Beauty, project pan

Project 200 Pan: May Update

I am here with another update on how my 200 in a year project pan is going. I finished up more than I thought in the month of May. When we left off in April, I was at 22.5% done with my project pan. That is 45/200 items empty. I am hoping that I finished up 20 items to go towards my goal. I just did my May empties a few days ago, so it isn’t as fresh in my mind. I don’t do these posts back-to-back, so the results are always surprising to me. June marks the halfway point in the year and right now as of April’s numbers, I am no wear nears 100 done. I am feeling slightly discourages, but I haven’t been using my products as diligently as a should. This should be a good wake up call to give me that extra push that I need to use up some of my stash.

IMG_3990

I am only counting the dry shampoo here. I know my hair care category is a slow moving one, but I should have two or three empties in June for this. I am almost done with a leave-in product and have been doing more slicked back looks with gel and oil when even dry shampoo cannot hide the fact that my hair is greasy. Oh, and I should be finishing up one to two mini dry shampoos as well. I need to pick up a can when I get my next paycheck. I think I will try Batiste. 46/200

IMG_3991

I was hit pretty heavy in May with the skin care empties. I am hoping to go through a few more sheet masks, because my skin has been feeling drier lately. I think it might be my day time lotion, but I am not sure. I have been really into hydrating products lately. My skin just isn’t as oily as it used to be. I am thinking that I am more normal/combo lately. I have only been getting slightly oily in my t-zone lately. I used to have to blot a lot. Now, I haven’t even bought blotting paper. Powdering once in the morning lasts almost all day now. I have a few more bits of skin care of their last legs, so I am sure we will see more casualties in June. From then, I think this will become slow moving. 53/200

IMG_3992

I have a mini shower gel that will be finished in June and hopefully, I can push through some more of my lotions. I have been really slacking lately in the lotion department. I need to use them more often. I tend to go ham in the summer, when the air is warmer and my skin is drier. In the winter, I tend to start slacking. My goal for June is to use up one lotion. I have a stretch mark oil that is on its last legs and some sunscreens that will be dying soon. I hope that in July I will be able to move two lotions out of my collection. 55/200

My last category in this post is makeup. Yes, I am counting the perfume, because it is a big deluxe size. It is more than your average perfume sample. I even managed to hit pan on one of my Stilla Glitter and Glows, because I wore it so much during my birthday month in Rose Gold Retro. I am very pleased with the amount of makeup that I was able to use up this month. I hope I can push out two primers in June and maybe a foundation sample or two. I am feeling more glowy looks, so I might go for a glowy primer and skip foundation all together. I have so much makeup that the options are endless. If I can use up any makeup, I will be happy. 61/200

I am quite pleased with my progress in May. I am 30% done with my project, so I am a third of the way there practically. I need to move things out at a 5% rate for the remainder of the months and I was 2.5% behind last month. I gained 7.5% this month, so I am no longer behind, but just on time to finish with 200 by the end of the year. So, I need to gain 5% in June to stay on top at a steady pace. Using up more is always a plus to makeup for slow months like April. I don’t have any empties as of June 10th, so fingers crossed that I have empties in June.

With Love,

Selena

Advertisements
Beauty, Collection, Manicure Monday, Pedi of the Month, project pan

Project Polish April Update

Uh, so confession, I only did my nails twice last month. Don’t worry though, because by the time you read this, I will have a fresh mani and pedi and possibly an empty polish. Not really empty but just too goopy to use anymore. I don’t have nail thinner and I don’t want to wait on a project for nail thinner and I can only get it from Sally’s. I have to make an order online and that is not until I need more dye for my hair again. It could be a few months from now. So, the nail polish that will be panned probably by the next update is my texture polish, which doesn’t do well with thinner anyway. I have found that thinner doesn’t work on texture polishes. It thins the base polish, but it does nothing for the texture bits so there are still gooped together.

There is a HUGE different in the glitter polish just from using it once on my nails with two coats over the blue and I mean, there is good progress on the blue too. I need to get a new sharpie though for nice thin lines. So, my texture polish looks half full in the bottle, but the last time I used it, it was getting pretty goopy. I think I can get one manicure and pedicure out of it. If I still feel like it could be good, I will go on using it. I will try it on my toes first to see how goopy it is. If I have a hard time on my feet, I will call it quits on this polish, I really like it though, very cotton candy pink.

