Just Another…

Almost completed work in progress.

I’ve been meaning to knit the Skye Boat cowl for quite some time, and I had the correct handspun in my stash. This is a handspun I created out of one single of louet dyed fiber, black with a smattering of white silk, and on single of Loop! cloud colorway circus. (I think. Something to do with circus anyhow. Black with pops of color.) I plied those two together and ended up with a very pleasing, to me, handspun yarn.


The pattern has a nice texture. There’s a slip stick rib at the top and at the bottom is a fairly easy to memorize lace pattern. I got quite a lot of this knit over the weekend and am closing in on a finish very soon!

In fact, it’s already so close to being done I am in the beautiful place of anticipating my next project. As usual, can’t wait!

January Empties

There’s another pretty good load of empties to be gone through this month. But let’s discuss this monthly post going forward. Since I plan to work through my collection this year rather than purchase a bunch more, February Empties will actually begin new as “February Beauty Balance.” I will then post what came into my collection as well as what left my collection. So, subscription box items and any purchases will be added to the posts. The idea being that we’ll hope whatever is leaving the collection is MORE than what is entering the collection.

I didn’t think of doing this soon enough this time around and stuck all my subscription box items in my collection. I am too lazy to go back and figure out what they are to add them to this month’s post. But I can tell you that I purchased absolutely nothing beauty related in the month of January.

Now on to the empties.


Let’s start with top row left to right and then I’ll do the same with the bottom row. If there’s more than one thing in the row, I’ll start top to bottom.

OPI base coat. This was a good item and there’s a little left in there but it’s too thick to use. Miss Butterfly has a tendency to jump into my stash, use my stuff, and then not fully close the bottle. This means that I lose good stuff. So, I am not going to purchase more expensive nail products until she’s quit getting into my stuff.

Next to that at the top is a sample size of youth to the people hyaluronic acid moisturizer. It’s a lightweight formula I really loved and I could see myself possibly purchasing this in the future.

Then I’ve got the 111 Skin eye serum. I don’t think this made any difference at all in my life so I wouldn’t repurchase. However, the dispenser is nice and I’ve washed it out to keep in case I can use it in the future.

Next to that is a stila eyeshadow. I purchased this last year for Miss Butterfly. She used it a bunch then tired of it and handed it over to me. I used it a bunch and now it’s gone. I liked it, but I probably won’t repurchase anytime soon. Maybe next holiday season if a little sample set has some nice tempting colors. I feel like these dry out quickly and so I have to force myself to use them to get what I can out of them. It’s not my favorite feeling.

Hourglass Illusion skin tint. This was a great foundation for me and I am glad I got it when I did. It helped my damaged and dehydrated skin look great. But, it’s really really expensive and with my skin in better shape, more foundations look nice and I can easily use cheaper products. So, I won’t repuchase, but only because I don’t need it any more.

Almay eye makeup remover wipes. It takes me a long time to get through these now, I use them less often than I used to. I still love them though!

A sample of the tatcha cleanser. It as really nice! I don’t feel like I need to spend big money on cleanser though, so I won’t purchase.

First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads. These were really nice! I got them in a subscription box and was super happy to have them. I doubt I’ll purchase but they are a good product and I liked using them. We’ll see. Maybe on a sale.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. I used this up but I did NOT like it. It burned my eyes like crazy. This is a no go, would not repurchase.

Verb sea spray. This is not for me but I can see why others like it so well!

Farmacy eye moisturizer. There was something weird about this, I couldn’t get it to really sink into my skin. So, I wouldn’t repurchase it. I could only use it at night.

Farmacy Green Clean cleansing balm. I LOVED this one! I thought it worked well and if I got my hands on it again in a sale I’d be really happy. I loved the strong fresh scent and I thought it removed makeup quickly and quite well.

4 perfume samples. Dior Joy which I really liked but probably won’t purchase. Marc Jacobs daisy love, I really liked that as well and would maybe purchase someday as a treat. And, I can’t remember the pink-topped one. It wasn’t memorable. The scent didn’t last on my skin at all. Definitely wouldn’t repurchase.

Two mascaras. It Superhero and a sephora brand. Both fine. Both flaked after awhile. I have a big flaking mascara problem in my life. Glad I got to use them though.

Dr. Dennis Gros wrinkle recovery pad. I liked this, but one pad is not enough to know if it can work in my life.

