Resolution LOW-BUY 2019

shellygrrl

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You look amazing, VAL4M!

Forgot to note, I searched for that Shiseido lipstick, and it looks like the formula's been discontinued. :( Great thought, though!
 

JerseyGirl

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OK I need to brag a little, I went to this big film industry after party in my country (it is like the ''oscars'' of the province of Québec) and of course I did my own makeup and I didn't buy anything '' new'' I basically wore Viseart Cool matte palette with Ratzy (Colourpop eyeshadow single) Colourpop lip liner in Dopey and CP liquid lipstick in Lil Pump. Foundation is Too Face Matte Peach (almost done), Kevin Aucoin Sculpting powder in Medium, Chanel cream blush (discontinued), essence mascara with Lancome hypnose mascara, eyeliner and call it a day. Anywho it was super fun, saw a lot of actors who were pretty much all cool and having fun without being to much into themselves and the 2 others fine ladies are my coworkers :)
It was a nice evening


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You look great! Your makeup looks better than some “professional” applications I’ve seen!!
 

LadyBug13

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May update!

I spent $64.24 on the Fenty lip balm and lip scrub and the Fresh vitamin next face mist. I'm liking the lip products so far. I'm not sure if the face mist really does anything, other than it makes me feel refreshed and it has a nice citrusy scent.

I used up a face toner, hand moisturizer, and three items from MAC (Haute and Naughty mascara, brow pencil, and Skin Base Visage).

I decluttered two face masks that have expired, an old lip balm, a face primer I no longer use, a MAC lipstick and lip glass I don't wear, six makeup brushes, and some Sephora point perks that I only placed in a previous order because they were available.

The biggest highlight for me in May was that I played around more with my makeup than I have in a while.

I do have several products that are nearing their expiration date by the end of the summer, so my goal for June is to start working on those items.
 

lenchen

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OK I need to brag a little, I went to this big film industry after party in my country (it is like the ''oscars'' of the province of Québec) and of course I did my own makeup and I didn't buy anything '' new'' I basically wore Viseart Cool matte palette with Ratzy (Colourpop eyeshadow single) Colourpop lip liner in Dopey and CP liquid lipstick in Lil Pump. Foundation is Too Face Matte Peach (almost done), Kevin Aucoin Sculpting powder in Medium, Chanel cream blush (discontinued), essence mascara with Lancome hypnose mascara, eyeliner and call it a day. Anywho it was super fun, saw a lot of actors who were pretty much all cool and having fun without being to much into themselves and the 2 others fine ladies are my coworkers :)
It was a nice evening


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You look amazing!
 

shellygrrl

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Yesterday's face:

* dr. brandt Pores No More Primer
* MAC Strobe Cream (original)
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Grey (brows)
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* ABH Eyeshadow - Stone
* MAC Eyeshadow - Satin Taupe
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Sand Dollar
* Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* NARS Satin Lip Pencil - Rikugien
* wet'n'wild Liquid Catsuit High Shine - Caught You Bare Naked
 

shellygrrl

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Yesterday's face...
* dr. brandt Pores No More Primer
* Becca SSP Liquid - Pearl
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Hipster
* MAC Eyeshadow - Omega
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Grey (brows), Brunette (lashline)
* Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
* Makeup Geek Blush - Main Squeeze
* NARS Satin Lip Pencil - Lodhi
 

fur4elise

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Hey Ladies! Happy Mid-June!

I have to apologize for not having my May Check-In posted. :eek:
Since my promotion (official on May 20th), I have been 110% engaged and renewed in my job/career. Which means I have been ridiculously busy, but in a good way! :thumbsup:
I don't have my journal template and chart with me at home. I try to update both over each month.
I can say for May, my color purchases were minimal. Also, I used up my Sephora gift cards during the spring sale, so there was no out of pocket expense on those items.

