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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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Thanks so much @caitbird! I started panning on BIC (and the first time ever) in 2020. This is my 4th year. 2020 & 2021 saw a lot of progress on Biba, in large part because of the Covid lockdown - I did eye makeup everyday with Biba in 2020, it kept me focus on something else. I did my eye makeup with Biba with less consistency as the years have gone by, but have still included it in my project pan. It’s an eye opener 😉 how long it takes to work your way through a pan of shadow, let alone made headway on a palette. 

I only used Biba in 2020 and mostly Biba in 2021 (maybe 90 - 95% of my eye looks) - what can I say? I’m a creature of habit 😆 I feel like most folks here rotate through different palettes and shades more often, so it takes longer to hit pan on any one shadow. 


@Samtian rotates through different eye shadow palettes and has hit pan on at least 1 shadow in a GXVE quad, more than one overall, I think. 

Definitely give the DIY tinted lip balm a try. It’s a great (and functional) way to use up product(s). 👍🏼 

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@itsfi @caitbird I do! I rotate until I've used every shade I own, with exception to a few colors. I work in hot factory though so I mostly have neutral light colors I use on those days and I've hit pan in the GXVE quad and an Urban Decay palette. 

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@itsfi @Samtian  wow, that kind of focus takes dedication! Now I don't feel so bad that I've never hit pan on an eyeshadow (actually that's not true, I think I did just barely hit pan on one of my Colourpop super shock shadows that I've used a fair amount, but never on a palette shade), I definitely haven't been putting in that kind of concentrated long-term use of the same palette or shades.

I do want to try to be more strategic with using more of my eyeshadow palettes and shades going forward. I feel like considering how many palettes I have (and I just bought a bunch more oops 🙈), I really don't use, or haven't yet used, most of the shades. Part of it is that I don't wear makeup every day, more like 3 or so times a week. I set as one of my project pan goals this year to use every shade in a 30-shade palette at least once, and so far I have managed...not quite half 😓. I want to try and do better with this (making better use of my stash and challenging myself to come up with different looks) next year!

You are both an inspiration to me for sure!

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@caitbird It's tough I understand! I've been working on this project for a...few years now...hard to complete it when I, like you, accidently keep ending up with more! I also only use a few, not the work ones, or none a week and it can get disheartening. But I believe some us is better than none! Congrats on the pan! It can be hard when you set it as your goal, because you want to use them all, yet you want to check each shade and give it the attention it deserves 🤣. We are always happy to help and encourage your goals!

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Awwww, that's really kind of you so say @caitbird; thank you. If we're talking about inspiration, have you seen your posts? You have put together so many amazing looks of the day!!! 


"(and I just bought a bunch more oops 🙈)" ~ that's like a recurring theme on BIC. 😂 I feel like I've definitely become a more strategic and savvy shopper since being on BIC, and particularly since taking part in project pan, whether having my own pan project to work through or watching other people's progress and how they approach it. Some of it, too, is about figuring out what's a good cadence for you when it comes to using a product. The vast majority of my eyeshadows are nude and brown shades so when it came time to pick a what to pan, it was "oh, which one will give me the most options (of nudes and browns, that is 🤣)?" or "what haven't I used that I can start fresh with for a panning project." It's about finding what works for you and what your goals may be. I'm pretty sure I'll probably never try to pan a blush again - oh, that was so painful. 🙄 


Excited to see what panning goals you'll work towards next year! You too @Samtian


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@itsfi Oh you know I'm already set and ready to go haha. I always start mine around Novemeber/December anyway. Sorry Geroge is blocking the computer screen so I can't go back and fix bad spelling

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@itsfi  aw, thank you 😊🥰 I am still trying to focus on doing better with chipping away at more of my 2023 project pan goals for the remainder of the year, but I've already drafted a (possibly too ambitious lol) list of possible goals for 2024, and I'm excited to get started on them!

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@itsfi Ahhhh the Biba progress!  I just love seeing this.  I wish I didn't have so many lip balms to use up... I might have a few shadows that would make gorgeous balms... One day... one day!

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@missjeanie, I now set aside many (not all) clear lip balms from gwp’s or gratis packages for use as part of any DIY eyeshadow turned tinted lip balm projects. Red eyeshadow and I do not get along but they make beautiful lip balms; same with some pinks. Powder blush also works well for making your own tinted lip balms. 

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@itsfi  Wow! Great job! Love that the Ouai scalp serum made it to your October favs! I love you transformed an eyeshadow to a tinted balm! Was that difficult to do? 

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@ather, the Ouai has really been good for me - I noticed how good when I finished the bottle and wasn't using it anymore. Project pan has shown me a couple alternative uses for eyeshadow - nail polish, which I made last year out of a couple of shadows here and lip balm, which I made last year and again this year.


