November Beauty Balance Finale

Here’s my beauty balance finale for this month, it’s a good one! Last update I had 16 items leaving my collection over what entered.

I did purchase some things, I got some Deciem products at the slow sale.


Just 4 items. I am eager to give them a try when my current products are finished.

That brings me down to 12 leaving over what entered.


I can easily bring that back up to 16 with just my finished hair products this month. I liked each of these items. I am trying to move away from the moroccan oil dry texture spray, so I’ll be working through two others instead in the upcoming months. Everything else I’d happily repurchase in the future.


Spoiler, this’ll bring me to 24 items leaving my collection over what entered it this month.

The trestique mascara I am giving Miss Butterfly. It transfers badly for me, as is the case with almost anything that isn’t waterproof. I finished the it cosmetics eyebrow pencil a month earlier than I expected, I am thrilled with that! I finished another elf lip exfoliator and I won’t be repurchasing. This one all the exfoliating action got used up before early and it was a much stiffer formula. It’s too inconsistent for me to count on. I finished The Ordinary Buffet serum. I like it but I prefer other serums. I finished a briogeo roscaro product, this one was a heat protectant.

The Alien perfume I’d purchase. I love it. I really want to own it. I have far too many other perfume samples to do so, but it’s on a list to pick up someday in the future. The benefit porefessional is useful but I don’t seek it out. And, the bum bum cream I ended up loving but would not purchase due to the price.

As for the foil packet style items-I got a chance to try the urban decay stay naked foundation, I won’t need to purchase. The seed scalp and root mask is something I do want to purchase as a full size someday, I loved that product! The Wella volume boost didn’t really do anything special, and the Hask shampoo didn’t blow me away either.

I am fortunate that I managed to move 24 items out before December, and that was my overall goal. I have an advent calendar coming in, and that’s 24 new items. That being said, I’ll wait to balance that at the very end of the month since I suspect I’ll give most of that calendar to Miss Butterfly once it’s done. I also did shop the sales, so I have some items coming in that way as well.

That’s it for November, see you in December!

TeamProjectPan November Update

I have just completed my 11th month of a year-long project and I am thrilled with the results. Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

I only finished one mini fragrance this month but I got a fair way through the other, so that’s something. I will have the tiniest finished in December and hopefully a start on another, though they are all on the larger side comparatively, and will take more time to finish.

I worked on the darkest cream contour shade in my sleek palette, and I think you can see some progress there! I admit that the tarte palette doesn’t look particularly used. Mostly I’ve been concentrating on the bronzer shades. The blush and highlight rarely get touched because I am panning the tarte blush single in this project as well as working on a frankenhighlight on the downlow.

Up next, a few marked items. The mary kay exfoliator got only the tiniest bit of use. I am going to make a point in December to use this at least once a week so I can get it finished up. I made major progress on my It cosmetics illuminating cc cream. I’ve come to realize that I super enjoy the formula this time of year. It looks good, it sticks well to my face for a work day, it feels hydrating enough in the cold weather. I’ve become rather a big fan of it! I am going to enjoy another month of steady progress on it.

As for the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, the color is too off now this time of year for me to wear. There’s the tiniest bit of progress on it but I have to roll it out and put it away. I made more progress on the skin & co finishing spray, not much to say about that. It is easy progress when I am remembering to use it.

Primers-I finished the sample size of benefit porefessional. I only used a tiny bit of the becca first light, as it’s not necessary under the illuminating cc cream. The Touch in sol no poreblem primer got the most use, it was completely full when I rolled it in and I’ve been using it almost daily now that the porefessional is finished.

Now on to what I think is pretty exciting progress. From the top left-my tarte blush in paaarty got used so much that it crumbled and I had to repress it. There’s the tiniest bit left. I’ve been using it consistently, but I think it’ll last me through the next month. Not sure if it’ll get finished by the end of the year or not.

I finished my bum bum cream! I really ended up loving this as a body cream. It’s really luxurious. The smell isn’t so overwhelming once under clothing. I am glad to have used it. My concealer, I finally was able to remove the stopper. This means that I am busy trying to finish it up but feeling nowhere near done.

