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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 masks💗 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 💖 with you all this year!



This Week’s Theme: Mask While You Task - thank you @l8totheparty for this week’s theme!

Letters of the Week: “N” and “M” 

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: 


Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

That's a great way if putting it @Kim888 I don't particularly want to put something on my face that smells like cleaning products

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Aww bummer @lmaster. There is a big difference between a pleasant fresh lemon scent and cleaner lemon.

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Yes there is @ShortErica @ I love a good fresh lemon scent

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Oh, it’s snubbed masks week! Good timing for Yadah Soothing Jelly Pack. I know it’s a popular one, but I frequently pass it up while browsing my mask bin. 


Even my iPhone has issues with this mask, as evidenced by the photo tint I couldn’t quite remove. :DEven my iPhone has issues with this mask, as evidenced by the photo tint I couldn’t quite remove. Smiley Very Happy



Ingredients: Contains gardenia extract, something I generally avoid. But it also contains prickly pear, aloe, green tea (camellia), and bamboo, so I bought a bunch last year thinking “should be okay, right?” Yeah... 

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2 Hexanediol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract (5,000 ppm), Polyacrylic Acid, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Cellulose Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance 

Performance: I make a mess each time I tear the sleeve open: the thick gel serum seems too eager to escape the sleeve, and I end up wiping it off my mirror Smiley Very Happy The sheet fits okay—it’s one of the few that aren’t too wide at my temples—and usually adheres well. The floral fragrance overwhelms me when I open the sleeve, but it doesn’t bug me much during wear, as long as I keep my head fairly still. The serum’s so thick and abundant, I have to wipe a lot of it off my face after removing the sheet. Otherwise it’d just sit on my face for at least 30 minutes (that’s the longest I’ve ever waited for it to soak in) and leave me sticky. 


Results: Not drying but barely hydrating. My skin always demands hydration after this mask, be it plain ol’ water, a hydrating facial mist, or even a second sheet mask that actually hydrates. And this Yadah mask always leaves a slightly white cast behind. It disappears when I apply oil and moisturizer, but still: I don’t expect a “soothing” mask to do that. On a positive note, it is quite cooling. But that’s the only soothing thing about it for me. 


Yadah jelly packs are generally popular, but I don’t like this one. I keep using it (very infrequently) only because I had a bunch in my mask bin and didn’t wanna see them go to waste. I’ll happily send them to anyone who likes them; I have 4 left and they don’t expire until May 2021. 


This is also a good week to post about my frenemy mask. I’ll use that one in the next couple days. 

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@WinglessOne  Too bad it’s not a winner. I’ve heard so many great things about Yadah masks. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ather  Yadah makes better masks than this one. Smiley Happy Eh, each brand has a dud or 2. 

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@WinglessOne @I keep a couple pairs of scissors nearby now, a smaller one for snipping the eye openings and a medium size one for cutting open mask packs. Never know what to expect when opening them, be it goopy stuff that oozes out or watery essence that seeps out everywhere 🙄

Bummer this one wasn’t that hydrating. Have you tried any of the oil masks? I’ve only tried a couple (that I can remember), by Lapcos and then Sephora has one. Ooooh but then Lapcos has EOs, which may be an issue. They seem to be bothersome for quite a few. 

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@eshoe  Each time I open one of these jelly packs, I kick myself for not using scissors instead of tearing the sleeve open. 🤦‍♀️ I mean, the little scissors I use to tailor sheet masks are right there, hanging on my bathroom mirror, in plain sight... I should put a bright “USE SCISSORS TO OPEN” sticky note on all my remaining jelly packs. Smiley Very Happy Good idea to have a second larger pair of scissors handy for the job. 


I don’t think I’ve tried a Lapcos mask. But yeah, if they contain more than one essential oil, they’re a no-go. I definitely haven’t tried Sephora’s oil mask. But you’ve just inadvertently reminded me to investigate Sephora’s mask sticks. Smiley Happy 

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Most of the Lapcos masks I’ve tried are strongly perfumed if not fragranced with EO’s, @WinglessOne - so I would probably steer clear of them if I were you. I loved them at one point but after a continual onslaught of perfume-y masks, I prefer them unscented. Unless it’s a fruity one, those are good!

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@WinglessOne  Sorry you don't like this one.  I wasn't too impressed with it either. The brightening one seems to be a popular favorite around here 😉 Hopefully you can find a happy home for those!

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I agree with @lmaster that the brightening was my favorite of the Yadah jelly kinds. I feel like the jelly masks are better when you have more time to wear them. We all have different skin, preferences, and needs. Sorry it wasn't as good for you @WinglessOne.

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@WinglessOne good one for this category! Sorry it still didn't live up to what you were hoping for! 

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@WinglessOne the yadah brightening one is my favorite of the three, I wouldn't repurchase this particular one either

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I believe I forgot to post my mask the other day:20200225_235756.jpg

This Whole foods Brightening Apple mask courtesy of @itsfi is a nice, refreshing mask that seemed to even my skin and tighten my pores a bit, which was exactly what I was hoping for. Thus concludes my Whole foods masks. *sigh*. I need to make a trip to the U.S. and swallow the exchange rate for more lol. 

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@l8totheparty  Awww so sweet for itsif to send it to you!! Glad you loved it

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@l8totheparty  Which Whole Foods masks have you tried already? This one sounds great, but so far they all have! Glad you enjoyed this one! 😃

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I have tried the Acai Berry, coconut, and the apple one. I like them all for different reasons! 😊😊 Including the fact that I notice a difference in my skin after one mask and there is no tack, which really means I should use these in the daytime lol ❤


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I can feel your pain through the screen @l8totheparty. Maybe you'll get some in the Masks on the Move box.

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@l8totheparty that's great to hear it's so good! I need to go pick some up and try them !

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@l8totheparty trust me doll, I know the feeling!! Whole foods and trader Joe's are two places that are 3+ hours away from me!! I just wish they would sell these online!!

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These are so good, @l8totheparty! Do you have a favorite?

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