September Beauty Balance Finale

I just recently posted about what entered my collection this month. Today I get to tell you the rest of what left my collection this month. In the previous beauty balance post, I had one item leaving my collection over what came in.

This month was a very good one for empties in general. I finished a lot of items, and many of them rather large items.


This is 15 more items leaving my collection. So, total for the month is 16 items leaving over what entered it. Let’s do a little overview of the items. Left to right, top to bottom.

I use the Dr. Bronner’s soap to wash my brushes and sponges. I will need to repurchase this at some point, but it is not an immediate need.

The Coola setting spray is something I used up because I largely believe it’s an unnecessary item. I don’t think anyone is going to get particularly good sunscreen coverage out of a spray that goes on over makeup. But I used it.

The next three items have all been in my collection since April. I know this because I opened them all the month of my wedding. It’s the Lancome cils booster lash primer which I loved loved loved, the too faced better than sex mascara which I loved after the 3-month mark and the clinique waterproof mascara which I prefer over any other waterproof mascaras. It’s time to let them go, I’ve extended their life past what I should have for the guaranteed health of the eyes. And the cils booster and the waterproof mascara really are used up.

I have a milk makeup liner, the color was nude and I used it in my waterline very consistently. I am sad to see it go, it’s a very creamy liner and works so well! But I am replacing with a less expensive product.

Sol de Janero bum bum cream-to be honest, the scent of this is wonderful but also overpowering. On the plus side, it doesn’t feel like a scented product. It’s luscious. But I can’t tolerate the scent anywhere near my face. I used this on my legs after shaving, and that’s probably how I am going to have to use the other I have in my collection.

I have a clinique eye moisturizer that I liked but didn’t love. I probably won’t repurchase.

I have a belif aqua bomb, the gel kind. I love this moisturizer and was happy to use. Below that I also had the eye moisturizer which I love with all my heart and may very well repurchase in the future.

I also have a belif face cleanser which I liked fine but I have a million other cleansers so I won’t repurchase.

Then there’s my two fragrance samples, one is YSL black opium. I want to take a second to reflect on why this is probably such an iconic scent. Even when I didn’t know anything about makeup and fragrances, I knew at least the name of this one. Now that I’ve worn it a few times, I can see why it is iconic. It’s sweet and spicy all at once. It’s not overpowering, but it sticks around all day. It’s really a nice one to catch a scent of on my clothing or skin. I have a larger sample size and I am eager to use that too. But, I don’t think I’d purchase it despite how much I like it. It’s not overly heavy, but it can feel a bit heavy after a while. If nothing else, it kind of needs to be interspersed with other lighter scents, at least for me.

The other was a Dolce and Gabanna. Whatever it was, it was completely unremarkable to me. I think it didn’t really stick around long enough on me to form a good opinion of it.

I’ve got a sample of two becca primers. They count as one because they came together and I counted them as one entering my collection. Both of these I really like, and both of these I have actual travel sizes of. I would purchase full sizes, particularly of the purple one which I prefer, but I’ve got so many other primers to work through right now it’s just not necessary. Someday!

And finally a sachet of a retinol product. No opinions can be made of a retinol product I only get two uses out of.

So, that’s my September balance and it’s a good one! I think next month should be reasonably good as well. We shall see!

TeamProjectPan 3rd quarter finale

That’s it, we are at the end of the summer quarter! I can’t believe I’ve been consistently panning all year now. But, the quarterly refreshes really do keep me interested, and so I really am able to keep after it. I am already looking forward to mining my team project pan posts to see how much I was able to use up at the end of this year.

Since this is a refresh month, I will just post my progress for the end of September. The next post will be my beauty balance finale for September. And then I’ll do my quarterly refresh post. This means I’ll have 3 days of posts in a row that are not at all crafting related, sorry crafty folks! After that, I do have some spinning and a new knitting project to show off. And who knows what else!

First up, last month and this month in perfume samples. Last month I was slightly frustrated because I’d received a number of samples in the month and my project numbers went up instead of down. No new perfume samples entered this month which is a great relief.

I went from 9 to 7 this month. That’s been about average. I’ve been able to use up about 2 of the really tiny samples each month when working on them consistently. The larger ones will definitely take a bit more time. So, I will absolutely not finish with my perfume samples this year.

This is the palette I’ve been working on, it’s Too Faced Natural Face. I really enjoy this palette, but can’t wear it unless I’ve gotten a good amount of sun. I have used it very consistently this month, but it doesn’t seem like much progress has been made. I would say that I actually have the largest dips in the highlighters, which is quite a surprise! I think they must be a little powdery compared to the other products.

