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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: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17 @veronika23

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 GLOW
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: Lip, Hand and Foot masks to help that summer skin

Letter of the Week: “C”


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


Mask Meetup Info:

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.
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August: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17!          


Re: hyaluronic acid is my favorite right now @itsfi sounds gr...

Hyaluronic acid is so great for dehydrated skin @lmaster. 💗💕 I remember the change (for the better) in my skin when I started using a hyaluronic acid serum. It’s just sooo good! 😃

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  I’ve been loving the more thin masks, so comfortable to wear! Sounds like this was a great one for you, and a great night when paired with two staple products for you! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It was a good masking night all around @missjeanie, I prefer thinner sheet masks - they conform nicely to the contours of the face and adhere better.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I’m thinking I will need to try that PTR soon, @itsfi. Both you and @keana1 give it such high marks I think it’s definitely worth a go. 


That totally cracks me up. “ID.AZ. I design small face, A to Z.” My daughter said to me before bed tonight “G.N.S.D.” Apparently I need to get in the acronym mindset😄

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The PTR FirmX peeling gel is definitely one to try, @eshoe! If you can find a mini or DS of it, that's probably the way to go. I first learned about how great a product it is from @SAlyFitz's posts. I was happy to hear @keana1 is a fan too! Smiley Happy  Ohhh, so many acronyms! So glad there's google. LOL! Smiley Wink

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Yes, a DS is in order, have heard only good things about that, @itsfi and thank you @Shosh85 for the Target tip Smiley Wink

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@itsfi Another brand I have never heard of – it sounds so great! Do you remember where you got this one?


I saw that Target sells PTR products... (btw, when did that happen?) and the Firm X is about $16 cheaper than Sephora. I'm thinking of picking it up soon! I don't think I've heard anything negative about it! 👍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85 Thanks for the tip on Target and PTR. I'm noticing that more drugstores are carrying these brands. I didnt realize that CVS carries GlamGlow, PTR, lots of sheet masks... 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@GalPalVal17 I've noticed CVS is carrying a lot more of those brands too! I was surprised Target is carrying brands like that ... and at a cheaper price! 👍😉

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@Shosh85 TARGET HAS?????? 

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@cianni Yeah, I was super surprised! Glad I'm not the only one who didn't know about it. 😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85, I picked up the ID.AZ mask at glowrecipe dot com - they also carry the brand’s brightening mask that looks real good. That will be included in my next order from that site. 


Target is selling PTR?!! Wow!! 😲🤩 With all the new skincare and sheet mask brands Target is stocking, I’m going to have to allocate more time for my Target trips! Hahaha! 😂🤣😂

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@itsfi I just went to Target yesterday and did a double take when I saw PTR – "wait a second, where am I?" Haha 😂 It looks like my red card will be getting some serious usage soon 😉 

Sounds like an excellent masking night @itsfi

Sounds like an excellent masking night @itsfi

Re: Sounds like an excellent masking night @itsfi

It was a good masking night @IndyQT317, with a newfound sheet mask that I love! 💕

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Heads up for next week, March 8th is International Women's Day, and since we are celebrating female owned brands, I'm going to post a list in the OP tomorrow for some ideas. Please PM or post with additions so I can make a good list for everyone Smiley Happy


Some masking last night:

mask1.jpgMimiang, Hurraw!, I Dew Care & Fresh

Double cleanse and moved right into the I Dew Care Berry Bubbly Purifying Mask. @sonnydee’s description had me curious and I kept forgetting I had this in my stash so it was good timing. The scent is interesting; nothing fresh or berry-like, more of a chemically-enhanced Crispr berry scent, ha! It went on smoothly, like a gel that morphed into  a foamy mousse and slightly bubbled, though not aggressively so. I left it on for maybe 10 minutes, was an easy rinse and I’m totally confused by the description but satisfied with the results. This was more bliss Triple Oxygen Facial/belif Bubbling Pore Cleanser than clay mask. I would rate this a B only because the bliss is so similar, smells better, and per use would cost so much less. Skin was soft and ready for the Mimiang Spring Flower Honey Mask.

Great artificial honey scent, pleasant but obviously not the real thing. Fit was good, made a couple of snips near the bottom corners of my eyes to pull the mask down a bit away from the tear ducts. A bit of extra clear, watery serum to pat onto my forehead while I forgot about it for 20 minutes (I always set the time for masks that don’t fit well or the scent seems off). I removed it afterwards and within 15 minutes my skin was only slightly tacky. A B- for this  due to the scent and tackiness.

Finally I added the the FRESH - Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer (thank you @keana1!) which has a very soft, pleasant rose scent that fades pretty quickly. I was going to add an oil but I have a couple of breakouts from the Agent Nateur (it happened every time I used it, so it’s definitely a no-go for me), so I just let my skin rest with the Fresh.

@eshoe absolutely love the fresh rose line 😍

@eshoe absolutely love the fresh rose line 😍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Looks like some great masks @eshoe , even if you forgot one lol!  Thanks so much for posting some womens owned brands... I was trying to google this last week for a hot minute and wasn't coming up with much info, women or otherwise. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I posted some in the OP tonight @missjeanie, I know there are more let me know if you think of any.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hahaha @eshoe, I’m constantly forgetting my eye gels too! 😂🤣😂 I’ve taken to leaving myself a post-it note on my bathroom mirror. 😝 I spy a Hurraw! lip balm. 💖 Any favorite flavors?

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I still want to try the Earl Tea @itsfi. I’ve been patiently waiting for a mini-Mahalo (wouldn’t a gift set be great?) before ordering again. Seems I stocked up on balms of one-sort-or-another and don’t want to order again until then😊

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