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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 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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@Cissy63, thank you. It really is such a pretty lip color.

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@itsfi Ooh that looks pretty! 

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Thank you @Samtian! I used the mini mint choco Laneige flavor and it smells so good too!

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@itsfi -- that made a lovely lippy. Great color!

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I know, right @heavyhedon! That Tarte blush was a part of my first ever project pan and I just feel like I need to finish it. Repurposing it this way will pretty much guarantee it and make it a joy to use. 

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@itsfi what a great idea @heartsmyface !! paaarty is really that OG - i wish i still had mine!!

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It was a perfect recommendation @cianni! This'll definitely help me work my way through the Tarte blush. Thank you @heartsmyface!

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


Intro to Feb: Classic Cool


In February I spend lots of time songwriting for FAWM (February Album Writing Month) an online challenge to write 14 songs in just 28 days. So I like makeup that comes together fast but also bolsters my inspiration. I’m pretty sure my new lineup fits the bill, with cooler tones perfect for easy smoky eye & nude lip combos. My monthly pan this year consists of one eye, one cheek, one lip product, one fragrance, and possibly 1-2 “free” items from any category.   


Here's the lineup:

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette is a classic. Got it half-price & rarely dig it out, so I aim to use this 3+ times per week and find out which shades I really enjoy.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder, I got in a deluxe sample from Ipsy. It’s new & unopened, so any use will be great. Intending to try it for my main powder all month; I’ve heard/seen great reviews.

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Natasha Denona I Need a Nude in Amorosa is fairly new to me, a great nude that goes with anything on me, I hope. I’m excited to see how it will look with bluer-toned grey shadows.

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Burberry My Burbery Blush (spray sample) is fruity, floral and very pretty. There’s a tad less than 2/3 left, so maybe I can even finish it off!

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2 Free Category items:


Pixi by Petra Lash Booster Mascara in Blackout Blue didn’t impress me when I tried it, through Ipsy. However, it has a decent brush for my preference, so I’m going to use it on my lower lashes mostly, using as much as I can before it dies, which will likely happen soon. It’s a nice deep blue that will accent my dyed brows.

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Bareminerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla is my go-to foundation that I always re-purchase but I’ve had this tube too long; I think the sides want to start cracking and that will ruin it, so time to use it up. There’s maybe a little more than ¼ left, from what I can tell.   


Can almost see into it in the lightCan almost see into it in the light

As always, if anything gets actually finished I'll roll in a new item. That's all, thanks for reading!

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@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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