Project Pan Update #2

Hi everyone! Before we start, I just want to apologize if I’m absent on social media in terms of reading/replying to your blog posts or liking/commenting on your Instagram. Work has imploded so we are in crisis control mode, and most days I don’t know what day it is, what time it is, or what my name is. I try to tell myself we’re not saving babies or anything actually important like that, but deadlines are still deadlines. Please be patient with me – I am trying to stay on top of everything and am not doing a very good job!

Today’s post is the second update on my first Project Pan of the year, which I started back in January. I feel like I made some significant progress in a few of the products since my last update at the end of February!


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter in Moonstone

I thought that this would be an easy product to finish up, but I suppose that was rather optimistic of me as highlighters are notoriously difficult to use up. I skipped a few weeks of using highlighter in March (or much face makeup in general) as my skin was healing from a bad reaction right around the cheekbone area, so I feel like I didn’t use this as much as I normally would have. The weight did go down ever so slightly, though!

NYX Blush in Taupe

The last time I did my Project Pan update, I had all of these broken bits of this contour powder from the edges breaking off. I actually finished using those bits up mid-March and it looked all cleaned up, but then part of the edges broke off into tiny bits again. I used those ones up too, and now the powder has broken again! I find that so annoying. I’m actually quite curious to see if I will be able to use this up entirely by the end of June.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaaarty

Look guys, I hit pan! I was shocked when I saw a peek of the pan, as I had to re-press this blush in February after it shattered during an overnight trip, and it seemed like there was a lot of product in it. I was pretty messy at re-pressing it, so I might be cheating in how much product I need to use up because I lost some product when some of it went into the cracks between the outer packaging and the pan.


Bath and Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Perfume

I still use this perfume about three days a week, and I’m so close to finishing it up! I’ve owned this for more than two years, and I just realized that the liquid inside is green. I’m going to be a little sad when I finish this, because I really love this scent! I want to keep the bottle because it’s so pretty, but part of the prettiness is the green liquid inside that mixes with the blue packaging to make a pretty aqua, but once I use the perfume up, the green will be gone.



Jack Black Lip Balm

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to finish off these Jack Black lip balms because I’ve used about a dozen of these and I’m ready to try something new. The one that sits on my bedside table has maybe a month of use left. The one I leave on my office as work has a ways to go – it probably won’t be finished by June.



Kiehl’s Lip Balm in Mango

I’m still pretty far from finishing this – I feel like I haven’t gotten anywhere with this since the last update, just because I don’t like using it! I feel like I should just throw this out at the end of June since I don’t love this.

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème lipstick in Shiraz

I’m officially done with this lipstick! I actually just finished it last week and wanted to get a new Bite lipstick during the VIB sale to replace this one, but I managed not to succumb to my makeup addiction by convincing myself that I had enough lipsticks to use up, haha.




Urban Decay Weightless Skin Liquid Makeup

So I should have/could have finished this foundation by the end of March, but I spent the last week of March and half of April testing out foundation samples from Sephora so that I could buy a new foundation during the VIB sale to replace this one. Since making my choice and purchasing the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, I’ve gone back to using this again so that I can finish it off. I probably have a month’s worth of foundation in this bottle.

AG Conditioning Mist

I’m steadily burning through this leave-in conditioner, but to be honest, I’m pretty excited to use this up because I much prefer the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil. This has gone down the most out of all the products in my Project Pan since hair products are a lot easier to use up!



Urban Decay 24/7 Dual-Ended Pencil Liner

I’m also getting through this eyeliner steadily, although I doubt I will finish this by the end of my Project Pan. I even cheated by sharpening this up before the weigh-in. It’s just so hard to finish pencil liner! Also, when a pencil liner core separates from the pencil itself, it means that it’s drying out, right? Because the black end of the pencil is totally doing that. But it still seems fairly pigmented, so I don’t know…

Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liner in Underground

Honestly, I keep forgetting about this product because I use it to line my lower lashline, which isn’t really a “necessary” step for me. The pencil itself is now shorter than the lid, so after my final update in June, I think I might just retire this pencil, haha.



Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched

Okay…I totally forgot about this moisturizer until last week when I was updating this post. Needless to say, it hasn’t been used up until the last few days! The texture is weird – super thick and greasy, but kind of hard to spread at the same time. I can’t remember if it’s always been like this or if it’s gone bad, but it still smells completely normal.


An honourable mention:

This item wasn’t in my Project Pan, but I’ve been trying to hit pan this item on the side, and I ended up achieving it! Just two weeks ago, I started seeing baby pan on the shade Naked from the original Naked palette. Last year, Nicole of Pretty Ruff Life was able to hit pan/finish a bunch of shades in this palette, and it kind of inspired me to do the same. The Naked palette was the very first high-end palette I’ve ever owned, way back in 2010. I know it’s kind of weird I still have a palette from so long ago, but I take good care of it, and it’s high time I try to hit pan on at least one of the shades! I think this palette might make a reappearance in the second half of my Project Pan!

Here’s my progress by weight! Not surprisingly, the ones with the biggest difference in weight since the end of February were the liquid products.


I feel pretty pleased with myself because I completely finished one product, hit pan on another, as well as hit pan on a product that wasn’t part of my Project Pan. I’m excited to see whether I can completely finish off some of these products in the third and final update!

Project Pan Update

Today’s post is the first update on my Project Pan, which I started at the beginning of January. I’ve decided to space out my check-ins and do them every two months, so my next update will be in April, and then the last one in June.

While I want to get as much use out of these products as possible, my approach to this Project Pan was to pace myself. I knew, particularly with makeup, that I would go crazy if I had to wear the same things day in and day out for six months straight, so I came up with a schedule that would allow me to switch up my products while still getting use out of my Project Pan items. I usually wear makeup 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday, so I promised myself that I would use my Project Pan makeup 5 days a week, and then I could switch it up with another product on the sixth day. This has been working out pretty well, I think!

Now onto my update:

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Wedding DIY: Gold Leaf Guestbook Globe

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but today I wanted to share with you what is probably my last wedding DIY project that I did for my wedding last year. We’re talking about how to make a gold leaf globe, which we used as our wedding guestbook.

Although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a traditional guestbook, I knew that we would probably look at it once after the wedding, and then stow it away in a closet, totally forgotten. Instead of that, I wanted something we could display as part of our home decor after the wedding was over. I found a few ideas on Pinterest, but ultimately decided on a gold leaf globe.

I was rather nervous to work with gold leaf, because it looked difficult and messy. It wasn’t the best DIY project that I completed for the wedding, but overall it turned out fine. There are already a lot of tutorials online showing you how to make these globes, but like with my previous DIY glitter table numbers post I shared last year, I also have some tips to offer.

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8 Beauty Products I Love That No One Talks About

Hello again! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, regardless of how you spent it! I wanted to continue with my Valentine’s Day theme and share with you 8 products that I absolutely love, but that I never hear anyone talk about. Is this topic a bit of a stretch for Valentine’s Day? Maybe. But just roll with it, please? A lot of products are hyped up, some for good reason. For me, I feel like these items don’t get the hype they deserve!




Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Everyone talks about the MAC lipsticks, Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks, and the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks…but no one talks about the Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipsticks! The formula of these are so stellar – pigmented and creamy, but so lightweight with a bit of shine shine. It feels like you’re wearing a lip balm, only with the coverage of a lipstick. I only own one of these in a full size and a bunch of deluxe samples from GWPs I’ve received over the years, but they all perform beautifully.

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Review: Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

Today’s review is another pink product in celebration of Valentine’s Day: Huda Beauty’s Lip Strobe. This is my first foray into Huda Beauty; when the brand first launched, I had never heard of the influencer Huda Kattan. I’m usually not interested in products from influencers and have never really been enticed by anything from this brand, but regardless of my interests, it’s still a massive achievement for an influencer to reach such a big following that they can start their own makeup line.

