A to Z project pan update #6

I decided to go back to my first A to Z project pan post to see how long I have been working on the project. I knew that I had not started at the beginning of the year. Turns out, it was February 15 of this year. I am proud to say that this update brings me to completion of a few other items, and now I only have 9 items left in this project pan. In fact, I am down to being able to take just one photo of the items for an update. Here’s where I was last month, two photos.

It had actually been a really big update, a ton of goals hit particularly in the eyeshadow department. This update isn’t quite as dramatic but I did hit 3 goals, two of those were new eyeshadow pans. I did also repress my highlighter so that’ll look different this time. I have not hit pan on the repressed highlighter. Here’s this update photo with the list of uses below.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update, with 11 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this update and 12 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 40 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this month, 6 total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (22 uses this update with 124 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update with 89 uses total)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (6 uses this update, 40 uses to finish my goal)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 93 uses to hit goal.)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses with 31 total uses to meet goal with massive pan!)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (14 uses with 64 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (1 uses with a total of 35 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (24 uses for a total of 80 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (9 uses for a total of 26 uses)

So, two more eyeshadow pans hit and another foundation sample used up. But, I am about to take a bit of a break from this project. I am not saying I don’t want to continue, I am just saying that this time of year I really enjoy a full stash shake up and rotation. I want to concentrate on the rest of my stash and figure out what I might concentrate on panning next year. I can tell you for certain I won’t be deliberately panning eyeshadows again next year. I might do some usage goals or something to that extent. I will, of course, consider doing some other type of panning project.

While I am working on my full stash shakeup and rotation, I will continue to work on some of the items in this project. I am pretty close to hitting my goal on the voodoo eyeliner and I think I can finish up the jellypop primer pretty quickly at this point. And the cream eyeshadow from NYX is something that will continue to be useful during a stash rotation. But the work on the eyeshadows is going to slow significantly. Once I’ve completed a stash rotation, I’ll try to finish up the final goals. But for now, I don’t intend to force myself to work on this project. See you on the flipside of stash rotation! Or in an upcoming project pan, once I’ve determined which items I really want to finish up.

Everything but the sink update1

Hi all,

A little over a month ago I threw a whole bunch of samples and products into a bin and claimed I wanted to get them used up. I’d been organizing my bathroom drawer and gotten frustrated with the amount of tiny items and almost finished items. I just wanted to concentrate on a few things and get them out of my drawer.

Here’s the original bin:

It’s not an organized project pan, it’s simply an attempt to clear the bin as much as possible. Quite frankly, over the month, more sample sizes have been thrown in there as they’ve come into my life. But I did try to tackle my first update in a fairly organized manner. I decided to concentrate on the sachets as well as the bigger items that had very little product left in them.

Here are the items I finished over this past little over a month. I am not going to go into great detail about them. There’s a couple of different moisturizers, all of them were almost finished when I put them in the project. I have decided I would not repurchase the murad one, it pills under makeup and that’s not great for me. I just use it as a night cream now. But, sadly, I have another full one! So I am now concentrating on getting that used up as well. Both Peter Thomas Roth items are very nice moisturizers. Through the winter I prefer something a bit heavier than the cloud cream moisturizer, but it’s a lovely one for the summer. These days, for makeup removal I prefer a cleansing balm or oil, but I am determined to finish off the three clinique makeup removers just on principle. I actually used one to assist in removing some stubborn tape residue on my craft room walls. 🙂

I am glad to let these empty packaging pieces go and start on a new batch in the upcoming months.

A to Z Project Pan update #5

While I don’t typically do monthly updates on this project because it’s been so very long term, this has been one of those strange months where quite a few goals are being hit all at once. Last month I had hit goal on two products, leaving me with 18 out of the original goals still left to meet. Here’s a little spoiler, I hit 6 goals over the past month! 6! So, only 12 goals left to meet on this project. Let’s take a look.

Last Month:

This month:
My highlighter has broken so after today I intend to repress it, it will not look this way next time I update.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update, with 10 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update and 9 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this update with 35 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, 3 total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (12 uses this update with 102 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (10 uses this update with 74 uses total)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update, 34 uses total)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses with 88 uses total)

Look at all the pan hit in the Nyx shadow pan!


Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses with 29 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 50 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (0 uses with a total of 34 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (16 uses for a total of 56 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (1 uses for a total of 17 uses)

While I fully expected to hit pan on both the tarte palette shades I was concentrating on, I did not at all expect to hit pan on two sultry palette shades. I am thrilled! I think I am getting close on steampunk as well. But, I am not going to commit to trying to get pan in that shade by next update. The other shades are quite underused so I think I’d rather concentrate on something else for a bit and see how I go. I think I might commit to trying to get the one pink matte “virgo” shade done in the zodiac palette, then I can put that entire palette away for a bit.

That’s all from here, I doubt I’ll be updating again in a month, I think this much progress in such a short time is not likely twice in a row. I’ll keep after it though, this has been a fun project to work on!

A to Z project pan Update #3

I have determined that I don’t need to update this project pan monthly, and that’s certainly been the case. My last update was May 7 so it’s been a bit of time. However, during that time there was at least one vacation in which I did not wear makeup. Nevertheless, I was able to finish 2 products over the past month. I have also narrowed my photos down to just two instead of three, as there are now fewer products overall.

Last Month
This month

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (17 uses this month, total uses 19.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this month, with 7 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this month and 5 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses this month with 19 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this month, 1 use total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses this month with 23 uses total)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (23 uses this month with 60 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (12 uses this month with 42 uses total)

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 21 uses total)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 21 uses total)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (23 uses with 47 uses total)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (19 uses with 53 uses total)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (24 uses with 71 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses with 16 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (11 uses with 22 total uses)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (9 uses with 29 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (10 uses with 14 uses total)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (5 uses with a total of 34 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (10 uses for a total of 23 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (4 uses for a total of 16 uses)

Recap:

With two more products finished, that leaves me 21 goals left to hit. It’s interesting because many of the items have around the same consistent usage per month within one or two uses. This time I can see I really concentrated on steampunk in the ABH palette. With 16 total uses I have to be getting close to hitting pan. The other one that I have used out of that palette is pearl though since I am using it as an inner corner highlight it’s less likely to hit pan despite its 47 uses now. I am pretty sure that my next goal met product will be the mario badescu facial spray. I am already quite a long way through it despite having also used the grace and stella spray. So, hopefully I can finish that one off by the next update. I am really hoping I’ll see pan in something as well! The jellypop primer is becoming frustrating. Despite 42 uses the line does not move. I still haven’t used enough of it to get it moving. On the other hand I really enjoy the primer and it is certainly a good bang for my buck.

Makeup depotting and repressing

While I am not sharing empties and purchases anymore, and I’ve got only one specific project pan running, I am still using up other makeup!

