Saturday, March 12, 2011

Project 20 Pan - finally completed!!!

Hi everyone!

I'm proud to announce that I have finished my 10th and final makeup item, which means I have finished my Project 20 Pan!  I haven't purchased a single item of makeup, skincare, perfume or nail polish for around six months now, and it feels good to have used up a few things that were lying around.
Project 20 Pan empties
I kept most of the empty containers just because I thought it would be fun to lay them all out together at the end (although I must've chucked out a few by mistake because there are only 18 or 19 in that picture).

Apart from a few things I have on my wishlist at the moment, I'd like to stay on the "no spend" bandwagon for the most part and from now on only purchase things to replace something that's been finished or something that is completely different from anything I already own.  In addition to trying to save for a small holiday at the end of this year (don't know where yet), I'm also trying to make an effort to be conscious of the impact that my consumption of goods has on the environment and other people (i.e. the people who make the goods that I consume).

This is getting a bit off-topic, but I read the book Affluenza by Clive Hamilton last year and the book Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict by Avis Cardella earlier this year, in attempt to curb my shopping and spending habits.  I wouldn't consider myself a shopping addict by any stretch, but I am, like most women my age probably, guilty of the occasional impulse purchase and sometimes spending more than I should.  So this year, I'll try my best to reduce my shopping which will hopefully have two positive outcomes: I should be able to save more and hopefully afford a holiday at the end of the year and I will be able to feel better about the impact my lifestyle has on others.

So, the last item I used up was a Bourjois Mineral Radiance Pressed Powder which I was just using to set my foundation.  It was ok, although like all Bourjois Powders, the shade is very pink.  It also has that trademark "old lady makeup" smell which all Bourjois powder products seem to have.  I didn't really find that it gave my skin any kind of radiance (I'm still not really sold on the whole mineral makeup craze), but it was ok as a setting powder.  Having said that, I probably wouldn't repurchase, mostly because I dislike the heavy fragrance.

Bourjois Mineral Radiance Pressed Powder
Since finishing a few days ago, I actually haven't bought anything new.  I do have my eye on a few lip products though (I'm really keen to try the Body Shop Delipscious lipsticks and I might purchase a few Revlon lippies on eBay as well, as that seems to be the cheapest way to go), so stay tuned for some new purchases in the hopefully not too distant future!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Well done! I am finding it hard to use up my makeup/skin care stuff but this has inspired me to make more of an effort.

  2. I have been watching the no spenders using up all their have used products such a great idea!

    I am trying to save too, I think I need to give it a shot

    Well done!

  3. What a champ and inspiration!!! I'm embarking on my own P20P now after failing many times, do you have any tips for staying strong?

  4. Congrats, you have done so well!! I really want to read that second book you mention, I think I need it *blush* and I have heard it is worthwhile <3 xxx

  5. Thank you for the lovely comments ladies. PP it is quite a good read and fairly light-hearted. If nothing else, it will probably make you feel better about yourself because there is no way you could be as bad as the woman in the book haha! :P

  6. i find that if i dont go into priceline/other cosmetic stores/valleygirl then im not tempted to buy anything cos i havent seen all the new things that have come out!! haha...its been workng really well so far! i havent bought any cosmetic items for AGES. wait. i lie. i bought a new foundation the other day, only cos my other one was about to run out! :P

    good on you for finishing all those items though, thats what im trying to do too!

  7. Yay congrats on completing the challenge :) xx

  8. Good on you for doing this - so inspiring! I've become much more conscious of the impact my spending has on the environment and workers too recently, and it's so heartening to know that unconscious consumerism is losing its appeal to other people too. Thanks for posting about this :)

  9. amazing effort, i just couldnt do it!
    i found you in the blog thread as im a fellow beauty heavener!!
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