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2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Welcome to the 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread two years ago, and giving us a place to share our love for masks. Below is the new 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:  Clean Week - Masks that give your skin a boost without the guilt

Letter of the Week: “D” and "W”

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!

@lmaster raised an excellent point about having skincare polishes / scrubs (and I'll extend that to masks) in rotation. I'd be interested in hearing from you lovelies about your thoughts on: 

  1. how many exfoliants/polish/scrubs do you have on rotation?
  2. Also along those lines, how many wash-off masks do you usually have in your rotation? 

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I used to try to a Babyfacial Sunday theme weekly, but this last year I've been more into just doing whatever my skin is telling me it needs.  I've actually been using more physical exfoliants lately than chemical.  Right now I've got two chemical masks open (Babyfacial and The Ordinary AHA/BHA red one).  Physical exfoliating masks, probably around 5 (current fav's The PTR Pumpkin, SF Pumpkin).  As for wash offs, I have about 30 at the moment with 20 open.  I just did a quick count and that 20 was more than I thought I had on the go.  Must use up some, the good news is that I really tend to love a wash off mask before a shower, and I should now that I'm ashamed by my count, be able to knock off some tubes/jars with a 5 night a week wash off resolution for December.  Current favourite wash offs is the Farmacy Honey, and the Caolion Blackhead Steam Pore Pack. I have another 8 sleeping masks on the go, and those are an overnight occurrence for me so I'm not bothered by that number.  

@itsfi What are your favourites in rotation?

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Listening to your skin and giving it what it needs is the best way to approach masking; skincare in general, really. 🥰

So I didn’t think I had that many open containers of wash-off mask @missjeanie ... but my word!!! 😳 I just went through them in my head (I’m sure there’s some I missed) and I have about 12. Eeeek!! That’s a lot more than I thought I had - for whatever reason I thought I had 6! 🤪 Wow. Not even close, Fi! 😂🤣😂 They’re in varying sizes and stages of use; I think I can get through about all the deluxe samples and 1 full size by the end of the year. Okay, need to revisit my plans for next year to use those up early on. 


Of the ones I’m currently rotating through, Klairs Vitamin E, Skinfood Strawberry Black Sugar Wash Off Mask, DE Babyfacial, and Farmacy Honey. Origins Charcoal Honey has been one I’ve been reaching for with some frequency in the last couple of weeks - detoxifying and nourishing in one.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi @Isn’t it funny how the number of products creeps up on us! 🙄 I looked at the skinfood strawberry last time I was in Ulta! I believe I was mentally debating between the strawberry and a honey brown sugar 🧐. I just got another 20% off coupon from them to use before December 24th and I know I’d like to pick up more of the Cosrx propolis serum (it’s beautiful but seems to go quickly), so I might head down and re-look at the skinfood. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I have several samples that seem to never end as I am cautious and only use them sparingly. @itsfi 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It’s really smart to be cautious with exfoliants @emaisgr8! Oh yes, samples pile up on me. I went through a bunch and am so happy to have a better handle on them now. 😂

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The answer to both is--- a lot. My skin loves physical exfoliation so I'm always trying out new scrubs. Usually it's sample sizes, but right now I actually have a couple full-sizes I'm using too. And wash-offs? Yeah. Those just seem to accumulate in my collection. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ohhh, this sounds so familiar @quspork! 😉 I went through a stage where I had rows of physical exfoliants. 😳 I thought I had a more manageable stash of wash-off masks but a quick glance told me otherwise. 😂 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi I'm pleading the fifth here 😂 I literally have too many to count and it's quite embarrassing,,,tbh..

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hahaha @lmaster! 😆 No worries. I hear ya! I   would not want to count how many essences I have waiting in the wings, ready to be put into the rotation. 😂 I *try* to limit how many chemical exfoliants I have on hand and that I have open; “try” being the operative word. 🤪😂🤣

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Lately I have been using DE babyfacial and Volition Turmeric Polish for exfoliation.  For wash offs I’ve been using Farmacy honey potion, Volition silt gelee, and Summer Fridays jet lag.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Those are some great masks @faeriegirl! How often per week do you use the Babyfacial and Volition turmeric polish?

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi I use the babyfacial on Sunday and I try to use the Volition twice a week on Tuesday and Friday.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Broad answer @itsfi :

1. & 2. All of them. 🤣🤣🤣 

I've had to make a schedule so I remembered when to grab a 'moisturizing' wipe off or a 'pore' mask.  And it reminds me to use a fun sheet mask and a leave on as well 😊

I try to line them up and then go through them, 1 use at a time each.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

hahaha @l8totheparty! Smiley Happy That's a good system to line 'em up and go through them. I was better in the first half of the year with my chemical exfoliants. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

First of all @itsfi I love Will 😂 I know I will have to count later for you 😊

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

What's not to love @lmaster?! Smiley Happy 

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V is for Volition Beauty


Starting December off with a good scrub. VOLITION BEAUTY - Turmeric Brightening Polish says it can be used on the face and the body. I’ve only had samples of this scrub and have only used it on my face. If someone here has tried this as a body scrub, I’d love to know your thoughts.

This is a quick scrub that delivers some nice results and is perfect for any time of the day – I used it this morning before heading out to run some quick errands and then meet up with friends for breakfast/brunch. I massaged this amber-hued, walnut shell polish onto wet skin, left it on for a few minutes to let my skin absorb the goodness of the turmeric extract (brightening, anti-inflammatory), gram flour (cleansing, exfoliating), olive oil (hydrating) and sesame oil (softening)  before rinsing off to reveal clearer, softer, smoother, fresh-faced complexion – all in about 5 minutes.  I noticed some dry flakes between my eyebrows before using the scrub. Buh-bye dry flakes. Smiley Wink This makes a great prep before makeup too – in the mornings or before a night out or special occasion. I have a few other polishes / scrubs I want to get through before purchasing any more but this one will definitely be a contender when that time comes.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Definitely a fan of her scrubs in jars, @itsfi. Also I am going to take a hint from you and try the VOLITION BEAUTY - Turmeric Brightening Polish on my elbows. Great suggestion to use as a body polish!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ooh, I’d be interested in hearing how the Volition works on your elbows @eshoe. Do you like it for your face as well or is it too much for you? I know you were cutting back on exfoliating masks.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It’s a nice facial exfoliator @itsfi - but you are on the right track with your train of thought. Although for some reason my skin has been rather oily/combo this winter. Lots of small breakouts, haven’t pinpointed it yet except maybe the exceptionally rainy season🤷🏻‍♀️

Still haven’t tried it on my elbows, but thanks for the reminder going to try it this week!

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