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2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hello lovely masking mavens! Welcome to the second half of the challenge. Many thanks to the wonderful @Aaliaa for beginning this thread and excited you are here. 


To Post:

Each week features a different theme, as well as a letter of the alphabet for coming up with new masking ideas. Feel free to post as frequently or infrequently as you would like, with or without following the challenge; they are guidelines and just something we do for fun. We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcomed!

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


Female-owned companies, for reference:

Amika (Co-Founder Vita Rayhkman)
Annie’s Way (Annie Wu)
Beauty Pie (Founder Marcia Kilgore)
Biobelle (4 sisters)
Bite Beauty (Founder Susanne Langmuir)
bkr (Co-Founders Kate Cutler and Tal Winter)
bliss Spa/bliss Skincare (Founder Marcia Kilgore)
Briogeo (Nancy Twine)
By Terry (Terry De Gunzberg)
Captain Blankenship
Drunk Elephant (Tiffany Masterson) 
Esker (Shannon Davenport)
Glossier (Emily Weiss) 
Glow Recipe/Sweet Chef (Sarah Lee & Christine Chang)
Herbivore (partners Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow)
Honest Beauty (Jessica Alba)
Indie Lee
Josie Maran
Jane Iredale
Juice Beauty (Karen Behnke)
June Jacobs
Kate Somerville
Kora Organics (Miranda Kerr)
Dr. Loretta
NuFace (Carol Cole)
Odacite (Valerie Grandury)
Omorovicza (husband and wife Stephen and Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza)
Ouai (Jen Atkin)
Pacifica Beauty (Brook Harvey-Taylor and husband Billy Taylor)
Pai (Sarah Brown)
Peach & Lily/Peach Slices (Alicia Yoon)
Pixi (Petra Strand)
Purlisse (Jennifer Yen)
Rael (Yanghee Paik)
Sand & Sky (twin sisters Emily and Sarah Hamilton)
Saint Jane (Casey Georgsson)
Sara Happ
Skin Laundry (Yen Reis)
Soap & Glory (Founder Marcia Kilgore)
Soko Glam (husband and wife Charlotte and David Cho)
Sol de Janeiro (Heela Yang, Co-Founder)
Summer Fridays (Founders Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores Ireland)
Jill Stuart
tarte (Maureen Kelly)
Tata Harper
Tatcha (Vicky Tsai)
Charlotte Tillbury
Wander Beauty (Co-Founders Divya Gugnani and Lindsay Ellingson)
Joanna Vargas
Yadah Cosmetics (Founder and CEO Anna Kang)


2019 Mask of the Week Challenge Schedule



Jul 1 - 7          A           Hydrating Masks to get over the dehydration of Air-Conditioning! Meetup: Crème Shop -My Melody Softer than Cookies -  Saturday July 6th. Thank you @lmaster!  

Jul 8 - 14        B           Masking Hacks - share your masking secrets that make your life easier and your skin happy 

Jul 15 - 21      C           Lip, Hand or Foot Masks to help that summer skin 

Jul 22 - 28      D          ’Weird Mask' Bubbling, Peeling, Colour changing other worldly wonders! 

Jul 29 - Aug 4 E           Multi-Masking How many masks can you use at one time or in One Day?? 

Aug 5 - 11       F           Blind Pick Your Mask - Let's make it fun to use the masks in our stash! Meetup: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17 @veronika23

Aug 12 - 18     G           Sheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why?
Aug 19 - 25     H           Drugstore & Grocery Brands Week 

Aug 26 - Sep 1 I           Favourites Week - Your go to miracle in a mask 

Sep 2 - 8          J          Rainbow Week - Bring out the colorful masks in every hue Thanks to @Sonnydee

Sep 9 - 15       K           Autumn Masks - Fall goodness in a mask 

Sep 16 - 22     L           When you are getting GLAM for a night out and want that inner GLOW
Sep 23 - 29
     M          BIC Made you do it! Masks recommended/inspired by other BIC members 

Sep 30 - Oct 6 N          Sephora Collections Week - House Brand Goodness 

Oct 7 - 13        O           French Pharmacy Week 

Oct 14 - 20      P           Ends of the Earth - masks that use ingredients from or are made in far away places 

Oct 21 - 27      Q          Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar 

Oct 28 - Nov 3 R          Duel Week V2.0 

Nov 4 - 10        S          Forgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask 

Nov 11 - 17      T          Gross/Odd/Unusual Ingredients - Spirulina, donkey milk, bee venom, snail mucous - what masks have you used that have strange ingredients? 

