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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!

@PrettyPaint, mmmm matcha latte! 🍵 Yum!



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What flavor do you have @PrettyPaint? I am planning to get the Matcha and Earl Grey at some point. When I actually need more Smiley Wink

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I have chocolate (that’s what I’m currently using). But I also added a couple more to the vitacost order to reach the shipping minimum (I think earl grey and root beer). I haven’t tried them yet, though. Matcha sounds awesome!  Is chocolate what’s in your pic? It looks similar to mine. 

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That’s the Vata, @PrettyPaint -almond, cardamom and rose. At first I thought it was just like cherry chapstick but the more I use it, the cardamom is what really stands out!

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Oh nice @eshoe . I’ll put that one on my list too because I love cardamom. 

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@eshoe Oh man, sorry to hear you had a bad reaction to the bean mask!! That's disappointing! I'm glad your face is back to normal now!

That sheet mask looks so pretty! Too bad the scent was so strong – definitely not a mask for me! It would be interesting to know exactly how much of each ingredient are in these things! Usually if the ingredient is last in line, all you really know is that it there's less of that ingredient than the rest – but that still doesn't tell you how how much! 🤔🤷‍♀️

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At least it wasn’t a mask I was in love with @Shosh85, there’s always that😄 So strange, but all’s well that ends well! 


Yeah this week made my extra-aware of just how many sheet masks have added fragrance and why that can be so bothersome. It was kind of sensory overload😆 Very much looking forward to next week!

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Saturday AM masking focused on flowers week with this rose petal infused mask.



Initially, my plan was to put the DHC Rich Eye Zone Eye Masks under the B&BW sheet mask but I ended up using the eye masks first and then using the sheet mask later in the morning. The DHC eye masks continue to be impressive and I’m still surprised that I like them as much as I do even though they cover a portion of my eyelid. I have two pairs left and plan to save them for when I travel but these are definitely something I would consider repurchasing after I’ve made my way through the eye gels / eye masks I currently have.

The Bath & Body Works Petal – Infused Hydrogel Mask with Rose is … amazing! First off, the scent is just perfect, not at all artificial; reminds me of fresh roses from a garden. Just lovely. This is a 2-piece hydrogel mask; the material is very delicate. It fits, adheres and wears very well for the entire half hour that I had it on. After I removed the mask and patted in the essence, my skin looked and felt really hydrated and bouncy. B&BW sheet masks are typically seasonal, which in this case, is a major shame. I would stock up on this sheet mask if I could. Thank you @Shosh85 for this lovely mask; it’s an “A+” all the way!  


Saturday PM - "I" is for the Innisfree masks for my hands and feet.



Tonight I reached for the Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask. I liked it when I initially tried it and those sentiments remain unchanged. This is a nice mask, one I can see myself repurchasing after I’ve gone through more of my stash, unless I get distracted by other masks which is always possible. The texture of the mask is also interesting, another “I”, in that it bounces back to its original form, and looks like I never scooped out a chunk of it to apply to my face.


The Innisfree Special Care Mask for hand and feet were the stars of the night. I used the foot masks while doing some cleaning around the house earlier tonight and am wearing the Innisfree hand masks now as I type this post – tonight’s masking is all about multi-tasking. LOL! Both masks have a soft floral-ish lotion scent, though it’s more pronounced in the foot mask. It’s not a bad scent, just somewhat generic. It’s subtle enough that it didn’t bother me. The foot mask fit my foot pretty well, a little bigger width-wise and slightly longer length-wise. The foot mask does not include a sticker. I didn’t mind, but I can see how it would be helpful to include that in the  design. I recall some suggestions on BIC to wear socks over the foot mask so I did just that; that was a brilliant suggestion!  While I prefer the foot and hand masks from the Sephora Collection, these are not bad. Both are “A / A-” masks.


bath and body works has face masks?! @itsfi and it sounds...

bath and body works has face masks?! @itsfi and it sounds great, thanks for sharing 😍

Re: bath and body works has face masks?! @itsfi and it sounds...

@byme4u awesome!! Thanks for the heads up

Re: bath and body works has face masks?! @itsfi and it sounds...

@lmaster, I learned that B&BW carries sheet masks from @Shosh85‘s hauls! 😍 It seems a lot of places are stocking sheet masks now - it’s hard to keep up. Oh wait, right! I’m on a low buy / no buy / use my stash when it comes to sheet masks. Hahaha! 😂🤣 I’m not buying them, just noticing them. 😇 Uh-huh.. Let’s see how long this lasts... 😆

Re: bath and body works has face masks?! @itsfi and it sounds...

@itsfi I totally understand that! And I should probably be on a no buy myself 🤔😂

Re: bath and body works has face masks?! @itsfi and it sounds...

It’s funny @lmaster, since being on this low(er) buy / no buy with masks, I’ve really been aware of just how many sheet masks I have and my purchasing patterns when it comes to them. 😬😂 I’m getting through most of it though (yaaay!!) and I’m looking forward to coming up with some form of organization that is more than just sifting through my bin trying to find a mask I know I have, or think I have!! Hahaha! 😂🤣😂

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Awesome that you were able to multi task with the hand and foot masks on @itsfi !  I'll have to keep an eye out at bath and body works for masks!  I hadn't thought to look in there since I usually just stock up on candles a couple times a year!  Awesome to know they have great masks as well!

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I checked out my store yesterday @missjeanie and they were all out of the hydrogel ones! They said they go fast, and to check back Thursday. We'll see, I certainly don't need more Smiley Wink

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@missjeanie@Shosh85 finds all the amazing B&BW sheet masks, or just sheet masks in general. She’s the sheet mask hunter extraordinaire! 💖👍🏼🙌🏼😊 

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"Sheet mask hunter extraordinaire" eh? That's funny, that's exactly what I thought of you, @itsfi!! ... but I guess I'd say you're more of a sheet mask Queen! 👸🏽👑 @missjeanie 

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Oh my goodness, @Shosh85! Every time I see your mask hauls, there are a lot of “ooohh”s and ”aaahhh”s! And several “ohhh, what is that?!” 😍😍😍 We’re all sheet mask queens and kings here! 👑 🙌🏼  

@missjeanie If only we had a palace / castle to store all our masks! Heehee! 😆 

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lol... I'm gonna need a castle soon!  I'm planning a trip south not this week, but next and I have a huge list of masks/brands from Target/Ulta/Kohls/CCO/Sephora Swatches n Sniffs... I'm outta space lol, I'm going to end up giving away a drawer full of jeans to make room lol @itsfi 

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@missjeanie Oh my gosh, too funny! I was just telling my husband I was thinking of getting rid of my drawer of pajamas to make room for my masks!! Haha! He said, "well at least you're not thinking of getting rid of your underwear drawer" 😂 @itsfi 

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Smiley Very Happy @Shosh85 your husband is hilarious!

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