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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: side note: planning my week of masking for next week- san...

@sonnydee  Ooh can’t wait to hear what you think. Right now just my nose is oily and the rest of my face is dry, so maybe I could just do a nose mask? Smiley Happy

Re: side note: planning my week of masking for next week- san...

Just added it to the list @sonnydee! Thank you😊👍🏼

@PrettyPaint I do use this about once a week, it doesn't...

@PrettyPaint I do use this about once a week, it doesn't dry my skin. my pores do look smaller after using and my redness is diminished as well

Re: @PrettyPaint I do use this about once a week, it doesn't...

That sounds good @lmaster . I have always had larger pores than I would like, so hopefully mine will look smaller as well. Thanks so much! 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint I tried it a while ago, but I don't have sensitive skin, so I'm not much help with that. It had some great results but it did dry me out a bit (which isn't surprising since I have dry/dehydrated skin) It's great for brightening/clearing your complexion, shrinks pores and makes your skin super soft and smooth! It doesn't specify if it's ok for sensitive skin, because Im sure everyone reacts differently to certain things, but it does have some good ingredients and is silicone and paraben free - so that's a good sign! It does have a bit of a tingle too, so that's something to be aware of. On their website it does say that if you do have sensitive skin, you should do a patch test on your inner elbow first. 

Here's their ingredient list:


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you so much @Shosh85 . That’s really helpful, and I feel better knowing you tried it and didn’t have any issues. My skin behaves differently depending on the season. Right now I’m completely dry from the cold, so maybe I’ll wait to use it when the weather warms up and my skin gets a bit more oily. I enjoy a bit of a slight tingle, so that’s good with me! Thanks so much!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint I think it's a great idea to wait for summertime! I really liked using the mask as a spot treatment – it really does help clear up blemishes well! It's on my list to buy again, once I clear out a couple other masks in my stash. 😉👍 @itsfi 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85  That’s a great idea. I had never thought to use a mask like a spot treatment, but I think that’s what I’ll do for now...just put it on blemishes and my oily-ish nose. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint That's usually what I do with masks that are too drying for a full face – just put it on the parts that need it most. 😉👍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@PrettyPaint, your skin sounds similar to mine - I’m dehydrated-dry now but get a bit more oily in the summer. Gotta love how it changes with the seasons! 😂🤣😂 I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Sand & Sky after you’ve had a chance to try it out in the warmer months.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  I’ll definitely post here once I give it a try. I think I will try it sooner than summertime but just apply it to the less dry areas for now (like maybe my nose and forehead). My cheeks need no extra dryness currently! Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I hear ya @PrettyPaint! My cheeks are like the desert and my nose and occasionally my chin, are like oil fields - hahaha! Smiley Happy 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@lmaster didn’t you try this one, can’t remember for sure but I thought you did...

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks for tagging her @eshoe  Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

You're welcome @PrettyPaint! I've only seen it on here a few times, not once yet this year though. @sonnydee maybe has tried it, too?

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@eshoe  Thanks so much! I just feel more reassured before trying something new when someone else here has tried it Smiley Happy  And all of you have much more masking experience than myself. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Saturday night masking excitement:

masksat.jpgHurrah!, Osmia Organics, Beyond, Lush & Origins


The Osmia Adzuki Bean Nourishing Mask is a very pretty clay-powder which is blended with a small amount of water and used as either a quick cleanse or a deep mask. The brand’s site lists sandalwood, lavender and geranium oils; I did not detect any of those but something more like fresh straw. Kind of ok but kind of not. 


After applying carefully (the ground quinoa and beans provide exfoliation; why do the majority of masks have some sort of chemical/physical exfoliating aspect?) I let it rest for a few minutes. As it dried I felt my skin being pulled tighter, and tighter, and tighter...until it became a wee bit painful and I rinsed it off to find my face was covered in hives. This has never happened to me, and I have never used a mask with adzuki beans so I guess they are out🤷🏻‍♀️


I did some quick research, apparently there are bean allergies (duh, soybeans) but I eat edamame regularly so this took me by surprise. 25 minutes later and my face is red and itchy. I have to fail this one but maybe it works great for others; just not for me.



The Beyond Herb Garden Peony is nice but fragrance was strong though it’s last on the list. Which makes me seriously wonder about all those chemicals that are last on the list but we pass off thinking the effects are so minimal. This fragrance is definitely NOT minimal! The fit was great, but with my itchy skin I wear it only 10 minutes before removing. A nice mask, one that might have been a favorite for me a year ago but I am just ready to be done with Laura Ashley week at this point; A B- for this one.


Followed up with the usual, this morning my skin is back to normal.  
ETA: I neglected to mention the ORIGINS - Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask with Avocado & Swiss Glacier Water I ended up not using it last night as I just wanted to use some unscented products on my irritated skin. I have used it a couple of times and LOVE it, thank you @MissPuff! The scent is very similar to the Apricot, and is such a very pleasant final step in hydrating my skin before sleep Smiley Happy

@eshoe when I took a look at the ingredients of my placen...

@eshoe when I took a look at the ingredients of my placenta stinging mask, the placenta was soybean...I dont eat soybeans but the one time- I did at the Tampa Aquarium all they had was soy that. I had a soy burger & let's just say it didnt agree with me at all.🤭 You might be on to something with bean allergies/sensitivity never thought it would affect me in skincare though. yikes to the hives!

Re: @eshoe when I took a look at the ingredients of my placen...

Huh @sonnydee you might be on to something here. Plenty of people can be intolerant and not allergic to things, still affects them but it's usually just in an unpleasant way and not life-threatening. Being that your skin is so sensitive, it would make complete sense. Thanks for bringing that up, I wouldn't have put the two together. You are so helpfulSmiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Glad your skin is doing better after having used the Osmia Adzuka mask, @eshoe! It's crazy how small allergies can show up in skincare and produce such negative  reactions sometimes. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yes I am so thankful it cleared up quickly and didn’t get worse. @itsfi was wise to ask if I had any antihistamines on hand, and I did, but didn’t even think to use them🙄 This gives me a great 💡!!! A masking emergency kit😂

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