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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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Thanks @missjeanie; that's really nice of you to say. That dent seems more "meh" than massive to me, but I concede it could be that I see it everyday and think, "why have you not moved?!" 😅 


That's a great question. Let's go back to the very beginning - here she is, Biba, in all her glory ... 

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Goodness gracious, my Biba palette does not look like this at all anymore. It's so much more ragged looking, as @CookieGirl1 very aptly described some of the eyeshadow pans now. 


When I first started to pan, I figured I'd mostly be using the following shadows:

  • First row: prarie !! (2nd shadow), coco (3rd shadow) & freckle (4th shadow)
  • Second row: none
  • Third row: all but spot (4th shadow)

Hilarious in hindsight that I actually thought prarie would be one of the shades I'd gravitate towards and it's now the last shadow on which I'm trying to hit pan. At the time, I liked looking at sparkly shades, but I didn't like them on me. It was too much for my everyday look. Or, so I thought.


The lockdown and this pan it! challenge really shifted a lot of things for me. From a beauty perspective, it changed the way I went about buying things - slowly, but surely. I mean, it took me 2 years to fully pan that tusk shade (last row, last shadow)!!! And I was using that shade pretty much every single day in one way or another - by itself, as a base, as a transition color, etc. Needless to say, it caused me to think more carefully about purchasing palettes - I mean, I continued to do so but it's been pulled back a lot more. I'm also more thoughtful about it; less FOMO when it comes to eyeshadow purchases. 


In addition to learning to work with more shimmery shadows and at times, preferring those more than some of the matte shades in the Biba palette, I also moved from warmer nudes / browns to preferring more neutral or neutral-cool ones, or discovering more shadows / palettes that fit in the latter category.


P.S. As for the Hanni Water Balm Instant Hydration Body Moisturizer Mist 6.76 oz / 200 mL, get it! 💖 Though I technically purchased it in December, 2023, I didn't really start using it until this year and I have to say, one of my best discoveries of the year. My legs and limbs are dry, dry, and dry. Even so, I'm not always the best on applying lotion or oil coming out of the shower. This mist has made it easy to do so in the sense that I just have to reach for it and spritz here and there. Easy peasy. Just have to be careful with it being a glass bottle but I think they changed that with the newer versions. Another layer of cream or lotion is best in the cooler months but this could be all I need in the summer - there have been nights this spring when I've just used the Hanni.  

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@itsfi I suspected seeing how long shadows would take to use up would slow your purchases... watching you has slowed MY purchases! lol.  Interesting to see how preferences change over the course of one palette though! I'm so tempted to try this with something larger in my stash... but oufff... panning shadows, not for the faint of heart!



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@missjeanie, it's been a journey to say the least, with making my way through the full size Biba palette. lol, there's definitely a deterring effect for me as far as purchasing goes, seeing how long it takes to work through eyeshadows. 😲 I don't have enough eyelids to use up all my current shadows 🤣 and yet, I have a feeling I will at some point pick up more shadows (that's the truth) , but I will aim to be more strategic and thoughtful about it. I'm thinking for me personally, smaller palettes, quads make a good fit; or, I should say quints as Dior does quints and I have a good amount of Dior products I've accumulated over the past few years. 😍 


Yeah, but for that lockdown, I would not have even attempted to pan this palette - I needed something to focus on and stick to, and eyeshadow from the full size Biba, every single day - every. single. day - at least for the first year and most of the second, was that something. 😅 I'm focusing on those prarie and rustic shades for these last 7 months of the year - the shine shade I feel will work through itself just given my natural tendency to reach for that shade out of these three. My next "hmmm, maybe I'll try that" approach to use more of these shades is to take some product from their pans and make cream eyeshadow out of them - either 3 different creams or one with a mix of all 3. 🤔 I have my vitamin E oil, rubbing alcohol and plastic jars so I just need to decide what I'd like to try my hand at, and when. 

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@itsfi  ohhhhh diy cream shadows you say… well this is a project I think you should document!

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Will do @missjeanie. Probably a project for next weekend. 🤞 I am seeing upsides to it - I can use the cream shadow, of course, but I can also use the powder to set the cream shadow - that's 2 uses of the product = closer to hitting pan / full pan. 😂 Strategy comes in handy at this stage, lol. 

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I'm so thrilled at the progress you've made @itsfi Seriously keeps me going on my products. 

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Awww! Likewise @AznAngelLiz! You are so good and disciplined with using what you have - it's inspiring and helps me to stay focused on my pan items as well. You pick some things that are challenging to use up and you stick with it. Powder products take a lot of time, or at least in my experience, and what? You have a trio with that Hourglass palette and then the bronzer. Woowhee! You go girl! 

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Oh that is a bummer it spilled all over your rug, @itsfi but now it's gone lol

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Yeah, I was halfway through with it too @lmaster. I came home after being away for a couple of days and went to wash up and what’s this bottle doing here? 😳 


Have you used pre-wash hair oils? I’m getting the feeling these pre-wash hair oils are better suited for certain hair types - my hair is on the fine side and it doesn’t work as well for me as for those with thicker, more lush hair. 

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I've used oils for pre wash but they were now specifically named that @itsfi yeah I think curly hair benefits more so, at least in my experience 

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@itsfi Whooo amazing progress!!! Always blowing me away. 

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@Samtian, thank you. It was a good month for panning; came a little earlier than I thought - I expected end of July, but I think focusing on my body care pan items in May really moved things along. 👍🏼 

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End of June is my picture updates...maybe that'll help me start using things more haha. I did have some good progress on the Use it group this last month though!


P- 13/327  Goal 80
U- 126/516  Goal 386

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Using it is a HUGE category of products @Samtian Great work!  You're showing such progress to goals!

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That's some great progress towards your usage goals @Samtian! I'm always amazed how you and others are so good about keeping track of your usage. I have a hard enough time with just remembering to do that with one product. 😂 

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@itsfi You more than make up for it with all you remember about everyone else!

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All the progress I’ve made this year…I think I could’ve been done with the foundation if I was wearing makeup everyday but I’ve gone down to only doing my face once a week or so for the last few months. Still good progress though. Now I just need to find some other items to add to my pan list.







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@AznAngelLiz You have done amazing!

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The Hourglass trio... dannnnnnng!  I have one of those and I can't even tell I ever used it.  Holy smokes that's great progress @AznAngelLiz !!!

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Wowza @AznAngelLiz😍 My eyes kept getting bigger and bigger as I scrolled down your photos. That's some excellent work! 🙌🙌 That Hourglass palette!!! 👀 #inspired

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@itsfi I've been using that Hourglass palette with every single look...along with all the other products in the pictures. Trying to figure out what my next finishing powder should be. 

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