Update 1 of perfume project

Last month I began a little project toward using up some of the perfumes in my collection. My collection has grown considerably and I am really dialing in the types of fragrances I truly enjoy, so I want to get some of the samples and doubles finished up. While it’s a bit early for an update yet, I’ve made some significant progress and the flooring in my craft room is being changed this week, causing me to need to move my vanity. I don’t want to move and hang on to what amounts to garbage.

This is the original group of fragrances I intended to work on, and I did not take an updated photo because it’s a bit pointless. But I can easily do an overview of what I finished.

I finished all 3 replica samples on the bottom right. I knew that I would as there was not a large amount in any of them. I also finished the Ariana Grande Moonlight perfume that’s been in my collection since early 2019.

Out of the remainder I have used the Ellis Brooklyn Apres the most. It’s light, woody, approachable, and unoffensive even if I am just lounging around the house. In fact, it has paired beautifully with a pine scented candle and christmas decor. This seems a very nice time of year to be wearing this one.

I wore the Tom Ford black orchid once or twice. But, the most fun part of this one was when I wore it to work. I worried it would be too heavy for the office. Folks would come in my office, sniff, and say “What are you wearing, it smells amazing in here!” Which means I picked a winner for myself.

I wore the Ellis Brooklyn Bee a few times and I don’t think I wore the Thierry Mugler Alien at all. I’ll rectify that tomorrow.

I basically used up a large amount of the variety in this small selection, leaving me only with 4 scents to concentrate on over the next month and a half in this project. I am sure I’ll supplement with the rest of my collection. I think I’ll set the goal of using up Apres fully by Mid-January and I’ll also set a goal of using Alien once a week. As for the rest, I just hope to make some progress.

In the next update I’ll see what I want to roll in from my collection to have a bit more variety, but for this upcoming month I am sticking with the original group minus what I’ve already completed.

Graveyard Project Pan Finale 2022

On this lovely spooky day at the end of October I can post the finale for my graveyard project pan. This was a project which I began in May and then ends on Halloween.

The idea is to use items which have been in other project pans (resurrection items) or use old items which haven’t seen much love recently (collecting cobweb items.)

I had a fairly small and focused group of items and was able to make wonderful progress. Here’s the original photo I started with:

My goal for these items were to hit pan on the contour, brightener, and blush. Then to finish the tiny pan of eyeshadow and to get as far as possible on the container of primer.

I eventually rolled in a powder as well which I already had pan on but wanted to keep working through. July was the start date on that one as the previous powder I’d had in the project was lightening my foundation making me look rather “ghostly” which while appropriate to the theme was not at all what I am going for during the summer months. I’ll get back to that powder this winter.

Last month I had an update which was pretty fantastic, I was very pleased with my progress.

It was at this point where my goal to hit pan was out the window and now I was eager to finish the contour entirely. I also had a tiny bit of pan on the lighter highlighter which I hadn’t expected to use at all. I’d reached my goal on the brightener but wanted to continue working on it through the month. And, I did realize that I would not hit pan on the blush but I continued to work on that as well.

Here’s where I managed to get to throughout the past month and a half:

The bronzer and the eyeshadow are completely used up. I expanded the pan on both the brightener and the highlighter. And, as expected, I didn’t hit pan on the blush but feel pretty good about the use I did get out of it. The primer is pretty close to being finished and I do want to continue using it up throughout the upcoming months to finish. Same goes for the powder, though I don’t really need as much of it right now as the weather is cooling and I no longer have to wear a mask at work. It may end up getting set aside for next summer.

As for the face palette, I am putting it away for a time. I will enjoy rotating through my stash in the upcoming 2 months while I prepare for whatever project I decide to attempt in the new year. (I am leaning toward full face of rolling project pan with quarterly refreshes again this year but I am not positive.)

All of this is to say, this was a wonderfully productive project for me this year. In part, it was made easier by the fact that we had a foster dog and puppies in our home for 3 months of this project, and I had to pack away all my other makeup to make room for puppies, keeping only the barest bones makeup stash out for getting ready in the morning. It’s easy to see progress when you don’t really use any other makeup!

Graveyard Project Pan Update 3

This will be the last update before the finale of this project and things are still going quite well on this one. Let’s start with the eyeshadows part of the project. In the collecting cobwebs category, I decided to work my way through all the colors of certain eyeshadow palettes. In part because I wanted to see if I wanted to keep them and also get a fair amount of use out of them. For the previous month and a half I had chosen 3 Too Faced palettes.

I am very pleased to have done this. In part because it showed me that the christmas palette had gone off. This shadows performed beautifully when I purchased the palette but they absolutely do not anymore. When I compared this to the other two palettes, the other two, while older, worked wonderfully. So the formula on the christmas palette wasn’t worth keeping. I ended up destroying the palette to get the majority of the face powders saved in a magnetic palette and I tossed the rest, including a highlighter that was too dark for me.

I am not choosing more palettes to work through for the next update. With 8 puppies and a foster dog in the house I am just not able to give attention to makeup, particularly eyeshadows, the way I do when I only have our two dogs. There’s no point choosing a couple palettes that I know I won’t be able to work on. Instead, I’ll work through the base products which I am still wearing with some regularity.

Here’s the photo from last update on those:

After this photo was taken I repressed the bronzer as it had been getting difficult to use. I actually added a bit of the highlighter next to it to give it a sheen.

There really isn’t much left of the bronzer now. I do hope to fully finish it before the end of this project. I also hit pan in the brightener and while you can’t see it, I’ve been using the lighter highlighter this summer even though it is too dark in the winter and I hit the tiniest pan on that too. It’s in the lower left quadrant but I doubt you’ll see it for the sparkles. Pretty exciting though when I assumed I wasn’t going to be working on it at all.

I had also repressed the cream colored eyeshadow pan so it’s hard to tell what usage I had on that over the past month and a half. I think it’s been pretty minimal since, again, 8 puppies and not much time for makeup. I’ll keep plugging away at it.

I’ve somewhat given up hope of hitting pan on the blush, but at the same time recognize that I finished the other blush I was working on, so if I keep using this one exclusively, there’s a chance I can hit pan on it before the end of October.

For the face powder I am actively working on, so much progress has been made! I am now working at lowering all the product toward the sides of the pan but I genuinely believe this could be finished in a month and a half.

Finally, the primer. In the last update I’d worked product out of the corners with a tool, but this time I am back to using my fingers and it doesn’t feel like a ton of progress was made. I think that is because to some extent I am also pushing the product around while I am trying to access it.

I will be entirely ready to put away the face palette at the end of this project and use some other items in my stash. But, I’ve made so much progress during this year that I do plan to go back and finish up the blush at some point fairly soon. I actually feel that way about every single item in this project, all of them are close enough to see finished up when I have the motivation for it once this project is over.

It may be that I can’t use makeup as much as usual or it may be that the weather is turning but I am full on contemplating what I’ll be choosing for project panning next year. I do think once this project is over I’ll use November and December as a break to work through choosing for the new year.

All in all another fairly successful month and a half despite the fact that we are all completely topsy turvy in our household right now!

22 in 2022 Project Pan Finale

I figured it was time for an update today because I’ve finished two more items. And because these two items bring me to 22 items gone I am technically done and calling it a finale. (Ok, in all seriousness, I am a bit bored, 9.5 months is about as much as I’ve ever wanted to concentrate on any set of items, and I am going to use the next 3 months to rotate through stash and make decisions about next year while also working on my graveyard project pan.)

