Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ten Pan Alley


As always, Marsi, featured below, has inspired me. The last time she wrote about tossing our lipsticks I parted with a multi-brand handful of pinky browns, brown-y pinks, beige-y pinks, slightly pinky beige-y browns -- you get the idea, all more or less the same hue bought by a woman terrified of too much lip color. (Fortunately I saved one. I rationalized the purge by telling myself that most were waaay past their shelf life.)
Today, thank you again Marsi, I went to my bathroom and am pleased to report the following items will no longer take up space: John Frieda Collection Frizz-Ease (why I have this product I have no idea, I do not have super curly hair); Jergens Natural Glow self-tanner; a couple of sample-size body lotions from hotels (I get so excited about these products in the moment for some reason) and finally Kiehl's Just-Out-of The-Shower Hair Gel (great product, but I can't even remember what year I bought it).


Et voila, that's my story, here follows Marsi's:

In the beauty blogosphere, there's a phenomenon called Project Ten Pan, in which a beauty junkie refuses to buy any more cosmetics until she "hits pan" on ten items languishing in her collection.

A beauty blogger shows what it's like to "hit pan."

I love streamlining my life, so naturally, the concept of Project Ten Pan intrigues me. But between excavating my lipstick graveyard earlier this year (this post) and finally having acquired the discipline to buy only items that work well for me, Project Ten Pan for my makeup bag seems pointless. But then I asked myself, "Well, what about your medicine cabinet then? Why not play Project Ten Pan with your unloved skincare loot?"

So, here's what's up for elimination.

This and that: NARS, Weleda, Philosophy,
La Roche-Posay, Avene, MAC, Mario Badescu,
Biologique Recherche, TilVee, and Lancome. 
Like so many of you, I've gotten particular about what I put on my face, so I plan to use most of these creams on my décolletage, and the rest I'll slather on my feet right before bed. (Pourquoi pas, non?)

It's oddly gratifying, isn't it, to use up a product and free some space in our zone, so if you'd like to join me in a little spring cleaning, please leave a comment below. It can be makeup, skincare, or body care -- and even a combination thereof. A month from now, we'll check in with each other to see how we're doing.

Allons-y!

P.S. Have you met Henri, the existentialist cat?


22 comments:

Cheryl said...

I love this idea! Fortunately, my daughter reaps the benefits of my impulse purchases. Arriving home, and realizing I will never wear the lovely shade of mint green eye shadow the sales woman insisted looked fabulous on me....... Alexandra, at 26, can pull it off!
I am now off to work on my Project Ten Pan!!

Linda McMullan said...

When we renovated our coastal cottage last year, I had the master bath completely redesigned, which meant I had to pack up every single item in that room. I was FLOORED at how many fairly expensive skin care products were barely used...and so many different brands!

The older ones were tossed, and the newer ones went exactly where you describe. My feet were luscious within the month. Now, I have the happy satisfaction of opening my new cabinets to a small and bright collection of skin care, the bottles and tubes of which are dearly familiar and comforting as we interact on a daily or weekly basis!

Lost in Provence said...

Holy cow that film was hysterical!! I will be spreading the "joy"...

As for the rest of this post, it is freakily prescient as just a half hour ago, I opened up my medecine cabinet and thought "what IS all of this stuff?". So I looked and counted six makeup removers that are not the brand that I am sworn to for life (Bioderma Crealine H2O). So I am not going to wait to hit pan as they can't be used for anything else. Into the garbage they go!!

Kristien62 said...

I laughed about your pink-brown lipstick habit. One which I share! Have been slowly letting go one by one, but it is sooooo hard. However, this month I will tackle my eyeshadows--two drawers full, one for square shadows, one for round. I know the companies' containers so well I know which drawer to look in. Wish me luck!

Splenderosa said...

The lime green eyeshadow comment made me smile. There comes a time when only earth tones/naturals will work on a girl's eyes & I am there now. I love NARS color products, especially the blush, but haven't tried any of their skin care. I'm still trying to find the perfect lip gloss, one which actually keeps your lips moist, as this is my most troublesome spot, dry lips. Any ideas anyone? I am super addicted to Carita & Guerlain skincare products, both are extra wonderful.

Kadee said...

Oh, my gosh... that is the BEST way to start the day! The sun is out, the temps will be warming up and I now have a lasting smile on my face from the video. C'est tres drole!!!!!

Femme Curieuse said...

Henri just made my morning! Good advice paired with a little good humor is a great way to start the day!

kathy peck said...

I have been putting off for days, going through my make up and skin care products - this was the push I needed. I'd seen that film, but it always makes me crack up, thanks!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Loved the cat film!
Great idea using up products on your decolletage and feet...I am going to copy that idea.
I have a few extra creams in the cupboard and they are on their way out.

Susan said...

So enjoyed the video - thanks for sharing!

cindy hattersley design said...

Just found your blog! Love the concept...I just need to start purging products!

mette said...

I missed the lipstick article, but then I only have 2 lipsticks, so no need to toss away them.
As for the cremes and lotions, same thing; 2-3 of them too.
Just wondering - how come does everyone seem to have so much of these products?

Joni said...

Mette, I'm the same -- I have only what I need. I like to keep it simple.

J'adore the cat video!

BigLittleWolf said...

And while we're clearing out, we might be wise to check the Over-The-Counter meds (for expiration dates), not to mention the prescription bottles still languishing on shelves (also for expiration).

Something I did not long ago, and I was very surprised to see what I found that went straight into la poubelle.

Anonymous said...

I love Henri! adorable

CHRIS said...

Hello I'm the other pinky-brown,browny-pink lipstick girl. At new year I tossed maybe 10 I never liked. I know that feeling of using it all up. I seem to take forever to use up hair conditioner & body wash & lotion. I also have many face products lanquishing in my cabinet. I'm in for the Ten Pan. Love your blog. Chris

Carol said...

Henri is wonderful.. He reminds me of my former ( french ) husband !

It's so easy to get caught up in the purchase of products that seem so perfect at the time but really just end up gathering dust in the depths of the bathroom cupboard.

Having just moved house my cupboard now only contains the products l really will use to the end of the jar / tube.

Russian Chic said...

Marsi, your posts are always luxe bytes. It was a pleasure meeting Henri. Cats are wonderful role models. They never overwork or get too stressed. Self-care seems always their priority. Thank you.

Looking Fab in your forties said...

Most things I buy go to my daughters if I end up not using or liking them and I have only recently streamlined make-up bag and beauty product shelf but alas ran out of my Liz Earle cleanser yesterday so am awaiting the arrival of my new one!

Shelley said...

What a great idea! I love using up my stuff so much I practically throw a party every time I throw away an empty container. Some of that stuff cost a lot of money! What's the point of leaving it and buying more (that doesn't get used either). Your friend is a very smart cookie!

J. Beaudet said...

I'm a skincare and makeup junkie! I definitely need to get rid of a lot of it. I have products that are at least a year old if not older. What happens is, I forget I have it so buy something new, or a new product comes out and claims to be the "best" so I have to have it. Time for some Spring cleaning!
Jenniferxox

Anonymous said...

Henri is wonderful! So deep ;-)

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