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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!

@itsfi  I think you might be on to something 🤔

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@WinglessOne  I’ve never noticed the EX on those ones!! 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@WinglessOne  I never noticed there was an "EX" line! I'd be curious how different the ingredients are between the two versions and what makes it "EX." I've used some of the ones with alcohol and some without, and either way I just haven't been too impressed with the brand. Happy to hear this one had such nice results! 😉😃

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@Shosh85  @ather  I’m not sure if the EX versions are older or newer, or exactly what “EX” is supposed to mean. 😄 For comparison’s sake, here’s the ingredient list of the non-EX version you can find right now at Innisfree direct: 



Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@WinglessOne  Interesting! Thank you! The first few things I noticed right off the bat was that the alcohol in both version are in the same position, but Cica and Sodium Hyaluronate are higher up in the non-EX version. 🤔 It would be a fun experiment to try each version of the same mask and how different the results are 😃

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Interesting 🧐 @WinglessOne 

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Today’s mask was Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask. I always enjoy using this mask but I did find some later in the day in my nostrils and eyes. It did not annoy me but it was weird finding it there. 

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I really like this one too @Loretta55 

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Oh no @Loretta55, that’s no fun. But I can totally relate! That’s such a good clay mask, though.

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@Loretta55  Oh no I hate when I find bits of a mask later on. Such odd places! 

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@Loretta55  This is such a great mask, glad to hear you're enjoying it! I kind of feel like every time I do a wash-off mask I find some in my nose later 😂

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@Loretta55 I think that you were the one (sorry if I'm wrong on that one!) who asked me about the Sio masks.  I've used the forehead/brow one (to fit in with the targeted concerns theme) and I'm torn on it!  It surprisingly DOES provide results in seemingly tightening my forehead area and diminishing the little expression marks that are pretty prominent between my brows and I didn't really think that I'd see a difference.  However, the caveat is that the results are definitely temporary (which doesn't surprise me).  I think it's one of those masks that's nice if you have a special occasion to go to or just want to feel extra...taut?...but as with most other masks of this type, it doesn't provide any lasting effects.  


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Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ohhhhh @CookieGirl1 this looks interesting!! 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

SIO is on GMA Deals @CookieGirl1 @eshoe @ather @itsfi . 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh this is very interesting @CookieGirl1-I wonder how many uses you can get out of this? Is it similar to the Skyn gel patches? I feel like those could be reusable, too.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe I haven't tried the Skyn ones myself but these are supposedly able to be reused approximately 10 to 15 times. So far I am on the fifth time of trying the brow mask and it's definitely starting to lose its tackiness but the directions say to just rewet it and it should prolong the life of it.  It's been kind of fun to try even though the results are only temporary but it's definitely something that's way overpriced or was it is! Keep in mind that you're not actually paying for a mask that has any active ingredient--or really any ingredients at all – – it's literally a very thick silicone mask that pulls your forehead really taut.  

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The Skyn masks have a 10-15 use limit @CookieGirl1 😳 even if it’s just I’ve wasted SO much. I just recently learned I can re-soak tea leaves and it’s made a huge difference in my tea consumption. Who knew? Thank you so much for the tip, I am genuinely grateful!!!

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lol, @eshoe, you're so funny!  

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@CookieGirl1  I feel like those kind of results never last long enough! 😃 Even though it was temporary, I'm glad to hear you saw some great results!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Definitely fun to at least try, @Shosh85.  It's kind of cool that it's actually reusable (although obviously the stickiness fades gradually) so at least it's not literally a one-time thing!  

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@CookieGirl1 thanks for reviewing ! That’s very interesting ! 

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