers. I piled it on my bed and kept only that which sparked joy. I carefully folded my t-shirts into thirds and put them away.

Once there was again space on the bed, Rose decided to hop up there for a snooze. She’s almost managed to fold herself in thirds, don’t you think?

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Don’t worry Rose, you spark an exceeding amount of joy in our lives, and we are definitely keeping you!

I made a bin of things that Miss Butterfly also needed to go through, and she did that as well as going through her own clothing. So, she also participated in this exercise as well. There are now two very large bins brimming with clothing that needs to be passed on. Not sure if we’ll save it for an upcoming garage sale we keep saying we will have or let it go sooner than that. We’ll see if I can manage to keep it and not be annoyed.

And that’s about the extent of the weekend! I hope yours was pleasant as well!

 

Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 9

I decided to tackle foundations today because I still can’t be bothered to pull out all the highlighters and face that mess.

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I feel like this photo is kind of like a journey through the past year of makeup use. The only thing missing is the Urban Decay allnighter foundation which I managed to finish up. So I am going to talk about some of these quite out of order.

The first foundation I purchased when I started to get into makeup was the UD all nighter. Why? I don’t know. I liked the packaging I guess. It was pretty and edgy and interesting. I remember standing in ulta testing the colors on the back of my hand despite basically knowing NOTHING about what my skin was like and what the foundation was like. I bought one. It was both the wrong shade and absolutely the wrong foundation for me. I realized it pretty quickly. At the time I was also trying to use an expired clinique cc cream which I couldn’t understand why it looked like crap and made my face itch. I mean, I GENUINELY did not know. It worked fine when I’d used it over 2 years prior!

So, next step I went into a sephora and asked the opinion of a salesperson and also asked to be color matched. I indicated that my face was dry and foundations weren’t looking good. She seemed confused because I was using a primer and a foundation and things should work ok. But, she pointed me in the direction of the Hourglass illusion skin tint and she color matched me to the shade sand. I LOVED this foundation it looked so pretty on my skin! Night and day between that and an expired cc cream or a way too matte and dry full coverage foundation!

But I wanted to find a drug store option as well. Around that time I began watching beauty youtubers. First, the big ones because that’s what pops up first in a search. Tati said that the wet n wild photofocus was fantastic, and so Miss Butterfly and I went on a search for that. We each bought one. It worked great on my skin, much to my fascination.

Since I’d liked the hourglass illusion skin tint, I ended up getting the stick foundation on sale. Except, here’s where I learned that just because a foundation in one line from a brand color matches to your skin doesn’t mean that the same color in a different line will match to your skin. The color Sand in the stick foundation was absolutely NOT the correct color for me. The second lesson is that if something is not the right color, don’t try to make it work. Maybe just return it? I didn’t. And now I feel obligated to work through that foundation. I am using it to cover redness and it is working that way, but I am definitely not getting the full benefit of the foundation itself this way.

Now, in my old expired makeup stash, I’d had some Mary Kay mineral foundation. Way back when, I’d been using it as a setting powder, not at all knowing what it was actually for. But, once I figured it out, I began using it as a foundation. There was very little left, and I used it up right away, quite liking the finish it gave my skin. Since I didn’t really want to purchase Mary Kay, I went for Bare Minerals. I got a starter kit with the original formula and then also picked up one of the matte formula to try. And then for some reason not even known to me, I also picked up their BarePro formula. Another lesson learned-maybe just try one and see what I think? Because the original formula doesn’t stick on my skin very long. I am using it on weekends when I am going out of the house and want to wear makeup, but won’t be out that long. The matte formula works a lot better on me and I can get away with a full day of wear on that. The pro formula looks a little on the cakey side and is also a little light. Expect to see these in an upcoming project pan I think.

Next was the IT Cosmetics cc cream in the matte formula. It looked so nice I had to go right back and get the illumination, right? No real lesson to be learned here. I purchased them both and I am very happy with both, and I like how they both have different effects on the skin depending on what look I am going for. I chose the correct colors, and there’s no issue here whatsoever.

