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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!

Masking fiasco indeed @Shosh85! 😖 I’d like to think that I will not be sucked in by pretty packaging again but I can’t make that kind of promise! Hahaha! 😂🤣😂 Yep, after something like that, you gotta go with what you know! Bamboo products have been good to my skin. 😍 


I was thinking about tossing some sheet masks with alcohol high up on the ingredients list. How did you decide which to keep and which to toss? 

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@itsfi It sorta just depends. Sometimes if I had several masks from the same line that all had alcohol, and I already tried a couple and didn't like them, I'll just toss the rest. Sometimes I look at the ingredients to see if there's other hydrating/moisturizing ingredients along with it that might be a good balance, I'll keep those. Also, if the alcohol is listed a lot farther down, then I don't feel so bad trying those out. 😉

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looks like some great masking @itsfi ! Glad your skin didn't suffer too much after yesterday! the new fresh lippie looks so nice!

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Me too, @Kim888! I have the slightest bit of redness on one side of my upper cheeks, but it’s not bright red and it’s easy enough to cover it up with some concealer. I’m glad I didn’t decide to wait out the stinging. 😬

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Today was a snow day for me!  Kinda fun, but kinda a bummer... had to snowplow, my front yard is now covered in about 8 feet of snow. Literally 8 feet. I did a nose strip from Dewy Tree before dinner.  I usually really enjoy nose strips to see what kind of gunk can come out of my pores.  Sadly nothing really came out.  I think the BIore strips will always be my favourite here, but I'll use up the rest of the pack for sure. 

I really didn't think I was going to find much in my stash with either an "I" or in the floral range.  Floral scents aren't generally my thing so I tend not to gravitate to them as key ingredients.  Well it turns out I've got a few things to bust out this week!  The Mitomo mask in Camellia Flower Oil & Matcha Essence Mask was a delight.  I detected a light floral scent that I really enjoyed, It was floral, but there was a bit of a fresh warmth to it as well.  Maybe the Matcha?  The mask itself was a good fit, had soaked up a good bit of serum, and still had quite a bit left in the packet.  I ended up leaving this on for about 40 minutes.  It was still quite damp when I took it off and my skin felt hydrated and smooth, maybe even a touch brighter.  Any tackiness from the mask dissipated in about 10 -15 minutes. I keep picking up the packet again to smell it.  Such a lovely scent, I wish I was better at describing fragrances or that BIC had scratch and sniff capabilities.


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@missjeanie  omg that's crazy!!! glad the mask worked out for you and I always think that as well - I'm terrible at describing scents!

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@Kim888I'm hoping someone else has better luck describing the scent... I really enjoyed it and wouldn't mind knowing what it was that i liked lol!

oh honey @missjeanie I don't want to see snow EVER again!...

oh honey @missjeanie I don't want to see snow EVER again!! 😆 are you stuck inside today? stay warm. I like the biore strips also

Re: oh honey @missjeanie I don't want to see snow EVER again!...

I think yesterday was a snow day for the entire city here @lmaster !  Thankfully things are back up and running today.  I'm pretty over the snow here too, I'm ready for us to move into Spring soon!

Re: oh honey @missjeanie I don't want to see snow EVER again!...

Yeah I stopped counting how many snow days the kids were out of school, I think I stopped at 9 😫 @missjeanie 

Re: oh honey @missjeanie I don't want to see snow EVER again!...

oh yikes @lmaster that's a lot!  I know buses here have been cancelled probably 5 or 6 times this winter, but schools were only closed this Monday.  My school, (I work at a college) has cancelled some night classes this year, but Monday was my only snow day... it was kinda nice to wake up as an adult and get told I had a snow day lol

Me & you both on having to shop our stash for floral! @mi...

Me & you both on having to shop our stash for floral! @missjeanie I got a few rose definitely have lavender but I like to be different 😉 I have this mask but different essence- cherry blossom & something esle....good to know it's good!

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I can't remember off the top of head which ones I found, but I think I've found 4 of this brand masks so far... And I'll likely check out to see if there are any others left later this week.  I've enjoyed the two I've tried so far!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Holy cow that’s a lot of snow @missjeanie


Scratch and sniff masking stickers would be awesome. Each package should come with a couple to share with your friends😊

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@eshoeI think we might be onto a new marketing idea here!!  Someone should really pay us to do this stuff for them lol!

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Camellia oil and matcha sound like a wonderful combination @missjeanie! 💕 Thanks so much for reviewing the mask; I picked up one of these but haven’t gotten to it yet and now I’m excited to give it a go (and smell it!)


Biore strips are the gold standard when it comes to nose strips! Love!! They’re just so good! 😊 


Whoa!! 😲 That’s a lot of snow!! ❄️ You got a workout! Will the snow let up soon?

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@itsfi @I hope you can figure out the scent better than I could, it’s so lovely and light. I know fragrance is a no-no for skincare but this was the last ingredient so I wasn’t worried, but man am I happy it’s in there! Really made the experience better for me!

It is a lot of snow... im hoping it’ll let up soon, but I’m sure there’s another storm or two left yet.

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@missjeanie, if fragrance is the last ingredient, I’m less worried about it; and you’re spot on, the right fragrance can elevate the time we spend masking! 😍 Stay warm missjeanie! ❄️❄️❄️ 

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@missjeanie Wouldn't it be sooo much easier if you could smell things through the screen?! That would definitely come in handy! 😂 Glad to hear it turned out great!


Im with ya on the Biore strips! I've tried several different pore strips, but none have done as well as Biore! 👍

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@Shosh85 @I think Biore just has the edge on nose strips. I’ll likely keep checking out other brands.... but I’ll always go back them. 

Scratch and Sniff Sephora would sell me soooo many more things!! Maybe were better off without? Lol

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

My first mask for floral week & what a fitting mask it was..covered in gold roses! I knew it was gold foil (from reading up on it) but was not expecting the roses😍🌹 this was day #20 in the Incredible @itsfi calendar(I unwrapped them all last week to see what I can fit in when- I'm glad I did even though I loved the idea & the surprise- looking forward to TCS watermelon. thank you😘) As much as I hated to tear into this incredible packaging, I did. I left this on for about 30 min, it was still pretty wet but I needed to let the serum soak in. This mask stayed in place for me to bake some muffins but it did have a pretty thick piece under my nose.So big that, it would try & cover my upper lip. There was a smell to it, it went away quickly once on my face so I smelled the package. I don't know how chrysanthemums are supposed to smell but it did have a earthy/flowery scent. Not bad, I would take this over a fake flower scent. After removing, my face stayed tacky so I finished off the night & this ds of Korres Wild Rose sleeping facial. The Korres was ok, definitely have to be a fan of the rose scent. It took me forever to kill it & I didnt use it consistently enough to see about the brightening claim. It does hydrate your face pretty good though. Grades: sheet mask-A my face had a glow to it & felt smooth under the tackiness. Korres not sure if I graded this before- 🤔 A, I wouldn't purchase a full size but would use samples.