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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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

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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.

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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:

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This month:

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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:

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Pan Those Eyeshadows Roulette Update 1

It was one month ago that I randomly chose 6 eyeshadows from my entire collection to attempt to hit pan in. The rule, use each eyeshadow until I hit pan, or accomplish 35 uses over 3 months.

The shadows that are in the project are the ones circled above, and also swatched.

Here’s the current breakdown. The very top greenish color from NYX happy birthday palette I used 8 times this month. The yellow-toned matte color from Sydney Grace, called token, I used 12 times this month.

NYX happy bday palette green-8 uses
Sydney Grace token-12 uses
Violet Voss Sugar Crystals-8 uses
Colourpop Bye Bye Birdie Color Nevermore-3 uses
Colourpop Bye Bye Birdie Color Heron Chic-4 uses
Too Faced Christmas palette Color Make a Wish-1 use

And here’s a photo of the current palettes. Except for the Too Faced palette. There’s no change, I used it once.

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Let’s start with the NYX Birthday palette first. That green is getting a slight dip but it doesn’t show on camera. But, what I did get was bonus pan! The lightest shimmer in that palette now has a solid pan in it. That was fun and unexpected! I suspect before I am done with this palette I may have pan in another shadow as well.

The lone pan not in a palette is the sydney grace shadow. I used this quite a lot mostly because I could use it with various looks as a transition color. It isn’t showing a dip, but when I began this project it was actually packed over the top of the pan. That’s not the case anymore.

I’ve been saving the two shadows in the Bye Bye Birdie palette for when I am returning to work. I consider them fairly wearable shades even if dramatic. So, I used them a few times but plan to concentrate on them more later.

Then there’s the Violet Voss palette. The sugar crystal color has a significant dip in it already. Now, it’s an easy shade to use. It is a highlight color that shifts blue. Very pretty. Makes a great inner corner color but also is a fantastic shadow topper. I used it once over the Heron Chic matte color and it was just so lovely! I’ve actually chosen to slow my roll with this shadow, as I don’t really want to hit pan so fast, and it’s looking like that could really happen soon. I predict this to be my first shadow in this project that does get pan in it.

I used the Too Faced make a wish shadow only once. Again, it makes for a very wearable color, and so I am saving it as well.

With all that being said, let’s talk about the look I ended up using the most this month. After some trial and error with the green shade from the nyx palette, I realized that while it looks shimmery and green in the pan, it doesn’t translate that way on the eyelid. It loses it’s shimmer, and honestly, I’d be hard pressed to call it green. So, the look I’ve settled on is the sydney grace matte color as a transition color, the Nyx green as a transition and outer corner color, and then the Nyx palette lightest shimmer, the one where I hit pan, all over the eyelid.

It ends up looking pretty nice. I think it’s likely that this is how I’ll get use out of the green color. I doubt that I’ll be able to come up with anything better than this.

Bonus knowledge today, if I really powder my nose well, I can use a mask and remove it a couple times without having to powder my nose again. I spent a few hours in the office this morning, with a mask on at various times, and my makeup stuck around pretty well.

 

Quarantimes Part 11

I worked from home today, but will not be able to do so all week. Miss Butterfly has begun to babysit the dogs as they’ve become too attached to me while I’ve been home. She’s prepping for when I am gone. I think she’s being wise.

Here’s my list for last week with what I did actually accomplish:

  1. Don’t work during off hours.
  2. Bake bread (Like really, DO THIS!)
    1. I did this and it was delightful.
  3. Teach Miss Butterfly how to make yogurt.
  4. Hang decorative hooks for dog leashes.
  5. Get one piece of peel and stick wallpaper hung in the kitchen in order to make a decision about it.
  6. Start plying the singles that were spun before interior painting projects began.
    1. I actually finished the yarn, it’s drying and I’ll get to show it off soon.
  7. Adding to the list, fix a cloth mask to wear to work next week
    1. I began fixing that mask, but then received a few more from a relative, so didn’t finish the fixing project.

I don’t have a photo of the yarn yet, but last evening I did something I haven’t done in so long! I spun on my back patio. Actually, it was plying, but same difference.

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As you can see, Mr. Ink had recently mowed the lawn and it was an absolutely beautiful day! He didn’t finish playing in the yard until 8:30 pm. We didn’t have dinner until after 9. Then he had to go back outside to clean up. I am fairly certain this was one of his all-time favorite yard days.

