March Beauty Balance Finale

March has been an extremely busy month in every aspect. Everything feels topsy turvy for me right now. I always have this idea that once a large event is over I can breathe again. But, the reality always is that there are things to do after the fact. Vendors to pay, equipment to be returned, names to be changed, summer vacations to plan, etc.

While I know that April will still be a busy beauty month, I also know that after that, things should settle down significantly.

Now on with the empties because I don’t have anything else that has entered my collection this month. WhenI left off in the last post, we were completely even in incoming and outgoing products.


I did work through a few samples. I finished up a briogeo blossom & bloom shampoo, an alterna haircare set, and a becca primer sample. That’s 3.

As to how I felt about them? I didn’t care for the Briogeo shampoo, I loved the alterna haircare combo, and the becca primers are ones I already know I love so using them up was no trouble at all.

Then, I finished up both of my foundation samples, that’s 5

How did I feel about them? The tarte amazonian clay foundation worked very well but it is a bit heavier than I like. The make up for ever ultra HD foundation is one I’ve tried before and liked, but it does wear off my face a little too quickly for me to want to actually purchase it.

I also finished a maybelline dream cushion foundation. Now, this stayed at work and I used it to touch up for over a year. There’s just nothing left in here at all. It worked pretty well as a touch-up situation but I won’t repurchase. That’s 6

I have been convinced by Miss Butterfly to allow her to have my clinique setting powder, my butter bronzer, and my flower beauty blush. All of these products I like just fine, but Miss Butterfly was stealing them on the regular and then they wouldn’t be where I needed them to be so it was just easier to transfer them to her. That’s 9

And finally, I managed to finish up a peter thomas roth face mask sample. That’s 10. And I wouldn’t repurchase because I really don’t mask.


Continuing on. I finished my nyx intense butter gloss from the advent calendar, I loved it and would absolutely repurchase in the future. That’s 11.

I am getting rid of the metallic liquid lipstick from nyx, I hate it. I saved it simply for an 80s party and that’s over. Now it can move along. That’s 12.

I finished another piece of my satin hands kit, that’s 13.

And I am letting go of my l’oreal infallable nude eyeliner. That’s 14.

I actually have all my shampoo and conditioner samples pulled out and in the shower in hopes to get those used up soon. Not so much so that I can “count” them but more because it can just be a little annoying to have them hanging around. Finishing them feels like decluttering. Plus, I don’t have any other shampoo right now, other than samples. I will soon, but I figured it’ll be a good chance to just move through those samples first.

So, 14 products leaving the collection above what came in feels pretty decent for the month despite the fact I knew I’d still be bringing quite a bit in this month.

Team Project Pan Update 3

It’s the end of another month and time to update the team project pan challenge. This update will be in two parts because this is the end of a quarter and I get to choose new products to pan for the next quarter. This post will be the progress on this quarter’s products.

I currently have sample size fragrances. I started with 12 samples, moved that down to and then accepted more in my collection. So while progress has been made, there have been setbacks too. Honestly though, I really enjoy sampling fragrance and I enjoy the variety and change. I haven’t really come across any samples I just cannot tolerate yet and that’s really lovely and surprising. I am learning something about myself though, apparently, all the ones I like most have a vanilla base note. Good to know!

Palettes, here’s the beginning and latest photo:

I’ve been concentrating mostly on the mid-toned cream contour on the sleek palette for two months now and it really shows. I have additional pan, but even more importantly, the product is far thinner on the sides as well. I decided I was better off saving the darker tone for summer months. On the hourglass palette I’ve made additional progress on all pans but the most that shows are on the two finishing powders. I swirl them both together and they go pretty quickly when I am using them regularly.


Below is where I was on a good portion of the rest of my products last month.

First of all, I finished both the tarte and make up for ever foundations.


Progress on my deva curl cream has been more significant this time around because last month I finished up my lush product and I am now using this exclusively.

The Cover FX blurring primer, which I really do love, has seen plenty of use. My mark is a bit of an estimate because the air bubble in there is pretty significant.

The Clinique setting powder saw use, but this one is leaving my collection and being given to Miss Butterfly. I won’t choose to pan this next quarter.

And, I did make progress on the bare minerals original formula powder foundation. This item will stay in my project pan as it’s awfully close to being finished.


There’s really no way to mark progress on the smashbox liquid lipstick or the nyx intense butter gloss. The butter gloss is now gone. I removed the stopper and scraped out ever last bit. I actually had to wear it every single day this past week to make the finish happen. My Stila lipstick had a little progress but not much. That’s ok, I only had a month and I had fully intended just to make a little progress.

I took a photo of my bang beauty eyeshadows and my mac paint pot but I don’t think progress shows. I wore off the markings on the bite lip mask but I am now down to the B on bite and will have to use that as an indicator. And the clinique shadow I am using to set my primer I’ve hit side and corner pan. Not too shabby!


And finally, here’s the progress on eyeliners. Style Sepia is making fairly steady progress and it’s really almost gone. The nude liner made a lot of progress this month mostly because it seems like it’s really drying out. It just isn’t transferring onto my waterline right now, and I kept sharpening it hoping that would help. It hasn’t helped. And I have decided to declutter it.

So, I was able to use up a lip product and two foundation samples this month. Plus, I am decluttering the eyeliner.

As for this quarter as a whole, I finished 2 full sized foundations and two sample size foundations. I finished two sample size lip products. I started with 12 sample fragrances and moved that down to 6. And I finished up a stila eyeshadow sample.


And finally, I finished up one more part of my Mary Kay Satin Hands kit:


I still have the exfoliant part of the satin hands kit and so I’ll be continuing to try to pan that in the upcoming quarter.

I would say that’s a fairly successful project so far. I think one of the things I enjoyed the most was simply concentrating on face palettes. I will be continuing that trend in the next quarter. But, to see a full post on what will be chosen for next quarter, you’ll have to wait until Monday!



New Projects

I needed a new knitting project for work breaks. I also was hoping to find some yarn in my stash that Miss Marja’s mother might like. Why? Because she’s loaning out the use of her house on wedding day for us to get ready. It’s near the venue and it’ll work so well for us!

We chose a yarn though we aren’t sure she’ll love it, we’ll just see once it is knit up. But, I chose a pattern that she’s likely to want to wear as well, and that’s the honey cowl.


Isn’t that pretty and rich? It’s a handspun chain ply I made quite some time ago and I am really digging how it is knitting up.

Last evening I managed to finish tying bows on mason jar vases and packed another box full of jars up. I have a few more jars that need to be packed but am out of packing paper at the moment. I had really decided I needed to get my craft room deep cleaned but with all the wedding prep in there, I am not positive it is going to happen. perhaps I need to settle on the bare minimum and call it good. This weekend is bedroom deep clean. I am really looking forward to that because last November when I deep cleaned I didn’t bother to move the bed and clean under it. That’s always a major mess and I always find socks under there that somehow got squirreled away. My single sock stash has grown and grown, mostly because Miss Rose is a sock destroyer. But, it’s possible I’ll manage to find a match or two hanging out under the bed.

Miss Butterfly and I have some shopping to do and we are looking forward to that as well. Hopefully, we’ll get to do that Wednesday evening. Mr. Ink wants to see a movie tonight. The rest of us don’t really want to see a movie, but we’ll probably indulge him.

Mr. Ink went out and picked up more frames last night so we can get a few more things hung on walls. That basement flood was SO GOOD for clean out. It reminded us of things we’d set down there to hang “soon” but never gotten around to. We unearthed so much!

In knitting, I also got an opportunity to finish a scarf, though it needs a good blocking still. And, I began the border of another project. I’ve been plugging away at the knitting in the evenings! And that’s about it from here, I am looking forward to how this week shakes out.

