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

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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

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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:

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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, 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

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2022 Mask of the Week Challenge

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2021 Mask of the Week Challenge

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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 masks๐Ÿ’—

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@WinglessOne @Shosh85 I was so impressed by this one, I love it when you don't expect much and get blown away ๐Ÿ˜Š

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February 2024 

I went through more masks this month, not sure why. More new-to-me sheet masks as well.  I was delighted with most of the masks I used; disappointed with just one. Details in the spoilers.

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I'm thinking the Creer Beaute The Rose of Versailles Princess Antoinette Moisturizing Facial Mask Peony takes the prize for longest sheet mask name. Wow. The sheet leans on the thicker side, but not as thick as other Japanese cotton sheet masks. It is drenched, and I mean drenched, is serum, with plenty more in the packet. This is one of the older sheets in my stash so that was surprising. Adherence was good and despite the sheet being saturated in the unscented, slightly viscous, clear essence, none of it dripped down my neck when I applied the sheet to my face. Instructions say to keep the mask on for 10-15 minutes, but I had it on for 20 and given the amount of essence, could have easily had it on for at least another 15. Once I removed the sheet and pressed in the serum to help it fully absorb, my skin felt plumpy and hydrated. 
 
The illustration on the packet for and the print on the sheet of Vitamasques Love Struck Face Nourishing Metallic Sheet Mask are super cute - definitely Valentine vibes. Performance-wise though the mask fell flat for me, which was surprising because I've generally had good experiences with Vitamasques masks in the past. The biggest issue was the fit of the mask - the sheet felt stiff and, as such, it did not adhere well. Rather than mold to the contours of my face, it just sat on top of my face, and stuck primarily to my forehead and cheeks. The material covering my chin and the area above my upper lip popped up and off my face occasionally. Better results were had after making some incisions and adjustments, but the stiffness of the material and the lack of serum meant that the challenges with the mask staying in place persisted, and I ended up removing the mask after 10 minutes. I haven't used many new Vitamasques masks in a while and I'm hoping this is a one-off. The mask is pretty (see below) but sadly doesn't perform as beautifully as it looks.
 
The SEPHORA COLLECTION Clean Eye Mask Caffeine is a staple in my collection. I love them for travel or after a long and/or late day. The latte-hued, faintly coffee scented gels adhere well to my undereye area and the serum that saturates the gels do a wonderful job of hydrating an area of my face that is prone to dryness year-round. They infuse my undereye area with some hydration and add a brightness to my complexion, making me look more alert and awake. The beauty of these under eye gels is that they don't interfere or present a challenge to drinking coffee and that is a beautiful thing that also helps me feel more alert and awake. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
 
A bit of a purple themed skincare session with the Mediheal The H.P.A. Glowing Ampoule Mask. Mediheal is one of my favorite sheet mask brands so I was excited to try this mask. My excitement was taken down a bit when I learned the mask contains PHA - polyhydroxy acids. They're great actually - supposedly as effective if not more than AHA but much more gentle on the skin. Or, on most skins. Mine is a rarity in that it has exhibited some sensitivity to PHAs, usually on my cheeks (not surprising as that's a sensitive area of mine) and on my forehead (which is a surprise because my forehead is like Teflon when it comes to most skincare ingredients). Since I know my skin's sensitivity to PHA's, I decided to only keep the mask on for 10 minutes, paying particular attention to check how my skin was reacting, if at all, around the 5-minute mark. There was a little tingle that initially gave me pause but it dissipated completely. I was feeling alright about the mask and stretched the total wear time to 15 minutes. Glad I did. I didn't experience any negative reaction; the results, in fact, were quite the opposite and lovely - soft, bouncy, hydrated skin, zero tack or stickiness. This turned out to be one of my favorite masks this month. 
 
Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask calms, hydrates and soothes my skin overnight. It has a light floral scent that dissipates quickly upon the product being applied to the skin. I love that it reduces redness and makes my skin soft, smooth and hydrated when I wake up in the morning. I had some dry patches on my face and applied this as a spot-treatment sleeping mask. The next morning, voila, no more dry patches. ๐Ÿ™‚ 
 
The OG masks, all in one masking sesh. lol. fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask, a gray clay mask with a heavy, khaki green undertone is one of those masks that can be used as a cleanser after your mask treatment is done. I normally just use it on my T-zone or along my jawline, but this time elected to apply it all over my face and down my neck as well. Left it on for 5 minutes then rinsed it off like a cleanser in the shower. My skin feels clean and refreshed after using this one.

After washing my hair, I used the amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask, a luxe hair treatment that conditions and hydrates my hair. It smells great, too, but the scent doesn't linger, which could be good or bad depending on the user.  Onto skincare, I followed my moisturizer with  a thin layer of the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask with Squalane 2.3 oz/ 70 mL, which I have history wit - it was my intro to sleeping masks, gosh, almost 10 years ago, one of the first Kbeauty masks I used and definitely my first overnight mask. It hydrates and moisturizes my skin while I sleep, giving me softer, more hydrated skin that looks well rested. Similarly, the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask Intense Hydration with Vitamin C Original softens and moisturizes my lips overnight; the consistency has a tack to it that can be bothersome for some folks; I don't have any issues with it and find that it is less tacky once applied.
 
