Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 5

Today we are going to talk nail polish, and do a reboot of a project polish. The last time we talked project polish I was sharing the task with Miss Butterfly. Since then, she has decided to get a ton more nail polish, in teeny tiny bottles, which I hate, and I decided I was going to separate my own polish from her massive collection. That doesn’t mean she can’t use it, it just means we are storing separately now and I don’t want to use her collection. Mostly because I can’t stand digging through it.

So, I, personally, am restarting my own project polish. I didn’t bother wearing nail polish for a good portion of the fall up until recently. However, much progress has been made since Miss Butterfly has been wearing my polishes. I can say for certain that I have all I need in the polish department at this time and I will not be purchasing more until I work my way through some of these. I did mark each of them again so that I know where I am starting this time around.


Some of these I wouldn’t even have in my collection if it weren’t for Miss Butterfly choosing them.


That last OPI on the left is a nude color, it didn’t show up at all well here!

I’ve decided that the ones I like the best are the OPI colors. As such, I am going to move through my collection and then stick with a few carefully curated OPI polishes from here on out. I hope my collection stays at this place, but if I get something in a subscription box from now until the time they are over, that’ll be added to this.

To be honest, I am not that big into doing my nails. While I should probably do them twice a week, I am currently doing them on Sunday afternoons. I am going to attempt to step up my game now. So,┬áthat’s it, I’ve nothing more to say about this at this time! Let’s just see how I progress in about 2 months.


Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 4

Today we talk eyeliners. I don’t need any more eyeliners. It’s a funny thing really because I wouldn’t have so many if it weren’t for the subscription boxes. I’ve even decluttered those that I really hate! I am not a huge eyeliner wearer, I don’t even wear it daily. I don’t ever do winged liner, and if I do wear liner, I tend to smudge it so it doesn’t look too harsh. All this to say that I really don’t need a large number of black eyeliners. One would be FINE. My ideal liner collection would be one black liner, one nude eyeliner, and then an assortment of fun colored liners. That is NOT the current collection.

The current collection contains multitudes of black eyeliners of various sorts. Most haven’t even been opened. It’s like subscription boxes carefully curate all but one item and then say “Well, let’s just throw a black eyeliner in there and be done with it!” I find it highly irritating. Despite the fact that one does generally get a higher value from a box than one pays for it, if one really enjoys makeup of all kinds, this flippantness about eyeliners is something I find peeving. Now that my little rant is over, let’s see what I’ve got in my collection:


Morphe Gel Eyeliner: I purchased this in an order and before it even arrived, I received the Pretty Vulgar gel eyeliner below it in a subscription box. So, the morphe one is nicely sealed and never been touched, which is good. It should last. It’ll have to last, because that pot of pretty vulgar eyeliner isn’t going anywhere fast. I really did believe I was going to try winged liner at some point, but this just never became a priority for me.

Up next is the assortment of eyeliners from subscription boxes that I have, most of them not even open.

Kat VonD tattoo liner-this one is opened, Miss Butterfly and I don’t like it. Nor do we use it. We should probably declutter.

Eyeco skinny liquid liner-not even opened as far as I am aware. Doubt we’d like it.

Tarte Sex Kitten liquid liner-not opened, doubt we’ll like it.

Jonteblu black eyeliner pencil with glitter-to be honest while most of the beauty community didn’t care for this one in their box, I like it. It works fine for me, it’s not dry, I get good color payoff, and I am fine with using it.

Style Sepia brown/green eyeliner-this one is in my project pan again. I don’t love it but it works ok.

Makeup Forever-This is a liner/lip product, it can be used as either. I haven’t really messed with this much. It’s a rose or light burgundy color.

That’s it for subscription box liners. The rest are ones that I added to my collection deliberately.

L’Oreal Infallable eyeliner in a nude color for the water line.

Then, before using that up, I purchased the Milk makeup gel eyeliner in a nude color for the waterline. What was I thinking? So now the L’Oreal is in my project pan.

I have 3 L’Oreal silkissimme liners which I love. There’s a black, a teal, and a royal blue. I don’t think the royal blue actually suits my eye color much, but the other two do and I adore them. They are now discontinued so I don’t think these will go in a project pan.