I have been working on a little knitting as well, the Metanoia wrap was just too pretty (and free) to pass up!

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This is out of two different handspun yarns, both of the yarns are Miss Marja’s handspun. I am getting very close to the portion of the scarf where the colors change, and I am really looking forward to seeing the lacier portion done in the solid purple color.

I believe this brings me to the end of my weekly lists. I’ll keep a few going in my head, but with being back at work, I am probably not going to need them to keep me motivated. It was tough during those beginning days to figure out which way was up, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. I’ve got a routine that works for me whether working from home or physically at the office, and I think a routine was exactly what I was craving while not quite knowing how to make one for myself while working from home.

Protect Your Meatsuit Project Pan update 4

One more beginning of the month project pan update. This one skincare related. Here’s where I was last month:

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I had added in the Kate Somerville Exfolikate cleanser and the Ouai leave-in conditioner. I had fully expected to be done with the clean biotic cleanser shortly after posting, but that didn’t happen. It lasted another full month, though I was also using the exfolikate cleanser too.

Here’s where I am now:

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Nice additional progress made on my shower gel. The clean biotic cleanser is done now, though I do plan to cut it open and dig out the last bits. You will see it in my next empties post. I used this along with the exfolikate cleanser, so a little progress was made there as well.

Perhaps my biggest progress was with the elemis vital veggie mask. It’s not my favorite mask, so it’s been a bit of a struggle to keep after it. I really did succeed this month. Unfortunately, that progress did not spill over on my elemis papaya enzyme mask. No progress made there. I did use it a bit, but I also was using other exfoliating products, like the cleanser in this very project, and I just didn’t want to overdo it.

And finally, a nice amount of progress on the leave-in conditioner. I like to say that I don’t really need a conditioner because my hair is so short. But, when you can’t get a haircut due to a virus, it pays to take care of the hair you’ve got I suppose.

I can’t roll anything new in this time around, and even if I could, I am not sure what I would roll in. So we’ve got another month of plugging away at these items to see where I end up. While much like my makeup project pan, I feel like I’ve chosen so many large items that I don’t get to do much rotating, I can say that I use them more consistently just by them being in a project, so there’s a win there. Though when looking back through my project here, I can see that I managed to use up 3 full size items (though they weren’t all full when they entered the project) and it’s only the beginning of May. Perhaps I am not doing so bad after all.

Rolling Project Pan Update 4

Here are the prompts I was working with along with the photo from 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.img_3350

I am adding in a new prompt, number 8 is A product of your choosing. Here’s this month’s updated photo:

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My product with cute packaging is the pretty vulgar setting powder. Last month it was weighing in at 72 grams, this month it is at 70 grams. Since in the last update I only managed to use 1 gram, I have improved by using 2 grams.

My expensive product is the hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light. My goal is to hit pan. I am still not there.

A drugstore product is my NYX eyebrow pencil. The goal here is to use it up. It is now starting to feel smaller when I use it, so I am making progress overall. But, quite frankly, during these stay at home times, I’ve been using a different brow pencil because the color has never been fantastic, and I figured I’d save the better pencil for when I am back at work.

A product I bought because of youtube is my CYO lifeproof foundation. I made no progress this month on it. I like this foundation. I like it very much. And it is no longer available. So, I don’t want to use it just to use it. I want to save it for a time when I can wear it to work. While my original goal was to use this foundation up, I did not calculate for weeks of working from home and then face mask wearing. As  such, I am rolling this out at this time. I’ll bring it back someday at a more appropriate time.

An old favorite is my benefit hula bronzer. It’s just a sample size. I felt certain I would hit pan on it this month. I’ve got a significant dip in the upper right hand corner. But I did not hit pan. So, maybe in this upcoming month.

A product I haven’t used in a while is my blue liner. The goal here is just to use it below the L’oreal mark, but I haven’t even begun wearing that off while sharpening. That being said, this is a great color to pair with berry toned eyeshadows, and I’ve been wearing a heck of a lot of berry toned eyeshadows lately.

Since I am rolling out one product, I need to roll a new one in. My new product, which is a product of my choosing, is bare minerals bare pro foundation. As you can see I’ve used it regularly anyhow, there’s major pan in this. And, I think that once I am back at work physically, which will be for part of the week next week, this will be a better solution for touching up after mask wearing than a liquid foundation.

