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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: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17 @veronika23

Aug 12 - 18     G           Sheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why?
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 inner GLOW
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: Lip, Hand and Foot masks to help that summer skin

Letter of the Week: “C”


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


Mask Meetup Info:

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.
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August: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17!          


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sounds great @GalPalVal17. I really like the sand & sky stuff I have tried. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

They both sound great @GalPalVal17!

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@GalPalVal17 sounds like a great masking duo! I always love a clay mask with a soothing or hydrating sheet mask after!

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@Kim888  yes, they make for a great combo. I like the tightness of the clay masks but following it up with a sheet mask is a must. Being on this thread I learned that and it's helped so much. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I recently tried that Yadah mask and really liked it too @GalPalVal17 !  I haven't tried the Sand & Sky clay mask though.  Maybe when I work through my current stash of clay masks I'll pick that one up.  Thanks!!

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@mrsmouse  yess I saw your comments about this mask which made me excited to try it. It did not disappoint. Hope to find some at a TJM or Marshalls. 

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Had I known you needed some pore care I would've sent you the Yadah Pore Care mask @GalPalVal17! The combo is visually appealing. I'm glad both worked nicely and there wasn't a tacky feeling with the mask. I will find a jelly Yadah soon. Smiley Happy

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@ShortErica  youre too sweet. I love pore care masks. I've got quite a few sheet and clay masks for that. I  know I have a Yadah mask that looks similar to this just don't remember which one it is, aloe or this one. The black charcoal sheet mask seem to fit pretty well and are pretty darn flexible. 

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@GalPalVal17 I'm still trying to figure out my favorite masks but am leaning toward plumping ones maybe. I also just love trying them all. What masks have you found as the best fit for your face?

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This is the first time I've seen that Sand & Clay mask, @GalPalVal17.  I haven't tried the brand yet but hoping to soon!

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@eshoe  I got this in a mask sample bag (birchbox maybe). I think the FS comes in a pink box and jar. I've used it a few times and I like when samples have a few uses to them so you can get a real feel for a mask.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Continued with morning masking Monday, and started “Y” week off with HABA Yellow Smoothie Mask and SEPHORA COLLECTION - Lip Balm & Scrub - Honey, an all-time favorite of mine.

IMG_7681.JPGY is for Yellow

There are 3 of these HABA smoothie masks – a red one, a green one and this yellow smoothie mask. Notable ingredients in this one are lemon, pineapple, peach, yogurt and honey, and its intended function is to brighten and refresh.  This cotton mask is on the thicker side, but it has a stretch or give to it that allows you to manipulate the mask’s size if need be. I didn’t need to do that; instead, I snipped off about half an inch at the chin and the outer corners of the eye and mouth area. The serum on this one is more lotion like and now that I know the key ingredients in this one, the scent makes sense. Smiley Wink  The scent is really subtle – I had to take a deep whiff in order to pick up the somewhat citrusy, somewhat sweet, somewhat milky (the yogurt) scent. Directions recommended 10-15 minutes and I probably had it on for 15 – it felt like it was drying up a bit at that mark; I probably could have eeked out another 10 minutes with it on but I was in a hurry to get out the door. My complexion did look brighter and more awake, which is always good in the morning, particularly a Monday morning. Ha! This mask is a nice one; of the three masks in the line, my preferences would be for the red smoothie mask in the winter, the green smoothie one in the spring and summer. This yellow one, while good, is probably my least favorite of the three and to me, it seems better suited for my skin during the transition months for winter-spring and summer-fall.

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@itsfi This one sounds so great and I love the ingredients you listed! I really enjoyed the Green Smoothie, so it's nice t hear this is a good one too! 🙌😃

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@Shosh85, all the masks in the smoothie line from this brand have been good; just depends on what my skin is needing. I also like that the essence for each of the masks has a different texture - one is a gel essence, the other is more milky, this one feels more like a lotion.

another yummy set of ingredients!! @itsfi I can smell it 😆

another yummy set of ingredients!! @itsfi I can smell it 😆

Re: another yummy set of ingredients!! @itsfi I can smell it 😆

The ingredients in all of the masks in this line are so good, @lmaster. They're inspiring of actual smoothies - an idea for the next time I reach for one of these sheet masks.

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This sounds like a really nice one @itsfi. And it seems like everyone likes that honey lip scrub. 

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All the masks in this line have been good to my skin @PrettyPaint! Smiley Happy

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great to hear those masks worked out well @itsfi !

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It's nice to find a set of masks that all work well @Kim888! My wallet may beg to differ though.

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Nice to hear all the HABA masks were good @itsfi. I like that you've pinpointed when each of them would be better to use. Thanks!

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