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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! - PART 1

I'll be curious what you think @Shosh85. I also think I massaged the serum in better because other than Aurora which had a puddle of pink shimmer, there wasn't much left in the package.

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Wanted to post my impressions of the new Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind™ Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfoods Hair Mask 8.0 oz/ 240 mL.  


I don't have a lot to compare it to, as it's been ages since I've used a hair mask.  I generally just let my usual conditioner (Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm) sit for a few minutes in the shower.  For reference, my hair is very thick; it is naturally wavy (I flat iron religiously); and is frizz-prone, and runs dry.  What luck!  I'm usually able to combat much of these issues due to my current routine.


Initial reaction: It was the shade of pistachio pudding and smelled very sweet - like Pez.  It was thicker than I thought it would be, and creamier, too.  It spread very nicely.  What I really liked was that it got through the mid-lengths of my hair easily, which tend to get tangled up after shampooing.  (For reference, I use Pureology Hydrate Shampoo.)


Midway: The instructions say to leave this on for 5-10 minutes.  I didn't time myself, but I'd say I left it on for 7 or 8 minutes.  I used a little more than I normally would, just in case.  However, I felt that my ends weren't feeling as supple as I would have liked, so I topped this with some of my usual conditioner.  The whole thing was easy enough to rinse off, especially considering that I used so much product.  After rinsing, my hair did feel moisturized and I was actually concerned that it might be greasy.  


After the shower: I was disappointed to feel that my wide-toothed comb didn't glide through effortlessly.


While blow drying/flat ironing: My hair seemed to dry a little more quickly, which is a total plus in my book!  AND, I was able to shave a few minutes off my flat iron time - total life saver.


The finished product: My hair didn't look or feel as soft as I would have liked.  I was rather disappointed to see that my ends looked especially frayed.  I also thought that my hair usually looks sleeker.  All in all, I prefer my daily conditioner to this.  I got two of these as a GWP, and now wish I had picked up only one.  


ETA: I had forgotten how well my usual conditioner tamed the broken hair I have along my part.  This Briogeo didn't do nearly as well.  I wrote a much shorter review on the product page since I always have trouble when copying/pasting.  I initially ranked this as 3-stars, but ultimately changed it to 2.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge! - PART 1

@greeneyedgirl107 thank you so much for this info

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@itsfi @PrettyPaint  I hope it works well for you both!  I was kinda hesitant to post about this one, b/c I didn't want to ruin it for anyone, or scare anyone off 😛


@Shosh85 I'm glad I waited for the sample b/c I almost bought the FS!

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@greeneyedgirl107  I totally appreciate the feedback! It definitely didn't scare me off. The only thing that would have scared me off is if you had said it made all your hair fall out or something like that! 🙂

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@PrettyPaint Good one!

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@greeneyedgirl107, not ruining it at all. It’s very thoughtful of you to think of us; for me though, it really helps to know how a product works for people, good or bad. No need to hesitate with giving your feedback. 🤗 Some beauties will work better for some than others. 

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@greeneyedgirl107, I picked up the promo size of this mask. Haven’t had a chance to use it but am now prepared for what to expect. Will be interesting to see what results I get.

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Thanks for the review @greeneyedgirl107. I think I chose this as my most recent sample, so I'm curious whether it will perform similarly on me. Sorry you didn't have a lot of luck with this one. 

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@greeneyedgirl107  I have been so curious about this one! Thank you for your detailed, honest review! Sorry it wasn't too impressive. Sounds like something I should wait to try a sample of first 😉

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New masks from The Creme Shop! I'm not sure I'd pay full price for them, since the brand can be so hit or miss - but new releases end up at TJ Maxx/Marshall's all the time, so it's something to watch out for! BD48BD8C-8244-4842-9FE8-7EA4B6A8678B.jpeg


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Oooh neato @Shosh85. I like the fit of the fusion ones a bit better than some of their others, so I will definitely be on the lookout. 

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@PrettyPaint  So far, it seems out of all The Creme Shop masks I have notes for, the character masks have had the best fit overall and the fusion masks are more 50/50. Although, in my opinion, the fusion masks are better in terms of results - which is why I was a little excited to see some new ones out. 😃😉

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@Shosh85 awesome!! The watermelon looks great!! Do they have the rainbow on their site?

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Yes, they FINALLY got the rainbow one on their site & they currently have a deal@lmaster@lmaster


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@lmaster, the watermelon one is available on the website and there’s a 20% off code - 20OFF. @Shosh85 

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Ohh awesome! Thanks!! @itsfi 

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@Shosh85 yes, @sonnydee found the coconut/chia version already! These look good, seems like it's been awhile since they have come out with some new ones. Can't wait to hear about the scents:)

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@eshoe @sonnydee  Nice! I thought those looked familiar 😉 Hope they turn out good! 

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Me too! @eshoe @Shosh85 marshalls had at least 20 boxes of the coconut & chia & i bought 4

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