Then there’s the newest series in my collection, I grabbed up these urban decay eyeliners in a set in a post christmas sale. I am thrilled with them! Ok, with one, because I haven’t used anything but the silvery shiny one yet. But it is really beautiful.

In the future, for my uses, I’ll be sticking to using pencil eyeliners. I don’t think liquid is for me. And while I might add more colors to my collection, it’s doubtful. I’ve got a very nice selection of colors now, plus plenty of black. So, eyeliners are definitely one of the many makeup products I just don’t need more of.




Things I Don’t Need More of (Right Now)

Here’s a place where my collection is fairly slim and I’d like to keep it that way. I am not completely convinced that what I have will get me through the year, and there are items I am still experimenting with, but I do have enough to get me through now, and that’s important.

We are talking about eyebrow products. What I’ve learned over the last year is that I am crap with a pencil. I don’t want to use one and I want to keep them out of my collection. Now, my hair stylist has been saying for years “You’ve got such nice brows!” but that meant nothing to me until recently. I think what she was trying to say is “You don’t need to do much with these.” And I think that’s what I’ve learned over the past year. Brow pencils are for people who need to work harder at their brows. For me, the best option seems to be simply filling everything in with a color a little darker than my natural brow color. If I stick with the natural shape of my brow this works quite well. They certainly don’t need to be thicker, so I don’t need anything with fibers. An example of me using a brow pomade and nothing else:


An example of me using a colored brow gel and nothing else:


I don’t need to be glam, I think both these looks are fine for me. And they are looks which are easy and quick. So, my preference which I have figured out over the past year is either a pomade with a clear setting gel or simply a colored setting gel.

Now an example of what I currently have in my collection:


The Chella brow cream is my current favorite. It looks so good on me and is easy to use as long as I don’t use the applicator that comes with the product. I have an itty bitty angled brush from crown brushes and it is perfect for this product. The brush is small enough that it doesn’t get messed up when trying to dig out the product from the small tube. Unlike the brush that is attached to the product itself!

Next to that is the It cosmetics universal brow pencil. This is a sample size and it’s in my project pan as I want it out of my stash. It looks ok but it’s a pain to use and it is not very creamy at all, so it tends to be a lot of work to get the product on the brow.

Then I’ve got a Nyx eyebrow powder pencil. I do actually like this product and I am glad to have it in my collection. When the time comes, I think it’ll be easy to use this one up.

I have my AOA studios colored brow gel. At $1 it’s a complete steal and it’s my second favorite product in my collection. So I think this will end up being a permanent part of my collection.

Next to that, I’ve got the ABH clear brow gel. It’s my intention to try the Nyx one once I’ve used this one up. I don’t think I am a person who is interested in spending big money on eyebrows. This is another thing I’ve learned over the past year. But we shall see as I continue to explore options.

And then we’ve got a wild card item. The little pot is Bang Beauty brown gel eyeliner. That sounds nice, right? But it doesn’t actually work as an eyeliner. So now it sits in my stash waiting for me to see if it works as a brow gel. I also want to try it as a base for eyeshadow to see if I can get a more intense color payoff. Since it doesn’t work as what it is made for, I am hoping to see if I can get it to work for another use. It’s a subscription box item so if it ends up being decluttered, I won’t be terribly disappointed. But I just thought I’d give it a chance.

I think next up I have to explore my blushes/highlighters/bronzers/contours, and that just feels overwhelming. I don’t want to! So I keep putting it off. Maybe we’ll take a look at eyeliners first. Anyhow, in order to keep me “honest,” I do want to be taking a look at each part of the collection. I am also saving each photo I take to a separate folder on my phone in order to be able to access that on the go. So when I decide “I’d like to purchase this item!” I am then forced to take a look at what I already have of that category in my collection. And then, ideally, if I don’t really “need” that item I can let it go.



Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 3

Masks-that’s what I don’t need more of!

Here’s the thing, I do not take time to mask very often. Maybe I should, but I just don’t. I feel like it takes more time than I want it to and it’s just too fussy. The other side of me thinks “You’ll get up and spend half an hour on makeup but you think wearing a sheet mask is fussy?!?!”

