Friday, 15 August 2014

15 Project Pan Tips

As my project pan has progressed I have had to think of ways to motivate myself to keep going and not buy a whole mound of stuff when I get bored or fed up. I decided to write it down in a post, so hopefully, it will help someone else who is stressed out by their massive beauty stash!

15 Project Pan Tips

1. Take action- Once you start to feel overwhelmed with what you have, it is time to have a clear out.

2. Take your time- Allocate some time, grab a cup of tea and get sorting.

3. One thing at a time - Assuming you have a lot of stuff, it may be best to take on one thing at a time. For example, go through all your eyeshadows and then if you have the time and energy go through your lip products, do that as well. Then continue until you have made a dent.

4. Make piles- Sort your products into piles, out of date, love, giveaway. Chuck the out of date, giveway what you can (don't be giving any overused crap, that's nasty) and sort your love pile into what you wear everyday and what is night time apporiate etc.

5. Get real- If  your stash is still looking massive, really be honest with yourself and go through your stash and filter out what you don't need, do you really need 10 of the same thing?

6. Use it up- Use up what is nearing it's use by date, like you mascara's and eyeliners.

7. Rotate that- If you wear make up most days why not put a full face worth of products into a make up bag and use that for a week or two. Focusing on a few products can be really effective and then you are not left with lots of half used stuff. Repeat and rotate until you begin to run out of multiple items.

8-.Focus on it- If you really want to use something up,  you are going to have to use that solely until it hits pan.

9. Challenge yourself- Tamara came up with the #beautychallenge10 and it is a great way to get things into perspective. You have to use up 10 items before you can make a purchase. It's a no buy hybrid. If you run out of a body lotion or lip gloss and have another one in your stash you have to use that up before you make a purchase. When you realise what you have, shopping your stash is really fun.

10. Organise what you have - Before my project pan, I didn't really organise my skincare or make up. Now it is all in the same place so it is easy to find and see how much of one thing I have. Nothing is going to waste and I now know what I do and don't need. It is really refreshing.

11. Have a goal in mind - My goal has been to really downsize as much a possible and to make more green beauty choices, as well as buying cruelty free when I'm out shopping.

12. Save those pennies- While your on a project pan or a no buy you will realise how much those little purchases at boots add up and how many online purchases are made when you are bored or perhaps sad. Impulse buys are a thing of the past. Your purse will be feeling much heavier and your make up bag lighter, containing all your loved items.

13. Treat yo'self - Motivation is key, when you have used up a substaintial amount there is no need to make it feel like a chore, shop around and find something you really want. Wait on it for a few days and if you are still thinking about it, buy it. Treat yourself, you have done really well.

14. Have fun! - Have fun with it, use what you have brought and take the opportunity to pamper yourself. Making myself use up products before making another purchase has acutally benefited my skin no bounds. It's been a plus for my face and my bank balance. YAY

15- Give away again - After about 3months re do the pile routine, if you have not be reaching for certain items, it is time for them to go. Give them to a new home or throw them away if they have gone bad.

 This is what I have been doing to get my project moving and how I have kept myself motivated.  I don't wear much make up during the week so I am starting to think about wearing some to work, just to use up some more stuff! Needs must and all that.

Have a happy project pan!


  1. These are some great tips! A lot of times we end up hoarding stuff without realizing it. I make sure I go through my products every few months and try and give away those that I know I won't be using. xo

  2. Great post Liz, I need to do a big de-clutter & sort out! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  3. thank you for this great tips xx


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