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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:

Re: Pan It! - 2023 Challenge

@heavyhedon Ohhhh great selection of items this month.  I think I may have one of the IT Cosmetics Powders somewhere too.  Love the theme!!

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@heavyhedon  you've picked a great range of products to work on! I love your idea to have an overall theme for the year and adapt the specific items with what fits best for each month (like focusing on makeup that's practical and inspiring this month, that's awesome!). I think that's such a cool spin on the pan it challenge. It seems like you are making steady progress with your goals so far. Thanks for keeping us all updated!

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Thank you @caitbird , I'm glad it's sounds good. I'm digging it so far, and I thought through several ideas before settling on this particular setup.  

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@heavyhedon love your lineup! i have one of those DS It Cosmetics powders too.. let me know how you like it! the color was a little intimidating for me, so i never ended up reaching for it!

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@cianni -- will do. Haven't decided how I feel it it so far.

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Ohhh, your project pan playlist is awesome @heavyhedon! Love your photos too! I'm excited to see your progress through the year! 😍

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@itsfi -- TY! Likewise. 

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@heavyhedon Fantastic theme! Great items, can't wait to hear about your progress!

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Thanks @Samtian , you know I love my themes.

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@heavyhedon Oh I do!

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@heavyhedon  Wonderful line up.  I love the iT Cosmetics powder!  Looking forward to seeing what you create.  And let us know about your song writing.  🌹🌹

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@Cissy63 Thanks, good to know someone here is fond of the powder as well. 

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Great work on your panning! @heavyhedon 🥳

Good luck on your song writing and panning for Febuary 🩵🩷 I love that your choosing items that will help inspire you, that is beautiful!

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@CynthieLu -- TY! Every musician needs a muse, but in February in Buffalo, I kinda have to be my own most of the time.

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January Update!


This month definitely flew by, but I've made some big moves in my pan project! I'll update this post with actual photos later, but here is my running total of what's been happening in my project!


Total items finished this month: 10

  • 1 makeup product
  • 1 haircare product
  • 1 fragrance
  • 6 skincare products
  • 1 bodycare product


Items from my actual project: finished up the SDJ BBC and Nirvana Amethyst. Swapped these out for the Vaseline Clinical Care Cracked Heal Repair (still in progress) and the KVD Saint travel sized perfume. I still have a body spray to work though, and Saint is a spring/summer scent, so I'm not anticipating any progress on that for a few more months.


Notable products I've been working through:

  • Ariana Grande Cloud Body Mist - i spray this on myself before I head to the gym, so this pan project is also serving as a barometer for how often I'm sticking to my fitness plan!
  • Nars crayon in Do Me Baby - this is gotta be approaching the end. it's gotten SO tiny!
  • Fenty Gloss Bomb
  • Bite Agave Lip Balm - i'm using this at night as part of my night skincare routine to get through this. shame it was discotineud because it's actaually so nice!
  • Loreal Infallible Powder Foundation - hit pan and watching it grow!
  • Huda Nude Obsessions Light - hit pan on one shade! i can see some dents in other shades, and i tried to start using some of the shades I havent gotten a ton of use out of
  • Nars mini Orgasm powder blush - hard to tell but there is a more prominent dent in the middle now. i hope to hit pan soonish!


January product fails

  • I realized i dont like the BH cosmetics face palette. i used it maybe twice to see if i enjoyed it, and i dont. instead of forcing myself to use a product i really dont like, ive passed it along to a younger family member who may get better use out of it. i haven't replaced it in my pan project because i have a lot of other products i'm working through
  • ABH foundation and contour sticks - havent had a chance to use these, but keeping them around because i think i might
  • Nars Ignited - my autocorrect initally had this as Nars Ignored, and that would be an accurate description! i've focused on the Huda, and this hasnt gotten any love in Jan
  • PMG Mini MatteTrance in Obsessed - it's a little bright for the winter, but i think i'll be using this more when the weather warms up, so i don't anticipate too much progress on it till March or April
  • Rimmel Kohl eyeliner - i need to find a creative way to incorporate a black pencil liner into a more wearable/everyday routine


All in all, i'm happy with my progress! I knew i wouldnt be able to use all the products this month, so i think this is great! i'll take some pictures later to track the progress of the items i think i've seen progress on! if it's not in the photos, i havent used it enough at this point to have any progress to show, but i hopefully will soon! 


Re: Pan It! - 2023 Challenge

Nice re-cap @cianni !  That Huda palette looks like a great one to focus on.  Congrats on Pan!

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Some photos with progress! I also added in the KVD saint that I’ll be adding into the challenge, now that my nirvana amethyst is done! It smells good still but as you can see, the color is getting a little off and that’s my sign it needs to be finished this year!




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Wow @cianni! Fabulous progress, you're doing great! 😍

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@itsfi thank you! i was a little sad at first seeing that baby pan, but now i want to hit pan on a shimmer 😍

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@cianni ooh wow great work! Love seeing those pans!

Re: Pan It! - 2023 Challenge

@Samtian thank you! complexion products always feel like a win with those big pan sizes!

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