October 4, 2010

Project 31 Pan!

I never wanted a big make-up collection. It was never my thing. I don't want to have so much cosmetics that I have to throw it out or give it away because I'll never use it up.  I have too much perfume... every month I would buy a new one that in less than a week I would get sick of...
I have this thing where whenever I feel bad, I shop. Mostly make-up and cosmetics, I'm sure many of you do it as well. I'm a full time college student, so money is tight.
I look at my room and I only see perfumes, moisturizers, hair care products and lots of make-up... Every month I throw something out because I'll never use it! I don't want to do this anymore.

Let's start by saying that I don't judge or say negative things about people who collects make-up and cosmetics. Everyone has it's thing... mine is Benefit cosmetics, Brigitte Bardot , True Blood and Music...so I collect everything from them. I have a ton on albums, a ton of Brigitte Bardot stuff and everything from True Blood or Charlaine Harris.

But my problem is that I don't want to have too much things that I'll not use anymore, things that I just don't care for... So I picked up my cosmetics related notebook (I have a different notebook for everything) and I wrote everything that I want to finish. Then I remembered the Project Ten Pan thing that a youtuber started a while a go, and I want to do my version of it! 

So in the notebook there are the 31 things I want to finish. I have make-up items, skin care, hair care and body care products. And I grouped them in sections: lips, foundation, perfume, moisturizers etc.
For example, I have three perfumes that I want to finish, so when I checked the three perfumes out of the list, I can buy a new one, but this time a perfume that I really enjoy and I'll be wearing a lot instead of throwing it out. Whenever I finish my three lipglosses on the list I can buy new ones and so on (:

I'll keep you updated of how it goes, I know I'll stick to the end because I'm really determinate to only keep in my collection products that I really like. Now keep in mind that I'll still buy from Benefit (On Friday I ordered some goodies from them) and I'll still buy things that I need or need to repurchase. So I'll be buying stuff but not stuff that I don't need. That's why it's a little different from the original project 10 pan. I have a passion for cosmetics so I couldn't be months without trying new products ((:

This month I only order from Benefit (a really small order because they are so expensive) and I bought a John Mayer album (again, I collect this stuff).. Maybe I'll buy some clothes or jewelery because I spent so much money on make-up and cosmetics I neglected fashion so I'm needing some jewelery, footwear and jackets!

If you ever did something like this or are doing something like this please tell me your experience and tips to not give in, I would love to know!


Catanya said...

Hi Marisa!
How are you, my darling?
I love the idea of writing down the things you plan to finish, since I especially like lists! I must admit I am quite a collector of makeup, though.
Can I ask you what other things you write in that makeup related notebook?

Steph said...

Hmm, sounds interesting. I could never do something like this, though. I don't have that kind of determination and I'm definitely not that organized. Notebooks were not made for me lol. But it's a nice project!

Anonymous said...

I could never keep it up. I am proud of you.

Sónia said...

you have a big list there!! i hope you get all that you want :)


BottledBeauty said...

You can do it!! Actually, I've never done this challenge before. It's hard for me to finish products. I seem to hoard them forever. You mentioned the baby's zodiac sign. I don't know much about it but I think he will be a scorpio or saggitarius. What's funny is my, my hubby and daughter are all cancers!

BottledBeauty said...

Sorry, meant to say Me!

Marisa said...

Thanks for the encouragement girls! I am really determinated to do this project,I hope it goes well and then I'll be able to save up some money to buy some clothes I need ehehe (:

Catanya said...

Hi dear Marisa, +I have just read your comment on my blog and I think the beauty notebook is a great idea!
I have also a notebook for blog posts ideas but I do not have any control on budgets for makeup stuff, which is bad and insane since often I am left with a lot of disorganization, and broke!
you have given me some good ideas to organize myself more,
if you have any other ideas, I will love to read about them,
Thanks again, sweety!

Marisa said...

@Catanya- Thank you!! I'm glad I was helpful, because money is tight I find that being organized you don't spend as much and don't buy things that aren't necessary (:

Maybe I'll do a post about it someday with more tips! I'm always coming up with new things! Thank you*

Rebecca from See You in Sweden said...

I've never written it down formally (though I do love a good list and the fact that you have all those notebooks!) but I just never buy something unless I've used up that product, which helps a lot. Example: I won't buy another body lotion until the other one is gone. This really helped me with my perfume addiction. I also started buying the smallest perfume bottle, lotion, etc. size so that I could use it up faster. Good luck!

Blushingloves said...

I want you to know that I tagged you!!

♥ Stacey ♥ said...

Great post hun, very organised thing to do too! My collection is growing bit by bit and I love it! Keep us posted with how things go! xx

Marisa said...

@Rebecca - Thanks for the tips hun! I usually go for the big bottles, not anymore, only for my favs ;)


Hi Marisa :)
To answer your question yes it is Julio Iglesias, my mother adores him and was holding an old record of his! It is funny because when i was much younger i had the biggest crush on his son Enrique Iglesias haha!
I love this idea of writing things down in your notebook. I too am big on notebooks and like to have a specific notebook for each thing. This idea would also save alot of money in my case. I know if i were to do something like this i'd stick to it. Thanks :) Have a lovely day.

BEAUTY♕AMBiTiON★ said...

i should try this too, sounds like a great idea

The Fashion Moodboard said...

I'm definitly going to try this too! I have way to much makeup! I really like your blog btw!

All Made Up said...

This is such a good idea - I almost never finish any makeup products and feel seriously guilty when I throw away a half finished foundation that cost me £30

I'll always ask me friends and sisters if they want something before I chuck it so i'm thinking of doing some makeup swaps in future!

It means I'll not only get rid of stuff I dont need but will get some new stuff in the process. Bargain :)


Beauty Addict said...

I don't think I would be able to! I love having new stuff to "play with"... I think you are very brave to do it. Good luck!

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