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

If you havenโ€™t joined in yet, better late than never!


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: Most Innovative Mask - the latest tech + beauty ideas to try in 2021 (please let me know who to credit if you know, for this new theme!)

Letter of the Week:  E

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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 masks๐Ÿ’—

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge

@eshoe  Thanks for such detailed reviews. The alpyn beauty products sound really nice, particularly the mask with the pump. I actually haven't seen skincare products with melatonin, but it makes sense that topical use would have some nice anti-inflammatory benefits.

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You are so kind, @PrettyPaint ๐Ÿค— Yes the pump is a HUGE plus, contributing to my frequent use of it. I am trying out an eye product right now and love it, but am thinking why isnโ€™t this in a pump?!?! As much as I am loving it, probably wonโ€™t buy because using a jar for an eye product is a little risky for me, with contacts. Pumps = ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜Š

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@eshoe that's like the strawberry mask I used, there were bits of strawberry, but not all throughout,, like literally the perfect amount

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Oh interesting @lmaster!  Little surprises are always fun, this was a good one and your sounds exceptional ๐Ÿ˜Š

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@eshoe that resurfacing mask sounds really interesting! I'll totally be interested in hearing the comparison to the DE!

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@Kim888 Iโ€™m always secretly looking for a dupe for the DE, you never know when something will be reformulated or discontinued. Itโ€™s hard to beat that one, too!

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@eshoe  Well, it sounds like I need to look into Alpyn beauty products! Happy to hear everything is working out great so far!

I agree, the 8 acid peel sounds intimidating! I'm glad it didn't cause any irritation! I feel like that's one that would be easy for me to over-use, especially with those results! I'll be super interested to hear how it compares with the DE Babyfacial! ๐Ÿ‘

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@Shosh85 the Alpyn mask was gentler on my skin than other acid/resurfacing masks Iโ€™ve used! I do have to say itโ€™s best to be cautious. A heavy hand with this might be very detrimental for dehydrated/very dry skin. I feel a little disappointed in a 5-minute mask (Iโ€™d rather keep it in for half an hour) but if the results are there, Iโ€™m all for it. 

As for their other products, just be forewarned of the scent-its strong! And the absorption is sloooooow. But Iโ€™ve already purchased a backup of the sleeping mask now that Iโ€™m half-way through๐Ÿ˜„

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This one is not on theme, but I really wanted to try it out



Oh my gosh!! This is one I will purchase after trying this sample. It is a thicker pink cream with bits of strawberry to exfoliate. I lathered this on my face and waited about 15 minutes. The scent is out of this world!!! I think most of you know I'm a sucker for delicious scents and this one is ahhhhmazing!! I took my damp makeup eraser and removed the mask, my skin felt so extremely soft and hydrated!! Winner winner!!

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@lmaster  Oh nice! This one certainly does sound amazing! So happy to hear you loved it! It's funny, I was tempted to get this one, but I'm not a fan of rhubarb so I just couldn't ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'll be going back and ordering more samples once I get through the first round, so I'll probably pick it up then. ๐Ÿ‘

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@Shosh85 oh my gosh!! Strawberry ice cream.... strawberry frosting.... ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Oooooh, this one does smell amazing @lmaster! โ™ฅ๏ธ It makes me think of this strawberry rhubarb cupcake that was a special offering from a cupcake truck near an old work site. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿง I know, food is always close to my mind. Especially when it comes to masks, it seems. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Eminence also makes a strawberry rhubarb exfoliating powder.

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@itsfi trust me,,, it took everything in me to convince my brain it's not edible!! 

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@lmaster ugh I saw @Shosh85โ€™s haul about these samples and I was soooooo envious of you two! Strawberry rhubarb pie is one of my favorites, I can only imagine how delicious this must be ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿคฉ

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Oh my goodness!!! @eshoe it was so hard to convince myself,,, this is not frosting!!! ๐Ÿคฃ

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After several weeks of babying my skin, I did 2 very stupid things early this month that made my face a big olโ€™ mess. 


I introduced tranexamic acid ( The INKEY List Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment 1 oz/ 30 mL ) too soon after increasing retinol frequency from every other night to nightly. Iโ€™d intended to apply tranexamic acid only to my forehead and hairline during the intro period, so I thought Iโ€™d be okay. And I mightโ€™ve been, had I not done stupid thing number 2. 


One night, without thinking about it, I applied tranexamic acid to my entire face, including my undereyes. Later in my PM routine, I layered retinol over everything. My sensitive oily zone and undereyes were 100% unamused. Youโ€™d think that would teach me a hard lesson but nope, I mindlessly did the exact same thing 2 nights later. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ Autopilot gone awry. 

