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2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Happy fall, and welcome to the second half of the year! 🍂🍁🌾 Just a few weeks left in 2020, looking forward to finishing strong and starting fresh ☺️

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Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masks💗 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. 

 

This Week’s Theme: Masking Duel Week II - time to contrast and compare your masks!

 

Letters of the Week:  R & I

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Jun 29 - Jul 5

A & Z

Masking Pet Peeves - use a mask that has some component that drives you crazy!

 

@ShortErica

Jul 6 - 12

B & Y

Masking Hacks - share your masking secrets that make your life easier and your skin happy

 

@eshoe

Jul13 - 19

C & X

Lip, Hand or Foot Masks to help that summer skin

  

Jul 20 - 26

D & W

’Weird Mask' Bubbling, Peeling, Colour changing other worldly wonders!

 

@aalia

Jul 27 - Aug 2

E & V

Multi-Masking How many masks can you use at one time or in One Day??

  

Aug 3 - 9

F & U

Blind Pick Your Mask - Let's make it fun to use the masks in our stash!

 

@veronika23

Aug 10 - 16

G & T

Sheet Mask Focus - from cotton to cupra, coconut gel to bio cellulose, what are your favorites and why?

  

Aug 17 - 23

H & S

Drugstore & Grocery Brands Week

 

@eshoe

Aug 24 - 30

I & R

3-Step Masks/Multi-Step Masks

 

@heartsmyface

Aug 31 - Sep 6

J & Q

Rainbow Week - Bring out the colorful masks in every hue

 

@sonnydee

Sep 7 - 13

K & P

Autumn Masks - Fall goodness in a mask

  

Sep 14 - 20

L & O

When you are getting GLAM for a night out and want that inner GLOW

  

Sep 21 - 27

M & N

BIC Made you do it! Masks recommended/inspired by other BIC members

  

Sep 28 - Oct 4

N & M

Sephora Collections Week - House Brand Goodness

  

Oct 5 - 11

O & L

Masks that Make you Hungry - Fall/Winter Edition

 

@itsfi

Oct 12 - 18

P & K

Forgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask

  

Oct 19 - 25

Q & J

Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar

  

Oct 26 - Nov 1

R & I 

Masking Duel Week II

 

@eshoe

Nov 2 - 8

S & H

Buddy Up! Dare to compare the same mask with another BIC-er

 

@eshoe

Nov 9 - 15

T & G

Gross/Odd/Unusual Ingredients - Spirulina, donkey milk, bee venom, snail mucous - what masks have you used that have strange ingredients?

 

@Aaliaa

Nov 16 - 22

U & F

Flash Masks - masks that do doubly duty in half the time

 

@eshoe

Nov 23 - 29

V & E

Morning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step

  

Nov 30 - Dec 6

W & D

Mask that would make a good band name (kinda silly, I know)

 

@PrettyPaint

Dec 7 - 13

X & C

Holiday Party Prep Mask

  

Dec 14 - 20

Y & B

Most Artistic Sheet Mask

 

@Kim888

Dec 21 - 27

Z & A

Favourite Masks of All-Time

 

@itsfi

Dec 28 - 31

123

Masks you discovered this year

  

Mask of the Week Misc. Info & Previous Year's Links:

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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!

2020 Mask of the Week Challenge Part 1:

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/2020-Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge-PART-1/m-p/4995162/h...

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 

***New schedule will be up in November so planning can begin for the new year*** 

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Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Pretty sure there hasn’t been an Etude House dud yet, @Shosh85! Now I have another one to try, ha ha;)

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@eshoe  I agree, Etude House makes some great masks! The short ingredient list is what attracted me the most 👌

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@Shosh85, I'm so happy you reviewed this sheet mask and excited to hear that it's one you would repurchase. "Soft, slightly plumped and comfortably hydrated" skin works for me. 💖

 

The mask is part of a whole line of skincare products from Etude House that I've been curious about. Making a note that it's shosh-approved. 😍 I'll have to give the mask and the other skincare from this line a closer look after using up some of my current goodies and after the store that carried this line opens back up. May see about samples after things settle down a bit over here.

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@itsfi  I'd love to explore this line more, especially if everything is as good as this! I still have the "Real Propolis" mask to try and also bought some of the "Real Propolis Ampoule" samples to try out as well. 😃👍

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

V is for Vitamin C
E is for Eminence and Extravagent (wash off mask); and Economical (sheet mask)
Multi-masking: How many masks can I use at one time or in one day? I went with a cherry theme (inspired by the cherries I had for a snack) and used these 2 masks yesterday. 🍒🍒
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Did you know that cherries are an excellent source of Vitamin C? I didn't until I was doing a bit of research on the ingredients in the wash off mask. 
 
