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πŸ’•πŸ˜Œ Mask of the Week Challenge πŸ˜ŒπŸ’–

If you haven’t joined in yet, better late than never!

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We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcome.

 

This Week’s Theme: Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar that give your skin the perfect AM glow! Another nod to @keana1 for this week’s challengeπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Letter of the Week:  M

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

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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. 


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, fit, adherence, mask type (hydrating, brightening, exfoliating, detox, sleeping, etc.) as well as your overall experience.

Most importantly: Would you repurchase it? 


Second most important: Have fun and merry masking!

2020 Mask of the Week Challenge:

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   

Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masksπŸ’—

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Yes yes!! @ShortErica @PrettyPaint 

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@PrettyPaint with the old versions they did have a deal, so I'm hoping Sephora will do the same for these new ones sooner than later πŸ˜†

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Masking Hacks! I feel like I've learned so much on BIC. Here are the hacks I use and mostly don't know who to credit:

  • Use spa scissors for mask cutting 
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  • Using/saving the extra serum in the packages for use on a different day
  • Putting a still moist mask on your neck after removing it from your face
  • Increasing wear time by using the extra in the package on the mask dry spots (I did this with the jelly masks)
  • Using makeup erasers to remove wash off masks - thanks @lmaster!

 

I'm sure there are plenty of others I've learned here but onto the masks. I went with some Yadah for the "Y."

 

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I started strong with the Brigthening. This is one I've bought two packs of last year and am glad I did. It is wonderful to use and share. I'd describe the scent as a medium level citrus. It has a nice fit and the material is a mesh like cotton. I applied extra gel in package to areas not as moist like nose and also on not covered areas like neck. This made it so I had a 30 minute wear as opposed to the 10-20 recommended. When removing there was gel still on some parts of the face. I rubbed it in and after it absorbed (which did take some time), I had not tack. My skin was bright (lives up to the name) and looked even. The scent is slightly strong for me but this is a repurchase mask. A.

Next up I went with the Revitalizing which was sent to me by the lovely @missjeanie (she also spoiled me with the Soothing one - gotta catch em all πŸ˜‰ )

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This has the same fit as brightening and is the mesh cotton material. To me it had a floral yet earthy maybe scent (ginseng, broccoli, cocoa, avocado in ingredients). The scent is what gets me on the mask. One of the times I used it I was really off put by it and another it didn't seem as bad. This experience it was fine but I just found the scent odd and not able to pinpoint. I kept with the "hack" of using the extra gel on mask. I did a 30 minute wear and this time used it on my neck. The Revitalizing left some tack after it absorbed. The most tack I felt was under the chin. My skin looked bright and nice, and maybe helped with lines a little bit, but I could be imagining it. The only strikes are scent and the chin tack. I'm debating between A- or B+. This is my number 3 of the Yadah jelly masks.

So although my plan was the 3 Yadah jelly masks for the weeks I took a diversion. My neck was killing me. I think it is the whole working from home and not having a defined work space and my head is always at weird angles when I'm on my laptop. Anyway, thank goodness for @keana1 sending me the Lise Waiter Spa Stress-Relief Patch

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I didn't take a picture but at first I didn't place on neck well and it would pucker where sports bra rubbed. Once I adjusted and placed it lower, it stayed nicely,. I didn't get any warmth but it had a nice cooling sensation. The cooling lasted over 2 hours. I usually associate warmth with stress relief but the cooling was nice and good for relaxation It helped with headache and neck tension. This was very enjoyable and effective. I was sad I couldn't find information online. It smelled like peppermint sometimes but I didn't find it overwhelming. I see how this would be useful vs. a heating pad like at work. For me, I'd see it as a special occasion use type of product. I'm so happy keana shared not this one but another with me. I don't want to have another headache and neck tension but if I do, I know what I'll be using!

Curiosity got the better of me and I again, put the 3rd jelly mask aside to retry another style of Yadah mask to jog my memory. Although I may have bought myself a box, this particular Yadah Collagen Mask pack was sent to me by @emaisgr8. You can never have enough snail in your life and I appreciate having another to use. πŸ™‚

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This was a medium cotton and had a decent fit (the jelly masks were better). It had a generous philtrum but was a bit wide around the nose and mouth for me. There was not mut (non-descript maybe like cotton/paper) but scent had flower and fruit extracts in ingredients. Snail is very high in the ingredients. It had a 20 minute wear then I used it on my neck. There was no tack and my skin looked even. I'd say the least enjoyable part was the material, oh no I'm getting to be a material snob! Haha. I prefer the jelly masks but will gladly use the pack I have of the collagen and packs of other kind with similar material and different theme. Again, I'm weighing between A- or B+ but leaning B+ because the other material is fresh on my mind.

