You know from my last post that I may watch a few too many beauty YouTubers, and my latest time suck has been Project Pan and “18 in 18” videos. Project Pan, if you didn’t catch the definition the last go round, is when an Influencer puts select makeup into their everyday rotation so that they are forced to use up older products or even just “hit pan”. Again, this just means that you will see usage through a little sliver of metal that peeps through the seemingly endless supply of blush/eye shadow/. Some people make hitting pan or using up product their goal. People who do “18 in 18” are committed to using up 18 beauty products in 2018. This may not seem like a big goal, but these people have enough makeup to fill a Sephora.
I was watching a few of these “project empties” and was struck by the ridiculous items that they started including just so that that they could say that they had something to report. One YouTuber showed off two tubes of toothpaste and an empty package of cotton pads. Honey, brushing your teeth isn’t something that you should brag about, it’s essential for oral health. What are you going to do next, show off empty toilet paper rolls?
The ridiculousness of these videos, plus my own desire to use up or declutter some of my own stash of makeup, skin care and hair care made me want to do my own project. I have rules for mine though, so you will not be seeing stuff that I use daily and re-buy constantly – no cotton pads, swabs or toothpaste. I use the same shampoo and conditioner and can’t veer away from them, and I always use Simple Cleansing Cloths to take off my make up because I don’t get a rash from them. I’m also not going to brag about body wash – I use that daily too so I won’t be showing that off. I’m also including items that I’m decluttering. I don’t have a goal in mind, but I’ve already gone through 17 products (to be more accurate, 11 empties and 7 decluttered items) in the two months it’s been since I’ve started this project. Here are the items and whether I’ll re-buy or if they just made me cry. Oh yeah – this is just my opinion, yada yada, if you don’t agree, you don’t have to – everyone’s skin and colouring are different.
Gold Bond Rough and Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream (Buy or Cry) – Cry – I was looking for something to replace my beloved, but discontinued Lachydrin Lotion. I bought three of these from Amazon just in case, and have gone through 1.5. It isn’t cheap and it’s a fine body cream but nothing spectacular and does not do anything at all for Keratosis Pilaris if that’s your skin concern.
Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (Buy or Cry) – Cry – I paid $25 for a product just because it smelled good and said Bum Bum on the packaging. It’s good but there are better creams out there that are a lot less costly.
LB Gentle Skin Cleanser (Buy or Cry) – Buy – it’s just as good as Cetaphil and it’s lower price tag is nice. It’s perfect for people with sensitive skin, at least it was for me and it lasted for months, like 6 months. Like why do I keep writing like?
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream (Buy or Cry) – Buy – yes it’s $75, but this jar lasted me almost 6 months and did not irritate my skin. I’m already working through my second jar.
Avène Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum (Buy or Cry) – Cry – it really did nothing for my skin. It did not feel any more moisturized with it than it did without it. They have other really good products, but this just is not one of them.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Fortifying Spray (Buy or Cry) – Neither – My sister gave me her half full bottle (half empty if you are a pessimist) of this when chemotherapy led to her losing most of her hair. That makes me sniffle a little. These is OK for a leave-in, but will never replace my Biolage Daily Leave-In Tonic.
Moroccan Oil Treatment (Buy or Cry) – Buy – I love this product! I re-purchase it constantly. It’s an all-in-one styler, conditioner and makes my hair shiny. It also smells amazing. I’ve been using it for years and always go back to it. You only need to buy 3 a year so it’s not that pricey when you do the math. I would not recommend it if you have fine hair – it may weigh it down. Remember to use it only on the ends or it can make your hair look greasy.
Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick (Buy or Cry) – Cry, because I love this product so much, it’s the perfect lip tint, but Clinique is not a cruelty-free brand (they sell in China which has mandatory animal testing). If you are fine with that, then buy away. I’m in the process of using up any of my cosmetics that are not cruelty free and avoiding them in the future.
Wet N Wild Pout & Love in 955B (Buy or Cry) – Cry – this product was supposed to be a tinted lip balm. It was not terrible, but it smelled exactly like you put an entire stick of butter on your lips. Seriously, the smell is overwhelming. I tried to use it, but every time I put it on, I felt like I had just eaten a tub of movie theatre popcorn drenched in butter and was too lazy to wipe my lips with a napkin.
Make Up Forever Artist Liquid Matte in Shade 105 (Buy or Cry) – It’s not fair for me to provide an opinion. This was a Sephora freebie (100 point gift). The colour was way too nude for me so I decluttered it and gave it to my sister. I will not buy Make Up Forever because it is not a cruelty free brand.
Quo Double Dip Lip Gloss (Buy or Cry) – Neither – it was just a very clear gloss that was fine. I believe that the product has been discontinued.
Laura Mercier Lovers Lip Colour in Sensual (Buy or Cry) – Neither – again, this was another Sephora freebie and the colour was just not for me and I decluttered it. I cannot figure out if Laura Mercier is cruelty free or not, so I’ll reserve judgment.
Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick in Voodoo (Buy or Cry) – Cry – this was part of a Sephora Favourite’s lipstick collection and this liquid lipstick took up valuable real estate. It’s formula is drying and the colour is a big yuck.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Potion (Buy or Cry) – Both – the lip gloss is really good – it has an excellent formula, but the colour was completely wrong for me. If you are a fan of very dark lip colours that are on the other side of goth, or if you have a deeper complexion, this would work well on you. I found mine at Winners (Canada’s version of T.J. Maxx).
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume Mascara (Buy or Cry) – It was a Sephora Freebie so I can’t cry, but I would not buy it. It is quite clumpy and it flaked on me. There are better mascaras out there for the price – not the free price, the retail price.
Hourglass Illusion Hyalloronic Skin Tint in Vanilla (Buy or Cry) – Buy – I did not love this product at first, but over time, it really grew on me. It had more coverage than I was expecting and a really nice formula. It is not my favourite, but I would go back to it.
Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer (Buy or Cry) – BUY – this is an amazing eye primer. It’s one product that I almost always re-purchase. You need to use a very small amount and blend it in very well before it dries. It really makes your shadows last all day and through the night.
There you have it. My next list will not be as long and it will not be in six months either. So what about you? Are you doing your own declutter? Which products are on your buy or cry list? Let me know in the comment section.