March Beauty Balance

This is my second to last beauty balance post this month. The final one will get posted after my project pan update so that I can add any project pan items to it.

At last post, 5 items more left my collection than entered it.


Just a quick note, the Appeal liquid eyeshadow was a bust so I gave that to Miss Butterfly. It got cakey and uneven on my eyelids, which is what I was afraid of. I’ll allow her to experiment with it instead. Or I told her she can give it to a friend if she wants. That’s 6 items leaving my collection. And 6 items entering my collection.

I am almost out of a retinoid and all out of serum. So, I figured it was time to give the ordinary a try. The inexpensive nature is highly appealing to me. And, I’ve used two of the serums, a little goes a very long way. That’s great! Along with that came two samples and one reward item, bringing me up to the total of 6 items in. I am even at the moment.

The next post will not have any incoming items in it. The last beauty balance post of the month will entirely be things leaving my collection. This is good because there will be April purchases to discuss, most importantly, the lipstick for the wedding drama that never seems to end for me. I am going to end it once and for all. And once I do that, I am going to force myself to pick from that and stick with it.


Wedding Update

Progress to our goal has been made again this weekend. We had dress alterations on Wednesday and then a hair trim and trial run Thursday. Dress alterations went well. Miss Butterfly’s dress now fits properly at the bottom and she’s got some little anchors to help her bra straps stay in place. Mine was a bit trickier, as wedding dresses always are. A little more trimming was needed on the top two layers. Then, once bustled, I didn’t like the way the bottom two layers of dress were pulling in the front. So, the bustle sides had to be undone and recreated. But, we are in much better shape than we were. We’ve got one more fitting the first week in April and then we are done!

As for my hair, that was really fun. Here’s the thing. I’ve never had a pro do a proper updo on me before. It was fascinating! Much like architecture, it is built carefully from the base up. Despite the fact that I didn’t really know as I went in what I wanted, she was able to perfectly create the type of look I thought would go best with my dress and jewelry. Here are some photos of the front:

I asked her to show off my grey hair, as it is a feature I really love. I think she did a great job with that!

When I got home with my hair did it was late and Miss Butterfly was in bed. I woke her up anyhow for her approval. But the best part was Mr. Ink who kept looking at me and looking at me. That’s definitely when I knew I had a win.

With that done, we now headed into the weekend. Miss Marja came over Saturday morning and we spent our morning ironing vintage linens and tying recycled sari silk bows on mason jars to use as vases.

We didn’t completely finish as we then got distracted with some planning questions, got involved in looking at the layout of the venue and discussing the best ways to use the space, then carefully planned out where most of the linens were to go as well as how to have the venue set up. This was an extremely necessary distraction and now all I need to do is get those ideas down on graph paper and communicate with the venue as to which items need to be removed prior to our event.

So this morning I continued. I got a few more bows on jars which had been recently cleaned. Then I finished ironing the linens, stacked them like with like, and used tiny little tags to indicate how I hoped these linens would be used during set up. This was an extremely pleasing task as it made me feel like I was going to be communicating my expectations in the best way possible in order to make life easy for those working on set up.


Some are tagged as “Use for this certain thing” and others are tagged as “No specific use, use it to decorate as you see fit.”

Then I grabbed a plastic unused bin from the basement and loaded them in. I took a notebook and set it to the side. Then, I packed that bin with other items needing to go to the venue. Each item that went in the bin also got written on the notebook page, sometimes with instructions. This way when the bin is full I can add the paper to the top and whoever on set up opens the bin will immediately know what happens with the items in the bin.

I feel so clever.

Friday and Saturday I put away my deep winter clothing and pulled out my spring/summer clothing. Also, do you remember the Konmari-ing I gave my wardrobe recently? I hadn’t ended up getting rid of any of those huge bins of clothing because I’d been contemplating a garage sale. Then the engagement and wedding planning happened and I didn’t have time. And then I lost a bunch of weight, making a good portion of those clothes now fit, and the clothes I had kept in my wardrobe no longer fit. So, I went through all that again. I let go of anything I didn’t like whether it fits or not and those went directly into my car. I tried everything else on and got a pile of clothes I can wear now and a second pile of clothing I may be able to wear in the future if I keep on losing. I then removed anything from my closet that was now too big and added those to another storage bin. I felt pretty darn good about all of that!

I had a bike ride planned today but woke up with what seems like a touch of a stomach bug. I canceled the bike ride and worked on wedding stuff instead. While I am not as quick about it today as I was yesterday, it’s good to still be moving in that direction.

Tomorrow I am hoping Miss Butterfly and I will get to a shop or two. Miss Marja found a really cute salt and pepper shaker deeply on sale and we only need one more fun set to add to our plans. I want to pick up some more paper products and get those packed away as well. I also promised myself I’d get a deep clean of the craft room done today. It may not happen today but it MUST happen by the end of the week so I may have to just get a bit done at it each night. But, if I could get some done today that would be awesome.

And that’s about it in the life of this wedding planner. Less than a month away and I am feeling pretty good about progress. At least, I am now confident that it’ll all come together.

March Beauty Balance Again

Boxycharm finally arrived. And the good news is that it doesn’t contain much that I’d count as incoming beauty. But, I photographed the entire box anyhow.


We’ve got some moda brushes, they don’t count. I decided at the start of this that makeup brushes are tools and they don’t count for this project. Next to the brushes I have a liquid eyeshadow. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it but I am wearing it today over a dark base and it looks pretty good! Never mind that it took two coats to get it there. We’ll see how it holds up through the day.

Then there’s a peel off mask. At my age, I have no business using a peel off mask. So, I’ve given this straight over to Miss Butterfly and it won’t count as an incoming beauty item. Next is a nice cover FX face palette, I am pretty excited about this one! I tried the blush, finishing powder, and highlighter this morning. It all looks very nice so far.

And finally there’s an ofra liquid lip in colorway Monaco. It’s got a sheen to it which is not my favorite but, ofra liquid lips ARE my favorite and the color is gorgeous so I don’t mind too much.

Now that I have my box I can determine that only 3 beauty items will be added to my collection from boxycharm this month. But, I also got an ulta order.


This is a simple one. First of all, the maybelline waterproof mascaras I tried bothered my eyes so much. Far too much to suffer through. I picked up a clinique waterproof mascara instead. At least this way I KNOW I’ll be safe from irritated eyes. I also picked up a mascara primer during the ulta 21 days of beauty sale, it was half off. I tried it this morning, pairing it with a regular mascara. It looks great!

Now that I received 2 orders, we now know that I did have 5 products entering my collection. I am one product leaving the collection up from last post. Here’s where I am with empties/declutters:


First up there’s a pair of lashes I received in a subscription box awhile back. These are soooo long that they almost hit my eyebrows and they look completely ridiculous. This was the moment I realized I had no intention of wearing a full strip of lashes on my wedding day. No thanks. These can go.

Then I worked at moving some samples back out. First, there’s the belif water essence which I liked and am happy to have another sample in my collection to use. I don’t think I’d repurchase though. Next to that is clinique’s jelly moisturizer with some serum in it. I liked this a lot more than I had anticipated!

Next to that is a sample size of pyunkang yul oil. Now, I’d never heard of this brand before and it has been sitting in my sample stash for almost a year. But, I’d recently heard someone on youtube whose opinion I greatly respect talk about their toners. I’d already decided to work through the oil, applying it after my retinol treatment since my skin was starting to get increasingly dry because of that. So when I realized it was the same brand I was quite surprised. This was a LOVELY face oil, and I absolutely want to get a full size. Yesstyle carries this brand and at some point when I’ve worked through the rest of my oils and toners I am going to try both their oil and their toner. This was the hidden gem of this group of samples.

