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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:



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So delicious! 💕💕💕 @byme4u 

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That mask sounds great @sister13! Happy Sunday❤️

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Thanks @faeriegirl! 💛💛💛

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Yesterdays M masks were the Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel and the Bliss Mighty Marshmallow!

I started off the day with the Bliss Marshmallow mask and accidently left it on for over an hour.... opps.  I honestly forgot I had it on.  I'm not sold on this giving me any amazing results, but I still feel like I got to do some masking, my face felt refreshed after I showered it off and I 'might' have looked a bit brighter for it.  Either way I'm glad to have this mask.  I like the texture of it and if i looked a little brighter/more radiant, I'm all for it. I might need to check out the other masks in this line next time I'm to a target.

The Murad mask was one that I had super high hopes for.  The clinicalness of the package made me think I was going to get a major peel.  I think my expectations were unnaturally high.  The giant cotton swab soaked in the peel actually smelled really nice in my opinion, a little sweet.  I rubbed as much of the liquid as I could over my face, I felt no tingling at all so I waited a few minutes to put the moisture infusion mask on.  Still no tingling.  The mask fit well, though the eye holes could have been a touch bigger.  I went to lay down after putting this on and ended up leaving it on for about 45 minutes.  There was a thin layer of serum left to massage in and my skin did feel very hydrated at this point.  Since I was in bed I just put some DE lala over this and went to sleep.  My skin this morning was very nicely hydrated so no complaints there.  As far as looking as though I'd just had a peel... well... my fine lines didn't look too bad this morning, and my texture didn't look bad either.  I'm sure this would work better with continued use on texture and fine lines, but I can't complain today either.  I still have four of these left and I'll gladly use them up.  I feel like my skin did get some exfoliation, but it was also extremely gentle.  The peel probably could have been stronger for my tastes, but the hydrating sheet mask was very nice and they should consider selling just the sheet mask for us dry skinned folks! I had been 'saving' this mask to use on a day where I knew I could do some damage control after if need be and now I'm glad to know that I can use it anytime.


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I feel the same as you on the Marshmallow mask @missjeanie; sometimes it's just nice to get some masking in! Interesting about the Murad; I didn't realize there was actually a sheet mask included with it. Doesn't sound bad, but not something I'd run out and buy. Maybe Smiley Very Happy

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@eshoeI'd say that if you happened across them at a reasonable price (TJ's etc), it would be a solid choice to pick up.  But I wouldn't be putting in online orders at full price by any means.

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Good to know @missjeanie. I did see the Murad at my store recently but passed due to the retinol I’m still using.

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@eshoe How have you been doing with the DE Passioni? I kinda gave up after forgetting to take it traveling for a week last month.  I sort of decided to take a bit of a break from trying and maybe get back into it next month.

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@missjeanie I took a break from it for a week as well, just got started again this week. So I don't put it on my temples at all anymore, because it caused tenderness even after diluting (still doing about 50/50 with the La La). So the texture bit concerned me, but I chalked it up to some sort of 'purging' process, or the skin looking worse before getting better. It did get slightly better, from far, if that makes sense. My skin also started looking shinier than normal - which I read can happen. I felt like while my skin looked taut/more smoothed from a distance, up close, it actually seemed to add texture. 


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I hear you @eshoe I think that my texture was getting a bit worse, so I want to take a bit of a break to see if it was one off or not as well.  Good luck with starting back again!

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@naturalooks15 wondering if you have noticed increased texture as well over the long-term, like @missjeanie and I🤔

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@eshoe @missjeanie  I have not noticed increased texture. Rather the opposite (some unexplained bumps disappeared). 

@eshoe To you point I will check if I see increased texture up close but from far my skin is radiant. Though I am continuing with 3-4 days gap and not increasing frequency.


I also added squalane oil to my routine and liking it. Will report back when I have bit more time on hand. 

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Thank you @naturalooks15. I’ve set it aside for awhile to see if my skin returns to normal. Will keep checking in though @missjeanie 

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@eshoe @When you say texture? Do you mean bigger pores/pores becoming more prominent & visible? Or is it wired growth. 

Asking because I had that kind of reaction to Sunday Riley Good Genes (pores started looking so big like I was looking at 5X mirror when I was just looking at my plain mirror). After 4th night I was very concerned and just stopped it.

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At first my pores did appear somewhat smaller @naturalooks15. But as I continued using it, while my pores themselves seemed smaller, it looked like the skin around them was becoming raised. So it was definitely not smoothing my skin. It was most noticeable on my forehead. I’ve taken a break from it for awhile to see if my skin returns to normal.

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@naturalooks15 @eshoe  for me it was more growths than my pores.  My dermatologist told me at one point what they're called, they can look a bit like a tiny pimple, but they're clogged pores I believe.  She did tell me that a retinol (or retinoid, I never remember which is which) should help with them and I was on a prescription strength creme.  When I got the DE AP I stopped using my prescription and started using the DE.  I set aside the DE AP like eshoe and am giving it a few weeks using only my DE TLC as an active at night.  I haven't seen a ton of improvement this way, but I haven't seen anything new pop up either.  I'll give it a few more weeks then start up slowly again.  I may have been too aggressive with using the AP too often? 

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@missjeanie, I have a box of the Murad from a TJ Maxx run a few months back; I like the results you got from it (hello hydration!) and look forward to trying it out to see how it fares with continual use. 

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@itsfithe amount of hydration from the sheet mask portion was certainly unexpected and welcome!  Even without feeling as though I got a major peel in, its still a winner for the hydration alone.  I hope you end up liking them, I'll look forward to seeing your review as well!

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Ohhh, that sounds wonderful @missjeanie! I don’t know if my skin has ever gotten too much hydration! 💦😂

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@missjeanie I agree with you on the Bliss – not sure if it has any amazing results, but the fun texture feels nice and gives you a nice refreshed feeling! There are so many other masks from this line to choose from, it's so hard to decide which to buy next, they all sound good!

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Yes, exactly this @Shosh85 !  For the price per use, I don't mind that it's not making me look like a supermodel, I think there was a mint one that I might like next!

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