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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:



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Oooh I recall deer antler extract @heartsmyface 😳 your skin looks lovely, must be doing something for you😉!!

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@eshoe Ha, this made me laugh cause I read it after reading the review you posted about it.  Sorry you were uncomfortable with it.  I have a pretty strong constitution and I was squirming a bit as well.  I should be fine in the future if I just don’t think about it.  

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Yeah I wasn’t in a hurry to remove it, @heartsmyface - unlike horse oil, that one I lasted about 5 minutes 😂

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@eshoe, I thought I remembered someone mentioning deer antler on this thread too 🤔


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@Shosh85 I just remembered that was me! @missjeanie also used it. It is the Goo&Tao Beauté L’Affaire Panda Mask. @heartsmyface 

Found my thoughts on it, too - with some interesting info on 'velvet' as an ingredient, aka deer antler extract.

This was a fun one; deer antler velvet has IGF-1, which is a performance-enhancing supplement and a substance banned by the NFL, MLB, and the World Anti-Doping Agency. Eyes like saucers here; this is some major sheet-masking I just did; good thing I'm not an athlete 😄 So deer antler (or elk antler) velvet is "the tissue that covers the bone and cartilage that develop into deer (and elk) antlers." So I might just lump this into gross week, I'm not a vegetarian but the thought of cow placenta and deer tissue on my face doesn’t exactly make me feel all zen inside. Anyways; the mask: oozing in a jelly-like serum, a very thin cotton material, gooey and great fitting, strong soapy scent, medium-high tackiness. Wouldn't use again due to the eww factor but it's a decent mask I would give a B.


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Yes @eshoe ! I’ve used it last year at one point. Honestly it grossed me out much less than some other ingredients! If memory serves I enjoyed it! 

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I agree @missjeanie! Horse oil 😝

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@eshoe I was just reading about it as well.   It’s apparently a steroid supplement as it help with healing by increasing circulation.  Interesting.  

from the internet-

 Deer velvet covers the growing bone and cartilage that develops into deer antlers. People use deer velvet as medicine for a wide range of health problems. Deer velvet is used to boost strength and endurance, improve the way the immune system works, counter the effects of stress, and promote rapid recovery from illness


ouhhhh, I really want to try that mask now.  My skin feels so good today.  That could be the result of any of the History of Whoo skincare system I used last night though.  Do you remember if you gave it a B because you were grossed out or due to the results?  



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@heartsmyface tackiness is one of my least favorite aspects of sheet masking. Pretty sure that’s why it was a B. It’s possible the vagueness of how the extract is extracted was cause for concern, too. 

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@eshoe  Yup, I remember that now!  Did you find out what "velvet" meant before or after using the mask?

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I think as I was wearing it, @Shosh85 😳 I remember thinking velvet, wow that’s pretty cool. Then finding out about all the banning stuff and found it even more interesting. People go to great lengths to boost productivity!

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Some mini masks for H (side note I have so many H things haha) - this is the How do eye look eye patches and the Hyaluranic acid patches.


I thought the creme shop eye patches were very cute. They fit well and stayed on while I was walking about my apartment. Overall, I have a hard time really telling most eye patches apart in terms of results but these did a solid job of cooling and depuffing. 

so I picked up the Bio miracle patches because they reminded me of the peace out ones. These were $4 for the 2 so that makes each individual patch about half the price of the peace out ones. These were slightly bigger than the peace out ones which I liked because they could cover more surface area. I don’t think the needling was quite as intense as on the peace out ones so maybe slightly less absorbing going on. Overall results were super similar - temporary plumping of fine lines that lasted about a day. I think the peace out ones had a bit more plumping, but probably not double the price worth. 



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@Kim888  Those creme shop eye patches look great! I definitely think I'll try those out. Thanks for the review. 

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@Kim888 these just look so cool, bit the price oouchh 🤣

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Those TCS eye masks are just too cute, @Kim888! Thanks for your comparison of the BioMiracle and Peace Out patches. 

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Those eye gems from The Creme Shop are adorable @Kim888! TCS seems to be putting out some great products year after year since I first learned of them on BIC! 💖 

Not gonna lie, the microneedling patches both fascinate and scare me ... would you repurchase these bio miracle patches?

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@itsfi I would if I wanted some instant plumping! This one showed people potentially putting them under their eyes and I wouldn't be willing to risk that, but these were fairly mild for forehead lines or between eyebrows. 

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The @Kim888  The Creme Shop eye patches really are  so cute! Glad they were effective too!!

I've never used the Peace Out eye patches, but it's good to know theres a more affordable option 👍

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@Shosh85 they do always have such cute packaging !

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@Kim888 Hmm, now I kinda wanna put the micro needle patches to the test. They sound like a great alternative to the pricier Peace Out ones. I also have those Creme Shop eye patches (I love the way they look) but haven’t used them yet. Note to self! 

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Placenta and snail, though veggie placenta is kinda cheating;)A71D68B3-E6D7-4D02-BC55-C18B3462947D.jpeg


The Passion & Beyond Intensive Ampoule Phytoplacenta piqued my interest after trying another placenta mask during last year’s gross week challenge. It was a relief to discover placenta can originate from soybeans, and in the case of this mask, rye. So even though it sounds kinda gross, it’s really not!


I opened the mask and was greeted by a very strong, Irish Spring-type scent, bordering on men’s cologne. It unfolded easily and I applied it to my face carefully, adjusted the numerous slits to enhance fit. They were the oddest cuts-a couple were 90-degree angles. It felt a little unnecessary, but at least it fit well. I left it on around 15 minutes, and promptly removed. My skin was soooooooo very tacky. Ten minutes later the tackiness stubbornly remained and I rinsed it off; it just felt like a thick layer sitting on my skin. Despite the lackluster experience with this one, it made me smile. Not since the Glow Loudey stinky-shoe scented mask have I encountered one that stuck out so sorely. A solid C.



The ElishaCoy Snail Hydrogel Eye Patches were recently reviewed here, I think by @PrettyPaint. Very comfy, and for such a slimy patch, adheres pretty well. I have been wearing them under my sheet masks, which helps to secure them in place. They feel like they give a generous amount of hydration, and as far as I can tell, are unscented. Another snail 🐌 for the win!

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