August Beauty Balance Finale

It isn’t actually the end of August yet, but I believe I can wrap up my beauty balance in this post.

First of all, I did place an order. Here’s the thing, despite wanting to stay beauty balanced each month, more things leaving than arriving, I have also stated that the one thing I won’t quit purchasing are eyeshadow palettes. My reality, and passion for makeup, lies there. It’s like a lovely yarn stash, having a variety sparks creativity.

So, I got a tiny palette I’ve been craving since it appeared on the scene some time ago now. It’s the viseart petite pro 5 soleil. The color story of this palette is so rich and expressive and I am so excited to use it.


Naturally, it came with samples. So, that’s another 4, making me off balance by 9.

No matter. I have been working through my stash this month. I am working on decluttering some things that I don’t need or want. Some go to Miss Butterfly, some to her friend who loves makeup but doesn’t have a mom who is participating in it. Of course, I’ve also got empties.


Let’s go over the empties really quick first. I finished a fancy shampoo for my itchy pre-cut hair which never helped in the end. I finished a tiny sample of mattifying face primer from smith & cult. This was weird and black. It worked. I wouldn’t purchase it. I like my becca ever matte better. I finished an eyeshadow I was using to set my eye primer, it was from morphe. I finished a perfume sample, Marc Jacobs Daisy eau so fresh. This had zero lasting power on me, while the scent was nice it didn’t stick. And, I finished an AOA studios tinted brow gel. I liked it quite a lot and for a buck, it was entirely worth it. I’ll probably repurchase once I work through other things in my collection.

Now on to the declutters. Miss Marja gave me the burt’s bees lippie, but I don’t love it so I’ll pass it along. There are three little eyeshadows I am decluttering. Each has been fairly well-loved by Miss Butterfly and me. Nice dips in each of them. But, I wore each of them recently, swatched them by colors I have in palettes, and identified that I don’t need these in my collection. I also have a morphe gel liner that I want to remove and then a perfume sample, Lancome la vie est belle, that every time I open I realize I just really dislike. I must have some odd association with this one as it just brings up unpleasant feelings. So, that goes too.

That’s 11 products out. 2 over what came in this month. So we are balanced.

I, of course, have an upcoming project pan update for this weekend. But, I was thinking that I might also do a post about subscription boxes. I would kind of like to round up the products I still have that I received in subscription boxes and really truly love. And then discuss some observations from my year of subscription boxes and how I feel about what I received. Maybe this weekend, maybe next week, not quite sure yet. But, I think it may be a worthwhile post.

My Finished Object

Way back when, I spun a very pretty batt called Dreaming of Tomatoes into a gradient laceweight single. It was so appropriately named and pretty that I didn’t have a project for it.

But, after spinning a different laceweight single into a holey square shawl, I figured I wanted to do a holey square scarf. And so I did, because it was the perfect knit for a person who does not have the brain energy to commit to a fancy pattern.


I love it! I love the gradient, I love the handspun, I love the deconstructed look of it, and I think it’ll serve me very well this winter.

I am still not done working with laceweight singles, so I wound up another laceweight singles yarn and will find an appropriate pattern for it shortly.

In my challenge of finishing 40 projects this year, I am 68% there with this finish.

Slow Time

It seems like as of right now, I am crafting in slow time. Work is ridiculously busy. I am regularly exhausted once I get home. Over the weekend I ended up sleeping in both mornings until 7, which is really unheard of for me. And still going to bed at 9:30 every night. Miss Lizzie got 7 teeth pulled on Friday, Miss Butterfly and I were both fighting a cold, all three humans in the house are fighting seasonal allergies, and sweet Rosie dog ran blisters into her front paw pads on Thursday evening, so even she wasn’t feeling up to her usual antics.

I did a lot of reading. I watched weaving instructional videos. I hung out with Miss Marja. I played with makeup. We hosted a game night. But, I did not get to start a weaving project, and I did not do much crafting in general. Though I did finish a project which is currently blocking on the craft room bed.

Once I finished that project, I didn’t have any castonitis. I wound up some yarn for another project but still didn’t want to choose a pattern or cast on. I DO know that right now I am super into knitting with laceweight handspun singles, so there’s that. But, at the same time, I don’t really want to knit.

So, didn’t feel like knitting, didn’t have the brainpower to attempt any weaving. Didn’t feel like hauling out my wheel even though there’s a half-done project on it. What comes next?

Spindle spinning.


I grabbed some batts I created on my drum carder and began spinning them on support spindles. It’s easy, my feet can be up, it takes almost no brainpower, and I can listen to Miss Butterfly chat about her school day and read me her essays and so on while still doing something that occupies my hands.

This weekend is a long weekend. I’ll be volunteering with our local dog rescue on the first day, but after that, I anticipate having some time that I can try my hand at weaving. I’d like to sort of carve out the entire weekend as weaving time. Blocks of time in which I concentrate on that. We will see if that actually happens, but that’s the current plan.

August Beauty Balance

I’ve got another beauty balance post before the finale. During the last post I expressed that I needed 3 items to leave my collection to be on balance.

And then I picked up two things at Ulta and received with it a whole load of samples. Seriously. A load.


I wanted to try a different mousse as the one I am using isn’t my fave. I will use it up, but I was absolutely not getting the results I wanted. And, I am quite close to finishing both of my eye creams which I am using simultaneously. So, I wanted to be sure to get a new eye cream. Not something I want to be out of.

Here’s my load of samples. One of them I did not count, it was dry shampoo I gave directly to Miss Butterfly. Here are the rest.


I think the majority of these samples I’ll have no trouble using. However, the mascara and the buxom lip paint are on the chopping block. I may let them go, we’ll see.

And then, I went to spend a little time with Miss Marja and she decluttered two items to me.


I think it’s likely that the lip item will stay with me, but the eyeshadow I’ll try, and if it doesn’t work for me it’ll go to Miss Butterfly.

So, that’s another 13 items in, making it a total of 16 items I need to move out of my collection to remain in balance. I am not there yet. But, I did do a little decluttering and finishing.


I’ve got 11 items leaving. I finished a FAB face cleanser that was lovely. I finished a Briogeo scalp revival that I don’t think did anything at all. I finished a sample of Mad Hippie vitamin A serum which I was unable to develop an opinion about. I finally decided my Laura Lee Party Animal palette I received in a boxy charm could leave. I hate the palette and if I want to use bright colors, I’ll use Miss Butterfly’s BH cosmetics take me back to brazil palette. I had 2 lip items from my brights challenge that I want to release from my collection, they’ll be going to Miss Butterfly’s friend along with the LL palette.

