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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!

@greeneyedgirl107  Aww. Thank you for everything your doing as well!! It sucks your mask is bothering you too. If you can’t find any let me know I can try and pick some up for you! 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ather Thank you for the offer.  That's very kind of you.  Unfortunately, work is only letting us use masks they issue.  It's a bit frustrating.  I'm just going to stop typing right now - or I will go on a tangent about their policies!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@greeneyedgirl107  I’m so sorry. That sucks. Keep your chin up!

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Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@greeneyedgirl107  I work in healthcare as well and I’ve experienced the same issue. I’ve been using Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask not super easy to get right now. I’ve also used the polysporin night lip mask and I keep that one in my drawer at work. (I don’t like leaving my expensive ones at work) and it’s been helping me. My whole face got irritated from the masks we were given ☹️

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ather The Polysporin Lip Mask sounds interesting.  I am going to look into that one, and see if I can find it locally.  Thanks!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@greeneyedgirl107 @ather thank you both for all you do!!! 💋🤗 I second the Vaseline!! It's a go to for my boys

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster You're sweet!  Thanks!

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Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@greeneyedgirl107  I also use Vaseline. I use it on my hands too when I’ve sanitized too much!!  Polysporin night mask is what I get in Canada. There’s another brand similar In the us too so it be different. 

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@ather Thanks for the heads-up!

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I = Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask EX Pomegranate. I don’t use this mask often because of its fragrance and alcohol content. I used it last night because I’m still in cica mask mode to target acne and related inflammation, and I wanted to use an on-theme mask I haven’t yet shared in this thread. (Cica is the 15th ingredient in this mask.) 


Not to be confused with the non-EX version of this mask, which has different ingredients.Not to be confused with the non-EX version of this mask, which has different ingredients.



Claims: Plumps, smooths, and moisturizes skin; boosts radiance. 


Ingredients: In addition to pomegranate, this mask contains brightening peony root and soothing ingredients cica and chamomile. Sodium hyaluronate is listed last. I wish it was much higher, especially since alcohol is the 4th ingredient. 

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Dimethicone, Panthenol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Adenosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate, Fragrance, Pantolactone, Sodium Hyaluronate 

Performance: Super thin sheet that has 2 little tabs on the forehead. I call them “Innisears” because many Innisfree masks have them. Sometimes I cut them off, other times I just fold them down and out of the way. Serum drips off the sheet, and I can usually get half a handful of leftover serum from the sleeve. 


Each time I open this mask’s sleeve, I get a strong whiff of floral + citrus perfume hiding an alcohol smell. It reminds me of a specific bottled perfume but I can never remember which one. I smell it the whole time I wear this mask—30 minutes last night, and it didn’t trigger a sneezing fit or headache this time but it has in the past. After removing the sheet, I spent 2 minutes massaging in residual serum. No pilling. Moderate tack. 


Results: Moisturized and moderately plumped skin, with a dewy glow. My inflammation was still present but slightly reduced—and to be fair, inflammation reduction isn’t one of this mask’s claims. This isn’t a mask I routinely seek out or restock; I think the few I currently have came from a friend. But I do think it’s one of the better masks in Innisfree’s My Real Squeeze EX line. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@WinglessOne uughh I used one mask with the tabs and it frustrated me so much 🤣

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster  I don’t like the tabs either, but they don’t bug me much. 🙂 I don’t use them when applying sheets, and it’s easy for me to remove or fold them out of the way before putting the sheet on my face. 

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If I ever see those again @WinglessOne I'm cutting them off immediately,,,I didn't realize how annoying they were 🤣

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I’m so curious about the scent, @WinglessOne. I’ve had that experience, too. Many times it’s another beauty product, one I’ve used long, long ago. At least it didn’t give you a headache 🤷🏻‍♀️ Interesting conversation below, too. I didn’t know they change up ingredients per country. That seems like a lot of hassle for each mask variety.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  Sometimes the ingredients are largely the same but shuffled up. I don’t know how many brands do this, or for how many of their products. 


I kinda wish I had a sample of whatever perfume this mask reminds me of, just so I could finally identify it. 😄 

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@WinglessOne @ather @Shosh85, I’m just guessing here but do you think the “EX” might mean “export” or “exported”?


The packaging on the one in the pic has Korean on it. I don’t think the ones that are sold at Innisfree US stores have the EX on it or information about the mask in Korean on the front of the packaging. I’ll try to remember to look through my bin this weekend. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  The ex for export is a good possibility! - and the US site does only carry the non-EX versions. Like @WinglessOne mentioned, I have a feeling the EX version is the newer line. I read that with Laniege the EX in their products indicates that it's a new improved version - so I'm wondering if this is the same thing. 🤔  I have a few of the non-ex versions and they do all have the Korean writing on the front. Here's the honey one:



Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85 @WinglessOne, do you recall where you purchased your EX masks? @ather 

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Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  @Shosh85  @ather 

My current batch of pom masks came from a friend and I don’t know where she bought them. Probably from YesStyle. But I do also have a batch of ginseng EX masks I bought in-store from either TJM or Marshalls last year. 


It’s not unusual for brands to switch up their skincare product formulations for different countries. That could be what’s happening with these Innisfree masks. Innisfree(dot)com does state that the product names of their My Real Squeeze masks might be different per country. Maybe EX is the name used in Korea, and the “EX” is dropped for the US market. Or maybe EX is the newer or older version of this line after all. 🤔 


Someone should ask Innisfree direct about this. 😄 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  I don't have any of the EX versions. They were selling a bunch of the non-EX versions at TJ Maxx, which leads me to believe that the non-EX line is older. 





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