Updates #2 & #3: Project Pan 2017

If you remember, I wrote this post to let you guys know that my life has been pretty crazy as of late, but I’d give you a combo update on my year long Project Pan. Here it is! Thank you for sticking with me and I’m sorry for the long wait. This’ll be a little long, but I’ll cut it into sections like normal. Just skip around until you see what you’re looking for! Or help a girl out and read the whole post and leave your encouragements because I need them♥


I’ve decided to do my calculations a little differently since I was crap about keeping up with the dates which I purchased things. Below are the categories that are here to stay! Side Note: My Husband’s inventory was well needed, because he also has a lot of products just sitting that he often forgets that he has. Since he doesn’t have nearly as much as I do, I’ve just combined his starting inventory, products bought, and products used. All of the other three categories are all me and they’re on a rolling calculation starting 01/01/2017 instead of monthly. (Send help)

My Starting Inventory: $4,068.18

My Husband’s Inventory: $822.80

Products Bought ($): $1,189.03

Products Used ($): $194.74

Current Value (Combined): $5,892.11


For my little blurb about how I did: I know I said I wasn’t really going to start being hard on myself until after this update…but holy cow. I feel like a hoarder? Kinda? And I clearly have a shopping problem, which is really ironic considering that I don’t work. I really need to start moving through my vast collection, since I already know that I would never repurchase most of the things I already have. There’s not a point in holding onto the stuff for “eventually” because it’s been way too long already.


My Goals for May: I really want to start working on my collection to tailor it to my wants and needs instead of just a mass of bleh. That being said, there are some specific things I wanted to work on for next month. Hopefully setting some goals will help me keep focus and really power through some products.

I’d like to work through all of my samples (not deluxe sizes, just foil packets and little pots, etc.), use one moisturizer of any size, use one serum, use one acne treatment, and work on my hair products and masks. Now, I’m not going to be too upset if I don’t finish much – I really just want to get a jumpstart on as much as I can before I move next month.


Something New: In order to keep myself on track, I think that for the next month (until my next update), I’m going to post weekly on Instagram with photos of the products I’ve managed to get used up. I think this might be really fun considering the whole “working through samples” thing. Also, please let me know if you’d like to see my hauls posted on Instagram so you can see exactly what I’m spending my money on. I was considering it, but only if you guys would be interested in seeing what I’m adding to my collection.


Reviews:

OGX Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo: I’ve already touched on how I feel about this shampoo. It’s basically holy grail at this point. Shame I can’t find it anywhere in stores lately! If you want to see a more in depth review, please check out my last update post.

Bath & Body Works Hawaii Passionfruit Kiss Shower Gel: This has a nice floral scent. Nothing to complain or rave about. This shower gel just works for me, and I’ve been using Bath & Body Works for as long as I can remember and I don’t really intend on changing that any time soon. Nothing fun to say about this one!

Treehut Coconut Lime Body Lotion: I absolutely love this lotion. I only recently discovered this brand and I have yet to find a product that I don’t love using. This smells amazing (coconut lime, duh), and the scent isn’t overpowering. The lotion absorbs fairly quickly and doesn’t leave me sticky, but at the same time it does a wonderful job of moisturizing my skin for hours. Also, this doesn’t contain any parabens so it’s safe for use everywhere, which I really appreciate. If you haven’t tried this brand, I seriously think you should!

Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Deodorant: I love this deodorant and I’ve been using it for years, but I think it’s time to part ways. For years, I’ve had issues with blackheads and general irritation under my arms and I just got tired of it. That being said, I’ve switched to a natural aloe deodorant and I don’t think I’ll be going back to this unless there’s an extenuating circumstance. However, I would still recommend it as it smells wonderful and keeps me fresh and dry all day.

Dove Men +Care Clean Comfort Deodorant: This is another deodorant I tried in order to get my underarms under control. It didn’t work, obviously. This actually made my skin pretty red and sore and it also didn’t even smell good enough to make it worth it. Would not recommend at all, not even for your man friends.

Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant in Maine Woodspice: Once again, another deodorant that didn’t work for me at all. It actually gave me the same reaction that the Dove Men +Care did, which is strange. However, this did smell amazing. I would repurchase this one if my skin wasn’t so incredibly finicky. That being said, I think it’s a good deodorant and I would still recommend it. It unfortunately just didn’t work for me the way that I would have liked.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizers in Warm Apple Cider, Island Nectar, and Sweet Tangerine: Nothing fantastic to say about these, as they’re just better smelling, run of the mill hand sanitizers. I will say, though.. that the Sweet Tangerine scent is absolutely amazing. I’ll keep repurchasing these for the foreseeable future, just not until I get through my backstock.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo: I really liked this dry shampoo. It’s “blonde” tinted, but being that I’m blonde, I don’t have an issue with that. The scent is also pretty strong, but I didn’t find that it clashed with my perfumes or lotions. Also, when you’re on third day bed hair, a scented dry shampoo is where it’s at. I don’t know about you, but my hair just starts smelling like body after a day or so (yuck), but this dry shampoo fixes my hair right up pretty nicely. I would definitely recommend it if you’re not sensitive to scents and you’re looking for an awesome dry shampoo.

