Beauty on A Budget: Project 50 Pan- New Years Resolutions 2014


Project Pan

If you take a look at my beauty product cabinet, you’d notice that I have managed to create quite the collection over the last few years.  Being the beauty addict that I am, it is easy for me to keep buying the next new product and I end up adding it to a stash that gets hidden and forgotten when I move on to the next product.  This adds up to a gigantic amount of money that literally sits in a cabinet in the form of eye shadow palettes, blushes, brushes and creams…and don’t even get me started on the amount of lip glosses and nail polishes I’ve acquired! In an effort to to be more money conscious (part of my 2014 resolutions) I have challenged myself to take on a “Project Pan.”

What do I mean my “pan?”  When you are using makeup, like an eyeshadow or blush, that moment when you start to see the glimmer of silver at the bottom is when you hit the bottom of the pan; hence, project (get to the bottom of the) pan.  Basically, the project is a “Mission: use up at least 50 things in my stash before I buy more” challenge.

The rules are easy: I will not be buying a single beauty product (no new lotions or lip glosses! *gasp!*) until I use up 50 of the products already sitting in the apartment.  It doesn’t matter what type of items they are, as long as there’s 50 of them empty, used, and in the trash can.  I have my Erin Condren Life Planner notes section all organized to have a page just for tracking the items that I finish up.  Of course, if I completely run out of shampoo or all of a product I use regularly, I will obviously go out and buy one so I have something, but the likelihood of me running out of anything other than shampoo is highly unlikely.  If I happen to use up something that I will replace, I will not count it in the 50 items used up.

I’m excited about this little (or big, depending on how you look at it) challenge for a few reasons.  Not only will it help me to not spend money on beauty products, but learning how to “shop my stash” will also help me rediscover products that I’ve long since forgotten about as well as help me practice the discipline of delayed gratification by not being allowed to go out and get something as soon as I get excited about it.  My husband is totally on board with and excited by my goal, as I’m sure many other husbands would be as well.

Below are a pics of my stash as well as the layout of my chart in my life planner.


And I downsized this nail polish collection majorly already..


9 eyeshadow palettes.  I have single shadows in my cabinet


Piles of cheek color in back, other eye things, foundation/concealers, and of course, my lip stash (not including lip products located in purses and around the house)


The black bin and pile in back is all bath and body product, and the row of hand soaps goes clear to the back of the cabinet.


My chart listed right in my life planner 🙂

I’m sure many of you have made resolutions involving finances this year.  If any of you are as beauty addicted as me, join me in this money saving challenge to start 2014 off right.  A 50 pan is a huge endeavor, but you can choose a goal of any kind.  Why not pan 25, 10 or even 5?  You can also pick one specific type of product.  Is your hand soap or lip product stash looking a bit like mine? Maybe you forbid the purchase of soap until you’re down to one in the cabinet or you ban lip product purchases until 20 beloved lip glosses have seen the trash can.  Many people could find a use for a financial and gratification-delaying challenge like this.  Join me, and get your spending and your beauty stash under control in 2014!

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