Project 50 Pan 2017

01: L’Oreal Everstrong Reconstruct Shampoo – I really liked this shampoo, and I would happily purchase it again. I’ve found it difficult to find “drug store” hair products that don’t weigh down my fine hair, but this does a really good job of cleaning and leaving my hair soft without stripping or weighing it down.

02: L’Oreal Everstrong Reconstruct Shampoo – Don’t ask me why I had two of these tubes kicking around in my shower, but I did. As above, I loved this and would definitely repurchase it (after I’ve finished my Project Pan, of course).

03: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner – This is probably my number one favourite drugstore hair care range. As with the L’Oreal Everstrong, this shampoo & conditioner duo works really well with fine hair, although I will say that this works a little bit better in adding silkiness and shine to the hair but they’re pretty much on-par in every other way.

04: Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover – My first empty of the year! I had a back up of this ready to go once I’d finished this bottle because it’s my favourite nail polish remover. It smells good(?), and it works well to remove polish but still feels nice and gentle on my nails.

05: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – I’m only able to include this in my Project 50 Pan tally because I already had a replacement in my stash ready and waiting. All future bottles of this will not be considered, because they will be replacements of something I’ve already finished up this year. Still my number one foundation.

06: Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster – As above, I’m only able to include this because I had another bottle ready and waiting to go once this was finished. I only use this to help darken my Givenchy Foundation, which is slightly too light for me during summer. If I wear this alone it’s too dark, so I need to mix the two to find balance.

07: Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa – I was in two minds about including this, because I was seriously tempted to repurchase it. I talked myself out of it, because I have some other summery lip products that I want to try and finish up and get rid of. This is my most worn lip colour in the warmer months, I l-o-v-e it and I’m so sad to see it go.

08: Tanda Lychee & Black Tea Candle – I’ve had this candle sitting in my cupboard half-burned for a couple of years now. I go through phases with candles and for some reason I never seem to be able to burn one completely through in one go. I dug this one out of the cupboard because it was summer and I wanted a nice fresh scent.

09: Karuna Hydrating Face Mask – Unfortunately, I can’t give this mask a very good review as I had some sort of reaction to it that left my face red and inflamed the next day. I felt like it left a lot of product on my face once I removed the sheet mask, and my skin did feel hydrated that night, but what happened the next day discounts any of the positives for me.

10: Benefit Erase Paste in Light – One of my old school “holy grail” products, that has since been replaced but is still up there with products I would repurchase. I really like this for under-eye coverage, but I find it a bit too thick for spot coverage.

11: L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Black – I picked this up once I ran out of my last tube of Lancome Hypnose and decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. This wore well throughout the day, and did add quite a bit of volume to the lashes. I also really liked the style of the wand, which is important for me when it comes to mascara. Having said that, I’ve now switched back to Lancome Hypnose because honestly nothing compares.

12: Paula’s Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser – This is usually an automatic repurchase for me, but as this was not the last bottle in my stash I’m still including it in my Project 50 Pan empties tally. I’ve said it a million times, this is absolutely the best cleanser in the whole world and I love it.

13: Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – This is another product that I would usually repurchase right away but as I’m working on whittling down my stash, I have a few other moisturisers that I need to use up before purchasing anything new. Another long-term favourite of mine, this is a great moisturiser to use in summer because of how lightweight it feels on the skin.

14: Ecoya Reed Diffuser in Coconut & Elderflower – This is one of my favourite room scents, and I had this in our laundry area to help combat the unavoidable and undesirable fragrance of kitty litter. I would consider repurchasing this (I think this is the second or third one I’ve used up so far?), but I already had a backup of the vanilla version ready to go.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths – My local Coles doesn’t seem to stock the Nivea Fragrance-Free Wipes anymore, so I decided to pick these up and try them as a potential alternative. I’m glad I did because they have easily surpassed the Nivea wipes and become my new favourite. They are just as gentle as the Nivea, but with the additional bonus of not feeling ‘dry’ on the skin. If you’re a fan of the Cetaphil skin care range or have sensitive skin, these are definitely worth checking out.

15: Glasshouse Candle in Galapagos – Sebastian bought me this candle as part of my Christmas gift a couple of years ago, and it had been sitting half-burned in my cupboard ever since. I really love the Galapagos scent range, it’s fresh and summery and one of those fruity scents that desperately make me want a cocktail. I’m trying to make my way through the candles in my cupboard so that I have less stuff to move when we (eventually) move interstate, so I’m burning through one at a time and this was the next to go.

16: Nivea Men’s Power Refresh Shower Gel – Sebastian picked this up because he had run out of his usual body wash, and I absolutely could not wait for him to finish this up. This smelled so bad, I could barely stand to be in the bathroom with him when he was using it. He’s since made the switch back to more gourmand-type scented body washes and I am incredibly grateful.

As you may have guessed by the title, I have a lot of empties this month. Which is probably because I haven’t posted about any of my empty beauty products since April (oops). I’ve split this into two posts to spread things out a little bit, and this is the first half of my recent empties. Better late than never, right?

17: Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner – This was something different for me as I’m usually faithful to the Hydralight range from Paula’s Choice, but it was a nice change. I found that using this toner resulted in a noticeable difference in the hydration of my skin, so it’s definitely something I’ll be reaching for during cold weather months in the future.

18: Original Source Shower Gel in Coconut & Shea Butter – These are my favourite “bang for your buck” shower gels because they’re inexpensive and decent quality for the price. This is Sebastian’s go-to, as it smells sweet and a little bit like something you’d want to eat. It’s also worth noting that these products are vegan, which I know will be appealing to quite a few people out there.

19: Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask – I got this as a free sample with a Coles online grocery order, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I’ve been converted to using sheet masks in winter, mostly because you don’t have to fuss around with washing anything off of your face once you’re done. This mask gave my skin an obvious hydration boost, and I would definitely consider purchasing more in the future.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – This is my current holy grail concealer. I’m not including it in my Project 50 Pan tally because I repurchased it as soon as the tube ran out. I really love this product but the packaging does my head in. It’s impossible to get all of the product out, so it ends up feeling very wasteful.

20: Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Conditioner – This is one half of one of my favourite drug store brand shampoo/conditioner duos. I don’t have much to say about this other than it does the job it’s supposed to do and it’s reasonably priced.

21: L’Oreal Everstrong Strengthening & Repairing Conditioner – I seem to run out of shampoo way before I run out of conditioner, so I always have a few half-empty bottles floating around in the shower. This is one-half of another of my favourite drug store shampoo/conditioner duos, it works really well the frazzled and dry hair that I am living with at the moment.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque – As with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer mentioned in my previous empties post for July, this is a holy grail product so it’s not being included in the tally because I repurchased before it had even run out. I really like this as an under eye concealer because does a good job of covering my purple circles (cruel genetics).

22: Dermalogica Active Moist – When I feel like my skin needs a break from Paula’s Choice or I just feel like using something a bit different, I reach for Dermalogica products. This is one of my all-time favourite facial moisturisers because it feels like it does a really good job of moisturising without being too heavy on my skin.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – This is another holy grail item that I repurchased as soon as I had finished the bottle up. I’m sure we’re all aware by now that this is my absolute favourite foundation and I would be lost without it. I pray to the Givenchy cosmetics gods that this will not be discontinued.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Another holy grail item that isn’t being included in the Project Pan tally (there seem to be a lot of these lately), and a long-standing favourite in my bathroom cupboard. I use this every day in the shower as a body cleanser, and it’s a product I remain faithful to after many years.