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.
Sometimes you just have to buy yourself really expensive things. This isn’t actually a recent purchase, which makes me feel better about it in the no-longer-feeling-the-sting-of-spending-$175-on-a-bottle-of-perfume kind of way. I bought myself a bottle of Diptyque’s L’Ombre Dans L’Eau in celebration when I got the job at Clinique; I no longer have the job at Clinique but I still love this fragrance, whatever that means. I think I decided that if I was going to buy a Diptyque fragrance for myself I was going to do it right, goddamn it, so I bought the 100ml.
Christmas is coming and I don’t like it. I mean, I like Christmas, I just don’t like how soon it is and how under-prepared and under-financed I am. Gift-giving is so stressful! I want to give meaningful gifts for people and not just useless crap.
I don’t know how many of these ‘guide’ posts I’ll be doing, but here is one about medium-sized gifts to begin with, anyway. Gift guides are hard because I don’t know who you all are buying for, so I have made lists of pros and cons for each of these ideas.
Here’s a look at what I’ve been loving lately. I’m not going to make these types of posts a weekly feature, but when I find a handful of products worth sharing that I haven’t talked about on the blog before, I’ll post them like this. This time they’re all relatively new to me, but my budget is going to be a little tight in the next month or so. Callum and I (I feel like I should adhere to blog logic and call him ‘Mr HG’, but that’s weird) just signed the lease for a new house, and the combined impact of coming up with bond, paying double rent for a couple of weeks where the lease overlaps, paying for movers, buying new furniture… these things naturally come first before my beauty obsession.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh has been my daily fragrance for nearly two years, and now I’ve decanted some into this low-cost alternative to the Travalo so I can carry it around with me and top up my scent wherever I am. This makes the amount left in the bottle sadly low, and I’m thinking by Christmas it might be time to think about a new perfume.