Project Pan and Reverse Rouge 2018: The Start

For those unaware about Project Pan, it’s a challenge to use up products within your collection; the “pan” being the silver part that shows once the product has been used up. In 2017, I half-heartedly started a Project Pan that I barely indulged in; though, I did wind up panning the Burberry Lip Velvet.

 

This year, now that I have this space, I intend to take it a little more seriously. I have picked several products of different types, and her are the products I would like to do my best to finish off:

Lipstick: MAC Brave

Lipstick: Besame Red Velvet

Eyeshadow: MAC Omega

I chose these products for several reasons; partially, I wanted to follow through from last year. Some I would like to be able to use up and get out of my collection so I can try something new, but it isn’t something that I dislike enough to throw away. In other cases, I actually really enjoy it, but have struggled to finish products in full and want that satisfaction. Or, it’s an attempt to pare down items in my collection to something more manageable.

I’m someone that struggles with using up products; while some people work through a lipstick in a matter of months, I’ve had MAC Brave for almost two years now. As I don’t have a particularly large collection, this helps with using the products I have.

Ideally, my goal is to check in quarterly, and the last update to come at the end of 2018 with discussions on successes and failures and overall thoughts when completed. I will show progress through measuring (when able) and pictures of use for comparison with the date marked.

For now, I intend to focus on those three products. However, if in the process that either the product becomes unusable or can’t be finished, I will substitute something in its place.

 

In addition to this Project Pan, I’ll also be doing a Reverse Rouge Challenge with a few other ladies that blog. For as long as VIB Rouge at Sephora has been around, I’ve hit it every year. VIB Rouge is a status of buyer at Sephora that spends over $1000 per year. The perks are OK; free make-overs (so long as you schedule in advance), free 2-day shipping (though, as of 1/1/18, this changed to 3-day without any warning…), and early access to products.

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This is something that I have decided I will not actively pursue obtaining again, but if it happens, it happens. This year will likely be largely repurchases and for a lot of the products that I do use and like, I can really only get them through Sephora (e.g. Make Up For Ever, Kat Von D, etc.)

The Reverse Rouge Challenge, on the other hand, will be using up at least $1000 worth of products at the end of the year. This includes makeup, skincare, hair care, nails, and other tools that you may use. Destashes also count towards the total. Again, much like Project Pan, I will intend to be updating this quarterly (though, it will likely get its own post going forward instead of being amalgamated with Project Pan.)

 

Those are the current ground rules I will be working off of this year for this Project Pan and the Reverse Rouge Challenge. Are you planning on doing a Project Pan or Reverse Rouge Challenger this year? If so, what are the products you’re planning on using up?

Yours ’til Niagara Falls,
Jupiter Gimlet

Pincurl MVPs: Curlettes

Hair is not my strong suit. Part of it is that my hair is feral and does whatever it wants. The other part is that, while I have a lot of it, my hair is also very thin, fine, and prone to frizziness and tangling. Pincurls, however, are one of the few vintage hairstyles I can moderately work with.

I have done pincurls several ways, but the easiest, bar none, is by using Curlettes. It also is the most comfortable for me when I’m trying to sleep, compared to having a bobbi pin driving into my ear or scalp because it’s know rather than metal or plastic.




I ordered two sets of medium back in January 2017 (and after Junebugs and Georgia Peaches did a review and tutorial, it was hard to resist!) They did not come until May 2017–they are hand-made and made-to-order by Curlettes via Etsy (which is overseas for me, as I live in the USA and she is based out of the UK). Life happened along the way, which was serious and understandable, so it’s something that was outside of her control and I don’t fault her for. The communication along the way was acceptable and because of it, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase from again.




I have used them multiple times, they’re still in excellent condition, and make it very easy for me to get the pincurls I’m after. I would have no problem recommending them if you are able to catch her when the shop is open and placing an order.



At the time of writing this, Curlettes is currently open, but I don’t know how long that may be the case. It’s a one-woman operation, so she may close when she has enough business. I’d highly recommend placing an order while you can–it makes the pincurl process much easier and easier to sleep on than bobby pins or plastic curling tools.

The next time I place an order, I think I will be going for the larger ones because I think it’ll be very effective at giving the Veronica Lake waves. I normally (and in the pictures above) use the medium-sized rollers, which is perfect for my medium-length hair.

(Note: Just because there’s a lot of gushing in this post, just want to point out–I am not being sponsored or paid to write this; I’m only a big fan of the product and had a great experience that’s worth sharing with others. If I was, per my policy, I would be disclosing it.)

 

Yours ’til Niagara Falls,

Jupiter Gimlet