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2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hello lovely masking mavens! Please continue posting on the Q4 Thread which can be found here:


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  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 & Mask Meetup thank you @mrsmouse for suggesting the Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask!

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: French Pharmacy Week

Letter of the Week: “O”


Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica: 


Next Mask Meetup Info: Crème Shop - thanks to @GalPalVal17 date and mask TBD in October ALSO just added: Halloween Wish Formula Bat Mask Meetup thanks to @mrsmouse ! Screen Shot 2019-09-24 at 7.56.17 PM.png 

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!
October@GalPalVal17 suggested a Crème Shop Mask, will update with more info. ALSO: October 31st join us for the Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask thanks to @mrsmouse!

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!

Whew ok thanks for letting me know @Shosh85! Can’t wait, it’s been awhile since I’ve tried it so I’m curious how much my likes/dislikes have changed.

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@eshoe I love this mask, and am always happy to have an excuse to use it! 😍🙌🌹

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Oh good @Shosh85! I’m always up for an excuse to use a mask I 💗😊 too, hope o haven’t grown any pickier since last maskingSmiley Wink

Makes sense with the mask being one of the brand focuses...

Makes sense with the mask being one of the brand focuses next week. I'm open to either option though.

Re: Makes sense with the mask being one of the brand focuses...

Thanks @IndyQT317! I appreciate you letting me know, The more the merrierSmiley Happy

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It was all about BIC recommended / inspired products for my pre-dinner and post-dinner masking yesterday, and milk was the ingredient of the night.



MILK MAKEUP - Watermelon Brightening Face Mask was great to get a quick glow before dinner last night. I like this one a lot; the packaging is convenient and the mask leaves my complexion looking refreshed and bright. I packed it for my trip after using it. This one will come in handy when I need to refresh and brighten up my complexion but don’t have a lot of time. Thank you again @bakeamuffin for this beauty!

I was tired when I got back in from dinner but I really needed to mask – air travel and air conditioned hotel rooms don’t play nice with my skin so for me, it’s all about hydration, hydration, and hydration, inside and out before, during and after a trip. Farm Stay Visible Different Mask Sheet – Milk was a gift from the fabulous @sprocketta  (thank you so much; my skin has loved the masks you sent me!) I’ve really enjoyed all the mask she set me and have been saving this one for a while. Milk protein extract is said to brighten, moisturize and revitalize skin. All that sounds pretty good to me! With it being a milk mask, I fully expect the essence to be creamy and milky. Not so. The essence is your standard watery, liquidy essence. The mask has a clean, fresh scent to it that is common among sheet masks. Smiley Wink It’s full of, but not dripping in, essence and the mask itself is neither thin nor thick. After the usual adjustments, I left the mask on for the recommended 30 minutes and pressed in the essence that had not yet been fully absorbed. There’s the slightest bit of tack to the skin it doesn’t last long. My skin feels soft, hydrated, firm and bouncy at the same time and looks dewy as well – not like a greasy dewy, but like a fresh glow. 

Inspired by the lip oil   used earlier this week from the same line, I was excited to give the A’Pieu Honey & Milk Lip Scrub and Lip Balm a try - the combination of honey and milk sounds rich and moisturizing.  Well, there’s good news and bad news about these lip products. Good news is that the lip balm is nice and moisturizing and has a good consistency to it – not too thick, not too thin, and wears comfortably on my lips.  Bad news is that the lip scrub is not very scrubby - it has a few small-ish exfoliating beads peppered throughout the creamy formula and has a bit of a mint-like scent/feel to it, but it doesn’t feel like it does much as far as exfoliation goes, which is bit of a bummer.  I’ll continue to try it out over the next few weeks and then decide if I’ll keep it; I have a feeling this one may end up getting decluttered, but we shall see..

farm stay sounds so perfect @itsfi definitely want to loo...

farm stay sounds so perfect @itsfi definitely want to look it up

Re: farm stay sounds so perfect @itsfi definitely want to loo...

They're good @lmaster, but be sure to check the ingredients list first. Some have alcohol in them and I know your skin isn't very happy with you when you use sheet masks with alcohol in it. 


A'Pieu Pure Milk Sheet Mask is another milk sheet mask I really like and that one does not contain alcohol; it's available at Target - in certain stores and online, as well as online at sokoglam dot com and masksheets dot com. I'm not home so I can't take a pic of it for you, but the packaging is shaped like a milk carton and the pure milk version (they have coffee milk, strawberry milk, etc.) is in light blue packaging. 

Re: farm stay sounds so perfect @itsfi definitely want to loo...

Thank you for that heads up @itsfi I'm really really trying to check those ingredients! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

These sound fantastic @itsfi!

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@faeriegirl, it was fun to do a milk themed mask session and my skin is happy! Smiley Happy

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@itsfi I think I really need to start trying more from the Farm Stay brand! I've heard such positive reviews on the brand in general and the results from this one sounds wonderful!


I love how travel-convenient and easy the Milk Makeup is to use! It's also nice to have something fast to use if you want to mask but don't have a lot of time! I'll definitely have to pick up one of these soon! 😉🙌

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Definitely give the Farm Stay ones a try, @Shosh85!  All the ones I've tried - cucumber, snail, honey, milk - have been great for hydration and moisture. 

Oh yes, having the Milk mask in stick form is so great! There's a new cannabis seed oil one; I think it would be great if Milk had a set of mini's of all three of these masks - that would be fabulous!

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You are quite welcome @itsfi I'm glad you're enjoying them.

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They've all been great @sprocketta! <3

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Nice masking @itsfi, I love the Milk Makeup as well. I was very curious about the review on the A'Pieu but it definitely sounds like one to pass over, for now at least. @sprocketta & @bakeamuffin did a fantastic job of selecting some masks for you, too!

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@eshoe, the A'Pieu lips scrub is something you could live without. The lip balm is nice but if I had to choose, I'd go for the Laneige ones over the A'Pieu. Smiley Happy

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Ha ha @itsfi I am happy to hear it’s a product I could do without; I’m thinking about one of the Laneige balms but can’t decide on the Peach or the Pear. I hope to hear about them soon!

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@itsfi  Great masking!! I, too,  really like the Milk Watermelon Brightening mask. So easy and you get nice results!! It would be great for traveling!! And the sheet mask sounds like a great follow up mask!! Your skin should look bright and clear!! Have a great weekend!!😊🍉🥛🐮

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@yankeefaithful, I just love the ease and convenience of these Milk mask sticks. Smiley Happy They're efficient and effective!

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I think "Bic made me do it" week is going to make me do some shopping!  I'm loving the idea of the milk masks being so easy to apply @itsfi ! 

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