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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!


We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcome.


This Week’s Theme: Overnight Masks - Sleeping miracles in a jar that give your skin the perfect AM glow! Another nod to @keana1 for this week’s challengeπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Letter of the Week:  M

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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, 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:

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 masksπŸ’—

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@ShortErica Haha! I know exactly what you mean, I do the same thing! πŸ˜‚ ... and of course when someone boasts about how much they love a mask, it's, "Darn. Sounds like I need to buy this one." Haha!

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Well phoey @Shosh85 sorry it was a NEXT mask

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@lmaster  It certainly wasn't a bad one or anything, just pretty forgettable. "Next" is right πŸ˜‰

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Twinning indeed @Shosh85 !  I'm so glad to have someone else review to read at the same time I have it fresh in my mind.  After going back to smell the packet I smell a generic soap scent.  Not too strong for me.  But like you I'd totally prefer a fruity scent!  Those are my favourite.  I'd use this one again, even buy it again if I happened upon it on sale (I'm thinking TJMaxx... if I ever get to go to one again lol). But it's not tops on my list.  I think foil masks aren't my favourite, but I mean... I'm a sucker for a deal so...   This is one that I think would make a good gift mask, I've started gifting some masks to a few friends who aren't big into skincare but enjoy the occasional mask in a tub/with a glass of wine on zoom lol, I think this one would be great for that!

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@missjeanie  I definitely don't think there's anything wrong with it, just not terribly impressive πŸ˜‰
I didn't love the scent but it was tolerable enough- my nose is a bit more sensitive/pickier than most!
This would absolutely be a great mask to gift and do on zoom! Haha! I love that! πŸ˜ƒ

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Well, hello C3PO! 😍 You always make masks look so good, @Shosh85! 😊 Oh, a perfumey scent, huh? That can always  present a challenge because if it’s a perfume scent I like, great. πŸ‘πŸΌ If not, ugh. 😩 The results sound nice, but I find that the longer I mask or the more masks I try, the more it’s about a combination of factors - results, fit, scent, etc. 

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@itsfi  I remember liking this one more the first time I tried it - so I totally agree, the more masks I try, the pickier I get!

When it comes to perfume, there's not much  I can handle - it's usually the fruity-sweet type that's tolerable for me.

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Not picky @Shosh85, highly selective. πŸ˜‰β˜ΊοΈ

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@itsfi  Haha! I like how that sounds πŸ˜‰

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I planned to try some new T-themed masks this week but wound up repeating masks i’ve already reviewed here. Eh, I use what my skin tells me it needs. This week, my skin needed these tried-and-trues: 


This week's masks were all repeats, but they're all on-theme. :)This week's masks were all repeats, but they're all on-theme. πŸ™‚

LuLuLun Premium Kyoto Green Tea Mask - fits G & T! Still one of my favorite green tea masks. 


The Saem Power Centella Mask Sheet - fits the sheet material theme. I loooove this mask’s microfiber sheet. Last time I reviewed it here, I think i mentioned how I kept massaging my face through this mask because the second-skin sheet feels soooo soft and smooth and fluid-silky. It’s a great tactile experience. Plus, this sheet doesn’t dry out on me after 30+ minutes of wear. Also, the sheet's a fun green color. πŸ’š 


Tosowoong SOS Repair CICA Clinic Centella Mask - another T mask. Did I ever post the ingredients of this mask? The entire back of the sleeve is in Korean and it seems no one’s ever translated the ingredients list to Englishβ€”except me! πŸ˜‚ Here it is, if anyone’s curious: 


Translation of ingredients via Google Translate, taken from back of mask sleeve and cleaned up a bit by me (text in italics added by me)


Purified water, glycerin, butylene glycol, peg/ppg-17/6 copolymer, xanthan gum, betaine, allantoin, panthenol, polysorbate 60, sodium hyaluronate, aloe vera extract. centella asiatica extract (10ppm), tea tree extract, peony extract, machihyeon (aka Portulaca Oleracea or Purslane) extract, ginseng extract, green tea extract, tocopheryl acetate, potassium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, disodium EDTA, ethylhexylglycerin, grapefruit extract, flavoring (heh, probably fragrance) 


The only major iffy ingredients for me are tea tree and grapefruit extracts. Tea tree can be sensitizing, so I try not to use this mask too frequently. And I’ve explained my face’s issue with citrus extracts many times. But this mask also contains great stuff like hyaluronic acid, allantoin, panthenol, aloe, purslane, green tea, and vitamin E. 


Quick note about ethylhexylglycerin: there are a couple of studies showing this preservative can irritate skin. I’ve had no visible issues with it yet, but it’s something I’m tracking in my skincare ingredients. Gosh, too bad good ol’ safe and effective parabens have been stupidly vilified by the β€œclean beauty/skincare” crowd… πŸ™„

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@WinglessOne Great review on these masks. The green tea mask is one I'd like to try.