Wash Off Mask:
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Mask:Eminence Organic Skin Care Cherry Masque
ScentThe cherry scent on this reminds me of the filling for cherry pie. Mmmm.... 
Intended Purpose:* Balancing - Tones skin; minimizes the look of large pores
* Rejuvenating and revitalizing (skin renewal)- Diminishes appearance of discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles; promotes collagen production
* Moisturizing

Key Ingredients Marketed:* Sour cherries - there are five forms of cherries in this mask, with the first ingredient being the brand's proprietary blend which includes cherry juice and cherry bark extract.

* Honey - two forms of honey is included in this mask as well - in the proprietary blend as well as a stand-alone ingredient. My skin responds well to honey so I'm on board with having more forms of it in this mask. 😉 

Other Notable Ingredients:Aloe; lactic acid; salicylic acid; and CoQ-10 (though it's the last ingredient listed)
Performance & Results:The consistency is a bit goopy but not thick, with a bounciness to it. It also contains chunks of sour cherries. The directions suggest emulsifying the product with a few drops of water. An aesthetician has also recommended using a toner in lieu of water. I've tried both and also mixing in The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics (it's water-thin so it lends itself to providing for a smoother application here). 

It's challenging for me to say how well this particular product alone reduces discoloration because my skincare routine includes a few different products for that purpose, but I did see a healthy, fresh-glow. In addition to this slight brightening effect and the aromatherapy of the luscious cherry scent, the mask lightly moisturizes my skin and I notice that my pores look smaller. ❤️ 

Best Suited For:Any skin type, provided no allergies to any of the ingredients
Would I Repurchase?:Yes; most likely. There are other masks from the brand that I'm interested in trying so I might not repurchase this one immediately, but it's definitely one I'd be happy to repurchase. It's a splurge, but I usually pick up a mask when my aesthetician hosts an occasional sale. It's a lovely treat for my skin and senses. 

Ingredients: courtesy of dermstore (dot) com
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Sheet Mask:
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Mask:SpaLife Hydrating Facial Mask - Wild Cherry + Collagen

Material:Type: Thick cotton mask, with eye flaps
Fit: Fairly standard for sheet masks (long at chin and the opening for the eyes and mouth is on the narrow side), not as wide as most sheet masks which worked in my favor.
Adherence: Not bad given the thickness of the material, but there's far less essence in this mask than what I consider standard for sheet masks and as such, I can see that it might start lifting depending on how long it's kept on.

Essence / Serum:Formula: Watery
Consistency: Thin and light; there's not a lot of it. Just a smidge more than enough to cover the mask; not sure if that's the way the mask is designed or if I was nearing the end of its shelf life.
Scent: Very light, but the scent made me think of a cherry-cola slurpee
Extra In Packet?: Nope

Intended Purpose:Hydration
Skin Renewal

Key Ingredients Marketed:Wild cherry and collagen
Other Notable Ingredients:Aloe leaf juice; beta-glucan; panthenol
Methylparaben; added fragrance

Performance &  Results:I like that this mask has just a dozen ingredients and that it's affordable. I wasn't able to keep the mask on for the recommended 20 minutes though because my skin started feeling itchy around my eye and cheeks, right around the 10-minute mark, which is when I removed the mask. I didn't notice any irritation but the itching was bothersome enough that I contemplated rinsing off the essence. Hard to describe the results - I don't think it's hydrating enough for dry or dehydrated skin types and it's just a challenge to know what skin renewing results you get with just one use, and where the wear time was cut short.

Best Suited For:Probably someone with normal or oily, and non-sensitive skin.
Would I Repurchase?:No

Ingredients: from myspalife (dot) net
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Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-glucan, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Lip Balm:
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Cherry is one of the new flavors introduced with the launch of the new clean version of Sephora Collection lip balm range. The scent reminds me of the famous cherry chapstick smell. This is a good thing, IMO. This is a tinted lip balm - @missjeanie @Shosh85, did you hear that? It's a tinted lip balm!!! 😍 It's not the most emollient of balms; a little on the dry side. I actually think the honey lip balm and scrub from the original collection is more moisturizing (and still my favorite). That said, it's a handy dandy balm to keep in my purse as it lightly moisturizes my lips while adding a beautiful pinky-red tint to them. 💋
 
As an aside, I find the Sephora Collection #lipstories balm to be more moisturizing than this balm, so if you're looking for a more emollient tinted balm, that's a good one. The color on the #lipstories balms is buildable and stays on my lips for a couple of hours (though my lips continue to feel soft and moisturized after the color fades away).

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@itsfi Love this.  Cherry mask and yummy cherries.

