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

Please join us on Part II of this yearโ€™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 masks๐Ÿ’— 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 ๐Ÿ’– with you all this year!



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

Letters of the Week: โ€œZโ€ and โ€œAโ€

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 & Wโ€™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 Somervilleโ€™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!

S is for salicylic acid, spot treatment, squalane, and soothing



Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The Ordinary and the Biossance both sound awesome @itsfi !  I'm trudging away on my not so favourite leneige sleeping mask and I'm so tempted to chuck it so I can start on something new!  Good to have some awesome spot treatments as well.  I say 'meh' to the recommended time lol

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yeah @missjeanie, I look at the recommended time as a suggestion or guideline. I mean, certainly if itโ€™s a new mask to me and it contains acids of some sort Iโ€™m more included to go with the suggestion the first time around but if Iโ€™m not feeling irritation or tingling, Iโ€™ll usually go for my usual 30 minutes.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  Nice masking! You got lots of "S's" in there! I hope that blemish is going away for you by now! ๐Ÿ™‚ 


I still need to try "the solution" line! I love how you describe it as feeling like you're not wearing a mask - that sounds so very comfortable. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you again for this TO mask @PrettyPaint! There is a place for it in my collection. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 


My favorite mask in The Solution line is the propolis / honey one. It does have alcohol in it so if thatโ€™s something that your skin doesnโ€™t like, then I would skip it.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  Sounds like a nice masking session! I don't think that Faceshop mask was in the batch you gave me, but it seems like one I could pass on anyway. Glad it was at least decent for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Good to know your thoughts on the Ordinary! Sounds like it makes a great spot treatment and I love that it doesn't dry down!  It's great it's so affordable too! I'll definitely have to try this one out! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Iโ€™ve been pleased with the products from The Ordinary that Iโ€™ve tried @Shosh85. ๐Ÿ’•This is a great mask; it wonโ€™t replace the GlamGlow SuperMud but itโ€™ll be good to have both in my stash. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

the packaging is pretty cool on this mask, but I totally...

the packaging is pretty cool on this mask, but I totally get certain masks to be just ok @itsfi

Re: the packaging is pretty cool on this mask, but I totally...

@lmaster, as I use more masks, I try to be picky about which ones are the really great ones and which may be good but not great, or are just okay. Because I canโ€™t have all the masks! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

How do you like the Biossance so far @itsfi? Iโ€™m curious about the consistency. Iโ€™m totally ok with goopy/sticky (donโ€™t even notice it most of the time). 

Bonus points for the unscented-ness of The Ordinary mask!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe, here's a pic I posted on the other mask thread about the consistency of the Biossance lip balm.



Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh thank you @itsfi I am pretty sure I missed that. I appreciate it, always curious about a balm I have yet to try!

2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

this S mask for Soothing is dedicated to the lovely @l8totheparty thanks girl!! first off how delicious this mask smelled!! it has that honey scent, but you can tell it's not just your average honey mask, it did smell like high maintenance honey ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ‘ white sheet fit was great, stayed on nicely, there was a smidge of extra serum, but this is a wash off so I wasn't planning on applying any extra, the mask was nicely saturated anyway. left it on for 20 minutes and rinsed off. my skin felt smoother and softer and a touch brighter, no tackiness of course, I would definitely use this again and grab it if I see it out

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

lol High maintenance honey!  That's hilarious @lmaster , but I actually kinda think I know what you mean!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yes girl! @missjeanie this honey clearly took more effort to make ๐Ÿ˜†

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

High maintenance honey!! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿฏ @lmaster you crack me up.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This honey smelled so much sweeter than your typical honey @l8totheparty ๐Ÿ˜† they put time and effort into this ๐Ÿ˜‰

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Nice ingredient list @lmaster 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

And a great mask to top it off @emaisgr8 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster, this sounds fabulous. Fancy honey!! ๐Ÿฏ ๐Ÿ’›

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sensually sweeter @itsfi ๐Ÿ˜โ™ฅ๏ธ

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