Welcome to the introduction to my 2020 Project Pan. This means I’ll be taking a palette and using it up. The aim is to try and use it all in this year but of course, can rollover.
Welcome to the introduction to my Rolling Project. It’s the same rules as last time. I take a palette, use it until I hit pan on one of the shades and then pick another (well the one you pick). It’s that simple. It means I can move slightly quicker through my collection and reduces boredom.
With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to look to the next year and starting up my new project pans. I’ve decided to do a few, this one is the 5 by 5 project pan.
The basic rules of this Project pan are to pick 5 polishes and use them for 5 months. I’ve added a few rules of my own to help me use my collection.
I’m going to pick, one holographic polish, one cream polish, one topper, one metallic and one free choice.
I also want to choose in a theme so all the polishes work together in some form. It’ll help me use them up.
I’ve been trying to view my collection differently recently. There was a post on Reddit in MakeupRehab (which I can’t find) which talked about viewing makeup, not as a collection but rather something to use. So I want to switch my language from collection to inventory. However, because we are so close to the end of the year I might not do it yet for the title of these posts but I will try to do it in the rest of the posts.
I’m working on the back end of things right now, but there has been some movement. So far I’ve managed to restrain myself from buying all the new eyeshadow pretties from Lime Crime but I know that won’t last long. How are you doing with resisting your favourite brand?
I’ve been away from my blog from a while you might have noticed. I finally managed to update my numbers. Now there are a few big changes mostly because I’ve done my destash to a ‘later’ box. So they’re not totally gone but not currently part of my collection.
So let’s see my collection totals!
I’ve been fighting Fomo this month, so let’s see how I did.
So as you can tell from my favourite thing post, I’m not really doing Project Pans this year. Instead, I’m just using my collection to get the best out of it. I do however need to close down my old project pans and maybe show you what I’m up to this year.
My major project last year was Project Bullseye, which was targetting my Colourpop items. This one was fairly successful. I knew I’d not get through all of my Colourpop lipsticks and that turned out to be true.
One of the reasons I targeted Colourpop was the Super Shock formula of the eyeshadows, blusher and highlighters I had. This formula dries out fairly fast and I wanted to use everything up before that happened. Even with daily use on most of these items I still wasn’t able to use them up but I was able to repurpose them in other ways, such as mixing them in my body lotion. Most of the formulas I had were sheer and full of glitter, so that made them easy to use. I made great headway on the lipsticks in my collection from them.
I’m down from 40 items to 11 items. That’s a massive 29 items used up. Those items are 4 highlighters, 2 blushes, 8 eye shadows, 11 liquid lipsticks, 3 lipsticks and one gloss. This one I had intended to continue but target a different brand. So as soon as this year is over I’ll pick a brand and go for it again.
Project One Pan
Next up was my rolling project pan, called Project One Pan. This one was a little different because I was using a palette until I hit pan on a single shade and then switching it out. I used only 3 different palettes last year because it takes a while to hit pan and I think I really needed to learn that. Only one of those palettes remained in my collection and that one took 6 months to hit pan on.
The three palettes I used were the Christmas Palette from Revolutions 2017 Advent Calendar, the Eat Sleep Makeup Repeat Palette from Revolution Beauty and the Venus 2 palette from Lime Crime. If you’d like to see how they went I’ve linked the videos for them above.
Unsurprisingly the Venus 2 is the one that took me 6 months of daily use to hit pan on. I’ve hit pan on the shade Fly and I have to say it’s my favourite shade in this palette. It’s the most versatile to go with the others too. I will be very sad when this shade goes as I can’t find a similar shade to replace it with while I use the others.
If anything this is where I want to go with my collection moving forwards. I’m currently doing the PAW project (Palette A Week) but I know I have at least one that like the Venus 2, I need more time to try them out. So as soon as I’m done with my curated collection I shall be going back to this one.
The one Project Pan that has survived the new year is the one you’ll hear me talk about the least. It’s my Marathon Project of using up the Black Palette by Urban Decay. I was going to end this one at the same time as the others but the reason it was chosen in 2018 is the same reason why it’s still going on this year. That’s because it’s a great companion palette. I have quite a few palettes without deeper colours so this helps with all of those.
So this one remains in play and as I previously have said I will update you next when I’ve hit pan on one of the colours. For now though here’s how it’s doing right now vs how it looked at the start. I am well aware there seems to be little change but it’s actually very pigmented and you need so little to deepen an eye look.
That’s the state of my project pans, past and current. Are you doing any project pans? Let me know in the comment section below.
I was invited to take part in another project pan collaboration, this time all about Summer Movies.
The basic rules of this project pan are, chose 7-10 products based on the movies below. It’ runs from the start of April to the end of August, which gives us plenty of time to either use up or make a nice dent in the products chosen.
The movies chosen were: 500 Days of Summer, Dirty Dancing, Airplane, The Notebook, Jaws, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jurassic Park, Almost Famous, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Blue Crush, The Parent Trap, Magic Mike, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Grease, The Little Mermaid
I ended up choosing only 7 products as I have a few project pans running already. The items I chose were Bossy Lippie Stick from Colourpop (Little Mermaid), Man Eater Metallic Lipstick from Colourpop (Jaws), Prep Fix & Glow fixing Spray from Obsession (Almost Famous), Stick Concealer from Collection Cosmetics (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Pool Boy Liner from OCC (Blue Crush), Posey Super Shock Shadow from Colourpop (Magic Mike) and MAC Prep and Prime (Grease).
What is Project Bullseye?
It’s a project pan where I target a particular brand in my collection for use. This year I have chosen Colourpop and I’ve done so in particular because the Super Shock formula has a shorter shelf life and I would like to use them up before that happens.
If you’d like to see how I’m getting along please watch the video above. If you’ve got any comments or questions please feel free to leave them here or on the video.