I am using that thrive eye brightener daily on my brow bone. Does it show any progress at all? No, no it does not. But, the it cosmetics universal brow pencil I was certain would last until the end of the year? It’s gone! I can’t believe I got almost a full year out of that one product. I am not rolling in a new brow product at this time.

Lip products-I’ve been using my bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick fairly consistently but not daily. The trouble is, it’s a really dark, vampy shade. While I do enjoy wearing that shade, it’s also hard to justify wearing it daily. Plus, I feel like I have to tone down the eye look, and I don’t always want to tone down my eye look. The MUFE lipstick got tossed as it had gone off, but the ofra mini liquid lip saw a bit more use this month. I love the ofra liquid lipstick formula so it’s an easy liquid lip to use.

I am still working on my mac paint pot and still no pan is seen. On the other hand, I seem to be wearing away on the sides instead. A little more progress has been made on the shadow I use to set my eye primer.

That brings us to the end of this month’s update. 3 items were finished this month. I feel I have a chance at 2-4 more finishes by the end of the project. Definitely 2 if I work hard. But, I did get a lipstick advent calendar which means I’ll struggle to complete the bite beauty lipstick in the upcoming month. We shall see! No matter what, the project has been very successful. Almost like a shop my stash in 3-month increments. I will not do this particular project next year, I’ll try something else. I am ready to mix it up again. However, I am glad I stuck this project out this year, it was a very good one!

Longer Term Project

You may remember that I created a yarn recently that was one ply of a single handspun I’d created long ago and Rose the dog had chewed up a portion of and current handspun singles out of batts I made on my drum carder. Here’s the post.

I was really eager to knit with that yarn, it’s so rich and blue. So I settled on knitting a Nuvem shawl. It’s a shawl that begins with a long Judy’s Magic Cast-on and knits out and increases from there. Now, I am not at all experienced with Judy’s Magic Cast-on so I did not properly follow the instructions and it is definitely not a perfect cast one. One row of stitches are twisted so there is a visible seam in the shawl. But I think it’ll be ok, or at least I am ok with it.

It’s tough to see but I’ve been knitting on it for quite some time now. Closing in on a month. And I’ve been working on it almost exclusively except for the two hats.


At this point it’s all on one needle and being knit in the round. The trouble is, I need more yarn.

So I am also spinning for it. I had some singles left from the original yarn. So I pulled out a darker blue set of batts, also of my own creation, and I am hoping to combine one ply of each for the ruffle section of the shawl.


I’ve got a ways to go yet on the spinning of the darker singles, but I am getting there and the process is pleasant. I do believe I can finish this project by the end of the year.


Another Hat

I know I’ve been quite absent from the blog lately. It’s been busy, and also, my knitting has been a little boring. Plus I am not getting out of work during the daylight so it’s hard to get photographs. So of course, a saturday morning photo was in order.

I finished another sockhead slouch hat. This one isn’t as slouchy as the first, I should have cast on the same number of stitches. But, the yarn is supposed to be thicker, so I didn’t. It’s still a very serviceable hat anyhow.


Instead of straight stockinette, I decided to purl the hot pink sections every time I came to them in the body of the hat. It added a little interest for me. And it adds a little interest to the hat itself.

This makes 95% of my yearly goal. All I have to do is finish both the projects I currently have on the needles right now in order to complete my goal of 40 projects this year. There’s one that’s a sure bet. The other…well…I am currently spinning for it, as I need more yarn. That being said, I feel like it’s totally doable.

Remember when I mentioned I’d need another christmas stocoking next year? I was unsure if I should begin one right away or wait. Well, I waited. I just couldn’t bring myself to knit another. And it’s a good thing too, as Miss Butterly pulled out some christmas items, she notified me that we have one too many stockings! This is fantastic since it means all I have to do now is send one of them out.

