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Pan It! - 2021 Challenge πŸ†

Welcome to the 2021 Pan It Challenge !!



HUGE round of applause for the 2020 Panners πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ Despite an incredibly hectic year I couldn't be more proud of each and every one of you who spent even a second thinking about your projects.  It was a huge inspiration for me and I'm sure others as well.  Cannot wait to see your new projects and whatever this year has in store for us!


The "Rules"

To accommodate a variety of interests, you all are encouraged to pick items to pan that are most suitable to your collections.  For some, this might mean focusing on a particular type of product (like lipstick) and for others this may include a larger variety spanning your entire makeup or skincare routine.


Getting Started (please share the following)

  • Which item(s) you would like to work on
  • How long you will work on said item
  • Goal: explore a new item, revisit an old item, decide whether to keep pass or trash, and/or completely finish item, etc.
  • Starting photo of item

Please Use This Thread To...

  • share what item(s) you are working on,
  • provide comparative progress photos of your item(s) monthly (at the beginning of the month when possible),
  • ask questions,
  • encourage others,
  • motivate others with the looks you create with your item(s)

Tips and Tricks to Panning/Getting Some Use Out of Your Stash:


  • Take photos!!  When you think you aren’t making a dent in anything look back at those photos, I’m certain you’ll see some changes πŸ˜ƒ
  • If you goal is to hit pan or use something up entirely, try concentrating your brush/applicator in the same area each time you use it
  • Multitask your products: eyeshadows as highlighter, lipstick as blush, eyeshadow as brow powder, etc. 
  • Layer eyeshadow to create different colors (this is especially helpful to get use out of shades you’re not fond of).
  • Have shadows with a ton of fall out?  Use water
  • Watching the progress of others’ can be fun but try not compare your progress to theirs.  We all use our makeup differently and have different goals.
  • Don’t restrict yourself to only using the item(s) you are working on.  It’s more than OK to incorporate other items or take a break!
  • Makeup should be fun….if you begin to dread doing your makeup because you made a commitment to use a product that you now hate, TOSS IT!  Do not force yourself to use up something you don’t like.  Move on to something else!  (This includes excluding particular shades from your goals if focusing on palettes, etc.)

Ideas to Help You Pan Those Items:

  • Roll the dice: number your items and use a random number generator to pick what you will use each (day/week/month/etc.) 
  • Layer/Mask: items you are less fond of under things you like
  • Pan a Look: at the beginning of the week pick a look that you can wear everyday
  • Recreate: a look worn by a fellow BICer, celebrity, etc.
  • Spice up an "everyday" look by adding subtle pops of color (in the crease or on the lower lash line, mix lip products to make shades wearable, etc.)

Past Panning Challenges:


.... and for good measure, 



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Look at all the empties! This is massive. We're going to have a good time panning this year, I can tell.

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Wow!! So many empties, nicely done, @blackkitty2014!! Those PMG lip glosses are lovely!! 

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Thx you @haleyvvvv . I panned so many PMG glosses and balms…still have lots more to do ❀️

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Bittersweet friends. I finished this MJ Mod Noir Dec 2021. 

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Wow @blackkitty2014! You finished a full size fragrance; that;s impressive. That bottle is beautiful! πŸ˜

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Oi, @blackkitty2014 , can't remember the last time I finished even a small cologne, but it must have been at least 30 years ago.

Great work, and it's wonderful to enjoy that special scent that can't be replaced-- so much better than leaving it to fade. 


You have me thinking, maybe I should add in a body spray at least, during one of this year's seasonal pans. I culled my scents and scented lotion stash last month but still, there's more than too much. Kudos!


PS-- adorable tree!

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Niiiiiice @blackkitty2014 ! Is this one you would repurchase?

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This is colab between Sephora and Marc Jacobs. They discontinued this couple years back otherwise I would @ElleElleG πŸ₯²

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Uggggggh I hate when things you like get discontinued 😩. Glad you were able to enjoy it though @blackkitty2014 

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Hi everyone! I'm going to do this for the first time in 2022 and I'm feeling inspired by you all haha. How do you decide what you will pick to pan? Or should I just pick SOMETHING to avoid the analysis paralysis? 

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Everyone has such great tips! Thank you all 😁

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For me, panning was a bit of a curiosity, @ultimatepumpkin. I had accumulated a lot, and while I was good at getting through skincare, I just had no concept of how long it takes to get through products. At the end of 2020, I was going through my collection and trying to figure if I needed to declutter anything. So I picked a number of things I was trying to move out of my collection (either were older or I had used a bit) or things I was curious about how long it takes to use (bronzer, cream blush). I did go full in (3 foundations, 1 bronzer, 1 blush, 1 highlighter, 6 lippies and 2 eyeshadows). So I think that it really depends on what you know about yourself.


It can help to grab all the things you're thinking of panning and take pictures of it, so you can think about it. Use January to work through those items, using all of them, to get a feel if that's what you want to wear for the rest of the year. If not, then a rolling pan or usage numbers based pan might be better. Or maybe these items aren't good for a project pan for you. 


