I am back to let you know how I did on my Project 10 pan challenge. I meant to do an update or two before it was over, but things came up (more on that in a future post). This was my first project pan, and I am really happy with the progress that I made. I learned a lot about the panning process, and what my personal beauty needs are. I’ll talk a little more about that later on in this post, but first let’s see how I did.
The first two products that I attempted to finish were the Michael Todd Liposome Antioxidant Moisturizer and Michael Todd Cranberry Antiox toner. I guessed that both of them had about a third left in their bottles. I had no trouble using the moisturizer, but the toner took longer than I expected. I was able to finish both products, though, so they were a success.
I had two primers in my challenge. The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my go-to primer, but I had a little more than half the bottle left. It took the entire three month time period, but I finally finished this tube. I might be able to get a little more product out if I cut the packaging, but I can’t squeeze any more primer out. The deluxe size sample of the Becca Priming Filter is almost empty. I probably have another two uses left. You need so little product when you use this primer that even this sample lasts a long time. I’ll definitely be done with it by the end of the month. I call my use of these primers a definite success.
The next product that I wanted to use up was the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation. The jar was about halfway empty, so the three month time frame made this an ambitious choice. It took all three months, but I made it through and finished up the foundation a day or two before the challenge ended. I am really proud of myself.
I did not finish my Timeless Taupe eyeshadow, but I did make a lot of progress. I was encouraged by the amount of pan that I started with, but since I don’t wear makeup every day, I didn’t know if I’d be able to use up the shadow in the three month time limit. I may not have finished, but I expanded the pan showing all the way to the side. Realistically, there was no way that I was going to be able to finish, but I’m proud of how far into the shadow I got.
I also was not able to finish the Colourpop Blush in Between the Sheets and the Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Timeless Taupe. There was just the teeniest bit of pan showing, and there isn’t a lot of product in the Colourpop blushes so I thought that I’d have a chance at finishing. What I didn’t take into account is how pigmented these blushes are, and how little product I need to use. Although I can’t call this one a success, I am still really happy with the progress that I made.
I knew that the Nivea Lip Balm would be very easy for me to finish. It’s my favorite formula of lip balm and I tend to blast through these. I figured that I failed with everything else, at least I knew that I could get through the lip balm. As it turns out, I not only finished the balm I started with, but I also finished two more. This was a gimme, but a success, nonetheless.
The Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Berry was the first product that I finished and a great confidence booster. I love the formula on these and need to make sure that I use them and not let them get lost in my collection. Another success.
Maybelline Color Whisper in Made it Mauve is a product that I love and I am going to miss it, but I wanted to use it up before it went bad. I had a lot of product to go through, and I didn’t know if I was going to make it. I said that I would consider it a success if I got through half the product. I am so excited to say that I used it all up. I could probably dig out a little more if I used a lip brush, but I can’t apply it the normal way any more. I think that I have only ever used up a full sized lipstick one other time in my life, so I am really proud of my progress.
All in all, I am really happy with myself. Like I said in my previous post, in an effort to move toward a more minimal lifestyle I am trying to work through my makeup collection. Beauty blogging left me with a lot of products, and I want to use what I have before they go bad. I will definitely be doing more use-it-up projects in the future, but one thing I learned in this process is that the three month challenge is not for me. By the end I was so bored and didn’t want to use any of these products anymore, especially the foundation, blush, and eyeshadow. I need to do shorter projects in the future, or choose different products so that I can have more variety in my makeup routine. Or maybe it’s as simple as choosing more flexible goals, like wanting to extend pan instead of trying to use the whole thing up. I’ll have to use more trial and error to figure out what works for me. No matter what, though, I am very happy with what I accomplished with this project and will keep working on being less wasteful and less consumer driven. This project was definitely a success.