Nov 18 - 24      U          Flash Masks - masks that do doubly duty in half the time 

Nov 25 - Dec 1 V          Morning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step 

Dec 2 - 8          W          Asian skincare Brand - Visit old cultures and their ways 

Dec 9 - 15        X           Sample Dive - I know we have them! 

Dec 16 - 22      Y           Holiday Party Prep Mask 

Dec 23 - 31       Z          Masks you discovered in 2019

First Half of 2019:


Jan 1 - 6     A    Masks you discovered in 2018 - What new loves did you discover last year?
Jan 7 - 13    B   Favourite Mask of the “Masking Week Challenge 2018” 
Jan 14 - 20  C   Favourite 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 21 - 27  D   
Clean Week - Masks that give your skin a boost without the guilt

 Jan 28 - Feb 3 E  Lip, Hand or Foot Masks to help that winter skin
Feb 4 - 10    F     Vitamins Week - masks that nourish your skin with vitamins and minerals@Kim888
Feb 11 - 17  G     Special Occasion Masks - the mask(s) you use to pamper yourself@itsfi
Feb 18 - 24  H     Gross Masks - whether it's the scent or results, share the details please!@Aaliaa
Feb 25 - Mar 3 I   Spring Flowers - floral ingredients or scents that add a spring to your step
Mar 4 - 10    J      Female Owned Brands - In honour of Women's Day March 8th
Mar 11 - 17  K      Favourites Week - Your go to miracle in a mask
Mar 18 - 24   L     Sample that made you buy the FS - You tried it, and decided to buy it!@itsfi
Mar 25 - 31  M     Favourite Smelling Masks - Watermelon, Kale, Spa??
Apr 1 - 7       N     BIC Made you do it! Masks recommended/inspired by other BIC members
Apr 8 - 14     O     The Oozoo Week - share your Oozoo and Neogen loves!

Meetup: The OOZOO Capsule Rose Petal -  Saturday April 13th. @Shosh85
Apr 15 - 21    P     Luxe it Up or a Pretty on a Penny - the $ and the $$$$ of Masks
Apr 22 - 28    Q     Sample Dive - I know we have them!
Apr 29 - May 5  R  Sephora’s ‘Best Selling’ Masks 
Meetup: Sephora Collection Honey Face Mask -  Saturday May 4th. Thank you @missjeanie!  May 6 - 12      S     Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar
May 13 - 19    T     Summer Masks to refresh and sooth during sunny months May 20 - 26    U     Fruits & Veggies Week - masks that use natural goodness to nourish your skin@Keana1
May 27 - Jun 2  V   Guess this Mask - using only a pic or description, see if you can stump fellow BIC masking mavens. 
Meetup: Bawdy Butt Mask- Your pick Saturday June 1. Thank you @faeriegirlMeetup: Mediheal Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask EX Wednesday 5/29 thanks to @ShortErica & @Shosh85  
Jun 3 - 9         W     DIY Mask - Skincare meets Chemistry. 
Meetup: Bawdy Butt Mask 2.0
Jun 10 - 16      X     Morning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step 
Meetup: Bawdy Butt Mask 3.0
Jun 17 - 23      Y     Masks you've discovered so far in 2019. 
Meetup: Yadah All Day Mask Pack - Your pick Saturday June 22. Thank you @ShortErica!           Meet up: Bawdy Butt Mask 4.0 - The Finale 
Jun 24 - 30      Z      Masking Duel - Dare to compare 2 (or more!) masks in one session

This Week’s Theme: Lip, Hand and Foot masks to help that summer skin

Letter of the Week: “C”


Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica: 


Mask Meetup Info:

We have scheduled monthly meetups as well as impromptu sessions because you cannot compare masks only once a month Smiley Very HappyPlease check the 2019 Schedule to see what meetups are coming up next. If you have an idea for a week’s Meetup or a particular month, tag me so I can add it to the schedule.

