March Empties (P50P Pt 3)

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.

February Empties (P50P Pt 2)

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.

January Empties (P50P Pt 1)

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.

Project 50 Pan 2017

That’s right people, I’m bringing back the Project 50 Pan! Can you tell that this time of year puts me in the mood to set goals and challenges for myself? I feel like 2017 is going to be about downsizing in a variety of ways, one of which will be the amount of beauty products I have hoarded in the house. Granted, my beauty stash is nowhere near as massive as it used to be, but I still have more than I need so it’s time to start whittling it down. I’ll be tracking my progress on a page linked at the top of the site, but will also be checking in with my monthly empties and the number of products I manage to use up. Here are my self-imposed rules for the challenge –

1. The challenge begins with any products I finish up as of 01/01/2017, and any empties prior to then will be noted in a December empties post but not counted towards the challenge totals.
2. The goal is to use up 50 beauty products.
3. Any “holy grail” items that I finish and need to repurchase will not be counted in the total, but will still be tracked as empties.
4. I am not allowed to purchase any new beauty products (except for the abovementioned “holy grail” items) until I reach my goal of 50 empties.
5. Beauty products purchased using a gift voucher are not counted.

Wish me luck, and as with the 2017 TBR Book Challenge, be sure to let me know if you’re going to participate. I’d love to follow along with your progress throughout the year.

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.