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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. 

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 & 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: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh yes... coming in the door my clothes are generally swapped to sweatpants in under two minutes lol! 🍷&🎭 @itsfi ? Lol

oh that sounds so nice @itsfi a moisturized glow is beaut...

oh that sounds so nice @itsfi a moisturized glow is beautiful

Re: oh that sounds so nice @itsfi a moisturized glow is beaut...

I was so happy with the results @lmaster! <3

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The Marigold mask sounds like a winner, @itsfi. I love masks that adhere almost like a second skin. It makes them so much more enjoyable to use. 

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Agreed @quspork! 😊 I now will look for microfiber sheet masks in addition to the other masks on my list. 😂🤣😂 This list keeps getting longer, quspork! 😝

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So true, @itsfi - my lists of "masks to try" is longer than a CVS receipt at this point. Smiley LOL 


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I love that someone made a gif of this @quspork .. and yes yes yes to the list of masks to try!

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hahaha! Smiley Happy Smiley Happy Smiley Happy I love this gif @quspork

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Oh yay, I’m glad the dermaplaing helped someSmiley Happy. Did it still hurt to remove?  I really enjoy that Lanolips!  I got a duo at Christmas and have only tried the strawberry one.  @itsfi 

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It hurt less @heartsmyface, but the area I tested it on is a more sensitive area so that’s to be expected. I’ll try dermaplaning + boscia peel off again another day on the parts of my face where I normally apply the boscia, but this is an excellent tip! 🤗 I want to get all the Lanolips flavors! 😂

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Last night, some floral masking (I am actually kinda missing gross week):

mask3.jpgFresh, Glossier, Beauty Chuck, Jayjun & Omorovicza

After a double cleanse with my favorite Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil and Botanic Farm Sparkling Pack (very similar to the bliss Triple Oxygenating Facial), and a quick swipe of the Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom (the Birthday Cake is my favorite, in scent and consistency, but I will use this up no problem. A B+), I opened my sample of Omorovicza’s Gold Hydralifting Mask, thanks to a great tip from @veronika23. This is a rose-scented, light pink creamy mask that claims to instantly lift, prolong hydration, and blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sounds like a miracle cream if there ever was one Smiley Very Happy
The scent is definitely rose; it’s a fine line between almost fresh and almost Grandma’s powder-room heart-shaped bar soap that no one uses. I caught a bit of it on and off and despite being a self-professed rose lover, this was a bit much for me. The thing I’ve noticed about this brand is that I either love or hate the scents. Which is a really easy way for me to weed out expensive products Smiley Happy 
The mask almost felt like it was drying, but it wasn’t - it was just a tightening effect I was feeling. I was just reading today about a mask that causes physical tightening and it sounded really bizarre. But I am wondering now if it is anything like this one. My face felt a little hot, not quite burning, but weird. When I went to rinse it off (though directions say you can just wipe it off), it looks like my skin was peeling. Which thankfully, it wasn't - it was just the cream. I rinsed with water (the scent was too much for me) and my skin was very, very soft. But not worth the scent, I would give this a B-/C+  due to that factor.

I slipped on the Jayjun Roselle Tea Eye Gel Patches and moved on to the Beauty Chuck I'm Real Gira Mask. I loved and purchased multiples of this one last summer. I haven't used it in awhile (getting rid of a lot of floral masks this week, yay, never thought I'd say that!) so was curious what I would think of it. The mask itself is a pretty thin cotton and fit great.

But the artificial rose/fruit scent hit me and I was so annoyed. Especially just coming out of the rose fog I had just removed from my face, I was in no mood for more scents. It was fine though it didn't fade completely. I removed it after about 15 minutes, of course as with any mask I don't really care for, my skin looked very nice and plump, go figure Smiley Very Happy


Ended with extra hydration from the FRESH - Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask:

A love but probably not a repurchase because the YTTP has my 💗 Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe It's too bad about the artificial scents – that can be so annoying, especially when a mask has that scent but gives you great results! 🌹

The eye patches sound great! I'm starting to realize I like the JayJun brand! The few things I've tried, I've liked! Glad you liked these! 👍

I get it completely @eshoe there is something that is sup...

I get it completely @eshoe there is something that is super annoying with an artificial scent, some I can handle but this sounds,,,mehhh lol

Re: I get it completely @eshoe there is something that is sup...

Yeah some aren’t terrible but at some point ya just gotta walk away and this was at that point @lmaster 😄

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That looks like such a nice floral masking session, @eshoe! Too bad the scent wasn't the best on the I'm Real mask. 

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Ya win some, ya lose some @quspork 😂

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@eshoe, rose scented products are always hard ones in terms of knowing whether the fragrance will make you think of walking through a lovely rose garden or being stuck in an elevator with someone wearing a bit too much of that cloying rose scent that is all too recognizable. Smiley Wink 


btw, I have some "gross" masks I'm happy to send your way if you're kinda missing gross week, eshoe! LOL! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi let me think about that one for a bit😂 I plan to use the other placenta mask I have, *I think*. The horse oil one, it may go in the trash unless someone here REALLY wants to try it😆 So gross. Too gross for me.

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Hahaha, it has crossed my mind that I am that horrible lady in the elevator that smells strongly of roses!  I love rose perfumes!  @itsfi 

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LOL @heartsmyface! I can't imagine it would ever be you! You're never horrible! I love rose fragrances too, just in moderation. Heehee! Smiley Wink Dare I ask - what are your favorite rose perfumes?

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My two favorite rose scents are Victor and Rolf dancing roses and the other is a Jill Stuart tuberose body milk.  @itsfi I have others like viva la juicy (which is sweet af) and Stella (a bit sharp on the nose) and Tom Ford Cafe rose (stronger and warmer) but those first two are my go-tosSmiley Happy

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