September Beauty Balance

Last month I had ordered quite a few items so my totals weren’t fantastic. I think I’ll make up for that a bit this month. Last month I had 42 items leaving my collection over what entered it. This month I’ve had a bunch of empties and a couple declutters.

Going left to right, top to bottom-

3 haircare products in a row, a hairspray, a texturizing powder, and a mousse. Each were fine in their own right and none of which I’ll run right back out and repurchase. I liked the mousse the best out of all of these.

Then we’ve got an elemis face mask which I actually finished last month but forgot to get it into my empties. I would not repurchase.

I finally finished my it cosmetics matte cc cream which I liked quite a bit but have too many other foundations in my collection to repuchase, at least for now. Maybe sometime in the future. Out of all of the cc creams, this one is my favorite for summer use.

A couple declutters-first is a conditioning treatment from living proof that I don’t need but my daughter might like. Then there’s a benefit brow product I am giving her because she lacks a brow product. I like the brow product and I would repurchase but I’ve got other brow products I can use instead.

There’s a little perfume sample I used up pretty quickly as the scent didn’t stick around, so I wouldn’t repurchase.

Bottom row-first my Roc retinol capsules which I DID repurchase, you’ll see those later in this post. Then two belif products, the moisture bomb and the aqua bomb, both of which I absolutely love and would certainly repurchase. I am, however, considering a couple other moisturizers first to see if there are others I could enjoy as much as these.

And finally a colourpop eyeliner that I absolutely hated and would not repurchase.

All of these items brings me to 54 items used up over what has entered my collection this year. I am still managing to reduce my collection overall. But, I did have 3 incoming items, so my total for the month is actually 51. Here’s what I purchased:

These Roc retinol capsules I just adore and I think they have made a lovely difference for my skin. So, I replenished them, and since they are almost always on a buy one get one half off discount, I tend to purchase two at once.

The other item is an elf brow wax product that I wanted to try. I haven’t used it much yet so I don’t really have an opinion on it.

And that’s it, that’s all the purchasing for this month. Next month I’ll have some items from ulta’s current sale but not much makeup, mostly skincare. While there were makeup items I would have really liked to pick up, I decided that I was enjoying my collection as is well enough to give a pass to anything that wasn’t something I was replenishing.

Partners in Cream Project Pan Update #8

I am so pleased with how far I’ve gotten with my partners in cream project pan this month! While I did not finish any items, I’ve made good progress on each one. It’s felt very steady over this past month. Here’s last month’s photo:

I had intended to cut open the cc cream and finish it off in the first week, which I did. Since I knew it would be done shortly, I preemptively added the little perfume rollerball which was completely full.

Here’s my progress this month:

The product I am most proud of is the born this way foundation. The color only suits me when I am at my most tanned. I’d been using it as a mixer for this summer but I am now at a point where I can just use it alone. No mixing. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to hold out on that, it completely depends on how warm it stays and for how long and also how much opportunity I have to stay outside. But, this is the most progress I’ve had in a year so I am thrilled with it and eager to get as much use as possible in the upcoming month. Once I can no longer wear it alone, I’ll use it as a mixer as I lighten back up for the winter. I would genuinely LOVE to finish it up this year but I suspect that won’t be possible.

The next best progress is the No Poreblem primer. I made more progress on this than in past months. The line is a bit deceiving as I no longer can use the pump. I have to scrape it out bit by bit.

Steady progress only on the setting spray.

The clarins sunscreen has seen great progress as well. I’ve stopped using it only for my face as my skin does not react well to it. I use it for my face sometimes but also regularly use it for my tattoo. I do believe I’ll finish up this product this year even if it isn’t quick.

And finally the Tocca Maya perfume rollerball-I made steady progress and I’ve used it exclusively. If I do so again for another month I should be done and I can choose something else to roll in.

So, next month I think I’ll be able to roll in another product or two. Depending on the weather, I may be back to using cream makeup products again, which I think would be fun! Next post should be a beauty balance post, and since I did finish quite a few items, I am rather excited to post and get them into the recycle bin.

Eyeshadow Roulette Project Update

Time to update my eyeshadow roulette project, and I am going to tell you right away that I am still just loving this challenge. Here’s the swatch photo from last month:

My goal is to hit pan on these or to use each 30 times before rolling the color out and randomly choosing another. Let’s discuss the colors:

At the top is Urban Decay Big Sky from the born to run palette. I finished my 30 uses and got a rather significant dip in the shadow.

Below that is a christmas palette from Too Faced, and I was also able to finish my 30 uses of that color.

Then there’s a lovely copper shimmer color from Nyx, it’s a single. As of today, I’ve used it 19 times.

Below that is another Nyx single, the pink shimmer color. I’ve used that 14 times.

And then from the nyx happy birthday palette, another copper shimmer, this one I’ve used 11 times so far.

I rolled in Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette, color Mint Choco. Used only 4 times so far, which is no surprise, it’s a rather bold color to try to incorporate with so many neutrals.

I then needed to roll in two new colors since I had 2 completed goals. Here’s the swatch now:

The two new colors are at the bottom. The first is Violet Voss Sugar Crystals Sherbet. It’s supposed to be an orangy light shimmer but it kind of just comes across as light. I have used this 2 times in the past month.

And, finally, Urban Decay Born To Run Palette makes another appearance, the color is Double Life. It’s a darker coppery shimmer than all the other coppery shimmers currently in this project, and it seems like it may be a duochrome. It’s a copper shimmer on a blackened base. The thing is, while it applies quite dark to the eyelid, it doesn’t stay dark, it seems to lighten up throughout the day, making it quite wearable. I like the color and it performs a lot better than the Big Sky color previously in the project which is only technically suitable as a liner shade.

