August Empties/Project 50 Pan (part 10)

Well, I did it! I finally finished my Project 50 Pan. Happy days, happy days. I’ve placed a couple of orders for new skin care, but besides that I’m sticking with my no-buy policy. I still have a lot of things to use up, and I’m on a mission to clear out everything that I wouldn’t repurchase so I can stick with my tried and true favourites from now on. Here’s what I managed to finish last month…

44 + 45) Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes (x 2) – If you haven’t heard me raving about this facial wipes you haven’t been paying enough attention. These are my favourite skin wipes, and I would never purchase anything else. They’re officially on the “holy grail” list.

46 + 47) Pantene 3 Minute Miracle (x 2) – This is another product that has official “holy grail” status, and has for a few years now. I was pleasantly surprised to find a few of these little beauties stashed away in my cupboard, and my hair certainly thanked me for it. If you’re looking for a really deep-treating conditioner, check this out.

48) L’Occitane Amande Mains A Croquer Hand Cream – I am so disappointed that I’ve used this up. I had a “back up”, that I just realised is actually a different scent (and one that I hate, so that’s nice). I will definitely be picking another tube of this one up ASAP, as it’s my all-time favourite hand cream. It smells delicious.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose – I’m not including this in the tally, because I repurchased this before the end of the Project Pan. I just couldn’t live without it and yep, you guessed it, it’s another holy grail product. I’m using up a lot of these lately.

49) Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – Oh look, another holy grail product, and one that I rave about enough for you to not need much of an explanation here. This is the foundation I wear every day, I love it, end of story.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair/Claire – I had to repurchase this concealer, and I wasn’t too upset about breaking the pan for it because I had a handy little Priceline voucher to spend. Love this, and use it every day.

50) Yallingup Candle Co. Soy Candle in French Vanilla – It’s been a while since I featured a candle in an empties post, but in all honesty I just haven’t been bothered to burn any lately. That needs to change though, because I have quite a few to work through. This one was lovely, I picked it up on one of our trips down south earlier in the year. Sebastian is a big fan of vanilla scents, so he really liked this.

June Empties / Project 50 Pan (part 9)

39) Head & Shoulders Shampoo in Apple Fresh – This is the second bottle of this shampoo I’ve finished up while participating in the Project 50 Pan, and I’m already close to finishing another. This is Sebastian’s go-to shampoo, and I use it once a week or so to help clarify my hair. I actually really like the way this makes my hair feel, and the small is amazing. Apple scented hair products 4EVA.

40) Slatkin & Co Salted Caramel Scented Candle – I just had a big whiff of the remains of this candle, and it smells amazing. I picked this up from Bath & Body Works (from the US store using parcel forwarding) a couple of years ago, it’s one of their seasonal scents and unfortunately I haven’t seen it on their site since. I’ll be keeping a sharp eye out for the rumoured Australian Bath & Body Works store, perhaps they’ll stock it?

41) Philosophy Cookies & Cream Shower Gel – This smelled more like chocolate than anything else, but it was a real treat to use in a hot shower on a cold winter’s night. Delicious. These Philosophy 3-in-1 products are designed to be used as shower gel, shampoo, and bubble bath, but I only ever use them as a shower gel. It did the job well enough, but I don’t think I’d repurchase this scent again. Sebastian l-o-v-e-d this.

42) Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner – I like to include these little travel sized products as one full sized product, because it’s my challenge and I can do what I want! I really liked this shampoo/conditioner duo, the combination of the two left my hair feeling pretty amazing. I would definitely consider buying the full sized versions of these in the future.

43) MAC Matte Eyeshadow in Blanc Type – Yes, that is a whole eyeshadow. Gone. And I used every last little crumb of it. This shade works really well as an all over lid colour or a highlighter on me, but it probably wouldn’t show up that well on anyone darker than a piece of paper. I need to keep this somewhere handy so I can remember to ‘back to MAC’ it in 25 years when I finally finish enough MAC products to qualify.

May Empties / Project 50 Pan (part 8)

34) Clear Intense Hydration Shampoo – I used up the conditioner from this duo a few months ago, but continued to use the shampoo once or twice a week to finish it up. I was pleasantly surprised by this shampoo, my hair really seemed to love it. It’s a great ‘cheap and cheerful’ option, if you’re looking for something new to add into your haircare routine. I would repurchase it.

35) Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent – As I mentioned in my recent post regarding products you should purchase from Sephora, this is the first loose powder that I’ve noticed has actually done something for my skin. I will repurchase this, but I’m including it in the tally because I’ll be using up a different powder in the meantime.

36) Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner – That’s quite a mouthful. I rarely switch up my cleanser, but I happily rotate through three of the Paula’s Choice toners, and I’m glad to have added this one into the rotation. To be honest I can never really tell if a toner is doing much for my skin, but it’s not doing anything BAD to my skin, which is good. I do find that my skin feels quite “tingly” after I apply this, so I guess it’s doing something.

37) Haus Of Gloi Milkmaid Whipped Soap – I really like the Haus of Gloi Whipped soaps, and this is one of my favourite fragrances from their Spring line. It smells soft and sweet, like fresh laundry and sugar mixed together. Sebastian actually used up the majority of this tub, as he really loved the smell too. I will repurchase this, but not for quite a while, as I have a lot of other products to use up first.

38) Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover – This is one of my favourite nail polish removers, and mostly because it smells so good. It also does a fairly good job of removing nail polish, which is also good I guess. Worth checking out.

April Empties / Project 50 Pan (part 7)

Kerastase Nectar Thermique – I’m mentioning this as an empty product, but not including it in the tally because I repurchased another tube right before I finished this one. I discovered this near-empty bottle in the back of my cupboard recently and was so happy to use it again. My hair loves this product. I try to use it every day before I blow dry my hair, and there is always noticeable difference in my hair when I do.

30) L’Oreal Sublime Mousse in Pure Brown – The only thing I keep once I’ve finished up this hair dye is the conditioning treatment that comes in the box, so that’s what I’m sharing with you in this empties post. I had four of these squirreled away in my empties basket, but I definitely didn’t use them all up over the course of one month. I tend to dye my hair every month and a half or so, which is still quite frequent. I only ever use this one hair dye, and you can read all of my thoughts on it here.

31) Schwarzkopf Deep Nutrition Intensive Care Mask – I picked this up back when Sebastian and I were driving from Adelaide to Perth early last year, as my hair wasn’t doing a great job of coping with the travel. I didn’t love it. It was too heavy for my hair, and instead of leaving it feeling nice and silky it felt weighed down and a bit oily. I ended up using it just on the ends of my hair just to use it up, and I won’t be repurchasing it.

32) Fresh Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose – This has been my daily lip colour for a long time now, and I included it in my Autumn Capsule Makeup Collection to reflect this. This was a travel sized version, and to my horror I’m also down to the last few wears of my full sized tube too. It might be time for a Sephora order soon. Uh oh.

LUSH Big Shampoo – Again, I’m mentioning this but not counting it in the 50 Pan Challenge as it’s a staple in my beauty cupboard and I just had to repurchase it as soon as this tub was finished. I use this every weekend as a clarifying shampoo to help give my hair a really deep clean. I’ve been using Big for a couple of years now, and it’s a firm favourite in my hair care routine. Everyone I’ve recommended this to has loved it as well, I think it’s a worthy addition to all hair care routines. Buy it!

33) Herbal Essences Colour Me Happy Shampoo – I used up the conditioner from this duo back in January but still had a little way to go with the shampoo. I really loved this, and will be repurchasing it again soon (when we run out of all the other shampoo and conditioner I’ve hoarded over the years).

March Empties / Project 50 Pan (part 6)

25) Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes – Can you believe I still haven’t reached the bottom of my stash of these wipes? I love them.

26) Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – This will be the last bottle of my favourite foundation that I can county in the project 50 pan, as it was the second last one in my stash. Thankfully, I have a wonderful partner who went out of his way (while in Dubai for an overnight stay) to go to Sephora to track me down a fresh bottle of this. I was starting to panic a little bit that I was going to be completely without my beloved foundation. But not to worry, my stocks have been replenished.

27) Paula’s Choice Hydralight Refreshing Toner – It’s also a miracle that I’m yet to reach the bottom of my stash of Paula’s Choice products, but it’s getting near (and I’m getting a bit worried). I finished up another bottle of this toner, which is my favourite from the range. I’m currently making my way through the ‘Resist’ toner, and really liking it but I think when all is said and done I’ll definitely be going back to Hydralight. It’s the one that seems to work best for my skin.

28 Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – I like to use these smaller sized bottles of Cetaphil when we travel, or stay somewhere overnight. I use Cetaphil every day in the shower as a body cleanser, it’s lovely and gentle and works really well with my sensitive skin.

29) Eco Body Wash in Green Apple + Aloe Vera – Sebastian and I both loved this body wash. The green apple scent was wonderfully refreshing to use during summer, as it was really uplifting and made taking a cold(ish) shower a lovely experience. These shower gels are really lovely, they don’t have any sulphates and parabens but still lather up really well and don’t dry out the skin afterwards.