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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 :D. Please 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!

@RebeccaBT I was definitely attracted to the cuteness! Almost half the products I buy are because of the cute/pretty packaging!! It's a major weakness of mine. Haha! 😉😂

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Cute! The cool and refreshing feel sounds nice!!! @Shosh85 

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@veronika23 It was a good one!! I was a little worried about the title "tighter 'n' brighter" for my dry skin, but it ended up being great! I think for me, It'd definitely be a little better for the summer, when my skin isn't as dry. 😉👍

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@Shosh85  I have to ask... what is "Gudetama"?  I remember getting an Ipsy bag with this guy on it and people were all excited, mine just sits in a pile of bags and I have no idea what/who this little dude is?  Is this the next hello kitty? lol Glad you saw results though!

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@missjeanie Gudetama is a Sanrio character. Basically, he's Hello Kitty's friend. 😉 He is a cracked egg and is described as "always whiny, lazy and unmotivated, and his attitude is related to the fact that he only exists to be eaten."

"Gude" is Japanese for describing someone or something with no energy or strength, and  "tama," is from the word "tamago," which means egg in Japanese.

I personally think he's super cute! Haha! 

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@Shosh85 Ahhhh.... okay.  I get it now.  I remember getting the Ipsy bag and being so confused.  Thanks so much for letting me know!  I actually kinda like him now that I know who he is... lol

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@missjeanie Yeah, he is one of the newer Sanrio characters, (released in 2013) and when I first started seeing him pop up everywhere, I was a little confused too! I never thought I'd ever consider a cracked egg cartoon to be adorable, but I really do! Haha! 🥚🍳

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It’s a papaya theme for the first day of Week 7 – Letter G – Special Occasion Masks!  "G" is for gifts, Garnier and glow! 🧡🖤💛


Hair Mask

Inspired by the lovely locks of @Shosh85  and @bakeamuffin , I’ve been trying to be better at keeping my hair healthy and happy, so more regular trips to the hair salon, using hair masks more frequently and the like. Incorporating hair masks into my skincare and sheet mask routine took some getting used to last year, but it’s gotten easier to do so this year – it helps that I have a plethora of hair masks at my disposal, including the Garnier Fructis Damage Repairing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask + Papaya Extract, which can be used as a hair mask, conditioner or leave-in treatment. I’ve used it all three ways and love them all, but probably have an ever so slight preference for using it as a hair mask or conditioner. If I use it as a leave-in, I just need to make sure to have a light hand so that it doesn’t weigh down my hair. This is great for detangling and, regardless of how I use it, my hair feels soft, silky, smooth and moisturized, and has a lovely shine to it – not a greasy “oh my gosh, easy on the hair product, girl” kind of shine but a “ooh, your hair looks so pretty, healthy” kind of shine. Oh, this smells amazing!! I first used a foil sample of this and liked it a lot; it was on my list! Without knowing that, shosh85 sent me a lovely surprise which included with amazing product. Thank you shosh85! I loooove this hair mask!!! This gets an “A” from me.

Under Eye Mask

To add some brightness to my mug this Monday morning, I used the avatara No Baggage Hydrogel Eye Masks – Energizing under the Beautaniq Beauty Radiant Glow mask. Oooh, these are niiiice and refreshingly cool coming out of the fridge. I found these avatara eye masks, along with some 100% Tencel sheet masks from the brand, at Nordstrom Rack, but they are also sold at Target.  According to its website, all avatara products are vegan, some are gluten free. These adhered very nicely onto my skin and wore comfortably for the 30 minutes I had it on (10 longer than the suggested 10-20 minutes) – one side of the mask is hydrogel and sticky and the other has a cotton material over it and is soft to the touch. It is not slimy or oily; there’s no essence dripping from the mask. The area under my eyes looks smooth and refreshed after I remove the eye gels; there’s no sticky or tacky feeling. These are great masks, worthy of an “A” and I would consider purchasing for use for a special occasion. I have jars of hydrogel eye masks that I need to use up, along with quite a few eye masks, so I won’t need to purchase any more anytime soon, but when it comes time to pick up a couple of eye masks, these are definitely front runners.

