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2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hello lovely masking mavens! Please continue posting on the Q4 Thread which can be found here:


Many thanks to the wonderful @Aaliaa for beginning this thread and excited you are here. 

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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: Biobelle #Peachy mask Saturday 8/10

Aug 12 - 18     G           Sheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why? Meetup: Biobelle Pineapple mask Saturday 8/17
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  Glow Meetup: Lookatme Watermelon Saturday 9/21 thanks to @GalPalVal17 and @ShortErica
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 & Mask Meetup thank you @mrsmouse for suggesting the Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask!

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: French Pharmacy Week

Letter of the Week: “O”


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


Next Mask Meetup Info: Crème Shop - thanks to @GalPalVal17 date and mask TBD in October ALSO just added: Halloween Wish Formula Bat Mask Meetup thanks to @mrsmouse ! Screen Shot 2019-09-24 at 7.56.17 PM.png 

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.

August: Biobelle Tutti Frutti Collection - the Peach is on deck for our mid-summer masking! Join us Saturday August 10th to compare notes on this mask. Then Saturday August 17th we will be comparing the Biobelle Pineapple mask. Thank you @lmaster@Shosh85 & @PrettyPaint for suggesting Biobelle!
September: @ShortErica and @GalPalVal17 are interested in everyone's thoughts on the Lookatme Watermelon Face Mask. Join us Saturday, September 21st for the fun!
October@GalPalVal17 suggested a Crème Shop Mask, will update with more info. ALSO: October 31st join us for the Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask thanks to @mrsmouse!

Spring Masks on the Move Box🌱🌷🌈 Interested in participating in a spring box? @ShortErica has a survey that will help us curate the best plan for next year for those who would like to be involved:



Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ooooh, love propolis!! 💛🍯💛 Sounds like a wonderful mask @eshoe! I have the hyaluronic acid version from the line and didn’t know until now that there was a propolis one. 😍

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Oooh I am going to have to try the HA one, @itsfi, thanks for the heads up!

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I didn’t know that Neogen made the OOZOO masks @eshoe ! The Sur+Medic Mask sounds like a must have for anyone with dry skin! Another one to add to my list! Glad that you enjoyed this mask but I’m sorry that you eventually had to remove it! 😜

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Yes @keana1, and I really like the NEOGEN DERMALOGY - Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling - Green Teabut the only other product by them I’ve tried is a Mexican Aloe Mask recently that has alcohol (not the good kind) near the top of the list. 


I haven’t come across another mask with the same  material/essence as the Rose Capsule one, so for this to be almost identical minus the scent is a big deal for me!

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I know how much you love the Rose Capsule Mask @eshoe ! Did you ever try the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze with red wine ? I think that they have lemon ones also? I’ll make sure that I don’t buy the Mexican Aloe one! I always read the ingredients list of the serum that sheet mask “ marinates in “ ! 

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I haven’t tried the red wine one yet, @keana1. I was kind of afraid that it would have a wine-scent and not sure I want to exfoliate my face with that😄 It’s probably very nice!

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I totally agree with you @eshoe! The idea of having red wine on my face doesn’t sound too pleasant! 

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@eshoeI love that you found another A+ mask!  I keep meaning to look at the Sephora lip scrubs... going to put them on my loves list right now!

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Me too, @missjeanie! Especially one that’s nearly scent-less😊

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oooh yay @eshoe that sheet mask sounds amazing I can't wait to try it!

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Facetory has been a little hit or miss for me lately @Kim888, I knew when I saw the Neogen one I would try it first. So happy it did not disappoint! Would be perfect for someone who doesn’t care for the strong rose scent of The Oozoo Mask.

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Yesterday, to close out the week, I went with an Irish brand for my St. Patrick’s Day masks. Primark is an Irish retailer founded in 1969 in Dublin. These masks are made in Korea which fits in the letter of the week (“K”) theme. 



I received a host of treats from @SpaceLlama  (thank you!) a while back and I’ve been working through the lovely masks she generously gifted me and was interested in trying these masks. The nail treatment is a nice one and I’ve talked about it before so I’ll just focus on the two face masks. Both are bubbling / foaming masks – one is a sheet mask (the greyish blue packet) and the other is a wash off mask. When it comes to foaming masks, my preference is usually for the wash off version but was interested in seeing if that would remain the case with these two Primark masks. I used the sheet mask in Sunday morning and the wash off in the evening.


