It’s day two and this time I am on time with day 2. I somehow missed posting day 1 until this morning.
In any case, Here’s what we’ve got going on today. In homemade makeup calendar, my daughter chose my e.l.f primer. That’s good because I did not save myself a primer when I gave her almost all my makeup! But it’s also a little boring, so I grabbed a photo of the eyeshadow palette I used as well, which is my tarte be a mermaid and make waves palette. As you can see, it’s one of the most used and most loved palettes in my collection, and that’s why I chose to keep it out when I gave her the rest of my makeup for the calendar.
The dogs make an appearance as well, as they both got an advent calendar of dog treats too!
And the christmas ball? I finished that too, here it is:
Very pretty, kind of looks like a ribbon wrapped around the middle
Guess what? While my covid test hasn’t come back yet, I am done with quarantine and get to go back to the office tomorrow. I am sure my test will also come back tomorrow. I have no symptoms and certainly feel better this week than I did last week. My daughter gets to go back to school tomorrow and my husband is on the mend though out from work the remainder of this week. And that’s great, because I’ve got staff members with positive spouses right now who need assistance navigating that water, and it’ll be helpful if I can get back to work. But thank goodness I had to navigate it first I guess? I mean, it’s best for the person in charge to be the guinea pig
And what else? I finished the pair of mittens. These are a test knit, the pattern is called Night Mitts, and the pattern will be available mid-December.
The yarn is Miss Marja’s handspun, and I ended up having enough to do another pair of mittens. Which I totally plan to do.
Anyone who knows me knows that in recent years I’ve been kind of obsessed with makeup advent calendars. And advent calendars in general. There’s something lovely about celebrating the season all month long. Last year I tried to get posts up daily for my makeup advent calendar from nyx, but I ended up failing at that due to the unexpected loss of our precious dog lizzie and all the things that happened in the wake of that.
This year, I didn’t even purchase the nyx advent calendar. The world is just such a changed place that I couldn’t be bothered to purchase a bunch of lip products that would go unused in my collection due to the mask wearing we are doing in our daily lives. So, instead, I took almost all of my makeup and put it in a bin. I left out items for one full face of makeup. I gave the bin to my daughter and she pulled out 24 items, boxed them up and numbered them, and then hid the rest of my makeup so I can’t figure out what is in them. This year’s advent calendar is home made!
I also purchased the pattern for Arne and Carlos Christmas countdown-24 knitted ornaments, one per day.
And here’s how I am going to run things on my blog. One post per day through christmas eve (if possible, no guarantees!) It’ll contain the advent calendar photos and then just whatever else I am up to be that makeup or crafts.
So, to start us off on day 1-I opened my box and in it was my Colourpop It’s my pleasure palette. I bought this around this time last year but have barely used it. I think my daughter recognized this and decided I should, so it’s first. And I really enjoyed using it! I can tell you it’s a bit odd to be still on actual quarantine and putting on a full face of makeup, but that’s just now it goes today.
I am wearing all but one of my project pan items here as well, a pretty good project pan day. And lipstick! I am wearing lipstick! Because, I can, when I don’t have to mask because I am not leaving the house!
As an update there, both Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly tested covid positive but I did not! I am not sure how that’s even possible. Our house is not that large so we’ve all been together this entire time. I am fortunate to be working at a place that provides some testing, so I get a second test tomorrow and if it is also negative, I am off quarantine. Thankfully, Miss Butterfly feels back to normal and gets to go back to school Thursday,and while Mr. Ink has to stay home from work this week, he’s also recovering now.
On to the christmas ornaments. I did a bunch of these from the Arne and Carlos book I bought years ago, but now I am using their patterns from their advent calendar which is available online.
This first one is a little spruce tree! I am going to go down a needle size with this particular yarn, I think it would look better. I am using yarn from stash and this is knitpicks palette.
I’ve been working on something else too! I am doing a test knit of a mitten pattern that dyeabolical yarns will be coming out with shortly. The pattern will be called Night Mitts and it comes as fingerless gloves or mittens. I’ve really enjoyed it, I am working my pair in handspun that Miss Marja made.
They fit great and I love them in handspun! I am eager to finish the second one since then I’ll know if I have enough yarn to knit a second pair!
I don’t think tomorrow’s post will be nearly as long as this one, but I do think this gets me caught up on news, crafts, and december plans. Hope you are all having a good start to your month!
It’s time for a little project pan update, the only project I am still working on right now. This is the one where I use prompts to help me choose items to pan rolling style. I am going to keep after this, I’ll not end it this year, continuing into the new year. I’ll keep listing the prompts I have completed crossed off and adding in the next prompt as I get to it.
1. A product with cute packaging 2. An expensive product 3. A product in loose form 4. A drugstore product 5. A product I bought because of youtube 6. An old favorite 7. A product you haven’t used in a while. 8. A product of your choosing 9. A product from a previous project. 10. A unique product 11. A product you don’t like 12. A product you bought online. 13. A product you received as a gift. 14. A product you’d recommend to anyone. 15. A product you haven’t used much.
And here’s last month’s photo:
And this month!:
4. A drugstore product is sill my nyx eyebrow pencil. I’ll be using this forever it seems. But I am making progress!
6. An old favorite is my hula bronzer, I used it all month but I am not entirely sure it shows.
12. a product I bought online is my UD eyeliner, the bronzy one. I have hardly used it this month but it did get sharpened once.
13. The product I received as a gift is my UD born to run eyeshadow palette and I have hit pan in the lower left hand corner shade. I am also pleased to have used this palette quite a bit overall. It looks used, while it did not before. But it gets rolled out now.
14. A product I’d recommend to anyone is my colourpop supershock shadow, and my goal was to hit pan, which I did. I am still using this but I can roll it out now.
15. A product I haven’t used much is my mac powder, and since it’s a baked item, it’s pretty hard to see any progress. I have been using it! But I really don’t need a lot at a time.
So, I need to roll in two new items.
16. a Product You Regret Buying-I’ve chosen my catrice foundation. Or rather, Miss Butterfly’s catrice foundation. The color is too light for me. She says it makes her face itchy. So that’s why it came to me. And that’s why I regret purchasing it. I’ve added a progress line, though much of it went into my other catrice foundation, my own color, which is slightly too dark on me. Now I want to see if I can use this one as a mixer for other foundations that are slightly too dark and use it up that way. This is a great time of the year to try that, as I am at my lightest.
17. A product out of your comfort zone-I’ve chosen a liquid eyeliner, eyeco brand, as this is best suited for a winged eyeliner, which I do not do. I am going to try to concentrate on it anyhow, but not with a wing. I’ve got a number of liquid liners and it would be good to go through a few in my collection.
With the items I have in the project this month I highly doubt I’ll be able to finish any and roll in anything new next month. All of these seem like longer term items to work on. I think I’ll do my best to concentrate on the copper eyeliner to see if that could be the one I get to roll out next month. The goal on that seems like it might be easiest to hit. We’ll see! Nevertheless, this is the project I am most enjoying out of all the projects I created for myself this year. Happy Panning!
Here’s the thing. I am doing a lot of knitting right now. Quite frankly, we are in quarantine after my daughter tested covid positive. Don’t worry-none of us are particularly ill. I still don’t know if I even have it, and Mr. Ink has been the sickest but we don’t have his test results either. We are the classic case of thinking “are we or aren’t we, no couldn’t be, better get tested anyhow” and then being extremely surprised when Miss Butterfly tested positive.
I’ve got a little extra time on my hands. Our foster got adopted about 2 weeks ago. Right before that, Rose, our coonhound, somehow managed to tear open a hole in the side of her body needing stitches. So, all our many weekly dog park trips came to a sudden halt. Giving me more time. Then the day Rose was to get her stitches out, we found out at Miss Butterfly tested positive, so in the end, we had to take Rose’s stitches out ourselves, because we couldn’t go to the vet. So we also can’t go to the dog park, leaving us, again, with loads of extra time on our hands.
