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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. 

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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  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:



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@emaisgr8 right? I think face masks is the least of her problems lol

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C is for “catch-up” this week, as I’ve been SLACKING hard on posting lately. To (somewhat) make up for it, I’m hitting ya with three reviews!! Okay, two and a half. I reviewed the PETER THOMAS ROTH - Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Maskas both a rinse-off and a sleeping mask, and the crowd-pleasing PETER THOMAS ROTH - Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer!DF1DC6CE-4801-4560-9F1C-3622D98C9616.jpeg


PTR pumpkin enzyme mask


What it’s supposed to do: exfoliate using three methods: aluminum oxide crystals (manual exfoliant), pumpkin enzymes (enzymatic exfoliant), and an alpha hydroxy acid (chemical exfoliant), for smooth skin, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, decrease dullness and more even skin tone.


Key ingredients: pumpkin extract, pumpkin enzyme, Ascorbic acid, retinyl palmitate, glycerin, radish root ferment, sunflower seed oil, citric acid, aluminum oxide crystals.


Directions: apply a layer using circular motions to massage it onto the skin, and leave on for 3-7 minsc then rinse with cool water. The directions say use 1-2 times per week, and be cautious about spf and sun exposure due to the AHAs.


My experience and thoughts: I was both excited and scared to try this one. Excited because it seems to top everyone’s list for PTR mask rankings. And just a little scared because I have sensitive skin and was afraid it would be a bit too harsh. I applied a medium thickness layer to my face. I later realized the instructions said use wet fingers but I used a dry spatula tool... does this make a difference? The mask is a translucent burnt orange color and felt a little gritty on application. Everyone knows the scent so I was prepared going in, but wow ok pumpkin pie. The scent was noticeable and lasted even on the face. I like it but if you’re not a pumpkin pie fan, or sensitive to fragrance, STAY AWAY.


I honestly was terrified because the mask did sting/burn upon application on my right cheek. I sometimes have this feeling with clay masks, so I know if it doesn’t dissipate within 2 mins to take it right off. Luckily, the feeling did go away and I didn’t have any adverse reactions while wearing it, and my skin had no irritation or redness post removal. I left it on for about 10 mins and it dried down without being uncomfortable.


It removed pretty easily, and my face does have noticeable results in terms of even-tone and smoothness. Again, no idea about the claims about wrinkles or fine lines, but the claims of even tone and smoother skin have been delivered on!


Grade: controversial opinion - but I’m gonna give this one a B. I did notice results which I LOVE, but I am not into manual/physical exfoliation. If this was reformulated and was just a chemical/enzyme exfoliant, I would be more on board. It also is pretty potent, so I had to alter my regular routine (I have a chemical exfoliant in my rotation) so that I could use it without irritation. Not the end of the world, but I’m so paranoid about overdoing it with exfoliants that I’d have to plan more in advance than I normally do so that I could incorporate this into my routine.


Repurchase: probably not, but am happy to use it while I still have this tube.

Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask


What it’s supposed to do: soothe, combat fine lines, help with dullness and premature aging, firm up sagging skin, restore and hydrate the skin.


Key ingredients: four types of rose extract (rosa damascena, rosa canina, rose hip seed, rose water), five types of rose stem cells (rose commiphora, desert rose, damas rose, pale rose, white rose), glycerin, aloe, radish root ferment.


Directions: apply a “generous” layer, leave on for 10 mins, rinse with cool water. Like the cucumber mask, this can also be left on overnight. The directions say use 2-3 times per week, or daily if there is the need for intense repair of the skin.


My experience and thoughts: I applied a thin layer (the mask goes on completely clear, so it was hard to layer and make sure everywhere was covered evenly). Immediately I was hit with a beautiful rose water scent. Literally, my face smelled like a rosewater macaron and I’m here for it. It went on pretty smoothly and similar to the cucumber detox. The main difference is that the cucumber mask felt stickier and didn’t dry down, whereas the rose mask dried down much better and it didn’t feel as tacky. I could see this one working better than the cucumber one as an overnight mask, because I feel like it absorbed and sunk into the skin better.


