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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: Autumn Masks - Fall goodness in a mask 

Letter of the Week: “K”


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!

That’s how I feel about it too @ShortErica. I really like it but I’m not sure I’d pay that much for one🤔

love that you left it on for that long to test out how fa...

love that you left it on for that long to test out how fast it dries @keana1 good to know these things 😘

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I like to do some little experimenting @lmaster ! 

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@keana1  Oh, that's too bad it didn't turn out so great for you! I've really liked this line of masks so far, but haven't tried the bamboo one yet. I'm curious to try it and see if my skin does same thing. 🤔 That's interesting it took that long to dry in the sink – I wonder how long it would've taken to dry on the face? I'm guessing not as long as in the sink, but that's still impressive! 🤔

Thanks for your review! 👌

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I’m also curious to read about your experience with the Bamboo Mask @Shosh85 ! It would have taken less time to dry if I left it on just because my skin is warmer than the ambient temperature, but I was curious to find out how much time it took to dry 🧐 !

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I've been testing out the DE APassioni retinol creme for the last month? ish? I was up to using it nightly when I was masking pretty much nightly and doing okay with keeping my extremely dry skin moisturized enough.  Well... I've fallen behind in my masking and my skin was screaming from being so dry.  I've stopped the retinol and all acids really for a few days, but am still paying the price.  Today was all about hydration and moisturization for me. 

I came home from an early morning fridge shopping excursion and took off my make up with the Erno Laszlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil.  Love this stuff.  It's not so heavy feeling, but it still removes my make up, and doesn't strip my skin.  My skin actually feels really nice after using this.  I'll be keeping my eyes out for more of it!

I followed up with Lapcos Oil Wrap Mask that was gifted to me by @eshoe .  I believe it was @heartsmyface who mentioned that the material of this mask was off.... I kind of understand that.  It felt as though it had a bit of a difficult time sticking to my face in certain areas, almost like it was too stiff.  It certainly wasn't the most comfortable mask I've worn, but I've gotta say I really enjoyed the serum on this mask.  It did have a bit of a floral scent to it, but I didn't notice it once I had the mask on.  I had this on for the time it took me to do two tax returns, I'm guessing about 45 minutes.  My skin did feel a lot of relief from this mask, but I'm not sure I'd seek it out simply due to fit. B grade due to ill fit, but lovely serum.

Since I was heading out again this evening I moisturized with the DE Lala, and used the DE Lippe Balm as an eye balm (the outer corners of my eyes are particularly dry at the moment).  This is a decent lip balm, but it really shines for me as an eye/face balm when I'm faced with such dry skin that needs soothing.

Tonight after another Erno Laszlo cleansing I grabbed the Sephora Collection Lotus mask.  I was inspired after seeing @faeriegirl use a Sephora Collection today to use up one of a trio that I've had for waaaaaaayyyy too long!  Do they still sell these sets?  I've got to imagine this was purchased more than 5 years ago?  I don't know why I waited, the mask had a thicker feel to it, but it stayed stuck to my face nicely.  I wore it for about 30 minutes and then massaged in any remaining serum.  There was a slight off scent to it when I stuck my nose right into the package, otherwise I couldn't smell anything. I couldn't see any dry patches when I took it off and found that my skin was again looking a bit better than it was before.  I followed up with another round of LaLa and Lippe.  I feel like after taking care today and mixing in a few masks my skin is heading back in the right direction again... Thank You masks!


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I'm on the tail end of my skin's post-professional peel recovery process, so I feel ya @missjeanie! Smiley Happy It's all about hydration, hydration and, wait for it... hydration!!! If anything, this post-peel recovery time is really showing me which products, including masks, work wonders for parched skin! Using DE Lippe Balm as an eye balm is a brilliant idea missjeanie and I'm so going to do that when I get home. 

ok @missjeanie this oil mask is different from the one I...

ok @missjeanie this oil mask is different from the one I tried, the one I used felt just fine 🤔 I'd like to try this one too see what you guys are talking about 😆

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Great masking @missjeanie! I’m so glad your skin is feeling better. I’ve never used the DE lippe on my eyes but I’m definitely gonna try it❤️

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I really think the Lippe shines as an eye balm/moisturizer @faeriegirl !  I'd encourage anyone with dry skin to try it for sure!

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Yes yes yes @missjeanie - the serum in the Lapcos is amazing, the delivery is lacking a bit😄 I would like to put that serum on a lightweight cotton mask and see what happens!

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The oil really was great @eshoe , I'd consider it again for the oil alone.  I liked that the mask was a two piece, I think if it was a one piece it would have been a real fail on the part of the fabric, the two piece factor saved it!

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I found when I use it that I remove the bottom after about 10 minutes or so @missjeanie.

I always forget to mention that, but it makes it much more tolerable!

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@missjeanie Sounds like a great skincare round-up!! Happy to hear your skin is doing better now! 👍

I have that Erno Laszlo Cleansing Oil and still haven't used it yet – thanks for the reminder! I'm glad you like it! 👌

I love that DE Lippie! I like to put it on my under eyes that seem to get drier than the rest of my face and it is so soothing! Good to know I'm not only one who uses it on their face too! 😉

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@Shosh85I've loved the DE Lippe for undereye!  I'm glad that I know I'm not the only one now either!  And I don't have a ton of experience with cleansing oils, but I do love the EL one!

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thursday night masking was I would buy in full size after sampling, if I could. This one in particular was discontinued. I finished it and it's a love. Thoughts on Skynn would be later, I need to try PO again. I do like they are different sizes though.

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Ugh, I'm sorry these have been discontinued @sonnydee! Smiley Sad It's such a bummer when you find a good product that works wonders on your skin, only to discover the brand no longer makes it. Hope you find a good replacement. I like the CosRx acne patches and the PEACE OUT - Acne Healing Dots.

oh cool! @sonnydee too bad it's discontinued 🙄

oh cool! @sonnydee too bad it's discontinued 🙄

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Thank you for the pics of those Skyn dots @sonnydee. I’ve had a few in sets but have always passed them on (but my curiosity has remained). Doesn’t look too intimidating 😉

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@sonnydee I hate it when you fall in love with a product and it gets discontinued! I never got to try the Algae one. 

I haven't tried those Skyn dots but they look exactly like the PTR ones, including the different sizes. I don't remember how well they did, but from what I do remember, the PO ones were a little better. 😉 I'll be interested in your final thoughts on these! 👍

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@sonnydee... oh man... it's always a bummer when you finally fall for a product and they discontinue it or change it.  I'll cross my fingers the new ones are just as good!

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