I’ve made a project pan that really has struggled to move forward. Most of my products have been large use items, and I’ve only hit a goal on one product. Add in a bunch of time when I don’t really feel like putting makeup on at all, and it’s a struggle, much more than I expected it to be!

 

Quarantimes Part 10

I finished a scarf!

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I made this out of Miss Marja’s handspun yarn. Originally I had set out to make a Winter Wine cowl, but as I kept knitting, I realized that I had enough handspun for a full scarf. So, I just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn, that was fine for me.

My list for this week sits thus:

  1. Don’t work during off hours.
  2. Bake bread (Like really, DO THIS!)
  3. Teach Miss Butterfly how to make yogurt.
  4. Hang decorative hooks for dog leashes.
  5. Get one piece of peel and stick wallpaper hung in the kitchen in order to make a decision about it.
  6. Start plying the singles that were spun before interior painting projects began.
  7. Adding to the list, fix a cloth mask to wear to work next week.

That’s it, that’s all I’ve got for today. Tomorrow and Saturday will both be project pan posts, as it’s the beginning of a new month. I admit, there won’t be a bunch of progress anywhere with those!

 

 

Quarantimes Part 9

This is my last full work from home week I believe. I doubt we’ll get a further stay home order, so we will go back to dividing my team in half and then rotating one week on and one week work from home.

Here’s the list I was working off of last week, let’s see what I managed to accomplish.

  1. Don’t work during off hours
  2. Make dog treats
  3. Bake bread
  4. Start prepping craft room for painting. Get started if possible.
    1. I actually fully finished painting the craft room, gave it a deep clean, and put it all back together. Pics of that below.
  5. Move fridge to paint behind, finishing the kitchen.
  6. Clean fridge.
  7. Bring spring clothing upstairs, move winter clothes to basement.

So, all in all, I did pretty well even though I did not get to the bread baking.

I don’t have a finished object to show off today, though I did finish a project. I will have that up shortly. But I do have a little photo of one wall of my craft room. It looked like this with boring white walls.

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It’s fine, but I felt like I could be improved. I wanted to inject warmth and color into this room. I wanted to use the picture on the wall and the florals on the daybed to choose my color, and so I ended up with a light adobe color, or perhaps a terra cotta? I don’t think I am great about describing color. But, it is definitely warmer now.

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On Sunday I had decided I was going to fully complete the painting of this room. I moved what furniture I could out into the hall, blocking the hallway except for just being able to squeeze by everything. I got two coats of paint on the wall during the day and then woke up early Monday morning in order to be able to remove tape and get furniture back into the room before I started working from home.

Except…as I began to remove the tape, I realized that the edges weren’t looking as rich in color as the rest of the walls. So, I stopped everything and did the thing I hate the most, which is work from the living room. During my lunch hour, I grabbed my painting clothes again and did all the edges. I took an early break so that the prerequisite 4 hours drying time would be complete by the time I stopped working for the day. After I was done working I pulled the tape, cleaned the floors up again, and moved all my furniture back in. That means that today I get to have my first work from home day in this lovely newly painted warm room.

Other things from this past week, we attended an online wedding! We were supposed to be traveling to a wedding last week. The bride and groom had already been engaged for more than a year, I remember them getting engaged prior to our wedding last year. When the virus hit, they ended up postponing the wedding until next year. But, then they decided they still wanted to get married on their original wedding date. They were able to get an officiant and have a zoom wedding. We all got dressed up to attend.

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Our hair is too long and needs a cut, all of us. But really, everyone is in the same boat. The wedding went very well, there were toasts and a best man speech and tears for the couple, and much celebration. The bride even made her own little wedding cake, as none could be delivered. It might not be how they expected to start their married life, but it will absolutely be memorable for them!

Now on to this week’s list.

  1. Don’t work during off hours.
  2. Bake bread (Like really, DO THIS!)
  3. Teach Miss Butterfly how to make yogurt.
  4. Hang decorative hooks for dog leashes.
  5. Get one piece of peel and stick wallpaper hung in the kitchen in order to make a decision about it.
  6. Start plying the singles that were spun before interior painting projects began.

That’s it for me this week. It’s already Tuesday and I haven’t started any of this, so the week’s list looks doable as it currently is.