I could have worn the last jelly, Soothing over the weekend and thought that would be great after being in the sun. But nope, the weekend got away for me. So yesterday (Monday), I snuck in this final Y mask after doing pore care.

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There was a clean with a slight touch of floral scent on the mask. Again, great fit and the mesh-cotton material I like. I added extra jelly like the others and did a 30 minute wear + neck. It was still very wet on my face. Once it absorbed, it had not tack. It was very soothing and enjoyable. My skin looked nice and even. I do wish the jelly masks in general helped a little more with fine lines but I don't think that's their claim so I'll give them a pass. A for this one too. I'd definitely pick up the Brightening and Soothing if I saw them after my no buy. I'd debate about Revitalizing but might feel bad leaving it behind.

 

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@ShortErica Jelly masks are so perfect for the summer! If I remember right, I think the brightening was my favorite of the 3. Have you tried all 3 before? If so, which was your favorite?

The Lise Watier patch sounds relaxing! Definitely something I could see myself buying in bulk πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ƒ

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I did a jelly comparison of the Yadah last year around this time too (that's at least what my notes tell me πŸ˜‰) @Shosh85  I think Brightening eeks out Soothing by results though I appreciate the more mild scent of the Soothing one.

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@ShortEricaI really, really enjoyed the Lise Watiers Spa masks that @keana1 sent me. They were soothing and for pretty much anywhere; shoulders, neck, dΓ©colletage. Thank you for the run-down on all of the goodies!

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@eshoe Do you know if they are a special Canada thing? I feel so grateful @keana1 shared with us!

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As far as I know, @ShortErica, they are. J I be seen them in CA hauls but not in the US onesπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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@ShortErica That Lise Waiter Spa Stress-Relief Patch looks really nice. I don't think I've seen that around before. I agree that working from home has not been too friendly on the neck.

 

And those Yadah jelly masks are so much fun. I feel like I haven't tried the soothing before, but glad it sounds like a good one too! 

 

Do you have a favorite pair of spa scissors to trim masks?

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@PrettyPaint I want to say in high school, about every Christmas I'd get a little kit with nail clippers and scissors and all that jazz. So I have one in a bunch of locations including under my sink. I have no idea if they even have a brand. I also use my wonderful pointy friskers from when I was in elementary school sometimes too.

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@ShortErica  My kids better watch out, then, because I may steal their scissors next time I need to cut a mask. I am actually tempted now to try fiskars/kid scissors because I sometimes get a little nervous cutting a mask that's already on my face.

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Give it a go @PrettyPaint. They definitely have a more rounded tip nowadays than mine do which is more inviting.

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oh so many masking memories @ShortErica !  I remember trying a jelly mask for the first time and was in awe of this magic goo!  lol.  You've convinced me to grab a sheet mask for post shower today!

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I'll have to go look and see what you picked @missjeanie πŸ™‚

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Great jelly masking! @ShortErica perfect time of the year for these!

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I was bad @lmaster and had to stop in Marshalls because I was picking up something that was near the store. I wore a mask and everything but I really didn't need to stop in. Anyway, I saw the Holika Holika aloe gel masks and was so tempted. But I have an unopened box at home still to use + that whole mask no buy thing I'm making myself do. It's good to know they are coming back in stores though because once I do use mine up, those are the best aloe!

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Oh, another C week! You know what that means: it’s centella asiatica time! (Again!) πŸŒ±πŸ’š Last night I finished filing my taxes while wearing the Urang Love Cica x Opuntia Mask. And good grief, this photo's lighting makes the sleeve(s) look more mint/seafoam than teal. 

 

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Claims: Reduces redness and inflammation; softens skin. 

 

Ingredients: I like how short this list is, but I wish it was beefed up a bit more. I mean, cica water in first place (makes up 40% of the serum) is fantastic, but I’d also like to see cica extracts in the mix. Urang says 5% of the serum is prickly pear (opuntia humifusa). Calendula and chamomile should provide some soothing action. 

 

Lichen + Japanese pepper + Korean Pasque Flower = EURO-NApre, a very common natural preservative used in Korean skincare products. Earlier this year there was some buzz about some batches of EURO-NApre containing waaaay too much silver to be considered safe in skincare products by Korean government standards. If that’s true, that puts a HUGE number of skincare products in the β€œdon’t use til further notice” category. This is partly me reminding myself to look all that up again… I recently bought a laptop to replace my faithful 10 year old one and didn’t transfer everything over. But if anyone else hears more about thisβ€”including whether or not it was a false alarm (maybe the scientist who uncovered this has changed their tune by now)β€”let me know! 

