June Beauty Balance

Since it’s my last opportunity to do so, I upgraded my boxycharm subscription to boxyluxe. I’d been paying attention to the spoilers and I was very impressed with the items contained in the box. Next month is my last boxycharm, I’ll be taking a nice long break while I work through the backstock of cleansers and masks and makeup items I’ve amassed through my subscription box year.

So, here are the consumable items that I received in my boxyluxe this month:


I was super excited to get the Living Proof volume spray as I am completely addicted to my Moroccan oil one and I am eager to try another. Contained in this box was yet another cleanser and yet another primer and yet another mascara. These are all items which it’s easy to overload on in subscription boxes. There’s also another spray, and I’ve never had many sprays in the past but this month I’ve got plenty. I got a lip gloss, I got a face palette, and I got the one thing I was most eager to receive-the farmacy honeymoon glow serum. This is really why I upgraded my box in the first place, that serum is one I’ve wanted to try for quite some time. I am going to be using it every other day quite consistently to see if it’s as good as I imagine it could be.

So, during the last post, I was 4 items leaving over what was incoming. Now I am 4 items incoming over what is leaving.

And, I don’t currently have any empties to balance that out.

But, I also don’t anticipate any purchases for the rest of this month either, so I’ll see where I am at the end of the month again. I am pretty close to being done with a couple items, and that will be helpful.

Thoughts on boxyluxe-this was a great box to upgrade with. I really feel that the overall value was high on this one and I don’t see anything I am unlikely to use. If there’s anything I move on from my collection, it’ll be the lipgloss. But, that would just go to Miss Butterfly and get used up perfectly easily anyhow. If I were to choose any of the subscription boxes I’ve tried in the past year, I’d stick to boxycharm. I do believe that I have typically gotten a high value of things I want to use out of that subscription in particular. The only reason, truly, that I am ready to finish up next month is the overwhelmed feeling I am getting when I look at all the backstock I’ve accumulated.

And that should be all for beauty balance from me until the end of the month.

3 Looks 1 Palette Tarte Be a Mermaid

I’ve had the Tarte Be a Mermaid and Make Waves palette for more than a year now. It was a spring 2018 limited edition palette and I’ve been ridiculously happy with it. I wanted to pan it and I used it very regularly for a long time, but then realized that I also wanted to play with the rest of my collection so that went by the wayside. That’s ok, while it is the oldest palette in my collection, it is by no means old. I’ve got plenty of time to play with it and also the rest of my collection.


Here’s what it was looking like in my last pan that palette update. It hasn’t changed much since then, though there’s a more significant dip in shipwreck. However, I see no point in getting a new photo up when I can use this one, and the names on this photo are fairly clear.

While lagoon and splash are fairly intense colors, I really enjoy wearing bubbles. It’s a duochrome which shifts brick colored and light blue. When I was panning this palette, I tended to wear it on Friday. For the first look on this post, I used sandbar as a transition, shipwreck in my crease, and bubbles all over the lid. I used sandbar under my eye as well, since shipwreck in that area tends to make me look a little ill. I used nude beach on my inner corner (very top shadow).

I also lined with a nude liner on my waterline and I used a navy liner under the eye. It’s surprisingly subtle for a duochrome, but the brick color is far more visible in person than I can get it to show in a photo.

Next look. This one ends up being a go to neutral look that I have used over and over with this palette. despite this, it doesn’t really look like I’ve dipped that hard into the two shades I use for it. But, I have used these two shimmers more than any other shimmers in the palette.

I start with the same sandbar and shipwreck as above. Then, I go in with fin-tastic on the outer eyelid half and salt water on the inner half of the eyelid. Under the eye I used a combo of sandbar and shipwreck again. Then I take nude beach on the inner corner. It’s a simple and pretty fast look and it translates as neutral on the eye despite looking somewhat colorful in the pan.

Look 3:

I admit that since I began my 3 color challenge, this particular post has gone by the wayside, it’s taken me a long time to complete! But, this morning I pulled out my palette again looking for a fairly neutral but bright look. I am interviewing a candidate today and wanted to make sure to keep it professional. In this case I used sandbar as my transition shade and shipwreck in my crease and outer corner. Then I went in with frose all over the lid. This is the bright peachy shade. I highlighted my inner corner with nude beach. Then, I used sandbar under my eyes. I popped a nude liner in my waterline and then used a teal liner to line the bottom and top outer half of my eyelids. I believe the pop of teal really sets off the blue in my eyes and I really enjoy this look.

