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2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Welcome to a new year of masking adventures!


Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread and giving us a place to share our love for masks๐Ÿ’— Below is the 2020 schedule. Post as frequently or infrequently as you would like, with or without following the challenge. We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcome. Looking forward to sharing some new masking ๐Ÿ’– with you all this year!



This Weekโ€™s Theme: Mask While You Task - thank you @l8totheparty for this weekโ€™s theme!

Letters of the Week: โ€œNโ€ and โ€œMโ€ 

Jan 1 - Jan 5A & ZMask Stash Clean-Out! Finish those masks before they expire.l8totheparty/ShortErica
Jan 6 - 12B & YMasks that Make you Hungryitsfi
Jan 13 - 19C & XFavourite Mask in your regular routine - What do you buy in bulk, so you always have it on hand in case of masking emergency?itsfi
Jan 20 - 26D & WClean Week - Masks that give your skin a boost without the guilteshoe
Jan 27 - Feb 2E & VTransportation Masking
Feb 3 - 9F & U

Best fitting mask - Mask that best fits your facial featuresPrettyPaint
Feb 10 - 16G & TSpecial Occasion Masks - the mask(s) you use to pamper yourselfitsfi
Feb 17 - 23H & SGross Masks - whether it's the scent or results, share the details please!Aaliaa
Feb 24 - Mar 1I & RSnubbed It: Masks you don't want to use & are continually passed overShortErica
Mar 2 - 8J & QFemale Owned Brands - In honour of Women's Day March 8thAaliaa
Mar 9 - 15K & PMasks Good Enough to Eat
Mar 16 - 22L & OSample that made you buy the FS - You tried it, and decided to buy it!itsfi
Mar 23 - 29M & NFavourite Smelling Masks - Watermelon, Kale, Spa?? 
Mar 30 - Apr 5N & MMask While You Task
Apr 6 - 12O & LMost Outrageous Mask ClaimsShortErica
Apr 13 - 19P & KHi-Lo Week: Mix or duel of $$$$ and $ masks 
Apr 20 - 26Q & JSample Dive - I know we have them!Aaliaa
Apr 27 - May 3R & ITargeted Skin Concern - Mask to address a current skin issuePrettyPaint
May 4 -10S & HOvernight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar 
May 11 - 17T & GMask with a PartnerAlphaboo
May 18 - 24U & FVitamins Week - masks that nourish your skin with vitamins and mineralskim888
May 25 - 31V & EBest/Cutest Printed MaskShosh85
Jun 1 - 7W & DMask that best describes your personality or moodPrettyPaint
Jun 8 - 14X & CFruits & Veggies Week - masks that use natural goodness to nourish your skinKeana1
Jun 15 - 21Y & BForgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask
Jun 22 - 28Z & AMasking Duel - Dare to compare 2 (or more!) masks in one sessioneshoe
Jun 29 - Jul 5A & ZMasking Pet Peeves - use a mask that has some component that drives you crazy!ShortErica
Jul 6 - 12B & YMasking Hacks - share your masking secrets that make your life easier and your skin happyeshoe
Jul13 - 19C & XLip, Hand or Foot Masks to help that summer skin 
Jul 20 - 26D & Wโ€™Weird Mask' Bubbling, Peeling, Colour changing other worldly wonders!Aalia
Jul 27 - Aug 2E & VMulti-Masking How many masks can you use at one time or in One Day?? 
Aug 3 - 9F & U Blind Pick Your Mask - Let's make it fun to use the masks in our stash!veronika23
Aug 10 - 16G & T
Sheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why?
Aug 17 - 23H & SDrugstore & Grocery Brands Weekeshoe
Aug 24 - 30I & R3-Step Masks/Multi-Step Masks
Aug 31 - Sep 6J & QRainbow Week - Bring out the colorful masks in every hueSonnydee
Sep 7 - 13K & PAutumn Masks - Fall goodness in a mask 
Sep 14 - 20L & OWhen you are getting GLAM for a night out and want that inner GLOW 
Sep 21 - 27M & N BIC Made you do it! Masks recommended/inspired by other BIC members 
Sep 28 - Oct 4N & MSephora Collections Week - House Brand Goodness 
Oct 5 - 11O & LMasks that Make you Hungry - Fall/Winter Editionitsfi
Oct 12 - 18P & KForgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask 
Oct 19 - 25Q & JOvernight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar 
Oct 26 - Nov 1R & IMasking Duel Week II 
Nov 2 - 8S & HBuddy Up! Dare to compare the same mask with another BIC-ereshoe
Nov 9 - 15T & GGross/Odd/Unusual Ingredients - Spirulina, donkey milk, bee venom, snail mucous - what masks have you used that have strange ingredients?Aaliaa
Nov 16 - 22U & FFlash Masks - masks that do doubly duty in half the timeeshoe
Nov 23 - 29V & EMorning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step 
Nov 30 - Dec 6W & DMask that would make a good band name (kinda silly, I know)PrettyPaint
Dec 7 - 13X & CHoliday Party Prep Mask 
Dec 14 - 20Y & BMost Artistic Sheet MaskKim888
Dec 21 - 27Z & AFavourite Masks of All-Timeitsfi
Dec 28 - 31123Masks you discovered this year

2019 Mask of the Week Main Thread & Misc. Info:

To Post:
Each week features a different theme, as well as a letter of the alphabet for coming up with new masking ideas. 

Please include the brand and name of the mask you are trying out, as well as a photo if possible. Any other details are greatly appreciated, including scent, if it's an exfoliating mask (include acid info if known), your overall experience, and whether or not you would repurchase. Don't forget to include a grade (thanks to @ShortErica for the idea) to help others along the way.

Most importantly, have fun and merry masking!

