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Pan It! - 2024 Challenge

Welcome to Year 7 of our Pan It! Challenge ElleElleG_0-1704168084184.gif




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:

Pan It! - 2023 Challenge

Pan It! - 2022 Challenge


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Impressive goals @itsfi You can do it!

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Thank you so much @AznAngelLiz! The support and encouragement is so appreciated. Do you think you'll have a few product for panning this year?


btw, your new user profile photo looks great - reds look absolutely amazing on you❣️

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@itsfi -- thanks for tagging me, and for setting up such easy-to-read goals here!

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Happy New Year @heavyhedon! How have you been?


There have been a few years where I've blanked on what my goal is/was for a particular product and would have to go back through pages and pages of posts to find my original one. I came up with the chart after doing that far too many times than I wanted to. 🤣 Hmm... now that I said that, wondering if I should also make a quick & simple  notation on my washi tape for each of the products, so I can see it right there. 🤔


Do you think you'll do a pan it! challenge this year?

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@itsfi --


I've been okay, just couldn't get my computer to stay signed in to our community long enough to post.


I'm def doing a pan or two this year! Your idea about notation is a great one.

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@heavyhedon, I'm sorry to hear that your computer was acting up. Was it not keeping you logged in? Or was the screen blinking / flashing very quickly but never staying on a page? Or something else?


Yaaaay! I'm so happy you will be doing a pan or two this year. Excited to see what you have in your lineup. I love your seasonal pans too; reminds me to look at my stash for and use the things that work better on a periodic or seasonal basis.


Just added one of two notations to my washi tape on my pan items - "100" for things I'm aiming to completely use up and "WIP" (work in progress) for things I want to make progress on. 

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@itsfi You’re so organized. I need to stop being lazy and keep track of my progress every month. 👏

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Oh my goodness, how are you even remotely lazy miss @blackkitty2014?!!! Have you seen the work you did last year with the items in your pan it! challenge?! I love ❤️ and am always so inspired by how you use your luxe beauty products, especially the makeup and the fragrances. Checking back in monthly has been helpful for keeping me focused on my pan items and keeps me accountable - some monthly posts are flowing with exciting news of progress and others are a reminder that I need to give some attention to products I've been neglecting (or to think about whether they are worth keeping). 

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I love how organized you are in your approach to your project pan. Your right, you got this! @itsfi 

I'm very inspired by your approach and dedication to using and finishing items in your stash. Your inspiring me to take a look at what I have and set some real goals. 😊

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@CynthieLu, thank you. This will be my 5th year of the pan it! challenge so I've gotten a generally good idea of what are realistic goals for me and the products I include in the challenge. There are always products where I don't end up meeting my goals but going through the challenge does provide a lot of insight into how long it takes to use things up and how I use products, as well as other lessons learned. 


We all set up our pan it! challenge differently, which is fantastic! It's fun to see everyone's approaches and what they choose to include in their challenge. I can be organized, but some of the beauties here have a well defined and refined organization system that is remarkable. I have 10 products to track; that's doable for me - something I learned after a few years of going through this challenge. Some of the folks here track uses and rotate products through seasonally, monthly, etc. That's some organizational skillset. 👍 I don't always remember how many times I dip my eyeshadow brush into one shade versus another when I'm mixing colors, so to track the number of times you've used a product when you have multiple products in use is impressive to me.


Our fabulous @ElleElleG does a great job in the original post of laying out tips and tricks for panning in general as well as how to get started with this challenge. It's a great time to look through your current collection to see what beauties you want to work through in this challenge. Jump on in when you are ready, be it this month, or the next, or 6 months down the line, etc. 

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@itsfi Wooo! I can't wait to keep watching Biba and the WA. 

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Awww thank you @Samtian💛 I'll post photos when I do the January update to show where we started with both of those products at the start of this year's panning and where we are at the end of this month. Those two unpanned Biba shadows are going to be challenging; I'm going to use the capsule makeup challenge to find a pairing or combination of shadows for each of those shade that works so that I can be more motivated to use them (and therefore have a better chance of hitting pan on both). This will be the last panning year for Biba so I really want to try to see pan on those two shadows. 🤞 

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So excited to get started on this year! Wow year 7 😮. I'm changing things up a bit this year. I really want to focus on my stash and reviewing things so with that in mind here is my project!  Pan It's and Use It's. 


Pan It's- Keep focusing on using my items and reviewing them, if they are on Sephora. Sephoria hit my stash hard so it's going to be a long year, but I feel hopeful. 

  • Hair- 54 total, target of 14.
  • Cleansers/Toners/Exfoliators- 45 total, target of 15.
  • Eyes/Serums/Essence- 34 total, target of 14.
  • Moisturizers/Oils- 88 total, target of 8.
  • Masks (not including sheets)- 43 total, target of 13.
  • Urban Decay Vice. 19 total left, target of 2.  I want to work on Discrete and Robbery. It took about 2 years to finish Bones, so I at least want to see pan in these. These will join CT Mesmerize as my work shadows. 
  • Lip Products- I have no idea the count because they are scattered. So lip balms, masks, scrubs etc. Target 14.

Use It's- My focus is to just use them and decide if I like them or not. I have some perfumes, and I did a random generator to decide which ones to focus on. Each month I'll focus on one travel size, and one mini, not to mention my samplers, for my work perfumes. Some of these have been projects for years so I am only sticking with current untested numbers.

  • Travel Perfume- 50 total, target 13 ( I started in December.)
  • Mini Perfume- 38 total, target 13.
  • Blush- 40 total, target 40
  • Bronzer- 3ish total- target 3.
  • Liquid Lipstick- 56 Total, target 36
  • Lipstick- 112 total, target 32
  • Eyeshadow Palettes- 36 total, target 20
  • Highlighters- 115 total, target 115.
  • Eyeliner- 45 total, target 45
  • Lip Liner- 37 total, target 37.
  • Mascara- 18 total, target 18.
  • Face Products- 14 total, target 14. 

If my horrible math is correct I have 327 pan its with a total target of 80. 516 use it's with a target of 386. I will be doing monthly total updates. Along with photo updates of Urban Decay and CT, 4 times a year. I took pictures of the Use It's minus the perfume, but I won't flood the post with those. I didn't take photos of the Pan It's because I did that last year and didn't see much progress with so many pictures lol. 


Here are this years starting images of UD Robbery, Discrete, and the CT.

End of Bones.jpgStart of Robbery 23.jpgCT Dec 23.jpg

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Excited to see your updates on this @Samtian !!

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@Samtian I’d say this is an ambitious project, but if anyone can do it, it’s definitely you! I like the “use it” category. I’m thinking of that as the equivalent of trying on clothes in my closet to decide what i want to keep or donate. Are you looking to use them to remind you of what’s in your collection, or is to help decide about potential declutters?

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@cianni Thank you, and it's definitely both! I forget what I have 😬 and I want to stop buy buy  buy and just hoarding them without ever touching. 

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Good luck @Samtian!

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@faeriegirl Thank you!!

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Oooh wow, @Samtian , what impressive goals!! But look at the progress already on that palette!! You got this!! 

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@haleyvvvv Thank you! I am pretty happy with that progress on it! . 

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@Samtian Those are some amazing goals!  I like your organization system, sounds like you're ready for a busy year!

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