March Beauty Balance Again

I am sure I mentioned that starting beauty balance in March of this year when I am not actually going to quit purchasing makeup until after the wedding was going to be tough. It has indeed been so. When we last left off, I was one incoming item over what left my collection.

Yesterday Miss Marja and I went all over the place doing wedding related shopping and things. One of the things she wanted to do was stop at ulta to pick up some things for herself. While we were there, I picked up some things too.


Thankfully only three things. I wanted to see if I could get the Jergens natural glow to work for me and be consistent about using it up until the wedding. If I can, I think it’ll be a good idea. I think that the mac foundation I am planning to use at the wedding is just slightly too dark right now, but if I can darken the rest of me it’ll be perfect.

I picked up the wet n wild coconut setting spray mostly simply to use to spray my makeup brushes with. I just finished a setting spray using it that way and I don’t want to use my urban decay all nighter that way. I wanted something inexpensive for that use.

And then, on my eternal hunt for a wedding lipstick, I bought a colorpop liquid lip. The mac one I purchased got tested, and it absolutely transfers badly. I love the color but it is not what I am looking for on our big day. I’ll test out the colorpop next. Thankfully the mac one I adore and can totally wear any other time.

So that’s 4 products incoming above what was outgoing. Let’s see if we can find balance.


That morphe setting spray I just finished. The spray mechanism is divine but I don’t think the product is worth the price. Then I went through a sample size of the dry texture spray I love with all my heart. I have 2 more full sizes in my stash so it’s all good.

The other items. The tiny glass bottle with a dropper is dermadeli pumpkin serum and I absolutely adored this item. I just looked up the claims and it talks about extreme hydration. That was exactly what I found it to do. I am not positive I’d purchase a full size, and certainly won’t at the moment, but if I am feeling particularly dry next winter I hope I remember it and perhaps give it another go. I loved it.

There’s also a finished briogeo scalp revival shampoo. Once I finish up a bunch of samples I’ll be getting this again. I love this product. I purchased it over the summer and have been using it while also finishing up that lush shampoo bar I was working on. So, it lasted a really long time.

And finally, almost not counting, but since I am counting samples in, I get to count samples out. This is a sample size of the bite beauty lip scrub. I decided to crack it open in part because I wanted to make sure my beauty balanced, but also in part because I am almost done with my elf lip scrub and I wanted to see if this was better enough to purchase instead. It’s good, really good. But I love the delivery system of the elf product so I am not going to be purchasing the bite one at the higher prices.

As a conclusion, that’s 5 products leaving and that means we are back to 1 more product leaving than are coming into my collection. That’s great because we STILL haven’t gotten our boxycharm this month which is really annoying. On the other hand, I know some items are leaving my collection again. The two maybelline waterproof mascaras bother my eyes fiercely. Like, I think something is in my eye all day bothered. Like I think I might be getting pink eye bothered. Like, one eyelid actually swelled up over the day yesterday bothered. So, pretty sure those will be leaving and I’ll be bringing in a clinique waterproof mascara. Let’s go with something trusted this time.

More than halfway through March now, beauty still balanced and lots of items getting used up.

March Beauty Balance

Here’s where things begin to get more difficult. I am 12 items out of my collection of items entering my collection. That’s about to change.

I got an order in:


Most of this is wedding related. Waterproof mascara to try, as some mascara bothers my eyes and I need to do a test run. A package of blotting papers and a lipstick and lipgloss from the boom boom bloom collection, the lipstick I am hoping will work for the wedding since my last lipstick purchase did not. A lipliner that is supposed to precisely match the lipstick tones. And then two more things. A red lip liner for the days I want to wear a red lip. My two red lipsticks bleed badly around my mouth. And I decided I wanted to experiment with a full face of cream products so I picked up a flower beauty blush bomb. I’ve heard good things. So, that’s 8 items in, bringing the 12 out down to 4 out.

And naturally this came with samples. So many samples.


Thankfully they are tiny samples. I am counting each sample card as one. And that’s 5 items. This brings me to one item into my collection over those going out. I guess I’d better get working on those samples after all!

I don’t have anything to show for empties since I posted empties yesterday. Hopefully by the time boxycharm arrives I’ll be able to balance March beauty with empties as well.

Still, for this month, it’s pretty good to be only one item unbalanced at the moment.

Continuing March Balance

One thing I’ve learned while choosing different passions over the years is that often good tools really improve the quality of what can be achieved. This has certainly been the case with makeup brushes as well. When I got started I did grab a bunch of inexpensive brushes and did pretty well with them. I’ve also been fortunate to get a bunch of brushes in subscription boxes. I haven’t had to purchase many at all since the initial purchases. But, one thing my collection is seriously lacking in is brushes to apply shadow to the eyelid itself.