I think I will also use my lilac polish this month and I want to get use out of the orange polish as well. I think if I keep my mind to it, I can paint my nails more often than I have been. How are everyone else doing with this challenge? We are a quarter of the way through the year and I am only close to finishing one polish. It is a lot harder than it looks. Cherish on Youtube makes it look so easy.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, project pan

Project 200 Pan: April

April was a very light month when it came to empties. I know that I will have a bit more makeup next month, because I have a lip gloss on its last leg. I also hit pan on a couple of items this month that were very surprising to me, because they were my April makeup picks and one was completely brand new. I guess it just goes to show that I really loved using these two products last month.

lip gloss

The first thing that I hit pan on was this Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss in Sugar, Sugar. I recently got it for Christmas and only swatched it. At the end of April, I am already seeing side pan on this deluxe size. I am absolutely in love with this lip gloss formula. It isn’t sticky and it isn’t heavy. It feels perfect on the lips. It is my favorite lip gloss and I think the only formula that I would repurchase right now. I want to get a set of his glosses once I go through a few more in my collection. I’m not a fan of this nude though. It does nothing for me. My lips are too pigmented, so all you see is the gold sparkle.

highlighter

I also hit major side pan on my Benefit cream highlighter in High Beam. I even had to remove the stopper to get more of the product out. I will not repurchase, because Benefit is not CF. I do love adding this in with my moisturizer for a glowy look. I am using glowy powders for the month of May and it looks more artificial on my skin. I love these cream highlighters more for a natural glow.

We left off at 38/200 or 19% of this project completed in March. Now, we are at 40/200 with the products that I have hit pan on. Let’s see which empties count towards this month’s total, shall we?!

makeup

I finished up another 2 deluxe sized makeup items: a highlighter and concealer. I would not repurchase the Nars due to the brand no longer being CF and I wouldn’t go out of my way for the Manna Kadar highlighter lotion either. 42/200

body lotion

This body lotion was so light and gel-like. I absolutely enjoyed using it. It started to turn bad on me, that’s why there is still a bit of lotion stuck to the bottle. I mean, like literally melted on there. I don’t know what happened, but some of it turned colors and hardened to the side of the bottle. I’ve had this since Freshman year of high school, I believe. So yeah, never again will my lotions go like 10 YEARS before I use them. 43/200

skin care

I finished a sheet mask to watch tv one night and the serum in this packet is INSANE. I easily got 5 more applications (of the serum) out of the packet. I love these masks for moisturizing only, because honestly, I don’t see any difference between all of the variations. I do see increased moisture in my skin with every one though. Plus, how can you go wrong for like 50 cents a sheet mask?! I also used up this pore mask that really didn’t do anything to my pores. They weren’t smaller or cleaned of blackheads. I would not purchase that mask. It detoxified the skin, but that is it. 45/200

I am 22.5% done with this project now. I was hoping to be closer to 25% at the quarter of the year mark. That means that I am 2.5% behind so I need to catch up to that PLUS keep up with my regular pace. I need to keep at 5% every month and catch up on the 2.5%. Hopefully, I can do some catching up in May. This challenge of using up 200 products has been more challenging than I thought it would be. I am still keeping at a great pace and not falling too behind. I feel good about it. I know that I am using up my stuff. It gives me that push to apply body lotion when I feel too lazy after a shower or reapply gloss after I have eaten. I really am using this stuff up and it gives such a high when you finish something after laboring over it for MONTHS. Seriously, project panning is SO addictive. Next year, I want to do four seasonal project pans.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Manicure Monday, project pan

Project Polish March Update

I am super late with my March Update, but I promise that April’s update will be in the beginning of May like it is supposed to be. I only used one polish this month, because I only did one manicure. March was super busy for me and a struggle to find any time for my nails. First world problems, I know.

nail polish

I took this at an angle with my camera, but the bottle was straight. With one measly manicure, I did make noticeable progress, so I am pretty happy about that. So far, I have done a manicure and pedicure in the month of April and will be doing a second set this week. Usually, my pedicure lasts the month, but the polish combo from Manicure Monday chipped off my toes as fast as my fingers. I love painting my toes, so I don’t mind. It is going to be hell removing that glitter though.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Manicure Monday, project pan

A Mermaid Worthy Manicure

Happy Manicure Monday ladies!