Last month:

This month:

The two items completed are the Stila lipstick and the pan of blush I’ve been working on all year. Despite ending this now, I do plan to continue over the next 6 weeks or so working on both the supershock shadow and the eyebrow gel. You see, with puppies in my craft room I had to pack away most of my makeup, and so these two items are getting used regularly and I want to keep working on them. Also, I will keep working on the mac foundation. I have some opportunities to use it this week actually since I am not going to be at work this week. I only used it once since the previous update so that’s no progress whatsoever. And while I forgot to take a photo of the powder I am using on my undereye area, I am using it very regularly and will keep working on it until I finish it up.

I do not think I will do a 23 in 2023 style project next year. I think I’ll do something more along the lines of a full face or rolling project with refreshes so that I can stay more engaged with the project through the year. Plus that will help me rotate through my items more as well. So maybe the goal next year will be less about fully using things up and more about a rotation and using items I didn’t really get to use this year. In any case, good success overall!

The list:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation
Clinique eyeliner
Pretty Vulgar powder

22 in 2022 Project Pan Update #8

It’s been another month and that means another month of use on my project pan items. Here’s where I was last month:

I was feeling good about progress on some items last month but was perplexed about the lack of any pan at all on the blush. Here’s where I am this month.

Tons of pan on that blush!

A quick overview of the other items. The Stila lipstick is very close to being done now. I feel confident I could finish that by next update. The tarte jelly glaze is done. The makeup forever lip liner is done. I had been very careful not to put the cap on too far so that I could use up the last dregs of the liner but at some point it got stuck in the cap so there’s nothing I can do about that now. Honestly it was extremely close to being done.

I believe I’ll be done with the powder by next month or the month after. Same with the blush. Unfortunately I haven’t used the foundation at all and I have used the supershock eyeshadow extremely sparingly. I have been using the brow gel daily though so I know good progress is being made despite the fact it is not visible.

In the end, while there are some products I thought at the beginning of the year I’d like to pan, I just haven’t. And so the “bonus” list has been great since I’ve kept working on some of those instead. I’ll still hit my 22 despite having lost all desire to work on a few products on the original list.

The list:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation
Clinique eyeliner
Pretty Vulgar powder

Graveyard Project Pan Update #2

Last update on my graveyard project pan was June 11, and I knew I wasn’t going to be updating strictly monthly. My goal was to update after I had worked through each and every shadow on of the BH cosmetics zodiac palettes. Which I did! So let’s start there.

I enjoyed working my way through these. But at the same time there are a lot of shades in here that I just don’t really care to wear on the regular. My absolute favorite shade is the Aquarius of the original zodiac palette, it looks gold but is kind of a gold/green duochrome. By far the most stand out shade in both palettes. I have thought about depotting these palettes pretty regularly but I think that they are really lovely the way they are even though I don’t really want to wear all the shades.

This endeavor was under the Collecting Cobwebs heading, and I am going to do the same type of eyeshadow usage goal for the next update. Again, I won’t update until I work my way through all of these. My plan is to use every shade of every Too Faced palette I own. That’s Sweet Peach, Chocolate Gold, and a christmas palette I picked up a few years back. The christmas palette has blush/bronzer/highlighter as well, which I also will work my way through.

Sweet Peach and Chocolate Gold are fairly well used palettes. The christmas palette less so. I am going for the goal of using every eyeshadow in my collection at least once this year, so this smaller challenge furthers the larger challenge.

For the rest of the products, here’s where I was at the beginning of June.

The mermaid palette was not in last month’s rotation, it’s a leftover from the previous month.

For this month, I am adding in a powder. The mac powder I was using (pictured above) is too light for this time of year. When I wear it, it lightens my foundation and that looks cruddy while I have been outdoors regularly and am a bit more tanned. So, I am adding in my Rimmel Stay Matte powder which already has pan in it, it also goes well under the collecting cobwebs heading.

This month’s progress. The two setting powders are collecting cobwebs and the rest are resurrection products. The Tarte poreless smoothing primer I am making fantastic progress on. I actually began using a tool with this to scrape out the side. This might be a bit of a deceiving photo as I scraped out the areas that had the least amount of product and now am left with larger amounts. But I would say that I am about halfway through using this up and am really hoping to power through it by the end of this project. If not the end of the project, certainly the end of the year.

My cover FX palette has seen a fair amount of use. My original goal was to hit pan on the bronzer, the blush, and the brightener. But now I want to finish up the bronzer completely. After I took this photo I repressed the bronzer, adding in a bit of the darker highlighter as well, and it is now sitting more in the middle of the pan. This will help me use it up easily.

I have not yet hit pan on the brightener, but I’ve been mixing it with the lighter highlighter since the summer is the only time I can use that highlighter. So progress on the brightener has slowed considerably! And the blush is a blush so it’ll take time to hit pan. In fact I fear I will not hit pan by the end of this project. But I’ll keep after it and try.

The eyeshadow that I use as a primer setting powder I also repressed as it’s hard to get any use out of it with everything concentrated at the edges.

with the Rimmel powder I am rolling in, I am really hoping to finish this one. Or at least get as far as possible during the warmer weather. I am concentrating my brush on the outsides of this one as I want to wear away the edges that are still quite full.

All in all, good progress toward some longer term goals. If I finish this bronzer, I will have finished 4 pans of bronzer this year which is amazing. I had two I finished in the sleek cream contour palette and then earlier this year I finished an hourglass bronzer. All of them had been worked on prior to this year but being able to finally finish them this year is very motivating.

I likely won’t have another update until end of august or beginning of september now, that’s a lot of eyeshadow to work through! But hopefully because of this, the next update will be interesting!

22 in 2022 Project Pan update #7

I am sorry to report that I have no empties whatsoever this month. However, I am still making progress on what I’ve been working on and I should have an empty next month for sure.

Last month:

This month:

What I am working on seems to have dwindled somewhat and while I should add more items in, I just haven’t.

The benefit gimme brow I am trying to use every day I wear makeup now, and while I’ll never finish it by the end of the year, it’s likely to dry out and get to a point it will need to be tossed this year if I keep after it.

The Tarte jelly glaze sample is extremely close to being done, this one will be done next update for sure.

The makeup forever powder doesn’t seem to have made much progress, and that’s likely because I am only using it to set concealer. It’ll be gone by the end of the year though if I just keep using it.

The pan of blush I frankened and repressed has been used, maybe about 15 uses over the month. But, I don’t see any sign of new pan at all despite good use over the past few months. I do hope to finish this by the end of the year but I don’t know if I can!

My Mac foundation I only use on the weekends and I don’t always use makeup on the weekends. Last month the progress was so small that I didn’t mark it, so this month looks like good progress. But really it’s just normal progress. The pump I have on the bottle doesn’t actually fit the packaging and I think I am getting very close to not being able to use the pump anymore. That’s the point I’ll really feel like I’ve made progress.

The Stila lipstick I’ve made great progress on! I feel closer than ever to being done. I measure it at the highest point on the lipstick so really it’s within a few months to being done.

The colourpop supershock shadow has seen use, and I have somehow really managed to disturb the shadow now, which feels like making progress. I really should get in there and smash it all back into place. I use this pretty regularly to add a little extra sparkle to any eyeshadow I am using. I used to rotate through a number of shadows that served this purpose but now I am exclusively using this one in hopes to finish it up.

And finally my makeup forever artist color pencil, I’ve also been really working hard at this one. It’s been great for using lipgloss over top and honestly I’ve managed to use up two sample size lip glosses completely this way, ones I never even documented in this project. It’s really almost finished as soon I’ll be unable to sharpen it further.