How bad was it? Well, I don't have photos of the initial damage when my face looked its worst, but here's a photo I took tonight. The redness has greatly subsided, but you can see how inflamed my undereyes still are. ๐Ÿ˜ž That skin's also starting to flake and peel, which isn't a bad thing in this instance. 

"Oh, you have a red undertone!" No, I have surface redness + inflammation issues. It looks so much better in this photo than it did earlier this month, thank goodness. In real life, I kinda look like I'm recovering from black eyes. :( But still, it's an improvement!"Oh, you have a red undertone!" No, I have surface redness + inflammation issues. It looks so much better in this photo than it did earlier this month, thank goodness. In real life, I kinda look like I'm recovering from black eyes. ๐Ÿ˜ž But still, it's an improvement!

Oh hey, see those short dark spots/splotches on my neck? Those are chemical burn scars. They happened after I used an exfoliant containing citrus extracts a few months ago. This is why I generally avoid citrus extracts and oils on my face and neck. It's very volatile stuff! 

Result: large bright red patches of bumpy burning woe. Iโ€™ve mentioned my surface redness and my skinโ€™s inflammation issues before but wow, those missteps threw my face into a tailspin. I couldnโ€™t even apply cream moisturizer without my skin burning like Iโ€™d applied way too much glycolic acid without neutralization. Iโ€™ve spent most of October trying to calm everything down. That means more extremely picky repeat masking. 


So in terms of masking, October is brought to you by CBD, oatmeal, and good ol' petrolatum (and mineral oil). 


Will definitely reuse this photo for the October Favorites thread. :DWill definitely reuse this photo for the October Favorites thread. ๐Ÿ˜„ 

Iโ€™ve used The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm a lot as a PM 10-minute mask this month. My angry painful skin has greatly appreciated its soothing and moisturizing abilities. Iโ€™ve talked about this balm at least a couple times in this thread so I wonโ€™t repeat myself, but itโ€™s one of my favorite multifunctional things ever. 


Iโ€™ve also used my dear old friend Herbivore Emerald CBD Oil as an overnight mask many nights this month. Iโ€™ve kept up with retinol, applying it 6 nights in a row and giving my skin 1 night off to help it recover. A thin layer of CBD oil over retinol (which I apply over my cream moisturizer) has been a huge help, especially where my skin is most irritated. My undereyes no longer burn, hooray! 


A few nights a week, Iโ€™ve applied a thin layer of either Aquaphor Ointment or CeraVe Healing Ointment to my undereyes and oily zone. Aquaphor contains lanolin which my skinโ€™s usually not angry about. But as raw and extra tender as my undereyes have been lately, Iโ€™ve found the CeraVe ointment works better with less irritation on that skin, while Aquaphorโ€™s still worked well on my irritated oily zone. So I guess you could say Iโ€™ve used both ointments as overnight masks on specific parts of my face. 


These arenโ€™t the only products Iโ€™ve used on my skin to reduce inflammation, but theyโ€™re the ones that most qualify as โ€œmasking.โ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm very much steady-as-she-goes with these products until my skins' healed enough for more new-to-me mask adventures. 

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@WinglessOne  Oh man! I'm so sorry to hear your skin is giving you a hard time! Looks like you got a nice routine going! Love the Emerald Oil! Hope your skin heals in a jiffy! ๐Ÿคž

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Thanks @Shosh85 ! I can hardly wait to get back to using all the masks Iโ€™ve got on deck! 

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Oh @WinglessOne, hugs to you๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’• At least it sounds like youโ€™ve got things under control now, though it must not feel back to normal just yet. Thank you for sharing, itโ€™s good to be reminded that our skin can be finicky and we need a backup plan for when things backfire:(

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Thank you @eshoe ! I'm trying not to rush recovery, especially since the weather's changing (we're finally in fall mode here). But yep, it's good to have a bad reaction kit for unintended mishaps. ๐Ÿ™‚


I didn't mention cold compresses but I've also done lots of those this month. At night, I've been soaking 2 bamboo rounds with cold water, sometimes rubbing a bit of my COSRX cica serum on them, and tossing 'em in the fridge (inside a plastic bag) to use the next morning. It's the little things that make my skin happy lately. 

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@WinglessOne I had to screenshot your remedy as inevitably it will happen to me sometime soon. Love the idea about soaking the bamboo pads, it sounds very soothing and now I have to go hunt down those, too๐Ÿ˜‚

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