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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!

@itsfi that's exactly where I feel tension if I'm stressed! I have this one from @keana1  also, I let my husband use one and he enjoyed it 🙌

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

So great that it was something that worked for your husband @lmaster! And kudos to him for giving it a shot! 

Any tips, tricks or recs for alleviating stress or tension in that neck/upper back area? I’m trying to be better at recognizing earlier on when I start feeling tension there but it’s a work in progress. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The only thing that immediately helps me is a hot bath,,, with Epsom salt @itsfi I've tried massages, chiropractor, tens unit and nothing gets rid of the pain like a hot bath. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi oh wow the Lise Watier sounds super fascinating! I had no idea they did skincare! I  don't believe they are available in the US but I got one of their palettes in a secret santa last year and it's such amazing quality!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Kim888, I didn’t know they had a skincare range either. I’ve found some of their products on naimies dot com 😃 but it’s a limited line. The packaging and design on her palettes are pretty. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi oh thanks for the tip i'll check that out!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi I have that SH lip mask on right now, I'm not convinced that a clay lip mask will be a thing, but I know @lmaster said she really liked it, so I'm telling myself to give it a really good shot.  For at least November, it's going to live on my sink. 

Is Lise Watier available in the US?  I don't recall seeing it anywhere, at least not anywhere easily accessible. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie @itsfi I love the color of the SH lip mask, and I must say, my lips always feel smooth after using it,, not hydrated, but smooth 😊

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I feel like the colour is waaaaaay to pale for me to pull off, reminds me of dressing up as a kid @lmaster .  I’ve gotta say, for as long as I left it on last night, my lips never felt dry or uncomfortable. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh, good for you for giving it a legit testing @missjeanie. You may be inspiring me to join you. We'll see. There's not a lot of real estate left on my sink but you may have convinced me to move it to one of the shelves in my cabinet or to make some room on the counter. lol. I've seen Lise Watier online at naimies dot com - they also have a brick-and-mortar store in Southern California, maybe a couple of stores? I haven't seen these patches online. @keana1, are these patches available in Canada, online or in store?

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi @missjeanie, These have been discontinued, like many of my favorite products! 🙄

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I hear you on limited sink space @itsfi .  I figure if I'm brining so much new into my life this month (lets be real, between this sale, Black Friday, and the next, presumed Sephora $ of X amount $, I'm buying) I need to put some older things to use too!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

“Bringing in so much new into my life...” love it @missjeanie!! 😆 I’m trying to be good this sale. I finished putting together my Christmas list for family and close friends and budgeting for it all last weekend, so oI feel like I’m now free to shop for myself! Heh, heh, heh... 😏 I have so many wants... too many it seems. 😝  Gotta whittle down that shopping cart 🛒 tonight! Hahaha! 😂 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I'm trying to do that tonight too @itsfi , I went through what I have mentally in each category to see if I need things like more moisturizer or if I can wait until the spring.  I mean... I know I don't "need" any more masks.... but right now wash off masks are what are calling to me.

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie, any particular wash off masks calling your name?

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Right now.... the Farmacy honey, the Sephora stick, the Kiehls set, the Biossance Glycolic, and the YTTP Superberry. Lol I know it’s ridiculous to buy them all, so I’ll need to whittle it down today @itsfi . Anything out there calling your name lately?

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ahhh, I see your dilemma @missjeanie. Those are lovely products you’re trying to choose from. 

Any masks I want can definitely wait until spring so I’m going to wait. Shocking, eh?!! Some of the Asian beauty stores will have sales around Lunar New Year which is at the end of January next year so I’ll pick up anything I haven’t already (hahaha!) at that time. I also purchased a lot of skincare goodies (primarily essences and serums) that will keep me well stocked through winter and probably part of spring. 


I have another group of items that I ordered last week but just haven’t had time to unpack - there are a lot of gifts in that shipment and I’ve had friends and family over this weekend and haven’t wanted to open them with them here. I’m debating over the Dyson hair dryer at this point. Do I or don’t I? 🤔 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi @I’ve debated over that dryer myself.  I think it’s a sound investment, especially if your current dryer is on the fritz/older. I’ve been going to bed with wet hair from night time showers lately, so I’m convinced that I don’t need it as I wake up with dry hair. But you’re saving a lot by not purchasing any new masks.... you could put mask money to that dryer. I say ‘Nike’ it!

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Lol @missjeanie 😂 I’m pretty sure I will! I’ve had it in my cart off and on since it first came out. 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It’s time then! I’ll look forward to seeing it in a hail and hearing if it really is so much quicker! @itsfi 

Re: 2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Some S and forgotten masking tonight with Starskin Sea Grapes and Skinfood:
Sara Happ, Starskin & SkinfoodSara Happ, Starskin & Skinfood


The Strawberry Skinfood mask is one I need to remember to use in the shower because the jar is oversize and my face can only tolerate so much exfoliation. Smells like strawberry jam and I probably couldn’t tell the difference between the two of you asked! Love this mask, wish I could use it more often so I’m thinking of alternative methods for finishing it before the end of the year.


The Starskin Orglamic is a gift from @heartsmyface and one I didn’t want to use because it is so pretty. Then some of you started on the prickly pear masks and I wanted to join in so here is my contribution.


So I read the instructions first...punctured the little capsule and a couple of drops are necessary prior to the sheet mask. When I applied the sheet mask, I was happy to find it applied and fit well. I was also testing out a new scent and kinda got them mixed up (Maison Margiela Coffee is cozy but only faintly coffee, @scott1201 have you tried it yet? Subtle old-pipe scent is what I am getting. Like Lipstick but with a softer edge). Aside from the perfume I was sampling this was scent-less. Perfect!


After removing I ended up falling asleep 😴 as my daughter was tired and we were talking...I woke up and it was only 8:27p. So disorienting! I forgot I used the mask until I saw the package and patted my face-absolutely no tackiness and supreme hydration. I added a couple of drops of the prickly pear oil to my hands and patted my face. It was at this point that I realized the delicious scent was the Maison and spent the next hour or more trying to track down a FS bottle. Did you know Selfridge’s has a one-year Prime-style plan? Well I didn’t need to 😂


Kicking myself for not buying the travel spray when it was still available 🙄


The mask, I think it’s a little pricey so I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself but what a lovely gift @heartsmyface! Many, many thanks.






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