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Mask of the Week Challenge

It’s finally December!!! ❄️☃️️ Congrats for hanging in there. Let’s finish these last few weeks together, and celebrate another year of sharing our love for all things masks & snacks;) 💙💖🤍

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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: Mask that would make a good band name (“kinda silly, I know”). Not at all@PrettyPaint! What great inspiration to try some funny-sounding masks 😄

Letters of the Week:  W & D

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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

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Masks you discovered this year

  

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 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 

***Tentative 2021 Schedule**

Thank you for all of the fun ideas! If I have missed a suggestion, please let me know so I can get it added. Happy Masking 🙂

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Who can not love tencel sheets! They just stick there. I’ve wondered about beet masks. I know I had a a couple  different ones in my collection that was distroyed by the ex (all those masks, lipsticks. and palette! What a shame! Oh well, fresh start). I’ll give one a grab when I spot it. I love that We got the Beet! Follows right with my last thought on my last reply regarding the Escar Go Go’s. Snarf! @itsfi 

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We’re on the same wavelength @Weetart! Love it! ♥️

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Challenge Theme: Mask that would make a good band name 

Challenge accepted @PrettyPaint🤣

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What a fun and creative theme @PrettyPaint! Here's my first band name entry: BTS

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This mask also falls into another of this week's themes - W for whitening, which I'm going to assume means brightening. The name of this mask includes the name of an existing group, BTS. I know, I know, not at all creative on my part.  I first heard of the group when I came across some Mediheal sheet masks a year or so ago, as well as some "slice" masks with cute characters that the band members created. This is the second time I've used this particular mask, the first was sometime last year and it was the standard version and packaging (non-BTS collab / endorsed).

 

Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask is a thick-leaning black charcoal mask saturated and nearly dripping in a clear, slightly-viscous-but-also-runny soapy-scented essence that fortunately is undetectable once the mask has been applied to the face. This mask feels cool against the skin and is meant to help whiten/brighten and hydrate the skin. Interestingly, it appears that I picked up a nutty flavor the first time I used this mask. Black charcoal sheet masks are among my favorite type of material for sheet masks because it tends to adhere beautifully and the same held true here. ❤️ Most Mediheal sheet masks can be easily tailored to fit my face shape and features and that also held true with this mask - I was able to get a near perfect fit after taking off about an inch of material from the chin/jawline and making slight incisions to the inner corners of the eye holes. I left the mask on for a little over an half hour. There was a slight tacky-to-the-touch feel after removing the mask and allowing the excess essence to absorb, but that eventually disappeared and my skin was left feeling soft, supple and wonderfully hydrated. In terms of whitening / brightening, my complexion looked more clear, fresh and bright, but not noticeably more so than other sheet masks. I wouldn't say my face looked lighter or white, but I didn't expect it to, though the mask comes with a recommendation to use this mask 2-3 times per week for a month. I'm not sure if I'd notice more of a whitening or brightening effect if I were to use this as recommended. My main goal with sheet masks is hydration and with that in mind, this mask delivers and is on the short list of sheet masks that I would happily repurchase and consider a staple in my library of sheet masks.

 

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I share your affinity for charcoal masks, @itsfi . They really feel cozy and like a comfortable hydrating blanket for your face:). It doesn’t sound like the BTS version is much different (if at all) form the original, except maybe for the scent. That’s a very good thing!

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Lol... I think BTS will always remind me of mascara @itsfi .  I always was kinda under the impression that whitening on sheet masks was code for brightening too.  And that SC stick mask... I sure hope they bring those back!

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Me too @missjeanie! I'm hoping that we will see mask sticks in the Sephora Collection clean line. Maybe after they clear some shelf and storage space with all the ones from the original line? 

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W for White Willow in the Isntree Asian White Willow mask

 

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I liked this one a lot. The mask itself was a bit large on the sides as far as fit so it meant a few more wrinkles than usual, but it's a cupra mask so it was sooooo soft and comfortable against the skin. It did have a noticeable typical sheet mask scent, but it seemed to fade fairly quickly, and wasn't offensive in any way. I had it on for a while since it was comfy and didn't have issues drying out. There was a little bit of tack once I had removed the mask and patted in the serum, but that didn't seem to last long. The mask did take away some redness in my cheeks and left my skin looking nice and bright. This will go on my repurchase list! 

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Helped with a bit of redness, @quspork? That sounds like one that should be in hand in case of mask emergencies!

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Ooh like the taking redness away part. Must be why this is in an ingredient in so many products! Sounds like great mask and totally wanna pick it up @quspork 

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Cupra sheet masks are comfy @quspork! ♥️ I picked up a few masks from this brand, including this one. Even more excited to give this one a try after reading your review. The results sound fantastic! 

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

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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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Hmmmm, the ear loops can be so hit or miss @itsfi. Thankfully that wasn’t the case with this one!

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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. 😂🤣😂 

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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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Before I even read your review, I suspected the Cica Daily Soothing Mask might be a repurchase @itsfi. Haven’t met a bad cica mask yet!

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@itsfi  I wasn't too fond of the scent on The Creme Shop mask either, which the main reason I won't be repurchasing it. Happy to hear it didn't cause a breakout! 😃

 

So glad the Cica mask pack worked out so great for you! This is kinda random, but is there some correlation between tigers and the ingredient Cica that I don't know about? I feel like there have been other cica-tiger masks as well, like the The Creme Shop one, for instance. 🤔

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Not random at all @Shosh85! Another name for centella asiatica / cica is "tiger grass" or "tiger herb" so that's one connection to tigers. I also read that the "tiger grass" or "tiger herb" nickname was given to cica because in Bengal, people hunting for tigers would track the tigers by looking for and following damaged centella asiatica brushes.  Tigers would roll in centella asiatica to heal their wounds or injuries. 

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@itsfi  Duh! 🤦‍ I totally forgot about tiger grass! Now I feel silly! 🤪 I had no idea that's how tiger grass got it's name! Super interesting! Animals are so smart. 🐯 I wouldn't mind rolling around in some Cica too! 😂

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@Shosh85, with all the skincare ingredients out there and all the names for them, it’s really hard to keep up. I almost confused Cica with “tiger balm”. 🤣 So hear you on rolling around in Cica; I wonder if you can even grow them here? I think it’s commonly found in Southeast Asia. Wait, there’s one way to find out ... hold, please ... 

 

Apparently, Cica can be found in the wetland regions of the southeastern part of the US. Thank you, Wikipedia. 😊 It’s also used in a Burmese salad dish. Hmmm... there are a couple of Burmese restaurants in the city and their tea leaves salads are delicious. Hmmm... me thinks I’ll have to add that to the list of things to research. For science, of course. 😉 

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