I finished a Coola sunscreen I got in a fab fit fun. I hated it, it pilled and balled under makeup and over moisturizer no matter what I did. I finished it by using it as a body sunscreen. I am moving 2 sample size dry shampoos to Miss Butterfly as using them isn’t necessary with short hair. One is almost finished anyhow. I finished more makeup remover wipes from Big Lots, I like them but I am trying to use fewer makeup wipes in general. And finally, I’ve got a hair spray that I purchased for Miss Butterfly a few years ago, it had a few sprays left and now it’s gone.

That means I still have to finish or declutter 5 more items this week. I’ve got two that I think are sure bets, and I pulled out a bunch of makeup that could be on my chopping block so I can see if I want to remove them from my collection. I’ll use those this week and make a decision by the end of the week.

So, I am not yet beauty balanced this month but I am feeling fairly confident that I can still get there.

Brights Finale

And this brings us to my last two days of my self inflicted bright lips challenge.

Yesterday I wore Beauty Creations matte liquid lipgloss. This is something I received in a boxycharm pretty early on in the time when I signed up. I wore it once and never again. I think we all know that matte liquid lipgloss is an oxymoron to begin with and the formulation is no better than the strangeness of the name.


I have to give it some credit for really sticking around. But, the reality is that it’s one of those flakey formulas that dries out the lips and simultaneously always feels sticky. It’s not something I have any interest in keeping in my collection. This one will find a new home. I think one of Miss Butterfly’s friends might like to have it.

And then there’s today, last day! Today I am wearing a NYX intense butter gloss. I panned a sample size intense butter gloss in a purple shade that I absolutely loved. I wished to find the same formula and color, but I did not find the proper color. Instead I picked up a very dark berry shade called spice cake. It’s got a purple tone to it, but it’s not the purple I was looking for. Because of this, I only wore it once since I purchased it. I rather wish I had just purchased an intense butter gloss in a more nude tone. So, I hauled it out for the last day of my little challenge.


I like it! I like it quite a lot. I really like the intense pigmentation paired with a really comfortable formula. I’d say this is similar to a liquid lipstick that doesn’t dry down rather than a gloss. It does try to creep out of the lip line a bit but I am trying to combat that with lip liner today. This is 100% staying in my collection and I may actually keep it at work for when I am feeling adventurous.

Also, we’ve finally reached the stage in my latest haircut where my hair actually does what I want it to do! What a relief. I am learning that post hair cut it takes about a week, and then I am in the clear for 4 weeks before the short sides get so long they annoy me and I need it cut again.

So, anyhow, next week I’ll be back to project pan lip products for the last week before my update. And back to regular eye looks, though it has been fun to do simplicity with my eye looks these past two weeks. But, I think perhaps in October I am going to do another little similar challenge where I wear all my exceedingly dark colors. Perhaps I’ll line that up to end on Haloween so I can wear my one black lipstick that day. Should be fun!

New Things

At the beginning of the year, I had an opportunity to get my hands on a very inexpensive floor loom. I know I talked about it on the blog at the time but I haven’t mentioned it much since. We picked it up, it needed to be taken apart to get it in the house, we put it in the back of the pickup truck, and then we put the pickup in the garage and left it that way due to snow. This was great, because when the snow melted, that was the point at which the basement flooded continually, and having the loom not in the basement was extremely fortunate.

Once the flooding seemed to be over and the weather warmed and the basement rearranged because we had no choice due to flooding, we moved the loom to the basement. But, I also knew that with a wedding to plan I wasn’t going to get to the loom any time soon. I didn’t. After the wedding there was still much to do, and as time went on, I thought about the loom but knew I wasn’t going to get to it. However, I did mention to Mr. Ink that I’d like to have it put together during the summer before the evenings get too dark. And there the loom sat, not put together.

Then, I did the dog transport which did end up being a pretty full day. I got home, and much to my surprise, Mr. Ink had decided to use my time away to surprise me by putting together the loom!


I need to move things around so we can move it entirely on the carpet, but it’s ready to go!

So, while this week has been extremely busy at work and I’ve had very little downtime in general, In that precious downtime, I’ve been watching weaving videos to refresh my memory and get me prepared for this new little adventure. I’m not totally green, as I have used a table loom a bit in the past. But, I am green to a floor loom and it’s been a few years since I wove on the table loom. I am hoping to get my first project started this weekend though, if all goes well. The weekend promises to be busy too, but I am trying to clear my Sunday as much as possible.

So, I guess to some extent, this is a bit of a teaser for what is to come.


August Beauty Balance

Earlier this month I was two items leaving over what entered my collection. I’ve been pretty bad at balancing my beauty this month. Or at least keeping up on the posts. Or really, both. I have brought a surprising amount into my collection actually.

Here are two snapshots of what I brought in this month. I decided that I hate soap brows. I hate that it is sticky forever when I do my brows with soap. I’ve decided it’s not for me. But, I also didn’t want to spend large amounts on a clear brow gel, so I picked up a L’oreal brow gel. The wand is sooooo tiny on this! I will probably try something else once this is used up, but for now I am happy.

I also HAD to pick up the Essence lash princess waterproof version. It’s great, in the sense it does all that the other lash princess mascaras do. And it doesn’t irritate my eyes. But-it transfers on my brow bone. Here’s the thing, my lashes touch my brow bone, and it must be oily enough to transfer even a waterproof mascara, because this happens with my clinique one too. But, in a much lighter capacity. So in the end, I need to just stick with the clinique one and call it good.

I ran out of hair mousse so I picked one up from Morrocan oil. And then it came with samples and perks, because that’s just what happens. One of those perks is the Ren calming facemask, I worked through one earlier in the year and adored it. So, I picked another one up.

Not pictured, but purchased-3 wet n wild eyeshadow singles in creme brulee for setting primer. And, one emergency waterproof drugstore mascara I bought on my way to work because I’d done a full face of makeup and forgot mascara. That will stay at work. So that’s 11 items into my collection over what has left it this month.

Let’s balance that a bit! Here’s what we have that we can get back on track a bit with:


My Moroccan Oil dry texture spray is a staple in my hair routine. It was a staple when my hair was long and it’s equally a staple now that it’s short. I will repurchase this. I am working through one from another brand, but I don’t like it nearly as much. I do have a Moroccan Oil back up in my collection.

The mousse is something I’ve had around for wayyyy too long! I purchased this back when my daughter was doing show choir. When I cut my hair, I figured I’d use this up before moving on to something else. There was a month’s worth of product in it, so I am glad I committed to that. I am currently using a higher-end brand but actually, don’t like it as much. So this could be a repurchase, we’ll see!

