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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

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!

@missjeanie I’be been trying to use up just a mini of the Greek yogurt and I find it so strong.  I don’t even want to put it on my body.  I’ve been bringing it to bed with me in the hopes that I will apply it before I go to sleep but have decided the last couple nights that I’d rather have dry skin than put it on. 

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Honestly... I should have just tossed it @heartsmyface .  But theres something in me that always wants to use a product up.  I kept thinking I'd get around to putting it on my face... noooope.  It was fine on my legs, I didn't notice the scent after I'd applied it, but I'll steer clear of this going forward.  I'd say just toss it if you know you're not gonna love it.  Too many good products out there to waste time on a bad one.... Hey... Beauty products are kinda like men?? lol

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@missjeanie I love the sound of that sheet mask! A milky serum is my favorite kind!

I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the PTR Rose mask! Putting it over moisturizer is the best way to use it! It's just not moisturizing/hydrating enough by itself to me, but this and the cucumber one are pretty refreshing right out of the fridge! 👌

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I've gone and picked up another two of the salad kits at Winners since trying the first one out @Shosh85 .  They aren't jaw dropping amazing masks that I'd pay 15$ each for by any means, but they've been solid choices and at under 1$ a mask, I think they're well worth it for some variety in filler masks!

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I’m so sorry @eshoe , I was going to try the OOZOO mask that you sent me but I made a mistake. I lost the serum in the syringe! I guess it was an occupation hazard since I was used to prepare injectables as a pharmacist. The syringes we normally use have black rubber stoppers at the end of the pistons so that they’re hard to remove when we remove the air in syringes but I realized too late that the syringe used in the preparation of the mask isn’t a medical one ! I didn’t open the pouch containing the sheet mask so I’ll keep it for DIY week. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🙄🙄🙄 I was so looking forward to try it! Again I’m sorry @eshoe, I feel so bad for ruining your gift ☹️

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sorry about losing the serum @keana1, but I think it will be very interesting to find out if the sheet mask in the packet is actually a fully dry sheet or if it has some serum in it already. 👍😃 This is actually something I've wondered about these sheet masks that include a syringe or capsule. I know some masks in these types are blank and some already have some serum to them before the syringe / capsule are used.

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There’s a basic serum in the mask pouch @itsfi , so I’m keeping it for DIY week. Luckily I didn’t open it or I would have ruined everything! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh, what a bummer @keana1 😱 I’m so sorry. It’s ok, not a big deal at all! It’s mostly just a fun mask to try? It’s kinda gimmicky but fun😊 I’ve tried all of the In-Shots and that was my favorite, hopefully the mask itself works out for you!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This is the result of my mistake @eshoe EEFE025B-493C-4088-BF0B-9E5164B07CD7.jpeg

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Where did the serum go, @keana1? I think you are saying you opened the syringe? I can't tell where it is in the pic, and it's been so long since I tried it that I don't remember where it is Smiley Very Happy

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The serum ended up on my bathroom floor and on my leggings @eshoe ! 🙇🏻‍♀️

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ugh how frustrating @keana1 🙀 Hopefully Kauai wasn’t curious about it, lol!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

She was sleeping in the living room when it happened @eshoe ! She never new that I screwed up! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

You can’t imagine how stupid I feel right now @eshoe ! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

O is for oldies but goodies



I fly home later tonight, but to start off my morning, I reached for a handful of oldies but goodies, starting out with the popular and oh-so-good FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask. I love, love, looooove this stuff! It applies smoothly, has a slight warming effect and, best of all, when I rinse it off, my skin is baby soft and smooth, has a nice bounce to it and feels so nice and hydrated. I’ve always gotten my hands on foils, DS or “extra-deluxe” sample sizes of this mask. I still have a couple of these mini jars as well as a larger mini / travel size to go through so I don’t need to pick up one during the spring sale, but that could be a completely different story come the November sale. Ha!  While I have the Farmacy mask on, I use the BITE BEAUTY - Agave Sugar Lip Scrub and the BITE BEAUTY - Agave Lip Mask after I’ve washed off the Farmacy mask. I prefer the Laneige lip balms and lip masks but the BITE Beauty ones are nice as well, and I like these little sample packets. I've actually been keeping one of these in my wallet, just in case.  Just in case I don’t have access to my purse and the 3 or 4 lip balms in there. Hahaha! Smiley Happy They’re nice to have on hand and they do a good job of exfoliating my lips and making them soft and moisturized. After applying the lip balm, I reach for one of my favorite no-frills, tried-and-true hydrating sheet masks - Leaders Aquaringer Treatment Mask is a thin-ish cotton sheet mask saturated but not dripping in essence; I’m always surprised how much essence this mask can hold without dripping all over the place. I left the mask on for a good 45 minutes and my skin loved me for it – fresh, glowy, bouncy, hydrated skin.   

@itsfi see now the honey potion actually warms up lol unl...

@itsfi see now the honey potion actually warms up lol unlike the PTR 😂 my orchid mask does not smell like vinegar... it smells so good actually, very floral

Re: @itsfi see now the honey potion actually warms up lol unl...

Yes @lmaster!! I was hoping the PTR Thermal mask would warm up like the Farmacy one. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I got a dud with the Orchid mask. I think I have another one; I'll use it for "R" week - R for re-do. 😃

Re: @itsfi see now the honey potion actually warms up lol unl...

@itsfi I can't recall what orchids smell like, but this mask smelled like rose and lilac combined

Re: @itsfi see now the honey potion actually warms up lol unl...

That sounds lovely @lmaster! I have orchids but I don't think they smell like anything. I just assumed (maybe hoped?) that the orchid face mask would have a subtle floral-ish scent to it and it sounds like it does. 

Re: @itsfi see now the honey potion actually warms up lol unl...

@itsfi it does and I'm pretty sure youll Enjoy your redo 😊

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The honey potion mask sounds great @itsfi!

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