Last year I worked most of the year on a travel size of the Benefit Hoola bronzer. While I did not choose to keep using it for my A-Z project pan, I’ve been using it on the downlow and making good progress. Such good progress in fact that it was getting pretty hard to use.

The Hoola bronzer is on the left and since it’s a pretty small pan I just don’t have good product pick up on a brush anymore. I’d been meaning to repress it to the middle of the pan for awhile but hadn’t gotten around to it. But then I got to thinking about Benefit’s new release, Hoola Glow bronzer. I admit that while not a lot of new makeup releases sound particularly interesting to me at this point, that one did! Then I got to thinking about a pan of Pur bronzer I had depotted out of a palette ages ago. I used it a lot during the summer last year but it’s a bit dark, very glowy, and I can really only get away with it during the summer. I thought that maybe I could do a little experiment. The amount of bronzer I have left of the hoola is so small that if my experiment didn’t work, it really doesn’t matter. I figured I’d take my hoola matte and give it a bit of glow.

Originally I’d considered adding a highlighter to it but I think a glowy bronzer is better. So, I removed all the bronzer from the hoola travel size and put it in a small bowl. At that point I decided I didn’t need the packaging either, I really don’t have much product left, so I depotted the pan and recycled the plastic packaging. Then, I scraped some of the glowy pur bronzer into the bowl as well. I crushed both products and mixed them up really well then added a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the bowl. Once mixed in with the bronzer mixture, I pressed it into the hoola pan I had left.

On the left is my new hoola bronzer glowified, and on the right is the scraped pan of glowy pur bronzer.

I did have an opportunity to use my new to me hoola bronzer this morning and rather appreciated it, so the experiment was a success. I have new enthusiasm for a product that has taken me well over a year to finish and I’ve managed to remind myself that I don’t need a new glowy bronzer. If I could do it all over again, I would have left the pan in the packaging. After all, I quite liked how this turned out and could have made my own glowy bronzer using my full size Hoola bronzer and more of the glowy pur bronzer, nicely pressed into tidy packaging. But, I suspect I thought my experiment would fail so I didn’t have the foresight. In the end, I wouldn’t consider this a fail at all!

A to Z project pan update #2

Last update was March 25 and we are into May now, so I think it’s time for another update. Mostly because I had finished the IT cosmetics cc cream I had depotted into a tiny container and I want to wash the container for other products needing to be depotted.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (No usage in the first month, 2 uses in this update, not shown as it’s residing at work right now.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, with 4 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this month and total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses this month with 9 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this month, 1 use total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this month with 11 uses total)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (26 uses, with 50 uses total)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (23 uses this month with 37 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (14 uses with 30 uses total)

Last month
Current

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses with 14 uses total)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses with 16 uses total)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (14 uses with 24 uses total)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (17 uses with 34 uses total)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (25 uses with 47 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses with 6 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 11 total uses)

Last month
This month

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (19 uses with 37 total uses)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 20 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (4 uses total)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (8 uses with a total of 29 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (10 uses for a total of 13 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (7 uses for a total of 12 uses)

Last month
Current

Recap-

I’ve now finished 3 goals out of the original 26. I have not hit any pan on any of the many eyeshadows in the project. Then again, I didn’t really expect to. I’ve not been concentrating on any one thing in particular. Instead I’ve been mostly trying to divide my use between all of the shadows plus use items in the rest of my collection. I did increase the pan in the highlighter that I am looking to use up. By next update I expect to be done with the Grace and Stella facial spray and I think it’s likely I’ll also be done with the Urban Decay eye primer. Other than that, I am just plugging away at this project and really having a pretty nice go of it. It’s nice to have a focus on certain items in my collection while also giving myself the room to play with other items when I am feeling bored.

So that’s a wrap, 2 months in, 3 items finished, a few more getting close, and a lot of plugging away on the horizon.

A to Z Project Pan update 1

It’s been a month and a little over a week since I began this project pan, so I think it’s time for an update. I’ll do the letters and products in sections along with a photo from last month and this month’s photo under it. I’ll also list usage for this first month. Shall we get started?

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (No usage in the first month)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (no usage)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (1 use)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (24 uses)
H: Cover FX Palette Highlighter-goal is to hit pan on one of these. (I am making a change here as the highlighter is too dark, I am subbing in a pan highlighter from pur. I’ve already hit pan but my goal is to use it up. I used one or the other highlighter 14 times)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (15 uses, I depotted this and put it in the little blue container for easy access.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (16 uses, though it doesn’t look like any.)

First photo
Update1 with a new highlighter subbed in. I did not take photos of items I did not use.

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish. (Used 6 times and it is gone.)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (16 uses, MAJOR dent in this product!)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (17 uses)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (22uses)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses)

First photo
Update 1

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (18 uses)
V:Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (no usage)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (21 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (3 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (5 uses)

First photo
Update 1

I’ve been trying to look at this project pan as a long term project and not get overly focused on it to the detriment of the remainder of my collection. And I think overall it’s been successful. There are items that I’ve got great progress on like the two foundations I concentrated on. I am hoping to have both of those finished off by next update. And I can see some good dips going on in some of the shadows. However, I’ve spread out my shadow usage between the 3 palettes and other palettes in my collection pretty well. I only finished one item over this month, but that’s all I expected to finish. I think I can finish 2 items for next update, possibly 3. The additional bonus on this project is that since I’ve got multiple eyeshadows from 2 palettes, the colors that aren’t technically in the project are also showing a nice amount of use. The mermaid palette in particular has expanded pan in two of the matte shades.

Again, I am not planning to roll in new products when I am done with goals on current products. This is just a project to complete, the products will dwindle as I complete them. Once finished, I’ll see then how I am feeling about another project. But, this has been an enjoyable lowkey project for me this season as I ease back into the office more fully post vaccination.

A to Z Project Pan

You may or may not have noticed but I completely abandoned my project pan and my beauty balance posts when I abandoned the blog temporarily. I am not upset about it. I had fun while it lasted, made use of my products, and got what I needed out of it. I am ready to move on.

Beauty Balance posts aren’t coming back. I just….don’t care. I’ve been throwing empty stuff away willy nilly and kind of loving it. And sometimes I buy stuff too, and that’s fine as long as it doesn’t get out of hand.

But, I still kind of want to do a little project pan. A little something to concentrate on specific products. So, I’ve put together an A to Z project. This will have maybe monthly updates. It will not be rolling. Once the items are gone, they are gone. Or rather, once a goal is hit, the items roll out. I anticipate this being a year long project but mostly I just want to see if I can hit goal on everything and then do something new.

I’ve chosen a wide variety, some items should be fairly easy to use, some will be longer term. Some I won’t even use until later in the year. This is also rather eyeshadow heavy, there are two palettes I really want to see a lot of use in this year. I am also not going to hold myself carefully to one month updates, I’ll just get to them when I get to them. And finally, I am also going to track progress. If I use the item on a particular day, it will get tracked. I do like that idea very much.

