Saturday, May 31, 2014

my probably overambitious project 10 pan, woohoo!

my name is muzicphreak, and i am a makeup hoarder. 

it started about 5 years or so ago. i just started getting a bit of a crush on the world of makeup. i was fascinated with how some colour on the cheeks could make a person look healthier, or how a dash of red lipstick made a woman look more confident. most of all i needed it because i looked too much like a kid and people had a hard time taking me seriously lol. 

but thus i began liking, nay, loving makeup. it's lead up to today, where i have an ikea helmer drawer filled with makeup.

not included in the picture: a shitload of makeup.
it is rather excessive, since i do only have one face to actually make up, but i find that i really, really like makeup. like, i like applying it because i feel like my face is a canvas and i can get to mess around with it anyway i want. if i'm feeling cray-cray i use funky eyeshadows and i wing my liner way out like a mofo, if i'm feeling particularly devious i use dark colours and make myself look evil. it's fun, it's like putting on a costume or a disguise. i honest to god sometimes go out because i just want to wear makeup. i am kind of nuts. 

however, all this experimenting does come with a price. a hefty price. i often find myself wandering the aisles of sephora or the drugstore looking for something cool to experiment with. as a result, i am broke as a mofo (this is normal though, i've learned to embrace this). but i kind of want to control myself a bit more, be a bit more disciplined about how and when i spend my money. so i've decided to do a project 10-pan. 

what is a project 10-pan? well, the definitions vary (lol can you tell i've been working on my masters thesis?) but basically it's when you choose 10 products of your choice that you want to try to use up under a certain amount of time. you cannot buy new makeup unless you have finished the same item from the 10 items you've chosen. so for example, if i wanted to buy a new foundation, i would have to use up the old one first.

i have went ahead and chosen 10 products that i want to use up, along with some others that i want to kind of use more because for some reason or other they have been neglected in my makeup drawer, looking and lonely and sad because i haven't used it much. these products are:

1) nyx luxurious black label compact powder
bought this in saudi like about 3 or 4 years ago maybe? barely used it as there weren't any testers in store so i bought it (or ahem, my mom bought it for me) blind not knowing how the colour looked like. turns out it's a bit too light for my skin. now that i'm using sunscreen more regularly my skin's gone a bit lighter so this works out okay for me, so i'm gonna try to use this as much as i can and make a sizeable dent just so it's not wasted. 
amount of product left: a lot. doesn't look like it's been used at all in fact. :\

2) inglot amc undereye corrective illuminator
bought this baby like maybe 2 years ago, so it's not that old teehee. it's an undereye illuminator, but i use it mainly like as a highlighter on places where the light hits. i used to quite like it before even though it was a bit light for my skin (it's hard to find suitable stuff for my skintone) but now i feel like it's kind of drying. anyways, i don't think there's a lot of uses left for this one so i'm gonna persevere and finish it up. 
amount of product left: not sure, probably 20%?

3) stage cosmetics blush in mimosa
stage cosmetics was a malaysian cosmetics brand with kind of good quality products. unfortunately i think the brand is no more because all of their stores have closed down a while back. i bought this blush on sale a really long time ago and used to use it a lot until my blush hoarding tendencies became more prominent. it's a beautiful colour, like a mauvy rose i'd say? common colour, but still quite nice. not very long lasting though.
amount of product left: a long way to the top if you wanna rock and, a long way to go.  

4) the body shop bronzer in warm glow
my first ever highlighter! i really wonder why they call this a bronzer because it is shimmery as fahhhhkkk. i like this and it has lasted me an extremely long time (honestly, there's barely even a dent in it!). however the shimmer's a bit more pronounced compared to my favourite highlighter the mary lou-manizer from thebalm. i think it's a baked "bronzer" because it's got that domed effect going on. i'm gonna try to use this one everyday but i don't see myself making that much of a difference because how much shimmer can i pile onto my face without looking like a gay vampire?
amount of product left: enough to highlight face until retirement

5) bourjois healthy mix foundation in 56 - light bronze
ooh, my mom bought 2 of these for me from saudi. this is my second bottle of the stuff, and i do quite like it. it smells amazing, like putting fruits on yo' face. unfortunately as time goes on i've realised that this shade runs a bit pink-toned so it makes my face look kind of ashy. not very obvious unless you see a before and after picture but it kind of bugs me. plus i find the coverage to be quite thick now so it clings to dry patches on bad skin days. i'll try to soldier on with this and will use it unless my skin's being very naughty that day.
amount of product left: 80% or thereabouts.

