Monday, March 3, 2014

Project Make-A-Dent Volume II: The Luscious Lips Edition

As you are undoubtedly aware, I launched Project Make-A-Dent in October 2013 in an effort to use and finish some of my neglected makeup. Here is what I had to say then:

In the midst of all of the current gifts with purchases, and our inherent desire to purchase even more makeup- I feel myself growing somewhat anxious given the sheer size of my stash, and my continued desire to consume more. This takes on a different level of urgency as the holiday collections are beginning to appear at counters, and the lust list continues to grow (worse still when they are limited edition). 

In fact, I have been thinking about this a great deal lately, and decided that while not an ultimate solution to consumerism, that I needed to make a concerted effort to use some of the things that I have. Then it came to me in the middle of the night- rather than putting myself on a "no buy"- which to me is like a diet where you can never eat anything yummy again- that I would choose my purchases far more carefully and selectively, and create a new post series whereby I select several products to use with some regularity. The end goal is to use them up completely, but not at the exclusion of using other things. These items will be kept together in a place that is easily seen and accessed in order to encourage their use. Then at some point-- perhaps on a monthly basis-- another picture will be taken to reveal how much has been used.

Each month following the initial reveal of my chosen items, I showed you my progress to keep me motivated-- and hopefully to motivate you to join me on this quest. This is what my first post looked like in October 2013, and this is what it looked like when I concluded the first volume of this series in February 2014. As you can see, I finished 5 out of the 9 items that I had selected! I then asked you whether you wanted me to pick all new products for Volume II of the project or add to the remaining products from Volume I. Between your comments and emails the overwhelming majority voted that I pick all new products-- so I did just that.

This time I decided to select only lip products because I have amassed a ridiculous sized collection, and neglect a good part of what I have. You can see that I chose a disproportionately large number of MAC lip products because they are among the most neglected products in my stash. Therefore, I picked a few that I liked and decided to try and use them up. I have backups of a many of these items-- namely the Chanel Glossimer in Star, the Shu Lip Liner, the Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Pen in Peonine, MAC Evolution Revolution, MAC Lip Gelée in Amber Russe and the Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting-- therefore I wanted to use them up since I have more in-waiting. I have stopped collecting back-ups, and wanted to get a handle on my stash-- so it was a logical choice picking the aforementioned products.

This is not just for me, but it is also a challenge to you to join me in Project Make-A-Dent. Everybody is welcome to participate (and you do not have to be a blogger). If you are active in social media then let's use the hashtag:#projectmakeadent, but no worries if you aren't. My Twitter handle: @lolassecret
Check the #projectmakeadent hashtag to see who else has joined this project-- you should too!

What do you think? Are you in yet?

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of your progress posts. Every time, I went "oh wow! Impressive!!". This is something I have been trying to do myself, but finding it very difficult to be persistent. Your posts like this brings reminders and inspiration to "never give up, never surrender". :)

    My problem with lipstick is... WHY DO THEY TAKE SO LONG TO USE UP??? :p

    Keep your post coming, Iola. I can't wait to see your progress! :D

    1. Thanks, Tete A Tete! I am so thrilled that you have been enjoying this series. My hope is that it will do just that- inspire people to use some of what they already have.

      I agree with you-- lip products can take an unusually long time to use up-- expect the products that we covet-- they seem to run out the fastest- LOL!

      You should join us on this project! :D

  2. I love your all new lip-focused selection! I now wish I included a lip gloss in my original bunch of products, but well, I can just quietly use it up on the side :) Good luck Lola!

    1. Hi Monika! Thanks, I'm glad that you like my shifted focus. I have way too many lip products-- so I figured this would be the best way to actually make a concerted effort to start using more of what I have. Just add a lip gloss to your original bunch and just mention that you added it in! Good luck with yours as well. I can't wait to see your progress! :D

  3. I love this series, and want to join in. Just having a hard time choosing my products! How does one join in?

    1. Hi ahhhsoNeo, Welcome to Project Make-A-Dent!! All you have to do is pick the products that you want to include in your post. Describe the project and mention that it was created by me and link back to one of my Project Make-A-Dent posts. Then when you Tweet about it or discuss it on social Media then include my handle @lolassecret and the hashtag #projectmakeadent so that all of your comments will become part of the permanent record of our group efforts! I'm very excited that you are joining us!! Stay tuned, I should be posting my first progress check for my most recent version of Project Make-A-Dent in the next day or two! Again a hearty welcome to you! :-)


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