Despite not really looking into Huda Beauty, I bought the Lip Strobe on a whim during the Sephora VIB sale in November. I’ve been solely wearing creme and matte lipsticks for a year or two, so I was in the mood to change it up with something shimmery. It’s been a few years since I’ve worn lip gloss and I’ve never been a big fan to begin with (too sticky!), so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it.


The Basics

I purchased this during the VIB sale so I did get it on sale, but the full price is $23 CAD. It can be purchased at Sephora and the Huda Beauty website, which ships internationally. The Lip Strobes are made in Italy and come in 12 shades, varying from a pearl to a deep violet. Some of the shades are meant to be sheerer, while others are mostly opaque.

The shade I purchased is called Angelic, which is described as “a light peach rosé with gold reflections”. I would say this gives a medium opacity – not sheer, but doesn’t fully cover my natural lip colour either.

A swatch of the Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in the shade Angelic


The Claims

From the Sephora website:

  • The ultimate add-on to your lip game
  • Some are beautifully iridescent, infused with pearls, and others are packed with rich pigments or have subtle, glimmering glitters.
  • Gives lips a sculpted and volumized gleam that’s visible from every angle.
  • Non-sticky, cushion-like texture make wear more comfortable than ever
  • The precision, heart-shaped flock glides on generously for an even coat.

According to the website, these can be worn alone or as a lip topper over a matte liquid lipstick. The “signature” way of using this is to apply it over a matte lipstick, and then blotting it so you get a more metallic look without the shine of the gloss. I’ll be testing out the various ways to wear this further down in the post!


The Packaging

The Lip Strobe comes in a rectangular box in a transparent sleeve so that you can see the lip gloss tube inside. A lip graphic is printed on the sleeve so that looks like the tube is held between the lips. The box is holographic, which catches my eye right away!


The lipgloss tube itself is a pretty standard square-shaped tube with a black cap, although coupled with the Huda Beauty logo no the front, it does have a nice, clean look to it. Unlike the usual doe-foot applicator, the lip gloss has an applicator which the brand calls “heart-shaped”; it’s the same shape as the applicator in the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème that I reviewed a few weeks back. I mentioned in that post that I really liked the shape for applying concealer, and I like it equally for lipgloss. One swipe gives you coverage for the entire section of your lip!


The Formula

One of my main concerns was that it was going to be a very tacky lip topper, as a lot of shimmery lipglosses tend to be. I particularly dislike the ones that cause a string of lipgloss to stick between your top and bottom lips whenever you open your mouth – ugh, gross! The texture of the Lip Strobe is quite thick and a bit goopy, and it does have a bit of stickiness to it. Based on the texture, I thought this would be super sticky, but it’s actually nothing you wouldn’t expect from a lip gloss. It’s definitely not sticky to the point where it will cause the lipgloss string, but your hair will likely stick to it on a windy day.

Another worry of mine was that the shimmer particles would feel grainy on my lips, particularly after the lip gloss wears off. This is a frequent problem with shimmery glosses, and one of my beauty pet peeves! I was pleasantly surprised that this shade in particular did not have this issue, whether when it was freshly applied or as the gloss started fading. It also doesn’t leave behind glitter particles on my lips as it fades. To be fair, I’m not sure how the other shades compare in terms of the amount of glitter in each shade, so I can’t vouch that the other colours will not leave glitter behind. Overall, it wears similarly to what you would expect out of a typical lipgloss. It sits comfortably on the lips and lasts for about 4-5 hours and comes off when you’re eating.

This lipgloss has quite a strong, sweet vanilla scent. It’s not unique to the Lip Strobe at all, but is the same scent I’ve experienced in other lipglosses before and actually associate the smell with lipgloss. I’m not the biggest fan of the scent, but it seems to disappear once it’s applied, so I’m also not too bothered by it.

