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๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Œ 2024 Masking Challenge ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’–


Welcome to the 2024 Masking Challenge! 


This year is going to be a little different - simplified. Easy. Every month will have a new theme, and that's it. Feel free to join in whenever and wherever. Most importantly - have fun!

Spring Fling - Baskets and bouquets, showers of much-anticipated rain...this month's focus is herbal and floral sensory delights ๐Ÿ’ฎ

JanuaryFresh Starts - Time for a re-set, or morning masking? However you see it, this month is all about new beginnings.
FebruaryWinter Love - Whether it's a mask you adore, or something extra-special to care for dry winter skin, this month is for some soothing TLC.
MarchMarch Madness - Competition is in the air! Find a $ dupe of a $$$ mask that is share-worthy? Or find a dupe that works even better than the original? Details, please!
AprilSpring Fling - Baskets and bouquets, showers of much-anticipated rain...this month's focus is herbal and floral sensory delights.
MayDew Drops - May Day lore says to wash your face in the dew you collect in the morning of the first day of May for radiant skin. This month is for absorbing all of that good-for-you H2O.
JuneSummer Sunshine - Ice cream, sunglasses, SPF, check! Once the sun is down (or before it's up), extra care is most necessary. How do you give your skin cooling repair?

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


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!

2023 Mask of the Week Challenge


2022 Mask of the Week Challenge

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2021 Mask of the Week Challenge



2020 Mask of the Week Challenge:

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:

2018 Mask of the Week Challenge:   

Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masks๐Ÿ’—

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@itsfi this is one of my faves so I will be interested to try the new formula - hopefully it is as good!

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@Kim888, I hope it's one of those reformulations for the better. ๐Ÿคž If you try it out, definitely let us know your thoughts on it.

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Yesterday morning's masking experience. My skin is still acting up so I'm straying away from trying out new things, both of these products are tried/trues that I have been using for a very long time and I know will not cause any additional adverse reactions to my skin. I've been playing it safe with masking and products recently. Ps. Please excuse/ignore the dog hair, they're too cute to not pet and they like doing spa days with me. ๐Ÿ˜‚


Letters of the Month:  A - E

LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser &

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Brightening Mask (With AHAs, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid)




My Thoughts:

This product and myself go way back (about 15 years now) and I truly love it. It's a very unconventional cleanser, it's kind of a dry-ish product that you mix water with, manipulate (with the water) and subsequently turn into a putty-like substance that you use as a cleanser. It's honestly a bit of work, hence why I don't use this on a regular basis or when I am on the fly. However, it's very rare that I don't have this in my bathroom. Also, this cleanser comes topped with lavender bits (as in actual, real pieces of lavender) which I realize will not be up many peoples alley. This also smells a bit like lavender but a lot less than you would expect from a cleanser that comes topped with the flower itself. To me, the smell is a natural earth-like clay with a hint of lavender. Unfortunately, this cleanser also leaves quite a bit of mess on the sink, so I tend to only reach for it in the shower where I can quickly wash it down the drain. The unique texture of this cleanser almost adds a touch of super gentle exfoliation while you're using it, which is very nice. Overall, I think this is a great cleanser for all skin types because it is leaves skin feeling clean, has a level of gentle exfoliation and does not strip the skin or leave you feeling dry afterwards. It's quite nourishing, gentle and effective on the skin and I think with the situation my skin is currently going through (breaking out while simultaneously peeling from dryness) it was the perfect choice as my cleanser today. I love this cleanser but I really wish this was not so messy and so much work to manipulate into the correct consistency, I would use this on a much more regular basis.




My Thoughts:

This is also another mask that I've been using for quite some time, this is probably my third jar of this stuff. I really missed my Vitamin C products so I really wanted to reach for this beautiful and affordable brightening face mask. I truly think Andalou Naturals is a slept on brand at ULTA that I was introduced to ~5 years ago by my good friend who loves most of their products. This mask is general couple eligible and retails for $15.99, plus the effects pack a great punch. After this masking experience, this jar was empty and this product was in my project pan which is always a plus to get through (I have a back up already ๐Ÿ˜‚). This mask definitely lives up to it's name because it smells like pumpkin puree, honey and a bit of cinnamon/nutmeg. This mask totally screams fall vibes to me and I tend to reach for it mostly during that season. The suggested wear time is 10-20 minutes but I wore it closer to 20-25 minutes. This is a very nice jelly + cream mix consistency which goes on very smooth on the face opposed to something like a clay mask, it's very easy to get an even layer of this across the skin. After a few minutes of wearing it, I did feel a tingling/tightening sensation (which is normal for this mask and something I come to expect/am used to). This mask does not hurt me and I don't find it uncomfortable or painful which is why I used it during a very sensitive period in my skin. However, some people have experienced that this mask has a "burning sensation"-although I have never had this experience with this mask, I figured I would mention it because a couple people have shared that sentiment about it with me although most people I know have had no issue with it. The effects of this mask for me are completely amazing especially for the price point. I feel like my skin is always so silky smooth after I use this and it also presents a very nice brightening effect. I love using this in the morning when I really need a pick-me-up and a skin refresher. I think I'll always continue to use this, it's honestly my favorite Vitamin C focused mask