I think it’s unlikely that I’ll do many more of these 3 looks from one palette posts for awhile. I have enough trouble getting to my 3 looks from my challenge during the week. And at this time, I am really enjoying that challenge.

3 Color Challenge week 4

This second look for the week went from “working with what I chose” to “learning to work with shadows that are inferior” themed.

I know I’ve complained quite a lot about the purple “hungover” in the Laura Lee party animal palette. I am kind of annoyed I have to spend 3 weeks with it while it is a terrible shadow. This is week 2. And this is the point where I learned to use it in a manner that works for it. It didn’t work in the manner I was expecting, so I changed my expectations of it.

I began as usual, with the Sydney Grace single Dusty Trails as my transition shade. Then, instead of asking Hungover to be a color with a good amount of color payoff, I instead asked it to be a crease and outer corner shade. I blended it. Since it wants to blend to mostly nothing but a pinky purple shade, I figured I’d just let it be what it keeps wanting to be. I was amazed at how well it worked! Then, I decided I’d pull shimmer shades out of my BH zodiac palette, since that’s so new to me.


That’s the palette on the bottom. I decided to start with covering my mobile lid with the Libra shimmer. This made for a rather monochrome look, as that libra shimmer really is the shade that hungover becomes when blended out. I wanted to pump up the dimension, so I pupped the cancer shimmer shade on the center of the mobile lid. Under the eye I used Dusty Trails and then I lined with my third challenge color, the black called Tempting from the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I lined the outer corner bottom and top and smudged that out a bit. I forgot to do an inner corner highlight. I am quite pleased with the look and will likely do something similar again tomorrow, choosing a different shimmer to pair with the crease and transition shade of today.

I really can’t believe that this turned out so well. But, that’s entirely the point of this little challenge for me. To concentrate on what I have, to learn to work with it, and to truly know and understand the colors that are in my collection.


It may be boring, but what I did this morning is very similar to what I did in look 2. I started with the same exact base but changed up my shimmer color. I decided since look 2 is quite cool toned, I would see what happened if I used a warmer toned shimmer today. I ended up using the gold Cancer shimmer from the zodiac love signs palette. (The top palette in the palette photo above.) I also tried to wing out the sides a bit as well, just for a different look.

Everything else remained much the same though this time I did remember to highlight my inner corner, I used a regular higlighter in my collection for that.

So, that’s that, another week complete. I am glad that after 2 weeks I’ve managed to learn to work with the purple shadow I originally thought was worthless. I am not eager to spend another week with it and a black shadow, but it will be interesting to see what rolls in next week. I do want to try a look next week that incorporates the black shadow as a lid base to intensify another color, I’ve never done that before. I’ll give it some thought this weekend.

A Little Handspun

I was able to get another spinning project done. It seems that a two-ply laceweight or sock weight yarn is what I want to be creating right now. And that’s fine. I’ll just go with it until this trend spins itself out.


In this case, I got 615 yards of 2 ply from a 4-ounce braid of fiber. I enjoyed this spin quite a bit. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to the color changes here, I just split everything into tiny pieces and muddled it all together.

This yarn feels like it expanded a bit once washed, which is always fun to see. It’s a superwash merino, so I didn’t really expect life to be breathed back into it that way. It’s quite soft!

It’s been a decent start to the week. Busy at work but not the dumpster fire that was 4 out of the 5 work days last week. (Today isn’t looking promising, but I could still be surprised, and I hope I am!) We took the dogs to the local botanical garden last evening for the twice-monthly dog walk, it was a perfect evening for it. Rose is having a ridiculous amount of extra energy lately, and that walk, despite being long, didn’t really tap it. So, if it doesn’t rain this evening, off to the dog park we go. We could really use the rain, but we could also really use the dog park trip.

That’s about it from here today! I hope everyone is getting a decent start to their week!

3 Color Challenge week 4

And it’s a challenge indeed. We dropped the Sydney Grace Just Peachy shimmer out of the running and I ended up rolling in a color from my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. This seems perfect, except that I ended up with the black color. Which isn’t that wearable for me.

It’s the color called Tempting. The fact that I have to live with both the black and the awful purple from the Laura Lee palette, together, for the next two weeks is just painful.

I end up rolling the random number generator over the weekend so that I can think through my looks for the upcoming week. I try to think creatively. But, I am failing on this one so far. Any creative look I think through ends up being something that I’d really be pushing the boundaries of what I should be trying to get away with at work, and I am just not feeling that right now. I considered trying to get out ahead of that this weekend by doing the first look over the weekend, but the reality of my busy but enjoyable weekend meant that I wasn’t wearing makeup, as I was too busy being active and too warm to keep makeup on my face.