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Angelic on its own


Angelic looks a lot pink-peach swatched than applied on my lips. Although you can’t tell in the photo because it’s a close-up of my lips, this shade looks horrendous on me by itself – almost silvery on me and makes me look like the Tin Man. That’s not so much an issue with the lip gloss; it just so happens that it just doesn’t suit my skin tone. The formula also settles into some of the deeper lip lines, although the average person would not be able to tell from afar. The shade scared me a little, but I had high hopes it would look more flattering with a lipstick underneath.

I don’t own a matte liquid lipstick from Huda Beauty, but I think it’s reasonable to assume that they’ll work with a matte lipstick from any brand. For this blog post, I’ve paired it with several different shades from Anastasia Beverly Hills, including a nude, a brick red, a magenta, and a grey-brown. The first photo is of the liquid lipstick by itself, then with the gloss on top, then with the gloss blotted off.


Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Hudson on its own, ABH Hudson with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Hudson with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted


Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Dazed on its own, ABH Dazed with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Dazed with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted


Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Sugar Plum on its own, ABH Sugar Plum with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Sugar Plum with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted


Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Bittersweet on its own, ABH Bittersweet with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Bittersweet with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted

You can see that the Lip Strobe changes not only the finish of the liquid lipstick, but also the colour itself. I can see why Huda recommends blotting the lip topper. The lip gloss applied on top of the lipstick looks very shiny and shimmery – exactly what you would expect from adding a lip gloss on top of a lipstick. However, when the lip gloss is blotted off, it turns your lip colour into an interesting metallic finish. Here’s a more in-depth review of the four shades:

ABH Hudson – Obviously, the Huda lip topper gives the matte liquid lipstick a shine, but you can’t really see much shimmer or metallic finish at all when it’s paired with such a light shade.

ABH Dazed – With this deeper shade, you can see the shimmer shine through, although I wish the photos did a better job capturing the metallic sheen of the liquid lipstick with the Lip Strobe blotted – it was essentially a metallic brick-red with golden shimmers. Adding the lip topper also made the shade warmer due to the golden shimmers in the gloss.

ABH Sugar Plum – Sugar Plum isn’t a completely flat matte shade to begin with, but has a blue shift running through it. It looks very metallic once blotted, but one thing that I noticed with this lipstick that didn’t happen with the others was that the blotting took enough of the liquid lipstick off my top lip that you could see my natural lip colour peeping through.

ABH Bittersweet – Interestingly enough, I felt like the shimmer and metallic finish was the most apparent with this lipstick shade, maybe because it’s such a deep shade.


The Summary

-Formula is not overly sticky
-Does not fade patchily or leave glitter behind as gloss fades
-Can use it two ways – as a gloss or blotted for a metallic look
-Comfortable to wear

-Sinks in to lip lines
-Scented (although may not bother some people)

These Lip Strobes are nice to have if you own a lot of liquid lipsticks and want to add a bit of variety into your lip looks without buying a ton of other lip products – you can just add this gloss on top of all your liquid lipstick shades for a different look. I’m not sure how unique these Lip Strobes are, though. Lip toppers have been around forever – can toppers from other brands be used in the same way where you blot it off for a metallic finish? I would be genuinely be interested in seeing if other lip toppers can be used to achieve the same look.

Overall, I really love the effect of these and am pleasantly surprised with this impulse purchase. They wear well and don’t feel sticky or gritty on the lips. I don’t think I’d need 10 of these or anything, but it would be cool to try one with a purple or magenta shimmer, or one with an iridescent shimmer, just for a different look to Angelic.

Review: Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I am reviewing pink products for the next two weeks! After using this palette exclusively for almost two months, I think I’m ready to review the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. This palette has been out for two years already so it’s been reviewed by everyone and their grandmas, BUT the reason for having a blog is getting my own opinions of beauty products out there, so I DO WHAT I WANT!

