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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


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It’s definitely strange and something I wasn’t expecting to discover, @Kim888! I was just trying to figure out how velvet grew in the first place 😂

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@eshoe The Goo & Tao Beaute masks sounds so interesting. I'd never heard of deer antler velvet before! Thanks for the info on that! Sounds like a pretty decent mask, despite the weirdness 😉

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I read that quickly as ‘despite the wilderness’ @Shosh85, it’s really time for me to slow down😄 Yeah when I saw Velvet Extract on the list of ingredients I thought ‘whaaaaa????’ Like those black velvet paint by numbers things came to mind. I could have sworn velvet was a fabric, not a plant....little did I know. And so much better off I was before knowing!

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@eshoe oh, the things we learn! 😂🦌 This Thread has definitely been educational for me! 😆👍

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Me too, @Shosh85! I just double-checked the little Facetory card that comes with the sub, as they give a little detail about each mask. They touted the HA and licorice root in this one...personally I think velvet extract is way more interesting 😄

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Not within the theme, but I was excited to try one of the sample of Omorovicza I got. This is the Ultramoor Mud Mask. It did have quite the alcohol scent I must say. Overall I thought it was a nice mud mask - it dried down fairly quickly which was nice, but I didn't think it was particularity special. It was also super drying. It's so hard for me not to take cost into consideration when I give grades -- Like probably a B+ without cost but I definitely still prefer the Charlotte Tilbury and Volition mud masks. 

Next for H week I have the After Shower Look Intensive  Hydrating Mask - I will say this is probably one of the best fitting sheet masks I've used. It just fit super my face well, especially considering it was a 2 piece mask. It was a gel one which is always super hard to get on, but it's nice once it's on. I did not find it particularly hydrating though. It felt nice and hydrating while it was on, but after I took it off I still felt like I needed more. This would be a great after sun mask. Give it a B+ as well. 

Lastly, not a mask but the Good Molecules Hyaluronic acid serum. I just mostly wanted to share because I am very impressed with the brand (got the peptide serum in my lucky bag and traded for the eye serum and I ended up buying this). I love this serum - it's super hydrating and has an awesome consistency. Great for when my skin feels dry. And just when you compare to other brands that are also less then $10, this just feels way higher quality. Totally giving it an A


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Hyaluronic acid for sharing that even though it isn't a "mask" @Kim888. Now I'm curious about it, especially for $10.

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@Kim888I was wondering if I'd hear any reviews for the Good Molecules products.  I saw them in the lucky bag thread and was curious how they'd be.  Good to hear such good reviews!

oooo awesome about the good molecules @Kim888 I received...

oooo awesome about the good molecules @Kim888 I received the eye serum, so this is great info

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@Kim888, the After Shower mask sounds like it’d be great in the summer or to pack on vacation. Thanks so much for sharing about Good Molecules hyaluronic acid serum. I do love HA serums and I’ve seen that brand on Beautylish and wondered about it. 

yup you are right @Kim888. AD is #7. still wonderful for...

yup you are right @Kim888. AD is #7. still wonderful for my skin-oily, acne prone. Kinda surprised it's in there. But isn't there mineral oil or something in la mer?🤔 guess you never know until you look even if you are paying an arm & a leg.

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@Kim888 Sounds like a great group of masks! The After Shower Mask seems like it would be a great after-the-sun mask! It's always a plus when a mask fits great too! 

I haven't heard of the Good Molecules serum, but it sounds like something I'd like, especially because of the super hydrating part. 😉👍

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Oooh @Kim888 the Good Molecules sounds great, thanks for the review! Something that inexpensive is definitely worth a shot, sounds like you made the right tradeSmiley Wink

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Kim888 ohhh thanks for the review of the Good Molecules! I remember seeing some debate about it when the lucky bags came out because it was so new. That’s such a great price for a quality product!!

