Makeup,  Project Pan

Nine by Independence Day – Project Pan Update

With just over a month to go, it’s time for a nice little update to my current project pan, Nine by Independence Day.

Smashbox Light It Up Contour (This is one of three mini palettes that were in the Smashbox Light It Up Kit from 2016, the whole set retailed for $45. The closest available item is this Smashbox Contour Kit.)

April 2018
Smashbox Contour Pan
May 2018

Does this look different? Maybe that’s because depotted the heck out of it (with some minor casualties, as you can see in the contour shade on the right). Then I hit some major pan on the highlighting shade (right), which I’ve been using to set my under eyes. I found that less is more in that endeavor, lest my eyes start to look crepey. I haven’t quite figured out why I haven’t hit pan on the contour shade, which I’ve used so much more of. Perhaps because my brush is larger and so the dip isn’t as concentrated? Either way, I’m happy I depotted this item to make it more usable. It was so difficult to reach some of the shades without getting others on my brush. I don’t have that problem anymore!

Pixi Beauty Mini Brow Trio (Ipsy Item, Full Five-shade Brow Palette Retails $12)

November 2017
Pixi Brow Trio
May 2018

I finished this product right after putting up my intro to this pan. This fairly small item lasted forever with near-daily use. I’ll now destash it, as I won’t get use out of the other side, and the product is quite old now.

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo Mini in Influencer (From Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip 2017; Full size is $32. Value of sample is $17.78.)

Hourglass Lip Stylo in Influencer

I had a heck of a time getting decent photos, but I think I used up about half in the last month. This has been a nice nude. I haven’t been wearing as much fun lip color lately. I’ve been a little more lax in the mornings with my makeup. Have I mentioned how much I value my sleep? But I’m still making decent progress.

Bite Beauty Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai (Sephora Birthday Gift 2018; Full size is $26. Value of sample is $8.67.)

Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai

This is such a fabulous lipstick. I’m honestly surprised I made so much progress, as I haven’t worn it often. It also does not require reapplication hardly at all (disclaimer: for a bullet lipstick). So I wasn’t expecting it to have gone down at all. But it did!

Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Lotion (Sample Size from Birchbox; Full size is $36. Value of sample is $ 10.23.)

Egg Mellow Cream

COMPLETE. I really did not enjoy this lotion. I’m glad it’s done. It felt thick, and didn’t seem to moisturize or firm. I didn’t see any results from this. I’ve moved on to other face lotions now, as I continue to strive to go through my sample-size face lotion/serum collection.

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter (Large tub, $30.)

April 2018
Body Shop Mango Body Butter
May 2019

I have to admit that I forgot about this a little. As the scent is a bit much, I try to use it as a full-body moisturizer on evenings before bed when I know I’ll be showering in the morning. Then my sheets smell like slightly-off mango. Which is not the greatest either. It is still a great product, but it’s clearly old. I’m eager to finish it.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte in 103, Natural Buff (Retails $12.99)

April 2018
Loreal Infallible Pro Matte
May 2018

I’m not sure how people manage to track their progress on these items. I store it upright, so the product drains to the bottom. I can tell that I’m squeezing much harder to get foundation to come out. But I still don’t see a definitive line on the packaging. I’m hopeful for my ability to finish this by July. We’ll see. This may be one of those products I cut open to complete.

Blinc Eyeshadow Primer (Boxycharm Points Purchase, $26)

As I suspected, panning this product is forcing me to use it more frequently. I’ve found that I’m getting less product on the doe-foot applicator when I use it. So far it’s not even close to being finished, though. Luckily, my goal for this was just to use eyeshadow more frequently by also using this.

It was productive that way. Due to my renewed effort to use eyeshadow (especially ones from beauty boxes that I had sitting around, aging), I found two eyeshadow palettes where I did not like half the shades. I depotted the shades I did like and put them in a Z palette so I’d be more likely to use them. I discovered another of my palettes had no staying power, even with primer, and destashed it.

My issue with my eyeshadow collection is that I’ll get a Boxycharm palette. I’ll swatch it or use it once, then it will go to the side, where I’ll look at it sometimes, not really remember if or how much I liked it, and keep it indefinitely. In my dream world of a more curated collection, I wouldn’t have palettes I’ve never really used sitting around. I like that this specific project pan is giving me the opportunity to make a concerted effort to get to know the palettes I already have and to get rid of things that aren’t contributing to my make up game. However, I also need to focus on using items that I’ve purchased because I genuinely like them. I don’t want to force myself to use up a Boxycharm palette, then never use the ABH Modern Renaissance palette I spent actual money on. This is why you’ll probably never see me put a full palette into a project pan. Panning something like eyeshadow primer instead gave me the best of both worlds–encouragement to use the eyeshadow without limiting myself.

Winky Lux Uni-Brow Universal Brow Pencil (Boxycharm Item, $12)

Winky Lux Universal Brow

This works best for me for very quickly doing a light filling in of my brows. I find it’s too chalky and a bit unnatural to do a more solid filling-in of brows. Lightly sketching in over the more sparse areas of my brows, then using the spoolie to really brush it out, creates a natural look that I’m digging. But when I use it for more full eyebrows, still within my natural eyebrow line, it looks unnatural. I’m never going to be the sort of person who wants to use more than one product for my brows. So this will do for now. Regardless of all that, I’m making some progress!


As always, I’m surprised at how much some of these products last, and I’m proud of myself for thinking about how much I have rather than purchasing the very tempting Kat Von D anniversary palette. I’m feeling good about the progress on my Nine by Independence Day Project Pan and my ability to complete most of my projects. What are you panning these days? Let me know.

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