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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?
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 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: Sheet Mask Focus

Letter of the Week: “G”


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


Next Mask Meetup Info: Second August Meetup Planned for this Saturday August 17th-join @PrettyPaint to try out Biobelle’s Pineapple Mask from the Tutti Frutti Collection!

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 this 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!

Planning for the holidays already??? It's the middle of the summer. Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy I do miss the fall weather though and can't wait for it! Smiley Very Happy @eshoe 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It’s halfway through the year and I’m so far behind already on Christmas @veronika23. I’m one of those shop-throughout-the-year people so I’m not stressing out in November 😆

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Awwwww gotcha @eshoe! I'm sure it will come together just fine. Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Spoiler alert: I have a Christmas goodies plan for BIC after being inspired by the mask advent calendar gift last year. Don't think my plan will work for 25 days but 12 days of Christmas seems feasible.


@eshoe 🤫

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh I am intrigued @ShortErica. Masking leaves room for so many fun gifting options!

same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

 same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexible than your thicker white sheet masks, they all seem to be pore or detoxifying sheet masks in my experience using them. Has anyone used a sheet mask that was black but not specifically for pores or detoxifying? @ShortErica

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

@lmaster  I think I have some that I haven't gotten to yet... pretty sure they are black and I don't think they are all for pores??? I did send some to @itsfi and I think she did use all 3?

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

Oh @veronika23 that's good to know, I'd love to know which ones they were

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

@lmaster  just remembered the names!!!


Boo Bamboo Sheet Mask Hydrating,

Boo Bamboo Sheet Mask Brightening,

Boo Bamboo Sheet Mask Anti Aging,

and they have a 4th for pores.

Image result for Boo Bamboo Sheet Mask

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

Yess, sorry, just saw these posts! @veronika23 @lmaster  The boo bamboo sheet masks are fantastic. Thank you again V for them - they all worked for my skin. The coconut one is amazing! Great for hydration and I love that they are charcoal bamboo fiber sheet masks. lmaster, well dot ca ships to the US. V, that photo is so pretty. Smiley Happy

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

@itsfi I'm going to have to try those! 

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

@itsfi  you are so welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed them! I have to get to mine soon. Smiley Very Happy Ohhh I might be able to get you a coupon for first time order on well.  Not sure if you bought from them or not yet fi.  Can get one for you too @lmaster! Well anyone who creates a new account. Smiley Very Happy


It is pretty! It's not mine. lol. Smiley Very Happy

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

@veronika23 oh I'd love a couple also, so sweet of you to offer! Thank you 😘

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

@lmaster  see two comments below. The code is mask2019 Smiley Happy

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

Thank you so much @veronika23 😘🤗

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

Ooh, I’d love a coupon if you have it @veronika23! 👍🏼💖 If not, no worries. I haven’t purchased yet; but I have filled up a shopping cart. 🛒  Hahaha! 😂 I know, what a shocker! 😆 I’m trying to be good and wait until after the 4th; it’ll be like my very own Independence Day from my no/low buy for sheet masks! 😉 I probably won’t make an order until mid-July. 

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

Here's the code @itsfi: mask2019


It's 10$ off a 40$ purchase.  It's a referral thing... 10 people can use this one and it expires Aug. 29, 2019. If a new one is needed I can make another. New customers only. I think they might combine with existing sales but not with another code. Sign up for emails... they have a lot of sales and I've seen skincare at 15%-20% off often.


Ohhh and let me know what you end up buying! Smiley Very Happy

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

Thanks for the code, @veronika23! And I will definitely let you know what I end up getting. Smiley Happy I'll fill up my cart now and then use next weekend to narrow it down to what I'll actually purchase. hahaha! Smiley Happy

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

NP!  Hahaha awesome! I do that too! I have carts here and there with stuff but which will I actually check out with... no one knows. Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy @itsfi 

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

Oh awesome!! @veronika23 I'll have to try these now 😆

Re: same I feel like the black sheet masks are far more flexi...

@veronika23, I've loved reading @itsfi's reviews on these, they sound great! Have you tried them all? 

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