I never felt "obligated" to use the items. But in the first half of the year, I had limited counter space, so I didn't really have anything else out to use. Maybe another blush and a few lippies. I moved and then got a vanity, so I got a little more space and in parallel had good usage and got a few more items I wanted to play around with, so I spent Q3 of the year playing a little more with other blushes and lippies. When I did my check in at the end of Q3, I used that to reassess and start a usage tracker and goal to reach my pan goals. That's something I'm going to continue this year, using a notebook to track. I had settled into using things like my panning blush half the week but making sure that most days I'm using a project on item. 


There's so much great advice in this thread, it's about knowing yourself and thinking through what's best for you!! 

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Welcome @ultimatepumpkin and great question (I think I’ll compile some of the responses here and add them to the OP of the β€˜22 thread to help others). 

My personal panning interests are about panning eyeshadow palettes. Several years ago I fell down a rabbit hole and watched countless end of the year update videos of people doing a Pan That Palette challenge. Seeing their progress over a years time was beyond impressive and I wanted to bring it to the community. Since some prefer to focus on using things beyond eyeshadow I made the thread more general so this thread to coincide with other popular threads from the old board like Empties, Low/No Buy/etc.


My thoughts, some of which will echo points others recommended below:

(1) I recommend starting small, it’s tempting to want to pan everything in sight but regardless of the item(s) you select panning takes time. (2) Choose something you’ve had for a while and something you have already used.  (3) Don’t force yourself into unrealistic timelines (ex selecting a brand new eyeshadow palette and thinking you’ll finish the whole thing in 6 months, even a year is pushing it). Each project is different, plan to reassess your progress and where you would like to be month-by-month. With eyeshadows, for example, think about creating dips or getting a certain number of uses from each shade. (4) It’s okay to change your mind. In my opinion it takes time to determine whether you truly like something or not so don’t discard something because you find yourself frustrated right away. Take breaks, change your technique, explore what drew you to the product initially, and consider using things differently than advertised. If it’s still not working for you after all that then let it go. (5) If you have multiple things you want to work on add them to your project overtime. I typically have a long term Pan that Palette goal that runs the entire year and I’ll throw in a One Month One Palette” here and there to give other palettes use. I ALWAYS pair none project items to my routine to keep things interesting. This includes doing a layer of project shadow and going over it with something else. Additional tips and tricks such as mixing shades, and other ways to use up your items are included in the OP.

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@ElleElleG Great advice! 

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Great advice from those above @ultimatepumpkin I'm an unsuccessful panner... I've tried to do a solid project pan every year for the last 5 or so.  My 'problems' are being too rigid I think.  I tend to pick too many products at once and I choose items that I just want out of my collection.  I have a tendency to feel like I have to use the things I buy... even if they don't work for me, so I put those products in a panning project thinking it'll force me to use them up (panning for me is completely using a product).  I think the solution for me here is to pick products I actually like but that I just don't pick up enough, where I've just kinda floated along to something new.  I also think rolling projects seem to give others a lot more momentum.  If you only pick xyz products you can easily loose steam after a few months.  Take all my advice with a grain of salt though... like I said... I'm not super successful at this lol

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@missjeanie I was unsuccessful when I first tried panning a few years ago for the same reasons. I picked items I knew I didn't love but because I spent money on them, I felt like I needed to use them all up. Wrong! It totally unmotivated me and had the opposite effect. I started buying other products to "replace" the things I didn't love and that's how my collection grew so much in the last few years. I've decluttered almost 50% since the pandemic but now that my collection is smaller, I feel like I should start enjoying (using) what I have. 


I think your idea of a rolling project is great. Start small and add more products when you're in the groove. 

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It's like you're in my head @AznAngelLiz !  Yes, I think growing up I had to use up what I had so I have a 'waste not, want not' mindset with a lot of my make up.  

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@missjeanie --


 That's what we all did when I was younger too. It took me ages to realize I could let it go. I carried one old Avon eyeshadow trio with me from Buffalo to Indianapolis and back again 14 years later. Then gave it away. Craziness! With the things that never worked for us, those kinds of items aren't good to pan anyway, & they make our favorite habit, making up, into a chore. Anything that makes it a chore for me has to go, nowadays. 

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Ughhhhh @heavyhedon I may or may not have my own version of your Avon palette lol

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Yessss, I have this too, @missjeanie @AznAngelLiz but I think trying to pan items really let me give myself permission to declutter items. Like if I'm using something and trying to find ways to work and giving it a good try and it's *still* not working, then I've gotten enough use out of it so I feel like I got some money's worth out of it.

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@missjeanie, this is great advice! You're a panner waiting to hit pan, like so many of us with different products. It'll happen. I think you are absolutely right, no need to self sabotage by choosing products you already want gone from your collection. I don't think you are unsuccessful at all - you've whittled down your sheet mask collection and are continuing to do so. That isn't easy - it sure is super easy to pick up new ones, you know, πŸ€£ but it's a huuuuuge challenge to work through them (it's such a problem having just one face - hahaha!). 


btw, if you wanna just pick 1 or 2 things to work on panning, we'd love to have you join us. But only if you want to join in. Zero pressure. You can go at your own pace. It's good to see ya! 

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