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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

Only mildly @heartsmyface! 😉😆 It’s all for the cookies! 🍪🍪🍪

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Now I want a cookie @itsfi😉  Your pics always look amazing.  I'm sorry that mask wasn't a stellar one for you, but glad it wasn't bad either.

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Go for a cookie @mrsmouse! 🍪 It’s fun to put themes together for masking. 😃 

A good mask is better than a not good mask. Wow, that just sounds so profound, doesn’t it? 😂 The scent and packaging make it worth it. 

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@itsfi  Oh my goodness, this is the most perfect masking session ever! I can't stop staring at (and drooling over🤤) this picture! 😍
I've only tried a couple SpaLife masks, and "it's fine" and "good not great" is probably how I'd describe both of them. 🤷‍♀️ No bad reactions is always a good thing though 😉

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Awww thanks @Shosh85! 💕 Gotta have a cookie 🍪 theme! 

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I'm following my own personal themes of "Use them before they expire" and "WTF were you thinking using retinol after a peel?!"  I swear I do this once or twice a year where I think my skin has built up more of a tolerance and can handle more than it can.  I am suffering for that decision...literally.


I also want to throw out an apology to anyone ( @missjeanie, @itsfi@l8totheparty ) I may have gaven this mask to in a unicorn mail over the last few month as it apparently expired Sept 2019.  I'm so sorry ladies!!  😞




SNP Gentle Girl Mask Pack No 4 Dandy Boy: Even though I knew it was expired I decided to give this one a go.  It was a thin cellulose mask that fit pretty well.  It was a wee bit too short in the forehead (not unusual for me) and needed a tiny pinch in the cheeks (not nearly airplane wings).  I left it on for about 30 minutes.  There was some tackiness after I removed it (can't say for how long because I was going to bed so jumped in fairly quickly with the oil & moisturizer), but this one definitely gave me the plumpness and hydration that I was missing from the hydration mask I tried last night.  Even thought there was alcohol in this one towards the end of the list, (speaking of, maybe I was drunk when I bought it because I always check the expiration date and I usually skip masks with alcohol, but somehow I missed both on this one) I'd still pick this one up again for sure.



Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

You're cracking me up with your themes @mrsmouse but I'm so sorry your skin went through that. Hope your peels, masks, and retinol are nice to your skin from now on.

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I have no one to blame, but myself @ShortErica.  Let's hope I don't have any further "WTF" themes for the rest of the year.  😉  Currently, my skin is back to normal, so I'm ready for some fun masking this week.  

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Oh my, so glad you had Dr. Jart to the rescue, @mrsmouse. Sounds like a harrowing experience, but certainly one I have replicated, ha! Hoping your skin is 100% happy with you again 😉 

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Thanks @eshoe!  It is better for sure and I'm back to my normal routine.  🙂

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@mrsmouse  Hope your skin recovers fast!

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Thanks @ather!  It's actually MUCH better now!  The turning point seemed to happen when I slathered my skin with the Dr. Jart Cicapair sleeping mask.  It did wonders!  🙂

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So sorry to hear your skin is in recovery mode, @mrsmouse! At least this mask sounds like it worked out pretty nicely!

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Thanks for the sympathy @quspork!  I slathered the Dr. Jart Cicapair sleep mask on last night (thanks for reminding me about this @Shosh85) & my skin felt loads better today.  I still skipped the vitamin C and retinol though. 

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Ha!! Sept 2019.... i used one last year that expired like 3-5 years ago.... it didn’t have a date on it, but when I checked the manufacturers code it was extra old. Sephora collection I believe! A couple months is nothin’ @mrsmouse ! 
Glad it worked out well for some soothing of your skin too! Oh and I never remember all the alcohol stuff, but if I recall some alcohol is used to help the good stuff penetrate into the skin... or maybe I’m nuts and it’s just a preservative and I’m not remembering right.... but hey, what’s a bit booze from time to time anyway! 

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Haha!  3-5 years?!  Wow!  I don't know if I'm that brave.  😉  I think you're right @missjeanie about some being good for you.  I think cetearyl alcohol is, but this one just straight up said "alcohol".  I prefer to drink my alcohol as opposed to wearing it, but at least it was towards the end of the ingredients instead of the beginning.  How do you find out the expiration by manufacturer's code?  I'd love to go through my masks and figure that out.  I had to buy a 5th bin to store them all.  I now have them separated out by year, but I have a whole bin & a half that I just don't know because there's no expiration date.  

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@mrsmouse I used a website called checkfresh dot com.  You can input the brand and the batch code and they'll tell you when it was made.  The site doesn't have every brand going, but it's not bad.  I'm horrible with expiration dates on makeup and skincare.  Part of wanting to pare down my collection is being able to use products more quickly instead of having them sitting around.  

Masks... lol I went a little crazy last year... I have two nice wooden boxes on a dresser stuffed full of sheet masks, then I have a rolling suitcase on my floor with the rest of them.  At least I can roll it into my closet when I don't need it out.  Good heavens I need to use up some sheet masks lol

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Thanks so much for that page @missjeanie!  I'll definitely check it out and see what I have that's good vs what I have that isn't.  I feel you on going a little crazy last year with the mask purchases.  I called it my "no mask left behind" phase.  As a result, I am not lot allowing myself to purchase any masks with 2020 expiration dates unless I come across something truly spectacular.  This weekend I walked away from 3 packs of masks that I don't have because of this rule.  The reality is that I have more to get through with 2020 expiration dates than I have time to use them.  😕

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I like your plan @mrsmouse . If I had better self control I’d give it a shot. I’m currently going with a ‘if one goes out one can come in’ rule. I’d really like to do better than that and use up more... but we shall see.... it’s January 13 and I’ve brought 23 items in. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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Are we talking beauty items as a whole or just masks @missjeanie?  Because I was only talking about masks (and that rule doesn't include eye masks since I don't have a ton of those).  If we are talking beauty items in general then I've definitely brought stuff in.  😉

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Bahaha!!! @mrsmouse  I thought we were talking beauty in general! 

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