Hi, my name is Stephanie, and I have a problem. I am a makeup addict. I’ve been wearing makeup regularly since I was 13 and since then, my hobby has exploded into a full-blown obsession. I watch beauty videos on the daily, follow tons of makeup and beauty blogs, and subscribe to /r/makeupaddiction. I absorb so much makeup related content, and it just makes me want to blow all the cash in my wallet on new finds. But I’m also a makeup hoarder, and it’s now gotten to a point where I’m just overwhelmed. I wake up in the morning and don’t even want to bother with any of the fun stuff because there’s just too much.
So I’ve decided to do something about it – Namely, get myself back on the Project 10 Pan wagon. I started a Project 10 Pan a few years ago, and failed miserably. It was more of a Project 10 Pain, to be honest. If you don’t know, Project 10 Pan is something that beauty addicts like myself put ourselves through when we feel our makeup collection is out of control. You pick 10 products and vow to use them all up before you allow yourself to purchase any new makeup. When I did it previously, I went about it entirely wrong. I failed to destash beforehand, I used poorly chosen products, and I didn’t set out proper rules for myself. So this is my master post, and I’ll post updates to track my progress.
When I dyed my hair red a few months ago, I went through all of my lip product to figure out what worked and what no longer did. Being pale with blonde hair gave me a blank canvas, so no lip colour was off limits. However that is not the case with the bright red I’ve decided is worth the ridiculous upkeep. I destached and gave away lip products I would no longer wear, and I figured since I started, I might as well keep going. I threw away expired products and gave away what was still usable, just not for me anymore. What I’m left with is a still-significant amount of makeup that works with my current skintype, tone, and hair colour.
Everyone has their own set or rules and restrictions for a P10P, so there’s really no specific guideline to follow. I’m going to go on a low/no buy for the duration of the challenge. Last time I did this, I gave myself a specific time-frame in which I had to use all of the products I’d chosen, and it put an unnecessary pressure on the experience. Because of that, I’m going to give myself strict rules, but without the added strain of a specific time period. It’ll take however long it takes.
I will not be buying any new products for the duration of the P10P. This includes limited edition stuff (unless the rumours of a Disney Villains collection at Sephora are true – on the off chance that a Jafar collection is made, gurl. I cannot be held responsible for the damage I will cause at Sephora). However, I will allow myself to repurchase necessary basics. These are the Annabelle Stay Sharp eyeliner in black, Maybelline Great Lash mascara in black, and Maybelline Fit Me foundation. These are basics, things I use every day, and won’t break the bank so I’ll still be saving money I would otherwise blow on other products.
I will potentially allow myself the purchase of a brow product – while I do have one or two in my stash, I’m not sure it’s enough to get me to the end of my P10P, and a girl’s gotta have her brows done, you know?
Now this is the fun part. I think my biggest mistake in my previous P10P attempt was choosing the wrong products. I failed to destash my collection before starting, which meant I was still holding on to unflattering products, or things I just didn’t have use for. For some reason, I decided that those products would be perfect candidates for P10P. I’d finally be getting rid of them, yay! However, I ended up getting frustrated because they were just unwearable for me, ergo I just didn’t wear them. You see where I have issues?
1) NYC Sun n’ Bronze Bronzing Powder: This product is two things I dislike in face products – warm toned, and shimmery. I much prefer a matte finish to my face product and that’s not something that this offers. It was my first venture into the world of bronzer and as you can see, I absolutely got some good use out of it. It’s a cheap product so it was great for practice. I’m thinking that with summer and sunshine on the way, I can work the warm tones and shimmer in with the rest of my face.
2) MAC Pink Nouveau lipstick: Ah, my first-ever MAC product. This baby holds a special place in my heart and so it’s stayed with me all this time. However, now I think it’s time to cut the cord and use it up. It’s not my favourite colour, I’m not much of a pink lipstick person, and this is like Barbie’s ultimate dream shade. I’ve been meaning to try this lipstick out with different liners and make it work, so I’m finally going to get around to that now that I’m back on the P10P wagon.
3) Maybelline Color Tattoo Metals in Barely Bronzed: These shadows are great, actually. I have 5 of them, and I use them regularly. This one was a part of my every day routine for quite a while, but has fallen to the wayside in recent months. There’s not a lot of product left, and I would like to use it up before it dries out, so into the P10P basket it goes.
4) NARS Orgasm blush: I purchased this when I was starting to get into high end makeup. It was a cult favourite, beauty vloggers swore it looked good on every single person ever, and the tongue-in-cheek name made it totally worth the splurge. It’s had a good run, but I’ve come to realize that I’m not much of a blush person. I just don’t like the look on myself.
5)L’Oreal The Infalliable Blackbuster Liquid Eyeliner: This product is in here because time is a factor. I hate liquid eyeliner. I’m sorry, but I just do. I don’t have the patience to sit down and carefully make perfect lines when I can get a perfectly fine eyeliner look with a pencil in 30 seconds. However this product is wonderful for liquid liner failures like myself. It’s easily controlled and goes on very evenly. I just don’t reach for it simply because it takes more time than my pencils. I do want to use this product up before it goes rancid on me and gives me an eye infection, so I figure I better give myself a push to avoid that situation.
6) Maybelline Whisper in Made-It Mauve: This was the first real, true My Lips But Better lipstick I ever found. …However, it was immediately followed by about 5 MLBB lip products that I like a thousand times better. Maybelline lipsticks are probably my favourite (after MAC, that is), but I received the Fresh Sugar Lip set for Christmas and Honey immediately knocked this lipstick off of it’s pedestal. I’m sorry Maybelline, it’s not you… It’s me. Really.
7) L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Treatment: This was actually a hand-me-down from my mom. I think it’s a fine product, but it doesn’t do enough for me to actually remember to use it. It’s just one of those things I’d like to see emptied before I toss it out.
8) Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser: This is a majestic beast of a cleanser. Seriously, it’s an amazing product. It’s been great for oil control since my skin decided it wants to try being oily after 23 years, and it kicks acne breakouts right in the butt. So what’s it doing on my P10P list? I find the tingly, cooling sensation much too overwhelming. My skin has never been sensitive before but this stuff just irritates it quite a lot. However I do love Biore’s charcoal mask, it’s quite lovely.
9) St. Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask: This is a product I used to use religiously, and actually I think it was included in my last P10P, and after I used it up I went out and purchased another tube. Why? Because I do like it – I just don’t make enough time to use it. It requires about 10 minutes to firm up and do it’s thing before you rinse it off. I’m honestly too lazy to give it that much time, so I just skip it more often than not.
10) OSIS+ Dust It: A hairdresser used this on me once and I was shocked by how much lift it gave my hair. However, now that my hair is red and I’m training it to be washed less, this product leaves far too much of a build up in my hair. It makes it feel dirty and matted after day 2, and I just don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.
So there you have it. Congratulations if you made it this far (why did you read this far? Seriously, why? Go outside). I’ll post semi-regular updates, mostly for my own tracking purposes, but also because maybe if I post it somewhere public, my pride and stubbornness will take over and force me to follow through this time. We can hope, can’t we?