How is everyone holding up? I know it’s a weird and hard time right now. For us, it depends on the day. Some days are beginning to feel kind of….normal? Though I think that’s because I’ve insisted on being quite busy. The improvement in weather around here has been extremely good, it was a lot harder on us all when the early spring weather looked more like winter.

 

 

Quarantimes Part 8

Here’s where I am in my list:

  1. Don’t work during off hours
  2. Make dog treats
  3. Bake bread
  4. Start prepping craft room for painting. Get started if possible.
  5. Move fridge to paint behind, finishing the kitchen.
  6. Clean fridge.
  7. Bring spring clothing upstairs, move winter clothes to basement

So far, it’s been kind of a massive fail this week. But, we don’t get too upset over failure during quarantimes. We are all just trying to get along as best we can.

Mr. Ink is on vacation currently and working on some projects around the house and yard. It’s funny, I hear complaints from coworkers in how their partners think that if they are working from home, they are not actually working, and feel that they get all access to chat and do things around the house. I do not have this problem. Mr. Ink is the exact opposite, extremely respectful of the work boundaries, makes me lunch and serves it so I can keep working, generally leaves me alone, and then discusses things he overhears during dinner time. It’s quite delightful!

I have largely taken a break from painting at this point, though I really do need to get back to it. I figured my hands and my mind needed a bit of a break. I’ve still got the fridge to move, and I do want to get to it, but I think I’ll save it for the weekend.

I did finish a project though!

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This is my own handspun, and I took it in the evening fading light. It’s a lot more brown and green than it appears here. Never mind, you get the picture! This one is longer than the previous one, and I really like it!

And now I leave you with a photo of one of my coworkers.

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Sometimes she hangs on to my arm as I work. She’s awfully cute!

Quarantimes Part 7

It is now Sunday and about time I took a look at what I had intended to accomplish to see how I stayed on track. Or didn’t. To be honest, I did not look back at the list I’d made at the beginning of the week, so I am sure there are things that I didn’t bother to get to. But I think there will be other things which I managed to get done over and above what I’d listed.

My list from the beginning of the week:

  1. Don’t work on off hours. (Mostly achieved, though there were times I did need to work in the evenings. It was unavoidable in those cases. There weren’t many of them.)
  2. Bake 2 loaves of banana bread to freeze and one loaf of regular bread. (I baked one banana bread loaf. The other loaf was off the table as Miss Butterfly ate the overripe bananas. I did not get a proper bread loaf done.)
  3. Go to the hardware store, get paint for interior.
  4. Start painting! (I took Tuesday off to get a solid head start on the project.)
  5. Make more dog treats.
  6. Find yarn and a pattern for a new knitting project.
  7. Finish spinning singles on current handspun project. Begin plying. (I finished the singles but did not ply, and there’s good reason for that which I will get to below.)

So, I purchased interior paint and supplies. I decided that I would get paint for 5 rooms all at once, as we are supposed to be limiting our store visits. I took Tuesday off and on Monday evening after work, Miss Butterfly and I began our large project. We painted all day on Tuesday. On Wednesday I painted during my lunch break and after work. Miss Butterfly painted in the afternoon by herself. At that point, she completely crapped out, and the painting has been all up to me ever since.

I finished the living room, all except for a section of wall behind Mr. Ink’s fish tank. He plans to rehome the fish, and then remove the tank. Once he has removed the tank, we will fully finish that room. The hallway has one coat of paint and needs a second coat, which I will finish tonight. The dining room is going to be finished tonight. The kitchen is close to being done, but the fridge needs to be moved.

Here’s a little story to go along with the dining room and kitchen painting. I ended up choosing a very cheery peachy color for the dining room and kitchen. In the end, it needed 3 coats to fully cover the blue that was the previous color. At once point, I came around a corner to a LAN line phone jack in the house. We’ve never had one, so I decided to remove it and then fill in the holes. When I removed the fitting completely, much to my surprise, the previous owners had chosen the same color at some point! Take a look!

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This ended up putting the painting in the kitchen on pause a bit, as I needed to patch this hole and another as well. So, I had to wait to get back to a hardware store to purchase some patching materials.

On Thursday evening we ended up getting about 8 inches of snow in quite a short amount of time. It was so pretty. It started in the afternoon while I was still working from home. I could see it coming down and accumulating from where I was sitting. The backyard just filled and filled with snow. But, it was one of those spring snows where it never really accumulated on the pavement and no shoveling was required. On Friday, it melted just as fast as it had accumulated, which I also got to watch with delight from my work from home spot.

