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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!

Thank you, @keana1! I’ve gone through over 1/2 of the Maison Margiela already, and the Detox Shampoo from LP will be a definite repurchase. Still working on the DE so the jury is still out😉

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The LP Detox Shampoo is the one that I forgot @eshoe ! It’s in my loves list since I finished my Detox shampoo! It’s pictured in the Empties thread. It might be one of my next purchases from Sephora! The Maison Margiela must have an amazing smell since I love citrusy fragrances! I love Living Proof ,Bumble&Bumble and Devacurl hair products ! So many different things to try and buy again! Eventually we have to learn that we can’t have it all ! There are so many other important issues to deal with and we need to get our priorities straight! 

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I agree, @keana1. I’ve been in a low-buy since the beginning of the year, and while I am constantly tweaking it, it’s helped me tremendously in narrowing my focus. It hasn’t been perfect by any means, but it helps me think about my choices differently. Priorities😊

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I’ve also been tweaking my low buy @eshoe ! You’re not the only one! Next month I have to have my summer tires put on my car ( this is a yearly thing! ) and have a spring inspection done, so April might have to be a no buy ! Even if there’s a spring sale! Priorities 🙄 !

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@keana1, both you and  @missjeanie have had good things to say about this mask. 👍🏼@veronika23 spoke highly of the Consonant HydrExtreme (a great hydrating serum) and this mask has some nice oils in it. I’ll definitely be checking out more products from this brand, including this mask! 😃

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The Consonant DHE Mask is sooo great @itsfi ! It’s going to replace my beloved Jouviance Detox Clay Mask once I finish it, or I might even alternate between both masks since the Jouviance mask doesn’t contain exfoliating acids. My search for a new clay mask is finally over! I haven’t tried the HydExtreme but I’m sure that it’s a great serum! Unfortunately it’s too expensive for me! ( I multilayer different serums from TO and Hylamide since they are much less expensive and the combination works probably as well or even better than the Consonant serum )

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Yaaay! I'm so happy you've found a new clay mask to your liking, @keana1. Smiley Happy I know how much you loved the Jouviance mask. When it comes to the Consonant HydrExtreme, all I'm saying is thank goodness for Costco and their prices; definitely makes the HydrExtreme more doable.

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I didn’t know that Costco had Consonant products? That’s good to know @itsfi ! I keep forgetting about Costco! 

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@keana1, in the US, Costco only carries the HydrExtreme. Well, for now at least. I’m hoping they sfock  more of  their products down the road.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I hope so @itsfi ! I should check their website, I added Costco to my list of websites so that I remember that they sell interesting products online! Thanks for reminding me about them ! 😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thursday I used one of my favorite sheet mask, the Face Shop MascCream with Snail Mucin. For those who aren’t familiar with this mask ( I’ve been using and posting about it a few times already but it was a long time ago! This is a cotton mask dripping with a milky serum. See spoiler for ingredients list. It fits quite well on my face so no alterations were required and I left it on until it dried because I slept with it on ( works better than melatonin 😂 ! ). The recommended time is 10-20 minutes. This mask has constantly given me great results, my fine lines are diminished, my face looks lifted and my skin is smooth! Grade A+

PS : it’s not available anymore at the Face Shop but it’s available at the yesstyle website.

 I also used at the same time the new FRESH - Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment

which was part of the gratis I received on Thursday, and I just love it! I hate the taste of mint, but I enjoy the smell and the cooling effect peppermint oil and eucalyptus have on my lips 💚💚💚 !071C79A7-498F-4A1C-A2B0-34DA301A2D11.jpeg

image.jpgIngredients list

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@keana1 The mask sounds so wonderful! I love the milky serums! I'm happy to hear it's a favorite of yours! 😃👍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks @Shosh85 ! This series of MasCreme masks have a generous amount of serum ! I keep the serums for future use, as essences even if they’re not technically essences ! 

oh this creme mask sounds delightful! @keana1

oh this creme mask sounds delightful! @keana1

Re: oh this creme mask sounds delightful! @keana1

I started masking with this sheet mask a little more than a year ago and love using sheet masks since @lmaster ! I only have one left 😢 ! If you’re not creeped out by snail mucin, you should try it! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The sheet mask sounds lovely, @keana1! Except for the mucin part😆 Funny that it works better than melatonin for you, but also nice to know. Happy you are enjoying the Fresh gratis, I like peppermint oil in my diffuser😉

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It’s so weird that using a sheet mask makes me fall asleep better than melatonin @eshoe ! Maybe I feel relaxed when I mask in the evening? I also use peppermint oil but not in a continuous diffuser ( I read an article mentioning that continuous diffusers ( depending what the essential oil is used ) could be dangerous for cats and dogs ) . I usually put a few drops in water ( in a glass container ) and ... here’s a picture image.jpgI love dragons!

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Wow that is a beautiful piece of art, as well as diffuser, @keana1! Thank you for sharing😊 I do remember reading that about EO’s. Thank you for the reminder!

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This sounds so masculine but my living room is decorated with medieval accents @eshoe ! No flowers but knives, dragon themed items, wine glasses with medieval decorations on them, even a small armoured soldier! It’s only my living room...

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Well, you should enjoy where you live, @keana1 - I’m sure Kauai 💗’s it, too!

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I really enjoy the decorations that I have @eshoe ! There are so many different styles that look great! The important thing is that you like your environment! If I had young children my decorations would be completely different but I don’t have any! The dangerous items are very hard to reach in case my nephew visits and one of my swords that’s on one of my walls isn’t sharp or pointed so it’s only for show and in a case, I’m the only one that knows that it’s not dangerous! Here are pictures of my favorite items 80557107-0C2D-43A9-A11B-7D2497E21656.jpegThis one can be lethal since the edges are sharp!A28ADEB2-29AE-425E-87C9-90B54466AD40.jpegMy Lord of the Rings LE wine glass

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