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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. 


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 

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


oh awesome @tata Harper product that doesn't smell like m...

oh awesome @tata Harper product that doesn't smell like moth balls!!! @sonnydee 😂

Re: oh awesome @tata Harper product that doesn't smell like m...

@sonnydee  @lmaster I've only tried a sample of the illuminating moisturizer and that one time has made me disinterested in Tata Harper because of the scent. Glad to be part of the club!

Re: oh awesome @tata Harper product that doesn't smell like m...

@ShortErica  😂😆 some scents I can get past, but this one was just too strong

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh I like this one @sonnydee but it’s been while since I used it. Too bad (and glad🤷🏻‍♀️?) it didn’t live up to your gross hopes but glad it was a good masking!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Am I the only one that enjoys the smell of Tata Harper’s serums? @sonnydee . This mask, according to your review sounds like it also has a great smell ! Honey and citrus, yummy! It’s 78$ CA for 30g and contains BHAs, sorry not for me ! 🤑 and I can only use BHAs for 20 minutes maximum before my face swells up! Glad it worked well for you, smooth, soft and glowing skin, wonderful! 

Yes. you are probably the only one 🤣😁😉@keana1 I don't...

Yes. you are probably the only one 🤣😁😉@keana1 I don't enjoy the smell but I tolerate it because the product is usually worth it. Swelling face!?😯 not fun

Re: Yes. you are probably the only one 🤣😁😉@keana1 I don't...

Looking like the Moon isn’t my forte @sonnydee ! Now I can laugh about it but when it happened, I wasn’t laughing at all! 

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I really like that mask.  It’s pleasant and leaves your skin soft!!  @sonnydee   Gross fail but skin win!  

agreed gross fail. I've tried a few Tata products so I im...

agreed gross fail. I've tried a few Tata products so I immediately thought I would be ok for gross week with stinky& green (especially the clarifying mask🤢) @heartsmyface it is a good mask😁

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@sonnydee Oooh, I do like that sound of this one! I've never tried any Tata Harper products because of what I've heard about the scent – I'm happy to hear this one was different! I'll definitely have to check it out! Thanks for the review! 👍😃

happy to help @Shosh85 you may be able to try Tata after all

happy to help @Shosh85 you may be able to try Tata after all

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh, this one sounds good @sonnydee! Does it wash off easily? 

it washes off pretty easily. I was able to do it with war...

it washes off pretty easily. I was able to do it with warm water & my hands without the aggravation of grabbing a washcloth. You are going to want to grab your moisturizer afterwards, but it isn't for hydrating. My cheeks felt a lil tight afterwards but the moisturizer saved the day @itsfi

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Tonights Holiday Monday Masking for H week...

The By Nature, purifying charcoal & Manuka Honey mask... I opened the packet and found there to a be a light scent of sweet honey, maybe a bit of warmth to the scent as well.  This was also the same time I discovered that not only was the mask itself black, but so was the serum.  The serum was fairly runny but I may have been more concerned with it only because it wasn't clear.  The mask felt like it was warming on my skin the entire 15/20 minutes I had it on, it wasn't burning by any means, but it was definitely warm.  I pealed off the mask and there was quite a bit of serum residue on my face.  The instructions say to rinse off your face with water and pat dry.  As soon as the water hit my face it felt hot.  It wasn't hot on my hands at all, but it must have interacted with something in the serum.  I turned the water to straight up cold and rinsed the rest off.  My skin looked really good after the mask though.  My pores looked tightened up and clear without any tight feeling, my skin also looked a bit brighter.  I'm not a huge fan of the mess with the black serum so I wouldn't purchase again, but the mask did have some nice effects, I'd use it again, if I had another. 


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie  perfect that this one also had Honey in it too!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The honey was actually what I intended for H week @emaisgr8 . I just forgot when I got caught up in the black serum lol!

wow I've never seen black serum before @missjeanie actual...

wow I've never seen black serum before @missjeanie actually sounds pretty cool lol

Re: wow I've never seen black serum before @missjeanie actual...

@lmaster Neither had I!  lol I sat down on the couch, put my laptop in front of me to check in on here/use the camera as a mirror... .opened up and the pouch and what the heck??? Next time I see a black serum I'm getting up  and going to the sink!

Re: wow I've never seen black serum before @missjeanie actual...

@missjeanie very interesting 🤔

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Love the H for Holiday theme ha ha @missjeanie! Yeah that mask makes me a little wary, hot water made my face burn with a warming mask once and it took awhile to go away. Sounds interesting thoughSmiley Wink

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe This was the first time I'd experienced a mask react with the water like that.  It was interesting for sure, I'm glad that I tried it though!

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