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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 @Sounds like some super great masks.  agree on the creepiness of that baby face. Lol would def prefer a “slurpee” over that 

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@GalPalVal17 Yeah, I feel the baby face was very unnecessary and I probably would've tried them all by now if it looked like a slurpee instead. 😂😆

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@Shosh85, yay, two A masks for you!! 👍🏼👍🏼 The Missha Herb in Nude masks are great - feels like second skin! ♥️ Oh, you are so good with the Dr Jart rubber mask - you removed it in one piece!! Which “flavor” do you think you’ll pick up next?


OH! 😬😱 There’s that creepy lid! 😦 

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@itsfi These both really are great masks!

It's definitely satisfying when the peel-off-type masks come off in one peice – I think thickness is the key. 😉 The next one of these I want to pick up is the brightening one. I'm super surprised I liked it so much!😂

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I really liked these masks as well!  I remember buying a bunch when they came out this time last year and having a masking party!  They were super creepy!  Especially when trying to pose drinking from the spoon straws. @Shosh85 410D795E-5AB6-40C1-B90F-07D25809C262.jpeg


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@heartsmyface What a great photo! A masking party would be awesome with these! 😍

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@heartsmyfaceWhat a great photo!  I don't think I've seen one where you have 'natural' hair colour.  You really can pull off any look!

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This is such a great photo @heartsmyface! Y'all look fab! 


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I was surprised too how much I liked the Dr Jart mask @Shosh85! I want to try the Brightening one next as well. I think I’ll pick up that one and the Soothing one at the next sale (and maybe another one of this Hydrating one too)! I think the Soothing one would be nice to have on hand, for use after a strong peel, or if my skin has a bad reaction to a mask or product. 

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Ice Bear says masks are cool.  @Shosh85 

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@heartsmyface Ice Bear is pretty smart 🐻🤓😎

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I didn’t end up doing skincare last night cause I was reorganizing my beautyroom and lost track of the time.  Then Z wanted cuddles and that was the end for me.  I woke up feeling particularily dry so I’m doing this Ole Henriksen Berry Nurturing Gel Mask.  I realize it says lavender on the jar so I don’t know why I was expecting it to smell like berries.  Update in 20minutesSmiley Happy  edit- alright!  My thoughts:  it a anice niceqeight gel that smells somewhat verbally with lavendaer mixed in.  It’s a nice light fresh scent though.  The instructions said to apply a thick layer and that always makes me hesitant.  Like how thick? Cause I can plaster it on!!  Tell me in mm so I don’t mess this up.  I applied about a mm and left it for twenty minutes (longer by accident) The gel seemed to melt on my skin and felt oily by the time I was ready to wash into off.  My skin feels gooood.  It’s nice and bouncy and hydrated!  Dang, I should be getting up and masking in the mornings more often!  I would definitely give this an A+.  It says to follow with my favorite ole moisturizer, so being the obedient girl I am, I threw on sheer transformation and a little truth serum.  Smiley Very Happy



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By looking at it I would assume it smells like berries also @heartsmyface 

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I haven't seen this one before @heartsmyface Sounds like a keeper for sure though, as are most Ole products I've tried!  Such a great brand!

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Ooooh this mask sounds right up my alley @heartsmyface 💗🤩 Love their Blackberry Enzyme mask, it has a lavender scent too. Haven’t seen this one before, sounds like you and your skin got some love😊

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@heartsmyface  Thanks for this review. I picked this up from TJ Maxx recently and haven’t used it yet. Was hoping it was great because I’ve had great results/experiences with the OH line. Now I look forward to trying this out. 

I've never seen this mask before!! @heartsmyface looks gr...

I've never seen this mask before!! @heartsmyface looks great!

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Oooh, so happy to hear your thoughts on this one @heartsmyface! 😊 It sounds wonderful! 💕 Perfect follow up to late night organization and cuddles with the kiddo!! I have the OH waiting to be used once I get through the masks that are already open. 😆 

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@heartsmyface This is on my lists of masks to try – It sounds so great! I've really liked the other products I've tried from the line! Glad it worked so well for you!

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@Shosh85  I really like Ole stuff as well!  The products have never let me down.  And if you’re ever in a situation where you meet Ole himself, he’s a hugger.  I love hugs so that’s a bonus in my book!  


Also, I feel like either I am just really easy to please or I’ve been on a lucky streak with the masking lately.  Smiley Very Happy 

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It’s a two-fer tonight – “H” is for Holika Holika and my gross contribution comes in the form of black sea cucumber (aka holothurian atra aka lollyfish). Let’s just say that I was thankful that I googled it after I used the mask.


The Holika Holika Prime Youth Black Sea Cucumber Mask Sheet is a 2-piece black hydrogel. Hydrogels are really hit or miss for me, depending largely on its staying power. Most, but not all, hydrogels tend to be a little too slippery and end up sliding down my face, particularly the bottom piece.  Not this Holika Holika mask though. This is probably the best fitting hydrogel mask, and maybe best fitting mask period  that I’ve used. The only adjustment I needed to make was to the sides of the bridge of the nose / inner corner of the eyes and adding a couple of slits to the bottom to help with adherence; everything else could be moved about ever so slightly to fit well. The mask also adhered wonderfully to the contours of my face and stayed in place for the entire 30 minutes I had it on. Yaaay! Smiley Happy  The mask has a light floral-ish scent, which I think is from the added fragrance, a minus in my book, but then again, I don’t know what black sea cucumber would smell like naturally so maybe the added fragrance is a plus? You can smell scent upon opening the pack and immediately upon applying it to your face, but after that it pretty much disappears. The mask feels cooling and relaxing when it’s on; it’s a mask that I think would feel nice to use after a long day or a long flight, or both. Smiley Happy  I used this after work tonight and before heading out for dinner and it was fine, but in retrospect, if I had another one of these masks, I’d use it at the end of the day because  I can see how it might be helpful with winding down before bed.

The mask claims to provide some anti-aging effects (i.e., soften skin’s texture and increase its elasticity) but I’m of the school of thought that it is highly unlikely that you’ll see anti-aging results with one single use.  It doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of essence on the mask and the only extra essence in the pouch is what is stuck to the inside of the packet.  That said, the mask itself does leave my skin feeling nicely hydrated after removing the mask, albeit slightly tacky to the touch.  The tackiness wears off after the essence has been fully absorbed. My skin feels soft and smooth and there’s a freshness, a brightness to my complexion. My skincare and makeup glides on smoothly and easily after this mask. It’s an “A” mask.



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