Protect Your Meatsuit project pan update 2

While I didn’t get to roll anything new in on my makeup project pan, I am doing so on this one. Though technically I didn’t finish anything in this one either!


My items last month are above. You can see some of the markings on them, the starting point and the ending point. I had truly intended to have that tub of exfoliator done this month, but didn’t get to it. However, it’s so close to being done that I am adding something in place of it to work on in tandem. If I finish the tub in the next 10 days, you won’t even see it in the next update, as I’ll add it to my empties.


Now, you can see a green line far below the original lines on my body wash. I had thought that I could leave it in my shower and hopefully no one would use it but me. It has become clear that this was NOT the case. In fact, it only got left in the shower daily for ONE WEEK before I noticed that someone in my family was gorging themselves on it. I now remove it daily. I imagine progress will go back to being quite slow now.

The elemis superfood mask has only the smallest amount of progress. I didn’t mark it since I hadn’t used it at the start, first update is a gold line, second a green line. So, not much use there.

But, I found a massive air bubble in my elemis chemical exfoliator so that’s showing a TON of progress.

My dr. Brandt face cleanser is moving right along, I think it’ll take me another 2 months to finish but steady progress is being made.

I did open the tub of body exfoliator this time, so you can see that I am on the very last dregs of it. I’ve actually been using this to exfoliate my hands well before using a good hand lotion lately. It’s starting to warm up a bit so this is less necessary than it was in the dead of winter. I may add it back to the shower.

And adding in the shea moisture in shower body conditioner. I don’t like this product much. I don’t think it does much. I don’t like the gentle coconut smell either. I won’t repurchase this. I’ve got a no packaging product from lush that works so much better for this purpose! So mainly I am hoping to concentrate on it, finish it up this month, and find something else to add in.

That’s it for this project. Partners in cream is the next project and that update is on the 10th of the month. I feel that I’ve made nice progress on that one so I am eager to show that off next weekend!

2020 Rolling Project Pan Update 2


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.

Here are the last two months photos:

I had finished the bare minerals foundation and added the blue L’oreal liner.

I am going to grab a larger photo of last month here:


That way we are better able to see the progress on both the pencils, since I am just making comparisons to where we were before in comparing it to the lettering. Here’s this month.


I guess those can be hard to see anyhow! But I am getting a bit distracted, let’s start from the top.

A product with cute packaging was my Pretty Vulgar powder. At the beginning, the packaging weighed 80 grams. At update 1 it weighed 75 grams, and now I am at 73 grams.

An expensive product is my hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light. I use this daily. It is a baked product, so domed in the pan. I had flattened it out. At this update, I can start to see a bit of a dip going on in the pan.

A drugstore product is my nyx eyebrow pencil. I had honestly expected this to be used faster. I’ve probably sharpened it only 3 times this month despite using it every day I wear makeup.

A product I bought because of youtube-this is my CYO lifeproof foundation and honestly? I have totally fallen in love with it. It sticks to my face beautifully and I really like how it looks. It is discontinued, and I gave my other container of it to Miss Butterfly since she needed something to use, but I am definitely sad I did. I will miss it. I believe that there’s a soap and glory foundation which is this repackaged, so maybe at the point I need a new foundation, probably years from  now at this point, I’ll consider picking that up.

An old favorite is my hula bronzer, this is a sample package. I use it every day I wear makeup but it isn’t disappearing fast by any stretch of the imagination. That being said, I can see a pretty decent dip on one side now so I am somewhat encouraged. It does occur to me, though, that most of what I’ve chosen to pan this year are rather long term products.

And finally, the product that I haven’t used in a while, that’s my cobalt blue l’oreal silkissime liner. I’ve used this quite a bit, close to daily on the days I wear makeup. My goal for this one is to use it up past the L’oreal marking, so not to use it up but to make some progress. It’ll be some time with this liner I think.

No finishes this month, and I doubt there’ll be any finishes for the next months to come. I gotta remember that on this one I am in it for the long haul. I do reserve the right to “give up” on products if I just can’t take anymore, but all of these items are items I like using. so remembering the long haul is a good idea.

