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 5||A & Z||Mask Stash Clean-Out! Finish those masks before they expire.||l8totheparty/ShortErica|
|Jan 6 - 12||B & Y||Masks that Make you Hungry||itsfi|
|Jan 13 - 19||C & X||Favourite 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 - 26||D & W||Clean Week - Masks that give your skin a boost without the guilt||eshoe|
|Jan 27 - Feb 2||E & V||Transportation Masking|
|Feb 3 - 9||F & U||Best fitting mask - Mask that best fits your facial features||PrettyPaint|
|Feb 10 - 16||G & T||Special Occasion Masks - the mask(s) you use to pamper yourself||itsfi|
|Feb 17 - 23||H & S||Gross Masks - whether it's the scent or results, share the details please!||Aaliaa|
|Feb 24 - Mar 1||I & R||Snubbed It: Masks you don't want to use & are continually passed over||ShortErica|
|Mar 2 - 8||J & Q||Female Owned Brands - In honour of Women's Day March 8th||Aaliaa|
|Mar 9 - 15||K & P||Masks Good Enough to Eat|
|Mar 16 - 22||L & O||Sample that made you buy the FS - You tried it, and decided to buy it!||itsfi|
|Mar 23 - 29||M & N||Favourite Smelling Masks - Watermelon, Kale, Spa??|
|Mar 30 - Apr 5||N & M||Mask While You Task|
|Apr 6 - 12||O & L||Most Outrageous Mask Claims||ShortErica|
|Apr 13 - 19||P & K||Hi-Lo Week: Mix or duel of $$$$ and $ masks|
|Apr 20 - 26||Q & J||Sample Dive - I know we have them!||Aaliaa|
|Apr 27 - May 3||R & I||Targeted Skin Concern - Mask to address a current skin issue||PrettyPaint|
|May 4 -10||S & H||Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar|
|May 11 - 17||T & G||Mask with a Partner||Alphaboo|
|May 18 - 24||U & F||Vitamins Week - masks that nourish your skin with vitamins and minerals||kim888|
|May 25 - 31||V & E||Best/Cutest Printed Mask||Shosh85|
|Jun 1 - 7||W & D||Mask that best describes your personality or mood||PrettyPaint|
|Jun 8 - 14||X & C||Fruits & Veggies Week - masks that use natural goodness to nourish your skin||Keana1|
|Jun 15 - 21||Y & B||Forgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask|
|Jun 22 - 28||Z & A||Masking Duel - Dare to compare 2 (or more!) masks in one session||eshoe|
|Jun 29 - Jul 5||A & Z||Masking Pet Peeves - use a mask that has some component that drives you crazy!||ShortErica|
|Jul 6 - 12||B & Y||Masking Hacks - share your masking secrets that make your life easier and your skin happy||eshoe|
|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!||Aalia|
|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!||veronika23|
|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||eshoe|
|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||Sonnydee|
|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||itsfi|
|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||eshoe|
|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?||Aaliaa|
|Nov 16 - 22||U & F||Flash Masks - masks that do doubly duty in half the time||eshoe|
|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)||PrettyPaint|
|Dec 7 - 13||X & C||Holiday Party Prep Mask|
|Dec 14 - 20||Y & B||Most Artistic Sheet Mask||Kim888|
|Dec 21 - 27||Z & A||Favourite Masks of All-Time||itsfi|
|Dec 28 - 31||123||Masks you discovered this year|
2019 Mask of the Week Main Thread & Misc. Info:
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
2018 Mask of the Week Challenge:
Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica:
Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge
Finally gonna start posting in this thread. I do a lot of cold weather masking, but I’m still used to immediately tossing all my mask envelopes in the trash. I’m training myself to keep them in my empties bag. Anyway, tonight was an unintended double mask night and they both happen to fit this week’s letters.
S = Snail: The Saem Pure Natural Snail Mask. This mask is new to me.