At the end of last year, I bought the Too Faced Born This Way foundation during a sale. I wanted to give it a try. The lesson here is simply that I don’t need it just because it’s on sale. I’ve got enough foundation in my collection for at least a year if not more, and I don’t need to add to this collection since I actually have a number of these that I am quite happy with!

There are also two samples. One is Make Up For Ever HD foundation. I’ve already been through a sample of this and I know I like it. The other is Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. But samples are from subscription boxes. I’ve decided I am waiting to give them a try until I am completely done with both the Hourglass Illusion and the Wet n Wild photofocus. Both are really close to being done and I just want to be able to move them out of my stash before I explore other things.

So that’s my foundation journey and my current stash. I love trying foundations, but I also love using them up completely. I am really eager to try the Physicians Formula The Healthy foundation, but I am going to try to wait until next fall/winter to give it a go. I really want to prioritize moving the bare minerals foundations out of my collection, I just don’t feel like they are the type of thing I need to have around. I am a bit over halfway done with the original formula and I think a bit under half done with the matte foundation. The pro has been touched once or twice. This current collection gives me a lot of variety and a lot of opportunity to focus on working through some of this stash.

Every time I write about panning a makeup product, or examining my current collection, I genuinely feel quite motivated when I am done and want to high five myself or say something like “Go Team!” or whatever. I am hoping that just READING my post about my collection, or looking at the photo I took of my collection will cause a similar reaction and help me to keep my stash on the slim side once I have worked through some of these.

Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 10

First of all, yesterday I posted bronzers/contours. This morning, I completely broke one of those dark colored pur contour pans. So, in about 24 hours, one left my collection.

Today it’s highlighters I focus on. Highlighters, much like bronzers and contours, have just kind of shown up in my collection for the most part. Again, there are the ones in the face palettes:

There’s one in the hourglass palette and two lovely ones in the Too Faced palette.

And then there are the others:

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I’ll go top left to right, then move my way down left to right.

There’s a pixi highlighter that disguised itself as a blush in a subscription box. It’s not a blush even though it was billed as such. I use this very rarely.

There are the three Nyx highlighters from the advent calendar. They are fine, but nothing to write home about.

Next row. Wet n wild highlighter, this one I did not purchase. Miss Butterfly did. She insisted on having it, but as it turns out it doesn’t look good on her. It resides in my stash but I haven’t used it much.

Then there’s the depotted benefit dandelion twinkle. As you can see, we have used the heck out of this. I actually quit using it because Miss Butterfly liked it so much. She’s still using it, and I am certain we’ll eventually completely pan it.

The tiny pot that says “thank you” is a loose highlighter from vanessa’s vanity. It was a gift with purchase. It’s quite icy and would take a long time to use if I were using it regularly. I did use some of this in the highlighter I created myself.

Mac’s shiny pretty things from this past holiday, this one is the one that is pink to gold shift. I adore this and we use it mostly as an eyeshadow. But I also highlight with it from time to time. I think it’s my favorite purchase from this past holiday season.

Next row there are three depotted pur highlighters. Two are from a highlight/contour palette and the other is from their masquerade palette, both from boxycharm. They reside in my magnetic palette now as I am bound to get more use out of them that way. They are great highlighters actually, I used one yesterday and was quite impressed.

And then there are my final two pans of the highlighter I created from two clinique shadows and the vanessa’s vanity loose highlighter. I like them quite a lot and do get plenty of use out of them.

And here’s one more that I forgot, the liquid highlighter:

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I snapped this photo way after the fact because I had totally forgotten about it. You may be able to see we actually have used it a bit, but it is very glittery and so it’s not something that regularly gets used.

And that’s it, which is quite a lot The entirety of my highlighter collection. I don’t need more and mostly don’t want more, though there is one from pixi that looks quite interesting to me. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that if I work my way through many of these and it’s still available, I can love it then. And if it isn’t available, I’ll probably forget about it because there will likely be something else out there to love.