Not hard at all, but it can be a bit messy, or that could have just been me. Oops. All you need is (1) the eyeshadow, (2) a toothpick or something to break up the eyeshadow into a loose powder, and then to mix together the balm and powdered eyeshadow, and (3) a jar (or if the balm you're using is already in a pot or jar, then there you have it! Oh, and in this instance, I also used parchment paper. I used the toothpick to remove the eyeshadow pan from the palette and then placed that on the parchment paper to catch any eyeshadow that fell out of the pan when I was breaking it up into a loose powder with the toothpick. I also used the parchment paper to disburse some of the powder into the jar of lip balm. I made 3 pots (various sizes) of tinted lip balm with one full pan of eyeshadow - I used the Milk Lip Sleeping Mask, a mini sample Too Faced lip balm and an empty Sephora Collection travel container (which I filled with a random lip balm and the eyeshadow).


tinted lip 1.jpg

lip tint 2.jpg


You can apply directly to the lips with your fingers or with a lip brush. 


I'm pretty sure @ather that at least one of the eyeshadows in that Biba palette that has not seen pan will be converted into a lip balm. I'll try to remember to document the process with pics when I do that and post it with a pan update.


PS - powder eyeshadow also makes for a great ingredient in tinted lip balms. That was an @heartsmyface tip. 😊 

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@itsfi  Thanks for the recipe! I need to try this! So cool!! I love how it looked! 

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Is this a palette you would purchase again @itsfi or once it's gone it's gone?

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@lmaster, I don’t think I should be picking up any more palettes. 🤣 I like a lot of the shades here, but there are a handful that are just okay. If Natasha Denona didn’t have her Glam or Nude palette, I’d repurchase Biba but she has since come out with palettes that lean more neutral and those are better suited for me. But again, I have no business picking up more eyeshadow palettes 😝 I say that knowing that I have a couple palettes en route and one exception to that rule in January. Oh goodness. 

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@itsfi Whooo great progress!!

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Thank you @Samtian, I don’t think there will be any new pan or full pan for the rest of the year, so my aim will be to just keep chipping away at things. Progress will be the goal for the next two months. 

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Hello friends, I hope you are all well! It has been far too long since I posted an update for this challenge! I kind of stopped working on my pan it goals for a while over the summer, unfortunately. I was struggling with my depression for some time and wasn't able to keep up with my skincare routine, doing my makeup, and so on like I wanted. I am doing better lately, thankfully, so I am trying to get back on track with making progress on my goals!


All my panned items so far since last update (in...March? Oof): 


(Using spoilers bc this is gonna be a long post)


1. Selfless by Hyram Centella & Green Tea Daily Gel Cleanser 
-goal: finish
-starting status: nearly full
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: finally finished! I'm so happy to have finished this one - it's a perfectly fine cleanser and there is nothing wrong with it, but by the time I was done with it I was a bit sick of it lol.

Will be replacing with: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser

1b. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser
-goal: finish
-starting status: full
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: just started, have been using at least once most days

2. Laneige Cream Skin Refiner/ Toner
-goal: finish
-starting status: about half full
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: about 1/4 to 1/3 full now

3. COSRX Hydrium Watery Toner
-goal: finish
-starting status: about half full
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: about 1/3 full now

20230910_161748.jpg4. Glow Recipe Fruit Babies Bestsellers Kit

-goal: finish all; decide which to repurchase the full size of
-starting status: nearly full (just started using)
-timeframe for goal: 6 months
-progress: finished! Decided I definitely want to repurchase the toner & both serums, and have already repurchased the toner & Niacinamide serum. Will wait to repurchase the salicylic serum until I use up some more other products.


Will be replacing with: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer
4b. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer
-goal: finish
-starting status: about half full?
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: finished!


Will be replacing with: the Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
4c. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
-goal: finish
-starting status: mostly full
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: have been using a few drops mixed with moisturizer (my favorite way to use a facial oil) most nights. Next I plan to try mixing a few drops with body lotion and hand cream.


5. Bubble Skincare Come Clean Clay Mask
-goal: finish (aiming for weekly use)
-starting status: about 3/4 full?
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: I am almost done with this one. I think I can get 1 or 2 more uses out of it.


Will be replacing with Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. 

Body & Hair Care:

1. The Body Shop Strawberry Body Yogurt
-goal: finish
-starting status: about 1/2 full
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: finished! (Sooo glad to be done with this one lol)
20230910_163516-02.jpegWill be replacing with: TPH by Taraji Ride or Die Detangling Spray

1b. TPH by Taraji Ride or Die Detangling Spray
-goal: finish
-timeframe for goal: 9 months
-progress: finished!