Changes to “rules” this time is that I am officially going to only roll in Born to Run palette colors in a random fashion until I hit pan on one of the born to run shadows. Then I’ll roll it back out and concentrate on something else.

And here’s a shot of the pans of the shadows I am using. First of all, I circled in blue the one rolling out so that you can see the nice dip I have going in there. To be honest, If I really want to hit pan on this palette, continuing to concentrate on that color would probably do the trick. But at the same time, I rather want to actually use this palette for a bit. In December I’ll have had it for 2 years and really not used it often at all!

You can see that the two singles sitting on the colorful palette have nice dips in them already. These are the two nyx singles. I also have a rather solid dip in the color in the nyx palette. I’ve been concentrating on expanding my bonus pan in that palette as well as using the mattes in that palette and I am rather hopeful I’ll hit pan prior to 30 uses. We’ll see!

I’ll be predominately concentrating on the nyx shadows this month to see if I can get them rolled out and more of the born to run colors rolled in. I’ll try to use the super bright Violet Voss colors 4 more times this month if possible. I guess if I were to use Sherbet as an inner corner highlight I could get more than 4 uses, but I’ve got another color I am trying to pan that works best as an inner corner highlight as well.

In any case, I’ve again enjoyed this project for another month and am eager to continue. While there’s part of me that feels many of my palettes are neglected in my collection, that same part of me realizes that’s exactly why I shouldn’t purchase more eyeshadow palettes, and that’s exactly what I hoped for. So, I am continuing on this fun little journey of eyeshadow roulette and looking forward to the upcoming month, rolling out shadows, and concentrating on my born to run palette.

Protect Your Meatsuit project pan update 8

Before I get too far into this, I’ll tell you right off the bat, this particular project is drawing to a close. A few more months and I’ll likely just be done with it. I am not going to keep rolling items in. I just don’t feel like I have enough backups in my life to need to keep rolling items in. And that’s really the goal in the first place!

Here’s the photo from last month:

I had finished two items and rolled two more in. Now here’s where I am this month:

The shower gel is really getting close to being finished. I feel positive it will be gone by next month’s update. I have to turn it upside down to get the product out of the container now. I have very much enjoyed using this for the past 8 months and am glad i had the opportunity to try it.

The elemis face mask I did not mark a new line on because I might have used this once in the past month. I think since my return to full time on campus work I have just not given myself the time to do face masks. Quite frankly, our state and our surrounding states aren’t doing all that well and I have a suspicion we may return to some form of partly remote work again, so I may do a little better with this in the upcoming month. I really would like to finish this one up!

The cleanser made steady progress, I may finish this month, and if not this month, I’ll finish next month.

While I’ve been using the toner every morning, I did not see enough use to mark it on the container, so I did not do so. Maybe next month!

And finally, the hair product. I used 9 grams of it, and that’s maybe only 2 uses. I have decided to declutter this item and give it to my daughter.

And with that, I am telling you that I am not rolling anything new in to replace the declutter. If I happen to find something to roll in between now and next month’s update, I will add it. Otherwise, I plan to let this particular project expire. I’ll keep working on it until I’ve only got an item or two, and then I’ll call it quits. But I don’t see a big point in continuing it now, I just don’t have a lot of extra body care and hair care items laying around that need to be used up! And that’s a very good thing.

Rolling Project Pan Update 8

While I am a bit late in posting my update this month, I am still on a roll with my projects. As a reminder, this is one where I am using prompts to choose products. And I am trying to keep this one primarily makeup related. As I am working through the prompts, I am listing them and then crossing off the ones I have completed or made a goal on.

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
9. A product from a previous project.
10. A unique product
11. A product you don’t like

And here’s the photo from last month:

I rolled out the hourglass powder and rolled in the white eyeliner from colourpop.

Here’s where I am now:

A product I haven’t used in a while was my blue silkissimee L’Oreal liner, and I had the goal to use it past the L’Oreal brand name. I knew I’d have it done this month as I was so close last month. Indeed, I was technically finished a week later though I continued to use it all month.

A product I didn’t like was the white colourpop eyeliner. I never thought it worked well, and despite it being quite new to my collection, it dried out, cracked, and bits of it kept breaking off and falling on my floor, or one time in my coffee, which I only found after I finished drinking my coffee. This is finished because probably after 3 uses the last bit broke off and fell on the floor. The three uses I had done had frustrated me completely anyhow. So I was not sorry that happened.

A drugstore product is my nyx eyebrow pencil which I am still using almost daily and working my way through. I have little to say about this other than I bet I’ll still be working on this well into the new year.

A product of my choosing was my it cosmetics cc cream. Despite having worked on finishing my matte cc cream at the beginning of the month, I did manage to get a good amount of this used. I am hoping that this month will be the final push on this one and I’ll finish it up so I can roll in something new next month.

An old favorite is the sample of benefit hula bronzer. While I realize that it doesn’t look like I really made any sort of dent in this, I have been using it consistently. I just decided to concentrate my brush on areas that did not have pan already.

My unique product is my little pan of frankenhighlight I created myself. It’s crumbly now, and I wasn’t able to finish because using this as a face highlight is too light for my skin in deep summer. I’ve been using it as an inner corner highlight but that’s slow going!

And with that, I get to roll in two new items.

12. A product you bought online.

The question is, what product didn’t I buy online? The vast majority of my makeup collecting has been online purchases. So, this prompt left me a ton of freedom. So I chose an Urban Decay eyeliner color starfire. It’s a travel size liner and I chose it because my eyeshadow project currently has a ton of coppery shimmers in it. This is a nice subtle way to tie in all those coppery colors. My goal is to work down to the 24 on the label.