Knitting and Updates

Hi all! I’ve been fairly absent around here, for the usual reasons. I just don’t have a lot of time for blogging, or haven’t, and also haven’t had a ton of photos for the blog either.

A few updates in this post as well as a finished object. First of all, one of the reasons that I have been absent is that I recently received a promotion at work, but along with that comes having to learn a whole lot of new things, leaving me pretty much an exhausted puddle of brain by the evenings. I also had to change my work hours for a time, and since I was working later, just wasn’t home at all while it was light enough for a decent photo. My hours are back to normal, I’m beginning to absorb and get more comfortable with new work tasks, and it’s beginning to get lighter outside. I’d say we are on the upswing.

As for content, Mr. Ink and I purchased each other new computers for christmas as we both needed an upgrade desperately. Once I had a new computer, I quickly purchased a video game that I am pretty obsessed with right now. Like everything else I’ve ever been obsessed with, I know that I can ride this wave and it will slow down at some point. But, for a time there, I really got pretty intense. And honestly, it was a good mindless way to occupy my brain goo evenings.

In other things, we’ve actually been going out more and socializing more than we had been there for quite some time. This is because a cousin of mine moved to the area. It’s been a delight. One way to gain an appreciation for the city I’ve lived in for years now is to show it and share it with someone new. Mr. Ink has also found this to be the case. So, now, if I want to grab lunch during work hours with a friend, I can call my cousin and we go grab lunch. When we want to have company for dinner, we can give her a call and Mr. Ink will make us dinner. Earlier this month she asked if we’d like to go see Tig Notaro with her. We did very much want to do that, and then some. So, we took her to one of our favorite local dive bars, a place where we can order food across the street and have it delivered to the bar. Much talk of all the other places we’d like to share with her ensued. Then off to see Tig Notaro and laugh until our cheeks hurt. Mr. Ink and I agreed that this was one of our favorite nights out in quite a long time, and continued to grin the rest of the evening.

We’ve also had some issues with the dogs. Fury has allergies and itchy skin which we are trying to get a handle on. It wakes her up at night multiple times which means it wakes us up too, so we run on less sleep than normal. We’ve also had a few episodes of Rose and her ongoing digestive upsets, the one she had this week came to a head and required a trip to urgent care, antibiotics, and stomach protectant. Thankfully she’s now on the mend again. Luckily the dogs are doing great together, play together regularly, and really show no discontent with each other, so Fury as an addition has been fantastic. I was doing training with her which she passed with flying colors, and I need to pick another class but also I was so tired from all the things so I decided to take a little break. We’ll get back to it shortly.


There’s your obligatory dog photo.

And now on to the knitting. Anything I have been knitting lately is with Miss Marja’s yarn. For this one I used a bulky 3 ply and wanted to make a scarf, but ended up with a cowl instead.


I very much enjoyed the gentle color changes in this one. I used the one row scarf pattern, and once I realized that I didn’t have scarf amounts, I just sewed the ends together.

And after all that, that’s it from here. It’s the end of the month so tomorrow will bring the first of two project pan posts and then I do have one more finished handknit to show off. Hopefully, I will get motivated enough to start something else new and that would be a good photo op as well. Have a great weekend!

Another paintbox cowl

I had a great time working on Marja’s paintbox cowl. We chose a solid blue handspun and paired it with a chainply handspun, both Marja’s yarn creations. It took me a lot longer than it typically would, mostly because I am not knitting a ton right now, as I just want to play computer games when I get home. I know myself well enough to know that like any other hobby obsession, it’s good to just let it run its course.


So, here’s the deal. I took this photo midday while at work because trying to take a photo in the dark doesn’t show off the yarn very well. But, it looks wrinkly. Sorry about the not-great photo, it does look great when worn!


February Beauty Balance

Last month I moved 11 products out of my collection, adding nothing in. This month I added nothing in again, or rather, will add nothing in. Since I am doing a replacements only no buy for at least this month and next, it doesn’t matter when I list my empties, as there won’t be anything incoming to balance it with.

So, once resolving my 3 panning projects, it is convenient to do an empties post and move those products into the recycling bin.


This month I beat out my totals from last month. I had 11 products leave last month, this month I have 12. So, 23 in 2 months.

