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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!

@missjeanie They really do make some great masks and the foil ones are probably the best ones I've tried! Glad to hear you loved it! 😃👍

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@Shosh85  Such a great mask! I have another pulled as a possibility this week too!

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@missjeanie Who is it from?! Dang you Sephora for removing the tag. The "ever so generous" could be lots of maskers.

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Dang it @ShortErica ... it was from @eshoe !!

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Gotta love an A+ mask, @missjeanie!

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Sounds divine @missjeanie. Glad it worked for you. 

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It's been a beautiful night of masking @divaknits . Would highly recommend both of these masks!

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I got quite off track at the end of last week/beginning of this week with both masking and posting.  Life got busy.

The team from Sara Happ reached out and asked if I'd like to try their Sweet Clay lip mask and I of course jumped at the chance.  I tried out the Dew Care Pure to the Pore with Volcanic Ash as well as the Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution after taking horrible care of my skin last weekend and needing some major hydration/moisture.

The SH lip mask was interesting.  Let me preface this by saying that I haven't used a large variety of lip masks.  I'm pretty limited to a couple jelly like lip shaped hydrogel ish masks, the Bite masks and the berry leneige.  I wasn't really prepared for the clay factor in this mask.  I put way too much on in my opinion and ended up with some in my mouth on my teeth.  It has the same consistency as a clay mask the doesn't dry down, so it felt a bit thick on my lips.  I left it on for about a half hour and then wiped off.  I'm not sure what this was meant to do, or if it did anything.  I've tried it another time since and put much less product on.  It felt a lot bette doing a thin layer, but I think this may be the type of mask that you need to do more frequently to get results.  I also don't have majorly dry lips to start off with.  First impressions are that I prefer the richer gel type masks that I can slather on for hydration, but I'm keeping an open mind.
The  I dew care pure to the pore cleansing. volcanism ash clay mask was a surprise love.  I tried the bubbling mask from this brand and found that it was great on the entertainment factor, but lacked results.  This mask was much more to my liking.  Despite being a clay mask this one had more of a gel like texture when applying and then dried down (not a hard dry down) to a clay like feeling.  I left it on for about a half hour and found that my pores did look much clearer after using so I'm going to say that it does cleanse nicely.  I'll likely get another 3 maybe 4 uses out of this size (10g) which I consider a good amount of uses for the size.  
The Dr. Jart was an attempt at recovering some scaly dry skin on my forehead.  I had a busy weekend and ended up spending the night at a friends unexpectedly.  I was left without any real skincare (get your act together Shawna... you should be with skincare at all times).  This was after a day wearing a ball cap, sweating, and working.  I think the ball cap rubbing on my forehead (I don't often wear them) combined with the night of no moisturizer let me extra dry.  I thought this mask might help, but honestly... I'm not sure it did much, and it certainly didn't do enough.  I did feel a light sting when I first put the mask on which I'm going to attribute to the alcohol content.  This did go away after a few seconds.  I wonder if my skin was just too far gone for this mask.  I ended up having to slather on some sleeping masks over my moisturizer and I think I'm just about back to a normal hydration level for me when I'm masking.  I've found the masking so often during the week is really helping to alleviate my dry skin. I'll use up the rest of these that I have, but I won't be purchasing again. 


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This was my first Dr. Jart+ mask, @missjeanie, and I was equally unimpressed. I expected a lot more with the 'hydra' in the title, silly me! Thankfully there are others from the brand I have enjoyed much more.



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Same @eshoe , I picked this one to use specifically expecting a good dose of hydration/moisture! 

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@missjeanie  I’m a big Dr Jart fan but none of the masks in this series have done much for me, either. I’m not repurchasing any of them, especially considering that I can get stellar results for $2 with a Missha mask. 

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Right @PinkEvergreen ! Too many better options to spend the $$ on mediocre. 

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@missjeanie Sorry the Dr. Jart mask was unimpressive - I've heard that about some of these before, so I haven't tried any yet. 

Now this one at least can stop tempting me ast Nordstrom Rack 😃😉

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@Shosh85 It wasn't bad, but I'm sure you could find two masks for the price of these ones that would work out better for you.  I'm glad I tried it since I do love the brand, but I'm good now. lol

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@missjeanie, too bad the Dr. Jart didn't give you the hydration you were looking for. One of my favorite masks from him and I discovered it thanks to the wonderful  @yankeefaithful is the DR. JART+ - Sheet Masks - Water Replenishing- it's really good. Smiley Happy

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I have a few others from the brand to try out, I'll have to see if this is one of them @itsfi .  I do love most of their products so I was surprised to not love this one.  Ya know... it's probably just safer that I put the Water Replenishing on my loves list now in case I forget to check.   

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@missjeanie, the other Dr. Jart mask I like is the V7 Toning mask. Not sure why it has toning in it (the V7 makes sense as it contains 7 vitamins) - I find that mask to be excellent for brightening! Smiley Happy

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Loved as of 7 seconds ago @itsfi !  I'll take all the vitamins I can get lol

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@missjeanie, I mean, the V7 mask isn't as tasty as vitamin gummies, but it sure does add some radiance to the skin. Smiley Wink

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That lip mask does sound interesting @missjeanie. Clay on the lips would make me think of a scrub more than a mask. 🤔

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I'm with ya there @divaknits , no scrubbies in this guy though.  Though now I'm wondering if I could DIY some brown sugar into it!

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