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2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Happy fall, and welcome to the second half of the year! 🍂🍁🌾 10 weeks left in 2020, looking forward to finishing strong and starting fresh ☺️


Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masks💗 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. 


This Week’s Theme: Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a 🏺 jar🌟


Letters of the Week:  Q & J


Jun 29 - Jul 5

A & Z

Masking Pet Peeves - use a mask that has some component that drives you crazy!



Jul 6 - 12

B & Y

Masking Hacks - share your masking secrets that make your life easier and your skin happy



Jul13 - 19

C & X

Lip, Hand or Foot Masks to help that summer skin


Jul 20 - 26

D & W

’Weird Mask' Bubbling, Peeling, Colour changing other worldly wonders!



Jul 27 - Aug 2

E & V

Multi-Masking How many masks can you use at one time or in One Day??


Aug 3 - 9

F & U

Blind Pick Your Mask - Let's make it fun to use the masks in our stash!



Aug 10 - 16

G & T

Sheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why?


Aug 17 - 23

H & S

Drugstore & Grocery Brands Week



Aug 24 - 30

I & R

3-Step Masks/Multi-Step Masks



Aug 31 - Sep 6

J & Q

Rainbow Week - Bring out the colorful masks in every hue



Sep 7 - 13

K & P

Autumn Masks - Fall goodness in a mask


Sep 14 - 20

L & O

When you are getting GLAM for a night out and want that inner GLOW


Sep 21 - 27

M & N

BIC Made you do it! Masks recommended/inspired by other BIC members


Sep 28 - Oct 4

N & M

Sephora Collections Week - House Brand Goodness


Oct 5 - 11

O & L

Masks that Make you Hungry - Fall/Winter Edition



Oct 12 - 18

P & K

Forgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask


Oct 19 - 25

Q & J

Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar


Oct 26 - Nov 1

R & I 

Masking Duel Week II



Nov 2 - 8

S & H

Buddy Up! Dare to compare the same mask with another BIC-er



Nov 9 - 15

T & G

Gross/Odd/Unusual Ingredients - Spirulina, donkey milk, bee venom, snail mucous - what masks have you used that have strange ingredients?



Nov 16 - 22

U & F

Flash Masks - masks that do doubly duty in half the time



Nov 23 - 29

V & E

Morning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step


Nov 30 - Dec 6

W & D

Mask that would make a good band name (kinda silly, I know)



Dec 7 - 13

X & C

Holiday Party Prep Mask


Dec 14 - 20

Y & B

Most Artistic Sheet Mask



Dec 21 - 27

Z & A

Favourite Masks of All-Time



Dec 28 - 31


Masks you discovered this year


Mask of the Week Misc. Info & Previous Year's Links:


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!

2020 Mask of the Week Challenge Part 1:

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:

2018 Mask of the Week Challenge: 

***New schedule will be up in November so planning can begin for the new year*** 


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Two More Glam&Glow Masks 


111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask 

With actual gold, this brightening mask claims to brighten your skin for that glow. I think I've reviewed this mask before, but I have a box and they're expiring mid next year and I'm likely getting another box in a sub box, so thought I'd use for the theme. I was going to use one for my doctorate convocation this year, but alas, that did not happen, so I had an "extra" special occasion one. Friday's mask as Friday is a brightening mask night.


I always feel like hydrogels fit my face better, because they're able to stick better maybe? This isn't the best fit, particularly around the nose, but it is much better than cotton or other sheet masks.
Watery. Not a ton in the package, but a lot on the mask and the surrounding foils.
Brighten, firm and optimize skin moisture levels.
It definitely brightens. Firming, eh, I don't think a single sheet mask really does anything for firming, but it did plump my skin a bit. For skin moisture, the mask was hydrating, but I need to be better about putting on a hydrating serum before, rather than after, to really see. Next time, I still have a few.
Niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate and CICA in the middle are probably heavy workhorses here, but also (albeit a bit understudied) hydrolyzed collagen and collodial gold toward the end, as well as lecithin. No overwhelming fragrance, but some was added, unfortunately.
Wear Time 
Suggests 20 min, I left on for 35-40+ minutes, and the whole gel was still damp, but not a lot of serum left over. A little bit of tack, but quickly patted in. I don't always notice tack because I usually mask at night, but I am trying to remember more.
Overall Grade
B+. I am very glad I got a box in a subscription box. They are by no means worth their full price ($135 CDN for 5; $27/mask). Truly, do not spend your money on these at full price. If you see them in a sub box or in like a Marshall's for a reasonable price, definitely worth a grab in my opinion. I think they are best during the day before a thing, rather than as a nighttime mask, but we aren't going anywhere these days, so... Maybe if I have to take pictures for something or have to give a conference talk, I would try out during the day. They definitely are a nice reset, and provide a nice brightening, plumping and hydrating effect

Clarins Masque-Serum Liftant 

An even more expensive mask that I also received from a sub box. Liftant or lifting mask shape due to the ear holds for face and neck. Saturday nights are for firming masks.