I’ve continued knitting. After yesterday’s big reveal I felt the need for a palate cleanser. Thick yarn, easy pattern. 1×1 rib seemed perfect. And, I had a skein of Miss Marja’s handspun that would precisely do the trick.
This resulted in a very fast and very pretty squishy scarf. As soon as that was done, I was on to my next project, which is a post for another day.
It’s about as fantastic a project I could ever knit, let alone on a year I really haven’t knit much at all.
I’ve kept it quiet, but I did the westknits mystery shawl this year, titled Slipstravaganza. I finished last weekend and managed to get the blocking done this week.
I used almost a full 4 balls of sockweight yarn for this. That’s as much knitting as any sweater.
The details were intricate.
I added a final blue stripe to the border beyond the 6 stripes written in the pattern. I wanted to have a little more blue making an appearance. I managed to finish the final blue row with just a yard of yarn left. It was a nail biter.
This is one of those knits that looks harder than it is. On the other hand, I did learn a lot of great techniques. I am so pleased to have knit this shawl! It was a delight and honestly, I’d do it all over again.
This is the incoming stuff, and it’s a lot. I had 55 items leaving my collection over what entered it for the year last month. I am afraid that grand total will be decreasing this month. I purchased a number of things and those things also created a freebie sample bag with my order so that was a lot more items coming in.
It was the gorgeous hair event at ulta so I tried to stock up on things. I was still working on a mousse but I picked up the joico ones because I prefer them. There’s a lot of product and a little goes a long way.
I picked up the batiste dry shampoo texturizing version to use, turns out it’s not a favorite of mine but it’ll work.
I picked up some wella invigo volume boost product. Then came a few sample sizes, the southern belle is already used up so I won’t count that.
I also stocked up on some mascara, I am really just using essence mascara at this point. So, in this photo, that’s 11 items since the southern belle is already gone. Down to 44.
And then the whole host of samples. I am not going to go through each of these, but I used up the ellis myth fragrance, I won’t count that, and I gave away the kat von d mascara to miss butterfly, I won’t count that. So that’s another 11 items in. 33 items left over what showed up this year.
I can do empties though!
I finally finished my shower gel, that was months and months of use. I finished up two belif products, a full size eye cream and a travel size face moisturizer. I also finished another ROC retinol.
Another powder play bites the dust, I am running low on this but may try a less expensive product next.
It took me ages to finish the elemis face mask. It’s done, wouldn’t repurchase.
There’s an it cosmetics cc cream, I wouldn’t repurchase that either, I prefer their other cc creams over the original.
I am decluttering my catrice concealer, that goes to Miss Butterfly.
And I used up a mascara.
The other items are samples or the “proof” that I did finish what I pictured above but didn’t count.
So that’s 9 items leaving my collection, bringing my grand total for the year to 42.
I imagine I’ll probably pick up a thing or two during the black friday sales, but I have decided not to do my usual NYX advent calendar. I just don’t feel like bringing in lip products I won’t use and can’t use due to masks. If I choose an advent calendar it’ll be one that has products I like more than NYX. I used to do the NYX ones for the novelty. I’ve got my eye on the mac one but it’ll have to go half price for me to purchase and I seriously doubt that’ll ever happen before it sells out. So, what I am trying to say is while I may get a few things in the upcoming months, it’s more likely that I’ll have more empties and I won’t be trying to account for the glut of the advent calendar 24 products this year. So, I am hoping to get that number back up over 50.
Since I am just not feeling this project pan right now, I am shutting it down. It would maybe be different if I didn’t have to wear a facemask all day. But I do, so cream projects just don’t work right now. Moving into the winter and with the whole of the US and our stat in particular doing terribly, basically unless I am home I am in a facemask. And that’s not great for cream products.
Here’s the photo of where I was at the beginning of last month:
I had finished the no poreblem primer and the small perfume. Everything else I was plugging away at.
This month’s photo:
I have cut into my sunscreen and I continue to use that regularly but there’s a lot in the base that I couldn’t get out while the tube was still whole. So, it has continued to take me a lot of time.
I made the normal amount of progress on my facial spray.
The Juice Beauty primer is balling up on my face quite a lot, it interferes with something. Perhaps the sunscreen. I hate using it. I will try it again with the next sunscreen to see if it improves at all, but I may end up decluttering it. I made progress though, I just couldn’t see the progress I made to mark it.
The foundation is way too dark for my skin as we move toward winter. I didn’t mark it but you can see that I did have a bit more use. Now it’ll be put back on a shelf waiting until spring/summer next year.
My sleek cream contour palette did see a bit of use, I did actually use it. But not enough to really make a difference in the pan. I only used that darkest shade.
The only things I’ll continue to use are the sunscreen and the facial spray. Then the primer once the sunscreen is gone. But in the end, I am ready to put this project to bed.
This, too, like my project pan is rather a late post. But not as late. This is my project where I work through eyeshadows in my collection using them 30 times or until I hit pan, whichever comes first.
I changed up the rules a bit in the past few months as I wanted to concentrate on my Urban Decay Born to Run palette until I hit pan in it. This should give it a good used feel to it once that happens. So I’ve been making decisions about what colors I draw in a semi-random way. I use my random roulette app to choose a shadow. If the shadow is part of the Born to Run palette, that’s the one I get. If it is part of a different palette, I randomize the colors in the Born to Run palette and choose one that way. And, if I use the roulette app, and it draws me a single shadow, I use that single shadow.
Here’s my photo for this month:
The ones circled in red are the two shadows I hit pan on. I used the mint color a total of 24 times in order to hit pan. It’s a VERY small pan, but it’s there, I promise! And, with the pink single shadow from NYX, I used it a total of 29 times.
Right above the pink single shadow is Sherbet, that was also in the project, and I used it 30 times. No pan achieved.
The colors circled in yellow are all my current colors I am working on. Here’s how that breaks down:
-Hell Ride, the pink in the UD palette, I’ve been concentrating on it. Substantial dip going on but no pan. I’ve used this now a total of 22 times.
-Baja is the orange right under it, I haven’t used it much yet, only a total of 5 times.
-Next to Baja is Punk, I have not yet used it but it’s in the project.
-Below Punk is Double Life, it’s been in the project a fairly long time now, and I’ve used it a total of 12 times.
-Also chosen is Ignite, it was rolled in but hasn’t seen any use.
-And, serendipitously, the single shadow I rolled in is Urban Decay as well, it’s a moondust single in starlight.
Since the vast majority of these colors are warm toned, I am going to keep concentrating on the berry color Hellride I may try to incorporate the cooler toned brown called Punk into my berry toned looks, but I only have 8 more uses on Hellride so I am ready to finish that one up. Previously I had been rolling in a new shade just as soon as I roll out an old one, but I have so many unused or barely used colors this time that I think it’s better to wait until next month.
All in all, as I put the Nyx single back in the magnetic palette it came from, where another single from the project resides, I felt rather proud to have that little quad I made myself looking quite used and abused! This project has been really effective, and I may handle the project similarly in the future. I’ll choose one palette to concentrate on and make look used until I hit pan on a shade and then roll it back out and pick a new palette to concentrate on.
It’s been busy around here, so my update is late! Our latest foster dog is a sweet, cute little love but also the most challenging foster dog we’ve had yet. Our neighbor’s old dog is ailing and we’ve been over assisting her withher dog regularly as well. Work is busy, blah blah, and then of course the week was stressful just in the not knowing sense of what was going on here in the states. And our state’s virus numbers are rising in an alarming manner.
All this is to say, my update is 8 or 9 days late because I couldn’t get it together.
