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๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Œ Mask of the Week Challenge ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’–

Hello March โ˜˜๏ธ ๐ŸŒˆ, moving right along in 2021!

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Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masks๐Ÿ’— 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 Weekโ€™s Theme: Most Artistic Sheet Mask ๐ŸŽจ Thank you to the wonderful @Kim888 for this weekโ€™s theme!

Letter of the Week:  J

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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, 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:

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   

 

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I hope it works out nicely for you, @itsfi!

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No redness and bright skin sounds like a winning combo @quspork !

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Absolutely, @missjeanie - hard to go wrong with those results. 

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V is for V-shaped mask

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Regen Cos 2-Step Synergy Effect Mask (Brightening) is a 2-piece mask, but unlike the typical 2-piece sheet mask, the bottom half is not made of the same material as the top half and has ear loops. 

Top Portion of Mask
The top half resembles your standard, run-of-the-mill medium-thick cotton sheet mask, soaked and dripping in a clear, watery essence with an ever-so-slightly minty herbal scent, except that, instead of covering the entire face, the top half of the mask only covers the area from the forehead all the way to the top of the mouth, so to call it a "top half" of the mask may not be entirely correct, maybe the top part is more accurate. I ended up pressing some of the extra essence out of the mask because there was just so much, more than the mask could absorb as it was dripping everywhere. Adherence is good and fit works well with some minor adjustments to the corners of the eyes. Directions recommend wearing the mask for 20 minutes, but since there didn't seem to be anything alarming in the inci list and since I didn't experience any tingling from the mask, I ended up leaving the mask on for about 35 - 40 minutes and there were no signs of this mask drying out anytime soon even after that time. The masks claims to brighten skin tone and notable ingredients such as niacinamide and arbutin seem to support that claim. Also FYI for those interested, added fragrance is listed in the middle of the ingredients list and alcohol near the end. After removing the mask and giving the essence some time to fully absorb, there was a slight tacky-to-the-touch feel and some brightening, though not as much as I expected; this combination, though makes me think this top part might work well as a pre-makeup mask.
 
Bottom Portion of Mask
The bottom portion of the mask is two sided, with one side (the side to be applied to your skin) has a soft gel-ish feel to it, while the other side feels more like a backing to support the gel side. This side which faces outward is a soft, thick-ish, possibly cotton fabric that is stretchy and as I noted earlier has ear loops. This bottom portion of the mask is intended to provide some lifting, to presumably help shape or sculpt the jawline. Hmmm.... I'm always a little skeptical about such claims, but I'm game for giving it a shot. The bottom portion of these types of masks usually don't adhere / fit well for me and end up slipping off one of my ears. Not so with this mask. It wore comfortably the entire time I had it on. After removing this portion of the mask, I didn't really notice any tightening or sculpting of my jawline so much as I noticed that I was less puffy in certain areas. That's a welcome result and, as with the results from top part of the mask, it makes me think this bottom part would also be good to use in the mornings, as part of a pre-makeup masking sesh.

Overall Thoughts
Overall, the mask provides some brightening, though not as much as I expected / hoped. My favorite brightening mask, especially in the cooler months because of its milky essence is the Dr. Jart V7 Toning Mask. That said, I'd be interested in trying out another mask from this line. I heard that there's one containing snail mucin and I may need to search for that one at some point. As for this particular brightening one, I could see this being useful to take with you on a trip, for use after a flight. 

Ingredients (of top portion of the mask) (from cosdna (dot) com)
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Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, niacinamide, betaine, panthenol , phenoxyethanol , PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, xanthan gum, sodium polyacrylate, arbutin, fragrance, disodium EDTA, arnica montana flower extract, artemisia absinthium extract, achillea millefolium extract, gentiana lutea root extract, malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, primula veris extract, alchemilla vulgaris extract, veronica officinalis extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, portulaca oleracea extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, alcohol, potassium sorbate, allantoin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate

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@itsfi  That sounds like quite a mask! I have never tried a mask with ear loops. The idea of it just seems kind of uncomfortable, especially if you have any cartilage piercings. 

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@PrettyPaint, it's interesting, for sure. I don't have many of these V-shaped masks with the ear loops, but in my experience, they are always hit or miss for me in terms of how well they stay in place. I can see it being an issue to with cartilage piercings. @heartsmyface mentioned in another post that a V-shaped chin and jawline is ideal in Korea. That seems to be one of the aims of the lower part of the mask, to shape, sculpt, lift (albeit temporarily), the jawline. I did some research and it looks like the company that makes these masks is affiliated with a well known medical group in Korea regarded for its plastic surgery. That makes sense. 

