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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: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ather, in Vancouver, we had poutine at Timber, La Belle Patate, and Smoke’s. I wanted to get them when we were in a restaurant in Victoria as well but I didn’t know how my tummy would handle the ocean 🌊 when we went whale 🐳 🐋 watching so I passed on it. Here, at home, I’ve had poutine in a few places over the years - Wayfare Tavern, Smoke’s Poutinerie (which has sadly closed) and Augie’s Montreal Smoke Meat. 

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@itsfi  Oh wow you are a poutine expert then!!!   

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@ather, hahaha! 😆  I wouldn’t say I was an expert but I sure am a fan of poutine. 😋 When I came back from my trip I was focused on finding something around here that was as close to it as possible, squeaky cheese curds especially. 😉 

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@itsfi  Yes the squeaky cheese curds are the best. I like to buy them and make my own poutine at home but I usually end up eating all the cheese on my way home from the store 🤦🏼‍♀️

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@ather, hahaha! 😂 I’ve heard that is very common! 😝 I’ve never tried that; I’ve only had cheese curds two ways - either in poutine or fried cheese curds ... both, amazingly delicious! 😋 I’ll add that to my list to try. 

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@itsfi  Leave it to the masking thread to make me hungry! Haha! 😂 I still have not had the pleasure of eating Poutine, but that sure does look delicious! 
Sorry both of the potato masks were unimpressive. The texture on the Innisfree sounds nice, but I don't think I'd like the scent either.

Glad the Pantene turned out great! Sounds like one I need to look into! 😃

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Definitely give the Pantene a try @Shosh85! I’d love to know what you think of it. I actually picked it up at Target Portland last month. 😃 It was $1.99! Just didn’t get a chance to try it out until the last couple of weeks.


The best poutine I’ve had was in Vancouver, BC. I’ve found a couple of places here in the Bay Area that have good poutine but my goodness, when I was in Canada, so tasty! I insisted we go to a couple of poutine places... so we could compare, of course. 😉 Unsurprisingly, no one in the group needed their arms twisted after their first taste of it! 😋 

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@itsfi  Just curious, do you happen to know which Target in Portland you went to? There's like 5 now 😂 I will have to pick up the Pantene when I go next! 


I've never been to Canada, but have always wanted to go - my husband and I have been talking about taking a trip sometime since it really isn't too far away from us. I'll definitely have to remember Vancouver BC Poutine! 😋

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@Shosh85, the one on SW Morrison, does that ring a bell? It’s 2 stories and there’s a tacqueria nearby - I’m not good with directions like north of a place but I can usually remember food and shopping landmarks/spots! Hahaha! 😂


If you and your husband get the chance to visit Canada, gooooo! I want to go back! To Vancouver and to visit other parts of BC and the other provinces. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  Oh, that makes sense you'd go to the one downtown 😉 .... and I'm the same way, I'm better with landmarks than directions especially when it's somewhere I haven't been often. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85, I loved that I could walk there.  🚶‍♀️ Not only good for getting fresh air and some exercise but helps to limit the amount of things I purchased. Hahaha! 😂🤣😂

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@itsfi  If you ever come back you have to TELL me !!!! 😫.  

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Oh yessssss!! I absolutely will @heartsmyface!! 🤗 

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The Creme Shop Deer Diary Peppermint Sheet Mask

This is a thin-medium cotton sheet mask that was saturated with plenty of serum. The scent wasn't what I was expecting. I was hoping for a nice sweet peppermint kind of smell, but this was more like bathroom cleaner with a little peppermint mixed in. It sounds bad, but it really wasn't too horrible, just sort of strange. It was light enough that I didn't notice it much while the mask was on. I've read some reviews on it and people were saying it did smell like sweet peppermint, so now I'm kind of wondering if maybe it smelled like that because it was sort old? -(a couple months before expiration) It fit like a classic Creme Shop mask - too long at the chin, too big all around the forehead and the space between the eyes was a bit too wide. I left the mask on for about a half hour and when I removed it most of the serum was already absorbed, and there wasn't any tackiness at all. My face looked a little brighter and clearer and was very soft and smooth. My skin did feel just a tad on the dry side, but nothing that made me run for the moisturizer.

I've gotten a little picky about what masks I'd repurchase in general but I'm especially picky about the The Creme Shop ones and this isn't one I'd repurchase - it was just sort of unimpressive all around. The packaging is pretty cute though, so there's that 😉



Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh that scent description @Shosh85 sounds like a disinfectant scent 😆 and I know that scent all too well right now

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@lmaster Right? Haha! Definitely not my favorite, but I have smelled worse 😉

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lol... The packaging is cute though, so there's that... hahahah @Shosh85 !

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@missjeanie  Gotta look on the bright side of things 😂

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Well, this mask sounds overwhelmingly...ok? @Shosh85 it’s times like these I’m thankful for input so I don’t stock up on mediocre masks anytime soon😂

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  It's definitely nice to have a heads up if a mask doesn't perform well! I feel like a lot of these holiday masks have been just ok - nothing too special. The packaging is pretty cute though, and is usually what lures me in. 😃

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yeah I agree @Shosh85 - although the Sanrio ones have mostly been loves for me, but I’m biased so who knows if they are actually good or not 🤷🏻‍♀️😉

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