But that’s where I am in life. I don’t need more masks. On the other hand, I don’t purchase them. They just sort of have a way of appearing in subscription boxes.

Here’s what I’ve got and really SHOULD make a serious attempt to work on.


Trader Joe’s hydrating face sheet mask-I picked two of these up for Miss Butterfly and I to try. But, we never get around to trying them because she’s too busy playing with makeup at night. I tried to get her to do this with me last evening but she wasn’t having it.

Below that, Glamglow supermud clearing mask. I got this as the sephora birthday gift last year and that’s when I realized I don’t like glamglow. I hated the illuminating moisturizer that came with it, it broke up my makeup when I wore it. I don’t love this mask either but I keep it around for warmer days where I feel like I can use it on targeted areas (t-zone, nose specifically) where it really does help.

Also under the sheet masks-Peter Thomas Roth heat mask-I’ve used this a couple times and I like it well enough. The best part is that it is a 2 or 3-minute mask. It takes very little time! In fact, last evening I used this because I was motivated since I’d looked at ALL these masks and felt overwhelmed.

Ahava hydration cream mask-I really haven’t tried this much except sometimes I’ve put it on my feet at night and left it on. The colder dryer weather is rough on my feet and I figured I am not that likely to use it up any other way. I would like to try to use this in a more appropriate manner, so hopefully, that’ll happen soon.

Under that-Peter Thomas Roth exfoliator-I have already used one of these and really liked it. I think it’s a nice mask for oil control so I am saving this for the summer.

Cosmedix detox activated mask-I just got this in a boxy charm and I suspect that I’ll have to use it like I do the glamglow mask. In targeted specific areas in the summer.

Below that-Aphrodite Olive Oil deep cleaning mask-I haven’t tried this either, but this is one I am actually interested in trying.

Elemis Papaya enzyme peel-I have been saving this one for a time when I do need an exfoliator. At the moment I have an exfoliator in the shower which is when I use it. This one is kind of sitting in my stash for when the one in the shower runs out.

Below that is the Ren Evercalm rescue mask-this is one I am actually using from time to time. In the winter it’s very nice. This one has such a nice fresh scent to me. This is the type of thing I love using if I’ve been out in the wind in the winter quite a lot. If my face is feeling particularly dry and chapped, this is what I turn to. I will actually take the extra time for this one as it sinks nicely into the skin and then I just wipe the excess off with a cloth before continuing on with my nighttime routine.

I’ve got a number of these blaq hydrogel eye masks. They came in a subscription box. I could easily use them up if I wore them in the morning as I got ready for work. But, again, I just don’t even remotely think to do it.

Perhaps my big new year’s resolution should simply be to mask more. Even masking once a week would be helpful. But, if I were to say twice a week, I could really actually get through some of these I think. Right now, this is most certainly the largest part of my skincare collection and I really don’t want a skin care collection at all! I just want a carefully curated skincare routine that works for me and is simplified to meet my needs.




Things I Don’t Need More Of Part 2

Let’s talk Primers! You know what I don’t need right now? More primers!


Becca First Light and Becca Back Light priming filter-These are my bestie primers. I love them. I think that they look nice on the skin, moisturize well, and really look lovely under makeup. Once I’ve moved through all my primers, one of these may be what I choose to keep in stash.

Cover FX blurring primer-I have this in my project pan and like it just fine. I get on with this primer. Are we besties? Maybe not. But we cool.

Tarte Timeless smoothing primer-I used this a bunch when I first started playing with makeup, but I put it down to try other things. I should probably give it another go soon to see how I feel about it after a long break. I should probably be using this in tandem to other primers for targeted pore filling work, but somehow in the morning, opening one extra primer feels….extra.

A sample of Hourglass Mineral Veil primer. I am reluctant to use it, I don’t quite know why. It seems like it should be such a beautiful primer. Perhaps I worry that I WILL like it and then desire this lovely thing in my collection.

Bare Minerals primer-this is an exceedingly siliconey feeling primer, I don’t care for it. I’ll try to use it up but this one is in danger of being decluttered if I cannot find a use for it.

Benefit Porefessional-This is the tiniest little sample size and I should just use it up and move it from my stash. Thing is, I don’t really care about this one anymore. This one would also benefit from being used in tandem with another primer.

