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ARCHIVE - 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

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!


I just started using an erno laszlo nighttime moisturizer...

I just started using an erno laszlo nighttime moisturizer and love love it @missjeanie

Re: I just started using an erno laszlo nighttime moisturizer...

@lmaster ohhhhh... I'd love to try a moisturizer after testing out their masks and cleansers!  I'll bet its great, glad you're enjoying it!

Re: I just started using an erno laszlo nighttime moisturizer...

@missjeanie very impressed, so much so that I'm looking into a day moisturizer 😍

Re: I just started using an erno laszlo nighttime moisturizer...

@lmasterWhere did this brand come from?  I hadn't even heard of them before spying masks at TJMaxx.  And now I'm a huge fan.  Sephora Canada site doesn't have them, and they are bit on the pricey side, but every product of theirs I've tried I've loved!  Have you heard much buzz about them before?

Re: I just started using an erno laszlo nighttime moisturizer...

@missjeanie they do have a few products on the Sephora USA site, but I bought a box from looksfantastic site that was about 80 ish dollars with a discount and it included the night cream, and even a couple omorovicza products. Honestly I hadn't heard of them really until you started posting right after I got this box

Re: I just started using an erno laszlo nighttime moisturizer...

@lmasterWell they've certainly become a TJMaxx success story in my books lol... I've even loved a few of their products on the Sephora USA site.... But still crossing my fingers to find more at TJ's prices lol

Re: I just started using an erno laszlo nighttime moisturizer...

@missjeanie  I did also see some at Nordstrom online as well

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

yay glad those worked out for you @missjeanie ! Deff haved added the Erno to my loves list after trying one this week as well!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Kim888 Everything I've tried from the brand I really enjoy.  I picked up a facial cleansing bar as well as a combo pack of a cleansing oil and bar... all are loves for me!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Ohh great line up! I'm still hoping to find some of those Erno Laszlo masks at Marshall/Winners. @missjeanie 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I really wish I would have grabbed more when I saw them!  If I see anymore I'll be picking up for sure! @veronika23 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie Beautifying nights are the best! Those Erno Laszlo Masks are so great!! I think I need to buy more firming & lifting masks, just so I can try using the serum on my booty! That is a fabulous idea! Haha! I like the way you think 😉😂

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@Shosh85  I can't believe I didn't think of it at the time... but you can bet your booty the extra will be on mine next time lol!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie Haha! It's definitely worth a shot!! If anything, you'll at least of some soft and smooth cheeks! Haha! 😂😆😆

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Great night of beautifying @missjeanie! Lots of good mask choices! I have the Erno Laszlo sheet masks in the pink and white packets; looking forward to using them. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Ohhh... I've tried the pink ones as well... "Soothing" I believe?  That version is one that I tried out after a crazy 40 below weekend with windburned cheeks and I loved it!  It hurt to even move my face and that mask felt so nice and did wonders to help my skin recover! I hope you enjoy it too!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yes, that’s the one @missjeanie! Yay, I’m even more excited to try it now.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hey everyone! The new survey is up in the OP, @ShortErica has a couple of good questions for us this weekSmiley Happy


Sunday PM masking:

bkr, When, YTTP, & Radicebkr, When, YTTP, & Radice

The BKR - Paris Water Balm and YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask are well-established loves for me, A+++ for both so I will move on to the Radice Orange Blossom Gel Mask.

This hydrating gel mask had a slight ylang-ylang scent to it, which I am beginning to find to be a common theme with a few of the Detox Market masks I've tried - and loved! I left it on for about 20 minutes, it seemed to somewhat dry though not completely; it just set a bit so that it was not completely viscous if that makes sense. The scent was barely there after applying, and when I rinsed it off it was a little slimy. I really don't see myself purchasing this but it was fun to try; I would give it a B-.

Next I removed the When The Last Choice, a biocellulose mask with a slightly milky serum (and more in the package, unusual for When masks). After applying to my face and smoothing it out, it was a perfect fit as usual, so comfy I could forget that I was wearing it though I patted on the extra serum 1/2 way through. This is my favorite brand of masks, I'm sick of hearing myself say it but everytime I use one I am just amazed at how lovely they are. After removing, my skin looked very smooth, visibly hydrated and the effect lasted, hmmmm an hour? Which is a record as it's usually only 5-10 minutes. Which is why this is my Favorite Brand as well as the mask I use for a Glam Night Out!

Monday AM

bkr, Crème Shop & Tatchabkr, Crème Shop & Tatcha

After reading about @veronika23 's recent masking I decided to use my TATCHA - Violet-C Radiance Mask again this morning as it's been a few weeks. I left it on a very long time, maybe an hour? Then rinsed and moved on to my prize find from yesterday, the Crème Shop Lighten Up Skin mask. I have been unable to locate these masks in the past couple of months, so I was very, very excited to try this one!

So the scent is extreme clean - like sticking your face into a powder dish detergent box. It wore off once I took it out of the package, but I almost passed altogether due to the scent. Good thing I didn't, the fit was great and the narwal imprint was adorable. After 20 minutes I removed, and was pleasantly surprised to see some decent hydration with minimal tackiness. I would give this an A-/B+ for being a very fun mask Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

You masking sessions sound delightful @eshoe !!! I have that YTTP mask on my list for the next sale. With your high marks, I feel confident that it will be a good choice.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@sephoraaddict918 I think a few of us have found it good for dry skin if that is your ailment Smiley Happy  I much prefer it to the water-based sleeping masks.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  that Tatcha mask is a beautiful one. I have some left from my sample.. which i should dig out an use Smiley Happy  Costco has a When variety pack that I was considering. I didn't see it online but in store. 

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