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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:



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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. Smiley Very Happy 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. 


8AD5ADAC-BEDB-4EC4-A065-6B8A482341E4.jpegThe Saem Pure Natural Snail Mask. Thumbs down.


Ingredients: This is the first snail mucin product I’ve ever used, because I can’t get over the “snail slime” mental hurdle. Looks like it contains nothing my skin hates. 
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Snail Secretion Filtrate, PEG-75, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance

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. 


B5D3B5A2-8BE5-4E5E-B39B-304E78922357.jpegFrudia Pomegranate Nutri-Moisturizing Mask: an existing favorite.


Ingredients: My face’s only potential problem with this mask is that fragrance isn’t closer to the end of the list. Wish it wasn’t listed before sodium hyaluronate. 
Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (46%), Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Betaine, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Chlorphenesin, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Xanthan Gum, Styrene/VP Copolymer, Allantoin, Adenosine, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Tocopherol 

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. 


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@WinglessOne awwww that's too bad about the saem mask, I have not had such a reaction before, but luckily you picked another nice one too make up for it

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@WinglessOne, too bad The Saem snail mask didn’t work out well for you. Do you think you’d try another snail mask or is it one-and-done as far as snail masks go?

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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. 


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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! 

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I'm with you @mazzkm I don't care much for a herbal scent, but it's still doable 

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@mazzkm, I agree; this mask is a nice one for soothing skin or calming redness. I don’t recall the scent on this one; too bad it was off putting for you. 

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This is a nice mask, @mazzkm - I think I have it, too! Have you tried the Ceramidin one? I found that to be even more moisturizing than this one.

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Oooh, that looks like a great mask to combat Canadian winters, @mazzkm!

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Holy Snails!! 🐌🐌

snail mask.jpgMy snail themed masking could fit  all of last week's challenge themes (Go To masks for a special occasion) as well as all of this week's challenge themes - H, S and 'gross' masks.

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

The Details: 2-step snail mask, with hydrogel eye patches as step 1 and a super thin cotton face mask as step 2, with a super subtle fresh and clean signature sheet mask scent. 😉 
What Worked: Hard to beat the results with these two masks - soft, smooth, bright and nicely moisturized skin. 
Areas for Improvement: The fit of the hydrogel under eye patches were nice; it be great if these were sold in a jar of 30 pairs. The fit of the face mask was typical of most sheet masks for me - too long at the chin and too wide at the sides with too narrow holes for the eyes and mouth - but if I were to pick an area for improvement, fit would be one area and the other would be to reduce the stickiness level of the essence, though it probably makes the sheet mask great for use before makeup application.
Repurchase?: Absolutely.
My Two Cents: I like to use both steps simultaneously, layering the under eye patches beneath the face mask. The masks would be a great mask to use before a special occasion and before makeup application. 


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@itsfi ohhh can't wait for the snail lip mask thoughts haha 

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@itsfi nice snail masking!! I agree,, couldn't quite picture a snail lip mask 😆

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Nice snail theme, @itsfi! 🐌 That eye and face mask combo sounds so luxurious!

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It was a lovely combo @haleyvvvv; luxe indeed! 😃

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@itsfi snail head to toe sounds so luxe! hope you're enjoying your self care!

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Thank you @averylayne! 😃 I was able to catch up on sleep and get in some R&R over the long weekend.

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A two-step mask that includes eye gels AND a face sheet mask is ideal @itsfi! Not so sure on the snail lip balm, though the lips would probably 💗 it4DBDB057-1C9A-493D-BAB5-37EB369430AC.gif


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Yeah @eshoe, I didn’t think it’s something for everyone. There are a couple fellow snail maskers that I think might be up for it.

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Last night's mask:20200217_012650.jpg





The Naisture mask says to use this one 2-3x a week, meaning it should have some exfoliating properties to it.  The mask was gentle, and didn't bother my skin. It smelled pleasant, fit well, and was a nice addition to my evening routine. 

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@l8totheparty fun - I really love pumpkin as an ingredient !

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