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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!

Most recently the Sweet Chef line, @ShortErica. I tried all 3 (as did @Shosh85 I believe) and they were all ill-fitting in the same places. Now that’s not common to all brands, the Crème Shop is all over the board with fit/tackiness/scent, but then again they have a huge variety. 

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@ShortErica @eshoe Of the Sweet Chef Masks, I've only tried the Kale one so far. I do plan on trying the ginger one this weekend sometime though! – but yes, the fit on that one was pretty bad, especially the lower half! 😳

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Okay so stay away from Sweet Chef and Creme Shop is depends on the mask. Thanks @eshoe and @Shosh85!

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@ShortErica Out of The Creme Shop masks, the "Fusion" line seems to be consistently pretty good. 👍 @eshoe 

ETA: I should mention, the Sweet Chef mask that I tried had a bad fit and didn't smell good to me, but it did give some great results! I know there are people who do like it — it just wasn't for me! I'm also extra sensitive to scents, so that has a lot to do with it too.

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Ohhhh... I've seen some of these Cosmetea ones out and about.  I was curious if anyone had tried them!

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Hmmmm hard to say @ShortErica🤔 I’m curious what you think of the Pūrlisse so that has my vote!

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@ShortErica I've heard good things about both..... how 'bout eeny meeny miny moe? 😃

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“Eeny meeny miny moe” is an excellent problem solver @Shosh85! 😂😂 It’s a great fallback for me when I just can’t decide!! 👍🏼 LOVE it! 💗

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

If @eshoe wouldn't have commented, eeny meeny miny moe was going to be my way to decide @Shosh85.

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Oh shoot I should have held my tongue @ShortErica! Next time I’m staying out of it😄

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@eshoe @ShortErica Hahaha!! Eeny Meeny is still my way of deciding things I can't decide. 😂😆

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Survey results are up!!!


Wow happy to be posting again, did some masking this morning:

mask.jpgOrigins, FAB, Farmacy, Face Shop & more FAB

Prepping for my first DE Passioni use tonight, I wanted to give my skin some extra attention as well as a bit of very mild exfoliation since I won't be able to over the next few days. I used the ORIGINS - Drink Up™ 10 Minute Hydrating Mask with Apricot & Swiss Glacier Water to start off with (<3 my Galentine @MissPuff!) and followed up with the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Facial Radiance Pads (probably did this backwards, but my skin liked it!). The Origins is an immediate favorite, just love the scent and my skin really responds favorably to this soothing hydration. An A+ and a repurchase when I run out! The FAB pads are pretty nice, I do notice a visible brightening when I've used it (this is only my second use). I think these might need to work themselves into my regular routine at some point. This was the first time I've used the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Lip Therapy as well, love it for the kitchen and will probably keep it there with my 'kitchen stash' for use while I'm cooking/baking as the applicator is perfect for mess-free application.

The Face Shop The Solution Radiance Face Mask was sent to me by @keana1  who knew I was hoping to try this brand at some point. She included quite a few, so I am looking forward to using them over the next few months. Many thanks to you keana1! This one has Vitamin C which I thought would also be a good idea to sneak in before I start using the Passioni. When I opened the packet, I noticed a pretty strong, pleasant scent. To me, it was a bit like perfume, but when I asked the younger one her thoughts, she said, "Oh yes, I know that smell. I'll never forget that smell. It smells like face masks." Ha, I didn't think so but everyone's nose is different! I loved the scent, which for the most part dissipated while I masked. The fit was pretty good, I did snip a bit around the mouth so I could drink my coffee without it soaking into the mask Smiley Very Happy

I left it on about 25 minutes and removed. My skin was fairly tacky, so I added a decent amount of moisturizer (I kind of pile on the YTTP) and went makeup-free for the day. I want to try the other Face Shop masks before grading, this was enjoyable and gave my skin some nice plumping this morning.



love the fab pads lol @eshoe glad you had a good experien...

love the fab pads lol @eshoe glad you had a good experience trying most of the products out!

Re: love the fab pads lol @eshoe glad you had a good experien...

They are great @lmaster, it’s nice to have an exfoliating go-to that I know won’t launch an all-out abrasion attack on my slin😆

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe, the First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads are great, aren’t they?! 💗 Love that line of sheet masks from The Face Shop!! I can’t wait to use that Origins mask - motivation to finish what I have.

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I am so glad you mentioned how gentle they are, @itsfi - they probably would have expired or dried up in my stash! I really love them, good, good stuff😊

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The FAB pads were the first chemical exfoliants that my skin didn’t react negatively towards. 👍🏼 They’re also the ones I start back with if there’s been a long hiatus from AHA/BHA. Before using these pads, I didn’t think about the need to ease into it products like it, but lesson learned, @eshoe. 😃 Now, I ease into new products 9 out of 10 times!

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Yes I am just learning that, @itsfi. What are the pools called that are built to mimic entering the ocean? Had to look to it up-zero entry! I need a zero-entry approach to skin-care😊

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Don’t we all @eshoe?!! 😆 That would be amazing! 

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The Origins mask sounds great @eshoe ! I’ll definitely need to order it! I love the smell of apricot! Every Origins mask that I’ve used so far are wonderful and I enjoy their smell! Little Masker is such a cutie when she told you that the Face Shop mask smelled like face masks! I’m glad that it plumped your skin! I haven’t tried it yet since it doesn’t correspond to this week’s theme but I can’t wait to try it! 

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I think you would enjoy the Origins, @keana1. Their masks have such a natural scent, which is a bonus. 


Yep, the ‘sheet mask scent’ is alive and well😄

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