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.

Partners in Cream Project Pan update #3

It’s April 10, and that means it is time for update 3 in my partners in cream project pan. Let’s start right off with the progress from last month:

img_3246I had finished the lipstick and one of the Becca primers and added in the face mist.

In March, I’d worked really hard to finish up the Bare Minerals primer, using my bare minerals foundation with it. I wore the foundation in my rolling project pan only a few times, working extra hard on the bare minerals primer since it was almost gone. I did finish! That was my only finish this month. Let’s move on to the photo and some decisions that need to be made.

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We got the news this week that we are now fully working from home for a bit, rather than one week in the office and one week working from home. I’ll go into that in more detail in a later post not related to makeup or project pan updates. But, I’ve decided to roll out the sleek cream contour palette at this time. I am still wearing makeup sometimes. I love doing it, I enjoy the creativity, and because it’s become so much a part of my morning routine, it makes me feel nice and awake. However, forcing cream contour into a routine when I am only staying at home just isn’t going to work for me. I’d rather save this for a time down the road when I am out and about again.

The bare minerals primer is gone, leaving the Becca primer, I made the tiniest bit of progress on that, and the face mist which is ALMOST gone. That means I need to roll a few things in.

I am starting with the replacement of my sleek cream contour palette. I am rolling in my It Cosmetics matte cc cream. It’s not my favorite formula in this line, I find I do prefer foundations with a little more glow. The added spf in this foundation will be great for when I walk the dogs on my lunch break, or sit outside on the patio in the afternoon (providing the weather warms) or when I go to the dog park right after work.

On the days I don’t want to wear that foundation, I might as well keep working on my powder foundation stash, so I am rolling in another primer that I think will work well with powder foundation. It’s the No Poreblem primer, and as you can see, I have had it in a previous project. This takes the place of the bare minerals primer.

The facial mist is so close to being done that I don’t want to wait a full month to start something new. I’ve decided to roll in another facial mist to take the place of the one I am close to being done with.

So that’s where we are with this 3rd project of mine. I feel good about one finish, and I am glad to not force myself to work through something I really don’t need, saving it for another time. I look forward to this project now, and seeing what happens through a month of working through home. (If it lasts a month. It will certainly last for the upcoming 2 weeks.)

 

 

Pan Those Eyeshadows Roulette

A couple years ago I decided to do a project where I’d randomly choose eyeshadows and wear them together, forcing myself to make creative looks and choices. I am not sure how long that project actually lasted, but it was creative. I think one of the major reasons I quit it was that I was often choosing colors that I really did not want to wear.

I knocked that off and just went back to wearing whatever shadows I wanted to wear and attempting to rotate through my entire collection regularly.

I have the hankering to again work on a roulette-style project. Much like those on youtube, I’ll be choosing shadows using a random number generator and attempting to use them until I hit pan on them. Once pan is hit, a new color will be rolled in through a random number generator.

One rule I plan to employ is that if I have gone 3 months with a color AND used it more than 30 times and still not hit pan on it, I can roll it out and choose a new color. I will be tracking my usage.

I went through all my shadows and numbered them, but I left out anything that I truly didn’t want to hit pan in. Super dark colors, particularly black, are off the table completely. Colors that I find extremely difficult to use in a palette because they are just crap shades I also did not include. No pressed glitters either. But I have left in dark shades, exciting shades, bold shades, etc. I didn’t want to make it too terribly easy on myself. The idea is to be creative.

Then I pulled 6 colors, here they are swatched:

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The bottom 4 all go pretty nicely together, as do the top 3. I only pulled two matte colors and they don’t really go together so I’ll likely be using other mattes as well.

So, what did I pick? From top to bottom:

The green shimmer (satin?) shade in my NYX happy birthday palette. It is unnamed.

A Sydney Grace matte called Token, this one is a single shadow.

A lovely duochrome color from Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette called Sugar Crystals. It’ll make a fantastic inner corner highlight as well as a nice topper, I am so excited to play with it, but am a bit nervous as I am not sure I want to hit pan on it!

2 colors from my Colourpop Bye Bye Birdie palette, Nevermore and Heron Chic. I am rather excited about this, as I’ve not played with this palette much yet and it’s exciting to be able to concentrate on it.

