Project Pan-uary

Sometimes the beauty industry can be overrun with the “buy, buy, buy” mindset. We are constantly being bombarded with new products, and being told by brands and influencers that we NEED them. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love trying new products and buying beautiful new makeup. But I’m also all for anything that reminds us to be less wasteful, and to appreciate the things we have.

Project Pan is about picking a number of items in your collection that you plan to use up in a certain amount of time. Some people choose not to buy any new products in that time frame, but it’s totally up to you. For January, I am going to focus on my deluxe sample items since I have a lot to use up from beauty boxes and point rewards. I plan to use up 7 items by the end of January, along with the rest of my foil samples, which I’ve also been focusing on lately.

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  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – one of my favorites I’ve tried, and I’ve been using it for a couple of months so it’s about time to use it up and move to a new one!
  • Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes Mascara – one of my least favorite mascaras, as it doesn’t really add much oomph, so I use it for my bottom lashes. I put it in the project to remind myself to use it.
  • Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream – I love this product! It’s very smooth and hydrating. I have a few eye cream samples I need to work through, and this is the smallest, so I’m going to focus on using it until it’s gone.
  • Bite Lip Crayon in Rhubarb – This is a good product, but not a very exciting color. I’d like to move it out of my collection, which shouldn’t be hard because it’s just a tiny stub left!
  • MUFE Step 1 Primer – I just got this in my Sephora box, but have a lot of primers I need to use. I LOVE this, it is very smoothing and mattifying, so I don’t think it will be hard to use this.
  • MUFE Lipstick in N1 – This lipstick is also a somewhat boring color, and it gives my lips a weird texture, so I’m also planning to quickly use this up.
  • Cover FX Illuminating Primer – I love all the Cover FX primers I have tried. I really like this, and it is definitely illuminating and doesn’t compromise the wear of your makeup. I plan to use this exclusively after I finish the MUFE.

    And these are the foil samples I will use up.
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    What items would you like to focus on using and appreciating in January?

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Sephora Play December Unboxing

About this subscription: 
Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription that costs $10 and comes with a bag of 5 deluxe sample items that are makeup, skincare, or haircare, and one fragrance sample. It also comes with a “Play Pass” which you can take into the store and receive 50 bonus points on your purchase.

When the boxes first came out, there was no variations between boxes – every subscriber got the same thing. Now the  boxes are becoming somewhat customized; at least one item you get is based on your answers to a survey. The box I got this month was box 244.

The box:

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The products:
I received

  •  Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  • Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot
  • Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara
  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain (01 Always Red)
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon

My first impressions:

MUFE Step 1 Primer – This definitely smoothed out my skin and gave my foundation a smooth application. I usually use a translucent powder after my foundation, but it didn’t feel necessary – my makeup felt smooth and set. I will definitely continue to use this.

UD All Nighter – I have heard great things about this, but never used it. My first impression was the mister seemed to let out almost too much product, but after it dried my skin felt soft and nice, and I couldn’t feel it on my face at all, which is a big plus.

Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara- I really like to play up my lashes, so I was initially disappointed because the wand has short bristles and isn’t anything special. However, after putting on even 1 coat I was really impressed. It added a lot of length and volume. I can definitely get on board with this!

Sephora Creme Lip Stain – this is a matte liquid lipstick that claims to be moisturizing. It does have some transfer at first, but dries down completely and is quite comfortable on the lips. It definitely isn’t as drying as other formulas I’ve tried. As for the color, I normally hate really bright colors because I think warm, dark colors look best on me, but I actually liked it quite a bit and it is growing on me the more I see it on myself! (It clashes with my sweater though!)

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I did not try the Drybar product because you are supposed to use the entire bottle at one time, and use it after shampooing.

Overall, this was a great box, and I will definitely be using all 5 products. I also loved that they switched up the bag, which is normally white, to black with gold lettering. At first look, this is one of my favorite boxes I have received.