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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!

@Shosh85its like having the alphabet to work through gives me the push to use the products that I've just been tossing to the side.  Sometimes because my interest just isn't there, but others just because I have too much and the choices can be overwhelming so I just go with what I know.  I'm glad you're working through your stash too, so satisfying to use things up!

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That’s so great that you are getting through your opened deluxe samples @missjeanie! It’s only month 2 of my low buy / shop my stash project and I have learned that I have a lot of open items I need to use up. 😆😂🤣 It’s nice to just get through things. You found a good mix of “G” masks in your bag of DS products!

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@itsfiI'm trying to use some things up.  Over the last year or so I've been cognizant of keeping track of empties and this year I'm promising myself to post on the empties thread monthly to help keep me on track.  I have a habit of just tossing DS & foils into a box on my dresser then never looking at them again.  I was happy to pull out stuff last night and get a good look at it all.  Reminds me of what I have and need to work through!  I'm guessing it can't all stay out in my living room forever like it is now... but at least I'm remembering a few things now lol

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You’re doing a great job of using what you have @missjeanie! I will try to join you on the empties thread! 😊

haha! @missjeanie I agree, I've used many lancome serums...

haha! @missjeanie I agree, I've used many lancome serums consistently with no noticeable results 😒

Re: haha! @missjeanie I agree, I've used many lancome serums...

@lmaster I mean... I'll keep using it to use it up... but I guess at least it doesn't do anything bad to my skin?  lol not something I'll be spending on anytime in the near future though.  Glad to know it's not just me!

Re: haha! @missjeanie I agree, I've used many lancome serums...

@missjeanie understandably so, I think I had used 3 different serums for About 9 months, even repurchased and gave it an honest shot,,, actually longer than I can believe 😂 definitely use it up if it's not causing any problems

Re: haha! @missjeanie I agree, I've used many lancome serums...

@lmasteroh lol you gave it a wayyyyy better shot than I'm willing to lol

Re: haha! @missjeanie I agree, I've used many lancome serums...

I really wanted to love it...really!! 😂😂 @missjeanie 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Haha, @Shosh85 , G is definitely for Gold!  I dipped into my mini set from Ulta, once again.  The 24K mask is a luxury!  I needed some extra moisture & this mask offers it.

I've always found products with "lift & firm" on the label to be good moisturizers.  The texture is like a thick white glue, of course the mask is gold colored.  I left in on for 10min, my skin feels so much better.  I love the mini kits, but Sephora didn't have the multiple this year.  I can't justify buying full size, no more than I mask, or did mask, which was only about 4mos out of the year.  BTW, Lucky Cat is so cute!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

You have really good observation @byme4u -lift and firm masks usually plump my skin pretty good...something to keep in mind for Glam masks to help get ready for a special night out!

gotta love the gold @byme4u

gotta love the gold @byme4u

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@byme4u I bought one of those kits of mini's the last time I saw it, but still haven't tried the gold one yet! It definitely sounds great! I don't blame you for not wanting to purchase the full size – it is pretty spendy! 😉


...... and thank you! 😊 I'm always attracted to cute packaging! 🐱

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

G is for Gold. I first heard about this mask from @eshoe, and just had to give it try! 😉F8285CCF-61EE-44BB-81D6-97508D87A13B.jpeg


Peach 🍑 Slices Lucky Cat's Gold Foil Mask🐱

This is a cotton and gold foil mask – with the cotton touching your skin and gold foil on the outside. It was drenched with serum and had a light, clean and fresh, slightly soapy, kind of scent. The fit was pretty good – a bit too long at the chin and the strip between the nose and mouth was a little too wide. The mask was comfortable and adhered well. I kept the mask on for about 40 minutes and when I removed it, my face felt very refreshed and was noticeably brighter. There was just a little bit of serum leftover that was slightly tacky, but that absorbed pretty quickly. My face felt soft and smooth, had a plump and hydrated feel, and even had a nice glow! This is another one that'll definitely be a repurchase in the very near future and it gets an A! (If it weren't for the fit, it'd be an A+😉)


Photo of me as C3PO:


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I'm so behind but I wanted to say this is awesome @Shosh85. Do you prefer being tin man or CP3O?

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85  I've just been loving your mask photos lately. Smiley Very Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Haha! Thanks, @GalPalVal17!!! I've had some fun ones lately!! 😂😉😊

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hehe, I love foil masks.  I swear the hold in heat and make the masks work better.  It may all be in my head though.   They do keep the masks from drying out thoughSmiley Wink @Shosh85 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@heartsmyface I love them too!! ...and you are exactly right about them's not all in your head!! The foil on the outside is supposed to keep the serum and its ingredients from evaporating, forcing your skin to soak up more! It also, like you said, helps keep everything moist.  I read that the idea started out with some Korean skincare guru making a mask with aluminum foil. 👍😃

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh interesting info @Shosh85! When @itsfi tried a foil mask awhile back I thought for sure it was an aluminum foil type thingy-I think it was just a fancy Vita Cocktail though😂

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe Haha! Yeah, I recently just tried that Banobagi mask too! It very much resembles the Tin Man 😂 There's actually directions online for a DIY mask you can make using aluminum foil! I may have an arts and craft day sometime and try it out! 👍😃 @itsfi 

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