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๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Œ Mask of the Week Challenge ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’–

๐ŸชดHappy April ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’ Masking Mavens!๐Ÿชด


Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masks๐Ÿ’— 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 Weekโ€™s Theme: Clean Week ๐ŸŒฑ- Masks that give your skin a boost without the guilt!

Letter of the Week:  Q

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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, 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:

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:

2018 Mask of the Week Challenge:   


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@sonnydee Hooray for Water-Bang! Glad I'm not the only one who keeps a stash of this mask on hand. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I found a box or 2 ?๐Ÿค” at TJ or Marshalls along with some...

I found a box or 2 ?๐Ÿค” at TJ or Marshalls along with some of the other bears. ๐Ÿป @WinglessOne

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U is for Ultru (sheet mask) and Ultra moisturizing (lip balm)

F is for funny name (of one of the ingredients in the sheet mask - houttuynia cordata, aka fish mint, fish leaf, fish wort (oooh, more f's), rainbow plant, chameleon plant, heart leaf, Chinese lizard tail - wow, that's a lot of aliases for this plant)

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Sheet Mask:

What Is It?Ultru I'm Sorry for My Skin S.O.S. Jelly Mask - Calming is a soft, thin cotton mask completely drenched in a thick-ish, juicy, fresh scented, jelly essence, of which there is plenty extra in the packet for use on other parts of the body and/or on another day. The I'm Sorry for My Skin line is marketed as an SOS for the various challenges, vices or the daily activities we engage in that may be cause or exacerbate our skin troubles. This particular version of the mask claims to calm, moisturize, relieve skin stress, and soothe irritations as a result of a lack of sleep resulting due to insomnia to working late and everything in between. 
What's In It?This sheet mask contains a host of botanical ingredients, including centella asiatica,  houttuynia cordata, and panthenol. This also contains AMF (artificial moisturizing factors) which includes nanoparticles that work to slow down moisture from evaporating. It should be noted that this mask contains added fragrance for those allergic, sensitive or seeking to avoid it in their skincare; it is the last ingredient listed. Cica and panthenol have been mentioned on this thread a fair amount and is found in a lot of skincare, with cica really being prominent on the skincare scene in the last couple of years, but what exactly is this houttynia cordata?
First, it's pronounced how-too-nee-ah kor-day-tah. I've noticed this plant ingredient popping up more and more in Korean skincare products late last year and the beginning of this year. Houttynia cordata extract contains polysaccharides, which from what I read, when polysaccharides are found in skincare, it helps to maintain the skin's moisture level. The plant extract also contains natural astringent properties which has been known to be an aid in regulating sebum production. Additionally, houttynia cordata is also known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It's touted for its ability to calm and detoxify skin and is said to be helpful in the fight against acne, because let's face it, it does seem like a fight at times, doesn't it?!
How Did It Perform?: The instructions call for keeping the mask on for 10-20 minutes but with the amount of essence in this mask, I found that I could have kept the mask on a lot longer if I wanted to, and I did. I had it on for a good 45 minutes. There was a lot of essence remaining on my face after I removed the sheet mask but my dehydrated skin slurped it all up pretty quickly. After the jelly essence had completely absorbed, my skin felt very hydrated and soothed, and when I woke up the next morning and looked in the mirror, my skin looked smooth, fresh-faced, more even-toned, and the PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) seemed a bit less pronounced. I did have a very large pimple on my face and while the essence from the mask didn't completely get rid of all the redness, the color around the unsightly zit did look more diffused. 
Overall Thoughts?: The cooling feeling from the mask lends itself beautifully to unwinding in the evenings and feeling more calm and relaxed before bedtime. My skin loves the hydration from the mask (and the extra essence) and there's a welcome calming and slight soothing effect on my skin's redness and breakouts. Overall, I found this to be a good mask and one I would reuse and repurchase again. 

