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2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Hello lovely masking mavens! Please continue posting on the Q4 Thread which can be found here:

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Many thanks to the wonderful @Aaliaa for beginning this thread and excited you are here. 

To Post:

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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!

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge/td-p/3615125 


Mask Hacks -
Here are a few to get started thanks to our lovely BIC-ers, a big thank you for these fabulous ideas!

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Trim off long chin and add to forehead for sheet masks

itsfi

Squeeze tube lip balms (like Bite) into pans and place in magnetic palette

sonnydee

Layer lip sleeping mask (such as Laneige) over regular balm

cianni

Derma plane prior to a peel-off mask to ease the pain of removal

heartsmyface

Warm water helps remove clay masks quicker than cold

cianni

Lay sheet masks flat prior to use so the serum is more evenly distributed 

eshoe 

Remove clay/difficult masks in the shower to keep towel clean and removal easy

itsfi/BIC

Use an HA serum prior to trying a mask with alcohol high on the ingredients list

keana1

Use a Makeup Eraser to remove wash-off masks

lmaster

With a detox mask, apply a thicker layer where pores are

Ather

Use a resurfacing exfoliating spray (such as Kate Somerville’s Liquid ExfoliKate) before a detox mask to better clear out your pores

Miamia27

Re-use a large sample jar for a blank sheet mask pellet and fill it with essence/toner

Itsfi

Use a nail clippers to trip a mask if scissors are not on hand

ShortErica

Female-owned companies, for reference:

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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)

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2019 Mask of the Week Challenge Schedule

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WEEK     LETTER       THEME

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:

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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

This Week’s Theme: French Pharmacy Week

Letter of the Week: “O”

 

Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica: 

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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 

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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!

Spring Masks on the Move Box🌱🌷🌈 Interested in participating in a spring box? @ShortErica has a survey that will help us curate the best plan for next year for those who would like to be involved:

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@eshoe  @lmaster  same here. I think I mentioned it in my review that I couldn't pin point the scent but it was pleasant. Glad it was overall a good mask for us all Smiley Happy

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@eshoe it was a great mask! Super happy to have tried it

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@lmaster ohhh that looks really nice! Love the raspberry scent and it sounds like it worked great as well!

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@Kim888 it definitely reminded me of berry, I was pleasantly surprised! 

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A ginseng mask that smells like raspberries @lmaster? Now I’m even more intrigued by this mask. 🤔 It sounded interesting when I first read @GalPalVal17’s post on it; hmmm... may have to see if there’s a variety or sample pack of her masks but after I’ve done some more chipping away at my own mask stash. 😆

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That's my take on it @itsfi 😆 I smelled it a few times, and I'm locked in on raspberry/ berry scent, haha! I loved it!

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L is for Lovemore and Loofah

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I have been wanting to try a Lovemore masks for ages, going back to when I first started learning about sheet masks and having an appreciation for the differences in sheet masks! So this is a “Finally!!!!” moment for me, in the best way. Smiley Wink Lovemore Loofah & Aloe Vera Hydrating Mask Sheet is a very thin and light 100% silk Taiwanese sheet mask with a clean, fresh and refreshing scent. I can’t make out what the scent is exactly but I would be happy if all sheet masks smelled like this. The mask itself is sandwiched between a white plastic like backing and a light blue fabric backing. I find that when I see double backing like this, the sheet mask itself will be thin, delicate and easily prone to tearing. This isn’t the thinnest or most delicate sheet mask I’ve used but it is on the thinner side. I paired it with the MARIO BADESCU - Lip Balm, a subtly coconut scented balm that has a thicker consistency but still applies wonderfully and does a nice job of keeping my lips soft, smooth and moisturized.

 

I’ve found that the best way to apply masks like this one is to first remove the white plastic backing and then starting at my forehead, slowly apply the mask onto my face, with the blue backing side facing out. Staying on the forehead, I will peel back that portion of the blue backing and let it hang there while I position the mask in place. I’ll slowly work my way to the eye section and make any necessary adjustments with my mini scissors. Here I snipped both corners so I could fold up the section sitting on my lids and to adjust the area covering the bridge of my nose which was closer to the inner corner of my eyes that I’m comfortable with. Other than that, the only adjustment was to cut off about 3/4” from the chin/jawline. I could have also snipped off about 1/4" from the temples but it was really minor so I just left it. The sheet mask is extremely comfortable to wear.

 

Interestingly, I felt a slight cooling sensation a little less than 5 minutes into my wear time. It was unexpected and brief so I didn’t get the exact time I felt that. It was nice. Also interesting was that the mask felt like it was starting to dry out around the 25 minute mark. This is fine with me as I don’t usually like to keep a sheet mask on longer than an half hour, but it was strange that it started to dry out around that time; most sheet masks are soaked with essence and my experience is that I could, if I wanted easily leave them on for an additional 15-20 minutes without it beginning to dry out. I managed to eek it out to 30 minutes with this one but that involved me massaging the essence from my forehead where I tend to have a lot of excess essence remaining to my drier cheeks, upper lip and even to my chin. After removing the mask, there was really just the slightest essence remaining to be pressed into the skin, which it absorbed quickly.

