what I bought these past few months

I’m not going to go through every beauty purchase I made from October through December, but to give you a general idea:

  • In October, I made two purchases from Ulta of stuff I needed for travel, as well as some skin, hair, and nail products I actually needed.
  • In November, I purchased skincare and an undereye setting powder I needed, mostly using gift cards.  I also made an order during the Soko Glam sale for some Asian beauty skincare products, repurchased MAC Fix+ during a sale, and used Glossier credit I’ve been sitting on for a year.
  • In December, I bought the Wayne Goss Air Brush from Beautylish, The Ordinary’s niacinimide + zinc serum from Sephora, and the Murad serum I love during Sephora’s $25 off $50 special.

In the end, I was a hair within the budget I had set for myself for the year.  I found that, due to a combination of losing interest in makeup and realizing that I have a TON of products to get through, I don’t really feel the urge to impulsively buy makeup products anymore.  I also noticed that I’m more focused on skincare now.

This was a very useful exercise.  That being said, I probably won’t do the same thing next year, although I may informally keep track of my purchases for myself, just to make sure that I don’t end up going overboard!


17 in 2017: wrapup post

I haven’t updated this in the last three months, so I thought I would instead skip ahead to a comparison of the products at the beginning of the year versus the end of the year!

Face Products: 



The only product that’s left is the Manic Panic Flawless Foundation and Color Corrector!:


Eye Products:



I only finished the Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude.  I decided to throw out the L’Oreal HIP Cream Shadow Paint in Nervy.  The LORAC Bronze eyeshadow is not pictured, but I ended up repressing it.

Lip Products: 



I only finished the e.l.f. Long-Wear Lip Liner in Natural Blush.  I’m throwing out the three liquid lipsticks because I really don’t like them enough to hold on to them, and they’re a couple of years old now.  I’m holding on to the lipstick and lip liner, for both of which I really love the color.


I’m glad that Project Pan has made it easier for me to let go of things that aren’t completely emptied out – if I had them sitting on my dresser for a whole year but barely reached for them, that’s most definitely a sign that I don’t need them.  I’m glad that I’m ok with letting go of things more now.

fall 2017 empties

I basically have not updated this blog since my last quarterly empties post, due to a combination of being very busy and having lost interest in makeup–both wearing it and writing about it.  I don’t know if I’ll keep making empties posts in 2018, although I will continue to keep track of my empties.  I may space my posts out further.  Either way, here’s all the junk I’ve finished or that I’ve decided to throw out or give away over the past few months:

Makeup (Face)


  1. MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ – I have already repurchased this.  Protip: hold on to empty MAC packaging for Back 2 Mac!
  2. Clinique Superbalanced Silk makeup in 18 Silk Sable foil sample
  3. Stellar Limitless Foundation in S13 sample pot
  4. Stellar Limitless Foundation in S14 sample pot – I already have this in the full size.
  5. sephora collection Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder yellow
  6. NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal (not pictured)
  7. IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Collagen Veil Anti-Aging Primer foil sample (not pictured)
  8. custom foundation mix from Project Pan (not pictured)
  9. Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray mini – I keep the packaging around.
  10. Highlighter Benefit High Beam mini – I emptied this out because it got harder to reach the product inside, but once I placed the product in a smaller container, I didn’t like to use it anymore.
  11. NYX Wonder Stick in Deep – I’m throwing this out because I’ve literally only used this once and it’s a cream product that’s a couple of years old.

