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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!

The scent on the Sweet Chef was unexpected yet, quite welcome @faeriegirl .  I'm not always crazy about herbal scents but this one was great!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie I'm glad you liked the Kale mask! The fit was definitely bad on this one, but I do remember the results being pretty great! I've been curious about those serums too – too bad there wasn't a way to sample it first. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

If the other masks from this line are just as great, I might pick one up next time I find my way to a target @Shosh85 !

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Had to take a break from the fruits and throw a veggie into the mix 😉🥕4EE53C6E-D045-4D7F-B976-1187CEFBB478.jpeg


The Saem Natural-Tox Carrot Sheet Mask

This is a cotton sheet mask they describe as, "soft embossed," which looks sort of like a thicker or padded type of mesh or gauze. It was saturated with plenty of serum that had a very pleasant and light clean and fresh scent – I was a little worried it'd smell like carrots and wasn't too sure how much I'd enjoy that! Haha! It had a pretty good fit, a little bit too big around the forehead area and just a little long at the chin. The mask was comfortable and adhered very well the 35 minutes I had it on. When I removed it, my face felt refreshed and looked noticeably brighter. The serum that was leftover was just slightly tacky, but it didn't take long for that to absorb and my face was left feeling soft and smooth and hydrated. This is one I'd use again, but probably not repurchase – and that's really only because I like the Apple and Grape ones better 😉




the grape one @Shosh85 I'll have to look into those. I've...

the grape one @Shosh85 I'll have to look into those. I've used the Apple in the past but not the grape. sorry the carrots weren't as appealing

Re: the grape one @Shosh85 I'll have to look into those. I've...

@lmaster The carrot one probably has just about as great as results as the fruit ones did, but because of their scents they had the wow factor. 😉

Re: the grape one @Shosh85 I'll have to look into those. I've...

I'm with you there @Shosh85 I love a great scent!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Gotta get in your veggies, right @Shosh85?!! I think I'd like the apple and grape one over this one as well, but it sounds like the carrot mask had some good results too! Smiley Happy Love the packaging on these masks; these are definitely on my list of masks to try ... after I work my way through the stash I already have!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi I think you'd like these! Definitely start with the apple and grape ones - I just love the scent on those! 😃

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85, I was thinking the opposite - start with the carrot one so apple and grape come in to wow me at the end! Smiley Happy 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  Good thinking! 😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The packaging is so cute @Shosh85 this makes me think of carrot cake 😁

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@annahoang Oh yum! I've never liked carrot cake up until recently - it finally grew on me. 😉 You would never expect it, but being on this thread will make you hungry! Haha! 😂 You'll find we talk about food often! 😃😆

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This line of masks all sound pretty great @Shosh85 , but I could see how grape would be a favourite!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie The whole line has been fantastic! The apple and grape ones just have a little something extra with the yummy scents. 😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It sounds pretty good @Shosh85!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@faeriegirl It was! Especially because it didn't smell like carrots! 😂🥕

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I posted this in the deals thread, but thought this would be a good place for it too. 😉 Sheet masks are only $2 at Victoria's Secret! The employee there wasn't sure how long this deal will last, but it's most likely just for the weekend.55F0036C-250C-4CD0-96CD-576FC5674C4F.jpeg


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Noooooo now the actual threads are being targeted by spam 😭😭



Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@cianni That totally sucks! I've seen these too, but the one I saw was very inappropriate. 😠

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Happy Friday, fellow maskers! Smiley Happy For me, last night's masking was about these greats, with my daily dose of veggies coming in the form of YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Skin Reset Antioxidant Mask (not to worry, I had actual veggies at lunch and dinner too!) ; )


KATE SOMERVILLE - Liquid ExfoliKate® Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment

has been such a great treat for my skin. I received it first as a gratis from Sephora and have picked up a couple mini's to keep and gift when they were available as promos. It's one I could use everyday if I wanted to, but I tend to rotate my exfoliants and use a few times per week. Every once in a while, I will reach for this one on consecutive nights to get in a good exfoliating treatment.


Youth to the People Superfood Skin Reset Antioxidant Mask is a nice clay mask that I use all over my face. I don’t leave it on for too long, to avoid it drying completely and I have learned from the boards that it’s best to remove it in the shower – less stained wash cloths for me. Smiley Wink My skin looks and feels clear, smooth, soft and fresh. Followed that up with a new discovery this year, the Klavuu Nourishing Care Lip Sleeping Pack – I’m so happy this came in the sampler set I picked up earlier this year. I’ll pick up a full size at some point, maybe after I’ve worked my way through my stash my upcoming summer mask low buy. Have a great weekend everyone!! Smiley Happy 

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