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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: Fruits & Veggies Week  - the lovely @keana1 brings us this deliciously nutritious, good for your skin challenge! πŸ“πŸ‘πŸŒπŸ₯‘πŸ₯¦πŸ†πŸŒ±

Letter of the Week:  L

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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, 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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I is for Italy, the birthplace of prosecco, tiramisu, gelato and Kiko Milano, my Indulgences (another I, yes!!) earlier this evening in celebration of the end of my February no-buy! (I'll celebrate pretty much anything! lol!) Woo hoo!

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I couldn't decide whether I wanted to have tiramisu or gelato with my prosecco. Turns out the gelato shop near me had tiramisu gelato. I know!! 😍 I, too, took that as a sign that it was meant to be. Hahaha! Where, you ask, is the tiramisu gelato? Ummm.... πŸ˜‹
 
Thank you to @Sunnysmom for inspiring this Italian theme. πŸ€—
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Kiko Milano Konscious Vegan Face Mask 
Material: Soft, medium-thick, cotton mask
 
Essence: Unscented, slightly viscous, liquid essence. Consistency is a bit more viscous than an essence but not as syrupy as a serum.
 
Fit: Standard fit - width is slightly too wide at temples; length is too long at chin/jawline and a smidge too short at forehead. Adjustments needed at corners of eyes and mouth for a better fit.
 
Adherence: Very good. A few air pockets but they were easily smoothed out. Material clung nicely to the skin, felt comfortable on.
 
Claims: Brightening and perfecting. I'm not entirely sure what is meant by the  "perfecting" claim.
 
Performance & Results: Mask feels cool going on and that cooling remains well after the mask is removed. Skin feels soft. I wouldn't say the mask perfects the skin, nor does it blur imperfections. It does give a natural looking glow to the skin that creates a lovely, soft radiance that comes through any makeup that follows the mask.
 
Overall Thoughts: This would make a great primer mask. The radiance that this mask imparts comes through beautifully underneath makeup. 
 
Ingredients:
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(from kikocosmetics (dot) com):
AQUA (WATER/EAU), GLYCERIN, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, TREHALOSE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, ARGININE, CARBOMER, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, XANTHAN GUM, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA FLOWER EXTRACT (CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT), GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ORIGANUM VULGARE LEAF EXTRACT, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA LEAF EXTRACT, SALIX ALBA BARK EXTRACT (SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT), LACTOBACILLUS/SOYBEAN FERMENT EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, CINNAMOMUM CASSIA BARK EXTRACT, VACCINIUM MACROCARPON FRUIT EXTRACT (VACCINIUM MACROCARPON (CRANBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT), ADANSONIA DIGITATA FRUIT EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA LEAF EXTRACT (OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT), EQUISETUM ARVENSE EXTRACT, NYMPHAEA ALBA FLOWER EXTRACT, SOPHORA JAPONICA ROOT EXTRACT, DISODIUM EDTA

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@itsfi  What a great theme! How perfect is it you found some tiramisu gelato?! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ŒThis mask sounds nice! My face could always use a little radiance! 

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@Shosh85, it was meant to be that I had both tiramisu and gelato. πŸ˜†  I walked into the shop intending to pick up the seasonal blood orange flavor, but they were really low on that one so tiramisu it was! πŸ˜‹ 

 

I've no doubt your face has a beautiful glow to it that comes from within Shosh! But, I hear ya, a little extra in that area will rarely, if ever, be frowned upon! lol. 

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@itsfi  Oooh, now I see Kiko has several new masks... I wouldn't be able to use this Konscious mask because it contains cinnamon bark, but I'm glad you saw nice results from it. Browsing the new masks, I could probably use the Purifying sheet mask... argh, must stick to mask no-buy! 🀣 I do have one sleeve of the Halloween mask patches but haven't used them yet. We'll see if I can hold off til October. 

 

Also: hooray for prosecco! Anytime's a great time for sparkling wine! πŸ₯‚

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@WinglessOne, that's too bad about the cinnamon bark. Hopefully their other sheet masks have some that will work for you. Errrr, I mean, when you are no longer on your no-buy. Keep at it! It feels really nice to whittle down that selection of masks. I'm coming up on almost a year of being (or trying to be) on a sheet mask no-buy - I made a couple of purchases last year and earlier this year, small though they were - just a couple of times and with each haul, only 1 - 3 sheet masks. It's amazing how quickly the collection grows, isn't it?

