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A System Professionals and Salon Nouvo experience

February 9, 2018

Late last year I attended the Port Elizabeth media launch of System Professional hair products at Nouvo salon in Walmer. I also received a few products to try and I’ll review them at the end.

System Professional products allow dull and limp hair to be reborn and feel like virgin hair. According to the brand, each individual has a hair energy profile that is as unique as our fingerprints (even if you’re a twin). So basically because each person has a different hair profile, different products will work for different people. The products work towards rebuilding your energy profile and this is done through an Energycode mapping.

the truth about split ends

After the launch, I visited Nouvo for to do an energy code mapping.  The consultation for the Energycode mapping is relatively seamless. I was asked a few questions about my hair history (guys I have put my hair through a lot), routine, what I love about my hair, and my lifestyle. My scalp was also assessed, all of this information is put into an app and it gave us my personalised Energycode, which is:

H1 + S2 + S3 + X4L + R6

Based on my Energycode I was recommended to use the following System Professional products: Hydrating Shampoo (R 325.00), Smoothen Conditioner (R 385.00), Smoothen Mask (R 495.00), Liquid Hair (R 895.00) and Repair Perfect Ends (R 495.00). I was given the first three items to use at home. After mapping my hair, I was also given a complimentary wash and blow at the salon (I felt like a million bucks and got so many compliments on my hair).

Although I do not have dry scalp, my scalp is a bit on the drier side, which is why they recommended the Hydrating Shampoo (it does, however, contain sulphates). To help minimise frizz I also got the Smoothen conditioner and mask. These products definitely help straighten my hair, I cannot curl my hair if I used either. The mask also helped moisturise my dry ends a lot, however, it should not be used anywhere near my scalp or else my hair became a greasy mess.

The Liquid Hair and Repair Perfect Ends were advanced treatments, although I didn’t receive them, the stylist used it on my hair at the salon. The Liquid hair is a molecular hair refiller. My hair was chemically straightened, bleached and dyed (multiple times) so the length was quite damaged. The Liquid hair makes the hair feel and look smoother and lasts up to 5 washes. The Repair Perfect Ends is a serum-like lotion that seals split ends (at the time I did this, I had a ton and refused to let go of my length). I was super impressed with the Liquid hair treatment, as I actually had a noticeable difference once the treatment wore off after multiple washes. It gave my hair a sleekness and natural sheen.

I’m close to completing the shampoo and conditioner. I only use a tiny amount of the mask when I use it, so the tub is almost still full. Also, did I mention that it smells lovely?

The products are used by the stylists at Nouvo and can be purchased at the salon.Nouvo is situated at  134 Villiers Rd, Walmer and is a real treat. As an upmarket salon, I feel like they don’t only ensure that their clients look great leaving the salon, they also ensure that they feel great while in the salon. There’s massage chairs in the wash room and they also give amazing head massages while washing This was the second time I went to Nouvo, the first being years ago, probably a few months after they opened. And although the stylists that helped me were different, one thing was consistent, I felt so relaxed leaving the salon.

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Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

2017 Winter Project Pan Roulette Finale

January 3, 2018

This post has been lying in my drafts for so long, it’s actually quite terrible. Summer is almost over and I’m only updating everyone now on the results of the Winter Project Pan. Click here for the original post and to see how the items, originally looked. I have taken the photos of the products at the end of the challenge, so the amount of end product remaining is accurate. It’s just the written content that I failed to do on time.

My 2017 Winter Project Pan Roulette Finale

A blush

Wet ‘n Wild Mellow Wine

To be honest, I never expected to finish a blush, so it is no surprise that I didn’t finish this one. However, since the end of the challenge, the pan showing on this baby has doubled. It’s a buildable blush that goes well with my skin colour. The colour is quite intense so to apply I dip the brush in the product, wipe the excess off on my wrist and then apply to the apples of my cheeks. Then I take a clean blush or face brush and blend the blush. This creates a subtle and natural look. I’ve had this blush for some time now, so I really do need to use it up.

A product in a palette

Essence All I Need Colour Correcting palette – light beige

I was quite surprised by the fact that I did not finish this concealer. It already had pan on it and used it as an eyeshadow primer every time I use makeup. I will most likely throw this palette out soon. Cream products tend to go off faster than others and I feel like this palette is beginning to look unclean.

An item that was a gift

Elizabeth Arden eyeliner in Smokey Black

This black eyeliner is another item that I have made a lot of progress on since finishing this challenge. For the challenge, I used less than a quarter of the pencil, but since then only about 2 thirds are left. I’ll continue using this pencil, as it is soft and easy to apply and would consider repurchasing it.

