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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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Yeah, a back to basics routine is always good when skin is reactive or super sensitive to actives or acids (or anything). Hope you are able to pinpoint the root of the issue @eshoe.

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Thank you @itsfi, things are on the upswing but it will be a few days before I dare use a wash-off mask again. I have a few sheet masks with centella, snail mucin, and/or propolis set aside for the rest of the week though I took tonight off.

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Good thinking to take the night off @eshoe. Sometimes our skin just needs a break. Those are wonderful ingredients you listed and they should be helpful with the healing process. Hope your skin feels better soon.

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@eshoe  sorry to hear you are facing this. It hurts plus it’s annoying.

You already seem to have a solid plan but just wanted to share ... when I get this kind of irritated skin, I stick with minimal ingredient products - wash with gentlest cleanser (cream cleanser or DE Pekee bar), glycerine with rose water or Consonant Hydroextreme (has just two ingredients), Squalane oil and DE Lala to ensure I am not irritating it further. Even sunscreens stings me on those days. I recently saw somewhere that Truely Doll cream has minimal ingredients and works really well. 

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Thank you so much for the suggestions @naturalooks15, I am noting them. I’ve never encountered this type of aggravation so I’m really at a loss for how to get my skin back on the fast track to good health. I will also check out Truely Doll cream, haven’t heard of it before so I appreciate it.

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@eshoe  I had this kind of irritation when I dived right into A-Passioni Sunce I had never used a Retinol before. It was red, looked swollen for more than 24 hrs. Everything stung, even Protini and B-Hydra. I stayed away from any actives for at least 4-5 days if I remember correctly. Ten Evercalm masked also felt burning, Jart Ceramidine shwet mask also didn’t help. 

I am so sorry you are going through this. This sounds like moisture barrier damaged. If you live close to a Sephora, I would suggest go in for a sample of DE F-Balm, Lala retro and Squalane oil if you don’t have these. I am happy to decant these and send your way but I think that will take 2-3 days. Let me know and I can get these shipped tomorrow morning.

Glycerine will sting so don’t Put it on as first layer for first two days. Keep moisturizer in fridge and then use it. If nothing then for tomorrow, just use water to rinse, no cleanser and pat on squalane oil then try glycerine-rose (ETA: snail mucin) . If you have aloe gel, put it in fridge and use that. 
Costco has “Georganic Propolis” serum which has ‘Propolis extract and Centella Asiatica extract’ (or any other serum with these two ingredients will help).

Oh... and how can I forget.... simplest things .... if nothing else  CosRx snail mucin has minimal ingredients and doesn’t have actives, keep it in the fridge and apply that mixed with Squalane oil 

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@naturalooks15 you are such an encouragement! I just checked and I have a full bottle of the Consonant Hydroextreme, as well as an almost full jar of the LaLa. I stopped by Sephora earlier today and picked up a sample of the F-Balm, so the only piece of the puzzle I am missing is the squalane. I do have a DS of the Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer, I wonder if that would work. I have sooooo many facial oils, but none with squalane at the moment. The Consonant has glycerin, so I shouldn’t use that for the first couple of days, correct? The CosRx I can pick up locally, just checked. Also the Georgina I can order online it appears, looks like I have my work cut out for me!


Many thanks for taking the time to share, and also offering to send me a bit as well. That Consonant has been lingering and it appears today was the perfect day to get my DE sample. I did try it (the DE) after LaLa tonight and so far, so good. 

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@eshoe  If you have Consonant HydraExtreme then you are set. Use it first right after washing. It will NOT sting. The other extract ingredient makes it super duper gentle.  Today use 6-7 drops, (generally you need just 2-3) after that use DE Lala then top it off with F-Balm. Do this twice. This should give you relief by tomorrow eve. Try Boissance cream in small area tomorrow, should be fine but not sure with damaged barrier. You don’t need to rush to buy that Georganics serum from Costco since you have Consonant. Snail mucin is good to buy/keep since it’s non-reactive and was fine even in my tomato red face.


one more thing I had learnt the super hard way.... do not cry after applying Retinol, or at least not let tears roll down your face/cheeks. It will make you face raw, like you “scraped off too layer of skin with a knife” raw 😳 after two incidents I realized that. 

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Oh my I will be extra careful not to shed a tear @naturalooks15 😬 My mistake perhaps is that I became a little too casual with the Bakuchiol; as a retinol alternative, I didn’t think it had the potential to damage my skin. 

I’ve completed one round of your suggested routine, just waiting for everything to soak in a bit before round two. I am pretty sure I have a few sheet masks with snail mucin, wonder if they would be helpful throughout the week.

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Masks from last week - B is for Berries and these masks make me hungry Strawberry.jpg




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@itsfi your flat lays always make me wish I'd bought different things at the grocers.  And possibly make me want to run back out to get strawberries.  Dang this is just such a pretty, put together masking session!

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Thank you so much @missjeanie for your kind words! 🥰 Lots of strawberry goodness  with this masking. 🍓 Flat lays, food and face care ... these are a few of my favorite things. 😉 

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Oh my gosh!! @itsfi strawberry kitkats!!! I've never seen these before! Must find now!! 😆😋

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They’re yummy @lmaster! 🍓 Sweet but not too sweet! 💕 Let me know if you have problems getting a hold of them. 😉 

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@itsfi thanks! I found some online 🙌

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Such a pretty colour scheme @itsfi! it's making me crave sugar!

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Thank you @haleyvvvv🙂 It was a great strawberry theme masking all around. My favorite of the food and drink treats ended up being the strawberry rhubarb kombucha - I had never tried that kombucha flavor before; it reminded me of a seasonal strawberry rhubarb cupcake I had years ago - now, that was delicious! 

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@itsfi  Oh yum, what a delicious theme! 🍓 I actually just recently saw those Kit Kat's somewhere and assumed they were limited edition for Valentines - those other flavors sound interesting! 🤔

Glad you liked the Peripera mask! I've really enjoyed all the Peripera masks I've tried so far and they all have smelled great too. 😉

That Skinfood mask is one of my favorites! It seriously looks and smells good enough to eat!

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@Shosh85, oh good call, makes sense about it being LE for Valentines Day. I’ll have to keep an eye out on the different Kit Kat flavors. I’m not sure about the chestnut flavored one but the apple pie one sounds like it might be good. 😋 That Skinfood wash off is one I’ll keep repurchasing; smells amazing.

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Lovin’ the strawberry 🍓 theme here @itsfi! The longer I mask, the more I appreciate a good fruity scent. The Kit Kat looks...interesting? I wonder if it tastes like strawberry wafers, you know the sugary rectangular treats that come in packages with vanilla and chocolate flavored ones? Yum☺️

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How funny @eshoe! Those strawberry wafers were the first thing I thought of when I laid eyes on the Kit Kat’s. The chocolate covering the wafer part definitely changes things enough that when I took a bite of the Kit Kat, it didn’t remind me of those wafers at all other than the crunch factor. I guess every strawberry treat has its own distinctive taste?! Lol. 😂 As for the actual mask, I really liked the scent on this one. I think it would be one you like! 🍓 

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