A to Z:

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish.
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan.
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan.
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan.
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan.
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan.
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish.
H: Cover FX Palette Highlighter-goal is to hit pan on one of these.
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish.
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish.

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish.
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan.
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan.
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish.
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan.
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan.
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan.
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan.
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan.

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish.
V:Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7.
W: Lancome Teing Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish.
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow.
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up.
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade.

I really had to start getting creative there in the end, trying to make the makeup in my collection fit a letter. But I think I did it just fine! I’ve gone a little heavy on eyeshadows, but ABH palettes tend to be softly pressed, and I’ve used the tarte palette loads. The others are all more of a primer setting shadow, so I should be able to get those done as well. There’s a number of foundations but they are all sample sizes or heavily used already. I think the blush and bronzer will be the hardest to hit goal on, perhaps the highlighter as well. But, that cover FX palette is one I’d like to pan in the future so getting some good use on it will help get me closer to that goal. Since we are already mid-February, my plan is for the first update on this one to be the beginning of April. I am eager to get started!

Day 18

Guess who got good sleep last night? This girl! Little foster nugget did not whine in her kennel at all last night so she’s really catching on to the routine. She also went for her third walk last evening, and she actually enjoyed herself. She had a moment or two here and there where she was concerned, but by and large had a great time. Progress is being made, including so much progress that she’s getting nice and naughty around the house. This is exactly the type of progress we want to see out of a timid dog, it means she’s blossoming right before our eyes.

The other good news is that she has a potential home, she will meet her potential family on Saturday. We will have her through the end of the year no matter what, but it will be good to get her home settled and know where she is going once she’s done with all her vetting.

As for the advent stuff, let’s start with the christmas ornament. My goal with this project is to have only spent money on the pattern. From the start, I had intended only to knit from stash yarn and stuff with stash wool. So far so good! However, I am running out of lighter colored yarns for contrast. So for this christmas ball I used a handspun yarn. It’s mostly natural colored with a few bits of a light brown thrown in. You can see that in the ornament itself.

It works just fine, and there’s something pretty about the addition of silk in the handspun that is adding some places with extra shine. I really enjoyed using the handspun on this one.

I am actually falling behind on knitting these. Initially I was keeping a few balls ahead each day so that I could get them blocked and then a decent photograph taken. But, this morning before work I had to put the kettle on and boil some water so I could steam block this one before work. The photo is dark, but it is still evocative of the christmas spirit. I actually love those dark december days leading up to winter solstice.

As for my makeup advent, this morning I opened my too faced natural face palette. This one tends to be a little on the darker side and I typically only wear it in the summer. Receiving it in the winter felt like a bit of a stretch! But at the same time, I think I made it work just fine. I used a blush, a bronzer, and a highlighter out of this.

And that’s it, that’s day 18 as a wrap. Looking forward to a weekend!

Day 16 and 17

On day 16 I was working from home. And the item that my daughter had wrapped for me was a perfume, my Nest black tulip. So, that felt very much like a little bonus, as I didn’t have to wear makeup that day, it was a nice break.

However, day 17 has been an in office day for me, and I received my royal blue eyeliner. Since this was in a project at the beginning of the year, this felt very much like something I have already spent a ton of time with this year. But, I definitely don’t regret having to use it today. I paired it with my Colourpop It’s My Pleasure palette for another purple look.

It was a bit of a tiring night and I think it shows. Mr. Ink wanted me to stay up later than usual watching a show, which I did. When I went to bed, I gave foster dog to Miss Butterfly as usual, but she’s become rather attached to me now. So, she wouldn’t knock off the whining once I handed her over for bedtime. In an effort for me and my daughter to get sleep, I got back up, moved the kennel into our bedroom, and then put her in our bedroom in the kennel. Took her a bit, but she did settle there. Unfortunately, she did wake us up multiple times during the night. But I think she’ll get used to it! And I suspect we’ll only have her through the end of this year, I think she’ll find a home quickly anyhow. She did also massively screw up my morning routine by being in our bedroom, but I’ll just work out a new routine and call it good.

On to the Christmas Balls. For yesterday’s christmas ball, I had gotten a bit tired of the same christmas colors over and over, so I decided to try something new. I pulled out two leftover sock yarns and used those as my colors.

I absolutely love this one! It just turned out so pretty, and it was exactly what I needed.

In keeping with that, I used the same lighter blue and paired it with a charcoal color for the next one. This ball is called winter wonderland and each side had a different motif. When I chose the colors I wanted to consider what snow looks like at night. I’ve got the charcoal of the night and the blue tones that the snow takes on in the deep winter.

There’s a tree, a church, and a home with a star above it. Another side features another home, but it’s similar to the one above and I didn’t take a further photo.

It’s been enjoyable to try a few new color combos. In reality, I am running out of the lighter colors in normal size yarns so it’s harder and harder to make colors pop. Creativity is helping! I just don’t want to knit the remainder of the balls for this year on size 0 needles. That’ll have me giving up too fast. We’ll see what I come up with for the final 7!

Day 15

Let’s start with foster dog before getting into advent stuff! When we went to meet the transport, we found a little jack russell terrier mix who was so terrified she clung to the back of her little kennel for dear life and it took 2 sets of hands to pry her out of there. She then would not walk on a leash, would not potty even after a full day on the road, and just crouched and cringed. We had our work cut out for us! And to be honest, that’s likely why I haven’t blogged since. Timid put it mildly, she was terrified. But I am pleased to report that after a few days in our home she’s improving with leaps and bounds.

Looking very JRT except for the ears in this photo.
But seriously, those ears!

She no longer crouches and makes herself small when our dogs walk by her, instead she likes to trot along with them wherever they go. Loud noises still make her freeze, but not ALL of them. She can only walk past two houses before panic sets in and she turns around to go home from a walk, but she now likes the snow in the yard and rolls through it excitedly. She’s been a fun little nugget to watch move toward comfort. For the first few days it felt like I had a newborn, she had to be carried almost everywhere, she slept a lot, she cried when I put her down. But now she’s getting used to being a dog, gaining independence, and working toward confidence.

And on to christmas balls! I’ve got 3 to post, gingerbread, ice crystals, and nutcracker.

That moment when you realize your background color choice makes your gingerbread man look evil.
This one is my favorite out of this bunch, isn’t it pretty?
Such a tiny ballerina in shades of green!

And then there’s the makeup post. I only have one photo, I used the makeup from all three days in one look today. The first item was my chella brow cream. I got it in a subscription box ages ago and haven’t used it in about a year. I actually thought it might be dried up and I could declutter it, but in reality, it works just fine.

