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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:

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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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@Shosh85 melon sounds like it would be so nice for summer @eshoe!. I can already feel like I'll own all three at some point lol

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Most likely you do @missjeanie 😂

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lol... not the bliss ones quite yet.  I only picked up one so far @eshoe I was practicing restraint bahaha!

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It takes a lot of willpower for me not to break open my jar of the Dr. Perricone Cocoa Moisture Mask whenever I see someone post about it, @eshoe! Your cocoa-marshmallow-peppermint Christmas masking theme sounds amazing! I think you and the little masker should make 'smores and have peppermint hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) when you do your Christmas masking theme!

Good to know about that lip scrub; I've eyed it at the store a few times, but (and this is uncharacteristic of me) decided to walk away and pass on it. LOL! 

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Yes it’s April and I’m already thinking about Christmas @itsfi it’s never too early! I love your idea, filing it in my mental to-do list as the time approachesSmiley Wink  

 

Wise decision  to walk away. Thankfully mine is just a sample, it’s the second lip scrub I’ve come across where once is enough😆

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I completely agree, @eshoe - it’s never too early! Maybe Christmas in April? 😆😊

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@eshoe I'm glad you enjoy the Cocoa mask, but sorry you're having difficulty popping the beads. The beads are a little tricky to pop for me to sometimes. It can get a little messy, but sometimes it helps if I rub them together in my hands/fingers first. The scent on this one is definitely delicious!🍫😋

 

Sorry the no:hj mask irritated your skin! The material sounds so nice and it really does have some pretty packaging!

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I am going to try that next time, @Shosh85 - great suggestion for rubbing that mask in my hands first! Thank you😊

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@eshoe  :-( I feel like you have a defective one - I haven't had an issue with my beads popping either. Sorry the other mask didn't work out for you - never good when it makes you itchy

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At least I know it’s not me @Kim888 😄 I try! 

 

 

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@eshoe I don't understand why your cocoa beads won't pop!! Mine always do 🤔 ok when you find something marshmallow and peppermint please tag me... That sounds amazing and I definitely would love to try a mask like that!! 

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They turn brown in the sink @lmaster, I’ve tried massaging water on my face, rubbing them for a solid minute, nada. That’s fine, the scent is amazing so I don’t mindSmiley Happy

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That is crazy @eshoe but yes the scent is delicious 😍

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I got up earlier than I wanted to this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to mask, starting with the AMOREPACIFIC - Treatment Enzyme Peeling Masque.  I picked this DS up as a promo and was excited to try it after reading @sonnydee’s post on it.  I’ve used this mask a couple of times now and I have to say it’s pretty impressive. I didn’t have very high expectations of this mask even though I love a lot of AmorePacific items; I thought it was just the AP enzyme treatment peel (which I love) in a mask form. This one has a gel-cream texture and actually transforms from a gel out of the tube to a creamy mask when applied to the skin. It’s rich without being heavy and exfoliating without being harsh or rough. It has a noticeable scent that lingers for a bit before fading away; if you’re sensitive or allergic to fragrance, you might want to pick up a sample in store to see if it’s bothersome.

 

Both times that I’ve used this AP mask, I noticed my skin felt and looked cleansed, refreshed and bright immediately after. This morning though instead of following up the mask with my regular skincare routine, I waited to see if there were any other skin results from the mask throughout the morning so I just went about with my morning activities. A few hours later, I noticed that my skin did not feel dry, and, in fact, it felt lightly moisturized. I was really surprised by this, especially since I didn’t use any skincare products after the AP mask.  I’m very pleased and impressed with the results and, despite the hefty price tag attached to this one, I would consider picking up a full size … but likely during the fall/winter Rouge sale.  @CookieGirl1, I think you asked about this mask. It's a good one and one I will probably pick up later in the year.

 

For tonight’s masking session, I started with the Nature Republic Pomegranate Hydro Gel Mask, a two-piece hydrogel mask that has a nicely subtle fruity scent to it. This particular hydrogel was a little tricky to keep on, primarily below the nose and around the mouth; the mask is a bit slippery there. Other than that, the fit was relatively fine. Directions suggested leaving the mask on for 10-20 minutes and I had it on for about 25 minutes. I looked and felt refreshed and hydrated and there was a slight brightness to my complexion. Overall the mask is fine – it’s not bad at all, but it’s not a standout.  There are other hydrogel masks that do the same or better job, without the slippage issues. I wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase this one but if I had another one of these mask, I’d use it.

 

After the hydrogel mask, I reached for the DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lippe Balm. No surprise to anyone, I typically use DE Lippe Balm as a lip balm. After reading that @missjeanie use the DE Lippe Balm as a balm for the under eye area (and loving the results), however, I decided to use the Lippe Balm as an under eye balm and …  very nice! It felt like my under eye area received an extra dose of moisture. Thanks for the idea / recommendation @missjeanie! It was super helpful!

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@itsfi I haven't tried too many AP products, but this one sounds wonderful! I'm definitely putting this on the "sooner than later" list! 😉

 

Too bad the Nature Republic mask wasn't too impressive. I really like the two piece mask and the scent sounds great! I'm glad it wasn't a total flop! 😃

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@Shosh85, the AP peel has been really great for keeping the breakouts I get periodically under control. I think my feelings on the Nature Republic suffers from my having used so many masks - it's a decent enough mask but having used a lot of mask, I know there are other masks that are just as good, if not better, at the same or better price point. 

@itsfi the amorepacific mask sounds incredible! especiall...

@itsfi the amorepacific mask sounds incredible! especially if you felt some moisturizing benefits 😍 that's a great idea you guys!! under the eye... why didn't I think of that @missjeanie

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@itsfi @lmaster  I think I noticed that it could be used as an eye balm after searching for an eye cream that would help when my skin was hurting.  Sephora had it marked as an eye cream and when I checked the DE site they said it could be used that way.  I don't do it all the time, but I've even rubbed the balm on my entire face after some -45 degree windburn issues.  Such a nice way to have multi uses for the product.  I'm so glad you tried it out and it worked out okay!

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I believe it says it on the tube as well, @missjeanie - I've tried it and it's quite nice (any easy-peasy for lazy days Smiley Wink )

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I just had mine out tonight @eshoe , so easy to keep on hand and apply without any mess!

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@missjeanie that's great you seen that info and passed your knowledge on 😘