Monday, April 20, 2020

Use It or Lose It March: Pan and Purge Project 2020

Greetings dear readers! I had hoped to get this post up last week, but it was a particularly stressful one around here. I have been in and out of the Urgent Care and Emergency Room, and at this point, I am arguably more mentally spent than I am physically. I still wanted to get this post up, so I've been plugging away at it over the weekend to get it up. We're already two thirds of the way through April, but I have been determined to get the March edition of my Pan and Purge Project here on the blog.

This year, I decided to set a goal of 175 products that need to be either emptied or purged from my stash. While it may sound like a lofty goal, I have a rather large collection of items that just don't get used. It's not always been easy, but it feels good to empty another container or just let go of something I didn't love but still held onto for some crazy reason. Let's get a look at what has left my stash for the month of March!

Use It: The Empties

As the subtitle suggests, these are the items I have finished up this month.


Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin | Clean & Clear

This has been a favorite go-to facial cleanser for me for several years now, and I keep going back to it. It is gentle enough for my skin and leaves it feeling clean without feeling overly stripped or raw. I really like the affordable price point, especially since the hubby has decided he likes using it too, and we have another one in use now!

Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea | Mario Badescu

I've gone through a couple bottles of this Mario Badescu facial spray! It is the perfect pick-me-up for my skin, especially living in a drier climate. I also like to use a light spritz when applying some of my skin care products like when using my hyaluronic acid. I've got another bottle already open and in use of this baby as well!

Glow Glycolic Boost Brightening Infusion Sheet Mask | PIXI

A friend of mine gifted me this (and a couple other) masks, although I have only tried this single one. I do enjoy PIXI skincare products and this mask was no exception. I don't foresee myself picking up more than the others i already have as I stopped buying these types of masks, but it is a nice product.

Repairing Neck and Decollatage Treatment | Restorsea

I have spent so much time focusing on my face and not enough time on my decollaté. Thankfully this treatment from Restorsea did wonders to help smooth out my skin and turn back the clock thanks to an enzyme in the fish hatching industry. For those who must be wondering, no, this does not smell like fish. I really could use some more, but I have to look into the details of shipping as these enzymes are temperature sensitive and it's in the 90's this week here.

Hyaluronic Acid PURE | Timeless Skin Care

I've used products that contains hyaluronic acid before, but this was a first for me that was about as pure as you could get- HLA suspended in an alcohol solution. Because it has to be suspended in alcohol (otherwise you would have a powdered product), it can be drying to the skin if you do not take the added precautions of applying to slightly damp skin. I like to not fully dry my face after washing, apply this to the skin until rubbed in, and then follow up with my Mario Badescu spritz. I currently have other Hyaluronic acid products in rotation, but I'm planning to pick up another one of these when I'm needing more.

C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream | Drunk Elephant

I got this eye cream after reading a positive review, but to be honest, I wasn't that impressed with it. Yes, my eye area looked fine, but this eye cream didn't seem to do anything special that other, far cheaper versions already do for me. The packaging is cool, but I don't love not knowing exactly how much is left and trying to guess when I will need a replacement bottle. I'm glad I tried it, but I will not be repurchasing it.

Nutrilogie 2 | Vichy Laboratoires

If you followed along on my Instagram stories in February, you likely would have seen this moisturizer. After having what appeared to be a chemical burn from an unrelated product, I picked up this moisturizer as it didn't have any potentially irritating products on my extremely fragile and sensitive skin. While this moisturizer is richer than my skin would normally prefer, it is exactly what my skin needed at the time! I’m likely to pick up another for night use when winter rolls around again. As for now, my skin is healed and it is just too much for it this time of year.

Beauty Sleep Water | Harmony Proteins

After trying out some other Harmony Proteins collagen supplement flavors, I picked this one up when I spotted it at my Walmart. While I'm still not entirely convinced ingested collagen helps the appearance of skin, I do believe it can help your joints. Not to mention, the added flavor can help encourage drinking more water! I’m not really sure this helped with my sleep, and the flavor sadly was just not my favorite. I'm going to stick with their watermelon flavor for the time being.