13. A product you received as a gift.

I am fairly certain that there’s only one product I’ve ever received as a gift and that’s my Urban Decay Born to Run palette. So I’ve rolled it in. It’s been a goal this year to use this palette more, so I am not at all sad about this. My goal here is to hit pan on something in this palette. In reality, the closest I am to that in ANY shade is Big Sky, the blue that was in my eyeshadow project. While some colors in this palette are misses, by and large, I really like this palette. I plan to concentrate my usage for my eyeshadow roulette challenge on this palette as well. 30 uses of a few colors should help me hit pan, ideally before the end of the year.

So, that’s a wrap for another month. It’s nice that the two items I rolled out were balanced, one a longer term goal and the other short term. I am still enjoying this limited makeup project pan. I like that I can explore various items within my collection while also concentrating on a few select items to make use of them or use them up. It’s a nice balance I am enjoying very much!

August Beauty Balance

In yesterday’s post I talked about what came into my life in the month of August. Which was technically July. But I’ve got exactly no need or desire to purchase anything in August, so we are calling it August beauty balance.

That post left me with 34 items leaving my collection over what arrived this year so far.

But, I need to get my empties squared away. Here’s what I’ve gone through this month:

The photo is very dark, sorry about that. If I hadn’t gotten a photo at 6 am I probably wouldn’t have gotten a photo at all. These empties bring my total leaving my collection over what entered for the year up to 42. (It was 43 last month, so I’ve actually moved backwards by one item, but I’ll make up for that next month I believe.)

A rundown of the products:

I’ve got a body wash from Dr. Teals, this thing is massive and took us ages to get through. Especially since I’ve also been project panning a different body wash. I actually quite liked this and I would repurchase. It’s clean and fresh and not at all cloying of a scent.

I also finished after at least a year of use (I rotate shampoos and also have extremely short hair) a Redken shampoo I purchased over a year ago. It’s a very nice shampoo and I am glad to have used it. However, I’ve got 3 more I am rotating through so I won’t repurchase.

The Ouai leave in conditioner I finished during a project pan. I got so accustomed to using it that I now forget every morning to rinse the conditioner out of my hair while I am in the shower. I liked it, it smelled nice and worked fine. I just don’t have a huge reason to use a conditioner on super short hair so I wouldn’t purchase. I got this in a subscription box, so I never did choose it in the first place.

I’ve got two products from The Ordinary. The first was their Matrixyl and hyaluronic acid serum which worked fine and I’d repurchase but I’ve got something else I am working through first. I also finished their Retinol 1% in squalane which was just perfectly fine and I’d repurchase.

I also finished two cleansers. Both travel sizes. One is Philosophy’s purity made simple cleanser. This has a really lovely scent and seemed pretty gentle. I did like it. And the other is La Roche Posay Toleriane hydrating gentle cleanser. This one feels exactly like my cerave hydrating cleanser that I use every morning when I wake up, but had a different scent. It has a similar price point so I doubt I’d be convinced to switch.

And the final item for this group of empties is Clinique’s moisture surge moisturizer which I quite like. I used this at night daily until it was used up and as with many of clinique’s other moisturizers, quite loved it.

Truth is, if I’d postponed this empties post by abut 4 days I’d probably have another 4 items to add. I am that close on a number of products! But at the same time, I knew that if I didn’t get this posted it would probably be next month before I got an empties post up. So, I’ll be eager to share my empties again next month!

August Beauty Balance

In early July I placed an order with Yes Style, it was my first order from this company that I’d heard so much about over the past few years. I had been wanting to try it for most of those years but also wanted to use a bunch of items I had in my collection, keep my eyes and ears open for the items I might best enjoy, and also order enough to make it “worth it” since the products must come from so far away.

I really didn’t expect my order to arrive so quickly, but by mid-July it was already at my house. Since I’d already done July beauty balance posts, I figured I’d just wait for August.

For starters, last month the total leaving my collection over what entered this year was 43 items. And here’s what entered “this” month.

9 items total. Here’s a rundown.

You don’t have to be following along with online beauty long before you realize that the Missha BB cream has a cult following. With its nice spf and great reviews, I thought I’d give it a try. While I’ve used it once, the color is more of a winter color so I have set it aside for now.

I also have heard great things about the Biore facial sunscreen. As someone who really hasn’t found her perfect sunscreen routine for mornings, I figured I’d give it a try.

Then I also go the CosRX snail mucin power essence. I have been using something from The Ordinary to keep the redness in my face under control, but I wanted to give this one a try. This is basically a replacement item as I am quite close to being done with what I have from The Ordinary.

Pyunkang Yul essence toner is something I tried in a sample size and really loved. That was about 2 years ago so it’s been sitting in my loves list since and I was quite happy to give it a try in this order.

I’ve also been eager to try a cleansing oil since I really enjoy cleansing balms. Technically I’ve got an overabundance of cleansing balms and really didn’t need this right now, but turns out I really enjoy it, have been using it regularly, and may very well repurchase in a future order. It’s Purito’s from green cleansing balm.

I liked the color tones of this romand better than shape bronzer/contour product. I haven’t really used it yet since I am working on a bronzer in my project pan but I look forward to doing so. Maybe I’ll experiment with it this week!

A’Pieu’s juicy pang blushers caught my interest. I tried these once but since it’s summer, I am leaving this to explore more thoroughly in the winter. I need the powder products in the summer!