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Thank you @tjffc! 😃 I think cherry 🍒 season will be over soon (or it might have already gone?!) so I wanted to get it in while I could snack on some yummy cherries. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

The Eminence mask is intriguing, @itsfi. It sounds like this formulation of cherries and their byproducts works out nicely!

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I've been happy with the Eminence masks I've used @quspork! I've heard you can mix them together with other masks from the brand, which sounds like it could be fun.

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They have so many options, @itsfi! I've never really looked them up before but what just perusing their website and it's a crazy number of masks with all kinds of different ingredients, so many delicious sounding ones. Do you have any favorites of the ones you've tried? 

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It's so easy to get lost with all the different products in their brand @quspork! They usually come out with a new ingredient to showcase during the year, not a ton, but typically a different and new one for the cooler seasons and again when the weather is warmer. I've tried a few samples at home as well as have had these masks in a treatment and would consider picking up or repurchasing (not all at once, of course):

 

Mask

  • Bamboo Age Corrective Masque - I tried a DS and it was fantastic. After I get through more wash-off masks, I'll probably pick this one up. It's the only wash off mask where I've felt some firming in certain areas after using the mask.
  • Balancing Masque - Pomelo Cheek Treatment - this is so nice on my dry cheeks 
  • Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque - yes, pumpkin latte. 

 

Peel / Exfoliating products

  • Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System - I've had one of their peels in salon and they made me a sample to take home to use a week or two after. It's very nice; pricey but very nice. I may pick up a set after I've gone through my current peels. The acai moisturizer that comes with it can be purchased alone and that's a good one for dry skin.
  • Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher - this smells wonderful. My preference is for chemical exfoliants but this one is good. If your skin is super sensitive, the granules might be too much. 

 

Toner, Serum, and Oils

  • Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil - this is such a luxe oil. 
  • Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster - Serum - really good for sun spots, PIH
  • Stone Crop Hydrating Mist - I've used this as a toner or essence
  • Mangosteen Revitalizing Mist - smells so good
  • Sweet Red Rose Tonique - I like to use this as a mist
  • Apricot Body Oil - this is divine, especially in the colder season.

 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Ooh, thank you so much for the recs, @itsfi! I'm definitely bookmarking their page for when I've gotten thru a little more of my current stash. (I am hard eye-balling the pumpkin latte mask haha!)

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@quspork, the brand is almost always excluded from sales, unfortunately. BUT, there have been occasions where if I’ve purchased products online through lovelyskin (dot) com or skinstore (dot) com, the site may send every once in a while a sample of an Eminence product with a coupon code for 10 or 15% off; it doesn’t have to be used for that particular product but it’s good for Eminence items. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@itsfi The wash off mask sounds wonderful and cherry pie filling sounds yummy to me.

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@emaisgr8, I thought about making a cherry pie 🍒 🥧 while I was masking but I wasn’t up for making the crust and heading back to the store to pick up more cherries. 😆 

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I love that the Eminence contains actual chunky bits of cherry, @itsfi👍🏼 I haven’t tried the Farmacy cherry products, but this makes me curious how they compare scent-wise🤔 @lmaster I think you have tried some, maybe?

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Yep @eshoe @WinglessOne nailed that description

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@eshoe  I've used Farmacy Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry for several months now (I don't remember when I switched to it... sometime last year) and also have a jar of Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm Limited Edition Very Cherry 3.4 oz/ 100 mL which I use only to remove swatches from my arms/hands. The balm has a stronger scent than the vitamin C serum, but the vit C serum smells more like natural cherries. The balm has more of a cherry + vanilla + almond scent. 

 

Very Cherry Bright's been my favorite vitamin C serum since I started using it, mostly because it actually works but also because one of its 4 forms of vitamin C is sourced from acerola cherries instead of citrus extracts/oils. That (and its lack of other bad-for-me stuff) makes it 100% safe for my face. 🙂 The light cherry scent is a welcome bonus. 🍒

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Stop selling me on products, @WinglessOne 😂 Adding the serum to my list❤️🍒 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@itsfi  Yum! 🍒 The Eminence mask sounds great! I'm not sure I've ever tried a cherry scented mask before!
Good to know the cherry balm has a tint to it! I already bought the peach one, but read some of the reviews on the cherry one and decided to wait til there's a sale. The Ilia lip oils sound like something I'd love - thanks for the heads  up on those! 😃

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@Shosh85, the cherry lip balm looks and feels nice if your lips are already in a good state. If your lips are dry, it's not going to feel as moisturizing as you'd expect from a balm. If your lips are very dry, it's probably worth looking into another flavor within the Sephora Collection range or another lip balm.

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