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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!

Maybe Little Masker can’t smell the Face Shop mask since she has a cold! I hope that she gets well as soon as possible! But then again all sheet masks might smell the same to her ! 😂 @eshoe . 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe I love the sound of that Origins Mask!!  Glad you got to give your skin a good prep session before starting in with the DE Passioni!  That was so nice of @keana1 to send you some masks!

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@eshoe These all sound so great! I love what your little one said about face masks!! Haha! That is too cute!! Everyone certainly has a different opinion about scents!! I just ordered the FAB pads and added the Origins Apricot to my cart for my next order! Can't wait to spread peach yogurt on my face! Haha! My hubs might actually like that one, since he is from Georgia and does have a thing for peaches! 🍑👍 😃

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@Shosh85 I don't think you'll be disappointed. Origins is really setting the bar with the hydrating-yummy-scented masks! He he your husband might even want to try his hand at masking with this one Smiley Wink

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  You've made the Origins mask sound so delicious and amazing, I sent a tube to my little sister Smiley Happy Peach yogurt for the win! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I hope she likes it as much as I do, @MissPuff!


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Last night I was just wiped out after working all day and then going to a casual job for the evening.  I didn't get home until late (for me anyway) and just plain didn't have the energy to do the mask I had planned so I decided to just slap on some eye gels instead.  I got these guys at Walmart USA.  When I first put them on they stung.  The skin under my eyes was burning.  I thought I was going to need to pull them off but I pushed through about 1-2 minutes of the burn and then they were ok.  I had this same reaction to the Wander Beauty Baggage claim Gold eye mask about a month ago.  I've used that mask in the past with no adverse affects, but I'm wondering if my skin there has gotten more sensitive or if I maybe react gold?  I used the second set in the package this morning before work and had the same reaction.  I don't really have puffy eyes, but I do have crazy dark circles.  The only real result I saw was perhaps a bit of puffing under my eyes, yes, more puffy than before I put them on!  This could be good if someone has big hollows under their eyes I guess?  I still have an entire box of these guys, so I'll give them another shot, but my expectations are beyond low.  I think I might just need to stick to hydrating eye patches?



Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Bwahahaha! So I'm searching through old posts to make sure my spreadsheet has accurate notes and saw this @missjeanie. Have you tried them again (not that I would if I were you)? I ended up having a fine time with them it seems. But yeah, my memory to stay away did not stick with me. Fear of reaction/poor memory < desire to try all the masks. Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ha! I haven’t tried these or the Wander ones since! I think my under eyes might be sensitive some days though. I’ve had this happen with the Kokostar ones I was trying to use as well. @ShortErica @I think it’s a matter, it’s not you, it’s me! 

oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation! do you know what ingredients are causing this for you?

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

@lmaster I'm still not sure.  My under eye area is much thinner skin and can be quite a bit dryer than my Tzone, So far the last two types of eye patches I've used have caused the burning sensation.  I took a scan at the ingredients in both patches but I'm going to try another gold mask tonight.  It could also be that I just have sensitive under eye skin? I have another dozen or so of the masqueology ones so I'll try it again in a few weeks to see if anything has changed.

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

Hope it goes better for you @missjeanie 

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

same here @lmaster  lol... otherwise... eye patches for everyone!

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

@missjeanie  awwwww surely there are some that won't cause such a drastic reaction, just hate that you have to experience that

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

@lmaster oh I'm sure there are some out there for me yet!  I've used the wander gold ones before with no issue, but a month or so ago I had a similar experience with them and these gold ones.  I thought maybe it was the gold that I'd developed a sensitivity to, but I used a full mask last night that has gold in it with no issues.... so who knows?  I'll try them again in a few weeks and see what happens.  I think I might have some skinn Iceland ones somewhere to try as well.

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

Oh I love the skynn brand @missjeanie  use them quite often

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

I just went and checked and I do have a pair @lmaster !  I'm going to try those this week for sure now!

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

Yaaaaaaaay @missjeanie I sure hope they don't cause you any pain 😘

Re: oh my! @missjeanie so sorry you had a burning sensation!...

@lmaster fingers crossed!!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh no @missjeanie! 😱 The last thing you need or want after a long day is to have a reaction to something you’re using to help you unwind and relax! So sorry. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks for sharing @missjeanie and I will know to stay away if I see those eye masks. I think my skin is somewhat but not super sensitive but it's not worth the risk. Hopefully you find out what caused the reaction.

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