From my Too Faced holiday palette, I chose Make a Wish.

Here’s a picture of the shadows in their palettes. I attempted to circle the colors in the project, that went poorly but you’ll get the idea. As yo ucan see, they are mostly unused, so it’s going to be a stretch to get these to show pan in the course of 3 months I suspect.

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I am really looking forward to this. I’ve got a berry-toned color selection and a warmer toned color selection. I am eager to get some good use out of all these colors and see where I can get with them. For the record, I am starting now and calling April a full month. I’ve also decided that just because I sometimes work from home doesn’t mean I have to fully quit wearing makeup. If I want to wear it and find the application of it relaxing, I can do it anyhow. In fact, perhaps it’s a great time to really experiment. I’ll just keep up with my vow to continue upping my skincare mask game as well.

I don’t think I am going to be too eager to post looks with this combo, but if I run across one I particularly like, I’ll make sure to grab a selfie.

Ranking All My Eyeshadows Bottom Tier

This is the last palette ranking post, though I might dig out my stand alone single shadows and mention which tier I’d put them each in. But that’s a project for another day. Today I am just going to go through my bottom tier palettes.

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Heading right to left and top to bottom.

22. This is a nyx happy birthday palette and I am not entirely sure where it came from. I believe that Miss Marja might have given it to Miss Butterfly and Miss Butterfly gave it to me because heavily warm leaning colors on her don’t look fantastic. This palette is in the bottom tier because it is tricksy. I’d say about half of the shadows in that palette are good and useable and wearable. But then there are a couple that are trash. And, sometimes I forget which are which, so I end up feeling betrayed by the palette. It stays in my collection because the good shadows are wearable but I don’t reach for it due to the frustration factor.

23 and 24. My BH Cosmetics zodiac palettes. The mattes are fantastic but no matter what I do, the baked shimmers crease on my eyes. I’ve tried everything. The creasing is so dramatic. Not only do they crease, but when they do, it’s like the color has moved off my lid and into my lines leaving entire patches of color that no longer exist. I just can’t understand it! It’s too frustrating. Again, the mattes are absolutely gorgeous and work so well. But I just get so frustrated by the shimmers. This might be another I depot, keeping the mattes and tossing the shimmers. But for now, they are fine as is.

25. This little depotted shadow container is the colorful pieces of the morphe JH palette as well as a few others mixed in. I don’t think any of these are particularly great shadows despite being fun and colorful. I am not sure what to say about it except they live in my collection and I open them up from time to time to see what they are, then quickly put them away again.

26.  This is a little pacifica palette. The green I wanted to love but it looks exactly like a healing bruise on my face, so I don’t use it. The other shadows work fine. But since I have a lot of other warm and orange toned shadows, I rarely use it.

27. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette. When I originally got this I really liked it. But, the reality is that it gives me the same look over and over no matter which shadow in the palette I use. I may work toward using up the matte white as a setting powder for a primer and then move it out of my collection. I think if I want super cool tones, I am pretty happy to use the white peach palette instead.

And that’s it. I’ve amassed quite a collection over the past couple of years. Thankfully I am at the point where I feel like I’ve got all I need and am not super motivated to get any more. I do love most of what I have, and I do wear even these bottom tier palettes pretty often. I try to rotate my collection regularly so that everything gets use. And I’ve already moved out shadows that I actively dislike. I don’t bother to try to hit pan in anything that isn’t a setting shade because this makes me concentrate too much on one particular palette and I don’t like doing that. In the future I might mess around with the idea of an eyeshadow roulette project again, but with the current situation and makeup use in general being way down, I am going to let it be for now.

Ranking All My Eyeshadows Tier 4

We are on to tier 4 shadows now, just a very few left.

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Going right to left, top to bottom, we start with “palette” 18.

18.  These are 4 singles I paired together from a nyx advent calendar (2018). 2 shimmers and 2 mattes. They are actually pretty good little shadows and when I pick this quad up, I enjoy using it. They are drastically unexciting though.