An item with beautiful packaging

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lipstick in Rouge

This Elizabeth Arden lipstick is sadly still not finished. What caused me to not use it as often as I hoped is that the lipstick tends to move and smear off over my face. Especially when eating. This is of course not a good look, especially not with such a bold colour. In all, I managed to use less than 5mm on this tube. I still love the shade and hope to finish it by winter 2018.

A lip item

Essence lip pencil in Femme Fatale

Seeing that I didn’t make much headway with the red lipstick, it should be no surprise that I did not finish this liner. This challenge has made me realise that I do not like this lip liner. It’s hard, difficult to put on and made my lips feel very dry. In all honesty, once I finish this lip pencil I doubt I would buy it again. I would, however, try some of Essence other lip pencils, just to see if it the other colours or ranges are better.

A drugstore item

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

As expected, this item was finished quickly. The finish of this lipstick is smooth and matte. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to set, but once it does, it’s nearly unmovable. This lipstick is good value for money and once I get my make up collection to a more manageable size, I would definitely buy it again.

Something Fun

Essence Merry Berry Hair Fragrance

This hair fragrance was such a delight to finish, I wish I had another bottle. It had a soft vanilla scent and is great for freshening up your hair after a braai or gym. It is however not a dry shampoo so it does not remove oiliness.

An item in a colour you don’t normally wear

Catrice Petrol keeps me running

I kind of cheated with this eyeshadow. If I used it more than twice, it would be a lot. Even though the colour is gorgeous in the pan and the formula is smooth and easy to apply, it’s just too bright for me. I could not get this colour to work for me, so I decluttered it. It was on sale when I bought it and I think I only paid R20 for it.

An item of your choice

Colour Pop Bill Eyeshadow

When I put this eyeshadow in the challenge I probably used it twice, MAX. But since I’ve started the challenge I had made a significant dip in it (it is showing pan) and it’s showing an even bigger pan than before. I think from not using the shadow it had a bit of hard pan, after a few uses I broke through the top layer and it became alot easier to apply.

Something you’ve already hit pan on

Colour Pop highlighter in Wisp

I am so glad that I did not finish this item, although I think it would have been possible. I love this highlighter so much, the only downfall is that I have to use my finger to apply and blend it out. I’ve ended up giving away the extra highlighter in the Coffee at Little Angels giveaway, but I would buy another in a heartbeat!

The image below is a bit blue, but it shows the progress I made on some of the products (the ones that I could track on paper).

Final thoughts on this winter project pan roulette

And that’s all folks. Although I didn’t achieve the 50% completion that I set out for in this winter project pan roulette, I am quite happy with the outcome. It has shown me which products I enjoyed, and I learnt which products I did not enjoy. Moreover, it’s helping me get value for money on the makeup I’ve purchased as I am actually using them, instead of having the items just sit on my dresser and look pretty. I’m considering doing another project pan or pan that palette but would prefer vlogging it.

Have you participated in a project pan before? Let me know your thoughts about this challenge in the comments below.

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Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

July to September 2017 Empties

December 2, 2017

It’s almost December and I haven’t yet posted this empties post until today. Alas, let’s get on with it, you’re here to read what I think about these products after all.

Elizabeth Arden Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

I received this in a gift set, but I believe it is available from Edgars. It worked really well and really easily. It’s something that I would purchase for myself.

Clicks Skin Care Collection Vitamin C+ SPF15 Day Cream

This is a pretty decent face cream. It’s also good value for money. Not the most amazing, but it’s definitely something I’d buy again.

LA Girl Pro Concealer

I bought into the hype and bought this concealer in toasty beige. I found that it does not have a lot of coverage so it’s mostly good for contouring. I don’t like the brush applicator, as I can’t clean it, I find it unhygienic. The price of these has increased dramatically, which is fine, cause I probably won’t purchase it again.

Basic Make up sponges

I threw away my UBU beauty blender and foundation brush and ended up with nothing to apply foundation with. I bought a pack of these and they’re working well for the time being (that is until I can find another decent brush or blender). They’re great for popping in my gym bag as well.

Essence Eyeliner pen

I normally love this eyeliner pen, but this one dried out so quickly. I should have thrown it out a long time ago. I would definitely repurchase this baby and hope that it won’t dry out as quickly.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

The Benefit They’re Real Mascara is one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used. I’ve always said, “a mascara is a mascara is a mascara”, and this baby changed my mind. It made my lashes so long, defined and it curled perfectly. If you’re in PE, it can be bought at Woolworths in Walmer Park. I’m not sure how much it retails for, but I can assure you that it’s worth the splurge.