April: The Oozoo Rose Capsule, April 13th
May: Sephora Collection Mask - Honey Mask, May 4th (Thank you @missjeanie!) 
June: Bawdy Butt Mask Month. Let's try all four masks, one a Saturday (Thank you @faeriegirl!) On the 22nd we will also be trying out a Yadah mask - your pick, thanks to @ShortErica
July: @lmaster suggested a Crème Shop Sanrio Mask for our July 6th meetup, and you all voted for the My Melody Softer Than Cookies.
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August: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17!          


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I used The Creme Shop's Vitamin C Infused Face Mask. (C for Creme Shop and Vitamin C)!


By the way, this was gifted to me by @itsfi. Thank you again for sending me so many great things to try! Smiley Happy


Overall, I for sure liked this mask and would use it again. It actually said to keep this one on for 20-30 minutes. I left it on for around 20 minutes because my skin is sensitive, but I think I could have definitely handled the full 30 minutes (it didn't cause any sensitivity). There was more than enough serum, and it remained wet the entire time I wore it. It soaked in nicely after I removed the mask. Afterwards, I felt my skin looked brighter and felt refreshed.


The fit was a bit off for me, but I find that with most of the masks from this brand. The overall mask was pretty large for my face and the nose bridge was too wide, but I was still able to make it work and stay on! 



Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

C is for Cosmetea, Centella,  control and care.

Care for my skin with Amorepacific Enzyme treatment Masque first. Tingly and fast, this 5 minute mask blasts skin and makes it smooth and even.  I love it.  AMOREPACIFIC - Treatment Enzyme Peeling Masque

Next came my Ordinary Niacinamide and then C for Centella.   This helps calms my skin.

I've been using the Frudia grape pore care for the last couple days, and it's causing my pores to produce less sebum so I've used Cosmetea mask to rehydrate. 

It stays tacky for a while but it is nice.




2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

C is for CLIV premium mask the mask was thin and white with clear serum. the serum was adequately covering the entire mask, not too much extra to go around. the fit was so so, a bit wide everywhere but squished down nicely. the scent was subtle to me, nothing distinguishable. wear time for me was 20 minutes, the tackiness seemed to last for about 15 minutes and I did apply moisturizer at that time. end results were decent, my skin did look and feel nourished,a bit hydrated and bouncy, and lightly moisturized. would I seek this one out, probably not, i just have others I need to use first, but I'm happy to try it!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster Hydrated, bouncy and moisturized sounds like great results to me! I'm glad this worked out well for you 😃 I have the (red) ginseng berry one that I'm curious to try.

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

found this super cool whole foods exfolating foot mask.... literally just fell into my lap 😉😘 this is day 2. I left it on for 3.5 hours,,, nothing at of yet... stay tuned

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Exciting times ahead! @lmaster I'm tuned in.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster   Oooooh 🙌 I'm super interested to hear how it turns out! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh. 👀 This must be a new one @lmaster. I haven’t seen this one until now, but then again, it’s been some time since I’ve been into a Whole Foods (looks like that may change tomorrow; lol 😆). Very interested in your thoughts on this one and how it compares to other exfoliating foot masks.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Squeezing in another C mask today 😉EFF9CE74-04C2-4DD6-BD97-63A091B294BE.jpeg


Cosmetea Black Tea Mask

This is a thin and transparent cotton sheet mask they call cellulose fiber. It is saturated with a slimy, milky serum that had a nice scent, though it's difficult for me to describe. I think it did slightly resemble tea, with maybe a little sweetness and some floral mixed in?

The fit was very good and was only a little too long at the chin. The adherence was good and it was comfortable to wear. I had it on for me about 35 minutes. I massaged in the leftover serum and it absorbed quick but my skin felt sort of sticky to the touch. It took about 45 minutes for the sticky/tacky feel to completely go away, which makes me curious to try it as a primer. My skin definitely felt soothed and moisturized and also had some shine/glow to it.

I really enjoyed this one and will be happy to use up the ones I have!



Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I have this one and I agree about the tackiness.  Just wish it wasn't so tacky. Otherwise i enjoyed it. @Shosh85 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty  I don't really mind tackiness so much, but I do get a little annoyed when my hair won't stop sticking to it 😂 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

😆 @Shosh85 

I wish it didn't stay so tacky @Shosh85 but I do like thi...

I wish it didn't stay so tacky @Shosh85 but I do like this one too

Re: I wish it didn't stay so tacky @Shosh85 but I do like thi...

@lmaster  Yeah, this definitely had some tack to it! Normally I don't go longer than a half hour before putting on moisturizer, but I was curious to see if it would go away on its own. Everything else was so nice though 😃

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yaaay for squeezing another mask in today @Shosh85! 😃 Happy to hear it was a good one, too. I have a feeling I have all 3 of these; I’ll get to them one of these days. Ha! Somewhat random question for you - how many full face sheet masks have you used in one day? 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi "I'll get to them one of these days" is something I find myself saying often. Haha!


I love your questions 😉 I've done 3 masks in one day, once. That was a weird day where I woke up super early and went to bed real late and didn't go anywhere all day. Normally I do one a day, sometimes two on a weekend day. How about you? 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85 Black tea is the best - better than the rest! Hahaha. Can't you squeeze in the other two as well tonight? Smiley Wink I didn't give the white a true test with tackiness but I thought the black tea was the most tacky so I'm nodding my head with your review.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica  I was thinking about doing the green tea tomorrow 👍 I never did buy the white tea one though - I almost did, but saw that it had alcohol so I put it back. I'm not totally against using masks with alcohol, I just didn't want 10 of them 😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Totally understandable @Shosh85. For a while the only one at my stores was the white tea and that's why I never took the plunge. I was lucky to get all 3 in unicorn mail. If I didn't have a million masks (feels like only a slight exaggeration) the black tea would probably be the one I would have picked up without trying as well as after trying them.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Week 29 - July 15 - 21 - C - Lip, Hand and Foot Masks


Cosmetea Comparison @eshoe's sharing of the Green Tea Cosmetea joins the party. Thank you for sending me this one.



My face:



  • Serum - similar to black tea, it was very wet but no dripping
  • Scent - I smelled the green tea but then there was something else. Something not as friendly to my nose. Ah-ha ingredient list - I see you tea tree. Too bad. And the smell lingered while wearing
  • Mask fit - same as all the others - very good, just wish the forehead was a little taller
  • Wear time - this one stayed moist even longer and I wore it 40 minutes while relaxing in the bath
  • Tackiness - I waited this time. It was slightly tacky after removal but faded to only a teensy bit with no moisturizer
  • Extra Serum - White Tea had the most. I'm not sure about Black Tea vs. this one. Probably similar. Frankenmask jar has 25 g of serum - condensed cotton has been added!
  • Results - Again, this was a nice mask. No wow factor but solid.


Grade: B. I think the smell was the issue for me. The fit, wear time and results were good. In my mind green tea stuff should smell like this20190720_122736.jpgI'm not a fan of green tea to drink but I like this perfume. Please don't ask how old it is. Maybe I got it in high school. Oops! Anyway this is what I expected to smell but the tea tree made it different and a bit unpleasant. I sprayed this afterward to verify it smells much better than the mask did.



Comparison of the Cosmetea:

    • Serum: all equal; black and white had milky serums while the green tea one was clear but all seemed to stay well on the mask
    • Scent: black > white > green
    • Mask fit: all equal
    • Wear time: green > black = white
    • Tackiness: green < black (white - unknown)
    • Extra Serum: white > black = green
    • Results: all had fine but different results. White definitely had the most brightening which is what it claims.
    • Overall: black > white > green

The tackiness in the black I can overlook the most easily by applying moisturizer. And I guess the alcohol in the white is less bothersome for me than the scent of the green tea.


I thought I did my Cosmetea and would Frankenmask tomorrow. Oh no! @missjeanie sent me another one so I might as well throw it into the ring. I plan to do the Frankenmask after sports mid-day and then end the night with the Lavender balance one to prep my skin for the week ahead. I'll update with a new recap.

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