Sephora purchases ~

ColorFX Blush Duo - Spiced Cinnamon
ColorFX Bronzer Duo - Suntan Bronze
Touch in Sol Metallist Sparkling Foiled Eye Shadows - Golden Tangerine, Honey Brown, Cream Peach
Bite Agave+ Nighttime Lip Treatment
- Returned almost immediately - Dried my lips out! Going to stick with my Laneige

Beautylish ~ Sonia G Face Two Brush
- I love it!

eBay ~ Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Serum and Lift & Firm Moisturizer. I used up generous samples of both of these products and really liked the effects / changes to my facial skin. Both are pretty pricey, but via eBay I was able to get both for more than 50% off retail.

Used Up/Disposed Of/Will Toss/Gave Away

Sorry, I have no clue off the top of my head what else was used up and/or tossed out. Pretty sure I did not give away anything.

And that goal to go through my loose e/s pans did not happen, again...
:hide:

On My Radar ~

I need to replenish my DevaCurl Mister-Right Refresh Spray and Rusk W8less+ Hair Spray. I was waiting on an Ulta coupon (Which literally came through today, Woohoo!). For color, I would like to get the CoverFx Warm Honey duo too.

Also, I am halfway through my last bottle of Skindinavia Setting Spray. Again, they always put them on sale...so I can wait a couple more weeks.

Homebody Stuff ~

Ummmm...Yeah. I really need to get into my veggie garden! I am super late this year! It needs to be cleared, prepped and planted. I finally got a start on Saturday and discovered the section where I planted strawberry plants last year has exploded! I have literally done nothing. Our spring has been really wet and cooler than usual and it appears that is a recipe for berry success. ;) Even though I am late to plant, I think it just means things will come to fruition a bit later in the summer/early fall.
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Fitstuff ~

I am still training and moving my butt, so I am just maintaining. I know it is a combination of things contributing to being stagnant. Eventually things will calm down and then I will have a bit more energy and drive to recommit.

Big Girl Stuff ~

As I was mentioning before, work is busy, but I am thrilled! The response and outpouring of support when my promotion was announced was so affirming and motivating! We are so on board with the current college initiatives of retention and recruitment. From the library point of view, we are all about retention...taking care of and supporting the students we currently have. So, we are focusing on a library "refresh," environmental branding, outreach, resources and services. We are hoping our excitement is catching to the rest of the college.

Okay, time for me to wind down a bit before bed. I am happy a got a chance to check in. I hope all of you are happy, healthy and doing well! x0x0x


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shellygrrl

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Yesterday's FOTD:
* dr. brandt Pores No More Primer
* MAC Strobe Cream (original)
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Grey (brows)
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* ABH Eyeshadow - Stone
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Fairytale
* Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* MAC Lipstick - Blankety
* wet'n'wild Liquid Catsuit High Shine - Mauve It Over

I dotted Mauve it Over on top of my lips (already wearing Blankety) and rubbed them together to get a lovely not-corpse-lips paler mauve.
 

r0mini0n

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I haven't checked in in a while because May and now June have been horrible months in terms of buying make-up and haircare products. May I was expecting because it was my birthday month but this month I just lost control completely. There were so many sale e-mails and I fell for them, hard. Last month I brought 4 eyeshadow quads into the "collection", and today I received my order of 16 eyeshadow singles (two brands) that I placed last week. Getting them all on the same day really hit hard how little I will be able to actually use it all. I only seem to love higher priced brands as well so it really hit my bank account.
It's weird that I really tried to do my best in the beginning of this year but I seem to be even buying more this time around :(

So for July I'm just going to do a no-buy. I was already excusing myself that I would buy foundation as needed, but I just got a bottle so I should just be going for a no-buy. I already know there will be sales going on our national holiday, but the amount of sales I've already taken advantage of this year made me clear to the fact that at least once or twice a month there is a 20% sale going on somewhere.

Cross your fingers for me ladies, I'll need it!
 

VAL4M

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I haven't checked in in a while because May and now June have been horrible months in terms of buying make-up and haircare products. May I was expecting because it was my birthday month but this month I just lost control completely. There were so many sale e-mails and I fell for them, hard. Last month I brought 4 eyeshadow quads into the "collection", and today I received my order of 16 eyeshadow singles (two brands) that I placed last week. Getting them all on the same day really hit hard how little I will be able to actually use it all. I only seem to love higher priced brands as well so it really hit my bank account.
It's weird that I really tried to do my best in the beginning of this year but I seem to be even buying more this time around :(

So for July I'm just going to do a no-buy. I was already excusing myself that I would buy foundation as needed, but I just got a bottle so I should just be going for a no-buy. I already know there will be sales going on our national holiday, but the amount of sales I've already taken advantage of this year made me clear to the fact that at least once or twice a month there is a 20% sale going on somewhere.