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

If you’ve been following my Winter 2017 project pan (which I’ve been I bought this lipstick before I learnt that it was a dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. It is a wonderful nude that matched my skin tone perfectly. The formula takes a while for it to set and dry down to a matte, I think around 45 minutes. But once it does it stays on for ages.

Cutex Ultra Quick nail polish remover

Do you have products that you know you need to finish but just never reach for? This nail polish remover is one of those products. The Cutex brand is one that I used over and over, but once I learnt of the wonders of acetone, I never looked back. Until I discovered this nearly empty bottle at the back of my cupboard. Would I buy it again? Yes, but only if I couldn’t find plain acetone.

Random brush

A random, cheap brush that’s hard, can’t pick up eyeshadow and hurts my eyes when I try to apply it. Into the bin, it goes.

Pnp Cotton Wool Roll

It’s a pretty good product. I used it for my Medi-Heel treatments. It was easy to tear apart into a thin layer. Would definitely repurchase.

Clicks smooth sealed cotton pads

I prefer these cotton pads over the ones I’ve purchased at Dischem. They hold their shape really well so I would definitely repurchase them.

Essence Merry Berry hair fragrance

This hair fragrance is another product that I put in my winter project pan. I loved it so much, as it had a lovely vanilla scent. The scent is strong enough to smell, but it does not get overwhelmingly strong. The only disappointment is that the glitter particles in the spray do not actually show on the hair. This is a great product if your hair is clean but you’ve been in a smelly area (such as a braai) and you need to freshen it up. It was, unfortunately, a limited edition product.

Loreal Paris Studio Curl Power

This mousse is so old. I can’t recall when I bought it. The only reason why it survived my previous declutters, is that I kept telling myself I would use it when I let my hair dry naturally. I used it once and remembered why I haven’t used it for years. It makes my hair feel hard. So I’m leaving helmet hair behind and tossing this in the bin.

Keralong Argan Oil

I love this oil. It’s thin enough for regular use. I used it when I wash my hair and then applied it every 2 or 3 days from my ears to my ends. It helped my damaged ends look semi-healthy. If I knew where to buy this, I would purchase it.

Dark and Lovely Amla Legend replenishing hair mask

This is a very decent hair mask, however, I found that it was too heavy for my fine hair. I couldn’t leave it on my hair for longer than 5 to 10 minutes, else my hair would be oily and stringy. I enjoy making deep treatments out of my masks and leaving it on for 30 minutes but that was definitely a no-no with this mask.

Nicki Minaj The Pink Print

This perfume was a Christmas gift I bought myself two years ago. I absolutely loved the perfume and the bottle is stunning. It has a lovely sweet and citrus smell and is definitely what I consider a happy or summer smell. I seriously contemplated keeping the empty bottle as a decor piece. Eventually, I had to tell myself, I have too many actual decor pieces which I already do not have space for. I would repurchase and if I had space, keep the bottle once I finished the perfume.

Lentheric I heart vanilla

I love vanilla scents so it is no surprise that I enjoyed this body spray. My only gripe is that it does not all day. I would repurchase.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

I really love this perfume, however, I find that it’s out of my price range. It has a floral and fruity scent that is light, yet lasts all day. It reminds me of warm days at the beach.

Hugo Boss

I cannot recall the name of this tester, which is probably a good signal to you that I don’t love it, and probably wouldn’t buy it (because if I did, I wouldn’t have forgotten it).

Mitchum Advance Control Roll on

If you’ve been keeping up with my previous empties posts, you’ll know that this is a staple on my beauty shelf. As a sweaty lass, few products work well. For the most part, it stops me from sweating and if I do sweat it helps keep the sweat smell away.

Shield Germ Defence Roll on

If you sweat a normal amount, this would probably work well for you. For me, not so much. It wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t fantastic as it didn’t last all or for most of the day. This roll on was a freebie in my gift bag from the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. I ended up using it, as normally I keep a back up of the Mitchum one, but forgot to buy one before I ran out of it.

Dove Beauty Cream Bar

I haven’t used Dove cream bar in a while. So when I got this sample in a magazine, it was a nice reminder of what a great product their cream bar is. I would definitely purchase a bar for myself.

