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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: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

With morning masking the tack is almost better cause you can skip the primer and go straight in with your foundation.  

I really enjoy mud masks but they are a commitment.  You’ve gotta open them and spread that all over you face and then you wait hoping no one needs you for anything.  And if someone comes to the door you can’t just whip it off, you’re answering that door as a swamp monster.  @eshoe 

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Hmmm I guess I’ve never thought of the tackiness as a good primer, @heartsmyface - I’m going to have to try that with a known tacky-mask!


We also have unexpected company frequently (family) and now they just expect that if it’s night, I’m probably going to look weird when I answer the door🙄

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@heartsmyface Too bad about the tackiness! A lot of people here have mentioned placing moisturizer on top to help get rid of the tackiness. I feel like it helps most of the time, but sometimes it still doesn't get rid of it. Have you tried that before? 

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I hadn’t heard of that but it makes sense that the moisturizer would dilute the residue so I’ll try that next time.  ThanksSmiley Happy@Shosh85 

My skin is feeling particularily nice right now even after washing it off but that may be that it’s liking all the peel off masks lately.  I’ve been quite lazy and sticking to sheet masks for the most part for last year or so.  Lazy isn’t quite the word is it...time restricted is more like it.  

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@heartsmyface I definitely know what you mean about having a "time restriction!" I think that's why I usually try and avoid mix-it-yourself masks or multiple step masks – it just takes more time than just slapping on a sheet mask. They are kinda fun though, if you do have the time for it! 😄

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Ugh I can’t seem to edit.  Obviously I meant mixed 

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

And tonights mask VS Glow Getter. I cant place the scent on this one but I'm not a big tea person. The fit was almost perfect for me. I did have to overlap the cuts on the cheeks though. Plenty of serum. I left this one for about 40 min, was able to paint my toenails without fear of it falling off. I finally took it off but it still was pretty wet on the lower part of my face. After I removed it, I was ready to apply my moisturizer within 5 soaked in really quick. It was a tad sticky when I touched my face though. My skin did feel soft & smooth when I rubbed my moisturizer on it. Pretty good experience but VS rarely keeps the same mask for more than a season so should I even grade these? 🤔side note: I took back all my esfolio masks & this is what I got while I was there. Not bad finds, more acrylic storage & was eyeing that set at ulta since I tried 2 of the masks already. happy to pay $6.99 for it😁😍

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Nice haul @sonnydee 

oh no @sonnydee I'm keeping my vs masks you gifted me saf...

oh no @sonnydee I'm keeping my vs masks you gifted me safe for awhile 😂 I really want to use one, maybe later on for the V week.

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It’s kinda funny to me that there’s a ‘Go-Getter’ mask @sonnydee. Glad you were able to return those masks, and able to pick up something more useful! ETA: Wow I guess I read it wrong, Glow Getter not Go Getter Smiley Very Happy

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@sonnydee Glad you could return your esfolio masks without any issue! Acrylics are always useful.

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Sounds like you got some good results with the VS mask @sonnydee! Happy to hear you were able to return the esfolio mask - you found some great things for them! Nice score on the Soap & Glory set!! Smiley Happy

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sounds like a pretty good mask @sonnydee  - I love when you can do other things while wearing the sheet mask!

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@sonnydee Sounds like a decent mask! VS is like B&BW in that way – their masks get changed up every season! It kinda makes me not want to try them! 

Im happy to see you were able to return your masks! Looks like you got some great things to replace them!! 🙌

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They have kept the hydrogels-lavender,rose, tea i do have those & liked the serum, liked the results but its chunky. So, I'm hoping they improved them. The fit was good on this one so even if they replace their masks every season like shoes-i hope they kept the fit the same😍😁 @Shosh85 

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So last night I broke into the Consonant DHE mask.  This was the mask that was included in my gratis box from Sephora.  Since the letter G is a consonant and so is my mask... it fits!

I've never heard anything about this mask before yesterday and honestly have barely even heard of Consonant.  I did just do a clay mask the night before so I wasn't really needing one... but I did need to use a new mask right away.  As soon as I started to put this onto my masking brush I could smell it.  At first I thought it was almost a sulfur smell, but not as strong, but then I started to think about Jaagermeister, or cough syrup.  Its a very herbalish scent, but I wasn't mad at it, the more I smelled it, the more I liked it.  This mask has a thinner consistency than other mud masks I've used and so I applied a thin layer.  There was a bit of a minty, cooling feeling, and at one point I thought i could feel major tingles/pinpricks on my cheek, but it went away after about 30 seconds of me panicking that i was about to have an allergic reaction.  I left the mask on for the recommended 30 mintues and it did dry down, but didn't feel tight.  I washed off in the shower using only my hands.  My skin felt nice after the mask, not tight, but not hydrated.  My pores did look great.  I didn't read any of the other reviews or write ups about this mask until after I'd used it to avoid having any preconceived notions. I'm going to try using this again next week, but I'm thinking that just like other mud type masks, I'll see more benefits in the summer months. 

Has anyone else tried this mask?  Thoughts?



sounds decent @missjeanie I'd like to know how it does in...

sounds decent @missjeanie I'd like to know how it does in the summer as well

Re: sounds decent @missjeanie I'd like to know how it does in...

Me too @lmaster I think my skin is just so dry and dehydrated right now that this isn't moisturizing enough for me.  In the summer where I'm more combination it will likely be more beneficial. 

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@missjeanie @eshoe @itsfi and for anyone else interested - I have used a handcream by Consonant before that I purchased here on recommendation from my eye doctor (she’s constantly using anti-bac on her hands which makes them SUPER dry). She swore by the stuff so I picked it up. It’s great! And totally unscented for anyone who is sensitive to scents or needs to use a lot of moisturizer and doesn’t want an aggressive scent all the time (not sure about you guys but too much of any scent causes headaches)

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I feel like I use hand cream mostly at work so scent free is a wonderful thing! @cianni thanks for the heads up!

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Thank you very much for the tip on the hand cream, @cianni 😉

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