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2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hello lovely masking mavens! We have outgrown the original thread started by the wonderful @Aaliaa and are beginning another masking journey. Many thanks to her and excited you are here. *Half-year update will be posted at the end of the month* To post:

Posting: 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!

Original Thread: 

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
Yamaha Cosmetics (Founder and CEO Anna Kang)


2019 Mask of the Week Challenge Schedule

Jan 1 - 6AMasks you discovered in 2018 - What new loves did you discover last year? 
Jan 7 - 13BFavourite Mask of the “Masking Week Challenge 2018”  
Jan 14 - 20CFavourite 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 - 27D
Clean Week - Masks that give your skin a boost without the guilt
Jan 28 - Feb 3ELip, Hand or Foot Masks to help that winter skin 
Feb 4 - 10FVitamins Week - masks that nourish your skin with vitamins and minerals@Kim888
Feb 11 - 17GSpecial Occasion Masks - the mask(s) you use to pamper yourself@itsfi
Feb 18 - 24HGross Masks - whether it's the scent or results, share the details please!@Aaliaa
Feb 25 - Mar 3ISpring Flowers - floral ingredients or scents that add a spring to your step 
Mar 4 - 10JFemale Owned Brands - In honour of Women's Day March 8th 
Mar 11 - 17KFavourites Week - Your go to miracle in a mask 
Mar 18 - 24LSample that made you buy the FS - You tried it, and decided to buy it!@itsfi
Mar 25 - 31MFavourite Smelling Masks - Watermelon, Kale, Spa?? 
Apr 1 - 7NBIC Made you do it! Masks recommended/inspired by other BIC members 
Apr 8 - 14OThe Oozoo Week - share your Oozoo and Neogen loves!
Meetup: The OOZOO Capsule Rose Petal -  Saturday April 13th. 
Apr 15 - 21PLuxe it Up or a Pretty on a Penny - the $ and the $$$$ of Masks 
Apr 22 - 28QSample Dive - I know we have them! 
Apr 29 - May 5RSephora’s ‘Best Selling’ Masks
Meetup: Sephora Collection Honey Face Mask -  Saturday May 4th. Thank you @missjeanie
May 6 - 12SOvernight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar 
May 13 - 19TSummer Masks to refresh and sooth during sunny months 
May 20 - 26UFruits & Veggies Week - masks that use natural goodness to nourish your skin@Keana1
May 27 - Jun 2VGuess 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 @faeriegirl!                                        Meetup: Mediheal Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask EX Wednesday 5/29 thanks to @ShortErica & @Shosh85  
Jun 3 - 9WDIY Mask - Skincare meets Chemistry
Meetup: Bawdy Butt Mask 2.0
Jun 10 - 16XMorning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step
Meetup: Bawdy Butt Mask 3.0
Jun 17 - 23YMasks 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 - 30ZMasking Duel - Dare to compare 2 (or more!) masks in one session 
Jul 1 - 7AHydrating 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 - 14BMasking Hacks - share your masking secrets that make your life easier and your skin happy 
Jul 15 - 21CLip, Hand or Foot Masks to help that summer skin 
Jul 22 - 28D’Weird Mask' Bubbling, Peeling, Colour changing other worldly wonders! 
Jul 29 - Aug 4EMulti-Masking How many masks can you use at one time or in One Day?? 
Aug 5 - 11FBlind Pick Your Mask - Let's make it fun to use the masks in our stash!
Meetup: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17 
Aug 12 - 18GSheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why? 
Aug 19 - 25HDrugstore & Grocery Brands Week 
Aug 26 - Sep 1IFavourites Week - Your go to miracle in a mask 
Sep 2 - 8JRainbow Week - Bring out the colorful masks in every hue@Sonnydee
Sep 9 - 15KAutumn Masks - Fall goodness in a mask 
Sep 16 - 22LWhen you are getting GLAM for a night out and want that inner GLOW 
Sep 23 - 29MBIC Made you do it! Masks recommended/inspired by other BIC members 
Sep 30 - Oct 6NSephora Collections Week - House Brand Goodness 
Oct 7 - 13OFrench Pharmacy Week 
Oct 14 - 20PEnds of the Earth - masks that use ingredients from or are made in far away places 
Oct 21 - 27QOvernight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar 
Oct 28 - Nov 3RLets show some love to Some Korean skincare brands 
Nov 4 - 10SForgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask 
Nov 11 - 17TGross/Odd/Unusual Ingredients - Spirulina, donkey milk, bee venom, snail mucous - what masks have you used that have strange ingredients? 
Nov 18 - 24UFlash Masks - masks that do doubly duty in half the time 
Nov 25 - Dec 1VMorning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step 
Dec 2 - 8WAsian skincare Brand - Visit old cultures and their ways 
Dec 9 - 15XSample Dive - I know we have them! 
Dec 16 - 22YHoliday Party Prep Mask 
Dec 23 - 29ZMasks you discovered in 2019

