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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!

@heartsmyface, thanks for the pic demo on how to make a terrible fit into a perfect fit!  When I would read  one modified the fit of a mask, I wondered how it was done.

Also, excellent tip on the Q-tip to dry eye area for bubble sheet masks!  I suppose one could also do it in the lip area, if feeling some irritation from a mask?

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@byme4u my eyebrow scissors get way more use for masking fixes than they do for actual eyebrows but at least they’re useful!    

Aw man  don’t know when I figuref it out to use qtips but it’s so helpful for any creams or lotions that start seeping into your eyes.  It happens a lot.  

And yeah, if your lips are sensitive or you just don’t like the sensation of something that could potentially help.  I’d be a little more concerned feeling lip irritation from a mask cause i’d be wondering if it were an allergic reaction.  

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X is for xylanthrax


Xylanthrax is an old name for charcoal and it’s one of the key ingredients in ORIGINS - Clear Improvement™ Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish, my mask of choice this morning. Yaaay! Both themes in one product! Smiley Happy And a good one at that. My skin is dehydrated-combo at the moment – dryness in most parts of my face, with oiliness on my nose, philtrum and chin. Since my skin is always dehydrated, I typically a little skittish when it comes to masks that claim to “purify” or “detoxify” because my cheeks usually become tight and more dry after using those types of mask, but I’m finding more and more brands with purifying/detoxifying masks that don’t dry down and/or that contain moisturizing skincare ingredients or humectants in their products. This Origins mask, with its honey scent and gooey consistency, is one of those non-drying purifying masks. The charcoal in it gives it the purifying power of their traditional Clear Improvements mask (that I use as a spot treatment) while the honey arms is with its moisturizing muscle. The combination of the two yields a mask that draws out gunk from the pores all while keeping the skin feeling soft (no tightness), hydrated and nourished. It’s a mask my skin likes year-round.

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Sounds great @itsfi!

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The combination of charcoal and honey is really a perfect pairing for my skin @divaknits! Smiley Happy

@itsfi this origins mask sounds like it did the trick for...

@itsfi this origins mask sounds like it did the trick for you! glad it was a nice one

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It was lovely @lmaster. The honey 🍯 really helps to keep it from being drying. 👍🏼

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I need to try this one @itsfi!😊

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It’s quite good @faeriegirl! My combo skin is a fan. 😊

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@itsfi Charcoal as an ingredient makes me cringe cause my skin is already so dry.  ha, my skin was mad at me for using the boscia pudding mask. Just gonna steer away from that ingredient from now on.  The honey is darn tempting though.  

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@heartsmyface, the honey in this one makes it much more friendly to us dry or dehydrated skin folks. It's a bit gooey, but it sorta makes it fun. Smiley Wink

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@itsfi Oh I like gooey!  I think I may need to go in and get a sample of this one.  

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I too love your choice usage of the letter “X” @itsfi 😉 It’s been awhile since I’ve used that Origins and it sounds like one that needs to be tried again. Especially now that honey has been added into the mix👍🏼🍯 

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"X" week has resulted in me learning new words @eshoe! lol.

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Yes @itsfi and I need to get those added to the list for next alphabet run-through!

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@itsfi  Such a clever idea! Love your choice. I use this one often!! 

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Thank you @ather! Smiley Happy I really like this mask - the original version works as a spot treatment because of its potency but it's too drying for use all over my face; this one strikes a really nice balance for my skin. <3

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@itsfi  did they change it? I have the old version but I thought it was more a package change. 

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@ather, there's 2 different Clear Improvements mask from the brand. Charcoal is the key ingredient in the original version which comes in a tube form. I think with the original one, there may be 2 different designs on the packaging, but both are in a tube. ORIGINS - Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores

In this version in the jar, the main ingredients are charcoal and honey - ORIGINS - Clear Improvement™ Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish.  As far as I know, the original version did not include honey.

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Sounds like @lmaster has been influencing a few of us this week!  I tried the Honey Milk Candy Mask from Candy O'Lady last night after reading her rave review!

First off, I picked up a pack of 10 at Winners for around 8$.  This makes this mask already a winner for having a 10 for the price of 1 or 2 masks price point for me. I'll admit, I fell for the packaging design.  I believe this company is repackaging into a different size pouch and so the reason we were finding them at winners.  When I first opened the pouch I was greeted with an amazing honey scent.  Not a fake honey, but, it really smelled like a gourmet honey!  It made my mouth water!  The mask was a standard material and thickness.  The serum wasn't overly runny, but wasn't as thick as a jelly mask. I left it on for about 20-25 minutes and when I removed it the excess serum massaged in quickly.  No tackiness after about 10 minutes.  My skin felt like I may have been able to get away without a moisturizer but I added some anyhow (It's rare I'll chance not wearing one morning or night, but opted for a lighter one before bed).  This morning my skin wasn't super hydrated, but it looked 'normal' in terms of hydration/moisture.  I'm not mad at this mask.  That gorgeous honey scent is the real win in this mask.  The effects for me are nothing outstanding, however certainly meet my expectations for a sheet mask. I'm curious to try out the other two flavours I picked up from the brand now. 
Fellow maskers... if you're a Honey lover... this one is for you!

Oh I used the I dew care volcanic ash before my shower as well.  My pores just looked like they needed a mud mask and they looked much nicer after I washed this off.  Has a jelly like texture for a mud mask and dries down, but not tight.  The little size like this will get me 4 full face masks.  I don't mind this one, but I won't seek it out again.  I'm going to try to use this one up in the next week or two just to make room in my 'open stuff' cabinet. 


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Glad you liked it @missjeanie ! I’d love to try it at some point. 

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