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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. 


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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: Autumn Masks - Fall goodness in a mask 

Letter of the Week: “K”


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


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh @IndyQT317!! 😀 I’m a fan of the OH peel set in the orange box; I picked up this blue set at TJ Maxx and can’t wait to try it out! “Power Peel” just sounds so good! 👍🏼

Thank you @itsfi! Good to know the set is at TJ Max too.

Thank you @itsfi! Good to know the set is at TJ Max too. Hope you like it!!

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@IndyQT317 This masking looks like something I want to use soooo bad but my skin just runs the other direction 😂 Everything about it looks great, I might just need to try it sometime anyway! Loved the OH Walnut scrub, I bet the Almond has a very pleasant scent.

@eshoe the walnut scrub has the better scent, yet more gr...

@eshoe the walnut scrub has the better scent, yet more gritty than the almond. One thing that was not bright on my part is I plucked my eyebrows before starting the system 🤦🏾‍♀️. I didn't feel the sting until the second step. Note to self: plucking brows before a peel will sting. 😂

Re: @eshoe the walnut scrub has the better scent, yet more gr...

Ouch @IndyQT317!!! Peel-off masks are the enemy of eyebrows, the first one I used pulled some out😆 Yours sounds pretty painful, at least you learned and now I did too (though I don’t know if I’ll be brave enough for another peel-off mask anytime soon).


The Almond scrub sounds so good, thanks for the review!

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@IndyQT317 I remember enjoying this mask system, but needing to be careful with the physical exfoliator if memory serves.  But it did have such a nice effect on my skin.  Glad to hear another positive review as well!  The Bite lip mask is a staple for me too!  Such great products!

@missjeanie Thanks!

@missjeanie Thanks!

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I finally got to using the Creme Shop Hello Kitty Ready Set Glow sheet mask with 24K Gold!  I've been meaning to use this all week and for some reason just kept pushing it.  I thought the mask had a very light scent when I first opened it, but it dissipated so quickly that I couldn't place it.  The mask was a pretty good fit, just a smidge large at the temples, lots of slits to adjust the outer perimeter though. I left it on for about a half hour/40 minutes until it started to dry up a bit mostly on my nose and upper lip.  My skin looked nice and moisturized with a light glow to it afterwards.  I did feel the need to put on some moisturizer after about 10/15 minutes.  

I used the LP detox shampoo in my shower just before and I'll need to wait until my hair dries to write up that review on @eshoe 's gratis thread.  The DE Passioni went on about a half hour after I was done with the sheet mask.  No tingling or anything, but I did soak on a nice layer of Lala overtop!


these are great products @missjeanie love the hello Kitty 😍

these are great products @missjeanie love the hello Kitty 😍

Re: these are great products @missjeanie love the hello Kitty 😍

@lmaster This was the first hello kitty mask I've actually tried!  It was very cute!

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First of all I want to congratulate you on your gratis @missjeanie ! 🥳 How would you grade the Hello Kitty Ready Set Glow mask ? I’m curious about this mask 🧐 ! I’ve only tried the PTR gold mask and I really enjoyed it. @itsfi was so kind to have sent me another one, I didn’t go out this week so I’m keeping it for a really special occasion !

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The mask got bonus points from me for being cute.  But I think in terms of moisture/hydration it was lacking a bit on results.  Now I don't mean that this is a bad one in any way shape or form.  I've just tried other sheet masks that do a better job in my opinion.  Moisture is generally what I'm out to find from a sheet mask... and a fun experience.  The brightening effect was there for a short time, but once I went to put my night time skin care on about a half hour after I took it off I couldn't notice anything anymore.  I'd say for me this is a solid B+.  I probably wouldn't seek these out, but I'll happily use what I have.  If I run across anymore I'd still pick them up for all the ladies here who are super Hello Kitty fans of course! @keana1 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I also seek moisturizing and hydrating masks more often than other masks @missjeanie . I love masks that contain peptides also! ❤️❤️❤️ peptides! Almost everyone in this thread knows that I’m a peptide addict ! LOL 😂 

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@keana1 I haven't fully gotten on the peptide train just yet.  I did purchase the DE Peptide cream but I haven't really fallen in love with it just yet.... need a bit more time I think.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Take all the time you need @missjeanie ! My favorite morning cream is the DE Protini ! I just fell in love with it the second I applied it on my face! We all have different reactions to skincare products, my skin loves peptides but your skin might not be receptive to peptides. There are so many different ingredients available now that are great in skincare and also clean at the same time! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh how I 💗 that HK mask @missjeanie! I’ve only used it once and loved it, but then, I’m partial to HK😉 


Interested to see what you have to say about the Detox shampoo. I haven’t used it again but plan to this week; it is SO clarifying that I didn’t feel it necessary to use weekly, when I only add styling products to my hair 1-2x a week. My water is hard but the first use did such a job on my hair that any further cleaning might be too harsh.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

First Impression on the Detox shampoo is that I like it.  I was glad it didn't strip any colour out, at least not that I noticed, and my hair and scalp does feel clean.  I'm still trying to figure out how exactly to put it into words.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie So glad to hear you liked the Hello Kitty mask! It sounds nice! 👌 I have a pack of them I still haven't tried yet – was planning to try it for H week! 👍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

lol! I was struggling with G week so it needed to make an early appearance @Shosh85 for me!  I hope I get to see lots of cute little kitties next week from everyone though!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Love this mask, skincare and hair care combination @missjeanie! So many fabulous products! 💗 The Creme Shop x Hello Kitty sheet masks are really good! And cute too! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I loved the cute little drawings (figures? patterns?) on the mask @itsfi .  It felt like a good evening of masking!  I did a much longer shower with a body scrub and hair mask as well.  I feel accomplished in my beautifying tonight with some great products for me!

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