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2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Welcome to a new year of masking adventures!

 

Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread and giving us a place to share our love for masks💗 Below is the 2020 schedule. Post as frequently or infrequently as you would like, with or without following the challenge. We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcome. Looking forward to sharing some new masking 💖 with you all this year!

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This Week’s Theme: Mask While You Task - thank you @l8totheparty for this week’s theme!

Letters of the Week: “N” and “M” 

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Jan 1 - Jan 5A & ZMask Stash Clean-Out! Finish those masks before they expire.l8totheparty/ShortErica
Jan 6 - 12B & YMasks that Make you Hungryitsfi
Jan 13 - 19C & XFavourite 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 20 - 26D & WClean Week - Masks that give your skin a boost without the guilteshoe
Jan 27 - Feb 2E & VTransportation Masking
@lmaster/@ShortErica/@missjeanie
Feb 3 - 9F & U

Best fitting mask - Mask that best fits your facial featuresPrettyPaint
Feb 10 - 16G & TSpecial Occasion Masks - the mask(s) you use to pamper yourselfitsfi
Feb 17 - 23H & SGross Masks - whether it's the scent or results, share the details please!Aaliaa
Feb 24 - Mar 1I & RSnubbed It: Masks you don't want to use & are continually passed overShortErica
Mar 2 - 8J & QFemale Owned Brands - In honour of Women's Day March 8thAaliaa
Mar 9 - 15K & PMasks Good Enough to Eat
heartsmyface
Mar 16 - 22L & OSample that made you buy the FS - You tried it, and decided to buy it!itsfi
Mar 23 - 29M & NFavourite Smelling Masks - Watermelon, Kale, Spa?? 
Mar 30 - Apr 5N & MMask While You Task
l8totheparty
Apr 6 - 12O & LMost Outrageous Mask ClaimsShortErica
Apr 13 - 19P & KHi-Lo Week: Mix or duel of $$$$ and $ masks 
Apr 20 - 26Q & JSample Dive - I know we have them!Aaliaa
Apr 27 - May 3R & ITargeted Skin Concern - Mask to address a current skin issuePrettyPaint
May 4 -10S & HOvernight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar 
May 11 - 17T & GMask with a PartnerAlphaboo
May 18 - 24U & FVitamins Week - masks that nourish your skin with vitamins and mineralskim888
May 25 - 31V & EBest/Cutest Printed MaskShosh85
Jun 1 - 7W & DMask that best describes your personality or moodPrettyPaint
Jun 8 - 14X & CFruits & Veggies Week - masks that use natural goodness to nourish your skinKeana1
Jun 15 - 21Y & BForgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask
missjeannie
Jun 22 - 28Z & AMasking Duel - Dare to compare 2 (or more!) masks in one sessioneshoe
Jun 29 - Jul 5A & ZMasking Pet Peeves - use a mask that has some component that drives you crazy!ShortErica
Jul 6 - 12B & YMasking Hacks - share your masking secrets that make your life easier and your skin happyeshoe
Jul13 - 19C & XLip, Hand or Foot Masks to help that summer skin 
Jul 20 - 26D & W’Weird Mask' Bubbling, Peeling, Colour changing other worldly wonders!Aalia
Jul 27 - Aug 2E & VMulti-Masking How many masks can you use at one time or in One Day?? 
Aug 3 - 9F & U Blind Pick Your Mask - Let's make it fun to use the masks in our stash!veronika23
Aug 10 - 16G & T
Sheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why?
 
