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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 inner 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: Drugstore & Grocery Brands

Letter of the Week: “H”


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


2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

So, life got in the way & I haven't been really masking 😒but I did last night & tonight. stock pic, already in bed, used this last night. maybe discontinued? but I like it alot. treated some spots that were being a pain.And tonight for "h" week. Hello ganic_ grain mask. First time using, Fit? ok, lil wide on the nose Smell? reminded me alot of baby powder in the package but smell faint with mask on Consistency? serum is almost water like Ease of use? serum soaks in almost immediately but does leave a residue, not tacky or sticky, leaves your face feeling almost matte -weird to explain Would I  purchase/try again? yes, as long as I don't have any negative results. I did buy different kinds of this. overall, a good experience so far.☺

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@sonnydee It seems everyone has been liking those sheet masks! This one sounds great - Let's hope you have no negative effects! 

nice to hear @Shosh85 I think I remember @lmaster trying...

nice to hear @Shosh85 I think I remember @lmaster trying these out but admit I haven't been up to date on anyone else's opinion unfortunately😬😣

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Was able to get some masking in the other day. Started with a fave of mine OleHenriksen Walnut scrub. My face felt nice and cleansed after using this. Then went in for the Hey,lo Tomato mask. I've used the cauliflower one from this line before and loved it. The lovely @eshoe sent me this one and I love it too. The fit wasn't great. It was too small but the eye holes were not bad. Had plenty of serum, rubbed the excess on my arms and neck.
It is supposed to replenish moisture and revive the skin. I loved the way my face looked and felt after. It looked a little brighter and felt moisturized. Didn't remember to put moisturizer on at night after so I guess it didn't really need it. Definitely want to try the rest from this line.


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@GalPalVal17 I have that sheet mask and the tomato on it made me unmotivated to try it 😂 It sounds like it turned out great! 😃🍅

I am definitely getting into more vegetable masks @GalPaV...

I am definitely getting into more vegetable masks @GalPaVal17 they do have some excellent results

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LOVE that walnut scrub, it has the most delicious scent @GalPalVal17! The Hey, lo! has a broccoli one I want to try, too. At some point Smiley Wink

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Some grocery store and drugstore masking last night - @lmaster I see that we were masking twins, haven't read your review yet Smiley Wink

WholeApples.jpgChapstick, Whole Foods & Garnier



I've used the Garnier Fructis Color Vibrancy Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask with Goji Extract a couple of times now, most recently last night. I haven't colored my hair in years. It used to be an aubergine/purple and I loved it, but now I'm pretty low-key and it would just be too much work. So I cannot testify to the color vibrancy aspect, but for a one minute mask, am pretty pleased with it. The scent reminds me of berries, like Starburst candy or berry Skittles. After rinsing it out last night, I let my hair air dry without any added oils/spray leave-in conditioners. My daughter randomly told me my hair looked "SO shiny!" For the price, ease of use, ingredients, and scent (yum!) it's an A+!


The Chapstick Total Hydration in Sweet Peach is ok; it works but won't be a repurchase. I expected it to be a bit more nourishing/longer lasting, but I find myself reapplying it frequently and it tends to break off at the edges. A B+.

Finally - the Whole Foods Cotton Cupra Mask Brightening Apple. I have enjoyed using every other WF mask I've tried, so I had high expectations for this one.


I was pulling for a fresh, bright apple scent and was welcomed with more of an all-purpose cleaner one. It wasn't overbearing, but I didn't care for it. The mask itself fit perfectly and adhered well. The results were beautiful - nice, plumped skin, although I didn't see any visible brightening. I wouldn't use this mask again due to the scent, and the fact that there are so many other better Whole Foods masks. With a different essence it would definitely be an A+, but as it is, a B+.


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@eshoe Looking at the title of the mask I would've hoped it brightened and smelled like apples - too bad it did neither of those. Sounds like it turned out nice despite that! 😉

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@eshoe I smelled differently again 😆 I could smell a hint of what you are referring to, but I did smell like a combo of fruits

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I will have to try it again at some point @lmaster 🤷🏻‍♀️ Obviously my sense of scent is a bit bewildered at the moment!

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@eshoe @lmaster  with your combined reviews, it seems like a pretty good mask overall. One to try out. Too bad it didnt smell like Apples, that would have put it over Smiley Happy

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@GalPalVal17 it was a great mask,,I sure wished it did smell like apples tho!! 

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I would say it’s on the higher end of average, @GalPalVal17 - but there’re are so many great filler masks out there you know?

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

grocery store whole foods mask thanks so much @itsfi 😘 this one is a cotton cupra brightening Apple mask. thin- medium thickness saturated with serum, a little but of extra in the pouch, the scent wasn't Apple that I immediately noticed, but more of a blend of fruits. fit was pretty good, just had some squishing around my mouth area, but otherwise it stayed on nicely! wear time was 25 minutes, after removal my skin was brighter and moisturized and a bit more hydrated than before I applied the mask, tackiness didn't last act longer than about ten minutes. I love the whole foods line and will continue to seek them out

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@lmaster Not surprised it's another win from Whole Foods! This sounds wonderful - so happy you've been loving these! 😃

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@Shosh85 thankfully @eshoe and I had a difference if opinion on the scent,,, times like this I'm glad my scent can be off 🤣

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@lmaster I think based on the Glow Loudey my sense of smell is the one in question @lmaster 😂

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@eshoe you never know, remember anything could of happened, yours might have more a of a certain ingredient added

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That scent was not apple for sure, @lmaster - happy to hear you had pleasant results with this one!

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