Makeup (Eyes)


  1. NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencil in Milk – I’m throwing this out because it’s a couple of years old and the texture has changed.
  2. Too Faced Glitter Glue foil sample
  3. LORAC loose shadow from Little Black Palette – throwing this out because there’s really just no point in me keeping this around – it’s just a loose dark brown shadow, and I have plenty of brown eyeshadows.  There’s nothing special about this one.
  4. L’Oreal HIP Cream Shadow Paint in Nervy – throwing this out because it’s super old and I barely used it even though it was part of my Project Pan this year.
  5. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer mini – I liked this mini, but probably wouldn’t purchase the full size.
  6. ulta legendary lengths mascara
  7. smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Makeup (Lips)


  1. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick in Rum Raisin – this was part of my project pan but I’m getting rid of it because it’s a liquid lipstick that’s a couple of years old that I barely reached for and I also don’t love it – it’s very drying and the color is kind of sheer.
  2. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick mini in Bachelorette – same as the above.  I barely reached for it over the past few years that I’ve had it, and the color is too bright for me to wear on its own.
  3. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo – I hate the color, I hate the formula, and it’s old.
  4. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam – same as the above.
  5. stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick mini in Venezia – this is a coral that’s far too bright for me to wear, and it’s also very streaky, so I’m throwing it out.
  6. Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Gloss in Scandal – I used to like this lip gloss more (it’s almost empty), but I realized that the pink is a little too bright and doesn’t really flatter me that much unless it’s on top of a different lip color.  And I barely wear gloss, so I decided to throw it out.
  7. Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle – This has been discontinued.  I liked this hydrating MLBB, but not enough to try to find it again or to try to find a dupe.
  8. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair Mint – Good lip balm, probably would not repurchase because I don’t think it’s worth as much as it costs.
  9. Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy (not pictured)
  10. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Lemon & Shea Butter
  11. Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang mini – Destashing because this is a bright pink that doesn’t suit me.
  12. MUFE Artist Rouge lipstick, C3211 mini – Destashing because this comes across on me like a cool-toned mauve that really, really doesn’t suit me.


  1. boscia charcoal makeup melter cleansing oil-balm mini
  2. clinique Pep-Start 2 in 1 exfoliating cleanser – I loved this physically exfoliating cleanser, and I may buy this in the future.
  3. cosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence – I didn’t like this because it was too sticky.
  4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream intense hydration – this was super hydrating, but I think it clogged my skin too much.
  5. Caudalie Vinosource Radiance Serum
  6. Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
  7. clinique pep-start hydrorush spf20
  8. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion mini
  9. Paula’s Choice Resist Vitamin C Spot Treatment
  10. Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum mini – I love this stuff and have already purchased the full-size.  It brightens my skin and lightens dark spots from acne very quickly and effectively.
  11. sephora collection total age defy cream for eyes & lips
  12. clinique pep-start hydroblur moisturizer
  13. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum – this was a decent vitamin C serum, but I’m not sure it’s worth the gigantic price tag.

Skincare (destash)

  1. Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch SPF45 – throwing out because it’s expired.
  2. RiteAid Renewal SPF30 sunscreen lotion – also expired.
  3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Skin-Clearing Facial Wash – this is far too drying for my combination skin.
  4. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – I don’t really have any use for this, as I’m not super oily and don’t generally have acne.

Foils and Tools

  1. Three sheet masks
  2. Caolin hot & cool pore pack duo
  3. korres wild rose vitamin c active brightening oil
  4. bobbi brown hydrating face cream
  5. sephora collection instant moisture+cream hyaluronic acid booster
  6. sunday riley CEO C+E protect+repair moisturizer
  7. Shiseido facial cotton wrapper – have already repurchased these, they’re so soft and amazing.
  8. bdellium tools 783 studio small tapered blending brush – de-stashing because I never use this
  9. e.l.f. Studio Contour Brush – same

Body and Hair

Nothing too notable, although I really liked the Glossier You sample, and may actually buy a full-size at some point, and I never buy perfume.