1. A product with cute packaging 2. An expensive product 3. A product in loose form 4. A drugstore product 5. A product I bought because of youtube 6. An old favorite 7. A product you haven’t used in a while. 8. A product of your choosing 9. A product from a previous project. 10. A unique product 11. A product you don’t like 12. A product you bought online. 13. A product you received as a gift. 14. A product you’d recommend to anyone.
Last month’s photo:
And this month:
4. A Drugstore Product is still my NYX eyebrow pencil. Progress has been made, it’s slow going.
6. An old favorite is my Hula bronzer. I’ve expanded the pan and I did finally hit side pan on the thinnest side.
8. A product of my choosing is my IT cosmetics cc cream which I finished up this month!
12. A product I bought online is my Urban Decay eyeliner, I wanted to use it through the 24 of 24/7. It did get sharpened this month but I didn’t actually use it often.
13. A product I received as a gift is my Urban Decay Born to Run eyeshadow palette. My goal is to hit pan on one shade. It’s in my eyeshadow roulette until I do. I’ve got a good dip going in a couple colors but no pan yet.
14. A product I’d recommend to anyone is my colourpop supershock shadow in color frog. I had hit pan before putting it in this project, but I rearranged and squished all the product back into an even layer and am looking to hit pan again.
Now for item15. The prompt is “A product you haven’t used much” and I chose my mac mineralized skin finish. It’s a light glowy finishing powder. I figured this would be a good item to use through the fall, winter, and early spring. I hadn’t touched it at all before putting it in this project so I am eager to get use out of it.
Not a bad month, though I did wear less makeup overall. I am working from home again for a few days each week and though when I was working from home in the spring, I did my makeup almost daily, that has changed in the fall. I just can’t be bothered. Finishing a product was great. There’s only one product, the eyeliner, that didn’t get a ton of use. The goal is to use product I own, so in that respect, I am doing fine!
It’s been a little busy around our place! On Friday night we received our third foster dog. It’s been quite a ride, let me tell you!
This little sweetheart is the face we agreed to foster. We had been told she was an 18 month old dog. And while that’s technically on the younger side for our family, we decided to go with it. Now, most fosters coming in from Louisiana (as all our fosters have) who are over a year old are heartworm positive. So, I was both delighted and confused when her tests came back heartworm negative. We were pleased that foster #3 would not have to go through the painful and difficult heartworm treatment while in our care.
When she arrived, I noticed she acted an awful lot like a puppy. On Saturday morning, the rest of my family was out of the house while I wrangled dogs on my own. The first day with a new foster is always a challenge. Our resident dogs are getting used to the new face and learning how to interact with her, and the new foster is learning boundaries from our resident dogs. It’s often a a bit of a fraught time, there’s generally some growling and teeth, but it’s also an interesting process to me. But handling it on my own was a challenge.
I also noticed that despite how many times I was taking her outside, she was struggling to communicate when she needed to go out. There was pee. In the house. Which I HATE. (But it’s also part of fostering!) Thankfully all of that was on our vinyl tile which makes clean up easy.
So, by the time I took her to the foster meet and greet so that folks could come look at some of our available dogs, I was a little at my wits end. To top it off, right before I left I got a message from our rescue owner saying that she was seeing two different birthdates on her paperwork, one putting her at 18 months and one putting her at 7 months. I, not being well versed in these sorts of things, told the rescue owner that I’d put her closer to the 7 months mark as she’s totally a puppy in every way. And this would explain why she tested negative for heartworm, she wasn’t actually very old.
While at the meet and greet, I decided on a game plan. She hadn’t relaxed all morning, just in a constant state of running, playing, and peeing. So, I decided that while our family does not foster puppies, if I had inadvertently fostered a puppy, I was going to treat her like a puppy. I pulled out an extra kennel and put it in the living room. And I put her on a schedule. Outside to pee, praise and treats, play time with our dogs, into the kennel for a rest. Repeat as necessary. And it worked!
Once all was said and done, and after the rescue owner viewed her sister, we decided she’s more likely a year old. She’s got all her adult teeth. She acts like a puppy because she was picked up as a stray and put in a shelter so she just hasn’t had the opportunity to learn things that puppies learn. She’s learning all those things in our house. She is clumsy and goofy and funny. She’s confident and playful and very active. She falls right on her face a lot. She falls off couches and beds. She sometimes can’t figure out how to get up on a couch or bed. She definitely cannot do a flight of stairs. It’s just….good chaos a lot of the time with her in the house!
But, I am proud to say, after 4 days in our home, she’s improved dramatically. She manages to go outside to do her business. She has learned that she doesn’t have to expend all her energy indefinitely, she will get regular play time and she can burn her energy then. She’s learning that clean fresh water will always be available so it’s not necessary to drink two buckets of it when she can find it, nor does she have to lick the grass in the morning. She’s learning boundaries with other dogs (even if she doesn’t always listen to them.) But best of all? She’s learning to rest outside the kennel.
And honestly? That’s the sweetest part of all of this.
This was a foster we were highly unprepared for. Foster #1 was sweet and mellow. Foster #2 was busy but pretty well trained. Each foster will teach us new ways of caring for them, and that’s one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. But, we certainly have been unprepared for the multitude of lessons this foster has taught us. We will be going to the dog park every day until she finds her family I think. But, our dogs like her quite well, and they enjoy having fosters in the home. And she’s cute and sweet and full of funny antics. So we’ll keep on loving and training her until her forever home can be found!
So, in my previous October beauty balance post I had 41 items leaving my collection over what entered it. And it was my hope to make that up in my empties. Which I did!
This was actually a very serious empties month. I worked through a lot of items. In fact, my total is 14. So, I ended up with 55 items out of my collection over what entered this year.
Let’s go through the empties real quick.
Rusk hair mousse, I didn’t like this that much nor will I repurchase. But it had a nice scent unlike the mousse I am working on now.
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension, I’ve gone through a few of these, but have decided to try something new, so I won’t repurchase at this time.
Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream-I really enjoy this and will absolutely repurchase, though I do not need to at this time.
L’Oreal Double Extend tubing mascara. I used this up really, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I do want another tubing mascara in my life.
Too Faced mascara-this sample size came to me a bit dry and I’ve decided to declutter it. I gave it to Miss Butterfly to see what she can do with it.
Kate Somerville Exfolicate cleanser-I liked this quite a bit, it has a great scent and does work nicely. But, I won’t repurchase, I don’t feel like cleansers are a good place to get the exfoliating step done. I’ll stick with less expensive cleansers.
Becca undereye color corrector-I will likely repurchase this at some point. I just haven’t done so yet. But I do really like the product.
Bite Beauty agave lip mask-sadly they’ve reformulated these. I haven’t tried the new formulation. I like the lanolin so I’ve switched to Lanolips for now.
I finished an eyebrow pencil that was pretty terrible in both color and formulation. Would not repurchase and can’t even be bothered to remember the brand name. It came in a subscription box.
Dermalogica sunscreen-this was just a small sample that I liked well enough. It had kind of a powder smell to it. It worked well under makeup. But, I wouldn’t purchase, I am kind of fond of some K and J beauty sunscreens and I’ll keep up with those instead.
Tocca Maya rollerball perfume, used up in 2 months. I didn’t love the scent, and the scent didn’t stick around. So, I wouldn’t purchase.
One tiny pan of frankenhighlighter that I created myself, now all my frankenhighlighters are gone and I couldn’t be more happy about that.
I’ve also got a couple samples of Purito Deep Sea Pure water cream that I really enjoyed. In fact, Purito is a brand I will be exploring more for skincare in the future as I have truly enjoyed their products.
I’ve got a haircare order coming in soon, but I also have 5 or 6 products I know will be empty by next month. So, I am hoping to keep up with my more out over what comes in goals through the end of the year. It will be interesting to see what my final yearly total is this year (especially since I have a particular penchant for advent calendars) and then to see if I can do better in the next year.
