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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!

No one's fault @PrettyPaint; there's sometimes just not enough hours in the day to get in all that we want or need to right?! Smiley Wink

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@PrettyPaint Glad to hear this turned out nice even though it wasn't on as long as it could've been. Nice job squeezing this one in! 👍 😃

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@Shosh85  Hehe, yeah, I think I'll probably just need to save my masking for the nighttime. I like the idea of doing it in the morning so that I can enjoy any glowiness, etc. during the day, but it doesn't usually translate well into the morning schedule (especially if I'm applying makeup). 

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LookAtMe mask #6 🍉206CB251-3E87-4C5E-95FF-6CFDEAF45B57.jpeg


Look At Me Watermelon Sheet Mask

This is a thin tencel sheet mask that was soaking in a slimy gel-type of serum and had an imitation watermelon scent - similar to a jolly rancher. 😋 The fit was good - a little too long at the chin. I kept it on for about 35 minutes. When I removed it the serum leftover was slightly tacky, but absorbed in only a matter of minutes. My face felt refreshed, nicely hydrated, soft & smooth and had a bit of a glow.

I'm really happy I have a box of these, 'cause I will definitely be happy to use them up!6DE917D3-0E94-413B-B622-0F694F6DCDC1.jpeg

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I'm so glad you enjoyed this one @Shosh85. I've always liked the smell/taste of watermelon jolly ranchers! Smiley Happy

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Me too, @PrettyPaint! That's why I definitely have no problem with this mask smelling like it! - it was so yummy 😋 🍉

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I love the smell of this one @Shosh85!❤️🍉

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@faeriegirl Oh me too! It's delicious! 😉🍉😋

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Someone needs to bottle that watermelon jolly rancher scent into a diffuser. Lol! 😆🍉 So happy to hear you like this one @Shosh85! You’re almost done with all the LAM masks! Looking forward to hearing your roundup of / final thoughts on them. 

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@itsfi It's a fake scent I definitely don't mind smelling! I only have one more to go, but so far this is my most favorite! 🙌🍉😃

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This Leaders mask was nice but it stayed sticky /quite tacky for at least an hour (then I went to bed).  The intended effect of 'lifting' may need a few masks in a row to check. My skin is very calm and even this morning, and I attribute that to the mask. I'd use this again but I probably won't buy a box due to the stickiness factor.  There was no detectable scent. 20190920_232919.jpg


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@l8totheparty  I'm glad to hear the results were good on this one! I'm usually pretty glad when I happen to try a more tacky mask at night so I can "sleep it off." 

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Calm and even skin sound like nice results to get from a mask @l8totheparty. The tacky/sticky feeling seems to be a consistent theme from those here who have used this mask.

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Indeed, the results were good despite the tackiness.  Definitely a night mask for me (then again, most are for me). @itsfi 

@l8totheparty sorry about the tackiness! I'll have to use...

@l8totheparty sorry about the tackiness! I'll have to use mine and see, I don't recall using this one yet

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@l8totheparty So far I've tried three masks from this line and they've all been tacky. 🤔The tackiness on this one lasted a half hour for me 😳 Do you usually just wait and see how long the tackiness will last? - tackiness doesn't bother me much, so I like to wait to put the moisturizer on until I've tested how long the tackiness lasts, for scientific purposes/research, of course 😉 

I agree, it may be a mask you'd have to use on a regular basis to see the lifting effects - but I'm to glad to hear the results still turned out good  👍

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Good question, @Shosh85 . I mostly just mask in the evening, and try to mask early enough that I can measure the length of time it's tacky for.  Last night I was tired and didn't want to wait further. 

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Rapid-flash review here on a lovely mask from @keana1!

faceshop.jpgPTR, The Face Shop & Neogen

Quick and hopefully tidy review: the PETER THOMAS ROTH - Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask might be my favorite out of the Mask Frenzy gratis I received a few months ago. I left it on a good 15 minutes, love the ever-so-slightly grainy texture and gray color, but that's just me. When I rinsed, holy hotness - as the water splashed on my face it was a blast of heat, then immediately cool. There is a large tub of it at Costco right now that I just may pick up, it's a good no-brainer mask for me.

Next, it was The Face Shop Mask.Lab Lift Up Face Mask, a gift from the very generous @keana1. @lmaster tried this the other night, and I concur with her thoughts - little to no tack, a slight, unobtrusive scent (cannot recall if she had a scent), and a whole lot of fun with the little chin strap. I don't think of my face as particularly rounded, yet I removed the chin strap after only a few minutes. Maybe I'm just a wimp, but it was a little tight on my ears Smiley Very Happy An A for this one, the first I've tried from this line and my favorite so far of any Face Shop masks I've tried.

Finally, the NEOGEN DERMALOGY - Real Vita C Powder Lemon. I was elated to find Sephora carried this after holding out and sampling other brands. Most heavy duty vita C serums have a scent I just can't get used to; this is JUST what I was hoping for, although results are yet to be noted. 
neoing.JPGThe spoon is sooo tiny!
The directions state that it can be mixed with serum, toner, moisturizer, etc. so I've been playing around with it for a week or so. I am alternating it in the evenings with the HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum. I love the versatility and hope to see something going on with my skin in terms of brightening; the rotation I have going on right now has been good but the season is changing so I'm not ready to commit to a yay or nay yet. Will update after a bit more testing/playing around with it. So far, it's been funSmiley Happy


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

That thermal mask and the vitamin C powder sound so interesting @eshoe. Technology these days really does make so many things possible. Is the vitamin C similar to the Fresh vitamin C powder?

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It is similar @missy415 but the Fresh has the added powder that is scented sooooo nicely. The Neogen is completely unscented, which is good for the majority of users!

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Good to know @eshoe; of the two, do you like one more than the other?

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