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2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hello lovely masking mavens! Welcome to the second half of the challenge. 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 

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: When you are getting Glam for a night out and want that Glow - which mask(s) is/are your tried and true go-to(s)?

Letter of the Week: “L”


Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica: 


Next Mask Meetup Info: Saturday, September 21st join @GalPalVal17 and @ShortErica to try out Lookatme's Watermelon Face Mask!

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!water.jpg


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you so much for posting this here, @naturalooks15! I hear you on all of your concerns. I have tried one foot peeling mask and it was so stressful for me, waiting for the peel, wearing socks because I was terrified of the is enough.


I did NOT like the way my feet felt. I'm strict about my foot cream (AM) and balm (PM) and not being able to apply any for a week and a half was a lot to ask from a mask. The gel socks sound interesting, will have to take a peek at those but can't see myself buying them if they are for post foot-peels because those are not in my future, either.  

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

  @eshoe gel socks (gel only on heel) are for moisturizing your heel but I use them as socks after slathering heel cream on to save my bed sheet. I don't know how moisturizing are those on their own, but work very well as cover-up without making you hot. I wash them at sink with just soap and water.

There are two kinds, fabric with gel inside around heel area, just gel cups. I like just gel ones in the summer. 

These are the two kinds I have from 2-3 years ago (don't use them everyday) but now there are many others on Amazon


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Wow these would be great for summer, @naturalooks15. I wear socks at night because I apply balm on my feet, but these look like they might be cooler. Thank you!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I really appreciate this run down on the foot mask @naturalooks15. I plan to do one this week so I'll remember to soak and no lotion.

this is good to know @natualooks15 I have this one,, next...

this is good to know @natualooks15 I have this one,, next month, in going to use it 😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Last night of "D" masking, I tried the Jeu'Demeure and got an early start on "E" Week. ***ETA I cannot believe I posted without mentioning it, but this enormous one pound TUB of Amika was gifted to me by the fabulous @missjeanie! I love it and am so embarrassed I didn’t say so earlier. Thank you so very much, I won’t have to buy another hair mask for the next 2 years😄!!!***

masking.jpgAmika, Jeu'Demeure, Elemis & Laneige


My goal is to finish at least ONE of the Laneige lip masks before the holidays. I had no business getting that set, they last forever! I am on a self-imposed lip balm no-buy until I clear out a few. I still have FS Bite backups, too Smiley Very Happy Love this balm, though. Happy National Lipstick Day all!


The Elemis Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask is a very nice black, semi-translucent ylang-ylang/jasmine scented mask. It is just the tiniest bit exfoliating, and rinses off easily. I enjoy it very much, still an A+ mask for me. 


The Jeu’Demeure was reviewed by @GalPalVal17 and @lmaster, so I was prepared going in that it might be a dud. Upon opening, I found a fairly strong signature sheet mask scent. There was a decent amount of watery essence in the packet, and I applied the mask to check the fit. I haven’t had to use my scissors in awhile, but this one needed some snipping around the eyes. It didn’t adhere well, and I found myself patting the chin area and sides a few times to keep it in place. After about 20 minutes I removed it; within 5 minutes my skin felt dry, like it needed moisture. It was just a little tacky, not terrible. I used my La La (which I haven’t been using that often due to the heat) and my face felt better. This was about a B-/C+ mask.


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I'm so glad you liked the Amika Triple Rx @eshoe !  And I hear you on the Leneige lip mask... I only have one and it seems to be lasting forever!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I love it, @missjeanie! Mostly I wish you could have seen my face when I opened it😳😂 You are way too generous!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe I never tried that Amika mask, but I love Soul Food. How do you like it?

My Laneige lip masks last 3/4 months, but I use a very thick layer! I still have some on when I wake up.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Cyncynn I somehow missed the most obvious mask in my pic - YES the Amika Triple Rx Mask that @missjeanie was so kind to send me is lovely! The scent is just right, the texture is just rich enough but not too much for my fine hair. The Soul Food is almost a lighter version of this in my opinion.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  Awesome, good to know - thank you so much for sharing. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I spy the Amika Triple Rx mask @eshoe! Love that hair mask! So glad @Shosh85 raved about it. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yes, you are correct @itsfi...cannot believe I missed that. I feel awful, @missjeanie was so kind to send that to me. One full pound, it's like butter for my hair Smiley Very Happy 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe It's too bad the sheet mask was unimpressive, but at least you were prepared going in and I'm glad the Elemis could make up for it! How do you like the Amika?

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ugh @Shosh85 I cannot believe I didn't mention it in my OP, I feel so awful because it is a very special unicorn mail gift from the one and only @missjeanie! The Amika's scent is lovely, it's got a great consistency (like a chunky pudding, hope that's not too gross Smiley Very Happy) and leaves my hair feeling soft. I was rinsing it out tonight when I realized I omitted it; feel like a total dork. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe I'm happy you enjoyed it! It's one of my favorites! 😃

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I can see why, @Shosh85

glad I'm not the only one that didn't care for this mask...

glad I'm not the only one that didn't care for this mask @eshoe 🙄

Re: glad I'm not the only one that didn't care for this mask...

You know I didn't think it was that bad @lmaster until my skin felt dry after wearing it. That is the exact opposite of what I am trying to achieve here Smiley Very Happy

Re: glad I'm not the only one that didn't care for this mask...

I couldn't stand the scent @eshoe really.... Didn't like it at all 😂

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sorry to hear the JD wasn't the best, but the Elemis mask sounds lovely, @eshoe!

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