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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 Mask of the Week Challenge

Honestly @lmaster, it was far better to confirm it this way rather than to find out with something that has a higher percentage of aloe.  The itching subsided a lot after washing it off and putting on the Cicapair Tiger Grass cream.  Thankfully there was absolutely no burning sensation & the redness subsided throughout the day.  All in all it wasn't that bad to be honest & I really do feel like I should have known better.  Truth be told, I am counting my blessings with this one and now I know to steer clear of aloe.  🙂

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Sounds like a blessing for sure!! @mrsmouse 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Last week I also did E for Egg Cream Mask from @Loretta55 but I'm a little delayed on posting


My face


The mask fit well and I accidentally had it on much past the recommended time of 10-20 minutes. I think it was around 35. It did pop off the chin some. My skin looked good and there was no tack. There was a little extra serum I used for my neck but not much. The one thing I didn't like was the scent. It was quite floral. I was surprised considering fragrance is the last ingredient. It has a lot of good ingredients high on the list. It's the type of mask I'd use again but wouldn't seek out to buy. I'd give it an A- because the results and wear time were nice but the scent isn't my thing. Thanks @Loretta55 for sending this along with all the other amazing goodies!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica  I don’t remember the scent when I used my expired one. And I’m not a fan of floral on my face. But glad results were good!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Now I'm curious if I'm just the odd one smelling floral @ather 😂

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica  me too. I know Sephora doesn’t carry them anymore. So if I see one I’ll have to pick it up and try again.

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@ShortErica  I'm always hearing great reviews on this one but it's too bad about the scent! I'm not a big fan of floral either, so it's good to have a heads up 😉

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica great fit!! When were we going to use the papa recipe masks?? I forgot already 🤦

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Hahaha. This week would have been a good one to pick - F for fruitables and I got mine from @faeriegirl. But I have them on my schedule for March 9th for P and "good enough to eat" @lmaster.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Ok @ShortErica sounds good!!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I am happy that you are enjoying the mask @ShortErica. Too Cool For School facial products seem to be too heavy on my face. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I'll be curious to try the other ones @Loretta55. Thanks again!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I feel any Too Cool For School product is just too heavy on my skin unfortunately @ShortErica. I used some of their products for too long and now I am paying the price. I have too many areas of congestion on my face. I am super impatient about the areas clearing up but according to the BA’s at Sephora I am following the correct course with my skincare.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I wish there was a quick fix for all skin problems. Glad you are on the right path @Loretta55. I'm sure the facials help too!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I feel tempted to go to the dermatologist and pay out of pocket to get the milia removed @ShortErica. Some of them are seeming like they have gotten closer to the surface of my skin.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Do you have a dermatologist or have you researched who you would go to? I'm thinking the results would be worth it. Let me know if you go to one and how the experience is @Loretta55. I don't have anything in particular but think I might want to get someone to check out my skin because my mom did have a bit of skin cancer on her back she had removed in the past. I think sunscreen was more used when I was a kid than she was but you never know. I'm curious how a dermatologist visit would go.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I went to a dermatologist within my healthcare network last year @ShortErica. She gave me a thorough exam but I did ask about removing all of the milia on my forehead and the singular milia on my eyelid and under my eye. She told me that it was not a covered expense and it would be totally out of pocket. In the past any dermatologist I went to would remove milia or break a pimple using a sterile needle.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

It's good she was up front about what was out of pocket @Loretta55. I hate getting surprise bills when I think services are covered.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Too bad the fragrance was too strong on this one @ShortErica. because otherwise it sounds like it was a good one.  That can be an issue for me as well, so I appreciate the heads up.  I'll steer clear of this one.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I know everyone handles smell differently @mrsmouse. This one I was fine with extended wearing (35 minutes) and it wasn't as strong after applying. I tend to find florals as a strong smell and I don't like tea tree scent. If you already have it, I'd say still give it a go or at least a sniff test, but if scents bother you - no reason to buy it with so many options for masks.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I don't currently have this one @ShortErica.  I'm pretty sure I've seen it at TJM/Marshalls a few times, but never picked it up.  At this point I have far too many masks to get through to pick up more unless they are something that really sparks my interest.  I *almost* feel like I am looking for reasons NOT to buy at this point.  😉

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