Aug 17 - 23H & SDrugstore & Grocery Brands Weekeshoe
Aug 24 - 30I & R3-Step Masks/Multi-Step Masks
heartsmyface
Aug 31 - Sep 6J & QRainbow Week - Bring out the colorful masks in every hueSonnydee
Sep 7 - 13K & PAutumn Masks - Fall goodness in a mask 
Sep 14 - 20L & OWhen you are getting GLAM for a night out and want that inner GLOW 
Sep 21 - 27M & N BIC Made you do it! Masks recommended/inspired by other BIC members 
Sep 28 - Oct 4N & MSephora Collections Week - House Brand Goodness 
Oct 5 - 11O & LMasks that Make you Hungry - Fall/Winter Editionitsfi
Oct 12 - 18P & KForgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask 
Oct 19 - 25Q & JOvernight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar 
Oct 26 - Nov 1R & IMasking Duel Week II 
Nov 2 - 8S & HBuddy Up! Dare to compare the same mask with another BIC-ereshoe
Nov 9 - 15T & GGross/Odd/Unusual Ingredients - Spirulina, donkey milk, bee venom, snail mucous - what masks have you used that have strange ingredients?Aaliaa
Nov 16 - 22U & FFlash Masks - masks that do doubly duty in half the timeeshoe
Nov 23 - 29V & EMorning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step 
Nov 30 - Dec 6W & DMask that would make a good band name (kinda silly, I know)PrettyPaint
Dec 7 - 13X & CHoliday Party Prep Mask 
Dec 14 - 20Y & BMost Artistic Sheet MaskKim888
Dec 21 - 27Z & AFavourite Masks of All-Timeitsfi
Dec 28 - 31123Masks you discovered this year

2019 Mask of the Week Main Thread & Misc. Info:

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To Post:
Each week features a different theme, as well as a letter of the alphabet for coming up with new masking ideas. 

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!

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

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:
https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/2019-Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge/m-p/4497678/highligh...
2018 Mask of the Week Challenge:

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

 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85  Oh okay, thank you. I googled them, but was not sure if there was a better store to get them from, thank you. Going to order some this week then.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

M is for Mucin 🐌🐌79872D08-FDE4-4001-BF9B-C7617D3C6A60.jpeg


🐌🍯 Jin Jung Sung with CrediThink Snail Honey Jelly Mask 🐌🍯 

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The Details: A hydrogel-coated tencel sheet mask saturated in a clear, semi-thick, subtle honey-infused lavender scented, jelly serum consisting of snail mucin; 7 types of hyaluronic acid; niacinamide; extracts of honey, royal jelly and propolis; allantoin; panthenol; lavender oil; glycoproteins; beta glucan; hydrolyzed collagen; and so much more.

 

What Worked: What didn't work?! This is truly a marvelous mask. 🐌 The serum contains pretty much every ingredient I would want in a sheet mask. All that is missing are ceramides, rose water and extracts of rose and peach.  Even the fit was good for my face - the only thing I might nit pick over is that it's maybe an 1/8" too long, but that’s nothing. Seriously, this mask checks off all the boxes. ✅✅

 

Areas for Improvement: Ummm... is the actual serum for sale? If not, then that would be my area for improvement - bottle the serum and make it available for purchase. Not even joking, folks. Except for maybe the slightly tacky to the touch feeling, this one's near perfect. I personally don't mind the tack but know that not everyone feels the same way.

 

Will I Repurchase?: Yes. I *may* have already purchased a box. 😬 🛍  What “sheet mask no buy”?! 🤷🏻‍♀️ Thank you so much for this mask, @Shosh85; 🤗 this one is definitely worth having around at all times. ♥️

 

My Two Cents: It's amazing. 🙌🏼 It's Shosh85-approved, so that goes a long way in my book. Dehydrated, dry and very dry skin will love this mask pretty much all year round. All other skin types could be very happy with this one in the colder months, but those who are sensitive to lavender oil, honey, niacinaimde or hyaluronic acid will want to pass. Also to note, this is a cruelty free product though not vegan as it contains, among other things, extracts of honey, royal jelly and propolis.

 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  If this didn’t contain lavender oil, I’d track it down and order one to try. I looked up the ingredients and lavender oil’s fairly high on the list... sigh. I saw cinnamon bark in the list, too. Hmm... If those 2 perfuming essential oils weren’t there, this would be a great mask (for me) to try! I’m glad you had a great experience with it! 

