July Beauty Balance Part 2

Yesterday we talked about my empties, which brought me to 49 items leaving my collection over what entered in this year.

Now we talk about the incoming items.

img_4163

This is kind of a funny one. I am now at 43 items leaving over what entered my collection.

The first item is CYO lifeproof foundation which left my collection earlier this year when Miss Butterfly decided she wanted it. After using it a few times, and using some of her other foundations, she has now decided (much to my happiness) that she actually would prefer not to wear makeup other than mascara. So, she returned to me a foundation I truly love.

While I didn’t need the Pond’s cleansing balm, I had been wanting to try it. But I’d never found it in store. And of course, going to stores is really unusual at this point. So, when I happened upon it in a store, I decided I’d pick it up. It’ll get used up pretty quickly and I am glad to finally get an opportunity to give it a try.

2 more products that have been on my too try list is the moroccanoil beach wave mousse. I got a travel size of it. The criticisms of this mousse leave me to believe that I will love it. Grainy, sticky, too textured, those are all really ideal descriptions for someone with my type of short hair that I am asking to stick right up in the air! Also, the too faced peach perfect powder I’ve been eager to try for a long time.

Along with that was a couple of samples, another Belif aqua bomb (because I will never pass it up, it’s my favorite!) and a fragrance sample.

So at the end of these incoming items, I am at 43 leaving my collection over what has entered.

And that’s all for this month. Next month I’ve decided to place a yes style order. I’ve wanted to explore various brands from there for ages and never pulled the trigger. I have now done so, and so that’ll be the incoming items next month. Hopefully I can keep up with my outgoing items so it’s not too big a drain on my outgoing count!

July Beauty Balance part 1

Here are my July empties. I’ll post incoming items tomorrow.

During my previous update, I had a total of 38 items leaving my collection over what came into my collection. It actually was a pretty cruddy update, in the sense that I had quite a few incoming items. I do have incoming items this month, but not too overwhelmingly so.

Here are my empties:

img_4162

Starting top left, I finished a second Garnier miceller cleanser. I do not like this product, this is the last in my collection, hope to never receive it as a sample again.

I also have a teal eyeliner that went off. I have tried sharpening it past the point where it’s gone off, but the product itself has gone fully off. I used to use this a lot, and I am sad I didn’t continue to do so. On the other hand, I have plenty of teal eyeshadows in my collection that would serve a similar purpose. So, I won’t be on the hunt for another teal liner.

I finished my travel size becca first light primer. I love this product, and it’s in the running for a repurchase someday when I finish all my other primers.

I finished 3 perfume samples all of which I enjoyed and also won’t purchase.

I have a sample size of it cosmetics cc cream (original formula) and while I do like the it cosmetics cc creams, this shade, light, is actually not that good on me despite the fact that light shade in the matte and illuminating formulas are fine on me. No repurchase and look forward to finishing up the other container in my collection.

I finished my AOA studios setting powder. At only a dollar, this is a perfectly serviceable setting powder and I might repurchase if I was making another AOA order. I’d pick up a few of them at a time in that case, as there really isn’t much product in there.

I finished up The Ordinary glycolic acid toner and I’ve already repurchased.

I finished the IGK texture spray which I liked but is not my favorite, won’t repurchase.

I finished my Big Sexy Hair hairspray, which I am very likely to repurchase but I’ve got travel sizes and hairspray backups to work through first.

Then there’s two sachets which do not count. One was a hair cc cream by Alterna which I liked a lot and the other was a tula exfoliating pad which was deceiving. I thought it would be some sort of proper chemical exfoliant but it was one of those weird ones with the product that balls up on your skin to cause a physical exfoliation. Hard pass.

This leaves 49 items leaving my collection over what entered it for the month of July.  My incoming items are a bit more reasonable this month but I’ll still add them in a separate post. That being said, 49 is certainly not where I’ll stay for the month, that number will be going back down a bit.

Partners in cream Project Pan update 6

In last month’s post, I didn’t truly finish anything up beyond a couple of perfume samples. And I ended up rolling in a couple more almost finished samples so I could take one more month to make a decision about what I wanted to pan next. Here’s the photo from last month.

img_3923

I had finished two perfume samples, not finished a third, and rolled in a fourth.

This month, I managed to finish all perfume samples plus the Becca First Light Primer.

img_4161

That leaves 3 items for updates. My It cosmetics matte cc cream has made so much progress that I can now see through the tube. In my experience, shortly I will be unable to use the pump anymore and will need to cut open the package. But, I also believe that finishing it from this point does take a good long time, probably about a month of use, and, I am a bit trying to savor this one for use when I am physically at work. That’ll be about 10 days total between now and the next update. So, this one might not be done before then.

Next up would be my Touch in Sol No Poreblem primer. I’ve really tried to concentrate on this one once the becca primer was done, but I don’t think I really made more progress than other months. That being said, steady progress is worthwhile progress as well, and progress remains pretty steady.

My rose facial spray is also in the steady progress category. I wasn’t sure it would be as I’ve been skipping this on the days I am physically at work. Instead I use a stronger holding setting spray because of mask use. This rose spray is really a seriously large amount, and I bet it takes another 6 months to finish this up.

So, I then needed to roll in two new items for this project. I have chosen a clarins facial sunscreen. I want to get this used up as it’s almost a year old. But typically I leave it out of my routine as it’s not a favorite of mine. I need to concentrate on it so I can get it finished up.

Then, I’ve got my two faced born this way foundation. This is typically too dark on me, and remains so now. I’ve used it to darken various foundations before. And last year I tried to pan it toward the end of the summer after finishing up a too dark mac foundation, but you can see on the two progress lines that I didn’t get very far. The progress remains at the bottom line, and since I don’t have a darker shade to work on, I genuinely do believe I can get this one worked through this year if I concentrate on it. I’ll lighten it a bit until I spend more time outside (soon) and then maybe even be able to use it full on for a bit. I’ll be extremely pleased to get this one used up if I can!

All in all a successful and steady progress type of update. Just like I prefer them! Looking forward to continued steady progress over the upcoming month, and trying not to stress about the fact that I currently have 3 foundations in various projects right now!

