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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. 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: Morning Masking - masks perfect for prep and priming


Letter of the Week Ideas for “X”





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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 static 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!) 
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: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Yeah I had more planned @divaknits but the motivation was lacking this week😄

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Last night I used:

LANEIGE - Water Sleeping Mask


LANEIGE - Lip Sleeping Mask

I use the lip sleeping mask almost every night and I love how soft and hydrated it keeps my lips.


I wanted a light calming mask for my face as I was in the sun and wind yesterday. I've used this water mask before and it's meh for me. It's ok. Neither end of the spectrum,  just falling somewhere in between.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty I have the same feelings as you on the face mask - it falls somewhere in between for me too, not anywhere near bad but not amazing either. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Too bad the sleep mask wasn't a little more wow-ing for you, @l8totheparty. I really like the sleep mask and like @divaknits recently picked up the lavender version. The lip mask I go back and forth on. I wish it wasn't in a tub, but realize this formula is too thick for any other application most likely. How it performs for me usually depends on what I've put on underneath it.  

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@l8totheparty I felt eh about the Water Sleeping Mask too especially since there is so much hype around it. I have another sample to try though so I'm curious how it will be the 2nd time around.

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Let us know! 

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@l8totheparty, too bad these weren't wow's for you. These are two faves of mine, both are the first sleeping masks that I've tried. I also like to use both in the daytime.

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Don't get me wrong,  I *love* the lip sleeping mask!  ❤


I just feel like there could potentially be something better out there when it comes to the water sleeping mask.  I have another sample of a different brand to try.  Who knows, maybe this will end up being the best of the water masks in my small collection. Time will tell.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Any tips or hints to make it great @itsfi?

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks for reviewing these @l8totheparty . I’m always curious about thoughts on this brand. I recently bought the lavender version of the sleeping mask. I haven’t used it yet. Still working on the Glow Recipe sample. 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

The water mask was fine, but I wasn't wowed by it.  I have a small gwp of it that I use every now and then.  I can imagine keeping it in the fridge and using it on hot days. @divaknits 

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

W is for watermelon and welcomed refreshment


We're in a heat wave here and with no A/C, it is very warm and the SEPHORA COLLECTION - After-Sun Mask - Watermelon looked so refreshing. This mask pack comes with 2 masks - one is your traditional bio-cellulose face mask and the other is for the decollete. I had this in my mini fridge and it hit the spot. Cool, refreshing and hydrating. I paired it with the SEPHORA COLLECTION - Lip Balm & Scrub - Watermelon.  Fit on the face mask was near perfect; I only had to make adjustments to the corners of the eyes. There's probably just enough serum in the pouch to fill a blank sheet mask as well, or to slather the serum on the arms and neck. I kept the mask on for 30 minutes and with it being so warm, the serum in the mask had all but fully absorbed by the time I removed the mask. I'm glad I have more of these because they're going to come in handy this summer. Smiley Happy


Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Very cool that it has a neck portion as well @itsfi .  I just love that the Sephora masks and the lip balms match

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi That certainly sounds like a perfectly refreshing summertime mask! I've seen these before bit never realized there was a mask for the décolleté too! 😃👍 Glad you enjoyed it! 🍉

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

I definitely need to try this one @itsfi!

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@faeriegirl, it’s perfect for summer. 😊

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Glad to hear you like this one, @itsfi! I have one I'm hanging on to for later in the summer after I've actually had to venture outside for a prolonged period in the heat, haha. No A/C though??? You are a better woman that I am!

RE: Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@quspork, if I could have A/C, I would! A lot of homes in the city do not have A/C because it doesn’t usually get really warm except for a few days in the year. Those are brutal days! Lol. Lots of ice water, ice cream and heading to the mall were part of the weekend activities. Hahaha!

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

When the weather changes I may have to check this out @itsfi .

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

It's a good one to keep around for warmer weather @divaknitsSmiley Happy If you end up giving it a try, I'd love to hear how it works out for you.

Re: 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@divaknits  @itsfi   The odd thing about this mask is that, even though it’s two pieces, it’s actually less expensive than a regular Sephora sheet mask (at least on the Sephora Canada site). I ended up buying a few during the VIB sale. Can’t wait to try them out when I’m feeling overexposed this summer! 🍉 😎 🍉 

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