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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!

That sounds nice @itsfi, I was surprised to read it smelled like ginseng.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@CC3616, I was surprised it smelled like ginseng; I was definitely not expecting that at all. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It’s been awhile, but I was able to try this foot mask out (forgot about the lip mask, will try this out tomorrow). 


I really liked this one. I was skeptical at first since it didn’t feel like there was much product in the boots. However, my feet felt really smooth and great afterwards!  



Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh how cool @rockstargina. I didn't realize they made charcoal foot masks. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@rockstargina @I haven't tried a charcoal foot mask before- it sounds great! 😃👍

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

A charcoal foot mask sounds wonderful @rockstargina! I like the rose ones from this line as well. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I sure don't think I've ever seen a charcoal foot mask @rockstargina sounds lovely!!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I love the little pink duckie @rockstargina! You also addressed something I struggle with; taking a pic and not getting to everything. It happens so often, thank you for showing me how it’s done properly;) 


Nice to see you getting a little time in to mask, foot masks are such a treat. Hope your little one is sleeping well for you tonight 😴

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

For the S theme I used a Sephora Collection Mask - "The Blue Mask." It's described as an ultra-toning foil mask. This was my first foray into foil masks, so I didn't know what to expect (and still don't really know what to think...haha). 


First off, the mask was quite thick, though I'm guessing this is likely the case with foil masks. Masks are usually way too large for me, but this one fortunately was smaller than many I have used. Overall, the fit was fairly decent. The eye holes were a bit small and the width was a bit off, so I had to do a little folding to get it to align on my face. Due to the foil, though, it didn't sit as closely to my face as would be preferred. I think I would need to do some trimming next time. I kept it on for 15 minutes. It wasn't particularly comfortable, so I wasn't tempted to keep it on any longer. Again, I don't know if this is just the nature of foil masks, though. In terms of smell, I suppose I mainly noticed the menthol smell. 


I took a photo of the back of the mask as well for ingredients, but the packaging is so shiny that the text wasn't legible. So instead I'm just going to tag it. I did photograph the actual mask, though, because it's pretty cool to look at. 


The results seemed pretty true to the intended effects. I'd say it did seem to tone my skin (and it felt a little tight for a few minutes after removing it). I definitely didn't notice any moisturizing effects, but I don't believe it's intended to moisturize at all. I feel like I would likely get a similar effect from using toner on a cotton, so I think I prefer that application method given the mask wasn't exactly comfortable to wear. But it did look cool and was refreshing overall.



Shiny packaging was hard to photograph.Shiny packaging was hard to photograph.The actual mask.The actual mask.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint  I do feel like foil masks are kinda hit or miss when it comes to adherence, but there are some great ones out there! Love the blue on this one! 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85  It's definitely a pretty one. All in all I'm glad I got to try it, though I probably wouldn't purchase again unless they wind up in the sales section. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hmmm...good to know about this mask @PrettyPaint. Foil masks can be more a little more challenging with adherence and fit. I have one of these waiting in the wings.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it, given you've for sure had more foil mask experience than I have!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sounds like an excellent toning mask @PrettyPaint 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster  Yeah, come to think of it, I haven't done much in the way of toning masks before, so this was definitely a new masking experience for me 🙂

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint Foil masks can be pretty great! The best I’ve found have always been two-part, a top and a bottom half, like a lot of hydrogel masks. Considering this is just dipping your toes in, I am crossing my fingers that it will only get better-I’ve never had a bad foil mask, just ones that leave a lot of tack but that’s easy to wash off.

And @missjeanie is right. Perfect public masking mask (I did some front-yard gardening a couple of months ago wearing a blue foil one-have me something to smile about while doing a pretty mundane task😄

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  Oooh I never thought to pair masking with yard work. You know, I don't think I've ever seen anyone out in public with a sheet mask before. I hope to see that one day! 🙂


And that's awesome that you've never had a bad foil mask. Surprisingly this one wasn't tacky at all, and I usually experience some tackiness with sheet masks. Perhaps that's because it was a toning one. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Well now the foil ones I’ve had have almost always been tacky @PrettyPaint seems to be a consistent trait for me with them but I think the environment comes into play here as well (humid vs dry). Apparently a dry climate = lots of tack🤷🏻‍♀️

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh how interesting @eshoe. I had no idea that climate would play a role. Now I want to do some traveling and see if I notice a correlation! 🙂 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I am always watching the humidity on my weather app @PrettyPaint, guess I’m a goof for that but if it helps solve a masking dilemma I’m all for it😉

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Tell me you showed it to someone while you had it on @PrettyPaint ? If it can’t be comfortable, it at least needs to be shown off(I’m lookin’ at you too 5 “ heels)! Lol I’m not feeling any great need to buy any of these masks based off reviews here. Bummer. 

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