Skin & Co Face Gommage-this came in a subscription box. I did not love it. I used it. It did smell very nice, very gently almond. I wouldn’t purchase.

Below that is Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. I loved this! This controls oil very nicely. It’s part of my project pan and I am very sad to see it finished. I would repurchase but I’ve got a heck of a lot of other powder to get through first. I estimate it’ll be at least a year before I have to purchase setting powder.

The Murad retinol lasted me forever! It was my first retinol product and I slowly built up use. I used this every other day for months on end. I am a bit sad it’s gone! I got this in an add on sale for a subscription box. I have another retinol I’ll use up before I make a decision about what to try next or if I want to repurchase this one.

The e.l.f. liquid lipstick got discussed last week. Pretty and bright color, drying, flakes off the lips, layers terribly. Would not purchase.

I have a bite beauty agave lip mask. This is the original flavor and I like it best. I’ve got a couple of these in other flavors, but I don’t like them nearly as much. I would repurchase, but I gotta work through a bunch of others first.

Ellis Brooklyn Myth perfume sample. Scent was nice, but didn’t last. Would not purchase.

That’s 8 items leaving my collection. This means I’ve got to have 3 more out of my collection by the end of the month. I am awfully close on at least one cleanser, and with the Murad retinol gone, I can get a foil packet finished up. We shall see how it goes….

Brights Day 6 and 7

Let’s continue on this two-week bright lipstick journey, shall we?

For reference, these are the colors I am working with.

Yesterday I wore kat von d liquid lipstick in the color mother. It’s a nice matte raspberry shade that I received in a boxycharm. I have never worn it because upon receiving so many subscription boxes, I was kind of inundated with lip products for a time. Additionally, matte liquid lips aren’t my go-to formula. With the influx of lip items now at a standstill, it’s nice to get the opportunity to explore this one as well as the others I’ve never worn.


We are moving away from the hot pinks this week and into more berry tones but still bright and not at all “nude” lipsticks.

I am still doing my two-color bronzer and shimmer eye look but I admit it is beginning to bore me. I look forward to the point at which I get through all of those and can get back to creating more dramatic looks.

In any case, I am definitely keeping this lipstick in my collection. While I wouldn’t purchase more of them, both the formulation and color are good and I am happy with it.

Day 7:

Today’s lip look is Nyx liquid suede. I got this in my advent calendar last year. The color is Starstruck. This one is a deep berry that leans toward red.


How do I feel about this one? I think the liquid suede formula is ok. It dries down matte, but sometimes I feel like it stays a bit sticky. And I don’t think it’s a good one to layer. So, typically after lunch, I end up wiping it off and choosing something else. That has been the case when I use other liquid suede formula colors as well. So, I guess you could say that while I am perfectly ok with wearing what I have, I won’t be out there collecting more. Which is fair!

Just three more days of brights! Then I’ll be getting back to my project pan colors.

A Day for the Dogs

Saturday was a day for rescue dogs, Sunday was a day for our dogs. More specifically Rose, because Lizzie’s foot is much better, but we didn’t want to aggravate whatever injury she had by making her walk around for a couple hours on concrete. She’s not limping at all, which is a great relief, but the last time we tried to push her back into activities it went south pretty fast.

Yesterday was the day which we could take our dogs to the pool. It’s a very well attended event, quite nutty! Dogs everywhere having a great time. Last year we took Rose and it was her first big outing with us. We caught a glimpse of the dog she would become in our home, as she was very playful and running around. But almost a year later, she owned that event! She ran and ran and ran like a maniac.

But, this year, much like last year, she did not want to get in the water. New situations are a place where Rose still gets tripped up by her nerves. Once she’d had a good 45 minutes of running and playing, we finally forced the issue, knowing she’d love the water if she just tried it. We got her in the water on leash.


I kind of had to shove her in. But, once she was in, that tucked fearful tail rose and began to wag faster and faster! Pretty soon she was running through it on her own!


Then, she even went for a full-on swim more than once! She’s not scared anymore!

We also took Miss Butterfly, her best friend, and her best friend’s dog. I captured this photo of the little dog having a great time enjoying the air on his face!


He was hilarious, every time Mr. Ink slowed down, the dog would start to whine really loudly. Faster, FASTER! this dog kept insisting!

It was a pretty good day. Busy, but good!

A Weekend Roadtrip

This weekend brought me on the road again. This time for an entirely different purpose from last week’s midweek road trip. I have been wanting to do a rescue dog transport for a long time, but as is often the case for me, I avoided doing it because I had never done it before.

Well, last week when the opportunity presented itself, I thought “Why not? I can totally do this.” And I agreed to it. Originally I was to go pick up one hound girl. But, after about 24 hours the rescue arranged for me to pick up a total of 3 dogs instead of just one. The more the merrier I guess, I mean, the other two were going to need transport anyhow, so it’s nicely efficient for it to have worked out that I could pick them up.

Having never done a dog transport before, I thought about all the ways that could go pear-shaped. And then thought about all the ways I could mitigate that. I borrowed two kennels from the rescue. Then, I got down to business creating a “go bag.” Since I had limited time, I wasn’t able to put everything in it I wanted to. But, I put a portable water bowl and some bottles of water, extra leashes, and collars in various sizes, one harness and a seatbelt attachment, rag towels, rags that can be disposed of, plastic bags to contain messes, and disposable gloves to clean messes. I also added a tiny bag of treats. While I don’t want to feed new to the rescue dogs treats because their dietary issues are unknown, I figured if we had an escapee (heaven forbid) I would have something on hand to lure them back. I also threw in a toy just in case. My go bag all ready to go:


I knew that there were other things that would be ideal in that go-bag, and I will get those things in the upcoming weeks, but this is what I could do for short notice. I figured it might be overkill, but on the off chance it wasn’t, I wanted to be prepared. In the future, I plan to pick up some slip lead leashes in various sizes, and a couple simple to adjust harnesses in various sizes as well to use with the seatbelt harness.

Miss Butterfly, once she heard what I was doing, decided she wanted to go too.  I was glad for the company and extra glad to know that I had an extra set of hands and eyes on the road.

Transports for our rescue are typically done relay-style, so my job was to drive south about an hour and a half to meet the other transport driver in a restaurant parking lot. We decided we would leave early enough to have lunch, so that’s what we did. We ate and kept an eye out for the other transport driver. She was earlier than we expected.

We were picking up 3 dogs. One a little 12-pound italian greyhound. Turns out he’s very skinny and definitely should be more than 12 pounds. He found the other dogs a bit irritating and he was a timid thing, so I chose to put him in a kennel.


