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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!

Yaaay for squeezing another mask in today @Shosh85! 😃 Happy to hear it was a good one, too. I have a feeling I have all 3 of these; I’ll get to them one of these days. Ha! Somewhat random question for you - how many full face sheet masks have you used in one day? 

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@itsfi "I'll get to them one of these days" is something I find myself saying often. Haha!


I love your questions 😉 I've done 3 masks in one day, once. That was a weird day where I woke up super early and went to bed real late and didn't go anywhere all day. Normally I do one a day, sometimes two on a weekend day. How about you? 

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@Shosh85, I'm pretty sure 3 as well; I don’t think I’ve ever done 4 in one day - I feel like that would be too much for me.  Those 3-sheet-mask-days have mostly been on days when I travel out of town – travel days when I come home are usually one sheet mask days, the morning of my flight, because by the time I get home, all I usually want to do is wash my face, change into my PJs and get to bed. Ha! It’s a hydrating sheet mask before leaving for the airport; then if I have time, a quick sheet mask after I check into the hotel and before dinner (that’s usually a soothing one or if my skin is looking worn from the flight, it’s a revitalizing / brightening-and-hydrating sheet mask), and then before bed, it’s a nourishing or moisturizing sheet mask. Sometimes I’ll get 3 in, like you, on a random day when I’m home all day; or if I can squeeze in a mask before heading out to dinner.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85 Black tea is the best - better than the rest! Hahaha. Can't you squeeze in the other two as well tonight? Smiley Wink I didn't give the white a true test with tackiness but I thought the black tea was the most tacky so I'm nodding my head with your review.

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@ShortErica  I was thinking about doing the green tea tomorrow 👍 I never did buy the white tea one though - I almost did, but saw that it had alcohol so I put it back. I'm not totally against using masks with alcohol, I just didn't want 10 of them 😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Totally understandable @Shosh85. For a while the only one at my stores was the white tea and that's why I never took the plunge. I was lucky to get all 3 in unicorn mail. If I didn't have a million masks (feels like only a slight exaggeration) the black tea would probably be the one I would have picked up without trying as well as after trying them.

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Week 29 - July 15 - 21 - C - Lip, Hand and Foot Masks


Cosmetea Comparison @eshoe's sharing of the Green Tea Cosmetea joins the party. Thank you for sending me this one.



My face:



  • Serum - similar to black tea, it was very wet but no dripping
  • Scent - I smelled the green tea but then there was something else. Something not as friendly to my nose. Ah-ha ingredient list - I see you tea tree. Too bad. And the smell lingered while wearing
  • Mask fit - same as all the others - very good, just wish the forehead was a little taller
  • Wear time - this one stayed moist even longer and I wore it 40 minutes while relaxing in the bath
  • Tackiness - I waited this time. It was slightly tacky after removal but faded to only a teensy bit with no moisturizer
  • Extra Serum - White Tea had the most. I'm not sure about Black Tea vs. this one. Probably similar. Frankenmask jar has 25 g of serum - condensed cotton has been added!
  • Results - Again, this was a nice mask. No wow factor but solid.


Grade: B. I think the smell was the issue for me. The fit, wear time and results were good. In my mind green tea stuff should smell like this20190720_122736.jpgI'm not a fan of green tea to drink but I like this perfume. Please don't ask how old it is. Maybe I got it in high school. Oops! Anyway this is what I expected to smell but the tea tree made it different and a bit unpleasant. I sprayed this afterward to verify it smells much better than the mask did.



Comparison of the Cosmetea:

    • Serum: all equal; black and white had milky serums while the green tea one was clear but all seemed to stay well on the mask
    • Scent: black > white > green
    • Mask fit: all equal
    • Wear time: green > black = white
    • Tackiness: green < black (white - unknown)
    • Extra Serum: white > black = green
    • Results: all had fine but different results. White definitely had the most brightening which is what it claims.
    • Overall: black > white > green

The tackiness in the black I can overlook the most easily by applying moisturizer. And I guess the alcohol in the white is less bothersome for me than the scent of the green tea.


I thought I did my Cosmetea and would Frankenmask tomorrow. Oh no! @missjeanie sent me another one so I might as well throw it into the ring. I plan to do the Frankenmask after sports mid-day and then end the night with the Lavender balance one to prep my skin for the week ahead. I'll update with a new recap.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

"Please don't ask how old it is."

Basically me when I look at some really old perfumes I refuse to throw away. lol

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica I have a bin under the sink with a few bottles that remind me of times in my life. I rarely take them out but when I do, it’s a good reminder that life is better now, no matter how challenging some days can be😂

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I love memories and especially when things are better now @eshoe. I feel like there's a story behind some of your challenging days? Daughter, new dog adjusting, something else? I'm hoping it's funny to look back on. 😊

thanks for reviewing this @ShortErica if I can't across o...

thanks for reviewing this @ShortErica if I can't across one, I'd use it, but sounds like I won't go searching

Re: thanks for reviewing this @ShortErica if I can't across o...

@lmaster I feel like there's been so many good masks I have to make a line of what's worth searching for or else I'd buy everything!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica  It's too bad about the scent on this one, but I'm even more curious to try it now. 😉 Glad the results were nice!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85 Do you have all 3 (black, white, green)? I'll be curious if you would rank them too. I know you aren't a fan of strong scents too.


Also how silly of me to think I did all the Cosmetea and then @missjeanie sends me a different one. Apparently these seem to be the main 3 but then Cosmetea has a Tea Control line with 5 others. I'm interested if the Tea Control has the same fit as the originals. I hope so!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica  haha! Just mentioned this in the post above 😉 I never picked up the white tea because of the alcohol

I currently have the Control line of these masks sitting in an online cart! Haha! I'll be interested to know what you think of them.... then I can decide if I reeeally want to buy them 😆

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yes, make your purchasing decisions based on me trying 1 from the line @Shosh85. 🤣 @missjeanie since you sent it to me, have you tried the Lavender or others from the Control line?

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Tonight I used Soo’AE Cactus Soothing Gel Mask. I really wanted something with gel and refreshing after a hot bath. This fit the bill. First of all, this mask is super cute. The eye holes were a little wonky. Lots of good ingredients to help sooth the skin, but I picked up on a light floral scent which I wish they would have left out. I would give this mask a B or a 4/5. It felt nice, but floral perfumes are just a no for me. 

Early I used Bubble’t lemongrass and green tree bath bomb and lip balm. This is one of my favorite smelling lip balms. (With my Huckberry lip balm that @eshoe  gave to me as my favorite). 9402535D-5210-4CBD-8F26-9E92F6BA8E53.jpeg




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@emaisgr8 I love the packaging of that one, but I am really trying to avoid fragrance.

I'm battling lip dermatitis (basically allergy to lip items and I'm still trying to find the culprit ingredient) and trying to keep my skincare and MU very simple while getting things under control.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Cyncynn  I hope you find out what ingredient is bothering you. That is no fun. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Too cute, @emaisgr8! I'm sorry the scent put a damper on this one, but it sounds pretty nice otherwise!

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It was! @quspork 

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