Since I’ve been generally uninspired about a lot of knitting/crafting lately, I’ve been trying to fill my time with other creative pursuits when possible. Meaning that even though I know many of those creative pursuits won’t stick the way knitting and spinning did, doing them makes me feel more creative and probably works my brain in a way that is healthy.
This weekend I had a woad dyeing class at our local botanical gardens. Woad is like a lighter version of indigo, grown in Europe, and while it doesn’t get as rich and deep a blue, it does get a nice denim blue.
We learned to make a vat of woad dye and we were given a hemp apron to dye. We were then shown a few shibori dyeing techniques and allowed to go to town on our apron.
Here’s what my apron looked like before the first dip in the dye bath:
I used clothes pins, tongue depressors, chopsticks, and rubber bands to create my negative space. I went in quite aggressively with my negative space as our instructor told us that more is better.
And here’s what I ended up with!
This is currently in it’s unwashed state, and the white may get brighter once I wash it.
We were also given the opportunity to bring something we’d like to add to the dye vat, and so I brought some white handspun I’d created years ago. It’s a 2 ply laceweight yarn out of a corriedale fleece I processed.
This also turned out so beautifully! The skein is also in a prewashed state so it may fade down a bit, but honestly, I will probably knit it up like this and then wash it before blocking.
There were only 3 attendees in this class due to the pandemic. I have to say, being willing to take some classes during this time frame has been nice, each class I’ve taken gets more individual attention than any of these classes might get otherwise.
But, the other thing I am noticing is that I haven’t got the passion I used to have for fiber arts in general, and that’s a bit odd for me. The other attendees were quite passionate about dyeing and natural dyeing and fiber arts in general and wanted to talk about what wheel I have and what kind of fleece I used and so on but I just wanted to create this new thing I’d never done before, without getting into the weeds about my other hobbies. But I recognized myself in them, I was them, wanting to hear all the details and discuss different wheels and so on. I just have lost my passion for it right now, and that’s strange, disappointing, and leaving me a bit bereft, what am I if not someone who works with yarn in some way?
Maybe I still am, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it right now. While I have had, previously, times in which I feel like I lose mojo for a bit, this one is so much more pronounced. I know I keep complaining about it, but it’s just so odd!
The class was fun. I’ll not be taking up natural dyeing. This was not my new passion. Maybe I’ll take the basket weaving class next.
This will be another 2 parter, with the incoming items in one post and the empties in another. First of all, last month I ended the month with 51 items leaving my collection over what entered it.
I did have a number of new items throughout the month though, in two separate orders, due to the 21 days of beauty sale.
I was running out of moisturizers so I picked up a few new ones. The standard belif moisturizing eye bomb is at the top, then a couple of face moisturizers to try.
I picked up an item for Miss Butterfly, and along with that came the facial spray. And, the belief travel size moisturizer came free with my purchases.
Then there’s two items that I am not going to count. The first is the clarins eye cream, and I am not counting it because I already finished it. The second is the mac mascara which was billed as a tubing mascara but absolutely is not. And, it’s going to Miss Butterfly because I get awful transfer from it. So, in the above photo, 5 items count toward my totals, bringing me back down to 46.
And then there’s this, I picked up the serum and the lip balm, and the other three items came for free. That’s another 5, bringing me down to 41 items in over what left my collection this year. I am hoping to be able to make up for this in my empties, next post.
Last month I was unable to finish any items in my partners in cream project. This month I finished two items! Here’s where I was last month:
And let’s discuss this month’s progress:
From the top, left to right. I have my Clarins sunscreen I’ve been working on for a few months now. I keep saying it stings my eyes, and I keep using it on my face anyhow. I ran into a situation at the dog park the other day where I couldn’t even see anymore it stung so bad. So, I am back to trying to use this more as a body sunscreen. I did not mark a new mark on this item since I am kind of at that point where I have to fold it in half to get product out of it.
Next up is my No Poreblem primer. It’s done! I’ve scraped it out with a spatula. This was a good primer and it grew on me over time. I do not regret using it.
I also have my rollerball sample size of Tocca Maya perfume. It was fine, not something I would purchase, and I finished it.
My born this way foundation had a lot of progress this month and I am really hoping to finish next month. I think I am getting close, as the product doesn’t actually come out of the pump too well anymore. I really do like this foundation and if I didn’t have loads of other foundations, I’d probably repurchase it in a shade more appropriate for me on the regular.
I also have made continued steady progress on my facial spray.
Now that the weather is cooling (sort of!) it’s time to start rolling in more cream makeup, so I am adding back in my sleek palette of cream contour. I’ll be concentrating on the darkest shade. I might use the bronzer from time to time as well, but once that darker contour is gone I am probably going to call it quits on this palette.
And finally I’ve decided to add in another primer since I finished the no poreblem primer. I want to keep working through my primers quite consistently. So, I have added this juice beauty primer to this project.
Goals for next update-definitely hoping to finish the foundation and a stretch goal will be the sunscreen. This should leave room for other cream makeup products I’d like to be concentrating on during the cooler months.
It’s time for another roulette project update. a recap of the rules thus far, I randomly choose eyeshadow colors to focus on throughout each month. I use them for 30 uses or until I hit pan, whichever comes first.
Current rule-when I roll out a color, I am rolling in either a single or something from my Urban Decay Born To Run palette. I will be doing so until I hit pan on one of my BTR palette colors.
Here’s the color swatches I was using last month:
And a photo of the eyeshadows as they are currently:
I circled in blue the two colors which rolled out. The first is at the top in my NYX Happy Birthday Palette. I hit pan on it so I can roll it out. It took me a total of 18 uses on this to hit pan. It did have a nice dip in it when I rolled it in. That’s now 3 pans showing in this palette, rendering it officially well used!
Then there’s a NYX single from the 2018 advent calendar. I hit my 30 uses on this one, and that left it with a nice significant dip. Pan wouldn’t have been far behind but for now this rolls out.
I then ended up rolling in two BTR palette colors, my new swatches look like this:
So, at the very top I’ve got my NYX advent calendar pink shimmer-I used it only twice this month giving me a total of 16 uses since rolling it in.
Next is Violet Voss Sugar Crystals color Mint Choco. I have changed how I am using this a bit and as such, got 8 uses from it this month giving me a total of 10 uses in this project. I am now actually packing this on my waterline when wearing a neutral look to add a pop of color and I really like the effect.
Third down is Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette color Sherbet. I used this 8 times this month, giving me a total use tally of 10 in this project.
The next three are all from my Born To Run palette, the first is Hell Ride. This is, quite frankly, a “miss” color in this palette. It blends away to nothing or to an ugly not quite brown shade. I have decided that the best way to make this work is packed all over the lid with a topper shade over it. I have used it 3 times.
Then we’ve got Baja which is a definite hit color in this palette, a nice matte orange it pairs beautifully with much of the palette colors. I have used it 4 times.
Finally, Double Life is a coppery shade over a blackened base. Strangely, while it goes on the lid that way, at the end of the day I am left with just the coppery part and the blackened part disappears. I used this 7 times this month for a total of 10 uses in this project.
In the BTR palette I’ve been regularly using a few other colors as well, Blaze, Weekender, Riff, Ignite, and Still Shot are all featuring in my looks quite regularly.
For goals, since the only color that is anywhere near being rolled out and still it’s a stretch, I am going to concentrate on the pink shimmery NYX single. At only 16 uses I’ve got a heck of a way to go on it and I do not think I’ll be able to hit pan on it as it’s harder pressed than the other NYX shimmer single which I did use 30 times. I think I’ll try to pair it will hell ride and mint choco in hopes to get uses out of those two colors as well. Meanwhile, I’ll concentrate on using Sherbet as an inner corner highlight, as it’s so light it’s not really useful otherwise.