And then there are the bare minerals samples which I am perfectly happy to use up but I don’t feel an overwhelming need to have in my life.

Under that we’ve got a colorpop liquid lip that is so dry and awful that I just want it gone from my collection immediately, that went to Miss Butterfly, as did both of the waterproof mascaras that bothered my eyes. And, there’s a container of makeup wipes gone as well.

That’s 9 items gone, or 10 when counting the one item from the last post. And 5 items in, so I am 5 leaving my collection ahead at the moment.

I know I’ll have a few more empties to show off and I also placed an order for some serums which I am genuinely out of now that the dermadeli serum is gone. Those will likely show up with a sample or three. But that’ll be all for March and I suspect April will be a much more gentle month. That being said, I still haven’t completely worked out the wedding lipstick thing yet. It’s getting frustrating. I suspect the biggest problem is trying to make me happy while also making Mr. Ink happy. He doesn’t love lipstick on me due to the transfer issue. He’s picky, I am picky, and I am struggling to find a thing that works. But, I have narrowed it down to a brand I believe, so that’s a start.


It’s another busy week around here. Tonight Miss Butterfly and I go in for another dress fitting. Tomorrow night a hair trim and a trial hairdo. While I’ve got another scarf close to being completed, because it’s lace and necessary to follow a chart I haven’t had the time or inclination to work on it.

Here are some things I am doing. First of all, last week I tried a gibson tuck on my hair for the first time ever. My hair is long enough and I just wanted it off my neck. Pretty sure I didn’t post about it. Anyhow, I decided to do another one this morning and it came out loads better than the first one. Want to see?

Please excuse the massive amounts of wedding-related stuff in the background, my craft room is now a staging area.

I got lots of height at the front with morrocan oil texture spray. I did my wedding makeup today as well, though the area under my eyes was done a bit more dramatically. I may or may not keep that feature.

Since I received my wedding jewelry last week I can bring the necklace to the fitting tonight and see how that goes.

When we originally decided on a wedding in 3 months planning time, I had a bit of a panic about the dress. My mom had suggested perhaps I could wear hers. I was fortunate to find a dress that worked for me in one shopping trip. And when I got the dress mom sent, I was relieved as I wasn’t even close to fitting in her dress. The idea of losing almost 20 pounds in less than 3 months was daunting for me, as I haven’t typically lost weight very quickly when I try. But yesterday I tried on my mom’s dress and it fit!


She and my aunt sewed this dress and it is gorgeously constructed! While I am thrilled to pieces with my dress, it’s too bad I hadn’t had just a little more time so I could wear this one. We have, at the house, Mr. Ink’s mother’s wedding attire as well. Miss Butterfly wanted to know if I would fit in that. I told her not a chance. But, I should have told her she could try it on. She’d be more likely to fit I suspect.

One of the things I put on Mr. Ink’s list of things to do before the wedding was to hang more photos and artwork. We’ve had a pile in the basement from when we first moved in and we just never got around to finishing. With so many out of town visitors, I decided it would be good to get that stuff done. Plus, since the basement had flooded numerous times, those pictures and artwork had gotten moved around multiple times and I don’t want to deal with that again. We sorted and chose what we wanted to hang last evening. Mr. Ink began hanging. I had to follow him around or he’d hang everything at his eye level. His eye level is not the eye level of normal folk.

Miss Butterfly is 5’9″ for reference:


We still have some things that need framing but at least we’ve got a plan and a place for everything now.

On Saturday Miss Marja will be coming over. We’ll take the opportunity to get some wedding decorations prepared. I got the final floral details worked out yesterday and I have a few more tasks on my to do list that I am looking forward to completing. Hopefully this week and weekend will be as productive as last weekend!

Today is officially one month until wedding day!

Boneyard Shawl

There are times when you find the absolutely perfect pairing of handspun and pattern. This is one of those times.

This is a lovely handspun project I created from batts I made on my drum carder. There is a lot of silk in there as well as wool and cashmere. This has always been a lovely soft yarn. I adore the tweedy nature of it and have been trying to figure out what to create with it for a long time.

During a clean up of my craft room I decided to “declutter” my printed out paper patterns. By declutter I mean look through because I got rid of VERY little. However, among that group was a paper printed boneyard shawl pattern. I immediately thought of this yarn and cast on.

It didn’t take long for that tweedy goodness to become a fully fledged boneyard shawl which I absolutely did wear to work today even though it’s way too warm to be wearing that much shawl. I absolutely adore this finished project!

Another Project

The Levity Shawl has been in my queue for ages and ages. I had decided to knit it with some of the oldest handspun in my stash. A merino/silk 2 ply laceweight yarn I made ages ago when everything had to be a 2 or 3 ply laceweight. I really didn’t make much other than that once I got to the point that I could.

On Saturday I got started on it.


The colors are extremely muted and beautiful. The bulk of this particular shawl is a large knitted on border. I am eager to see how the colors look when I turn them sideways for that border. And I love a good knitted on border so this should be good fun!

Mr. Ink and I took today off to go get our marriage license. I am pleased to have that off my list. Mr. In also scheduled a dentist appointment. I plan to work on wedding related stuff this afternoon.

We did manage to finally, after many months, get my loom into the basement. Obviously, since we had so much basement flooding, I am rather pleased that the weather had been too terrible to get that job done the entire time we’ve had it.

I did finish my boneyard shawl but that is still blocking. I am eager to show it off, and I am hoping to get a photo today so I can post that one tomorrow. That’s about it from here, I think I had better get working on wedding related stuff so it really feels like I’ve gotten constructive things done today!

March Beauty Balance Again

I am sure I mentioned that starting beauty balance in March of this year when I am not actually going to quit purchasing makeup until after the wedding was going to be tough. It has indeed been so. When we last left off, I was one incoming item over what left my collection.

Yesterday Miss Marja and I went all over the place doing wedding related shopping and things. One of the things she wanted to do was stop at ulta to pick up some things for herself. While we were there, I picked up some things too.


Thankfully only three things. I wanted to see if I could get the Jergens natural glow to work for me and be consistent about using it up until the wedding. If I can, I think it’ll be a good idea. I think that the mac foundation I am planning to use at the wedding is just slightly too dark right now, but if I can darken the rest of me it’ll be perfect.

I picked up the wet n wild coconut setting spray mostly simply to use to spray my makeup brushes with. I just finished a setting spray using it that way and I don’t want to use my urban decay all nighter that way. I wanted something inexpensive for that use.

And then, on my eternal hunt for a wedding lipstick, I bought a colorpop liquid lip. The mac one I purchased got tested, and it absolutely transfers badly. I love the color but it is not what I am looking for on our big day. I’ll test out the colorpop next. Thankfully the mac one I adore and can totally wear any other time.

So that’s 4 products incoming above what was outgoing. Let’s see if we can find balance.


That morphe setting spray I just finished. The spray mechanism is divine but I don’t think the product is worth the price. Then I went through a sample size of the dry texture spray I love with all my heart. I have 2 more full sizes in my stash so it’s all good.

The other items. The tiny glass bottle with a dropper is dermadeli pumpkin serum and I absolutely adored this item. I just looked up the claims and it talks about extreme hydration. That was exactly what I found it to do. I am not positive I’d purchase a full size, and certainly won’t at the moment, but if I am feeling particularly dry next winter I hope I remember it and perhaps give it another go. I loved it.

