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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:



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Masking two days in a row... who am I ??? A time traveling Shawna from early 2019! lol

Started off with the Snail Hydrogel eye gels again.  Really gotta watch those slippery little suckers, they have a tendency to be cheek gels if you aren't careful.
Then pre shower (I shower at lunch time lately... because why wake up early when you can use your lunch and no one sees you?)I used the Caolion Blackhead Steam Pore Pack.  I don't really have blackheads, but I can notice a bit of clogging on my chin and nose and honestly I have maybe two uses left in this... I want to use it up to make a bit of room for some newness. I do like this mask, I bought it based on a sample and the 'grittiness' is great without being too much.  It does heat up as you massage it in while rinsing. Pores do look better after use.
Post shower I tired out the It's Skin Hyaluron Plump mask, a gift from @mrsmouse !  Opening the pack I noticed a stronger scent that I couldn't really place, however by the time I got the mask on, I didn't notice it anymore.  The mask itself was a super nice material that hugged my face nicely.  The chin that I often find too long and end up tucking under by a few inches actually fit really well for me, I also usually need to fold over some material at the temples so that the mask isn't in my hairline, not here.  I did however need to cut between the eyes (something I normally do anyway), as the eye holes were pretty small.  The mouth hole was equally small, and I was okay with that until I decided I wanted to snack lol.  The mask stayed wet for quite some time and I had it on for about 15 minutes when I decided I needed to cut off the philtrum in order to have a cookie.  Such is life.  I kept it on for another 25 minutes and my skin really did feel plum and hydrated.  I didn't top with another moisturizer and just had this on for the rest of the day until bed time since I wasn't going outside or even near windows (sad sad basement office).  I really enjoyed this mask, thanks so much for sending my way mrsmouse! 
My evening sleeping mask was again the Dr. Jart.  I don't mind this, and I'll keep using it all week/til it's gone.  It's not feeling super heavy so hopefully this will be another bottle gone before the end of the month, so I can move onto newness.


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@missjeanie a cookie!!! Love it,,, that's a great idea,, I'll have to remember that tomorrow when I'm drinking my coffee ๐Ÿ˜†

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lol @lmaster Sometimes you gotta prioritize!

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@missjeanie I willing to bet a few more find themselves in the same boat as you-afternoon has become a favorite of mine๐Ÿ˜‰ 


I hear ya on finishing stuff to get on with newness, too!

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@eshoe @missjeanie yes to afternoon masking! Though I think I accidentally had my camera on for a brief moment at the beginning of a call that was just a one on one with a coworker. They haven't mentioned it but I'm 99% they say me with a face mask on for a few seconds before it became just audio only. Oops!

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@ShortErica They just might have been impressed ๐Ÿ˜‚

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I'm glad I'm not the only one with a bit of a new schedule these days.  Working from home has proven to be interesting to say the least.  

I have some newness on the way, but honestly I went on a bit of a buying bender there and I have three boxes full of stuff to open up... I just need to empty out some things first.  First world problems for sure!

Hope your afternoon today is wonderful @eshoe !

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Thank you, @missjeanie - you too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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@missjeanie  The Itโ€™s Skin Hyaluron Pump mask is one of my all-time favorites, so Iโ€™m always happy to see it work for other folks! Itโ€™s getting very hard to find (Iโ€™m pretty sure Itโ€™s Skin has discontinued it, along with their Bemu Pump sheet mask โ˜น๏ธ) so that was a very kind and generous gift from @mrsmouse ! 

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Oh what a bummer that it's not out there anymore @WinglessOne !  I really did like it.  And you're right @mrsmouse is always more than generous!

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@missjeanie Yay for found 2!
Cutting the philtrum part to eat is definitely something that happens pretty consistently with me - I swear masking makes me hungry, even if the mask isn't deliciously scented ๐Ÿ˜‰

 I bought a box of those sheet masks just based on the reviews here! So happy it turned out great for you too!

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Ha ha... I'm glad I'm not the only one @Shosh85 !  I used to mask after dinner so it wasn't a big issue, but with my schedule being so random now I might be doing this more often!

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Two days in a row and multi masking to boot! Youโ€™re on a roll @missjeanie! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ƒ You go, girl! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ 

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Ohhhh ya... gonna go pick out my post lunch time shower mask now @itsfi !  

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@missjeanie, thatโ€™s awesome! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„



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H is for Herbivore and Hey LO 


Used the Herbivore prism mask.I feel like my face has been looking quite dull and uneven, i've definitely been picking at it a lot since I've been home so much so this was nice. Standing by my thoughts from last time - I think this did a really nice job, it's very gentle, it's not quite as effective as baby facal but it's also not as intense so it's a good middle ground. 

I really enjoyed the HeyLo Vital Red Mask. It's a creamy cotton soaked serum mask although it was very hard to get unfold for some reason. The fit was really nice. It doesn't smell like tomato but it did have a sort of fresh-y scent. When I took this off my skin felt nice and hydrated and was not tacky. I would totally use this again! 

H is for Holika Holika


I tried out the camomile version of brewed mask series this time which is supposed to purify and smooth. The first was the same as the lavender one - it's a decent fit, a bit large. The mask was well saturated so it was easy to drop the tea bag in for full "brewing" . I did not like this mask as much as the Lavender one and I'm not sure I'd really be compelled to buy it again. It was fine, but I'm not a huge camomile scent person and I didn't really feel like the mask did any soothing or purifying. 

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I'm really intrigued by the tea ones and have a couple I've been gifted. Sorry the camomile wasn't the best scent @Kim888

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@Kim888 I have a tea version from the motm box,, I'll be very interested to see how it performs and smells,, thanks for the reviews

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@Kim888  Sorry the camomile one wasnโ€™t awesome. Itโ€™s good the others were working great!! 

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@Kim888 I love that Hey, Lo mask! They make a broccoli one that I havenโ€™t tried yet. 

What did you think of the Akar?

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@eshoe A broccoli one sounds interesting! 

The akar is just alright - I feel like it hydrates in the moment but doesnโ€™t have good longevity so I often find myself needing more