How to get through Project 10 Pan

Project 10 Pan is where I try to use up 10 products before buying anything new.

For me, the intent is to go through and use up some of my stash.  I have two or three boxes FULL of skin care products, and I want to use them up before they go bad.

In case you are interested in Project 10 Pan, but don’t think you have the will to finish it, here are some tips.

  • Lipstick, foundation, eyeshadow, and other color products will take MUCH longer than shower gels or skin care
  • Whether you include a product or not totally depends on you.  Decide what works for you! For example, I always exclude toner (meaning I will buy it when I run out). 
  • Some people like to pick out 10 products and continue until they are done.  This personally doesn’t work for me because some products take much longer to use up.
  • Don’t go to places that make you want to buy something, like drugstores, the makeup aisles in supermarkets, the department store, etc.
  • Some people are more interested in trying out everything in their stash to find forgotten favorites.  Although this won’t help you cut down on your stash, this is a good way to figure out what you really like and to avoid buying dupes.  Jennifer of Life and Lens of Beauty has done a great series called “A Blush A Day“.

Do what works for you!
I also have a personal rule that helps me stick to Project 10 Pan:  If there is a product I REALLY want (meaning I’ve thought about it for 2 days and I STILL want it), I’ll go out and buy it… and then Project 10 Pan will become Project 11 Pan.  This still helps me achieve my objective of using up my stash, and I’m not miserable about a product I want.   This is why Project 10 Pan became 20 Pan this time!

On to the products! (If I’ve reviewed the product before, you can click on the product name to go to the review)

I have reviewed this product before. It has a very interesting scent!

I have also reviewed this product before.  This is a great mask that makes my skin smooth!


Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream
This is one of my favorite night creams. It contains Retinol and is light enough for me.

MAC Your Ladyship Pigment
I pressed a sample of this pigment. I find pressed pigments to be much easier to use than loose pigments.

Watson’s store brand body butter
Nothing special – I needed a body cream to tide me over between when I moved and when my luggage (and B&BW stash) arrived!

This is my favorite foundation, being very light and not oily.  I’ve reviewed this product twice (see here and here), and it was in my 2010 Favorites.

Estee Lauder Pleasures Eau de Parfum
I enjoyed this fragrance a lot. It is a sheer floral but it is not overly sweet. 
It also has base notes of sandalwood, which is one of my favorite scents!


Illume Self Moist Program
Illume is a Japanese brand by Max Factor. This product is somewhere between a toner and a serum, and did a great job of hydrating my skin.


Johnson Body Care Dreamy Skin Relax Daily Lotion
This is the Asian version of the Melt Away Stress line.  I really enjoy this scent!


I have a review of this product.  This would be a fun product to use with your significant other!
St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub
I have also reviewed this product before. This was a great scrub for daily use and I loved this scent. I would definitely repurchase this!!
You can see that I’ve cut open the tube to get everything out. I have an article on how much you can get out of a tube by cutting it.


I have also reviewed this product before. This product did not work well for me since I need oil control.


Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods Body Lotion
This is one of my favorite scents from B&BW, although I always want to try something new!


I have also reviewed this product before. This is an interesting alternative to Angels on Bare Skin.


Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Dancing Waters
Yes, I am trying to get through my stash of B&BW stuff.  Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this scent.
Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Dancing Waters
Again, I was not a fan of this scent.


This is a product I very recently reviewed.  I was not a fan of the applicator.


Although I reviewed this product very recently, it has become the most read post on my blog.  This is amazing – the previous Number 1 post was the Canmake Nudy Glow swatches which were Number 1 for over a year!

Maybe I shouldn’t say that I’ve finished this product since there is still plenty left in the pot.  However, I have already used up a whole pressed pan!  I have a separate post with swatches of several Barry M Dazzle Dusts.  They are great quality!


It’s amazing that I don’t have a review on this product yet, although I have mentioned it several times.  Hopefully, I’ll make it to the US again soon so I can pick up the US/UK version!

Phew, that was certainly a long post!  I hope this post was useful to anyone trying to use up their stash!  Now on to another round of Project 10 Pan!

xoxo, K

17 Thoughts on “How to get through Project 10 Pan

  1. Suzanne on August 6, 2011 at 12:09 said:

    I really want to give 10-Pan a go after reading this. I will succeed!! thanks for a great post!

  2. i am trying to finish my project 10 pan :)

  3. Brianna on August 6, 2011 at 13:57 said:

    Wow this was a very inspirational post, I really need to start using what I have.  Being in the states has made me lazy and with all of those cheap drugstore brands here it is very tempting to buy new stuff all of the time!  Thanks for some inspiration and motivation K!

  4. jamillacamel on August 6, 2011 at 15:24 said:

    I never had a problem finishing toiletries and fragrances. It’s the makeup I struggle with! Perhaps time for another blog sale?

  5. Like most everyone, makeup is the hardest to use up! Great job on using up what you did. It feels good, doesn’t it?

    Ahh, you need to do a post on how to press the Barry M pigments. I finally tested the waters and actually pressed my first pan this past week. It was using a MAC pigment, which I found very easy to do. I have read that pressing Barry M pigments requires more steps/products because it needs a binding agent. I did a tiny tester using some Barry M pigments and sure enough it didn’t stay pressed.

  6. jamillacamel on August 6, 2011 at 22:23 said:

    I never seem to have a problem finishing toiietries and fragrance – it’s the makeup I have a problem with!

  7. I am the worst when it comes to finishing products…lol.  I just finished and tossed my St. Ives apricot scrub.  Should’ve cut it in half like you did!

  8. Wow I feel so inspired, K. I take forever to finish lip gloss but I keep wanting to buy new ones – lol!

  9. cosmeddicted on August 8, 2011 at 20:08 said:

    Yes!!  You can do it! I hope it works for you!

  10. cosmeddicted on August 8, 2011 at 20:08 said:

    Hope you succeed!

  11. cosmeddicted on August 8, 2011 at 20:08 said:

    I know… I spend like $200 every time I go to the US!  But I want to enjoy what I’ve bought… hope it works for you!

  12. cosmeddicted on August 8, 2011 at 20:09 said:

    Ooooh blog sale! I hope I can make it in time to buy something!

  13. cosmeddicted on August 8, 2011 at 20:10 said:

    I know… it’s been on my list of things to blog about for a long time. Yes, you need a binding agent!

  14. cosmeddicted on August 8, 2011 at 20:10 said:

    Weird… I wonder why your comment posted twice!

  15. cosmeddicted on August 8, 2011 at 20:11 said:

    You get so much product when you cut up the bottle.  It’s pretty amazing!  I got like 2-3 weeks’ worth!

  16. cosmeddicted on August 8, 2011 at 20:15 said:

    Ahhhh lip gloss is one of the hardest things for me to use up! I don’t buy it anymore because it also goes bad.  I only have 2-3 of them.

  17. bangbangsheshoots on August 9, 2011 at 02:27 said:

    definitely impressive how you’ve come to finish everything, especially the shadows!

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