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Pan It! - 2023 Challenge


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




**Join us in the 2024 thread available here: Pan It! - 2024 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 arenโ€™t making a dent in anything look back at those photos, Iโ€™m certain youโ€™ll see some changes ๐Ÿ˜ƒ *this is the number one recommendation for everyone, regardless of how long youโ€™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 youโ€™re not fond of).
  • Have shadows with a ton of fall out?  Use water
  • Watching the progress of othersโ€™ can be fun but try not compare your progress to theirs.  We all use our makeup differently and have different goals.
  • Donโ€™t restrict yourself to only using the item(s) you are working on.  Itโ€™s more than OK to incorporate other items or take a break!
  • Makeup should be funโ€ฆ.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 donโ€™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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@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!๐Ÿ˜€. Good to hear you are on the mend ๐ŸŒน

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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 โ€Œ๐Ÿ˜„โ€Œ๐Ÿฅณ


Make up takes such patience to work through and you have made a ton of progress โ€Œ๐ŸŽ†โ€Œ โ€Œ๐Ÿ’—โ€Œ

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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!  ๐Ÿ˜ณ That pencil eyeliner is a shell of what it was!!! You are owning it! Awesome job all around but especially with that beauty! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ 

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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. ๐Ÿคž
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! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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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@itsfi the WA lip palette would be perfect for post lunch.  Every time I see Biba I think Monroe would be great as a one and done. 

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Oooh, thatโ€™s a brilliant idea @missjeanie! ๐Ÿ˜ I think I will give that a go this month. Maybe add an eyeliner if Iโ€™m feeling fancy or extra โ€ฆ or extra fancy. ๐Ÿคฃ 

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@itsfi I bet it would be beautiful on you!

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@itsfi Man those hold out shades!! Fabulous work!! I love watching your progress so much. 

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I know @Samtian! They just keep hanging on! It's like they're taunting me - "neener, neener, neener!" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚  Challenge accepted, I say!!! ๐Ÿ˜…

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@itsfi that's serious will power!!! I'm so impressed with how many shades you've hit pan on 

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@lmaster, thank you. This is year 4 with this eyeshadow palette. Project Pan with Biba started less about trying to use what I have or test how long it actually takes to use up a producct than it did as way to have a consistent routine during the lockdown. I probably wore makeup more regularly on the daily then than any other time - something about Zoom calls enabled that. ๐Ÿ˜‚ This thread helps to keep me motivated and accountable to sticking with it, and in turn, I buy eyeshadow palettes with a lot less frequency than before. I think my wallet should thank me for it, but I find other things to pick up that makes that "thankfulness" null and void. ๐Ÿ˜…

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