I feel like I need to start a new series: “P&I Gets Sucked into Cute Packaging Again – Did This Product Actually Work?” but with a better name. Most of you might know that this palette got a ridiculous amount of hype when it came out for the first time in spring of 2016, mostly due to the packaging, the peach scent, and because it was limited edition. To be fair, I did not actually buy this only because of the hype it received back then. I went to university with a girl who wore the prettiest shimmery duochrome coral-peach eye shadow every day. I never asked her what colour it was (I always thought it might be MAC’s Expensive Pink), but I feel like I’ve always been on a low-key search of a shimmery peach shade since. This palette has those shimmery peach shades!


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Review: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème

One thing that I absolutely cannot skip in my makeup routine is concealing, because I just look so tired without it. Today’s post is a review of the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème, which I’ve been using every day for the past two months.

I’ve been a longtime user of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but after finishing my most recent tube of it, I made the decision to branch out and try something new. Besides the Radiant Creamy Concealer and the newer NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, the Lock-It Concealer Crème is one of the more popular concealers at Sephora, so I decided to give it a chance. Read on to see what I thought of it!

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Feel-Good Friday

TGIF, everyone! Here’s another Feel-Good Friday post with random things in my life right now.

What I’m Up to Lately:

Because we spent way too much treating ourselves during the holidays, my husband and I are doing a life no-buy in January (basically we can’t buy anything but necessities) and it is killing me slowly. My hands are itching to swipe a credit card on something FUN (ie. makeup and clothes)!

Things I’ve Been Loving:


Have any of you watched Black Mirror on Netflix? When Season 3 came out last year (two years ago?), I binged-watched it in three days and then fell into a state of depression afterwards, because it’s so dark and I watched too much all at once. Season 4 came out a few weeks ago, and I was smarter about it this time because I paced myself. Black Mirror is basically a social commentary/satire on how technology can do amazing things for society, but how there is a dark side to it. We already see this today in a less extreme way; eg. social media as a form of keeping in touch of people, but also used to compare how much more glamorous other people’s lives are. Each episode is standalone, and some of the technologies they talk about already exist or are related to things that exist (virtual reality, social media, online dating), while others may be possible in the not-so-distant future (alternate realities). Although most episodes end quite dark and disturbing, a few have happy endings. It’s an outstanding show and I highly recommend it!


I have been really into drinking tea as of late. My favourites have been David’s Tea Just Peachy herbal tea and the Green Passionfruit green tea. They’re good warm, but I can’t wait to try them iced in the summer!

In other food news, we recently discovered these Coconut Clusters from Costco and they are SO delicious! It contains coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and is the perfect millennial snack because it’s gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, etc, etc.  Those that don’t like the taste of coconut, stay away – this is super coconutty!



I am not at all a gamer, but I just finished playing a video game called Little Nightmares. Back in the summer, I randomly stumbled across someone playing it on YouTube and felt I needed to play it myself. Despite the name, it’s not a horror game, but it’s cute and creepy at the same time. You play a tiny girl in a yellow raincoat and navigate your way through a ship while encountering ugly monster things. I absolutely loved the artwork, which drew me into the game in the first place). I’ve been doing a lot of research on the backstory since finishing the game since no context is given in the game, and it’s all so fascinating.


On My Wish List:

Stila has come out with some new Shimmer & Glow highlighters, and I need them all in my life! Okay, maybe not all, but I am definitely going to get Cloud, a mauvey-purple with gold shimmer.


I often leave my engagement/wedding ring on my bedside table, and my husband gets annoyed because they might fall off the table and get vacuumed up or something. I would say that’s a legitimate concern, so I’ve been looking for a cute ring holder. I’ve found these dishes from Marbella Dish and think they’re so gorgeous. Even better, they are made locally, although I still had to pay $10 shipping for them. They have ~20 different colours and I spent two hours on the website deciding which one I wanted. Can’t I just get one in every colour?!


