3 Lessons 'Project Pan' Taught Me About Makeup

3 Lessons 'Project Pan' Taught Me About Makeup

Spring cleaning and decluttering.

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Spring cleaning is just around the corner, and this could be a good way to declutter some makeup. For those of you who don't know, "Project Pan" is a popular YouTube topic where people set aside certain makeup/body products that they would like to focus on using up. This usually goes on for about a year, but the exact rules of the challenge can be up to the individual. I started doing this a couple of months ago and have been going through different makeup products each month. At first, this process was pretty stressful, and I wasn't really into it. It felt like I was focusing too much on using products up instead of enjoying them. But once I adjusted my process and my mindset, I actually started seeing some benefits to this process. I figured I could share some of my experience with you, and you can see whether or not it's something you'd want to try.

Here are three things I learned from the "Project Pan" challenge:

1. Makeup should spark joy.

I'm picking up a phrase from Marie Kondo that I feel coincides with this Project. The point isn't just to use up products you don't like so that you aren't being wasteful. You're trying to make room in your makeup collection for products that you love. You are taking out stuff that you don't really want anymore in order to bring out the things that you do want. There were products I used up that I liked but that I didn't want drawing attention away from products that I liked better. Makeup shouldn't be stressful, and you shouldn't have a massive amount that freaks you out. It's supposed to be something fun.

2. Rediscover products you love.

In this process, I actually found products that I had forgotten how much I liked. I saw something that was getting old and decided it was time to use it again, and it ended up being one of my favorite products. It's like giving that mascara or lipstick one more chance to make you happy before it needs to be taken out to pasture. You kinda give it a little life again.

3. Know when to stop.

Let's be honest, if you decide to do "Project Pan" because you want to do a little decluttering, then perhaps you need to take a break from your makeup purchases. Even if you use makeup every single day, you only have one face. Take time to enjoy the products that you have instead of filling up the space you made with more stuff that you'll probably have to declutter later.

There are plenty of YouTube videos you can watch to learn more about this challenge. Just type it into the search bar, and you'll find several people participating. Even if you don't like their rules for it, feel free to come up with your own. I hope these tips inspired you to do a little decluttering.

Good luck!

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Why I Can't Support Jeffree Star

I used to idolize him, but his racism and misogyny have crossed the line.
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Like any other person obsessed with makeup, I follow many different makeup artists on YouTube and Instagram. I love watching their tutorials and reviews, all which leave me inspired to try new looks and teach me more about products that will up my makeup game. One of these beauty gurus that I used to follow is Jeffree Star, a singer/songwriter, model, and makeup artist who is probably best known for his popular makeup line, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which features liquid lipsticks, lip scrubs, highlighters, and a new eyeshadow palette.

However, as of late, his cosmetic line isn’t the only thing making him a hot topic on social media; his extensive history of making racist comments has now become the subject of many YouTube videos by other vloggers and beauty gurus. One of the most disturbing incidents is a video he made ten years ago on MySpace. The video is supposed to be a satirical skit between him and a drag queen, who is in blackface. One of the disgusting comments made in the video is that he wants to throw battery acid on an African American woman to lighten her skin so it will match her foundation. Star also calls someone a “black b*tch” while his friend continues to pretend to be a stereotypical black woman. Even if the video was made ten years ago, he was still an adult at the time and should have known better than to make something so vile and racist. If he had been 15 years-old, that’s one thing. But he was at least 19 years-old at the time; there are no excuses.

TW: racism, racial slurs


Star has become infamous also for being a drama queen on social media, whether to be rude to fans complaining about his products or starting Twitter wars with other makeup artists. While most people know about his beef with Kylie Jenner over some defects with her liquid lipsticks, Star’s issues go far beyond just her. One feud that highlights his misogynistic and racist behavior is with MakeupShayla, another makeup artist. At an event they both attended, in his Snapchat story Star ranted that Shayla allegedly told another YouTouber that her face was disproportionate and to get lip fillers. Whether or not this was actually said in a rude manner, like he claims, is unknown. He then proceeded to rage about her being a c*nt and a h*e. Even though that comment had sent him in such a rage, Shayla said in her Snapchat story that he was all smiles when they ran into each other at the event.

On Twitter, the situation became even more intense. He called her out first for making the lip filler comment; if she had indeed said something rude like that, then confronting her about it is fine. However, he escalated things to a terrifying level. He threatened to beat her up several times, and when she criticized his fans for supporting someone who threatens violence against a woman, Star responded that she looks like man. I find it very ironic that he would claim that she was a bully, yet threaten her and hurl terrible insults at her. Shayla should not have made the rude comment about that woman needing lip fillers; however, she does not deserve to be threatened or insulted in this manner, especially since Star was too much of a coward to say anything to her face.

