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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. 

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 & 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:



that bubble mask was a fun mask! @missjeanie

that bubble mask was a fun mask! @missjeanie

Re: that bubble mask was a fun mask! @missjeanie

It was fun to try @sonnydee !  I have another bubbling mask to try still yet.  This one was pretty cool for selfies though!

bubbling clay @missjeanie sounds pretty cool actually......

bubbling clay @missjeanie sounds pretty cool actually... wouldn't mind trying it to see how this works 🤔

Re: bubbling clay @missjeanie sounds pretty cool actually......

It was fun to try for sure @lmaster !  I'm glad I gave it a shot!

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@missjeanie The honey mask looks and sounds good! Marshall's had two of them but both were opened. I did sniff it though and thought it smelled kind of like canola oil. It definitely would've perfect if it had that honey scent! I'm glad it worked well! 🍯

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@Shosh85 I'm so thankful that my stores use the plastic boxes so much!  It's so disheartening to see things opened and laying around.  Don't even get me started of when I see people putting the make up on!!

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@missjeanie My stores use those boxes too, just not on these! 😕🤔 It's so rude that people use things in-store! I kinda feel like if the makeup/product isn't intended to be a tester and someone uses it, it's technically stealing. 😠

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I agree @Shosh85 , they're technically taking something and making it unsellable. It's so frustrating for those of us who'd like to buy things too!

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Interesting texture on the Holika Holika honey sleeping mask @missjeanie. Always fun to try new masks. I feel like I may have this mask; will have to look in my bin. Do you think the sleeping mask would work well as a daytime moisturizer?

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@itsfi I bet it would work nicely during the day!  It really was such a different texture, so hard to explain, but so interesting.  I really liked it!

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Too bad the Holika Holika was just good and not great @missjeanie. The brand set pretty high standards for itself so you bad it didn't live up to them. What's your top 3 overnight? And what's the worst one you've done?

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I feel like if it had a honey scent to it it would have been great!  But this was also just the first use so I'll need to try it again a few times.  That's an excellent question, I'll have to think about what my top 3, bottom 3 are @ShortErica 

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The honey mask sounds great @missjeanie ❤️🍯

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It was really nice @faeriegirl .  I think if it had a honey scent to it, I would have rated it a lot higher... just needs that scent to push it over the edge!

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Week 21 - May 20 - 26 - U - Fruits and Veggies


So I planned to treat my face between my two sports activities. The first is outside and the second is inside so I thought cucumber (big shout out to @Shosh85 for sending these to me) would be nice and soothing.



I went ahead and started with the GLAMGLOW - SUPERTONER ™ Exfoliating Acid Solution Tonerto give it a 2nd try. (tagging @quspork) Again, it was a whoa, I feel you. It did fade but then reappeared.


So I went immediately to the eye patches. There were mesh dividers which was convenient. I placed the first one on my under eye area and put the second back in the serum while I got it in position. Then I got the 2nd one out and noticed after I removed the mesh it seemed much thicker than the first.


Just the eye mask:


Then I went for the face mask. By this time by skin wasn't feeling the toner which was a bit quicker recovery than the first time where I kept feeling my face tingle/have maybe a bit of heat until I put on the sheet mask. To my surprise (read ShortErica read!), this was not a full sheet mask but slices to put on your face or body. Who would have known, not like it says "SLICE" in big, bold letters on the package or anything. Whoops! So I placed them the best I could around my face.


My face:


I wore these about 25 minutes. Around 20 minutes I took the ones off of my chin because they were quite dry. The ones on the eye mask and forehead were still moist. My skin looked okay but my forehead was quite red, I'm thinking from the toner. My face was covered in tinted sunscreen from my morning frisbee and did not look red when I cleaned it with micellar water and the CeraVe hydrating cleanser.


The eye mask had some extra serum that I placed near my eyes. The masks were also still moist when I removed them. The cucumber mask package had some extra serum too. I applied it to my face, neck, and hands. I have maybe a slight tackiness on my checks and chin now that the serum has absorbed.


I don't know about this kind of mask. It was fun looking at @lmaster's face with all of her gems (or tattoos if you are @cianni - your comment cracked me up - could you imagine her as Mike Tyson?!). But back to grading the mask, I felt bad for the areas of skin that did not have a mask on them because these were slices. I think the slices also surprised me because I didn't read that or just assumed, hey cucumbers are sliced and this is a normal sheet mask.


My skin looked fine but nothing stood out. I'm debating whether some slices drying at different times is a good or bad thing. I know sometimes it stinks when a sheet mask is dry in certain areas but you want to leave it on because other parts still have serum. So it was convenient to take off the chin slices without messing with the rest. But again, not getting all of my face was frustrating. I'll go with C+. Looked like good ingredients but it could only be applied to part of the face and no wow results.


The eye mask is probably an A-. It was a solid mask but the two different thicknesses really confused me. It isn't Skyn Iceland for me but it did it's job.


Lastly, the Glamglow is scaring me less since the feeling didn't last as long. Once every couple weeks then maybe once every week is how I may use it. And I will do it when I plan to mask so I have ingredients to soothe my face after the chemical exfoliation.


My final comment is about scent. I have no idea if either the eye mask or slices smelled like another. I put them in the refrigerator so they were cool but didn't make a point to smell them or the package with serum. The Glamglow toner has an anise (licorice) type scent to me and that was what I could detect while wearing everything.

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@ShortErica, the cucumber masks sound like they would be cool and refreshing on a warm day, especially coming straight out of the fridge. I like the concept of the slice masks and think they'd be a great way to cool down other parts of the body, like the neck, legs, arms, etc., in the summer after a day in the sun.

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I'm glad to hear the toner tingled for a shorter time with this use, @ShortErica. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more about your adventures with it. I think you have a great idea about using it on the days you're masking to help lesson the drying out!

I love this @ShortErica your are a work of art!

I love this @ShortErica your are a work of art!

Re: I love this @ShortErica your are a work of art!

Thanks @lmaster 

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@ShortErica, love the look of sliced cucumber allover your face!  Did the unmatched thickness effect the eye mask results or was there no difference?

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I didn't notice a difference in results @byme4u but the thicker one was more moist than the other when I removed it. It helped but I still had some fine lines showing. I would be interested to try another one to do more research.

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