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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!

@IndyQT317 Well shoot, I should have known there is a tool for everything. Would be quite interested in trying that. Its crazy to think what we know and then to find out what it really is. Definitely have a rematch and share Smiley Happy

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Wow that is a very interesting tool @IndyQT317! Would be curious to see what mine is like but it’s probably just as low! Yes, would love to hear if you get another reading with it what it says🤔

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@IndyQT317, I’m glad those tools just give the % on a screen, without announcing it aloud and without commentary. I can only imagine what it would say about my skin’s hydration level if it talked. 😂🤣😂 

@itsfi 😂😂😂 So glad it was silent no doubt.

@itsfi 😂😂😂 So glad it was silent no doubt.

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@IndyQT317  I've heard of that tool before – it sounds super interesting! – but I'd definitely be scared to see my result! Haha! 😉😂

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Sounds like a pretty cool tool to keep a check on your skin @IndyQT317 !  Though I'm scared to know what kind of a reading I'd get... I'm horrible with my water intake, maybe 7 or 8 cans/bottles a day, all sparkling, I like to pretend I'm bougie lol

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

As I'm waiting for the tonights mask to dry I'll catch up from earlier this week. I believe the GG was Wed, used as a overnight spot treatment.😍 The Sephora Rose was thurs?🤔 it smells like rose candy. You smell a faint rose but theres also a sweetness to it. Not at all bad just not real rose. It performed a lil different than the algae mask, the algae- it left you feeling tacky then by morning your feeling awesome. This dried down almost like you had a mask on (a plastic mask, not pleasant for me. This also occurs with a favorite on here the laneige sleeping so I was scared!) but by morning that feeling was gone & all was left was soft awesomeness! Grades GG-A+. Sephora rose- A. not bad but probably not my favorite but I do have 2 of these I saw...🙄

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@sonnydee, GlamGlow SuperMud is one of my favorite spot treatments! Hmmm... that’s good to know about the Sephora keeping mask - I have a couple of pods I’ve yet to use so this helps me to know what to expect. Thanks so much. 🤔 

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@sonnydee I love using that GlamGlow as a spot treatment! – it really works well at drying/clearing things up! 

I tried the rose sleeping mask and kind of felt the same as you – a nice mask, but definitely not a favorite. Happy to hear it gave you some good results! 👍

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Your descriptions are so helpful and to-the-point @sonnydee , thank you for that! I haven’t tried that Sephora mask yet but I imagine it’ll be in the menu at some point this year😉

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I is for I Dew Care Disco Kitten and I’m Lavender. Plus floral weekF6B66D3D-62D3-4E3A-8D83-A78F457FF75E.jpegA little heavy handed



I Dew Care. Upon First opening it smells like glue. Later I noticed a white flower scent if that makes sense. I used too generous of a layer. It did not peel off on parts of my face. I did leave my face nice and glowing. 
The It’s Lavender had a small fit. It wouldn’t stay down on my chin. It did smell of lavender and was slight tacky afterwards. I rate this a B-. 

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The mask looks fab on you @emaisgr8! 👍🏼😃 White floral scent makes perfect sense to me and is all I need to know. 😔 Sorry about the fit on the lavender mask. It definitely takes away from the whole masking experience and results if the mask doesn’t stay down. 😕 Next time if the chin part has a hard time staying put, you might want to try either (1) making two cuts to the bottom of be mask, below the outer corners of the mouth or (2) snipping a vertical line at the bottom of the chin part of the mask; that might help with fit and adherence. 

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@itsfi  thanks for the suggestions

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Ugh what is it with glue and play-doh showing up in Spring Flowers week @emaisgr8 😂 So sorry I have that mask but haven’t tried it. What a bummer. I hope the next one is better!

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@emaisgr8 The I Dew Care looks great on you! 👌 Love the silver! My experience with peel-off masks is that it seems to be easier to peel the thicker the mask is – at least that's the case with all of the peel-off masks I've tried! 😉 Glad to hear you at least got some good results! 👍

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Glad that beautiful silver did some good things for your skin, even if the scent was a bit off @emaisgr8 !

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The sand and sky mask was super gritty so I didn’t bother rubbing it into my face like it said.  That would have been a recipe for cutting my face up.  It smelled like playdough.  I removed it after ten minutes (it suggested 5). And didn’t notice any results.  My skin was a bit dry so it’s probably for more oily skin types.  I’ll be giving the second use to a friend.

The it’s skin rose mask, fit my face like a dream.  There’s a light rose scent which is nice.   The serum is milky and slimey.  It began to dry to my face at the 20 minute mark so I removed it then.  I would give it a B.  

I tried the skininc night mask again on it’s own and woke up with super dry skin.  Thank goodness it’s gone now.  Not interested.  I’ll give it a D. #5DFECFFB-0545-4606-8D5F-50764C735D2A.jpeg




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Okay, I’ll go back to read your thoughts on these goodies but first, what lipstick / gloss  do you have on @heartsmyface? 😀


I have that DS Skin, Inc mask - I don’t need to make my skin more dry so I’ll be handing that off to an oily gal pal. 

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@heartsmyface I have tried the Sand & Sky mask, but not this exfoliating treatment – and by the sound of it, I'm thinking I'll pass on it! The grittiness and scent doesn't sound like something I'd like too much. 

The rose sheet mask sounds pretty decent. I kinda like the sound of milky and slimy! 😂

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@heartsmyfaceThanks for the heads up on the amount of grit in the Sand & Sky.  I have a mini of this and I'll be sure to be careful when I give it a shot.

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Oh no?!? Play dough and gritty? Yikes. Now I’m scared to try the sand and sky. @heartsmyface 

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