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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: โ€œFavorite Mask in Your Regular Routineโ€ - the lovely @itsfi would like to know - which mask do you buy in bulk, to always have on hand? 

Letter of the Week:  S

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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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@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


Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

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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@MCSSavvy  The anti-dimethicone thing is very odd. I'm kinda surprised EWG hasn't rated it higher than 1, considering how poorly they've rated other ingredients that aren't dangerous. But yeah, whoever started the myth that silicones are pore-clogging, skin-suffocating, actives-blocking evil has a lot of apologizing to do. ๐Ÿ˜„ 

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โ€œit has a musty violet note, with lily and a bit of dandelion and some other stuff.โ€ ๐Ÿง


I think I would keep on walking, @WinglessOne.

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@eshoe  ๐Ÿคฃ I'm sure that fragrance smells lovely on some folks with the right pH/pheromones/etc. but, alas, I am not one of them. 

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@WinglessOne  Interesting! Thanks so much for clearing that up! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I get overwhelmed sometimes reading reviews, because I'm not always sure what to believe and the internet sometimes just makes things more confusing ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Sorry for bugging you with questions, but are there silicones you do try to avoid? I hear/read about dimethicone the most, but I feel like I've heard silicones in general are pore-clogging ๐Ÿค”

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No problem, @Shosh85 ! Sifting through info online can be overwhelming, especially in product reviews. I'm weeding through misinformation about Olaplex: some folks claim it ruined their hair but, without knowing anything about these review writers or seeing any scientific evidence or corroboration from dermatologists, chemists, and hair pros, I doubt thatโ€™s possible. So I'm poking for evidence and corroboration, looking for input from credible sources. I take that same approach when reading skincare reviews. 


Quick silicones answer: no, they don't clog pores. I don't avoid any silicones in skincare. 


Longer answer (reading material): Paula's Choice and Lab Muffin have good write-ups about silicones, complete with scientific references. Normally I'd be suspicious of a write-up sponsored by a manufacturer of the ingredient/product in question, as is the case with this Lab Muffin write-upโ€”but this one includes credible references. 

paulaschoice [dot] com/skin-care-advice/ingredient-spotlight/silicone-in-skin-care

labmuffin [dot] com/silicone-mythbusting-with-video/


I don't follow Dr. Dray, but I'll be shocked if she doesn't have a video about silicones. Kind of Stephen might also have info from a cosmetic chemist's perspective. 


I've also asked my derm about silicones, just to further corroborate what I'd learned. And yep, silicones are non-comedogenic. 


Side note: I typed all of this with one hand (my left hand's all cinnamon bun sticky/gooey right now) so hopefully I caught all the typos! ๐Ÿคฃ

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@WinglessOne  I'm impressed you typed all of this one-handed with a cinnamon bun! Haha! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thanks so much for the info! I keep forgetting about Lab Muffin! I need to remember to check that out!.... really, I just wish I lived with a dermatologist so I could constantly pick their brain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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@Shosh85  Oh man, if I lived with a derm or cosmetic chemist, they'd get sick of all my daily questions. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Sometimes I wonder if any BIC members are derms or cosmetic chemists, and they're laying lowโ€”not self-identifying themselves as prosโ€”because they know they'll get ALL the questions, ALL the time. 

A few folks here are aestheticians, and I have nothing against their profession. But medical training isn't required to become an aesthetician. They don't (or shouldn't) diagnose skin conditions or prescribe medications, for instance.

That doesn't mean they know nothing about skincare; from the perspective of skin appearance, they absolutely do. But when it comes to skin conditions, irritations, allergies, ingredient interactions, helpful meds, and overall skin health, I trust derms' explanations more than aestheticians'. Likewise, I'd hope someone would trust a board certified derm's explanation over mine. ๐Ÿคฃ I may disagree with some derms, but that's because I've sought input from other derms and probably chemists (corroboration!), and spent time reading whatever clinical studies I could access. 


Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

Sounds like this gave some great results, @WinglessOne! I'll bet this would be a nice special occasion mask to use before going out (whenever that time comes again). 

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@quspork  Yep, this would be great for that! It might be the most glow-inducing pearl mask I've ever used. 

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J is for Jelly




Meg Two-Step Jelly Mask (calming & pore care)

This is a two-step mask, with the first step being an AHA peeling swab (looks like a giant Q-tip) that you are supposed to swipe all over your face. The second step is the sheet mask. It is a super thin and meshy cotton sheet mask that had a light, sort of fresh and clean, floral scent. The mask was fully saturated and dripping with a thin, slimy, jelly serum, and there was enough left in the package for my hands, neck and chest. The fit was great - it was just a little too long at the chin. It adhered well and was comfortable to wear the 35 minutes I had it on. There was just some light tackiness that took less than 10 minutes to absorb. My face looked a little brighter, and my skin felt soft and nicely moisturized. I didn't notice a difference in my pores, but to be fair, I don't really need a whole lot of help in that department.

So far I've tried this and the one in the pink packaging and I really enjoyed them both! I will eventually repurchase these, but there are two others from the line I'd like to purchase and try first before doing that.




  • The eye patches I reach for most often.
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  • I wish my skin loved grapefruit as much as my nose does.
  • Thanks, YesStyle, for marring this packaging with your sticker.
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  • Again with the unfortunate sticker placement.
  • Thank goodness all this info's available at Abib's site, otherwise I'd strain my old lady eyes to death.
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