19.  Below that are depotted morphe JH palette singles. They are mattes and they didn’t fit with the rest of my depotted shadows from that palette. They are kind of here in a holding pattern. Though I do pull this out when using stand alone single shadows in  my collection, as there are enough tones to do a full look when paired with a shimmer. The other tiny pan is a MUFE sample I received ages ago. Miss Butterfly likes it, and I wonder if I should just hand it over to her.

20. Too Faced White Peach. This palette has a very poor reputation and I can see why. However, it works just fine for me. I can get cool toned looks with it, and I also enjoy the peach colors. While I don’t pull it out often, it serves it’s purpose.

21. Maverick from Revlon. This was given to me by Miss Marja. It’s a surprisingly good little palette and when I use it, I get great warm toned looks. The major downfall of this palette is the pan size. They are so very narrow that I cannot use a makeup brush in there without accidentally picking up the shades next to the color I am going for. This can be infuriating.

And then I’ve got Too Faced chocolate bar and chocolate gold. I am not going to count these, as they are Miss Butterfly’s palettes. She just keeps them in my collection and lets me use them. I like them both well enough but the reason I don’t own them for myself is that I just don’t care too much about them. So, they sit in this tier 4 while also not being mine in the first place.

Only one tier left to go, my bottom rung palettes. I actually think that knowing which are bottom rung will be good, as I’ll be able to see what I can do to make those palettes as useful as possible, and then perhaps consider moving them out of my collection.

Ranking All My Eyeshadows Tier 3

Here’s my third tier round up in this series:

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This’ll be short because I only placed 4 palettes in tier 3!

14.  This may not look like it, but it is a good portion of my depotted Morphe Jaclyn Hill palette. I’ve added a few other shadows to it, but that’s really the bulk of it with the brighter colors removed. I didn’t like them anyhow. You’ll see them in the bottom tier actually. I like this for warmed toned looks and I do use it pretty often. But, overall it feels like no matter what I do with this palette, I get a one note look. It’s all the same. Tons of colors and I feel like I am getting the same look over and over. So I end up doing the same look over and over, figuring if I were to hit pan on something, that would make this palette somewhat more exciting.
15.  Ace Beaute Grandiose palette. This is another palette I got in boxycharm. I use it rarely. The color story is a bit tough for me to figure out what to do with. When I use it, I like it. It can go neutral or very warm but leans warm. I am glad I own it but it’s kind of forgettable.
16.  Too Faced christmas palette. I think this one has third tier status just because I’ve had very little time to play with it. In reality, the shadows are really good. They perform very well and all the looks I do with it come out great. I got this half-price well after the christmas season, one of the matte shadows came smashed, and returning it wasn’t an option, there were no palettes to trade it in for. I tried to repress it, but it didn’t really work. Out of all the palettes I’ve focused on, this is the one palette that is most likely to have the opportunity to move up in tiers. But I’d have to actually use it for that to happen.
17. Urban Decay Born to Run palette. Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly bought this palette for me, full price, for one of my birthdays. I’d wanted it so badly. I just craved this palette from the time it came out to the time I got it. Reality? It’s not that great a palette. And that makes me so sad. It has high sentimental value, and I should try to use it more, but I just haven’t been impressed at all, and that’s a complete bummer. It may only be in tier 3 for the sentimental value of it!

We’ve only two more tiers to go now, almost finished!

Ranking All My Eyeshadows Second Tier

How did these make second tier? I’ll attempt to explore that as I go.