Sheet Mask

I would never have known about this brand if I hadn’t received the Beautaniq Beauty Radiant Glow Mask from the fabulous @lmaster  (thank you, thank you!). Beautaniq Beauty is a cruelty-free, plant-based, natural skin care brand. The packaging is adorable and the lists of ingredients (see spoiler below) is a nice one; looking at it, you can see the basis for its claims to brighten and plump the skin. I’m always a little hesitant about “youth renewing” or “youth activating” claims with sheet masks, but a complexion with a “radiant glow” may make me look more youthful and I’m good with that. This cotton mask is what I would consider slightly thicker than the standard cotton sheet mask; it has a clear, liquid-y essence and a very subtle sweet, fruity scent to it that fades away once I apply the mask. It fit and adhered pretty well; I think it would have fit and adhered better if the material was softer and thinner, but it was fine. I left the mask on for about an half hour, twice the time recommended (10-15 minutes) and did not have any issues with it drying out. My skin is slightly tacky to the touch but otherwise looked fresh and bright after removing the mask, and it felt hydrated and bouncy, all good things. It gets an "A / A-" from me; definitely worthy of a repurchase … but after I’ve done some more, okay, maybe a lot more, shopping of my stash.
Ingredients list for Beautaniq Beauty Radiant Glow Mask - from beautaniqbeauty dot comIngredients list for Beautaniq Beauty Radiant Glow Mask - from beautaniqbeauty dot com


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I just love the pretty picture @itsfi! I remember seeing @lmaster's post about that Beautaniq mask, the scent sounds really nice. I'm with you on the results aspect, while I appreciate the effort, I think most hydration on this level is short-term. But that doesn't stop me in any way, shape, or form 😄 

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Thanks @eshoe! Few things stop me from trying mask these days! Hahaha! 😂😂😂 I feel like I’m making a dent in my mask stash but then I look at how many I have left!! 😆

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I hear ya @itsfi 😄 but you know how small dents look on a ARE making a difference;)

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Yeah, it’ll be fine. I have duplicates as well as masks that I have 10 of (ones I know work for me) so it’s not so bad. @eshoe 

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@itsfi Oh yay! I'm so glad you liked the hair mask!! It's definitely one of my most favorites!! The scent is sooo good! 😋 I've only ever used it as a mask or conditioner.... Good to know about the the leave-in option not being too great! 😉

I've never tried those eye masks, but have seen that brand a lot, and have always been curious about them! These sound great! I'll have to look out for them! 👀

It was nice of @lmaster to gift you that mask! I don't think I've heard a negative thing about it! Something else to add to my list! 👍

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@Shosh85, thank you so much for this mask! This is one of my faves. Using it as a leave in is not bad but it’s not my preferred use. The eye masks are nice; I would pick up a couple to have on hand for travel. I’m interested in trying out their tencel sheet masks; I have the hydrating one. The papaya sheet mask was really nice; I keep finding more sheet masks that are likes and loves - my list is definitely getting longer.

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@itsfi The way you describe having a shine to your hair... lol It sure is a fine line sometimes eh!  The mask does sound lovely though.  Does it have a scent to it?  If memory serves a lot of Garnier products do (not that I'm complaining, scent in shampoo/masks is a key for me lol) 

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@missjeanie, it IS such a fine line! 😂 The Garnier hair mask has a nice fruity scent to it; to me, it’s not overwhelming but it’s there. 

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Ohh they all sound like good masks! Love the pic!!! @itsfi 

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Thank you @veronika23! I’m happy with how the papaya products worked out! 😃

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Oh yaaaaaaaay @itsfi  😄 so glad it worked well for you!! And you just opened my eyes to the G week.... Don't think Glow would of even crossed my mind 😂😂

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It’s such a nice mask @lmaster! I saw on the brand’s site that they also have a hydrating mask; I made a note of that! 😊

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Week 6 - Feb 4 -10 - F - Vitamins Week - masks that nourish your skin with vitamins and minerals


I went with The Creme Shop Vitamin C Infused Face Mask sent to me by the wonderful BOSS III @eshoe 



I regret not having the foresight to refrigerate it. I think that would have been a nice touch.


My face:


The fit was pretty awkward. Can someone please explain the eye flaps on the bottom? Was I supposed to close my eyes and flip them up? Also there were quite  a few cuts on the edges but no matter how I tried to line them over top of each other, the fit was eh. The chin was the worst.


The mask itself was soaked with serum which was good. I wish it stayed in place better but I kept noticing the edges were peeling off. It also had a scent - not overwhelming but definitely present. Maybe it was floral/fruity. So if you aren't into scents (am I thinking of @itsfi ?) then I would steer clear. The directions said to leave it on 20-30 minutes (I approve - that's how I like to mask) and I think I wore it for 35-40 minutes. The results were pretty nice though. My skin looked brighter and more plump. I think my skin was slightly tacky after but it didn't bother me.


So I'm torn because of the poor fit but good results. I'm leaning toward C+ but maybe B-.

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