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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 Somervilleโ€™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)
Annieโ€™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: Crรจme 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          โ€™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 โ€œMasking Week Challenge 2018โ€ 
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  Sephoraโ€™s โ€˜Best Sellingโ€™ 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: Crรจme 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 :D. Please check the 2019 Schedule to see what meetups are coming up next. If you have an idea for a weekโ€™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 Crรจme 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 Crรจme 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!

@l8totheparty sounds great!

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@l8totheparty  Sounds wonderful.

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It was! @emaisgr8 

love the sounds of keeping cool and ocean lol @l8tothepar...

love the sounds of keeping cool and ocean lol @l8totheparty ๐ŸŒŠ

Re: love the sounds of keeping cool and ocean lol @l8tothepar...

I should have been at the ocean for this mask!  Ah well. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒด @lmaster 

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@l8totheparty Its hard to go wrong with a jelly mask! Plump and moisturized sounds great! I'm happy you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘

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Right?!  Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜Š @Shosh85 

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Saturday's "I" was for Innisfree

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I know that thereโ€™s a period in the summer when figs are in season, but figs typically make me think of fall, so after seeing some figs at Trader Joeโ€™s and with fall around the corner, I went for the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask (Fig). I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever tried a fig mask before this one. It seems the new Innisfree packaging has a glossier finish than previous masks in this line and it includes a designation of the type of essence/serum that the particular mask contains. The packaging for this fig one says itโ€™s an โ€œessenceโ€ type. I went back to pull one of the other Innisfree ones Iโ€™ve used, a bamboo one and that says itโ€™s a โ€œwatery typeโ€. I do recall that bamboo one having a thin, watery liquidy serum so itโ€™ll be interesting to see what โ€œessenceโ€ type means. I have a ginseng sheet mask from this line and that says โ€œcreamyโ€ essence, which I tucked away for use when it gets colder.


The first thing I noticed was that you can sense (hahaha!) that thereโ€™s a scent to this mask but for me, it wasnโ€™t something I could decipher. It didnโ€™t smell like fig to me, either the figs that I cut up or the fit scent from the Laura Mercier body crรจme. Adherence on this 100% cellulose eucalyptus fiber sheet mask was good; fit on this one can be made to work โ€“ corners of eyes and mouth need some adjustments; the upper lip area is also very wide โ€“ it covers the philtrum area (the middle of the upper lip area) and part of my upper lip.


There seems to be a little more viscosity to the serum in this one; itโ€™s still liquid-y but it doesnโ€™t feel as thin as the โ€˜wateryโ€™ serum masks from the line like the bamboo one and the consistency on this one feels more goopy without being too thick; the texture is reminiscent of a serum or a more viscous essence. My skin was feeling a bit more dry this morning so I kept it on an additional 10 minutes, for a total of 40; I probably could have kept it on for an additional 10 minutes, maybe more. My skin felt a slightly bit tacky to the touch after I removed the mask, but a little moisturizer took care of that. My complexion looked refreshed and bright, and felt moisturized. ๐Ÿ™‚ 


I've never had the opportunity to try fig,,,, that wasn't...

I've never had the opportunity to try fig,,,, that wasn't a fig Newton ๐Ÿ˜‚ this looks delicious, great presentation as always

Re: I've never had the opportunity to try fig,,,, that wasn't...

Thank you @lmaster! ๐Ÿค— I only recently tried an actual fig, maybe a year or two ago. Before that all I knew of the fig was the Newton! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I wish there was a way for me to send you some to try, without them spoiling in transport. 

Re: I've never had the opportunity to try fig,,,, that wasn't...

Awwww that's so sweet @itsfi I appreciate the thought ๐Ÿ˜˜

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@itsfi  Oh how cool! I don't think I've seen a fig mask before, but figs are such a neat fruit (love them). That's interesting about the "essence" versus "watery" type designation. 

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@PrettyPaint the first time I had fresh figs was a couple of years ago - I know! Where have I been?!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Theyโ€™re good and I was excited when I saw this fig mask! Iโ€™ll have to try to take photos to compare the different types of serum in this line. Iโ€™m liking the fact that the packaging lets you know which type the mask has.

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@itsfi  Yes, I'm glad you mentioned that about the various designations because I wouldn't have noticed it otherwise! If you do notice a difference in the different formulations, I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

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Definitely @PrettyPaint! Iโ€™ll go through my stash and pull out the Innisfree masks I have from this line. Iโ€™m pretty sure I have one of each type of essence; ๐Ÿ˜† if not, thereโ€™s an Innisfree store thatโ€™s less than half an hour from me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I probably wonโ€™t get around to using them this week, but will see about incorporating them into the routine in the next few weeks.

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@itsfi Speaking of innisfree, I've been meaning to ask you. Do you happen to have any favorites from the products newly available at sephora? No rush, but just curious. They don't have any sheet masks at sephora that I see, but I was looking at their "my lip balm" and some of the products from their green tea line. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sounds great @itsfi. No rush, of course! I know you had mentioned that you'll be doing snail September if I'm remembering correctly, so definitely no pressure to use any additional sheet masks! 

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@itsfi  You definitely don't see too many fig masks out there! This sounds so nice. I kinda wish more masks would specify what kind of serum it had - it's nice to have an idea of what to expect. I'm happy you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Me too @Shosh85! Itโ€™s been helpful seeing the type of serum noted on the packaging of the new masks in this line. It makes me wonder if I should be organizing my masks by serum type as well... 

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This is such a beautiful photo @itsfi. I ldon't use sheet masks very often but I love figs so this might be something I would try sometime.

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@missy415, this Innisfree line of masks is a pretty good line to start masking with. The line has three different types of serum (water, essence and cream) that vary with the โ€œflavorโ€ of the mask. One thing to note with these if you are sensitive to alcohol or if you prefer not to have it in your mask is that some, but not, all of the masks in the line contain alcohol pretty high up on the ingredients list so youโ€™ll want to check the ingredients list first.

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