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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: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yesterday's products used TATCHA - The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder

TATCHA - The Essence Plumping Skin Softener

And GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask

Love using the tatcha rice enzyme powder as a gentle exfoliator, it leaves my skin so incredibly soft. The tatcha essence is a plumping essence apparently, don't notice much plumping, but I do like that it helps other products go deeper into your skin. The avacado mask is great. After using it, I wake up with hydrated and super soft skin. All get As but the tatcha essence, I'll give a B and hope to see some plumping results with more use.#

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@lmaster  This looks like great masking and you used 2 of my favorites, the Tatcha rice powder and the Glow Avocado melt mask!!! I love how the Tatcha site has so many travel size products and I have several in my cart!! I'll have to look at the essence!! Thanks for sharing!!😊

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@yankeefaithful, the tatcha site is the best!  You can pick 3 travel size & get a free bag for them + 3 free samples + free ship $25.  If you're a first time shopper you can get a % off discount.

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And their packaging is sooooooo pretty @byme4u! I love getting a box from them, it's like Christmas Smiley Happy

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Oh yes travel sizes are the best! Especially for a hoarder like me lol @yankeefaithful 🤗😊

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@lmaster All of these sound so great! I love the Avocado Melt! Definitely one of my most favorite sleeping masks! 🙌🥑

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They are all so good @Shosh85  I love the container of the avacado melt 💖

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yay sounds like your skin will be so soft after all of these @lmaster ! I just ordered the Avacavo Melt! I tried a sample and loved it after using it a few times! It's funny because I didn't really like it the first time I tried it

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@Kim888 yaaaaaaaay!!! That's great, so glad it is working out for you!! I had to get the eye gels today 😉😘

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The plumping essence sounds so good in theory @lmaster! I’ll keep my eyes out for a DS😉

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Yeah I bought the travel size on The tatcha website @eshoe it is refreshing for sure!

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Love that avocado sleeping mask @lmaster! I love how it moisturizes my skin overnight. Good to know about the Tatcha essence; I've wondered about it for some time.

@itsfi I still have the skII essence to try, but I'm thin...

@itsfi I still have the skII essence to try, but I'm thinking I'll be leaning more twords tatcha due to the paraben in the skII

Re: @itsfi I still have the skII essence to try, but I'm thin...

Yeah @lmaster; if products perform similarly on me, I oftentimes will look to the ingredients list to help nudge me to a more preferred product. It’s hard to pick one that will work best for you when it’s between Tatcha and SK-II.

Re: @itsfi I still have the skII essence to try, but I'm thin...

I know @itsfi I'm really hoping I don't end up liking the skII for that reason 😆

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This morning's masking took a page from the book of the fabulous @missjeanie! Smiley Happy


These masks are all from woman-founded/owned companies. missjeanie's reviews on the Amika Triple Rx Mask  and the BITE BEAUTY - Agave Lip Mask are great! The Amika hair mask is amazing (an "A+" hair mask); definitely in my top 3, along with the Briogeo (another woman owned brand) and Garnier hair mask. A huge thanks to @Shosh85 for introducing me to the Amika hair mask (and the Garnier one as well)!  Like missjeanie, a tub of the hair mask finds its way into my shopping cart every time I see it at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. The BITE lip mask is a like for me - an "A"; I tend to reserve it for use in the evenings because of its thickness, but reached for it this morning and let it sit for a while to let it absorb. My lips were soft and moisturized; gotta love that! <3

Peach & Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask contains a host of good-for-you skincare ingredients. Peach & Lily was founded by Alicia Yoon and I first learned about Korean skincare through her website. <3 <3 <3 This mask is a pleasure to use - the mask adheres well to the skin, feels comfortable, requires only minimal adjustments and it gives a lit-from-within radiance that is just really so lovely. It's an "A" mask for me.

peach and lily inci.PNGIngredients List - Peach & Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask (from peach and lily dot com)

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@itsfi Love the Amika and Garnier hair masks! Both are definitely holy grails for me! I pick up the Amika at TJ Maxx whenever I see it as well! Glad to you enjoy both of them!

I haven't tried that Peach & Lily mask, but haven't heard a bad thing about it yet! I might possibly have this one in my stash, but if I don't, I'll definitely be picking it up soon because it sounds wonderful! 👍🤗

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Love the Amika and Garnier hair masks as well @Shosh85! All thanks to you that I found them. I picked them up based on your recs and have just been so happy with them! Thank you!!! <3 <3 <3

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great masking @itsfi  - I totally agree about the amika mask! the peach and lily one looks great!

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Thank you @Kim888!  I'm just going to keep stocking up on that Amika hair mask until TJ Maxx stops selling it (please don't ever stop selling it!) The Peach & Lily mask surprised me - I was a little nervous that with all the ingredients in there, while good for the skin, something might not work well with mine, but it was all good! Smiley Happy 

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@itsfi  Great Brands to use to get going for the day!  I believe you sent me that Peach & Lilly mask!  I'm going to need to go through masks tonight to figure out what to take with me and I'm pretty sure this mask is made in Korea so it might be up next week for me!

I actually picked up two of the smaller Garnier hair masks after hearing you and @Shosh85 loved them!  Will try as soon!

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