Friday, 16 August 2013

Operation: Empties!

Like many other beauty addicts out there, my stash seems to grow exponentially. If I truly loathe a product, I will bin it or give it away immediately. Otherwise, however, into my drawers it goes, where I will use it until I get bored and decide to buy yet another new and shiny thing. This has resulted in owning more makeup than I could ever use in a lifetime. But I love my collection and the versatility it provides, so I don't want to just get rid of a bunch of products without using them up. Such a first world dilemma.

My solution to this is that I have decided to select 10 products that I am going to try to use up before the end of the year. These are all products that I like, but most I do not absolutely love, so this might be my only chance to use them up. I would have called this a 'Project 10 Pan', but none of these products are in pan form, so...that seemed daft.

I'm not going to enforce strict rules against myself (such as a no-buy), but once I use up these products, I will treat myself to one item slightly more luxurious than I usually go for (I'm thinking either the Omorovicza Copper Peel or a Guerlain Four Seasons Bronzer) as a reward (I know this kind of defeats the purpose, but these are my rules, dammit!)

Here are the products I am going to finish, along with a few thoughts on each:

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum: This is a product that I like and I've already used up about half of the package. But I'm always on the look out for something better, so I don't want to feel guilty if I use other serums (plus Estée Lauder has reformulated this, so if all else fails, I want to try the new formulation).

Sugar Works Sugar Scrub in Amber Nectre: This shower/bath product feels like the lovechild of whipped soap and granulated sugar. It starts out a bit gritty, but as you lather it onto your skin with water, it becomes an incredibly moisturizing soap (good for shaving, too). The smell is what I love about this product, however. It's from a boutique etailer ( and it's divine!

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation: This is a pretty good color match for me and it works well on my oily skin in terms of staying power, but it is much heavier coverage than I like. I'm going to try to figure out a way to sheer it out in order to use it up. Also, this packaging is the heaviest I have ever encountered. A bit excessive, if you ask me. This is going to be a challenge to use up as it is around 90% full and I have other foundations I prefer. Nonetheless, it's on the list!

Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum: I've had this for years and I never felt it did much for me or my pores. But it's mostly empty and I want to use it up, so here we are.

L'Oreal Eye Defense Eye Cream: This is another product that I've had for years, but have never really used up because although I know I should've started wearing eye cream a few years ago, it has never become part of my nightly routine. I'm attempting to change that, but my efforts have been hampered by the fact that (so I've discovered) many eye creams irritate my eyes. Who knew?! This seems pretty mild and basic, so I'm going to give it a try. If this doesn't work out, I might swap this item for several eye cream samples that I also want to use up.

Boscia Make-Up-Break-Up Cool Cleansing Oil and Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil: I am counting this as one item because the Boscia is almost gone and the Dior is only a sample size. I did not particularly like the Boscia. MAC Cleanse Off Oil does a far better job at removing makeup and has a thinner formulation as compared to Boscia's, which is quite thick. I also really do not like the Dior, which is a new product from them. The scent (lillies, apparently) is dreadful and I normally love scented products. Like the Boscia, it is on the thicker side and does a poor job of removing makeup. I'm glad this was a free sample with a Sephora order and that I did not fork out any cash for this.

L'Oreal The Balm in Nourishing Nude: When L'Oreal released The Balm line a couple of years ago, I recall it getting some unfavorable reviews. I really enjoy the two shades that I own, however. Nourishing Nude is a perfect, natural shade for me. The brown tones help cancel out the pink in my lips, which have the magical ability to change all lip colors to a bright fuchsia. I also find it to be quite hydrating, with a flattering sheen. I will be sad to use this up, but at drugstore prices, I can always buy another if I don't find something I like better.

Benefit Her Glossiness Lip Gloss in Who Are You Wearing?: If memory serves, I got this as a freebie with a magazine back in the day (I say back in the day because a) I can't remember and b) Benefit discontinued this line quite a while ago). It's a pretty subtle pink and I like the formula.

MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam V: This is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought (which was only a couple of years ago as MAC has never appealed to me all that much). Again, it's a neutral but with a hint of shimmer. I like the color, but I just never seem to reach for it. Hopefully this changes that!

Ten Perfume Samples: I have several boxes full of mini perfume samples, which I never wear because I own around a dozen full size perfumes that I know I love. But, waste not, want not. I picked a variety of scents (a couple aimed at men, rather than women) so that I will have variety. I'm counting this as one item since they are all so miniature!

Have you ever done a 'Project 10 Pan' or an 'Operation: Empties'? What rules did you set for yourself? Are you glad you did it?


  1. Hooray! Another person doing it. I just started mine a couple of weeks ago (minus yearly subscriptions I'd already signed up and paid for). xo Kelly

    1. I used to subscribe to so many boxes (Ipsy/MyGlam, Birchbox, Beauty Army, Julep, BeautyBox) but I'm down to just Birchbox, but I think I will cancel that, too. Too many samples!