And finally, the Peripera inklasting cover foundation seemed quite interesting and gets great reviews. Again I’ve purchased in a winter color, so I will be waiting on this item. I keep saying winter color, but really that’s most of fall, winter, and all of spring. I really only darken down for a short time in the summer so I tend to not purchase foundation colors in summer tones, using instead ones I already have to deepen down the winter colors.

And finally, not from the yes style order, is a simple container of wet n wild powder. I needed another powder to finish out my summer and I decided that this one is inexpensive and utilitarian and I’d just pick it up and call it good.

So, that’s 9 incoming items, leaving me at the total out over what came in this month at 34. And, since I’ve chatted so long about my purchases, I think I’ll save my empties for tomorrow.

Eyeshadow Roulette Project Update

Generally I attempt to get my eyeshadow roulette project post up on the 5th of the month. I did not do so this month, but I did take a snapshot of my notebook where I record usage to make sure at least that was accurate.

Here’s the color scheme I began with last month.

I’d had high hopes for this color palette, the blue in particular. Sadly, it did not perform well at all on my eyelids. When used as a shimmer all over the lid, it creased terribly and wore off. Also, the top matte shade developed pan about two days after this photo was taken, so I didn’t keep using it much after. Here’s the photo of the pans of each of these colors:

Urban Decay Big Sky (the blue) has a nice dip in it despite the fact that it won’t be used as a lid color. I am using it as an eyeliner when I can, and I now have 22 uses.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Georgia has a bit of a dip in it, and I was able to do a full 30 uses and rotate it out.

Revlon Maverick palette I hit pan 2 days after posting, so that got rotated out.

Colourpop Bye Bye Birdie palette I had both Heron Chic and Nevermore to work on. I managed to get my 30 uses on both and that palette is rotated out.

My Too Faced christmas palette color Make a Wish is starting to see a dip. I currently have 25 uses on this one so I will be able to finish in the upcoming month.

I did not achieve any “bonus” pans either this month, which is fine!

So, I pulled in new colors to keep with my 6 colors. And in the end, I pulled 3 nyx colors. One of which is in a palette I already had in this challenge. It’s the NYX happy birthday palette and I’d achieved 2 bonus pans during the time it was in the challenge previously. I love that I’ll keep working on the palette and get more use out of it.

Here’s the swatch photo:

The only matte here is the green at the bottom. That’s Violet Voss Sugar Crystals Palette (another I’ve already explored in this challenge!) color Mint Choco.

In any case, let’s ATTEMPT to be more organized. From top to bottom, the first two are the two still in from last month. Urban Decay Born To Run palette color Big Sky and the Too Faced christmas palette color Make a Wish.

Below those two is a Nyx copper shimmer color from an advent calendar. It’s a single. And then a nyx shimmer that is pink, it’s from the same advent calendar and is also a single.

And below that is another coppery nyx color from the happy birthday palette.

Ultimately while I’ll need to draw in mattes from elsewhere, this looks like a fairly cohesive color story and I will not have too much trouble working on it this month. I worry about the mint green but I’ll experiment with an “ice cream eye” look using the nyx singles as well.

Here’s what the pans are looking like:

These are just the rolled in colors as I took photos above of the other two palettes.

In the past I’d gone from trying to create pan in each color to just trying to get 30 uses or pan, whichever came first. Depending on where I am next month, I may try to give myself a new rule or two. The first may be that if I roll in a new palette, the next color I choose is also from that palette. Trying to juggle multiple palettes in the morning can be a bit daunting. Since I chose two singles this month I didn’t implement this rule yet. I may also keep rolling until I get a palette I haven’t used yet, as my usage on just two palettes is pretty heavy now, with little use on the other items in my collection. But at the moment, these are just ideas I am throwing around in my head, I am not implementing them yet!

Partners in Cream Project Pan Update 7

This is the official date that I am supposed to post this update, so I’ve managed to get this one post up in time even though I’ve been a little lax about posting lately.

Just a recap, Partners in Cream project pan attempts to use up cream products in our collections since they go off faster than power products. Truthfully, I think this would be best suited for cream makeup products, but that’s not really going to work for my climate and skin during the summer. I’ll ease back into panning cream makeup products when the weather cools.

Here’s where I was last month:

I’d finished the two little perfume samples and the Becca primer. I’d added in the born this way foundation on the right hand side.

Here’s this month’s update:

With my It cosmetics cc cream (the matte version) you can see that I have worked through everything I can that will come out of the pump. This morning I cut this open and I am sure I’ll be done by the end of the week, so I am adding another item.

More progress on my facial spray. It’s very consistent use right now, I seem to use up about the same every time.

I have made no progress on the Born This Way foundation, I used it once or twice last month. I will concentrate on this with the cc cream being done.

No Poreblem primer, I’ve had another month of consistent use on it as well. I have been concentrating on this solely now that the Becca one is gone. At the beginning of this process I would not have said that I particularly like this primer but honestly it’s really grown on me. It’s good, I am enjoying using it.

My Clarins sunscreen has seen a bit of use but not a ton. I think I can do better this month! So that’s my goal. Increase the use on this product.

And, I’ve added a small rollerball perfume sample, it’s Tocca Maya. I like this one a lot and it is a reasonably summery fragrance. I’d like to finish this up! It’s completely full currently.

It’s always lovely to finish a product (even though I am not technically finished, close enough to call it done) when working through a number of longer term products. I maintain that the matte cc cream has served me very well this year, stuck nicely to my nose for the majority of the day with minimal touching up despite heavy mask use. I hope that there’s a time where mask use won’t factor into my makeup decisions anymore, but now is not that time!

