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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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Hmmm, I don't quite know what it would feel like to have a rejuvenated butt. I do love reading your reviews on these @faeriegirl  Smiley Happy

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@faeriegirl  Too funny!! 😁 I think our partners don’t mind doing our bidding too much when it involves this kind of assistance 😂

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@faeriegirl mine was not that rejuvenated either Smiley Very Happy I laughed throughout your review, your SO IS a trooper and the best masking assistant ever Smiley Wink I think this is the other one I have and I need to use it but my assistant fell asleep early, ha! The little icons at the bottom of the mask are great, btw.

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IMG_1164.jpgMorning Masking week

Alphaboo's heart sank when she heard the klaxon-like ringing of her morning alarm. The mild mannered miss knew that she was no match for the onslaught of tasks on her To-Do list. Fretfully, she made her way through the dimly lit bedroom, shrinking from the shadows that seemed to loom from every corner. At last she reached the safety of the bathroom and leaned heavily against the sink, regarding the wan reflection staring back at her from the mirror. Suddenly a pop of indigo color caught her eye. Of course! Alphaboo herself had no hope of conquering her To-Do list but her alter-ego, the Masked Wonder, would be more than up to the job! All she had to do was don a skin-savvy mask to allow her alter-ego to emerge and the blurple one she had noticed would be an excellent choice. The Yes to Superblueberries Recharging Greek Yogurt & Probiotic Super Eye Mask helps destress and hydrate the tired eyes of mere mortals but on a superhero like the Masked Wonder it brings forth a surge of powerful energy leaving her bold, confident and ready to tackle any and all of the day's challenges head on. Pairing the mask with a bright red lipstick because why not?! the Masked Wonder was ready to take on the world and look *fabulous* doing it.
Okay, so this mask doesn't actually seem to do as much for my undereye area as the Wander Beauty eye masks I mentioned last week or the Shiseido Benefiance retinol eye masks I favor but neither of those make me look like a superhero and the mood boost I get from the Yes To masks is more than enough reason to keep them in my rotation regardless of how they actually affect my skin. 

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This was wonderful to read @Alphaboo. I agree that your experience and mood are definitely reasons to keep this one around.

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@Alphaboo, you are fabulous!!! Love this review! Good to see you! Smiley Happy

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Cute write up about the mask.  Sometimes we need to let our inner superhero out! @Alphaboo 

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And your review is a most excellent read, @Alphaboo! Thank you for pouring your little heart and soul into that write up, it brought me much joy Smiley Happy 


On another note, I've tried that mask and I concur; nothing spectacular. The lipstick was the star of the showSmiley Wink

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I definitely recommend picking them up for when you need a little bit of fun in your day.

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@Alphaboo  Totally getting Incredibles vibes here! 😁

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Recharging eye masks get a thumbs up. But NO CAPES! 

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@Alphaboo  Edna Mode rules 😄

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Red lipstick is a must for a superhero @Alphaboo!

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You know it!

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I loved reading your description @Alphaboo. And what fun to look like a super hero! Smiley Happy

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Thanks! I had such fun with the masking session I wanted to share the playfulness here too.

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I feel that looking like a superhero is a great reason to give a mask an A+ @Alphaboo . You’ve sold me on it! 

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Some masking benefits go farther than skin deep...

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I apologize ahead of time guys, but this review is definitely not in line with the week's theme! 😂I am just now getting my things settled in KC and I don't even know which boxes I put half of my stuff in. Sooo... yeeeaaaa...



BUT, I did have my ipsy glam bag plus box on hand from last month! So I thought, why not try out the GLAMGLOW - BUBBLESHEET™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask? 

I have tried a bubble mask before (but it was not in a sheet mask format) and I wasn't a huge fan. So I was curious to see if I would like this experience any better. 


The product claims "... to reveal glowing, deeply purified skin in just three minutes... instantly invigorates, detoxifies, and removes face makeup."


The instructions read...

"- Unfold mask

- Dampen face

- Place onto the face, aligning with the eyes, nose, and mouth areas

- Smooth all around the face

- The oxygenating microbubbles will start to form within 60 seconds

- Leave on for approximately 3 minutes

- Remove mask and gently massage face with remaining cleansing bubbles

- Rinse clean with water"


I followed the instructions and put the mask on. The first thing I noticed was that it definitely did not fit my face right (although this is somewhat normal for me because my face is like miniature). The eye holes were too small while every other part of the mask was waaaaaay too big! But ok, sure, I'm a trooper. I always try things at least once.

A few minutes in to the experience, the mask began bubbling quite a bit and started smelling like fruity root beer. Yes, you read that right. Fruity. Root. Beer. I didn't mind it much because I love root beer... although the fruity component was a bit odd. But for those who are sensitive to smells, it may be irritating.

As I mentioned earlier, the eye holes in this mask seemed pretty small. So... as the mask bubbled more and more, I could see (and feel, quite frankly) the little reflective bloops inching closer and closer. Thankfully, when my timer hit 3 minutes, the bubbles had not made contact with my eye YET. YET. Buuut... super close call. 

When I removed the mask it was a bit annoying to have to simultaneously fight back eye bubble attackers, run to the trash can across the room, not shed face bubbles all over the place on the way, and prevent the mask from dripping on the floor. But, I made it. Maybe I did the removal process horribly wrong in some way but it seems like it should not have been that difficult. I returned to the sink and could not wash the bubbles off quickly enough. They had become super annoying and did not come off in just a few easy swipes. I swear I spent at least 15 min in front of the sink just washing bubbles off of my face. You would think bubbles would just -poof- when water hits them. Yea, nope.

Once that task was finished and everything was washed off, I did notice that my skin felt clean and refreshed. However, the benefits were not SUPER unique or impressive. I feel like I could get the same level of clean with an easy charcoal face wash and skip the annoying bubble business. 

But... that could just be me. As I said earlier, I am not a huge bubble mask fan to begin with. Some people may find the experience to be fun and different! Not I... I just get irked and twitchy. 

Also... at the price point of $27 for a 3-pack... no thank you. 

My skin DID benefit and the product DID deep clean like it said it would. But something about my personality and bubbles just doesn't mix. 



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No need to be on theme @SchylarR. Your review is so thorough and helpful. That's a unique scent. And that price point seems very ouch to me. Very cool you were able to try it through Ipsy though. Smiley Happy

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Agreed! If I had actually bought the masks, I would be a bit more annoyed. The price seems crazy. 😵 @ShortErica 

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