Thankfully I’ve waited long enough to know what I prefer, and it would be brushes with some natural bristles involved. As I’d heard a lot about bdellium tools being really good inexpensive brushes, I thought I’d give them a try. I picked up 4 brushes that are natural and synthetic blends. They arrived with a gift of an additional brush and a lipstick. As such, the lipstick has to count in the beauty balance. The brushes do not. I have decided that brushes last so long that they are more of a permanent item in a collection. Unlike sponges which have a shelf life.


I should also probably add that the eyeshadow brushes absolutely serve my purpose beautifully, I could not be more pleased! They work better than anything I currently own and I am so glad to have them. I haven’t tried the weird green powder brush yet.

In my last March beauty balance post, I was up 10 items leaving my collection. Now I’ve got one coming in. Leaving me 9 items leaving this month.

The lipstick is a great color and supposed to be matte. However, it is not a drying formula. So far I am really enjoying it. I am glad to have it in my collection.

But wait! I’ve finished more since then so I can add more to my leaving the collection list!


You may remember that I purchased two more CeraVe cleansers last month. The one that I knew was nearing completion is now finished. I also finished a Body Drench original formula moisturizer. This is my absolute favorite hand cream. I use it all of the time. I have two more, one at work and one at home, and both of them are only about 1/4 full. It is getting close to the time I need to pick up some more. This does not leave my hands feeling greasy and it does not have so much of a scent that it interferes with perfume. It has a bit of a powdery scent. I hate lotions with heavy scents so this is perfect for me.

And finally up in the top right corner is a bang beauty eyeliner gel in brown. This never worked for its purpose. It was always a terrible product. But, I’d kept it around for a bit to see if I could use it in my eyebrows. This week I tried it in my eyebrows. It’s as dry as dry can be and I can’t get much to pick up on a brush. Best to let this go. It came in a subscription box and has always been an afterthought for me.

So, from 9 to 12 items ahead this month. I had been thinking I’d never stay ahead of the game this month without turning to a bunch of samples to even the score. As it turns out between just finishing things up naturally and giving my collection a decent declutter I have been able to stay way ahead of the game. That being said, I still have a boxy charm that is VERY late this month and an order yet to arrive. So we shall see.

One of the nicest parts about doing multiple beauty balance posts per month is not having to save what is essentially trash around the house until the end of the month. I’ll still be saving anything from my project pan but not the general run of the mill trash. I love that!

Balancing Beauty in March

In my last beauty balance post I needed two more things to leave my collection in order to be balanced with the items that had come in with fab fit fun. I spent some time decluttering this morning in order that I could come up with those things.


I came up with all that and more. Let’s discuss.

There’s half a bottle of gucci perfume that smells not as much like it should as it did. I have removed that from my collection and Miss Butterfly owns it now.

I tossed a morphe makeup sponge that is pockmarked and tearing. I have had it close to a year now.

There’s a Lush lip scrub in bubblegum flavor. It is also gone now. I find the lush lip scrubs to be a bit harsh for my taste.

You may remember that I mentioned that I was putting aside some makeup for a friend who will be visiting for the wedding. I have identified 3 items that will go in that box. I am counting them as out of my collection though if she doesn’t want them, technically they’ll come back in my collection and I’ll have to account for them again.

The first of those is the hourglass vanish foundation stick. It’s too yellow for me and trying to use it up is just not working. It was an expensive lesson. I’ve set it aside just in case my friend can make it work. If she cannot, I am tossing it. I just can’t continue trying to use it.

I am also adding to that collection a wet n wild highlighter and a makeup revolution blush. I like them both, but I have better in my collection.

I am finally decluttering what is left of the wet n wild eyeshadow quint that I panned the transition shade on last summer. There’s no reason for it to stay in my stash.

At the bottom of the photo is a catrice eyebrow pencil, it’s gone. And below that is a nars eyeshadow primer, it is also gone.

Then, off to the right bottom corner, I have a perfume sample of viva la juicy. It was nice to use but it really doesn’t stick around long enough on my skin. So I wouldn’t repurchase. It’s a bit too sweet anyhow. Then there’s my monsieur big mascara sample, it’s kicked. And, a makeup forever skin tint with spf. I used this AS an spf since it was always too dark for me. There may be one more use in there and I’ve decided I like the space in my collection better than I like keeping it around to try to use up. It’s over a year old as well.

