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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!

@annahoang even if you mask once a month, we’d love to hear about it😄 it’s always fun to have a fresh perspective, and we all learn from each other in the process!

@annahoang Im not one to mask everyday. I go by what my s...

@annahoang Im not one to mask everyday. I go by what my skin needs/issues so I *usually* mask about 3 x week. I have oily & picky skin so I have to be careful not to overdue it. I also prefer mud masks over sheet masks. This mask set is a step out of my comfort zone, & its special because it says to do in a row. I recently have gotten out of the habit to mask even 3 x week so I'm actually using this to shake up my system. And it's been a lil rough-cause I get bored easy but also interesting to find out what they smell like each night....😉 dont be afraid to post just because you mask only once a week even. All the ladies on this thread are super sweet & welcoming! 🤗 happy masking!

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@sonnydee I was rooting for this one! It sounds like it turned out great! 😃

I typically enjoy green tea masks too! @Shosh85 all the m...

I typically enjoy green tea masks too! @Shosh85 all the masks have given good results so only complaints have been with the fit in some....🤔

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I started off with the Farmskin superfood salad for skin avocado mask. It was a really thin sheet mask drenched in serum. The scent was hard to describe but it was nice. It says to leave on for 15 to 20 minutes but I left it on for 30 and there was still plenty of serum to massage in. It was slightly tacky at first but it absorbed nicely and my face felt soft and hydrated. While I did like it it’s probably not one I would repurchase but I would use it again. Then I used 2 of my new favorite products the lanolips strawberry ointment and MegRhythm yuzu steam eye mask.

those eye masks are the best @faeriegirl sorry to hear th...

those eye masks are the best @faeriegirl sorry to hear the avacado wasn't impressive

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I really need to pick up one of those Lanolips @faeriegirl. This thread has been great for learning about new balmsSmiley Wink

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@eshoe I got the strawberry and the lemonaid and I love them both😊

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Oooh now I’d like to try that lemonade balm with the Sara Happ lip scrub @faeriegirl! Need to work that in next week somehow🤔

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I am going to have to try this combo out @faeriegirl; I am pretty sure I have all of these goodies. Love the lip ointment and the steam eye masks. Smiley Happy

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@faeriegirl the steam eye mask looks so interesting!! The ointment sounds great, too. This thread is so enabling! 

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@annahoang It definitely is enabling😂 My mask and lip balm stash has grown a lot seeing all the great reviews on here!

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@faeriegirl The Farmskin masks are sounding pretty decent! Glad you liked this one! 🥑

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Thursday night Masking Fun!

I started off with a quick Sand & Sky mild exfoliation to help ease some dry skin away.  I'm really enjoying this product the more I use it.  Will for sure be getting a full size.  The gentleness of the 'sand' is key, I feel like I've gotten to scrub without any harshness. 
In shower I used the Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo, which isn't really a mask.... but I was inspired to use it again after seeing  's thread on gratis updates.  I've used this a few times, and I do like it, but I'm not sold on needing it.  I find that I need quite a bit of product to get my entire head done.  After the shampoo, my hair feels like straw, If you've ever dyed your hair a lighter colour and know that super dry bleached out feeling, this is it, times 10.  I put a hair mask on in lieu of conditioner, the Too Cool For School Egg Remedy Hair Pack (forgot it in the shower for the pic).  I really like this hair mask and it transformed my straw hair into smooth, silky strands.  Today I found that my hair got a bit oily earlier in the day than it usually does.  I'm thinking this is from overcompensating for getting my scalp scrubbed extra clean. 
I finally decided that I needed to use the Sweet Chef Kale mask.  I saw all the reviews about the bad fit, but I still needed to try these masks out for myself.  The first thing I noticed was the scent when I opened it up.  It was herbal, and I really enjoyed it!  It had a nice milky serum, and the mask was perfectly saturated.  The material was soft and the fit was crazy off, as expected.  It was too long both in the forehead and chin.  I trimmed these areas and put them on the sides of my face that weren't quite covered. I left the mask on for about 35 minutes and could have gotten away with 40.  My skin felt fantastic as I was massaging the serum left on my face in.  It felt, soft, hydrated, and super healthy.  No tackiness with this serum.  I really, really, enjoyed the fabric and serum on this one.  It's so sad that the fit is so off.  Truth be told, I might buy this one again, even with the horrible fit.  Has anyone tried the serums from Sweet Chef?  Do they compare to the masks?  The mask formula has me thinking I might need to try the serums!


yeah I'm not thrilled with that straw like feeling @missj...

yeah I'm not thrilled with that straw like feeling @missjeanie love the sand and sky scent ❤️ the kale mask, sounds excellent

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I'm super excited to try more Sand & Sky now @lmaster .  I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who gets that 'straw' feeling with the LP too... First time I used it I almost panicked in the shower thinking I'd somehow ruined my hair!  And yes, the kale was sooo nice.  Just such a no on the fit. I'm thinking I might be able to overlook it/work around though?

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@missjeanie I’m so glad this mask gave you some good results. I was not a fan, though don’t remember the results because I was so annoyed by the fit. 


Nice description on the LP! I’m still using mine every other week or so. I’m always amused by how straw-like my hair feels after using it, too. And surprised that it goes back to normal after deep conditioning!

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The fit really was awful @eshoe .  I'm crossing my fingers that the serum is similar to the one on the mask and I could just avoid the mask part of this one going forward.

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@missjeanie if the serum is the same, it might be more economical to buy a few sheet masks and squeeze out the serum onto one of those DIY masksSmiley Wink

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There was a decent amount of serum in the masks... you might be onto something @eshoe !

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@missjeanie, the Sand & Sky has been a hit with others on here; it's on my list. If you end up picking up one of the Sweet Chef serums, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on them. I don't need more serums but they just sound so good! Smiley Happy

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