Happy Wednesday! Today, I’m starting a little ‘project’ of sorts that has me feeling motivated and prepared to be productive. As the title of the post will tip off, I plan to start a project pan starting from well… now, until June. What’s motivating this random challenge? Well, with my husband’s new job and the work from home circumstances that come with it, we’ve made the decision to move.
If you’ve been reading my blog for even a short while you’re probably thinking: “but Hollypop, you just moved! What’s going on?” Well, our current apartment was a decision that was heavily focused around being close to my husband’s current workplace, so that commuting is as minimal as possible for him – as I work from home already. As his new job will be entirely work from home, this opens up a lot of flexibility on where we can live. We will have the freedom to live somewhere more affordable, as well as have the time and to wait and find an apartment that suits our tastes more, rather than taking the best option that was available at a specific moment in time. We like our current apartment well enough, but one of the major downsides is cost, noise, and that we can’t have pets. One of my major goals is to have a dog and a cat someday, and right now, that goal is on hold. The cost we can manage, and the noise we can tolerate for a little while longer. We plan to wait until June as its from June 1st that letting agency fees will no longer be allowed here in the UK, which will make moving cheaper. So we’re biding our time until that comes into effect.
With this in mind, it crossed my mind the other night to challenge myself to pick out some cosmetics products and see how many of them I finish up before we move. While I do my empties post typically every month, this is just a fun idea to spruce things up. So my plans are to take note of the products I’m going to show you, then see which was (if any) I use up and talk about my progress. I don’t intend to put myself under exceptional obligations during this little challenge: I’m not going to force myself to use them all up, or throw them out if they’re not fully used up.
Ultimately I’m curious how long it takes to use up my products and see what kind of progress I can make in the following two months and a bit. So for this post, I’m going to show you the products I’ve picked out, talk about my general opinions of them, my current progress at this moment. Then just before the move, I’ll grab all of these products again and I’ll go through and compare. In the case of products I do use up – assuming there any – I will still include those in my monthly empties posts, but I’ll keep them aside for the round-up post so it all remains consistent. I considered doing this on a monthly basis and couple this with my monthly empties, however I want to test this idea out and see if I gel with it first. So this is a trial run to see if this sort of system works well for me, and the move is a good ‘deadline’ of sorts for me to work with.
Now that I’ve laid out all of this out, let me show you what I’m going to be keeping an eye on:
Starting with the bathroom, the first product is one I pulled out of my Skincare Benched Products box, which swapped places with the Superdrug Calm Skin Soothing Facial Cleanser which is feature in that post. This is the L’OREAL Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash, which I initially tried out and used all the way back in my final year of university… Back in 2015. Having stored it away out of direct sunlight for so long, I’m genuinely surprised it didn’t go off, but it still performs well, smells okay, etc.
It probably goes without saying, this isn’t a cruelty-free product, and it’s for this reason that I want to work through it and use it up. I pulled this back out around November or December of 2018 to just test it out again, and found it was fine with my skin, and have been using it all winter. I’m about halfway through the tube, so I expect to make a significant dent. My prediction is that I’ll get to around a quarter of the product left, so I’m curious to see what the result will be like. During the time of writing this post, I grabbed a Sharpie to mark my progress and as long as it doesn’t wash away during the course of this challenge, I look forward to comparing with a new mark.
My exfoliator that I have on the go right now is the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub, which I reviewed back in August 2018. I’ve been using this consistently every time I shower, and it’s been a really gentle yet effective scrub for my oily-sensitive skin. Bioré as a brand is allegedly not cruelty-free, so I won’t be repurchasing from the brand until their policy changes.
This is a product I’m quite confident I’ll use up, as I have just under a quarter of the product left, but I’ve been wrong before with these predictions, so I’m looking forward to see if I’m correct. Like the cleanser I just discussed, I’m going to mark the packaging with my current progress, and depending on whether it’s empty or not, I’ll mark it again at the end of this challenge.
The last product in my bathroom I anticipate I might be able to use up is the Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask, which I use as part of my multi-masking routine to rejuvenate my skin. I reviewed this product fairly recently, and as I have roughly a third of the tube left, I think this one is fitting to add to this challenge. Because of the opaque packaging, it’s a little tricky for me to measure exactly where my current progress is, but I have a decent amount of confidence that this is a product that will end up emptied.
I’m particularly looking forward to using up this product from my the bathroom section of this challenge as the packaging is reasonably tall which makes it a bit bulky, so being able to finish it up and recycle it will feel really nice, instead of moving with it again.
The next section are my makeup removers, where the two I have on the go right now are both at a point I think they qualify for my challenge. The first is the Superdrug Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Micellar Tonic, which I reviewed back in January of this year. It’s a decent makeup remover which I use for my face, however because it’s too much for my eyes, I have a separate makeup remover that’s gentle enough for my eyes. Which is the Superdrug Simply Pure Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, which I have also reviewed.
Both of these bottles are roughly at the one-third mark, so they’re getting closer and closer to being used up. I’ll be surprised if I don’t use them up, but this will depend mostly on whether I continue to consistently wear makeup in the next couple of months. I have makeup wipes and a cleansing oil (that I’m testing out) so this isn’t the only makeup removal technique that I use, however this is the one I use the most as it’s effective enough as removing my makeup, but also convenient.
Makeup wipes for me are for super-lazy days and I haven’t reached for them to remove makeup in at least a month, and the cleansing oil I alluded to I use purely for days I wear a full face of makeup: foundation, mascara, etc, where I need that intense cleansing method. So these are two products that realistically speaking, will get used enough in the next two months that they’ll probably feature in April’s empties. Or at least, I’ve predicted that now.
