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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 :D. Please 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!

@PinkEvergreen   I only know Coney and Brown and the Cats name is Jessica.  Not sure on the other ones.  :D. The characters  are a big deal let me see if I can find some photos from the line friends stores in Japan and Korea.  It’s all character merchandise! 

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I haven't been able to post much due to life/work schedule conflicts, but I've been doing my best to mask and using lots of masks gifted to me by @lmaster and @eshoe, thanks so much ladies!!! 




I used this lovely aloe soothing mask from mediheal that eshoe sent last night! It was super saturated (enough for at least 1, maybe 2 blanks?) and it fit like a glove. Dried down nice, not sticky. My skin was hydrated and refreshed this morning, I'd definitely use this one again. Thanks so much E 🙂 

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You are welcome @CC3616 😊 I am so happy this one worked out for your skin. I’m very happy with the brand in general!

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Wonderful @CC3616! This was th mask that @eshoe also sent me that made me jump on the masking bandwagon and love Mediheal.

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Mediheal does make some great masks! Glad you enjoyed this one, @CC3616!

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This one sounds great @CC3616!

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Oh this mask sounds really nice @CC3616 Thanks for the review. 

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So happy to read your review @CC3616 💙

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@CC3616  Thanks for the review on this one! I'm hoping to try out the line soon! So happy you enjoyed it! 😃

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So many masks I haven't written about!


The Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask

This is my first mud sheet mask.  The mask is kinda like a two part sheet mask that's had a layer of mud laid down on on side.  I laid the top piece down first then the bottom, both stuck on pretty well.  This mask was a gift from the lovely @mrsmouse and she warned that it would take up to an hours for the mask to dry.  I feel like I left it on for about that long, but lost track of time a bit.  I pulled both pieces off easily side to side and while there was only a little bit of mud left on my face, it washed off quite easily in the shower.  My skin looked deep clean after the mask.  The only scent I noticed was what I'd call a clay scent.  I'm curious to try more of these, but I'm not sure they're easier than a regular clay mask.

A triple mask day over the weekend for the Meetup!

Day started off with the Pacifica Sea Algae Anti-Pollution Gel Mask.  I actually don't mind the scent on this one.  It's a bit tropical, but not a standard tropical, theres something a little different to it.  I like it.  I put a thicker layer on and left it on for about an hour (yet again, I lost track of time).  It kinda peeled off when I tried it this way, even though it's meant to be a wash off.  I'm sure that if I'd only left it on for the prescribed time, it would wipe off with a washcloth since it did after the hour.  I'm not sure how defended my skin was, but it felt nice.

I used the Sand & Sky Exfoliating Treatment before my Hello Kitty.  I really like this mask.  I massaged it on in about a minute then left it sit for about 10 minutes before massaging it off in the shower.  I love the scrubbies, I'm a big fan of scrubbies in my masks.  Skin looked brighter, cleaner, and felt softer. 

The Hello Kitty Softer than Cookies was as expected.  It's a great mask.  I'm not always a fan of coconut oil in my skincare, I'm acne prone and while it might be moisturizing, the comedogenic factor is a bit too much for me.  I don't mind a little like this from time to time though.  Not much of a scent on this one for me.  It was nice to chill out for a half hour with it.  I still have a couple of these left and I'll gladly use them. Easy mask to just pop on and not need to worry about how it'll turn out.  

The Caolion Blackhead Steam Pore Pack & PTR Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Gel for the start of B week.

I first tried this steam mask in sample format and was excited to find a full size at Winners.  It's a charcoal coloured mud like mask with a few very gentle scrubbies scattered throughout (not super scrubby at all).  I massaged it on and could feel the 'heat/steam' pretty much right away.  No scent to really note.  It never dried right down so there was no tight feeling.  It washed away quite easily in the shower, no washcloth needed.  I forgot how much I liked this mask.  Must use it more.  My skin was soft, didn't feel tight at all.  The warming sensation would be more appreciated during the 40 below winters, but it was still nice as a part of my boost back into masking this week after slacking during A week.
The PTR Rose Mask was used as a sleeping mask and I like it just fine.  Its not the most mositurizing, but it still does the job during the warmer months.  It absorbs quick enough, leaves no residue and doesn't leave anything on my pillows.  I'll keep using this one and one of my rotating sleeping masks.  Love sleeping masks.  Even when I'm not masking regularly I'm sleep masking.  

My skin was feeling pretty dry so I opted for the L'arvone Shea Butter Moisturizing mask, a gift from @eshoe !

This mask is what I'd call a good filler mask.  There was a scent to it when I opened the packet, it was quite lovely, but I couldn't place it for the life of me.  the mask fit was pretty average, and it stayed moist for a good 25 minutes.  The upper lip / nose area was starting to dry out so I took it off.  Skin was looking refreshed, and did feel moisturized, though an hour later, I knew I still needed to slather on some moisturizer.  Would I use this one again? Yes.  Would I seek it out?  No. 
Good filler mask if you have it though.

And tonights B mask!  The Brightening Jelly Pack from Yadah!  A lovely gift from the even more lovely @mrsmouse 

This mask was exactly as expected.  Same fit as the other jelly masks, same mask fabric, same gorgeous jelly consistency.  A slight citrus scent.  I'm a fan.  I had it on for about 40 minutes and my skin looked brighter and felt softer after use.  I just knew I'd love this one.  I really think all the Yadah masks were great, but the Jelly ones stand out to me.  I'm super thankful to mrsmouse for sending this my way!  

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Wow that is some serious masking @missjeanie, you’re on a roll! I know you’ve got a stockpile, use ‘em up😉

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I'm going on a use em up spree starting now @eshoe !  I find when I really cut back on my masks my skin has been letting me know.  Time to step it up again!  I actually talked myself out of swinging by Winners tonight lol!

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Yay @missjeanie! I whittled my drawer down quite a bit recently thank goodness. It feels so good😄

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Now I need to try my mud ones. Thanks for sharing all these reviews @missjeanie 

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The mud one was super fun to try out since I haven't done one.  I think for me they may end up kind of like rubber masks... fun for something different. @ShortErica now you're making me want to do a rubber mask again!

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We need more faces @missjeanie! Cause we know we don't need more masks 😂

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Wow- that is quite the masking catch-up post, @missjeanie! You've got so many good ones in there!

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Right @quspork ... I need to keep up a bit better.  I find that when I get so many built up, I don't want to do anything with them.  When I only have one or two it's so much easier to manage!  

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Oh my goodness this is exactly why it's a bad thing to have too many choices, @missjeanie. Masking analysis paralysis 😄 

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Yes @eshoe !!!

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So many great masks @missjeanie 😊

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