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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

@GalPalVal17 the fit and the scent were not the best, I don't think I would seek it out, but I would use it again

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My notes from this mask said the smell was overpowering and it left me tacky @lmaster. At least there were good results!

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It was overpowering for sure @ShortErica I definitely didn't notice the tackiness at all 🤔🤷 interesting

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It's always interesting comparing experiences @lmaster. Sometimes I have the same feelings about a mask and other times it's like I was using a different mask. Who knows?! 🤷‍♀️

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Gross Mask


It took me a while to dig through my masks and find something that was "gross." I have a fair bit of masks with ingredients that I don't like to eat, but like, they're not gross, but then I found this! Double Dare OMG! Red + Snail Mask. Its "gross" ingredient is snail secretion filtrate.Front of box, slightly misleading w re to textureFront of box, slightly misleading w re to texture




Fit on my faceFit on my face


Next morning post-mortemNext morning post-mortem


"H" Mask


Circling back to the Herbivore Prism Glow Facial. Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial



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@haleyvvvv  Thanks for giving your opinion on prism. I was wondering about it since my face isn’t totally loving babyfacial!! 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

No worries @ather! I was just reading your babyfacial thread. I think you have a lot of good advice there. When I was coming back from overexfoliation, I used nothing but a milky cleanser, vitamin c serum, ceramide serum/cream, moisturizer and SPF (important) plus a spritz and salve throughout the day and moisturizer plus jet lag at night. This was for two weeks. I was getting back into actives a week later and used the Prism for 10 minutes, as it suggests for sensitive skin, and it was too much (I luckily stopped any super bad outcomes, but my face was red and splotchy all night, although normal and soft in the morning). After a few weeks of working it up, I'm now up 5ish minutes.


It sounds like you maybe used the DE for just too long if your skin went back to normal by the morning. Obviously, you know your skin, but I'd try the babyfacial again but maybe at a lesser time point (5 min?) But maybe take a week off of the intense actives? It is a lot of acids in that one as well. Prism is also very strong, it has more BHA and less AHA than DE, so it depends on what your skin can handle more of. In general with these super high doses of acids, I think it's best to go at half the recommended time at first and half that if your skin is sensitive or not used to actives or exfoliators.


Good luck and I hope your face feels better!!

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@haleyvvvv  Thanks!!! 

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That pic on the Double Dare mask package really does look like it's advertising a gel mask or something similar, @haleyvvvv. I love a good snail product, but haven't tried this one so thanks for the review. Too bad it wasn't a better performer! 

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Thanks @quspork! I think it might work for others (I just am a little biased against sheet masks). I think it is less firming and more like renewing, my skin was refreshed the next day and while the mask on, it was hydrating (although my skin needed more moisturizing and sleep masks after).

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@haleyvvvv  even though the picture was a little misleading as to the material of the  mask, it was still pretty. At least it gave you decent results. 

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@GalPalVal17! Thanks! It was nice that it wasn't the standard colour of mask, so that was fun! And it wasn't a complete dud and didn't give me any negative side effects, so overall it was okay.

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Wow that mask package is intense @haleyvvvv! Sorry it was only a C grade but glad you found a gross one for the theme.

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@ShortErica It is very intense, that's why I got it (maybe a BC pop-up? Maybe FFF?), I was like, ooh this sleek hydrogel looks fun. A "C" is a good passing grade for me, but I am glad it fit the theme, so I could use them up.

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@haleyvvvv  Looking at the mask package I would have totally thought it was a hydrogel! Definitely seems misleading 🤔Is the mask more orange in color, or is that just lighting? I'm glad it turned out decent ...... I think after doing so many masks I've gotten pickier and it definitely takes a lot for me to give a mask an A grade as well. At least a C is still a passing grade 😉

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Same! @Shosh85. I definitely wanted it be a hydrogel. It might be the lighting. It is red-orange, like a not quite ripe tomato? 🍅 I just have such an aversion to sheet masks (I think they're messier than they're worth most time, packaging issues, etc), that to get an A it takes a lot as a sheet mask, where I might be more forgiving of non-sheet mask. It was a good mask, I definitely felt like my face looked more renewed the next day, but wouldn't repurchase. A "C" is glad I tried, it worked a bit, fit okay but probably wouldn't buy again.

