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Pan It! - 2023 Challenge


Hey all you cool cats and kittens, welcome to YEAR 6 of the Pan It Challenge!






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 😃 *this is the number one recommendation for everyone, regardless of how long you’ve been panning! Those photos add up and can help you realize progress you might otherwise overlook.
  • 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:

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Love reading your progress!! @cianni 

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@lmaster thank you! i need to start implementing a "one in, one out" policy, so instead of decluttering (because i'm awful at it!), i just need to start using some things up!

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@cianni  Wow terrific job with your panning 🤩

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@Cissy63 thank you! i recently reorganized my makeup (my previous storage solution had run out of room), and was just shocked at how much I have so seeing any type of progress is a win for me! i normally breeze through skincare, but makeup is difficult!

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@cianni  I totally agree!

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‌‌❄️Getting to Know You‌‌ in Every🥀 Beautiful ‌‌🍃Season‌‌🍁


Hardcore Winter: January Update


My first set of items to use all month was:


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That went well! I made great use of the Ardency Inn Punker pencil eyeshadow and it’s near the end of its life—4/5 more uses, MAX, before it can’t be sharpened again. Had to sharpen for nearly every use to keep it blending nicely. It worked alright as an allover black base but better smudged as a liner underneath powder shadow to bring the smoke without getting lost under the color. I'm sure if I had been able to use it earlier it would have worked better, too.



Pics of then & now: 

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Pixi GingerBlossom Blush went with many moods, adding a touch of spicy warmth that wasn’t orange-y. Very good with the black based eye looks, too. A nice nude for all seasons. It was virtually brand new, so a month of use hasn’t quite worn off all of the brand embossment, but close. I’m putting it away for a few months now.


Besame’s 1963 Portrait Pink Lipstick was a delight to wear when I wasn’t busy coughing with an everlasting cold. It is good laid on thick, blotted, or glossed, but I love it best without gloss, just lightly applied & patted into the lip. It lasts through drinks and fades evenly when it finally fades. I’m going to try it soon with a matching powder on top for an even more velvety lip.


thenthenSome use showing nowSome use showing now


Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne sample has been fun to wear, bringing me a bit of ocean vibe. I had to stop using for a couple weeks when hubs & I both were coughing a lot, but still used a decent amount & surely I can finish the sample later this year. Bear in mind, I can only use a single spritz of cologne per day or I'm prey to rashes.



ABH’s mini brow definer in Soft Brown is almost empty—one more use max, but as I re-dyed my hair and brows to a teal blue-black yesterday, it now gives an odd effect against the dark cool-toned hairs. It worked fine all month long on faded brows, but I’m retiring it till I need a replacement for the makeup bag in my purse or till my brows fade again; it’s just too warm now. It seems I didn't have the original pic of this with the pencil fully extended, but you can see how little is left, at least.


Now, just a nub.Now, just a nub.

See you all tomorrow for February's intro. That's all, thanks for reading!


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@heavyhedon I love when you can see the progress on pencils through the label!  

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@heavyhedon Wow great work!!!

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Fabulous job!!! @heavyhedon 

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@lmaster --thank you, sweets!

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@heavyhedon  Oh my despite feeling sick you made decent dents in your panning!😀. Good to hear you are on the mend 🌹

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@Cissy63 -- TY so much, & yes, I'm feeling almost normal, knock on wood. 

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@heavyhedon great progress! there is something so satisfying about seeing a lipstick that is starting to get some use!

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So true! @cianni , and I want to make sure I use this one to death b/c it's a real treasure.

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@heavyhedon Excellent panning progress!

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Thanks so much @Mellmars1185 !

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@heavyhedon Way to go on your panning! Great work, and the start of the year has you off to an amazing run ‌😄‌🥳


Make up takes such patience to work through and you have made a ton of progress ‌🎆‌ ‌💗

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TY @CynthieLu -- definitely feels like a well-spent month, makeup-wise. Now I have to choose Feb.'s items.

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Whoa @heavyhedon!  😳 That pencil eyeliner is a shell of what it was!!! You are owning it! Awesome job all around but especially with that beauty! 🙌🏼 

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@itsfi -- thanks! I probably could have finished it if I'd worn makeup every single day. 

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January 2023 Update - if January is any indicator, this year is going to go by fast! Here's what January meant for project pan - 
MONTHLY SUMMARY: It was an okay month for panning. The hair products saw consistent use and as a result, some noticeable progress. I'm getting used to wearing eyeshadow everyday again and learning how to best incorporate the Bobbi Brown Jadestone palette consistently into the mix with ND Biba. Will change up how I put some items to use in February to see if I reach for them more frequently. 🤞
JANUARY ALL STAR: goes to JVN Styling Milk. It's one of my favorites this month and I have a feeling I may move quickly through this one. I love how soft and silky smooth this makes my strands. 
We've still got a ways to go but I'm pretty sure Monroe (2nd row, 2nd shade) will be the first to full pan of this group. Wondering if Coco (1st row, 3rd shade) will hit pan first though. Hmmm...We've still got a ways to go but I'm pretty sure Monroe (2nd row, 2nd shade) will be the first to full pan of this group. Wondering if Coco (1st row, 3rd shade) will hit pan first though. Hmmm...
No real noticeable change ... yet! =)No real noticeable change ... yet! 😃
Hair care is starting strong in 2023, with that JVN styling milk being the current favorite of the bunch.Hair care is starting strong in 2023, with that JVN styling milk being the current favorite of the bunch.
This is going to the "slow & steady wins the race" pan item for 2023!This is going to the "slow & steady wins the race" pan item for 2023!
i used this a few times this month. Marks in at 3-3/4 at the end of January. Just have to keep chipping away at it.i used this a few times this month. Marks in at 3-3/4 at the end of January. Just have to keep chipping away at it.
CHANGES AFOOT: Already? It's only been a month! lol 
  • To get more usage out of BB Jadestone and to not lose momentum on ND Biba, my plan for February is to pair a ND shimmer shade with a BB matte or a ND matte with a BB shimmer shadow. I'll aim to reach for these palettes 2-3 days per week in February. 


  • I like both the WA lip palette and the Chanel lip liner but don't always remember to use them. To get in the habit of using them more, I'm moving both to my desk drawer at work and will use them for my lip color after lunch, with the aim of putting them to use about 3 or 4 times per week.


Excited to see everyone's panning efforts for the first month of the year! 

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