6) mac mineralize skinfinish natural in medium deep
now this is a product i really do quite like a lot and would have used a lot more, if not for the fact that it's become too dark for me. gahh i never thought i'd see the day. it used to match me perfectly and it's a good powder to set foundation if you wanted a flawless finish. now when i use it though, my face looks really dark. *sadface* so unless i tan i can use this as my bronzer which is lucky cos i'm in a bronzing phase. 
amount of product left: a dent is visible, but no pan seen. a lot to go.

7) the body shop vitamin e moisture serum
this was bought last year, so yeah, it's not expired yet. my skin's a bit wonky cos sometimes it's dry and sometimes i break out like a pre-teen. it's quite frustrating. i'm halfway through this product and i don't think it'll be a hassle to actually finish this. the only reason i think i stopped was because i started using facial oils and liked that better, and because this has fragrance in it which kind of scares me. i'll use it up if it doesn't make me break out in hives. 
amount of product left: one third left. no problemo!

8) first aid beauty anti redness serum
can you tell i like serums? this was bought i think nearly 2 years ago when my skin was out of whack and i was super dry and scaly and sensitive. i had hives all over my face and so i wanted something that could help with calming down my skin. this stings when i put it on my face. stings! but it does disappear in a while, but my face feels slightly warm and weird. does that mean that it's working? dunno. it is quite good in calming down the skin; i used it today on my mouth area because i'm kind of having a reaction there for some reason, and it really helped. i probably won't repurchase though because my skin's been behaving a lot better now. 
amount of product left: dunno, package is opaque. i'd wager 40% is left.

9) inglot soft precision eyeliner in black (40 i think)
an old product. it's not bad, it's not really good either. i think i'm not partial to it because it's got tiny specks of silver glitter in it, and i don't really do glitter liners. it's also not waterproof and does smudge throughout the day, but it works well enough for a normal day out if i smudge it out and set it well. honestly i have so many black eyeliners that i need to go through, and i will not repurchase this cos there are better ones out there that are prolly cheaper. 
amount of product left: measures 7.5cm with cap off. hmm.

10) thebalm liquid timebalm spot concealer
eep i don't know how old this one is. quite old i'd reckon. i never used to be a concealer kind of person cos i was too lazy, but now i appreciate the use of it now and then. this has tea tree oil in it and is supposedly good for spots. i find it kind of too liquidy for me to do any good because i touch my face a lot so this'll wear off in no time even if i set it. but it's still okay to use for minor spots.don't think i can use this for my demonic dark under eye circles cos i think they make my eye area itch. 
amount of product left: i think there's quite a lot left. not sure, maybe 2/3.

11) extra: youngblood mineral primer 
is it true that good quality mineral makeup never actually expires? that sounds...iffy. but if that were true then this primer is still ok because it's been like 3 or 4 years and it's still going strong! it does have a fishy smell going on which is super alarming, but upon experimentation my face is still ok and it still works well. this is a great primer because my skin feels super smooth after using it and i need like a teensy amount only, smaller than a pea. and hot dang it cost an arm and a leg, so i'ma keep using it until it kind of...well, reacts? :p
amount of product left: halfway there.

12) extra: urban decay eyeshadow primer potion in sin 
this one's still in the old packaging. bought 3 years ago i think, but hardly used because even though it's a gorgeous champagne colour it is kind of super shimmery when applied wrongly. i am no longer a shimmer fan, i mean i like subtle shimmer but this is kind of like scary shimmer where i feel like my eyes are super obvious and scary looking. have to use this up slowly even though i've been skipping the eyeshadow lately.
amount of product left: 3/4 maybe, cos i don't use it a lot.

13) extra: barry m dazzle dust in er...100? (it's gold. or copper. or bronze. not sure) 
this one's quite recent. it's an eyeshadow pigment. it's honestly sooooo pretty, and i really like it but it's quite a faff to use cos it's a potential spill hazard and it's in a small jar so i usually forget about it. but i feel like this'd be nice used all by itself with just eyeliner. will use it more and make a dent in it. 
amount of product left: hah, it still looks new and full of sparkly goodness. lots to go!

aaaaaand that's it! these are the things that i am gonna work with first. now, i'm not saying i'm gonna stick to this system faithfully, because of several reasons. sometimes the products don't work for me on certain days. with this i mean my face products like concealer and foundation; some days my skin is dry and some days it's okay. on dry days the healthy mix serum accentuates my dry patches so i can't use it, or i will kind of mix it with moisturiser. we'll see how this goes. 

so i'm starting this for a month first to see how i fare, and then work on an update from there and see. ooohh this is quite exciting i must say. i do hope i can stick to these things cos i really need to use up some stuff so i can make way for new stuff muahahaa.

okay, that is all. i might edit this to include pictures but we'll see!