Magnolia Tissue Oil

This tissue oil is also another regular staple on my beauty shelf. It’s sold at PEP stores for a mere R 20, which is a great thing as I go through at least one bottle a month. It works well for uneven skin tone, dehydrated skin and stretch marks. I keep one in my gym bag, one on my beauty shelf and one as a backup.

Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts on them? Also, let me know in the comments what other products you’ve used up recently.

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Thanks for reading!

Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

April to June 2017 Empties

August 2, 2017

Wow, this post is nearly a month overdue. These days I feel like I’m constantly busy but never get anything done. I’ve been feeling very fatigued, lethargic and generally tired. My face looks like a hot mess from breakouts and me picked at pimples. I haven’t been working out like I should be. OSI still hasn’t been rebranded. And I can go on. Recently my family and I had a lovely, but short break to McGregor, and I had such a lovely time that part of me feels like they should have left me there. But I digress, this post is long overdue.

Body products

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion

This is the last of TBS Shimmer Lotions I had. As much as I love TBS products, I am so glad that I am done with all of these lotions.  At first, I loved the shimmer, but after a while, I felt like a disco ball every time I used it. There was just so much shimmer! And it got on everything I wore. I seriously doubt I would ever buy shimmer lotion again unless it a teeny tiny bottle. That being said, I enjoyed the scent and the product itself is not terrible.

Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil

This has now become my go to tissue oil. As I’ve said before, it works well and at R20, is super affordable. I keep one on my beauty shelf and another in my gym bag.

Avon Femme EDP

This was a light and lovely feminine scent. It has floral and fruity notes, without being too sweet, so it’s right up my alley. It can only be purchased via an Avon representative. I would repurchase this perfume.

EAD Tissue Oil Body Butter

I took this on a whim. I was in Edgars picking up some essentials and my feet were sore from running errands all day. The last item on my shopping list was a body lotion, and I saw this on one of the shelves at the checkout line. So instead of going to another store, I decided to try it out. It’s a pretty decent body butter. It’s not thick, it feels more like a lotion than a body butter. To be completely honest, it’s not terrible, but it’s not amazing. It’s one of those midrange products. I’d probably buy it if I was in a similar situation again.

Mitchum Roll On

This roll on is one of my monthly staples. It’s one of a few that works for me without turning my clothes hard and white. I always try to keep at least one back up.

Foot products

Skin Logic Foot Repair Treatment

I love the Skin Logic Foot Peel Mask, so I thought I would give the Foot Repair Treatment a try. It’s not as amazing as the peel, but it does a decent job. I feel like I need to give the treatment another try.

Avon Footworks Cooling Spray in Ruby Grapefruit

I love Avon’s Footworks Cooling Sprays. They’re great at preventing and masking foot odour (it’s inevitable if you wear pumps). I would repurchase. In fact, I’m already using another one in a different scent and have a backup.

Face Products

Clicks Berry Delight Face Mask

This mask smells so amazing. It does a decent job and is pretty affordable. Also, you can easily get 3 to 4 uses out of it.

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer

I’ve been let down a number of times with hyped up products. The Porefessional is worth the hype. I have another sample, but in a tube, and I’m using it sparingly, as I don’t want it to finish.

Himalaya Herbals Natural Fairness Cream

When I first started using this cream, it worked well with lightening dark marks on my face. It doesn’t, however, work for acne scarring. I would repurchase, but every time I go into Clicks I get distracted by other products and end up forgetting to pick one up.

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm

This is a hyped up product amongst online beauty personalities. Just for clarity, it’s often used as a primer, which is used underneath foundation. The first time I tried it, I loved it, but the more I used it, the more I disliked it. Firstly, it made me get oily faster. Secondly, it felt like it was clogging up my pores. There’s still quite a bit of product in it, so this is a declutter. And no. I won’t be repurchasing.

Avon Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover

Until recently, I never saw the appeal of liquid make up remover. To remove my makeup, I used baby wipes, followed by washing my face. Then I started getting into makeup removers. This is a declutter. I’ve had it for years, so it’s probably not safe to use. I don’t think I used it consistently enough to decide whether or not it is worth repurchasing. That being said, I’d probably give it another try.

Lipidol Night Oil

This oil I received as a gift in a Women’s Health magazine. It did a decent job and my skin felt so smooth and moisturised after using it. It has unfortunately expired, so into the bin, it goes.

African Extracts Rooibos Deep Cleansing Facewash

African Extracts is a great, affordable local brand.I enjoy using this face wash. It does a great job cleansing my skin, but doesn’t feel harsh on my skin, or dry it out. This was in fact, my second bottle. So yes I would repurchase.

