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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!

I love it when this group challenge gets me to try stuff I usually would put off. @Shosh85 

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They both sound great @Shosh85

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Thank you, @faeriegirl!! They both really were so great! 🙌🤗

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It's always nice when a mask is a pleasant surprise! I'm glad both of these worked out for you, @Shosh85!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@quspork These both worked out so great! I wasn't excited about using the Neroli one at all, and I think a lot of that had to do with boring packaging and not knowing what Neroli oil is. Haha! Come to find out that Neroli Oil actually has some great skincare benefits and it reminded me I shouldn't judge a book a by its cover when it comes to masking. 😉


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<3 those Neutrogena hydrogel masks @Shosh85! I never ever would have tried them if it weren't for your reviews. I frequent my local CVS a lot more now thanks to BIC, ha. The Crème Shop one sounds really good, I think neroli is often used in perfumes - just looked it up, yes it's from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. It has soothing properties apparently. Love that!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  All the Neutrogena masks are great! I don't think I've disliked any of them! I have back-ups of the ones in the blue/green packaging and I'm planning on getting back-ups of the ones in the pink packaging as well. 👌😉

After using The Creme Shop mask I looked up Neroli Oil too, and found that it had several skincare benefits. So, this is one I'll be repurchasing as well!

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I was impressed with the benefits of neroli @Shosh85. I’m slightly more apt to believe stress-reduction claims with an ingredient that’s been around for awhile. Now that I know that, I also want to find a perfume I like that has it in it, to see if it helps keep me calm when I’m stressed, ha!

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Tried the Pyunkang Yul Mask Pack - this brand overall seems really well loved on BIC and it's where I first heard about it! So when I first opened this mask I was super confused because there's no nose portion, just a small slit. However, that actually turned out to be amazing -  I feel like masks never totally cover my nose and with having just the small opening instead of defined area the fit actually turned out to be amazing. I thought the hydrating sheet mask portion was nice  it did an average job hydrating but nothing to write home about. Step 3 was super tacky and sticky - did not like. Overall I'd give it a B+. 


Also tried Frudia Pore Control Reduce Sebum which not really in the challenge. Everyone was using blueberries and such recently so I felt like something fruity. I love love how this mask smells - it's very naturally grape/wine scented. Fit and serum amounts were nice and as a sheet mask goes I felt like it did a good job on pores. I'd give it an A. 


the frudia mask sounds perfect for me right now 😅😍 @Kim888

the frudia mask sounds perfect for me right now 😅😍 @Kim888

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Kim888, I'm a big fan of the PKY essence toner 👍 and love using the sheet mask in this mask pack on top of the essence. I don't remember what I thought about the 3rd step in the mask pack (I may have skipped it the last time I used this one) but I have this mask pack in my sheet mask kit for my next trip so I'll be sure to have something on hand to combat the stickiness. 

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Sounds like I'll need to keep an eye out at TJ's for some of the Frudia masks @Kim888 ! Great catch!

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That frudia mask sounds great @Kim888!

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NIce to hear about the Frudia, @Kim888. LIke some of the other ladies mentioned, I've seen these pop up and Marshall's and TJM a few times but have been wary about buying a whole pack from a brand I don't think I've tried before. I'll have to keep an eye out for them in the future!

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@Kim888 I'm interested in the Pyunkang Yul mask, too - I like their essence, so it seems like this would be worth a try. Minus Step 3, don't see too many extra-tacky masks, that part does not sound appealing. I just saw a 10-pack of the Frudia at TJ Maxx, and it was on my radar after someone posted one on the Empties thread. Will keep an eye out for them again!

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@Kim888 I see those Frudia masks at TJ Maxx all the time – I should definitely pick it up the next time I see it because it sounds great! The grape/wine scent sounds nice! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

I have that Pyunkang Yul mask and am planning on using for "P" week! Too bad it wasn't anything too wowing. I'm never too excited for 3 step masks because I'm lazy and it seems more often than not, there's always at least one step that's not too great. That being said, I just might skip step 3. 😉Thanks for the heads up on this one! 🤗

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Besides Gross Week, this is one of my favorites. Gonna try to round up a few masks from everyone’s recommendations, because I mask better thanks to you all😉

F36A8176-F14B-47E1-BD35-22511C742209.jpegBarefoot Venus, Neutrogena & Omorovicza


Started the day off after getting back on the retinol wagon with a gentle OMOROVICZA - Thermal Cleansing Balm that veronika23 turned me on to, and I looooove it. I emailed the company a while ago to share my ‘hack,’ using it as a 10-minute mask, and was politely directed to use it correctly as a cleanser. I will continue to use it as a mask, love it that way and the scent is too enjoyable to wash off after a few minutes. Ha! I’ve rated this already but I’ll rate it an A again.