Protect Your Meatsuit Project Pan Update 7

And on with the second project pan update that falls on the first of the month. This one is all skincare/haircare/bodycare items. Last month I was unable to roll anything new in, and it felt like it had been a very long time since I’d rolled in anything new. Here’s where I was:

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I am very pleased to report that I’ve finished both the ouai leave in conditioner and the Elemis Papaya enzyme peel face mask. So, I get to roll in two new products this month. Here’s my photo for this month:

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I didn’t get a whole heck of a lot finished of the shower gel but I love it so much, and it feels like I am ok with slowing down on this one, savoring the last bit.

The other elemis face mask is the one I will concentrate on now that the enzyme peel is finished. I did not get much at all worked through on it.

My exfolikate cleanser is now the only one I am using, so I think I’ll make great progress on this one before next month. Who knows, might even be finished!

Then there’s two products to roll in. First is my living proof styling cream. I got this in a subscription box some time ago now, and it’s not really the type of thing I use in my daily routine. Progress on this may be slow. I have already been using it here and there. I could not mark the bottle, but I weighed it, it currently weighs 99 grams.

Then there’s my Thayers witch hazel toner. This is not something I’ll purchase again, and it’s been languishing in my stash for too long now. I would like to work through it for the remainder of this summer so that I can move on and not have it cluttering up my bathroom closet. The paper label is great for marking progress though!

This month is a month that proves again that if I just keep concentrating on the same items repeatedly they do get used up in due time. So, now I’ll just hope I can finish up another product or two in the next month.

Rolling Project Pan Update 7

We are now through 7 months of my rolling project pan and I am still enjoying it quite a bit. I still love that I am concentrating on just 6 makeup items at once and allowing myself to explore other parts of my collection in the mornings. I may do another full face project someday, but this year it’s been nice to roll through 6 at a time. 6ish I suppose, since I sometimes add makeup items to my partners in cream project pan.

The list as of 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
9. A product from a previous project.
10. A Unique product

And the photo of where I was last month:

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I had added the little pan of frankenhighlight after finishing up some setting powder. Other than that, nothing new rolled in or out. Here’s my photo for today:

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Sorry about the weird shadow!

I met my goal on my expensive product! My hourglass dim light powder finally has pan. It’s a waffle pan, and I am thrilled to have gotten there.

My drugstore product is my nyx eyebrow pencil. I have used it a bit but not a ton. I hope to make better progress in this upcoming month.

An old favorite-this is my benefit hula bronzer sample. I’ve expanded the pan a tiny bit, but I’ve actually been concentrating on wearing down the pan in the area it is the thickest rather than expanding the pan. The expanded pan was just a bonus.

A product I haven’t used in a while is my blue L’oreal liner, and my goal was to use it past the L’Oreal branding. While it’s hard to see in the photo, I can still see the long part of the “L” so this stays in my project for another month. I am positive I’ll be done after that.

A product of my choosing is my it cosmetics cc cream, and I did mark this one with a pink line. I think I will have this done by next month, I’ve been hitting it pretty hard. But I do also have 3 foundations in my project right now. I will concentrate on one other, then I will concentrate on this one.

And my unique product is my frankenhighlight from my very first ever depotting experience and my first ever experience trying to combine things I didn’t like to get something I did like. The pan is massively expanded. I’ve used it as a highlighter but mostly I use it as an inner corner highlight when putting on eyeshadow. I am hoping to finish this up by next month as well. But I am not certain I can do so at the rate I am using it currently.

So, that leaves one item I can roll in under a new prompt. The prompt is “A product you don’t like” and it was a very easy choice. I like the vast majority of my makeup collection right now! But I did purchase this white colourpop eyeliner that I just hate. Most of it has broken off in use and kind of flown across the room at different times during use. One piece landed in my coffee once, and I didn’t find it until I finished my coffee. The remaining piece I can’t even show you as it has broken off at the base so I have to be careful in using it, and careful not to drop it. There’s a limit to how much longer it will last, and hopefully, that limit will be about a month. We will see how it goes.

In any case, it’s been a pretty good month for panning and I am looking forward to being able to roll out a few more items next month. Maybe!

July Beauty Balance Part 2

Yesterday we talked about my empties, which brought me to 49 items leaving my collection over what entered in this year.

Now we talk about the incoming items.

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This is kind of a funny one. I am now at 43 items leaving over what entered my collection.

The first item is CYO lifeproof foundation which left my collection earlier this year when Miss Butterfly decided she wanted it. After using it a few times, and using some of her other foundations, she has now decided (much to my happiness) that she actually would prefer not to wear makeup other than mascara. So, she returned to me a foundation I truly love.

While I didn’t need the Pond’s cleansing balm, I had been wanting to try it. But I’d never found it in store. And of course, going to stores is really unusual at this point. So, when I happened upon it in a store, I decided I’d pick it up. It’ll get used up pretty quickly and I am glad to finally get an opportunity to give it a try.

2 more products that have been on my too try list is the moroccanoil beach wave mousse. I got a travel size of it. The criticisms of this mousse leave me to believe that I will love it. Grainy, sticky, too textured, those are all really ideal descriptions for someone with my type of short hair that I am asking to stick right up in the air! Also, the too faced peach perfect powder I’ve been eager to try for a long time.

Along with that was a couple of samples, another Belif aqua bomb (because I will never pass it up, it’s my favorite!) and a fragrance sample.

So at the end of these incoming items, I am at 43 leaving my collection over what has entered.

And that’s all for this month. Next month I’ve decided to place a yes style order. I’ve wanted to explore various brands from there for ages and never pulled the trigger. I have now done so, and so that’ll be the incoming items next month. Hopefully I can keep up with my outgoing items so it’s not too big a drain on my outgoing count!

