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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!

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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Wow I bet your nephew calls you the cool aunt, @keana1 😎😄!

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Nobody comes to visit me except my parents @eshoe ! I have a few friends but they’re both allergic to cats so obviously they can’t come so I’m the one who has to visit them but this is completely justified. My sister never visits, but I think that I’ve already talked to you about this. I’ve given up on her...🤷🏻‍♀️

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I’m so sorry, @keana1. Family can be incredibly complicated. Sometimes time really does bring some hope along with it!

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Thanks @eshoe ! I hope that she comes around and realizes how much I love her and my nephew! 

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Granted I'm not licking my lips, but did you find the FRESH - Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment had a taste @keana1? I wouldn't say I can taste anything when I wear it. I appreciate the sensation and it's a really nice balm for me. Glad it's working out well for you too!

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I didn’t notice any taste @ShortErica. I like it’s cooling effect and is very moisturizing . Glad that you enjoy it! 

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I can't remember who said it, but I think someone who received this gratis said it had an odd taste. So it's not me or you @keana1 - I'm glad it doesn't have a taste!

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I don’t remember who that might be @ShortErica ? 

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I'll have to check the gratis posts. Also I need to post an update since I've tried some of the products now. Smiley Happy

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I love both of these items @keana1! 💚 I’ve taken note 📝 about using these two as a combo - what a great duo! 👍🏼 Maybe The Face Shop will restock the MasCream soon; there was a period of time when I could not find a beloved sheet mask from The Face Shop in the store or online but it was eventually restocked! 😃 

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Thanks @itsfi ! I checked out the Face Shop store recently and I couldn’t find the snail mucin one ! They have the Goat Milk one but I’ve tried products that contain goat milk and it irritates my skin so much so I’m never going to try the Mask ! I think 2 other MasCream flavors were available but no snail 🐌! I think that they might have stopped carrying the snail one because it didn’t sell well enough. Sheet masking hasn’t really caught on here yet🤞 in the province of Quebec! I think that the % of those who mask is infinitely small compared to other provinces, states and countries! This makes purchasing sheet masks quite challenging which is unfortunate! People don’t know what they’re missing! 

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The last "K" masks for the week 😉 


Keep Calm and Hydrate On



I Dew Care Keep Calm and Hydrate On

This is a thin mask, drenched with serum that has a very light coconut scent, but was hardly noticeable while the mask was on. The fit was good – just a little too wide at the temples and a little too long at the chin. I removed it after about 25 minutes and massaged in the little bit of left over serum. The serum was slightly tacky, but it all absorbed pretty fast. My face felt very soft and smooth, and maybe a little brighter, but it also felt kinda uncomfortable and dry. 

For a mask that has the word "hydrate" in the title, it didn't do a very good job actually hydrating. I wouldn't use this one again and give a C grade.


 Kale & Grapefruit 6C06549A-C5D9-49F7-BBCD-D2C7931A7C84.jpeg


Ariul Juice Cleanse Mask - Kale & Grapefruit

This is a thin, white cotton sheet mask of about medium thickness, that was drenched with a milky serum. It had a very pleasant scent, that's hard to describe exactly – sort of a fresh, clean and fruity type of smell. It fit a little big in both length and width, but it did have pre-cut slots at the chin, ears and eyes for better customization. It was comfortable to wear and adhered pretty well, except for the chin area, that needed repatting a few times. I removed it after about a half hour and there was just a little serum left, that was just slightly tacky, but absorbed pretty quickly on it's own. My face looked noticeably brighter, had a very nice glow and had lasting hydration. I'd definitely use this one again and it gets an A+!


so glad the grapefruit and kale worked well, sounds great...

so glad the grapefruit and kale worked well, sounds great actually 🤔 lol @Shosh85... yeah you would think if a mask has the word hydrate,, it would at least be more than noticeable

Re: so glad the grapefruit and kale worked well, sounds great...

@lmaster I usually try to go in with low expectations, but when they have it written in the title like that, my expectations rise a little higher 😉 but of course, I had low expectations for the Kale one, and that one turned out wonderful! 😂 That's just how it works😆

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Oh man, not only a let down for a mask but so disappointing you wouldn't do it again, sorry @Shosh85. Good thing your other mask was an A+.

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@ShortErica I shoulda known not to have high hopes! Haha! Hydration and coconut just sounded good to me! I've had so many "A" masks lately, I was bound to come across a dud sooner or later. 😉😃

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@Shosh85Bummer about the I Dew Care... It looked like it could be such a good one.  Glad there was a positive in the Kale & Grapefruit though!

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@missjeanie Out of the two of them, I kinda thought I'd like the I Dew Care one more! I really try not to form assumptions or expectations about a mask before using it, but I usually get excited for masks with "hydrate" in the title, and less excited for ones with "Kale" in the title. 😂🥬

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@Shosh85It's hard to get excited about the word "kale" in anything... lol

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@Shosh85 💗 that Kale mask! You’ve tried the lentil one too, I think? Bummer about the I Dew Care! one though; a hydrating mask has one goal 😂 

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