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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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@missjeanie  JVN Complete Nourishing Hair Oil Shine Drops 1.7 oz/ 50 mL  replaced the Ouai oil it doesn’t make my hair has weighed down. I have thin hair so if the oil is too heavy it doesn’t work well for me. The Ouai was good but the JVN is way better in my opinion! And K18 Biomimetic Hairscience Mini Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask 0.5 oz/ 15 mL  had replaced the Olaplex. The olaplex you need to apply the 3 and then leave in for 10 minutes and wash and condition as usual and the K18 you wash and jump out and put the leave in conditioner in your hair. I’ve used it 3 times and I feel like it has changed my hair so much. Plus the less time spent waiting for the conditioner to set the better for me. My husband is going away for 6 months so I’ll be single parenting so an easier routine is better for me since I have no family to help when he’s away!! 

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@ather Nice!  I've got the K18 but haven't tried it yet.  I'm hoping to finish off a few shower bottles before I crack into it.  I like the idea of less time wasted and condensed products for sure. 

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Good luck @ather ! I have tried to stop buying so many backups because I find something better and then it’s hard to use it up when I know there is something better.

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@faeriegirl  That was me last year!!! I was buying back ups of back ups and I would find something better but stuck with 3 full size products and not want to use. I also try not to re purchase until I’m basically done and I order and was using foils or DS in the middle. My stash of extras has really thinned out which is amazing. And I did peak at my purchases over 2022 and I was less than half of what I spend in 2021. Although I did make big purchases in 2021 my dyson and my DDG. But still way better. I’m also hoping to really get my routine down. I’ve been all over the place and with my husband gone for 6 months I’ll need to get into a groove. 

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@ather  I also did a lot better with my spending in 2022. I think this year will be even better. I really feel like I have my routine down and I haven’t had the urge to try out a lot of new stuff.

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@faeriegirl  I agree. There’s one new launch I will be making a purchase but I’m not sure if there will be many others that will catch my eye!! 

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Looking forward to panning with everyone that participates!



 After much thought I decided on 10 makeup products with different goals:


1. Fenty Bronzer (carry over 2022 project) finish this up!!

2. Ilia powder (carry over 2021 project) finish this up!!

3. Bobbi Brown corrector (2021 project carry over) 30 usage goal

4. Laura Mercier foundation- finish (about 2/3 to go!)

5. NYX primer- finish

6. Charlotte setting spray - finish

7. Mario highlight - hit pan

8. Tower 28 gloss- finish (about 70% full)

9. Clarins lip oil- finish (about 70% full; line usage is under Claris Paris)

10. Urban decay eyeliner - see what I  can do until I don’t want to work on it anymore 


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@BluePaisley -- great set of products, they're mostly things you really can use daily, that's smart panning. It will be highly satisfying to see pan in that highlighter!

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Oooh, I spy some loves in these beauties @BluePaisley! The Clarins lip oil has a wonderful formula - great for nourishing the lips. Love the CT setting spray - it's sooo good!  Excited to see you pan and grow the impressive panning you've already done! 🙌

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@BluePaisley Great choices! I can't wait to watch your progress. 

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@BluePaisley Ooo great choices! What are your thoughts on the Clarins lip oil? I’ve always wanted to try one but haven’t since I have so many lip products at any given moment 😅

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@Guessgal I love it so much!! I don’t want it to go bad bc it’s a love so that’s why I’m panning it. Will prob use it up quickly now that I’m giving myself free reign! I like it better than Dior lip oil personally! I would def try the Clarins formula!

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@BluePaisley Oh, this is music to my ears! I had a feeling this would be a good one! Adding this to my list for my next sale haul; thanks for your feedback 😘

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Looking forward to your panning achievements this year @BluePaisley good luck!! 😀

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@BluePaisley this is a great project! youve already made so much great progress already!

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Amazing picks, @BluePaisley!! I'm excited to see your progress!! 

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@BluePaisley Nice selection of products!  

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Good luck @BluePaisley

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Off we go! 