Wash off mask experience: The instructions said to leave it on for ten mins, but I left it on for almost an hour. I had read some reviews on the mask and most said that with 10 mins, the mask didn’t do much. The results seemed to be more noticeable for people who left the mask on for longer. It rinsed off easily with cool water. My face was soft and brighter. I enjoyed the short term results, but couldn’t make a comment one way or another as to whether or not it’s effective on fine lines, firmness etc. That would require much more consistent use.


Overnight mask experience: I LOVE this overnight. Most of my sleeping masks have been for hydration purposes, so this was a totally new experience for me. My face was super soft and clear and looked like I had used the most effective, potent brightening mask. SO good. Unlike the cucumber mask, the rose dried down really nicely and didn’t feel sticky. It layered nicely with the rest of my skincare routine.


Grade: A for both, but I am seriously in love with it as a sleeping mask.


Repurchase: 100000%


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Your reviews are always so thorough, and appreciated @cianni! Thank you for sharing your thoughts here Smiley Happy

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That rose PTR sounds amazing,  @cianni !

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2 1/2 reviews seems wonderful to me. The rose sounds like a hit @cianni!

@cianni I love it as a sleeping mask too 💕

@cianni I love it as a sleeping mask too 💕

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@cianni, I can see where the PTR pumpkin might be something you'd want to be extra careful with if you have sensitive skin. I'm happy to hear that your skin did seem to respond well to it. Using the rose mask (or the cucumber mask) from the PTR brand sounds like an excellent idea. Those gel masks haven't been my favorite in the past but they seem to work pretty decently as sleeping masks.

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@cianni  The pumpkin mask is one of my favorites! Im pretty sensitive to fragrance, but this one didn't bother me and I actually really loved it...which surprised me, since I hate the taste of anything pumpkin! I can totally see how it could be too much for sensitive skin - I'm glad your skin turned out ok! 😃

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Great reviews @cianni. I'm particularly interested in the use of the Rose as a sleeping mask. I personally can't handle the Rose and Cucumber because it makes me itch like a mad woman, but I might see if the Rose is less itchy after I've put on my nighttime routine.

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Such wonderful reviews. Thank you @cianni I really enjoyed reading them. 

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Okay, last one from catching up. C is for Cotton Candy from Candy 0’ Lady. Is there a bad Candy o’ lady mask? I haven’t tried the honey one (I’m still a little od’d on honey from my honey mask binge) but each one is just such a pleasure to wear. Good serum, good fit, nice subtle scents, and then there is the fun candy theme and cute packaging.



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I wonder how much Protection is similar to Anti-Pollution in masks, @Weetart. This  was a fun mask, the packaging is adorable, isn't it?

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This sounds lovely!  I saw this in Marshalls today but didn't grab it.  I was trying to limit my purchases.

Why even go I to Marshalls then you ask? Gooood question. Lol

My Marshall's and Winners is very low on skincare currently.  


Glad to hear you like the mask! 😊 @Weetart 

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You'll have to try the honey and rank them for us @Weetart. Glad to hear it is wonderful considering I just bought a box of 10 untested. Smiley Wink

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These have been such a great hit @Weetart! Of the ones from the brand that you’ve tried, do you have a favorite? 💗

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Oh the lemon one for sure @itsfi 

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This mask sounds heavenly @Weetart !

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It is! They are great @divaknits 

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@Weetart I agree, these have all been great so far! I haven't got around to trying this one yet, but it sounds so nice! I'm glad you're liking these! 👌😊

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Definitely @Shosh85 ! I need to hunt down more of this brand.

@Weetart I really like these masks too,,, they should sti...

@Weetart I really like these masks too,,, they should stick a little cotton candy in the package as a sweet treat 😂.... wrapped separately of course 😉
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