I think I mentioned that I have gotten tired of subscription boxes. The trouble is, for a couple of them, I paid for an entire year. But, Miss Butterfly decided that SHE is not tired of subscription boxes, so she has paid me for the next ipsy bag, and we changed up my profile to fit her preferences. That’s 5 tiny items that are not entering MY collection next month! Win!

Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 8

Now that I’ve moved past the dreaded blushes collection post, I can talk about bronzer/contour. I was REALLY avoiding that blush post. I’d put it off for far too long.

Now I can move into my bronzers and contours. I don’t care that much about bronzers and contours. I just use them. Some come in face palettes and that is how I have them, or they come in subscription boxes and that’s how I have them. I think I made 3 total conscious careful bronzer/contour purchase. One of those is completely gone now.

I’ll show off photos I’ve already shown. First, Too Faced natural face palette:

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Sunny Honey makes a lovely contour shade and Tropic Like Its Hot is a great summer bronzer.

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And then a two for one. I’ve got a sleek cream contour palette and one little bronzer pan in the hourglass palette.

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And then there’s the remainder of my collection. Starting at the top left and working clockwise. I’ve got a physicians formula butter bronzer which has been my major go to bronzer over the past year. We’ve hit pan and I’d be satisfied with this as my one and only bronzer once my collection is worked through. Except for the smell. I hate the smell but after this long it has dissipated mostly.

I received the Sugar Cosmetics mini bronzer in a subscription box. I like it quite a bit and am finding myself reaching for it regularly.

I’ve got a pur bronzer that came in the boxy charm masquerade palette. Depotted because I hate that palette, and this one did not fall apart. I haven’t tried this one much so not sure how it works and if it gets to stay in my collection.

Below that is the Benefit Hula bronzer. I inherited this from Miss Butterfly. She just HAD to have it. It’s a travel size and she got it for easter last year. Turns out, she doesn’t even wear bronzer anymore, she doesn’t think it looks good on her. She warms up her face with blush in the bronzer areas and calls it good. It is good, she knows how to do makeup. She’s just so pale that bronzer isn’t a good color for her.

Then there’s two pur palette (subscription box!) contours which I don’t think work for me but I haven’t given them much time. These are from another palette I depotted because I just never bothered to pull the palette out. I probably need to give some of these some trial time to see if I even want them around!

And finally, another Benefit Hula Bronzer from a subscription box. Just the tiniest sample size.

That’s it for bronzers/contours. And I won’t be buying more. These are of little interest to me anyhow, and once I’ve worked through some of these, I’ll be happy to keep a minimal curated collection.

I think we are, after 8 posts, beginning to close in on the end of this series, for which I am grateful! What do I have left? Highlighters for certain. Then single shadows maybe? And then palettes? Though I may or may not do a palette collection post. Oh, foundations! I haven’t done those yet either. Nor skin care other than face masks and primers. Ok never mind, I may still have a ways to go.

Knitting WIP

I have realized that in the past number of months, maybe years, I’ve turned into a pretty monogamous knitter. I remember when I used to have 5-10 works in progress on the go all the time! But something has changed more recently and I generally have only 2. One that I keep at work and the other that I keep at home. I do not know what changed, but the current set up seems to be working for me. Another way it is working for me is that it really feels like I get a finished object very quickly!

That is definitely the case with my latest WIP, Fly Away.

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I am using one new and one old color of Miss Marja’s handspun. One is light minty green and the other a burgundy with all sorts of other colors smooshed in. Both are 2 ply and pair quite nicely together. The Fly Away shawl begins striping in one direction and ends with a striping border that goes the other direction. since knitted on borders are something I just adore, I cannot WAIT to get started on that part! And I am just one striping section away from starting that portion of the shawl. So basically, I started this first thing Saturday morning and it’s now Friday and looking very good for a finish this very weekend!

That means this weekend I’ll be doing the thing I love the most, which is contemplating my yarn stash and the next project I get to begin!