July Beauty Balance

In my last beauty balance post, I had ended up 11 items out of balance. Now, most of these were samples, specifically primer samples. But still, it was a lot and I had to dig deep to come up with 11 products to leave my collection to stay in balance.

But I got there!


This is a combo of empties and declutters. First, there’s a mac powder kiss lipstick sample. And by sample, I mean card. One day’s use. But I counted it coming in so I can count it leaving. I don’t like the powder kiss formula and I already knew that. This is compounded when the dumb card sample is difficult to put on my face. Or rather, it’s easy to get on my face, but tough to apply to my lips, where it is supposed to be. If I ever get another of these cards, I will just toss.

Next to that is some Almay eye makeup remover pads. These are the waterproof version. I love these and they are a staple in my collection though I tend to not use them often because I like a good cleansing balm or even just coconut oil to remove my makeup.

And then there’s a hair paste I’ve never liked but has been in my collection for probably 6 or more years. Can we say expired? So expired. I found it while looking through the bathroom drawers trying to find items to use on my haircut. I do not know why I chose not to declutter through last year’s bathroom declutters. But here we are.

Next row, there’s a wet n wild eyeshadow quad that I have decided to declutter because I have much better shadow in my collection. I am giving it to Miss Butterfly if she wants it.

Then there’s a no poreblem primer sample, the one primer sample I was able to get used up out of the many that entered my collection this month.

I finished up the Jergens natural glow I had been using during the weeks leading up to my wedding in April. I quit using it entirely after the wedding but decided I should probably use it up and move it out of my collection.

There’s an “exfoliating” foot mask I received in a fabfitfun box. I used this twice. I sat it by my bed to keep using. But, I realized that I wasn’t using it because the scent of it is something I find not good at all. It definitely has a coconut scent, but not in a pleasing way to me. I realized that not only was I avoiding using it because of the scent. I could smell the scent from time to time with it sitting by my bed which was exacerbating the lack of use. If Miss Butterfly wants to use it, she will.

Next up we have pur get a grip eyeshadow primer. This stuff really IS grippy. Too much so for my taste. I used the sample but I prefer something that works a bit more smoothly.

Lush body wash (sleepy). I loved this. LOVED. It’s a tiny sample but I would definitely buy a full size at a point when I need a body wash in my life. I’ve got plenty from subscription boxes to get through first.

Glamglow supermud mask-this is a pretty harsh mask, but it works nicely for just my t-zone in the summer. I’ve had it for about a year and a half so it’s nice to get it used up and out of my collection.

And finally, one tiny sample of perfume. That’s the Carolina Herrera good girl perfume and I really enjoyed it so much! I will keep this on my list of perfumes I like and consider picking up a small size at some point.

That’s it, 11 items bringing me back to balance before the end of the month is even here. I might have more before the end of the month, but I am not counting on it. So, this could be the finale.

A Finished Object

I finished that mitered square scarf that I ended up making into a cowl. This is out of Marja’s handspun yarn. The yarn was chain plied and was created with multiple different colored batts. So, the colors change but do so rather abruptly. But, each color looks nice with the colors near it. I took two photos of the cowl, one for each side, so you could see all the colors. I also offset the cowl in one photo so you can see all the colors playing together.

I have already decided that this cowl will be going to Rose’s foster mom. They are caring for her while we are on vacation again, and it’s so perfect and lovely to have a place for her to go while we are out of town. A place she trusts and loves, which is kind of a hard thing to find for an anxious dog. There’s another scarf as well that she’s “liked” on my FB page, so I’ll bring that too. Hopefully, these will be acceptable forms of “payment” since they won’t take cash. (We are Sooooooo grateful to know them for so many reasons, and this is one of those reasons!)

That’s it from here for now! Oh-and as a side note, this puts me at 60% of my yearly goal of 40 projects. Not too shabby!


Starts and Updates

I admit it’s been nice to feel no pressure about posting a makeup look today. Two weeks off is welcome, though it may also mean fewer posts from me.

I have been chugging along on my garter stripey cowl, too much so really. Meaning, I don’t want to overdo it! I wanted this project to last me during my entire vacation. But I doubt that’ll be the case. Because here’s where I am already on it.


It’s pretty and stripey and I am really enjoying it!

But, because this was going too quickly, I started another project. I wanted another something relatively mindless but with enough interest to keep me occupied beyond garter stripes.


So, I chose a gradient handspun from my stash and began a nice big stole with it. The color is really off in this photo. The bottom is far more of a pink color than it is showing on my monitor. I blame the 6:30 am light. Hopefully, the next update photo will have a better color situation going on.

I did also finish a project yesterday. The mitered square scarf became a mitered square cowl since I didn’t have enough yarn to make it scarf length. I actually think the cowl style fits the project well. That’s blocking and I’ll likely be able to show it off tomorrow.