There’s also a finished briogeo scalp revival shampoo. Once I finish up a bunch of samples I’ll be getting this again. I love this product. I purchased it over the summer and have been using it while also finishing up that lush shampoo bar I was working on. So, it lasted a really long time.

And finally, almost not counting, but since I am counting samples in, I get to count samples out. This is a sample size of the bite beauty lip scrub. I decided to crack it open in part because I wanted to make sure my beauty balanced, but also in part because I am almost done with my elf lip scrub and I wanted to see if this was better enough to purchase instead. It’s good, really good. But I love the delivery system of the elf product so I am not going to be purchasing the bite one at the higher prices.

As a conclusion, that’s 5 products leaving and that means we are back to 1 more product leaving than are coming into my collection. That’s great because we STILL haven’t gotten our boxycharm this month which is really annoying. On the other hand, I know some items are leaving my collection again. The two maybelline waterproof mascaras bother my eyes fiercely. Like, I think something is in my eye all day bothered. Like I think I might be getting pink eye bothered. Like, one eyelid actually swelled up over the day yesterday bothered. So, pretty sure those will be leaving and I’ll be bringing in a clinique waterproof mascara. Let’s go with something trusted this time.

More than halfway through March now, beauty still balanced and lots of items getting used up.

It’s Been a Week

A. Week. That kind of week. The kind you don’t want a do-over of.

We had 3 days of heavy rain in a row with surprisingly warm temps. This caused the snow to also melt at an alarming rate. When I last spoke of basement flooding it had happened over the weekend. But, that wasn’t the last of it.

On Tuesday I went to work assuming all would be well. After all, we aleviated the issues with trenches for drainage dug into our lawn and filled with gravel. We built dams for the patio using large amounts of bubble wrap designed for heavy duty use and bricks. We moved everything to the highest point in the garage. Everything would be fine!

At lunchtime, Mr. Ink came home and everything was not fine. He called me and I left work immediately. We did more work on the inside and outside of the house. We were exhausted. But Mr. Ink stayed up until 1:30 in the morning, through a serious storm, so that he could keep an eye on the basement. Thankfully we had no issues.

So, I returned to work on Wednesday and worried about my basement all morning. Mr. Ink assured me that his work would hold and it would be fine. I told him that was good because I had my annual evaluation at 1 and shouldn’t miss it. He called at 12:30. The flooding in the basement was the worst it had been. I canceled my evaluation and headed home.

I worked all afternoon trying to remove the water from the basement. Mr. Ink again worked on the outside of the house. At one point we had an actual waterfall of water running down the basement wall. If you combine heavy rains, high temps, and 2 feet of snow in the yard melting (Not to mention the snow piles that were up to my waist) it’s bound to cause issues. That day, Mr. Ink actually moved the icy snow piles to the edges of the yard in hopes that it would help.

We continued moving things around in the basement, drying things off with towels and removing wet items from boxes. I was fortunate to not lose anything because everything that was mine in the basement was in plastic bins. But, this was not the case for Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly.

Thursday morning I double checked the basement. We were leaking a bit but not at an alarming rate so I headed to work. Only to sit around and listen to rainstorms and worry once again. But at lunchtime Mr. Ink’s check in indicated that we were in the clear. So I managed to get a full day of work in.

After work, Miss Butterfly and I decided that since the basement was completely torn up but no longer leaking, it was time to do a basement clean out and reorganization. We moved furniture to new spots, did a major clean up of Miss Butterfly’s stuff, some of which was now for the trash, cleaned any areas of the floor that hadn’t been “washed” with incoming water, and put things away in a tidy manner. It’s nicer down there than it has been in a few years and while it was exhausting, I am so glad it got done. It was on my list of things to do this weekend so I feel a step ahead of the game.

I know that it is often underreported on major news channels but Nebraska and Iowa are really struggling right now with flooding. The rivers are continuing to rise, many towns are under water, dams and levys have been breached or failed, ice jams have been causing flash floods, many people are displaced, and first responders are risking their lives to rescue those who couldn’t make it out of their homes in time, most roads with bridges are closed due to rising flood waters and entire bridges have been swept away. While the weather has been dry, the rivers are continuing to rise, putting us in a precarious position. As such, I admit that while the basement flooding was a personal trial we had to endure, we are very grateful to live almost at the top of a hill in an area where our home isn’t in danger. We are so fortunate, it could be so much worse. And it is so much worse for so many.

So, I will try to zip my lips about my basement exhaustion and do some knitting this weekend. After all, my boneyard shawl made great progress because it’s the only thing I can manage to knit because it’s completely mindless!


March Beauty Balance

Here’s where things begin to get more difficult. I am 12 items out of my collection of items entering my collection. That’s about to change.

I got an order in:


Most of this is wedding related. Waterproof mascara to try, as some mascara bothers my eyes and I need to do a test run. A package of blotting papers and a lipstick and lipgloss from the boom boom bloom collection, the lipstick I am hoping will work for the wedding since my last lipstick purchase did not. A lipliner that is supposed to precisely match the lipstick tones. And then two more things. A red lip liner for the days I want to wear a red lip. My two red lipsticks bleed badly around my mouth. And I decided I wanted to experiment with a full face of cream products so I picked up a flower beauty blush bomb. I’ve heard good things. So, that’s 8 items in, bringing the 12 out down to 4 out.

And naturally this came with samples. So many samples.


Thankfully they are tiny samples. I am counting each sample card as one. And that’s 5 items. This brings me to one item into my collection over those going out. I guess I’d better get working on those samples after all!

I don’t have anything to show for empties since I posted empties yesterday. Hopefully by the time boxycharm arrives I’ll be able to balance March beauty with empties as well.

Still, for this month, it’s pretty good to be only one item unbalanced at the moment.

Continuing March Balance

One thing I’ve learned while choosing different passions over the years is that often good tools really improve the quality of what can be achieved. This has certainly been the case with makeup brushes as well. When I got started I did grab a bunch of inexpensive brushes and did pretty well with them. I’ve also been fortunate to get a bunch of brushes in subscription boxes. I haven’t had to purchase many at all since the initial purchases. But, one thing my collection is seriously lacking in is brushes to apply shadow to the eyelid itself.

Thankfully I’ve waited long enough to know what I prefer, and it would be brushes with some natural bristles involved. As I’d heard a lot about bdellium tools being really good inexpensive brushes, I thought I’d give them a try. I picked up 4 brushes that are natural and synthetic blends. They arrived with a gift of an additional brush and a lipstick. As such, the lipstick has to count in the beauty balance. The brushes do not. I have decided that brushes last so long that they are more of a permanent item in a collection. Unlike sponges which have a shelf life.


I should also probably add that the eyeshadow brushes absolutely serve my purpose beautifully, I could not be more pleased! They work better than anything I currently own and I am so glad to have them. I haven’t tried the weird green powder brush yet.

In my last March beauty balance post, I was up 10 items leaving my collection. Now I’ve got one coming in. Leaving me 9 items leaving this month.

The lipstick is a great color and supposed to be matte. However, it is not a drying formula. So far I am really enjoying it. I am glad to have it in my collection.

But wait! I’ve finished more since then so I can add more to my leaving the collection list!


You may remember that I purchased two more CeraVe cleansers last month. The one that I knew was nearing completion is now finished. I also finished a Body Drench original formula moisturizer. This is my absolute favorite hand cream. I use it all of the time. I have two more, one at work and one at home, and both of them are only about 1/4 full. It is getting close to the time I need to pick up some more. This does not leave my hands feeling greasy and it does not have so much of a scent that it interferes with perfume. It has a bit of a powdery scent. I hate lotions with heavy scents so this is perfect for me.

