Brights Day 5

I am so enjoying my little challenge. Getting to know some lipsticks I rarely wear is such a great experience. Add to that my little challenge of simpler and more neutral eye looks, and I am just having a great week! To top off the week, tonight is hair cut night and I am thrilled!

Today’s bright is a bit out of order because I just don’t feel like wearing a drying liquid lipstick. Today’s selection is Trestique lip glaze in mumbai magenta. It’s a nice moisturizing and slightly sheer formula, exactly the type of product I really go for.


While it is bright, it doesn’t seem overwhelmingly bright like some of the previous lip products this week. It’s also extremely easy to wear. This product is a mini, I think I got it in an ipsy bag. So, I think this one is going to end up in a project pan next spring/summer. I don’t think it would take any time at all to pan, and I’d enjoy every moment of it while I was at it. I also don’t think it would take long, there’s just not much product in it.

That’s it for this week, we’ll see what next week brings!


Brights Day 4

Today’s bright lip is Ofra’s Santorini. I received this in a subscription box some time ago and have never worn it. However, I love ofra’s liquid lipstick formula, so I knew that part wouldn’t be a problem. The problem I had was with the description. It’s described as a berry pink with a metallic finish. That doesn’t immediately pique my interest, so I never bothered to put it on. Until now.


This is a little darker than yesterday’s fearless fuschia color. It also has a subtle iridescence. It does not come across as metallic at all. This is absolutely for the best according to me. It almost looks like it has a bit of a color shift going on, the iridescence is blue and lends a very interesting look to the lips. To be honest, this isn’t ofra’s best formula, it’s a bit sheer. But, it does mimic the comfort of their regular liquid lip formula, which makes me happy.

Today I just want to give a shout out to my mac pro longwear foundation. The color I am using is NW18 which is dark for me unless quite tanned. I haven’t been able to find pro longwear foundation in the color that most works for me on a winter skin day. But, I put the foundation on at 5:30 in the morning yesterday, I was out all day at work and then a road trip to see a concert, and didn’t get home until midnight. That foundation looked almost as good at midnight as it did when I put it on in the morning. I could not believe it! I did blot after work, but I did not add powder, just a setting spray. I ate meals, I wiped my nose, I didn’t coddle the foundation at all. And it still looked fantastic. It’s clearly the perfect foundation for me. (I did wear becca ever matte primer underneath in my t-zone, which I do think helps in the summer, and, it was not a hot day so that helped.)

That’s it for today. One more hot pink tomorrow and then we begin to work our way through slightly darker berry tones next week. I am looking forward to it!

Brights Day 3

It’s another day, another bright lipstick.

Just before we move on to today, let’s talk about yesterday’s e.l.f. liquid lipstick. I thought I liked it and would keep it, but by noon it was flaking off and falling on my chin. I don’t like drying matte liquid lipsticks enough to keep them if they don’t perform perfectly. So, that one got discussed with Miss Butterfly who said she didn’t want it back, and she didn’t think any of her friends would want it either. I am free to toss it, so it went in the beauty balance bin.

Today’s choice is L’Oreal infallible lip paints in fearless fuschia. This is a color I purchased because I like hot pink. I wore it a bunch at the beginning of summer 2018. And then didn’t touch it again because I got distracted by all the incoming lip products in my collection. Also, hot pink is not a color that screams fall/winter, you know? I don’t typically feel like I need to change the colors I use according to the season, but something about hot pink just screams late spring/summer.


How do I feel about this lipstick? I really like it. I love that it doesn’t dry down, it’s more of a lipstick lipstick than a liquid lipstick. A lipstick bordering on a highly pigmented gloss, just not as glossy and thick. I like it quite a lot and it will definitely be staying in my collection for now. The biggest complaint is that it gives me a slight sore throat like many lipsticks tend to do. So, if that becomes intolerable, or if I find a better solution during my bright lipstick wearing challenge, I may reconsider.

Here’s a funny story to add to today’s post. I am still doing that two eyeshadow look I discussed yesterday and really loving it. Well, I ended up getting up super early this morning. I was a bit annoyed at this because I have a VERY long day today and will be busy late into the evening. I wanted to get as much sleep as possible but that just didn’t happen for me. So I decided I’d be productive with my extra time instead. I did my makeup and hair, got dressed, cleaned the kitchen and got a load of dishes started, dealt with the dogs’ morning routine, packed for lunch, etc. It was one of those mornings where despite waking up early I ended up running a bit late because I was trying to fit in all the things. I kept catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror and thinking “I love this eyeshadow look but man do my eyes look small and weird!” About halfway to work, I figured it out, I’d completely forgotten to put on mascara. And I am not at all joking when I say I stopped at a drugstore on the way to work to pick up mascara to keep at work for days like this! I totally did that.

