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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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@itsfi these sound amazing!!! Will have to add to my samples-to-request list for my next sephora trip. I thought this thread would encourage me to use up my stash more/faster but it seems to grow my wish list even faster... lol

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Hahaha @annahoang! I thought the same thing - surely, this thread will help motivate me to use up my masks and I'll learn about masking along the way. It has done both of those things but it's also given me a wish list that looks more like an inventory list of a sheet mask warehouse than it does a short, sweet list of goodies to try. lol! Smiley Wink 

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The Kate Somerville sounds amazing @itsfi !  Yet another product added to my loves list!

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@missjeanie, it's really good. I was hesitant at first, but this is one of my favorite chemical exfoliants.

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really love the Kate Somerville triple acid treatment too!!! its amazing and my face feels a lot cleaner after I got the product. also the sephora store associate told me it ll help clean out more dirty stuff out of the pore when you use it right before applying clay masks. It's true!!!!!

KATE SOMERVILLE - Liquid ExfoliKate® Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment

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Thank you for sharing this tip @Miamia27, adding it to the Mask Hacks Master list!

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It's such a great product @Miamia27! Love that tip! Smiley Happy I would never have thought to use it after a clay mask - thanks so much for sharing that; I'm going to give it a try. Do you have a favorite clay mask, or if not a favorite, one you really enjoy using? 

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Actually I use it right before the clay mask, gently massage the areas with pore problem for better absorption. Then leave 30s before I start applying the clay masks, every time I do so my face feels super clean afterwards. 

As for the masks, I am currently using the pore pudding from Boscia, its amazing and doesn't dry out my skin as much as the GlamGlow ones. Also tried the Irish mud clay mask from Peter Roth and that one is amazing as well. it doesn't dry out my skin AT ALL and super hydrating. However the cleansing ability isn't as obvious as other clay masks. 

BOSCIA - Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment    

PETER THOMAS ROTH - Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask

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@Miamia27, I have and use both of those; they're good. I really like that PTR mud mask! <3

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Great tip about using it before the mask @Miamia27 !

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The Yttp mask sounds great @itsfi! I need to get a sample the next time I’m by a store😊

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Oooh, if you try it out, let us know what you think about it @faeriegirl! It's a nice one and there's a lot of product in it too! 

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@itsfi I'm glad you've been enjoying the ExfoliKate! I've really liked using it too!

I almost got that YTTP mask but wasn't sure if my picky nose could handle the scent..... I feel like I should pick up a sample of this and try it at least once though, because the results sound great! Sometimes I can put up with an off scent if I know there will be nice results! 😃

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Definitely sample it first @Shosh85; the scent will not be for everyone. The jar is pretty sizeable too so you'll definitely want to be able to be good with the scent since you'll have so much product to go through. 

there are a couple yttp masks I'm super interested in @it...

there are a couple yttp masks I'm super interested in @itsfi I'm getting through a bunch of ds samples, so very soon I'll be able to grab some

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That's so great that you're getting through your DS masks @lmaster; such a good feeling! Can't wait to see what samples you end up getting. Smiley Wink 

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@itsfi I tried the FRESH - Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask

From the promo and that one was not available anymore,,,,boooo lol fingers crossed it will come back soon! 

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I'll keep my eyes open and tag you if I see it pop up again here or elsewhere @lmaster! <3

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Thank you @itsfi 😊

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Bit of a weird mix for fruit and veggies week but - I used the ORIGINS - By All Greens™ Foaming Deep Cleansing Maskand the Kokostar Tropical Eye Patches in Coconut 🍊🥦🥕🥬🥥

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96D3DCCA-4127-4ADC-A6DB-BA7FEE31FF21.jpegOrigins - this is billed as a foaming kaolin clay mask with spirulina, green tea and spinach that is supposed to clean out pores. It’s also supposed to have a soothing cooling effect. A closer read of the ingredients showed that aside from the spirulina and spinach, this mask also has broccoli, carrot, bergamot, coconut and orange. So basically, salad for your face!

 

I put a couple pumps of the green-juice coloured gel onto my hands and applied a thin layer on my face. It immediately foamed up to a mint green lather. I definitely noticed the cooling right away! It was a little tingly too, but not uncomfortable. It smelled faintly of orange essential oils which was slightly noticeable for a few mins while on but was pleasant. My bottle didn’t have directions as to how long to leave it on for, so I left it on for about 15 mins as per the reviews on the Sephora product page. The foam started to dry down and disappear around the 10 min mark and was a little tight (I’m assuming because of the clay), but I could still move my face. I splashed some warm water and used my Foreo to Remove the mask. It foamed right back up when it came into contact with water and came off easily. My face feels so clean and soft!! I definitely feel like my pores are decongested, and the clay was not at all drying. I didn’t have that tight feeling after removing it that is normally associated with clay masks. A definite A+ for me! I think I’ll mainly use this as the second step of a double cleanse for days when I wear heavy makeup or foundations

Kokostar patches - another DNF unfortunately. These silver patches are completely fragrance free, which I love for my eye area, which is easily irritated. They’re a squishy silver gel patch of medium size. I can get the thicker part to go right under my eye, and the tail is perfectly curved towards my brow. This isn’t the first time I’ve used these (I committed to the 30 pair package), but somehow I did something wrong this time around. They wouldn’t stay on my face! It was a slippery mess and after 5 mins of repositioning every 30 seconds I gave up. I did use a pair last week and found that they adhered very well. I left them on for about 15 mins, and my undereye looked very bright and was super hydrated after use. I think next time I’ll let some of the serum drip off back into the container before applying because I think maybe they were too wet this time around, and couldn’t dry down. Based on what I remember from the time I successfully used them last week, I’ll give them a tentative B until I try them again.

 

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A salad for your face, @cianni? I love it!! The Origins mask sounds like a great! Always good to have a cleansing mask on hand. Smiley Happy Sorry about the Kocostar eye masks - I usually wear eye masks under a sheet mask to keep them in place. 

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