This Week’s Theme: Masks You've Discovered so far in 2019 

Mask Meetups: Thank you @ShortErica for suggesting this week's Yadah mask meet up on Saturday, June 22nd. Also, if you are so inclined, we will be rounding out the Bawdy Butt Mask series thanks to @faeriegirl that day. Join us for some entertaining multi-masking!


Letter of the Week Ideas for “Y”

Yarrow rootYadahYellow




Mask Demographics Survey Results: @ShortErica wanted to know a little bit about our group. I noticed a major flaw in that I didn't include US: West as a region although it was listed on the map. My apologies to all of the lovely maskers in the West! I will re-run this survey again soon so that this group can be represented correctly.

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New Weekly Survey: @cianni & @ShortErica suggested a survey that reflects masks currently at TJ Maxx to use as a 'cheat sheet.' This will be a sticky survey updated weekly. Tabs at bottom of Results sheet reflect the week the survey was taken.


Mask Meetup Info:

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.
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August: Sephora x Barbie thanks to @GalPalVal17!          


Re: I do have this one to try yet @itsfi I liked the other ve...

@lmaster, I think my skin was better suited for the oils in the mask this time - it was definitely more dry and more dehydrated than it normally is at the time I used this one again. Would be interesting to see how you think this one compares to the other one you tried from the brand. 

Re: I do have this one to try yet @itsfi I liked the other ve...

I'm very curious myself @itsfi I've seen a few others not too keen on this one, but I really enjoyed the one I tried so far

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Week 15 - Apr 8 - 15 - O - The Oozoo Week


Happy to participate in the Monthly Masking Meetup! I still have to go through everyone else's thoughts though I spied @missjeanie's picture and had to comment since our minds tend to think alike.


I did the rose oozoo mask - surprise - since I didn't already lead with this.


This mask was gifted to me by the lovely @eshoe. I wonder if the post-it note holds true still.


I popped the capsule and massaged the package as directed. Not sure if I like or dislike this gimmick. Part of me likes participating and part of me wonders if the mask soaking the serum is better. When I opened the package I noticed the serum was very milky. I don't know if I've done any with a milky serum. My memory is only thinking about clear serum. There was lots of serum in the packet.


It fit nicely. My face:


I could have done with a little more coverage by the nose and there was excess to fold under the chin but good fitting mask - check check!


The mask had a distinct rose scent. I found it to be real (like I am around real roses on the regular 🤷) and not a fake off-putting overload of perfume. I could smell it during masking but it wasn't overwhelming for me.


I wore it probably 40 minutes. I could have left it on even longer. I patted the rest of the serum in. Later I found more serum that hadn't fully absorbed and patted again. My skin looked brighter. It also maybe looked more even and plump. I had a facial in the afternoon so I'm hoping this also contributed to having a good skin evening but who knows what did what exactly.


Right before bed I put the extra serum on my face, neck, and hands. I'm wondering whether I should save serum in extra jars I have and use it on another night (since I tend to mask once or twice a week at most). Curious if it's more beneficial to soak my skin in serum on one evening or do two doses on different nights. Anyone have some insight?


I would rate it an A-. It had a good fit, good results, great lasting power, and my only gripe is the scent. I wasn't bothered about it but personal preference is no to little fragrance. It's a "it's not you, it's me" complaint since a rose mask should probably smell like rose.


Now to read what everyone else thought. Smiley Happy

@ShortErica the farmacy mask that @itsfi reviewed has a c...