Juice Beauty Illuminating primer-I haven’t tried this yet either, but I am hoping it’ll perform much like the Becca first light and backlight primers.

Becca Ever Matte primer-I am saving this one for the summer. I’ll give it a go then, but I really haven’t used it so I haven’t yet formed opinions on it.

Once I’ve worked my way through a good portion of these I’d like to give some drugstore illuminating primers a try. I want to see if I can find a dupe for the becca ones. Let me know if you know of one to try! Just know I won’t try it until I work my way through some of these!


Things I Don’t Need More Of

Like with any new hobby in my life, the initial point where I begin and really become passionate about that hobby leads to me finding what can be purchased for that hobby quite fascinating. I remember shopping the post-Christmas sales last year, so it’s been around a year since I began playing around with makeup. In the past year, I’ve certainly built my collection and had the opportunity to try MANY lovely things. And some not so lovely things. All of which were good lessons.

But now in this upcoming year, it’s time to start winding that down and using my stash. Just like with my yarn and fiber stash, I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by items. I want to have things I love and enjoy, and I want to be able to get enjoyment out of each item.

So in this new series, which may be more for me than it is for you dear reader, I am going to highlight one particular category in my stash and record what I have in it. This will be something I can look at and say “I don’t need more of this category because I already have all of this which is lovely and I want to enjoy using.” This is not a no buy. This is not a low buy. This is just a reminder to be mindful of what I have in my collection and to seriously consider what other products I bring in.

Now, it must be also mentioned (again) that I participate in a few subscription boxes. I quit sephora play last year. I paid for a year’s subscription to ipsy so I’ve got a few more of those bags coming. I believe I’ll receive a bag through April and after that, there will be no more ipsy.

I also paid for a year of boxy charm, but that won’t be finished until the summer, I believe I receive it through July. I think I’ll quit that one as well because I am just feeling too overwhelmed by full-size items showing up monthly. It’s one I would consider restarting someday in the future but not until my stash is less large.

Today’s category is powders.


These are my current powders.

Clinique-this is a very old powder as it was in my stash prior to me becoming interested in makeup. I think it’s 2.5 years old, I suspect I purchased it when I had an event I needed to be dressed up for and the salesperson at the makeup counter indicated that I really needed to set my cc cream I had just purchased. But, I can’t actually be sure, it may be older than that. Anyhow, it works just fine and it’s in my project pan. If I look at the last marking on it, I realize that I’ve now gotten through the halfway point so it’ll begin looking like progress is made a bit more quickly now.

I was hoping you’d be able to see the itty bitty ciate logo on that itty bitty sample powder. It isn’t meant to be. I’ll probably leave this one in stash until I finish up one of the smaller travel size powders because this one is really a pain to use in the tiny container it is currently housed in. I haven’t really tried this at all due to that.

Above that is a travel size of Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. I plan to use this more in the summer when oil production is a little higher, it’s a bit drying right now.

The Pretty Vulgar setting powder is truly lovely. I received this in boxy charm and it was by far the best item in the box. It sets the face but it does little to nothing to control oil so it’ll be a winter item for sure. However, I adore how it looks on my skin (and in the package!) and I am very pleased to have it in my collection.

The Bare Minerals Mineral Veil powder is one that came in a kit I purchased when I purchased my initial powder foundation. I use this to set my undereyes because it does seem to be a little lighter than other powders. Its color is more toward a peach/pink than a neutral, so that’s another good reason to relegate it to undereye work.

I have a cover FX setting powder I haven’t used at all, another travel/trial size. And I have my AOA studios one dollar setting powder which I like a lot and which Miss Butterfly uses regularly. It, too, is not great at controlling oil, but it works great for setting the face. I’ll probably use this absolutely last so that Miss Butterfly can work on using it up. It’s a dollar, if she needs another, I’ll get her one.

Not pictured here is my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder that I keep at work. It’s great for touching up at work when needed, and so as for now, that’s where it’ll stay. I am not interested in using it up or trying to pan it at this point.

Have I found my perfect setting powder? I don’t know. What I do know is that for now, I need to give these a really good try before I bring more into my life. That is step one toward a logical collection.

