Friday, 20 January 2012

Project "Use-Up-All-The-Crap-I-Have-Before-Buying-Any-More!"

Welcome to my new project. 
I named it.. 
Project "Use-Up-All-The-Crap-I-Have-Before-Buying-Any-More!"

I have piles of unused cosmetics sitting round my room ranging from makeup, hair spray, face wash, cleansers, dry shampoos, leave in conditioners and more. It's getting to the point where I just look at it and think, maybe I should use these up before going to the shop and buying another product that does exactly the same thing. 

So that's what I've decided to do. I'm going to try and get down to one product per need...because, let's face it, I don't need three dry shampoos, three hairsprays, countless concealers and mascaras, numerous face washes and cleansers and god knows what else stashed away in my drawers.

These are a few of the items I'm going to be actively using to use them up and de-clog my room. (I can't just throw them away! That's just out of the question!)

This is what's on my list so far...are you sitting comfortably?:

Tigi 'Let It Be' Cherry Almond Leave-In Conditioner - 90% Full
Toni & Guy Rapid Response Leave-In Conditioner. - 50% Full
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. - 30% Full
Glamour Dry Shampoo Original. - 30% Full
Mess Head Dry Shampoo. - 30% Full
Batiste Dry Shampoo Original. - 95% Full
Tresemme Ultimate Hold Hairspray. - 60% Full
Got2b 2 Sexy Collagen Lift Effect Big Volume Hairspray. - 40% Full
Tigi 'Free Ur Mind' Cherry Almond Firm Hold Hairspray. - 60% Full
Simple Moisturising Facial Wash. - 50% Full
Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub. - 30% Full
Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser. - 30% Full
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer. - 90% Full
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream. - 85% Full
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NW25. - Pretty much full
MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell. - Pretty much full
No7 Eye Base. - Half full
Bourjois Illuminating Touch Rose Universel. - Full
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 02. - 10% Full
Benefit Lemon Aid Colour Correcting Eye Primer. - Half full
Benefit It Stick Concealer. - Pretty much full
Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment Under Eye Concealer. - 90% Full
Benefit Bad Gal Lash Plum. Getting there!
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara. - Full
Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch Light Diffusing Concealer. - Guessing half full.
Bourjois Coupe de Theatre 2 in 1 Mascara. - Brand new.
Garnier Eye Roll-on. - 80% Full

Weeeeeouw, that's a lot! Going through it like that and seeing how much product I've actually used and how many I've bought makes it even worse. Definitely going to try and use up some of my stash in the next few months, perhaps even re-discover some of my beauty must-haves.

Wish me luck! I've tried this before, last year or so, and did manage to use some stuff up, so anyone who wants to join me in this project then good luck to you, too! (Not doubting for a second that any of you are makeup hoarders like me!)

See you soon!


  1. Great idea! I tried to do something similar before moving to the states because I still had a load of products from my university days when I had double amount [home and university supplies]. Feels good watching your pile vanishing!

    1. Great idea in theory...but in practice? Who knows. I'll probably be walking round with inch thick makeup and hair trying to use up the products haha x

  2. Hello, new follower =)
    Oh dear, I am just the same! I'd hate to put it all out like this and make a list, but maybe I should! Good luck =D x

    1. Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog!
      Honestly, putting it all down in black and white has made me feel so bad for hoarding so much! Definitely going to have to use up at least 10 of these as soon as I can to make me feel slightly better haha x

  3. Such a great idea! I've been trying to do this, but my pile just doesn't seem to be shrinking haha. Good luck! :) xx

    1. Haha, join me in my attempt to rid our overflowing rooms of excess cosmetics that we don't need! x

  4. This is a brilliant idea, I'm trying a Project Pan 10 at the moment so know how difficult it is! This seems a better idea though as you kind of have an idea of what you're getting rid of rather than just waiting to see which 10 products you can use first ahah xxx

    1. I tried Project 10 Pan last year (later decided 5 pan would be more suitable) But never got round to carrying it out! I got rid of a few easy ones like face wash and shower stuff etc, but found makeup really hard to use up haha!
      I think you should definitely set a list for yourself. If not only to guilt trip yourself into doing something about the horrendous amount of crap we tend to accumulate haha x

  5. What do you think of that Tigi Leave in Conditioner? I have it and I don't know if I am applying it right or what... but it does not make my hair feel soft & nice :/

    1. To be honest, I don't know if I'm doing it right either as there are no instructions on the bottle! (Hence why I haven't used it a lot!!) I just apply a small amount to towel dry hair and then blow dry and style as normal (Taking the instructions from my Toni & Guy Leave In conditioner bottle!!). I haven't used it all that much but to be honest from the times I have used it, it only makes a slight difference, nothing clearly noticeable! x

  6. hey, hope it's going well! I'm doing a spending ban, and trying to use up stuff i've already got, I keep getting excited by new things i spot though! xx