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!