Mint Juleps Lip Scrub | LUSH

I'm a big fan of lip scrubs, and I always seem to have one from LUSH in my drawer! As the name would suggest, this particular one is minty, but I did enjoy it. I wouldn't say it is my favorite option, but I didn't care for the other flavor options when I purchased this one so Mint Juleps it was! Now that my trip to New Orleans this week has been cancelled, I kind of wish I hadn't finished it off yet so I could pretend to have more of the experience at home....

Starry Eyes Indulgent Self-Warming Eye Mask | Popmask

I got a few of these from a friend and was really eager to try one out. The masks stsart to warm immediately after unfolding and fit comfortably on the eyes and stay secured with elastic bands. It was a nice luxury experience from the comfort of my home, and I even fell asleep wearing it. The heating sensation lasts for about 20 masks and the masks are not reusable, at least if you want the heat aspect. It is a nice treat and I am looking forward to using the others I have on hand. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I would purchase more.


It's U Setting Spray | Sistar Cosmetics

I've not been wearing a lot of makeup lately as I've been slowly recovering from being sick, but setting spray is a product I use a lot. My usage hasn't been too bad, but as the days heat up, I find I have to start applying setting spray multiple times as I apply layers of makeup on my face. While this one from Sistar Cosmetics isn't quite as fine as I would like- I really like very thin mists- it was perfectly functional for me. I would use my blender to soften any areas in my face that felt particularly damp, but that's par for the course with other setting sprays I use. I didn't get to try this in the high heart of summer here, and because it is so affordable, I'm thinking of picking up another one and see how it holds up in our 110ºF+ days.


Hand Lotion | eos

There was a time I loves eos products, and to be frank, I'm not sure what I was thinking. I got this as part of a set, and I just wasn't crazy about it. I know I've been washing my hands A LOT more than usual and using alcohol sprays to wipe down things entering (and leaving) my home, so I know I am asking a lot from a hand lotion right now. That being said, this would leave my hands feeling moisturized immediately after use, but an hour or so later my hands would just feel dry. I have another one from the set I am currently using in rotation with others, but I'm ready to say farewell to the brand.

French 75 Cuticle Oil | Northern Star Polish

All this hand washing also has me using cuticle oils more frequently, and this one was part of a set that was exclusive to the Polish Pickup. Northern Star Polish cuticle oils always work really well for me, so I have numerous scents open and in rotation at any given point. The downside about this being exclusive is I will not be able to get this particular scent again unless it is offered during the flashbacks in July, but I love so many of the other scent offerings that I admittedly have forgotten what it smelled like by now.


Hand & Body Lotion | Smartly

I first picked up this product (but not this exact bottle) on a whim while at Target one day when I saw it was unscented and affordable without fancy packaging, and I am so glad I did! It's a nice daily use moisturizer on its own, but I often use this to cut my scented moisturizers. I am particularly sensitive to smells, and while I may enjoy the scent of a product, it tends to be too strong when used as a lotion applied over my body. I have a couple bottles of these Smartly lotions in my house as my kids like using it too, and I don't have to worry about fragrances irritated my oldest's eczema-prone skin.

After The Rain Sugar Scrub | KBShimmer
Lime Margarita Sugar Scrub | KBShimmer

I know you've seen me say it before, but in case you forgot, I really LOVE KBShimmer sugar scrubs! Both these scents were exclusive to the Polish/Indie Pickup and I've been slowly using them because I know I cannot replace them. Between these two scent options, After The Rain was more to my taste as it was a lighter scent in general and could be used in the shower. While Lime Margarita smells delicious (and has quite a fan following from what I could see), the scent was too strong for me to use on my body and was delegated to hand scrub use only. At least that allowed me to enjoy the scent more often! Again, these were exclusives and no longer available, but KBShimmer does have a new Spun Sugar scent coming up in about two weeks at the next Polish Pickup opening.


