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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!


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh @heartsmyface this is the perfect mask for gross week lol!  I love how the packages says "sparkling gorgeous" I hope they're referring to the sparkle of clean pores! What a fun mask!

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that looks so crazy @heartsmyface ! can't wait to hear about results lol 

that looks messy, but also really cool! @heartsmyface wha...

that looks messy, but also really cool! @heartsmyface what does it smell like? lol

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@lmaster There was no real scent.  Just the distinct Non-scent of baking soda. 

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@heartsmyface it looks like chocolate pudding, which I like 😁

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That is one sad mask @heartsmyface. There is clearly a disconnect between marketing, production and reality😂

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At first, looking at the first picture I thought that it was a bubbling sheet mask @heartsmyface ! It really looks like 💩 ! I’m glad that it did a wonderful job of cleaning up your skin ! 

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@keana1  It does!!!!  😂🤣 Yeah I am convinced the girl on the package is NOT wearing the same mask that was in the bag!  How’d she get it on so evenly, symmetrical and with no drips?  And why isn’t she horrified?  😂 

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It looked too perfect to me @heartsmyface ! I only used one bubbling mask before and it was awful! I had to remove it after having it on for only 5 minutes, it gave me a burning sensation for the whole day!  No more bubbles for me! I applaud your courage for using a bubbling mask! 👏

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I really enjoy bubbling masks though normally they’re in sheet mask form and they’re not brown. @keana1 @I don’t do them unless I need a deep clean which is rarely cause they do tend to dry my already dry skin outSmiley Happy

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I also have dry skin, maybe the bubbling sheet mask that I tried just made my skin even dryer @heartsmyface ! 

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Girl, you are brave!! 😳 I looked at the pic of the mixture and thought “is it bubbling?” I agree with @Shosh85!  You look adorable - only you @heartsmyface can make bubbling 💩 look cute!  Brava! 👏🏼 

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Hahahahaha!!!  I really didn’t feel brave.  There are far less flattering pics of me making faces when it was first being appliedSmiley Wink.  It was drippy and horrifying.  @itsfi 



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Ewww, drippy sounds horrifying @heartsmyface!

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@heartsmyface This one sounds so great! I kinda like that it looks like 💩 – it adds to the fun. Haha! You are the cutest person ever with 💩 on your face 😉

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Haha, why thank you!  Best compliment of the day!  It bubbles so much bits came off on my pants too 🤣.  It was easy to wipe off but just added to the experience!  I am so utterly shocked I like it and would recommend!  @Shosh85 

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Okay I clearly chose gross.  I’ve been putting this Japanese mask by Synapse Media Lab off for a while now cause it just looks rude.  I was shocked when I mixed the ingredients and a tablespoon of water cause it bubbled up like a witches potion.  Fun and startling!  It is a particularly diaper filling shade of brown which had me laughing as I applied it.  No scent.  The bubbles are aggressive and some of them had bite.  I left it on for 5minites.  I dried down to a bubbly mud.  Upon rinsing I noticed immediately that the sebaceous glands on my nose were completely cleaned out.  My face feels a bit dry and tight around the nose though.  This is a good cleansing mask and would be excellent for anyone with blackheads or oily skin.  Gotta go put some moisture back onto my skin but I would give this one an A cause it did clear up those oxidized glands and any discomfort is made good by its effectiveness. 

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@heartsmyface  oooh sounds amazing ! love anything that cleans pores out

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For Monday night's masking, I went with a sheet mask that fits both of this week’s themes – "H" is for hydration and for the gross ingredient, placenta. I had some reservations about putting a mask with placenta on my face (but I was perfectly fine with the snail mucin – LOL!) I pulled this mask out of the bin and set it aside when I learned that @Aaliaa’s suggestion for a gross mask theme would be part of this year’s challenge.


Sheet Mask

The material on the Elensilia IntraCell Escarbot + Placenta Firming Mask Sheet is nice and thin, and has a clean and slightly sweet, citrusy-floral scent. No one fragrance came to mind initially, but later on, I thought the scent was maybe a subtly sweetened pamplemousse. Other than being too long at the chin and jawline, the mask fit may facial features pretty well; I did make a very minor adjustment to the top part of the inner and outer corners of the eye to lift the mask from my eyelids. It felt like I had nothing on, like second skin, as they say. I left the mask on for half hour, which is typically the time I’ve been wearing my sheet masks; it’s about 10 minutes longer than the recommended time on most sheet masks, including this one. The mask was slightly damp when I removed it and I had some essence remaining on my face. My skin was slightly tacky to the touch once the essence has been absorbed but my skin feels more firm than before, which surprised me because I don’t often find firming masks to be firming on the first use. Looking in the mirror, my complexion looked clear and slightly matte and feels hydrated, though my face does also feel warm. I’m surprising myself here, but this is an “A/A+” mask for me. Wait, what?! I was not  expecting that.

Hand Mask

While I had the sheet mask on, I reached for the Salon de bi Joie Placenta Hand Mask because if I’m going to do a placenta sheet mask, I might as well use a hand mask with placenta in it as well, right?! Right. There’s a placenta foot mask but I don’t think I have it in my stash; otherwise, I would have worn it tonight. The essence on this one is thicker in consistency than the liquidy essence in the sheet mask. There’s a slightly fruity-ish scent to the hand mask that is neither pleasing nor offensive to my sense of smell, but that you can smell on your hands after you remove the mask. Since the hand mask has added fragrance, I’m not sure whether the scent is from the added fragrance or one of the ingredients. The hand mask is supposed to be left on for 10-15 minutes; I kept it on for about 12 minutes. When I removed the mask, my hands were coated in the serum but not dripping in it. My skin feels a smidge tacky as I massage the serum into my hands and forearms. Once it absorbs, the tacky feeling fades away and I’m left with soft, smooth and moisturized hands and gets an “A” from me.


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Ohhhh, I was just reading about placenta in skincare yesterday!  I thought I'd found a placenta hair mask... it was soy placenta.  Do you know if your masks were pig or cow placenta? @itsfi 

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@missjeanie, the sheet mask doesn’t say whether it’s pig 🐖 or cow 🐄 or sheep 🐑 but I think that one is animal placenta. The placenta in the hand mask is from soybeans. So many different kinds. I have a TonyMoly placenta mask and I plan to use later this week - that one is “phytoplacenta” (or soybean placenta).