I finished up the PTR exfoliant, it was an easy finish. I am 5 or 6 uses away from being done with the verb texture cream. I will not repurchase, and I won’t add it to my project next month either. You’ll just see it in next month’s empties. I didn’t use the IT cosmetics matte cc cream at all, I’ve solely concentrated on the Mac pro longwear foundation. Since it’s a perfect color for my more tanned skin, I just keep using it. The Becca ever matte primer got a tiny bit of use, but not much. I found that as the weather was cooling, it was starting to look bad. I can’t explain it. But, it made my foundation extra powdery and made it look strange on my pores. I actually thought it was the newer AOA studios powder, but I was wrong. It was the primer. So, I ended up using some samples instead. And finally, really good progress was made on my AOA studios powder. My reality is that I do need to use quite a lot of powder, especially this time of year, so it’s not very difficult for me to use up powders in stash. I am always amazed at how people say it takes forever to use! On the other hand, I tend to be using travel sizes lately, so that could have something to do with the speed at which I go through it.

OK, up next, my benefit dandelion twinkle highlighter. I used it maybe twice, so not much progress. Spoiler-it’s going to make it through the refresh. It’s so close to being done! The matte cream shadow I use to set my eye primer has been used consistently. The mac paint pot also has been used consistently, these last forever! Same with the IT cosmetics universal brow pencil. I thought about removing it in the refresh because I’ve used it ALL YEAR and it’s not gone yet. But, I want to be done so I am going to power through. The Coola setting spray was very very easy to use up with consistent use. And, while I didn’t get a photo of it last month, my nudestix matte lip and cheek crayon got a lot of use but I wasn’t able to finish.

So, ultimately, good progress. Not a lot of finishes from the project this month, but progress. And tomorrow, you will see there were a lot of other finishes in general during the month.


September Beauty Balance

21 days of beauty is over now until Spring. I don’t know what it is about that sale, but it’s so much fun. I really enjoy looking through daily sales, seeing what surprises they might offer, and planning what I might purchase. However, I always end up purchasing far less than what is on my wishlist. And that’s exactly how it should be. Miss Butterfly and I both enjoy it, we both kind of pour over the catalog in anticipation. Now that Miss Butterfly is being required to purchase her own beauty products, she doesn’t purchase much either.

In my last September Beauty Balance post, I had picked up two items from the sale. At the end of that post, I had 7 items leaving my collection over what came in. Here’s what has entered my collection since then:


6 items, so I remain one item leaving above what came in at the end of this post.

Let’s have a quick chat about the items. Only one of them actually is something I “need.”

I’ve never had a mac fix+ and since this one was half price, I figured I’d give it a try. I have other finishing sprays so I need to get some use out of them. Prior to recently, I never really bothered with setting sprays. My skin is fairly normal leaning toward oily especially in the Tzone now that it’s regularly taken care of and not completely dehydrated from years of no skin care or makeup whatsoever. So, I have tended to get used to a rather liberal application of powder, as that really seems to be the thing that gets my makeup to stick to my face the best. When messing around with makeup recently, I tried not setting my face with powder as I really was enjoying the dewy glow I had going on. It looked so pretty! Except-it looked pretty for 3 hours and then looked completely messy. My skin just can’t keep makeup on and looking good with that technique. As I got back to powdering appropriate for my face, I thought about it a little more and realized that THIS-this is why everyone talks about finishing sprays. I have the tools to fix this, I have sprays that will work to settle in the powder look. And while everything is still pretty powdery, it does take that edge off. So, despite having two finishing sprays I can use already in my collection, I was swayed by the original at half price and picked it up.

That was a very long explanation justifying why I purchased the last product. I have far less of a justification for the next one. I just like it. It was half off, and it’s a moisturizer I really like. That’s it!

The Purity cleanser came as a freebie, and I am not mad about it. I had a sachet sample of this once and really enjoyed it.

Now we get to the item I actually “need.” I ran out of my milk makeup nude eyeliner that I used almost every day in my waterline. It’ll be in my September beauty balance finale. I very much wanted to replace it, but then during the month, I was watching a tutorial in which the person I was watching used this wet n wild brow highlighter as a waterline brightener. I decided that it was worth trying since the price point is so much less. Turns out, it works beautifully and I’ve just saved myself a nice chunk of money. I also think that sharpen style pencils have more product in them than twist up ones, so it’s probably a bigger money save than I can even comprehend.

And finally-I added to my UD 24/7 pencil liner collection. These are two colors I do not have, a brown and a light green. I used the light green in yesterdays look but have not yet used the brown. But, in the past month or so I’ve regularly wanted to use a brown liner and didn’t have one. So, I do believe I’ll get a nice amount of use from it.

I am waiting until after my project pan update to post my September beauty balance finale, but I truly believe it’s going to be a good one!


When the Stars Align

Yesterday, while watching youtube, I’d noticed someone with a plain matte coral eyeshadow that I really liked. It looked like it was JUST one shadow all over the lid and then called done, though there could have been more depth than that. I wasn’t paying much attention. I just knew I liked the look.

So, I got to thinking about that look. I was thinking I could easily recreate it with the coral color in my ABH Sultry palette. But then I thought that I had a number of other coral and peach tones, and I could probably give it more depth than that.

Then I thought about how it might be fun to amp up the look a little with a different color under the eye or on the inner corner. So, I thought about an eyeliner I very recently bought. So recent that it hasn’t even made it into a beauty balance post. The liner is a light shimmery green, and I thought it might be perfect.