Item 2 is my alamar cosmetics blush palette which I absolutely love but forget to use because I tend to concentrate on 2 blushes at a time, something warm toned and something cool toned. I was very happy to use this today.

Item 3 is my actual favorite eyeshadow palette in my collection, my petit pro soleil palette. I love all my petit pro palettes but this one is just so beautiful, unusual, and intense!

Oh boy, the lack of haircut has my hair all wild today! Actually, I kinda like it, I might leave it a little longer through the winter.

So there’s our 3 day catch up post, I hate to admit it, I am way behind on knitting but doing my best. However, tomorrow’s christmas ball is glorious, my favorite yet! So stay tuned for that!

Day 12

For day 12, Miss Butterfly had chosen my Urban Decay eyeliner, in color Freak. This is a lovely green color and it’s a lot of fun to use, but I really wasn’t sure how to use it in this instance. Then, eventually, I decided that since it’s Saturday and I wasn’t going to see very many people, I’d go ahead and experiment. If I had my entire collection it likely would have been a little easier but with my Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette hidden somewhere, it wasn’t super easy to get inspired about a colorful look. In the end I used my BH Cosmetics zodiac love palette along with the mac snowflushed highlighter from the other day. I also did use the lancome foundation for the first time.

It had snowed overnight, so Mr. Ink cleared the driveway while I was playing with makeup. As soon as I’d put on lipstick he said “Ok, I am ready to go to the dogpark.” So today’s photo is in the car on the way there. It’s a very glam look for the dogpark but my dogs didn’t mind.

Today’s Christmas ball photo was not taken outdoors since the snow makes the light too intense. The snow does help indoor photos though, so this turned out great right on the tree!

We got some work done around the house today and are officially ready to welcome our foster dog this evening, cannot wait!

Advent Day 10 and 11

I skipped a day again, but that’s ok! Let’s start with the christmas ball While there should be 2, there’s only one. The day 10 ball is reminiscent of nuts, kind of a favorite treat at christmas time:

Certainly a pretty little pattern!

I don’t have day 11! I tried to knit it numerous times, probably 4 or 5 restarts, but each time it was a fail. I grew increasingly frustrated, then I realized that wait! This is supposed to be fun! So I skipped it and moved on to day 12.

Now let’s talk dogs. I posted a few days ago about the new foster dog who was going to arrive this weekend. Unfortunately, circumstances didn’t allow that to happen, and I found that to be quite a bummer. It really got me down. To be honest, I’d already purchased him a few items because we don’t usually take such large dogs and we couldn’t repurpose what we already have. It’s not the loss of money, I just feel for the dogs that cannot make it, and we’ve had this happen twice now in our short time fostering. I love each of our fosters before they even arrive, the idea of them is so full of potential and joy. So my heart breaks a little for them when something prevents them from coming. It’s the hard part of rescue, and honestly, it’s a struggle for anyone involved in rescue. No matter how many you do save, you still are upset about those you can’t save, even if it isn’t your fault. The fosters who cannot make it still reside in my heart in a special place, and I do think of them often.

But, the other thing about rescue is that there are always more dogs needing to be saved. If you didn’t get the right fit the first time, the second time is likely to work out. I got a message a few days later from our rescue, 2 smaller dogs had been picked up and needed a home, I could take my pick. I chose a little female, about 25 pounds, and said to be 5 or 6 years old. I’ve heard she’s timid, so we will be working on her confidence as soon as we can. She hasn’t been in rescue for any time at all, she was dumped very recently, so I don’t know what her medical needs will be. If I were to make guesses, I’d guess she’ll test heartworm positive once in our care. I also don’t have a good photo, just a tiny, shadowed, blurry photo. Which I’ll share anyhow.

We are excited to welcome her tomorrow evening. I think I’ll stop by the local shops and grab her a sweater, it’s going to be cold for her so far north from where she originates.

It’s a tough time in rescue right now. Lots of dogs needing homes but it’s hard to plan events where these dogs can be seen. Indoors is out of the question with virus rates being so high, but the weather is cold so planning outdoor events doesn’t work either. If you have the heart and the cash for it, please donate even just the cost of a cup of coffee to your local shelter or rescue, they’ll be ever so grateful.

Now on to the makeup stuff. For day 10, Miss Butterfly had wrapped up my mac snowflushed highlighter. This is a highlighter that flips gold to pink. It’s VERY sparkly. It’s not something I use as an actual highlighter. I mean, I might if I were going to a holiday party or something? But I am not. I am just going to work. So instead I like to use it as an eyeshadow topper, kicking up the sparkle intensity layering it over other shadows. In this case I took a burgundy shimmer from my tarte be a mermaid palette all over my lid, then topped it with the snowflushed highlighter. I loved it, it was a very pretty but still fairly professional look.

On day 11, I unwrapped 2 sample size foundations. So, that’ll be one that lasts me two days in a row. This morning I used the it cosmetics cc cream. This one arrived in the lightest shade, which I haven’t used before. It’s definitely too light. I don’t think it looks particularly great, so I’ll use it as a lightening mixer rather than on its own from here on out.

This I paired with my Urban Decay Born to Run palette. And you know what? I am finally willing to admit it. This is just not a great palette. The shimmers crease and wear off my eyelids in record time. It looks positively terrible by the end of the day, but I can see the wear on it by 9 am. The majority of the matte shades are fine, and I may consider depotting this if I can manage to do so. It’s really irritating to have wanted a palette so much and then have it to have turned out so poorly overall. But really, my very well loved tarte mermaid palette performs so much better I question as to why I am still picking up the UD one. Especially since I’ve got loads of wonderful palettes! It’s a waste of time.

That’s all from me today, hopefully by the end of the weekend there’ll be at least a few dog photos! And more makeup and christmas balls of course!

Days 8 and 9

I…kind of forgot to post yesterday so we’ll do day 8 and 9 together.

On day 8, I unwrapped my A’Pieu juicy pang blusher. It is another k-beauty item I picked up and absolutely love. I also wore the copper colored supershock shadow since I couldn’t wear the copper and the purple on the same day from day 7. I worked from home so I paired it with a red lipstick because why not? Oh how I miss red and bright lipstick!

Then today, the item was my mac fix+ and that’s not an item that is easy to see, not a colored product. But I did what I was supposed to anyhow, and took the selfie.

We are back to the bad lighting as I left for work early in the morning.

As for my christmas balls? The first was a little bird on a branch which was absolutely delightful:

And the next was a little angel which I did on size 0 needles so it’s awfully small!

I had done a decent job getting ahead on these over the past weekend, but midweek I am running out of steam again, falling a bit behind. I have tomorrow’s ready to go, but the one after that has taken me a full 2 days to even get the increases done, so it’s very slow. I fear I might actually fall behind fully, but I should be able to get caught up again over the upcoming weekend.