Moving to my day time and night routines, we have the Tony Moly AC Control Whitening Emulsion, which I reviewed back in July 2018. I have about a fifth of the bottle left, so I’m getting very close to using it all up. I’ve been using this pretty much daily since last spring, even during the winter, and it’s been working great for my skin. Tony Moly does retail in-stores in China, so they’re 100% cruelty-free, so I won’t be repurchasing this product, but I do want to use it up. This is another product that I plan to mark my current progress on, then compare at the end.
One more skincare product is the It’s Skin Aloe Relaxing Emulsion, which I have also reviewed. Seeing a trend here? This has taken me a really long time to use this up, and measuring it is going to be a bit tricky as I transferred the product from its glass bottle into a plastic travel pump bottle for convenience. I discussed the reason in the review, and I’ve got as much of the product out of the bottle as I can at this point: so my goal is to simply use up what’s left in the travel bottle. I don’t plan to mark the travel bottle though, as it will be used for storing other products in the future, so for this specific product, I won’t be grabbing the Sharpie. For reference’s sake though, I’m just under halfway through what’s left in the travel-sized bottle, so I suspect at most I’ll have a quarter left by June.
One fragrance I am setting a sort of goal for is the Essence of Beauty Lilies & Freesia Fine Fragrance Mist, which was featured in my America & Canada Haul post. While I’m not going to go fully out of my way to use up this little bottle, it is exceptional in that I plan to only use this fragrance until I use it up. I’m currently just under a quarter of the way through,
It’s a really nice fresh spring-time scent for me, and I plan to commit to this scent. I don’t use fragrances like perfumes very often, in spite of the fact I have a lot of fragrances sitting on my vanity. What I hope to achieve is to cut down my collection in the long term by working through one fragrance at a time, by season most likely, and figure out what types of scents work for me. I don’t wear fragrances in my day-t0-day life, typically when I go to special events (which are rare) or if I’m taking a walk into the city centre and I’m in the mood to spritz a perfume before I leave the house. If you’re curious which fragrances are in my collection, let me know with a comment, and I’ll share with you what’s sitting on my vanity.
Moving to the first of the makeup items, two makeup products I enthusiastically want to use up are my face powders. I only use these two powder face products, with each one having their dedicated task in my makeup routine. I talked about both of these products in my Autumnal Go-To Bases and Powder Products 2018, so hopefully it’s not a surprise to see both of these.
The first is the Fashionista Pressed Powder Compact Style Icons, which sadly cannot be found anymore as the brand is no longer available. I’m really enjoying this powder, as it’s very pale and easy to blend over the skin with my Kabuki brush. I hit pan on this product back around December 2018 if I recall correctly, and have been slowly expanding the panned area over time. Monitoring this product is going to be pretty simple because I stuck to expanding the pan, and I expect I’ll make a significant dent by June. I don’t think I’ll empty it, in spite of how quickly I hit pan in the first place.
The second powder is my mattifying powder, which is the Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder, which as you can see, is in a bit of mess. I accidentally dropped the powder in my office a while ago, which put a crack down the middle, but it didn’t fall apart into the state you see above until I foolishly put this in my makeup bag to take into the city centre with me, where the movement in my bag shattered the powder.
This is going to be a nightmare to reference my progress with, but I’m curious to see it anyway. Because the powder is in such a ‘damaged’ state – still safe to use but inconvenient – I do plan to throw this out when we move as the risk of it creating mess just isn’t worth holding onto it for me. However, this isn’t a comment on the quality of the powder itself, more that it’s not worth the stress knowing it could create extra work cleaning it up. This isn’t a cruelty-free product however, so I won’t be repurchasing until Rimmel’s animal testing policy changes.
The final section are brow products, starting with my beloved GOSH Brow Kit, where I hit pan on the darkest brow powder shade in the past week. This is an example of a product that not even in my wildest dreams do I expect to use it up, but rather I’m including it purely out of curiosity. It has taken me over a year to make this much progress on a single shade (the earliest I spoke about this progress was my Rainy Day Warm Makeup Improv post back in July 2017), so there’s no way I’m finishing this up. This is a product that once I finish up one shade, I plan to open a new brow powder kit so I can use my darkest and lightest brow shades at the same pace, as I only started using the middle tone shade in the past 4-6 months. I’m not motivated to use the light shade on its while still holding on to the rest of the packaging, so after that point when half the product isn’t usable, that’s when I’d say goodbye.
Lastly, the brow pencil I anticipate finishing up before June is the MUA Brow Define Micro Precision Eyebrow Pencil, which I referred to in my February Haul 2019 post. I haven’t reviewed this product yet, although I do plan to so expect that to come up in the following week or so. I miss my beloved The Body Shop Brow Definer pencil immensely, but I’m really enjoying trying out this more precise style of pencil. The downside of sorts of such a precise pencil is that it wears down very quickly, so while I’m hopeful I don’t use it up as quickly as June, I wouldn’t be surprised if I do as even in this brief period of using it (according to my notes I first started using it 19th February 2019) I’ve made a noticeable dent.
And these are the products I’m including in my first ever project pan. I’m feeling quite excited to see how this turns out, and like I said before, with the exception to my fragrance mist, I won’t be going out of my way to impose obligations on myself. The one absolute ’empty’ will be the Rimmel powder for the reason I already described above, but more than anything else I’m curious to see how quickly I work through my cosmetics. Many products I use I can make last months or even years, so it’s intriguing to me to keep track of it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. While we wait patiently for June to come, I hope you’ll continue supporting my blog. I also hope you are happy and healthy and that we’ll speak again soon.