Primark PS Shine Bright K*Pop Sheet Mask is a charcoal foaming mask. It adhered well and in terms of fit, I only had to make a single adjustment – to the chin; as is typical of sheet masks, this one was too long for my face, but that’s what my mini scissors are for, right?! Smiley Happy I was surprised and happy that I did not need to make adjustments for the inner corner of the eyes / bridge of the nose. There’s a fresh and clean, but slightly soap-ish scent to this one. It’s not a bad scent, but it’s also not a scent where you want to smell more of it, which works out fine as it all but disappears by the time you put on the mask. The foaming or bubbling up on this sheet mask is very soft, gentle and quiet; you can barely hear it. The best part for me was that it did not run in or near my eyes. Yes! I left the mask on for 20 minutes as directed and after removing and washing off the mask, my skin looked cleansed, clear, smooth and brighter. As far as bubbling/foaming sheet masks that cover the entire face, they’re definitely not my favorite kind of sheet masks, but this mask would be the one I choose, if I were to have to choose one. I’m not sure what to rate this one, maybe a “B+/B”?


Primark PS Brightening Foaming Bubble Mask is not like your typical wash off foaming masks. I assumed (incorrectly) that it would be similar to the GlamGlow InstaMud, bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask, and the belif Pore Cleaner Bubble Foam. Oh no. Not like those at all. When the mask first comes out of the packet, it reminds me of a milky, slightly thicker and more gooey version of the Glossier Jelly Cleanser. It applies pretty smoothly and begins foaming up immediately. When the other foaming masks I’ve tried foam up, it is a light, airy foam and dries down a bit. This one, however, is a thicker, bouncy creamy foam and, to me, it resembles a cross between shaving cream and a marshmallow spread. Per the directions, I left the mask on for 20 minutes and then washed off the mask. Most foaming masks wash off very easily and quickly. This one, because of its thicker texture takes some more effort to remove and rinse off. In hindsight, if I used this mask again, I’d take a cotton round to remove most of the mask, then wipe the residue away with a cleansing wipe and/or warm washcloth. My skin felt tacky even after I used a washcloth to remove and there’s a filmy residue. It went away  after I used the washcloth a couple more times, but just to be safe, I used a light, gentle cleanser to make sure I got everything. It’s a little more work than I expected but not too terrible and I like the results – smooth, clear, cleansed skin. My pores looked more clear and my complexion looked awake, refreshed, and bright; it felt slightly hydrated but I wouldn’t recommend skipping moisturizer. Of these two foaming masks, I’d pick this brightening one; I’d give it an “A-”.


I really loved the bubble mask you sent me @itsfi I do ne...

I really loved the bubble mask you sent me @itsfi I do need to try some other brands too of course 😉

Re: I really loved the bubble mask you sent me @itsfi I do ne...

I forgot about the Sephora bubble mask @lmaster. That’s a good one too. I think my favorite is the bubble sheet mask from TonyMoly. I put a pic of it a couple of posts down. I sometimes find it at Ulta and will pick one up.

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Oh thanks! @itsfi I'll have to look for it now, I definitely want to try it

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Another great theme! ☘️ As far as bubble/foaming masks go, these both sound pretty great! It's nice that the sheet mask one didn't run into your eyes! That definitely is a common occurrence with these! I have to say though, I think my favorite sheet mask version are the ones that start below the eyes - like the Berrisom ones.

The Freeman Gel Bubble wash-off mask sounds a lot like the Primark Brightening one – it looked like I had shaving cream on my face! I don't recall having a lot of filmy residue though. I think I do prefer the foam as opposed to the bubbles. Do you have a favorite foam/bubble mask?

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@Shosh85, for wash off bubble/foaming mask, I like the GLAMGLOW - INSTAMUD™ 60 Second Pore-Remining Treatment Mask

or the bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask. For sheet mask, I’m completely with you - the ones that start below the eyes are the one I like best. I don’t know if I’ve tried the Berrisom one but I like the TonyMoly one. 52313BBE-DC06-4401-8C8E-19616BA28017.jpeg


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@itsfi I haven't tried the Tony Moly one! Looks good! 🙌

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@itsfiI love the St. Patrick's Day tie in!  Sometimes its good for us to take a step out of our comfort zone and try out masks that we initially don't have a ton of interest in, glad to see you have the bubbles a good shot!

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Thank you @missjeanie! 💚 I’m glad I did some research on the company; I might have otherwise missed the tie in to St Patrick’s Day. 🍀 

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both sound very interesting @itsfi - America needs to hop on the Primemark train haha. I know they've opened a few here but everyone I know from Ireland/United Kingdom is obsessed with Primemark. Apparently they have the best tights as well haha

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