Cross your fingers for me ladies, I'll need it!
So true about the amount of 20% sale there is in a year with pretty much ALL makeup brand. I almost pull the trigger on a couple of them and then I reminded myself of the exact same thing like this will come back in 1, 2, 3 months! I can wait. Also I spend a lot on clothing last month (I needed summer cloth) and I purchased over 200$ at this local perfume shop (1/3 was for gift my ant she is moving so I've made a care package and it is my friend birthday in July sooo) I need to be careful in July and August.
 

LadyBug13

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So true about the amount of 20% sale there is in a year with pretty much ALL makeup brand. I almost pull the trigger on a couple of them and then I reminded myself of the exact same thing like this will come back in 1, 2, 3 months! I can wait. Also I spend a lot on clothing last month (I needed summer cloth) and I purchased over 200$ at this local perfume shop (1/3 was for gift my ant she is moving so I've made a care package and it is my friend birthday in July sooo) I need to be careful in July and August.
I also spent a good amount on summer clothes in June, and that helped to tampered the amount of beauty products I decided to buy let month. I tend to spend less on clothes and shoes in general and will only buy a few essential items throughout the year. I tend to not focus on trends, so I was intentional in buying items that I know I'll get good use out of for the next several years. I also didn't budget for items as I like to do, but I made a conscious decision to not go overboard on beauty since I bought clothes and sandals. Fortunately, I like every clothing piece I bought AND each store I purchased from were having sales at the time.
 

shellygrrl

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Yesterday's face...
* dr. brandt Pores No More Primer
* MAC Strobe Cream (original)
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Grey (brows)
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Makeup Geek Blush - Main Squeeze (as eyeshadow, used on the lid)
* NARS Blush - Sex Appeal (as eyeshadow, in/above the crease)
* MAC Eyeshadow - Typographic (lashlines)
* Sephora eyeliner - 5th Avenue
* Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin (contour)
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* MAC Lipstick - Fanfare
* NARS Velvet Lip Glide - Unlaced
 

LadyBug13

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June Update!

In June, I spent $56.71 on 4 MAC eyeshadow refill pans, a new bottle of MAC Fix+, and the L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara.

I wanted to focus more on my "one in, one out" mindset, so I felt ok with getting a new bottle of Fix+ as I finished one bottle in June. I also finished a Fresh soy cleanser point perk and a small bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap that I've used to clean my brushes. I decluttered an old face moisturizer, a few mascara point perks that I've had for several months but never used to make room for the new mascara, and I gave away 4 MAC shadows that I bought last year but never used or they broke apart while traveling over the last few months and the alcohol method didn't work.

Overall, I spent $273.02 between April and June, an increase from $73.58 between January and March. Participating in the Sephora VIB and MAC Select sales were the factors. I don't remember how much I spent on beauty around this time last year, but I'm currently sitting at $346.60 spent in 2019 compared to $2,324.64 total in 2018.

Buying the MAC shadows reminded me of how exciting it is to buy a new product, even when you have more than enough, so it's no wonder how we can often buy more than we can realistically use up. In the past, I've bought shadows or shadow palettes because I thought I'd need certain colors or a particular color scheme, but I'm becoming more realistic with how often I'll actually wear a particular shade. While I was tempted to get the MAC x Mary J. Blige lipstick, I decided to skip it as I haven't been into lipsticks in some time and the shade isn't something I'd get a lot of use out of. Overall, I was excited to get the MAC products as I think I'll get good use out of the shades (Sketch, Soba, Antiqued, and Bronze) and I wanted to test the coconut version of Fix+. Also, the L'Oreal mascara is one of my favorite mascara but I hadn't purchased it in years.

I'm not sure what my goals are for July. I don't have anything on the horizon to buy but I do have some products that I either need to use up or declutter as they're nearing their expiration dates.

