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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:

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@itsfi thank you 🙌 I'm thinking 3 years...

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QUARTER 1 UPDATE: I’ve made decent progress on my frankenlotion. I started off January with it completely full to the top, got it down to just above the top of the logo before topping it off with my remaining BBW Waikiki Coconut lotion in early February, and now I’ve emptied it down even farther than the first round! I had quite a few days in the first quarter where I was sick and/or not home, so my usage was probably lower than average. I’m hoping to be more consistent and have greater progress in Quarter 2.

I also have used a good chunk of my samples stash, excluding fragrances. At heart I’m quite a simple minimalist for my skincare and haircare routines, so I’m prioritizing using up duplicate or excess products as I’m running out of samples. It will be slow but steady for all the full-sized products, especially new ones.

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Well. I did the thing again lol. I topped off my frankenlotion with the last bits I could squeeze out of some almost-empty travel-sized BBW products so that I can put the empty packaging in my Beautycycle box. I swear I’ll be able to cross off at least 10 different body care products off my inventory list by the time I actually empty this whole 12 oz bottle! It’s not quite full to the top this time. I also peeled off the label for ~*aesthetic*~ reasons.


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@KeriCherryDee That is some great progress!!

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@KeriCherryDee Great progress! Great idea on using up duplicates. I like the idea of having just what you need!

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Excellent job!! @KeriCherryDee 

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That’s great progress @KeriCherryDee! 👍🏼  Full size bath and body care products take the longest time for me to go through because I’m usually rotating through a few different ones.

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I’m here for my March update.   I’m still using the Foundcealer from tarte.  Still liking it.  Still using the tarte Sunset Blur setting powder and I find that it is very light and wears well.  The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Duo is still a favorite bronzer and highlighter.  The tarte Amazonian Clay blush is being used but you can’t tell. I can see that it may be a Project Pan item for awhile if I still want to continue it.  But anyway I’m finding that I don’t use the lippies, at all.  
But I’m going to wait one more month before deciding to destash them.  And the Born to Run palette is still a favorite, but I’m jumping around with it and using other colors. But I love it. 


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@Cissy63 Great work! And smart plan with the lippies. I like the idea of a bronzer/highlighter combo. 

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@Cissy63 Great progress. I like your approach with lippies.

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Good job!! @Cissy63 

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I love that CT duo @Cissy63! 😍 There IS a bottom to the Tarte blush! 😂 There were  times when I questioned that but there’s a bottom and you will hit pan! 

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Aww thank you for your encouragement @itsfi 🌸🌸

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MARCH update


I have only about 1/4 left of the skin tint, but I'm done with it, I don't specifically care for the formula or shade.


The urban decay lippie is done, I'm scrapping the sides now, but I did love the color!! 



I'm going to be switching to these two foundations and Natasha Denona lippie 


My goal for the foundation is to use them a few times to see if I like them or hate them. 





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@lmaster Woo great job!! I can't wait to hear what you think of the Milk stick, seems interesting to me. 

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@Samtian thank you darlin! So far I like it, but...I'm noticing how extremely oily I look at the end of the day, so I'll have to play around with my matte oil primer and see if that helps at all

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@lmaster Nice progress and great goals. I will have to try the foundation approach. I have a few I have not used in a while.

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@Mellmars1185 thank you 🥰 I have drastically pumped the breaks on buying liquid foundation, just to have it sit in a drawer 🤦

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@lmaster, nice work. It’s such a good idea to use what we have to see whether or not it’s worth keeping. I’ve been doing that more with new products I pick up but there’s a backlog that I really need to do the same for. Though o wonder whether I’ll discover or rediscover a product I love only to find out I waited too long to use it and it’s been discontinued?? Better to pull out some of my “older” foundations…

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@itsfi oh the older foundation list is LONG!! I did use the milk foundation stick yesterday and liked it

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I’m feeling a little better that we’re in the same boat with a long list of foundations,  @lmaster🛶 😂 I’ll work to chip away at what I have (or destash something sooner rather than later if I find I just don’t like it). I don’t think this will keep me from picking up new foundation 😬 but it’ll slow me down … a little. Ha!

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