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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!

@itsfi I love my Sephora Lip Balm rainbow! It looks like you're missing the nuts, macadamia and almond 👍😉 

It does seem like the scrubs don't stay scrubby, but when they are scrubby it's very gentle ....  and delicious! @ShortErica 

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Your Sephora Collection lip balm rainbow is so pretty @Shosh85! Oh yes! Forgot about macadamia nut balm. Wait?There’s an almond one? I didn’t even know they had an almond one. 

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@itsfi I'm in Florida so no harsh winter here. I used the scrub last year and enjoyed it but then later as I was using it this fall and into this year I noticed my lips would have tears on them and then they would be dry and damaged. I think this is partially my fault because I probably used more gel vs. sugar when I started and now what's left has a much higher sugar vs. gel ratio. Still the sugar causing tears is troublesome. I have read the stupid instructions a million times to make sure I'm not doing some type of user error and making the milky foam but still would get cuts.


In February I had a really bad bunch of lip stuff going on and I'm still trying to determine why. I did figure out the lip scrub was at least a part of the problem with a few separate attempts after my lips were healthy. It was good to find one culprit but I've been waiting to test the BITE BEAUTY - Agave Lip Mask.


I know some people are allergic to the Bite products but I didn't think it was me. For holiday 2017 I bought the bite kit that had the lip mask, balm and scrub. The balm was okay, I ended up being anti-scrub, but the lip mask was a total LOVE. So this holiday I purchased the lip mask trio. I really hope I haven't developed an allergy to one of the ingredients in the lip mask because I enjoyed it so much last year. I am trying to finish off the bite birthday gift lip crayon in glace and notice that when I wear it my lips don't go crazy but the bottom of my lower lips tends to be flaky. I'm not sure what that indicates.


I guess I'll see what happens with more experimentation. Thanks for your insight about the Sephora balm/scrub!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This one follows the "BIC made me do it" theme. I'm really liking both the Yadah brand and the snail secretion filtrate in masks, so after seeing @missjeanie review this one a couple times and then finding it at TJ Maxx, I knew it was fate. Haha! 😂👍D0A40AC0-5CA1-41DF-B07A-D47078B42548.jpeg


Yadah Collagen Mask Pack

This is a cotton sheet mask of about medium thickness and had a good amount of serum. It didn't really have a discernible scent, just sort of that signature sheet mask kinda smell. The fit was pretty good – just a bit long at the chin and the eye holes were just a little too narrow for my preference. The adherence was good but not great – the chin part had to be patted down several times. I kept it on for about 25 minutes and when I removed it there was still some serum left on my face that was a little tacky. Both the serum and tackiness absorbed pretty quickly and my skin felt soft and smooth. My face looked less dull and felt perfectly refreshed and hydrated – and the hydration lasted a long while. This is a good solid mask and I give a good solid A!



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@Shosh85 snail 🐌 is so great for the skin isn’t it? Yadah makes some nice skincare, I use a foaming cleanser of theirs that I 💗, it’s so gentle on my dry skin. Yay for Yadah😄

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@eshoe Yup, yay for Yadah and snail! 🐌 I'll definitely have to explore more of both those! My skin has really loved snail so far and now if I see anything with snail I make sure to pick it up! I never woulda thought I'd be so excited for snail masks! Haha! 🤗

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@Shosh85 I'm so glad you tried this and it worked out!  It's not the most amazing mask I've ever tried, but I really do enjoy it and at about 50cents a mask... I'll keep grabbing for it!  TJMaxx for the win!

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@missjeanie I agree that this isn't the most amazing mask I've ever tried, but it's definitely worth it for the price and the results I get! I really like that it's 3rd in the ingredients – I think it might be the highest content of snail I've used in a mask before! 👍🐌

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The snail being third on the list is what first drew me to it @Shosh85.. This is now an easy mask to toss on anytime for me.  I know I'll get decent results, I know my skin likes it.  It's a solid choice for me.  I grabbed a second pack not long ago even though they come in a big box.  For the price I couldn't not pick it up. Very easy to use these up. 

omg @Shosh85 sounds so good but the words snail secretion...

omg @Shosh85 sounds so good but the words snail secretion really freaks me out 🤣 I will build up the guts to do this one day

Re: omg @Shosh85 sounds so good but the words snail secretion...