Mask Hacks - Here are a few to get started thanks to our lovely BIC-ers, a big thank you for these fabulous ideas!

Trim off long chin and add to forehead for sheet masks


Squeeze tube lip balms (like Bite) into pans and place in magnetic palette


Layer lip sleeping mask (such as Laneige) over regular balm


Derma plane prior to a peel-off mask to ease the pain of removal


Warm water helps remove clay masks quicker than cold


Lay sheet masks flat prior to use so the serum is more evenly distributed 


Remove clay/difficult masks in the shower to keep towel clean and removal easy


Use an HA serum prior to trying a mask with alcohol high on the ingredients list


Use a Makeup Eraser to remove wash-off masks


With a detox mask, apply a thicker layer where pores are


Use a resurfacing exfoliating spray (such as Kate Somervilleโ€™s Liquid ExfoliKate) before a detox mask to better clear out your pores


Re-use a large sample jar for a blank sheet mask pellet and fill it with essence/toner


Use a nail clippers to trip a mask if scissors are not on hand


2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:
2018 Mask of the Week Challenge: 


Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  I was surprised with this one! It wasn't at what I expected- I totally thought the serum would be more of an oil and the scent would be floral/perfumy, so I'm pretty happy how it turned out ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Despite being a little perfume-y, Missha masks seem overall great @Shosh85. I've enjoyed everyone I've tried! I like how you articulated that your skin 'felt comfortably hydrated.' It's frustrating to have tight-feeling skin after a full masking routine. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  Both the scent and serum surprised me with this one - totally thought it'd be perfumy, like you mentioned, and also thought the serum would be more oily. I was pleased with how it turned out ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

a rosy scent @Shosh85 sounds divine ๐ŸŒน

a rosy scent @Shosh85 sounds divine ๐ŸŒน

Re: a rosy scent @Shosh85 sounds divine ๐ŸŒน

@lmaster  I always think of you when I do a rose mask ๐Ÿ˜‰ I'm not a huge rose fan, but it smelled more like fresh roses and it was light, so I really didn't mind it so much.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Little update on the Hell Pore (I know @quspork liked other products by the same brand). I did do it properly this time!


I applied a thin layer with my hands (it was hard to get a thin layer using a spatula). I left it on for 25 mins (the directions said 15 but it took slightly longer to dry). Same as before, the fragrance is incredibly strong. 

I peeled it from the edges inward. It came off in three big pieces. It hurt, I wonโ€™t lie. It peels dead skin and peach fuzz. The peeled pieces were FULL of blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Like way more than I would have thought. My face was a little red from the peeling but it subsided quickly. Aside from the peel, the mask didnโ€™t burn, sting or cause any irritation related to the ingredients. I was happy with the results at that point.

what was most surprising is that I got even better results by following the second instruction: wipe away excess oil and sebum from your face after removing the mask. I have one of those extraction tools, and used the flat edge against the sides of my nose and cheek and WOAH even more stuff came out. Itโ€™s like the mask prepped the skin for additional extraction. For the first time in a while, my nose is completely blackhead free!!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Better than Biore @cianni?!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica The results in the end are better but for the amount of time/work/mess I would still pick the Biore. This peel off mask is something I think Iโ€™ll use when it gets really bad as an โ€œat home extractionโ€

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

That's useful info - thanks @cianni!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@cianni, โ€œblackhead freeโ€? Iโ€™m intrigued! Will have to give it a try. Just gotta give my nose a little pep talk beforehand about the pain that comes with such fabulous results. ๐Ÿ˜†

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@cianni did you derma plane first? I had no idea, but I did my first peel without doing that first and holy moly. I thought I was going to peel off my skin, it was so awful!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@cianni  Ooooh, this sounds amazing! I'm willing to experience a little pain if it brings great results! So happy this worked out so well! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™Œ

oh girl @cianni I need this!!

oh girl @cianni I need this!!

2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

O is for Oxygen pixi O 2 I used this exactly how it says to, I honestly thought I liked the Pacifica mask better, but now I think I like them both equally ๐Ÿคฆ this one contains lactic acid, and has a much shorter wear time, my skin did feel a little bit softer with this one. the scent on the Pacifica was better, this pixi had more of an earthy scent. my skin felt nicely clarified with this one as well. Both of these will stay in the collection, next to use bliss the final oxygen mask to see if I equally like them all ๐Ÿ˜‚

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

With an earthy scent @lmaster this one sounds like one to try. @Shosh85 may be on to something - ginseng always seems to produce a scent like the one you are describing. Thank you for the comparison as well. I pick up a lot of Pacifica stuff for my daughter but I try it out too. I like most of it, some stuff causes her to break out though.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster I wonder if the earthy scent you're picking up is from the ginseng? ๐Ÿค” Happy to hear you loved this one just as equally! They both definitely sound wonderful! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I'll be interested to hear how the Bliss ranks with them!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

You may very well be right @Shosh85 didn't even think of that ๐Ÿ˜†

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

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Both of these are overnight masks. I alternated using these every other night this week and I'm partial to the Origins - it's very nicely moisturizing for my skin. I'm still not seeing any firming effects from the Kiehl's overnight but my husband, however, is a fan - he likes the cooling feel and that his skin feels smooth and a bit tighter. He's not a huge fan of the scent but said at the same time that it's not horrible and he could live with it. I'm glad he's being so accommodating of the scent now that it seems he has commandeered this mask for his own. lol.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missy415, completely agree with your thoughts on both masks! I used the Origins last week and my skin was very happy.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The origins one is really nice, isn't it @itsfi. I've been fairly pleased with the masks I've tried from Origins and Kiehl's.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missy415 100% in agreement with you on the Origins! And I'm thinking my husband might enjoy the Kiehl's, if only I could get him to try it Smiley Very Happy

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