And finally up in the top right corner is a bang beauty eyeliner gel in brown. This never worked for its purpose. It was always a terrible product. But, I’d kept it around for a bit to see if I could use it in my eyebrows. This week I tried it in my eyebrows. It’s as dry as dry can be and I can’t get much to pick up on a brush. Best to let this go. It came in a subscription box and has always been an afterthought for me.

So, from 9 to 12 items ahead this month. I had been thinking I’d never stay ahead of the game this month without turning to a bunch of samples to even the score. As it turns out between just finishing things up naturally and giving my collection a decent declutter I have been able to stay way ahead of the game. That being said, I still have a boxy charm that is VERY late this month and an order yet to arrive. So we shall see.

One of the nicest parts about doing multiple beauty balance posts per month is not having to save what is essentially trash around the house until the end of the month. I’ll still be saving anything from my project pan but not the general run of the mill trash. I love that!

A Project I Didn’t Mention

I’ve been knitting on a project I never showed a progress photo of because the weather was cruddy and I never got around to it. It’s a fluidity shawl and technically I should have made the scarf instead, as I ran out of yarn long before I was able to get particularly fluid. Nevertheless, I think it’s long enough to wear.


I made this out of Miss Marja’s handspun yarn, isn’t it gorgeous? I loved working with this yarn. I love the colors and they were a joy to knit. The pattern was easy to memorize once I got moving on it and that helped as well.

And do you know what that is on the shawl? Late afternoon sunshine. It’s a lovely thing! We won’t see it today, but yesterday it was wonderful.

Today we do melting and another rain storm lasting 3 days. We are hoping our work on the basement flooding will hold through it. The yard is a pond that freezes overnight. The upper parking lot at our house we had to leave snow covered because there was nowhere to put the snow. So now, water is just pouring down the ramp into the street. Then, overnight it freezes and I have to really watch it when I leave in the morning. If my back tires hit it when I am attempting to get turned around, it’ll just move the entire car. But, we can’t salt it at night because that water is flowing way too fast. We were grateful to see that during this upcoming rainstorm it isn’t supposed to freeze overnight. I suspect by the end of these 3 days the snow will be gone and we can begin to dry out a bit.

The dogs have gone completely nutty with the warming temps. Rose is so active in the house again and it’s terribly cute. She’s less destructive than she was in the fall, but she keeps getting hold of things and moving them around the house. Not destroying them, but she’s moving them! Hairbrushes and shoes seem to be of particular interest. Lizzie is super playful and refuses to quit playing until she’s completely exhausted and lays around panting and grinning from ear to ear. She’s adoring all the puddles to stomp through, that dog loves some puddle stomping! She’ll choose the areas that are the most full of water rather than going around and it doesn’t matter that the water is so cold this time of year. It never occurred to me that dogs could feel as tired of winter as we do! But it seems that was the case.

I hope the weather is improving where ever you are as well, signs of spring are such a relief here!

Things of Note This Weekend

It’s March 10 already! In 10 days we’ll be one month away from my wedding. That’s nutty! Things on that front have been making steady progress this week. Mr. Ink’s tie came in yesterday, it’s lovely. My pretty little handbag arrived this week and immediately got put into the stash of things that need to go to the wedding. I booked someone to come do our hair and also booked a trim and trial run with her for the end of this month. I chose wedding jewelry and ordered it. My veil arrived this week. Miss Marja and I discussed more plans and added things to our to do/to bring list. All of these things are tiny details but the tiny ones can get very overwhelming. I need to arrange a phone call with Mr. Ink’s sister in law so that I can make sure she’s on the same page and ready to direct a lot of traffic the day of. It’ll drive her crazy because the guys in Mr. Ink’s family will all be busy pushing back at her, but she’ll get things done. Mr. Ink and I arranged a day off to go get our license as well, that was weighing heavily on my mind.

In non wedding related news, when last I wrote about the weather I expressed that there’s been snow storm after snowstorm piling up the snow. The paths we’ve cut for the dogs are over Lizzie’s head. But now we have had a warming trend, and with the warming trend yesterday came a ton of rain. In the morning Miss Butterfly and I took the dogs to our rescue meet and greet to say hi. We came back home, Mr. Ink made lunch, and then I decided to take a nap. I went to curl up in bed and ALMOST had my earplugs in when Mr. Ink opened the door. I was ready to be quite annoyed until he said “I am so sorry to disturb your nap but the basement is flooding.” So, we all ran to the basement and assessed what was going on. Miss Butterfly and I began moving items that were getting wet and Mr. Ink said “I think I’d better go work outside, shoveling snow away from the side of the house.” So, he headed outdoors while Miss Butterfly and I worked indoors. Once we moved stuff, we then used every towel in the house to sop up water. We then put the soaking towels in a bucket, tipped the bucket into the washer, and spun out the towels. We did this over and over and over again until it started to look like we were actually making progress. Then one final spin in the washer and we put those fresher towels around the areas where we could see water coming in the worst.

After that we came back upstairs and warmed up. That water was cold and we ended up ditching our pants for shorts and our slippers for bare feet it was so deep in some areas. So we warm up and I get some other things done. Mr. Ink continued to work on the outside. I waited about an hour then headed back to check on the basement. It was flooding in pretty good again so we had another round of clean up. Then I told Mr. Ink the areas where it was coming in so he could concentrate more on those areas. He spent time digging trenches in the snow to redirect the water, moving all the snow from around the house, melting any ice that was stuck to the ground in those areas, finding places where the ground was soft and shoring those up, and he even built a makeshift dam on our back patio to redirect the water away from the house. It worked, after the second shift in the basement things stopped pouring in and started drying out. I was able to get some of the towels laundered and Mr. Ink was able to come inside.

Now, he’d already worked all morning, then immediately turned around and done heavy work outdoors. His body was wrecked when he came inside, so I arranged for pizza to be delivered for dinner, diet be damned. There are times when you just gotta do what is best for the family, and I honestly was feeling so privileged to just be able to order pizza when everyone was too tired to cook. Perhaps I was busy looking on the bright side after the basement flood. In any case, it seems like all of our city was dealing with a similar situation yesterday.

I did begin a new project yesterday. I needed a no thinking knit. So, I pulled out some of my handspun and the Boneyard shawl pattern and got started on that.


I think my tweedy handspun is turning out to be the perfect pairing with this shawl. I was worried it would be boring, but all the bits I put in there when I made the fiber are holding my interest just fine.

What else this weekend?

Some moments with the dogs. Rose wanted a good cuddle Friday night. Lizzie did too. Her eyes are starting to look much better. I bought Rose a ball but she decided she would prefer to shred it than play with it. As such, it got taken away. But, she spent hours trying to get us to give that thing back to her. No dice Rose, learn to play not shred!

And that’s it from here. I am hoping today is a little more relaxing than yesterday!

Balancing Beauty in March

In my last beauty balance post I needed two more things to leave my collection in order to be balanced with the items that had come in with fab fit fun. I spent some time decluttering this morning in order that I could come up with those things.


I came up with all that and more. Let’s discuss.

There’s half a bottle of gucci perfume that smells not as much like it should as it did. I have removed that from my collection and Miss Butterfly owns it now.

I tossed a morphe makeup sponge that is pockmarked and tearing. I have had it close to a year now.

There’s a Lush lip scrub in bubblegum flavor. It is also gone now. I find the lush lip scrubs to be a bit harsh for my taste.

You may remember that I mentioned that I was putting aside some makeup for a friend who will be visiting for the wedding. I have identified 3 items that will go in that box. I am counting them as out of my collection though if she doesn’t want them, technically they’ll come back in my collection and I’ll have to account for them again.