 Himalaya Herbals Repair and Regeneration Shampoo and Conditioner

My aunt brought this shampoo and conditioner from the UAE. I’m pretty impressed with both products. Especially the shampoo. The products are sulphate and paraben free. I have recently discovered that it’s sold at Clicks. At my local Clicks its found by the natural hair care products. I would definitely purchase these.

Oh so Heavenly Love your Colour Shampoo and Conditioner

This has a great scent. I’m not a fan of the shampoo (it has sulphates) but the conditioner was decent. The bottle sizes were so convenient, I ended up popping them in my gym bag.

Kair Silicone Serum

This silicone serum is a staple in many homes. However, it takes forever to finish. I’ve had this bottle for so many years, it needed to be decluttered.

Eye products

Essence Lash and Brow Gel

This is probably the 3rd or the 4th tube of this gel that I used up. It holds my eyebrows well and is pretty affordable. I would continue to repurchase this gem.

Elizabeth Arden Lengthening Mascara

This mascara was a part of a gift that my brother bought me. It did a decent job. Most mascaras have the same effect on me, so if I could get this for a decent price, I would repurchase.

Essence 3D Duo in Irresistible First Love

I depotted this and a bunch of other colours. The container I stored them in, fell and smashed most of the eyeshadows I depotted. Check out my project pan roulette to see one of the eyeshadows that survived. I’m not heartbroken about it, I don’t think I ever used it, as it’s too light and cool toned for my skin tone.

Avon True Colour Duos in Crushed Orchid and Ocean Waves

These duos were also victims of the great fall. I’m also not heartbroken as I barely used them. Also, they were very old and had gotten a hard pan. These colours are too bright for me, I wouldn’t wear them regularly enough to justify repurchasing.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya

I went through a phase where I only wore this lipstick. I loved it. It was so moisturising and went so smoothly onto my lips. It has, unfortunately, expired. I think this range has been discontinued, else I would repurchase.

Avon Colourtrend Lipstick in Deluxe

Gorgeous shade, but this lipstick had a terrible colour payoff. Also, it expired. I’ve found that the Colourtrend lipsticks to not be very opaque.

Essence Effect Lipgloss in Frosty Flakes

If wearing large flakes of glitter on your lips is your thing. This is the lipgloss you need. It is however not my thing, especially if the gloss has worn off and I’m left with random pieces of glitter all over my lips.

Revlon Colourburst Lipbalm in Charmed, Audacious and Honey

I loved these so much. They’re so moisturising and had a great colour payoff. Honey was my favourite shade. I wore Audacious occasionally, but only swatched Charmed (it was too light for me). The colour of Honey was buildable and it left a lovely dark pink stain on my lips after a few hours. They have unfortunately expired. I would repurchase Honey, but not the other 2.

L’Oreal Infallible  24-HR Matte foundation

This foundation is another case of me liking something when I first purchased the product. In summer, this foundation was wearable, but in winter my skin is so dry and this magnified all of the dry spots that I had. I am just really over matte foundation, in general, to be honest.

Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Starry Night

This eyeliner was super soft and super pigmented. However because it was soft, it broke off easily. I would repurchase but preferably in black.

Unbranded Flat top Kabuki brush

This brush I bought at a Chinese shop and it worked well for a number of years. I used it to apply foundation. It has however begun shedding and having bits of hair all over my face is not appealing.

Not pictured is a Ubu Baby Blender. I forgot to include it with the photographs. I loved this blender, but recently I’ve begun breaking out (my face is a hot mess at the moment) and I suspect that this gem may have contributed to it.

Have you used any of these products? What products have you used up recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

Winter 2017 | Project Pan Roulette

June 30, 2017

This Winter 2017 Project Pan Roulette post has been sitting in my drafts since 09 June, so it’s a bit late. Yikes. I’m attempting to cut down on most of my beauty products by using them up and where needed decluttering items. For the most part, I’ve been doing quite well in both using up products and decluttering them. However, I feel that I’ve come to a point where I am stagnant with the products that I’m finishing/getting rid of. With the exception of perfume, many of my empties consist of skincare which I buy on a regular basis. So most of the beauty items I have, are not getting used up. I’ve reached the point, where I am quite hesitant to declutter. Make up can be quite pricey, throwing away products that can’t be given to someone, is kinda wasteful.

So what better way to solve this than to have an official project pan? I’ve officially started it on 07 June and it will end on 31 August 2017.

What is a Project Pan Roulette?