Knowing this, I figured on Saturday the dog park would be very muddy and I’d rather like to stay out of it. We talked to a friend who allowed us to use his fenced back yard to bring the dogs to. We had a lovely time sitting in the sun and fresh air allowing the dogs to play in the back yard. I wish we had that opportunity in our own yard. On the other hand, Fury proved why that won’t be possible, as she tried to dig around the base of each mature tree to sniff whatever she could find!

I chose and knit a scarf. I figured the best thing would be a project with thick yarn. I found a ruffled pattern, paired it with yarn from Miss Marja, and soon had a cool little scarf.

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This project was so delightful that I cast on another one right away out of my own handspun yarn.

I ended up skipping the plying of my handspun this week because I realized that after such an intense push to get the interior of the house painted, I’d been struggling with sore hands, hands that were falling asleep at night. That’s fairly typical for me, but my goal is to take care of them, rather than make them worse.

So, now on to this week’s list.

  1. Don’t work during off hours
  2. Make dog treats
  3. Bake bread
  4. Start prepping craft room for painting. Get started if possible.
  5. Move fridge to paint behind, finishing the kitchen.
  6. Clean fridge.
  7. Bring spring clothing upstairs, move winter clothes to basement

That seems like a more than fair list. To be honest, I was supposed to have a good portion of this week off for a trip to Lake Tahoe, obviously that’s not happening. I canceled my work vacation time, but Mr. Ink did not. I might take a day or two off to make sure I get a little extra done. It wasn’t just the painting this last week and weekend, Mr. Ink has also been madly productive. If we can keep that up, it’ll be very nice! I still have hopes and dreams of getting so far into the interior painting project that I even *gasp* paint the bedroom!

 

 

Quarantimes Part 6

As a follow up from Saturday’s post, I had anticipated a deep cleaning of the bathroom. I am pleased to say, mostly because I needed to report back here, that did get done. In doing it, I ended up giving Mr. Ink a bunch more to do. First, the showerhead hasn’t been running particularly well. I asked him if it could be fixed. He tried. It could not. So, we need to get a new one. Then I asked him when the furnace filter had last been replaced. He told me “spring.” I said “It IS spring and I KNOW you didn’t just change it, do you mean LAST SPRING?!?!”  He said, “let’s go down stairs and take a look at it.” We did so, and turns out it probably has actually been a year. In going downstairs to investigate the furnace filter, I noticed some leaking water. That turned out to be a leaky faucet on the hot water heater.

Funny part was, I’d just asked Mr. Ink if he needed to go to the hardware store, and he’d told me that he did not. But as it turns out, he did need to go, he just didn’t know it yet.

That leads me to this week’s list.

  1. Don’t work on off hours.
  2. Bake 2 loaves of banana bread to freeze and one loaf of regular bread.
  3. Go to the hardware store, get paint for interior.
  4. Start painting! (I took Tuesday off to get a solid head start on the project.)
  5. Make more dog treats.
  6. Find yarn and a pattern for a new knitting project.
  7. Finish spinning singles on current handspun project. Begin plying.

I feel like this is a fairly sufficient list. Since we are painting 3-4 rooms plus the hall, I don’t think loading up the list with a bunch of other busy work makes much sense. Should be a good week!

And why do I need to find another project? Because I finished the largest Lintilla shawl I’ve ever made.

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I prolonged this project just as long as I possibly could. I just didn’t want to finish, it was such an enjoyable knit. And that’s why I chose it, I knew it would be! Plus, I didn’t feel like trying to figure out what to knit next, nor did I feel like trying to figure out how to knit whatever pattern I chose. I am hoping I can come up with something that is as enjoyable as this over the next week.

Final March Empties

March empties with a little bit of April too.

In my March beauty balance post I ended up with 27 items out of my collection over what came in to my collection. This month I’ve got another 10 empties, so that’s 37 out over what has entered this year.

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The Shea Moisture in shower body conditioner is a definite won’t repurchase item. It just doesn’t do much at all, and I didn’t like the scent either.

The Ordinary Azelaic acid suspension I already repurchased. I do like this product and it has become a regular skincare item.

The Cerave night cream I will also repurchase when I need another. I like it a lot and it is less expensive than many moisturizers.

The Bare Minerals primer I will not repurchase. It’s a basic silicone primer and that’s not really something I need in my life. In fact, I’ve got lots of others to use up.

