Musings of a self-confessed beauty addict from the heart of London!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Project Pan - For the good of the planet, the wallet and the soul

Unless you've been living under a rock these past few weeks you'll have noticed that the world is in turmoil again. More financial crises, more riots, more job losses....  it's all terribly depressing, so if you have indeed been living under a rock then get back under it and hide because things don't really look to be getting better any time soon.

So in the spirit of thrift and war-time gung-ho exuberance I am launching myself into a new state of beauty consciousness.

We all need a little treat now and then, and that's fine. My trip to America ensured that I came back with many little titbits which are now going to last me a good few months at least. When I got home I realised that I'd actually had an overload of treats. I needed to start using stuff up.

So here is my little pledge to myself and to my readers. Unless I run out of something completely, like mascara, eyeliner, face soap etc, I won't shop. The discovery of 6 mascaras in my make-up box, all on the go at the same time has made me realise that I needed to do some serious de-cluttering and some serious using.

On the plus side, I'll appreciate everything that I have much much more and I'll have more space at the end of the project for shiny new things which I feel I would have earned.

In order not to go insane I'm allowing myself one treat a month in the shape of nail polish. It's just not possible to have every colour, right? So that doesn't count :p

Just no more corals.

So I picked out 25 items which are almost half used and which I think I can finish before the year is out.... hopefully sooner for most of them.

Project 25 Pan! 

  • 5 eye pencils, all black, and all short and stubby
  • 1 brow pencil I must have used years ago and now don't usually bother with
  • Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint cologne (want to finish this so I can get Nectarine Blossom & Honey again..... lush!)
  • Boots No7 Advanced Hydration day cream (liked it more when I bought it than I do now.... but, it has to be finished)
  • MAC Brow Set
  • Nars Orgasm Blush
  • Prescriptives cream blush in Nubile (this is at least 5 years old!)
  • 4 mascaras.... Givenchy Phenomen'eyes, Maybelline One by One, Lancome Hypnose, L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black
  • Boots No7 Tinted Moisturiser (BB cream just took over and this was left languishing.... )
  • Givenchy Acti Mine make-up base (love this, will definitely get another one when it's gone)
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • Max Factor Vibrant Curve lipgloss
  • Jemma Kidd Gloss-stick in Bridgetown
  • Laura Mercier Eye Basics primer in Buff (very nearly finished actually, but got abandoned prematurely when I nabbed the Urban Decay primer duo last Christmas)
  • Erborian BB Creme au ginseng (This is lasted me for ages and I've been using it every day since April. You girls know how much I love this stuff right? )

Despite the added bonus of de-cluttering my make-up stash and the main objective of the exercise is obviously to save some money in these times of financial doom.
After all, Mr P won't be happy just eating scraps of plastic bread whilst I toddle around with the entire Chanel autumn collection plastered on my (albeit, happy) face.


  1. Living under a rock would be cool sometimes I guess.. ;)
    I've been de-cluttering too, and putting a lot of make up I don't like up on ebay lately, but it doesn't sell for much at all. :/ Jewelry is better (feels good to finally get some use of unloved presents ^^)

    Good luck with the pan preject! xx

  2. Thank you! I know, it does feel good to de-clutter.... makes me feel 'clean'! LOL

  3. Great idea! It's a lot better than throwing it away when it goes old. Like mascaras, that wont last forever after opening. Sadly.

    I'm inspired, I'm going to try to do the same, even though I don't have THAT much makeup *blush*.

    Yea, I do :(

    Together we shall be strong!

  4. Yes Tora, strength in numbers!

  5. How are you? Updaate plix!

  6. @ Tora

    Hey hon, I'm ok, just been really really busy and have not had a chance to blog. Will fix that very soon ;)

    Hope you're keeping fine!


  7. I love project pans! I'm working on one myself right now. Not as stringent-I didn't exactly pick out all the products. But I am def. not buying anything for the first 6 mths of this year (unless I run out of something completely, like mascara which is likely).

    I just want to get a good dent into some products, challenge myself and also use some older stuff like some pencil eye-liners, etc. Good luck!

  8. Good luck with your project pan! It's not easy... but it does feel good when you finally finish something :)


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