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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 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: 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!

@itsfi  I was able to get a kit from QVC that had the Lip Scrub in Hot Cocoa, the Lip Slip and the Rose Gold Slip. Love all 3 products,  so now I know how they work. The slip is really thicker than I like, but very moisturizing! I can imagine how nice the scrub is with Lemonade!!😊

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@yankeefaithful, hot cocoa lip scrub???!! That sounds amazing!! 😍 Hmm...I’ve wondered about the texture of the lip slip - would you say it’s thicker than the BITE Beauty lip balm?

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@itsfi  I've never used the Bite lip balm, so I can't compare the two. The Lip slip is thicker and had a consistency like Vaseline. I will use it at night, because I don't know if I could use it during the day except when I'm walking the dog. Makes your lips soft but too thick to use under any type of lippie, for me anyway. I hope this helps. 😊

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That helps a lot @yankeefaithful! I think it would be something I would wear in the evenings as well. Thank you! 😃

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Last night was a flurry of last minute packing and having my neices so it was busy but I needed to get in a quick mask while I was setting into bed! 

The vita genic brightening jelly mask was a nice pick me up for my tired looking skin. My skin did look a bit brighter and more refreshed afterwords.  I didn’t use up the extra serum so I brought it along in the car to massage in this morning since I’m not wearing anymake up. 

Big shout out and thanks to @itsfi for sending me this gem!image.jpg


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You brought in along in the car @missjeanie 😆 You are one dedicated masker👏🏼😊

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@eshoeheck yes! lol I wasn't wasting a drop of that stuff!  I did a few sheet masks in the car when I was bored... my SO thinks I'm a bit nuts lol

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You did sheet masks in the car @missjeanie?!?!😄 that’s some serious dedication right there, you deserve a reward for that ha haSmiley Wink

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@eshoeI did.... lol... I figured I was traveling without makeup on while we were in the car for two days... might as well make use of the make up free face! lol.  I ended up bringing along a couple of masks that I've already used and have a bunch of.  I knew I'd end up buying a few down here so didn't bring too many.  I'll likely need to crack into some new ones before I get home!

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Wow I am impressed @missjeanie 👍🏼😂

love it @missjeanie

love it @missjeanie

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Yaaay @missjeanie! I’m so happy this mask was a hit for you! 😃 Have a fantastic time on your vacation!! I’m excited to see what masks are in your travel arsenal! 💕

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@missjeanie I love this line of masks! They have all been great so far! Glad you liked this one! 👍

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I have bribed my older sons to watch the baby in exchange for movie day with the works so I’m going to do a long masking session.  I’m starting off with the summer Friday’s overtime mask!  Omg!  It smells like pumpkin pie!  I am not in the habit of massaging large granuals into my skin as I don’t believe it’s good for it so I skipped that part.   It’s got some strong tingles for the first two minutes but that calms down.  I love that the scent stays potent the whole time.  So pleasant!  The rest of the review will followSmiley Happy





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I will take what looks like a giant bag of gummy bears on the right mask, please @heartsmyface It’s jelly so it’s gotta be goodSmiley Wink

I love this mask @heartsmyface it does smell divine!!

I love this mask @heartsmyface it does smell divine!!

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The Overtime mask smells soooo good @heartsmyface! I’m intrigued by that gummy bear sheet mask!! I love gummy bears and honey too! 😃☺️ Hope you had a great night out at the movies!! 🎥 🍿 

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Yay! for a movie day! ...and yay for babysitters! I definitely need more of that in my life! Haha! I hope you have fun!

That Overtime mask is wonderful! The scent really is so good! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Interested in your thoughts on the gummy bear mask – it looks yummy 😋😂

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Lol!!!! @heartsmyface  I saw the gummy bear packaging and thought that a giant gummy snack was a part of your masking experience, self care time and was thinking right on! Lol I hope your gummy mask is just as pleasant and smells wonderful! Lol

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Wednesday I noticed that I needed some physical and chemical exfoliation ( I was starting to look grey and my skin looked dull ) so I used my sample of the SUMMER FRIDAYS - Overtime Mask.

It smells like pumpkin spice! After massaging it for 60 seconds, I left it on for the recommended 10 minutes and rinsed it off, leaving my skin glowing, soft and refreshed. Grade A+.

 I took a bubble bath to relax before going to bed and decided that my body needed some exfoliating also. I used the Karine Joncas ( woman owned ) 5 in 1 Firming Body Peeling With Citrus. It has a wonderful citrusy fragrance ( natural ) . See spoiler for ingredients list. After massaging it on my body and rinsing it off my skin felt so soft and hydrated. This body peel definitely deserves an A+ ! ❤️❤️❤️

Sorry but Thursday I didn’t mask at all, I started Marie Kondoing my condo! I decided not to renew my  pharmacist’s license and had to go through so much paperwork that I was brain dead at the end of the day! 

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Wow you did some major restructuring @keana.  Cleaning out your home, making decisions about your future; I guess at a time like that it is nice to have a familiar comfort-masking😊 I’m so happy you took care of yourself, extra hives for you and Kauai tonight 🥰

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