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Project Pan: Beauty Products I Want to Use Up

With this new wave of minimalism hitting the scene (which I am not claiming to be a part of) I have been inspired to take a look at my beauty collection and really examine what I’m using, what I’m not using, what I like, and what I don’t like. I saw this whole “project pan” thing going around and thought I would do my best to reduce, reuse and recycle my current beauty stash. You can also check out my last post, “Shopping My Stash”, here if interested.

So, if you’re interested in checking out the products I’m going to try and use up over the next month or two (and why) then just keep on reading…

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  1. Glossier Priming Moisturizer: Glossier is definitely one of the more innovative and refreshing brands of the moment, but when I was looking at my vanity, I realized that I just tend to stick to my go-to moisturizers (like the Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer or the Neutrogena Hydro Boost) more so than the Glossier Primer. I decided to work on the Priming Moisturizer because I find that for some reason, my dry skin doesn’t absorb it as well as I would hope. I’m sure this is the intention, but the Priming Moisturizer gives an EXTREME amount of dew, which under makeup just isn’t really my thing. That being said, I do not hate this product—hence why I am choosing to use it up rather than give it away. I find that this is quite beautiful on bare skin, but seeing as how I wear makeup every day, I just haven’t been getting the use out of it that I would wish. Oh well!Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 9.38.44 PM.pngLOREAL TRUE MATCH LUMI 2.jpg
  2. L’Oreal True Match Lumi: While I think this is a beautiful foundation, especially for dry skin, there’s just something about the shade that I don’t love. As fair as I am, I tend to always need to be the lightest shade of a foundation. Unfortunately, fair foundations can be hard to find at the drugstore (let me know if you would like a list of my favorites that I’ve found). The True Match Lumi isn’t necessarily too dark, which is why I can still get away with wearing it, but there is something about the undertone that I’m not totally on board with—I’m the shade W1/2 FYI. It seems to me that it has a weird mixture of orange and grey undertones—making it look off on me. So there yah go, if you can find your perfect shade, this foundation is pretty spectacular. However, for me, the odd undertone means I’m working to finish it up.Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 9.38.44 PM.pngIMG_2167.png
  3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind: Just a heads up, the next two products are going to be shade issues for me. The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind has its cult following for a reason—it’s a fabulous freakin’ concealer. However, the lightest shade is about a quarter of a shade darker than my skin tone. This makes it ok for when I’m being lazy and want to just quickly cover up a spot, but seeing as how this is a concealer that I prefer under the eyes, I just want to use it up so I can solely rely on my beloved Tarte Shape Tape or NARS Soft Matte Complete Coverage.Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 9.38.44 PM.pngMaybelline Fit Me Concealer (4).jpg
  4. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: Come on Maybelline, fix your shade selection. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is probably number 2 when it comes to hyped up drugstore concealers. While it’s stunningly dewy and fresh looking on the skin, I just can’t use this the way I would like to. Ideally, this is a concealer I would like to under the eyes on no makeup-makeup days, but the lightest shade, 15 Fair, is really a shade I can only use on blemishes. Oh well.Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 9.38.44 PM.pngserein-wu-glossier8.jpg
  5. Glossier Stretch Concealer: Finally, a concealer I’m trying to use up that isn’t for shade reasons! The Glossier Stretch Concealer is a beautiful formula with a fresh and dewy finish, but just isn’t for somebody who actually wants to cover up pigmentation. If you already have fabulous skin, I would definitely recommend this, as it would enhance your natural skin beyond compare. However, as somebody who used to have acne and still struggles with a bit of pigmentation, I find that the excessively dewy finish can sometimes actually draw attention to scarring. And seeing as how it is a very light and natural coverage, I personally have to do a bit of building to get the coverage I like.Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 9.38.44 PM.pngdscn4249.jpg
  6. Coty Airspun Extra Coverage Translucent Loose Powder: Because this product has a TON of product, I’m giving myself a few months to use this up. I really genuinely do like this powder, and find it perfect for giving a natural finish to the face. Unfortunately, I can’t exactly back the “Translucent” claim. While it isn’t excessively noticeable, it definitely does have a bit of color to it which can alter my foundation in a way that I don’t love. However, I’m looking forward to using this up over the Spring/Summer months when the tan and bronzing trend is back. To have it year round, though, is just kind of pointless for me.


There you have it, 6 products I’m trying to finish up! While it’s a bit of a bummer that I feel the need to use up and get rid of these products, it’s important to note that I don’t think ANY of these products are “bad”. There was just something about each of them that made it pointless for me to keep them around for much longer.

Don’t forget to tell me all about products that you’re loving, hating, or just trying to use up! I’d love to hear 🙂

Hope you’re having a fantastic day,

-Love, Lieve


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