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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:



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I'm so sorry the snail didn't work for you @WinglessOne!  It's such a let down when a mask that should hydrate and nourish you skin fails so completely.  I am really glad the Frudia helped though.  

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Thanks @mrsmouse  Frudia pom to the rescue! 

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That's too bad the Saem mask didn't work out to be more hydrating. Too heavy a fragrance can also make the process less than pleasant too. I'm glad the Frudia one worked better for you, @WinglessOne.

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@quspork  Oh, the snail mask was hydrating. Briefly. It just wasn’t moisturizing at all. That Frudia mask always works great for me. 🙂 


For me, fragrance in skincare products can mount an assault from all sides: sinuses, headache, migraine trigger, and bad skin reaction. I’m surprised the Frudia pom mask has never caused any of those reactions, considering where fragrance sits on its ingredients list. I do wish it was less scented, but it’s a scent I can easily deal with. The snail mask smelled more heavily fragranced than its ingredients list claimed it was. Hmm. 

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Interesting, @WinglessOne. Are there many sheet masks that you've found to be more moisturizing? Over the years, I've found very few. It's been my experience that most tend to focus more on boosting hydration.

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@quspork  Well, the Frudia Pomegranate Nutri-Moisturizing Mask, for starters. 😉 Also, most masks that boast ceramides as a key ingredient are moisturization masks, like the Dr. Jart Ceramidin mask. The Neogence Ceramide Moisturizing Mask isn’t nearly moisturizing enough, and I haven’t tried Neogence’s Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask yet—but they’re both marketed as “moisturizing.“ The OOZOO makes some very moisturizing masks, in addition to hydrating masks. I could draft up a longer list later; I’m sure other folks can name more masks. 


Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of masks marketed as hydrating, but also several that boast moisturizing abilities. Most masks that claim to strengthen the skin barrier should be moisturizing. Not all of them are, sadly, but they should be. 

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You're right that masks boasting ceramides, depending on where they show up in the ingredients list, may be more moisturizing, @WinglessOne @  I've found though there is often a huge difference between what some masks claim and what they produce, ha! I think sometimes it's partially a translation issue with Asian masks- hydrating and moisturizing being used more interchangeably. I'm glad you've found some of the Oozoo ones to be moisturizing. Those have all definitely leaned more hydrating for me. I probably don't lean too heavily on barrier masks tho since they're just not what I generally need or expect from a sheet mask.#

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@WinglessOne  well that's too bad on the snail one. Those seem to be a fave around here and typically work well but I guess they all can't win. On the other hand, I'm with you on the Frudia one. I am finishing up the pack of these that I have before they expire and I really enjoy reaching for this one. 

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@GalPalVal17  Pomegranate is my favorite Frudia mask. I’m glad you’re enjoying them! I have 11 or 12 more to use before expiration, so I’ll be rolling through them this month. This should teach me not to stockpile so many of my favorite masks unless I’m going to use them frequently. 😄 

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Thanks for sharing @WinglessOne. I'm excited to hear about the frenemy mask!

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@ShortErica  I did a mini review of it in the daily skincare routine thread a few days ago. I have one more of them left and will probably use it soon. 🙂 

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@WinglessOne awwww that's too bad about the saem mask, I have not had such a reaction before, but luckily you picked another nice one too make up for it

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@lmaster  I get that dry-patch reaction whenever something’s not moisturizing enough for my dry zones. I’d be slightly less salty about this snail mask leaving dry patches behind if the brand didn’t claim the mask is moisturizing. It does hydrate, but doesn’t moisturize at all. Good thing I have a large arsenal of moisturizing products to make things right! 

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@WinglessOne yes girl! Back up to the rescue!!

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@WinglessOne, too bad The Saem snail mask didn’t work out well for you. Do you think you’d try another snail mask or is it one-and-done as far as snail masks go?

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@itsfi  I’ll probably try a different snail mask at some point. I’m still curious to see what snail mucin can actually do for me (I’ve already researched it, but it’ll be fun to ask my derm about) without ticking my skin off. I’m pretty sure this mask’s failure was caused by its overall formulation, not just the snail ingredient, so I won’t let it bias me. 🙂

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Hahaha! 😂 @WinglessOne, you’ll have to report back on your derm’s response about snail mucin! 

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Two masks in one session, @WinglessOne, you’re kinda setting the bar high here😄


Oof the heavy fragrance on the Seam mask doesn’t sound appealing. Especially if it’s perfume-y. With snail mucin in it, I would have thought it to offer a lot more nourishment for your skin. Bummer it was such a let-down.

The Frudias are nice, yes-mesh backing is very appreciated! Plus it’s less wasteful than the plastic ones that are sometimes included. I’m very curious about your ‘frenemy’ mask. 


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@eshoe  As with any other skincare product, a superstar ingredient in a mask can’t make up for a shoddy formula. 😞 Maybe my skin did get some imperceptible snail-related benefit, but definitely none of the brand’s claims that should’ve been quickly noticeable. Oh well. 


I wish all sheet masks had a mesh backing, especially Papa Recipe Bombee Fruitables masks. 

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Yes, the ones with mesh are the most helpful to me, too @WinglessOne

I know you love your e.l.f., but the CosRx Snail Mucin has been pretty good to my skin, it seems to plump it immediately after use. That being said, I still need to try the e.l.f. and I see it’s back in stock now!

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Alright I am finally remembering to upload one of my weekly masks, and this one happened to fit! For H & S I used the Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Soothing Hydra Solution™ Dermask Water Jet Soothing Hydra Solution™ I’ve used many Dr. Jart+ masks before, and I do quite like them. This mask gave me mix signals, I’ll start with the good. It was incredibly soothing, and cooling. It really helped with my redness and sensitive skin. One of the best masks I’ve used to combat redness and sensitive skin for sure. The only downside was the smell! Other reviewers have said it smelt like thyme or rosemary and really enjoyed it, but it was quite off putting for me. Yet I’ll definitely use it again because of the benefits. It also had a crazy amount of serum in the package! 

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