Project Product: Playing Catch-Up

I’ve done good while on Project Product, but I have picked up a few makeup things, which I didn’t mention in the original post, so I’m free to get them.  I’ve finally used up five things (well, six actually), and I’m ready to give a short review of them.

Mary Kay Loofah Body Wash in “Red Tea and Fig”: Travel Size.  I really, really loved the smell of this stuff.  It was a slightly sweet, very clean smell.  It lingered on my skin for hours after I showered, and even with perfume or body spray, I could still press my nose to my skin and get a good whiff of the stuff.  I wasn’t really all that fond of the bits of exfoliating seeds, but they did make my skin softer.  I would buy this again, if there was a non-loofah version.

Mary Kay Loofah Body Wash in “Lotus and Bamboo”: Travel Size.  This has boy approval.  He liked the smell of the first on me, but he loved how clean and fresh this one smelled.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the smell (or of the exfoliation), but it wasn’t too bad.  This might make a good gift for a boyfriend with dry skin, because besides the exfoliating seeds, the formula is really moisturizing.

Dove deodorant in “Original Clean”.  I’ve been using this stuff for years now.  I love the scent, how well it wears, and the bursts of fragrance throughout the day.

Olay Complete all day UV moisturizer in “Normal”.  I’ve been using this stuff since I moved to college (I think I’ve blogged about it before), and I love it.  It’s not greasy or too heavy, but just right.  It also helps that it has SPF 15 in it, for protection all year long.

Head and Shoulders “Classic Clean” shampoo.  I’m plagued by a dry scalp when the seasons change, and I always fall back on this classic.  It’s what we used back home, and it’s the only thing that will clean my hair, clear my itchy scalp, and leave my hair with a soft feeling, and light smell.  No matter what other shampoos I use, I always come back to this.  (It also clears body acne, which I have on the back of my neck because of my long hair.)

Glam Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara in “Kohl Black”.  Like some of the other things on this list, I’ve been using this mascara for quite awhile.  It’s been tried and true many a time, and although I try out other mascaras, I come back to this one.  It lengthens and volumizes my lashes, and doesn’t leave me with the raccoon look (unless I sleep with it on).

I’m getting there guys, wish me luck on the rest of the list!



Wow, guys, just…wow.  I feel like a neglectful mother or something because this blog has seriously fallen by the wayside.  I’ve been pretty busy with school, way busy with work, and what little time I have left over, I tend to spend with the boyfriend.  So let’s see, I’ll try to do a little post before I need to head to class (at 4), and then rush off to work (at  6).

I’m still doing well with Project Product.  I’ve added a few things to the list, and I’ll try to do a mini review for each sometime (but maybe not).  Besides the things I’ve finished it, I’ve got several that are on their last legs (shampoo, body spray, mascara), and I’m anticipating adding them to the list.  I did buy some shampoo at Walgreens last week (with a gift card), because my scalp gets dry during fall/winter, and nothing handles the itchiness like Head and Shoulders.  But besides that, I’ve been pretty good with spending.

I got a new phone a few days ago (my Pixi wasn’t saving contacts or charging, the battery was running down after being charged all night, and it was just shutting off whenever it felt like it…and it was only a little over a year old), and have spent hours figuring it out (and downloading games).  I got the Samsung Continuum, and after complaining to Verizon a whole lot, I ended up getting it for free.  It’s a pretty neat phone, even though I have to figure out how to use a touch screen keyboard (which I’m not a huge fan of).

Let’s see.  I also rearranged the room with my roommate, and we’re both really liking it so far.  The desks are on the right side of the room, pushed against the wall.  The beds are bunked (I’m on bottom), and the dressers are stacked at the foot of the bed.  The mattress on the floor is our substitute for the futon coming in the next few days, and the fridge and microwave are stacked beside that (where you can’t see a whole lot).

I hate that I’m so boring lately, and I hope that I’ll be able to get back into the groove of blogging at least 3 times a week (hopefully more).

Project Product For Short

Okay, so I have a secret (which isn’t all that secret if you live with me, but because most of you haven’t and probably won’t, it remains hidden, until now, of course).  I have hoarding tendencies.  And I have MAJOR hoarding tendencies towards beauty products.  Lotions, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, etc.  I have BOXES of them.

No…seriously.  BOXES of them.

Oh, and this drawer.  But when I remove all of these, they fill a box.

That’s THREE BOXES of products when a normal person could probably fill half a box with all they have.  It’s a problem, and it’s also a major money suck.  When Bath and Body Works has a sale, I pretty much buy the store out (see second box…I bought SIX full-sized products, because they were “Buy One, Get One 50% off”).  It’s ridiculous how many travel sized lotions and soaps I have!  Hell, it’s ridiculous how many FULL SIZED shampoos and conditioners I have (let alone the lotions and body washes).  (Also, I’d like to add that this is all stuff I’ve bought since I moved to Naperville.  I’ve used everything I brought with me from home.)

So, because I’m on a mission to try to save money whenever possible (hair color is another ball-game…gotta upkeep this crazy color), I’m doing a Project Pan (but, for my purposes, I’m renaming it to “Project Use All These Damn Products Before You Buy Anything New And Waste Money You Don’t Have”, or “Project Product” for short), and I’m not buying ANY NEW PRODUCTS until I use some of the things I have.  (By the way, for those of you who don’t know what a Project Pan is, it’s a promise to not buy anything new until you’ve used a certain number of products.  The reason it’s called “Project Pan” is because it’s mostly makeup related, and “hitting pan” is a sign that you’re down to the last dredges of that eyeshadow or whatever.)

Sure, I’ve done this before, but it was all in my head, and when I caved and bought something, nobody knew except for me, and I was so happy with my new stuff that I didn’t feel any shame.  (Now that I’ve told you that, I feel some shame.)  I figure if I post this and publicly renounce my hoarding, you guys will keep me on track (and if I delete this post, you’ll never know I caved!).  Now, for the rules (because all projects have to have rules) :

  1. I’m making this a 22 Project.  That means I have to use 22 products (oh my GAH) before I can buy anything new. (At first, I put 25, but that seemed extreme to me.  Then I changed it to 20, and that didn’t seem like enough.  22 is a pretty good number, right?)
  2. I have several bottles of things I use on a daily basis, and a brand new back-up bottle.  The bottle that is almost gone (that’s you, face lotion!) doesn’t count.  After I’ve used the NEW bottle, that one can go on the list.
  3. Everything counts; lotion, soap, face wash, shampoo, makeup and even toothpaste.
  4. Those little mini bottles I told you about?  It’s only fair that because they’re half-size, I have to use TWO of them to count for ONE on the list.
  5. I’m making exceptions to what I CAN buy.  When I’m out of face lotion, I’m OUT, so I’ll need to get some more when I run out of that brand new bottle I have chilling in the box.  Things that are absolutely essential (like Aloe Vera, stick around to see how I’ve been using it on Monday), I will drop the cash to buy, because they’ve become part of my routine, and skipping them isn’t something I want to do.

Okay, so that seems like I’ve got everything covered.  I hope you guys will keep me on track, and if I end up buying something, I hope you all chew me out GOOD.  But, because I’ve been trying to save money for more important things (oh hey, tuition!), I think I’ll stay on track.  Does anyone else want to do a Project Pan?

P.S.  You can check my progress in the sidebar under “Project Product”.  Every 5 products that I use up, I’ll dedicate a Thursday to reviewing/complaining about them.