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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: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17 @veronika23

Aug 12 - 18     G           Sheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why?
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 GLOW
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: Weird Masks - got bubbling, peeling or color-changing masks? Let's hear about them!

Letter of the Week: “D”


Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica: 


Mask Meetup Info:

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.
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August: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17!          


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@quspork, the fruit bits are the only thing about the Fresh mask that don't agree with me so if you're fine with them, I definitely think you should try the mask out. The results really are good, and it does smell really nice! Smiley Happy

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@itsfi,  the Glamglow Youthmud has bits of something in it.  I can relate to how you feel about the Fresh. It's one thing if the mask has a physical exfoliate, but I don't want things mucking up the mask, which is why I prefer the Supermud to the Youthmud.

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@byme4u, I like the SuperMud over the YouthMud too for that reason. I can tolerate the bits in the YouthMud more than the Fresh because I use the YouthMud more as a spot treatment and not all over. Yes, physical exfoliating beads are fine but I'm always concerned that the larger bits will fall off around the house or will get stuck in my hair, etc.

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May Lindstrom and Mud. These are pictured together but did one in the AM and one in the PM. Just didn't want to photograph one little sample all by itself. 😉B87DEDC8-A052-456A-89A0-E106D8E8E71E.jpeg

The Honey Mud 👇


May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

The directions state this can be used as a cleanser or an enzyme mask – I decided to try it as a mask. It is light-brown/beige color and has soft and creamy consistency. My first impression of the scent was that it was a little strange, not really bad at all, just kinda different. To me it kinda smells like raw honey and black licorice. It felt soothing as I spread it on my dry skin and it didn't really harden, it just kinda set up really sticky. Removal of it was pretty easy – after about 10 minutes I used warm water and massaged it in with my fingers as I rinsed it off and it turned into a very nice silky, milky consistency. My face looked brighter, had a less dull appearance and felt very soft and smooth. The hydration from this wasn't great, but also not bad considering it's a mud mask and my face usually gets uncomfortably dry from them. I liked this mask, and would use again, but not so sure it's wowing enough to buy the $90 full size jar. I think I'd give this an A-


B&BW Mud Mask 👇


Bath & Body Works Mud Mask

This is a brown, two-peice cotton sheet mud mask that comes sandwiched between two protective layers. The mask itself is pretty sticky and once it's on, there's not much moving around it'll do – I also got the brown "mud" all over my fingers when trying to place it. It had a nice fit – just not wide enough and the nose flap was a bit too long (just snipped a little off the end) The scent is the best part.... it smells like CHOCOLATE! I could smell it right when I opened the package. It was sooo good! It felt like I was wearing a sheet of chocolate on my face – I even almost licked my fingers after placing the mask! Haha! If any of you have ever used the Perricone MD Cocoa moisture mask, it smelled exactly like that. I removed the mask after about a half hour, when it started feeling dry/less sticky and felt stiff to the point it was hard to move my face around. It dried up so stiff, removing it was almost like removing a peel-off mask, just not as painful. There was some dried "mud" leftover on my face that I rinsed off easily with warm water. My complexion looked brighter and clearer, my skin felt soooo soft and I had a nice glow! I also felt a little dry afterward and had to place moisturizer right away, but I usually expect that with mud/clay type masks. The mask was fun to use, smelled amazing and gave pretty great results! If Bath & Body Works was still selling this mask I would definitely use it again! I give this an A grade.




Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Sounds like you've had some great masks from B&BW @Shosh85 .  Do you find that as a brand they're pretty reliable across the board?  Chocolate sounds super yummy, I'll have to keep an eye out for another yummy one, they have a lot of yummy scents, there will surely be another yummy mask to come!

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@missjeanie The Mud Mask was sooo good! I would say the B&BW masks I have tried have all been pretty good! I just wish they weren't seasonal! 🙁

@Shosh85 I have to find the chocolate mask!! the may Lind...

@Shosh85 I have to find the chocolate mask!! the may Lindstrom mask, so glad you reviewed this one, I have been contemplating this one as a sample as well 😆

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@lmaster These were both so great! @itsfi posted a link below about the Honey Mud being reformulated. I'll be very interested in trying that out!

I looved the B&BW mask! It's too bad they don't sell it anymore, but I know sometimes you're able to find them on random sites. I'd definitely buy this one again! 🍫👍

Re: @Shosh85 I have to find the chocolate mask!! the may Lind...

