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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!

Just remember to bring a large empty suitcase to take home all the goodies @heartsmyface! ๐Ÿ˜† The beauty items that come out during the holidays are good and so are the snacks!! Ohh, the snacks! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Yum! ๐Ÿ˜‹ 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Trader Joes seems to always have those unique hidden gems.  Great find, @itsfi!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I know, right @CookieGirl1?!!! They have a new mini candle set, too! 14FEAA17-B392-42DA-BA2A-14DB1F2EBD24.jpeg


Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi interesting! I did not like their holiday gingerbread candle last year but maybe these will be nice!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Kim888, Iโ€™ll try to test out the scents from the trio over the holiday and compare them to the gingerbread candle for you. Are there particular scents from the trio set they pique your interest more than the others?

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi I think I just didn't like the ginerbread because it had such a sweet scent -One of those times you buy something thinking you can convince yourself you'll like it but you know you won't!. 

Definitely  me know if you test them out though! I need to remember to sniff them next time i am there haha!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I've never tried any TJs candles, @itsfi, but those sound amazing.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

U is for Uni Touch



I just adore the aesthetics on the packaging for this Uni Touch Relax Facial Mask (itโ€™s fun, glam, sophisticated and whimsical at the same time), but would I also love how it performs?

From an ingredients perspective, this has a host of good ones โ€“ lactobacillus ferment (probiotic, antimicrobial, anti-aging, 4th ingredient); trehalose (hydrating, 5th ingredient); glycerin (hydrating, 6th โ€“ interesting to see it other than as the 2nd or 3d ingredient); oat extract (anti-inflammatory, soothing, 11th); willow bark (a BHA; exfoliating, 13th); grapefruit extract (antioxidant, anti-aging, 13th); a vitamin C derivative (anti-oxidant, anti-aging, brightening, 15th); and phytic acid (an AHA, exfoliating, brightening, 16th).

In terms of wear and performance, this thin textured cotton mask fits my face shape and features pretty well after making the usual adjustments to the length at the chin/jawline and the corners of the eyes, nose and mouth.  It adheres nicely, wears comfortably, is saturated but not dripping in a thin, watery and to me, unscented, essence.  Interestingly, the material has a sort of woven design to it and doesnโ€™t have a lot of give so itโ€™s less stretchy than I would have expected from something as thin as this. Event more interesting is that after half an hour of wear, there was no sticky or tacky feeling โ€“ likely due to glycerin being lower on the ingredients list and therefore, in less volume. My skin felt soft, bouncy and hydrated and had a fresh faced brightness to it โ€“ some of the redness and inflammation from some pesky pimples even seemed to have diminished a little. Those results are hard to argue with! ๐Ÿ™‚


Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  This looks fantastic! And that list of ingredients is excellent!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @PrettyPaint! I'd like to tell you that I purchased the mask just for the ingredients but it's more likely that I went "oooh!" when I saw the packaging and the ingredients list cinched it for me. Lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

That mask sounds great and the packaging is so cute @itsfi!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Isn't it @faeriegirl! I don't recall when (or where) I picked this mask up, but I'm absolutely certain I picked it up for the packaging first. ๐Ÿ™‚

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I agree the package is cute but I'm also getting Saw vibes. Like " @itsfi  do you want to play a game?" That could be very dangerous with masking and skincare!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hmmm...I don't think I've watched any of the Saw movies @ShortErica@PrettyPaint 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It's probably better that way @itsfi 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica  Haha! Oh dear, I can't unsee this now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  That sounds like a darn good mask! It really does have cute packaging too! Happy you enjoyed this one! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™Œ

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @Shosh85! I have another mask from this line - it claims to be good for use before makeup application. Hmmm... I haven't had the best of luck with masks that hold themselves out as a makeup primer mask, but we shall see...

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  now that sounds like a really good mask. Def hard to complain about results like that. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I was so happily surprised by the results @GalPalVal17. I'm not sure where I picked up this mask but I'm glad I did. Ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

@itsfi you definitely can't argue with those results!! cu...

@itsfi you definitely can't argue with those results!! cute mask