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A little two for one to kick off my masking this week, and to make up for last week! To honour “gross week”, I followed in @itsfi footsteps and tried a placenta mask! This is the Clear Turn White - Placenta. Because my skin is still SO dry from some dermatologist cream that will be in my life for the foreseeable future, I threw in a sample of the KIEHL'S SINCE 1851 - Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Maskbecause I’m definitely in need of something to use overnight (taking suggestions if anyone has something other than the laneige sleeping mask, which I already know I love), plus H is for Hibiscus!

like the other clear turn masks I’ve tried so far, this one is a thick sheet mask, almost a bio-cellulose type of texture, that is saturated with serum but isn’t drippy. This one felt a little drier compared to others I’ve tried (I believe the collagen and vitami C ones so far). The fit was terrible - so much extra space where I didn’t need it, but some pressing and folding made it work. It didn’t adhere super well because it was a little on the dry side, so I laid in bed watching tv to ensure it stayed in place. It had a light pleasant scent that was fresh. No extra serum in the packet. The instructions stated to leave it on for 10 mins but I left it until it felt super dry, around the 35 minute mark. It was a little tacky after removal but my skin felt fresh and bright. Not sure about the firmness, but I definently felt “lustrous”!! I’d give it an B+/A- just because the fit was off for me, and it was a tad dry, but not unbearably.

i has pretty low expectations for the Kiehls because I haven’t heard much about it, and I’m always pretty skeptical about masks that claim to firm overnight. That being said - WOW. At first i didn’t like it. It was definitely ginger scented, and all I could think of was the ginger that comes with sushi. It also was thicker than I thought it would be. It came out in an opaque cream consistency that reminded me of a soft clay mask that doesn’t dry down if that makes sense. It dried down a bit where I couldn’t move my face too much without feeling that tension of a clay mask. I didn’t mind it because I was going to bed although I did switch out pillow cases in case it made a mess (it didnt). This morning it still needed a bit of extra attention to remove but oh my god my face hasn’t felt so soft in a while! I couldn’t stop touching it haha. I know it’s for forming, but I found it more to have a softening and plumping effect overnight. It wouldn’t be my first choice for hydration necessarily, but A for sure because I couldn’t get over how gorgeous my skin felt!!







Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Brava to you @cianni for giving a placenta mask a try! If not for the 'gross' theme, I'm not sure I would have ever tried that mask, or any of the masks I've been using this week, for that matter. 


As for sleeping masks, have you tried the GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask? They also have a set with a cute sleeping mask - GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask Set. I've found that one to be very moisturizing. Or, sometimes I will use the GLAMGLOW - THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatmentas an overnight mask. If it's really cold out or if my skin is super dry, I'll mix in a drop of rosehip oil to the ThirstyMud.

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@itsfi thanks for the sugggestions! I have some samples of the glow recipe watermelon which I have saved for later in the challenge. Have you tried that one? If the consistency is the same (or the results) then I’ll try that sample first before committing to the avocado, which sounds a little more appealing to me compared to the watermelon

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@cianni, I have tried the watermelon sleeping mask. It has a different consistency than the avocado mask. The watermelon sleeping mask is lighter and thinner in texture and consistency, feels more like a gel. The avocado sleeping mask has a cream consistency.


I could wear both year round but with the avocado, it means using a lighter hand in the summer months, and with the watermelon, it means making sure I have lots of other layers of hydration (essence, serum, moisturizer) before I apply the sleeping mask. If I were to pick one, I would pick the avocado melt. It works better for my skin (dehydrated-dry in winter and part of fall; dehydrated-combo (oily nose/chin) in spring/summer).

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Thank you for all the detail @itsfi ❤️ My skin type sounds more like yours, so the avocado seems like it’ll work better for what I need. Also I can never resist a cute eye mask.. couldn’t tell you why 😂Thank you!! 

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Hahahaha! 😂😂 That eye mask is adorable! If I didn’t have a full size of the avocado mask already I would have picked that set up. I may purchase it as a bday gift for a friend with dry skin - someone needs that adorable eye mask in their life! 😉

love your pink nails!! @cianni 😍 oh my! how long did you...

love your pink nails!! @cianni 😍 oh my! how long did you have this in before it started bubbling up?
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