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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!


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@eshoe  I’ll have to keep that in mind when I’m looking! Always looking for eye masks!

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They are so beautiful @missjeanie but seriously I cannot do $5 a night for eye masks😂

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@eshoe oooo I have the omorovicza mask and have not tried it yet. Sounds pretty decent. Booooo for alcohol, but the gold is super pretty 😍 you are the best! Very thoughtful and caring to put all the effort into all this on a daily basis,, thanks so much 😘

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Yeah I am thinking true Silver Saviour is great @lmaster, I could feel it working. Another time! 


Awww you’re welcome, this place is like my little online sanctuary 😂 I really 💗 your ability to make masking fun with your positive outlook on everything hereSmiley Happy

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Thanks so much for all YOU do for this tread and all of us @eshoe !  I had a hard time answering this weeks survey question!  I'm super curious to see the results! 

Sounds like some interesting masking you had yesterday.  I was all in on the goldschlager mask, the packaging, the pretty gold flakes, but I completely see why it wouldn't be a repurchase.  I'll bet the APassioni is making your skin much more sensitive while getting accustomed to it.   It'll be interesting to see if you re-try some of these masks after and how you'd rate them again.

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It's such a good question, @missjeanie!


I think I'm going to take it easy on trying any new masks (ahem at least I will try) for awhile. Or be more diligent about reading labels, it gets me every time when I don't.


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@eshoe  I think I’d have enjoyed my Econ classes a lot more of you were the prof! Lol

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@missjeanie or if the class was all about beauty😄


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I actually decided to go back to school about two years ago and get my Associates Degree in Accounting.  I left the hospitality world managing food and beverage for massive convention centers and hotels.  I decided I wanted to shift my life to something with a 9-5 where I wasn't panicking about work outside of work... I honestly thought about going to school to become a medical esthetician because of how much I love the world of beauty.  In the end accounting won due to a natural skill level and job security, but the worry of loosing beauty as a hobby was a big part of that as well. I wish every class I took/take could be beauty related! I'd never fall asleep in a prof. @eshoe lecture!

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I find it interesting so many here have business backgrounds @missjeanie! I finished my degree a couple of years ago (business) and would LOVE to work in data analysis. From what I’ve heard though, a lot of time is spent writing sql/other commands which, I’m no expert at! Business Stats & Applied Microeconomics were my favorite classes, along with a Business in Literature course I took my Jr. year. They were all led by amazing professors who genuinely cared about their student’s growth. Made such a difference!


Accounting was fun but towards the end I was ready to be done, it was very taxing on my brain😉

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Prof's really do make a huge differenace @eshoe !  I originally did my BA in Economics and hated it at the time, I was right out of high school and ended up following it right up with a diploma in Culinary Management and then Baking and Pastry Arts.  I waited about 15 years to go back again, so it's been a time trying to manage working and going to classes, but I'm happy that I finally did it!  I've been enjoying almost every class this time around!

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Wow that’s majorly impressive @missjeanie, kudos to you👏🏼👍🏼😄!!!

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Ahhh, @eshoe ,  right back to you!  You're the best, especially for newer members like myself, keeping the mask thread going!    Gold in the SOS,  you deserve the gold!

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Aww thank you @byme4u Smiley Happy @Aaliaa did an amazing job of setting this whole thread up, it wouldn't be here if not for her! I hope she can join us again soon.


I realized after masking that I did a pirate's masking - silver and gold Smiley Very Happy

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Two Sheet masks to review from the last few days! 

The first is the MISSHA Purifying Mask. The picture kind of looks like Juice so I am counting it as my J since I have no J masks haha. I really liked this mask. Step one is super similar to the PTR Peeling gel we were talking about last week. I think it was even more intense - the deal skin really balled up. Step 2 was a nice essence and then the sheet mask. The sheet mask was well shaped and well saturated. Overall my face felt really nice and smooth after using this I would give it an A. 

I also tried the HEALING BIRD nutrition avacado sheet mask. I've never heard of this brand before. The fit was just okay - the nose area especially was too small. The mask itself was a thin cotton - it felt well saturated but I will say I kind of got distracted and left it on for 30 minutes and it was definitely drying down by then. The mask was nice but nothing special - I did pick up 2 others from this brand so I will try those later - I would give it a B+ it did a solid job but I wouldn't go out and buy it again.  


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Oh I’m so excited to use the Missha mask I have (red one) after reading your review on the green one @Kim888! Ooh, avocado! 🥑 Too bad it was just okay. Will be interesting to see if the other masks from this line perform the same way. 

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@Kim888 I like how the Missha mask sounds!! I've had really good luck with the brand and this one seems like no exception! 👍

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@Kim888 these look very nice 😉 

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@Kim888 not so great about the avocado, but it’s always a win to find a good multi-step mask!

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@Kim888 haven't seen one bad review on Missha yet, love to have a brand that is consistently good! Especially for a 3-step mask, to have all steps be worth your timeSmiley Wink


I've got a couple of different Healing Bird masks, an Aloe and a Rose one. I agree, they are ok, good for just when you want to mask, but nothing spectacular. 

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Saw Capt. Marvel last night & was in the mood for some girl power! 💪So power ranger villainess & purlisse founder Jennifer Yen was the choiceof the night. This was my first time using this mask, I got these from a shopper deal on ipsy 😍 was curious about them & couldn't resist the price. They do have a citrusy smell to them, always nice for me,grapefruit really stood out to me. The fit was ok, forehead was perfect,nose a lil too wide for me & as usual the chin.🙄too eyes & my nose area did get a lil irritated due to the oils or the scent. I'm not sure, but I wore it for the 20 min & then removed. It was just enoughuncomfortableness, to make me watch the clock. The serum is light, fresh & watery so you feel more wet than tacky. My skin did look brighter & healthier so I like the results just may have to cut the mask away from my eyes more next time. B+ but could bump to an A if I cut more on the eyes & it didnt irritate me