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7. Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I have very much enjoyed this palette. It leans way more neutral than I expect, but I do love a peachy color especially in spring as well. This is one of those palettes that there’s no clear answer to why it is second tier except that I often choose other palettes over this one.
8. Colourpop It’s My Pleasure palette. I love the purples in this one, and I also love how it performs. It makes beautiful looks and I am glad I own it. It’s easy to use. But in all honesty, when I want purple, I pull the coloured raine power palette more than I pull this one.
9. Tarte pro to go palette. This is a really fantastic little palette. It’s deceiving. When I use this palette the looks come out great. I am regularly amazed at how good I look when I wear this palette. However, for some reason, I rarely like the look as I am applying it. With this palette, the look needs time to settle in, but once it does, it surprises. That’s why it is second tier. I rarely leave the house thinking “I look great!” when I put this palette on. It’s partway through the day before I start thinking that. Because of this lack of immediate gratification, this palette gets second tier status.
10. Things are going to get a bit weird from here on out, as I have made a point to kind of create my own palettes. This one is mostly Sydney Grace, the bundle was called Taylor deep and light. I’ve got a few other single shadows thrown in to make it a full palette. Sydney Grace mattes are beautiful and easy to work with. The overall look of this palette is cool toned, even with those warmer red shades mixed in. I like this palette a lot, but I don’t reach for it often. It’s really great and yet slightly forgettable. Second Tier.
11. Another Sydney Grace bundle which was the dupes for the melt gemini palette. Pretty sure I added a few other single shadows and removed some too in order to come up with this yellow/green combo that I liked best. Love this palette, but mostly wear it in the summer. There’s something about a slightly tanned skintone and my yellow summer clothes that make this one a one season palette, which is why it gets second tier status.
12. Violet Voss Sugar Crystals. I got this recently and it’s lovely. Very interesting with the colors, the textures, and the duochromes. It isn’t hard to work with, but it takes some thinking and planning and it sure doesn’t come across as everyday wear. It’s beautiful, but second tier.
13. Colourpop Bye Bye Birdie palette. Another great colorpop palette, mostly leans neutral and I can get a lot of good looks from it. But, I do not love the pressed glitters in it. And it has two shades that are more like a supershock shadow. They are not a powder. They have betrayed me. Numerous times. By creasing terribly on my eyes. The lowest of the second tier palettes for sure.

In looking over this second tier, I can think right off the cuff that I’d like to incorporate the violet voss palette into more looks. There are loads of great inner corner highlight colors in there and I need to just set this one out for regular use. I also want to get more use out of my Sydney Grace Taylor Bundle collection and my Sweet Peach palette.

I do rotate my palettes regularly. It doesn’t matter at all what “status” they hold, I regularly pull them all out of a drawer, set them aside, and work through them once by one. At the end of this little series, I might decide to declutter a thing or two, but I tend to get decent use out of all of them even though I’ve got some clear favorites.

Protect Your Meatsuit project pan update 3

I’ve been enjoying my progress on the protect your meatsuit project pan. While much of what I placed in here ends up being longer term items, I have managed to go through a few things.

Here are the photos of where I started, update 1, and at the bottom, update 2. I didn’t get it in the photo, but I finished up both the Manna Kadar body exfoliant and the Shea Moisture in shower conditioner. Neither of them I liked particularly well, so I am glad to have them moved out of my collection.

Here’s what I have going on now:

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Another chunk of product used in my sol de janero shower gel. I still love this and am happy I am getting a lot of use out of it. I think my daughter may be getting in and using it as I often forget to remove it from the shower. But, I’ve decided to let that go. I can’t remember everything all the time. Seems to be about the same amount of use this time as last time.

With a few days of working from home came a commitment to using my face masks more. I decided that I had to mask every day during that time period. This did not show up as a ton of use on my two elemis face masks, but I am glad to be getting as far as I am. I will likely have more work from home days coming up, and I’ll keep after these during that time frame.

I didn’t bother to try to mark my dr. Brandt cleanser as it’s basically just spurting now, there’s nothing to mark. So, I’ll finish it this month, but I am adding in one of the oldest cleansers in my cleanser stash. The Kate Somerville exfoliating cleanser. I really like this one, and I’d hate to see it go off.

And finally, a new product to officially bring me back to 5 working products at all time in this project, I am rolling in this leave in conditioner from ouai. I experimented with it last week, figuring on the days I am staying home it’ll be perfect for my purposes. But, turns out it leaves a little bit of grit to my hair, which is something that’ll come in handy when I am doing my hair for work. So, progress might be made faster than I’d been anticipating.

I have really enjoyed separating my makeup and skincare project pans this year. While I do have another project that combines the two, I feel like these are my main projects and the separation feels great. It’s just easier for me to manage than last year’s huge full face project pan. While most of this project is a little slow moving, it is a heck of a lot more progress than I would have been making without the associated project.

Rolling Project Pan update 3

Hello all! How’s your project pan work going? Is it similar to mine? Makeup getting a little less prominent in your daily routine?

