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

Itโ€™s May, Hurray! ๐ŸŒธ We are almost 1/2-way through this yearโ€™s challenge๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ


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: Masks that Make You Hungry ๐Ÿ˜‹Is it the scent..or the packaging? Which masks make you crave a yummy treat? It is no surprise that this weekโ€™s delicious theme is brought to you by none other than @itsfi! ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿต

Letter of the Week:  U

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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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Went with a green theme, as I continue working my way through the rainbow theme. These also fit into this week's letters of the week themes, with an O for Origins, as well as a sheet mask with an odious scent for my taste, a slightly ocean-scented resurfacing treatment, and an overnight mask that happens to be an oldie (another O) and a love (an L), and some TLC for the lips. 

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The wash-off masks and the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask are ones Iโ€™ve used before and enjoy. Glow Recipe no longer makes this overnight mask; the new version contains retinol, which my skin can be very sensitive to so itโ€™s not one Iโ€™ll likely pick up. The original version is a moisturizing overnight mask for my skin in the cooler months. It makes a nice follow up to Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask, which Iโ€™ve been using weekly on my chin and along my jawline to keep my pores clean and clear. Itโ€™s a 10% AHA / 0.5% BHA formulation with a soft floral and lightly oceanic scent; and just look at that color!!! Is it blue? Green? A combination of both? Probably the latter, but to keep to my green color of the rainbow theme, weโ€™ll say itโ€™s more green. lol.  


While it may be a stretch to say the Peach & Lily mask is green in color, thereโ€™s no doubting the green color of the Sephora Collection The Seaweed Mask, an one-piece, ill-scented hydrogel mask that is one of the better fitting sheet masks for my face shape and features. Thatโ€™s rare but this will not be a repurchase for me โ€“ the scent on this mask is fortunately, not strong, but sadly, it is extremely unpleasant and it lingers a bit longer than I cared. It reminds me of the stinky smell from the kelp that washes up on the beach and the various rotting organisms tied up in the kelp. Ick. If that werenโ€™t enough to steer me away from this mask again (it is!), the irritation my skin experienced most certainly is.  
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The redness eventually went away and I did use Origins Hello, Calm mask to help it along. I initially received a sample of the Hello, Calm before it launched, and after using it, I've picked up a full size and this prom size as well. I know that many are not fond of the scent on the scent on this Origins mask, but it is so much better than the scent on the seaweed mask and the mask is both calming for my senses and my face.

Lip care included the Smashbox Mindful 5 Nourishing Lip Oil in the morning and the LabNo Cicaloe Intensive Lip Balm in the evening, both of which I've used before. The Smashbox Lip Oil isn't greasy, goopy, tacky or sticky; it is actually glides on more like a light balm-gloss than an oil and melts into the lips very easily. I like it as a prep for my lip products when I'm getting ready. The LabNo lip balm includes two ingredients I really like - centella asiatica and aloe - that work together to hydrate and soothe the lips. It actually feels more like a nourishing cream for the lips than a balm, and is one I'd recommend for those with very dry and/or sensitive lips.

Origins Hello Calmโ„ข Relaxing & Hydrating Face Mask with Hemp Seed Oil 2.5 oz/ 75 mL 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Clean Sea Weed Mask 1 Mask 

Smashbox Mindful 5 Nourishing Lip Oil 


Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@itsfi  Boo! Sorry the sheet mask didn't go so well! Thanks for saving me from buying this one - that scent alone would be a big fat NO for me too! 
Have you tried The Creme Shop Sea Kelp Masquerade Eye Mask? I believe that one has brown algae in it and I was just curious if that caused a reaction for you. ๐Ÿค”

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@itsfi  Oh yikes! Sorry you had a bad reaction. One of my worst reactions to a skincare product was an ingredient that had something to do with the sea, but to this day I donโ€™t remember what the ingredient or product was. Whatever it was, my eyes were swollen shut for a couple of days.


Also, I love that you managed to squeeze the word odious in there. 