Really cute little guy! There was a toy in that kennel, and we heard him squeaking it, so despite being unable to see him, we knew he was doing just fine.

The second dog, a GSD mix puppy who looks more GSD than mix! This guy I figured Miss Butterfly would want to hold, and I was correct.


In this photo, he’s wearing one of Rose’s collars, a medium-sized collar, adjusted down to the smallest size possible. He fits it perfectly. He wasn’t a particularly small puppy. Young, but he’s going to be a big boy!

And then there was the girl who we originally agreed to go get. Billed to our rescue as a 2 yr old redbone coonhound, I was eager to go get her because I love the hounds! They are so pretty! She’d been kenneled in a large kennel with the other transport driver. That driver rolled down her windows so that the car would stay cool as we transferred the dogs one by one. Well, this hound girl had managed to get the back side of her kennel open (there wasn’t a door.) and wedge herself out the little opening and out the partially opened window. I went over to her and she absolutely launched herself into my arms. She was a VERY busy and very skinny girl. And I knew right away that throwing her in the back seat without something to contain her was going to be a really bad idea. So, thankfully Lizzie is barrel-chested, I had Lizzie’s harness with me. I put this skinny big hound in Lizzie’s harness and hooked her up with the leash attachment. I had to do a few adjustments before I got it to the perfect length for her not to decide to come up front.

Isn’t she pretty? I also looked at her and thought “Well, she looks a lot more bloodhound than coonhound. But she’s not very big!”

Miss Butterfly, at one point, put her seat way back with the puppy on top of her and immediately started getting licked by both the hound girl and the puppy. I caught a photo.


Once everyone was secure we were able to message the rescue with our ETA and then since I know the hound girl’s foster mom, we messaged her some preview photos. Then we were off!

The trip was literally so uneventful. Meaning, all those things I’d prepared for just didn’t happen. There was no poo, no puking, no peeing, no howling, no growling (except when the hound would try to check out the mini greyhound’s kennel) and no issues whatsoever. A perfect first transport. Miss Butterfly and I both LOVED it. We are so eager to do it again!

Once at the rescue, we stuck around to let the dogs play in the yard. The rescue owner took one look at the hound and said: “Yeah, that’s not a 2 yr old coonhound, that’s a 9-month-old bloodhound.” Which would explain so much. She was big and uncoordinated and loping and puppy-like in every way. Very playful and confident. She’ll do great in rescue. As will the other two! But of course, the hounds have my heart.

So that’s the story of my first road trip dog transport. I hope to have more of these posts in the future, and I also hope that they are all equally uneventful. I doubt that’ll be the case, but I can hope! In the meantime, I’ll collect the rest of the gear I feel I need for our go-bag as I get to the pet stores for food, and keep thinking about what else might be useful in it. The go-bag is now sitting, full, in my craft room as a testament to one more hobby I have taken up, volunteering for rescues.


A Midweek Roadtrip

Mr. Ink and I decided to travel to Des Moines on Wednesday afternoon for a Chris Isaak concert. The concert took place in the Hoyt Sherman theater, which is attached to a mansion turned museum/art gallery. We had no idea this would be the case when we went, and it was a lovely venue!

Prior to the show, we were able to wander the mansion where I happened across this small behind glass display of the most fantastic beaded handbags. I could find no information card about them, but I took photos anyhow because they were spectacular.

I did snap a photo of the theater too before the show:


Mr. Ink got us seats in the balcony. As for the concert itself, it was fantastic. We’ve seen him in concert before and loved it. It’s a true, old fashioned, 50s style western rock show complete with sequined suits, cowboy boots, pompadours and slicked-back hair, a little bit of box step, crooning, falsetto, great music, great voices, and a whole bunch of dad jokes. Definitely worth the midweek road trip.

Brights Day 5

I am so enjoying my little challenge. Getting to know some lipsticks I rarely wear is such a great experience. Add to that my little challenge of simpler and more neutral eye looks, and I am just having a great week! To top off the week, tonight is hair cut night and I am thrilled!

Today’s bright is a bit out of order because I just don’t feel like wearing a drying liquid lipstick. Today’s selection is Trestique lip glaze in mumbai magenta. It’s a nice moisturizing and slightly sheer formula, exactly the type of product I really go for.


While it is bright, it doesn’t seem overwhelmingly bright like some of the previous lip products this week. It’s also extremely easy to wear. This product is a mini, I think I got it in an ipsy bag. So, I think this one is going to end up in a project pan next spring/summer. I don’t think it would take any time at all to pan, and I’d enjoy every moment of it while I was at it. I also don’t think it would take long, there’s just not much product in it.

That’s it for this week, we’ll see what next week brings!


Brights Day 4

Today’s bright lip is Ofra’s Santorini. I received this in a subscription box some time ago and have never worn it. However, I love ofra’s liquid lipstick formula, so I knew that part wouldn’t be a problem. The problem I had was with the description. It’s described as a berry pink with a metallic finish. That doesn’t immediately pique my interest, so I never bothered to put it on. Until now.


This is a little darker than yesterday’s fearless fuschia color. It also has a subtle iridescence. It does not come across as metallic at all. This is absolutely for the best according to me. It almost looks like it has a bit of a color shift going on, the iridescence is blue and lends a very interesting look to the lips. To be honest, this isn’t ofra’s best formula, it’s a bit sheer. But, it does mimic the comfort of their regular liquid lip formula, which makes me happy.

Today I just want to give a shout out to my mac pro longwear foundation. The color I am using is NW18 which is dark for me unless quite tanned. I haven’t been able to find pro longwear foundation in the color that most works for me on a winter skin day. But, I put the foundation on at 5:30 in the morning yesterday, I was out all day at work and then a road trip to see a concert, and didn’t get home until midnight. That foundation looked almost as good at midnight as it did when I put it on in the morning. I could not believe it! I did blot after work, but I did not add powder, just a setting spray. I ate meals, I wiped my nose, I didn’t coddle the foundation at all. And it still looked fantastic. It’s clearly the perfect foundation for me. (I did wear becca ever matte primer underneath in my t-zone, which I do think helps in the summer, and, it was not a hot day so that helped.)

That’s it for today. One more hot pink tomorrow and then we begin to work our way through slightly darker berry tones next week. I am looking forward to it!

Brights Day 3

It’s another day, another bright lipstick.

Just before we move on to today, let’s talk about yesterday’s e.l.f. liquid lipstick. I thought I liked it and would keep it, but by noon it was flaking off and falling on my chin. I don’t like drying matte liquid lipsticks enough to keep them if they don’t perform perfectly. So, that one got discussed with Miss Butterfly who said she didn’t want it back, and she didn’t think any of her friends would want it either. I am free to toss it, so it went in the beauty balance bin.