Let’s take a look at what is going on for me. My current prompts are:

1.  A product with cute packaging
2.  An expensive product
3.  A product in loose form
4.  A drugstore product
5.  A product I bought because of youtube
6.  An old favorite
7.  A product you haven’t used in a while.

Here’s last month’s photo and this month’s photo directly under, then I’ll go into more detail.

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1: product with cute packaging is my pretty vulgar setting powder. Last month I was at 73 grams, this month at 72 so I was only able to use 1 gram.

2: An expensive product. This is my hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light, and my intention is to hit pan then roll it out. I have not hit pan. If I look closely, there now seems to be a dip in the flattened dome, so maybe I am closer.

4: a drugstore product. That’s my NYX eyebrow pencil. I am getting a bit closer to the lettering, but haven’t hit it yet. I am using this almost exclusively, but it’s running slow. However, the pencil itself does feel shorter when I use it, so that makes me feel like I am making progress.

5: A product I bought because of youtube. My CYO lifeproof foundation was getting very little use this past month. In my attempts to use up a primer from my partners in cream project, I stopped using this foundation and used a powder foundation instead. Spoiler, still not done with the primer I wanted to finish. And now there’s working from home, where I am not using any makeup at all.

6: An old favorite. I am working on finishing my sample size of hula bronzer. I am seeing an actual serious dip in one side of the pan, and while it is difficult to see in the photos, I do see it in person and am expecting to hit pan toward one side within the next two months.

7: A product I haven’t used in a while. That’s my blue silkissime liner. I only want to use it past the “L’Oreal” mark toward the top of the pencil, but I haven’t gotten anywhere near the lettering yet.

So, since I still haven’t met any of my goals on the products in this project, I can’t roll anything new in. I will absolutely have to roll out the pretty vulgar powder as the weather heats up, it does not do enough oil control work during the warmer months. But I can use it for the upcoming month I believe. I am hoping to hit pan on the hourglass product soon so I can roll it out. And, I’d love to hit pan on the hula bronzer simply because it would help my motivation.

While progress has been very slow over the past month on this project, I can say that I’ve been forcing an uptick in my use of skincare. If I am working from home, I have given myself the rule that I must mask daily. I’ve got a wide variety of masks, so this works well, I can rotate my usage of them.

If we end up with a stay in place order (Hasn’t happened for our state and county yet) I will actually just put this project aside for the time being and resume when it’s time. We are currently “essential” but a stay order would keep me working from home unless things really go pear-shaped at the hospital, and even then, my boss and my peer working on the patient care side would have to both be sick for me to be called in. While I hope that our state can ride things out as we currently are, I don’t believe we can, and I think we are just behind the larger cities by a few days. We shall see how it plays out. We’ve worked out all contingency plans now, have one in place, and will get the other up and running if we have to.

Stay safe my friends, and do your part either by staying home or by being essential with appropriate precautions in place for your area.

 

Ranking All My Eyeshadow Palettes Top Tier

I  see this type of content on youtube pretty regularly but I never think it translates all that well to a blog post. But, I got inspired to do it over the weekend. In part, I think it’s good to grab the whole collection to again see what I have. This works for making me realize the last thing I need is more eyeshadow. But also, it gets the creative side of my brain working, and I’ve really been struggling with that lately. I used to “toss’ my yarn stash, meaning take it all out and look at it and then put it away again. Now I did it with eyeshadows.

Now, how I did this was split things into various tiers. I just off the top of my head pulled everything out and made piles of things I loved the most and things I liked the least and then found what I’d group together. Then, I took each tier and put them in order of my favorite to least favorite.

I am splitting these posts up, this’ll be a series. It would be awfully overwhelming to do the entire collection at once.

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And here’s my top tier.