@lmaster Yeah, the first time I heard that there were masks with snail in them, I was a little weirded out. There's not much that really grosses me out anymore though, and I saw so many positive reviews on snail masks, I just had to try it! 👍😉

Re: omg @Shosh85 sounds so good but the words snail secretion...

I will try it @Shosh85 just not sure when 😊

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85, from now on, I'm going with "it's fate" whenever a BIC-recommended mask finds its way home with me. Ha! Smiley Happy

I'm learning that my skin really responds really well to snail products - so well that for a moment I thought about devoting all of "S" week to the snail. Smiley Happy I have a lot of other masks that can slot easily into both themes that week so I don't know if the entire week will be dedicated to the snail, but I feel that given how much good it's done for my skin, it needs to get some sort of love from me that week. <3 <3 <3 

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@itsfi Yay, for snail! 🐌 Haha! I'll definitely be pulling out some snail masks for "S" week too! I love that it's 3rd in the ingredients! I've only tried a few snail masks so far, but they've all worked really well with my skin too! If I see any more snail masks, I'll definitely be sure to grab 'em! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Last night’s masking, no:hj for “N” and some cocoa 💗 from BIC:4B40E47E-AC22-4593-8EE6-BF360F2F90B4.jpegbkr, no:hj, Perricone MD and Tree Hut

Never would have tried the Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Mask without the enabling of  @lmaster and @Shosh85. One of my last purchases during the many sales last fall, I keep this yummy cocoa-puff creamy mask as a go-to when I need a bit of comfort-masking😊. Though I’ve been unsuccessful in getting the little beads to pop while wearing the mask (and faithfully massaging my face), this has been such a fun mask that I’m glad I tried it. A good A. Before I finish it, I plan to pick up something marshmallow and peppermint scented, for a Christmas-y masking this December🎄☃️❄️

The bkr is a love through and through, eventually I can see myself settling down with it. The Tree Hut Lip Scrub is a DS and it’s most definitely not a repurchase. Oily and scrubby, it leaves a bit of a film on your lips even after rinsing. Despite a pleasant taste, even my daughter gave it back and said no thanks😂

The “N” themed no:hj Aqua Soothing Vitamin C Mask, like all of their masks (I have one yet to finish for this week; a bubbling mask WHY did I buy that?!?!) has the most beautiful packaging. While most have a symmetrical holo design, this has a thick rice-paper type feel, with a very minimalist overall appearance. Because the package is slightly transparent, I could see the mask and it appeared thin. It was, with that kind of smooth milk-like texture (the material, not the serum) that I love. The scent was typical sheet mask and the fit was decent. The mask was somewhat dry, and after placing on my face tried to squeeze any extra out of the pouch, but it was about empty. @lmaster this is where I rolled my eyes at myself because I didn’t knead the packet. 

After a couple of minutes, my skin began to itch at the seams. I readjusted in the hopes it would help, but it continued to itch and then shortly after, the area between my lips and nose was completely dry. As this claims to be a detox mask, I suspect my skin may have been particularly angry due to my retinol use. Going to lay off that for a bit to concentrate on what is really going on; my skin has never been sensitive so I can’t be too quick to say it’s the sheet mask. Tackiness was only slight, a plus. I would give it a B-/C+. 

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@eshoe doesn't Bliss have a mint marshmallow mask?  Same line as the pink tub marshmallow mask I think?  I'm living for the idea of a Coco/mint/marshmallow masking session!  It sounds so so so delectable! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

They do have a mint chocolate chip one that I have been debating on (just for fun, not expecting any miracles here) @missjeanie! That might be a great pairing 😄👍🏼

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Yes, that's the one I was thinking of!  I knew it was mint something lol @eshoe I wouldn't expect miracles out of them either to me these ones are just easy ones to toss on.  

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No-brainer masking, which is what I slipped in tonight @missjeanie- it happens, you know!

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@eshoe @missjeanie The mint chocolate chip one sounds sooo good, but so does the honey and the melon one too! It's so hard to decide! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Melon @Shosh85? I missed that one-how great would a honeydew gel mask be in the summer, followed up with a chilled Watermelon sheet mask @missjeanie 🍉

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