Back in June 2017 I started a project pan with an awesome group of people on Facebook. We all have a fairly large collection of makeup and such and everyone was on board with the idea to try and do a project pan.
I think project pan has been fairly popular lately. I was curious about it last spring so I started researching what it was exactly and why people where doing it. I don't quite recall which particular article I read or got this from anymore at this point (it's been about 6 months - heh) but if you spent so much money on something why not use it and appreciate it? I know when it comes to shiny pretties you never want to touch it because it's so shiny but it is meant to be used and loved. So that is what we decided to do.
We laid out some fairly simple guidelines to try our best with.
* This is meant to be fun and show some love to our stashes!
* Any number of products you choose - comprised of makeup, skincare, hair care, and bath products. (By no means an inclusive list - have a suggestion for a category - share it)!
* By the end of 2017 using as many products as we can - and at the end tally how many and the dollar amount
* Once a product is done - review it for the group
* Monthly updates to our progress
* If a product doesn't work out - (breaking you out, irritation, etc ) drop it from the pan.
* This definitely does not mean to stop swapping/purchases.
And it's been fun! I'm not nearly as far as I wanted to be but I'm trying to make some progress.
My initial project pan started with the below items:
- TheBalm TimeBalm Rose Face Cleanser
- AFK Cosmetics Liquid Lip Witches Are Made of Wood - Indie company has closed shop :( :( :(
- Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm (old packaging)
- Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Enigma
- NYX Microbrow pencils - Taupe and Brunette
- TheBalm Balm Desert
- Dior Eyeshadow single in #623 Ribbon
- Benefit Bathina
- Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder - Porcelain Pearl
- Urban Decay Naked2 Basics
(It appears a lot of these items are no longer available or out of stock - for that I do apologize).
So my short reviews of these and their status in 2017.
TheBalm TimeBalm Rose Face Cleanser - PANNED. It definitely worked. I don't think I would repurchase it even if I could find it available. I have other face cleansers that I like better. I wish it smelled more like roses - the scent was lacking.
AFK Cosmetics Liquid Lip Witches Are Made of Wood - RETIRED. So I am really sad about this one. I was so excited to use it because AFK was one of my favorite indie companies before they shuttered. It is also based off of one of my favorite movies - Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I used it a couple days....and I had not been feeling so great. Sore throat - and normally I don't use liquid lip products when I'm sick because I'm weird about germs. I just figured I was having a reaction to the bleach I had used in my hair the couple days prior. I had STREP THROAT. And being a liquid lip there was no way to sanitize so I had to retire it from the project pan. I only am keeping it because the art work is so adorable.
Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm - IN PROGRESS. This feels like a never ending moisturizer. It has a distinct earthy smell to it - but it dissipates very quickly. It makes me very glowy and I feel quite moisturized. Most of the time I wear it under my makeup. This will have to carry into a 2018 project pan. I would like to repurchase - however - I will have to wait for a sale because it is VERY pricey $68. It looks like there is new packaging and they now have shades closer to your skin tone on the Bobbi Brown website.
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum - IN PROGRESS. I took a break from using this. Sometimes it made my eyes itchy. And to be honest - most evenings after taking my makeup off I just forgot to use it and was too lazy to haul my bum out of bed and put it on. It will have to be added to the 2018 project pan.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Enigma - RETIRED. I think I got about halfway through this. I purchased it a very very long time ago and technically has a 6 month life according to the packaging. I was starting to have issues with it applying patchy and my eyeshadow creasing on me constantly. It also separated on my lids. I figured it's probably gone bad so it is getting tossed.
NYX Microbrow Pencils - Brunette & Taupe - PANNED. These were really easy to use up. I loved them. They looked great and both colors worked well on me. When I'm done using up some of my other eyebrow products these would be on the list again to purchase because they are reasonable and ULTA often has NYX on sale. ($9.99/each).
TheBalm Balm Desert Bronzer - IN PROGRESS. I did hit pan on this. It definitely has been slow going because I don't use Bronzer a lot. I love this color on me as it's subtle and doesn't look like I rolled around in dirt. I have some other bronzers that I will also need to use up so this will continue into my 2018 project pan. I love most of the products I've tried from TheBalm and this one is no exception. And when you can snag the brand on sale it's even better. ($21).
Dior Eyeshadow Single - Ribbon - IN PROGRESS. This is a great subtle eyeshadow. For a chunk of 2017 I did use other shadows as I wanted a bit more oomph for my brown bone and inner corner highlight. I'm undecided if I want to include this in my 2018 project pan because I like oomph. However, the formula is great and the shade is really pretty even if it is subtle.
Benefit Bathina - IN PROGRESS. The dents in this come from my 3 year old getting into while I was in the shower. She loves putting this on with me. The scent is great and I love the glowy finish. I'll be keeping this in my 2018 project pan but it will probably get more use come Spring/Summer when I wear more sleeveless tops and shorts.
Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder - Porcelain Pearl - PANNED. I used up an entire product!!!! This is a first since I really started getting into makeup back in 2014. I used this pretty much every day. I loved it. If it weren't so expensive - I would definitely repurchase. ($57). When I got it - I most definitely did not pay full price so maybe after I use up some others I may treat myself. I loved the little bit of shimmer it had. And the compact is just amazing. I'm keeping it because the mirror is nice and it's a hefty little thing.
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics - IN PROGRESS. I use this practically every day to set my eyeshadow primer and for my crease. This one leans more cool toned which I feel fits better with my skin tone. I will continue to keep using this in 2018. I love seeing the dents I've made in the product. It's so exciting!! :D
Project Pan 2018 to come!