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How to get through Project 10 Pan

Project 10 Pan is where I try to use up 10 products before buying anything new.

For me, the intent is to go through and use up some of my stash.  I have two or three boxes FULL of skin care products, and I want to use them up before they go bad.

In case you are interested in Project 10 Pan, but don’t think you have the will to finish it, here are some tips.

  • Lipstick, foundation, eyeshadow, and other color products will take MUCH longer than shower gels or skin care
  • Whether you include a product or not totally depends on you.  Decide what works for you! For example, I always exclude toner (meaning I will buy it when I run out). 
  • Some people like to pick out 10 products and continue until they are done.  This personally doesn’t work for me because some products take much longer to use up.
  • Don’t go to places that make you want to buy something, like drugstores, the makeup aisles in supermarkets, the department store, etc.
  • Some people are more interested in trying out everything in their stash to find forgotten favorites.  Although this won’t help you cut down on your stash, this is a good way to figure out what you really like and to avoid buying dupes.  Jennifer of Life and Lens of Beauty has done a great series called “A Blush A Day“.

Do what works for you!
I also have a personal rule that helps me stick to Project 10 Pan:  If there is a product I REALLY want (meaning I’ve thought about it for 2 days and I STILL want it), I’ll go out and buy it… and then Project 10 Pan will become Project 11 Pan.  This still helps me achieve my objective of using up my stash, and I’m not miserable about a product I want.   This is why Project 10 Pan became 20 Pan this time!

On to the products! (If I’ve reviewed the product before, you can click on the product name to go to the review)

I have reviewed this product before. It has a very interesting scent!

I have also reviewed this product before.  This is a great mask that makes my skin smooth!


Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream
This is one of my favorite night creams. It contains Retinol and is light enough for me.

MAC Your Ladyship Pigment
I pressed a sample of this pigment. I find pressed pigments to be much easier to use than loose pigments.

Watson’s store brand body butter
Nothing special – I needed a body cream to tide me over between when I moved and when my luggage (and B&BW stash) arrived!

This is my favorite foundation, being very light and not oily.  I’ve reviewed this product twice (see here and here), and it was in my 2010 Favorites.

Estee Lauder Pleasures Eau de Parfum
I enjoyed this fragrance a lot. It is a sheer floral but it is not overly sweet. 
It also has base notes of sandalwood, which is one of my favorite scents!


Illume Self Moist Program
Illume is a Japanese brand by Max Factor. This product is somewhere between a toner and a serum, and did a great job of hydrating my skin.


Johnson Body Care Dreamy Skin Relax Daily Lotion
This is the Asian version of the Melt Away Stress line.  I really enjoy this scent!


I have a review of this product.  This would be a fun product to use with your significant other!
St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub
I have also reviewed this product before. This was a great scrub for daily use and I loved this scent. I would definitely repurchase this!!
You can see that I’ve cut open the tube to get everything out. I have an article on how much you can get out of a tube by cutting it.


I have also reviewed this product before. This product did not work well for me since I need oil control.


Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods Body Lotion
This is one of my favorite scents from B&BW, although I always want to try something new!


I have also reviewed this product before. This is an interesting alternative to Angels on Bare Skin.


Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Dancing Waters
Yes, I am trying to get through my stash of B&BW stuff.  Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this scent.
Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Dancing Waters
Again, I was not a fan of this scent.


This is a product I very recently reviewed.  I was not a fan of the applicator.


Although I reviewed this product very recently, it has become the most read post on my blog.  This is amazing – the previous Number 1 post was the Canmake Nudy Glow swatches which were Number 1 for over a year!

Maybe I shouldn’t say that I’ve finished this product since there is still plenty left in the pot.  However, I have already used up a whole pressed pan!  I have a separate post with swatches of several Barry M Dazzle Dusts.  They are great quality!


It’s amazing that I don’t have a review on this product yet, although I have mentioned it several times.  Hopefully, I’ll make it to the US again soon so I can pick up the US/UK version!

Phew, that was certainly a long post!  I hope this post was useful to anyone trying to use up their stash!  Now on to another round of Project 10 Pan!

xoxo, K

Review: Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods – a much loved repurchased product

A question for all the beauty bloggers and Youtubers out there:  Are there any products that you love and have repurchased quite a few times, and yet suddenly you realize that you have never reviewed it?  This is what happened with the Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel and body lotion.  I know this is one of the first Bath and Body Works scents that I tried, and that I have loved it since nearly the beginning of this blog.  Although it has come up a few times in my Project 10 Pans and Monthly Favorites, I just noticed that I never reviewed it!

This is a fairly old packaging.  The logo for Twilight Woods has since changed, as well as the packaging of the travel sized products.

What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)
The warmth and mystery of enchanted woods with an enticing blend of apricot nectar, mimosa petals & Tuscan cypress

Price: The body lotion is $12.50 for 8 fluid ounces (236 ml). The shower gel is $12.50 for 10 fluid ounces (295 ml).  This is the first time I noticed that the body lotion and the shower gel are not the same size. Is this a new thing, or just something I didn’t notice?

Scent:
Here is how Bath and Body Works describes this scent:
Top Notes: Juicy Berry, Sparkling Mandarin, Coconut 
Mid Notes: Creamy Frangipani, Soft Mimosa, Wet Honeysuckle, Wild Freesia, Apricot Nectar 
Dry Notes: Oud Wood, Musk, Orris, Vanilla Milk, Warm Wood
This is a sweet woody scent with a touch of floral.  I can also smell the vanilla and coconut.

Availability:  Bath and Body Works products are available in the US at free standing Bath and Body Works stores.

Pros:

  • I like that this scent is sweet and warm without smelling like candy.  I also feel that this scent is rather unisex.

Cons:

  • Both the shower gel and body lotion are just OK for me.  I buy Bath and Body Works products because I like the scents.
  • The body lotion is moisturizing enough for me in the warmer months (including now), but it was not enough in the winter months. 
  • The shower gel is extremely thick. I usually dilute it by adding 10%-20% distilled water to make it easier to use.

Would I repurchase?  Yes, this is one of my favorite Bath and Body Works scents.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K