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Yeah @PrettyPaint, I always have a little hesitation when it comes to seaweed / kelp ingredients. I seem to be fine with spirulina. So far, it looks like I'm okay with micro-algae, but my skin has a more challenging time with products containing macro-algae. At least, that's what I've gleaned so far, but I haven't really dug deep in my research. I'll just make avoiding similar products the rule and maybe occasionally make an exception if the algae type ingredient isn't the star ingredient or very far up on the list. Ha - yes, I was trying to think of an "O" tie-in and odious eventually came to mind. lol. I feel like I should play Scrabble when I'm sheet masking, or when I'm posting my reviews, as more uncommon words seem to come to mind when I'm doing those things. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

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@itsfi  Yes! I have a suspicion it may be algae, but I didn't realize there were different types. It's definitely something I should probably do some research on. As a general rule, I tend to avoid putting sea-related products anywhere near my eyes. The rest of my face can generally handle some abuse, but anywhere close to my eyes always makes me nervous. 

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@PrettyPaint, itโ€™s amazing what I learn from what starts out as researching a mask or skincare products, or ingredient(s) in it. ๐Ÿ˜† I didnโ€™t know of the micro / macro distinction either until trying to figure a common denominator for what doesnโ€™t sit well with my skin. Thatโ€™s an excellent call on avoiding the eye area - such a sensitive zone. 

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Oh no @itsfi I was excited to see it wasn't the white sheet,,, but the scent sounds...well,,, not for me ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

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@lmaster, Iโ€™ve been lucky that the seaweed sheet masks Iโ€˜ve used havenโ€™t had this smell. It makes me wonder what this mask sheet would have smelled like if they didnโ€™t add fragrance to it. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 

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That's unfortunate about the seaweed mask, @itsfi. I think there were a couple other folks in the gratis thread for this collection that mentioned having a reaction to this one as well. Definitely not rushing to add this one to the cart!

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Thanks @quspork! My skin has had a not-so-good history with certain seaweed / kelp / algae sheet masks. Iโ€™ll just lay low on trying anything new until I can do a little more research of my own, including checking ingredients lists of products Iโ€™ve used to get a better idea of what has worked and what definitely does not work. 

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@itsfi  Yikes, that scent... now I'm doubly glad I passed on that seaweed mask. (I originally skipped it because it contains eucalyptus water.) Sorry it was so stinky and irritating! At least the Origins mask helped soothe your skin afterward. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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@WinglessOne, Iโ€™m glad you passed on this mask. I was hesitant to pick it up because my skin has been hyper sensitive to some, (but not all) kelp / seaweed sheet masks, but I decided to give this one a try. Lesson learned. I also learned that if I haaaaad to choose between a strong scent that dissipated almost immediately and a noticeable one that lingers, Iโ€™ll choose the former. It seemed like I picked up the scent every time I moved my head. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ As with all things, this one really isnโ€™t for me but it may be someone elseโ€™s treasure. 

Hmmm... interesting about the eucalyptus water. Is it just eucalyptus water or are  ingredients like eucalyptus oil or eucalyptus extract also a no-go for you? 

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@itsfi  Yeah, I try to avoid as many essential oils as possible. Most of them contain volatile fragrance components my face is sensitive to. Eucalyptus oil is a no-go for my face, but sheet masks made of eucalyptus pulp are fine. Sometimes perfumed water is less irritating to my face than perfumed oil. But my face doesn't like damask rose water or damask rose oil, so I didn't want to take a chance on eucalyptus water. 


I don't remember if eucalyptus extract plays nice with my face... sometimes it seems "extract" is just another word for "oil." Rosemary is an exception: rosemary leaf extract is fine with me, but rosemary leaf oil is definitely not. Anyway, I just avoid eucalyptus everything in products whenever possible. ๐Ÿคฃ Well, except for the pulp used in mask sheets. 


If you haven't yet, I hope you can zero in on which types of kelp/seaweed/algae irritate your skin. Some folks say it's no big deal if your skin develops a sensitivity; "just stop using those products at that point and switch to something else!" Yeah well, it's not a big deal unless you're the one with super painfully inflamed skin that requires hours (or days, or weeks) of TLC to heal. Anyway, sounds like you might need to avoid seaweed altogether. ๐Ÿ˜ž 

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Yeah, me too @WinglessOne, but I donโ€™t know if I want to go through the effort to isolate which type kelp/algae/seaweed my skin doesnโ€™t respond well to. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Fortunately, whatever irritation it brings has subsided quickly, but Iโ€™m not looking to test that too much. So far, seaweed / kelp masks are a no go. Iโ€™ll cross reference ingredients in those masks at some point. Weโ€™ll see if I decide to be adventurous again when it comes to that ingredient in a sheet mask (or other skincare), but for now, any seaweed for me will be in food form, and Iโ€™m okay with that. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜† 