I finished a perfume sample, it was from Phlur. It smelled very floral, as the brand name suggests. When putting this on initially it is so strong, but thankfully settles down into a nice lasting fragrance that sticks around most of the day. I’ve been alternating perfumes through about 3 different scents, this being one of them, and I’ve really enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Next up, 4 mini nyx liquid lipsticks. The brown one has gone off. I am disappointed about it. I loved the color but only wore it once! It was from the 2018 nyx advent calendar. The other 3 I just don’t love the formula of, so they are going to Miss Butterfly.

I finished my bare minerals matte foundation in my rolling project pan, I enjoy that foundation pretty well, but also have bare pro foundation to work through now so I won’t be repurchasing it any time soon.

I used a youth to the people kale and green tea moisturizer, it was a nice, light, gel type formula that I loved. I love Belif just as much so I’ll probably stick with that since I can now get that at ulta, but I did love the youth to the people option as well.

I finished up a wet n wild primer spray, mostly I used this as a spray to wet my brush with. I’ve been using it for ages, but also ended up with a number of sprays in my collection, so I decided to finish this one so I could make more room.

The Farmacy honeymoon glow is a product I loved. It’s pricey, but this lasted me 8 months, so I feel like that’s not such a bad price when I consider the amount of use I got out of it. I won’t repurchase immediately as I’ve got some other resurfacing products to use up first, but I may decided to purchase this in the future.

I finally finished up the very last but of my Mary Kay satin hands exfoliator, and this is an item I won’t repurchase simply because I am now quite opposed to MLMs.

The Body Drench lotion is something I keep at work, and this is my third purchase of this item. I love the formula, and the scent is light enough not to bother me at work, so I’ll repurchase this once I am done with the first aid beauty one I currently have at work.

And finally, a hairspray. I got this free during one of the ulta hair events. It did not really have the hold I was looking for that works best for my rather wild poofy super short cut. The hold is a bit too gentle for that. But I didn’t waste it! However, now that I’ve gone back to a high hold spray, I am experiencing the learning curve of putting less spray on my hair each day.

That’s it, 23 products in the last month and a half. I’ll save my empties until after the 10th of next month as well. I’d be super pleased if I could add another 10 items, but that might be a bit of a challenge. We’ll see how it goes.

Partners in Cream Project Pan

A project where I attempt to get use out of cream products since liquids and creams go off faster than powder. Here’s where I started:


I easily finished up the wet n wild primer spray, it was no trouble at all to finish. So, I’ve chosen a product to replace that.

The ciate liquid shadow I had in this project to see if I wanted to declutter it. I don’t want to declutter it. In fact, I found that it worked very well for me as an eyeshadow topper particularly when a shimmer shadow I used was a bit too dark for my lids. I am happy to own this and happy to keep using it regularly. As such, I am rolling it out of this project.

The Bare Minerals primer saw a bit of use, and I have to really bend the package to get product out of it, but it is by no means gone yet. I use this once or twice a week, so not often at all. Maybe by next month I’ll be done.

As for the sleek makeup cream contour, I am working on the middle contour shade. I got a ton used up, want to see? I hope you can see even though there is a shadow on the pan:


Just a tiny bit left now. I’ll continue to use this palette and leave it in the project, working on the darker shade next.

I am adding in both of my becca first light primers. One is so close to being done if it felt like cheating to add just that in. Plus, I love the product but have other travel sizes to use. I’d like to finish these up so I can free up two little spaces on my vanity. And, I am going to finally attempt to finish the bite beauty travel-size lipstick I was attempting to pan at the end of last year. I doubt it’ll take me long.

A pretty nice start for a first update with the likelihood of being done with the bare minerals and one of the becca primers and possibly the bite beauty lipstick too by the next update.

Quick Knitting Update

I haven’t got too much to say at the moment, I played computer games this weekend way more than I knit. But it’s been awhile since I’ve shown off this project, I got two more chunks done since the last photo.


As of today, it lives at work. I am desperately close to finishing the previous work project, so hopefully, I’ll have an update on that this weekend. I am just loving how the colors flow on this project, really fun, pretty, and interesting!