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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!

Such a good theme @faeriegirl! I gotta use my honey bear hair mask but am trying to not have too many open products at once. You picked a nice line-up.

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Super cute honey sesh! @faeriegirl 

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Looks like a fun honey 🍯 themed masking session @faeriegirl! I always smile when I see that bear packaging. I didn’t get it because I od’d on the honey scent for a while.

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This honey theme @faeriegirl!!  💛🍯 💛🍯💛🍯 Great products all around here! 😍

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@faeriegirl  Love a honey theme! The Oozoo and the lippie are both old favorites and loves of mine too! Glad you enjoy these! 😋🍯

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@faeriegirl  Love your honey theme!! The sheet mask looks amazing!!

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The past couple of L masks: 


LuLuLun (from the lovely @itsfi 😘)



LuLuLun Plus Sweet Drop Nature Care Mask🍯

A medium thickness cotton sheet mask that was saturated with plenty of serum. It had a pleasant scent, that smelled mostly like almond oil to me, with a hint of honey - but almond oil isn't listed in the ingredients and my nose was a little stuffed up, so I'm not 100% sure on that. It's quite possible it was the avocado oil I was smelling, I just can't remember exactly what that smells like. 🤔🥑 It was just slightly too wide at the sides of the forehead and too long at the chin. I left it on for about a half hour. When I removed it the leftover serum absorbed quickly, but left behind some tackiness that lasted about 20 minutes. My face looked less dull and maybe a touch brighter, and my skin felt refreshed and comfortably hydrated.

This is a great hydration mask and I'd gladly use again, though I probably wouldn't purchase only because of my personal preference to limit parabens.



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The Creme Shop Lavender Oil Infused Face Mask

This is a medium thickness cotton sheet mask that was saturated with plenty of serum and had a lavender/floral scent - not my favorite at all, but it was light enough that it didn't bother me too much. It fit like a classic Creme Shop mask - too long at the chin, too wide at the sides of the forehead, the space between the eyes was a bit too wide and it just kinda felt baggy. I left the mask on for about a half hour and when I removed it most of the serum was already absorbed. There was only the very slightest bit of tack, that took only about 5 minutes to completely absorb. My face felt refreshed, hydrated and was soft and smooth.

This mask was just ok for me. The results weren't very impressive, the fit was wonky and I didn't like the scent, or that fragrance was so high up in the ingredients. It claims to gently treat acne, but I didn't have any to test that out. I'd use it again, but I wouldn't repurchase.



Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I have a couple lu lu mask packs I need to try,,, but I've been on this Lapcos kick 😆 @Shosh85 all your fault 😉

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I do like the creme masks in general but lavender scents masks are a bit much for me. Lavender is a wonderful scent but oof, can’t handle if it’s right on my face. @Shosh85

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Good to know about TCS Lavender Oil sheet mask @Shosh85. 🧐 It’s been sitting in my bin for a while now. I pick it up ... I put it down ... up ... down ... 😝 As I was reading your thoughts on avocado 🥑 oil, I thought about running into the kitchen to see how the avo oil smells. Hahaha 😂 The honey and packaging on the LuLuLun drew me in. Then the sales associate said “it’s a very good and popular brand in Japan” and into my little basket it went. So easily swayed. 😂 I mean, what’s she going to say Fi? 🤷🏻‍♀️ “It’s really awful; you really don’t want to buy it!”? 🤪🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 

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@itsfi  I really enjoyed the LuLuLun mask I'm not positive what it was that I was smelling, but it smelled good nonetheless. I'm easily swayed too, especially when it comes to skincare and makeup and food... (ok, a lot of things sway me 😂) The packaging itself would lure me in 😉

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@Shosh85  Sorry the Creme Shop mask wasn’t quite up to par. I wouldn’t be able to use that one at all (lavender extract + peppermint extract = no bueno for my face), but the LuLuLun mask looks and sounds lovely. I bet the almond scent comes from apricot oil. I should be on a mask low/no-buy for a few months, but I kinda wanna try this one now. 


Funny: I just got a box of a different variety of LuLuLun masks and planned to use one this morning, though I pretty much never do sheet masks in the AM. Instead I’ll probably use one tonight. I like their peach mask a lot; I have just one more left, and I saw that LuLuLun direct is having a sale through sometime in April... so much for mask low/no-buy. 😄 

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Politely butting in but I heard peach 🍑  mask!! 👀😍 @WinglessOne @Shosh85 Is it the 7 sheets in 1 resealable pack peach mask or a different one? 🤔 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  The one I’m almost out of is the Premium Yamanashi Peach mask. I think all the premium series are 20% right now. Not to encourage more mask spending, but... 🙂 


The masks I just got are the pink daily use pink box. I won’t use them daily because I have to space out all honey products used on my face. And they contain tangerine peel extract, something I don’t want to put on my face daily. But I like the other ingredients and wanted a 5-10 minute sheet mask for occasional use, so I added them to my last SkinStore order during their 25% off sale—which is still happening, I believe. 

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Thank you @WinglessOne! I have the one you just picked up, the Premium Yamanashi sheet mask.


I hear you on the tangerine peel extract. I have to be careful with citrus fruit extracts and oils in masks; I can use them but just have to be mindful of too regular use as my skin can have be sensitive to them depending on what else I’ve been using on my skin. 

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@WinglessOne  Oh, yup, could've been the apricot oil I was smelling 👍
A peach one sounds yummy! I pretty much love peach everything 🍑 

I always feel like all the sales pop up right after I put myself on a low/no buy 😂 Sometimes you just gotta break the rules 😉

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@Shosh85  Glad they both were ok! It least they weren’t really bad!

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@ather  The LuLuLun mask was great, I just try to limit using products with parabens when I can  😉

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85, I’ve noticed that parabens seem to be a common ingredient in many sheet masks from Japanese brands. Just FYI. 

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@itsfi  Yeah, I've noticed that too. Avoiding parabens have now become more of something I use as an excuse to not buy a mask, not so much because of fear of getting cancer. 😂

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Sometimes we have to draw upon whatever we can to rein in our sheet mask purchasing habits @Shosh85! 😉 

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