Non-beauty related: I flew down to Atlanta last week for a meeting, and have decided to stay for the remainder of the summer to spend time with family and to help out with cleaning up and clearing out our house in preparation for my dad's retirement and his desire to sell the house and move into a smaller space. My consulting business is going well also, and I'm looking forward to building stronger relationships with my clients. On a more personal level, I want to focus on my physical and mental health. I've been feeling sluggish mentally and physically and I haven't been taking care of myself as I should be. Normally I'll create lofty goals, but I want to spend some time over the next few days planning out the goals I can realistically meet over the next 90 days.
 

shellygrrl

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And now for my half-year analysis!

Face Primer: I added in the dr. brandt primer from a point perk that I've since been using a ton, while my MUFE primers have been neglected. I'm giving those another couple of months before I decide if I want to part ways with them.

Foundation: Still have only my wet'n'wild foundation, which I'm still not in love with. I've got a number of foundations wishlisted, along with one that isn't that I'm very curious about, and I have no clue where I want to start. (I've got a thread up in Recommendations.)

Concealer: Couldn't bring myself to declutter my Kevyn Aucoin SSE.

Setting Powder: I should probably declutter my Cinema Secrets powder at this point, as I don't reach for it. My Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder still gets use, though.

Brow Products: Tossed my Inglot brow liner, as I've been reaching for eyeshadow more. I also want to try a brow pen (I have my eye on one of the MAC ones).

Eyeshadow Primer: Still love my MAC primer and will repurchase.

Eyeshadows:
Single powder eyeshadows - I decluttered some of my Makeup Geek eyeshadows a little while back and added in two Anastasia singles, which I really enjoy using. I still have a handful of shades from various brands that I want. (Also: turns out MAC Indian Ink is not dc'ed! Yay!)

Pre-made eyeshadow palettes - Years ago I figured out I prefer single eyeshadows over pre-made palettes. However, I did purchase the Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool palette/quad in late 2017 and it was my go-to for most of 2018, and I don't forsee that changing too much in 2019.

Cream eyeshadows - I like the MAC Paint Pots I have (Camel Coat and Tailor Grey). I'm sad they've been discontinued. I've also got my eye on a few of the recently-released Covergirl shadow sticks. (I feel like the brand no longer feels like the CG that was around in my teen years that I ended up inexplicably repulsed by in my twenties and most of my thirties, which is great!)

Mascara: Liked CG Full Lash Bloom (though didn't love it), didn't like Nourish that much, currently having a go with CG Lash Blast Fusion.

False Lashes: They've been decluttered.

Contour: Still wish MAC Next to Skin Blush was permanent. Still use this often.

Bronzer: Weird that while I'm not into my Body Shop bronzer, I've been reaching for it a lot lately! (Maybe because it's the only bronzer I own?)

Blush: Still pretty happy with where I'm at in this category.

Highlighter: Love my liquid Becca SSP. Have also been enjoying revisiting my little MAC Strobe Cream sample.

Lip Products: Decluttered all my lip liners and a few lipsticks.

Brushes and Other Tools: I'm happy with most of the brushes I own and use regularly, and yet there are still a handful of brushes I want that I think would make applying certain products that much better and enjoyable.
 

shellygrrl

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Yesterday's face...
* dr. brandt Pores No More Primer
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Grey (brows)
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* MAC Paint Pot - Camel Coat
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Rockstar
* Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin (contour)
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* MAC Lipstick - Blankety

(Initially I did the Bite crayon in Glacé and wet'n'wild Caught You Bare Naked but wasn't into it that day.)
 

shellygrrl

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No face for you today.

Even so, I want to point you toward The Traincase section of the boards. I bumped up a thread I started there over five years ago to show off my new makeup desk! You can also get an idea of how different (and generally smaller) my makeup stash is now compared to then.
 

shellygrrl

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Two FOTDs for you today.

One was a pretty simple no-foundation face I wore to a funeral on Friday...

* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder - Colorless
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Brown (brows), Grey (all over eyes)
* Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* NARS Satin Lip Pencil - Rikugien
* wet'n'wild Liquid Catsuit High Shine - Caught You Bare Naked

And then here's the face for yesterday...

