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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!

🤣 we both were probably fiddling with the mask simultaneously - "open mask OPEN!" I'm glad you had great results too @eshoe. That's too funny we did it around the same time. I agree, "M" week is going to be amazing!

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YES, yes I bet we were, @ShortErica Smiley Very Happy I think I've found though, that the most difficult masks to open are almost always the most worth the effort Smiley Happy 


The scent really didn't bother me and was so light. I had applied perfume an hour or so before and it was stronger than I remember and I think that played into it (strong jasmine scent I think; and a bit more than I meant to use). Great mask overall, <3!!!

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@eshoe So happy to hear you both loved this one! It sounds wonderful! 😉 I've enjoyed the Mediheal masks I've tried so far!  👍😃

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This is the fifth one I've tried (I think; two were from gross week and I've tried to erase the memory) from the brand and they all have had a consistently good fit, @Shosh85. Nice material, hardly any tackiness-  all around loves!

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Week 12 - Mar 17 - 24 - L - Sample that made you buy the FS


So @eshoe and I coordinated to do the Mediheal Vita Lightbeam mask tonight. Smiley Happy Can't wait to see what she thinks.



This kinda falls in theme since Mediheal was the mask brand that made me realize sheet mask can actually fit your face - like WHAT?! Despite this being one of the few masks that has directions that don't state to apply toner, I decided to do a little extra.



I tried the sample of SON & PARK - Beauty Water as a step after cleansing and before the mask. Not sure if it was my hot shower, the toner, or a combination but the redder areas of my skin were definitely looking pink. It felt like there might be a bit of alcohol in the product. Looking at the ingredient list though, it appears at the very bottom. I think I have enough for another couple uses so I want to try it again before giving a grade.


After the toner I applied the mask.



Now my memory of Mediheal is quite favorable so I didn't want it to set too high of expectations but also didn't want to blind myself to faults from a fantasy I "remembered." I think the masks fits well. Now that I've done more sheet masks, I will admit some others have fit my face a little more perfectly but this one is really good. It needs to be just a tad higher on the forehead but overall it adjusts easily.


The mask was pretty drenched in serum but not dripping. I felt like I was wasting it since I struggled a little to unfold it. It had "Mediheal" imprinted on the front so I love that I knew what side went on my face. Opening the packet I got a scent, maybe lightly floral that I could smell occasionally as I wore it but it wasn't prominent.


I wore the mask 25-30 minutes though the instructions had the max at 20. I live on the edge - ha! While I wore it I maybe had a cooling? sensation. I want to double check with eshoe. It was still moist around the chin and forehead but the nose and cheeks were quite dry. I patted in the remaining serum and like the fool I am, that was the only time I touched my face before dunking my hands in the packet to apply the extra serum to my neck, hands, and face again. I believe my face felt smooth. The extra serum on my hands dried quickly and they felt smooth but the additional serum on my face and neck left a slight tacky feeling. Now, like a half hour after that my face doesn't have a tacky feeling.


The results were good for me. The pink areas of my face were no longer bright. I think my face in general looked very even. I would say it helped with hydrating and brightening. I did a scan of the ingredients. I liked seeing sodium hyaluronate near the top and it also had collagen, aloe juice, niacinamide, and willow bark.


Another perk was the cellulose material. I think mask thickness/thinness is one of the least important features to me as long as the mask stays put - spoiler - I did not check that one in the survey. But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate thin, kinda see through and very comfortable material.


So the fit, serum level (though I would like to wear masks for 30+ minutes this was good length of time for masking), and results were all positives. The slight fragrance was my only "I don't know about this" feature. I think I would give it an A. I have a 2nd one and will want to try it after I forget how I felt. I think 2nd impressions probably are more important than firsts and can't wait to I discover my staple masks.


Lastly, LANEIGE - Lip Sleeping Mask.I applied it after dinner and before my shower. I washed and cleansed my face and it wasn't going to survive a shower. I will put it on again before I go to bed. I enjoy the smooth consistency. I also think that when you look at price per use it really isn't as expensive as it seems. I just wish it would last like the Bite one. So I would rate it A-. Very good but there could be improvements.

I have tried a couple mediheal masks @ShortErica I really...

I have tried a couple mediheal masks @ShortErica I really enjoyed them, glad it worked out well for you 💞

Re: I have tried a couple mediheal masks @ShortErica I really...

Me too @lmaster! I always worried that some brand I associate with good things will give me a dud and then I won't know what to do.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Love the duel masking @ShortErica !! Great review!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks @missjeanie!

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Ahhhh we must have been masking around he same time @ShortErica !!! I wish we could ‘live-mask,’ that needs to be included in the plan for next week lol! 


PM’d you before reading this...the fit was my first note I believe, it is SO good. Ok need to go type up my notes, yours are very in-depth and I appreciate that because you have already articulated much of what I was going to saySmiley Wink


SO much fun👍🏼😊

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica Sounds like a great mask – I've enjoyed the Mediheal brand a lot so far! I have really loved the cellulose masks and find them to be very comfortable! Hydrating and brightening are my favorite kind of mask! Curious to read @eshoe's review as well! It's so fun you're able to compare notes with each other! 🙌😍

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I know @Shosh85! I'm glad to be able to compare with someone day of versus trying to hunt down what they've said about the mask in a past post/review. Now I'm brainstorming if there is a super common mask most everyone has that we could get a big group to do on the same night. That would be exciting. 😍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica @lmaster @Shosh85 maybe like once a month? That might be realistic, and give everyone a chance to pick it up. 

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Love this idea! @eshoe 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica That would be so fun! 🙌

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85 I think @eshoe sent me the Rose Capsule mask she was discussing with @lmaster - would you happen to have this one? If they are game, I would be interested in coordinating a date for us to do it together for "O" week!

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@ShortErica @eshoe @lmaster @itsfi  I have the Rose Capsule mask as well and was actually planning on using again for "O" week! 😉👍🤗

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yaaaaaaaay @Shosh85 super fun masking session ahead 😍😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I was just mentioning this mask to @lmaster, @ShortErica, for “O” week! I would love to do that one again, it’s always fun to revisit a favorite 😊 @Shosh85 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

So much fun @eshoe @ShortErica @Shosh85 what about @itsfi do you have the rose capsule mask?

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@lmaster, I'm pretty sure I do; it was one I really liked. I'll take a look next week when I'm home again.

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