Today’s choice is L’Oreal infallible lip paints in fearless fuschia. This is a color I purchased because I like hot pink. I wore it a bunch at the beginning of summer 2018. And then didn’t touch it again because I got distracted by all the incoming lip products in my collection. Also, hot pink is not a color that screams fall/winter, you know? I don’t typically feel like I need to change the colors I use according to the season, but something about hot pink just screams late spring/summer.


How do I feel about this lipstick? I really like it. I love that it doesn’t dry down, it’s more of a lipstick lipstick than a liquid lipstick. A lipstick bordering on a highly pigmented gloss, just not as glossy and thick. I like it quite a lot and it will definitely be staying in my collection for now. The biggest complaint is that it gives me a slight sore throat like many lipsticks tend to do. So, if that becomes intolerable, or if I find a better solution during my bright lipstick wearing challenge, I may reconsider.

Here’s a funny story to add to today’s post. I am still doing that two eyeshadow look I discussed yesterday and really loving it. Well, I ended up getting up super early this morning. I was a bit annoyed at this because I have a VERY long day today and will be busy late into the evening. I wanted to get as much sleep as possible but that just didn’t happen for me. So I decided I’d be productive with my extra time instead. I did my makeup and hair, got dressed, cleaned the kitchen and got a load of dishes started, dealt with the dogs’ morning routine, packed for lunch, etc. It was one of those mornings where despite waking up early I ended up running a bit late because I was trying to fit in all the things. I kept catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror and thinking “I love this eyeshadow look but man do my eyes look small and weird!” About halfway to work, I figured it out, I’d completely forgotten to put on mascara. And I am not at all joking when I say I stopped at a drugstore on the way to work to pick up mascara to keep at work for days like this! I totally did that.

My Brights Challenge

I guess I had a lovely weekend playing in my makeup stash, because after I pulled out all the bright lipsticks and decided to use them for two weeks straight, I ended up pulling out eyeshadows to mess around with for two weeks straight. More specifically, I decided I wanted to do my easy look. It’s one I often use when I am in a rush and haven’t the time to spend on makeup as I usually would. Typically I do the look using a colourpop supershock shadow, but I realized that I can also do the look with other single shadows in my collection.

A quick overview of the look-I just use a bronzer, preferably a matte bronzer, in my crease and under my lower lash line. Then, I pop the color on the lid and call it good. It always comes out looking so pulled together while still being an extremely fast look. I love it. But I’ve never tried it with plain shimmers in my collection, I’ve always just done this with supershock shadows.

Knowing that I was looking at 2 weeks of bright lip looks, I figured I’d pull out two weeks worth of shimmery singles in my collection that are fairly neutral and just do this for 2 weeks straight.

For reference, here are the swatches and lipsticks. (Save for one ofra liquid lip I failed to put in the photo. )

Day 1:

The lip color is Lancome Absolue lip lacquer. The color is a bright berry-toned red. Miss Butterfly brought me this lipstick from a friend’s stash. None of them thought they’d have any interest in wearing such a bright color. That bright a color on Miss Butterfly or her friend would not be typical. I tried it once around the house but never got around to wearing it out of the house.

With this one, I did use a red lip liner as I assumed that the color would bleed. The product needs a lot of building to get it to have coverage. I love how it continues to look very shiny. It stayed nicely for half the day and then I began to see a bit of bleeding outside the lip lines. That did not increase throughout the day. I will say that I am amazed at how shiny this product stays no matter what I do to it. Lacquer is absolutely the correct description for it. I think I would truly appreciate this formula in a more nude color. However, I would not purchase it, as it’s just too expensive. Also, it takes 3-4 layers to get it to not look streaky, and even then, it can settle a bit and then the lip lines don’t have color in them at all, causing yet another application to smooth that out. So, it’s a formula that can need a bit of babysitting, at least upon initial application.


Overall, it’s not my favorite formula but I’ll keep it for now.

Day 2:

e.l.f. collab with Christian Siriano. This is a matte liquid lip in the color fuschia. This is one of those solid dry down liquid lipsticks that look cruddy until they dry. So, during application, I am all hating life and then if I just let it set I realize it looks great. I am really digging this color, it’s a good hot pink and I love a hot pink lip. I really imagined that this one, which I got from Miss Butterfly and never wore, would be something I’d declutter. Not so. This is a definite “stay in my collection because I need this in my life” lipstick. Despite the fact that I don’t actually wear a hot pink lip often.


So, after 2 days of this challenge, I am not actually removing anything from my collection despite having hoped that I would! I guess what I really know is that I do not need any MORE super bright colors in my collection, but I think that isn’t new news for me.

I’ll keep posting these and trying to keep up on them as I have time rather than saving them for one long post.

New Project

I finished two projects and then promptly got bored with the third project that was on my needles. I just couldn’t keep working on it. So instead, I decided to start a new one. Isn’t that always the way?

This is a handspun singles yarn I finished in early 2017. It was from a fat cat knits batt called dreaming of tomatoes. I love the name, I love the colors, and I love the yarn! I decided to knit another Holey Square shawl, but it’s not a square this time, it’s a scarf. Instead of 201 stitches cast on, I cast on 91. I am having a grand time knitting on this!


I love finding the project that will hold my attention until my attention can be held by the project that lost it in the first place!

Goals and Updates

Hi all!

It’s been a bit and I haven’t brought back my 3 color challenge like I said I would for last week. I am just not feeling it. Which is fine! I enjoyed taking last week and just using various palettes in my collection each day and not worrying about taking photos of the look. While I had considered doing my 3 color challenge this upcoming week, I realized I still wasn’t up for it.

Yesterday I was messing around in my makeup collection. I was trying to get a really good handle on what I own, how much of each item, etc. I have come to the realization that I definitely don’t need more highlighters! I am eager to cross stuff off my lists as I whittle down my collection to something more manageable and not out of control. My collection can’t really be described as out of control, but it was growing in that direction and I want to make sure I don’t get there.

I pulled out some highlighters I haven’t been giving any attention to and added them to a pile so that I could get use out of them this week. These are highlighters that all require more tanned skin which is what I have now. So, I am going to give them a go, rather than just using that which is in my Too Faced Natural Face palette which also has highlighters that look good on my more tanned skin.

But really, that’s not the point of this post. I had been thinking about lip colors. You see, everything in my project pan right now is nude or leans toward orange. And I thought about how I really love a hot pink lip in the summer but I haven’t worn one at all this season. So then I listed out all my lip colors. (There are 45, but a ton of them are sample sizes, and I definitely haven’t felt a need to purchase lip colors recently.)