 

Results-wise, say hello to soft, smooth hydrated skin! Zero trace of tack or stickiness. If there’s a moisturizer with these ingredients that would produce results like this, I would buy it in a heartbeat. I will absolutely be trying out the other Lovemore mask sheets that I have very soon. 

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Love Lovemore masks! They are really nice for a luxe masking feel, @itsfi!

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I can't wait to try out the other masks from this brand @quspork! I have a feeling that Lovemore will be one of the sheet mask brands that I consider top tier as far as fave brands go for me.

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@itsfi  Oh my goodness, that mask sounds lovely!  100% silk? I didn't know such a mask existed! Smiley Happy I'll be checking out this brand for sure. And thanks for the helpful application tips - I love reading stuff like this. Glad the balm works well too. I just picked one of these up from the ulta deals, though I think I got the mint flavor. 

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It was such a beautiful mask @PrettyPaint! Highly recommend these Lovemore masks! Smiley Happy Of course, there's a mint flavor of the Mario Badescu balm - I need to look up what other flavors they have... because...you know, I just don't have enough lip balms. hahaha!

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This does sound like a beautiful mask, @itsfi. I appreciate the tips on application, sometimes I’m unsure which side to apply when there are two protective sheets. 

 

Loofah is an interesting ingredient, I think this is a first for my eyes!

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@eshoe, I usually take off both protective layers and just unfold and apply the mask that way but this one was so thin I knew I’d get it twisted and tangled if I went that route. Different ways to go about it; this one worked for me for this sheet mask. 😃

@itsfi oh this sounds luxe for sure! silk? wow and a nice...

@itsfi oh this sounds luxe for sure! silk? wow and a nice cooling effect 👌

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@lmaster, it’s so soft, thin and comfortable to wear. There’s a rose mask from the line that made me think it might be something you’d like. Will let you know how that one works out. Right now, I’m aiming to use that mask during “R” week next month.

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@itsfi that sounds so wonderful! And relaxing 👍

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Look At Me Green Blend Tea Tree + Cucumber Face Mask

This is a thin tencel sheet mask that was saturated with a slimy gel-type of serum. The scent sorta smelled like a mix of tea tree and menthol and seemed a little strong when taking it out of the package, but faded a bit after putting it on. The fit was okay - it was a little too long at the chin and just slightly too wide between the eyes. I kept it on for about 35 minutes. When I removed it, the serum leftover was just slightly tacky and absorbed after about 15 minutes. My face felt so refreshed and soothed. The redness I had faded quite a bit and my face looked a little brighter. My skin felt nicely hydrated and was so soft & smooth.

I really enjoyed this one! The scent wasn't what I was expecting, but still turned out fine and the results were great. 😃I don't think I'll have a problem using these up!A7F3DDE8-485F-4E5C-9051-D6FAD174F6D0.jpeg


Comparisons/rankings: (I had written out a longer, more detailed version, but somehow it vanished from my notes 😬)

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Scent:

 

#1) Watermelon: watermelon jolly rancher

 

#2) Aloe Vera: light aloe

 

#3)Guacamole: fresh & clean

 

#4)Charcoal: soapy and fresh & clean

 

#5) Collagen: floral with maybe a hint of sweetness

 

#6) Snail + Green Tea: floral with maaaybe a hint of green tea, but it was mostly floral

 

#7) Tea Tree + Cucumber: Menthol and Tea tree

 

Fit: They all pretty much had the same kinda fit, but I'd say the Collagen one seemed to have smaller mouth and eye holes than the others did - so I'd rate that as the worst fit. The Charcoal mask had the best fit and also was the most comfortable.

 

Overall:

#1) Watermelon

#2) Guacamole

#3) Best Friend

#4) Green Blend

#5) Aloe

#6) Collagen

#7) Charcoal

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Very interesting which ones flipped around from the scent ratings to the overall ratings @Shosh85. Thanks for doing all 7!

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@ShortErica These were super hard to rank and I kinda feel like a lot of them really tied with each other. When deciding rankings I try to take into account everything, but mostly results and scent. The Watermelon one has a great scent and nice results, which is why it got first place. The Charcoal one didn't have the greatest scent and the results were the least impressive of them all, so it got last place. 😉

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Did the mentol scent bother your eyes any @Shosh85 ?

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@emaisgr8 My eyes did water a little at first, but my eyes are kinda sensitive and watery all the time so I just assumed it was a "me" thing 

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