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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. 

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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 & 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: I also find that the one I used dried rather quickly @Sho...

@lmaster I've used two different masks from the same line and the other one was able to stay on longer. I have another I'm going to try and I'll see how long that one stays on my face 😉

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The mask sounds and looks so good @Shosh85; bummer that it was a little dry by the end of your masking time. I've found with this particular line of Leaders masks that it works better if I keep to 20 minutes and if I lightly massage the essence from the mask all over my skin while the mask is still on.

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@itsfi Yeah, I'm guessing I should've stopped at 20. I did forget I was wearing it for a moment. 😂 but I also did the blueberry one from this same line and wore it for a half hour, so it seems like the timing might be inconsistent with these. It could also be that my skin was just more thirsty this time around. I think I'll be trying the blueberry one again soon and see how long I wear it this time. Still a pretty decent mask! 😉

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@Shosh85 I've found with these masks (the Leaders bio ones as well as the Farmacy ones) I have to be careful to remove them at the time stated on the package. Otherwise it feels like a mini peel which is not the game I want to play Smiley Very Happy

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@eshoe I did kind of forget about the mask for a bit because of the kiddos, but the package did say 20-25 and I did 25. I'm guessing I probably should've stopped at 20. At least it wasn't so dry that I had to do a painful peel – but that has happened before! 😂

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Not really in the theme again. Tried out two new to me Heimish products. The first is the Heimish Black Tea Mask Pack - This is a wash off mask that's supposed to sooth, hydrate, cool and depuff. The mask is super creamy and easy to apply and has a light tea like scent. It felt cooling while on but not tingly. Easy to wash off. I would give this an A-, my skin felt refreshed after use but not particularly hydrated. I also tried out Heimish Low PH hydrating sheet mask - this mask has very creamy serum inside and was well saturated- the fit was a bit odd, it was like everything was just off slightly which made it kind of weird. No way to for me to know if it "restored my skin to it's perfect ph" but my skin felt very hydrated after and was not tacky at all- I would give it an A. 

I also used the Belborn Intensive Bounce Ampul Mask. This mask was was on the thinner side but very well saturated and there was a ton of extra product in the pack. It was super hydrating - my skin felt really nice and plumped after! It was super saturated so it did take longer than normal for the serum to absorb I would say. I would give it an A. 



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@Kim888 Glad to hear you got such great results from both masks! I haven't heard anything negative about the Heimish brand yet! I'll definitely to explore it a little more!👍

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Ooooh, love the results you got from these masks @Kim888! I like the Heimish pH 5.5 mask - my skin does feel oh so hydrated afterwards. I'm pretty sure your masks fit within the letter K portion of the week's challenge theme - all 3 masks are Korean masks / Kbeauty.

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@itsfi  lol I need to be more creative with my labeling to get within the challenge! All my brain kept thinking of was I'm using them and my name starts with K

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💗 it @Kim888 @itsfi 😄!!!

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That works too @Kim888! “K” is for Kim888 masking! 😉❤️

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Nice masking, @Kim888! The Belborn sounds interesting, I've never heard of that brand but it sounds like one that I should seek out. Thanks for sharing your notes on these Smiley Happy

@Kim888 nice!! these sound superb 😍

@Kim888 nice!! these sound superb 😍

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A little AM masking with a fun Etude House Cheek mask Smiley Happy

etude.jpgSephora, Skyn Iceland, Etude House & June Jacobs

The SEPHORA COLLECTION - Lip Balm & Scrub,Skyn and June Jacobs are all go-to's for me and all A's. The Etude House Calming Cheek Patch looks like a mask just made for me; my cheeks tend to be so dry, that they need a little bit of extra love. When I use clay mask, I often use a soothing mask on my cheeks. This combo (the eye and cheek masks) is one I've been waiting to try, and it did not disappoint.
I don't think I've seen a cuter mask. One little Gudatema-esque gel patch greeted me, when I removed the plastic insert. I was afraid I received a packet with only one after trying to separate it, but it had slipped off into the package when I opened it. Both had a nice amount of serum on them. It wasn't a cream-gel in my mind, as the package states, but more of a clear essence. Not overbearing, just right. There was the faintest of faint sheet mask scents, which quickly faded and left me with two very cute cheek patches clinging to my cheeks. After a good 20 minutes or so, I removed and my cheeks were nicely hydrated, my under eyes were a bit brighter - it was a very nice base for applying my makeup. 

I would absolutely love to use this every morning; however carrageen is an ingredient I avoid in my diet, so for that reason I wouldn't. However, using them gave me the idea to use some eye gels (like the ones that come in the little jars; hydrogel and full of essence) for my cheeks as an easy makeup prep. My blush can get patchy when my cheeks are too dry, and this is the perfect solution! The Etude House Calming Cheek patches were fun and I would absolutely buy them again as a little treat to myself Smiley Happy



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@eshoe Those cheek patches do sound fun and are super cute! I have the "Laugh Lines" one that I'll be trying for "L" week! I mainly only got it because the cat on the package is cute – and I've also just never seen this type of mask before! 😂

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Oh I saw those @Shosh85! I haven’t tried the Etude House ones, but did use the Skyn Iceland ones. They wouldn’t stay put unless I didn’t talk/eat/drink. That’s a long 20 minutes 😄

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How adorable are those Etude House cheek masks @eshoe?!! Smiley Happy Love that they are specifically geared for the cheeks; mine, like yours, have a tendency to get really dry, especially in the winter. These sound like the perfect answer to that.

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Aren’t they the cutest @itsfi 🥰 I think they would be great for someone who is sheet-mask adverse!

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@eshoe,  agree w/ everyone's adjectives!   

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You’re funny! @byme4u 😄

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How adorable @eshoe !  I say go for it with eye masks!  Who says they're just for eyes?

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