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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

@Shosh85 Yes those mud masks are a unique experience too!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Interesting comparison of the Hectic masks, @ShortErica. I've only tried the 1 am so far, but didn't bother to rinse-- I'm terrible at actually checking for that direction with sheet masks. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@quspork I checked for directions since I couldn't remember what I did the first time. I don't remember reading I needed to rinse it before and didn't have adverse effects. I didn't check as much in the past but since someone pointed out the Rata & Co. masks you had to rinse, I've been more conscious. I just don't want to risk leaving someone on that I shouldn't.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica oooh love seeng your reviews on these! I tried one last night for "i" - interesting to hear your thoughts on them! lol at the diaper like material 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I can't take credit for the diaper-like material description. I think maybe @eshoe originated it. But there's a somewhat plasticy feel but yet scrunchy. Hahaha. Which one did you try @Kim888? I'll have to see when you post your review. 🙂

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Ha, yes I remember that @ShortErica; there was no better way to describe it! I find that the whole lot of us have some unique ways of describing our masking experiences ☺️

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica @The 1 am one !

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

What great comparisons @ShortErica  I've seen these once at TJM but didn't pick them up. Interesting how they have different types of serum, I'm sure for a reason. I do tend to like the thicker kind but I also feel the watery kinds absorb well. At least the tacky factor wasn't strong which is a plus. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Yeah, stickiness can be distracting for me too @GalPalVal17. I passed these type up at TJ Maxx and then @eshoe reviewed one and I was bummed I missed out on the cool experience. Then @missjeanie comes and saves the day!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@ShortErica Oh man...  I forgot about these masks!  I really liked the diaper material on these ones.  

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Yes, the diaper material takes the experience to a new level. You'll have to use them again @missjeanie. The 1am had an expiration in March and the other 2 in May if you are tracking your masks.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Ha! I probably should be @ShortErica ! Alas... I think I’ve used like 5 sheet masks all of 2020... I ain’t afraid of a little expiry date! 

2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

H is for Herb in nude sheet mask, I'm thinking I received this in facetory. it's a thin white sheet, a bit too wide and long for my face shape, plenty of smooshing with this one. not much extra serum in the package, and from what I could tell it's a clear serum. the scent immediately stuck out as roses. some would think the scent is overpowering, and even for me, it was a bit strong, but faded upon application. wear time was 20 minutes, after removing I could tell it did a good job at hydrating and moisturizing, without leaving any sign of tackiness. I'd grade it a B+ for strong scent and wonky fit 😊 benefits were on point.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@lmaster  Packaging is A+ 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

It really is super cute!! @ather 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Sees mask, freaks out (CN makes masks!!), searches internet hoping there is a PowerPuff Girl or Steven Universe mask and is immediately disappointed. But I am glad this mask was great for you @lmaster!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@lmaster  Glad this one turned out decent! Have you tried any of the others from the line? I've tried this and the hydrating one and I thing I like the hydrating one better - but I think that's mostly because of the scent 😉 Those bears are sure cute too😊

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@Shosh85 I have tried the eye masks and loved those!! I enjoy a good rose scent, but whooaa this was strong!! 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

What a cute bear! It's a shame the scent wasn't a little more subtle, @lmaster but sounds like the results worked out well. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

The results were nice @quspork can't complain to much 😉

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@lmasterseems like a good overall mask. Do you think the benefits were worth deal with the scent and fit? Sounds like it hydrated well.