My Brights Challenge

I guess I had a lovely weekend playing in my makeup stash, because after I pulled out all the bright lipsticks and decided to use them for two weeks straight, I ended up pulling out eyeshadows to mess around with for two weeks straight. More specifically, I decided I wanted to do my easy look. It’s one I often use when I am in a rush and haven’t the time to spend on makeup as I usually would. Typically I do the look using a colourpop supershock shadow, but I realized that I can also do the look with other single shadows in my collection.

A quick overview of the look-I just use a bronzer, preferably a matte bronzer, in my crease and under my lower lash line. Then, I pop the color on the lid and call it good. It always comes out looking so pulled together while still being an extremely fast look. I love it. But I’ve never tried it with plain shimmers in my collection, I’ve always just done this with supershock shadows.

Knowing that I was looking at 2 weeks of bright lip looks, I figured I’d pull out two weeks worth of shimmery singles in my collection that are fairly neutral and just do this for 2 weeks straight.

For reference, here are the swatches and lipsticks. (Save for one ofra liquid lip I failed to put in the photo. )

Day 1:

The lip color is Lancome Absolue lip lacquer. The color is a bright berry-toned red. Miss Butterfly brought me this lipstick from a friend’s stash. None of them thought they’d have any interest in wearing such a bright color. That bright a color on Miss Butterfly or her friend would not be typical. I tried it once around the house but never got around to wearing it out of the house.

With this one, I did use a red lip liner as I assumed that the color would bleed. The product needs a lot of building to get it to have coverage. I love how it continues to look very shiny. It stayed nicely for half the day and then I began to see a bit of bleeding outside the lip lines. That did not increase throughout the day. I will say that I am amazed at how shiny this product stays no matter what I do to it. Lacquer is absolutely the correct description for it. I think I would truly appreciate this formula in a more nude color. However, I would not purchase it, as it’s just too expensive. Also, it takes 3-4 layers to get it to not look streaky, and even then, it can settle a bit and then the lip lines don’t have color in them at all, causing yet another application to smooth that out. So, it’s a formula that can need a bit of babysitting, at least upon initial application.


Overall, it’s not my favorite formula but I’ll keep it for now.

Day 2:

e.l.f. collab with Christian Siriano. This is a matte liquid lip in the color fuschia. This is one of those solid dry down liquid lipsticks that look cruddy until they dry. So, during application, I am all hating life and then if I just let it set I realize it looks great. I am really digging this color, it’s a good hot pink and I love a hot pink lip. I really imagined that this one, which I got from Miss Butterfly and never wore, would be something I’d declutter. Not so. This is a definite “stay in my collection because I need this in my life” lipstick. Despite the fact that I don’t actually wear a hot pink lip often.


So, after 2 days of this challenge, I am not actually removing anything from my collection despite having hoped that I would! I guess what I really know is that I do not need any MORE super bright colors in my collection, but I think that isn’t new news for me.

I’ll keep posting these and trying to keep up on them as I have time rather than saving them for one long post.

Goals and Updates

Hi all!

It’s been a bit and I haven’t brought back my 3 color challenge like I said I would for last week. I am just not feeling it. Which is fine! I enjoyed taking last week and just using various palettes in my collection each day and not worrying about taking photos of the look. While I had considered doing my 3 color challenge this upcoming week, I realized I still wasn’t up for it.

Yesterday I was messing around in my makeup collection. I was trying to get a really good handle on what I own, how much of each item, etc. I have come to the realization that I definitely don’t need more highlighters! I am eager to cross stuff off my lists as I whittle down my collection to something more manageable and not out of control. My collection can’t really be described as out of control, but it was growing in that direction and I want to make sure I don’t get there.

I pulled out some highlighters I haven’t been giving any attention to and added them to a pile so that I could get use out of them this week. These are highlighters that all require more tanned skin which is what I have now. So, I am going to give them a go, rather than just using that which is in my Too Faced Natural Face palette which also has highlighters that look good on my more tanned skin.

