Happy Tuesday, everyone! For those of you in Canada and the US, I hope you had a good long weekend. Fall has always felt like a new beginning to me in some ways, because it’s a new school year. Even though I haven’t been in school for a long time, it still feels like that for me!
Today’s blog post is a update on my second Project Pan of the year, which I started in July. I felt like I totally failed on my Project Pan these last two months by not using the products as much as I should have, but I realized I used more than I thought once I started weighing the products. In the post where I introduce the items I selected for my Project Pan, I realized that I took photos in a way that aren’t very good for before/after comparisons, so I consciously tried to do a better job this time.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty
This blush was included in my first Project Pan, and after using it for six months straight, I needed to take a break from it. I didn’t use it at all in July and first half of August, but now that I’ve started using it again, the break made me realize how much I love this blush. I feel refreshed after using other blushes for a while, and I’m ready to completely pan this baby!
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Liar
Ugh, I love the Revolution formula so much and am sad they discontinued it. I wasn’t wearing lipstick at work for a good chunk of the summer because my lips were pretty dry for some reason, but I’m making my way through this slowly but steadily. I feel like the colour is washing me out a little because I’m more tanned, so I’ve been mixing this with the ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Still Crazy, which is a medium pink.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Liner in Perversion and Demolition
This was another product that was part of my first Project Pan, and I included it in my second PP because I’m determined to USE THIS UP! I feel like I finished up quite a bit of this in the last two months. There’s still a ways to go, but I’m doing a good job getting through it so far!
Becca Back Light Priming Filter
Unfortunately, I didn’t use this much in July and August – partly because it was so hot that I tried to minimize the amount of layers on my skin, but also because I’m having so many problems with my skin and I’ve pretty much cut down on 90% of the stuff that goes onto my face – this item included. I want to clear out my skin before adding it back into my routine slowly. It might mean I won’t finish it by the end of the year, but I’m okay with that for the sake of having clear skin again.
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honeysuckle Body Spray
This is one product where I can visibly see progress, and I feel like I’m making decent strides in finishing it. I still keep forgetting to use perfumes/sprays when I walk out the door, but I’m getting better at it. A reminder to myself: never buy body sprays again after this. Most perfumes don’t really last on me, let alone body sprays. This one lasts about 2 minutes on me, even when I douse myself in it the way a 14-year-old boy wears Axe.
Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse
Ahhhh! I think I only used it twice in the last two months, but it was mainly because I showered at night most of the time (I wanted to go to bed squeaky clean after sweating in 35 degree heat all summer), and I didn’t really see a point in putting volumizing mousse in my hair when I was just going to sleep on it right after. I definitely need to make more of an effort to use this in the upcoming months.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
I haven’t been using dry shampoo much this summer because it’s been so hot that I’ve needed to wash my hair every day – dry shampoo just doesn’t cut it for me. I still did get some decent use out of it, though – I feel like I’m on track to finish it by the end of the year.
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Trying to pan this guy is stressing me out LOL, but I’m so determined. I am trying to completely pan Naked, and see baby pan on Virgin, Sin, and Buck. I see significant progress in Naked compared to the beginning of July, but Virgin, Sin and Buck don’t look like they’ve moved an inch, even though I use them almost every day. It’s been really difficult to make myself reach for this every day when I have new eyeshadows that I want to review for the blog, and quite frankly, I just want to go for different eye makeup every day. But I’ve found that a good way to vary my eye looks while still using the Naked palette is to layer Sin on top of another lid shade; this way, I get a little more variety while still using Sin up. My favourite by far is using it on top of ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadow in the shade Weenie, which is a rose gold. Super pretty! I’m a little sad now to be panning this when Urban Decay has announced that they are discontinuing it, but I know it will be so satisfying to finish it!
I’m a little worried about my progress with this palette, because I’ll be on holiday for a total of 4 weeks within the next few months. I don’t plan on taking this palette with me. I feel like taking a break from it for so long may be a deterrent from panning it. We’ll see – I might take this on my second trip.
So my goal was to finish 2 samples a month for a total of 12 from July to December (2 per month), and after two months, I have finished…two. I just don’t reach for samples a lot. The ones I finished were the Farmacy Honey Potion and the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. The Farmacy Honey Potion was pretty good – it warms on the face as you rub it in, and it makes my skin feel smooth and hydrated, although this is a small sample so I’m not sure if I would see long-term benefits. I still don’t know if I’d buy the full size, but I think I would be interested in buying a mini. I did not enjoy the Clinique mascara at all – it did nothing for my lashes either in terms of volume or length, and the curl didn’t hold up very well.
This is how much everything weighed by the end of August. I decided to take the weight off for the UD eyeliner, since it was so small that the weight is inconsequential.
Are you on a Project Pan, or are there any products you’re currently working on finishing?