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.
In an effort to move toward a more minimal lifestyle I am trying to work through my makeup collection. After five years of beauty blogging that was heavy on reviews, I accumulated a lot of product. When I officially ended my blog, I did a massive declutter of products that I no longer needed. Now my goal is to use up what I have left. So, with that goal in mind, I am participating in a Project 10 Pan with a Facebook beauty group that I’m a part of. It’s a three month long challenge with the goal of using up or hitting pan on 10 products. These projects have been gaining popularity on Youtube and Instagram for the last couple of years, but I have never participated in one. From what I’ve gathered, a major factor in successfully completing one of these panning projects is accountability. I’ll be doing quick check-ins with my facebook group, but I want to go into more detail about my progress here. This post will introduce each product and show my starting point. I will do an update at the one and two month marks, and then a finale after three months. So, after all of that build up, let’s get into the products.
My first two products are the Michael Todd Liposome Antioxidant Moisturizer and Michael Todd Cranberry Antiox toner. I am estimating that both of them have around a third left in their bottles. I can’t really check or mark them up, but that’s what it feels like to me. These are pretty straightforward and I should have no trouble using them up.
I have two primers in my challenge, the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. I received two deluxe size samples of the Becca Priming Filter, so I am trying to get through this one so that the backup doesn’t just sit in my collection. It’s not a product that I would normally go for, but I do like it. The Smashbox primer is my favorite, so if I have problems with the Becca, I can fall back on something that I know that I love.
The next product that I want to use up is the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation. I really like this formula and this is the second jar that I’ve used. A little goes a long way with this, so you don’t have to use very much. The jar is about halfway empty, so I am hoping to get through it in the three month time frame, but this is an ambitious choice.
For color cosmetics, I chose the Colourpop Blush Between the Sheets and the Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Timeless Taupe. Colourpop products have a pretty short shelf life, so I don’t want them to sit in my collection. I really like this formula, and Between the Sheets is a lovely shade. There is just the teeniest bit of pan showing, but there isn’t a lot of product in the jar, so I think I’ll be able to use it up pretty easily. I use Timeless Taupe for my eyebrow shade. I was encouraged by the amount of pan that I am starting with. I don’t know if I’ll be able to use up the shadow in the three month time limit, but I want to try. At the very least, I want to make some serious progress on expanding that pan.
My final three items are all lip products. I chose the Maybelline Color Whisper in Made it Mauve, the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Berry, and the Nivea Lip Balm in Milk & Honey. Made it Mauve is a product that I love, but that is getting pretty old and I want to use up before ir goes bad. I have a good portion of the tube to go through, and I don’t know if I’ll make it. I’ll consider it a success if I can get through half the product. The Fresh Sugar in Berry is also getting old. I’m pretty close to the end, so I should be able to get through it. The Nivea Lip Balm is going to be very easy for me to finish. It’s my favorite formula of lip balm and I tend to blast through these. If I fail with everything else, at least I know I’ll be successful getting through the lip balm.
So those are my 10 products. I’m excited to get started. Now that I am no longer blogging about beauty, I feel like I can finally dig into what I have. I’ve done a pretty good job over the last year or two at cutting back on the new products that I bring in, but I still have so much. I created a huge list of 100 products that I want to use up throughout 2017, not just makeup, but body and skin care too. I am hoping to participate in several of these smaller seasonal panning projects to help me along with that master list. Wish me luck!