Moreover, despite his claims to be so against bullying, and to be such a supporter of female empowerment, he is friends with a bully. In one of his Snapchat stories, MannyMUA and the owner of Gerard Cosmetics made fun of a YouTuber who was reviewing the company’s products. In the last part of the Snapchats, the owner said that the reviewer was an ugly person. Manny later tried to apologize and say that the video cut off and that the owner was saying she had an ugly personality, but that’s not exactly better. Despite this incident, Jeffree and Manny are still the best of friends, and Manny was never beat up by Star for being rude. Moreover, it seems as though Star has a way of corrupting beauty gurus who become a part of his inner circle. When Manny was primarily friends with Patrick Starr, another makeup artist, he was kinder and he wasn’t rude. But once Star came into the picture, Manny became his carbon-copy: another gay boy acting like a stereotypical black woman and covering up his rudeness by calling it “sass” and “shade.” Plus, it is shocking to me that Manny, a person of color, would still adore Star despite his racist history. I feel guilty now for talking about him in my last piece about makeup double standards.

Stephanie Nicole, a makeup artist on YouTube, made a video reviewing a few of Star’s products. Then, once she’s finished the review, she then goes on to discuss Star’s racist and misogynistic tendencies, showing videos of his Snapchat rant against MakeupShayla, his disturbing skit, and other instances where he was rude to fans and problematic in general. She concludes that she refuses to support his company anymore. I agree with her completely. Just because he is a part of a minority group by being queer does not give him the right to be racist or misogynistic. You can watch the entire video down below:

I was extremely conflicted when I heard about all of this. In fact, I was almost heartbroken; I have admired Star for a long time because of how he breaks gender roles and goes against the gender binary. I also coveted his products, and was very ready to purchase his Skin Frost highlighters and some liquid lipsticks up until I found out that he’s a racist. I have some of his music on my iTunes because some of his tracks are fun for workouts, but now I feel guilty even though I just did not know. However, I do know that I will not be supporting Jeffree Star anymore, no matter how tempting his products are.

If you still want to buy his cosmetics, go ahead, I can’t stop you. I have no right to tell you how to spend your money. I don’t blame you; he produces some great makeup after all, even though he is a trashy person. However, if you bought his products before finding out about his problematic behavior, and now regret your purchases, I advise that next time you research a company before giving them your money. It’s difficult to enjoy a product when you know it’s produced by an unpleasant person. This experience has taught me a valuable lesson about being an informed consumer and not simply buying something because it has pretty packaging.

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10 Ways To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

Tea is key!

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Dark circles can affect a lot of us, they either make us feel insecure or we just don't like dealing with them but they can be easy to get rid off!

1. Short and easy!

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Sometimes we don't always to do the most when it comes to removing dark circles, so an easy way to get rid of these dark circles is by just using concealer. It is an easy cover up and easy to hid them with just a touch of make up.

2. Tea is key!

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Tea bags help with removing dark circles! What I like to do is steep tea bags in hot water then let them cool and place them over my eyes for about 15 mins. Green tea contains caffeine which helps when it comes to making the blood vessels around our eye shrink which then helps reduce dark circles.

3. You need some milk!

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So I have seen on tv that if you soak cotton balls or cotton pads in milk and place them over your dark circles it can help with reducing and getting rid of dark circles. Now, I don't know how true this is but I mean it wouldn't hurt to try.

4. Sweet Almond Oil!

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According to Huda Beauty's blog sweet almond oil helps with the circulation of blood for your dark circles. Huda beauty suggest to put a small dab of sweet almond oil on your dark circles every night until you notice a difference.

5. Sleep is needed!

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An easy way for your dark circles to reduce is honestly just getting enough sleep! You may be noticing your dark cirlces because you are depriving yourself from sleep.. so get some sleep!!

6. Use lemons for your circles!

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I know that lemons can help brighten skin(which should be done very carefully) but the if you really want your dark circles to leave I suggest mixing together just a little lemon juice and baking soda together.

It should have a paste consistency, let sit under your eyes for 15 then wash away. I would do this daily until I saw results, but if you notice any irritation to your skin I most defiantly would stop.

7. Rose Water loves skin!

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Rose water loves the skin and really helps with dark circles. Rose water is high in Vitamin C which is good for the skin and dark circles. Make sure you get an all natural rose water.

8. Tomatoes!

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I have read that lots of people use tomatoes to get rid of their dark circles. After researching I found that tomatoes have natural bleaching that can lighten the skin. Whenever it comes to lighting the skin for things like dark circles, I just say be very careful!

9. Cucumbers for the win!

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We all have seen people put cucumbers on their eyes. That is because cucumbers are natural antioxidants that can help remove dark circles. Pretty basic and easy!

10.  Grab some turmeric!

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Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps with dark circles, If you easily look up "Turmeric mask for dark circles" on Youtube for Pinterest you will easily find different mask that involves turmeric and help with dark circles.

There you go, dark circles are something that many struggle with but when handled the right way they can actually be very easy to get rid of.

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