While I love to follow project panners on youtube, reddit, and instragram – there is just something so satisfying about empty packaging – I don’t like to do them myself.
Don’t get me wrong, I did try. I tried to do a “Finish 16 in 2016” last year, but failed dismally. I don’t think I actually finished any of the products that I had aimed for in the list I wrote on January 1st.
I didn’t like thinking of my makeup as a “challenge,” as if the products are a burden on my life and I need to get rid of them. I didn’t like forcing myself to use the same things over and over again to try and reach my goals.
I was beating myself up and feeling disappointed and dissatisfied that I hadn’t finished a lipstick in the designated time frame. I found myself resenting the products I had because they were causing me to feel this sense of failure.
Makeup is for fun and for joy; makeup should not be a “challenge” or something you have to force yourself to use.
If you don’t enjoy something, throw it, sell it, or return it. Give it to a friend. Pass it along. Don’t force yourself to use the eyeliner you hate just because you bought it. Don’t force yourself to use the eyeshadow palette you hate just because you bought it.
When you’re 80 will you look back on your life and think “damn, I really wished I hit pan on that blush”? No. No you will not.