The first of those is the hourglass vanish foundation stick. It’s too yellow for me and trying to use it up is just not working. It was an expensive lesson. I’ve set it aside just in case my friend can make it work. If she cannot, I am tossing it. I just can’t continue trying to use it.

I am also adding to that collection a wet n wild highlighter and a makeup revolution blush. I like them both, but I have better in my collection.

I am finally decluttering what is left of the wet n wild eyeshadow quint that I panned the transition shade on last summer. There’s no reason for it to stay in my stash.

At the bottom of the photo is a catrice eyebrow pencil, it’s gone. And below that is a nars eyeshadow primer, it is also gone.

Then, off to the right bottom corner, I have a perfume sample of viva la juicy. It was nice to use but it really doesn’t stick around long enough on my skin. So I wouldn’t repurchase. It’s a bit too sweet anyhow. Then there’s my monsieur big mascara sample, it’s kicked. And, a makeup forever skin tint with spf. I used this AS an spf since it was always too dark for me. There may be one more use in there and I’ve decided I like the space in my collection better than I like keeping it around to try to use up. It’s over a year old as well.

That’s 12 items leaving my collection, though two were needed to balance the last post. So, this leaves me with 10 items that have left my collection this month. I’ll have 4 coming in with my boxy charm box and I placed an order at ulta that is definitely going to screw with these totals because I suspect I am getting a bunch of samples with that order. But for now, until more comes in, I am 10 items leaving my collection ahead of the beauty balance.

Someday I’ll regularly have more leaving than coming in. It’s just that this month and next will not be as easy to balance with the upcoming wedding. After that I intend to really knuckle down and get better at this. But it was good to do an old fashioned declutter at this point as well. There will be no better time than now to get some items given to a friend so she can perhaps get use out of them.



March Beauty Unbalanced

We are not going to be able to balance the beauty budget today. Fab Fit Fun arrived earlier than expected and I just haven’t been able to finish up enough products to find the balance.


6 products that I would list under the category “beauty” arrived in my box this month! That being said, I am only counting 5 of them. But I figured I’d show them all here so I could explain what I am doing with one of them.

Left to right, top to bottom.

The Trestique product was a “mystery” choice in my box. It’s a cream highlighter. I guess I finally have to get on the cream products trend! I actually used this in my morning routine this morning and it does look quite lovely. It packs a punch as well.

Dr. Brandt no more baggage eye gel. I’ve received this once already and I hate it. I gave mine away to a friend. Now it’s back in my collection. However, I have a friend who is my age and also getting into makeup for the first time. She’ll be traveling to see me for the wedding. She asked me to please not toss anything between now and then and hand it over if I didn’t want it. So, I have decided to make her a box. This item will go in the box. So I am not going to count it as arriving in my collection only to count it as leaving my collection in April.

Ouai leave in conditioner. I am eager to try this but I have other hair products to work through first.

Tula face cleanser-I am never going to be particularly upset about receiving a cleanser in a subscription box. I am not going to use this immediately though, as I’ve got others to finish first.

Ciate London translucent setting powder-This was an item I got a choice on and I chose this one because I got a tiny sample size I have used and really liked.

Manna Kadar body scrub: This is going to be really nice to have since I am very close to being out of the shower gel I received in a fab fit fun fall or winter box. I can’t remember which. Anyhow, I’ll just replace that shower gel with this and be quite pleased about it.

So, that’s 5 products in. I can’t make 5 products leave my collection this early in the month. But here’s what I do have:


I’ve got a tarte rainforest of the sea palette that I received in a subscription box recently. Miss Butterfly and I have both tried it and decided it isn’t worthy of our collections. We have so many other gorgeous palettes to use that we both know this one won’t get any use. I’ve decided to add it to my box of stuff for my friend. I may find more to add to that box but haven’t really had time to sit with my collection and make that decision yet.

I also finished up another of my Almay eye makeup remover wipes.

And, there’s that tiny ciate london setting powder that I used and enjoyed, prompting me to choose the full size when it was a choice in the box.

So, I am 2 incoming products over the beauty balance this month so far. On the other hand, I also know I’ve only got a few days use on a couple things in my collection. So, I think I’ll be able to balance this month. It’s just that this month’s products are showing up faster than I can get older products used up thus far.

All in all, I am fairly pleased with the items contained in the subscription box, besides the dr. brandt product. While I don’t need to crack into any of them immediately, a result of too many subscription boxes too fast, they will eventually get used in my collection.

I am pleased though that there are still so many days left in the month to attempt to get the balance back on track! I guess having so much arrive so soon does help plan the remainder of the month. For instance, basically, anything I was thinking of getting this month has been pushed out a bit. That may save me money in the end, if I can push it out long enough I am likely to find things on sale.

Life Right Now

Life right now means grabbing a quick photo on my way out the door.


I began spinning these green singles after I finished up the orange ones, as I had intended to pair the two resulting yarns together. No time to even pull them aside and try to take a non-sloppy photograph.

My crafting time has been seriously lacking in general. All the extra work I am trying to fit in has me so exhausted I am sleeping later, which means no early morning crafting time. Then in the evenings, it’s go go go. Monday evening we had my first dress fitting/hemming. My dress needs a bustle as well, so we needed to try to figure that out. And Miss Butterfly’s dress needed hemming. So, we didn’t get home until 7:30 Monday evening. I was too exhausted after standing still in heels for over an hour while the tailor carefully pinned 5 layers of skirt. He kept saying “If you need a break, it’s ok!” and “Sometimes people begin to feel faint, be careful!” And “We could actually do the top two layers in two weeks if you like!” But to be honest, I just wanted to make sure we were getting as far as possible on the first run that I was willing to put up with it. Now I go back in two weeks and we shall see if we are able to do the desired over-bustle or if we are forced to look into doing the far more laborious under-bustle. Thankfully Miss Butterfly’s dress should be good to go at that point.

Last evening I took Miss Butterfly to get her hair cut, and I asked her stylist about wedding hair. They do wedding hair, but their Saturdays book fast and the only time she had for wedding hair was 8 am. I have NO desire to have my hair done at 8 am for a 6:30 pm wedding, so I need to find another option. I would have hoped this would be a simple fix but when we are working so late in the game, it’s unsurprising we are struggling with this one.

This morning was Miss Butterfly’s orthodontist appointment, so we flew out the door late for that because I woke up late. Or rather, I woke up “on time” which I never do, I always wake up early, and apparently “on time” isn’t really on time for me anymore.

Anyhow, things are go go go but also chugging along well. I ordered Mr. Ink’s chosen tie, I began a timeline, I contacted the groomsmen and let them know they could order their bowties, Mr. Ink and I scheduled a day off where we can go pick up the marriage license, we are totally getting there with all this, even if it feels like fits and starts sometimes.

But, we are midweek! Snow tomorrow but then I am seeing a warming trend! We will take the dogs to the dog park tonight which is always a favorite task of mine! I’ve got a proper to do list for the weekend which will make me continue to feel like I am moving forward. This has been a good week!


March Beauty Balance part 2

So, my Sephora order arrived. To be perfectly honest, I ordered another dry texture spray not because I needed one right now, but mostly because of the free Charlotte Tilbury powder offer. That’s a product that is too pricey to buy before knowing if I actually like it. But, I am still looking for a powder to set my undereye without looking extra dry. I’ve heard very good things about this one.


Naturally, my order came with a few other samples too. Since I am counting samples leaving my collection, I have to count them coming in too, right? Of course right. Now, I am a bit annoyed about the perricone md sample as I had anticipated getting a sample of the dior backstage foundation. It was another wedding foundation contender and I was eager to rule it out or in depending on how it performed. However, the mac I got the other day continues to perform so well that I think I don’t need to be on the hunt for another foundation.