summer 2017 empties


  • Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Natural Mint + Shea Butter: I’ve used up many of these in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Dark Neutral: Strangely, I hated this concealer at first, but by the time I was emptying it out, I grew to like it.  I think it’s because the texture dried out and was less prone to creasing, but also partly because I became better at application and not putting too much concealer on.
  • L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer in N-6-7-8: This was part of my project pan this year – I enjoyed it, but would not repurchase.
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder, Translucent: Part of my project pan; glad to be done with it, and wouldn’t repurchase.
  • L’Oreal True Match Blush in C6 Rosy Outlook: Also part of my project pan; I liked the color, but I’m not sure that the currently-sold product is even the same color anymore.
  • Benefit Watts Up (depotted): Part of my project pan; if I were able to get a mini again, I would, but I wouldn’t buy the full-size!
  • Tarte foil sample of Glisten blush + Park Ave Princess bronzer: I felt very ‘meh’ about this, as I do about most Tarte products.
  • MAC Strobe Cream mini: I use this to hydrate around my mouth and add some reflectivity to the discoloration there before using corrector and/or concealer.
  • BlackUp Perfect Mattifying Primer foil sample: I don’t remember much about this primer to be honest!
  • NARS Audacious Mascara mini: This is not a great mascara, but I can use pretty much any mascara.
  • ABH Brow Definer in Ebony: I would repurchase in a lighter color (like Granite) – I do like the shape of this.
  • ABH Clear Brow Gel: Good while it lasted, but I wouldn’t buy such an expensive clear brow gel again, especially because the brush gets so gross from all the gunk by the end!


  • sephora collection Supreme Cleansing Oil: This is a good cleansing oil that does the job without stinging my eyes; I might repurchase in the future.
  • e.l.f. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser: This is not great – it takes too much effort to lather up, and it doesn’t do a great job of washing off makeup.  Would not repurchase, and would not recommend.
  • Estee Lauder Take it Away Makeup Remover Lotion: It’s too drying on my skin.
  • MAC Cleanse Off Oil mini
  • Vichy micellar water: This is too expensive for what it is.
  • Origins Night-a-Mins mini: This is a very rich night cream – it’s very much an older type of skincare product, and I’m not a fan.
  • Supergoop! SPF30 City SerumI have another one of these to use up, but I wouldn’t repurchase; it makes my skin too oily, and also tends to make my makeup oxidize as a result.
  • Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid: Love, love, love this stuff.  Definitely going to repurchase before winter hits.
  • Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm mini: I liked this – it’s like a gel texture that sinks into the skin quickly.  I don’t know the price but it’s probably too expensive to buy on its own though!
  • Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream: This was nicely hydrating, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture – it was too much on the liquidy side of a lotion.  It would work better if it came in a pump, IMO.
  • Clinique moisture surge hydrating supercharged concentrate: Loved this stuff!  It’s a watery gel texture that sinks into the skin after a brief period of stickyness.  Not sure if I would purchase it.
  • Shiseido White Lucent anti-dark circles eye cream: Didn’t really do anything for my dark circles.  Too expensive.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Moisture Lotion mini: This was meh. Made my skin too oily.
  • boscia bamboo blotting sheets: Good stuff, would repurchase.
  • NYX blemish control blotting paper, green tea: Also liked these.

Lots of foil samples:

  • Eye creams, including Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (which I loved, but is probably too expensive to repurchase), and the It Cosmetics Bye-Bye Undereye Cream
  • Masks; I really liked the Ole Henriksen Power Bright trio – it really brightened up my skin.  I also finally finished up the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask foil that I’ve had for almost two years.

Hair Products: 

Body Care Products: 

  • The Brazilian Bum Bum Cream smelled amazing, but it’s very expensive and I would not purchase it.
  • I was not a fan of the Neutrogena Foot Cream – it’s too greasy and I used it up way too quickly.  However, I was a fan of the Soap and Glory Heel Genius, as just a small amount soaks in easily; I’ve already repurchased in the full-size.

17 in 2017: end of September

As always, the photos are of the previous month (August) followed by the later month (September).  I recognize that it’s already the end of October as I’m writing this, but better late than never!

Face Products: 


My custom foundation mix wouldn’t pump out of the bottle anymore, so I scooped it out and put it in a container (shown in the below set of photos).  I barely wore makeup this month because I was too busy, but I should definitely be able to finish it in October.