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Playing a bit of catch up


Rainbow Week

Although the The Creme Shop Rainbow mask was so tempting - thanks for sending it my way @sonnydee, I opted for some other colorful varieties that had sooner expiration dates

First up was the Hello Kitty Problem Solver mask - not as colorful as my next Hello Kitty choice but wow did this one win me over. A big thank you to @emaisgr8 for sharing with me!
My face
The mask had a good fit except eyes and nose - I prefer less gap by the nose and the philtrum area was thin. It had a nice material. To me it smelled like bath and body works products, somewhat fruity but clean. I wore it for 25 minutes. It had no tack. The results were quite nice especially since during the past few weeks I've had some blemish issues. My skin looked revitalized and the redness seemed lessened. I'd give this one an A. Not sure if I found the perfect "just what the doctor ordered" mask for my skin's current needs but I definitely will try it again when I'm off the no buy. Fingers crossed there will be some at TJ/Marshalls.
The next Hello Kitty for rainbow week was taken from a Masks on the Move box
My face
Although it had a similar fit as other Hello Kitty, the likeness stopped there. I guess I did wear it 25 minutes too. I didn't notice the red shimmer/glitter on mask at first but this wasn't a pleasant surprise. After removing the mask, the glitter remained on my skin. The philtrum area felt somewhat irritated when putting moisturizer on top - was I rubbing in glitter? In good news, it felt fine 5 minutes later. I can't deny my skin was bright. Above the lip area reminded me of how "beauty gurus" put highlighter there which was kinda funny. The smell was light, mostly clean with a touch of lemon. I'd give it a B. Glitter on the face is a no go for me.
My final rainbow pick was the BioBelle #Dreamskin mask which I also took out of a Masks on the Move box
My face
It had an enjoyable tencel material. The fit was good but a bit short on my forehead. I had it on for 30 minutes. There was no tack. I'm not sure how cleanses, tones, and moisturizes. My skin looked nice and felt moisturized. Again, not sure how it cleansed, and I washed my face before using the mask so who knows. Other than that claim, it was a good mask for me. I'd say A-.
And I can't forget my other enjoyable rainbow week experience thanks to @lmaster - a rainbow bath bomb! I love a good bath. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just couldn't get any Autumn feels with the heat in Florida, hopefully sometime soon. I was wanting to dive into the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask 5 oz/ 148 mL but wasn't in a pumpkin mood. I also have a can of pumpkin just waiting to be turned into bread. So I opted for K and P


@eshoe gifted me a Heimish ph5.5 mask and I've seen some love for it on here


My face
The mask had a very thin material. It was a bit hard to manage applying even with the cover. It had a good fit but I missed having more material around the nose area. It had no smell on the mask to me, typical mask but in package there was a hint of floral. The instructions said 10-20 minutes; by 15 nose was dry and by 20 so was the chin. I couldn't use on neck but put a little of the extra serum there. The blemish on my nose still felt irritated but otherwise my skin was good. My forehead lines seemed diminished compared to normal (best part). There was a generous amount of extra serum for face and neck on a different day too. I think I have a 2nd one that I'm looking forward to use again. First impression I'll say A-.

The only other thing I used that week was the Patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels - a treat from @faeriegirl 

My face
These are medium-thin eye gels. They did not move around but also didn't "stick." The wear time said 5 minutes but I did 20 - I know, I'm such a rebel. ๐Ÿ˜‚ During wear I didn't get a cooling sensation but when I touched them and removed it, the skin underneath was cooler. These helped with lines, still temporary but it's something! My heart still belongs to Skyn Iceland but these are a thumbs up and I'd use again.


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@ShortErica  I love what you picked for rainbow week! That BB Dreamskin mask was one of my favorites, though, I'm a big fan of most their originals. 
I really enjoyed that Heimish mask too! Glad you saw some nice results from it! 

P.S - I have never liked the taste of anything pumpkin -- except your bread! That really was so delicious! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Haha @Shosh85 maybe I'll have to get you to try some other pumpkin things

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Iโ€™ve never made pumpkin bread, @ShortErica - I bet itโ€™s delicious! Zucchini bread is my favorite, but now Iโ€™m curious. Time for something new!

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@eshoe Pumpkin bread might be my favorite. I wouldn't pass on banana either but if I have to have a favorite. Growing up my mom would also make pumpkin pancakes in the fall.

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@ShortErica Its pumpkin season.  I can feel it in the air๐Ÿ˜€

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I'm so jealous @tjffc. My husband said our low will be 70 next week.

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