That’s it. I’ve got a bunch that are dangerously close to being done soon for next month as well. As I finish samples in my collection and quit bringing in more, I suspect my empties will be far smaller. I am already seeing a benefit of this in my bathroom closet!

And The Hat

I mentioned when I showed off the handspun scarf that I had a hat as well right? Well here it is:


Now, I don’t generally like to knit hats but this one was surprisingly enjoyable. I don’t know if it was the fact that I barely had to think about it or what, but it was really lovely. I might have to do that sock head hat next! Added bonus, another quick project for my goal of 40 this year.

In dog news, after 5 days of Rose throwing up in the early mornings, the 5th morning causing me to be up at 3 am and then miss almost half a day of work for being so ridiculously tired and headachey I couldn’t continue, I called the vet. Who suggested the simplest thing I should have been able to work out myself but didn’t manage to, probably due to exhaustion. Put her back on her bland diet. This is what we had to do with her in October I think it was? When we were getting up every 45 minutes to 2 hours to take her out because her system was so screwed up. That time, the bland diet worked a treat in short order. So, Friday I picked up more bland diet food from the vet, got her on it that evening, and got to sleep until 6:30 am Saturday morning. After waking up between 3 and 4:30 all week, it was quite a relief! Vet said since she’s got a sensitive stomach, sometimes we may just have to do that to reset her system. I am on board with this now that I realize that it’ll also help the throwing up! And she’s more comfortable too! A win all around.

That’s it from here. I was too tired last week to really get much of anything done. Knitting felt like it really suffered, wedding planning was almost a complete wash, it was quite a set back. Hopefully this week will be easier now!

TeamProjectPan update 1

This year is my whole face project pan, with #teamprojectpan created by the Beauty News youtube channel. The idea is that you pan an entire face of makeup, and if you like, you can switch items out quarterly.

Now, the first thing I wanted to do was work on all the little sample fragrances. Photo below is where I started and where I am now.

I went from 12 to 8!

I can already tell this post is going to be long. Tuck in, here we go with the rest of the face.

I think we can start with face palettes. I decided to work on my sleek cream contour palette since I hadn’t really touched it since I purchased it. And then also work on my hourglass face palette for blush/bronzer/highlight/finishing powder. Another set of where I was and where I am now.

On the cream contour I concentrated mostly on the darkest shade this time around and did manage to hit pan on it. Pretty good progress for a month. I also used the middle two shades, top and bottom, just a bit. I also used the hourglass palette a ton, almost daily. Naturally it is a bit more difficult to see progress there, but if you were to look closely between the two finishing powders, top left and middle, you can see clay pan between them now. So progress is being made! In the second photo is my clinique setting powder which despite being used daily does not show any measurable progress.

Next up a quick photo of the eyeliner progress. I am working on a greenish brown style sepia liner which I don’t love and a L’Oreal infallable nude liner which I like just fine.


The boxes are my progress. Not much but measurable.

OK, now for the rest of the photos from last month for reference:

And where I now stand.


I have made a bit of progress on the cover fx primer. The hourglass illusion skin tint is completely gone. I cut the package and got an extra 2 weeks use out of it, keeping it in a baggie to keep it from drying out. The wet n wild is so close to being gone that when I keep it on its side, doing so doesn’t even cover up the scrapes I’ve made with the wand. I can’t imagine I’ll get much more out of it this month.

It’s tough to see my white markings on the hourglass vanish stick foundation, but the tiniest bit of progress was made. The Maybelline age rewind concealer doesn’t show any more product in the container but I still seem to be getting some coverage out of the top so I am not calling it done yet. The bare minerals concealer has been use once or twice but I’ve concentrated on the age rewind instead.


The Stila eyeshadow is gone, I took the stopper out and used up the remainder and now cannot get anymore out of it. There’s color in the container but I tried to show the side that you can see through. Below that is my clinique eyeshadow I am using to set my base, the pan in that is larger than last month.

The IT cosmetics universal eye pencil I used almost daily. The previous mark wore off, but if you look at the starting photo it was above the indentations in the cap and now it is below.

There’s two bite beauty products, my agave lip mask which I love and stays by my bedside for nighttime use, a bit of progress there. And then there’s my bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick sample size. I used more than half of that last month so I think it’ll be gone in the upcoming month. My other lip products are a nyx intense butter gloss and a smashbox liquid lipstick. There is absolutely no way to share the progress on those, so just know I have bene using them consistently but probably more consistently using the bite beauty lipstick pictured here.