  1. Viseart Petit Pro 5 Soleiel. This is my absolute favorite palette. I love the pretty, tiny packaging, I love the color story. The bright rich purple and the pretty yellow just sing to me. It’s a bold palette, and I have to take that into consideration when I wear it, but I just adore working with it and wear it often.
  2. Viseart Petit Pro 3. Another tiny and beautiful palette of gorgeous shades but neutral and easily incorporated into daily use. This one is new to me and I’ve only worn it a few times, but since it performs as beautifully as the petit pro 5 and has the ease of a color story that could be worn daily, it comes in second place.
  3. Tarte Be a Mermaid and Make Waves. This palette is the unsung hero of the limited edition tarte palette world. For them, it was a pretty bold color story. It was my first higher end palette and it maintains it’s high status in my collection. You can see it has gotten loads of use. While it feels like it leans red/burgundy, these colors translate as fairly neutral on my skin, making for a palette that is extremely wearable but also has a pop or two of fun colors (that I rarely touch!)
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette. This was my wedding palette and it was a perfect choice. I love how my look turned out. And, I used it on my maid of honor, looked great on her too. I’ve worn it a lot and it just never fails me. A fantastic investment.
  5. Coloured Raine power palette. This is really new to my collection, I purchased it at the end of last year. I haven’t played with it all that much but when I do it really stands out! Each of those shades performs beautifully. The white is actually an amazing duochrome, surprising me each time I use it with a strong purple/pink shift. This is the type of palette that is so good it makes me want to purchase other palettes from the brand. Much like Viseart.
  6. Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe Volume 1. I got this in a boxycharm and I have been so pleased with it. The mattes are beautiful to work with and when I am craving a particularly warm shadow day, this is one that I always want to pull. While I rarely use the blue and the teal, the other two metallics are gorgeous and I use them regularly when I want something that really stands out.

So, my absolute top favorites bring me a week’s worth of beautiful palettes, some colorful, some neutral, all with outstanding performance that just make any morning using them a delight. Stay tuned for tier 2 shortly, all of which are really good. I’ll be interesting to see if I can explore why they were tier 2 rather than tier 1.

Beauty Balance in March

I’ve kept myself on a replacements only low buy since the beginning of the year. I was wanting to make sure I wasn’t spending cash on things that just weren’t necessary when we had so many exciting trips planned for this year.

The first of this year’s trips has been canceled. The second one is a waiting game, we’ll know in a month if we are closer to being able to travel by the end of July. That being said, with the current crisis, saving money is the name of the game.

I’d told myself the end of March for the replacements only low buy, but that was in part because I wanted to be able to pick stuff up at the ulta 21 days of beauty sale. The sale started early this year.

I did pick a bunch of items up, but the grand total for all of it was just over $4, as I had a lot of points to spend and a free clinique foundation coupon and so on. I was very fortunate. I’ll be back on that replacements only low buy until the spring hair event where I’ll stock up again on hair items.

Here’s what I picked up:

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The first two The Ordinary items are replacements, you’ll see the empties in my next empties post. Then the free clinique foundation which came with a free sample of hydrating jelly. I picked up a white foundation mixer to lighten up foundations that are too dark. I picked up the it cosmetics powder foundation and mac mineralized skin finish. I’ve heard great things about pur love your selfie foundation and the stila hide and chic foundation so I wanted to give them a try as well. I needed to add a low cost item to my order so I grabbed another hairspray, something that needs to be in my arsenal with my weird haircut. That’s 10 items in.

I was at 30 items out of my collection so far this year over what came in (prior to this only one item came in) so that brings me down to 20 items out over what came in.

But wait, there’s empties!

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7 empties to be specific, so that’s 27 out over what came in.

I’ve got a redken powder grip hair powder. I’d originally been kind of salty about this as it has less in it than other brands and cost more. But, this really did last longer than those same other brands, so I don’t think it’s that bad of a value and I would pick it up again potentially.

I have the sexy hair surfrider dry texture spray. I liked it, but there are others I like a lot more so I won’t repurchase.

I have clinique waterproof mascara which is totally kicked.

I am letting go of a metallic liquid lipstick from the advent calendar, this is probably all the liquid lipsticks from nyx now gone.

I also finished a bite beauty agave lip treatment, which I did like a ton and I am sad to see it finished. I do have another to use though.

There’s a skinfix moisturizer which I used up as a night cream. Wouldn’t repurchase.

And there’s a fragrance sample, it’s hermes twilly. I liked it quite a lot, but not enough to want to seak it out.

