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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!

@itsfi Thanks!  @lmaster also mentioned a Whole Foods mask so I'll probably check out both.

@CookieGirl1 wholefoods has an amazing foot peel mask I j...

@CookieGirl1 wholefoods has an amazing foot peel mask I just recently tried

Re: @CookieGirl1 wholefoods has an amazing foot peel mask I j...

@lmaster Do you remember the brand?

Re: @CookieGirl1 wholefoods has an amazing foot peel mask I j...

@CookieGirl1 do you have a wholefoods store near you? It was the wholefoods brand

Re: @CookieGirl1 wholefoods has an amazing foot peel mask I j...

@lmaster I don't have one that's super-close but I travel frequently for work and so I'm at least somewhat near a Whole Foods once every week or two.  I'll definitely have to run in next time I go by and check them out so thanks for the suggestion Smiley Happy.

Re: @CookieGirl1 wholefoods has an amazing foot peel mask I j...

Definitely do @CookieGirl1 I've tried a few different brands, and this one was the best

RE: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks to @mrsmouse for gifting me this so I could participate. ❤️❤️ okay I looove watermelon 🍉 masks, lotions, anything. This mask really is quite a winner for me. I love the super goopy serum, my skin soaked it up. I’ve never tried the look at me brand and I’m impressed. Fit my face well and stuck on well.

Re: RE: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yay!  I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one @Weetart !  Smiley Happy

Re: RE: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

So happy to see you were able to join in thanks to @mrsmouse@Weetart! The watermelon has been a hit😄

doesn't it smell amazing!! @Weetart

doesn't it smell amazing!! @Weetart

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"okay I looove watermelon 🍉 masks, lotions, anything" Oh, I hear ya on that @Weetart! Loooove watermelon too! <333 I'm glad that this watermelon mask worked out so well for you! Smiley Happy

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

L week - Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay MaskL week - Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask

This Laneige mask is interesting - it's a clay mask that sucks up sebum, oil and the gunk that can accumulate and get trapped in pores, but it's not drying which I find fascinating since it is a clay mask and it also does contain alcohol, which I'm not super fond of, but even with the alcohol content, it's actually pretty moisturizing. The color of the mask starts out as a dark gray but lightens to a lighter gray color after it's dried. My skin feels slightly tight after I rinse off the mask but not in a drying sort of way, but more like it feels more firm; and it looks clean and clear.  I used up most of the sample but there was a little bit left that my husband asked if he could try it - he's been enjoying the pore cleansing masks ever since we used the Kiehl's masks last week. He put it on his nose and liked the results enough to say that he might like it more than the Kiehl's Rare Earth Mask but he can't say for certain just yet. Smiley Wink Which I think is his somewhat subtle way of saying he wants keep trying them. Looks like I'll have to see if I can get my hands on another sample of this one. Which makes me wonder, what pore cleansing / detoxifying masks do you like?

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I love how he hinted but wouldn't just say he wants to try more @missy415. Too funny!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I know right, @ShortErica!!!! It's kinda cute that he does this, so we'll keep playing this game. I am really curious to see what mask or masks he ends up liking and if he'll let on that he would like "us" to buy one. lol

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

This sounds quite interesting @missy415! Clay masks that don’t dry all the way down are so nice. 


Hmmmmm a great performer for me has been the 

BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Tea Tree Detox Mask

However the tea tree scent is SO strong I hesitate to recommend. I would without hesitation suggest Kopari’s Coconut Detox Mask. Doesn’t dry down and lovely scent! @lmaster likes this one, too.20407235-D832-4753-9708-AB1F3EA417C0.jpeg


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @eshoe @lmaster. The kopari sounds like one I'd be interested in trying. I'm not sure the tea tree oil scent on the Biossance would go over very well though. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Another one you might like (or love) is the Pixi Skintreats Glow Mud Mask @missy415. the Ginseng scent is noticeable but almost cinnamon-y and it doesn’t dry down. @missjeanie introduced me to it and it’s one of my favorites now!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh thank you @eshoe. A cinnamon-y scent sounds wonderful; I'll have to check out that Pixi mask.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@missy415 @eshoe yep! I do really like this mask! 😍

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oooh @missy415,  this one sounds nice. It’s interesting that it dries down but doesn’t tighten. In terms of pore cleansing or detoxifying masks, I like to rotate through  PETER THOMAS ROTH - Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, SUNDAY RILEY - Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, and  GLAMGLOW - SUPERMUD® Activated Charcoal Treatment Mini. Origins Clear Improvement is also a nice one.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thank you @itsfi 

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