That’s 12 items leaving my collection, though two were needed to balance the last post. So, this leaves me with 10 items that have left my collection this month. I’ll have 4 coming in with my boxy charm box and I placed an order at ulta that is definitely going to screw with these totals because I suspect I am getting a bunch of samples with that order. But for now, until more comes in, I am 10 items leaving my collection ahead of the beauty balance.

Someday I’ll regularly have more leaving than coming in. It’s just that this month and next will not be as easy to balance with the upcoming wedding. After that I intend to really knuckle down and get better at this. But it was good to do an old fashioned declutter at this point as well. There will be no better time than now to get some items given to a friend so she can perhaps get use out of them.



March Beauty Unbalanced

We are not going to be able to balance the beauty budget today. Fab Fit Fun arrived earlier than expected and I just haven’t been able to finish up enough products to find the balance.


6 products that I would list under the category “beauty” arrived in my box this month! That being said, I am only counting 5 of them. But I figured I’d show them all here so I could explain what I am doing with one of them.

Left to right, top to bottom.

The Trestique product was a “mystery” choice in my box. It’s a cream highlighter. I guess I finally have to get on the cream products trend! I actually used this in my morning routine this morning and it does look quite lovely. It packs a punch as well.

Dr. Brandt no more baggage eye gel. I’ve received this once already and I hate it. I gave mine away to a friend. Now it’s back in my collection. However, I have a friend who is my age and also getting into makeup for the first time. She’ll be traveling to see me for the wedding. She asked me to please not toss anything between now and then and hand it over if I didn’t want it. So, I have decided to make her a box. This item will go in the box. So I am not going to count it as arriving in my collection only to count it as leaving my collection in April.

Ouai leave in conditioner. I am eager to try this but I have other hair products to work through first.

Tula face cleanser-I am never going to be particularly upset about receiving a cleanser in a subscription box. I am not going to use this immediately though, as I’ve got others to finish first.

Ciate London translucent setting powder-This was an item I got a choice on and I chose this one because I got a tiny sample size I have used and really liked.

Manna Kadar body scrub: This is going to be really nice to have since I am very close to being out of the shower gel I received in a fab fit fun fall or winter box. I can’t remember which. Anyhow, I’ll just replace that shower gel with this and be quite pleased about it.

So, that’s 5 products in. I can’t make 5 products leave my collection this early in the month. But here’s what I do have:


I’ve got a tarte rainforest of the sea palette that I received in a subscription box recently. Miss Butterfly and I have both tried it and decided it isn’t worthy of our collections. We have so many other gorgeous palettes to use that we both know this one won’t get any use. I’ve decided to add it to my box of stuff for my friend. I may find more to add to that box but haven’t really had time to sit with my collection and make that decision yet.

I also finished up another of my Almay eye makeup remover wipes.

And, there’s that tiny ciate london setting powder that I used and enjoyed, prompting me to choose the full size when it was a choice in the box.

So, I am 2 incoming products over the beauty balance this month so far. On the other hand, I also know I’ve only got a few days use on a couple things in my collection. So, I think I’ll be able to balance this month. It’s just that this month’s products are showing up faster than I can get older products used up thus far.

All in all, I am fairly pleased with the items contained in the subscription box, besides the dr. brandt product. While I don’t need to crack into any of them immediately, a result of too many subscription boxes too fast, they will eventually get used in my collection.

I am pleased though that there are still so many days left in the month to attempt to get the balance back on track! I guess having so much arrive so soon does help plan the remainder of the month. For instance, basically, anything I was thinking of getting this month has been pushed out a bit. That may save me money in the end, if I can push it out long enough I am likely to find things on sale.

March Beauty Balance part 2

So, my Sephora order arrived. To be perfectly honest, I ordered another dry texture spray not because I needed one right now, but mostly because of the free Charlotte Tilbury powder offer. That’s a product that is too pricey to buy before knowing if I actually like it. But, I am still looking for a powder to set my undereye without looking extra dry. I’ve heard very good things about this one.


Naturally, my order came with a few other samples too. Since I am counting samples leaving my collection, I have to count them coming in too, right? Of course right. Now, I am a bit annoyed about the perricone md sample as I had anticipated getting a sample of the dior backstage foundation. It was another wedding foundation contender and I was eager to rule it out or in depending on how it performed. However, the mac I got the other day continues to perform so well that I think I don’t need to be on the hunt for another foundation.

In any case, this is 4 in. So, I need to come up with 4 out.


So that’s what I did. The top is a color correct palette, it’s 3 years old. I bought it when I had no clue about makeup but had an event I needed to be at that would require looking more polished. I used it for that event and then never touched it again. It got put in a bag and pushed into a closet, and then I discovered it when rearranging and decluttering over the weekend. It can go! Cream products do not last quite that long, and I haven’t any use for it to begin with.

