Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 5

Today we are going to talk nail polish, and do a reboot of a project polish. The last time we talked project polish I was sharing the task with Miss Butterfly. Since then, she has decided to get a ton more nail polish, in teeny tiny bottles, which I hate, and I decided I was going to separate my own polish from her massive collection. That doesn’t mean she can’t use it, it just means we are storing separately now and I don’t want to use her collection. Mostly because I can’t stand digging through it.

So, I, personally, am restarting my own project polish. I didn’t bother wearing nail polish for a good portion of the fall up until recently. However, much progress has been made since Miss Butterfly has been wearing my polishes. I can say for certain that I have all I need in the polish department at this time and I will not be purchasing more until I work my way through some of these. I did mark each of them again so that I know where I am starting this time around.


Some of these I wouldn’t even have in my collection if it weren’t for Miss Butterfly choosing them.


That last OPI on the left is a nude color, it didn’t show up at all well here!

I’ve decided that the ones I like the best are the OPI colors. As such, I am going to move through my collection and then stick with a few carefully curated OPI polishes from here on out. I hope my collection stays at this place, but if I get something in a subscription box from now until the time they are over, that’ll be added to this.

To be honest, I am not that big into doing my nails. While I should probably do them twice a week, I am currently doing them on Sunday afternoons. I am going to attempt to step up my game now. So,┬áthat’s it, I’ve nothing more to say about this at this time! Let’s just see how I progress in about 2 months.


Knitting up that handspun

I mentioned over the weekend that I have another finished object hanging around. At the time it was blocking, but that’s done now! I am still taking indoor photos because it’s too oddly bright with the snow to take them outdoors like I typically would.


Here’s my Topography cowl! This one was a seriously fun knit and I would absolutely knit it again. It’s a little wonky looking because both handspun yarns weren’t the most even in the world. This led to sections just being larger than other sections. It won’t be a problem around a neck though. The colored yarn is Miss Marja’s handspun and the solid camel color is one that I created a while back out of some saxon locks. It’s been sitting in my stash for a very long time.

I’ve been really enjoying working with two colors of handspun for projects right now. I’ll be honest, it also works really well for removing yarns from my stash. If I choose one of the Marja yarns that is new and never made it into my stash and pair it will a yarn that has been sitting in my stash, this works really well. It’s motivating!

When I began my quest for a more streamlined stash I had 129 yarns. I am not sure I stated my quest until I had brought that down to 125. 14 handspun yarns came in this holiday season. Of those 14 I have already knit or am in the process of knitting 4. My stash is currently at 113. So, technically I am at 123, still lower than what I had when I decided to go on this little stash busting adventure.

Here’s a little secret. I have been trying not to share it until it happens, but I don’t think I can wait anymore. One of the reasons I want my stash to be more streamlined is that we need to make some space in our home. We’ve been working hard to think about how we need to rearrange our home to accommodate…..a floor loom! This is a situation of it just falling in my lap. A best biking friend has a wife who came into a floor loom unexpectedly. She studied art and thought she might like to own the loom, but has decided it’s not for her. She received the loom from her best friend’s parents. They wanted to “keep it in the family” and asked if I’d like to give it a try. She needs to finish her current project and we need to make space in our home for it. We also need to go over and look at it at some point so Mr. Ink can see just how large it is, in order to see what kind of space we need to make. Anyhow, that’s a thing that’s likely to happen and the thing that is motivating me to really work through my stash. Since both Mr. Ink and I enjoy trying to figure out how to configure our space, it’s a fun topic of conversation as well.

Ok-that’s enough from me on a Monday morning! Have a great week my friends!

Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 4

Today we talk eyeliners. I don’t need any more eyeliners. It’s a funny thing really because I wouldn’t have so many if it weren’t for the subscription boxes. I’ve even decluttered those that I really hate! I am not a huge eyeliner wearer, I don’t even wear it daily. I don’t ever do winged liner, and if I do wear liner, I tend to smudge it so it doesn’t look too harsh. All this to say that I really don’t need a large number of black eyeliners. One would be FINE. My ideal liner collection would be one black liner, one nude eyeliner, and then an assortment of fun colored liners. That is NOT the current collection.