So, I sat down and spent a little time with my collection, swatching different peach and coral tones. Turns out, that’s a color I really enjoy and I have quite a few of them. I planned the look in my head and decided I’d create it if I had time the next morning.

This morning I woke up quite early. So, it turned out that I had more than enough time to try the look I’d created in my head. And, I liked it so much that I took photos this morning.

I started off with a light peach shade. I used Candied Peach out of the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I used this as a transition color. Then, I used Bloom from ABH Sultry palette as a transition color. I wanted a bit more shimmer on the lid, so I pulled out the viseart pro 5 soliel palette and used watermelon on the lid itself. Under my eye, I just usd a light dusting of Candied Peach, and then lined my under eye and inner corner with UD 24/7 eye pencil in freak. I wanted the inner corner to shimmer a bit more than it did, or rather, I wanted to lighten up the green a little bit more, so I went over the green with an icy white loose highlighter I have in my stash.

For the rest of my face, I used my Too Faced Natural Face palette and for my lips I used the Nudestix matte lip and cheek pencil I am trying to pan this month. It’s an orangey tone that leans somewhere toward a pink or a coral rather than a red, so it works quite well with the look.

It was fun to have a flash of creativity and then need to work out of 3 different palettes for one look. I will probably recreate this again in the future, I really like it! There’s something about Fridays that make me want to wear more creative or bold eye looks. To be honest, I don’t really shy away from them, to begin with, but on Fridays, they are a must. Like a tiny celebration of the upcoming weekend just for me.

This weekend I will be gathering and taking photos of my project pan items. We are moving into the final quarter of the year, so it’s time for a product refresh and I am seriously looking forward to getting those posts up. I’ll also get to do my final beauty balance post of this month, and while I did bring some items into my collection, I really have so many empties this month! I also have a number of them that are looking like they’ll finish up next month.



If you’ve been reading for a long time, or know me at all, you will know that I love spiders. Orb weavers in particular, but really I find spiders ridiculously fascinating. Really it shouldn’t come as any surprise, they are beneficial and they do a ton of spinning and creating. It’s all so interesting.

A few years ago, my cousin’s wife pointed me in the direction of a fantastic pair of earrings. They were spiders where one of the legs goes through the earring hole. But at the time I didn’t have pierced ears anymore, I’d let the holes close. So I drooled over them but passed them by.

But, since I recently got my ears pierced again for the wedding, and since I’ve now gotten my hair cut quite short, dramatic earrings are absolutely my thing. So, when the post from my cousin’s wife popped up in my memories on FB recently, I decided to investigate. I found the shop and I ordered myself a pair for “spooky season.”

Let’s be honest, I plan to wear these all the time, these will not be reserved for spooky season, just like my little raven skull earrings are not reserved for spooky season.

It’s hard to get a shot of them in my ears, but they do deserve a close-up shot in my hands for sure! They do rather look like they are crawling up my face and ear, I absolutely love it!

3 Socks Knit, Only 2 Remain

My green socks are done! It was nice to have another completion only one day after the Christmas stocking.


The second sock no longer fits Mr. Ink, it fits normal sized feet slightly larger than mine. Which is fine, because I have enough handknit socks to last me a lifetime. This brings me to 78% of my goal of 40 projects this year. I really think this will be the year I make this happen!

Last evening, after finishing these well within the daylight hours, I worked on getting my next warp onto the warping board. It’s ready to go on the loom now, and I am hoping I have some time for that tonight.

We did skip our planned bike ride. There were a couple of lines of storms coming and we were under a tornado watch. Between the dogs and my teen and us, I just figured it would be better to stay in. Likely because of that, all the storms broke up right before hitting our city except for the last one, which hit after we would have been home from our ride.

The good news is we have our lights issue worked out. We know which ones need new battery packs and which ones are good for more than four hours of nighttime riding. I still don’t know what is up with my gravel bike tire, but since I really only ever want to ride my fat bike, it’s not that big of a deal to me. I do have a Saturday afternoon ride planned, and maybe I can catch another between now and then.

That’s about it from here! Have a great rest of your week!

Number 28

Well, after I posted about the 28th stocking being something I just didn’t want to knit on, I ended up powering through a little more quickly than expected. Here’s the thing, often if I get to the point I am so irritated with a project that I post my disgust, that’s also the point where I consider myself ridiculous and keep after it.


During my lunch break yesterday I got to the toe. At that point, I realized that it was silly to keep prolonging it, so I brought it home and finished it up. I am so pleased to have it completed! This one actually goes in my own collection as often I give away our own collection so that those receiving the stockings get their stockings more quickly. This is a replacement.

Thing is, I found out Sunday evening that my brother and his wife will be adding another to their family, so I already know there will be another stocking to knit next year. Hopefully, I’ll have improved my attitude about this knit somewhat before then!

This brings us to 75% of my goal of 40 projects this year, and I am thrilled with that part of this completion!

With the news for my brother’s family, this means I get to add a project to my list this year, I have to admit I am really excited to knit a baby sweater. I already have the yarn, from stash, picked out. I will cast that on as soon as I am done with the green socks I was working on!