I pulled out all the hot pink and pink bold colors. And then all the other colors in that general tone. I’ve got 10 of them.


I swatched them. Then I took a photo of them:


Over the next two weeks, I am going to use one a day to see how the formulas are and what I think of each of them. I may even let go of some of them at the end of the two weeks. There are definitely ones in here that I have never worn. And if I have worn them, it’s like only once. I think I’ll actually try to go in order left to right, that way I can keep a handle on the order. Though I can already see that I am missing one, so I need to go back into my collection and find that.

In any case, it’ll be fun to try a new little challenge for myself since I am so easily bored and after a few months of the three color challenge, I am over it.

Other stuff, it has been a very busy weekend. Miss Butterfly and I ran a million errands yesterday. It’s amazing how the dogs know I always seem to pick something up for them while I am out because they mow me down trying to figure out what is in the bags I bring home!

One of the things I brought home was a new orthopedic kennel pad for Lizzie, and a cooling mat as well. Miss Lizzie has been exhibiting some arthritic tendencies. She limps when she gets up off the hardwood floor, her preferred dog bed. She doesn’t like dog beds. I put the orthopedic kennel mat in her kennel where she can’t really escape it. Then I used her thinner mat on the floor and put the water cooling mat over top of it. It has been going about as expected, she rarely uses it. Except when I am in my craft room. She loves to lay right next to my chair when I sit in the craft room. So I moved the cooling mat there, and it’s the first time she has used it for any length of time. I am hoping that she’ll get used to it when I place it there and begin using it in other parts of the house as well.


She’s a cutie! Even if she is showing many signs of her age already. I admit that part is kind of a bummer. Hopefully, we can mitigate some of those signs to the best of our ability and have her around for many years to come.

This morning I am listening to the rain which is so much needed that I want to cheer every time it really starts to pour. Did this mess up my plans for today? Absolutely. And I have no regrets about that whatsoever. We need this sooooo badly!

Hope you have had a lovely weekend!



27th Stocking

I can’t even begin to tell you how bored I am with these stockings. But here we are.


Another one done, and the 28th has been started. I do love this stocking in Navy. It’s really pretty. I wonder though, at what point will I have truly had enough and decide I won’t knit any more of these? I think we may be getting pretty close to that point.

I had anticipated getting this post up much earlier this week. But, my computer has been dying a slow and painful death. No huge surprise, I’ve had it since 2011. I’ve been keeping it limping along, as well as having the power cord limping along. But the power cord really gave up the ghost this week. I was sure it was dead but Mr. Ink managed to solder it back together and I am up and running again. By up and running, I mean posting this and then looking into how I can get everything on this computer backed up so that I can get a new one. Mr. Ink needs a new one too, and it may just be that this is what we get ourselves for Christmas this year, even though we don’t typically get each other any gifts.

I don’t mind keeping this one limping along a little while longer, but I do think that a new computer will be a major treat! I would rather put a little thought into that purchase though, rather than being forced to make that purchase without truly considering what I want next.

At the moment, with my desires to knit and spin seriously waning, I am considering something that might have me playing Sims 4 again. I am kind of ridiculously excited at the prospect! We shall see.

August Beauty Balance

In July I left the beauty balance for the month without any type of finale. And that’s ok! We were on vacation, and by the time we got back it was August and I couldn’t be bothered. But, I can get us all squared away this month.

A couple of things to start us off, last month I had removed 3 eyeliners from my collection in hopes to give them to the girlfriend of my nephew in law. However, I never did get to see her on this trip. So, those 3 items came back with me. So, while I was balanced last month, I have 3 items back in my collection without even purchasing anything.

I also removed a few things from my collection. I don’t have photos because I really couldn’t be bothered to save my trash while on vacation. I went through 2 sunscreens on vacation. I also finished a sample size of Jo Malone fragrance. And, I gave a sample size of leave-in conditioner to Miss Butterfly. That’s one item leaving my collection over what entered.

I did make a purchase at the end of July that went unaccounted for as well. I purchased two CYO lifeproof foundations in 103. I had found out that CYO is going out of business, and I happened across some in a local drugstore. I’ve heard great things about the foundation, and it was buy one get one half price. The color match is perfection! I was tempted to go on a hunt for more until I realized two things. First of all, the foundation is a bit more on the dewy side than I like, especially this time of year. Second, while CYO is going out of business, Soap and Glory has come out with a foundation that is the same as CYO, since they are owned by the same company. While the Soap and Glory foundation is more expensive, it’s also available should I decide I need that CYO formula in my life.


So, that’s one item out of balance.


Here’s what is leaving my collection so far this month. I am giving the smashbox sample to Miss Butterfly. I already gave her a full size one when I decided I didn’t like it, and she does like it. No sense in forcing myself to use something I don’t enjoy just for the sake of using it.

I am also decluttering my Shop MissA paw paw sponge to Miss Butterfly. I just don’t love this sponge. It is Sooooo soft that it just seems to suck up all the product rather than moving it around on my face. I think it really wastes a lot of foundation and I’d prefer to use the other sponges in my collection. I currently have a beauty blender, a sonia kashuk sponge, and a couple of eco tools sponges. These are all preferable to the softness of the one I am decluttering to Miss Butterfly.

And finally, I am beginning a slow declutter of hair products to Miss Butterfly. I am about halfway through the conditioning hair treatment pictured above. When my hair was long I was using it as a conditioner. But with short hair, there’s no reason to have a heavy-duty conditioner in my rotation. In fact, I’d say it’s a detriment because I want my hair to have some height and volume, things which a conditioner in short hair works against. I have other conditioners and hair masks to give her, but I am going to do this one at a time. Reason being is that if she has an abundance of product, she doesn’t treat those products as precious. So, we’ll start with this one and once she’s used it up we’ll see what else she gets from my collection.

That leaves me with 2 items leaving my collection over what has entered it. I probably say this every month, but there’s nothing really on my radar right now that I need. Maybe hair product, I don’t know how long it’ll take to go through what I currently have. But for now, I am waiting to see how the month pans out. In any case, I’d like to really get a good month of empties this month before any upcoming fall sales events begin.


2 Finished Objects This Week

While on vacation, I actually did not do much knitting. Not even on the airplane! I mostly did some reading. But, since I’ve been back and attempting to stay off my sore feet, I have gotten some done. I actually finished up two projects this week. Today I’ll showcase the first.


