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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!

@jen81  -- That is exactly the next step in April.  I just need them to pick Anjvoy or Aimovig so we can get the ball rolling.  

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@MCSSavvy Oh good I work for a Dr who prescribes a lot of ajovy and aimovig and it seems to really help patients! Make sure you look up their websites as they have patient assistance to help pay for the meds or get them free. 

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Good to see you @MCSSavvy! 👋🏼😃 So sorry to hear you’re battling migraines. ☹️


I’m so intrigued by the Biossance retinol product - low how they paired the retinol with the squalane; that combo sounds like a great way to combat the drying, peeling and redness issues retinol can present. Using the Omega repair cream on top of it is a great way to add even more hydration. I’m about to start trying a very low dose retinol serum and if that doesn’t work out for my skin, I think I’m going to try the Biossance retinol.

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@itsfi  - I tried the DE retinol several times over the winter and thought initially my skin was dry hence my forary into the YTTP sleep mask which you know I adore.  I put it aside for ages then decided to return it, something told me it wasn't for me and I wasn't using gobs - just an ittty-bitty, really itty-bitty amount for the forehead and bridge.  One of SA's told me everyone in their store had issues with it which surprised me so I returned it.  Another SA had said a lot of good things about the phyto-retinol so I thought I'd give it a try since it sounded gentler.  I used it all over my face without any irritation or redness.  I know it is too soon to see results but I think I'm going to grab a bottle to try it out.  Definitely worth a few samples to try and see what you think!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks so much @MCSSavvy for sharing your experience with both the DE and Biossance retinol products. I picked up some samples of a Paula's Choice serum with retinol in it - it's a very, very, very small amount so we'll see. I plan to work my way up to something like the Biossance - my skin has historically not reacted well to retinol products, even 0.5% so I need to start with something with an even less concentration of retinol and that's infused in another medium (like a serum or oil), so my skin can get accustomed to it. 

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@itsfi  -- I completely understand!  I plan of using the phyto-retinol sparingly and very slowly to start as it sounds like you are doing with Paula's Choice - because it is better to be safe than sorry, as you know!  Let me know how it goes with Paula's Choice.  Smiley Happy 

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Will do @MCSSavvy! Hope the Biossance works out for you - it sounds like a fabulous formulation!! <3

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@MCSSavvy  Oh man, migraines are the worst – and for 25 days?! That's horrible! I'm so sorry you're going through that! 🙁 

Thank you for your thoughts on these – they both sound great! I've been interested in trying out the phyto-retinol! glad to hear you've enjoyed it so far! I love your nightly routine👍😉

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@Shosh85  -- Thank you!  I'm really enjoying Biossance in my nightly routine.  I think the YTTP sleep mask will be a HG for winter but Biossance is light enough but moisturizing enough in spring/summer to be just right day and night.  Smiley Happy 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

So I woke up a bit early yesterday (no one was more surprised than myself), so I put the PETER THOMAS ROTH - Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask on for about 20 minutes before going in with my day time skincare/make up.  My skin was already looking pretty good from the previous nights Philosophy Microdelivery Peel and Mas Cream firming sheet mask.  The PTR mask wasn't as sticky or messy to apply as I thought it would be for some reason.  The scent from the jar wasn't one that I loved, but I could see how others will.  I couldn't smell it once it was on anyhow. I'm not 100% sure if the 20 minutes did anything, but it felt nice to get a morning mask in and my skin felt soft!

I had a crazy day where I didn't get home until after midnight and so I figured I'd still make it an M mask by using the Hi-Pro-Pac Japanese Matcha Green Tea Hair Masque.  The mask had a very subtle scent to it, that I really liked.  It wasn't exactly like green tea or matcha, but it was light, what I'd call a nice shampoo scent lol (am I the only one that thinks shampoo has a signature scent kind of like the sheet mask scent?) . I used about 1/3 of the package after shampooing and probably only left it in for 2-3 minutes, my hair was easier to brush after (I know.. I know... not good to brush wet hair lol).  My hair goes down just past the middle of my back and I found the Garnier masks needed some help from the BUMBLE AND BUMBLE - Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primerin order to brush through after.  This pack did great on its own.  I believe there are a few others that were in the display rack, I would't mind giving them a shot now having seen how nicely this one works.

I finished off the night by crawling into bed with a layer of the PTR Rose Cell mask over my skincare as a sleeping mask.  It sank in pretty quickly from what I recall and my pillows looked fine this morning.   I feel like even though I didn't get enough sleep, my skin looked bright this morning and felt nice, even if I felt like I needed a gallon of caffeine

Clearly I'm not the person able to commit to just one mask, however if I was looking for a great starter mask for someone who didn't have any particular concerns, I think this would be a good candidate since it can be used multiple ways, was easy to apply/remove, and I felt my skin looked better than without. 



Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

That hair mask sounds really interesting, @missjeanie! I also love the idea of using the rose mask as a sleeping mask. I might have to try that out soon! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I found a few people in reviews talking about being quite indifferent to the mask when using it as a wash off mask, but loving it as a sleeping mask.  Sleeping masks lately have been my jam so I had to give it a go.  Great way to get a mask in when you're just so tired or don't have time etc etc @quspork .  I'd be curious to know how you like it that way if you give it a try!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

There are a few other PTR masks I'd love to try as well @byme4u , the Pumpkin and Irish Mud are on the list!  Have you tried either of those ones?  The Rose is typically not something I'd gravitate to as I'm not fond of most floral scents or overly 'gel' like masks (reminders of being a kid and being slathered in green aloe gel in the summer maybe?), but I was pleasantly surprised at liking it. 

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@byme4u I totally get that some people prefer other masks.i do love Rose scented anything, and this one makes my skin feel so healthy and soft, so I love it 😉😜

@missjeanie the PTR rose stem cell mask is so nice,, but...

@missjeanie the PTR rose stem cell mask is so nice,, but you do have to love a rose scent 😉 sounds like it was a late night,, how you get some rest!

Re: @missjeanie the PTR rose stem cell mask is so nice,, but...

I was so nervous about not liking this because of the rose scent @lmaster but I found that it dissipated so quickly after application that I barely noticed it!

Re: @missjeanie the PTR rose stem cell mask is so nice,, but...

Good to know @missjeanie 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie, wow! I’m so impressed that you masked after getting home so late!! That’s commitment, girl! 👏🏼👊🏼🙂 I completely understand what you mean by a signature shampoo scent; there’s a scent that is just so familiar and common to shampoo. Would you repurchase the matcha green tea hair mask?

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@itsfiI would re-purchase.  I think this was only a couple of dollars at Walmart USA.  I have one other from the brand "Natural Henna & Placenta Hair Moisture" that I'll try out as well, but for around 3$ I'd grab more.  I'm pretty sure there were other versions as well that I'd probably try out first just for variety's sake, but it'll be something I pick up again!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missjeanie, I think it's telling when a mask is something you'd repurchase! Smiley Happy Hmmm, placenta hair mask? Well, "P" will be the letter of the week soon and we do have some week(s) later in the year that could be suitable for a hair mask like that. LOL!   

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@itsfiI actually grabbed it when my SO pointed out that it had placenta in it while walking by when I happened to be talking about gross week.  It's soy placenta upon review, so not as gross as originally intended, but perfect for P week!

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