So, I still sit at 18 items finished out of the 22 goal. I will certainly have one more item used by next update if not two. And then it might be a longish slog to finish the last few items. But I am happy with my progress and excited to see how the next few updates go!

The list:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation
Clinique eyeliner
Pretty Vulgar powder

Graveyard Project Pan Update 1

On May 4, I posted the start of my graveyard project pan, a project I’ve always wanted to do but never had the space for. It’s time for update 1.

Resurrection products last month:

With the cover FX palette, my goal is to try to hit pan on the blush, bronzer, and brightener.

The NYX cream shadow (in the cover FX palette) the goal is to use up.

The tarte smoothing primer, goal is to use as much as possible.

Here’s the update photo:

I have already hit pan on the bronzer! I am going to keep using this as I attempt to hit pan on the other two pans. I have been using the NYX cream colored shadow to set my eye base but I don’t use it every time. It’s hard to tell if much progress has been made, but there’s so little in there I am not concerned. And, the tarte primer I made a nice amount of progress on though it may be hard to tell. I am really working my way down one side in order to be able to see progress evenly as I update. Originally my goal was to use as much as possible, but now my goal is to use this up. I feel that my progress is pretty good, and even if I don’t finish it before the end of October there’s a good chance I’ll finish by the end of the year.

Collecting Cobwebs last month:

My goal was to use each eyeshadow in the palette at least once, which I did. There were a number of shadows I used 4 times over the month. I have an ongoing project of using each of my eyeshadows once this year, so I am going to roll in new palettes in this category.

The mac powder I’ve been using almost every time I use makeup. It’s a domed product and I am not sure it’s going to be easy to see any progress at all, but I do feel I’ve worn down the dome significantly.

Here’s this month’s photo:

And now to roll in something a little more challenging for my eyeshadow palettes. There’s a total of 48 shadows plus two highlighters here, as I am going to work my way through my BH Zodiac and Zodiac Love palette.

This is rather a large undertaking, and will likely take me more than a month to complete. I’ll hold off the next update until I have completed this portion of the project. I’ll be recording each use and likely each shimmer will get used once but the mattes more than once. In the past I’ve had a lot of trouble with these shimmers staying on my eyelids and not creasing so I am likely going to experiment a bit with what types of primers I use with these. Then I need to write down my results so that I can remember what works best!

Many times I’ve considered depotting these palettes and only keeping the mattes but I am glad these are intact for now. Hopefully I can find a way for the shimmers to work well for me.

That’s it from here! I am thinking that this year’s project pans have been some of my favorite. They’ve been rather reasonable and not too crazy making. Good visible progress and some flexibility built in. I wish the same for you if you are a project panner!

22 in 2022 Project Pan update #6

Last month had been great for progress, and I am delighted that while I finished fewer items this month, it was another pretty good month. Here’s last month’s photo:

And this month:

I finished 3 items this month, the Coola spray, the amazonian clay color corrector, and a mascara. So, when including my bonus items, I am at 18 used up products out of 22.

A quick overview of the other items-I have been consistently using the make up forever powder, but only under my eyes, so the progress is slow. There’s a little blue line on the washi tape that indicates where I am now.

The mac foundation-progress is slow! While I am slightly under the line I made last month on the washi tape, it wasn’t worth marking again. But I do feel good about how much I’ve done with this over the year and I think I will be able to finish it. It’s just that it does not work for me at work, as the masks remove this foundation quickly. So, it’s relegated to days off foundation and I don’t always wear makeup on my days off, obviously.

I am happily working on my benefit eyebrow gel, but this will likely dry out before I use it up.

I did not mark my tarte lip jelly because it’s too close to being gone to mark. I really enjoy this and use it fairly regularly.

I have used my frankenblush as I do very much want to get this finished up this year but there’s a lot more of it now that I scraped the edges and mixed it with some highlighter. Plus, it’s rather a cool tone and we are in a season in which I tend to enjoy wearing some warmer toned blushes.

My makeup forever artist color pencil is going well! This is generally what I am wearing on my lips at work, this as my base with a gloss overtop. Since we are masking more than we were, this is a good product for switching between a mask and no mask.

The colourpop supershock shadow is something I keep around for the moments I want a little more sparkle on my eye look. I don’t think I used it much over the past month. Slow progress!

And, my stila lipstick-while I did use it, marking it would have not worked, as the progress was minimal. Again, it’s dark and cool toned which isn’t my preference for a more summery makeup routine.

All in all though, I am pleased with my progress and excited to keep going. The jelly glaze will be gone by next month for sure. I may also be able to finish the powder. The lip pencil is getting quite close too, but I am not certain that’ll be gone by next update.

The two items I am absolutely determined to finish no matter what this year are the lipstick and the mac foundation. I would love to be able to say I finished 2 lipsticks in one year! I have lots of foundation so I am eager to finish up one that doesn’t stick to my face as well as others. So I really need to get to concentrating on those again, even if I just use the lipstick a couple times a month.

Anyhow, that’s it from here, with my master list below. Have a great weekend!

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation
Clinique eyeliner
Pretty Vulgar powder

Graveyard Project Pan 2022

I’ve been watching the graveyard project pans on youtube over the years but never quite felt like I had the space to work on one. But, with only the 22 in 2022 going on right now, and feeling pretty confident about it at the moment, I think I could fit in a graveyard project pan this year.

So the basic idea, start April 30 (oops! Failed that already, but shouldn’t be a major issue) and end on Halloween. Items should be of two categories-

Resurrection: a product from a previous project pan

Collecting Cobwebs: a product that is getting old

Choose 5-10 products total, and it’s rolling style.

I went back through my project pans over the past few years, and it was kind of fun! I could see that by and large I tend to really use up the products that land in a project pan. Nevertheless, I made a list of items that have been in past projects and I could see continuing to work on.

Resurrection products:

  1. Cover FX palette-I do not intend to work on the highlighters in this palette, only the blush, bronzer, and brightener. The hope would be to hit pan on all 3. I think the hardest goal there would be to do so on the blush.
  2. NYX shadow pan-I use this as an eye primer setting shade and it was in my project pan last year. I did not finish it but I am now so close! I am confident I can finish this one.
  3. Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer-this is the first primer I purchased ever and so it’s the oldest in my collection. It was also in a project years ago but I just wasn’t using it so I removed it. I would like to get this used up, but that feels like a very distant goal. So, I’ll get as much use as possible over the course of this project

Here’s where the three of these are right now.

The NYX shadow pan is in the cover FX palette, as I finished the finishing powder in the palette earlier this year.

Collecting Cobwebs:

  1. Mac Mineralized Skin Finish powder-I bought this at least two years ago now and just didn’t use it all that much. I like it a lot, it’s lightweight and pretty. So, I think I want to work on finishing it up this summer.
  2. Tarte Be a Mermaid and Make Waves eyeshadow palette-this is the oldest eyeshadow palette in my collection and has been in multiple projects. As you can see I’ve got so much use out of it! And I truly still love it, it’s a fantastic palette. For this goal, I am going to say use it until I’ve worked through each shadow at least once and keep tally. Then I can roll it out and then roll in a different older palette in my collection to do the same. This will kind of coincide with a personal and not blogged about project I’ve been working on in my makeup stash.

Here’s the current photos on these two items.

I am finishing up a bronzer and contour in my 22 in 2022 project but I am so close to being finished on those so I think a different face palette will be great to use over the summer months. I will update monthly on this project since I want to roll out eyeshadow palettes and roll new ones in.