I am done with another Lush shampoo bar, and that’ll be my last one for a long while. Once it breaks up into all those tiny pieces, I am done. I feel like it’s too harsh a formula for me anyhow so I am glad to have this one out of my collection. I panned one over last summer and had anticipated not using this one. But then I decided might as well get it gone and switch to something I liked more. I finally can.

The Lush hair custard is gone too, finally! I tried to pan it last year and was unsuccessful. I finally finished it! I like the product and the smell is extremely pleasant to me. But, I’ve got loads of products to use so I won’t repurchase it.

And the Blaq eye gels, I received these in a subscription box. Fab fit fun I think. There were 5 of them in there. I am not a huge fan of eye gels and I didn’t think these were particularly hydrating, which is what I am looking for. They performed best if I added them over a serious eye cream. That’s how I finished them up. One set per week for the past 5 weeks. Obviously, I won’t be repurchasing them.

So, I’ve balanced my beauty again this post. And in this case, the items leaving are as a general rule larger than the items sticking around. Pretty cool!

Fab Fit Fun arrives this week I think, and I am not positive I will be able to balance my beauty on the next post. That’s before Boxycharm even shows up! But, hopefully, I can get everything balanced by the end of the month. We shall see.

March Beauty Balance

So, to be perfectly honest, last month I worked on my beauty balance post all month. When products came in I grabbed photos, got them uploaded, composed some thoughts, and then waited until the next products came in. When I started the post, I had no clue what is going to happen throughout the month.

I’ve decided that instead of gathering those thoughts into one post, I am going to split them up as things come in and leave my collection.

As such, I am writing to you from the beginning of the month completely anticipating that this is going to be a BAD beauty balance month as I work through what I want to wear at the wedding and make mistakes. Like I did on March 1.


We went to purchase shoes and an undergarment for Miss Butterfly. Her dress fitting and alteration happens tomorrow and we needed to get those last two things worked out. Shopping, as I may have mentioned, tends to exhaust me. We were successful but it did take time.

While we were shopping for those things, I wanted to stop by the mac counter because I wanted to purchase their waterproof nourishing foundation, anticipating that it might be a pretty good option for the wedding. I wanted to get it early enough to give it a good test run. While it’s 100% not warm enough at this time in the month to give it a nice sweaty test drive, I thought I could get started figuring out how it applies the best. I’d never tried a mac foundation before so I needed to get color matched. (NW18 if you were wondering.)

I also wanted to pick up a matte lipstick in a specifically cool-toned pink shade. I had an example of the shade I wanted in a bite beauty lipstick. Here’s what actually happened at the mac counter and I am not sure if it was a bait and switch or an honest mistake. First of all, I couldn’t find a matte formula in a color I liked and got talked into the powder kiss formula instead, which in the end, isn’t going to serve my purposes. But the worst thing was that when I got home I opened the package of foundation to find that I’d been given the pro longwear above instead of the waterproof nourishing foundation. I thought that it could have been an honest mistake, but when I went to the mac website today I realized that the waterproof nourishing is currently on backorder in my particular shade. So now I am beginning to suspect that she slipped the other in there instead of having me just say no and walk away.

I would be irritable about this. I was irritable about this. But, I also LOVE trying foundations so I decided to keep it. I did learn one lesson though, check to see what you wanted is actually in your bag before you leave the store. Also, don’t shop while exhausted because defenses are down. Here’s the most ironic part though, I’ve been testing this pro longwear foundation for a few days now and I have never had a foundation stick to my nose better than this one does! It looks great on me and may end up being the perfect foundation for the wedding after all. Again, was this a bait and switch, an honest mistake, or did she KNOW better than me and give me what I actually needed? We’ll never know.

I guess I should mention the nyx lip liner. I thought I needed another lip liner. Spoiler alert, I did not. I’ll work at finishing up one I have this month to make up for it. I don’t know what my problem is. I am weak in the face of makeup.

So, update one, 3 items in and none of them are quite what I wanted, though one may be perfect for me anyhow. With boxy charm and fab fit fun coming in, there will be more items, and I placed a sephora order very recently. Moving forward, when I post these beauty balance posts during the month I will add empties. However, I had 3 more empties last month than items coming in. So, on this post, I am leaving the empties blank. It’s early in the month and I am going to call it even because of the extra three items last month. Maybe that’s cheating, but it’s my made up rules so I can get away with it.

Fab Fit Fun makes its way to me this week so there will be another beauty balance post coming by at least the weekend.