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Project Pan 2018 Results (SPOILER: TOTAL FAIL)

Well, maybe not a complete and total fail…

If you’ve been keeping up on my fast and furious posts (read: sarcasm) then you know I attempted a Project Pan with my make-up collection. And while I did manage to finish up a handful of items, on the whole (Preparation H DOES feel good) I didn’t do so hot. I blame the Gemini in me that constantly craves variety, and my attention span born of the MTV Generation.

I’ll measure any progress I made, post it below, and probably NEVER ATTEMPT THIS AGAIN. I do plan to keep a small basket/box on my vanity with products I use more often, but I will not pressure myself to use them up ASAP. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past month or so and it seems to be working out better.

Okay, I actually made a bit more progress on these than I originally thought. First pic of each is the starting point. The J Cat eye brow pencil started around 2 2/10 centimeters and is now about 1 7/10. This damn thing is killing me. If you want a long lasting eyebrow pencil, J Cat is the way to go.

The second is the Milani Stay Put eye liner. This works better as a shadow base because if I put this on my water line, my eyes wake up all crusty the next day. Ew. Started out at 12 centimeters and is now down to 11 4/10. Not too bad. It is really soft, though, and easy to wear down - assuming I remember to use it.

The last eye pencil is the 24/7 Urban Decay eye liner. Looks like it started somewhere around 8 6/10 and is down to 8 1/10. I might actually use this up before 2020. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

This NYX highlighter got more use than I thought as well. I made quite the dent…but didn’t come close to finishing (that’s what she said.) I’m so fucking sick of it, though, so it’s going away for a while. I also learned that blushes REFUSE to wear down, no matter how often or aggressively you grind a brush into them. So….yeah.

I think the only products I finished from Update #2 were the Tarte loose powder that I used for setting concealer and the NYX pore filling primer. It’s possible I used up mascara or two as well, but since I didn’t document it in photographs, it didn’t happen, right? I did end up donating a couple of foundations to Project Beauty Share because they didn’t work for my skin, and so I removed them from the project (BH Cosmetics and The Ordinary.)

The following products had such little progress, it wasn’t worth taking pictures: Colourpop gel eyeliner and brow gel; ELF cream shadow; NYX jumbo pencil in Milk and nude eye pencil; Tarte pressed foundation; Pixi bronzer; Wet & Wild lip balm (which I ended up getting rid of because I never used it at all.) The Secret Key eye cream is so close to being done, but the tube is opaque so I can’t show you.

Any products I’ve used up with spoolies or some kind of brush (mascara, brow gel) will be cleaned and donated to the Wands for Wildlife project. Check out the link. It’s actually pretty damn cool!

I am keeping a small basket of products on my vanity to try and use on the daily. I still have the J Cat pencil - at this point, it’s become personal - and the Colourpop eye brow gel. I’ve thrown in a mascara I used regularly, as well as my face primer, and a color brow gel and powder. But otherwise, I’m having my mood dictate the rest of it.

If you did a Project Pan, comment on this post and let me know how you did!

ArtPop3

I need to start writing more of these kind of quick posts. For one, it’ll get me writing more often, and for another, maybe people might wanna know how these conventions or 1-day shows actually work out for vendors and artists. Crazier things have happened…

I attended a one-day show, called ArtPop3, this past Saturday, December 1. I hadn’t attended the first two shows, but from what I heard from other artists who did, this new location (Ogma Brewery in Jackson, MI) was a much better venue. Despite the rotating temperatures between Arctic and Hades, I would have to agree that the brewery was pretty cool.

As I don’t consider myself an artist in the traditional sense (as in someone who draws or paints, or creatures sculpture or jewelry,) I wasn’t sure I was going to be a good fit. But Cody Lockwood, the organizer, assured me I’d be just fine. And, honestly, I felt right at home.

And apparently, the customers agreed. I ended up doing a decent business for only six hours of my time, and met so many nice people there. Even when the bands were playing, and it got a titch difficult to speak with anyone except through sign language, it turned out to be worth the time and effort.

Photo Credit: Cody James Lockwood, 2018

Photo Credit: Cody James Lockwood, 2018

So, big thank you to Cody for accepting my application, and being super nice and easy to work with through it all. I hope you’ll have me again next year! And thanks to Ogma Brewing Company for hosting such a fun day.