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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!


I didn't know they had matching eye masks either lol @Gal...

I didn't know they had matching eye masks either lol @GalPalVal17 😂

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When I first started using sheet masks I finished with a sheet mask @GalPalVal17, nothing more. I had no idea it wasn’t the last step😄 The Tony Moly Eye Gels look like something fun to try!

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@eshoe Well, since I still feel kinda newer to the masking but quickly learning from this group, I didnt realize you can do so much more than just use a sheet mask. I thought it was just a sheet mask and nothing more but boy was I wrong. Of course for a simple night a sheet mask will do, but it's so much fun doing a whole routine for your face and learning all the different products. 

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I have learned so much from this group too, @GalPalVal17 and if all goes well, I’ll be learning for a long time😊 

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@GalPalVal17 I really love that OH Sauna Scrub!! The warming sensation is fantastic!

I have that INSbyN sheet mask and need to use it soon – how did you like it? That's good to hear it doesn't have a scent. 

I tried the Burt's Bees eye mask a while back and I don't remember what it smelled like, but I do remember not liking the scent either.😉

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@Shosh85 yeah I couldn't really pin point the scent, probably one I just didn't recognize but just wasn't very pleasant. As for the sheet mask, it was fine. Nice and calming on the skin, fit was typical, a lil tacky but put some moisturizer on after.

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@GalPalVal17I didn't know there were matching eye masks with the Tony Moly face masks!  I'll have to do a look around when I'm next at Ulta for those!

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@missjeanie I haven't looked into buying the eye masks alone. I ended up getting a big set from Macy's for next to nothing and they had a few of these eye masks in there with plenty of sheet masks as well. So far for me, these are an easy buy when cheap and keep in your stash kinda  mask. 

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Oh yes @GalPalVal17 I remember seeing you haul that set I believe!  Nice catch! 

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New Survey is up!A4B63D4E-144D-40D9-893F-E89E3808C397.jpegGlossier, Neogen, Bite & Sara Happ


A new one for me to kick off women’s week: Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask. It’s a cross between a gel and cream, goes on smoothly and feels as though it has a slight cooling effect. The scent is pretty nondescript, in the jar it has an almost chemical scent which thankfully fades quickly. 


I’ve used it a couple times so far, too soon to say how I feel about it. Love the cooling sensation, the soft, pillowy-texture, squalane and HA. It does have soybean oil which is something I just want to point out now. I REALLY need to be more diligent about checking ingredients. Which brings me to my sheet mask, Neogen’s Mexican Aloe Essential Mask to “Soothe and Calm Delicate Skin.” Love that goal! 


The scent is a little strong, a bit floral-fruity, reminds me of the Lapcos masks. And hey, what is denatured alcohol doing fourth down on a mask to smooth and calm my delicate skin? Look who didn’t read the ingredients before buying!


Other than that, it is a nice mask that I would use more often if it weren’t for the above. Thin, soaked in serum, great fit-everything I would expect from the company that makes my beloved The Oozoo Rose Capsule Mask. A B- for the reasons above; would have been a great solid A filler mask otherwise.


Also used the Sara Happ Sweet Clay Lip Mask, feeling good about this one, it’s kinda fun to feel the unusual texture and I notice that my lips do feel softer when following up with the BITE BEAUTY - Agave Lip Mask. I am thinking it’s an A (the Sara Happ) but want to give it one or two more uses before deciding. I've only used it 4 times and the box states 30 uses; I thinkI will have way more than that. Can’t think of anything that I don’t like about it!
sara and moon.jpgMoon Mask & Sweet Clay Lip Mask

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask Ingredients:

Moon mask.jpg

Neogen Mexican Aloe Ingredients:

mexican aloe.jpg

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I agree @eshoe; it looks like you will get a lot more than 30 uses from the Sara Happ lip masks. I feel like to get to 30, you'd have to pack on the product; like A LOT of product!! I'm looking forward to seeing how many uses you can get out of it.

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Yeah I think I should try applying a bit of a thicker layer next time @itsfi. I’ve hardly made a dent in it! Always interesting to find the cost/use 😉

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@eshoe, the Glossier moon mask has one of my all time fav moisturizing ingredients: almond oil.  Adding to list.

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I love almond oil for my skin @byme4u! The great thing about this mask is the price isn’t outrageous, and it’s a fairly large (3 Oz) jar. So I don’t feel guilty about piling it on!

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@eshoe I agree with @missjeanie, I love seeing the pictures of the textures of those two masks! Both look and sound so great!

Its too bad about the alcohol! I'm with you, I wouldn't have thought denatured alcohol would be in a mask that supposed to "soothe and calm delicate skin" 🤔 Glad you enjoyed it anyway!😉

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You know @Shosh85, I really like @sonnydee ’s approach-proceed with caution! I will keep using them, unless I find some noticeable dryness going on. YES I love seeing the texture! I took a pic awhile ago of some of my masks in jars, going through my phone I noticed someone marked them up😄 but it’s fun to see how they all look. In a satisfying way like it is to see empties 😊

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@eshoeThanks for including a photo of the Glossier and Sara Happ Masks!  I enjoy seeing the texture!  I'd say after the hives incident your skin could use some soothing for sure!  Bummer about the alcohol.  I just bought a bunch of masks that I didn't check either.  I think so long as you're careful about how often you're using them and how much you're putting on? Hopefully all the other great masking makes up for it anyway!

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Yeah we’ll see @missjeanie. It was a nice enough mask, really. At least I know what masks I will be using on no-thinking-about-it days😉

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great masking @eshoe  a clay lip mask sounds super interesting

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Was in the middle of typing a response and noticed you are now BOSS III @Kim888, 👏🏼 awesome and congratulations!!! 


I like the Sara Happ, probably the biggest downside is the price but it’s going to last me A LOT longer than 30 uses!

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@eshoe You actually noticed before I did haha! I was like wait I’m in the party thread?! 

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