Project Pan Volume 2: Update #2

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m writing my final update on my second Project Pan of 2018, which I started back in July. Read on to see how far I made it with all of these products in the last six months!

From Left to Right: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty on July 1st and December 31st

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty

Not to toot my own horn, but I am so proud of myself on this guy! This blush was part of my first Project Pan of the year, and after trying to pan this blush for the entire year, I have come SO CLOSE. You can see that there is a tiny ring left at the edges, but I would say that this is as good as finished. Can I just go ahead and call this a successful pan? We all know how difficult it is to finish blushes! I will be continuing to use this in 2019 until the pan is completely clean – but first, I am going to take a break from it to use some of my other blushes for a while!

From Left to Right: Becca Back Light Priming Filter and Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honeysuckle Eau de Toilette Spray on July 1st and December 31st

Becca Back Light Priming Filter

Well, this clearly isn’t finished, but I’m not too mad about it, to be honest. The main reason I put it in my Project Pan was because I suspected it was starting to go bad, but 6 months later and the product is still perfectly usable, so I don’t mind carrying it into the new year. Plus, I had kind of neglected it in the first half of the year, and the Project Pan really gave me the opportunity to rediscover and love it. Even though I’m nowhere close to finishing this up, the pictures are showing me that I managed to get some really good use out of it, which makes me happy.

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honeysuckle Eau de Toilette Spray

I completely finished this body spray up, just in the nick of time at the end of December! I felt like I have been drenching myself in this for the last few months, and my husband at one point said “OMG why are you putting so much perfume on?!” as he watched me douse myself in it before work. The scent pretty much disappears on me the second I put it on, which is why I spray so much on myself. As much as I enjoyed the fresh scent of this, I know better than to buy body sprays anymore!


From Left to Right: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Liar and Urban Decay 24/7 Dual Pencil Liner in Perversion/Demolition on July 1st and December 31st

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Liar

Near the end of December, I was reapplying this lipstick what felt like 4 times a day at work just to use this up! I wouldn’t say that this is finished – it’s very close, but not quite there yet. I’m going to keep at it in January! It’s a little bittersweet finishing this because I love the formula of the Revolution lipsticks, but Urban Decay discontinued it and replaced it with Vice formula, which honestly feels more drying to me. Although I wasn’t quite able to pan this, it’s clear from the before and after photos that I’ve come a long way, like the Becca primer. I feel so accomplished because lipsticks also take a long time to finish!

Urban Decay 24/7 Dual Pencil Liner in Demolition/Perversion

I lost my eyeliner sharpener for about a month (I ended up finding it behind the tissue box sitting on my vanity), so I wasn’t able to use this for a few weeks after it had gone dull. However, I would call this one a success because the pencil is so short that it’s really hard to sharpen anymore. Plus, the caps of both sides are longer than the pencil itself, so it’s time to retire her!



Urban Decay Naked Palette

My goal for this palette was to see baby pan on the shades Virgin, Sin, and Buck, and completely use up the shade Naked. Although I used Virgin every day, it’s nowhere close to seeing pan – and to think at one point in owning this palette that I was trying to save this browbone highlight shade because I loved it so much! I was able to see baby pan on Sin right before my previous update post at the end of October, but I have to admit that I haven’t touched that shade since. I had used that lid shade exclusively for so long that I’m ecstatic to be using other shades in my collection! Naked is still being stubborn AF and refusing to be used up no matter how much I use it/how much I dig my brush into it, but at least it’s getting closer to being completely panned. As for Buck, I’ve literally trying to dig a hole into it with my pencil brush trying to get to the pan, and I finally reached pan at the beginning of December! Although I was not 100% successful in my panning goals for this palette, I’m really happy with my progress. In 2019, I plan on attempting to use up the shades on the right side of this palette.


Batiste Dry Shampoo Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Finally, I polished this off at the very end of December. Everyone loves, loves, loves the Batiste dry shampoos, but I just don’t get along with them – or dry shampoos from any brand, to be honest. I’m pretty glad to be done with this! I have another Batiste dry shampoo in a different scent to finish off now, as well as a Ouai dry shampoo to try next.

Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse

I’ve used this product about two dozen times in the last 2 months, which is more than the other four months combined. Go me! I was using this in hopes that it would give my hair as much volume at the roots as it did when my hairdresser used it on me, and I’m still choked that this doesn’t do anything for me. It’s ridiculously expensive, so it’s upsetting that it makes no difference to my hair. Even though I used it so often in the last month, I’m nowhere near finished with this.




My goal was to finish 12 samples from July to December, which means an average of 2 per month. In November and December, I was only able to finish two samples, but somehow I lost one so there’s no photo of it. It was the Fresh Rose Face Mask that came in a mini pot, which I quite enjoyed. The Rose Face Mask is a gel mask meant to use for hydrating, and my skin always felt so plump after using it. The other sample was a foil sample of the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream pictured up. I didn’t really find this very hydrating, but I often find foil samples difficult to test because the product inside dries out really quickly after it’s been opened. Drunk Elephant is an expensive brand, so I’m not sure I’d purchase this in the full size without being 100% sure I love it.


Here is where all of my products ended at the end of December in terms of weight:

project pan third update



Over the course of 2018, I completed two Project Pans – you can read all of my Project Pan updates here:

Project Pan #1 – Introduction
Project Pan #1 – First Update
Project Pan #1 – Second Update
Project Pan #1 – Final Update
Project Pan #2 – Introduction
Project Pan #2 – First Update
Project Pan #2 – Second Update

The Project Pan included a total of 19 products, of which I panned 10 products and used 4 out of 12 samples up. I definitely could have done better with the samples, but at least the Project Pan forced me to use some up. I’m terrible at incorporating samples into my routine! While I found it a little tough to use the same products over and over again throughout the year, being able to finish up so many items felt very gratifying. It wasn’t something I would have been able to do otherwise! I would gladly do another one later, although I need a break for a while first.

Are you doing a Project Pan this year? Share with me what products you’re trying to finish in 2019!


12 thoughts on “Project Pan Volume 2: Update #2

  1. Wow I think you made some great progress and definitely accomplished a lot! I’ve thought about doing a project pan this year… but I don’t like the idea of being trapped into using certain products. Maybe I’m just thinking about it the wrong way, but in an effort to use products that I don’t usually, or forget to I think I will be bringing back Palette Roulette.

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    • I totally know what you mean. I think there’s two ways to look at Project Pans. You’re getting your money’s worth out of the Project Pan items because you’re using them up, BUT you’re “trapped” into using them and neglecting your other products. On the other hand, it’s really hard to finish products, particularly makeup, if you don’t actively work on finishing them up like you do in a Project Pan. I think something like Palette Roulette is a good compromise, or I’ve also seen people try to focus on certain products for one month before switching – that’s not as hard to do as a semi-annual or even annual Project Pan.

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      • Yeah I think I like the idea of a “products of the month” kind of thing. And I love the idea of getting use out of a product, but I don’t necessarily want to use it up!

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  2. Well done!! You did amazing especially on the blush! I’m thinking to maybe do a project pan post this year because it seems pretty fun to photograph the start of something and then later photograph the progress of it. Would be interesting to see how long it actually takes to use something too if I stuck to it!

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  3. You did so good on your project pan this year! I’m adding that Tarte blush to my 2019 project pan, hopefully I can do as good as you did finishing it up.
    Hopefully you can enjoy some freedom from project pans for a while. I love them for encouraging me to use up what I’ve already purchased but sometimes I feel like they stifle my creativity, especially with eyeshadow palettes.


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