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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: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @itsfi, I was relieved to see I won’t be running out of my Cushion Complexion anytime soon☺️

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I’m not sure how they restructured or reorganized but I’m glad that they seem to be back @eshoe. Is the cushion complexion the one that comes in the pen / wand? 

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yes, @itsfi it is. I have always had at least two backups on hand, as I go through one every few months. It’s my faithful foundation and perfect for when I am too tired/don’t have time for a full face. And what I always use when I am testing new combos of skincare/primers as it seems to work with most formulations.


It seems prices were cut in half when they went to Target as well, so a double win for me!

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  Oh, thank you for the heads up! I love their three-step mask.... if only it wasn't $12 😬😃

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yeah @Shosh85, the price is in the higher end; there’s 2 masks in the pack which is better but $6 per mask is still on the high side. If you have or get one of those $5 off coupons/cards, the price is more palatable.

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Not on weekly topic but trying to get through a few masks: Check your product expiration dates! Frudia pore controlFrudia pore control





Since I've been taking better care of my skin I don't have much excess sebum in winter, but any pore help I can get I will take! The expiry date for this is May of 2020 so I figured I should try to go through my soon-to-expire masks first, seeing as I do struggle to mask everyday with my skincare routine as it is. 

This mask is lovely, pores felt a little tighter, skin feels alright.  Smells like grape juice which is a bonus. 😊 tackiness went away quick and it didn't leave much of a film behind. 


Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

That is an excellent theme @eshoe @l8totheparty ..... As I'm eating a caramilk 🤤😋😆

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Great reminder and suggestion @l8totheparty@ShortErica - I changed the first week of the challenge to a Clean out your Stash so start digging through them! I did this a couple of weeks ago and sadly had to toss a couple. Not gonna happen again😉

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

What a great week theme idea! @eshoe 

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

You're a smart cookie @l8totheparty! I'm pulling all my 2020 masks and putting them at the front of my stash so I used them before they expire. I think my count was 32 so that's totally doable. @eshoe do we have that as a theme? Use your masks before they expire. Hahaha. I have a feeling many of us have a stockpile that we should look through like @l8totheparty suggested.

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty glad you liked it! and I really do need to check my sheet masks for expiration! TBH I never even thought about it !

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty Happy to hear it turned out nice for you! This and the blueberry one are definitely my favorites from the line 😃

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yes, the blueberry ones I have have an expiry date of January!  I better get on using them up for best freshness.  @Shosh85 


Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I remember these showing up on BIC this year @l8totheparty they get a lot of love.  I tried a few things from the brand and I think the masks were a highlight!  

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Wrapping up Last week's holiday party getting ready theme 




I've said it a bunch of times here but Love the Fresh powder for giving my skin a glow and the oozoo was great for providing hydration as the powder, while it gives a good glow, can make my skin a little dry. New for me were the Milk Makeup eye patches (so guess this is can be this week's discovery theme as well haha). I am really impressed. I love how sticky they are so you can use them while walking around without them sliding off. they were super cooling and helped a lot with depuffing -A from me, I will totally buy. 

This year, I feel like I have discovered how much my skin really loves honey masks!




This is the Etude Manuka Honey Mask. Fit was decent and it was very saturated. It did not have any honey smell. As honey masks go, this was fine but it wasn't my favorite - I didn't think it was quite as moisturizing as the papa recipe one, but it was hydrating. Fit was nice, a bit tacky after I used it but absorbed within 15 minutes. I'd give it a solid B+

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The Fresh glow powder sounds great @Kim888 

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Looks like you picked a nice combination @Kim888 - a little glow here, a little hydration there. Definitely sounds holiday prepped to me!

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Kim888  Love the Oozoo and Fresh! I agree the Fresh is a bit drying, but it definitely smells great! I'm happy you had a nice masking session! 😃

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh it's so good to hear a review on the Milk eye masks @Kim888, I've been enjoying a few things from the brand this year and have given these a look a few times, but just never pulled the trigger. 

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I agree with you on the honey masks, @Kim888. I've tried a couple Etude House masks and really liked them, I will have to check and see if I have this one. 

Re: UPDATE: 2020 Q1/2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I can't seem to remember what day it is but I know it's Y week. LOL! 


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I’m excited for this week’s masking. I’ve seen some folks use multiple products from the same brand and have always thought that’d be cool to do and I got to do that this week with a few Yadah things. The Yadah nose strips and spot cream was something one of my friends picked up a pack of and shared it with a group of us. I've been using the spot cream all week and I'm not so sure about it. I don't know if it's doing anything; I mean, I haven't broken out so that's good, but I'm not sure my spots have gotten any better either. The nose strip is also iffy - my nose can't be that clean so I don't think it's very powerful at sucking out all the gunk in my nose. 

Back to the sheet mask – it’s a very pretty shade of red, very festive for the holidays. I’ve never tried a foil mask so that was fun too. It’s a pretty good mask; it was fun to walk around with it and my skin felt very hydrated afterwards.


Y is also for yowza!! this week. I got a huuuuuge box in the mail from @itsfi She offered to send me "a few" green tea masks she thought I might like. It was very sweet of her to remember that I love green tea … well, green tea anything but green tea skin products and masks. I was blown away by her offering to send some to me; then I was blown away even more like 100 times more when I saw what she sent – a handful of green tea sheet masks that I’ve never tried before - brands I've seen some of you gals use and others I've never heard of before and a 10-pack of the Innisfree green tea masks which are my favorites. She also sent some masks for my friends and then some just to add to our communal mask bowl – OMG, so nice!! I can't even thank you enough, itsfi. It was so nice of you; we're all totallly blown away. One of my friends asked "how do you know her? she's like a real life santa, or Mrs Claus... or Ms Claus..." One of the masks itsfi sent was the foil mask. Thank you so much for everything.

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