It’s day 5!

Let’s switch it up a bit. Today we’ll talk news first. We’ve agreed to our next foster! We’ve been without a foster for around 3 weeks, our third foster found a wonderful home with a family who had previously adopted from our rescue. She was a tough foster, she was really high energy, that part isn’t too hard for us, but she also wasn’t the brightest. That part WAS hard on us. Thankfully she was loving and sweet and liked to cuddle when she settled down, and we do love her with all our hearts while also being super happy she found a home with a loving family. And honestly, once she left, we were ready for the break.

I am not sure when this guy is coming to us, likely this month sometime. He’s around a year or two, and has been in the shelter for a year without finding his forever home. Like the rest of our fosters, he’s coming up from Louisiana to try finding his home in the midwest. He does not have any medical needs, so he’ll be ready to be adopted right after he joins our family. We will do as we always do, get him adjusted to living in a home, get to know him well, and then start promoting him and bringing him to various events where he can be shown off to potential homes. I look forward to it! It keeps us busy despite the darker days of the winter during a pandemic.

This photo is from the rescue he’s currently in, we’ll get better photos when he arrives!

He’s currently about 50 pounds and needs to put on some weight. We hear he’s quite playful and that will be fun at the dog park. I like his vague idea of spots on his coat!

OK, now on to the advent stuff. first the knitting! Today’s christmas ball is perhaps the prettiest one yet! I really like it.

And finally, the homemade makeup advent calendar. Today I opened my Missha bb cream. I’ve heard many good things about it but hadn’t yet used it so I was eager to give it a try. I also received a “gift” of an ulta brand eyeshadow palette from ulta, and I used that for today’s makeup as well.

This is definitely a weekend look for me, hair is less dramatic, and so is the makeup. I think the Missha color is great on me, looks quite natural. I have a lot of different foundations as I really do enjoy trying them out, but I am also slowly developing opinions on ones I would repurchase, and this seems like it might fit into that category, though wearing it to work must happen first! I need to see how it plays out over a full day of wear with a mask.

In any case, another fun day of makeup play with the calendar that cost me nothing and only cost my child her time.

Advent Calendar Day 4

Just a short post from me today. I opened my homemade makeup advent calendar this morning to find my Game of Thrones eyeliner. It’s a lovely metallic gold and I am always happy to use it, so this was a real win for the morning. I again used my tarte be a mermaid palette, this time using the duochrome shadow that flips from brick red to blue. Then I lined all around my eyes with the gold eyeliner. I also used my Laura Geller blush again. It’s fun to explore my extremely paired down makeup collection during this time frame.

The christmas ball was not a real win for me. I’ve made this mistake in the past as well, pairing two similarly toned yarns creates a colorwork project where absolutely none of the pattern pops. I knit this one on size 0 needles so it’s comparatively very small. Which I actually like! But I will do better at pairing yarns next time.

That’s it from me! Looking forward to the weekend and better lighting and extra time and the ability to get out of the house more since we are no longer on quarantine! I hope you have a lovely weekend as well.

Advent Day 3

It was a back to work day for me now that we are positive I am virus free. After a week and a half away, it is a delight and definitely made me feel a bit more “with it” in general.

Sadly, this means the lighting for my homemade makeup advent day is a little underwhelming. You see, it’s still dark when I leave for work and once at work, while I am still in my car, the mask goes on and stays on.

What did my daughter choose for day 3? My Laura Geller baked blush. It’s lovely, a product I truly enjoy, but don’t use nearly enough. I again paired it with my Tarte be a mermaid palette, creating a nice warm neutral look, added a bit of lip gloss, and out the door I went.

As for my christmas ornament? It’s a sheep! I have gauge problems on this one, but I do like that it’s a sheep. My daughter currently collects sheep, and she previously collected horses. Years ago, I knit her a navy and grey horse ornament, so now she’ll get to add a navy and grey sheep ornament to her collection.

That’s it from me today, back on campus means I am not sure how I’ll be able to keep up with these advents on time but I’ll sure try!

Rolling Project Pan update #11

It’s time for a little project pan update, the only project I am still working on right now. This is the one where I use prompts to help me choose items to pan rolling style. I am going to keep after this, I’ll not end it this year, continuing into the new year. I’ll keep listing the prompts I have completed crossed off and adding in the next prompt as I get to it.

1.  A product with cute packaging
2.  An expensive product
3.  A product in loose form
4.  A drugstore product
5.  A product I bought because of youtube
6.  An old favorite
7.  A product you haven’t used in a while.
8. A product of your choosing
9. A product from a previous project.
10. A unique product
11. A product you don’t like
12. A product you bought online.
13. A product you received as a gift.
14. A product you’d recommend to anyone.
15. A product you haven’t used much.

And here’s last month’s photo:

And this month!:

4. A drugstore product is sill my nyx eyebrow pencil. I’ll be using this forever it seems. But I am making progress!

6. An old favorite is my hula bronzer, I used it all month but I am not entirely sure it shows.

12. a product I bought online is my UD eyeliner, the bronzy one. I have hardly used it this month but it did get sharpened once.

13. The product I received as a gift is my UD born to run eyeshadow palette and I have hit pan in the lower left hand corner shade. I am also pleased to have used this palette quite a bit overall. It looks used, while it did not before. But it gets rolled out now.

14. A product I’d recommend to anyone is my colourpop supershock shadow, and my goal was to hit pan, which I did. I am still using this but I can roll it out now.

15. A product I haven’t used much is my mac powder, and since it’s a baked item, it’s pretty hard to see any progress. I have been using it! But I really don’t need a lot at a time.

So, I need to roll in two new items.

16. a Product You Regret Buying-I’ve chosen my catrice foundation. Or rather, Miss Butterfly’s catrice foundation. The color is too light for me. She says it makes her face itchy. So that’s why it came to me. And that’s why I regret purchasing it. I’ve added a progress line, though much of it went into my other catrice foundation, my own color, which is slightly too dark on me. Now I want to see if I can use this one as a mixer for other foundations that are slightly too dark and use it up that way. This is a great time of the year to try that, as I am at my lightest.

17. A product out of your comfort zone-I’ve chosen a liquid eyeliner, eyeco brand, as this is best suited for a winged eyeliner, which I do not do. I am going to try to concentrate on it anyhow, but not with a wing. I’ve got a number of liquid liners and it would be good to go through a few in my collection.

With the items I have in the project this month I highly doubt I’ll be able to finish any and roll in anything new next month. All of these seem like longer term items to work on. I think I’ll do my best to concentrate on the copper eyeliner to see if that could be the one I get to roll out next month. The goal on that seems like it might be easiest to hit. We’ll see! Nevertheless, this is the project I am most enjoying out of all the projects I created for myself this year. Happy Panning!

