I’ve been thinking about embarking on a Project Pan for a while now. I even filmed a video about it the other week, but after watching it back I hated how I looked in it, so it has since been deleted. You can have that video in word form in this blog post, instead.
Project Pan is where you select a certain number of beauty products with the express intention of ‘panning’ them. Panning can mean either hitting pan, or using them up entirely.
This concept of having to actively try to use a product up runs counter to the average person’s experience of makeup. Most people will have one foundation; they use it until it’s gone, and then buy another one. This is not how it works in the beauty blogging world, and so we have to set our minds to finishing products.
It does highlight the excess of beauty blogging, and that’s why I want to get into it. ‘No-buys’ don’t really work for me, and you’ll know about my recent Depression Hauls. Starting a Project Pan will hopefully help me minimise my makeup collection and rationalise my ‘need’ to buy more.
I’ve been hoarding empty things for a while now so I thought I’d make my first video with actual content (!) an empties and repurchases video (except for the tangent I go on about the Olay Regenerist night cream which is neither empty or a repurchase). It’s all skincare because I use that every day and I don’t wear makeup every day. I don’t think I’ve ever used up an eyeshadow or lipstick or blush completely. I should probably work on that before buying more things.
Mascara needs replacing every 3 months. I’ve been using the mascaras in this photo for much longer. I got the Clinique High Impact mascara in February last year, for god’s sake, so I am well overdue for a replacement. I expect most people reading this are exactly the same. So, who wants to win a new Maybelline mascara to replace whatever grotty mascara you’re currently using?
I’ve been diligently saving up my beauty-related rubbish for another ‘Products I’ve Used Up’ post, and although the skincare to makeup ratio in this post is a little high, now is the time for me to tell you how I felt about these things and then chuck them in the recycling. There are a lot of staples in this post so it’s a good way for you guys to get an idea of what kind of stuff I use on a daily basis.
This is only a few of the empties that I’ve been collecting since starting Hyacinth Girl in September. Eventually I decided it was time to purge the mountain of garbage and share it with you all. There’s a good selection of skincare, haircare and makeup in here, although it’s mostly eyebrow and mascara products. Anyway! Read on to see what I used up, what I had to replace right away and what I’m feeling meh about.