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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!


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I don’t think I would like the slice masks @ShortErica, the eye mask sounds nice though.

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I'm hoping to see some eye mask comparisons during dual week @faeriegirl. A different one under each eye.

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Pomegranate and Cranberry to end the week!7DE1B66E-998D-4F71-A6BC-BDD6AB95ADE8.jpeg


Nature Republic Pomegranate Real Nature Hydrogel Mask

This is a two piece hydrogel mask that has plenty of serum and didn't have much of scent that I could tell – maybe a very light clean and fresh kind of smell? It had a great fit, just the nose flap was a little too long. The adherence was great on the top piece, but the bottom part slid around quite a bit. I left it on for about 40 minutes. When I removed it most of the serum had absorbed and my skin was a little tacky, but it faded quickly. My face was noticeably brighter, looked and felt smoother and my skin stayed hydrated for quite awhile. I enjoyed this one and would use it again, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to repurchase.75223E8F-DDE2-4D48-AB6B-F870112DE338.jpeg




Leaders Tundra Cranberry Anti-Aging Mask

This is a super thin and comfortable bio cellulose mask that came sandwiched between two protective layers. There wasn't much of a scent, just a light, fresh and clean sort of smell. The fit was pretty good– just a teeny tiny bit too wide at temples and slightly too long at the chin. I kept it on for about 35 minutes, and when I removed it there was still quite a bit of serum that was a little tacky. My face looked a little brighter, felt refreshed and that 'more awake' look and feel. My skin felt comfortably hydrated and had a very nice glow. The tackiness took awhile to absorb and when it did my face looked and felt smoother.

I really enjoyed this one and it's going on my list of repurchases.



@Shosh85 so glad you like the cranberry mask, I had pulle...

@Shosh85 so glad you like the cranberry mask, I had pulled this one out, but grabbed a different one, so be I'll be looking forward to trying it,, sorry the pomegranate mask was super slippery!

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@lmaster Thats how most hydrogels are, so I can't say I wasn't expecting it. They always seem to stick a little better after drying a bit. 😉

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That leaders cranberry sounds fantastic @Shosh85 .  Going onto the list!

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@missjeanie I'll definitely be repurchasing this one! 😃

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The cranberry mask sounds great @Shosh85!

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@faeriegirl I loved it! Leaders makes some great masks! 😃

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@Shosh85, the packaging on the Tundra Cranberry sheet mask is soooo pretty! Smiley Happy I've really enjoyed all the masks from that Leaders line that I've tried! Good to know about the Nature Republic pomegranate mask - the more masks I use, the more helpful it is to know whether it's repurchase-worthy. Have you tried all the masks from that Nature Republic line? I saw a honey version that, surprise! surprise!, piqued my interest. Smiley Happy

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@itsfi From this Nature Republic line I've only tried this and the honey one. Besides the slippery-ness of the hydrogel, I loved the honey one! I think that's the main reason I'm not too excited about repurchasing the pomegranate one - the Honey was better. I think results-wise these both were pretty similar, but the scent on the honey one is what made it stand out to me. 🍯

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The star of Saturday night’s masking sesh was the acai berry.


Quick summary: All were good products. Looking through the ingredient lists for each item though, I noticed the Holika Holika sheet mask was the only one that seems to contain acai berry, which makes me pleased with the sheet mask, but disappointed with the hair mask and lip balm.

The Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet (Acai Berry) was gifted to me by the superbly knowledgeable @keana1 (thank you, thank you!). I’m a fan of Holika Holika sheet masks and was excited to use this one. It’s a thin cotton sheet mask (love the second skin feeling) that adheres well to the skin. I don’t know what acai berries smell like; really, I only know them in the form of acai bowls (ha!) and I can’t seem to recall what they smell like if they have a scent (and yes, I’ve made a note to pick up an acai bowl for breakfast or an afternoon snack sometime this weekend). This particular mask has a subtle scent but it’s not berries, or fruit at all – it’s a subtle clean scent, not clean like a cleaning product but clean in the fresh sense.  As with pretty much all sheet masks, I made adjustments to the corners of the eyes and mouth, and chin and jawline area. The serum on this one has a gel-like consistency and is a bit sticky, which probably accounts for the mask adhering so well. I left this mask on for my usual half hour (directions recommend 10-20 minutes) and after removing the mask and patting in the excess serum (of which there was a lot), my skin just the teensiest bit tacky to the touch, but it also felt bouncy and moisturized and had a fresh glow about it. This morning my skin looked clear, felt soft and hydrated.