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Oh no! I’m bummed the ingredients in this one wouldn’t work for you @WinglessOne, BUT I am glad you know those essential oils don’t play well with your skin and to pass on this mask. It’s so important to know how your skin will react to certain ingredients. It’s just challenging that skincare involves some trial and error. I’ve definitely learned the hard way what my skin does not like. 😢 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi Very true! Though in my case with lavender oil, it wasn’t trial and error so much as decades of using products containing it and one day my skin finally visibly flipping the bleep out over it. I did spend time reducing skincare products in my routine to narrow down the likely culprits before getting help from a dermatologist. 

 

Some essential oils don’t cause immediate bad reactions. They can do unseen damage over long stretches of time (with frequent use), until the day your skin can’t hide the damage anymore. For me, that finally happened in my mid 40s, and it’s the reason I stopped using Origins products (except their charcoal mask, which contains no bad stuff) as recently as last year. It took me a while to wean myself off my former Origins cleanser, but that’s one of the best changes I’ve ever made for my skin. Other things have involved much more trial and error, like my honey situation; I was so bummed to discover what honey does to my particular skin when used too frequently. At least I don’t have a true honey allergy, like I do with benzoyl peroxide; I learned that the very hard way in my teens. Smiley Sad

 

Anyway, I try to avoid applying most perfuming essential oils to my face, neck, and chest. There’s one product my skin loves that contains lavender oil (listed near the end of the ingredients, but still); my current derm said of it, “so... you know you’re playing with fire, right? You’re not using this several times a week, or even once every week... RIGHT?” Smiley Very Happy Because it’s just a matter of time before my skin throws a tantrum over that ingredient. Sigh. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Oh no!! I feel enabling heading my way @itsfi @Shosh85 

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@lmaster  Well, I did give this one to you in Unicorn Mail.......

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😂🤣😂 @Shosh85 @lmaster another sign of when you have too many masks!

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@eshoe @Shosh85 I'm really trying to focus on my masks expiring this year, so any that expire next year and so, have been placed in a different drawer,,,,😆 yeah maybe that is a sign,,, you might be on to something

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Oh shoot! @Shosh85 that's right 🤦 now I'll have to hoard it 😆 joking!! Well... Maybe for just a few months 😉

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Hmmm @lmaster 🤔, I guess I would say (and I hope I’m not out of turn saying this for @Shosh85) but ... 79D6345A-4458-47A3-A863-641E7D927CB7.gif


Oh, and by the way ... 3939F956-2B8E-4EA6-AA60-FFCD8D9C42CE.gif

 

 

Hahaha! 🤣🤣🤣 I do think you’ll love it! 💕

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@itsfi  Haha! This is the best combo of GIFs! 😂

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Baahaaahaaaa!!! 🤣 @itsfi @Shosh85 perfect,, just perfect

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@itsfi  So happy you loved it too! I saw the words snail, honey and jelly and was immediately sold! 😂 I think the only thing I didn't absolutely love was the scent - it wasn't bad, just wasn't the greatest to me. It just would've been so perfect if it had a honey scent! 🍯

Also, it does have ceramide NP listed as an ingredient - but it is 5 lines down in the list😉

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

So many great things about this mask @Shosh85! Love, love, loooove! ♥️ Even more now that I’ve learned it also has Ceramide in it! Just an amazing sheet mask all around! Thank you again! 🤗 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Not one of my favorite smelling masks, but last night I used a Jayjun Real Water Brightening Black Mask for the 4th time. I keep asking myself why I haven’t bought several more boxes yet. Smiley Very Happy It’s a popular mask for a reason and, so far, my favorite Jayjun mask. 

 

I’m sure this one’s been mentioned several times before, and with good reason.I’m sure this one’s been mentioned several times before, and with good reason.

Notes: 

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Claims: Cleanser removes makeup, softens dead skin cells, and moisturizes. Essence brightens and promotes health and resilience. Mask hydrates, moisturizes, and promotes resilience. 

 

Ingredients: I never use the essence step because its 7th ingredient is anise extract, something I try to avoid—and it’s easy enough to skip this step of a 3-step mask. I have no issues with ingredients in the cleanser and mask, aside from fragrance. I don’t particularly care that the cleanser contains no sulfates (I’m not aboard the no sulfates train), as long as it actually cleanses skin. I do care that the mask contains great hydrators, moisturizers, and my good friend niacinamide. 