But really, that’s not the point of this post. I had been thinking about lip colors. You see, everything in my project pan right now is nude or leans toward orange. And I thought about how I really love a hot pink lip in the summer but I haven’t worn one at all this season. So then I listed out all my lip colors. (There are 45, but a ton of them are sample sizes, and I definitely haven’t felt a need to purchase lip colors recently.)

I pulled out all the hot pink and pink bold colors. And then all the other colors in that general tone. I’ve got 10 of them.


I swatched them. Then I took a photo of them:


Over the next two weeks, I am going to use one a day to see how the formulas are and what I think of each of them. I may even let go of some of them at the end of the two weeks. There are definitely ones in here that I have never worn. And if I have worn them, it’s like only once. I think I’ll actually try to go in order left to right, that way I can keep a handle on the order. Though I can already see that I am missing one, so I need to go back into my collection and find that.

In any case, it’ll be fun to try a new little challenge for myself since I am so easily bored and after a few months of the three color challenge, I am over it.

Other stuff, it has been a very busy weekend. Miss Butterfly and I ran a million errands yesterday. It’s amazing how the dogs know I always seem to pick something up for them while I am out because they mow me down trying to figure out what is in the bags I bring home!

One of the things I brought home was a new orthopedic kennel pad for Lizzie, and a cooling mat as well. Miss Lizzie has been exhibiting some arthritic tendencies. She limps when she gets up off the hardwood floor, her preferred dog bed. She doesn’t like dog beds. I put the orthopedic kennel mat in her kennel where she can’t really escape it. Then I used her thinner mat on the floor and put the water cooling mat over top of it. It has been going about as expected, she rarely uses it. Except when I am in my craft room. She loves to lay right next to my chair when I sit in the craft room. So I moved the cooling mat there, and it’s the first time she has used it for any length of time. I am hoping that she’ll get used to it when I place it there and begin using it in other parts of the house as well.


She’s a cutie! Even if she is showing many signs of her age already. I admit that part is kind of a bummer. Hopefully, we can mitigate some of those signs to the best of our ability and have her around for many years to come.

This morning I am listening to the rain which is so much needed that I want to cheer every time it really starts to pour. Did this mess up my plans for today? Absolutely. And I have no regrets about that whatsoever. We need this sooooo badly!

Hope you have had a lovely weekend!



August Beauty Balance

In July I left the beauty balance for the month without any type of finale. And that’s ok! We were on vacation, and by the time we got back it was August and I couldn’t be bothered. But, I can get us all squared away this month.

A couple of things to start us off, last month I had removed 3 eyeliners from my collection in hopes to give them to the girlfriend of my nephew in law. However, I never did get to see her on this trip. So, those 3 items came back with me. So, while I was balanced last month, I have 3 items back in my collection without even purchasing anything.

I also removed a few things from my collection. I don’t have photos because I really couldn’t be bothered to save my trash while on vacation. I went through 2 sunscreens on vacation. I also finished a sample size of Jo Malone fragrance. And, I gave a sample size of leave-in conditioner to Miss Butterfly. That’s one item leaving my collection over what entered.

I did make a purchase at the end of July that went unaccounted for as well. I purchased two CYO lifeproof foundations in 103. I had found out that CYO is going out of business, and I happened across some in a local drugstore. I’ve heard great things about the foundation, and it was buy one get one half price. The color match is perfection! I was tempted to go on a hunt for more until I realized two things. First of all, the foundation is a bit more on the dewy side than I like, especially this time of year. Second, while CYO is going out of business, Soap and Glory has come out with a foundation that is the same as CYO, since they are owned by the same company. While the Soap and Glory foundation is more expensive, it’s also available should I decide I need that CYO formula in my life.


So, that’s one item out of balance.


Here’s what is leaving my collection so far this month. I am giving the smashbox sample to Miss Butterfly. I already gave her a full size one when I decided I didn’t like it, and she does like it. No sense in forcing myself to use something I don’t enjoy just for the sake of using it.

I am also decluttering my Shop MissA paw paw sponge to Miss Butterfly. I just don’t love this sponge. It is Sooooo soft that it just seems to suck up all the product rather than moving it around on my face. I think it really wastes a lot of foundation and I’d prefer to use the other sponges in my collection. I currently have a beauty blender, a sonia kashuk sponge, and a couple of eco tools sponges. These are all preferable to the softness of the one I am decluttering to Miss Butterfly.