That’s it from me today. Hopefully, I can get a photo up of my handspun project tomorrow. I’ve got the bulk of it knit and am working on spinning for the ruffle edge.

The Hat

The hat from the yarn in the previous post where my husband kindly worked through the mess the dog had made of it is finished.


It’s the Sock Head Hat, and I love it so much! I love the gentle colors, I love how large and slouchy it is, and I loved loved loved working with the yarn. Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock remain some of the nicest roundest yarn I’ve ever worked with even many years after I discovered it.

I started this with the largest ball of yarn remaining from the mess. I used the russian join to join the next largest ball of yarn once I ran out of the largest ball. I continued to do careful russian joins for each new piece of yarn I connected. Thankfully, I think I only ended up using a total of 5 or 6 joins before I was done. I have a lot of pieces left over that went in my scrap bin.

Once finished, I immediately put it on my head in the house and wore it for the rest of the evening. I am thrilled with it.

So thrilled that I wound another ball of BMFA Socks that Rock and cast on another. More on that later.

This brings me to 93% of my goal of 40 projects completed this year.

November Beauty Balance

It’s another moment for a beauty balance post. At the end of October, I was doing very well with my beauty balance. I had 15 items leaving my collection over what entered it.

I did make a purchase, I purchased a toner, something alcohol-free and hydrating, as my skin is definitely reacting to the change in weather. And then in an effort to find a texture spray I like as much as the moroccan oil one, I purchased a couple texture sprays.


The toner is from Kiehl’s and I am enjoying it so far.

The two texture sprays I am counting right now are from Kenra and Sexy Hair. The one from Kyn is not at all what I am looking for and I already gave it to Miss Butterfly.

I have tried both the Kenra and the Sexy Hair product and I like them both quite well, so I do think I have found a few options that work for me. I may also continue to explore, hoping for even less expensive items. But, my major goal was to move away from making additional sephora purchases. Ulta’s points system is so much better that I am always hoping to purchase there instead.

So, that’s 3 items in.

Here’s what I’ve got leaving my collection.


The CeraVe cleanser is one that I keep in the shower for use for Miss Butterfly and me both. We really like it, and I find it to be the perfect morning cleanser when I am just needing the fresh start of a clean face, rather than trying to remove the remains of makeup and a cleansing balm.

The Briogeo conditioner is going to Miss Butterfly, as I do not need it. Once she finishes this one, she’ll have finished up my stash of conditioners and we’ll have to purchase new.

I finished up a perfume sample, this was the atelier vanille insensee. I liked it quite a lot but also this was what I was wearing when I developed my cold so it can go far on the back burner for now, as I am associating it with getting sick.

And finally, I finished up my Mad Hippie vitamin c serum. I don’t feel like this was something special that I need to repurchase. It’s a lovely serum and feels great on the face but I don’t need it.

3 products in but 4 products out leaves me at 16 products out over what came in. I am pretty happy about that!

I did avail myself of deciem’s slow November sale, so I do have a few skincare products on their way to me. After that, I’ve no real plans for any makeup or skincare purchases, so that’ll probably be my last incoming beauty for the month.

This Week

It’s been a rough week. Work-wise, anyhow. Grand deadlines paired with all sorts of other scenarios have me really stressed out. I am exhausted each evening. The chest cold continues to make me cough and wheeze and feel less than 100%, so on top of all that stress, I feel cruddy. I am not the most pleasant person to be around right now.

Now, Mr. Ink is really one of those most solid of all solid partners. As he ALWAYS does, he’s doing whatever he can to support me through this. He’s been known to run out and buy chocolate, make favorite meals, employ a margarita to lead to a good ol’ vent session he can listen to, etc. He’s been up every morning early to make me breakfast before I head out the door. And, he is the type of person who may exclaim as I put on my coat something like “You look beautiful!” or “Your outfit looks so stylish!” or “What an amazing color combination!” or “You always look so elegant!”

These are the things that give that extra boost of confidence as I get in my car to head to work.

