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2019 Q4 Mask of the Week Challenge!

Welcome to the final part of our 2019 Mask of the Week Challenge. Feel free to join in however often you want, on or off theme. It's just fun to share the masking adventures. Let's give some love to our winter skin!


2019 Q4 Schedule



Sep 30 - Oct 6 N          Sephora Collections Week - House Brand Goodness 

Oct 7 - 13        O           French Pharmacy Week 

Oct 14 - 20      P           Ends of the Earth - masks that use ingredients from or are made in far away places 

Oct 21 - 27      Q          Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar 

Oct 28 - Nov 3 R          Duel Week V2.0 & Mask Meetup thank you @mrsmouse for suggesting the Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask!

Nov 4 - 10        S          Forgotten Wonders - Shop your stash for an unloved mask 

Nov 11 - 17      T          Gross/Odd/Unusual Ingredients - Spirulina, donkey milk, bee venom, snail mucous - what masks have you used that have strange ingredients? 

Nov 18 - 24      U          Flash Masks - masks that do doubly duty in half the time 

Nov 25 - Dec 1 V          Morning Masking - Masks that help give a pep to your step 

Dec 2 - 8          W          Asian skincare Brand - Visit old cultures and their ways 

Dec 9 - 15        X           Sample Dive - I know we have them! 

Dec 16 - 22      Y           Holiday Party Prep Mask 

Dec 23 - 31       Z          Masks you discovered in 2019

This Week’s Theme: Gross/Odd/Unusual Ingredients - Spirulina, donkey milk, bee venom, snail mucous - what masks have you used that have strange ingredients? 

Letter of the Week: “T”



2019 Mask of the Week Main Thread & Misc. Info:

To Post:
Each week features a different theme, as well as a letter of the alphabet for coming up with new masking ideas. Feel free to post as frequently or infrequently as you would like, with or without following the challenge; they are guidelines and just something we do for fun. We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcomed!

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!

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:
2018 Mask of the Week Challenge: 

Masking Surveys Thread: Curious about others' masking habits? Join the fun w/ @ShortErica:

We have scheduled monthly meetups as well as impromptu sessions because you cannot compare masks only once a month! If you have an idea for a week’s Meetup or a particular month, tag me so I can add it to the schedule.

April: The Oozoo Rose Capsule, April 13th
May: Sephora Collection Mask - Honey Mask, May 4th (Thank you @missjeanie!) 
June: Bawdy Butt Mask Month. Let's try all four masks, one a Saturday (Thank you @faeriegirl!) On the 22nd we will also be trying out a Yadah mask - your pick, thanks to @ShortErica
July: @lmaster suggested a Crème Shop Sanrio Mask for our July 6th meetup, and you all voted for the My Melody Softer Than Cookies.

August: Biobelle Tutti Frutti Collection - the Peach is on deck for our mid-summer masking! Join us Saturday August 10th to compare notes on this mask. Then Saturday August 17th we will be comparing the Biobelle Pineapple mask. Thank you @lmaster@Shosh85 & @PrettyPaint for suggesting Biobelle!
September: @ShortErica and @GalPalVal17 are interested in everyone's thoughts on the Lookatme Watermelon Face Mask. Join us Saturday, September 21st for the fun!
October: @GalPalVal17 suggested a Crème Shop Mask, will update with more info. ALSO: October 31st join us for the Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask thanks to @mrsmouse!

Spring Masks on the Move Box🌱🌷🌈: Interested in participating in a spring box? @ShortErica has a survey that will help us curate the best plan for next year for those who would like to be involved:



Re: how cool!! a cactus mask!! @l8totheparty

Indeed!  @lmaster  I think I found them on Amazon. 

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@l8totheparty  Nice! I just bought a pack of these, so I'm super happy to hear this one's a winner for you! 👌🌵

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S is for a Snowman's Story ☃️❄️



The Creme Shop A Snowman's Story Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask

This is a thin-medium cotton sheet mask the was soaking in plenty of serum that had a rosy and slightly fruity(?) kind of scent. It had the typical Creme Shop fit - too big all the way around and the space between the eyes was too wide. Despite the bad fit it adhered well and was comfortable to wear the 25 minutes I had it on. The serum leftover absorbed quickly and left behind some tackiness that lasted only minutes. My face felt refreshed, soft & smooth, and hydrated.
This is one I'd definitely use again, and I'd repurchase, just wouldn't go through a whole lot of trouble to find it. 



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Glad to hear this was a good one for you @Shosh85. The packaging is really cute too! Probably good you wouldn’t go through a lot of effort to seek it out - I think this is a LE holiday mask for TCS. ⛄️ 

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I had high hopes for this one too, @Shosh85 - love HA, but I think it could have provided more of a visible difference. That being said, I’ve yet to come across a terrible Crème Shop mask, or one I would never use again. It’s good to see the holiday ones showing up again!