The tin with a little pink left in it was a lush “naked” (meaning no packaging) shower conditioner and I absolutely ADORED this. I will repurchase. I kind of want to wait until shops open back up for a lush purchase, though that could be quite some time. I could order online, but I am trying to keep all purchases low right now.

Moroccan oil hair treatment, I loved this product! If I had longer hair, I’d likely use this often. It isn’t overly necessary with short hair, though keeping my hair in good shape right now is wise since I’ve no clue when it will get cut again!

Beside that I have a Replica fragrance sample in Jazz Club. Those replica fragrances are strong and wonderful, I loved this one!

I am removing a hank and henry liquid lipstick from my collection, it’s too heavy, thick, sticky, and matte for me to want to keep. I gave this to Miss Butterfly.

I finished up The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% which is another regular in my skin care routine, now repurchased.

And I finally finished a tatcha sheet mask that has been sitting in my collection for well over a year. I used it twice as there was plenty of “sauce” in it.

A bonus item I didn’t count as entering my collection last year is a curlsmith scalp treatment. I really liked this! It smelled very….organic? earthy? But nice! Made my hair feel good. Not sure what it did for my scalp. Won’t purchase. But I did like it.

And that’s it for now. I did place an order, only two skincare items, mostly because Miss Butterfly needed a few things, so I added those in as well. I will feature them in an upcoming beauty balance post, but they aren’t here yet, so I’ll likely wait until I also gather a number of new empties too. I doubt there will be anything else incoming in April, as I am trying to keep my low buy. The next time I expect to purchase would be for haircare, but even that has changed considerably now that I am staying home until further notice. I still do my hair! But in a much more gentle fashion using different products than before.

Quarantimes Part 5

In Part 4 I spoke of items I’d like to get accomplished during the week of working from home. I will certainly list and show progress on those, but before that, I will say that a major change occurred during the week.

I worked from home as was usual on Monday and Tuesday, as it was my work from home week. My staff was split in two, and the other team was on campus.

On Tuesday evening, we got the notice that the university was shutting down. This is despite the fact that there’s no state wide shut down. Our university decided that we needed to do more than we were, and so they sent the notice that only essential personnel are to report.

What did this mean for me? It meant that ALL my staff were now to work from home. It meant working Tuesday evening to communicate that, and communicate with my boss, and get some work done to get us squared away. We activated the calling tree I’d made in the previous weeks, and then I spent the remainder of the evening answering questions as they came up.

And now we are home for at least the upcoming two weeks if not longer.

Now to the list.

    1.  Don’t work during time off.
      That didn’t really work as we had an emergency situation. I stuck to it the first day but that was it.
    2. Wash windows outside.
      Totally got this done on my lunch break on day 1. I realized that this job only takes 15 minutes, and I need to remember that in the future.
    3. Deep clean bathroom.
      Nope, but I do hope to get it done this weekend.
    4. Rearrange living room furniture.
      Got this done with the help of Miss Butterfly. We also deep cleaned in the living room. This was something that took up a full lunch break, but it was nice to accomplish it!
    5. Begin deep cleaning bedroom.
      Big fat nope here as well, but I’ll get to why on this below.
    6. Get items I need to finish painting garage window frames.
      I did this!
    7. Bake bread.
      I did this too, but it wasn’t the bread I wanted to bake. I baked banana bread. I wanted proper bread. But I didn’t get to it. I did, however, make pancakes, french toast, and a dutch baby as well this week, so my powers of cooking breakfast were strong this week.
    8. Bake dog treats.
      Yep, this was on day one as well. I made them dehydrated sweet potatoes and they LOVED them! I am hoping to make this a weekly treat as long as the weather is cooler and Mr. Ink picks up sweet potatoes from the store.

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So, one of the reasons I didn’t get started on some of the things I had anticipated working on this week is because once I realized we’d be home for weeks instead of just one week, I adjusted my thinking. I told Miss Butterfly that if she WANTED to, we’d decide on some paint colors and get the interior painted. Or at least a lot of the interior. We did go to the hardware store to pick up the items I needed for the garage trim paint job, and while there we picked up a bunch of swatches and tape as well. Miss Butterfly was well entertained that day doing her history lessons and then deciding on color swatches.