I accidentally included in the photo the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and the rest of the Benefit Watts Up again, even though I respectively finished up and decided to destash them last month.  But this month, I finally finished the L’Oreal True Match Blush in C6 Rosy Outlook.  It took me the better part of the year with almost-daily use, when I had already hit pan at the beginning of the year.  Blush. lasts. forever.

Eye Products: 


Not too much progress in these.

Lip Products: 


I’m starting to see through the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick in Rum Raisin, and there’s a tiny bit of progress on the Milani Lip Pencil in Mulberry.  Now that it’s fall, I’ll likely use these more, although I don’t expect to empty them.

what I bought in September

This is a quick post, because I bought nothing beauty-related this month!  Yes, nothing.  I was really just too busy to be thinking about make-up or browsing new beauty releases that much.  To be honest, I’ve kind of lost interest, although I’m sure I’ll be interested again in a couple of months.  I’m continuing to wear makeup, but I just don’t feel as interested in it as I used to.  All the new releases look the same to me, and I just haven’t felt a desire to buy anything given the realization of how long it takes to use up makeup through my project pan.

That being said, I do need to stock up on some stuff soon, and I’m thinking about buying one of those fancy expensive simplehuman mirrors this year…we’ll see.


17 in 2017: end of August

As always, the previous month (July) followed by this month (August).

Face Products: 



I wore my custom foundation mix a little more this past month since the weather has cooled down, and the outer rim is all used up–but this bottle just won’t quit.



Two empties!  The Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is done (I crushed it up and used it as a loose powder), and I’ve decided to destash the rest of the Benefit Watts Up because it’s really inconvenient to use from a little sample pot – I always end up picking up big glitter bits.  I ended up crushing up the L’Oreal True Match Blush in C6 Rosy Outlook because it was harder to pick up with a brush when pressed, but I’m impressed by how long it’s lasted even after crushing it up.  Blush. lasts. forever.

Eye Products: 



I have a good amount of progress in the Marcelle Blue Lagoon Eyeliner and the LORAC Bronze powder (mostly due to the fact that it was repressed and is very soft).  I’ve been making more of an effort to use the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner this month, but it’s more time-consuming than liquid or pencil and I’ve been more rushed in the mornings.  I don’t think I used the L’Oreal HIP Nervy Paint even once – I’m almost certain I’ll just throw it out at the end of the year.

Lip Products: 


This is the same picture as last month, because I didn’t use any of these even once this past month.  These are all more berry-toned products that I’ll wear more now that we’re heading into fall, but this past month I exclusively wore brown/reddish/orange lip colors.

what I bought in August

Just one purchase this month!  And it didn’t cost me a thing.


Ulta had a 20% off sale, so I bought some stuff using my points and some Paypal credit I had.  I got NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel (a repurchase) and Hazelnut (a newer shade, which also works for me), as well as some stuff I need like blotting sheets (NYX tea tree blotting papers) and clear brow gel (NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel).  I got a foil sample of an IT Cosmetics primer with it (as well as a paper sample of NARS Blush in Orgasm, which I’m going to give away because it just doesn’t work for me). Total money spent: $0!

destashing for the very first time

If you don’t know, ‘destash’ is a fancy word used in the online beauty community to refer to ‘getting rid of stuff that you don’t use.’  I’ve destashed stuff before, but this post chronicles stuff I had a really hard time letting go of for whatever reason.





  • LORAC Pro to Go Palette blushes in Pink, Coral: I’ve had this palette for a couple of years but I’ve never worn these blushes outside the house.  I look like a clown with them on – the coral looks neon on me, and the pink is a barbie pink that makes me look like I’m trying wayyyy too hard to look like Nicki Minaj (and not in a good way).  I de-potted the Bronze shade (a bronzer that I use as an eyeshadow) a long time ago, and  I also de-potted a few eyeshadows I like, but I’m going to give this away.
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm: This was one of my earliest purchases from Sephora, almost three years ago now.  I got the Orgasm/Laguna blush/bronzer duo because I read that both shades were “universal” “classics,” but nothing could be further for the truth.  The blush is both far too bright of a coral/pink on my skin and takes forever to make it show up on my skin.  The glitter in it also emphasizes my pores.  The blush also developed ‘hard pan,’ which is part of what requires really digging into the pan and using multiple layers to get it to show up on my skin.  I’ve also since depotted Laguna – it’s more like a highlighter on me, not a bronzer!  Lesson learned: don’t fall for the hype about “universal” products.

