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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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Oh my goodness @PrettyPaint it feels sooooo good to be emptying so many containers-January has been a very good month for that! Itching for the end of the month so I can empty my empties after posting on that thread😆

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@eshoe  I am always impressed that people are able to hold onto the packaging until the end of the month. I think I like the instant gratification of tossing it too much.

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Me too, @PrettyPaint. This is the first time I’ve been holding it until the end of the month and it is a total pain. This might be the first and last time. I much prefer weekly empties!

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Yay @eshoe!  I'm really glad you liked this one so much too!  I appreciate all the research you did into the ingredients!  I knew a few of them were good, but you highlighted some I wasn't aware of.  I'm hoping the store I picked them up at still has a few more as this is certainly one I would like to reuse myself, as well as one I would love to share with others.  🙂 

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I learned a lot too, @mrsmouse - I was a little skeptical when reading the ingredients, they all sound so similar. The fit was better than the previous one, so that helped, too. 

if you can find the other HA/Collagen ones, they are REALLY good, too! 

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I'll absolutely keep an eye out!  Thanks so  much @eshoe!!  🙂

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D is for Drunk Elephant and for Clean Theme Herbivore Prism! 




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@Kim888  Thanks for your reviews on these! They both sound sound great and I'm happy to hear you're enjoying them! I agree, it seems like a strong mask you can't feel is kinda risky, (especially with people like me who get easily distracted with their children.)😂 It's hard to beat that Babyfacial - it's definitely a favorite of mine! 😉👍 

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Love your review of the prism, @Kim888. I've been eyeing that one to try and it's definitely worth bearing in mind how it may compare to some others, so thank you!

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@Kim888 the herbivore prism kinda dried me out after using it, but luckily I immediately hydrated and had no issues

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Thanks for the reviews, and glad you're enjoying these so far @Kim888. The F-balm sounds really nice. The play-doh scent sounds interesting! 🙂 I wonder if it's a salty scent from the sodium PCA? I really have no idea if sodium PCA has a scent, though. 

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Ok your review of the Prism is very helpful @Kim888. I have the DS in my cart but I’m just a little intimidated by its potency. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Does your skin feel dry at all the morning after using the F-Balm?

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@eshoe My skin has felt pretty nice in the mornings after using F-balm but I'm not sure how much more hydration I am truly getting over my normal routine. Maybe a little more - I've also seen a few people just pumping in an extra dollop into their moisturizer so maybe I'll try that.  I feel like I've been really dry throughout the day in the last few weeks in general though (like before I started using it). 

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W is for watermelon.  Okay Ciate I like!  I was so happy when I opened the package to find watermelon slices!  A little sad they don’t smell like watermelon but also relieved to not be putting perfume near my eyes.  Happy again that the eye patches are stickers and I can wander about with them on.  Sad again that I went down to eat watermelon while wearing these, only to find someone else got to the watermelon first.  These are highly moisturizing so very happy when they came off to see my fine lines diminished. I love that the box comes with six pairs of these.  Very cute and totally worth it!  A



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@heartsmyface ,

I'm so glad to read your posts.  I have been wanting to try these watermelon slices for a while, but needed a little push.

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@heartsmyface OMG, these are flippin adorable!

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@nuinui933   Thanks!  I love how they covered nearly the entire area above my cheekbones!  Biggest under-eye patches I’ve tried.  

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Adorable @heartsmyface! I've eyed these masks for a while. They're on my list for the next sale - I should be done with or at least made a huge dent in my eye mask stash by then. That's such a bummer that you couldn't have actual watermelon while masking with these super cute watermelon eye masks! 

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@itsfi   My prediction was wrong.  I bought a watermelon tonight and made sure I got some this time.  My fiend children polished off the rest😏 of all the things to fiend over I feel like watermelon is pretty healthy.  

And yeah I would definitely buy these again if they went on sale.   

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@heartsmyface  Awe! You look adorable! Those are definitely super cute and I love that they're stickers, but even better that they're effective! 🙌🍉

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Those patches are too cute, @heartsmyface!

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