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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. 


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 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: Drugstore & Grocery Brands

Letter of the Week: “H”


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: super cute @eshoe great idea 🙌

@eshoe that can be a good feeling and a bad 😅

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I love your mask organization @eshoe!!!! I have the same spatula from the Sara Happ Lip Mask, and I have the spatula from the LANEIGE - Mini Pore Waterclay Mask, but I usually use the SEPHORA COLLECTION - Face Mask Applicatorto slather my face with the good stuff.


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ah I have that one @sephoraaddict918 @and I always forget to use it😆!!! Thank you for the reminder, it’s such a great little tool!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe Oh my goodness! I love your spatula collection! – and your mask organization looks wonderful! Both of these pictures are soothing to look at! Haha! 😍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It’s a little secret joy of mine to discover a spatula inside a new package @Shosh85 😊 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

😂I also enjoy when they add little extras in any product, be it a spare puff or a spatula.  I find it nice that they cared.  @eshoe 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I completely agree with you @heartsmyface ! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

You said it perfectly @heartsmyface. That little touch speaks volumes.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Well said @Shosh85! Second this! I didn’t think of a spatula collection, but I like it. Makes my spatulas feel extra special! 😆😉


I need to get my hands on a omorovicza but dont want to p...

I need to get my hands on a omorovicza but dont want to pay $125 for it! cute collection @eshoe

Re: I need to get my hands on a omorovicza but dont want to p...

Bath & Unwind has some sets on sale right now and 30% off of some sets on the brand’s direct site @sonnydee. I stopped myself a number of times because they keep emailing me to remind me😂

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  that looks awesome. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks @emaisgr8😄

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

J” is for Julep and the woman-founded brands theme continued last night with the Julep Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System and the BRIOGEO - Farewell Frizz™ Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray.



Julep was founded by Jane Park; if my memory is correct, the brand was purchased by another company so I’m not sure whether it is still woman-owned but it is woman-founded! I’ve used the Julep Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System before and really like it – the sheet mask in this one is a bio-cellulose mask, which I love. It adheres well and as with other bio-cellulose masks, you don’t necessarily feel a lot of essence or hydration while you have the mask on, but after removing the mask, you can feel the extra essence on your face and at least for me, my skin feels more bouncy and hydrated as I press that extra essence onto my skin to help with absorption. My skin continues to look and feel hydrated the next morning and my complexion has a fresh and bright look to it as well. I tend to keep my multi-step sheet mask pack for travel, especially when it’s a quick turnaround. This Julep pack is one of my favorites, an “A” mask for me.  All three products are ones I really like and are very complementary to one another. I would love if all three products could be purchased separately but I think you can only pick these up in this mask pack.


Briogeo (founded by Nancy Twine) makes one of my favorite hair masks so I was excited to try out the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray. Love that it comes in a spray form. It does a nice job as a detangler and my hair does feel soft and looks smooth when I use this. Would I repurchase? I think so. I would rate it an “A”. I’m really liking this one and the Amika The Wizard Primer so it’s tough to pick one. I have a feeling I may end up with full sizes of each. Ha!

Ingredients (for Julep sheet mask):
julep inci.PNGIngredients List - Julep Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System (from julep dot com)

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Great @itsfi ! Another A mask! I’ll be using the same Julep Mask that @eshoe sent me when I’ll go visit my parents! Perfect for traveling! ( Thanks in advance eshoe! 🤗 ) I enjoy using leave-in conditioning spray instead of the usual conditioner! I’ll have to try the Briogeo or the Amika one, which one would be better for wavy hair? Do you have an idea? Did you try Devacurl if you have wavy hair? I should have asked what type of hair do you have instead of drilling you with questions! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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@keana1, sorry, I won’t be able to help with knowing which product is better for curly hair. ☹️ My hair is stick straight. 

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Both my mom and sister have straw-like hair ! @itsfi . I inherited my father’s wavy hair! 

this sounds like a great mask pack @itsfi glad it worked...

this sounds like a great mask pack @itsfi glad it worked out nicely for you

Re: this sounds like a great mask pack @itsfi glad it worked...

The three parts to the pack are all good @lmaster. I do wish they sold the first and third steps as separate products; maybe that will be future releases. 🤞🏼

Re: this sounds like a great mask pack @itsfi glad it worked...

Oh yes that would be great! @itsfi did you get this mask in facetory?

Re: this sounds like a great mask pack @itsfi glad it worked...

@lmaster, I picked mine up online at Ulta. They may carry it in certain Ulta stores as well. 

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