I did read something about a new reformulation on the newness tab @Shosh85 I have had my eye on this for a couple weeks now

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Smells like chocolate??? That sounds like an absolutely delicious masking session then, @Shosh85! Too bad it's not a permanent mask for B&BW. That's been my biggest gripe with them over the last few years- they will come out with some lovely scent and then it disappears after a few months, never to be heard from again. 

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@quspork I really do hate that about B&BW! There have been fragrances and masks I've fallen in love with, and when I go back to buy more, they're gone! It's happened a few times and it's pretty frustrating! Sometimes I'm able to find them on Ebay or Amazon, but there's usually a limited amount, so it's not like I can stock up🙁 I really loved the mud mask and that delicious chocolate scent! I know sometimes they bring back retired fragrances, but it'd be nice if they bring back some retired masks! 

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@Shosh85, you get some of the best masks!  Love B&BW, & chocolate, good ingredients.  Def looking into that one!  Terrific to try high end products w/o being in for the full cost.

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@byme4u It was such a great mask! If B&BW still sold it, I'd definitely buy more! 🍫

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Both these masks sound wonderful @Shosh85! Love that the Bath & Body Works mud mask smells like chocolate - how great is that?! I wish B&BW started making certain of its masks part of a permanent line, instead of just seasonal collections.

I have a sample of May Lindstrom The Honey Mud from The Detox Market as well; haven't gotten around to using it and now, if I do, it'll likely be the last time I use it, in this version at least. Did you read about the brand's decision to look into a reformulation of the product? @sister13 put up a new post in Beauty News about information she received from May Lindstrom regarding The Honey Mud:

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Thanks for posting the link! I'll be very interested in seeing what the new formulation is like! I'm really starting to love May Lindstrom!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Last night I used the Microdelivery detoxifying oxygen peel from Philosophy.  I'll be honest, I used this to use the last application and get it into my empties.  I just didn't want it any more.  I never really felt like it did much for me.  You spread the black goo on your face, wait a few minutes then massage the white goo in which foams up to make a lovely grey goo on your face.  After a few minutes you're meant to scrape/shave the foam off with a little plastic stick that I usually just use as a scooper for jar products. I left the grey goo on for about a half hour while I lounged in the bath (I'm pretty sure the instructions say to wait for like 5 minutes).  Then I scrapped the goo off while having a post bath shower.  I have to say... my skin looked really nice after I got out of the shower.  It looked much more clear, pores looked closed, and I looked brighter over all.  My skin didn't feel overly dry at all, and was really soft.  Why didn't I like this before? The mess factor is something to take in for sure, but it wasn't too bad removing in the shower.

I followed up with the MasCeam sheet mask in firming.  I believe @keana1 used this one recently and mention that she loved it, so I had high expectations and it didn't disappoint!  This was a gift from @itsfi and I need to give her a huge THANK YOU!  My face loved this!  I've learned that snail juice is something I really like and it gives me some great moisture as did this mask.  It didn't have a significant scent, maybe a light sheet mask smell, but I couldn't smell anything after I had it on.  I did cut the bridge of the nose (as I do with a lot of masks) just to make it lay better, but it was otherwise a great fit. I had it on for abut 40 minutes and it was just starting to dry down in a few spots.  There wasn't a ton of leftover serum on my skin, but once it dried I had no tackyness at all and my skin felt very soft.  I had lots of left over serum and since I'd just put body lotion on I kept it to use this morning as a body lotion and arms still feel super soft at 3pm!

These were two great masks that based on last night I'd give an A+, my overall experience with the philosophy however would give it a B since I just wanted it gone and it's on the messy side.  I still might pick it up again sometime if i'm feeling it, but I'll remember to keep it on longer and take it off in the shower.


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I loe the sound of a tacky-free mask, @missjeanie. The MasCream one sounds really nice! Though I might opt for one of the non-snail-y ones Smiley Wink

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oh theres that creme mask @missjeanie I am having fomo ov...

oh theres that creme mask @missjeanie I am having fomo over this one!

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Such a nice one @lmaster .  I love the creamy consistency of the serum!

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Woohoo 🙌🏼! Snails 🐌🐌🐌 for the win @missjeanie! 😂 So happy to hear this mask was a good one. I learned about them from @keana1 and hunted them down - they’re great!! 👌🏼 

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