I admit that I am starting to feel slightly burned out on this project after a number of months with it and these days I am pulling out other palettes from time to time to have a play with them. So, if progress here slows down, that’s likely why! And in the end, it’s already been successful as the point is use what I have and don’t purchase more. It’s now been 5 months without new eyeshadow and that still seems JUST FINE with me!
It’s been nice to get a little knitting mojo back after such a long break. First it was video games, then it was just having so much to do in the evenings after work, interfering with knitting. Things are slowly calming down a bit and progress is being made.
For my Festival of Stitches shawl, I have now worked through “clue 3” which takes us to the mosaic stitches on both sides of the shawl. I like how the pattern is written, with one side having the green color as the background color and the other side having the pink color as the background color.
As you can see at the top on the right hand side I have also begun clue 4. This clue is a cable clue, and while it was written to be done in the pink color, I have chosen to knit it in the green since the pink color isn’t likely to cable all that well. The handspun is just enough thinner to make it not ideal for a cable clue. I don’t think that changing the color will change the overall effect of the colors in the shawl, and I’ve plenty of yarn. This pattern is particularly good at indicating how much yarn to use of each color during a clue so it gives me confidence that I can continue knitting in the colors I prefer.
I am still enjoying this project and even though I haven’t had much in the way of finished objects this year, I think I may get a nice amount of use out of this one once it is complete.
I wasn’t absolutely positive I’d get to roll in a new prompt and product this month, but the spoiler is, I did finish one thing! Here’s my list as it stood last month:
1. A product with cute packaging 2. An expensive product 3. A product in loose form 4. A drugstore product 5. A product I bought because of youtube 6. An old favorite 7. A product you haven’t used in a while. 8. A product of your choosing 9. A product from a previous project. 10. A unique product 11. A product you don’t like 12. A product you bought online. 13. A product you received as a gift.
And the photo from last month where I’d rolled in a new eyeliner and my urban decay born to run palette.
Here’s my progress this month:
4. A drugstore product is my nyx eyebrow pencil, and to be honest, I didn’t use it much this past month. I’ve got one I don’t like as much and it’s darker and close to being finished, so I’ve sort of concentrated on that instead. It did get sharpened at least once though.
6. An Old Favorite is my hula bronzer, travel size. Last month I had concentrated on the other side of the bronzer, not increasing the pan. This month I actually chose to work my way toward side pan and the pan has increased quite a bit. I do hope to fully hit side pan in the upcoming month as well as continuing to increase the pan on this product.
8. A product of my choosing is my it cosmetics cc cream which I will really be concentrating on using up this month. I want this officially out of my collection at the end of this month. It’s close now!
10. A Unique product was my last pan of frankenhighlighter I made a few years ago. I finished it up this month so I can roll something new in.
12. A product I bought online was my UD liner, my goal is to use it until I hit the “24” which looks like it’ll take about another month. It’s an extremely creamy eyeliner so it disappears quite quickly when I am using it regularly. On the other hand, I haven’t been using it all that regularly despite using color tones of shadows that really work with it.
13. A product I received as a gift is my UD Born to Run palette, it’s probably the only makeup gift I own. My goal with this is to hit pan in one of the shadows. At the moment, Big Sky is the closest to pan since it was the first one to show up in my eyeshadow roulette project. If I were to guess, it’ll either be that color or a setting shade that gets pan first.
Now I get to choose my new product which is:
14. A product I’d recommend to anyone. This is a colourpop supershock shadow. They are so easy to use and impactful. No real skill is needed with these and that’s part of why they are so fantastic. I chose the color in the photo above because it makes a good topper. I pulled it out when deciding on a product figuring I’d use it until I hit pan. I decided to put it on my eyes to remind myself what it looked like. And I immediately hit pan. Hah. So, I smooshed it all back evenly in the pan and my goal again will be to hit pan.
I am really enjoying this rolling project, I like rolling in some items that are a little easier to hit a goal on while keeping a few longer term items going as well. I love the prompts! I love looking around my collection for something that matches the next prompt. I like thinking about upcoming prompts and what I might choose. This is absolutely a fun time for me in my makeup world!
I warned last month that I was probably going to wrap this project up this month. Mostly because I feel like it has served it’s purpose, both in keeping me using products I hadn’t previously used and kept me from purchasing new products of a similar nature.
Here’s my photo from last month:
I really had thought I’d be done with 3 items out of the 4 left. That didn’t quite happen. But, it’s too close to spend an entire month on and I just don’t feel like coming back and showing you a bunch of empty products 3 weeks after I finished them next month.
As a reminder, I rolled out the hair styling cream last month and gave it to Miss Butterfly.
I finished the Kate Somerville cleanser,bthat was an easy finish.
The Elemis face mask I had hoped to finish due to having more remote work days, but in the end, work was too busy and we had some unexpected stuff come up there that kept me from my remote work. In the end, I have been using it still on the weekends. BUT, I really am ridiculously close to finishing.
The shower gel is still holding on, I’ve now had a solid 9 months of use and am working on my 10th month. I think it’ll be gone quite soon now, but I am happy to keep using it until it’s completely finished.
I did make some actual progress on my toner this time, but since the hotter weather is mostly over, I won’t see too much progress on this again until next spring/summer.
And that’s a wrap! I didn’t actually finish a ton of things in this project, almost everything I chose was a longer term item. But, it did keep me concentrating on things and not making additional purchase, and that’s exactly what I am looking for.
Just some updates with what is going on around here. First and foremost, our lovely foster dog, who was with us for more than 2 months, found her forever home!
We will absolutely miss her cute face and antics. We will NOT miss having what is, technically, a puppy around the house. While she was over a year old, pregnancy happened while she was still a puppy, and that plus mothering kept her from continuing on as a puppy like she should have. So she picked up where she left off in our home. Her new family will love growing with her and I am so glad she found her place.
Miss Butterfly, who had been begging for a foster dog break prior to our foster dog finding her home, immediately decided she wanted a new foster once she was gone. While that’s not how it works, we did end up saying we’d babysit another foster, so this little guy is with us at the moment.
He’s not really afraid, he makes himself at home in any situation. He’s not a puppy. And he likes Mr. Ink, something our previous foster never could manage to do. So, we are pretty pleased with our short time with him.
I’ve been doing some knitting again. Still working on the festival of stitches I showed off last time I posted about knitting. It’s come a good way since then! I am really enjoying the progress.
Mr. Ink has a week of vacation this week, and while I am trying to get at least one day off, work is busy enough that it may not happen. It’s fascinating to me that despite a pandemic, things are moving along so quickly at work that I cannot afford to take time off. Crazy!
Last month I had ordered quite a few items so my totals weren’t fantastic. I think I’ll make up for that a bit this month. Last month I had 42 items leaving my collection over what entered it. This month I’ve had a bunch of empties and a couple declutters.
Going left to right, top to bottom-
3 haircare products in a row, a hairspray, a texturizing powder, and a mousse. Each were fine in their own right and none of which I’ll run right back out and repurchase. I liked the mousse the best out of all of these.
Then we’ve got an elemis face mask which I actually finished last month but forgot to get it into my empties. I would not repurchase.
I finally finished my it cosmetics matte cc cream which I liked quite a bit but have too many other foundations in my collection to repuchase, at least for now. Maybe sometime in the future. Out of all of the cc creams, this one is my favorite for summer use.
A couple declutters-first is a conditioning treatment from living proof that I don’t need but my daughter might like. Then there’s a benefit brow product I am giving her because she lacks a brow product. I like the brow product and I would repurchase but I’ve got other brow products I can use instead.
There’s a little perfume sample I used up pretty quickly as the scent didn’t stick around, so I wouldn’t repurchase.
Bottom row-first my Roc retinol capsules which I DID repurchase, you’ll see those later in this post. Then two belif products, the moisture bomb and the aqua bomb, both of which I absolutely love and would certainly repurchase. I am, however, considering a couple other moisturizers first to see if there are others I could enjoy as much as these.