A normal project pan is when you select a bunch of products and try to use them up in a certain timeframe. With a project pan roulette, you have a list of categories (which can be found here). Using a random number generator or drawing numbers out of a bowl, you select 10 categories (or however many categories you want). The time frame is also up to you.

I decided to go with the Project Pan Roulette as it forces me to use makeup items I normally wouldn’t use. It forces me to step out of my comfort zone. Also, I think 3 months is a good timeframe. It’s not too long (to drag out) and not too short (so I’ll be able to actually finish some/most of the products). For this Winter 2017 Project Pan Roulette, I used Google’s random number generator. These were the categories I drew:

An item with beautiful packaging

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lipstick in Rouge

The tube of this lipstick is so pretty. Unfortunately, I don’t normally wear such bold lipstick. Then again, fortunately, it’s winter so bold lippies are normally in for the season.

A drugstore item

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

I bought this lipstick before I found out it is a dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. I love this shade and lipstick’s formula. This lipstick is the closest I’ve every gotten to finishing a lipstick. I kind of feel like it’s cheating to put Bare it All in this project because there’s so little left. But, I have another lipstick to work through and I really want to make some good progress.

A blush

Wet ‘n Wild Mellow Wine

I’ve had this blush for nearly 2 years. I’ve used it more than any of the blushes I own (actually I use it about 90% of the time) and I only hit pan on it two weeks ago! Just to compare how long it is taking me to use up this blush. I bought highlighter for the first time last year and I hit pan on it a few months after buying it. I’m not going to pan another one of my blushes until this old faithful is used up! 

A product in a palette

Essence All I Need Colour Correcting palette – light beige

Gosh, another cheat item. There’s a relatively large pan on this already. But in my defence, I take a while to use up concealer. This I normally use as a base for my eyeshadow. It helps make the shadows pop and last longer. My aim is to completely use the light beige shade up. Cream products tend to go off quickly, so even though there’s a large pan showing, I need to use this concealer.

An item that was a gift

Elizabeth Arden eyeliner in Smokey Black

This eyeliner is part of an Elizabeth Arden gift set that my brother gave me a while back. I lost the pencil for a while, but now that it’s  found it needs to be finished.

A lip item

Essence lip pencil in Femme Fatale

Initially, I had selected Elizabeth Arden’s lip pencil in Sugared Kiss as it goes well with the Wet n Wild Bare it All lipstick. Then I realised if I finished the lipstick early on, I wouldn’t be able to pair it with my the Elizabeth Arden Rouge lipstick. That’s why I picked this lip pencil. I’d be able to use it with the red lipstick I’m trying to use up. It’s a win-win!

Something Fun

Essence Merry Berry Hair Fragrance

This was part of Essence Merry Berry limited edition, which they had I believe the year before last. The scent is lovely, but it doesn’t have much shimmer. It’s a great product if you’ve been to a braai and you can’t wash your hair but need to cover up the smoke smell.

An item in a colour you don’t normally wear

Catrice Petrol keeps me running

This is a stunning blue eyeshadow. Blue eyeshadow is so hard to get right.  Whenever I wear this eyeshadow I fear I look like a 90s hot mess. My fear is even greater considering that I’m also trying to use up a red lipstick. This shadow was de-potted and the container that I kept it in fell and all of the shadows broke, with the exception of this one and a silver and lilac duo. I was considering throwing it away, but I realised that I may need it for an event later in the year. I am not going to buy blue eyeshadow again just to wear it once before throwing it away. No darlings, I’m also doing this project pan to cut down on spending. My aim is to get a generous dip in it. There’s no way I am able to completely use up a nearly full container of blue eyeshadow in 3 months.

An item of your choice

Colour Pop Bill Eyeshadow

This is a lovely matte brown that’s great for all over the lid colour. I read somewhere that Colour Pop’s shadows dry out and expire quickly. I have only swatched this (I tend to overlook my single shadows and reach mostly for my palettes) and I really don’t want it to go to waste. It’s such a versatile colour it can be used for many looks. I also do not expect to finish this shadow, but I would like to make a generous dip.

Something you’ve already hit pan on

Colour Pop highlighter in Wisp

If you ever see my highlight on fleek, it is this baby right here. I even have a backup. There are 4 highlighters in my Carli Bybel palette, so logic is telling me to give the backup away, but I don’t know. I only started using highlighters last year and I already have a huge pan on Wisp, which tells you how much I love this highlighter.

And that’s my pick. I’m hoping to finish at least 5 items. Wish me luck!

Have you ever done a project pan before? Let me know in the comments below.

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