What’s In Progress Today?

When I finished up my nightshift shawl, I wasn’t in the mood to go hunt down a proper pattern and yarn combo. So, I used a couple things that were already wound up and sitting near my living room chair. One was a chain ply yarn that Miss Marja made, and the other was a 3 ply yarn I made out of fleece I processed myself.

I decided on the simplest of the simple scarves, and just did a 1×1 rib knit alternating the yarn colors. It’s always a hit.

img_4137

I’d say it’s coming along quite nicely and I definitely appreciate the pairing of the grey with the greens and purples. I am approaching the halfway point, according to the amount of Marja’s handspun I have available for it. I had 2 balls of yarn and I am almost done with the first.

At some point, I’ll need to take a closer look at my stash and my patterns to see what I want to knit next, but this will definitely do for now.

Pan Those Eyeshadows Update 3

My roulette style eyeshadow panning project continues on with considerable progress. I made some changes last month that really worked for me. Last month I decided that I’d work on an eyeshadow for 30 uses or hitting pan, whichever came first. Unsurprisingly, since overall, makeup is still something fairly new to my life, I am generally needing to get to the entire 30 uses as I am not hitting pan before that.

I have really enjoyed the project this month, I love that it keeps me both focused and creative, thinking of new ways to wear these eyeshadows. Here’s the swatch color scheme I was working with over the past month:

img_3866

I ended up finishing my 30 uses of both of the top two swatches. Here’s what the palettes look like now:

img_4131

I’ve circled the shadows that were actually in the project. A considerable dip was made in both of them, though pan was not hit. However, I did hit surprise pan in two shadows in the Nyx birthday palette. Prior to this challenge, neither of those shadows had pan showing. So, really, while I didn’t hit pan on the shadows I brought in to the project, two pans were hit anyhow.

Working my way down the swatch, the third color is Colourpor Bye Bye Birdie palette, color Nevermore. So far in this project I have used it 17 times. Only 13 uses left until I can roll it out.

The fourth color is the same palette, color Heron Chic. This one I’ve used 21 times, only 9 uses left.

Below that we have my Too Faced christmas palette, the color is Make a Wish. I’ve used this one only 9 times, so the 21 times I need to finish this isn’t likely to happen in the upcoming month!

And finally, the sixth color is from the Revlon Maverick palette, and I’ve used it 17 times. I actually think it’s possible I’ll hit pan on that one prior to my 30 uses, it’s very powdery.

Since I rolled out two shadows, I had the opportunity to roll in two more. My roulette app chose my Urban Decay Born to Run palette, color Big Sky, and Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, color Georgia.

Here’s the swatches:

img_4099

The almost invisible color is Sweet Peach Georgia and the last color is Big Sky from Born to Run. I am so excited about the pop of blue, and I am excited to try pairing it with the magenta Heron Chic color. I think that might make for a very nice look and a great way to get use out of both colors at once.

Sweet Peach Georgia might be finished this month as well, as I can use it as a transition shade with each and every look.

img_4132

I’ve circled each of the 6 colors in the photo above. My focus will be finishing up Heron Chic, then finishingup Nevermore, ideally rolling that entire palette out next month. I do think I can manage to complete both of those, though it might be a bit of a push. I am anticipating that Georgia and the matte color from the Revlon Maverick palette might get pan in them prior to the end of the month as well. as I’ve already got good dips in both.

I really cannot stress enough how enjoyable I’ve found this little project of mine. I eagerly work through my shadows and every time I look at a new palette I want, I weigh that want against my desire to work through my shadows roulette style. And the new thing generally comes up as something I would pass on since I likely wouldn’t roll it in quickly. I don’t know how long this motivation will last, but I am extremely pleased with it right now, and that’s more than I could hope for. Can’t wait to update again next month!

Nightshift

I’ve been following a lot of folks who have made the nighshift shawl and I’ve always enjoyed how they turned out. I finally decided instead of just following and drooling over finished objects, it’s time for me to knit one of my own.

I did not end up following along with the proper color sequence. Instead, I decided to use a bunch of handpsun yarn I had, most of which had 100 yards or less per color.

img_4130

It turned out bright and cheery and scrappy. I enjoyed it so much that I have another shawl’s worth of handspun already wound up and waiting for me to start one with predominately pink and purple tones. I doubt I’ll start it today, but likely at some point this week.

In other types of news, I really enjoy blocking a shawl in the summer. Once soaked, I can often set it out in the sun and it’s done drying in no time since the heat is so high here!

We were looking forward to our next foster dog, a blue-eyed gal that I’d already fallen hard for. But, alas, her mental health just isn’t what it needs to be to come to us and get adopted out. I am thankful for the rescue she’s currently at being honest about the situation and not putting us and our dogs in danger. I hope for the best for her. Sometimes rescue is sad.

But, our rescue, knowing how much we were looking forward to our next foster dog, hooked us up with a mamma dog that needs placement. Her puppies are also coming to our rescue and will go to a different foster home. So, we again get to look forward to fostering and are hoping that an arrangement can be made for our foster dog to be here soon!

Between the Pans

I am still knitting, though I had been dividing my time between two different projects so progress looked slower. Now that I think about it, the second project never even made it to an in progress photo and blog post. It is close enough to being done now that I will just wait until I have another finished object to post.

But, I did show off my striped bias shawl made out of laceweight silk and a leftover ball of gorgeous handspun I had in stash. Now it’s complete.

img_4119

This is a strong “will knit again” project. I like the drape of it, I like the pops of color in the handspun, the knitting of it was very pleasant, and it’s soft and going to feel fantastic around my neck in the winter. And in fact, I do have enough of the laceweight yarn to pair it with another handspun ball of leftovers.

Rolling Project Pan Update 6

It’s headed toward the first of the month, so it’s time for the first of my two beginning of the month project pan updates. Let’s start with the makeup one! This is the one in which I use prompts to choose the products I try to pan or meet goals on. Prompts and last month’s photo below.

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.

img_3862

I was close enough to done with the pretty vulgar powder to call it done, and I added the AOA studios powder as my product from a previous project.

This month’s photo:

img_4101

An expensive product is my attempt to hit pan on my hourglass dim light powder, still hasn’t happened.

