Monday, March 19, 2012

a basket full o' makeup

This post here had me thinking about my beauty using habits. I tend to wake up in the morning bleary eyed and reach for whatever pretty my heart desires at that very moment. I decided to switch it up, and at the start of the week (which is a Wednesday for me!) fill up my tub on the counter with products I want to make a dent in. Here is what made it in this past week!
I threw in a few half-used items to see if I could finish some off, and some new items I'm reviewing to make sure I give them time to impress me.
base; Bourjois Healthymix, L'Oreal Base Magique sample
blush; NYX Peach (review here)
bronzer; Nars Laguna
Undereye; Smashbox Undereye Brightener*
Mascara; Lancome Doll Eyes (review here) & Clinique High Impact
Eyes; Sportsgirl Prom Night (pan hit, woohoo!), MAC Painterly Paint Pot, Ardell Clear Brow Gel, Mirenesse Tightliner*, BYS Brow pencil* & Rimmel pencil liner
Lips; Estee Lauder High Gloss in #11 Blush
I have almost used up both mascara samples and want to make good use of them before they have to be tossed, and the Smashbox concealer is just there to be used up as I'm not fond of it. NYX Peach and Laguna have been kicking around in my collection for quite a while and I'm looking to hit pan on them, if it's the last thing I do.
I don't even need to explain the Ardell brow gel, it's pretty ratty looking. I know that it is fine and that it is just my brow powder mixed into it, but it still grosses me out. The BYS pencil is something I'm trialling for review at the moment, and the Sportsgirl shadow is much loved but needs to be in cosmetic heaven now. Painterly is something I use every single day so it has a permanent position in the basket full of awesomeness.
My Bourjois Healthy Mix has been so good to me, and has lasted so long only because I had two on the go at once. I had one in my bag most of the time for weekends away or for when I was at Chris' place, but this one is finally about to bite the dust!
Laguna and Peach, respectively.
The L'Oreal Base Magique was a sample Chris got me, haven't used it enough to know whether or not I like it. The gloss was nabbed from Chris' Mum when she split up her travel set. Estee Lauder glosses are the bomb, and this one is my favourite shade. Boring in the tube, stunning on the lips!
My neutral Inglot palette...(review here)
...and my brights palette (review here)
I chose these two palettes because I adore them, and also because I don't reach for them as much as I should. I wear brights quite a bit, but thought that throwing them in would push me to create some nice combinations that I haven't tried out before. I was right! I have a stack of FOTD's to share with you in upcoming posts, all using these palettes with other shadows thrown in.


I think this is the sort of task I am able to stick to, I don't have enough patience to complete a set pan project. I think the fact that I have enough wiggle room to use other items from my collection makes this an enjoyable effort, and still gets my mind working in order to use these items creatively. I'm not trying to use all of them up (palettes,for example) but wanting to remember the things I love about my makeup collection.

Have you ever tried a project pan? How many makeup items have you hit pan on?
Would love to hear some motivation and your pan efforts!


Items marked with * have been provided for review or were in goody bags.

16 comments:

  1. I've been doing something similar recently too and it's working. I feel like I never use up makeup cause I just wear whatever I feel like, but since I've been using the same products I've finished 2 foundations which I'm really pleased about. If only I could finish some eye shadows and lipsticks.

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    1. It's such an effective idea! Then you aren't restricted as much but are still using up things that need to go etc. Happy to hear it has worked for you as well :D

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  2. This is a good idea, it is something I have been doing unconsciously but I think I might start being more purposeful about it, thanks to you..

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    1. It's a great way to play around with things you love to use already :) And keeps the area neater too!

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  3. Great idea Emma and less hard core than P10P. I'm still going on (and on, and on...) with mine and have finally hit the half-way point after 2 1/2 months! I'm hoping to see some more empties soon or I'm gonna crack!

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    1. Yes I think it's much much easier than P10P! Good on you for keeping up with it though, I am very impressed by that :D

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  4. ... I've never hit pan on anything. It's such a good challenge to do though - I'm just rubbish at following through!!

    I don't have NARS Laguna but I do have Serato... Might need to get it though. It looks cute.

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    1. You don't know the amazingness of a pan hit? Work on it, it feels sooooo good! Eye shadows and blushes feel the best, IMO :D

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  5. Great idea! I have something similar but I only get up to foundation and powder, before I have to run for the train to the city... I might switch up my work makeup stash so I can try my beloved but unused items.
    Your Inglot palettes look lovely, can't wait to see the looks you came up with!

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    1. Jos I think I would be the same if I worked in the city. The Inglot palettes are my loves, I'm really happy with the looks I created with them :) x

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  6. I really need to start doing something like this and I need to stop buying more products! It's definitely the only way I could ever finish makeup is to commit to using it non-stop

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    1. Megan it's the buying that is my problem!! I am happy to be making a dent in some of my collection, though :D You should try the basket/bag idea out, it is much easier than a set pan project :D

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  7. I've been doing this too. Must finish something!

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    1. Michelle I cannot wait to finish some of my stuff!

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  8. Awesome post!! Have to stick to my guns and start finishing up products :)

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    1. Finishing off things is the best feeling :)

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