2019 Project Pan + Low Buy

A flat lay photo of various beauty products on a white marble background

In an effort to focus more on the products in my collection (and buy less!) in 2018, I did two projects – a Project Pan and something I called my Monthly Makeup Focus where I cycled through a group of new and existing products each month.  It was a lot but I really felt that I actually used the products in my collection and that was a good feeling.  This year, I’m doing another Project Pan but I’m also putting myself on a low buy.

Low Buy

For the first time ever, I’ve decided to go on a low-buy this year.  Doing Project Pans over the last couple of years and my Monthly Makeup Focus project last year really opened my eyes to how much makeup I have and how long it can take to get through just one product.  I’ve decided I need to scale back in my purchases even more than I did last year if I want to continue this momentum I’ve started  and as such, I’ve created a couple of loose rules for myself to follow:

  • One in, one out: When possible, I’m going to follow this philosophy.  Once I finish one up, I can purchase another but only if I need it!
  • Putting limits on specific makeup purchases:
    • Eyeshadow palettes: Limit of 2 but aim for 1 new addition. (This is going to be tough!)
    • Lip products: Limit of 3 but aim for 2 new additions.
    • Blushes: Limit of 2 but aim for 1 new addition.
  • Aim for one new makeup purchase a month: I don’t expect this to be too difficult as I’m sort of doing this now but I’m going to allow myself some leeway if I’m travelling (hello Ulta!) and during Sephora sales.

Note: Any PR products I receive will not be included/counted towards my low buy.

I’m very interested to see how this is going to work for me this year – wish me luck!

Project Pan

Included in my Project Pan this year is some makeup, skincare, fragrance and even hair care.  I think I’ve got a good mix of challenging products and ones that I’ll be able to finish up quickly in order to keep myself motivated (I’ve found this is key).  Here’s what’s on my list:


A flat lay photo of CoverGirl Outlast foundation and Too Faced's Peach Perfect foundation on a white marble background

  • CoverGirl Outlast 3-in-1 foundation
    Amount left: Full
    Goal: Finish
  • TooFaced Peach Perfect foundation
    Amount left: approx. 1/2 tube
    Goal: Finish
  • Laura Mercier Powder*
    Amount left: approx. 3/4 of jar
    Goal: Finish
  • Hourglass Powder*
    Amount left: Full
    Goal: Hit pan

A flat lay photo of NARS Orgasm blush on a marble background

  • NARS Blush (Orgasm)
    Amount left: Have hit pan
    Goal: Finish
  • Original Naked palette
    Amount left: n/a
    Goal: Hit pan on Sidecar, Half Baked, Dark Horse, Hustle; Finish Baked, Buck, Toasted

An open elf Contour palette on a marble background

  • elf Cosmetics Contour palette
    Amount left: Have hit pan on all 4 powders
    Goal: Finish

Two eyeliners, a lip pencil and lip gloss flat lay photo on a marble background

  • Buxom Eyeliners (Come Over, I’ll Be Waiting)
    Amount left: n/a
    Goal: Finish
  • Milani Color Statement Lip Liner (Nude)*
    Amount left: n/a
    Goal: Finish

A Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick sitting on a marble background with other beauty products in the background

  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick (Mauvember)*
    Amount left: 1/4 of tube
    Goal: Finish
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss (#)
    Amount left: 1/2 of tube
    Goal: Finish


A close-up of Farmacy's Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm on a marble background

Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm
Amount left: 1/2 of jar
Goal: Finish
A close up of the No.7 Beautiful Skin Serum and Shiseido Makeup Remover on a marble background

  • No 7 Beautiful Skin Pore Minimizing Serum
    Amount left: Full
    Goal: Finish
  • Shiseido Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
    Amount left: 3/4 of bottle
    Goal: Finish


A close-up of Prada Candy and Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrances on a marble background

  • PRADA Candy
    Amount left: 1/3 of bottle
    Goal: Finish
  • Elizabeth and James Bourbon Nirvana Rollerball
    Amount left: 2/3 of bottle
    Goal: Finish


  • Caviar Bodybuilding Volume Conditioner
    Amount left: 3/4 of tube
    Goal: Finish
  • Daily Beauty for Wildlife Beach Spray
    Amount left: 1/4 left
    Goal: Finish

*denotes product rolled over from my 2018 Project Pan.

What products do you want to finish up in 2019?


    • prettyrufflife says

      Yeah it’s not going to be easy but when I look at my collection I know I probably won’t even come close to using half of it in my lifetime so I’d rather scale back. I have a small vanity and it’s getting packed with mostly eyeshadow palettes and I refuse to start taking over other spaces in my bathroom so I really am leaving myself no choice! 😉

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