A drugstore product is my NYX eyebrow pencil which I am making progress on, but it’s slow going. I may have explained in the last post that I am using this simultaneously with another brow pencil that I like less. I generally use the one I like less when I am spending the day at home and saving this one for when I am going to work. But, progress is being made!

An old favorite is my benefit hula bronzer, and I FINALLY hit pan! My goal is to use this up, and I am positive it’ll take all year. I am not going to concentrate on increasing the pan this upcoming month, instead, I plan to start concentrating my brush on the other side so it wears a bit more evenly. Hitting pan really did help my motivation though, I’ve been waiting on that pan for at least two months.

A product I haven’t used in a while is my L’Oreal silkissimee liner in blue. My goal on this one was to use it past the “L’Oreal” text, and it currently says “L’OrI” so that’s some good progress too! I’ve been super happy with this color as it pairs beautifully with the pinks and reds that are in my current eyeshadow project.

A product of my choosing was the it cosmetics cc cream. This is such an odd one to me, as I’ve used the illuminating and matte versions and both match me well in color light, but this one looks too yellow. I’ve kind of been saving it for at home days. I finished up the tiny sample, and only have the travel sized version left. I have used the travel size once.

My product from a previous project was the AOA studios powder and I finished that up pretty easily as well! So, I get to roll in another prompt and product.

10. A Unique product-for this I am choosing my last pan of “frankenhighlight.” I made this out of a cruddy eyeshadow palette and some really white sparkly loose highlighter. I had a total of 3 pans and I’ve used up the other two. I’d like to move this one out of my collection as well. This is best used as an inner corner highlight but can also be used on my cheeks. I already have pan on it, and it’s pretty loosely pressed overall. I think I can get this used up in a month or two.

I had been really struggling to see any movement at all on this project 2 months ago. In two months, enough movement to keep me inspired! If I am lucky I’ll be able to choose one more prompt next month, and that’s absolutely what I’ll be working toward.

Strider

Here’s a finished object I quite enjoyed knitting in the most mindless of ways.

img_4059

This is the Strider scarf and boy did it turn out beautifully! The yarn is Miss Marja’s handspun. I was 2/3 of the way through when Rosie dog got hold of the ball of yarn and ripped it up pretty good. I was able to untangle enough to finish the scarf properly without too much loss. It’s still a nice beefy scarf. But, I would have appreciated having all the yarn to devote to it of course.

This is most certainly on my list of items to knit again. Absolutely.

It Is Done

Our sweet little foster dog found her new home! We received an approved application for a woman who works from home permanently, a woman with a fenced-in yard, someone who doesn’t have other dogs, but has grandkids and granddogs that visit.

When she came to meet our sweet foster, it was apparent that she was just as taken with her as we have been for all our dogs, meeting them for the first time.

So, after a few days where our foster dog finished up her treatment and got to go to the dog park:

img_4016

And got to go on a few walks with us, and meet neighborhood children, we prepared for her to leave our home.

We said our goodbyes and treasured her completely for about 24 hours before it was time for her to go home. And when it was time, we got her all dressed up and headed over to her new home which isn’t at all far from our home!

img_4048

Didn’t she look cute?

She walked into her new home and acted like she owned the place. Not even a little hesitation. She even managed to find a bag of dog food in the basement to investigate. She used her nose all over her new home and I am certain she’s still doing that today.

We couldn’t have anticipated a more perfect home for her. And while we miss the pitter patter of a third set of dog feet in the house, we are so pleased that she’s found a forever home!

Fostering

Since the first post where we originally got our little foster dog, I haven’t given any updates! I think this is because it’s been quite busy with 3 dogs in the home.

For the first two weeks she was in our home she was not feeling particularly well as heartworm treatment is rough on dogs. She mostly slept and wanted to be on a human or left alone.

After two weeks she was feeling much better. That made the forced rest that she was on a little more difficult. But, it also made her more comfortable with our resident dogs. For the first two weeks, we were struggling with her and Rose getting along. To be fair, we still struggle from time to time. But with her feeling healthier, it’s definitely easier.

img_3853

She’s particularly fond of sitting on or near the humans in the home. In this photo, she snuggled up to Fury for the first time. She also knows how to work those eyes and ears!

On Wednesday she’s finally done with her forced rest for heartworm treatment and can go for a walk with our dogs. I think this will be so welcome to her, as well as being a good thing for our dogs all to do together. We do feel that by taking on a dog going through heartworm treatment, we were unable to use all the tricks and techniques we generally do in order to integrate a new dog into our household.

img_3921

Here she is helping me work from home.

She really is a darling little dog. We are still waiting for a family to adopt her. She will stay with us until that happens. But once it does, well be able to choose a new dog to foster, thus being able to save one more.

June Beauty Balance Part 2

Otherwise known as, the items that entered my collection. And there were many.

In yesterday’s post I’d made it to 59 items leaving my collection over what entered this year so far. This total is going to be reduced greatly. There were a couple factors. First, the hair event, I knew I had a number of things I would pick up during the hair event. Then, I had finished or almost finished some items I needed to replace, and in doing so, I also ended up with a goody bag of samples.

And then there was the shopping trip. The first big one since the stores have opened up a bit. And in fact, it wasn’t meant to be as large a trip as it was. The goal had simply been to go to a store to return some clothing that didn’t fit, purchased during the stores closed to the public portion of the pandemic. Miss Butterfly and I had decided to go early in the morning in order to stay away from the crowds. We’d double checked store hours, but when we arrived, there were signs on the window indicating a late start. We were more than an hour and a half early. We should have just gone home. But, she checked the other stores in that chain, some of them indicating a late start, one did not, so we drove all the way out to THAT store. Guess what? It, too, had a late start, even though the web was not updated.

There was a farmer’s market there, we wandered through but saw little. We wandered through the shopping center, all outdoors. Nothing was open. We got in the car and headed back to the first complex. Then we hit up Target and Ulta while waiting for the store we wanted to be at to open up.

And honestly, my ability to slow my spending roll was really low that day I think. I purchased at both ulta and Target and honestly, I didn’t need any of it. But here we are.

