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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 two years ago, and giving us a place to share our love for masks. Below is the 2020 schedule. Feel free to post as frequently or infrequently as you would like, with or without following the challenge; they are guidelines and just something we do for fun. We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcomed. Looking forward to sharing some new masking ❤️ with you all this year!



This Week’s Theme:  Gross Masks - whether it's the ingredients, scent or results, share the details please! - thank you @Aaliaa for this beloved challenge!

Letters of the Week: “H” and "S”

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 & W’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 Somerville’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: 

Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica:



Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I'm going to be off-challenge all week but also trying new masks so... forgive me? Smiley Happy


Factr Facetory mask:



The material of this mask was a very thick cotton. When I first pulled it out of the packaging I did not have high hopes. Normally, thick cotton masks don't adhere well and seem to dry up without hydrating my skin. However! This one somehow stuck right to my face (without the mask holder) and the serum was a thick, white, serum. There was literally none left in the package so I guess the mask had soaked it all up. It felt great when it put it on! Super cooling, almost in a tingly way but not tingle like acid, but tingle like it was just really cold. It was bone dry after about half an hour. Would use again!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The cooling effect sounds very interesting on this one @scott1201!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@scott1201  This one sounds great - especially that cooling effect! I have a different mask by this brand and I'm hoping it turns out just as nice! 😃

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@scott1201  it's always nice when a mask works out better than expected. Sounds like you enjoyed this one plenty. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thicker masks can be a great ‘comforting’ feeling to me if they adhere well.  Glad this one worked out so well @scott1201 !

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

7 days of masks:

Monday- tried and true Amorepacific enzyme peeling Masque 
Tuesday- Origins Hello Calm- nice, soft, calm.
Wednesday- dr. Brandt Hydro biotic recovery sleeping mask- aww yeah
Thursday- Origins Drink Up intensive- delicious smelling, hydration 
Friday- Boscia pore pudding- deep clean and soft. I was worried about the clay portion of this mask, but it was lovely.
Saturday- innisfree jeju lava seawater cream mask- smells like I'd imagine lava seawater to smell like. 
Sunday- Farmacy Honey Potion mask.  Warm, moisturizing. 

My skin liked all of these, and the Saturday comment to me was: how do you look so refreshed?  
Me: it's the makeup.
Inner me: and the skincare.
My skin glowed all week.

Also I made myself a face care schedule, and although many days I forgot things, I think the consistency of the bigger items helped.

Question: does anyone pair wash off or leave on masks regularly with their whole regular skincare routine as well as sheet masks on top of it?  I had sheet masks on my list to do on top of everything else, and by the end of each routine I wondered if it was just too much and I didn't do them.




Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

A lovely masking line up, @l8totheparty! To answer your question about pairing, like several people below mentioned, if I do a pore-care wash-off mask (clay or mud, or something with exfoliating ingredients) then I'll usually follow it with a hydrating sheet mask later in my routine. If I'm using a hydrating wash-off mask (Fresh's Rose mask, for example) then I'll skip the sheet mask. Sleep masks get added depending on how dry or dehydrated my skin is feeling. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty  Such a fantastic line up of masks! I've tried all but the Innisfree and have really liked them all as well! Glad these worked out so great for you!


I really just go with what my skin feels like it needs. When I do pair masks, it's not always a wash off with a sheet mask, though I'd like that combo - for me the first mask is an exfoliating/cleansing type and the second is a hydrating/soothing type. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Wow, so many great masks. I like using a clay, leave in mask like the ORIGINS - Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores to deep clean my pores and then follow up with a hydrating sheet mask afterwards like the TATCHA - Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask. <333

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty  what a great week of masking. Since I mask mainly at night on the weekdays, it depends on how much time and energy I have. Also depends on how dry my face is as well. However, when I do a wash off mask, especially if its an exfoliating or clay mask, I follow up with a hydrating sheet mask. Occasionally i'll add an overnight mask to all that. Sometimes when I only use a sheet mask, i'll use an overnight mask as well depending on the dryness but when I'm really short on time it's just use an overnight mask. Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

What a beautiful group of masks here @l8totheparty! 💗💕 I occasionally mask with a wash off, leave on and sheet mask and it’s typically an exfoliating / decongesting mask followed by a hydrating sheet mask and finally a sleeping mask. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty , Im with @lmaster ! I regularly shower at night so I’ll do a wash off Or a scrub, have a shower where I rinse, then do a sheet mask, then finish my night time routine, then top off with a sleeping mask. I don’t do this daily, I’m just too lazy/busy, but it does happen! I think my drier skin enjoys the extra bump in moisture. 

I definitely pair wash offs with sheet masks @l8tothepart...

I definitely pair wash offs with sheet masks @l8totheparty, I have not used a sheet mask then a wash off mask, only because I personally don't want to put all the effort in a sheet mask just to wash it off

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Weekend masking Smiley Happy



Oldie/goodie Tata Harper resurfacing mask. That, sporadic use of DDG peels and the tata regenerating cleanser are the only BHA's my skin is into. I leave it on just until it starts to dry down, any longer is too much for my dry skin.


Volition detox silt gelee mask. First use. I liked that it was like mud but didn't dry hard/dry like most mud masks. I need to use it again to get a feel for effects but I enjoyed it. 


Tony Moly master lab vit c- I like this one. It's mild but I appreciate that I can use it and it's not so strong that I disrupt the rest of my skincare routine (retinol, acid etc).


Biobelle peachy- BLEH. The mask was printed and cute but didn't fit great. Smelled good but ended up being irritating. Way too small eye holes, huge upper lip strip, lots of excess at top. Before I had a chance to cut down the eye holes, my eyes were irritated I assume from the fragrance. I cut down the eye holes and was able to leave it on about 5 minutes. I left the serum on when I took it off and it dried sticky. I went to bed an hour after use still rubbing my eyes from the irritation. Can't win them all!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@CC3616  I agree with you on the BioBelle mask - the fit was definitely awkward and the material wasn't very comfortable. I thought it was cute, smelled good and had nice results, but I wouldn't repurchase. The other tencel material is so much better. Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with this one, but I'm happy the others turned out great! 😉

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@CC3616  bummer on the biobelle mask. I think they were used on here as a meet up but I dont remember the overall consensus on them. I think I have one to use. Will keep note on the scent. Thanks for your thoughts.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I like the sound of the volition mask @CC3616 , I’ll have to put it on my to try list!

awwww @CC3616 so sorry to hear the biobelle was irritatin...

awwww @CC3616 so sorry to hear the biobelle was irritating you,,I need to try that volition mask!

RE: Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It’s been awhile since I’ve used that Volition, it is a lovely detox mask @CC3616. Bummer about the Biobelle, the fit is so important especially with cotton masks.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Such a shame about the Biobelle, but at least the others make up for it, @CC3616.

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@CC3616, I’ve been looking into some good BHA products to incorporate into my routine more regularly. I have some Tata Harper samples and the DDG peel pads are staples for me so I’ll be sure to give this combo a try as I test out various products.