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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: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@Kim888  It was pretty good and the cuteness of Hello Kitty made it even better ๐Ÿ˜‰

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@Shosh85 I've noticed there recent hello Kitty themed masks have been either great or so so but I'm glad you had nice results ๐Ÿ˜Š

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@lmaster This one was pretty good, but I'm don't think I'd pay full retail price for it. I've been wanting to try this line though and the packaging is always super cute! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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E for @eshoe Thank you for sending this Merbliss Nurse Healing mask my way! 




I had a great experience with this mask, so thank you again eshoe for sharing your love of this one with me! It does have an usual gauzey material but wears well. The fit was overall good, though the eye holes are just a touch too small for me. The scent is that pretty typical sheet mask scent and the mask itself is nicely saturated with serum. I wore it very comfortably for about half an hour and after removal found my skin to feel soft to the touch and hydrated. I didn't have a ton of redness or irritation going on before hand, so I'd be interested to see how the mask would handle that in the future, but I'd certainly reach for one of these again!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@quspork  Sounds like a great mask!

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@quspork, did you like the gauzey material on this one? I have a few masks from the brand; the results from this one sound nice; Iโ€™ll have to see if this is one of the Merbliss masks I have at home. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I did like the material, @itsfi - admittedly I was a little apprehensive because I associate gauzy with scratchy, maybe? But this was very comfortable to wear. I wouldn't say it's as nice as tencel, but I had zero issues with it! 

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@quspork I think the packaging is brilliant!! 

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@quspork glad to hear that worked out for you! I think I also have this in my collection so I will have to try it!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Iโ€™m so happy this one treated your skin kindly, @quspork! This is one of those masks that I wish didnโ€™t have such a strong scent, but thankfully it washed bothersome to you:)

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@quspork  I really liked this one as well and loved that gauzy material! Glad to hear you enjoyed it too! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

F is for Female Founded brand. This one could also fit both letters of the week - F & U is for Follow Up as this would make a great follow up mask after a peel, workout, or flight38639515-F67A-44FD-BA48-3081E5AF234F.jpeg



Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask


The Details: Itโ€™s your standard sheet mask that is saturated in a clear, slightly viscous, fresh scented essence. It leaves  my skin feeling soft and hydrated.


What Worked: This feels soothing on the skin and provides a surge of hydration to dry or dehydrated skin. Thereโ€™s extra essence in the pouch for the rest of the body or to save for another day.


Areas For Improvement: Fit isnโ€™t the best, though not the worse either: your standard sheet mask fit. The mask may be overly saturated in essence for some but thatโ€™s easily handled by wringing some of the essence out beforehand.


Purchase / Repurchase?: Yes, but after Iโ€™ve gone through my current supply of  sheet masks. 


My Two Cents: My skin feels refreshed and hydrated after half an hour with this mask. I love using it before a flight (or after would be nice too). I can also see this being very rejuvenating after a summer day outside or after a workout or run.



Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@itsfi  Great review!! Thanks for your thoughts!! And always I love your picture!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Aww, thank you @ather! This is a nice mask; bummed that itโ€™s no longer available at Sephora, but Iโ€™ve picked up some direct from the brand.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@itsfi  Oh thank you!! Iโ€™ll check it out!!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@itsfi  The "follow up" theme is perfect! A pre and post flight mask is always good to have on hand! Glad this turned out great for you! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@Shosh85, my skin can take a beating with air travel so itโ€™s always good to have masks that add back much needed hydration. ๐Ÿ’ฆ 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I love your two cents! @itsfi 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Awww ๐Ÿฅฐ @lmaster, youโ€™re so sweet! ๐Ÿ˜

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Anyone else singing Cee Lo Green after seeing the letters this week? ๐Ÿ™‚

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica  Haha! It took me a second to realize what you were talking about! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I've heard the cleaned up version more,  with "forget you" instead of F-U, so it took a second to register. ๐Ÿ˜‰
I didn't have that song stuck in my head, but now I do! 

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