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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!

Oh my gosh!! @itsfi 🙌

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

LOL- that magnet is perfect, @itsfi@veronika23 was certainly on point with that gift!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I loooove that magnet @quspork @veronika23! ❤️ It cracks me up every time I see it on my fridge. It’s so true too! 😂

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

W is for Wei



Another two-fer yesterday morning – W is for Wei, a Chinese skincare brand. I’ve used another one of their sheet masks before and enjoyed it, so I thought I’d use another one from the brand. Claiming to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots and leave skin bright and glowy in as little as 10 minutes, Wei Rice Sprout Express Glow Illuminating Mask sets some high expectations for itself. A look at the ingredients lists supports its brightening claims, with rice bran extract as the very first ingredient – even before water! The mask also contains other well known (and well loved) brightening agents, licorice root and Vitamin C. Glycerin, a humectant often found in sheet masks, is also included here so my dry skin was happy it would get some hydration as well.


This silk mask is drenched with essence – it’s actually dripping in it, which I remembered from the previous times I’ve used their sheet masks, so I placed a small plate underneath when I pulled out the sheet mask from the vial with the tweezers that came with the mask. I also squeezed out some of the excess from the mask because there’s just so much essence packed into this mask. The mask adheres very well to the skin and feels so soft and comfortable. The fit is not the best for me but I’ve personally come to expect that with sheet masks – it’s ‘job security’ for my trusty mini scissors.;)


Now for my dilemma with this mask – do I just keep it on for 10 minutes to see if it lives up to its claims? Do I keep it on for my standard 30 minutes? Or, given how much essence this mask holds, do I just leave it on for as long as possible? Well, that latter option wasn’t really a practical one yesterday as I didn’t have hours I could devote to wear time. Eventually, I decided to stick with my SOP, and after 30 minutes, there was a fresh and glowy radiance to my complexion and my skin looked and felt very well hydrated – I cannot emphasize enough how “very” well hydrated it was. This is a great sheet mask for those with dehydrated or dry skin. If you have normal, combo or oily skin, this may be a good one in the winter months, but I’d recommend that you use it when you have a lot of time for all the essence to absorb (or that you use it at night) because my skin felt pretty saturated with the hydrating essence even after I removed the mask.


Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  this sounds like an ideal mask for the winter months. Glad you enjoyed it with great results. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @GalPalVal17! This was such a nice mask this time of the year! 💗

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sound like a great mask @itsfi , ALL the hydration! Your skin must have loved it! I think your scissors shouldn't bother looking  into retirement plans, they’ll be around forever lol

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hahaha @missjeanie! 😂 My mini scissors do get out to good use. 😆 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh you just reminded me @itsfi i have a test tube mask from @eshoe I need to use!! Sounds like a mask perfect for a pampering day 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster, I only know of two brands that make these test tube masks (they’re are probably more but I just know 2 of them) - Leaders and Wei. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yep I have a leaders brand and found it yesterday @itsfi @eshoe I'm scared to try it,,,I'll probably have to buy more!!! 🤦

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I still have one more too, @lmaster! Masking plans are pretty open for the weekend, I’ve been winging it for awhile now😄 (totally meeting th challenge lol).

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hahaha @lmaster! 😂 Well, you’re not in denial, that’s good, right?! Lol. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Good to know about the essence abundancy, @itsfi. Sounds like it's be a great way to relax for a while one a cold, dry winter evening!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yeah @quspork, I learned the hard way a couple of times with it spilling out. I mean, there’s plenty of serum in the mask but if I can use all the extra for arms, neck, legs, etc., I’m gonna do it! 😃

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi wow this one sounds really great!! and such pretty packaging as well !

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I really like the aesthetics with the packaging and the tube @Kim888! 💗💕 I’m not super fond of how much material that uses up but I love the presentation; and, of course, the mini tongs. 😉

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Wei masks are great! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The masks are so good. 💕 Such an underrated brand @CC3616. Have you tried any of their other masks, including the ones in the pods? 

RE: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I woke up this morning immediately realizing I passed out right after my toner part of my evening routine. Wups!!!! I nabbed a farmacy hydrating coconut gel sheet mask to help make up for the massive oops in my hydration routine. Again another mask that doesn’t require surgery for my face. I can’t smell Much right now, so not sure about the scent and I forget from the last time I got these. Probably an ipsy purchase. The serum is nice and thick just what my poor parched face needed.

Re: RE: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh wow I’ve been there @Weetart. Hope you are getting your sense of smell back (is it a cold? Boo!) and feeling better soon☺️

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