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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: Mask with a Partner! @Alphaboo gives us this weekโ€™s fun challenge: Letโ€™s make an excuse to mask togetherโ˜บ๏ธ

Letter of the Week:  T

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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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Thanks so much @ather. I didn't realize that it was quite so pricey - I think I actually got it in a boxycharm box I'm realizing. 

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@PrettyPaint that GREEN on your nails is so, so pretty! I've been curious about the OH, sounds like one to try for sure. I keep waiting for a DS, I likely missed it but hopefully there will be a holiday set. The fact that you use it weekly gives me hope that it would be gentle enough for dry and dehydrated skin:)

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Awww thanks @eshoe. I would never had tried the PHAT Glow had I not learned about it here (I think just because the name seemed silly). It seems gentle enough, but I am careful not to get it anywhere near my eyes.

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@PrettyPaint love your nails!! I bet your kids got a good laugh at the leaves ๐Ÿ˜†

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Thanks so much! @lmaster. Yeah, my kids were pretty confused at first, but they always enjoy the fun, colorful masks! 

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@PrettyPaint  The masks in this line that have the word "cocoon" in the title have "Silkworm Cocoon Extract" in the ingredients. The very first mask I ever tried was the "Cocoon Willow Silky Mask" and it had no mouth hole - I was super confused ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ถ

The Phat Glow Facial sounds great! I've been seeing a lot of positive reviews for that one! Glad to hear it works great for you! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


PS: I LOVE your nails! ๐Ÿ˜

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@Shosh85  Haha! Oh, my goodness - I remember you posting about the mask with no mouth hole. I truly don't think I could handle that. I don't know a whole lot about silkworm cocoon extract. I briefly tried looking up how it's harvested, and I guess it's maybe similar to to silk production? Not really sure. And thanks about the nails - I felt like doing a Halloween-type look.

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@PrettyPaint @How cute are those eye patches! Sorry to hear you were allergic to them 

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@Kim888  They were super cute. I think I would likely be ok to try them again. I'm noticing that most anything has been a little irritating to my eye area lately, so I think it may just be seasonal allergies.

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The Pacifica eye patches are super cute, @PrettyPaint. It's too bad they were causing some tingling, but at least the kids were amused haha!

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@quspork  Yeah, I have no idea if the tingling was due to the ingredients, but I suspect it's just due to allergies, etc. I didn't have any redness, so no biggie. My kids don't respond to plain masks anymore, but they always get a kick out of anything that resembles stickers, etc.

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The Phat Glow mask looks interesting @PrettyPaint, but that manicure really caught my attention. Unfortunately I am not allowed to wear anything like that to work.

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@Loretta55  Haha! Yeah, it's a bit more loud than my usual style, but I'm still working from home so anything goes! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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M = May Island Sparkle Pearl Sheet Mask. 


I think this is the first May Island skincare item I've ever tried.I think this is the first May Island skincare item I've ever tried.



Claims: Highly moisturizes skin; provides softness and glow. 


Ingredients: 3 forms of hyaluronic acid, a ceramide, trehalose, and glycerin should make this a hydrating and moisturizing mask. Always glad to see soothing licorice root and allantoin, plus the anti-aging tripeptide glutathione. And the star ingredient, pearl extract, is plenty present. 

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pearl Extract (10ppm), Hydrolyzed Pearl, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Arginine, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glutathione, Trehalose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyacetophenone, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance 

Performance: This thin lyocell sheet was very soft and completely soaked in a lotion serum. After a couple of inner corner eyehole snips, the sheet fit me quite well. I expected it to slide a lot on my face because of the sheet material and serum type, but it stayed in place. 


The serum has the type of floral fragrance I dislike. Thereโ€™s a perfume that smells a lot like this, but I canโ€™t remember which oneโ€”probably because I hate it. Anyway, the scent was persistent but not overwhelming, though I smelled it each time I moved my head. 


