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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!

@quspork  Love Downton Abby!  Are they doing a movie soon?  I love hearing about another take on a mask.  Goes to show that we're all so individual in what we enjoy scent wise!

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Oh my goodness, @missjeanie you have made my day! I honestly put off watching DA for a few years because I wasn't sure I would enjoy it for some reason, but I am absolutely loving it, but had heard nothing about a movie. BUT since you mentioned it, I did a little googling and it looks like there will be a movie released this fall!! How exciting! 

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@qusporkI loved the show!  After the last season I was sad that it was over.  I heard rumor of a movie a while back and am glad that you found confirmation!  I just love the historical dramatizations! 

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@quspork This one sounds like a great mask, besides the fit! I'm super sensitive to scents (especially floral) so, I probably couldn't do this one, because of that. Tack-less, plump, bright and hydrated skin does sound wonderful! Glad you liked it!

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Saturday Masking!  I used the Creme Shop Rose Water Mask in the morning, I only detected an ever so slight floral scent, and I had my nose right in the packet trying to smell something.  The mask itself was refreshing, and my skin looked like it had a boost of moisture after, but I wouldn't say it was anything special.  This will likely go into the catagory of nice-refreshing-don't have to think about them-masks.  The fit was a little on the large side, but nothing I couldn't work with.

Half way through the day I tried out the cucumber eye pads from Dirty Works.  These had a nice cucumber scent to them, but I couldn't smell it after a minute, so it wasn't too strong. They were quite wet with serum.  I put them over my eyes for about 20 minutes.  I'm not sure that I'm a mask over my eyes kinda gal.  I felt a bit of stinging for about 30 seconds then after that nothing.  I'm wondering if my eyes were just too dry?  It was weird not being able to look around/do things while I masked.  I think next time I might just cut one of the cucumbers in half and use it under my eyes, or wait til I'm relaxing pool side.  My skin was a touch tacky after use, but well moisturized.

This evening I used up the second half of my OH Power Peel pod from earlier in the week.  I didn't quite have enough of step 1 so I added in a bit of another scrub and just removed it right away instead of leaving it on for the 15 minutes.  Step 2 and 3 are the real winners in my books here.  I followed the timelines for step 1 and 2 this time and everything went well.  A slight tingle, but nothing bad, and super soft skin afterwards!


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Yeah I'm with ya @missjeanie, I'm just not a big fan of the over-the eyes sort of masks. Who has the time for that Smiley Very Happy They look pretty, though! 

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@eshoe  I won't even try to lie... the pretty cucumber design is why I bought them.  My quest for a great (for me) eye mask is strong -- but this really was just the "ohhhh they look like cucumbers!" that won me over lol.

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Yes, the ‘great for me’ eye mask search is a good one, @missjeanie. One size does not fit all, so it’s always fun to see who likes what 😉

love the rose mask @missjeanie stinging again? oh dear, t...

love the rose mask @missjeanie stinging again? oh dear, this is such a bummer, sorry you keep experiencing this

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@lmaster  Just with eye masks... but the vitamin C ones I tried were all good?  These ones weren’t as bad as the others though!  Maybe I just have weird eyes lol 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I’m so with you @missjeanie and @Shosh85  a mask over the eyes is not for me. 😐Though when I was a kid, my mom used to put cucumber slices 🥒 over my eyes when they would get puffy and swollen from allergies / hay fever, and that was cooling and soothing, so I could see myself doing that when my masking time is more focused on R&R. 



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@itsfi @missjeanie I'm not so sure how I feel about eating cucumbers that were just sitting on my face, and then putting them back. Haha! – but I do enjoy eating them😉😆 I remember watching this in the movies when I was young and thinking, why are they putting food on their face?! I totally didn't understand it! 😂

If I ever had time away from the kids to just lay down and relax, I would absolutely do it – that kind of luxury just doesn't happen very often. 🤷‍♀️🥒

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@itsfi @Shosh85 I always saw this in the movies and thought it looked so cool!  I remember trying it once or twice.. but same thing... If I'm at a spa or something where I can have a wee nap or am getting my nails done etc... sure, but at home I think I'm too programed to multitask all day everyday to see it being a thing for me.

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@missjeanie @Shosh85 90% chance (with a plus or minus 10% margin of error) that I’d eat the cucumber slices; but unlike the gif, I wouldn’t put it back; I’d just eat ‘em. 😂🤣

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100% chance I'd be right there with ya @itsfi @Shosh85 !

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Always in good company with you, @missjeanie @Shosh85! 😆💕

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@missjeanie I kinda had the same thoughts about TCS Rose mask – a decent one, but more of a filler mask to use when you don't want to think about it. 😉

I also feel the same as you with the eye masks that cover your eyes - I just can't lie there with my eyes covered the whole time. I like to cut them in half as well – plus, that just means you get more uses out of them👍

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More uses are good with me @Shosh85 !  I'll try to give them another go as I'm on a quick road trip/vacation after this week and will be able to sit by a pool, but I don't foresee it being a thing with me.  I'll end up cutting them and using two days in a row.  I need to be able to do something while I'm masking... Perusing BIC, watching a TV show, listening to the news... something...

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I have a question for you mask experts. Smiley Happy


I impulse purchased Sand and Sky’s pore refining face mask. I haven’t read every post in this thread, but has anyone tried this? If so, is it any good and ok for sensitive skin? I have it sitting here, and for some reason I’m always nervous applying skin products for the first time due to my sensitive skin (I’ve had some nasty reactions to products in the past... haha).

@eshoe @PrettyPaint I have that & their exfoliating treat...

@eshoe @PrettyPaint I have that & their exfoliating treatment (in fact I'm getting a 2nd ds in my ipsy bag this month) havent tried it yet but I dont have sensitive skin either.

side note: planning my week of masking for next week- san...

side note: planning my week of masking for next week- sand & sky is women owned, sisters & moms from Australia so I'll be trying this out next week & I only have 1 \"J\" mask so it'll will be used (unless I have another week like this week..😲.) I know @heartsmyface just used the exfoliating treatment & she thinks oily skin will like this more than the drier side. So being oily, I'm excited! @eshoe @PrettyPaint
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