In any case, this is 4 in. So, I need to come up with 4 out.


So that’s what I did. The top is a color correct palette, it’s 3 years old. I bought it when I had no clue about makeup but had an event I needed to be at that would require looking more polished. I used it for that event and then never touched it again. It got put in a bag and pushed into a closet, and then I discovered it when rearranging and decluttering over the weekend. It can go! Cream products do not last quite that long, and I haven’t any use for it to begin with.

I am done with another Lush shampoo bar, and that’ll be my last one for a long while. Once it breaks up into all those tiny pieces, I am done. I feel like it’s too harsh a formula for me anyhow so I am glad to have this one out of my collection. I panned one over last summer and had anticipated not using this one. But then I decided might as well get it gone and switch to something I liked more. I finally can.

The Lush hair custard is gone too, finally! I tried to pan it last year and was unsuccessful. I finally finished it! I like the product and the smell is extremely pleasant to me. But, I’ve got loads of products to use so I won’t repurchase it.

And the Blaq eye gels, I received these in a subscription box. Fab fit fun I think. There were 5 of them in there. I am not a huge fan of eye gels and I didn’t think these were particularly hydrating, which is what I am looking for. They performed best if I added them over a serious eye cream. That’s how I finished them up. One set per week for the past 5 weeks. Obviously, I won’t be repurchasing them.

So, I’ve balanced my beauty again this post. And in this case, the items leaving are as a general rule larger than the items sticking around. Pretty cool!

Fab Fit Fun arrives this week I think, and I am not positive I will be able to balance my beauty on the next post. That’s before Boxycharm even shows up! But, hopefully, I can get everything balanced by the end of the month. We shall see.

Fed Up

We are fed up with the weather around here. This season we have already received 50 inches of snow with more on the way. This is basically unheard of around these parts. The last few storms have not melted off so it’s just piling up at this point. It was -2F when I walked into work this morning and I am really hoping that’s the last of the majorly cold stuff. Snow, an additional 1-3 inches, anticipated on Thursday. But, on Saturday, they are predicting 39F and RAIN! So that’s a pretty good sign. At the moment I am hoping that this week is the last gasp of the worst of winter.

Along with being fed up with the weather, I am fed up with knitting. I’ve reached my limit and knitting is not holding my gaze right now.


So instead, I’ve managed to finish all this spinning! Not finish really, but finish the singles.

Turns out, Rose is fed up with her kennel, so we are certainly on a theme around here. We’ve noticed her increasingly destructive ways in the kennel. It’s clear she’s really struggling. Drooling. Managing to get hold of things outside the kennel who even knows how and drestroying them. Nothing holds her attention in the kennel. Mr. Ink and I had decided at the end of last week to work on transitioning her to hang out in his den while we are gone, doing the work of that over the weekend. It would require some furniture rearranging and some dog proofing of the room.

Before the weekend arrived, Rose, who is exceedingly intelligent, began looking at the kennel like the puzzle it is to her, and managing to escape without a mark on her. So, she ended her kennel days before we were able to transition her. And, miraculously, she’s less destructive outside the kennel than in. She had the full run of the house while we were at work, and she didn’t destroy ANYTHING. In fact, Mr. Ink’s leather jacket was laying on a chair she could easily reach. His socks were laying on the ground and she’ll go for a sock even if we are home. She didn’t touch ANY of it.

So, Friday night I spent the evening (when we weren’t at the dog park giving her a really good run) moving my yarn and fiber stash out of the den and back into my craft room. All my work toward knitting down my stash has really paid off, as I have much less space for my yarn and fiber stash than I had previously. We moved both pieces of furniture housing my stash previously to the basement. We set up the den for Rose (Lizzie already kennels in there) with a bed and an assortment of toys to keep her occupied. And then all weekend we did what seemed like the equivalent of sleep training a child with the dogs.

The dry run actually out of the house was to happen Sunday evening, and we attempted it but were foiled by Miss Butterfly coming home from her father’s house right after we left. So today is Rose’s first official day out of the kennel. I’ll hear how it goes around lunchtime when Mr. Ink goes home to check in with them.

Because I had to rearrange my craft room, I did another clean out. I came across this mess:


This is a whole load of playing cards all jumbled together. I know there was a game that I used to play with my ex inlaws way back when. Miss Butterfly would have been a baby at the time. Can’t remember the game, or games, but we are beginning to suspect either hand and foot or trash. Or both, who knows! Anyhow, these cards all jumbled up have managed to survive every move and declutter since my divorce and yet still never got sorted. Yesterday I decided to sort them. I lost one deck, but it was a deck in really bad shape. I was left with this:


8 tidy decks of cards.

The other thing I did this weekend was go back to the basement and sort through all the clothing I konmaried earlier this year. Remember that? I was trying to figure out if I should just get rid of it all or save it for a garage sale? Well, I didn’t get rid of it, likely because of laziness and cold rather than any sense I might need those things. But need them I do, because due to wanting to lose a little weight before the wedding, I no longer fit in the majority of my work clothing. Had to head back down to that basement, sort the clothes again into the most certainly get rid of clothing because I just don’t LIKE them, and the stuff it’s likely I could wear again, and the stuff that I actually can wear now. Wardrobe refresh at a time I really don’t want to spend money on clothing. That was a win!

As for wedding planning, so much got done this weekend! My sister in law will be doing photography. I went to Marja’s house and we had a facetime call with my sister in law to build our timeline for the wedding day. It went well and clarified a ton. Mr. Ink ordered the rings we picked out and decided on attire for the guys. He is choosing subtle, and his groomsmen, so different from him, are choosing not subtle, and he’s fine with that. I, being not a particularly subtle person am thrilled with that. Miss Butterfly and I will have our fittings tonight so that’ll be one more thing taken care of, and then I’ve got to seriously try to work out our hair situations. Miss Butterfly has a hair appointment tomorrow night so I am thinking I’ll ask some questions then and go from there.

Anyhow, things are now moving right along on the wedding planning arena and it’s nice to feel like progress is being made and lists are being crossed off.

I hope it is beginning to warm up wherever you are in the world as well since winter can’t last forever.

March Beauty Balance

So, to be perfectly honest, last month I worked on my beauty balance post all month. When products came in I grabbed photos, got them uploaded, composed some thoughts, and then waited until the next products came in. When I started the post, I had no clue what is going to happen throughout the month.

I’ve decided that instead of gathering those thoughts into one post, I am going to split them up as things come in and leave my collection.

As such, I am writing to you from the beginning of the month completely anticipating that this is going to be a BAD beauty balance month as I work through what I want to wear at the wedding and make mistakes. Like I did on March 1.


We went to purchase shoes and an undergarment for Miss Butterfly. Her dress fitting and alteration happens tomorrow and we needed to get those last two things worked out. Shopping, as I may have mentioned, tends to exhaust me. We were successful but it did take time.

While we were shopping for those things, I wanted to stop by the mac counter because I wanted to purchase their waterproof nourishing foundation, anticipating that it might be a pretty good option for the wedding. I wanted to get it early enough to give it a good test run. While it’s 100% not warm enough at this time in the month to give it a nice sweaty test drive, I thought I could get started figuring out how it applies the best. I’d never tried a mac foundation before so I needed to get color matched. (NW18 if you were wondering.)