22 in 2022 Update #4

I’ve been eager to share my progress on my 22 in 2022 project again, and while it’s a couple of days early, I’ve got time now so I am going to share it. I’ve been concentrating on certain items and then rolling new ones in when I am done or close to done with the ones I am concentrating on. This keeps it from being unwieldy with too many products to photograph at once. Last month was a fantastic month, I’d finished a whole bunch of items so it felt like I was getting a serious refresh. A refresh is always inspiring so this month was very pleasant as well. Here’s what I was working on last month.

And here’s where I am now:

I am going to quickly discuss the finished items first. I posted last month that I had finished a tower 28 lip jelly but couldn’t find the container. I found the container so it’s here. I also finished a clinique eyeliner, pretty sure it was a travel size, and I’ve added that to my bonus items. I also finished, or as much as possible finished, an ofra liquid lipstick. To be honest if this was in good shape I could have pulled the stopper out and kept going. However, it’s so so dry, I purchased it a few years ago and I think sometimes the travel size packaging doesn’t keep product as fresh as it should. I also finished my laura mercier secret brightening powder. However, I am rolling in the makeup forever powder which is a sample size too tiny to use easily, so I am dumping that powder into the laura mercier container. This is the last you’ll see of the makeup forever container.

As for progress, I cut my sunscreen packaging and there was a ton more product in it, it’ll take me all month to finish what is in there, perhaps even longer. I continue to make slow but steady progress on the mac foundation. I don’t wear it to work because it wears off fast under a mask, and I do still need to wear a mask when in the halls or elevators. I work in healthcare so the rules are more strict than many places.

I hit pan on the sleek palette bronzer which I am so proud of. And I am working away at the contour shade still. Originally I said I’d just finish the contour and then let the palette go. I now want to finish both pans. Everything else has had fairly steady progress, except for the make up forever lip pencil and the supershock shadow. I’ve worn both of those items but progress is very slow.

I am adding in, as a new lip product, my stila lipstick. I’ve actually been using it pretty consistently over this past month and I will continue to do so. I’ve had this in previous project pans and never managed to finish it, but I like the formula and the color. It’s just that I have this color in newer products. So it’s time to finish this one up.

And finally a note on the pan of blush, it doesn’t look like this anymore. I have repressed it. And, I added in a bit of leftover highlighter I had hanging around after almost finishing the pan of highlighter. So, next time you see it, it’ll look completely different. Repressed and with some shimmer. But the repressing should make it easier to finish up.

So as of mid-April, I have finished 10 items. I am pleased with this progress indeed. I am not sure I’ll finish anything by next update but if I do, it’ll be the sunscreen or the setting spray. I’d be pleased with either item. And if nothing gets finished, that’s ok too. 10 items already is a serious win and I can afford to have a slow down on progress now.

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation
Clinique eyeliner

Everything But The Sink project pan finale

I have finally worked through my extremely large collection of sample size items as well as a number of other items that I’d thrown into a bin at the end of last year. I think I have about three unused sachet samples left and I have used up ALL of my tiny floss samples that annoy me. I am ready to call this one quits.

But not without showing you all the items I worked my way through since January 23, the last time I posted an update. This finale comes with the finishing of a few larger items as well. I am pretty thrilled with getting all these tiny items out of my house. Overall very successful little project for me over the past half a yearish I have been working at it.

22 in 2022 Update #3

This is my “good” update. I finished a number of items I’ve been working on, some of which I’ve been working on for years now. Very exciting.

Here’s where I was last month.

I knew I’d have a very good month if I worked at it! So let’s start with the photo of the finished items.

I finished my bare minerals bare pro foundation, my juice beauty illuminating primer, my Ilia lip balm, a brow pencil, a bite beauty lipstick and my hourglass dim light ambient lighting powder. Not pictured is my tower 28 lip jelly that is also finished. I am not sure where the container went! But this is the second one I’ve finished this year and I am hoping to finish 2 more by the end of this year even though they aren’t on my list.

Now for my progress on the other items along with a few items I am rolling in.

I’ve made good and steady progress on my mineral sunscreen. In fact, the only way I can get product out of it is to take the cap all the way off and squish the tube sideways so I think that’ll be gone next month.

While I planned to roll out the mac foundation, I kind of just want to keep working on it bit by bit? I know I didn’t make great progress as I was concentrating on the bare minerals powder foundation. But I am glad I did get to work on it a bit.

The setting spray has far less progress than I would have hoped!

My Sleek cream face palette has seen a bit of use. I’ve been using both the bronzer and the counter. However, I did not use this during the time I was working on the powder foundation so that slowed progress.

The tarte undereye color corrector is seeing great progress and I am using it daily. I really enjoy this product, even more than the becca one, so it is nice to know I’ve found a substitute. I am worked at the sides to clear them out before using the other half.

elf illuminating putty primer hasn’t seen a ton of use as it didn’t work well with the powder foundation but I’ve been trying to remember to use it again now that the powder foundation is used up.

Things I am rolling in-Laura Mercier secret brightening powder, there’s a little of this left and I’ve been working at it all year. That being said, this product is slow even with daily use. An Ofra liquid lipstick which is almost dry and I am scraping the sides of the container on, it’s a great color on me and easy to wear. A pan of blush that I hit pan on last year and have just been using any time I am wearing cooler toned eyeshadow. It’s my current default cooler toned blush and I am so close now to being finished that I want to keep going. My tarte lip mask, I am keeping this at work and using it when I am wearing masks so often that lipstick is a silly idea. My make up forever lip liner which I’ve had forever and looks great with the ofra liquid lipstick, and finally, a colourpop super shock shadow in the shade frog. It’s more of a topper shadow than anything else and I am using it anytime my eyeshadow is looking particularly lackluster.

I don’t really think that there’s much I’ll be able to complete in the upcoming month except perhaps the sunscreen and maybe the powder. Next month won’t be nearly as exciting of an update I am sure, but this month has been delightful.

The list I posted at the beginning of the year, I will cross items off as I complete them:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation

22 in 2022 Update 2

Last month’s photo:

And for this month I am rolling a bunch of things in as well as showing progress.

My bare minerals bare pro powder foundation got used but barely. Under that is my hourglass dim light bronzer and I have worked very hard on that one, just a little left to go. Another chunk of my cerave sunscreen is gone and more nice progress is made on my juice beauty primer.

I had chosen last month to keep my mac foundation in the project because we were wearing KN95 masks all day at work and so choosing a foundation that doesn’t hold up well under masks seemed wise. I didn’t need it to, I just needed it to hold up on the parts of my face that weren’t masked. So about the same amount of progress was made last month as the month before. I would say I am about halfway through the foundation now. But, we have been told we can start wearing regular masks again, so I’ll be setting this aside for days where it is warmer and I am outside without masks. I probably won’t show progress on this again until progress is made.

I added in my Ilia lip balm and tower 28 lip jelly last month. Good progress achieved on both. The tower 28 jelly might be finished next month, though now that regular masks are in order again, I might try my lipsticks again.

Because the hourglass bronzer is almost gone, I am adding in my sleek cream contour. Because I am making good progress on it, I am adding my tarte color corrector. Because the juice beauty primer is close to being finished, I am adding the elf luminous putty primer. I am almost done with the precisely my brow pencil so I am adding that, it’ll be gone by next month. And for good measure, the maybelline setting spray has been marked and added.

I believe that I will be done with the brow pencil, the bite beauty lipstick, the tower 28 lip jelly, the hourglass powder, and the juice beauty primer next month. I am also going to go in hard on the bare minerals bare pro foundation. It’ll be the one I use almost exclusively over the next month to see if I can finish it up. So far, nothing completed. But I am on track to finish a bunch of things in the upcoming month.

