Today’s post is the first update on my Project Pan, which I started at the beginning of January. I’ve decided to space out my check-ins and do them every two months, so my next update will be in April, and then the last one in June.
While I want to get as much use out of these products as possible, my approach to this Project Pan was to pace myself. I knew, particularly with makeup, that I would go crazy if I had to wear the same things day in and day out for six months straight, so I came up with a schedule that would allow me to switch up my products while still getting use out of my Project Pan items. I usually wear makeup 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday, so I promised myself that I would use my Project Pan makeup 5 days a week, and then I could switch it up with another product on the sixth day. This has been working out pretty well, I think!
Now onto my update:
Kiehl’s Mango Lip Balm
I’ve been keeping this in my purse and typically use it once or twice a day as I’m leaving the house for work. It is getting used, it’s just slow going. I’m likely not going to be able to finish this by June, especially because I don’t really like this lip balm, but at least I will have gotten some use out of it.
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème lipstick in Shiraz
This is one of the only products in my Project Pan where I can visually see a difference in how much product I’ve used. I’m so close to the end, you guys! I’ll definitely be able to finish it even by the end of March. I’ve been wearing this to work every day; it normally takes me forever to finish a lipstick because I’ll apply it in the morning and then won’t reapply for the rest of the day. Since I’m trying to finish this lipstick up, I’ve started reapplying after lunch and I’ve actually been enjoying that routine.
Jack Black Lip Balm x2
I have two Jack Black lip balms that I’m trying to get through, one that sits on my desk at work and the other on my bedside table. It seems like I’m making headway on the one from my bedside table, but the other one has a ways to go yet.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter in Moonstone
When I first opened this highlighter, I thought that it would be fairly easy to use up. Three months in, and it feels (and looks) like I haven’t even made a dent in it! As much as I would like to hit pan, I love this product so much that I kind of want it to last forever. This is one of the products on this list that I think I won’t ever get sick of.
NYX High Definition Blush in Taupe
You know how when you pan a product, the edges of where you panned keep crumbling off? That keeps happening to me with this product, which is why there’s all these broken bits in it. It’s really annoying but it’s still usable.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty
This blush shattered on me during an overnight trip. There were two weeks in which I didn’t use it because we don’t have any rubbing alcohol at home to put it back together, but I was able to eventually re-press it. Unfortunately, the classic Tarte blush pattern on the top is gone, but it still performs the same, which is what matters. Visually, it seems like I’ve barely used any of this up – boo!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup
Instead of using this once a week like I used to, I have been using it every day, and I feel like I’m making really good headway on this! When I first started doing Project Pan, the foundation level was where the word “weightless” is on the bottle, and now it’s where “peptide infused” is. I should be on track to finish this by the end of April at the latest!
A/G Conditioning Mist Detangling Spray
As I mentioned in my original Project Pan post, I am trying to use this up because I neither love it or hate it and just want to finish it. I spray this leave-in conditioner on my hair after every wash, but it doesn’t feel like I’ve gone through much. I think the weigh-in will definitely let me see how much I’ve used!
Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut
I’ve been wearing this consistently since I started my Project Pan, but I still forget to apply perfume every so often. I would say that I’d call it a good week if I remember to use it 3-4 times a week. It’s going to be a sad day when I finish this perfume – I absolutely LOVE the scent.
Urban Decay 24/7 Dual-Ended Pencil Liner
I feel like I got some decent use out of this, although it’s hard to tell – I should have sharpened the pencil before doing the weigh-in, haha! The Project Pan has encouraged me to use the matte brown side, Demolition, a lot more than I normally would. I do think I’m on track to finish it by June!
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liner in Underground
This eyeliner barely moved in the last two months! I normally use this in my lower lashline because it’s a shimmery brown, and sometimes that’s an “extra” step for me – nice but not needed, and often gets cut out of my beauty routine when I’m short on time (which is most of the time). I’m going to spend the next four months making more effort to use this more often!
Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched
Gonna be honest, I have not even touched this moisturizer. I’m going through a bunch of other skincare right now and don’t want to keep flip-flopping between products because my skin probably won’t like that. Hopefully in March, I can start shifting my focus to this moisturizer.
Finally, I did my weigh-in and here is what it looks like at the end of February:
The biggest difference in weight, as one would expect, was with the liquid products such as the detangling spray, perfume, and foundation. My powder products didn’t even budge! Maybe my goal shouldn’t be to pan them, but to just get the weight to go down 0.001 kg from when I first started, hah!
Let me know if you are doing a Project Pan this year! I would love to read all about it.