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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:



RE: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This sounds refreshing @Weetart! Love those ahhh moments. 😃

RE: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Me toooo @itsfi

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Accidental double post. My bad.

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@Weetart how dare you post twice when some of us haven't even been able to post once! 😡 😉 Glad to see you had a nice masking session!

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Hah! I know right? @ShortErica

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Last night’s V is for Vanilla bean and Veronika23



I went with a vanilla theme for my masking sesh last night. The Sara Happ Vanilla bean Lip Scrub is one near and dear to my heart – it was my introduction to Sara Happ lip scrubs. This is the old packaging. I’m not sure if the formulation has changed – I mean, one way for me to know is to purchase this lip scrub in the new packaging. Hmmmm…. I mean, twist my arm folks. For research, I’ll do it! Smiley Wink I mean, it’s all in the name of science, right?! Lol.  Love the scrubbiness on this one. Lip scrubs are great all year round but I aim to use a lip scrub at least once a week in the wintertime to keep my lips soft and smooth. The Hurraw Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is an all-natural lip balm that applies smoothly and works nicely to prep my lips before lipstick. I even saw a teeny tiny vanilla bean seed in the balm! The Crème Shop x Hello Kitty Confection Perfection wasn’t perfect fit-wise, but it was perfect where it counted – in its performance! I’m loving the results this morning and it’s one I’d use again (see spoiler for a more detailed review).


I’ve been very pleased with the sheet masks I’ve tried from The Crème Shop and Hello Kitty and Friends collaboration and was so happy to be gifted The Crème Shop x Hello Kitty Confection Perfection Sheet Mask  from the amazing @veronika23 - thank you! The star ingredients in this mask are vanilla, dark chocolate and coconut oil. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? I need to find some dark chocolate to complete this masking sesh! Smiley Happy

This particular sheet mask had been lying flat in my sheet mask bin for some time so before opening the packet, I decided to massage it a little to work the essence/serum in the packet. This is like my version of rotating wine bottles every so often. Hahaha!  Anyhow, I imagine that the essence/serum may pool in one area after a while so my aim in doing this is to try to evenly distribute the essence / serum throughout the mask. 

Form and Function

This adorably packaged sheet mask claims to detoxify pores, reduce the appearance of acne, and moisturize the skin. That sounds like a tall order but if anyone can do it, it’s got to be Hello Kitty, right?! Smiley Wink I was about to find out. The mask itself is what I would consider your standard cotton sheet mask in terms of thickness and weight. There’s not really a discernible scent to this one other than fresh-clean and it was very subtle at that. Unlike some of the sheet masks from this collaboration, there’s no design or illustration on the mask itself. Adherence was fine and fit was … let’s just say that my face was not the fit model for this one – the nose bridge in particular… Oh my! To say it was extra wide is an understatement so my pair of mini scissors was put to good use there, as well as at the chin/jawline area – I snipped off about 1-1/2” of extra material. Other than that, I only needed to make minor snips to the corners of the mouth area and ta da!!! Perfect fit. Lol.


I’m of the mindset that fit can more often than not be adjusted and the real test is in a mask’s performance. So how did it fare? I’m not sure about the pore detoxifying claims but as far as reducing the appearance of acne – the angriest of my blemishes looked less angry after half an hour of wear time so that’s a plus, and my skin looked fresh faced and hydrated overall. The result I really enjoyed was that this morning my skin looked nourished – it felt soft, clear and nourished – well hydrated and moisturized. There was a nice bounciness to it too. Looks like The Crème Shop and Hello Kitty did it again – I hope that relationship never ends. Thank you again for this mask, @veronika23! Smiley Happy My skin loooved it. <333


Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Can't go wrong with a vanilla theme! Vanilla bean is my favorite! ..... especially the ice cream 😉 

The lippies and mask sound wonderful.. and yummy! Hello Kitty is hard to beat! 😃

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85, I love vanilla bean ice cream! 🍨 So tasty! The collab between TCS and HK has been great! The sheet mask say they’re limited edition, but I’d be fine if the collab never ended. Ha! 😆 

yaaaaaaaay for hello Kitty never letting you down!! @itsf...

yaaaaaaaay for hello Kitty never letting you down!! @itsfi happy Thanksgiving sweet friend!!

Re: yaaaaaaaay for hello Kitty never letting you down!! @itsf...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family @lmaster! 😘  

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ohhhh love vanilla!!! Glad you liked it @itsfi  Smiley Happy

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Me too @veronika23! Between the vanilla scents and the illustration on the packaging, I feel like baking. lol. Or, maybe I just feel like having the house smell like baked goods and me eating baked goods. Hahaha! Thanks again for sending this my way; my skin thanks you as well! Smiley Happy

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Hahahaha I like all those things! Smiley Very Happy Oh you are most welcome Smiley Happy @itsfi 

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Mmm @itsfi vanilla is a good theme.

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@Weetart, I was in B&BW testing out the seasonal goodies and inspiration for the masking theme struck when I tested the vanilla bean scent. Smiley Happy I do love vanilla bean.

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BIC has been letting post again, hallelujah! And while I can still post, this is a question rather than a review, but hopefully nobody minds if I post it here. Does anyone have an organization system that works well for their sheet masks that they wouldn't mind sharing? It doesn't need to be anything fancy, but I am just hoping for some tips. I am debating if I should organize them by brand name, skin benefit/type, alphabetical, expiration date, etc. For some reason, I can't decide which would work best. Does anyone have any methods that they happen to prefer? Or storage containers even that they would recommend? I really need to do some organizing because it's taking me too long to find what I need. Thanks in advance! Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint  good question! Mine aren't really organized... more just all dumped in one plastic bin. Smiley Very Happy  Ok well they are in there by brand...  I usually pull out the ones that will expire soonest and put them in a basket in view so I can reach for those before the rest. So even though I might have masks I wanna try more I'm trying to make sure none go bad first... Not sure if this is helpful or not. Smiley Very Happy

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@veronika23  Totally helpful, thank you! And a good motivation to go through mine and make sure to get the ones closest to expiration out in the front. I think I will continue to store in the plastic bins but maybe use a small basket for masks I plan to use for the week or month. Smiley Happy

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That's a great idea @PrettyPaint! I usually pick out of my basket what I feel my skin needs at the time or if I'm too tired to write some notes about the mask I pick one I've used before. Smiley Very Happy

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@PrettyPaint, this is a great question and, in my mind, perfect to include in this thread. Here’s how I currently organize my sheet masks (though it should be noted that I’m thinking about switching things up a bit but haven’t come up with what I want to do next so I’m also interested in hearing what folks do as well):


I keep my masks in a bin, organized by purpose – I have a section for hydrating masks, brightening masks, moisturizing masks and other masks (i.e., anti-aging, acne and everything else that doesn’t fit into one of the other categories). I then organize the masks within the various categories by size.


In addition to that, I have a separate bag (usually a shopping bag) in the bin where I keep all of the sheet masks that expire in 2019, organized by expiration date.  I pull out the ones that are expire in that month (if I have any and the next one) and put those in a makeup bag that I keep next to the bath towels in my hallway closet or I’ll pull several masks  that I want to use that month and put those in my mini fridge.  If I’ve been diligent about it, I will only have one, sometimes two, masks that expire in the month that I use them.  This weekend I need to go through my masks to pull masks that expire in 2020.

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I hadn't even thought to organize by purpose. I've been trying to get through some that expire first.  It's so boring though!  But necessary.  I don't have a system besides singles in a separate basket. I should de-box and organize by purpose and by expiration dates.  @itsfi 

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