The list I posted at the beginning of the year, I will cross items off as I complete them:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation

Another Everything but the Sink update

I’ve kept working on my bin of samples and travel size products as well as a number of items I am was close to being done with. More samples have entered my life and they got thrown in the bin as well to be used. Here’s another grouping of finished items.

The big news, for me, is that I FINALLY started making progress on all the travel size dental floss. I find the travel sizes so annoying. You use them for a week and then you go to get another length of floss and you get half the amount necessary. It’s just too irritating. But over the past month I have seriously committed to getting them used. I’ve got loads more to go through, obviously the pile of these has grown for years, but I am now determined to keep after it.

This group has a ton of sachets that I used up. Nothing here is super duper remarkable. I’ve enjoyed the project quite a bit, but it has also shown me that so much of what I use is pretty interchangeable. At least for me. I’ve got my skin in a place that is fairly good. Fairly normal. I deal with some masking related acne which is annoying but I also have products to use for that. I am no longer dehydrated, definitely not terribly oily during the winter, pretty balanced overall. And honestly that means that I can change up a thing or two here and there, use up these products, and it doesn’t screw up my skin or my routine. Kind of a fun place to be!

22 in 2022 Update 1

I knew in December that I was going to do this project or one like it, and as such, took photos and began working through the items at that time. I posted the official start of this project at the beginning of the year. But at that time, I did not take update photos because I wanted to make a little more progress.

Here’s the photo from the start of the project.

And here’s where I am now:

At the beginning of this year I said that the mac foundation was a “bonus” item and I’d remove it during update 1. I had also intended to wait to finish the bite beauty lipstick before posting an update. There’s been a massive change of plans. Due to the current situation with the pandemic in our state, and because I work in a healthcare facility, mask rules have changed drastically. The first change was that we have to mask all the time unless my door is closed and I am the only one in my office. Then, they instituted KN95 requirements, and, there’s a mask mandate for our city in general. Basically, we are back to where we were during the worst of the pandemic last year, or worse. Instead of happily finishing up a lipstick, I am working on a gloss that feels nourishing as no one sees my lips. Instead of putting the mac foundation that doesn’t hold up well under masks aside, I am wearing it regularly. I only need it to hold where the mask isn’t, and it’s totally up to that challenge. So now is the prime time to use it. It stays in the project.

I’ve made some progress on the bare minerals bare pro foundation. But I am definitely at the moment concentrating on mac.

I’ve made massive progress on my hourglass dim light powder. I think 2 more months to finish. The pan is expanded greatly, side pan is hit, but one side still has a fairly thick amount on the pan. Unfortunately when getting the update photo I didn’t notice part of it was out of the picture, that’s the area with side pan.

I am plugging away at the sunscreen and it is going fine. My main complaint about the sunscreen is that it smells not great to me. I will be thrilled when it is gone.

The juice beauty primer works well over this sunscreen which is perfect since it has tended to make other sunscreens pill up. Now is the perfect time to finish it off, except that I have a terrible time remembering to use it! But, with the jellypop primer gone, if I can remember to use it, I think I can be done next month.

And, the bite beauty lipstick had some progress, but sadly is at a stand still. Once the weather warms I imagine I can wear it to all outdoor events, and perhaps the situation here will get better in a month or two. At that time, I’ll work at it again. It’s a bummer since I was so so close to finishing!

Since the situation has changed, I am adding in a tower 28 lip jelly (number 13 below.) This works great as a bit of a balm under my KN95 so I am eager to use it now. I have not even opened this yet, but I recently finished another of this size and it went pretty quickly.

I am also adding in my Ilia lip mask (number 11 in list below) as I have been dipping into it pretty hard when working from home or in the evenings. There’s a danger that if I don’t add it now, It’ll just be gone before I document it in any way.

I will attempt to do updates midmonth, though planning that way these days doesn’t always work for me. I am hoping that I can have one finished item next month!

The list I posted at the beginning of the year, I will cross items off as I complete them:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation

A to Z project pan finale

I began this project in February 2021 and I’ve decided I am at a point I am ready to stop it. So this is the finale. Let’s look at last month and then this month.

And my list:

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 use this update, with 12 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update and 13 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update with 41 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (0 uses this month, 6 total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (20 uses this update with 144 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update with 104 uses to finish)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (6 uses this update, 40 uses to finish my goal)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 93 uses to hit goal.)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses with 31 total uses to meet goal with massive pan!)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 74 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (1 uses with a total of 35 uses) While I did not make this goal or even hit pan, I gave this palette to a friend and that still feels like a goal met.
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (18 uses for a total of 98 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (3 uses for a total of 29 uses to meet my goal)

The big progress this month was finishing the jellypop primer and hitting pan in the zodiac palette. 2 goals met.

I decluttered one item to a friend and did not meet my goal on 7 items. But I still feel like this was a very successful project overall. A total of 11 pans were hit. 3 of those were face products and the rest were eyeshadow. And I completely used up 7 items. Using up a full highlighter was always an ambitious goal, but I hit pan, repressed, and I have two tiny baby pans on the repressed highlighter. This year I plan to actively work on finishing the highlighter and the nyx cream colored eyeshadow. I know I can finish the nyx, and I think I can finish the highlighter if I keep concentrating on it.

I chose not to put any of the items from this project in my 22 in 2022 project I just started, so I am hoping that the the finishes I make with these items in 2022 will just be additional items I get to move out of my collection after finishing. Little bonuses!

22 in 2022 Intro

As stated in yesterday’s post, I have been looking logically at my collection and deciding what I can work through in a planned manner over the year. I’ve chosen 22 items total plus a few bonus items to work on in case I struggle with some on the main list. I really do want to hit that 22 item goal. This project is not meant to be a rotate through my collection project, it’s a use it up project. I may mess around with a usage project in the future.

Let’s start with the photo I took last month, I am not providing new photos yet.

My intention for this project is for it to be a rolling project. Photographs otherwise get too overwhelming. I will still use the other items in the project but photograph those I am really concentrating on. But I am going to list out all 22 here plus the bonus items. For the record, the above Mac foundation will not be featured as a main 22, it’ll be a bonus item because I don’t actually think I will be able to finish it. I will not be photographing it again unless major progress is being made.

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation

I will go through all these items now and try to do some progress lines, and then I’ll start taking photos of them at the end of this month.

2022 makeup collection plans

I’ve been using the app GlowinMe to track my makeup collection. I have everything in there now from face primers to color products. I do not have skincare in there. I do have sample/travel size projects. If an eyeshadow is a single shadow but in a curated magnetic palette, I counted it as one palette. If they are individual shadows, I counted them individually.

This is all to say that working on this project has been a lovely way to see what I have when I go to purchase other items. Much like with my yarn stash on Ravelry, I have easily been able to make better decisions because I am easily able to see from anywhere what I have, and what is often an abundance.

These seems like a bit of a hobby pattern for me. Purchase quite a lot because trying new things is inspiring but eventually getting a bit overwhelmed and wanting to find a way to cut back again. Then at some point evening out to a place where the collection isn’t too overwhelming but remains inspiring. I think with makeup, I am at the place of wanting a bit more balance and knowing what types of things I enjoy.

Yesterday I took this screenshot with my phone from the app.

You can see on there that it says stash 239. Now that number is a bit deceiving because if I have more than one of an item, the stash entry says 2 but the app does not count that as 2 separate items. The good news is that there are only 5 items that I have doubles of. There are also two lip balms I didn’t enter into my collection yet, but lip balm seems more of a skincare item to me than a makeup product so I may leave those two items out.