December Empties

Now that my rolling 10 pan finale is done, it’s time for my December empties.


I’ve got a nice amount.

Pixi Glow Tonic-I really love this toner. I used it once a day and I do feel like this one makes a difference in my life. Once this one was gone I replaced it with a higher end glycolic acid toner and I am not nearly as happy. So, I am going to be purchasing this again once I am done with what I have.

Lush Rose Jam shower gel. I got the small container since it often happens that I love a lush product in the store but then later realize that there’s some sort of scent to it that disagrees with me. I am thrilled to report that this one smelled great all the way through! I plan to get a larger size of this at some point but have a shower gel currently needing to be used up first.

L’Oreal Infallable setting spray. I suppose this worked ok, though I have little experience with setting spray. It lasted me most of the year. I am experimenting with the morphe one now, but I do think the sprayer on this one is lovely. In fact, I saved the bottle as Miss Butterfly wants to use it. I may repurchase.

Clinique custom repair eye treatment. I got this entire thing free with purchase. I was very impressed. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that impressed with the product. It took me a ton of time to use, but I really feel that the Belif moisture eye bomb works best for me and I need to stick to that.

Wander Beauty unlashed mascara. I got this in a boxy charm. I used it. It takes a lot of work to get it to build up and look good on my eyes. I am done now. I won’t repurchase. I was mostly using this and then layering something else over top.

Becca Backlight Priming filter. I love this product. This little container was the first I tried it and I now have a travel size in my collection. So, I have already repurchased.


And some more items:

Peter Thomas Roth water drench cream. I liked this one quite a bit. It works nicely, like my favorite Belif item. I had no trouble using it up but I doubt I’ll switch to it. Maybe at some point, it’ll be worth doing a cost analysis of my favorite moisturizing gels to see what is the most cost-effective.

Laura Mercier caviar stick eyeshadow in Rose Gold. I have no interest in this product. It felt sticky on my eyes when I was just wearing it. I mostly used it as an eye primer instead. Miss Butterfly didn’t enjoy it either, and on her it creased badly.

It cosmetics confidence in a cleanser sample. I plan to move away from high-end cleansers in the new year. However, I did like this one! It smells nice and it works great. I just won’t purchase because I don’t want to use higher end cleansers if I don’t have to.

It cosmetics confidence in a cream. This one is a no repurchase. It broke me out. I actually had a container of it as well. I would use it, get breakouts, quit using it, start again, get breakouts. So it’s a no go. Thankfully Miss Butterfly is not noticing a similar issue so she’s using the small container of it up.

Becca Undereye primer. Here’s the thing, when I purchased this I felt it was making a huge difference. But as I got my skincare under control I felt like it was not a worthwhile step. So, I am not using this anymore. I might repurchase again in the future just to see if it helps. But mostly toward the end of using it, it just felt like an extra step. While it looks like there’s still product in there, it’s not the undereye primer. I had a milk makeup undereye something or other that I was trying to store in there but it just dried out. So, that’s what the blue bit is.

Too Faced hangover RX primer. This seems like a decent moisturizing primer, but it doesn’t smell particularly nice so I wouldn’t repurchase.

Lancome Genifique serum. I used up this sample size and I do think I liked it pretty well. Not well enough to purchase on my own, but I do think it was one of the nicer serums I’ve tried.

Those are my empties for December. (Keep in mind these are things I’ve been using for a while but just happened to finish in December.)

But, in the interest of the new year, it’s time to do a quick declutter as well. I chose two things from my makeup stash that aren’t likely to see any use.


I got the Dr. Brandt item from a subscription box. I tried to make it work for me. Under makeup it makes the makeup look weird. When I am using it on days that I don’t wear makeup, I feel that it dries out my undereye, which I don’t need. I actually passed this on to a friend to see if she could use it. But told her that if it doesn’t work for her she can just toss it.

I also am decluttering a blush. I got this blush in a subscription box. It’s highly pigmented, so it is super easy to feel like putting it on is a mistake. It’s also the exact color of the redness in my skin and just tends to make me feel like what was the point of putting on makeup in the first place? I wanted to keep it around as an eyeshadow but I’ve barely used it as that either, and I just don’t feel like I am going to start. It’s best to just move it out of my collection now.