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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: These are old reliables for sure @quspork

They're great to have around, @IndyQT317!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@quspork These definitely make your skin feel sooo soft and smooth! The avocado hand mask is my favorite! I just wish the effects lasted longer! 😃

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It would be nice if it did last longer, @Shosh85

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

C is for Candy


The masking sesh focused on honey milk (and candy, of course)! My first introduction to Candy O’Lady sheet masks was on last year’s masking thread (I’m pretty sure it was last year and not the year before that – we didn’t have a masking thread the year before last, did we? Hmm..). The packaging had a Halloween vibe with an illustration of a cake pop fashioned to resemble a witch and…was it you @Kim888 who found these at a magnificent store with walls of sheet masks?! The general consensus then was similar to what it is now – the packaging is so cute. Ooh, C can also be for cute cover. Smiley Wink Back to the mask, this Candy O’Lady Honey Milk Candy Mask (and the salt water taffy pictured) were gifts from the amazing @Shosh85 – thank you!! I paired it with the A’Pieu Honey Milk Lip Sleeping Mask and some delicious treats. The sheet mask has been a hit with a few folks here and you can add me to that list! Smiley Happy


Candy O' Lady

Mask Name

Honey Milk Candy Mask

Type of Mask


Material (if sheet mask)

Microfiber cotton, very thin

Essence / Serum

Clear, thin, watery liquid; mask felt drenched in it but it didn't drip everywhere

Extra Essence in pouch?

A little

Intended Purpose

Moisturizing, Nourishing and Energizing

Notable Ingredients

Niacinamide; honey extract; rosehip oil; milk protein extract; and ceramide. What a dream list of ingredients for those of us with dry or dehydrated skin. Smiley Wink

Adherence & Fit

Adherence was excellent. Adjustments to about half inch at chin and jawline; to the corners of eyes to keep mask from sitting atop my eye lid; and to the the corners of lips. The strip below the nose is also a tad too wide for me but that was an easy adjustment.


Honey … mmmm

Suggested Wear Time

10-20 minutes; I lost track of time and had it on for 40-45 minutes


After the adjustments, it felt like I wasn't wearing a sheet mask. LOVE this mask. A must have for those with dry or dehydrated skin. It's light enough to use in the warm months but there's so much essence in the mask that it would hold up well in the wintertime.


Definitely, even though I already have a box of these masks. lol Smiley Happy


this is a new love for me too @itsfi mmmmm Taffy 😍

this is a new love for me too @itsfi mmmmm Taffy 😍

Re: this is a new love for me too @itsfi mmmmm Taffy 😍

It's so good @lmaster!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi so this means I made a good decision buying this at Marshall’s since it’s a repurchase for you! Excited to try mine. 🤩

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This “flavor” is a nice one @ShortErica! 🍯 If you find it too moisturizing for your skin now, save the rest of the masks and give it another try during the colder months 🥶, which I know may not come that often where you live. ☀️ 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks for the heads up about it's moisturizing power @itsfi. I hope we have some cool times at least in December and January. That's when I go outside the most. Hahaha.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ooh, I have this candy o'lady mask!  Only one I've picked up.  Glad you like it. @itsfi @

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Excited to hear your thoughts on this one @l8totheparty! 🍯 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

That sounds heavenly, @itsfi

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

My skin loved it @quspork 💗 (and my tummy loved the edible treats! 😋). 😂

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  Oooh that mask looks fabulous! Love candy and honey. I'll need to see if tjmaxx is still selling these! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint, it’s worth taking a look; also I’ve noticed that sometimes masks (and other products) pop up again in the store at a later date. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Candy and honey are two of my most favorite themes! I'm so happy to hear this worked out so well for you! It's definitely getting a lot of love around here! I wasn't aware you already had a box of them though! Good thing you loved it 😉😊🍯🍬

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85, I love this mask - thank you sooo much! Smiley Happy I've been trying to convert my friends to the sheet mask life - hahaha! One of them is completely on board with sheet masks now (yes!!) saw the box at TJ Maxx or Marshalls and picked one up for herself and a few for some of her friends. lol! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi That's so great! I wish I could get people close to me to mask! My sister and niece mask sometimes, but it's just not the same - I ask how the mask was and all I get is, "it was nice." Haha! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ohhhh @Shosh85 @eshoe, I may have nudged (hopefully gently - ha!) my love of skincare and masking onto some folks in my life - friends, coworkers, former coworkers, etc. LOL! One of my favorite efforts has been with a former coworker - I started with her on sheet masks, then moved along to her daughter, then her mother-in-law and recently, I heard her husband and son get in on the action when they happen to all get together. Victory!!! Smiley Happy hahaha!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi @Shosh85 when I've given a handful of sheet masks to friends, it's usually their spouse that looks at me in skepticism, and asks if I sell them. No, no, no, I just need to make more room in my drawer at home for new ones Smiley Very Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Oh that's wonderful! Good for you for spreading the love! You don't hear about men masking too often, so I definitely consider that a victory! 😃🙌

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