I also wanted to pick up a matte lipstick in a specifically cool-toned pink shade. I had an example of the shade I wanted in a bite beauty lipstick. Here’s what actually happened at the mac counter and I am not sure if it was a bait and switch or an honest mistake. First of all, I couldn’t find a matte formula in a color I liked and got talked into the powder kiss formula instead, which in the end, isn’t going to serve my purposes. But the worst thing was that when I got home I opened the package of foundation to find that I’d been given the pro longwear above instead of the waterproof nourishing foundation. I thought that it could have been an honest mistake, but when I went to the mac website today I realized that the waterproof nourishing is currently on backorder in my particular shade. So now I am beginning to suspect that she slipped the other in there instead of having me just say no and walk away.

I would be irritable about this. I was irritable about this. But, I also LOVE trying foundations so I decided to keep it. I did learn one lesson though, check to see what you wanted is actually in your bag before you leave the store. Also, don’t shop while exhausted because defenses are down. Here’s the most ironic part though, I’ve been testing this pro longwear foundation for a few days now and I have never had a foundation stick to my nose better than this one does! It looks great on me and may end up being the perfect foundation for the wedding after all. Again, was this a bait and switch, an honest mistake, or did she KNOW better than me and give me what I actually needed? We’ll never know.

I guess I should mention the nyx lip liner. I thought I needed another lip liner. Spoiler alert, I did not. I’ll work at finishing up one I have this month to make up for it. I don’t know what my problem is. I am weak in the face of makeup.

So, update one, 3 items in and none of them are quite what I wanted, though one may be perfect for me anyhow. With boxy charm and fab fit fun coming in, there will be more items, and I placed a sephora order very recently. Moving forward, when I post these beauty balance posts during the month I will add empties. However, I had 3 more empties last month than items coming in. So, on this post, I am leaving the empties blank. It’s early in the month and I am going to call it even because of the extra three items last month. Maybe that’s cheating, but it’s my made up rules so I can get away with it.

Fab Fit Fun makes its way to me this week so there will be another beauty balance post coming by at least the weekend.

February Beauty Balance

Instead of monthly empties, I am going to start posting a “beauty balance” monthly series. The point of this series will be to show my empties and to also highlight what has entered my collection during the month as well. The idea being that I want my monthly empties to equal or exceed the products which are incoming monthly. I will also post destash stuff here as well. If something leaves my collection it gets to count as a beauty balance item.

I don’t know if I will achieve that goal at first. I’ve got some subscription services to wrap up. I’ll be receiving boxycharm through July I believe, and I still have 2 fab fit fun boxes coming my way. While fab fit fun boxes aren’t all beauty related items, there are generally some. So that means an automatic 5 plus items that will enter my collection through July before I’ve even purchased something I’ve really planned out. Thankfully, ipsy is being purchased by Miss Butterfly now so that’s 5 items that are not entering my collection.

I also have the wedding coming up and I haven’t really squared away all that which I might need for it. I definitely plan to try some waterproof mascara and I may also try a new foundation. Likely I’ll purchase a lip liner and lipstick as well. Thankfully I am pretty pleased with the rest of my routine at this point and won’t need much more than that.

Now, the only way I can think to do this is count everything as one item, even if that one item is a sample size or a sheet mask or something. It’s always just going to be one item. That’ll make it easiest to document.

So, this month’s beauty balance, let’s start with the incoming items.


These are my boxycharm items for February. I am pretty pleased with these items. The cleanser will be easy to use up, I can always use another mascara, the highlighter turns out to be a very nice highlighter, and while I haven’t tried the lip product yet, I am glad it is in my collection. The primer is the one thing which I am not too sure about yet. I’ve used it once and it seemed like all the foundation I wore in the areas where I put the primer disappeared off my face by midday. So, it needs a bit more testing before I decide it’s a part of my collection that I’ll be using up. Miss Butterfly has her eye on it, so if it doesn’t work for me I’ll just send it her way. However, I’ve been working hard on my project pan primer so I haven’t tested it further.


And here are some purchase that I made. Miss Butterfly is about to need a new Cerave cleanser and purchasing 2 got me a deal, so I did. While I typically don’t include Miss Butterfly’s items in my incoming/outgoing products, in this case I use the cleanser too from time to time.  The smashbox legendary liquid lip is a formula I really adore and I wanted to add a red liquid lip to my collection. That was fully just a want purchase. Then, the Sultry palette is the one which I suspect I’ll wear at the wedding. I have been testing it regularly but it does need further testing. And finally, my sister in law who is a wedding photographer suggests getting a new perfume you really like for the wedding, and then you will be pleased to associate that scent with a happy time in your life. So I did! I got the one perfume I’ve really wanted for over a year now. And I’ll be saving it for my wedding day.

So, with both of these, that makes 10 items that entered my collection and I need 10 to leave my collection. Shall we see how I did?


First, let’s discuss the items which are not pictured. I finished a lush soap which obviously can’t be photographed. I also threw out a pur contour shade from my magnetic palette because it broke into a thousand pieces and I didn’t like it anyhow. So that’s 2 items out.

3. Estee Lauder nutritious cleanser. This was a perfectly lovely foaming cleanser I probably won’t purchase again. It’s expensive and I think I’ve decided I will stick with drugstore cleansers after I run through all I currently have.

4. Moroccan Oil dry texture spray. I love this stuff and I will repurchase. At the moment I have a sample size and another full size. I think Miss Butterfly was dipping into this stuff too, so my plan is to hide these from here on out. Too expensive for a kid to be using.

5. Trader Joe’s sheet mask. These are less expensive than what can be purchased at other stores, so I thought I’d give it a try. Thing is, turns out I just don’t care about sheet masking. So I won’t repurchase.

6. Maybelline age rewind concealer. I love this product. I am trying to get my stash down to just one concealer though, and I think that the too faced born this way concealer wins out. However, I do not regret having used this whatsoever.

7. A sample of Atelier clementine. I am glad to have used this, took me an entire month to use this tiny sample. But, it’s not one I would purchase for myself. I just don’t love it that much.

8. Bite Beauty agave lip balm-This sample size was annoying because the product removed itself from the base and was difficult to use. I do like the product and I do have a full size. However, I won’t be purchasing another kit with a sample size in it.

9. Bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick-loved this! I would repurchase it if given the chance, though I am trying to keep my lipstick collection from getting out of control. I am glad to have work it for 2 months to try it out. I have 2 more samples and 1 full size in my collection of different colors.

10. Wet n wild photofocus foundation-this foundation worked really nicely for me when I discovered it last year and it’s so inexpensive that I might purchase again. However, not any time soon because there are so many to try and so many already in my collection to use up.

11. Bare Minerals mineral veil powder-I won’t repurchase this either, but I was perfectly happy to give it a try. I did rather like it under my eyes to set concealer, it worked nicely for that.

12. Maybelline lip liner-I’ll likely repurchase at some point but I’ve got some others to use up first.

13. Makeup wipes I got at big lots for $2. I think I am not a huge makeup wipe user. I have one more package in my collection. I am going to use that up and then just not purchase them unless I am traveling or something.

So-10 products in, 13 products out, and that’s the kind of beauty balance I am hoping for. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up this good work next month. I DO think considering the “beauty balance” helped curb some purchasing this month. For instance, I have it in my head that NYX is going to discontinue their intense butter gloss line, the only lip gloss I’ve ever truly loved. It’s all on sale with quite a few colors being completely out of stock. Most places I’ve been in stores aren’t even carrying it anymore. So, naturally, I was tempted to get every color I thought I might like so that I’d have it if it disappears completely. But, I kept asking myself if my beauty balance could “afford” that many items entering my collection this month. In the end, I felt it could not. Now that the month is over, I see that technically I could have “afforded” 3 of them. But, since I didn’t know that ahead of time, I didn’t purchase, and that kept me from a rash decision of purchasing too many at once.