And then the workday drags on and gets increasingly frustrating and I come home fairly defeated and wishing I could run away for a while. And then we start the entire process again. I’ll go to bed early, try to get more sleep, practice good knitting “self care” and when that doesn’t work, watch a comedy TV show (Letterkenny is a current favorite) or read a book. I’ll have another margarita vent and some good food and parent my teen and try to keep going with so little in the tank that I’m just holding out for a weekend, as well as knowing full well that these things are cyclical and I’ll get through this time and it’ll be better in a week or a month or whatever.

Well, all of this came to a head last evening. I was so exhausted. Miss Butterfly needed me for a million things, and that is fine, part of the job. At some point, I’d decided I just needed a cast-on, so I pulled out some yarn. Specifically, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight. Circa, maybe, 2010. The color is Rosemary Rocks and I have always loved it so much that I just can’t knit it into anything. But, I’d decided on a sock head hat. I thought it would be great on my super short hair and uncovered ears for winter mornings when I am heading to the dog park or whatever.

I decided to wind that yarn by hand because I’ve been doing so as a rather meditative exercise with all my yarn. It’s nice. I get to spend time with beautiful yarn before I even start knitting.

And the yarn was gorgeous. As I balled it up by hand I could see that it was just going to make SUCH a stunning finished object! The colors were melding together so nicely and I was soooooo excited to use it!

Mr. Ink called for dinner when I got about halfway through. I put the skein and the ball on my ottoman, knowing Rose would be safely under the table during dinner. After dinner, while Mr. Ink was in the kitchen cleaning up (doing my job, basically), I wanted to check in on Miss Butterfly in her room doing homework. To be honest, I’d snapped at her earlier and needed to apologize as well as discuss something she’d brought up as something she really wanted to talk about. So I did that.

After that was done, I came out of her bedroom and wandered into the living room. Mr. Ink was in his den, and that’s when I saw what had happened while no one was looking. Rose had taken that beautiful ball of yarn, still connected to the skein, and played with it. destroyed it. Shredded it. All over the living room.

I was so frustrated! As I picked up the various piles of desperately tangled and shredded yarn I yelled to the household in general that I was “GOING TO BED EARLY AND NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED IN THE BEDROOM INCLUDING THE DOGS!” I dumped the mass of destroyed yarn on the kitchen table and flew to the bedroom, shutting the door behind me.

This was about 8:50 pm. My family, bless them, knew when to leave well enough alone, and they left me alone. I took a nice long time with my bedtime routine. I read a book. I could hear music coming from the living room, which I found slightly odd as Mr. Ink would typically spend time watching a show at that time of night. At around 9:30 I decided I’d given myself enough of a time out that I could walk out to the living room, apologize for my grumpiness, and then properly go to bed.

I walked out into the living room to find my husband listening to music and carefully untangling that mass of yarn.


Not gonna lie, this guy makes every single day of my life better.

Because of the time change…

Due to the time change over the weekend, I was up extra early on Monday morning. Despite having made sure to stay up later so that I could adjust my schedule, I woke up before 5. This is no huge surprise, I’m a morning person and sometimes trying to sleep in is not an option.

As such, I ended up with a little extra time to mess around with makeup. I pulled out the JH Morphe palette, now singles. I decided I wanted a forest green outer corner and a gold/bronze shimmer on the lid. Now, never one to be able to make a winged liner, I knew I couldn’t attempt that on a work morning without looking ridiculous. I missed the boat with winged liner I think. If I’d learned when I was young and kept at it over the years, maybe I would have learned to work with my hooded eyes, and then aging skin. Now it feels kind of hopeless.

So, I thought about what I could do to create a similar effect, and I ended up with something pretty simple. I used concealer to make a rather harsh line in the same area I’d place a wing if I were trying to do that. I figured if it looked weird, no worries, it was early enough to buff that line back out.


I dunno, it looks kinda wing-like and smokey. It was fun to have time to experiment, but I would definitely love it if my schedule adjusted again so I don’t have as much time in the morning. 🙂

And a Finished Object

On Saturday evening, I finished my handspun laceweight shawl. It took me a day or so to get around to soaking and blocking it, but I finally did so. Then, I took a rather sad photo.


