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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!

My masking posts have been disappearing over these last couple of days and I'm not sure why. 

Here goes again.

2 nights ago:20190710_005745.jpgDrink up! Moisture time

ORIGINS - Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask with Avocado & Swiss Glacier Water

I quite liked this for providing the moisture my skin needed. The eye masks were ok- they dried down quickly. 

A+ for the Origins drink up mask!





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I really love this Origins too, @l8totheparty

how does this origins smell lol I'm all about the scent h...

how does this origins smell lol I'm all about the scent haha!! @l8totheparty

Re: how does this origins smell lol I'm all about the scent h...

Um....hmmm....nothing that I commented on , so it must not have been bad, and not super noticeable.   @lmaster 

I love delicious smelling masks! But I will take an effective mask anyday. 

Re: how does this origins smell lol I'm all about the scent h...

Gotcha 👍 @l8totheparty 

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@l8totheparty I agree on the A+ for the Origins mask! That has become a favorite of mine! I'm happy you love it too! 😊

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@l8totheparty  I've heard great things about that mask. I think i have it and always mean to try it when my skin dries up but forget. lol

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I have the trial size and I can't believe it took me the last couple of months to try it! @GalPalVal17 

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Mine have been disappearing too. Good to know I’m not the only one! @l8totheparty !

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Week 28 - July 8 - 14 - B - Masking Hacks


@faeriegirl sent me some of those salad masks and after good reviews from her, @lmaster and probably others I’m forgetting, I packed on specifically for B week. B for Blueberries.




My face


Let’s try that bullet point thing again.

  • Serum - the package squirted slightly when I opened it. Mask was wet but not dripping. Maybe suitcase storage is the masking hack for even serum distribution 😂
  • Scent - blueberry. I would say a bit more than mild. It was not 100% real blueberry smell but it didn’t smell fake. The scent stuck around while masking
  • Fit - slightly short on the forehead but the top 60% of the mask fit almost perfectly. Required some smooshing by the mouth and the folds would occasionally pop up when I had to say something to the kids
  • Wear time - at 30 minutes it was still wet, even on the nose so I opted for mission distract the kids to wear it longer. This was partly to blame for the mask not staying put. I was able to manage 40 minutes before breakfast was demanded
  • Extra serum - looked like an okay amount but really only enough for my hands and a bit on my cheeks. I put the still wet and folded mask on my neck after returning from breakfast 
  • Results - brighter skin and maybe a little helpful with plumpling sleep lines. It also did give a similar feel to the Yadah pore care where I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is but my skin looked better post mask. “Youthful and renewing look” claim seems correct


A for sure. Maybe I’m less into scents if it isn’t anticipated or doesn’t “match” the mask. The blueberry wasn’t a smell I would search for but it was fine for this mask. I’m up for more salad masks. Thanks again @faeriegirl!

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Interesting about the mask helping with sleeping lines, @ShortErica. If I've taken in too much sodium I definitely see it in my eyes so this might be a good resolution. I like the bullet-point reviews. 

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It was something to try to keep me a bit more succinct @eshoe. I think the table @itsfi does is so clean and nice, I may just steal that though. I don't know. Trying to figure out how to make it an easier read while still having my own personal touch on it.

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Yes I love @itsfi‘s table, @ShortErica. At-a-glance is key when sorting through this many reviews!

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@ShortErica It smells like blueberries and gave you a youthful and renewing look? Sign me up, that sounds fantastic! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed this one! Also, I think @missjeanie has tried a few of these as well! 


I'm guessing suitcase storage means it lays flat? That's always helpful 😉 Since I store my masks vertical, I like to massage it a bit before taking it out - but suitcase storage works too! 😂 Hope you're having a nice vacation! 😃

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@Shosh85 @ShortErica I have tried a few of these... and have a few more as backups... lol.  I thought they were great for the price point and I liked the 'salad' concept.  

I'm kinda feeling into this Suitcase storage idea... My suitcase laying flat would be able to hold masks standing upright, but I'm not sure it would hold ALL my masks, but I'll bet I could get most of them in there.  You guys might be onto something.  I could easily move it from my room where I have less space into my second room (I have it set up for my nieces) and back and forth as needed, If it was full it could stand up and the masks wouldn't likely move much, they'd be out of the way of my other beauty products giving better space for my sleep and washout masks...  

The more I think about it, the more I'm sold on the idea.  Kinda like a caboodles would have been for my makeup before it took over an entire dresser, or a make up artists kit?  Guys.... am I crazy here??

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@missjeanie @ShortErica  Oh my gosh, I have a good-sized suitcase on wheels! How perfect would that be to store masks in?! Superb idea! 🙌


Fun fact: I still have my caboodles from when I was a pre-teen.... and I still keep makeup in them 😂

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@Shosh85 lol I still have my Caboodles too!  No idea what's in it though... I should look into that!

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I have my original @missjeanie @Shosh85 it's purple and pink and my daughter now uses it now. It's one of the few things I have from my younger years, and I treasure it Smiley Happy

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okay @eshoe now I want a kid to pass mine onto!  lol. My nieces will fight over it some day. 

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Yes they will, @missjeanie - and you will be the cool aunt😄

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@missjeanie My dad uses one of my old pink caboodles as a tool box. Hahaha! 😂

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