As I was pondering New Year’s Resolutions, I tried to focus my attention this year not so much on what not to do (grab McDonald’s after work, binge on Chipotle, buy another candle), but instead of what commitments I could make to simplify my life. Ideas manifested in similar forms: transition to a Capsule Wardrobe, only buy sustainable fashion, focus on a more plant-based diet. I felt like 2018 was bringing a shift in so many specters of my life, and in order to embrace that I needed to declutter my world-space.
This is the first year, then, that I’m attempting Project Pan. If you’re new to the beauty world, it’s essentially a model you follow in which you tackle your overflowing vanities by selecting particular products to use, with the overall goal of moving them out of the collection. Now, that sounds somewhat chore-like, but hear me out. I like to view it as an opportunity to reacquaint yourself with products you love (you purchased them at some point, right?) and also to evaluate your collection for gaps (which will make themselves more readily apparent as you clear out space).
I did two things to begin the process. First, I tackled my storage by grabbing a basket and tossing anything I didn’t feel excited about. Hair products that I don’t use? Out. Lipsticks that I bought on sale at Target? Out. Nail polish that was separating? Out. You could almost say this was a Kan Mari of sorts.
Second, I pulled everything I had been using in December and loving and stashed the rest. I figured that this was a great way to establish essentials, and as I used them regularly, I could determine if I needed other products to meet my needs, or not. My goal is to consistently use these chosen picks. There is one, at least, that I can hit “pan” on by the end of the month. Here we go:
Skin: If you follow on Instagram, you might remember that I tried a sample of Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer last month, but held off on purchase because I had just started using the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer. I really committed to Smashbox last January and have been using a primer from the company ever since, although I tend to switch between types with the seasons. The perk of this product is that it’s a primer and moisturizer, so it cuts down on the need for extra steps. That being said, the weather has been cold, dry, and windy, so I’ve been starting off with The True Cream Aqua Bomb by belif since I had a deluxe sample. I don’t think I’d buy the full-size, but it works for me and is worth finishing up.
Face: Let me gush a little here. The Glossier Stretch Concealer has changed my life. I didn’t think I could ever like a concealer more than Nars, but I’ve been persuaded. This little pot has amazing powers. I’m also starting the year with a new-to-me foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I had avoided this in the past because it’s not sold in-store at my local Sephora, so I have to buy online (which is tricky for color matching). But it’s wonderful so far, and I appreciate that it comes in a pump. Finally, I’ve married myself to the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. This product is so fantastic that I bought a mini-version for my sister-in-law’s stocking. I mean, erm, Santa did. Sorry, Santa.
Eyes: I keep it simple with my eye routine, especially in the winter when I wear my glasses more than contacts. I use Glossier Boy Brow and now that Sephora has started to carry itCosmetics (yas!) I’ve discovered Brow Power. Even the packaging is sleek on this product – love it! I believe the true power lies in the shape of the crayon, though. Whoever designed this little gem is the real MVP. Finally, perhaps to repay the beauty-karma I earned by sharing my bronzing love, my sister-in-law (aka Secret Santa) gifted me the H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil in Raw Umber. Seriously, this is probably my favorite gift, despite only being a $6 investment. I live nowhere close to an H&M, so I can only justify the online purchase if I think to add it to an additional order, and I honestly don’t purchase much else from the retailer (probably due to exposure, so H&M, if you’re reading this, think about relocating, yes?)
Lips: I’ve already made quite a dent in my Glossier Coconut Balm DotCom thanks to early mornings in wintry frost. I’ve been pairing it with a deluxe-mini of Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. (Doesn’t that name make you want to curl up with hot chocolate and a classic movie?)
Fragrance: I’m actually using up a sample of Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, which has been my signature fragrance for some time (I have the full-size).
I’m looking forward to seeing which of these products are still going in February, which have been used up, and if any new favorites make the cut. If you’re committing to Project Pan, let me know – I’d love to cheer along.