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ARCHIVE - 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge! - PART 1

Please join us on Part II of this year’s challenge:

Welcome to a new year of masking adventures! ***The second half of the year thread will be up June 28th (or earlier), thank you for the suggestion @heartsmyface, @Kim888 & @quspork!***  


Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread and giving us a place to share our love for masks💗 Below is the 2020 schedule. 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. Looking forward to sharing some new masking 💖 with you all this year!



This Week’s Theme: Masking Duel - Dare to compare 2 (or more!) masks in one session

Letters of the Week: “Z” and “A”

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

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!

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: 

NEW!!! Got an idea for next year's challenge? Let me know! Was there a challenge you'd rather not repeat? Share below, so we can start building the 2021 schedule:



Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Question for the maskers: if you are using the same wash off or overnight mask multiple times a week, how often are you posting about it? Once? Rarely? Every time? 

I don't want to flood the thread with my repeats, then people will be all: 'oh, there's @l8totheparty with her 47th posting of Boscia Pore pudding'. How many times do you really want to read me usingAMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peeling Masque, because I'm using it once a week. Lol


When I use my "loves" I mention it as that, my love/hg &...

When I use my "loves" I mention it as that, my love/hg & move right into what's new to me, if there is any. @I8totheparty I think everyone & their mother knows I love GG Supermud & depend on it to dry up blemishes when my face gets out of whack but maybe there's that 1 reader who is new to the thread & don't know how good it is & will ask me a question about it...😉

I rarely post my wash offs unless they are new to me, or...

I rarely post my wash offs unless they are new to me, or I tie it to the theme @l8totheparty I use wash offs almost everyday 😆

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty I never know what to do about that either! If it fits the theme of the week I sometimes include it or else I leave it off

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Really good question @l8totheparty - and you aren’t the only one! over time I’ve found that some masks just work better for my skin/give me comfort, and so I use them more than 1x a week. I  often thought the same thing...”oh, there’s eshoe with her (fill in the blank) mask again😂.”


I love seeing daily posts, I think it gives a good overall picture of what works for your skin and might be of benefit to others. That being said, I have been posting only once a week for kind of the same reason (I feel like all my wash-off masks are redundant at the moment) but I want to stay in the challenge and make it one full year. Plus it’s been difficult to find the time to write meaningful notes on new-to-me sheet masks so while I have a good stash, I’ve been using up tried and true ones for the time being.


Hope that helps, hang in there, only 8 weeks left to go!

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I will have to mask daily for the next 2+ years to get through my masks.  8 weeks is funny! Lol

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Hey that’s ok @l8totheparty, I am just looking at the finish line for this year, not gonna get distracted by the 2 year backlog most of us have😉😂

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This AP mask is such a good one @l8totheparty - nice formula and great results. So happy that it's a fave of yours! Seeing this mask always reminds (and motivates) me to keep working through my masks so I can open my FS of this beauty. 😉 


Good question. When I was daily sheet masking for a month, I would do an update or check in every 7-10 days or so. I tried to either combine the post with a post of another mask or a mask I used on another day of the same week to try to avoid making it a a repeat of another posting. I try to use DE Babyfacial once a week; when I post, sometimes I include it in the pic and only mention it in passing in my post; other times, I may not even include it in a photo. Another option I've been considering is to post a couple of times during the week about certain masks and then have one post during week where it's a recap of the other masks I used during the week. I haven't fine tuned that approach, but have been kicking that idea around in my head since I'm finding myself having to catch up more frequently than before and catching up for more than just a day or two at a time.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, @itsfi .  So many great ideas on how to present masking multiple times.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Great question @l8totheparty , I’m curious to hear what others think! 
petsonally when I was posting daily if I reused a mask within days a week, I’ll mention it, but not review thoroughly. If I haven’t used it in a month or so I’ll give an overview. Basically the reviews get shorter the more often I use it. I think. Lol

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Last week's duels!

The PTR Pumpkin mask and the Summer Fridays Overtime masks were both done on separate nights back to back, I like the extra scrubbiness of the SF, but both of these masks gave me lovely results.  I think the scent winner is the SF by a small margin and I reserve the right to change my mind the next time I use these!  I am repurchasing the SF's in the trio set this sale, so it's a big winner for me.  I'll hold off on the PTR unless I happen to see one at Winner's prices.  Most of the hold off is due to the size of the individual jars.  

