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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. 


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 

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: When you are getting Glam for a night out and want that Glow - which mask(s) is/are your tried and true go-to(s)?

Letter of the Week: “L”


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: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It was such a nice experience, I'm glad I have a few more of these left in the pack.


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sounds pleasant @l8totheparty. Have you tried any others from the brand? I tend to see it at Marshall’s quite a bit but haven’t picked them up.

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It was a very pleasant mask!  I bought the honey one as well, but haven't tried it yet. Above the lip didn't stay stuck down, but other than that the fit was nice, I thought. And the smell was so delightful!  @ShortErica 

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(Too many characters to post in OP, so here goes...)


2019 Mask of the Week Challenge Half-Year Update


Congrats to everyone masking along with us, we are halfway through the year and the 2019 challenge! 


A few updates to share:


We have grown, and I’d love your help if you are interested!


Masking Surveys:


I would like to know how everyone feels about the surveys as a new Mask Surveys thread. I could link the survey in the OP, it would be the same as clicking on a link like you do now to take a survey, except we would have a thread in Skincare dedicated to surveys. If you are interested in heading this up, please send me a PM so I can send you some info. Otherwise, we will just keep it stationed here in the OP.


Reviews Spreadsheet: 


My goal is to maintain this through the end of the year. It is a great resource, especially as we are unable to search the thread for reviews. I could use one or two trusted BIC members who are willing to help keep the spreadsheet updated. PM me if this is something you are interested in.


@veronika23has suggested adding an exfoliating factor into our mask reviews. If you know your mask is a chemical/physical exfoliating mask, please include those details. This will greatly help others who are trying to avoid/need to shy away from certain acids and intensive masks.


Along those lines, @CC3616 has developed a spreadsheet to help ID known exfoliating masks. Please PM her if you are interested in taking a peek. Manythanks to her for putting this together.


Mask Meetups:


Thank you everyone for organizing and joining so many meetups. If anyone is interested in heading up a Mask Meetup Threadin the Skincare Group, with a link in the OP Masking Thread Challenge Thread, please PM me. As with the surveys, if it's best in everyone's eyes to keep it here, we'll just keep it here.


Masks on the Move:


We are headed into the second round of MOtM. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge and experiences. Not only are we giving our skin some love, but having some fun along the way! Is anyone interested in heading up a Christmas/Holiday/New Year’s MOtM? Please PM me!


2020 MOTW Challenge:


I have been adding your suggestions to the new schedule and would love to hear more ideas for next year’s challenge. It would be great to have a schedule for the new year based on weekly themes from everyone here! Let me know if there is a week you would like added. Deadline is December 1st.


CA/US <3


Finally, @missjeanie and @ShortErica are working together to create a spreadsheet of hard-to-find/unavailable masks in Canada/US so we can help each other out with our love of masking. Please PM one of them if you have a mask in mind.


On to the second half of the year, this has been such a joy for me, I <3 my fellow maskers!


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks for all the hard work you do! Much appreciated! @eshoe 

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Thank you, @veronika23😊

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Thank you for all you do on this thread @eshoe 

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You’re welcome @emaisgr8 happy to be a part of this groupSmiley Happy

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@eshoe Thank you so very much for all of your hard work on this thread and everything you do to keep it running. I was a little nervous to post here at first because I'm not very experienced with the sheet masking world, but all of you have been so incredibly welcoming and I am so appreciative of that. I don't think I know of anyone face-to-face that is much into masking, so I am so very grateful to get to chat with you all and I've learned so much already. Thank you, thank you! Smiley Happy

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You are welcome @PrettyPaint 😊 I started posting here after lurking for awhile and one of the first reviews I gave was about a mask I thought had an awful fit and it was so bad I threw it out. @itsfi gently asked if I had removed both protective layers😳 That would be a negative! I was very humbled and appreciative to say the least. We have such a great group of maskers!

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Thank you so much @eshoe

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You’re welcome @faeriegirl! We have the best masking group here😊

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Thank you so much @eshoe for all your hard work!! It is greatly appreciated sweet lady!! I could help for sure in some way after the kids go back to school mid August 😊

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That would be awesome @lmaster the school year is my busy time 😉

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@eshoe count me in 👍

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@eshoe  Thank you for all the work and effort you put into this thread. You are awesome for organizing surveys and keeping us updated on all the feedback you received, along with all the other helpers. Love seeing the results of everything. 

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Thank you @GalPalVal17, it’s so much fun to be able to share in masking experiences here. It’s such a great platform, masking was pretty lonely before I discovered BIC😆

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@eshoe This is such a great list of everything. I think having separate areas for the surveys and meetups would be convenient. The original post can get cluttered with so much info. If others agree, I’m onboard to take charge of the survey thread.


If that would work for you, I’d be happy to take the results (is it surveymonkey and is it downloaded as spreadsheet?) from the completed surveys for the first half of the year and put everything in a standard format for the new thread. Then we could continue on there.

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@ShortErica this would be amazing! Not to mention incredible helpful. I will PM you.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe I see your PM. When I return home (not until July 13!) I’ll start it up. No point making it with no new surveys yet. I’m happy to help. Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe Thanks for all your hard work!!! And always tagging me Smiley Happy <3 

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