Things I Don’t Need More Of

Like with any new hobby in my life, the initial point where I begin and really become passionate about that hobby leads to me finding what can be purchased for that hobby quite fascinating. I remember shopping the post-Christmas sales last year, so it’s been around a year since I began playing around with makeup. In the past year, I’ve certainly built my collection and had the opportunity to try MANY lovely things. And some not so lovely things. All of which were good lessons.

But now in this upcoming year, it’s time to start winding that down and using my stash. Just like with my yarn and fiber stash, I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by items. I want to have things I love and enjoy, and I want to be able to get enjoyment out of each item.

So in this new series, which may be more for me than it is for you dear reader, I am going to highlight one particular category in my stash and record what I have in it. This will be something I can look at and say “I don’t need more of this category because I already have all of this which is lovely and I want to enjoy using.” This is not a no buy. This is not a low buy. This is just a reminder to be mindful of what I have in my collection and to seriously consider what other products I bring in.

Now, it must be also mentioned (again) that I participate in a few subscription boxes. I quit sephora play last year. I paid for a year’s subscription to ipsy so I’ve got a few more of those bags coming. I believe I’ll receive a bag through April and after that, there will be no more ipsy.

I also paid for a year of boxy charm, but that won’t be finished until the summer, I believe I receive it through July. I think I’ll quit that one as well because I am just feeling too overwhelmed by full-size items showing up monthly. It’s one I would consider restarting someday in the future but not until my stash is less large.

Today’s category is powders.


These are my current powders.

Clinique-this is a very old powder as it was in my stash prior to me becoming interested in makeup. I think it’s 2.5 years old, I suspect I purchased it when I had an event I needed to be dressed up for and the salesperson at the makeup counter indicated that I really needed to set my cc cream I had just purchased. But, I can’t actually be sure, it may be older than that. Anyhow, it works just fine and it’s in my project pan. If I look at the last marking on it, I realize that I’ve now gotten through the halfway point so it’ll begin looking like progress is made a bit more quickly now.

I was hoping you’d be able to see the itty bitty ciate logo on that itty bitty sample powder. It isn’t meant to be. I’ll probably leave this one in stash until I finish up one of the smaller travel size powders because this one is really a pain to use in the tiny container it is currently housed in. I haven’t really tried this at all due to that.

Above that is a travel size of Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. I plan to use this more in the summer when oil production is a little higher, it’s a bit drying right now.

The Pretty Vulgar setting powder is truly lovely. I received this in boxy charm and it was by far the best item in the box. It sets the face but it does little to nothing to control oil so it’ll be a winter item for sure. However, I adore how it looks on my skin (and in the package!) and I am very pleased to have it in my collection.

The Bare Minerals Mineral Veil powder is one that came in a kit I purchased when I purchased my initial powder foundation. I use this to set my undereyes because it does seem to be a little lighter than other powders. Its color is more toward a peach/pink than a neutral, so that’s another good reason to relegate it to undereye work.

I have a cover FX setting powder I haven’t used at all, another travel/trial size. And I have my AOA studios one dollar setting powder which I like a lot and which Miss Butterfly uses regularly. It, too, is not great at controlling oil, but it works great for setting the face. I’ll probably use this absolutely last so that Miss Butterfly can work on using it up. It’s a dollar, if she needs another, I’ll get her one.

Not pictured here is my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder that I keep at work. It’s great for touching up at work when needed, and so as for now, that’s where it’ll stay. I am not interested in using it up or trying to pan it at this point.

Have I found my perfect setting powder? I don’t know. What I do know is that for now, I need to give these a really good try before I bring more into my life. That is step one toward a logical collection.

Third Work in Progress

Since I finished the snowflake party shawl so fast, I needed something new. Again! I chose another odd little cowl, the pattern is called topography cowl. Originally I chose two of Miss Marja’s new yarns. But, then I decided they looked too similar to each other, so I swapped the burgundy solid out for one of my own handspun yarns, a camel color 4 ply.


It’s a great little pattern! I have to say though, if I were to do this one all over again I’d try to find a way to close up the holes of the short rows. They annoy me a bit. Hopefully, when blocked they’ll look like a feature. Not a bug.