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@haleyvvvv wow that's a brightly colored mask haha - sorry it didn't work out well for you!

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Lol, it is definitely like an unripe tomato, @Kim888. At least it wasn't the same as usual, I guess? It was okay! I think, I really don't like sheet masks, so to get an a LOT from me takes A LOT. A "C" is a good passing grade for me.

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Yeah that packaging does make the mask material look like a hydrogel @haleyvvvv cool red color tho!

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It does! I prefer hydrogel masks, mostly for fit concerns, @lmaster, plus it was that sleek red colour! This one was just more red-orange, and just not what I expected but it was different in colour than most masks I see.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

I’ve been rolling through my quickly expiring Frudia pomegranate masks this week, but here are 2 other masks I used. 


The Orchid Skin Orchid Flower Moisture Mask. This one’s new to me. Apparently Orchid Skin no longer makes it, so I’m glad I bought a box of 10.  

 The Orchid Skin Orchid Flower Moisture MaskThe Orchid Skin Orchid Flower Moisture Mask



Ingredients: Contains extracts of 3 flowers (including orchid), prickly pear, Job’s tears, cucumber, and aloe. Nothing in the serum seemed suspicious or harmful, and fragrance is listed last. 


Performance: The thin serum dripped off the mask while I unfolded it, and there was a lot left over in the sleeve. I kinda wanted to squeeze it into a jar for future use. (I might do that with the rest of these masks. :D) Fit and adherence were fine. I had no bad or iffy skin reactions while using this mask. It’s more florally fragrant than expected, but not enough to make me sneeze while wearing it. 


Results: This mask is quite hydrating and surprisingly moisturizing, plus cooling. Hydration wasn’t surprising at all, but I didn’t expect much moisturization after seeing how thin the serum was. But after 25 minutes of masking, my skin was plump, bright, and happy. 

SNP Per Fit Bio-Cel Double Moisturizing Mask. This is the third time I’ve used this mask, and it’s earned the honor of being one of the few honey masks I can safely use. 


SNP Per Fit Bio-Cell Double Moisturizing MaskSNP Per Fit Bio-Cell Double Moisturizing Mask


Ingredients: Each time I saw this mask on shelves, I passed it up because of the alcohol content, plus I wasn’t thrilled about fragrance being listed above all the hyaluronic acid and honey ingredients. But I finally gave it a chance since it contains no perfuming essential oils, and I liked that it has a good amount of niacinamide and urea. As for honey, I’m far more impressed by the honey and propolis extracts than the royal jelly extract. 
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Isopentyldiol, Alcohol Denat., 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Betaine, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Carbomer, Adenosine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium, Potassium Hydroxide, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Fragrance, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Honey Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Propolis Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate

Performance: Super thin sheet with mesh backing on both sides, thank goodness—otherwise it’d be impossible to unfold and apply. It’s slightly too wide at my temples, so I have to kinda scrunch the thin sheet a bit there. It fits fine everywhere else. The first time I used it, I also used a mask holder to keep it in place (so I could sharpen one of my kitchen knives on a water stone during the 20-30 minute wear time). But this time I found the mask stays put once I smooth it all out and press it to my face for about 10 seconds.

Despite fragrance’s midpoint position on the ingredients list, all I smell while wearing this mask is honey—and it’s a pure honey scent, not an exaggerated sugared fragrance. It’s also not a super strong scent. After removing the mask, my face stays quite tacky for an hour, even after I apply my cream moisturizer (YTTP Superfood) over it. The stickiness gets better afterward but doesn’t fully disappear for hours. And honestly, I expect that from honey masks. It also makes my skin smell lightly of honey for a few hours. 


Results: This mask is ridiculously moisturizing. The reason I generally stay away from honey is its reverse humectant effect on me: rather than attract moisture to my skin, it lets my environment sap moisture from my skin, leaving my face dry and flaky-patchy. But that doesn’t happen with this mask, even though it contains alcohol. There’s enough glycerin, niacinamide, HA, and urea to keep my skin from drying out, so it can reap honey’s benefits. Each time I use this mask, I wake up to super moisturized skin and an under-control oily zone. If I was an AM masker, this is one I’d use on frigid mornings to prep and protect my skin for the day. 



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