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💕😌 Mask of the Week Challenge 😌💖

It’s May, Hurray! 🌾 We are almost 1/2-way through this year’s challengeđŸ™ŒđŸŒ


Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masks💗 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 Week’s Theme: Mask with a Partner! @Alphaboo gives us this week’s fun challenge: Let’s make an excuse to mask togetherâ˜ș

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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Yeah I know I’ve cooked quinoa specifically for a face mask @WinglessOne, but lentils, not yet. It really does make you question the whole prospect of applying ingredients topically with the hopes of improving overall appearance😄 

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@eshoe  I think potato is still my favorite "but...why" sheet mask ingredient. I mean, can I just smear mashed potatoes on my face instead? It'd give me a great excuse to eat a plate/bowl of mashed potatoes face-down, no utensils required. 😂 Maybe with melted butter added (cooled down though; wouldn't wanna burn my face with hot butter) because hey, butter contains calcium and vitamin D and probably good-for-skin fats, right? Is gravy also skin-healthy? I bet mushroom gravy is! đŸ€Ł 


That does it: next Thanksgiving, I'm shoving my face into my plate in the name of science! 

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@WinglessOne Haha I should have scrolled a little further before commentating about potatoes. 

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@WinglessOne as I was reading this, I was thinking, hmmm...a really good, finely riced mashed potato mask just might be very, very comforting. I I want to try it just for science’s sake! 

Mushroom gravy? I don’t think I’ve ever made that, but it sounds delicious. Are you cooking up NYE dinner? Curious what you have in mind;)

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@eshoe  If you make a riced/mashed potato mask, you'll have to take a selfie for us! 


You know, I hadn't given much thought to NYE dinner until this morning (eh, techically yesterday morning now that it's after midnight here) when I realized "oh crap, it's 12/30 and I need to restock the fridge!" I might just make a huge batch of japchae, one of my favorite comfort foods. That would cover a few different cultural representations of luck and prosperity: plenty of green and yellow (gold) stuff for money, red (bell peppers) for luck, etc. Haven't decided which wine to crack open, though, and it might not be a sparkler. Hmm. Do you have a special NYE meal planned? 

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I had not heard of japche and just googled it, @WinglessOne ...yum oh yum! I need to make that, soon, it looks delicious. Glass noddle stir fry, yes pleaseđŸ„°

I made lobster, first time ever. @sprocketta gave me a few tips, and thankfully everything turned out ok. Butternut squash risotto and roasted zucchini, with a side of smoked paprika garlic butter for sides. Just happy I didn’t burn anything! Would love to see your japche if you make it, and a recipe (pretty please!), from the looks of it, it’s something I need to try.



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@WinglessOne, Maskingdom makes some great masks in my experience! đŸ˜ I have a couple from this line that I am looking forward to trying; will have to see if I have this bitter melon mask.


P.S. I'm really happy to hear your skin has healed. What great news!

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@WinglessOne, I found ingredient lists in English for the serum and sheet mask online. I haven't looked through it in detail, but didn't see specific reference to 'bitter melon' but it could be under a different name. 


Ingredients (copied from samplestore (dot) com):


Serum Ingredients: Aqua、Glycerin、Methylpropanediol、Arginine, Aqua、Niacinamide、Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters、Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin、Chlorphenesin、Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer、Allantoin、Aqua ,Glycerin,Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract,Sodium Citrate、Sodium Hyaluronat[e]

Mask Ingredients: Aqua、Propylene glycol、Butylene Glycol、Glycerin、Xanthan Gum、Phenoxyethanol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate、Chlorphenesin、Aqua, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Basillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate、PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil、Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer、Aqua, F agus sylvatica Extract、Sclerotium Gum、Sodium Hyaluronate、Fragrance

NOTE: I added an 'e' to sodium hyaluronate in the ingredients list for serum and also added a space to the fourth to last ingredient in the ingredients list for the mask so that it would post.


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Thanks @itsfi ! That looks like the same English listing I saw on a couple other retailers' sites, and it's very close to the English printed on the back of the mask sleeve. But it omits all the Chinese language ingredients. (Bitter melon is definitely one of the Chinese language ingredients; a second pass through Google Translate confirmed that for me. 🙂 ) I wonder why the ingredients are printed in 2 languages... I mean, the rest of the sleeve being in 2 languages doesn't bother me at all, but there are INCI standards, dang it. 


