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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: love love the scent of the thirsty mud ❤️ both are great...

It smells amazing 🥥🍍 @lmaster !

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Ooooh I've only tried a foil of the Thirsty Mud @keana1, but are seriously making me want to try more! Thanks for the reviews, and the reminder that it has such a great scent😉

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You’re welcome @eshoe ! Maybe you can try the smallest jar of the Thirstymud first before opting for a bigger size jar or tube since everybody’s skin reacts differently to masks and skincare? 

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@keana1 These are a couple of favorites of mine! So glad you like them too! I love using the SuperMud as a spot treatment – it works so well! The ThirstyMud is one I've repurchased several times because it just feels so great on my dry skin – and the delicious scent is a major plus too! 😃👍🥥

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This my second jar of the Thirstymud @Shosh85 ! The smell is so great, every time I use it, I feel like I’m at a beach somewhere! 🏝🏖🏄‍♀️

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Love these skincare choices @keana1! 💗 I’m using the ThirstyMud this morning as a moisturizer. Love the scent when I open the jar, and it’s so hydrating too! 

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Thanks @itsfi ! ❤️ the Thirstymud ! 

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oh my gosh @keana1 I'm so jealous!  I wanted to love that Glam Glow Hydrating Treatment soooo much.  The scent of it was just amazing!  Unfortunately it broke me out in hives.  That scent though... mmmmmmmm

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I’m sorry that your skin disagreed with this mask @missjeanie ! Did you try it as a rinse off mask or as an overnight mask ?

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Originally I tried it as an overnight mask.  After the first reaction I set it aside.  Then a few months later I tried it as a rinse off.  still a no go for my skin.  I was so in love with the scent too! lol

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Sorry it didn’t work out as a rinse off mask either @missjeanie ! 

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@keana1 that's ok.  Not all skincare is going to work for everyone.  I just loved that scent so much!  I'd love it as a fragrance!

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I agree with you, it would be a lovely fragrance @missjeanie !

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For Friday, "G" was about green tea masks.



With the green tea masks, the boscia and the Milk masks, I decided to do side-by-side masks to compare the results of both. Both claim to reduce redness, detoxify and absorb excess oil. I tend to use these types of masks as an all over mask during the spring-summer months, when my skin leans more dehydrated-combination and oiler. During the cooler months, I usually just apply the mask to my nose, chin and jawline, so that’s what I did with these two masks.

The boscia mask is creamier and thicker than the Milk Mask; the Milk one is convenient for travel, toting around and applying - thank you @eshoe; this is going to part of the traveling squad this year. Smiley Happy The Milk mask applies very thin and I do apply a few layers to certain parts of my face when I use it, but application is a breeze with it being in stick form. Ultimately, both masks do as they claim. I have a little redness around my nose and sure enough, less redness after the mask. Similarly, my chin and nose looked less oily. So, in terms of results, both are great. For me though, of the two masks, my preference is for the Milk Makeup one, for its ease and convenience of use and because of its ingredients.

My first time using the BOSCIA - MATCHA Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask I liked it but had some concerns based on the ingredients list whether there was actual matcha green tea in the mask or whether it contained white tea and green pigment. The ingredients list suggests the latter which is disappointing. It’s a “B” mask for me.

The MILK MAKEUP - Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask, on the other hand, lists green tea leaf extract in its ingredients, a huge plus. It also contains kombucha and cactus elixir, ingredients I’m fond of and that work well with my skin. I plan to revisit this mask again in the warmer months where I think it will be a mask I can reach for with more frequency on a weekly basis, but for now, it’s is an “B+/A-”. 

Tosowoong is one of my favorite brands when it comes to sheet masks. While there are some varieties that I like more than others, overall, the sheet masks in the brand’s Pure line are great. The Tosowoong Pure Green Tea Mask Sheet is no exception. This cotton mask is about the same thickness as most sheet masks, possibly a smidge thicker. It has a subtle scent to it; I don’t think I would say it smells exactly like green tea, but it smells nice and refreshing. There’s a lot of essence in this mask and even more in the pouch – I’m pretty sure you could fill a blank sheet mask pellet nicely with the extra essence. Like most masks, it’s too long at the chin and a little wide for my face shape, but not a big deal; a few adjustments are all that’s needed.  The mask adheres well on the skin and the results are very nice. Green tea extract is the star ingredient and is known for its ability to hydrate, soothe and soften the skin. Other notable ingredients include niacinamide (brightening), adenocine (helps with wrinkles), glycerin, allantoin and panthenol.