The current collection contains multitudes of black eyeliners of various sorts. Most haven’t even been opened. It’s like subscription boxes carefully curate all but one item and then say “Well, let’s just throw a black eyeliner in there and be done with it!” I find it highly irritating. Despite the fact that one does generally get a higher value from a box than one pays for it, if one really enjoys makeup of all kinds, this flippantness about eyeliners is something I find peeving. Now that my little rant is over, let’s see what I’ve got in my collection:


Morphe Gel Eyeliner: I purchased this in an order and before it even arrived, I received the Pretty Vulgar gel eyeliner below it in a subscription box. So, the morphe one is nicely sealed and never been touched, which is good. It should last. It’ll have to last, because that pot of pretty vulgar eyeliner isn’t going anywhere fast. I really did believe I was going to try winged liner at some point, but this just never became a priority for me.

Up next is the assortment of eyeliners from subscription boxes that I have, most of them not even open.

Kat VonD tattoo liner-this one is opened, Miss Butterfly and I don’t like it. Nor do we use it. We should probably declutter.

Eyeco skinny liquid liner-not even opened as far as I am aware. Doubt we’d like it.

Tarte Sex Kitten liquid liner-not opened, doubt we’ll like it.

Jonteblu black eyeliner pencil with glitter-to be honest while most of the beauty community didn’t care for this one in their box, I like it. It works fine for me, it’s not dry, I get good color payoff, and I am fine with using it.

Style Sepia brown/green eyeliner-this one is in my project pan again. I don’t love it but it works ok.

Makeup Forever-This is a liner/lip product, it can be used as either. I haven’t really messed with this much. It’s a rose or light burgundy color.

That’s it for subscription box liners. The rest are ones that I added to my collection deliberately.

L’Oreal Infallable eyeliner in a nude color for the water line.

Then, before using that up, I purchased the Milk makeup gel eyeliner in a nude color for the waterline. What was I thinking? So now the L’Oreal is in my project pan.

I have 3 L’Oreal silkissimme liners which I love. There’s a black, a teal, and a royal blue. I don’t think the royal blue actually suits my eye color much, but the other two do and I adore them. They are now discontinued so I don’t think these will go in a project pan.

Then there’s the newest series in my collection, I grabbed up these urban decay eyeliners in a set in a post christmas sale. I am thrilled with them! Ok, with one, because I haven’t used anything but the silvery shiny one yet. But it is really beautiful.

In the future, for my uses, I’ll be sticking to using pencil eyeliners. I don’t think liquid is for me. And while I might add more colors to my collection, it’s doubtful. I’ve got a very nice selection of colors now, plus plenty of black. So, eyeliners are definitely one of the many makeup products I just don’t need more of.




Delicious Snow Day

We are having a snow day and it’s delicious! I thought we’d be forced to take Miss Butterfly to camp but the roads are terrible and it got canceled. So I am hanging out in the house with my family and dogs. Miss Butterfly is outdoors making a snowman. Rose the Nose is chewing toys. Lizzie is napping on the couch. It’s all just about as perfect as it can be, for me.


Oh yeah, that’s the tree. Still up. Never mind that Miss Butterfly and I began the new year as we meant to go on, it’s Mr. Ink’s job to take down the tree and find a spot for it, and he didn’t do that. So here we are.

But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about the snow day and also my finished object. A finished object you didn’t even know I started.


I knit a bulky scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun. I adored the color and the nice fat round chainply of the handspun. I didn’t want to muddy the colors in a hat, so I chose a scarf. And knit it up in no time flat.

I’ve got another finished object too, but it’s still drying and blocking. It’ll have to wait. But, knitting has been going quite nicely and I am making yet another shawl and can’t wait to show that off too! It’s a good day, a very good day!

Things I Don’t Need More of (Right Now)

Here’s a place where my collection is fairly slim and I’d like to keep it that way. I am not completely convinced that what I have will get me through the year, and there are items I am still experimenting with, but I do have enough to get me through now, and that’s important.