July Beauty Balance part 1

Here are my July empties. I’ll post incoming items tomorrow.

During my previous update, I had a total of 38 items leaving my collection over what came into my collection. It actually was a pretty cruddy update, in the sense that I had quite a few incoming items. I do have incoming items this month, but not too overwhelmingly so.

Here are my empties:

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Starting top left, I finished a second Garnier miceller cleanser. I do not like this product, this is the last in my collection, hope to never receive it as a sample again.

I also have a teal eyeliner that went off. I have tried sharpening it past the point where it’s gone off, but the product itself has gone fully off. I used to use this a lot, and I am sad I didn’t continue to do so. On the other hand, I have plenty of teal eyeshadows in my collection that would serve a similar purpose. So, I won’t be on the hunt for another teal liner.

I finished my travel size becca first light primer. I love this product, and it’s in the running for a repurchase someday when I finish all my other primers.

I finished 3 perfume samples all of which I enjoyed and also won’t purchase.

I have a sample size of it cosmetics cc cream (original formula) and while I do like the it cosmetics cc creams, this shade, light, is actually not that good on me despite the fact that light shade in the matte and illuminating formulas are fine on me. No repurchase and look forward to finishing up the other container in my collection.

I finished my AOA studios setting powder. At only a dollar, this is a perfectly serviceable setting powder and I might repurchase if I was making another AOA order. I’d pick up a few of them at a time in that case, as there really isn’t much product in there.

I finished up The Ordinary glycolic acid toner and I’ve already repurchased.

I finished the IGK texture spray which I liked but is not my favorite, won’t repurchase.

I finished my Big Sexy Hair hairspray, which I am very likely to repurchase but I’ve got travel sizes and hairspray backups to work through first.

Then there’s two sachets which do not count. One was a hair cc cream by Alterna which I liked a lot and the other was a tula exfoliating pad which was deceiving. I thought it would be some sort of proper chemical exfoliant but it was one of those weird ones with the product that balls up on your skin to cause a physical exfoliation. Hard pass.

This leaves 49 items leaving my collection over what entered it for the month of July.  My incoming items are a bit more reasonable this month but I’ll still add them in a separate post. That being said, 49 is certainly not where I’ll stay for the month, that number will be going back down a bit.

Partners in cream Project Pan update 6

In last month’s post, I didn’t truly finish anything up beyond a couple of perfume samples. And I ended up rolling in a couple more almost finished samples so I could take one more month to make a decision about what I wanted to pan next. Here’s the photo from last month.

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I had finished two perfume samples, not finished a third, and rolled in a fourth.

This month, I managed to finish all perfume samples plus the Becca First Light Primer.

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That leaves 3 items for updates. My It cosmetics matte cc cream has made so much progress that I can now see through the tube. In my experience, shortly I will be unable to use the pump anymore and will need to cut open the package. But, I also believe that finishing it from this point does take a good long time, probably about a month of use, and, I am a bit trying to savor this one for use when I am physically at work. That’ll be about 10 days total between now and the next update. So, this one might not be done before then.

Next up would be my Touch in Sol No Poreblem primer. I’ve really tried to concentrate on this one once the becca primer was done, but I don’t think I really made more progress than other months. That being said, steady progress is worthwhile progress as well, and progress remains pretty steady.

My rose facial spray is also in the steady progress category. I wasn’t sure it would be as I’ve been skipping this on the days I am physically at work. Instead I use a stronger holding setting spray because of mask use. This rose spray is really a seriously large amount, and I bet it takes another 6 months to finish this up.

So, I then needed to roll in two new items for this project. I have chosen a clarins facial sunscreen. I want to get this used up as it’s almost a year old. But typically I leave it out of my routine as it’s not a favorite of mine. I need to concentrate on it so I can get it finished up.

Then, I’ve got my two faced born this way foundation. This is typically too dark on me, and remains so now. I’ve used it to darken various foundations before. And last year I tried to pan it toward the end of the summer after finishing up a too dark mac foundation, but you can see on the two progress lines that I didn’t get very far. The progress remains at the bottom line, and since I don’t have a darker shade to work on, I genuinely do believe I can get this one worked through this year if I concentrate on it. I’ll lighten it a bit until I spend more time outside (soon) and then maybe even be able to use it full on for a bit. I’ll be extremely pleased to get this one used up if I can!

All in all a successful and steady progress type of update. Just like I prefer them! Looking forward to continued steady progress over the upcoming month, and trying not to stress about the fact that I currently have 3 foundations in various projects right now!

Pan Those Eyeshadows Update 3

My roulette style eyeshadow panning project continues on with considerable progress. I made some changes last month that really worked for me. Last month I decided that I’d work on an eyeshadow for 30 uses or hitting pan, whichever came first. Unsurprisingly, since overall, makeup is still something fairly new to my life, I am generally needing to get to the entire 30 uses as I am not hitting pan before that.

I have really enjoyed the project this month, I love that it keeps me both focused and creative, thinking of new ways to wear these eyeshadows. Here’s the swatch color scheme I was working with over the past month:

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I ended up finishing my 30 uses of both of the top two swatches. Here’s what the palettes look like now:

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I’ve circled the shadows that were actually in the project. A considerable dip was made in both of them, though pan was not hit. However, I did hit surprise pan in two shadows in the Nyx birthday palette. Prior to this challenge, neither of those shadows had pan showing. So, really, while I didn’t hit pan on the shadows I brought in to the project, two pans were hit anyhow.

Working my way down the swatch, the third color is Colourpor Bye Bye Birdie palette, color Nevermore. So far in this project I have used it 17 times. Only 13 uses left until I can roll it out.

