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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: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@PrettyPaint  Yeah, that was probably my favorite part about the mask! The milky/creamy serums are my most favorite- and jelly is pretty great too 😉

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

These masks are great @Shosh85!

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@faeriegirl They really are! I've definitely liked the ones I've tried so far! 😃👍

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@Shosh85 totally love these!! @faeriegirl was so kind to gift me a bunch, might be hoarding them for a bit 😍

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@lmaster  They've really been great so far! I got a couple packs, but I'm kinda wishing I picked up more - so I've sort of been hoarding mine too 😉😬

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@Shosh85 @lmaster hoard carefully - don't let the goodness expire on you! 😉

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica  Haha! I'm definitely being a careful hoarder! 😃😂

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica I went through all my masks, I have all the ones that expire this year in one spot 🙌

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I feel like all the salad masks were winners @Shosh85 . Glad this one worked out well for you!

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@missjeanie  Glad to hear you've liked them too! I've only tried 4 so far, but have liked them all! 😃

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

I started the new year trying 2 new masks last night.  A little over ambitious but it turned out alright.  First up was the BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Mask.  I applied about 3 pumps onto the dry skin as directed. Directions are to wear for 5-15 minutes then rinse.  During that time I cleaned up the counter top in my bathroom and added more shelves to my make-up /skincare organizer.  I ended up wearing the mask for about 20 minutes and at the end it just felt a bit dry / tacky.  I jumped in the shower and rinsed then washed it off as it felt as there was a bit of a residue from the mask.  No redness but some irritation that I wore it a bit longer than I should have. 


I had picked up a sample of Herbivore Prism 12% AHA + 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum to try in place of the DE TLC that I just am not feeling these days.  It went on smoothly and feels slightly tacky when you first put it on.  It soaks in rather quickly and I topped it off for with the new Drunk Elephant F-Balm™ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask that I had picked up. 


First, I must say I am a bit disappointed in the consistency - I had hoped since it is an overnight mask it would be similar to Lala.  The consistency reminds me a bit of Prontini (which I don't like as it reacts with my sensitive skin) which is thinner but at that I think Prontini is thicker.  So for a night mask, it seems a bit well, runny.  I used 2 pumps and it covered my face and neck.  At the moment, the consistency is my biggest pet peeve - I really wanted something creamier if that makes sense.

It took a few minutes for it to soak in - however, I think due to double masking and relatively dry air in my flat, I didn't feel as if it was super hydrating on it's own and to keep my skin calm I topped it off with a bit of Biossance's Squalane Oil.  Today I took a break from all masks and just am using my moisturizers - no serums.  My skin still does not feel as moisturized as it normally does but again, this may be due to the double masking and leaving the first one on longer than directed (I usually would just leave one like that on for maybe 5 minutes).  However, since it's not very thick, I do wonder how hydrating it is on its own.  I am interested because it has good ingredients to help calm and soothe the skin which I need to help tackle the after affects of hives / flushing and prevent further irritation.  So the jury is still out on the hydrating effect.

In terms of scent, I didn't really detect a scent from F-Balm.  The Rose Mask when it first arrived from Biossance had an overwhelming smell that overpowered me from just opening the box - I almost sent it back then and there.  I left it out for a few weeks and the scent on the packaging went away but there is a detectable scent during the entire masking process - to me the mask smells far stronger than the oil.  As for Prism, there is a faint scent but it dissipates once the serum has dried. 

So my final thoughts - overall I'm pleased with my masking efforts last night.  I had been working long hours the last few months so my night routine pretty much went out the window.  This put me back on track.  I am going to continue to keep trying out Prism with the F-Balm over the course of next week to see if I actually want to invest in it.  So far, it's a definite maybe and has a better price point than DE's TLC.

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@MCSSavvy I feel you, I had just applied that Biossance mask when I ended up in a length conversation which I could not extract myself from - must have been on 45-60 minutes. I was terrified my skin would be in a fit but I had no issues, thank goodness. It must be very, VERY gentle!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the DE. I am heavily considering that one, so it is very helpful to hear what others think about it. I like a weightier sleeping mask, so we will see.


Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@eshoe  It's so easy to let time get away from you sometimes when you mask!  I haven't used it since but I think I'll put it back in the rotation this weekend.  I've been concentrating more on the DE F-Balm and Herbivore Prism these last few weeks (sorry, I'm a little late responding - work has been crazy, busy and I participated in restaurant week last week).  My wallet is a little sad until payday.  LOL.  I did put a newer review up on my experience with F-Balm and Herbivore if you hadn't came across it yet.  F-Balm is really starting to grow on me and I'm thinking that Prism may be a good fit.  🙂

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

Where is your review @MCSSavvy ? I do want to take a peek!

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@eshoe That's a good question!  I've had trouble logging onto the board the last few days.  I think I was able to reply to 1-2 posts last night before I was kicked off the site so I'm doing a bit of catch-up.  Anyway, I realized I just replied to your comment on my post from last Friday which was my updated review from initial thoughts to follow-up.  

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@MCSSavvy the Drunk Elephant and Biossance masks sound great.

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@missy415  - Thank you!

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@MCSSavvy I picked up the herbivore prism as well, have not tried it yet, I'm also awaiting the DE, the consistency might actually be great for me since I tend to have oily skin, for the past 6 months however, I've been normal, so sounds promising

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@lmaster  - I do think it has promise.  Never hurts to try a sample.  I think I may add it on top of a moisturizer.  If I remember right I had to learn to do that with the YTTP mask last year so it may just be my sensitive somewhat normal/dry skin needs that extra moisture before the mask.  Sigh.  Definitely would like your thoughts on Prism when you try it.  

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Thank you! @MCSSavvy going to try it soon 😊

Re: 2020 Q1 Mask of the Week Challenge

@MCSSavvy Definitely sounds like a wonderful masking session! All three of these are on my purchase list, so it's good to hear they're performing great so far! 😃

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