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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!

@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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A tbsp of annatto seed thrown into some hot olive oil will make a great starter for some garlic basmati rice @itsfi! I can’t remember what I first used it for, but it gives a good earthy aromatic flavor with a bit of smoky twist to a meal (and suddenly I want to start another food thread😄)

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Ohhh, that sounds really good @eshoe! I’ll have to try it. 

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I used to sub to Cook’s Illustrated @itsfi, I’m guessing that’s where I discovered it. I like to watch him, Christopher something - when it shows up on the TV😊

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Last nights masking was all legit G masking lol!  

The Origins Ginzing peel off mask was interesting and I have such conflicting feelings.  The mask smelled so much like alcohol I thought I might be catching a buzz.  Orange flavoured Vodka to be specific.  My eyes were watering it was so strong.  The urge to cry stopped about 30 seconds after I finished applying the mask thank heavens.  Peeling it off was sooooooo satisfying! My skin looked like smooth, my pores looked good, and my face felt soft.  Were the results life altering? No. Will I keep using this mask to use up the tube? Yes. Will I re-purchase? No, there are too many other masks out there to try that I wouldn't go back to this one. 

Finished off the night with the Genefique, (meh), and then used a sample of Good Genes, (I've used a few Good Genes bottles in the past, and this is good, my skin just prefers DE TLC). 


I've been so nervous to try the GG @missjeanie but I will...

I've been so nervous to try the GG @missjeanie but I will do it 😂 going to work through some other products first

Re: I've been so nervous to try the GG @missjeanie but I will...

@lmaster I found the GG easy to use and incorporate, but my skin just prefers the TLC from DE or my prescription retinoid.  I find now that the GG doesn't feel strong enough for me.  But again, I use acids regularly.  Let me know how you end up liking it when you give it a try!

Re: I've been so nervous to try the GG @missjeanie but I will...

@missjeanie I do use acids as well, so hopefully it'll be fine 😁

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@missjeanie Triple the points, for triple G's!👍

Ive definitely tried a couple peel off masks that made me cry before the actual peeling off! You're a trooper for stickin' to it! I am seeing a little trend here though – first with the Jagermeister, now orange vodka. Haha! 🍸🍹 Also, I too, was *that* kid who loved peeling glue off her hands! It was so satisfying – there was just nothing else like it! 😂😂

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@Shosh85  lol I noticed the boozy trend as well... and I barely ever drink! Maybe the masks are trying to tell me something??

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Ahhhhh, alcohol fumes in the eyes sounds horrible!        I was under the impression the the Lancôme Genefique was a boosting serum cause that’s what it feels like. I’ve been just using it in between my toner and aha products.  I don’t notice anything special about it.  It’s just me going through the motions.  @missjeanie 

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@heartsmyface Thats exactly how I've been using the Genefique.  Granted, I've only been using this little guy for just under a week.  I fully realize that no skin care is going suddenly make me look like I'm 25 again in 5 days, but I guess I just thought I'd see or feel something, but nada. Their claims say that within 7 days I should have smoother more radiant skin.  Those are pretty bold claims to start off with, but I really just feel meh about this. 

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@missjeanie, the results from the Origins peel off mask sound nice, but the process to get there doesn't sound very fun at all - I'm also not a fan of peel off masks so I do have a slight bias in place. Loved your description of how potent the alcohol smell is though! Smiley Wink

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@itsfi  see... I really enjoyed the peel part of the mask!  I was also a kid that let glue dry on their hand to peel it off though.... lol

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@itsfi @heartsmyface  Exactly!! lol I don't really know why but I find it so satisfying! 

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I would happily watch video of the peeling process😝 @itsfi 

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Sooooo glad I did not pick that Origins up, @missjeanie! Watering eyes...yikes! I’ve been catching up and reading about some harrowing masking sessions in the past few days!

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