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@eshoe  Unfortunately I have tried 4 Creme Shop masks I won't ever buy or use again.  3 are from the astrology sign line and the other is the Oh Deer! Detoxifying one - they all tingled and turned my face red...... but that's only 4 out of the 50 I've tried, so I'd say it's pretty good odds! 👍

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Impressed with your record-keeping @Shosh85! I haven’t tried any of the signs, and only one of the Oh Deer’s. Good to know you’ve tried so many, the fusion seems to be overall good but I’ve forgotten if they have eye flaps or not😄

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@Shosh85  Sounds like a very nice mask. I think I saw these in CVS the other day and almost picked one up, but I wasn't sure if they were good or not. I think I will grab one if they are still there next time. Creme Shop masks tend to fit me very badly, though I do really like their serums. 

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@PrettyPaint  I think The Creme Shop masks fit everyone badly, haha! There are some that are better than others though. 😉 This holiday line seems pretty good so far, though, there was one that my face didn't like called, "Oh Deer! Detoxifying Lemon Sheet Mask"  It could just be me, but I'd be careful of that one 😐

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@Shosh85  "Oh deer," yes I think I'll avoid that one. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with fit issues with the creme shop. I was starting to think I had an extremely odd face. It does make me wonder why they don't do some tweaking of their mask fit. I guess it's better for them to be too big than too small, though.

super cute and great ingredients!! @Shosh85

super cute and great ingredients!! @Shosh85

Re: super cute and great ingredients!! @Shosh85

@lmaster  Yeah, the packaging of this whole line is pretty cute! It would've been super cute if it had snowmen on the actual mask too! 😉 ⛄️

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Yet another S is for Sephora. 

I could not resist trying out the Sephora Pumpkin Mask after seeing so many people review it! I believe this is the first Sephora sheet mask I have used since they reformulated them. The fit was actually really good for me, I have a very round face. It did smell very pumpkin vanilla -y which I liked although I thought it could have been a bit more saturated. I definitely think the mask itself was softer than the older versions but it's been a while so I could be mis-remembering. Overall I thought it did hydrate well and it was non tacky and absorbed well. I would definitely buy it again. 



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That FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask is going to last a lifetime, isn’t it @Kim888 😉

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Mmmmm the scent sounds so nice @Kim888. I have one of these but haven't tried it yet. Maybe it will be a nice weekend treat! Smiley Happy

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I have one of these on the way after seeing great reviews as well @Kim888.. Glad it lived up to them for you!

thanks for reviewing this one @Kim888 I was going back an...

thanks for reviewing this one @Kim888 I was going back and forth over it, but the scent sounds great

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@Kim888  Oooh, pumpkin and honey sounds like a wonderful combo! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the pumpkin mask! Out of the Sephora masks I've picked up, that's the one I'm most excited to try! 👍😃

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Two wonderful masks @Kim888!! 🧡💛 I agree that the new masks seem softer, not that the older versions were super rough or anything, the new ones feel more thin and soft on the skin. I wouldn’t have thought of this pairing; going to put this mask combination on my list for the winter! 🤩

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@itsfi we're having our first cold front of the season in the northeast so extra hydration was definitely needed!

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Another S for Sephora



Wednesday night’s mask was one of the new holiday masks, the SEPHORA COLLECTION - The Rose Gold Mask. Sephora has come out with a few new masks to its collection this year; the new ones, like this rose gold holiday mask, come in a square packet, as opposed to the half circle shaped packets of the original sheet mask line. This rose gold mask is a one-piece rose gold foil mask, which to me, felt slightly thicker than other foil masks I’ve tried. There’s also a scent to this one that is familiar but I can’t bring to mind what it reminds me of. It’s not completely unpleasant though I’m happy that it’s undetectable when wearing the mask.


In terms of fit, overall, this mask is smaller than other sheet masks, and the smaller shape extends to every aspect of the mask – on me, that meant the length at the chin was great – no need to cut any excess material. Yay. The width of the mask seemed to be a good fit for my face shape too, though with this mask I experienced some bunching up in certain areas along the sides/jawline so there were some challenges to keeping mask lying completely flat. The forehead area seemed a little shorter than other sheet masks. The holes for eyes and mouth are cut very small/narrow so I made some minor adjustments to the corners of those areas, but due to the mask leaning on the heavier side, I had more difficulty folding the parts of the sheet mask where I made some small incisions. Adherence was alright, which is an uncommon for me – this one presented some issues that I don’t otherwise experience with sheet mask.  There was the slightest of bunching up in certain areas, mainly the lower half of the mask at the sides and jawline.


The aim of this rose gold mask is to nourish the skin. I removed the mask after 20 minute; my skin looked soft and hydrated, but to be fair, I’m fairly certain the same results could be achieved with other masks that fit and adhered better. In general, the Sephora masks in the square packaging haven’t performed as well as the original sheet masks from the brand. I have another one of these rose gold masks, as well as the new blue mask. I plan on giving this mask a re-do and will cut the mask in half before using it next time. That may help to fix some of the challenges I have with the mask. Will report back how that works out.

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