For project panning, I have finally fully decided to do a 22 in 2022 project. I will also be shutting down my A to Z that I started last February, but I just want to finish one more item before I shut it down. It’ll likely be shut down before a year is out. I am not entering much eyeshadow into the 22 in 2022 project as I want to play in my eyeshadow collection.

As for purchasing, I’ve decided to slow things down a bit. First of all, for eyeshadows, I’ve decided I really like the Nabla and Pat McGrath formulas. For the most part, I want to limit myself to those. And since they are pricey, this ends up being self limiting. I would like to build myself some wiggle room there, with a potential purchase of one other palette from a US based brand and one from a K or J beauty site. I want to continue to try some K and J beauty items in the upcoming year, but I want to limit myself to one new foundation total for the year. I will allow myself 5 total lip products, 1 primer, 3 powders, 1 setting spray (unless I run out and need to replace) and 4 colored face products (blush, highlighter, bronzer.)

Meanwhile I hope to be working through my collection well enough that those amounts make some sense. And, that my total collection numbers actually drop.

That’s it! That’s the plan. A low buy (and I will allow replacements if that ever happens) and a well thought out project in order to drop my overall collection number. I would kind of like to end up with my collection number under 200 by the end of the year. We’ll see if that’s possible. But all this will be a good start. Tomorrow will be my 22 in 2022 intro.

2022 Rolling Project Pan

You read that right! I am already posting about next year’s project pan. I am still working on my everything but the kitchen sink, and I am still working on my A to Z. But, I am also doing a full stash rotation this month in hopes to discover what I want to pan next year and I’ve already come up with 6 items. In my opinion, 6 items is a perfect number to begin. And I don’t really want to wait until January to begin.

These items will still be used sparingly this month since I am working on the stash rotation. But I really do not want to neglect them. By the time I finish the first item I should have a pretty good idea of what I’d next like to roll in.

At the top I’ve got some Bare Minerals Bare Pro powder foundation which you can see I’ve really worked at quite well over the years. I was keeping it at work and using it when I’d ride my bike or motorbike to work. But, during my stash rotation I found two more powder foundations, one of which I liked quite a bit more, so I think it’s time to get this one used up.

Next to that is an hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light. It has been in a previous project, I had wanted to hit pan which obviously I did. This shade actually works as a pretty decent bronzer in the dead of winter so now is a great time to try to get it used up.

The CeraVe mineral sunscreen I want to love, but I like the australian gold one so much better. I kind of hate the smell of the cerave one and it also doesn’t really set down nicely for me when I use it on its own. I feel kind of slimy all the time when I use it. I have heard it performs pretty well under makeup so I have decided to try to finish it. I’ll mark this one as soon as this post is finished.

The mac studio fix fluid foundation is just not great for me. It does not hold on to my skin during a work day and mask wearing. This one may be harder for me to pan, but my hope is to use it on days I don’t need a long wearing foundation in my life. I have washi tape on the side to indicate how much has currently been used.

The juice beauty primer I’ve tried to pan before. This product is kind of a pain because there is so much skin care it doesn’t pair well with. It likes to ball up and look terrible. But lately I’ve been able to use it in certain circumstances so I am going to try to finish it. It is pretty when it’s working well! I still have another primer in the A to Z project pan so this may be slow going initially. There’s a silver line on the right hand side indicating how much I’ve used so far.

And finally, my Bite Beauty lipstick. It has been in a project pan before. And honestly, I wear the heck out of it in times of no masking. It’s just one of those formulas that feels quite comfortable to wear. And the color is kind of a neutral to cool toned pink. So any time I am wearing a mauve or more cool toned eyeshadow, this lipstick works beautifully. It’s so close to being finished though, so I’d like to just be able to get it finished and out of my stash. I may also try it as a cream blush at some point, because I think it would look really nice that way.

That’s it, 6 items to start working on in the upcoming year and even before. And while I am doing my stash rotation I am certain I’ll find more.

A to Z project pan update #6

I decided to go back to my first A to Z project pan post to see how long I have been working on the project. I knew that I had not started at the beginning of the year. Turns out, it was February 15 of this year. I am proud to say that this update brings me to completion of a few other items, and now I only have 9 items left in this project pan. In fact, I am down to being able to take just one photo of the items for an update. Here’s where I was last month, two photos.

It had actually been a really big update, a ton of goals hit particularly in the eyeshadow department. This update isn’t quite as dramatic but I did hit 3 goals, two of those were new eyeshadow pans. I did also repress my highlighter so that’ll look different this time. I have not hit pan on the repressed highlighter. Here’s this update photo with the list of uses below.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update, with 11 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this update and 12 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 40 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this month, 6 total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (22 uses this update with 124 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update with 89 uses total)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (6 uses this update, 40 uses to finish my goal)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 93 uses to hit goal.)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses with 31 total uses to meet goal with massive pan!)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (14 uses with 64 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (1 uses with a total of 35 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (24 uses for a total of 80 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (9 uses for a total of 26 uses)

So, two more eyeshadow pans hit and another foundation sample used up. But, I am about to take a bit of a break from this project. I am not saying I don’t want to continue, I am just saying that this time of year I really enjoy a full stash shake up and rotation. I want to concentrate on the rest of my stash and figure out what I might concentrate on panning next year. I can tell you for certain I won’t be deliberately panning eyeshadows again next year. I might do some usage goals or something to that extent. I will, of course, consider doing some other type of panning project.

While I am working on my full stash shakeup and rotation, I will continue to work on some of the items in this project. I am pretty close to hitting my goal on the voodoo eyeliner and I think I can finish up the jellypop primer pretty quickly at this point. And the cream eyeshadow from NYX is something that will continue to be useful during a stash rotation. But the work on the eyeshadows is going to slow significantly. Once I’ve completed a stash rotation, I’ll try to finish up the final goals. But for now, I don’t intend to force myself to work on this project. See you on the flipside of stash rotation! Or in an upcoming project pan, once I’ve determined which items I really want to finish up.

Everything but the sink update1

Hi all,

A little over a month ago I threw a whole bunch of samples and products into a bin and claimed I wanted to get them used up. I’d been organizing my bathroom drawer and gotten frustrated with the amount of tiny items and almost finished items. I just wanted to concentrate on a few things and get them out of my drawer.

Here’s the original bin:

It’s not an organized project pan, it’s simply an attempt to clear the bin as much as possible. Quite frankly, over the month, more sample sizes have been thrown in there as they’ve come into my life. But I did try to tackle my first update in a fairly organized manner. I decided to concentrate on the sachets as well as the bigger items that had very little product left in them.

Here are the items I finished over this past little over a month. I am not going to go into great detail about them. There’s a couple of different moisturizers, all of them were almost finished when I put them in the project. I have decided I would not repurchase the murad one, it pills under makeup and that’s not great for me. I just use it as a night cream now. But, sadly, I have another full one! So I am now concentrating on getting that used up as well. Both Peter Thomas Roth items are very nice moisturizers. Through the winter I prefer something a bit heavier than the cloud cream moisturizer, but it’s a lovely one for the summer. These days, for makeup removal I prefer a cleansing balm or oil, but I am determined to finish off the three clinique makeup removers just on principle. I actually used one to assist in removing some stubborn tape residue on my craft room walls. 🙂

I am glad to let these empty packaging pieces go and start on a new batch in the upcoming months.