And finally a colourpop eyeliner that I absolutely hated and would not repurchase.
All of these items brings me to 54 items used up over what has entered my collection this year. I am still managing to reduce my collection overall. But, I did have 3 incoming items, so my total for the month is actually 51. Here’s what I purchased:
These Roc retinol capsules I just adore and I think they have made a lovely difference for my skin. So, I replenished them, and since they are almost always on a buy one get one half off discount, I tend to purchase two at once.
The other item is an elf brow wax product that I wanted to try. I haven’t used it much yet so I don’t really have an opinion on it.
And that’s it, that’s all the purchasing for this month. Next month I’ll have some items from ulta’s current sale but not much makeup, mostly skincare. While there were makeup items I would have really liked to pick up, I decided that I was enjoying my collection as is well enough to give a pass to anything that wasn’t something I was replenishing.
I did manage to find a new project that I could get inspired about. I had seen a finished Festival of Stitches stole on instagram and decided that was one I could really get interested in.
I immediately chose three handspun yarns that would work for the stole and began winding them. And there they sat for at least a month while I went through my no knitting period.
Then when I started knitting again, I acted like I couldn’t read a pattern and had to restart the project at least 4 times. I don’t know what my major malfunction was but there was certainly a brain block I needed to get through.
I am on my way now and have knit the center triangle.
I am not sure I ever expected to knit baubles voluntarily but I really do like the look of them in there. Now I get to begin the next section.
I am so pleased with how far I’ve gotten with my partners in cream project pan this month! While I did not finish any items, I’ve made good progress on each one. It’s felt very steady over this past month. Here’s last month’s photo:
I had intended to cut open the cc cream and finish it off in the first week, which I did. Since I knew it would be done shortly, I preemptively added the little perfume rollerball which was completely full.
Here’s my progress this month:
The product I am most proud of is the born this way foundation. The color only suits me when I am at my most tanned. I’d been using it as a mixer for this summer but I am now at a point where I can just use it alone. No mixing. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to hold out on that, it completely depends on how warm it stays and for how long and also how much opportunity I have to stay outside. But, this is the most progress I’ve had in a year so I am thrilled with it and eager to get as much use as possible in the upcoming month. Once I can no longer wear it alone, I’ll use it as a mixer as I lighten back up for the winter. I would genuinely LOVE to finish it up this year but I suspect that won’t be possible.
The next best progress is the No Poreblem primer. I made more progress on this than in past months. The line is a bit deceiving as I no longer can use the pump. I have to scrape it out bit by bit.
Steady progress only on the setting spray.
The clarins sunscreen has seen great progress as well. I’ve stopped using it only for my face as my skin does not react well to it. I use it for my face sometimes but also regularly use it for my tattoo. I do believe I’ll finish up this product this year even if it isn’t quick.
And finally the Tocca Maya perfume rollerball-I made steady progress and I’ve used it exclusively. If I do so again for another month I should be done and I can choose something else to roll in.
So, next month I think I’ll be able to roll in another product or two. Depending on the weather, I may be back to using cream makeup products again, which I think would be fun! Next post should be a beauty balance post, and since I did finish quite a few items, I am rather excited to post and get them into the recycle bin.
Time to update my eyeshadow roulette project, and I am going to tell you right away that I am still just loving this challenge. Here’s the swatch photo from last month:
My goal is to hit pan on these or to use each 30 times before rolling the color out and randomly choosing another. Let’s discuss the colors:
At the top is Urban Decay Big Sky from the born to run palette. I finished my 30 uses and got a rather significant dip in the shadow.
Below that is a christmas palette from Too Faced, and I was also able to finish my 30 uses of that color.
Then there’s a lovely copper shimmer color from Nyx, it’s a single. As of today, I’ve used it 19 times.
Below that is another Nyx single, the pink shimmer color. I’ve used that 14 times.
And then from the nyx happy birthday palette, another copper shimmer, this one I’ve used 11 times so far.
I rolled in Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette, color Mint Choco. Used only 4 times so far, which is no surprise, it’s a rather bold color to try to incorporate with so many neutrals.
I then needed to roll in two new colors since I had 2 completed goals. Here’s the swatch now:
The two new colors are at the bottom. The first is Violet Voss Sugar Crystals Sherbet. It’s supposed to be an orangy light shimmer but it kind of just comes across as light. I have used this 2 times in the past month.
And, finally, Urban Decay Born To Run Palette makes another appearance, the color is Double Life. It’s a darker coppery shimmer than all the other coppery shimmers currently in this project, and it seems like it may be a duochrome. It’s a copper shimmer on a blackened base. The thing is, while it applies quite dark to the eyelid, it doesn’t stay dark, it seems to lighten up throughout the day, making it quite wearable. I like the color and it performs a lot better than the Big Sky color previously in the project which is only technically suitable as a liner shade.
Changes to “rules” this time is that I am officially going to only roll in Born to Run palette colors in a random fashion until I hit pan on one of the born to run shadows. Then I’ll roll it back out and concentrate on something else.
And here’s a shot of the pans of the shadows I am using. First of all, I circled in blue the one rolling out so that you can see the nice dip I have going in there. To be honest, If I really want to hit pan on this palette, continuing to concentrate on that color would probably do the trick. But at the same time, I rather want to actually use this palette for a bit. In December I’ll have had it for 2 years and really not used it often at all!
You can see that the two singles sitting on the colorful palette have nice dips in them already. These are the two nyx singles. I also have a rather solid dip in the color in the nyx palette. I’ve been concentrating on expanding my bonus pan in that palette as well as using the mattes in that palette and I am rather hopeful I’ll hit pan prior to 30 uses. We’ll see!
I’ll be predominately concentrating on the nyx shadows this month to see if I can get them rolled out and more of the born to run colors rolled in. I’ll try to use the super bright Violet Voss colors 4 more times this month if possible. I guess if I were to use Sherbet as an inner corner highlight I could get more than 4 uses, but I’ve got another color I am trying to pan that works best as an inner corner highlight as well.
In any case, I’ve again enjoyed this project for another month and am eager to continue. While there’s part of me that feels many of my palettes are neglected in my collection, that same part of me realizes that’s exactly why I shouldn’t purchase more eyeshadow palettes, and that’s exactly what I hoped for. So, I am continuing on this fun little journey of eyeshadow roulette and looking forward to the upcoming month, rolling out shadows, and concentrating on my born to run palette.
I’ll tell you what, I mentioned in a recent update post that I haven’t really been knitting lately, and that is certainly the case. However, I did have a project on the needles for a time and I finally finished it.
It’s another Nighshift shawl, once done with the first colorful one I was inspired to knit another since I had the yarn for it. That being said, I kind of ended up going on a tangent in regard to the color transitions. I planned them out how they’d best work for the yarn I had rather than what the pattern called for.
This one was far more pink and purple toned than the previous one, and I planned it that way. I again truly enjoyed knitting this and also very much enjoyed using all my leftover handspun yarns for it. And now I have nothing on my needles at home and haven’t had for about a week. At work I’ve got a project but I haven’t worked on it since at least March. It may be some time before I manage to post another craft related photo. And for me, that’s a little odd.
Before I get too far into this, I’ll tell you right off the bat, this particular project is drawing to a close. A few more months and I’ll likely just be done with it. I am not going to keep rolling items in. I just don’t feel like I have enough backups in my life to need to keep rolling items in. And that’s really the goal in the first place!
Here’s the photo from last month:
I had finished two items and rolled two more in. Now here’s where I am this month:
The shower gel is really getting close to being finished. I feel positive it will be gone by next month’s update. I have to turn it upside down to get the product out of the container now. I have very much enjoyed using this for the past 8 months and am glad i had the opportunity to try it.
