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?
Here we go! What I’ve used up or given up on since my last check-in:
- Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo: This stuff is my favourite dry shampoo thus far! I even brought it to work for one of my coworkers to use one day, and she said she was going to switch over from Batiste to this. I just picked up a pricey Kevin Murphy dry shampoo from my hair stylist to replace it, so we will see how it compares! It’s a stellar price though.
- UD Naked 3 Palette: We all know from my last post that I have had to put my Naked 3 Palette out to pasture. I loved it to pieces, and now it’s time to chuck it.
- ABH Brow Definer: It took me FOREVER to use this up. Honestly, I’d rather just buy cheap brow products from the drugstore because I honestly can’t see the difference. The only potential reason I could see someone opting for a more expensive ABH option is if they couldn’t find their correct brow shade in the limited drugstore brow shade selections available.
- Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser Deluxe Sample: I really liked this cleanser. It is nice and cooling because of the peppermint in it, and it didn’t screw up my skin. Can’t really vouch for how much it actually controlled the oil on my skin, as I don’t really think anything properly can, but it didn’t enhance the oil at least.
- MasterPrime by FaceStudio Maybelline Primer: Oh my lord I don’t even think I fully used this up, but it is practically empty and I want to be rid of it. It’s not a horrible primer but it doesn’t blur or control redness AT ALL as promised.
I’ve noticed that I plow through skin care products, but using up makeup products has been so much slower. I’m chalking this up to the fact that I have been working so much lately that I savour every second of sleep I can get, and makeup has just not been happening lately, no matter how happy it makes me. The cool thing though about starting two new jobs is that through my work I now have so much new skin care and makeup products to try out! I’ve still got a lot of skin care products from past purchases and my recent Planet Bee order to eventually try out, but I’ve put those on hold to try out a Biophora routine and see what it can do for my acne that has popped up as of late. I’ve taken “before” pictures so that I can check in and see how it’s working for me in a few weeks. Anywho, here’s what’s new in my empties box:
- Deciem Hylamide Pore Flush toner: Definitely not my jam. I tried to push through it but it stung, didn’t make my face feel good, and didn’t make my face look good. I used three quarters of it and then eventually gave up and dumped the rest.
- Deciem The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA: I think this will always be my default moisturizer that I default to when I don’t know what to use or my skin is tired. It just gets the job done and is super cheap.
- Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: I bought this back when charcoal was the huge new trend, and it work pretty well to remove excess oil. I like to use it two to three times a week in the shower. It’s not a LOVE for me, but it’s been a good product. I’ve got one more travel size of this to use up, and then I probably won’t be repurchasing just because I have other masks that I do love.
- Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray: The best setting spray I have found so far for my oily skin. Not perfect, and I’ll still continue to search for something better, but pretty damn good.
- Doctor D. Schwab Bamboo Cream Peel: I have tried quite a few Doctor D. Schwab products and they just don’t wow me. I think their brand is more aimed towards those with mature skin. Just not for me.
- Deciem The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG: This is supposed to be used on the eye contour for pigmentation and puffiness. Because I am sleep deprived most of the time because of university and am also quite young, I can’t really say if I saw results. (I don’t have aged under eyes). However the caffeine does feel great on the skin and is nice in the mornings! It’s cheap enough too that it’s definitely worth it.
- Touche Oxygen Serum: This is meant for acneic, exhausted skin, and it smells amaaaazzzinnngg. I really enjoy the feel of it on my skin, and have had great success with it and my acne previously. However, post PCOS diagnosis this hasn’t been working quite as well for me, and unfortunately because it is over a hundred dollars I likely won’t continue on with repurchasing it. I enjoyed every last drop while it lasted, though!
- Doctor D. Schwab Flawless Skin Fluid: I don’t mind this, but I have resentful feelings toward this because the tube leaked while I was on vacation and ruined everything in my wallet and purse.
- Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder: It’s kind of cool how this product gently foams, and it is a very nice albeit incredibly gentle exfoliation. However, I always wash my face in the shower and of course because this is a powder, the opening does get clogged when exposed to water. Just not a good fit for my routine and needs.
- Last but not least we have two essential oils. A Doterra Juniper Berry 5mL and a Vitruvi Peppermint 10mL. I like the quality of Doterra oils, but can’t stand their pyramid scheme mentality. I also had a very bad experience with their Facebook Public Relations team in which my comments calling them out for their dangerous cleanse diet suggestions were deleted by the team, and my complaints to them were entirely ignored. Doterra and Young Living unfortunately do operate under a very aggressive, cult-like mentality and I don’t know any sane person who wants any part of that nonsense. I’ll be using up the oils I have from them because I paid for them, but all future essential oil purchases will be from Canadian, non-pyramid-scheme, environment-respecting companies such as Saje and Okanagan Lavender Farm. The Peppermint from Vitruvi wasn’t bad and their company has great customer service, but I just wasn’t a huge fan of their peppermint itself.
The farther I get into this project pan, the more I am convinced that I could probably go an entire year without needing to buy makeup. Other than possibly needing to restock once on foundation, concealer, and mascara (if even that), I think I could genuinely do it. If I can make it through the rest of November and December without purchasing anything, I may try to do a year long makeup no buy. Mainly to see if I’m even capable of doing it, but also to challenge myself to use what I have, and get creative with my collection. With my trip to Toronto coming up in March and the goal of moving out, saving that makeup money and putting it towards things that currently are more of a priority to me has become more important.