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Pumpkin and honey? I'm going to have to look for that - it sounds delicious.

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@nuinui933 It's one of my long-time staples ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ohhhh pumpkin honey??? Yes yes yes @QueenMarceline 

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@lmaster Definitely one of my favorite masks, especially for morning or Vit-C focused. Most things I try from Andalou are hits. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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@QueenMarceline Ohhhh great products!  I think I've tried a lush mask or two once, maybe twice... a decade ago?  I'm not big on floral, but dang... the consistency of the lush cleanser sounds like I need to try it!  Don't they make a soapy bath time play dough for kids too?  Hmmmm... I mean... I'm a tall child, with a lot of experience.. Mayyyyyyybe I need to visit the lush site lol

That Andalou mask sounds interesting too... looooove some pumpkin masking!

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@missjeanie Way back when they certainly did have play-doh bath products, I actually know exactly what you're talking about. They came in multiple colors/scents and even had a little "cookie cutter" type of product that came with it and helped you play around more. Not 100% sure they still carry that product but they do probably have something else that would catch your eye. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a whole basket of bubble bars and bath bomb I've collected over the years. Some of them are huge tub stainers which is why I have so many I still need to get through-just don't reach for them. Definitely wouldn't recommend over-buying them like I did but they're certainly lovely as a little gift or a special treat. 

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@QueenMarceline hmmmm the Lush mask sounds intriguing. I donโ€™t mind lavender, if it is not overly potent! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on both of these, this is the first time I have seen both.

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@eshoe The LUSH one is actually a cleanser, but it's very "mask-like" so I actually keep it on lathered for a few minutes. Still very fun to try, I suggest getting a sample if you have a LUSH near you-they give out free samples of their products ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oh yes, @QueenMarceline - some cleansers work well as masks, too! I used to use the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm 1.7 oz/ 50 mL as a mask, the coffee-like scent was so delicious. I donโ€™t have a Lush close enough to just pop in, but I have a growing list of reasons to go there, anyway!

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@eshoe That cleanser looks lovely. I've really been into more gentle cleansers lately which is so unlike me. Always looking to try new things in that department. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, hoping you can pop over to LUSH sometime I think there's a couple things there you might like.

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The Andalou pumpkin mask sounds like something that would be right up my alley, @QueenMarceline. Who doesn't love a good fall scent?! I'm glad it works really well for you! 

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@quspork It's definitely one of my faves ๐Ÿ™‚ highly recommend giving it a shot if this sounds up your alley. 

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@QueenMarceline ohh that pumpkin mask looks super interesting! I love pumpkin mask battles haha; the PTR one is still my fave, but I have never tried this one!

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@Kim888 I actually haven't tried any PTR, but I've been eyeing them for a very long time. I might have to compare/contrast these sometime soon.

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@QueenMarceline, pumpkin and honey sound like a good combination to me, and the scent on the mask sounds wonderful!

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@itsfi It's definitely a good combo. Such a great and affordable mask.

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@QueenMarceline Glad you found some skin products tha don't irritate your skin. Speaking of irritated...I had a sample of Drunk Elephant Mini A-Passioniโ„ข Retinol Cream 0.33 oz/ 10 mL and got some under my eyes just above my cheeks and it looks and feels like I have sunburn. I use retinol almost daily from the Inkey brand and it doesnt irrritate this part of my face...But oh man the DE is potent. I even applied sunscreen. I know not to apply directly under eyes but my upper cheeks took a hit. I will have to be careful of wha mask I use this week. Maybe a moisturizing one won't irritate?

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@Mellmars1185 I remember trying the A-Passioni when it first came out courtesy of a gratis package from Team BIC, and I found it wasn't very easy on my skin as well.  I just couldn't adjust to it... and I use a prescription Retinoid and am religious about using a SPF over 50 daily.  I believe @eshoe tried it as well?  Do you have a mask that features Ceramides?  I find they help when my skin barrier is buggered up.