I left the mask on for 30 minutes, twice the amount of time suggested, and when I removed it, the mask still had a good amount of essence on it as did my face. I feel like I could have left the mask on for another 30 minutes, but that’s a test for another day. After patting and pressing the essence into my skin and waiting for it to absorb, my skin looked fresh and refreshed, brighter, more awake. My complexion felt hydrated and looked smooth and plump, bouncy. This is an “A” mask.

"G" is for Goodal on Snail Saturday Smiley Happy 



I received the Goodal Premium Snail Tone-Up Hydro Gel Mask from the fabulous @Shosh85 – thank you! It’s a 2-piece hydrogel mask aimed at moisturizing and brightening. Notable ingredients are snail mucin and ginseng extract. I don’t always have the best experiences with hydrogel mask, primarily because I find them to be very slippery. With most, but not all, hydrogel masks, I need to lie down for the mask to stay in place. The fit on the mask was okay – it’s a large mask, especially the width, and the strip of mask above the lip area is extremely slippery; I had a hard time getting it to stay in place. With this mask, I was able to do some work on my computer for the 30 minutes that I had the sheet mask on, but at the end of that time, the bottom half started sliding down and the left side of the top half of the mask was slowly peeling off on its own. No big deal because I was coming to the end of my mask time, which was also longer than the recommended 20 minutes.  There’s a bit of essence sitting on top of my skin when I removed the mask but that was absorbed easily and quickly once I patted and pressed it in. My skin is just ever so slightly tacky to the touch, but looks hydrated and bright – I look well rested and that’s a good thing. In terms of fit, it wasn’t the best hydrogel mask, but the results from the mask are quite good; I’d give it an "A-". 

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@itsfi I love the comparisons you did between the Boscia and Milk masks! I've been super curious about the Milk one and have it on my list of masks to try. It definitely would be great for travel! 

Its been awhile since I've tried that Goodal one, and actually totally forgot about it. Haha! I remember thinking I liked the results, but didn't remember much else. I reviewed my notes to jog my memory, and this is one thing I wrote: "It was a bit of a challenge positioning it on my face due to how rubbery and slippery it was"...haha! It seems almost half the time I just end up removing the bottom part, long before the top – plus, it just makes it easier to eat anyway. 😂😂 I'm glad you liked it despite the fit and slippery-ness! 😉

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@Shosh85 oh, I feel better; I thought the slip-sliding of the Goodal mask might have just been me. If I got one part to stay something else would start slipping. There were several "ohhh, nooo!" and "oh, oh, just stay..." coming from the bathroom when I was trying to adjust it. hahahaha! Smiley Happy 


Comparisons are always fun and helps make only having one face more efficient. LOL! It'll be nice to see how the Milk green tea mask performs when the weather is warmer and my face oilier.  

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I love that the ‘notable ingredients’ of the Goodal mask include snail mucin, @itsfi 😆 The things we do for beauty. Sounds like a great mask and I have to Gree that anytime I’ve used a mask with that notable ingredient, it’s given my skin a pretty glow.


Funny you tried the Milk, I was doing a last-minute run through of my masks for the week and green was on my mind. I was wondering if you had used it. A mini of it or a double mini set would be great, especially as a holiday ornament this year!

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@eshoe, a mini set of the Milk masks would be a great idea. There's a lot of product in the regular size. Haha! Yeah, I've gotten good results from snail mucin products; I was definitely skittish about it before I used anything with it in the ingredients list, but now, it's "oh, a snail sheet mask. I wonder if it's a good one." LOL!

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Any gross mask sneak peeks for next week, @itsfi 😉

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@eshoe, I have a placenta and snail sheet mask I'm planning on using tonight - because why not just go with a mask with not just one, but two, ingredients that can make someone squeamish?! LOL! Smiley Happy Probably going to try a bee venom and snail mask later in the week. I thought it would be the first time I used both - placenta and bee venom, but nope. It looks like I used sheet masks with both of those ingredients last year. I didn't recall it immediately - I think I was trying to not remember. Hahaha! I'm still masking so they can't be thaaaat bad, right, eshoe?!


I'm glad that I didn't have a reaction to the bee venom one last year; puts me more at ease to use the one with bee venom and snail mucin - that was an 'iffy' mask for this week. I also set aside a bunch of hydrating masks and aloe ones as well, just in case any of the 'gross' masks I use this week don't agree with my skin. 

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Now that just might take the cake @itsfi 😆! I picked up a placenta mask for this week’s challenge and it makes me cringe just to think of it. But I *think* it might just not be as bad as it seems. 


I think I remember that bee venom one-only because masks like that tend to stick out😂

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