She did a great job with color swatches, she eliminated quite a few swatches and narrowed things down for me. It was another day before I got to really take a good look at them, but since she’d narrowed things down, I was able to choose very quickly. We had originally been looking to pick for the living room, dining room, kitchen, and hallway. We ended up picking for my craft room as well, as one of the swatches just looked super nice.

We don’t have the paint yet. I know that this type of paint order could really take some time, and I haven’t had the time to devote to that. Miss Butterfly is going to her dad’s home this weekend, so I am not anticipating picking up paint until this upcoming week. She has, however, taped a good portion of the house too, and that’s super helpful since I don’t have to deal with it. It has kept her well occupied and I admit that I am hoping the painting process keeps her well occupied too.

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Here’s a bonus photo of my new “coworkers” hanging out in the craft room with me. They are getting VERY comfortable with this current situation!

I am still working on knitting and spinning, but I have this aversion to finishing anything because that means I’ll have to put in the effort of thinking what I should work on next. I don’t feel like it. So I just keep switching up the crafting work and hoping I never finish anything!

Partners in Cream Project Pan update #3

It’s April 10, and that means it is time for update 3 in my partners in cream project pan. Let’s start right off with the progress from last month:

img_3246I had finished the lipstick and one of the Becca primers and added in the face mist.

In March, I’d worked really hard to finish up the Bare Minerals primer, using my bare minerals foundation with it. I wore the foundation in my rolling project pan only a few times, working extra hard on the bare minerals primer since it was almost gone. I did finish! That was my only finish this month. Let’s move on to the photo and some decisions that need to be made.

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We got the news this week that we are now fully working from home for a bit, rather than one week in the office and one week working from home. I’ll go into that in more detail in a later post not related to makeup or project pan updates. But, I’ve decided to roll out the sleek cream contour palette at this time. I am still wearing makeup sometimes. I love doing it, I enjoy the creativity, and because it’s become so much a part of my morning routine, it makes me feel nice and awake. However, forcing cream contour into a routine when I am only staying at home just isn’t going to work for me. I’d rather save this for a time down the road when I am out and about again.

The bare minerals primer is gone, leaving the Becca primer, I made the tiniest bit of progress on that, and the face mist which is ALMOST gone. That means I need to roll a few things in.

I am starting with the replacement of my sleek cream contour palette. I am rolling in my It Cosmetics matte cc cream. It’s not my favorite formula in this line, I find I do prefer foundations with a little more glow. The added spf in this foundation will be great for when I walk the dogs on my lunch break, or sit outside on the patio in the afternoon (providing the weather warms) or when I go to the dog park right after work.

On the days I don’t want to wear that foundation, I might as well keep working on my powder foundation stash, so I am rolling in another primer that I think will work well with powder foundation. It’s the No Poreblem primer, and as you can see, I have had it in a previous project. This takes the place of the bare minerals primer.

The facial mist is so close to being done that I don’t want to wait a full month to start something new. I’ve decided to roll in another facial mist to take the place of the one I am close to being done with.

So that’s where we are with this 3rd project of mine. I feel good about one finish, and I am glad to not force myself to work through something I really don’t need, saving it for another time. I look forward to this project now, and seeing what happens through a month of working through home. (If it lasts a month. It will certainly last for the upcoming 2 weeks.)

 

 

Pan Those Eyeshadows Roulette

A couple years ago I decided to do a project where I’d randomly choose eyeshadows and wear them together, forcing myself to make creative looks and choices. I am not sure how long that project actually lasted, but it was creative. I think one of the major reasons I quit it was that I was often choosing colors that I really did not want to wear.

I knocked that off and just went back to wearing whatever shadows I wanted to wear and attempting to rotate through my entire collection regularly.

I have the hankering to again work on a roulette-style project. Much like those on youtube, I’ll be choosing shadows using a random number generator and attempting to use them until I hit pan on them. Once pan is hit, a new color will be rolled in through a random number generator.

One rule I plan to employ is that if I have gone 3 months with a color AND used it more than 30 times and still not hit pan on it, I can roll it out and choose a new color. I will be tracking my usage.

I went through all my shadows and numbered them, but I left out anything that I truly didn’t want to hit pan in. Super dark colors, particularly black, are off the table completely. Colors that I find extremely difficult to use in a palette because they are just crap shades I also did not include. No pressed glitters either. But I have left in dark shades, exciting shades, bold shades, etc. I didn’t want to make it too terribly easy on myself. The idea is to be creative.