Performance: This thing’s cut for a much smaller and narrower face; I had to cut the eyeholes a lot, which helped the sheet stretch to cover more of the sides of my face. The serum’s VERY watery, not slimy at all and not slippery enough to slide down my face, but I still should’ve used my mask holder to keep all the air bubbles out and maintain chin contact. The heavy fragrance didn’t make me sneeze but was annoyingly present. After removal, the serum sunk VERY quickly into my skin.
Results: Claims to be highly moisturizing but that’s a lie. 😡 It felt like I’d just pressed plain ol’ water against my face for 20 minutes: 3 minutes after the mask was peeled off and the serum fully sunk in, my cheeks went into dry patch mode. I didn’t get any of the claimed skin brightening results, either. This mask is definitely a no-go for me.
H = Hydration badly needed after the snail mask: Frudia Pomegranate Nutri-Moisturizing Mask. This one’s an existing staple for me. I’m trying to use up my last batch because they’re expiring very soon, so rather than use a hydrating serum after the snail mask, I popped one of these on.
Performance: Fits me fairly well, especially around the eyes. It’s more fragranced than I’d like, but not obnoxiously so. Always sticks to my face like a second skin. Not the softest sheet but not stiff or scratchy, and I kinda like that it’s not bleached white. I also appreciate the mesh backing sheet for easier unfolding and handling. When I want to mask during a bath, I often reach for this one.
Results: This mask lives up to its skin-firming claim. (Caveat: no sheet mask can firm skin as well as an injectable or cosmetic surgery so, you know, keep expectations realistic.) And it always leaves my skin nicely moisturized. Not as much as my beloved OOZOO Bear Water-Bang mask, but plenty enough to rescue my dry zones tonight. It’s never let me down. Tonight was no exception.
Last week I said (in another thread) I’d post here about my frenemy mask. I’ll do that next time I use one of those, or if I see a fitting weekly theme.
RE: Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge
Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge
Two masks in one session, @WinglessOne, you’re kinda setting the bar high here😄
Oof the heavy fragrance on the Seam mask doesn’t sound appealing. Especially if it’s perfume-y. With snail mucin in it, I would have thought it to offer a lot more nourishment for your skin. Bummer it was such a let-down.
The Frudias are nice, yes-mesh backing is very appreciated! Plus it’s less wasteful than the plastic ones that are sometimes included. I’m very curious about your ‘frenemy’ mask.
Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge
Alright I am finally remembering to upload one of my weekly masks, and this one happened to fit! For H & S I used the DR. JART+ - Dermask Water Jet Soothing Hydra Solution™ I’ve used many Dr. Jart+ masks before, and I do quite like them. This mask gave me mix signals, I’ll start with the good. It was incredibly soothing, and cooling. It really helped with my redness and sensitive skin. One of the best masks I’ve used to combat redness and sensitive skin for sure. The only downside was the smell! Other reviewers have said it smelt like thyme or rosemary and really enjoyed it, but it was quite off putting for me. Yet I’ll definitely use it again because of the benefits. It also had a crazy amount of serum in the package!
Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge
Holy Snails!! 🐌🐌
Snails from head to toe! 🐌 Woo-whee! 🙌🏼 The only thing missing was a snail mucin based lip balm. 😳 I know, I initially cringed a bit at the thought as well. Alas, not a part of this snail themed masking sesh, but it doesn't mean it won't be part of a future masking session, especially as I've found one. 😉 It may or may not be en route ... 🤷🏻♀️
I've used the La'Dor Keratin Power Glue before and liked it a lot; it'll be a repurchase once I've made a dent in all my hair masks which means it probably won't be something I pick up this year. Hahaha! 😂 Yeah, I have a lot of hair mask; shocking isn't it?! 😲😆 I'm in the same situation with the hand and foot masks. Once I get through the ones currently in my stash, I'd be happy to pick up more of the It's Skin Prestige Gold Foil Hand Masque D'Escargot and the TonyMoly Intense Care Snail Foot Mask. As for the face and eye masks ...
It's Skin Prestige Essence Masque D'Escargot and It's Skin Prestige Eye Masque EX D'Escargot