Happy Wednesday. The day after the move, today I have some time to round up my progress on the products I picked out for my Pre-Move Project Pan, which I detailed in my post here. As this was a project pan intended to give myself a goal before my move, I wanted to discuss my progress and talk about how things went.
All of the products with the exception of one were photographed on the June 8th, which is when I traveled home to see my family, and decided that was a good time to create a cut-off point. Any I didn’t use up by that point I will be continuing to use up, but as far as the goal goes, that’s when the ‘end date’ is.
Products I Emptied:
The first product I emptied, is the Superdrug Simply Pure Gentle Eye-Makeup Remover, for sensitive skin. I finished this the following day on the 25th of March, and it really felt like my goal was on a roll. The motivation really kicked in from this point, and is a product that I did feel a bit upset to use up. I have reviewed the product, so you can read my comprehensive thoughts there, but this is a product that overall I really enjoyed.
Moving in to May, I also emptied the Superdrug Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birth Water Micellar Water. I emptied this product on May 5th, so there was a small gap in between the previous empty. Another product I’ve reviewed, this is one that I was quite eager to use up. This is another one of those products where it’s not a bad product, but because I did have sensitivity to it on my eyes, I wanted to move on to a new micellar water that is potentially good for both my face and my eyes.
One more skincare item I used up before the cut-off date I described above is the Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask. This is a product where I reached a point where I couldn’t squeeze any more out of the tube, and I decided I didn’t want to create a mess in my bathroom if I cut it open, so I emptied it officially on the 14th of May. I really enjoyed using this face mask, so it was an empty that left me feeling a bit conflicted. Like the others, I have also reviewed this mask, so if you’re curious what my experience was, don’t worry, I’ve documented it.
Moving to makeup, I did use up the MUA Brow Define Micro Precision Eyebrow Pencil. What little product you do see photographed above, doesn’t quite draw onto the brows anymore, so as far as I was concerned, that’s ’empty’. I expected to use this up a lot sooner than I did, as it was one that I finished up on the cut-off day, where I had expected to use it up at least a week or two sooner. For the £2.50 price tag, I’m really impressed by how long this lasted in my makeup routine, and as MUA are cruelty-free, I will absolutely be considering this pencil as a contender for my go-to brow pencil.
Almost An Empty:
The Tony Moly AC Control Whitening Emulsion is a product that I’ve used for over a year, and was just lasting and lasting in my skincare routine. The progress made doesn’t look like a lot, and that’s because up until a week before the move, I was only using one small pump for my entire face. Once I started using an extra pump to apply a slightly thicker layer all over the face, that was when I saw progress really speed up. The extra product per application doesn’t make a dramatic difference, but it was enough extra moisture that my skin did appreciate it. Especially while spending time at my parent’s over the weekend, where the air is drier in their house, my skin did particularly appreciate it then.
The day of the move itself, I used this up getting ready in the morning, so while I didn’t empty it by the cut-off date, it is now emptied. I have reviewed this product as well, so if you’re curious, I encourage you to read it. At the time of writing, Tony Moly aren’t 100% cruelty-free, but once they are, this is a product I’d reconsider buying because it lasts so long on my skin.
The It’s Skin Aloe Relaxing Emulsion is so close to being emptied, that I think it qualifies. I think it’s going to be emptied by the end of the week, although I’ve only kept what remains in the plastic travel bottle that you see above. The glass bottle it originally comes in is very heavy even as empty as it was, so I wanted to be able to get rid of it before the move.
Of course, I’ve reviewed this product as well, so you can read my thoughts on the product there. It’s Skin is on the Boots website, however, I’m not sure if the brand is 100% cruelty-free. So if the brand does intrigue you, this is information I think is worth having.
One more skincare item I nearly emptied is the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub, which came back with me over the weekend after nearly finishing it up. I have a couple of applications left if I had to estimate, so I feel like it qualifies for this category. It’s at a point now where it’s getting harder to pour out the powder so eventually I’ll just twist off the cap for the final application. I really enjoyed this product as part of my in-shower routine, but it’d definitely be too messy if you planned to use it over the sink. It does intrigue me to try other products like it though.
Products I Didn’t Want to Travel With:
When I talked about the L’OREAL Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash in the original Project Pan post, I described how I wanted to focus on using this up in its entirety, but as time went on throughout the allocated time period, the integrity of the cap, specifically how it bends when you open and close it, made me nervous to travel with it. I decided to use up as much as possible before traveling to spend time with my family, and the progress I made is what you can see photographed above.
I used this only when preparing my skin before applying masks for my shower routine, so this is a product I used every other day. For the two and a half month period I set for this project pan, it was quite impressive how little progress was made, as bizarre as that might sound considering my intention was to use up as much as possible. While I won’t be giving L’OREAL any of my money until they are 100% cruelty-free, it is promising for me to see that their products have the potential to make the pennies stretch.
Another product I parted ways with is the Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder, which I made quite a lot of progress with. The powder was already in pieces when I started, so I had no intentions of traveling with this product, but wanted to make the most of it during the time before the move. Progress is tricky to measure because it’s in so many pieces, but ultimately, I’m proud of myself regardless as it was one that was limited to only being used at my desk.
Initially, I didn’t think this would be added to this section, but the Fashionista Pressed Powder Compact Style Icon is one I ultimately made a decision to finish using before traveling home, because while much of the pan is still very much in the pan, it did have the habit of breaking off into chunks as the layer got thinner and eventually broke off the pan. This was fine for the most part, but as I revealed more and more of the pan, the frequency of this happening increased. So I decided to call it quits on traveling day, and I’m proud of myself for the progress made.
It was a really nice skin tone match for me, considering the brand is no longer publicly available on Superdrug’s site or in their stores, where the norm at the time was to feel left out in terms of options for my base products. This is still true for me with a lot of brands, but it’s much less common than it used to be, as someone on the really pale end of the skin tone spectrum.
Progress So Far:
The product I forgot to photograph with the others, is the Essence of Beauty Lilies & Freesia Fine Fragrance Body Mist, which I set aside as my only fragrance during my allocated project pan period. As you can see, there’s still some left, and if I hadn’t misplaced it at my parents for just under a week, I think I would have just about emptied it. I photographed this separately, but as I didn’t use it while at my parent’s as it was hidden away in my bag, the progress is still at the same pace as everything else.
I plan to continue using it exclusively as my fragrance, as I’m really enjoying the scent. I think in future, I’ll use a similar process for the next fragrance I use and experiment further.
Lastly, the one product I didn’t have serious intentions of ‘using’ up, is the GOSH Brow Kit, which I added as a fun incentive to see just how much I use in the two and a half month period. In the original post, I had just hit pan with a small sliver of silver pan visible. I’ve made a lot of progress since then, but there’s still so much left to use. My plan is to use up the darkest shade if possible, then move on to the next brow powder to use shades in sync with each other, so I plan to extend this product to my next project pan.
Which gives away my plans right? I plan to do seasonal project pans from now on, setting 3 month periods to split up the year where I’ll pick out products I think I can realistically use up. The first section will be starting in July, where I’ll take what remains of June to pick out products to include in the July-September period. Like I said above, the brow product is going to be pulled forward, and my intention is to take any products I don’t finish in my set period to be pulled forward as well, so I can really detail what my cosmetics habits look like.