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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!

@Shosh85  Sounds great!! I’ll keep my eyes out for the beauty diary ones!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ather  I've only tried 4 so far, but have liked them all! Have you tried any My Beauty Diary Masks?

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85  Not yet! But I’ll definitely be looking for them now!! 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Today’s mask was received in a gratis package. It is Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vitamin C Brightening Powder. It was almost like an instant facial. It is applied to a freshly washed and dried skin. You pour the two packets into your palm and add about a tablespoon of warm water to activate. Apply to your face and massage for 30 seconds before rinsing. I plan on using this mask more often on work days. I applied lots of SPF 50 per the instructions. I look glowing without the use of any highlighter.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ohhhh... great reminder!  I have one of these to try out from unicorn mail.  I'm glad you enjoyed it @Loretta55 !

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Loretta55  glowy skin sounds awesome. I've heard good things about theis.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Loretta55, great to hear you like this one; it gives such a nice fresh faced glow to the skin.

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Best of all, it is quick @itsfi! I am always looking for something that gives results quickly.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I've had this in and out of my loves list @Loretta55 the price is always what I get conflicted about

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Same @lmaster !   Maybe next sale!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sounds nice @Loretta55. It's always a good idea to use lots of SPF. But I appreciate when companies encourage it!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Loretta55  Never saw this one! I will definitely try it out!!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Loretta55  I love this one! Great results and delicious scent! Glad to hear you enjoyed it too! 😃 🍊

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @Shosh85.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

R = red fruits a plenty. Last night’s mask was the new-to-me JayJun Honey Dew Red Mask. 


I’m glad I only had one of these.I’m glad I only had one of these.



Claims: Moisturizes and firms skin; provides a glowing complexion. 


Ingredients: Yes, alcohol is high on the list. But niacinamide and hydrating trehalose are listed even higher. There are some interesting skin conditioning extracts on the list, plus honey, propolis, and the 5 red/pink fruits called out in this mask’s marketing info. 


Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Niacinamide, Erythritol, Trehalose, Alcohol Denat., Glycereth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Honey Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propolis Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Prunus Speciosa Leaf Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Beetroot Red, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Caramel, Adenosine, Butylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Hydroxide, Sclerotium gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance 

Performance: The sheet was very pale pink, obviously dyed by the serum. It fit me as well as other Jayjun sheets: good length, wide enough for nearly my whole jaw, and no cutting/tearing required. The mask was fully saturated with watery serum and I poured a handful extra from the sleeve. The serum smelled like standing in line at a juice bar: apple, beet, a hint of honey, strawberry at times, and pear (though pears aren’t in the ingredients). A persistent but not overwhelming scent that I enjoyed; I kept turning my head to get a stronger whiff of it. Though alcohol’s listed high, I could barely smell it while wearing this mask. 


I wore it for 30 minutes, then spent a full 5 minutes massaging serum into my skin. Then I left it alone for 10 minutes to see if the serum would finish sinking in and settle down. I didn’t have any pilling but my face felt like I’d applied too much rosehip oil. 


Results: Glowy and overly moisturized skin. Even my driest skin zone felt greasy. My oily zone shouted “oh you MUST be joking,” so I wiped my nose down with my fingers to remove as much greasy residue as possible without having to use a wet cloth. I didn’t use a moisturizer anywhere on my face except a tiny dab of CBD oil on my eyelids and brow bones. Oil or a cream moisturizer anywhere else on my face would’ve been extreme overkill. 


I’m glad I used a hydrating serum under this mask so it had moisture to seal in. But good grief, I did not expect the greasiness. I can’t say my face felt any firmer than usual, but this mask certainly delivered on its moisturization and glowing complexion claims. Folks with very dry skin on their entire face might better appreciate this one. Combo skin folks might have trouble with it. Oily skin folks should probably skip it altogether. I definitely won’t look for more of this mask. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks for being the one to review this one for the oily skin gal over here @WinglessOne 😆

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@WinglessOne  Thanks for the in-depth review. This one would be perfect for me. I’ll definitely keep my eyes out for it!!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@WinglessOne  Sorry to hear this one was a greasy mess! I tried the Green version and it was pretty much the same - super greasy. I have dry skin pretty much year round so I didn't mind it so much, but it wouldn't be one I'd repurchase either. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85  Oh boy... I also have one sleeve of the green version to try. 😄 Not looking forward to it if it’ll leave my skin as greasy as the red version. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@WinglessOne  I've only ever tried the Green version, so I'm not sure how it compares with the red one, but I did write in my notes that "it was greasy even for my dry/dehydrated skin" and "probably not for people with oily skin." I'll be interested to hear how the two compare in terms of greasiness. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Since it’s a hair mask, I will post this here. Love the Amika @missjeanie sent me, but I don’t use it as often as I should because the 1-lb tub is buried under other products. I wanted to reuse my LaLa for something, this works great for the shower. Now I won’t forget!E59D0F80-0A0D-450B-AF0F-3FE6EE14D193.jpeg

Easy application means I will use it more:)

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