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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. 


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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 

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: When you are getting Glam for a night out and want that Glow - which mask(s) is/are your tried and true go-to(s)?

Letter of the Week: “L”


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


Next Mask Meetup Info: Saturday, September 21st join @GalPalVal17 and @ShortErica to try out Lookatme's Watermelon Face Mask!

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!water.jpg


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I am pretty sleepy, so this may be slightly incoherent, but I wanted to post about Tuesday's mask so I don't get too far behind. I used the LookatMe Collagen mask with the cute pig on the front. It's a tencel mask. The front says it increases elasticity, though I'm not entirely sure what elastic skin necessarily feels like. Smiley Happy This too was gifted to me by the super generous @faeriegirl. Thank you!


I felt like it had a clean, somewhat florally type scent. I was surprised that the fit was quite different from the charcoal lookatme mask from the day before. I felt like this one seemed a lot larger overall and the nose bridge was much wider and the philtrum area seemed longer as well, though the mouth hole was pretty small. I wasn't really sure how to cut it, so I mainly just scrunched it down. I get a little nervous doing too much mask surgery once it's already on my face. By the way, fellow mask surgeons, do you usually just add little snips to fold it or do you ever actually cut off pieces of the fabric? Just curious. I've done both.


I kept it on for 25 minutes or so. There was a great deal of extra serum. Even though I had to do a great deal of scrunching to get it on, it did stay put the entire time and was still very moist after removal. There was still a lot of serum remaining on my face and a slight bit of tackiness, but not in a bothersome, sticky way. I felt like the results were very nice. My skin felt very soft and smooth, and it definitely had that glowy type of look for the rest of the day. My skin responds nicely to collagen, so I was definitely happy with the results even though it didn't fit my individual facial features that well. So another good one! Smiley Happy



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Taking a break from LookAtMe and going with this Leaders Lifting mask, gifted to me by the lovely @ShortErica (thanks again!)😊8C9A088F-F9E3-43BC-9E39-5783776D11BE.jpeg


Leaders Mediu Amino Lifting Mask

This is a super thin and sorta meshy cotton sheet mask that was soaking with serum and had a pleasant clean and fresh scent. The scent was light and not too noticeable while the mask was on. The fit was great and was just a bit too long at the chin. It adhered well and was very comfortable to wear the 35 minutes to had it on. After removing it, the leftover serum absorbed quickly, but the tackiness stuck around for about a half hour. My face felt refreshed and nicely hydrated and my skin looked a little brighter, but I can't say I noticed any lifting - that may just be something I'd notice after more regular uses.

This is a nice one and I'd definitely use again, but out of the 3 from the line that I've tried, the AC-free is my favorite (also from ShortErica 😉)



2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

L is for my LOVE for Lavender. Started with the VS lavender hydrogel or as my mini likes to think of it has a jelly fish butt. I was curious to see if they had improved (it would come off in chunks before) and happy to report they have. its still slick & stuck between layers to help you maneuver it. it does have flaps for eyes & mouth...i didnt use them, I flipped them over. I didnt want to risk tasting anything. the smell is true lavender. I left it on for about 20 min and taking it off, it all was absorbed. Not tacky hardly at all. liked the mask before but might love it now😄💜Bite in lavender, a love. Fresh sugar polish another love. and like brtc sleeping. Might have to do the lavender mask wars this week.....😏💜💜💜💜💜5 out of 5 for all except brtc. its not bad but just meh...4 out of 5.

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L is for le lips 👄 i’m excited to try this KNC Beauty lip mask!

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Those are so fun to wear and take pictures with! <333

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"L" is for L'oreal hair sheet mask steam treatment.   I was excited to use this unusual hair mask, which smelled so refreshing, and sans so many "bad" ingredients.   Prompted to take a look at the ingredients,  I see dimethicone, 

knowing its drying to my hair type, I hesitated, but further along "ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL!   What are they thinking?!  No, not using, so here you have it, complete w/ pictures, in the event you may think of trying.

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I am super late in getting my K week mask review in, so my apologies everyone!  K is for Kina.


Kina Jelly Essence Nourishing:  I really liked this mask, so much so that I grabbed a 2nd box when I saw one this past weekend.  It really performed really well as not only was my skin hydrated, but I noticed a definite decrease in the fine lines around my eyes & forehead.  The mask itself was a little long, which I folded under my chin/jawline, and I left it on for about 30 minutes.  I do have 2 complaints/warnings though.  First, your skin stays tacky...I mean, it's not going away without moisturizer.  Second, I had some pilling occur just under the jawline when I applied moisturizer.  I've never had that happen with a mask before and it didn't occur on my face.  What I think may have caused it is the folding under of the elongated chin area & the serum pooling there during the masking session.  At any rate, the mask performed well enough for me that I can deal with the tackiness & I'll just cut the chin area next time to see if that prevents the pilling.  


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@mrsmouse fair warning on the tackiness!  I'll only try this in the evening.  Who am I kidding, 90% ish of my masking is done in the evenings. Smiley Happy 

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@mrsmouse This one sounds so great! Tackiness doesn't really bother me, especially when the results are good!

- glad to hear that's the case with this one 👍😃


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Helps fine lines - yay! Tacky - um, boo. But a 2nd box says a lot @mrsmouse. I'll take late reviews all the time. It's so neat hearing what everyone tries. Smiley Happy

you know,, now that you mention that @mrsmouse I think th...

you know,, now that you mention that @mrsmouse I think that happened to me too

Re: you know,, now that you mention that @mrsmouse I think th...

@lmaster , Yeah it was kinda weird & certainly unexpected.  I can get past it though since it worked so well for me.  Smiley Wink

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

my L yesterday was for Layering tonymoly I'm peach layering mask. it comes with 4 cute little peaches you can place wherever, I put one near the corner of my eyes where I have fine lines, and around my smile lines. then I placed the thin sheet on top which was dripping with a clear watery serum, there was quite a bit of extra serum in the package. the scent hmmmmm 🤪 not my preference by far, I could recognize peach, but it was like peach with a chemical scent to it,,, thank goodness I could not smell it while it was on my face. left the slices and sheet on for 20 minutes, and immediately after removing, my outer eye area felt extremely tight,,, interesting.... the rest of my face didn't feel that way, but it did feel and looked more plump and hydrated. if the scent was more attractive to me,, I'd probably put this mask on a VIP buy list, but as is, I will probably wait until there's another good deal on them from Ulta before restocking. it gets an A- for the odd scent combination, but would repurchase at a later time

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It's such a bummer when a great mask doesn't smell good @lmaster .  Smiley Sad

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@mrsmouse I personally wasn't thrilled by the scent, but you could very well like it 🤷 great results anyhow

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@lmaster The results from this one sound great! I'm happy you enjoyed it, despite the odd scent - cute and functional is always nice 👍😉 I also like that peach fruit water is the first ingredient and peach fruit extract is the fourth 🙌🍑😃

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@Shosh85 I'm still confused about the scent, I do really love the ingredients and result

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@lmaster Sorry that the scent wasn't all that enjoyable, but glad it appeared to give good results. Hmmm...I wonder why your skin felt tight at first!?

I was thinking it dried out those areas @PrettyPaint but...

I was thinking it dried out those areas @PrettyPaint but I examined very closely and I'm convinced it was firming the area

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@lmaster  Oh good! I was worried it would dry you out there, and that's definitely not a place where I need any added dryness. Firming is good, though! Smiley Happy

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