Lip Balm: Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-moisturizing balm is one of my new favorite lip balms and I owe its existence in my lip balm collection to the fabulous @missjeanie! Thank you so much for sending me this! It's balmy and moisturizing without being too thick, emollient or greasy; an unscented, no frills lip balm that gets the job done. It would be safe to say that I'm not lacking in lip balms; so while I don't need another one of these Bioderma balms, I will pick another one up when I've gone through this tube.  

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@itsfi a repurchase sounds like a winner

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Yep @lmaster, ๐Ÿ˜ƒ thatโ€™s usually how I determine whether a mask is good. There are a lot of good masks out there, but if itโ€™s worth the effort to purchase again, itโ€™s better than others. 

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@itsfi  Just did one from this line yesterday! Glad to hear this one turned out beautifully! I think I may have seen Houttuynia Cordata in a mask I used before, but I didn't know it had so many other names - interesting!

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@Shosh85, masks with a jelly type essence are some of my favorites, and I love they Ultru has so many versions of these.

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As much as I love my tinted balms for day time, I love the untinted for night time!  I'm glad you liked this one @itsfi !

And a cooling mask is always great for the summer!

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100% agree @missjeanie! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ The Bioderma is also a nice one to apply on my lips in the morning before I start my skincare routine. Makes my lips soft, smooth and moisturized by the time I get to my lippie, if Iโ€™m wearing one for the day. Thanks again! A new found Bioderma love!

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@itsfi everything about the S.O.S. mask sounds so refreshing. I've tried a couple others from the band, but this one seems like it takes the cake! That Bioderma is such a great balm, I completely agree that it has ample longevity ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jelly masks are great @eshoe! ๐Ÿ˜

thanks for reminding me of these.....quick search....amaz...

thanks for reminding me of these.....quick @itsfi ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคทhad to! i enable you with lippies, you enable me with masks

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Love it @sonnydee! โ™ฅ๏ธ The enabling is alive and well! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

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@itsfi Houttuynia cordata is one of my skin's favorite ingredients. I always call it heartleaf. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, this mask sounds like a winner! So does the lip balm! 

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@WinglessOne, it, mugwort, madecassoside and cica seem to be ones that work well together for soothing, calming and being an anti-inflammatory. I need to look to see if I have a serum or essence with all those ingredients in them.

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This morning I reached into my bin of one-off sheet masksโ€”those I bought only one of, or received just one as GWP, or got one of as a gift from someoneโ€”and blindly pulled this one. It happens to fit this weekโ€™s letters theme, soโ€ฆ 


F = โ€œfirst treatmentโ€ and fermentation: Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Mask. 


Now this is a mask I'm glad I only had one of.Now this is a mask I'm glad I only had one of.



Claims: Brightens skin and reduces signs of aging (specifically wrinkles). 


Ingredients: Iโ€™ve had this mask for a while but put off using it because it contains kava kava (piper methysticum) and acetic acid, 2 things Iโ€™m not keen to add to my face. The latter is near the end of the list, thank goodness, but the former is higher up than Iโ€™d like. 


Misshia spotlights the 2 yeast ferments in this mask, but thereโ€™s lots of other good stuff hereโ€”much of which has more scientific proof of efficacy than yeast ferment. I see lots of anti-inflammatories: licorice root, purslane, ulmus davidiana root, cassia alata (candle tree), cica, chamomile, rosemary leaf extract, and phellodendron amurense (aka amur cork tree) bark which is also anti-bacterial, particularly against acne-causing bacteria. All these skin soothers make me feel a bit better about the 2 not-so-great ingredients I mentioned earlier. 


Also present are several hydrators: ulmus davidiana, beet root, raffinose, sodium hyaluronate, zinc PCA (which can also help control oil production), glycerin, and lactic acid. Iโ€™m guessing amaranth seed is here as an emollient moisturizer. Skin brightening arbutin is quite high on the list. I wish wrinkle fighting adenosine was also higher, but Iโ€™m glad to see it included at all. 


Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Water, Propanediol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Arbutin, Polyquaternium-51, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Raffinose, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Acetic Acid, Lactic Acid, Zinc PCA, Xanthan Gum, Betaine, Sodium Metabisulfite, Phenoxyethanol 

Performance: This mask comes in 2 thick, soft, cotton pieces. The top piece needed eyehole trimming at the inner corners but fit fine elsewhere. The bottom piece stretched enough to cover my whole jaw, but it had an attached neck piece. Rarely do attached neck pieces work for me, and this one was much too short to cover more than maybe 1 inch of my neckโ€”and I have a very short neck. I cut the neck piece off and wrapped it around my neck. It didnโ€™t want to stay put no matter how still I kept my head, so I had to re-attach one or both ends every couple minutes. โ€œF Uโ€ theme, indeed. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฌ


Both sheet pieces were fully saturated in serum that smelled faintly of very diluted white vinegar. Iโ€™m surprised there wasnโ€™t any serum left in either section of the sleeve. I wore the whole mask for 25 minutes before getting completely fed up with the neck piece and yanking it off. I removed the rest of the mask a couple minutes later and spent just 1-2 minutes massaging residual serum into my skin, with no pilling afterward and very slight tack. 


Results: Mildly brighter and moderately hydrated skin. My face wasn't plumply hydrated, so I could still see plenty of fine lines. But my skin didn't feel dry. The pores in my oily zone (on and around my nose) looked a bit smaller and softer. This mask did nothing for my surface redness, despite all its included skin soothers. I had to apply my COSRX cica serum to address that. 


Overall, this mask was quite underwhelming. Maybe I expected too much because of various good ingredients, I dunnoโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve never used Misshaโ€™s cult favorite Time Revolution essence, so I certainly had no expectations based on that. I guess I'd eventually see results if I used this mask 3 times a week for at least 2 months but nope, not doing that when I have so many better masks to choose from. Iโ€™m very surprised I didnโ€™t get any noticeable soothing/anti-inflammation action from this mask. 

Still, I canโ€™t call this mask a total pass because it did brighten and hydrate. Hmmโ€ฆ have you ever tried a hyped-up wine and thought โ€œit tastes okay but itโ€™s not Earth shatteringโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve had restaurant house/table wine better than thisโ€? Thatโ€™s this mask. 79-80 points on the wine tasting scale. 


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@WinglessOne what a let down!! Sorry you had a blah experience

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Well I saw your photo and thought, "Oooooh - this is going to be good!" And then your caption, and my heart sank. First, this is the first I've heard of a two-part cotton mask, I believe. That seems like it might not work too well, and....sounds like nope, it didn't (also, those letters) ๐Ÿ˜•


I just started using the Essence, and thanks to your review, I will not bother with the mask. What a disappointment. Also, I just ordered some color-coding dots to better organizing my rotation, and thought of you ๐Ÿ™‚

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@eshoe The 2-part mask would've worked much better had the bottom part not had that dang attached neck piece. Once I cut that off, I had a 3-part mask and began questioning my life choices after the 4th time that 3rd (neck) part tried to escape. 


I hope the Time Revolution essence works out for you! And I'd love to see your color coded rotation solution! That sounds like a great way to organize! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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I would *think* that a mask with an added neck part would benefit from the extra โ€˜attachmentโ€™ of the top part, @WinglessOne. It just seems like gravity would work at pulling the bottom half down on its own, if that makes any sense. The natural contour of the face would also help prevent slippage, you know? 

I think designating a color for the type of mask/product I use will help me see at a glance where I need to amend or modify my routine. @haleyvvvv has a daily schedule that besides you, also inspired me to set up a more consistent routine. Right now itโ€™s very loosely Sun/Mon = detox mask, and thatโ€™s it. I feel like I could be doing more or at least a better job with pinpointing what my skin needs by now, and hope ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผthis will help!



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This is very kind, @eshoe!! It's all about what your skin needs, and mine likes a routine; and also to not think too hard about which mask for which day/need. 

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