I was struggling with a bum knee this weekend. Or half of last week and this weekend. I made the mistake of trying to take a walk around a lake with Mr. Ink and the dogs on Saturday, we had to turn back early I was hurting so bad, and that left me in the position of barely being able to walk on Sunday. I am trusting my body’s ability to heal itself and hoping for the best. But, I also got myself a pair of stability sneakers that’ll hopefully arrive this week and will put myself on a regimen of aleve to see if I can help the healing along. It’s unpleasant, but at least Rose loves to cuddle.

Mr. Ink had to take the dogs to the dog park himself yesterday, as I couldn’t brave slipping in the mud with the bum knee. He did so, and the dogs were thrilled! Unfortunately, it means they also came home a muddy mess. Rose needed a spray down in the bathtub and Lizzie needed some major work on the long hair of her paws. This time of year around here it’s either muddy or frozen, and we kind of wish the option was frozen at the moment.

That’s it from here today, hopefully, we’ll all enjoy a lovely week!


First Finished Object 2019

Began on December 28 and worked very regularly through the new year, the Snowflake Party shawlette is complete.


I did not block it out as hard as I had imagined I would. It’s more stripey than I thought it would be. I love the snowflakes making more and more of an appearance on the edge of the shawl. This was a very pleasant knit, and I would knit it again if I had the perfect yarn for it.

I’ve got new stuff on the needles but that’s a post for tomorrow I think! Have a great Sunday!


Another WIP

So, as you may remember, Miss Marja handed over a whole bunch of handspun yarn over the holidays. I am so grateful to have this new influx into my stash, but I have exactly zero interest in photographing those items, getting them in my Rav stash, and counting them toward my stash totals. I just can’t be bothered right now. So naturally, when I needed something to knit at work in this first half week back, I chose one of the new Miss Marja handspuns.

Now, one of my favorite items to knit last year is the knit night scarf and I decided it would be the perfect mindless knit to work on during my lunch break. So…I am back at it with another handspun scarf.


This photo was taken at work since I don’t intend to worry about bringing it home on the weekends. As you can see, it’s a multi-tonal blue and it’s very pretty! It isn’t striping at all, it will continue to be many shades of blue all smooshed together giving the item quite a bit of color depth.

It’s a lovely saturday morning right now, and I am learning that Rose is such a lovely cuddle dog that it’s really hard to get anything done around the house, especially in the morning when she’s super interested in napping. She perks up quite a bit after lunchtime, but mornings are sooooo snoozeworthy according to our baby dog. Nevertheless, I have been crossing stuff off my list left and right, just coming back to the couch to knit a few rows in between.

We are having lovely weather right now, so I am sure a nice long walk will be in order as well. Have a great weekend my friends!


First WIP in 2019

I began this shawlette at the very end of 2018 after I finished the pair of socks, my 39th 2018 project. The pattern is called Snowflake Party and it seemed appropriate as the weather was not snowy, but it was bitterly cold. I’ve enjoyed knitting this pattern quite a lot even though I need the pattern for each and every line.


And I am extremely close to being done! I do hope the curling edge blocks out really well. I think I may have to go above and beyond and really give this one a full, harsh blocking.

The yarn is a handspun I made some time ago, a 2 ply. For the life of me, I cannot remember what the fiber looked like! I mean, obviously, it was green. Just green. But I can’t remember at all if it was top or some other type of prep. Nevertheless, it’s gorgeous and I love its muted tones.

It’s been an interesting ride as usual in our home. Miss Butterfly was scheduled to work at camp over the new year holiday. She was scheduled to be out there for 4 days. Unfortunately, on new year’s eve, I got a call from her saying “Mom, I think I have pink eye, and they say you have to come pick me up, get me seen by a doctor, and if I don’t have it I can go back.”

So, I picked her up, got her seen, and her self diagnosis was correct. She had pink eye. It was quite disappointing for her to not be able to finish out her work at camp but by the next day she was really so miserable, she’d have preferred not to be there anyhow.

Thankfully there was the ever faithful Rose making sure she was warm and comforted.


Thankfully Miss Butterfly does seem to be recovering now and will be ready to head back to school when it starts next week. I did hear that a couple other gals also got pink eye at camp, so clearly that was a less than stellar thing to have happen. Poor gals!

That’s about it from here. I did start a new work project so hopefully, I’ll have enough to show off that tomorrow. Have a great weekend friends, happy Friday!