This is the Prisma Loop cowl. I used Miss Marja’s colorful handspun and paired it with my own natural handspun. I Looooove how this turned out! I had just enough of the natural yarn to finish up completely and I am so glad. I’d happily have used colorful yarn for the edging and I knew I’d have enough to do so, but I really wanted the natural color for the picot edging. This one is definitely staying in my stash for personal wear for now, I am eager to give it a go once the weather cools.

Next up is another stocking, but since it’s done but I haven’t woven in the ends, that’ll have to wait for another day.

Second Half of Vacation

Another post of vacation activities and photos. For the second part, we were picked up in New Bedford by Mr. Ink’s brother and family. We then went to a restaurant on the waterfront where we had an amazing seafood lunch and then hung out on a dock socializing.


Here are the brothers trying to “even out” the dock which was listing to one side with all 7 of us sitting in one corner. These two are big guys, it totally worked.

After a lovely lunch and chat we headed up to Boston for an evening. Miss Butterfly and Mr. Ink’s nephew hung out at home with their roommate as well, while Mr. Ink, me, brother, and sister in law all went to see The Aggrolites and a few other bands.

The home is currently undergoing renovations making sleeping situations complicated. Miss Butterfly slept on an air mattress near Mr. Ink and I, and I caught a photo of her in the early morning light. It was hard to get her awake and moving despite the fact that we were supposed to be up and getting ready to go to cape cod.


Much later than we had anticipated, we finally loaded up two cars and Miss Butterfly, Mr. Ink, me, brother, sister in law, and roommate all headed out to a rental house on the cape. Actually, first we went for lunch and then we went for a swim in the ocean. Where I made a massively rookie mistake by taking my shoes off too early and burning the bottoms of my feet badly on the hot sand. I mean, full on blisters and everything. I refused to let this get the better of me for the remainder of the vacation, so I ended up wearing socks and water shoes in the water which helped me maneuver the rocks and sand.


Cape cod beach day 1 the surf was wild. There was a lot of red tide as well as other seaweed. The beach was pretty rocky under the water, and there were a ton of seals. I swam anyhow. Despite the shark warnings. You see, the area has done such a great job in the past 8 or so years of conserving the seal population that the seals are no longer particularly scared of humans. So they hang out really near the shore. The sharks are brought to the shore to eat the seals and sometimes mistake a human for a seal. It’s become a bit of a problem. But, nevertheless, I am still more likely to win the lottery than get bit so I figured I could chance it. We kept an eye out and also paid attention to the lifeguards who were keeping an eye out. By the very end of the day the seaweed had passed on by a bit and I was spending more and more time in the ocean. Roommate, who had never had an opportunity to swim in the ocean before also spent a lot of time in the ocean. It was hard to get us two to come out of the water. They called us the mermaids. This was appropriate since every time we came up out of the water our hair was full of seaweed.

Then we got an opportunity to see the house which had a fantastic outdoor shower. This is great since the amount of sand, seaweed, and rocks that came out of my swimsuit was pretty shocking. An outdoor shower was perfect.

Day 2 of cape cod beach was the “perfect” beach day. Decent surf, sandy beach, very little seaweed. Much more comfortable than the previous day. I, again, kept an eye out for sharks but there were fewer seals hanging around. But I did have one pop right out of the water about 5 feet away from me, giving me quite a start!

Later that evening, despite terrible foot pain on my part, we walked from the house to a bayside beach to watch the sunset.

I walked slowly, not at all keeping up with the family. But Mr. Ink stayed behind. I am glad I went.

Day 3 of cape cod vacation was a little different than the previous days. We headed to Provincetown. This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages so I was quite excited. We went into town and I rented a bike. Then Mr. Ink, brother, and I took a bike ride to the beach to meet up with Miss Butterfly and sister in law.


The bike trail was fantastic, but also very hilly. It took us through wetlands and sand dunes. Sometimes we’d be in there not quite sure if we were in the mountains in southern utah or on cape cod. Pretty fun stuff! I ended up staying at the beach while Mr. Ink and brother headed back into town to hang out. Day 3 of cape cod beach was very gentle surf and absolutely no seaweed. No seals either. The wind was pretty strong, and because of this, it was the day I got sunburned despite trying to stay on top of reapplying sunscreen. Mostly just my legs.

Once done at the beach, we put my rental bike on the car and drove to town to return it. Then we caught up with the guys and walked around P-town. Mr. Ink had found a fantastic artists residence he wanted us to check out and I took a bunch of photos there.

We wandered the town, we went to brother and sister in law’s favorite bar, we wandered into various shops, we had a truly lovely dinner on a patio, we wandered into more shops and stopped for ice cream. We bought me a pair of earrings, then we got a magnet for our fridge, and we got a pretty cool bottle opener in an artist coop shop. Miss Butterfly picked out a sweatshirt for her birthday. We all agreed that no matter how late we were in P-town, we didn’t get enough. Mr. Ink’s description was probably the best. “This place has a really good vibe. Look around. Everyone is sooo happy!” It was true. We loved it. We want to go back and stay much longer. Explore more, see more, do more. It was a wonderful ending to a nice long vacation.

The next morning was spent cleaning up and packing up. Thankfully we didn’t hit any major traffic on the way home. Coming off the cape on a Thursday seemed to work well for us. We headed back to brother and sister in law’s home, repacked our suitcases, getting them ready for the airplane, and had a nice lunch. Then headed to the airport! Our flight was supposed to leave at 5:45 but didn’t end up leaving until 7:30. We were pretty sure we weren’t going to make our connecting flight, leaving us stranded in St. Louis. But, we were able to get in just as the next plane was boarding. Each of us ran to the bathroom and then Mr. Ink bought us each an ice cream while we waited in line to board. This was our dinner. We got home around midnight but we were soooo thankful to not be stranded, it didn’t matter.

One more vacation photo I took early one morning. I was having coffee on the deck when this little guy came to hang out.


He’d been hanging out in the beach roses and I think he thought he should get a little treat. I was being quiet and still enough that he thought perhaps I was a statue. He scurried around my feet for quite a long time, but once I started drinking my coffee again, he took off for parts unknown.

The next morning I was up early to pick Lizzie up from the sitters, as they all leave for work early and I had a grooming appointment for her. Then, home to unpack and work on laundry. After that we took Lizzie to the groomers and went to pick up Rose. Rose stayed with her foster home, so we hung out there for a bit, Miss Butterfly captured these photos of me with Rose and one of her many wonderful foster brothers.

Much joy was had by all. Once back in town with Rose, we picked up one of Miss Butterfly’s friends, then picked Lizzie up from the groomer, and then I finally got a nap in.

