Advent Calendar Days 6-9

Well, aren’t I ever behind?! I took Friday off work to spend with the dogs and get some cleaning done for unexpected house guests over the weekend. I have a cousin coming in to town on Tuesday as well, so the cleaning needed to get done even if I didn’t have unexpected house guests. Plus, I wanted to be at home with the dogs.

Day 6:


It’s a bright magenta metallic liquid lipstick. Ridiculously difficult to apply. Ridiculously bright. Mr. Ink came home at lunch and said “Is that lip color the real reason you stayed home today?!”

I will never wear this again. I am not afraid of a bold lip, but a bold metallic lip is not my thing.

Day 7:


I spent the day outside with the dogs, or visiting with Miss Marja, none of which required makeup. But, we did have Mr. Ink’s mother’s 92 birthday to attend, so I managed to get my makeup done, grab the lovely buttergloss in color madeleine, pop it on my lips and run outside for a quick photo before the sun went down. This lip item now lives in my coat pocket, I love it SO MUCH.

Day 8:


This was a matte liquid lipstick, a liquid suede. I do like the color very much, it’s a great nude color. I am not a fan of the formula, however, so I wouldn’t purchase this. I popped the gloss from the previous day over the top of this to make it feel more comfortable, and it lasted nicely all day long.

Day 9:


I am back at work today with a matte bullet lipstick, color natural. Which seems appropriate! It leans toward pink but is very much a nude even so.

I’ve gotten fortunate with the past 3 days of colors. Since each of them were nudes, I was able to enjoy working with some new eyeshadow palettes that I picked up recently. They are all of the mauve/purple themes, colors that were definitely lacking in my collection. Miss Butterfly and I are enjoying them immensely and exploring all sorts of looks with them!

I’ll have company in my house from tomorrow through Saturday. That means I’ll have to significantly tone down my makeup application process since I won’t have access to my vanity. I am kind of looking forward to figuring out how to streamline that!

Advent Calendar day 5

Today’s advent calendar lip product is a clear lip oil. Sure does make things easy on me! I have been wearing the bite beauty lip color in Nori pretty regularly for over 2 months now, and it’s an intense, vampy, deep color. So, I can’t say I was sad to get a clear oil. I did pair it with a nude lip liner to give it some intensity and pigment.

Since I got such an easy wearing color, I went a little more intense on my eyes, using my Viseart Soliel palette for a hot pink and purple eye look. I tapped some of my new urban decay moondust shadow over the top to make it a little more glittery as well.

While I like these lip oils well enough, I’d just as soon wear a laneige lip sleeping mask instead. So, this’ll get tossed into Miss Butterfly’s christmas stocking (unwrapped, just an extra treat) at the end of today.


In a previous post, I was worried about our dogs and suspecting that I was catastrophizing as well.

This week, we got good news and bad news. Rose’s ACL is not torn so she’s on a course of pain meds to manage her limp and get her back to tip top shape.

Unfortunately, the news about our dear Lizzie was not so good. She has liver cancer and there’s nothing to be done except to make her as comfortable as possible in these last days. She’s gone downhill very fast, so our home is mostly closing ranks and going introverted to spend as much time as we can with her. We will be putting her on steroids to help her comfort levels, but our time with her is likely to be cut very short.

We love this gal with all our hearts. She’s my first dog. I couldn’t have asked for a better one. We only got 2.5 years with her, but we made sure those were the best 2.5 years of her life. My heart for rescue stands strong, as I draw on the resources of our rescue organization to talk me through the tough decisions of these last days. They’ve been a great help and comfort. The most beautiful advice I have heard in the last 24 hours from the owner of our rescue is “make her last days her best days, and let her go a day early rather than a day late.” If it happens she goes on her own terms, we would be relieved. Otherwise, we will carefully listen to her and support her when the time comes.

I’ll be honest, my greatest regret with old Coco was that we didn’t let him go sooner. But he was Mr. Ink’s dog, and it wasn’t my decision to make. (And we did make his last days his best days, we feel comfortable with that decision.) I hope to be able to make a better decision for our Lizzie, one I can look back on with confidence rather than worry.

It’s tough to have been in our home for only 4.5 years but to have to suffer the loss of a treasured dog twice in this short time. But we wouldn’t give up our time with her for anything. As all treasured dogs are, she is The Best Dog.