Lip Products


  • NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Berry Strudel: Much like many other products on this list, I got this a couple of years ago and have never worn it out of the house.  I’m impressed by the formula – it is super pigmented and stays put pretty well, but this is a bright unnatural purple that I will simply never wear, something that it took me a while to accept!
  • Not pictured, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom: I gave this to my mom a few months ago because we were at Sephora and had picked out this lipstick (in the Vice formulation which is pretty much the same thing)!  I have so many berry/plum-toned lipsticks anyway, and I’m glad to give it to someone who will use it more than I do.

Cream Eyeshadows



Top to bottom: Bobbi Brown Suede, Laura Mercier Moonlight, Maybelline Bad to the Bronze

  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze: I’ve tried to make this work soooo many times.  You can see how much I’ve used too.  But I’m incredibly fed up with it, in part because of all the hype the Color Tattoos get, especially this shade – it’s not dark skin-friendly at all.  First of all, it’s not bronze.  It’s more of a pewter color and can even look silvery because of all the lighter shimmer in it!  It’s too cool-toned, it’s too glittery, and it makes my lids look way too dry and wrinkly unless I use just the tiniest bit.  The glitter even makes it look like I have white eyeshadow on in photos.  I’m mad at myself for not passing this on much earlier.
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick mini in Moonlight: I got this mini as part of a gift set, and while I generally love the Caviar sticks, this is too glittery and too light for me.  I wish the Caviar Sticks would come out in more midtone shades – there are a lot of darker and lighter shades, but not that many in the middle.
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Suede: This is something else I tried to make work for a really long time, but it’s simply not working for me.  I wanted it to be a brown taupe on me that I could use as a one-and-done neutral eyeshadow, but it’s too cool-toned and looks basically gray on me – it clashes really badly with the yellow in my skin.  Powders don’t really stick on top so I can’t even use it as a base for other eyeshadow colors, and it also makes my eyelids look dry and crepey.  I’ve learned my lesson, which is that “taupe” eyeshadows basically end up looking gray on me.

what I bought in July

What’s something I don’t wear often, especially in the summer, and when I do, I use a very little bit?  Foundation.

What’s something I accumulated multiples of this past month?  Foundation.


Sephora had a surprise sale at the end of the June, and I ended up getting a small size of the May Coop Raw Sauce, and the Stellar Foundation in S14.  The Raw Sauce is alright, but I probably wouldn’t repurchase.  The Stellar Foundation is great and an amazing match for me straight out of the bottle – something I have never ever found before.  Total: $40.28.



Then I went out of town for a weekend, went shopping, and got suckered into the Dior counter at Nordstrom.  The sales ladies were so nice and helpful and matched me to another foundation that matched me straight out of the bottle.  I was excited to have a second match straight out of the bottle and–very atypically for me–ended up getting this very expensive foundation that’s probably the only luxury brand item I have.  Total: $53.00.



Then the Nordstrom anniversary sale happened, and I got the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set in Tribulation (Neutral).  However, the swatches on the website were very wrong, because I absolutely hated all of them because they were all far too light/white/bright on me, so I’m going to return it.  Total: $0.00.

I also returned the Urban Decay blush I bought for my birthday in June, because it just wasn’t working for me, either in terms of color or formula.  Total: ($17.42), bringing the total for the month to $75.86.  Again, this is far too much spent in a month when I didn’t even have plans to buy anything and when I didn’t actually need anything I bought.  That being said, I am satisfied with these purchases.  I don’t have much left in my budget for this year, so I’m going to try to save for fall/holiday sales and new items that will undoubtedly come out then.