The elemis face mask I did not mark a new line on because I might have used this once in the past month. I think since my return to full time on campus work I have just not given myself the time to do face masks. Quite frankly, our state and our surrounding states aren’t doing all that well and I have a suspicion we may return to some form of partly remote work again, so I may do a little better with this in the upcoming month. I really would like to finish this one up!
The cleanser made steady progress, I may finish this month, and if not this month, I’ll finish next month.
While I’ve been using the toner every morning, I did not see enough use to mark it on the container, so I did not do so. Maybe next month!
And finally, the hair product. I used 9 grams of it, and that’s maybe only 2 uses. I have decided to declutter this item and give it to my daughter.
And with that, I am telling you that I am not rolling anything new in to replace the declutter. If I happen to find something to roll in between now and next month’s update, I will add it. Otherwise, I plan to let this particular project expire. I’ll keep working on it until I’ve only got an item or two, and then I’ll call it quits. But I don’t see a big point in continuing it now, I just don’t have a lot of extra body care and hair care items laying around that need to be used up! And that’s a very good thing.
While I am a bit late in posting my update this month, I am still on a roll with my projects. As a reminder, this is one where I am using prompts to choose products. And I am trying to keep this one primarily makeup related. As I am working through the prompts, I am listing them and then crossing off the ones I have completed or made a goal on.
1. A product with cute packaging 2. An expensive product 3. A product in loose form 4. A drugstore product 5. A product I bought because of youtube 6. An old favorite 7. A product you haven’t used in a while. 8. A product of your choosing 9. A product from a previous project. 10. A unique product 11. A product you don’t like
And here’s the photo from last month:
I rolled out the hourglass powder and rolled in the white eyeliner from colourpop.
Here’s where I am now:
A product I haven’t used in a while was my blue silkissimee L’Oreal liner, and I had the goal to use it past the L’Oreal brand name. I knew I’d have it done this month as I was so close last month. Indeed, I was technically finished a week later though I continued to use it all month.
A product I didn’t like was the white colourpop eyeliner. I never thought it worked well, and despite it being quite new to my collection, it dried out, cracked, and bits of it kept breaking off and falling on my floor, or one time in my coffee, which I only found after I finished drinking my coffee. This is finished because probably after 3 uses the last bit broke off and fell on the floor. The three uses I had done had frustrated me completely anyhow. So I was not sorry that happened.
A drugstore product is my nyx eyebrow pencil which I am still using almost daily and working my way through. I have little to say about this other than I bet I’ll still be working on this well into the new year.
A product of my choosing was my it cosmetics cc cream. Despite having worked on finishing my matte cc cream at the beginning of the month, I did manage to get a good amount of this used. I am hoping that this month will be the final push on this one and I’ll finish it up so I can roll in something new next month.
An old favorite is the sample of benefit hula bronzer. While I realize that it doesn’t look like I really made any sort of dent in this, I have been using it consistently. I just decided to concentrate my brush on areas that did not have pan already.
My unique product is my little pan of frankenhighlight I created myself. It’s crumbly now, and I wasn’t able to finish because using this as a face highlight is too light for my skin in deep summer. I’ve been using it as an inner corner highlight but that’s slow going!
And with that, I get to roll in two new items.
12. A product you bought online.
The question is, what product didn’t I buy online? The vast majority of my makeup collecting has been online purchases. So, this prompt left me a ton of freedom. So I chose an Urban Decay eyeliner color starfire. It’s a travel size liner and I chose it because my eyeshadow project currently has a ton of coppery shimmers in it. This is a nice subtle way to tie in all those coppery colors. My goal is to work down to the 24 on the label.
13. A product you received as a gift.
I am fairly certain that there’s only one product I’ve ever received as a gift and that’s my Urban Decay Born to Run palette. So I’ve rolled it in. It’s been a goal this year to use this palette more, so I am not at all sad about this. My goal here is to hit pan on something in this palette. In reality, the closest I am to that in ANY shade is Big Sky, the blue that was in my eyeshadow project. While some colors in this palette are misses, by and large, I really like this palette. I plan to concentrate my usage for my eyeshadow roulette challenge on this palette as well. 30 uses of a few colors should help me hit pan, ideally before the end of the year.
So, that’s a wrap for another month. It’s nice that the two items I rolled out were balanced, one a longer term goal and the other short term. I am still enjoying this limited makeup project pan. I like that I can explore various items within my collection while also concentrating on a few select items to make use of them or use them up. It’s a nice balance I am enjoying very much!
It’s been some time since I’ve done any sort of update that wasn’t makeup or project pan related. And the reality is that this has everything to do with not crafting much at all. There are full weeks that go by without any knitting or spinning done at all. Many days are just busy, but I am also playing a lot of a video game instead as well. It’s kind of funny because back when I started knitting obsessively, I had decided to stop playing video games because at the end of the day I didn’t have anything to show for it. At least, in my mind, my creativity with knitting had a tangible object at the end of it. And so it’s been for 14 solid years. If it wasn’t knitting, it was spinning, processing fleece, dyeing yarn and fiber, sometimes even weaving, but always with the tangible item at the end.
The reality is that I am often overloaded with tangible items. They go to charity fundraisers and family and friends and still I have more tangible items than I need.
I have found that the current state of the world means that I just don’t have the energy to even think of what I might knit next. My brain is fried and even trying to find a pattern or read it or even download it is too much. So, I am back to video games and quite frankly, I could not care less about having a tangible item at the end.
In any case, today I do have a tangible item. Back at easter time I dyed some grey locks from a fleece I had processed with leftover easter egg dye. I didn’t do a fantastic job really, many of the locks were really muted in the end and I really would have done well to heat them higher with a longer period of soaking. But, at the same time, I had a cousin over and we were getting ready to go to the dog park and I really didn’t care.
I began flick carding those locks pretty soon after I dyed them but the project has sat in my living room unfinished ever since.
This morning we got a break in the heat. I am extremely sick of looking at that project unfinished in my living room. So, I sat outside and worked on it:
Oh yes, while outside I was also blocking a project I finally finished, more to come on that once it’s dry!
Out with me is our current foster dog. Poor gal is about a week into her forced kennel rest after heartworm treatment and she’s pretty miserable. There’s a ton o f whining and crying and not much at all of fun for her. She finds that even in the kennel she wants to be where the people and dogs are. We’d let her rest on the couch without the kennel as we did with our previous foster, but she doesn’t know the word rest outside the kennel. She’s young and extremely active and we can’t risk complications by letting her roam free and play. So we are all a little miserable during this time. Her bored and us sick of the whining and crying. In fact, the whole family is ready for a bit of a foster break after this darling finds her new home next month. Anyhow, point being, we just brought her entire kennel out to the patio so she could have a change of scenery while I worked on my project.
We did this last night while cooking too, just brought the entire kennel to the dining room so she could watch us cook. This little darling is a fantastic dog, active and fun and playful. Which means that it’s all the harder for her to be calm and makes me feel all the more guilty for forcing it even though it’s what is best for her.
In any case, I did finish the project! So I grabbed a shot of all my rolags from the project together.
Do I have any clue what these will be and how I will spin them and when? Nope, I do not. But, they can go back in the craft room and no longer live half done in my living room after 5 months of hanging out there and me working around them or trying to ignore them.
That’s it for today. It’s end of the month so it’ll be a fresh lot of makeup and project pan related posts shortly but somewhere in there I’ll also be able to post one precious finished object which feels like it’ll be the last for a long time. But who knows, perhaps my whims will switch again.
In yesterday’s post I talked about what came into my life in the month of August. Which was technically July. But I’ve got exactly no need or desire to purchase anything in August, so we are calling it August beauty balance.
That post left me with 34 items leaving my collection over what arrived this year so far.