So, the replacements only low buy, despite ending a bit early, has really done its trick to keep the items leaving my collection more than what comes in, and now I am back on the low buy. To be honest, there are a couple items that interest me in 21 days of beauty, but I truly don’t think that I am interested enough to purchase. There’s always the fall one, and I’ve more than enough to get me through until then.

Empties and Beauty Balance

Now that I’ve published my latest project pan, I can get through my empties for the past month. May I remind you real quick that for the first three months of this year it is my intention to be on a replacements only low buy. Until this month, I did not purchase any makeup/skincare/haircare items. I did this month though. My clinique waterproof mascara was starting to dry up, I opened in in September, so that’s no huge surprise. I decided that I wanted to try a tubing mascara. I’ve had my eye on the thrive one that is so highly rated, but I didn’t want to spend the cash and it’s so rarely in stock at ulta. I decided to dip my toe in the tubing mascara water using a drugstore brand.

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I decided to give the L’oreal double extend a try. Now, I do have a bit of a gripe about this product, and it’s simply that the wand is hard to deal with. Since there are two tubes of product, the wands on both are rather short, which can be cumbersome. But, as far as the wear and use of the mascara, I am really liking it. It does not transfer on my browbone like even waterproof mascara does, and for that alone, it could win my heart. I haven’t used it much, but I am pretty pleased with my purchase.

So, in the last post I’d been able to use up 23 products. With one product in, that total is down to 22, which is still a really solid number.

Now for the empties and declutters. There’s one declutter not pictured, which is a tube of clinique mascara, travel size, which I gave to Miss Butterfly.

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And then there’s the rest of this stuff. I have used up a container of almay eye makeup remover wipes. I used to use this stuff religiously, but have slowed down on my use of all disposable wipes. I do have another container in my collection but I save them for times when convenience is key.

Then there’s a container of body exfoliator that I have had in my panning projects since the beginning of the year.

I finished a bite beauty sample size lipstick in a project pan.

I am getting rid of two lip items, one from one of my advent calendars and one Miss Butterfly gave me from a declutter of her friend’s makeup. I realized I wasn’t going to wear it.

I have a sample size of lancome mascara primer which I loved but is completely used up.

And, that tiny little piece of something is a piece of a lush soap that is too small to use. I would like to get more lush soap, but also don’t want to drive all the way to the store for just that. I am waiting until I have to replace a body conditioner as well, and that’s when I will replace the soap.

That’s 8 items out of my collection this month, a bit less than I had been using in the previous two months, but still a solid number. This brings my number for the year so far to 30. And, I can count on finishing at least 3 items in the very near future, so the next empties and balance post should be quite good!

Partners in Cream project pan update 2

In my first partners in cream project pan update:

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I had finished a face spray and removed a liquid shadow, adding in more primer and an almost used lipstick. I was also very close to finishing the pan of contour I was working on, and decided to keep the palette in the project, working on the darker contour next.

Here’s what is going on this month:

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The bare minerals primer is very close to being done now, in fact it is so close to being done that I’ve been wearing my bare minerals foundation more often in hopes of finishing this up. I am not there yet, but I feel pretty confident I can use it up by the next update.

The darker cream contour is going just fine, I am seeing more pan than before, and I love the product. Because I am wearing a powder foundation sometimes, I have been using this less. I hope to hit solid side pan in the upcoming month.

Of the becca primers, one is completely gone, and you can see that I made a bit of progress on the other as well.

The sample size of bite beauty lipstick is used up. I love the dark vampy color of this, and I am actually sad to see it go.

Because I finished one item, I am rolling in another facial spray, this one is Skin & Co. It was in a project pan last year, as you can see the previous marks. And I have been using it consistently. I suspect this will take me about 2 months to finish, if I consider previous usage.

This is one of those projects that is feeling pretty consistent. I am getting a few things used up while still having some longer term items as well. I am appreciating how that’s working out. In using one of those primer tubes, I gained a nice space in my collection. When I finish up the bare minerals primer, that’ll be another great spot in my collection. My collection, which blossomed in 2018 and stayed about the same all the way through 2019 is finally starting to reduce.

Protect Your Meatsuit project pan update 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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