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@itsfi  Oh wow, that's definitely interesting that the mask brand is affiliated with a medical group. The idea of V-line surgery has always seemed a bit scary to me. It seems like it would be pretty irreversible. 

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@itsfi  I have yet to try a v-shaped mask, but they always sound intriguing- especially this one! Glad it worked out well for you! I would definitely be interested to know how the snail one compares! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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@Shosh85, I shall keep you posted on the snail version, once I figure out where this mask came from. ๐Ÿ˜‚ These are the predicaments I find myself in. ๐Ÿคฃ Hopefully that won't happen too often with my mask stash being more manageable in size now. I think I may have picked this up at one of the Asian beauty boutiques near me. Hmm... ๐Ÿ˜‰

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How cool! @itsfi the second piece is a different material,, wow and ear flaps!!

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@lmaster, it helps a lot that the lower half isn't like the typical sheet mask essence; my jawline can be prone to clogged pores so I try to steer sheet masks clear of that area. The ear loops were gentle on this one; ๐Ÿ˜€some hurt ๐Ÿ˜ฃ, though as I think about it, it probably should give some tension / pull, since it's meant to lift or create a more shapely jawline.

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Hmmmm, the ear loops can be so hit or miss @itsfi. Thankfully that wasnโ€™t the case with this one!

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That's what I tell myself @eshoe๐Ÿ˜† The other alternative is that my right ear, the one that usually has an issue with ear loops, is a bit wonky. Truth is probably a combination of both.

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Whatever the reason @itsfi, I guess looking at the bright side is always the best solution โ˜บ๏ธ

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@itsfi  I support your procurement and use of the snail version.  For science. 

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Oh my goodness, yes @missjeanie! For science. It's all for science. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

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Apologies in advance for the deluge of posts that may come as I try to catch up. More masks from last week:

V is for Vitamin CV is for Vitamin C

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The Creme Shop Vitamin C Infused Face Mask is an overall overly large medium-thick cotton face mask, which probably makes it one that can be worn by a lot of people though many folks may need to make some adjustments because of its size.  Adherence was good, and even better after making the necessary adjustments to the perimeter of the mask as well as the corners of the eyes and mouth. The essence has a gel consistency and some slip to it. It also has a very strong smell of alcohol, almost a sterile scent to it. This mask contains retinol and my skin has in the past been highly sensitive to retinols so I was a little wary. As such, I only kept the mask on for 10 minutes and then I decided I would rinse off the essence. I KNOW. I just said that. I really can't believe I did that but I wasn't about to take any chances on having a breakout.  Fortunately, no negative side effects, though I did experience a bit of redness on my cheeks (which is a common place for me to experience redness when using items that I'm sensitive to) but it faded away quickly. My skin looked soft, smooth and slightly brighter. Overall, other than the scent, I can see many folks liking this one. For me, it's an "okay" mask but because there are other vitamin C sheet masks out there that do not contain retinol, I'll pass on repurchasing this one.

Ingredients (from thecremeshop (dot) com)
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Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan,  Retinol,  Yeast Extract,  Ascorbic Acid,  Tocopherol,  Lecithin,  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80,  Carbomer,  Triethanolamine, Allantoin,  Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

All 3 themes in one shot - V is for VT Cica Daily Soothing Mask, E is for Everyday and morning maskingAll 3 themes in one shot - V is for VT Cica Daily Soothing Mask, E is for Everyday and morning masking

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For the most part, I used one of the VT Cosmetics VT Cica Daily Soothing Mask every day in November, usually in the mornings, but occasionally, twice per day when the soothing aspect of the mask was what my skin craved, or when I was too lazy or tired to think about what mask to use. Most mask packs are primarily aimed at hydration and my skin tends to do fairly well with daily mask packs like this so it's often just a matter of personal preference in terms of scent, fit, thickness of the sheet as well as the packaging. This one also claims to be soothing and I found that it worked fairly well at reducing or calming any redness I might have had whether because of the cold weather, redness from breakouts, or a reaction to a product. Based on my experience going through these masks last month, this VT mask pack is on the short list of mask packs I'd repurchase. 

 

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@itsfi ok I'm really going to have to try the cica masks!! 

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@lmaster, cica is such a great skincare ingredient. ๐Ÿ˜€ The sheet masks, wash off masks and sleeping masks I've used that contain cica have all been great.

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Before I even read your review, I suspected the Cica Daily Soothing Mask might be a repurchase @itsfi. Havenโ€™t met a bad cica mask yet!

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I've found that Cica masks generally include ingredients that play nice with most skin types @eshoe. Makes sense given its soothing aspect.

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