This is a thicker cotton and wood cellulose mask. It is a thick, but soft mask, that surprisingly fit all right on the top part of my face. The ear loops took some stretching to get over my ears, but wasn't too uncomfortable wearing. The neck was way too big, and I had to fold it over on top of itself a bit. It is VERY scented, which is disappointing.
A thin milky serum, that wasn't very present on the mask basally or in the packet, but when I was done wearing the mask, I squeezed a bunch out of the mask.
Instant lifting and plumping. Definitely plumped my skin a bit, but firming, not so much. 
There is a LOT of fragrance in this mask and from my limited knowledge, not too many lifting ingredients. The info online points toward the oat, harungana and chestnut escin as hero ingredients, but I don't know a lot about these ones.
Wear Time
Says to leave on for 15 minutes. I wore for 30+ and it was starting to feel dry, but when I squeezed it out there was a lot of serum left, but maybe that was mostly in the neck, as that was still more damp. I think these ear looped firming masks are supposed to be worn for longer to see an effect (did I see someone else recently wear one here?), so it is weird that it is marketed for 15 minutes.
Overall Grade
C-/D. This is not a good mask. It is not worth the value. It could be, potentially, as it really does cover a lot of area and fits well-ish (I can't imagine cutting all those different holes is cheap and contributes to the price), but it contains too much added perfume and there wasn't a ton of benefits. No terrible side effects, so not a complete failure. Just very disappointing.  

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@haleyvvvv  The 111 Skin mask sounds nice! It's great you didn't have to pay full price to try it! The mask would have to do a heck of a lot to get me pay that much for it! 

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I'm not, opposed, per se, but definitely wary of paying so much for sheet masks @Shosh85. It is A LOT, though, so I'd always hope they're so much better than ones that are $10, which is even a lot.

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@haleyvvvv  I'm just super cheap 😂 I've never spent more than $6 for a mask and really try to stay in $3 or less category. Although, knowing me and my FOMO, if there's an expensive mask that people are constantly raving about, I'd probably break down and buy it 🤣

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@haleyvvvv  Sorry these didn’t work out too well for you. Those ear loops look very uncomfortable. Congrats on getting your doctorate, but I’m sorry you didn’t get to have the ceremony. 

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Yeah, those ear loops weren't the worst, but they weren't great, I think I took them off halfway through, @PrettyPaint.


Thank you!! In the grand scheme of things its not the worst, but I was looking forward to my silly gown and the whole pomp.

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I feel like I keep seeing some mid and low level grades - you're due for an awesome one @haleyvvvv!

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Haha, @ShortErica, I'm just so picky with sheet masks, and I pulled out a bunch the past few weeks (gotta get through that stash...also, they easy to wear when tired). I'm sure the next one will be a winner.

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So true about getting through your stash @haleyvvvv!

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 that's so disappointing!! @haleyvvvv  for the price tag,,I would expect better

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Same, @lmaster, but at least I got them in a sub box and didn't buy them outright. If I did, I probably would've scored even lower.

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@haleyvvvv  Sorry these were both subpar. Clarins has a patent for harungana madagascariensis extract as an anti-aging skincare ingredient. I haven't read through it, but now I'm curious about any testing they did. I have a different 111 Skin mask and you just reminded me I haven't used it yet. (Note to self!) 


Also, assuming your PhD graduation didn't happen because of covid: congratulations! 

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The B+ for the 111skin is actually pretty good, @WinglessOne, I just took price into account and its not worth the sticker price.


Yes, it was canceled for covid reasons, thank you!! 

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O = olive and L = c’mon, you didn’t expect me to let an L week pass without a LuLuLun mask. Tonight’s session was the LuLuLun Premium Shodo Island Olive mask. This one's new to me. 


This is one of LLL's single-sheet sleeves.This is one of LLL's single-sheet sleeves.

