Earlier this year, I made the declaration that I will be keeping a “strict” Project Pan this year. To be honest, I am very wishy-washy when it comes to my intentions to downsize… and I know that that fact hasn’t been lost on all of you. However, I really cannot ignore the gross accumulation that has been happening in my beauty and makeup life. This is, by no means, a rejection of makeup. I just want to stop buying new things for the sake of buying new things. And I realized that, when I was making extra effort to not buy things last month, I was actually rediscovering old items in my stash that work for me so, so well.
Following a makeup clear out, where I got rid of pretty much everything I hadn’t been using, I surveyed the remains (lol) and found some items that I couldn’t throw away and ended up wanting to actively use them. Now, this challenge always seems particularly impossible and gargantuan, but I think it can be done if I keep my mind to it and stop having shopping episodes.
Project (10) Pan originally called for a list of 10 products you focused on using up before you could even buy a new item in the same product category. Project Pan, get it? As in hitting pan, a.k.a. being thisclose to finishing a product. I don’t know if I’ll be super strict about this, but sometimes I feel like I need to be. Anyway, I think that 10 is a good, round number to start with for my personal Project Pan: 2015. Here are the items I’ve picked out.
THE NEARLY EMPTIES: 3 items
LUSH Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated: This is probably my most visibly used up eye shadow. I like the shade, but I’m sick of it, and it’s so near getting finished, I might as well go all the way. It’s a great everyday base for eyeshadow, so that’s a plus.
NARS Sheer Lipstick in Vendanges: I’d been working on this lipstick since early November. No point in stopping now! I kind of don’t want to finish this up, to be honest, but the lure of actually finishing a lipstick is far too great, haha.
Faith In Face Truly Waterly Cleanser*: I actually hope I don’t run out of it, but it’s nearly empty and I might as well go all the way and finish it before I go on to a different makeup remover.
THE I-JUST-NEED-YOU-OUT-OF-MY-LIFES: 3 items
NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Primer: I will hate-use this until the end. You might work for everyone else, Pro-Prime, but you were a great and expensive disappointment for me.
DHC Lip Cream: This is a great product (with lanolin), but it smells like hell (probably because lanolin). I really want to use it up—or get as close to finished as I can get—because I really can’t shake off the image of sheep hair oil on my lips whenever I take a whiff of this.
NARS x Andy Warhol Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Viva: I loved this when it came out but then I very, very slowly
admitted to myself realized that I’m just not a gloss person. This is the most used one in my stash, and it’s neutral enough to wear everyday, so I figured I’d start with this.
THE TOO-MANY-ALTERNATIVES: 4 items
BECCA Resurfacing Primer: I have a shit ton of primers. This is one of the ones I like but don’t love, so I’ll slowly make my way through my primer stash starting with this one.
Le Métier de Beauté Anamorphic Lash Mascara in Midnight: OK, so this is mostly a hygiene thing + a too many open mascaras thing. I love this mascara, in case anyone was wondering.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger: I love this concealer, but I just want to finish the tube! It’s been feeling a little thicker than usual, and I’m not sure if it’s because it’s going off or because my skin has been extra finicky lately.
Kosé Suncut Water in UV Protect Essence (not pictured, left in the car): I think the trick to finishing stuff up faster is to stop rotating them… so this is the sunscreen that has earned the prime spot for my attention. I love this since it’s meant for the face, is Asian, and is SPF 50+ PA+++ but it gets a bit too greasy for the weather here. Alas. The weather’s been cooler, so it’s a perfect time to try and use this up. I sometimes use this for the body, too.
And that’s it! Ideally, I’ll check back in at the start of the next month, but if I’ve made no visible progress, I’m not going to bother making an update. Because, duh.
Anyone else doing a Project Pan? Let me know. 🙂