Then I pulled 6 colors, here they are swatched:

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The bottom 4 all go pretty nicely together, as do the top 3. I only pulled two matte colors and they don’t really go together so I’ll likely be using other mattes as well.

So, what did I pick? From top to bottom:

The green shimmer (satin?) shade in my NYX happy birthday palette. It is unnamed.

A Sydney Grace matte called Token, this one is a single shadow.

A lovely duochrome color from Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette called Sugar Crystals. It’ll make a fantastic inner corner highlight as well as a nice topper, I am so excited to play with it, but am a bit nervous as I am not sure I want to hit pan on it!

2 colors from my Colourpop Bye Bye Birdie palette, Nevermore and Heron Chic. I am rather excited about this, as I’ve not played with this palette much yet and it’s exciting to be able to concentrate on it.

From my Too Faced holiday palette, I chose Make a Wish.

Here’s a picture of the shadows in their palettes. I attempted to circle the colors in the project, that went poorly but you’ll get the idea. As yo ucan see, they are mostly unused, so it’s going to be a stretch to get these to show pan in the course of 3 months I suspect.

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I am really looking forward to this. I’ve got a berry-toned color selection and a warmer toned color selection. I am eager to get some good use out of all these colors and see where I can get with them. For the record, I am starting now and calling April a full month. I’ve also decided that just because I sometimes work from home doesn’t mean I have to fully quit wearing makeup. If I want to wear it and find the application of it relaxing, I can do it anyhow. In fact, perhaps it’s a great time to really experiment. I’ll just keep up with my vow to continue upping my skincare mask game as well.

I don’t think I am going to be too eager to post looks with this combo, but if I run across one I particularly like, I’ll make sure to grab a selfie.

Quarantimes Part 4

I did it again, wrote and scheduled too many posts so that now this post from the weekend is coming at you on a Tuesday.

We had a really low key weekend. I guess most people are having a low key weekend. But, I really made a point of it. We are increasing our hunkering down even though our state doesn’t have full lock down restrictions. We are limiting the number of household folks going to the dog park. One per dog is sufficient. Since Miss Butterfly doesn’t get out much these days, I sent her with Mr. Ink on Sunday. I missed seeing the dogs have a great time, but I did rather enjoy the house to myself, I made myself lunch and napped in the sun. It was lovely. I am sure I’ll get to see the dogs play during the course of the week.

One crafty project I did get to start is working with the easter egg dyed wool locks. I decided to go the “old fashioned” route and hand card them. This has proved to be a good decision for these locks.

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These rolags are soft and fluffy. I am only giving them two passes on the hand cards as I had flick carded them all prior to dyeing them and they are already in great shape. Basically, hand carding them just puts them in a form that I can use and keeps them nice and consistent looking.

I am fortunate to be able to work from home this upcoming week. We’ll see what happens this week, I am wondering if our state illness numbers go up dramatically, we will then see a statewide lockdown, keeping me at home more.

The one thing I noticed in the previous time period I worked from home (only 3 days) was that I had a tendency to work way MORE than I would if I were at work. Instead of my proper shift, I was signing on about 45 minutes ahead of schedule, working through my lunch break, and then staying signed on about an hour after my scheduled shift ended. I think it’s because I couldn’t quite figure out what to do during those time periods. I am fortunate that Mr. Ink comes home for lunch and generally makes me lunch as well. So, food prep in any manner wasn’t a thing I had to worry about. I am always up early and since I wasn’t commuting, I spent my commute time working.

I would like to change that up this week. And because of that, I am going to bring back something I used to do ages ago on this blog, accountability lists. Here’s what I want to accomplish this week.

  1.  Don’t work during time off.
  2. Wash windows outside.
  3. Deep clean bathroom.
  4. Rearrange living room furniture.
  5. Begin deep cleaning bedroom.
  6. Get items I need to finish painting garage window frames.
  7. Bake bread.
  8. Bake dog treats.

I think that’s about sufficient for a week of full time work as well. But, I think it’s fair to expect that I could rattle off a number of these things in those times I would previously be commuting or taking a break at work. I did not include anything at all about crafts, as I find that crafty stuff continues on no matter what in the background, and I don’t want to stress over any crafting at all right now.

I will do an update over the weekend or early next week indicating which items I was able to accomplish. Making a list feels really nice at the moment. Soothing even.