Will be replacing with: Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask with Avocado
1c. Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask with Avocado
-goal: finish
-starting status: about 3/4 full?
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: about 1/2 full now; trying to use every time I wash my hair when I can.



1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Face Palette (Butterfly)
-goal: use at least once a week
-starting status: only used a few times
-timeframe for goal: 12 months, then reevaluate
-progress: used regularly - have been using whenever I have time when I do my makeup. Happy with how much I've been using & experimenting with this one. I've even made a little  bit of a dent in one of the highlights!


2. Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
-goal: use & experiment with more; decide whether I like it or not
-starting status: only used a few times
-timeframe for goal: 6 months, then reevaluate
-progress: used regularly; I have incorporated this into my regular makeup routine. I wasn't sure about it at first, but I have come to appreciate it now that I have more practice applying it without making me look too matte or cakey. I think I have pretty much met my goal with this one.
Will be replacing with: e.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter (1 Fair)
2b. e.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter (1 Fair)
-goal: try, use, & experiment with; decide whether I like it or not
-starting status: new (haven't used yet)
-timeframe for goal: 6 months, then reevaluate
-progress: used a couple of times - still unsure what I think of it. I think it may be a bit too orangey for me, but I will withhold my verdict until I've used it a bit more.


3. Glossier Stretch Concealer (G12)
-goal: hit pan
-starting status: at least 3/4 full
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: finished!


Will be replacing with a second one of this item (same goal). I now have and prefer the newer Glossier Stretch Balm Concealer in Very Light 2, which is a better color match for me, but I don't want to waste the older one.

4. Juvia's Place Wahala II Eyeshadow Palette
-goal: use every shade (30) at least once (aiming for ~2 looks per month)
-starting status: new (haven't used yet)
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: used 12 shades so far (I think I might have actually used a couple more, but I forgot to note them down). I am behind where I hoped to be with this goal at this point in the year, so will need to step up my progress for the next few months!


Here are a couple of recent looks I did using this palette:


5. Flower Beauty Blush Bomb Color Drops (Bubbly)
-goal: finish
-starting status: hard to tell, maybe 3/4 full?
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress: used regularly, although I have been using it less recently; I think it is closer to 1/3 full now?


6. Red lippies: Burt's Bees Satin Lipstick (Scarlet Soaked), Stila Beauty Boss Lip Gloss (In the Red), KVD Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Santa Sangre), Glossier Ultralip (Fete), mini GXVE Lightweight Longwear Liquid Matte Lipstick (I'm Still Here), mini GXVE High-Performance Satin Lipstick (Anaheim Shine), mini Stila Stay All Day Longwear Liquid Lipstick (Beso), Glossier G Suit (Jet) [added]
-goal: use & experiment with more (aiming for ~weekly look)
-starting status: all new (unused) or nearly new
-timeframe for goal: 12 months
-progress/update: added Glossier G Suit (Jet); used mini Stila Stay All Day Longwear Liquid Lipstick (Beso) once, used Glossier G Suit (Jet) once; need to get back to doing red lippies more often!

Here are my recent red lip looks:



1. All of my free samples, discovery set samples & trial/travel sizes
-goal: try all at least twice; decide whether to purchase any in the full size
-starting status: 20 free samples/1 tried x1; 150 discovery set samples/8 tried x2/26 tried x1; 25 travel size/2 tried x2/10 tried x1
-timeframe for goal: 16 months (reevaluate at 6 months & 12 months)
-progress/update: added 12 free samples, tried 1; added 13 discovery set samples, tried 7 (4 for the 2nd time), decided to purchase one FS; added 4 travel size, tried 7 (2 for the 2nd time). Still room for improvement when it comes to remembering to use perfume on my days off, but doing a little better at least.
2. All of my full size EDP
-goal: use each at least once a month
-starting status: 9 full size EDP
-timeframe for goal: 12 months, then reevaluate
-progress: used 3 full size EDP since last update. I really have not done well with this goal so far; hopefully I can do a little better in the remainder of the year!

I also had more general goals to use up & finish as many free samples, mini products and full size products as possible, as well as decide whether to repurchase any. I have been doing okay with this, but would like to make more progress.
Overall, I am pretty happy with my progress since getting back on track with working on this challenge, but I still want to try to do better with my goals!


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@caitbird  I hope you are doing well. I know how hard it can be sometimes to do things. I just want you to know you’re not alone! Great job on your progress I know you can get through everything! 

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@ather  thank you so much for your kind words 💜🥰

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@caitbird I'm sorry to hear about your rough times 😞 but you should still feel proud, you've still made progress!  What is that second red lipstick you used 😍. Love all the looks you created!

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@Samtian  thank you! 😊 The second red lip picture is Glossier G Suit Soft Touch Matte Liquid Lip Crème Jet !

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