Despite decluttering a handful of lip colours earlier in the year after I moved, I am still unfortunately hovering around the 55 count…yikes. I was going through and organizing my hoard this morning and found so many old favourites from my character actor tour guide days and from trips, and a bunch of minis and deluxe samples I’d hardly touched, so I decided I needed to find a way to use them all.
I’m going to challenge myself to pick a different lip colour each work day (weekends/days off I can wear whatever I want) and then build my makeup for that day around that shade. Each time I use one I’ll set it aside so I can’t repeat it by accident in the challenge. If I really hate the colour after a day of wearing it, I’ll just chuck it and save myself the clutter. I’m praying that by the end of this I’ll have found some new favourites and will also have cut my lipstick hoard almost in half. I’ll keep you posted on what I keep, what I throw out, and what I manage to do for each look!
SIX MONTHS IS TOO LONG FOR A PROJECT PAN I DO NOT HAVE THE ATTENTION SPAN FOR THIS so I am quitting! I’m calling her quits and pausing to brainstorm my next project pan. It’s 2018 and I don’t have time for unnecessary things that don’t bring me happiness.
Anywho, here are two recent empties:
The Be Fine Gentle Cleanser was pretty great! A nice gel cleanser that wasn’t irritating or pore clogging, and had a fresh mint feeling. If I had any idea of where to purchase it, I would probably buy it again.
The Almay Brow Pencil was fairly disappointing. It was a very dry pencil, and despite only rolling up a bit at a time, half of the pencil snapped off before I had the chance to use it. Definitely not a dupe for ABH! I wouldn’t recommend buying it, as you can easily get products that work just as well, if not better, from more cost effective prices from brands like ELF and Annabelle.
As January comes to a close, I’m very excited to say that I have gone a whole month without purchasing any makeup! At first it was difficult to avoid my usual temptations, like picking up a few products while grocery shopping at Superstore or shopping Sephora or at work when I’m bored, but I haven’t caved yet. Although, I did come pretty close to caving when I saw that an ABH blush palette I have wanted for a long time was on sale at Sephora, but I exited out of the browser before I could consider it for too long. I think because I made this goal so public and because this is a habit I have felt ashamed of for such a long time, the fear of letting myself down is stronger than the urge to impulse-buy makeup in most situations.
Oh my god. Why did I pick this long of a time period for this project pan??? I’m making progress but I’m down to those really full products that I’m not sure I’ll ever finish in this Project Pan. But here we are!
Over the past three days I’ve done a massive decluttering as I unpack more boxes in my new apartment. A lot of what I got rid of was makeup I hadn’t bothered to unpack in the last three weeks, so clearly I wasn’t using it. I cut out thirteen eyeshadow palettes and gave them to coworkers and friends who had wanted them, and have not missed them one bit. I’m down to about nine or ten palettes, which is still a lot, but these are the palettes I use semi-regularly and have the most attachment too. I went through my lipsticks and gave some to my mom, and chucked a few others. I still have about forty plus a lipstick palette, but between my lipsticks and the other powder products I chucked, my shelf feels less claustrophobic at least. I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve wasted because I’ll probably vomit and pass out, but I’m glad my friends were hyped to try out some new things.
I chucked powders that were far too light for even my winter skin, old crusty products, and products I haven’t used since I purchased them. I chucked one of my PP April 2018 products, the Sephora brand bronzer, because at this point I never use it and it is disgustingly old, so why bother? I’m down to five PP products, which is exciting! For my next Project Pan I think I’ll do it in a shorter time period so I don’t get horrifically bored.
Did y’all make any makeup related new years resolutions or goals? How are they going?
I wanted to share this oily skin hack because it doesn’t cost half a month’s rent and it’s worked really well for me. Props to e.l.f. for stepping up their skincare and makeup game this past year or so! I’ve been buying more and more of their products as of late, and picked up this mist during their Black Friday sale.
There are a couple of different ways I’ve used it:
- After my sunscreen on days where I don’t want to wear makeup, but don’t want to feel self conscious about the amount of oil pooling on my face.
- As a primer on days where I don’t want to wear a whole lot of makeup, usually underneath a mineral powder.
- As a setting spray on both minimal and maximum makeup days.
It’s cheap, it works, it doesn’t dry out your skin, it doesn’t smell like chemical sludge, and it dries down nicely. The only downside is that it gives off a spray and not a mist, therefore making your face quite damp at first, but if you hold the bottle far enough away from your face you should be fine. 10/10 would recommend because honestly this works better than the $30-$50 setting sprays and priming sprays I’ve purchased from luxury brands! Save the extra $30 bucks and buy yourself a pizza.
Eyebrows: Almay brow pencil in 802 brunette, Annabelle Brow Fiber Gel in Medium Dark
Face: Fenty Beauty ProFilt’r Instant Retouch Primer, Fenty Beauty ProFilt’r Foundation in 180, Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette, Becca x Chrissy Hibiscus Bloom blush, Giorgio Armani Master Corrector 1, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario (Isabel, Lula, Paris, 5th Ave, Hollywood), Ciate London Wonderwand mascara
Lips: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Shawty