 Thinking deeply about what I want to do this year, & not just in panning. Last year's goals were half about finishing a bunch of samples and hitting pan on older makeup, and half about rotating through my stash as much as possible. Those usage based mini-pans were fun, but so much work in prep, choice & storage that my note-taking failed and I sometimes got overwhelmed from using many pieces of makeup.


I want to take the best part of that process, rotating through my stash with a seasonal bent, but remove the sheer volume of items I'm keeping track of-- to simplify, to get to know some newer orless-used makeup better or really enjoy old faves thoroughly without rushing. So my Pan it! 2023 is aiming to be a little different. Of course, I needed a Title, and each month will have it's own little chapter name:


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


Each month, I'll pick one Eye Makeup product, one Cheek product, one Lippy, one Fragrance, that jibe with the monthly vibe to enjoy and build my routine around, plus 1-2 "free" category items. Making a max total of six items per month to get good use of. The eye category might be mascara, shadow single or palette, liner, or brow; the cheek a highlight, blush, palette, contour, or whatever. You get the picture. 


 Some of these might indeed be "gimmes" that have a chance of being finished in a month, some might be on the chopping block, but most will just be good stuff that deserves to be used. I picked monthly rather than quarterly change-ups to honor the mini-shifts in light, temperature and mood that occur, the little seasons-within-a-season.


If a pick of the month does get finished before the next month, I'll roll something else in till the next changeover. Surely as we go I'll find more things that I'd like to move out of my collection, but right now I've decluttered and am feeling happy about my stash generally.


We had mega snow last week in Buffalo as you know, so though it has largely melted away after a week of warmer temps, I'm calling Jan. Hardcore Winter. My starting line-up with swatches:


5 pieces, two of them minis5 pieces, two of them minisEye/ Ardency Inn, Punker eyeshadowEye/ Ardency Inn, Punker eyeshadowCheek/Pixi, GingerBlossom blushCheek/Pixi, GingerBlossom blushLippy/Besame, Portrait Pink lipstickLippy/Besame, Portrait Pink lipstickFragrance/Jo Malone, Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologneFragrance/Jo Malone, Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologneFree item/ ABH Soft Brown brow pencilFree item/ ABH Soft Brown brow pencil
Ardency Inn's iconic Punker Original Smoky Shadow pencil has never been quite what I'd hoped for, partly b/c I couldn't sharpen it after my first use. The company was unhelpful in solving the issue. Finally found a couple options to allow me to sharpen w/care, but as this needs sharpened after each use, it's is definitely on the chopping block. My hope is to be able to just smack it on fast as possible for the base of eye looks & straight up punk makeup. It's already old, even though it's still creamy enough, and this is its very last chance to escape the trash bin.

Pixi by Petra's Fresh Face Blush in GingerBlossom is a newish addition. Got it in an Ipsy bag, thought of it as a summer-into-fall shade but it's a nice deeper nude with a touch of cool in the undertone, that I think could be really perfect with many cold weather looks, too. Time to find out.

Besame's Classic Color Lipstick in Portrait Pink--1963 is a lovely formula. I bought it while on a warm baby pink lippy kick, but this shade functions as a pinky nude for me; I can wear it with no makeup on my face and it makes my skin look good, better even. Started using it yesterday and remember already why I love it so much.

Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, I knew I'd like before I got the sample spray and I do. With 40-ish mini cologne spray samples hanging around in my bathroom, it's time to start using them and this would be wonderful any time of year. 

Last, the free category choice is a mini brow definer, ABH's Soft Brown, that I've used so much-- a gimme, I think.

That's all for now-- look for my monthly updates, and thanks for reading! 

*Edited a few places for clarity on 1/3/2023


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I love your approach for this year's pan it! challenge @heavyhedon - a mix of goodies that are close to being fully panned and others that are just at the start of that journey and at every stage in between. It's fun and works beautifully with your lifestyle and how you use makeup. I love your themes and names too - always so creative! I think it's great how we can use this challenge in different ways, depending on what works for us or what we're looking to do at different times in our lives. 


Your starting lineup is spectacuar!! 😍 What a beautiful collection of products - not just for panning but with those pretties, your monthly look is gorgeous!! 

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@itsfi , thank you and yes, I intend to be stunning as often as possible😊

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