Monday, May 18, 2020

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

Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I've been laying low since a surgery Friday morning, and thankfully I've been up and about without too much issue. I still have more testing ahead of me, but it's one day at a time as I get through this. Now on to today's post!

It's later than I would have liked, but here is my post featuring my Pan and Purge Project items from this year. I decided to set of goal of 175 products to leave my beauty stash. While it may seem lofty, this goal includes not just products I have emptied but those that don't work for me and have decided to destash. April wasn't a particularly productive month, but I definitely made some progress towards my goal. Let'e jump in and I'll share what I used up and what I opted to let go during the month of April!

Use It: The Empties

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


GLOW Glycolic Boost Brightening Infusion Sheet Mask | PIXI Beauty

I'm a fan of Pixi's Glow Tonic, and this is another way to get the glycolic acid experience with a little extra self pampering of a mask. I don't have a lot of time for masking right now with the kids home all day, but this was still a nice little treat. I kept this (and the last remaining one) in my fridge so it is delightfully cool, especially now that it has gotten hot around here. I'm not looking to purchase single use masks so I won't be replacing these when I use my last one.

Starry Eyes Indulgent Self-Warming Eye Mask | Popmask London

I'm generally a fan of a cool mask, so this is an interesting experience for me. I applied this mask just before going to bed, and the warmth has help to send me off to la la land. I have another one of these waiting for me, but again, I don't anticipate replacing these when I use my last one.

Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule | MIZON

I've been a fan of snail mucin-based products, and this particular one my MIZON is one I have repurchased several times. I prefer to use this in the evening as it pills up on my skin under makeup when used during the day. As much as I have loved this, I actually like the following snail mucin product more so I may finally have moved on.

Advanced Snail Repair Cream | THEPURI

It may be called a cream, but the texture is much closer to a lightweight gel moisturizer. I like that it has a high snail mucin content- a whopping 92%- and it is rather affordable at less than $20! It plays well under makeup, and now that my moisturizer needs are even less with the hot summer months upon us, this is actually enough for me for most days. I've got another one open and in use now!

First Care Activating Serum | Sulwhasoo

I was really interested in trying this product out as a first step in my post-cleansing routine, and I'm afraid to say it didn't have the WOW factor I was expecting. It is reported to help hydrate and firm the skin, but I didn't notice anything spectacular that other products I enjoy can do. Add the much higher price tag to this and I don't think it is worth it for me.


Rainbow Sherbet Lip Balm | Epically Epic Soap Co.

I'm not sure how much I would consider a lip balm a cosmetic item, but this is the closest I got to completing one this past month. I really like the Epically Epic Soap Co. brand, and the flavor options are always fun and interesting. Sadly Rainbow Sherbet is no longer available, but with other great options to choose from, I'm not too broken hearted to see this one empty.


Pistachio Macaron Cuticle Oil | Bohemian Polish

Cuticle oils really have been my BFF lately with so much hand washing, and I have systematically been going through my collection of oils! This one by Bohemian Polish is such a good cuticle oil, and a brand I am happy to recommend if you are searching for your perfect cuticle oil. I really enjoyed this scent, but the brand has so many others to select from should Pistachio Macaron not appeal to you. I'm still trying to work my way through other cuticle oils I have on hand, but I am very likely to pick up another one of these once I have done so!

I LOVE with Bath & Body Works offers retired scents! White Tea and Ginger is one of my favorites from B&BWs, so I always grab several when this becomes available. Other than the scent, it isn't a spectacular body wash and leaves my skin a little stripped and needing a lotion application follow-up. I don't mind it too much but I may finally be at the point where I stop picking these up. I may have my last one in a different scent left, so my time with the brand may be coming to an end this year.

Lose It: Purged Products

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


I picked up this oil-based serum as part of the Cosmoprof North America Boutique last summer, and after multiple uses, I finally decided it was time to let it go. Every time I used it on my face, I would break out horribly, and it was just not the right feel that I want for in my hair. I suppose it could be used on the rest of my body, but oils aren't really my thing so it's just time to let it go. 


This is one of those products that I should have finished, but unfortunately it just smells off and not something I want to be putting on my face at this point. I came across it while searching for something else, opened it, and noticed a very unpleasant plastic scent. It's a pretty pink-brown hue and one I enjoyed for awhile there.


 And this, dear readers, concludes the products I either finished off or decided to purge during the month of April. Let's check out my stats to this point!

Monthly Stats
Empties: 8
Purged: 2
Total: 10

Yearly Stats
Empties: 50
Purged: 47
Total: 97

April may be my least successful month this year, but I am still well on my way to hitting my goal! Being sick has really slowed down my product use and testing, but if I can keep up at this pace, I should still be able to meet my goal.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you finished up lately? I'd love to hear about your empties, especially which products you have loved!

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

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  1. I love the idea of a warming mask, but it just didn't get hot enough for me. :(

  2. Really like that cuticle oil bottle... so handy and mess free!

  3. I need that cuticle oil and the scent does appeal to me. All of my older MUFE lipsticks turned but they were old.

  4. Yeah I dont love single use masks either!


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