Melon-tini Invisible Dry Shampoo | Garnier Fructis

I have my dry shampoos that I love and tend to stick with, but when I spotted this one at Target, I opted to get one to try. I'm used to having to brush out the white cast many dry shampoos initially leave in my hair, and I was pretty impressed that I didn't have to really do that with this dry shampoo. While the scent isn't quite what I was hoping for, it still wasn't bad, not that I can really smell my short hair much, particularly at the roots where this would be applied. I did feel like this dry shampoo would really only buy me a day of not having to wash my hair again without reapplication unlike some of the others I use that get me two days. I wouldn't place this dry shampoo in my list of favorites, but I wouldn't mind using it in a pinch if my favorites weren't available.

Lose It: Purged Products

These are the items that are not empty but I have decided to let go.


Facial wipes aren't really my jam- I don't think they remove makeup particularly well and I'm not a fan of the waste. That being said, I usually like to have small packs on hand for when I attend assorted beauty shows so I can easily swatch products in my hand and/or arm and remove without having to make a mess. I had hoped these would work for me, but they were so irritating to my skin and did not work well to remove easy, non stubborn makeup. This makes these a definite no-go, even for the little I use this type of product.

Better Skin Lava Magik Cleanser Scrub Mask | The Better Skin Co

I believe this was part of a recent FabFitFun box I had purchased, and I knew immediately I likely would not be a fan of this product. I do not like harsh scrubs when it comes to my face, and given the pumice content on this baby, I quickly realized my assumption was correct. I still attempted to use this a handful of times as a very diluted face wash and a mask, but it was still horribly abrasive. I am keeping the little scoop that came with it though to use with other jar products.


Orange Cream Blush | NYX Cosmetics

Y'all, I am so sad to let this go, I'm really feeling orange blush right now but I've had this one for a few years now and it is just time to let it go. It smells fine and din't get much use as orange wasn't my thing when I was gifted it, but I just don't trust cream products after a certain period of time. I have been enjoying cream blushes a lot in particular recently so if you have a good orange suggestion, even if it is a powder, please let me know!

Frozen Cream Pigment | Hikari Cosmetics

Like the previous product, this one also hurts a little to let go. Again, this is a cream product I have had for a few years, and I just don't feel comfortable putting it on my eyes any longer. The colour is a beautiful silver, a shade that I generally wear very infrequently, so I'm mostly ok with saying goodbye to it. Even now it swatches with smooth pigmentation on the skin so I may end up picking up a few other Hikari Cream Pigments in shades I would wear frequently so I can at least get more use before I have to let them go.

Naturally Neutral Airspun Loose Face Powder | Coty

I know some people love this loose face powder to set their makeup, and they affordable price is a great perk, but I just cannot get over the smell. It is just too perfumey for me, and as someone that has a very sensitive nose, I found myself still smelling it long after applying it to my skin. This particular shade is also a touch too light for my skin tone, but with the smell issue, I have no desire to pick up a translucent or darker shade.

Rotating Makeup Brush (Foundation brush head) | blendSMART

I stumbled across this product at Cosmoprof North America a few years ago and was really excited about it at the time. It was a cool concept and a great way to apply foundation to the skin. Since that time, my techniques and preferences have changed, and this brush just doesn't suit my needs like it did then. In an effort to attempt to declutter my brush collection, it's sadly just time for me to let this one go. It was fun for awhile, but since I never grab for it any more (and got irritated with it when I did recently while debating on whether or not to keep it), it's gotta go.

Rosè Face Perfecting 4 piece brush set | MōDA Brushes

I've been wearing makeup a long time, and while I do enjoy trying new things and my techniques are constantly evolving, I had never tried this style of brushes until now. After reaching them in a mystery box, I was actually pretty excited to try them out. Unfortunately, I was really unhappy with these brushes. I found the bristles to be so densely packed that I never felt like I could get a particularly even application. In comparison to the brush heads, the handles just felt flimsy and these brushes were poorly balanced between the hand weight and the brush head weight. I don't know if this means paddle-style brushes in general are not for me or if this set just doesn't cut it. Those that have used paddle brushes, please chime in and let me know what you think!

