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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: 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: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ok @itsfi thanks 😉😍😘

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Wow you did load up on the masking last night, @missjeanie! I share your exact sentiments with the LP Detox. I was going to pick up a DS for someone the other day and noticed they are OOS, bummer :/


After you use the eye gels, take a close look at the area they covered - they leave an almost slight pinkish shimmer that really makes the area appear brightened. I love them because I haven't found another eye mask that does this. It's a similar type of shimmer that's in the Touche Éclat. 


Thank you also for the info on the companies, I will be adding them to our growing list! <3

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@eshoelol I was inspired to add in the watermelon mask, then figured, heck... lets just do this up!

Did you notice the LP full size is only 5.5oz?  I had just assumed it was 8 since the bottle was the same size as other full size products.  I'll gladly use this up, but I'm still on the fence about a re-purchase... I likely will unless something else comes along that catches my eye in the same catagory.

I'll have to take a closer look for the shimmer next time!  I really enjoyed the eye gels, and noticed that they're going to be a part of the 21 days of beauty at Ulta so I've got it on my list to get down to an Ulta after work on that Monday... I mean if you can't make a semi-random road trip after work for eye gels and a quick qdoba fix, then are you really living life? lol

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That’s the only time I buy the Eye Gels @missjeanie, just stock up! They go on sale at least twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Works out nice😉

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So many goodies here @missjeanie! The Amika Triple Rx mask is amazing! I never would have known about it if were not for @Shosh85! Love that mask and I have trained my eyes to be on the lookout for it whenever I go to TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Smiley Happy It's good to stock up on the favorites, right?! LOL! I did not know that Yadah was a woman founded company - love learning that. I have some Yadah masks I may have to see if I can incorporate into this week's masks. That's very interesting about The Creme Shop Watermelon Gelee mask - it reminds me of the Dear, Klairs mask I used that leveled back to its original shape as if I never scooped any out. Interesting.

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Always good to stock up on favourites!!  Lol... I may or may not have a back up tub on hand already.  I was actually stuck trying to find women owned companies and then just started working my way through some brand names to see what google could help me out with.  I didn't know that Yadah or Amika were women founded.  I love that I'm learning so much not just about the masks through the challenge but about ingredients and companies as well!  The watermelon cream mask was a surprise for sure, I've never seen anything like that!  The scent was just divine putting it on, and my skin wasn't over hydrated this morning at all, but it's doing well considering I bumped my retinol up to every night this week.

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Smart and resourceful @missjeanie! Love Google, what did we do without it? I'm sure the encyclopedia set I had would not have had all this information regarding skincare and brands. Smiley Wink  That watermelon cream mask just sounds more and more amazing - love that it's keeping your skin hydrated but not overly so and has been good with your retinol use. Wow, every night this week? That's great missjeanie; something I aspire to get to; my approach to retinols is the ultimate 'baby steps' plan - hahaha!

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I'm thinking I'm going to bring the watermelon sleeping mask with me on vacation next week.  I love the scent and it'll be lightweight enough in the warmer weather.  I wanted to be patient with the retinol, but I figure I've been using a different retinol for a while, so my skin's already semi acclimated... and ya... no patience. lol luckily I think all the masking I've been doing lately has been a real help with keeping things hydrated and moisturized.  I really think this thread has saved my skin with how brutal the winter has been. I'd be a flaky mess without this push @itsfi  !

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Ooooh, that watermelon mask in a warm weather locale sounds perfect @missjeanie! Relaxing and refreshing!! Have fun on your vacay! I'll be very interested to hear about what your masking looks like when you're on vacation! Smiley Happy

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@missjeanie This sounds like a great line up of masks!

I love the Amika Triple RX mask! I pick it up every time I see it at TJ Maxx!

I haven't tried any Yadah masks yet, but it seems like all the reviews I've read have been positive!👌😃 I have these on my list to try out sometime! 

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@Shosh85That's where I grab the Amika mask as well... I couldn't believe I'd been paying full price when I see how often it's there now!  I'm on my third tub of it from TJ's now and if they stop carrying it at some point I'm going to need to find a new mask lol!  I've gotten so spoiled by the price that I use it as a conditioner at least twice a week.  I picked up the yadah masks there as well.  I bought one pack of 12 and loved them so much I went back and grabbed another.  I have shopping problems lol

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Extra time?!!!  Wanna switch lives? 😅 hehehe, i’m so excited to try those yadah masks!  I made a facestory order just to get those and it all arrived today!  I had a hard time controlling myself in a store that just sold sheet masks so any progress getting through my stash has been foiled.  @missjeanie 204EDCD7-52B3-4690-8798-6C49779CF7D3.jpeg


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Nice haul @heartsmyface 

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Oh that's such a beautiful photo @heartsmyface so satisfying 😅

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@heartsmyface you definitely had a fun time mask shopping. Enjoy all those goodies and I look forward to your thoughts on them. Smiley Happy

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You picked up some good ones @heartsmyface! Enjoy your new masks! <3 <3 <3

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yay so many fun masks @heartsmyface 

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@heartsmyface I spy a 23 Years Mask! That is one that doesn't have a mouth hole! Have you tried one without a mouth hole?

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I remember the first time I saw someone write this I was a bit taken aback. I keep delaying using them because when I mask I usually am relaxing with my husband watching tv or something and "need" to talk. Thanks for the reminder @Shosh85. I can't wait to see @heartsmyface showcasing how the mask looks.

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Did I send you one of the 23years masks, @ShortErica? Maybe the rose one? Can't remember. Glad you are forewarned in case you do have one, I had no idea and it was terrifying Smiley Very Happy

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Yes @eshoe! The rose gold one I think and possibly another. I remember considering it for Spring Flower week and was like, nah I have other options. Ha! I am so glad to have a heads up about it.

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