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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!

@Kim888 I love the anticipation ๐Ÿ˜†

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

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From the Masks on the Move box I chose this little mask. I half expected it to smell like carrots but alas, it didn't.  But this It's Skin mask was quite nice. My skin was lovely afterwards- calm, bouncy, soft. A good little mask 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I've enjoyed a few It's Skin masks- glad to hear this one worked out well for you, even if it didn't smell like carrots, lol! @l8totheparty 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I totally wanted te fresh carrot smell @quspork lol ๐Ÿฅ•

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I could totally go for a fresh, sweet carrot scent @l8totheparty! Had a garden when I was little and my parents grew a lot of our veggies. I would eat these and pop peas from the pod-they were like candy.


Your description is great: โ€˜calm, bouncy, soft.โ€™ Yes, I will take one too, please!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yes!  Fresh carrots and peas from the garden- we had one too growing up and I loved walking out, grabbing a carrot, wipping the dirt off on my shorts and eating it.  Yum! ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ•


Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ahhh you are so lucky @l8totheparty!!!! What else did you grow?

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh I love a masks on the move pick @l8totheparty I'm not sure how I'd have felt about a carrot scent lol.  Nice to end up with bouncy skin afterwards!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty  Calm, bouncy and soft sounds good to me! Glad you enjoyed this one! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿฅ•

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This sounds really nice @l8totheparty. I haven't seen this one before. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty nice! I don't think I've ever seen a carrot mask before

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It was a nice one! @Kim888 

love a good vegetable mask @l8totheparty

love a good vegetable mask @l8totheparty

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

So this masking was crazy off topic on Monday night... but so it goes.

I started off trying the No Stress Zone from 10.0.6.  Had to wipe it off/rinse it off seconds after I got it on my face.  I've used this before and it was fine, though nothing to write home about.  This time, it felt like I had poured perfume into an open wound on my dry skin, especially around my under eye.  
I applied the Pacifica Sea Algae mask in lieu of the 10.0.6 for some environmental damage control and soothing.  I left this on for about a half hour and my dry skin was good with it.  I won't say that this did much, but it didn't hurt, I think it would need to be used consistently to live up to any claims.  Will try to use this up before the end of the year to make room for newness. 
In shower I tried out the Briogeo Bear hair mask.  This mask smells amazing.  I'm a person who loves a good scent in my hair products and this one is bang on.  I left it on my 'ponytail' for about 15 minutes while I did some shower sitting.  Am I the only one who likes to just sit in the shower sometimes?  Weird? Okay moving on.  My hair was super easy to detangle out of the shower and I avoided using any primer/detangler to see how it performed on its own. After air drying overnight my hair felt great this morning.  Based on this one use, I'd say it's a great hair mask.  I usually use a mask about twice a week and I'd have no problem recommending this one.  I do think I'd continue to purchase my Amika over this one simply due to cost.  The Briogio has a better scent for me personally but the Amika isn't bad and performs the same thus far. Now... if Amika is no longer stocked at TJ's or I'm feeling rich... me and Briogeo will meet again. 
My other new in shower experience was the Frank lip scrub.  I like this.  I'm currently using a coffee body scrub and this pairs well.  I'm off the coffee as a beverage for the time being and this makes me feel like I'm still getting that delicious aroma.  I'm glad I randomly grabbed this, I like to keep a scrubby lip in the shower for my shower sitting days.  
Post shower I busted out a new TJ's purchase and the only mask that really fit the theme.  The My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Ultra Moisturizing mask. I enjoyed this mask.  No memorable scent, a pretty decent fit that I didn't need to cut at all and my face felt moisturized after about 25 minutes.  There was some tack after removing which doesn't bother me, but I know some aren't keen on it.  
I polished off the night with my new favourite sleeping mask that isn't really a sleeping mask, so I guess it's a double duty winner for this week!  The Dr. Jart Oil in Balm has been a saviour this last week or so and feels sooooo nice to leave on my parched skin overnight.  No extra friends from the oil!


Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie Shower sitting is completely normal -signed your BIC same thoughts twin ๐Ÿ˜‰

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

โ€˜No extra friends form the oilโ€™ took me a sec, but yes-thatโ€™s definitely a keeper @missjeanie!


No, you are not the only one who does that. Itโ€™s so therapeutic for me when Iโ€™m sad. Or sick. Or both, ha;) Hope youโ€™re doinโ€™ ok, my friend ๐Ÿค—

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Iโ€™ve been ok @eshoe , got a bit of a head cold this week that has been trying me. But yes, sad days I tend to sit in the shower. Itโ€™s very therapeutic. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie  I have that Formula 10.0.6 mask and so far have only sniffed it ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm sorry it was uncomfortable this time around! I know what you mean though, my skin definitely gets more sensitive the drier it becomes. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I remember thinking it was fine over the summer @Shosh85 ! It may need to be a summer mask for me.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie  Oh yikes, that no stress zone sounds pretty stressful. I am completely intrigued by the oil balm. My skin gets ridiculously dry, so it sounds heavenly! 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I've used the no stress zone in the past and it was fine, but that was over the summer when my skin is a bit better behaving.  I'm so dry/dehydrated right now that it just plain stung @PrettyPaint .  The oil in balm has been a saviour at night for me lately.  I find the moisture ends up lasting me until just around the time I need to reapply before bed again.  Check out your local TJ's/Marshalls, I've been finding some Dr. Jart sporadically there!