But, I need to get my empties squared away. Here’s what I’ve gone through this month:
The photo is very dark, sorry about that. If I hadn’t gotten a photo at 6 am I probably wouldn’t have gotten a photo at all. These empties bring my total leaving my collection over what entered for the year up to 42. (It was 43 last month, so I’ve actually moved backwards by one item, but I’ll make up for that next month I believe.)
A rundown of the products:
I’ve got a body wash from Dr. Teals, this thing is massive and took us ages to get through. Especially since I’ve also been project panning a different body wash. I actually quite liked this and I would repurchase. It’s clean and fresh and not at all cloying of a scent.
I also finished after at least a year of use (I rotate shampoos and also have extremely short hair) a Redken shampoo I purchased over a year ago. It’s a very nice shampoo and I am glad to have used it. However, I’ve got 3 more I am rotating through so I won’t repurchase.
The Ouai leave in conditioner I finished during a project pan. I got so accustomed to using it that I now forget every morning to rinse the conditioner out of my hair while I am in the shower. I liked it, it smelled nice and worked fine. I just don’t have a huge reason to use a conditioner on super short hair so I wouldn’t purchase. I got this in a subscription box, so I never did choose it in the first place.
I’ve got two products from The Ordinary. The first was their Matrixyl and hyaluronic acid serum which worked fine and I’d repurchase but I’ve got something else I am working through first. I also finished their Retinol 1% in squalane which was just perfectly fine and I’d repurchase.
I also finished two cleansers. Both travel sizes. One is Philosophy’s purity made simple cleanser. This has a really lovely scent and seemed pretty gentle. I did like it. And the other is La Roche Posay Toleriane hydrating gentle cleanser. This one feels exactly like my cerave hydrating cleanser that I use every morning when I wake up, but had a different scent. It has a similar price point so I doubt I’d be convinced to switch.
And the final item for this group of empties is Clinique’s moisture surge moisturizer which I quite like. I used this at night daily until it was used up and as with many of clinique’s other moisturizers, quite loved it.
Truth is, if I’d postponed this empties post by abut 4 days I’d probably have another 4 items to add. I am that close on a number of products! But at the same time, I knew that if I didn’t get this posted it would probably be next month before I got an empties post up. So, I’ll be eager to share my empties again next month!
In early July I placed an order with Yes Style, it was my first order from this company that I’d heard so much about over the past few years. I had been wanting to try it for most of those years but also wanted to use a bunch of items I had in my collection, keep my eyes and ears open for the items I might best enjoy, and also order enough to make it “worth it” since the products must come from so far away.
I really didn’t expect my order to arrive so quickly, but by mid-July it was already at my house. Since I’d already done July beauty balance posts, I figured I’d just wait for August.
For starters, last month the total leaving my collection over what entered this year was 43 items. And here’s what entered “this” month.
9 items total. Here’s a rundown.
You don’t have to be following along with online beauty long before you realize that the Missha BB cream has a cult following. With its nice spf and great reviews, I thought I’d give it a try. While I’ve used it once, the color is more of a winter color so I have set it aside for now.
I also have heard great things about the Biore facial sunscreen. As someone who really hasn’t found her perfect sunscreen routine for mornings, I figured I’d give it a try.
Then I also go the CosRX snail mucin power essence. I have been using something from The Ordinary to keep the redness in my face under control, but I wanted to give this one a try. This is basically a replacement item as I am quite close to being done with what I have from The Ordinary.
Pyunkang Yul essence toner is something I tried in a sample size and really loved. That was about 2 years ago so it’s been sitting in my loves list since and I was quite happy to give it a try in this order.
I’ve also been eager to try a cleansing oil since I really enjoy cleansing balms. Technically I’ve got an overabundance of cleansing balms and really didn’t need this right now, but turns out I really enjoy it, have been using it regularly, and may very well repurchase in a future order. It’s Purito’s from green cleansing balm.
I liked the color tones of this romand better than shape bronzer/contour product. I haven’t really used it yet since I am working on a bronzer in my project pan but I look forward to doing so. Maybe I’ll experiment with it this week!
A’Pieu’s juicy pang blushers caught my interest. I tried these once but since it’s summer, I am leaving this to explore more thoroughly in the winter. I need the powder products in the summer!
And finally, the Peripera inklasting cover foundation seemed quite interesting and gets great reviews. Again I’ve purchased in a winter color, so I will be waiting on this item. I keep saying winter color, but really that’s most of fall, winter, and all of spring. I really only darken down for a short time in the summer so I tend to not purchase foundation colors in summer tones, using instead ones I already have to deepen down the winter colors.
And finally, not from the yes style order, is a simple container of wet n wild powder. I needed another powder to finish out my summer and I decided that this one is inexpensive and utilitarian and I’d just pick it up and call it good.
So, that’s 9 incoming items, leaving me at the total out over what came in this month at 34. And, since I’ve chatted so long about my purchases, I think I’ll save my empties for tomorrow.
Generally I attempt to get my eyeshadow roulette project post up on the 5th of the month. I did not do so this month, but I did take a snapshot of my notebook where I record usage to make sure at least that was accurate.
Here’s the color scheme I began with last month.
I’d had high hopes for this color palette, the blue in particular. Sadly, it did not perform well at all on my eyelids. When used as a shimmer all over the lid, it creased terribly and wore off. Also, the top matte shade developed pan about two days after this photo was taken, so I didn’t keep using it much after. Here’s the photo of the pans of each of these colors:
Urban Decay Big Sky (the blue) has a nice dip in it despite the fact that it won’t be used as a lid color. I am using it as an eyeliner when I can, and I now have 22 uses.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Georgia has a bit of a dip in it, and I was able to do a full 30 uses and rotate it out.
Revlon Maverick palette I hit pan 2 days after posting, so that got rotated out.
Colourpop Bye Bye Birdie palette I had both Heron Chic and Nevermore to work on. I managed to get my 30 uses on both and that palette is rotated out.
My Too Faced christmas palette color Make a Wish is starting to see a dip. I currently have 25 uses on this one so I will be able to finish in the upcoming month.
I did not achieve any “bonus” pans either this month, which is fine!
So, I pulled in new colors to keep with my 6 colors. And in the end, I pulled 3 nyx colors. One of which is in a palette I already had in this challenge. It’s the NYX happy birthday palette and I’d achieved 2 bonus pans during the time it was in the challenge previously. I love that I’ll keep working on the palette and get more use out of it.
Here’s the swatch photo:
The only matte here is the green at the bottom. That’s Violet Voss Sugar Crystals Palette (another I’ve already explored in this challenge!) color Mint Choco.
In any case, let’s ATTEMPT to be more organized. From top to bottom, the first two are the two still in from last month. Urban Decay Born To Run palette color Big Sky and the Too Faced christmas palette color Make a Wish.
Below those two is a Nyx copper shimmer color from an advent calendar. It’s a single. And then a nyx shimmer that is pink, it’s from the same advent calendar and is also a single.
And below that is another coppery nyx color from the happy birthday palette.
Ultimately while I’ll need to draw in mattes from elsewhere, this looks like a fairly cohesive color story and I will not have too much trouble working on it this month. I worry about the mint green but I’ll experiment with an “ice cream eye” look using the nyx singles as well.
Here’s what the pans are looking like:
These are just the rolled in colors as I took photos above of the other two palettes.
In the past I’d gone from trying to create pan in each color to just trying to get 30 uses or pan, whichever came first. Depending on where I am next month, I may try to give myself a new rule or two. The first may be that if I roll in a new palette, the next color I choose is also from that palette. Trying to juggle multiple palettes in the morning can be a bit daunting. Since I chose two singles this month I didn’t implement this rule yet. I may also keep rolling until I get a palette I haven’t used yet, as my usage on just two palettes is pretty heavy now, with little use on the other items in my collection. But at the moment, these are just ideas I am throwing around in my head, I am not implementing them yet!