And yeah, I was overjoyed the first night in 5 weeks I exfoliated. "Yay, I can finally exfoliate again—with an AHA, even—and my skin's not ticked off about it!" đŸ€Ł I gotta say, after such a long time with an extremely simple routine, I've gotten very used to the efficiency, especially at night. It's helping me pare down my overall routine, though my AM routine's always been fairly short. Anyway, it's great to have a healthy skin barrier again! 

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I would be on board for uniform INCI standards @WinglessOne

Simple, back-to-basics skincare routines are fantastic! Our skin doesn't always need all the extra bells and whistles. Ahhh, a healthy skin barrier! â€ïž

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Ohhhh that is such a pretty sleeve! @WinglessOne sounds really good despite not knowing

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This certainly takes the cake for most suspenseful mask session read, @WinglessOne! Welcome back, you definitely got my attention with this one;)


The artwork, stunning. I am thinking what a gorgeous scarf that sleeve would make. The ingredients...I think they call that risk loving? The pigeon pea sounded questionable but from what I just read, like it might be a beneficial addition (and also very easy to grow; according to one site, planting depth is ‘whatever.’ Sounds like my kind of gardening).


I was so relieved to reach the end and hear you did not suffer any adverse reactions, especially given such unique ingredients. Thanks for sharing the photo of your haul here, I missed that and they all are gorgeous. Very happy to have you backđŸ€—

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@WinglessOne  The packaging art drew me in, but I loved your review.  I totally thought you wouldn't like it after the ingredient fiasco, but hey... I guess risks pay off sometimes eh!

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Thanks @missjeanie !  🙂 Risk is definitely rewarding sometimes. 


Maskingdom/10 Art worked with Taiwanese artists on the packaging and it's all so gorgeous. They won an award for this set's packaging, and I'm sure some of their other sets are award winners. Here's the outer box (reposting from one of the monthly hauls threads): 



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@WinglessOne I'm such a sucker for good packaging.  That marine jewel mask looks so pretty too!

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So long story, I bought a bite holiday kit for holiday 2017. I enjoyed the lip mask, was okay with the lip balm but was not a fan of the scrub. So I was excited for holiday 2018 with the 3 mini lip masks. Then something odd happened, my lips were irritated and cracking. I suspected the bite lip mask formula (old) was causing me problems which was so odd because I loved it. I took a break and let my lips heal and started using Laneige. I preferred bite's lasting power. I decided to give my two unopened as stocking stuffers but kept the one I opened to try again. Florida finally had some cool days and I was excited to use the bite mask (maple). After night 1 I didnt notice anything. Then today after a 2nd night wearing it, the borders of my lip feel sore and irritated. And now I've noticed the center of my top lip is getting cracks. I'm tempted to keep it for one last test but should really just declutter now. Anyway I'm looking for help determining the cause. I read a lot about allergies to lanolin but I have other products with that as an ingredient and never have issues with them. Help maskers! Any advice is appreciated.

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@ShortErica  Sounds like you've already decided to toss it, which is a good idea. 🙂 Bad reactions to products don't always happen immediately, or even with 48 hours. It can take weeks, months, or even years for skin to finally shout "I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE" and throw a tantrum over a product you thought was working well. Happened to me with lavender and other essential oils/high-fragrance-component ingredients. (Glaring at you, Origins Checks & Balances face wash.) That's because skin's sometimes quite good at hiding damage. 


I don't know what the old Bite balm/mask was made of, but the irritation culprit could be any ingredient. Lanolin's certainly a prime suspect, since several people are sensitive to it. If the mask contains any essential oils, they could also be cause for irritation. But really, folks can develop sensitivity to anything. 

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Thanks for all the info @WinglessOne. Hopefully if I have a reaction to something else I will just toss it out vs making myself a science experiment.

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@ShortErica I was going to suggest concentration but it appears @missjeanie @has already covered that. Have you tried any of the reformulated versions? I haven’t but I am wondering if they would be a better match for your skin since they are now vegan.

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I haven't tried it @eshoe. I'm thinking I'll focus on Laneige and when I hopefully finish it is 2021 (or at least the full size) then I'll start looking for a different lip mask. Definitely something I will want to sample first if possible.

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@ShortEricaone of my goals was to finish a FS Laneige this year, but that’s not happening🙄 Maybe next year!


Both the Bite and Laneige last so long, you are wise to wait.

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