November Beauty Balance

This is the incoming stuff, and it’s a lot. I had 55 items leaving my collection over what entered it for the year last month. I am afraid that grand total will be decreasing this month. I purchased a number of things and those things also created a freebie sample bag with my order so that was a lot more items coming in.

It was the gorgeous hair event at ulta so I tried to stock up on things. I was still working on a mousse but I picked up the joico ones because I prefer them. There’s a lot of product and a little goes a long way.

I picked up the batiste dry shampoo texturizing version to use, turns out it’s not a favorite of mine but it’ll work.

I picked up some wella invigo volume boost product. Then came a few sample sizes, the southern belle is already used up so I won’t count that.

I also stocked up on some mascara, I am really just using essence mascara at this point. So, in this photo, that’s 11 items since the southern belle is already gone. Down to 44.

And then the whole host of samples. I am not going to go through each of these, but I used up the ellis myth fragrance, I won’t count that, and I gave away the kat von d mascara to miss butterfly, I won’t count that. So that’s another 11 items in. 33 items left over what showed up this year.

I can do empties though!

I finally finished my shower gel, that was months and months of use. I finished up two belif products, a full size eye cream and a travel size face moisturizer. I also finished another ROC retinol.

Another powder play bites the dust, I am running low on this but may try a less expensive product next.

It took me ages to finish the elemis face mask. It’s done, wouldn’t repurchase.

There’s an it cosmetics cc cream, I wouldn’t repurchase that either, I prefer their other cc creams over the original.

I am decluttering my catrice concealer, that goes to Miss Butterfly.

And I used up a mascara.

The other items are samples or the “proof” that I did finish what I pictured above but didn’t count.

So that’s 9 items leaving my collection, bringing my grand total for the year to 42.

I imagine I’ll probably pick up a thing or two during the black friday sales, but I have decided not to do my usual NYX advent calendar. I just don’t feel like bringing in lip products I won’t use and can’t use due to masks. If I choose an advent calendar it’ll be one that has products I like more than NYX. I used to do the NYX ones for the novelty. I’ve got my eye on the mac one but it’ll have to go half price for me to purchase and I seriously doubt that’ll ever happen before it sells out. So, what I am trying to say is while I may get a few things in the upcoming months, it’s more likely that I’ll have more empties and I won’t be trying to account for the glut of the advent calendar 24 products this year. So, I am hoping to get that number back up over 50.

Partners in Cream project pan finale

Since I am just not feeling this project pan right now, I am shutting it down. It would maybe be different if I didn’t have to wear a facemask all day. But I do, so cream projects just don’t work right now. Moving into the winter and with the whole of the US and our stat in particular doing terribly, basically unless I am home I am in a facemask. And that’s not great for cream products.

Here’s the photo of where I was at the beginning of last month:

I had finished the no poreblem primer and the small perfume. Everything else I was plugging away at.

This month’s photo:

I have cut into my sunscreen and I continue to use that regularly but there’s a lot in the base that I couldn’t get out while the tube was still whole. So, it has continued to take me a lot of time.

I made the normal amount of progress on my facial spray.

The Juice Beauty primer is balling up on my face quite a lot, it interferes with something. Perhaps the sunscreen. I hate using it. I will try it again with the next sunscreen to see if it improves at all, but I may end up decluttering it. I made progress though, I just couldn’t see the progress I made to mark it.

The foundation is way too dark for my skin as we move toward winter. I didn’t mark it but you can see that I did have a bit more use. Now it’ll be put back on a shelf waiting until spring/summer next year.

My sleek cream contour palette did see a bit of use, I did actually use it. But not enough to really make a difference in the pan. I only used that darkest shade.

The only things I’ll continue to use are the sunscreen and the facial spray. Then the primer once the sunscreen is gone. But in the end, I am ready to put this project to bed.

Eyeshadow Roulette project update

This, too, like my project pan is rather a late post. But not as late. This is my project where I work through eyeshadows in my collection using them 30 times or until I hit pan, whichever comes first.

I changed up the rules a bit in the past few months as I wanted to concentrate on my Urban Decay Born to Run palette until I hit pan in it. This should give it a good used feel to it once that happens. So I’ve been making decisions about what colors I draw in a semi-random way. I use my random roulette app to choose a shadow. If the shadow is part of the Born to Run palette, that’s the one I get. If it is part of a different palette, I randomize the colors in the Born to Run palette and choose one that way. And, if I use the roulette app, and it draws me a single shadow, I use that single shadow.

Here’s my photo for this month:

The ones circled in red are the two shadows I hit pan on. I used the mint color a total of 24 times in order to hit pan. It’s a VERY small pan, but it’s there, I promise! And, with the pink single shadow from NYX, I used it a total of 29 times.

Right above the pink single shadow is Sherbet, that was also in the project, and I used it 30 times. No pan achieved.

The colors circled in yellow are all my current colors I am working on. Here’s how that breaks down:

-Hell Ride, the pink in the UD palette, I’ve been concentrating on it. Substantial dip going on but no pan. I’ve used this now a total of 22 times.

-Baja is the orange right under it, I haven’t used it much yet, only a total of 5 times.

-Next to Baja is Punk, I have not yet used it but it’s in the project.

-Below Punk is Double Life, it’s been in the project a fairly long time now, and I’ve used it a total of 12 times.

-Also chosen is Ignite, it was rolled in but hasn’t seen any use.

-And, serendipitously, the single shadow I rolled in is Urban Decay as well, it’s a moondust single in starlight.

The specific eyeshadow colors I am working with.

Since the vast majority of these colors are warm toned, I am going to keep concentrating on the berry color Hellride I may try to incorporate the cooler toned brown called Punk into my berry toned looks, but I only have 8 more uses on Hellride so I am ready to finish that one up. Previously I had been rolling in a new shade just as soon as I roll out an old one, but I have so many unused or barely used colors this time that I think it’s better to wait until next month.

All in all, as I put the Nyx single back in the magnetic palette it came from, where another single from the project resides, I felt rather proud to have that little quad I made myself looking quite used and abused! This project has been really effective, and I may handle the project similarly in the future. I’ll choose one palette to concentrate on and make look used until I hit pan on a shade and then roll it back out and pick a new palette to concentrate on.

Rolling Project Pan update #10

It’s been busy around here, so my update is late! Our latest foster dog is a sweet, cute little love but also the most challenging foster dog we’ve had yet. Our neighbor’s old dog is ailing and we’ve been over assisting her withher dog regularly as well. Work is busy, blah blah, and then of course the week was stressful just in the not knowing sense of what was going on here in the states. And our state’s virus numbers are rising in an alarming manner.

All this is to say, my update is 8 or 9 days late because I couldn’t get it together.