The light is crap, but it does look pretty true to color I think. The yarn is handspun, the pattern is Pyropa. It has little beads throughout, and I do rather like those even though they don’t show up too well in the photo.

This brings me to 90% of my yearly goal, this is project 36 out of 40.

I am pleased that I got this one done, I am nervous about the last 3 projects. Maybe if I get some weaving finished, that’ll help. But, weaving time has been not so forthcoming. I’ll try for this weekend. I do have my work lunchtime project that is nearing completion, so I know I’ll at least have that one done. I guess the other factor is that I could probably take a little time off in the upcoming months so that’ll provide me with a little more crafting time. On the other hand, I generally spend the deep winter time off deep cleaning the house. We’ll see how it goes!

Weekend Activity

Hi all! Quick update on my weekend activity. I am FINALLY feeling better from this long virus. While I still have a runny and stuffy nose, I don’t feel miserable 100% of the time.

So, when I heard that our rescue where we got both of our dogs needed a transport driver on Sunday, I figured I could do it.

It was kind of funny actually. I had told Mr. Ink the weekend before that I wanted a “Mad Max” weekend where we watched the movies. He joked that it would take me a month to watch all the movies since I typically can’t sit through more than half a movie at a time. And then we watched Solo instead. Over the course of 2 days.

So this weekend turned into my “Mad Max” weekend, and by that I mean over the course of two days we watched Road Warrior. That’s it. But, I found it funny that our rescue calls transport drivers “road warriors” so it turned into a “Mad Max” weekend after all.

The rescue had gotten 14 dogs in on Saturday rather late at night, as that transport had a very long haul. This kept the rescue extremely busy, and the rescue owner who had just come down with (likely) a virus similar to mine wasn’t feeling up to the Sunday transport. So, I took the Sunday transport which was only 3 hours round trip. And only one dog.

I headed to the meetup place early, as I don’t ever want to leave another transport driver waiting. That driver was already there. This time, I didn’t know what I was getting. I’d put Lizzie’s kennel in the back of my car just in case. Turns out, I wouldn’t need it. My transport turned out to be a very cute 10 month old dog, rather on the small side, and very friendly and sweet. He was food motivated, active, and attached himself to humans very quickly. Sadly, this meant he wasn’t ready to let go of the other transport driver so he whined for a bit once I took him. But soon enough he was asking me for scritches, and then settled down to nap.

He alternated between napping (In fairly odd positions!) and jumping into the back and playing. Very self-sufficient of him, entertaining himself well. Not the least bit destructive either. He had a toy to chew but never needed it.

The entire trip was completed with no incident whatsoever, and I passed him off to the rescue owner for his intake photos. Where he got very perplexed as to why I could be leaving him, just as he had with his previous transport driver. He is going to make someone an absolutely perfect and loving companion, and I can’t wait to keep track of him and see where he goes. It’s easy to get attached to these sweethearts. They come to us in their time of need, and despite what should be a rather anxious time for them, they are full of love to give. I am so glad I had the opportunity for another transport! Can’t wait ’till the next one!

Yesterday in Makeup

Miss Butterfly is kind of getting too old for trick-or-treating. Nevertheless, she wanted to go back to the neighborhood she grew up in to spend time with her friends there. She had told me that she wouldn’t dress up this year, just go with the youngest daughter to make sure she got to do as much trick-or-treating as she wanted while her older sisters were doing their own thing.

At the last minute though, she decided to pull out her BH take me back to brazil palette and do a clown look. She didn’t have much time, so she didn’t get very far. Not far enough even to mess around with a lip look. But, she did get some eye work done, and I thought it looked pretty cool. I gave her a good spritz of urban decay all nighter setting spray and she was off! The look actually looked better and better as the evening wore on.

Here’s her photo, mid-eye roll because mom takes photos.


I really appreciated her blending skills. Would have been fun to spend more time on it.