The mask felt very cooling during my 30 minute session. After removing the sheet, I spent 4-5 minutes massaging residual serum into my faceโ€”and there was plenty of it. I was able to squeeze 1/3 - 1/2 a handful of serum out of the used sheet, so I massaged some of that into my neck. After all that, I had no pilling anywhere and moderate tackiness. 


Results: Hella glowy skin that looked and felt hydrated and moisturized. I was so glowy, I double checked the ingredients for oil and nope, there really isnโ€™t any in this mask. ๐Ÿ˜‚  Now I wish Iโ€™d used this mask during glow week, because good grief! Once I stopped shifting my head and arching my neck to catch all my glowy angles in the mirror, I noticed my oily zoneโ€™s inflammation looked calmer. I was worried the fragrance might further irritate that skin, but nope. Whew! 


My skin felt like it might not need a moisturizer, but this mask lacks any occlusive type of moisturizing ingredientโ€”well okay, there are a couple of silicones, but theyโ€™re more for emollience; theyโ€™re not occlusive like dimethicone. Still, I thought my usual YTTP Superfood would feel too heavy after this mask, so I used my Sephora gratis bottle of Drunk Elephant F-Balm instead as a lightweight moisturizer, then dabbed a little e.l.f. Nourishing Facial Oil all around my orbital area. Once all of that dried down, I applied my retinol serum over everything and called it a night. 


I have 4 more of these. Iโ€™ll probably reserve them for morning useโ€”on the very rare mornings I use a sheet maskโ€”because why not show off all that radiance? โœจ


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Hella glow ๐Ÿ˜† @WinglessOne I've used a few masks that were in that description too 

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@lmaster Gotta love the glow-making masks! 

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@WinglessOne  Iโ€™m loving your review on this one! I want to try it!!!!

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Thanks @ather !

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@WinglessOne  I love a good glowy mask! I'd most likely dislike the scent too - but it definitely sounds like the results made up for that! So happy it turned out so great for you!

I'm curious about your opinion on dimethicone - I know it's a moisturizing ingredient, but I've heard that it's pretty notorious for clogging pores and a lot of people try to stay away from it. I don't think I've experienced clogged pores from using this ingredient, but just wanted to know your take on it. ๐Ÿค”

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@Shosh85  I wish I could remember which perfume this mask reminds me of. I've tried to think of it all day. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I keep wanting to say it's one of the older Estee Lauder perfumes, but I'm not sure... it has a musty violet note, with lily and a bit of dandelion and some other stuff. Not a fan. 


About dimethicone: it's yet another victim of the โ€œclean beautyโ€ misinformation campaign. Dimethicone is non-comedogenic, and I donโ€™t fully understand why some people insist it clogs pores, stops skin from โ€œbreathing,โ€ etc. Oxygen has no problem getting through dimethicone. Actually, water can get through it, too. If you use a dimethicone-based moisturizer and apply a medication or OTC active ingredient product over it, dimethicone wonโ€™t prevent the active(s) from reaching your skin. If you use a serum that contains dimethicone, it wonโ€™t block skin penetration of any other products you layer over it. 

I usually call dimethicone an occlusive moisturizer, and it isโ€”but there are different levels of occlusivity. Dimethicone isnโ€™t nearly as occlusive as petrolatum, for instance. But it does decrease (eh, slow down) water loss. It also makes moisturizers feel very lightweight and silky/slippery. Many folks with dry skin need a more occlusive ingredient in their moisturizer. For oily skin, dimethicone-based moisturizers are often occlusive enough and feel nicer than heavier, more occlusive moisturizers. 
Sometimes I think folks who do actually get little bumps after using a dimethicone product are sensitive to either that ingredient or another ingredient in the product; it might not be dimethicone's fault at all. But sensitivity/irritation-related breakouts aren't the same thing as pore clogging. 

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@WinglessOne  --  I purchase "clean" products but have no issue with dimethicone.  EWG Skin Deep has it rated as a 1 which is safe / no concerns.  Like you, I'm not sure why it gets such a bad rap.

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