Brush Essentials 6 piece Travel brush set | Royal & Langnickel

This was another item in a mystery box, and I was particularly interested in trying out this set. I like to travel light, and I have been on the hunt for my perfect mini brush set to save me some space. Sadly, this set was just not it. While they weren't particularly harsh on my hand, the eye brushes were so uncomfortably scratchy when applying product. Attempting to then blend became painful fast! The foundation and blush brushes in this set weren't bad and performed reasonably well for me, but when all is said and done, I'm not happy with the overall performance of the set. Using this set was, I believe, the final straw in my attempt at finding a good compact travel set and made me accept that I should just take my full size brushes that I love. It's not like I have to take my full brush collection anyway, and these mini sets really aren't saving me that much space.

Monthly Stats
Empties: 17
Purged: 16
Total: 33

Yearly Stats
Empties: 42
Purged: 45
Total: 87

For March not feeling like a productive month for me- I was sick for part of it and not as focused on testing as I wanted for other times- looking at the stash I put in my discard bin, and writing this all up, I feel rather accomplished! April is unfortunately nowhere near as productive, but I've been sick all month so I'm giving myself a pass. Besides, I've already hit half my goal in the first 3 months of the year. It's not always easy to be really honest with myself when it comes to products I just don't use, but in the end, I've not found myself missing anything I have let go.

Have you set any goals on panning or purging products this year? How has your progress been towards that goal? I know times are particularly stressful right now, but I know you can do it!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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  1. Wow, what a good way to go through all your products. I should do this too, I keep so much product that I haven't used in ages but hesitate to let go..

    1. It helped me when I started selecting a few to focus on using up rather than having a few of the same type of product in use. I definitely stray some days, but it has helped me get through a substantial lotion and sugar scrub collection!

  2. Smart to go through your products! I like your reviews. Thanks!

    1. Thank you! It's so easy to just open a new one and forget about previous products, but my bathroom appreciates not having as much clutter!

  3. I have a bunch of products that I keep in, what I call my self care stash and some I've had for years. I have a hard time letting go. You did a good purge

    1. I've had a few things for long time, but I try to keep in mind shelf life so I'm not putting spoiled product on my skin.

  4. I'm impressed with the number of items you went through. I started out good this year but the last 8 weeks haven't drawn me close to touching my cosmetics. I'm going through more skincare but not enough to finish other than a few individual masks.

    1. I didn't think it was much until I got to writing up my post! I think my focusing on select products helped get them emptied quickly.

  5. Great way to go through all your products and shared this wonderful list for the month .... Great work

  6. You've motivated me to do some spring purging of my own. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. I'm not so great at a single purge, but I like to purge a little (and sometime a lot) all year long.

  7. I really need to go through eveyrthing in my bathroom and just purge it all! lol my bathroom cabinet that is meant to store towels is certainly not housing towels!

  8. You know how much I love these posts. I finally have taken some inspiration and I decided to throw away a face mask that I hated. I kept trying to love it but I just don't and even though the jar was only half used, I had to say goodbye. I also have a whole box of items that either I used once and hated or I don't want to use at all (shade, smell whatever) that eventually will go to a friend of mine that's local once COVID-19 is past us. I just keep collecting for her until I can see her again.

  9. I hope you’re feeling better this week. On a positive note, you’ve done a good job with your stash. I am also using up everything I have before I’d consider repurchasing.

  10. I agree on the eos. I used to really like their chapsticks, but the last one I had I just didnt love so I found something else. I also had that lotion as well, not amazing, but not terrible. I just carried it in my purse and used it when I was out but yeah not amazing. I think the formula in the bigger standalone bottle is better though. We had that in our downstairs bathroom for when you forgot lotion and it seemed much nicer!

  11. Wow you have so many products and most of them sound ace! I think it's really good to go through them and purge everynow and then and clean out the ones you don't use or like

    Laura x

  12. You finished so many products, great job!! I feel you on letting go of items you no longer use, even if they aren't expired. I recently purges a lot of brushes, too.

  13. You really have a lot a products,they look like a great choice.


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