BioClarity Restore Gel: This is part of a three step system that I haven’t fully gotten through yet, otherwise a full review would already exist. Honestly, I’m really disappointed in this product. It’s supposed to be used as a finishing lotion, essentially. However, I found that this leaves a green tint on my face, interferes with my makeup, and it breaks me out! I was using this for months and could not figure out why I kept breaking out. This is why. That’s all I’ll say on this for now, but keep your eye out for the full review!

Ouai Haircare Treatment Masque: This is definitely an interesting product. I used this in my hair before a shower – I just brushed it through and waited about 15 minutes to wash it out and go on with my regular routine. While I wouldn’t buy the full sized product because of the packaging, I will say that this did wonders for my hair. It made it so soft and so much easier to deal with. I also noticed that while I was using this, my hair wasn’t as tangled as usual. I will say that the scent is very overpowering, though, but if you use it like I did, there shouldn’t be any issues. I would absolutely recommend this and I would totally purchase it if they would just change the darn packaging.

The Color Workshop Red Nail Polish: I can’t even begin to tell you how old this polish is, but it still worked just fine! Just your run of the mill red polish. Nothing phenomenal or interesting to say about it. For some reason, I think you can probably still find this brand at places like Walmart, but I could be wrong. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with buying this polish if you’re in the market for something cheap but decent. However, I wouldn’t repurchase because I prefer OPI and I also have a massive stash of polish already.

L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Black: This has been my holy grail mascara for as long as I’ve been wearing makeup. This lengthens and thickens my lashes without making them clumpy. It’s just perfection and I would recommend this to anyone and everyone if I had the platform to do so. You really can’t go wrong with this product, and I have nothing negative to say about it.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes: These have always been my holy grail makeup remover wipes, since they’re the only thing I’ve found that takes off waterproof makeup without hurting my skin in any way. However, I will say that I can not use these without cleansing my face. They’re incredibly oily, so I wouldn’t suggest leaving that mess on your skin. But nevertheless, I’ll probably always continue to repurchase these and I would recommend them with caution if you have finicky or sensitive skin.

LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb: I know that this bath bomb was from Christmas, but I legitimately hoard these until I can’t anymore. I love my LUSH bath products. I would absolutely repurchase this and recommend it if they continue to bring it back for the holiday season. It just smells like nature and it’s wonderful. I can’t even begin to describe how much I like this product.

LUSH Intergalactic Bath Bomb: This bath bomb is one I’m not too fond of. I’m not a fan of mint scents, but I have to say that this is absolutely beautiful when you use it. It’s also pretty decent to use when you’re sick to try to relax your body and open up your sinuses a little bit. That being said, I would recommend since I know a lot of people love this bomb, but I wouldn’t repurchase unless I was really stuffed up and couldn’t get relief. I don’t hate this bath bomb, it’s just not for me.

Epic Soap Co. Bacon Soap: I’ve already written a full review on this product that you can see here. I will say though, that everything I said stands true still and I personally wouldn’t repurchase unless it was in a different scent.

Treehut Passionfruit & Guava Sugar Scrub: My glowing review of the lotion above extends to this sugar scrub. It works really well while smelling amazing, not irritating my skin, and doing an excellent job of exfoliating my skin. This is actually the only thing I’ll use to exfoliate my face. Since I have combo skin, my dry patches are really  dry and my oily patches are just ugh and this scrub does a really good job of giving me an even surface to work with. I absolutely recommend this and will continue to repurchase.

TonyMoly Tea Tree Sheet Mask: This is the only brand of sheet masks I’ll use from K Beauty just for personal reasons. That being said, this was a good mask and I would definitely recommend and repurchase. It did a nice job of calming down my irritated skin without adding any extra issues. It wasn’t life changing, but I have nothing negative to say at the same time.

Seventh Heaven Tea Tree Peel Off Mask: This mask wasn’t anything too fantastic. Pretty much your run-of-the-mill drugstore peel off face mask. I will say, however, that this dried the living hell out of my face and it definitely got rid of any baby hairs that had cropped up. This was surprisingly painful to peel off haha. That being said, there was something oddly satisfying about this mask, so I would definitely repurchase.

Tarte Frxxxion Stick: I’m pretty sure that’s how you spell it, but you get the gist nonetheless. This is supposed to be a mild exfoliating cleanser, and it definitely does what its marketed to do. This product is very mild but still works at the same time, and does a good job at light exfoliation. However, I think the full price is something around $28 and there’s no way in the world that I’d pay that much for this. It goes so incredibly fast and is pretty difficult to use while in the shower (there are two caps). It’s good, but not good enough for the price tag, in my opinion.


That’s all for this update! I’m sorry it took so long to get this to you, and I’m also sorry that it’s so insanely long. However, from here on out I can tell you that they’ll probably all be this long. But, I’ll keep breaking it up into sections like usual so you only have to read what your’e interested in.

I hope you enjoyed! Please feel free to leave me comments, encouragement, criticism, or suggestions to help keep me motivated to get through my stash. I’d greatly appreciate it! Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram to see photos of my monthly Project Pan empties as well as my little weekly updates. Let me know if you’d like to see haul pictures like I mentioned above! If you’re still sticking around, please check out one of my favorite posts X

Until next time,

♥Char.

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