Let’s review:

1.  A product with cute packaging
2.  An expensive product
3.  A product in loose form
4.  A drugstore product
5.  A product I bought because of youtube
6.  An old favorite
7.  A product you haven’t used in a while.
8. A product of your choosing
9. A product from a previous project.
10. A unique product
11. A product you don’t like
12. A product you bought online.
13. A product you received as a gift.
14. A product you’d recommend to anyone.

Last month’s photo:

And this month:

4. A Drugstore Product is still my NYX eyebrow pencil. Progress has been made, it’s slow going.

6. An old favorite is my Hula bronzer. I’ve expanded the pan and I did finally hit side pan on the thinnest side.

8. A product of my choosing is my IT cosmetics cc cream which I finished up this month!

12. A product I bought online is my Urban Decay eyeliner, I wanted to use it through the 24 of 24/7. It did get sharpened this month but I didn’t actually use it often.

13. A product I received as a gift is my Urban Decay Born to Run eyeshadow palette. My goal is to hit pan on one shade. It’s in my eyeshadow roulette until I do. I’ve got a good dip going in a couple colors but no pan yet.

14. A product I’d recommend to anyone is my colourpop supershock shadow in color frog. I had hit pan before putting it in this project, but I rearranged and squished all the product back into an even layer and am looking to hit pan again.

Now for item15. The prompt is “A product you haven’t used much” and I chose my mac mineralized skin finish. It’s a light glowy finishing powder. I figured this would be a good item to use through the fall, winter, and early spring. I hadn’t touched it at all before putting it in this project so I am eager to get use out of it.

Not a bad month, though I did wear less makeup overall. I am working from home again for a few days each week and though when I was working from home in the spring, I did my makeup almost daily, that has changed in the fall. I just can’t be bothered. Finishing a product was great. There’s only one product, the eyeliner, that didn’t get a ton of use. The goal is to use product I own, so in that respect, I am doing fine!

October Beauty Balance Part Empties

So, in my previous October beauty balance post I had 41 items leaving my collection over what entered it. And it was my hope to make that up in my empties. Which I did!

This was actually a very serious empties month. I worked through a lot of items. In fact, my total is 14. So, I ended up with 55 items out of my collection over what entered this year.

Let’s go through the empties real quick.

Rusk hair mousse, I didn’t like this that much nor will I repurchase. But it had a nice scent unlike the mousse I am working on now.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension, I’ve gone through a few of these, but have decided to try something new, so I won’t repurchase at this time.

Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream-I really enjoy this and will absolutely repurchase, though I do not need to at this time.

L’Oreal Double Extend tubing mascara. I used this up really, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I do want another tubing mascara in my life.

Too Faced mascara-this sample size came to me a bit dry and I’ve decided to declutter it. I gave it to Miss Butterfly to see what she can do with it.

Kate Somerville Exfolicate cleanser-I liked this quite a bit, it has a great scent and does work nicely. But, I won’t repurchase, I don’t feel like cleansers are a good place to get the exfoliating step done. I’ll stick with less expensive cleansers.

Becca undereye color corrector-I will likely repurchase this at some point. I just haven’t done so yet. But I do really like the product.

Bite Beauty agave lip mask-sadly they’ve reformulated these. I haven’t tried the new formulation. I like the lanolin so I’ve switched to Lanolips for now.

I finished an eyebrow pencil that was pretty terrible in both color and formulation. Would not repurchase and can’t even be bothered to remember the brand name. It came in a subscription box.

Dermalogica sunscreen-this was just a small sample that I liked well enough. It had kind of a powder smell to it. It worked well under makeup. But, I wouldn’t purchase, I am kind of fond of some K and J beauty sunscreens and I’ll keep up with those instead.

Tocca Maya rollerball perfume, used up in 2 months. I didn’t love the scent, and the scent didn’t stick around. So, I wouldn’t purchase.

One tiny pan of frankenhighlighter that I created myself, now all my frankenhighlighters are gone and I couldn’t be more happy about that.

I’ve also got a couple samples of Purito Deep Sea Pure water cream that I really enjoyed. In fact, Purito is a brand I will be exploring more for skincare in the future as I have truly enjoyed their products.

I’ve got a haircare order coming in soon, but I also have 5 or 6 products I know will be empty by next month. So, I am hoping to keep up with my more out over what comes in goals through the end of the year. It will be interesting to see what my final yearly total is this year (especially since I have a particular penchant for advent calendars) and then to see if I can do better in the next year.

Partners in Cream Project Pan update 9

Last month I was unable to finish any items in my partners in cream project. This month I finished two items! Here’s where I was last month:

And let’s discuss this month’s progress:

From the top, left to right. I have my Clarins sunscreen I’ve been working on for a few months now. I keep saying it stings my eyes, and I keep using it on my face anyhow. I ran into a situation at the dog park the other day where I couldn’t even see anymore it stung so bad. So, I am back to trying to use this more as a body sunscreen. I did not mark a new mark on this item since I am kind of at that point where I have to fold it in half to get product out of it.

Next up is my No Poreblem primer. It’s done! I’ve scraped it out with a spatula. This was a good primer and it grew on me over time. I do not regret using it.

I also have my rollerball sample size of Tocca Maya perfume. It was fine, not something I would purchase, and I finished it.

My born this way foundation had a lot of progress this month and I am really hoping to finish next month. I think I am getting close, as the product doesn’t actually come out of the pump too well anymore. I really do like this foundation and if I didn’t have loads of other foundations, I’d probably repurchase it in a shade more appropriate for me on the regular.

I also have made continued steady progress on my facial spray.

Now that the weather is cooling (sort of!) it’s time to start rolling in more cream makeup, so I am adding back in my sleek palette of cream contour. I’ll be concentrating on the darkest shade. I might use the bronzer from time to time as well, but once that darker contour is gone I am probably going to call it quits on this palette.

And finally I’ve decided to add in another primer since I finished the no poreblem primer. I want to keep working through my primers quite consistently. So, I have added this juice beauty primer to this project.

Goals for next update-definitely hoping to finish the foundation and a stretch goal will be the sunscreen. This should leave room for other cream makeup products I’d like to be concentrating on during the cooler months.

Eyeshadow Roulette Project update

It’s time for another roulette project update. a recap of the rules thus far, I randomly choose eyeshadow colors to focus on throughout each month. I use them for 30 uses or until I hit pan, whichever comes first.

Current rule-when I roll out a color, I am rolling in either a single or something from my Urban Decay Born To Run palette. I will be doing so until I hit pan on one of my BTR palette colors.

Here’s the color swatches I was using last month:

And a photo of the eyeshadows as they are currently:

I circled in blue the two colors which rolled out. The first is at the top in my NYX Happy Birthday Palette. I hit pan on it so I can roll it out. It took me a total of 18 uses on this to hit pan. It did have a nice dip in it when I rolled it in. That’s now 3 pans showing in this palette, rendering it officially well used!

