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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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Love the sexy close-up of that lip palette, haha @itsfi -- you are killing it with Monroe, such a beautiful shade. I wish I could get a single of Sculpture, though. I'm psyched for you that the homemade balm is working out so well.

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Hahaha @heavyhedon! This lip palette holds a lot more product than I thought. Monroe has been a good eyeshadow for me - alone or paired with a matte shadow. 👍🏼 Sculpture is really such a beautiful and versatile shade. 😍 I need to use that one in more looks. 

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@itsfi YES!!! You can do it!!!!! 

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Awww, thanks for your encouragement and confidence @Samtian! 😊 Some months see more pan than others. Just have to put my head down and keep chugging away at it. 

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@itsfi Excellent progress! Thie is your year! You can do anything you put your mind to. I still have to get out and grab some special tape. I went to a plaza last weekend with a Michael's and totally forgot about it. I like how the tape reminds you of what products you are trying to pan (and what you have posted in the panning challenge). I personally have so many things on the go. The tape will be a game changer. Keep up the great work!

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@Mellmars1185 I've been keeping an eye out for that tape to 😂. I don't have anywhere locally that carries it, but tomorrow I go to a bigger town. 

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@Samtian, most craft or stationary stores should carry washi tape - Joann’s, Holly Lobby, Michael’s, Ben Franklin crafts, etc. @Mellmars1185 is right, Amazon will have them, usually in sets. Etsy will have some as well. 

Samtian, let me know if you have trouble getting your hands on a pattern you like. 

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@itsfi I made it to Hobby Lobby the other day, found some cute ones with bees and a honeycomb pattern on the other tape!

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Ohhh, those sound cute! 🐝 I’m so glad you found some @Samtian

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@itsfi I am stopping at Hobby Lobby tomorrow. I live in a very rural area, all those kind of stores are about an 30-60 minutes away. 

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@Samtian, keeping my fingers crossed that the Hobby Lobby has a good selection for you to choose from. 🤞🏼 It should have several options available - packs of 2 washi tape all the way to a set with 30 of varying sizes. If you can’t find what you like, let me know, I can go into a couple of stores here and take and send pics of what they have. 

As an aside, another use for washi tape - you can use it to make your own background for photos. 

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@itsfi Thank you so much!

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@Samtian Hmm i wonder if Amazon has it?!?

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@Mellmars1185 Oh most likely!

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Well some of my Pan It products were used more than others.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow was used the most.  The letters on Bronze are gone and the letters on Highlight are nearly gone too!


tarte Sunset Blur setting powder was used less often.  I used another powder in Lunar New Year packaging more!  But I need to give Sunset Blur more love ❤️ 


Milani Keep It Full lip plumper had no love last month 😔. He need to work harder on using this.  Same for the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth color stick .  

tarte Foundcealer received some love as marked on the bottle.  But not as much as it received in January. 

tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in Peaceful received a lot of love , but you can’t tell.  I use only a little bit to get my cheeks blushed.  But none of the lines have worn out.


The Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze lip gloss was used several times, often over another lip product.  But you can’t see the difference. 

Same for Urban Decay Born to Run palette, colors 2 and 3 on top row 



Beginning of March




Beginning of January 




will see what March brings 😃

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@Cissy63 you are doing such an amazing job!

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Thank you very much @lmaster 🌷

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@Cissy63 Nice progress!  keep plugging away at it!

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Thank you very much 🌷 @missjeanie !

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@Cissy63 -- I can see how you are using that Born to Run. Great palette, they should have made it permanent. Love those lippies you're working on. re: blush, I have had three tarte blushes for years and the most used one still has some lines, I swear it's made to last a hundred years. Value for money, right? Wishing you great panning this March.

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@heavyhedon  Thank you 😊. Somehow I’m not surprised about the tarte Amazonian blushes 🤷🏻‍♀️

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