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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

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:



Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85  I was just saying that this week has had a lot less cravings talked about with all the gross ingredients, but now I'm craving honey, banana and peanut butter on a slice of bread.  When we were little kids my mom would let us have it as a treat sometimes and as weird as I think it is now... I still love it every few years!  Sounds like a pretty sweet masking session you got to have today!

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@missjeanie I literally just had a honey, peanut butter and banana sandwich the other day! Haha! It is seriously one of my favorites 😃🍯🍌 This mask is one my favorites as well 😉 I've repurchased, and used this one a few times already 👍

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In keeping with the “let’s see how many gross masks my skin likes” theme that this week seems to be turning into for me (hahaha!), I reached for My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird’s Nest Sheet Mask. My Beauty Diary (MBD) is a Taiwanese brand and their sheet masks are quite popular. I picked up a variety pack when I was on vacation a while back, from a store that sold crepes as well as Asian snacks and skincare products.

For those who don’t know what bird’s nest is made of, check out the spoiler below (but word of caution, maybe check it out on an empty stomach and ask yourself beforehand if you really want to know).  I think I’ve used this mask before, but it had different packaging. Like other MBD masks, this one is made of cotton, has the same thickness and fit of most sheet masks, and has a very subtle signature sheet mask scent if you put your nose to the mask or the open packet but which is otherwise unnoticeable (and which you can’t smell when you’re wearing the sheet mask).  A few snips at the chin/jawline and corners of the eyes and mouth and I was good to go about my business for the recommended half hour while the sheet mask work its magic. And, work its magic it did! Oooh. My skin is noticeably brighter and bouncier and it feels moisturized too. The results earn the mask an “A” but I will not repurchase this particular mask. Mine is a personal decision, with a significant factor being the endangered status of the swiftlets whose nests are used. I read that there are some suppliers of swiftlet nests that harvest the nests in a sustainable manner but I don’t know which brands use those suppliers and I don't know what is involved in the processing.

What are birds nest made of?
The saliva of swiftlets, birds who live in caves primarily in southern Asia, the South Pacific and northeastern Australia


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...and another GGM @itsfi, no surprises here! I do understand your decision, I think even when supply chains are monitored for the most part, there are going to be gaps. I am with you on this one! I do wonder about this phenomenon with gross masks being so great for our skin, though. I would ALMOST try another placenta mask, if I had to chooseSmiley Wink

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@eshoe, this week definitely opened my eyes to some new masks. lol! Smiley Happy My skin has always responded well to snail products so that wasn't new, but caviar, bee venom, placenta, etc., etc. All of the "gross" ingredients I used this week have been good for my skin, which was a complete surprise. Did not see that coming at all!! In fact, I had a handful of aloe mask, hyaluronic acid mask and honey masks lined up for this week, ready to use to soothe any negative reaction I thought I might experience from these gross masks - I haven't had to use any of those masks for that reason. I'll use up most, if not all, of the 'gross' masks in my stash (other than snail masks) by the end of this week. Some will definitely be repurchases after I've used up most of my current masks, and some ingredients I want to do additional research before deciding whether to repurchase. Lots of learning this week. Smiley Happy 

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Yes, @itsfi - I almost hesitate to say this, but I think it’s been my favorite week so far this year! I’m going to a family gathering this afternoon and my first thought was how well that placenta mask worked and maybe I should use it? (I won’t, my stomach’s just not strong enough😉) But it was so much fun, love everyone’s masks this week!

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@itsfi Oh darn! I'm pretty sure I just ordered this one. I ordered a little bundle of masks from line the other day, and I believe this is one of them... I'm so sad now😥 I'm happy to hear the results were great and the mask wasn't a waste. 😊

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It’s just this one @Shosh85. I think we say that you never read my post when you use it. Yeah? Yeah!! 

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hmm.... well this is on the gross scale for sure!  I think I'd probably try this as it's not too gross for me... but I completely understand your decision not to do so again.  I'd hope there's sustainable ways to collect the nests, but like you said... how do you know which masks use which methods?

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hahaha @missjeanie, the gross scale! Smiley Happy Before this week, I'd never imagine how many masks we could put on that scale. lol! Smiley Happy

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@itsfiI feel like masks on the scale two weeks ago may not even be on it anymore! lol

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So true @missjeanie, so true!! This week completely upended the scale! Haha! 😂🤣

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H is for hydrating here.  This is an oldie but a goodie that I’m trying to move out of my hoard.  It’s green but not in a gross waySmiley Happy  I mean, do I need to write a review on this? I’ve been raving about it for years and this is maybe my third or fourth tub.   It does everything it says.  It gets an A+284ADCBC-E716-4299-8876-E213227A3356.jpeg


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@heartsmyface This one feels so great straight outta the fridge at summertime! It really does feel great! Glad to hear you love it!👍

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I remember the first time I used this mask @heartsmyface, was a GWP from Sephora and I thought it was AMAZING Smiley Very Happy 

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So many great ingredients in that mask @heartsmyface

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:-) @heartsmyface  sometimes you just need something you know works

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Exactly!!!  It’s been really snowy and cold here and I want to know my skin’s getting taken care of Smiley Happy @Kim888 

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Well I didn't intend for this to be on this week's list for Gross but due to the lovely  @eshoe 's research, voila! I tried this mask out earlier in the week before reading her review. I was late to the party for adding it but glad I waited because I've learned so much about a particular ingredient in this mask Smiley Wink Overall, I didn't mind this mask. It did have tackiness after (applied moisturizer after a bit to help with that) but it was an easy wear for me. Wasn't amazing but definitely wasn't bad.

(Link to eshoe's awesome research on the gross ingredient if you are interested)


This fits in to the H theme. I cut off the Hydrating wording at the top of the mask.. oops.  
I started with the Glam Glow mask to treat a few spots on my face that needed some clearing. First time using that. Quite interesting scent. Couldn't pin point it .. maybe black licorice?  Then followed up with the Tony Moly Lavender mask. I have quite a few of these as I got the big gift set from Macy's for practically free. They are an easy staple to have on hand and go to. Fit well and do a great job. 


this was one inspired by @eshoe .  After finding these on sale at Costco and purchasing due to the great reviews, I really wanted to try it. It sure didnt disappoint. The fit was ok, not bad but not perfect but then again when do these masks fit perfect. I'm very glad I purchased a variety box from Costco because I'm am definitely very pleased with this mask and look forward to the rest. 


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@GalPalVal17 Great masking!! The Goo Tao Beaute is so interesting! I have never heard of that ingredient before! 🦌

I just picked up the same pack of When masks from Costco too!! 8 masks for $9.99 is an awesome deal, especially for When! I also really like that it's a variety pack and not 8 of the same mask! I haven't tried the Travelmate one yet – happy to hear you liked it! 👍🤗

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I was wondering about the lavender scent too, @GalPalVal17. I recently ordered a lavender (and lily of the valley) mask after @sonnydee talked about one she used. I don't see too many around here so I'm always interested. If it's done right, it can be soon nice!