We are talking about eyebrow products. What I’ve learned over the last year is that I am crap with a pencil. I don’t want to use one and I want to keep them out of my collection. Now, my hair stylist has been saying for years “You’ve got such nice brows!” but that meant nothing to me until recently. I think what she was trying to say is “You don’t need to do much with these.” And I think that’s what I’ve learned over the past year. Brow pencils are for people who need to work harder at their brows. For me, the best option seems to be simply filling everything in with a color a little darker than my natural brow color. If I stick with the natural shape of my brow this works quite well. They certainly don’t need to be thicker, so I don’t need anything with fibers. An example of me using a brow pomade and nothing else:


An example of me using a colored brow gel and nothing else:


I don’t need to be glam, I think both these looks are fine for me. And they are looks which are easy and quick. So, my preference which I have figured out over the past year is either a pomade with a clear setting gel or simply a colored setting gel.

Now an example of what I currently have in my collection:


The Chella brow cream is my current favorite. It looks so good on me and is easy to use as long as I don’t use the applicator that comes with the product. I have an itty bitty angled brush from crown brushes and it is perfect for this product. The brush is small enough that it doesn’t get messed up when trying to dig out the product from the small tube. Unlike the brush that is attached to the product itself!

Next to that is the It cosmetics universal brow pencil. This is a sample size and it’s in my project pan as I want it out of my stash. It looks ok but it’s a pain to use and it is not very creamy at all, so it tends to be a lot of work to get the product on the brow.

Then I’ve got a Nyx eyebrow powder pencil. I do actually like this product and I am glad to have it in my collection. When the time comes, I think it’ll be easy to use this one up.

I have my AOA studios colored brow gel. At $1 it’s a complete steal and it’s my second favorite product in my collection. So I think this will end up being a permanent part of my collection.

Next to that, I’ve got the ABH clear brow gel. It’s my intention to try the Nyx one once I’ve used this one up. I don’t think I am a person who is interested in spending big money on eyebrows. This is another thing I’ve learned over the past year. But we shall see as I continue to explore options.

And then we’ve got a wild card item. The little pot is Bang Beauty brown gel eyeliner. That sounds nice, right? But it doesn’t actually work as an eyeliner. So now it sits in my stash waiting for me to see if it works as a brow gel. I also want to try it as a base for eyeshadow to see if I can get a more intense color payoff. Since it doesn’t work as what it is made for, I am hoping to see if I can get it to work for another use. It’s a subscription box item so if it ends up being decluttered, I won’t be terribly disappointed. But I just thought I’d give it a chance.

I think next up I have to explore my blushes/highlighters/bronzers/contours, and that just feels overwhelming. I don’t want to! So I keep putting it off. Maybe we’ll take a look at eyeliners first. Anyhow, in order to keep me “honest,” I do want to be taking a look at each part of the collection. I am also saving each photo I take to a separate folder on my phone in order to be able to access that on the go. So when I decide “I’d like to purchase this item!” I am then forced to take a look at what I already have of that category in my collection. And then, ideally, if I don’t really “need” that item I can let it go.



Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 3

Masks-that’s what I don’t need more of!

Here’s the thing, I do not take time to mask very often. Maybe I should, but I just don’t. I feel like it takes more time than I want it to and it’s just too fussy. The other side of me thinks “You’ll get up and spend half an hour on makeup but you think wearing a sheet mask is fussy?!?!”

But that’s where I am in life. I don’t need more masks. On the other hand, I don’t purchase them. They just sort of have a way of appearing in subscription boxes.

Here’s what I’ve got and really SHOULD make a serious attempt to work on.


Trader Joe’s hydrating face sheet mask-I picked two of these up for Miss Butterfly and I to try. But, we never get around to trying them because she’s too busy playing with makeup at night. I tried to get her to do this with me last evening but she wasn’t having it.

Below that, Glamglow supermud clearing mask. I got this as the sephora birthday gift last year and that’s when I realized I don’t like glamglow. I hated the illuminating moisturizer that came with it, it broke up my makeup when I wore it. I don’t love this mask either but I keep it around for warmer days where I feel like I can use it on targeted areas (t-zone, nose specifically) where it really does help.