So, at least for today, I went for a neutral look. I am presenting some training at work and while I am known for being daring and a little out there with makeup/hair/clothing/etc I know when it is also professionally appropriate to rein it in.

I’d been itching to use my Sweet Peach palette anyhow, so this was a good opportunity to do so.


First, I used Dusty Trails from Sydney Grace as my transition shade. Then, I used Charmed, I’m Sure as my crease shade. I used Delectable on the outer corner of my mobile lid and then used Bellini all over the mobile lid.

Then, to draw in the two colors I really don’t feel like using, I lined the upper lash line with Tempting and lined the lower lash line with the purple, hungover, from the Laura Lee palette. I used Dusty Trails to smudge out that purple a bit, and then highlighted my inner corner with the brightener from the Cover FX palette.

And that was that. Day 1 of my 3 color challenge.

I am also intending to challenge myself to get up early and ride my bike to work from time to time. That will mean no makeup on those days. If I can bring myself to do it, these challenges will get even more challenging. We shall see….



June Beauty Balance Update

In the update which showed off most of my fab fit fun items for this month, I was 4 items leaving my collection over what entered. Here’s the thing, this will remain the same after this post. I’ve got another two in and two out post today. Next week my boxyluxe arrives, and it’ll be a bit harder to balance.

Here’s what entered my collection:


The grand total I paid for those above items was $1.37. For the foundation, I used a $10 coupon. And for the green clean, I used my charm room points which I’d been given because I received a faulty product a couple months ago. I’ve already used a green clean from a previous box and I really enjoyed it, so I am not at all upset to have brought it back into my collection.

The catrice HD liquid coverage foundation I’ve worn a few times now and I absolutely love it. Might be a new favorite! This is the second from the lightest shade available and matches me quite well. While I adore the way the mac 24 hour foundation wears on my face, the color is just slightly too dark. It is nice to have something else that I am enjoying that suits my coloring right now. And, I feel pretty certain that as the summer progresses, I’ll continue to get additional color and wear the mac foundation as well.


And now the two items that are leaving my collection. I have a sample size of the tarte maracuja oil which I quite enjoyed but it did take me ages to finish. I would not necessarily repurchase mostly because the ordinary makes a perfectly fine inexpensive rose hip oil product that I can use just as well. And then there was a sample of briogeo scalp revival which I love. I’d been saving this shampoo for travel, but I gave up at some point. I think that ended up being a good thing because this little sample really only had about 3 uses in it which probably wouldn’t have worked for me on a trip. I do want this shampoo in my life again, it works very nicely on my scalp, but I am going to try some other alternatives before repurchasing it.

So, I am still at 4 out above what entered my collection since the start of my beauty balance posts. Incoming items this upcoming week will likely screw that up but hopefully I’ll get back on track before the end of the month. That being said, I am not seeing a ton of things that are really close to being used up this month.

Spinning, garden, dog park, bike ride

I guess you could say this is a weekend update!

I got some spinning done last evening and got it washed and dried today. 260 yards of worsted weight chain ply yarn.


It’s definitely pretty!

Went for a bike ride with Miss Marja this morning. We did not encounter any condescension or anything irritating, it was a perfectly pleasant ride in every way. Of course, we were riding a completely different trail too, so that could have been what was going on. It was packed with cyclists. I don’t get out on that trail that early typically, and it was nice to be out, get the great exercise and company in, and then come up and grab a shower.

One might have thought that I’d then just stay out of the heat, but I took the dogs to the dog park. We went yesterday after work and again today. It’s hot, so once Rose does a bunch of running, we then spend time in the shade. Here are a bunch of photos of the dogs desperately attempting to beat the heat.

Rose is pretty happy to get her running in though, and she’s so much more chill at home in the morning if she’s been to the dog park the day before.

Our garden is really taking off and it’s just beautiful. It may have been a slow start to our spring but that slow start has made everything look particularly gorgeous! So, also, enjoy some garden photos.

Tomorrow Miss Butterfly heads off to camp for 4 weeks. She’ll be home for 24 hours to wash her clothing and get a solid night of rest each weekend, but we’ll turn back around and get her back out to camp again soon after. 2 of the weeks she’s doing her ranch camp, and two of those weeks she’s doing her volunteer work. She’ll have a great time, she’ll be very tired, and she’ll learn so much. It’ll be good. And I’ll have to get used to doing my own chores again for a bit.

That’s about it from here, I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.