Earlier tonight I opened a bottle of 2015 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino for dinner, so I decided to have a glass while masking. (Yeah, I opened it a few years too soon, but I’ve got more bottles in storage. If you're a sangiovese fan, this one's fantastic.) I should start sharing what I'm drinking with each mask. It's not always wine. Sometimes it's tea, a homemade smoothie, or flavored water. Other times, it's bourbon or beer. 🤣 If I could get into a morning mask routine, it'd be coffee. 


Brunellos are great partners for tomato-based pasta dishes.Brunellos are great partners for tomato-based pasta dishes.



Claims: Improves elasticity, moisture, and firmness; provides glowing brightened skin. 


Ingredients: Here’s a case where the star ingredient is near the end of the list. I don’t know offhand the efficacy of olive leaf extract at low percentages, but I do wish it was listed higher. Phytosteryl/octyl dodecyl lauroyl is an emollient registered as ELDEW® and claimed to be as effective as a ceramide. That plus dimethicone and squalane should make this mask very moisturizing. And I’m always happy to see rice lees included in a mask as a skin brightener. I recommend applying some sort of humectant and/or hydrating layer beneath nearly any sheet mask (even just plain ol' water), but especially under a mask like this that can act as a sealing moisturizer. 

Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Butyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Phytosteryl/octyl dodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Molasses, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Potassium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen 

Performance: This is LLL’s older style soft and stretchy sheet with eye flaps and tall nose slits. 2 simple inner corner snips were all the tailoring needed. Stretching to cover nearly my whole jaw was easy, so I didn't need to cut off the eye flaps and repurpose them to cover exposed skin. 


The lotion serum was completely scentless and very well distributed throughout the sheet. I poured a handful of extra serum from the sleeve and rubbed most of it over the sheet on my face, then massaged the rest into my hands and neck. This is not a cooling mask at all; it felt almost warming on my face. I lost track of time and wore it for 35 minutes. Lots of serum was left on the surface of my face and I honestly wasn’t sure it’d all penetrate my skin. So I wiped some of it off with the back of my hands, massaged that into my hands, and then massaged what remained on my face into my skin which, surprisingly, took just a couple minutes. I had no pilling afterward and no real tackiness… eh, just the typical post-moisturizer tack. 


Results: Baby soft skin with a mild healthy-looking glow. My face felt so moisturized, I didn’t apply a moisturizer to most of my face after using this mask. I just spread a little Aquaphor on the sides of my nose (the part of my oily zone I’ve babied for weeks), my undereyes, and my brow bones. I also didn’t need any additional cream or lotion on my hands; they felt and looked soooo soft and moisturized! Even now, I can't stop occasionally rubbing fingers on the backs of my hands. 😂 Makes me wish I'd saved the excess serum to use later as a full body moisturizer. Will probably do that with the remaining 4 masks. 


The Uccelliera Brunello has more acidity and lively spicy fruit (cherry, blackberry, currant, spice, and a bit of meatiness) than I’d associate with this mask. A better choice would’ve been a velvety merlot, like a Saint-Emilion: something soft, warm, and comfy, like lounging half-awake under my down comforter when my bedroom temp is just right (not hot or warm, but also not nose-chilling cool). That’s this mask. I’ll give it a 92 on the wine tasting scale for now. Score subject to change after I wake up in the morning, depending on how my skin looks and feels then. 


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I feel like there's got to be some catchy term for masking and drinking. I was trying to think of something with beverages. Baby soft skin sounds wonderful @WinglessOne - more LuLuLun that I need to write down. 😉

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Mmmm, love a good Sangiovese wine! @WinglessOne It sounds like the mask was nice too 😆

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Thanks @quspork ! I'm honestly more of a nebbiolo fan (hooray for barolo!), but sangiovese is also dang tasty! 🙂 

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@WinglessOne meatiness 😆 love it!

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@lmaster  Yep, some wines have a meaty flavor note: smoked bacon, roast beef, etc. 🙂 They're tasty! 

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That sounds amazing @WinglessOne 

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@WinglessOne  Dang, another one! All of these LLL masks always sound fantastic! I'll definitely have to do a big LLL order one of these days!

I feel like these wine companies should hire you to write descriptions on their wine bottles! - I know I'm always left feeling like I need to go buy a bottle after reading your reviews, and I'm not even a big drinker. 😂🍷If you start reviewing other drinks, I'll probably want to buy those too 🤣

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