Sephora Collection Acai Hair Sleeping Mask and the SuperGoop Acai Fusion Lip Balm rounded out my evening masking.  SC puts out some really nice products, from its pressed powders, #lipstories, lip balms to its sheet masks and brushes, I’m a fan. Before last night, I tried all of the overnight hair masks except for this one. The acai hair sleeping mask is geared towards brightening and color protection. I’ve colored my hair before but not in the last 9-12 months, so I won’t be able to speak to its color protection claims. This one smells … yummy – it has a fruity scent to it and maybe a little floral too. The acai and coconut hair masks are my favorite scents in this hair sleeping mask line. I worked the product through my hair, put it in a braid, slipped the cap over my head and went to bed. After rinsing the mask out of my hair this morning, my hair looks and feels softer and smooth and it looks shiny and healthy. I find these sleeping hair masks great for travel and I’ll definitely repurchase.

The SuperGoop Acai Fusion Lip Balm is a nice, smooth, non-sticky balm that contains SPF. This one smells nice, but the scent seems more coconut-y to me than anything. Because of that I decided to look at the ingredients list and … ugh! It does not appear to contain acai berries. There’s added “flavor” but nothing that suggests acai berries are included in the balm. Having learned that this morning, I then went to check the ingredients list on both the hair sleeping mask and the sheet mask and what do you think I found? The only mask I used last night that specifically includes acai berry in the ingredients list is the Holika Holika sheet mask – euterpe oleracea fruit extract. I’m pleased the sheet mask contains acai berry in it, but I’m a bit disappointed in this discovery as far as the sleeping hair mask and lip balm go.

Ingredients (for Holika Holika sheet mask):


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I’m glad that you enjoyed the Holika Holika Mask @itsfi ! I’ve never seen açaí berries before.... It must be disappointing to use products that claim to contain açaí and don’t! Sephora Canada doesn’t carry Supergoop products, what a bummer! Their mineral sunscreen(s) sound so great! There are so many different brands that we don’t have at Sephora Canada, I wish we would have the same availability! At least we have DE ( except for the Babyfacial ) etc..

glad we both are really enjoying holika holika masks 😍 @...

glad we both are really enjoying holika holika masks 😍 @itsfi sorry to hear the hair and lip masks didn't contain acai

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Yaaay for Holika Holika sheet masks @lmaster! 💖 Are there any flavors you are especially fond of? Yeah, the lack of açaí in those two products is a bit of a bummer since açaí is clearly in the product names. The hair mask though is quite nice and I’ll repurchase despite that.

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@itsfi in totally in love with the aloe version and the egg peeling gel is great too

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I've seen this HH mask out and about and convinced myself that I didn't need to be buying sheet masks again... but now maybe I'll have to try this one out if I spot it again! I'm glad you reviewed the Supergoop lip balm @itsfi , I had this one on my list, but had hoped it smelled of berries. 

Have to ask... how long is your hair?  I'm curious about the SC hair masks, but my hair goes down to my lower back, I wonder if there'd be enough mask.

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@missjeanie, it would have been great if it smelled of berries (and had acai berries in it), but the coconut scent to it is very nice, if you like coconut scents. So funny you asked about my hair length; I've been sitting here for the last 20 minutes having an internal debate whether to get it cut. lol! My hair is a little more than 2 inches below the middle of my back.

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Oh good to know you have longer hair too @itsfi ! I might need to add on a hair mask to an order!

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Nice theme @itsfi! Too bad the balm and hair mask didn’t have açaí in it🤷‍♀️ The sheet mask and hair mask sound great though😊

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@faeriegirl, the sheet mask and hair mask were great! The scent on the hair mask, while not like berries, was sooo good! 😊
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