December Empties

Now that my rolling 10 pan finale is done, it’s time for my December empties.


I’ve got a nice amount.

Pixi Glow Tonic-I really love this toner. I used it once a day and I do feel like this one makes a difference in my life. Once this one was gone I replaced it with a higher end glycolic acid toner and I am not nearly as happy. So, I am going to be purchasing this again once I am done with what I have.

Lush Rose Jam shower gel. I got the small container since it often happens that I love a lush product in the store but then later realize that there’s some sort of scent to it that disagrees with me. I am thrilled to report that this one smelled great all the way through! I plan to get a larger size of this at some point but have a shower gel currently needing to be used up first.

L’Oreal Infallable setting spray. I suppose this worked ok, though I have little experience with setting spray. It lasted me most of the year. I am experimenting with the morphe one now, but I do think the sprayer on this one is lovely. In fact, I saved the bottle as Miss Butterfly wants to use it. I may repurchase.

Clinique custom repair eye treatment. I got this entire thing free with purchase. I was very impressed. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that impressed with the product. It took me a ton of time to use, but I really feel that the Belif moisture eye bomb works best for me and I need to stick to that.

Wander Beauty unlashed mascara. I got this in a boxy charm. I used it. It takes a lot of work to get it to build up and look good on my eyes. I am done now. I won’t repurchase. I was mostly using this and then layering something else over top.

Becca Backlight Priming filter. I love this product. This little container was the first I tried it and I now have a travel size in my collection. So, I have already repurchased.


And some more items:

Peter Thomas Roth water drench cream. I liked this one quite a bit. It works nicely, like my favorite Belif item. I had no trouble using it up but I doubt I’ll switch to it. Maybe at some point, it’ll be worth doing a cost analysis of my favorite moisturizing gels to see what is the most cost-effective.

Laura Mercier caviar stick eyeshadow in Rose Gold. I have no interest in this product. It felt sticky on my eyes when I was just wearing it. I mostly used it as an eye primer instead. Miss Butterfly didn’t enjoy it either, and on her it creased badly.

It cosmetics confidence in a cleanser sample. I plan to move away from high-end cleansers in the new year. However, I did like this one! It smells nice and it works great. I just won’t purchase because I don’t want to use higher end cleansers if I don’t have to.

It cosmetics confidence in a cream. This one is a no repurchase. It broke me out. I actually had a container of it as well. I would use it, get breakouts, quit using it, start again, get breakouts. So it’s a no go. Thankfully Miss Butterfly is not noticing a similar issue so she’s using the small container of it up.

Becca Undereye primer. Here’s the thing, when I purchased this I felt it was making a huge difference. But as I got my skincare under control I felt like it was not a worthwhile step. So, I am not using this anymore. I might repurchase again in the future just to see if it helps. But mostly toward the end of using it, it just felt like an extra step. While it looks like there’s still product in there, it’s not the undereye primer. I had a milk makeup undereye something or other that I was trying to store in there but it just dried out. So, that’s what the blue bit is.

Too Faced hangover RX primer. This seems like a decent moisturizing primer, but it doesn’t smell particularly nice so I wouldn’t repurchase.

Lancome Genifique serum. I used up this sample size and I do think I liked it pretty well. Not well enough to purchase on my own, but I do think it was one of the nicer serums I’ve tried.

Those are my empties for December. (Keep in mind these are things I’ve been using for a while but just happened to finish in December.)

But, in the interest of the new year, it’s time to do a quick declutter as well. I chose two things from my makeup stash that aren’t likely to see any use.


I got the Dr. Brandt item from a subscription box. I tried to make it work for me. Under makeup it makes the makeup look weird. When I am using it on days that I don’t wear makeup, I feel that it dries out my undereye, which I don’t need. I actually passed this on to a friend to see if she could use it. But told her that if it doesn’t work for her she can just toss it.

I also am decluttering a blush. I got this blush in a subscription box. It’s highly pigmented, so it is super easy to feel like putting it on is a mistake. It’s also the exact color of the redness in my skin and just tends to make me feel like what was the point of putting on makeup in the first place? I wanted to keep it around as an eyeshadow but I’ve barely used it as that either, and I just don’t feel like I am going to start. It’s best to just move it out of my collection now.


TeamProjectPan Intro

Happy new year! New year, new project pan!

