Project Pan + No Buy 2018
It’s not a secret that I have a shopping problem. If there was such a thing as “Beauty-holics Anonymous,” I would be the first person to attend all the meetings. Unfortunately, as a “broke college student” I cannot afford the “I Spent $1000 at Sephora and This is What I Bought” type of blog posts; heck, I can barely spend $100 in Sephora in one sitting. My drugstore addiction is just as bad, though, and my makeup collection has pretty much exploded. I have zero room for any more products, and my budget doesn’t have any more room either. To curb my beauty spending and to clear out some of my older products, I’ve decided to go on a Project Pan/No Buy. Since I don’t do well with one-hundred percent restriction, I decided that for every five of the products I finish up, I’m allowed to buy one product. Of course, if I run completely out of a certain product (for example, brow gel) I can repurchase that product. If I finish all twenty products I have listed, I can go on a shopping spree (which I’ll be saving up for). If I choose to buy products after every five I finish, I have to add five new products to the mix until I either 1) finish all twenty without buying anything new, or 2) until the Sephora VIB Sale and/or the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale around the time of my birthday. I encourage you all to join me; let me know what products you’re trying to finish up in the comments to this post!
1. Freeman Feeling Beautiful Sweet Tea and Lemon Peel Away Clay Mask: This mask is okay; I’ve just had it in my collection so long that I want to get rid of it. I honestly don’t notice it doing much for my skin other than temporarily tightening the pores up, and I just overall have other masks I enjoy more. Plus, I’m beginning to think peel-off masks are more of a gimmick than actual skincare.
2. Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant in “Vanilla Blackberry”: This is one of the worst deodorants I’ve ever tried. It just doesn’t last on me, and makes me smell like onions if I sweat in it. It’s honestly a shame because the actual scent of this is so great! I pretty much reserve this for if I’m quickly running errands or if I hit the gym early and want a little protection (and know I’ll be going directly home to wash it off).
3. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour-Blush in “Paaarty”: I received this mini size as a birthday gift from Sephora, and the color is pretty, but I just have other blushes I prefer to it. It’s a nice mauve-pink with minimal sheen or shimmer, and shows up even on my skin tone. It lasts throughout the day, which is great. I would highly recommend these blushes and will probably purchase more at a later date, but this shade isn’t necessarily in my wheelhouse, so I want to finish it up.
4. Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Ticket to Brazil”: When I was first getting into makeup, this “bronzer” was all the rage as a highlight. Since my makeup game has progressed, though, I rarely use this as a highlight. I do use it to set my face, as the subtle particles of shimmer help illuminate the face. I probably won’t repurchase it once I’ve finished it up, but it was definitely a standby in my collection for years.
5. Ulta Color Correcting Foundation + Primer Sticks in “Warm Chestnut” and “Rich Mocha”: I’ve written about my gripes with this foundation formula before, so I’ll link that blog post here so you can read up about it. It’s just not my favorite foundation in the world, but I’m quite close to finishing them, so I’m putting in that extra little effort to get it done.
6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask: I’m honestly only wanting to finish this sample size up so I can purchase the full size! I love how hydrating it is, and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized! It also has colloidal oatmeal in it, which is incredibly soothing when I have a rash, dermatitis, or even a little sunburn.
7. Assorted Primer Samples from Glam Glow, Becca, Make Up Forever, Laura Geller, Boscia, and Cover FX: I have so many sample sizes of primers it’s crazy, so I just lumped them together to count as finishing one item. These samples have gone a far way, as I’ve been using them for months now, but I’d rather finish up these little ones and make space to buy one of them in the full size. As of right now, my two favorites are the Becca First Light Priming Filter and the Cover FX Illuminating Primer; they both give the skin a healthy, dewy finish, and I often wear them even without putting on foundation.
8. Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation in “Warm Toffee”: This isn’t a terrible pressed powder, but it develops hard-pan (a film that develops on the surface of a powder product that causes it to give off no pigmentation) so easily that I rarely reach for it. I’m also more of a fan of loose powders at this point in my life since they multitask – I can use them to set my entire face as well as my under eyes. This powder is also a little heavy on the face and looks a little cakey if I don’t use a luminous setting spray to settle the powder.
9. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in “Classic Tan”: This isn’t a bad foundation at all; it was actually one of my favorite mattifying foundations. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get much use anymore because I now prefer a natural to dewy finish base, and this can just look too dry on the face. Also, since Maybelline is not cruelty free, I’d like to finally use it up in my quest to make my makeup and skincare collection be one-hundred-percent cruelty-free.
10. Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream in “Chocolate”: Again, not a bad product. This has light-medium coverage and a natural finish, which is my preferred coverage and finish for base products right now, but is entirely too dark for my skin (it’s crazy, though, that when I originally purchased this, it fit my skin exactly). I mainly use this to customize other foundations, such as the Maybelline Fit Me, to make them either darker or dewier. I have another shade of this BB Cream, which is a testament to how much I enjoy the formula, but that one is also a little dark on its own, but will probably match better as my skin deepens during the summertime.
11. NYX Gotcha Covered Waterproof Concealer in “Ebony”: I originally purchased this my freshman year of college to get into cream contour. It’s pigmented, but maybe a bit too dark for my skin tone now. I like that it has a natural/dewy finish, but this product I believe has coconut oil in it, so it’s a product that can give my other products (such as the Milani powder foundation) hard-pan. I also just have other cream contouring products that are easier to use, so it’s time to bid farewell to this one.
12. Black Radiance Perfecting Eye Shadow Base & Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer: I use the concealer as an eye primer, which is why I added both of them here. I also am combining these to be considered one product because I’m almost finished with the Black Radiance shadow primer. Both work well, but I don’t use eye shadow as much as I used to, so having four or five different primers is a little overkill. I also want to get rid of the Benefit concealer because, again, Benefit isn’t cruelty-free.
13. Trestique Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick in “Maldives Luminescent”: Highlighters are products that are difficult to use up, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish a powder highlight, but I really wanted to add a product in this category, so I figured I would compromise with a cream highlight sample. This is a champagne-pink cream highlight, which isn’t my favorite shade for my skin tone, but I’ll probably use it mostly on days where I’m not wearing foundation, but want a little bit of glow so my skin doesn’t look dull.
14. L.A. Girl Pro Conceal High Definition Concealer in “Medium Beige”: I’ve gone back and forth with whether I like this concealer. It’s definitely the wrong shade for my complexion, but I can make it work if I set it with a skin-colored powder. Some days it doesn’t crease at all, and other days I gaze in the mirror and I look like a crusty mess. I might repurchase this in a darker shade to form a better opinion about it, but with how inconsistent the wear has been for me, it’s not a “holy-grail” status concealer.
15. NYX Cosmetics Tame & Frame Brow Pomade in “Espresso”: This is a dead-on dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, and I loved it before I decided that brow pencils are the wave for me. I’m just finishing this up to have more space in my collection, but the pomade does work amazingly.
16. Clinique Almost Lipstick in “Black Honey”: Not cruelty-free. Doesn’t moisturize lips. Virtually no color payoff. What little color payoff it does have, makes my lips look like a dried prune. Do I need to say more?
17. Tarte Tarte-ist Lip Paint in “Birthday Suit”: This is probably my least favorite formula of liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. It’s a plush-gel formula, but it’s streaky and crumbles if I even think about it. The color isn’t the most flattering on my skin either, so I have to layer it with products, such as the next one I’m mentioning. I just feel bad about throwing away unused products, okay? So I’ll continue to use it.
18. Nars Velvet Lip Glide in “Bound”: This is my favorite “liquified lipstick”formula (a liquid lip lacquer is probably a more appropriate name), but Nars changed their cruelty-free status in order to start selling product in China, so I want to finish this up. It glides on the lips and is a creamy, glossy finish but with full pigment. As I said, it helps the Tarte lipstick be less streaky, and also deepens it so that my lips don’t look like a powdered donut.
19. NYX Cosmetics Round Lipstick in “Cocoa”: I wrote about this product in another blog post, so I will link that post here if you’d like to read it.
20. Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel in “Pin-Up Pink”: The formula of these glosses is beautiful; it gives that pouty, wet-look to the lips that has been all the rage as of late. Unfortunately, the Sephora Collection line is not cruelty-free, so I’ll have to let this little gem go.
21. Milani Cosmetics Power Lip Lasting Moisturizing Gloss Stain in “Creamy Café”: This product is so old, it hasn’t been sold in stores for years, but I just can’t let it go. The name is misleading; these actually dry out my lips more than they moisturize them, but they do stain the lips a pretty, natural pink. I like creating a “blotted lip” look on natural, no-makeup days, and I keep this in my purse in case I ever need a quick swipe of color.
We’ve made it to the end! Definitely let me know what products you want to finish up if you’re going to embark on this decluttering journey along with me! I’ll post the products that I’ve used up and which ones I decide to add in periodically.
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.