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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!

@PrettyPaint  what’s your thoughts on the stuff you’ve tried? I’ve been looking at their eye cream and a moisturizer but this is the first I’ve tried in the brand. 

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@ather  It probably depends how much moisture you need, but I really like the adaptogen deep moisture cream with ashwagandha + reishi. It soaks in so nicely and keeps me moisturized all day. I haven't tried their eye cream, but please let me know if you do. I'm curious! 

YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi

love love this mask is in my rotation @ather hope you lov...

love love this mask is in my rotation @ather hope you love it

Re: love love this mask is in my rotation @ather hope you lov...

@lmaster  Really!!! How often do you use it? 

Re: love love this mask is in my rotation @ather hope you lov...

@ather at least once a week, sometimes twice

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ather can't wait to hear what you think of this one. Also, good for you for having the discipline to wait until you've finished some other products! I am working on that Smiley Happy

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@eshoe  I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure what one I like better between it and the langeine one. It’s pretty close. I’ve been trying so hard to use stuff up but it’s so hard. Good for you for sticking to it too! It’s hard to not open stuff when you see everyone else using it! 

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Especially when it’s a good one, @ather

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Several people mentioned this one in their top 5 lists on the other thread, so hopefully it goes really well for you too, @ather!

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I hope this one works for you @ather! I really like it😊

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@faeriegirl  I really liked it. I’m really loving the  masks you put on and go to bed. I’ve been so busy lately it’s so easy to use. 

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I'm excited for your reactions to this mask @ather. I know some maskers love it! Hope it is wonderful for your skin.

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@ShortErica I really liked it. I found it gave my skin a nice fresh look. 

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There’s lots of love for this one @ather! Interested to hear how it worked for you. I have a DS of this one but need to get through some other open DS and FS sleeping masks first.

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@itsfi  I know what you mean. I was hesitant opening it because I have so many on the go right now but I thought I would take one for the team for the challenge! I really liked it. I felt it gave me a fresh feeling. Maybe even made my skin look brighter. It says you can use it every night. I’m not sure I would but maybe a few times a week for sure. 

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Such a lovely overnight mask @ather ! Let us know how it worked out for you!

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@missjeanie  I really enjoyed it. I find my life has been so hectic that just applying a mask and going to bed is great for me right now!!  I applied a pretty thick layer and I woke up and felt very moisturizer and I felt like my skin was brighter. I will definitely add it to my purchase list and I am excited to try other things from this brand. 

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And this evening (Sunday).  I'm so glad morning week is over.  I worried about morning masking.  And I don't mask in the AM.  lol... I kept telling myself I could get up early to do it once this week.... guess not. maybe next time. probably not then either. 

I started off this evening with a Vitamin C & Collagen eye patch from Azure Cosmetics.  I bought a pack of these months ago and recalled enjoying them.  I pulled it out simply because it had Xanthun Gum in it though.  The patches are a regular sheet mask material and there was a heck of a lot of serum in that little pouch.  I put these on right before my drive back to town and left them on for about 35 minutes.  Wohooo for multitasking!  Can't wait for transportation week! lol. My under eye area was plenty moisturized and the serum had that silky kind of feel to it that I enjoy.  I still have a few of these left and my enjoyment of them makes me curious about the full size face masks from this line I've seen at TJMaxx.  I likely won't repurchase simply due to my need to try something new, but I would say they're worth a try for anyone contemplating. Oh and they are an extra large size.  My Sunglasses could't cover them all by a long shot!
Tonight I decided to use the Meg two step Jelly mask in lieu of DE Babyfacial for my Skincare Sunday Power Peel/Exfoliation. This particular mask was a gift from @eshoe who said I should use it when I wanted a more complicated mask.  I don't find these that complicated though.  I really like the giant swab followed by soothing mask combo.  No scent on either step here.  There was plenty of serum in the swab pouch, I could have done half my torso.  The tricky part of this two stepper for me was the sheet mask.  Upon opening the pouch there was some good jelly going on. I love a good jelly.  When I started to unfold the mask though, I noticed that some parts of the mask appeared to be more saturated than others.  No problem, back into the pouch you go for a massage.  The material on this mask is what I call the 'coffee filter' material.  It's almost got tiny holes in it.  As I was putting the mask on it started to drip.  Everywhere.  I'm sure I was quite the sight leaning over the bathroom sink in nothing but a towel trying to not drip a pool onto my floor.  How did my jelly get so drippy??  It was going everywhere, my mouth, down my neck and into my cleavage, and yet it was dripping into the sink too.  I ended up with a hand towel under my chin /blotting my mouth area for a good 5 minutes to try and contain the jelly that had liquified after my mini massage.  On top of having to hold a towel under my chin the mask just didn't stay down right.  No amount of snipping or smooshing was going to contain this sucker.  I could feel the actives that I had put on my skin earlier before I started the mask application process so I knew I needed to keep the mask on for a bit to avoid an over peel situation.  I managed about 15 minutes.  On the plus side, my skin does look like I've just done a good mini peel and doesn't feel as though there are any adverse affects.  I'm pretty sure that I've done this mask once before and liked it.  What happened?  Was my mask massage that bad that the whole thing fell apart?  I mean I know I'm not a massage therapist or anything, but common.... no need to turn from gorgeous jelly to a soppy mess!  I don't think I'll be seeking this one out after tonights shenanigans, though I do quite like this delivery method.  I'm pretty excited that I picked up a few packages of the Mural peel that are similar to this, but with a lovely scent, similar effect, and none of the high jinks


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

That Two Step Jelly Mask sounds weird @missjeanie .

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It was so weird @divaknits .  It was jelly, then I massaged it into the mask, turned to water, then the next day I notice it's jelly again!  On the plus side it did a nice job on my skin for sure!

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UPDATE::::  WHAT KIND OF WITCHCRAFT IS THIS??? @eshoe @ather @ShortErica @itsfi and anyone else....

I went to empty out the meg mask pouch in my washroom from last nights masking to put it in with my empties.  ITS ALL JELLY AGAIN!!  

What in the Hocus Pocus is going on?What in the Hocus Pocus is going on?

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