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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!

@Kim888So many interesting things here... I haven't ever thought of steaming with herbs like that!  I'm not much of a steam gal myself but hey.. doesn't hurt to try something new every now and again! I'm glad you liked it!

I have a few dark spots that just keep coming back, (like you said, bad sunscreen use in my younger years), I've had a few lasered off about three years ago now but would love to know if the dots work to avoid the laser!  Please keep us up to date on these guys!

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@Kim888 I am so intrigued by the steam mask, I remember my Mom placing a pot of boiling water in front of her with a towel over her head Smiley Very Happy I love the idea of using the Marigold, I wonder if it's like a tea? I totally want to try that tonight, it sounds very relaxing. So happy to hear you like the YTTP, it's such an easy go-to sleeping mask that's pretty low-maintenance!

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@eshoe it totally smelled like tea! Not sure it would have the same effect but I don't see why not either haha the ingredients are below and they all look pretty natural to me 

Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile), Rosa Centifolia (Rose), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey), Vulgare (Fennel), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Urtica Dioica (Nettle)

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Oh yes @Kim888 I am going to try that with some tea! That’s a really nice blend there 😊

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@Kim888 I'm in love with the YTTP mask! It is definitely my favorite! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it! 

The steaming sounds like it was very successful! I remember thinking my older sister was crazy when I was younger, with her face in a bowl and towel over her head! Haha! I still think she's crazy, just not for that anymore. 😂😂

I've wondered about the Peace Out dots! They definitely sound promising!! 👍

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@Shosh85  i feel like there was totally some 80s/90s sitcom where the older sister did it lol

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@Kim888 You know, now that you mention it, that seems familiar!  

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@Kim888 the steam mask sounds so cool! I've never tried that before! 

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@lmaster me either  - it was a fabfitfun add on that I got obsessed with but I convinced myself to just get the sample instead of buying something I wasn't sure I'd like!

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Ooooo I'll have to keep an eye out for that again in FFF 😍 @Kim888  thanks for the heads up

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@Kim888 A facial steam before a sheet mask is a game changer for me because it really clears out your pores so the ingredients from your mask can really penetrate your skin. <333

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I’m so intrigued by the Peace Out Dark Spots @Kim888! I, too, am trying to fade away some sun spots. 😔 The Dark Spots contain licorice extract which is good for lightening hyperpigmentation. Very interested in what you think of these Dark Spot dots.

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Since yesterday’s attempt at a spa-like masking session was a fail (I'm thankful my skin escaped pretty much unscathed), I decided to go with what I know this morning and went with a bamboo theme.



Eminence Organic Skin Care Bamboo Age Corrective Masque is one I’ve used before and like. The ingredients list is pretty clean and it softens and hydrates my skin nicely. It feels calming and soothing. After 10 minutes, my skin, especially in the under eye area, feels more tight (in a good way) and hydrated. I love the cool, minty sensation that comes with pressing my lips together after applying the FRESH - Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment - it's a nice one for keeping the lips soft and moisturized, and prepping lips for lipstick. Smiley Wink 


Next up, it was "I" is or Innisfree, and I reached for Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask – Bamboo (Soothing). I didn’t have any redness or ill effects from last night’s sheet mask, but I thought a little soothing wouldn’t hurt. This mask is made of a cellulose that holds the watery essence very well. It’s on the thinner side as far as mask goes but not the thinnest mask by far. It has a soft, subtle refreshing scent; not overpowering in the least but the scent is noticeable, although it does fade away when you have it on. I kept the mask on for my usual half hour (10 minutes longer than the recommended 20) and after removing the mask and patting in the essence, my skin looked well-hydrated and I looked refreshed. My skin is slightly tacky to the touch but that disappears once I apply my moisturizer and makeup, both of which go on smoothly. In general, most of the sheet masks in this "My Real Squeeze" line from Innisfree are good; just be forewarned that some, not all, of the masks from the line may contain straight up alcohol in the first 5 ingredients listed. This bamboo one is NOT one of those masks. It's an "A" for me.


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Good call sticking with something you know today @itsfi !  Good heads up to really look at the ingredients on the Innisfree masks before deciding to purchase or not!

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@missjeanie it’s easy for me to think that since I like a few masks in a line that I’ll like them all, or that the ingredients will be the same, so I just need to remind myself to look at ingredients. 😃 My skin doesn’t dry out all the time if there’s alcohol in a sheet mask but it’s good to know when it’s there so I can adjust my other skincare products to make sure my skin has extra hydration to counteract any ill effects the alcohol may cause.

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Thats a good plan @itsfi .  I tend to do the same and think "oh I like XYZ from their line, so I'll likely enjoy ABC as well."  I don't really completely avoid anything all together, but I like you, like to be aware of what's in stuff so that I can keep it in mind when pairing or making sure I don't go overboard on something in particular.

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Ahhhhh I am so glad you reviewed one of these Innisfree masks, @itsfi- I was very curious! I was looking at them (again, but didn't buy any) and noticed they are owned by AmorePacific so I'm not surprised it's an A mask! Bummer about the alcohol, see I wasn't even looking at the ingredients Smiley Very Happy When will I ever learn!


The Eminence Mask sounds very nice, you seem to use it on a regular basis - do you think you would repurchase it at some point?

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@eshoe, this Innisfree one does NOT have alcohol in it which is a big plus. 👍🏼 I think at some point I would repurchase a FS of the Eminence bamboo mask; when will just depend on how distracted I get by other masks the brand puts out! 😆 

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@itsfi the mint lippie is one I've not tried yet, sounds nice! 

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@lmaster, it’s a nice one. The minty cool feeling when I press my lips together is an added plus! 👍🏼

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@itsfi Sounds like some good, solid masking! Which is just what you needed after the last masking fiasco! The Bamboo mask sounds lovely! I have the honey "My Real Squeeze Mask" and it does list alcohol as the 4th ingredient. I threw a bunch of my masks away that had alcohol in them, but this is one that made the cut! 🍯

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