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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: CrΓ¨me 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          β€™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 β€œMasking 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 β€˜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: β€œO”


Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica: 


Next Mask Meetup Info: CrΓ¨me 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 CrΓ¨me 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 CrΓ¨me 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: awwwww @missjeanie this is such cute packaging, but sound...

Ya.... this one will be easy to pass on in the future, it's cute, but I won't be excited for it, did no harm, but didn't do a lot of good either. @lmaster 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yesterday I went with a Lemon theme! πŸ‹D8172B37-3EC3-4B29-9A14-C1EE98B1EE0B.jpeg


Holika Holika Lemon Pure Essence Sheet Mask

This is a very thin cotton sheet mask that was drenched with serum and had a very light lemon scent. It had a great fit that was just a little long at the chin. It had a comfortable, cool feel the whole time I had it on, about 40 minutes. The leftover serum was absorbed pretty quick but the tackiness didn't go away until I added some moisturizer. My complexion looked clear and bright, my skin felt nicely hydrated and my face had a great glow. This one gets an A+




Peripera Juice Time Lemon Mask

Like the others I've tried from the line, this mask is thin and drenched with serum, which also made it pretty difficult to unfold. It had a very light, lemon scent that was unnoticeable once the mask was on. It had a great fit – just a little long at the chin. It adhered well and was comfortable to wear the 40 minutes I had it on. I patted in the little bit of serum leftover, that was just very slightly tacky – but it all absorbed quickly. My face looked noticeably brighter, felt soft, smooth, hydrated and had a nice glow. This is the third one I've tried from the line, and I'd have to say they all give pretty much the same results – except this one seemed to brighten a lot more than the other two. I'd try any of these again and give this an A+


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85, *squee!!!  I love lemons πŸ‹πŸ‹and I love your masking theme - A+!!! πŸ₯° The packaging on both of these are super cute and the results from both of these masks sounds marvelous!! πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ I really like the functionality of the packaging on the Holika Holika mask packets too, with the "easy open" flap in the upper right hand corner - it's so convenient and keeps things neat and tidy. πŸ‘πŸΌ I know, I know, what an interesting detail for me to be so fascinated with - sometimes the little things matter! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰πŸ’–

love the lemon theme! πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹@Shosh85

love the lemon theme! πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹@Shosh85

Re: love the lemon theme! πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹@Shosh85

@sonnydee Thank you! I didn't think I was going to like them too much, but instead I ended loving them both! πŸ™ŒπŸ‹πŸ˜

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Great theme, @Shosh85! I'm glad both of the lemon masks worked out well for you!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you, @quspork! I really wasn't expecting to like them both as much as I did! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‹

love how lemon extract is second on the ingredients list...

love how lemon extract is second on the ingredients list on the other juice mask @Shosh85 lemon is one I need to seek out πŸ˜‰

Re: love how lemon extract is second on the ingredients list...

@lmaster The Juice Time Masks have all been so great! This one definitely did a good job brightening! πŸ‹πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Great L theme, Great masks, Great results!  Awesome masking @Shosh85 !

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie Thank you! Lemon wasn't very exciting for me at first, but im happy they both turned out great! πŸ‹πŸ˜ƒ

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

YES @Shosh85 I picked up that Holika Holika mask recently but haven't tried it yet - SO excited to now! I could hardly read your review fast enough, once I saw the photo I went straight for the grade Smiley Very Happy Sounds like both were great, thank you so much!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe Thats what's so great about the weekly schedule – I had that one sitting around for a bit and just wasn't excited to try it, but "L" week gave me a reason to and I'm sure glad I did! I hope you enjoy it too! πŸ‹

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Me too, I am loving how it all worked out @Shosh85! I was just thinking this morning how it would be to have a day each week where there is a mask that fits the theme, and if everyone wants to try it on the same day, how fun that would be! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe That would be pretty cool! It's always nice when there's someone else who's tried the same mask and you're able to compare notes! πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I have a ton of "L" sheet masks for some reason haha. This week so far I tried out the This mask claims to claims to hydrate and Brighten. So the sheet mask really did look like a little lamb inside haha. The fit was a bit odd - it was very narrow in the face so it didn't go to the edges of my face. It was well saturated and not heavy scent. I actually LOVE this mask - my skin looked really healthy and brightened after using it - I could really see the results. I'll give it an A. 

I also used the Missha Lemon Sheet Mask this had a light lemon-y scent but it didn't smell artificial. The fit was a bit large especially toward the bottom of the mask. I don't feel that the mask was very well saturated; especially the chin part got pretty dry by time it had been on 20 minutes. I didn't think the results were anything spectacular. I definitely prefer their other 3 part line better.  I'd say B+. 


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Kim888, healthy, hydrated and brightened skin is not something I would ever turn down! Smiley Happy TheSaem lamb masks sounds wonderful - noticeable results that match its claim and it's cute - a fantastic combination.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Love the little lamb mask, @Kim888! I had no idea there were so many lemon masks in existence, LOL!

how cute! @Kim888 little llama 😍 sorry you didn't see mu...

how cute! @Kim888 little lamb 😍 sorry you didn't see much from the lemon mask πŸ€”

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

All the lemon masks I've been reading about have me craving spring @Kim888 !  The lemon scent must have been lovely.  Glad the Lamb mask worked out so well for you !

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Love how the Saem Lamb mask sounds, @Kim888! Feel like I have a ton of L masks, too - and M. Ok I am going to add that one to my growing-again list of masks to try! Thank you Smiley Happy

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