First photo:

img_3899

I am getting close to being done with my retinoid product, soI wanted to get some new. It was cheaper to purchase two at a time, so I did. I finished up a cleansing balm and Clean It Zero was on sale and something I’ve always wanted to try. I picked that up. The Ordinary glycolic acid toner I picked up as I am almost done with my current container. I finished our cerave facial cleanser this month, and it was buy one get one half off, so I picked up the night cream I enjoy using as well. Elf’s jelly collection is back for a limited time, and I’d heard good things about that cleanser too, so I picked up one of those. And, we are close to being done with our shower gel that everyone uses, so I picked up a new shower gel too.

Now we are back down to 51 items leaving my collection this  year over what entered. But wait, it’ll go way down in the next photo as well.

img_3900

Here we have the 3 hair products I intended to pick up in order to get me through to the next hair event. I also seemed to be unable to resist trying a couple of the tiny elf eyeshadow palettes I’ve been seeing everywhere lately. I had heard good things about the elf jellypop primer as well, figured I’d give that a try. And, I missed having maybelline age rewind concealer so I got one of those.

The rest of the items are from the samples I was sent. A Belif aqua bomb you KNOW I’ll use, I love the stuff. A cerave moisturizing lotion, again nothing wrong with that! There’s a la roche posay cleanser I am eager to try as well as a dermalogica spf. There’s a shiseido toner and a mario badescu facial spray. All of these items I’ll use happily. There was also a face mask, but I didn’t want it, I already moved it to Miss Butterfly’s collection.

So that brings me back down to 38 items leaving my collection over what entered. AND, it leaves me desirous of another low buy time period. From here through mid-August, replacements ONLY. I just do not need anything, and this was a rather massive restock.

June Beauty Balance

This will be a post in two parts. Today is empties, tomorrow will be purchases. This is because there are too many empties and purchases to combine this into one post.

In May, I had 44 items leaving my collection over what came in. Here’s what I finished up and decluttered this month:

img_3889

At the very top there is a food container. This held, for the past 2 years, a full container of coconut oil which Mr. Ink decided he didn’t need in his kitchen. I then spent 2 years incorporating it into my routine for makeup removal. Not every day, as it’s a bit heavy. But, as regularly as I could get away with. You bet your booty I am counting this as an empty.

Then there’s a couple large items. Our regular Cerave cleanser that I keep in our shower, this is used by Miss Butterfly and me. There are two redken hair products, one is a thickening lotion and the other a spray mousse. Neither of which I’ll repurchase but I am happy to have used them. Then a full container of dry shampoo that I am giving to Miss Butterfly.

That’s 49 items out over what came in. Second photo. Yep, there’s more:

img_3890

There’s sample size of supergoop sunscreen, it doesn’t count. But it smelled great!

I have a sample size it cosmetics mascara, I just opened it, remembered how much I hate it and how much it transfers on my browbone, and gave it to Miss Butterfly.

There’s a tiny pan of highlighter-it was a highlighter I created, and called my frankenhighlight. This was back in 2018. This is the second of 3 pans of it, and I finished it.

Then there’s a beauty blender cleanser solid that I finished. I wouldn’t repurchase.

I have a L’oreal brow stylist. I couldn’t get any more product out of it so I removed the stopper. That was a mistake, as then it was so goopy I couldn’t use it on my brows and I could see how discolored it was from being used for so long. That’s enough, it’s done. I might repurchase this.

I have a clinique hydrating jelly moisturizer and I liked it so much more than I imagined. I  rolled my eyes when this item showed up on the market. It looked gross to me, and I “knew” it would be sticky. I was incorrect, it’s a lovely moisturizer, one I’d be happy to own at some point.

I finished up two of my perfume samples, black opium and Ralph Lauren for Women, both of which I liked quite a lot.

I am tossing my lash glue. It is all goopy and gross, it no longer works. If I ever want to wear fake lash pieces again, I’ll buy new glue. But, I think that’s probably over with my wedding, I haven’t had a moment’s urge to do so since.

And, the final two items. A clinique take the day off balm which I LOVE, and a pretty vulgar powder I finally finished up.

Now that’s 59 items out over what entered this year. Here’s a spoiler, I purchased a lot this month and I’ll end up all the way down below where I started in tomorrow’s post.

Partners in Cream project pan update 5

My Partners in cream project pan should have been updated yesterday but I did not get around to it. I figured I’d get a final day of use in by postponing until today, but I ended up not wearing makeup at all. So, here we are. Last month:

img_3652

In the last update I’d been making good enough progress even though I wasn’t wearing a ton of makeup in general. This month I wore makeup a lot. I just…decided I was going to wear it to feel awake and alive and good. And, I was in the office more than I had been previously.

Here’s this month:

img_3923

I made great progress on my cc cream. Really good dent in it. And, now that I’ve been outside more, this is a great color as is, I don’t have to mix with a lighter foundation to get a proper color match. I suspect I’ll be done within the next two months here.

My Becca first light primer is also seeing a nice amount of use, I will certainly be able to finish this up in the upcoming month. I’ll roll in another primer once this one is gone.

My No Poreblem primer has seen a little less use than the becca one, but I am still making progress.

Nice amount od progress on my Rose facial spray!

And then, I’d rolled in 3 perfume samples last month. I finished two of them, the third I am close to being done with, and I added in a fourth which is a Jo Malone fragrance. I mostly did this because I wasn’t entirely sure what to roll in next. I figured another month working on sample fragrances would buy me the time I need to decide on a new product next month.

So, if all goes well, I’ll have at least two new items to roll in next month, and possibly three depending on where I am with that cc cream. I feel very good about this month’s update!

In Process

So, I finished up the flatten the curve scarf over the weekend and realized I hadn’t shown the other project I’ve been working on. The pattern is called Strider, and it’s a very simple modular scarf/shawl. I am, again, using Marja’s handspun from my stash. This one is a nice deep green gradient. The long rows of this knit show off that color beautifully.

img_3908

The rows are long, the increases are simple, and it’s all garter stitch. I should be bored. I am not.

