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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: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

These are super cute!!! @lmaster 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hahaha @lmaster! 😂 The whole essence vs serum vs ampoule in a sheet mask is confusing. Is it a thicker essence or does that make it a serum? Lol. This TCS x HK mask is such a good one; the illustrations and results are great! 💗💕

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

RE the liquid name debate: Essence is usually a lighter liquid than a serum. It's generally less concentrated with ingredients and focuses primarily on hydration. Serums are a bit thicker and have other benefits (brightening, for example). Ampoules are essentially very concentrated serums, often a bit thicker than a typical serum. They pack a punch on whatever ingredient they offer.


With sheet masks, I think technically it just depends on what ingredients and consistency are used. Most would fall under the serum category. Of course,  obviously some would be essence masks and there are a couple of actual ampoule masks (I think those tend to be two-step masks). It doesn't help the confusion that sometimes the terms are used somewhat interchangably by some companies on certain products, LOL.





Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ok it is making sense for sure! @quspork would you consider the white thicker serums to be ampoule? 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Only if it has a high concentration of a specific ingredient, @lmaster. Otherwise, it's more of just a thicker serum. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ok it definitely makes sense @quspork 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi I believe what they’re called is based off where they’re from.   An essence is a serum but I am under the impression that an ampoule is an ingredient booster of sorts.  

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I think I might just stick to calling it all serum @itsfi 🤦

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I quite liked this mask too @lmaster , and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a line or wrinkle on your face in any photos! You’re gorgeous girl!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

100% agree @missjeanie @lmaster 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Blushing 😊 @itsfi you are too kind 💋

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster, it may be kind but it’s also, absolutely true! @missjeanie 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Awwwwwww thank you!! @missjeanie that's so very kind of you to say 😘🤗

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

My Wednesday night masking! 

I kinda missed using the Summer Friday last night— I’m taking this as a mark in the ‘buy another’ column! 
i decided to continue my week of BIC influenced masking with a sheet mask from @eshoe , the no:hj mask. I have no idea what this mask was meant to do, but the mystery of it was half the fun. Instructions were all in a language I don’t speak/read so I found a few numbers that said 15-20 and assumed that was the timeline. I left the mask on for 20 minutes (I could have done 25 I’m sure but I needed to get to bed). No scent to speak of, and it was a touch wide for my face, but I don’t mind some smooshing from time to time. Not much extra serum in the packet, just enough to do my neck.   This was fun in that I had no idea what it was meant to do so removal was interesting. I looked over my skin until I started wondering what it had looked like before? I want to say I got some moisture out of this mask, but not really any brightening. But again, sometimes if I examine my skin too much it all starts to look the same.
I finished off with the last half of my facial masking with the other half of the Sulwhasoo overnight mask. Again, nice scent that dissipated quickly, no oily ness, a nice lotion texture and my skin looked so normal this morning. 
My last mask of the night was a foot peel. I plugged my tub for my shower to ‘soak’ my feet and then put the booties on with socks over top. I set an alarm so as not to sleep all night in them, lookin at you @lmaster , lol. I got up randomly after 2.5 hours and decided in stead of waking up again in an hour I’d just rinse my feet in the tub then. Felt kinda weird getting up in the middle of the night to shower my feet, but hey, I want soft feet before Christmas! Now I wait for the peeling disgustingness/I can’t look away to start!76B52808-357F-4051-8B48-8396CF4E4E1E.jpeg




Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The no:hj masks themselves (most anyway) and their packaging are so aesthetically pleasing @missjeanie. Also like you, I haven’t found them to be wow-ing in terms of efficacy-but pretty to look at nonetheless 😄


Nice planning on the foot mask so the peeling is done before Christmas, too! Now I’m even more motivated to try one again;)

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It might sound silly @eshoe , but the package even felt pretty in my hands! 
ive seen a bit of peeling on the top of my feet already so I’m fingers crossed thé look at me brand foot peel does it’s thing without too much waiting!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Seems like everyone has tried that foot mask @missjeanie would be a good place for me to start. And end, because I think two in a single year might be all I can handle😄

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I think it sounds like you just decided to do one @eshoe !!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yeah we’ll see @missjeanie. If I come across one (might check this weekend) I will try it but I’m definitely not going out of my way!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ohhh I've tried this foot peeling mask before... not sure I will again though... too messy! 😄  It did make my feet super soft. Hope you get good results!  Just this week I used a mask left over from the bundle I had purchased (not the peel) and it helped with the rough heels... of course that was after using that little pedi machine. @missjeanie 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@veronika23 @lmaster i think I may have over done the foot peel last night. I have some peeling already! I noticed I was itching my ankle, and lost some skin. I’m torn on weather this is a good thing and a good perk will follow, or if I’m gonna scratch myself up!3B016A5D-71BB-4912-ADCA-B36AAF6011F3.jpeg


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