I will still be posting my makeup advent calendar posts this month. But I am really not feeling it, nor am I feeling blogging in general. So if I go quiet, that’s why. We’ll be over here doing our very best with the hand we’ve delt and I’ll be back at it when I am feeling more up to it. Thanks for understanding!

NYX advent calendar

Hi all-

Last year I purchased the NYX advent calendar and posted a selfie a day as I worked my way through the calendar. It was quite a lot of fun for me, made me try unusual lipstick shades, and gave me something to look forward to during the darkest parts of the year.

I purchased this year’s calendar as well. But, since I purchase on thanksgiving day to get it half price, and because thanksgiving was late this year, I didn’t receive it until yesterday. As such, I am starting late and will make up the extra days after christmas eve.

This year’s calendar is called Love, Lust, Disco. I am likely to be subjected to some metallic lipsticks I fear. This year it is all lip products, where last year we received eyeshadows, a blush, and highlighter.

Day 4 lipstick is soft matte lip cream in color Sau Paulo. It’s bright, but not offensively so. I like it!


I got to pair this with a new eyeshadow, for a birthday gift I got an urban decay moondust eyeshadow single. It’s pretty and sparkly, probably more of a topper than anything else. But, I used Two Faced Sweet Peach palette for a transition, crease, and outer corner. Then I used a glitter glue on my lid with the moondust shadow over it and it’s just as pretty as can be, I really love it.

And Done!

I finished my 40th project on the first day in December rather than the last. Pretty darn pleased with myself at the moment!

This is the Nuvem by Martina Behm. This was such a fantastic and easy, comfortable knit! I would knit it again in a heartbeat if I had the appropriate yarn for it.

The ruffles are a different handspun from the main body of the shawl but I think I did a great job on the color match. The fiber match isn’t at all the same, but that won’t be an issue.

Since then, I’ve been working on spinning up the rest of the fiber I used for the edging. However, my wrist is beginning to hurt so I need to find something else to cast on soon. I need a spinning break!

Other things from the weekend/vacation. First of all, I REALLY needed the vacation. It’s amazing to me how exhausted I am during the week but if I’ve got a few days off with downtime, including extra sleep, I feel so fantastic and with it in the evenings!

Both the dogs have vet appointments this week. I’ve barely been blogging so I haven’t really been talking about it much, but Miss Lizzie’s got very little appetite over the past few months. We need to identify if it’s her meds causing the issue or something else, and then we need to come up with a plan to mitigate it. She’s lost too much weight now. And since when it rains, it pours, Rose came home from the dog park unable to put weight on a back leg. I’ve noticed a little bit of limping from time to time in the past, but for a dog who has run blisters into her paw pads before, I just figured she was overexerting herself. Now I suspect we’ve got an ACL tear and while I am desperately trying not to catastrophize, I suspect she’s going to need a pretty big surgery. That’ll be a bit of a blow for us, and tough recovery, and I am definitely stressing over it all. But we should know slightly more on Tuesday if I can get her in to see the vet at the same time as Lizzie. The other issue is very selfish on my part. I’ve never been good with hospitals or surgery or anything. I get nauseated when visiting people in the hospital. Sometimes I almost faint. I get an overwhelming feeling as if I am feeling the pain the person I am visiting is in. This seems now to have expanded to encompass my dog, as when looking up info on TPLO surgery, I get nauseated and lightheaded just thinking about it. So catastrophizing, that’s what I am over here doing. We love our sporty Rose, and we want her to stay healthy and sporty and not be in pain, so we’ll do what we have to, as she enriches our lives so much. But I am not looking forward to this on multiple levels.

I guess that’s it from here, a bit of a downer I suppose. Nevertheless, while the dogs have been a bit of a blow recently, we really did have a nice time off and holiday, and that I am so grateful for!

Second to last finished object

I began the Odyssey shawl in October using a lovely handspun gradient yarn of mine. Originally I’d intended to knit a project with the yarn which was a gradient, but then decided that I could knit the Odyssey shawl starting from one end of the yarn, switching to the other end for the middle section, and back to the original end for the final section. It worked out very well!

That’s 98% of my yearly goal of 40 projects. And my final project is close to being done as well! I will probably finish today if I have any luck.

And that brings me to next year’s goals! I have none. My goal is to not have goals. I’ll knit as I want to knit, spin as I want to spin, and I’ll push to keep knitting from stash instead of acquiring new yarn. That’s my goal.

November Beauty Balance Finale

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

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


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

That brings me down to 12 leaving over what entered.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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