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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: Weird Masks - got bubbling, peeling or color-changing masks? Let's hear about them!

Letter of the Week: “D”


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!

@heartsmyface This sounds looks great on you and sounds like it has some decent results! Too bad the scent wasn't better😕

I hope you're able to catch up on some beauty sleep! 😴

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You're rocking the tin man look @heartsmyface. Too bad about the scent though.

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You had a looooong day @heartsmyface! No wonder you're exhausted! Ohhh,a  soapy floral scent does not sound appealing. Of course it would linger for the entire wear time!! Why is it that the good scents fade away almost instantly but less than pleasant ones linger .... and linger ... lol. Hope you are able to get some rest tonight.

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@itsfi  lol, me too.  I really need to put my phone down.  I did get some sleep already but should be trying to rest (it’s 3:30am here) hahaha, I know you guys are up now though!  😂🤐😁

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@heartsmyface  Oh, I've never tried a foil mask before. Are they comfortable to wear?

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@PrettyPaint @Some are and some aren’t.  This one was.  The single piece ones can be a little harder to wear cause the metal doesn’t typically stretch so the fit is normally off.  

I am still on the fence as to whether foil masks are all a gimmick or if they actually have benefits.  Either way they look cool. 

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You definitely do look pretty cool in the picture! @heartsmyface. Thanks for the info about foil masks - makes sense about the limited stretchiness. 

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Some more Yadah masking 😉



Yadah Cactus Toner🌵

This is a clear toner that doesn't have a scent that I can tell. It apparently contains 87% Cactus Water Extract instead of water, which sounded good to me since all the cactus masks I've tried I've liked. It does a great job both cleansing and moisturizing at the same time.



Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract (87.56%), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Betaine Salicylate, Arginine, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylyl Glycol

Yadah Cactus Soothing Mask Pack

This is a thin cotton sheet mask that was soaking with serum and didn't have much of a scent - I'm not positive what cactus smells like, but I feel like I smelled a hint of something possibly cactus-y. The fit was large and a little off - it was a little too wide at the temples, about an inch too long at the chin, the eye holes were too big and everything just seemed to be a smidge off and not lining up quite right. Due to how thin the mask was it was easy to make it fit by folding and sort of scrunching it into place. The mask adhered pretty well despite the fit, but the extra length at the chin popped up a few times. It had a soothing and refreshing feel the entire half hour I had it on. The serum leftover was maybe just the slightest bit tacky, but it all absorbed super quick. My face looked brighter and felt refreshed and my skin felt very soft and smooth. The hydration from this wasn't the best, but also not bad at all either - just kinda in between.

This was a decent mask, but it wasn't anything impressive to me - I think it makes a perfect filler mask though, and would be great to use right out of the fridge. I also really like that the cactus extract is 3rd in the list of ingredients. I would definitely use it again, just probably not go out of my way to repurchase.






Yadah Brightening Jelly Pack

This is a thin mesh-type cotton mask that was saturated with a slimy jelly serum and had a citrusy scent. It wasn't the best citrus scent I've ever smelled, but it also wasn't anywhere near the worst either - and was hardly noticeable while the mask was on. The fit was great, just a bit too long at the chin. The adherence was great and it was very comfortable to wear. I took it off after about 30 minutes. The serum leftover was a little tacky, but absorbed on its own pretty quickly. My face looked a little brighter and clearer, my skin felt soft and smooth and the hydration lasted for quite a while.

This is another Yadah I really enjoyed and one I'd repurchase. Excited to try the two I have from this line!



so no to the cactus toner @Shosh85 it sounds really cool...

so no to the cactus toner @Shosh85 it sounds really cool tho, happy to hear your thoughts! glad you enjoyed the jelly 💙

Re: so no to the cactus toner @Shosh85 it sounds really cool...

@lmaster I actually really like the toner! I don't do a lot of toners, but I like that this one doesn't have a scent, cleans well and slightly hydrates.

The Yadah Jelly mask is wonderful! Excited to try the others! 😃

Re: so no to the cactus toner @Shosh85 it sounds really cool...

Oh it was the mask that wasn't impressive @Shosh85 sorry! On the app it's hard to follow when there are spoilers, it adds all kinds of words between spoilers

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Oh if I saw the toner at TJ Masks I would pick it up @itsfi! I use their foaming bubbling cleanser and it is so very gentle on my skin @Shosh85. Thanks for including it in your pic, now I can be on the lookout for it Smiley Wink 

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@eshoe They also had the same toner but on pads - I was so close to getting that one a couple times! So far all the Yadah products I've tried I've liked, so I always have my eyes out for them! 😃

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I'm going to have to look for them next time, @Shosh85. I usually scan the skincare section pretty fast, will make a mental note to move more sloth-like next time! 

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I’ve seen that toner at TJ Maxx / Marshalls @Shosh85! Cactus 🌵 is a good one for hydration. Will be interesting to see which Yadah mask(s) are your favorites ... because you know someone may ask that question. Hahaha! 😂🤣😂

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@itsfi  I'll be interested to hear how everyone else ranks these too! I'm gonna try and get through as many Yadah masks as I can, but also throw some non-Yadah in the mix 😉

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Ooo I haven't seen either of the Yadah cactus products @Shosh85. That toner looks cool. You wouldn't happen to have your Yadah Pore Care one to compare sizes with the cactus mask would you?


Every time I see those dang Yadah jelly I get more and more eager to hunt them down. Hahaha. Yadah week is a bad influence because they've all had good reviews. I'll be going to every Marshall's and TJ Maxx in the city in hopes of finding every version of Yadah. Seriously I won't but could you imagine..I should wear a mask while driving to give me good karma.

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@ShortErica I didn't save the mask, but I'm pretty sure they're the same size.

Yadah is turning out to be a good solid brand! Sometimes I think about how fun it'd be if I had the time and money, to visit a bunch of Marshall's/TJ Maxx and see what kind of goodies I could collect! Good thing I don't actually have the time or the money 😂

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Yep, @Shosh85 278305-gwen-stefani-if-i-was-a-rich-girl.jpg

I would be making it rain unicorn mail full of masks! Smiley Happy

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I went to every 1 Marshalls and 2 Winners in the last week.  I had neither the time nor the money but I spent both some how. @Shosh85 @ShortErica 

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@l8totheparty The addiction is real! 😂

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