BOM Honey & Milk Cicadula Mask comes from a new-to-me brand. I initially wondered whether it was an offshoot of the A by Bom brand - nope, turns out it's its own separate brand and not affiliated with or related to A by Bom. In addition to honey and milk proteins, the serum saturating this cellulose fiber sheet mask contains 10 types of hyaluronic acid. 10! That's a first for me. The sheet was light and thin-ish, felt comfortable and adhered well for the entire half hour I had on the mask. Also a plus, the openings for the mouth and eyes were wide enough that I didn't need to make any adjustments. The serum absorbs quickly and smoothly, with no tack or stickiness. My skin feels soft, silky and smooth, feels hydrated and moisturized, and has a beautiful bounce and dewy glow to it. This is one worth checking out. 

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Overall, another good month of masking. Will be interesting to see what March masking looks like, as my allergies / hay fever can start to act up. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 

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@itsfi  Holy moly! So many great ones here - will definitely have to look into some of these! Too bad the Vitamasque wasn't impressive - I know I would've bought that one based on appearance alone ๐Ÿ˜

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@Shosh85, oh, I was bummed about the Vitamasques one - their sheet masks typically work pretty well for me and this just looked so pretty too. Win some, lose some. Overall, the month was a good month for masking so one sub-par one is fine. It just stands out, especially since I'm not using sheet masks as often as before. 

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Oh my gosh the hearts are beautiful!! Such a bummer it wasn't great, but definitely I'll need to look into a few you've listed here! @itsfi 

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I know @lmaster; I really wanted the Vitamasques to work well. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ It was a case of something looking nice but not having the substance to it that you want or hope. Disappointing. 

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  • Not going to pretend I wasn't disappointed to realize there's no banana scent
  • However..I actually was completely impressed by everything else this mask has to offer
  • The fit was amazing, it was so gentle and soothing, no added fragrance for those sensitive to scents
  • My skin loved the serum and there was no tackiness
  • Overall heck yes I would seek this one out,, even without the banana scent

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@lmaster Effectiveness is most important, but I agree, a banana scent would've been a nice bonus! Glad you saw great results! ๐ŸŒ

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Normally I would of been incredibly disappointed with not having a banana scent, fortunately this one shined with no help from added fragrance ๐Ÿ˜† @Shosh85 

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@lmaster, there was a period where Facetory put out some really nice masks under their own brand, like this one. If only they included a banana scent. 

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I know but it really was so good, it didn't matter @itsfi 

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  • This was a two piece hydrogel mask
  • It was actually really easy to wear and didn't slip around
  • I didn't notice any specific scent
  • What I did notice was that the mask didn't seem to have much serum on it
  • After wearing it for 15 minutes, I removed it and my skin literally felt dry as if there was nothing going on here
  • I did take some of the creamy serum from the package and applied it without the mask
  • If I used this again, I would definitely apply the serum to my face first and then lay the hydrogel mask on top

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@lmaster  I like the sound of a creamy serum! Definitely sounds like the type of mask where you need manually apply the serum from the package!

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I mean the serum definitely didn't stay on the mask lol @Shosh85 I think this is a first for me 

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@lmaster  I wonder if it would've helped to put some directly on your skin first, then place the mask on top? I've had to do this with certain masks before. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคทโ€

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Yep that's exactly what I thought after the fact, I didn't realize it didn't have any serum on the mask, until after I took it off ๐Ÿ˜” @Shosh85 

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@lmaster, I like the sound of this having a creamy serum to it. 

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I wish the mask actually had serum on it though, it didn't seem like it adhered well to it @itsfi 

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I haven't been doing a whole lot of masking lately, and wasn't planning on buying these, but cookies and hot cocoa pulled me in ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Hot Cocoa ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Que Bella Revitalizing Hot Cocoa Mud Mask

 

Texture:

Thick and creamy, sort of a body cream kind of consistency.

 

Scent:

Sweet almond oil was what stood out the most. I was hoping for more of a chocolaty/cocoa scent, but it still smelled pretty great to me.

 

Wear Time:

About 20 minutes. It didn't really dry down - it stayed pretty soft and comfortable.

 

Tack:

None

 

Results:

Soft and smooth skin that was noticeably brighter. My skin was a little dry, (which I expect with mud masks) but not overly so.

 

Repurchase?

Great results at a great price, so I probably would. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


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Que Bella Nourishing Cookie Cream Mask

 

Texture:

Soft, thick and creamy, though not quite as thick as the mud mask it came with.

 

Scent:

Like a combo of cocoa and almond oil. Delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹

 

Wear Time:

About a half hour

 

Tack:

None

 

Results:

I did this one directly after washing off the mud mask that came with it and it did make my face feel slightly less drier, but that's really about it.

 

Repurchase?

By its self? No. But because it comes with the mud mask, (and it's cheap) I probably would. It was fine and smelled delicious, but it just didn't do much.

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

Oooooh the hot cocoa side of this,๐Ÿ˜ @Shosh85 Happy to hear this made it worthwhile for you! Miss you, also!!

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@eshoe  Yup, the cocoa side was definitely my favorite, and both sides smelled yummy, so that's a win in my book! ๐Ÿ‘

 

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