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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!

@Shosh85 so much drooping 😄 But yes for some baby soft skin! Do you let yours sit just a bit before applying it? I hurry and apply it and wonder if I should wait a bit so it’s not *as* droopy🤔

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@eshoe I think normally with most rubber masks you would wait a bit, but I feel like it already set up fast enough as I was spreading it on my face! I think the trick is to spread on a little bit at a time, (but kinda fast) The first time I did it, I was sort of panicking and rushing to get it all on my face and was putting huge gobs of it on all at once – that definitely dripped a lot more than when I used a smaller gob, spread it out, another small gob, spread, etc. It seems each rubber mask has its own learning curve 😉

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Thank you @Shosh85, that makes sense. I imagine you get the hang of it after a few different ones, I will try to pay close attention to the consistency and not apply it so quickly next time😊

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@eshoeI'm so glad that I wasn't the only one who's skin was so cool with that Erno Laszlo mask!  I think when I used it I could very easily have had dripping too, I didn't even end up using the entire mask. I'm going to try it again in the summer when I'm having a way to hot for my own good kinda day.  I'm glad you had fun with it! 

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The melting mask part reminds me of turkeys, @missjeanie 😂 Is there a rubber mask that doesn’t melt off your face? I would love to know!

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Bahahahah !! OMG @eshoe now I'm always going to think of Turkeys when I rubber mask!!! That's too funny! Gobble Gobble!

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Just look at the goo, @missjeanie 😂 it jiggles when you move your head, it’s the best description I can come up with!


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Oh my goodness, @eshoe!! You two really did have fun didn't you!! That is A LOT of dripping!! – you're melting! Haha! I just love your smiley little photo bomber! 😍😂

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It is just so funny @Shosh85, because it’s like having Jello jiggling from your face😄 I think rubber ‘ahem’ modeling masks might be edging out When and Oozoo for the top spot! 


(She makes masking fun, too😊)

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@eshoe  oh wow!!  lol yours was wayyyyy drippier than mine was!!!

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Oh I’m ckearly doing SOMETHING wrong @missjeanie !

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@eshoeWhen I first started to put it on it was really drippy, but I kinda used the spatula to put it back into place.  By the time I was done catching the drips and putting most of it on it wasn't dripping as badly. It was a bit of an exercise figuring how to get it all to stay on though.  I kinda like the idea of these rubber drips jiggling around every time I moved though lol!

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Oh it definitely adds to the laugh factor @missjeanie, I almost picked up another 4-pack but I’ve got the Sephora Coconut one to try first. That looks like it might not be as wiggly😄

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@eshoeI think the fun factor is important in masking sometimes... We can't take it all too seriously eh!

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Ha ha ha @missjeanie @your comment reminds me of a joke my Grandpa used to say: How did Canada get its name? Someone was walking along and found some letters on the ground, and started picking them up. He said them as he did, “C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?” And that’s how it got it’s name😂 (he is from 🇨🇦 so lots of 💗 thereSmiley Wink)

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Ha!! I like that one!  I'll fully admit to saying it all the time!  I have a few friends from Michigan and Wisconsin and apparently I can't get through a dinner without dropping it at least a dozen times!  @eshoe  Your grandpa's got good jokes... I like!

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Yay glad you loved the erno as well @eshoe ! Such a great mask 

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It was so much fun, @Kim888, I’m bound for a bad rubber mask soon I just know it😄!

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IMG_4286.JPGThe Lotus Home SPA Mask Pack


For the first day of Week 9, I thought I would go with the flower theme and try The Lotus Home SPA Mask Pack which comes with 3 individually packaged sheet masks that are meant to be used consecutively. It seemed like a bit of a time commitment so I decided I’d use the first mask in the morning and then follow up with the other 2 masks after work.

About the masks

Step 1 – Exfoliation: This mask contains “peeling ingredients used by professional skin care centers” and functions to melt away dead skin cells. A review of the ingredients list shows lactic acid as the active ingredient. The instructions indicate that “[i]f the skin continues to prickle and feel irritated, remove the mask, lightly tap the skin, and wash with lukewarm water.”

Step 2 – Skin Soothing + Whitening: This mask claims to help with skin moisturization, transform “dry skin into shiny water-glowing skin, and “recover skin vitality.”

Step 3 – Skin Moisturization + Wrinkle Treatment: This is a cream type mask that balances the skin’s moisture levels, nourish the skin and plump it up with wrinkle treating ingredients.

Monday AM – Mask #1

We were off to a great start with the mask being soft and thin, but I didn’t get much further than that because I felt this stinging pretty much all over my face – even my eyebrow hairs felt like they were tingling in a way that one’s eyebrow hairs should not tingle. Smiley Wink  This was maybe a minute into have the mask on; I told myself to give it 5 minutes and thought the sting would settle into more of a tingle. Ummm….NO; no, it did not. I couldn’t even get to minute 2 before I removed the mask and bolted back to the bathroom. Now, I know that the directions said that in the event of prickling to remove the mask (DONE!), lightly tap the skin and wash with lukewarm water, but nooooooo, I will not be tapping something that is causing my skin to sting / prickle into my skin. I grabbed my washcloth and removed the serum from my skin. My cheeks were a bit flushed, and there was some red patches on other parts of my face, including the corners of my nose, mouth, etc., but no more stinging or prickling. I reached for HERBIVORE - Emerald Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Deep Moisture Glow Oil and pressed a few drops onto my skin. Much better.

Monday PM – Masks #2 & 3

Well, as you can imagine, I was not super excited to continuing with this home spa mask pack, but after looking at the ingredients list for Mask #2 (it did not contain any lactic acid), I decided I’d give it a try. Well, to my great relief, no stinging; no prickling. The mask felt nice, it was indeed “soothing”. After having it on for 20 minutes, I removed it, lightly pressed the excess serum into my skin and looked in the mirror. To my relief, no pink cheeks, no redness. This made me feel better about moving to Step 3. I again looked at the back of the sheet mask to see if lactic acid was a component to this last mask; it was not so I decided I’d go for it. Emboldened by how well the second mask performed, I planned to go about the rest of my evening with the mask on. That went well for all of about 5 minutes, which is when I felt a slight tingle. Now, had this been any other day and any other mask, I might have waited it out a little, but given my experience with the first mask this morning,I immediately took off the mask and washed off the serum. Thankfully, there was no redness or irritation, but I wasn’t taking any chances and I reached for some aloe vera to apply all over my face. Ahhhhh, soothing relief. I have aloe on now and plan to keep it on until I’m headed to bed, when I’ll apply a layer of the Herbivore Emerald Oil.

yikes @itsfi still haunted by last weeks sting myself, so...

yikes @itsfi still haunted by last weeks sting myself, so sorry!😬 even your eyebrows....chills!😱

Re: yikes @itsfi still haunted by last weeks sting myself, so...

@sonnydee, the stinging is the worst and yes, haunting!! ☹️ I will not be using that mask again, that’s for sure! 

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