And finally, I am beginning a slow declutter of hair products to Miss Butterfly. I am about halfway through the conditioning hair treatment pictured above. When my hair was long I was using it as a conditioner. But with short hair, there’s no reason to have a heavy-duty conditioner in my rotation. In fact, I’d say it’s a detriment because I want my hair to have some height and volume, things which a conditioner in short hair works against. I have other conditioners and hair masks to give her, but I am going to do this one at a time. Reason being is that if she has an abundance of product, she doesn’t treat those products as precious. So, we’ll start with this one and once she’s used it up we’ll see what else she gets from my collection.

That leaves me with 2 items leaving my collection over what has entered it. I probably say this every month, but there’s nothing really on my radar right now that I need. Maybe hair product, I don’t know how long it’ll take to go through what I currently have. But for now, I am waiting to see how the month pans out. In any case, I’d like to really get a good month of empties this month before any upcoming fall sales events begin.


TeamProjectPan for July

I am a bit late due to vacation, but I am ready now to get my July project pan update posted. It was a quarterly refresh last month, so I had the opportunity to play with a few new things. That being said, I didn’t play with nearly as many as I would typically because I was on vacation for more than a week and not really wearing makeup.

As usual, let’s start with the sample fragrances.

I ended up using two of the tiny sample sizes over the past month. The second one never made it into a beauty balance for the month because I finished it on vacation and couldn’t be bothered to bring trash back with me. So, that’ll go in an August beauty balance along with the two sunscreens we used up. Anyhow, the second I used was Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin. I loved it! The fragrance stayed all day, it was relatively unisex rather than being particularly floral, and it just was one that fit me well.

Up next, I was able to use a bit of the Becca ever matte primer, but not much. This is unsurprising, as it takes such a tiny bit of product to make a difference on the skin. More is not better in this case.

I got some of the It cosmetics cc cream worked through, but I am rolling it out as my beach vacation has me looking pretty dark. I am instead rolling in my darkest foundation shade, the Mac prolongwear foundation.

I finished up my cover FX powder, so I am rolling in my Laura Mercier powder sample. It’s not easy to see how much I have of it, so I could not mark it. I really enjoy this powder, it’s a great oily skin powder and I will probably work through it quickly this time of year.

I finished the glamglow supermud mask, and I am replacing that with the peter thomas roth exfoliating mask. There’s not much in there so it should be easy to use.

And finally, the Verb texture cream-I am getting far more use out of this than I imagined. If I don’t want to deal with my short hair in a full-on fix the look, this works great to give it a little texture and hold and I can let it air dry. I thought this would be a struggle to use up, but it doesn’t seem like it is going to be after all.

I did not take photos of the two palettes because the cream contour didn’t get used and the Too Faced natural face palette is getting used, but it doesn’t show a difference from the first photo. I’ll take a photo next month.

I finished the sample eye primer, so I am back to using the mac paint pot exclusively. I am pleased about that, I prefer it. A quick run through of the rest, I finished up a corner of the highlighter I am trying to pan, but this works best for lighter skin days, so it may not get a ton of use in the next month. I have worked quite a bit of the morphe eyeshadow I am using to set my primer away from the middle of the pan. I am still working on my bite beauty lip mask, moreso now that I had sunburned lips and am trying to treat them. I have used the nudestix lip color most of all, the nyx liquid lip not at all, and the hourglass one a tiny bit.

I added in my nyx lip pencil and used a tiny bit of it. I currently cannot find my MUFE lip pencil, so it’s fair to say that hasn’t changed since last month.

That’s about it. Though it’s Saturday and I hadn’t put on makeup at all for more than a week so I decided to play with makeup this morning. Just a simple look but I wanted to make sure my darkest foundation would work. It actually seems a bit light. But that’s good, I’ll be able to use it for awhile.


My skin has a lot of redness to it, but it isn’t burned. It should darken a bit still though. Also of note, the Laura Mercier powder does not work under my eyes, not at all. I appreciated the quiet opportunity to mess around with makeup as Miss Butterfly is hanging with her dad and Mr. Ink had to work this morning. It’s just me and the dogs, and they are snoozing.

That’s it for today. Hopefully, I’ll get another post up tomorrow morning. I am attempting to stay pretty relaxed and low-key this weekend, as I suspect that Monday back to work will be fairly brutal. But, I am also struggling with the post vacation weirdness where I don’t quite have a routine and don’t quite know what to do with myself. The dogs are suffering from the same!