If you saw my Ulta hauls (here and here, if you haven’t), you know that I spent waaaaay too much money on beauty products around Christmastime. There were a lot of reasons for this, including that there were great sales, that I have that new-to-makeup overwhelm, that my habit of stress shopping (which I thought had been overcome) is still alive and well, and that this was the last Christmas my husband and I could buy whatever we wanted before we have a baby. I don’t have regrets about spending a lot of money to try new products and have some fun at the end of 2017.
However, in general, I tend toward the frugal side of things. I’m a hardcore budgeter, sale shopper, and saver. Our savings suffered a lot in 2017, and it’s a big goal of mine this year to build it back up.
I found out about Project Pan accidentally while browsing through YouTube beauty videos a few nights ago, and I am IN LOVE. If you don’t know what Project Pan is, it’s a subset of the YouTube beauty community in which people take on a variety of challenges to “hit pan” (use up) specific makeup items in their collection in a certain period of time.
There are so many variations on Project Pan. Some people choose a certain number per year (18 in 2018, for example) or do seasonal or themed challenges. Some people do it in conjunction with a “no buy” or “no spend,” in which they’re not allowed to buy any new products until the old ones are gone. Others even set a dollar amount goal, like using up $1000 worth of beauty products they already own in a year’s time. I love that people take it, put twists on it, and make it their own.
I told myself I couldn’t try a Project Pan yet because I’m so new to makeup. Pretty much everything in my collection is from the last 6-12 months. I’m still in that exciting phase where I’m discovering what I like and trying new things. I planned to do a mini version of the project in July, but then I thought, why not now?
It’s never too soon to stop wasting, start saving, and get really familiar with products I have sitting around. So I decided to start small with my own Project Pan and use up 10 products by July. This Project Pan is pretty tame compared to some I’ve seen on YouTube, but it’s a good start and I’m ready to move this stuff out of my collection, so here it goes!
Check out the video below for an explanation of my Project Pan and to see how much product I’m actually starting with, or get the highlights below.
The Rules >>
There are so many variations on this project, but here are the rules and goals I’ve set down for mine:
- I have to try to use up these 10 products before July, when I start the next 10.
- I am still allowed to buy new products within my budgeted “fun money” for the month. My husband and I each get $60 per month to spend on whatever we want. This $60 includes the $10 I spend on Ipsy and my $8.00 subscription for Once Upon a Tee (affiliate links), so really, I have about $42 per month to spend on makeup. If I spend it on other stuff, then beauty products are out until the next month.
- Gift cards, points, rebates, etc. don’t count toward the $60 and are basically “free” money to spend on whatever I want.
- I will be doing monthly check-ins and updates on this blog, on YouTube, and on Instagram.
The Products >>
Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser
This was a sample from either Birchbox or Ipsy, and I really like this cleanser, but I haven’t reached for it in awhile. I’m over halfway through it the tube, so it shouldn’t be difficult to use up quickly. I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll buy this again, but it does leave my skin feeling soft and refreshed!
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
For an inexpensive drugstore primer, I actually LOVE this stuff. It really does blur the pores on and around my nose, and while a lot of people don’t like silicone-type primers, I don’t mind it. There are two reasons I want to finish this up: I have soooo many other primers I’m trying and they take up a lot of space in my makeup drawer AND I am considering going 100% cruelty-free for all cosmetic and skincare products in 2019, which I’ll be making a video about soon. As far as I know, Maybelline is not cruelty-free.
Clarisea Sea Salt Solutions Instant Glow Exfoliant with Lavender
This was also a Birchbox sample that I really like, but I haven’t used in awhile because I’ve been using scrubs from Freeman and Pacifica instead. This sample has lasted me forever and is actually a bit cakey from getting wet a few times while I was using it, so I’d like to just use it up.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Feisty
This one is pretty new to my collection. It came in Ipsy a few months ago and I’ve only used it a handful of times, though so far, I love it! I’d like to use this one up over the next 6-7 months and see how I really feel about it because it IS expensive, but if I like it, I’d definitely rebuy.
L’Oreal Paris Eyeshadow Single
I don’t even know the line this is from or what color it is, but it’s sort of a purple shimmer. It’s at least 2 years old and it has to GO.
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Single in Bella Chiffon
Another eyeshadow that I’ve had forever. In fact, I may have purchased this at the same time as the L’Oreal one and I think I only used it once. It’s a great highlight color for the brow bone, for halo eye looks, or maybe even as a face highlighter. We’ll see how many creative ways I can find to use this up!
Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Lip Balm
This lip balm is over a year old and one of my faves, but I’m ready to use it up. As far as I know, the only place I can buy a replacement is on the Celestial Seasonings website, but I’d definitely purchase this again and try their other balms based on their tea flavors.
Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm
Another one that I’ve had around forever. This one is almost gone and shouldn’t take long to use up, especially since it’s winter now. I like a lot of the Burt’s Bees lip balms, but this is one of the most moisturizing and definitely a favorite.
Milani Lipstick in Matte Naked
I bought two of these matte lipsticks when I first discovered Milani and wore them once or twice to a couple of weddings two summers ago. Finishing both felt a bit ambitious for my first Project Pan, so I’m going to aim to use up this one.
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
I actually just repurchased this in the travel size after throwing out the one I received in Ipsy that was about 5 months old. I never use mascaras up before their 3-6 month date and end up throwing them away because they’re dry or just plain questionable to be using on my eyes. My goal is to use this one up in its entirety because it’s my favorite and it’s not cheap!
Are you a Project Panner? What are you trying to use up right now? Tell me in the comments below!