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.