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@WinglessOne  I agree I tend to mask on what my face needs. So I tend to never post since I almost never match with the theme!

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@ather  Aw, you can still post even if you're off-theme! The themes are just for fun, and we wanna hear your thoughts on masks no matter what theme they do (or don't) match. πŸ™‚ 

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@WinglessOne  Aww that’s so sweet of you to say!!  I will try and be more active with my masking posts!! 

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@WinglessOne the centella mask sounds exceptionally lovely

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I like it when I see repeat masks in the thread @WinglessOne .  Sometimes we get a first impression which is great since a lot of masks aren't used regularly and get swapped in and out, but if I see repeats that someone uses time and again I know that they really enjoy them.  And as we use those repeats we tend to notice more about them.  That Saem mask sounds great to me, I had to stop myself from googling where to pick some up (Sheet mask low/no buy over here). 

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Love tried and true masks @WinglessOne. These are lovely! β™₯️ I’m a firm believer that we should use the mask our skin needs. If they happen to be repeat masks, all the better. That says a lot about the mask(s). As for the themes, I’m sure there’s a way to get a mask to fit one of the themes. If not, eh. I just love hearing about good mask - you know, for when my stash runs low and I need to find a mask! πŸ˜‚


The packaging on the Tosowoong one always makes me think it might be a new Skinceuticals mask. Yeah, the tea trea and grapefruit extracts would be the ones that would make me just a teensy bit nervous about how my skin might react. I can usually use them without a problem but am mindful of how frequently I use masks with one or both of those ingredients. 

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@WinglessOne  Sounds like a great line up! I'm actually super happy you posted the ingredients for the Tosowoong mask because I just ordered it and it would be nice to know what's in it! πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

Im curious about your take on parabens. I have no strong opinion, but I've read there's a controversy that they're possibly cancer causing. I don't mind using masks with parabens, but I do use it as an excuse not to purchase a mask... haha! I've only read negative things - what are the benefits of parabens?

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@Shosh85 @missjeanie @itsfi Here's my usual summary on the topic. 


Parabens are very effective preservatives. 

The ones you’ll most often see listed on skincare labels are methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben. They’re tolerated by most people’s skin and do a great job of keeping products free of bacteria and fungi. 


Some problematic studies have caused an uproar. 

A 1998 study showed that parabens mimic estrogen in rats. However: 


  • Parabens weren’t applied topically on rats’ skin. Instead, they were injected. 
  • The results showed that compared to naturally occurring estrogen, parabens are VERY weak. Birth control pills are much stronger than parabens. 

A 2004 study found traces of parabens in breast cancer tissue samples. This is the study that kicked off all the vilification, but it had huge problems: 


  • Only cancer tissue was examined; there was no control group of healthy tissue. I’m not a chemist and even I know this is a super major flaw. Studies like this are pointless without control groups. 
  • Parabens were also found in blank samples that contained no tissue. So… did the parabens found in cancer tissues actually come from that tissue, or from contaminated equipment? 

Other studies done on this topic have used animals (mostly rats) and in vitro samples, not humans. In the rat studies, the concentrations of parabens used were MUCH higher than what’s used in cosmeticsβ€”and in most studies, parabens were either fed to or injected into rats, not applied to rats’ skin. 


To date, there's been no reason to vilify parabens: 


  • There's still no scientific evidence of parabens causing breast cancer. 
  • The FDA has not banned parabens. Their scientists have yet to find evidence of adverse health effects. 
  • Parabens are still less skin sensitizing than several other preservatives. 

Reading material: 


Lab Muffin - this has been one of my most trusted knowledge sources for years because Michelle, the woman behind this site, is a chemist and educator. There are other good write-ups (by other people, including MDs and scientists) debunking the β€œparabens are evil” myth and y’all can search for those. πŸ™‚ I’ll just share Michelle’s here:


The current FDA stance on parabens: fda[dot]gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/parabens-cosmetics


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@WinglessOne  Oh my goodness, this was extremely helpful, thank you! I do remember reading that it was found in cancerous tissue, but hadn't read that the cancerous tissue was all that they examined and I also didn't know there wasn't a control group used. The birth control thing is interesting too!  πŸ˜ƒ

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@WinglessOne Lab Muffin 😍


I naively believed the parabens scare when I first heard it but once I started trying to find out more realized quickly I was duped. It was one of those, why would someone warn me about something if it wasn't true; they must have good intent. I'm afraid that's how a lot of misinformation spreads. Thanks for always sharing your knowledge.