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Hitting Pan

I finally did it. I finally hit pan! Granted, it’s not for a color cosmetic like an eyeshadow or a lipstick, but for a product that I’ve been using pretty much everyday, on and off for two years. Behold: the dark shade of my The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit in 02 is showing some silver. YAAAAAS!


I’ve attempted a lot of Project 10 Pan batches, but I’m really more of a rotater than a MUST-FINISH-THIS-THING so it didn’t work out so well. A lot of the stuff, I ended up giving away, and some I threw out. I suppose this puts my makeup buying into perspective.

I don’t feel ashamed or guilty that I’ve amassed a sizable collection, but I just realized just how much I would have to keep using something to finish it up. I’m not too iffy with expiration dates, except for mascara and when something starts to smell funky, so I don’t really bother too much with monitoring which cosmetics might “go bad.”

As Gandalf wisely said, “If in doubt, Meriadoc, always follow your nose.”

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  1. Yaaay! That’s really the catch-22 of makeup I think. It’s nice to collect makeup and all, but you are limited by the expiry dates. Why must this be?!?!

    • LOL I’ve decided that I don’t care about makeup expirations unless it’s obviously funky. /shoots self

      • I have a feeling that expiry dates are set conservatively. I was browsing Shawill stuff at Watsons last week and I saw that their lipsticks have a shelf-life of 5 years. I decided I’m keeping my lipsticks for that long.

      • Sames, I really don’t mind until I see fungus growing on them or they turn rancid (smell, taste) or perform differently. SHRUG~

  2. lookbeyondbeauty says

    Great post! 🙂 I always get very happy when I finish a product (beauty or makeup), because there’s always something new that I just ”must have”, and then forget about the old goddies, so yeah I know what you mean! 🙂
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  3. OMG Carina this is actually legendary. My sister has used her TBS brow kit for more than 4 years after passing it down to me, and I used it for around 2… and both of us NEVER hit pan. We call it the neverending makeup.

    Also, glad to know we have the same-ish perspective on expiries. I hate how people are mislead to be so consumerist and throw things away after two months to two years. That’s just wasteful. Many mixtures (especially non-food) don’t go bad for unbelievably long periods of time. If anything, quality just suffers a bit when certain stuff dries up or “deactivates”. Until I break out or can smell something really suspicious, I usually keep them in my collection, too 🙂

  4. I also don’t mind much about expiry dates. *lols* Just recently, I was able to hit pan on my hello flawless powder, and it is a big hole like maybe bigger than one peso coin! woot! 😀

  5. Expiration dates don’t bother me too much. Although I do have a post-it of the average shelf life of most makeup and skincare products. But as long as it performs well, doesn’t upset my skin and doesn’t appear to be off, why let it go to waste? 🙂

  6. this is brilliant! i must admit that in my entire make up collection, i only have one item which i have hit pan on (a cream blush which i got last year). and i pay no heed to “expiry dates” either, don’t really believe in them to be honest!

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