Flatten the Curve Scarf

I decided to use some of Miss Marja’s lovely handspun to knit a flatten the curve scarf. Sadly, I did not read the pattern correctly and missed some of the garter ridges. But, it’s still a pretty scarf.

img_3901

Half of it is knit flat and the other half on the bias, which is pretty clever, I think. That being said, this really needs a garter border down the length of the side, as the edges on the flat side want to curl in.

I really enjoyed the changing colors of the handspun yarn though, isn’t it pretty?

Pan Those Eyeshadows Update 2

The second month of pan those eyeshadows roulette style comes with some new rules. Previously I mentioned that I could roll out a shadow that I’ve hit pan on or used 35 times in 3 months. I am changing the rules a bit. I can roll out a project I’ve hit pan on or used 30 times total, whichever comes first.

Here’s what I had in my little project:

img_3626

This photo above is from last month, I’ll post a current photo below. I’ve got a Nyx happy birthday palette, the color I got was a green. A single shadow from Sydney Grace called Token, Heron Chic and Nevermore from Bye Bye Birdie palette by Colourpop, Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette-color sugar crystals, and not shown is a color from my Too Faced christmas palette called Make a Wish. I hadn’t used it enough to grab a photo.

And here’s my usage breakdown:

  1. Nyx green-16 uses this month for a total of 24 uses. (I feel certain I will roll this out next month.)
  2. Too Faced Christmas Make a wish used once for a total usage of twice.
  3. Sydney Grace Token used 18 times for a total use of 30-time to roll it out!
  4. Birdie Heron Chic used 6 times for a total of 10 uses.
  5. Birdie Nevermore used 3 times for a total of 6 uses.
  6. Sugar Crystals used 8 times for a total of 16 uses.

So, I got to roll in a new shadow, which turned out to be a shadow in my Revlon Maverick palette. It’s a matte colored orangey brown, which I think could pair well with the nyx green and maybe even the Too Faced color I haven’t used much at all.

img_3884

Here’s my update photo for this month. No new pans anywhere, though I’d hoped to get surprise pan on another nyx color. It could happen by next month though. The Sydney Grace single will be leaving the project, and I’ve added in the little maverick palette.

Here are the swatches of the colors for this upcoming month:

img_3866

I am trusting that new brown matte shadow to look good with the Nyx green and the Too Faced color I’ve barely worn right above it. It might even work with the bye bye birdie shimmer. The best part is that I’ll get to play around with it this month and see how it works for me.

As for what I’ll concentrate on, it’ll be finishing the 30 uses of the nyx green. I’ve only got 6 more uses left, and I am positive I’ll manage that. I will be so pleased to roll that one out! It’s an underperforming shadow at best, and I always need some sort of shadow topper to make it look good. Beyond that I am not sure, but likely I’ll keep chipping away at the violet voss shadow and the colourpop heron chic shadow.

While I am not using much else in my collection so that I can concentrate on this challenge I’ve given myself, I am fully enjoying the challenge. It’s fun to create looks across palettes and it’s also fun to just concentrate on a few palettes and colors.

Rolling Project Pan Update 5

This is my project pan where I use various prompts to help me choose my products. Here’s what I was working with 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

img_3592

And this is where I was last month. I had rolled in the Bare Minerals pro powder foundation thinking that I’d wear powder foundation to work under my mask. That’s not exactly what happened. What I found works best for me is to wear regular foundation set well around my chin, nose, and cheeks with setting powder. That lasts with no touch-ups between mask wearing for half the day. Then, when touch-ups are actually necessary, I use the bare minerals pro foundation to touch up, covering the slightly spotty worn off areas between mask-wearing.

As such, I am rolling that item back out, keeping my prompt, and rolling in something new for that prompt. That item is two sample/travel size It cosmetics your skin but better cc creams.

img_3862

Here’s where I am currently. For a product with cute packaging, the pretty vulgar setting powder is almost gone. I am going to finish it this month. As such, my plan is to roll something new in this time around and consider this complete. You’ll see it in my empties.

An expensive product is my hourglass dim light powder, which I desire to hit pan on. I have not yet done so. This is a lot of product, I’ve been using this regularly all year and I have not hit pan. I used it regularly in the past 2 years as well and did not hit pan. So, I’d say that while it is an expensive product, it packs a punch in the amount of product.

A Drugstore product is my NYX eyebrow pencil. I am making progress bit by bit. However, progress has slowed a bit on it. This is because I have another eyebrow pencil that I like less. The color on it is a little warm-toned for my liking. I’ve been using that one up during times when I am working from home. I have saved the nyx one for work and activities outside the home when I want to wear something I think looks better.

An old favorite is my benefit hula bronzer. It’s a sample size, so one would have thought I’d hit pan by now, and it always looks like I will at any moment. One thing is that I began using a fluffier and larger brush, so I think I am no longer wearing away just a targeted section of product. But that upper right-hand corner is super thin, so maybe next month? I keep saying that.

For a product I haven’t used in a while, I have chosen the blue eyeliner. My goal is to use it past the L’oreal wording. I can no longer see the last “L” so progress is being made. I just had to toss a teal eyeliner of the same type for having gone bad. So, I am glad to have chosen to work on this a bit.

And, as I mentioned, a product of my choosing is the it cosmetics cc creams. I can’t really mark them. I’ll concentrate first on the smallest one, as that’s the one I’ve already opened. I think that’ll easily be gone before next month’s update. I don’t think I’ll easily be able to track progress visually, so the larger item is 21 grams, I’ll weigh it to keep track.

That leaves me one more prompt and product to roll in this month. My prompt is

9. A product from a previous project.

Since I am rolling out a powder, I decided to roll in another powder. It’s my AOA studios setting powder. The lowest marking line is where it sits currently, so there’s not a ton in there. It is certainly not my favorite powder by any stretch of the imagination, so I’ll be happy to get it used up and out of my collection. Once that’s gone, that’ll leave me with only one setting powder left in my collection, no backups to be had. I am rather excited about that because it means in a few months, I’ll get to choose something to try next rather than going back to my collection repeatedly.