I absolutely love how this manicure came out! I painted my nails last Tuesday and it didn’t start to chip noticeably until about Friday. That is a long time with traditional polish. I got so many compliments and the nails went really well with my new hair color.

nail polish

I put down one coat of the Julep Nail Color in 2282 American Beauty Amy and then I put down one coat of the L’Oreal Glitter Polish in 605 Sparklicious. It catches the light beautifully and it is such an icy Winter combination. I realize that it isn’t Spring appropriate, but it complimented my hair, so I don’t care. I think this week I might so the light lavender Julep nail polish again for a more Spring manicure.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, project pan

Project 200 Pan: March Update

I actually did better than I thought that I would do for March with 27 empties total. I enjoy using up my products and I usually target a mix of fuller and near empty products to make them go faster. Hair care products always take forever for me, because I rarely wash my hair. Even styling products take a while, because I don’t use them daily. Having thin hair that is a bit past shoulder length doesn’t leave a lot of hair to cover with product. As my hair continues to grow longer, I am sure styling products will be faster. I also don’t go through a ton of body wash or soap, but I’m constantly switching things up. I’m sure that doesn’t help. lol The current count sits at 31/200 15/100% done.

body

1 Body peel is done here and that is because I finally threw it out. It is WAY too old to use now. The negative side to being a hoarder. 32 items.

hair care

3 hair care products: 2 hair masks and 1 shampoo. I am pretty proud of myself, because it takes forever for me to use up hair products. The shampoo was on it’s last legs and each pot was about 1/4 full. I used them up in 4 weeks to treat my hair before bleaching it. I ended up bleaching my hair twice and toned it grey. I will be sharing photos soon. I just have to get good pictures of myself and I hate selfies. lol 35 items

makeup

1 makeup brush that I am decluttering because I don’t like it and don’t use it. 36 items.

skincare

1 packet of exfoliating cleansing wipes and 1 deluxe sized cleanser out of the way bringing my total to 38 items used up this past March. I need to get more wipes, because I love to use them when I am lazy and I am almost in need of cleanser. I don’t have that much left at all. This post is actually a nice reminder that I can do a little beautylish haul and buy some The Ordinary Serums, cleanser, and wipes. I am obsessed with that site. It has so many brands and free shipping over $35.

38/200 items done and that is 19% completed. I achieved the 4% increase that I wanted for this month, so I am very happy and pleased. I think that I could do a big 8% in April. I am not saying that I have a ton right now. I think I currently have like 2 empties, but I see so many almost empty products that I think I can say with positivity that I can get that 8%. There are a few makeup items that are looking empty, so I am hoping to clear them out and open up some fresh products. I am no where nears any lip empties, so I don’t think that I will have any. I am currently working on a new Marc Jacobs gloss that I am loving and enjoying. Next month, I will probably have a lip empty. There are a few things nearing the end, but I wanted something new to play with this month.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, project pan

Project 200 Pan: Feb Update

I am so late on this update, but that just means that March will come faster and you won’t have to wait as long for the next one. From where we left off with the January update, I have finished/hit pan on 14 items out of 200. This project is 7% completed. Now, let’s get into the items that I finished in February that count towards this 200 pan goal.

hair care

I finished these two deluxe sized hair items, so my count is now at 16 items used up. I didn’t care much for either of these items, so I am glad to have them out of my collection.

skin care

22 items used up with the 6 items in this picture. I used up cleansing wipes, toner, 2 serums, 1 eye cream, and a facial cream. I am happy with the amount of skin care empties and I think I emptied out a few in March, too. I love skin care and I love to splurge in certain categories in this area.

body lotion

24 items with this picture. I used up both hand creams, although I did use the Gold Bond on Dean. I used the last bits in the Equate, but my dad used most of it. He hates using up every last drop, so I usually finish off the tiny bits left in his products.

beauty

31 items with this picture. I used up a body spray, which only took like a year to use up in the bathroom as a bathroom spray. I am never buying another body splash again. I just don’t use them, because they do not last on the skin. I used up a liquid eye liner, but it really just dried out from lack of use. I have hooded eyes, so me and black liquid eye liner do not mix. I don’t do the cat eye thing. I used up two lip glosses, one lipstick, and one lip paint. I have been going through lip products like crazy. I have been wearing my red in the house and reapplying every two hours or so. I’m getting used to seeing myself in red, but I still don’t like how I look in them. I used up a perfume sample and a sample of the Becca primer which I would buy. I need to use up my purple corrector first though.

I’m about 15% done with this project now. That was an 8% increase, so I am on target to finishing the 200 by the end of the year. March has been really light, so if I get a 4% increase, I would be happy. I don’t know what happened with March. I think I used up a lot of almost empty stuff and have been working on fuller products in March. I bet April will make up for March though.

With Love,

Selena