 

"hooray for prosecco! Anytime's a great time for sparkling wine!" So true. I have a mask that I could incorporate with a nod to Spain. Maybe that calls for some cava? Hmmm.... πŸ€” I haven't tried as many cava's so that could offer an educational pursuit as well. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 

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@itsfi  Sounds like you've done great with your no-buy! Honestly, I'm at the point where I'll probably donate a HUGE batch of unexpired sheet masks to local charities and shelters that'll take them, and/or Project Beauty Share. I'm trying to get my collection under 200 masks (excluding backups of my top faves, because) as a starting point, and that requires a major declutterβ€”and I've been in denial about that. Still, it'll be much easier to declutter masks than my lipstick hoard, once I finally set aside some time to go through all those masks. 🀣 

 

Cava is actually my favorite type of sparkling wine. There are many tasty options, and they're generally less expensive than their French counterparts. You could spend a long time testing cavas. For science! 

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You’ll get to your target number for sheet masks @WinglessOne! Just gotta keep doing what you’re doing and chipping away at it.

 

Donating unexpired sheet masks is an excellent idea. 😍 I did a combination of things to get my masks number down - trying to mask daily (sometimes twice a day but at least 3-4 times per week), donating masks to local charities  and shelters, gifting to friends and family, gifting to my mail person, hair stylist, coworkers, former coworkers, coworkers of friends, and others, and the no/low buy on sheet masks definitely helped to keep the number from climbing back up!

 

Ahhh exploring Cava for science. 😍 That sounds like a fun and worthwhile endeavor. Any recs?

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@WinglessOne @is it just me, or do quite a few masks seem to have cinnamon bark (cassia?) as an ingredient? πŸ€” I went through my masks recently and it seemed to pop up way more than I would have expected. Which seems odd, because I thought of it as an irritant.

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@eshoe  Cinnamon bark can be very irritating for some people's skin. If I use a product containing it on my whole face, my undereyes and eyelids get very angry: red, itchy, and often swollen. Even if I try to keep the product away from my eye area. That stuff migrates like crazy on my face. Cinnamon bark does have some antioxidant properties, as do some other fragrance ingredients, and I'm sure some folks experience no issues (at least no short term issues) when using that ingredient. But the cons far outweigh the antioxidant pro for me. 

 

And yeah, it's in A LOT of products. For fun, go to INCIdecoder, search for "cinnamomum cassia bark extract," and marvel at the several pages of products that come up. And those are just what's been entered into that particular database. Eh, fragrance components in general are thought of as irritants, yet they're still used in many cosmetic skincare products. Peppermint extract/oil and other mint extracts/oils can be very irritating to skin like mine, but they're in lots of products. One of my favorite hair products contains mint extract, so I always try to keep it off my face, and I know right away if I failed. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Anyway, all these ingredients are so popular because they make product smell good. 

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Masking with tir a mi su and ice cream and prosecco... @itsfi it's like you just get me. 

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Hahaha @missjeanie! I must say, you have excellent taste! πŸ˜ Just you wait though, I have another yummy one from last week that I still need to post about. So much catching up...

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Ohhhh didn't know about these masks @itsfi 

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@lmaster, I only discovered them late last year! They seem to have a new collection out as well that I might take a closer look into later in the spring. My across the board "no-buy" (well, except for food!) has been completed but I had planned on keeping to a sheet mask no-buy through March, just to get the stash down a smidge further. We'll see how that goes. 

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How yummy @itsfi , it all sounds like a perfect day! πŸ˜‹ I bet the mask is very nice ! πŸ₯‚and on your no- buy too! 

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Thank you @Sunnysmom! And thank you again for help with the theme. πŸ€— Looking back, I probably should have devoted more time trying different proseccos and gelato flavors... you know, to make sure I picked the right one. Hahaha! I'll practice more next time. πŸ€£

 

Ahhh, the no buy. I'm assuming the spring sale will be next month so I'm going to try to continue to be good this month, especially with the masks, rinse off and sheet masks alike. I'm almost finished with a jar of my moisturizer so another is on its way. πŸ›

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Well @itsfi no one says the testing was a one time thing 😬. You can do it this month too! You got this! πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ₯°

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Yum, tiramisu gelato and prosecco, @itsfi!!