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STEP 1 Real Water Cleansing Foam
Purified water, Palmitic Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sea Water, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance 

STEP 2 Vita Snow Essence
Purified water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Sea Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Betaine, Beta-glucan, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pyridoxine HCL, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, 1,2-Hexandiol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Adenosine, Sodium Starch Octenyl Succinate, Calcium Pantothenate, Maltodextrin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance 

STEP3 Real Water Brightening Black Mask
Purified water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexandiol, Niacinamide, Sea Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Allantoin, Ceramide 03, Beta-glucan, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Adenosine, Caprylic/Capric Tryglycerides, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phospholipids, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance 

Performance: This is only the second time I’ve used the cleanser step (vs. four times using the sheet mask). I could easily get 2 or 3 uses out of a single foil. It has a very nice consistency and doesn’t get as airy foamy as some other foam cleansers. It rinses off cleanly. It’d be even better with less fragrance. 

 

The sheet is one of my favorites. It’s kinda thick but also quite soft and comfy. It fits my face nicely: no scissors required; just slightly too wide at the temples; covers most of my jaw; slightly too long at the chin, but stays stuck in place when folded under. I wish it wasn’t so heavily floral fragranced, but I can deal with that. It feels quite cooling during wear. I always end up wearing it for at least 30 minutes because it feels so good on my face, I lose track of time. This night I went 40 minutes. After removal, I spent a minute massaging and pressing serum into my skin. My face was slightly tacky but had no pilling. 

 

Results: The cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean, but not in a squeaky-clean (stripped) way. My oily zone responds well to this cleanser and my dry zones don’t throw a tantrum over it. I don’t do foam cleansers on my face anymore, except for this one. I can’t say much about the exfoliation claim since I rely on leave-on AHA and BHA exfoliants to remove dead skin cells. But if Jayjun sold a non-fragranced (or at least a less fragranced) bottle of this stuff, I might buy it. I’ve been setting aside the cleanser foils for travel purposes. 

 

The sheet mask is a skin plumping marvel. It leaves my face looking bright and kinda dewy, without swamping my oily zone. It’s so hydrating and moisturizing, I always go straight to my cream moisturizer after pressing/massaging in the serum—and I use the thinnest layer of moisturizer possible. I don’t do anything more to my face after that, aside from an overnight lip mask. 

 

The overall experience (well, minus the essence step) of this mask is luxurious. It’s the 96 point Chateauneuf-du-Pape in my sheet mask bin. Red CdPs have been my favorite kind of wine for decades, and this Jayjun has become one of my favorite masks. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@WinglessOne I seriously don't think I've ever seen this mask!! It sounds excellent

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@WinglessOne Another mask you've added to my purchase list 😂 This one sounds wonderful! Glad to hear you've been loving it! 😃

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

@Shosh85  There’s a reformulated version of this mask that includes a neck piece. I haven’t tried that one yet but plan to order it soon! The reformulation includes cica, so I’m excited to try it. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

PSA: I emailed The Creme Shop about the expiration dates on some of their masks and they responded back to me today.

There are some Korean masks that use a letter instead of a number to represent a month. For instance, the letter A would be Jan, B = Feb, C = Mar, etc. 

A  B  C  D  E   F  G  H   I    J   K   L

1  2   3  4   5   6  7  8   9  10  11 12

Here's an example:7302FA82-B23F-4A45-9D9E-C429DCC16496.jpeg

The last two numbers represent the year and the letter before those two numbers represent the month. So since "E" is the 5th letter in the alphabet it represents the 5th month of the year which is May. So, this one expires in May 2022. 
Hopefully I explained that clearly! @lmaster @ShortErica @mrsmouse 

 

ETA: So, I emailed them again because I thought I had a mask with a "W" and didn't know what month that would be if it were all sequential- turns out that "W" is actually an "H!" Haha! Sometimes the imprint is so hard to read. 😂

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Thanks so much for sharing @Shosh85. 🤗  This is good information to have. I’ve operated under the assumption that those last two numbers referred to the expiration year. Nice to know that was a good assumption to make! 😅😆 

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