Monday, December 16, 2013

Project Pan 2014

Hey guys!

Phew! So my second to last semester of college is now over (I survived, apparently), and I thought I would commemorate it with a special challenge. It's no secret that I love makeup, and I love staying on top of new releases and new products because I love changing up my look. As many of you know, however, makeup is not the most affordable of hobbies. Whether it be drugstore or high end makeup, the bill stacks up. I know. I've been there.

So here's my attempt at being a grown up. New products are great. They're exciting and they're shiny and most of them are really high quality, but the fact is they're fads. I always think about how unfortunate it would be if I were to fall in love with something in a new release and it was later discontinued. Now, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't try anything from a new collection or that you shouldn't buy limited edition products (I have a thing for LE MAC lipglasses and blushes myself), but my point is that there is a good reason to avoid getting sucked in to collections just for the sake of getting sucked in. As consumers, it's kind of hard not to. Especially if you're subscribed to several companies and their newsletters. I found myself prey to this very efficient marketing strategy this past Black Friday and Cyber Monday; I knew I didn't need all of these things, but just seeing the constant emails made me consider making a purchase.

I could go on and on about the dangers of overindulging in a hobby like this (something of which I am extremely guilty), but I think PinkSoFoxy does a great job of explaining the benefits of "decluttering" one's life and makeup drawers. Click here for her cleaning out videos!

So here's my deal.

I know I have more than enough makeup right now. I know there are plenty of things I do not use enough. I don't like that. I would love to get to a point where I actually start using up my makeup and do more replacement purchases than frivolous new ones. I just recently made a ton of new purchases, and I feel like if I keep on that track I won't ever get a chance to really enjoy and get to love what I buy, but rather end up in an endless loop of more and more makeup.

If you feel like you're on the same page as I am, hop on board! We'll support each other through this project I'm starting.

Now, plenty of people have done no-buys and project pans before, and that's what I want to do. At the same time. Kind of. You'll see.

My agreement with myself is that I won't buy any new makeup products until my birthday (March 10th), or maybe even further on, but for now the date is March. I'm a few days behind this being a full three month ban, but since I haven't bought any makeup in the last few days, I think I'll be fine.

The Rules:

1. No new makeup purchases (this includes nail polish) between the dates of December 14th and March 10th (I shall celebrate the end of the ban by picking up my Sephora birthday present! :D).

2. No browsing makeup sites (Sephora, MAC, Temptalia). This will help me avoid the false feeling that I need everything new on the market.

3. Unsubscribe to companies' newsletters (to avoid the same problem).

4. Just avoid the makeup aisles!

The Exceptions:

1. Products that run out of which I only have one (currently, that includes powder, mascara, and black eyeliner)

2. Makeup remover, brush cleaner, and nail polish remover.

3. Makeup brushes

Here's hoping this works out! I really think it is time that I change my spending habits and regulate my makeup hobby in some way, and this sounds like the perfect start. So this list of rules is the no-buy part of my challenge. On to the pan part.

Project Pan

This is where I hope to use up some of the makeup I own. I will post a list of things that I expect to finish, check up on this blog as I finish them, and give my opinion of them!

Things I hope to finish by the end of Project Pan:

1. MAC Prolongwear Concealer

2. Benefit Fake Up Concealer

3. Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

4. NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil

5. MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow

6. Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara

7. MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj

So I will check up to see how I'm doing with these products, and I really think this will influence new, more creative blog posts on this page. Rather than product reviews, I really want to shift my attention to beauty and makeup tips, which I think is much more useful and interesting than saying whether or not I like something.

Like I said, I did purchase a few things recently, so I will put up posts on those things, as well as many many many FOTD posts. (I'm also working on getting GIF-style step-by-step tutorial posts, so watch out for that!

If you choose to do something like this, whatever the scale, let me know and we can do it together!

Lots of love,


  1. Good Luck with this! I did a spending ban last year for 3 months and did extremely well. I' thinking of doing one again very soon

    1. Thanks! :) I'm hoping it will go well, I definitely need to control it!

  2. I just found your blog, but I am in the same boat. As I am shopping for fun new products, I always conveniently forget that, not only do I have plenty of whatever I am buying, but these things are perishable! Even if I wore a full face of dramatic makeup every day, I would not get through even half of these things before they would need to be thrown out. I am moving into a new house next month, and one of the things that I don't want spilling out everywhere and cluttering my drawers is a huge excess of makeup. I have been working on giving products away to friends that I am not using, as well as throwing out items that are old or just not good products. It's funny you mentioned PinkSoFoxy - I am following her lead as well in that I am limiting myself to 10 beauty purchases for 2014, including replacement items. Good luck to you! I think you are gaining a healthy perspective.

    1. Thanks so much! :) I know with the huge beauty boom on Youtube, we're definitely not alone in our dilemma. I'm actually planning on doing the same thing once I get to March and the end of my no-buy/project pan. I don't know if I have enough self control for ten purchases, but I think twelve will be good for me!

      Good luck on your cleanout! :)