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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?
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 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: Sheet Mask Focus

Letter of the Week: “G”


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


Next Mask Meetup Info: Second August Meetup Planned for this Saturday August 17th-join @PrettyPaint to try out Biobelle’s Pineapple Mask from the Tutti Frutti Collection!

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 this 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!

@eshoe I'd be interested to know how these and the PTR ones compare! I'm hoping to try the PTR ones sometime soon – they're just so spendy 😬

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Starting off my favorites & "k" is of course this lil cutie from The Creme Shop. Yall have seen my stash. 🙄TCS is my favorite & I hunt them down & hoard them🤣 The mask itself was a slight blue color with keroppis & decorations on it. it smelled clean & fresh & today was HOT! so I found it refreshing. I left it on for a good 40 min & could've left it longer but I needed to get in bed (and yes I have left masks on the side of my bed to be discarded in the morning.😉 ) I felt it did as advertised except for exfoliating? how? but my face feels fresh, balanced & hydrated so I can't complain. grade: A & I'm happy that I have more of this lil guy. happy masking yall! side note: only 1 single dk from the peppermint oil last night, so if I use those again. I'll probably use during the summer, after a beach day & skip my moisturizer that night🤷‍♀️

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Keroppi! The best of all the Sanrio characters IMO, haha. Glad the mask worked nicely for you, @sonnydee!

so cute @sonnydee hot huh.... 😋

so cute @sonnydee hot huh.... 😋

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

That looks like a fun mask @sonnydee glad you enjoyed.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@sonnydee Glad to hear you liked this one – it sounfmds great! I have it set aside to try this week! 👍

@Shosh85 @itsfi I think you both will really enjoy this o...

@Shosh85 @itsfi I think you both will really enjoy this one. The serum is on the thicker side & even skipping my moisturizer last night, you would never know. my face feels pretty good this morning. I might have to sneak another kerropi in this week🤗

Re: @Shosh85 @itsfi I think you both will really enjoy this o...

Can't wait to try it out @sonnydee @Shosh85! The ingredients in this one look good and I'm all for a sheet mask that brightens and hydrates the skin! Smiley Happy 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Happy this one was a hit for you @sonnydee but YES how do sheet masks exfoliate?!? I suppose chemical...I wondered the same thing about the Betterskin detox mask I just did; like, how does a bio-cellulose mask detox my skin???


Oh well, hasn’t stopped me from trying more like them😂

maybe it loosens up your dead skin so the next time you w...

maybe it loosens up your dead skin so the next time you wash it comes off them? So, yeah chemical. I dunno. @eshoe but it delivered on everything else. so I'll take it!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yay @sonnydee! That’s great that the Keroppi sheet mask was a good one for you; 🐸 I have it set aside for later this week. Even more excited about it after reading your review! 😃

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Week 10 - Mar 4 - 10 - J - Female Owned Brands


Another Jumiso that I did on Sunday. This was the Rich-Nourishment one (pink package with the yoga pose) that @Shosh85 and @missjeanie used.



I tossed this in the frig too so I could compare the two Jumiso masks fairly (or at least somewhat fairly). The mask was wet not drenched. I thought it was more wet than the Whoa whoa soothing mask and didn't notice a pool of liquid in the bottom so I didn't dip this one in. Again, I enjoyed the netting so I knew which side was for my face.


My face



The fit was the same as the other or it least it had to be pretty similar. I think I had a harder time with folding the extra cuts. I could detect a scent but it was super light and more "general sheet mask" smell to me.


I wore the mask for closer to 40 minutes. The mask was quite dry and there was very little serum to pat in. It did not leave my skin tacky. The results were just okay. I would say my skin was a bit brighter and moisturized but I specifically analyzed my forehead lines and they didn't have the same diminished appearance that Whoa whoa soothing provided.


I decided to cut open the package and there was a bunch of serum stuck on the sides. I used it for my face and neck and hands. The layer was generous and at this point my skin was left slightly tacky. I let it soak for a while and though in hindsight I would have applied moisturizer, it wasn't tacky enough to bother me.


So I think it's an A-. The lack of odd scent was better than the other Jumiso but the not as noticeable results was a downer. I like the netting and the feel of both the masks. Also the fit is pretty spot on for my face. I would be willing to catch all the Jumiso masks to say I've tried them but probably not in my 5-star, best mask ever category.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Great comparison, @ShortErica!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @quspork. I usually only can make time for 1 mask a week so doing two fairly close together was interesting. Sometimes I feel like my memory tricks me so it was neat to be able to have both masks close enough to compare.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This mask fits your face so well @ShortErica 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica I liked this mask a lot, but I think I liked the "Water-Splash" one a smidge more than this one. I'm interested how the other masks in this line will perform. Glad this was a good one! 😉👍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I saw that @Shosh85. Maybe the Water Splash would be a solid "A" for me. I'll have to try it and the other two!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This mask and the water-splash mask work well for my skin. An "A-" mask is a good mask. Too bad this isn't a 5-star mask for you @ShortErica, but maybe some of the other ones in this line will work out better for you.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

For sure @itsfi! Since @Shosh85 says the Water Splash was a smidge better I am thinking I should find that one next.

yeah I like this brand @ShortErica sorry it wasn't the be...

yeah I like this brand @ShortErica sorry it wasn't the best for you, they do have a few others, hopefully you will find one that best suits you

Re: yeah I like this brand @ShortErica sorry it wasn't the be...

It was still a pretty good mask but just not a favorite @lmaster. Isn't it funny how A- can seem bad when really it's still a good grade?

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