Since I’m doing a vanity makeover, I’ve been doing a lot of research on makeup storage. Maybe everyone already knows about these except for me, but I recently discovered Vanity Collections and they have THE most amazing acrylic makeup storage ever. It’s an Australian company, so the exchange rate would pretty much be on par with Canadian dollars, but I assume that the customs charge would be ugly. Plus, the dividers are designed mainly to fit the Ikea Alex drawers, which I refuse to get (only because everyone has them). Ah well, it’s nice to look anyways. Note: the photos from above are NOT my collection, they’re photos from the website that show how you can use the dividers!

Even though everyone says that these palettes are as boring as you can get and I agree with that sentiment, I find myself extremely attracted to the Too Faced White Peach palette, as well as the ABH Soft Glam. WHY?!



The other day, I started using the Snow Sugar scent from the Delectable hand cream set that was released during the holidays, and the smell brings me straight back to childhood. It reminds me of these bath oil beads that I was obsessed with collecting as a kid and kept making my mom buy. I haven’t thought of these things in YEARS. Does anyone else remember these?? I did some research to find the photos and it seems like they only sell them on Chinese websites like Aliexpress now – no thank you.

That’s it for this week’s Feel-Good Friday! What have you been loving lately? Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Credit for Featured Image: Ivory Mix

2018 Beauty Goals

Before we begin talking about my beauty goals for the new year, I would like to mention a project unrelated to beauty that I am embarking on in 2018 and will (hopefully) be a huge part of my year. I’ve decided to start a side business doing calligraphy & watercolour art, mostly for weddings. It took a lot of internal debating to decide if I wanted to incorporate my business into my blog and blog Instagram, but I ultimately thought it was best to keep the two apart in- people who are interested in my calligraphy may not be interested in beauty, and vice versa. However, it was important to me that my business to be somehow tied to my blog without mixing the two, so I decided to name it Inspired Creations YYC (because Inspired Creations was already taken on Instagram LOL).

I’m not sure if this will even go anywhere, but I’m not quitting my day job to do it – so worst case scenario is that I get no clients and my life goes on as usual, haha! I started a separate Instagram account to showcase my work; if you’re interested in seeing pretty (hopefully) calligraphy or would just like to support me, please follow my account here! No pressure! 😅 I have nothing posted on it right now but hopefully I will get it up and running properly soon.

ANYWAYS, after that long ramble, let’s go back onto the main point of today’s blog. Call me jaded, but I absolutely do not believe in the whole “new year, new me” thing – someone please prove me wrong by telling me that they became a better person because of a new year’s resolution they have made! With that being said, I’ve found that making beauty-related goals at the beginning of the year has really helped keep me accountable for my makeup spending and usage. Hence, today’s blog post is all about my 2018 beauty resolutions.

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Testing Dupes – ABH Brow Wiz vs NYX Micro Brow Pencil

At the beginning of November, I realized I was at the very end of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I had only owned the Brow Wiz for 6 months and was using another brow product simultaneously, so I was shocked that I had finished it up so quickly. I absolutely love the Brow Wiz – it’s the easiest brow product I’ve used thus far. However, I think it’s quite expensive for how long it lasted me, and I felt like I could find something just as good at the drugstore.

While doing some research online, I found that the NYX Micro Brow pencil is a widely-known good drugstore dupe for the Brow Wiz, so I decided to give it a try. I purchased the ABH Brow Wiz from Sephora, and the NYX Micro Brow from Shoppers Drug Mart, but you can also find it the Micro Brow at standalone NYX stores.

I have to apologize in advance – in my photos you’ll barely be able to see the actual brow product of the ABH Brow Wiz, because there was only a little nub left before I realized I couldn’t twist it up any longer. If I had known I was nearing the end of the pencil, I would have saved more of the product for photos so you can more easily compare the look of the pencils.

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