Then there’s a NYX single from the 2018 advent calendar. I hit my 30 uses on this one, and that left it with a nice significant dip. Pan wouldn’t have been far behind but for now this rolls out.

I then ended up rolling in two BTR palette colors, my new swatches look like this:

So, at the very top I’ve got my NYX advent calendar pink shimmer-I used it only twice this month giving me a total of 16 uses since rolling it in.

Next is Violet Voss Sugar Crystals color Mint Choco. I have changed how I am using this a bit and as such, got 8 uses from it this month giving me a total of 10 uses in this project. I am now actually packing this on my waterline when wearing a neutral look to add a pop of color and I really like the effect.

Third down is Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette color Sherbet. I used this 8 times this month, giving me a total use tally of 10 in this project.

The next three are all from my Born To Run palette, the first is Hell Ride. This is, quite frankly, a “miss” color in this palette. It blends away to nothing or to an ugly not quite brown shade. I have decided that the best way to make this work is packed all over the lid with a topper shade over it. I have used it 3 times.

Then we’ve got Baja which is a definite hit color in this palette, a nice matte orange it pairs beautifully with much of the palette colors. I have used it 4 times.

Finally, Double Life is a coppery shade over a blackened base. Strangely, while it goes on the lid that way, at the end of the day I am left with just the coppery part and the blackened part disappears. I used this 7 times this month for a total of 10 uses in this project.

In the BTR palette I’ve been regularly using a few other colors as well, Blaze, Weekender, Riff, Ignite, and Still Shot are all featuring in my looks quite regularly.

For goals, since the only color that is anywhere near being rolled out and still it’s a stretch, I am going to concentrate on the pink shimmery NYX single. At only 16 uses I’ve got a heck of a way to go on it and I do not think I’ll be able to hit pan on it as it’s harder pressed than the other NYX shimmer single which I did use 30 times. I think I’ll try to pair it will hell ride and mint choco in hopes to get uses out of those two colors as well. Meanwhile, I’ll concentrate on using Sherbet as an inner corner highlight, as it’s so light it’s not really useful otherwise.

I admit that I am starting to feel slightly burned out on this project after a number of months with it and these days I am pulling out other palettes from time to time to have a play with them. So, if progress here slows down, that’s likely why! And in the end, it’s already been successful as the point is use what I have and don’t purchase more. It’s now been 5 months without new eyeshadow and that still seems JUST FINE with me!

Rolling Project Pan Update #9

I wasn’t absolutely positive I’d get to roll in a new prompt and product this month, but the spoiler is, I did finish one thing! Here’s my list as it stood last month:

1.  A product with cute packaging
2.  An expensive product
3.  A product in loose form
4.  A drugstore product
5.  A product I bought because of youtube
6.  An old favorite
7.  A product you haven’t used in a while.
8. A product of your choosing
9. A product from a previous project.
10. A unique product
11. A product you don’t like
12. A product you bought online.
13. A product you received as a gift.

And the photo from last month where I’d rolled in a new eyeliner and my urban decay born to run palette.

Here’s my progress this month:

4. A drugstore product is my nyx eyebrow pencil, and to be honest, I didn’t use it much this past month. I’ve got one I don’t like as much and it’s darker and close to being finished, so I’ve sort of concentrated on that instead. It did get sharpened at least once though.

6. An Old Favorite is my hula bronzer, travel size. Last month I had concentrated on the other side of the bronzer, not increasing the pan. This month I actually chose to work my way toward side pan and the pan has increased quite a bit. I do hope to fully hit side pan in the upcoming month as well as continuing to increase the pan on this product.

8. A product of my choosing is my it cosmetics cc cream which I will really be concentrating on using up this month. I want this officially out of my collection at the end of this month. It’s close now!

10. A Unique product was my last pan of frankenhighlighter I made a few years ago. I finished it up this month so I can roll something new in.

12. A product I bought online was my UD liner, my goal is to use it until I hit the “24” which looks like it’ll take about another month. It’s an extremely creamy eyeliner so it disappears quite quickly when I am using it regularly. On the other hand, I haven’t been using it all that regularly despite using color tones of shadows that really work with it.

13. A product I received as a gift is my UD Born to Run palette, it’s probably the only makeup gift I own. My goal with this is to hit pan in one of the shadows. At the moment, Big Sky is the closest to pan since it was the first one to show up in my eyeshadow roulette project. If I were to guess, it’ll either be that color or a setting shade that gets pan first.

Now I get to choose my new product which is:

14. A product I’d recommend to anyone. This is a colourpop supershock shadow. They are so easy to use and impactful. No real skill is needed with these and that’s part of why they are so fantastic. I chose the color in the photo above because it makes a good topper. I pulled it out when deciding on a product figuring I’d use it until I hit pan. I decided to put it on my eyes to remind myself what it looked like. And I immediately hit pan. Hah. So, I smooshed it all back evenly in the pan and my goal again will be to hit pan.

I am really enjoying this rolling project, I like rolling in some items that are a little easier to hit a goal on while keeping a few longer term items going as well. I love the prompts! I love looking around my collection for something that matches the next prompt. I like thinking about upcoming prompts and what I might choose. This is absolutely a fun time for me in my makeup world!

Protect Your Meatsuit Project Pan Finale

I warned last month that I was probably going to wrap this project up this month. Mostly because I feel like it has served it’s purpose, both in keeping me using products I hadn’t previously used and kept me from purchasing new products of a similar nature.

Here’s my photo from last month:

I really had thought I’d be done with 3 items out of the 4 left. That didn’t quite happen. But, it’s too close to spend an entire month on and I just don’t feel like coming back and showing you a bunch of empty products 3 weeks after I finished them next month.

As a reminder, I rolled out the hair styling cream last month and gave it to Miss Butterfly.

I finished the Kate Somerville cleanser,bthat was an easy finish.

The Elemis face mask I had hoped to finish due to having more remote work days, but in the end, work was too busy and we had some unexpected stuff come up there that kept me from my remote work. In the end, I have been using it still on the weekends. BUT, I really am ridiculously close to finishing.

The shower gel is still holding on, I’ve now had a solid 9 months of use and am working on my 10th month. I think it’ll be gone quite soon now, but I am happy to keep using it until it’s completely finished.

I did make some actual progress on my toner this time, but since the hotter weather is mostly over, I won’t see too much progress on this again until next spring/summer.

And that’s a wrap! I didn’t actually finish a ton of things in this project, almost everything I chose was a longer term item. But, it did keep me concentrating on things and not making additional purchase, and that’s exactly what I am looking for.

September Beauty Balance

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

Going left to right, top to bottom-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Partners in Cream Project Pan Update #8

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

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

Here’s my progress this month:

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

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

Steady progress only on the setting spray.

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

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

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

Protect Your Meatsuit project pan update 8

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

Here’s the photo from last month:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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