The fourth color is the same palette, color Heron Chic. This one I’ve used 21 times, only 9 uses left.

Below that we have my Too Faced christmas palette, the color is Make a Wish. I’ve used this one only 9 times, so the 21 times I need to finish this isn’t likely to happen in the upcoming month!

And finally, the sixth color is from the Revlon Maverick palette, and I’ve used it 17 times. I actually think it’s possible I’ll hit pan on that one prior to my 30 uses, it’s very powdery.

Since I rolled out two shadows, I had the opportunity to roll in two more. My roulette app chose my Urban Decay Born to Run palette, color Big Sky, and Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, color Georgia.

Here’s the swatches:

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The almost invisible color is Sweet Peach Georgia and the last color is Big Sky from Born to Run. I am so excited about the pop of blue, and I am excited to try pairing it with the magenta Heron Chic color. I think that might make for a very nice look and a great way to get use out of both colors at once.

Sweet Peach Georgia might be finished this month as well, as I can use it as a transition shade with each and every look.

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I’ve circled each of the 6 colors in the photo above. My focus will be finishing up Heron Chic, then finishingup Nevermore, ideally rolling that entire palette out next month. I do think I can manage to complete both of those, though it might be a bit of a push. I am anticipating that Georgia and the matte color from the Revlon Maverick palette might get pan in them prior to the end of the month as well. as I’ve already got good dips in both.

I really cannot stress enough how enjoyable I’ve found this little project of mine. I eagerly work through my shadows and every time I look at a new palette I want, I weigh that want against my desire to work through my shadows roulette style. And the new thing generally comes up as something I would pass on since I likely wouldn’t roll it in quickly. I don’t know how long this motivation will last, but I am extremely pleased with it right now, and that’s more than I could hope for. Can’t wait to update again next month!

Rolling Project Pan Update 6

It’s headed toward the first of the month, so it’s time for the first of my two beginning of the month project pan updates. Let’s start with the makeup one! This is the one in which I use prompts to choose the products I try to pan or meet goals on. Prompts and last month’s photo below.

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
9. A product from a previous project.

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I was close enough to done with the pretty vulgar powder to call it done, and I added the AOA studios powder as my product from a previous project.

This month’s photo:

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An expensive product is my attempt to hit pan on my hourglass dim light powder, still hasn’t happened.

A drugstore product is my NYX eyebrow pencil which I am making progress on, but it’s slow going. I may have explained in the last post that I am using this simultaneously with another brow pencil that I like less. I generally use the one I like less when I am spending the day at home and saving this one for when I am going to work. But, progress is being made!

An old favorite is my benefit hula bronzer, and I FINALLY hit pan! My goal is to use this up, and I am positive it’ll take all year. I am not going to concentrate on increasing the pan this upcoming month, instead, I plan to start concentrating my brush on the other side so it wears a bit more evenly. Hitting pan really did help my motivation though, I’ve been waiting on that pan for at least two months.

A product I haven’t used in a while is my L’Oreal silkissimee liner in blue. My goal on this one was to use it past the “L’Oreal” text, and it currently says “L’OrI” so that’s some good progress too! I’ve been super happy with this color as it pairs beautifully with the pinks and reds that are in my current eyeshadow project.

A product of my choosing was the it cosmetics cc cream. This is such an odd one to me, as I’ve used the illuminating and matte versions and both match me well in color light, but this one looks too yellow. I’ve kind of been saving it for at home days. I finished up the tiny sample, and only have the travel sized version left. I have used the travel size once.

My product from a previous project was the AOA studios powder and I finished that up pretty easily as well! So, I get to roll in another prompt and product.

10. A Unique product-for this I am choosing my last pan of “frankenhighlight.” I made this out of a cruddy eyeshadow palette and some really white sparkly loose highlighter. I had a total of 3 pans and I’ve used up the other two. I’d like to move this one out of my collection as well. This is best used as an inner corner highlight but can also be used on my cheeks. I already have pan on it, and it’s pretty loosely pressed overall. I think I can get this used up in a month or two.

I had been really struggling to see any movement at all on this project 2 months ago. In two months, enough movement to keep me inspired! If I am lucky I’ll be able to choose one more prompt next month, and that’s absolutely what I’ll be working toward.

June Beauty Balance Part 2

Otherwise known as, the items that entered my collection. And there were many.

In yesterday’s post I’d made it to 59 items leaving my collection over what entered this year so far. This total is going to be reduced greatly. There were a couple factors. First, the hair event, I knew I had a number of things I would pick up during the hair event. Then, I had finished or almost finished some items I needed to replace, and in doing so, I also ended up with a goody bag of samples.

And then there was the shopping trip. The first big one since the stores have opened up a bit. And in fact, it wasn’t meant to be as large a trip as it was. The goal had simply been to go to a store to return some clothing that didn’t fit, purchased during the stores closed to the public portion of the pandemic. Miss Butterfly and I had decided to go early in the morning in order to stay away from the crowds. We’d double checked store hours, but when we arrived, there were signs on the window indicating a late start. We were more than an hour and a half early. We should have just gone home. But, she checked the other stores in that chain, some of them indicating a late start, one did not, so we drove all the way out to THAT store. Guess what? It, too, had a late start, even though the web was not updated.

There was a farmer’s market there, we wandered through but saw little. We wandered through the shopping center, all outdoors. Nothing was open. We got in the car and headed back to the first complex. Then we hit up Target and Ulta while waiting for the store we wanted to be at to open up.

And honestly, my ability to slow my spending roll was really low that day I think. I purchased at both ulta and Target and honestly, I didn’t need any of it. But here we are.