Since I am starting to experience a bit of a rolling of products now, after a rather slow start, I have been taking a look at the prompts. To be honest, some of them are rather difficult and I’ll have to get a bit creative. Even though I am not choosing my prompts roulette style, I can’t really plan far ahead, since I don’t really know when various products in the project currently will be finished up. In any case, I am pleased with the project pan work on makeup this month, and am eager to continue using the products currently in rotation during the upcoming month.

 

 

Protect Your Meatsuit Project Pan Update 5

Nothing finished this month, but I am hopeful for next month.

Last month:

img_3602

This month:

img_3856

Just steady progress all across the board.

I think my plan this month is to really concentrate on the elemis enzyme peel facemask. I plan to use it in lieu of a regular resurfacing serum to finally work through it. I am not certain what I’ll roll in after, but it would be nice to have this one finished up and out of my collection.

Not the most interesting update, in fact, I don’t really have anything to say about these items individually. Just slow and steady progress.

In Progress

Recently I am generally knitting only one project at once, but this week I ended up casting on two new projects.

I think I chose to do so because when I started the one which was laceweight, I quickly got bored knitting laceweight stockinette, and had to do something which had more interest to me.

Here’s the laceweight stockinette project:

img_3803

The pattern is Striped Bias Shawl but I cut down the number of stitches to make it into a scarf instead. I had plenty of laceweight yarn, but the thicker handspun I wanted to use was lower in yardage than what was called for. So, I decided to make it a scarf instead.

This should be a very soft scarf, the laceweight yarn is silk and the handspun has a high cashmere content. I like pairing two textures together, I often think this is one of the best uses of handspun. So, I think I’ll be particularly happy with this project when it is done even if I am not thrilled with the knitting of it.

Because I quickly exhausted my motivation for laceweight silk, I cast on a Flatten the Curve scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun. It’s handspun I’d had my eye on for a very long time in her collection. During our holiday time spent together, she decided it was one she would allow me to knit up. I am loving this scarf, no motivation problems here at all!

img_3802

I am sure that’s part color change and part slight interest with the bias section and simple pattern. This is one of those patterns that wants to knit itself. If I had to do it over again, I’d make a garter border and a bit of a garter stitch edge on the straight knit side, as those pieces want to curl. But, it’ll be a nice warm comfortable scarf once it’s done.

I haven’t managed at all to work on any new spinning, but I think that’s probably ok for now. Current projects and foster dog care are pretty sufficient to keep me occupied at the moment!

Brights

I’ve been doing a bit of spinning lately. I finished up 8 ounces of 2 ply over the weekend, and it was very pleasant to work through. Want to see it?

img_3751

I ended up with a sock weight yarn, and it’s 685 yards or so. I really like the brights!

Then I did a little more plying. I’ve been saving up my scrappy ends of singles for well over a year. I used a mason jar, and every time I had extra I’d ball it up and throw it in the jar. The jar was full, so I decided I’d get a skein of scrappy yarn plied.

I just love love love the craziness of a 6 ply yarn. I’ve done them as chain ply yarn holding 3 singles together before, but this time I just wanted to do a full 6 ply yarn.

img_3753

I ended up with 125 yards of bulky 6 ply yarn and it’s just so pretty! The common thread in this skein is that there is one navy blue single all the way through. I have enough navy blue singles to do at least one more skein, but I need more scraps, so it’ll have to wait. I’ll fill up my mason jar again, and then do another ply session. It’ll be quite some time before that can be done, but since handspun yarn does tend to live in my collection for a good long time, that shouldn’t be a problem.

I’ve started a few knitting projects and look forward to showing them off this week. Again, handspun will be a major component in both of them. And I do think I’ll start another spinning project soon. In the meantime, stay well!

 

Quarantimes, next project

We’ve begun our next quarantimes project here at our house. You see, all of Miss Butterfly’s summer plans have now been canceled, leaving her with an abundance of time on her hands. I continue to work from home a major part of the time, and I see that continuing for who knows how long. Our state is being particularly cavalier about this virus, so this is likely to extend our work from home status.

Since we got our Lizzie dog almost 3 years ago, I’ve been bugging Mr. Ink about fostering for our rescue. It’s actually how we ended up with Rose, he agreed to a second dog if I would stop bugging him about fostering. And it turned out to be a great decision. In reality, Lizzie wouldn’t have accepted dogs in and out of the home anyhow.

We got Fury for Rose, and now find ourselves without a quarantimes project. I mean, honestly, no one in this house wants to pick up a paintbrush or roller again anytime soon. So, a few weeks back I asked Mr. Ink again if we could foster, seeing as we were home quite a lot. This was at lunchtime. Mr. Ink said “Yep, let’s give it a go.” So, I filled out the application that afternoon, was accepted immediately, no surprise since we’ve been volunteering for the rescue in various capacities for ages now, and we were on our way to becoming a foster home.

I looked through the dogs available to foster and picked one out, but it looked like it was possible she was already taken. The rescue owner said she’d get back to me. Mr. Ink got home from work and said “Do we have a dog yet?” Which is when I realized he wasn’t going into this halfheartedly, he was all in too. Later that evening, we found out that we could get that dog in, so we arranged to have her stay with us once she was transported to our city.

And on Saturday, she made her way to our city after a 2 day long transport with 35 other dogs. Amazing! Her rescue name is Splendid, and she’s doing great. Want to meet her?

I chose her name since Fury’s name is from Mad Max Fury Road. I thought I’d stick to the theme. She’s said to be 2 years old, she’s 19 pounds, and she’s a very sweet companion dog. She came in with extremely long talon like nails curled all the way back under her feet. We are working to slowly work those talons back so she can walk easily. She’s also heartworm positive, she has received her treatment, and now needs to stay resting for a month so that the worms can clear out of her system without causing heart and lung issues. So, we’ll have her for at least a month. And really, we’ll have her until she is adopted out.

She’s an easy dog so far. She doesn’t chew things. She doesn’t get up to no good. She is appreciating the fact that her main job right now is to chill out and rest. She doesn’t mind having her nails done, she doesn’t mind being picked up, all in all, she’s going to make someone a very easy dog, which is lovely!