The second masking of the week was Thursday night.  I busted out the BAT MASK!  Not gonna lie... I've been waiting to bust this one out for a while.  After the trick or treaters had calmed down I showered and tossed this one for the mask meet up.  Love this mask.  This one I received from @lmaster in a gorgeous unicorn mailing.  Thank You so so much!  I really enjoyed how much of my face this mask covered.  I think I have a sweet spot for undereye/cheek masks.  This one was in line with the spirit of the day which made me smile.  The serum was soaked into the mask nicely with no memorable scent and just enough left over to give my decollate a layer.  I left the mask on for about 20/25 minutes and my under eye area felt great after with minimal tackiness.  I'm pretty excited that I have another from another generous BIC lady to use!

The second dual of the week was the PTR Peeling Gel versus the Holika Holika Egg Gel.  The PTR was much thicker coming out of the tube, while the Egg is really cute, I'm not sure how to store this with my other skincare. I think the tube is much more practical.  Each serum spent 3 minutes on either side of my face before I started to 'rub' it in/away.  The PTR balled up quite a bit more in bigger balls.  The HH barely balled up at all.  I washed both off in the shower and post shower inspection, I couldn't see a difference at all.  I'm skeptical of these types of peels, I mean, how much skin are they actually balling up, versus just the product balling up on itself?  That said, I see no problems with using them, and maybe if I use them more often I'll see some result?  At this point neither are a repurchase. 


Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie  Great duels!
Love those pumpkin masks! They both definitely smell fantastic! 😋 Happy you enjoy them both as well! 😃👍

I haven't tried the PTR peel yet, but I have tried the Holika Holika one and really like it. When I first used it though, it didn't really seem to do anything except ball up on my skin. Then I tried using it when my skin got dry and flaky and it removed the flaky skin without causing irritation. So maybe this is the kind of product that just works better in certain situations 🤔 I definitely feel like I need to do more experimenting with these 😉

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie interesting! It's always good to see those two compared. I have a giant jar of the PTR but I sometimes thing about whether I'll make a switch to the SF when I finish it up!

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That was funny!! You reserve the right to change your mind 😂 @missjeanie 

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Fun masks this past week @missjeanie! 🥰 Love the pumpkin and peeling gel duels and it’s hard not to love that bat mask.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie I like your dueling masks! And I agree with being skeptical of the peeling gels, I always think it's mostly just the product on itself and have never pulled the trigger on investing in them to see. 

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Here I’m again not following the schedule. I want to talk about three masks I used over last two weeks but I wasn’t up to posting.

boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask 2.8 oz/ 80 g

I enjoy this peel off mask. Unlike many others, I don’t find it hard to remove. It cleans pores and leaves skin soft and bright so I use it once in a couple of months. Fun fact I have never purchased it my self but some how I always have one or two travel sizes in my stash. I’m not sure if I will buy it myself if I stop getting it in different promos/GWPs.

Origins Hello Calm™ Relaxing & Hydrating Face Mask with Hemp Seed Oil

Like many of you girls I received a lab sample of this mask. At that time my skin was very well hydrated so I didn’t feel any difference after using this mask and it was sitting in my stash unused ever since. Now with cold weather approaching I can see early signs of dehydrated skin so decided to give this mask a second chance. I am glad I tried it again because this time round I loved it. Instead of wiping excess with tissue after recommended time, I wiped it with a cotton pad soaked in rose water. My skin felt very well hydrated and happy. Later I proceeded with my routine skincare and the effect of mask was still there next morning. Now I can see why many of the community members fell in love with it while trying the lab sample.

Third mask I tried was The Creme shop mask. The Creme Shop masks are often used and praised on this thread so when I saw this box of Hello Kitty Ready Set Glow masks at winners, I had to get it.
Fit of this mask was pretty decent comparing to many others which were a challenge to apply. Serum is actually a thin jelly with gold micro dust in it. After keeping it on for almost 15 minutes the GLOW was real. My face was actually illuminated and skin felt soft and well hydrated.
I’m definitely going to look for more sheet masks from this brand.





Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@fatimamummy - so cute; love the packaging and it's great that the mask was good too.

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That HK Crème Shop is my favorite of that line @fatimamummy- I know exactly what you mean when you say you noticed a glow! 

I like your method of using a Rosewater soaked cotton pad to swipe off any excess of the Origins, too, thank you for the tip.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  Removing non wash off masks with tissue as suggested annoys me as it pulls onto the skin and feels tacky.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh I forgot how much I like those TCS Hello Kitty masks @fatimamummy .  This is on theme because it's reminding me about the ones I have forgotten in my stash!