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It made for an excellent pairing @haleyvvvv! πŸ˜‹

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Another from last week's focus on hyaluronic acid.

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Wellage Real Hyaluronic Bio Capsule Kit has intrigued me since I first laid eyes on the packet, which was probably over a year ago now; pre-covid. I'm happy that I'm getting to a place in my mask stash that I'm reaching for more recently purchased masks more frequently. πŸ˜

 

 

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What Is It? This treatment includes two parts - (1) a freeze-dried hyaluronic acid capsule and (2) a blue-tinted watery solution that has the consistency of an essence. It's been said that freeze-drying the hyaluronic acid allows for a more concentrated hyaluronic acid pill, the idea being that the freeze-drying method allows you to remove any excess water needed  for hyaluronic acid serums. The pill in this kit is said to contain 900,000 ppm hyaluronic acid. 
 
How Do You Use It?   
(1) Completely peel back the foil backing of the round container holding the hyaluronic acid pill. Leave the pill in the container, but make sure that the container is sitting on a flat, level / even surface. 
 
(2) Carefully open the solution packet and pour the essence (which has a very faint herbal scent) into the container holding the hyaluronic acid pill. The pill will dissolve upon contact. There's no need to mix the two together. I had my mini spatula on hand to check and nope, it dissolves instantly and completely on its own. 
 
(3) (a) Pour the mixed solution into a cupped palm, (b) rub your palms together to distribute the solution into both palms, and then (c) press and/or pat the solution onto your face. With step 3, you can pour the entire solution into your hand at once, or, you can split it into 2 or 3 pours, and press it into the skin in layers, similar to the 7-skin method that was popular a few years ago. My skin has historically responded well to the layering approach so that's how I applied this product. Alternatively, you could also pour the mixture onto a cotton pad and swipe it across your face, as you might with a toner. 
 
Performance & Results:  This seems to me to be an interactive, multi-step toner / essence step, though perhaps with a more concentrated solution. Initial impression is that this is ... interesting.  I'm withholding final judgment on this one until I put it to a longer test. It's not bad at all. The solution absorbed quickly and easily into my skin, initially leaving an ever so subtle tacky-to-the-touch feel that pretty much dissipates completely once fully absorbed. My skin feels hydrated and looks fresh and brightened, awake. 
 
Thoughts / Feelings? This is a treatment I'd be interested in using for a longer period of time. I see that there is a 10-day kit and that seems like a good amount of time to test out the product. I may pick up a 10-day set of this or another varietal. I can see this being a substitute for some for sheet masking, as it is less of a time commitment. I'm not sure yet about the results compared to using a sheet mask.It might also be a substitute for the essence step, and seemingly with a more potent solution, though a little more work is involved with this kit. 
 
Other Information: There are 3 other varietals of this type - one focused on a centella asiatica solution targeting redness and blemishes (white and green packaging), another with what appears to be a collagen-based solution with anti-aging claims (white and brown packaging), and a vitamin centered version aimed at toning and brightening (white and pink packaging). 

@quspork @keana1 after you've had an opportunity to give this set (or the 10-day kit) a go, I'd be very interested in hearing about your experience with the product. 

 

 

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Hello there @itsfi ! I’ve been using these Wellage products occasionally since last October ( back then, I was unable to post ). I don’t mind the extra step of mixing the blue serum with the freeze-dried HA. I like the extra hydration these provide especially when it’s cold outside and the air is very dry ( perfect for Canadian winters and my dry skin ). Sometimes I don’t use the blue capsule after micro needling ( it contains disodium EDTA ( preservative ) and I dilute the HA with the Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin toner/essence ( doesn’t contain EDTA ) and this combo works very well together. I haven’t tried the Collagen version yet but I’ll let you know when I do. The Cica version sounds great but I don’t have it. The Vitamin version doesn’t really speak to me, the ingredients are rather basic and I personally don’t think it’s worth it. 😍

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@keana1!!! You can post!!!! πŸ‘ŠπŸ™Œ Great to see you!! Oh, I hadn't thought of mixing the HA with an essence or toner. Good point. Making a note of that fabulous rec!

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