* dr. brandt Pores No More Primer
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Kevyn Aucoin SSE - SX01
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Brown (brows)
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* ABH Eyeshadow - Buon Fresco
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Sand Dollar
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Concrete Jungle
* Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon - Glacé
* wet'n'wild Liquid Catsuit High Shine - Caught You Bare Naked
 

fur4elise

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Low / No Buy Journal 2019
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Late to the party…again :hide:

Purchases:


eBay ~ Peter Thomas Roth - Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Serum (backup bottle – 60% off retail)

Ulta (20% coupon) ~ CoverFX Warm Honey Duo; DevaCurl Curl Refresh Spray, Rusk W8less+ Hair Spray, 10 pack eyeliner/eye shadow Brush Guards, ABH Golden Copper pan (I broke what was left of a heavily used pan and it had to be replaced! ;) )

TJ Maxx ~ Becca x Chrissy Teigen Endless Bronze & Glow Highlighter ~ $10 deal! WooHoo!

Gave Away /Disposed Of/Used Up:

Gave Away:
Charlotte Tilbury Glow Palette; Marc Jacobs See-Quins Topaz Flash (very pretty, just not a color for me). I also gave my student assistant a few deluxe size Kate Somerville samples of products I know I won’t use.

Disposed of:
+16 e/s pans (Some old and others were colors I never reach for. Consolidated a few into a smaller palette)

Used Up:
Kate Somerville Daily Cleanser – opened back up tube
CeraVe Skin Renewing Serum – opened up back up tube

Mascara Round Up:
None for June. My current tube of MJ Velvet Noir is on the chopping block for next month.

Will Dispose Of / Give Away:

I have a couple big bags of clothing and household stuff that need to go to the goodwill.

I am considering disposing of ALL of my stila Glitter & Glow and Shimmer & Glow eye shadows. They do dry out over time! And I am not reaching for them like I used to. These days I am reaching for the formulas and shades that Marc Jacobs (See-Quins) and Hourglass (Scattered Light) and Touch in Sol (Metallist) came out with. It is also time to toss my current set of Ecotools sponges.

Favorites of the Month :heart: / In Heavy Rotation:

Touch in Sol Metallist Sparkling Foil Shadows- Soooo pretty! But I have to use some kind of primer / glue to minimize fallout. Not a deal breaker, but worth noting.

On My Radar:

Replenish Kate Somerville Cleanser – I need a new tube. I think I can wait until there is sale.

Clinique Take the Day Off Balm – Getting low

Pat McGrath sale – I have wanted to try a couple of her “Flesh” lippies – Flesh Fatale Blitztrance and Flesh 6 Lust Gloss. I think they are both colors I will keep in my bag and actually wear on the daily.

Fitness Stuffs:
Same story for June. No more weight loss. Kind of stuck. I know what I need to do, it’s just a matter of kicking it into gear.

Big Girl Stuff:

Work is great! I just got through all my budget/finance training modules…and then proceeded to pay for things. Lol! Funny enough, I had a ton of “use it or lose it “time-off…which was great. But, I was ready to get back to work after the 4th. I do best with a routine. Pretty much from mid-June to now, things around the college are quiet. As everyone else is taking “use it or lose it” too, and/or actual vacation. Then from mid-July on, it’s pedal to the metal and getting everything going that needs to be completed before the students come back at the end of August. I actually love being busy and productive.

Homebody Happiness:

For my “staycation” days, I did a lot of landscaping and garden work. I finally cleaned up the garden and planted some cumbers, beans and mini watermelon…BUT my beans appear to be getting eaten. I mixed up a batch of Neem oil/soap spray (non-toxic form of repellent) in hopes that it will help keep the leaf eating critters away! I did plant some new bean seeds. It just means a later harvest. Our Japanese Maple tree, needed some care as well. It has grown so much in the past couple years. It was just a little stump we rescued from a nursery. Now it is a beautiful ornamental. I needed to dig out the original stones from underneath and widen the circumference. Looks much better now. Boy was I sore after a few days.

That about sums up June. All in all it was a good summer month. :)
 
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