A to Z Project Pan update #5

While I don’t typically do monthly updates on this project because it’s been so very long term, this has been one of those strange months where quite a few goals are being hit all at once. Last month I had hit goal on two products, leaving me with 18 out of the original goals still left to meet. Here’s a little spoiler, I hit 6 goals over the past month! 6! So, only 12 goals left to meet on this project. Let’s take a look.

Last Month:

This month:
My highlighter has broken so after today I intend to repress it, it will not look this way next time I update.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update, with 10 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update and 9 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this update with 35 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, 3 total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (12 uses this update with 102 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (10 uses this update with 74 uses total)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update, 34 uses total)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses with 88 uses total)

Look at all the pan hit in the Nyx shadow pan!


Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses with 29 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 50 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (0 uses with a total of 34 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (16 uses for a total of 56 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (1 uses for a total of 17 uses)

While I fully expected to hit pan on both the tarte palette shades I was concentrating on, I did not at all expect to hit pan on two sultry palette shades. I am thrilled! I think I am getting close on steampunk as well. But, I am not going to commit to trying to get pan in that shade by next update. The other shades are quite underused so I think I’d rather concentrate on something else for a bit and see how I go. I think I might commit to trying to get the one pink matte “virgo” shade done in the zodiac palette, then I can put that entire palette away for a bit.

That’s all from here, I doubt I’ll be updating again in a month, I think this much progress in such a short time is not likely twice in a row. I’ll keep after it though, this has been a fun project to work on!

A to Z project pan Update #3

I have determined that I don’t need to update this project pan monthly, and that’s certainly been the case. My last update was May 7 so it’s been a bit of time. However, during that time there was at least one vacation in which I did not wear makeup. Nevertheless, I was able to finish 2 products over the past month. I have also narrowed my photos down to just two instead of three, as there are now fewer products overall.

Last Month
This month

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (17 uses this month, total uses 19.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this month, with 7 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this month and 5 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses this month with 19 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this month, 1 use total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses this month with 23 uses total)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (23 uses this month with 60 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (12 uses this month with 42 uses total)

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 21 uses total)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 21 uses total)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (23 uses with 47 uses total)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (19 uses with 53 uses total)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (24 uses with 71 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses with 16 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (11 uses with 22 total uses)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (9 uses with 29 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (10 uses with 14 uses total)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (5 uses with a total of 34 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (10 uses for a total of 23 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (4 uses for a total of 16 uses)

Recap:

With two more products finished, that leaves me 21 goals left to hit. It’s interesting because many of the items have around the same consistent usage per month within one or two uses. This time I can see I really concentrated on steampunk in the ABH palette. With 16 total uses I have to be getting close to hitting pan. The other one that I have used out of that palette is pearl though since I am using it as an inner corner highlight it’s less likely to hit pan despite its 47 uses now. I am pretty sure that my next goal met product will be the mario badescu facial spray. I am already quite a long way through it despite having also used the grace and stella spray. So, hopefully I can finish that one off by the next update. I am really hoping I’ll see pan in something as well! The jellypop primer is becoming frustrating. Despite 42 uses the line does not move. I still haven’t used enough of it to get it moving. On the other hand I really enjoy the primer and it is certainly a good bang for my buck.

Makeup depotting and repressing

While I am not sharing empties and purchases anymore, and I’ve got only one specific project pan running, I am still using up other makeup!

Last year I worked most of the year on a travel size of the Benefit Hoola bronzer. While I did not choose to keep using it for my A-Z project pan, I’ve been using it on the downlow and making good progress. Such good progress in fact that it was getting pretty hard to use.

The Hoola bronzer is on the left and since it’s a pretty small pan I just don’t have good product pick up on a brush anymore. I’d been meaning to repress it to the middle of the pan for awhile but hadn’t gotten around to it. But then I got to thinking about Benefit’s new release, Hoola Glow bronzer. I admit that while not a lot of new makeup releases sound particularly interesting to me at this point, that one did! Then I got to thinking about a pan of Pur bronzer I had depotted out of a palette ages ago. I used it a lot during the summer last year but it’s a bit dark, very glowy, and I can really only get away with it during the summer. I thought that maybe I could do a little experiment. The amount of bronzer I have left of the hoola is so small that if my experiment didn’t work, it really doesn’t matter. I figured I’d take my hoola matte and give it a bit of glow.

Originally I’d considered adding a highlighter to it but I think a glowy bronzer is better. So, I removed all the bronzer from the hoola travel size and put it in a small bowl. At that point I decided I didn’t need the packaging either, I really don’t have much product left, so I depotted the pan and recycled the plastic packaging. Then, I scraped some of the glowy pur bronzer into the bowl as well. I crushed both products and mixed them up really well then added a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the bowl. Once mixed in with the bronzer mixture, I pressed it into the hoola pan I had left.

On the left is my new hoola bronzer glowified, and on the right is the scraped pan of glowy pur bronzer.

I did have an opportunity to use my new to me hoola bronzer this morning and rather appreciated it, so the experiment was a success. I have new enthusiasm for a product that has taken me well over a year to finish and I’ve managed to remind myself that I don’t need a new glowy bronzer. If I could do it all over again, I would have left the pan in the packaging. After all, I quite liked how this turned out and could have made my own glowy bronzer using my full size Hoola bronzer and more of the glowy pur bronzer, nicely pressed into tidy packaging. But, I suspect I thought my experiment would fail so I didn’t have the foresight. In the end, I wouldn’t consider this a fail at all!

A to Z project pan update #2

Last update was March 25 and we are into May now, so I think it’s time for another update. Mostly because I had finished the IT cosmetics cc cream I had depotted into a tiny container and I want to wash the container for other products needing to be depotted.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (No usage in the first month, 2 uses in this update, not shown as it’s residing at work right now.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, with 4 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this month and total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses this month with 9 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this month, 1 use total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this month with 11 uses total)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (26 uses, with 50 uses total)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (23 uses this month with 37 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (14 uses with 30 uses total)

Last month
Current

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses with 14 uses total)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses with 16 uses total)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (14 uses with 24 uses total)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (17 uses with 34 uses total)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (25 uses with 47 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses with 6 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 11 total uses)

Last month
This month

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (19 uses with 37 total uses)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 20 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (4 uses total)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (8 uses with a total of 29 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (10 uses for a total of 13 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (7 uses for a total of 12 uses)

Last month
Current

Recap-

I’ve now finished 3 goals out of the original 26. I have not hit any pan on any of the many eyeshadows in the project. Then again, I didn’t really expect to. I’ve not been concentrating on any one thing in particular. Instead I’ve been mostly trying to divide my use between all of the shadows plus use items in the rest of my collection. I did increase the pan in the highlighter that I am looking to use up. By next update I expect to be done with the Grace and Stella facial spray and I think it’s likely I’ll also be done with the Urban Decay eye primer. Other than that, I am just plugging away at this project and really having a pretty nice go of it. It’s nice to have a focus on certain items in my collection while also giving myself the room to play with other items when I am feeling bored.

So that’s a wrap, 2 months in, 3 items finished, a few more getting close, and a lot of plugging away on the horizon.

A to Z Project Pan update 1

It’s been a month and a little over a week since I began this project pan, so I think it’s time for an update. I’ll do the letters and products in sections along with a photo from last month and this month’s photo under it. I’ll also list usage for this first month. Shall we get started?

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (No usage in the first month)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (no usage)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (1 use)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (24 uses)
H: Cover FX Palette Highlighter-goal is to hit pan on one of these. (I am making a change here as the highlighter is too dark, I am subbing in a pan highlighter from pur. I’ve already hit pan but my goal is to use it up. I used one or the other highlighter 14 times)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (15 uses, I depotted this and put it in the little blue container for easy access.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (16 uses, though it doesn’t look like any.)