Also under the sheet masks-Peter Thomas Roth heat mask-I’ve used this a couple times and I like it well enough. The best part is that it is a 2 or 3-minute mask. It takes very little time! In fact, last evening I used this because I was motivated since I’d looked at ALL these masks and felt overwhelmed.

Ahava hydration cream mask-I really haven’t tried this much except sometimes I’ve put it on my feet at night and left it on. The colder dryer weather is rough on my feet and I figured I am not that likely to use it up any other way. I would like to try to use this in a more appropriate manner, so hopefully, that’ll happen soon.

Under that-Peter Thomas Roth exfoliator-I have already used one of these and really liked it. I think it’s a nice mask for oil control so I am saving this for the summer.

Cosmedix detox activated mask-I just got this in a boxy charm and I suspect that I’ll have to use it like I do the glamglow mask. In targeted specific areas in the summer.

Below that-Aphrodite Olive Oil deep cleaning mask-I haven’t tried this either, but this is one I am actually interested in trying.

Elemis Papaya enzyme peel-I have been saving this one for a time when I do need an exfoliator. At the moment I have an exfoliator in the shower which is when I use it. This one is kind of sitting in my stash for when the one in the shower runs out.

Below that is the Ren Evercalm rescue mask-this is one I am actually using from time to time. In the winter it’s very nice. This one has such a nice fresh scent to me. This is the type of thing I love using if I’ve been out in the wind in the winter quite a lot. If my face is feeling particularly dry and chapped, this is what I turn to. I will actually take the extra time for this one as it sinks nicely into the skin and then I just wipe the excess off with a cloth before continuing on with my nighttime routine.

I’ve got a number of these blaq hydrogel eye masks. They came in a subscription box. I could easily use them up if I wore them in the morning as I got ready for work. But, again, I just don’t even remotely think to do it.

Perhaps my big new year’s resolution should simply be to mask more. Even masking once a week would be helpful. But, if I were to say twice a week, I could really actually get through some of these I think. Right now, this is most certainly the largest part of my skincare collection and I really don’t want a skin care collection at all! I just want a carefully curated skincare routine that works for me and is simplified to meet my needs.




Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 2

Let’s talk Primers! You know what I don’t need right now? More primers!


Becca First Light and Becca Back Light priming filter-These are my bestie primers. I love them. I think that they look nice on the skin, moisturize well, and really look lovely under makeup. Once I’ve moved through all my primers, one of these may be what I choose to keep in stash.

Cover FX blurring primer-I have this in my project pan and like it just fine. I get on with this primer. Are we besties? Maybe not. But we cool.

Tarte Timeless smoothing primer-I used this a bunch when I first started playing with makeup, but I put it down to try other things. I should probably give it another go soon to see how I feel about it after a long break. I should probably be using this in tandem to other primers for targeted pore filling work, but somehow in the morning, opening one extra primer feels….extra.

A sample of Hourglass Mineral Veil primer. I am reluctant to use it, I don’t quite know why. It seems like it should be such a beautiful primer. Perhaps I worry that I WILL like it and then desire this lovely thing in my collection.

Bare Minerals primer-this is an exceedingly siliconey feeling primer, I don’t care for it. I’ll try to use it up but this one is in danger of being decluttered if I cannot find a use for it.

Benefit Porefessional-This is the tiniest little sample size and I should just use it up and move it from my stash. Thing is, I don’t really care about this one anymore. This one would also benefit from being used in tandem with another primer.

Juice Beauty Illuminating primer-I haven’t tried this yet either, but I am hoping it’ll perform much like the Becca first light and backlight primers.

Becca Ever Matte primer-I am saving this one for the summer. I’ll give it a go then, but I really haven’t used it so I haven’t yet formed opinions on it.

Once I’ve worked my way through a good portion of these I’d like to give some drugstore illuminating primers a try. I want to see if I can find a dupe for the becca ones. Let me know if you know of one to try! Just know I won’t try it until I work my way through some of these!