The Neutrogena Hydroboost was a hit with @Shosh85 last year, and I’ve yet to come across a mask she recommends that disagrees with my skin. It’s a 2-part hydrogel (read:slippery as can be, watch out for falling bottom half masks) that has a clean, unobtrusive scent. It fits well (again, if only the bottom would stay, but I’m multi-masking). Most of the time I just remove the bottom part after the half-way mark. Seriously, my chin does not need any more hydration. 


Loved the way my skin looked after this one, it needed some love and this filled in nicely. An A all around.

E818784A-089F-497A-AC16-187D7150A093.jpegSara Happ, Glossier, nuca & June Jacobs


Started off with the June Jacobs, a brand @snoflakefaerie enjoyed, and I have too. This is the Cranberry Pomegranate Moisture Masque, which is conveniently packed in a 1-Oz squeeze tube. I like to try different masks and hesitate to invest in jars/tubes over a couple of ounces. This is a repurchase and will be another repurchase due to the creamy, fruity clay-like consistency that is another easy-peasy masking for me.


While wearing the wash-off mask, I applied a layer of Sara Happ’s Sweet Clay Mask, a recommendation from @sephoraaddict918. I was a little on the fence about this one, but so glad I decided to try it. It’s like applying a thick layer of liquid lipstick that doesn’t dry down, but looks very much Magda in Something About Mary. It has an almost minty-sweet taste (if you happen to lick it on accident) and never dries down. I usually remove it with a micellar-soaked cotton pad but was lazy tonight and a Kleenex did the job. I’ve used it a number of times and at this point, feel it gives the effect of a slippery lip mask in the sense that it does soften the lips. I don’t think I’ve graded this yet. It’s on the pricey side, but for the amount I use is going to last much longer than the recommended 30 uses. I’m edging towards an A in the time being because it really is an extra treat that makes me feel like I am taking care of myself😊 Then I used a bit of Glossier’s Rose Balm Dotcom, which I picked up while shopping for my Galentine @skcfan (who has great taste!). Though I prefer the Birthday scent (the texture on that one seems better, too), it is always fun to try something new.


Finally I opened the nuca Super Jelly Hydro Mask. Another 2-parter (I should have planned this better; I prefer these for the A.M. so I can drink my coffee) that was very slippery but fit perfectly. I removed the bottom part after about 10 minutes (again) and could have left the top half on all night. I felt like batman😂 The scent was clean, nothing much. Tackiness was light and resolved with moisturizer. 


I wanted this one out of the way because I noticed after I bought it that it contains carrageenan, an ingredient I try to keep out of my diet. It was a good mask, decent, a B but not a RP for that reason.

I'm loving the omoressence @eshoe have you tried that yet...

I'm loving the omoressence @eshoe have you tried that yet? ahhhhhhhhh I've found my HG essence by omorovicza 💗

Re: I'm loving the omoressence @eshoe have you tried that yet...

I have tried it @lmaster, but the scent bothered me. Awesome that you found a new HG!🤩

Re: I'm loving the omoressence @eshoe have you tried that yet...

Really? @eshoe I didn't notice a strong scent.. I'll have to pay better attention. 

Re: I'm loving the omoressence @eshoe have you tried that yet...

It was a foil, maybe that had something to do with it @lmaster? It was from Beautylish, last summer...maybe the heat affected it in transit. I noticed the Tatcha mist had a similar scent and I think that was also due to heat affecting it in transit. That or it was old stock. I was about to give up on Omorovicza until the cleansing balm, now I want to try more! I have a couple of other foils from the samples they sent me I haven’t tried yet, one is a Vitamin C serum I believe. Very curious about the scent on that one. I know @veronika23 swears by the essence too!

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