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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. 

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: 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!

Nothing less than the best from @itsfi@Shosh85! This is such a nice mask, I agree. I think there are going to be a lot of great masks this week😉

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@eshoe It really is wonderful! In fact I think all the masks from have been A's so far! 👍

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Oil sheet masks are usually hit or miss for me, but this Leaders mask is one of my all-time favorite oil sheet masks, @Shosh85! 😍 So happy to hear your skin loved it! 💗

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@itsfi I haven't tried too many oil masks yet but there has been a couple that have just felt too oily and kinda like it was sitting on top of my skin – but this was wonderful! 😍🙌

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

So....try not to laugh too much ok.?😂😘 Tonight for sample that made me buy fs. I started off with the sand & sky exfoliating treatment, you massage it in for 30 sec, leave it on for 5 min & then rinse. It feels like it has \"seeds\" in it that do the exfoliating. I can see why it would be harsh for sensitive skin but for me & my oily skin- this was a good balance. They added no frills to cover the clay smell. Itstolerable but it's not a scent I would want to wear as a perfume or evena deodorant. My skin did feel smooth & soft but it didnt mattify as wellas the mask does so I think the mask would be the one I would get in fs, as of right now. And now for the embarrassing part- I wanted a quick mask- so I grabbed a sleeping mask. 🙄 I rubbed it all over, loving the smell & consistency (this I did buy in a \"fuller size\" after trying out a few samples. It came in a set for the holidays) I hadn't used it in a while so I wanted to reacquaint myself since I tried the Dior jellysleeping mask not to long ago. And plan on putting the 2 up against each other for the duel week. Got to bed, was reading up on my threads in BIC, when I would periodically would touch my face. It was soooo tacky! My hair, covers, pillow, you name it everything is sticking to my face! how could I love this mask? 🤔🤨-it's been about 1 hour at this point- so I went to read up on it for some reason & read you only have it on for 3 min!🤯🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ I rinsed it off & then I saw the reason why I love this skin felt awesome & had a glow even an hour late! Happy Monday! S-M-H

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lol @sonnydee that's too funny!  Could you imagine if you'd left it on for the entire night!  glad it worked out so that you had a beautiful glow though!

ughhhhh 😳@missjeanie I would have had to definitely chan...

ughhhhh 😳@missjeanie I would have had to definitely change my entire bedding!😜

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Ha- I'm glad you got the mask situation sorted out, @sonnydee. I think most of us had had "mis-use" issues here and there! 

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This is why I think you are such a good sport, @sonnydee 😆 I think I would have given up long before you! Good thing it didn’t irritate your skin, just some seriously pesky tackinessSmiley Wink

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Awww @sonnydee, so good of you to keep the mask on for a whole hour so we’d know what happens!! 😂 It was all in the name of research! 😉 It happens! Happy to hear your skin was glowy!

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I was horrible at masking the entire time I was away, but did manage to put on a sleeping mask several nights, including last night.  I used the Creme Shop Watermelon overnight gelee mask and quite liked it.  It wasn't super moisturizing, but my skin did feel nice when I woke up and it was just as moisturized as when I put it on, so I can't complain.  It has a watermelon scent to it that I'm loving and it will for sure be a great addition to a summer line up when fresh fruits are some of my favourite scents. I'd rate this a B+. 

Tonight I'm back into a more regular masking routine.  I went with L as my theme tonight.

The Living Proof Pre Shampoo Treatment had a light fishy scent to it.  Reminded me of a hair mask from the Alterna Caviar line I used a few years ago. It was a runny mask that I ran through the middle to the ends of my hair about 10/15 minutes before I showered.  My hair is still damp from my shower and will dry overnight, so I can't really comment on results as of yet. I did follow up my shampoo with the Amika Triple Rx mask as well, so I'm expecting some flowing silky locks tomorrow morining!

I followed up my shower with the Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask from Leaders. This mask was gifted to me by @eshoe and I'm feeling it big time!  I didn't really read the back of the packaging and when I opened it I could tell there was a layer on the mask to peel off, however it took me a hot minute to realize that there were two layers to pull off.  The mask is made of coconut bio cellulose and I love this material!!  It had a light scent to it, but once I had the mask on I couldn't smell it anymore.  The serum feels so silky when I rub it onto my hands and arms.  I did find that the material/serum dried up around the 25 minute mark which is right around where they say to remove.  I think my pores may have looked a tad smaller, though there was a bit of shine left on my skin. 

I also used the Leneige Lip mask, it's not my favourite, but L week is a good week to use it!

I followed everything up pretty quickly with my moisturiser and the APassioni before sealing in all the goodness with the Creme Shop Hyaluronic acid overnight gel mask.  This one has a light fresh clean scent and went on smoothly.  I'm hoping to get a bit more moisture out of this one.


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Wow @byme4u I always imagined that the glamglow would smell fruity.  I haven't had a ton of luck with glamglow products but I'll say that those I've tried sure smell great... that blue moisturizer they have... oh my pina colada heaven!  The fishy smell isn't a favourite for sure, luckily this is a small bottle and it'll be used up in another two or three applications... but if it gives me Herbal Essence shampoo commercial hair... I might buy in... lol

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Wow did I read that correctly, @missjeanie - the LP has a light 🐟-y scent😳 I just don’t know. There is only so much I will do for my hair! The results must be pretty spectacular 😂


So glad you’re back, missed ya!

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So glad to be back @eshoe !  yep... a bit of a fishy scent to me.... I'm not sure if that's the intended scent, I'd hope not, lol, but it really reminded me of the Alterna Caviar mask that smelled of fish as well.  I only had the mask on for 10-15 mintues so it wasn't too bad.  I am thinking of trying it out overnight, and I'm not too sure how the scent will play into it at that point... we'll see....

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That is 10-15 minutes too long to be smelling fish for me, @missjeanie 😂

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lol... the things I'll do for beautiful Victorias Secret commercial hair @eshoe !

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Welcome back @missjeanie! I hope you had a wonderful time on your vacation! Sleeping masks are great for when you just don't have time or energy to mask. Leaders make such great masks and that particular line has some really nice ones.  Oooh, can't wait to hear how the Amika Triple Rx mask works out for your locks! I learned about that hair mask from @Shosh85; it's a fave for me.

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@itsfiThanks so much!  The sleeping masks came in handy for sure.  I really enjoyed the material this mask was made of.  I'll be keeping an eye out for more of them!  I've used the Amika mask for a few years now, I think I'm just about done my third or fourth tub?  The Living Proof Pre shampoo was new and I probably should have avoided the using the amika with it to get a better idea of the LP on it's own.

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@missjeanie, Hautelook will have a sale on Leaders mask THIS Thursday. Their stock always varies but I every so often they will offer a sampler set with all of the masks in this line of sheet masks. 



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oh good to know @itsfi !  I've never ordered off there before but i remember looking through the site several times.  I'll add it to my calendar so I don't forget!

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@missjeanie I've been seeing a bunch of the Living Proof Haircare at TJ Maxx lately and have wondered about them! I wasn't a fan of the Alterna Caviar scent, so I'm guessing I probably wouldn't like this one. Although, I do really love that Amika! That's one I always have to have a backup of!

I haven't yet tried a Creme Shop sleeping mask yet! I'm very interested to hear how the HA one works out for you! Glad you could get caught up on some masking!

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