Our dogs are adjusting pretty well too. I wasn’t sure how Fury would do, but Fury is perfectly content with another dog in the house. Turns out, that’s unsurprising since Fury was in two different foster homes before she came to us, and in both homes, there were lots of foster dogs and resident dogs. Rose is a little bit more of a wild card, she wants to assert her dominance. And that’s fair, she’s the most established dog member of our household. But she, too, is adjusting just fine.

So, I suspect that you’ll see a bit more of Splendid in the days to come as we walk the path of our very first foster dog! So far, it’s gone very well. On the docket today is a proper bath.

Candle Flame

I pulled out some yarn I made out of rolags I had created on my blending board. Originally I wanted to pair the overall green yarn with a grey, but once I got it wound up, I didn’t have a grey that worked particularly well with the weight of that pretty green. So I chose differently.

img_3712

I ended up making a candle flame patterned scarf, and it really did turn out beautifully! I believe it took me half of the scarf to finally memorize the pattern, so now I am half tempted to make another one just so I can keep the pattern memorized.

Next up, spinning! Because I haven’t figured out what to knit next. But that’s for another day…

May Beauty Balance-One More!

I’ve spent some time reorganizing my vanity recently. And, in doing so, I decided that the one thing I do not need to keep anymore is nail polish. I just do not do my nails. I decided that on the special occasions I want my nails done, I’ll get them done at a salon. But, that’s like maybe once a year? Or less. This is just not something I need in my life. So, during my vanity reorganization, I choose to declutter all the nail polish items and give them to Miss Butterfly. She was happy to receive them.

In my last beauty balance post, I had 40 items leaving my collection over what entered into it. With the nail polish declutter I have 51 leaving.

img_3698

I am not going to go into any detail about these polishes. I like all of them, they are all pretty, I like wearing them. But I don’t paint my nails and I haven’t in more than a year. When I first started using makeup in 2018, I did paint my nails frequently. But, I just don’t like doing it that much. It’s not a creative thrill.

I do have to actually do a little balance though, as I picked up some hair products in the ulta hair event. I also picked up a blush.

img_3700

Some of the hair items were freebies and some I purchased fair and square but half price. I was running out of many items and my hope during the hair events is always to purchase what I need to get me through the next hair event. So, I hope I have done so, though there’s one more day in which I’ll pick up some powder texturizer, I just need to wait for the sale.

Miss Butterfly and I also spent a little time discussing what drugstore brand we might like to explore a few items from. We decided Milani was on our list, and so this time I picked up the iconic Milani Luminoso blush. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am looking forward to it.

This brings me back down to 44 items leaving my collection over what entered it. And that’s where we stand for May. I’ll be back with another post after June 10 and my project pan posts are up.

 

 

My Finished Object

I finished my Metanoia Wrap last week and then procrastinated the washing and blocking of it. Why? No clue. At first, my excuse was that it had to block on the daybed which is where I work when I work from home. But then I spent 3 days in a row physically at work and still didn’t block it. Finally gathered the motivation over the weekend.

img_3693

I didn’t have enough solid purple yarn to do the one final repeat I needed, so it’s slightly short. I do not think this will matter in any way.

This was such an enjoyable knit. If I find another two yarns of appropriate yardage and matching weights, I will absolutely knit this again. Just all-around enjoyable and fairly mindless knit once the pattern was memorized.

Another May Beauty Balance

Yep, already. Though, to be fair, a few are declutters.

In my last beauty balance post, I had 34 items leaving my collection over what came in. The other day, Miss Butterfly informed me she needed a mascara. Since I’ve got some mascara for moments like this, I gave her one, which caused it to leave my collection. In that moment, I figured I’d better pull out my used up items so I didn’t forget to post.

img_3669

It was dark and rainy, so the photo is not fantastic. This is 6 more items leaving my collection, I am not counting the sachets but there is a hard to see lump of almost gone soap near them that I am counting. So, 40 items leaving my collection over what has entered it this year.

I used up a full Kiehl’s creamy eye treatment. This is a fine treatment, but I won’t repurchase. I love my belif one far more.

I was pretty close to being done with the hand cream from Morrocan oil. It has the typical morrocan oil scent. I have had this for some time now, it’s been hanging out in my hand bag, but I never seem to use it or even want to use it. So, I’d pulled it out to make certain I used it up. I used it once, and ended up with such an allergic reaction to it that I realized that I always felt ill when I used it, which is why I really never wanted to use it. I was associating the two things subconsciously, but not connecting them properly. I decluttered it to Miss Butterfly.

I also gave her a essence lash princess mascara. She said “This one transfers.” I said “Beggers can’t be choosers.” She said “Eh, I guess it’s fine, I can’t go anywhere anyway!”

There are also some cover FX glitter drops that I decluttered to her. I have made a point to try these out this month, just attempting to find some way of using them, and the reality is, I just can’t. They don’t fit in my routine, they go on patchy, they are too glittery to mix into foundation, they just are NOT for me.

Then there’s a wet n wild eyeshadow primer. I am closing in on finishing my mac paint pot as an eye primer and I wanted to see if this still worked for me so I could avoid purchasing a new one. I opened it up, it has both separated and stinks. It’s gone off, so this one headed into the trash.

And then there was the soap, a homemade bar of soap I used as a hand soap in the bathroom. It was licorice scented and I really loved it! The person who made it no longer makes soap, so it’s not a repurchase. It was the absolute last of its kind.

The two sachets I used very quickly, the estee lauder night repair serum that I like and will use if I can get my hands on it in a sample form but don’t purchase, and a new to me overnight sleeping moisturizer from dermalogica which smelled fantastic, but strong. I might consider repurchasing if I really wanted to treat myself but the reality is, I’d more likely spend less and use cerave instead.

There you have it, a few more items out of my collection. I do have some items from the ulta hair event which was announced right after I made my most recent hair purchases. Nevertheless, while a quarantine did help me reduce the use of many of my hair items for a time, I do go into the office these days, and am using a lot of hair products again. So, a bit of a stock up will be for the best, as there isn’t likely to be another hair event until partway through October.

Spinning

Here’s the thing. I didn’t do much spinning last year. I was trying to work through some yarn stash and didn’t want to add much too that. In the end, I added a ton to it, through Miss Marja’s handspun, but didn’t really get to enjoy my own spinning projects.