In other news, we are busy prepping for vacation. It’s odd just how much work that ends up being! The sitter situations are worked out for the dogs, though there’s still drop off to do. I spent a good long time yesterday going out to get their foods and treats and a toy for Lizzie. I packed their bags. I need to put together a document that explains Lizzie’s complicated meals. And, when I stated to Mr. Ink that the sitters were willing to deal with her eye meds, he informed me that we don’t have much in the way of eye meds left, so now I have to squeeze in a trip across town at lunchtime today to get more eye meds.

In the midst of all the prep though I decided the basil desperately needed harvesting. So, I got some supplies for pesto and made 6 batches of that to freeze (and eat for dinner!) We’ll have a few more harvests before the end of the season, but it was nice to get one done so that basil can experience new growth.

Tonight is a myriad of little things to get done, but hopefully, it’ll all go smoothly and I’ll stay motivated!

The Newest Start

For our last vacation, I chose a fantastic mindless knitting project, the holey square shawl. It worked out great! I knit on it on the plane and I knit on it every time we were trying to cool off in our hotel or air b&b. By the time I returned home I had a great start on it and I just kept after it until the project was completed. I could have saved it for the next vacation, but I was too enthusiastic about it to do so.

Currently, I am working on that mitered square scarf, but I am 2/3 of the way through and boredy bored bored with it. I mean, it looks great, but I am struggling to create even one square an evening right now. I really needed a new project! I mean, my work project, another Christmas stocking, is equally boring to me right now and so I am just on the struggle bus with my knitting.

The heat doesn’t help either. We are right in the midst of over 100 temps with extremely high humidity. I can’t walk the dogs in the evening because the pavement is too hot. This leaves everyone in the house a little on edge and bored and annoyed.

So, I decided to work out what my next easy and mindless knitting project would be. I ended up choosing the Prisma Loop, a very easy pattern indeed. It might be almost too easy, but during this heat and the associated annoyances, too easy may be just right. Once the heat breaks (Saturday) hopefully I can get back to finishing up the mitered square scarf, leaving this boring project as upcoming vacation knitting.

In any case, let’s look at some handspun garter stripes!


Oh yeah, even my photos are boring. I just took this on my lap this morning. All the shades are closed so that we keep out as much of the sun as possible, and even if they were open, it’d be dark as there were storms all around us. Storms that did nothing to break the heat.

Enough complaining. The colored yarn is handspun that Miss Marja created and the natural yarn is handspun I created out of flick carded locks. I think they pair very nicely together. The colored handspun has areas of turquoise and areas of purple and I can’t wait to get into those a bit to see how they look with the natural colored solid! The color changes alone should keep my interest quite well as I work on this project.

But this evening? This evening I really need to get down to business and do all the house chores I’ve been avoiding, using the heat as an excuse to not get things done. If I do them tonight, I’ll feel less guilty about outside time once that heat finally does break!

3 Color Challenge week 9

On to the next two looks for this week’s 3 color challenge.

For look 2, I decided to go a little darker than I did for the first look.

You may remember that we are working with a dark brown matte color Porch Swing from Sydney Grace, the shimmery champagne color Hype from tarte pro to go, and the shimmery white browbone color from wet n wild lights out.

For the second look, I used Drive from tarte pro to go as a transition and crisp from the same in my crease. I then used the Porch Swing color all over my lid. Over that, in the inner third I used the wet n wild browbone color to give it some lightness and slight shimmer. Under the eye I used crisp and in the inner corner I used the wet n wild browbone color. It was a pretty easy look and decently nice, but nothing that impressive.

For the third look I decided to do what I’d been threatening to do since I pulled the color, I used only the wet n wild quad. I did not actually use it as the quad suggests, however. I built my own look out of it.


I began with the “transition” shade in my crease, and I used it to blow out a bit at the outer corner. I did then blend that color lightly into my transition area, but only a bit as it’s just a really intense dark color.

Then, I used the slate grey, slightly shimmery color all over the lid. Applied with a brush, it’s barely shimmery. Applied with a finger I got a bit more shimmer payoff, but not much. Also, it’s intensely dark. So, I used the browbone color over top that on the inner 2/3 of my mobile lid. This lightened things up a bit and added some interest. Under the eye I used the transition shade and at the outer corners, I added the black as a liner to the upper and lower lashline. Then I used the browbone color to the inner corner which made it blend nicely with what was on the lid.

The look is dark and dramatic, but it turned out ok. However, these little wet n wild quads aren’t great. I think the mattes work fairly well, but the shimmers just don’t really shimmer. What does that mean? It means I am going to take this moment to declutter this from my collection and pull two new colors for the next challenge week. However, I am also going to be taking a two-week hiatus from the challenge to give myself a break after 9 weeks!

July Beauty Balance

When I last posted, I had 5 items leaving above those which entered my collection this month. This particular post is going to mess with that number quite a bit. Hopefully, by the end of the month, I can again move that number to a more balanced position.


First of all, cutting my hair quite short brought to light (literally) some scalp issues I’ve had going on. To be honest, this was part of the reason I cut off my hair. I thought I could likely get a handle on those issues if I just had less hair in general. But, once I cut my hair, I needed to pick up a few things that I knew were likely to help.