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Centella Asiatica Leaf Water*, Water, Glycerin*, Pentylene Glycol, Opuntia Humifusa Flower/Stem Extract*, Sclerotium Gum, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower*, Citric Acid
(* Organic ingredient / 63%) 

Performance: Whenever I use this type of β€œcombine wet and dry ingredients” mask, I prefer to let the sheet soak in serum for at least 30 minutes before use so it’s fully loaded. So I poured this mask’s serum into the dry sheet pouch an hour ahead of time. The sleeve design made this an easy enough task that it didn’t annoy me. I still wound up with half a handful of serum left behind. I almost saved it in the resealable pouch, but decided to use it on my neck, chest, and shoulders. 

 

The average-thick cotton sheet was soft enough. It was too long at the chin but stayed folded under. It wasn’t wide enough at the jaw but not terribly narrow. I snipped the mouth hole corners, and cut slits into the eyehole corners to help that material lay flat. 

 

I tried to place this mask's faint scent the whole 35 minutes of wear. It’s green, slightly peppery, not quite ginger, not quite cumin, almost turmeric…? I liked it! But what is it?! πŸ˜‚ I still can’t identify a cica note because I’ve never smelled a centella asiatica plant; my nose needs a solid reference. Anyway, after removing the sheet, I spent a minute massaging serum into my skin. I had no pilling or tackiness afterward. 

 

Results: Very hydrated and happily plump skin, with a mild glow and an almost moisturized feel. Most of my surface redness was gone, and the big angry pimple on my forehead no longer felt sore. I doubled down with a mist of cica water toner and topped off my routine with The Inkey List Vitamin B, C, & E Moisturizer. This morning, my skin’s still pretty calm. 

 

I have one more of this mask and I think I’ll save it for colder weather. After pondering if the Petite Amie mask is USD $8 worth of like-it, I now ask myself the same about this Urang mask: I like it, but do I $8-9 like it, compared to my less expensive and equally (or more) effective cica masks? Final judgment will happen later this year. 

 

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Glad to hear this gave you good results @WinglessOne. I like the serum in this mask pack; though my preference for the thinner material when it comes to sheet masks rings true for this one.

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@WinglessOne  This one sounds nice - glad it could help calm things down! Where would one go to smell a Cica plant? I'm super curious as well πŸ€”

I've never heard of EURO-NApre, but now I feel like I need to do more research on it! Hopefully it was a mistake πŸ˜‰

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@WinglessOne I’m just jealous that you have a working Mac. Mine had its WiFi lose all sense when the keyboard got a tiny bit of water on it. I’m tethered and annoyed but at least I can type πŸ™„

 

”So I poured this mask’s serum into the dry sheet pouch an hour ahead of time.” That is a beautiful hack, and I want that scent in my next mask. I am curious about the silver you mentioned, also as you mentioned-will have to look that one up. I think it’s fair to say you have exceeded your great masks per month quota😊

 

 

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@eshoe  Aw, sorry about your Mac. 😞 I resisted buying a new one (a laptop) for years because Apple stopped making them easily customizable a few years ago. I'm still getting used to this one's touch strip above the keyboardβ€”I somehow keep accidentally touching itβ€”and the enormous touchpad. πŸ˜‚

 

@Shosh85 I'm trying to remember where I first heard about the EURO-NApre issue... Lab Muffin, maybe? I haven't heard anything more about it, but I also haven't kept track of it, what with all the other worse and confirmed badness happening in the world this year. Anyway, this is the kind of thing I'd love to hear more chemists weigh in on. Yet another reason I wish I knew Korean: it'd be much faster to search for info at Korean sites, news, and journals, without relying on a Korean-to-English translator. 

 

Apparently you can buy potted centella asiatica from etsy. I'm very tempted to buy one! I wonder if any local nurseries carry it. There might also be 100% cica powder available from a few places, especially those that sell "traditional" medicines... hmm... the lengths I'll go to just to know for certain what something smells like... 🀣 I went through this exercise back when I was first training my nose to identify various notes in wines: I read some wine pros' tasting notes on specific wines, and anything they identified that I didn't already know the smell or taste of, I tracked down just to smell and taste myself. Decades later, I still do it whenever there's a taste/fragrance note I can't identify, like cica.