On Saturday, I tried to “be a princess” as I told Mr. Ink I would do. Really just trying to heal my aggravated feet since I hadn’t had an opportunity on vacation. Trouble is, while I am good at knitting and stuff, I am not actually all that good at sitting still. I am used to knitting a few rows then popping up to do a chore, then knitting a few more rows. I got soooooo bored while trying to be a princess. On Sunday I gave up and went with Mr. Ink to the dogpark, then paid for that later. The feet will heal when they will heal, but it’s awfully hard to get feet to heal since we just use them all the time. I can tell you this, I won’t make that mistake again!


Some Vacation Photos

So, we’ve had two lovely vacations this year. One being our rather short surprise honeymoon and then we just got back from a family trip to the east coast. We got to visit with both sides of the family a bit. This post will be the photos associated with my side of the family. We went to New Bedford, MA.

We have some family that live there and additional family who couldn’t make it to the wedding also came to visit. We didn’t have too many specific plans for each day, we sort of took each day as we saw fit. On day 1, Miss Butterfly wanted to go for a bike ride. So, Mr. Ink and I obliged. My father took us to a trailhead and we rode bikes for ice cream.



That evening, we went to see Mama Mia with some family. On the way there, we passed an art school. I snapped a photo of some felted and crocheted installation.


I am fairly certain the bug on one of them wasn’t intentional, but it matched perfectly so I grabbed a photo. Mama Mia was very well done, and since it’s one of Miss Butterfly’s favorite musicals, I know she really enjoyed it. Prior to the show, while waiting at our hotel bar, Mr. Ink had a drink. I snapped this photo as I was asking him how his drink was, and his response was “Expensive” followed by laughter.


On our second day, Mr. Ink wanted to wander around town a bit. We found another art installation, this one of mylar, above a local park. We also ended up running into our family there, and went to a bakery, picked up some treats, and sat and ate in the park.


On our third day, Miss Butterfly wanted to ride bikes again, so we again did a bike ride. This time I borrowed my aunt’s bike. For most of the ride I just felt like I couldn’t keep up. I was struggling along so hard, and wondered if I was getting sick. Turns out my front brakes were dragging terribly, and once I figured that out, toward the end of the ride, I had no trouble keeping up anymore, since we had disconnected the front brakes. Mr. Ink fixed them for my aunt so she shouldn’t struggle anymore.

On that ride we rode through a kite festival.


We also met up with family at the ice cream shop and rode back with them where the kids and most of the adults decided to explore an old fort.


I stayed with the bikes:


We also went swimming in the ocean all three days, even if for just a quick dip.

On the final evening, my family surprised us with a fiesta. Delicious food and my mother made us a wedding cake!

Fresh flowers and leaves from my aunt’s garden, it was quite beautiful. And delicious. And then had us do the whole cake cutting thing all over again.

Other highlights, the massive beech tree Mr. Ink loves to inspect:


He also enjoyed wandering around my aunt’s garden and seeing what she’s got going on in there. A highlight for me was some hand-me-down clothing and a bag to pack it in so I could bring it back home. After 3 full days in New Bedford, we headed off for our next adventure….



TeamProjectPan for July

I am a bit late due to vacation, but I am ready now to get my July project pan update posted. It was a quarterly refresh last month, so I had the opportunity to play with a few new things. That being said, I didn’t play with nearly as many as I would typically because I was on vacation for more than a week and not really wearing makeup.

As usual, let’s start with the sample fragrances.

I ended up using two of the tiny sample sizes over the past month. The second one never made it into a beauty balance for the month because I finished it on vacation and couldn’t be bothered to bring trash back with me. So, that’ll go in an August beauty balance along with the two sunscreens we used up. Anyhow, the second I used was Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin. I loved it! The fragrance stayed all day, it was relatively unisex rather than being particularly floral, and it just was one that fit me well.

Up next, I was able to use a bit of the Becca ever matte primer, but not much. This is unsurprising, as it takes such a tiny bit of product to make a difference on the skin. More is not better in this case.

I got some of the It cosmetics cc cream worked through, but I am rolling it out as my beach vacation has me looking pretty dark. I am instead rolling in my darkest foundation shade, the Mac prolongwear foundation.

I finished up my cover FX powder, so I am rolling in my Laura Mercier powder sample. It’s not easy to see how much I have of it, so I could not mark it. I really enjoy this powder, it’s a great oily skin powder and I will probably work through it quickly this time of year.

I finished the glamglow supermud mask, and I am replacing that with the peter thomas roth exfoliating mask. There’s not much in there so it should be easy to use.

And finally, the Verb texture cream-I am getting far more use out of this than I imagined. If I don’t want to deal with my short hair in a full-on fix the look, this works great to give it a little texture and hold and I can let it air dry. I thought this would be a struggle to use up, but it doesn’t seem like it is going to be after all.

I did not take photos of the two palettes because the cream contour didn’t get used and the Too Faced natural face palette is getting used, but it doesn’t show a difference from the first photo. I’ll take a photo next month.

I finished the sample eye primer, so I am back to using the mac paint pot exclusively. I am pleased about that, I prefer it. A quick run through of the rest, I finished up a corner of the highlighter I am trying to pan, but this works best for lighter skin days, so it may not get a ton of use in the next month. I have worked quite a bit of the morphe eyeshadow I am using to set my primer away from the middle of the pan. I am still working on my bite beauty lip mask, moreso now that I had sunburned lips and am trying to treat them. I have used the nudestix lip color most of all, the nyx liquid lip not at all, and the hourglass one a tiny bit.

I added in my nyx lip pencil and used a tiny bit of it. I currently cannot find my MUFE lip pencil, so it’s fair to say that hasn’t changed since last month.

That’s about it. Though it’s Saturday and I hadn’t put on makeup at all for more than a week so I decided to play with makeup this morning. Just a simple look but I wanted to make sure my darkest foundation would work. It actually seems a bit light. But that’s good, I’ll be able to use it for awhile.


My skin has a lot of redness to it, but it isn’t burned. It should darken a bit still though. Also of note, the Laura Mercier powder does not work under my eyes, not at all. I appreciated the quiet opportunity to mess around with makeup as Miss Butterfly is hanging with her dad and Mr. Ink had to work this morning. It’s just me and the dogs, and they are snoozing.

That’s it for today. Hopefully, I’ll get another post up tomorrow morning. I am attempting to stay pretty relaxed and low-key this weekend, as I suspect that Monday back to work will be fairly brutal. But, I am also struggling with the post vacation weirdness where I don’t quite have a routine and don’t quite know what to do with myself. The dogs are suffering from the same!