I have found that the best way to deal with my particular issues seems to be with salicylic acid. I’ve used the Lush superbalm before, one container lasts me quite a long time. It works very well when things are feeling at their worst, but it can also be a formula that’s difficult to use on longer hair. They seem to have reformulated it a bit since the last time I purchased it, and this is a welcome change. Getting it to the scalp between long strands of hair is tough, but even tougher was washing the greasy mess back out. It’s very thick and greasy. With super short hair, I can apply it only to the particularly problematic areas and in the morning I can easily just wipe it back off my head. (Yes, I leave it on overnight even though it suggests 20 minutes.)

Since things were at their worst, I also picked up some Neutrogena t-sal as a support shampoo for the treatment I am applying to myself. Already I’ve seen great improvements, everything is healing up nicely and I am excited to see my scalp return to normal, especially since it is so entirely visible right now.

At Lush, I was asked if I wanted a sample. Naturally, I said yes! And I picked up a sample of the sleepy body wash, something I haven’t tried before. This one should move out of my collection again relatively quickly.

We are desperately close to finishing up at least two sunscreens. With upcoming beach vacation, I thought I’d better get a replenish of my favorite going. I had a 20% off coupon, and these two together were much less expensive than they would be separately. I bet we use at least one of them up during vacation time anyhow.

Which brings us, already, to 5 products in. Balanced. But wait. Here’s the “ugh.”


I purchased two products and they came with a boatload of samples. I wanted to add vitamin c to my skincare routine, and I’ve heard good things about Mad Hippie. It was on sale and I picked some up. It came with a sample. Also, I wanted to pick up a mac NW 13 foundation because I am beginning to conclude that this is my closest mac color match, despite being told otherwise. (The lights in the shop always lie. Always.) And that came with a boatload of primer samples, something I am relatively frustrated with since my primer collection is completely overflowing anyhow. Who knew during my makeup journey that I would actively get annoyed at receiving samples in an order?!?! I just shoved all of these samples in a drawer for now, but maybe I can work through a few before the end of the month. For the above photo, 8 items entered my collection. But wait, there’s more!


I needed to pick up some hair product for my newly short hair. I decided to try out the powder play by big sexy hair. I’ve heard good things. It’s going well. Very well! This is a texturizing powder that helps create the volume and height I am looking for with the hair that is still longer at the top of my head.

I have wanted to pick up another colourpop super shock shadow, so I did. I use this one in conjunction with the darker one I already had to create a very easy eye look when I don’t want to mess around with a full look. I use the light shade on the inner part of my lid and the darker shade on the outer part of my lid. Then I go in with my bronzer as a crease color, fluffing that toward my transition area. That’s it. Once done, it looks pulled together and fresh and like I really tried even though I spent likely less than a minute on the look.

And, Miss Butterfly decluttered a highlight to me. This was a highlight she received in an ipsy bag. This was called Daisy and Pearl natural radiance booster. It’s very pretty but it’s a bit too dark for Miss Butterfly. She’s been using it as an eyeshadow. But, she’s got enough palettes in her collection right now to serve that purpose so she decided I might get use out of it. I am happy to have it in my collection, it does look lovely! That’s another 3 items in, 11 items out of balance. That’s really going to be tough to whittle down by the end of the month, but we’ll see what I can do.

3 Color Challenge week 9

I rolled for a new eye shadow this month and got a deep brown matte shadow from my Sydney Grace Taylor bundle. The matte is called Porch Swing (deep) and it is one that is very easy to incorporate into looks as an outer corner deep shade or in my crease. I did not take a photo of it, I figured you’d get the idea from the swatches.


So just to recap, we’ve got Tarte pro to go palette colorway hype, wet n wild shadow quad Lights Out, the browbone color, and then the sydney grace porch swing.

It’ll actually be harder to think out of the box with this combo, it’s neutral and pretty easy to come up with neutral looks for. As such, I went for a neutral look yesterday since I had to pick up a candidate, bring them to work, and then interview them later in the day.

So, I started with the pro to go palette. I used Drive as a transition shade and then Sydney Grace Porch Swing as a crease color. I added that a little on the outer V as well. Then I swept Hype all over the mobile lid. I used the wet n wild browbone color as an inner corner highlight. On the lower lashline I used drive and porch swing at the outer edge. That’s it! Very neutral, not very intense, very wearable.

Oh right, and that’s the new hair. Quite the dramatic change, right? Well, I’ll tell you what. It’s been very well received in my offline life and I am thrilled to be wearing something that is nice and cool and comfortable this time of year! It’s a very welcome change! And so far, it’s been easy, despite the fact that short hair requires actual styling on the regular. (It doesn’t require sitting around and making a long french braid or two, or trying to manage a nice updo to keep things under control during the work day. Nor does it fall in my food when I try to eat, and I no longer have a ponytail falling into my sink when I try to wash my face. So, the payoff is pretty sweet!)