Are you all ready for a full year project pan? I think I am up for it this year. Especially this one in particular. Teamprojectpan has been started by the women of Beauty News on youtube. They are really my favorite youtubers to watch, not just beauty news but also their personal channels. I found them originally because I was interested in project panning and stayed for the makeup news.

So, an overview of the project-this is a full face project pan, and it’s a rolling project pan.  When I finish with an item I get to roll another in. And it just keeps going all year. Now, quarterly we can switch things up, and I think this is a great idea. That means that whatever makeup I tend to use seasonally can be rolled in during the quarterly change.

For my personal goal, I want to just kind of see how much of my collection I can work my way through this year. I have built a nice collection now and it’s time to concentrate on using it. For pressed powder products specifically, I will just be looking to hit pan on them and then roll them out and roll something in. If that even happens before a quarterly switch up. I am not convinced it will.

So, I’ve pulled out and documented the items I’ll be concentrating on. Let’s start with perfume. Quite frankly, I want to work my way through ALL my tiny little perfume samples.


This is all of them lined up on my window. If I do not like one after using it, I am allowed to toss it. Otherwise, I need to use it up. And, the fun little thing I get to do once ALL of these are gone? That’ll be purchasing a regular size perfume of my choosing. A nice little goal. I am actually really loving Ariana Grande’s Moonlight. I spray it each and every time I am out shopping and I never tire of it. I get quite excited over that perfume and I suspect that’ll be my first perfume purchase. But, I can also switch that up if something in that above lineup really wins me over.

On to the other items.


I have this sleek cosmetics cream contour palette. I bought it when I had no clue what I was doing, and as you can see, I haven’t used it much. So, I think I am going to work my way through that. I also have the hourglass holiday palette because I am a sucker for hourglass. I’ll be using this as my blush/bronzer/highlight. So this palette is to cover all three categories.


I’ve got both of my Mary Kay satin hands products rolling in from my last project. I am adding, for hair care, the Deva Curl styling cream. This works great if I want my hair to lay sleek and flat. It’s an airless pump so my progress will be headed upward. In the winter, this is great at keeping flyaways and static at bay.

For my primer, I am starting with my cover FX blurring primer. As you can see, I’ve already used a fair bit of it and I would like to continue with it at this point.

Below that is my Clinique setting powder. This is a rollover from a previous project as well, as you can see. Progress is being made but I am ready to finish it right up.

And up in the corner are two almost finished concealers. I figured I might as well pull them both in since they are both so close to being done. One is Maybelline age rewind and the other is bare minerals.


For eyeshadow, I’ve pulled in a stila glitter shadow. This one is starting to dry up though it’s less than a year old. I had to remove the stopper to get the product out recently. Now is a great time to finish it up. I also left in the Clinique eyeshadow I am using to set my primer base because it’s pretty close to being done and I want it out of my collection. Unlike most powder products, this is one I want to actually finish.

There are three foundations at play here, and that might seem excessive, but it really is not. The wet n wild photofocus and the hourglass illusion are so ridiculously close to being gone it is pointless to bring one in and not the other. The hourglass vanish stick is only being used as additional coverage under a foundation that is a shade match, so I am keeping it in so I keep working at it even though progress is slow.

I have added my mac paint pot as my eyeshadow primer. And the other few products are an IT cosmetics universal eyebrow shade, a bite beauty agave lip mask, and a bite beauty lipstick. I somehow failed to pull in the other two lip items I am planning to use, but it’s hard to see progress on them anyhow. They are new. One is a Smashbox liquid lip and the other is the nyx intense butter gloss I received in the advent calendar.


And finally, I am adding two liners to the project. I tried to pan the style sepia over the summer. I didn’t finish. But, I’ve still been working at it, and recently a large chunk of it crumbled. So, that really brought me further along. It’s a pretty small liner now and I’d like to finish it up. I am also adding the L’Oreal infallable liner in nude for my water line. I found a good alternative to this though it’s higher end, and instead of setting this aside, letting it dry out, and then not getting use out of it I have added it here so I can move it out of my collection.

And that’s it! It’s a pretty big list, but I really enjoy the idea of rolling through a full face of items. That feels doable.

And, if you’ve read through this far, I do wish you all the best in the new year. And hope that you are able to achieve all your goals as well!