@ShortErica the farmacy mask that @itsfi reviewed has a cooling sensation, also the creme shop peppermint oil also has a cooling sensation. I think masks that contain menthol or mint will definitely have that sensation, but the tonymoly orange mask I used recently also had that cooling sensation

Re: @ShortErica the farmacy mask that @itsfi reviewed has a c...

Thanks @lmaster - I'll have to be on the lookout and also check what I currently have for those ingredients. Smiley Happy

this looks about what mine did @ShortErica however, this...

this looks about what mine did @ShortErica however, this particular mask I used, I could barely smell any hint of roses! I was bummed about that because I know on the past this one did always smell more fragrant to me

Re: this looks about what mine did @ShortErica however, this...

That is weird that both you and @eshoe have had inconsistent scent experiences with this mask. I'm glad this mask was a positive start for the Monthly Masking Meetup! Smiley Happy

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Ugh I am seriously wondering about the scent @ShortErica. The first two I tried (months apart) were noticeably rose-scented. This time, fruity-candy. 


Did you try the Royal Jelly as well? Curious to know what you would think of that one.

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That is very interesting about the difference in scent @eshoe. Any idea of if it was closer to expiration or any other factors that could make it different (storage, maybe)? I didn't get candy smell with mine.


I haven't tried the royal jelly. But based on @itsfi@Shosh85 and @faeriegirl's reviews, I'm guessing I'd probably prefer it too. Though..have I even tried a honey mask yet? I saw a 10 pack at Marshall's I really considered picking up but it had both alcohol and fragrance fairly high in the ingredient list so I passed on it.

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This was brand new, @ShortErica and expires in 2020. It wasn’t bad, just not what I was expecting🤷🏻‍♀️

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Very strange @eshoe. I need to figure out my P mask and get on it. Hope you have some good ones lined up.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I do, @ShortErica! And I did so many masks last week I just haven’t had time to post about them😄 I’ve got quite a few for trhis week, ended up using 2 sheet masks tonight bc I found methyparaben in the first one after I put it on, and I try to avoid that. So annoyed, it seemed to be a very promising mask.  But the one I have on now is 👍🏼!

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@ShortErica, in terms of using the extra serum, I think it depends on your skin and your routine - sometimes it's just not helpful to pat in more serum onto the skin. Some days I will save the extra serum but use it the next morning in the essence step of my routine - I tend to do that with a serum that has niacinamide or other brightening ingredients in it. Otherwise, I just slather it on my arms and legs.

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@itsfi I think I may try to save serum to use the next morning. And if I get too lazy to do that, expanding to beyond my face, neck, and hands will be the way to go. Thanks for the suggestions!

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@ShortErica I'm glad it was a pleasant experience for you! I don't have much insight about the extra serum – since I mask daily it's hard to save a bunch of serum, so I just usually use it all up rubbing it all over me. My dry skin especially likes the milky-ness of this one. 😉


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@Shosh85 after my mining trip I had a dry patch on my arm that loved getting the extra serum! I think I need to expand serum from just face, neck, hands to more of my body. Smiley Wink

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortErica Mining?! ⛏ That sounds fun! 

I always just cover my body with as much extra serum is left in the pouch. 👍😉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@ShortEricaThis one really did fit rather nicely for you!  Sometimes if there's a lot of extra serum I'll either 1. Rub it all over my body (hey... my butt needs some toning.. probably more than my face?). 2. Rub an extra layer into my face after I remove the mask/a couple times before bed. or 3. Keep it sitting in the packet in the fridge until the next morning when I rub it all over my body because I already had lotion on or was too tired the night before.  I never thought of decanting the serum.  I'm curious to hear what others think though.

Did you end up liking the milky/cremyness of the serum?

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😂 butt I will have to try that @missjeanie!


I think the milky serum was enjoyable. I probably am just accustomed to clear serum so I'd want to give other masks with milky serum a shot before determining if I have a preference.

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I’m glad you liked it @ShortErica. It does fit great😊

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Me too @faeriegirl. And I appreciated a general consensus for those who tried it - lots of serum, rose scent, good fit seemed common. Smiley Happy

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