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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!

I don't blame you @emaisgr8. I'm trying to not buy masks this month but will totally make an exception for Yadah

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Very interesting @ShortErica !  I didn't know that there was a honey yaddah until you mentioned it the other day.  I'm still using the lazy egg wash at night to take off my make up/cleanse.  I might still be the only person going who doesn't double cleanse so I like that it gets everything off.  I tend to moisturize pretty heavily right after so I haven't noticed anything drying.  I might wait a few minutes tonight before I moisturize to see if it's drying for me now.  

Have you tried any of the Creme Shop oil cleansers?  I see them at Winners a lot, and wondered how they'd be. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I haven't seen the Creme shop ones. My next up is the Erno Laszlo I found on clearance at TJ Maxx @missjeanie. I also have a fee other samples cleansers to try if they can be makeup removers or should stick to just a cleanser role. @eshoe mentioned the Yadah ones are nice for cleansing but not meant for removing makeup. I opened mine from you can will try it tonight since today was a bum around the house type of day. Let me know how the cleanser feels for you if you don't apply moisturizer right away.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I should also say @ShortErica , I’ve tried the ‘sensitive’ oil cleanser from EL and quite liked it. My face didn’t feel dry after using at all, rather it almost made me think the opposite, that it felt hydrating! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I just tried it out and haven’t put any moisturizer on yet @ShortErica .  It’s been maybe 10 minutes? I’d say it feels a bit tighter, but nothing unbearable. I’m going to wait a bit longer and see. I should say I’ve only been using this one if I have makeup on. Otherwise I’m using the aloe from HH you sent. Something about the texture of that one is a win for me!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yeah, the Holika Holika makes me feel a bit tight so I need to follow it with a hydrating cleanser before moisturizer @missjeanie. I just tried the Yadah. Feels tighter than with just a gentle cleanser but not like the HH. Feels dandy after moisturizer.

@ShortErica now you have me extremely curious about the s...

@ShortErica now you have me extremely curious about the scent now

Re: @ShortErica now you have me extremely curious about the s...

I'll be grateful to anyone who solves my scent mystery @lmaster

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Love that your husband knows the 'signature sheet mask scent' too, @ShortErica


This one seems decent enough, save for the amount of tackiness. Sounds like that cleanser might be  a bit harsh for daily use? 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yep, I'm thinking because it can kinda tackle the tinted SPF that I will use it for that. But not a candidate for my daily cleanser @eshoe.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Have you tried a foaming cleanser @ShortErica ? I just saw one at TJ Maxx today, Lookatme-charcoal bubble foaming for $3.99. I loooove my foaming Yadah cleanser bc it is so gentle yet does some heavy duty cleaning. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe I've tried a garnier one. @missjeanie sent me the Yadah one that I need to try. Is it just for cleansing or does it remove makeup too? But generally I dont know about bubbles cause I have contacts and sensitive eyes. Plus they always get in my nose and mouth. So far the concept of an oil cleanser followed by a gentle one seems best for me but I'm still finding an oil that truly takes it all off. 🤷‍♀️

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

As far as acting as a makeup remover @ShortErica, that I don’t know. I always use an oil first (sometimes micellar water if I’m feeling really dirty) and then follow up with a cleanser. I wear contacts too, so I feel ya there. I used the Summer Friday’s R&R last week and got one of the exfoliating granules in my eye. Holy moly, it was awful😳 took awhile for my eye to get back to normal. 


The Yadah I use is dispensed like the foaming hand soaps-it doesn’t bubble up any more than that. I have another one I use that is a gel and turns into a foam, but that is also very mild. Ive never had an issue with the bubbles going too close to my eyes. Bubbling sheet masks in the other hand, I tend to shy away from those!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hahaha but also not funny about the granule in your eye. I've done that with other things too @eshoe. The one I have is a gel that will foam. Glad to know it is mild. Okay, I've got to give it a try and see how it does. Hopefully no squeaky clean, just regular clean. 😁

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

If @missjeanie sent you one already @ShortErica, it’s the perfect opportunity to try. I am just careful with the gel, I’ve never had one go off track like bubbling sheet masks tend to do😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe @ShortErica I really enjoyed the EL oil cleanser too!  I'd say they're both (the Yadah and EL) are good cleansers, just different.  I even like the EL bar facial cleansers. At TJ's prices I'm game, at retail prices EL is out of my spend zone.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica  Thanks for the review. I haven't tried this one, but it drives me nuts when I can't figure out a scent. I laughed at your husband's "general sheet mask" description. That's interesting that your nose was dry - do you find this happens frequently for you?

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint yeah, sometimes he's helpful. 🤣 I would say the center (nose and philtrum areas) are generally what get dry if I wear a mask too long.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica I'm happy the results turned out nice for you! It's been so long since I tried this one so I don't remember what the scent was like ..... but now I'm super curious to sniff it again. 👃


PS: I totally was not prepared for what was under that first spoiler 😳 haha! 😂

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Week 35 - Aug 26 - Sept 1 - I - Favorites Week


One more Yadah jelly mask to complete the trio. Again I was gifted this mask by two terrific maskers @Shosh85 and @missjeanie!



My face:


I felt like I've learned and definitely used this jelly mask the best. The fit was good and I added a little bit to my nose and cheeks. I then wore it for 30 minutes. The scent was very light, kinda clean with a bit of floral. Definitely the level of scent that I'm cool with and doesn't overwhelm or really linger while wearing.


My skin looked nice. I would say it looked even and smooth. Which is kinda weird to say smooth since it didn't make a significant difference in my fine lines but it's the word of thought of while looking at myself after I did the mask. It also had the least tack, though the others only had a slight tack that faded pretty quickly.


I used the mask Friday night but kept the leftover serum for this morning. I used it on my face, neck, hands and arms. The double dose of using the serum was the way too go. Adding it all on the mask is too much. For reference (cause I don't remember if I included it), the brightening didn't seem to have as much extra so I only used it on my neck and arms post-mask as opposed to saving it.


Grade: A. Ranking the jelly ones: 1) Brightening, 2) Soothing, 3) Revitalizing. I'll be curious if I feel the same after using them multiple times. I'm loving this masking thing and figuring out what works for me. Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Wonderful reviewing of the jelly masks, @ShortErica !  I love the masking, too.   Terrific you are finding what works for you.  I have found two I love, both moisture masks.  With so many I've yet to try, I can't commit to any, other than the two which have been part of my regimen for years.

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