I am going to attempt to let that not be the case this year. I have really been craving some wheel time lately. So I made time.

img_3662

I don’t currently have a knitting project on the needles at all. This is my only project. I don’t know how long that will be the case, but it’s working for me for now. This’ll be an 8 ounce project, so it should take me a little while.

Partners in Cream Update 4

It’s the 10th of the month, so it’s time for a partners in cream project pan update. I appreciate that I was able to make some progress on my items this month. Here’s where I was last month:

img_3440

I had rolled out the contour palette and finished the bare minerals primer. I also knew I’d finish the Skin & Co facial spray (I did, it was in yesterday’s empty post).

Here’s where I am now:

img_3652

Now, I’d rolled in the no poreblem primer last month assuming I’d be wearing a lot of powder foundation. The thing is, I actually found that I was using the powder foundation as a topper at work when the masks wore off the foundation on my nose. So, I didn’t really get as much use out of it as I had anticipated. I do plan to experiment with this a little more this month, so I am leaving it in the project. If I don’t make much progress over the upcoming month, I’ll roll it back out and find something else.

The Becca Backlight primer has gotten a lot of use, I really made some solid progress on this.

I made only the tiniest bit of progress on my facial spray, mostly because the vast majority of the month I was finishing up the previous one. We will get a better idea of how far I can go in a month next update.

I am using the it cosmetics matte cc cream quite a bit. I appreciate that it has spf, so on the days I am working from home I am extra protected from the sun when I walk the dogs at lunchtime.

And finally, I am adding a product. It’s really 3, but these are 3 perfume samples that are pretty close to being done. I’d been saving the black opium one for the April wedding we were to attend. Since that didn’t happen, I think I’ll just use it and get it out of my collection. I also have a chanel and a ralph lauren, both of which I like well enough but wouldn’t purchase. I expect it’ll take me 2 months to finish up, as I tend to rotate my perfumes this year. Last year I’d concentrate on one in particular until it was gone, but this year I want variety, and I’ve been getting that even though it takes me longer to use each item up.

In any case, quite decent progress on each item this month, I am looking forward to seeing how the month goes. I am in the office more now, so I have more reasons to wear makeup, but I have really been wearing it regularly anyhow.

May Beauty Balance

In March/April, I had a lot of empties. Which was great, as it had balanced out what I spent my ulta points on in March. In my last empties post, I had mentioned I purchased two skincare items which had gone unaccounted for thus far. These will appear in this post along with a few other things I brought into my collection.

First up, in the last post I was 37 items out of my collection over what entered. Now for what entered over the course of this month.

img_3650

A total of 8 items.

I picked up twp viseart petit pro palettes on sale, these are pro 2 and pro 4. I have tried both of them, despite my pan those eyeshadows project. But only once each. I had expected to appreciate the peachy one more than the berry toned one. As it turned out, thus far I found the peachy one a little underwhelming, but the berry toned one lived up to my high expectations of my viseart love.

I also picked up a travel size Mugler Alien perfume. I had a sample of this that I finished a few months ago and I really loved this one. I bought the travel size, and if I get through that in a reasonable amount of time, it may be one I repurchase. However, I do have a lot of other samples and my wedding perfume that I use regularly, so I may not get through it in a “reasonable” amount of time. I have no idea what amount of time I would consider reasonable.

Along with that came a sample of chanel mademoiselle.  Now, I am fairly certain that I had chosen a variation of this fragrance, but what came was the normal one. Which is too bad. This was a scent I used regularly 20 years ago, so I am not super in love with using it now. I like it, but it’s not me anymore. But I’ll use it up.

I picked up two skincare items. The first was The Ordinary Lactic acid HA. My hope is that this will be a less expensive version of Farmacy Honeymoon Glow which I loved so much. The other is peach and lily glass skin serum, which was half off during the 21 days of beauty sale.

And then, I realized I was about out of my mousse which is absolutely critical to creating the rather stand straight up in the air hairstyle I have. I actually don’t love the one I was using anyhow, so I am glad I got to work my way through it pretty well during a time that my hair wasn’t looking great as I needed a haircut, and I wasn’t out much anyhow. I DID get a haircut this week, a strange experience that required wearing a mask, but was totally doable. And gosh was it ever the biggest relief. Anyhow, that’s neither here nor there. I picked up two cans of mousse that I’ve never tried before. I tried one this morning. It’s quite potent smelling. But thankfully the smell didn’t linger.

So now, that’s 29 items leaving my collection over what came into my collection this year. Now let’s look at my empties. To be perfectly frank, there aren’t many empties really. But I think I’ll have a pretty good amount next month.

img_3631

5 items, bringing us to 34 items leaving my collection over what entered.

The Shea butter isn’t actually empty. It’s about half full, but it has gone sooooo off. Smells like rancid oil. It’s not wearable. I will likely repurchase this again in the fall, as it really does to a great job of moisturizing heavily. But I won’t need it until then.

I have a sample of it cosmetics confidence in a gel lotion. I do not find that I’ve liked the moisturizers from it cosmetics. This was no exception.

I finished The Ordinary granactive retinoid solution. I would likely repurchase.

I finally finished my Dr. Brandt cleanser. This was a nice gentle cleanser, but I am not likely to purchase it. In fact, I really haven’t liked any of the Dr. Brandt items I’ve tried, though all of them have been through subscription boxes.

And, I finished my Skin & Co facial spray, which I didn’t love and wouldn’t repurchase.

So, that’s it, 34 items out over what came in and I am hoping in the upcoming months that is a ratio that will rise quite nicely.

Spinning

I don’t remember the last time I finished a skein of yarn, but I did finish one this week. Quite exciting.

img_3625

This was a batt I had in my stash, I THINK it was fat cat knits, but I don’t remember. It was a gradient batt, and as such, I turned it into a gradient yarn. I spun this on support spindles, and I spun very thin. So, now I’ve got a 2 ply laceweight gradient with about 900 yards to it. I admit, this spin was extremely satisfying despite the fact that it took me many months to actually complete. Now, I am excited to start another project, this time fully on the wheel, and am preparing accordingly.