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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: 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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@missjeanie Oh man, the reaction you had does not sound pleasant! I feel like my under eyes are just a little more sensitive and get dried out faster than the rest of my face – I think that has a lot to do with how thin the skin is there. I wonder what caused the burning? Have you tried comparing the ingredients from the Wander Gold patches and these, to see what ingredients they might share? I wonder if that would help you pinpoint the culprit better. So sorry about this un-delightful experience!

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That's a good idea to compare them @Shosh85. Thankfully the burning went away after a few minutes and my skin was back to normal a few minutes after they came off.  I was thinking about how thin the skin under my eyes is as well and that's likely a contributing factor as well.  

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Oh my @missjeanie that does not sound like a pleasant masking experience! I am so sorry about the reaction you had; you may be on so something with the gold. Hope your skin recovers quickly!

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@eshoe my skin was back to normal I'd say about three minutes after I took the gels off.  No lasting effect, but it was so weird, I've never had a mask do that before!

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I don’t think I’ve ever had a reaction quite like that @missjeanie but I am so glad your skin is back to normal😊

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

can't wait to try this!!!! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Went with a maple theme for Wednesday’s masking session, with the May Coop Raw Sheet mask and barefoot Venus Maple Blondie Lip Balm that I was gifted by the wonderful @veronika23! Thank you! This balm is great – it goes on so smoothly. It feels light and silky on the lips but it keep them soft and moisturized, and smells good! To keep up with the maple theme, I treated myself to a maple candy veronika23 sent me as well – I mean, it would be rude to not keep up with a theme if all I had to do was eat a piece of maple candy, right? hahaha! Smiley Wink 


May Coop Raw Sheet is a cotton sheet mask that is thicker than what I would consider standard or common for sheet masks. It adhered pretty well, not the best, but not bad. There are also lines woven into the material, which is interesting. I like May Coop Raw Sauce and so when I saw that the brand had a sheet mask, I picked up a few; this is probably the third time I've reached for this mask.

Sugar maple sap is the key ingredient, known for its hydrating properties. The mask also contains glycerin (humectant), sodium hyaluronate (hydrating, though its very low on the ingredients list), and licorice root (brightening). It has a light, fresh scent, and the essence is thinner and more watery in consistency, and there’s a lot of it! I leave the mask on for 30 minutes (suggested time is 10-20) and after removing the mask, pat in the essence that has not been absorbed during that time. It feels cooling on the skin and that cooling feeling remains for some time after removing the mask. My skin feels refreshed and hydrated immediately after and continues to feel and look that way the next morning - it’s an "A / A-" mask for me. I have a couple more of the Raw Sheet and also picked up the new sheet mask (or new to me), which is aimed more at brightening and will be giving that one a try soon.


oh I love this @itsfi Maple sounds amazing!! the candy is...

oh I love this @itsfi Maple sounds amazing!! the candy is so cute too @veronika23 I want to try this lip balm now!! 😂😂 progress

Re: oh I love this @itsfi Maple sounds amazing!! the candy is...

@lmaster my skin and lips loved these too!! 🍁🍁 Much needed hydration! 💗

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Love the maple/Canadian theme! 🍁🇨🇦 The treats from @veronika23 sound yummy! Pancakes always come to mind when I think of maple too! (but then again, I guess pancakes are always on my mind) 🥞😋 I bought a pack of those May Coop masks at Marshall's but still haven't tried them! I'm not too surprised they're an "A" mask!! I really need to pull one out and try it! 👍🤗

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Maple is just so versatile @Shosh85 - good for hydration and tastes delicious on pancakes! 😆

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi There's that pancake talk again! Syrup is definitely great on pancakes! It's my favorite use for it. 😍😆GIF image 67.gif


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@Shosh85, yum! 😋 555A911F-F823-44CC-BA49-E22A1D8962F6.gif


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Ooh I did not know May Coop has a sheet mask @itsfi! How is it compared to the Polatam Brightening mask with oak tree sap essence?

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@eshoe both have clear liquid-y essence but to me, the essence in the May Coop Raw Sheet is thinner, more watery. There’s also some tackiness with the Polatam sheet mask that I don’t get with May Coop Raw Sheet. 

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Oh thank you for the comparison ! I have one of the Polatam left to use, I really enjoyed the scent, I might move it up on the list. I forgot about the tackiness and I’m curious how it works as a primer like @heartsmyface suggested🤔

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@itsfi the only way this could have been better is if you sung "Oh Canada" while the mask was on lol!  I love your theme today!  I've just started using the May Coop Raw Sauce and I like it so far.  I haven't looked into anything else they sell but the ingredients in this mask sound like I really should be checking them out!  mmmm... now I want maple syrup on pancakes.... 

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