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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. 

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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!

@itsfi I haven't used a product with cabbage in it either! That should be interesting. 🤔😉

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@Shosh85, there’s a week for fruits and veggies too! Don’t recall when but I remember seeing it on the schedule. 🍎🍐🍊🍋🍓🍇🍉🍑🥭🍍🥑🥦🌽🥒🥬🥔🥕🍠

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@itsfi  It's May 20th! I'll definitely have plenty of masks for that challenge! 🤗

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That is darn cute packaging!  One of my favorite Pure Smile sheet masks is grape scented.   It’s not the best serum in the world but the scent pleases me so much that it really doesn’t matterSmiley Happy @Shosh85 

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@heartsmyface I totally understand! I've used a few masks where the serum/results were kinda "meh," but the scent was just so fantastic and delicious, I'd do it again just to smell it! Haha! 😂😋

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@Shosh85 gauze!!!! I have only had one gauze mask and it was a ❤️ at first application 😂 Can you tell me where you found this? I think I’ve seen it before but cannot remember’s been awhile (6 months is forever it seems like!).

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@eshoe Well, crap – that is a very good question! Haha! ..... I have had this one for awhile. 😂 I know I've seen it on YesStyle and Amazon! 

It's not exactly like other gauze masks I've tried though, it has a bit more "puffiness" to it, if that make sense. I kinda liked that though, because it seemed softer than the other gauze ones. I think that's why they call it, "soft embossed."👍

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Ok well I’m going on the hunt for it @Shosh85. The Lucky Cat is OOS, was just going to order more!

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@eshoe  I noticed that too. I wanted to order a couple more. Apparently a bunch of other people liked as well. 🙃

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Ha ha yes and the piggy is still oos as well @Shosh85!

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Catching up with this week’s masking. These goodies were on the masking menu Tuesday night.



The Ole Henriksen Power Bright 3-Step Treatment is one of my favorite peels and one I use a few days before a special event or occasion – step 1 is the Truth Sugar Glow Polish which sloughs away dull dead skin; step 2 is the Truth 25% Vitamin C Concentrate that aims to brighten the complexion; and step 3 is the Pure Truth Melting Cleanser. I first learned of this 3-step peel when I received one of these 3-step treatment cards from @CC3616  (thank you!); I’ve found boxes of these peels at TJ Maxx and Marshalls recently and have picked up a couple of boxes to include in my rotation of peels. I can get 2-3 uses out of one of these cards (the box includes 6 of these cards). The OH peel leaves my skin soft and brighter, and gets an A from me.

BritishM Organics Annatto Hair Oil – BritishM is a Korean brand (wouldn’t have guessed that at all) with three lines. The Annatto Hair Oil is part of the brand's  Organics line and is designed to moisturize dry ends and protect hair from UV damage. It smells very floral-ly; the scent dies down and fades away, but it takes some time to do so; I’d skip it if you are sensitive to scents.  The oil claims to be suitable for all hair types but I disagree. I have fine, straight hair – I have a lot of hair so it seems thicker than it actually is. Hair oils can be tricky for me so I tend to use a very light hand and I rarely ever apply hair oils to my scalp; instead, I just apply it to the ends or to the bottom half of my hair. Despite going easy on the oil, I felt this one weighed my hair down a little. I’ll give this a couple of more tries, but I’m not entirely convinced my hair is best suited for this oil. It seems as if it would work much better on someone with thick hair, coarse hair and/or very dry hair. At the moment, this falls into the “it’s not you, it’s me” camp, but I'll try it again another day.

Primark PS Sleeping Beauty Overnight Nail Mask – who knew there was an overnight mask for nails?! This one I received from @SpaceLlama – thank you! In a very boneheaded move on my part, I discarded the box for this mask containing the instructions. Oops.  So I just winged it and applied the product along my nails and massaging the product around my nail bed and cuticle area before going to sleep. I’m not sure if I saw or felt a huge difference, but I plan to use it more and will report back in a few weeks.

The LANEIGE - Water Sleeping Mask is a favorite of mine; in part, because it was the first sleeping mask I tried, but also because it leaves my skin looking soft and hydrated the next morning. For a time it was the only sleeping mask I used, but with so many great sleeping masks making their way into the market, I incorporate other overnight masks into my evening routine, but this will always be a favorite. An “A” mask for me.  

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Love the OH PowerBright, @itsfi! You're right- it's such a great mask for some instant brightening for a special occasion!

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@quspork, my skin has liked having the OH peel in the routine. I've had to tell myself that I really don't need yet another box when I see them at TJ Maxx / Marshalls. Smiley Happy 

I absolutely need hair oil @itsfi my thick curly hair dri...

I absolutely need hair oil @itsfi my thick curly hair dries out so fast,,I literally drench my hair in oil 2-3 times a week and that still isn't enough! lol the olehenriksen mask set looks pretty nice.

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@itsfi  I picked up a box of the OH cards at TJMaxx or Winners, don't recall which, but I haven't tried them yet.  My skin has been feeling scrubs lately though, so maybe I'll bust this out over the weekend!  Good to know you can get a few more uses out of one card as well!  

I love the "it's not you, it's me"!

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@missjeanie OH has two peel sets - one in a blue box and this one in the orange box. I have both, but haven’t tried the blue set... yet. If you have the orange one, start with a small amount. Less is definitely more. 😂 The very first time I used it, I was so excited to try it out that with one of the products, I scooped out more than I needed and my skin screamed “what are you trying to do to me?!!” 😂🤣😂 I adjusted for it and it was so much better. 🙂 

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@itsfi If the blue one is the one I'm thinking of from them it came in a pack of 6X3 foils to use.  The walnut scrub that I'm thinking of in that one was one to be very gentle with.  I used what I had, but found the scrub was too much of a harsh scrub for my skin.  I'll go easy with the orange one for sure!  Thanks for the heads up!

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@itsfi What a nice variety you have going on there!! I found a bunch of the OH Power Bright and my TJ Maxx as well, and have really enjoyed using them! They definitely do leave you soft and bright! 🙌

The hair oil sounds interesting – though, oil has never worked for my hair. I have thin and straight hair like you, but not a lot of it and oils always make my hair feel heavy and greasy. Sorry you're in the, "it's not you, it's me camp" with this one. P.S: I love that you call it that. 😆❤️😆

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@Shosh85, I like the idea of hair oils but haven’t had too much luck with with them either; usually too heavy for my hair. We’ll see if I can make this one work...or if it’ll stay in the “it’s not you, it’s me” camp. 😂😂😂 That was the best I could come up with for things that just didn’t work for me but seemed at least conceptually like they’d be good products. LOL! 😆 

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Oh @itsfi, don’t you just hate it when you feel all proud of yourself for tossing the box, like you are beating the clutter-and then realize it contains some very valuable information? I’ve learned that a time or two with masks🙄. Everything sounds interesting, the hair oil until you mentioned it weighing down your hair, which I don’t need. I do like cooking with annatto seed, though!


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That is exactly how I felt @eshoe! I tossed it around the time I got the nail mask too, so it’s long gone. 😔 Hopefully I’m using it correctly. 😆 


I’m going to have to look up annatto seed. Do you use it for certain dishes? Or is it your go to oil for cooking in general? I’ve never heard of it until this hair oil. I’ll have to try to figure out a way to use it without it weighing down my hair. 🤔🤔

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