First photo:

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I am getting close to being done with my retinoid product, soI wanted to get some new. It was cheaper to purchase two at a time, so I did. I finished up a cleansing balm and Clean It Zero was on sale and something I’ve always wanted to try. I picked that up. The Ordinary glycolic acid toner I picked up as I am almost done with my current container. I finished our cerave facial cleanser this month, and it was buy one get one half off, so I picked up the night cream I enjoy using as well. Elf’s jelly collection is back for a limited time, and I’d heard good things about that cleanser too, so I picked up one of those. And, we are close to being done with our shower gel that everyone uses, so I picked up a new shower gel too.

Now we are back down to 51 items leaving my collection this  year over what entered. But wait, it’ll go way down in the next photo as well.

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Here we have the 3 hair products I intended to pick up in order to get me through to the next hair event. I also seemed to be unable to resist trying a couple of the tiny elf eyeshadow palettes I’ve been seeing everywhere lately. I had heard good things about the elf jellypop primer as well, figured I’d give that a try. And, I missed having maybelline age rewind concealer so I got one of those.

The rest of the items are from the samples I was sent. A Belif aqua bomb you KNOW I’ll use, I love the stuff. A cerave moisturizing lotion, again nothing wrong with that! There’s a la roche posay cleanser I am eager to try as well as a dermalogica spf. There’s a shiseido toner and a mario badescu facial spray. All of these items I’ll use happily. There was also a face mask, but I didn’t want it, I already moved it to Miss Butterfly’s collection.

So that brings me back down to 38 items leaving my collection over what entered. AND, it leaves me desirous of another low buy time period. From here through mid-August, replacements ONLY. I just do not need anything, and this was a rather massive restock.

June Beauty Balance

This will be a post in two parts. Today is empties, tomorrow will be purchases. This is because there are too many empties and purchases to combine this into one post.

In May, I had 44 items leaving my collection over what came in. Here’s what I finished up and decluttered this month:

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At the very top there is a food container. This held, for the past 2 years, a full container of coconut oil which Mr. Ink decided he didn’t need in his kitchen. I then spent 2 years incorporating it into my routine for makeup removal. Not every day, as it’s a bit heavy. But, as regularly as I could get away with. You bet your booty I am counting this as an empty.

Then there’s a couple large items. Our regular Cerave cleanser that I keep in our shower, this is used by Miss Butterfly and me. There are two redken hair products, one is a thickening lotion and the other a spray mousse. Neither of which I’ll repurchase but I am happy to have used them. Then a full container of dry shampoo that I am giving to Miss Butterfly.

That’s 49 items out over what came in. Second photo. Yep, there’s more:

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There’s sample size of supergoop sunscreen, it doesn’t count. But it smelled great!

I have a sample size it cosmetics mascara, I just opened it, remembered how much I hate it and how much it transfers on my browbone, and gave it to Miss Butterfly.

There’s a tiny pan of highlighter-it was a highlighter I created, and called my frankenhighlight. This was back in 2018. This is the second of 3 pans of it, and I finished it.

Then there’s a beauty blender cleanser solid that I finished. I wouldn’t repurchase.

I have a L’oreal brow stylist. I couldn’t get any more product out of it so I removed the stopper. That was a mistake, as then it was so goopy I couldn’t use it on my brows and I could see how discolored it was from being used for so long. That’s enough, it’s done. I might repurchase this.

I have a clinique hydrating jelly moisturizer and I liked it so much more than I imagined. I  rolled my eyes when this item showed up on the market. It looked gross to me, and I “knew” it would be sticky. I was incorrect, it’s a lovely moisturizer, one I’d be happy to own at some point.

I finished up two of my perfume samples, black opium and Ralph Lauren for Women, both of which I liked quite a lot.

I am tossing my lash glue. It is all goopy and gross, it no longer works. If I ever want to wear fake lash pieces again, I’ll buy new glue. But, I think that’s probably over with my wedding, I haven’t had a moment’s urge to do so since.

And, the final two items. A clinique take the day off balm which I LOVE, and a pretty vulgar powder I finally finished up.

Now that’s 59 items out over what entered this year. Here’s a spoiler, I purchased a lot this month and I’ll end up all the way down below where I started in tomorrow’s post.

Partners in Cream project pan update 5

My Partners in cream project pan should have been updated yesterday but I did not get around to it. I figured I’d get a final day of use in by postponing until today, but I ended up not wearing makeup at all. So, here we are. Last month:

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In the last update I’d been making good enough progress even though I wasn’t wearing a ton of makeup in general. This month I wore makeup a lot. I just…decided I was going to wear it to feel awake and alive and good. And, I was in the office more than I had been previously.

Here’s this month:

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I made great progress on my cc cream. Really good dent in it. And, now that I’ve been outside more, this is a great color as is, I don’t have to mix with a lighter foundation to get a proper color match. I suspect I’ll be done within the next two months here.

My Becca first light primer is also seeing a nice amount of use, I will certainly be able to finish this up in the upcoming month. I’ll roll in another primer once this one is gone.

My No Poreblem primer has seen a little less use than the becca one, but I am still making progress.

Nice amount od progress on my Rose facial spray!

And then, I’d rolled in 3 perfume samples last month. I finished two of them, the third I am close to being done with, and I added in a fourth which is a Jo Malone fragrance. I mostly did this because I wasn’t entirely sure what to roll in next. I figured another month working on sample fragrances would buy me the time I need to decide on a new product next month.

So, if all goes well, I’ll have at least two new items to roll in next month, and possibly three depending on where I am with that cc cream. I feel very good about this month’s update!

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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
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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!

 

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.