I threw in a photo of my mac paintpot primer but no real progress is shown there. I feel like I won’t see progress until I hit pan. I also have my deva curl styling cream in the photo, a tiny bit of progress has been made. But, I use this only once or twice a week. The longer my hair is the longer I can go between washes. I am down to like twice a week now. And often I like to wash my hair, braid my hair, then day 2 hair is wavy. I do not use this styling product when I braid my hair as it is so smoothing it doesn’t allow the braids to hold as well as other products.

I failed to take a photo of the mary kay satin hands products because I literally never used them. Maybe this month.

Because I’ve finished a couple things or am close to finishing a couple things, I am rolling a few products in. Now, the photo is deceiving because these are all sample sizes. They look large but I assure you they are very small.


I have two foundation samples. I already know I like the Make Up For Ever foundation as I worked through one of these samples last summer. I have never tried the Tarte amazonian clay foundation. I am also rolling in the tiny bang beauty eyeshadow palette. If I LIKE the palette I’ll try to pan it. If over this month I decide I don’t like it, I am going to give it to Miss Butterfly or one of her friends. I was able to rid my collection of a loose pigment I hated this way, many of her friends are clamoring for whatever I might allow them to take from my collection. I got rid of a makeup brush that I considered too scratchy that way as well, and this young lady was so happy she screeched.

So, that’s it for this month. I am feeling pretty good about this progress, I like how far I’ve come this month and I like concentrating on certain products. It makes early mornings easier when decisions are removed from the equation. I also feel like I am not currently trying to pan anything I particularly dislike, which is quite helpful as well. I mean, I could do without the universal brow pencil but it isn’t bad enough to just remove from my collection. Another two months with basically these products and then I get to consider a switch out. That’s exciting to look forward to as well!

Are you doing team project pan? If so, please let me know so I can follow along!



Of Finished Objects and Exhaustion. Again

Hey, I have a finished object and I’ve had it for like a week and failed to show it off.

Miss Marja made this worsted weight handspun 3 ply out of 3 different braids of fiber. A lovely combo spin project. It entered my stash at the end of last year and I was very eager to knit it up! I wanted to choose a pattern that was free and that also one that showed off the colors. This is the type of handspun color shifting that made me fall in love with handspun in the first place, isn’t it glorious?!

I ended the scarf at a point where I’d have enough left over yarn for a hat. I knit that hat, finishing it right before our desperately cold snap this week and have been wearing it ever since. But, have completely failed to get a photo of it.

It’s been quite a week really. It started with a crazy disturbing amount of wind which upset Rose so much that she was unable to do her business and threw up instead. Since then, every single morning between 3 and 4:30 she has thrown up. Sometimes multiple times. Our rescue group has made a number of suggestions, and one of them was to make sure she eats slower, so we’ve worked on that and it has helped the volume, but not the actual throwing up. I’ve been up since 3 am this morning with a still pukey dog. Just called the vet, who suggested that she just might be one of those dogs who needs a full bland diet reset when she has any issues at all. So, we are going to try that next.

To add to my exhaustion, on Wednesday evening we went to see the ballet. Which was lovely. And then we went out to eat. And then we got on the interstate to go home and got stuck in the most horrendous traffic jam. We sat there for an hour going almost nowhere, as the interstate was fully closed and there was a college ball game getting out at the same time we entered the interstate. No exit anywhere near. I saw some stuff I thought I’d never see, including people going the wrong way on the interstate as well as turning around at the end of the exit ramp and going back the wrong way on the ramp. There was also a ton of shoulder lane use and because it was -6, there were also stalled cars that couldn’t take the stress of the cold and the idling to maneuver around. When we finally got to the exit, and then got back on at a spot where there wasn’t an active accident investigation, there were almost no cars at all on the interstate, it was so uncanny!

Anyhow, it’s been a long week after a long weekend, after a long week. So I am really hoping for serious downtime this weekend. The weather is supposed to be significantly warmer. Like, melt snow warmer. Looks like the weather is trying for a reset too, and hopefully, we’ll all get what we need out of the weekend.

And here’s a photo of miss sleepless because she’s the cutest even if she’s being needy. This is her “Who is touching me?” look. Actually, this is the look she gives us if we are paying attention to each other instead of her. Just upside down since she was facing the other way.


She’s needy but she’s amazing!