First photo
Update1 with a new highlighter subbed in. I did not take photos of items I did not use.

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish. (Used 6 times and it is gone.)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (16 uses, MAJOR dent in this product!)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (17 uses)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (22uses)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses)

First photo
Update 1

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (18 uses)
V:Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (no usage)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (21 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (3 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (5 uses)

First photo
Update 1

I’ve been trying to look at this project pan as a long term project and not get overly focused on it to the detriment of the remainder of my collection. And I think overall it’s been successful. There are items that I’ve got great progress on like the two foundations I concentrated on. I am hoping to have both of those finished off by next update. And I can see some good dips going on in some of the shadows. However, I’ve spread out my shadow usage between the 3 palettes and other palettes in my collection pretty well. I only finished one item over this month, but that’s all I expected to finish. I think I can finish 2 items for next update, possibly 3. The additional bonus on this project is that since I’ve got multiple eyeshadows from 2 palettes, the colors that aren’t technically in the project are also showing a nice amount of use. The mermaid palette in particular has expanded pan in two of the matte shades.

Again, I am not planning to roll in new products when I am done with goals on current products. This is just a project to complete, the products will dwindle as I complete them. Once finished, I’ll see then how I am feeling about another project. But, this has been an enjoyable lowkey project for me this season as I ease back into the office more fully post vaccination.

A to Z Project Pan

You may or may not have noticed but I completely abandoned my project pan and my beauty balance posts when I abandoned the blog temporarily. I am not upset about it. I had fun while it lasted, made use of my products, and got what I needed out of it. I am ready to move on.

Beauty Balance posts aren’t coming back. I just….don’t care. I’ve been throwing empty stuff away willy nilly and kind of loving it. And sometimes I buy stuff too, and that’s fine as long as it doesn’t get out of hand.

But, I still kind of want to do a little project pan. A little something to concentrate on specific products. So, I’ve put together an A to Z project. This will have maybe monthly updates. It will not be rolling. Once the items are gone, they are gone. Or rather, once a goal is hit, the items roll out. I anticipate this being a year long project but mostly I just want to see if I can hit goal on everything and then do something new.

I’ve chosen a wide variety, some items should be fairly easy to use, some will be longer term. Some I won’t even use until later in the year. This is also rather eyeshadow heavy, there are two palettes I really want to see a lot of use in this year. I am also not going to hold myself carefully to one month updates, I’ll just get to them when I get to them. And finally, I am also going to track progress. If I use the item on a particular day, it will get tracked. I do like that idea very much.

A to Z:

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish.
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan.
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan.
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan.
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan.
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan.
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish.
H: Cover FX Palette Highlighter-goal is to hit pan on one of these.
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish.
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish.

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish.
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan.
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan.
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish.
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan.
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan.
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan.
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan.
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan.

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish.
V:Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7.
W: Lancome Teing Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish.
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow.
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up.
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade.

I really had to start getting creative there in the end, trying to make the makeup in my collection fit a letter. But I think I did it just fine! I’ve gone a little heavy on eyeshadows, but ABH palettes tend to be softly pressed, and I’ve used the tarte palette loads. The others are all more of a primer setting shadow, so I should be able to get those done as well. There’s a number of foundations but they are all sample sizes or heavily used already. I think the blush and bronzer will be the hardest to hit goal on, perhaps the highlighter as well. But, that cover FX palette is one I’d like to pan in the future so getting some good use on it will help get me closer to that goal. Since we are already mid-February, my plan is for the first update on this one to be the beginning of April. I am eager to get started!

Day 18

Guess who got good sleep last night? This girl! Little foster nugget did not whine in her kennel at all last night so she’s really catching on to the routine. She also went for her third walk last evening, and she actually enjoyed herself. She had a moment or two here and there where she was concerned, but by and large had a great time. Progress is being made, including so much progress that she’s getting nice and naughty around the house. This is exactly the type of progress we want to see out of a timid dog, it means she’s blossoming right before our eyes.

The other good news is that she has a potential home, she will meet her potential family on Saturday. We will have her through the end of the year no matter what, but it will be good to get her home settled and know where she is going once she’s done with all her vetting.

As for the advent stuff, let’s start with the christmas ornament. My goal with this project is to have only spent money on the pattern. From the start, I had intended only to knit from stash yarn and stuff with stash wool. So far so good! However, I am running out of lighter colored yarns for contrast. So for this christmas ball I used a handspun yarn. It’s mostly natural colored with a few bits of a light brown thrown in. You can see that in the ornament itself.

It works just fine, and there’s something pretty about the addition of silk in the handspun that is adding some places with extra shine. I really enjoyed using the handspun on this one.

I am actually falling behind on knitting these. Initially I was keeping a few balls ahead each day so that I could get them blocked and then a decent photograph taken. But, this morning before work I had to put the kettle on and boil some water so I could steam block this one before work. The photo is dark, but it is still evocative of the christmas spirit. I actually love those dark december days leading up to winter solstice.

As for my makeup advent, this morning I opened my too faced natural face palette. This one tends to be a little on the darker side and I typically only wear it in the summer. Receiving it in the winter felt like a bit of a stretch! But at the same time, I think I made it work just fine. I used a blush, a bronzer, and a highlighter out of this.

And that’s it, that’s day 18 as a wrap. Looking forward to a weekend!

Day 16 and 17

On day 16 I was working from home. And the item that my daughter had wrapped for me was a perfume, my Nest black tulip. So, that felt very much like a little bonus, as I didn’t have to wear makeup that day, it was a nice break.

However, day 17 has been an in office day for me, and I received my royal blue eyeliner. Since this was in a project at the beginning of the year, this felt very much like something I have already spent a ton of time with this year. But, I definitely don’t regret having to use it today. I paired it with my Colourpop It’s My Pleasure palette for another purple look.

It was a bit of a tiring night and I think it shows. Mr. Ink wanted me to stay up later than usual watching a show, which I did. When I went to bed, I gave foster dog to Miss Butterfly as usual, but she’s become rather attached to me now. So, she wouldn’t knock off the whining once I handed her over for bedtime. In an effort for me and my daughter to get sleep, I got back up, moved the kennel into our bedroom, and then put her in our bedroom in the kennel. Took her a bit, but she did settle there. Unfortunately, she did wake us up multiple times during the night. But I think she’ll get used to it! And I suspect we’ll only have her through the end of this year, I think she’ll find a home quickly anyhow. She did also massively screw up my morning routine by being in our bedroom, but I’ll just work out a new routine and call it good.

On to the Christmas Balls. For yesterday’s christmas ball, I had gotten a bit tired of the same christmas colors over and over, so I decided to try something new. I pulled out two leftover sock yarns and used those as my colors.

I absolutely love this one! It just turned out so pretty, and it was exactly what I needed.

In keeping with that, I used the same lighter blue and paired it with a charcoal color for the next one. This ball is called winter wonderland and each side had a different motif. When I chose the colors I wanted to consider what snow looks like at night. I’ve got the charcoal of the night and the blue tones that the snow takes on in the deep winter.

There’s a tree, a church, and a home with a star above it. Another side features another home, but it’s similar to the one above and I didn’t take a further photo.

It’s been enjoyable to try a few new color combos. In reality, I am running out of the lighter colors in normal size yarns so it’s harder and harder to make colors pop. Creativity is helping! I just don’t want to knit the remainder of the balls for this year on size 0 needles. That’ll have me giving up too fast. We’ll see what I come up with for the final 7!