my first project pan & no-buy (intro): january-march 2018


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Today, I am excited to announce that I will be participating in my very first Project Pan! For those of you who are not familiar, a Project Pan is where I will choose a handful of beauty products that I want to finish up or “hit pan on” within a designated time frame. The purpose behind this is to be intentional about using products that are purchased rather than needlessly adding onto one’s collection. Many bloggers, Instagrammers, and YouTubers participate in project pans and document their journey via social media.

The reason why I wanted to start my own project pan is to encourage myself to actually use up items that I have purchased.  That is why I started the Trash Talk series (Part 1 and Part 2), where I share reviews of my “trash,” a.k.a. products that finished up. As a beauty enthusiast, I have a tendency to acquire many products. Sometimes, these products sit unused collecting dust, because my collection is quite large. I will admit, I can get caught up in the hype of newly released items. I have a soft spot for lipsticks, and I am guilty of wandering around the aisles of Sephora for way too long. On one hand, beauty is a special and fun interest for me, and I am okay having a larger collection than others. However, I want to make sure that I actually enjoy what I have as well as make more conscientious purchases.

I have chosen 8 products to kick off 2018. This project pan will last from January until mid-March for approximately 11 weeks. During this time, I will also be on a no-buy for all makeup and skincare products. This will ensure that I am looking into my personal collection rather than adding onto it. Today I will show the 8 products I have chosen for the project. Along the way I will share updates on my progress (on the blog and via Instagram) and share what I am learning through this process. I’m psyched! Now onto the products…


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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

I wanted to include a product in this project that I regularly use and know that I will be able to finish up in order to boost my own morale. I chose this relatively new-released mascara; it is about 60% used up. It provides good lengthening but is not as great as the original Voluminous mascara for volume. It performed the best during the first 3-4 weeks usage. The tube dried relatively quickly upon opening, and I want to finish it up as soon as possible.

L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Brown

This liner is one of a few options in my previous failed attempt to find a brown brush-tip, drugstore liquid eyeliner that I liked. This has been opened for four weeks now, and performs okay. Since I wear eyeliner almost everyday, I don’t anticipate having any issues using this up as well.


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Hera UV Mist Cushion Ultra Moisture

This high-end Korean BB cushion is lightweight, moisturizing, and has an SPF of 34 and broad-spectrum protection. I prefer beauty products to be non-scented, however, I love the smell of this cushion; it’s a bit of a luxurious experience when using this. It has already been 60% used up. I use a beauty sponge to apply the product, and I’ll use the provided pad for reapplication on-the-go.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

This is a deluxe sample (0.5 fl oz) that I redeemed for with my Sephora points. It is completely unused. I’ve never tried a Laura Mercier primer so I am intrigued. The formula is water-based and contains vitamins A, C, and E, which will be perfect for the colder months when my already-dry-skin becomes more dehydrated. It has a watery-gel consistency, which seems promising.


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Hourglass mini lipstick in Icon

Like the primer, this lipstick is unused and was redeemed via Sephora points. It contains 0.03 oz of product. I chose this, because it is feasible to finish a bold lip color when it is a mini size.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

For an added challenged, I included another lip product. This deluxe-sized lip pencil was a birthday gift through the Sephora VIB rewards program from a couple years ago. I’ve had this for a while so I want to use it up and move it out of my collection. The Sephora gift included this NARS satin lip pencil and the velvet matte lip pencil, which was my first introduction to NARS lip products. As you may know, it’s since then has become a full-fledged adoration for NARS lippies. I chose this because the color is wearable for everyday and I know I like the formula. This pencil has been sharpened about two times before.


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Urban Decay Naked Palette

Now comes the hard part of this project…the powder products. Fun fact, the Urban Decay Naked is the second palette I purchased. The first palette I have ever purchased was the Naked 2 shortly after it was released. I was so impressed with it that I decided to get the original. Currently, I have the trilogy—Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3. I wanted to choose one of the three for this project to revisit them, and see if I still like the formula after trying others since my initial foray into eyeshadows. I chose the Naked palette, because it has lots of neutral bronze shades; I used a fair amount of Naked 2 previously, and Naked 3 is limiting with its rosy-hued selection. The Naked Palette has 12 shadows, each with 0.05 oz of product. As shown in the photos, this palette is very gently used; I have not hit pan or near pan on any shade. The goal is to hit pan on 1 or 2 eye shadows. I predict that the ones I will more likely hit pan on will be the two matte shades, “Naked” or “Buck.”


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Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette

I purchased this face palette during the Sephora VIB sale last year, and I didn’t start using it until 2 weeks ago. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that this sat around unused for such a long time. Instances such as this further emphasize why I am participating in a Project Pan. Beauty products are meant to be used, not hoarded.  The Cheekathon palette contains some of Benefit’s most popular blushes and bronzer. It includes full sizes of Dandelion, Hoola, Rockateur, Dallas, and Coralista. My goal is to hit pan on one of these powders. Powder products are notoriously difficult to pan, especially almost new ones. I am going to put aside my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, and focus on the Hoola Bronzer since I wear bronzer semi-regularly.

Those are my eight products for my project pan. I’ll be including an update blog post in a month. Wish me luck, and I see you back here next Friday for more beauty and style content!


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Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette (limited edition)   L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner   Hourglass Lipstick in Icon   Hera UV Mist Cushion Ultra Moisture   L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise   NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien   Laura Mercier Foundation Primer   Urban Decay Naked Palette


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